My 4 Favourite Products For Glowy Skin, Shimmery Eyes and Glossy Nails

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Skin

A dewy complexion seems to be the preferred finish now, and it’s easy to see why. Dewy skin excuses youth, health and vibrancy.  To achieve a glowy base I have two favourites.

Illuminator – ICONIC LONDON

How I Use It:  I use the shade ‘Shine’, a pale, pink-toned colour on my face for nighttime looks. I apply the highlighter on my cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow and blend it in with my fingers, I found using a beauty blender got rid of too much product.

Price: £30 (but there are always influencers promoting it and offering discount codes, so look out for them!)

L’oreal Paris True Match Highlighter Liquid Glow 

How I Use It: I use the shade ‘Icy Glow’, (it also comes in Golden Glow, if you want a more bronzey highlight.) I apply this to my skin almost every day, I put this on my cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow, (it also works well as an all over primer.) This product is great if you don’t want to wear much makeup but still want to look refreshed and can also be applied to the brow bone to accentuate the eye area.

Price: £8.99 (But! Feel Unique is offering it at 30 % off at the moment)

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Eyes

Urban Decay Moondust Glitter

How I Use It: I use this in the shade Cosmic, a very pale nude tone. I put this on at night time when I want to add some glitz and glamour to my makeup look. Depending on the style I’m going for, I either put it all over the lid or just on the brow bone. This highly pigmented shadow is very easy to apply, it feels like a cream but goes on like a powder.

Price: £16

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Nails

Sally Hansen Colour Therapy

This shiny nail varnish shade is stunning. In some lights it appears more pink and in others more silver. Not only does it make your nails look beautiful but it nourishes them too because it is infused with organ oil to give instant moisture to your nails.

Price: £8.99

 

What are your favourite products to achieve that glow for head to toe? I’d love to know so please tell me in the comments!

Bubble Bath Essentials

Today is Sunday, the day of rest – some say. There is nothing quite as relaxing as a warm, foamy, aromatic bubble bath. Whether you are a bath bomb, salts or oil kind of person (or all of the above!) I’ve got you covered.

I am going to start by sharing my personal favourites that I like to use, followed by some non beauty bubble bath essentials!

  1. Unicorn HornLush (£4.50)

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https://uk.lush.com/products/valentines-day/unicorn-horn

Unicorn Horn is back for Valentines! This is a Lush favourite for many and I can see why.  I can’t help but rave about this product, not only does it look magical and transforms any bubble bath, the smell is a lovely subtle floral-sweetness with notes of feminine lavender. You can break off pieces of the bubble bar and save some for later or use the whole bar at once for a more luxurious bath experience. Either way the water will always turn a gorgeous shade of pink. It’s pretty much a given that if you use this product you’re guaranteed a pretty bath and it will be fun to use, but what are the benefits? I have found with this product that it is best to use in the evening as a winding down method. Lavender has a reputation for being a calming fragrance and the Neroli oil not only gives you silky smooth skin but according to Lush, increases serotonin in the brain which helps you feel content and happy.

Ingredients (via Lush.co.uk)

Sodium Bicarbonate,Cream of Tartar,Sodium Laureate Sulfate,Laurel Betaine,Cornflour,Perfume,Lavender Oil,Ylang Ylang Oil,Neroli Oil,Titanium Dioxide,Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Tin Oxide,*Citral,*Limonene,*Linalool

 

2. Smoothie Star  – Soap & Glory (£10.00)

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https://www.soapandglory.com/bath-body-care/moisturisers/smoothie-startm-body-lotion

Okay so technically not something you use directly in a bubble bath but a vital product for me. I use this as soon as I get out, even after using a heavenly bubble bar that hydrates your skin, to make it last longer a moisturiser can really help. This body milk by Soap & Glory is really unique to any moisturisers I’ve used before, it takes an abundance of ingredients and blends in all into one 500ml bottle (hence the ‘smoothie’ reference). This product is loaded with cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil, all products we may use on their own to moisturise (full list of ingredients below). The name is also referencing the scent: oat, yoghurt, honey and brown sugar- it smells like a luxurious hearty breakfast. Another handy element to this product is that it is a body milk so unlike a butter or oil it sinks into skin quicker, it’s not as messy and a little goes a long way.

3. Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit Moisturising Shower Creme – Baylis & Harding (£6.00)

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?url=search-alias=beauty&field-keywords=baylis+and+harding+sweet+mandarin+and+grapefruit+shower&rh=n:117332031,k:baylis+and+harding+sweet+mandarin+and+grapefruit+shower&linkCode=sl2&tag=baylisext-21&linkId=84a9c4dc395d9b1e7cbf53b25cfacdc0

Not only does this product look lovely stacked in your shower/bath with its classy, luxurious packaging but it feels it too. The best way to describe this essential is silky, from the bottle’s feel to the peach coloured formula. It is a happy medium between a shower gel and creme, enough of a gel to lather up on skin with a luffa and enough of a creme to moisturise. While we may still be in Winter, a lot of us (me included) are dreaming about Spring and this bath creme makes you feel a little closer to the brighter season with its sweet mandarin and grapefruit sent, it’s a great ‘pick me up’.

 

 

I wanted to include some essentials that can’t technically go in the bath with you, but help your bubble bath experience:

 

 

My bubble bath wish list:

 

 

What are your bubble bath essentials? Let me know down below!

 

 

xo

Sian

 

 

 

January Favourites: Halladay’s Tearooms

 

My second January favourite of the series is Halladay’s Tearooms, I am lucky enough to have this little gem right on my doorstep, the quaint spot is hidden amongst Bedford Place in the Southampton city centre.

I have been itching to visit here for a while after wondering past it a bunch of times and I can happily say it did live up to my expectations.

First of all I have to mention the decor, Halladay’s is filled with a charming cosiness, the vintage pink and turquoise theme with the abundance of roses on each table makes it impossible to not want to take pictures.

Of course a tea room wouldn’t be a fabulous tea room without great food. On this occasion we went for the cake, which was a hard decision due to the amount of variety on their menu. We got the raspberry cake and the carrot cake to share, which are freshly made locally. To wash the cake down we got blueberry-cinammon coffees which were just a tasty as the cake.

The service was excellent and the attention to detail was something you don’t find very often! What Halladay’s may lack in size it makes up for in character.

Let me know your favourite tea rooms below!

 

xo

Sian

 

January Favourites : ‘Bunny Moon’ Jelly Face Mask (Lush)

 

£6.95 @ Lush : https://uk.lush.com/products/bunny-moon

I was lucky enough to receive this face mask for Christmas from my sister, it comes in a small pot (but a little really does go a long way!) which beams with a layer of golden ‘dust’ that has been sprinkled on top. The smell is subtle yet calming, the ingredients include camomile, vanilla and honey so it works well for my sensitive skin. You only need a small amount of this product – just pinch off a piece and rub it into dry hands to forms into a paste. I usually keep it on for anywhere between 10-20 minutes and when I take it off (with warm water) my skin feels SO soft! and unsurprisingly this gives me a moon-like glow. I can’t wait to try the other kinds in the jelly Lush range, overall a very happy bunny (moon).

Ingredients (via lush.co.uk)

Water, Propylene Glycol, Honey, Talc,Kaolin,Glycerine,Chamomile and Marigold Petal Infusion,Carrageenan Extract,Rose Oil,Vanilla Absolute,Benzoin Retinoid,Titanium Dioxide,Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Tin Oxide,*Coumarin,Perfume, Colour 77491

 

Don’t fancy ‘Bunny Moon’? Here are the other jelly masks Lush have released:

 

‘1000 Millihelens’https://uk.lush.com/products/1000-millihelens

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(green tea, Sicilian lemon & Brazilian orange)

Green Tea Infusion,Glycerine,Propylene Glycol,Kaolin,Talc,Fresh Apple Juice,Zeolite Clay,Carrageenan Extract,Sicilian Lemon Oil,Neroli Oil,Brazilian Orange Oil,Witch Hazel Extract,Water,Geraniol,*Limonene,*Linalool,Perfume,Chlorophyllin

 

‘Just to Clarify’https://uk.lush.com/products/just-clarify

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(bamboo, grapefruit & orange)

Water,Kaolin,Propylene Glycol,Glycerine,Fresh Orange Juice,Fresh Papaya Juice,Talc,Bamboo Stem Extract,Carrageenan Extract,Bergamot Oil,Sicilian Lemon Oil,Grapefruit Oil,Agar Agar,Charcoal,Perfume,Colour 15510

 

The Birth of Venus’ : https://uk.lush.com/products/birth-venus

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(sea water, rose & lavender)

Fresh Rose Petal Infusion,Kaolin,Glycerine,Propylene Glycol,Fresh Sea Water,Talc,Carrageenan Extract,Lavender Absolute,Chamomile Blue Oil,Olibanum Oil,Myrrh Retinoid,*Linalool,Perfume,Colour 42090

 

‘FOMO’https://uk.lush.com/products/fomo

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(rose)

Water,Calamine Powder,Glycerine,Propylene Glycol,Kaolin,Talc,Carrageenan Extract,Neroli Oil,Rose Absolute,*Linalool

 

If you enjoyed my first post for my ‘January Favourites’ series, stay tuned for more favourites coming this month!

Have you tried any of Lush’s new Jelly Face Masks? If so comment below your favourite!

 

xo

Sian