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!

A Day at Champney’s Tring

 

 

9am – Breakfast

A couple of weeks ago, (as a graduation gift from my sister) I encountered my very first spa day. We arrived in the morning for our complimentary breakfast at around 9am, the buffet was full of pretty plates and even prettier prepared food. The dishes ranged from figs and cream cheese to bitesized granola and yogurt parfaits.

10am – Zumba

In regards to the fitness classes, they ranged from aqua aerobics to legs, bums and tums classes. The majority of the classes were free with the exception of a few. It was my first time doing a Zumba class and while it was far more intense than I had anticipated, it was also far more fun too. We were laughing almost the entire duration of the class, (60 mins).

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11:30am – Tea

After the Zumba session, we needed to refuel with tea and cake. We sat in the sun in our white robes and slippers munching on delicious snacks, (I would highly recommend the carrot cake and the banana cake.) We then had a little stroll around the grounds and laid on the sun loungers.

12:00 – Relax

It was then time to take full advantage of the spa facilities. We took a dip in the pool and jacuzzi before dozing off on the water beds.

13:30 – Lunch

Champney’s is a health spa, so the buffet was clearly very healthy. There were lots of options for food (especially if you’re vegan or veggie). The buffet was full of lots of healthy carb varieties, veggies with some lean fish, chicken breast, tofu and more. Pudding was a choice of fruit, healthy crumble or yogurt (or both, you could get as much as you liked.)

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15:00 – Jumpa

A little while after lunch, we decided to participate in another exercise class. Jumpa consisted of HIIT (high intensity interval training) circuits involving mini trampolines, the class lasted 1 hour.

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17:00 – Facials

Facials are not included in the price of the day and you do need to pay extra for them, our facials were around £45 each. This involved a small face, neck, hand and arm massage for circulation followed by the therapist using a range of 5 – 10 Champneys products on your skin. This included a toner, moisturiser and exfoliator. At the end of the facial the therapist also gives you a skin consultation.

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Overall I left the spa (at 18:00) feeling refreshed and revitalised, as expected. What was different was the amount the spa offered as part of the day package and the variety of activities and facilities available. I would highly recommend Champney’s Tring.

 

Review: ‘Oils of Life’ by The Body Shop

I recently decided to switch up my skincare routine. I didn’t have a problem with my previous regime, I just felt like my skin could be better. My face felt a bit dull and dry so I decided to start searching for a different moisturiser, (along with replacing my cleanser and toner.) I was originally using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, a cult classic in the beauty world. It was working fine for me but I wanted to something richer in consistency and cheaper in price.

I opted for the Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Cream by The Body Shop. What drew me to this product was the ‘oils of life’ title. I was considering investing in a facial oil or serum as well as a moisturiser for added hydration, but this product seemed to be the best of both worlds. This moisturiser infuses, “3 oils from around the world, known for their revitalising and repairing properties on skin – Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile.” (thebodyshop.com)

Here is the low-down:

Packaging: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I love the luxury feel of the packaging, there is something about glass that makes something feel classy. This product would definitely look great on your dressing table. Unfortunately it misses out on a final star for not being very travel-friendly.

Price: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

For 50ml you’re looking at paying £26.00, so no, not cheap but I believe the price is somewhat justified. I personally judge value by quality and quantity, this best seller is made from plenty of rich ingredients. It’s thick, creamy consistency also means you only need a small amount, it has lasted me for a couple of months and I use it twice a day.

Performance: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

In regards to the claims made by The Body Shop…

  • Leaves skin feeling silky-soft – agree
  • Ensures almost affinity to skin – agree
  • Comfortable but light and non-greasy – agree
  • Revitalises skin – agree
  • Reduces appearance of ageing – this brings me on to my next point…

Who is it for?

This product is for anyone and everyone, it is anti-aging but also works great on my 21 year old face. I have combination skin which means i have dry areas and oily areas, it nourishes my dry patches and doesn’t add to any oily areas.

Is it ethical?

The Body Shop does not test on animals.

 

Have you tried this product or any other product in the Oil of Life range? If so let me know what you think below!

Two Skincare Products I Can’t Live Without

Today I am talking about my top two favourite skincare products of all time. The first is the Ultra Facial Cream by Kiehl’s. I have been using this product for just under a year now and I won’t be changing my moisturiser any time soon.

Who is it for?

Anyone and everyone can use this product, it is made for all skin types. My skin is combination, it gets oily in places and dry in others. My skin is also sensitive, this cream doesn’t upset it.

Price?

50ml : £24.50

125ml : £45.00

Does it last?

I replace this moisturiser once every 3 months and I use it twice a day. (I buy the 50ml)

Results?

It seems to have calmed my skin, it is free from harsh chemicals or fragrances and doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily, despite the rich creamy texture. I can tell I am using better quality ingredients on my face.

Ingredients?

Antarcticine (Glacial Glycoprotein Extract) – it further helps to protect skin from extremely cold temperatures, facilitating skin’s retention of natural water reserves.

Imperata Cylindrica (Desert Plant Extract) – helps skin to store and retain moisture efficiently – even in the driest weather conditions.

Squalane (Perhydrosqualene or perhydrosqualene vegetal) –  helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.

Packaging?

I love a luxury face cream but sometimes fancy packaging isn’t practical. This Kiehl’s cream comes in either a 50ml or 125ml plastic container, it is lightweight, clean and small enough to travel with.

 

The second product I can’t live without is Ginzing by Origins. I was gifted this eye cream over Christmas and admittedly I haven’t been using it for long but it’s been a must in my skincare routine recently.

Who is it for?

All skin types. Specifically if you get either puffy, dry or dark under eyes.

Price?

50ml : £25.00

Does it last?

I have been using this product twice a day (morning and evening) every day since Christmas and i’m not even a quarter of the way through.

Results?

Like the name suggests, it ‘zings’ your under eyes awake with its cooling solution. It wakes me up in the morning and de-puffs and brightens my eyes. At night I use it before bed so my eyes look fresher the next morning. Overall I can say I have noticed a change to the darkness of my eye bags.

Ingredients?

Active ingredient are coffee (hence why it wakes you up and lemon peel.

(full ingredient list) https://www.origins.co.uk/product/15352/42745/skincare/moisturise/moisturiser/ginzing/ultra-hydrating-energy-boosting-cream

Packaging?

This eye cream comes in a 50ml pot, but don’t be fooled by the small-scale because a little does go a long way! (and is very travel friendly too). The vibrant orange packaging will brighten up any makeup bag.

 

What are your skin care must haves? Let me know below!

 

 

 

 

Valentines Gift Guide For Him (Under £10)

 

 

 

It’s just under 3 weeks until Valentines day and you might be thinking about what to get your ‘someone special’. This gift guide is perfect for those on a budget, ’10 items under £10.’

 

  1. Personalised Heart Chocolate Box (Thorntons) £10

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“Presented in a beautiful pink box with stunning copper design” (thorntons.co.uk) Inside there are 3 different flavours and a larger chocolate heart that can be personalised with your own message.

http://www.thorntons.co.uk/valentines-day/personalised-heart-chocolate-box-65050.html?cgid=valentines-day#start=3&cgid=valentines-day

 

2. Gentlemen’s Hardware Waterproof Notebook (John Lewis) £10

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This is for the outdoorsy type, perfect for camping, sailing or fishing trips.

https://www.johnlewis.com/gentlemen%27s-hardware-waterproof-notebook/p3254503?sku=237010362&s_kwcid=2dx92700028205588535&tmad=c&tmcampid=2&gclid=CjwKCAiAnabTBRA6EiwAemvBdw3S1Jen6lUkMt3LeW3o-AR6uGUYrgwcIe8Eut-cgQz-8Xqp9VD29RoCrzcQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

3. Maroon Velvet Sneakers (Zara) £9.99

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Originally £29.99, these shoes are a steal! And they just scream Valentines Day.

https://www.zara.com/uk/en/maroon-velvet-sneakers-p12211302.html?v1=5513505&v2=454503

 

4. Date Night Cookbook (Asos) £10

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This is a gift and a date idea in one!

http://www.asos.com/books/date-night-valentines-cook-book/prd/9063688?clr=multi&SearchQuery=date%20night%20cookbook&gridcolumn=1&gridrow=1&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=3

 

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Pink and white milk chocolate hearts, wrapped in a white ribbon. According to Hotel Chocolat they are “utterly mellow with a beautiful melt, they’re perfect for showing someone you’ve got a soft spot for them!”

http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/melting-hearts-milk-chocolate-hearts.html?keyword=&adtype=pla&product_id=melting-hearts-milk-chocolate-hearts&gclid=CjwKCAiAnabTBRA6EiwAemvBd0DJG5sZopIQYIXEU64yVGgjHUGa4my5qegKs5NavNMYJOepgeE6ihoCrXgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

6. Borg Lined Slippers in Grey (Asos) £9.99

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Cosy slippers are always a good idea, these have faux fur lining.

http://www.asos.com/new-look/new-look-borg-lined-slipper-in-grey/prd/8987875?clr=midgrey&SearchQuery=new%20look%20grey%20slipper&gridcolumn=1&gridrow=1&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=2

 

7. Diesel Valentines Kiss Socks  (Asos) £10

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You can’t go wrong with socks – especially ones with a festive theme.

http://www.asos.com/diesel/diesel-valentines-kiss-socks/prd/8975878

 

8. Star Wars The Last Jedi Character Glass (Asos) £7.99

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If your special someone is a Star Wars fan, this may be ideal for them.

http://www.asos.com/star-wars/star-wars-the-last-jedi-character-glass/prd/8377112?clr=multi&SearchQuery=star+wars+glass&SearchRedirect=true

 

9. Johnny’s Chop Shop Beard Oil

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Never assume men don’t care about haircare/ skincare.

http://www.asos.com/johnnys-chop-shop/johnnys-chop-shop-beard-oil-30ml/prd/7563035?clr=multi&SearchQuery=beard%20oil&gridcolumn=1&gridrow=1&gridsize=4&pge=1&pgesize=72&totalstyles=5

 

10. Sport Eau De Toilette (Topman) £10

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Fragrances are lovely presents but sometimes the price isn’t within everyone’s budget, unlike this one.

http://www.topman.com/en/tmuk/product/shoes-and-accessories-1928527/mens-gifts-grooming-lifestyle-4663864/sport-eau-de-toilette-7174705?bi=0&ps=20

 

I hope this gift guide is helpful to you and please comment below if you’re thinking of buying any of the items mentioned here! Have a lovely Valentines Day! ❤

 

xo

Sian

 

 

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 : ‘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