14 February 2017

Taking Time Out For Yourself With Mintd Box




"Love Yo'self"

You've definitely heard of the term 'treat yo'self' (unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years!) well welcome to the 2017 version....love yo'self!

All too often we get caught up in the stress of everyday life and routines and forget to take much needed 'time out' for ourselves, resulting in us feeling over-worked, tired, miserable and unkempt. 

Sometimes you just need to take a little bit of time for yourself exclusively.   Whether it be an hour relaxing in the bath or a beauty treatment to improve your skin and overall well-being.  You are important and remember that! 

And conveniently, this month's Mintd Box  (and you all know by now how much I love these Mintd boxes!) is all about 'Self Love'  It couldn't have arrived at a better time for me!  Work is stressful, I have a lot to do, I've been neglecting myself a bit and the contents have really been helping me over the past few weeks. 





Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Rollerball


I'm a huge fan of Aromatherapy Associates and have been using their bath oils for years so to receive their 'Deep Relax' essential oil rollerball in this month's Mintd Box was a much appreciated addition! Particularly for someone who doesn't sleep very well like myself.  I've been using this on my wrists just before going to sleep and it does seem to be helping miraculously! Because it's so portable it would also be good for travelling.  





Smith & Cult Lash Dance Mascara - Black

WOW this is an effective mascara! With one swipe you get full, thick and fluttery lashes and this has been my 'go-to' night out mascara for the past few weeks.  With just one coat you get the most incredible dramatic lashes and wear-time is also impressive.  I'd definitely buy this again! 









Skyn Iceland Plumping Lip Gels
Full Size (worth £36 from www.cultbeauty.co.uk) 


These were the item in the box that I was most intrigued about, being a complete wuss when it comes to any kind of botox but sometimes wanting fuller lips the Plumping Lip Gels sounded like they were going to be a good alternative for 'needle-phobic' me!!! Although, admittedly I was cynical!

But...

Pleased to report though that they actually work! A strange sensation to be sat with a jelly type mask blocking my ability to breathe out of my mouth for ten minutes, but worth it? Yes.  My lips looked smoother and definitely a bit bigger in size! 






Roques Oneil Therapie - Equilibrium Bath & Shower Essence


Ok, so if you know me you'll know how much I love a bath! But usually my bath is a quick affair in the evening and involves shaving my legs, scrolling through Instagram for ten minutes and then promptly getting out to make some dinner!

To trial this particular product I went all out, lit some candles, popped on some chillout music and oh my goodness, how I didn't fall asleep in the bath I don't know! The scent is divine (Persian rose, lavender, sandalwood, jasmine, wild sweet orange and frangonia) it left my skin so soft and nourished and me feeling like all my anxiety had been washed away! 




Ameliorate - Smoothing Body Lotion
Full Size (worth £17.50 from www.netaporter.com)


I do love a good moisturiser! Keeping my skin smooth and soft is really important but all too often I'm guilty of skipping that part of my daily routine.  After the 'luxurious' bath (see above!) I used a little of this all over my body (you don't need a lot) and saw results in minutes.  A really effective moisturiser that doesn't leave you feeling 'greasy' but keeps your skin 
soft and smooth all day. 



"Want a Mintd Box?"



So those of you who perhaps are not familiar with Mintd Box  they are a relatively new beauty subscription box with a bit of a difference to your 'run of the mill' beauty boxes.  They offer only premium brand products stocked in the likes of Net-a-Porter, Selfridges, Liberty and Harrods and the products are mostly full size (this month's box is all full size!) 

The best part about the Mintd Box is the money saving to be made.  For example, this month's box is worth £133.50 and you can get it for just £65 (and with additional 10% off if you use the code WELCOME17 )


"And on a final note, always remember to make time for you."



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12 February 2017

How To Look Effortlessly Chic with Lucinda King Jewellery



"Less is More"

I've always been a lover of the simple, classic and 'clean' look and this applies to all areas of my life.   My home is very classic in style with simple clean lines and muted colours.  My wardrobe is minimalistic mix of whites, blacks, greys, camel and navy blue with my shoe and bag collection mirroring that! The plus side of this? Everything mixes and matches and I find it very easy to put outfits together.

There are occasions where I long for a little flash of colour (and I have been planning some purchases going into Spring and Summer to satisfy this craving - watch this space!) but on the whole I prefer to stick to classic items of clothing that fit well and are timeless and I will spend more on these, opting for items that I see as an 'investment'.  I will occasionally follow a faddy trend but for this type of thing I'll purchase from the likes of ASOS, Zara, Topshop or Missguided.

Jewellery and accessories are another area where I apply the 'less is more' mantra...




"...encapsulates my style perfectly"


Now I don't wear a lot of jewellery and for me to fall in love with something it can't complicate my 'minimalistic' approach to dressing.  My watch is plain and classic in design and I only every wear small diamond studs in my ears day to day (these may get switched up for a night out on a rare occasion!)

So I guess you could say I'm a bit of a fussy cow when it comes to jewellery!

However....

I've recently discovered Lucinda King, a Welsh jewellery line that encapsulates my style perfectly.  The designs are dainty, clean and contemporary and very in keeping with my style.









The Designs

When you think of classic items of clothing that everyone should have, what do you think of? For me it's a pair of comfortable blue jeans that you can dress up or down, the perfect white shirt, a classic black handbag, a pair of nude high heels, a fitted blazer - do you catch my drift?! Staple items that will last you a lifetime. 

Lucinda King designs are the jewellery 'equivalents' of these items.  

A mixture of both silver and rose gold (next on my list!) with delicate and simplistic designs.  Think pretty hearts, stars and sparkling tiny set-stones that you can wear alone or stack without looking 'overdone'. 








"Clean, contemporary and elegant designs"


Jewellery designer Sam, who founded 'Lucinda King' and used to work for Clogau as a Creative Designer has ventured out on her own creating a unique collection of clean, contemporary and elegant designs.  I'm really drawn to the whole range as a result, I love the brand and the concept and can't wait to see how it evolves. With Spring around the corner we will all be showing a little more flesh in the months to come and these designs are the perfect way to enhance this! 

I also must mention the packaging before I leave you to browse through the website because I'm one of those people who appreciates good quality when I see it! We are talking sturdy, expensive feeling jewellery boxes here and would make a perfect gift for someone (including yourself!!!) 




www.lucindaking.com 

Do let me know if you decide to pick up anything from the site! 



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11 December 2016

Some Beauty Favourites I've Been Keeping a Secret....

"I have a confession to make..."

I have a confession to make, I have been hiding some great beauty products from you all for quite some time now. Put it down to my workload, hectic social-life (I wish! ha!) or just finding some good natural daylight to shoot some blog photos in (near impossible in this dreary UK weather!). 

So less of the chit-chat, I'm now ready to reveal them to you! 



bareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion

I am using this twice a day. Every. Damn. Day.  And let's just say I'll be buying another one when it finishes! The blurb says it's supposed to 'empower, replenish, renew and fortify' your skin making it appear vibrant and healthy and I'd be inclined to whole-heartedly agree with this.  It's made my dull post Summer skin appear brighter and definitely makes skin look more 'glowy' when used before applying makeup.  (Hint - leave it to settle in a couple of minutes before you apply your moisturiser to avoid a shiny face!)  

"...makes skin look more 'glowy'..."

If you haven't tried bareMinerals skincare, I strongly recommend you that you look into it.  I've been extremely impressed with everything I've tried so far and I've been coupling this product with their True Oasis Oil Free Moisturiser of the daytime and it's a wonderful combination. 





bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream

If there's one thing I like, it's an innovative product and this product ticks that box in a major way!

I pop a bit of this into my hands then distribute it evenly around my face and it does wonders for the texture of my skin. If you're having a minimal makeup day you could just leave it at that then add a little concealer in places where you need a bit more help or if you're wanting a little more coverage apply your favourite foundation over the top (personally I find it works really well with the barePro foundation below). It feels lightweight and undetectable on the skin.

A great primer with lots of extras! (SPF 30 also being one of them!)




bareMinerals Blemish Remedy Primer
&
bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

I switch to this primer instead of the BB one featured above when I'm having a bit of a 'spotty' skin day or it's that 'time' of the month! A great product for treating spots and keeping your foundation on all day.  I've almost finished this now and a couple of months ago when my skin was bad, this was a god-send!

Now, let's talk powder foundation.

I've always been intrigued but never thought I would get the same finish / coverage as I would with a liquid foundation and hence the reason I've never strayed...

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong!

To apply this finely milled magical 'wizardry', I used a large, dense brush and watched in amazement as it transformed my skin, making it appear flawless with very little effort!

"Finely milled, magical 'wizardry'..."


But what really surprised me was the finish after a few minutes, I didn't think it was possible to achieve a glowy finish with a powder foundation but once this has settled in a bit that's exactly what you're left with and the staying power is impressive too.

LOVE.









Blank Canvas Cosmetics - Pippa Palette 


I took one look at this and immediately knew I was going to fall for it.  Let's just say it was love at first sight!

Matte bronzer without that awful 'orange' tone - check, peachy blush - check, subtle highlight - check and warm eyeshadows including a black one to line - check. 

People...I can honestly say I have used this every day since I've had it, bar one evening when I strayed and used a Dior palette for my eyes!  

The quality of the face and eye products are both fantastic and I just can't get enough of the eyeshadows, it's easy to create something really really natural or something more smoky and dramatic. 

If you're looking for an inexpensive 'does it all' palette then this is the one for you.  A little more difficult to get hold of but if you google it you should be able to find a stockist and I urge you to do so, you won't be disappointed!







Pixi Lower Lash Mascara

&

YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara 

I am a big fan of lower lash mascara and up until now have always used the Clinique one, however, there has been a game-changer..... Enter the new Pixi Lower Lash Mascara with it's incredibly innovative new wand! This is a new release from Pixi and I can't tell you how excited I was when it turned up on my doorstep (pathetic I know - it's mascara Elisabeth...pull yourself together would you?!) 

"there has been a game-changer..."

Seriously though, the wand makes coating your lower lashes evenly an absolute cinch and I know I will be buying this again and again

Now to those boring top lashes! ha! 

I debated including this favourite because since I started using it I've discovered that the product has been recalled due to a faulty wand (although mine has had no faults - bring it back now!!) and will be released again soon. 

It was going to be hard to top my Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara but I think this YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara has actually done this! It separates but adds HEAPS of volume as well as retaining a bit of curl in the lash without budging all day.  It's a good one people, so keep an eye on it's re-release! 





I've had this for a while but for some reason hadn't got around to using it and now I'm obsessed with it! This Autumn and Winter I've been opting for a nude lip and making more of a feature of my eyes and this is the perfect nude lip liner.  I've been pairing it with MAC 'Honey Love', MAC 'Velvet Teddy', Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in No.42 and Charlotte Tilbury 'Penelope Pink' lipstick but it pretty much goes with any nude and makes lips appear a little 'fuller. 

"I'm obsessed with it..."


It's an essential as far as I'm concerned! 





And here I am in all my unfiltered, untouched glory wearing all of the above products! 

You will have noticed that a lot of them are bareMinerals and that's because at the moment I'm really having a moment with this brand, everything I've tried I've loved so much and I keep discovering more little gems within their range.  If you haven't visited a counter for a while I'd really recommend you check them out.  Since incorporating their skincare and bases into my routine I've noticed a vast improvement in my skin. 


Thank you for reading x


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5 December 2016

The Perfect Christmas Gift for the Luxury Product Lover...




MINTD BOX  - The Christmas Edition


Ok.....so if ever there was proof that throughout the month of November I was an incredibly bad blogger this is it! (hangs head in shame!) My last post was a review of the November Mintd Box and here we are a month later and I'm reviewing December's! However, you can never have too much of a good thing right?! And this month's Christmas Edition Mintd Box is no exception! If it's possible I think they've actually topped last month's! 

I've been using all these goodies over the last couple of weeks and whether you're planning on perhaps getting this for yourself or as a present for someone I thought I'd give you a little insight into some of the products contained in this special 'Christmas Edition' box.

So here goes....




"Only premium brand products stocked in the likes of Net-a-Porter, Selfridges, Liberty and Harrods..."


So those of you who perhaps are not familiar with Mintd Box  they are a relatively new beauty subscription box with a bit of a difference to your 'run of the mill' beauty boxes.  They offer only premium brand products stocked in the likes of Net-a-Porter, Selfridges, Liberty and Harrods and the products are mostly full size with the exception usually of one Deluxe Size Sample.  So I guess what I'm trying to say is, there are no useless small samples in these boxes which in my opinion don't allow you to full try a product out properly.

The best part about the Mintd Box is the money saving to be made.  For example, this month's box is worth £175 and you can get it for just £65 (and with additional 10% off if you use the code 10OFF1ST )

It's the perfect no-brainer gift for the skincare / beauty lover!




Ioma - Fresh Gel Eye Makeup Remover (Full Size Product in Box - £20 available from www.beautyexpert.com) 

Hands down, I have the most sensitive eyes in the world, so much so I'm scared to stray away from my usual eye makeup remover!  However, for the purpose of this post I gave this a go and have to say I am really impressed! The gel texture is unusual but strangely satisfying and it removes eye makeup (including waterproof make up) in a flash. What I'm really keen on though is the fact that it conditions lashes and with regular use claims to increase volume, length and strength of lashes....and I'm ALL over that!!! :) 

"Regular use claims to increase volume, length and strength of lashes... "


Ellis Faas - Milky Lips L202 (Full Size Product in Box - £23 available from Selfridges) 

I've often thought about picking up some products from Ellis Faas but never got around to it.  After trying this lovely gloss / lipstick hybrid I'm keen to try more products from the range (I've heard their mascara is also very good!).  This is a rich, Christmassy Red and feels comfortable on the lips and hellooo....would you look at that packaging?! :) 




Anne Semonin - Cream Mask and Face Mask Brush - (Full Size Product in Box -  Mask £42 / Brush £20 from www.beautyexpert.com)

"One of the best soothing and moisturising masks I've ever used"

I was absolutely delighted to find an Anne Semonin mask in this month's Mintd Box having seen her products all over my social media lately.  I will boldly say that this is one of the best soothing and moisturising masks I've ever used. The brush also makes it an absolute cinch to apply (and I've been using it for all my other masks too - I will never use my fingers to apply a mask ever again - there is something so satisfying about 'painting' a face mask onto your face!) 


Siskyn - Night Facial Oil (Full Size Product in Box - £58 from www.siskyn.com)

It's Winter, my skin is dry and I'm wanting to give it as much help as possible! This fantastic night facial oil can be used every evening after cleansing and helps to increase collagen production.  I love how plump it makes my skin look when I wake up in the morning! I'm ploughing through this stuff like nobodies business at the moment! 




Wildheart Organics - Sanctuary Travel Candle (Travel Size Product in Box - £12 from www.wildheartorganics.com) 

If you know me, you'll know I love a candle! So it's not surprise that after I'd photographed these products for my blog I couldn't wait to light this!  Perfect for this time of year when things get a bit stressful, this aromatherapy candle assists with relaxation and anxiety and smells absolutely divine! The heart of the fragrance is jasmine, chamomile and geranium with calming rosewood and patchouli.  I will be sad when this is finished! I've also managed to get about 30 hours burn time out of it so far and it's nowhere near finished! 




Grab one while you can! 


December's Christmas Edition Mintd Box is still available to purchase now for just £65 (with 10% off!) Pop across to www.mintdbox.com to place your order on and find out more! (FYI - they ship to UK, W.Europe, North America and Australia)  

Let me know if you get one! and thanks for reading x 


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9 November 2016

Winter Skincare Hydration with 'Mintd Box'



"Winter is creeping upon us...."


Temperatures are now plummeting and Winter is creeping upon us!  It's that time of year when the cold weather and central heating starts to take heed on our skin, leaving it dry and irritated and longing for the sunny weather again (us Brits are never happy are we?!). 

So now is the time to prepare, prevent and hydrate your skin like there's no tomorrow! Slather your body from head to toe in lotions and potions that are going to keep you protected, brighten that dull Winter skin, exfoliate and also repair what nature throws at you! Fortunately, there are lots of clever ways of doing this and I have the perfect beauty box idea for you to accomplish this! 

November Mintd Box - Winter Skincare Hydration


Mintd Box are a relatively new beauty subscription box with a bit of a difference.  They offer only premium brands stocked in the likes of Harrods, Selfridges, Net-a-Porter and Liberty and usually in full-size (no poxy little samples in here!) For me this is a perfect way to try some really gorgeous products at a fraction of the full retail price. 

For more about the different subscription plans on offer I recommend checking out the website HERE and there's a code to get 10% off your first box also - 10OFF1STPP 

This months box could also make the perfect Christmas gift for someone, but I guarantee you're going to want to keep it for yourself! Some of these products are already firm favourites of mine!

Soooo, I know you're dying to all know what is inside!.......

...The Reveal! 






Evidens Mini Rich Cream (Deluxe Size) worth £47 (Full size £235 available from Harrods) 

I used this for the first time a few evenings ago, my skin was looking really parched because my home and office now has heating blasting all day (hello fine lines!) and just a small amount of this rich cream sorted it out quite considerably.  The following morning my skin looked plump and radiant.  After a few more evening applications I've also noticed that my skin feels firmer with less dehydration lines.  




African Botanics Plantes D'Afrique Shower Cream - (Full size product in box  £41 available from Net-a-Porter) 

"When this runs out I'll be tempted to buy another!"


Who doesn't love an expensive shower product?! and this one feels so luxurious, moisturising and smells like heaven in a tube! It contains lots of natural ingredients and I can assure you, you'll definitely feel like a rich bitch using it! haha! When this one runs out I'll be very tempted to buy another.  Fantastic product and one of my favourites in the box. 




Patchology Trio Flash Masques (Hydrate, Exfoliate and Iluminate) (Full size product in box £21 available from www.patchology.com) 

These are the Queen of all sheet masks and I was bowled over with the results of the 'Exfoliate' Flash Masque. (I'm saving the other two for when the weather gets really bad!)   Compared to other sheet masks I've tried these felt as though they were actually doing something and they seemed to fit the contours of my face with ease and stayed in place perfectly.   




Aromatherapy Associates - Moisturising & Hydrating Lip Balm (Full Size Product in Box £16 available from Liberty) 

"In short, I love this!" 

Aromatherapy Associates is one of my favourite brands (I love their bath oils) and this little pot has been a life saver in the last couple of weeks.  The first thing I notice when the weather starts to turn is that my lips feel dry so I've been slathering this on during the day and before bed and it feels so soothing.  




Magicstripes - Hand Repairing Gloves (Full Size Product in Box - £28 from Selfridges) 

Hands are another part of the body that suffer badly in the Winter and even having hand cream close by sometimes isn't enough! These hand repairing gloves are an intensive treatment for your paws and they make such a difference! I'm worried I might get addicted to these! 


Fancy one?


November's Winter Skincare Hydration is still available to purchase now for just £65 (with 10% off!) Pop across to www.mintdbox.com to pop an order on and find out more! (FYI - they ship to UK, W.Europe, North America and Australia)  

I'm looking forward to next month's box already! Let me know if you get one!

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6 November 2016

Bright, radiant, gorgeous skin this Winter






Earlier on this year I was sent a PR sample of the Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub to try and I'll hold my hand up and say that this was the first time I'd come across this brand and I was intrigued.

After promptly opening the box and unscrewing the top, the first thing that I noticed was a gorgeous smell and I popped a bit on the back of my hand a rubbed it in.  I couldn't get over how smooth it made that little patch on skin on my hand and could not wait to pop this onto my face!

I love it when a product provides immediate results and the Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub certainly delivers.   It gets rid of dead skin cells (yuck!) and visibly improves skin texture by using very fine ruby crystals and also contains seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid.  I find it leaves my skin smooth but also hydrated and this is important with an exfoliator because more often than not they leave your skin feeling tight and irritated.  Since receiving this product in the Summer I've been using this around twice a week and still have lots left.  I can see this also being particularly useful in the Winter months too.






"A bit about Goldfaden MD..."


After being so impressed with the Doctor's Scrub, I was thrilled to get the chance to meet with one of the founders of the brand, Lisa, last month. 

She explained that they are a 'results focused' brand who are actually the first physician strength, dermatologist developed, natural skincare line in the industry.  They use state-of-the-art technologies with active plant cells and antioxidant rich botanicals to develop products that target a range of specific skin concerns.

"Physician strength naturally inspired"


I absolutely adore the concept of the brand and after meeting with Lisa it was apparent how passionate they are about their products, and rightly so! 




Okay, so the price point of the Goldfaden MD products is quite high, but what I will say is that the products do last a long time and everything I've tried subsequently has been extremely effective so you're getting what you pay for.  You can buy the range in both Space NK and also online at Cult Beauty and I've popped all the links at the end of the post.  However... 

"Now for the best bit...."


For Christmas, Goldfaden MD have brought out a special Brightening Transformation Kit for just £40 and this includes 

Doctors Scrub Exfoliator - 50ml
Pure Start Facial Cleanser - 30ml
Bright Eyes Dark Circle Radiance Concentrate - 5ml


The perfect gift to give someone (although if it were me, I'd be buying this for myself!!!) and it's suitable for all skin types, even very sensitive.  It's also suitable for all age ranges.  When used in conjunction with each other the kit reveals a healthy, glowing complexion and I can honestly say that it's transformed my spotty skin quite dramatically (coupled with the next sneak peak product I'm about to show you!) It's also a fantastic way to trial some of their best products for a fraction of the price. 



"A sneak peak...pop this on your January shopping list!"










I couldn't introduce you to the Goldfaden brand and not include this product that will be available to buy in January 2017 because I've been bowled over with how great it is!! 

Every single product I've tried from the Goldfaden range in the past couple of months has been outstanding but this product couldn't have been given to me to trial at a better time.

August and September were troublesome months for me skin wise, my face was plastered in large cystic acne style spots and I was getting really down about it.  

Since using the Goldfaden Facial Detox mask weekly, it's really made a huge difference to my skin (which is now clear - thank god!!!).  The product treats affected areas, heals the skin and then also prevents from future breakouts.  

In addition to being a mask,  Facial Detox can also be used as a spot treatment and I found this very effective when applied to isolated spots overnight (although you will look like a bit of of a prat - be warned!) 



So if you didn't get it by now,  I'm pretty impressed with Goldfaden and I'm excited to try more products from their range (let me know if you've tried any?)

I think the Brightening Transformation Kit would make a great Christmas present for someone or if you're looking to try some of the products without breaking the bank (especially at this time of year!) it's a good way of doing it!


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GOLDFADEN MD DOCTOR'S SCRUB 100ML - SPACE NK

GOLDFADEN MD BRIGHTENING TRANSFORMATION KIT - SPACE NK



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