Monthly Archives: October 2014

Wen Cleansing Conditioner

Hello everyone,

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Wen is a product I have wanted to try for some time as I have quite fine hair but lots of it and it is curly plus I highlight it! It has been damn near impossible to find something to totally hydrate it but not weigh it down badly and the Wen system seems to be doing that beautifully for me!

It is really easy to use, you just wet your hair in the shower and add a little at a time until you can feel my hair well coated and then work it well into the hair, rinse and repeat! The one I am trialing have is Sweet Almond and Mint and it is so beautifully scented you could almost eat it lol

First thing I noticed other than the scent was the amazing difference this made to my hair even in the shower, my hair felt like pure silk when rinsing it out and I have now come to totally love this sensation/feeling in my hair..

THe difference after was fantastic, my ends didn’t frizz up into dried up curls, the curls were conditioned, shining and soft and the colour was a lot brighter too. I washed my hair with ordinary shampoo the other day and nope not for me anymore i am definitely sold on the conditioner cleansing, there is a Today’s Special Value coming up on QVC very soon and i shall be stocking up then.

There is a few different scents you can have, Almond and Mint, Pomegranate, Lavender and cucumber to name a few and all for different hair types …

If you have short hair or an oily scalp this product may not be for you but anyone with long hair, curls, over worked or dyed hair or extensions will find this product fabulous on their hair to recondition their locks and leave them gleaming again!

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It would even make a fantastic treatment to use twice a week to keep your locks in tiptop condition if you use a lot of straighteners, hair dryers and curing tongs, it replaces the need for shampoo, conditioners, conditioning treatments there’s no parabens in it either which for me is a massive bonus.

You can read more into Wen Haircare here: Wen UK

Have you yet to try a cleansing conditioner?

Or do you love yours?

Bye for now

Nicola x

Colder Weather and Heating drying your skin out?

Hello Beauties,

It’s that time of year when i see people everywhere complain of their skin ‘acting up’ or feeling tight .. it really is a bit of a shock to your skin when the head goes on and it gets battered by our cold winter weather too, but luckily there’s some fantastic products out there to help!

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Young skins might need to either step up to a richer moisturizer or night cream to get that extra hydration in or add in a light face oil at night with some rose oil to help take down any redness they might be getting, or a light serum,  just put it where you feel your skin needs the moisture.. if skin has spots some lavender oil at night will kill bacteria, stop spots spreading and then some rose oil during the day will take down redness and soothe and hydrate your face…

For older drier skins like myself i have to really step it up, i hate my skin feeling really tight, dry or getting red dry patches and blotches!

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I have to exfoliate more as my skin goes very dry and scaly if i do not to take off the old dry skin,it feels horrible! I usually use a light exfoliator every morning like Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator, i also use a good quality face mask a few times a week too for radiance and to stop any buildup of dry skin that causes wrinkles .. either Murad Intensive-C radiance Peel or Elemis Papaya Enzyme peel.

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I follow that up with some lovely organic rosewater as my toner (Elizabeth Beckett) then a serum, an eye gel/cream/balm and a pretty rich moisturizer so i know my skin is getting the power packed vitamins it needs. I am currently using L’Occitane Divine youth oil a truly luxurious face oil that sinks into the skin really fast and provides a lot of plant-based hydration and the Divine cream another plant-based product, they are considered purchases but they will well and truly leave your skin hydrated and glowing!

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For the evening  make sure i get hydration into my skin from the very first step cleansing, i use a good quality cleansing balm every night to clean out the pores and to massage my face to bring blood to the surface of the skin to oxygenate and improve skin tone, Emma Hardie Moringa Balm is my cleanser of choice, that or Merumaya cleansing balm (best value ever) which is sure to remove every last trace of make up and leave your face hydrated, mattified and glowing!

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Followed again by my organic rosewater to soothe, restore the skins natural ph, tone and take down any redness. I will make sure i put on some serum either Murad Radiance Serum, Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum which i feel is like an environmental shield, its fab, or a new Prai serum i have just opened for night-time followed by a really good quality face oil, there’s so many i use depending on what i feel my skin needs, Balance Me wonder oil, AD Synergy, Espa Replenishing Face oil or Ancienne Ambience Lavender Oil (all hard-working oils with skin boosting properties) and then my night cream (currently the incredible Cult51) and i allow this to do its work overnight so when i gently exfoliate in the morning the new healthy, plumped up skin is there 🙂

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This might seem like a lot of work but as you get older your skin really does need so much more hydration,it is a real battle! Don’t be scared to give it what it needs to glow and do not be scared of a good face oil it does wonders for your complexion!

That’s it for now! Is your skin acting up? If so i hope this post could hopefully help you ……

Of course Mr Dexter of the long whiskers thinks none of this needed at all, thankfully he loves me just as I am ❤

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Take care

Nicola x

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Hello everyone,

a lot of primers rarely live up to my expectations and I have found a lot don’t really do anything but clog my skin up, but the Laura Mercier foundation primer has to be the best I have tried.

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I use a lot of serums and oils on my face as well as moisturiser a times as I tend to have dry skin but about an hour after putting on a primer and make-up my nose and forehead usually starts to shine and no matter what I put on it after that point makes no difference, its there for the day and that’s it.

But not with the Laura Mercier primer! It has made a huge difference to my face, not one teeny bit of shine gets through, even after hours of wearing, its pretty fab and impressive in my book, its non drying as in it doesn’t dry my skin out either it just leaves everything lovely and matte.

It is a lovely light primer, peachy toned and you don’t need much but I can really feel the difference in this to other primers I have tried, to be honest I had kind of given up on primers till I got this one in my Latest in Beauty Glamour Power List Box here:http://www.latestinbeauty.com/glamour/  and its a keeper!

Will be buying the full size very soon because its taken years for me to find something I am happy with, this vitamin rich creamy gel like primer is worth its weight in gold, it dries quickly leaving my face very smooth and matte, you can feel it forming a base between my face creams and my make up and it holds my make up in place .. amazingly all day, it really is one fantastic primer.

Finally I can actually feel and see what a good primer is meant to and there is no going back when you get a product this good for your face, so bye bye to the rest and hello Laura my new make-up saviour!

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You can find it here at Space NK the official stockists for £29.00 it is a bit of an investment but a bloody good one http://uk.spacenk.com/foundation-primer/MUK113930009.html

Did you get this product in your Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 box? If so what did you think of it? I really do think it is the best I have tried 🙂

Bye for now

Nicola x

Laura Geller Glow Box

Hey there fellow beauty addicts :-),

You may be thinking ‘oh god she just loves everything!’, well i do not but……. just because a product is not for me i don’t believe in slating it, i buy my own products and simply choose not to blog about them if i do not like them!

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Anyway i just love this ‘Glow Box’ because it does just that for me! Being very fair i do not suit a heavy use of blusher or something very bright, especially for everyday use and i buy so many trying to find one i will be happy with and will use continually ..

The Laura Geller Glow Box is just perfect for my fair skin (more like this please Laura x) you have tapped into our pale English Rose complections perfectly with this!

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The blush has a very subtle amount of shimmer to give it warmth on my skin, the pigments are pinky/peachy and it gives me a really healthy look .. too much blush on me and i look like i have been out working in the fields all day lol .. big red cheeks haha! It’s  totally buildable up to a full blush look  and beautifully offset with the vanilla/satin highlighter.

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It comes with its own little brush that makes application faultless and it looks flawless on my paler complexion i am so pleased with it.I pick this up every day now when i put makeup on.

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I really hope Laura Geller does more products like this for fairer skinned ladies because i know there is a lot of them in the UK in need of many more products just like this! It used to be available on QVC but i cannot find it for sale anywhere now ..

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Are you pale skinned too? What blushers do you use? Do you find a lot way too dark or bright for your complexion?

Maybe i can help, give me a shout please x

Hope you enjoyed today’s post

Bye for now

Nicola x

Molton Brown Oudh Accord & Gold .. A touch of Paradise!

Afternoon fellow beauty lovers,

Molton Brown have a fabulous deal on at the moment, its £10 off a £20 spend with code HOUSE10 don’t know how much longer that offer will last tho!

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But i took advantage and thought i would try something different, i had the Pink Pepperpod shower gel before but was not  blown away by it at all but this is different, very different … so many words pop into my head with this one i just love it ❤ ❤ <3!

It is a very different scent to what i am used to, its deep, mysterious, woody, very sexy, warming, heady, decadent, very beautiful, unisex, if you have ever walked along a spice market and been mesmerised by the scents and resins there you will love this, you can see the little flecks of 24 Carat gold all through the bottle!

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It smells even better on the skin than in the bottle, its perfect for the cold winter nights as its very mellow and warming but its the richness of the Oudh that makes it like no other, Eastern promise and mystery also spring to mind, its a very rich amber nectar of Spicy Nutmeg oil, Elemi Oil which is extremely soothing,  rejuvenating on the skin, for aching muscles and calming on the mind, Gold Leaf extract which is fantastic for your skin and your joints and then the Oudh Accord which is deep, rich and woody, it smells and feels expensive and decedent and i am in ever so in love with it.

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The perfect scent for Autumn/Winter although i wouldn’t mind smelling of this gorgeous scent on a hot summers night either! It is a very unisex scent, some might say masculine but to me its unisex and i love how the scent has lingered on my skin, it is a most uplifting, deep, sexy scent that i am  drawn to, going to have this  in my home for a very long time!

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So good i am going to now go and purchase the Oudh Accord & Gold Body Lotion as a special treat for myself 🙂 (has to be done when you find something that bit special)

Anyway you can find out more about the products from Molton Brown, perfect for Christmas and a very decadent gift for someone very special …  http://www.moltonbrown.co.uk/store/collections/oudh-accord-gold/catUKFOudh/

I would love to hear if you love this amazing scent too … it comes beautifully packaged and with a lovely free sample too …

Bye for now

Nicola x

Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator

Hey there fellow beauty junkies!

Want to tell you a bit about my Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator and why i love it….

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My skin is very easily irritated and i find some exfoliators too harsh for my skin and they leave me red and blotchy, particularly on my forehead and cheeks, plus i have some broken capillaries/thread veins that do not like to be overworked and scrubbed too much..

I seem to get on much better with a gentle exfoliation almost every day than a strong one a couple of times a week.

This rose exfoliator has Absolute of Moroccan Rose, very rare and very expensive! Rose oil on your skin is extremely soothing, it takes down redness and calms the skin and this exfoliator hydrated as it goes leaving my skin lovely, smooth and soft, not irritated.

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What the rose exfoliator is also fabulous for is for exfoliating gently around the eye area, there is very few products gentle enough to do this and this one does it brilliantly, i do get old dry skin in that area and its fantastic to run this gently over the whole area and get rid of all the old dead skin that gathers up and causes wrinkles!!

This product is an all round win for me, i genuinely do love it for the reasons stated, please do not exfoliate around your eye area with anything harsh as it could do long term damage, make sure it is gentle and hydrating as this one is and your skin will be left silky smooth.

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If you have any of the skin issues i have then this product really is a godsend as its so gentle but effective in the long term…..

You can find the Gentle Rose Exfoliator at http://www.timetospa.co.uk/

Bye for now folks

Nicola

The gift of Murad ..

Hello everyone,

I just love Murad products, they are so refined, you need very little so you’re never over loading your skin and well .. they really work!

The range I have tried most is the Essential-C range for anti-ageing and dark spots and it is fabulous!

Firstly is the Essential-C cleanser, this has to be the most amazing smelling cleanser ever, its like washing your face with freshly squeezed oranges! The nicest wake me up there is. It has vitamins A, C and E to protect and nourish, Sodium PCA to keep skin soft and supple plus Allantoin which soothes, hydrates, rejuvenates and promotes a healthy complexion.

There’s a lot of wonderful ingredients in this face wash and it also tones your skin so you do not need a toner afterwards.

I find it leaves my face firmed up and pores reduced too and that wonderful scent I have come to look for in the morning to help wake me up!

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Next is something I have tried and loved but it is way out of my price range but my wonderful friend Sam at http://www.testingtimeblog.com/  sent me this as a gift and I am still in shock, thank you so much Sam you really are a really wonderful, kind, caring woman <3!

The Advanced Active Radiance Serum doesn’t half leave your skin glowing it firms and tightens my face quite quickly and is a real complexion enhancer for me. The Resilient-C Complex provides you with up to 50 times the power of vitamin c in brightening the skin, protecting it, yet it is so light , refined and you only need a little. It feels very cooling on your face and you can pretty much see the difference straight away, the whole tone, texture and radiance of your face is very much improved from first use … it takes years off!

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Last but not least is the Intensive-C Radiance Peel , they day it dramatically reduces environmental ageing caused by sun, smog or stress… I really love this mask! I love the tingle from it, it leaves my skin smoother than any other mask I have tried, it contains glycolic to exfoliate and remove dullness and make skin glow and it really does do this, it really is an illuminating face mask and one of the best out there ..

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All these products used together give me amazing results on my skin, it has improved texture, luminosity, its smoother and firmer and well it just glows a lot more, which in turn allows my moisturiser to work better and it enhances my skin and make-up all day long …

A good friend who knows Dr Murad told me that the good Dr believes that everyone woman is a princess and should wear a crown!

So not only is he an amazing skincare Dr …..he is a gentleman too .. well played Dr Murad, well played ❤

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If you are serious about your skincare then you need to try out some of Dr Murad’s products, you will not be disappointed, i buy it up when i can :-)You can find these products and Dr Murad’s entire range of skincare here: http://www.murad.co.uk/

Bye for now

NIcola x