Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Do or don't, you'll want to try Nad's.


Do or don't, you'll be intrigued by Nad's home wax systems and who knows, you may become a convert once you realise its easier than tearing off a band aid and can save a you a vast amount of money!
 Over the past few years I've been experimenting with various brands, from Boots to Parissa to Veet to tend to my upper lip, chin and underarm; I know and there was you thinking I was impeccably hair-free.  After a few eye watering moments with one brand ripping off more skin than stubble I began to intensively investigate the differences from one brand to the next and ultimately discover which make and style wax system was best for me and my body parts.
I achieved some very good results from Parissa Face and Bikini Wax Strips, which seemed to whip off facial hair effortlessly and with no burning traces to speak of but I found these hardest to find and replace. Veet strips for underarm (and bikini) looked good on workable sized sheets but didn't compare to Parissa as they took more attempts which meant I was going to be replacing them more often. Not as money saving as I hoped with all the arm ache!
Roll on some years of using these brands in between visits to my wonderful local wax lady and finally I try Nad's.
I have to admit I have no idea why I hadn't bought a single Nad's product before as its a brand I have always been aware of, its reputation and results, plus, for goodness sake, its my namesake too...let's call that a 'blindingly obvious beauty block' shall we!!
As I had expected, I was very impressed with their Facial Wax Strips (below) which I'd put down to the comfortably softly woven sheets, as nothing but the wax and hair make contact equaling less pain, more hair removal and fewer attempts.  I saved time, money and achieved results I was happy with as they travelled well this year on a trip to the Caribbean.

Nad's Facial Wax Strips on a soft weave.
I was lucky enough to attend a Nad's event at the start of the Summer to meet the brains behind the brand and to be introduced to more sensational products. My most favourite was the ever so nifty
Nad's Eyebrow Shaper as I instantly knew this would be a fantastic addition to my work kit and wow, its so friggin useful when you want to tidy up your brows at the last minute.  I am a lover of tweezing but the eyebrow shaper is speedier without a doubt and as long as you're not too 'gun ho with the wax you can achieve such precision with minimal effort.

Nad's Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper in a twist up pen style.
Ah, I hope you're a little more convinced of trying to do your own hair removing at your own convenience, certainly helps me to feel groomed in a matter of minutes!!!

Find out more at www.nads.com 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Beauty Stocking Filler ideas: Best Beauty Buys at Wilko!

Not sure I'm going to tickle everyone with these beauty accessories but I personally don't see why beauty should equal ridiculously expensive, fancy packaging along with the outrageous claims!  Hence why I am fanatical about Wilko, yes, that multi-purpose store that has almost all my daily essentials wrapped up from furnishings and fittings to laundry and kitchenware to these handy beauty essentials, shown below, for under £10!

Top Left to Right: Nail Soak Off Dish, Hand Held Make Up Mirror, Nail Brush, Toe Nail Clipper, Pumice Stone, Nail Buffer 4 in 1, Men's Large Foot File 
Yes, I did say for under £10, £8.50 to be exact.
How often do you find a Nail Soak Off Dish in your local chemist or store?
Not ever I should imagine and it proves they really have done their research and made sensible, practical choices such as with the 4 in 1 Nail Buffer, a top seller at Sephora and man-sized Foot File - a favourite of mine, not that I have man-sized feet but its sturdy!
Whatever you choose you'll be able to play at a snip when you discover the cosmetics aisles stocked with Essence, Sally Hansen and more.
Go and see for yourself the rubberised handled Top Nail Clipper and double sided Make Up Mirror, your store is well stocked and waiting, not to mention they have a multitude of more products online at Wilko.com


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The silver lining to NO stretch marks!

Top left Tiana Organic Coconut Cooking Butter,  (below left) Jason Vitamin E Skin Oil, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil and Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks.
And here they are!  My happy body oils and butters that steered my belly away from stretch marks during my 9 months towards motherhood.  What an ideal way to really test out recommended products than to go through a belly busting period watching skins textures and high 'n' lows of the seasons.
I began my pregnancy using a combination of the Palmer's products, the Skin Therapy Oil was great to use all over my body as it kept my skin soft and supple all day, plus I would top up my belly and bust day and night with the Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks which simply left my skin feeling so soft and well coated in one of skins favourite butters, Shea, as well as cell boosting Collagen and an important nutrient for healthy skin, Vitamin E.
This routine lasted about 3-4 months where I would keep trying other products in between to compare such as Remescar Stretch Mark Scar Cream new on the market, silicone based cream which my belly liked though I found it a little slippery on the skin as for me, I prefer something to absorb but sit on the surface when I'm actively keeping my body hydrated and for this reason I stopped using it but will go back to it at a later date and try out to see what effect it might have on old stretch marks scars!
As my bump went from small, upfront and cute to 'you look like you've swallowed a watermelon whole' with the addition of much tighter skin and an increasing chance of stretch marks,  I began regularly delighting in the subtle fragrance of Coconut Butters and Oils, my most preferred, Tiana Organic Coconut Cooking Butter as opposed to Biona Organic Coconut Oil, which became a little gritty at times.  This really did make a noticeable difference to the softness and general quality to my skin which locked in moisture throughout the day and night, held the 'plumpness' and left my skin the smoothest it has ever been!!
During the final months I went back to applying Jason Vitamin E Skin Oil Extra Strength which had come highly recommended by industry professionals, as an additional boost to the coconut butter which added a very well protected layer of moisture, especially during the times when skin tightened to excruciating taught-ness when there was no more stretch left.
My bodycare routine may well seem over the top but it worked, no stretch marks to speak of and a renewed love of Coconut Oil and Butter which I can pass onto my baby's skincare routine as its natural and carries no petroleum or mineral by products.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Beauty Alert: Yes to it all!


Since the Summer, I've been using some Yes to products, after a long break of literally no use on myself or my kit, though they recently popped back into my life randomly and I realised then how much I had missed it!  You cannot beat the smell of Yes to Cucumber, its cool, fresh and its a scent that works for me when it comes to skincare and now too is Grapefruit!  It has never been my favourite fruit of choice but for face and body care, oh yeah!!!
And of course, Carrots for nourishing hydration is a 'no-brainer'.
Now that Autumn is here, think beyond your 5 a day and look ahead at the awful weather we are likely to suffer soon, up to 6 months of it and prepare oneself, ones skin and say Yes to this feast which has been foraged for all skin types from head to toe.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Beauty Alert: Timebomb keeps ticking!


That timebomb keeps ticking and we can't stop ageing completely but we can slow it down!
Timebomb line has developed into destination 'healthy, hydrated skin' with her new Complexion Cocktails bottled up skin tonics of boosting ingredients to suit your needs; from fatigued to stressed skins to parched there is an enriching toner for all, of which can be pressed onto a clean face with hands or applied with a cotton pad morning and night.
For tired, dull complexions select the cocktail with Vitamin B12 which will eventually reveal radiance, thank you Hyaluronic Acid and over time refine skins quality.  The shot of Chlorophyll, a nutrient found in algae and green foods, helps to rebalance stressed-out skin, ideal for those with combination skins.  The third cocktail shot of H2Omega is a favourite of mine as it smells delicious and good enough to eat as its blended with coconut and chia oil; all the moisturizing qualities you need for dry, dehydrated complexions.
I know for a fact these are selling out in Selfridges so be hasty and with Christmas around the corner, no doubt these make beauty-full gifts!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My thoughts on Younique 3D Fiber Lashes!

As directed, I start with one coat of my usual mascara

Then layer on the Transplanting Gel, then immediately apply the Natural Fibers in a few strokes

Finally, to seal, another coat of Transplanting Gel to lashes


































These images tell you everything you really need to know about Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes  and that is, the lash system works!
I was recently contacted by Younique Independent Presenter, Kristin Williams in the US who was very adamant I should try this 300% lash booster, two mascara looking wands of wonder packaged in a rather sleek quilted case, ready to launch in the UK on 1st October and yes, what with being sent products all the time that make claim after claim I was about to roll my eyes but thought I should research the brand.
It's a standard selling 'get up', however, what with today's level of social media giving beauty newbies access to marketing oneself on a global platform, therefore, entirely new confidence so much so I would imagine each Independent Presenter really does feel like they're their own business and very much are.  I was impressed so agreed to trial this enhancer.
I like my lashes to appear well separated, check!
I prefer volume to lengthening, check!
Did I like applying the 'fibers'?
I'd have to say it was an odd feeling to apply very fine haired fibres and to see them fall around my eyes plus to actually feel weight on my lashes which was close to that 'wearing falsies' feeling.  Something I'm not a fan of but saying that in one breathe, I did get used to it very quickly.
Would I use this again on myself and for studio work?
On occasions, yes though I would absolutely use this for shoots and recommend to clients. I can even think of about 30 people off the top of my head who would ransack my make up bag in an instant if they knew I had lash thickening products such as this packed inside.
Now for my sales bit;  I would not recommend you contact anyone else but Ms Kristin Williams, that would defeat the object now wouldn't it, so start making those orders now beauties, she is ready and waiting!
www.youniqueproducts.com/KristinWilliams


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

My obsession with Melvita lives on!

I hope you can join me in my obsession with Melvita and what I love the most is that they focus on customer needs without getting gimmicky!
Not much to say other than these are two recent additions to the range and are simply worth adding to your toiletry bag...

Plumping Radiance Cream is aimed towards the fruitfully youthful who should be aware that one day they will age and are able to most gratefully and gracefully if they start now!

This is another delight which in my opinion smells fantastic and makes my skin feel well protected, firmer and cared for.
Search and get obsessed 
http://uk.melvita.com/

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Mavala Double Lash.


At long last I can recommend an affordable lash conditioning product that doubles the fullness and length of your lashes without straining your bank balance!  Mavala Double Lash is well and truly on my BEAUTY RADAR!!!
I'm fund focused because, in comparison, some brands that I have used and recommended haven't been within everyone's budgets, therefore, I am overjoyed to see a lash formula which adds 'oomph' to your flutter at just £13, a staggering good price, that can be tracked down at John Lewis department stores or such like in their Beauty Accessories section.
The instructions are quite simply to apply root to tip each night to clean lashes and eyebrows, they see the results within a few weeks. I'd highly recommend this as a conditioning product for those of you who wear lash extensions, as we all know your lashes weaken in time with all the chemicals and fiddling about with such a sensitive part of the body.
Some of you might be familiar with Mavala for Nail colour and care though they are also very much a make up brand in their native Switzerland and have Care Solutions which includes the brow and lash products.  
 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Nostalgic Beauty!


I have fond memories of clambering up my mothers dressing table stool to get a glimpse of the glistening glass and curious designs of her perfume bottles; usually YSL Opium and a selection of Chanel classics.  My eye would then catch the glimmering golds and silvers from her array of cosmetics lined alongside the fragrances.  There was much intrigue and immense eagerness to be able to wear it all at once, play and just be a grown up! Well, now I am and I feel like I've gone back in time as Joan Collins Timeless Beauty hit my radar recently.
Timeless, I'm not sure but nostalgic yes!
There is nothing screaming uber-clever technology or super duper formulas, however, its good to see a make up brand that is as 'good-looking' as the lady herself.  She does wear a full face of make up, not my favourite look, but I've always admired Ms Collins for her effortless beauty and incredible dedication to looking good and dressing well.  Nevertheless, the Divine Lips lipstick in Melanie that I'm wearing above, glides on and is sensationally creamy which manages to stay in place, much-like the Nail Lacquer.  


Nail Lacquer in Lady Joan
Divine Lips in Lady Joan
The best part of Joan's Timeless Beauty collection is that you can display these cosmetics; they are all about luxury and for me a wonderful reminder of how I began my love of beauty, asthetics and cosmetics.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Beauty Alert: Melvita Plumping Radiance Duo.


The idea of a bi-phase product excites me, I champion them in skincare, mainly eye make up removers, after all they lift off the toughest make up.  Now imagine my delight when I walked into the Melvita Press Day about a month ago and clapped eyes on this, Plumping Radiance Duo.  It is true beauty, beauty dew and beauty nectar, right there!
This floral water and oil combo means softening and glow from the Damask Rose Oil, whilst the Damask Rose Floral Water hyrdates and soothes it continues to keep skin plump as the oil locks it in.  Et voila! Healthy, plump skin!
Its available to purchase as of this month and tis ideal for travel to far flung places in transit and as an After-Sun, it will lock in moisture intensely, something you will want if you are trying to keep your tan.
To use I would suggest a few pumps into the palms of your hand then press onto skin, however if you like a good 'after-sun spritz' you could spray generously over the face, shoulders and hair, at arms length, for a healthy sheen (and pretty envious one I should imagine!)