Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Day 12 of 24 Days of Beauty Advent Posts-Starskin Lip Mask

Day 11 is the Starskin plumping and hydrating bio-cellulose second skin lip mask.

We are all used to putting masks on our faces - sheet masks, clay masks, charcoal masks.. but I had not heard of a lip mask before. And actually it is like a face mask for your lips. At this time of the year, I don't know about you, but my lips are like dry volcanic platelets. No matter how much and often I apply a moisturising lip balm, the cold weather and central heating continues to dry those smackers out. And dry, flaky lips mean not only constantly picking at them which can lead to irritation and sore lips but worse than that - bad looking lipstick!

So I was intrigued by this lip mask which promises to hydrate and plump. It is very much like a sheet mask in that there are three layers, two of these are the outer layers and the middle is the serum soaked layer which soaks in to your lips.

A tip is to take off one outside layer, smooth the middle layer on to your lips and then carefully peel off the other outside layer. And not like I did which was to remove both outside bits and then try to unpeel and smooth on, what I can only describe as trying to get a squid to lie flat on your lips! But once on you can then relax for 15 minutes. It's fine, doesn't feel uncomfortable and you can still talk. It's almost like a second skin (as long as you smooth it out).

After the 15 minutes, I easily peeled off the lip mask and my lips did feel softer, definitely. However, would I recommend you buy these? No I wouldn't because I didn't feel that my newly hydrated lips stayed that way for very long at all.

Get yourself some Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream for your lips, now that is a winter saviour.

Sorry for a negative post but you always get at least one duff advent window!


Monday, 11 December 2017

Day 11 of 24 Days of Beauty Advent Posts-Relaxing Eye Mask

Day 11 is this adorable lavender filled eye mask from Harlequin.*

If you've ever struggled to drift off to sleep or need a completely darkened room to be able to relax enough to nod off.. an eye mask is such a simple yet effective solution. And this cute Savanna design with the elephants is filled with lavender, which is known for its calming and relaxing effects.

Wearing an eye mask helps to stop your mind from drifting and keeping you awake. This mask is so soft and comfortable to wear, you will hardly know you have it on. The lavender is not over powering and the subtle aroma helps to relax you.

When your brain senses pure darkness, it produces melatonin (the chemical which helps you to drift off). Wearing an eye mask helps to shut out all light.

The eye mask comes in a pretty gift box and would make an ideal stocking filling gift at £16.00 from Heathcote & Ivory
All you would need to do is add a ribbon or bow to this box and you have an interesting gift which anyone would adore.
Harlequin Savanna Eye Mask
The inside of the mask and head strap is a lovely grey velvet material which neither rubs or irritates.
Harlequin Savanna Eye Mask
Harlequin is a leading British Interiors brand, internationally renowned for inspirational designs, innovative textures and ingenious use of colour.  This sophisticated range of accessories features the Savanna design, a stately procession of matching elephants.

Styled with a light ocean fresh fragrance with notes of lemon and bergamot blended with jasmine and geranium on a musk and amber base.

And if you like the Savanna elephant design, other pieces are also available such as a travel wallet, make up bag, pencil case, hand cream and mirror.



Sunday, 10 December 2017

Day 10 of 24 days of beauty advent posts-Glossier Boy Brow

Day 10 is Glossier Boy Brow.

If you are a beauty buff like me, or like to try new products and ranges, you will not have missed the launch of UK delivery for the whole Glossier range. Glossier is a New York based beauty range which includes both make up and skincare products. The two main things that excite me about Glossier is 1. the packaging and 2. that the range was born from beauty editors who were writing for the beauty blog IntoTheGloss.com

I started to read about bloggers coming back with Glossier products after recent trips to New York and whilst initially I did think that this range was more aimed at fresh faced, minimal make up wearing millenials (and I still do to a certain degree), I was intrigued all the same. So when Glossier started shipping to the UK (they have a warehouse in the UK so delivery is really quick) I waited for the rush to die down and then I made an order.
You may know that I have been using and loving Benefit Gimme Brow for ages now. I love the small brush and how it is so quick and easy to use. The thing though, for me, about Gimme Brow, is that the pay off of product on the brush is quite light. I don't think that's a bad thing but for those of us with dark brows, we can afford a little more product.
Glossier Boy Brow gives you that extra product. The brush is just as tiny, precise and easy to use as the Gimme Brow but the product which comes out is much more. You do need to use a light hand when applying and use careful brush strokes but then you're left with slightly darkened, tamed and defined brows. With this my brows look fuller and stay in place all day but without feeling crusty.

Glossier Boy Brow is also slightly cheaper than the Benefit Gimme Brow at £14 and comes in clear, blonde, brown and black shades.

I'm converted to this brow mascara. Sorry Benefit.

As I've made my first order, I was given a 10% off code to pass on to friends, so click here if you want to take advantage of this.



Saturday, 9 December 2017

Day 9 of 24 days of beauty advent posts-Bio Extracts Glow Boost

Day 9 is a sample size of Bio Extracts Glow Boost.

What's that I hear you ask. Well it's an intensive serum that helps your skin to achieve the appearance of a more even complexion and helps to reveal a healthy looking glow.

This serum can be used either on its own, under your normal skincare, or a few drops can be added to your moisturiser, face mask or foundation.  

The idea behind Bio Extracts is that you create your own bespoke skincare range by adding in their serums to your existing skincare. So you don't have to ditch your whole routine, that you've become familiar and happy with, you can super boost it by adding in one of the Bio Extracts serums.
They have an array to choose from which will target the area of concern for you.  You can choose a boosting serum from:

  • Anti oxidant
  • Eye lift and firm
  • Hydro 
  • Glow 
  • Firming 
  • Lifting 
  • Anti wrinkle 
  • Pore minimising
  • Eye brightening
  • Even skin
All of these 10ml shots of serum are available from QVC at £19.50.



Friday, 8 December 2017

Day 8 of 24 Days of Beauty Advent Posts-Decleor 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator

Day 8 is Decleor 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator.

At this time of the year, my skin is as dry as .., flaky, and bumpy. But with the odd Christmas party or two, I and I'm sure you, need our skin to sort itself out and have a glow and smoothness to go with that sparkly dress.
The answer is of course to exfoliate. I double up by using an exfoliator with scrubbing gloves, which I use in circular motions, all over and especially on elbows, knees and ankles.

A regular exfoliation sloths away dry, flaky skin giving you super smooth and soft skin and by getting rid of dead skin cells, your moisturiser will sink in so much better.

Everyone has heard of Decleor and it's a luxury skincare brand that you will find in all top spas, as well as on QVC. This exfoliator, made with grapefruit essential oil is fab for leaving your skin feeling as soft and new as a baby's. and unlike a baby's, ready for some party fake tan!

£18.22 for a 200ml (from Amazon).



Thursday, 7 December 2017

Day 7 of 24 Days of Beauty Advent Posts-Korres Shower Gel

Day 7 is Korres Water Lily Blossom shower gel.
Am I the only one who had assumed that Korres shower gels were an expensive and extravagant luxury? Well I was wrong because for the price of the 250ml bottle at £8.00, you get a concentrated, deliciously smelling gel which not only leaves you smelling fresh but your bathroom too.

Gone are the days when I will be wasting a few pound on a shower gel from the supermarket just because it has a hook, because it's a false economy. I want a shower gel that will not only clean me but leave me smelling really nice and my skin moisturised.

Korres shower gels are free from mineral oil, silicones, parabens and alcohol and are not tested on animals.

You can get Korres from M&S, Look Fantastic and Oliver Bonas.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Day 6 of 24 Days of Beauty Advent Posts-Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip

Day 6 is Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick.
It's nearly Christmas and if you can't brave a red lip at this time of the year, when can you?! 
I've spoken about the Rimmel Stay Matte liquid lip before, but that was in a nude colour. Today I'm talking a proper red. The shade is Fire Starter. That says it all, surely.

I cannot impress on you how much I adore these liquid lipsticks. They are so easy to apply with an almost mousse like texture. The wand means an easy and precise application when lining the outside of your lips, and then turn the wand on to its flat side and in a couple of sweeps, the rest of your lips are coloured in. 

The staying power is crazy. I didn't really notice this with the nude colour, which does last but being nude, it wasn't obviously noticeable. But this dark red stays on and on and on, so perfect for party nights, with eating and a few drinks, and may be a couple of kisses..
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour
Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour
I first wore this on my birthday, in the day, on a day out shopping, on my own. I felt strong, empowered and like a woman. I have been surprised at how wearing a red lip lifts my complexion, it brightens dull skin and is the focus if you want to distract from a bad hair day or spot.

This lipstick worn with jeans and a plain jumper is effortless coolness. Or with an all black outfit, the red lip will make you feel like a chic Parisian.
This is just one coat and it was a bright day so the photo doesn't show the full bright redness of this shade.. but you get the picture.

Available from Boots or Superdrug £5.99

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