30 September 2012

Aromatherapy Associates Essential Travel Oils

There's no doubt about it, I enjoy a good old bath come cold Winter months but gone are the days where I'd throw in a LUSH bomb or pour in some bubbles, oh yes, I've now developed a taste for a much more indulgent treat, in the way of bath oils. 

Aromatherapy Associates is a brand I've wanted to delve into for a while, but the hefty price tags sent me elsewhere. However, I did take the recent feelunique.com sale as a perfect excuse to cave in and give myself a cheeky treat. Their selection of Bath & Shower Oils come in beautifully packaged glass bottles, each with different properties, but to make the ultimate gift (to myself in this case!) they also offer a variety of different sets containing miniature testers of the oils. The Essential Travel Oils set holds 4 bottles in Deep Relax, a sense of peace and tranquillity, Revive Morning which invigorates and energises both body and mind, Revive Evening to revive and uplift your senses and Support Lavender and Peppermint, a gentle and caring blend, all in-cased in the sweetest box with magnetic lid. This particular set is ideal for holidays and trips away as it deals 'the upheaval of travel', but it's also a great way to discover the brand and sample more than one of their oils. Each bottle contains 7.5ml, enough for 3 baths each, a total of 12, which works out less than £2 a bath (if my mathematics are correct!). To create your very own spa experience in the space of your own bathroom, you just add two capfuls of an oil into a full bath, and for showers, apply the oil directly to the body before jumping in. I have to say, I prefer using them in baths over showers as it does create a slippery surface and if you're as clumsy as me, you could end up pulling muscles instead of soothing them. The scents aren't overpowering, but are enough  to fill the room with a delicate aroma and so out of the four, my favourites have to be the Revive Evening and the Support Lavender and Peppermint, instant relaxation in a single whiff!

Best of all, their products are formulated using only the highest quality precious oils and active botanical extracts - the natural, the better I say! You can find the Essential Travel Oils set for £21.95, along with all of their other goodies at feelunique. Have you tried any oils from Aromatherapy Associates? What's your favourite bath product?

27 September 2012

Essie for Elemis FreshSkin

If two of my favourite beauty brands were to come together and make a baby, they would produce something quite exclusive - and that's exactly what they've gone and done! Elemis FreshSkin and Essie have teamed up to create a one-off nail polish designed and based on this skincare range. The FreshSkin line by Elemis was launched last year and is targeted at teens or girls in their early twenties helping to prevent signs of premature ageing, skin damage, boost elasticity and keeps the skin looking brighter, healthier and younger for longer. 

As part of their range they offer the Discovery Kit containing 5 FreshSkin favourites in mini sizes, a great way to introduce you to the brand. It includes the Peachy Perfect Gentle Face Wash, Skin Glow Exfoliating Face Wash, Softly Softly Daily Moisturiser, Dreamy Sleep Night-time Moisturiser and three sachets of their Deep Clean Purifying Face Mask. 

The main colour of the brand and most of their product packaging is a bright pink-y purple, it stands out and is instantly recognisable. The shade they've come up with together with Essie is quite similar to this, although I'd say it's practically twinsies with Essie's Big Spender which is described as a red-violet cream. Good work team Essiemis, this isn't one I'd usually reach for to paint my fingers with, but it's definitely a winning one for the toes! The Elemis FreshSkin range can be found here and Essie FreshSkin exclusively here

What d'ya think gals? Will this be one you're adding to your collection?

24 September 2012

Top 5: Autumn Nail Polishes

Now that there is officially a chill in the air, I'm reluctantly gathering up my pink and coral polishes ready for their hibernation until next Summer. In replacement, I'm bringing out the Autumn shades, five of which I know I'll be rotating regularly over the next couple of months, some oldies, some newbies..

 The most recent addition to my collection is Chanel Le Vernes in Frenzy, one of three in their Autumn range (and the first to my collection may I add!). In the bottle it looks the perfect shade of 'greige', although it pulls through lilac tones once applied on the nails. The comments about the durability have made me steer clear of these polishes before and I have to say after the first day, the edges started to wear, after three, the chipping began, but I'm willing to forgive it because it really is too beautiful to resist. Then there's China Glaze Winter Berry, the name may relate to next season but I find myself time after time reaching for a classic red this time of year, it's so elegant. Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel polish in Beige Distinction isn't anything out of the ordinary, but a nude beige is pretty standard and this works really well with my skin tone. I only discovered Essie Angora Cardi earlier this year, but every time I saw swatches of it, it never failed to amaze me. It's described as a 'deep dusty rose' and I think it sums up Autumn in a bottle so well! Last but not least, how could I not include OPI Lincoln Park After Dark as one of my top five? This is OPI's best selling nail polish, loved by celebs such as Twiggy and Micha Barton. It's a solid midnight purple, which isn't only ideal for Autumn but the perfect transition colour into Winter as well. 

I'd love to know what colours will be adorning your nails this Autumn! There might just be a few more need adding to my collection, any excuse, eh?!

11 September 2012

Before & After: Peptalash Lash Growth Serum

Not wanting to blow my own trumpet, but I do feel I have been blessed with naturally long lashes, to the point where I've actually been asked on several occasions what brand of falsies I'm wearing! I have to admit I've experimented in the past with anything and everything which, myth or truth, is said to lengthen lashes, olive oil, Vaseline, you name it - I've tried it, whether that has contributed or not though I can't really say. Obviously with lashings of mascara (excuse the pun!) they look a lot fuller, but au natural they are very fine and also light at the roots giving the illusion they're quite sparse. 

I've never tried any lash growth treatments or serums before and always curious of a gimmick, I did decide to give one of the latest products on the market a try. Peptalash by indeed labs (Snoxin, Nanoblur and Hydraluron may ring a bell!) is an advanced combination of 3 clinically-proven peptides which work together to make lashes appear thicker, fuller and longer in as little as 2 weeks. The applicator is very similar to a liquid liner brush whereas other lash growth products I've seen before are in wand form which you use to apply as you would mascara. The product should be applied across the upper lash line, as close to the roots as possible, every morning and night. 

Top: Before, Bottom: After
Left: Before, Right: After

Bar a couple of odd mornings where my brain was still asleep, I applied Peptalash twice a day, everyday for the duration of six weeks and I have to say I've noticed considerable results. I wasn't expecting a miracle and I was aware it wouldn't have much of an effect on my already long lashes, but possible thicker and fuller results was what I was hoping to see and especially within the last two weeks, usually when its come to removing my eye makeup and the point of face inspection, I've seen a change. As you can see by the difference in the after photo, the bases of my lashes look much fuller also making them appear a lot darker compared to the before photo (I assure you the only makeup I'm wearing in both is foundation!). I can't say I agree with some reviews which say your lashes shrink back to normal after use but I also don't expect them to thicken or grow any more now that I've stopped using it. I'd recommend this if you have naturally short or sparse lashes, or they've been damaged by lash extensions (trust me, it happens!). All in all, I think it's worth the £24.99 price tag, it may not look much but it will last you a good few months - with continued use comes best results!

Have you tried Peptalash, or any other lash growth treatments?

9 September 2012

Products I've Used Up in August

Yet another month has been and gone, and another box of empty products has been filled! Quite a few Summer related items have made their way into the video this month, including MAC Fix +, a skin refresher/makeup finishing spray which has been a handbag staple recently due to the warmer weather - it really is great to use to cool down or even on days where I feel my makeup is looking a little cakey/blotchy and is in need of a little sprouse up! There are couple of fragrances in there too, two of Soap & Glory body sprays and Nina by Nina Ricci perfume, all quite fresh, fruity scents perfect for this time of year. As previously promised, there will be a full review to come on the Peptalash serum, not wanting to give too much away but I do feel it has done something. My lashes have looked exceptionally longer with the help of Daniel Sandler Jumbo Jet Mascara which probably needed to be chucked a while ago but I always feel reluctant to after only 3 months. 

Other products I'm saying goodbye to this month are a few things from Liz Earle, even more Elemis and OPI (shock horror!), but you'll have to take a look at the video above if you want to know more!

Which products have come to an end for you this month?

4 September 2012

August Favourites


Some products in this months favourites may have been a bit predictable seeing as I've already declared my love for them in recent videos and posts (Liquid Gold, I'm talking to you!), however, there are some I haven't spoken a word of yet but certainly have a worthy place in this months round up! 

Pretty much every item I mentioned in my skincare haul video has won me over. I regret not getting Bioderma any sooner, I now want to try everything else that REN have to offer and as I say, the Alpha H Liquid Gold is such a wonder product. I really enjoyed using every last drop of the Elemis Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt, it's lasted me such a long time and truly smells incredible - I love the concept of it too, it feels so luxurious to use. The Fekkai Glossing Cream has been applied to the ends of my hair pretty much after every wash this month, I find it works better in damp hair as opposed to dry as it can tend to make it look a little greasy. 

Adorning my finger nails this month has been Essie Fiji, goes with anything and with the new formulation and brush it only takes 2 coats to achieve the perfect mani. On my toes the entire month has been OPI Cajun Shrimp, one of my all time favourite Summer colours, I literally can't stop staring at my feet when I'm wearing this, is that weird? One of my newest purchases, the Diorskin Nude Bronzer has most definitely lived up to expectations. I tried this in store the day they were released and I knew it wouldn't be long until it was mine! I was unsure if the mini kabuki would work with this or not, but it's so soft and distributes the perfect amount of product so you're able to give yourself a natural glow. 

Last but not least, a non beauty favourite but something I always associate with treatments and pampering, is the Neom Sensuous Travel Candle. Not gonna lie, this is a first for me from Neom and to say I'm in love would be an understatement. The smell is divine, lasts in my room for days after without being overpowering and it's safe to say that the 3 wick will be on its way to me once this has gone!

Are we really into September now? Gulp.. What have been your favourites of the month?
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