Helping your hair to Grow Gorgeous

grow-gorgeous-review-1Of course how well a product works is its best feature, but really, cute packaging goes a long way. Grow Gorgeous has it all: fab products which work and smell great and the most delightful packaging.

grow-gorgeous-review-2Their new hair Strengthening Oil is a finishing product for mid and end of the hair.

In its formula, chia seed (which contains vitamin B, D & E, Omega-3, iron and antioxidants) and beet extract. These ingredients protect and nourish the strands so the growth is supported by healthy lengths.

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It is extra light so it doesn’t weigh the hair. It also smells amazing and costs £25 for 60ml.

My biggest surprise was their 11-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner. Now, I know that you’re thinking exactly what I did when I laid eyes on this product. A cleansing conditioner? What do you mean?

grow-gorgeous-review-4That and my ever suspicion of 2-in-1 products made me extremely sceptical about this product, which is enriched with abyssinica seeds and panthenol.

However, the promise of a non-stripping, growth-nurturing, hair-caring product made me go for it.

grow-gorgeous-review-6And surprised I was! Admittedly, it lacks foaming and hair doesn’t get squeaky clean on rinse but it does feel extra smooth. I was worried about, without a wash for two days, it wouldn’t be enough to break down the grease and it would clump.

To be honest, my fine hair is slightly heavier overall, but it’s not limp or with less volume than usual. Roots look and feel clean. I wouldn’t solely use this to wash my hair, but it is great when you need to wash two days in a row!

grow-gorgeous-review-3The Hair Growth Serum was designed to help you grow thicker, longer hair. It contains acetyl tetrapeptide-3, clover flower extract active complex, bio-active complex of Chinese skullcap, soy sprout, wheat sprouthyalurinoci acid and caffeine to stimulate follicles, increase scalp hydration and improve density and length.

It feels very light and fresh upon application and lovely to massage in. Personally I like applying after washing, when hair is still damp.

grow-gorgeous-review-8It dries fine and does not weight down the roots, which is very important for fine hair! I did notice a very slight improvement after a while, but hey, every little helps! It costs £30 for 60ml.

grow-gorgeous-review-5Grow Gorgeous products are on sale at the moment, with up to 50% off. Right now (28 Dec 2016), you can get the Growth Serum for £25, the Cleansing Conditioner for £14 and the Strengthening Oil for £18 on their website. Hurry!

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Night time skin rituals

this-works-no-wrinkles-review-1I have that kind of skin that goes downhill during the day – it loses hydration, lines and scars become more visible, even if make up does not sink. Add the weather and the stresses this time of the year and boom! Skin nightmare!

Night time is very important for skin; it’s the time it restores, heals and resets itself. And because This Works develops its products based on our circadian rhythm, it caters for all skin needs at different times of the day.

In my search of replenishment, I have fallen in love with their No Wrinkles range, which supports my skin natural restoring abilities.

this-works-no-wrinkles-review-2The amazing Wonder Essence (£30) is a water like product that works to brighten and rejuvenate skin. I apply after cleansing and its natural protease enzymes gently exfoliate while antioxidants protect and hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin. It’s a great start to the night routine.

this-works-no-wrinkles-review-1Then I move on to the eyes with Tired Eyes (£42), a tightening serum that fights puffiness, tiredness and lines. Containing detoxing Persian silk tree extract and counting with the retinyl palmitate, hyaluronic acid, botanical oils and plant extracts super blend, present throughout the range, this eye cream combats both the signs of ageing and tiredness.

this-works-no-wrinkles-review-5After that I apply the Night Repair (£45) serum, which has a thicker than expected texture for a serum, but absorbs super quickly. It works by reducing the signs of tiredness and it attacks glycotoxins, which are produced when we don’t get enough sleep.

It contains Persian silk tree and cactus flower extracts, as well as retinol to prepare the skin for its natural night repair rituals.

this-works-no-wrinkles-review-4Then comes the Midnight Moisture (£46), a super nourishing moisturiser (which some days I feels is on the richer side for my skin, so I replace with another or an oil) that works hard to accelerate and support the overnight repair and detox of the skin.

Persian silk tree extract works on the detoxification, retinol on collagen production and cell renewal, hyaluronic acid on hydrating and plumping, with evening primrose and jojoba oils and shea butter adding extra moisture richness.

Add a little (ok, maybe not just a little) of their Sleep Plus Pillow Spray and voilá: a great night sleep awaits! And a beautiful radiant morning ensues!

You can get the whole No Wrinkles range on the This Works website. And I hear they are having a sale preview – 25% off on some of their hero products! Hurry – it ends at midnight 23rd December!

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That liquid lipstick addiction…

collection-velvet-kiss-lip-cream-review-1So I spoke about how liquid lipsticks unexpectedly stole my heart and this is the culprit of this new found love: Collection Velvet Kiss.

As the name says, it has a fabulous velvety matte finish. Say what?

collection-velvet-kiss-lip-cream-review-2Yes, a liquid lipstick with a flawless matte finish. Trust me, I took a while to believe too.
Available in six colours, from naturals to bold, it packs a colour punch; pigmentation, finish and durability are great; application super easy.

It feels very comfortable on the lips and wears out very well – no bleeding or massive staining.

I got many compliments when wearing the red and someone in the office even said “Nooo! But it’s matte!” when I showed her the bottle.

Overall a fabulous launch!

The Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream costs only £2.99, available from Superdrug and Boots. At that price, you can collect them all!

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Enter the Red Door Experience

red-door-experience-debenhams-londonParty season is now and full swing and if you are like me, you – and your skin – might be feeling a bit exhausted!

You’ll be pleased to know that Elizabeth Arden brought their NY beauty secrets to the heart of London: welcome to The Red Door Experience.

Newly opened at Debenhams Oxford Street, The Red Door offers services from speedy pick me ups to full body pampering.

Now, I must point out that the 15 minute treatments are perfect for the festive season: the Oxygen Blast Facial cost £15 and is designed to revitalise skin. A thorough cleanse and tone is followed by an oxygen, hyaluronic acid and 16 minerals. I tried that myself and just say skin felt renewed for a few days. Night before who?!

elizabeth-arden-red-door-debenhamsApart from that, there’s another express device at the same price, the pollution solution, perfect for us big city folks, which has anti-ageing and anti-pollution properties. You get a quick fix that packs s punch: Cleansing, a boost with the SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster and a sheet mask full of antioxidants.

The top treatment is the the Ultimate Arden Facial (£70, 75 minutes) which has microdermabrasion and special mask, as well as décolleté treatment, scalp massage, hand treatment and upper body warm stone massage.

red-door-experience-debenhams-london1The introductory Elizabeth Arden Essential Facial counts with cleansing, exfoliation and hydration (£50, 50 minutes), the Ceramide Anti-Ageing Facial (£65, 65 minutes) is focused on rejuvenation, strengthening and moisturisation and the Oxygen Infusion Facial (£65, 65 minutes) delivers that fabulous signature oxygen and minerals infusion and a collagen mask for rejuvenation.

Apart from those, you can also count on the free Lady Liperty (exfoliating lip fix, Eight Hour Cream Protectant and lip colour to match you mood and complexion), Pampered Hands (lush Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment plus All-Over Miracle Oil) and Find Your Perfect Match (foundation type and colour match).

To find out about all the treatments and book your, visit the Elizabeth Arden website.

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This Christmas, give the gift of good skin

dermalogica-power-rescue-masque-trio-review-1Now, why not, this Christmas, give the gift of good skin?

Dermalogica has come up with some fabulous gift sets for many skin demands. Being the mask lover I am, I went for this handy Power Rescue Masque Trio, which has my favourite mask ever, Charcoal Rescue Masque (38ml), the MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque and the Skin Hydrating Masque.

dermalogica-power-rescue-masque-trio-review-2Perfect for this time of the year and multitasking, this kit will cater for many skin concerns. You can also layer the masks – when I say this is a super muilti-tasking kit, I mean business!

Individually, the masks have very distinctive properties and are a dream to use.

Together, they deliver the perfect combination for my sensitised winter skin: purification and exfoliation for the T-zone, anti ageing moisture for the centre of my face and extra hydration for everywhere else.

Apart from the Power Rescue Masque Trio, which costs £43.25, you can also get:

  • Body Buffing Set (£15.50) – perfect gift to buff up dull skin and reveal the smooth underneath in time to see in the New Year. Contains travel size Conditioning Body Wash and  Body Hydrating Cream and an Ultimate Buffing Cloth.
  • Skin Health Heroes (£33.10) – a trio of Dermalogica’s most popular products in handy travel sizes, this kit contains Special Cleansing Gel, Multi-Active Toner and Hydrablur Primer for the healthiest skin ever.
  • Skin Brightening Duo (£53.25) – made up of two of Dermalogica’s skin heroes, the combination of a full size Daily Microfoliant® and PreCleanse work together to remove impurities, leaving clear, bright skin.
  • Skin Perfecting Set (£67.60) – illuminate skin during the day and repair at night with this complementary duo of full size Skin Perfect Primer SPF30 and Overnight Repair Serum. Firm, smooth and minimise the appearance of ageing.
  • Clear Skin Day In, Day Out (£13.70) – ideal for teen skin, this kit contains a complete day to night regimen of travel size Foaming Wash, Daytime Treatment and Overnight Treatment. Clearing the way to healthy skin from a young age.

Visit the Dermalogica website to find out more and purchase the gift sets. You can also get it fromthe Dermalogica shops, counters and many retailers, on and off line, across the country.

Be quick and get your hands on them before they sell out!

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The Christmas jumper edition 2016

I’ve been a total bah-humbug this season; I love Christmas but many factors in my life this year somehow don’t make me feel like being suuuuuper festive.

Yeah, well done universe from stripping the Christmas spirit from one of the biggest Christmas lover.

Having said that, I cannot resist a good Xmas jumper, so here is my selection, just in time for the last leg of office parties and of course, Christmas jumper day, the 16th December.

primark-treePrimark always delivers on the Christmas jumper (and great price tag) front. Although there are many great ones (even a little santa/elf dress), I have to go for this little black jumper. With a Christmas tree. WHICH LIGHTS UP. £16.

topshopTopshop keeps it stylish with this pretty metallic star jumper which won’t look out of place after Christmas. £55.

missguidedI love a naughty jumper and Missguided always have one. This is £18.

The selection at Boohoo is fabulous – from naughty to nice and going through the quirky, I could not just pick one – so here is this adorable reindeer (£15), the loved up emoji (£12) and Festive AF (£15).

asos-kissA few cute ones over at ASOS, including pretty pastel plus size ones. My pick goes to the mistletoe (£18 on sale).

nextIf you are looking for classy Xmas jumpers, head to next; I picked this Christmas pudding (£26) one, which is just too adorable!

river-islandTalking about classy ones, how about this polar bear (£25) number from River Island in non-christmassy black grey and pink? So cute!

F&F for Tesco has jumpers for the whole family, and the prices are good too. My pick? This #Elfie (£14) that comes with a headband, pointy ears and all. Had to be done.

matalanLove? I’ll have my share in wine, thank you very much. Matalan (£15) said it!

peacocksThis Peacocks number is telling us exactly what we want to hear: calories don’t count at Christmas (£22). It is a long line jumper so can double up as a dress.

And conceal the bulge from the multiples Xmas meals and drinks. Just saying.

amazonI could not resist adding this pretty nerdy fox one from Whispering Smith & Bravesoul at Amazon (£18.50-20).

newlookAlso too cute too pass is this loved up reindeer jumper from New Look (14.99). Everyone: aaaaaw <3.

asdaFinally, George at Asda has come up with this sparkly fairy festive jumper (£12). So popular that is only available is larger sizes now, but I would probably buy and wear oversized!

Personally, although the options are very lovely, I think last year’s Christmas jumper game was stronger….

What about you? Found any Xmas jumper you love?

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Party transformation: from desk to dance floor

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-1We’ve all been there: great party straight out of a stressful day in the office. And now with the end of year parties in full swing, it is likely you are finding yourself in that situation more often than not.

So you can shine from desk to dance floor, I put a few tips and saviour products together that at this time of the year are dead certain to give you that helping hand, especially when you keep it going a few nights in a row.

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-2For skin that has been in the office (and in party mode) the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster is a god-send.

I love applying it lightly on my skin throughout the day to retain and maximise moisture; it is also great dabbed on top of make up for an extra glow and to take that powdery finish away from the skin.

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-12To refresh your makeup, invest in a little multi-tasking palette which doesn’t take much space and will go a long way.

This Sleek Eye and Cheek palette fits the bill and even has a sparkly shade to build on top of the neutrals after hours and turn up the party vibe!

I also decant my foundation into small pots to carry on the go, and use small makeup brushes to apply.

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-11For you lips, my newest obsession, liquid lipsticks are just perfect as they are quick to apply. At the moment, Kat Von D Vampira is my autumn go-to shade and scream edgy party look.

Taking about that, the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is great to fix your makeup in place and keep it going all night long!

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-4A small deodorant goes a long way – I love the little Dove Invisible Dry that ensures your black or colourful attires are free from marks. very important in a hurry!

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-8Sore feet? Carnation has a fabulous range to maximise your heel-wearing span and I love this Anti-Blister Stick, which minimises the party-busting shoe rubbing.

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-5Make sure you always carry flats; I love these Sinderella foldable pumps as they are super comfy to walk on. Perfect for moving in-between parties if your Uber budget is getting close to exhausted!

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-3For extra hair oomph use a good dry shampoo. I love the Swell Ultimate Volume Dry Shampoo as it has no nasties and refreshes hair as well as giving some volume!

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-6I always carry a good brush with me, and this mini Wet Brush is brilliant!

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-7Has barely made it home for a shower? This tiny Gillette Venus razor is perfect for shaving on the go. Showers in the office or the gym? Done! Just make sure you rinse the floor well :)!

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-8And talking about those pins, at this time of the year nothing beats a little bit of fake tan. Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer is a fine dry mist that is easy to apply and you don;t need to rub in! It’s available for face too!

desk-to-dancefloor-beauty-9Finally, to smell good, nothing better than a roller ball fragrance. The Gucci Guilty is my festive one of choice at the moment – and perfect for the handbag! Many fragrances now have a roll on version available and I just love it!

Do you have any office to party hacks? Do share. And happy celebrations!

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(Gucci) Guilty of smelling fabulous

gucci-guilty-very-review-3Most things in my life seems to fall into the subversion category, so with fragrance it’s not different.

At the very.co.uk amazing Christmas advert preview I was given a beautiful pink gift box with the irresistible Gucci Guilty gift set inside.

gucci-guilty-very-review-5I’m always cautious when being torn fragrances; being such a personal thing, more often than not it does not suit me.

For my surprise, this warm scent was a hit with me with its top notes of pink pepper, lilac at its heat and base notes of amber and patchouli. Although quite striking, it is not an overpowering fragrance.

gucci-guilty-very-review-2Having said that, a fragrance that is “the very scent of defiance” and an “invitation to subvert” “for contemporary rebels” really could not go wrong for me.

The gift set comes with a 75ml perfume, 100ml body lotion and my favourite 7.5ml slim perfume rollerball, for all those important top ups and perfect to carry in the handbag!

gucci-guilty-very-review-6This gorgeous Gucci Guilty gift set is available from very.co.uk and usually cost £75. At the moment, you can get it for £10 off, for £65, a great deal – and gift!

Talking about gifts, at very.co.uk you will find everything for everyone you need to buy… honestly, a fabulous selection to turn you into a gift-giving god/goddess with minimum effort!

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That festive smell

crabtree-evelyn-rose-pineapple-review-1For me, Crabtree & Evelyn have the best hand creams in the market. Undisputed. When they add a festive spin to the scents, they become unbeatable.

crabtree-evelyn-rose-pineapple-review-4This season sees the rise of Rose Pineapple, a gorgeous scent that combines the classic delicate and subtle rose with the tropical, sweet zing of pineapple. It’s like something you never smelt before.

I wouldn’t need to say much more apart from the name of this scent: Festive Fig. I love figs, especially festive ones! This scent is warm, combining ripe fig, damson plum, black pepper, resinous wood and winter flowers.

crabtree-evelyn-rose-pineapple-review-3Having loved the two fragrances about, I must confess my biggest surprise was the gorgeous Spiced Earl Grey fragrance. It’s got a sweet spice scent with a hint of lemon that is totally intoxicating and soothing.

On those three fantastic scents I got to try the hand therapy, which comes as the Festive Hand Therapy Trio that at a reasonable £15, comes with one 25g cream of each scent.

crabtree-evelyn-rose-pineapple-review-2I also have the fabulous Christmas cracker, which also comes with the three seasonal hand therapy creams in a handy 10g.

Worth pointing out you can get the 100ml Hand Therapy Cream in each one of the festive scents (and the packaging is lovely!) separately, for £16.

However fabulous the hand therapy creams are, the star of my festive Crabtree & Evelyn collection has to be, doubtless, this amazing three tier candle.

crabtree-evelyn-rose-pineapple-review-5Prettily set on frosted glass rectangles and stackable, they deliver a durable punch of the fabulous festive scents to really set the mood and create that seasonal ambiance.

The Triple Scented Candle costs £45 and together burns for around 6 hours per candle. Best thing? You get it free when you spend £100. Deliveries are free on purchases over £50.

And if you think that’s all for Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas love, you’re very wrong! From home scents to foods, the selection is just wonderful – their Christmas shop is a must visit!

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Capturing the essence of water

jurlique-activating-water-essence-review-1Water. More than half of our bodies is made of it. We all love it and know how important it is in our lives and beauty regimes.

Jurlique, a brand I’ve been quite close to for quite sometime, has capture the essence of this wonderful ingredient into their newest product, the Activating Water Essence.

Basically, it is a fresh water to be applied on the skin after toning but before moisturisers or serums. You may think this extra step is too much to add to ay routine but you’d be surprised how much its worth.

jurlique-activating-water-essence-review-2To start with, the essence is very fresh; in the morning it does help you wake you up. The Activating Water Essence basically prepares the skin to receive and better absorb the care; it feels soft and revitalised after application.

Think of it as a booster to your skincare products properties.

It is hydrating, conditioning and revitalising; rich in marshmallow root, a darling product amongst natural skincare creators for its properties to attract and retain moisture, preventing its loss.

As all Jurlique products, it is lovingly made with natural ingredients grown in their farm in Adelaide Hills, Australia.

jurlique-activating-water-essence-review-3The lovely Jurlique Activating Water Essence costs £40 for 150ml (which goes a very long way) is available to buy online and beauty retailers nationwide.

Now you can also get it from their gorgeous flagship store at 486 Oxford Street, London.

And let me tell you a secret: they also have a fabulous treatment room, where you can have their signature facials.  A true calmness haven nested in the hustle and bustle of the capital’s shopping hub.

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