Sunkissed Vitamin C Serum

I’m very much into my skincare these days, much more than I used to be. Every morning and evening I make sure I do a full skincare routine, spending at least 10 minutes cleansing, toning and moisturising, however tired I am I make sure I get rid of any of the days makeup and finish off with a serum and night cream that will really benefit my skin over night.

I’ve been using a serum for a number of years and have really noticed a difference in my skin’s texture and appearance. It improved so much that there are some days I go without makeup and know that I won’t have to worry about dry patches or blemishes like I used to. Using a serum has helped with a whole host of skin problems from brightening up my tired skin, to giving it some much needed hydration.
Another area I worry about are the signs of ageing. I know that’s something I can’t stop (oh if only!) but by using a serum it has helped with any fine lines I do have.

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been applying Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum which promises to plump and hydrate dull skin, reduce any wrinkles, remove acne, and leave your skin feeling soft and blemish free. I love that it’s 100% natural and not been tested on animals. If that’s not enough to make you want to give it a try, 20% of all purchases go to a a charity for children with mental health problems.

The serums includes Rose Water, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerine and Marine Collagen. So there’s a lot of good stuff inside one tiny bottle and are enough to get me all excited, that’s for sure. I love anything that promises to give me a youthful glow and and believe me, you don’t know how many times I’ve got in a paddy over fine lines around my eyes. I was interested to see if the Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum lived up to my high expectations.

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Sadly it didn’t.

Ok, so that’s a bit unfair because it did give my skin a slight radiant glow and I’m definitely all about looking healthy. The website states that you may have a slight reaction during the first week of using the serum. Luckily my skin was fine and there was no signs of irritation, so that’s a bonus. Unfortunately it’s quite a thin runny consistency and my skin felt drier after using it. I think it will be absolutely fine if you have normal skin type, but I have naturally dry skin and need a serum that’s a bit richer. It didn’t improve my skin’s texture or fine lines around my eyes but it certainly didn’t leave it looking as though I’d not used any serum at all. So it’s not all bad.

I love the black and gold packaging, which would look very classy on anyone’s dressing table. The pipet applicator makes it easy to use, simply add 10 to 15 drops onto the palm of your hand and smooth over your face, neck and lips in the morning and evening.

Price wise, at £29.95 I do think it’s a little on the expensive side for a 20ml bottle, considering they recommend you use quite a large amount twice a day. Like I said, it may work wonders on someone else, everyone is different, but sadly it didn’t for me.

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum

Skinkissed Vitamin C Serum* can be bought from their website if you do fancy giving it a try for yourself.

*This product was kindly sent to me for the purpose of an honest review, all opinions and photos are my own.

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Leighton Denny Foot Masque

With sandal season well and truly upon us, I thought it was time to give my feet some much needed attention. Don’t worry, I haven’t taken any photos of my actual feet, just in case you were wondering before you carried on reading.

After having a nerve biopsy on my ankle, which has left the scar area looking rather swollen, and having a neurological disability means my feet can sit at very strange angles. Over the years this has caused my feet to suffer and look a bit of a mess, with cracked heels and hard skin on the bottoms of my toes. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to shoes, fashion over comfort always comes first.

I’ve been testing out Leighton Denny Well Heeled Intensive Foot Masque and my feet have never been happier.

Leighton Denny Well Heeled Foot Masque

The great thing about this is the cream does it’s work overnight while you’re asleep and you will see the results instantly, it’s not one of those creams where you have to use it for a few weeks before you see any of the benefits. It’s so easy to use, simply massage a small amount of cream all over your feet and pop on the cute pair of cotton socks that come with the masque, then get straight into bed. I love any beauty products that helps me look my best without any hassle.

I’ve already seen a huge improvement in the condition of my feet. My skin feels extremely soft and nourished, what I love about this intensive foot masque is that it exfoliates the dry skin on any problem areas leaving them silky smooth. I’m no longer worried about getting my feet out in open toes shoes, especially as I’ve just bought myself a couple of pairs of new sandals from Topshop.

Leighton Denny Foot Masque

It contains pineapple and papaya fruit extracts, making it smell absolutely incredible. It is also really refreshing on your feet thanks to peppermint oil and leaves them feeling relaxed after a busy day at work. It’s literally a 2 minute pamper session for your feet, yet it feels like you’ve spent hours having them massaged.

Before I go, I have to mention my two current favourite nail polishes from Leighton Denny. First is the shade Rosey Posey, which is a beautiful camel nude and looks very classy and classic. The second is in the shade Rumba Rose, which is a pretty rose pink, and perfect for for having my toes on show in my new sandals.

What are your favourite nail colours for summer?

*This post contains PR Samples

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lip kit

Have you ever looked at all the amazing Beauty Trends on Instagram , from a cut crease to metallic lips, and failed terribly when you’ve had a try yourself. Yes, me too. Doesn’t matter how many tutorials I watch, it’s just never going to happen.

Well now you don’t have to as HAX have introduced a range of easy to use makeup kits to help you out. They’ve recently launched their products on ASOS and prices vary between £14.99 to £19.99, which is not bad considering each kit contains everything you need to recreate the look. There are 5 Instagram worthy looks to choose from: Cut Crease, Glitter Cut Crease, Rose Gold Lip Kit, Holographic Lip Kit and a Glitter Lip Kit. HAX really have got you covered.

When I was asked if I’d like to try one out and let you know all about them I jumped at the chance and it would come as no surprise that I went for the Rose Gold Glitter Lip Kit*. This would be perfect for an evening out or the festival season.

lip kit

The Rose Gold Glitter Lip Kit contains a lip liner, liquid lipstick, pot of glitter and an application brush. Not only does the lip kit include all the tools you need for an Instagram worthy pout but there’s also a handy step by step guide and everything comes neatly wrapped in a cute little black box.

I was due to meet up with some friends that evening and saw it as the perfect opportunity to try the out the look. I usually test products at home first, but hey if this went well I wasn’t going to waste a single drop.

The first step was to apply the lip liner, so I couldn’t really go wrong there. It’s a beautiful nude shade that will go with lip products I already own. The soft, creamy pencil doesn’t drag the delicate skin, yet still creates a perfect line around the shape of the mouth.

lip kit

Next up, it’s the liquid lipstick which is the most gorgeous rosy pink shade, not too matte, not too shiny. I’d quite happily wear this colour on it’s own during the day. I love the neat little sponge applicator which made it easy to apply the colour, some wands I’ve used are so long they bend all over the place. The liquid lipstick sat comfortably on my lips, not in least bit drying. I absolutely love the colour and it made the perfect shade for the overall look.

Then while the lip colour is still wet you dip the blending brush into the pot of glitter and gently apply a thin layer to the inside of the lips. There’s no need to worry about having enough time to get the glitter on before the lip paint dried, I was trying to make notes and take photos in between, yet the lip colour was still wet enough. The glitter was a gorgeous gold shade and looked amazing over the top of the rosy pink liquid lipstick, creating a beautiful shimmery effect.

lip kit

Overall, I love the HAX Rose Gold Glitter Lip Kit and it’s definitely a look I’d wear again. It was the perfect shade for my hair and skin tone. The shimmery effect made a wonderful change to my usual look, but wasn’t so different that I felt uncomfortable while wearing it. The creamy consistency felt lovely on my lips and it lasted through a few glasses of wine, a coffee and an evening meal. This kit costs £14.99, which is a great price considering you’d pay that for some lip liners alone.

lip kit

rose gold lip kit

If rose gold isn’t your thing, then why not check out the other HAX Makeup Kits on ASOS. I really love the look of the Holographic Lip Kit but don’t think I’ve got the confidence to wear it.

If you’ve tried an Instagram makeup trend let me know in the comments section below, I’d love to see a photo of a look you’ve created.

lip kit

*This product was snet for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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You know that feeling of excitement when one of your favourite brands introduces a new product, well that’s how I felt when I heard Kathleen were launching a body care range.

There are 3 different aromatherapy  body oils and bath oils in the collection: Citrus Cheer, Tranquil Fields and Sensual Rose, so there’s one to cover every mood and promises to enhance your bath or shower routine with a little luxury. Each product is packed with natural ingredients and delicately scented with essential oils that gives even a 5 minute morning shower the feeling of a full on pamper session.

I love using oils, whether it’s for the face, hair or body, they are part of my weekly beauty routine. When it comes to body care, I love to use oils that will soothe and calm my mood as well as give my skin a healthy, radiant look. So I chose Kathleen UK Tranquil Fields Body Care Duo, which main ingredients are Lavender, Frankincense and Vanilla and are known to aid relaxation. I couldn’t wait to start using these to unwind after a stressful day.

Kathleen Body Care

Who knew that a few simple drops could take away all the stresses that had built up during the day. Kathleen Tranquil Fields Bath and Shower Gel* smelt absolutely divine and transformed my bath routine into one of the most calming and relaxing I’ve ever had. I literally lay there and didn’t want to get out. My skin not only felt cleansed but soft and hydrated thanks to the gel’s wonderful mix of essential oils. My body was completely relaxed, ready for a good night’s sleep.

If you’re short on time, the good news is that the gel can also be used in the shower and your body and mind will still benefit from all those wonderful ingredients. Aloe Vera leaves your skin feeling clean and soft, while the fragrance of Vanilla and Lavender will reduce any feelings of anxiety or stress and leaving your bathroom smelling absolutely amazing.

Kathleen Body Care

I’ve only had a few massages in a professional salon, so I love it when I find a product that brings that whole experience into the privacy of my own bedroom. Kathleen Tranquil Fields Massage Oil* contains the same essential oils as the shower gel, giving you a sense of well being.

This oil is designed to be used on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower. I love that moment when I add a few drops onto the palms of my hand and simply inhale the relaxing scents and I immediately feel a million times calmer. It contains Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E which help to nourish the skin and keep it feeling silky smooth, even those stubborn areas like knees, elbows and ankles.

I’ve been using it in the evening after my bath, but it’s just as wonderful to use after a morning shower as my skin wasn’t left feeling greasy like some oils. It’s great for prepping the skin in-between fake tans, giving you a more even colour. Any residue left on my hands I’ll give those a quick massage too, concentrating on my cuticles to kelp keep those in tip top condition.

Overall, I think this is a wonderful body care range. We all need a little bit of luxury in our beauty routine and these come with the added benefits of calming, de-stressing and relaxing your body and mind. They both help to nourish and hydrate the skin, filling your bathroom with the most amazing fragrance. These body care duos would also make a wonderful gift for any females in your life. I personally love using both products from the Tranquil Fields range so much that I look forward to my evening bath even more than I did before.

The essential oils used in this range:

Lavender

Helps to calm, reduce anxiety and emotional stress, improves sleep and relieves pain.

Frankincense

Promotes relaxation, reduces pain and inflammation, relieves chronic stress and anxiety.

Vanilla

One of the most relaxing essential oils, Vanilla can be used as a sedative, antioxidant and antidepressant.

The Kathleen Body Care range will be available from their website and through effortlessskin.com. Keep an eye out on the Kathleen Twitter feed for any exciting new products and special offers which you won’t want to miss.

You may also be interested in my review of Kathleen Amazing White Illuminating Serum which is a firm favourite of mine, I’m on my second bottle now.

*Products in this post have kindly been sent for the purpose of a review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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SpaRitual Review

Having some time to myself really does help with my with my general well being, especially my mental health. In a world where everything feels like it’s on full speed and my body has hit an imaginary brick wall. I need to be by myself, sitting calmly and free my mind of any outside stresses. If only I could hot foot it to the nearest Spa Treatment salon every time I felt like this. Luckily I try to recreate the experience and enjoy some simple beauty rituals with a selection of little luxuries in the comfort of my own bedroom.

SpaRitual is a brand that has a collection of high quality beauty products and has been around since 2004. I love that they are made with natural, organic ingredients and don’t have any harsh chemicals. Recently I have become aware that it’s important to know what goes on your body as well as what goes into your body. SpaRitual is really passionate about the products they make, giving you only the best, natural beauty treatments for an at home spa session.

I was extremely excited to try out a selection of their beauty products after being introduced to their brand by Rhian from A Touch Of Pink Beauty. Rhian came to my house a few months back to give me an Indian Head Massage, gentle music was playing, candles were burning and it was such a wonderfully relaxing experience I fell asleep. I felt like I was floating on clouds for the rest of the day.

Let me tell you about some of the amazing SpaRitual products I’ve been using at home during my own beauty routine.

SapRitual Body Oil

Rhian used the SpaRitual Chinese Jasmine Body Oil when she did my massage and I’ve been using the same body oil after I’ve had a relaxing bath in the evening. I use a few pumps in the palm of my hand and massage it all over my body, feet and hands. It doesn’t take very long to absorb so you’re not left feeling too greasy. My skin felt incredibly soft and it smells absolutely divine. Using this just before I get into bed has certainly helped me to feel relaxed for a great night’s sleep. This oil can also be mixed with the body butter for extra hydration. which will be great during the winter months when my skin is a bit drier.

Spa Rituals Nail Polishes

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the SpaRitual Nail Polishes, but they are really lovely to use. The shades I have are (L to R) Calm, Unleash, Wisdom and Liberation, which are all very neutral shades but they also have so many gorgeous colours from corals, bright pinks and electric blues. The brush is a decent size and it only takes a couple of swipes to coat each nail, I always add a second layer for a deeper colour. My nails looked really glossy and the polish lasted for around four days before it began to chip.

SpaRitual Hand Serum

I’ve been aware of using Anti-Aging skincare on my face for years, but never really worried about my hands. SpaRitual Hand Serum concentrates on slowing down time for your hands too. It softens and smooths out the texture and helps to build collagen and promote elasticity. Although this did make my hands feel soft, I prefer using a thicker hand cream and sadly I didn’t love this quite as much as some other products. I suffer from extremely dry hands so maybe this serum would work wonders on someone else.

SpaRitual Sugar Scrub

The first thing I noticed about the SpaRitual Egyptian Geranium Sugar Scrub was the scent, let me tell you, it is gorgeous. I could close my eyes and imagine I was actually laying on the couch in a spa salon. The texture reminds me of the sugar coated jelly sweets you find at the pick and mix counter. I use this luxurious sugar scrub in the shower, feeling well and truly pampered. The sugar crystals exfoliate your body by lifting dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling wonderfully soft and hydrated. It’s also the perfect scrub to use before applying fake tan, making sure you’re left with streak free colour.

SpaRitual Body Butter

My favourite product out of all the lotions I tried has to be the Chinese Jasmine Body Butter. I literally want to bath in the stuff. Firstly, it smells gorgeous and if SpaRitual did a candle with this fragrance I would also be adding that to my collection. Secondly, it’s not super thick, yet still deliciously creamy. It feels light and fluffy when massaging it into the skin, leaving my body feeling soft and moisturised. I love that it doesn’t take long to soak in and doesn’t leave any greasy residue, so it’s ideal to use after a shower before getting dressed in the mornings.

What’s your favourite beauty treatment to use at home?

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