BEAUTY/SKINCARE

I have put together some beauty/skincare ideas for Christmas gifts this year:

Ingenious beauty ultimate collagen

£75

These capsules are clinically proven to reduce fine lines by 26% and can be used for:

Smoother and firmer skin

Stronger nails

Thicker hair

Improvement in your body’s overall vitality

I think these are great for anyone that wants to look better as we all know your hair and skin is affected by what you put in your body as much as what you put on it. Collagen is great for your skin as well as your hair and nails. I think it is great you can buy something to help you from within. I know a lot of people that would love to try something like this!

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DHC gift set

£19.95

You will have seen me mention DHC before on my blog and I love their skincare. This set contains: deep cleansing oil and mild soap

I am a big fan of the iconic deep cleansing oil and I think this set is great to try this and the soap. Cleansing oils are so on trend right now and I am starting to prefer to use them rather than my usual cleansers.

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Ooharr dead sea cooler face mask

£1.20

Male or female, everyone loves a good face mask. It has so many great ingredients that are kind to the skin like argan oil, tea tree, sea salt. It would be great if you wanted to put together a few small items to create a “pamper pack” kind of thing. They also do a few other masks that are worth checking out.

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Lab2 green tea make up brushes

£17.99

I have always been impressed with this brand for make up brushes. I have tried them out before and really loved them. They are cruelty free and the bristles are infused with green tea so the brushes stay fresher for longer. The kit includes: crescent brush, flat contour brush and angled kabuki brush so is a great staple set and it is the brushes you will need to create that flawless base for your make up. I like the handles on these as they are quite big and easy to use.

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Sensational express gel

£10

I recently tried the new peel off base coat here, so I got myself a couple more products from the brand to try. With the express gel you don’t need to use a base coat or top coat or anything it is just the one polish which you need to cure under an LED lamp so I used the lamp from my it. They are so easy to use and it is quick, with no drying time. I only needed two coats for a good coverage and I am really impressed with this brand. These would be great if you know someone that already has a kit/the lamp.

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Design me power dry me

From £9 depending on size and where purchased from.

This fab spray is designed to be used on damp hair to reduce blow dry time. If you spray it on to damp hair it can reduce your hair drying time by 50%. It conditions your hair too and can be used as a heat protector so all in all a hair lovers must have.

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Amphora Aromatics Sage & Ylang Ylang liquid soap

£5.94

I love Amphora Aromatics products. I have always been a massive fan of their candles and now I am trying a couple of other things from them. I love the smell of this hand soap, apart from lavender, I think ylang ylang is one of my favorites. It reminds me a bit of Molton Brown but a lot cheaper! This hand wash lasts ages and is a really great price. I love the simple packaging on their products too, so it will look great next to any sink!

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Ren Love gift set

£38

This set includes:

Moroccan Rose Body Wash, 200ml
Moroccan Rose Body Lotion, 200ml

This body wash is an all time favourite for me. Teamed with the body lotion it leaves you so clean and soft and smelling amazing. This is such a luxurious gift and it works out cheaper to buy this than to get them both seperatly and it comes in the beautifully kikki K designed box! What I like most about the Ren body range is that a little goes a long way and their products last ages.

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Ren Moroccan Rose handbalm

£15

This is the perfect stocking filler or tree present with the little ribbon to hang it up by. This is Rens iconic scent and everyone loves a good hand cream so you can’t go wrong with this! It is a non greasy formula and soaks in quickly and leaves your hands smelling so good. I love the kikki K designed packaging too.

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£11.99

Bomb cosmetics always have a great range of bath products and it is really nice to see this set specifically designed for men. It contains five products so is great value:

  • 1 x The Distinguished Gentleman Body Lotion (200ml)
  • 1 x Man Grenage Bath Blaster (200g)
  • 1 x Dapper Chap Soap (100g)
  • 1 x Wave Hello Shower Gel (200ml)
  • 1 x The Big Blue Soap (100g)

You can smell how lovely it is before even opening it. I came across this when scrolling through www.findmeagift.co.uk, they really do have something for everyone!

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Benecos beard oil

£8.95

This a good idea for any beard lovers, a little less expensive than other beard products I have seen and something more simple to buy. The oil is naturally formulated to absorb quickly and wont leave your face oily or greasy. It also will prevent the beard from itching and calm down any skin issues underneath.

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Soap & Glory – Glitz the girl

£8.50 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

This cute little make up set contains:

Spectaculips Matte-Allic – Metallic Matte Lip Cream In Pink Charming
Crazy Sexy Kohl – In Smoulder
Goldy-Luxe – Golden Face Glitter Gel

This is great for any S&G or any make up lover. The gold gel is so pigmented and I mean, who doesn’t love glitter on their face, especially around Christmas time? The is great for any age and their make up is always such good quality and well priced. It is always worth checking out the 3 for 2 offers on at Boots.

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Soap & Glory – Merry kiss-much

£6 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

I love the little ribbon so you could hang this on your tree! It contains:

Sexy Mother Pucker – Lip Gloss In Plums Up
Crazy Sexy Kohl  – In Smoulder

These are two of S&Gs most famous make up products. Their black eyeliner is a staple for any make up lover and their lip plumping lip glosses are always popular and come in a variety of shades. Plums up is a lovely shade and will suit anyone.

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Soap & Glory – Wash come true

£16 (on 3 for 2 at Boots)

The set contains:

1 X Clean On Me™ Creamy Moisture Shower Gel
1 X Sugar Crush™ Fresh & Foamy Body Wash
1 X Rich & Foamous™ Shower & Bath Body Wash
1 X Foam Call™ Shower & Bath Body Wash
1 X Clean, Girls™ Body Wash
1 X Calm One Calm All™ Bubbling Bath Soak
1 X Best Washes™ Limited Edition Spiced Body Wash

I love S&G body washes, I think they are my favourite of their body products and they have so many great scents. Something like this is a great way to sample all of their scents or if you are not sure what someone likes then this is a great option. My favourite is the sugar crush one.

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I hope I have given you some ideas 🙂

Sarah x

Recently, I am really into fragrance and oils. I am loving candles and also trying oils with a calming effect. Suffering stress related migraines can really knock it out of you and I have found that certain smells and products can really help to calm me down.

Kathleen sent me a roll on oil to try in the scent “tranquil fields”

“Top Note: Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the most calming herbal oils and benefits the mind and body by reducing anxiety and emotional stresses, improving sleep and brain functions, relieving pain, and helping to heal burns and wounds.

Heart Note: Frankincense Essential Oil

The power of frankincense is extraordinary. Its sweet and woody fragrance is often used to promote relaxation, relieve chronic stress and anxiety, and reduce pain. It can build immunity, reduce inflammation, heal age spots, and help relax and calm the mind.

Base Note: Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is rated as one of the most relaxing aromas. Vanilla can be used as a sedative and body oil because of its properties as an antioxidant and antidepressant. Scientists found the smell of vanilla eases breathing problems and sleep apnea in premature infants. Warm vanilla helps bring an overall sense of balance and harmony to the body and mind.” – www.kathleennatural.co.uk

If i am feeling stressed or can feel a headache or migraine coming on, I like to sniff this roll on as well as applying a small amount onto my temples, my wrists and behind my ears. Sometimes I even rub a little just under my nose. The lavender really helps to calm, it is one of my favourite scents anyway.

The roll on is so easy to use and is great to carry about. It dispenses just enough without leaving your skin feeling oily and without being messy.

Do you have a favourite scent that calms you?

Sarah x

A new brand I have been trying is : whats in it for me?

I came across them on Instagram and saw how many people were loving their range so decided to try a couple of things myself. I have been using:

Body cleanser

I have been using the body cleanser in the bath and shower for the last week. it is easy to use as it is in a pump bottle and it smells really god. It has peppermint and rosemary oil in, so it has an ever so slight tingle as you wash. It leaves you feel invigorated, clean and smelling good, what more could you want?! You only need one pump for your whole body so the bottle will last ages!

Body scrub

I love body scrubs, I am happy weather it is fine or harsh, I am down for whatever in the scrub department. This one comes in a decent sized tub and it isn’t too harsh, it scrubs enough but doesn’t leave you sore like a lot of scrubs can, but at the same time it isn’t so fine it doesn’t feel lie its working. I think they have it pretty spot on if I am honest. Again, it smells great and leaves you feeling good so if you use both these products together you are on to a winner.

Have you heard of this brand before?

Sarah x

You may have seen my previous post here where I shared my thoughts on the Anatomical tooth brush and tooth paste. I have also been trying a few other of their products as I am falling in love with this brand.

I have been trying:

Your taps are going to be turned on fruity bath gel

Oi you throbhead headache relief balm

The buff stuff citrus body scrub

What I like most about the bath gel is the fruity scent. You only need to pour a small amount under your running tap and it creates lots of fruity bubbles. It leaves you feeling fresh and clean, without a lingering scent. I like to team this with the citrus body scrub as the scents work well together and when you have finished washing you then smell like the scrub 🙂

The scrub is gentle on your skin, sometimes scrubs can be a little too harsh but this one is just right. It smells pretty damn good too.

Saving the best til last.. the headache relief balm. I suffer with migraines and have done pretty much my whole life and I had been using some sort of cooling muscle gel that was helping but now my go to (as well as ibuprofen!) is this relief balm. It has peppermint and lavender in which are both known as great oils to apply to your temples if you have a headache. The smell reminds me of deep heat but I really like it and find it soothing and calming. A big thumbs up from me and I will be putting this in my handbag for when I next get a headache/migraine!

Sarah x

You know me, always testing new skincare to try and banish my acne for good. Nearly 30 years old, I would really have hoped to have grown out of acne by now! My latest product I think is helping is this serum from Spa marine skincare:

It is described as “A multi-functional anti-inflammatory concentrate of hibiscus flower and green tea acids fortified with salicylic acid to gradually exfoliate skin, even tone, smooth wrinkles and fine lines and decongest pores. Ideal for the treatment of most skin conditions. Flower Peel comes in a soothing seaweed based gel which prevents any skin irritation.” – http://www.veganbeautyskincare.co.uk

This sounds great for acne, anti aging, pigmentation, whatever your skin concern is!

I have used it a few times over the last couple of weeks and can honestly say I have noticed a difference. It really helps to remove dead skin cells on the top layer of your face and leaves your skin looking fresh and brighter. Usually things like this can be a little irritating but I had no problem using this.

It is easy to use, I was expecting to wash it off as it was described as a peel but you actually just apply it after cleansing your face and leave it to soak in. I like using it before bed a couple of nights a week. You can use your moisturiser after you apply the serum if needed and I can see a difference when I wake up.

Things like this I think they seem to work better if you only use 1 or 2 times a week as if you start using something daily your skin will become used to it and it wont work, this is why I always switch up my acne routine.

Really impressed with this and it looks like they do a lot of other great products from looking online, they are all vegan too!

Sarah x