Vaseline Moisturising Skincare Collection

So you have had a lovely warm bath and next up are products to keep the skin moisturised and protected and what better way than with Vaseline?!

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Vaseline do quite an extensive range of moisturising lotions for all kinds of skin types and benefits and a few of my favourites include the Intensive Care collection. The Aloe Smooth lotion is perfect for chapped or sunburnt skin (I imagine there are quite a few of you who will be taking a winter holiday – and yes I am SUPER jealous) and so is a great lotion to keep stock of all year round. The scent is really refreshing and it leaves a gorgeous cooling effect on the skin as well as providing excellent moisture and nourishment to the skin.

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The Healthy Hands and Stronger Nails lotion is another good staple to have from the collection as our hands and nails (unless covered by mittens and gloves) are out in the cold everytime we step outside, therefore it is important to ensure we protect our hands and nails from the cold weather – who knows your boyfriend may propose to you on Christmas Day and no one wants to show off ugly, chapped hands!

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The Advanced Repair Fragrance Free lotion is perfect for those of you with sensitive skin or for men or women who do not like fragranced lotions but still want the benefits of Vaseline. I also think that this particular version of Vaseline lotion is good to have on your desk at work as with it not having a scent, it is not overpowering or discomforting to your work colleagues whilst your lathering up.

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Cocoa Radiant is a gorgeous moisturising blend which includes the luxurious benefits of cocoa butter. In my opinion, this is probably the best one to have during the winter months as cocoa butter is sooooo good for the skin and puts plenty of moisture into the skin. It smells heavenly too and I just love slathering this on myself after a lovely relaxing bath.

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What Vaseline products have you tried?

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Vaseline is available in most supermarkets and pharmacies and you can check out the full range at www.vaseline.co.uk

Love,

Kathryn xx

Radox Bath and Body Collection

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I have used Radox for as long as I can remember, their shower gels and bubble baths always smell amazing. With the colder months rolling around, my posts this month are focused on products that make us feel a little better despite the cold, miserable weather outside. What better way to start these posts than with a little bit of pampering and I believe that Radox bubble baths and shower gels are just the ticket!

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My favourite fragrance in the bubble bath range is the Muscle Therapy Black Pepper and Ginseng edition. This bubble bath is great for easing those tired muscles after time spent in the cold and really warms you up, leaving you with a great feeling of comfort. The scent is really invigorating too and it is one of those scents that is great for either men or women and so is good for sharing, as it is quite a musky scent which I really love.

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On to shower gels, and I love the Revive Mandarin and Lemongrass scent and the Uplifting Pink Grapefruit and Basil fragrances. These are so good for waking you up in a morning whilst taking a hot shower and really get those senses moving to prepare you for the day ahead. On an evening I prefer the Mango Mayhem and the Passionfruit Splash shower gels as these are so fabulously fruity and I find that the scent lingers on my skin afterwards leaving me refreshed and revitalised ready for bed.

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What are your favourite Radox scents?

Check out the website at www.radox.co.uk for more product information. The Radox body and bathing collections are available from most supermarkets.

Love,

Kathryn xx

RITUALS Herbal Tea and Car Perfume

Some of you may have heard of RITUALS, it is a skincare, shower and bath product range, which produce some absolutely gorgeous scents. I have tried a few of their shower foams before and the smell insanely beautiful, therefore when I saw that they were bringing out a range totally different to their current collection, I was pretty darn excited to see what there would be!

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RITUALS Emperor’s Dream Tea Bags (£4.50 for 20 tea bags)

I must admit I never thought I would have associated Tea Bags with RITUALS but after thinking about it, there’s nothing more I love than a relaxing bath, with a cup of herbal tea by my side.

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Emperor’s Dream tea bags are a relaxing herbal melange of Licorice and Staranise and are in really pretty (if tea-bags can be pretty!) pyramid gossamer-looking fabric. You simply boil up some water, pour into your favourite cup, pop in a tea bag, leave to brew for around five minutes and then sit back, relax and enjoy.

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RITUALS Car Perfume (£10)

I love having pretty-smelling air fresheners in my car, but they never seem to last very long unfortunately. RITUALS have brought out their own version of the car air freshener, but a much ‘posher’ version – a car perfume.

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This is by far the fanciest car air freshener I have ever seen and is a gorgeous wooden-effect strip that you pop into your air vents. It looks so much more natural and classier than the regular air fresheners and it is scented with fresh eucalyptus and rosemary.

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The fragrance is really invigorating and refreshing and it lasts such a long time, in fact mine hasn’t even run out yet and so even though the price of this car perfume is rather higher than regular ones, the quality more than makes up for it.

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You can check out the RITUALS collections at www.rituals.com

What other skincare brands would you like to see do similar products?

Love,

Kathryn xx

St Ives Skincare

I have used St Ives face scrub for as long as I can remember and it is one of my favourite high-street branded skincare ranges. In the past few years the collection has really grown and has so many more different products than the company originally started with. Following on with my Autumn/Winter care themed posts, I wanted to tell you all about two of my favourite St Ives products.

St Ives Gentle Apricot Facial Scrub (£4.29)

This is definitely one of the collection’s hero products and it is in face the UK’s No 1 Scrub brand – you certainly cannot argue with that. For the colder months I opt for the dry/sensitive skin option to give an extra boost to my skin. The formula is, as mentioned, suitable for sensitive skin and so it has an extra mild formula which gently exfoliates dull surface cells to promote smooth, radiant skin.

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Another little ingredients fact for those of you who like to know what you are putting on your skin, is that this scrub contains more than 95% of naturally derived ingredients, including Swiss glacial water and Swiss botanicals. This scrub is gentle enough to be used everyday but I tend to use it around 3 times a week as I feel that that suits my skin the most. To use, simply moisten the face and neck area, and gently massage onto the skin, avoiding the eyes and then rinse really well. I noticed that my skin felt and looked much smoother and more radiant.

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St Ives Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes (£3.05)

As a general beauty rule I do try not to use wipes but there are those days when I really cannot be bothered to do a full skincare routine of cleanse, tone and moisturise and so I do keep a packet of these wipes in my bathroom cabinet for those moments so that I am removing my makeup, even if it is not the full rigmarole.

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The St Ives Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes are perfect for dry and sensitive skin and cleanse, tone and moisturise the face and neck area, removing makeup and even waterproof mascara – which I am sure you will all agree with me is a feat in itself! The wipes are alcohol-free and are made with a natural chamomile extract to really soothe the skin and provide plenty of hdydration. Another point to mention is that I wear contact lenses everyday and these wipes have not caused me any irritation or problems.

You can check out the St Ives collection at www.stivesbeauty.co.uk which also has product stockists.

Have you tried the infamous St Ives apricot scrub?

Love,

Kathryn xx

Blistex

Okay so my next Autumn/Winter post is lipcare! No one wants to be kissing dry chapped lips and so to keep your lips in tip top condition, I recommend the following products from Blistex.

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Blistex Relief Cream

I recently tried this as my immune system was a little low and the corners of my mouth kept cracking, and so everytime I tried to open my mouth to talk, the skin cracked again, and I am sorry but I find it ridiculously hard not to talk for longer than 10 minutes. It is a light cream that you massage into the lips or the corners of the mouth and is medicated to soothe cold sores.

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I noticed within a maximum of two days that my mouth and lips felt so much better and the cracking had disappeared so I would definitely get this product if you are experiencing this kind of problem or also to have as a medicine cabinet staple during these cold, harsh months.

Blistex MedPlus

This is a cute little pot of soothing goodness! I use this as an everyday lip balm during Autumn and Winter as it contains jojoba oil and cocoa butter to condition and smoothe the lips as well as menthol which really cools the lips down – and yes it does tingle slightly at first, but I like that as it shows it is working.

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It is also important to keep the lips protected during the sunshine in the colder months as this can also dry out the lips and the MedPlus contains an SPF of factor 15 which is perfect. It also comes in a Cherry Berry flavour which I cannot wait to try as I love love love cherry scented products. Yum!

Blistex Intensive Moisturiser

This lip moisturiser is full of shea butter, camphor and allantoin which are fabulous for conditioning, soothing and protecting those puckering lips. It has a slanted tip which is great for easy application whilst you are out and about and also contains an SPF on factor 10 which will really help to protect your lips from the sunshine.

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This is the gentler of the three products in this post and all you do is gently massage a little of the cream into the lips to keep them refreshed and healthy. As with all of the Blistex products, they are so handy to pop in your handbag, pocket or even a purse for when you are out and about for total protection.

The Blistex range is available from most supermarkets and stores such as Superdrug and you can find out more information as well as viewing the full collection at www.blistex.co.uk

What’s your favourite cold-weather lip protection?

Love,

Kathryn xx

Clarins Autumn Make-Up Looks

As I am sure you are all well aware by now, I love Clarins’ cosmetics range and their new Autumn range is absolutely stunning and the colours are perfect transitional pieces from summer to autumn.

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I am going to show you a few of my favourites and a couple of different looks you can achieve.

Firstly are the Ombre Matte Cream to Shadow Eyeshadows (£19 each). These are innovative cream-to-powder formula eyeshadows that gives the comfortable and smoothing effect of a cream shadow but with the quality and hold of a powder. I found them really easy to use, I simply popped a little of the powder onto an eyeshadow brush and gently built up the colour on my lids. They have a pretty pigment in them but they also give a matte effect which I found perfect for the upcoming seasons.

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Next up is the Perfect Eyes and Brows Palette (£35) – We are all aware of how big eyebrows are at the moment and Clarins have released their version of the ultimate brow kit. The palette itself is a good size, with a mirror inside and it even has miniature tools including tweezers, an applicator and a brow brush. Inside the palette is everything you need to achieve a gorgeous natural brow look and this is definitely one of my favourite Clarins products. I only did one eyebrow to show you the difference as I have naturally thin eyebrows.

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For my face base I used the Clarins True Radiance Foundation (£27). This is a fine, fluid texture that glides sooo smoothly onto the skin, diminishing imperfections and providing the skin with radiance and hydration. A fab ‘winter protection’ aspect to this foundation is that is includes the Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex which has extracts of white tea and succory dock-cress which helps to protect the skin against pollution and free radicals. My foundation colour is 105 Nude, which is perfect for my fair skin.

To finish off the look I added a pop of colour from the Rouge Eclat lipstick range (£19.50 each). I chose shades Candy Rose and Pink Magnolia which are both pretty neutral pinks. I found that the colour lasted for a lot longer than most other lipsticks I have tried recently and the formula was super creamy. For those of you who are worried about the effects of ageing, these lipsticks contain the Nutri-Youth Complex, which helps to protect the lips against dehydration and helps to boost collagen.

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Do you think you will try any of these gorgeous natural shades?

You can purchase all of these products at www.clarins.co.uk

Love,

Kathryn xx

Renunail

My next winter post is all about nails – the cold weather also dries out our nails and so here are a couple of products from Renunail that will keep those nails in tip top condition.

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First up is the Renunail Triple Strength Nail Polish in the colour Pomegranate. The colour is a gorgeously fresh pinky red which looks fab on fingers or toes. The Triple Strength colour range is enriched with a strengthening trio of Keratin, Bamboo and Calcium, which really helps to keep those winter nails strong and healthy. The polish gives a really good coverage and a high gloss finish and didn’t seem to take ages to dry either which is definitely a bonus in my books!! The polish didn’t chip for at least 5 days either which again is a really positive point when talking nail polish and I was really happy with the finished look.

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I then use the 3D Top Coat which is a gel-like formula that gives extra shine to the nail polish, along with a three dimensional effect and really helps to prevent chipping and peeling polish. You simply apply a thick layer over the polish and let it dry for 3-5 minutes – as it is a thicker top coat it does take a little longer to dry but looks so much better than a regular top coat. I love the fact that you can have a gel-look without the damaging aspects of gel nail polish.

Have you tried any of the Renunail range?

You can check out the complete collection at www.drlewinns.co.uk where the Triple Strength Nail Polish is £14 a bottle and the 3D Top Coat costs £11 per bottle.

Love,

Kathryn xx