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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017

Mother’s Day 2017 is coming up very shortly, on Sunday 26th March, so whether you have a Mum you would like to spoil, or someone else in your life who is very much like a Mother to you, then be sure to read on for some of my favourite Mother’s Day 2017 gift ideas.

Skincare:

If you are looking for luxury skincare, then look no further than the Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (£45). This skincare booster has been designed to help restore the healthy look of the skin’s surface layer, fortifying its natural ability to repair and renew the skin. It can be used before a serum, and/or with a moisturiser to boost the effectiveness of your skincare products. This is going to boost the skin’s natural defences, boost the skin’s own ability to renew and is therefore going to give the gift of beautiful skin.

If higher-end products aren’t within your budget, then I adore this Happy Mother’s Day Soap from The English Soap Company (£4.95). Fragranced with a fresh and vibrant bluebell scent, this 100% triple milled vegetable soap is enriched with rich shea butter and essential oils. It smells gorgeous and already comes beautifully giftwrapped in floral wrap with Happy Mother’s Day printed on the front, so you don’t even need to giftwrap it yourself!

For natural beauty, how about the Burt’s Bees Nature’s Treat Gift Set (£30)? This gorgeous giftable tin comes complete with five Burt’s Bees favourites for allover pampering. Inside the tin, you will find the wonder product that is the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, the Lip Shimmer in a gorgeous magenta Rhubarb colour, a packet of the Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract, the delightfully scented Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion, and the Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage. In fact, I would actually also treat myself to this because I love a good pamper!

If your Mamma or loved one likes to travel, the Urban Veda Reviving Complete Discovery Set (£18) could be the perfect gift. The gift set comes in a branded drawstring cotton bag, which is also great for travelling with, and includes lots of Urban Veda’s key products. Inside, you will find travel-sized versions of their Daily Reviving Facial Wash, Reviving Exfoliating Facial Polish, Reviving Day Cream, Reviving Body Wash, Reviving Body Scrub and the Reviving Body Lotion, which leaves your skin feeling so soft! The Reviving products instantly revitalise the skin, and contain hydrating rose damask combined with antioxidant-rich pomegranate and essential fatty acid-rich borage to recharge and replenish dry, tired and mature skin.

For those who loved bath time and may be suffering from lack of sleep, I recommend the Dr Hauschka Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence (£16.50). This finely aligned bath essence contains horse chestnut and horsetail extracts, based on a moor extract prepared using a special rhythmic procedure. It comes packaged in a glass bottle, and looks more like a bath creme than an essence or oil, but that is because it has been formulated using almond and avocado oil to gently moisturise the skin. The Bath Essence is scented with a gorgeously true Lavender fragrance, which is also renowned for its deep relaxation properties, promoting healthier sleep.

Another pocket-money priced gift is this very pretty MAD Beauty Hand Care Set (£4.99). This sweet gift set comprises of a tube of hand cream, and a floral patterned nail file. The duo is available in three fragrances – Coconut, Tuberose, and Lemon and Mandarin. Here, I have the Lemon and Mandarin scented hand cream, which is lovely and fresh, and I love the on-trend packaging of both the hand cream tube and the nail file. Pretty florals, perfect for Spring and Summer.

Back on to my favourite floral scent lavender, we have the Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Body Lotion and Bath & Shower Gel. They both come ready gift-boxed and have very pretty lavender packaging. The Body Lotion comes with an easily accessible pump applicator, and is a velvety smooth body lotion, infused with refreshing and calming lavender, to keep the skin feeling soft, supple and well moisturised. They both smell incredible and the Bath and Shower Gel can be used as a bubble bath, under hot running water, or as a body cleanser to keep the skin fragranced and clean throughout the day.

Next, I have the Baylis & Harding Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis Gift Set (£10). This bath and body gift set contains five pampering products in Baylis & Harding’s new Pink Prosecco & Cassis fragrance. It comes packaged in a gorgeous pink and rose gold packaging and inside you will find Body Wash, Shower Creme, Bath Creme, Hand Cream and Body Lotion. The scent has been made up of blackberry and raspberry, carefully blended with vanilla for a delightful Spring and Summer fragrance.

Another amazing recent release is the Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Hydrating Shield (£55). This has a hydrating, anti-ageing formula that utilises triple action protection to safeguard the skin from pollution, UV rays (it has a SPF 50!) and visible signs of ageing. The City Smart is a moisturising lotion that can easily be included into your skincare regime and has an anti-pollution technology that creates an invisible barrier to help prevent the penetration of harmful toxins, and its sheer, universal tint and optical diffusers leave the skin with a smooth, radiant appearance. It comes packaged in a silver Prevage tube which is also handy for keeping in your handbag or for taking on holidays.

For those who love their animals, MAD Beauty have released their Animasks Face Masks (£2.99) and Animal Headbands (£3.50). The Animasks Face Masks are available in a panda, dog and tiger design and are a sheet face mask rather than a liquid face mask, which are in the design of the animal. I have the Panda Face Mask, and this one contains Rose water which is great for calming the skin to leave a healthy glow.

The Animal Headbands are just as cute as the Face Masks, and also come in panda, dog and tiger designs. I use beauty headbands quite a lot as I hate getting skincare products and face masks in my hair. These ones are lovely and soft, and feature a stretchy band on the bottom to fit all sizes, as well as cute little animal ears.

Next up is the Urban Veda Reviving Body Ritual (£34.99), the body care set which would go lovely with the Complete Discovery Set. This already-gift-packaged set comprises of the Urban Veda Reviving Body Wash, Reviving Body Scrub and Reviving Body Lotion, complete with a drawstring cotton bag, and all full sizes. The Reviving Body Ritual products all have an exquisite rose damask and jasmine scent to them, ensuring the recipient will be smelling beautiful and leaving their skin well nourished and enriched. The formulas have been created with plenty of antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental pollutants and support heathy skin renewal.

If you are really wanting to spoil your Mum with skincare this Mother’s Day, then then VivDerma Equalising Skin Moisturiser (£50) is just the ticket! This moisturiser comes in the most gorgeous of pots and smells just like the inside of a spa! This is a balancing and energising moisturiser for skin that has a combination of oily and dry areas to provide a quenching and harmonising boost, with intelligent actives that manage the skin’s split personality. As someone who suffers from both dry and oily skin, this has been revolutionary for me. That gorgeous fragrance is due to a blend of essential oils including Petitgrain, Palmarosa, Rosewood, Lavender and Geranium to soothe, tone, balance and calm the skin for a real treat.

Fragrance:

If you are wanting a quality fragrance on a budget, then be sure to check out the brand new Avon Viva La Vita Eau de Parfum (£15). This elegant bottle contains a fresh, crisp slightly floral fragrance, using pink apples, poluent dewy rose petals and sweet vanilla bean. As it is an eau de parfum rather than an eau de toilette, it has a stronger depth to it, and so you are going to get long-lasting fragrance wear, and this delicious scent is going to be perfect for Spring and Summer days, and evenings.

This graceful-looking bottle of fragrance is the Mary Kay Enchanted Wish Eau de Toilette (£29). This mint green glass bottle reminds me very much of a flower, with its shaped purple lid. This is a whimsical, fruity-floral scent which smells slightly sparkling. It contains top notes of Granny Smith Apple, Brazilian Orange Oil, White Pineapple and Candied Petals, with middle notes of Stargazer Lily, Peony, Fresh Ozone and Passion Fruit, with bottom notes of Brown Sugar, Warm Amber and Illuminating Musk. You get 60mls of the fragrance, so this is not only going to look adorable on a dressing table, but last a good while too.

Jewellery:

If you are looking for amazing jewellery, then WatchShop.com has a wide variety of top jewellery brands, at excellent prices, and if you use the code MUM5 then you get a further 5% off! I am loving this Fossil Rose Gold Plated Shimmer Glass Stone Necklace (£38). The necklace comes packaged in a drawstring bag and is kept inside a Fossil tin box, along with a Jewellery Certificate. The necklace itself has an on-trend rose gold chain, with a triple extender chain at the back of the necklace alongside a lobster claw clasp for easy fastening, and a tiny little crystal integrated into the chain itself. The pendant itself is a faceted blue sandstone gem stone, with tiny crystals all the way around it, making it a glitzy piece without being over the top.

Chocolate:

I think pretty much all Mums will love the gift of chocolate this Mother’s Day, and what better way to say I love you than with the Lindt Lindor Strawberries and Cream edition (£3.50)? These limited edition Lindt Lindor chocolates come packaged in a pretty pink, and the chocolates themselves are white chocolate truffles with strawberries and cream and a smooth melting filling. These are definitely a girly version of the traditional Lindt Lindor chocolates and are equally, if not more tastier.

For something different, be sure to check out Chocolate and Love, which make a variety of organic chocolate bars for just £2.99 each. The packaging is to die for, with lots of fruits, animals, and flowers decorating each with a specific colour theme. Chocolate and Love promote fair trade products as well as planting 22,000 trees which have been planted in Ethiopia to help local people. This amazing chocolate bar is available in flavours including Sea Salt & Caramel 55%, Mint Crunch 67%, Orange 65%, Panama 80%, Creamy Dark 55%, Coffee 55%, and Rich Dark 71%, and so will be such a treat for a chocolate connoisseur.

Home Fragrance:

Orla Kiely makes not only the most stunning looking gifts, but also some of the best smelling. This Orla Kiely Sicilian Lemon Reed Diffuser (£32) is sure to be a winner. As always with Orla Kiely, the packaging is perfect for gifting, and inside you get 200ml of essential oils inside a glass jar printed with an olive and yellow floral Orla Kiely design, and diffuser reed sticks. The fragrance blends the uplifting pure essential oils of Sicilian Lemon, mint and lavender, with warm hints of frankincense for a stunningly vibrant fragrance, perfect for Spring and Summer.

With the upcoming release of Beauty & the Beast, this Baylis & Harding Glass Cloche Candle (£9.99) reminds me of the glass jar which Belle’s rose was kept in. This is a one-wick candle which is a pretty pale pink in colour, and has the new Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis fragrance. The candle is housed in a clear glass and rose gold jar so that the glass cloche can be re-used, which I think is a fabulous idea, and a pretty pink bow on the top. The Glass Cloche Candle has a burn time of up to thirty hours, so you are going to be able to get a lot of burn time from this.

For high end products on a budget, be sure to check out the Orla Kiely Travel Scented Candles (£10). These come in a variety of scents, and here I have Basil and Mint, which is a true scent, and reminds me of when I was a little girl and my Mum used to have a little herb garden and I could always smell basil and mint. The travel candles come individually packaged in gift packaging, which open up to reveal the glass votive jar and the 100% vegetal wax with cotton wick. The glass jar of course contains that infamous Orla Kiely pattern, this time with a green theme.

Books:

I am such a book worm, and so I wanted to include a few cool new book releases, including Awesome Nails by Janelle Estep (£9.99). This fun book is perfect for anyone who loves nail art, providing more than 40 designs for nail decals which you can print at home. It includes clear, photographic step-by-step tutorials to show you how to apply the designs, which you can also download, scan, colour in or trace to customise and make your own. You also receive two pages of ready-to-wear nail stickers so that you can get started straightaway! The wide range of designs make this book suitable for all ages, from kids to Grandmas!

If your Mother or loved one is big into cooking or food, then I would strongly recommend Beautifully Real Food by Sam Murphy (£11.89). This stunning book has been created by Sam Murphy for those who are wanting to reduce the amount of meat and dairy in your diet, without letting go of hearty, delicious dishes. Some of Sam’s recipes include Spaghetti Carbonara, Loaded Vegan Hot Dogs, Salted Caramel Brownies, Macaroni Cheese, the Vegan Big Mac and so many more! Topics feature Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sides, Salads, Sauces, Smoothies and Desserts, and the photography is insanely beautiful!

Interactive books are huge at the moment, and one of my favourites is the Museum of Me by Charlotte Farmer (£9.99). The Museum of Me is interactive, graphic and all about you, the reader. You can use pens, pencils, crayons, felt tip pens, or whatever you fancy whilst you explore the rooms and exhibitis of your very own museum. There are well-illustrated pages featuring some of the most important things in your life – your ideas, favourite books, songs and clothes, as well as things like your ideal travel destinations.

Haircare:

Detangling brushes are an absolute game changer, and this rose gold Alfa Italia Liscio Detangling Brush (£9.99) is just gorgeous! It comes in yellow and white gold too, should rose gold not be your Mum’s thing. The brush itself is moulded which makes for a really good grip when grooming the hair. The Liscio Detangling Brush can be used on wet or dry hair and is effective at brushing through very knotty and tangled up hair without the pain! It has soft flexible bristles which can even be used on children’s hair, extensions and wigs!

To give your Mum the gift of amazing hair, then check out the new Wella Oil Reflections Light Luminous Reflective Oil (from £7.90). It is Wella’s first light oil for luminosity without weighing down the hair. The Oil is formulated with Camellia Oil and White Tea Extract especially for fine to normal hair types and enhances shine by up to 86%. It can be used to condition the hair, for an instant lightweight smoothing effect, style the hair by adding protection from heated styling tools and as a finishing product.

Makeup:

If your Mum or loved one is needing a makeup brush update, then the Nanshy Gobsmack Glamorous 5 Piece Brush Set (£34.95) is definitely going to provide excellent results. This Brush Collection has been designed and developed to be your ultimate go-to brush set, to help brighten the complexion, create buildable airbrush-like coverage, hide imperfections and achieve a super smooth finish. The Set includes the Flawless Foundation Brush, the Buffed Base Brush, the Blush & Bronze Brush, the Conceal Perfector Brush, and the Angled Airbrush Brush. They look and feel super professional and are baby soft on the skin, so that there is no tugging whatsoever.

For those of you who are last-minute when it comes to gift shopping, then pop into your local Sainsbury’s and pick up some beautiful Spring shades of cosmetics from Sainsbury’s Boutique Cosmetics collection. Here I have two of the Sainsbury’s Boutique Nail Polishes (£4 each), in The Royal Mint, a pretty pistachio light green, and Tickled Pink, a soft, ballerina pink. For lips, I recommend the Sainsbury’s Boutique Lip Gloss (£6), in the shade, Seal of Approval, a very wearable peach pink shade, perfect for Spring. For a hint of peach on the cheeks, there is the Sainsbury’s Boutique Cream Blush in Cloud Nine, which comes in a little compact, complete with mirror for quick and easy on-the-go glamour.

For Mums on the go, be sure to check out the Blank Canvas Cosmetics Ultimate Travel Companion Set (£42.73). This fabulous set contains 6 travel sized bestselling brushes, and comes complete with a handy, easy to clean travel case, and just look at those hot pink and gold handles! I am in Love!! The brush heads are full size, and so there is no lack of quality and application ability here. Included in the set you get the F01 Quick Brush for foundation or powder application, F20 Foundation Brush for foundation and finishing products, F41 Blusher Brush for cheek or contour application, E01 Eye Blending Brush for cream or powder eyeshadows as well as concealer, E02 Eyeshadow Brush for applying eyeshadows, and the E03 Lip/Detailer Brush for applying lip products or applying highlighter in the corners of the eyes.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, but all views are my own

What I Bought This Month: February 2017

Even though it definitely, probably shouldn’t have, February has been a bit of a spendy month again, and so along with individual posts when I have published this month, I thought I would share some of the other products I have bought in February.

Starting off with something non-makeup related, I recently bought a few new releases from Bath & Body Works (you can find out how to get Bath & Body Works here in the UK by reading by post here). First up is the Copper Coconut Three-Wick Candle, which, let’s face it, is a blogger’s dream – marble, copper, and my favourite scent, coconut! The Bath & Body Works Three-Wick Candles come in glass jars, with metal lids, and this is a new design on the jar, as well as a new scent. Copper Coconut has fragrance notes of Raw Coconut, Sea Salted Shells and Soft Amber, and is pleasant enough for this time of year right up to Spring/Summer. The BBW candles have such distinct and high quality scents to them, and they last ages – I am still working my way through one of my Christmas ones! I think I paid around £18 for this, so a slightly similar price range as Yankee Candle.

I also ordered some of the Hand Soaps and Shower Gels, but there were quite a lot, so I picked my two favourite to show you. Firstly, the Pink Peonies & Pears Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, which is a new scent I believe, for Spring, and the scent reminds me of Pear flavoured Fruittellas, which I love, so I am very happy with this. I find their Foaming Hand Soaps last quite a while, and are beautifully creamy – although they are slightly pricier than a regular hand soap (£5), the packaging, scent and quality makes up for that.

I am not sure if the style of my next BBW product is new, but it isn’t a style of packaging I have noticed before, nor is the scent, however I chose the Apple Blossom & Lavender Shea & Vitamin E Shower Gel, because I love all things apple and lavender, so it kinda makes sense! I also really like this style of packaging, and I think it looks a little classier than the old style, but this smells insanely delicious and I cannot wait to use it! Again, this was around £5/6).

The Bath & Body Works PocketBacs are something I use everyday because I hate not to have clean hands, especially if  I am at football or work. I always have a haul of these because I love them so much, so when I recently ordered 20 or so, I chose a few of my favourite scents. Here we have, Sweet As Strawberries, Watermelon Lemonade, Pretty Pink Peony and You Had Me At Merlot, and they cost around £2 each, but they smell so much nicer than any other brand of hand gel I have ever come across, and they don’t dry out my skin either.

Moving onto haircare, I recently spied the brand new Batiste Rose Gold (£2.99), and as someone who uses Batiste on a daily basis, I snapped up 6 cans of these as they were on offer for less than half price. It actually smells a little like my BBW Copper Coconut candle, it has a really creamy and pleasant scent to it, and it is by far my favourite fragrance Batiste have released! The packaging is pretty too – with pink roses and the word love swirled around in rose gold.

Another haircare product I use on a daily basis and have done since its release, is the Tangle Teezer Hair Brush (£11), however I recently gave one to my youngest cat Millie, who actually insists on sitting next to me in bed before I can go to sleep to have her fur brushed, and then because I felt bad I also gave one of my old TT’s to my older cat Daisy, and she too loves it! So, I thought it about time I treat myself to a new one, so I picked up this White and Red one, which is actually a Limited Edition Candy Cane colour theme, but to me it was Red and White for Manchester United of course!

Moving on to cosmetics, and we have the Too Faced Selfie Powders Palette (£9.99), which I saw on the TK Maxx website, which always has such amazing deals, although you have to snap it up there and then because the stock often sells out super quickly. Because Too Faced is definitely one of my top three makeup brands, I immediately ordered this, but on reflection I definitely need to read up on it, as I am not sure how much use I will have for selfie powders, but each powder is definitely really pretty so I will ensure I make this work somehow!

Next, we have my beloved MAC, and I had a £5 points voucher from Debenhams Beauty Club, so ordered myself the Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, which is regularly £16, but with my voucher and the fact that I am a Beauty Club member, I got it for £11 and free delivery. It is not the most exciting of products, but it makes a really great eyelid base and as I have been using eyeshadows a lot more recently, I wanted something that would help get the most out of them, and keep the shadows in place.

I live not far from York, and my Dad and I often go for a wander around the York McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, and there is a makeup shop there which has a lot of top brands at discounted prices, and I spotted a couple of lip products from MAC (obviously), which I thought I would treat myself to. First, there is the Cremesheen Lipstick in Little Buddha (£10 instead of £15.50), which is the most deliciously Spring-like Coral Pink, and as it is the Cremesheen formula, it isn’t full coverage, again perfect for a pop of colour.

Last year, I noticed that MAC had released their collection of Tendertalk Lip Balms, and I can’t remember why, but I never ended up buying one even though I knew I wanted one at the time. The cosmetics store had a few of the shades of these, so I ended up buying the MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm in Side Dish (£11.75 instead of £15.50), and the packaging is just my absolute favourite, as it is really holographic and multi-coloured, and it is just such a fun twist on MAC’s normally plain packaging. The shade Side Dish is a soft Orchid colour, and even though it is a lip balm, and very nourishing, it does have quite a good hint of sheer colour to it.


Without flash: Top: Little Buddha, Bottom: Side Dish

 One of my most recent purchases was from Charlotte Tilbury, when I had seen that she had released two brand new lipsticks. I love her lipsticks, as they are so classy, and they last such a long time on the lips, but I have only tried the Matte formulas until now. I ordered both of the new shades – the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Fallen From The Lipstick Tree in Valentine, and the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk (£24 each). Valentine is the regular creamy formula, and is the most beautiful light salmon pink nude, and Pillow Talk, the matte formula, is a darker nude, but just as beautiful. Charlotte Tilbury always send so many samples with your orders, and my Nanna recently said how amazing the night cream was from a sachet of mine she had tried, but at £100 a jar, she wasn’t prepared to pay that, and I have heard so many great things about the CT skincare, but each product is definitely an investment.


Top: Pillow Talk, Bottom: Valentine

Last, but of course not least, I ordered three things from Burberry. As I was so impressed with the longevity of the Nail Polish I purchased from Burberry last month, I decided to order another couple of shades, so I opted for No. 303 Oxblood and No. 424 Dark Forest Green (£15 each). Oxblood is a very classic burgundy red, with a hint of vibrancy, and a solid colour finish, whereas Dark Forest Green, is obviously a dark forest green, although rather than a solid colour like Oxblood, this one is very metallic, and quite shimmery with specks of glitter running through it. Both are beautiful classic colours, and I am definitely going to wear them before Spring rolls round.

Last month you may have seen I ordered the Limited Edition Burberry Blush, so when I recently saw the Limited Edition Burberry First Love Blush Highlighter (£45), I knew I had to have it to add to my Burberry Limited Edition compact collection. I know that it is quite a lot of money, but I just had to have it!

The box came packaged with a love heart cover, and inside, the palette was wrapped in a velvetine pouch with a slanted brush included too. The outside of the palette is in the classic chrome Burberry pattern, and you open up the compact to reveal a mirror on the inside of the lid, and then the Blush Highlighter in the bottom half of the compact. When I first opened up the compact, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why I could smell sweets and parma violets, and that is because the powder itself smells of them! The hearts are a solid pink colour, and the rest of the compact is made up of a shimmery pale pink, and it really is just one heck of a beauty!

My birthday is next month, so I shall be doing a What I Got For My Birthday post, and therefore hopefully my What I Bought This Month March 2017 post will be even shorter than this one. But who knows, I’m a makeup and shopping addict! Argh!

Love,
Kathryn xxx

Favourite Four: Sheet Face Masks

Posted in skincare, Uncategorized
on February 27, 2017

Sheet face masks have taken the world by storm, there are SO many different varieties, brands, skin types, outcomes, prices, and more, and of course they are super quick and easy to use, compared to regular face masks which come in tubes, jars and can sometimes require more care and cleaning up than a sheet mask. Today I am going to show you four sheet face masks which I have currently been loving.

First up, we have the Oh K! Glowing Skin Gold Dust Hydrogel Mask from ASOS *(£6). The Oh K! brand is based on the essence of South Korean beauty, and the little Kawaii panda peeping out at the top of this packaging is so cute! This sheet mask has a soft and silky gel texture, and actually comes in two different parts – the upper face, and then the mouth and chin area on the lower face. You simply cleanse your skin as normal, and then apply both parts of the mask to the face, sit back and relax for thirty minutes, which I did find is quite a while compared to other masks, but once you’re relaxed in the bath, stick You Tube on and catch up on some videos. Once you remove the mask, you don’t need to rinse, instead gently massage the residue into the skin for further treatment. The Gold Dust Hydrogel Mask has been created to give your skin extra glow, and I found that it made my skin feel much more hydrated, and therefore glowier!

Next, we have the fairly newly released Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (£1.49). This costs a fraction of the price of other sheet masks, and provides up to one week of hydrating serum per use, as well as being suitable for all skin types. If like me, you suffer from very dehydrated skin, then this super-hydrating revitalising mask is the one for you. It is a full-faced sheet mask, and you apply it to freshly cleansed skin for around fifteen minutes, and just like with the Oh K! mask, you can massage in the excess serum for continuous treatment. The mask has been formulated using pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid and plant serum, to intensely rehydrate the skin and promote radiance, and as soon as you apply the mask, you can feel it instantly nourishing the refreshing the skin.

Now for a higher-end sheet face mask, we have the Decleor Aurabsolu Instant Glow Hydrogel Mask* (£12). This is Decleor’s first-to-market hydrogel mask and is infused with an expert blend of essential oils such as Jasmine Absolute, which is renowned for targeting weary and sluggish skin, and so perfect for this time of year. The mask comes in two parts – upper face and lower face like the Oh K! mask, and you simply apply to freshly cleansed skin, and leave on to work its magic for around ten minutes, and then as with the other masks, you can massage in any excess product. The Aurabsolu Hydrogel Mask is ideal for a booster treatment when skin is extra tired or stressed, to help restore luminosity and I found this so refreshing and calming on my skin, and I do find that having two parts to the mask makes it easier and more comfortable to wear.

Could a face mask be anymore perfect for me?! This is the Face Inc by Nails Inc Cat Nap Brightening Sheet Mask (£5). Yes, this sheet face mask does actually have a cat’s face printed onto it, and I LOVE it! The Cat Nap mask helps to revitalise normal to dry skin, and is enriched with Green Tea and Botanical Root Extracts to balance, moisturise and cleanse, along with soothing Chamomile, Propolis Wax and Rice Bran Extract – a whole lotta goodness! If you and your skin is in need of an instant pick me up, then lay back, and apply this cat sheet mask to freshly cleansed skin, relax for around fifteen minutes, and then remove, massaging in any excess residue. Novelty cat factor aside, I found this mask to be super hydrating, and it instantly soothes the skin, whilst the Green Tea awakens it.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

*This post contains PR samples, which are asterixed, but all views are my own

 

Spring Beauty with Jurlique Natural Skin Care

Posted in beauty, skincare, Uncategorized
on February 20, 2017

When it comes to beautiful skin time time for Spring and Summer, you need to look no further than Jurlique Beauty, they make natural skincare and cosmetics which provide you with the softest-feeling skin! Read on to find out more about some of their cult products.

All of Jurlique’s products come beautifully packaged, with both the outer and product packaging looking very elegant, and I’m going to be starting with the Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Mask (£45). This is a gently hydrating face mask which works to soothe and soften dry skin, which after the cold weather we have been having here in the UK, is going to be a perfect remedy. It has a slight texture of a clay mask, but is instantly nourishing and replenishing on the skin, and smells lovely and light and fresh, providing the skin with a natural antioxidant protection.

It is super easy to use and to include into your skincare regime on a weekly basis, you apply an even layer to the skin, avoiding the eye area, and then relax in a hot bubble bath for around ten minutes, and then remove the mask with warm, damp cotton pads or a washcloth. The thing I love most about this face mask is that you can clearly see on the skin how much it infuses the skin with moisture straight away!

 If like me, you suffer from very dry skin, which can be prone to sensitisation, then to add a further boost of moisture, I recommend the Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel-Lotion (£32). This gorgeous frosted glass jar contains a silky water-gel emulsion which helps to protect the skin against environmental aggressors, whilst providing it with hydration and smoothness, whilst also softening the skin. Due to it’s gel texture, it instantly cools and soothes the skin and you can feel those cooling properties begin to protect and replenish the skin which moisture.

A little goes a long way with this product, and it can be used morning and night, by applying a pearl sized amount of the Gel-Lotion between the fingertips, and gently press onto the face and neck. The Gel-Lotion turns almost into a water which is why you only need a small amount. As it is made with the calming properties of rose, you can smell the scent of the rose from the product when applying it.

Next, we have one of my favourite products from the brand, the Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum (£47). This is slightly pricey, but compared to other higher end serums, it is actually a very good price, and definitely worth the pennies. This is a youth defence concentrate which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve elasticity, restore radiance to dull complexions, and increase hydrations whilst protecting the skin from environmental aggressors. Whatever your age, it is never too early or late to start using products which can minimise the signs of ageing.

The glass bottle of the Herbal Recovery is so adorable, it has an iridescent finish and looks super pretty on your dressing table or bathroom shelf. Texture-wise, the serum isn’t thick or sticky, and again you would only need to use a small amount to get the skin hydrated and visibly glowing. You only need to use one or two pumps of the serum, morning and night, and that will be more than sufficient for the whole face and neck. This definitely brightens up my complexion, which is often dull, especially at this time of year.

A product which I have repurchased a couple of times since trying it last year is the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist (£18). This is available in two sizes, and here we have the small one which is perfect for carrying around with you. The Rosewater Balancing Mist is a daily hydrating mist for normal to combination skin with the scent of roses to balance out the complexion and skin tone. As it is a mist, it instantly restores and hydrates the skin, leaving it feeling much more refreshed and soothed – as lovely as this is all year round, I find this especially wonderful during the warmer months after popping it in the fridge for extra coolness.

The Mist can be used in various ways, whether it be as a skin treat, to refresh and tone the skin, or as part of a skincare regime day and night, or to prime the skin for makeup application, or to set the makeup in place for the day ahead. You simply spritz the Mist over the face and leave it a minute or two to work its way into the skin.

 

Moving on to the more cosmetic side of things, we have the Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder (£26). This is an uber silky translucent facial powder for normal skin that refines the complexion and helps reduce unwanted shine. I have combination skin, and all year round, although especially in the warmer months, I do suffer from shine across my forehead, along my nose, and on my chin, which is not all that attractive! However, this Finishing Powder, provides the skin with a smooth matte finish, and helps soothe the skin and maintain its moisture balance, ensuring that there isn’t as much oil being produced, and hence less shine.

You get a good amount of powder within the compact, which also includes a mirror on the inside of the lid, and a little puff sponge for on-the-go applications in case you need a top up for an especially warm day. I like to use this to set my makeup before I apply the Rosewater Mist, by sweeping a light dusting of the powder across my face, concentrating more on my T-Zone to keep my shine at bay!

Another amazing cosmetic product are the Jurlique Hydra-Glosses (£12 each), deeply nourishing and protecting sheer colour glosses, which come in two beautifully natural shades. Firstly, we have I’m Blushing, a coral pink gloss, and I’m Neutral, a pale nude hued gloss. The glosses are packaged in handy little tubes, with a slanted applicator for easy application. Formula-wise, they are not at all sticky, which I LOVE because there’s nothing worse than sticky lips, and they are rich in Vitamin E so are ultra conditioning, smoothing and softening.

The Hydra-Gloss can be worn on their own, or over the top of your regular lipstick for extra gloss and protection. With Mother’s Day coming up next month, they are the perfect little gift to give – because who doesn’t want gorgeously super soft lips?!
I hope you have enjoyed my Jurlique Spring Beauty Post, and you can find all of these amazing products and more online at Jurlique.
Love,
Kathryn xxx
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