Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Skincare | Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask

I'm a big lover of a good clay mask, I've just finished the Mudd clay mask so when I was given the opportunity to try something from Effortless Skin I decided that the Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask would be a good place to start as I've never tried Skinceuticals as a brand and this came up as one of the best clay masks on the market. Effortless Skin has so many brands to choose from so it was really difficult to choose just one product; if you suffer with your skin whatever the condition it's definitely somewhere you should consider looking because they have some really exclusive brands that you don't often see. 

 SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque £42.75 Effortless Skin*



The idea of a clay mask is that it draws out all the impurities from your skin helping it to heal and look clearer and healthier. The Skinceuticals clay mask contains 5% hydroxy acid which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells which should stop skin looking dull, it also contains chamomile and aloe to calm and soothe the skin and help control inflammation and redness. 

I've been using this 2-3 times per week for the last 2-3 weeks and I can really see a difference in my skin. Just lately I've had a really bad breakout on my cheeks, chin and jawline and it's really been getting me down because I've been finding it so hard to cover it up without it looking even worse. I have been putting a thin layer on the worst affected parts of my face and leaving it for 10 minutes to dry. The immediate after effects aren't really noticeable but over the last 3 weeks my skin has become much more manageable and hasn't dried up too much which is usually the case with strong products which work at getting rid of blemishes. In this case I haven't had to sacrifice the moisture in my skin for the sake of getting rid of spots which is often what happens with products like Panoxyl. 

I do believe that now my skin is a little more under control I will cut down my use of this to once a week unless I need it again as it is expensive and I don't want to run out too quickly. I've got 4/5 of a pot left after approximately 8 uses so I'm ok with that. I have also upped my daily water intake and I'm trying to cut out fizzy drinks as much as possible, I used to be a Red Bull fiend especially at weekends and I noticed that last weekend when I was working on next to no sleep and therefore drinking loads of the stuff that I had new spots on Monday morning so I'm thinking my acne breakouts can be related to my sugar intake!

Overall this clay mask is a really nice product to have in my collection, much more luxury than the Mudd clay mask (review here) but obviously there's a price to pay at £42.75. I do think it's expensive for a face mask don't get me wrong but think about what you'd pay for just one treatment at a spa or luxury beauty establishment. 

Is this something you'd consider buying or is it out of your budget?

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Sunday, 12 May 2013

A little bit of Luxury | Music with Marc Jacobs Ear Buds

If you've got an iPhone (or an iPod) like me you'll know that the earphones that come with them are a little boring, functional but nothing special. These Marc Jacobs ear buds have really been spicing up my music lately, not only because they're so beautiful but also because the quality of sound is actually pretty amazing, the buds tend to go a little further into your ear and therefore sit more comfortably than regular earphones which is nice as the normal iPhone ones have a tendency to fall out of my ears.

Marc Jacobs Ear Buds £35 Net-a-Porter*

I'm sure you'll agree that they're probably the cutest earphones ever and considering they're designer I don't think they're over priced and considering a pair of standard Apple Earphones are around £25 it's only £10 more for some girly heart shaped beauties.  

Anyway, I thought I'd take this opportunity to update you on what I've been listening to lately. I was going to include the actual music videos from YouTube but then realised that as soon as you embed them into a blog post it tells you it's restricted content; how irritating! Anyway, Mirrors by Justin Timberlake has really grown on me lately, I hated him with a passion last time around when Sexy Back was the most overplayed song of 2006 but I think Mirrors is a really nice song and the video is quite touching! I absolutely have to include Alphabeat - Fascination which I had forgotten how much I loved until last nights BGT; probably one of the best songs of 2006. Finally, the jukebox in the pub played High by Lighthouse Family today and I fell in love with it all over again, such a beautiful song.

What have been your favourite songs lately?
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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Pamper Me | Champneys Skin Comforting Spa Treatments at Home

Instead of buying me chocolate for Easter, my mum got me a massive set of Champneys Spa Treatments products; the box contained 6 products, 3 of which from the Skin Comforting Range which I'm going to show you today.

I make no secret of the fact that I love a good bath, if baths didn't take so long to run I would definitely have one every single day over having a shower. Products like these make baths extra nice to have because they totally ooze luxury and really help to aid in relaxation whilst making your skin feel and smell amazing! These were my first Champneys products as previously I'd kind of just skimmed over the brand assuming the products weren't really for me, I'd always seen them as a bit of a 'mumsy' brand.

The idea behind Champneys is that you can have the experience of spa quality products in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the price. Everyone loves a good spa day but for most people they're a rare luxury because they tend to be quite expensive, especially with brand names such as Champneys on the door.

Shower Cream currently unavailable to be separately but can be bought as part of the Champneys Best of Spa Gift Set £10 Boots



The other products which came with the set were from the Citrus range which I don't enjoy so much, the Skin Comforting range is made with loads of skin nourishing ingredients (sweet almond oil, chamomile, wheatgerm, shea, coconut oil, milk) to make the range smell totally gorgeous, it's quite a soft powdery smell which really calms the mind and sooths the senses. I'm a massive lover of bath oils now but for when I don't fancy something as over powering as an essential oil this is perfect. 

I filled the bath up to the top, swirling the bath milk under the running water. The milk really is just that in the sense that it's very thin in consistency; I'm used to creme products for the bath so when it came out so quick I realised I didn't need as much as had actually gone in. But regardless of the consistency it still packs a punch in terms of scent and bubble factor; not the bubbliest bath I've had but it certainly didn't lack bubbles. 

The shower creme is so silky, equally as gorgeous smelling and the scent sticks around on your skin for a good while afterwards. When I've got out of the bath and my skin is still warm I put some body butter on because it melts so easily into the skin and tends to soak in a lot quicker than on normal temperature skin. I feel totally relaxed and moisturised when I've finished with these products, I absolutely love using them as part of some 'me time'.

Have you tried Champneys Before?  

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