Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Vichy Idéalia Overnight Peeling

I adore Vichy as a brand so when I won the new Vichy Idéalia Overnight Peeling product I was really excited! 
Vichy Idéalia Overnight Peeling
Vichy Idéalia Overnight Peeling*
Vichy Idéalia Overnight Peeling*
Having used the idealia range from Vichy before, I had high hopes for this and I like it rather a lot. The description for this product reads as follows:
Transform exhausted skin with Vichy Idealia Peeling; a clinically proven, nightly energy supplement for the face. The innovative formula is suitable for all skin types but has been specially adapted to deal with sensitive and intolerant skin; the first of its kind. 
Using Mineral Water from French Volcanoes alongside an energising blend of antioxidant Blueberry Polyphenol and fermented Black Tea, the potent formula targets dull skin and works to restore skin’s natural glow whilst skin is most receptive to repair. I am always intrigued as to what ingredients are used within a product and this one is packed full of natural extracts which include:
  • Blueberry Polyphenols which work to counteract the effects of oxidative stress.
  • Kombucha Tea Extract which helps restore skin quality.
  • Hepes which is an active ingredient that works as an exfoliating agent.
  • Glycolic Acid is used to gently exfoliate the skin and improve the skin's softness, brightness and luminosity.
  • Vichy Mineralising Thermal Water which is used to help strengthen the skin's barrier function and help accelerate surface skin cell renewal.

Designed to be used as an overnight product, Idealia Peeling works to reactivates your natural glow while you sleep so that when you wake, you find your skin is both refreshed and radiant. To use it the process is really quite simple. You apply Vichy Idealia Night Peeling on to cleansed skin using a cotton pad before your regular skincare regime and the be sure to remember that after using you should avoid sun exposure, the eye contour and the following morning after using, please do use an SFP15 at the very least (you should be anyway).

I wasn't too sure what to expect with this product, it sounds similar to the likes of Glow Tonic from Pixi only this is much more gentle because it is designed and formulated for those with sensitive skin.  Scent wise there is a slightly fruity aroma and if you are familiar with the other products within the Idealia range, then the scent you get is that essentially. I tend to use this once a week and twice a week if my skin starts to misbehave and what I find is soft, smooth and calming effect on my skin especially where the redness flares up on one cheek.

This is such a great find and if you have never used a product from the Vichy Idealia range and feel Glow Tonic would be too harsh on your skin, then this is the product for you.  It retails for £30 and you can find it on LookFantastic, Boots and Escentual.

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Monday, 22 May 2017


KISS Products is delighted to announce Pixie Lott as their latest Brand Ambassador! Pixie is the perfect choice to take the lead and promote the new and evolving KISS Nail & Lash product ranges in 2017. 
After having a short break away from music, British singer-songwriter Pixie Lott is back with a new single. On becoming the new Brand Ambassador, Pixi commented:
“I’m super excited to be new ambassador for KISS Nails and Lashes, the products are great for wearing both on-stage and off. The Lash Couture lashes are my favourites as they’re easy to apply and are cruelty-free with a mink effect making them really lightweight and fluttery. Between Gel Fantasy Nails and imPRESS Nails there are so many colours and styles to choose from.” 
Within the new range, there are three types of lashes and three types of nails.  I am a huge fan of the imPRESS nails, they are not only easy to apply, but they are incredibly easy to remove too. So the ones you need to be looking out for are:

NEW KISS Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection 

  • Natural-looking Layers of Soft Faux Mink Hair 
  • Weightless Volume & Curl 
  • Knot-free Lash 
Band KISS Blooming Lashes 
  • Flourishing Layers of Lashes 
  • Multi-Angle Technology 
  • Full, Defined Lashes 
KISS Looks So Natural Lashes 
  • Tapered End Technology 
  • Light & Soft as a Feather 
  • 97% of lash users FEEL THE DIFFERENCE
Then when it comes to the nails there is something for everyone whether you like the simple, straightforward elegant french manicure option or something with embellishments, this collection has something for you and you can find:

imPRESS Press-On Manicure 
  • NEW SuperHold Patented Technology 
  • No Glue, No Drying time, No Mess 
  • The ONLY Waterproof Nails 
  • 2x Longer Lasting than Other Brands 
KISS Gel Fantasy Nails 
  • Unique multidimensional embellishments unachievable at home or in a salon 
  • Lustrous, gel shine with pre-applied, pre-cured top gel, NO LED Lamp required 
  • Wear for up to 7 days with glue or with adhesive tabs – your choice! 
KISS Salon Acrylic French & Nude French Nails 
  • Thinner at the cuticle for a Seamless Fit 
  • Flexible Fit for Lasting Comfort 
  • Never Chips, Strong Tip
  • Softened Smile Line for Natural Appeal
If you like the sound of these nails and lashes I have a complete set for you to win and all you need to do is complete the form below! As always you will need to be 16+ to enter or have parental permission because I will need your home address and this one is a UK only giveaway.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Uncommon Goods

I am obsessed with Pinterest and anyone who follows me on there will have probably noticed that I have an obsession with household accessories and have a whole board dedicated to them. To that end one of the sites I spend hours procrastinating on sites such as Uncommon Goods. Founded in 1999 with its headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, UncommonGoods is a privately owned retailer that endeavours to feature unique jewellery, designer décor, tabletop items and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment without harm to animals or people.

Having pinned many images to my Pinterest boards, I thought I would share with you some of my favourites and some I would actually quite like to have at home and they are slightly kooky but very me.

Uncommon GOods
In total blogger cliche, I love Avocado on toast with a poached egg and a few chilli flakes for good measure, I don't apologise for liking it and in truth, had never tried it until Instagram photos tempted me that way. Then came the notion of trying to grow my own Avocado Tree, again, inspired by Instagram, but to date, I have continually failed in this task. Then I came across this Avocado Tree Starter Kit which only costs £16.50 and apparently all I need to do is "simply insert the shiny seed of your last avocado into the pod, float it in a water bath, and patiently watch your windowsill set-up sprout signs of life". Genius.

As a glasses wearer, I am forever putting my glasses down and forgetting where I left them, so something as cute as this Owl Eyeglasses Holder on my bedside table might just encourage me to store my glasses more carefully. Priced just under £20 it is an absolute bargain and if an Owl is not for you, there are many other options to choose from.

I am known as being the crazy cat lady at work, Stephen and I have three fur balls who mean the world to me and naturally I treat them as though they are human, often insisting that Hector is my youngest son to those in the office. So a black cat pillow which is knitted from 100% baby alpaca wool, would look just amazing on my sofa, joining an Owl cushion that we have, which Hector absolutely adores. Again, this pillow is handmade and is just adorable.

Staying with the cat theme there are a couple of necklaces that I also have my eye one for being unique and for the same reason above. The first is a heart shaped intertwined feline necklace which depicts two cats curled up together to form a heart. The necklace was modelled in clay, cast in sterling silver and bronze and it is just super cute. The second one was created using non-working antique watch parts from the mid-1800s and then cast in sterling silver and hand-finished with a beautiful darkened patina. is quite different to anything that I have seen or own but it jumped out at me.

So from crazy cat lady to avocado loving cliche blogging all in one post and if you have never looked at Uncommon Goods then honestly, go procrastinate and see what delights there is to discover.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017

2017’s hottest trend: Athleisure

Every fashionista has their down days — the days we spend in comfy leggings and oversized tees. But what if we told you that our off-duty faves are this season’s hottest trend? Now, we can step out in trainers, leggings, loose-fitting tees and even jogging bottoms all in the name of Athleisure, officially our favourite EVER trend.
Ash Shoes

Of course, you can’t just crawl out of bed, throw on some loungewear and expect to become an instant fashionista. While the basics of this look are comfort classics, you’ll need to style it right to create a perfectly polished look. Here, Daniel Footwear – retailer of Ash trainers — explains the basics of Athleisure to take your look from slob to sass.

The must-haves:

To conquer the Athleisure trend, you’ll need a selection of style staples in your wardrobe. Make sure you’ve got:
  • A bomber jacket — HUGE in 2016 and set to be even bigger this year, the loose-fitting, bulky shape of a bomber is a must for creating this look. For a feminine look, choose fresh pastel shades.
  • Leggings or joggers — we’re not talking your old gym wear here. Instead, invest in a pair of branded leggings or jogging bottoms that are tapered and cuffed for a close fit.
  • Sports tops — cropped tops and hoodies are perfect when paired with a pair of leggings or jogging bottoms and bomber jacket. If you’re not quite ready to show off your tum, opt for a loose-fitting sports jersey with mesh detailing.
  • Trainers — forget heels, this trend is all about a great pair of trainers. The more sports-inspired they are, the better!
  • With these basics in place, you can create the ultimate sports-luxe look or carry them through into other outfits. For example, why not wear your trainers with a flirty, feminine day dress? The juxtaposition will cement your status as the ultimate fashionista!
  • Athleisure is such a versatile trend and much of its fun lies in its flexibility. That said, it’s wise to keep our golden rules in mind:
  • Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise! — sportswear is generally quite plain, so make your outfit pop with jewellery. Think 90s throwback gold hoops and choker and delicate gold necklaces.
  • Wear a coat — one of the easiest ways to take your look from the gym to the street is to wear a coat. Whether it’s a loose-fitting, vintage-inspired denim or bomber jacket or a longer, open duster coat, they’ll add to your look on cooler days.
  • Cover your bum — if the thought of wearing leggings fills you with dread, tie a checked or denim shirt around your waist. Acting as a super-cool, bottom-covering skirt, it will tie in with your look without cramping your style.
  • Keep your workout clothes separate — if you are going to the gym, keep your workout wear separate to your Athleisure wear so as not to cross-contaminate fashion with fitness.
Is this a trend you would willing embrace?

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