Saturday, 23 October 2021

Emma Hardie Natural Lift & Sculpting Facial

After the little teaser on my instastories, I went along to Harvey Nichols to experience a Emma Hardie Natural Lift and Sculpting Facial and I’m not going to sugar coat it, it was the best facial I’ve ever had. EVER! 
Emma Hardie Natural Lift & Sculpting Facial
I’m a huge fan of the brand, I’m lucky enough to receive the products as PR, no obligation ever to post and I also buy the products myself too. I’d heard amazing things about the facial and I can’t even begin to tell you just how amazing my skin feels.

Harvey Nichols is one of those amazingly welcoming stores and the beauty hall is somewhere you can lose yourself for hours in. The girls on the beauty concierge desk are wonderfully helpful when it comes to figuring out where you need to be and despite having not been in that store in Knightsbridge for over 2 years, I was pretty chuffed that I remembered my way round - it’s a big store.

Katie, who did my facial, has the softest hands I’ve ever shaken and she is a miracle worker. Putting yourself in the hands of someone you have met just minutes before to talk about your skin is pretty terrifying. It’s been lockdown, natural outdoor daylight was a luxury, being in close proximity to another human you don’t live with is still something I’m getting used to and yet she made me feel as though we had been friends for years. The room I went into was relaxing, it was warm and the treatment table was one of the comfiest I’ve ever laid on! 
Emma Hardie Natural Lift & Sculpting Facial
The facial I was treated too is said to be a favourite of superstar Naomi’s Harris, so if it’s good enough for her, then I’m in. So, the renowned Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt facial was developed by Emma Hardie over 10 years ago and has since become a favourite amongst celebrities, beauty editors and influencers. Described as being a unique, non-invasive, relaying facial treatment that helps to drain away toxins, boost circulation, reduce puffiness as well as release tension in the facial muscles to create a more sculpted profile and an instant lighting effect.

The products used, of course are all by Emma Hardie and I was asked about any concerns with my skin and I mentioned I had combination skin which was dry in places and I felt my skin was dehydrated around my eyes, which is always an issue. Plus, having just had a cough and cold my skin really needed a pick me up. 
Emma Hardie Natural Lift & Sculpting Facial
Emma Hardie Natural Lift & Sculpting Facial
So having started with the Moringa Cleansing Balm, which feels even more heavenly when someone else is applying it to your skin, we went through the process of exfoliation, my beloved Brilliance Facial Oil and a mask was also applied, the one in my case being the Purifying Pink Clay Mask and it’s job is to gently exfoliate, refine the pores, reduce redness and improve the skin’s natural moistures levels - all of which my skin definitely needed. Along with lymphatic drainage massaging, the application of the Midas Touch Revitalising Face Cream and Eye Serum,  there was plenty of using the Plump and Glow Hydrating Facial Most and a good hour later, my skin is glowing more than I ever remember it has or is even possible. 

I would book this facial and go through this treatment again in a heartbeat. A big event on the horizon, in need of some TLC or just want some down time, it ticks all those boxes and more. To find out more about these facials and to book them, you can find all the information on the Emma Hardie website.

















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Friday, 22 October 2021

Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021

I absolutely love Advent Calendars and have so far shared well over 100 different ones on this blog in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices.  Today, I am back with the Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021, which I am sure you are just going to love as much as I do.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
If you are looking for an Advent Calendar which is Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Plastic-Free, Supports Small & Independent Businesses, Supports Charities, has no fillers and a whole lot more, then this is the one you will be wanting to get your hands on. Plus you have the option to choose an Advent Calendar with makeup or without makeup depending on your prefers. The Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar is on sale right now, here for just £185 and the contents are worth £350.
We've created a calendar that will make you feel like you've jumped on The Christmas Express and landed at The North Pole - This feeling will begin when you receive your calendar, but also from when you open Day 1...
Featuring a selection of makeup, skincare, hair care, bath and body products plus some sweet treats, you will also find 17 full-sized products, 4 travel-sized products and three good deeds and this post is going to share every single one of those with you. Plus there is also a hidden Golden Ticket, but it is described as being no ordinary Golden Ticket! The lucky winner will be heading off (with a travel buddy of their choice) to Jacobs Ridge Animal Sanctuary in Spain* for a week, where you'll take part in their Volunteering Experience, whilst also having plenty of free time to relax and explore! Flights, Accommodation, Meals, Drinks and Transfers are included*

Day one starts with the EXCLUSIVE Freedm Street - The Fireside, North Pole Lodge Soy Candle (£15.95). This candle is made using natural soy wax and has a burn time of up to 40 hours.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
The scent, which you get as soon as the lid is removed is a described as being a sumptuous wood medley. You will find the likes of sweet cedarwood, sandalwood with patchouli alongside musk, vanilla and a touch of incense. I cannot wait to light this candle on December 1st.

Opening Day 2 we have the Awake Organics - Brightening Serum A+C+E (Full size £32). This serum targets discolouration to help even skin tone, enhances natural radiance and supports skin health with the inclusion of Sea Buckthorn, Carrot Seed, Rosehip and Pumpkin oil.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
Added to that is Frankincense Resin which not only improves radiance and texture but it also has a natural tightening and plumping effect. If that isn't enough, this multi-purpose serum works overtime, nourishing dry cuticles, damaged nails, frizzy hair and rough skin.

For Day 3 we have Beauty Kubes with their Sensitive Shampoo Kubes (full size £9.50). I have used Beauty Kubes before and absolutely love the concept that you need just one cube to wash your hair.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
Beauty Kubes plastic free, solid shampoo now with a fragrance-free, vegan, palm free formula perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin that is prone to dandruff. The sensitive Beauty Kubes are a pH balanced, natural formula which contains a blend of natural oils, herbs and plant extracts such as Coconut milk to moisturise the hair and scalp, Mustard seed oil to help combat dry and itchy scalp and Chickweed herb to combat dry and itchy skin. Their job is to leave your hair thoroughly cleansed, soft, shiny and cared for.

On Day 4 there will either be the  London Copyright - Refillable Eyeshadow Palette 'The Opera' OR the Beevive - Bee Revival Kit, depending on which option of Advent Calendar you chose.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
My option has the London Copyright - Refillable Eyeshadow Palette 'The Opera' (full size £14.95) and it is absolutely stunning. It features a collection of ten shades in matte, satin-sheen and iridescent finishes and you will find a selection of nude, pink, silver and bronze colours to play with.

For Day 5 we have something a little bit different and this is a Charity Good Deed Card referencing the Humane International Society.  
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
As you can see on this card is information about the charity and what it stands for.

On Day 6 there is another calendar exclusive and this time it is the Ascent Bath & Body - It's Christmas!! Record Bath Bomb (full size £5.95).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
Shaped like a record, this bath bomb, if you could describe Christmas in one product, then this is the one. Featuring bergamot, mandarin, myrrh, tobacco and tonka, all of these scents come to life as soon as the bath bomb is released from its packaging and it is absolutely heavenly.

On Day 7 we have the Sintra Naturals - Sandalwood & Jasmine Face Mask Cubes (£10).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
These face mask cubes are such a clever idea and I am here for it. Easy to use and store, the contain a mixture of French yellow clay which is known for its detoxing abilities for the skin without stripping it or moisture, Colloidal Oatmeal which helps to calm and soften inflamed skin and then Safflower Oil which also hosts anti-inflammatory properties before allantoin for its extra soothing abilities which helps to also reduce redness and puffiness.

For Day 8 we have the ultimate treat with the inclusion of the Freedm Street - 500g Mega Pick & Mix (£8.95).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
This incredibly weighty box is filled with 15 different sweets from marshmallows and chocolate chunks to fizzy and sour options too! An absolute delight, which I am not sharing! 

Onto Day 9 and we have some more hair care products with the My.HairCare - Volume Conditioner Bar (full size £13.99).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
This solid conditioner bar, containing natural extracts that work to nourish and add volume to your hair. Vegan, silicone and paraban free, you will find a delicate lotus and cherry blossom scent which is just delightful.

Opening Day 10 we have the Love Absolute - Rose Glow Clay Balm (full size £49).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
This rich red clay balm, is a multi-use product which can be used as a moisturising mask, make up remover or for your double cleanse. Made with wildflower oils such as Thistle, White Poppy Seed and Starflower to name a few, there is also the inclusion of Australian reef clay which softens skin, and contains a wealth of minerals and vitamins. The velvety texture is absolutely divine on the skin and I have been using it as part of my double cleanse routine.

For Day 11 we have Love The Planet - Refillable Translucent Perfecting Powder OR Balade En Provence - Solid Day Cream
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
I have the Love The Planet Refillable Translucent Perfecting Powder (full size £15). This is a light reflecting vegan, mineral finishing powder that is suitable for all skin tones, and leaves your skin with a flawless, air-brushed look. This powder is vegan friendly, cruelty free, free from parabens and palm oil.

For Day 12 we have the exclusive Purity Natural Beauty - Naughty & Nice Exfoliating Body Scrub (full size £18.99) which has been made just for Freedm Street.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
If you could bottle the scent of Christmas, this scrub has done just that and I am loving it. Notes of cinnamon, ripe plum and freshly crushed vanilla pods, they work alongside this creamy lotion that combines a blend of tropical fruit oils, ground olives to exfoliate away dead skin cells whilst leaving your skin soft and smooth to the touch.

For Day 13 we have another Charity Good Deed card and this time it is Food For Life Global.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
Food For Life Global’s mission is to ‘help the ones who can’t help themselves and unite the world, through pure food. 

Opening Day 14 we have from Wildtree, a Nourishing Body Butter (£14).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
This Organic Body Butter is suitable for all skin types and is made from Organic Shea Butter, Macadamia and Flaxseed Oil; it softens and moisturises your skin and creates a gentle film that protects against excessive water evaporation. The scent of Lavender and Orange within this body butter is as wonderful as it sounds and on the skin, it is just luxurious.

For Day 15 we have an absolute delight with the Buttermilk - Choccy Truffles (full size £4.99).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
Described as being a smooth chocolate milk shell with a rich, silky textured truffle centre. Each truffle is individually wrapped in a plastic-free compostable wrapper.

Opening Day 16 we have The Freedm Street Face Polish (full size (£24.95).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
This radiant glow face polish is formulated using vegan squalene and hyaluronic Acid which are known for their hydrating properties.  This facial polish is designed to leave your face feeling nourishes, plump, soft and hydrated. Alongside the gently exfoliating ultra fine oats, nutrient packed butterfly pea flower and with them superfood blue Spirulina all help to gently exfoliate, plump and refine your skin. Finally, the light scent of Lavender is included for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

For Day 17 we have another choice of products and they are between ZAO - Refillable Aloe Vera Mascara OR Awake Organics - Stimulating Scalp Scrub.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
I have the ZAO Refillable Aloe Vera Mascara (full size £21) which is described as bringing intense definition, volume and durability with its clever structured lash-by-lash brush. It has a nourishing formula which cares for your lashes with organic Aloe Vera, Castor Oil and Shea Butter.  Suitable for both regular use and sensitive eyes.

For Day 18 we have the Bain & Savon - Conditioning Mousse Hair Mask (£10).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
Infused with Baobab Oil, Avocado Oil and Marshmallow Root, this mask is designed to leave your hair feeling rehydrated, strong, silky and shiny, this deeply nourishing treatment has a unique formula to repair, strengthen, seal the hair cuticle, banishing frizzy and dry ends. 

For Day 19 we have the third and finally Charity Good Deed and it is for Brooks Farm Animal Sanctuary.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
This Charity mainly rescues farmed animals on their family run farm and they rescue around 2500 animals a year , rehousing the majority and rehabilitating and releasing others where possible.

Opening Day 20 we have a brand I am currently using called Balade En Provence and it is their Solid Eye Contour Serum (full size £24.99).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
This balm serum contains immortal essential oil which  is known for its healing and regenerating properties, borage oil for its balanced concentration of  Omega-6 and finally Cocoa Butter for its antioxidant and soothing properties. 

For Day 21 from Bloomtown we have the Lemongrass & Peppermint Glide on Deodorant Bar (full size £10).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
This gentle and effective deodorant bar is plastic-free and uses the heat of your underarm to work its magic. Using Magnesium because it naturally deodorises and Tapioca Starch helps absorb moisture, it dries to a soft finish, it isn’t sticky or chalky.

For Day 22 we are treated once again with the most wonderful products. From Rhythm 108 - Hazelnut Chocolate Praline & Chocolate Peanut Butter Soft-Baked Filled Cookie (full size £1.90).
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
If you love cookies, then you would be hard pushed to not like either of these as they are just delicious and I didn’t share a bite with anyone!

Opening Day 23 we have a brand I am very fond of and that is UpCircle with their Night Cream that uses Repurposed Blueberry Extract.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
I’ve followed UpCircle on their journey from their days of being Optiat and it is amazing to see just how well they have done. This Night Cream is designed to protect and minimise the signs of ageing skin. Made using the antioxidant-rich extract of repurposed blueberries which are not only rich in Vitamin A but is also a source of pro-retinol, they are also, within this product, a by-product of the juicing industry, Hyaluronic acid to hydrate, rosehip oil to promote skin regeneration and Niacinamide to help even out skin tone.  

The final product opens on Day 24 with Lani and The Beauty Stone.
Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar 2021
This stone is designed to increase blood circulation, boost lymphatic drainage and help to refine and smooth your skin. It can also be used on acupressure points and has been customer designed and made from 100% bian. Bian stone is said to be the best for using in Gua Sha and was formed some 65million years ago when a meteorite collided with Earth in Shandong, China.  Bian stone contains some 40 trace minerals to produce negative ions and have thermal conductivity and heat storing capabilities too.

So there you have the entire contents of the Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar and isn’t it just fabulous? I love that there is such a wide range of products featured inside and hopefully it will also show just how much can be achieved without using plastic, using products which haven’t been tested on animals and how much of an impact switching to small eco-alternatives can help our planet.

For me, this Advent Calendar has been quite a journey with so many brands and products I wasn’t aware of or hadn’t used until it arrived.  On sale now, this Freedm Street Christmas Express Advent Calendar is just £180.






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