Friday, 24 May 2019

Temple Spa - Relax and Unwind

When life is incredibly busy and you barely have two minutes for yourself and then one blink and it is already Monday again. Taking time out to relax, even when you have been incredibly busy is really hard, I am naturally a fidget... I sit down after doing some chores and then have itchy feet and get up to do something else, I am one of those people who just has to be busy.
Temple Spa Repose and Breath of Life
Temple Spa has the mantra "Your Body Is A Living Temple. Honour It. Enjoy Your Life and Live It To The Full" and that really is quite something to think about.  As a brand who started over two decades ago right here in the UK, it is quite amazing to see just how many products there are within the collection.  Whether you want something for stress problems, sleep enhancing, detoxing or hydrating there is something for you, as well as looking for products per issue and concern such as redness and sensitivity, oiliness, combination or sensitive to name to just a few. I was lucky enough to meet up with Liz, one of the Co-founders of Temple Spa to talk through some of the products and get a little about their history and learn a little more about what I could be using to help with rest and relaxation.

The first product Liz suggested as Repose which is an Aromatherapy Resting Cream which is said to calm your soul while it moisturises your skin.  Using a blend of hops valerian, chamomile, frankincense, lavender, patchouli, geranium, bitter orange and clary essential oils are all renowned to aid deep relaxation and bring a sense of calm. On the skin, the silky soft texture of the cream glides onto the skin and absorbs and as it does so, the scents of the essential oils come to life and it is just so incredibly hydrating.
Temple Spa Repose Resting Aromatherapy Cream

To use, you simply need to take just half a teaspoon size of Repose, I use the enclosed spatula and rub the cream into my palms and then put my hands to my face and breathe deeply before massaging it onto my face, neck and shoulders. As always with Temple Spa products, the ingredients in the formula have been chosen for their natural ability to help aid a night of restful sleep and for Repose, so alongside Lavender which is known for its calming and soothing properties we have:

  • Frankincense which helps to bring a sense of calm and deepens breathing to induce the feeling of peace, relaxation and satisfaction
  • Chamomile which is known for its soothing and relaxing properties, it has a calming effect and can be used to aid sleep.
  • Hops which is known for their calming benefits, they help to control anxiety and stress and relax your body and mind. They help to aid sleep and insomnia giving you a restful night's sleep.
For me, what Repose does is bring about that relaxation, more so when my mind is racing and I'm mentally going through that to-do list sat on my desk and pre-planning what I need to do tomorrow, rather than just taking 5 minutes and it is the winding down before bedtime that I need to get myself into a routine of doing, not checking my phone, pinning on Pinterest or checking any other social media apps.

The second product, Breath of Life is described as being a beautiful aromatherapy essence that helps to bring clarity and energy when you’re feeling tired and stuffed up. 
Temple Spa Breath of Life Inhalation Essence
Breath of Life is one of those products which has a multitude of uses and is the kind of product that you should always have in your stash because you never know when you might need it.  Some of the uses include:
  • A must for those embarking on long journeys or when you are in a confined space 
  • The ideal product for those suffering from cold, flu, headaches and hayfever 
  • Great when you need to clear your head or just feeling a little out of sorts 
  • Those seeking to feel energised 
  • As an inhalation treatment to clear the head and nasal passages and eliminate stuffiness
Again, if you are familiar with Temple Spa products, it contains some amazing ingredients and they include the essential oils of eucalyptus and tea tree known for their powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties and together they make a powerful duo at killing bacteria and eucalyptus is also found to be mentally relaxing and can aid those who have trouble sleeping. Then we have Mint, which for me tones down the scent of Tea Tree and adds a coolness to the Essence whilst working to help with congestion.

I use this in two ways currently.  The first is to dab a few drops onto my pillow if I am feeling a little bunged up with a cold, the scent helps with making breathing much easier but if I am feeling really run down, then I put a few drops into a bowl of hot water and allow the steam vapour to linger around my bedroom for around half an hour before I go to sleep. You can also inhale the steam over a bowl of hot water, covering your head with a towel and then breathing in to help clear your head.

So two very different products to help when you are feeling really run down and just need to take time out to relax and unwind and just allow yourself time to slow down.

Have you tried any products from Temple Spa or has anything caught your attention from their incredible range of products?


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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Pixi By Petra - Hydrating Milky Peel

There are so many new releases from Pixi Beauty right now that I just love that there is no much to try, get to know and wait with excitement as to what could possibly come next.  If you have never come across Pixi Beauty before, then the term 'Glow Tonic' should hopefully mean something to you.  For me, Glow Tonic was my introduction to the brand some years ago now and it is still something I have on my bedside table.  

The latest launch I have been loving is the Hydrating Milky Peel (£24) and it is something I was introduced to in the Carnaby Street store when I went in to repurchase a few products as a gift for a friend.
Pixi By Petra - Hydrating Milky Peel
I love my lazy skincare, there are some days when I don't want to be spending half an hour to an hour taking the day off my face using numerous products and I always look to a group of products within my stash that helps me to complete the task in minimal time, whilst still being effective. The Hydrating Milky Peel is described as being a gentle micro-peeling cream which is so gentle, you can use it daily if you wish too.  Its job is to clear away dead skin cells for delicate brightening of the skin.

Coming from Pixi, there is always going to be a whole host of incredible ingredients used to make the product and within the Milky Peel it you will find it is enriched with calming and hydrating coconut which sit alongside some skin-balancing probiotics and natural humectant, cellulose which gently exfoliates the skin, without stripping it, to lift away dead and dry skin cells, as well as dirt, impurities and toxins and it, does all of this without aggravating the skin.  There is also the inclusion of arginine which helps to increase collagen and elastin production for firmer, plumper skin but it also acts as an antioxidant to the skin too.
Pixi By Petra - Hydrating Milky Peel
Packaged inside a squeezy tube, you need just a thin layer adding to cleansed skin whilst avoiding the eye area. The instructions state that you should gently massage and rinse away after 3 minutes. So for me, this is where the lazy but effective skincare aspect comes into play because 3 minutes really isn't going to delay you or stop you from getting on with your day. I always add mine before getting into the shower and I rinse it off there using a cloth that has been under warm running water.  I really like the texture of this Peel, if you have used the Peel and Polish, then it is similar to that, but without the fruity scent, this one instead has a slight Coconut scent, which I absolutely love.

The end result using this Milky Peel is for me, quite something.  I have mentioned quite regularly that I have combination skin which leans to the oily side but in doing so, I have dry patches of skin on the cheeks and often between my brows, so those are the areas I tend to pay the most attention too when it comes to exfoliating.  I always opt to use something that is non-abrasive unless I feel the need to add more pressure and this Peel does everything I really need it too.  I love that it can be used daily, though I tend to use it just a few times a week for the time being.    I find the Milky Peel to be instantly cooling on my skin and it definitely hydrates and works incredibly well on those dry patches of skin without exacerbating the problem.

The Pixi Hydrating Milky Collection contains no less than 8 products which includes a Cleanser, Tonic, Makeup Remover, Lotion, Serum, Mist and of course this Peel. For me, this is definitely a line of products I want to explore fully and I have my eye on both the Cleanser and the Serum right now.

Are you a fan of Pixi by Petra Beauty and do you have a favourite product?

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