Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Soak Sunday - Relax and Indulge

I’m very much into my health and well-being products right now, particularly products which are mood influencing or scene setting - think candles, oils and diffusers to name a few things. Just before Christmas, a brand called Soak Sunday caught my eye with their Instagram feed and I ordered one of their sets.
Soak Sunday - Relax and Indulge
Soak Sunday are describe themselves as the brand which is inspired by lazy weekend and the power of natural bath botanicals and is bringing back bath time. 

Time to sink in, time to switch off and savour… More than just a simple soak, we’re bringing back bath time as a moment to indulgently relax, unwind and unite body and mind, losing yourself in the art of slow beauty. Made in the UK, the plastic free, glass and aluminium bottles evoke and awaken, telling stories through thoughtful design and indulgent experiences. Savour the unboxing, indulge in the aesthetic, sink into the sensorial.
Soak Sunday - Relax and Indulge
I love the idea of building my bath time, something Soak Sunday is very well known for. So I couldn’t wait to build mine. Before you start, there is an option to shop for your products by type or based on your mood - I opted for the latter. With three moods to choose from:
  • Relax and Indulge - Indulge your soul and transport your mind to a garden of Rose Utopia 
  • Detox and Restore - Balanced by a smoky solstice and awakened to a Midnight Storm
  • Calm and Soothe - Let Cleo’s Paradise evoke the experience of Egyptian reincarnation.
Once you choose your mood, you can then work through the options to build your bath time. I opted for Relax and Indulge with Rose Utopia (£26) and in my bundle I opted for the Rose Utopia Botanical Bath Soak and the Rose Utopia Botanical Bath & Body Oil.  As you can see, it comes beautifully packaged in a black presentation tin, making it just the most amazing gift to give or a treat for yourself.

The Rose Utopia Botanical Bath Soak is incredible. Using a blend of ingredients such as:
  • Lavender - A relaxing, calming and soothing addition, known for its abilities to bring about rest and sleep.
  • Red Rose Petals - A very sweet, soothing and wonderfully indulgent addition for mind and soul.
  • Pink Himalayan Salt - Enriched with magnesium and potassium, detoxify, refine and soothe skin and soul.
  • Sage - described as being a sage smudging for your body and mind, it is balancing, soothing and cleansing.
  • Jasmine - Not only is Jasmine my favourite note of any perfume, it is also an indulgently skin soothing, mind de-stressing & mood levelling ingredient too.
Once the bath water is a few inches deep in the bath, I grabbed a large handful of these salts and scattered them across the water. Almost immediately the wonderful fragrance came to life and it’s a scent that I’d lovingly bottle to breathe in when I need a moment of calm, it is that good!
Soak Sunday - Relax and Indulge
Once out of the bath, the bath soaks partner in crime, the Rose Utopia Botanical Bath & Body Oil is an absolute delight. You can add this product to your bath if you so wish, it’s wonderful as an addition to the soak or on its own, or my favourite use is to apply it to my body after relaxing in that bath.

As with the soak, this Bath & Body Oil shares a lot of the same ingredients, but the oil has one addition, Jojoba Oil and it is described as being indulgently calming, vitamin rich and glow inducing which works to soothe, nourish and de-stress. 
Soak Sunday - Relax and Indulge
On the skin, as an oil, I was expecting a greasy slippery nightmare, absolutely don’t get that at all. As soon as it comes into contact with your skin, it absorbs quickly and leaves behind the softest, silkiest skin and in doing so, it imparts a much stronger scent of those amazing ingredients I’ve mentioned. I definitely can detect the Jasmine and the Rose whilst lingering in the background is Lavender.

For me, I’ve loved using both of these products and having just enjoyed the very last drop of them both, I now want to try the other ranges and am even tempted by the candle and the body scrub in the very same scent!  Find out more about Soak Sunday and the ranges they have to offer on their very own website.

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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Liquid Rehydration Serum

Medik8 is a brand I know very little about, but have read a lot about. The Hydr8 B5 Liquid Rehydration Serum is a product that featured in the Beauty Expert 2020 Advent Calendar. Described as being a serum which is fortified with Vitamin B5 and Hyaluronic Acid which together work to deliver long-lasting moisture and hydration for a smoother, more refined complexion.
Founded by Elliot Isaacs, Medik8 is a brand which is formulated on the belief that the perfect skin care routine should be simple yet structured, advocating that the pillars of your regimen should include vitamin C and sunscreen by day, and vitamin A by night.  

This serum uses hero ingredients that we all know and love such as hyaluronic acid and panthenol which we know better as B5 and they come together with the aim of imparting lasting hydration to the skin as well as to leave it looking plump and smooth.  I absolutely love anything that has a pipette, so this ticks extra boxes for me and it helps with the application too.
Driven by a passion to strive for better skin health and facilitated by a background in physiology, pharmacology and biochemistry,
On the skin, this serum is just divine and it makes quite the difference to how your skin looks and feels. The inclusion of hyaluronic acid, which is often referred too as being a moisture molecule, has the unique ability to attract and retain more than 1,000x its own weight in water, which is why when this serum comes into contact with the skin, the serum becomes almost watery and absorbs without any fuss. Hyaluronic acid also draws moisture from the surrounding atmosphere into the skin and in doing so, leaves the complexion feeling and looking both nourished and supple. Once on the skin, the larger molecules of the acid form a veil on the top layer of your skin to continuously water them and then the smaller molecules reach those deeper layers of skin to draw hydration from them, the action for which gives that change in how your skin feels, for the better.  This serum, also being infused with Vitamin B5, helps to improve the retention of water of your skin whilst at the same time, supporting the natural regeneration process of your cells.

Using this serum is really straightforward you will be pleased to know. Designed to be used after cleaning in the morning and evening, the advice is to massage around 6-7 drops of Hydr8 B5 across the face, neck and d├ęcolletage and then leave it to fully absorb into the skin before applying your moisturiser.  If you are minded too, you could add a few drops of the Hydr8 serum to your moisturiser instead.

Non-sticky, lightweight, glides onto the skin, has no scent and worth noting it is also cruelty-free, vegan and free from artificial fragrances and oils. It is fair to say that I have absolutely loved using it and you can find it from Space NK*, Lookfantastic*. Feelunique* and Cult Beauty* priced at £40 for 30ml.

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