Showing posts with label Christmas 2023. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas 2023. Show all posts

Thursday 21 December 2023

Environ Clarity+ Celebration Trio Gift Set

Environ is a professional skincare brand that is built on science, beauty and care. Their belief is that skin has a life and that Vitamin A, a cornerstone ingredients for this brand, is the Oxygen needed to look beautiful. 
Environ Clarity+ Celebration Trio Gift Set
If you have never come as Environ as a brand, which often features in Beauty Advent Calendars, then there are a whole host of gist sets to become acquainted with and the one I am sharing is the Environ Clarity+ Celebration Trio Set. Described as being the ideal collection for anyone who suffers from oily skin, acne conditions and breakouts.  Featuring a trio of products which are designed to:
  • Help to reduce breakouts.
  • Improve the texture and tone of blemish-prone skin.
  • Leave your skin looking and feeling healthier.
In essence, what this kit gives you is a simple to follow skincare routine and to achieve all of the above.

Starting with the Clarity+ Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser 150ml - Or phase one as environ refer to it. This foaming and mattifying cleanser features Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids that work to gently remove excess surface oils and environmental debris - all without drying out your skin skin and helping it to retain its acid value. Ideal for use both morning and evening as part of this routine.

Phase two within this routine is the Clarity+ Sebu-ACE Lotion (60ml) - This is a non-oily lotion which works to reduce breakouts whilst at the same time improving the texture and tone of blemish-prone skin. Using a combination of lactic acid and moisturisers, the lotion will leave your skin feeling softer and smoother to the touch. Again, it isn't drying on the skin and again, can be used both morning and evening.

Then finally we have the Clarity+ Sebu-ACE Oil 60ml - This product should be used in conjunction with the lotion above in equal parts and again, it is non-greasy and it is formulated with a combination of botanicals, Lactic Acid and vitamins A, C and E that work to control the appearance of breakouts which in turn leaves your skin looking and feeling healthier.

This is such a great gift set for anyone who is looking to have a simple and easy to follow skincare routine and one which is highly effective. It is worth £110.00 but is on sale for just £76 and it features

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Wednesday 20 December 2023

Seoulista Supercharged Cryo Powered Daily Skin System Gift Set

Meet the Supercharged Cryo Recovery Daily Skin System by Seoulista, the beauty gift for anyone who wants kooky and fun plus it is an absolute bargain too! Over the past few years, ive shared some great gifts from Seoulista, but I think this is my favourite so far.
Seoulista Supercharged Cryo Powered Daily Skin System Gift Set
Designed to help you to maintain a fresh and glowing complexion, this kit features everything you need for that pre or post party prep and is perfect for parched, dry and dehydrated skin.

The gift set itself features a Hydration Super Serum, the Cryo Cool Skin Tool and a handy headband to keep hair free of your face as you relax and pamper yourself. It is worth noting that these products can be purchased separately and there is a host of other serums that can also be purchased.
Seoulista Supercharged Cryo Powered Daily Skin System Gift Set
Starting with the Cryo Cool Skin Tool which uses the power of cryo-technology to soothe, depuff, and lift the complexion for a healthy glow. This innovative device also helps to soothe irritation, reduce the appearance of pores, and the most obvious for anyone who likes the use of cryotherapy, is to encourage lymphatic drainage to help reduce puffiness.

Lightweight in design, the Cryo Tool has thick aluminium cooling plates which remain icy cool to the touch, even if the device is stored at room temperature. 
Seoulista Supercharged Cryo Powered Daily Skin System Gift Set
When the device is placed on the skin, the coldness of the plates constricts the blood vessels which causes your blood to rush away from the surface, this in turns helps with improving circulation and as new blood returns renewed with fresh nutrients to help brighten and firm the complexion for a healthy glow.

As mentioned, this Cryo Tool is designed to be used alongside a Seoulista Serum, so there is a choice of Brightening Super Serum, Calming Super Serum and Hydration Super Serum, the latter is the one I have been using.
Seoulista Supercharged Cryo Powered Daily Skin System Gift Set
The Seoulista Hydration Super Serum has been created by dermatologists and it is described as being a lightweight serum that penetrates the deeper layers of the skin to help stimulate the production of collagen, while larger molecules bind together to moisturise the skin’s surface.

You can choose to use this serum on its own without the Cryo Tool, but it is less fun!  So having cleansed your skin as part of your usual skincare routine, you simply remove the handle from top of the tool and then insert the serum bottle into the space by turning it clockwise to ensure it is fully secure. Once you have done this, you simply press the button to dispense a perfect pea-sized amount of serum and then you simply massage the face with the tool until the serum is fully absorbed.
Seoulista Supercharged Cryo Powered Daily Skin System Gift Set
Perfect for use in the morning to help to de-puff and awaken the skin and also great to use when your skin is feeling hot and irritated to help minimise inflammation and reduce redness.

Currently on offer with Boots for just £30 instead of £38 it makes a great gift and you can your hands on it right now.

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Monday 18 December 2023

Murad Christmas Gift Guide 2023

If you are a fan of the Murad skincare range, which of course I am, then for 2023 there is a whole host of superb Christmas Gift Sets and I am sharing two of them with you.
Murad Christmas Gift Guide 2023
In recent years I have shared some amazing Murad products on this blog which includes the Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF50 PA++++ and in the coming weeks I have some Murad newness scheduled to share, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

The first gift set on my blog is called The Glow Infusers (£21.75) and inside the set, you get 2 travel size products that are ideal for trying something new or taking with you on the go.
Murad Christmas Gift Guide 2023
The first product is the Essential-C Cleanser and this is a vitamin-rich product described as being an energising cleanser that washes away impurities without over-drying skin. Packed with a whole host of ingredients, you will find the antioxidant properties of vitamins A, C and E which help to defend skin from free radical damage. Then to help to encourage healthy hydration levels comes moisture-binding sodium PCA and soothing allantoin which grant a soft and supple finish for the skin. This cleanser is also infused with Mandarin orange, basil and grapefruit scents for that uplifting sense of feeling.

The second product within this set is the Vita-C Glycolic Serum and Murad describes this serum as being their gold-stabilised vitamin C and glycolic acid treatment for radiant, healthier-looking skin. This potent antioxidant works to shield against the damage wrought by everyday aggressors as it works to lessen dark spots and recover luminosity, vitamin C both protects and perfects your complexion. Using three main ingredients, the first is Gold-stabilised Vitamin C which delivers higher antioxidant defense and is highly bio-available for increased absorption, but more importantly it ensures the stability and potency of vitamin C in skin. Then we have Glycolic Acid which removes the dulling surface cells to enhance vitamin C delivery before finally Phyto-Luminescent Extract transforms UV into a source of light that radiates directly from the skin.

The second gift set is the Murad 24-Hour Hydrators (£53) and this kit features a 3-piece set made up of one full-sized product and 2 travel sized products that helps skin attract and hold more moisture for a dewy glow. 

Murad Christmas Gift Guide 2023
Starting with one of my favourite Murad products and that is the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. This is a creamy, 2-in-1 cleanser which uses 3 skin-smoothing acids which are:
  • Salicylic acid - a penetrating beta hydroxy acid which works to unclog pores and control excess sebum,
  • Lactic acid - a gentle AHA with is used for its moisturising properties,
  • Glycolic acid - which works to melt the bonds between dead skin cells).
On this skin, this creamy cleanser is delightful to use because whilst it isn't overly abrasive and harsh on the skin, it does an amazing job at removing the dead and dry skin cells without drying out the skin.

The second product within this set is the Revitalixir Recovery Serum visibly refreshes and renews vibrancy. Its  calming and corrective formula inhibits stress signals and thereby helps to smooth lines, reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles, all while restoring your skin's natural radiance.  I have a full review of this serum right here.

The last product within this gift set is the Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture is a rich, but not greasy cream which has proven to instantly comfort, smooth and plump skin with moisture.  Infused with the likes of avocado, sunflower and olive fruit oils which work together alongside shea butter they not only strengthen your skin’s natural protective barrier but also help to restore suppleness.

So there you two offering from Murad for this Christmas and both are on offer right now!

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Sunday 17 December 2023

Drinks Gift Guide 2023

So the Christmas Food Ship has been done and you've got people popping in and out for festive drinks over the coming days, if you are in need of some gift ideas or even drinks ideas then this is the post you need to be reading!
Drinks Gift Guide 2023
Whether it is beer, gin, prosecco, champagne or something totally non-alcoholic, ive got three wonderful choices to be added to your drinks cabinet that won't break the bank.

Everyone knows I love bit of Aldi beauty in my stash, but they also happen to win awards for their alcohol very single year and aside from their own Processco, which I love, they also have Ballycastle, which some compare to Baileys - I happen to think this is better.
Drinks Gift Guide 2023
The Ballycastle Chocolate, Hazelnut & Caramel Flavour Country Cream is perfect for those who like to indulge. It is something that can be enjoyed over ice or even added to a hot chocolate to really make your eyes pop.  It is smooth and sweet without the bitterness and I am slowly working my way through each flavour.

If you have a whisky drinker in you midst, then you will be needing to impress them with this The Guard Bridge Blended Malt Scotch Whisky from Eden Mill.
Drinks Gift Guide 2023
Packaged inside the most stunnng gift box, the design of The Guard Bridge packaging and the myriad shades of blue and teal which are present on the bottle, are said to have bee inspired by the tidal ebb and flow of the Eden Estuary – the site of Eden Mill's new distillery and visitor centre where it will continue to produce its own single malts and premium gins. As for the taste? Well im not a whisky drinker, but when I am feeling offish, I do dabble and the description could not be more perfect -
This Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is said to seamlessly combine the sweet, grassy and floral profile of the Lowlands with the robust, spicy and fruity flavours found in Highland whiskies, creating a whisky that showcases the best of both regions.
Stunning in every single aspect of presentation and taste, you can find the Guard Bridge Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (70cl / 46% ABV) for just £45.00 here.

The final offering within this gift guide is for those who do not drink for whatever reason and it is from Clean and Co with their Non-alcoholic Gin.
Drinks Gift Guide 2023
If I am choosing a drink, it will either be Leffe or it will be Gin, though a non-alcoholic Gin has ever passed my mind, until now.  Why? Well it tastes just as good as the alcohol version, only it doesn't give you a headache!  Low calorie and sugar free certainly does not detract from the taste, over ice with a tonic of your choice and no one would be non the wiser as to what was in your glass is 0% alcohol!  Now to make my way through the rest of the collection!

Priced around £16 you can find it here along with more information and some tempting drink ideas from Clean and Co.

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Last minute gifts with Flowwow

No matter how organised I am for Christmas, I always need a last minute gift for someone and whether you want to send flowers, a candle, a plant, a cake or maybe even a stuffed toy, you can find everything you need using Flowwow.
Last minute gifts with Flowwow
Flowwow is described as being a handy service that opens the path to 11,000 unique local florists and pastry shops, craft brands and businesses and the best part is that many of them offer a same-day delivery service for thousands of customers from all over the world.

I was recently given the opportunity to try Flowwow myself and who doesn't want to send flowers to themselves? I decided I wanted something that had a Christmas theme - bold reds, greens with a surprise thrown in. So having searched through hundreds of bouquets if all shapes and sizes, I settled on Radiant Reds.
Last minute gifts with Flowwow
Last minute gifts with Flowwow
Last minute gifts with Flowwow
Last minute gifts with Flowwow
As you can see, Radiant Reds is absolutely stunning and the bouquet is made up of Red Roses, Eucalyptus and other decorate greens but the stand out is quite clearly the red roses which are just so vibrantly red they really have the wow factor.

Flowwow operates in over 1,000 cities worldwide, allowing you to surprise your loved ones from any part of the world and to use the site, whether via an app or desktop, it could not be anymore simple. To start you need to type in your city, or that closest to you or where you wish to send your delivery and the site will then narrow down all of the options available to you, then you simply make your decision and send your chosen item to its recipient. Once your item is listed for delivery, you get updates via Flowwow about your pending delivery, including the scheduled time of arrival and the name of the courier - of course mine had been expected to arrive during a particularly nasty rain storm, so I was worried they might not survive the journey, but as you can see, they absolutely did and perfectly so.

Prices of bouquets and other items with Flowwow are really competitively priced and considering you can send something the same day, I actually think it is a remarkable service, giving no excuse for forgetting important events like an Anniversary, Valentines Day or a Birthday.

You can read more about Flowwow and all they have to offer right here.

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Friday 15 December 2023

Christmas Gifting with INLight Beauty

A brand that is new to my stash is INLight Beauty, a natural, organic Skincare and Beauty Brand that uses Science and Nature to fuse their our expertly formulated skincare collections which are designed to work with your skin, rather than only on it, bringing beauty to life.
INLight Beauty
Handcrafted in Cornwall, UK, the brand is 100% Organic Certified and of course, Cruelty-free.

I have the INLight Beauty Body Ritual Gift Set (£32) to share today and if ever there is a way to be introduced to a brand, a gift set like this is definitely it.  The INLight Beauty Body Ritual Gift Set is made up of two products - The Body Oil (30ml) and the Foot Balm (15ml).

The Body Oil with Arnica is described as being a deeply warming, soothing body oil and it features a complex of plants and astringent herb extracts which work to relax, rejuvenate and promote suppleness and elasticity and leave your skin with a lustrous, silky sheen.

Ideal for use as a massage oil, it features anti-oedemic and anti-inflammatory arnica, apricot kernel oil and vitamin E-rich evening primrose oil which come together to rejuvenate and nourish. What I really love about this body oil is that it has this silky consistency which isn't greasy. One of my big issues with any body oil is that if it feels like cooking oil, i'm not using it, I want luxury and I want to enjoy any product I am applying, this is definitely luxurious.  

As it glides onto the skin, it is the perfect tonic for tired and aching muscles as it so soothing, perfect for those post-work out treats, or in my case a few hours of cleaning an maybe some ironing.  You only need a few drops of this oil and ive found that using it after showering is the perfect time to use, when the skin is still slightly damp, better still, using it with a body brush is heavenly.

Then the foot balm, not the favourite part of my anatomy and nor anyone elses for that matter, this balm is described as being the balm to melt away rough skin whilst reviving tired, aching feet and legs.

Formulated to promote better circulation and to support weak veins, it uses witch hazel and cypress whose vasotonic and astringent properties come together with the healing and qualities of marigold, lavender, and plantain to restore, calm and tone. The particular combination of ingredients makes this balm ideal for both foot and leg massage and it is also great for use on dry or cracked heels and feet.  This balm does come with a spatula and I find that one spatula full is enough for each foot, you will need more if you plan to use it on your legs, but a little goes a long way.

Again, used after bathing or showering when the trotters are clean and fresh, you simply massage the balm into the toes, soles, and heel, applying more to those areas of skin which are cracked or dry. On contact with the skin, this balm does melt quickly, so care is needed if you plan to walk around after using and despite my loathing of feet, there is something quite relaxing about a foot massage (even if you have to grit your teeth).

A really lovely gift set from INLight Beauty and most definitely a brand I want to learn more about and use more products from.

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Thursday 14 December 2023

L’Occitane Christmas Gift Guide 2023

One of my final gift sets for Christmas is from one of my favourite brands and of course it is L'Occitane. Over the last few weeks I have shared some amazing newness from this brand and whilst the Almond Collection will always be my favourite, there is a lot more to get to know and love.
L’Occitane Christmas Gift Guide 2023
Whether you are looking for a stocking filler, a mid-priced gift, or even something a little more special, then L'Occitane has something to meet all of those requirements an here is a little selection.

Starting with the Verbena Festive Bauble (£12.50) which is described as being a bright and dazzling mini set with verbena from Provence to awaken the body and mind.
L’Occitane Christmas Gift Guide 2023
As you can see, this does make a perfect secret Santa gift or stocking filler and it is presented in a house shaped bauble makes a gorgeous addition to any tree.

Inside the gift box, the contents capture the sparkling and invigorating scent of Verbena blended with lemon and grapefruit notes to stimulate and revive the senses and it includes:
  • 25g Verbena Leaf Soap
  • 30ml Verbena Body Lotion
  • 10ml Verbena Hand Cream.
A wonderful little trio and it is on sale right here.

The second offering is the Les Miniatures Eaux de Toilettes Collection (£20) and this gift set is perfect for those who love their fragrances.
L’Occitane Christmas Gift Guide 2023
Described as being a trio of floral scented treasures to surprise and delight your loved ones. It comes presented in a stunning L'Occitane gift box and inside it features a selection of the brand's bestseller fragrances :
  • 7.5ml Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette - This fragrance opens with top notes of cherry, freesia and blackcurrant, with the heart notes of cherry blossom and lily of the valley and warming base of amber, musk and rosewood.
  • 10ml Verbena Eau de Toilette - A lovely blend of citrus fruits opening with thw top notes of Orange, Grapefruit and Lemon alongside the heart notes of Verbena; Rose; Rosemary and base notes of Cedar to create a wonderfully fresh and zesty scent.
  • 7.5ml Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette - this fragrance brings together a blend of the scents of two precious white flowers - a heart of radiant neroli essence alongside that of white orchid. There are also the fruity notes of orange and heart notes of peach to complete.
Definitely the gift for fragrance lovers and you can find it on sale right here.

Then finally we have the Cherry Blossom Luxury Collection (£69) and it is described as being a delicate, fruity and lively this fragrance gift is a celebration of the poetic beauty of the cherry tree.
L’Occitane Christmas Gift Guide 2023Presented in a stunning signature L'Occitane gift box, this gift set features three products from the Cherry Blossom Range
  • 75ml Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette
  • 250ml Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
  • 30ml Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
The Cherry Blossom Range is described as being a feminine bouquet of powdery Cherry Blossom and sweet fruits, leaving a very warm and delicate scent on the skin. Cherry Extract is known for being rich in natural sugars and they help to soften and moisturise the skin.

A wonderful trio of products beautifully presented and all for just £69 right here.

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Wednesday 13 December 2023

Olivianna London Face Masks

I have kindly been sent two products from the Olivianna London Skincare collection.  Until now, I had only seen the brand across my social media and  had been really wanting to see if it lives up to the hype.
Olivianna London Face Masks
Formulated and manufactured in the UK, the brand was created by Janine Summers to empower and inspire women, starting with her daughters. From your very first skincare needs, My Olivanna and Olivanna are said to have been designed to be passed from mother to daughter, friend to friend and women at every stage of their lives. Born out of her love for her children and belief in the power of botanicals, they come together to combine potent, high-performing ingredients that are as safe for your skin as they are effective.

I have the Masking Collection which is made up of two products - the Detox Oceanic Mask and the Instant Hydra Glow Sheet Mask. Described as being the perfect addition to any skincare regime, these two products exfoliate and nourish to instantly renew skin, improves skin tone and texture whilst at the same time providing a boost of hydration and radiance through the addition of antioxidant-rich, skin-enhancing algae, leaving skin feeling plump, smooth and radiant in an instant.

Starting with the Detox Oceanic Mask (£52) is a Soothing, clarifying and purifying this mask contains British coastal Seaweed Extract to re-balance the skin whilst improving the tone and texture of the skin.
Olivianna London Face Masks
Potent Algae polyphenols and carotenoids protect the skin from free radical damage and prevent signs of ageing. Seaweed extract in this face mask is 100% traceable, sustainably sourced from remotes shores, hand cut, in the far north of England and Scotland.

Formulated with British triple seaweed extract harvested in season from remote shores in the far north of Scotland and the north of England, this superior ingredient provides a multitude of skin benefits from improved suppleness to increased moisturisation.
  • Helps minimise blemishes and fight further breakouts
  • Gently exfoliates and mattifies shine
  • Improves skin's texture and tone
To use - Smooth onto cleansed skin, avoiding the eye contour, and allow to dry for 15 minutes. Remove with warm water and gently pat skin dry.

The Instant Hydra Glow Sheet mask (£74 for a pack of 5 masks) is a soothing serum-infused bio-cellulose sheet mask that provides a triple dose of potent actives to give tired, dull skin a boost of hydration and radiance.
Olivianna London Face Masks
This biodegradable sheet mask hugs the contours of your face with a second-skin effect to hydrate and leave skin glowing.
  • Hyaluronic Acid floods the skin with long-term hydration
  • Aloe Vera soothes and calms dry and sensitive skin
  • Brown Algae helps to plump fine lines and protects against collagen degradation
To use After a thorough cleanse, apply the serum-soaked bio-cellulose sheet mask over your face, lining it up with your features. Remove the sheet after 15 minutes and gently massage any leftover serum into your skin. For an extra cooling sensation, you can also put your mask in the fridge before use.

I cannot tell you just how much I adore this brand already and I have only tried these two products.  These two products can be bought as a collection for just £96 or separately depending on your need.

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Tuesday 12 December 2023

Dr Sam's Flawless Transformation Kit

A brand that is loved by so many on social media has landed on my desk and that is Dr Sam Bunting. Known as The Queen of Glow, Dr Sam's skincare has three 'Basics' that everyone should have - SPF, moisturiser and a cleanser and in this Transformation is everything you need to become acquainted with the brand.Dr Sam's Flawless Transformation Kit
Dr Sam's Flawless Transformation Kit
The Flawless Transformation Kit features five of the brands most iconic products and they come together to create a simple and straightforward routine, giving you enough of each product to last for a good few weeks and at just £35, it is a great gift to give to a skincare lover.

This set includes:

Flawless Cleanser 25 ml -  This is a jelly cleanser that removes makeup and daily impurities. Said to be perfect for all skin types, including those who have sensitive or redness-prone skin. This cleanser effectively removes make-up, sunscreen, oil and other detritus that is present on the skins surface whilst at the same time, respecting the skin’s natural barrier with its acid mantle-friendly pH of 5.0.

Flawless Moisturiser 25 ml - This is a really lightweight cream which is described as being a 'hug for your skin' and I really love the gel-cream texture which just melts when it comes into contact with your skin.  Featuring 5% Niacinamide, Shea Butter and Sodium Hyaluronate which come together to not only brighten and boost the look of your skin, but it also helps with keeping your pores clear and skin calm. Very hydrating and just wonderful to use.

Flawless Daily Sunscreen 25 ml - Described as being a product to calm and coddle blemish-prone skin, with a soft-focus primer-like finish. What I love is that it doesn't leave that much hated white chalky cast on the skin when using, it absorbs really quickly and is really hydrating and I have loved using it every day since it arrived and love how it sits on my skin, whether I am wearing makeup or not.

Flawless Brightly 10% Azelaic Acid Serum 7ml - This is designed to tackle dull, lacklustre skin as well as to evens out skin-tone, calm bump and clears pores. It's hero ingredient is azelaic acid which works to visibly tackle pigmentation and redness, clear clogged pores, and reduce the appearance of blemishes. Alongside it is the inclusion of 5% Niacinamide, referred to as the barrier-boosting, pore-unclogging B vitamin ingredient that makes skin like retinoids better, followed by 2% Ascorbyl Glucoside which is said to be a stable yet gentle antioxidant powerhouse partnered with brightening and collagen-boosting properties, 1% Bakuchiol, this seed extract is said to think it's a retinoid, which it isn't, but its job is to diffuse blemish-prone skin and reduce the visible signs of premature ageing.  My skin absolutely loves this serum and I love the difference it has made to a slight bit of redness on my cheeks.

Flawless Nightly 2% Retinoid Serum 7ml - Featuring three key ingredients – 2% Granactive retinoid which It clears out pores, softens crinkles and improves clarity, 5% Azelaic Acid to tackles redness, blemishes and pigmentation, 1% Bakuchiol to help blemish-prone skin and premature ageing and finally 10% Niacinamide which Dr Sam refers too as the barrier-boosting, pore-unclogging vitamin that makes skin like retinoids better. The serum, which is an almost light yellow colour is definitely the one with the most luxurious feel to it and on my skin, it absorbs really quickly and it doesn't cause any irritation, so if you are looking to move to something a little more powerful, this would be a really good place to start.

As you can see, this set of five incredible mini Dr Sam products is the perfect way to try the range for yourself and at just £35 it is such a great introduction to the brand and what it has to offer. 

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Monday 11 December 2023

How to Choose the Perfect Whisky Christmas Gift

Christmas is a time of joy, celebration, and the age-old custom of gift-giving.
How to Choose the Perfect Whisky Christmas Gift
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What better way to celebrate than with a gift that embodies warmth and tradition?

For centuries, whisky has held a special place in holiday traditions. The rich, warming notes of a good Scotch or a smooth Bourbon echo the festive spirit, making whisky an ideal Christmas gift.

Selecting the Perfect Whisky Gift
Whether you're buying for a whisky aficionado or a curious novice, here's how to choose a whisky that will make their Christmas truly special.

Understand Their Taste Preferences
The first step in choosing the right whisky is understanding the recipient's taste.

Do they prefer sweet, fruity flavours, or are they fans of smoky, peaty notes?

If you know their favourite brand or expression, getting a special release from that line shows thoughtfulness.

For beginners, opt for something smooth and easy to enjoy, with a mild flavour. A good example of this is a Speyside single malt.

For the seasoned drinker, consider a complex Islay whisky. Alternatively, a limited edition Christmas release or whiskies with winter spice notes can be particularly apt for the season.

Whisky subscriptions are also available and will ensure your loved one can still enjoy their gift throughout the year.

Whisky Presentation Counts
Since it’s a gift, presentation is everything. A bottle of whisky that comes in a festive package or is displayed inside a Christmas card can elevate your gift.

You may also consider a beautiful decanter or a set of whisky glasses to complement the bottle.

Include an Educational Element
For whisky newbies, include a book about whisky or a tasting notes journal. This not

only enhances the gift but also encourages the recipient to explore their new hobby and understand what they're drinking.

Explore Whiskies From Different Regions
Whisky comes from all over the world, and each region has its unique characteristics.

Scottish whiskies, known as Scotch, are renowned for their diversity, while Irish whiskies are typically smoother and more approachable.

American whiskies (like Bourbon and Tennessee) offer sweeter, more robust flavours. Japanese whiskies have also gained acclaim for their precision and balance.

Age Matters – But It’s Not Everything
Whilst the age of a whisky can be a marker of quality, it's not the only thing that matters.

Non-aged whiskies can also offer incredible depth and complexity. Focus on the flavour profile and the craftsmanship behind the bottle more than the age.

Whisky Wallet Wisdom
You don’t have to break the bank to find a good whisky. There are excellent options at various price points.

Set a budget and explore the best whiskies within that range. Remember, it's the thought and the match to their taste that counts, rather than how much you’ve spent!

Where to Shop
Look for a reputable store specialising in whisky, as their staff will be far more knowledgeable. They can provide valuable guidance, especially when you're unsure about your choice.

Check out the range of Christmas whisky gifts from The Whisky Tasting Company. If you have any questions, be sure to give them a call on 01743 247220. They’ll be happy to help you find the perfect gift for your loved one.

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Sunday 10 December 2023

The Skin Geek Cryo Roller + Mask

I do love a good skincare gadget and The Skin Geek was created by aestitician Nicola, an award-winning facialist and international skincare consultant with over two decades of experience. The Skin Geek line up features a huge array of skincare products and tools from micro-needling rollers and cryo rollers to hydrogel sheet masks and serums.
The Skin Geek Cryo Roller + Mask
The Skin Geek Cryo Roller + Mask
I was kindly sent a Hydrogel Mask and The Skin Geek Cryo Roller, which is described as being your Sub Zero Hero!  This isn't the first time I have used a Cryo Roller, so I am always keen to try newer ones.

Designed to reduce puffiness, The Skin Geek Cryo Roller also comes with a whole host of other benefits of use which includes
  • Reduces puffiness and inflammation
  • Smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Soothes redness.
  • Firms the skin.
  • Sculpts and Contours by Increasing facial lymphatic drainage.
  • Brightens
  • Tightens pores (temporarily!)
  • Relaxes muscle tension
Plus you can also use it for use on the body too, perfect SOS for burns and pain relief but also, if like me you suffer from migraines, it is also a delight to use across your forehead and back of the neck.  The advice whenever you use the Cryo Roller is to use a serum on the skin rather than just applying it directly.
The Skin Geek Cryo Roller + Mask
After using, my skin does look a little more flushed than usual but this is nothing to worry about, it is due to the increased blood flow. But the whiole process of using it is very relaxing and therapeutic, especially with a headache.

I keep my Cryo Roller in the freezer in its Skin Geek zipper bag so that whenever I need to use it and the best part is you only need up to 15 minutes of your time to use it. For me, as it is in the freezer, I tend to use it whilst waiting for the kettle to boil and tea to brew, or when I am sat on the sofa, its so handy to use, you can use it anytime. Once you have finished your Cryo session, always wash the roller in warm soapy water and once dry, put it back into the zipper bag and back into the freezer ready for your next usage.

The second products I have is the Hydra Boost Face Mask for hydrating and as with similar masks, this one comes in two parts to fit the upper and lower contours of the face, for me, it also means it moulds better to my face and stays in place.
The Skin Geek Cryo Roller + Mask
Infused with powerful humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, that draw moisture into the skin; anti-inflammatories to soothe the skin and reduce redness; and antioxidants to shield the skin from free radicals.

To use, once you have removed the mask from the pouch, you apply both sections to freshly cleansed but dry skin and then sit back and relax for up to 30 minutes, the mask has been drenched in a serum, so it is quite wet when applied to the skin, but also quite soothing too. It is worth noting that there is also around 10ml of serum that will remain in the pouch to use as a hydrating serum, once you have discarded the mask, or you can use it before you try the Cryo Roller.

The Skin Geek Cryo Roller is priced at just £39 and the Hydro Boost Face Mask is just £7 or you can get a pack of 4 for just £21.

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Saturday 9 December 2023

Hair Care Dupe Gift Sets 2023

Everyone seems to be enamoured with the Olaplex System and for those who have hair that it works with and for, I can see why, for me, it seems almost too heavy feeling. As always, there is a whole host of alternatives out there to be found, from the likes of L'Oreal Paris Elvive Bond Repair System to the two offerings I am sharing today.
Hair Care Dupe Gift Sets 2023
Starting with my beloved Aldi and their beauty brand Lacura. It has been well documented that Lacura Bonded Hair care products are similar to Olaplex, albeit, it is pried at a much more competitive price.

For Christmas, Lacura is releasing the Bonded Gift Set (£9.99) and inside, it offers the ultimate hair care experience. 
Hair Care Dupe Gift Sets 2023
Inside this gift set, you will find:
  • Bonded Pre-Wash Hair Treatment (100ml),
  • Bonded Moisture Mask (50ml)
  • Bonded Hair Oil (20ml).
  • White hair scrunchie
The hydrating Bonded Hair Oil is a brand new launch, it hasn't been released until now and is definitely a product to look out for.

Then the second collection of products is from a brand I have used before and one which has impressed me and that is The Plex System and it is one you can find in both B&M and Savers.
Hair Care Dupe Gift Sets 2023
The New PlexSystem range has launched with a five step programme and with it, a whole host of scientific formulations that are designed to harness a ‘Smoothing Infusion’ to restore and protect damaged hair. It is a five-step routine, featuring five full sized products and inside this gift box you will find the following:
  • 1. Cleansing Shampoo
  • 2. Nourishing Hair Mask
  • 3. Hydrating Conditioner
  • 4. Restoring Hair Oil
  • 5. Styling Hair Serum
This collection will be priced around £9.99, so again it is a great little money saver and a great gift for those who love their hair care products.

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Friday 8 December 2023

Floral Street Almond Blossom

I am a huge fan of Floral Street and every single fragrance that has been released, ive swooned over. The latest scent, Sweet Almond Blossom, had very quickly made it to the top of my favourite scents to wear when I need those uplifting vibes to face a cold, wet, windy day.
Floral Street Almond Blossom
If you are unfamiliar with the brand Floral Street, they are a brand built on the streets of London, Floral Street as it happens, and one which is about breaking with tradition. It’s about peeling back the curtain of the secret world of fragrance. It’s about ease, modernity and joy. Each perfume, which can also be refilled and better still, the bottle comes packaged inside a re-usable box and tray - the tray I use to propagate seeds and keep in the greenhouse.

Sweet Almond Blossom is every bit as wonderful as you can imagine, inspired by the white florals from the 1890 Van Gogh's Masterpiece Almond blossom, if that isn't exceptional enough, the nose behind this fragrance is none other than the fragrance master himself, Jérôme Epinette.
Floral Street Almond Blossom
The fragrance is placed sitting within the fruity, floral, gourmand family it is described as being a:
Mouth-watering natural pomelo and juicy passionfruit float over clouds of delicate apple blossom. Creamy vanilla, sandalwood, and nutty tonka bean are beautifully balanced with explosions of other-worldly crisp green matcha tea.
The fragrance opens with a wonderful intense scent of Apple Blossom and not far behind it is the pomelo and mandarin, so you get a hit of all three in one go and it is just a delight, not too heavy or cloying, it hands around in the air before it dries down with the notes of  passion fruit, heliotrope and they are balanced by green matcha tea before the rich notes of vanilla, sandalwood and tonka bean as base notes settle the scent, all without out doing one another.  For me, the stand out note is the opens that fragrance opens with, they dominate enough as to not let the vanilla become too heady or heavy and it is just a wonderful uplifting scent.

In keeping with tradition, to accompany the fragrance is also sold in a candle form, priced at just £38, and again, as with the fragrance you have that delicate blend of fruity florals infused with creamy vanilla, green matcha and a touch of tonka bean.  
Floral Street Almond Blossom
Nestled in the most beautiful team blue jar, the candle has a burn time of 40 hours, depending on how often you have it alight and uses ingredients that are all sustainably sourced.

As a fragrance and something I have found with every scent I have tried from Floral Street, the longevity far outweighs most other fragrances I own, once it has been applied. They are expressive fragrances and they are ones which settle and linger for hours, by hours I mean all day and you can still catch a feel of it the following morning. For me, there is absolutely nothing to dislike about this fragrance. I love that it is a take on the modern Rose theme, by making it more wearable for many people and once you try it, I dare you not to love it!

Floral Street fragrances are Vegan and Cruelty-free and are available from a wide range of stockists including Floral Street, Space NK, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Sephora to name a few. Prices for Floral Streets fragrances within the collection start at £28 for 10ml, £68 for 50ml and £108 for 100ml

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