Wednesday, 3 February 2016

January Detox: Health, Beauty & Skincare

January is the month where the word 'detox' seems to crop up over and over again with everyone deciding that they spent too much time at Christmas indulging in endless supplies of chocolate. 
I try to be healthy and have a balanced diet but I have let slip in the last few months. When it's cold and gloomy, who wants to be eating a salad?
I was a bit slow with starting the new year being a bit healthier and I'll never be the type to eat kale and quinoa everyday but there's no harm in trying to pick the healthier option where possible. Even though January has now (thankfully!) passed, I have been loving the Breville Blend-Active* to make quick smoothies and juices for breakfast and to take to work. I love this handy little machine and the fact that there is minimal washing-up is the best thing about it.
As well as being healthy from the inside, healthy skin is also a huge factor for me. I am skincare obsessed and never miss a day of doing my skincare routine. The new Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil* is charged up with a blend of superfood oils including, Chia, Strawberry and Blueberry to recharge and revitalize skin. I've recently started using this as my skin is very lacklustre and extremely dry due to the freezing cold weather. Adding this to my cleansed face before bed means I wake up with super soft skin that has more radiance.
Ever thought of detoxing your nails? Constantly painting and re-painting my nails mean it has taken it's toll on the health of my nails making them flakier than normal and rather discoloured. I have heard a lot about the Nails Inc Overnight Detox Mask* and was really intrigued by what it is... a mask for your nails! Infused with Green Tea and Acai Berry applied to your nails will help detoxify and hydrate the nail bed. I certainly don't have a routine for my nails, so adding this in will be sure to help the damage they already have. 
Keep the superfood for your nails going with another nailcare addition. Who doesn't want healthy and strong nails? The Nails Inc Nail Grow Treatment is powered by Matcha which is concentrated green tea leaf powder. All you have to do is massage this into the nail bed twice a week to encourage growth.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

New York Sephora Haul

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I'll start by saying that it saddens me that we are in 2016 and we still do not have a Sephora in the UK! Why on earth do we still not have it here?! My life would be made if we did end up getting one here in London. So obviously I was super excited to go to New York and go to as many Sephora's as I could - it literally is a beauty junkie's heaven. 
I had a list of products I wanted to purchase out there, and I wanted to focus on brands I knew I can't get in the UK and top ups of my favourite make-up and skincare which I knew would be cheaper out in the states.
Starting with Make-Up Forever, I topped up on my favourite HD foundation as well as purchasing two products I have wanted to try for ages! The matching HD powder and the Full Cover Concealer. I am so excited to create THE flawless base with this trio.
I was most looking forward to visiting the Anastasia Beverley Hills stand as we do not have a department store in the UK where we can actually go and test the products. I already use the Powder Duo so I treated myself to the Dipbrow Pomade that everyone raves about and the Brow Wiz! I also wanted to try their liquid lipsticks so chose 'Carina' and 'Pure Hollywood'. The Sephora liquid lipsticks are also a blogger favourite so I wanted to try these out myself too as you can never have too many lipsticks!
MAC Cosmetics is also so much cheaper in New York so I picked up a few things I have been lusting over - these being 'Mehr' lipstick and 'Burgundy' lipliner. These look SO good together, I am in love with this combo, I'd definitely try this if you love a nineties inspired lip.
The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner was right up there on my list of absolute necessities that I needed to track down. This. Stuff. Is. The. Best. I feel naked without my eyeliner flicks and this is literally the best eyeliner I have ever used. I don't usually go for pen liners as I like a super neat, accurate flick and I can never recreate this with the pens so I usually use a brush. This however, is so black and I can create a neat flick in 5 minutes. You must get this!
Lastly, I picked up a couple of skincare items. The first being the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. I have this already but thought a cute mini size would be great for travel and quick freshen ups! The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads I also picked up, can't wait to try these for achieving smooth, radiant skin.
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