Hot vs. Strip Wax

If you’ve ever experienced a bad wax that left you watery eyed and with a slight limp in your walk, like me, you’ll understand the importance of firstly finding a good salon and secondly knowing what wax suits your skin and hair needs best. I have extremely sensitive skin when it comes to waxing, which I am always reminded about when having a wax… although surely everyone goes a little pink, especially uh, em down there. I also have a pretty high pain threshold as discovered when getting a bad Brazilian where the therapist actually took a layer of my skin off. So I’d like to think I know a little about a good and bad wax. Probably the most important factor is finding a good therapist as although it will still smart a little, they should be able to quickly and efficiently remove all hairs covered in one little tug without causing too much pain.
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What I have come to fall in love with in my quest to find the perfect wax is hot wax. Using a wooden stick the wax is applied to the area and then left to dry until it has hardened and is slightly tacky; then, this will be stripped off and voila you’re left hair free! This may sound more painful that wax strips but it is really so much less so! Because the wax is left to cool down, it means it has more time to properly attach to all of the hairs in the specific areas so the therapist doesn’t need to repeat over the same area, which is good news all round for your skin. Because the hairs come out so cleanly, it means that you experience less ingrown hairs which is a bonus!

As well as this, the closeness of the wax to your skin means that your skin doesn’t experience as much of a ‘tug’ which not only makes for an all round more pleasant experience, but also means that your skin maintains its elasticity. Hot wax is much better for sensitive skin (because it’s more hydrating) and thus particularly sensitive areas such as your underarms and bikini area. Hot wax is only a few more pounds than strip and I really do think it is the way forward! If you are a wax virgin and are considering waxing I would 100% recommend you try hot wax first.

A few other top tips to make sure your wax is as pleasurable as can be…

  • Don’t go when you’re on or due on your period if you have a low pain threshold. If you’re feeling sensitive already, having someone attacking you down there won’t be nice!
  • If you’re worried about how much it’ll hurt, take a paracetamol beforehand – it works wonders!
  • Make sure to exfoliate the area in between waxes to ensure normal hair growth (by preventing ingrown hairs)
  • If it can be helped, try to plan your wax around the weather. Going on a cooler day is so much better than a hot day. Wax can react when applied to hot skin as it doesn’t take as well (as I’ve painfully learnt) so the cooler you can be, the better
  • Finally, trust your instincts with salons. If it doesn’t feel/look right it probably isn’t!
I hope you found that a little helpful if you are unsure whether to try hot wax – if you’re looking for UK based recommendations I am more than happy to help. Would love to hear of any experiences/ tips and techniques that make for a more pleasurable experience!
Thanks for reading!

Best of British Look Fantastic Beauty Box

I finally did it. I subscribed to a beauty box! If you follow me or in fact I follow you, you’ve probably seen me comment about desperately wanting to try out a beauty box but being unsure whether to. I was ordering another product from Look Fantastic, and the subscription box popped up just as I was about to check out, so I went for it! Yes, I’m your typical easy sales customer.

I have to say, I am so glad I did because I really was like a child on Christmas when it arrived. The box itself firstly is beautiful and what’s inside… well that’s just as beautiful! Not only did it come with six miniature products to test out (eek), it also came with a September issue of Elle (which annoyingly I’d bought that day…). It also comes with a short booklet giving you a little more information about the products included as well as some other interesting beauty bits. I opted for the 12 month subscription, and honestly, a year of receiving these little boxes of heaven really is going to make me one happy customer.

So what’s inside….

  • Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist – the beauty world is buzzing over the word ‘anti-pollution’ so I’m really excited to try out a product that is aimed at protecting your skin from the stress of harsh environments. I work on one of the most congested streets in London so I will really put this to the test!
  • Renu Lip and Eye Active Lift – As you may know, I love a good eye cream so throw one my way and I’m yours. I haven’t used this brand before so I’m intrigued to see how I get on with it.
  • Bloom and Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz – I have two 8 hour flights coming up soon and I know this will be amazing at hydrating my skin whilst helping to keep me look slightly more normal. It’s also perfect timing for the (supposed) heat wave we’ll be having here in the UK!
  • Percy & Reed Wonder Balm – My prayers have been answered. After a week in the sun the ends of my hair are feeling very sorry for themselves, so a treatment like this is sure to work wonders!
  • Balance Me Congested Skin Serum – I recently tried a serum that my skin hasn’t taken to too well, so although I’m nervous, it will be interesting to see how I get on with this…
  • Bee Good Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm – I can’t count how many lip balms I own on about five pairs of hands, so I’m giddy to try one I don’t already own!

As I only received this today I haven’t had time to properly test and trial these products, but I will most certainly keep you up to date with them in future posts.

Would love to hear recommendations of any other great beauty boxes. But please be gentle. I think I’m addicted….

x

 

The Power of Multi Masking 

 
Have you guys tried multi masking before? I always feel like I’m giving my skin a mini facial by mixing my lotions and potions (not literally) to find a method that suits me. Multi masking really is such a great way to give your skin a deeply tailored treatment. It’s pretty simple – you use a treatment per area of your skin dependant on your needs (it’s difficult to tell but I’ve used a different product on my chin to the rest of my face on the picture above). It’s fantastic if you have combination skin as you can focus in on specific areas of concern with a particular product without the worry of irritating a more sensitive area.

In my case, my chin is definitely the more oily part of my skin, and is particularly hormonal at the moment, so I’ve used my favourite Kiehls clay masque (review here) to tackle that oiliness. The rest of my skin does not need such an intense masque, so I’ve used Biore pore strips on my nose to really help lift and remove any lurking residue; and then finally, I’ve used the Clarins Pure and Radiant Mask with pink clay as again I didn’t need something as heavy as the Kiehls masque, but I still wanted something to really help brighten my forehead and cheek areas. Plus I didn’t want them to feel left out!

I leave all on for the same time and then cleanse off using warm water (after peeling the nose strip off). I then finish with my moisturiser and eye cream and am left with super smooth skin that hasn’t been irritated in certain parts. I do still love slathering my face in the same treatment for a quick fix; however, if your skin is feeling particularly sensitive or you are looking for a great way to tackle lots of skin concerns at the same time, I would really recommend this technique!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask Review 

 

 

As part of the goody bag I received from the Future Of Beauty event at Harvey Nichols I received this Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Mask which I have been lusting after for a while now!

It’s pretty straightforward to use… You simply peel the individual mask off its protective covering and apply under your eye. There’s a lot of product actually in the packaging so it’s important to make sure you get as much of that out as possible! You then leave on for around 20 minutes, peel off and then rub any remaining residue into your skin. Easy!

Pros:

– It’s so quick and easy to use. You could use this in the morning and then apply your make up over the top to give your eye area even more of a refreshing boost!

– It really does help improve the appearance and feel of the eye area. My skin felt tighter and more hydrated as well as being significantly brighter, where the appearance was that of looking refreshed and glowing

– It essentially acts as a second skin, where the hit of intense ingredients on the mask are there to soothe and repair the under eye area

– The hyaluronic acid helps to plump the area making eyes look younger and more hydrated

– It instantly reduces puffiness because of the arnica extract


Cons
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– It’s expensive. For £39 you receive 8 sets of under eye masks which does seem a lot; however that works out at nearly £5 per mask if you use one per week. So in that sense for the initial effect it had I would definitely pay that per week. Also I imagine after continued use the eye area would begin to look generally brighten overall.

As you can see my pros list is a lot longer than the cons, and even my point about them being expensive, I’ve managed to turn that into a positive. In short I think these are amazing! If you’re looking to invest in your eye care routine then I would completely recommend these as a starting point. There’s no strict regime to follow and they really are so so simple to use – what’s not to love!

Rodial have some amazing products so I an definitely looking to test some more out! Have you tried any of their other products? Would love to know!

Thanks for reading 🙂 X

Liebster Award & Beauty Blogger Tag

Happy Friday everyone!

 

I’ve been nominated for a couple of awards recently, and because of being so busy for various reasons I just haven’t got around to answering the questions set by the lovely bloggers who nominated me. These nominations are such a great way to firstly discover new bloggers, but also to connect with the great people that shape the blogging community. Rather than nominate 20 people at the end of this, I’ve decided to combine the two and choose ten bloggers to answer my questions. So I hope you enjoy!

 

Liebster Award

A massive thank you to RolasJournal for nominating me for this award!

The questions and my answers:

1.Why did you start blogging?

Because I’m passionate about beauty, whether that be products/tips and tricks. And I wanted a creative outlet to connect with other people. I also love the idea of owning my own space to talk all things beauty – it’s a great excuse to do shopping too!

2.How long have you been blogging for?

I started my blog about a year ago, although I’ve been properly maintaining it for around 3 months

3.Why did you choose this name for your blog?

I was original and stuck with my name. Nothing stood out so much that I wanted to use it, and I like my name so thought why not! Hopefully not many others will have it…

4.What are the top three things you want to do in 2016?

Progress in my career, attend more beauty-specific events, explore more of London

5.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully developing my own skincare range

6.Are you a sweet/sour person?

Definitely sweet!

7.If you won the lottery what would be the first thing you’d do?

I’m currently trying to find a flat to live in, in London. So I would treat myself and my friends to a gorgeous flat with exposed brick (always wanted that)

8.Are you a morning person?

100% my friends used to make fun of me for it, but now it’s great. I can get so much done in a day! Although come 8pm and I’m ready for bed!

9.Describe yourself in one word.

Dedicated

10.Tell us something about yourself, absolutely anything….

I would rather walk 100 flights of stairs than take a lift

 

 

 

Beauty Blogger Tag

Thanks to H&L Aurora for tagging me in this award!

The questions and my answers:

 

1.What is your beauty routine?

My routine is fairly simple in the morning – I cleanse and moisturise. Having problem skin has meant I really limit what I use. Every few days I’ll exfoliate and I use a face mask once a week. I’ve started using an eye cream everyday.

2.How often do you exercise?

Not enough! I’ve just started getting back into exercise where my plan is do something 2-3 times a week. I’ll be doing a mixture of spin, yoga and dance classes.

3.Do you organise your makeup and nail varnish?

As much as I can, although I always like to have everything out where I can see it. I’d say it’s organised chaos!

4.Can you go without wearing makeup?

Yes and the older I get the more I do it. It’s lovely and freeing and really is amazing for your skin!

5.How long does it take you to put on your makeup?

Around 10 minutes in the morning before work – I love sleep too much to sacrifice it! On a night out though I can spend up to half an hour perfecting my look.

6.How often do you wash your make up brushes?

Once a month which I know is definitely not enough. I need to get into a better habit but it just always slips my mind! I clean my eyeliner and concealer brush every morning with a baby wipe however, so that must be something….

7.What is your favourite store to buy clothes at?

Zara

8.How do you keep soft skin?

Moisturising lots goes without saying. But drinking lots of water is my key to soft skin!

9.What motivates you?

Being successful.

10.What is your ‘smell good’ routine?

My favourite perfume to use is Coco Madmoseille by Chanel. Chanel never smells bad!

 

 

As I predominantly blog about beauty, I’ll continue this by tagging other bloggers with the Beauty Blogger Tag.

 

 

For this I will nominate:

BethalyLoveBeauty

Alice’s Wonderland

Rylie*style

The Rose Beauty Files

LavishlyLottie

Try Me Pretty

Beauty Geek

Loves and Loathes

Hannahhotcakes

The Elegant Anthology

 

 

 

 

My questions for you:

  1. What’s your one must have product?
  2. Red or nude lipstick?
  3. What’s your favourite way to style your hair?
  4. Do you ever use fake tan?
  5. How do you pamper your skin?
  6. How do you maintain your eyebrows?
  7. What’s your favourite beauty brand?
  8. What would be your one tip for healthier looking skin?
  9. What colour nail varnish will you be wearing this summer?
  10. What product is top of your wishlist?

 

To participate simply answer the questions, including a tag of my page for nominating you and then choose another ten bloggers to nominate. Looking forward to reading your answers 🙂

 

XX

The Future of Beauty Event

 

  
On Wednesday evening after work I made my way to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge for a night filled with nibbles, bubbles and beauty – aka all of my dreams rolled into one! They were hosting ‘The Future of Beauty’ in association with Marie Claire, where there was the opportunity to attend a variety of talks as well as testing out various products and speaking to professionals at the make up counters. There was also an AMAZING goody bag, but I’ll talk about that later!

I sadly had to work during the day, otherwise I would have happily spent the whole day there. However I managed to see a demonstration of the new Nails Inc spray on nail polish, Giorgio Armarni foundation master class and a talk by make up and skin care industry experts.

 

The Nails Inc spray on nail varnish looked amazing! You basically spray on your fingers, wash under the tap and they’re ready! To then really tidy up the technician went around with a nail corrector pen. The effect was great and they looked really professionally done; apparently they only last a couple of days, but with how indecisive I am I would be ready to change my colour after two or three days anyway! I’ll definitely be buying this product so watch this space for a review!

 

 The class after that was by Vanessa D’Ambrossio Make Up Artist for Emporio Armani. She showed us how to create two looks; a natural and a more done up look using both new and older products from their collection. The foundations all looked great, and the reason I actually went was because I’m interested in investing in one. After payday I’m going to head down to a counter for some advice on the the best one for my skin! It was also great to get some of her top tips for make up application as well as skin care (as she is one of the top make up artists for the brand!).

 

The final talk was by Mary Greenwell, Fluer Deforce and two skin doctors. They offered some great personal and industry advice, which for a beauty fanatic and some one who simply wants to look after their skin, it was both interesting and extremely useful. It seems like natural skin care is the way forward, as well as all these amazing masques and peels that seem to be dominating the beauty sphere!

 

As part of the event I also received this fantastic beauty bag which I was giddy to open and look inside! I won’t go into every product as I’ll be doing reviews on these, but I was definitely most excited by the Rodial Dragons Blood under eye mask as I’ve been wanting to test this range for a while now. I cannot wait to use this so keep posted for my review!!

Were you there? Would love to hear how the other talks were!

Thanks for reading 🙂

X

The Glamour Beauty Festival 

 
Yesterday I headed to what can only be described as a paradise. The Glamour Beauty Festival. The event runs all weekend, with brands from Rimmel to Liz Earle there with their own section offering amazing free treatments as well as great advice (I particularly enjoyed seeing how to really conceal my black under eye bags that you may have heard me moan about before…)

 The festival was held at the Saatchi Gallery, which admittedly I’d never been to (but definitely will be going back), where the aroma of beauty obsessives filled the gallery. There were four main sections; hair, make up, skin care and nails, where brands were set up ready to pamper and preen to perfection! I tried to get around as many as possible, but there was so much choice I just couldn’t!

 


 

In the makeup section I first headed to Laura Mercier where an artist showed me how to conceal my under eyes as well as any other areas of concern. I bought this little pot of magic, which amazingly concealed my sins from my work drinks the night before.

 I then headed to the Nars counter where I was shown how to properly highlight, contour and apply blush…


They developed this exclusive colour called Goule for the event which I absolutely loved, and so felt it was rude not to buy it….

After that, I headed to the skincare section. Balance Me were offering an amazing skin assessment service. I put my head into this box with curtains where there was a blue UV-type light with a small mirror.


The specialist then looked in from the other side to assess my skin. I had this done years ago before I underwent treatment for blemishes, so it really was amazing to see the difference it had made to my skin! The only issue she could see, which she said everyone would have, is the dehydration on my under eyes *grabs for water*. They had a pick and mix type shop, where 3 sample sized products were £10, so I bought….

I then headed over to Elizabeth Arden, where I had this amazing treatment which I sadly can’t remember or find the name of (if you can help please let me know!). It essentially looked like a mini spray tan applicator, which she filled with vitamins and sprayed over my skin. She then went back over when there was purely air pressure to massage the product in. It was supposed to be a ‘Madonna effect’, which for the rest of the day, my skin really did glow. I have to also say that on a slight hangover, this was the most amazing treatment! It was so soothing and refreshing that I asked her to do it again! She said they offer a 15 minute treatment for £15, so I would definitely pay for another.

They were the only treatments I had as the queues were fairly long, but I loved spending time just mooching around looking at products.

 

 

As part of the ticket you could also choose a talk to attend. I went to one where Jo Malone, Liz Earle and Thea Green (founder of Nails Inc) were talking about how they started and grew their businesses. It was so interesting and actually really empowering to hear about their journeys. Also, Liz’s skin was literally glowing from around 5 metres away, so I am SO excited to try the hot cloth cleanse and polish. Yes I finally have it!

Now for the best part, another perk of your ticket was that you received a goody bag full of amazing products (a lot full sized!). These are the fab things I received….

So stay posted as I’ll be posting a few product reviews of the great products I discovered at the event!

Would love to hear if anyone else was there and what they tried!

Thanks for reading 🙂