Dermalogica PRO60 at The Barn, Somerset

Dermalogica PRO60 at The Barn, Somerset

This blog post contains a gifted trip, whereby I am reviewing the service for Dermalogica. I also have a previous working relationship with The Barn, Somerset.

This week I was incredibly lucky to visit The Barn in Somerset again, this time getting to enjoy one of their facials from Dermalogica. Since working with Dermalogica I have found a love for this brand, in particular the science behind the products and the innovative thinking of everything they aspire to create. I was so excited to learn more about the skincare brand and see how the facial would work on my skin. Kelly, owner of The Barn and experienced skin therapist, was going to be doing my facial and I couldn’t have been happier. I absolutely adore the brand Kelly has built and truly respect her knowledge and passion for the service she delivers.

The Barn itself is just complete paradise and somewhere you can go not too far from home to totally switch off. Out of the oldest building in Loxton it has been transformed into a beautiful, tranquil space with the perfect balance of colour, warmth and gorgeous music throughout. The whole atmosphere completely calms you as you walk through the door, enabling you to put your mental wellbeing first, which has become a rarity for a lot of us nowadays. As you can imagine, with this ethos in mind, I was so excited to experience the facial as I would get to relax whilst also taking care of my skin. Win win!

Dermalogica facials are completely bespoke to the client, and their skin at the time of treatment. Therefore, there are no set facials, and everything is decided by a highly trained therapist to ensure the very best results. The two facials in the service menu are named ‘PRO30’ and ‘PRO60’. The ‘PRO’ stands for professional and the number stands for the length of the treatment in minutes. When I found this out, I was astounded. I think this is such an incredible way to provide a service as I know how different all our skin can be, as well as what is needed to make it healthier.

My skin is very dehydrated, especially at this time of year, with the heating and fans in the car and at home. Despite by best effort with skincare, which I do religiously twice every day, it is still very difficult to completely prevent this. Regular facials are a great way of increasing hydration, so I was really excited to see how Kelly could help me with the amazing products and technology provided from Dermalogica. This included ultrasonic, which is a machine that lightly brushes on the skin, increasing the cleansing action by six times. This ultimately ensures that the therapist is working on completely clean and fresh skin and therefore it will receive the maximum benefit of the products about to be used. This was also used during the exfoliation stage for the same reasoning. A really cool piece of technology that Kelly used was something to measure my hydration levels. The desired levels are around 60, and before the facial my skin was between 30 and 35.

During the facial, a microcurrent was used, again to push the product deeper into the skin, in a process called iontophoresis. The products used were extremely refreshing on the skin and I really could feel the magical work they were doing. As you can imagine, I also got to indulge entirely in a beautiful treatment room, enjoying Kelly’s fabulous massage skills, whilst lying on a warm bed with the cosiest duvet. The whole hour was just total bliss and I love the fact that I could relax and unwind, whilst leaving my skin in such good hands.

After the treatment, my skin was instantly clearer with such a fantastic glow. However, it was not oily, nor red, which I have found it can be in the past. I was really impressed with the increased hydration level and my skin definitely felt much healthier when leaving. At the end of my treatment my skin hydration levels went up to 40-45. I think it is amazing that not only have Dermalogica created the technology to increase hydration levels by that much, but also the ability to be able to measure it! I am such a sucker for cool things like this.

To finish my treatment, I also got to be one of the very first people to use the latest product from Dermalogica – a moisturiser designed for skin aged around the same as mine. The principle behind it is prevention rather than cure, therefore I was so excited to try this out, as well as take a little home to see the effects. The product is called Prisma Protect, with all the ingredients your skin needs to stay hydrated, as well as an SPF 30. The smell of this product is incredible, and I love the rich and silky smooth texture, without leaving the skin oily. This product only launched yesterday (7thMarch), so get your hands on it before it gets swept off the shelves!

Overall, I was so impressed with the facial, as I have been with all the Dermalogica products I have been lucky enough to try. The Barn is the perfect place to experience all this brand has to offer, and I will without a doubt be booking myself in for another treatment!

A very big thank you to Dermalogica for this treatment, and to Kelly at The Barn for another wonderful visit.

The Barn, Somerset 

 

This blog post is in collaboration with Dermalogica, however all views and opinions are very much my own.

High Street Foundation Test 2019

High Street Foundation Test 2019

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

So coming at you with a brand new beauty review, and what I believe to be my first makeup post of 2019. As you are probably all aware by now, I have had a pretty bumpy ride when it comes to foundations, and definitely go through stages in my life where one will work for a while and then my skin will change. No.7 has been my go to for the last year or so, however I have wanted to explore a few more lately. I just had the urge to see what else was out there and whether there was something I would enjoy using even more. I also want to have a good selection in my makeup collection, with a variety of colours and textures, ready for an occasion I may encounter in life. Stepping into my local Superdrug I was overwhelmed by the selection, and have spent the last few months trialling around 15 to see which work for me. I landed on four key products, all very different, that have all been a dream to work with recently.

I am all about finding products that work for the individual, but also never being afraid to explore what else is out there. The beauty industry changes at a rapid pace, so I believe strongly in always keeping up to date with what is out there and trying out new things to see if they work for you.

When it comes to foundations, another big thing that I am very sure of is that you do not need to spend a fortune in order to find a product that truly works for you. Yes, I agree that there are a lot of beautiful products available form designer brands such as Chanel, Dior and Estee Lauder, although I do not think they are always the best. I am someone who at the moment would much rather build my selection of good products from drug stores, selecting them carefully, and having something to fall back on for day to evening and Winter to Summer looks.

No7 | Stay Perfect

So, as I just mentioned, I have been using this in shade Calico for over a year. I absolutely love it. It is the perfect everyday foundation, especially for someone like me who easily gets dehydrated skin. The silky texture of this foundation makes it incredibly easy to apply, and it sets matte after a while giving a very even skin tone, but also leaving a dewy finish from the natural radiance of your skin underneath. It really is the perfect balance. I find that this foundation can withstand anything throughout the day, and doesn’t really seem to move at all which is always a bonus. I get quite a lot of compliments on my makeup, which baffles me, and the likelihood is that most of the time it is this foundation that I am wearing. This was the best and still is dupe of the Chanel Perfection Lumiere in the old formula.

Rimmel | Match Perfection

This is the foundation that I was probably most sceptical about because of the very low price point, however have been pleasantly surprised. The coverage is excellent and I find it very easy to apply. There is such a wide variety of colour choices on offer with this foundation, making it really accessible to everyone. The thing I love most about this foundation is that you can build it up very easily to get your desired texture and coverage on the skin. I usually bring this one out for an evening look, using a couple of layers to get that flawless finish that we always want with an evening eye look and bold lip. Honestly, this is a staple product now in my foundation collection.

Revolution Pro | Foundation Drops

So it is no secret by now that Revolution is possibly my favourite drug store beauty brand. I am absolutely in awe of them as a brand, everything that they stand for, and the quality of all the products that they release. This product is no exception and I have absolutely loved using it over the last few weeks. Honestly, the best way of describing it is comfortable concrete for your face. It is extremely thick and the most textured foundation in my collection, but it is also hydrating on the skin and silky smooth all day long. Obviously, I don’t tend to wear this as an everyday foundation, as it would be too heavy on the skin. This for me is my photoshoot, evening look or event foundation as I am always assured that my skin looks its best.

L’Oreal | True Match

So with the huge marketing campaigns that have surrounded this foundation in the launch a few years ago, it is one of the most popular drug store foundations on the market. I had to include this in the selection that I tried, as for me it is definitely my best light weight foundation. This is the one I go to when I just want a healthy glow on my skin, whether that be popping to the shops, a reduced makeup day or even a gym session. It is very light weight, and even watery in texture, but definitely packs a punch when applied to the skin. I find this texture actually makes it the easiest to apply, as it doesn’t set at all until it is properly in place. For me, this colour tone in the foundation also really brings out the colour in my cheeks and definitely gives the skin a radiant finish.

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

Kylie Lip Kits | My Honest Review

Kylie Lip Kits | My Honest Review

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

You may remember a few weeks ago I did a blog post titled, The Kylie Jenner Generation. Well, I am sort of carrying on with the theme, completely coincidently. Today I wanted to review the infamous Kylie lip kits – the products that have made her, her billionaire status and probably the most seen beauty item coming through border control into the UK. I had a moment of madness when I bought these, as she did a rare free world wide shipping and that dangerous swipe up on her Instagram stories. I had wanted to try them for ages, but just couldn’t justify paying for them, the shipping AND customs. So, in my head, with free shipping, essentially the customs was the delivery charge. That is how I made sense of it – you may disagree with me, but too late now!

As I had never tried them before, I wanted to buy two colours that were very different to each other. This is why I bought a nude shade, and a berry red for the evenings. This way I could really put them to the test as I had a shade for each occasion, and they are the most used colour tones in my makeup bag. One thing I have always noticed from Kylie’s lip kits is the incredible colour selection. There is not only such a wide variety, but each and every one is so unusual and pigmented in tone.

The first I chose was the nude toned one, named BARE, which is a velvet formula. I am not the biggest nude wearer, however, these lip kits on other people always look flawless in nude. They add a subtle and enhanced finish to a makeup look, easy to wear every day. The lip kit is probably the easiest liquid lipstick I have ever applied, as the brush is perfectly shaped and the product is ideal in texture. So many I have tried are too runny, hence making it so difficult to work them onto the lips. In terms of wear, I love how long this lipstick lasts for. It definitely needs topping up once or twice in the day, however I love topping up as I find day wear products look awful a few hours in. The Kylie lip kit has never dried my lips out and keeps its fresh matte look all day long. The colour is extremely pigmented and has a pinky undertone, meaning that I never look like I have got foundation lips.

The second colour I chose was a deep berry red called KRISTEN, which is a matte formula. My go to with most evening looks is a deep red, and even in the day when I want something a little more fancy. I think there is just something about red tones that goes perfectly with my pale skin tone. Hence why I adore my red coat, bag and jumper! So, what I did notice about this lip kit was that it is really different to BARE. The formula is different (because it is matte), the wear is different and the overall comfort of the product is different. No, it isn’t bad, but I do have to be more aware when I choose to wear it. I always condition my lips first, as it can slightly dry them out if I wear it for over about 3 hours. However, as with BARE, it is very easy to apply as the liner and the brush give you complete control. The colour is also so rich, which I adore, and doesn’t fade in the middle whilst wearing it. So, not 100% perfect, although I would definitely buy it again, as well as any other lip kit.

Overall, I wasn’t expecting raving results from these lip kits. I thought they were just going to be overpriced products that only sell because of the face behind them, however I am loving using them. I definitely reach for them automatically each day, and am very impressed with the colours and comfort of them. Without a doubt, will be placing another order when they do free delivery!

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KRISTEN

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Whatsalon 2019

Whatsalon 2019

AD | This post is a paid for collaboration with Whatsalon.

Imagery by Amanda Thomas

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to take part in a photo shoot for Whatsalon. Whatsalon are a beauty app, soon to be launching in the UK, who aim to connect beauticians, hairdressers and makeup artists with clients within seconds. Users of the app can search easily for appointments in their regular salons, or somewhere new if they need an appointment fast. This easy way of booking means that you no longer have to call or text to make an appointment, and it can be done whenever you have a spare second in the day… or even night. It will also enable users to search for new salons in the area, looking at images and reading reviews to see if it fits in with where they would like to go.

There is also going to be a second app, which is for freelancers in the industry, whether that be beauty, hair or make-up artists. This app is going to be called Whatsalon Go, and has all the functionality of a salon booking system, customized to the unique needs of the freelancer. It is now available online, or via the app which can be found in any app store. 

For the shoot, Amanda Thomas was the photographer, known for her work in the fashion and portrait industry. I do a lot of shoots for my blog, but as you can imagine, nothing is the same as this. I don’t think a camera lens has ever been so close to my face!

I felt honoured to be in with the chance of working with Whatsalon, modelling two makeup looks for their social media and app launch. So the day consisting of meeting three wonderful, local makeup artists, two of which created two very different looks for me. The first look was created by Shari Knowles, a very talented freelance makeup artist in Bristol, who also works part time for Bobbi Brown. I was really excited to see what she was going to create for me, as Bobbi Brown is usually the kind of look that I go for. They always seem very much about natural looking makeup looks, that are flawless in texture and subtle in colour. Shari did not disappoint, and I was utterly in love with the look. The whole look used mostly MAC, another brand I really love. It had bold and sparkly eyes, with a huge depth of colour throughout, as well as a dewy finish to my skin. I also got to test out some individual eye lash extensions, which really brought the eye look together. It was bold, and something I only wish I could create on my own. To finish the look, and in my eyes what brought it all together was the red lip. The red lip was created using a MAC liner in shade REDD, and a liquid lip in shade QUITE THE STANDOUT.

The second look that was created on me was by Danny Williams, another great local makeup artist. This look was all created using Anastasia Beverly Hills. This look was very different to the first, and in some ways a little more casual. In fact, in my eyes it was much more of a glamorous every day look. I have never actually tried Anastasia Beverly Hills before, so was really excited to see what look was created. Danny created a warm, deep pinky eye with a gentle shimmer, complimented by another dewy face look. The highlighter was gorgeous! The contouring was also beautiful, with so much definition added to my cheeks. For lips, we went with a very neutral, glossy look. The whole thing came together perfectly, and looked so naturally pretty on camera.

Watch the vlog! Linked below is a little BTS video of the day. I hope you enjoy!

For more information on Whatsalon, please visit the website here.

On the shoot. 

Whatsalon

Amanda Thomas

Shari Knowles

Danny Williams

Alex Niven

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This blog post is a paid for collaboration with Whatsalon, however all views and opinions are my own.

All images featured in this blog blog as owned by Whatsalon. 

A huge thank you to Naomi, and Whatsalon, for this opportunity.

Discovering Tropic Skincare

Discovering Tropic Skincare

 The products featured in this blog post have been gifted to me by Tropic Skincare.

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

So a little while ago, Ryannan contacting me via Instagram regarding some products from Tropic Skincare. Ryannan is an ambassador for the brand and was really keen for me to try a few products to see how I liked them, as she is so passionate about everything they have to offer. I have been trying the products Ryannan kindly sent me over the last few months, and have really loved getting to know this brand. As you are all aware by now, discovering new skincare brands is something I love most about blogging, and it always amazes me when I find products I love just as much as the ones before.

Tropic Skincare stand for three things: freshly made, cruelty free and natural. What else could you want from a brand?

All products made by Tropic Skincare are freshly created by the Beauty Chefs in their Surrey kitchen every day. This in itself, made me love the brand as it seems so personal that it is all made in a small kitchen, not that far away from home. When I picture a lot of big, famous skincare brands, which don’t get me wrong I still love, I imagine them all being made in huge factories by robots, with very little love going into them. When I read more into Tropic Skincare, this wasn’t the feeling I got. It felt like a very personal, family driven brand, which it is, and something about that just made me connect with them. 

Susie, founder of Tropic Skincare, approached Sir Lord Alan Sugar back in 2011 where she did not win the series, but he did invest in her company anyway as he did see big potential in the brand. Susie says “My grandma, a medicinal chemist and toxicologist, always taught me that, like our bodies, our skin needs feeding with healthy, nourishing and, most importantly, natural ingredients. Growing up in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland, Australia, I was surrounded by an abundance of natural ingredients, including fresh aloe vera plants and exotic fruit trees. The environment I grew up in has had a huge effect on the products we create at Tropic.”

All ingredients sourced by Tropic Skincare come from the Amazon rainforest, Polynesia, Australia and many more exotic regions brimming with powerful, botanical actives. All the products created by Tropic Skincare are cruelty free, which is something that is becoming so important to me now, as well as not using derivatives that harm the welfare of animals.

So, what products have I been using and loving?

Smoothing Cleanser | £16  & Vitamin Toner | £14

I always categorise a cleanser and toner together, as they are always used one after the other in my skin care regime. I have always had difficulty finding cleansers that work for my skin, as I have very sensitive skin that is prone to irritation from bad products. Therefore, I am only ever able to use products that contain natural ingredients. Since discovering a variety of brands that are healthier for my skin, I have found the process of finding good cleansers even easier. This range is no exception. The cleanser is easy to use, melts away makeup and leaves my skin feeling fresh and perfectly clean. The toner is gentle on the skin and does not cause any irritation. Both together, I feel reassured that my skin is well looked after and nourished keeping it healthy on an everyday basis. I would also like to add that I think the price point of these two products is amazing. The mid-range price point has not affected the good quality of the products. So, I am one happy bunny.

Skin Feast Nourishing Moisturiser | £24

My favourite part of the day, well two times a day, is moisturising my skin. I love how comforted it makes me feel, and my face always feels so alive when I have hydrated the skin properly. I have got a few moisturisers in my collection that I love, and this one has quickly become a favourite amongst them. It is silky soft, not at all oily, and super hydrating. The benefits of the moisturiser also mean that my makeup is applied more evenly, and without a doubt, lasts longer throughout the day.

*skincare tip – in the morning, always do your skincare first. Then have your breakfast and shower. This way your skin has time to absorb the ingredients and the effects will last much longer.

Super Greens Nutrient Boost Oil | £42

About two years ago, I started using my first ever serum, and have loved them ever since. I have tried and tested a few different products, and have to say, have not yet found one that doesn’t work for me. This vibrant green oil was the first thing I noticed in my package, and I was so incredibly excited to try it. The Super Green Nutrient Boost Oil is an award winning beauty oil, which should be used after cleansing and toning, just before applying your moisturiser. This product itself sinks into the skin providing it with all the nutrients it needs to thrive. Serums and oils work mainly to prevent signs of ageing and pigmentation, so unfortunately at my age, I cannot yet tell you if they actually work. However, I am reassured by the science behind them, and have utterly enjoyed using this product. It just feels so good knowing all the green goodness is going into my skin. 

Mini Tamanu Balm | £16

Moving on to body now. This balm was a product that Ryannan raved about when we first started talking, and I was so excited to try it as I never have tested anything like it before. It is a multiuse product, designed to target scars, stretch marks, eczema and signs of damaged skin. Enhanced with anti-oxidant rich ingredients, this product is known as a skincare hero, and a must have for every bathroom cabinet. I am all for being proud of our bodies, lumps bumps and all, but if there is something on the market that can reduce things that do concern me, then I am going to try it. I tested this product on one area of my body. Just above my boobs, I have stretch marks that are still quite purple. My boob size changes a lot with my weight, so stretch marks to often appear here for me. I have been using the balm for a few weeks, and have already seen the marks slowly start to reduce. No, it is not a miracle worker and has not made them disappear completely, but I am confident that with time, they are going to keep getting less and less.

Coconut Cream Whipped Body Velvet | £28

The final product that I was able to try is the Coconut Cream Whipped Body Velvet. I was so excited about this one, as I love trying anything new to moisturise my skin. And, anything coconut has my undivided attention! The first thing I noticed about this product was the silky smooth consistency, that just melts into your skin when you apply. It isn’t overly oily, which I love, and it adds such a lovely natural glow to the skin. A complete must have on your bedside table to top up each evening.

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The products featured in this post were gifted to me, however I have not been paid to produce this post and ALL views and opinions are entirely my own.

The Honest Truth | My Rodial Beauty Review

The Honest Truth | My Rodial Beauty Review

So a few months ago I jumped onto the Rodial sale hype and ordered a few products to try out. I ordered three products and paid £40 for what should have cost £252. I wanted to put this post together, as there will probably never be another time in my life when I can afford, or even want to pay this much money for skincare. A brand like this is something that I would just never consider having as part of my everyday skincare regime, so this was the only opportunity I would have to test out the products and see if they really are worth the money. I bought a selection of products, mainly from the most popular section, as well as a hero product box to get a little variety of what they offer. I have never used Rodial before, nor heard too much about them, so this was a real opportunity to see what they were like with no assumptions already in my mind. I want this to be a very honest review, so will also be comparing the products to those I use already as part of my healthy skincare regime.

I never want to use this as a space to spread negativity, however just as an introduction, the reviews are very mixed when it comes to what I have tried.

My current skin care regime, which I have been using for a long time before trying Rodial includes brands such as Guinot, Alumier MD and BeautyLab London. It has taken me a while to find products that are right for me, but I finally got there. My skin has never felt or looked healthier. One thing I wanted to achieve from the Rodial products, for the cost, was instant results and a much healthier glow. For me, this didn’t happen. Obviously, everything I say in this post is only relevant to my experience and my skin type. So what didn’t work for me, could still work for you.

Bee Venom Moisturiser

This was the product that I was most excited about, as it is the only product from Rodial that I had heard of before buying into the brand. This product is claimed by beauty critics to be revolutionary in the industry, using an advanced formula that revitalises the skin for a naturally younger finish. Some of the key benefits include the use of bee venom to plump and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles; vitamin C to promote an even skin tone and correct sun damage; as well as long lasting hydration. I have probably used this product the most out of the whole selection I purchased from Rodial as it is the one I was the most excited for. As I said before, this is going to be an entirely honest review, so this is the product that I needed to start with as I have very mixed feelings. I definitely noticed an instant glow to my face after using this product and during the days afterwards (whilst carrying on using it morning and night), as well as a much more even skin tone. However, compared to using my usual moisturiser from Guinot, I definitely noticed that my skin was not as hydrated as normal. I also found that the product was not rich and did not feel luxurious when applied. For the price of £160, I would expect to have all these features, especially compared to my Guinot product that costs £50. All in all, it is an okay product and definitely does a lot of what it suggests, but for the price tag I do expect to be blown away.

White Brightening Mask

This so far has been my favourite product out of the whole Rodial selection. I started using face masks in about March of this year when I really wanted to better my skin care regime. I have got through countless of products trying to find the right one for me, and if I’m being honest, I have found  a few that I like but none that I love. This one, I have really enjoyed using. Unlike most other face masks, it has much more of a gel like consistency, and is a clear product that you apply evenly over the face. It covers very easily and doesn’t dry the skin out by any means. I always remove the product after 10 minutes with some warm water and my face is left to feel baby soft. The results over the next few days are always consistent, with a much more hydrated face and even skin tone. It is an easy to use product and in my opinion, well worth the money.

 

 

Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel

 

So for me, this is the product that I have seen the least results from, probably because it is something that needs to be used over a longer period of time, and being only 20 I probably don’t need my skin to look plumper yet. There may be a few people hating on me right now for saying that…but give it 10 years and I will probably bring this product out again! I have heard really good things about the long term effects of using this, so would definitely still recommend it if you suffer from dehydrated skin and to reduce the effects of ageing.

Stem Cell Superfood Cleanser

 

 

I was really excited about using this product as I am such a sucker for a really nice cleanser. You can easily take this product out the pot with your hands and work it into your skin like a cream, however it obviously doesn’t soak in. This cleanser was so gentle on the skin and easily removed all remaining makeup and thoroughly cleaned my skin. Using the muslin cloth I removed the product with warm water and was left with super fresh, baby soft skin. Following my remaining skincare products my skin felt incredibly after using this product.

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Bee Venom Moisturiser  

White Brightening Mask 

 

Hero Discovery Set

 

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