My Clarins – my new found favourite skincare.

My Clarins – my new found favourite skincare.

AD – I was kindly gifted these products from a private work client, however have subsequently repurchased.

When I first started this blog I wanted to discuss everything I am passionate about, from fashion to food, beauty and home. In the five years I have been running it, it has sort of started to develop in a different way, completely unintentionally. As I have grown and developed, it has followed me through these changes, shaping the way it is today. I think fashion will always be at the forefront of what I talk about, however in the last year, skincare has become a very prominent topic that I love to share. It is something I never thought I would ever be discussing, but in fact has become something that I am extremely passionate about. So, without further ado, I would like to welcome a new brand to my skin care collection, as well as reviews on this blog. This post is all about Clarins, and in particular, the new My Clarins range.

I have always viewed Clarins as a very traditional brand that uses and sells products aimed at a much older age range than my skin. The products are very high end, and have always seemed to promote results that my skin simply does not yet need. The new My Clarins range is the first items I have ever used, as they are designed for my skin type and have really shown that Clarins is starting to adopt new ways of doing things.

This entry level skincare range is like nothing else that Clarins has on the market. It is the first range from the brand that is vegan, containing natural ingredients, whilst also being paraben and sulphate free. All the packaging is recyclable, as it should be, and is ideal for anyone looking to start using a good and healthy skincare routine. The products also boast an incredible In&Out theory, which means they work to get all the bad things out of your skin, and then putting all the good back in. This all together is what can transform young skin, from what can usually be very problem prone skin, to glowing and healthy results every single day. Most importantly, the range is designed to work on all skin types, making the process of choosing the right products a lot easier. I have found in the past that this is something that can very much put me off a brand, when I am daunted by the amount of different things on offer.

From the range I have tried and tested the milk based cleanser, hydrating mist and dry formula moisturiser. These are the products that I use in my skin care regime every single day, so it was nice to just change them up and see how the My Clarins worked for me. I am going to review each product individually, as I think getting into a skincare regime is a lot easier to do if you introduce one at a time. I personally also think it is better for the skin as it gives it time to adjust.

So, let’s start with the cleanser. I have been cleansing my skin morning and night now for around four years. I have always enjoyed simply cleaning my face, particularly as I do like to wear quite a lot of coverage on my face during the day. I have never really suffered from massive breakouts of problematic skin, and I do really believe that it is because I have always cleansed my skin. When I see what comes off my skin after doing a double cleanse, it is incredible. To think that if you don’t cleanse, that just stays on your face all night long. So yes, cleansing is great. I personally enjoy using a milk/ cream based cleanser, just purely for the experience. I like the way I feel like I am adding hydration to my skin whilst also cleaning it. Although, for those who prefer a gel based, My Clarins have also brought out one of those in the range. So there really is something for everyone. The milk based cleanser is very gentle on the skin, with a wonderful scent from the floral extracts within it, and an instant freshness that you can feel when you first use it. It is a lovely light weight product, making it easy to use twice a day.

The hydrating mist is a product that I really believe in. I have been using another mist from a different brand for about a year now, and absolutely swear by it. I believe they are a very under rated product, as I can always feel the instant boost of hydration that they add to the skin. I use a squirt in the morning and a few at night, as well as a little throughout the day that just completely melts through my makeup. The My Clarins mist is very easy to use, as it is soft on the skin, melts in instantly and is the perfect touch of freshness that you need to really wake you up. I love it.

Going back on what I said before about the skin types, the moisturiser on offer from this range actually does have three variations. One for normal skin, one for oily skin and one for dry skin. I have been using the one for normal skin, and am really enjoying it. As with the cleanser, it is a very light weight product that nourishes the skin without it being left greasy. I love using this product in the morning as it is fresh and silky smooth in texture, and adds the perfect base ahead of my makeup.

Overall I am very impressed with the products, and as I mentioned at the beginning, I have already repurchased ahead of them running out! Without a doubt, my favourite is the milk based cleanser!

 

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Cleanser 

Moisturiser 

Mist 

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

 

How I Take Care of My Hair

How I Take Care of My Hair

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

Today I wanted to share a post that I have been really excited about putting together for a while. My hair has always been something that I am very careful about, and I seem to have had this drive within me to take care of it. Up until a year ago I had only had my hair coloured once, and I made sure that I did it properly. I went to an AVEDA salon, as I had heard very good things about the brand, and she simply put a few highlights in to even out the colour. My hair is very blonde naturally, so I didn’t feel like I needed that much doing. A year ago, I did a blog collaboration with a brand called Material Hair in Bath, and I loved it. As I was there for the blog, I wanted to get something done that was different. So, the stylist and I opted for a very bleached blonde look, that was virtually white. I had a full head of highlights and a toner to achieve the look. I absolutely adored the finished product and have wanted my hair to stay the same ever since. After that treatment, I then went back to an AVEDA salon in Bristol a few times to top up the colour and keep it fresh. When I did have it coloured properly, I made the decision that I was going to invest in my hair care products and only use ones that I know are healthy for my hair. This is why my hair care collection consists of only AVEDA and one product from Phillip Kingsley.

For full transparency, I have not been paid to advertise AVEDA nor gifted the products, however at one-point last year I was working for a salon who used them. But I must say, I loved the brand before this and continue to do so now. I love everything the brand stands for and the results that are evident from my hair since using them. I often have a few followers asking me about my hair care and the products I use, so I thought I would pop it all in one blog post and tell you guys exactly what I use day to day to keep my hair healthy, shiny and happy.

So firstly, let’s talk shampoo and conditioner. I am very strict on how often I get my hair done and what products are used. I don’t want my hair to suffer as a result of getting it coloured, so as you can imagine, this can be a little more expensive. For this reason, I only use AVEDA shampoo and conditioner. Not only does it increase the health of the hair, but also it prolongs the colour. Cheaper, high street products have now been proven to strip colour out of the hair, essentially making it pointless to pay lots of money to get your hair done. I have been using my products for over a year and can honestly say that I get triple the amount of wear out my hair colour. Also, on first impression, the products are more expensive. However, you only use a small amount, so I have found that I get a lot longer out of a bottle and in theory it costs the same amount. You will never regret that initial investment in the products.

The washing products I use from AVEDA are from the Colour Conserve range, as for me preserving my colour is very important. I want to get the most wear out of it, and I can say these products work a treat. As well as doing wonders for the colour, they also keep my hair hydrated and healthy, and as with everything from AVEDA, they smell amazing! I only wash my hair now 2-3 times a week, as these products also have dramatically reduced how oily my roots can be.

The other conditioner I use is a purple conditioner, used to take brassy tones out the hair and keep the colour light and fresh. This is again an AVEDA product, for the reasons above! I only use this once a week, and a mix a little drop in with my normal conditioner to ensure my hair is still getting the care it needs. After using it for almost 8 months, I can vouch that it definitely works. After using it my hair is instantly brighter and all yellow tones have completely disappeared.

A treatment is a newer addition to my hair care regime, as I only started using it around six months ago. I do it probably once a fortnight, and I leave it on as an overnight treatment mask. I use the ‘Damage Remedy’ intensive restructuring treatment. I slather my hair in this, roots to tips, pop it up and sometimes will put a shower cap on purely to protect my bed sheets. I then wash it off in the morning, using a double shampoo to thoroughly wash it out and clean the hair. The results are amazing – my hair is always super soft and shiny, without being greasy. This for me is always an essential on a sunny holiday, as the sun really dries out my hair. If you don’t want to invest in the AVEDA product, the same can be done with more natural products such as coconut oil or olive oil.

 

The last product in my hair care basket is a heat protective spray for when I dry my hair. The one I use is from Phillip Kingsley, which was recommended to me when I got my hair coloured at Material Hair. Once I have washed and towel dried my hair, having brushed it out with my tangle teezer, I spritz this all over my hair, particularly the ends. It smells divine and is one of those products that you only really know it works when you don’t use it! A little like SPF on your face.

I absolutely love using all the products in my hair care collection and can honestly say my hair is the best it has ever been. If you have any questions regarding these products, please feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email: ladyhunter@abigailhuntermarketing.co.uk.

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Jumper – New Look

Shampoo – AVEDA

Conditioner – AVEDA

Purple Conditioner – AVEDA

Heat Spray – Phillip Kingsley

Treatment – AVEDA

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

Skincare Heroes | 2019 Edition

Skincare Heroes | 2019 Edition

AD – this blog post contains gifted products from Dermalogica and Tropic Skincare. I was gifted these products. However, all other products were paid for by me and of course, all opinions are my own.

I feel as if in the last year I have become a lot more adventurous with my skincare. I am trying a lot more brands, and from a blogging point of view, starting to work with some more brands. I absolutely love it and am seeing a big different with my skin. There are a lot of skincare brands on the market, however a lot of them do offer a variety of products and they do very much all have their own identity. The four brands featured in this blog post are ones that I have been using and loving for a long time now and have very much become staple pieces in my skincare regime. That being said, I am known to mix things up a little, and I do automatically reach for different products depending on how my skin is feeling/ looking at the time of use. Our skin changes a lot, due to many reasons, therefore the same products are not going to work all the time.

My favourite thing about all these products together is how easy they are to use. Not one of them is stressful, and they all make the experience of doing my skincare a lot more enjoyable. They all smell incredible and are most importantly kind to the skin, whilst also delivering on results.

In this range there are two products from Guinot, that I really couldn’t live without. They are probably the longest standing brand in my collection, as they are amazing for my skin. The Gommage Biologique is my favourite product ever. It is a gel-based exfoliator that I use twice a week. You massage a pea size amount into the skin for around 4-5 minutes until it is smooth and even. I then leave it on for another 5 minutes as a mini mask. Once removed with warm water, the results are breath-taking. My skin is baby smooth and feels so hydrated. As I always cleanse and tone before exfoliating, the next step is moisturising, which is another product from Guinot. I now have a lot of moisturisers in my collection that I love, but this one always takes the edge. It is light and soft on the skin, whilst also completely hydrating the skin. Honestly it is the most incredible product and my skin absolutely adores it. I do however only use it in the evening, as I prefer to use something a lot lighter in the day.

The next product that is a massive favourite of mine is the Dermalogica multi-active toner. I was saying to Kelly who owns the Barn a few weeks ago that I cannot believe how incredible this product is. I have been lucky to be gifted a lot of products from Dermalogica, but none of them stand out for me like this one. I spritz a few layers on my face morning and night and it just instantly freshens and revitalises my skin. It is also a very clever product that can be used in the day. It can be put on top of makeup and will just make its way down to the skin without ruining your makeup look. Unlike other toners I have used, it doesn’t sting, nor dry out the skin. An absolute must have in any skin collection.

In terms of masks, I don’t use them that much, mostly because I forget. However, when I do remember, the one I reach for is the white brightening mask from Rodial. You may remember my Rodial review a few months ago. In all honesty I wasn’t that impressed with the products, apart from this one. It is a clear mask, that you only use a very thin layer for around 10 minutes. It definitely brightens my skin, and when used with the other products, my skin is amazingly radiant. To add, it is also very sensitive on the skin, so unlike other masks, should not tingle or sting.

The last product in this review is the Tropic Skincare Cleanser. I have been loving this, and if you want to read the full review of this brand, click the link here. This cleanser stood out for me a lot as it is so easy to use. I am definitely more of a cream/ milk-based cleanser kind of girl, and this one definitely worked for me. A double cleanse in the evening and one in the morning leaves my skin feeling completely fresh and clean, with the perfect base being created for the rest of my products. These just work so much better for me compared to gel-based ones, and my skin always feels so much more hydrated.

Nars Climax & Naked Cherry Palette

Nars Climax & Naked Cherry Palette

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

Do you ever get the urge to just throw everything in your makeup bag out and replace it all with shiny new products? I love new makeup and exploring what is new on the market. I am very much a trend hopper when it comes to beauty, and just want to try absolutely everything that I see being advertised on Instagram. The two products featured in this post are no exception to this, however I have had a good previous experience with both brands, therefore it is easily justified to myself. I love mixing up my makeup looks day to day, getting creative in the morning and matching it to my outfits when I feel like being super organised.

When I try out new makeup products, the real test always comes a few weeks later when the products have really been used and experienced different times in life. These two products have definitely been put to the test, and I want to tell you all about them.

Nars Climax

I first found out about this product when my favourite blogger, ‘Inthefrow’, went on the press trip for the launch of the new mascara from Nars. She seemed to love the product and I loved the ethos and thought behind it. I popped it on my Christmas list last year, and luckily for me, Santa delivered. I think the big thing that attracted me to this product originally was the beautiful red, clean looking packaging. I am a sucker for anything aesthetically pleasing. This mascara has been a joy to test out and I really have loved using it every morning. With any mascara I wear, I always use the Maybelline lash primer underneath, as well as a generous squeeze from the eyelash curlers. This definitely effects all mascara that I wear – it makes everyone last longer through the day and definitely increases the length of the lashes. My favourite thing about this mascara is the chunky brush, which adds a lot of volume to the lashes, as well as a beautiful length. It is rich in colour and holds all day. My one criticism of this product is that it definitely smudges under my eyes after a few hours if I wear it on my bottom lashes, which is very common. Due to this, I only use it on my top lashes, and use a thinner, high street brand to add a little colour to my bottom lashes.

Naked Cherry Palette

I think these beautiful palettes from Urban Decay have become a staple piece in all our makeup bags, for one reason… they are amazing! I have four of them now, including this one and just think they keep getting better and better. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this Cherry palette as it is such a girly, bold statement piece for any collection and I could think of so many looks you can create with it prior to getting one. I love how it can easily be taken from day to night with the variety of light and bright shades to darker, glittery shimmers perfect for any night out. The quality of this product is just as amazing as the others, each shade being very pigmented and so rich in colour. They all blend extremely well and work so beautifully together. An absolute must have for any makeup enthusiast! Also, any eye look created with this palette is complimented completely with the Nars Climax mascara.

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Nars Climax

Urban Decay Naked Cherry 

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

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.