Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Best Bombshell Buys | Beauty With Benefits

1. Decleor Hydra Floral BB Cream / 2. bareMinerals Correcting Concealer / 3. Liz Earle Signature Eye Colour /
4. Perricone MD No Blush Blush / 5. Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara /
6. Josie Maran Lip Treatment / 7. Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder / 8. Vichy Dermablend Foundation

Hi beauties,
I am back today with a Beauty With Benefits posts highlighting different good-for-you products that I highly recommend. I have purposefully chosen one product from different brands in order to show you a variety of beauty items. As applying a full face of make-up is a morning ritual for most women (myself included), it can become laborious and tiresome. So now with thanks to modern technology and innovations, beauty products can now work as hard as you do!

Each one of these gems manages to beautify in multiple ways, which will not only save you time and storage space, but also your hard earned money. Ladies, its time to use kickass products, that are not only amazing in pigmentation and quality, but are more importantly good for your skin and working for you.

1. Decleor Hydra Floral BB Cream
This do it all product not only contains Decleor's iconic 24-hour protective moisturiser, but it also contains an illuminating foundation mixed together. Boasting five benefits in one tube, this BB Cream is not to be missed. Either apply it with your fingers for an allover luminous look, or with a flat foundation brush for the appearance of airbrushed skin.

2. bareMinerals Correcting Concealer
This creamy concealer combines SPF 20 with buildable long-lasting coverage. However, as the title of this post suggests, this is more than just a concealer, as the lemon peel extract included works to decrease the appearance of dark spots and discolouration over time. Its now time for you to conceal and reveal brighter more radiant looking skin!

3. Liz Earle Signature Eye Colour
All of the Liz Earle products are known for their botanical extracts and amazing results and this eyeshadow doesn't disappoint. Enriched with natural source Vitamin E, this eye colour will work to nourish your lids, whilst the lightweight formula has a skin affinity that adds the right amount of colour, whilst giving you an even finish that lasts.

4. Perricone MD No Blush Blush
The No Blush Blush is a revolutionary cheek serum that contains a mineral SPF 30, whilst also containing scientifically formulated DMAE to help give you a "facelift in a bottle". Available in a universally flattering rosy glow, this self-adjusting shade stimulates the flush of youth. This product is great for those wanting prominent cheeks without the need of injections or going under the knife.

5. Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
You can now nourish, thicken and lengthen your lashes from the inside out. This multi-purpose innovative mascara is infused with peptides that work on your lash growth cycle. This mascara will give you instant smudge-proof va va voom lashes, but with the added benefit of knowing your eyelashes are being conditioned, whilst the formula is making them more beautiful naturally.

6. Josie Maran Lip Treatment
This lip treatment really is a genie in a bottle, as the formula works to condition, hydrate and protect, whilst adding a subtle hint of colour. Not only is this beauty formulated without nasty chemicals, but it's also packed full of Vitamin E Argan Oil to help replenish dry chapped lips. This all purpose lip conditioner will have your lips looking perfectly pouty in no time.

7. Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder
Tarte are known in the industry for using Amazonian Clay in their products to help balance and hydrate skin, whilst it works on boosting clarity, radiance and texture at the same time. This translucent, silky finishing powder sets make-up, diffuses imperfections and also removes excess surface oil to leave you looking flawless. Tarte even advise their customers that this product can be worn alone as an all over treatment.

8. Vichy Dermablend Foundation
The cult favourite Vichy Dermablend offers twice the coverage of a traditional foundation yet it still has a natural lightweight finish. The product contains Thermal Spa Water to help soothe irritated skin whilst keeping it moisturised, soft and supple all day long. This camouflaging foundation is great for anyone wanting to hide uneven skin tone, dark circles, redness and scarring.

Lastly, why use make-up that doesn't give you more? As you deserve to look effortlessly fierce, whilst knowing your products are working hard to make you look every inch the perfect princess you are! These eight products will benefit your skin whilst making you look like a glam goddess!

 Please let me know your favourite multi-purpose products and also if you will be trying any of the items mentioned above!

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide For Him and Her | US Edition

Hi beautiful people,
If you love Christmas as much as I do, then you will know that there is just as much pleasure in giving gifts, as there is in receiving them. So to help you find the best presents to give to your friends and family this season, I have compiled my favourite items on the market. With time ticking, I have included gifts of all prices, ranging from under $15 to over $30 - making sure that there is something for everyone! Whether you have to do Secret Santa or you are looking for more Stocking Stuffers, this guide will have you sorted in no time!

Christmas Gift Guide For Her
Whether you are looking for presents for your mom, sister, friend or neighbor, my guide will help you find an ideal gift for each of them. With affordable Secret Santa items all under $15, from Lush Gift Sets to a bareMinerals Glowing Powder Duo then moving onto Luxury Presents including the new Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette to a hot pink Kate Spade Wallet and everything in-between - these are sure to be on everyone's wish list.

Under $15 - Secret Santa (First Row)
Lush Butterfly Gift Set
Bath and Body Works Socks
bareMinerals Touch Up To-Glow
Victoria's Secret Bombshell EDP
Forever 21 Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

Under $25 - Stocking Stuffers (Middle Row)
Henri Bendel Gift Card
Soap and Glory Full Clean Ahead Set
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip
Victoria's Secret Afterhours Satin Slippers
Tarte Sweet Dreams Deluxe Best Sellers Collection

Over $30 - Luxury Presents (Bottom Row)
Jo Malone Cologne Collection
Urban Decay Naked On The Run
J.Crew Swarovski Crystal Dot Necklace
NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette
Kate Spade Cherry Lane Louie Wristlet Wallet

Christmas Gift Guide For Him
We all know men are notoriously hard to buy for, however, I have searched high and low to bring to you the best presents out there right now. Whether the man in your life is looking for a new Bull Dog Moisturiser or an H&M Sports Wristband to luxury Paul Smith Socks or the new Call of Duty Game, these presents are sure to please every man you know.

Under $15 - Secret Santa (First Row)
ASOS Cardholder
Bull Dog Moisturiser
H&M Sports Wristband
Triple C Oval Amplifier
Lindt Chocolate Truffles

Under $25 - Stocking Stuffers (Middle Row)
iTunes Gift Card
J.Crew Broken-in Tee
Jokes Every Man Should Know
Belkin Ultra Thin Two Tone iPhone Case
Anker Astro Mini Portable External Battery Charger

Over $30 - Luxury Presents (Bottom Row)
Paul Smith Socks
J.Crew Sweater
Perricone MD Gentle Cleanser
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare
Marc by Marc Jacobs Textured-Leather Billfold Wallet
So there we have it, my 2014 Christmas Gift Guide (US Edition). I hope you found it helpful and it has allowed you to tick off some of your to-buy list. Its honestly safe to say that I would be very happy if I found some of these items under my tree and I hope your loved ones will too!

 Lastly, what are you hoping to get for Christmas this year?

 Happy shopping!

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Monday, 1 December 2014

My Chat With Emma Hardie | Exclusive Interview

Hi lovelies
Today I am back with a special interview with the amazing Emma Hardie. I know I have been missing in action over the last couple of months, but I honestly cannot stress how busy I have been. From tradeshows to meetings, it has been manic, but I am back and I cant wait to share with you all some fab interviews I have lined up, as well as my Christmas Gift Guides (UK and US editions) - so stay tuned for that.

Anyways, getting back with todays post. I had the pleasure of interviewing legendary skincare expert Emma Hardie about her range and also her insider tips and tricks and I have to say its great. Emma not only shares her preferred techniques to combat ageing, but also her tried and tested favourite beauty products.

Keep reading to find out the latest ins and outs of skincare...

How did you get into the beauty industry?
Having endured a debilitating 12 year illness, I researched and learnt how to heal my body as well as how to tone my then sallow, hollow face. I was so empowered and excited by the results I achieved, as I had managed to boost my immune system and balance organ health and also give myself a natural face lift! With such astonishing results I decided to retrain in health and beauty, study the science of cell and tissue healing - so I could help educate others in beauty and wellbeing on a powerful, and natural level.

If you had to describe your day-to-day work in three words, what would they be?
Exhilarating, passion and love.

What is the biggest perk and thrill you get from your job?
Being able to increase confidence in people who have real skin issues, and being able to help people to not fear ageing skin through the incredible positive results they achieve by embracing my skincare system and methods of application.

What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to achieve a successful career like yours?
Tip 1: To be absolutely sure that your chosen career comes from your heart, and to believe in it 100%, it really has to be part of the fabric of you - only this way will you keep going when things get tough.
Tip 2: Your chosen project should be done for the love of it and not just for the money.
Tip 3: Keep your ideas simple, and stay focussed never stray from your initial idea.
Tip 4: Allow your business to grow organically; don't try to rush the process.
Tip 5: Be patient.
Tip 6: Never give up! If you feel like things aren't going your way your heart will find a way through if you are dedicated enough and passionate enough about your idea.
Tip 7: Enjoy and savour every moment!
Tip 8: Be vigilant; the devil is in the detail.

Since starting your own brand, what is the most important skincare lesson you have learned so far?
There are two big lessons I have learned: Firstly, stress and holding tension in your face and body is one of the fastest ways to unbalance the skin and organ health. When you are stressed the tension held in the fabric of the muscles constricts and blocks the flow of cell healing and regenerating signals from the brain to the cells and from cell to cell causing imbalance in cell function and skin health. So learn to meditate or practice 'mindfulness' on a daily basis. Secondly, always work in 'lines not circles' on your face. It's vital to work with the 'grain' of the skin, which is similar to the 'weave and weft' of fabric, think of a muscle fibre or collagen fibre, these are all linear structures that give your face its shape and tone. If you work in lines then you will automatically encourage the natural drainage and toning and smoothing of your face.

Can you tell my readers the importance of facial massaging and what are your top tips for doing it at home?
Daily facial massage, even if you only do it when applying or removing your products is essential for a healthy toned and vibrant skin. When cleansing its important to use a water soluble oil cleansing balm, for example our Moringa Balm, as its light emollient texture allows for a longer deeper massage before removal. Then always remove your cleanser with a microfibre cloth, and remove in a crossed hatch linear fashion. Simply support the skin with one hand in an upwards direction and remove the balm in a crossed hatched fashion with your damp cloth in a downwards motion. The microfibre cloth stimulates the skin as if you were massaging it as well as deep pore cleansing. When applying your face cream always massage into the skin in a cross hatch linea fashion to help stimulate the toning and brightening of your face.

What would you say are the top hero products from your range?
My Moringa Balm and Age Support Treatment Cream, Radiance Mask and our Age Support Eye Cream.

Apart from products from your own line, what are your other beauty staples?
It has to be Coconut Oil, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzer, Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner and all of the By Terry lipsticks.

I think of you as the cleansing queen, so tell us about the inspiration behind your iconic multi-award winning Moringa Balm?
Our Moringa Balm was the first product I created. My goal to myself was to create 'one product' for busy women that smelt addictively delicious, felt amazing to touch, felt even more amazing when applied to the skin and would simply and with no effort melt away any traces of make-up, dirt and pollution - whilst leaving the skin hydrated, super-soft, plump and bright, basically to replicate the benefits of having a facial. Moringa Extract and its oil are one of the most potent skin protecting, rejuvenating anti pollutant and cleansing ingredients available, as its rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins.

Describe your perfect pamper essentials?
My Moringa Balm, Radiance Mask, lots of candles, essential oils and a lovely warm bath. I like to keep things simple. Oh yes and a really plumped up duvet is a must!

If any of my readers are worried about ageing, what is the best piece of advice you can give them?
I am a realist, and my first word of advice is to literally 'stop worrying' as the actual act of worrying will make you look and feel worse. You have to accept that you will age to some degree, but it can be minimised. I have dedicated my life to helping people with the effects of their ageing skin, naturally, safely, at no expense and with amazing results. My unique techniques and bio mimetic products allow my clients to feel happy and relaxed about their skin and remove the stresses and fears of ageing.

What is your all-time favourite beauty tip and why?
Massage your skin with your chosen product and buff it in with a microfibre cloth (in 'lines not circles'), as it will revolutionise your skin and facial contours. For more of my tips and to see my videos on it, check my website.

If one of my readers only has 10 minutes to get ready, which steps must a woman never leave the house without doing?
Cleanse and buff skin with a microfibre cloth, apply moisturiser and again lightly dust over with a dry microfiber cloth, as this will refine the skin even more and allow your make-up to sit well and glow, it will also give you that 'no make-up made up look', which is my personal favourite.

What can we expect from your skincare line next year?
Ooo, you will have to wait and see. But I do have the most amazing facial oil about to hit the stores soon!

Lastly, what’s next for Emma Hardie?
Well, what can I say… you will just have to watch this space! 2015 will be great!

I would just like to say a huge thank you to Emma Hardie and her wonderful team. It has been an absolute honour to interview Emma, as I am a huge fan of hers and its been wonderful to share her knowledge with you guys. I absolutely love all of the tips Emma has shared, especially her advice to budding entrepreneurs. I know with starting my company that its a lot of work, so its great to find out her thoughts on it.

If you haven't already be sure to check out the Emma Hardie Skincare range, as I honestly couldn't recommend it highly enough. Its available at Space NK, Feel Unique and QVC and also at

Lastly, let me know what you love from Emma's skincare line? I personally adore her Moringa Balm, as it gently cleanses my skin, whilst nourishing it!

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