END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

END OF SUMMER SKINCARE FAVOURITES

Now that summer is sadly coming to an end I thought I would do a round up of some of my favourite products I’ve been using this season.

With the colder days starting to creep in its time to switch up our skincare routine to adapt to the upcoming season. For me this means introducing products that can keep my skin hydrated against the harsh conditions winter can bring – my skin definitely needs an extra bit of TLC over the cooler months!

The past couple of months I’ve tried so many new products and brands, some with success, others not so much. My skin can be temperamental at times so I’m always on the lookout for new products that work for me to add to my line up.

So, what made the final cut this summer?

Ouai Matte Pomade – when I first tried this product I wasn’t really a fan. I had high expectations of the brand and they fell short. However after working with it for a bit I have found that I’m using this almost daily now. Whilst it may not be ‘matte’ it’s easy to use and gives just the right amount of hold.

Maison Margiela Replica ‘Jazz Club’ – I had been wanting this for some time so when I got it for my birthday I was over the moon. It’s long lasting and has a nice modern fragrance with hints of vanilla, rum and tobacco.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% – this is a real life saver when your having a bad skin day. I apply this every morning and fine it helps keep my skin under control. The active ingredients help to reduce redness and irritation and over time reduces the appearance of fine lines – something I’m a lot more conscious of after hitting 30!

Glossier Moon Mask – this super hydrating mask is one of my favourites. I had heard a lot of good things about glossier but was reluctant to try them at first. However this face mask does exactly what it says on the tub and is a must!

Anthony Facial Moisturiser – during the warmer months I go for lighter moisturisers to stop my skin becoming oily. This Anthony formula is perfect for during summer. It’s smells great, easily absorbed and gives me just the right amount of moisture I’m looking for.

Origins Active Charcoal Face Mask – another face mask, but another must! The active charcoal mask from Origins helps to visibly remove blackheads and reduce blemishes. I have used this a couple of times now and although slightly messy, my skin always feels so clean and healthy afterwards.

So there you have it, a quick round up of some of my favourite products I have been using this summer. Have you tried any of these? What has been your go to this summer?

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NEW IN – THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX ‘STRENGTH EDIT’

NEW IN – THE MANKIND GROOMING BOX ‘STRENGTH EDIT’

If your supplies from the last Mankind Grooming Box are starting to come to a end, don’t worry because Mankind are back yet again with another fantastic box this summer to keep your skin care routine on point. Every couple of months the team carefully curate a new box packed with a selection of products; some from brands you may have heard of before, others maybe less so. It is a great introduction to some quality new brands and you can really see they have thought about each product that is contained in the box.

Whats great about the Mankind Grooming boxes is that they don’t require a subscription. There’s also no surprises – you can also clearly see what you are getting on the product page before you buy which is probably why they sell out fast. The Strength Edit features £130 worth of products, all for £40 and as always, the handy box features 6 full-sized products to cover all basis. From everyday essentials such as toothpaste to more targeted products like the eye gel they really do have a bit of everything you need!

So what comes in the Strength Edit grooming box?

  • Hawkins & Brimble Elemi and Ginseng Body Wash (250ml)
  • ESPA Shave Mud (200ml)
  • Christophe Robin Cleansing and Thickening Paste Shampoo for Men (250ml)
  • Marvis Strong Toothpaste (85ml)
  • Aveda Pure-formance Grooming Clay (75ml)
  • Refinery Eye Gel (15ml)

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As you can see the box is packed full (literally) of full sized products. Although I have tried a couple of the items in the box before such as the Marvis toothpaste and The refinery Eye Gel, there are a number of brands I haven’t used in here, ever. Both ESPA and Christophe Robin are new to me and are the two products I’m most looking forward to using.

Although the ESPA Dual-Action Shave Mud is initially designed for use whilst shaving, I love the idea of it doubling up as a deep cleansing mask which they recommend using twice a week. The mix of ingredients sound so good too – a mixture of clays, shea butter and almond oil I can already tell my skin is going to love this product!

When I first opened up the box I thought the Christophe Robin product was a moisturiser so I was surprised to find out this huge tub is actually a tub of shampoo! Just like the ESPA Shavemud, the Christophe Robin Shampoo is a clay formula and is designed to leave the hair feeling healthy, thicker and stronger with continued use. Im not sure how it will stand the test of time in a shower environment but I’m looking forward to putting it to the test.

Would you like to see a review of any of these products? Let me know in the comments below. Have you tried any of the products in the latest grooming box? I’d love to hear what you thought!

The Mankind Grooming Box Strength Edit

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The Mankind Grooming Box – Strength Edit was gifted by Mankind.


HOTEL SP34, COPENHAGEN

HOTEL SP34, COPENHAGEN

Hotel SP34
Sankt Peders Stræde 34
1453 Copenhagen C
T: +45 3313 3000

We stayed at SP34, a 4+ boutique hotel located on Sankt Peders Stræde in Copenhagen’s old Latin Quarter. The 118 room hotel is a twenty-five minute journey form the airport at a cost of 275DKK (£27), but is about a ten minute walk from Nørreport Station if you decide to get the train.

Check-in time for the hotel is at 3pm but we arrived at around 11am expecting to drop our bags off and they had a room ready for us, which was ideal. On arrival, the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming, answering any questions we had and inviting us to join them between 5pm and 6pm for the hotels daily wine hour for complimentary wine. The lounge and lobby area has a really relaxed positive vibe, which is perfect for enjoying a glass or two after a day of exploring. The hotel itself is very chic, blending Scandinavian style with influences of art and modern comforts.

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Our room was on the 5th floor and was clean and comfortable and spacious enough for two. Once again the decor is similar, you can’t really go wrong with grey walls, white linen and wood accents can you? The bathroom however featured a waterfall shower and was stocked with Ren toiletries, adding to the luxurious feel.

In terms of amenities, the hotel offers a gym, high speed internet access, a private cinema and three a la carte Restaurants with an adjoining roof terrace on the first floor. The location makes it ideal, with quick transportation links and many attractions such as Trivoli and the Rundetaarn within walking distance. I would stay here again without a doubt and recommend it to anyone looking to stay somewhere a little different!

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Checked in: 20/07/15

Have you visited Copenhagen before?

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THE ORDINARY SKINCARE

THE ORDINARY SKINCARE

Clinical Formulations with Integrity

The Ordinary, the Canadian-born skincare brand was one of the success stories of 2017.  Whether it’s because of their sell-out products and crazy wait times or the instagram-worthy no-frills packaging, chances are you will have come across The Ordinary skincare before.

The products are named simply enough after their key ingredients and features a whole range of products for all your skincare needs. Whilst it might seem daunting at first, you don’t need a chemistry degree to understand what’s inside – taking the time to research what products are suitable for yourself can deliver big results.

Here I am putting four products to the test:

  • AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (30ml)
  • Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (30ml)
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (30ml)
  • Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (30ml)

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AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (30ml)

This blood-red exfoliating peel, might look like something out of a horror movie on first application but is designed to fight visible blemishes for a brighter, clearer complexion.


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Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (30ml)

Niacinamide has be shown to have multiple benefits for the skin. Combined with Zinc this potent mix of ingredients is designed to visibly calm yet boost the skins appearance. Niacinamide improves the appearance of skin blemishes, enlarged pores, fine lines and improves moisture retention by strengthening the epidermal barrier whilst the Zinc heals damaged skin and encourages collagen production for healthy looking skin.


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Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (30ml)

Like the Peeling Solution the Alpha Lipoic Acid Serum is designed for use a couple of times a week. The concentrated serum actively targets signs of ageing and lacklustre skin, working to improve the skins tone and texture leaving you with a softer, smoother skin with a overall more radiant appearance.


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Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (30ml)

Unlike the other solutions, I have used Hyaluronic Acid before so know how good it can be. However compared to its £85 predecessor, will The Ordinary’s £6 counterpart live up to the hype.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 is a lightweight serum which works to rehydrate the skin. It contains 3 types of hyaluronic acid with vitamin b5 to retain moisture and heal dry and damaged skin.

Once you have matched the products to your skins needs, the next step is working them into your daily routine. It might seem overwhelming at first but Deciem are on hand with this handy regimen guide to help you build a routine. Here is how I have introduced  The Ordinary into my everyday life:

After cleansing –

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Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% followed by a daily moisturiser

PM

Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (2-3 times per week), AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (1-2 times per week), followed by Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and a daily moisturiser.

Over the past couple of weeks I have definitely seen an improvement in my skin. My skin feels smoother and tighter and in general just a lot more healthier. Before I started using The Ordinary my skin was going through a particularly bad stage; I had ingrowing hairs, pimples and redness which I have suffered with over the years. You would have thought at 30 my skin would have calmed down by now but nope, every so often it likes to wreak havoc. My favourite product would have to be the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. which I feel just keeps my skin under control after applying it every morning – it visibly helps to reduce irritation and redness! Overall I’m fairly impressed, especially for the price tag and hope to try some of the other offerings in the near future! The Ordinary have definitely filled the gap in the market for premium affordable skincare.

Have you used any products from The Ordinary? What are your favourites?

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MY DAILY ROUTINE WITH HERBALIFE

When I was first contacted by Herbalife to try their range of products I was interested to see if they would fit into my daily routine and what benefits I would see or feel from testing out the products.

I had already used the shakes and some of the protein bars a couple of years ago so I was already familiar with a few of their products but never really committed to it.

I’ve never considered myself to be unfit or unhealthy but over the past year or so (maybe with age!) Ive found it harder to keep weight off certain areas and probably haven’t been the healthiest I could have been. The time felt right to make a change so I was put in contact with Phil, a Herbalife member who asked me what I wanted to achieve and then recommended the products which would help me get there. He gave me a lot of useful tips about diet and talked through the benefits of each of the products.

My aim was to lose a stone but gain lean muscle, I don’t want to be skinny, just toned. I go to the gym twice a week and have a PT session once a week too so matching the products to my lifestyle was important.

So what were the products that we decided on?

and from the Herbalife 24 range:

I eat fairly well on a daily basis so I didn’t have to make too much adjustments to my diet. My biggest downfalls are not eating regularly and snacking. Ive made much more of an effort to eat at regular times – Phil recommended eating 5 times a day – 3 meals and 2 snacks and gave me some pointers as to what I could eat at each meal time.

So how do they fit into my everyday routine?

I start everyday with a Formula 1 shake, If I’m going to the gym I mix it with the Protein Drink Mix to help me with my workout. If I’m just having the Formula 1 mix for breakfast I will mix it with 250ml of semi-skimmed milk. I have tried a number of the different flavour formulas over the last couple of years and my favourite changes all the time; at the moment my favourite is vanilla and the good news is that they really do keep you full! If I’m adding the Protein Drink Mix I will just mix it with 250ml of water. Every morning I also have 2 Fibre and Herb tablets and a Multivitamin to make sure I’m getting all the nutrients I need for the day.

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On the days I’m going to the gym, I use a sachet of the Hydrate Electrolyte drink to keep me hydrated during my workout, which always goes down well! After the gym I have another ‘protein’ shake using the Rebuild Strength Recovery Drink powder. Like the Protein Drink Mix, you also just mix this with water.

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The other two meals of the day I have a mix of complex carbohydrates and proteins. I eat fairly well so haven’t had to make too many changes. I’m a lot more aware of portion sizes and making sure I make the time to eat lunch – I never really ate lunch before! I try and prepare it the day before so I always have something to eat at work so I’m not tempted to snack!

Talking of snacks, if I do feel hungry throughout the day I always make sure I keep a Protein Bar in my bag – these things are SO good! It definitely helps when your having a sweet craving. I also keep the Thermo Instant Tea with me too, which gives me that extra boost of energy when I need it. I currently have the Lemon one but I’ve heard the Peach one is the best so I’m looking forward to trying that next!

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I’ve been using the Herbalife products for around a month now and can already feel the difference. My initial goal of losing a stone is almost in sight, I have lost almost 10lbs without having to try that hard and can definitely see the difference around my waist area – my work trousers fit so much better!

Herbalife really does help you manage your weight safely. I have found that the products fit into my everyday routine nicely and has really helped keep me focused alongside the gym to help me achieve my goals and feel better about my body. After a month I’m still feeling really motivated and committed to both healthy eating and exercise; I know getting to where I want to be isn’t going to happen over night but I’m willing to put in the work!

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