Friday, 21 February 2014

Spring Products Hair/Makeup/Pamper/Skin

If you’ve been following my column the last month you may remember that this week was going to be a feature showing my Valentines competition winner Beckey Arnold from Wix.  Unfortunately, due to late and sad unforeseen circumstances, the ‘date’ for the night Danny Wisker had to postpone so this will be featured at a later date.

This week has been hectic, as I’ve been testing several products as well as treatments. I’m currently under-going a course of Venus Freeze, the latest non-surgical body contouring procedure causing a buzz amongst celebrities. The treatment promises to combat the appearance of cellulite, tone areas of concern and ‘lift’ facial features by using a combination of RF thermal and Pulsed Magnetic Field mechanisms. Confused? Yes so am I, but it’s working and as soon as I’ve finished the course I will report on my findings! If you want to check it out call the Derma Aesthetics Clinic in Brentwood Tel 07799 441202 or visit In the meantime I've uploaded a photo of just one treatment, on one side of my face - look at the difference, zoom in and you can see how my cheek has more definition! I won't write too much until after the course!

I’ve also been reading up on various findings of diet and nutrition. Interestingly and accordingly to NutraTech Ltd our lifestyle is affecting our pets! Whilst 65% of UK adults are now overweight, one third of pets in the UK are also overweight. who did the survey is a multi-award winning, online food diary system for weight loss and also gives credit to being the UKs top grossing diet App for calorie counting! Now I’m not making comparisons here but I think I should start feeding my puddycat lettuce! Anyway enough trivia for now, here’s some gorgeous products which I’d like to share with you this week!

I’ve been using Marlenha Flourish Moisturiser £49 and Petal Delicate Eye Serum £67 ( since December and my skin loves it! Not only does the tone look more even, my monthly breakout has been reduced to just one spot and people have been commenting on how fresh faced I look. If you have dry skin, you will find your skin will drink in the moisturiser and leave it feeling supple but not greasy. The eye serum contains Edelweiss, which boasts powerful antioxidants and Borage Oil to combat dry skin - you only need a small amount so the products will last ages. (Photos on separate blog!)

Leonor Greyl, L’Huile de Leonor Greyl £27.54 Stockists Selfridges, Harrods This little gem has just won the French prestigious award of Madam Figaro Prix Beaute Stars, Best Hair Care Product 2013! A jury of over 125 actors and celebrities named this as their top product and after testing it’s not hard to see why. A pre-shampoo oil, which works to detangle, nourish, revitalize and protect the hair from swimming and UV rays. Simply apply 10 minutes before shampooing and let the botanical oils of coconut, buxus chinesis seed, sunflower and hazel oils do their magic. It left my hair smelling amazing and my over-bleached locks glistening!

Not yet launching until March 1st, but promising to be a bigger hit than it’s sister product is Elemis Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath £42 Just a few capfuls poured under warm running water transforms your bath into a milky, soothing spa whilst the aromatic oils of Egyptian jasmine and Turkish rose absolute give a sense of serenity and well-being. Skin is left delicately fragranced and baby soft.

If your hands are protesting from the cold with red, chapped skin, flaking nails and rough cuticles then give them some TLC with Bio Sculpture Gel Hand Cream £6.75 and Cuticle Oil £5.40  The hand cream contains UV sun filters to prevent age spots, whilst the nail and cuticle oil is enriched with oils of Almond, Jojoba, Avocado and Vitamin E. Regular use will transform your hands and encourage a healthy nail plate.

I’ve fallen for the Beautiful Brows Kit £38  Whilst I’m a sucker for packaging and this is world class, products that make my life easier also easily impress me and this kit does! You get a choice of 3 different eyebrow stencils, brow powder and highlighter, a duo applicator brush, highlighter brush, soft grip tweezers and a magnifying mirror! Simply choose the stencil of your choice – I like ‘Bold’, fill the brush with powder and whilst holding in place on your brow, stipple in between the stencil. Like magic you’re left with perfectly formed eyebrows that are sweat proof and water resistant!

I’ve also been guzzling down some Skinade £15 for 1 weeks supply, a low calorie drink formulated to deliver high quality ingredients to the skin. Now admittedly I’ve only tested a weeks worth and need to give it another few weeks however, the ingredients sound impressive. Hydrolysed Marine Collagen, Vitamin C, MSM, B Vitamins, Omegas 3 & G and Amino Acids are all included but importantly, the drinks contain no artificial colours or sugars unlike many others on the market. Skinade makers claim just one bottle a day of the peach tasting drink has helped clients with acne, eczema, psoriasis and even with joint pain!

Finally Vidal Sassoon Pro Shine Volumiser £29.99 is a hair-styling tool which is powered by 1200W. Great for busy girls on the go who don’t have hours to spend on their hair (and who does!), 2 different heat settings ensures its kind on fragile hair, whilst the 2 different brush attachments are perfect for short or long hair. Available exclusively to Argos.

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