Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Beauty Sleep in a Bottle with Beauty Sleep Elixir

We could probably all get a bit of extra beauty sleep, but when you simply can't get your 8 hours every night it's important to give your skin the best chance to recharge and repair itself. That's why finding the right skin regime for your skin is so important to protect and enhance your skin.

I was gifted Beuti's Beauty Sleep Exlir, a luxurious, 100% natural facial oil, and asked to try it for a few weeks and see what effect it had on my skin. The oil claims to be anti-inflammatory to boost the natural glow of your complexion and I'm happy to report it did that and them some.

Cheesy as it sounds, I did have people come up to me and say I was 'glowing' while I tried this product out over a 10 day period. I applied the oil every night after cleansing and when I woke in the morning my skin felt bright, clear and fresh. A few drops is all you need, so a bottle would last you quite a while. You can use it morning and night as it glides on and absorbs so quickly - it feels super light on your skin. It will work perfectly under make up, but I preferred to use it just at night.

Take a look for yourself...

The left is 'before' and the right is 'after'. As you can see, the inflammation on my cheek and chin has totally gone and my skin really has that glow.

The Beauty Sleep Elixir has a natural blend of 14 plant-based oils, including a Caribbean coral extract which is a powerful anti-inflammatory as it neutralises the enzyme responsible for skin ageing, plus a sandalwood nut kernel oil to help prevent collagen and elastin break down. These are then combined with a generous amount of camellia oil, chia seed oil, bitter cherry seed oil, strawberry seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, blueberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, raspberry seed oil, seabuckthorn fruit berry oil, sandalwood oil, lavender herb oil, geranium flower oil, neroli flower oil and capric trglyceride from coconut.

The whole purpose for the mixture of the carefully chosen oils, and years of research, is to tackle ‘inflammaging’ – a condition where your skin ages due to inflammation over a period of time. This can be caused by everyday exposure to sun and pollution, over exfoliation or simply using the wrong skin products for your skin. Beuti founder Leila Aalam goes on to explain “This breaks down the barrier function of the skin, causing the onset of ‘inflammaging’ and visible skin aging. It is important we renew and repair the skin by using organic oils which can help to reverse the damage”

I've been lucky enough to test quite a few face oils and beauty treatments with my blog and can honestly say that this is one of the best face oils I've ever tried. I will be stocking up!

Beauty Sleep Elixir is available at LookFantastic.com for £42

Monday, 29 February 2016

Oscars 2016 Red Carpet Best Dressed

There's nothing like Leo *finally* winning an Oscar to make a girl come out of blogging hibernation. So here I am, back after a very long hiatus. Sorry for depriving you of my witty, deep and complex musings - I'm sure you're over it ;) but I'm back with a bang and we're dissecting my favourite red carpet looks from the Oscars 2016.

What red carpet round up would be complete without Cate Blanchett!? My forever favourite red carpet lady. She always sticks to her signature style, but still manages to surprise and gently nudge the red carpet rules and take risks (something Rooney Mara could try. Gothic Bride Doll is done. Move on). This blossoming Armani minty blue dress is a work of art and she carries it off with aplomb.

The next on my list is a beautiful Margot Robbie who took on the tricky task of wearing gold. This is risky because you do have the chance of looking like you've come to the Oscars as one of the statues and it's fancy dress. But Margot obviously nailed this look and made me have serious sequin envy. And *serious* clutch bag envy. Fringing and sequins are the way to my heart and my 'best dressed' list.

She won the Oscar and Brie Larson won on the red carpet in this simply amazing pleated Gucci dress. It's bold majorelle blue, micro-pleats and bedazzled belt make this a clear red carpet stunner. Mix that with immaculate styling and slicked back hair and you have a killer look. But it's not surprising as she's been blazing a trail on the red carpet all season in some of the strongest looks of this award season.

And what wasn't I loving on the Oscar 2016 red carpet? There was way too much skin on show; upper boob, side boob, under boob, backless, thigh-high splits, ... way too much. Keep it classy ladies, not naked. You're not Kelly Brook. And has Hollywood but a ban on irons?! The creases on the red carpet were terrible. It's bad when the celebrity faces have been ironed and steamed better than the dresses. And lastly I really didn't like all the black. I know it's on trend, but it's too somber and macabre for the Oscars - let's have some fun with colour and leave the goth look on the catwalk. Or with Rooney.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition

There seems to be a trend happening in London, and I very much approve! Some of the world's biggest and brightest fashion houses are coming to London with wonderful exhibitions showcasing everything from the brands history and famous designs to how designers take their abstract ideas and take it to the catwalk. Following the launch of the fabulous Louis Vuitton exhibition, Series 3, Chanel have created the wonderful Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition at the stunning Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.

Mademoiselle Privé, a journey through the origins of CHANEL's creations capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

This autumn, Karl Lagerfeld and CHANEL will present an enchanted journey through the House's creativity. The "Mademoiselle Privé" exhibition will highlight the Haute Couture, the re-editions of the High Jewellery "Bijoux de Diamants" collection created in 1932 and CHANEL N°5. Opening the doors to reveal a dazzling experience and immersion into the origins of CHANEL's creations, "Mademoiselle Privé" will capture the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

Installed on all three floors of the Gallery, the enticing adventure will bring to mind the House's essential elements: audacity, freedom and innovation whether it is the history of Gabrielle Chanel's inspirations or Karl Lagerfeld's inimitable take on CHANEL's codes, symbols and icons.

This exhibition is a must for any Chanel obsessives like myself, but you have to be quick. This free exhibitions last day is Sunday 1st November, so hotfoot it to the Kings Road, treat yourself to a big dose of style, glamour and beauty.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Five must-have pieces for your autumn wardrobe

Summer has abandoned us. It’s true and the sooner we all come to terms with that the better. Autumn isn't all that bad, especially if we focus on all the shopping we can do to get through that tricky transition period where it’s hot and sticky one minute, then freezing and drizzly the next. So here are my top five essential items to ease you into cosy autumnal-ness.

The Blazer

I can’t live without my blazer at the moment. Not only does it effortlessly transform even the most basic jeans and t-shirt into a sleek look, it’s also easy to take on and off and carry depending on the ever-changing British weather. I go for classic black, but it’s worth investing in a whole range of colours. Grey, khaki and navy are personal favourites and will go with absolutely everything. My favourite blazers this season are from Zara.

The Ankle Boot

I live in black ankle boots come winter time, but they’re also perfect for autumn. Go for a neutral colour like tan, as these will look equally good with bare legs on warmer days as they will with tights as it gets drearier. It might be sad that we’re packing away our sandals, but at least we’ll have dry toes again! I’ve long been a fan of ASOS’s leather ankle boots – good quality, mix of styles and half sizes and wide fit available.

The A-line Skirt

The skirt shape of the season is definitely the A-line, whatever the length. You can go mini and 60s or knee length and 70s. The most hardworking and trend withstanding styles are in suede or denim, ideally with buttons down the front. I’m particularly fond of the folky print minis and have fallen hard for the sold out H&M number. It will be mine!

The Lightweight Knit

Never underestimate the value of a good quality lightweight knit in a natural fibre. It’s the best way to add warmth without bulk and if you spend a bit more will last you for years (if you follow the washing instructions, mind). For everyday luxury I swear by jumpers from GAP, but you need to check the labels to see what fabrics they are, and for a real treat you can’t beat J.Crew.

The Scarf

One of my favourite pieces for any season, a scarf has the ability to transform and add polish, but also can help you wrap up warm when it gets nippy. I love a statement scarf, my absolute favourite being a colourful animal print scarf in a lightweight fabric. Getting too hot and bothered on the train? Then just tie your scarf to your shoulder bag – voila – you still get a pop of colour, but without the heat. Like good quality knitwear, it’s worth spending a bit more – you’ll make your money work with the great cost per wear.