Don’t you just love getting your hair done?! I honestly enjoy going to the hairdressers so much. I love the feeling of being pampered, having my hair washed and styled and, even though I only ever have a trim, I love how my hair feels when it’s freshly cut. I always think it makes you feel so much better.

So, when I was asked to visit new Rush hair salon in the beautiful Wimbledon Village for a haircut I was only too happy to attend. Not only for the above reasons but also because I generally love Rush salons and I have always found them to give an excellent service. In fact, my local Rush salon in Greenwich was actually responsible for saving me from a hair colour PURPLE DISASTER 5 days before my wedding day (no, I’m not making this up), but that’s a story for another day.

On this occasion I was booked in for a haircut and blowdry at Rush Wimbledon Village. The salon itself is situated in the rather lovely and upmarket area of Wimbledon Village; a short walk from the main town and train station at Wimbledon. I made a morning of it and as it was a nice day spent an hour window shopping in the cute gifty shops and had a coffee in one of the quaint independent cafes. Rush is located perfectly in the heart of the village.

When it was time for my appointment I was greeted at reception and showed to my seat quickly. The salon inside is really stylish and has definitely got that ‘new’ feel. I’m obsessed with the stunning crystal chandelier they’ve got! Once seated I was delighted to be presented with magazines and my choice of drink (apple juice), but not only that – the drink came accompanied by popcorn, biscuits and Lindor chocolates! Amazing! It was a fabulous touch which will really make customers feel extra special.

My stylist Zoe came over to see me quickly and chatted to me about what I wanted to do with my hair and how much would need to come off the ends. Although I like to keep my hair long, I also love getting rid of all the dead ends so that my hair looks fresh and healthy. Zoe was very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable in the new salon straight away.

So, after feeling super well looked after and chatting through how I wanted my hair cut and blow dried with Zoe I was taken through to have my hair washed. My favourite part! Is there anything more relaxing in the world?! Well, the relaxation is taken to the next level at Rush, with the hair wash room being dark with twinkly lights, relaxing music and reclining chairs that massage you! Bliss. Zoe talked me through the shampoo options and asked me what type of products I like to use. She explained she would be using Shu Umeura products on my hair because they use rich natural oils to moisturise and give life back to the hair – something my locks were in desperate need of! Zoe also explained the different treatment options which I could add as an extra to my hair cut. I chose a deep moisturising and repairing treatment.

After the hair wash it was time for my cut. I was only having a simple style – a few inches off the ends and some graduated layers around my face (my usual) but Zoe took her time and did an excellent job. I was so impressed with how she dried my hair too. I asked for it with a natural curl and she blow-dried my hair in sections, each with a loose, bouncy curl and I have to say it looked amazing! The curls even held for the next day or too and, due to the treatment she used, that ‘shiny, new hair’ feeling stayed with me for several washes afterwards. I left feeling a million dollars, so much so I even took some selfies of my hair when I got home!

Overall, I loved my experience at the salon and I would highly recommend it. I was very impressed with the salon itself, the friendliness of the staff and the excellent service I received, as I have been with all Rush salons I have visited before. I had a great time chatting to Zoe who was so friendly and an amazing hair dresser. Everything from the décor of the interior to the professionalism of the staff made for a first class salon experience.

You can visit the salon’s website for more information and to book here.

***I visited this salon for reviewing purposes but the opinions are my own***

Where is your favourite hairdresser? Have you got a regular or do you change it up?

Hey there lovelies!

I’ve got something very exciting to show you today. If you have read my blog before you may know that I’m really obsessed with skincare products. It’s kind of my ‘thing’. I know most bloggers obsess over makeup and the newest cosmetics ranges but I could leave makeup any day for luxurious skincare products which give great results! You can’t beat a clear, fresh face in my opinion!

So, today I wanted to tell you about a new product which I was sent by Skintifique; the Cleanser P.

I hadn’t heard of Skintifique before, so naturally I was curious about their brand and products. They are an international brand, and from browsing their website and social media I have to say I was really impressed. They really know their skincare, and by that I mean that all of their products are driven by science and results. Something else that struck me was that all of their products are 100%  pure and non-allergenic, they are even suitable for people who suffer from extremely sensitive skin or problems like eczema or psoriasis. As an eczema sufferer myself, this was something I was really impressed by as I often find high street cleansers can flair up the patches where I get it on my face.

The packaging intrigued me too. It’s definitely not a pink, fluffy packaged product. The brand is simple, clean, with a slightly clinical feel which matches their ‘science driven’ brand ethos.

I could go on about the ingredients and the fact that it’s paraben free, fragrance free, no nasties and generally pure as anything; but what you really want to know is how it feels to use it and if it works.

Well, yes it does. It’s a micellar water, which means it’s a cleanser which removes makeup, impurities and traces of pollution from your skin. The Cleanser P is excellent at removing my makeup, even stubborn eye makeup, and doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. It also feels lovely on my face, not oily at all which I have found with other micellar waters, and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. In the short term, I’d say it’s a fantastic cleanser for any skin type, but particularly for sensitive or reactive skin. It’s also a quick, easy way to cleanse morning and night with no fuss, which is what I like.

In the long term, I can honestly say that my skin has been clearer. Even more than that, I have noticed a difference in how my skin feels in regards to sensitivity. As I said, I have sensitive skin particularly on my cheeks, and I often find that after cleansing with a regular cleanser my skin feels ‘tight’ or a bit tingly. The Cleanser P has removed this feeling completely and my skin feels less dry and irritated.

The cleanser is priced just under £14 which, although more than a drug-store branded cleanser, I don’t feel is over the top for a results driven skincare brand like this, and I feel it’s competitive within their sector. If you would like more details about the cleanser, or to order a Cleanser P for yourself click here.

***I was sent this product for reviewing purposes, but the opinions are my own as always***

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Recently, I was contacted by JOCCA Home & Life, who asked me to review their Facial Cleansing Brush. I am really passionate about my skincare routine and invest a lot of time and effort keeping my skin the best it can be, but I have never used an electric facial brush before – so I jumped at the chance. I was delighted to receive it and I have now been using the brush daily as part of my routine for a week now.

The benefits of adding a piece of ‘electric’  kit to your skincare regime rather than sticking with manual are widely known. Similarly to the concept of electric vs manual tooth brushes; the spinning brush can provide a much deeper, more thorough clean as well as giving extra exfoliation. I was excited to try the brush because I’ve heard that using one regularly can increase brightness and skin quality as well as reducing breakouts.

 

The Jocca brush itself gets full marks for practicality and design. First of all, it’s a really gorgeous lilac colour! Aesthetics do make a difference and I love how cute it looks on my bathroom shelf. The design is also really practical; the brush is small and easily handheld, and it fits with all four brush heads neatly into this tidy snap close case. The whole thing would be easily portable and very travel friendly as it’s incredibly light as well as compact. Additionally, at only £16 the brush is really affordable.

The brush has 2 speeds which I really like because I have quite sensitive skin on my cheeks so when I am cleansing my face I can easily switch from the faster speed, which I use on the rest of my face, to the slower speed for my cheeks. This is super easy as well because the speed control switch is located on the handle. It’s certainly suitable for all skin types including sensitive.

There are four brush discs each with a slightly different function. The regular ‘bristle’ brush (although the bristles are very soft) and the sponge brush are for cleansing the face, the flat sponge is for applying foundation or base product evenly on the face and the massage disc can be used to massage the face which can stimulate the skin and when used over time can have a lifting and anti-aging effect.

I have incorporated using the brush into my daily skincare routine and I have really noticed a difference in my skin. When washing my face in the evening, I use a gentle cleanser and apply all over my face. I then use the bristle brush, with a small amount of cleanser applied directly to the brush too, on the high setting and gentle use all over my face in circular upward motions. When I come to the cheek area I put this down to the lower setting. I do this for about 2 minutes, until I have covered my entire face, and then remove with a damp flannel. If I am wearing a lot of makeup I will repeat this step to ensure a clean, clear face.

I do this daily before bed. I have also been using the massage disc every couple of days, after I have applied my moisturiser. I use this in a similar way, using circular upward motions to increase blood flow and lift in my skin.

Since using the brush on a daily basis I have noticed that my skin feels noticeably smoother and I feel like it looks brighter and more even too. I love the ultra-clean feeling I get after using the brush and I think it’s really nice to feel like you’re really cleaning the day off your skin, particularly if you live in a city like me and who knows what kind of pollution our skin has to endure on a daily basis. The brush has also seemed to help controlling my excess oil in my T-Zone and hasn’t caused any concerns on my sensitive areas which is always something I have in mind.

Overall I’m really impressed with this facial brush and I think it’s an excellent addition to any skincare regime if you want to make a real commitment which is going to have a noticeable impact on your skin. I love the brush Jocca has produced, due to it being really practical, compact and easy to use and keep clean. I’m really hooked and I would give it 5 stars!

*****

*Disclaimer: I was sent this product for reviewing purposes but these opinions are 100% my own*

A little bit about Jocca

JOCCA is a Home & Life retailer. With more than 30 years of experience, JOCCA has been producing and distributing high quality small appliances for kitchen, beauty and much more. They recently opened the UK online store and are willing to continue on their expansion all over the world. You can visit their website here.

Have you used an electric cleansing brush before? How did you find it?

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know about you but with all the Valentine’s posts going around at the moment I have been feeling quite girly all of a sudden. With Spring around the corner, which means that we can all start feeling a bit cheerful and colourful again, I have put together some of my favourite girly beauty products, which just so happen to follow a pink theme.

Some are old favourites, some are newer, all of them are very lovely.

 


This delicate pink blush is from the Bare Minerals compact range and is in the shade ‘The One’. I love this colour because it looks amazing on everyone and can be worn as a very natural every day look, as well as being vamped up for a more striking look for evening time. The colour gives a really nice dewy finish with a slight highlight in it.

 

Next I’ve got my go-to mascara at the moment which is the Maybelline Sensational Volume Effect Mascara. This mascara is amazing as it’s huge brush gives you massive volume and really gives that false lash effect. The brush is also slightly curved to make it easier to catch every lash! I love Maybelline’s mascaras and this is my current favourite.

 

The iconic “perfect nude/pink” shade that made MAC famous, Angel has been a favourite of mine since I bought it for my bridal look last year. It’s honestly the most wearable everyday lipstick I’ve ever had, being the perfect mix of natural and pretty but at the same time having enough colour pigment to make your lips stand out. For an everyday, girly look Angel is perfect.

 

This Ted Baker body soufflé is as gorgeous as the packaging looks from the outside. When you open it up you are hit with this delicious pink cream which is the girliest, most floral, sweet smelling thing I’ve ever come across. It’s like they mixed fairies and unicorns to make it! I don’t wear it every day but for a special occasion it’s the kind of smell that I really like. The packaging is super cute too.

 

Once you’ve tried a Liz Earle fragrance it’s difficult to go back to anything else every again! And that is definitely the case with me. It’s fair to say I’ve been going on about this fragrance A LOT recently, featuring it on my bridal makeup and hair blog as well as my January favourites video, but what can I say?! It’s the best. No. 20 is my favourite because it’s everything I look for in a fragrance: made from natural ingredients, fresh and light, floral and girly and it reminds me of summertime, however all of Liz’s fragrances are stunning and there is definitely a smell to suit everyone.

 

I have been a big fan of the Molton Brown body & bath ranges, particularly the body washes, for a while now but I have recently switched from my all time favourite (Gingerlily) to try out the Pink Pepperpod range! It’s still got the exotic ginger smell but it’s much more fiery and the fragrance really fills up your whole bathroom in the morning – I love it! They do the entire range in this scent from body washes and creams to fragrance diffusers.

What are your favourite ‘girly’ products?

      

DIY wedding makeup. *Screams of horror*. I know, I know, my friends were horrified too. But I’ll let you into a secret..

Unless you want perfectly blended smokey eyes with Kardashian style contouring which needs a professional – you can do it!

And it will be fine!

I wanted a natural, glowy and summery makeup look for my wedding. I have little makeup experience and hardly wear any on a day to day basis. With a few makeup lessons with Bare Minerals and Laura Mercier, a few YouTube tutorials and some good quality makeup products; I did this:

 I am so happy with how it turned out. The best decision that I made was to invest a lot of effort (which means money) in preparing for my wedding day. I had mechanical facials every four weeks for 6 months prior to the big day. Manual facials are lovely but I feel having a mechanical or ‘electrical’ facial gives the skin an extra kick and can really help give you that ‘glow from within’. I alternated the microdermabrasion facials (removal of the dead skin cells for deep exfoliation) with the oxygen facials oxygen is pushed into the skin for a pumped up and refreshed look) and I found this to be a winning combination. The only important thing to remember is to have your last microderm no less than 4 weeks before the wedding as it can leave the skin slightly irritated and pink.

Teeth wise I didn’t bother with the expensive teeth whitening that many brides do. I used Oral B Luxe White (Glamorous) toothpaste and mouthwash for 4 weeks proceeding the wedding and it did the job! I didn’t have too much discoloration to begin with so didn’t need anything heavy duty but it certainly worked and I was surprised how white my teeth looked in the pictures!

I also invested in having an LVL Lash Lift. This was honestly the best thing I did regarding my bridal beauty and I would recommend it to any bride who doesn’t want the faff of falsies. I have long lashes but they are dead straight and the lash lift curls the lashes from the root and basically makes them curly, giving your eyes a much more open and doll eyed-look.  I’m really pleased with how they look in the pictures.  I’m not going to lie – the process is not a picnic. It takes about 40 minutes with your eyes shut and various liquids being put on your lashes but it’s well worth it.

Finally, I splashed out and got my brows threaded at Blink Brow Bar, London. They are on the pricey side as far as threading goes but they do an amaaaazing shape and, once done, my perfect brows lasted 3 weeks and didn’t need any filling in or makeup on the day.

The key to perfecting a DIY look is practice and planning. I went for makeup lessons at several counters; MAC (for eyes), Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Bare Minerals and Lancome. I was never 100% happy with any of the completed looks (which reinforced the fact I was right to do my own – I’m fussy!!) but I liked elements and took bits from all of them to come up with completed look. I didn’t scrimp on the products and bought a few a month until I had everything I wanted and then I practiced, practiced, practiced at home.

The makeup I used to achieve this look:

FACE

  • Bare Minerals Prime Time primer; Original.
  • Bare Minerals mineral foundation; Fairly Medium.
  • Benefit bronzer; Hoola.
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin concealer; Medium.
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil setting powder.
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage face concealer.
  • Bare Minerals compact blusher; The One.
  • Bare Minerals compact highlight; READY Luminizor Duo.

EYES

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basic; Flax.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Dazzlelight.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; A Natural Flirt.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Corduroy.
  • Lancôme Hypnose Mascara  (waterproof!)

I used the 3 MAC eye-shadows with a MAC blending brush and blended them all out to create a dewy, soft pink look with a subtle shimmer.  I had been toying with wearing a chocolate brown eyeliner but with the lifted lashes I felt I didn’t really need it.

LIPS

  • MAC Lipstick; Angel.

I would encourage any bride thinking about DIY to go for it. You really don’t necessarily need a makeup artist, with the right products, practice and the ability to remain calm on the day (!!!) you can certainly do it yourself 🙂

Any other DIY brides out there?

xox