Spring is the perfect time to spring clean and shake up your skincare routine. Lately, I’ve really upped my skincare game. I feel like at the age of 25 it’s the right time to really invest time and energy into keeping my skin healthy. It’s so important to be consistent with a regular skincare routine to keep skin looking clear and glowing. Recently, I’ve discovered some gorgeous new products which I absolutely love and have done wonders for me, and I’ve also got some old favourites that I can’t live without! I’m going to share a few of my favourite skincare saviours with you.

Skintifique Cleanser P Hypoallergenic Micellar Water

This is a new addition to my skincare routine which I was recently sent to review. You can read my full review here, but I’ll just summarise what I love so much about it that has meant the Cleanser P is now part of my daily morning skincare routine. Firstly, in the mornings I am usually extremely pushed for time, and the nature of this micellar water means I can literally apply some to a cotton pad and cleanse my face in less than a minute, with no washing, faffing or otherwise! It does a great job; gently removing any traces of makeup from the day before and it really wakes me up and makes my skin feel fresh in the morning. Also, my skin is pretty sensitive so I love how gentle this cleanser is gently and completely hypoallergenic and nasty-free, which is something that is really important to me. If you are looking for something that will give great results with minimal fuss this is a great addition to your routine.

 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

The original game changer and forever my favourite. I have been a loyal fan of Liz’s range for years and this cleanser is an enduring winner for me. I use the hot cloth cleanser every night when I’ve got more time and I really want to feel like I can wash the day away by deep cleansing my face. The product lathers up into a thick foam which I love because it makes my skin feel so clean and fresh afterwards, and then removing it with a warm muslin cloth (as recommended) helps to sooth and deep cleanse all my pours. A truly luxurious product.

Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial Mask

Now, this baby is something I picked up from the wonderful Exuviance skincare stall at BlogConLDN and I must say I am totally hooked and so glad I discovered it! I have had oxygen facials before, in salons (usually at great expense) and have found the results to be excellent. The benefits of bringing oxygen to your skincare are many, brightening dull skin, renewing, rejuvenating and so on. The Bionic Oxygen Facial mask contains pure essential oxygen plus Exuviance’s Bionic Complex for energising and bringing new life to the skin. I have found the results to be outstanding and this is now a staple item in my skincare collection. It’s on the high-end side in regards to price, but in my opinion totally worth it! I use the product roughly once a week and notice how bright, clear and glowing my skin feels afterwards. Five stars Exuviance – very impressed.

Liz Earle Intensive Nourishing Treatment

This mask is my next choice and is an old favourite of mine. I like it so much because it’s gentle enough to use regularly (several times a week) and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin. It’s naturally active ingredients promote brightening and the plant oils nourish skin to make it feel softer and smoother. I have used this mask regularly for years and I still find it a great mid-range choice which gives great results.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Hydra Gel Eye Masks

I must admit despite Elemis’ popularity I have never really tried many of their products at home but I recently received a sample of these collagen eye masks and I thought I had to include them in this little line up. Even at 25 (which is not old by my standards!) I am self conscious about fine lines and tired looking eyes. This mask comes in the form of little eye patches and are clinically proven to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As I wouldn’t say that I don’t have any really noticeable wrinkles I can’t say for sure whether they do ‘instantly reduce’ them but I did see an immediate brightening and refreshing of my eye area and I was really impressed with the product. I will definitely be re-purchasing.

Clarins Multi Active Day Cream

Last but not least, this little wonder which has actually caused me to change my lifelong faithful moisturiser! Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Liz Earle moisturiser but for now I have switched to the Clarins day cream, simply for how incredible it makes my skin feel! It smells amazing, is suitable for all skin types and after using it my skin feels smooth, tightened, brightening and just generally gorgeous! I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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I hope you enjoyed my skincare saviours round up! I love writing about skincare and trying new products. I know good quality skincare can be a pricey investment, but I feel these products are a mixture of mid-range and high-end, but are all high quality products which are really worth it for the excellent results they give.

What are your skincare saviours?

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Morning lovelies! I’ve done quite a few hair-related posts lately which is not like me at all. I genuinely neglect my hair – hardly ever having it cut and I’m generally just a wash and go kinda girl. I rarely use product in it – other than the occasional bit of Argan oil when it’s feeling super dry. However, when I was a #BlogConLDN (we are going all the way back to March now! It’s gone so quickly!) I had a chance to chat to a lovely lady from Natural World Haircare about my barnet. She ‘diagnosed’ my hair as being fine and damaged, I knew it was damaged that’s for sure and I always have issues getting volume and lift into it so I guess it is pretty fine. She recommended that I try the Chia Seed Oil range which would help give my hair volume and a bit of life. I was excited to try it out and see.

I’m a big fan of Chia Seeds in ‘real life’ and I know all about the benefits of eating them, but not much about what they can do for my hair! Apparently the seeds are fantastic for giving hair natural shine and making it fuller and more bouncy. Natural World use only organic Chia Seed Oil, which I love, and their products are paraben, phosphate and gluten free (I didn’t know that was a thing with hair shampoo – but there you go!).

I have been using the Chia Seed range shampoo, conditioner and hair oil for several weeks now and the results are positive. I do feel like after using them my hair does have a bit more ‘bounce’ and it definitely feels less flat at the roots. I have noticed a more shiny appearance as well and I feel like my hair has become stronger. The only thing I’ve been finding tricky is where I usually use products which are geared more towards deep conditioning (as my hair is so dry) rather than volumising – I’ve been finding my hair is much more tangled when I’m done washing it than I’m used to. It takes me a bit longer with the Tangle Teaser than it does with other ranges, but once my hair is brushed and dried the results are fantastic and I’m very impressed.

To find out more about the Chia Seed Oil range or any other Natural World products then you can check them out online here.

***Please note: I was sent this product for reviewing purposes, however the opinions are my own***

Have you tried any of the Natural World products? What do you prefer to use in your hair?

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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?

Hands up if you’re a sucker for anything that sparkles and glitters?!

I’m like a magpie; I love my glitz and I can often be seen drooling over expensive jewellery in shop windows. However, for someone who loves it so much – I don’t actually own much jewellery. It’s not the sort of thing I’d ever buy for myself, so I only really get new pieces when I get them as gifts. In terms of my taste, I’ve always been one for more expensive pieces that I wear over and over, rather than constantly updating my costume jewellery collection. A nice watch, Pandora bracelet and my wedding and engagement rings and that’s pretty much me done. So, when I was given the opportunity to review GLITZBOX; a service which enables you to change up your jewellery style monthly with stylishly designed pieces I was absolutely thrilled! It sounded right up my street.

So, what is GLITZBOX?

GLITZBOX is a luxury jewellery rental subscription service. In a nutshell, customers pay a monthly subscription fee and receive a beautiful box with 3 items of jewellery per month to wear at their leisure. The idea is to connect women with new and exciting designers who are making gorgeous jewellery, and enabling them to change their glitz up every month! Once the month is up, you simply pop the pieces back in your box and send it back with the free-post label. OR if (like me) you fall in love with one or more of your jewellery pieces you can fill in a form inside the box and the price will be changed to your account minus your ‘glitz credit’ (more on that later). Easy peasy.

GLITZBOX offer 3 different subscription options depending on your style.

As you can see the Glitz Credit that you receive towards any purchases varies depending on your subscription. Additionally, you can get extra credit for referring friends. Once you have selected whether you want gold, silver or mixed you also fill out a ‘style quiz’ which helps the GLITZ team to choose pieces that you will love!

What was in my box?

I trailed a gold box and indicated in my style quiz that I prefer boho style jewellery. Here’s what I received:

Mei Li Rose – Delicate gold necklace

How beautiful?! I love the simple style of this necklace. I just adore the shape and how delicate it is. I really enjoyed wearing it.

Tea and Tequila – Boho chunky bracelet

So, I admit, I loved this bracelet so much I actually bought it! I just love the gemstones and how colourful it is. It’s absolutely gorgeous and just the sort of thing I would buy for myself.

Sharon Mills – Gem stone earrings

These earrings are gold with a stone set in them. Out of all the pieces this is probably the one I wouldn’t choose for myself as I don’t normally wear any more that tiny studs! But I really like how these looked on me and maybe it will persuade me to branch out in my earring style! (NOTE all jewellery is sterilised before it’s sent out).

What did I think?

I absolutely love the idea of GLITZBOX, for any lady who loves jewellery and experimenting with new styles then I think it’s an amazing service. It’s a fresh idea, something different that I’ve never come across before. Obviously, it’s a monthly payment which I would definitely consider as a ‘luxury item’ and it may not always be affordable – but the great thing is that you can cancel anytime. I love the element of the style quiz and I think this is something which is really unique for a subscription service, and it clearly works because the pieces I received were bang on in terms of my personal style! The whole process is also remarkably easy; the box is delivered without hassle, it contains a calendar letting you know when you need to return it buy, all the info and prices about your jewellery AND the returns are free. I think it’s fabulous.

You can check out GLITXBOX’s website here for more information.

*Please note: I was sent this box for reviewing purposes, however the opinions are my own and I truly believe in this brand and what it offers*

COMPETITION TIME!

You could win a 3 month subscription to GLITZBOX!

Simply visit this link to fill out the style quiz to enter.

For a BONUS ENTRY enter the code Jessicaemily 🙂

T&C’s // Closes 28th April 2017

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What do you think? Are you a jewellery person?

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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***

Have you tried this brand? What are your thoughts?

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