Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Organic Surge Hydrating Eye Cream

The look and sound of Organic Surge's 'Extra Care' range seems delicious! A collection of highly moisturising and deeply nourishing products that you can rely on if your skin decides to go in a mental state of shedding and cracking. From the range, my latest love has been this little wonder called their Hydrating Eye Cream. 

Including Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Alfafa Extract, it's calming, protecting, soothing, moisture quenching and packed with superb antioxidants. For me it's really helped reduce the appearance of fine lines and bags under the eyes. If you are a light sleeper and a insomniac-in-the-making with drama binge ready to play on your Netflix as it turns midnight - this will be your skin saviour. 

I use it twice a day and literally soak the area around the eyes with the relaxing formula. It's one of those few ones that doesn't make me tear up on application or sting or burn so thumbs up for sensitive eye sufferers. It also kind of helps with dark circles and most importantly, with making the eye area appear supple, bouncy and hydrated. Makes it easy peasy to layer on make-up post-application as it's got that perfect base consistency to slap on make-up if you like. 

For £18.50, it's something that I have loved having in my skincare wardrobe. It's difficult to hunt for mid-range eye creams as most of them are usually steeply priced. You also don't want to use something for a fiver from the drugstore as it's hardly going to do any good to the delicate eye area. This however seems to do the job just perfectly and has a reasonable price point. I can't fault!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Tory Burch Eau De Parfum

Bright, summery and watery florals is what this gem by Tory Burch smells like in a nutshell. After tunics and flats, Tory like other designers has dipped her toes into the fragrance and beauty industry with a core collection that's drool worthy. The bright orange cardboard packaging, the gold fretwork design on the lid and the little square glass bottle screams classy, chic and elegant. Tory wanted to make this scent a hybrid between 'feminine' and 'tomboy' and that's precisely what the perfume has turned out to be. 

It's citrusy, floral and woody. It's sweet, warm and comforting yet bright, lively and chirpy - all at the same time. It's one of those scents that has the ability to instantly cheer me up when sprayed on gloomy mornings. There are notes of grapefruit, pink pepper, mandarin, peony, neroli, mimosa, jasmine, tuberose, carrot seed, vetivar, cedar, sandalwood and whitemusk. Perfect concoction for the woman who wants something mainstream but modern. 

If you are on the hunt for something unique, high-end and not something every other gal has sprayed on for this Valentine's Day or Mothers Day, I'd say give this a sniff. It's one of those universally loveable ones that's hard to dislike.

Available to buy from or Harrods.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight + Cheek Contouring Palette

Newness from Clinique always excites. It's this one stable brand that's only bettered itself since the introduction of it's first every Chubby Stick. If those weren't your lip favourites, I don't know what it says about you as a person. I personally always had three to four lying around in my handbag. Such easy to wear colours and juicy formulations that one could never go wrong with. 

When Chubby Stick plastered it's name on these new contour and highlight versions, I waited with bated breath as to how they performed. Of course they had to be good, it's THE chubby stick. Like it's predecessor, the formula's are soft, dreamy and easily blendable. So handy that you can sculpt your face in under 2 minutes. 

Having said that, these sticks are pigmented and need a stiff brush to blend them just the right way. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is my favourite to use with these. Of course you can use your fingers if you've sketched lightly but I like to go for a full-on, chiseled jawbone effect and for that, some heavy handedness is needed which in turn demands a brush. 

The Highlight shade is shimmery with a possibility of finely milled glitter particles shot through it. Initially it may look scary but once blended the juicy, dewy effect forms a seamless film on the skin and looks brilliant even in photos. The Contour stick has a satin-matte formula and a warm chocolate brown colour. 

The Cheek Contouring Palette that's also a part of the 'make yourself look like a Victoria's Secret Angel' range is a delightful addition to the chubby sticks. The shades are shimmering dusky pinks, almost to replicate a sultry winter tan and looks great popped onto the cheeks with these babies handling the cheekbone department. 

Available in stores from 6th February 2015. Sure winners these are, keep your eyes peeled for them.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Affordable, Advanced and Effective: Must-Try CACI Facials

If you haven't heard of CACI, it's a company that makes advanced electronic equipments and technology for the skin, basically emphasising a lot of muscle re-education with it's microcurrent rollers, electro buds, wrinkle comb and all that jazz. Majority of CACI Facials are catered towards dry, dehydrated and mature skin, with an aim to stimulate better collagen production but in a responsive way.

If you have however heard about CACI Facials, you might perceive it to be slightly more on the pricier side as it's usually talked about by celebrities and is basically seen as luxurious and high end. Don't get me wrong, it is lush compared to your usual cleansing and blackhead removal facial but it's not unaffordable at all.

Here are some affordable CACI Facials you may like to try out:

CACI Hydratone for only £15 - Includes microcurrent hydratone rollers, electrically conductive hydro smoothing gel mask. Overall drenching your skin in moisture, hydration and nourishment. 

CACI Jowl Lift for only £20 - Targets the lower area of the face including jowls, chin and cheeks. For increased jaw line definition and to potentially battle the dreadful double chin.

CACI Eye Lift for only £20 - Works with the upper half of the face, concentrating on lifting and contouring the eye area, making it appear younger, well rested and brighter. 

CACI Wrinkle Revolution for only £20 - Softens and smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plumps, exfoliates and firms skin. 

Plus, there is always an option to combine the above two facials for a still affordable price of under £40. This is great because usually CACI Facials start from £65 going up to £100 and above. This is because they include a full non-surgical face lift and very many elements that make them a complete anti-ageing package.

But if you're like me, in your late twenties and want to try out CACI Facials as a preventative measure without forking out a huge amount, the above listed are my favourite to allow your skin to have a little taste of the advanced facial which promises 'face lift' like results non surgically.

Models Own Colour Chrome Collection

Models Own have outdone themselves with their latest collection called Colour Chrome. Perfectly timed for Spring/Summer, it's bang on trend with it's foiled effect, potent metallic finish and an extremely bold demeanour. Can I just point out how absolutely stunning they look on the dresser? 

Featuring 10 shades in all the colours you can imagine, there's something for everyone from a nail connoisseur to a nail art rookie like myself. Perfect for evenings, weddings or special occasions when that classic French manicure doesn't seem to fit the criteria well. It also photographs beautifully making it a lovely one to pair with a little black dress. 

Although bold, the finish is smooth and creamy with no streaks. The opacity of these nail paints is incomparable - one coat and you will not need a top-up. Finish it off with some top coat and it's guaranteed to last you a couple of days sans chipping or peeling. 

My favourites have to be the pinkish copper and the champagne gold shades above (not their exact names!) which are glamorous, fierce but still classic and timeless in their appeal. Priced at £4.99 each, they are a must-have. Even better, grab them at the Models Own 50% off sale on their website starting end of this month. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Straightener

If you know me even a tad bit, it's easy to realise I am curls kinda girl. I love straight hair, don't get me wrong but I always felt they don't suit me as much as curls and secondly, it's much easier to curl my naturally wavy hair than going against nature drastically to straighten them. I've tried my fair share of straighteners in the past and eventually got bored of the 'cult favourites'. Recently I gave Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Straightener (what a mouthful!) a shot and damn it was impressive. I really didn't expect an affordable heat tool to work so well. 

The overly photoshopped image of the model on the box with diamonds embedded in her didn't make me think it actually works really well at adding shine. I am not sure how it does it, but it makes hair twice as shiny. The white, gold and taupe colour scheme of the device is quite chic and modern, a lovely change from the boring blacks. It's also got printed detailing and some rhinestones encrusted near the heat setting panel which looks beautiful. With 5 heat settings, it allows you to custom treat your hair depending on your hair type or occasion. 

I personally like to go poker straight and the highest temperature is my go-to one. Having said that, I only do that once a week and then try to extend the effects for 3 days with dry shampoo and all that jazz to reduce further heat damage. The trick I learnt over time to keep hair straighter for longer and prevent kinks is to leave it undisturbed for 10-15 minutes after straightening. By that I mean no tossing and turning, no serum lathering and so on. 

Once it's cooled down after a short window and has adapted to that shape, go ahead and finish it off and the results will last much longer. On the whole, for £84.99, I quite prefer it to my old straighteners. Just one gripe with this - curls can be a little 'sharp' and not as smooth. Nonetheless, great for straightening and carrying out on holidays or long weekends.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Vaping – To help you achieve your ‘no smoking’ resolution in 2015

A New Year, a new set of resolutions.

Like many, I’m sure you guys also have a good few jotted down somewhere on your phone, laptop or plastered on your fridge if you are super motivated. Mine include the usual weight loss, career development, learning new skills, taking part in a sport and more globetrotting. But I do know a few friends for whom ‘quit smoking’ is on the list. A much more intense resolution than mine and something they will try to stick to much more diligently than my workout videos. Being a non-smoker personally, I cannot say I understand the determination needed to quit smoking for good but I do appreciate the effort people around me make for a healthier lifestyle.

Chatting to one of these mates recently, she told me she’s going to take the 80:20 route to fulfil the resolution. The rule includes taking baby steps, isn’t too military and is something that one can pursue for longer than giving up in a week’s time. If like me you’ve been an ardent diet-experimenter – you might know something as extreme as a Cabbage Soup diet won’t work as well as Clean Eating 80% of the time and ‘cheating’ the rest. Same goes for smoking I believe. Instead of completely being off nicotine and having sever withdrawal symptoms that may act as disruptive and inconvenient in daily life, vaping seems like a ‘cleaner’ option to smoking, well at least to begin your ‘no smoking’ journey.

Vaping is basically when a propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin based liquid is mixed with a small amount of nicotine and food grade flavours and cobbled together into an atomizer. It’s almost like a smoking simulator and the inhaling and exhaling motions emit a highly similar feeling to smoking to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Of course you will come across the ‘anti-nicotine’ gang who are completely against vaping and e-cigarettes but one has to realise these alternatives are for adult smokers and not for those who do not smoke at all in the first place. It’s not promoted as a ‘cigarette for starters’ but instead as a reduced risk measure for addicts who are looking to give up smoking. Of course it still contains nicotine but what I have gathered from friends who are looking to quit smoking is that it’s substantially less dangerous when it comes to lung and mouth cancer and other threats smoking can pose.

It goes without saying that stained teeth, bad breath and troublesome skin problems can also be substantially avoided when it comes to vaping. So, if you are someone who has ‘quit smoking’ highlighted in their 2015 resolutions, I’d recommend you do your research and read up on studies that demonstrate vaping as a much less harmful alternative. Considering how stylised they have become compared to a few years ago, when they only came in black and were extremely chunky – it gives a little assortment to the ladies looking for coloured variations as well.