20.8.14

Heyland & Whittle Handwash, Body Lotion & Candle











Heyland & Whittle is a quintessentially British brand which was established in 2003. The brand is all about being natural, chemical free, hand made yet deliciously smelling!  After trying out a few products from their range, I have to say they do all of that quite well.

First off, I am not a huge fan of Hand Washes. I am sure I am not alone as a majority of you wouldn't care less what hand wash lies on your washroom sink. I guess I always felt like that as the usual drugstore ones were so uninspiring and well...overtly soapy! This particular one has got everything spot on. The Rose and Neroli Handwash from their range is a dream to use. The packaging is clear and glossy, the handwash is beautiful in it's warm yet elegant colour and the scent is subtle yet long lasting. I seriously haven't been more fond of a handwash ever before. It almost feels like a lush hotel in my bathroom now. 

The Green Tea and Grapefruit Body Lotion is what resides next the handwash in my bathroom and smells absolutely delightful. It's clean and fresh with hint of fruity notes to it. Again, the pistachio coloured cream just adds to the overall decadence and simplicity of the packaging and makes it appear spa like. The lotion itself is very watery and light weight, with a quick absorbing formula and perfect to replenish moisture lost throughout the day. With no hints of sticky residue, it's perfect for Summer and Autumn when you don't want to use extremely hydrating products. 

As for the Jasmine & Lilac Candle, I believe it's from their classic collection. Again, simplistically packaged, it goes beautifully with an all-white home decor to add a soft hint of colour. The scent is crisp, slightly smoky and diffuses into a light floral scent. If you're not a fan of highly scented candles like myself, this is a good one to have in your living room or diner for a clean yet comforting atmosphere. regardless of the season. 

www.heylandandwhittle.co.uk

A little ramble on Nail Dryers


Not a typical topic to write about on this blog but today I shall be rambling on a little about Nail Dryers. Why oh why do we not have these convenient devices at home? It just makes salon manicures and pedicures so much more quicker and efficient. One of the main reasons I despise doing my nails at home is the amount of time it takes for nail paint to dry, let alone if I attempt to do acrylic or gel nails at home, which seriously would be a big mess without these life saving gadgets. 

Not a new invention at all, it's just something I wish every salon would have (yes I've been to a few where they would finish off with a top coat and cross their fingers so it doesn't smudge) and perhaps even a few households where nail bloggers reside. These nail dryers take a minute or two per hand to dry and set a manicure and perhaps a minute or two more if you've opted for acrylic or gel nails. Are the UVA rays in these harmful? -  is something I came across a lot whilst reading on them. Apparently the amount of UVA light, between 3 to 10 watts emitted by these nail dryers are not of enough concern compared to that of 2400 watts for instance in a tanning bed. *gulps* 

If you want to be super cautious, invest in a water resistant SPF for the hands and apply in an hour before your manicure if you will. 

I love the fact that these nail dryers available these days are light-weight, energy saving and easily portable. Plus the ones I have my eyes on are heart shaped and pink! I mean seriously, those two points have sealed the deal for me. I also quite like the look of this finger nail dryer which has a smaller slot than usual to dry individual nails. I guess that would be perfect for detailed and intricate mani's that have a lot of time and effort put into them and require individual drying time. 

Do you have a Nail Dryer at home? Would you invest in one? I am tempted after my last few nail salon visits. With tonnes of new nail paint releases this season, I am slowly but steadily getting into the routine of switching up my nail colour every few days. 

17.8.14

Weleda Travel Essentials





Weleda's skin food is till date my best skincare discovery. I freaking love the brand to bits! It's frills free, does not distract consumers with fancy packaging and delivers spot-on. I seriously thought I couldn't love the brand more until I came across their teeny tiny travel products. Lets just admit that Summer months are purely reserved for festival frolicking, beach lounging and planning three holidays, whilst pretending to pay attention at work. The last thing I want amidst over packing shoes and dresses is to fit in those large tubes of skin and bodycare for a getaway, so meh! These cute little additions are just perfect to pop into your luggage, making them perfect to take care of your skincare needs for a good 3 to 5 days. I particularly love the Sage Deodorant, for those of you who aren't a fan of the chemical laden sprays out there. The body wash and the body lotion, both smell extremely delicious, immediately making me look up into their full sized alternatives for stocking in my bathroom. Whereas the anti-cellulite and relaxing oil are great pick-me-up's to use during a massage on your getaway or for some pampering after a relaxing evening bath or even better, a dip in the pool! Get your hands on them globetrotters.

After booking a trip to Mykonos yesterday, these handy little gems will be shoved into the travel skincare bag very soon. October come soon!

www.weleda.co.uk