January Skincare Favourites

January Favouries

Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser, Elemis Balancing Toner, L’Oreal Skin Perfection Eye Cream, L’Oreal Triple Active Day Cream, Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream

 

There’s just a few days left of the most gloomy month of the year and I genuinely can’t wait! January seems to be when my skin goes into panic mode and the excess alcohol and food from the festive season show themselves as breakouts and dullness on my skin. Saying that, compiling my January skincare favourites has been really easy because these 5 products have been the things that have got me through.

Kicking off with the cheapest product in my favourites, the Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser. I’ve had this in my “currently using” skincare basket for a while and turned to it this month when my beloved Elemis creamy cleanser ran out. I am so happy to have rediscovered this! If, like me, you have combination skin then Superdrug’s bargain hot cloth cleanser is for you. The cleanser works into a really rich and creamy texture but doesn’t feel like it’s overloading your skin with oil. When washed off with a warm muslin cloth or flannel, you get that squeaky clean feeling without any dryness or tightness.

Moving onto my beloved Elemis, this month I’ve discovered their Balancing Lavender Toner. I was lucky enough to receive this for Christmas (it’s quite pricey ay £21 for 200ml) but I can genuinely say it’s well on its way to becoming my holy grail toner. Designed specifically for oily/combination skin, I’ve noticed less oil throughout the day and less clogging of my pores. As well as being effective, it smells A-MAZING which is always a bonus!

The L’Oreal Skin Perfection Awakening Eye Cream has saved my life this month! With long work hours making my eyes ache at the end of the day, this eye cream is the perfect solution first thing in the morning and last thing at night. According to the blurb on the box, the eye cream aims to reduce “dark circles, eye bags and fine lines” and whilst I don’t have fine lines (yet!), I do have a problem with dark circles but I’ve noticed a considerable difference since using this cream for a good 6 weeks.

Moving onto my favourite moisturiser of the month, I began using this L’Oreal Triple Active Day Cream after it came in a set with the L’Oreal Micellar water in the post-Xmas sales. I actually managed to get the set for less than the cost of 1 Micellar water so I wasn’t too fused about the day cream that came with it but I am so pleased I tried it out! Designed for sensitive skin, the cream sinks in incredibly quickly and is wonderful under make-up. This is priced at under £7 so is certainly worth checking out if you’re looking for a purse-friendly new day cream.

Finally, we move onto the Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream. Now, this baby is pretty expensive at an eye-watering £95 for 50ml. Ouch. Again, this was a Christmas gift and I’ve now had a month to try it out and fall in love with it! At 24, I’m certainly not what you’d class as someone with mature skin but I am very much into my age prevention products and doing as much as I can now to make sure I have great skin later in life without having to turn to botox at 40! Applying this night cream is such a pleasure and I’ve come to look forward to my nighttime skincare routine. Elemis is famed for it’s beautifully scented products and this one is no different. The product is rich without taking an age to sink into your skin and a pea-size amount will cover your whole face really easily. I apply this and rub it in upward motions across my face as to not drag the skin down. When I wake up, my skin is visibly more brightened and hydrated and I’ve noticed a slight firming across my cheeks and neck that wasn’t there this time last month. This really is an investment product but I’ve found it to be worth every single penny so far.

What are you loving this month? Do you have a budget toner that you can’t live without? Or, like me, are you addicted to a product with a price tag that makes your other half wince? Let me know!

Beauty Temple, Nottingham

♥ I’ve found somewhere that, for me, is basically Heaven. A whimsical enchanted kind of  place with candles, herbal tea and nothing but relaxation. Beauty Temple is the ultimate beauty salon, offering everything from spray tans and make-up application to pedicures and massages. After the brilliant people of Twitter suggested I head to Beauty Temple for a pedicure, I waltzed off on a Tuesday afternoon to take full advantage of their 20% student discount deal.

Beauty Temple is based smack-bang in the middle of Nottingham, just off Market Square on Queen Street. But this is no ordinary city centre beauty salon. Decorated with huge influence from the East, Beauty Temple welcomes you in with the gorgeous relaxing scent of essential oils and luxury decoration. The oriental theme is stunning, making it somewhere you’ll find stacks of interiors inspiration for your own home.

♥ Last month I indulged in the most relaxing luxury pedicure which saw my feet pampered to the extreme. After a good buffing, moisturising and massaging, my toe nails were painted in a Jessica colour of my choice. I went for the black with a coat of gorgeous shimmer over the top, just for something a little different. After relaxing on the sofa for a good ten minutes to allow drying time, I walked out into the city to flash off my new toe nails with such pride. And a good four weeks later, they’re still looking perfect! My nail paint hasn’t chipped once and they look like they’ve just been done. Hopefully, just to escape the madness of third year, I’ll be back next week for another perfect pedicure!

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♥ After my pedicure, I knew Beauty Temple would be the perfect place to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday… so that’s what we did. Robin turned 42 on March 1st and one of his gifts from me was a some good quality pamper time. The following day we went off for a massage and foot treatment in the gorgeous double room and I’ve never been so relaxed in my whole life. We undressed and lay on the bed (one with pink towels, one with blue- very cute!) and were covered with oriental inspired fabrics as the girls got to work and undid every single knot of tension in my back and shoulders. After our treatments we were spoilt with a glass of champagne and a cupcake, which even included a candle for Robin to blow out and make a birthday wish!

My birthday boy celebrating at home.

My birthday boy celebrating at home.

♥ I cannot recommend this tranquil city haven enough. It’s my happy place.

♥ Beauty Temple is located on Queen Street, Nottingham, and they can be contacted on 0845 402 4003.

Origins Facial

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♥ Konichiwa! I am back from Tokyo and still super jet lagged. Luckily for me, I’ve eased myself into the week with some much needed pampering, partly thanks to the team at Origins in Nottingham.

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♥ A few weeks ago I was contacted by Origins to ask if I’d like to head into House of Fraser Nottingham for a complimentary Origins facial. Of course, I said yes! Origins were one of the first brands I tried when early menopause seriously started effecting my skin and despite being given a few trial sizes of their products and loving them, I never got round to purchasing the full size versions.

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♥ So, with an open mind and expecting great things, I headed out in the snow for my free facial and was greeted by the lovely Nicola. Nicola first sat me down and had a great in-depth chat with me about my skin type, what products I currently use and why. The aim of the skin consultation is to figure out your problem areas, what you want from your skincare regime and what you might be missing in your current line up.

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♥ Nicola was really informative, explaining to me why I need to use certain products and she was not once judgemental when I came out with stupid lines such as: “I use toner but I literally have no idea why”. Nicola wrote down my answers on a card and we spoke through a few products before she whisked me off to the treatment room for my facial.

♥ Reserved for VIP events, I was allowed into the treatment room for my facial but I would have been more than happy to have my facial done in the private and discreet area in the corner of the Origins counter.

♥ My facial consisted of taking off my make-up which, in itself, was super relaxing. After my skin was cleansed with the Pure Cream cleanser, Nicola guided me through the rest of the facial step-by-step. One of my favourite products Nicola used was the Modern Friction scrub which was applied to dry skin, rubbed in, mixed with water and then soaked off the skin to create a great moisturising exfoliation. I was also treated to the GinZing eye mask which soothed my tired eyes and the Drink Up moisture mask which eased my skin after experiencing two 12 hour flights within the space of a week.

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♥ During my facial and consultation I was told the importance of a serum. I’d like to think I was fairly savvy when I came to my skincare regime but serums have never really crossed my mind. However, after today, I’ll certainly be using one. Origins provide a range of serums to produce different effects and the one used on me was the Mega-Bright skin correcting serum which perked up my tired and dull skin.

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♥ After my wonderful facial I was given a little goodie bag of samples to take home and try and I can’t wait to use them this week.

♥ The really great thing about these Origins facials is they’re free! Origins in House of Fraser Nottingham provide free 30 minute skin consultations and facials which no push to buy at all. If you’re after a freebie facial from Origins, all you have to do is give them a call and book in and then, on the day, lie back and relax.

♥ A huge thanks to Origins for organising this for me. And despite the fact it was a free experience, all views are my own. As is my new look brighter and smoother skin!

♥ Kiehl’s Bloggers Gathering

♥ Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Kiehl’s Bloggers Gathering at their Nottingham Store on Bridlesmith Gate. Despite the stand alone Kiehl’s store being in Nottingham for over six months now, I’ve never got round to trying out their products which constantly grace the pages of my favourite magazines.

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♥ The evening started with coffee and cake with the lovely Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady and Abi from Handbags and Gladrags before we ventured up for a little lock-in at the Kiehl’s store with a whole host of other bloggers.

Natalie from Floral Republic and Abi from Handbags and Gladrags

Natalie from Floral Republic and Abi from Handbags and Gladrags

♥ After swigging a glass or two of pomegranate champagne and munching on popcorn and pretzels, we were gathered round to watch a video which showed off the core brand values of Kiehl’s.

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Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady

Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady

♥ I learned SO much last night about the brand and I love how true they are to their history and heritage. Founded in American in 1851, it started out as a store for all sorts of lotions and potions- including blood sucking leeches! Of course, gone are the nasties and in their place stand iconic products such as Creme De Corps and the gorgeous Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

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♥ Kiehl’s were sold to L’Oreal back in 2010 but still stand by their strong charitable and ethical values. Kiehl’s don’t test on animals and release certain products where 100% of the profits go to charities such as Great Ormand Street.

♥ After being talked through a multitude of products by the lovely staff, we had a little play around before being taken aside and having a personal skin consultation. Over the last two years, my skin has been crazy due to going through early menopause so I’m a bit sensitive when it comes to chatting about my skin type but the delightful Ash made me feel calm and comfortable. I had a great little test done on my skin to measure the oil levels in my skin and I came out right bang in the middle which made me feel rather pleased. Ash suggested a handful of products for me and I’ve now got a wish list as long as my arm!

Bloggers test a range of Kiehl's products

Bloggers test a range of Kiehl’s products

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♥ After some more photo taking, mingling with the other bloggers and yet more testing of products, we were given a gorgeous selection of Kiehl’s products to take home, including a full size Midnight Recovered Concentrate which I’ll be reviewing when I come back from Tokyo.

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♥ Thanks so much once again to the beautiful staff at Kiehl’s Nottingham for organising a great event and for making me come away with a smile on my face and a fresh excitement about my skincare routine.