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Friday, 24 November 2017

Harley Street Skincare: The Review

I was lucky enough to receive some goodies in the post a few weeks back by the lovely people at Harley Street Skincare, and after weeks of using the products, I thought I would do an honest review for you guys in case you were planning on checking the products out. They kindly sent the cleanser, anti-ageing serum, daily moisturiser, and the product I was really excited about, the pore minimising mask. I replaced my kiehl's skincare with these products with a view to seeing if they truly made a difference to my skin, and actually, I really do feel like certain products have helped my skin become much more smooth and hydrated. 

The first thing you notice as you apply the products is the amazing smell that accompanies the product, not a horrid perfumed scent but a fruity scent. I love to use the 2-in-1 cleanser in the morning as this is just so easy before I head out to work. I apply the milk like liquid all over a damp face, massage in circular motions then wash off with a flannel and my face feels squeaky clean, but not tight which a lot of cleansers seem to do, my skin feels soft and supple which I think is down the moisturizing milky consistency. After I apply my toner (currently using PIXI glow tonic, review here) I then apply the serum which is honestly divine to apply, it is like any other serum in terms of consistency, but a small amount seems to go along way, and what I love is how smooth and refined my skin looks and feels immediately after using this.

The daily moistener is also an extremely moisturizing cream which also includes an SPF which is always good especially in the winter sun, however as I do have oily skin I do find once I apply foundation I do have to use extra setting powder as this cream really does the job in terms of hydrating, but for me it’s just a little too oily, however still a great one for winter as the colder months seem to give me dryer areas on my chin and cheeks.

The one product that left me a tad disappointed was the pore minimizing mask, at one point I thought I had put the wrong product on my skin as the consistency was literally just like putting a day cream on the skin, the instructions read to literally apply the lotion and massage in a little, just like you would a mask to cleansed skin, which I did, however I didn’t feel anything was really happening, normally with these things you may feel a tingling sensation or some indication of something happening. When I washed the mask off, granted my skin felt tighter and brighter but I wouldn’t say I could physically see my pores looking refined, however, this may come with time after a few months of use – but to me, it was just like a moisturizing mask rather than a pore refining one.

Overall, I do think these products are lovely, and definitely leave your skin feeling nourished and refreshed, however I think for the slightly hefty price tags that come with them, it may be hard to see them compete with other big brands within a similar price tag – having said that, with these products being developed by skincare specialists, you do feel as though you hold a lot of trust in them. I do think my skin has benefitted from using these products, I’ve used them now for around 5/6 weeks and my skin does seem smoother and visibly brighter, so I would definitely recommend if you’re in the market for more high-end skincare.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The PixieLottxKiss blogger event in Soho

When an invite landed in my inbox for the KISS blogger lunch with none other than Pixie Lott, I was a little perplexed. Having never attended a blogger event before (I have literally only just started blogging again) I was pretty excited to see how these things played out… as well as seeing if I recognised any familiar faces in the crowd.

The event itself was beautiful, the PR ladies at Alex Silver had done such a wonderful job, they had different pamper stations set up where bloggers could get their nails and lashes done, as well as a henna tattoo station, they also had the yummiest welcome cocktails (as well as an open bar throughout – hell yes) and the most epic chocolate fondue fountain.

When Pixie made her slightly chilled entrance ( No announcement, I literally just turned around and BAM she was next to me) all eyes were on her, and it was easy to see why. SHE. IS. SO. STUNNING. She legit looked like a Barbie doll she was so perfect and so so lovely, we had a fab chat about all her old music which I adored when I was younger. 

The event was much better than anticipated, as to be honest I just didn't know what to expect, I don't even really class myself as a "real" blogger, so it was just such an honour to even be invited. Seeing all the other bloggers taking pictures, vlogging and generally having a ball, it did motivate me somewhat to actually give the whole blogging thing a *real* go. I met a few bloggers who had recently quit their full-time jobs and had taken blogging full time, which if you think about it, IS ABSOLUTELY CRAZY, but its happening more and more with bloggers, and I just think its fantastic that the internet and social media are allowing people to be their own bosses and build a personal brand. Don't get me wrong, I adore my job in PR, but a girl can dream...


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Friday, 10 November 2017

Mindfulness: What is it and how can it help you?

How mindfulness can change your life

Mindfulness is a word that has been floating around for quite some time, coming under the umbrella of health and wellness- it is a term that is used to describe our mental state and being aware of what we are doing in life. Mindfulness can be used in many contexts, but notably it is known as a very simple yet effective form of medication, where you focus your full attention on your breath, your mind and your body. Many health experts and public figures swear by this form of meditation, and there have also been many apps and books released on how to find your peace of mind and become more calm.

It’s no secret that meditation has long been a therapy used in many different cultures to help a person find themselves and become more at one with their mind and body. Some of the earliest written records of meditation come from the Hindu traditions of Vedantism around 1500 BCE. Around the 6th to 5th centuries, other forms developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India.

What can mindfulness do for you?

Over time mindfulness can help bring long-term changes to your mood and happiness levels as well as wellbeing. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression, but that it also has a positive effect on the brain, targeting anxiety, stress and irritability. It has also been found that your memory and reaction times become much faster with your mental stamina increasing. Mindfulness also reduces addictive and self-destructive behavior including drug taking, alcoholism and self-harming. Doing meditation can also improve the heart and circulatory system by reducing blood pressure and hypertension.

How do you do it?

With the practice of mindfulness being tried and tested much more in this digitally engaged world, it’s much easier to find places and groups who offer the practice. Seek meditation classes nearby and attend with a friend if you’re nervous, or download one of the many apps available on app world. There are also countless books available on mindfulness, meditation and how exactly to do it that you can easily practice from the comfort of your own home.

When will I see results?

The effects of mindfulness meditation depends how much you practice. Most people find that it takes at least 20 minutes for the mind to begin to settle. But in terms of long term, you must invest your time and yourself into the art of meditation, many people have found it to improve their lives but most after weeks maybe months of meditation – it is not an instant gratification exercise and each person is different, your outlook and willingness to learn will determine how much it changes your attitude towards life.

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