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Thursday, 21 September 2017

My fave street style looks of LFWSS17

London Fashion Week is a weekend long powerhouse event which sees the fash-pack comprising of fashion editors, bloggers and influencer's coming together to watch designers showcase their latest collections. One thing I love when fashion week rolls around, especially September fashion week, is seeing the different street style looks and the quirky fashion sense of young fashionistas. This year did not disappoint, and below you will find some of my favourite looks from this year in London – as you can probably tell millennial pink made quite an appearance this year, which is no surprise considering the colour is everywhere at the minute.

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Microdermabrasion Facial at Kensington Skincare

Last night I went for my first ever microdermabrasion facial in Kensington, London. Having not had many facials before, let alone a micro-derma facial it’s safe to say I was a little nervous after watching YouTube videos of the procedure. Just for anyone out there who is wondering what the hell  a micro-derma facial is, here it is summed up pretty well...

Microdermabrasion is one of those cosmetic procedures that most people have heard of, but don’t really know much about. Even if your skin-obsessed friend swears by it, or you’ve seen it listed on spa menus, the procedure is still one of those best discussed with a dermatologist.

Allow us to clear up any misconceptions. Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. According to licensed medical aesthetician Maria Barry at Union Square Laser Dermatology, microdermabrasion machines can buff and polish the skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip. Some systems have suction to vacuum loose skin cells from the face.

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After a year of travelling, and probably quite a bit of sun damage and dry skin, I knew that this type of facial was definitely needed. I visited the Kensington skin clinic which is located a short 10 minute walk from Earls Court station- the actual salon is quite small, but it seems to fit everything in as it does hair, nails & skincare. I headed down the stairs for my facial which was much quieter and decorated really nicely, so a good first impression.

The salon offers many different facials for different problem areas at varying costs, being a bit of a savvy shopper I actually booked my facial through Groupon and got it for £19.00 when the actual price on the price list was £55 - so a bit of a bargain if you ask me, however you can see why I was a bit skeptical of the procedure. My worries soon vanished when I met my facialist who was the loveliest lady ever and made me feel very comfortable, she answered all my skincare queries and gave me some really detailed advice on minimizing pores and tackling problem areas on my skin.

The actual facial lasted for around 30 minutes, and it was a bit of an experience. Firstly, she took any left over makeup off of my skin with some lovely scented cream and cotton pads, and then began applying a pre-gel for the procedure. Due to the fact that this is literally a hoover type machine rubbing crystals all over your skin to literally scrape the dead skin cells off – it wasn’t the most comfortable half an hour of my life, It did hurt a tiny bit on some areas where the nozel was going over the more delicate areas of my skin, however nothing horrific.

The lady doing my facial told me all about the crystals, and the fact that they were imported from Italy – so it seemed that no expense was spared in terms of the brand and actual products. When she finished the actual dermabrasion, she then applied a few different creams to my skin, and then applied a really lovely chamomile cream mask and a cold compressed flannel onto my skin to decrease the redness and swelling.

After the procedure, I must admit my skin felt so so smooth and looked amazing, even my flat mates told me I was glowing. It just seemed as though it did what it said on the tin as it were – my skin looked healthier, felt smoother and generally looked more radiant. The facialist told me to make sure I thoroughly hydrated my skin over the next few nights, and to return in two weeks for a follow up procedure, as with this it generally works much better if you go for 2 or 3 procedures within 2 months, but she told me for my age and because my skin isn’t too bad I only needed the 2.

Overall I would say I am very happy with my experience at the spa, and am more than happy to go again and tell friends to visit- plus for £19.00 it really is a bargain. One thing I really took away from the whole experience is that as women we spend so much money each year on creams and serums that tell us they will minimize our pores and make us look more radiant, but I’ve now realised that it is much better value for money to just get a few facials a year instead, as these actually work! So I will definitely be starting to look after my skin a lot more by making regular visits to skincare salons.

If you would like to book this facial, click here or keep an eye on Groupon for skincare offers. 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Pixi Glow Tonic: Worth the hype?

PIXI by Petra is a skincare brand that is fairly new to the UK beauty industry, but over the past few months has taken it by storm. I think the first time I properly heard about them and grew my knowledge on the brand was when they launched their double cleanse cleanser in collaboration with the highly successful skincare blogger Caroline Hiron’s (I did actually give into the hype and buy this product, but I’ll save that review for another post) PIXI by Petra sets itself apart from other luxury skincare brands for having this sweet, almost quite millennial trademark feel to it, the packaging for one (which uses mainly a gold and pastel green palette) seems a little simple and drugstore- but I think that’s what makes it work. With its ethos being based around using natural ingredients, and giving its customers a ‘healthy and glowing’ complexion, proving quite similar to the likes of other natural skincare brands such as Liz Earle and Pai, its palpable that PIXI is just another breakthrough brand making full use of the ‘vegan and organic’ marketing angle.

Created over 10 years ago and launched in Soho, London, PIXI has a loyal worldwide following thanks to its pure, awakening & skin-loving products that create a naturally radiant "just had a good night's sleep" look. Passionate about skincare, Petra creates innovative formulations that are infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients. Petra has real-world experience as a busy working mother of four, therefore PIXI is truly about multitasking, flaw-fixing, youth-enhancing products for women on-the-go with no time to spare.

It’s no secret that this youthful, ‘less is more’ look which is sweeping the runways and beauty industry is becoming more popular with everyday working women, thus skincare has become a vital step in one’s beauty regime. I for one much prefer spending my well-earned pennies investing in some high-end skincare as oppose to overpriced makeup. Just look at the likes of Models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, both are known for their glowing complexions and barely there makeup- which is seemingly why women are taking much more of an interest in their skin health – which is bloody fantastic if you ask me.

PIXI glow tonic is one of the brands best-selling products, so it was no big shock when I decided to invest in a tube after stumbling across their Carnaby street store ( If you haven’t visited- you must, its true skincare store heaven) this glow-giver brightens, tones and conditions your skin after cleansing. Enriched with 5% glycolic acid – a natural derivative of sugar cane, and member of the alpha-hydroxy acid family – this gentle, exfoliating formula dissolves the bonds binding dulling dead cells to skin’s surface, to reveal the ‘new’ healthy skin cells underneath. Victoria Secret model, Jordan Dunn is also apparently a huge fan of the product.

After about a week of use now, I must say I do quite enjoy sweeping the refreshing substance on my skin of a morning and evening, it has this incredible yet almost overpowering rose fragrance to it, and you really do feel that it is purifying your skin as well as giving your complexion an immediate glow.

It was actually this morning, when I parked myself down in front of my vanity mirror having just awoken and still a bit perplexed, I noticed my complexion. I was glowing. Now I understand that this could be down to all manner of things: the fact that I’m drinking 3 litres of water a day, exercising 4 times a week, or maybe it’s that green smoothie I had a few days prior, but it just seemed that this morning my imperfections and redness were less so, my wrinkles were diminished, and I just had a bit more of a youthful look about me.

I know many of you may be reading this and thinking this is utter rubbish, but I wouldn’t be writing it if it wasn’t true. It may not be down to the glow tonic, but I have a sneaky feeling, if this product is as good as they say, it might be. For £18.00 I rather think it’s quite a bargain, especially for the amount you receive. I can honestly say that I think this will become a strong contender in my toner cupboard, alongside my beloved LA Roche Posay clarifying toner and my Clinique toning lotion. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the PIXI products in the near future, not only do they seem to do what they say on the tin, but they also look fabulous on my vanity table.

Click here to buy the glow tonic. 
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