Friday, 21 April 2017

There are plenty of people in this world, who sadly must wash their wash every single day. Washing your hair daily often results in dry hair, which is prone to breakages, or coloured hair that fades very fast. Sadly, for many it’s completely unavoidable – either due to having fine hair, an oily scalp, or even daily exercise – which means many people have just come to accept the daily toll on the hair. If this story rings true for you, you’ll want to know all about the fabulous new range from Charles Worthington, which is set to solve all your woes! 

The Everyday Gentle range has a mild cleansing solution, which has been specifically created for daily washers. There are three items in the lineup: the world’s first Micellar Shampoo*, the Weightless Conditioner* and the Protective Detangling Mist*, which create the dynamic trio you need in your life! Let’s start with the exciting world’s first – the Micellar Shampoo! Charles Worthington say that this new innovative shampoo works like a magnet for impurities, pollution and grease. It effectively removes all three from your hair, without stripping it of moisture, or weighing it down. If you have coloured hair you can rejoice, as the new formula has been made with effective cleansing agents, which protect the colour and leave it looking vibrant! It’s even been created without sulphates, silicones and parabens – so it’s free of all nasties.

Once you’ve cleansed your hair with the stunning Micellar Shampoo, the last thing you want to use is a heavy greasy conditioner. Which is why Charles Worthington created the Everyday Gentle Weightless Conditioner – which is weightless by name and weightless by nature! It’s been made to cleanse from the roots to the tips, without weighing down the hair. It even makes use of hydrolysed Lupine Seed extract, which specifically targets the damaged parts of hair, rather than coating the whole hair.

Both the Micellar Shampoo and the Weightless Conditioner smell absolutely gorgeous! The uplifting fragrances of sweet fig and juicy mandarin, are mixed with some woody and musky notes, which is just the perfect way to start any morning shower! They even use Charles Worthington’s Fragrance Lock Technology, which means the scent really lingers on the hair all day long! 

Finally we have the Everyday Gentle Protective Detangling Mist, which I can already tell is going to be a godsend for a lot of people (even if you don’t wash your hair every day)! The mist aims to lubricate the hair, which in turn reduces friction between hair shafts and brushes, resulting in less breakages. It’s a fantastic formula which you can use on both wet and dry hair – it’s even been proven to reduce breakage by 82%. It even gives you 230 degrees of thermal heat protection, so it’s perfect for using if you’re someone who uses a lot of heat on your hair! 

The good news is that the Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle range is available right now! The Micellar Shampoo, Weightless Conditioner and Protective Detangling Mist all retail at £5.99 each, you can grab them from Boots stores and the Boots website!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Hope, Freedom, Love just wouldn’t feel complete without my 'Thursday Tittle Tattle' series! 'Thursday Tittle Tattle' has to be my longest running blog series and its home to the posts that get the best feedback from my readers. I absolutely love that you guys come back time and time again to read my 'Thursday Tittle Tattle' posts, so it was only right to continue these in 2017. This series is dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world, where most Thursday’s I bring you all the exciting news featuring; beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! This week I have some exciting new makeup to show you, let’s dive in…

The essentials collection from Burberry
I’m in love with the stunning new ‘essentials’ collection from beauty brand Burberry. It’s such a beautiful collection of natural products which are perfect for creating that “flawless Burberry glow”. The whole collection includes so many beautiful things including, Lip Colour Contour, Highlighters, Foundations and Face Contour. My favourite piece from the collection is the new Fresh Glow Highlighters in Pink Pearl No.03 and Rose Gold No.04. The Fresh Glow Highlighter, is a lightweight and illuminating powder set with an intricate lace-pattern design. The new products are available right now from, Burberry Beauty Box, selected Burberry stores and retailers worldwide.

New Energy Burst Eau de Parfum from Neom Organics 
The brand new scent from Neom aims to give you 100% energy, in a bottle! It’s been created to support both the body and mind, at every point of your day. The natural Eau de Parfum is a powerful, wellbeing boost from complex essential oil blends: blending fresh grapefruit, lemon and a hint of rosemary. It’s been designed not only to leave your skin smelling beautiful, but also to deliver a potent burst of energy, helping to revive the body and power your day. The scent is available now, priced at £49 for 49ml. It’s available at / Leeds & Wimbledon stores and selected stockists nationwide. 

New Liquid Rose Gold from Alpha-H
New for 2017, Alpha-H have introduced something a little bit special – a limited edited Liquid Gold! The new Liquid Gold Rose takes the blueprint of the classic year 2000 formulation, but adds some new ingredients, including; Rose, Sacred Lotus and Orchid Petal. The three petals are combined with Glycolic Acid and Liquid Gold’s world-renowned low pH delivery system, it instantly stimulates the skin’s cellular metabolism, whilst the uniquely soothing and moisture boosting effects elevate skin resurfacing. The additional hydrating and conditioning ingredients mean that that it’s a more comforting formula – making it perfect for those with a more delicate, dry or sensitive skin. Alpha-H is available at selected spas nationwide, independent retailers and key stockists which include, QVC, M&S Beauty, ASOS, Cult Beauty and Look Fantastic.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

BIODERMA have been in the skincare game since the 1970’s, happily using their team of experts to place biology at the service of dermatology. The BIODERMA team try their best to bring a scientific approach to skincare, using all their knowledge about the biology of skin to make a real difference. I think most people will be familiar with the BIODERMA micellar water (more on that later) but have you heard about the HUGE range of skincare that sits alongside? 

In fact, the BIODERMA skincare line is split into a whopping eight different categories. There is: SENSIBIO (for sensitive skin), HYDRABIO (for dehydrated sensitive skin), ATODERM (for very dry and atopic sensitive skin), SÉBIUM (for oily and blemished skin), NODÉ (for the hair and scalp), PHOTODERM (to protect us from the sun), WHITE OBJECTIVE (lightening products for sensitive skin) and CICABIO (for damaged skin). Every single product has been created especially for the category in mind and it goes through a rigorous process to get ready for the market. The BIODERMA 8 principles are put in place to ensure the best quality ingredients hit the shelves. I knew very little about BIODERMA, so their PR team was kind enough to send me three products to try out for myself!

Let’s start for with the famous product in the pack - Sensibio H2O* - well known as the BIODERMA micellar water. One bottle of Sensibio H20 is sold every three seconds and it’s loved by so many people, all around the globe. Micellar water is well known in the blogger world now, with so many brands getting in on the action – but BIODERMA were one of the first in the game. It’s an incredibly gentle cleanser – designed to remove makeup from even the most sensitive skin.  The BIODERMA micellar water contains “micelles”, which are very similar to the skin’s composition, giving it a pure formula with a unique physiological pH – practically speaking, it’s made to suit all types of skin. Simply soak a cotton pad with Sensibio H2O and then use it all over the face and eyes, to cleanse or remove makeup. The great thing about this is that it’s available in three different sizes: 100ml, 250ml and 500ml.

Next up we have the Hydrabio Mask*, which is a must have for skin that needs intense, durable hydration. The mask is centered around BIODERMA’s patented Aquagenium biological complex – which provides the skin with deep-down, long-lasting moisture. BIODERMA say that even during periods of extreme dehydration, the gentle formula allows the skin to regain comfort, softness, suppleness and radiance. This mask is one of my favourites to use after a long day at work – you simply apply a thick layer of the mask to clean skin. You leave it on the skin for just 10 minutes before removing excess with a cotton pad or massaging it into the skin. The best part is the that the BIODERMA Hydrabio Mask comes in a generous 75ml bottle and is priced at £15, so it doesn’t break the bank! 

Last but not least we have the Pore Refiner* which is part of the SEBIUM line for oily skin. I have to admit that I’m not somebody who is obsessed with my pores, half the time I don’t even know what I’m looking for! However, I loved the whole concept of this product and I wanted to give this a go! We all know that the world takes its toll on our skin and excess sebum, stress, tobacco, pollution all cause our pores to become dilated. BIODERMA created the Pore Refiner to correct the skins appearance, helping our skin to become more regular and clearer, with our pores looking tightened and less visible. It uses another BIODERMA patented technology called Fluidactiv, which regulates sebum quality, which keeps pores from becoming clogged and limits the formation of blemishes. I just use this on my skin in the morning every day of the week, I apply it on my skin before my moisturiser. As my skin is quite oily, I use this all over my face, but if you’re less oily, you can restrict it to your t-zone!

I’ve really enjoyed testing out these lovely products from BIODERMA – whilst BIODERMA isn’t new to my world, I had no idea they had such a strong lineup of products! I thought it started and ended with the micellar water and wipes! Next on my list is their suncare products, with a lot of time in the sun coming my way, I’m excited to learn more about how their products can leave my skin feeling! You can learn more about BIODERMA on their handy website, which has a wealth of information! 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Beauty fans would probably be shocked that until March I’d gone a full 25 years, without having a manicure. It’s unlocked a whole new world of pampering to me, one I’m shocked that I’d never become obsessed with before. What I found most interesting was the state of cuticles – whilst I always knew they were a bit neglected, I never knew quite how much! The manicurist remarked that my cuticles were in dehydrated mode and desperately needed a little bit of TLC! This was all news to me, as I had never considered my hands or cuticles to be dry at all!

Another thing I learnt in my first manicure is that a manicure is more than just slapping on some nail polish. I was so used to my full routine consisting of a base coat, two thick coats of polish and a strong top coat – job done. I always wondered why my manicure never lasted the distance – I quickly learned that a big part of a successful manicure is all in the prep. Long story short, I figured it was time to take my nail care regime a little more seriously, with the aim of ditching my bi-daily paint job and opting for something a little more long-lasting. 

With my manicure mission kick-started and my dry cuticles still a problem, this is why I jumped at the chance to try the Renunail Nourishing Oil*. I can’t believe that I spend so much money on makeup and nail polish, but a simple nail oil had never been part of my beauty routine. The Dr LeWinns Renunail Nourishing Oil is such a lovely place to start – the ingredients feature a unique blend of herbal extracts and oils of jojoba, olive, apricot and sweet almond. 

I’ve been using the Dr LeWinns Renunail Nourishing Oil for the last couple of weeks. It arrives in a nail polish style bottle, so you can simply paint the oil onto the cuticle and massaging it in for perfect nail health. It absorbs into the skin pretty quickly too, which I was really pleased about! I always paint my nails in the evening, so there would be nothing worse than this lingering on the skin and damaging my sofa! 

I’m sure all you beauty buffs are well aquainted with nail oils, but if you’ve never tried one, let me tell you that they are life changing! My cuticles have moved leaps and bounds since I added this to my routine and I’m super chuffed! You can pick up Dr LeWinns Renunail Nourishing Oil from Tesco stores, which is really handy. The best part is that it costs merely a drop in the ocean, priced at £11 and one bottle is going to last you ages! 

Monday, 17 April 2017

I’m quite fussy about the deals I promote on Hope, Freedom, Love – as I truly want them to be something that is giving you a real substantial saving. I also want it to be a brand that won’t let you down – there is nothing worse than impulse buying something that will later turn out to be a real disappointment. Which I why when DECIEM got in touch about their upcoming QVC show, I jumped in line to bring you the details. 

My very own brand-crush will be taking to the QVC stage this Tuesday to launch NEW brands to QVC and to bring you tons of awesome offers. DECIEM are a huge umbrella brand which is home to some of my favourite ever brands: NIOD, Hylamide, The Ordinary, Hand Chemistry and of course, Stemm. DECIEM showcased on QVC earlier this year with NIOD, but this time they’ve brought the whole gang. Let’s get the low down…

If you missed the incredible NIOD TSV deal at QVC in February (which is highly possible, as it rarely stays in stock), you’ll be pleased to know it’s back again. The NIOD 4 Piece Dermal Science Skincare Set includes: the Copper Amino Isolate Serum (15ml), the Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (30ml), the Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate, (15ml) and the Sanskrit Saponins (90ml). This whole lot would normally set you back £140, but on Tuesday you can get it for £59.88. You can see my full review of the 4 Piece Dermal Science Skincare Set here

As I mentioned earlier, the deals don’t stop with this NIOD set, in fact there are SIX other beautiful deals to get your hands on! The NIOD Flavanone Mud* (50ml) will be available for £24.50, saving you £4.50 and it’s such a clever creation! Not only is the packaging divine, the mud is orange and it delivers some stunning results! It works to de-congest skin, absorbing all the skin's surface impurities and I love that you can feel it working thanks to its tingly sensation! 

The new brand on the block is The Ordinary and they are getting a lot of attention right now! If you fancy testing out the new brand, you can pick up the 5 Piece Anti-Ageing Set* for £33.50. Inside the set you get: Buffet (30ml), Advanced Retinoid 2% (30ml), Lactic Acid 10% (30ml), the Natural Moisturizing Factors (30ml) and the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (30ml). It’s truly the perfect anti-ageing starter kit! 

If you’d prefer something for your hair, you might want to check out the brand new Stemm 3 Step Hair Thickening Set – which normally would set you back £88, but on Tuesday you can grab it for £51.60! Inside the set you’ll get the Density Stimuli (60ml), the High-Amino Shampoo (480ml) and the Black/Gold Fulvic Conditioner (480ml).

If you’ve read my blog for a long time, you’ll know I’m a big fan of the Chemistry Brand. Which is why I’m in love with the Home & Away Set. Inside you get two bottles of Hand Chemisty – one is 100ml and one is 30ml – literally perfect for your travel bag! You can grab this for £20, which will save you £7! You can also grab yourself a bottle of the Chemistry Brand Hyaluronic Concentrate (240ml) for £24, saving you £4. 

Finally we have a double pack from Fountain, which was one of the first ever brands I tried from DECIEM. Their Hyaluronic Molecules are great supplements, which I personally like to mix into my smoothies! Grab the Fountain Hyaluronic Molecule Duo Set, for £37.52, which is a huge saving of £18.75. Inside you get two huge 240ml bottles of the Fountain Hyaluronic Molecule. 

Don’t hang around, if you want to get your hands on these deals you need to join the DECIEM experts this Tuesday at 6PM, the show will be live on QVC for your viewing pleasure! The good news is that the show marks the launch of these fabulous brands, so you’ll now be able to get them all year round – hurrah!

Friday, 14 April 2017

I absolutely love that the high street is just as innovative as the higher end brands. It means that whatever budget you’re working with, you get to try something new and experiment with the latest trends. I honestly thought I’d seen it all when it came to brow products, but Rimmel London has brought something brand new to the game.

The new Brow Shake Filling Powder from Rimmel London is something completely new. It’s a powder product, which has been packed into applicator style packaging. The Brow Shake Filling Powder arrives in little tubes that look similar to eyeliners. However, instead of liquid inside the tube, there is lots of powder which has been designed for your eyebrows. The applicator is a thin sponge, which is only 1-2 centimetres long and is flexible. This means that the applicator is a bit of a multipurpose product, offering everything from light touches, to strong defined lines. Rimmel say that you simply shake the packaging to disperse the powder inside – then you’re good to go.

It has to be said that like a lot of the beauty community, I expected the powder inside this to be lightly pigmented. However, there is no denying that the powder inside is incredibly pigmented, so you really need a very light hand with this product. I’ve found it works best if you use light, thin strokes to fill the brow – you need to barely touch the hairs to really get a strong brow. 

I have to say that I really struggle to do my brows with powder, so I was really sceptical about the whole concept. Whilst I’m not sure that this will replace my holy grail pencils, it certainly made the world of working with powder a little easier. It certainly takes practise though – it took me two or three attempts before I had a brow with some real definition and not a solid block of colour.

There are four different shades available in this collection: Blonde, Medium Brown, Dark Brown and Black. I have quite dark hair, so I would normally automatically put myself in the ‘Dark Brown’ category. However, due to the pigmentation of this product, I can get away with using the lightest shade. I suspect that a lot of people are going to struggle to find their optimal colour. That being said, I do think this is a clever creation from Rimmel and for £5.99 I think it’s well worth experimenting with!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

There’s nothing I like more than a trip to a pretty hotel for Afternoon Tea. I mean, is there actually anything more fun than indulging in all things sweet and savoury, whilst bathing in the sun? I think not! When I was invited to check out the Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin Henley, my heart practically skipped a beat! I’d never been to Henley before, but I was in for a treat! Keep reading to find out why…

Reason #1 – The Beautiful Locations
I’m quite ashamed to admit I’d never heard of Henley On Thames, but as soon as we arrived in the town, I fell in love. I have to admit that I think it’s one of the prettiest UK towns I’ve ever been in. It’s beautifully set on the river, surrounded by a Chiltern landscape and populated with pretty pastel houses. On a hot spring day, it practically bursts at the seems as people flock to sit by the river and check out the independent shops. Hotel Du Vin is located just by the river – a short stroll and you’ll be wanting the feed the ducks and jump on a boat! Henley is just one of Hotel Du Vin’s stunning locations, with 17 different spots including: York, Edinburgh, Brighton, Cambridge and Winchester! 

Reason #2 – The Savouries Are Far From ‘Standard’
I love a finger sandwich, I really do but there’s no doubt that you can get bored of the standard fillings. I was pleasantly surprised that Hotel Du Vin have something completely different to offer! Afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin is served in two halves, you start with the savoury and then move to the sweet. The plate of savouries includes: a Severn and Wye smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, egg and cress mayonnaise brioche sub, ham with Gruyère croissant, heritage tomato and tapenade galette plus goat’s cheese and spinach quiche. My favourite by far was the bagel, which was just stuffed with all the good stuff! I thoroughly enjoyed tucking into something a little bit different! 

Reason #3 – Candy Floss! 
Once you (struggle to) finish the array of savoury treats, you’re left in awe of the stunning sweets that follow. A stunning cake stand arrived at our table, featuring two tiers of sweetness. The first tier featured a selection of warm scones served with a mixture of Bonne Maman jams, clotted cream and Lescure butter. The second tier was home to lemon meringue pie, raspberry and dark chocolate teacakes, plus rhubarb and custard doughnuts. The real wow moment was the homemade apple candy floss, which finished off the cake stand in style! I’m not joking when I say that the whole hotel was after our candy floss, it had everyone staring from their tables! The whole second course was accompanied by a cup of tea, which we selected from a stunning array of options! 

Reason #4 – The Price!
I’ve tried a lot of Afternoon Tea’s in my time and I was pleasantly surprised by the price of Hotel Du Vin. The whole experience comes in at just £20, which is an absolute bargain! When you consider that the staff waited on us exceptionally, the food was delicious and the setting was superb – you really cannot complain! You can even add on Hotel Du Vin’s selected aperitifs such as a classic Champagne or one of the inspired gins, to make the experience extra special! 

I really can’t thank #LDNMeetUp enough for the invite to Hotel Du Vin’s Afternoon Tea! I know that after trying the selection of goodies, I’m going to be a Hotel Du Vin far for life! If you’re interested in trying out the Afternoon Tea, you can book yourself a slot on the Hotel Du Vin website

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The new Fresh Pressed collection from Clinique is taking the beauty world a little bit by storm. It’s pretty hard to find the corner of the internet that isn’t talking about the exciting new innovation from Clinique. Fresh Pressed is a new 7-day system that has been created with Pure Vitamin C. It’s designed to be the answer of de-ageing for those of us who are just a little bit impatient. Clinique say that their two new products will allow you to recapture your younger looking skin, with fresh, potent Vitamin C. 

The Fresh Pressed collection is designed to be treated as a two stage routine. You start the routine by cleansing with the first of the two new products is the Clinique Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser*. The powder cleanser is formulated wit Pure Vitamin C and you activate the ultra-fine powder with water. You simply pour the powder into a wet hand and then add the water, working the powder into lather. You gentle massage the cleanser into the skin and leave on for one minute to capture the potency of pure Vitamin C. After rinse the product from your face, you’re left with skin that feels healthier, younger-looking skin – straight from the first application. It’s a non-stripping formula, which is gentle enough for daily use, gently encouraging the skin’s natural cellular renewal process – leaving the skin looking awakened and brighter. 

The powder cleanser is packaged in Innovative, single-use sachets, which have been designed to protect the potency of the Vitamin C, this means you get the purest formula in each and every dose. On top of the Vitamin C, there is also Kaolin Clay (which is known for its natural purifying properties) and there is also Salicylic Acid (which works as an exfoliant to break apart dead surface skin cells and excess oil). 

The second stage in the routine is the Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10%*. This second step has been designed as a simple way to reinvigorate your de-ageing skin care routine. Clinique liken this product to your morning juice – a super-potent system which has been designed as a daily supplement to visibly rejuvenate skin. The Clinique Fresh Pressed System harnesses the full power of pure Vitamin C, at a high 10% concentration. As Vitamin C naturally degrades over time, Clinique have created innovative packaging which isolates the pure Vitamin C until activation. This means that the Vitamin C maintains its freshness (and full power) delivering results in just 7 days.

To use the Daily Booster, you simply activate the booster - just press the button to release the pure Vitamin C. Then you shake the product to mix the Vitamin C, together with the de-ageing soothing emulsion. Now you use the concoction as a daily supplement - simply mix 2 drops with your favourite moisturiser, morning and night. The product has been designed to deliver staggering results in just 7 days – delivering even skin tone, retextured, brighter and more radiant skin. Clinique say that with continued use, you’ll find that skin starts to become firmer, smoother and with visibly diminished lines and wrinkles.

If I go back to my first comment in this post – it’s easy to see why this new collection is taking the world by storm. The Fresh Pressed Collection is innovative and has taught the public a little bit more about the importance of Vitamin C. I love the results I’ve seen on my skin, but I also love that both these products are perfect for travelling. I can’t help but think about how little space these beauties will take up in my travel toiletries bag. The new collection is available right now from Clinique counters and the Clinique website. The Fresh Pressed Daily Booster includes four 8.5ml weekly shots and retails for £58. The Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser with Pure Vitamin C, includes 28 sachets and retails for £24.

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