Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Beauty Sleep in a Bottle with Beauty Sleep Elixir

We could probably all get a bit of extra beauty sleep, but when you simply can't get your 8 hours every night it's important to give your skin the best chance to recharge and repair itself. That's why finding the right skin regime for your skin is so important to protect and enhance your skin.

I was gifted Beuti's Beauty Sleep Exlir, a luxurious, 100% natural facial oil, and asked to try it for a few weeks and see what effect it had on my skin. The oil claims to be anti-inflammatory to boost the natural glow of your complexion and I'm happy to report it did that and them some.

Cheesy as it sounds, I did have people come up to me and say I was 'glowing' while I tried this product out over a 10 day period. I applied the oil every night after cleansing and when I woke in the morning my skin felt bright, clear and fresh. A few drops is all you need, so a bottle would last you quite a while. You can use it morning and night as it glides on and absorbs so quickly - it feels super light on your skin. It will work perfectly under make up, but I preferred to use it just at night.

Take a look for yourself...

The left is 'before' and the right is 'after'. As you can see, the inflammation on my cheek and chin has totally gone and my skin really has that glow.

The Beauty Sleep Elixir has a natural blend of 14 plant-based oils, including a Caribbean coral extract which is a powerful anti-inflammatory as it neutralises the enzyme responsible for skin ageing, plus a sandalwood nut kernel oil to help prevent collagen and elastin break down. These are then combined with a generous amount of camellia oil, chia seed oil, bitter cherry seed oil, strawberry seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, blueberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, raspberry seed oil, seabuckthorn fruit berry oil, sandalwood oil, lavender herb oil, geranium flower oil, neroli flower oil and capric trglyceride from coconut.

The whole purpose for the mixture of the carefully chosen oils, and years of research, is to tackle ‘inflammaging’ – a condition where your skin ages due to inflammation over a period of time. This can be caused by everyday exposure to sun and pollution, over exfoliation or simply using the wrong skin products for your skin. Beuti founder Leila Aalam goes on to explain “This breaks down the barrier function of the skin, causing the onset of ‘inflammaging’ and visible skin aging. It is important we renew and repair the skin by using organic oils which can help to reverse the damage”

I've been lucky enough to test quite a few face oils and beauty treatments with my blog and can honestly say that this is one of the best face oils I've ever tried. I will be stocking up!

Beauty Sleep Elixir is available at LookFantastic.com for £42

Monday, 29 February 2016

Oscars 2016 Red Carpet Best Dressed

There's nothing like Leo *finally* winning an Oscar to make a girl come out of blogging hibernation. So here I am, back after a very long hiatus. Sorry for depriving you of my witty, deep and complex musings - I'm sure you're over it ;) but I'm back with a bang and we're dissecting my favourite red carpet looks from the Oscars 2016.

What red carpet round up would be complete without Cate Blanchett!? My forever favourite red carpet lady. She always sticks to her signature style, but still manages to surprise and gently nudge the red carpet rules and take risks (something Rooney Mara could try. Gothic Bride Doll is done. Move on). This blossoming Armani minty blue dress is a work of art and she carries it off with aplomb.

The next on my list is a beautiful Margot Robbie who took on the tricky task of wearing gold. This is risky because you do have the chance of looking like you've come to the Oscars as one of the statues and it's fancy dress. But Margot obviously nailed this look and made me have serious sequin envy. And *serious* clutch bag envy. Fringing and sequins are the way to my heart and my 'best dressed' list.

She won the Oscar and Brie Larson won on the red carpet in this simply amazing pleated Gucci dress. It's bold majorelle blue, micro-pleats and bedazzled belt make this a clear red carpet stunner. Mix that with immaculate styling and slicked back hair and you have a killer look. But it's not surprising as she's been blazing a trail on the red carpet all season in some of the strongest looks of this award season.

And what wasn't I loving on the Oscar 2016 red carpet? There was way too much skin on show; upper boob, side boob, under boob, backless, thigh-high splits, ... way too much. Keep it classy ladies, not naked. You're not Kelly Brook. And has Hollywood but a ban on irons?! The creases on the red carpet were terrible. It's bad when the celebrity faces have been ironed and steamed better than the dresses. And lastly I really didn't like all the black. I know it's on trend, but it's too somber and macabre for the Oscars - let's have some fun with colour and leave the goth look on the catwalk. Or with Rooney.