Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask

I’ve never been a face mask kinda gal. I’m not sure why really, I think it goes back to an occasion in my teens when I used a mask then broke out horribly and I vowed never to use a face mask again.

That was until I came across the Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask.
I saw photos and videos all over social media of this dusky pink mask being used revealing brilliant results and curiosity finally got the better of me.

So, what’s so special about this product?

The key ingredient within this pretty pink mask is Australian pink clay which is a bit of superstar it seems.
This clay instantly works to detox by drawing out impurities, toxins and pollutants from the skin. It invigorates a dull complexion while tightening and refining pores and gives your skin an instantaneous boost of radiance.

Organic liquorice and old man’s weed help to regenerate the skin cells and stimulate cell production, which gently removes pigmentation clusters from the skin’s surface while organic pomegranate and aloe vera tighten pores, soothe the skin and stimulate collagen production for long-term firming.

Sounds pretty fab right?

Well, the pink clay is also complemented by kakadu plum and organic mangosteen which guard against free radical damage and create a defensive shield to help deflect harmful pollutants. 

I had no idea that a mask could work in so many beneficial ways!

So, after doing my research it was time to bite the bullet and try it myself. I have sensitive skin and I am always so wary of using new products in case they cause a reaction, but I was reassured to read the mask is suitable for sensitive skin.

The fab little pot comes with a dinky little application brush with the softest bristles. I’d never thought of applying a mask with a brush before but I really enjoyed the process and stroking the mask onto my face with the soft bristles was really rather pleasant!

I applied a generous amount to my face avoiding my eyes and lips but started to panic as I could immediately feel a tingling sensation on my skin.

A quick read of the Sand & Sky website reassured me that this was totally normal so I sat back to let the mask work it’s magic for 10 minutes.

I dried pretty quickly and I rinsed it off with warm water to reveal a soft, toned and glowy looking complexion.

My skin felt toned and firm, clean and radiant. I was actually really, really impressed.

I did find that I needed to use a little more of my moisturiser after I’d used the mask than I would ordinarily after just cleaning but I don’t think that’s a big deal.

I imagine the mask would be a brilliant treat for your skin if you used it just before bed as it provides a brilliant base for your other skincare products to work effectively.

If like me you have oily to combination skin you can use the mask 2-3 times a week, otherwise its recommended for use once or twice a week.

Although the initial outlay of £39.90 may seem like a lot for a face mask, I reckon you could get a least 15 masks out of this pot, if not more depending on if you use it on your whole face or just problem areas.

I’m please to say that I’m a huge fan and a face mask convert because of this product.

The Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask is available now from their website.

Monday, 15 January 2018

YSL Mon Paris

YSL Mon Paris is a beautiful, feminine and alluring fragrance.

Created to capture the spirit of an intense love affair, Mon Paris is a fragrance inspired by Paris, otherwise known as the city of lovers.

Spell-binding, stunning and seductive, this scent exudes feminine sensuality thanks to its captivating blend of luminous white notes and sensual musks.

Captured within a chic multi-faceted bottle the subtle dusky pink glow of the nectar within is revealed.

The neck of the bottle is adorned with a simple but cool black lavaliere in both ribbon and leather, complete with a cute, silver rectangular detail with the iconic YSL initials.

It is a truly gorgeous bottle that would look stunning on your dressing table! Feminine and yet chic and understated. Perfection.

The fragrance itself is quite special and complex.  

Mon Paris opens with juicy pear and vibrant, sweet fruits which offer a lightness before mid notes of bewitching Datura orchid and white flowers create a sensual, deeper experience.

Base notes of seductive white musk and patchouli blend seamlessly to leave a sophisticated, elegant and addictive fragrance that is perfect for both day and evening wear.

Mon Paris manages to be both alluring and deep but light and playful simultaneously and I love this duality.

It is a really special scent that will enchant you from your first experience and would make the most perfect gift for a friend or loved one.

YSL Mon Paris is available now and costs £71 for 50ml.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Slip Silk Sleep Mask

A famous chocolate brand once marketed their chocolate bar with the tag line ‘why have cotton when you can have silk’.

A powerful line that I couldn’t agree with more and now a brand called Slipsilk are urging us to do the same when it comes to our night time routine.

For those of you who haven’t heard of them before, Slip are the creators of scientifically-tested pure silk pillowcases which offer a huge range of solutions to your everyday (and night) beauty concerns.

Intrigued? Well you should be!

By swapping your bog standard pillow cases for a Slipsilk one you could see an immediate improvement to a whole host of beauty issues such as; 

ANTI-AGEING: Cotton scratches and drags against your delicate facial skin, resulting in premature stretching and wrinkles where as SlipSilk™ allows your skin to glide across it therefore reducing friction and stretching.

SLEEP CREASE: Ever woken up with a sleep crease across your face? I do frequently! While the creases go away during the day, believe it or not they are actually gradually ‘ironed in’ over the years. Eek! SlipSilk™ reduces the repetitive drag and pressure which can cause ingrained sleep creases.

SKIN & HAIR:  Did you know that up to 40% of face creams and serums can be transferred onto your cotton pillowcases? Well they aren’t going to be doing a lot of good sat on your pillowcase, plus the absorbent fabric also draws in moisture from from skin leaving it prone to dryness and irritation. Silk fibres however are significantly less absorbent than many others, so you can retain both your skin and your hair’s moisture.

BED HEAD: Slipsilk pillowcases are infinitely more gentle on your hair than cotton which can twist and tangle it during the night. This not only damages your hair but also the follicles which could lead to thinner, less healthy hair in the long run. SlipSilk™ helps to reduce that friction, preserving your locks and keeping your hair looking healthy.

On top of all those beauty elements you may actually find that you sleep better with a silk pillow as silk is a natural temperature regulator, meaning it can stay cool all night long and for people with allergies silk is naturally dust mite resistant.

It sounds too good to be true doesn’t it!

If you’re not ready to shell out the £75 on a pillowcase why not start with one of their super cute Sleep Masks (£45)?

Available in a range of different shades these gorgeous masks block out the light while preventing pulling and tugging around your delicate eye area.

Crafted with the same high quality silk as their pillowcases it is the perfect introduction to the brand and allows you to experience the benefits of switching to silk.

The sleep masks are 100% pure silk, inside and out and are made with pure silk filler, silk internal liner and a silk-covered elastic band. 

Sumptuously soft and luxurious to touch it feels wonderful to put on at bed time.

My face did not get hot in the night as it has in the past with previous masks and in the morning my face my line free and gorgeous.

(Well, as gorgeous as my face ever is first thing in the morning!)

I can’t wait to upgrade my pillowcase now and experience the full power of the Slipsilk pillowcase!

Slip's range of products are available online now.

Sister & Co. Skin Food

If like me you are a lover of natural skin and body care products then you need to become acquainted with a brand called Sister & Co. Skin Food.

Created by Sophie Thompson the brand was developed as a result of her hunt for the purest and most potent raw coconut oil for use as a skin treatment.

After launching her debut product (a cold pressed organic coconut oil) she found herself becoming passionate about the ability of food-grade, nutrient-rich natural ingredients in their raw and undiluted state when vitamins, minerals and nutrients are fully intact, to heal and nourish your body on the outside as well as the inside.

From this, her unique collection of natural skin and body care products was born. 
Sister & Co Skin Food products are made with the finest skin superfoods from around the world and use an array of organic cold-pressed plant oils, raw nut butters and milks, sugars, salts, clays, waxes and pure essential oils.

They don't use any chemical preservatives or fillers, synthetic fragrances or toxins to artificially alter the texture, smell or colour of our products. 

 Sounds impressive right? You can imagine how delighted I was then to have the opportunity to sample two fabulous items from her collection.

 Packaged simply yet super stylishly in glass resembling a milk bottle, this fine, fragrant powder features a luxurious blend of softening almond milk, detoxifying kaolin clay and relaxing black cardamom to provide you with the most sumptuous bathing experience.

Poured under warm running water, watch as your bath water transforms into a milky white hue and wait for the aromatic scent of cardamom to envelop your senses and relax both your body and mind.

Sit back and enjoy a deeply comforting bath and if you’re in need of a little exfoliation, simply massage some of the powder into your skin with damp fingertips before rinsing off.

The bath soak is brilliant at revitalising your skin and leaving it feeling soft and nourished without any dryness.

It is a really beautiful product.

Once you’ve enjoyed your luxurious bath treat your skin once more with their Apricot, Lemon and Vanilla Body Melt (£26).

Banish dry skin forever with this rich, hydrating and sumptuous body balm with combines cold pressed raw apricot and almond oil with premium grade shea butter.

The balm is infused with beautiful and delicate Sicilian lemon and sweet Madagascan vanilla so it really does smell just as amazing as it sounds, but it’s not just a pleasant smelling moisturiser.

Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E the balm is 100% natural, organic and vegetarian, gluten and dairy free.

This balm is a really gorgeous product. Super rich in texture it needs to be warmed by your finger tips for gentle application but when warmed it glides onto your skin leaving it feeling soft, supple and hydrated.

Once absorbed it is non oily, non greasy and all you’re left with is a gorgeous, delicate sweet fruity scent.

It may look like rather a small pot but believe me when I say a little goes a long way and its worked wonders on my eczema prone skin.

I am really impressed with the two products I have tried from Sister & Co. Skin Food and can’t wait to explore more of the collection.

You can get your hands on Sister & CO. Skin Food products from ASOS, Feelunique or directly from their website.
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