Monday, 26 January 2015

THE.SKINCARE.EXPRESS.

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I've been really getting into using masks recently, and I've been using them a lot more than I
normally would, on Lisa's advice - sometimes more than one a day. I'm not talking harsh, full
-of-chemicals masks but pick-me-up glowing skin masks that give skin the extra boost it
needs.

The Express Flower Gel Mask from Sisley is one that recently joined my growing collection,
and I especially love it because it acts so fast, and I don't even have to wash it off. I pop it on
after cleansing in the morning, let it soak in for 3 minutes, and then moisturise. Easily done
when I'm in a morning rush.

The 'flower' in the name comes from the extracts of Lily and Iris, that have a powerful water
retaining capacity, giving you long lasting, hydrated skin. When I use this mask my skin doesn't
start looking dull mid afternoon, instead it makes it feel - and look! - like I've been guzzling
water all day! (Which I try my hardest to do, too...)

With my highly sensitive facial skin, I thought that using the same mask multiple times a week
was a big no-no, but I've found that with Sisley masks - I'm a big advocate of the Black Rose 
Cream Mask too - they work so gently that I needn't worry about irritating my skin. Plus, they
smell so good and feel so luxurious on the skin that any excuse will do.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

ALILA.VILLAS.SOORI.

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I can't begin to explain the amount of times I drafted, re-drafted, edited out photos, and added
new ones in to this post. It had to be perfect. I had to convey my feelings and the atmosphere
of Alila Villas Soori through the images above, and transport you there. 

This was the last place we stayed in Bali, and it really was like we had saved the best until
last. Tucked away in lesser known Soori in Bali, opening out onto a black sand beach, we had
our ocean front pool villa. The villa felt like it was built into the pool, rather than the pool
around the villa, with every door and window opening out onto it (even from the bath!
Josh's favourite thing was to wake up and straight in the pool from the french windows). An
outdoor shower leading out from the his 'n' hers bathroom mirrors and sinks - complete with
Alila Living products - where you could take you post-pool day shower as the sun was setting,
or even better - stroll down the beach on your way to Cotta for dinner.

I felt truly relaxed here, even though this was the place we saw our first - and last! - snake during
our travels. This feeling of Zen was of course helped by a couple trips to the spa to experience
the Relaxology package. With both my muscles and skin softened, the only thing I wanted to do
was head to the Reading Room below, which had it’s own coffee bar, big lush sofas and all the
books you could ever read by candlelight.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

LINE.UP.

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After having scoured high and low for things to keep my beauty products in, I found this white
tray, and gold hammered pot, both ideal for keeping my current regime in. I love that I get so
much light in the morning here, both thanks to the beautiful weather and my all white, big -
windowed flat.

I'm very much into Dermalogica and REN at the moment, their products are foolproof and great
for 20-something skin. Diptyque's skincare line L'Art du Soin was also a suprise hit, as I thought
it might be style over substance but I'm officially hooked to the cleansing oil. And of course my
new favourite from SK-II is their eye cream, as I spoke about here.



Monday, 19 January 2015

PREVENTION.

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Preventative measures are always better than correcting measures, well - in skincare at least. 
I'd rather protect and prevent my skin from damages now, than have to correct damages later
on. It's like planning ahead.

I first used Skinceuticals' Phloretin CF about 2 years ago when I was introduced to the brand. I 
went through two consecutive bottles - applying a couple drops after cleansing morning and 
evening. In smoggy London I knew my skin's barrier was being reinforced and protected from 
free radicals (smoke, pollution, stress) and other external aggressions that can lead to early 
ageing, uneven skin tone and imperfections. However, I always felt it was a little too much for 
my overly sensitive skin.

I've continued using the Retexturing Activator, Ultra Facial Defense and Phyto Corrective Gel 
(the best, best thing for aggravated sensitive skin) since, but  the Phloretin CF slipped off the
list. Recently, I tried the gel version of this serum - as my skin responds well to gels, especially
 if they're strong - and have been pleasantly surprised. Giving me the same outcome - along
with firmer, brighter skin thanks to a dose of Vitamin C. Plus, it works on combination,
normal and sensitive skin. The Phloretin CF Gel is an all round winner that certainly won't
be dropping out of my skincare regime anytime soon.


Please note: Ultra Defense SPF 50 is not available in Australia, but the 
SPF 30 is.



Friday, 16 January 2015

THICK.BLACK.LINE.

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Loving the look of thick - almost sixties - classic winged eyeliner after finding these images I
took backstage at Sibling at fashion week. At the moment I've been using the Estee Lauder 
Double Wear Zero-Smudge Liquid Eyeliner. A serious no-budger, from my eyelids no my
make-up bag.

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SK-II.STEMPOWER.

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Since the beginning of last year I was looking for a really great eye cream. I know now is the
time to start looking after the skin around my eyes - which is the most fragile and sensitive skin
on the face. And having moved to a sunny climate, I'm very conscious about squinting my eyes
all the times and giving myself an early onset of crows feet. Up until now I've dabbled in
using several eye creams at once, namely Kiehl's, Neal's Yard Remedies and Nuxe.

However, I've been religiously using this SK-II Stempower Eye-Cream for two weeks now and I
can really see a difference. It absorbs easily into the skin and is just generally apleasure to apply.
This new offering from SK-II is full of their signature Pitera - vitamins, amino acids, minerals
and organic acids - alongside the Stem-Acanax Eye Complex making this product the gold
standard in anti-ageing eye cream. If you're trying to find 'the one', I highly recommend.

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