Monday, 17 April 2017
You know when a skincare product launches and you just get really overexcited? That was exactly what happened when I saw Pixi had extended its range of skincare mists. I'm a huge fan of skin mists and often use them to top up my skin's hydration when I'm on holiday or to try and liven up my face while strolling through an airport (with a quick stop off at the La Mer counter!).
So here's a little guide to what does what...
Vitamin Wakeup Mist (£16) Best applied to a clean face first thing in the morning, this is a boosting toner to give a revitalized, awakened effect. It is filled with citrus ingredients to perk up the skin before moisturisers. Out of all four of the mists I wasn't so keen on the smell of this one but it definitely helped to perk up my skin!
Glow Mist (£16) This is one of the Pixi 'classics' as it was launched a few years back. It gives a radiant, dewy effect and is enriched with 13 different oils to hydrate and nourish skin. Shake well to mix in the oils then the mist can either be applied morning or night; on bare skin or over makeup. I use this on makeup free days or apply a couple of spritzes over makeup to give me a dewy glow.
Makeup Fixing Mist (£16) I was really excited to give this a try as I don't often use a makeup setting spray. I've heard good things about the Urban Decay spray but haven't really seen other products leading the way. I often worry that makeup fixers can be a bit too chemically and cause me to break out in spots but this spray contains all natural ingredients - like rose water and green tea - that protect and balance the skin while holding on to makeup.
Hydrating Milky Mist (£18) In terms of hydrating sprays I always reach for my La Roche Posay water, but recently my skin has been in absolute havoc and has been extremely dry. As well as using a serum and moisturiser day and night I now like to use an additional hydrating spray to lock in moisture. This mist is ultra light and contains hyaluronic acid to give an instant layer of hydration and help plump up the skin.
At the end of March I got invited to the opening of Kimchee's latest restaurant in King's Cross. Kimchee is a Korean restaurant that has just opened in Pancras Square - the second Kimchee restaurant to open in London following the success of its original branch in Holborn.
Kimchee serves a range of meat, fish and vegetable Korean dishes all cooked in an open plan kitchen. The dining area reminded me of a slightly fancier Wagamamas as it is all shared tables, however, there are private dining tables downstairs and even a table top barbeque. The restaurant itself is huge and extremely airy with high ceilings - however, they have put a lot of tables into the space available so if it's busy it can feel a little cramped.
Now on to the food....
Feeling blue? We all need a moment or two to relax and this new collection from Crabtree & Evelyn will take you to sunny seaside holidays. Inspired by marine ingredients and the restorative power of the sea, the La Source collection for hair, skin and body contains four different Marine Blends, each with Green Seaweed Extract, to boost skin benefits.
Hero products include the Hydra Marine Nourishing Oil - an indulgent dry oil for the body - and the Eau De La Source perfume - a tranquil scent of ocean breezes and clean citrus. The entire range is totally refreshing and invigorating.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
I'm a little late jumping on the Pixi bandwagon; after seeing and hearing such good things about their skincare (hello Double Cleanse Balm and Glow Tonic all over my Instagram) I was excited to give their makeup range a try...
The Hello Rose highlighting kit (£20) contains a trio of some of Pixi's essentials for lips, cheeks and complxion; the LipLift Max Gloss in 'Sheer Rose', Beauty Blush Duo and Glow Booster skin veil in the pearlescent shade 'Pink Pearl'.
This kit is an ideal starter to Pixi's hero products and creates a soft glow for skin that is a little dull or lacklusture. Use the Glow Booster as a base for makeup or wear alone, then add the blush duo to sculpt and define cheekbones and add a warm flush of rose to the cheeks. Finally the LipLift has a lip-plumping effect to make lips look fuller without any stickiness.
Glow Booster: This sheer pearly pink liquid can either be worn alone, mixed with foundation or above foundation as a highlighter. This is by far one of my products in the kit and I've been mixing a few drops with moisturiser and foundation to add a dewy glow to my skin.
Beauty Blush Duo: In the shade 'Rose Gold', one side is a soft pink blush and the other is a golden highlighter. I've also been using the neutral shade as an eyeshadow. This powder is very soft and sheer so is perfect for a natural makeup look.
LipLift Lipstick: This lip plumper nourishing as it enhances so it feels more like a liquid lipstick. The Shade 'Sheer Rose; is the darkest of the three shades available but is still sheer enough to be worn during the day for a soft & natural look.
Thank you Pixi for letting me try out this kit! What are your favourite Pixi products?
The Body Shop recently launched the Almond Milk & Honey collection, which has no colourants, is hypoallergenic and is dermatologically tested for sensitive skin. While most of the classic products for sensitive skin on the market can be a little dull to use, this range combines nourishing textures and a subtle fragrance. It contains almond oil and honey - so it is as kind to the environment as it is to your skin.
One in three of us have sensitive skin, so it's important to look after our bodies!
The range consists of:
- Soothing & Restoring Body Lotion
- Exfoliating Cream body scrub
- Soothing cleansing bar
- Calming & Protecting hand cream
- Soothing & Restoring body butter
- Soothing & Caring bath milk
- Soothing & caring bath cream