Friday, 17 October 2014

Vaseline Queen Bee | Ham Yard Hotel London

Last week myself, Kirsten and a host of London Beauty Bloggers headed over to Ham Yard Hotel for the launch of Vaseline's latest limited edition lip therapy - Queen Bee. Queen Bee, as you may have guessed by the name, is a honey scented Vaseline Lip Therapy, and smells divine.

The event had great cocktails, canapes, a life coach (amazing), a manicure station, a thrown and even a crown - everything you could need to channel your inner Queen Bee!

I had a manicure done in a beautiful yellow, with a glittery gold on top. I also spoke to the life coach, who was inspirational, I have a mini plan in place now too. If you have never tried a life coach before, and are a bit skeptical, don't be. I was... but I am a true convert now, it feels a bit strange at first to talk to someone about your life that you've just met, but it's very liberating.

The product itself: The Limited Edition Vaseline has beautiful packaging in royal black and gold, a delicious scent of honey, and is available to buy now!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

St. Ives Skincare Event - London | October 2014

I have always been a fan of St. Ives, it's a skincare brand that I know I can trust - and seems to be so gentle that it works on any skin type.

I was invited down to have a look at the new St. Ives products, and learn more about what is great for my skin both to put on it, and what to eat for certain ailments.

St Ives Skincare Candles

During the event we made own face masks, I made a lovely concoction of avocado, honey and coconut oil which is great for moisturising the skin - it smelt amaaaaazing.

Health expert Julie Montagu, who looks so young, was on hand to teach us what we should be eating for healthy skin and to keep looking young. There were plenty of healthy treats on hand during the night too...

My favourite St. Ives product is the Gentle Apricot Scrub, it's designed for sensitive skin so the beads are very finely textured. I work in London, so that feeling of London smog and grime building up on my skin throughout they way can be gently exfoliated away with this product.

St Ives Skincare Event Goody Bag

St. Ives will forever remain a staple in my skincare routine, if you've never tried it before i'd definitely recommend it, it works, smells amazing and it's very affordable - available in all Boots stores.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Laser Hair Removal - DestinationSkin Knightsbridge

I had my hair removal test patch a few weeks ago, which all went fine. The consultation process was quite in depth, first of all I met the clinician who was to perform the test patch for me, she explained the process to me (that today we would be doing a small test patch on the areas I was having lasered, my legs and my armpits) and if my skin did not react after 24 hours we could go ahead with the laser removal treatment. I then had to fill in some medical forms, and we looked at my skin type and hair colour to see if I was suitable for the treatment, and what laser should be used.

The test patch itself wasn’t too scary, we started with the lowest setting, and worked our way up until I could feel a heat sensation and a, what I can only describe as, a feeling of being pinged by an elastic band. 

After 24 hours, my test patch was absolutely fine - so I booked in for my first full treatment. It's cheaper to book in bulk treatments, and as you tend to need 6-8 sessions for the best results I've booked myself in for 6 treatments.

The first thing that was done was my legs were marked up into patches, I looked a bit like a joint of gammon in the butchers! This marking up was so that no area was missed, and so that no area was lasered twice. 

These photos are from before and during the treatment, you’ll notice my legs don’t look very hairy. That’s because you actually shave the day before your treatment, you only need a really tiny bit of growth for the laser to pick up the hairs - which makes this treatment great, much better than with waxing where you have to allow the hair to grow a fair bit!

This photo is probably the weirdest I've ever put on my blog, and my apologies if it's just quite gross! This is my armpit after 4 days of not shaving, which after just 1 laser session I think is really quite good!

There are a few things to note in terms of aftercare post-treatment, you should avoid any strong antiperspirants for at least 24 hours as your follicles will be very sensitive. It's also important not to exercise for a day or two post treatment also, as again, your follicles are sensitive and open so you don't want to get sweat in them or heat them up.

To read more about laser hair removal, click here to read my last post.

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