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My favourite daily sun protection

My guess would be that if you asked any Beauty Editor to share with you their top skin care secret it might be that they wear sun protection all year round. And I’m not talking about a day cream or make-up containing  and low SPF, I’m talking about sun protection in its own right, straight down the line. Again, I’m not talking about your greasy holiday Tropical Oil, I’m talking about a much more sophisticated cream or powder you can use daily and incorporate into your day to day routine. You can really protect your skin from premature ageing by getting into this habit – that and drinking water, of course. I’ve been shopping around for great sun protection and here are two of the best I’ve come across.

Environ Sun Care RAD SPF15

beautyspotblogThis is a cream you’ll love to wear, because of its light, creamy texture and subtle scent. You can wear it under your make-up as a base layer or on its own as it provides a very slight satiny sheen. It contains antioxidants to protect from damaging UVA and UVB rays, photo damage and free radical damage. It’s suitable for all ages –  including children – face and body and all skin types, and it’s also water resistant. It’s one of those products you can get into using daily without noticing, as it’s not heavily scented, thick or greasy. But what you will notice, a few months down the line, are the effects of a well protected skin: beautifully healthy, plump and hydrated.
For more information go to www.environskincare.com. Environ Sun Care RAD SPF15 is priced at £19.95. Available at environ stockists nationwide.

Jane Iredale Powder-Me Dry Sunscreen SPF30

beautyspotblogThis is a great find, and one that may transform your beauty routine. It’s a translucent powder (it also comes in Golden and Tanned) that can be applied on your face, body and scalp to give you dry sun protection. It couldn’t be easier: the container has a foam sponge attached to it and you just shake it lightly and then press it onto the area you want to protect. It can be applied over your make-up or on moisturised skin to give it a finishing touch. The top of the lid has a mirror so  you can ensure you haven’t missed any bits 🙂 It’s ideal to take in your handbag or in your hand luggage when travelling as it won’t spill or leak, and being a powder it can be taken safely through customs. For more information go to janeiredale.comJane Iredale Powder-Me Dry Sunscreen SPF30 is priced at £35.00 (175g).

Environ® cannot be purchased directly online, and must always follow a consultation and product recommendation by a trained Environ® Skin Care Professional. Our unique STEP-UP SYSTEM™ helps skin become gradually more comfortable with increasing doses of vitamin A and other ingredients thereby reducing the likelihood of a skin reaction.

 

 

 

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Heavenly Body Lotions

Hot weather can really dry out your skin, so it’s extra important to pay attention to it during the summer months. Although this year hasn’t really felt like summer much in my corner of the world, except for the glorious heat wave we had, I still like to experiment with nourishing body lotions to keep my skin in good condition. Here are a few of my favourites, which I hope you’re going to love too…

THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER

beautyspotblogFrom the delicious and quirky Soap & Glory range, with its retro and witty packaging comes a rather special body butter. As it says on its fun packaging, you might swear you’re wearing velvet! Smooth and intense, with softening shea butter and moisturizing aloe vera as well as cocoa seed butter, coconut oil and rosa moscheta seed oil, it’s super creamy but not too rich. Of fast absorption, non-greasy and reminiscent of the Miss Dior Chérie fragrance, this body cream is divine. The fragrance includes bergamot, mandarin and musk, with floral, fruity and woody notes. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter comes in a 300ml container and in a mini handbag-size too – all their packaging is lovely.

For more information go to www.soapandglory.comTHE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ MINI is priced at £2.50.

DHC OLIVE BODY BUTTER

beautyspotblogDHC OLIVE body butter is also very nourishing for your skin, with a delicate scent. It seals in moisture from top to toe, enveloping your skin in a rich veil of hydration. It contains cocoa and shea butters, as well as emollient oils: olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, aqualane and argan oil. Your skin will feel soft and silky, with a non-greasy after-feel. It comes in very pretty and delicate circular packaging, with a dynamic and lively green apple and rose scent – so uplifting even on a grey day!

For more information go to www.dhcuk.co.ukDHC OLIVE body butter 100g is priced at £15.50.

BETTY HULA CHAMPAGNE & SPICE

beautyspotblog3Another vintage find that you’ll love and that will make a great gift for that girlfriend who adores all things vintage is the Betty Hula Champagne and Spice moisturizing cream with shea butter. Made with natural ingredients and featuring a luxurious, unusual fragrance, this product is creamy yet light, and gets absorbed immediately, leaving a decadent scent behind. This product also comes in Rum & Blackcurrant, in quirky and pretty 120 ml containers, with a hand-crafted look that will look fabulous in any bathroom.

Betty Hula Champagne and Spice is priced at £12.99. For more information go to bettyhula.co.uk.

DOVE INDULGENT NOURISHMENT BODY LOTION WITH SHEA BUTTER

beautyspotblog2This has a very pleasant texture and is quickly absorbed. The scent is gorgeous, and it truly envelops your senses in a nourishing cloud of creamy goodness. It contains Dove’s DeepCare Complex nourishing ingredients, filled with active moisturisers than will keep your skin soft and smooth for 24 hours, with a delicate fragrance that will complement any perfume.

Dove indulgent nourishment body lotion with Shea butter is priced at £3.49. For more information go to www.amazon.co.uk.

Smelling of roses

laiafarrangraves.pngThere are night creams and then there are night creams, and the Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial from KORRES, is definitely in the latter category.

It’s a night cream with a difference, because it acts like a facial and repairs your skin while you sleep, providing intense hydration. It also contains vitamin C for extra potent skin brightening and radiance, reinforcing the natural cell renewal process overnight. When you first apply it, its velvety texture literally melts away into your skin leaving it smelling simply delicious – sweet with a hint of flower. It’s intensely hydrating and soft on the skin, so it’s suitable for all skin types, and contains wild rose oil and hyaluronic acid to help combat dry skin – something I’m always battling with. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and especially love how nurturing it feels when I apply it, and also how my skin feels in the morning – no tightness or dullness. It’s definitely a little bit of luxury at your fingertips, and worth investing in if you have the slightest tendency to dry skin. So make sure you get your beauty sleep…what’s not to like?

KORRES Wild Rose Advanced Repair Sleeping Facial RRP: £26.00 and available to buy online from www.MarksandSpencer.com. For more information go to www.korres.com

 

 

A big hand for handcreams

I use hand cream almost every day, so I thought it would be good to let you know which have made my top 6 in the year 2015…

beautyspotlaiafarrangravesEOS (Evolution of Smooth) (£8.00) has a very feminine and fun new collection, with lovely modern packaging. I tried their Berry Blossom Hand Lotion and was pleasantly surprised – it contained a deeply moisturizing, very soothing light cream with a fabulous, fresh fragrance. Perfectly portable with an ultra cool design. It also comes in Cucumber (light green) and Fresh Flowers scents (turquoise).

laiafarrangravesblogL’Occitane – Rose 4 Reines velvet hand cream (£8.00, 30ml)
A true classic, this aptly-named velvet hand cream is fabulous! With organic ingredients, a beautiful rose scent and a very light texture, it’s extremely effective in protecting your hands. The epitome of timeless femininity comes in a handy 30 ml tube, perfect for carrying in your handbag.

 

laiafarrangravesThe Body Shop – Amande crème mains & ongles / Almond Hand & Nail Cream (£5.00)
Actively protects against dehydration, and is excellent for softening your cuticles and conditioning your nails, too. The natural oils it contains strengthen and nourish. It has a lovely texture and absorbs quickly, with a sweet, almond scent. My hands feel really soft after using this. Perfect size, too!

 

 

laiafarrangravesEndless Glove Dry Hand Cream 2 in 1 (£6.00) is a moisture mask and hand cream formulated with macadamia and grapeseed oils, pomegranate & shea butters. With its pleasant scent and texture, it lays down a velvety smooth moisture barrier that works for 12 hours after you apply it, and comes in the perfect purse-friendly size, with the usual quirky and fun Soap & Glory packaging.

 

 

 

 

 

laiafarrangravesThe wonderful people at Burt’s Bees bring us their special Beeswax hand cream and Hand salve (£10.99). Both come in small circular packages, one glass and the other a small metal tin. They also have a Lemon butter cuticle cream which softens cuticles fast and effectively, leaving a pleasant scent behind. The beeswax hand cream is very thick, with a strong, waxy scent which evaporates quickly – and you’re left with the softest hands imaginable. The hand salve is invigorating and slightly minty, perfect for preventing chapping in the big outdoors, or after some gardening. You can pop all of these in your handbag – the tins are particularly light.

laiafarrangravesNorwegian formula hand creams  (from £2.79) A classic! These hand creams from Neutrogena come in various versions now: fast absorbing, hand and nail, berry and anti-ageing. The slightly heavy formula is quickly absorbed and protects hands in the toughest of conditions, leaving your hands baby soft.

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Relax…it’s only Christmas!

beautyspotThis time of year is filled with social occasions and a busy calendar for us all, so make sure you block out some precious me-time and schedule in some quiet relaxation and replenishing time for yourself. Christmas can be stressful and filled with high expectations, so why not treat yourself in the form of some time out from your busy week and a few simple beauty rituals? A candle-lit bath and a clay mask should leave you feeling relaxed yet invigorated and fresh, ready for the next round of social events!

Neom Organics make my favourite candles, and they have a special limited edition candle as part of their dreamy Christmas selection: Christmas Wish and Perfect Peace (£49.95). Neom have created their 100% natural Neom Christmas Wish™ fragrance, part of their therapeutic Neom Scent To Instantly De-Stress™ range. It includes thirteen pure essential oils, amongst them mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean. The candle comes in two different sizes, with one and three wicks. They’re long-lasting and work even in large spaces. The scent evokes all the traditions of the Christmas period and helps reduce stress levels, too – and, this year, it’s sprinkled with 18 ct gold, to add even more luxury to the experience! You can also go for Neom Perfect Peace™ , a fragrance that is part of their therapeutic Neom Scent To Make You Happy™ range. It includes twenty-five essential oils including pine, myrrh and lime peel, blended to lift your mood, and helps with anxiety and stress, giving you a sense of calm – plus this year it comes sprinkled with real platinum, for added glamour. Another option is Neom Perfect Peace™ , also part of the therapeutic Neom Scent To Make You Happy™ range. It includes twenty-five essential oils including pine, myrrh and lime peel, blended to lift your mood, and helps with anxiety and stress, giving you a sense of calm – plus this year it comes sprinkled with real platinum, for added glamour.

laiafarrangraves.pngAfter choosing your scent, it’s time to run your bath. I have found some incredible bath salts called Rosemary & Ginger Body Soak (£12.75). This is great for soothing tired muscles, aches and pains. The scent packs a punch and is delicious yet strong; it’s handmade in the UK with pure ingredients – you will find nothing artificial in this attractive aluminium canister, and it’s suitable for every skin type. This aromatic mixture will ease any muscle stiffness or aches: the Epsom salts offer trace elements and help get rid of toxins; the ginger and galbanum relax and warm the muscles. Wintergreen is good for joints, lavender peps you up and calms, and rosemary revitalizes.

beautyspotFinally, for a great face mask. I recommend ARGAN+ LIFT & RENEW CLAY MASK (£8.95) from the ARGAN 5 – ARGAN PLUS PRODUCTS range. It contains an astonishing amount of natural oils – baobab oil, kukui oil, moringa oil and sacha inchi oil, as well as the revitalizing passionflower oil, which is rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids. There is also shea butter to replenish, moisturize and soften, green clay and kaolin to draw out impurities and, of course, precious Moroccan argan oil. I use this mask once a week. Apply it to clean, dry skin, and rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water. Your skin will emerge fresh, rested, renewed and nourished, with added elasticity. Fine lines are visibly diminished and your face will feel smooth, clean and soft… you’ll be ready for a beautiful Christmas. So make sure you take some time out to beautify yourself, take a deep breath and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KORRES to the rescue!

beautyspotblogAre you ready for Christmas? If – like me– you’re a last minute shopper, read on for some inspiration that could be just the ticket for those ‘question marks’ on your shopping list… Just in time for Christmas, the legendary Greek natural brand KORRES has launched the most exquisite four new gift sets, which could be the answer to your prayers: the Shower Gel Collection (£10 – a collection of 4 travel-size shower gels), the Bergamot Pear Collection (£15  a set which includes a shower gel and body milk – this by the way happens to be my favourite), the Mediterranean Trio (£26 which has a shower gel a body milk and a body butter) and finally the  Guava Collection (£20 this one contains a guava shower gel a body milk and mandarin lip butter stick).
The lovely thing about these gift sets is that not only they’re original and unusual in their scent combinations, but they’re presented beautifully, and the quality of the products – they only use natural products with no added chemicals – is second to none. Consequently their aroma and texture are as light as they are exquisite. The Guava range, for instance, smells sweet and tropical, reminiscent of that holiday feeling, whereas the Bergamot Pear is as refreshing as a fruit sorbet after a heavy meal. Let’s face it, one can never have enough luxury bathroom products (especially if they look beautiful in your bathroom) so if you’re after some last minute inspiration you can’t go wrong with these sets…

KORRES Christmas sets are available to buy in-store and online from selected stockists, including debenhams.com.

About the products:

1. KORRES BERGAMOT PEAR COLLECTION RRP: £15.00. Go “festive fresh” with the Bergamot Pear collection. Reminiscent of sunny walks in the blooming countryside, this  fresh, fruity and floral body line sets the holiday mood; Let the citrus accords, the aquatic tones and the fruity nuances refresh your senses. 
Contains: BERGAMOT & PEAR SHOWERGEL 250ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR BODY MILK 200ml

 2. KORRES MERITERANEAN TRIO RRP: £26.00. Dazzling fresh Basil Lemon, freshly cut figs, bergamot and pears from Aegean island gardens; Reminiscent of long summer afternoons, the KORRES Mediterranean trio collection, instantly sets the mood for an idyllic get-away. Contains: BASIL LEMON SHOWERGEL 250ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR BODY MILK 200ml,FIG BODY BUTTER 125ml

 3. KORRES GUAVA COLLECTION RRP: £20.00. An invigorating blend of tropical fruits offer an exotic note in the middle of the winter. Contains: GUAVA SHOWERGEL 250ml, GUAVA BODY MILK 200ml, MANDARIN LIP BUTTER STICK colourless 5ml

 4. KORRES SHOWER GEL COLLECTION GIFT SET RRP: £10.00. A Limited edition Mini Showergel set containing a deliciously scented quartet of KORRES most popular and best selling scents in miniature 40ml sizes. The perfect stocking filler! Contains: GUAVA SHOWERGEL 40ml, BASIL LEMON SHOWERGEL 40ml, BERGAMOT & PEAR SHOWERGEL 40ml, SANTORINI VINE SHOWERGEL 40ml.

Super moisturising action

laiafarrangravesThe summer is officially over, and with the weather changes ahead, your skin may be prone to getting dry. It’s time to take action (remember that it’s better to prevent rather than cure) and to intensify your moisturising routine, ensuring your complexion remains fully hydrated. Recently on the market is a great product I’ve been using over the past few weeks; luxurious and rich (yet light and easily absorbed) the new Environ intensive super moisturiser +, has been especially designed to combat enviromentally-induced dryness so it’s ideal to use during the dryer winter months. It contains Shea butter and pure grade Lanolin to protect the skin, as well as antioxidants to help shield it from the outside world. You can use it on its own or after a serum or day cream to boost its effect. I used it twice a day after cleansing and applying a brightening serum, and loved how it simply disappeared on application leaving no trace, just a feeling of freshness and healthy, hydrated skin. As I’ve experienced with all Environ products (I’m a massive fan!), it’s very effective and does what it says on the tin, so if you’re prone to dry skin this is the moisturiser for you. It’s so effective and gentle you can use it during pregnancy, when flying and it’s even used as after care following a cosmetic peel – to help keep skin hydrated and supple.

Super Moisturiser+ is ideal for:

  • skin that has become drier with age
  • skin affected by environmental factors
  • skin affected by changing climatic conditions
  • alleviating skin dryness following a peel
  • comforting sensitive or compromised skin
  • additional comfort alongside Environ’s vitamin A products
  • an alternative moisturiser for dry or sensitive skin

 Environ’s Intensive Super Moisturiser+ is packaged in a 50 ml airless pump dispenser, is priced £29.95 and is available from Environ’s UK and Ireland distributor iiaa (www.iiaa.eu /+44( 0)20 8 450 2020). For more information go to www.iiaa.eu