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Sunnies roundup

These stunning shades are your perfect companion this summer holiday. From Miu Miu, Michael Kors and Dolce and Gabbana, these are some of our favourites at Beauty Spot. For more information go to www.sunglassesshop.co.uk.laiafarrangraveslaiafarran
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5 reasons to LOVE this lip balm

laiafarrangravesLips often get forgotten when it comes to moisturising. I apply cream on my face daily, but I don’t moisturise my lips unless they feel sore or I can see it’s a windy day outside. And I don’t wear make up every day – I’m a great believer in looking after your skin and in the principle that less is more – so they don’t get moisturised by wearing lipstick. However, when I came across this coloured lip balm I was converted. Jane Iredale’s Lipdrink SPF15 Lip Balm is a real find. It’s a very soft lip balm, which I tried in a brand new beautiful shade called Flirt that is subtle enough to look completely natural. It protects from the sun, intensely hydrates and adds a hint of colour to your lips. It also comes in a berry shade called Crush, a brown shade called Buff and as a lip balm with no colour, just a bit of sheen, called Sheer. So here is why I think you will love Jane Iredale’s Lipdrink:

  1. The colour: it’s soft and subtle and looks completely natural, just your lips on a better day
  2. The scent: as you apply it you will smell the uplifting scent of the zest of a lemon being crushed into your lips
  3. The fact that this product is completely cruelty free, vegan and gluten free – so it’s a little stick of goodness
  4. The ingredients: natural oils including avocado, carrot seed and lemon peel to name but a few
  5. The texture: it’s so intensely moisturising that it literally glides on and protects you from the sun for softer, more kissable lips.

Need I say any more?

For more information go to janeiredale.com/uk. Lipdrink SPF15 Lip Balm is priced at £14.00.

 

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

 

 

Want some sheer tint? We’ve got it covered

laiafarrangravesIf you’re after a daily moisturiser with sun protection and a hint of colour, look no further. The Sheer Tint from Dermalogica is a great light moisturiser that will smooth out your skin and hydrate it whilst adding a hint of colour to it. It’s ideal all year round because it gives you a healthy glow and protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB sun rays and it’s easy to apply – just once a day after cleansing your skin. You can use it alone as your daily moisturiser or, if like me you need an extra hydration boost, you can use it over a serum or a rich day cream. The colour is translucent enough to provide a radiant glow without looking like you’re wearing make up, giving you a natural, healthy glow. It contains hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidant Walnut Seed extracts help improve
 the skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of fine dehydration lines. It also has an SPF of 20, which is great to provide your complexion with that extra protection from damaging sun rays all year round (and not just when you’re on holiday!). It comes in three shades, light, medium and dark. I tried the medium and it worked well, once I mixed it in with daily moisturiser. I also tried it as a blush, applying just a little on the cheek area and it looked great, so like any good quality product it’s a bit of a multi-tasker. The shades are very adaptable and subtle too, so one shade will accommodate a number of skin tones. As always, it’s formulated without artificial fragrances and colours – well, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Dermalogica! A good, staple investment if your skin need a pick-me up…

For more information go to www.dermalogica.co.uk. Dermalogica’s Sheer Tint spf20 is priced at £34.80.

If you can’t stand the heat…

laiafarrangravesIt seems to be a good time of year to review sun creams as this UK heatwave is in full swing!

I came across the new Organii Everyday Organics Sun Milk 50 at my local health food store a few months ago and couldn’t resist buying it…I’ve been using it all summer and it has become another favourite of mine, especially when it comes to children, because you know their preciously delicate skin is completely protected from the sun’s harmful UVA AND UVB sun rays. As a friend said to me in the park as I was applying it to my toddler from head to toe: ‘These wholesome organic sun creams leave you child looking like they’re ready to swim the channel’ 🙂
This organic mineral sun cream is vegan (another reason I like it) and fragrance free and it’s very easy to apply because of its fluid consistency – it’s not runny but it’s not a thick cream either. And it works on all skin types, so it’s ideal for the whole family. Its formulation includes extracts of jojoba, olive, sunflower and argan oils to nourish and moisturise the skin while naturally shielding you from the sun. Because of its high protection, it’s ideal for those with fair skin or those who burn quickly too: all in all a wonderfully wholesome Sun Milk you can trust and enjoy during the hottest of summer days.

UVA & UVB Protection
Effective immediately
Fragrance Free
Paraben Free
No colourings
Water Resistant
Suitable for sensitive skin
Suitable for vegans
Nickel Tested
Dermatologically Tested
Certified by ICEA

Organii Everyday Organics Sun Milk 50 is priced at £19.90. For more information go pravera.co.uk.

Fancy a drink? 3 steps to hydrated skin

This season, quench your skin’s thirst with maximum hydration.

laiafarrangravesIf your skin is anything like mine, this harsh cold weather – combined with spring’s sporadic sunny spells – will be drying it out like nobody’s business… As well as drinking water and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, skincare is key to your skin’s appearance and health. A hydrating cleanser, serum and moisturiser are the three essential steps to take when combating dry and dehydrated skin. I’m currently taking action by using a trio of ‘hero’ products from Environ – one of my all-time favourite brands.

Firstly, I’m using their C-Quence Cleanser morning and night. Why do I like it? Because it feels super-soft and gentle on the skin, whilst giving it a noticeable boost (it features hydrolysed oat extract that is very moisturising). It comes in pump form too, so it’s easy to see the amount required without spilling or wasting it – and in case you were wondering, it’s suitable for all skin types. After this, I’m applying their Focus Hydrating Serum, again twice a day. It’s a see-through, almost-liquid product (bursting with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid) that you apply before your moisturiser, and that literally disappears on application, leaving your skin feeling instantly refreshed. beautyspotblogTo finish off, Environ’s Super moisturiser + provides your complexion with all the hydration it needs, all day long. It’s fairly light in texture and feels wonderfully creamy. Because it restores the natural moisture balance of your skin, you will also notice that it eliminates any feeling of tightness you might have felt before. You can use it alone or as an extra boost, in addition to your existing moisturiser, for more effective results. The great thing about this skin regime and, in fact, all of the Environ product range in general, is that the results are gradual and long-lasting. They’re not a quick fix or instant transformation, but over time I believe a good routine pays off and produces much better results than other less holistic approaches to hydration and anti-ageing. Both the serum and the cleanser are part of Environ’s ionzime skin care range, which contains a combination of vitamins, antioxidants and peptides that work together to create a smooth, healthy and glowing skin. For more information go to www.environskincare.com. Products are available from Environ’s UK and Ireland distributor www.iiaa.eu +44( 0)20 8 450 2020.

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spa Heaven


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I have found a great spa to escape to from the busy rhythm of city life. It’s called Y Spa and I’ll tell you ‘Y’ I like it so much…

The entrance to the spa was relaxing, airy and feminine, with its colourful OPI nail varnish displays and elegant furniture. The staff were extremely friendly, and there was a feeling of luxury in the air. As you walk into the spa, there is a café area with a modern feel to it, where you can have a drink and a chat before entering the blissful experience that is this spa.laiafarrangraves

The spa is spotlessly clean and well-organized. The “keys” to my locker were in a convenient wristband and all the sections in the spa were clearly marked, so it was easy to navigate. I was shown around and then left to my own devices. The place is kept clean and tidy by an almost invisible army of staff, working quietly in the background and keeping everything just right, so the clients can enjoy their experience fully. The relaxation area is decorated in soothing, rich colours, which enhanced the experience even further.

I first tested one of their divine state-of-the-art water beds. It was warm – the perfect temperature, in fact – and I covered myself with a soft blanket for a cosy, relaxing moment. It was so comforting, it almost felt like being embraced by an old friend. I rested there for a few minutes, and then wandered to the 1960s “cocoon pods” in the next room. Alongside these cool pod chairs there were also designer armchairs that added to the sharp ’60s look of the room. You could choose from a wide range of books and magazines to read inside your individual pod, which was like a little space of your own, and its clever design cut out any outside noise. We don’t realize how many decibels we handle in our busy lives – you only realize when you get rid of the extra noise. It was a very soothing few minutes. There was also a section with cosy beds and low lighting, but I was eager to try out the spa.

beautyspotlaiafarrangravesThere were two steam rooms, an ice room, two showers with different scents, two saunas (the aptly named Softy and Some Like it Hot) and a small pool-jacuzzi outside. I particularly enjoyed Salty, a steam room with salt water that left you feeling as if you’d had a long swim in the Mediterranean… I then went into Softy, a gentle sauna, to dry off, and then into the ice room (where a block of ice covers an entire wall) for an invigorating few minutes. There was a jug of fresh water waiting for me before I step outside. As I walked into the glorious sunshine (which really contributed to making me feel as if I was on holiday), I noticed couples chatting and laughing, a mother and daughter sipping champagne and a bunch of girls relaxing on a sofa, next to an outdoor fireplace. It occurred to me that pampering and indulgence mean different things to different people and, as our hostess, Melissa, had mentioned in the introductory spa tour, some people want to detox while others want to indulge during a day like this. After some more indulgence in the jacuzzi (shame there wasn’t a larger swimming pool – that’s all that was missing to make the experience perfect), I really felt as if I’d been away for a week-end, and my everyday worries seemed to have melted away in the steam room, any tension in my muscles had dissolved into the waterbed, and any stress had evaporated in the sauna.

laiafarrangravesbeautyspotThe experience ended with a fabulous buffet – a huge variety of healthy and exquisite dishes – overlooking the lake. All around me I could see people laughing, strolling outside in the beautiful grounds, while the friendly staff made sure I was enjoying my time with them – I particularly remember Pom and Magali. Even the fact that I had erratic wifi and phone reception added to the feeling of being away recharging. A perfect end to a wonderful day of complete relaxation.

For more information go to Yspa.co.uk.

Into the sun

beautyspotblogWe all know that we’re meant to wear sun protection all year round to protect our skin from damaging sun rays, but during the summer months it’s that more important to do so, as the sun is out in full force – even if it’s cloudy. I try to always wear sun cream, but often I find that the products that offer the best protection are thick and white, so hard to blend into one’s skin. So when I came across a brand new product called SPF45 Tinted Moisturiser, which is part of the Marine Skincare from Spa Technologies, I was keen to give it a try. It’s a gorgeous cream that smells clean and refreshing and is instantly absorbed into the skin, providing an even and matt finish. It’s a great daily moisturiser with a hint of colour that you can wear without worrying about adding sun protection, and because it’s so packed-full of nutrients (its main active ingredients are Hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and mineral make-up) you know that you’re also nourishing and feeding your skin. The entire range of serums and creams are, in fact, formulated by blending natural active ingredients into a 70% food-grade seaweed base (seaweed contains magnesium, potassium and phosphorous, essential for collagen production, which maintains the skin’s elasticity), resulting in a nutrient-rich product that provides protection against ageing without relying on chemicals, so you know it’s completely safe to wear. Not only that, but the range is completely vegan so free of any animal products, which is wonderful in itself on so many levels… I love that this luxurious, high-end brand is so ethical and results driven, as often the most effective creams available have very heavily chemically-based formulas. So if you’re conscious of what you consume inside and out (remember that the skin is the largest organ of your body), but still want a product that delivers, this could be the brand for you. You heard it here first!

Spa technologies is:
Hypo-allergenic, contains no Parabens, no sulphates, no sulphides, no MI, no artificial fragrances or colours, no animal product, and is not tested on animals.

The SPF 45 Tinted Moisturiser from Spa Technologies is priced at £25, and £101 for the Restore kitAvailable from Spatechnologiesuk.com  For more information or to see the full range here go to http://www.veganbeautyskincare.co.uk/product-category/skincare 

Go green!

beautyspotblogJuicing is great for your overall health, and absolutely delicious but if you have no time to juice and fancy an instant pick-me-up, Nature’s Plus’ Source of Life Green Lightning, could be the answer to all your prayers. It’s a supplement you can mix with coconut water, fruit juice or add to a smoothie to create a perfect blend. Wondering what’s in it? A complex of essential vitamins and minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants that contains power-packed superfoods and oceanic algae – such as  young barley plants, whole brown rice, spirulina, chlorella (a supplement which has a celebrity fan base, including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr) and Pacific kelp. It will give you tons of energy and keep your body and skin in tip-top condition. I personally like to mix it with apple juice and ice as the sweetness takes over the flavour, making it a very enjoyable and refreshing drink –  ideal for the more dynamic summer months ahead. So go green and start beautifying yourself form the inside out 🙂

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For more information go to nutricentre.com. Source of Life Green Lightning is priced at at 1.29 per sachet.

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