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Kathryn Williams
Trained writer, who finds sanctuary in the beauty aisles.
Based in the North West.

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Lush Liverpool Blogger Event and Halloween Collection

Last Thursday, I met up with the lovely Holly and visited the Liverpool Lush Spa for their Blogger Event. I'd previously been to a few of the Lush events at the Chester store, so I knew to expect lots of demonstrations of products and updates on the new Halloween collection.



The event had a huge turnout, bloggers split up into groups to make their way around the store, stopping at points where staff were on hand to give demos. We were also given small pots to gather samples with.

The first station was a hands on one, bloggers donned rubber gloves and got their hands stuck into ingredients to create the Comforter Bubble Bar or the Cupcake Face Mask. Next up was the make-up station, I picked up a sample of the Jackie Oats colour suppliment, which Becca Rose always raves about.

Two members of staff were on hand to help with your skincare needs, covering the fresh masks and pots of facial skincare. I went for the Million Dollar Moisturiser as I have heard Victoria from In The Frow speak about it, as well as the Ultrabland Cleanser, which is one of their cult status products.



As you may know, the Lush Halloween collection has been released this week so I just had to check it out. They have brought back classics like the Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb and Shower Gel, plus the Sparkly Pumpkin but the new additions also looked amazing. Boo Bath Melt, Autumn Leaf Bath Bomb, Pumpkin Bath Bomb and Monster's Ball seemed to be very popular with the other bloggers, I'm a sucker for anything novelty. The range also included two soaps, Fireside and Magic Wand, plus a cute Shimmer Bar called Goth Fairy.


Finally, we visited the Lush Spa upstairs, I'd been dying to see what the treatment rooms were like and what type of spa treatments they offered. The Spa is styled like an old English cottage, making it very inviting. The staff talked us through the rooms and what the treatments were inspired by. I really want to book a visit in, they all sound amazing.




I had such a lovely time at the Lush Liverpool Blogger Event. Make sure you pay them a visit while in Liverpool.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Using Aloe Vera in your Skincare Routine

I've never been one to check the ingredients list of a beauty product, but while trying to tackle acne and sore skin, I started to research further into what natural ingredients are good for the skin. I found the aloe vera cropped up in articles claiming to fix most skincare compliants.

Dr Organic Aloe Vera Skincare Review
"Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells." - mindbodygreen.com

SUNBURN

You will almost always find aloe vera in after sun products as it soothes and cools instantly. The Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel or Body Butter would be ideal to pack when planning a break in the sun.


DE-PUFFING

Again, the cooling sensation that aloe vera has makes it ideal to de-puff tired eyes. Tap the Dr Organic Eye Gel around the orbial bone gentley to awaken the eyes in the morning.


CLEANSING

Aloe vera is ideal for cleansing as it's very refreshing and smells amazing. The Dr Organic Face Wipes are perfect for when you are in a hurry and the body wash provides a clean but moisturised feel.

CHAPPED SKIN

Aloe vera is well known for it's healing properties, making an aloe vera lip balm the best way to heal Autumn and Winter chapped lips. You could also use this on chapped skin like elbows too.

The Dr Organic Aloe Vera range is available at Holland and Barrett. Do you use aloe vera in your skincare routine?
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Clarins Must Haves and FEED 10 Charity Gift with Purchase

Well knowledgeable and passionate counter managers and staff are worth their weight in gold, Stephanie from the Chester Clarins counter in Debenhams is one of those people. A few days a go we sat downstairs in the quaint Tea Press café and nattered about the latest must have products.

Playing with and testing with the latest releases, Stephanie explained with important ingredients and the concepts behind the products.

Clarins Chester Counter for Skincare

First up was the Extra Firming Mask, this lilac coloured cream works to soft and smooth fine lines in just 10 minutes. It felt very luxurious on the skin making it ideal for more mature skin. The Super Restorative Replenishing Comfort Mask is also excellent for drier, mature skin.

I was also introduced into two of their most popular masks, the Truly Matte Pure and Radiant Mask and the Hydra-Quench Cream Mask. The Truly Matte is ideal for my acne prone skin, and the Hydra-Quench is perfect for those with very dehydrated skin.

Clarins Skincare Masks and Boosters

The next trio of products are called the Boosters, helping to amp up your skincare and customise it to suit your needs at the time. The options are Energy, to perk up dull and tired skin, Repair, to soothe and heal and Detox, to purify and renew troublesome skin. You simply add a few drops into your normal moisturiser to customise it.

Lastly, Stephanie informed me about Clarins’ work with FEED who work to provide meals to school children in third world countries. Clarins are offering each customer, who buys two Clarins products, a gift cosmetic bag filled with their hero products. Each one will equal 10 nutritious meals through the charity. So you can give back by shopping! The charity FEED 10 bag available until the 1st of October 2016. There are generous samples of the Moisture Rich Body Lotion, Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate, Gentle Refiner, Hydra-Quench Cream Mask and the Hand and Nail Treatment Cream.

Clarins FEED 10 Gift with Purchase Review

What Clarins hero products do you use?


Monday, 19 September 2016

Autumn Wishlist

I haven't created a wishlist in months and thought the change of season would be the perfect time to invest in some pieces that will help me transition into Autumn.



ChloBo Luna Soul Rose Gold Star Necklace
I usually don't wear much jewellery but when I saw this rose gold star necklace, I knew I needed it. Love at first sight!

Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw
I've already fallen in love with the Kat Von D liquid lipstick formula after my sister brought me two shades back from Las Vegas. You just slick on a thin layer and it lasts all day, even through most food and drinks. I love this classic red shade, I think it would be perfect to brighten up dull Autumn days!

L'Occitane Ambre Eau de Parfum
In Autumn, I like to change my fragrances up to something more warming. This Amber and Vanilla perfume from L'Occitane fragrances sounds amazing.

Topshop Blossom Embroidered Boots
When I want to mix up my monochrome outfits, I would reach for a pair of statement boots like this. Miss Selfridge and ASOS also have similar styles, so shop around for an embroidered pair of boots to suit your budget.

New Look Embroidered Across Body Bag
I saw this embroidered number in a haul by Lily Melrose and fell in love with it instantly! It's the perfect piece to add to your wardrobe to incorporate the embroidery trend without breaking the bank.

What's on your Autumn wishlist?
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