Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Space.NK launches The First Edition Beauty Box

If there were ever a retailer to make the mother of all beauty boxes it would have to be Space.NK and today, they've done just that! For £55 there are some real gems in there, in particular the Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial and the Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil. Also included are:

  • Eve Lom Cleanser (20ml) with Muslin Cloth
  • Nude Progenius Treatment Oil (5ml) - this is amazing stuff! 
  • Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Ageing Cream (15ml) 
  • Aromatherpay Associates Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil (7.5ml) - absolutely gorgeous
  • Caudalie Divine Oil (15ml)
  • Malin & Goetz Vitamin B5 Body Moisturiser (29ml) 
  • The Margaret Dabbs Intensive Treatment Foot Oil (30ml) 
  • Diptyque Baies Candle (70g) 

The contents are worth over £175 so it really is ideal if you want to try some luxury brands for a fraction of the price. You can pick one up in store or online here.

Now excuse me whilst I nip out to Space.NK...

*Not a sponsored post, I genuinely think this is too good to be missed!
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How to make your skin care work harder

Last year the global beauty market was valued at £300bn suggesting that we're serious when it comes to our skincare. Seeing as we spend such a fortune, I thought I'd put together a few tips and tricks I've found that make my skin care products work harder.

DO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE AS SOON AS YOU GET HOME FROM WORK 

This is probably the easiest way to make your skincare products work harder. Doing your skincare routine as soon as your get in from work means your products have an extra 4-5ish hours of getting down to business. It's so simple, but can have a huge impact. 

CLEANSE PROPERLY 

There's no point in spending a tonne of money on fancy serums and pricey moisturisers if you're going to apply them to skin that isn't clean. Cleansing your face properly ensures that whatever you do slather on next will have the best chance of actually doing its job.

I recently found this great video by Sarah Chapman that essentially shows how I cleanse my skin each night. It's also worthwhile noting that if you wear and SPF a double cleanse is non-negotiable!


APPLY DON'T RUB 

When applying your products dot them onto the face instead of rubbing them between your hands. You lose some of the product to your hands by doing this so it makes sense to apply your toner/serum/moisturiser straight to your face. Obviously with things like balm cleansers rub them between your hands first to melt them down. 

How do you make your products work harder? 
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Lumie Lamp Review

Recently Legal & General asked me to think about what I think is the most innovative piece of technology in my home. This got me thinking and so I've decided to share my thoughts on my Lumie Lamp. It's safe to say that I am definitely one of those people that finds it difficult to get up in the morning - I'm certainly more of an evening owl than a morning lark! I'd heard such good things about Lumie lamps and anything that could potentially make getting up in the morning that little bit easier was definitely intriguing.

The Lumie Bodyclock Lamp is designed to gradually fill your room with light, waking you up in a much more natural way as opposed to a loud, annoying alarm clock noise. The 'simulated sunrise' takes approximately 30 minutes to bright and fill the room (and it really does, even in the depths of winter), which gives your body a signal to ease off the production of sleep hormones (melatonin) and increase the levels of those that help you to wake up (cortisol).

It's absolutely lived up to my expectations and makes getting up in the morning so much easier. I even have the option of waking up to bird song which is so much nicer than a blaring alarm clock. I also like that I can use it as a night lamp - a few presses of the button can create anything from a bright, vivid light right down to a soft, bedtime hue.

The Lumie lamps retail for about £60 - I got mine whilst on offer at Boots so keep an eye out for deals. It has absolutely revolutionised my morning routine and makes getting up that little bit easier so is absolutely my favourite innovative piece of tech! I'd say if you're a bit of a grump in the morning or just generally find it difficult to get up then investing in a Lumie lamp could be a real help.

What' your favourite piece of innovative technology for day to day living?

*Compensation was received for this post, all opinions are true and of my own
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