Taking the time to look after my skin is one of my new year resolutions and is something that I spent the last few months of 2017 focusing on. The two things I’ve been wanting to focus on fixing is my dry skin and my breakouts. In comes the Alumier MD Glow Peel from Crystal Rose Skin Clinic. 

Based in Ipswich, the Crystal Rose Skin Clinic is tucked away in the owner Rosy’s beautiful garden and is the ultimate place to relax. In the middle of the countryside away from the noise of people and traffic, I knew I was going to enjoy my treatment…and hopefully the results too!

Rosy is a true expert when it comes to skincare and after an analysis of my skin confirmed that the Glow Peel is the treatment for me. The Glow Peel combines lactic acid, salicylic acid and resorcinol, creating a multipurpose resurfacing solution effective in minimising the appearance of skin issues like discolouration and uneven skin tone. This formula exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal. There’s definitely something satisfying about entering the new year with new skin (literally!). The number of layers that you have depends on your skin type and how sensitive your skin is to the treatment. It’s not exactly painful but when the liquid peel is being applied there’s definitely a stinging/burning sensation which is only temporary and lasts for about 30 seconds. About 30 minutes later, after the cleansing of the skin, the lactic acid being applied and the skin before soothed I was on my way with a home kit in hand.

Apart from my skin looking slightly flushed and shiny the results aren’t overnight. In fact, I didn’t really start to see results until a couple of days after. By day two my skin was starting to flake and was slightly painful and felt almost like sunburn. Luckily I had the cleanser and recovery balm in my home kit which soothed the skin until the dead skin had finished coming off which was by day 5-6. Since then, my skin has genuinely been glowing, which I guess is where the name Glow Peel comes from!
The Glow Peel is £120, including the home kit and is definitely something I’d try again, especially as the more you have them the better they work. I’ve also recommended the treatment to my mum as it’s brilliant for anti-ageing to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
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*This treatment was free of charge in exchange for this post however all reviews are my own.

Is there any better feeling than squeaky clean teeth and minty fresh breath? Nope, I can’t think of anything either. But how does long does this feeling really last? 30 minutes, an hour if we’re lucky. I’m always on the look out for a new life changing toothpaste or the latest mouthwash that’s been approved by the world’s best dentist. Basically, I’m a sucker for a dental care product with good marketing. If I’m honest, when I was contacted by Splat Oral Care, I kind of expected the same thing; an over hyped dental care range that provides the same products as other brands but with different packaging. Never the less, I decided to give the products a go to see whether they really could make a difference to my oral hygiene.

That minty feeling isn’t all that I desire when it comes to looking after my teeth, gimme’ all the whitening products. Now that my fake tan days are behind me, my skin no longer makes my teeth appear glistening white so there’s a fair few whitening products I’ve tried in the past. I’ve been using Splat’s Biocalcium and Blackwood Charcoal toothpastes for a good few weeks now, alternating between the two and I genuinely do believe that my teeth have become whiter. Although the charcoal toothpaste doesn’t leave me with the clean and minty fresh feeling that the biocalcium paste does, I think this is the real star of the show when it comes to the whiter gnashes.

The other product that I’ve been using is the Splat Express Oral Care Foam. Foam isn’t a product that I’ve used before but both me, and Liam, are total converts. It is a total game changer and I’m not even exaggerating. It’s pretty much a mixture of toothpaste and mouthwash that can be used on the go without the need for a toothbrush or water AND it leaves you with super minty breath too, for a good few hours!

Overall, I am a Splat convert. My initial judgement that it would just be the same as any other brand was wrong and the products are genuinely fantastic.

What are your go-to dental care products?

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve been trying to get myself into the habit of a daily skincare routine. My skin is a funny old thing. Some days it’s horribly dry, some days I wake up with a face full of spots and unfortunately, there’s no happy medium. In an attempt to solve this and have the beautifully clear skin that my 13 year old self had, I’ve invested in some skincare items from Clinique including the Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Cream.

Cleanser always tends to dry my skin out and I’ve really struggled to find a moisturiser that doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. That is until I discovered Moisture Surge.

This cream is a gel which means that unlike most moisturisers, the greasy feeling is non-existent. It feels amazing on your skin from application and leaves an almost matte feeling on the skin and trust me, it feels great. I have to admit, the £34 price tag left me feeling a little apprehensive, especially with Christmas shopping underway and my bank account feeling sorry for itself. However, this product is genuinely such a game changer that I will happily pay £34 again, and again, and again.

After application, my skin feels so soft all day. Like, legit until I wash my face again in the evening. I know, I know, it does sound unbelievable but I’m telling the truth. I’ve been raving about this product to everybody I know since I started using it and it takes a lot for me to love a product that much.

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Eyeshadows are one of my favourite makeup items. I think it’s because eyeshadow is the part of your makeup bag that can totally change a look for day or night. That, and there are so many different looks that can be created. One thing that I can’t resist buying is an eyeshadow palette.

Eyeshadow palettes are perfect for lazy girls like me. All of the colours are there for you so you don’t have to try and think about which colours work best together. If I’m in a rush, an eyeshadow palette is my number one go to.

This year, the eyeshadow palette game is stronger than ever before and there are so many beautiful palettes out there at the moment that I’m totally lusting after. So, I thought I’d round them all up in one place. Partly so that I can continue to lust over them, partly as a bit of a guide if you’re looking to find the perfect palette for autumn and mainly because I can refer back to this when I have a few spare pennies to treat myself…oops!Eyeshadow Palettes

 

1 – Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette – Tarte is a brand that I’ve only just recently discovered but now I want it ALL, just look at their packaging. I love the tones in this palette and how many different looks that you can create come day or night. Let’s also just take the time to shout out one particular shade, cozy, because that, my friends, is what you call perfection.

2 – Urban Decay Heat Palette – If this doesn’t give you all of the autumnal feels then I don’t know what will. And, let’s be honest, you can’t beat an Urban Decay naked palette.

3 – By Terry Smoky Nude Palette – With 10 shades, and all of them equally as beautiful, this By Terry palette screams luxury. The different shadows are all different enough to create loads of different looks but equally work perfectly together. What I like about this palette is that it’s not just the same colour in 10 different shades, they’re all very different and that’s what I love.

4 – Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette – Do I even need to talk about this palette? I mean, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Not only are the colours 10000% me but Hourglass is also cruelty-free too which is something that I’ve become much more aware of lately and is something I’d like to try and support.

5 – Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette – I love me a smoky eye! There are two looks that I can confidently wear and that’s a nude eye or a smoky eye. But, when I wear a smoky eye I can’t go too dark so this palette is perfect. The different shades of grey aren’t too heavy or overwhelming so help create a subtle, smoky look.

6 – Benefit Big Sexy Eye Kit – Another one for the lazy girls over here. This new benefit palette is exactly what I need in my life. Benefit has literally done all of the work for me with the colour combinations and their shadows are always really high pigment too so I have no doubt that this palette will end up in my makeup bag.

There’s nothing better than a good bar of soap. It’s a love that I get from my mum who is always easy to buy for; a bar of soap and she’s good to go. The only thing better than a good bar of soap is one that is homemade.

The Pamper Kingdom offers homemade soaps in a range of flavours with everything from toffee apple to hot chocolate and spicy orange (oh my goodness!).

I have quite a few allergies and sensitive skin but I was lucky enough to get my hands on three different flavours that were allergen free. This is something that I always struggle with, especially with homemade soaps, as often they contain almond oil because of the benefits it has on your skin. My skin only benefits from this oil in the way of a big old red rash!

The Pamper Kingdom offers a variety of allergen free soaps with loads of amazing flavours/scents so there’s a soap for everyone (typical sales pitch!).

I do sometimes find that homemade soaps can either be overly scented so that they’re actually quite sickly or the opposite and they don’t smell at all. However, you can tell that The Pamper Kingdom has a lot of experience and take the time to test different ingredients etc because the scents were beautiful.

Not only do the soaps look and smell amazing but they also lather up easily which again, is something that homemade soaps often don’t do.

What is your favourite soap scent?

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