Balmonds Intensive Facial Oil

Now that we’re headed into Autumn (seriously, where is this year going?!), I’ve been on the hunt for some hydrating products to combat the drying effects of central heating and low temps, and I’ve stumbled on an absolute gem in the form of Almonds’ Facial Oil. It’s a brand I’d never come across before, and despite feeling relatively wallet-friendly, I’ve been loving the oil’s silky texture and serious hydrating properties.

Designed to nourish dry, sensitive skin, I feel like the Intensive Facial Oil could have been designed for me. The formula blends together Rosehip Oil, Calendula, Palmarosa Oil, Lavender essential oil, Roman Chamomile essential oil and Grapeseed Oil, and it’s 100% natural, so if you’ve got skin which can be temperamental when the seasons change, this is gloriously soothing. After cleansing, I smooth a few drops of the oil onto skin, then use a gua sha to enjoy a bit of facial massage. The oil has a rich enough texture to provide a good amount of ‘slip’, and I love how much tension I can get rid of with a few minutes work.

Once I’m done with the facial massage it’s time for bed. I only need to tap a little eye cream in, and my evening routine is done. I love how simple it is, and my skin really responds to the purity of the ingredients. For days when I need to add a little hydration, or I want to sheer-out a heavier foundation, I love adding a couple of drops of the oil to my beauty blender before using it with my base. It’s so silky, and it really feels like a treat to be able to use it during the day too!

Balmonds’ Intensive Facial Oil is priced at £22 and is available here.

Innersense – I Create Waves*

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Innersense – I Create Waves review

GHDs were released right around the time of my thirteenth birthday, and since receiving a pair of them, I’ve used them pretty much daily. Naturally my hair isn’t too much for anything – not quite wavy, not quite straight and when left to it’s own devices, it just settles in a messy thatch which just gets fuzzier as the day goes on. Not exactly what I’m aiming for!

As you can imagine, nearly two decades of constant straightening took a bit of a toll on my ends, and when lockdown happened back in March, I seized it as something of a re-set period. Not only was every cupboard and drawer emptied, but my hair tools were cleaned, tidied and put away. Since then I’ve used them a few times when I’ve had work meetings or needed to look more pulled together, but on a daily basis, I’ve not touched them. The result? Hair which feels so much healthier, and I’m so happy I’ve had a bit of time to let it get back to feeling healthy!

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Innersense – I Create Waves review

Rather than letting my hair do whatever it wants though, I’ve been using Innersense’s I Create Waves daily each morning to coax out the waves, and leave my hair looking beachy rather than messy. After washing and conditioning, I brush my hair through, then spritz it on the lengths and ends. It’s got a gorgeous light lavender scent, and it’s lightweight, so doesn’t weigh waves down. The formula has pink Himalayan salt to add body and texture, whilst aloe vera means it’s not too drying either. After using the spray, I leave my hair to air dry. The result is effortless and looks like I’ve spent hours coaxing out loose waves – and the effect lasts all day too! It’s so lovely to be able to let my hair air-dry, and not look like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards! The brand is cruelty free, and it’s really taken care to design a product which makes you look as well as feel good – the scent it designed to leave you feeling relaxed, whilst amethyst crystals in the spray help to strengthen your imagination and intuition, and promises to refine the thinking processes!

Innersense I Create Waves is priced at £24 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Shimmer & Shine: Incorporating Diamonds Into Your Outfits

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Many people fall into the trap of assuming the diamonds are simply unaffordable. Many of the wedding rings you see on the market are extremely expensive, placing them well out of reach for most customers. In reality, though, when you step away from wedding jewellery, you can often find diamond-based accessories for far less than you would expect. To enable you to leverage this new-found information, this article will be exploring some of the best ways to incorporate these beautiful stones into your outfits.

Around The Neck

Necklaces have always been a popular jewellery item, with people wearing this sort of accessory for thousands of years. You can find diamond necklaces across the web that couple these stones with metals like sterling silver, coming in at shockingly affordable prices when you look at companies like Hot Diamonds Jewellery. This should make it nice and easy to start your collection with a couple of necklaces you like.

In The Ears

Not everyone has piercings, but this type of accessory is still incredibly popular. Earrings come in loads of shapes and sizes, from rings to studs and everything in between, and you can find loads of unique options when you spend some time browsing the web. Metals like gold and silver are great for earrings, as these metals aren’t very reactive and won’t irritate the sensitive skin on this part of your body.

On The Wrists

People often neglect their wrists when they’re choosing their accessories. Watches, bracelets, and even wristbands can all have diamonds added to them. Given that your hands tend to move around a lot, this can be a great way to ensure that your diamonds are always shining. Much like necklaces and earrings, there are loads of companies around the web that can give you a great deal on products like this.

Other Accessories

Alongside necklaces, earrings, and wrist accessories, there are countless other items that can be encrusted with diamonds. Phone cases, purses, and even shoes are all great examples of this and are all accessories that you will want to carry around with you. You may have to search harder for options that fall into your price range, as many companies use products like this as an opportunity to inflate their prices.

It’s always worth considering where and how you’ll be wearing diamond accessories. While it is a shame to have to think about it and it shouldn’t be your responsibility, wearing items like this can make you into a target for some criminals. You should always make sure that you feel comfortable where you are when you’re wearing this sort of jewellery, even if you got a great deal.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of incorporating diamonds into your outfits. This sort of approach to clothing and style can be a great way to make yourself stand out, especially with most people assuming the diamonds cost a fortune.

 

Neom Clean & Happy Hand Sanitizer

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In the best of times I can be labelled a bit of a clean freak. There’s nothing I love more than feeling squeaky clean, so the notion that hands need to be washed regularly isn’t exactly new for me. Despite this, I’ve been on the hunt for hand sanitises which don’t leave my hands rough or dehydrated. I’ve also got sensitive skin, so slapping on an alcohol rub numerous times a day can leave them in a bit of a state.

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On the hunt for a product which both feels good as is effective, I came across Neom’s Clean & Happy Hand Sanitiser. Scented with wild mint and mandarin, a pump of the stuff won’t leave your fingers smelling like you’ve dipped them in vodka. Available in a new superseded bottle, which has been designed to be popped on your work desk – I’ve been keeping mine in the car so I can sanitise before and after getting my errands done.

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As you would expect from Neon, the fragrance is absolutely beautiful, and even with regular use, my hands and nails have managed to stay hydrated and healthy, thanks to the added glycerine in the formula. Thanks to the inclusion of pure essential oils, even an hour or so after using the balm, my hands still smell beautiful.

Neon Clean & Happy Hand sanitising gel is priced at £15 and is available here

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Mask

DSC_0332k=-kLiving in lockdown didn’t have too many positives – but it did give me the chance to have a major clear-out, as well as give my hair and skin a bit of a rest. I’ve used my straighteners precisely once between then and now, and I’ve been making time to really baby my hair with masks and oils, and the result, five months later, is hair which looks and feels so much thicker and healthier than it did before.

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Since I’ve not really been out and about, I didn’t want to spend crazy money on shampoos and conditioner, so I thought I’d try a few bits from US brand OGX. I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews online, so I picked a few of their products up when they were on offer in Boots, and I’ve been seriously impressed. I’ve got a lot of fine, dry hair, which tends to frizz, so it’s always a balancing act to find conditioners which deeply hydrate without overwhelming my hair, and I’ve fallen a bit in love with the OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask.

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The mask is a medium-weight conditioner which smoothes easily onto ends. Since I’ve (finally) got my roots seen to, I apply from roots to ends for maximum hydration. The mask itself smells amazing – it’s light and fresh, and even with the argan oil-rich formula, it never feels like it’s too much for my hair. I’ve been using it daily, letting it get to work whilst I shower, and I’ve been so impressed. Once my hair is blow dried, it feels so much softer and smoother. Even when my hair has just been rough dried, it looks much tidier than before – and it’s nowhere nearly as knotty and tuggy as it was before.

OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Mask is priced at £7.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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