Micro-Needling with Dermal Aesthetics*

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When it comes to skincare, I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit of a junkie. I’m always looking for the next lotion, potion or treatment which promises soft, hydrated skin, but as I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve realised that sometimes a cream isn’t quite enough to get the outcomes I’m after, which is exactly where micro-needling comes in.

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The idea behind the micro-needling treatment is that by making hundreds of tiny little wounds on the skin’s surface, you jump-start the healing process, prompting the production of collagen, and leaving you looking brighter, fresher and dewier as a result.

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I was very kindly invited by Kat at Dermal Aesthetics to come in and try a micro-needling treatment, and since I’d only ever experimented with the idea at home, I absolutely jumped at the chance. Operating out of the beautiful Sorella Beauty salon in the heart of Morningside each Friday, Kat works with the South Korean Genosys system, which offers one of the most powerful micro-needling pens available.

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Despite sounding painful, the treatment is surprisingly enjoyable. After a thorough cleanse, the pen is used all over the face and neck, making sure to target areas where fine lines and wrinkles are most common. Unlike the at-home treatments I’ve tried, Kat’s skill with the pen leaves skin just a little pink, rather than inflamed than when I get a little roller happy!

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Since the rolling leaves tiny holes in the surface of the skin (don’t worry, they’re invisible to the naked eye) it’s the perfect time to use active serums and creams, as they get much deeper into the skin than they would normally. If you’re a hyaluronic acid lover, this is the perfect time to get applying – normally the acid’s particles are too big to penetrate the skin’s surface, but the micro-wounds made by the micro-needling means they can be far more effective at properly hydrating and nourishing skin.

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As if all of the skin treatments weren’t enough, as the post-needling serums and creams get to work, you get to enjoy an incredible neck and shoulder massage from Kat. With a background giving VIPs beauty treatments aboard their private yachts (yes, colour me insanely jealous) it’s probably no surprise to say that the ending was absolutely heavenly.  The difference in skin tone is absolutely incredible, even after a single treatment, with skin feeling tighter and looking a whole lot fresher too. As the results really build on each other, Kat recommends treating yourself to one regularly (about once a month) to keep the collagen production at an optimal level.

As of this month, Kat will also be offering Derma-planing sessions, where peach fuzz and dead skin is removed with a scalpel, leaving skin looking baby-soft and feeling super smooth – perfect if you’re planning a busy festive season!

A Micro-needling treatment is priced at £100 and is bookable through Treatwell here. You can also find Kat’s instagram here

Hada Labo Tokyo Smoothing Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream*

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When Japan’s number one skincare brand got in touch to see if I was keen on trying a few products, you can bet I hopped on it! It’s one of those brands which regularly sells out in the UK, and it boasts a curated skincare lineup, featuring a considered collection of products which are aimed at keeping skin hydrated and healthy.

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The first of the lineup I cracked open was the Age Correcting Eye Cream – a lightweight formula, which is formulated to address the major signs of aging and fatigue. When it comes to late nights, bad diet, stress or allergies, my eyes are the first place you’ll see it. I get puffy eyes practically by looking at a carb, so I’m always hunting for creams which with de-puff and soothe. Hada Labo Tokyo’s eye cream has become my daytime formula. Light enough to sink in almost instantly, this is a perfect pre-makeup base, which leaves skin looking and feeling hydrated and soothed. The formula is gentle enough for sensitive skin, and it’s free from fragrance, parabens, dyes, and mineral oil so it won’t irritate skin.

Hada Labo Tokyo Age Correcting Eye Cream is priced at £29.99 and is available here

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Golden Goddess Oil*

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Is it just me, or is this time of year a bit tricky when it comes to beauty? The light, glossy textures of summer feel too insubstantial for the shorter days, yet the changeable temperatures rule out the heavier formulas of winter. I don’t feel quite ready to relinquish that summer sheen, to I’ve been loving Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter’s Golden Goddess Oil as a subtle facial highlighter, and a way to fake glowing skin before winter means I’m in knitwear until May.

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Packaged in an easy-to-use pump top bottle, you only need a couple of drops to achieve a natural looking, subtle glow. On the face, I dot a little of the oil onto freshly moisturised cheekbones, and blend using my fingers or Beauty Blender. Smoothed onto arms and legs, the oil gives skin the sort of glow that normally takes a couple of weeks in the sun to achieve – glossy and glowing, and it never feels overly sparkly either. Since you only really need a few pumps of it (or a couple of drops if you’re using it on the face) it’s a bottle which is probably going to last until next summer (!) and I’m sure I’ll be using it during the festive season to give skin that much-needed glow.

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Golden Goddess Oil is priced at £10.99 and is available here

Raise a Cup for Macmillan with M&S*

DSC_0230When it comes to good causes, I don’t think you can get any more deserving than Macmillan Cancer Support – a charity which supports cancer patients and their families from day one. M&S have been champions of Macmillan since 2010, and have helped raise an incredible £13million over the years – a seriously incredible achievement, which you can help raise even higher!

Tomorrow is ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ – an event which will see schools, businesses, clubs and friends gather to raise a cup and help Macmillan do what they do best – support those going through unimaginably hard times.

Whether you want to host your own Coffee Morning, or simply want to attend one elsewhere, M&S are making it incredibly easy to support the cause with their line of delicious goodies – all of which donate a proceed of sales to Macmillan. When you’re in-store, just look out for the green Macmillan packaging, and you’re good to go!

It’s a seriously indulgent range of goodies – from traditional cream cakes, to a special edition Colin the Caterpillar, you can’t fail to find treats you’re going to love!

In addition to a whole host of baked goods, M&S have even included a cute china cup, and travel mug, so you can take part in the party, even if you can’t make it to an official ‘do’!

In addition to raising funds through the purchase of treats, M&S stores have been kitted out with a ‘Raise a Mug Wall’. For just £1, you can donate to Macmillan, and leave an encouraging message for those currently undergoing treatment, which such a lovely idea, and I’m sure it must mean the world to those looking for a little support.

 

 

Laura Bond Jewellery – Gold Plated Channel Set Crystal Huggies*

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When it comes to jewellery – I’m pretty picky about what I wear. Years ago, I used to have boxes of trinkets, bangles and earrings, and I positively tinkled as I walked around. As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve really curated my collection. I’ve got a few pairs of stud earrings which I can pop in and forget about, I’ve got a nice watch I can wear during the day and in the evening, and a handful of delicate gold necklaces and bracelets which I can wear on their own or stacked and that’s about it. Although I like the curated nature of my collection, it can get a little same-y, so I’ve been looking for some effortless feeling pieces I can incorporate to give my outfits a little update.

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I’m not a fan of big, brash jewellery, so I couldn’t have been happier than when Edinburgh-based jewellery star Laura Bond got in touch asking if I’d like to try a pair of her earrings. I had been positively stalking her instagram page (it’s gorgeous and you can find it here) so couldn’t wait to try a pair of her delicate hoops!

These are her gold-plated channel set crystal huggies, which retail for £25 each – the joy of Laura Bond Jewellery is that you can really curate your ears – with your choice of earrings. Sold separately, you can mix and match to your heart’s content, and you can choose from a variety of metals, finishes and even sizes, so you’re guaranteed to find a whole host of earrings you’re going to fall in love with!

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I’ve been absolutely loving this hoops to add a subtle touch of glamour to my everyday looks. The cubic zirconia crystals absolutely dazzle in the light, and the gold-plating means they match with all my existing jewellery. These hoops are also incredibly comfortable to wear – my ears can get itchy and uncomfortable when I wear earrings, but I completely forget these are even in. They’re lightweight too – and don’t get caught up in my hair, and I can wear them all day long. Even better – when you buy from Laura Bond Jewellery, you’re supporting a fabulous independently-owned business!

Laura Bond Channel Set Crystal Huggies in 14k Gold Plater Sterling Silver are priced at £25 each, and are available here.

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