SK-II Eye Masks*

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of sheet masks. I try to use one at least once per week, and I love how they hydrate skin without feeling like they’re too much. Probably the first luxury brand who hopped on the sheet mask trend. SK-II are the brand I turn to when I’m in the mood for a little luxury, I always reach for SK-II.

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The SK-II Signs Eye Masks are just perfect if you’re travelling, or like to keep a couple of masks in your bedside drawers. Individually packaged, the masks are so easy to apply, and feel absolutely glorious if you have hot, itchy eyes. I like to use them when my eyes are feeling a little dried out, as the masks are specifically designed to fight fine lines and deal with dark circles. I tend to pop the masks on before I head to bed, and let the formula sink in overnight, although you can take them off after half an hour or so and still reap the benefits. The Signs Eye Masks are soaked in SK-II’s signature Pitera formula which keeps skin glowing.

SK-II Signs Eye Masks are £64 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Skin Hydrating Facial Masque*

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If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a cupboard full of face masks which detox, clear skin and treat blackheads. They’re all about cleansing and exfoliation, rather than pampering the skin, so it felt like perfect timing when Skin sent over the gorgeous Hydrating Facial Masque. With a formula fortified with mango seed oil and avocado oil, it’s an easy way to add a dose of moisture to winter skin.

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Packaged in a simple screw top jar, Sukin’s Hydrating Facial Masque is an absolute joy to use, and I’ve slotted into my skin care regime seamlessly, using it once or twice per week, or whenever my skin is feeling a little fried. After cleansing, or even after a cleansing mask, I simply pat my skin dry, then pat a couple of finger-fulls onto my face, neck and décolletage.

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The masque is wonderfully cooling and soothing, and feels like a rich moisturiser to apply. Depending on how dried out my skin is feeling, I tissue off the excess after half an hour or so, or, if my skin is absolutely arched, I leave it on overnight. The difference in my skin the next morning is visible – it’s softer, smoother, and feels far healthier to the touch. I also feel like I need less foundation, and that’s always a good thing!

Sukin Hydrating Facial Masque is prices at £11.95 and is available here

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation*

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Happy Friday! We’ve made it to the end of the first week of the year, and I’m not sure about you, but I’m more than ready for the weekend! So, in something of a celebration, I thought I would share an awesome foundation, which might just be your go-to choice for 2017.

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As you might expect from the name, Urban Decay’s All Nighter foundation promises a ‘modern matte’ finish which is seriously long lasting. Whenever a brand promises both matte and long-lasting, I do worry about them being drying, but thankfully, Urban Decay’s offering just leaves skin looking flawless all night long!

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There are an incredible 24 shades to choose from, and I love how much choice there is. I opted to try two of the palest shades, as I’m rocking something of a winter complexion. 0.5 is the palest of the pale, and it’s pretty much spot on for me at the moment. With soft yellow undertones, it cuts through any redness I want to cover, and it really does make skin look flawless all evening.

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Shade 1.0 is a touch pinker in tone, but it generally quite a neutral shade. If I need a touch of extra colour, I can mix it 50/50 with 0.5, and this is probably the shade I’ll be reaching for in the spring. What I love about the All Nighter Foundation, is the complete lack of oxidisation of the formula. There’s no turning orange by noon, and my face doesn’t feel tight or sticky at any point!

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation is priced at £27 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream – Sensitive*

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As someone with sensitive skin, finding a great moisturizer can be a surprisingly difficult task. I’m always looking for formulas which will hydrate my skin, calm any redness issues I have, and smooth skin ready for makeup.

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Considering I’ve been a fan of the Burt’s Bee brand for at least a decade, I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to try out their Daily Moisturizing Cream. Packaged in a simple, pump top dispenser, this is a wonderfully simple product which deeply hydrates skin without a hint of irritation. It leaves skin feeling wonderfully smooth and plumped, but not in the least bit greasy or shiny.

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Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream – Sensitive is priced at £16.49 and is available here

Think The Perfect ‘No Stress’ Holiday Can’t Be Yours? Think Again!

Let’s face it: no one ever goes on holiday to become stressed or tired. Getaways are the perfect chance for busy working women to finally relax, recharge and enjoy some much needed ‘me time’. But unfortunately, the reality of travelling can sometimes put a spanner in the works, and the dreamy vacation comes to an abrupt halt. A less than comfortable flight, getting lost in a new city and accommodation that looks NOTHING like it did on the website can all add up to a pretty miserable trip. When you spend all your time working and saving money for a fancy, relaxing trip, this can be pretty disheartening. So, when you know you deserve a bit of luxury, just how do you ensure that you get it?

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Upgrade your flight

Think about the last budget flight you went on and how it was. For many people it’s a doddle – after all, if you’re only hopping across the North Sea to Amsterdam, it’s pretty easy to sit in a chair with minimal leg room and a lumpy back. But if you are taking a medium to long haul flight, you might want to think again. Could you really put up with being uncomfortable for over four hours – sometimes up to twelve? For most of us, the answer is probably no. Therefore, if you want to get your holiday off to the luxurious start it deserves, you might want to consider upgrading to either first class or business class. You may even be upgraded by the airline itself if the conditions are right. If you fancy trying your luck, there are a few ways you can maximise the chances of this happening. Being loyal to your airline, dressing fancy or being very early for the flight can all occasionally result in getting upgraded free of charge.

Have a plan of action once you land

Landing in a strange city, whether you are abroad or not, can always be a bit daunting. As is the nature of airports, you are likely to be quite far out of the city centre. Getting there poses a lot of potential issues, especially if you don’t speak the local language. The last thing you want is to end up lost with all your luggage – as this also puts you at the mercy of local criminals. For a stress-free journey to your accommodation, simply make use of the local chauffeur services.

 

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Book your accommodation based on reviews

Turning up to your accommodation and finding it less than satisfactory is every holiday maker’s worst nightmare. But sadly, it is something that happens far too often. Many scam companies are experts in reeling in unsuspecting tourists with glossy websites showcasing a beautiful hotel or villa – when in reality, the property is nothing of the sort. Be vigilant when booking – if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Plus, swear by review websites such as Tripadvisor. Finding out what other travellers have to say on a potential hotel can make or break your decision to go there, so make use of this valuable resource.

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