Top 10 Beauty and Skincare Products for Winter skin

Bridal beauty winter skincare

Every winter my skin struggles with the different changes in temperature, central heating and the cold winds wreak havoc on my skin’s moisture balance. I try to keep it as hydrated as possible and because having great skin is one of my top priorities i try lots of different things to get the best skincare products in my opinion that do work!

If your getting married in summer this year you should start pampering your skin now. Bridal make up lasts longer on hydrated and nourished skins. When your skin is too dry and flaky make up will just soak straight into it.

Brides to Be should treat their skin to a monthly masque and a daily hydrating skin treatment during the winter months.

My top 10 Must Haves for winter skincare routines

 

Skin brightening

Dermalogica daily microfoliant

 

Skin nourishing masque

Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque

Hydrating mist water spray for skin

Avene thermal water

Bridal Beauty eye cream

StriVectin SD eye cream

Skincare serum

Dermaquest Essential b5 hydrating serum

Skin repair cream and primer for dry skin

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Overnight skin serum

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial

Lip treatment for brides

Dr Paw Paw

Effective dry skin treatment

Weleda Dry Skin Food

Nourishing body cream

Laura Mercier Crème Brulee  Soufflé Body Crème

Here are all the stores that i use to purchase my products!

  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant –  info
  • Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque –  info
  • Avene Thermal Spring Water – info
  • StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles –  info
  • Dermaquest Essent B5 Hydrating Serum –  info
  • Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream –  info
  • Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial –  info
  • Dr Paw Paw – RRP info
  • Weleda Dry Skin Food – info
  • Laura Mercier Crème Brulee Soufflé Body Crème – info

*** I use all of these brands for personal and professional use. I am not affiliated to any of these companies and i have purchased all products myself ***

Thanks for Reading 

Joyce xx

Arabelle Skin Sense – Invigorate Body Oil

natural body oils

I’ve been trying this new body oil by Arabelle Skin Sense over the last couple of weeks and i love it. Not only is my skin super soft but it smells fresh and invigorating too. The fragrance is fresh and light as well so it’s not over powering like some body oils. the main scent is the sweet orange essential oil. The normal retail price for this is £18.50 for 200ml.

They do a whole range of products so check out the website to see them all.

 

Reader Offer Arabelle Skin Sense has been kind enough to set-up a reader offer code – for 25% off.  To get the discount enter the code bbeauty25 at checkout. This offer is valid until 30th November 2013 so hurry to get your now! 

Get yours here 

Joyce xx

Nicara Luxury Spa Body Scrub

Body scrubs and lotions

I’m a great believer in exfoliation and I love natural smelling products too. So when i was sent a sample of Nicara Spa Body Scrub I couldn’t wait to try it. Not only does it smell gorgeous but it’s packed with essential oils* and no artificial fragrance in sight. I used it straight from the container and then showered it off, the result is silky smooth gorgeous skin. You don’t need a lot of product because a little goes a long way! (

Natural Body Scrub

 

£26.40 – 200ml

 

Body exfoliation

I’ve also been using the scrub as a hand scrub for silky soft hands pre manicure. They are so soft all the time 🙂

There are other products in the range too! Great to be able to do a spa at home treatment. For more details visit the website here

*Contains Nut Oils

Joyce xx

 

Holiday Beauty – Travel Sizes

With my holiday pending and baggage allowances getting less and less the last thing I want is to have to take massive sized bottles. So here’s my Top 5 travel sized products to take away on holiday with you.

 Dermalogica Skincare Kit – 10/10

I totally love Dermalogica it’s always going to be top of my list. This box lasts for 30 days!

Holiday beauty

This Dermalogica Skin Kit contains a full regimen of what your skin needs most. If you’re a first-time Dermalogica user, then prepare yourself for great skin. And, if you’re already hooked, these convenient travel sizes will bring professional skin care wherever you’re going today. Use as directed by your Dermalogica Professional Skin Therapist. 10/10  www.buy.dermalogica.co.uk

Nurture Mini Travel Collection – 9/10

Loved this range. My skin felt smooth and nourished. Wish there were more wipes in the pack!

Holiday beauty

nurture skincare offers a selection of great summer essentials packed with natural plant extracts such as edelweiss to help protect against free radical damage and suitable for even the most sensitive skin to make holiday packing simple and hassle-free.  www.nurtureskincare.co.uk

Eau Thermale Avène Spring Water Spray – 10/10

I never go anywhere without this in my handbag. I use it on everyone before I apply their make up too! It hydrates the skin in seconds and feels so refreshing.

Holiday beauty travel sizes

Keep refreshed in-flight with this cooling and soothing travel-size water spray. The softening and protective properties of the unique Avène Thermal Spring Water calms complexions and the low mineral content in the water, as well as its pH 7.5 (almost neutral) balance, will not sting, burn or dry out skin. What’s more it’s perfect for toning and refreshing flustered faces and cooling legs and body. www.boots.com

Soap and glory Clean Getaway – 9/10

Smells delicious and a great way to have a bit of girly pampering while you’re away! They should add a body scrub too.

 Holiday beauty travel sizes

 Shower gel, bubble bath, hand cream and body butter. www.boots.com

 Bumble and Bumble Hair  Travel Trio – 9/10

Love, love, love this range. Great for short trips and week long stays. Need more for a 2 week getaway.

Holiday beauty travel sizes

A luxurious set that gently, richly and deeply nourishes hair back to softness and shine.  www.bumbleandbumble.co.uk

 Hope you enjoyed reading this! Happy shopping

Joyce xx

Win a pair of Hotpants

A little over a year ago I was on Twitter and I saw a tweet that said lose 2 jean sizes in 2 weeks. Well of course I was sceptical but they were doing a giveaway so I thought I would give it a try. I had nothing to lose except inches (no pun intended).

Hotpants for slimming

In July  my hotpants arrived and I decided to take the 2 week challenge and all I had to do was wear the hotpants everyday for 2 weeks for at least  30 minutes a day! I sweated a lot but within a week I noticed how smooth the skin on my legs were and at the end of the 2 weeks I was over the moon because not only had I lost 7lbs in weight I could also get into smaller jeans!

Not long after I became an Ambassador for hotpants

weightloss

So today I am delighted to give you the chance to win a pair of Hotpants Vivas! There are 3 pairs up for grabs!! These Vivas have an RRP of £50 a pair. So enter the competition now!

Hotpants vivas

For a chance to win a pair and brighten your summer, all you have to do is:

1. Tweet to your followers – I entered to win the @BridesandBeauty Viva hotpants competiton. You can win a pair too! http://bit.ly/OO7CzZ #vivascomp

2. Leave a comment Why you should win with your twitter or real name.

3. Follow me on twitter.

4. Important! You may only enter once per day, please don’t spam your followers it will not help your chances.

3 (Three) Prize Winners Will Win:

RULES: Entrants must be at least 16 years of age or older as of date of entry. The competition ends on Tuesday 31st July 2012.

Three winners will be chosen at random!

Good luck!! 🙂 

 

Read more about Zaggora products here!

How to look your best and be confident!

Image source: White Gold Images

A good haircut that’s manageable at home

A basic make up kit to enhance your natural beauty (foundation/ tinted moisturiser, mascara, lip-gloss/lipstick, blusher)

Wearing colours that suit you (clothing and make up)

Taking good care of your skin, cleansing, regular facials

Hands are always on display so manicures or neatly filed nails are essential

Good posture ‚ Sit up straight and walk tall.

Have a facial to brighten your complexion, the change of weather can make the skin look dull and sallow. Drink plenty of water to rehydrate the skin after spending long amounts of time in a centrally heated room, hot water with a slice of fresh lemon is very refreshing.

Try not to have the bath water too hot because it has a very drying effect on the skin. Do a full body exfoliation while you soak in the bath and then pat skin dry and use a good body moisturiser to make your skin glow.

In the winter months an everyday body tanning product can be used to give the skin a bit of colour, but you can just do the parts of you’re your body that are on show, take care to exfoliate feet, elbows and knees regularly to remove excess tan build up.

Shape your eyebrows, if you can‚’t do it yourself then get them done professionally. Eyebrows give the eyes definition.

Treat yourself to a new foundation if you’ve had the old one for a while. Skin tones change with the seasons, if your skin is flawless you can get away with just using a tinted moisturiser. Go to the make up counters and test 2/3 different colours closest to your skin tone on your jaw line, the colour that disappears into your skin is the right shade. Take a small mirror with you and always check it in daylight before you purchase it.

Now you’re all set for the new season ahead!!

Joyce xx

My Favourite Beauty Finds of 2011

I love all things make up and beauty. Here are some of things that i will be using for a long time to come. They are not only amazing but they are part of my daily routine or make up kit!

In no particular order:

Model in A Bottle – I absolutely love this product. Its the best setting spray ever. If you want your make up to last all day then this is for you. I use it on myself and its part of my kit:

Model in A bottle

www.victorialovesbeauty.com

Zaggora – Back in the summer i came across a new company called Zaggora on Twitter. They had a products called Hotpants that claimed to make you lose 2 jean sizes in 2 weeks. I thought i would enter their competiton and see if i could win a pair. When they arrived i wore them everyday for 2 weeks and to my amazement i lost 7lbs in 2 weeks! Its stayed off too! I was over the moon to be part of their advertising campaign as well:

Zaggora hotpants

www.zaggora.com

Niki’s Organic Balm – I have had a bad neck and back for years which comes with my chosen profession. I don’t complain, but i have discovered an instant cure for it. It comes in the form of a balm so i can take it with me everywhere. Within minutes of using this balm i could turn my head which i hadn’t been able to do for 2 weeks.

Organic balm

www.nikisbalms.co.uk

M2 Beaute – When i started using M2 Beaute eyelash activating serum my eyelashes grew so much that people noticed the difference. I have to say despite the price tag this is the best eyelash growth product i have used. As a contact lense wearer it is the only lash growth product that didn’t sting my eyes when i used it. Its a must have!!

M2 beaute lashes www.harrods.com

Sephora Jumbo Liners – These are like eyeshadow in the form of a pencil. They are sold as jumbo eyeliners but can be used for eyeshadow too. These are great for speed and quick touch ups. Its such a shame we don’t have a store here in the UK! I have used these when i’m in a hurry and love them for that. They fit easily in your handbag too.

eyeshadow pencil - sephora

www.sephora.com

Glossy Box – This is a great way to trial new products without paying out for something you might not like. You pay £10 per month plus P&P and you get a gorgeous gift wrapped box of delights. I haven’t had anything i don’t like so far in mine. The Christmas box was red they are normally pink ones.

Glossy box

Glossy Box

www.glossybox.co.uk

Make Up Atelier Waterproof foundation – I have tried out so many foundations and love them all but i have to say i really do love this one. It really is waterproof and stays on. It still has a really dewy look to it when its on too.

Make Up Atelier

www.love-makeup.co.uk

If you have a beauty find for 2011. Please leave a comment so i can check it out!

Happy reading!

Joyce x

Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing Exfoliating Scrub

Exfoliation is one of my top must do treatments. I’m always on the look out for new products. A couple of weeks ago in my Glossy Box I received satchets of Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt brushing.

body scrub

When I opened the pack I was pleased to see that it was already mixed with oil. The smell is good enough to eat. Citrus aromas oozed from the packet. I applied it to dry skin and the oils made my skin silky smooth for a few days afterwards. I love this product and will definitely use it again.

Dead Sea Magik ScrubAs you can see from the picture its oily so that makes application easier. Make sure you’re standing in the bath or shower when you apply it. It can make the floor very slippery so be careful. It rinsed off easily without drying my skin.

It was voted ‘Best Body scrub’ by You Magazine!

The RRP is £13.30 for a 500g tub from Shop for Spa

Its also available at John Lewis, Debenhams, Harrods, Selfridges, Holland & Barrett and independent retailers,

Today’s Post is all About Margarita Bloom

 

Tell me a bit about yourself and your business?

My name is Regina which in Latin means “Queen” *wink wink* I’m the beauty and brains behind Margarita Bloom. I’m just a girl who loves beautiful things, glamour and life’s little luxuries!!! To put it simply, here’s me….I love Paris. I love fashion. I love luxury. I love Pinups. I love glamour. I love poetry. Shakespeare & Poe. I love sunshine and pretty flowers, sparkling water, cute furry puppies and kitties. I love Mother Nature. I love rockin tunes like “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele to Goldfrapp, Marilyn Monroe “I wanna be loved by you” and Etta James’s “At Last”. I love the BEACH!, sun, sand between my toes and refreshing breezes from the ocean. I adore Marilyn Monroe and anything from Old Hollywood. Sigh…I love chocolate and thoroughly enjoy experiencing new foods and drinks. Pictures and words inspire me and I in turn LOVE to inspire people.

I’ve taken all that and entwined it into my Beauty Company, “Margarita Bloom” to create Retro inspired bath & skincare goodies. Our company is light hearted and totally fun while having super fabulous skincare items to pamper yourself with which I think is a necessary luxury in anybody’s life. Sometimes when life gets stressful we need to have some downtime; some time to have fun, laugh, be light-hearted, and just be happy! Our products were made to have darling names like our “Lulu and the Volleyball Instructor” Coconut Lemongrass Scrub to our “Tea and Crumpets” Cream cheese Frosting Body Balm so when you read them….you smile! They have amazing scents so when you sniff them, you go ahhhh…and smile and when you use them…well by that time the bathroom door has closed and BLISS has arrived. lol… One of my favorite parts of my business is getting to know my peeps, getting their feedback on our products, what did they like, didn’t like, their opinions on packaging and types of goodies they’d like to see at Margarita Bloom. I really want to get their input to continue having wonderful products they’ll love for a lifetime.

Website: http://www.margarita-bloom.com

Twitter: twiter.com/margaritabloom

Where are you based? We’re based in the USA. Though we do not have a physical boutique we are an online boutique found at www.margarita-bloom.com and we can ship to many locations outside of the USA.

When did you establish your business? Margarita Bloom came to life around 2006.

Why did you decide to start this business? I always knew I wanted to have my own business even when I was little. It took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do because I needed to be passionate about it. I needed to LOVE it so I could give 200% and more to it. When you’re passionate about something you love doing, success is sure to follow. When I discovered this amazing world of beauty I was hooked and I’ve never lost interest in it. Every day is an adventure with meeting new customers, creating new products, sniffing new scents and more.

What’s your unique selling point? We’re retro, doll! Va va Voom Vintage, Glamorous and Gorgeous and of course everything is made fresh at the time we receive an order, only the best for our peeps!

What’s you best selling product? It’s funny because our customers always say, “I want everything!” lol…so everything! *wink wink* Some of our best selling goodies to give you some ideas would be our Cupcake Love Soaps, Bramble Briar & Rose Luxe Milk Soak, Antoinette’s Rose Garden Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Soaks, I Smell Delicious Roll on Parfume Oils and so much more.

Who’s your target market? Anyone and everyone who wants to be pampered and smell sweet.

Why do you think more people are buying natural products? I think from the beginning of time people have been enraptured with using plants and other materials from Mother Nature to beautify themselves. Look at Cleopatra…she adored baths in milk, honey and rose petals, and used Jojoba Oil on her face for her complexion. She even travelled to the Dead Seas to use the minerals and muds located there. The idea of using plants and oils from nature & refining it into a usable item that you can add to lotions, potions and scrubs and so on I think is timeless and has never changed and will always be there.

Can your products be used on any age customer? Yes, they can. Of course, always use supervision with children. You don’t want them taking a bite for example of our Cute Cupcake Soaps….they may look tasty but they sure don’t taste tasty! lol..

Do you ship your products worldwide? But of course! If our shopping cart isn’t setup for a particular location, feel free to email us and ask if we can ship to your country. We’re always looking to expand and beautify more peeps!

I just wanted to say thank you Joyce for this wonderful interview! I’m so glad I was able to meet you through my company! You’re a true Margarita Bloom gal! xoxo

Here are all the lovely soaps I bought. Delicious all of them… I had the whole Geisha Glamarama range. click here to get yours!

Visit Margarita Bloom for fun retro soaps and pampering products! Treat yourself or someone else.

 

MADARA Flower Dust Lotion

I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful Organic range of products. In particular the Flower Dust lotion. This product is so lush it goes on really well and feels silky afterwards. The Flower Dust adds a subtle sheen of glow to any skin tone. I have been trialling this product out on my brides and they all love it. It adds a bit of shimmer to the skin without the yellowness that other products I’ve used in the past give.

I recommend this product for all skin tones and anyone that wants a bit of light shimmer for their wedding day or a night out!

Madara Flower Dust Body Lotion RRP £22.00

M√É ÅDARA decocare organic flower dust shimmering moisturising body lotion gives your skin a beautiful shimmery look, the nourishing formula of M√É ÅDARA decocare organic flower dust shimmering moisturising body lotion leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated.

A very subtle golden glow with sparkles

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