• Decleor Facial Pilates Treatment

    Decleor 1A couple of weeks ago I was invited to my first East Midlands Blogger event at House of Fraser Nottingham.

    We were to go and meet some other bloggers and have an opportunity to get one treatment.

    I was offered the Decleor treatment and I jumped at the chance as I have had a Decleor facial before and loved it, even though I wasn’t sure what the treatment was going to be.

    I got to House of Fraser and met the other bloggers (I wish I had more time to meet some more to be honest) and then was offered a goody bag.

    The contents of the bag and a vlog about the event are here but I want to focus on the amazing treatment I got to have.

    I was met by the lovely Yasmine who works on the Decleor counter in House of Fraser. She invited me to have a hand massage whilst we waited for the treatment room to become available. Treatment room? I wasn’t aware there was one, so that was my first surprise.

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    We spoke for a little while whilst I had a lovely aromatic hand massage using the Aromessence Svelt oil and she explained that she had been working for Decleor for nearly 2 months but had always had roles in beauty and as a beauty therapist. Skincare being her favourite and treatments.

    She then went on to say that I was having a very special treatment and was one of the first to try it out. Today I was having the facial pilates treatment.

    So, what is it:

    The treatment last 1 hour and 15 minutes (LUSH!) and you get a back massage which focuses on pressure points and finds out any of issues that might be relative in your back pressure points. Then you get the facial including a peel and then on to the pilates part.

    I will go through the facial in detail in a bit.

    I went in to the lovely treatment room (which I have on good advice is getting a makeover) which was calm and had a lovely Decleor scent in the air when you walked in.

    The lovely soothing music was playing when I walked in and I was asked to fill out a form which identified who I was, any medical conditions I might have and what I felt were my skin problems. Every body is expected to do this at least on their first visit. She put my hair back in the band and we took a before photo. As you can see I was a little puffy around the eyes and my cheeks were looking jowly.

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    I was then asked to take off my top half of my clothes, including bra for the back massage, and to ensure my leggings were pulled down slightly to be able to get to the lower back.

    I got changed and got on the bed face down and pulled the towels over me.

    Yasmine was so lovely, she was really calm, was polite and really just lovely. She knew her stuff!

    I like to have a firm massage so was happy with the pressure but if you prefer her to be a bit lighter handed you can say – don’t feel like you can’t.

    The order of the treatment is set out below, please note that I have combination skin (dry in most areas but I get an oily nose from my glasses).

    Step 1: Back Diagnostic Massage – as mentioned this is to check your skin through your body.

    Step 2: Cleanse and tone – She used the Cleansing Milk with Neroli to cleanse my skin which was lovely and light and cooling on the skin, followed by the Essential Tonifying Lotion, a lovely soothing fluid. She mentioned this was really important as part of your skincare routine. I loved this as it didn’t dry out my skin or cause it to sting.

    Step 3: Exfoliate – This was such a great experience. She used the Phyto Peel which is a non scrubby exfoliant. You apply this and then leave it for a couple of minutes (or longer!) and then you lightly rub it in flicking motions to take the dead skin off rather than using something abrasive.

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    Step 4: At this point you get a lovely Aroma Pressures massage. This is a gentle massage where she used the Ylang Cananga oil. This was to help with my skin type, combating the dryness but also helping the oil on my nose. I have to admit the scent of this was stunning. Definitely one I would like to try again. I loooooved this part.

    Step 5: She then did some aroma drainage which drains the toxins. The Aroma Svelt Oil Serum that was used at this point.

    Step 6: This was the new and exciting part, the facial pilates aka Gym for the Skin. This does come with a warning, your face will be moved around and your neck and body too. Don’t be alarmed, you can ask for it to be less firm but I went for it. For this she used the Marjolaine Night Balm throughout and it smelt so nice.

    Step 7: After the facial pilates she applied the Or Excellence face mask, you leave this on (and it can be an overnight mask too) and massage any excess in once the time is up. This is in the Magnolia scent.

    Step 8:  The final step and that is to the tone and serum cream which she recommended as the Hyrdo Floral Light and also gave me a decent size sample too to take home.

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    So this is how my skin looked immediately after:

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    I feel like it looks so much brighter and my eyes look less puffy and my cheeks look a little lifted.

    I loved this treatment and so when I found out that you can book the treatment for £50 but that is redeemable for the products in the range I thought what a great way to get your fave Decleor stuff and getting a free treatment.

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    I have always said the original 1 hour 15 minute Decleor treatment was amazing and I have to say this was too.

    I would highly recommend this to anyone and definitely would recommend Jasmine! She is one of the loveliest people and will make sure you feel like you have had a very special treat.

    If you would like to try this facial you can book it through House of Fraser Decleor in Nottingham by calling the store 0344 800 3751 .

    Have you enjoyed a facial lately? Have you had a Decleor Facial? What is your experience?

    GIVEAWAY | Get the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

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    The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette was a total surprise to some of us in the beauty community and we have been waiting with baited breath for it to come out.

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    I watched the internet to see a release date and was told that there was going to be a flash pre-release which I knew I had to have. HAD. TO. so at 1 minute to 11am I was able to add the pretty little thing to my basket and in a flash it was sold out! I knew it would and also know it doesn’t come out permanently till the end of July. Luckily I got 2, one for me AND ONE FOR ONE OF YOU!!!

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    This will be my only Naked palette as I ended up selling my Naked 3 and have none of the others because I had too many similar. Although this is a warm palette I don’t feel like any of my others is similar to this. Most of my warm palettes are cranberry rather than warm browny oranges.

    So what is my first impression?

    I need to get it out there that I think it’s absolutely GORGEOUS.

    The packaging is unlike anything I have had before, although I would have loved if it was slightly slimmer.

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    It has a magnetic closure and it has a double-ended brush (which I really like!) and a huge mirror.

    In comparison to my other Urban Decay palettes this has a similar texture to my vice palettes, I don’t know if it’s anything like the Naked 1 or 2 but it is definitely better than Naked 3.

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    I am so excited to try this out on my face and do some looks on my YouTube channel. Let me know if you would like to see different looks using this?

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    I am giving this away via Rafflecopter, I have used it for years and find it the fairest way.

    The giveaway is open to UK & Ireland only.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    The closing date is 11:59pm 22nd July 2017, winner announced on the 23rd July.

    There will be only 1 winner and all entries will be verified.

    If you have any questions please ask, happy to help – contact through all my social media links above or my email.

    Plus Size Summer Style with Simply Be

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    I am loving the return of some of my favourite things from the 90s, chokers and Gingham monochrome definitely are giving me the summer feels.  So when I was asked to pick an outfit from Simply Be that described my summer style I couldn’t resist this Gingham Dress.

    There is a place near where I live in Derbyshire that I really wanted to take photo’s of this outfit and with it being really sunny recently I feel like it really shows off the way to wear this beautiful outfit.

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    The material on the dress is nice and light and I chose a size 26 but I think I could have gone smaller as it was a nice thin material.

    I have to admit, if you’re taller than me the gingham dress will be a little short. I am 5ft 2.5 (yes the half counts!) and it was just above the knee.

    I wore this with a little black choker which came from a set of four, a pair of leggings (standard) and suede ankle boots.

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    I went with a pop of colour with the pixie camera bag and matched it with my lips and of course I went with a little ankle boot to finish the outfit.

    The bag looks small but holds so much. Perfect for holiday when all you need is your camera, phone, lipstick and your money. Definitely one for bloggers and instagram enthusiasts. I love the chrome detailing too.

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    I do love colour in the summer but really wanted to try something different. I don’t ever get my legs out, not because I don’t like them but I just have worn something on my legs for so long they get cold, even in the Summer. I seem to have conditioned them somehow.

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    I also love a boot, knee high in the winter and ankle in the summer. I find them so comfortable and they are perfect for a walk in the woods.

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    This was my first photoshoot, I have to admit I was pretty nervous and I really enjoyed it. Admittedly this outfit did help boost my confidence. I felt good in this and I don’t often enjoy swing dresses but this felt really good.

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    PHOTO CREDIT: RACHEL TAYLOR

    Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

    Chrissy 1Oops! Another Highlighter palette fell in to my collection and this time it’s the new Becca x Chrissy Tiegen Glow Face Palette.

    If you don’t know who Chrissy Tiegen is she is the wife of John Legend and she is the lady on lip sync battle with LL Cool J that sort of gets the crowd going (I actually don’t know why Chrissy is on the show but let’s just say she makes me laugh and that’s enough).

    I didn’t buy this because of Chrissy’s name, I bought this as I have the Jaclyn Hill palette and I love it and I also had £15 off at Space NK so I decided to purchase it. It’s available at Space NK and Cult Beauty here in the UK.

    Firstly I would like to talk about the packaging. It’s rose gold and it has a gorgeous pinky gold marble. It’s very very similar to the Jaclyn Hill palette.

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    I thought I would bring you review of the highlighters in this blog post, I think the bronze and blush need a post all on their own.

    The Rose Gold is on the top right and Beach Nectar on the bottom right with the Chrissy heart and Becca imprinted on.

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    I am under no illusion that I am a very pale in comparison to Chrissy so knew this might not be quite right for my skin tone but as usual I don’t care – I will make it work!

    The two highlighters are the Rose Gold highlighter which is in Becca’s permanent collection and is Chrissy’s favourite highlighter and the new and currently exclusive to this palette, Beach Nectar.

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    As you can see from the swatches Rose Gold is so much darker than Beach nectar but they have similar tones. Beach nectar works perfectly on me, all you need is a light hand if you are fair like me, if you’re even more fair then you could add a lighter highligher (I would choose Ice Kiss from Makeup Revolution to add in to any darker highlighters).

    The texture is what you would expect from Becca highlights, soft and when applied they are almost wet like. I love that there is no glitter in her highlights.

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    This palette is gorgeous and no, I didn’t need new highlighters but these are different to anything in my collection so I am really happy I have this.

    I will bring you the Bronze and Blush in another post and also a comparison with the Jaclyn Hill palette.

    Did you pick this up? What do you think of this palette?

    June Beauty Wishlist

    I have actually done some serious beauty damage recently which you can see on my YouTube channel but there are a few things on my June wishlist I would really like to get!

    June Wishlist

    Zoeva Winter Strobe Palette

    I recently got the Spring Strobe from Zoeva and I am in LOVE so I wanted to try another one and I think the Winter Strobe would be perfect for fair skin tones. There is a Summer Strobe but it looks to be for deeper skin tones to mine.

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    Foreo Mini

    I have been looking at facial cleansers and although I think the brushes like the clarisonic look good I think I like how soft the silicone bristles are on the Foreo cleansers. I love the Mini as it’s not as small as the play and not too expensive either at £119

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    IT Cosmetics CC Cream Foundation

    I am still waiting to finish off a number of foundations before purchasing this but I managed to get my hands on a little pot from a good friend. Such a great great great foundation and factor 50 spf too! It’s never available in my shade on QVC but they are about to launch it in Selfridges so hopefully the shade I want (Fair) will be available.

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    Makeup Revolution Amplified Palette in Dynamic

    I was going to pass on these larger palettes from Makeup Revolution when they came out but I can’t stop looking at swatches of the Dynamic palette. I love purple eyeshadow and the 5 on the right are the most gorgeous shades.  These are £15 each and there are seven in total which are dupes of the Morphe palettes. I actually don’t own any morphe anymore as I kept not using them so I don’t know if I would buy any of the others but this is probably the most unique to me.

    Have you got anything on your wishlist?

    Please let me know as I love discovering new things.

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