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After a kind invite from the lovely ladies at Liz Earle I hopped along to the Flagship store in Chelsea for a Wreath making evening in aid of their new addition to the ever so popular energising range. We were greeted with Mulled wine (elder flower for the non drinkers like myself) and minced pies with a display of beautiful wreath making goodies! 

January will see an amazing launch of ‘Energising Body Lotion’, a potent yet silky body cream packed with 19 naturally active ingredients including: Caffeine, ginkgo biloba, chestnut, vitamin E, borage, grapefruit, rosemary, peppermint and many more. This luscious blend will have you picked up from those Winter blues in no time at all! The body lotion comes in a sleek long bottle that’s easy enough to carry with you, the texture of the lotion is lovely and silky and it absorbs into the skin very quickly and of course, the smell is to die for as with every other Liz Earle product!

Here are some pictures from our lovely Wreath making evening!

The lovely table full of Wreath goodness!

Majority of the props used for our wreath’s were in fact the main ingredients which you will find in Energising Body Lotion!

Jennifer doing what she loves best, talking to us about plants 🙂

Me making a little progress, I think??!!

Fellow Beauty writers/bloggers showing off their finished products.

Emma from Pampered&Polished showing off her lovely Wreath!

Me and Hayley from London Beauty Queen!

Lets Play ‘Rate the Wreath’ :p Below are images of the Wreath made by myself and the one by the Lovely Jennifer from Liz Earle!

Jennifer’s Wreath 🙂

My Wreath (go easy on me, its my first time :p)

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Liz Earle for holding such a lovely evening!

Energising Body Lotion will be available in January and is priced at £16.50 for 150ml.

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I’ll keep this short and sweet as I tend to babble on! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this face wash.  Geranium is one of my all time favorite scents in skincare products. The smell of this face wash really does awaken the senses in the morning, It vanishes any sign of dirt and grime on your face, leaving it clean, refreshed with no sign of dryness. It’s an SLS and chemical free formula that foams only a small amount leaving you skin toned moisturised and ready to face the day!

Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash-  £4.99.

Available to buy at Boot’s store and also online at Organic Surge

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I’ve never actually owned a pair of GHD’S (sad, I know!) So I have always wondered what all the fuss is about.  Everywhere I go the number one straighter always seems to be a GHD! I was more than happy when I was sent one to trial.. if anything it has really helped out my overly curious mind as to why these straighteners are so special!

The GHD Deluxe Midnight Collection is one of those Limited Edition sets that are always released by GHD this time of the year! It’s a very Chique set that comes with plenty of accessories and add on’s including a cute little hair dryer. It is the perfect Christmas present!! *cough, cough GHD.. you can pay me later*

Right so now.. Shamefully may I add I am going to show you what I have been working with! I will probably have the piss taken out of me something chronic for showing you guys this, however I have to be honest! Here are the straighteners I use-

A very old pair of Morphy Richards straighteners. The ceramic plates are non existent and after using the GHD’s I have released these take FOREVER to sort my barnet out!! Usually when using these it takes at least 20 mins to do my short hair! Can you imagine what I went through when I had hair down to my ass?? OMG!! 

Moving on, I love the sleek design of these GHD’s, all black with gold ceramic plates.

So.. How did I get on with them you ask? well… I am now starting to understand the hype which surrounds these Iconic straighteners! When it comes down to my hair, I’m rather lucky. I have overly thick wavy/curly hair which can be worn either straight if I straighten it or curly if I let it dry naturally and slap some product on it. However, having thick hair can be a right pain in the ass when you need to straighten it. Using these straighteners was a breeze, my styling time was cut down to half compared to my Morphy Richards Irons but what confuses me the most is im not sure how and why these are so good. After turning them on and getting the two beeps to go ahead and start styling I honestly thought they were broken, there was no heat coming off them at all! When I placed my hair in them the ceramic plates were so smooth that it felt like the straighteners hadn’t even gripped my hair and almost felt like my hair had slipped right out of them, I was surprised to look in the mirror to find a perfectly piece of straight hair which did NOT need going over again unlike my Morphy Richards, which I have to use 3 times to even get a straight piece of hair! In all very impressed. You cannot feel the heat at all nor is there steam which escapes from the straightener, these straighteners are indeed magic. I think it’s the time and effort that goes into the technology that makes them so special.

Here’s a pic of my very shiny and smooth hair-

Get your’s online at http://www.Ghdhair.com Buy from the site and get a 2 year guarantee. These make an amazing Christmas present, but be quick as they are a Limited Edition set! I really want one now (Hint, Hint GHD)

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The magic of Dr. Bronner’s is its affordability and versatility. Famous for its 18 uses from 1 bottle this liquid soap at £4.99 per 236ml bottle is worth a try.

So for me, being more of a lover of shower gels and creams, I was quite dubious whether to try Dr Bronner’s Bottle of Magic. Like many others, soaps have a tendency to leave the skin feeling dry and almost leather like, which is a horrible feeling after a soothing bath, when you should be feeling like silk….but here goes… 

 

Check out Dr Bronner’s “18in1” uses as listed on his products…..Impressive!

  1. Shave
  2. Shampoo
  3. Dental
  4. Soap bath
  5. Peppermint is nature’s own unsurpassed fragrant Deodorant!
  6. A drop is best Mint Toothpaste; brushes Dentures Clean!
  7. A dash in water is the ideal Breath Freshener & Mouth Wash!
  8. Peppermint Oil Soap for Dispensers, Uniforms, Baby, Beach!
  9. Dilute for ideal  Body Rub
  10. Foot Bath
  11. Douche
  12. Hot Towel-Massage the entire body, always towards your heart.
  13. Pets
  14. Silk, wool, washing clothes and dishes
  15. Body tingles head to toe – keeps cool!
  16. 3 dashes in water rinse most Sprays Off fruit & vegetables!
  17. 1/4 oz in qt H2O is Pest Spray!
  18. Dash, no rash Diaper-Soap!

It comes in 8 main varieties, the original being the famous tingly peppermint – followed by Lavender, Eucalyptus, Citrus, Almond, Rose, unscented Baby Mild and Tea Tree which can even be used to treat minor cuts. Dr Bronner’s Pure Magic Soap has NO synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances, dyes or whiteners. The soaps are made with certified Fair Trade and organic ingredients sourced from India and its packaging is completely biodegradable.

So ……with my bottle of the original Dr Bronner’s Peppermint liquid soap in hand, I took to the bathroom to test 2 of its recommended uses!!

Soap bath – standing up and washing at a sink is not my idea of relaxing so I moved this method from the sink to the bath! Adding just 3 drops to hot running water the fresh peppermint scent masked my bathroom! “Breathing deeply” as advised on the bottle I laid back, relaxed, inhaled and exhaled and was instantly relaxed. Almost like a decongestant, Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap opened up the sinuses, and made my nose tingle. This would be great natural product or clearing the mind if you have cold/flu symptoms. But…enough about relaxing and onto the cleaning! This magic liquid soap has a surprisingly rich lather for such a thin and initially watery product due to its very high coconut oil content and again just a few drops of the liquid onto a loofah, sponge or into the palm of your hand is enough for the entire body.  It cleans the skin effortlessly leaving body feeling fresh and tingling. With so many cleaning powers for the body and your home the soap is in no way abrasive as maybe expected. In fact its the complete opposite. Importantly for me it did not leave my skin dry or leathery. I wouldn’t say it was as moisturising as shower creams etc, but for a formula that is a soap and not promoted for its moisturising properties, my skin was surprisingly soft and the tingly sensation lasts once dry.

Shampoo  – I would recommend using Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap as a shampoo for cleanliness only.  It lathers well on hair and cleans just as well as any other shampoo. Being an “18in1” bottle it would be great for those travelling with the need for minimal luggage or those of you who place no emphasis on having silky/shiny hair. But for those who like to replicate that salon feeling, unfortunately I would not recommend this as a shampoo. It did the cleaning job, but it left my hair feeling dry and brittle which was not a good feeling. although my hair smelt fabulous, it was not so fab to touch.

Check out Dr Bronner’s magic Soaps at www.drbronner.com There is a wide range of goodies to buy! Feel free to contact me on Deeheartsnutri@gmail.com Twitter: DeeHeartsNutri

Dionne

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Anti-aging Guru and the ever so popular Dr Perricone wows us all with yet another amazing collection. The ‘Super’ range is an anti-aging line for woman under 30!! Two words… HELL YES!!

Ok.. so im only 24, some of you would consider me still a baby.. however I don’t! It’s not like im 18 and do not have to worry about my skin. I would much rather take the necessary steps and ensure my skin is in perfect condition and that I am using the best products for my skin so future damage can be less of a problem.

The whole Super range uses anti-oxidant rich nutrients found in foods like blueberries and acai berry, not to mention the patented science which fights early aging in its tracks.  I have been using the 3 min facial for a few weeks now and I can honestly say im really impressed, it delivers intense hydration whilst renewing your skin leaving it with the most amazing glow.  The 3 min facial is made with ginger, this golden root stimulates the skin for a quick boost of vitality and radiance. My skin always looks sexy in 3 mins flat!!

The mask is formulated WITHOUT: Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, GMOs, Triclosan.

Another plus is the price range, it’s a lot cheaper than Perricone’s anti ageing products for older more mature woman, as we all know, Perricone products are amazing but do come with a hefty price tag, to hear that the Super range is at a quite reasonably low price is an amazing selling point. I will for sure be trying out more of the range so I can bring you some great reviews. It’s a range to watch!!!!

As the super range is such a new release I am not too sure on the UK selling price of the 3 min facial, however I know it is roughly around $50. Please visit www.perriconemd.co.uk for further info!

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Flutter Lashes was founded in 2008 by Kathryn Popplestone and is a beauty service offering eyelash extensions at the highest quality but a the most natural level. The semi-permanant procedure offers you a mascara like finish which really is show stopping!

I was asked my the fabulous Nadine at Scoop Publicity to try out Flutter lashes new mobile service program, yes that correct, mobile service. The Flutter girls will come out to you (within a certain radius) and flutterise your lashes. I met with the lovely Nicky, one of the girls who is part of the Flutter team. The mobile service means the girls have to bring their portable bed and kit around, after lugging her bed up the stairs (sorry) Nicky set up her little mini operation, as I called it (don’t be scared, there’s no needles,or pain). I discussed with Nicky what kind of look I wanted, I already have quite long lashes but it was volume I wanted more than anything, after our little discussion Nicky got to work. The procedure is very precise, my bottom lashes were taped down so they didn’t interfere and my top lashes were cleaned and primered. An individual C-curl lash is then applied one by one to each natural lash, roughly 40-90 eyelashes are applied to each eye. The synthetic lash is applied using  a very strong and specially formulated lash adhesive, the adhesive is sealed with a coating to protect from sweat, dirt and build up. Nicky was very gentle, almost to the point where I was falling asleep, the worst part is when your lashes are brushed as you can feel the pulling, this has to be done pretty often to separate the lashes. The procedure can take anything up to 2 hours all depending on what look you are going for, they last for a full life cycle of a natural lash which is usually 60 days. A touch up is recommended every 2-4 weeks.

After my procedure I sat and had a chat with Nicky over a cup of tea, Nicky is a working mum with two young kids who manages to work around her home and kids schedule. I thought it was pretty amazing as most women these days are so independent and want to work but it can be hard when you have young children. Flutter Lashes also offer a Franchise program which allows you to work when you want and how you want! To find out more visit the Flutter Lash site. Here are some before and after shots-

Before up top and after below… sorry the shots are a little blurry but at least you get a rough idea! 🙂 In all, I am inlove with my lashes! I feel sexy all day even when Ive just got up. My eyes look so awake and lashes so full, the treatment isn’t at all painful apart from a small twinge here and there! Fab service, fab lashes 🙂

A full set of eyelash extensions starts from £150- £250, with follow-up appointments from £80-£100. Flutter the Eyelash Artists operate within London and the M25 and are also available at Urban Retreat, Harrods and The Dorchester Spa London. To make an appointment with an eyelash artist or for franchise opportunities please call 01372 386312 http://www.fluttereyes.co.uk

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I’ve always been curious about Shu Uemura cosmetics, it’s a small brand that has been around for some time which I think is very impressive. I hopped along to the Covent Garden store a few weeks back and met with the Store Manager Daniel who talked me through some of Shu Uemura’s best sellers.. so here they are:

Shu Uemura Pro Concealer £16.50- If like me you’re an individual who finds it very hard to get a brill concealer then look no further. Shu Uemura’s pro concealer is a orangey peachy shade that I honestly thought I would NEVER go near! Daniel explained to me that the peachy orange shade helps neutralise the look of dark circles giving your eye that instant pop and lift. This concealer can be worn on its own or underneath your normal concealer. It really does do the job that most concealers don’t.

Shu Uemura Fresh Performance Cleansing Oil £27 150ml- An oil cleanser which melts away all the makeup, grime and build up from the day. Apply a small amount in to the palm of your hand a massage into your face gently. Wash off with water and the oil turn to milk. This cleansing oil is great for combination skin and leave your skin clean and fresh. If you have a different skin type Shu Uemura have many different cleansing oils to suit your skin type.

Shu Uemura UV Under Base Moose £28- This product gave me a little trouble in the beginning as it can leave a very annoying white residue on the face if you use to much. I was advised to use about a walnut size on my face but found that this was way to much. I use a smaller amount and evenly distribute it on my face, when used correctly this moose is a brilliant primer and really does help to keep your makeup fresh all day long. It also contains an SPF 30 making it even more of a magic product.

Shu Uemura Glow On Blush £19.50 – A fabulous blush that really does enhance your glow. Very easy to apply and lasts all day! Also great for blending with other colours and contouring the face.

Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant Glow Price TBC- Save the best till last, Stage Performer is one of Shu Uemura’s newest and best-selling products. A multi functional beauty cream which helps enhance the finish of makeup. When you look closely the cream has very small gold particals which melt upon application to give you a super fabulous glow. Daniel informed me that the little gold particles are in fact real gold. Contains Ginkgo Leaf extract to fight oxidation. Instantly, skin appears more luminous, translucent and smooth. provides 24-hour lasting moisture. What more could you want? Liquid gold on your face!!!!

To check out more of the products please visit www.Shuuemura.co.uk

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