Why FACE MATTERS!

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Face Matters – Anti-aging Skincare Products

Recently, I have been neglecting myself and my skin. With my job, I am often in such a rush to get out of the door on time, I merely cleanse, tone, and if I have some spare time I use a bit of tinted moisturiser. Although it’s technically summer, it definitely feels like winter and with the cold and horrible wind, my skin is so not in the condition I would like  it to be. My skin tends to get incredibly dry, so making sure it is hydrated is such a challenge.

Attending the fabulous #bloggerball event held by the lovely Scarlett, I stumbled across the fantastic, but new to me brand, Face Matters. The founder of the company, Sally, is a charming women who is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her products. She has combined her experience and expertise in the beauty sector to create the amazing collection of 5 products.

At first glance, these products have very simple but effective packaging, in glass bottles and come with a handy leaflet, detailing the specific science behind how each of the products are designed to work; and how to use the products to gain the best effects.

On the website there is a breakdown of the trails and the reviews of each of the products, which is helpful, and the results gained from this research are pretty good!

So, all of the products that I tried smell divine! This is so important to me, as the scents are not overpowering, instead, are beautifully subtle.

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I was kindly gifted the ALL DAY SPRITZ, which is a cleansing spray that can applied day or night, just whenever your skins needs an extra boost of hydration; preferably after cleansing and before moisturising. It is a great product and I think would be especially beneficial in both winter and summer when the weather tends to affect your skin more.

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Next, I have been applying the MORNING MOISTURE after cleansing. Initially I stupidly put a bit too much on my face! You really only need a pea size amount and use it sparingly as a little goes a long way. The cream is quite thick which I love, and it’s also jam packed with goodness, vitamins, anti-oxidants and collagen which is essential for maintaining youthful skin.

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Last but not least is the amazing and very luxurious BALM. There are a multitude of ways to use this product, as a cream, cleanser or mask. I opted for the latter and it makes my skin feel instantly more moisturised, supple and glowing. This is perfect for extreme weather conditions.

The above products are relatively pricey. However I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and the cost per wear of all these products will work out better in my opinion than getting cheaper products.

There are 2 other products, one of which, the EVENING ELIXIR is on my list of products to try as it’s loved by Hello! Magazine, but also, as the products I’ve tried so far are so good, I’m intrigued as to how the serum/facial oil will fair.

So from now on, I am hoping to set my alarm even earlier before work to ensure I stick to my new skincare routine!

I hope you have enjoyed this, let me know your skincare recommendations in the comments below!

Love Career Girl

XO

#BloggersBall Shenanigans!

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#BloggersBall at DSTRK LDN

So where to start! Massive thanks to the lovely Scarlett London for managing to pull off such a fantastic blogging event!

I am still very new to the whole blogging game and this event was my second blogging event and to say I was nervous would be a definite understatement! The day started off with me manically running around London trying to get my bearings (I’m often in London but still find tubes so freaking confusing!) I was stressing out about what I was going to wear and not getting lost etc etc.

Luckily a lovely group of bloggers organised Pizza Express before the event which was so what I needed. Going to a big blogger event is surprisingly quite intimidating so it was great to meet a slightly smaller group to eat, drink and chat about blogging in a relaxed environment. We were all keen beans & arrived at DSTRK in Piccadilly Circus early and took the opportunity to take a load of outfit photos. Met the beautiful Scarlett and entered the building…

I was absolutely blown away with how busy, gorgeous, interesting and insightful the event was! Often nightclubs look odd once the lights were up but it was a fantastic event with the majority of brands in one section and the other section having a more chilled out vibe with places to sit – thank god because my heels were hurting! There were plenty of opportunities to mingle with other bloggers, brands and get involved with activities and chances to win prizes. For once I actually won a beautiful, colourful scarf!

The 2 and a half hours flew by and a few bloggers stayed on and we ended up having dinner and cocktails, reflecting on the perfect day!

It was a struggle to say the least trying to lug around all the goodies we all received round London and back home, but totally worth it! Everyone was so inviting and lovely, the blogging community is just amazing!

 

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Vatika Naturals Coconut Hair Mask, Shampoo & Face Wash*

First up are the Vatika Naturals hair and skincare products. I have never heard of the products before but apparently are in stores such as Superdrug. Now I have seriously lack lustre hair and so have been recommended these products which supposedly are great for ‘rejuvenating limp, lifeless hair’. They are enriched with coconut, I was given the shampoo and hairmask to try. Yet to use the hairmask but the shampoo… so far so good! It certainly made my already thick hair incredibly volumised. What’s your hair like? Whatever your type, find out which would work best for you here. I used the ‘Dermoviva Honey’ moisture boost face wash with honey, almond and aloe vera along with my trusty Foreo Luna Play facial brush and it works wonders, making my skin feel supple, smooth and hydrated.

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Rose Gold Ring & Bracelet – Jewellery Box. Silver Bracelet – BohoBetty*

Next up the beautiful Jewellery Box. I have seen all these stunning pieces all over social media and was intrigued. At the stall I tried on the Rose Gold arrow ring and it fitted my tiny finger yay! I find it so tricky to find rings that fit! So I was over the moon to find inside the box the exact rose gold ring that I tried – I can’t stop wearing it! Unfortunately the rose gold bracelet doesn’t fit my wrist and falls off which is such a shame! The twinkly silver wrap around bracelet from Boho Betty fits though! This is perfect in summer and especially when it’s sunny as the beads and metal sparkle in the sunlight!

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Seed & Bean Chocolate*

Lastly, Seed & Bean! I tasted the Sweet Orange & Thyme, which sounds a strange mix yet as soon as it hit my mouth the taste sensation was insane! It tastes so freaking good! And if you are headed to Glastonbury I think they will have a stall there! Alternatively to go there website to see all stores which stock these incredible products! They are Organic, Vegan, Fairtrade chocolate bars which are produced in an ethical and sustainable manner, which I think are SO important!

 

 

Love Career Girl,

xo

 

 

*All products marked were gifted to me. 

 

Sheer Luxe & Latest in Beauty HAUL

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The Sheer Luxe & Latest In Beauty Summer Box xo

My Sheerluxe Haul was expensive but oh my was it worth it!

I am the biggest impulse shopper ever and am a sucker for good branding & quality products. I initially had never heard of Sheer Luxe or Latest in Beauty. However, one day at work their brand names popped up on my Twitter newsfeed and I was more than intrigued. At the time they were promoting their Sheer Luxe box – you know the one with Sheer Luxe jumper?! I was super impressed with the speed of delivery and the contents of the products and from then on was addicted to buying Latest in Beauty boxes. Honestly, I must have roughly 5 Latest in Beauty boxes already. It’s a great website to pick brands that you want to try for a fraction of the prices. Also their ever changing ‘collection’ boxes are really good – a few of them I have yet to try, hurry up payday.

So, when the lovely ladies from Sheer Luxe/Latest in Beauty announced there was a new Sheer Luxe box to be released I kept my eyes peeled. I stumbled onto Sheer Luxe YouTube and watched the video of what exactly was going into the box and managed to find the release date. Unfortunately I was on holiday, however that didn’t stop me. I was determined to get this box as I knew it would be popular and a sell-out. It was. In Ibiza I set my alarm to make sure I bought it. Call me crazy but I am so glad I got this box. IT’s AMAZING! So many products which are right up my street.

So here’s my review…..

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Luxe Straw Beachbag

All of the goodies came in Latest in Beauty’s big black box – yet not everything fitted in! The Ren balm and box came together in this huge Luxe straw beach bag perfect for carrying summer essentials and then some.

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This Works Perfect Legs Miracle, Light Weight Serum

I heard about this brand and decided to do some research as they make all sorts of claims based on research, which supposedly all confirm that it does in fact actually work. I wanted to see if it lived up to its hype. RRP £28. It’s good, lovely and subtle effect. The results didn’t blow me away though, considering the hype. I have a natural tan anyway and was a tiny bit darker, but not massively. The consistency is very much an oily/serum texture little bit runny but does smell divine!

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Elemis – Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser For Face

This is me all over. It has a lovely consistency and builds a gradual tan – perfect for summer RRP £30

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Institut – Cellular Water Spray

Being brutally honest, out of all the products this is one I wouldn’t buy. It’s good, but personally for the money, I feel you can get the same effect spraying water on you… ! Also I believe essentially the best way to hydrate your skin is to drink lots of water and moisturise too. For me I didn’t notice any difference. RRP £16 for 100 ml

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Glo & Ray – Le Amo Creamy Shimmer Lip Colour in 644 Marigold

So my current summer lippy is on it’s way out and this Marigold lipstick is great, especially with a tan. It has real staying power, a gorgeous intense red/orange almost coral look and is moisturising. RRP is £12 which is totally worth it –  it’s a British Brand too!

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Foreo Luna Play

This little gadget is beyond amazing! Never heard of the brand or product before however I now use it daily without fail! I cleanse my face  and use this to ensure there’s no dirt or leftover make up etc. I have never felt my face to be more cleaner, smoother or more radiant! Great size for travelling and easy to wash. I use it in circular motions on my t zone and chin and it works wonders! RRP £29 I will be buying another one when this stops working!

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Hawaiian Tropic – Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF 15

Does what it says on the pot really. Smells of summer! Has vitamin C & E with SPF 15 and has a nice consistency which is absorbed well too. A summer essential and is water resistant too!

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Ojon – Rare Blend Oil Rejuvenatic Therapy

I love this. Used it straight after my holiday as hair was a bit lack lusting and dull. A few drops and my hair is lovely and glossy which is great. RRP £30, pricey however you will only need a few drops and so will last.

 

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Ren – Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm

Oh if only you could smell this! It smells heavenly and is like a scrub but not. It’s a balm instead which means its slightly more gentle on the skin but does the same job of removing dead skin cells, brightening up skin and making it smoother and moisturised. RRP £22 Will without a doubt buy this again.

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OM – Invisible Finish Primer

Lovely consistency primer which can be worn under makeup or worn by itself, which is what I would do! Ensures skin is radiant and moisturised with additional UVA/UVB protection. Perfect as an everyday addition to your skincare routine and lightweight and ideal for summer balmy days. SPF 40 which is great. RRP £42

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OPI I Stop For Red Nail Lacquer

This OPI nail polish is an orange/red colour, a timeless classic which sees you right to summer and looks fantastic with a tan, whether its natural or fake tan! RRP £5 Dreamy.

xoxo

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Luxe By Sheer Luxe Perfume

A separate purchase, this wasn’t found in the Sheer Luxe box, however bought from Sheer Luxe. My most recent perfume was a Men’s Paco Rabanne (seriously – it smells insane!) I am not a massive fan of overly girly flowery scents as I find them a bit sickly sweet. Most of the time I gravitate to Jo Malone scents. I love that it’s all natural and I love their Pomegranate Noir and so also love this. I believe they have taken inspiration from that scent. If you love Jo Malone like I do – you need this in your life! Perfect for summer, not too over powering and comes with the most beautiful packaging ever! Free with the purchase is a lovely and very handy black tote shopping bag. I was massively impressed with communication and speed of delivery, the girls at Sheer Luxe are perfect. Very happy with this purchase! £65 well spent!

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Luxe by Sheer Luxe Perfume

I appreciate this is a rather long post! Thank you for reading it – Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Every working girl needs to look her best right?

Love Career Girl

XO

 

Ibiza really does ROCK!

So those that know me well are aware I’m a little bit obsessed with the beautiful white Balearic Island that is Ibiza. I recently took a friend to the island who’s an Ibiza virgin. And although this was my third time going, it’s hard to get bored of the island when there is so much to offer. It is definitely a party island, however, there are so many stunning, virtually untouched beaches and hidden gems which, if you go, you need to explore!

Below are my recommendations on where/what and how to go about exploring the island based on my time solo & with friends…

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Ibiza Rocks Hotel – Best Hotel Ever!

Best place to stay?

Ibiza Rocks hotel without a doubt. I have always wanted to stay there as friends have raved about how amazing it is and they weren’t wrong! After being delayed for over 2 hours we FINALLY arrived at the hotel to be greeted by the most lovely welcoming hotel staff or ‘hosts’. If you want to be in the heart of the action, you need to be based here. Found in the middle of San Antonio, it’s walking distance to Eden, Es Paradis, the Westend (dirt cheap drinks & a right laugh) and close to bars, restaurants and the buses etc.

 

Stay up late…

Watching the sun go down on the sunset strip is beautiful. We took Cider and sat on the beach, however if you’ve got the dollar sit and have dinner & drinks at Cafe Del Mar/Cafe Mambo. Either way, the DJ Plays music right from Dusk – the atmosphere is glorious! In terms of nights out, Ibiza doesn’t really get started till at least midnight! Want cheap drinks? Head to the Westend, where you will find bars and (small) clubs with ridiculous drink deals – the best place to pre-drink! Here you will also spot a fair few strip clubs & kebab shops – the ideal place for hilarious stag and hen dos. I prefer the big clubs though. Ease yourself in with the smaller clubs like Sankeys, Es Paradis or even Eden – Judgement Sundays is a relatively good night. Yet, don’t go to Ibiza without going to the superclubs. Entry fees are steep, but in my opinion totally worth it and make clubs at home seem insignificant! Be prepared to pay €50 to €80 depending on the DJ. Also best to pre-drink as drink prices inside these clubs are a rip off! My favourite club is Pacha, it’s a little bit more glamorous. Yet all of them are pretty insane and a little bit intimidating as they are so HUGE! Opening & closing parties are not to be missed! Get to the clubs using the party bus, found at San An just behind the ‘Egg’ roundabout. Party buses cost €3 euros each way and stop at all the major clubs and run throughout the night, which couldn’t be more perfect. Pool parties, head to Ocean Beach & for the best boat party ever? Well Ibiza Rocks the Boat was AMAZING! However, also worth checking out Platja d’en Bossa & Es Vedras – which unfortunately I ran out of time to do!

Get Up Early…..

I discovered Formentera island while I stayed in Ibiza on my own. From chatting to the most wonderful ladies on the flight over they recommended hopping on a boat and heading to the Balearic island – and I am so glad I did! Set your alarm and head down to either Ibiza town port or San An (a bit cheaper), catch a boat and spend all day exploring! From 10-6pm the return boat costs €29 but expect to pay a lot once you arrive. If you love more of an authentic experience, of hippy markets, barely touched & unspoilt beaches, some voted the best by trip advisor, then this is heaven!

Head to Old Town Ibiza (Eivissa), stroll around Dalt Villa, Castle ruins and climb to the top to see spectacular views of Ibiza. Same spot is where the International Music Summit (IMS festival) is held, last time I went I missed out on seeing Rudimental. If you can, get a ticket! Buses and taxis in Ibiza are generally cheap, €2 euros from San An to Ibiza Town. You’ll find on the left of Dalt Villa a great spot for soaking some rays & they do the best mojitos, sangria and tapas!

This is only the start, there are so many areas to explore… I arrived in England to 12 degree heat after leaving the lovely 25 degrees heat! I’ve already got itchy feet to be back!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Love, as always, Career Girl!

Xo