#BloggersFestival

Held at the stunning Conrad St James 5* hotel, #BloggerFestival was definitely worth the hype. Yet another wonderful blogging event organised by the super lovely Scarlett London – who is, if anything, even prettier in real life than on Instagram!

Before the event, a group of us bloggers all met beforehand in Pret, a great way to chat to new bloggers and catch up. As soon as we entered the venue we were greeted by hosts offering nibbles and drinks, and to the right was Selfie Central! A huge wall was adorned with faux flowers, which made a cool, summary, pretty background, perfect for all those Snapchat stories & Instagram selfies!

The venue was nicely sized, allowing you to move easily around the event and mingle with individuals without feeling over crowded. A fair few brands I had already heard of and use were there, yet the majority of brands were new to me; a complete mix of food, beauty, fashion, lifestyle & fitness products were showcased.

What goodies did I receive & what’s my verdict?! All will be revealed below….

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My 7th Heaven *

I love these face masks & frequently use the cucumber peel-off one, it’s my go-to mask as it’s simple to use and does my skin wonders. So I was excited to try the Multi-Masking pack of various different face masks, each targeting  dealing with specific problem areas. If you particularly have oily skin it’s worth trying the Dead Sea peel-off mask! These products are Vegetarian, Cruelty free and won’t break the bank! Available in Superdrug, Boots and online.

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These Devon based drinks are the epitome of summer! They are incredible. The packaging is gorgeous and girly and the actual drink is just delicious. This non-alcoholic rose bubbly is sweet but light and so refreshing with subtle hints of Rose water and Grape juice, and I can imagine it going perfectly with crushed ice & Vodka too.

 

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Cocktail cherries! I bloody love these things. I am a massive lover of cocktails and have used this brand and product before so I know they are good! They’re also a perfect addition to any cake, and I have done just that, made a very calorific chocolate fridge cake featuring these exact cherries! They are really yummy!

 

FFS – Friction Free Shaving *

OMG – I loveeeeee these razors. I usually don’t spend a massive amount on razors but I would happily invest in these gorgeous ones. FFS is a razor subscription service, choose out of the 3 options and then have them delivered monthly!! What I love is that the, to quote the website, “Vitamin E lubricating strip moisturises the skin & full 90-degree pivot head contours the body form”. With the end result being super soft and cut free legs! Also, the packaging is cute and the razor is stylish with a good weight to it. Win.img_3970 Exuviance * Since I trailed their other products (See #BloggersBall post!) I was excited to try the Cleanser, and found it to be incredibly refreshing. It’s a clear foaming soap type cleanser which is very subtly fragranced and easy to use. It ensures my skin feels super cleansed and hydrated.

Beverley Hills Formula *

Heard of this brand and was very much looking forward to seeing whether it was worth the hype. Can a toothpaste really ensure whiter teeth?! I have used it this week (still early days, I’ll update you after this month!) and it does make my teeth feel cleaner, whiter and more shiny! Considering it’s charcoal, it tastes nicer than it looks!

Jewellery Box *

Want cute rings that even fit tiny hands? Love rose gold & dainty, cute, timeless pieces?! Head to the Jewellery Box website which houses an array of gorgeous earrings, rings and necklaces. So whether you want to treat yourself or your BFF, they are reasonably priced and packaged beautifully too! A massive thank you to Jewellery Box for the cool photo-shoot at the event!

Have you tried these products or would you?! Did you go to #BloggersFestival & what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments,

Love

Career Girl xo

PS Items marked with * were kindly gifted to me yet opinions are mine! 

 

 

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Extraordinary Exuviance – Where Science Meets Spa!

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Review of Hydrating Eye Complex & Age Reverse Hydrafirm from EXUVIANCE

I was made aware of this brand whilst attending the #bloggersball and fortunately was lucky to receive two products to review. I initially spoke to the lovely ladies at Exuviance to discuss my requirements, as my skin is oily on my forehead, yet elsewhere is unbelievably dry.

Generally, I find it tricky to come across a skincare brand that offers products which suit my skin, so I was super keen to try these after reading rave reviews on Twitter.

FullSizeRender (5).jpgFor the past week I have been using the Exuviance Age Reverse Hydrafirm, which proposes to hydrate and plump the skin. Firstly, this stuff smells divine! This is my first experience of using a serum and this particular one has a great consistency, really light and absorbs into the skin quickly and easily. You only need a pea size amount at the most. It instantly made my skin feel hydrated, firmer, and smoother. I apply it after cleansing and toning my skin in the morning and need to remember to repeat the process in the evenings too, to ensure the best effects! It increases collagen production, boosting the appearance of skin and is rich in antioxidants too, making this superb product even better! I highly recommend and for the price tag of £59.50, it isn’t too bad, considering this product will last a long time!

FullSizeRender (6).jpgThe second product which I have been testing is the Exuviance Hydrating Eye Complex, which I pat gently around the eye area using my ring finger, very lightly after cleansing, toning and moisturising in the mornings and before bed. This ‘cream’ feels more like a serum, which sinks into my skin effortlessly! You really need less than a pea size amount, at most, and that’s for both eyes! It soothes and brightens the under eyes perfectly and ensures they feel hydrated.         It aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles whilst also improving hydration, tone and texture. The combination of vital vitamins, antioxidants and soothing extracts of chamomile and algae combine to create a wonderful solution to tired eyes; especially if you wear contacts! This product is reasonably priced at £34, considering the small amount needed.

For full stock list, details of all ingredients and to read other testimonials head to their website, alternatively follow them on Twitter @ExuvianceUK

Have you tried the Exuviance products or are thinking of doing so? Let me know what you think of this post and don’t forget to comment, like or share which posts you’d like to see more of!

Love Career Girl,

Xo

PS, These amazing Exuviance products were kindly gifted to me for promotional purposes, however my opinions are very much my own!

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

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