Elemis Facials

I have only been for a couple of facial treatments in all my life. To be honest, I have found that although facials offer a relaxing experience, there are no significant lasting affects on my skin. For facials to make a true difference to your skins health and radiance, they need to be done at least once every fortnight or couple of weeks. The problem with this is that the majority of us can’t take the time out, and a decent facial starts at £50 and upwards. Also, I find when doing a DIY facial, you can leave the products on for a longer time and therefore they will probably work better.

As i’m a one-off facial kind of person, it works out better for me to do my own DIY facials using premium products.

My facial products of choice come from Elemis.  I love Elemis because they are a British brand and they put years into researching ingredients for their products. Elemis masks contain key ingredients that are naturally found and are proven to improve skin.

I have used all of the elemis masks in the past and my favourites are ones that I would buy over any other mask. The masks and exfoliator are around £25-£28 each, which may seem pricey, however worth getting even if you only have a couple of facials a year as the products will last more than 6 months with regular use.

My elemis facial regime

Start with Elemis Papaya Enzyme mask.  Made from, you guessed it, papaya enzyme, which is proven to melt away dead skin cells. This is a cream exfoliator, I would always use exfoliator before applying a mask, as this is one way for the mask to get deeper into the skin.  I would leave the exfoliator on for 30 minutes as this is a gentle exfoliator that doesn’t irritate my skin. This costs around £28 for 50ml.

The masks which are my favourites are;

Elemis Exotic Cream Moisturising mask  (for dry skin, or skin that can use some added moisture, this one can be left on overnight and I would recommend doing so. Costs around £28 for 50ml)

Elemis Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask (for dullness, great for Indian skin that tends to loose its glow and can look dull, I would leave this on for 30 minutes, costs around £25 for 75ml)

I would pick one of the two.

I tend never to go by the time suggested on the instructions and always double the time to get a better affect.

I buy my Elemis products from this website which does good discounts and has regular offers and free samples. 


Of course there are always cheaper products that also deliver good DIY facial results, my recommendations are:

St Ives apricot exfoliator – this is my favourite non-cream grainy exfoliator and it really does get rid of even the driest dead skin.

No 7 Heavenly Hydration Moisture Mask (£12.50 for 100ml), and Origins Drink Up Mask (around £20 for 50ml), or Sanctuary Moisture Mask (£2.50 for 15ml sachet that lasts around 4 uses). All of these can be compared to the Elemis Moisture Mask as they can all be left of overnight.

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Say goodbye to winter skin…..

Botanics Super Balm

Botanics Super Balm

Hey everyone, its me again.. I thought today I would do a post on a product I came across about a year ago and is a bit of a winter skinsaver. 

I love applying Vaseline last thing at night to my face, mainly as I do get dry patches. Now I know very well how unatural it is to do this.. someone once said that it is like putting petrol on my face!!, therefore I wanted something with the same consistency but more natural. I also wanted a product that sunk in quicker and wasn’t as greasy as Vaseline.

Enter.. Boots Botanics Super Balm.   

This product used to be sold as ‘organic’, but someone somewhere discovered that It wasn’t actually 100% natural and therefore it was re-packaged as 93% organic. For me, this is fine as it is quite unreasonable to expect a product that costs under £5 to be 100% organic considering how much it costs to source naturally derived ingredients.

Anyways, onto the review.  This product is raved about and scored very highly on Makeup Alley skincare reviews. I would say after trying it for a year that it’s one that I always have in my draw.  It gets rid of parched dry skin instantaneously and the results can be seen when used as a night cream. I would not use this in the day as it is greasy, so be warned.

It smells very ‘natural’ and contains the following ingredients: shea butter, argan oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil canina seed oil. check out the makeup alley review here: http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/itemid=122582


It costs around £3.99 and is only available from Boots.  The last few times I have tried to buy this it has not been in stock, which shows its popularity!.  Other balms I have used are Elizabeth Ardens 8 hour cream and Balm Balm organic skin balm. I must say I prefer Botanics to both of these. However it is only an 11ml pot which is tiny, but lasts a while as you only need the tiniest amount. Its also great for carrying around 🙂

Boots Time Delay Wrinkle Prevention Day Cream


Hey everyone, my post today features my favourite day moisturiser, the one that I have been using since it was announced ‘best steal’ day moisturiser in the 21st Beauty Bible in 2006. 

Now I’m not overly loyal when it comes to products, and do believe in switching products, but here is one that Ive yet to deviate from.

Some of the numerous reasons it was voted best moisturiser is because it is full of antioxidants, some of which are only found in quite high end moisturisers. Boots claim that it ‘boosts skin radiance’ which I have found to be true. The best thing about this moisturiser is that it does keep skin exfoliated and radiant probably due to its ingredient retinyl, a form of vitamin A.

It is SPF 15, it was SPF 8 in its original formula, which in my view was a downside however they seemed to have increased the SPF over the years.  The cream itself is not too thick and not too runny. Its a good consistency and sinks in quite quickly on my skin. It has a nice fragrance which reminds me of sweets. Its a fruity/sweet kind of smell almost sherbet.

Despite the cream being an oldie, it is still written about which shows its continuing popularity. The Daily mail newspaper listed it under its article on best affordable skincare, it came in best for sun protection. The sun newspaper also gave it a mention in its article on the 5 ingredients that will change your skin forever.

Its usual price is around £11, and I tend to stock up on this when Boots have a 3 for 2 offer on or when its discounted. As I use the eye cream as well, it works out better to do this.

All in all it is very easy to continue using this moisturiser as it contains the main things required in any good anti-aging cream. A good level of SPF and antioxidants. Its also very affordable which makes repeat purchasing easy. Especially when you go through as many jars as I do!


Drink yourself to good skin!…..

Those who know me well know that I love tea.
I have been drinking Red Bush (aka Rooibos tea) for a while now since I switched from my usual black tea a couple of years ago.  It takes a bit of getting used to but for me, has now become a tasty and healthier alternative to my usual cuppa….

Red bush tea is naturally caffeine free and is low in tannins.  Its great to drink last thing at night as it will not keep you up.  It contains similar amounts of polyphenols and has been shown to have anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activity. This tea originates from South Africa, where its skin benefits are widely known. Red bush tea is applied directly to skin to treat all kinds of conditions in South Africa. It is great especially if you have a problem with acne, eczema, scarring, imflammation or tend to suffer from skin allergies. It makes the skin more stable and more resiliant. Red bush tea it is great for neutralising free radical damage caused by sunlight and environmental factors due to its high antioxidant level. Another name for red bush tee is rooibos, which means ‘red bush’ in afrikaans.

Click here to visit the red bush tea company site to find out more, where it is available and to order your free sample.