I like to think I’m pretty good at taking care of the skin on my face, but when it comes to the skin below the neck I hate to admit, I’m not that great. It’s not something that is part of my daily routine, I find it too time consuming if I’m honest.

I’ve been a bit better about using body moisturisers lately and have found some firm favourites, along with an old fave, which I’ve been really enjoying using and thought I’d share these with you.

L’occitane Almond Milk Concentrate £42

This has to be my all time favourite. I always have a pot of this in my cabinet, usually saved to use as part of my tanning routine (I use it to moisturise my dry areas before applying the tan) It has to be my favourite not only for the smell, if you love products with an almond smell then this will be perfect for you, but also I love the way it quickly absorbs into the skin. L’occitane describe it as their best selling miracle in a jar that absorbs lightening fast into the skin and I’d have to agree.

Rituals – The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream £19.50

The smell of this one completely won me over. I’ve used Rituals before but this has to be my favourite range so far. The rice milk and cherry blossom provide a very light and fragrant experience. The texture is rich but absorbs well into the skin, which again is important if you are impatient like me! The antioxidant ingredients together with Vitamin E help to strengthen the skin whilst moisturising. I’ll certainly be trying more from this range. Another great thing to add about Rituals is that you can purchase a refill tub which fits neatly inside your original tub when you run out, great if you are trying to be a little more conscious about the environment.

Skinny Tan Bum Booster Cream £19.99

I bought this cream because it reminded me of the famous Brazilian Bum Bum Cream but at a fraction of the price. I’d seen that this version by Skinny Tan had originally been quite popular and apparently sold out within days when it was first launched, so ever one to jump on the bandwagon i was keen to try it… and so far I like it! The idea is that the active ingredients guarana, Brazilian açai, capuacu and creatine help promote the circulation and keep your behind firm and smooth, what’s not to love? I can’t say that my behind looks totally uplifted since using it, probably down to my love of snacks.. and it maybe due to the fact that I’m actually applying a product regularly for once, but I can kind of notice a small difference. If anything its smoother, and who doesn’t want a smooth behind?

Have you tried any of these products? Which body moisturisers are your favourites?

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Skinny Tan Bum BoosterRitual of Sakura Body CreamL’occitane Almond Milk Concentrate

Love it or hate it, Christmas is almost here. I’m not embarrassed one bit to say I go completely Christmas crazy this time of year, and have been watching all the calendars being released with eagle eyes.

I’m not sure I could bring myself to spend hundreds on a calendar, but if anyone wants to buy me one I certainly wouldn’t complain. However I do love them and have put together a list of my top 5 favourite ones this year.

The Space NK Advent Calendar – £250

This one is hands down my favourite one this year. I love that there are a variety of brands in there, often a lot of these products aren’t usually available in mini sizes so its the perfect one if you fancy trying lots of different products. With brands such as Nars, Drunk Elephant, Sunday Riley, Dr Dennis Gross plus so many more, it’s a skincare lovers dream. Granted it is a little pricey at £250, however if you add up the cost of the products it comes to £600.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Advent Calendar – £150

This one is one of the most beautifully designed Calendars, a gorgeous treat to open one of the doors every morning. However its worth noting that this is for 12 days and not 24. But none the less a gorgeous treat for the 12 day countdown to Christmas.

John Lewis Advent Calendar – £165

A luxurious option from John Lewis featuring some new and iconic beauty brands. With 25 full and trial size products from the likes of Clarins, Charlotte Tilbury, Aveda, Elemis, this is a lovely treat every day in the festive season. In addition to the products, several brands have included invites to receive a complimentary treat or service at one of their John Lewis in store counters.

L’Occitane Advent Calendar – £49

This is definitely one of the calendars at the lower end of the budget, but still with 24 bestselling L’Occitane products to look forward to and with a luxuriously bright design. With the products worth £85, this one is well worth the pre Christmas treat.

Marks and Spencer Beauty and Make Up Advent Calendar – £35 (if you spend £35 in store)

Marks and Spencer always impress me with their offers and this one did not disappoint. With over £280 worth of iconic products inside, you can pick this up for the bargain price of £35, as long as you are spending £35 in store. 24 doors of luxury treats to open in the count down to Christmas for that price, I might just convince myself to buy one… This one is sold out online but I have seen it still available in store.

 

 

You don’t always need to spend the big bucks when it comes to skincare. There are plenty of options out there that won’t make you wince when you hand over your credit card. Personally I love trying out new skincare, I’m a self confessed skincare addict so I was really excited to try out the Nivea Q10 plus C range.

I’ve tried Nivea creams lots of times over the years, I remember being a little girl and seeing the iconic blue Nivea tub on my mums dressing table.

The main thing that tempted me to buy these was not only the price, but the fact it advertised for ‘tired skin’. I’ll give anything a go that says it can fix my tired skin. I picked these two up in Boots when they were on offer for 2 for £14 a couple of months ago, so considering they are usually £12.99 each I thought that was a pretty good deal.

NIVEA Q10 plus Vitamin C Anti-Wrinkle + Energy Face Cream SPF 15

This day cream promotes to visibly reduce signs of fatigue by alleviating first wrinkles and fine lines, and to give fresh and energised looking skin. Now I’m probably well past the ‘first signs of fine lines’ stage in my life so I didn’t expect miracles with that side of things, but it certainly is a nice cream to apply. My make up went on well and it has a pleasant smell to it, which I think is important within a product. It also has an SPF15 which is adequate for me this time of year, I’ve mentioned this before but I tend not to use a face cream if there isn’t any SPF in it.

NIVEA Q10 plus Vitamin C Sleep Face Cream, Anti-Wrinkle + Energy

I loved the packaging on this one, I know it shouldn’t matter but I’m a sucker to a product when I like how it looks! This one promised to awaken the skin, and boy do I need that (thanks kids!). I also like that it has Vitamin C in which is a great antioxidant for boosting Collagen and brightening skin.

Overall both nice smelling products, didn’t mess with my skin or cause breakouts, plus with both products under £15 in Boots you can’t really go wrong.

 

 

Nivea Q10 Plus C Eye CreamNivea Q10 Plus C Sleep CreamNivea Q10 plus C Day Cream

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock these past few years you will probably have heard the hype around Pixi’s amazing Glow Tonic. It retails at £18 for 250ml, (you can pick up a smaller 100ml travel size bottle for £10) and has won numerous awards earning it cult status in the beauty world.

I first picked this up around 2 years ago to add into my skincare routine instead of my usual toner. Now I had previously used other exfoliating toner products, so my skin was used to a bit of glycolic acid but I needn’t have worried as this really is a gentle product, suitable for most skin types. I love the fact that this is alcohol free too.

Glow tonic has a 5% acid formula which helps to exfoliate and purify the skin, meaning healthy new skin cells can come to the forefront. The ginseng improves circulation within the skin and then Aloe Vera to help soothe any irritation and hydrate.

I’ve been using this for a long time now, both morning and evening after cleansing. It’s such an easy way of performing an affordable at home treatment for skin resurfacing, gentle enough to use everyday. Simply apply on a cotton pad and sweep across your face area and down onto your décolletage, avoiding the eye area.

A glycolic acid really does make a difference to your skincare routine, I notice it more so when I’m not using it. My skin just doesn’t feel as ‘clean’ or ‘new’. Something I have been really keen on trying alongside this is Pixi’s new Retinol Tonic. It retails at the same price as the Glow Tonic and contains a unique time release Retinol. I have only used this for a few weeks in my evening routine so it’s still early days, but already I can tell I love it.

As with the glow tonic, it’s a really gentle formula but still packing a punch with powerful ingredients to help rejuvenate the skin and smooth the complexion, this time with jasmine flower to help heal and balance.

I’ve always been a fan of Pixi and my skin reacts well to any products I tend to try from them, I’m a big fan of the double cleanse and I think next on the list to try will be masks. What’s your favourite Pixi product? Let me know in the comments.

 

Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Pixi Retinol Tonic 100ml
Pixi Retinol Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic 100ml
Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Pixi Retinol Tonic 100ml
Pixi Retinol Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic 100ml
Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Pixi Retinol Tonic 100ml
Pixi Retinol Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic 100ml
Pixi Glow Tonic

When it comes to packing for holiday, much to my families annoyance I usually pack ALOT of stuff. Probably the thing I’m most guilty of packing is hoards of skincare and beauty products, so many vanity bags that they need their own suitcase… So on our recent holiday, although I just couldn’t bring myself to limit my skincare, I challenged myself to a more minimal make up routine and allowed myself just 5 products.

 

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

Wonder Glow has been a staple in my make up bag for the last year so I couldn’t leave it out. Its great for putting under foundation but seeing as I wasn’t taking any base products I thought this would be perfect to give my face a bit of a glow on its own. As soon as you apply it you get an instant lift, a bit of radiance to brighten up the skin. I did apply a small amount of fake tan (Bondi Sands encase you’re interested) before my holiday seeing as I wasn’t planning on using any foundation.

 

Loreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil

Cushion De Soleil is a lovely creamy, almost wet feel bronzer that gives the skin a gorgeous sun kissed glow. It’s a great product if you need something to apply quickly (think getting ready in 4 minutes with 2 kids running around waiting to go out!) to give you a bit of a bronze look, easily built the more you tap on. It comes with an applicator sponge but I prefer to apply mine with either a large bronzer brush or a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

 

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks

Pot Rouge is a bit of a cheat product as it’s great to use for both lips and cheeks. A multi-tasking cream that gives a lovely little pop of colour wherever you need it. The colour I use is called ‘Calypso Coral’ and it gives a really lovely blush. I dab a little on my cheeks and some onto my lips for a natural make up look.

 

Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

I must have used this Chanel Mascara for about 10 years now, I just can’t find one that gives as much volume and thickness to the lashes as this, without giving that clogged up look. If you find one then let me know! One thing I really can’t do without in a make up routine, no matter how natural is a lick of Mascara on my lashes so this was always going to be included in my minimal make up bag.

 

Benefit Ka Brow Eyebrow Cream Gel Colour

One thing that always ‘finishes’ off your make up look for me, is nice eyebrows. Benefit Ka Brow is perfect for building up the colour so you can either go for a more natural look during the daytime or build to a more dramatic look in the evening. It comes with an angled brush to apply and lasts pretty much all day.

So there we have it, I passed the test, I lasted a weeks holiday with very minimal products. My make up took literally minutes to apply and overall I was pretty happy with the result. I can say if I had to add in another product for next time it would be a concealer, I didn’t plan for the dark circles that appeared from a small child sleeping with me ( I say sleeping, I mean kicking).

What are the essential make up products you’d take on holiday with you? I’d love to know…

 

Benefit Ka Brow Eyebrow Gel
Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
Loreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil
Charlotte Tilbury WonderGlow
Benefit Ka Brow Eyebrow Gel
Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
Loreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil
Charlotte Tilbury WonderGlow
Benefit Ka Brow Eyebrow Gel
Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
Loreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil
Charlotte Tilbury WonderGlow