Cosmoprof Las Vegas 2018

Cosmoprof North America is still my favourite beauty show, and with this years show less then a few weeks away and as i am not going this year (sad face) i thought i would write a little posts about some of the brands that impressed me last year, and who has peaked my interest on this years exhibitors list.

Cosmoprof 2017

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“SUPERMOOD IS A NEW HOLISTIC BEAUTY BRAND FROM FINLAND THAT IN ADDITION TO NATURAL COSMETICS CONTAINS EDIBLE, TOPICAL, AND THERAPEUTIC BEAUTY PRODUCTS”.text from superfood.fi

I just loved the concept of this company with clean packaging, natural ingredients and beauty chocolate, what isnt to like! The Brand was founded by Anne Kukkohovi who decided to create a brand that wasnt only about what you put on your skin but what goes into the body and a good nights sleep. If you love a natural holistic brand that offers something a bit different then this is a great brand to try. They focus on 3 main areas “Egoboost, beauty sleep and youth glow” within these ranges there are lotions, supplements and chocolate to treat various skincare concerns. For more information about Supermood and where you can purchase the range click here.

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Naked Princess invites women to embrace their femininity through the restorative daily ritual of boudoir. We believe boudoir is not just a curated space, but also a state of mind; a confidence attained through intentional self-care. Live the boudoir life with our timeless loungewear, lingerie, custom formulated beauty products and gifts.- text from nakedprincess.com

I love the concept of the boudoir life! This Fun and luxury brand have some beautiful clothing and gorgous make up to keep any princess in the boudoir lifestyle she deserves. Naked princess is American based, however there are distribution opportunities available for further info about the boudoir life click here.

Dr Pawpaw

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To read my post on Dr Pawpaw peachy tint click here

This british brand have made a global name for themselves since launch and contiue to grow products within the brand. The original Dr Pawpaw balm is still my favourite in the range and an essential in my handbag. Last year they launched their leave in hair product which myself and my daughter used ( and still do). More recntly the brand have launched body and hair wash products so it will be interesting to see how these new products with be recieved in the current beauty market. for more info and to find your nearest stockist click here

Define me

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DefineMe was born from a deep desire to help make a difference in women’s lives. By understanding the connection between scent and emotion, we found fragrance to be a powerful way to deliver positive affirmations.  Affirmations such as, being worthy of love, of being respected, of feeling confident and of having the strength to pursue your dreams.- text from definemefragrance.com 

To read my review on define me click here

These pretty little perfume bottles are beautiful and also help empower and inspire other women. Perfumes are sometimes tricky to select online, but the helpful little tool on their website helps you select with fragrance is right for you. For more info about Defineme click here

Mychelle

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With natural products now the expectation, MyChelle’s progressive 360-degree approach to beauty is to provide clean, conscious, and comprehensive skin care products that are bioactive, ethically sourced, and formulated with high-performance ingredients for superior results and a lifetime of natural, healthy skin.- text from mychelle.com

For those that like a natural and powerful brand, this will be a brand you would enjoy, there are various products within the brand to step up your skin care regieme but without adding harsh chemicals, I tried the refining sugar scrub which had a delicate sweet smell that gently exfoiates the skin. Im yet to publish my post but will do very soon. To find out more about mychelle click here

 

Pur~lisse

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Purlisse is a culmination of Asian wisdom and modern philosophy. We partner with the best chemists and research labs in Korea, France, America and beyond to deliver a results-driven skincare collection. We are reinventing time-honored wisdom into high-performing, multi-tasking and skin-loving modern essentials.- text from purlisse.com

This ethos behind this brand is simple yet meaningful, a lot of beauty brands are created where someone feels their skincare needs are not being met and those who are lucky enough to pursue this face a hard battle bringing their products to market. Purlisse are all over social media with many fans sharing reviews about the BB cream and blue lotus seed mud mask. I realy like their blue lotus seed mud mask, and yes again this is a post i’ve yet to publish! For more info about Purlisse and to find your nearest stockist click here 

Cosmoprof 2018 Who to look out for

I will be honest its hard to judge a brand without seeing smelling or trialing any of the products, however these comapnies have peaked my interest and i thought worthy of sharing incase your lucky enough to be going to this years event.

Mychelle are back this year and featuring in the boutique boxes with their lip hints conditioning lip balm, these are tinted and look delcious!

Urban Skin RX have noticed the gap in the market for skincare that is inclusive for all skin tones, there has been a massive gap in the market and this was first noticed within the cometics sector. An interesting brand created by Rachel Roff, Medical Aesthetician who i congratulate for following her dreams and launching an inclusive brand.

Purlisse are also back again, i’ve noticed they have really embraced the sheet mask trend and offer various masks for varying skincare concerns, i think their newset product launches are the coconut oil and coffee sugar body scrub and watermelon sheet mask which both sounds devine!

O’o Hawaii are a natural superfood and crystal based skincare range, their products and packaging look amazing with an intresting back story to the brand which also follows the philosophy of treating the skin with supplements/superfood.

If your going to Cosmoprof Las Vegas enjoy, you wont be disappointed! don’t forget to share your experience or drop me an email if you want to let me know about a gret product/brand you have discovered!

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Cosmoprof Bologna 2018

I recenetly  had the amazing opportunity to attend Cosmoprof in Bologna, Italy. This global beauty event takes place yearly and i can’t even really explain the scale of it. The best way i can think of is imagine a film lot, like you see in the movies with various sets scattered all over the site, that is pretty much what Cosmoprof is is like. Massive pavilions packed floor to ceiling with every kind of beauty and hair treatment you can imagine, not forgetting make up and then a whole load more pavilions crammed with packaging!

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Once in Italy my weekend really started with an interesting cab ride, myself and Paula    (i’ll talk more about Paula later) were waiting for a taxi outside the airport and who should come down the line asking if anybody was going to Cosmoprof- Trinny Woodall! of course we let Trinny into our taxi and she was a good sport allowed us to take some photos etc… once at the venue we went our separate ways and went into the show.

I have never seen anything like it!, I looked at the floor plan and literally had no idea where i  was, what i wanted to see or indeed how i would navigate my way back out of the pavilions later that day!.

I thought i would just do an initial post about the show, and focus subsequent posts on brands and products.

The mens grooming market has exploded over the last 2 years, this was very noticeable at Cosmoprof with whole sections dedicated to mens grooming, I did see a lot of beards in all shapes and sizes, and also some very sharp mens haircuts. Barbering was a heavy feature at the show and there were plenty of mens barbers show casing cuts and beard trimming, they were interesting and drawing big crowds around their stages.

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The ladies hairdressing areas were also very busy and full of energy, I saw some beautiful hair cuts and hair ups, and some of the extensions were amazing. I did notice the big key ingredient with the hair brands was Keratin – this is a protein that strengthens hair. I think we have now moved away from just overloading the hair with moisture as we think its dry, and trying to focus on strengthening the hair due to the daily heat many of us use.  I remember when i was hairdressing many many moons ago we used to use keratin treatments in the salon so its nice to see it has now filtered down to the home use market.

My perception of Green and Organic brands has definitely changed over recent years, I used to think a lot of it was all about the nice smell, but many products didn’t really pack a punch, generally aimed at dryer skin types. In the last 3 years more consumers are wanting natural and organic products with the rise of Vegan lifestyle, but as the beauty market place is booming, brands are having to up their game to get noticed. There were some really unusual organic brands at Cosmoprof and what i found really interesting is the Korean market has also started to embrace the organic trend.

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Body wise Brazilan bum lifts are still big business, the advanced treatments pavilions were packed with bum lifting and toning professional devices and treatments.  I can’t even remember how many ladies bums i saw in that arena! Facial and body contouring were also very popular.

The biggest difference that i noticed is a lot of these treatments required multiple sessions. I think in the UK and America we are far to inpatient to follow a course of treatments and people who can afford to prefer to jump the gun and have a one off treatment. A lot of the European brands concentrated on the relaxation side of the treatment as well as the targeted concern which was refreshing to see. But i guess it all comes down to your personal preference. If you enjoy weekly sessions for 6 weeks or if you prefer a one of treatment. But what ever your preference, there was plenty to see and try.

Cosmacuticals are what first peaked my interest in the beauty industry, and it was noticeable at Cosmoprof that many brands have now made the jump into the world of Cosmacuticals, ( Cosmacuticals are generally skincare products that contain powerful ingredients in a smaller molecules so they penetrate past the top layer of skin, I will cover this topic more in subsequent posts).

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Advanced skincare brands are taking more of an interest in natural and organic market and successfully incorporating this into advanced beauty lines.

A big ingredient that featured in many skincare brands were stem cells. Stem cells have been bouncing around the advanced area of the market for quite some time, with various versions from natural to synthesised, now this has filtered down to the retail and home use market as more research has been completed, and more availability of the ingredients could possibly explain the sudden surge.

This can also be down to the understanding that we don’t just need to over load the face with moisture, you also need to repair and strengthen the collagen underneath, ( the stuff that keeps your skin looking plump) again i think the market for this is split, you either enjoying applying the lotions and potions on a daily basis and following a treatment regime or you use the quick option and use filers and botox. But plenty of choice is what makes the beauty industry interesting and fun for bloggers like me.

Korea is still keen to promote sheet masks, however many had changed the consistency of the product to more jelly like rather then the watery solutions that had a tendency to run down your face. Many of the masks are now also adding an ampule treatment to apply to the skin after you have used the sheet mask. As much as i think sheet masks are fun and a great gift idea, they are not really an essential beauty product.

I did notice that the Korean market was keen to try and show there is more to their skincare then sheet masks, quite a few companies had started to go down the green and organic route, while others were focusing on tools and gadgets.

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European brands were a real eclectic mix of products and probably where most of the advanced skincare brands originate from, interestingly there were quite a few European brands who targeted and caterers for the Asian market and were trying to introduce there brand back into the European market?.

There wasn’t a huge amount of British brands exhibiting, But my understanding is Cosmoprof is quite expensive to exhibit and i guess a lot of companies especially those who are fairly new just don’t have the budget, also you have to consider if you want to distribute your products globally and where your product sits within the global beauty market.

Weirdest thing that i didn’t fancy was goat milk face and body care products, beauty products which packaging looked like household domestic cleaning brands, and hemp skin and body care ( just to clarify theres nothing wrong with these brands/products i just don’t fancy them for myself)

What really surprised me was the lack of skin supplements and inner health.  I think i only saw 2?. In the UK The beauty and skincare supplest business is exploding with every brand trying to go a piece of the supplement cake.

So there you go a quick overview of one of Europes biggest beauty shows

I have some exciting brands to talk to you about  ( including the lovely Paula and her unique lip product). And finally a really exciting skincare device which i hope to see in the UK market soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPF Even when its not summer?

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You may have seen in the last few months a big push from various professionals in the skincare and beauty industry concentrating on the importance of wearing SPF protection even when its not sunny? and yes your right it does sound silly, but actually the medical and aesthetic industry have been advising this for years so after reading a lot about the damage to the skin from the sun (even when its not the summer) i decided to continue my SPF use daily, but now i had to try to find a product that would actually work with my skin!

IMG_1540I was very lucky to be gifted the Heliocare360 collection from AesthetiCare in July and after testing it in various climates- (French alps in July, Spanish Winter Sun in October, and cold and wet England – Present) i think its fair to say i have put these cream to the test!

When i start getting ready for a summer holiday i always panic about finding a suitable SPF50 for my face, i have oily, acne prone skin and generally dread using high Sun protection, having tried many different brands on the market including the original Heliocare SPF50 and most have prevented my face from burning but 9/10 my skin breaks out due to the fact most SPF’s are heavy and not designed for oily skin, take forever to rub and feel greasy and heavy. So when i received the Heliocare360 collection i admit i was skeptical but excited to give it a try.

Gel – Oil free, dry touch 

This does not feel like a Factor 50 at all, easily absorbed into the skin, light and non greasy and it remained non greasy all day! this is my favourite of all the range and the one i still wear daily, obviously whilst on holiday i would reapply again later in the day, and still my skin didn’t look oily!

Mineral – Fluid

This was my second choice to try, it felt a little more powdery then the gel, slightly thiner in consistency, again easily absorbed into the skin, however due to the thiner properties of the mineral fluid you do have to be careful with how much you dispense from the tube, as with the gel i reapplied again when on holiday and as with the gel this didn’t looked caked on by the end of the day, however my skin was not as matt as with the gel, but by no means was it shiny.

Fluid Cream 

I only used this once, its not because i really disliked the fluid, its just that i preferred the texture of the gel and mineral cream, however the delicious daddy (My Husband) always complains as his hairline is receding that this area burns, so i gave him the fluid to use, he loved this product and he said it was the best cream he had used as his head didn’t burn and it didn’t look like he had a ton of SPF on his head, so this is now my hubby’s suncream of choice for holiday!

360 Capsules

The capsules were what i was most eager to try, they contain Fernblock- as do the SPF products:

“Fernblock FC is what makes Heliocare 360˚ so unique. It’s a supercharged, fern-derived anti-oxidant that fights and neutralises harmful free radicals in your skin, defending your key skin cells like collagen and elastin. It’s the result of years of research and is exclusive to Heliocare 360˚ products”.- text from AesthiCare.co.uk

I only used the capsules when i was on holiday, and generally i suffer with slight prickly heat and or heat rashes at the end of the day from being in the sun, honestly this didn’t happen when i was taking the capsules, also i noticed that my face didn’t feel dry or tight, and didn’t break out in the normal end of the holiday breakout- (forehead and cheeks).

I am massively impressed with the heliocare360 range, the oil free gel in my favourite and is now my daily SPF, and i will be using the capsules when i go on holiday again as this really helped to stop my skin from feeling dehydrated and tight, also the fact it stopped the heat rashes is a winner.

Also over the festive season Helliocare have been teasing images on social media about a new product launching in the range this year, but they are yet to unveil what it will be…….

Heliocare360 is available at various online and high street retailers to find your nearest supplier click the hashtag and type your postcode to find your closest stockist

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Sales, sales and more sales

After a long time away from the blog i have been desperate to get back to work, finding the time to write has been tricky but now i have shipped the kids and my hubby off for a few days, i have got the mac book back out with a coffee and a handful of chocolate bars from my children’s selection boxes which means i am ready to write!

Sales sales and more sales

After the manic rush of Christmas shopping and with the New year fast approaching, every online and retail shop have started to discount many items in the hope we will part with out christmas money, over the last few days i have been browsing many websites and thought it would be worth sharing some of my findings.

(be advised all these offers are correct as of 30th December 2017) 

Feel Unique Winter sale

Dermalogica –  Skin cleanse duo has been reduced to £12.25 the set includes 50ml special cleansing gel and 50ml NEW preclense balm, this is great price to up your clean regime without the expense of a full size product, the precleasne balm has been receiving rave reviews after it launched in Autum this year.

Decleor –  Hand and body essentials – we spend plenty of time and money on our face but we regularly forget to look after the skin on the rest of our body, this collection by Decleor is the perfect treat to start 2018, the kit contains Aroma Svelt Body Refining Oil Serum 100ml, 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator 50ml and 50ml hand cream. Currently in the sale for £40.20 (40% RRP).

Tarte Cosmetics up to 70% year end sale

Tarte have been all over social media since boxing day sharing the 70% sale, and if your a make up junkie there are some great products on offer

Clay Play face shaping palette is down to £18 reduced from £41! the claim is to contour every part of your face, this palette looks fun and for the price its great deal, however be quick this will soon go at this price!

limited edition posh pout lip set this collection contains 8 lip paints in various colours some bold some subtle and this is also £18 so will also probably sell out.

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Foreo Luna Mini– if you want a face cleansing gadget foreo is the brand i choose, it doesn’t have bristles instead silicon coated touch points, this is currently on sale for £55.25 (they are usually around £85)

Urban Decay Naked Vault IV– This is the luxury end of the Christmas spends as the vault is currently on offer for £195, however its RRP was £301, the kit contains the Naked 1,2 & 3 pallets and 9 Vice Lipsticks and 3 lip pencils, for you make up junkies its a must!

Hopefully you all had a good Christmas and enjoy treating yourself to some goodies in sales. I have some great product reviews to share with you in 2018 which include: laser hair removal, skin supplements, SPF and much more. Happy new year

 

The Yummy Mummy 

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Define Me Sophia Isobel Fragrance

When i attended Cosmoprofna i didn’t really think about fragrances, so it was  great that i had the chance to try an American fragrance brand that not only aims to make you feel good about yourself but try to help empower others in the process.

In 2015 Defineme was launched after its founder Jennifer McKay-Newton realised that after working on fragranced candles she want she wanted to take the leap into the beauty industry and create fragrances for Women.

“A collection of beautiful fragrances packaged as empowered women! The women, whom I like to refer to as It-Girls, are inspired by a new generation who are breaking molds and crushing barriers! I carefully choose a name and signature for each fragrance that represents both the scent and the personality behind it, which I believe breathes life into it. The intention is to be a wearable reminder of one’s own confidence, strength, passion, fearlessness + to empower! The importance of giving back is a big part of me, so I’ve implemented the DEFINEME DOLLAR program. We give $1 of every bottle sold to ‘She’s the First’, a non-profit that provides scholarships to girls in low-income countries with the goal of creating first-generation graduates and our next generation of global leaders”.- text from definemefragrance.com

The Define me range currently consists of 6 fragrance oils and fragrance mists:

Audry – Fresh and floral

Clara– Elegant and Floral

Delphine– Woody and Floral

Harper– Citrus and sweet

Payton– Spicy and sexy

Sophia Isobel – Intoxicating and sweet

These are just brief descriptions and i am not going to pretend to be a fragrance guru and try to break down the top notes in each scent etc….You will notice that the names have a french influence this is because Jennifer adores Paris and likes to encapsulate this within the Defineme brand.

You can take a quiz on the Defineme website to find out which scent would suit you best, i did and the fragrance for me was:

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“DefineMe Delphine is an artistic, creative soul who radiates an effortless elegance. DefineMe Delphine is a beyond dreamy floral with notes of lilac, freesia, ylang ylang, coconut + rosewood.”- text from definemefragrance.com

But the fragranced i received in my beauty box

Sophia Isobel

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“A free spirit who embraces life with confidence + grace.

Notes of mandarin, black currant, jasmine + sugar. 

Blendable with other DefineMe Fragrance Oils + Mists.

inspiration…

Wear it to a concert or simply hanging out with girlfriends.”- text from definemefragrance.com 

 

I would agree that this is a versatile fragrance , its very sweet with a softness to it, (if that makes sense) its not too overpowering so if you like your strong Channels this will be very different for you. It lasts a good half day but you will need to top up if your going out again that night, (who doesn’t do that anyway!) The oil is just the right consitency its not to thick you have snail trials on your wrist and not so thin that it spills everywhere when you apply. it didnt react with the skin in the sun. You don’t need a lot just a simple roll over once is enough. People did comment on my perfume and my 6 year old daughter was always asking if she could wear it!

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I really like the concept behind this brand its fun, easy to use, a great price, and helps empower others! so whats not to like

 

Defineme Fragrances are available to buy online in the USA from Define Me fragrances

 

Peter Thomas Roth Mask Sampler Set

When i was in the states i decided to have a look in Sephora Las Vegas, to see if there was anything else to add to my already massive American beauty haul, And i came across Peter Thomas Roth mask sampler set, i had seen this in the uk on various sites and had meant to purchase previously so i added it to my basket.

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“Peter Thomas Roth’s passion for skin care is derived from his quest to find effective products to treat his own personal skin care concerns. Initially his primary issue was acne and as time went on anti-aging issues as well. His interests eventually grew into a desire to find the best tools to combat acne, the many signs of aging, as well as protecting the skin from sun damage. His mission: to combine effective and potent ingredients with advanced technology”- text from peterthomasroth.com

I like the concept behind the brand, the packaging is fun and fresh and the price market is about right considering the potency of the products (£24)

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The Mask sampler set is a beautiful rainbow of colours with 6 different masks to treat different skincare concerns, I can actually use every single one of these masks! which is a first, usually in a collection there is always one that my skin reacts to.

Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

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I have mentioned enzymes in a previous post as an alternative to physical scrubs, this pumpkin one definitely packs a punch, it contains an enzyme,(pumpkin) a chemical exfoliant (Alpha hydroxy acid) and some really small aluminium oxide crystals to physically buff those cells away, you will feel a tingle and my face goes red for a good 5 minutes. But this is what you expect from an enzyme mask, i only leave it on for 5 minutes as this is enough for me, my skin feels very soft afterwards but i always follow up with a second mask, as i have removed the dead dull cells its time to put some goodies onto the new exposed skin.

Cucumber Gel Detoxifying Hydrating Mask

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This mask not only contains cucumber but also papaya, chamomile and Aloe vera to name a few, this mask is aimed at soothing hydrating and removing toxins, this is great to use on areas that are sensitive, the texture is a gel and slowly absorbed into the skin, great for when your skin has been in the sun all day, or for those with delicate skin. (i put this on at night and sleep in it if i have been in the sun all day and skin feels little tight).

24K Gold Luxury Lift and Firm Mask

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This anti ageing mask gives the skin a lift and glow, 24k gold has been appearing in many face masks in the last year, I  have to admit this is my least favourite mask it did lift my face and make the skin look firmer, but it did also make it a little dry, so i would follow up with an additional mask or not necessarily use this mask post pumpkin peel, i did have a better result when i used it as a quick fix before a night out without exfoliating. The texture is a creamy gel and you won’t look like a gold statue as you only need a small amount and a thin layer.

Blue Marine Algae Intense Hydrating Mask

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This beautiful gel mask will nourish and hydrate dry skin, this light gel texture is very easily absorbed into the skin, and is even suitable for congested and oily skin like mine as it is not heavy. As i don’t generally have dry skin this is one i use again after a day in the sun or on my cheeks when the winter arrives (definitely coming out this week) i have slept in this mask whilst on holiday to give me skin a good drink, and i also applied this prior to the 10 hour flight back to the uk, have to say this kept my skin hydrated but not oily.

Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask

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This is a black mask and i mean black!, it helps draw our impurities and decongest the skin, as well as minimising pore size. Great for when your breaking out! this is a weekly staple in my skincare routine and doesn’t leave your skin tight or sore, the mask is a thick black cream but unlike some mud masks this does not dry hard fairly easy to remove but you will need to ensure there is none left in your hairline otherwise your going to get some nice black stains on your pillowcase. i love to use this on my chin and nose to help keep the pores clear.

Rose Stem Cell Bio Repair Mask

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Stem cells are a great way to help repair the signs of ageing, this delicate rose mask is beautifully fragranced without being over powering, this mask also delivers nourishment to the skin making the skin appear fuller and more radiant. I like to use this on areas that are starting to show the signs of ageing and areas that are dry. After coming back from holiday its a must for me!. I also used this mask before i got married in Las Vegas as it plumped out the lines and gave my skin lovely dewy glow.

 

Summary

 

This mask sampler set has a great selection of masks to treat an array of skincare concerns, the product sizes are also cabin friendly (14ml) so you can add one or two to your hand luggage when you go on holiday. The masks are very powerful and a fantastic way to try a brand without the big investment of larger size products. I am really glad i purchased this set as it gave me a chance to try a cult beauty brand and I have to say i am really impressed, if the rest of the Peter Thomas Roth products are as good as these i look forward to experimenting with more products within the brand.

Peter Roth Thomas products are available at a number of online stores

For UK online stores see below (a lot or companies are out of stock)

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For US Online stores see below

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switching up your skincare for the change of season

After a really fun and busy summer its now back to the normal school routine. As much as i enjoyed the summer with my children, i was ready to drop them back at school on Wednesday!

Over the summer most of us forget to look after our skin, and if we are lucky enough we get a holiday where we apply suncream daily as we don’t want to burn but as soon as we get back home it all goes out the window, then we desperately try to prolong our tan so we have a natural healthy glow. But now is the time to really start looking at your skincare routine.

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As the Seasons change so will your skin, in the summer my skin is at its best generally clear and glowing, when we start to approach October my skin starts to change, and i believe this happens to a lot of other people, The central heating comes back on, we aren’t out and about outdoors, the weather starts to get colder, which exposes your skin to dehydration and for me my eating habbit’s tend to lean towards the comforting junkie food rather then the healthy summer salad. This all takes its toll on our skin and this is why now is a great time to kick start your skin into shape. There are various ways to give your skin a summer detox.

  • Peels
  • scrubs
  • intense face mask

The appeal of a peel

Peels have become a great way to give your skin a really great start ahead of the Cold Winter, by removing the old dry and damaged skin, exposing the new fresh surface ready to make heads turn and give yourself that pick me up you probably need ( after 6 weeks of mummy mummy mummy i am definatly ready for a pick me up!). Peels differer between brands and also whether you opt for a home use product or a professional treatment, i will be concentrating on home use products for this post i will save the professional ones for when i have one next.

Home use facial peels generally contain an enzyme, the enzyme is a bit like Pac-man they go around gobbling up and absorbing the dead skin cells, they will only remove dead skin cells they won’t just eat away at your skin, they do not generally contain big beads or grains so the skin won’t be scratched away to remove the cells.  Most home use brands tend to be on the skin for 5- 10 minutes and you can feel a slight tingle which passes after a minute, this is normal as is your skin going slightly red, ( i will post a video over the next few week of a home use enzyme peel so you can see what i mean, i glow for a good 5 minutes!) after you wash the peel away you will notice your skin is really soft and your pores will look super clean.

Scrub the summer away

Scrubs are a more traditional way of removing dead skin cells, these vary in size depending on the brand, and also the amount of grains/beads you have in each scrub will also vary, more gentle scrubs contain smaller beads/grains, more aggressive will be larger, Scrubs work by physically buffing down the cells, again they won’t buff away all your face. There is a much wider range of scrubs in compression to peels, and there are now some on the market which contain both.

Scrubs versus peels

This will come down to personal preference in reality and there is no right or wrong way to exfoliate the skin, for me as some one who has Acne prone skin i would prefer a enzyme based exfoliant because it removes the cells without buffing the skin, if you are congested sometimes its easy to think that physically scrubbing the pores clean will ease the problem, but by using a harsh scrub you are then just scraping the breakout all across your face increasing your chance of the bacteria spreading. This is always the case for me and if i am congested i will just up my weekly peels to keep the pores clear. It also can be said that those with sensitive skin may prefer to use a gentle grain exfoliant to exfoliate the skin as it may not feel as harsh. But like i say its down to preference and what you feel works best for your skin.

Intense face mask

After you’ve cleared those dead cells away you need to give the new ones a kick start. the best way to do this is with a great mask. from firming to rehydrating this is the chance to really give the fresh skin a head start, multi masking is really big at the moment (using different masks for different areas of the face). i am a big advocate for this as not one mask can fix it all, and different parts of your face will have a different concerns. For me now i am currently congested on the chin and around my hairline, slightly dry and dull on the cheeks and the rest of my face could do with a glow!

Over the next few weeks i will be reviewing lots of scrubs, enzymes and face masks to get my skin ready for the change of season, so get your wallets ready because i  have some great finds to share with you, which i know you will want to try for yourself.

Have a great week

 

 

 

 

Skin79 Pore cleansing Bubble mask

*Sponsored post- mask with given to me to review by Skin79*

One of my great discoveries at Cosmoprof was an array of Korean beauty brands, one of which was Skin 79.

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Skin 79 are a Korean Skincare brand that i had the pleasure of meeting at Cosmoprof Las Vegas, the team were very inviting and keen to share with me there array of products, including sheet masks-  they have at least 20 different sheet masks!. The brand also includes BB Creams, skincare products and a cosmetics line, the packaging is bright and fun, with the various product lines you have various themes- animal and fruit masks- (which have cute pics on the sheet mask), a snail range, and the more specialist masks like the pore bubble cleansing mask (the one i am reviewing) This is a more targeted mask and when i tried it i could see why.

 

Prior to opening the packet you rub the mask together to start to activate the ingredients, when you open the mask, there was a very light layer of bubbles, as with all sheet mask they have holes for your eyes, nose and mouth, so i slapped the mask on and watched the mask bubble up.

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The mask does actually bubble up!. It reminded me of when you run a bath and you add bubbles and you just watch them get bigger and bigger, this is literally what happened with my sheet mask, and you can feel it expanding underneath the mask as well as an array of white foam on the top! I thought this might be quite gimmicky but it did make my face feel very clean even slightly dry after but other then this no redness or stinging.

The idea of the mask is to give the skin a really deep clean, which it really does well. I would not recommend this mask if you have sensitive or dry skin, but if your like me (oily and acne prone) give it a go.

Perfect to take on holiday so you can give your skin a good clean after days of suncream,  this would help keep the pores clear, but remember new skin means easier to burn so apply at night not the morning if your on holiday!

For under £5 you have a great deep cleaning mask which is easy to apply, fun to use and immediate quick results. I wouldn’t use this weekly as i think this is too strong and could make the skin really dry, however this makes a great monthly treat and a bit of fun if you have the girls over.

Skin79 is available at the following uk websites:

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Look Fantastic

 

Cosmoprof North America part 2

Cosmoprofna is a international beauty trade show which is held annually at the Mandalay Conference centre in Las Vegas, Last week i wrote about my initial reaction on entering the show, Boutique beauty box and trend scouts, this week I’m focusing on some of the events and brands i enjoyed.

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Glamour Me 

This was another activity to raise money for charity, in essence glamour me is a make over in 30 minutes, a handful of companies would use their expertise on your hair, nails and/ or make up, mens grooming was also available. You are then encouraged to share your makeover on social media, this is a great way to have cosmetics professionally applied and ask questions about the products and application etc…  Yet again this was something i didn’t get round to doing (sad face) and i really wish i would have made more of an effort to find time to have a make over- it would have saved me the hassle of getting ready later that day. I think it is fantastic that Cosmoprof used activities at the show to raise money for charity.

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International Country Pavilions

In the middle of the arena Cosmoprof had carefully grouped together a selection of brands from the same countries:

” Beauty products showcasing authentic and innovation from countries reconized for strong heritage in the beauty industry are represented as part of a cohesive national presentations”- text from Cosmoprof show directory 2017

At first i couldn’t figure this out but then realised that as a buyer if you have come from across the globe and you are looking for products from a specific country then this would make your day a whole lot easier. the international pavilions had brands from- New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, and Spain. I had a big interest in Korean beauty as it is making quite an impact in the UK right now, they had a great selection of brands which i will write about on a separate post about K beauty.

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Discover beauty

This was a very exquisite section of the show, these brands are keen to expand globally with their prestigious products, i really enjoyed meeting with the brands and found some really interesting companies which i wouldn’t usually get the chance to meet in England

Supermood

“Are a new holistic beauty brand from Finland that in edition to natural cosmetics contain edible, topical and therapeutic beauty products” – text from Superfood.fi

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Supermood got my attention as i liked the brands concept natural but fun, a lot of people have the misconception that natural products can be boring and serious, Supermood are challenging this perception, the range concentrates on 3 main lines: Ego boost, Beauty sleep and Youth glo and what makes them stand out is the fact that each line has skin care products, supplements and even beauty chocolate! i have been given a few samples so i will let you know my results.

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“Naked Princess encourages women to embrace their femininity through the empowering daily ritual of boudoir. We believe that boudoir isn’t just a space, but also a state of mind; a lasting confidence that can only be attained through unapologetic self care. Our timeless loungewear, lingerie, custom formulated beauty products and gifts are created with this passion – surround yourself with what you love, experience each moment and live the boudoir life”. – text from naked princess.com

Who doesn’t want to be princess!, a luxury glamorous brand that is just so pretty, self indulgent and playful, Sometimes we just need to enjoy pampering ourself and why not, Naked princess has a great selection of products that can make you look good and feel great. (come over to the UK please!) and yes i did get a sample review to follow.

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“A chance encounter in a London bookstore led us to an unworldly discovery. An apothecary’s manual, lost to time, was discovered tucked upon a shelf and would become the inspiration for a collection of unique fragrances and amazing formulations that have taken the beauty industry by storm.“- text from royalapothic.com

How can you not like brand which was created from an “unworldly discovery”, this just sounds magical and i imagine they make the products using wands and spell books (this is one of the best brand descriptions i have ever read!) But on a serious note Royal Apothic is a timeless brand which clearly concentrates on formulations, i have a sample of their Lemoncello hand cream and let me tell you it smells divine.

 

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In the UK Mums and Dads will instantly know who Sophie the giraffe is, inspired by the must have infant teething toy “Sophie la Girafe” cosmetics are a company who are Ecofriendly, Organic and Vegan specialising in skincare for the most precious skin- our babies!

How could you not like this brand, its fun, creative and lovely to see that brands don’t only care about adults they care about little ones skin too. This would make such a great gift at a baby shower, or christening. A really unique and cute idea a must have for those who love Sophie the giraffe.

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What really made an impression on me was that a lot of the exhibitors at the show were not just marketing teams and PR heads, a lot of the stands had company directors and North American area managers who were happy to talk to you about the product and the company in great depth, many brands were so passionate about their products and were really interested and keen to work with social media influencers and bloggers which was really refreshing.

Next week i will be writing about Green and Korean beauty and hopefully a review or two from some the products i was given at Cosmoprof.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cosmoprof- Las Vegas 2017 Part 1

I was lucky enough to get my hands on a press pass for this years North American Cosmoprof show and i am so glad that i went, this was the BEST beauty show i have ever been too! I don’t even know where to begin writing about my brilliant experience!

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What is Cosmoprof?

“Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) furthered its reputation as the leading B2B beauty trade show by introducing revolutionary technologies and forward-thinking programs at the 2016 event, held annually at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Over 33,000 attendees engaged with a record-breaking 1,154 exhibitors from 38 countries to discover unique brand launches, product innovations, new channels for distribution, packaging, and manufacturing; and to form key relationships with top industry professionals and retailers”. – text from cosmoprofnorthamerica.com

Imagine a British beauty show and times it by 10 add a touch of international sparkle  and you start to get the picture of what Cosmoprof is about! Honesty i only did 1 day at the show and i only got through one third of the stands and exhibitors! I would have gone back for the next 2 days but i was out in the states with my fiancé and we were getting married, although the thought of a 3 day beauty discovery did have a massive appeal, I would have felt a bit mean to leave Elliott on his own again!. (i will write a post about our 7 minute drive thru wedding, I promise!)

On entering the venue my jaw literally dropped to the floor, the event is held annually at the Mandalay hotel convention centre which is linked to the stunning hotel, it’s situated on the main Boulavard in Las Vegas so easy to find and bang in the middle of all the Vegas fun!

The conference is aimed at connecting buyers with international sellers, and it is literally a beauty playground for people like me! As well as the main exhibitors there were plenty of classes and presentations to go to, they were even offering lunch for press! (I didn’t actually get to the lunch as i was so busy on the show floor).

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On entering the show there was a sampling bar “Boutique” you had the chance to pick 7 deluxe samples from a selection of 20, these contained everything from hair products, hair brushes, skin creams, perfume, and even beard products. (something i or the delicious daddy won’t be trialling). There was a suggested donation of $10 which goes to Look good feel better  an American charity helping people with cancer. I thought this was a really creative way to support a great cause.

The products i selected for my box:

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I will be using the products shortly so reviews aren’t ready just yet but coming very soon.

Trendscouts

IMG_1433A selection on of online influencers were selected and given full access to the show, throughout the event they posted live updates of demonstrations, they selected 10 products which they believe will be big news in 2017. The influencers were a mixed selection of make up, skincare, hair and nail influencers and after watching some of their live videos online about cosmoprof i can see why they were selected, each influencer was as individual as the products they selected, The Social media scouts added a great live aspect to the event so if you couldn’t attend you were still able to be  part of cosmoprof, and i have to admit that a few times when i was  by the pool i did tune in to find out what was going on!

Thats all for part 1, check back again next week for part 2 where i will be writing about Glamour me make overs, Korean beauty and much more……