Thursday, 30 July 2015

S5 Skincare

I recently went to a blogger event held by the lovely girls at Chalk beauty and came across this new skincare range- S5Skincare. I had a nice long chat with the founder of the brand, Laura Rudoe, (who literally had the most amazing skin!!) all about the products and the range and got a real insight into the brand. S5 is designed to solve skin problems naturally using the strength of ingredients found in the most extreme parts of the planet such as Antarctica, the Wadi Desert in Egypt and the high mountains of Tibet. These magical ingredients helps your skin cope with the stresses of modern living like pollution, UV and EMF radiation, chemical irritation and environmental damage. Reducing stress on the skin helps it stay in a healthy balance and reduces the likelihood of skin problems such as sensitivity, redness, blemishes and premature ageing.

The range is based around 5 treatment serums which are designed for the 5 most common skin concerns: blemishes, sensitivity, dryness, hyper-pigmentation and premature ageing. The serums can be mixed and matched together to make a uniquely tailored skin regime that works for you, and can be amended depending on how your skin feels or the season.

I tested out 3 products from the range, all specifically chosen by Laura to suit my skin. 

First up is my favourite- the Nourish Cleanser. This oil based balm is a real beauty. Designed for normal to dry skin, it naturally cleanses and removes make up, without disrupting your skins natural barrier layer. S5 is all about the ingredients, and this contains Arctic Sea Buckthorn, Chilean Rosehip Oil and Desert Pomegranate Oil, all of which are rich in omega oils and Vitamin C and E. I tend to remove my make up first with micellar water and then massage this into my skin for a few minutes before washing off with a muslin cloth. It rinses off really nicely, without leaving any oily residue, like you get with other oil based cleansers. My skin then feels super smooth and nourished!  

Next up, I tried the Restore Cream, an anti-ageing moisturiser for normal-dry, sensitive skin. With age defying desert, arctic & marine bioactives to reduce the appearance of wrinkles it hydrates & protects for a radiant, youthful complexion. I love this moisturiser because it is designed for super sensitive skin and helps prevent eczema, which I sometimes suffer with. This moisturiser is a bit heavy for the summer months, but will be great for the winter, when your skin needs that extra bit of moisture. You can also add one of the 5 serums to this cream, to give it an added extra benefit, depending on your skin type. This also contains some pretty impressive ingredients, from seaweed extract to target chronic inflammation to Rhodiola, which helps the skin adapt to stress caused by temperature fluctuations, improving skin vitality and viability in very cold and very hot conditions. 

Finally, is the Vitality Mask, described as "The ultimate skin perfecting mask to enhance cellular longevity & vitality, refining, firming & illuminating the skin"... sounds fabulous!! This mask really does do what it says on the tin. It brightens the skin and just makes your skin look really healthy. It is also great as a pre-party treatment or for when your skin needs a quick-fix pick-me-up, as it gives quick results! Containing Marine Enzymes to reduce pore size and Wild Alaskan Wakame to increase collagen synthesis... sounds pretty good to me! 

All in all, I am really loving this range, and best of all, the formulas are all hypoallergenic and certified organic. If you are making the change to organic skincare, this is the best place to start. Have you tried anything from S5 Skincare? 

*PR sample

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Orange, White & Gingham

I have a new love for culottes. In the last couple of months I have accumulated about 5 new pairs and I wear them all the time! When I got my first pair, I didn't really know what to do with them or what to wear them with, but now I can't get enough of them! They are the perfect transitional piece between trousers and a skirt when it is not quite warm enough to fully get your legs out but too hot to completely cover up. This pair from Zara are slightly longer and more like a cropped pair of wide leg trousers, or 'ankle-swingers'. I paired these yesterday with my latest Depop purchase- this beautiful orange biker jacket- the perfect summer cover up when the unpredictable British weather isn't behaving. I wore this for a lovely family day at home consisting of an intense bike ride in the morning with my dad (I didn't wear this on the bike ride...) followed by a visit to the farmers market, a dog walk and a barbecue in the evening... I love going back home and to the countryside for the weekend!
Culottes- Zara
Top- Topshop
Shoes- Ebay
Necklace-Estella Bartlett
Watch- Uniform Wares 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Switching Up For Summer

It's that time of the year! When suddenly the sun starts shining and you are faced with having to change up not only your wardrobe, but you face wardrobe as well. Suddenly foundation feels too heavy on your skin and you want a natural, bare-faced glow to let the sun shine through to give you a natural bit of colour. I love this time of the year and being able to wear a BB cream instead of a foundation. Therefore, I thought I would share with you my top 3 BB creams which will let you transition into summer beautifully! 

First up is Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. Heralded as an '8-in-1 Skin Perfector', it is one of my favourite products for the summer months. This BB cream is really light and gives just a little bit of coverage to make it look like you aren’t wearing anything at all. This is great for holidays and the summer months when your skin is already looking great and blemish-free from the sun. It gives the face a really flawless glow and is the perfect shade for me. It also contains SPF 30 so you don't really need to wear anything else with it. I love this stuff and I am currently on my second bottle and will continue to repurchase this again and again. 
Next is this beauty from Kiehls. Although it is called a BB cream, I would say it is more of a foundation as it is slightly thicker than BB creams I would normally use. The texture is really light yet luxurious and smoothes onto the skin perfectly. I just apply with my fingers as I would any other foundation/BB cream, and this seems to work perfectly. The cream does a great job of covering up blemishes and imperfections and giving my skin a really healthy glow. It is thick enough to cover yet light enough to look really natural and like you are not wearing much make-up. It is the perfect base for concealer and powder, plus it has SPF 50 in it! At £23.50, it is slightly pricey if you're on a budget but definitely worth it for a flawless complexion that is going to do your skin some good! I would highly recommend.
Finally comes the Garnier Miracle SkinProtector BB Cream. Again, this has quite a thick consistently and I would say verging on a foundation. It is quite thick to apply however it then sinks into the skin and adapts to your skin colour for a really natural finish. I would wear this just by itself on holiday with no need for extra concealer or powder. However, make sure you apply a moisturiser with SPF underneath this as it doesn’t contain any! 
Have you tried any of these? How do you switch up your make up routine for summer?