Supreme moisture mask is the latest addition from one of my favourite brands NUORI. Everything I’ve used from this brand feels special and I love the packaging. The intense moisture mask can be used in a number of ways. The instructions suggest applying a generous amount for 10-15 minutes for an instant hydration boost or leave it overnight for an intensified result. A few weeks ago I needed to take a flight to London. I thought this would be a perfect time to test the mask. Even a short flight leaves my skin feeling dry and I wanted to see if this product would stand up.
During my morning skincare routine I replaced my usual moisturiser with the Supreme Moisture Mask and applied SPF as the last step. In terms of texture this feels like a heavy cream. However it absorbs well and feels lighter when it’s actually on the skin. As a flight mask this worked a treat and it doesn’t leave a shiny film on the skin as many moisture masks tend to do. It offered lasting hydration and my skin was still soft and quenched when I landed. If you have a long haul flight coming up then I recommend you take this with you.
I now use this about once a week as an overnight mask and I like it a lot. If you have oily or congested skin this will likely be too rich for you. However if you have any level of dryness or dehydration then you will benefit from using this. It contains a multitude of natural, plant based ingredients and essential oils. You won’t find preservatives, silicones, artificial fragrances or anything else that’s synthetic. Because of this you need to store it in a cool place and use within 6 months. During the Winter I store almost all of my skincare in a corridor where there is no heating. This is a little inconvenient as I have to move items to and from my bathroom twice a day. But, I wouldn’t put a Prada jumper in the tumble dryer so correctly storing my expensive skincare feels like the right thing to do.
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The selection in my forth and final gift guide can be found at online mecca Niche Beauty. Whilst many of their cult brands are gender neutral the store has a section dedicated to men. I’ve put together an eclectic mix of products that harness the power to help us look good and feel good. All of the items are perfectly giftable with options for stocking fillers.
The Michael Van Clarke No. 1 Brush has bendy bristles that gently de-tangle longer hair. If you have shorter hair like me I recommend this as a wonderful scalp massager. Sounds Crazy? Gently running this brush over your scalp in different directions for 30 seconds feels like a 15 minute neck and shoulder massage. Bargain! Keeko coconut oil pulling in morning mint. If you are new to oil pulling then I guarantee you will have cleaner and whiter teeth by adding this to your daily routine. It’s also known to be an ancient method of detoxing. Bring it on! Pure Elixir skin supplements. These tiny bad boys are infused with marine collagen, vitamin c + e, hyaluronic acid and tomato extract. Clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and brighten the skin. Yes please! Tata Harper face moisturiser. This brand is completely natural and non-toxic. Yes, some skincare contains ingredients that are toxic. Tate Harper manufacture their products themselves in Vermont. In-house manufacturing allows small batches, produced often to ensure the products are fresh and of the highest quality. MINIMERGENCY KIT. The trusty tin contains 13 essentials, especially useful when traveling. There’s everything from shirt buttons to a safety pin, plaster and nail clippers. I had my own minimergency yesterday when I discovered a small hole in one of my bed pillows. I used the needle and thread from my kit to quickly sew up the hole. Viola! Sleeping crisis averted.
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Clinique is the go-to brand for anyone with allergies or sensitivity from fragrance. The FOR MEN range is very good with slick packaging that sits nicely in the most stylish bathrooms. These are a great gifting option this Christmas.
Maximum Hydrator is an excellent cream that feels surprisingly lightweight in texture, a great option for all skin types, especially those with oily/shiny/dehydrated skin. I use this at night and it perks up my skin nicely, leaving me with brighter, plumper skin that feels incredibly soft. SPF 21 Moisturiser. I found this surprisingly nourishing for an SPF moisturiser. It leaves a nice sheen which is perfect if your skin can look dry or dull. Turnaround Revitalising Serum is rich in texture for a serum yet feels perfectly light on the skin. I use this morning and night (sometimes with a drop of oil when my skin needs it) it disappears instantly and works perfectly well with both the maximum hydrator or SPF 21 moisturiser. Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel. This is a savior during the winter as I wake up with puffy eyes from the central heating. It’s applied with a metal roller which feels cold around the eyes. This feels really good first thing in the morning and the inclusion of caffeine helps wake up and de-puff the delicate skin around your eyes, leaving a light hydration as you roll away.
Clinique is available online and in department stores worldwide.
There’s nothing quite like a cute illustration to pull at my heart strings. And Kiehl’s have done just that with their limited edition Jeremyville Holiday 2016 collection. I’ve completely fallen for this theme created by street artist Jeremyville from Brooklyn.
Creme de Corps body moisturiser is thick and immensely hydrating. A perfect antidote to the drying effects of central heating. The three Hand Creams come in a set, each with it’s own fragrance – Coriander – Lavender – Grapefruit. I expect this trio to keep your hands soft until we see the first signs of Spring. Ultra Facial Cream is a great option during the Winter months. It contains two unique ingredients that protect and replenish skin from harsh cold air from the outside and the drying heat from indoors. Antarcticine – a glycoprotein extracted from microorganisms sourced from sea glaciers is known for it’s ability to protect skin from cold temperatures. Imperata Cylindrica, a plant indigenous to the Australian desert helps retain moisture in dry conditions. You can head over to the Kiehl’s website to see the rest of the Holiday Collection. Which also has a wondeful advent Calendar. Follow my InstagramStories and watch me open mine. Each piece is sold separately.
If you ask me, the lead up to Christmas is the best part. Meeting friends for drinks after a spot of shopping when the vibe is all cozy and fun. It’s easy to go overboard on the gifting each year. I think a few special gifts here and there works best. But what to choose for those special people? Well, you have me for that! For the coming weeks I’m putting together several guides. Making the search for unique and stylish gifts that bit easier.
BELLA FREUD Scented Candle from Niche Beauty. This looks cool and smells great. The Oud and Wood fragrance is dry and warm that’s perfect for when it’s wet and cold. It sets the tone perfectly for a night at home in front of the fire.
THE WOODS Body Wash by Brooklyn Soap Company. An all-natural body washed infused with the signature fragrance from Brooklyn Soap Company. This takes a shower situation to a whole new level. It’s made for the fella’s but the girls may love this also.
NUORI Lip Treat. In an industry that’s reinvented everything a thousand times. Danish brand NUORI has changed the game with it’s fresh line of skincare. Each box displays a suggested date to start using. Allowing just enough time to finish the product before it’s freshly prepared ingredients go out of date. The lip treat is certainly that, hydrating and soothing with the softest taste of mint.
DARTMOOR FRAMES by Willems Eyewear. These timeless frames are cool and comfortable with a focus on quality craftsmanship and loving details. Perfect for guys and girls looking to embrace their inner geek chic.
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