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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.

Disclaimer. Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using. What works for me may not work for you. To be on the safe side, try before you buy.

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I’m super excited as I’ve partnered with Philips for today’s post. Over seven days I’ve kept a daily diary whilst using the new Sonicare Flexicare Platinum Toothbrush. The idea of healthier teeth inspired me to live a little healthier during these seven days. With Christmas fast approaching the overindulgence is unavoidable so a little self care beforehand seems like a great idea. Follow my seven day diary and see what I got up to whilst using the new Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush.

Philips App Image.pngDay One. After charging the toothbrush for 24 hours I was keen to get started and try it out! I downloaded the Philips Sonicare app on i tunes. The toothbrush connects with the app via a built-in bluetooth (amazing, I know). It then coaches you toward the perfect brush as it displays the areas you might be neglecting to clean and if you are applying the correct amount of pressure. There are three brushing intensities, low, medium, high. Today I started with low, using the clean mode.
Previously I’d been using a regular non-electric toothbrush and I decided to start gently and build up the intensity over the coming days. With a Philips Sonicare the brush does most of the work and I was mindful to move the brush slowly and gently, back and forth, so the bristles can reach any gaps between the teeth. This brush cleans better when less pressure is applied. I have always done the opposite, applying more pressure to clean deeper. That may be the case with a manual toothbrush but not anymore!  
Afterwards my teeth feel strangely clean, like a freshly polished marble floor. They look a little whiter and super shiny. On closer inspection the areas between my teeth and gums also look super clean. Here’s a screenshot from the app’s Touch-Up feature, the yellow highlighted areas actually show you where you missed spots when you brush.

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Day 2. I find it harder waking up during the Winter months, when it’s cold and dark outside. I find a daily, at-home yoga session gets my day off to a good start. For a while I’ve been practicing the crow pose. It seemed impossible at first but after some practice I seem to be getting there. On YouTube there are great yoga instructors and this morning I did a class by Yoga with Tim. Prior to the yoga I was excited to use the new Philips Sonicare toothbrush again and see if there were any improvements in the cleanness of my teeth. I upped the brushing mode to medium. I could definitely notice a difference with the increased brushing mode. The brush automatically stops when the correct amount of time has passed which I find rather handy.

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Day 3. This morning I drank hot water with lemon & apple cider vinegar, first thing. Afterwards I brushed my teeth and today they look noticeably whiter which I’m super happy about. I decided to give the tongue cleaner a go. This is a separate head that replaces the brush head. 80% of oral bacteria is found on the tongue! I used 1 pump of the Philips Sonicare breath Rx tongue spray and gently brushed my tongue for 20 seconds. Afterwards my tongue looks very clean and feels incredibly fresh.

 

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Day 4. My healthier seven days are now in full swing and I’m loving it. For breakfast I’ve swapped the usual croissant for a bowl of porridge topped with banana, cinnamon and chia seeds. I find the connected aspect of the Philips Sonicare interesting as the app can tell exactly whats going on as you brush your teeth. Smart sensors track your brushing performance and send your data to your app via bluetooth wireless technology. The app highlights trouble areas and it also let’s you know when it’s time to change the brush head. The coach sets personalised goals and tracks the progress of gum health and tooth whitening.

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Day 5. It’s not long before the snow will arrive here in Germany so I decided to swap today’s yoga class and head outdoors for a 20 minute jog. The buzz I get afterwards is a welcome contrast to the peacefulness of yoga. Tomorrow I will get back on the mat for some zen time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 6. After testing out the deep clean function my teeth feel so much cleaner and smoother, like I just went to the dentist. The separate adapter and spray for cleaning the tongue has also made a difference as my mouth feels super fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Day 7. I’m feeling very pleased with myself having completed a healthier seven days. Setting myself tasks and structuring my day to make time for myself feels good. It’s been great fun getting to know my new Philips Sonicare toothbrush and testing out the various functions. Besides the results, my favourite functions are the UV sanitiser which ensures the brush head is perfectly clean every time I use it. The Philips Sonicare app is also great as it connects me with the toothbrush. Being able to see if I’m missing any areas when I brush or if I’m applying too much pressure is really cool.

I hope you liked this post and if you haven’t already please come and say hello via my Instagram or Twitter. Lastly, a big thanks to Philips Sonicare for partnering with me for this post.

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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.

Have a wonderful Christmas! If you haven’t already, come say hi on instagram and twitter.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.