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Whether it’s been a weekend of partying or you’re just not in the mood to face Monday I’ve put together a list of products to help you along the way. Radiant Glow Mask by Evolve is a product that’s so natural we could make it in the kitchen ourselves, but even though we can it doesn’t mean we ever will. The combination of raw cacao and coconut smells as delicious as it sounds and I need to stop myself from eating a little bit each time I use it. When the alarm goes off on Monday morning I suggest you wash your face then apply a scoop of this to towel dried skin. Leave it on whilst you grab a cup of coffee and then rinse it off in the shower. Whenever I use this my skin is super hydrated and glowing which makes me feel and look heaps better. Prepare a healthy breakfast and then apply a thin coat of INTENSAE HART Base Coat followed by MATT-1027 Fast Drying Matte Effect Top Coat. This will leave your nails looking cleaner and fresher than you could ever have imagined. After breakfast I pop a couple of Sönd Energising Mineral Supplements which provide skin boosting silica plus vitamin E and magnesium. Before leaving the house write a to-do list or set yourself some reasonable goals for the day. Work through them one by one, this will leave you feeling great knowing that you have organised yourself efficiently. A smart watch like this one from BERING will ensure you arrive on time. Lastly, a stylish pair of shades are always a good idea.

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Now is the perfect time to update your wardrobe with a stylish new pair of shades. One of my go-to brands is SALT. OPTICS. This independent brand is based in California with consistently cool collections of both eye wear and sunglasses for men and women. In the pictures I’m wearing TAFT which recently launched as part of their new collection. These are the most comfortable shades I’ve ever worn, they are super lightweight allowing them to sit effortlessly on my face. This style comes in a couple of variations, I went for the classic black, I like this style because I can wear them with both smart and casual clothes. Even though you aren’t likely to see me dressed super smart these days it’s good to know I’m covered. SALT. is sold at selected stores worldwide.

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If you fancy adding some luxury items to your skincare collection then you have come to the right place. And if not I suggest you hang around regardless and admire the beauty of the aesthetically pleasing products in today’s post. There has been a lot of Sunday Riley love on here recently which hasn’t faltered with my latest discovery Good Genes*.  This multi-tasking treatment serum was created to exfoliate, brighten and plump the skin. Key ingredients are Lactic Acid which exfoliates and firms the skin whilst licorice, squaline and yeast extract work in synergy to reduce inflammation, brighten and repair the skin whilst strengthening the natural barrier function. As is the case with Sunday Riley I found this product stronger than I expected which isn’t a bad thing. It noticeably brightened and smoothed my skin after the first use but I had to stop using it daily as my skin became a little sensitive. At the moment I’m using it a few times a week as a serum which works perfectly. At 130€ this isn’t cheap but Sunday Riley products are a pleasure to use and they look amazing in the bathroom. So, if you can afford it then I say give it a try and see for yourself. If this is out of your price range then Paula’s Choice offer similar corrective serums that don’t look as great but get the job done regardless.

Next up is KOSHO Creamy Cleansing* which is an all-natural foaming face wash containing organic Matcha tea. This is another range that looks great in the bathroom yet it was the use of Matcha that caught my attention as this contains large amounts of antioxidants which are great for our skin. I like my cleansers to be as mild as possible, despite this being a foaming cleanser it remained very gentle, leaving my skin soft, bright and slightly hydrated. I expected the fragrance to remind me somehow of tea which it doesn’t so I’m interested to know how the other products in the range smell. This comes in a very nice green box and there’s no doubt this is a luxury range. Based on my experience with the cleanser I’m intrigued to try some other products in the range as I have a feeling they could be very nice.

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Coffee is one of the things in life I find difficult to give up. That first sip each morning brings me so much joy that I justify it as one of life’s guilty pleasures. A simple cup of coffee (or 2 or 3) – it could be worse, right?! I’ve heard so many times that coffee is bad for us, bad for our digestion, dehydrating, bad for our skin. Blah blah blah. This got me wondering what the health benefits to drinking coffee are, there must be some? It turns out I was right so here are 10 good reasons to drink coffee.

  • 2 cups can cut post workout pain by up to 48%
  • Protects the liver.
  • Lowers the risk of type 2 Diabetes.
  • You could be less likely to suffer from depression.
  • Lessons the risk of heart disease.
  • Prevents retinal damage.
  • Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter.
  • It can help you burn fat.
  • Coffee contains essential nutrients including B vitamins and potassium.
  • A great source of antioxidants.

Based on this information it might not be so bad to enjoy the odd cup of coffee each day. For more information and links to the scientific studies to back up these claims visit here and here.

 

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Sönd skincare is a relatively new anti-ageing skincare brand that targets sensitive skin. The key ingredient throughout Sönd is silica which they say is a key component for collagen production which ties in with their anti-ageing claims, it’s also an anti-inflammatory which tackles the sensitivity. Perhaps I’m wrong but it seems more people have sensitive skin these days? Perhaps it’s the increased use of acid exfoliators, vitamin c, retinoids etc, I’m not sure! Sönd is a small range with 4 products, 3 are topical with one supplement. I received samples of Revitalising face serum, Replenishing face oil and the Energising mineral supplements. I didn’t know what to expect with this brand, the packaging is neutral and I haven’t heard reports from any of my usual sources. The serum has a nice texture, it’s milky in colour and glides across the skin before quickly absorbing without a trace of stickiness. Off to a good start then! About 15 minutes after applying the serum I noticed my skin feeling cooler and noticeably calmer which I wasn’t expecting. With this I am very impressed because I can’t recall using skincare for sensitive skin where you can feel the results so quickly. I’ve found myself reaching for the serum over other products in my bathroom which is a good sign.

I received a tester sample of the face oil which I haven’t used as much but I still like, mostly because it contains coconut oil over fragranced essential oils. Like the serum this also contains silicone. I usually go for all natural face oils but I won’t complain about the use of silicone in this case as I believe it allows the product to glide across the skin seamlessly, thus preventing any irritation from dragging the skin. It smells slightly minty which isn’t my thing but I can see the function with this as it helps cool the skin.

Many of us take various daily supplements without seeing exactly what they do but we continue taking them because we know they are good for us. I’ve been given samples of various skincare drinks or supplements which I like to take as I believe they work yet I find them difficult to recommend when I haven’t seen noticeable results. On the same note I don’t expect noticeable results because they are just one part of an overall healthy lifestyle. The same goes for the Energising mineral supplements so I am going to simply tell you that I like them ‘I do’ and why. Sönd say that as we age silica depletes in our bodies therefor taking a silica supplement will boost our levels which has a positive effect on the elasticity and collagen levels of our skin. I hope I said that correctly! It’s worth noting that silica is also present in green vegetables so considering I drink a cold pressed green juice most days may explain why I haven’t seen a huge difference in the short time I’ve been taking the supplements. I noticed that they also contain magnesium which is what I like most about them. I used to take magnesium supplements a while back when I was training at the gym. It prevents muscle cramps and it also aids a good nights sleep! So when I saw magnesium as well as vitamin E in the ingredients I was sold that this is a good supplement for me to be taking. What’s next from Sönd? Hopefully a cleanser and some body products!

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