Yves Rocher, the well known French cosmetic brand, have brought out a new range of skincare products which I have been trying for the past month. The two products from the Serum Vegetal range I used were the Wrinkles & Radiance Smoothing Day & Night Serums*.
In these serums is a magic ingredient called something rather fancy (mesembryanthemum crystalline to be exact) but we’ll go with the more simple name of life plant. The life plant stimulates the skin’s proteins which then helps to fight wrinkles. To be honest I am 25 and I don’t have very many wrinkles so I can’t say whether it actually works from that point of view.
In the morning I apply the yoghurt-like textured day serum to my face. It smells like creamy apricots and makes the skin feel extremely soft. I then apply my regular eye cream and moisturiser – although you don’t have to apply a moisturiser with this product, I just like to be extra cautious. Our skin is so important we have to look after it! At night time I follow the same routine but apply the night serum. The night serum is a lot thicker so you know its going to be working its magic whilst you sleep – they don’t call it ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing!
All in all I can truly say these serums have made my skin feel a lot smoother, so a thumbs up from me. Many serums seem to be very oil based but these are more of a cream which I really enjoy because it takes away the greasy feeling and just makes your skin feel extra hydrated.
You can purchase these creams HERE
When the sun made an appearance today I had to channel a slightly summery vibe and what better way to do so than wear mermaidy turquoise, gold and white. I popped into Topshop yesterday and found this cute metallic top which glistens beautifully in the sunshine along with this necklace and earrings, which unintentionally went together perfectly. I also got these cute sporty gold sandals and teamed the whole outfit with a pair of white leggings I had from last Summer. I cannot wait for more days where I can put pretty Summer looks together. However, looking at my weather app it seems today was a tease as the temperature is dropping again. Back to snuggly long sleeved tops it is!
What I’m wearing (Clickable links)
On Friday 3rd April I was honoured to join Katie Piper on the catwalk at the Ideal Home Show. Katie had previously presented two days of her inspiring fashion show; Confidence, The Secret which gave models with disabilities & illnesses the chance to show the world they’re more than their visible or invisible differences. Therefore, as you can imagine, being asked to join in on the final day of the show and be interviewed by Katie in front of hundreds of people was such a fantastic opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.
When I arrived at the Olympia London I was greeted by a sea of smiley faces. Katie instantly introduced me to all of the models, makeup artists and hairstylists making me feel very welcome. I felt like I had known Katie forever with her kind friendly nature which was so lovely. She is truly an amazing, strong, beautiful and extremely inspiring woman who oozes confidence in a down to earth way.
Once I was introduced to everyone and the glam squad I then had my hair and makeup done which was a nice change as I’m always doing my makeup. In fact it was so nice to wake up and not have to get completely ready (always nice to step out of the door fresh faced!). Thinking back I remember for years I would never leave the house without makeup on but ever since doing my YouTube videos I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin. Once my hair and makeup were done I then went and watched the first show of the day where Katie spoke a bit about her story, beauty, fashion and confidence. The models then flaunted their stuff on stage and they all looked fab! Even though I didn’t know everyone very well I felt extremely proud of everyone involved in such an empowering show.
At 1.30 it was time to head backstage to wait until I was called onto the catwalk…
Before I went on stage I was so nervous, I don’t think it helped that I was so exhausted after a few days without much sleep, but as soon as Katie introduced me on to stage and with the sound of the audiences applause I felt at ease. Katie asked me questions about my thoughts on beauty and confidence which you can watch in the vlog below. It was such a natural conversation it felt like I was just talking to a friend in front of lots of other friends as the audience were so lovely. I then went on stage with Katie again at 3.30 – I was so glad we got to do the interview/chat twice. I really hope it inspired at least one person.
Speaking alongside such an inspiring woman has made me more motivated to spread positivity with everything I do.
I would absolutely to work with Katie again in the future. Girl power all the way!!
I’ve forever been obsessed with nude lips and even resorted to being that girl who would plaster their YSL Touche Eclat over their lips to channel that inner 60’s look (yes, I’m ashamed of my past concealer lips – but we all learn from our ridiculous mistakes!). So when I decided to finally treat myself to probably the most luxurious lip product it had to of course be nude. The lip product I am talking about is Tom Ford Lip Colour in the shade ‘Nude Vanille’.
For months I was lusting after this lip product by looking at swatches of the different shades online, but I thought I’d be better off looking at them in the flesh seeing as they not cheap at £37 a pop! I finally went to Jarrold’s (a department store in Norwich) and instantly fell in love with Nude Vanille. The perfect nude with a slight peachy tone.
You’re probably thinking that £37 is a ridiculous amount of money to spend on a lip product and I do agree in someways but if you’re someone who adores makeup then I say go for it. Also, the quality of this product is amazing. Firstly, the packaging is incredible with its black and gold Art Deco ‘Gatsby’ vibe with crisp edges and TF embossed on the top of the lid. When you hold it in your hand it feels like you own something extremely luxe. I have to say this lipstick has pride of place on my dressing table right now. The lipstick also has TF embossed onto it, mines faded now as I’ve worn it quite a lot. It applies to the lips incredibly easily as it simply glides with its buttery texture. When I first applied it, I actually thought it wouldn’t last very long on the lips because it is so moisturising, however I was shocked at how long it actually lasted.
To create this super soft and creamy finish to the lipstick the ingredients are only but the finest, rare and exotic; Soja seed extract, Brazilian Murumuru butter & Chamomilla flower oil.
I am so happy with my first Tom Ford makeup purchase. Have you tried any of the Tom Ford Lip Colours?
If you want to see how I achieved the makeup look in the photo above then check out the video below.
Last Tuesday I took a trip down to London to join Avon and Lorraine Kelly to discuss women’s confidence at The Covent Garden Hotel – which is a gorgeous boutique hotel down a quaint street in Covent Garden. At the round table in a beautiful room was a table of ten women (myself included) and one man (to mix things up!). Some were journalists, others were Avon representatives, a blogger (me) and the lovely Lorraine Kelly. Lorraine lit up the room with her welcoming smile and conversed with us all about the confidence issue.
We were given a few different topics surrounding confidence to discuss which was very interesting (e.g what makes women feel confident to the effects of the media). Ultimately this round table conversation is the start of a confidence campaign for women. We decided to kick off the #UltimateYou campaign by writing compliments to another woman on a white board which we posted online (as you can see mine is to my wonderful mother!). By doing this we are encouraging confidence by praising one another, putting people up instead of down. Lorraine mentioned that us women should be part of a sisterhood instead of being rivals which I fully agree with.
After our inspiring and empowering chat we then headed to another room for afternoon tea (which looked mouth watering I had to have a cheeky scone – totally would’ve had more if I felt more confident …oh the irony!) where we looked at Avon’s amazing Anew skincare range which Lorraine is the new face of. The night cream really stood out to me as when I tested it on my very dry hands they automatically became so smooth I can only imagine its amazing on the face and neck.
Be beautiful on the inside as well as out, be confident, be the #UltimateYou.
Here are the interesting research statistics Avon found which we discussed:
Avon confidence results (Please click to view the PDF)
What do you think to the statistics? What makes you feel confident?
After a fab day in London watching Thriller Live on Saturday Mike & I spontaneously decided to head over to Selfridges before catching our train home for a little mooch. I didn’t expect to buy anything, because I was trying to be good, but lets get real – like I’d leave heaven empty handed!
After much deliberation over two stunning pairs of sunglasses I opted for these ‘Juliet’ retro babies by Tom Ford. The grey lens starts off dark and fades into a lighter gradient which gives the sunnies a cool look. On each arm there are sideways ‘T’s and on the left lens Tom Ford is written subtly. These Juliet sunglasses in the shade ‘Havana’ have such a 60s’/70’s vibe which I thought looked just perfect with my Topshop hat.
Now I just need to plan my next trip to London to buy the Celine sunglasses I was lusting after too!
What I’m Wearing – (Clickable Links)
Tom Ford ‘Juliet’ Sunglasses
Topshop Ripped Denim Shirt (cannot find online, I got it recently in store) SIMILAR (without rips)
Miss Selfridge Black Leggings
New Look Shoes
Gerard Cosmetics ‘Spring Fling’ lip gloss (Get 25%OFF site wird with the code JBLIFE)