The 5 Products For An At Home Facial

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Who doesn’t love a good facial? 60 minutes of someone dedicated to making your face look fabulous. I mean are we really going to spend 60 minutes at home pampering our face? Hardly. But when a facial can cost £60+ it’s not a treat not an everyday occurrence, and so we will need to spend some precious moments in our home bathroom instead.
If I’m feeling like my skin needs some extra love and attention or I have some time on my hands say at the weekend, I have 5 hero products that I use for a complete facial experience. Each one I have been using for months if not years for some and have come to really love each one. So let’s go through them.

Garnier Micellar Water is an all round amazing product. I could not be without this in my bathroom cabinet. I just find it so incredibly multipurpose. Cleansing my skin, cleaning up makeup mistakes, to even help clean my makeup brushes.

But for an at home facial, I have to start with this. This preps the base and makes sure there’s not makeup and other surface grime on the skin left. I use the oil version as I find it so effective for getting makeup off. There literally is nothing it can’t remove, but if you have oily skin they do sensitive and normal versions too.

Once my skin is clear, I go in and cleanse. Ilapothecary is a brand I recently discovered and now their Mud Cleanser is a staple in my cabinet too. A vitamin rich cleanser it’s super powerful however why I love it as a at home facial product is that you can leave a fairly thick layer on as a mud mask and it sets just enough so you can lie and let it really work in. Depending on how much time I have, I leave it on for anything from 5-15 minutes before washing off. Trust me, you’ll feel squeaky clean after that.

Ah Korean beauty. It’s all the rage isn’t it? And one of the big things they’ve brought over are sheet masks. Personally I love them, as all you have to do is peel on and relax.

Puriface Marine Purifying Korean Algae Sheet mask helps cleanse pores and hydrate which is key for me as I’m very susceptible to large visible pores.

I’ve been using sheet masks as part of a weekly treat for a while now and really love how they make my skin feel and look.

Leave on for 15-20 as the next step in your at hone facial, and I promise you your skin will glow.

Next it’s time to moisture surge your skin with Clinique Moisture Surge. This is my absolute favorite moisturizer and I actually use it everyday, however for that facial experience, put on a thickish layer like a mask and leave on for 5 minutes to really drench your skin. Even after you wash it off, your skin will feel so soft and hydrated.

Finally, layer on that serum. For a special treat, I use Decleor Hydra Floral, anti pollution hydrating fluid.

As you can see I’m big on hydration for my skin. It’s key to keeping it plump and youthful as long as possible. I apply a thin layer to my skin and give myself a little facial massage to work it into the skin.

After all of that my skin looks amazing and I’m either ready to face the world, or in need of a good nap, depending on how you look at facials.

These products can be used time and time again, saving you a considerable amount compared to a spa facial, and are great for those moments when you need a little TLC but don’t have the means to get to a spa.

A Royal Afternoon Tea at Galvin at the Athenaeum, near Buckingham Palace

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

After the royal wedding this weekend, I think most people will agree in that we are all feeling a little bit more British. And what is a bloody brilliant British tradition? Afternoon tea.

I love afternoon tea. I'd always choose afternoon tea over lunch but also i'm quite picky with my teas. If something isn't up to scratch I'll say so.

Funnily enough, sticking with the royal wedding theme, I headed to The Athenaeum hotel which is a hotel literally across the street from Green Park where Buckingham Palace sits. It's less than a 10 minute walk door to door.

A name in the London restaurant scene may have heard of dozens of times is the Galvin Brothers. Famed for their high end French restaurants such as Window's and La Chapelle, they have recently moved into more British cuisine and never more evident with their afternoon at The Athenaeum.

The tea is hosted in their garden room which is a small but elegant downstairs bar, but what is quite impressive is their "living wall" which gives a feel of a garden terrace without the noice or cold that that could bring in central London.

We ordered the Royal Afternoon Tea (come on we had to!) and soon it arrived filling the table.

The list of sandwiches read like a list of the finest ingredients; Eggs Drumkilbo bridge roll with James Baxter’s potted shrimps, Cumbrian beef & Coleman’s horseradish on beetroot bread, Regents park honey roasted Dukeshill ham, mustard mayonnaise on brioche, H. Foreman and Son smoked salmon & cream cheese on multigrain bread and Coronation chicken on white bread.

The salmon and cream cheese was delicious, although I'm slightly confused as to why there was only one and not two when it's a two person tea. The coronation chicken was also perfect and a standout sandwich of the set.

 Then of course came the scones. Now how do you put your jam and cream on? Because let me tell you seeing as we are on the subject of Royals. The Queen puts her cream on first, and so I think thats the true confirmation there eh?

All the jams here also come from Royal Warrant Holders, making this a truly regal experience.

Finally the cakes arrived. Now I will say, some were good, others were not to my liking. The giant macaron was fantastic, and baked and flavoured so ell. Also the chocolate orange tartlet was delicious. However the eclair and the opera cake, I found too mousse-y and sickly for my liking.

Wonderful City Dreams Afternoon Tea Bus

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

People often ask, what is your favorite time of year? Well when it comes to being in London, it has to be spring. London is in full bloom is spring, with Wisteria covering houses, blossom trees sprinkling petals across the roads and of course all the shops coming out with their flower displays.

Well one thing I didn't expect to get hit by flower fever was the London red buses, and yet, as I turned onto Victoria Embankment, there was a very floral red bus.

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