Great skin just a sleep away

If like me you have all the best intentions of getting gorgeous, radiant, youthful skin but somehow never have the time to invest in a full on skincare pamper fear not… Here are just a few of my top picks to work skincare miracles all while you sleep, so you can wake up to gorgeous glowing skin (if only all problems were that easy to solve!)

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Skin Recovery Complex

I have been using this little brown bottle a couple of years now and I am addicted. This Multi Award Winning repair serum is inspired by DNA research and works to help restore and repair your skin, it is a great anti irritant (which is one of the top reasons I started using it) making it perfect for more sensitive skin too. Best used every night to repair past damage, protect and hydrate skin.

Elemis Pro Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream

Oxygen for your skin? Yes we don’t just need to breathe it we need it to help our skin glow and aid regeneration. This fab cream also speeds up night time skin recovery to counter the effect of sleep debt and daytime stress, its a true multi tasker as it also helps to plump the skins natural collagen for younger looking skin too – perfect!

Guerlain Midnight secret

The lifesaver… if you’ve been out the night before and you know you need a proper sleep to have a fresh faced, no bags look…think again! This is eight hours sleep in a jar! Yes girls this is the answer to those cheeky nights out. Sssshhh it’s our little secret

Dior Capture Totale Multi Perfection Nighttime Soft Peel

This is a little gem of a product, put simply it’s a face peel you can sleep in to gently renew your skin, it brings a whole new meaning to beauty sleep. Its no rinse formula makes it super easy and you can apply your usual night cream on top!

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Night Health Bedtime Face Cream

I’ve never been a big advocate of the Dr Andrew Weil for Origins range purely as I wasn’t taken by the aroma of the first collections – however I like to think of this as a hidden gem because as you drift off to sleep, this magic cream with St Paul’s Wort simply eases away tense skin and visible lines. It really seems to clear your dead skin cells plus, one of my favoutite things about it is that it’s filled with 100% natural camomile & lavender oils to relax your mind and body for a great night sleep too!

Bliss Fat Girl Sleep

Night time skincare is not just for your face – Fat girl sleep from the spa guru’s Bliss creates a sleep-friendly environment with lavender whilst sacred lotus flower gets to work on the four causes of cellulite: fat storage, fat burning, water retention and slackened skin. Anything that blasts cellulite while I sleep gets my vote!

The Body Shop Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist

This is my little secret wonder spritz, this is a heady aromatic mix of Jujube date extract, camomile and essential oils – literally 1 spray on your pillow or Pj’s and your eyes get heavy – it’s brilliant for when you fall out of a sleep pattern or find yourself unable to sleep easily. Keep it by your bed for easy spray and sleep! Don’t be tempted to use more than 1 spray its potent stuff and 1 spray is really all it takes!

Top wake up tip…

After all that replenishing sleep wake up your skin with Clarins Super restorative Wake Up Lotion – the skincare step for beautiful skin even first thing in the morning. It eliminates puffiness and sleep marks, no need to wash off just apply to a clean face and follow with your usual moisturiser and make up!

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Hot on the High Street….

Girls (and guys) it’s time to get out your diaries and make some room for some all important beauty perk up time! Whether you’re a 5 minute lunchtime treat shopper, a sneaky online buyer at work or simply love a weekend trip around the beauty and fragrance aisles

Here’s my top pick of what not to miss…

Find your Mr Bright at Benefit – 19 March

Benefit Finding Mr Bright

This spring is dominated by hot brights as seen on the catwalk and now hitting the high street but the thought of really living this trend can be a bit daunting especially for those of us like me still clinging to their safe dark (aka black) winter wardrobe, now there is an answer! Thanks to Benefit you can give your make-up bag a spring over with their latest offering Finding Mr Bright.

My photo does not do the dayglo palette justice,  the oh so cutely named ‘brightening MANual’ comes with all your Benefit faves:

Girl Meets Pearl (which I love to twin with Nars Orgasm Blush – the two in combination give you a gorgeous pink flush with a pearly luminous glow!)

Posietint – I prefer this version than the original Benetint its shade is far more wearable and I find much easier to blend too, again you can easily mix this with Girl Meets Pearl for a similar effect as above.

Erase Paste – I like to think of this as industrial strength concealer, I tend to save this concealer for those post work drinks or nights out you know you need that bit extra coverage or brightening! Can be a god send on those mornings after the night before too….

High Beam – this product is the one that is in my most memorable make-up line up, it was THE thing to own when I was buying premium make-up for the first time.

It is a very cute palette and has a great dating make-up lesson that comes with it too, however I do have a few negatives namely that the palette isn’t that portable, it’s not huge don’t get me wrong, but for it to be a carry around palette I would have substituted High Beam for an Ultra Shine Lip Gloss – maybe even California Kissin’ to cover all your needs on the go – however this is just my opinion and does not distract from the fact this is a fab & fun little kit!

If you have time do check out the really fun dating video on Benefit UK’s YouTube Channel

(I picked James from Finance for Gabbi… you’ll understand when you watch it!)

Step into the world of CHANEL exclusively at Selfridges Oxford Street – 22 March

Keira Knightley for Chanel

I am always in awe of the truly amazing Chanel installations and creative design and to bring every beauty gals dream to life from 22 – 30 March you can step inside a supersized bottle of CHANEL’s Coco Mademoiselle – where you will find Chanel’s very own cinema!

You’ll be able to be one of the first to see the new Keira Knightley Chanel film for Coco Mademoiselle and take part in their interactive journey for your chance to take away samples of this coveted fragrance.  For Coco Mademoiselle lovers you can also get your hands on the limited edition 200ml bottle exclusive to Selfridges

I saw the amazing new film last month in a private CHANEL boutique courtesy of Chanel UK HQ and enjoyed being transported on a Parisian adventure… if you can’t wait till the 22nd you can also find a mini preview on Chanel.com and Chanel’s YouTube Channel

MAC Wonder Woman Collection Packaging

The day make-up turned me into wonder woman

MAC Wonder Woman Collection Packaging MAC Obey Me Nail Varnish with Matte Effect Finish

This past month I have been very excited at being able to buy MAC products online from @debenhamsbeauty and as a big Superman fan MAC’s latest lust-have collection Wonder Woman had been the talk of the office for months… so when March 3rd FINALLY arrived I clicked, bought and eagerly awaited the arrival of my beauty bounty.

I wasn’t disappointed – my superhero stash arrived last week and so with a *happy smile* set about painting my nails with MAC Obey Me from the Wonder Woman Collection. The Colour was a fantastic vibrant American Superhero red and all in the first coat, this was proving to be a match made in Marvel heaven.

The finish is nice and glossy but I wanted to give it a little edge so I applied @NailsInc Westminster Bridge Matte top coat, this was my first time using a matte effect varnish and I have to say the jury is still out on a final decision. The application is super simple and with the fat brush only takes one or two strokes to cover the nail leaving a pro effect. However the Matte effect does seem to really dull down the colour – which after going for the Superhero Red look was a bit disappointing.

I do find (and hopefully I’m not alone in this respect) that painting your nails red can cause a nightmare if you don’t quite manage to colour within the lines so to speak – for this I have a handy little tip… Pour out a small amount of Nail Varnish Remover into the cap of the remover, then using an old lip brush wet it with the remover and use the brush to tidy up around your nail, dip the brush back into the remover and ta-da pro perfect nails!

Check out the finished look and why not cast your vote – Do we love Matte?