Beauty, Beauty Reviews, Face, Skincare

Tried & Tested – Night Creams For All Budgets

March 21, 2015

If there is one part of my skincare regime I will always make sure I use, it’s a night cream. It’s an easy one to remember to do just before bed and of course this is when your skin can reap the most rewards as you sleep. I love nothing better than lathering my face up in cream, especially as for me my skin is more on the drier side so this is the time when it can repair itself. So whatever your budget, here are some of the best night creams I have been trying out recently.

Budget

For me on the budget end of the spectrum, there was two night creams that really stood out for my skin type. These were The Beauty At Tesco Pro Formula Hydrating Night Cream and the Lacura Expert Regeneration Night Cream from Aldi. The Pro Formula is for sensitive/dry skin and is enriched with almond oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, oat extract and vitamin E complex to deliver hydration to the skin overnight. For just £3 I was so surprised this had hyaluronic acid in it, which for me is a vital factor to look out for in a night cream for my dry skin. It had a lovely feel to it and my skin felt soft in the morning. The cream also has a very light scent to it so nothing overpowering.

Night Cream Aldi & Tesco

The Lacura from Aldi, was a real winner for me. I absolutely loved using this cream. Weirdly it smells a bit like sun cream which put me off at first. This one is again packed with hyaluronic acid and also shea butter for hydration. It also offers anti-ageing benefits, with a trio of Mimox X to prevent skin cell damage, antioxidative white tea to reduce damage from free radicals and cell-to cell communicator to boost collagen and elastin production and renew skin firmness.

Aldi & Tesco Night Ceam

For just £3.99 that is a lot of benefits! My skin seemed to respond well to the cream and I could see a difference in the morning. For the anti-ageing benefits I would definitely have to continue to use this. It says after 4 weeks to notice a difference in wrinkles or elasticity, so I might have to stick to it and try it every day for full results.

Mid-Range

In the mid-range price range there is definitely a lot of night creams to choose from. I tested out Time Bomb Flashback Night Cream £33, Merumaya Overnight Recharge Night Cream £33.50 and MyChelle Revitalizing Night Cream £26.

Mid Range Night Cream

Aside Time Bomb’s trendy packaging, inside you will find a cream that is a unique combination of phytolipids, oils, hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants and vitamins. This cream acts like a paraffin treatment by forming a light rice bran waxy barrier on the skin overnight, to give skin a plump, dewy and well-rested look by morning. I was excited to use this one with all the benefits stated. The cream was nice to apply, has a lavender scent, which is good for relaxation at night and my skin looked great by morning, a real winner for me. I paired this with the Time Bomb cleanser and was really happy with the results of the two products together.

Time Bomb Replenishing Night Cream

Merumaya’s night cream is designed for essential moisturisation, to help restore and repair skin and also firm and lift.The cream contains two different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid for moisturisation and active ingredients such as Prodizia to repair skin while you sleep and tackle fatigue – great for dark circles. Idealift lifts and firms and Sytenol improves lines and elasticity. Again my skin felt hydrated after using this one, the only thing I wasn’t so keen on was the strong natural smell, but if you like natural smelling product then you would love it.

Merumaya Night Cream

Lastly MyChelle, this is an American brand and the night cream in this range promises reduction in wrinkles in 4 weeks, alongside skin firmness and increased hydration. This one has a light scent, sort of like lavender and quite natural. I have now discovered they also do an unscented version which I’d be keen to try as I really liked this cream but would prefer it without the scent. It had a cooling effect to it when applied that felt nice after a long day and my face felt like it was soaking it up and really reaping the hydration benefits. Again it is packed with superb ingredients like Monk Pepper for a radiant glow and Goji Berry for the all important antioxidants.

MyChelle Night Cream

Luxury

After using Rodial’s Glamtox cleansing balm, I knew the Rodial Glamtox night £90 would be a treat to use. It has the same idea as a night cream would have, yet is slightly more gel in formula and it goes on thick without being too heavy on the skin. It really is like nothing I have used before. Rodial Glamtox reduces pore size, pigmentation and thickens skin overnight. It contains retinol microspheres to smooth out wrinkles and lines and also vitamin c which acts as an antioxidant. Overnight the skin reduces crows feet, lines and wrinkles, plumps and nourishes and brightens the skin for a glow in morning. When used with or without the Glamtox cleanser I was happy with the results of this. It really did feel like a luxury treat when applied to the face and I couldn’t wait to use it again.

Luxury Night Cream

Artistry Ideal Radiance moisture cream £53.65 isn’t labelled as a night cream as such but can be used both morning and night. In the morning the illuminating properties give you a nice glow underneath make-up, whilst at night my skin benefits from a slightly thicker application. The cream is ultra-hydrating, so during the day it protects where as at night it prevents dehydration for the day ahead. This cream was a sure fire winner for me, it just felt absolutely lovely on and I felt like my skin really benefited from it.

From testing out all of the above, it was hard to pick a favourite but I think Artistry really stood out for me, mainly as I can use it morning and night. However the Lacura from Aldi was such a surprise, it felt so lovely on and at such a fantastic price I was pretty blown away by how good it was!

Do you have a favourite night cream?

Fashion, Outfit Of The Day

The Fringed Jacket

March 19, 2015

When I saw this jacket in Bershka window I just had to have it! I went straight in and tried it on and well as you can tell it definitely ended up at the cash register. Fringing is big news this season and originates from the seventies trend. I loved the style of this jacket, it’s cropped and fits so snug. The fringing goes all across the back, down the sleeves and right across the front. The fabric looks like a suede/leather mix but is actually so super soft and really easy to get on too. I just want to do twirls in it which of course I do!

Bershka Fringed Jacket | MOSCHINO Belt | The LDN Diaries

Bershka Fringed Jacket | The LDN Diaries

Bershka Fringed Jacket

Bershka Fringed Jacket

I have teamed the jacket with a Forever 21 denim shirt, the two colours go well together and again denim is on trend for Spring/Summer. I wasn’t quite brave enough to go full on double blue denim so styled it with my ASOS black skinny jeans and ASH boots, which kind of have a cowboy feel I think.

MOSCHINO Belt

I couldn’t resist adding in the MOSCHINO belt, this is such an iconic belt and was brought back when Jeremy Scott took over at Moschino. I love the simplicity yet complete overstatement of it. My hair was blow-dried at the Richard Ward Chelsea Blow Dry and I absolutely love it, they did such a good job that I would highly recommend paying a visit.

Bershka Fringed Jacket | MOSCHINO Belt | The LDN Diaries

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Events, Fashion, Lifestyle, Tech

YR Store x Velvet Jade – Create Your Own Co-Ord!

March 19, 2015

In a recent trip to Topshop In Oxford Circus, I was shopping on the lower ground floor when I came across this awesome pop-up from YR Store and Velvet Jade. The lower ground floor in Topshop is my favourite as it is filled with lots of different concessions and you really find some different and cool clothes and this awesome collaboration is just one of the many fab treasures to find.

YR Store have teamed up with textile designer Velvet Jade to produce a fully customisable range of pencil skirts and crop tops. Velvet Jade is a recent first class graduate from Bath Spa’s Textiles for Fashion & Interiors degree. Her work is vibrant and colourful, and uses a combination of intricate floral, geometric and Aztec designs.

YR Store Velvet Jade

Velvet Jade deisgns

In Topshop, YR Store have set up a whole load of interactive touch screens where you can create your own co-ord from 1 of 27 of Velvet Jades tribal inspired prints and then have it ready to take away within minutes. Using the print you can manipulate the colours, add your own text, layer existing designs or even create your own pattern. The YR Store printing process makes sure that the prints have excellent photo-quality and makes sure the print won’t fade.

YR Store x Velvet Jade

YR Store x Velvet Jade

The collaboration which launched just last week will only be available in Topshop’s flasghip store. However if you cannot make it to the store then YR Store also have an app, not for this collaboration, but you can customise your own clothing pieces with various prints. Definitely one to check out!

YR Store x Velvet Jade

Burgers, Cocktails & Drinks, Dinner, Food

The Drift

March 18, 2015

The Drift in Bishopsgate is another of Drake & Morgan’s fab restaurants & bars. Danny and I visited The Drift for dinner and even though I was familiar with the menu I was still pretty surprised when my chicken came out in a basket, but more on that in a bit.

Inside The Drift it is a great space, downstairs you have a large bar, perfect for after work drinks in the Liverpool Street area and then upstairs you have the restaurant, with low lighting and an open kitchen, plus another bar as well. There are big glass panels so I imagine it lets a lot of light in during the day. When you reserve a table, they always place the cute card reserve slip on the table which I just love, this one even came complete with stickman drawing.

The Drift

The Drift

The Drift menu

Let’s get straight onto to the food and drink, that is what we are all here for!

The Drift cocktails

We started off with a couple of cocktails, I had the Skinny Lovely Bubbly which pretty much describes this cocktail straight away. It is a mixture of Pampero rum, mint, skinny agave, fresh lime and topped up with bubbly. To me this was right up my street, I love cocktails Like Grey Goose Le Fizz and Mojitos and this tasted like a mixture of the two. Danny’s cocktail was the Lavender Love a gin based cocktail with raspberry, lemon, egg white and sugar. We weren’t wanting too much to start off with so we ordered a basket of bread and also a sharing platter of Spanish hams; serrano, chorizo and salchichón. The basket tin is full of a whole selection of breads and the ham went with it perfectly.

The Drift

The Drift starters

For mains I went for the chicken in a basket, now I know it says ‘a basket’ on the menu, but I really wasn’t expecting this to arrive in well a basket. Here I was presented with a picnic style basket and inside was a small chicken with plenty of chips. I loved the quirkiness and definitely one I will remember, plus the chicken was pretty tasty I must say!

The Drift chicken in a basket

The Drift chicken in a basket

The Drift wine

Danny ordered the Wagyu beef burger with blue cheese, tomato chutney and chips, it was tender and juicy as you would expect, but if you are not a fan of blue cheese this probably won’t be for you as it was strong in flavour on that front. We also swapped to a glass of wine each, one white, a Sauvignon Blanc and red, a Malbec. What I love about The Drift is the varied menu, there is something for everyone, sometimes I’m not sure what type of food I want that evening so a place that has a mixture is perfect.

Wagyu Burger The Drift

For dessert it was an easy choice. I had eaten the Wagon Wheel dessert before at The Fable and it was just so, so good. It is a twist on the biscuit and is toasted meringue, quite like a s’more with deliciously tasty raspberry sorbet and shortbread. It is definitely one of the best desserts I have tried.

Wagon Wheel Dessert The DriftHot chocolate brownie and ice cream

Danny had the hot chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, a perfect way to warm up from the cold weather. I also enjoyed one of the pudding cocktails, the Cranberry brûlée, this was a gin cocktail with cranberry sauce, egg white, sugar and lemon. It was sweet and perfect for pudding, in fact it quite felt like a meal in itself, so I’d maybe get it next time to enjoy on its own.

Cranberry Brulee Cocktail The Drift

For more info & to book at The Drift visit www.thedriftbar.co.uk.

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Beauty, Events, Lifestyle

Birchbox x Habitat Dinner PLUS GIVEAWAY!

March 16, 2015

Last week I was invited along to a blogger dinner organised by Birchbox and Habitat. The two have just collaborated on the latest Birchbox subscription box and also Habitat have just launched beauty storage boxes and some absolutely gorgeous dressing tables, which I was excited to see. At the dinner there was a handful of beauty and also lifestyle and interior bloggers. It was a really great mix and it was so nice to meet some new faces. Can you spot me?

Birchbox x Habitat Blogger Dinner

We ate a beautiful meal in which I had, beef carpaccio, chicken and a yummy chocolate tart coupled with some wine, it was a perfect evening. I don’t have many pictures for you as I never took my camera because the battery was running low, which was because I did however film a ‘Get Ready With Me’ before the dinner, which you can watch below and on my YouTube channel.

 

We all left with a goodie bag filled with the March Birchbox and also the grey and orange storage box, so I thought I’d give you a closer look.

Birchbox March Box

The Birchbox if you are unfamiliar is a monthly subscription box that will set you back just £10 a month with £2.95. P&P. Each month there are over five personalised goodies in sample size to let you try different products out. To me this is fab, there is nothing more annoying than buying a full-size product and then you dislike it and can’t take it back! So this is the perfect way to try. This month’s box as well as teaming up with Habitat, it also lets you choose your own Benefit sample of mascara. So what was inside?

– Benefit Mascara in either BADgal Lash, Roller Lash or They’re Real! (your own choice)

– Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris perfume sample.

– Philip Kingsley Smooth Cream

– TanOrganic Self Tanning Oil

– Janjira Pomegranate & Acai Facial Scrub Cleanser

– A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi (sample chapters)

– Birchbox x Habitat Notebook

– 20% off at Habitat

If you like the sound of this then you can sign up to Birchbox and use the code BBXHABITAT for £5 off. Sign up at birchbox.co.uk/subscribe.

Habitat Beauty Storage

So now I have more beauty samples, where to put them? Well handy that they also filled our goodie bag with the new Habitat storage box. The Maisie grey and orange round storage box is £30 and is a great size for lots of make-up bits. The top-tier has divided sections, reminds me of a Trivial Pursuit and then it lifts up to reveal an under layer.

Habitat storage

GIVEAWAY

I am giving away all THREE Benefit mascara mini samples, so they are the 30g sized They’re Real, BADgal and Roller Lash!

To enter you need to be a subscriber to my YouTube channel, you can become a subscriber if you are not already by clicking here. If you are not on YouTube then you can also enter via the Twitter tweet. Make sure you register your entry in the Rafflecopter widget below so it’s all fair and square.

The giveaway will run until next week and will end on 24th March 2015 at midnight. Good luck!

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Beauty Reviews, Body, Celeb Look Of The Week, Events, Face, Fashion, Lifestyle, Skincare

Kylie Jenner Hits London With Nip & Fab

March 15, 2015

Yesterday morning I was invited along to a top-secret location to welcome Nip & Fab’s latest ambassador Kylie Jenner to London. The 17-year-old is the youngest in the Jenner/Kardashian clan and was looking fab in a sheer black top, black tuxedo trousers and coat strung over her shoulders. Her pout was complete with a bold red lip and her hair sleek, bobbed and black.

Kylie Jenner Nip & Fab

Nip & Fab had put on a special interview with Kylie, which was attended by press & bloggers and lucky fans who won tickets through Nip & Fab’s competitions. So what beauty secrets did Kylie share, well here is the gossip!

  • That famous lip colour and pout? Well she says she has ten different shades of nude lipsticks, although no names were mentioned.
  • She hasn’t worked out in over two years and doesn’t go to the gym – well I don’t think I did when I was 17 either.
  • She loves to take a long soak using the Nip & Fab body washes and lotions, especially the Yoga Blends. She said she soaks for over two hours and loves to scrub off that spray tan. Hands up who else does this.
  • She takes her fashion inspiration from big sister Kim and her husband Kanye West, oh and baby North too!

Kylie also revealed she is moving out of home and has just closed her deal on a brand new place, plus lots of exciting things coming up which she didn’t quite mention, but I’m sure we will see them soon.

Maria Hatzistefanis the founder of Nip and Fab said of the collaboration: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Kylie Jenner as the NIP+FAB ambassador, she is cool, edgy and an international beauty icon’.

To me Kylie came across very sweet and if not a little nervous and shy. Some of her favourite products from Nip & Fab that she has been seen Instagramming are the Glycolic Fix range, which funnily enough is my favourite and I rave on about them to anyone who’ll listen.

Shop the range below and check out my review of Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix range.