Posts tagged ‘skin’

October 29, 2012

Anya Hindmarch for British Airways: A Little Luxury.

Have you ever turned left on entering a plane? I haven’t. Not for me the luxuries of First Class, sadly. It has to be said that I’ve not been on a long-haul flight (the only time I think upgrades are really worth it) since 2006, when I flew to New York. I was in the second trimester of pregnancy and so spent the entire flight either walking around to stave off the threat of DVT or going to the loo. Given that, a First Class ticket would have been something of a waste of money!

Luckily for me, I do know people who turn left on entering the plane, and not only are they fortunate, they’re also kind enough to share their goodies with me. Now that I’m in the throes of saving up, I’m trying very hard not to spend money on luxury things, but I do love a bit of luxury (and who doesn’t?) so this really does help make up for my economising.

If you travel First Class with British Airways you are fortunate enough to receive a lovely Anya Hindmarch bag, filled with REN skincare goodies. REN skincare is a great brand and creator of my favourite Rose Otto bath oil. Inside this kit, which is structured like a little framed doctor bag and utterly lovely, is everything you could need to emerge after a long haul flight feeling as fresh as a daisy. Well, nearly… I’m sure the flat beds in First Class help with that too! Alongside the all-important sleep mask and ear plugs, you get the following things: Active 7 Radiant Eye Gel, Vita-Mineral Day Cream, Neroli and Grapefruit Hand & Body Cream, Biominetic Lip Balm (all by REN) and a toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash. So very lovely.

Now, I don’t have any long distance travel plans in the near future, but I am going away to Whitby for a couple of days in November to stay in the fabulous looking Bensons Townhouse, which was all booked and sorted before I made my decision to save up for a bigger trip! I’ll be taking this perfect little travel bag of luxury with me and will very much enjoy a brief interlude from my economising…

July 9, 2012

Liz Earle Skincare: Product Review

A short while ago, I wrote a post about the Leeds branch of Liz Earle, purely because I’d had a great experience and wanted to share it. The lovely folk at Liz Earle read it, and sent me a few products to try out.

The first was the Instant Boost Skin Tonic. Now, I’m not very good at using toners. I forget in my rush to get out of the house in the morning, and to be honest, I’ve tried a few in the past that were simply too harsh and so which left my skin really tight and dry. This one is different. It’s alcohol free for a start, so doesn’t have the astringency of older styles of toner, and it’s got a gentle floral smell from the calendula and rose-scented geranium it contains. It’s really gentle and refreshing. In fact, I’ve started using it on its own when I come home from work, just to freshen myself up, as well as after cleansing. It does seem to make a difference, taking off that last bit of grime  (usually mascara!) from my face, not to mention tightening up the enlarged pores on either side of my nose. I love this product and really recommend it. Just be careful when you first use it though. In my enthusiasm to try it, I ended up sloshing it all over my hands – it comes out of the bottle faster than I’d anticipated!

The second product I’ve been using is the Gentle Face Exfoliator. I’ve been using this on a weekly basis. It has a slightly medicinal smell (probably because of the skin purifying eucalyptus it contains) and is a white creamy consistency with small beads of exfoliating jojoba. It is massaged onto dry skin after cleansing and then rinsed off. It’s really gentle and does a good job of taking away the dead skin cells and dryness on my skin without leaving it feeling as though it’s been treated harshly. Once it’s rinsed off, I then use the Skin Tonic above again, which leaves my skin feeling soft and floral scented.

Finally, I’ve been using the award winning Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask. I love this product. My skin often feels a bit exhausted, a bit like the rest of me really! I especially like using it when I’ve got the chance to lie down for 15 minutes and relax with it on, because it feels like a real treat after a busy week. My skin reacts really well to it too, looking and feeling smoother and softer – less exhausted! If you buy the starter kit, it comes with a muslin cloth for you to use to take the mask off with.

It comes as no real surprise to me that I’ve been so impressed with these products – although they were a gift, this is really how I feel about them, and if you get the chance to talk to me in person about them, you’ll have a job getting me to stop! I love the products, the ethos of the company, the BUAV accreditation, the British roots and the great customer service. At the moment too, there is a special offer. If you spend £60 on products, you can get this lovely tote bag which I think would be great for the beach. Now, if we could only get the weather sorted out too…