2014: Stand Out Skincare Brands

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2014 was the year where I tried new things. I started blogging after years of putting it off and loved it. Through this I was introduced to new brands I hadn't tried before, three of which have become my standout brands of this year and I can't wait to see what they bring out in 2015.

My love affair with Apivita started in January 2014 with one lip balm. Since then I have tried tested many items from hair-care to face masks. The standout products for me are their Lip Balms, serums shampoos and face masks. These face masks are sold in sachets so you can try many different masks without committing to a giant tube, very practical for travelling too. Apivita have since become a trusted brand for me as they avoid artificial and toxic ingredients which can have harmful effects on your health and environment. Each product combines three basic elements: nature, effectiveness and holistic wellbeing. If you haven't tried Apivita yet, I highly recommend them!

Bravura London
Bravura London was introduced to me through the Caroline Hirons effect. She mentioned one toner and since then I've been hooked. A truly unique brand who I think have the best customer service around. You can speak to specialists through the website who are extremely well educated when it comes to skin care and get free advice. They are helpful and efficient. Other brands should take note asap. I particularly love their toners especially the Purifying Calendula Toner and the Revitalising Ginseng Toner. I'm also a big fan of the Hot Volcanic Mud cleanser which can double as a face mask. Bravura provide affordable and effective skincare, they also have an on going buy 3 cleansers or toners get the cheapest at 60% off offer. I most definitely will be stocking up for 2015. I must also add that as someone who really hates paying over the top delivery charges I was so happy to see a skincare brand charge ACTUAL shipping costs only! Bravura I quite simply 'heart' you.

Merumaya created one of my favourite cleansers this year. The Melting Cleansing Balm is lovely to use, it melts off every trace of makeup and washes off without any film residue. The formula is luxurious and gentle. I think this will be well suited to every skin type. I really admire the founder of this brand Maleka Dattu, she is such an inspiration and really promotes going after your dreams. Maleka, like me has family origins in India, I love what she has achieved and can't wait to watch this company grow. This is one brand close to my heart and it has inspired me to go after my dreams.

Roll on 2015...

Ren Radiance Gift Set

There have been some brilliant gift guides created by fellow bloggers lately, especially beauty gift guides.. The Ren Radiance Gift set is my stand out gift! It's one gift set that I'm sure would be a great present for any lady in your life. It's perfect for all ages, beauty fanatics and novices. Not to mention great value for money.

Ren Radiance Gift Set
The gift set includes a 
  • full size Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, 
  • a mini Micro Polish Cleanser
  • a mini Satin Perfection BB Cream
  • a sample of the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate.
  • and a muslin cloth all in a beautifully packaged tin.

You get all this for £30 (with some searching you can get it cheaper with a discount code) which would normally be the price of the Glycolactic mask alone. The Glycolactic Radiance Mask is a cult classic in its own right. The only face mask I have tried where you can visibly see a difference in your skin right after using it. Skin looks brighter and healthier. It works by removing dead skin cells to help renew your complexion. It works a treat on blemishes and blackheads. The consistency is similar to marmalade which seems a little strange at first. You can feel a slight tingle can be felt when the mask is on but its barely noticeable, it washes off easily and reveals more radiant skin. 

If your struggling on a gift, I highly recommend this set. Perfect for a gift for yourself too. 

My Day At Downton

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It's no secret that I am obsessed with Downton Abbey. As soon as the main theme tune begins I instantly feel relaxed and transported back to 1924. When tickets for Highclere Castle's Christmas opening went sale at the beginning of October sale I was all over it. Finally the day arrived and I set out for a day at Downton Abbey. Queue theme tune.

Downton Abbey(real name Highclere Castle) is located in Newbury, surrounded by spectacular parkland. When arriving at Highclere the structure and presence of the castle is truly beautiful. By far the biggest star of the show. It's clear to see why the creators of Downton Abbey chose this location.

November Favourites 2014

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I'm just going to ignore the annoying the voice in my head wondering how its December already, and where did the year go. Lets focus on the positive and enjoy opening the first little door of our advent calender.

This month I've really upped my skincare game and I really enjoy using the skincare products I have in rotation at the moment.

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