Pukka Ayurveda
If you already love the brand’s teas (like I do!), you are bound to fall in love with Pukka Ayurveda Skincare. Created by Pukka Herb’s Ayurvedic practitioner and herbalist, Sebastian Pole, Pukka Ayurveda Skincare welcomes highly concentrated and sustainable oils, herbs and fruits (which have used a CO2 extraction process) into your skincare regime.

Ayurveda is the celebrated Indian philosophy of health – and beauty, to coincide – and the product I have used that really brought this philosophy to life was Pukka’s Nourishing Brightener. Though it looks like grounded woodchips, the Nourishing Brightener is actually a luxurious dry exfoliant, packed with almonds and bilberry, that you mix with your cleanser to brighten your complexion and slough away any dead skin. Best exfoliant I have used in years. Incredibly – for such a highly concentrated product – it is only ¬£13 for 15g!

Additional products in the new line a cleanser, toner, day and night creams, serum, face oils, and an eye cream; all as nourishing as the last, and none of which will break the bank. Check them out for yourself at Harrods and Wholefoods!

Slendertone Face

Slendertone Face by Philip Treacy

In 2009, Slendertone Face was launched. This revolutionary device offered a – scientifically proven – face lift without surgery. Obviously, it became a waiting list-only item.

How does it work? Basically, the Slendertone Face sits on your cheek area like a set of headphones. Inside the padded area (which rests below your cheekbones), gentle electrical impulses get to work on toning and exercising your facial muscles which result in a slow-down of the aging process.

Now, improving on the already-stellar device, we have Slendertone Face by Philip Treacy. Yep, that Philip Treacy. The world-famous milliner has decided to create a 2.0 version of Slendertone Face which offers longer duration functionality as well as extra ‘workout’ programmes.

The world’s first natural face lift has been re-born in the most delicious way! I was intimidated to try the device at first, as I have never used anything ‘heavier’ than a face mask on my face. However, with controls that allow you to set your pulse’s strength, it felt comfortably customizable. In all honesty, it was relaxing and completely pain-free.

And the results? I have to first disclose that one of my nicknames is ‘Babyface‘. As someone who gets IDed even walking into a bar, I am not the target customer. But I’m sold. Out of the five programs (Lift, Radiance, Massage and the new Advance Lift and Complexion), I chose the latter and literally watched my perma-eyebags disappear. On setting 15 from 0-99.

I have no problem guaranteeing a change in your skin when the Slendertone Face is the real deal for someone who expected no results. (And each piece of ‘face furniture’ – Philip Treacy’s words! – is hand-painted in the UK!)


Nanoblur Case Study

Though the admittance of it is often frowned upon, we all love a little bit of make-up. (Some of us love A WHOLE LOT).

The love, for the most part, comes from a simple desire to look better in almost no time at all. We don’t want Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s face, we just want to look like the best version of ourselves without wasting time or money…

…which is why I have fallen head over heels for a product called Nanoblur. Basically, it’s foolproof airbrushing with instant gratification. It is one of those brands you would love to roll your eyes at – the makers of the balm claim it can make you look younger in 40 seconds – but, unusually, can deliver on their extravagant claims!

How so? The balm is chock full of high tech nanoparticles that distribute light evenly all over your skin, essentially blurring any ‘imperfections’ from wrinkles to pigmentation.

Though the formula is similar to the magic behind YSL’s celebrity and cult favourite, Touche Eclait, the particles are actually even smaller – 700‚ÄČnanometres, hence ‘Nanoblur’.

A perfect choice for make-up ‘free’ days, men who don’t wish to use foundation, and an extra boost under HD demands. Check out my bare face below to see how brilliantly it has worked in regards to evening out my rosacea-affected complexion!

The cherry on top? It sells at Boots for ¬£19.99. For this kind of skin sorcery….a bargain.
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