In Flight Beauty Bag- Thailand

It's so so important to take good care of you skin when flying as the air conditioning in planes completely sucks all the moisture out of your skin leaving you with a dry and flakey complexion. Normally your skin needs approximately 40% humidity to retain moisture and on planes there is only about 7% so this means that throughout your flight you need to drink plenty of water and keep topping up your moisturiser. 
To start with I'm going to be taking my make up off (leaving on my eye make up) with the L'Oreal Micellar Water and cotton pads. We're flying to Thailand, which means we're going to be flying for a total of 12 hours so instead of using a moisturiser I've opted for the Kiehls Algae Face Mask (£23.50) (full review here) as it's perfect for keeping dehydrated skin at bay and goes on clear so you don't look like a crazy person. I've decanted this into a little small pot from Muji so that it fits into the 100ml maximum liquid allowance. Next I've got a mini Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Cream (£14.00), which I'll apply a good layer to my lips and a mini L'occitane Hand Cream (£7.20) for my hands. If I decide to take my face mask off early I've got a B.Vialised eye cream, Hydralauron Moisture Booster Serum (£16.6) (full review here) and a mini sample of Philosophy's Hope in a Jar moisturiser (£30.00). 

When we're almost ready to land I've got my Clarins BB Cream in shade 02 Medium (£22.40) in case I want a little coverage, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in the shade Light (£4.19) for under my eyes and any blemishes, and Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Pink (£6.99) (full review here). I've also go a Muji fold up toothbrush to freshen up and a mini Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. Miscellaneous bits I have in here are tissues, a hair clip, compact mirror (Models Own) and hair ties and the clear bag is from Boots as part of a pack of 3. 



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Christmas Beauty Advent Calendars 2013




 
If you’re not a chocolate lover then beauty advent calendars are definitely for you, and there’s a great selection to choose from this year. My personal favourite is the mini mani month from Ciate as it offers such a great range of colours and textures leaving you with a pretty impressive Ciate collection at the end of the month. For the beauty junkies out there I think the YOU Beauty calendar has such an incredible selection of gifts and I think this would also be perfect for someone looking to get into beauty and new brands.
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SOS Winter Skincare



It seems that blogging about looking after my winter skin is becoming a bit of theme for me a the moment (see here and here) but as my skin really does suffer as soon as the temperature drops I thought another post was in order. 

My main areas of concern in cold weather are my arms and legs so I've been using quite a few products to keep the dry skin at bay this month. It's not pictured here but I love using the Elemis Body Scrub (£28.50) (full review here) to buff away any dry skin before I apply a good layer of moisturiser. My two main go to moisturisers at the moment are the Aveeno Shea Butter Skin Relief (£3.99) and the La Roche-Posey Cicaplast Baume B5 (£13.50) (see full review here). As the Aveeno lotion contains shea butter and a triple oat complex is feels super moisturising and nourishing. Earlier on in the month I started using the Cicaplast Baume B5 all over my body but now that I don't have as many dry areas I tend to only use it on dry patches and then a normal moisturiser all over.

Moving onto the face, I don't know if it's the change in weather or my change in diet (I'm trying to be good as I'm going to Thailand in 2 weeks!!) but my skin seems to be freaking out at the moment. I've been so impressed with La Roche-Posey recently as they seem to have a solution for every skin concern and when my skin went crazy they were definitely the brand I reached for. Efficlar Duo (£13.00) is a corrective and unglogging product that really works to rid your skin of impurities. I've found it's amazing for calming down spots, speeding up the heeling process and helping with scaring. It's an all round amazing product that is a firm bedside favourite. 
My go to cleanser at the moment has been the Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus (£18)* (full review here) as I find it has a lovely luxurious feeling and smells delicious- it's also perfect for dry sensitive skin. 

Lastly, the lips, not only do you need to keep them hydrated in Winter but you also need to buff away any dead, flaky skin. For this I love Lush's Lip Scrub in Mint Julips (£5.50) as it tastes like after eight mints and leaves your lips smooth and hydrated. 

*PR Sample
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Christmas Beauty Crackers & Baubles 2013


Origins Crackers (6)- £45 Available from Harvey Nichols from 1st Dec 

There's such an amazing collection of beauty Christmas crackers and baubles this year that I feel there's something for every beauty lover out there. My personal favourites are the origins xmas bauble as it's really well priced and allows you to try out a good range of their products and then the Clarins crackers as I think they would look beautiful on the table and have a really great selection of presents inside. 
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My Instagram Week

My Instagram week @gemmalw7
My first Starbucks Christmas Latte-- Flowers from my boyfriend-- The opening of the new Dior shop in Covent Garden-- A cosy Saturday night in-- The Bobbi Brown Christmas lipgloss collection.
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Haircare Saviours


These 4 bottles are my firm haircare favourites for combating heat, damage and locks that generally lack volume. First off the L'Oreal Elnett Satin Heat Protect Spray (£3.99) is something that I've been using consistently for about a year and I can't really fault it. This is the volumising product from the Elnett range and I use it every single time before drying my hair. I spritz a few sprays all over and then use my Tangle Teezer to get out any knots. I find these two products go perfectly together as I don't feel like I'm pulling too much on my hair when de-tangling. 

After I've used my heat protective spray I'll then spritz a few sprays of the John Frieda Volume Blow Out spray* (£6.99) (full review here) as I think it gives really great root boost. If I don't use this product then I tend to use the Bumble & bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse* (£21.50) (full review here), I can't decide which of these two are my favourite volume boosting products as they both do an excellent job of adding a little oomph to your hair without weighing it down. 

Lastly, before I go to bed at night I like to use the Dove Leave in Conditioner for Coloured Hair (£2.30). Depending on whether I'm washing my hair the next day I'll either us a few pumps or completely coat my hair as I find it works really great as a full hair treatment to leave your hair super soft whilst smelling delicious. 

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Beauty Bargain- Magazine Freebie


Since less and less people are buying hard copies of magazines these days companies need to offer some kind of incentive to draw in customers. We are definitely entering a phase of amazing magazine freebies and the December issue of Marie Claire is no different. With this month's issue you receive a full sized bottle of Rituals Sweet Orange and Cedar Fortune Scrub worth £10, which has the perfect grainy texture to buff away any of that dry winter skin with a refreshing citrus and musk scent. If this isn't an incentive I don't know what is!

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The Festive Sunday Post


I'm sure every man and his dog has now seen the 2013 John Lewis Christmas ad but I thought I would post it anyway as I had a super hectic afternoon in Selfridges and now I'm all wrapped up with a hot chocolate and feeling extremely Christmassy.
I hope you've all had a lovely weekend. 
Enjoy x

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Life Lately



Instagram: gemmalw7

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Models Own- Utopia





Utopia has to be my favourite shade by Models Own, it's the perfect pink/lilac nude that I've been wearing all month and I can't get enough of it. This is definitely my go to nude shade and I find it's also the perfect base for glitter. I'm a big fan of Models Own polishes as I find they glide on perfectly and have a super shiny finish. I wouldn't say they are super long lasting but they probably last about 2 days before chipping.
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La Roche-Posey Cicaplast Baume B5 Review


As I've mentioned many times before I tend to have quite dry skin on my arms and shins and this gets particularly bad during this winter months. This year I thought I should seek out something to tackle my dry patches once and for all. After watching Lisa Eldridge's Beauty SOS video I finally decided to give Cicaplast Baume B5 from La Roche-Posey a go as I'd heard it does a similar job to Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream without the stickiness and smell. I've been using this lightweight balm for a few weeks now and I feel it's definitely helped put the moisture back in my skin as normally by November my skin is very itchy and dry. The cream is said to have triple action properties to help soothe, protect and repair dry, chapped and sensitive skin. Since using this product I've already recommended it to a friend with eczema as it's gentle enough for really sensitive an irritated skin. I tend to apply a good layer before I go to bed on areas that are really dry and let it naturally nourish my skin overnight. What I love most about this cream is that it is paraben free, lanolin free and non-scented so it's perfect for super sensitive skin, and it sinks in almost straight away. I bought the 100ml tube from Boots but if you're not sure whether you want to spent that much without trying it Feel Unique also sell smaller tubes for about £5.
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The Sunday Post: Birthday Spa Day



A few weekends ago my Mum and I went for a lovely spa weekend for her Birthday treat where we lounged around in the pool and were completely pampered by amazing Rowton Hall staff. I've only ever had one or two spa treatments but never a full spa day so I definitely wanted to make the most of everything they had to offer. To start with we had a good old swim in the pool and I attempted the sauna but lasted approximately 10 seconds before getting too hot and running back to the pool. Next we were treated to a lovely relaxed lunch and endless cups of tea before being whisked away to the beautifully zen relaxation room. For our first treatment we both opted for the back detox which consisted of a back massage and then a detox treatment on the back to rid all the nasty impurities. Next I had a very relaxing pedicure and my mum had a full detoxifying facial. To end our blissful day we headed back to the relaxation room where we leisurely munched on fruit and sunk into our huge bath robes. We left feeling like we were floating on air and promised we'd be back again as we wanted to try some more of their treatments. As my first experience of a full spa day I can definitely say that I wasn't disappointed, and would like to try and make these a regular treat.
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October Favourites

As the weather is really starting to get colder I've been using some products which are really helping to add the moisture back into my hair and skin. 

During the winter I tend to get really dry skin on my shins and arms and I've never really found a product that helps, so after reading tonnes of reviews I finally caved an bought Cicaplast Baume B5 from La Roche-Posey. This product is a little bit like the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream in that it can be used on a multitude of problems, but I actually prefer this as it's not sticky at all, it sinks straight into the skin and doesn't really have a scent. So far my skin hasn't been feeling as dry as it normally would this time of year and I definitely think it's down to this. 

Next I've been using my Hydraluron (full review here) quite a lot again as I've starting to notice some dry patches on my cheeks. For me, this has kind of been a continuous favourite this year as I just think it does such a good job at hydrating any problem areas you may have but it's definitely been working wonders on my skin this month. 

Sticking with the hydrating theme and I've been absolutely loving the Intensive Nourishing Treatment from Touche by Flavien*. This treatment mask has been leaving my hair incredible soft and it's all down to the amount of nourishing ingredients of prickly pear oil, argan oil, and sesame seed oil. I've been trying to only use this once a week as I want to save it for when I go to Thailand in December, but it's been pretty hard as it smells amazing and I'm obsessed with how soft it leaves my hair. 

The lip product I've been loving this month is by MUA in the shade 2 and to be honest I've been loving MUA as a brand this whole month because I think they have some really great products and they're such great value for money. I think that Autumn is all about the berry shades so I've been continuously reaching for this lipstick as it feels really moisturising and it's really well pigmented. I've been dabbing it on in the day for a stained effect then applying it all over the lip for a more full on look. 

My favourite scent this month has to be The Body Shop's White Musk Smokey Rose* as it's just the most beautiful sensuous smokey rose musk scent. I love floral musky scents and my two all time favourite perfumes have to be Chole and Narciso Rodriguez, which both have quite heavy musk scents to them. White Musk Smokey Rose (how many times can I say musk in one post?!) isn't really like anything I've smelt before and I think it's the perfect perfume to take us into the winter months.

*PR Sample

 





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