Festive make-up: Glow Up from ELLIS FAAS

Festivities demand some updates for your make-up arsenal, so a new launch from ELLIS FAAS is very timely and it has an apt title – GLOW UP!


Playing with light is one of the best tricks in make-up, as light emphasises shape and glow. Attracting light to certain parts of your face will illuminate it and bring it to life and Glow UP achieves it due to reflective pearls and its soft focus properties.  These finely milled particles provide radiance with a soft subtle shimmer & leave you with a delicate glow that helps to mask any imperfections, while also adding a satin-soft and porcelain finish.IMG_4434Apply the luminous powder to parts of the skin on which light falls first: your upper cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the Cupid bow of your lip and collarbone. Playing with light creates a seductive emphasis on bone structure and enhances your healthy and youthful appearance.IMG_4435Glow Up’s glide-on application gives a velvety feeling due to its micronisation technology. It also helps to protect the skin from the environment because it contains vitamin E. No parabens. No oils. No animal testing. Available in three shades.


You can apply it with a sponge that the Glow Up comes with ( I really like Ellis’s compact with a screw on lid that is modern and practical, as you don’t have to worry about the powder covering your clutch’s or bag’s insides in case of the break of the regular plastic compact that many powders come in ) or wish a brush ( my favourite brushes come from Armani, Bobbi Brown or EcoTools ). There is also a handy mirror in the top of the lid so you can easily refresh your make-up on the go. You only need a tiny bit to see the difference but can build it up if you want a more ‘glory’ look, depending on the occasion.



For more information go to ELLIS FAAS website here

Xmas Gift Ideas: Organic Pharmacy Beauty drops

If you are a natural beauty or your friend for whom you are a choosing a gift is, then consider this latest addition to the Organic Pharmacy range, their aptly named Beauty Drops which can be used in several ways.


Organic Pharmacy is a port of call for a multitude of things like lovely skincare, wellbeing consultations, as well as homeopathic advice and clever tinctures for health issues like flu, colds, problems with hormones or skin but this product takes it further – who doesn’t want to be energetic, as well as beautiful? Add five drops daily to your drinking water to fortify body and skin from inside or add two to three drops to your current serum, moisturiser in order to give your skin an almost instant energetic boost, adding a pretty glow to the skin when it needs it the most.


 Beauty Drops contain the following ingredients:




Centella Asiatica Extract

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Xmas Gift series: Bathing Beauty treasure chest for hands

I think it is always wonderful to receive a Christmas gift that is both practical, as well as beautiful and this duo from a Welsh model beauty is exactly what your manicurist would recommend for you. Bathing Beauty products will nourish & sooth the hands, as well as cuticles, leaving you with perfect hands to submit for a manicure or dip into gloves when you ventures for long walks outside, wherever your holidays or life take you.


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Xmas Gift Ideas: something old, something new from Aromatherapy Associates

When it comes to choosing a gift I try to look for things that I know will appeal to the recipient, considering their interests or preferences but some gifts are easy to choose because they are not just beautiful but they carry a deeper meaning. With that in mind can I draw your attention to a couple of things from a cult favourite British brand Aromatherapy Associates ?


In Russia candles are part of our culture, we use them at home, like everyone else but we also light them when we go to church. We light them for the ones we love, as well as those that we have sadly lost, while silently saying our prayers & drawing comfort & strength from the burning flame.

One of Aromatherapy Associates founding partners, Geraldine Howard, is a cancer survivor and when battling the disease she tried to focus on creating something that will not just help her fight the disease, but draw comfort and strength from as well. That was how Inner Strength Bath and Shower Oil, followed by Inner Strength Body Oil and this year the range got a new addition, an Inner Strength Candle.


When you lift the purple lid you get an instant uplifting smell that somehow makes your feel happy & inspired within seconds – such is the power of aromatherapy ! As you light the candle the space around you starts infusing with the fortifying combination of frankincense and spicy cardamom creating the special ambiance in which you will luxuriate like a cat lying on a sunny patch.


The candle’s simple white glass case design embossed with a golden ‘A’ will appeal not just for Christmas but throughout the year. There are a lot of candles on the market that have petroleum residue so it is always worth it to scan the list of ingredients to make sure that your choice is made from soy, beeswax or natural vegetable-based wax.

Whether you choose to buy this candle for yourself or gift it to your party hostess or a friend, know that you will bring calmness and strength to them. We never know what is around the corner and when each one of us will need a protective invisible armour of comfort, strength and serenity, so do share this beautiful gift of positivity & calm.


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Xmas Gift Ideas: Kale magic trio from Nourish Skincare

=&0=&Throughout this year kale has been hailed as the magic ingredient in your diet but Nourish skincare was one of the first to introduce kale extract it into skincare.


Their Xmas special ‘Kale Trio’ is a wonderful introduction to the power of kale and features the following three of best-sellers:

Kale Biomimetic Eye Cream

Argan & Kale Hand Cream and

the new Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser.

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Xmas Gift Ideas: festive sets from Aurelia Probiotic skincare

December is a busy time, as we all rush to have all the work commitments done alongside getting ready for parties and spending time with our loved ones. On top of that there are Christmas cards to be sent & gifts to be bought. So to inspire you here are two special gift sets from one of my favourite British beauty brands Aurelia Probiotic skincare.


Aurelia Probiotic skincare was only launched in 2013 but already has an impressive worldwide fan base & many awards, the most recent one being from CEW UK. Their products not only deliver lasting results & appeal to women of various ages but each has a unique smell as well, each formula inspiring our inner beauty and femininity. Just in time for Christmas Aurelia launched two limited editions of their Award-Winning products: a Complete Collection and an Indulgence Collection.


Aurelia Complete Collection

is a comprehensive set that includes an Eye Revitalising Duo alongside luxury miniatures of the whole range that will transform your skin with regular use and proper skincare routine (daily cleansing is a must is you want your skincare to work effectively).



Eye Revitalising Duo (full size)

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