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Hands scrub up well with Rituals and Crabtree & Evelyn
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

A lot of us invest valuable time and money taking care of our faces, and I definitely fall into that category. I may only be in my 20’s, but I already know it’s what I do now that will have my skin thanking me later down the line. It’s funny then that most of us pay little attention to the part of our bodies that go through the most wear and tear throughout our lifetime. That’s right, our hands! Our hands express who we are just as much as our faces, and are the quickest to show the signs of neglect.

Slapping on the occasional bit of cream just doesn’t cut it. If you want to keep the skin on your hands supple and plump, you have to give them the love they deserve. With everything your hands go through during the day, a good routine will do them the world of good.


The Essentials

Inspired by ancient Asian beauty rituals, Rituals Miracle Scrub is a must be hands that have been doing the dirty work all day. Enriched with extracts of ginseng and gingko biloba, this scrub will leave your hands feeling soft and rejuvenating. Most scrubs are far too harsh on the delicate skin on your hands, but the Miracle Scrub is gentle enough to use every day if need be. Just massage into dry hands and wash away as a more skin loving alternative to hand wash.

Of course, you can’t do hand care without a good quality hand cream, and Crabtree & Evelyn’s Hand Therapy fits the bill perfectly. The Verbena & Lavender Hand Therapy cream in the BBL Box will whisk you away to the French countryside with it fresh herbal scent . Brimming with nourishing shea butter and macadamia nut oil, this cream doesn’t lack in the moisturising department. On top of that, the antioxidant powers of vitamin C will keep free radicals in check so your hands age gracefully.



Cosy up for a night of skincare…
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The idea of a perfect night in is different for everyone; for me, it involves dusting off the skincare and getting down to some beauty business. Once a week I amp things up a little beyond my usual regime to refresh my skin and more importantly – relax!

skincare night 2

I love Essential Care’s Creamy Coconut Cleanser as a gentle but effective detoxifier. It may be coconut by name, but it’s citrusy by nature with it’s light lemony scent being my go to refresher after a long day. I splash a little water on my face and massage a penny sized dollop into my skin in circular motions making sure to reach every little cranny, not forgetting my neck. High in coconut and olive oil, it dissolves all surface grime without leaving your skin feeling dry and stripped, not to mention incredibly soothed from a generous dose of rose water. I usually remove this with a soft muslin cloth, but it can easily be rinsed away with water too.

It wouldn’t be a true night in for me without a face mask. With face masks coming in all kinds of formulas these days – cream, gel and clay to name a few – one of my favourite options is a mud mask. Dr Organic offer an impressive version with their Bio Plasma Mud Mask. What makes this mask special is both the Dead Sea mud and mineral salt. The Dead Sea is a unique place with the mud and salt being equally unique in their composition. The concentration and diversity of minerals they contain is found nowhere else in the world and offer hugely therapeutic benefits. Research has demonstrated that they are particularly good for skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis by reducing inflammation, as well as Dead Sea Salt water soak reducing skin wrinkling by 40% when compared to tap water. That’s definitely something I want on my face! You only need to apply a thin layer of this mask and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. As I have quite sensitive skin I feel a slight tingling sensation and look a little flushed, but this is only due to the increase in circulation to the surface of my skin which quickly subsided. And there’s no reason why you have to stop at your face! Every now and again I’ll use this on my back to draw out toxins as my skin there is far from perfect.

I personally do this once a week, but everyone’s skin is different. Both the Essential Care Creamy Coconut Cleanser and Dr Organic Bio Plasma Mud Mask are part of our BBL Box! How about that for a skin treat?


Top 4 tips from natural skincare expert Dr. Rachel Grant
Monday, August 4th, 2014


Achieving perfect skin is every girls dream, and we often find ourselves going through lotions and potions as if they’re going to work some kind of miracle. Whilst investing in a good skincare regime will certainly help, there are some very basic things that make the world of difference when it comes to getting your skin in tip top condition. Don’t just take our word for it, Dr. Rachel Grant of Archeia knows this too, and is sharing some of her simplest, but best tips.
1. Drink at least 2 litres of water per day – most of us are constantly dehydrated and drinking water is the cheapest and easiest thing we can do to dramatically improve skin in just a few days. Also limit the intake of dehydrating drinks like alcohol and strong coffee as well as very salty food. Green tea is a good drink to take the place of coffee and alcohol.

2. Do not smoke – every cigarette deepens wrinkles and ages your skin. Cigarettes cut of the vital oxygen supply to the cells.

3. Use a good sunscreen – ultraviolet light is well known for its damaging effects on skin. Eating certain fruits and vegetables can help your skin resist ultraviolet rays, as can a good anti-ageing food supplement. If you do get sunburned, use a cream with lavender essential oils to soothe and heal your skin.

4. Eat plenty of red, green and purple fruits and vegetables which contain lutein, anthocyanin and lycopene. These protect your skin from damage caused by age, pollutants and the sun. Or look for a good anti-ageing supplement which contains these ingredients such as Archeia Minerals. Make sure your intake of the essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Vitamin C are high.


Creating watercolour summer nails with Nailberry
Monday, August 4th, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Nailberry already, keep on reading because this brand is new, and exciting!

Nailberry launched just last year by French beauty addict and salon owner Sonia
 Hully. It has already become a favourite amongst celebs, nail techs and beauty know-alls whilst also winning Best Nail Polish Brand at the Beauty Shortlist 2014. Not bad for a newcomer!

With 30 plus fashion forward colours all free from Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl and synthetic camphor it’s a must have for beauty geeks who care about what goes into to the products they use. Making sure they tick ALL the right beauty boxes, they are also cruelty free too!

When I first saw Nailberry, I thought it would be yet another small “luxury” brand that looks pretty in the bottle but does nothing on the nails. So many of them lack colour pay-off, are streaky and just don’t last, but Nailberry came up trumps. The colours are beautiful, highly pigmented and streak free. They last a good few days without a top-coat and are lovely and shiny. My favourite collection has to be ‘The Must’ collection, made up of deep, dark, berry reds. I can’t wait to use these come the Autumn.

All polish colours are available to buy at £13.50 from Nailberry or you can discover one of three pink shades within The Hip & Healthy Summer Glow Box, including Pink me upPink Berry and Groseille.



I decided to knock up a quick tutorial using two of these beautiful pink shades, Pink me up and Pink Berry, as well as the shade Bubblegum. If you have half an hour to spare, give it a whirl. It’s fun, and um, a pretty mess!


You will need:

- 3 Nailberry polishes
- Basecoat
- Topcoat
- Q-tips
- Nail Polish Remover
- Bowl of cold water
- Dotting tool or toothpick


Step 1:  Prep your nails and apply a clear base coat

Step 2:  Taking your first polish, drop a small amount off the brush into the cold water.

Step 3:  Moving fairly quickly, do the same with the remaining colours.

Step 4:  Use a dotting tool or toothpick to move the polish around.


Step 5:  Place your finger or thumb into the bowl underneath the polish and lift up.

Step 6:  Using a Q-tip soaked in polish remover, wipe away excess polish.

Step 7:  Apply topcoat.


C’est fini!

For the nail art extras, accessories and tools I use in my tutorials I recommend - the range they have is incredible and very affordable so you can stock up on all your nail art bits and pieces.


Melvita makes skincare easy on the go
Friday, July 18th, 2014

Whether you’re off to a tropical island this summer or setting up camp at a muddy festival, one thing stays the same; the need to take care of your skin.

It’s easy to get carried away and fill your suitcase with your beauty essentials and emergency fixes, but a summer break is the perfect opportunity to simplify your beauty regime – especially when there are more important things to think about, like ice cream at the beach.

Melvita have made this simple as pie with two of their hero products, the Rose Extraordinary Water and Argan Oil.


Step 1 – After removing makeup, cleanse and tone with the Rose Extraordinary Water using a cotton wool pad. Your face will be left feeling soothed and hydrated, especially after a long day out in the sun. Rose water is known for being especially great for mature skin with it’s wealth of antioxidants and minerals, but it’s also perfect for oily skin as it tightens pores and gently balances the skin. No harsh stripping alcohol here, just pure sweet skin food!

Step 2 – Whilst your skin is still damp to the touch from the Rose water, apply 2-3 drops (depending on your skin type) of the 100% pure Argan Oil. The high amounts of vitamin E will work to repair skin, including any sun damage. Let’s face it, that’s bound to happen this summer! Applying this in the morning will actually help protect your skin against the sun as oil has natural UV blocking properties. Sun aside, it’s the perfect all-rounder and will leave any face happy and nourished. You don’t have to keep this one all to your face either. Your skin will lap it up all over, whilst hands especially benefit from this cult oil; regularly massaging it into nails and cuticles will keep them looking well groomed and grow stronger.


Top tip: The Melvita Rose Extraordinary Water makes for an amazing refresher on a hot day. Just pop some into a small clean spritzer bottle and you’re set!

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