Welcome back to this week’s blog and as everything hots up for Christmas Becky and I were lucky enough to spend a couple of days in London mainly for meetings but we did get chance to window shop in Harrods and visit Oxford Street with the beautiful Christmas lights. I know a lot of people have stayed away from London because of what happened in Paris, but I just feel like we have to carry on with our lives and so we carried on with our plans. One of the treats that we had after feeling pretty tired from bag carrying and Christmas shopping was that we visited the amazing luxury BeautyBAR by Clarins which is in John Lewis on Oxford Street but just tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the store and London, to the side of the Clarins counter.
The fantastic idea behind this is that you can have 30 minute treatments to quickly help you resolve whatever your beauty skin issue. I had the amazing Revital Eyes as my eyes were just feeling so tired from London and after 30 minutes I left feeling brightened and tightened and refreshed. Your hands get a lovely treatment in this one and there’s also a mini massage too! I loved it and it’s only£25. The best bit for me is that they put some make up back onto you so you can go back into the store and carry on shopping … you don’t feel too barefaced … if you are not comfortable with that. She used some amazing mascara on me too!!! Becky and I decided that we would be going back for more treatments when we are down in London as it was such a pick me up!
HIGH END OR HIGH STREET?
Now onto a little experiment that I have been doing for the last few months between the high end brand of La Prairie Cellular Hydrating Serum and the high street/drugstore Boots No 7 brand of Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum. On the left hand side of my face I have been using the La Prairie (priced at £129.60 in John Lewis /£144.00 in Harrods!) and on the right hand side of my face Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum priced at £23.95. My aim – to find out if it worth spending all that money on a serum, does it make a difference? Is it worth the extra spend?
So La Prairie’s packaging is a luxury looking pale blue and beautiful silver container and would look lovely in any bathroom. It’s hard to find exactly what the ingredients are in La Prairie but it claims to be loaded with antioxidants and cell communicating ingredients to reproduce the look of healthy skin and the actual serum did make my skin feel soft and silky when applied. The bottle would probably last you nearly a year and it is scented, but I didn’t mind that and I had no sensitive reaction to the product.
Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum claims to target and tackle fine lines and that it contains peptides such as the powerful Matrixyl 3000 Plus which is the next generation peptide to help your skin look younger. It stimulates collagen and elastic reproduction so the results keep getting better with the more you use it. The packaging is basic, and a tube that would probably last you 6 months?
Now for the interesting bit …… what did I think? Feeling both sides of my skin and closing my eyes to really understand the difference …. Does the side with La Prairie feel softer and smoother …Yes…. Does it feel more plumped ? ……Yes. But how much ????? Not a huge, huge deal. I want to be able to say oh my goodness my skin looks and feels out of this world with La Prairie, but I can’t … all I can say is that it is better. If money was not in the equation then it’s definitely La Prairie … but in most people’s worlds it is going to be Boots No7, isn’t it, and it’s been proven to be doing a great job …. so better to be using this than nothing at all!!! Hehe …. now to even my face out for the next 6 months by switching sides with the products…..lol!!!!!
DOVE PURE CARE DRY OIL
Let’s get onto hair now and how in the winter, and also with dry, coloured hair, my hair needs all the help it can get! Now here’s a lovely smelling oil from a brand that I love that contains macadamia, coconut and sweet almond oil …. ohhh that smell is gorgeous. This lovely nourishing treatment oil for your hair can be used as a pre-wash treatment or the way I have been using it is after I have styled my hair, I pop a few drops on the top half of my fingers, rub both hands together and then sort of scrunch if on the ends and any curls or style I might have to help soften it and make it more glossy.
You think when you put oil on your hair that it is going to make it greasy or heavy, but not at all, the trick is not to use very much and if you suffer from the frizzies, then it will help de-frizz! What a gorgeous, great priced nourishing treatment for hair in a bottle that will last simply ages and ages and I found it at Boots for £9.99. Just can’t stop stroking my hair now hehe …..
So that’s it for this week, as I now rush around like all women out there going into some chaotic pre-Christmas state as I still have presents to buy, still have wrapping to do … and personally don’t I just hate those lovely ladies who have them all wrapped up by now!! (secretly I probably wish that I was one of those .. but why is it that my girlies just won’t get their Christmas lists organised until the last moment ….Aaaaaagh!) Love them really.
Lots of love and happy Christmas Shopping xx