E:31/01/16, Vita Liberata | Win 1 of 2 Luxury Tanning Travel Gift Sets | RRP £40.00 each

Winter is upon us and though it has been warmer than usual so far, the cold weather is not too far away! Get a head start on your golden goddess look for the new year and enter our competition to win one of two gorgeous gift sets from multi-award winning Vita Liberata, the experts in luxury tanning and skin care. The world’s No 1 non-toxic tan is quick and easy to use, dries on contact with no unpleasant odour, no streaks, no dry skin or odd colour. 

A Multi-Award Winning & Revolutionary Tanning Brand

The Vita Liberata team are experts in luxury tanning. Based in Ireland, the brand created the world’s first odourless tan in 2007 and their unique Odour Remove™ technology is now present in all of their self and spray tans. In 2011, they became the first completely non-toxic tanning brand. This led to Vita Liberata being listed in the world's top spas.

The pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

A hero innovation, pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan, is the world's longest lasting tan, giving you a tan that lasts up to 4 times longer than regular tans. Available in an extra fast drying mousse formula and an ultra hydrating lotion formula. Vita Liberata creates a unique tanning experience that conditions and hydrates the skin, ensuring your tan fades just like a natural suntan would.

A Luxury, Organic, Sunless Tan & Skincare Collection

Vita Liberata’s products are sold in more than 26 countries worldwide and are formulated with natural, certified organic and Ecocert ingredients, making the brand the leading, non-toxic, organic tanning company. With the widest range of at-home and professional tanning solutions to suit every skin type and tone, you are guaranteed the ultimate tan every time!

The Ultimate Tanning Kit

The Vita Liberata Luxury Tanning Travel Gift Set is a must have when you're on the go. Boasting four innovative products which work together to give you a beautifully bronzed, sun kissed look that lasts. Complete with a tanning mitt for super easy application and a cosmetics bag for convenient storage! The set contains six products you need for a flawless and natural looking sunless tan:

  • Vita Liberata Deep Face Untinted Self Tan Gel Light, 30 ml: Deep Face Gel combines a clear untinted moisturiser with organic tanning actives, just the right amount to give you a golden sunkissed complexion 365 days a year. Apply once for the subtlest glow, or use daily for a natural tan that never looks ‘over-tanned’ or ‘grubby’. The untinted formulation of Vita Liberata Deep for Face Untinted Self Tan Gel is especially good for those with open pores and blemish prone skin.
  • OR Vita Liberata Rich Face Tinted Tan Lotion Light, 30 ml: Rich Face Lotion gives an instant bronzing while developing a natural, light sun-kissed tan within 4-8 hours. This face tan is the perfect accompaniment to any Vita Liberata tinted body tan, blending seamlessly with all of their tinted lotions and mousses. Rich Face can be reapplied daily, in place of your regular moisturiser, until your preferred depth of tan is achieved.
  • Vita Liberata Deep Untinted Self Tan Lotion Medium, 75 ml: Achieve a gorgeous glow with Deep Lotion. Formulated with an expert blend of 80% organic extracts, it also contains Vita Liberata's groundbreaking moisture-lock© system to keep your skin smooth and hydrated, helping your tan to apply seamlessly and streak-free. It applies clear and develops after 4-8 hours into a beautiful bronze colour. With no tell-tale fake tan smell, it is perfect for those who prefer a gel and want to ensure that there's no staining to your clothing or sheets.
  • OR Vita Liberata Sheer Tinted Tan Mousse Medium, 50 ml: Sheer Mousse will give your skin a natural-looking, safe and streak-free glow that develops in a few hours. Enriched with 80% organic ingredients and Vita Liberata's ground-breaking moisture-lock© system to keep your skin smooth and hydrated, the airy mousse applies seamlessly and doesn't have the tell-tale fake tan smell.
  • Vita Liberata Super Fine Skin Polish, 30 ml: Prepare your skin for the perfect tan with Super Fine Polish. Formulated with the nourishing tan prep concentrate, including jojoba oil which gently exfoliates the surface of your skin to buff away dead skin cells, it leaves your skin soft and supple, which helps your tan to apply seamlessly and streak-free.
  • Vita Liberata Moisture Boost Body Treatment30 ml: Prolong the life of your tan with Moisture Boost Treatment. Formulated with a tan enhancing complex, it's rich in natural extracts which soothe and condition your skin, leaving it touchably soft and supple, with a hint of subtle shimmer.
  • Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt, travel size: Apply your tan perfectly with the mitt. Soft and reusable, it's gentle enough for use on both your face and body. You'll be able to achieve an even and streak-free tan every time.
  • Vita Liberata Cosmetics Bag,travel size: Perfect for storing all of your Vita Liberata products, take this chic bag with you wherever you go!

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Konichiwa Washi Hot Cloths

My skin is super sensitive so I've never been a fan of muslin cloths; too much like washing your face with a piece of sack cloth. Ordinary facecloths/flannels are good provided you plump for something with a high thread count. You need something to remove your cleanser with and this is where Washi Hot Cloths are my first choice.

Approximately 9" x 9", 100% cotton, incredibly soft, machine washable and quick drying, the Washi cloth fits perfectly across the hand. It works beautifully with any type of cleanser, mask or scrub. And they pack up small enough to slip into any travel case. 

Each cloth comes individually wrapped in a paper sleeve, printed with one of six designs that you choose. Super affordable too, a pack of five are only £6.25. The Washi line includes their skin polishing towels, the reusable alternative to scrubs. 

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E:05/04/15, Win 1 x BaByliss Pro 235 Elegance Straightener | RRP £80.00

This month we are offering our members a chance to win a BaByliss Pro 235 Elegance Straightener worth RRP £80.00 and beautifully presented in a gift box. With a temperature of 235 C, fast heat-up, super shine nano-ceramic plates with sheer glide finish, enhanced ceramics and ionic technology, this straightener is to be taken seriously.

Sophisticated design

The Pro 235 Elegance comes in a stylish high-gloss metallic blue finish and with its curved housing it combines fashion and functionality. The box also contains a handy storage pouch for storage or travelling, a heat mat and an information booklet. 

Ionic technology to fight frizz

Its ion generator produces a stream of negative ions which acts to neutralise the static charge build-up in your hair, smoothing the scales on the cuticle for shiny, smooth and manageable hair easier to style. 

 Curved design straightens and styles

Its curved frame gives you the freedom to straighten and style your hair for a poker straight finish or for waves, curls and movement with a flick of your wrist. Its 25 per cent longer nano-ceramic plates and sheer glide finish can handle larger sections of your hair at one time for faster results and ultra-smooth finish. 

 Enhanced technology for salon quality performance

Its enhanced ceramics heating system offers ultra-fast heat-up and recovery so you can start straightening and styling in just 15 seconds and the desired temperature is maintained during use. Its 3 m swivel cord ensures easy mobility while styling and prevent cord tangles. Its adjustable temperature is designed for every hair type. You can easily change the heat to 180 C for fine or coloured hair or to 235 C for thicker and coarser hair.

How to apply? 

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E:30/06/14, Kissglove | Win 1 of 2 x Moroccan Deep Exfoliating Gloves | RRP £14.95 each

We all exfoliate our face but not our body. Kissglove™ are bringing a traditional cleansing ritual into modern day bathrooms with their freshly launched Authentic Moroccan Exfoliating Glove for seriously smooth skin and a new habit of stroking yourself. 

To celebrate the launch of their hero product, Kissglove™ are offering 2 of our members the chance to test and review the Moroccan Deep Exfoliating Glove (RRP £14.95 each). Apply before 30 June 2014.

More about Kissglove!

The founder of Kissglove™, of Moroccan origin, grew up understanding the importance, and benefits, of exfoliating by observing and inheriting her mother’s weekly bathing ritual. There was never a secret to her mother’s bright, beautiful and youthful skin.

One of the most important Moroccan traditions that her mother passed down to her, was indulging in a weekly hammam (steam) bath.  A 'kiss' (Moroccan word for exfoliating glove), is used to rejuvenate the skin by visibly removing dead skin cells.

Having exhausted every avenue searching the UK for an exfoliating glove that compared to a Moroccan 'kiss', she was compelled to create the Kissglove™ - an authentic exfoliating glove, akin to those used for centuries by men and women in Morocco to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin. 

Kissglove™ understand that glowing skin is a fundamental part of looking fabulous. There is no secret to achieving this. With the Kissglove™, anyone can experience the true benefits of deep exfoliation.

Revolutionise the way you exfoliate!

Kissglove™ is bringing a century-old cleansing ritual into modern day bathrooms with its authentic Moroccan exfoliating glove. Enjoy a simple, non-invasive, skin rejuvenating, spa treatment in the privacy of your own bathroom. 

Kissglove™ cleanses the skin to a deeper level than any traditional, exfoliating, body scrub and at a fraction of the cost of a spa treatment.

No need for expensive products or methods, just add water and kiss your skin with the glove to enjoy its immediate visible effects on your skin:

  • Removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin
  • Removes tan build up and smoothes the skin in preparation for fresh applications
  • Removes & prevents ingrown hairs
  • Eradicates keratosis pilaris (skin bumps)
  • Improves uneven, dull & dry skin texture
  • Stimulates collagen giving you younger, fresher, brighter skin
  • Improves circulation reducing the appearance of cellulite
  • Feel energised as you massage away fatigue and vigorously rub your skin

 

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To find out more about Kissglove™ authentic Moroccan Deep Exfoliating Glove or even just to say hello, feel free to contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you cannot wait to kiss your skin better, visit their online shop to take advantage of their current introductory offer of 30% Off RRP £14.95 available for a limited time only.

How to apply?

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E:30/04/14, The Rose Tree | Gift Sets | Win 1 x 2 Luxury Organic Skincare Bestsellers Boxes

This month, we have teamed up with small boutique producer, The Rose Tree, to introduce their sumptuous collections of luxury organic skin care, candles and body care products.

Apply before the 30th of April for a chance to win 1 of 2 Luxury Organic Skincare Bestsellers Boxes worth RRP £89.00 each.

These beautifully presented gift sets include an assortment of 5 full-sized best sellers. The bundles are the perfect treat for your skin after the harsh winter months, or the ultimate present for someone very special as we look forward to spring and summer.

About The Rose Tree

The Rose Tree is a small producer of luxury, organic skin and spa products, founded by Olga Rumble.

Their catalogue has been a labour of love and a fascinating quest to craft effective products that are truly indulgent to use.

All products are formulated by hand, using the finest and most potent, natural ingredients. Only the most active, fresh and potent botanicals and the premium, organic oils and butters are blended with the delectably scented flower oils, sourced from around the world.

The skin and body care ranges are packed full of specialist botanicals, nurturing vitamins and anti-oxidants. They do not include any synthetic fragrances, colours or other chemical witchery. The luxury candles are made from a 100% pure vegetable wax blend and are scented with pure essential oils. There is no paraffin, chemicals, artificial colours, scents or 'parfum'.

Luxury Organic Skincare Bestsellers Box

“At The Rose Tree, we understand that you want your products to not only be indulgent and luxurious, but also to be presented beautifully - albeit in a way that respects our environment." 

If you are looking for the convenience of a ready-made boxed gift set for yourself or someone very special, then look no further! A wide range of limited edition boxes are available for every budget, all beautifully packaged, stylish and ready to surprise and pamper.

The Rose Tree is now offering two of our members a chance to win a deluxe set of 5 full-sized best sellers worth RRP £89.00.

A super-charged, cleansing butter, packed with potent botanicals that will gently lift off makeup and dirt, to leave your skin super hydrated and radiant. Made with 75% organic ingredients. 

An intensely nourishing and quickly absorbed oil based essence, for radiant and super soft skin. Made with 92% organic ingredients.

A luxurious and creamy, cleansing bar with an extra moisturising formulation, particularly suited to dry and sensitive skin, gentle enough to be used as a facial cleanser. Made with 96% organic ingredients.

A rich and silky radiance, facial cream, suitable for all skin types. With precious essential oils to rejuvenate and hydrate, it is full of nourishing ingredients to leave the skin hydrated and plumped up. Made with 86% organic ingredients.

A washable, quick-dry cloth to exfoliate your skin gently, while removing make-up and the day's grime. The perfect partner to either the Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter or the Apricot Geranium Cleansing Bar! 100% organic.

 

    

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Visit their online shop to discover more about the brand and their organic collections. All freshly made and handsomely packed!

To find out more about a product, or even just to say hello, feel free to drop a line to Olga.

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Three Electric Razors, a Manual Razor and a Styler

This is going to be a slightly strange mix and match trial of the various razors I use plus the styler which I've never tried before. The three electric razors' usage (I'll explain why three later) range in age from five years to a few months. Then there is a manual razor for comparison and the Gillette Styler that I'll be trying for the first time.

Braun Series 7 Shaver

The picture is off the latest one but mine doesn't have the fancy self clean system or the display. However, it features exactly the same cutter block and foil. This is the most expensive razor in the test and will set you back nearly £300.00 with the replacement cutter block/foil costing you £34.00. 

Braun - Series 7 - 01

So why this one given the price?

I use this as my main everyday shaver and I really like the way it works. There are two settings: Sensitive and Intensive. I use the sensitive mode but I really don't know what the other one actually changes, except the noise. It's clearly less harsh on my skin but it still produces as good a shave. This shaver is very easy to use and feels good in the hand. You can clean it under the tap but it isn't waterproof (look at the Braun Series 3 - 380 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver next for that).

The trimmer isn't very good as it's not too easy to use and it's harsh. Even after a few years I can still get a week out of the razor before I have to recharge it.

The cutter block and the foil are a single unit for this razor which means that you have to replace both at the same time. The razor reminds you when you need to do this (about 18 months) and also tells you if they need a clean. None of this is perfect but it's pretty reliable.

Overall, it's a great workhorse razor. Expensive at full price but it's often at half price in Boots and other stores.

Braun Series 3 - 380 Wet and Dry Electric Shaver

This is the newest one I have and it costs about £140.00, with the replacement cassette costing about £26.00.

"Thanks to the improved Triple Action FreeFloat System, increased motor speed and new SensoFoil, the Braun Series 3 - 380 Wet and Dry Shaver not only delivers better shaving but it can even be used in the shower and with foams and gels."

Braun - 308 - 01

I needed another razor as I travel frequently and I also wanted something that wasn't as expensive as the Braun Series 7 Shaver but still good. I happened to see this one in Boots for half price and fancied the idea of a razor that could be used in a shower.

In comparison to the Series 7, this one is definitely less solid, both in feel and in reality. However it's quite good in use. Again there are two settings: One for a sensitive shave, and another for a more intensive shave. This time it's very easy to notice the difference between the two as the shave is not the same. Unlike the Series 7, the results are okay rather than good, but it's perfectly adequate.

The option to use the razor in the shower with shave foam is very nice, and a good alternative, but in reality I've never seemed to get a good result that way. Update: in the shower this is true but... if you use this razor with shave foam infront a mirror like a normal razor it works really well. I've definitely changed my mind on this one.

Again the foil and cutter block are one unit and are replaced together. The razor reminds you when to change the unit, but I haven't had it long enough to know how long it will last. Once again the trimmer is again not very easy to use and a little harsh, but wider and better than the Series 7 one.

A good razor but not as effective as the Series 7.

Braun Pocket Go Shaver P-60

This one is the oldest shaver I have and it's probably been upgraded a few times by better models. The most recent version is called the Braun Mobile M90 Electric Shaver and costs £18.00. It has the following advantages:

"The Braun Mobile Shaver M90 now comes complete with Braun’s trademark SmartFoil™ Technology, meaning it’s even easier for men to stay smooth on the move. This stylish grooming accessory is fully washable under running water for ultimate convenience. It fits in every pocket, making it perfect for quick touch-ups on the go."

Front

Back

I originally used this one to travel with as it's small and inexpensive. It's battery operated (two AA's) and it lasts well enough over a few days but definitely doesn't last a week without replacing them. The shave is actually quite effective and because the foil is very narrow the shave is precise and the razor is easy to use. The foil and cutter block are separate and can be replaced independently, but you have to remember yourself whether they need to be changed.

Good for an emergency or when you need to carry something small and not too valuable, but overall not the best.

As we have Braun and Gillette I thought we should add a Wilkinson Sword manual razor.

Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 Razor

"Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 razor's exclusive Hydrating Gel Reservoir releases water-activated gel that hydrates skin as you shave, and our 5 Ultra Glide Blades contain built-in Skin Guards that act to smooth your skin as you shave and reduce irritation."

I'm not one for wet shaving as I find that my skin reacts very badly (basically I get terrible rashes), but after a while I find that an electric shave leaves a stubborn amount of bristle that only a wet shave can reach. This razor is more subtle than others and the five blades really seem to give a close shave but without too much skin irritation. The handle is easy to hold and use and overall this one works well.

Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler Razor

"Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler Razor - whatever facial hair style you choose, whether it’s a simple goatee, a thin chinstrap, or a clean shave with sharp sideburns, you’ll be able to master your best look, even in the shower. The Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler Razor is watertight and totally safe to use in wet environments.

Its Braun-engineered Power Trimmer is designed for ultimate maneuverability and effortless, even trimming. No matter what the angle, the three exchangeable combs adapt to your contours and keep trimming length consistent. And with the ergonomic handle, grip and control are guaranteed from start to finish. Once you’re done, all you have to do is open the trimmer’s door and easily rinse it under a stream of water.

When it comes to shaving, the head fitted with thinner, finer Fusion ProGlide Power Blade gives you Gillette’s closest, most comfortable shave. And its innovative Microcomb guides hair to the blade so you can get against the grain closeness, effortlessly.

On the back of the cartridge you can find the Precision Edging Blade. It gives you the ability to make crisp, defined lines and finishing touches. That’s the precision you need to master your facial hair style like a pro.

All Gillette Fusion Proglide Styler Razor components come packaged together in an organiser case, so your styling tools are always on hand."

Gillette - 03 - razor

As you can see, the Gillette Styler, with its razor fitting next to the Wilkinson Sword manual razor, is larger and looks a little clumsy but actually it feels fine in the hand though, it is a little longer than you're used to.

The next pictures how the Gillette Styler with one of the combs in place and how it looks at the back.

Gillette - 05 - front and back

And these are the three combs that come with it.

Gillette - 04 - combs

The trimmer is much better than the ones on the razors, much more precise and easy to use. It's much less harsh and doesn't cut your skin. The razor version isn't particularly easy to use, though the Gillette blades are very good. I haven't had opportunity to use the styler and, to be honest, I'm not sure I have enough hair to really give it a good trial.

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