5 Ways to Keep Your Festive Fizz

beautiful girl at christmas

So the time is finally here take a break from your normal every day life and start thinking about Christmas and all the joy – and stress – it brings. Being a California girl at heart (in a west London girl’s body) I feel a little less excited about Christmas than I do hot sunny holidays and beaches – especially now my children have grown up and Santa and innocent nativity plays have made way for eye watering expensive present lists, snap chatting selfies and hangovers (and that’s just me and Stressed Husband!). I’m not a total bah humbug though as I can definitely understand the excitement about eating and drinking all the chocolate and champagne you can get your hands on – without guilt – and spending time with loved ones and chilling out in onesies infant of the TV.  One thing I do believe is that where there is celebration, there is glamour and happiness (even in a onesie) and here’s how to keep your own festive fizz bubbling this holiday…

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Beauty Favourite for Me and My Girl

Me and Aimee

We all know there’s a huge difference between the skin of a 20 year old and that of a 47 year old – take me and my girl above. The skincare regime of a 40 something and a 20 something should differ quite dramatically – young ‘un would be wanting products for normal skin or blemishes and shiny patches whereas older ‘un would be looking for creams and potions that firm and moisturise and hopefully wipe the years away.  Very rarely have I come across a product that will become a must have for both my skin and my daughter’s – until now! And it comes in the shape of this unique little beauty baby – resurf.a.stic.

resurfastic

I was lucky enough to receive a sample of this in my goodie bag at Antonia Mariconda’s beauty blogging workshop which I wrote about here and, happily that goodie bags seems to have gone on and on and on (no complaints!).

My 20 year old daughter, Aimee (aka Drama Queen) came to meet me after the blogging workshop and, Antonia being the generous lady that she is, saw my girl eyeing up the beauty treats – well, her eyes were literally on stalks – and kindly gave a few samples of products to her to take away too!

A few days later I got a text: Mum, have you tried that exfoliation stick thingy yet? It’s amazing! I hadn’t, even thought I had it on my Products To Try List. But Aimee’s text piqued my interest and so I dove into the bottom of my goody bag to retrieve it.

Resurf.a.stic looks unique – in all my years of beauty writing, I’ve never come across an exfoliator in stick form. And I don’t know why because it’s such a great idea! Simply twist from the bottom and the product pops up in the style of an antiperspirant stick and winds down again once it’s been used. No mess. Handy and portable.resurfastic company shot

The instruction for us say to use the stick once or twice a week and that’s what I, like Aimee, began to do. Rather than a regular exfoliating cream or gel, the resurf.a.stic is branded as microdermabrasion crystals in gel stick form and what’s an interesting addition to this formulation is that it also contains bio-active hydrating moisturisers and healing Cactus and Orchid. So once you cleanse, then wet your face, you apply the stick in circular motions over your skin from forehead to cheeks, nose, chin and neck. The microcrystals which are expended in the gel stick get to work exposing healthier, smoother skin meaning the moisturisers have fresh, clean skin to sink their goodness into. 

I’ve always had a bit of an aversion to ‘exfoliators’ as I think I overdid the apricot kernels as a young woman and instead of making my skin look healthy and clean it just looked sore and red! Nowadays though, with technology in beauty products and treatments moving so fast, microdermabrasion in salons and skin sloughing products in the shops are much, much more gentle and effective. So, resurf.a.stic is staying in my cosmetics bag and my girl’s too!

aimee as cinders in gold

Resurf.a.stic has found its way to my daughter at just the right time. She’s playing Cinderella in panto this Christmas which means lots and lots of heavy stage makeup and she swears using this every few days really helps keep her skin super clean and blemish free. In the spirit of panto I would like to shout out ‘oh no it doesn’t’ but I know it’s more a case of ‘oh yes it does!’

It’s fairly expensive at £44 but it lasts for ages and ages and I would buy it again. Available here.

 

 

 

 

 

Skin Sparkling Facial: The Dermalogica BioSurface Peel

 Liberty xmas baubles

You can’t get much more Christmassy than the beautiful Liberty department store in London. It oozes Great British charm and its old fashioned façade and quaint wooden panelling and staircases are the perfect backdrop to festive decorations. That’s why each year I can’t resist dropping in and drumming up enthusiasm for the busy few weeks ahead by visiting the sparkle and glitter of the 4th floor Christmas Shop. This year I caught sight of my reflection in a shiny bauble and decided that my complexion could do with a bit of added sparkle too.

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The Fabulous Lash Lift Treatment

Lovely eyelashes

I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to try some great treatments and products recently and, as it’s always been the aim of Glowology to bring you anything that I feel will make you look gorgeous and feel fantastic, then I’m delighted! So, grab a coffee  – or, make it a glass of fizzy – it’s the right time somewhere in the world – and read about one of my best beauty treatment finds of the year… Continue reading