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PIXI Glow Tonic

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2014
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posted by on In Praise Of..., Pixi, Skin Care, Toner

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I’ve been trying to get hold of this notorious product for months but making my way to the Pixi shop off Carnaby Street just hasn’t been convenient until two weekends ago when I met with Fashionicide and we both marched towards it and swooped up two bottles each.

I have never tried Glow Tonic so buying more than one bottle may have been presumptuous on my part but the overall verdict from bloggers and beauty lovers alike overrides the gamble. It was also good timing with my current exfoliating toner running out.

Two things attracted me to Glow Tonic – it’s gentle enough to use every day, twice a day and the price. It’s only £16, which is very reasonable. Anything over £25 and I do begin to doubt if the investment is worth it.

Glow Tonic is an oil-free, alcohol-free (very important), gentle but astringent toner for normal to dry, dull and ageing skin. Judging by the reviews, it’s also suitable for sensitive skin. The toner’s popularity stems from Caroline Hirons’ strong recommendation, often out of stock and only obtainable at the shop until its availability online recently.

The key ingredients are aloe vera, ginseng and fructose, all three beneficial to the skin. How this toner works is it gently exfoliates and oxygenates the face, removes dead skin cells and helps to tone, firm and tighten the skin for a glowing, healthier looking complexion. It doesn’t dry out the skin and it smells wonderfully soothing.

I’ve been using Glow Tonic twice a day for over a week and in such a short space of time the results are remarkable. I am using less foundation and it is blending better. I can honestly say my skin has never looked this good (yes, this gives you a ‘glow’) and I do credit using the correct type of toners (exfoliating and hydrating). So glad I bought a second bottle!

A toner is the one product which runs out faster than the rest in my skincare (as I imagine is the same for everyone) so the cost is important when replenishing stock, for which Glow Tonic hits the nail on the head. It’s going to take a lot to turn my back on this one. Thank you, Caroline.

Pixi’s Glow Tonic is available from Pixi Beauty online at £16.

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posted by on In Praise Of..., L'Oreal, Nails, Nails of the Day

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Next month sees the arrival of L’Oréal’s first textured nail collection, Miss Denim. There are four summery shades which dry to a denim textured matte finish. This is Indigo Classique and I love it!

Extremely easy to apply with a decent brush and quick to set, you don’t need a top coat to seal this hard-as-nails polish. I’m usually quite messy with painting my nails but I achieved a neat job and the manicure has stayed on my nails for three days on the trot with very minor chipping on one nail. Two coats are a must for optimum colour and thankfully it is a breeze to remove.

I usually have a short attention span with nail textures and trends but I’ve been charmed by Miss Denim and adore this colour. The other shades are Azur Salopette (lilac), Bermuda Rose (rosy pink) and Jean & Tonic (baby pink).

L’Oréal’s Color Riche Miss Denim polishes are priced at £4.99 and will be available nationwide from May.

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posted by on Cloud Nine, Hair, In Praise Of...

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OK, we are hurtling towards month number 3 of the year (a quarter of the way through!) but I wanted to debut a long-awaited look with my hair – kinky curls.

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My first cut and colour of 2014 is taking an exciting step forward with me embracing the natural waves and curls all because my hair is getting longer. This also means giving my hair a break from the heated styling tools used nearly every day and letting me have an extra hour in bed, not to mention the fraction of the time it will take to get ready.

However, I did have a little help with the new style from The Wand by Cloud Nine. My stylist Georgia introduced me to the wonders of the Wand when I popped in for a cut and colour at the weekend. She was confident using it on me would guarantee long-lasting natural curls. Well I wasn’t so sure. I have had my hair curled with other styling tools including straighteners and they always fall out after a few hours. But almost 12 hours later as well as battling through gale force winds, my curls with the Wand are still holding up as I type this.

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I’m not sure if it’s because the curling wand is ceramic (therefore kinder to the hair) or that it’s temperature controlled or simply that it’s Cloud Nine which can do no wrong but I do know it took less time than blow-drying. Georgia’s advice? Don’t look in the mirror when styling with the Wand and don’t focus on trying to make it look symmetrical or it will frankly look crap.

I’ve had a yo-yo of a journey with my barnet, trying to grow it but then having to chop it off to regain strength. I know I sing the praises of the salon I’ve been going to for three solid years but The Chapel has been with me every step of the way including the low points. An excellent salon will nurture your hair so if you’ve found the one, don’t let it go.

Thank you, Georgia and Billie, I’m thrilled with my new hair and I’m definitely going to try to recreate the look too.

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