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A couple of weeks ago, Elemis invited a group of beauty bloggers to shopping channel QVC’s studios in Chiswick, west London for the arrival of their newest addition, the Evening Blooms Dry Body Oil and also a nosey around.

Elemis is one of my favourite spa and skincare brands – I can’t fault each and every one of their products I’ve tried and fallen in love with.  And the bond Elemis has with QVC is very special since it reached out to millions of homes from its launch on the shopping channel’s screens in 1995.

It was an immensely fun evening of Elemis treats (I had the Shoulder-to-Scalp massage in their Intelligent Massage Chair – the first of its kind in the world – and it’s AMAZING at loosening knots and de-stressing tension from head to toe!). We also had a guided tour of the QVC studios and some of us had the chance to record a mock presentation. Thankfully they were fine about me not going through the ordeal for a second time. Here’s why.

As well as perusing Elemis’s top products (and I was amazed at how many I actually owned), the excitement was around the Evening Blooms Dry Body Oil. Its scent will knock you for six – in a good way! The oil is a blend of ylang ylang, vanilla, jasmine and osmanthus in a macadamia and kukui oil base and evokes the feeling of being in a spa from the comfort of your own home.

Now body oils are usually messy to deal with but this one is very light and absorbs into the skin instantly without a trace of greasy residue. Massage into your legs especially as well as as your arms and you will be mesmerised by the intoxicating fragrance.

In these freezing cold months your skin is prone to more dryness and the Evening Blooms Dry Body Oil replenishes lost moisture and relaxes you at the same time. It’s a 3 in 1 body, bath and massage oil, it’s British and it doesn’t test of animals either.

The bad news? Well it’s not available from Elemis directly and QVC were selling it exclusively for two days only last weekend. My bad for not letting you know sooner. I am quietly confident Elemis will make this amazing product available because at the moment it seems to be popping up on Ebay auctions (*frowns*).

In the mean time, I thought I’d share a selection of behind-the-scenes pictures of the QVC studios.

One of the dressing rooms at QVC

Where all the products are shelved before and after going on-air

And we are live on-air!

You can peruse Elemis’s online shop via QVC here but do stay tuned to the channel for exclusive offers from Elemis.

To explore more about Elemis, visit their official site To keep up-to-date with QVC, visit

I’d like to take this opportunity to everyone at Elemis and QVC for their kind hospitality.



posted by on In Praise Of..., Luxtural, Skincare

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If you’ve seen my latest YouTube video, you’ll know 2012 has been about skincare for me.

A few months ago I was invited to meet Pnina Vilinsky, the lady behind Luxtural, a fine luxurious skincare brand. If you’re turned off by expensive products then skip along but if you would at least like to learn more about one, then please read on.

Luxtural has been created from a combination of luxury, nature and cosmetic science for skincare that is natural, organic and ultimately pure indulgence.

A sustainable, green brand Luxtural uses the unusual ingredient of Pure Pacific Ocean Rainwater combined with exotic extracts in collaboration with nanotechnology. (And pause for breath.)

There are only three multi-tasking products required for your daily routine and which address the issues of deep anti-aging and hydration. It is free of parabens and synthetic fragrances, and is suitable for all skin types.

Pnina did a personal analysis of my skin and noticed that despite its healthy condition, I lacked hydration. It’s something I can’t escape living in a busy city like London and starving my skin cells of moisture and oxygen on the tubes.

I was recommended to use Luxtural’s Deep Hydrating Rainy Mist once a day (in the evenings). OK, it is an eye-watering £78 but wait till you find out why.

Based on Pacific ocean rainwater, it’s made up of exotic extracts and all-natural ingredients, which hydrate, balance and instantly freshen and moisturise stressed skin…and it smells divine. Spray a little all over your face, inhale the scent and it will absorb into your skin instantly.

The formula draws moisture from the air and deposits softly on the surface of your face. And guess what? You can spritz it over make-up without it spoiling your work of art. Imagine how useful this product would be when you’ve just got off a plane or that the office air-con has sucked your face dry.

That’s Step 1 done – ‘Mystique Fountain’. Step 2 is ‘Silk Premonition’ (otherwise known as the Facial Deep Moisturizer Anti-Aging Lotion for £165) that you apply all over for an instant boost to your appearance. And relax.

The anti-aging qualities of this lotion helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and at the same time, firms the skin and the seaweed used in this product supplies the skin with vitamins and proteins.

Finally Step 3 is the ‘Sophisticated Veil’ (or the Facial Anti-Aging Deep Moisturizing Serum priced at £195).

The serum stands out for more than one reason. Firstly, to ‘activate’ it you work a tiny blob between your finger-tips before applying. Secondly, you only apply to the areas in need for balance (in my case, it’s avoiding the T-zone and concentrating on the cheeks and eye area). It’s a clear glue-like looking formula that wraps your skin in a nourishing ‘veil’ and helps to prevent premature aging (I definitely need some of that!).

As with premium products, content is highly rich (but not heavy) and only a tiny amount goes a very long way. Luxtural also has a rather calming and soothing effect like it’s diffusing the madness on your face after stripping off the make-up and the stress of the day you’ve had.

Having been following the Luxtural regime for a few months, I have noticed my skin feels delicately soft and supple and my complexion glows. In these winter months your skin is in dire need of TLC and with Luxtural it takes just three products in very tiny amounts. Also how many beauty products contain thrice-filtered Pacific Ocean rainwater? It is sheer bliss in three easy steps.

I won’t harp on about the price tags because at the end of the day that usually is a deciding factor in your choice of purchases. This is a luxurious range but if I had to pick one star product  spoil yourself with, it is definitely the Deep Hydrating Rainy Mist – a hydrator like no other.

For more on Luxtural, visit Luxtural is stocked by Fenwicks and is available online or in stores.

*PR samples*