I’ve been wanting to try out microdermabrasion for quite a while now, however it’s quite expensive to have the treatment in salons and as I have very sensitive skin I’ve always been worried about it being too harsh on my skin. When I heard about the PMD which is a personal microderm device in which you use yourself at home I was excited to try it out. The PMD (£150*) claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores and blemishes. My biggest skin concern is my enlarged pores around my nose and I occasionally suffer from mild blemishes. It works in the same way as salon microdermabrasion treatments by removing dead skin cells by the vacuum action of the device, this helps to stimulate collagen production and cell renewal in the upper layers of the skin.
Included are three small discs for the face and three larger discs for use on the body. The white disc is an ultra-sensitive skin/training disc, I used this the first few times whilst I got used to using the device and the correct technique. Then there are the blue discs for sensitive skin and the green discs which are for maximum strength abrasion, each disc should last about 3-4 treatments. Even though the device itself is easy to use it was quite an odd feeling at first as it sucks your skin, you also have to make sure you keep moving and not hover over one area of your skin to prevent damage from occuring.
I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and am very excited to share my results with you. Now I didn’t see instant results after the first time I used this device but I did after the second. Over the past few weeks my complexion has improved and I no longer suffer from any under the skin spots (which is amazing!). Also my pores have started to appear slightly smaller, however I think this will improve even more over time. The last thing is that my skin is much smoother resulting in my foundation looking more flawless, I think this is also due to the fact that my skincare products are now more fully absorbed into my skin thanks to this device.
Overall I love this device as my skin has improved in so many different areas, even though it’s quite expensive it’s great value compared to microdermabrasion treatments offered at salons. Considering how sensitive my skin is I’m surprised that I’ve experience no irritation, however I would strongly recommend reading the manual and watching the training video before using the PMD to ensure you use the device correctly. I’m going to continue using this over the next few months so if you’re interested in any other improvements I’ve noticed in this time you can always tweet me and I’ll let you know!
I’ve been a big fan of Benefits They’re Real Mascara for quite a long time, it’s one of my favourites as it gives my lashes amazing volume and length. The Push-Up liner on the other hand is a product I had never tried out before so was excited to try it out. They’re now available in colour and I’m excited to share them with you!
I was excited that Benefit had released the They’re Real Mascara in Beyond Brown (£19.50*) as I think the brown is a lot softer and more natural looking for everyday wear, it creates a ‘your eyelashes but better’ effect which is beautiful. The formula is exactly the same as the original in black which I’m happy about as it gives extra volume and length to my lashes. I actually love brown mascara after using Benefits BADgal brown mascara for as long as I can remember, I’ve been converted and will definitely be purchasing this from now on as it gives a little more ‘oomph’.
Benefits They’re Real Push-Up Liner in Beyond Blue (£18.50*) makes a lovely change from black eyeliner and is a product I was quite curious to try out. It’s very simple to use as you just twist the base which pushes up the gel to the rubber tip, then just glide along your lash line. Now the first time I used this I wasn’t that over keen as its came out crumbly, however I realised I was making a mistake! What I did was twisted the pen too much so there was excess product on the tip, when I realised this I twisted the liner just a little bit and found that it was creamy and easy to apply (a little goes a long way, there is no need to twist too much). It’s precise and smooth to apply so if you love winged liner but you’re like me and not great at it, you might love this as it makes it so much easier to achieve that look. The liner is navy so you can easily add a pop of colour to your makeup look without being too daring, however this also comes in purple and green if you’re feeling more adventurous.
As you can see by the swatch it is quite a dark blue therefore is easily wearable and like the mascara is a great way to incorporate a pop of colour into your makeup look. Overall I love both of these products and will definitely be trying them out in different colours in the near future. Let me know if you’ve tried them out too and if not what colour would you love to try!
Sleeveless Utility Denim Dress* | Miss Selfridge
Black Felt Fedora* | Miss Selfridge
Tactic Thin Bangle | Swarovski
Summer Rose Gold Chronograph Watch | Rotary
Tan Ultra Mini Cross Body Bag* | Miss Selfridge
Day dresses are my favourite piece of clothing to wear all year around but especially in the summer, I also love styling them as they’re the centre piece of the outfit. I have been looking for a denim dress for quite a while however most of them have been quite thick denim which is too warm for the summer. This denim dress is from Miss Selfridge and is exactly what I’ve been looking for, it’s lovely and light for this beautiful weather we have been having lately. I love the way that the belt wraps round as well as the fit, I find it to be quite flattering. I accessorised with this mini cross body bag which is perfect for those days when I don’t want to carry a big heavy bag around with me, also even though it’s very small I can fit inside my main essentials which are my phone, purse, makeup and a small camera. I completed the look with this fedora hat which I feel pulls the outfit together.
If you didn’t know, Miss Selfridge are currently running competition where you can win one of two £500 gift cards (T&C’s apply). All you have to do is share a photo of you wearing your latest Miss Selfridge purchases on Twitter or Instagram with the #MissSelfie hashtag between 10th August – 4th September, and you will be entered in their national competition. I have entered myself so have my fingers crossed, but good luck if you enter too!
If you read my blog regularly or have watched my videos over on my YouTube channel then you may know that I wear prescription glasses. I’m not a big fan of going to the opticians to purchase my glasses as I find the sales assistants always hand me lots of different pairs to try on, and I feel slightly pressured. Therefore I always get my online as it’s much more relaxing and I have more time to choose a pair that I like without feeling pushed.
These glasses are from Glasses Direct and are the London Retro Highgate (£95*), the outside of the frames is in tortoiseshell whereas the inside is purple which I really love. The style is slightly square and deep, I think they suit me quite well and also come in a stylish brown case which is orange on the inside. The glasses are very sturdy which is something I always look for as you don’t want them to break, or start falling off your face (this has happened with previous pairs I’ve owned). If you’re more into simpler glasses these are also available in black which look lovely too, or you can choose tinted frames to turn them into sunglasses.
Glasses Direct offer a free 7 day home trial where you can order a few pairs of glasses to try on at home to see how you feel about them and decide what your favourites are, then you just order you favourite pair online and send back the other frames in the post (freepost). Whilst browsing their website you will notice that the frames include single vision lenses so there are no hidden fees or surprises once you get to the checkout.
Let me know if you tend to order you glasses online if you wear them and what you think of these!