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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fixing my Skin with Bee Venom

shills hya-derma bee venom mask

In this heat there is nothing more soothing than putting my feet in a bucket cold water and chilling with a face mask. My skin is all over the show at the moment and it seems to be in that icky stage between acne and ageing where i only a few short days a month without some sort of problem area on my face and given the current temperatures the last thing I can tolerate is heavy full coverage make up. I am riding the wave of making an effort with my skincare regime and I have really gotten into masks recently, sheet masks are an absolute staple because I am lazy and they are very easy to apply and don't require any clean up afterwards.

shills hya-derma bee venom mask
I was going to spare you a picture of me wearing the mask but here's a filtered one  (natch) afterall
This is a review of the Shills Hya-Dermis Bee Venom Mask* which I had the pleasure to try out this weekend. I spent an utterly blissful and serene half an hour with this bad boy on my face. This mask uses Bee Venom to lift and strengthen skin to reduce signs of ageing. Ingredients include Manuka Honey extract, Seaweed extract, Elastin and Hyaluronic acid are combined to improve skin elasticity and basically tighten the skin.

This mask has a couple of protective layers on it within the packet that need to be peeled off when you apply it. The official instructions are as follows:

Step 1 – Take mask out of the pack
Step 2 – Gently peel off the white plastic layer
Step 3 – Apply the mask evenly across your face and gently smooth mask to ensure good and even contact with your skin.
Step 4 – peel of the blue layer
Step 5 – Leave on your face for 15-20 minutes and gently peel it off.

I really enjoyed using this mask, it felt slightly tingly and totally refreshing and my face did look noticeably taught after use. It was the perfect prep for the full glam I plastered on for a night out and I can see it making the perfect addition to a sheet mask shopping list  for a busy girl's skincare routine. A precious few minutes to relax does wonders for my wellbeing so I wholeheartedly intend to make this a regular weekend ritual in my battle against premature ageing.

FYI-Shills state that the bee venom is humanely extracted from the poison sac of the bee and that no bees were harmed in the making of this, so I guess it is not vegan and most definitely not suitable for those with allergies to bee stings.  You can find it for only £1.99 on Just Beauty, they also do multipacks if you want to stock up.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#BloggersXmas is back | WIN last year's goody bag!

bloggersxmas christmas blogging event soeurs de luxe

It's around this time of year that we start looking at venues, emailing round brands and PR companies and posting feelers out to measure interest for our annual Christmas blogger event BloggersXmas. 

With over 200 bloggers in attendance each year and having worked with over 40 brands last year alone, we're super excited to get an amazing line up for you all this year. From beauty brands, to lifestyle, fashion, travel and food, there'll be something there for everyone!

This year, is also my wedding. In fact, it's in just 4 weeks! So there will be a little delay in getting tickets available, but bear with us! 

We've already got some surprises in store, we can't wait to meet you and see you all again, last year's was so fun! Check out last year's event here.

In celebration of the start of our planning, we've still got 4, yes FOUR goody bags from last year that we would LOVE to give away! With pieces from Makeup Revolution, Skinfix, PNY, Burts Bees, Seascape and many more amazing bits for you to try! For reviews of the goody bags or to see what's inside, check out other bloggers' posts and videos here.

If you want to enter, simply follow the steps below, and good luck!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

We Tried Hot Yoga! | Westminster Lodge, St. Albans


In the run up to the wedding, I've gone through periods of being super motivated and trying every exercise possible, and then being super lazy and eating like an oaf - not good when I've got my final dress fitting coming up (and a holiday!). Looks like I'll need to cut carbs in the few weeks before the wedding!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Most Perfect Afternoon Tea | Hotel du Vin | Henley-on-Thames*

Never have I ever been so impressed with an afternoon tea as I was when we visited Hotel du Vin. It's rare that I am speechless when it comes to food, as I'm usually very vocal if I enjoy my food... boasting but never sharing. Jasmine doesn't share food! I've had many afternoon teas in my time, from 5* hotels to small boutiques, they all follow the same sort of trend. Hotel du Vin however, could not be more different.


Saturday, May 06, 2017

Something New | What I'm Wearing For Bridal Jewellery

I've been meaning to add to my wedding series for a while now, but everything's just been so manic! With the wedding just 8 weeks away :O :O it's time I gave you all an update.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

How To | Plan The Perfect Trip With Your Siblings

Who knows you better than the people you grew up with? Travelling with siblings should be on everybody’s bucket list – not only can you truly express yourself when you are with them, but you can also tighten bonds that often fade in adulthood. As sisters, writing a blog together has been great to keep us connected, but one thing we are yet to do, is go on holiday together!


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Wishlist | Summer Garden Inspiration*

With summer poking its little head through the clouds,  everyone's been looking forward to spending time in their gardens, out at the park or travelling abroad to soak up the sun's rays.

Having lived in flats since finishing uni, neither I nor Kirsty have had our own gardens but that doesn't stop us from wanting one - a large garden with perfect green grass, a patio, flower beds and a lovely rattan sofa set to sit on and have a barbecue in the summer, perfection.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Discovering 3INA

I've seen a bit of buzz on social media around 3INA, their European made cosmetics are very affordable, great quality with a cute aesthetic. The packaging is reminiscent of NARS but seems to be a bit younger, or quirkier. On the way home from LFW this weekend we were walking through Covent Garden and the colourful store caught my eye. I promptly dragged Jasmine inside so I could have a look, and she was all too pleased to be able to sit down for a minute after being in heels all day. 


Sunday, January 29, 2017

SVS Vs. LVL | Nouveau Lashes* | What's The Difference?

Since becoming members of the Nouveau Lashes Lash Gang, we've gained so many amazing blogger friends and joined such a lovely community of beauties. We've also had the privilege of wearing lots of gorgeous lashes! Best. Gang. Ever!!!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Street Art Tours | Alternative London

alternative london graffiti tour

Having lived in London for many years, it can be surprising that many Londoners have never been to or seen the wonders of Brick Lane. Not really knowing what to look for and most likely getting lost, many aimlessly wonder around looking for the hidden (or not) art of the streets. Offering 2 hour long Walking or Cycling tours across London as well as graffiti workshops and a Pub Tour, Alternative London guides small groups through the infamous streets of Shoreditch, explaining the history of the area and how street art came to be.
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