Thursday, 18 February 2016

Liz Earle polishes up our local Boots store!

Recently I had been informed that our local Boots store was about to reveal something new to their store, and I had been kindly invited to go and experience it on its first days of opening. Yesterday I was lucky enough to be one of the first to see a brand new counter in store at Boots in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent! When I had been told which counter it was going to be I was so excited to go and view it anyway, but once I saw it I was really impressed! So which counter has recently opened up do you ask? Of course, welcome to Boots our very own Liz Earle counter!

Boots in Hanley has lots of main brand counters such as Estee Lauder,  Clinique, Clarins and so on, but having only being able to purchase Liz Earle products online for click and collect, they now have a brand spanking new counter to purchase all the brilliant products from personally! 
Given that this is a new counter for many Boots customers in our area, some people may not of heard of this brand before. Liz Earle was founded in 1995, and it is 'a British beauty brand with years of botanical experience.' The company was founded on the Isle of Wight, and during my visit in store I heard lots of lovely things about where the company originates from and how it is like one big family of passionate Liz Earle workers. Liz Earle products contain 'naturally active ingredients' and they produce a whole range of products such as skincare, hair care, body care and makeup. No matter what your skin type, Liz Earle caters for every type and there is a good use of quality ingredients in every product making each purchase worthwhile, knowing that they have your skins best interest at heart. They also promote a healthy lifestyle and inspire to allow woman and men to be confident in their skin. Most of us try to look after our skin, but it is still important to get out there and have long walks, and this is something the girls at Liz Earle are also passionate about as it becomes part of your wellbeing. Having won many awards such as the Elle Awards, Liz Earle continues to expand and we are lucky enough to now have one of their counters to hand on our doorstep! Heres a little look at the beautiful, brand new counter.

So now lets talk about my experience in store. Keshia who proudly works for Liz Earle kindly invited me to go and take a look around, and I also had the chance to meet more of the team who are lovely and very approachable. As soon as I walked into our local Boots store I spotted the counter straight away with its recognised logo shining bright. The counter is presented beautifully with shelves and shelves of Liz Earle's famous products stocked neatly on them, and everything is displayed clearly. For a person with OCD like me, seeing how everything is organised was great as everything is easily accessible and all together in the right sections. There is even fresh flowers on top of the counter which I think adds a personal touch and makes the atmosphere even more friendly. 
At the counter in store the girls will be offering facials, hand and arm massages, head massages and also a makeup service. How fab is this? It is in perfect timing for treating our mums this Mothers Day!. 

 Keshia started off my experience by showing me all the products available to buy at the counter meaning that I got to see some products that I was not even aware of! Liz Earle are obviously famous for their skincare for face and hands, and their mantra is 'cleanse, tone, moisture' but Keshia here on the counter showed me that they also sell candles, perfumes, hair care, makeup and amazingly they also offer products for men too, so they literally cater for everyone!

Having as mention above only ever using just one of their skincare products to cleanse my skin when taking my makeup off, Keshia offered to show me the full recommended Liz Earle skincare routine. I have always been a makeup wipe type of girl which has been so bad for my skin in the long run. I think from a young age we take our skin for granted but it is only as we get older we begin to learn that looking after your skin is very important. From starting to use their cleanser my skin has already improved a lot. I had the opportunity to have my makeup taken off to show me properly and have a full Liz Earle facial done, but being as I had a dentist appointment straight afterwards I was worried about having no makeup on and opted to be shown on my hand. Keshia was understanding of this and made me feel better too by acknolowging that other females may find the whole taking your makeup off daunting too! Given that for future reference, they will be having a makeup service fear not, if you do wish to have a facial and be shown the routine they can indeed use their Liz Earle makeup on you to redo your look afterwards!

Liz Earle's 3 steps to great skin!

Liz Earle says 'If you only do one thing to your skin, cleanse, tone & moisturise'. This is the motto that they live by and say if you do this to your skin using their products twice a day you will start to see results in no time. As mentioned, I have previously been using their well known beauty icon, a cleanser which is step number 1 in their routine, and is a multi award winning beauty icon.

They suggest you then follow this up by using a toner for step 2, and step 3 finishing off by moisturising your skin. You can add in an extra step which is a serum for your skin, but for now I will focus on the main 3 steps. I was asked about my own skincare routine to begin with and I explained that sometimes it just has to be quick and snappy as after a long day at work (which I think we are all sometimes guilty of)  I just want to go to bed and forget to take my makeup of at times! Keshia explained that the routine to follow is quick and simple but effective, and would definitely be beneficial. 

*Step 1-3 left to right,1-4 if you decide to use the serum, prices are below.*

Keshia started off by using one pump of the cleanser on my hand and massaging it in in circles- obviously this would usually be used on your face. The cleanser is called Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. It is then recommended that once you have this on your face, you then wash one of the pure muslin cloths (that are an exfoliator in themselves) in warm water to then rinse off the cleanser. Having used this daily when I have had makeup on I can vouch that this product does exactly what it says it will, and you can see your makeup sliding off your skin, leaving it instantly makeup free and refreshed. The Liz Earle cleanser is suitable for all ages and all types of skin, and has 'won over 100 prestigious awards' and was 'named Best Classic Beauty Product' at the CEW Beauty Awards in 2015. The cleanser is in the form of a cream and 'contains purifying eucalyptus oil, toning rosemary and soothing chamoille extracts, plus skin sorting cocoa butter.' The best thing about this product is not only that it wipes away your makeup and your skin is clean instantly, but it lifts away dead skin cells whilst using the muslin cloth.

After step 1 Keshia then moved onto show me step 2 of the routine which I have not used before. Step 2 includes using the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. A dash of the tonic was splashed onto a small round cotton pad, and this (applied to my hand on the day) is to be wiped all around your face. You only need one splash of the tonic as it is quite generous in itself when pouring. The tonic 'refreshes, revitalises, and brightens' your skin and the best thing about it is that it is alcohol free so it is harmless to your skin. Hearing all about the ingredients once again, it just shows you how natural and pure the Liz Earle products are. This tonic contains 'aloe vera, calendula, and Vitamin E' and it has a lovely smell of roses. 

Finally step 3 of the famous skincare routine is to apply the Liz Earle Skin Repair moisturiser. Now I love a good moisturiser but for my face it has to be the right one. I find some too heavy and greasy and then at the other end of the spectrum some can be too light and does not do the job. When this was applied to my hand my skin felt instantly soft and smooth and once again the smell was so pure and it just makes you feel relaxed. The mousitourisers include "naturally active skin-conditioning ingredients' and 'antioxidants' which help to leave the skin as described above. The great thing about this moisturiser is that there is 3 types so you can pick the one that suits your skin whether it be dry, combined or normal.
The Liz Earle face Serum which is part of the Superskin range as shown in the picture above was recommended by one of the girls as it helps to penetrate beneath your skin to rebuild the cells, as daily we loose the top layer so we also need to look after the layers below that eventually rise to the top, something I would never think about! This step in the routine however is optional. 

I was so thankful to be shown the routine above so that I can now start a good routine and get my skin feeling the best it can. The girls at the counter were so helpful and by using the products themselves they have such a great knowledge of which products to use etc and can explain fully what they include and how they help your skin. I felt really relaxed and had a lovely chat with them on some beautiful white leather chairs. 
The products above are all sold separately (links included) as if like me to begin with you may only wish to try one at a time, but they do have sets pre packed available where you can buy them all together which is really handy for your first time especially when if you wish to buy all the products in one go!
You can find an example of a set beautifully boxed here.

                                                        *Sold separately or in sets shown below*

After being shown the famous skincare routine I moved on and had a little nosey at their fragrances that they sell as I was not aware that they existed, and I was quite curious to find out about them. They are in perfect little bottles and have lovely natural shades of colour to the packaging.

The Botanical Essence Fine Fragrance Collection is fantastic, the smells from each one are so distinct and strong that I loved every single one of them and I couldn't choose a favourite! The best thing about these is that they are '87% naturally derived' and they 'have been created using the finest quality ingredients from around the world and are handcrafted.' Prices range from £49 but this is a small price to pay for a lingering scent I think, having spent over £100 on a bottle of perfume that you cannot smell after 10 seconds! They range from number 1, 15, 20 and 100 (left to right). They are all on my wish list now, and are perfect as little gifts for Liz Earle lovers!. 

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the new Liz Earle counter in the Boots- Hanley store. I would like to thank the girls for having me and making me not only feel welcome and wanting to go back, but for also making me more aware of the amazing products that they sell and also giving me handy tips to help me in the future with my skin care routine. I will most definitely be visiting the counter to keep stocked up on my favourite products, and occasionally have a treat of something new! Don't forget you can still purchase your Liz Earle products from their online site for any readers who do not live in Stoke-on-Trent, and also you can find their products on Boots online. You may already be lucky and have a counter in your area in your local boots, but for us this is the start of something great!

Now for something you should not miss... for my readers who do live in or around Stoke on Trent, to welcome Liz Earle into our local Boots store they currently have a fab competition running as shown below where you can win an ultimate hamper worth over £200!

Alls you need to do to enter is shop in the Hanley Boots store and fill out a 'Keep in touch' card at the counter to be in with a chance of winning the amazing products shown above! Pop in store to our new counter today to see the lovely girls, you will have a fabulous time and they will look after you! I had a great time, now they are waiting for you!


            I have some generous goodies to try thanks to Liz Earle and I cannot wait to use them all! 

You can find Liz Earle and keep up to date with their products on the different social media platforms by following the links below.
Twitter: @lizearle
Facebook: /lizearle
Pintrest: /lizearle
Youtube: /LizEarleBeauty

Do you use any of Liz Earle's products? If so which is your favourite?


Monday, 30 March 2015

Halo Hair Extensions - Part 2

So hopefully you will of all seen Part 1 of my Halo Hair Extensions post... Here I bring to you Part 2! In this post I will be including some before and after shots of my hair, and a simple step by step guide to applying your halo extensions and achieving a natural look!
Here is me with my normal day to day hair! No hair extensions; all real! I hate my hair because It never grows past a certain length and so because of this I love to invest in hair extensions to give it more length and volume. I have tried everything to get my hair to grow but as much as it must do because I get roots, it never seems to get any longer!

What you will need to create your new look!
To help you easily apply your new Halo Hair Extensions you will need a brush, a parting comb, some clips and your straighteners if your going for the 'straight hair' look. For the purpose of this post I am keeping my hair straight to show an everyday look.

I love that Halo Hair Extensions include instructions with their products. Even if you know what you are doing with extensions and can apply them with your eyes closed; its good to have something to look back on. These instructions provide you with general guidance on how to apply your halo hair. Some people choose to apply theirs in different ways, its completely up to you as you will know where your hair needs more extensions once you start to put them in. 
*Please ignore my horrendous roots in photos that you are about to see, I am booked in and waiting to get my hair done- which can't come quick enough!! Also the lighting is funny in some of the photos as today has been quite a gloomy day and it has gone from dull to sunny to dull and so on. Some of the photos you see you may think 'omg those extensions do not match her hair colour' but trust me they do. I just have so many different blonde/brown shades in my hair and like I mentioned above the lighting shows them in different colours. The end product photos are more natural and you can see the colour match much clearer*

Step 1
Gathering your Halo Hair Extensions together.

When I get new hair extensions, I am always so excited to open them! First you need to untie them from the packet.  Be careful that you do not cut any hair off when trying to cut the ties!

The next thing I like to do when applying my hair is sort out the extensions into piles which have the same amount of clips in. This just makes applying them easier as you can see which ones you still have left in terms of width.

These extensions as mentioned in my Halo Hair Extensions Part 1 post are in the shade Golden Brown/Sweedish Blonde Mix - #12/20. They are 20" long, and cost £99.99 to buy as part of their Deluxe clip- in set. The photo above shows them to be a lot more browner than blonde, but they aren't its literally just the lighting. They are a lovely mix of brown and blonde shades.

Step 2
Applying your Halo Hair Extensions.

First either using your fingers or a separating comb, tie up the majority of your hair leaving the bottom strand free. The idea with extensions is that you work your way from the bottom up to the top.  Here are those nasty roots that I have warned you about... I have been trying to be good and not get my hair coloured as much to try and let it grow, but because of that I now have major root-age going on! This post is as real as it comes, I obviously could not hide away my roots as I needed to show a separation of the hair picture. We're all girls anyway right and have seen them before?!

After separating your hair and clipping it up, you need to start off with the extensions that contain 'two clips'. The set that I am using is a Deluxe set and contains 12 hair pieces! Perfect for my hair because its so thick. Pick up the extensions piece, open the clips and grab them onto your hair then close them. Its as simple as that!

Here you can see the fitting close up. I attach them right to the top of the hair as this prevents them from slipping down and gives a tighter fitting. Once you have applied your first one. Separate and pull another layer of hair down and do the exact same as above. You use all of your 'two clip' pieces until you get to the top of your ears.

What I have noticed when applying my Halo Hair Extensions is that the clips are firmly attached to the extensions. I have brought some hair before where the clips were originally attached, but after applying them they became loose and eventually I had to sow them back on. This is not what you want when you pay out all that money for lovely hair. These clips are attached well and you can really feel the grip when you place them in your hair. 
Once you have used up your 'two clip' hair pieces. Its time to move onto the pieces of hair that contain 3 clips. These are wider to fit around your head as you continue to work your way up to the top of the hair. Separate your hair now so that all the hair that is above your ears is clipped up. This is obviously the middle part and for me this is my main area where I need to apply lots of hair pieces to keep it looking natural with my hair being so thick. 

 The hair pieces with 3 clips attached are my absolute fav. This is because they cover almost all of your own hair, meaning it is all hidden and you start to see the beautiful hair that you are now wearing! Start from the side and work your way around placing in your '3 clips' pieces. Once you have covered the layer of hair all around ... separate and pull another layer down and do the same again! You should use all of the '3 clip' pieces, and hopefully like me you will find that now all of your hair has been filled with your new halo! Once you have finished these steps pull down the last top layer of your own hair and it should hopefully blend in with your long locks!
After concentrating on the back of your head, its time to finish off by using the '1 clip' pieces to fill in from the front your hair that is around your face. 
Here you can see what I mean about the lighting from todays weather! Excusing that... once you have used your single clip-ins at the sides of your face... Your halo is officially in!

Step 3
Styling your new halo hair!

There are so many different styles you can create when you have long hair. For me my two favourite styles are straight and wavy. I like to keep it simple as just having that added 20" long hair is a bonus alone for me, and Im happy to keep it plain and simple. Start by brushing your hair. This blends in any of your own natural hair that may be poking out. I sometimes have to separate my hair at the sides again to straighten it out which is what you can see me doing below. 

For this post I chose to keep it straight to show a natural day to day style as I mentioned at the beginning, but here is how I finished off my look...

 I absolutely love my Halo Hair Extensions. Regardless of some of the funny shades of lighting on my photos, from the two above you can see how naturally they blend in with the rest of my hair. I love a mixed blonde look rather that one plain colour. Not only do I now have lovely long hair, the actual hair itself that is 100% Indian Remy Human Hair is so so soft!

Here are some before and after photos for you to see the difference a halo can make! I have loved being a part of Project Halo!

*You can find Halo Hair Extensions using the following links*
*This post comes to you as a review - products sent to me by Halo Hair Extensions in relation to Project Halo*

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Halo Hair Extensions - Part I

So after lusting over long hair and wanting some new hair extensions, Ive finally got myself some new ones thanks to 'Project Halo'. I have been given a great opportunity to work with Halo Hair Extensions :) Im forever looking at different companies for hair extensions but Im always really wary of ordering any online without seeing them and making sure they match my hair colour. After discovering Halo Hair Extensions I was amazed at there products online. They have so much variety to choose from! So who are Halo Hair Extensions?
Halo Hair Extensions is an online company working to provide girls with the best Halo in town; their motto "Every girl deserves a halo''. I certainly need a Halo as my hair is awful without any extensions in and is simply plain boring. You can find their website here. They provide hair that is '100% Indian Remy Human Hair' as they believe 'they are the finest extensions in the world'. Their website is really helpful. There are so many links available to you from customer reviews, how to videos,  the actual products available to buy, help on choosing the correct shade of hair; and so much more!
Halo Hair Extensions provide four main options of hair to choose from; Halo, Deluxe Halo, Clip-In & Deluxe Clip-In. They also offer micro loop and stick tip, but you can find out more about these online. After a few emails discussing what kind of hair I would like and what colour we thought was best, I was amazed at how fast I received my parcel! I was so excited when the post man knocked on my door with their distinctive packaging!

Heres a few photos of my first views when opening my Halo Hair Extensions. I knew straight away I had got my halo delivery thanks to their clear packaging! I love the big logo on the front of the box, it makes it stand out.

When I opened the box I smiled instantly.. How pretty did it look! You can tell that time, effort and care has been taken when packing their products. I think that presentation is such a vital element for companies. They need they products to live up to their name, but I think its also important to make sure they are presented in the best way possible. When I opened my box I saw beautiful purple tissue paper that was wrapped around my hair extensions with such a pretty bow! They even included some halo shampoo and conditioner, and a comb to help maintain the hair! 

Along side the lovely extra treats included , another vital thing was inside; instructions. Everyone needs instructions, just incase! Even if your a pro and know what your doing, its always good to have something to look back on! These tell you how to apply your hair, and also include tips on how to keep them looking nice and healthy!

I was super impressed when I saw that Halo Hair Extensions had included shampoo and conditioner in their parcel, and also a comb! Their mini bottles are super cute and of course have their trusty brand names on them! The comb that they have included is fab for applying hair extensions as it allows you to neatly section your hair into parts. 

Once I could allow myself to tear away the pretty purple tissue paper, I then saw my halo. There it was boxed up nice and safe waiting for me! 

Once again the packaging I cannot fault at all. Not only does it tell you a little bit about your halo, it also includes links to where you can find them if you need any help!

I decided to choose the GOLDEN BROWN SWEEDISH BLONDE MIX #12/20 shade purley because my hair is so many mixed colours. Overall I would say it is blonde, but it has a lot of different shades of blondes and also some browny shades mixed in too. I think these will be a perfect match and I can't wait to try them out. Don't worry if you choose a shade and once it arrives you think it is totally the wrong match for your hair.. as long as you do not untie them from the box you can change them! These extensions are a Deluxe set- meaning they are thicker for those with thicker hair. My hair is short but so thick, so I really needed this set. Its important to get the right amount of hair you need to make it look as real as possible. 
I chose clip ins out of the other products that were available because I am used to them. I have seen so many girls wearing extensions with their clips still visible, its the only downside to them. This can be avoided though if you place them in correctly, and its super easy. My 20" extensions have 21 clips and contain 12 pieces of hair. The clips are already attached so you don't need to worry about doing this yourself... they have done all the hard work for you! As mentioned above the hair is 100% Indian Remy hair, giving super quality. I think £99.99 for these is a bargain, because in the past I have been paying this for hair that is not this long, does not come with as many clips, isn't as thick and also doesn't come with any added extras! When you buy your halo they really look after you!

I will be doing a part II post for my Halo Hair Extensions which will focus on how to apply them, and before and after shots.. so be sure to check back!

In the mean time you can find out more about Halo Hair Extensions and their fabulous products using the following links!

Will you be ordering yourself a halo?


*This post comes to you as a review - products sent to me by Halo Hair Extensions in relation to Project Halo*

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