Who doesn't love candles, especially at this time of year. It adds to that snug, calmness with the light flickering and dancing off the walls.
Temple Spa are a luxurious spa with locations throughout the UK and in Turks and Caicos. I do like when locations such as spas allow you to bring their products home to further enjoy the ambiance while you're in the comfort of your own home. The have a good amount of ranges and of course with it being near Christmas having a seasonal range is ideal.
One item from the range is this ALL IS BRIGHT candle £30. The candle is aimed at adding an ambiance of seasonal warmth to the room which you light this within, it has such a beautiful blend of essential fragrance oils that brings a warmth of Mediterranean and a relaxing space atmosphere with a blend of spices including ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, a burst of pomegranate and exotic saffron and layers of cedar wood, patchouli, frankincense, moss and amber. The scent is so warm and uplifting but at the same time relaxing, I can now see why they say it brings a luxury spa element. All Is Bright is a natural wax blend - meaning a clean burn, good for your body and your home.

- Burn for no longer than 4 hours at a time.
- Burn time up to 45 hours.

Purchase: All Is Bright

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Temple Spa - All Is Bright Aromatic Candle.

When it comes to this time of year a lot of us get paler which is natural but sometimes when trying to achieve that golden glow injuries can occur. Something that does often put me off applying fake tan because all that contortionist action isn't exactly me unless I stretch for days and get the body ready and seeing as though I don't want to be the 23% who admit they've hurt themselves while tanning getting to those hard to reach areas, we all can not be Pixie Le Knot who is the UK's most flexible contortionist, it's better to get a product that'll help eliminate that.
If you're interested there is two products that'll help you this season & any season...Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Face Mist & Body Mist. I have Ambre Solaire Self Tan Bronzer Light Face Mist & Ambre Solaire Self Tan Bronzer Body Mist - Medium in my possession. The product itself comes out clear, doesn't need to be rubbed in and can be built up every day until you get the depth of colour desired, then twice a week thereafter to maintain the colour.

My Experience.
As soon as it starts spraying, it comes out as a light mist and it's continuous - which is great because it's not a harsh spray out so there will be no spots that will have this dark patch or more areas darker than the other because of the way the product sprays out. As mentioned above it does come out clear but I didn't have a problem with not having any guidelines and you can kind of see where the skin has mist. Even doing my back wasn't hard, I could do it over the shoulder and from the side to reach because the continuous mist really helps. It also gives this apricot scent in the air and no biscuit scent on the skin *YAY* Even though I am olive toned, I don't mind getting a bit more glowy and having help to achieve it, by the 3rd day of doing it, the colour still wasn't building much on me, which can be good or bad - good in the sense that it is very gradually building on me that there's no room for mistakes on too much colour at one time - bad that I know it's not going to be anything instant, it's definitely one that I have to use a week or so before I get that glow 🌟. So probably not too bad overall, I don't feel it gives me an orange undertone if anything on me I could notice the colour change if I moved my underwear away but it was subtle so I guess that's not a bad thing subtle can mean more natural, right?!

Have you tried this No Streaks Bronzer?

Purchase: No Streaks Bronzer


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Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer.

As you know I'm constantly on the quest to help minimise pigmentation. Jan Marini is a brand I've never tried before, seen around on other blogs and I've had the pleasure to try myself. I decided to add 3 products especially for their brightening properties to my ever growing but needs downscaling skincare collection.

Luminate Face Mask
It's similar to a cream texture mask, I've had textures like this before with hydration targeted masks but not for brightening. The masks aims to cover these issues with pigmentation:

Benefits
▸ Reduces the appearance of discoloration
▸ Exfoliate the skin and encourages cell turnover
▸ Evens your skin tone and brightens your complexion for a radiant glow.
▸ Paraben-Free

Key Ingredients
▸ Chromobright
▸ Alpha-Arbutin
▸ Dispotassium Glycyrrhizate

I know about the great properties of Alpha-Arbutin, if you've read a previous post of mine, you'll notice I have it in serum form and I'm very impressed with the outcome, it's the safer alternative to hydroquinone, which helps to brighten pigmentation. Because it contains lactic & mandelic acid, it serves to also gently exfoliate to brighten skin, reduce fine lines & wrinkles. Any redness will be calmed or reduced thanks to green tea, red tea & white tea extract. I have to admit I don't see INSTANT results but I've been using a combination of products to help brighten and even out my skin - this being one treatment. It can be used up to 3x a week, I experienced no tingling while using this. I simply cleanse my face and apply a thin layer and leave on for 10 minutes and wipe of gently with a warm wrung out cloth.


Luminate Face Lotion
It comes in a pump bottle which makes it a lot more hygenic, it's not your typical white cream as you can see there's more of a brown tinge to it - I think that's the tumeric. It has to be used sparingly over the entire face every other evening for 1-2 weeks and then increase usage as tolerated to 1-2 times daily. It also contains Retinol (Vitamin A) so SPF is advised to be used.

Benefits
▸ Non-hydroquinone formulation
▸ Reduces the appearance of discolouration
▸ Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
▸ Soothe skin and reduce the appearance of redness

Key Ingredients:
▸ Nonapeptide-1
▸ Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (colorless, non-staining Tumeric)
▸ Alpha-Arbutin
▸ Hexylresorcinol
▸ Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate
▸ Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract
▸ Retinol 0.3%
▸ Epigallocatechin Gallate (concentrated green tea extract)
▸ Bisabolol

Over time the skin started to look brighter whilst using in combination of brightening products, I do have to admit I didn't use it according to how it was suggested. I had kept using it every other night for about a month and have only just started to using it twice daily and I'm getting happy with the appearance of my skin. It's improving slowly but I think it works better with a brightening regime.

Luminate Eye Gel
One thing I do have a problem with is my dark circles. I'm starting to think they're hereditary but I'm unsure as most the members of my family have a lot more melanin than me, also I drink so much water that my under eyes should be shining bright like a diamond. This eye gel is specially formulated to reduce under-eye circles and discoloration while firming crepey skin and erasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Benefits:
▸ Brighten skin & reduce the appearance of under eye circles
▸ Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
▸ Reduce red & blue discoloration
▸ Improves hydration
▸ Paraben-Free

Key Ingredients:
▸ Chromabright
▸ Linoleic Acid
▸ Retinol
▸ Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
▸ Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1
▸ N-hydro-succinimide
▸ Chrysin
▸ Ceramide-2
▸ Tochopherol (Vitamin E)

As I don't have dry skin under the eye I can't attest to that but the dark circles but I can see why, it's like a gel but not sticky, it literally glides on like a light cream and absorbs fast, by far it's one of the favourite eye creams to use especially if I'm doing my makeup. I'm wondering if it has brightened up because covering up seems to be a lot less these days but visibly I'm still not 100% sure. I'm hoping that by the time I've finished the tube I'll be saying, wow yes it works. I suppose the fact it doesn't take too much to cover up the under eyes it could be a good sign?

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Jan Marini Luminate Skincare

I love a good detox. I truly feel better and more relaxed after indulging in one, so Beauty Kitchen have got a 7 day skin detox aimed to cleanse, refresh and energise. Something that'll make a great gift for yourself or others to rejuvenate yourself during or after the festive period. With 100% natural products, made in the UK with no parabens, sulphates or synthetic fragrances, you'll know you're getting the best instead of a lot of chemicals.
Within the bag (that's now become a little reusable bag for me - bonus):
Abyssinian Oil Aroma Facial Concentrate 15ml
Pink & Pure Himalayan Salt 1kg
Abyssinian Oil Handbag Beauty Balm 30ml
Facial Konjac Sponge.

Abyssinian Oil (crambe seed oil). I must admit is a new oil for me and it seems to be a new oil that's going to fast become another 'IT' oil. It has moisturising properties promoting supple, soft skin and wrinkle reduction. Adds lustre to dull and lifeless skin giving skin a youthful appearance. Contains a high percentage of an Omega-9 fatty acid

Konjac Sponge. It's a rubbery texture that makes a rich lather meaning you'll use less cleanser than if you use alternative methods because it's quick drying it prevents bacteria - mold from building up whereas a face cloth may stay damp in between breeding - ugh. Konjac sponges are replaced after a certain amount of time so you'll get no germs/bacteria or dirt building up. Konjac sponges are good for those with clogged pores & acne as the fibres on the sponge help unclog the pores. Konjac also remove water-resistant sunscreens that cleanser alone will not remove.

Pink Himalayan Salt. It's contains minerals such as potassium and magnesium, 84 trace elements, highest grade of natural salt, uncontaminated by pollutants or chemicals. Our bodies need salt, it improves digestion, sleep, helps support the nervous system, lowers blood pressure, regulated water content in the body, improves blood sugar levels, balance the body's pH, helps bone strength,balances electrolytes, helps intestines absorb nutrients, improves circulation & dissolves toxins. So adding salt to a bath will really do more good than harm!

How to get the most from your detox in a bag, there's a leaflet included that tells you how to go about your first day, every morning - every evening - anytime. Which is helpful as it tells you when to use the oil or the beauty balm and how to go about your pink himalayan salt bath.

Purchase: Detox in a Bag £50.00


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Beauty Kitchen Detox in a Bag.

To describe my hair currently, stressful. It's low in porosity, meaning that it doesn't absorb water or moisture easily, once I apply product it sits on top of my hair, leading to the air just helping it to vanish as soon as the cold air is exposed to it. The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme is specifically formulated for African-Caribbean or Caucasian hair that is exceptionally processed and damaged, this product provides instant replenishment, hydration and nourishment. Everyone knows of Elasticizer but the extreme has higher active doses of the components. It's fragrance free but it's not suitable for fine, non processed hair. Most of us know the Elasticizer came around because Philip Kingsley made the concoction for Audrey Hepburn. It's a very deep conditioner that is applied before your shampoo, it's a pre-poo. It's deeply hydrating and my curls need it, especially the ends.

I like to up the ante with haircare for winter, although I tend to now do protective hairstyles instead such as braids and buns more often the hair still needs to be in great condition, applying this on warm damp hair before shampoo from mid length to the ends - really concentrating on the tips. I let it sit in a shower cap for about 20 minutes before rinsing out and cleansing my hair and continuing my hair routine. My ends are a lot more conditioned and defined - not to forget soft. Even if you get a small sample tube like the one above - you won't be disappointed if you've got hair issues.

Purchase: Elasticizer Extreme

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme

Funnily enough up until late Summer my hair was on its best behaviour. I only had to use coconut or black seed oil after applying my leave in conditioner but then I couldn't even tell you what happened next. She became disobedient, a spanking wasn't going to help. I was actually fed the F-up!! At times I felt it's easier to straighten out my hair and use oils and be done with it but I've eliminated excessive heat for so long, so I decided to try these 4 products from Bouclème.

The Brand
Bouclème (from the French, boucles) was conceived, created, and is manufactured in the UK - which I love that there's a brand that's British, from a woman who knows the struggles of curly hair first hand - been on that journey and began to embrace and fall in love with her own curls along with making sure her two little girls also know that curly hair also means you're beautiful and so is your hair. To embrace it but to also know how to care for it. Curly girls know, no two days are the same, sometimes no morning and afternoon hair are the same!

Free from sulphate, parabens and silicones, never tested on animals, fair trade ingredients and also naturally derived ingredients within the products. They have a 0% policy lists of ingredients that you'll never find in their products. Eco certified preservative is used in the minimum amount possible, which protects carefully selected ingredients from developing harmful mould and bacteria, prolonging product shelf life.

The Packaging
All come in pastel colours with white stripes, reminding me of candy, something sweet and delicious. Each product has its own pastel colour making each bottle unique. I did notice that the material that the pastel wrapping is made out of, easily scratches and removes the surface colour which is a shame as I had the curl cream in my drawer and with other bottles knocking against it, it started to scratch away. Thankfully it's not the wrapping that does the job...
The Products

-The Wash
I rarely use a shampoo that foams up unless I've got a lot of product build up. Normally if it's during the week, I co-wash (conditioner wash) because there's not much build up to get rid of making it easier to continue to use rinses/cleansers.

Curl Cleanser £15.00
I've used this about 3x now. I will dampen my hair, detangle, once finished squeeze out some product onto the tips of my fingers and massage my scalp. As I then separate my hair and begin working from front to back and really paying attention and then the sides. I find it's so hydrating that I can run a wide tooth comb through my hair and distribute more product through before rinsing it out.

Curl Conditioner £18.00
It's rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9, vitamin E and antioxidants to strengthen the hair and protect it from environmental stressors, it also has virgin coconut, argan oil and aloe vera leaf within the mix to hydrate and nourish the curls. I was a little 'eeee' with the coconut because I've had to stop using coconut oil due to it breaking me out but with this, not an issue. I apply this a little way from my roots down and really saturate my ends which are so thirsty. When I rinse it out, I don't rinse it completely even if I do put a leave in afterwards.

-The Styling
My hair has low porosity so it doesn't absorb moisture unless the hair cuticles are open. I apply my styling products while my hair is damp and the cuticles are open, sometimes I will steam the hair and do it straight after.

Curl Cream £19.00
Humidity resistant kukui nut oil and nutrient rich coconut fruit extract plus super conditioning oils of coconut and castor make up this product. Which I section my hair to apply generously, really making sure the parts of my hair, the roots and ends are well coated while I rake my fingers through each section.

Curl Defining Gel £15.00
I don't often use gel in the hair but I wanted to see how this worked for my hair. The first time I use this, I sectioned the hair and raked it through with my fingers and scrunched the ends. It began to dry hard - which is normal - as I put this on after the curl cream, I wondered if I would see product build up, I noticed white flecks and I was scowling in the mirror. Being colder months, I do have to do a high speed - low heat hair diffuse to make sure the hairs dry. They say not to touch your hair as it's drying but when it was about 95% I gently scrunched at the hair with my own hands and the hard cast I felt around the curls, disappeared and I had defined, bouncy curls.
Nothing weighed down - the white flecks I had seen before gone. To make sure parts of my hair didn't get dry such as roots and ends, I put my Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil on them to make sure it had a little extra. Following days I will just grease the scalp and add curl cream where needed before the next wash! I love the set and keep the bathroom products within this limited edition washbag. It can be quite expensive depending on your budget but if something works...

Have you tried Bouclème before?

Purchase: Bouclème


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Bouclème Healthy Curls Collection

In just under 3 weeks it's Christmas. I thankfully finished my Christmas shopping last month, not to rub it in to those last minute shoppers but me? Stress? This year Christmas, not at all. Which means that I can kick back and relax on a weekend instead of battering down other shoppers ready to trample me down like a bull in a china shop. Thankfully Home Bargains have all things warming and occupied for a nice cosy night in.

Nothing beats a bath at this time of year to sink into with bubbles, relax with a mask like this 7th Heaven Red Earth Sauna self heating mask, to cleanse with red earth sauna clay, pressed jasmine while the heat of the mask opens pores & clears excess oils. If I've got wine around that glass comes straight with me...a glass of rosé, which is my preferred wine - Freixenet Cordon Rosado which is full of summer berry flavours, long lasting bubbles and a fresh taste. What's Christmas without watching Home Alone? I find that I see the first one more than Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, I love Joe Pesci & Tim Curry so to have it to own this Christmas is brilliant. So while watching this how about chocolates...And all because the lady loves Milk Tray (anybody remember those adverts?)
This Pretty in Pink Cotton Candy candle - can you say Ermahgerd!!! It smells like cotton candy just richer, it's a happy scent while setting into these slipper socks. If you love hot chocolate, how about this Options hot chocolate with some marshmallows - while you're in the kitchen fill up this cute pink water bottle to snuggle with in bed as the house starts to cool down before you sleep, I know it's the least thing I love about going to bed is how cold it can get before I even fall asleep.
Never having been to Home Bargains or shopped on their website, I'm pretty impressed with what is available, there's something for everyone and something like this would be amazing to make a hamper for someone.

Have you ever shopped at Home Bargains before?

Shop: Home Bargains

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Cosy Night Essentials.

I'm highly fond of the Deciem brand, they're very innovative when it comes to skincare. I've reviewed their brands products a few times already through the blog, here, here,  here & here. This year they launched The Ordinary, which is effective skincare at amazingly reasonable prices. I decided to try 3 of their products.
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA 30ml £7.00
This serum has 2% Alpha Arbutin which helps reduce the look of spots and hyperpigmentation. 2% is a higher concentration versus the 1% standard concentration. It's said to be the safer alternative to Hydroquinone, the main source of Alpha Arbutin is the Bearberry bush where it's derived from the leaves. Arbutin comes in alpha and beta, alpha is said to be better as it offers higher stability and preferred for skin lightening. Making is ideal for hyperpigmentation. The Hyaluronic acid ingredient is described as a next generation form, Hyaluronic acid is used to retain moisture within the skin (one gram (.03 ounces) of hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to six liters (1 quart) of water!) helping it to look plump and healthy. It can be used daily, AM + PM (sunscreen definitely needed after AM application). It's a clear liquid, watery serum, glides onto the skin to be absorbed quickly with no residue left over. I think this is going to be a great saviour during the colder months with being able to retain moisture but helping my other skin concerns, I find it gentle for what it's meant to do.

Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% 30ml £5.50
Lactic Acid is found within milk and sugars - this is where it's derived from and it's antimicrobial, so it stops any growth of bacteria, gently exfoliates skin & prevents pigmentation (i.e. dark spots - doesn't whiten the skin, no bleaching *I stress this*). I'm familiar with a lot of acids, especially AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) as they're used to gently exfoliate the skin to help brighten by revealing new skin underneath and this is how it helps to stop hyperpigmentation. This acid in particular I've not had much experience with until as of late, from doing a body peel and then this. It's at a 5% level which is probably good for entry levels so your skin can get used to it and then you build up the strength. Within this mixture is Tasmanian pepperberry, it's a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne & skin conditioning properties, it'll reduce the signs of irritation often associated with acid use. Also supports Vitamin C and collagen production. I've definitely not experienced any peeling or irritation. It took a while but the skin had slight places on my face where it started to exfoliate but it's always a good sign and my skin is starting to look a lot more brighter and even.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil 30ml £9.00
The reason I choose to use this cold-pressed and organic Rosehip Oil is because of it's amazing benefits, to help aide all what I'm trying to correct. It's full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, these help skin concerns such as dark spots, reduce scars and fine lines and hydrates dry, itchy skin. The antioxidants have the ability to penetrate deep layers of the skin, Vitamins A & C stimulate collagen production. As I mentioned the dark spots are helped because the antioxidants combat free radicals that cause sun damage, this'll prevent dark spots from getting darker. Vitamin A & combined with essential fatty acids improve skintone, texture and pigmentation. They suggest to use it once a day, preferably at night but I use oils morning & night because I use it after my moisturiser especially if I'm not wearing make-up, it seals my layers and always gives me a non greasy but healthy sheen while working and protecting my skin.

& there's still a few more to mention at a later date...

Have you tried anything from Deciem or The Ordinary?

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Deciem The Ordinary Review.