20 October 2014

Antonia Burrell bespoke facial review

With a busy stressful job and living in a polluted city like London, my skin can be left looking less than radiant. To combat this I regularly exfoliate and use a good face mask at home, but sometimes it's nice to treat it to a professional facial. Located at Urban Bliss salon in Notting Hill, Antonia Burrell offers a range of holistic treatments, including her tailored bespoke facial:

Antonia Burrell bespoke facial review
Antonia Burrell bespoke facial review
Antonia Burrell skincare
 Antonia Burrell skincare

Like all good bespoke treatments, we had a quick chat about my concerns first followed by an in depth analysis of my skin. I'd always thought of my skin as combination dry but as it turns out it's actually more on the oily side, with dehydration being one of the issues that I suffer from - something I was rather pleased to hear as hopefully that'll mean the wrinkles will be kept at bay for a few more years.

The facial uses a combination of her own skincare as well as a key selection of other blends. Unlike some of the other spas I'd been to this was completely tailored to my skin, to the point where she change a treatment during the facial as my skin responded to each individual product. To start off with my skin was thoroughly cleansed, massaged and steamed. Facial massages have always been one of my favourite treats and combined with the thorough cleanse, it felt so luxurious and relaxing.

After this, she really got to work, using a metal extractor to tease out any blackheads. This was by far the most uncomfortable part of the facial, but afterwards looking at my skin wow were the results worth it! As my skin was feeling particularly decongested, another face mask was applied followed by her Forest dew skin conditioner, a second massage and finally some moisturiser, sunscreen and eye cream. The whole process took about an hour and afterwards my skin was left looking a little pink but so clear and radiant. I've struggled with blackheads for years and the extraction had made all the difference.

Overall I loved the results of my facial and since then I've also been trying out Antonia Burrell Forest dew skin conditioner at home. An alcohol free toner which reduces sebum production and calms inflammation as well as adding hydration where needed. I'm notoriously bad with toners and found the formula a little too rich during the summer, but come winter the extra hydration will be perfect and I've already got this on standby for my skin inevitably becomes more dehydrated and sensitive.

Have you tried any Antonia Burrell skincare? What are your favourite pampering treats? 

16 October 2014

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains

When it comes to lip colours it seems that Revlon can do no wrong. In recent years we've had super lustrous liplosses, lip butters, balm stains and now these beautiful new(ish) ColorStay moisture stains. It's no secret that I love a good lipgloss, but combine it with a long lasting stain and you've pretty much got my ideal lip product:

Revlon ColorStay moisture stains
Revlon ColorStay moisture stain in LA exclusive

Launched earlier this year Revlon ColorStay moisture stains come in a whopping 12 shades, each named after a global location. Shown above are Parisian passion (dark plum), Miami fever (hot coral), Stockholm chic (deep brown) and LA exclusive (neutral pink). As the name would suggest it goes on as a pigmented lip gloss but wears off to leave behind a long lasting stain. 

Revlon ColorStay moisture stains have a comfortable balm like texture on the lips but due to the pigmented nature of stains (especially with the darker colors), I find a little more care is needed during application. The trick though seems to be to layer up and not load too much onto the doe foot applicator in one go. They're also enriched with Vitamin E and shea butter so feel nice and hydrating on the lips.

Of the 4 shades shown above my favourite is LA exclusive, a milky pink shade that much like the city is very laid back and casual, ideal for everyday wear. There are some gorgeous brights in the collection too and top of my wishlist is India Intrigue and Barcelona nights, both hot pinks which would look great as a statement lip.

Have you tried any of the Revlon ColorStay moisture stains? What's your favourite shade?

13 October 2014

Boss Ma Vie perfume

A change of season is usually the perfect excuse for a new perfume, but this year what the sun still shining most days and the fact that I've only just got back from holiday, I wasn't quite ready for my usual dark wintery fragrance. Instead I've been loving the newly launched Boss Ma Vie perfume:

Boss ma vie pour femme
perfumed bath and shower gel, body lotion, deodrant spray and eau de parfum

Boss ma vie eau de parfum

In the past Boss perfumes have always worked well with my body chemistry and this new fragrance is no exception. Fronted by Gwyneth Paltrow Boss Ma Vie is a fresh floral fragrance with notes of cactus blossom, pink freesia, jasmine, rose and cedarwood. Much like the Hollywood star Ma Vie is a very elegant and feminine scent but with enough of a sweetness to it so that it's still modern and light. There's also a matching shower gel, body lotion and deodrant spray so you can layer up for a more intense fragrance.

Ma Vie is the third fragrance of the Boss Pour Femme trio and as such comes in the same tall slim bottle as Boss Jour and Nuit, albeit with a pink girly twist. I like to wear this during the day as I find it to be a very uplifting scent and as it was the only perfume I took with me on holiday recently, the scent will always remind me of happy memories in the sunshine. Very fitting as the fragrance was inspired by the spirit of a woman as she pauses to indulge in the simple moments in life!

Boss Ma Vie pour femme, available now from Boots

Have you tried Boss Ma Vie perfume? Do you have a favourite transitional scent?

2 October 2014

5 year anniversary giveaway

Ok so guilty confession - in the midst of starting a new job and moving back to London I managed to miss my own 5 year blogging anniversary. It's crazy to think that Peonies and lilies has been going since August 2009 and it's now become such a huge part of my life. I'm truly grateful for each and every single one of you who read my blog and as I've also recently reached 1000 Bloglovin followers I thought what better time to hold a little thank you giveaway:

5 year anniversary/1000 bloglovin followers giveaway
Nougat sparking body shimmer
Ciate sequin manicure set
Nuxe multi purpose dry oil
B lipstick in 'Marilyn' 
Charles Worthington hair serum
Toni&Guy sculpting powder
Philip Kingsley elastizer
A selection of B skincare
4 L'oreal color riche nail polishes
Avon eyeshadow quad and mascara
3 Sleek make up pout paints
Benefit lipgloss in 'My people your people'

The winner will receive everything in the photo above, which includes a selection of prizes from Ciate, Philip Kingsley, L'oreal, Benefit cosmetics and Nuxe amongst others. The giveaway will be open worldwide (subject to shipping restrictions, an alternative product of similar value may be offered if necessary) and will close at midnight on 26th October 2014.

To enter simply be a GFC and Bloglovin follower of Peonies and lilies, then leave a comment below telling me what you are most looking forward to this Autumn. Please also leave an email address or Twitter handle so I can get in touch if you are the lucky winner. You can also get extra entries by tweeting about this giveaway or by following me on Instagram (username @peonieslilies)

Thank you again to everyone for reading and good luck! 

30 September 2014

Beauty box round up - September 2014

Another month another beauty box round up, and is it just me or are they getting better and better this year? This September in addition to the usual Glossybox and Love me beauty there's also a new Parisian inspired My little box to choose from:

September beauty boxes

Glossybox September 2014

Starting with Glossybox who have teamed up with Karen Millen for a London Fashion Week themed box. Their limited edition boxes are always my favourite and this month there are generous samples from Origins, Nails Inc, L'oreal mythic and ModelCo, as well as some Skin prep sachets. Although there wasn't a stand out item as such most of the products are things that I would have liked to try anyway so overall still a big thumbs up from me. 

Love me beauty September 2014

You may have noticed Love me beauty have undergone a bit of a makeover this month. They've always had 3 options to choose from but now they've gone even better and you can pick each and every single item that goes into your box. Each month you'll have 6 credits to spend, with most samples costing 1 credit and full sized products 2 credits. I went for a selection of haircare, skincare and make up and overall I thought there was a decent selection of products online to choose from. The best ones will sell out though, so be sure to get your orders in quickly. 

My little box 

Finally there's a new beauty box on the market. My little box have come all the way from Paris and I love that they incorporate fashion and lifestyle as well as beauty. Shown above is actually the August box but the September box is just as gorgeous with a laptop sleeve, notebook and Parisian print amongst the beauty samples. Each box feels beautifully put together and I can't wait to see what they've got planned for the next few months. 

Are you a beauty box subscriber? Which one was your favourite this month? 
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