Friday, 27 March 2015

Nuxe Merveillance Correcting Cream

Nuxe Merveillance Expert Range is aimed at women over the age of 40. The skin care range targets and corrects ageing concerns such as wrinkles. One way it claims to do this is through the ingredient Daylily flower. Daylily is said to act on a protein in the skin altering the effects of ageing. Sounds all very lovely, but does it work?

First, here's a brief overview of my skin type first so you can compare with your own: I'm 38 with signs of ageing. I have "laughter lines" around my eyes but they're not deep. I have slight discolouration due to pregnancy. My skin is sensitive /combination and slightly dehydrated due to medication but Anne Semonin Tissue Serum (link) is helping hugely with that. I think that about covers it.

I've been using Nuxe Merveillance Correcting Cream for normal skin* for almost 2 weeks now and so far I really like it. My skin feels plumper, smoother and softer. The cream is white in appearance and is quite rich. It does have a scent, a flowery one but thankfully it disappears on the skin. Despite its richness it sinks in completely, leaving no oily residue which is perfect for makeup application. In some ways it reminds me of Clarins Flash Balm in that it perks the skin up instantly but the effects are longer lasting. 

I had several sachets of this to try but I will be purchasing the full size. It really suits my skin type and it actually seems to make a difference to the fine lines I have. They don't seem to be as noticeable. I think this cream would suit most skin types particularly older ones but younger ones should still find this a lovely moisturiser. There's also a version for dry skin types. As well as these day moisturisers there's a night cream and serum.

Have you tried this? Are you a fan of Nuxe?

*PR Sample but all thoughts my own.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Current Favourites for Smooth Hair Featuring A Wet Brush

hair care wet brush

I have very thick hair and lots of it. While I understand many would love thick hair it can be a pain to keep in check. One of the ways I do this is by keeping it short. I just don’t have the patience for the upkeep of long hair. I salute those who do. I use several different products to help keep my hair sleek and manageable. My current favourites/ on rotation are Tresemme 7-Day Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment, John Frieda Full Repair Oil Elixir*, John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum, and Wet Brush- Pro Detangle*. 

Wet Brush- Pro Detangle* is a new product for me but has become a mainstay in my hair routine. The Wet Brush easily glides through wet (and dry) hair to gently ease out any tangles. Or if you don’t have tangles it helps protect your hair from breakage and split ends. It really feels very gentle and it’s also perfect for using on my son’s hair. He actually loves it. People with long, unruly hair would particularly benefit from this but it really is suitable for all hair types. 

I’ve been using John Frieda Full Repair Oil Elixir* for ages. It smooths and softens my hair without being greasy. It always leaves it in great condition and shiny. The product lasts for absolute ages. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a reasonably priced but great oil for your hair.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum helps smooth hair, fight frizz and protect against heat and humidity. You only need a small amount of this otherwise your hair feels heavy and just yuck. I don’t get very frizzy hair but it does have a bit of a kink in it, this serum helps control my hair and just leaves it more manageable.

I think I prefer TRESemm√© 7-Day Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment over John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum. As the name suggests the Tresemme product is heat activated, especially with straightening irons.I use a hot hairdryer and a straightening brush and I think it works really well. Not only does it help to straighten hair it also helps to keep it straight. An excellent product for smooth, sleek hair. 

What are your favourites for smooth hair?

Wet Brush Link

TRESemmé 7-Day Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment link

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum link 

John Frieda Full Repair Oil Elixir link 

*PR sample but all thoughts my own.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review: Kanpai Sushi Restaurant, Edinburgh







On Friday my husband and I ventured out to Edinburgh by ourselves. This is a very rare treat, having a toddler and my disability makes going out very difficult but thankfully I have a brilliant mum who helps out. Anyway, we went to a Japanese restaurant called Kanpai. It's selection of food is amazing, we eventually decided on Tokyo Roll, Salmon Panko, Vegetables and Chicken Dumplings, Teriyaki Salmon, Seaweed Salad, and Combination Ice Cream (black sesame, sesame and green tea). It was all beautifully presented and tasted excellent. I especially loved the Tokyo Rolls and ice cream. 

The service was very attentive but never overbearing. Our water was regularly topped up without the need to ask. If you love Japanese food with great service in comfortable and clean surroundings I highly recommend giving Kanpai a go. I'd recommend booking, we were lucky to get a table on a Friday afternoon. We'll definitely be back.

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