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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas

 

Me Lil and Alf WRIt’s been a roller coaster of a year, and as we’re nearing the end, I wanted to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Thank you so much to every single person who has read my blog, followed my work, supported me and my business and contributed to my year. I appreciate each and every one of you and I’m so glad you’ve been with me for the journey.

Here’s to a wonderful christmas with family and friends and a new year full of promise, happiness and new adventures.

Love,

Rachael xoxo

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Starskin® Firming Face Mask Review

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Sheet face masks have been big news in the newspapers recently and were on my ‘must try’ list for quite some time. I was really thrilled to receive one in my most recently Glossybox (December’s Rose Gold Edit) so that I could finally get around to trying and reviewing one for myself!

The mask that I received was the Starskin® Firming Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask which contains; Coconut (to hydrate), Porst (to regenerate), Soy Protein (to illuminate), Wheat Protein (to firm), Purslane (to balance), Lecithin (to smooth).

The mask is all about firming, sculpting, lifting and adding a glow to lacklustre skin. I was looking forward to trying out the mask even more when I read up a little more about the ingredients and how the masks work.

The Coconut Bio-Cellulose Face Masks are made with a natural fibrous material that has a natural affinity to bind with the skin. They were initially developed for an array of medical treatments including ‘temporary skin’ on burns victims. The Starskin® Bio-Cellulose Sheet Masks really excel at carrying and transferring the premium ingredients intensely into the skin, locking the goodness in for optimum penetration. The Bio-Cellulose Sheet Masks contain essential vitamins and have natural soothing and hydrating qualities that leave your skin feeling soft, supple, nourished and with a noticeable glow.

So, what are the key benefits of the Close Up™ Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Face Mask?

  • Firming, lifting and sculpting for a supple, youthful appearance
  • Improving appearance of saggy, dull skin
  • Easy to use, next generation bio-cellulose delivers results in 20 minutes
  • Cooling second skin firming face mask

Before and After Starskin mask

I tried the mask out after cleansing my face as usual and read the instructions to peel off the outer two layers of the mask and apply and smooth it onto my face. The mask was extremely saturated in serum (each mask contains 30ml of serum so there’s plenty to cover your full face, neck and even décolletage), and was easy to apply and smooth over my face. The actual mask fitted so well to my skin and the material was extra thin but still felt strong enough not to tear.

I wore the mask for 25 minutes as instructed and after removing it, let the left over serum soak into my skin over the next 30 minutes or so. My skin looked and felt glowing, comfortable and nourished and I felt like I’d had my own at home spa treatment which was a lovely treat on a cosy winter night in!

Verdict

I really enjoyed using the Starskin® sheet mask and the packaging is absolutely fabulous! I love how the packs look like a movie credits poster and I think it really adds to the celebrity vibe of the product. The mask was lovely to apply and wear and I love how much serum comes with each mask – it feels like a luxurious treatment but with the added comfort of being able to use it at home. I think the masks are a really nice treat and I think any beauty lover would love to receive one of these for a gift.

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Beauty Room Tour: The Christmas Edition

I always love looking at room or office tours over on my favourite blogger’s sites, so today, I thought I’d share my room tour with you all now that I’m fully settled into my workspace and set up for Christmas! Welcome to my beauty room tour…

After moving back to my parent’s home after living in Manchester for six months, my mum and dad kindly gave up their dining room so that I could have my very own makeup office in the house. It meant that I could escape to my little room to get on with my admin, makeup work and filming while they had the full run of the studio that we all share on our shoots. The room is decorated in a neutral cream with a wooden floor and a floor to ceiling window and black out blind. I love that I have my own little space where I can be productive throughout the day!

My furniture is made up of two drawers, a table top and desk chair that I got from Ikea, and a gorgeous statement Hollywood mirror that I use when I’m getting ready on a morning. I’m quite a minimalistic person so I like clean, tidy spaces that are light and airy. You can see my full room view below!

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I love clean, white spaces so much. They help me to concentrate and get on with the more creative side of my work. My two sets of drawers contain everything from my daily makeup, products that are filed away ready for upcoming videos and reviews, my paperwork, filming equipment and my hairstyling bits and bobs. I also keep a box file for my important papers and business receipts. My canvas prints on the wall were given to me as a gift from my parents, they feature gorgeous fashion illustrations that are inspired by Dior. I think they make a stylish addition to my room! The two cat beds under my desk actually belong to my two Chihuahuas, Lily and Alfie! They love to sit under my desk and keep me company while I’m working and because they’re so tiny, they love burrowing away inside cat beds and keeping snuggly and warm.

 

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One of my favourite decorations on my desk is this gorgeous Eiffel Tower business card holder. It was given to me as a gift as I have such a love for Paris and I really do think it’s such a special addition to my desk. As for my business cards, I usually go for white, cream and gold designs, but this time, I thought this colour scheme along with the vintage roses looked really stylish so I decided to order a batch of these instead.

 

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I was gifted this cute little Japanese Daruma Doll by one of my makeup suppliers as a thank you for using their services over the Halloween period. I thought it was a lovely gesture and I love the story behind the Daruma Dolls! The Doll is a trinket of good luck in Japan and different coloured dolls bring different types of luck – the one I have is for good fortune. The idea is that you draw on one of your Daruma Doll’s eyes whilst focusing on your goal. You then put the doll somewhere close by to watch over you and bring you luck, and remind you to keep focusing on your goal. When you reach your goal, you draw the other eye onto the Doll and give thanks. How cute is that? I love the idea behind this and have had my Daruma Doll sat on my mirror ledge ever since.

 

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Candles make my working environment relaxing and ambient, and I work so much better in a tranquil room. I love to have a candle burning whatever I’m doing and it always feels so luxurious! My tall candle holder was a gift from my mum when I first moved to Leeds and I got my beloved brush holder (which is actually a plant pot) from Ikea. The bow around the pot came from a box of chocolates last christmas that I thought was too pretty to throw away! As I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of hot water, lemon and honey to help soothe my throat and chest. I love drinking it out of these gorgeous glasses that we’ve had for absolute years.

 

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My gorgeous snow globe was a gift from my mum and dad one Christmas. They bought it from a shop that used to be in Meadowhall called Past Times. I absolutely love it. I cried when I opened the present as I thought it was such a special gift. I’ve always loved snow globes and after accidentally breaking one that my grandad gave to me, I was so pleased to have a new one to display throughout Christmas. Every time I put it up again, it makes me think of him.

 

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My most favourite part of my desk at the moment is this! If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I recently received the December Rose Gold Edit Glossybox which I loved. It’s so pretty that I’ve sat it on my desk. Again, I have even more candles on this side of my desk. The gorgeous lantern is my mum and dads that they use out in the garden on warm summer nights when we have BBQ’s, but it looks so pretty in here that I’ve temporarily claimed it. The smaller purple and diamante candle jar was given to us by a family friend one Christmas with a cue little plant inside that has since been repotted. The pretty heart crystal sat next to the lantern was a special gift given to me by a medium – I like to keep it close by to attract love in every aspect of my life. My most favourite thing in this picture though is my gorgeous Christmas card from my parents. The picture just reminds me of me when I was little, and of course, there’s a dog on it so it was always going to be a winner! We always choose Jonny Javelin cards for each other since discovering them last Christmas as they are so beautiful and such good quality too. Peeping in from the corner is my Thorntons advent calendar because you are never, ever too old for chocolate on a morning!

 

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Lastly, here is my lovely little Christmas tree being kept company by my treasured wall portraits of Audrey Hepburn. Both the photographs and the tree were gifts and I love them both! Audrey has travelled about with me from Barnsley to Leeds to Manchester and back to Barnsley again. I think she was just so stylish and beautiful and I love looking at these gorgeous images. My tree was ordered from Amazon last year as a gift from my Dad, and was my very first Christmas tree I ever had in my own house so it’s pretty special to me. I like to decorate it in reds and whites with plenty of sparkle. The bow was kindly made for me over at my local DIY store. On the wall, I have Christmas cards along with thank you cards from my lovely clients. I like to put them on my wall as they really mean a lot to me. It’s amazing to know you’ve made somebody so happy and I love to read them from time to time if I’m having a down day – they really lift my spirits again and give me a boost.

 

I hope that you enjoyed my beauty room tour and a little insight into a few of my favourite things. Stay tuned for more tour posts coming soon!

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