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Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with The Perfume Studio to offer one lucky reader the chance the win a Design Your Own Fragrance Gift Set – Floral Collection for women, and a second lucky reader the chance to win a Design Your Own Fragrance Gift Set – For Men.
This fabulous prize includes everything you need to expertly blend your own bespoke perfume including 6 exclusive perfume blends, made from the highest quality perfume ingredients – designed for you to create a fragrance as individual as you are.
Register your fragrance online and keep it forever in your own fragrance account where you can reorder it from a selection of fragrance refills. Replacement blends are also available, if you enjoy perfume mixology at home.
The Perfume Studio brings the luxury of tailor-made fragrance to you. Specialising in the creation of unique couture fragrances that capture the essence of you – develop your signature scent and keep it forever.
Ben Janousek, Managing Director of The Perfume Studio says, “We have over a decade of experience in crafting tailor-made fragrances, during that time we have refined 21 unique blends to capture the essence of all personalities.
“Our exclusive scent collection has been curated by fragrance royalty using only the finest quality ingredients that are both harmless and enduring on your skin. Complete with top, middle and base notes, you’re sure to find a combination to suit your every need.
“The journey doesn’t stop there, your unique formula is kept online in your very own fragrance library, so you can reorder with ease in a variety of exciting refill options. You’ll also gain access to our online rewards scheme and benefit from exclusive offers and promotions.
“Our Master Perfumers have worked with many celebrities, creating well known scents that are loved my many worldwide. We’re also loved by Not On The High Street, have been featured on BBC Radio 1 with Scott Mills, This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield and are equally loved by bloggers nationwide.
For more information about the Design Your Own Fragrance Gift Sets click on www.theperfumestudio.com
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Spring Makeup Advice
Create the Perfect Copper Eye with Carter Beauty’s New Palette
Marissa Carter, founder of Carter Beauty
Irish beauty brand, Carter Beauty by Marissa Carter, has launched Warm Velvet, a fabulous 18-Shade Palette with a stunning selection of on trend eyeshadow and makeup shades.
To get you started, Marissa Carter provides her step-by-step guide to creating the perfect copper eye using the new Carter Beauty Warm Velvet 18-Shade Palette.
1. Start with shade ‘Indulge’ all over the base of the eyelid and a little under the lower lash line
2. Next, use ‘Truffle’ on the inner corners of the eye, along the crease of your eyelid and a little dab under the eye
3. Put a drop of Carter Beauty Protecting Primer on the back of your hand and lightly dab your brush in it. This well help to pick up more of the product without having to use another brush
4. Next up, use shade ‘Excess’ all over the eyelid to add some gorgeous, rusty shimmer
5. Now, apply ‘Golden’ to the inner corner for a lighter sparkle that will really widen the eye
6. Add another application of ‘Truffle’ on the creases of the eye to deepen the colour and add definition
7. No glam eye look would be complete without a sweep of black eyeliner, so take your Carter Beauty Supreme Gel Liner and using the application brush, apply along the upper lash line, building the product to achieve your desired look.
Tried & Tested by Jenny Itzcovitz
I love wearing different shades of eyeshadow so that I can mix and match the colours depending on the occasion and my outfit, so I was delighted to receive the new Warm Velvet 18-Shade Palette by Marissa Carter.
Presented in a stylish lilac box, the palette includes a generous selection of pretty eyeshadows that are perfect for all skin tones and occasions.
Each shade is clearly labelled so that you choose your favourites and how you want to wear them.
I particularly liked the sparkly Midas and Golden shades which are perfect for an evening out, and the lovely Excess and Overdressed magenta shades, which are often hard to find in single palettes.
Decadence and Regal are ideal for everyday wear, while Rioja and Plush make fabulous blushers. Glory and Affluent are also lovely rich sparkly shades. There is so much choice!
Blend them on your eyelids, under your brows and on your cheeks with your favourite makeup brushes, a cotton wool bud, or your fingertips. Layer them and blend them according to your style and outfit. Finish with your favourite eyeliner, mascara and lipstick.
This is a great buy for the Spring and the perfect way to refresh your look. Great value, as there are so many colours, at an affordable look. Now you can create the fashionable copper eye at home, without damaging your wallet!
Carter Beauty Warm Velvet is a highly pigmented palette featuring rusty browns, rustic reds and shimmering plums.
The Palette is available for £14.50 from www.carterbeautycosmetics.com and select Primark stores across the UK.
Foot Care for the Summer
Five Steps to get your Feet Beach Ready
for the Summer
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to get our feet looking gorgeous and healthy so that we can feel good about getting them out in our flip-flops. With some simple treatments and the right products your feet will be ready for sea, sand and surf. These 5 essential foot-care tips from leading podiatrist at Holistic Health, Tracy Byrne.
Avoid dry, cracked heels: Before hitting the beach and letting the sand exfoliate our toes, get rid of the winter dryness ahead of your holiday!
Spending the winter months in socks and boots can cause hard skin to build-up and if not treated can develop into callus and even cracked and bleeding heels, leaving our feet unprepared for spring.
Exfoliation keeps your feet healthy, clean and happy and it’s something you can easily do from the comfort of your own home. Footner Exfoliating Socks make use of the skin’s natural process to rid your feet from dead skin build-up and can leave you with baby-soft feet in just one quick and easy 60-minute application!
You may have a favourite body lotion or moisturiser that you use already after the bath or shower, but sometimes the tougher, dry skin on our feet needs some special attention. The best creams to combat dryness and slough away dead skin cells on our feet are much richer and heavier than the creams and lotions we’d typically use on the rest of our body.
If you’re applying moisturiser in the morning, remember to include a product with SPF in your routine as many of us forget that our feet will also be out and exposed to UV rays during summer.
Try to remember that your feet are under more pressure than the rest of you so looking after them is as important (if not more so!) than other parts of your body.
Choose a breathable nail polish
Whether you opt for an at-home pedicure or treat yourself to the salon treatment, that nail polish and artificial nails can be very dehydrating for nails and can put you at a higher risk of developing a nail fungus.
If you will be donning open-toed shoes in summer, treat your nails kindly; try a breathable nail polish such as Nailner Breathable Nail Polish in Rosy Red which is designed to allow oxygen to pass through the polish and down to the nail so it helps to keep your nails healthy.
Buy sandals that fit
A summer holiday is the perfect excuse to purchase a brand new pair of sandals, but far too many of us make the mistake of buying ones that don’t fit us correctly.
When choosing summer shoes, try to find soles that offer plenty of arch support; otherwise, you could sustain an injury. If flip-flops are your summer shoe of choice, try to limit wear to a few hours a day and avoid wearing during any strenuous physical activity.
Be sweet to your feet with a massage
Giving yourself a foot massage can be a perfect way to relax, improve circulation and relieve pressures before going away. If you’ve got an early flight to catch, massaging your feet for 5 to 10 minutes before going to bed can help you get a good night’s sleep so you feel ready to enjoy your holiday. For added luxury, use some warm coconut oil or massage oil to soften skin.
To start, grab your foot with both hands and gently press thumbs into any points of soreness or muscular aches in a circular motion.
Try spreading, a technique that involves grabbing each side of the foot and gently pulling outwards to the side, working from the arches to the ball of the foot and then massaging each toe.
For more information visit the website at www.myfootner.co.uk
Soap Free Shower Gel
Fijian Water Lotus Shower Gel from
The Body Shop
Take a refreshing soap free shower with Fijian Water Lotus Shower Gel from The Body Shop.
This delicate shower gel will gently cleanse and fragrance your skin with the sparkling zest of fruity mandarin, the aquatic facets of water lotus and a hint of marine saltiness, to give you a magical holiday feel.
Soap-free, layer it with other products in the Fijian Water Lotus range to build the fragrance.
Available from The Body Shop. Price is £6.00 for 250ml.
For more information visit the website at www.thebodyshop.com
Spring Beauty & Hair Care Advice
Refresh Your Beauty and Hair Care Routine
By Janey Lee Grace
Once spring comes around we feel a need to get cleaning, but it’s not just your home that could do with some TLC, take some time out to refresh your usual skincare and beauty routine and ensure that you are really nourishing your skin and hair rather than ladening on synthetic chemicals.
There are so many simple DIY recipes for making your own skincare and of course if you prefer to buy there is now a wealth of choice from brands who don’t use any synthetic chemicals or artificial fragrance.
Here are a few recipes if you’d like to make your own, followed by some of my favourite natural and organic brands.
Cleansing your skin with oil may seem counterintuitive but it can be a great way of really nourishing the lipidic film of the skin. Try a tiny amount of olive oil or coconut oil, you’ll be surprised.
You might want to go one step further with an exfoliating mask to remove dead skin cells, you can make a basic one just by using fine oatmeal and water but a good pore cleansing exfoliating mask would be this coconut exfoliator.
Pore cleansing coconut exfoliator
• 3 teaspoons coconut oil
• 1 tablespoon yoghurt
• 1 tablespoon dead sea salt or Himalayan salt
How to make it
1. Mix to a paste
2. Leave on for five minutes
3. Then rinse with water
Refresh your skin with a Toner or Skin Spritzer
Toners will remove any make-up traces, refresh the skin and work as an astringent to balance the skin’s own pH level.
• For normal or combination skin, try fresh cucumber juice.
How to make it
1. Peel half a cucumber
2. Then juice it
3. Immediately apply it to your skin for a wonderful natural glow.
Aroma Toner with Myrrh
Lavender and Myrrh work well together (yes, Myrrh of wise men fame) and produce a healing antiseptic toner for oily or blemished skin. You’ll need.
• 100 ml Lavender Water
• 10 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
How to use it
1. Apply with cotton wool to clean skin.
2. Or add to a spritzer bottle for a refreshing spray that will keep skin fresh all night long!
If you suffer from sore lips avoid conventional lip balms which are often petroleum base, they can dry out the sensitive lip area rather than softening or protecting it, buy a natural lip balm or make your own.
Experiment with ingredients, beeswax is great but you need to get the consistency right. The simplest I’ve tried uses Shea Butter.
Shea Butter Lip Balm
• 1 tablespoon Shea Butter
• Small amount of honey
How to make it
1. Melt the Shea Butter in a bowl over hot water.
2. Stir in a tiny amount of good quality honey (preferably wild) Transfer to a clean 15 ml pot and store in the fridge.
3. You can also add essential oils to lip balms one drop of spearmint or peppermint tastes great and has antiseptic properties
Nourish your hair
While you are applying face mask don’t forget to nourish your hair.
Use nourishing hair oil either on the ends of your hair as you style it, or leave it in as a deep conditioning treatment.
Keep your hair in place without toxic chemicals.
Store handmade natural skincare leftovers as you would fresh food without preservatives.
Look out for brands who really take their ethical and natural credentials seriously
To cleanse and exfoliate
Pure & Light Organics Revitalising Facial Exfoliation
This softly textured cream for every skin type contains tiny natural particles of crushed almond, barely perceptible to the touch, yet abundantly apparent in their effectiveness!
This premium cream deeply cleanses hydrates and invigorates your skin with 32 incredible ingredients, including Nature’s own Botox-like ‘Immortelle’. It’s like an ancient secret potion for youthful, radiant skin.
For details click on https://pureandlightorganic.eu
To moisturise and nourish
Chuckling Goat Soothing Kefir Lotion
You’ve heard I’m sure that good skin starts from good gut health and one of the best treats for your gut is to drink kefir. Chuckling Goat who make excellent kefir also make kefir lotions – handmade on the farm in small batches.
If your skin is prone to breakouts and sensitivity this could be the lotion for you. Soothing Kefir Lotion contains their raw goats milk, their award-winning kefir, oat oil, olive oil, rice bran oil and rosemary essential oil. It has a lovely fresh and natural spa scent, and is appropriate for both men and women.
For details visit www.chucklinggoat.co.uk
Seasonal Day Cream from Rhythm of Beauty
For a truly bespoke experience check out Rhythm of Beauty, The seasonal products combine natural flower and plant essences, harvested by hand with the natural moon cycle.
All the products are one hundred per cent natural and include organic extracts flower essences and the highest grade vibrational oils. The Seasonal Day Cream is a revolutionary face cream using the power of seasonal flower essences to access facial meridians to release tiredness facial tension and stress which can all contribute to signs of ageing.
The summer blend includes shea butter, aloe vera, coco seed butter combined with high antioxidants of Q10 Vitamin A and E, Sea Buckthorn and Seed Oil to offer the skin a nutritious cocktail of superfoods.
For details visit www.rhythmofbeauty.co.uk
AEOS Realive Serum
For the delicate area around the eyes try Realive Serum to smooth and revitalise from AEOS Organics. Visibly plump, smooth and revitalise skin as you restore maximum radiance with this age-defying, award-winning serum.
A luxurious and intensive fusion of nature’s most potent organic and biodynamic plant extracts and crystal essences plus naturally-derived hyaluronic acid encourage the smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles, and ensures noticeable results with ultimate purity.
For details visit www.aeos.net
When the sun comes out it can be deceptively strong and don’t forget the insect repellent. Combine the two with a moisturising insect repellent sun cream.
Incognito Suncream & Insect Repellent SPF30
Incognito Suncream & Insect Repellent has an SPF30. This triple action 3-in-1 sun cream, insect repellent and moisturiser provides both UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection and has been clinically tested to be 100% effective for 5 hours against mosquito bites with good protection for 8 hours.
It has a pleasant light citrus fragrance and also moisturises and hydrates the skin and is water-resistant, making it perfect for going in and out of swimming pools or the sea.
For details visit www.lessmosquito.com
Scented Hair Oil by Tabitha James Kraan
This fabulous oil will help balance the scalp, moisturising a dry scalp and calming irritation!
When used on oily hair it will calm any sebaceous gland overproduction, as the body regains the right natural balance.
Keeping the correct moisture balance in place enables each strand of hair to be more malleable and move freely, leading to maximum control, and fabulously buoyant hair that is full of life and lustre.
Tabita Scented Hair Oil is 100% Natural with 99% Certified Organic Ingredients. Aromatherapy scented with signature Amber Rose scent.
For details click on www.tabithajameskraan.com
There are more recommendations and skincare recipes on Janey Lee Grace’s website at www.imperfectlynatural.com
You can find also find more beauty advice and skincare recipes in Janey’s fabulous book Look Great Naturally …. Without Ditching The Lipstick.
For details visit Amazon
Article by Janey Lee Grace
Janey Lee Grace is a BBC presenter author of five books on holistic living and founder of imperfectlynatural.com
Vegan Skin Care Treatment
Australian Vegan Friendly Treatment
Following critical acclaim and rave reviews in Australia, Grahams Natural has launched in Lloyds Pharmacy. A range of natural, clinically tested ingredients, steroid free products to tackle skin problems including Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis and Rosacea.
Rosacea affects the facial skin and eyes and is often characterised by periods where flare ups are particularly bad and others that are less severe. As there is no cure for the disease, avoiding its triggers and the use of products work together to achieve remission, prevent flare ups, and camouflage symptoms such as flushing and redness.
Those that have Rosacea suffer in silence due to its clearly visible symptoms, with up to 10% of Brits trying to conceal the condition. Grahams Rosacea Cream is natural, low-irritant emollient cream that is placed onto the skin to provide moisture and create a protective barrier. It helps to alleviate conditions such as dry, irritated, itchy, sensitive and/or red skin, affected by Rosacea.
Grahams Rosacea Cream contains clinically tested ingredients that have been scientifically tested to reduce redness. It contains a range of naturally derived and purified ingredients that are soothing for rosacea sufferers.
This mild, emollient formulation contains:
• Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) helps to improve barrier function and improve levels of ceramides, free fatty acids and functional proteins to enhance the skin’s barrier function and reduce water loss.
• Vitamin C is an antioxidant with multiple positive effects on the skin including collagen repair, photo damage and anti-inflammatory properties
• Glucolactone a very mild, non-irritating alpha-hydroxy acid that improves photo damage and dryness
• Jojoba Oil provides replenishment of lamellar barrier lipids.
Directions for use:
Grahams Rosacea Cream can be used as a (rinse off) cleanser and as a soothing (leave on) treatment moisturiser. For best results apply generously to areas affected by and susceptible to rosacea at least 2 x daily, it can also be used as a cold cream.
Place cream in the fridge to cool it down, then apply it to the skin affected by rosacea. Rinse off using tepid water, and pat dry with a soft towel.
Grahams Natural Rosacea Cream is priced at £19.99 for 75g.
For further information click on grahamsnatural.co.uk
Vegan Acne Scar Solution
Science Of Skin Launches Vegan
Acne Scar Solution
Science of Skin is changing the face of acne – literally. After three years in the making, Rescue No. One is a new topical treatment that is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of scars by up to 40%.
Developed by founders, Dr. Ardeshir Bayat, an internationally renowned expert in scar management, and Mr Douglas McGeorge MBE, a leading UK cosmetic surgeon, Rescue No. One is packed with powerful natural active ingredients
This includes a breakthrough green tea extract that works at a cellular level to improve scars caused by acne, spots and blemishes.
Targeting the mast cells that are responsible for inflammation, it helps to tackle scarring as it happens in two different ways: firstly, by reducing the redness and secondly, by reducing the thickness.
Gentle but extremely effective, Rescue No. One is formulated with ingredients that have been carefully selected to work in harmony with the skin.
Instead of stripping it and destroying its good bacteria, the ingredients work to balance the skin and preserve its delicate microbiome.
Approved by the Vegetarian Society, the cream is not tested on animals and is paraben, alcohol and fragrance free.
Rescue No. One can be used on old and new scars.
• EGCG – a green tea extract, high in antioxidants that is scientifically proven to improve the worst scars by up to 40%.
• Magnolia Bark – a natural anti-inflammatory that helps to tone down redness caused by breakouts and scarring.
• Microalgae – a seawater brown algae that is one of the most intensely moisturising ingredients in the world. Acting like a second skin, it locks moisture into the skin and keeps it protected.
• Vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant that also helps soothe the skin and provides long-lasting moisture retention.
Directions for use
Use twice daily on problem areas as part of your normal skincare routine.
It can also be used instead of your normal moisturiser or as a primer under make-up.
Science of Skin Rescue No. One retails at £18.99 for 30ml.
For more information visit the website at www.scienceofskin.com