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Monday, January 14, 2019

How To Get Perfectly Cleansed Skin

Get your skin twice as clean with double cleansing and Dermalogica 





You may have heard the term thrown around "Double cleansing' and maybe thought what a waste of product but there is more to double cleansing that juts a sales gimmick. 
Double cleansing has been around for years, I remember the days at college trying to remember the 10 step second cleanse routine and failing an assessment because I got some moves in a muddle, I was devastated, the tutor would check our double cleansing by doing the cotton wool test to see if we had left traces of make-up. My failed assessment aside what really is double cleansing and what does it involve? 

Double cleansing is a process where two different cleansers are used on the skin, the first cleanser is typically an oil cleanser, this is used in circular motions to remove your make-up, dirt and sebum (your skins natural oil) from your skin, once rinsed off a second cleanse takes place with a cleanser suitable to your skin type to really work for your skin helping to treat concerns.
Double cleansing daily is a great way to keep your skin in top condition and Dermalogica has just the products. 

First Cleanse 


Dermalogica Precleanse is the prefect start to a double cleansing routine. Simply take a few pumps of this gorgeous oil into your palms and massage in circular motions over your skin, it will not only remove make-up and oils but waterproof make-up too so if you are a lover of the liquid lipsticks then this is a product you can't live without. Once you have massaged into your skin and you can then add water to transform the precleanse into a milky consistency and simply rinse away. Your skin is left super soft will all traces of make-up and oil build up removed. This gently formular is perfect for all skin types including oils skin. 



Second Cleanse

Now your skin is clean from dirt build up, make-up and excess oils it's onto the second cleanse, the cleansing stage that can really get to work deep and treat the skin. 
Dermalogica offers 7 different cleansers to follow on from your precleanse so there really is a cleanser to suit everyone. All of the Dermalogica cleansers are soap free and PH balanced so will protect the skins natural moisture barrier.


Clearing skin wash: Brightening and helps reduce visible skin ageing

Breakout clearing foam wash: Tough on breakout yet gentle on your skin

Ultra calming cleanser: Perfect for sensitive and delicate skins

Special cleansing gel: A good allrounder, removes impurities without stripping, refreshing on the skin

Skin resurfacing cleanser: An exfoliating cleanser to re-texturise ageing skin

Dermal clay cleanser: Helps to purify oily skins and remove excess oil without drying the skin

Essential Cleansing Solution: A rich creamy cleanser for dry skin


When applying your cleanser for your second cleanse work with massage movements well into the skin not forgetting the neck area. Spend a few moments working the product into the skin to allow the specially selected ingredients to do their job. Once you have cleansed all over your face and neck remove with water and follow with a spritz of toner such as Multi active toner and a layer of Skin Smoothing cream and your are good to go. 

Shop the Dermalogica cleansers here 


Do you currently double cleanse as part of your skin care routine? If so what products do you love to use? 


Leanne x 









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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Real Resolutions

So it's that time of year again when it's all new year new beginnings.  
It's a fresh start to wipe out the old and start on a clean slate, that time of year when we feel anything is possible and the world is our oyster.
Can a new year really make us change and the whole world brighter? 

Every year I have a few resolutions in my head but never fully follow through on them, they're my pipe dreams, my dreams that I see from other people, what they have and me thinking that's what I want but I very rarely put any effort into achieving,  well this year though, I'm making then for me.

So here are my real resolutions




Be more thankful and don't compare

I have to say I'm terrible for comparing; comparing other peoples fabulous lives to mine that seems so boring in comparison. Most nights i'm in, sitting in my PJ's with my other half and cats, we're not eating out every other night, not attending fabulous parties and not on constant trips to far away places but does that make my life dull? Instead of being jealous of a snap shot on a screen of someones life I need to tell myself what I have, I have a lovely home, it's small but lovely. I have been with my partner for nearly 10 years and after spending the first 2 trying to get him to stay in and not go out every night I've finally gotten just that, we're happy to just be together in our little place and that is actually a great thing.
I am thankful to be able to travel at all, I know so many are not in that position, I had some lovely little trips last year, some local but still a lovely time away from the norm. I also must remember that somewhere someone may be comparing their life to mine, it seems hard to believe but someone may actually think I have the perfect life when they look on Instagram, it's not perfect, but i'm thankful for it. 

Be more present with loved ones

I like to think I'm a family person, I love my family but sometimes work gets in the way and I don't actually see then as much as I should. Time is precious and leading to Christmas I heard of so many sudden losses that it really hits home how much I need to be here in the now for my family; over Christmas I visited family more as you do and it was lovely, my nan would love me to pop in after work just for a coffee so I will do this more.




Be more careful with spending

This one I know I can do, I am so wasteful with small spending. If I add up the daily trips to the coffee shops I can save at least  £20+ a week, shocking I know, my daily routine is stopping by a coffee shop on my way to work and at £3 + per visit it adds up.
For Christmas I got a coffee pot so I'm taking my old one to my work place and will enjoy fresh coffee at a fraction of the price.
It's not just coffee though, it's the little trips to my local shop every other night on my way home to get things for tea that add up too, 
I must get over that fact that weekly shopping trips to the supermarket may be boring but it saves in the long run, I have just downloaded an app to help track what I spend, if you're looking to do the same I'm using  'Spending Tracker'  It's an eye opener after just a few days.

Get that gym body.... 

So this is the unrealistic one, as much as I look up to those girls with amazing abs and round peaches it will never be me, it could be but I'm laughing typing this as I know full well I will never be that disciplined to achieve anything like that, I love sweet treats too much and my motto for 'you only live once eat it' is strong but I will take better care of myself, I will drink more water,  moisturies my body, not just my face and eat less cheese. 
I do use the gym but I must take my time in the gym more seriously, a good 30 minute heart pumping workout is far better than an hour of mid rage exercises.

Have you made any resolutions? I would love to hear if you have ever stuck by previous ones, i'll update you on the cheese part. 

Happy New years!

Leanne x








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Monday, November 26, 2018

Dermaplaning: The Scalpel Facial

What is Dermaplaning and what does it do?


These are the question I was asked when I said I was booked in to have a Dermaplaning facial.
Dermaplaning by definition is a physical deep exfoliation procedure using a surgical scalpel to remove to top dead skin cells and vellus hairs which is often referred to a peach fuzz. The treatment is very trendy at the moment and you need to research wisely to ensure you are visiting a fully qualified therapist.


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I booked myself in for Dermaplaning as my skin was feeling dull, dry and just generally lacked lustre. The treatment cost £65 and increases greatly depending on the salon and area. 
The treatment lasted around 1 hour and there was no discomfort during the treatment at all. 
To see the treatment in action I filmed the process for you, see the treatment in action below. 


Watch Dermaplaning in Action 






Have you had a Dermaplaning facial and what were your thoughts? 

Leanne x








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Monday, October 22, 2018

Fashion Forward with Femme Luxe


Sometimes you think of knit wear and you think your grannies cardigans and jumpers but it doesn't have to be. Go bright and bold with Femme Luxe and add some colour and style to your wardrobe.

Femme Luxe is an online retailer aimed at the fashion forward with affordable prices to match! They do style that rivals the high street and with fast shipping you're not left camped at your post box for weeks after ordering... we all do this right? 

My Femme Luxe Looks 


Chunky polo necks are the ultimate winter cosy attire, I love the colour of this lime green and off set against tailored black trousers it's the ultimate statement.
Shop the Jumper here 







This cropped knit top is perfect for warmers days and can also be layered for winter perfection. 

Shop the look here 


Wish List 

Femme Luxe not only has the best knit wear but the latest fashion trends so I've picked my top 5 'wish list' items from their site. 

1: The Duster Coat

Great to layer over hoodies or add some elegant glamour to any outfit. 
Duster Coat


2: The Statement Trousers

Style with a simple 'T' to make the trousers do the talking. 
Snake Print Pants


3: The Classic kicks 

The dresses and skirts styled with trainers trend is not going anywhere so grab these while you can, these will also be perfect with jeans and leather trousers. 

Trainers 


4: The Layering Trends

I can't get enough of the layering necklace trend but I can do without the tangling of them! This one is perfect as on one chain you can stay tangle free! 
Gold Layered Necklace 



5:The Pyjama Style Trend 

I love the pajama style blouse look at the moment, this one is perfect as it's a bodysuit and you wont have to fight to keep it tucked in. 
Floral Bodysuit 

Follow the hashtag #LUXEGAL on instagram for styling inspiration 



What are your favourite pieces and trends at the moment? 


Leanne 








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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Brighten Your Skin This Winter

With the winter months coming it can take its toll on our skin but with a little help from Pixi brightness can be restored

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Freezing cold weather and central heating plays havoc with our skin causing it to feel dehydrated, dry, chapped and lack lustre.
Dry skin not only shows the signs of aging quicker but it is also a barrier for other skincare products to penetrate to the deeper layers; effectively making them redundant. 
Dry skin can also lack the glow factor and be greyish in appearance and at times a grain based face scrub just wont cut it so that is where the Pixi glow peel pads come in.



Pixi Glow Peel Pads

If you like glycolic like I do or you already love the Pixi glow tonic then you will love these peel pads.
The Pixi peel pads contains 20% glycolic acid compared to the 5% of the glow tonic. Gylcolic acid is a powerful exfoliant like ingredient as it dissolving away at the top layer of the skin, the higher the percentage the stronger the peel. Glycolic is great to melt away the dull skin cells that can cause clogging to pores so it helps keeps the skin clear and bright. Glycolic peels are also good great to even out skin tone and help minimise old acne scars.

Usage 

To use the peel pads simply wipe a pad over cleansed skin avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes. You may experience a slight tingle if you have not used before, leave on your skin for up to 4 minutes then rinse with water to neutralise the glycolic. It is again normal to feel a slight tingle during the 4 minutes and with frequent use this sensation does ease off but if you are experiencing irritation beyond slight tingling the remove immediately and refrain from further use. 
Glycoilc is generally fine for all skin types but if you are worried about sensitive skin then you can test on a small area of your face first. 
Once you have rinsed with water apply a moisturiser to your skin to hydrate. 
With continued use you will notice your skin is brighter, more radiant and feel smoother to touch.
The peel pads are also great at minimising breakouts as the pores of your skin are kept clear. 

When using a glycoilc product it is important to increase you SPF especially during sunny days as your skin can be more photo-sensitive causing redness and irritation.
It is also advisable to avoid any other other peel treatment in the 24hrs of using and avoid heat treatments on the face.



I use my peel pads in conjunction to my Pixi tonics, I use my peel pads 3 times a week and every night in between I switch with the Glow tonic and the Retinol tonic to keep my skin glowing.

We don't just want glowing skin in the summer, let it shine this winter.

Have you tried glycolic on your skin before?

Leanne x













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