Neom Luxury Organics Treatment Candle

After months of lusting after a Neom candle, I finally bit the bullet at the beginning of September and decided to treat myself.

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Neom Candles are made with a blend of 100% natural vegetable wax and pure aromatherapy oils, which burn cleanly without releasing harmful pollutants, toxins or soot – working holistically to make you feel even better. Neom’s range is quite extensive and I struggled to choose just one, but in the end I plumped for the Sumptuous candle.

The Sumptuous candle is scented with wild Rose and Neroli (Orange Blossom). Rose is a calming and soothing oil and Neroli lifts the spirit and calms the mind. The description from Neom is pretty spot on. I feel myself relaxing without wanting to drop off to sleep the instant that the candle is lit and its fragrance starts to permeate the room. Even when the candle isn’t lit it smells beautiful, without being overpowering.

The cost of the candles may seem expensive (£39.50 for 380g), but the burn time is up to 55 hours. I’ve been lighting this for a few hours almost daily and have around two-thirds remaining. It also happens to be one of the most heavenly things that I’ve ever smelled and I will certainly be purchasing another.

I purchased my candle from FeelUnique but you purchase Neom products directly from their site

REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate

Chemical exfoliants have recently been taking the beauty world by storm. One of the most popular exfoliants on the market is Liquid Gold by Alpha H. After hearing one of my favourite blogger ladies, Caroline Hirons, rave about it, I was very keen to jump on the bandwagon, only to be disappointed when I realised that it wasn’t suitable for vegans.

After a bit of searching, I found that REN produced something very similar.

AHAs or Alpha Hydroxy Acids to use their full name, work by penetrating the dead surface cells of the skin, loosening the molecular bonds that attach them to the underlying tissues. The loose cells slough off, exposing newer skin. 

REN’s offering, the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate is described as “a concentrate formulated to resurface the skin and renew the complexion giving a radiant, youthful glow.”  It is enriched with glycolic, lactic, tartaric and citric acids to promote regular cell turnover, minimising the appearance of fine lines and pores to leave skin looking revitalised and healthy with a radiant glow. 

To use, simply apply a pipettes worth of the product to cleansed skin at night and that’s it. No need to follow with a moisturiser. I find that it works best for me to use this a few times a week as a booster to my regular skin care regime, however, you can use it as a treatment applying it every night for a week onto cleansed skin, having a break of two weeks, and then repeating the process again.

After having used this for several months, I can confirm that I much prefer to use a chemical exfoliant than the traditional grainy scrubby sort. I find that it is much more effective at achieving  glowy skin as it gets rid of the dead skin cells, without being abrasive. It also leaves the skin much softer and hydrated and the slightly uneven skin tone that my cheeks once had has reduced significantly.

The concentrate can be purchased directly from the REN website and retails at £30 for 30ml. Whilst this may seem a tad expensive, a little really does go a long way. I’ve had my bottle for around 4 or 5 months and still have two-thirds remaining.

Stila One Step Correct

Primers are one makeup item that I have never really bothered with. My skin doesn’t tend to get too greasy and therefore I haven’t ever really felt the need to wear something to make my foundation last even longer. However, I was recently browsing my local Stila counter and let the MUA apply a bit of the One Step Correct and became a convert. 

There are a few different primers within the One Step range, however, I felt that the One Step Correct offered the most for the price. Stila describe the product as an “innovative, triple-swirled helix serum instantly colour-corrects, brightens and covers skin imperfections for a flawless face with no fuss”. 

The primer contains green, lavender and peach tones to neutralise redness and conceal blemishes, counteract sallowness and brighten and illuminate the skin. It also contains a serum to ensure that the primer blends evenly into the skin and doesn’t sink into any fine lines.

To apply, I squeeze a pump onto the back of my hand and mix to ensure that the colours will be evenly distributed when applied to my skin. I then apply to my face in the same way that I would a foundation. Initially, this does appear rather dewy on the skin, but after a couple of minutes it dries to more of a matte finish, so if you’re short of time, this might be one to give a miss.

I haven’t actually noticed that this has done much to ‘correct’ any redness, but then I don’t actually have much of that in my skin as it is quite yellow toned. I have however, noticed that my skin feels much more hydrated and my foundation applies a lot more smoothly, thanks to the serum, making it last much further into the day without the need for any touch-ups. 

One Step Correct retails for £24 and can be purchased directly from the Stila website.