30 December 2016

Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm Review

All hail Elemis! Seriously, what a brand. If you've read my blog for a little while you will know that I was lucky to work for an Elemis Spa for just under two years and really got to know the products, as well as having many training sessions on their powerful brand ethics and results driven ingredients. As a sufferer of mainly night-time based anxiety, I'm always on the lookout for something to ease away any nervous tension before bed. I'm way too busy at work to let my anxiety get to me in the daytime, but sometimes the nights can be very long and scary for me, especially when I have a bad bout of anxiety brewing! I get my army of self-help techniques and products to the ready and without a doubt they all do their bit to help, but I had to make an exception and dedicate a post to the Elemis Quite Mind Temple Balm. 

 A powerful blend of Menthol, Centella Asiatica, Patchouli, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Ho Wood knocks the wind out of my night-time anxiety and leaves my mind perfectly quiet. Rubbing this on my pulse points and the back of neck almost instantly helps to promote harmony and relaxation, which is the perfect way to escape a sleepless night. The scent is initially strong, but the cooling and soothing sensation of the menthol soon calms down and leaves you with a relaxing scent, which has not yet failed to help me drift off to sleep. I tend to use this only when I need it, as it's a pretty dinky 15ml tube. However, a few dabs of this along with my eye-mask really do work wonders! 

I would love to know if you have any miracle workers that help you to get a little extra Zzz each night?

Lots of Love 
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29 December 2016

The Eye Cream Edit | 7 Results Driven Eye Creams

No one wants dark, tired and puffy looking eyes especially after all the feasting and drinking that naturally comes with the festive season! After all the eyes are the window to the soul, but more often than not eye creams can leave you feeling pretty disappointed and out of pocket. I've decided to put together a post with 7 eye-care products that I have used within the past year and more importantly have enjoyed and seen real results. There really is something for everyone!  

The RENU Lip and Eye Active Lift is formulated with a whole host of natural and collagen enhancing ingredients to plump and firm the skin, allowing it to target fine expression lines and more stubborn wrinkles. Arnica extract helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles, to reveal bright and refreshed looking eyes and a plump lip area!

Exclusive ChronoluxCB technology to Estee Lauder makes the ANR Eye Cream a real powerhouse when it comes to banishing signs of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven squinting. It's silky gel creme also leaves the eye are feeling completely comfortable.

Ideally, you should always use SPF in your skincare if you can! The Clinique Super Defence Eye Cream is absolutely fantastic for protecting your peepers from harmful rays. It worked an absolute treat for me in Dubai in October and I had no problems with sensitivity at all.  This eye cream delivers a veil of hydration, whilst visibly brightening and protecting from stress, pollution, UVA/B rays and dehydration.

A great everyday option, which diminishes the appearance of eye puffs, darkness and fine lines. It's cooling cream/gel formula makes a great base for eye-makeup and is suitable for morning and night use, both under eyes and on your lids!

On the go? The new Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream is packaged in a super handy tube... so no need to worry about pots, if you're here there and everywhere! Its formulated to awaken and hydrate your eyes with the help of its cool touch tip. 

A potent anti-ageing SuperCreme, which contains Black Tourmaline gems, South Sea pearls, refined 24K gold and multi-patented Contour Lifting Technologies. Providing visible results and easing the look of crepiness, puffiness and of course dreaded dark circles.

Developed to respond to the skins natural fluctuations the Odacite Eye Contour Serum Concentrate is a real treat and is jam packed with conditioning plant extracts and bio-actives, to replenish your entire eye area. Key ingredients such as sarsaparilla, plamarosa neori and lavender oils all help to counteract puffiness and to brighten darkness. I prefer to use this one in the evening to wake up to beautifully soft and radiant eyes. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Don't forget to share your favourite eye-creams in the comments box below. 

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28 December 2016

A Childhood Memory | Sun City 🌞

It's taken me a long time to stomach the thought of a serious change not only concerning my blog, but also my general lifestyle! Like many people... I have a few outstanding memories that still feel so vivid; I could almost touch them still. I've been incredibly lucky to live a "blessed" lifestyle, but it has come with its lessons and I've never been ignorant of natural beauty and how precious it really is. South Africa is a country I've been lucky to visit many times, mainly as a child. It has left me with memories that are worth more than any materialistic item.

Arriving at a resort that looked so grand, I could barley believe it as a six year old. Golden Gazelles and beautiful African animals adorned the entrance, it looked like a palace and it was exactly that. The lobby was just as grand and nothing could keep me from looking up and seeing the astonishing hand painted ceiling, which I can still see in my photographic memory to this day. Once we were all checked in, I felt a sense of calm, but not only that I appreciated my surroundings, which were so different to home but my god I felt like a princess! I especially remember waking up in the morning after our first night at the palace, I opened the curtains and saw something I wasn't quite expecting the following morning...Lushy plants followed by the silhouette of a perfectly rugged mountain and a warm sunrise on the horizon. It was just priceless, as a six year old I took it all in, I really did because even though I'm writing this at 24 I can still feel the magic and excitement of that little girl looking through the window. 

After a few days, my family and myself started to get our Barings. My father and I set off one morning into the beautiful lushy surroundings. We found ourselves hopping over stepping-stones that lay within a beautiful pond full of bright fish. We put a 10p coin in a growing tree; we were about to create a memory that we still talk about. Another great memory was visiting the Entertainment Centre situated within the Resort. There was one game "Ice-ball" which I especially took a liking too. There were different rings, which you had to chuck the ice ball in to get a certain amount of points. After numerous visits to the Entertainment Centre, it's safe to say I got pretty darn good at it. My parents named me the "Ice-ball Champion" I truly believed I was the best!! - After each game you would win tokens, which would print out from the side. I ended up getting enough tokens to go into the shop to pick a toy! During this particular trip to South Africa, we still had a visit to Zimbabwe on the horizon and naturally as a child I chose the biggest toy I could... A giant snake (about two meters long) I hate snakes, but this toy was so beautiful it had an array of colors mainly purples, pinks and blues and I loved it. I'm not actually sure how we got it to Zimbabwe and then home, as it was so huge! Sadly, I don't have it anymore as my Doberman Sunny took a particular liking to it when he was a puppy. 

I suppose what I'm trying to say is that nothing makes you richer than these kind of experiences, the ones that still have you in awe years after! 

Lots of Love
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17 December 2016

Elemis Poultice-Powered Muscle Release Massage | Forum Spa ❤

Hello My Lovelies
With a hectic schedule both in and out of work, it's safe to say that I'm a huge fan of stress busting treatments. Recently, I tried one of Elemis' new treatments at the award winning Forum Spa situated on the Health Club Level of the world renowned Celtic Manor Resort - The Elemis Poultice Powered Muscle Release Massage is described as a tension taming treatment that is deeply nurturing. With a stunning range of new treatments designed by Elemis co-founder Noella Gabriel, there really is something for everyone and the Forum Spa showcases the very best Elemis treatments. 

Visiting the Forum Spa is always a pleasure! It's such a beautiful spa with a treatment menu to die for. Anyone who knows me well will know of my love for Elemis products, so I was excited to be able to try out the unique Poultice-Powered Muscle Release Massage. On arrival I was greeted by the professional, but very friendly Forum Spa reception team and was given time to complete my consultation form and get changed for the treatment. It wasn't long before my fantastic therapist came to collect me from the relaxation area. My therapist left me to get comfortable and went through the treatment itself and how it would benefit the needs I had stated on my consultation form. I struggle massively with tension in my shoulders and often feel tightness and pain in my upper back and head, my therapist got to work with a warm muslin-wrapped poultice consisting of amber, quartz, eucalyptus and juniper; whilst I soaked up the exquisite energy boosting mineral charge from the poultice. Mid way through the massage my therapist combined the poultice massage with a more traditional hands on approach, which was great for working out those pesky knots! The treatment concluded with a facial massage, which left me feeling perfectly rebalanced. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the Elemis Poultice Powered Muscle Release Massage, as it was very soothing. I felt a lot of energised after the treatment itself and would recommend this treatment if your suffering from stress. Even though it's not the most firm massage what it does seems equally as powerful and instead of crunching knots, it almost dissolves them. Click here to find out about more fantastic Elemis Treatments at the Forum Spa. 

I would love to hear from you in the comments section below, what's your favourite spa treatment?

Lots of Love
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11 December 2016

Kypris Beauty Exlixr 1000 Roses Review ❤

Hello My Lovelies 
As a self-confessed skincare junkie I knew I couldn't resist the advice I had from a very lovely Cult Beauty Advisor a few months back. When your skin is playing havoc there is nothing like a facial oil to rebalance your skin and even though I was suggested a few alternatives to this product, I quickly became captivated by it's beautiful ingredients and equally impressive reviews, especially from the Skincare Queen Caroline Hirons. 

The Kypris Beauty Exlixr 1000 Roses is described as an exquisite elixr that cocoons your complexion with nourishing, normalising oils - steam-distilled from more than 1000 Bulgarian rose petals. If this doesn't already sound amazing then keep on reading as this product only gets better! This miracle worker is suitable for all complexions and contains an impressive 19 natural actives to nourish and restore your skin's youthful bloom. Starring organic and biodynamic Bulgarian rose essential oil, reshape extracts, Antioxidant CoQ10 and Vitamin C ester all combine into a magical potion, which will ravage any pollutants whilst reinforcing your skin's barrier function, to prevent dehydration and deflect eternal aggressors. 

So what do I think about it? Well it's blooming marvellous. I have to admit it does have quite a heady scent, which might not be for the faint hearted. However, if you're on a skincare mission to achieve beautifully smooth, balanced and hydrated skin then The Kyrpris Beauty Elixr is a great place to start. I love to apply this in the evening right after I have cleansed and exfoliated when my face is still a little damp. I don't tend to apply anything else, as I like to let this product work its magic without interfering with any of my other potions! I use this anywhere between 3-5 times a week depending on how needy my skin is being and I'm always blessed with lustrous skin the following morning. It also happens to be my secret weapon for those evil bump spots, which actually make me look like my brain is trying to escape! 
I hope you enjoyed this review lovelies! The Kypris Beauty Exlixr starts at £70 for 14ml, so it's definitely more on the pricey side. However, it's truly a beautiful skincare product that importantly harneses beautiful ingredients to improve your complexion overtime. I would 100% recommend this facial oil! 

Lots of Love
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7 December 2016

HOW TO: BLOG LIKE NO ONE'S READING

Hello my lovelies!
I'm probably not alone in feeling like a little fish in the big ol' blogging ocean. Back in 2012 I started the Jewel Beauty Blog and have been lucky to have many fantastic opportunities and also meet some pretty fabulous people too. Blogging has now become an industry and I couldn't be prouder of the bloggers who have made it their livelihood. However, for many people (myself included) it's hard to keep up the momentum and find the resources needed to keep up with the blogosphere. My own situation is that I literally live in the middle of nowhere and as beautiful as it is, big blogging invites and opportunities for me are pretty hard to take up. My job is hugely demanding and requires all of my focus, as well as being at that point in my life where I need to become a "Proper" grown-up and look to plan my future. Even though I personally can't commit 100% to the blogosphere, it doesn't mean that I can't contribute and "Blog Like No Ones Reading". A little while ago I started thinking about my blog and in all honesty I felt a little down. I love blog comments and for me they are by far the most rewarding part of blogging, but I don't get that many anymore... also are my pictures still good enough? I actually wonder if people still read my blog like they used to. Suddenly, I thought shut up you negative Nancy and just blog! It's really that simple. Go back to a time or a post, which you really loved creating and let it inspire you. Just because you're not blogging full time, making a living from it, or attending fancy events, it doesn't mean you're not valid or credible enough to contribute anymore. I decided to think up some positive tips to help you get your blog on and get your own rhythm flowing again!


1 - There's Only One You - You're voice is the very best and is the only one compatible with your blog. We've all thought about maybe trying to adapt to suit the blogosphere and it's needs. However, the truth is the blogosphere wouldn't be the epic giant success it currently is without individuality.

2 - Consistency Is Key - You don't have to blog everyday or even three times a week. In fact blogging less, but keeping it consistent is a great way to not only retain, but also gain readers. 

3 - Be Visual - A photo can speak a thousand words and that's why it's important to pay attention to the visual aspect of your blog. Whether it be your photography, blog branding or colour palette. Create something that's you and something that you can be proud of. You can also get by without spending £XXX on equipment. Get creative with your phone camera and experiment with collages and various templates that will give you your own style. 

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1 - Don't Be Afraid To Promote - With the enormity of the Blogosphere it's becoming more important to promote than ever. There is an obvious difference between promoting and spamming! It's time to get creative. Look to promote your post over a 10 day period twice a day, but make sure you change titles and images if you can. For example: HOW TO: BLOG LIKE NO ONE'S READING  could change to GET YOUR BLOGGING MOJO BACK WITH THREE SIMPLE TIPS! 

2 - Explore A New Platform - Whether you're a bit quite on Facebook or a complete newbie to Snapchat, create yourself a social media project and work on it. Snapchat is a great example of an emerging platform, which allows you to share sneak peek content with your audience. Facebook is also a great platform for creating blog/brand loyalty, as it allows you to create far more detailed content. Even if you are blogging less you can use the diversity of each social media platform you use to freshen up your existing content. 

3 -  Schedule, Schedule and Schedule! - Not everyone has the time to promote content and actually a really good blog post could go to waste if you promote it only once or twice. Don't forget how hard you worked to create that original peace of content, which is like gold on the Internet! Using scheduling sites like Buffer and Hootsuite make it easy for you to promote your content, but don't forget to change it up. Play with your title's and phrasing and try to change up your imagery if you can. 

I hope you enjoyed this lovelies. I decided to create this content, as I've always enjoyed sharing knowledge and being helpful. Empowering others is something I work on a daily basis whether it's on my blog, social media or at work. 

Lots of Love 
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3 December 2016

Lancôme Absolu Rouge Sheer 202 Nuit & Jour Review ❤

Hello Lovelies!
One of the main reasons I started this blog was due to my obsession with lipsticks and glosses! In school I would always head to the toilet on lunch breaks to re-apply my favourite lipstick/gloss of the day with my best friends... It was like a ritual! My Love for lipsticks has only got stronger and I'm super excited to share a new beauty with you today. Firstly lets thank the beautiful and talented Lisa Eldridge, who has taken over as creative director at Lancôme and has truly given the brand and it's products a new lease of life in my opinion #SLAY. 

Firstly, lets address the packaging! Black & Gold will always be a winning combination for me, but far more cool than that is the click and pop technology, which makes this lipstick feel more like a secret weapon! It's extremely satisfying when you click the gold rose at the top of the bullet and before you know it your lipstick has popped out for you to use. The new range boasts and impressive 36 shades, with three different finishes, Sheer, Matte and Cream.

I was lucky to try two shades and formulations from the new collection, but I have decided to split the reviews as they are both very different, so keep an eye-out for that one! The lipstick in question is 202 Nuit & Jour, a shade that instantly appealed to me. I do love a sheer lipstick, as I find them great for work and have just enough colour to brighten up your complexion without going all out. Nuit & Jour is a true "Nude" in my opinion and leans both pinky/peachy, so really it should be a good option for everyone. It's a great everyday shade and not only that it glides on like a dream, it really does feel so smooth on your lips. I have to mention its scent also, as I was trying to work it out for a good few days! I personally think the lipstick smells a little like Parma Violets, which are my favourite sweets! Don't worry though, if you're not a fan of scents, these aren't overly powerful! 

Overall, this exciting new collection from Lancôme is definitely something to check out and with Christmas just around the corner, why not treat yourself or someone special to one of these divine beauty gadgets! They do retail at £25.50, but keep an eye out for a few fab offers and discounts during December, especially the main department stores! 

I hope you enjoyed this review lovelies! I've been home sick this week, so I've been able to think of lots of new content ideas and I would love for you to suggest anything that you would like to see on the blog.

Lots of Love 
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1 December 2016

12 Things I Love About Winter ⛄

Hello My Lovelies!
Long time no speak - I'm currently home sick with suspected cysts on my ovaries and all this resting time has really got me thinking about why I love Winter so much, and why it's my favourite season! I would love to hear why you love Winter in the comments section below, it really would put a smile on my face, whilst I'm led in bed feeling pretty sorry for myself! 

1 - Roaring Log Fires
2 - Freezing Frosty Mornings
3 - Crisp Countryside Walks
4 - Putting Up The Christmas Decorations
5 - Enjoying Delicious Food
6 - Burning Festive Candles
7 - New Pyjamas
8 - Dads Turkey Stew
9 - The Peace & Quite Of A Cold Winters Day
10 - Live Christmas Bands
11 - Seeing Winter Breath
12 - Last But Not Least, Family Time!

Don't forget to stop by my Instagram @indiarobyn for lots of festive posts and a pretty handsome giant Harrods Teddy Bear! 


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19 November 2016

Say Goodnight to Insomnia | My Bedtime Routine ★


Hello Lovelies!
After a much needed night out last night it's safe to say that I'm feeling pretty tender as I sip on my Hot Lemon trying to detox from too many cocktails and shots! I'm definitely thinking more about sleep tonight and as I'm spending a Saturday night alone in front of the TV and log fire, I thought I would share my bedtime routine with you. Anyone who knows me will know I have a bit of a thing with Routines, as they really help to soothe my anxiety. I'm a pretty rubbish sleeper in general and I always notice a difference in my sleep when I actually stick to a bit of a routine, which I also believe is proven! - Anyhoo, before I begin to ramble... I will get straight into my favourite way to relax before bed. 

Light a candle...
For me nothing beats a flickering flame for a little relaxation before bed! It helps to create a soothing and reassuring environment and of course makes your room smell lovely. My favourite candles for relaxation are NEOM, The White Company and Elemis when they release their seasonal range. 

Spray your pillow
I was always sceptical about whether or not pillow sprays actually worked, but I have found two favourites that work an absolute treat, one being the ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and the other being the NEOM Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Spray. Both of these products contain a dreamy blend of aromatherapy oils that help to create a feeling of reassurance and inner calm just before bed. 

Treat Yourself
I've never been a good sleeper. In fact it can take me anywhere between 30-90 minutes just to drop off. I decided to invest in a little self help and realised that a little treat before bed was a really nice way to make me feel a little bit special and actually help to take my mind off that fear of not being able to get to sleep. I love to apply a relaxing face oil before bed, which I then roll in with my "Jade Roller" it really is like a mini facial! I also use the Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm, which is truly one of the BEST products I have ever tried! I apply a little to my temples, pulse points and chest and within minutes I'm on the way to la la land! Finally, I pop on my Holistic Silk Eye Mask, which is infused with lavender, which finishes off my evening routine perfectly! 

I also really love hot drinks before bed and having a read is another great way to relax yourself down. My nemesis is definitely checking my social media, but I'm trying really hard to not use it at least 15 minutes before bed, which is a start!

I hope you've enjoyed this post beauties - How do you relax before bed, if you have any tips or product recommendations I would really love for you to share them below.

Lots of Love
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12 November 2016

The Beauty Expert 'Radiance' Collection Review ❤

Hello my lovelies!
It feels like I haven’t written in ages, but I’ve been super busy and also have had no Internet connection for a week now. I’m not blessed with 4G either living in the countryside, but actually a bit of a social media break has been really refreshing! I’ve also moved into a new job role, which is a really huge deal for me, as well as picking up my brand new car. I’ve had my ups and downs with work, but I made a conscious decision not to let anyone tell me I wasn’t good enough when I knew how great my potential was, so I’m so happy to have moved into a fantastic new role, and there are certain people who I will be forever grateful to for believing in me along the way! Anyhoo, I will ramble no more and instead talk about something super exciting, especially for you skincare junkies! With autumn in full swing its normal that our skin starts to dull slightly, especially with the elements and our British weather! SO, I literally jumped for joy when I came home from a busy day to a beautiful surprise from Beauty Expert. The highly anticipated Radiance Edition showcases an array of elite products that have been exclusively handpicked for their sumptuous ingredients. So let's get into what products you get...

The Alpha H Liquid Gold is an overnight treatment that harnesses glycolic and hydroxyl acids to melt away dead skin cells, revealing healthy new skin beneath. I literally can’t believe I haven’t tried this product sooner, so I was super excited to see this cult skincare product in the radiance edition and I will be sure to update you all after a few more uses! 
Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Intensive Masque
The Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Intensive Masque is described as a ‘Secret Hair Savior’ that harnesses a blend of natural ingredients from the Amazon rain forest, whilst remaining gentle enough to use daily. The mask starts to work its magic after just two minutes, but for the full effect, it is advised to leave on for ten minutes. I’ve never actually heard of this brand before, but after trying this a few times already it seems to really calm down my sometimes-wild hair!
Dr Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream
Dr Hauschka products are renowned for their fantastic skin friendly products, so I was excited to see The Hydrating Hand Cream within the collection, especially with the colder weather now with us. Described as a hard-working sumptuous hand cream the Dr Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream is formulated with regenerative Bryophyllum plant, which supports the skin’s natural renewal process whilst soothing and protecting it from the cold. For a more intensive treatment, it is recommended that you apply a generous amount of cream over your hands and wrap in a towel for 10 minutes. It also has a beautiful lemony/sherbet scent! I can't get enough of this at the moment.
Gatineau Perfect Design Revolumising Lip Care
Described as a natural alternative to filling techniques, the Gatineau Perfect Design is a powerful lip balm that dramatically plumps and fills your pout for a more defined appearance. It is also rich in caring ingredients, such as Shea butter and lavender extract, which help to soothe, soften and strengthen the lips. I’ve toyed with the idea of fillers, but actually I think there are more and more alternatives available now and so far I have been wearing the Gatineau lip balm every single day, it’s so comfortable and definitely enhances the appearance of my lips!
Ingenious Beauty Ultimate Collagen Supplements
A pioneering supplement that replenishes damaged skin from the inside out; the Ingenious Beauty Ultimate Collagen supplements are designed to replenish your body’s collagen, hyaluronic acid levels and skin structure with a groundbreaking formula of Marine Collagen Peptides. Collagen is such a precious part of our body and your body stops naturally producing new collagen around age 25, so these natural supplements will be a fantastic edition to my skin and body routine.

The Zelens Micro-Refiner Bi-Active Exfoliator is a product I have been wanting to try for a really long time! It’s described as a renewing, refining and moisturising exfoliator that buffs and renews skin without stripping away your skins essential oils. A powerful cocktail for enzymatic exfoliation and silica beads have a effect of microdermabrasion on the skin, effectively removing dead cells and revealing a smooth, polished complexion.


Overall, with a full price value of £211.00 I think the Beauty Expert Radiance Edition is an absolute steal for just £50! - I would be over the moon if someone treated me to this, especially seeing as Christmas is nearing! Some of my favourite products are the Gatineau Lip Balm, Dr Hauschka Hand Balm and the Zelens Micro Refiner! I hope you've enjoyed this review and I would love to hear from you in the comments below. 

Lots of Love
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