Beauty purchases of the week

This week I have purchased two products by Murad, which is a skincare company developed by Doctor Murad and produces results-driven products which are clinically proven. The two products below are within the environmental shield range which aims to protect your skin from impurities from the surroundings – particularly good if you live in a congested area such as London.

The product on the left hand side is called “Intensive-C Radiance Peel”. To use, apply an even but thin layer over your face and decollete and leave it on for ten minutes, before rinsing off with warm water. It retails at £49.50 for 50ml. Ingredients include Glycolic Acid, which exfoliates the skin to accelerate the turnover of damaged cells which in turn improves the texture of the skin; Vitamin C and Indian Fig to protect against free radical damage and Myrtle Extract which supports collagen production.

The product on the right hand side is called “Essential-C Day Moisturiser” which retails at £57 for 50ml. It contains a number of the same ingredients as listed above, with the addition of broad spectrum sun production – protecting the skin from both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30.

Both products have a gentle scent and are bursting with antioxidants. They share light textures which are easy to apply as they glide across the skin. Overall, I am very pleased with these products and after my first use there was an obvious improvement in my skin.


I am also a keen subscriber of Glossybox, and received my June box this week.

The June box included two lovely hair products by Paul Mitchell from the ‘curls’ range. Both are leave-in treatments which are supposed to be applied after you have washed, conditioned and then towel-tried your hair. I personally preferred the Full Circle Leave-in Treatment over the Ultimate Wave, as it left my hair feeling softer and looked in a much better condition.

Also included in the box was a body fragrance spray, a moisturiser by Monu, a dry body oil and a lovely lip balm.

The fragrance was Q Balance which has gently floral top notes. I usually do not like body sprays, and tend to use eau de parfum for fragrance, but this scent is gentle and feminine and has definitely grown on me.

The dry body oil (in the bronze bottle and looks like a nail polish) by Nuxe is a light-textured oil with a shimmer to its colour. A little goes a long way with this product, so a few drops applied to the skin leaves a smooth texture and a healthy glow. It looks particularly nice on tanned and olive skin tones and can be used on the face, body or hair.

Perhaps my favourite product from this month’s Glossybox was the Figs & Rouge lip balm. This product immediately appealled to me due to the attractive pink packaging and the fact the ingredients are 100% natural. The shade I recieved was Blush Pink which is a flattering shade of pale pink with a slight shimmer. It has a light, non-sticky texture and deeply moisturises the lips.


My OPI manicure for the week:


Finally this week, I bought this deep conditioning hair mask. After years and years of damaging my hair with hair dye, straighteners and curlers I feel it is important to give your hair a treat. This protein pack is much bigger than it looks in the photo and was ever so impressive. It it to be applied to wet hair after shampooing, and to be left for 10-20 minutes. I like to apply hair treatments when I have a couple of hours to myself and apply a face mask at the same time. This week I combined this with doing laundry and ironing – nothing like a spot of multi-tasking! Due to this, I actually left the hair mask on for almost an hour which looked deeply unattractive at the time, but once rinsed, made my hair feel stronger, thicker and ever so soft. I shall definitely be purchasing more of these hair masks and incorporating the product into my weekly beauty regime.