Timeless Truth A Face Mask With a Difference

So the first product I tried from the Antonia Mariconda How To Be Your Own PR Workshop goody bags is the Timeless Truth Bio-Cellulose Apple Stem Cell Collagen Mask. A pure Beauty Awards Silver Award Winner, I was really excited to test and review this indulgent mask…until I realised the highly attractive pictures I’m going to have to share with you all for the full blog experience!!

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The masks come in individual packets and the minute I tear the top off mine the smell of fresh apples hits me, gloriously crisp and fresh. You remove the meshy protectors either side of the mask and then begin to position from chin up. I did find it a little tricky but none the less a little repositioning and its comfortably in place all be it a little bumpy…

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Note the excess rolled under my eyes actually goes over your eyes which is really cooling and something you don’t normally see with a mask I just couldn’t take a pic!

The Product Info
⭐Bio-Cellulose Mask Range – ultimate state of the anti-ageing skincare.
⭐Bio-Cellulose is a nano scopic fibre luxury mask, which for the wearer means it matches super close with the human body and can get deeper into the skin without blocking or making it feel suffocated.
⭐Apple Stem Cells work similarly to human skin cells which means they help repair any damaged tissue whilst stimulating and nourishing the skin.
⭐Marine Collagen -Reduces dehydration, promoting elasticity and a more youthful supple appearance. ⭐

My Thoughts
Well my 7 year old said “Mummy you look freaky” and my other half once he had stopped laughing quickly got his phone out to take a pic! For me the mask was a little tricky and as a therapist I think it would be a lot more enjoyable in a salon experience and having someone apply it for you whilst your laying down and nicely relaxed. I however was sat in front of a mirror with my son laughing, wearing a fleecey lounging jumper, trying to apply it myself with as few bumps as possible.

Once on it felt quenching, fresh and firmly in place, once removed and the excess rubbed in there was a noticeable difference, even to the point I ran to the other half after he had laughed at me and proudly said “Now feel my face”. He too could see a difference and all of a sudden took an interest in what I’d actually been using. My skin and complexion also looked brighter and more radiant.

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I did notice a slight break out the next day but it’s been 2 weeks since my last face mask and having the time to pamper myself, so it’s probably to be expected. My skin does still feel super hydrated though.

I’ve been using the excess serum in the sachet (that I had wrapped & placed in the fridge) to massage in my hands and cuticles as I sit and watch TV. The coldness where it’s been in the fridge makes it feel even more crisp and fresh, now my hands are all pampered and smooth too.

The masks are available to purchase from The Beauty Mask website this particular one is £7.90 there is a whole range available and I think it’s definitely worth knowing what your skin needs before picking one for you. I am undecided on what one to try next either Herbal Rejuvenation Immortelle Mask or The Orchid Extract Replenishing Mask, my skin is tired the baby is teething and I’ve had early starts a lot the last few weeks so it’s all showing in my skin.

How To Be Your Own PR, Antonia Mariconda Workshop

Every so often someone comes along who inspires you, who pushes you and makes you want to strive for brilliance. That’s what Antonia Mariconda does to me, it’s just the effect she has, she makes me want to better myself, my blog and my business. Not to mention this ladies repertoire of experience and social media presence, if you want to see I think the basics are covered here.

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Today I attended my second workshop led by Antonia and a team of experts. I wanted to gain as much knowledge as I could about How To Be My Own PR. I wanted to learn about being featured in the media – called on as an expert, I wanted to learn to build influential relationships within the industry, I wanted to find a way to share my passion and experience (all 11 years of it) with confidence and conviction. And I did.

I arrived slightly early at the Soho Hotel in London, it didn’t matter that I had been here before, I still got lost and walked round in squares on the London streets. If you haven’t been to this hotel my description of the decor would not do it justice it’s exquisite and I recommend you visit.

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I got to sit at a table with some lovely ladies I already knew, which was nice particularly the lovely Emily Byrne of StyleImprint Blog. We had befriended one another at the last workshop and her bubbly personality made me feel confident and comfortable immediately today.

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The workshop itself was 3 packed hours of knowledge, wisdom and expertise. I learnt about the core concepts of Public Relations, the importance of strategy when it comes to PR (not something I’d considered in my marketing plans), the different platforms – how they are driven and influenced, how to utilise them and knowing what ones appeal to me most.

I got to hear from other experts that included Charmiane Harris and Jenny Pabila. Both with a lot of klout when it’s comes to the beauty and pr industries, I loved having the opportunity to ask them specific questions and hear their stories and experiences. Then Antonia brought to the front someone like me, (well different story but same drive and passion) Melissa Foreman is a true example of a polished diamond who is really making it. Sharing her journey as a blogger, as someone I’d briefly heard chatting away at the first workshop I’m in awe of how her success has rocketed, she is still so kind and down to earth and was more than happy to help me and answer my questions when I made a beeline for her after the workshop had finished.

The biggest message that resonated with me and where I know I need to grow is confidence, polishing this diamond into something brilliant. I know going forward I need to first be more regular with my blog, Twitter and Facebook (I also really want to start a vlog but one at a time). I need to create a snapshot of myself and my achievements, to drive forward with strategy and opportunities allowing people to see my passion and conviction for an industry I love and most of all to get over that niggling fear of failure to push through and forward with my ideas.

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Next blog… To tell you all about the amazing goody bags and the Beauty Pick & Mix!!

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On my way to London for my second Antonia Mariconda workshop!

Been ages again right? Its all to do with rebranding and tons of work on my business but thats all to come in another post this week! At the moment im sat on the train heading into London wearing my happy face…

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Im on my way to my second workshop with the jaw droppingly beautiful and hugely talented Antonia Mariconda, you guys might remember this blog from back in October where I attended the first of her awesome blogger workshops.

Today she is sharing her wisdom, running the workshop How to Be Your Own PR.  Having just renamed my business and really wanting to be in a position to share my knowledge and experience to empower women to feel beautiful, i really feel this workshop could give me the extra push i need to really get my brand out there and in a totally kick ass, wow kind of way.

I have tried not to watch twitter too much as i know there was a workshop this morning but there was a few little sneak peeks that got me my usual bubbly cheesy grin excited!

My 2 Most Used Products from Antonia Maricondas Build A Beauty Blog Goody Bags!

Check me out two posts already on a Monday morning!  The Monday Morning Motivation is obviously working!

I loved all over everything about Antonia Maricondas Build A Beauty Blog workshop, you can read about it here. The goody bags were jam packed we were well and truly spoilt! I’ve been working my way through all the products whilst settling back into work after maternity leave, but just wanted to share the two products I have used most so far.

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Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme

What it says on the bottle; Soap Free formula, dissolves make up and impurities, lightly hydrates soothes and conditions.

And it does do all of that, with cotton pads it removes all my layers of make up and daily life plus whatever Freddie (the baby) throws at me! I’m lazy though I want something that does it all and as I found out before I read the packaging YOU CANT USE THIS ON YOUR EYES so me scrubbing away at my panda eyes resulted in 30 seconds of blurred vision, 😂 that will teach me!

What I love about this though it’s a product that says suitable for sensitive skin and it actually is suitable for MY  sensitive skin! I have to be so careful I can normally guess by smell or first contact if a product is going to react on my skin, this cleansing creme glides on, no annoying fragrance, leaves my Skin refreshed and hydrated.

How Much £29.50
Where To Purchase

Rajeunir Moisture Serum

This smooth silky serum slides over the skin and leaves a moisturised barrier feeling to the skin all day.

I liked this product immediately, it promised to save me time as it delivers the benefits of my serum, moisturiser, eye cream, night cream and primer all rolled into one, It balances skin during hormonal changes – something my skin hates, and has the magnificent 7 ingredients you can read all about on their website here.

But then … I fell in love with it after a few days of not wearing make up! I REPEAT NOT WEARING MAKE UP!! This is a big deal because normally when I don’t wear make up I get a sympathising look from a mum in the playground who tilts her head towards me and sympathetically says “are you ok?” or I have a reliable best mate who tells me when I look like shit!  For two of the three days last week I Didn’t Wear make up the only products I used are the two I’m blogging about and guess what …I looked alright. (The third day not so much I cried a lot so had red face puffy eyes…attractive!)

How Much £42.00
Where To Purchase www.Rajeunir.co.uk

I have also used both these products with clients in one to ones, consultations and photoshoots. It’s nice having products you can go straight to knowing that will meet most clients needs and everyone I used them on love the ease of products and the results.

Have you tried withering these products? Or maybe there is something else from Exuviance or Rejeunir you would recommend, I’d love to hear more in the comments below.

xoxo

The October GlossyBox Sneak Peek

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You all know I adore getting my GlossyBox through the door, well this month thanks to Antonia Maricondas Beauty Bloggers workshop I got it early! And this morning I have been having a play ..

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This is one strange sensation it’s like having sugar on your lips from a doughnut and trying not to lick them. It almost feels like idealist micro-d exfoliator from Estée Lauder, like it warms on the lips in a similar way. Whilst strange to begin with, the after result is superb my lips feel silky and I keep rubbing them together where they are so smooth.

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My lips aren’t something I really suffer too much with but even so the difference I think is clear in colour, lip line and the little dryness I did have eliminated, so I’m impressed.

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The product says it delivers:
“Up to 54% more lip volume and smoothing wrinkles without injections.
Pure hyaluronic microspheres smooth quickly and effectively deep wrinkles around the lips and restructure the lip volume. The lip contour is replenished and redefined”
From my pics and how soft my lips are I would say its ticking all the boxes on an instant cosmetic basis, only thing I can’t find online or on packaging is how often to use, not sure if its too harsh daily maybe once or twice a week???

Nuxe Crème Fraîche de Beauté Mask
So I used this after jumping out the shower and left it on whilst I pottered getting bits for the day ahead ready.

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On first application I’m not a lover of strong florals and I find the smell a little overwhelming and old smelling, but I soon adjust and enjoy the smoothness of application. I can feel my skin lapping this up and it is a far cry from the caked feeling of clay masks. It’s paraben free, with 90% natural ingredients including 8 plant milks, Aloe Vera Sap & salicornia (known for its antioxidant and whitening properties).

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I’m not blown away but it’s a great product that i would recommend and a clear difference can be seen in my skin after its application.

Ciaté London Paint Pot in Talent Scout

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I love the ease of application of this gorgeous purple shade, the brush makes it glide on easily and within two coats I have a gorgeous strong, rich and glossy colour. Very impressed with application and how quick it dries, I will keep you posted on its durability.

So Susan Flutter Mascara

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I was all kinds of excited for this mascara as I love So Susan Blush, but as a mum I need a mascara that does it all thickens, blackens, lengthens, curls and lifts because if I’m in a rush I only apply 4 products and I expect them to all be make me look awake and ready to take on the world!

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This mascara for my little lashes didn’t lengthen and curl enough, the colours rich and the brush is nice (although also coloured in my eyelids!) but it wasn’t ticking all my boxes. I did follow the directions of applying twice (ironically the second coats to lock in my curl) and I know I could curl my lashes but as above mummies need a multitasker not an extra job!

Rimmel London BB Cream Matt

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Ok so what it says it does “The multi-tasking 9 in 1 perfecting make up cream” so I looked further into this 9 because to be perfectly honest I’m not that impressed. “Minimises the appearance of pores” yes it has done this “mattifies and controls shine all day.” No my nose is more shiny then my regular foundation and so far everything is what I use good primer for.
“Smoothes and soothes skin.” Could do but my skin is smooth and sothed after skincare anyway and again it feels the same smooth application of a primer.
“Conceals dark circles and helps prevent blemishes.” Haha I have some dark circles to beat my 8 month old baby is teething and night times are fun, but no I don’t feel my minor blemishes are covered enough and you can definitely see my bags! 😦

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As for 9 in 1 couldn’t actually find the rest, I just got the quotes above from the descriptions on most shopping websites selling this product and I can only break it down to 7 at a push!

Yves Rocher Quelques Notes d’Amour l’eau de Parfum

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I love the sample size bottle we have received of this lovely fragrance, I’m actually going to give it to my mum because it has my dads initial R on and my mum loves special little things like that. The scent itself a combination of romantic notes of Damascus Rose, Patchouli & GuaiacWood, it’s not to overbearing perfect for day to day wear, is distinctive and fresh.

So I got spoilt with a collectors edition Glossybox, 4 full size products worth a total of over £55 and two smaller testers too pretty awesome for £10 plus p+p a month, you can subscribe here to get delightful indulgent treats delivered to your door, monthly xoxo

The First Hugely Successful Build A Beauty Blog Workshop by Award Winning Antonia Mariconda & Inspiring Guests

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Ever need an inspirational kick up the bum? (like a really big one). That’s exactly what I got today on The Build A Beauty Blog Workshop hosted by Antonia Mariconda, The Cosmedic Coach.

I haven’t posted in a while I’d lost my blogging mojo, my direction and if I’m honest, I’d lost faith in myself slightly. I felt frustrated, like I wasn’t getting anywhere and like I just wanted to give up. Then today as I sat in The Soho Hotel, tucked a few streets away from the main hustle and bustle of London, listening to Antonia, I realised just how hard she has worked to get her 20k blog followers over the last 6 years. I heard her tell tales of the times it had been testing, trying and even Antonia, (someone I aspire to) made mistakes and what’s more she was happy to share them with a room full of 40 bloggers, hanging on her every word so we could all learn from them. Of course there is a lot more good then bad when Antonia is involved; we talked about style, (she oozes it!) identity, incorporating social media, (she has 40k twitter followers!) being an ambassador, confidence, disclaimers, making money through blogs, and everything inbetween the 3 hours were packed full but flew past all at once!

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She wasn’t on her own presenting the workshop she introduced us to the genius “Techy Guy” Mark Bugg who gave us all the best tips to master the behind the scenes tech and visual on screen importance of our blogs, I’m hoping to use some of his tips to make some tweaks for the better!

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We also got to meet the articulately spoken (i could listen to her speak all day) Jenny Pabila of Niche PR, with a history working in PR for big brands. Now a Freelance PR who was able to give us insider knowledge and advice about making PR Contacts, the relationships between PR & bloggers (it’s not as scary as i thought) and how to make someone pick me as a blogger over the other millions out there! As well as that she added an inspirational twist that was right up my positive hippy street she talked about the power of smiling and she saw faith in all of us there “In ten years from now you will be the people who do things others want to”.

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All of this awesomeness and I haven’t even told you about the goody bags …. OMG Like nothing I’ve ever experienced before, there is that much in THEM that its a whole new post, tomorrow, I promise.

For now I need to get some beauty sleep I’m a make up artist for a photoshoot tomorrow, 8.30 on a Sunday morning, lucky I love my job!

Have you been on a course or sat in on a speaker that really motivated you? I’d love to her about it in the comments below xoxo