Monthly Archives: April 2014

REN Skincare

REN Skincare Marks and Spencer Beauty Discovery Event. Resurfacing AHA Concentrate, Invisible Pores Detox Mask & Discovery Kit.

REN is a brand I’ve wanted to try for a really long time. I love that all their products are clean, using natural active ingredients & without harsh chemicals, irritants & parabens. The brand is also against animal testing & as far as I can tell all the products are vegan too, a huge plus as far as I’m concerned. I hear a lot of their products, the masks in particular, raved about constantly but I like to buy new beauty products in person (is this just me? Am I weird?) & I didn’t think anywhere here carried the brand. Then I saw it was stocked at my local Marks and Spencer, I feel this could be quite dangerous as I’m really impressed with the products I’ve tried so far! They are currently holding a Beauty Discovery event too, where purchasing 2 or more products from their many brands earns you a free gift. Each brand has a different offer on, so do check, the REN offer is this Discovery Kit full of generous sized samples of some of their best sellers.

Resurfacing AHA Concentrate :
I have been wanting to try this out for ages, especially after having my enzyme facial peel & seeing what a difference a good chemical exfoliation made to my skin. I will definitely be going back for another peel as soon as I can, but the idea of an at home treatment to use in between to keep the results up is appealing. I did want to try out the Alpha-H Liquid Gold, but honestly, it scares me a little & this is often mentioned as a gentler alternative. I was skeptical of it at first, I tried the mask out before this & the results of that were instant, so I expected something similar & was a bit disappointed when it didn’t really seem to be doing anything. I went to bed without adding any moisturiser over the top & woke up to bright, healthy looking skin. This is supposed to be used over the course of a week, every night & then stopped for 2 weeks before repeating, so I’m hopeful that after the first week the results should speak for themselves.

Invisible Pores Detox Mask :
I’m a sucker for a good mask, and I often end up leaving the beauty hall with an armful of new ones to try that I’ve heard others rave about. Usually I find myself a little disappointed with the results, but not with this one, it fully lives up to the reviews for me. I think it may have even have overtaken my favourite The Body Shop seaweed mask as my number one clay mask too, though maybe it’s too early to say just yet. I did find it a little hard to spread onto my face, it’s creamy but dries very quickly to a chalky finish & the herb-like smell is not my favourite. However, within minutes I could see oily spots dotted all over my t-zone where it’s drawn out the gunk from my pores, yuck! Once dry, you then buff it off with your finger tips for a little gentle exfoliation & wash the remainder off. It left my skin feeling thoroughly clean & fresh, and the areas of my face that are prone to blackheads, like my nose which other masks make no difference to, looked noticeably clearer & that really surprised me.

Discovery Kit :
I always love little kits like this, they are the perfect way to test out a couple of products without splurging on the full sizes before you’ve properly tried them out. This kit contains 6 of REN’s best sellers & they are all really good, generous sizes, I managed around 5+ uses out of most of them, which is plenty to decide if you think a full size is worth it.
The product here that really stood out, and I will absolutely be buying a full sized version of is the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, both myself & my Mum were massively impressed with it, and she is hard to please when it comes to skincare. It’s a sticky, orange fragranced gel that applies so easily you only need a small amount & immediately after wiping it off our skins were left fresher, glowier & feeling like velvet. Seriously, my face was so soft, I found myself absent mindedly stroking it for hours after!
I was also impressed with the cleanser which foams up really well & leaves skin feeling squeaky clean without any tightness & the eye gel too, though I don’t imagine this does anything long term like a targeted cream would, it’s seriously great at de-puffing in the mornings & feels nicely refreshing on tired eyes.

Marks and Spencer‘s Beauty Discovery Event is on until April 16th – Purchase 2 products from any of their brands including REN, Nuxe, Bliss & St. Tropez, amongst many others & receive a free product or gift!

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Floaty

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop tux jacket, Reiss tank top, FAIIINT cotton lawn full maxi skirt, RockLove sacred geo collar necklace, Balenciaga city bag. All black floaty gothic outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop tux jacket, Reiss tank top, FAIIINT cotton lawn full maxi skirt.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop tux jacket, Reiss tank top, FAIIINT cotton lawn full maxi skirt, RockLove sacred geo collar necklace.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop tux jacket, Reiss tank top, FAIIINT cotton lawn full maxi skirt, RockLove sacred geo collar necklace, Balenciaga city bag. All black floaty pretty gothic outfit.

The weather can’t make it’s mind up recently, one day it’s blazing sunshine & sticky heat, the next it’s grey, windy & hailing! I’ve been trying to make the most of the nice days by wearing those items I’ve been waiting all winter to finally dig out again & this skirt I made myself a while back is one of them. It’s a bit too light for winter, and there’s nothing worse than walking around in a maxi skirt with a soggy hem from rain soaked pavements. A couple of people told me it needed a good iron, but I love the crinkly, creased texture of it, especially against the sharpness of the jacket.

One of the great things about fashion blogging & photographing my outfits is that I often notice small little details I never spotted before when looking back through the photos, like the diagonal side seam on this jacket. I can’t stop looking at it now, it’s a really subtle but beautiful little detail. I think it can help give you a new perspective & appreciation for the clothes you’re wearing, and sometimes old pieces like this can surprise you.

Posting on here may be a little sporadic over the next few weeks whilst I finish everything up ready for my project launch, so please bear with me! I’ll try to keep the outfits coming as long as the weather behaves though & I’m still reading all your blogs over my lunch breaks, though I may not have time to leave comments until it’s all finished.

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