Satori – Plymouth’s Premier Beauty Salon

Located in the Upper Mall of Drake Circus shopping centre in Plymouth lies Satori, a beauty haven which offers a wide variety of premier beauty treatments from simple manicures to more advanced procedures such as microblading.  I was invited to a demonstration evening to find out what they have to offer and see what I thought.

satori-2The salon has a modern, sleek feel to it with appealing decor.  The staff were all very friendly and welcoming along with the owners who were highly approachable and lovely to meet.  I always knew they offered nail services as the manicure tables are in view from the glass windows but I was intrigued to see what else was available.

I started off by trying an increasingly popular eyebrow treatment, threading, and have to admit I am a total fan.  I did try this once before many years ago and having it done reaffirmed that this is my eyebrow treatment of choice.  It is quick, effective and has minimal pain and leaves you with shapely brows free of any redness at the end.  satori-3

I then peeked in on a live microblading demonstration.  For those who haven’t heard about it, it’s the latest eyebrow trend and consists of semi permanent results that look natural and is maintenance free.  If you have thinning, overplucked or want a more defined shape then microblading uses a special pen to add very fine strokes of pigment just under the skin that can last up to two years.

Delilah cosmetics is a new brand for me but the instore display stand at Satori shows a stunning looking range of cosmetics in both packaging and product.  The range focuses on having a boutique feel packed full of English influences in it’s design.  I love the array of smoky coloured eyeshadow, all in the range of colours I wear.  It’s a capsule collection but contains everything you need including brushes but importantly the colours and textures are really appealing and suit most skin tones. satori-5The Elemis SkinLab offers state of the art skin mapping along with a consultation to discuss your lifestyle and then considers skincare solutions for you to maintain a healthy and youthful glow to your skin.  A small camera takes a photo of the side of your face which the computer then analyses before giving you a printed copy of the results followed by a discussion with the consultant.  As you can see below I have rather sun damaged skin, but I put it down to my 40+ years and negligence to sun block in my early 20’s.  I did try but often forgot it, unlike these days when everyone is hot on it, even to the point that I have SPF in my moisturisers and foundations now days.  With two young children I’m pleased to say that school has instilled in them the importance of skincare and they need to wear sun protection to school everyday in the Summer before they are allowed out to play!

satori-4The results of my consultation suggested that the Elemis Pro Collagen range would be perfect for my ageing skin to aid hydration and fine lines.  I got to smell and touch the products and was also shown the amazing gift ranges that are available on the run up to Christmas.  These are all boxed and cost considerably less than if you were to buy the products individually.  The SkinLab travels around the country and will be back in Satori Plymouth from the 23rd to the 29th November 2016, so I’d highly recommend you visit then as you’ll get a consultation for a £20 fee but this is redeemable against 2 or more Elemis purchases.satori-6Satori Plymouth is definitely the modern high end beauty salon and whether it’s just for occasional use (like myself with a busy lifestyle and two young children but do enjoy a beauty treat every few months) or for a regular salon user, then it’s well worth checking this place out.  Luxury in the heart of the city makes it easy to fit into your routine and is accessible to all for even if it’s just a Christmas treat!

I was invited to Satori salon for a promotional evening and received complimentary samples and treatments but my opinions are all honest and my own.

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Luxury Beauty from Transformulas

Keeping on top of my skin care routine is important to me now that I’m in my 40’s, but having two young children means I don’t have a lot of time, so rely on good quality products that make a difference.  Transformulas have an amazing range of high quality products that look amazing and I’ve been trying out a few below to see what I thought.

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Hydration Gold is an anti ageing recovery creme packed with 23 carat hydration gold.  Basically it is a moisturiser with high end anti ageing properties and 23 carat gold powder that delivers visual radiance and luminosity that is lost with the ageing process.

The product claims to:

  • Combats free radicals
  • Hydrates the epidermis and the derma of the facial skin
  • Creates luminosity and radiance to the skin
  • Immediate and continual luminance and hydration
  • Nourishes and promotes cell stimulation
  • Promotes the toning of collagen fibres
  • 23 carat gold Illuminates the skin with a hint of shimmering gold

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At £41.95 this product should deliver and it does give my skin a really radiant glow compared to my usual moisturiser but does also leave my face feeling particularly smooth and fresh.  It also gives my skin a nice highlight and luminosity which makes my skin feel and look more youthful.  I love the look and feel that this gives me and rather than use everyday I prefer to keep it to use on couple of days a week when I really want my skin to look good and stand out.

The next product I tried is the Marine Miracle EyeZone which comes in a gorgeous spherical silver pot. Who would not want that on their dressing table?

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This eye care product contains the powerful five times ultra concentrated aldavine which is a combination of two potent marine algaes that are proven to reduce puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines.  This product feels amazing on your eye area with a really cooling, tightening effect that leaves your eyes looking smooth and youthful.  It leaves a really radiant eye area that helps you glow throughout the day.

I try hard to protect my eyes from fine lines and the dreaded crows feet effect and so far I think I’ve done pretty well compared to others around me.  I think powerful formulas such as those from the Transformulas brand have helped and given me that edge on the ageing process and they are products I always look forward to using.

Transformulas use cutting edge technology to provide ‘Beauty without surgery’ so if you get the chance, check them out as not only do they look good but the product makes your skin feel great and keeps it looking glowing and youthful!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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FaceTox Detoxifying Face Mask – Review

FaceTox is a highly powerful detoxifying face mask that will leave your skin looking squeaky clean, pores look fresh and clear and your whole facial skin looks totally refreshed and recharged.  I couldn’t wait to try this out to give my skin a treat and help to keep it tip top condition with the ageing years upon me.

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The set of masks is presented in a box with everything you need to apply the product.  I received a set of 7 masks each of which requires two sachets, a mask mix and organic rose water which is mixed together before use and applied to your face.  Also included is a small bowl and spatula to mix the mask up in, and the spatula can then be used to apply the mask to your skin.

The mask is designed to:

  •     Prevent and draw out blackheads
  •     Reduce the appearance of scars
  •     Even skin tone
  •     Draw out external toxins
  •     Heal and regenerate skin tissue
  •     Unclog & shrink pores

The organic rose water smells utterly divine and I couldn’t wait to add it to the mask powder to create my mask.  The sachets contain the perfect amount of ingredients so it’s a case of just tipping them all into the bowl and mixing it up until it resembles a thick, mud like texture.

facetox-2The mask feels quite cold and damp on application but you leave it for 30 minutes to dry out during which time you will feel your skin become tighter as the mask draws out all the impurities, toxins and unclogs pores.

It requires a little bit of effort to remove the mask, but I have to say the results are worth it.  My face looked exceptionally clear after and felt really smooth, soft and firmed.  The mask really does work it’s magic and has a powerful effect at deep cleansing the skin.  I would definitely use this again to give my skin a boost and thorough clean, the results are far superior to more basic masks I’ve used in the past.  FaceTox does what it says on the box, a complete detox for you face – give it a try today!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Time Bomb Larger Than Life Hair Care

After trying a number of skincare products from Time Bomb, I was excited to try out their Larger Than Life Shampoo & Conditioner.  With the ability to cleanse, soften, detangle and volumise they sounded like just the thing for regular use on my long straight hair.

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The products come in easy to dispense tubes and upon opening they smelt absolutely divine!  I couldn’t wait to try these out and when I did, they certainly didn’t disappoint.  The shampoo easily lathered and cleansed the hair really well, the smell was amazing and my hair felt great after that.  With the addition of the conditioner, my hair felt ultra soft and bouncy and of course was wonderfully fragrant.  It also contains a unique vitamin peptide complex helps improve hair’s condition, making it look thicker and stronger

I absolutely love these Time Bomb hair care products and if you are looking for a little bit of luxury for your hair, then these are the products to use.  The tubes are large too, so will last a while which is good because at £16.50 each they aren’t the cheapest of hair products but they are definitely worth it for a treat!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Beauty from Holland & Barrett More Stores

Who’d of thought you would be shopping at Holland & Barrett for all your must have beauty buys?  The brand has been revolutionised with it’s new chain of ‘More’ stores and having been to the launch of the Plymouth branch (which you can read more about here) I can assure you they have so much to offer and the choice is vast.  The beauty section is bigger than you expect and packed full of beautiful natural products including interactive displays and products you can make yourself.

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The first range I have been trying out over the last few weeks is by Dr. Organics, a multi award winning brand that utilises the finest natural and organic ingredients wherever possible. The products are of a high quality with formulas that work and have a luxurious feel.

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Dr. Organic Rose Otto Body Wash is heavenly scented and if you love the smell of roses, then you must try this.  The scent just surrounds you in the shower as you wash and leaves you feeling uplifted and energised ready for the day ahead. Packed with heaps of natural ingredients including Organic Rose Otto Oil, Aloe Vera, Limeflower, Chamomile, Passionflower, Calendula plus Geranium and Clove Essential Oils.

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Next up is Dr. Organic Organic Snail Gel Eye Serum, which I have to admit sounds rather strange, but you’d never know it contained snail gel if it didn’t mention it on the box.  It comes in a handy to dispense tube and has a light creamy consistency that is easy to spread around the eye area leaving the skin feeling cool and firm.  Along with snail secretion filtrate, this serum contains oils from safflower seed, olive fruit, candlenut, moringa seed along with aloe vera leaf juice, vitamin E and jujube seed extract.  Loads of natural ingredients to boost your eye area and clinically proven to make you look 6 years younger within 4 weeks of use.

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I’ve always loved painting my nails and hate to have them bare so finding the range of Zoya nail polishes in Holland & Barrett was amazing. The array of colours are gorgeous and I chose a shade called Freja, a shimmery dark grey that goes with pretty much anything to try out.  The polishes are natural and organic with a long lasting formula that’s resistant to chipping.  I found the polish lasted well and only had to remove it due to natural wear around the edges after over a week of wear.  It also had a good sheen that I loved.

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Who doesn’t love a bath bomb?  An indulgent treat to add to a relaxing bath and Beauty Kitchen have come up with an array of 100% natural bath bombs to enjoy.  They all look gorgeous and this ‘Moon Shine’ looks particularly sparkly and pretty.  It smells incredibly relaxing and soothing packed full of lavender and rosemary to leave you ready for a good night’s sleep.

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Ok, so this next one isn’t a beauty product, but if your vegetarian like me or perhaps on a vegan or a gluten free diet, then this product will revolutionise your lunchtime and snacks. If you don’t eat meat, or are fed up with cheese, then this granoVita organic Herb Pate is just the thing you need.  Made from a yeast and tofu base there are five amazing flavours to choose from and I just love spreading them onto crackers or a chunk of fresh bread.  Totally delicious and a really tasty snack, I highly recommend this for a savoury treat!

As you can see above a lovely selection of products that I have been able to try from the Holland & Barrett More Store, some incredible products that you maybe wouldn’t expect to find in the store – the new ‘More’ store concept has really opened it’s doors to a wider audience and with the high standard of products available, it’s well worth a look inside.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

 

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Time Bomb Anti Ageing Skincare Range

Time Bomb is an anti ageing skincare brand that aims to ‘Stop the clock’ quite literally on your face and protect it from all the elements that contribute to ageing by bringing ground breaking formulas such as their complexion cocktails to your dressing tables to give your skin the best chance of looking younger for longer.  Here is just a small selection of the products available.

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I just love the packaging of the Powerball moisturiser and Troubleshooter Neck & Jaw Cream.  The ball shaped pots look fabulous on the bathroom shelf, but it’s all about the product inside that counts.

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Powerball is an intensive moisturiser aiming to hydrate and plump your skin.  It features bio-protectant Trehalose to help preserve skin’s internal fluidity, keeping it supple, elastic, resilient along with Ectoin, a miracle-working, microscopic protein found in the desert which is known for it’s moisture hoarding properties.

I’ve always found it to be rich, hydrating and leaving skin feeling plumped and protected but non greasy but ultra soft to touch.  You can read more about it in my Timebomb Powerball review.

Trouble Shooter is a new product to me, but I adore it’s silver packaging.  The formula aims to firm skin and lighten age spots.  Packed full of powerful plant ingredients, it really does smell rich and potent as you open the jar giving an immediately good impression.  I spread this over my neck and jaw area and it instantly sunk into the skin and already the area feels tighter and smoother.

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Over Exposed is a fantastic product to repair sun damaged skin, something I know I suffer from on my face.  It’s designed to reverse and repair UV damage, to bring your skin back to the smooth, supple feel it once had.  Using Omega9XEster, a vegetable derived emoillent to penetrate deeply into the skin it helps rid the skin of tough, leathery textures and brings back a youthful glow.

Well I tried this on one side of my face and I’m hooked.  It has a smooth buttery texture that quite literally melts into the skin leaving it feeling ultra smooth and soft, I couldn’t believe the difference between the texture in either side of my face – it’s amazing!

Complexion cocktailComplexion Cocktail with a shot of B12 is power blend of 12 Amino Acids and 2 types of Hyaluronic Acid replenishes skin’s surface layers and helps retain moisture for immediate visible plumping.  It’s so easy to use and can be just patted onto the skin with fingers or a cotton pad. I find these very reviving and boosting, check out my Complexion Cocktail review here.

Some excellent skincare products here from Time Bomb, do check them out, they are perfect for reviving your skin after the hot sunny days we’ve been having and will give your face a great boost before the Winter comes along leaving your skin feeling great!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

 

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Transformulas Lip Volume – Review

Transformulas is a brand that promises beauty without surgery by creating groundbreaking formulas that are backed up with scientific, proven evidence. LipVolume is one of these products, that promises to increase lip moisture and volume, therefore improving the contour of the lips and giving a better definition to the lip line. At £29.95 it isn’t cheap, but I’ve been trying it out to see what I thought.

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The lip treatment comes in a sleek, silver tube that immediately looks great, but then it comes down to the product in side. The lip wand is rounded and easy to use, the gloss just glides onto the lip area. Initially there is a slight tingle with a vaguely minty aroma, due to the Menthol in the product giving it a cool feel. I found the feeling really pleasant and not at all strong, and could immediately feel a plumping within my lips. The treatment is non sticky, leaves my lips shiny, highly hydrated and they feel soft and smooth.

Transformulas lipvolume 2Packed full of key ingredients including a natural tripeptide Gly-His-Lys along with Macadamia nut oil, provitamin B5, Vitamin E, Soybean Oil and Menthol, this lip treatment really works and feels great.

I’ve loved using the Transformulas LipVolume, it has become my handbag staple and I am using it several times a day.  It really makes you feel good when you are wearing it as you know you have a glossy sheen on and your lips also feel full and luscious.  Due to it’s excellent hydration properties it also means that your lips won’t dry out, instead they’ll feel highly moisturised and there is no need for any kind of extra balm, which is normally something I would have to use on my dry lips.  This lip treatment has it all packed into one silver little tube – I love it and would happily use it again and again!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

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Holland & Barrett More Store Plymouth

Holland & Barrett More stores are the latest innovation from the brand and I was lucky to attend the launch of the new store in Plymouth last week.  Being only the third store of it’s kind in the country, it was a fantastic opportunity to see how Holland & Barrett are moving with the times and bringing a fresh, modern, innovative approach to their shops that will attract a new wave of customers of all ages.WP_20160714_10_20_41_ProThe store is huge compared to a standard Holland & Barrett shop that I’ve visited and very bright and inviting.  Being right on the doorstep of our shopping centre Drake Circus, you can’t fail to miss it and it invites you right inside to try out it’s array of interactive displays, taste it’s fresh goods, grab a pic ‘n’ mix pot of olives or nuts etc or even make your own body scrub in store ready to take away and use at home that evening!

The beauty section of the store is quite frankly huge!  Beauty isn’t something I would normally associate with  the store, but the More stores now have a large section dedicated to it, packed full of natural and organic brands, far more than I can list down here.  A few of the more prominent ones that spring to mind are Dr Organics, Burt’s Bees, Beauty Kitchen, Weleda to name a few but do check it out for yourself because the choice is vast.  Rather than products being packed into endless rows across shelves there are a lot of inviting displays eager to catch your eye, there are even opportunities for mini makeovers, hand treatments and a lot of sections where you can really see and smell the products.

holland & barrett more store 2Beauty Kitchen are a range that focus on providing 100% natural and effective skin care and body care products that smell amazing.  They have an interactive stand where you can make your own body scrub adding ingredients of your choice.  They also have lip balm kits which would make great gifts as well as an array of bath bombs and other exciting products.  The Zoya stand stood out, a vegan range of nail polish in so many gorgeous looking colours, I could wear them all.  The beauty section here has really impressed me and definitely somewhere I’ll come back to.

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Although Holland & Barrett are known for healthy foods such as seeds, nuts and dried healthy snacks, if you are vegetarian or vegan then you need to get down to the More store now!  It has aisles packed full of not only the usual seeds, pulses, dried substitutes but a whole wall of refrigerated and frozen foods.  There really is a vast choice and I spotted many of my favourite brands in both the chilled and dried aisles.  The snack selection is pretty amazing too, so I know where I’ll be popping into when I’m feeling peckish in town.holland & barrett more store 4If you thought that sounded good then wait until you witness the fresh food offerings the store has to offer.  I wasn’t expecting this lot when I walked in but there is an enormous fresh olive stand where you can pick up a pot and fill with your favourites.  Then there is the nut and seed pick and mix counter which looks truly divine.  These are perfect for a snack during the day or in the evening with a glass of wine. Then there is the Tea Bar, a utterly unique feature that allows you to lift a small glass cloche and sniff the flavoured tea that’s gently wafting inside the lid.  There is a vast range of teas to smell before you buy, with some amazing flavours to try out, such as chocolate orange.  There is also a salad dressing station where you can fill your own dressings and oils from tapped dispensers, again a unique and interesting feature. holland & barrett more store 3

I think you’ll have gathered from the above that I was rather impressed with the new Holland & Barrett More store with it’s vast range of products and modern concept of displays and interactive features.  It really has taken this shop into the future and is a place I’d love to visit  every time I venture into town.  Get down there now to check it out for yourself!

Here you can watch me talking about my thoughts on the store:

Keep you eye out for my follow up blog post reviewing the products I’ve been trying out!

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Pink Gellac Gel Polish Starter Kit – Review

Pink Gellac is Europes No. 1 selling gel polish brand and is really simple to use.  I was pleased to try out their starter pack which comes with everything you need to to get your nails looking gorgeous.

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The starter pack consists of:

  • 1 x Colour 156 Tropical 15 ml
  • 4 x Free Online Course
  • 1 x Pink Gellac LED Lamp
  • 1 x Pink Gellac Base2 
  • 1 x Pink Gellac Ultra Shine 15ml
  • 1 x Pink Nail cleaner 50 ml
  • 1 x Nail file 240-180 grid 
  • 1 x Orange Woodsticks 
  • 10 x Luxury Nail wipes
  • 10 x Remover pockets

Being a busy mum of two I was really intrigued to see how a gel kit worked.  I regularly cover my nails with regular polish but haven’t tried out salon gel treatments due to the time and the expense.  To me, an at home kit means I can do my nails in the comfort of my own home while the children are otherwise occupied, and once I’ve got the kit there is minimal expense.

To apply the gel was a lot faster than I expected.  The drying time is so quick that you can literally do anything once you have cured the nails under the LED lamp. The process is simple, push cuticles back using the orange stick then clean the nails to remove oil and dirt using the Pink Cleaner.  Then apply the base coat, cure for 15 seconds, apply a couple of coats of colour, curing for one minute between each one and then apply the top coat and cure again for one minute.

Watch my video below to see the process from start to finish:

I am so pleased with the finished result, ultra glossy nails that are super smooth and just look rather fabulous!  The colour provided, ‘Tropical’ is really fresh and summery, perfect for this time of year.

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The starter kit from Pink Gellac is great, it’s compact, doesn’t take up much room to store, but allows me to do my nails from home to a high standard.  It lasts up to two weeks and I haven’t had any chips or damage in this time, just a small amount of growth at the base of the nail which is to be expected.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

 

Time Bomb Powerball Intensive Moisturiser

Time Bomb Powerball Intensive Moisturiser is perfect for your skin over the colder months due to it’s rich, hydrating formula.  Delivered in a spherical pot, this intensive formula is packed full of 21 natural hydrating agents to give you totally moisturised skin.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.