Like A Green Juice For Your Face.

For super healthy skin you really need to pay close attention to both what you eat and what you apply topically. Well, with the Dr. Alkaitis Organic Universal Mask you’re getting the best of both worlds. The ingredients list is pure as pure can be, with everything sounding as at home in a salad or fresh juice as it does now in a face mask.
The Universal Mask is for skin that’s dry, sensitive, inflamed or feeling irritated. It’s also a good one for when you just need to perk up your skin with a mask session, so really, it’s for everyone. I really prefer masks in powder form these days as I like to customise how I mix them; plain water, floral waters, oils, honey, yogurt or even mixed in with a cleanser. It’s up to you. This particular mask really shines when mixed with yogurt, some oil & water, or a cream cleanser. The powder is really easy to manipulate – it’s isn’t scrubby, gritty or hard to mix (some clay masks can be a pain to get just right) just a few drops of water turns the powder into a silky cream type of formula that spreads easily on your skin. And yes, it does turn you an attractive pea green.

To keep the ingredients active on the skin Dr. Alkaitis recommend not letting this mask dry, so if you do use water to mix just keep a mist handy to spritz every few minutes. If you’re using something like honey then this isn’t necessary as it won’t dry!
After 10-20 minutes I like to press a steamy hot cloth to my skin for a few seconds before wiping the mask away, then following up with a swipe of toner on a cotton pad to get any last green residue. I don’t know if anyone else has this issue when masking but my flannels or muslin cloths can never really get every last scrap, I always find my cotton pad has some mask on it afterwards.
Once removed my skin feels soft and calm, this isn’t a super active going to pull out every spot and reveal your brightest glow kinda mask. It’s calming, soothing, a little rejuvenating and very softening, like a chill pill for the skin. I reach for this after a detox or exfoliating mask, or when I don’t know what else to use. It’s reliable, comforting and feels like it’s doing some good.

Dr Alkaitis’ Grass Juice Complex (kamut grass*. alfalfa*, oat grass* and wheat grass*), oat Buds*. Dr. Alkaitis’ Sea Vegetable Complex (chlorellaº, dulseº, spirulinaº, sea palmº and sea willowº) Dr. Alkaitis’ Vegetable Protein blend (brown rice*, quinoa* and amaranth*) Dr. Alkaitis’ Vegetable Complex (carrots*, cabbage, sweet potato*, kale*, broccoli*, asparagus, brussels sprouts, cucumber, ginger*, onions, cauliflower, beets*, tomatoes* and parsley*). Dr. Alkaitis’ Seed Complex (pumpkin*, sesame*, amaranth*, flax*, soy*, oats*, rye*, buckwheat*, millet*, barley*, brown rice* and sunflower*)

* certified organically grown
º ethically wild-crafted

You can pick up the Dr. Alkaitis Universal Mask here (£48) and get yourself 15% OFF with the code ‘ANNABEL15’ at Alyaka. I would also really recommend the Dr. Alkaitis Travel Kit (£56) too, which has 7 very generously sized different products for you to sample from the range – it would last you aaaages! A good one for a gift or travelling, or just trying something new.

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Luxury Candle Sets: Not For Sharing

bella freud candle set christmas

Some great candle sets for you here; but don’t think you can start divvying them up into little individual stocking fillers. Oh no. These were not made for sharing: they are little boxes of pure, selfish candle indulgence, each fragrance carefully chosen so that you have a kind of “scent experience” going on*.

jo malone travel candle collection

Take, for example, the Jo Malone Scented Travel Candle Collection, £64 here. There’s a classic Blackberry & Bay candle and then two scents that are more festive – Roasted Chestnut and Pine & Eucalyptus. Pine could be burnt now, to get into the Christmas spirit, then warm Roasted Chestnut to take you through the New Year and finally, once the tree has been packed away and you’re sat feeling glum in a sea of debris, Blackberry & Bay to lift the spirits.

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Complexion Rescue: The Total Tiredness Turnaround

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue in "Wheat"

This is the second time in only a few weeks that I’ve gone to write a rave review about something and then found that I’ve already done a rave review about it. On the one hand, it’s very annoying, because I invest quite a bit of time testing things, photographing them, checking the ingredients and taking various pictures (if relevant) of them on my actual face. On the other hand, it has to be a big old tick against the product if I’ve gone to rave review it not once, but twice. Don’t know what an earth it says about my memory, but we’ll brush over that…

So the Complexion Rescue from bareMinerals. Yes I have reviewed it before (you can find the original post here) but at that time I had shade 2, which was a bit pale, and now I have shade 4, which is exactly the sort of my-skin-but-a-bit-warmed-up tone I’ve been looking for. It’s perhaps darker than I need, but so sheer that I can get away with it – nothing drastic, but definitely noticeable. My perfect summery shade.

This Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream is one of the most hydrating tinted moisturisers I’ve ever tried; fresh, plumptious and can, unless you have incredibly dry skin, be applied over the top of serum rather than having to wear a proper moisturiser in between. I’ve worn it both ways (numerous times) and I’d almost say that wearing it over a serum and moisturiser is too much moisture