Posts Tagged: Nivea

Oct 13

The Beauty Edit: Bumble & Nivea

Central heating is playing havoc with my hair so I’m trying out these new products from Bumble in an effort to bring some life back to my tresses:

Bb Quenching Masque – £30
This bad boy is not for those with limp or fine hair; it packs a serious hydrating/conditioning punch! Use it once a week, leaving on for ten minutes, to help restore natural moisture and bring softness and strength back.

Bb Shine – £22
One of InStyle magazines Best Beauty Buys 2013, this lightweight finishing spray addd sheen and shine without weighting your hair down or makingit look greasy. It’s great for finishing off a blow dry/straighten but I like to use it between washes when my hair is looking a little dull.

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I’m changing tack a bit here and mentioning the new cleansing mousses from Nivea. I’ve been using the product for normal/combination skin to cleanse my skin without stripping away any of the essential natural oils. Nivea Daily Essentials Cleansing Mousse contains almond oil for dry and sensitive skin and Vitamin E for normal/combination skin to help protect against environmental pollution and UV damage. And they are a pocket friendly £4.99.

Aug 13

Moisturising with M&S, Nivea, Biotherm & Ruby Red

In my world, there’s no such thing as too many body moisturisers:

Nivea Q10+ Firming Body Oil – £6.96
This quick absorbing oil is rich in vitamins, A, D and E as well as lecithin and avocado oil so is perfect for those looking for a slightly richer body oil. The Nivea Q10+ plus range contains Co-enzyme Q10 which is found naturally in every cell of the body already where acts as an anti-oxidant and helps boost cell renewal. Simply massage in twice a day (on wet or dry skin) to help alleviate dry skin and if you’re pregnant or have just had the baby, gently rub into stretch marks to help keep the skin supple.

Biotherm Celluli Eraser – £32
In tests, 26% of users saw a reduction in cellulite four weeks after using this when applying it twice and day and after a month’s use, they said their cellulite reduction remained. This isn’t claiming to get rid of cellulite (only good genes, diet, exercise or surgery can do that!) but the combination of pure caffeine and coralline extract encourages fat degradation, while helping to prevent the formation of new fat storage cells. The key here is anti-recurrence; keeping that awful orange peel at bay.


M&S Pure Baby Massage Oil – £7.50
Although my children aren’t babies anymore I like to use products that are as pure and natural as possible and this massage oil from M&S is right up my street. Free from chemical nasties, parabens, mineral oils, artificial fragrances and colours, it contains calming chamomile, starflower and relaxing rosehip and is perfect for moisturising their skin before bed. I like to use it on myself too! If you are going to use it on babies, it’s not suitable for those under 6 weeks.

Ruby Red Soothing Shea Skin Cream – £18
This body cream is delicious; really nourishing and hydrating without leaving your skin slip, slide greasy. Rich in Vitamin A and E, organic lavender and rosemary essential oils, essential fatty acids and organic Shea butter, you only need a tiny amount as once you warm it in your hands, a little goes a long way. The all natural ingredients help improve tone and elasticity as well as moisturising the skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines. There are no chemicals, parabens or preservatives so it’s best used within six months. And it’s a small detail but I love that they have filled the pot right to the very tippy top so you are getting 100% value for money.

Jun 13

Exercise Beauty Favourites

I am currently two weeks in to a 60 day exercise programme called Insanity.

Created by ex-dancer Shaun T it is intense interval training and it’s the hardest workout I’ve ever done (yes, worse than spinning) but it drops the fat like nothing else.

All this exercise means I’ve had to switch up my beauty routine slightly so these are my current favourites:

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Bumble & Bumble Black Hair Powder – £16
This is like dry shampoo in black; perfect for those of us with darker tresses. If your hair gets greasy, use this to soak up some of the oils. The colour was especially formulated for inky brown, Asian, Hispanic and afro hair and I use it post exercise to add fullness to my otherwise ratty ponytail. You can also use it to give a matte finish to your hair, dry cleanse or add volume if your hair is falling flat. Spray carefully; this is like black coloured hairspray and you don’t want it all over your clothes/bed/walls.

Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone & Shimmer – £16.99
Although I am exercising my heart out, every little helps which is why I am using Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone & Shimmer. Not only does it give the legs a subtle shimmer, it contains marine extracts which are proven to target and refine stubborn fatty deposits. For best results use religiously every morning for three months. Massage into dry skin until the cream has fully absorbed. It’s only been two weeks but I’ll let you know if it makes a difference. Worst case scenario I’m left with moisturised and shimmery legs!

Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak – £34.50
Insanity is like nothing you’ve ever seen, high intensity isn’t the word so you can imagine the state I am in by the end of the workout. The first few days I could hardly move which is why I was so happy when the Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak arrived in the post. With extracts of extracts of Birch, Juniper, Clove, Alpine Lavender, Wild Thyme and Blue Chamomile, combined with Mineral-rich Sea Salt a 15 minute soak in the bath does a great job in lessening the strains and aches next morning.

Bioderma Sebium Corrective Concentrate for Enlarged Pores – £14.85
There’s a reason French women always look so fabulous and it’s probably because most of them use Bioderma products. The Micelle solution for sensitive skin is a favourite of beauty editors worldwide but I think the Sebium range has been overlooked. Formulated for combination and oily skins, it clears pores and smooths skin. Excess sebum, stress, smoking and pollution can cause pores to dilate and enlarge but this corrective concentrate improves the appearance of the skin and can be worn as primer. I use it on my forehead, nose and shin before applying makeup.

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser – £3.65
This is a genius product from Nivea; you use your shower gel as usual, rinse off, apply this in shower moisturiser (I used the blue bottle – it contains almond oil and is especially for dry skins) rinse off and you are ready to face the day. Yes, no moisturising your skin afterwards. While it definitely hydrates and moisturises the skin, I’m not ready to say goodbye to a separate body cream totally but it is perfect for the gym, the busy and/or the lazy.

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