Temple Spa Nail Treats Review

For years I wished I was the girl with perfectly manicured nails every day. Beautifully filed, always painted and never chipped. That dream quickly faded when I totalled up the cost of having my nails done twice a month (they grow very quickly!) and once that reality hit home I started my search for a nail varnish that would last on my nails, while not chipping after just a day or so.

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When I first tried the Temple Spa Nail Treats I first fell in love with the wide range of colours but as I looked further into the products and the brand itself I knew that these nail varnishes would be in my collection for a long time to come.

Temple Spa themselves are a British skincare and beauty brand that sell exclusively at Harrods and online. Though British their products are inspired by the Mediterranean and pack full of quality ingredients. If you’d like to know more about the company, I reviewed one of their face masks and went into further detail on the detail of the company there.

Picture1The nail varnishes are actually called ‘nail treats’ as they don’t just colour your nails, but give your nails a spa experience with their professional nail formulations. The nail colours are a treatment for the nails and provide an intense, quick-drying, high gloss colour whilst allowing the nail to breathe. Packed with vitamin E and calcium pantothenate, they’re free from the usual nail polish nasties.

Picture1My favourite colour to wear at the moment is this beautiful shade in which easily made it into my March Favourites.

And now to the important question… how long do they last on your nails? If you have a busy lifestyle where taking an hour out for your nails to dry is a real treat, then this could be the deciding vote for you…Well, I’m happy to say that they last a long time! If you’re willing to paint your nails how they should be painted (base coat, colour, top coat) then you should see at least 5 days worth of wear out of your nail treat. Should you then add a quick top coat every other day, you can see the colour last on your nails for a good week. I don’t know about you, but this was a game changer for me. Nail varnishes that I’ve used the the past will chip after just a couple of days, even with a base and top coat but I just don’t have time to repaint my nails more than once a week!

At £10 per nail treat they’re sat at the top end of the pricing spectrum but considering how long the polish lasts the price is well justified.

So, if you’re a busy, on the go kind of girl who loves looking well groomed but without spending too much time or money then the Temple Spa Nail Treats could be the perfect product for you.

 

Have you tried these nail treats before? Or do you have a favourite nail varnish collection that you’d recommend?

 

 

 

March Favourites

If I could put a month of 2017 so far into my favourites I’d happily add the month of March. We’ve seen the start of Spring, which brought a breakthrough of flowers, lighter evenings and a new energy to make the most of each day.

I don’t regularly post about my favourites, and haven’t done so since December, but I thought the month of a beautiful seasonal change deserved a celebration of what I’ve enjoyed using this month. It’s been a month of the hecticness that comes with starting a new job, but I’ve been regularly using my favourite products to brighten up the working days. So without further adieu, here are the things I’ve been loving throughout March.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

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It’s a beauty classic that needs little introduction. In fact, this mascara has been in and out of my makeup since I was a teenager, when I first started rocking the bold eye. At under £5 it’s a really low priced addition to your makeup collection and will see you through from day to night. This is my everyday mascara that separates lashes and makes them bold without weighing them down. I always buy the ‘Very Black’ mascara which truly makes those lashes stand out.

Seventeen Shimmer  Block

Now that our days are being graced with the UK sunshine I want my face to sparkle with it! I was the girl that would only use the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick until last S3997229_t3b55b3f6ummer but now that I’ve found this inexpensive option I don’t anticipate going back anytime soon. It’s long wearing, with a variety of shades which allows you to highlight or bronze appropriately. And for the savvy beauty shopper, it can also be used as an eyeshadow or brow bone highlight. Though the Seventeen version is no longer available at Boots, their Collection Glow Block is another great product, at only £3.99.

Collection Velvet Kiss- Caramel

9038556430366I would review the whole Collection Cosmetics Velvet Kiss products over and over again if I didn’t think you’d get bored but I think my previous review will suffice if you want a full collection overview. It’s safe to say that I’m sold on these products. At only £3.99 this nude lip colour is a great addition to the everyday make up look.

Temple Spa Nail Varnish

Another group of products that you’ll hear me talk about on multiple occasions. The TempPicture1.pngle Spa Nail Varnish collection has a range of colours that they call ‘Treats’. And they really are a treat for the nails. The varnish is packed full of Vitamin-E and calcium which strengthens the nail under the beautiful colours. The nail varnish is also free of 5 nasties (formaldehyde, camphor, DBP, toluene or phthalates) for those of you that are concerned about these chemical bases. Quick drying and glossy, the Temple Spa collection is now my go to nail varnish that, with an application of base and top coat, leaves me with that manicured, chip-free look for at least 5 days. My favourite colour of the month has to be Positano, a bright pink that stands out in the spring sunshine. Though if you follow me on Instagram you’ll already have known that!

Glamour Magazine

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Glamour Magazine is nothing new. Having launched in 2001 Glamour has been the biggest-selling women’s lifestyle magazine in the UK and in Europe. Now as someone who loves a bargain, and fresh from the Saving Season, it was the now £1 price tag that caught my eye… That and the beautiful Jourdan Dunn gracing the front cover. And the content is as captivating as the cover. With content covering the usual fashion and beauty pieces, it also offers some ‘deeper’ content such as the interview with Jourdan Dunn. I tend to skip through the bits my mother would frown upon and stay engaged with the rest!

Early Mornings

Though not technically a product, in fact not at all a product, but still something that I’ve really learnt to appreciate this month. I’ve been making a concerted effort to drag myself out of bed by 5:30 am, giving myself an hour and a half to have some surprisingly productive me-time. I plan to write a post on learning to be a morning person where I’ll talk about the journey to actually enjoying getting up so early, but for now I’ll just let you know why I love them. Firstly, it’s the only quiet time I have in a day. The house is quiet, the demands of the day haven’t yet started occupying my attention and I manage to achieve those tasks that I’ve been meaning to do for a while! I exercise, brainstorm blog ideas and read a good book. Anything that allows me to enjoy the calm before the somewhat anticipated storm of the day.

So those are the things that I’ve been loving throughout May. What have you enjoyed using?

Temple Spa Purification | Review

Temple Spa products are made in England with a nod to the Mediterranean which influences the ingredients and style inspiration. The brand’s development team includes world renowned doctors, herbalists, professors of biochemistry and dermatology from Switzerland, Italy and the UK. Temple spa boasts a wide variety of beauty and skincare products ranging from nail polish to face serums and lip gloss to shimmer duos.

Those who know of Temple Spa will likely have been introduced to the luxurious products through a Temple Spa Party hosted in the home by one of the brand’s own Consultants. Outside of these events you can also purchase Temple Spa via their website or at the world renowned Harrods store in Knightsbridge, London. The somewhat exclusivity of Temple Spa may lead you to believe that owning any part of the range would be outside of a moderate budget but in actual fact, Temple Spa have products many price bands which make it accessible to many.

One of my favourite products is the Purification Deep Cleaning Mask which is described as a ‘vacuum cleaner for the skin’. This rich face mask, made from land and sea mud, is packed full of natural extracts which are known for their ability to tackle blocked pores, blackheads another effects of oily skin. Though I would describe my skin as normal-combination rather than oily I use Purification once a week as recommended. For the first use you should only keep on the skin for up to 15 minutes so that you can make sure that the formula agrees with your skin. After this first application you can use as often as you please for as long as you wish to treat your skin. I have slept in the mask, once dry, for upwards of 6 hours and woken up with bright skin and minimised pores.

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The mask doesn’t tighten on the skin as you would expect from a clay mask. Rather, it dries well but leaves a flexibility in the skin. As you apply the mask you’re greeted with the aroma of Lavender, Lemongrass and Tea Tree which only helps you in relaxing to enjoy the mask.

Purification can also be used as a spot treatment on particularly troublesome areas of the face. I have been known to use the mask first thing in the morning as I wake up to ‘vacuum’ out the contents of a spot. This can also be used across an oily T-zone or an area with particularly open pores.

In comparison to other products found on the high street Purification may seem costly at £27 for an 85g jar but I am yet to find a face mask to rival this one. The results mean that I will always turn to it when my skin is calling out for a spa treatment in the comfort of my own home. You need only use a small amount of the product which should see a full jar last for around 4 months if used once a week as recommended.

Whenever friends or family visit I am known to offer them a treatment during their visit, both men and women alike, and I am yet to find a disappointed visitor. So why not give Temple Spa‘s Purification a go and treat your face to an at home treatment.

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Method:

  1. Remove Purification from the jar with a spatula or tea spoon. You will only need a portion the size of a marble to cover the whole face.
  2.  Apply the mask across the whole face, being careful to avoid the mouth and eye area. You can use your fingers for this but I choose to use a foundation brush to apply the mask from the back of my hand.
  3. Leave on the face for as long as you please. This can be an express 15 minute treatment if that is all the time you have.
  4. Relax.
  5. Remove the mask with a warm damp cloth. Again, careful to avoid the eyes.
  6. Once removed I would recommend applying a facial toner to close your pores post treatment.

Key Ingredients:

Lemongrass, Kaolin, Lavender, Vitamin E, Myrtle, Tea Tree, Vitamin A, Bergamot, Eucalyptus oil, Anise, Pomegranate, Rosemary, Sage, Lemonbalm, Planains, Date, Sugar cane extract.

Suitable For: 

  • Oily skin
  • Men & women, including teenage skin
  • Normal skin that has blocked pores, black-heads and other blemishes
  • Other blemished areas, including backs and upper arms