Shanie’s Top 5 Summer Sun Screens for your face…

Shanie’s Top 5 Summer Sun Screens for your face…

The first truly sunny weekend of the year just happened here in Britain and the newspapers are full of images of us Brits soaking up the sun on packed beaches! Now unlike the Aussies who use sunscreen every single day as a part of their usual routine, us Brits can be a little uneducated and also lazy when it comes to protecting our skin from harmful UVA & UVB rays. Now more than ever women are wanting to look younger for longer and rather than turning to botox we could all do one thing to really and truly help keep us looking younger for longer and that’s being obsessed with wearing an SPF daily in the same way we are obsessed with flocking to the beach every time the heat rises above 20 degrees celsius .With that said I have collated a list of my Top 5 tried and tested sunscreens for the face and included just what is so great about them!

Crystal Clear Protect & Repair


(Perfect for… Fans of peels & resurfacing treatments)

SPF 40: £45 for 125ml

Having completed the Crystal Clear training myself in both the Microdermabrasion facial and also the famous celebrity oxygen facial I can confirm first hand that the Crystal clear brand is the high flyer in anti-aging product.

This powerhouse product line has developed a high-performance anti-aging and sunscreen in one fabulous product. It’s goal is reduce fine lines and minimise sun damage as well as to act as your daily moisturiser. It feels like a luxury day cream and is really hydrating for more mature skin. It’s also the perfect choice for women who like have chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or use strong exfoliating products as it is what we facialist would give a client post skin resurfacing.

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport


(Perfect for… The outdoorsy & sporty woman)

SPF 50: £32.50 for 156ml

This product is a personal favourite of mine, it’s great for both the face and also the body, I personally use this during the summer months when I am working out in direct sunlight. It smells gorgeous and is a great choice  for the sporty type. Boasting a non-greasy formula that feels comfortable on the skin, it is lightweight and water resistant. Blended with liquorice extracts to calm the skin and fight against UV-induced free radicals, this innovative formula also contains hyaluronic acid to help restore moisture and aide hydration in the skin. – E.D


Elizabeth Arden Environmental Defense


(Perfect for… Oily Skin)

SPF:50 £26.00 for 50ml

I have been a fan of Elizabeth Arden for around 10 years now since I first got my hands on their famous 8 hour cream / balm.  I originally tried this sunscreen when I got it free as a sample with a magazine,  after just one use I realised that it was just as balmy as the original product but with the added sun protection.This is a twist on that very same classic Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant with an added intensive sun protection with SPF50. This formula is lightweight, and importantly an oil-free lotion helps protect your skin from sun exposure while hydrating for up to 8 hours. This is a brand you can trust with a oil free formula which is great for people who are prone to oily skin.

DermaQuest Sheer Zinc 


(Perfect for… Acne prone & sensitized skin)

SPF: 30 £51.00 for 2oz

I started using this product last summer on a trip to Mykonos. I wanted to try a sunscreen specifically for my face that was a physical sunscreen rather than a chemical sunscreen particularly as I am prone to visible unsightly pigmentation when in the sun. This product is soothing whilst protecting the elastin protein in your skin from being broken down whilst in the sun. The formula contains Zinc Oxide which protects the skin, whilst Iron oxides provide a natural tint. The level of protection was incredible, I did not suffer with any pigmentation when using this product however I also felt I didn’t tan at all through it. This is perfect for people who do not mind for fitting their tan entirely to protect there skin, but the good news is is comes in tinted versions so you can fake your tan using the “Sunkissed” or “Tan” shades.

Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day


(Great for normal younger skin & under make up)

SPF 15 £19.99 20 ml

The smell of this product reminds you of a day at the beach however I would recommend a much stronger SPF if you were at the beach. This pick is for those looking for some day to day sun protection, moisture and lots of Vitamin C. It contains SPF 15 which should be worn daily even in the winter months, it absorbs quickly and sits well under makeup for a moisturiser but doesn’t substitute  a primer. I really like this  pick for an everyday moisturiser with added sun protection for normal skins.

Sun Alert: Limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing and using sunscreens may reduce the risk of skin cancer and other harmful effects of the sun.


Luxury New Salon Alert!

Luxury New Salon Alert!

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to check out a new salon that recently opened up on the famously posh Kings Road. 

Being that it was situated in Fulham I was expecting a pretentious environment with over priced distinctly average treatments on offer and a opulent yet uncomfortable surrounding. In fact what I discovered is what has to be one  of the most quaint salons I have ever seen with so much curb appeal that it makes you want to walk in a book yourself every treatment on the menu. 

I was greated by the relaxed and friendly Bridget who is a 29 year old make up artist turned entrepreneur and in fact the owner of Blush + Blow. She welcomed me along with a few of her staff and instantly offered me a coffee or a tea. When I asked if they had iced coffee as it was a rather warm day she politely told me that they didn’t but they would get me one and before I knew it she had sent a lovely young lady to the coffee shop next door to get me the iced coffee I desired! Talk about a welcome! She then took the time to discuss what I wanted out of the facial and blow dry I had booked and discussed my options then she  gave me a tour of the fantastic spacious beauty parlour. 

Decorated in a dove grey pallet with minty accents the vibe is calm and relaxed.  But it still feels luxury and modern with sumptuous pedicure thrones, golden foot spas and white linen walls in the treatment rooms. If I could design a salon of my own this would be exactly what I would want! The owner has added such lovely touches, a branded doggie water bowel out on the front deck, an outdoor seating area, a princess play area complete with mini dressing table, phone chargers at every blow dry chair (genius!) and child friendly nail polish and lipstick for mother daughter pamper sessions. This is a spot that has really thought of everything.

The Environ Facial;

My facial was hands down one of the strangest yet affective facials I think I have had ever! I opted for the Environ facial (£75.00) which included the therapist using eclectic current and ultra sound on my face to encourage the vitamin rich serums into the deeper layers of my skin. It wasn’t like any facial I had had before being that the sensation of the electric current took a lot of getting used too but it was worth it as my skin appeared plump and glowing afterwards.  The mask was cool and tingly and really helped with the dark circles under my eyes especially as the mask covers them entirely. I really loved the fact that it was a treatment that really seemed to be actively doing something.

The Blow Dry;

The girls were super friendly and professional, and very egar to please. My hair looked great when I left, although it didn’t last for several days like I would like when getting a professional blow dry. But having only been open for one week there is plenty of time for perfecting it’s hold. I’m sure the girls are just getting used to working with new products.

Overall this salon ticks every box I wanted checked to turn me from a one off visitor to a frequent client. I would give it 5 stars and throughly recommend it for maintenance appointments as well as a special occasion such as a bridal shower or mother daughter pamper day. 

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