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.


A Jet Setters Survival Guide…

A Jet Setters Survival Guide…
Anyone that knows me knows that I really LOVE to travel, it is my totally over the top and rather expensive hobby in fact I’m even writing this blog post  whilst multi tasking while searching for my next holiday!

Being a self confessed control freak whenever I travel I have a habit of being uber organised. It all started back when I was a dancer for Kelly Rowland, on day one of rehearsals we were told we’d be travelling all over the globe performing shows and plane hopping. Although hugely exciting and one of the best experiences of my life it was also a killer at times and could sometimes take a real toll on my body, sleep pattern and of course my skin! So when one of Kelly’s longstanding American dancers who had already travelled the world once over said “hunny your gonna need to get yourself a survival kit’ (no not for our Destiny Child ‘Survivor’ number but for all of the long haul flights) I set upon a mission to get myself all the best things to keep in my handbag on a flight….

Here is my must haves when flying anywhere over 2 hours…

1: 2 litre bottle of water…

Flying is one of the most dehydrating experiences for our bodies. With that in mind

it is really important to stay hydrated not just for our internal selves but for our skin which can also show signs of drying, wrinkling and produce dark circles under the eyes without a sufficient water intake.

2: Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream…

This wonder product has so many uses. I mainly use it for two reasons; to keep my lips from drying and also to dab on the inside of my nose. The reason being; planes are not sterile environments and with the air being filtered as many as 7 times per flight on some occasions, you are 100 times more likely to catch a bug on a flight. Ewwwww! So by rubbing a small amount of this product or Vaseline around the inside of the nose it helps by replacing the protective germ catching mucus inside our noses that we lose when the dry air in the cabin causes it to evaporate. It can also be used for combating drying around the eyes, as a face mask and for your cuticles.

3: A memory foam sleep pillow…

Even if you catch an hours nap this will help with the time zone adjustment that often leaves people jet lagged. We all know planes are not comfortable unless we are fortunate enough to be up there with the Beckhams in upper class so it’s important to protect your neck. A crick in your neck for the remainder of your holiday is                                                                     definitely not what you want.

4: Dermalogica multi active toner…
I love this stuff! After a snooze a quick spritz springs your skin back to life rehydrating and also infusing vitamins back into the skin. It also comes in a handy travel size that I don’t leave the country without.

5: Dermalogica Active moist face cream….

This product is fantastic for keeping our skin in good balance ie: not to oily and not to dry. With some richer moisturisers you may experience some glooping or it may turn into a strange paste eventually if you apply several layers during your journey but with active moist you can continue to re apply throughout your flight and your skin will keep drinking it up. Magic!



6: Clear mascara…
I tend to avoid makeup on flights over 2 hours so I can moisturise and spritz my skin without worrying about my make up. But a slick of clear mascara on your brows and lashes before landing helps to make you appear a little more groomed than au natural even though you’re technically still are.


7: A thick pair of socks and a chunky knit shawl…
Now although your destination may be 30 degrees celsius your flight certainly won’t be. There is nothing worse than being stuck on a flight freezing your butt off! The second that air con kicks in and we’ve taken off I tend to wrap up warm. Plus the shawl makes a good blanket when you feel to take that power nap. I recommend the shawls from Tie Rack and thick socks you can get from anywhere!

8: Don’t forget your toothbrush!
I never step foot on a flight without my fold away toothbrush and mini tube of toothpaste. Some flights are 15 hours long and I don’t know about you but I certainly wouldn’t go that long without   brushing my teeth. SuperDrug and Boots stock great miniature product ranges including toothpastes, mouthwashes and travel toothbrushes all tiny enough to fit in the smallest of hand luggage. Remember to use bottled water to brush your teeth though people we don’t know how many times the water on board gets filtered do we?!? Gross!



9: Anti bacterial wipes & hand sanitiser….
Did you know that when USA airlines were tested for germs over 60% of the tray tables contained traces of the MRSA superbug! Moral of the story is wipe it down the second you take your seat along with the arm rests and use your hand gel before every meal! Maybe it’s not the Islands that give people icky tummys? Maybe it’s the plane that’s the culprit!

Just add 10 drops of this formula to your water or under your tongue to revitalise whilst you’re flying. It also claims to help with jet lag, fatigue and boosts your immune system as well as purifying drinking water.
It’s also great for rehydrating after a hangover so I’ll certainly be packing mine for my next trip to Las Vegas!

11. Mini Deo…

A long haul flight in the same clothes can make you feel a little frauzy. Nothing beats a quick spray of Dove deodorant under your arms. The scent is like clean clothes, so is the perfect refresh before leaving the plane and embarking on the next leg of your journey.Also a nice spray before you reach your destination will prepare you for the heat at the other end if you’re lucky enough to be heading somewhere hot!

So there you have it, my in flight survival guide!

Happy holidays!



NEWA …New Age Skin Care!

NEWA …New Age Skin Care!

I managed to get my hands on the very mysterious NEWA device back in December, however as you know I travel A LOT these days so I new that I wasn’t going to be home much in the run up to the Christmas to give it a fair road test. For that reason I decided I would resist the urge to rip open the extremely inviting box that it came in and I would put it aside and work it into my daily routine for January.  New year new beauty routine… sounds good right?

Right off the bat I was so relieved when I discovered that the box only contained five things… The NEWA device itself, the activator gel, a cute as a button carry case, the instructions and the charger… Phew at least I didn’t need an engineering degree to put the thing together or to make it work. The device itself is in fact very attractive, when you think of the size of the machines that we beauty lovers are used to experiencing when we go for a professional treatment in a salon whether it be microdermabrasion, laser or fat freezing it’s hard to believe that this tiny little FDA approved skin tightening device could possibly deliver such powerful results approved by top plastic surgeons in fact!

So i’ll be honest… ordinarily I can be rather  lazy when it comes to reading instructions… I am a dive in with both feet kinda gal on most things (aka lazy and can’t be bothered to read the instruction manual kinda gal). However when it comes to any electrical device near my face I’m definitely gonna check out the rules! So after having a little read of the easy to understand booklet I removed my makeup and jewellery (as advised in the booklet) I cleansed my face with gentle exfoliating cleanser Dermalogica Microfoliant and followed this by a second cleanse using Neals yard Organic Rose facial wash. I then dried my skin and hands thoroughly. Next up I applied the NEWA Lift activator gel in two lines on the head of the device as instructed, following that I spread the cooling gel evenly across my skin onto the areas to be treated. The booklet suggested that you start treatment on level two and keep the device moving in circular movements around the skin so you can feel your skin warming but you don’t allow it to get too hot, however i really enjoyed the warmth and found it quite relaxing. You can use it on both the face and neck and the treatment can take between 16 minute for the face treatment  and 24 minutes if you decide to include your neck area.

Firstly the device is so small that you can use it with just one hand, maybe whilst your having a cup of tea, checking your emails or updating your Instagram! I personally opted to work it into my evening routine whilst watching Netflix and updating my website in bed ( Talk about multitasking ayy ladies! ) Also it’s perfect if like me; you travel a lot for work as it makes the perfect travel skincare companion as its highly effective yet super lightweight. I also love how it doesn’t look anything like a powerful anti aging device so your secret to youthful looking skin is perfectly safe with NEWA.

I have to admit that in 2016 my skin definitely starting losing a some elasticity and I also noticed my pores have become slightly enlarged (Oh how lovely it is to hit your 30’s NOT)! So to start 2017 with the latest in beauty gadgetry was very exciting for me.

The system claims to have the following results on its website and after road testing it for the past three weeks my vote is swinging in favour of these bold statements being true…

Immediately after your treatment: Skin on the face feels plumper and tighter, with a radiant glow.

After 4 week’s use: Fine lines and wrinkles will be noticeably reduced and skin is firmer and smoother

After 12 weeks’ use: Further reduction in wrinkles, firmer, smoother facial skin with ongoing improvements over time.

NEWA advises that you give yourself an at home treatment three-five times a week for the first four weeks, then just twice a week thereafter. Now what exactly does it do I hear you ask?

The device is designed to treat the Crow’s feet, lost definition of jawline, and lost laxity under the chin… it works by stimulating the natural production of collagen, reinvigorating existing collagen, Increasing blood flow and promoting healthy skin cell activity and renewal. All of these attributes create a firmer, tighter skin with reduced wrinkles and a more radiant complexion. It is also suitable to use whether you are  in your 20s, 40s or 60s and also safe to use on all skin types even if you have dabbled with a little Botox or Fillers you can still continue to use your NEWA two weeks after your Aesthetics treatment.

In our 20s, our natural production of collagen and skin cell activity starts to slow down. As we enter our 30s our skin starts to show the visible signs of ageing, which then become more noticeable as we enter our 40s and beyond; with lines, wrinkles and skin losing it’s elasticity.

3DEEP Skin Science uses radiofrequency, a form of energy that has been used in medical and aesthetic treatments across the world for decades. The technology is so advanced that you won’t get a more effective skin tightening treatment outside of a skin clinic. In fact, NEWA is the only home-use radio frequency device cleared by the USA FDA for skin tightening.

For £350.00 retail price its not the cheapest addition to your anti aging skin routine but if it keeps the surgeon at bay then my guess is your will find it great value for money as it reverses the signs of ageing without the need for any drastic treatments.

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