Yardley is a brand that we all know, but tend to associate with grannies and talc but I recently attended the launch of the new Yardley London Hermina fragrance - and was very pleasantly surprised. 

I can tell you now that all talc-related judgements have been cast aside. The new Yardley London perfumes are modern and elegant, and what better way to encapsulate that then with a Modern Calligraphy workshop?

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Modern Calligraphy Meets The New Yardley London Hermina Fragrance

So last week I went to the launch of the new Sleek LIP VIP Lipsticks with some blogger pals. I'm a big lipstick fan, and my 2016 resolution is to actually start wearing more of the lip colours I own instead of sticking to my usual, trusted three lipsticks. (sound familiar anyone?)

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New Beauty Launch! Sleek Lip VIP Lipstick Review & Swatches

With the start of the new year comes the inevitable - the diets, the resolutions and (my least favourite) the GYM. Words cannot express how much I hate going to the gym, especially when it's cold outside and I can just press snooze one more time. So imagine my interest when I found out about a gym for your face? That's right, you heard me - I'm going to have a nice sit down... and exercise my face.

A workout for your face? Seriously, I was as perplexed (and intrigued) as you probably are. Any exercise whilst sitting down is always preferable. Enter FaceGym, a facial exercise and skincare studio based in Selfridges. It's meant to be a revolutionary approach to bootcamp that offers a tailored facial workout alongside a juice and nutritional programme (with The Juicery and WelleCo) in order to get your face looking fantastic.

How Does It Work?

Drawing elements of Chinese massage and acupuncture, the facial workout follows the similar steps of a normal work out. But it's NOT a facial. There are five steps including a warm up, cardio, strength, sculpting and a cool down - these are often things that draw a shudder within me (with the exception of the cool down, cos that bit can not come quick enough for me when in the gym!)

There's even a mini swiss ball for your face - seriously.  The combination of these techniques is meant to detox the face, whilst toning the facial muscles, boosting blood flow for cell renewal and collagen production. 

FaceCamp is the range of what I like to call "wellness workouts" for your face. So the signature workouts, plus the nutritional support that my hungover, dried out skin is probably cryyying out for.

You can choose from a selection of workouts depending on your skincare concern, but don't worry, it's not all "dry skin", "dehyrdated skin", "problem skin" boring, bogstandard, textbook skintype categories.  At FaceGym, you can pick from "Phone Face", "Winter Face" and "Sugar Face" to name a few.

WHat's Meant To Happen?

The FaceGym workout draws parallels with how your body responds to going to the gym (what? pure terror and hardship? I jest.) Similarly to how your body improves in tone, lift and skin texture after some successful workouts at the gym, the results on your face after micro cardio and strength training are of the same sort. So HELLO toned, smooth, lifted facial contours. 

What do I think?

Personally, i'm fascinated by the concept. There ARE 50+ muscles in your face, so I can kind of see how micro stimulation and massage can work to improve your facial tone and texture.

I'm also keen on any non-invasive ways to beautify your skin. In a world where instant fillers and injections are so readily available, I'm always trying to keep it "old school" I guess?

So there we go, I'm booked in for my first FaceCamp session this weekend. I honestly can't WAIT to tell you about it - whether it's the greatest discovery in modern beauty, or whether it was just 30 minutes of swiss-balling my face. (no jokes, you dirty dogs)........ Stay tuned.

If you're already so intrigued that you'd like to sort out your own skincare session at FaceGym, you can find out more and book here

What do YOU think? Tweet me your thoughts @FaceValueBlog or send me a comment on Facebook!

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A WorkOut For Your Face? Forget The Gym, I'm Going to Face Camp!

Blimey, no YouTube videos in a while and then suddenly two at once! So last week I vlogged about my new Charlotte Tilbury makeup tips and this week? It's all about how to style shorter hair - like my straight lob!

So, I've not stopped going on about it, but I grabbed my life by the balls in December, got a new job and decided to cut my waist length hair to a long bob. The good news is that I love the new length (you can hear me blabbering on about it when I dyed my dark hair purple on my blog here), but the only downside is that I genuinely feel like I'm back at the starting line when it comes to styling it.

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Working Out How To Style Short Hair With The Boots Beauty Box

After a couple of hair posts, I’m back to my original love which is MAKEUP. Today’s cosmetically focused post is about two amazing Charlotte Tilbury products that I got over Xmas. 

Why do I think they're an amazing beauty buy? First of all, they’re rose gold and look incredible. Secondly, they make my face look incredible too. Winning combination methinks! Charlotte Tilbury makeup is such a luxury for me and I'm desperate to expand my collection (though I’m far too tight to buy it for myself lol)

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Charlotte Tilbury Gift Haul: Filmstar Bronze & Glow and Big Lip Duo!

So it’s been about a month with my new ‘lob’ (long bob) when I previously had Rapunzel-like waist length locks. Not to be overly dramatic but it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster to be honest. 

Sometimes I’m like “I’m freeeee from knots and split ends, I LOVE MY NEW HAIR” and other times I wake up in the morning and am like “HOW do I fix this? I look like a mushroom, this is rubbish” (well – more expletives really, but I’m trying not to get listed as Adult content on Google again…)

So today’s blog post is a collection of realisations I’ve had along the way – if you’ve had a hair transformation recently, let me know if you relate to any of these! Oh yeah, and this Photoshop session was fun too..

Breathing life back into short hair is easy!

How great is this? Gone are the days where heat styling was your only saviour. You can now transform your hair with a quick upside down flip, or a bit of ruffling. RUFFLING, I tell you!!! A touch of dry shampoo scrunched through the ends and voila, office to bar hair, sorted in 10 seconds. I’m experimenting with flipping my fringe onto either side, or down the middle but it’s brilliant not to need straightening irons or curlers to make a difference.

(Psst, my next video on my YouTube Channel is all about styling a bob or a lob)

Beanies now look GREAT on you.

I could never pull off a beanie hat before – my long hair made me look like some sort of tadpole Humpty Dumpty. However, now with short hair, beanies are my perfect ‘carefree French girl’ accessory, teamed with a slim-line black coat and clean white Stan Smiths, they are my new obsession. (the more pompoms the better!)

Same goes for any other hair accessory - they just look automatically better on me now with short hair!

Drying your hair is no longer a chore

Hooray! Gone are the days of trying detangle a barrel brush from the ends of your hair. Gone is the 15 minutes spent with your head upside down, trying to create some volume and lift in your roots without giving yourself a headrush. Short hair is super easy to style with a barrel brush and it goes BIG very quickly. However, if you don’t use any smoothing product, you run a high risk of looking like a fluffy mushroom head.

It now MATTERS which way your ends are pointing

I genuinely never had to even consider this when I had long hair, but now – a stray lock of hair pointing outwards rather than in is a BIG deal. Everyone is recommending hair wands to me, but I always burn my fingers on them, so I’ve found a heat-free solution which involves curling hair round your own fingers (or a roller) and then spraying with fast-dry hairspray. Big recommendation for got2b Mind Blowing Fast Dry Hairspray.

The wind is not your friend

Okay, so windy weather is never welcome, even if you have long hair – but with short hair, its so much worse. A gust of wind blows your hair into your face and you can’t quite tuck it behind your ears or even underneath your collar anymore. (does anyone do that with long hair? Tuck it under your collar?) Oh wait, and tying it back won’t work either because….

Putting your hair in a pony is no longer a simple thing.

Possibly the most annoying thing about having short hair is that when you put it in a ponytail, lots of it will end up falling out of the band and pool around your neck, like a mini tablecloth for your neck. Short of a handful of kirby grips (which NO one has time for past 16 years old), you’re helplessly trying to tuck pieces behind your ear everytime you turn your head. Don’t be mentioning the words “Alice Band” to me either…

You now need more scarves and/or neck cream

The loss of my long hair has suddenly left a vast void of uncovered skin around my neck which a) is hella colder than usual and b) makes me realise exactly HOW wrinkly my neck looks. 
I know it’s an age-old tip but seriously, moisturising your neck is the way forward, no one wants turkey neck – especially when you don’t have long hair to hide it. I’m a fan of applying an oil at night (my faves are Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate ,  Caudalie Divine Oil or Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate) and a lightweight SPF like Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser with SPF 30 during the day. Upwards motions people, don't forget. Failing that, I’m a big fan of these Asos scarves.

Leopard Panel Mix Scarf
Floral &Animal Print Scarf

Any short-haired gals feeling these struggles? Are you considering the chop anytime soon? Tweet me your thoughts @FaceValueBlog or send me a comment on Facebook - I love hearing from you guys!

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The Struggle Is Real: Things You Will Realise Cutting Long Hair Short

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Hello to 2016, a brand new year ahead. But before we step into a whole haze of "looking to the future" and "how I'm going to improve myself" blah blah blah, let's take a little reminisce about the most beautiful bits of 2015.

As a beauty blogger (aka massively obsessed), I've tried hundreds of products this year so here's a little blogpost about the best makeup, skincare, haircare and any other special mentions I feel like throwing in.

Ready to take one more jump back in the past before we crack on with all the inescapable "beauty resolutions" and "how to wash your makeup brushes" chat? Let's doooo this.

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The Best Of 2015: Face Value Beauty Highlights

So after I cut my long hair short, I was loving the new style but really missing the purple colour I had previously. Having had bleached colour in my hair for so long, going back to my natural colour just felt really flat and myeh- particularly since I've FINALLY got a non-corporate finance job where I could rock rainbow hair if I really wanted!

So what did I do? Decided to brave the bleach and do it myself, that's what! I've harped on about colouring my own hair purple in blog posts before, but never caught it on camera. 

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VIDEO: How I Dyed My Dark Hair Purple Using Live Color XXL.

I love a bit of matchy matchy - whether it's lips and nails, or matching nails to my shoes. The problem is that I can never get the colour exactly right. Palette London have solved my matching problems by sending over this genius Create Your Own Nail Paint collection and it does exactly what it says on the box!

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Make Your Own Bespoke Nail Polish with Palette London

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