Monday, October 26, 2015

Tea Tree Skin Care

In a bid to keep up with a good skin care regime in the grease and grime of commuting and city-working, I've taken to Tea Tree, the natural solution to help blemished skin. I've always been a fan of The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil, but have recently branched out to use a selection of their skin cleansing products to add a little more pack to the Tea Tree punch!

I spotted a 30% off discount online, you can get it too here - and snapped up the Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash, the Skin Clearing Toner and the Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser.

Now, I am a keen makeup wearer, and I tend to wear alot, so I'm going to get straight to it and say I always use my trusty Micellar water to take off most of my makeup. But, as we all know a Micellar water doesn't get deep into the skin to clean it, so a cleanser and toner are a must! I like to use the Foaming Cleanser in the morning when I haven't spent a day in the city. It's a pump action foam consistency that leave skin feeling clean and fresh when rinsed off and then I use the cream cleanser for a deeper clean after my Micellar water at the end of the day, lathering on my face and taking off with damp cotton wool. After using the cleansers I tone to close pores and take off any last traces of cleanser before applying my FAVOURITE Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair in the evening and a light Simple moisturiser in the day. 

What skin care are you loving at the moment?


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Here come the girls

There has been a lot discussed in the media, in businesses and organisations and in the gender space about equality and the pay gap.

There are a number of initiatives and organisations centered around offering women advice, tools and support to start up on their own, build self-esteem and re-align the perception of women in the working world, at home, or wherever in fact we we chose to be.

This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

The Women’s Organisation is the largest developer and deliverer of training and support targeting women in the UK. Delivering services and projects across the world.
The National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO, founded 1989) is an umbrella organisation for over 100 organisations and individuals based in England. All members are concerned to ensure women gain access to their human rights, and to make equality between women and men a reality. Its diverse membership includes: single issue to specialist organisations, faith groups, health centres, arts-based organisations and others offering services and campaigning across a range of women’s concerns.

I for one, think that, we as women, should support whatever pathway women choose to take to reach their own goals, whatever these maybe. There should be no sociological or cultural barriers in place to stop or hinder. This is the type of message I hoped to convey with The Pink Tank, and you can read a little bit more about why The Pink Tank started and what I hope(d) I would evoke from readers when I started blogging here.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Insider interview: Helen Dickson

In our next Insider Interview, we chat to Helen Dickson, owner of bridal boutique DressPlace, about running a business and bridal fashions.

What’s your usual working day like?

Every day around 9am,  I walk into my beautiful shop and think to myself, how lucky I am. I have been feeling like this for over 6 years now and I don’t think I will ever lose this feeling. My shop is on 4 floors and I always have a walk around first thing, to make sure every room, is in perfect order. Sometimes I feel like Mr Selfridge! My 9 members of staff arrive at 9.45 am, ready to listen to my regular morning meeting to discuss the customer appointments due in that day. There is such a variety of customers that each and every one of them requires personal service. We may have some brides, some Mothers and some bridesmaids. In prom season there will be prom girls to look after and at Christmas time , the party frocks are in high demand. I oversee the day, making sure everyone is happy and smiling. At the end of the day we have a debrief, to see which dresses were favourites, and how many glasses of Prosecco were clinked, to celebrate a successful dream dress being found. At home time, I take a final look around and leave with very tired feet but with a smile on my face.

What was your dream job when you were younger?
I always wanted to be a chef. I trained at Catering College for 3 years and was fortunate to be able to go to Switzerland for work experience. I enjoyed it very much but once I started my family the unsociable hours were not child friendly, so I pursued other interests.

What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

To never give up and to go for what you want, not what you are offered.

What's your number one style tip?
Always keep an open mind and never dismiss a style on the hanger. As a rule of thumb, the dresses you like on the hanger, or in the magazines, don’t look so good on you, and the dress you really don’t want to try on, is the one you fall in love with

If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
I really have no idea, I would be very sad if I couldn’t have my shop. I like to think I would be doing something glamorous and still dealing with lovely brides and their families.

If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?
I suggest doing lots and lots of research. Find out all about the bridal designers, the dresses and the current trends. Read as many bridal magazines and blogs as you can, and invest in a specialist training course to learn the trade. Present yourself to your favourite bridal boutique and offer to work for free, for a few weeks, to prove your worth, and I’m sure they would take you on.

What's the best thing about your job?
After going through the whole process of the dress finding and the fittings , to see the smiling faces of the brides, mothers and bridesmaids ,on the wedding photos, on their special day.

What's the toughest part of your job?
Definitely trying to handle a jealous sister of the bride, an over enthusiastic Mother of the Bride, a grumpy Mother of the Groom and a group of bickering friends, all with differing opinions and desires.

Most proud career moment to date?
Being chosen as one of the 100 small businesses, for Small Business Saturday, and being invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I truly hope I will still be in my shop. I will be nearly 70 years old then, and will probably be driving all my staff mad. My daughter will be taking over the day to day running, but I know I won’t be able to keep away from all the lovely customers.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Face bases under £4!

I usually go high-end when I'm foundation shopping, but the other day in Superdrug, I went on a drug store foundation spree to try a selection of powder foundations rather than liquids and here are my favourite face bases under £4!!!

The Pro Base Pressed Powder by MUA is a staggering £2.50 and available in six different shades. The coverage is as good as you can get with £2.50, but it definitely does the trick, and who would mind throwing one in your handbag?! The only downside, there's no sponge applicator. I used a Real Techniques stippling brush in circular motions to create an even base colour and it works a treat - I've started to wonder why I ever spent over £20 on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder!

The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and Ultimate Wear Powder are the perfect base staples at £3.99 each. The powder compact includes a mirror and sponge applicator so it is on-the-go perfect and although I find a brush application leaves a better finish, the sponge applicator is great for touch ups for shine-free skin throughout the day. The concealer has a very creamy consistency and gives full coverage under eyes and on blemishes. I do find the shades of the concealers a little pink-toned for my skin, so I use this a little more sparingly than some of my yellow or green toned concealers and then pat powder foundation over the top to ensure my base is even.

Here's what I have learned. Powder face bases under £4 are amazing. The coverage and look they give isn't really any different to the high-end products, and they are equally as portable but with the one bonus that they are so affordable!!

If you haven't tried these, I would definitely recommend these face bases, and if you have, let me know what you think of them!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Esteé Lauder treats

In Boots not too long ago, there was a little promotion on the Esteé Lauder counter, with 10% off purchases and gift with purchase too. For me, the Advanced Night Repair is a skin care staple for overnight rejuvenation so I picked some up and here's what else came along too. 

Included in the gift with purchase was the 'Take it Away' make up remover, Modern Muse perfume, Pure Envy lipstick, double wear concealer and the Opening Ceremony makeup bag too.

I am a huge fan of the double wear foundation and concealer and use them on a regular basis, the coverage is excellent and they stay put all day. I've been very pleased with the 'Take it away' makeup remover, it removes makeup easily but doesn't leave the skin feeling hydrated and moisturise so if I were to spend over £20 on this product, I would be left a little disappointed. Moving on to the lipstick, I am a complete lipstick obsessive, so there isn't much I don't love about this Esteé Lauder one. It's a rich, creamy consistency with a highly pigmented colour that lasts - it's perfection and I'd purchase two of the Esteé Lauder staples just to get this free with the gift! 

All in all, this is a great gift with purchase, if you are picking up two Esteé Lauder items in Boots in the near future, don't forget to get your free gift too and let me know what you think!?


Monday, October 12, 2015

Insider Interview: Chelseé Lewis

In our next Insider Interview, we chat to Chelseé Lewis, expert facialist based in Nicky Clarke's Mayfair salon and specializes in the CACI Ultra non-surgical anti-aging facial treatment with a host of A list stars and one of the beauty industry's most trusted names.
1. What’s your usual working day like?

My working day is normally very busy helping beauty aficionados to look good and feel great.

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?
When I was young I was always doing something to do with beauty and was very determined to peruse my beauty ambition. Whether it was perfecting my nail painting technique on my friends and family members or trying out a new beauty product, I was always wrapped up in beauty and enjoyed discovering new beauty trends. Having such a deep passion for beauty, it was paramount that I would work within the beauty industry.
3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

Always follow your gut instinct and go with your heart.
4. What's your number one style tip?

A Great pair of heels! You always feel fabulous come rain or shine when you step into your favourite pair of shoes.
5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

I always liked the idea of studying interior design. I’m rather fond of home decor and would have gone down this career path, if I didn’t go into beauty.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?
First of all I would recommend finding a local beauty salon or spa for work experience to see if this career is really what you want to do. And then if you do decide that is for you, do a little research and look for Beauty Therapy Colleges, Academy or Institutes who have gained exceptional reputation in delivering high quality beauty training along with beauty management programmes. And then arrange a visit to see if the college and area suits you before making a decision.
7. What's the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is meeting people from all walks of life and helping them to feel amazing and confident in their skin.
8. What's the toughest part of your job?

I can't say there is anything tough about my job. I love what I do and that's why I’m here. If you love what you do it will always shine through in your work.
9. Most proud career moment to date?

Starting my own company, it's the best feeling ever!

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 year’s time?
In the future I would love to see my company expand and perhaps I’ll also launch my own holistic skincare range.

Chelseé Lewis is based in Nicky Clarke's Mayfair salon and specializes in the CACI Ultra non-surgical anti-aging facial treatment loved by Jennifer Lopez. Chelseé has 19 years of beauty experience and is the go-to facialist for a number of celebs. She has worked with some of the best product houses and people in the beauty industry and is a well-known and trusted name.

To book a CACI Ultra facial treatment with Chelseé Lewis at Nicky Clarke, 11 Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 3AX visit or call Tel: 0794 689 3842.

Follow Chelseé Lewis on Twitter @ChelseeLewis

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Keeping it simple

After having a little skin care revamp and deciding to adopt the new motto, of spending 90% of my beauty routine on skin care and 10% on makeup, I'm starting by investing and trailing a selection of different skin care options.

I've been into Micellar waters for a while now, I've tried the Bioderma, Garnier, and a month or so ago, tried Simple's Micellar Cleansing Water. I really like these to take makeup off and cut through any grease and grime from the day. Simple's Micellar water is the best value for money on the high street, to be honest, I can't tell any difference between this and the Bioderma equivalent that's nearly 6 times as expensive!

To remove stronger eye makeup, sometimes the Micellar water doesn't quite do the trick, so I've been trying the Simple Eye Make Up Remover to ensure panda eyes are kept at bay! It's kind to the skin, doesn't irritate and removes eye makeup cleanly. Waterproof makeup takes a little bit of elbow grease...

Although Micellar waters are great to take makeup off, they don't cleanse down into the skin, so it's important to find a good, gentle cleanser to give you a deep clean. Lately, I've been loving the Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion - it's gentle, leave my skin feeling clean and fresh and removes any last traces of makeup from my skin.

I'll be looking at toners, serums and moisturisers in separate posts in the skin care series, so watch this space!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Shake it off.... take if off

There's nothing better than taking all of your make up off at the end of the day and having clean, fresh skin, but there are so many cleansers, make up removers, cleansing waters and cleansing balms on the high street at the moment, where do you even start!? Here's a round up of some of the best make up removers and cleansers to make sure you can take the day off.

Micellar water.
There are so many brands of Micellar water in stores, now, from the traditional Bioderma to very purse-friendly high street version. My favourites are the Boot Botanics and the Simple cleansing waters. They are in-expensive, cut straight through make up, grease and grime and leave the skin feeling fresh before using a creamier, thicker cleanser to get right into the skin. I also like to use Micellar water first thing in the morning to freshen my skin before toning, moisturising and starting my morning make up routine.

Make up remover.
There are some eye and lip make up removers that are great for removing a strong lip stain or waterproof eye make up. My favourites are the Estee Lauder, Take it Away, Simple, Eye Make up Remover and Olay's Eye Make up Remover.

Cream cleanser.
These are my absolute favourites, the Boots Botanics cleanser, Simple's cleansing lotion and The Body Shop's tea tree cool and creamy wash. I don't tend to wear waterproof eye make up so using a Micellar water, followed by a cream cleanser is usually enough for me. I use a 50p sized amount of cream cleanser and massage on my skin, I'm gentle around my delicate eye area (no one wants to promote wrinkles by pulling on the skin!) and then remove the cleanser with damp cotton wool pads.

Recently, my blemish prone skin has really taken to the Body Shop's Tea Tree toner. It's fresh, removes any last trace of cleanser and helps to reduce my redness and blemishes too.

 What are your favourite take off the day products?


Thursday, October 1, 2015


So this is more of an usual post for The Pink Tank, reserved for only the most note-worthy news.

Today, I came across the news that...hold your breath for one moment...Mariah Carey is launching a collection with MAC Cosmetics!

After all of the collaborations and celebrity collections, there is one, launching just in time for Christmas, that fills me with a little warmth inside. 

The name of the lipstick is called, wait for it, “All I Want” as in the classic Christmas anthem. It's a no-brainer for commercial success surely!

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