Sculpt at Kew

As summer melds into autumn, amble through the picturesque gardens whilst admiring the contemporary sculptures situated amongst the foliage. If you’re an admirer of the art of sculpture and of gardens, like us at The Amazing Blog, Sculpt at Kew marries the two perfectly. It forms the ideal combination, as you can marvel at the man-made beauty in a beautiful natural setting. The exhibition runs from September 18th – October 15th and is held at the famous Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The stunning gardens are the perfect backdrop to over 30 renowned British and international artists’ work. This innovative exhibition features sculptures in an array of materials from bronze, ceramics, glass to woodwork. There is something for everyone, whether you’re partial to figurative, abstract or modern works of art, and if one happens to take your fancy you can even purchase the sculptures on show. The sculptures range in prices, so there is one for every budget. Carefully curated with a contemporary approach, you are sure to see a diverse variety of work, but all sharing quality, tradition, heritage and integrity in the work. The artists were all chosen with their craft skills in mind, so you are bound to see a high calibre of sculptures.

For a pleasant stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens amidst stunning sculptures, purchase a ticket here for £14 for an adult and £2.50 for children aged 4-16.

Don't Miss the 2018 Beauty Shortlist Awards!

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 The 2018 Beauty Shortlist Awards are now open for entries!

We are excited to announce the seventh annual, 2018 Beauty Shortlist Awards which will take place in London on Friday 2nd March 2018. It’s the second year that the awards are open to submissions from international beauty, health and men’s grooming brands, with judging panels in the UK, USA and Australia. For categories and entry details, please see their website here.

Closing date for all entries: Friday 17th November.

Lead judges for 2018 are now confirmed, including:

LONDON - Red carpet, cruelty-free humane society ambassador and makeup artist Justine Jenkins (Fearne Cotton, Eleanor Tomlinson), health coach and yoga and beauty expert Amber Macintosh (Dandelion Wellbeing) and contributing beauty editor and freelance beauty/lifestyle writer Helen Wilson-Beevers (Marie Claire, Stylenest, Cosmopolitan).

NEW YORK -  TV fashion stylist and on-air presenter Dawn Del Russo (Access Hollywood, E!, Cosmopolitan, Vogue Italy) and her sister makeup artist Denise Del Russo, with new judge Beauty + Content founder and beauty photographer Amy Schneider joining the panel.

AUSTRALIAHolly Spierings, creator of award-winning makeup brand Eye of Horus Cosmetics and eco-luxe skincare blogger Arjun Sudhir.

There are twenty international beauty judges for 2018, and five for the Men’s Grooming categories, including Josh Blackburn and Liam Jennings, founders of London grooming destination Regal Gentleman. 

100% independent, these awards are sponsor-free and ad-free.

About The Beauty Shortlist Awards:

Fiona Klonarides founded The Beauty Shortlist in 2009 and in just a few short years, has transformed her hub of beauty wit and wisdom into one of the UK’s number one natural beauty destinations and one of the UK’s top ten beauty blogs. The awards have fast become an important event in the beauty calendar, Fiona and her team leave no pot unopened on their quest to discover the very best in beauty, and every year bestow coveted ‘Beauty Shortlist Awards’ upon their favourite bathroom cabinet must-haves. 

First launched in 2012, The Beauty Shortlist Awards are the largest, non-sponsored, judged (not voted) beauty and wellness awards in the UK“The Beauty Shortlist Awards always give us a fantastic, eagle eye view of emerging trends and breakthroughs as we hunt down the year’s top "feel good" finds - and with the international judging panels we look forward to an incredibly exciting few months of beauty discoveries, in the lead up to March 2018,” says founder, Fiona Klonarides.

For further information about the Awards please contact:

Hannah or Fiona

@Beautyshortlist  (TWITTER & INSTAGRAM)

For media enquiries:

Edwina Wynyard

Smoothing Toning Mist By Novexpert

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Our favourite products, here at The Amazing Blog, are multi-use products, where one product can perform a multitude of functions. The Smoothing and Toning Mist does just this.

The Smoothing Toning Mist by Novexpert is a marvellous multi-use spray, as it tackles a range of problems. It has an anti-ageing effect, a moisturising effect and an anti-pollution effect. Novexpert recommend it for all skin types, but especially for those with dehydrated ‘tired’ skin who need a rejuvenating boost and for showing signs of ageing. It is a lovely little product to provide a pick-me-up for the skin, especially in temperamental weather conditions, whether that be extremely dry, hot, or cold climates. It is also great to provide some much-needed moisture and protection in air conditioning.

For the moisturising properties, Novexpert have included hyaluronic acid, moisturising probiotic and aloe vera gel. Amino acids, phytic acid, anti-free radicals and monosaccharide biotech sugar give the mist its wonderful anti-ageing properties. A few special ingredients, including oxygenating phytic acid and metals catcher, aid in anti-pollution.

It is a delightfully convenient product, as all you need to do is spray a few times on the face, leave for 10 seconds to dry and be on your way! You can use the spray as many times during the day as you like, but we love it before applying our skincare for hydration and after applying our makeup to set it beautifully. Our favourite aspect is that it is 100ml which means we can take in on the plane with us, to keep our skin supple and happy during those dehydrating flights.  

Purchase the Smoothing Toning Mist here for around £20

24/7 Balm by Face Matters

A beautiful face balm is a big weakness of ours at The Amazing Blog, and in our expert opinion Face Matters make one of the best anti-ageing and restorative balms on the market. The Face Matters 24/7 Balm is an award-winning multi-functioning balm that won an editor’s choice award at the 2017 Beauty Shortlist Awards

The 24/7 Balm uses the same base ingredient, pure organic silicon, as all of Face Matters other products. This ingredient helps to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin, which is an essential part of the formation of connective tissue and helps hair, skin and nails grow and appear youthful. Collagen is effectively the glue that holds us together and keeps us looking, healthier, younger and beautiful.

The balm itself is nourishing and luxurious when applied, acting as a super restorative treatment or an exfoliator. The solid balm melts effortlessly between your fingers into a rich and buttery feel that soaks into the skin. The quickest way to use the product is to massage it into skin before removing the excess product with a muslin cloth.  Our favourite way to use it, however, is to apply it as an overnight treatment.  Simply massage it into skin before bed and wake up to younger, more hydrated and glowing skin. The balm doesn’t sit on the face and is slowly absorbed as your skin regenerates itself overnight, so you don't have to worry about it rubbing off on to your pillow. This is an excellent way to keep skin looking healthy as we approach the colder winter months, especially if your skin dries out in the cold weather like ours does. 

This is a beautiful product that leaves you feeling pampered all day long. You can purchase the 24/7 balm here for £55.00

Eco Soapia- Organic Sicilian Orange Hand and Body Wash

It’s a simple fact that you can’t make quality products without using quality ingredients, and we at The Amazing Blog have made this fact a way of life. As such we are always on the hunt for brands that also follow this belief and it has never failed us. This week we came across the legendary brand Eco Soapia who has turned making soap into an art form. Three generations of soap making knowledge have been collected to make this brand as perfect as it can be. 

With a large selection of choices, we decided to try their Organic Sicilian Orange Hand and Body Wash. Unlike conventional soaps which are created using cheap and chemically laden ingredients, which harm skin, Eco Soapia uses only organic ingredients that are Soil Association Certified.  There are no sodium lauryl sulphates, parabens, GMO’s, DEA’s, MEA’s, artificial colours or fragrances. What’s more, the product is cruelty-free and  has been approved by the vegetarian society. The soap, based on an original 1930’s family recipe, left our skin feeling cleansed and clean. The soap has a fresh and citrus scent that lasted all day. 

For centuries the vegetable-based Castile has been considered the soap of European royalty, so treat you and your skin to some luxury. You can purchase the Sicilian Orange Hand and Body Wash here for £6.95.