The healing powers of crystals and Sjal Skincare review

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Crystals and stones throughout history have long been held as sacred objects; whether worn as jewellery or kept as lose stones, they have always had an alleviating, mysterious and powerful feel omitted from them. People are drawn to them like a moth to the light. Initially the attraction can be due to their aesthetically pleasing characteristics, but on a secondary level because of their aura and energy.

I have been reading Kristin Petrovich’s fascinating book ‘’Elemental Energy’’, where she describes her relationship with crystals. The book contains in depth instructions on how to use crystals to heal, depending on your personal ailments or concerns. Kristin, alongside her sister Karen launched a skincare range, Sjal Skincare to compliment the healing powers of crystals. The range is a hybrid mix of Eastern holistic traditions merged with the latest Western innovations.

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Elemental Energy Crystals and Gemstone Rituals for a Beautiful Life, by Kristin Petrovich

Personally I was totally sceptical before reading this book. I had little / restricted knowledge of crystals and their powers, and now feel more informed and inspired. Whatever your stance, the subject is worth researching as natural remedies can often cure many modern issues. In this feature I will discuss the benefits of using crystals in your beauty regime, and review Sjal Skincare.

Crystals, gemstones and their powers

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Photo Cred: Extracted from Elemental Energy Crystal and Gemstone Rituals for a Beautiful Life, by Kristin Petrovich

I understand that it seems completely far-fetched to think that crystals and gemstones have talismanic powers; however we must first understand origins and composition. I promise you I’m not some new age hippie trying to indoctrinate you to lead a wholly natural lifestyle, but it’s always a good idea to be open to new concepts and ideas – this is how we grow as people.

Gemstones and crystals take billions of years to form. Hot magma from the Earth’s core pushes its way up to the crust, and in turn creating crystals in their purest form. ‘’Since Magma is constantly moving throughout the formation process, the rocks in which the minerals form are storehouses of energy…’’ (Kristin Petrovich, P. 12)

Given that crystals have a kinetic energy, it is not impossible to imagine them having regenerative powers or ‘’good vibrations’’.

You’ve heard of Acupuncture? Meditation? Two very well renowned holistic treatments, with similar beliefs to crystals being used for healing. These treatments are all centered on good vibrations and positive energy. Cleansing your soul. Whether you believe in the mystical effects or not, you cannot argue that introducing positivity into your life is pejorative.

Sjal skincare

Kristin Petrovich and her sister Karen launched Sjal Skincare back in 2001. The range is an absolute compliment to the healing energies of crystals. Colloidal forms of crystals are included in the products. Sjal skincare is unique in being the first skincare range to actively include crystals and gemstones in their formulas.

Not only are the crystals included for their beautifying characteristics, but also their positive energies are transferred via the products to the user.

Although the range contains all aspects of skincare, the tonics and oils can be utilised alongside crystals to perform several massages and treatments.

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Sjal Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic & (From Top Left Clockwise round); Green Moss Agate Crystal – Essential for confidence boosting and personal growth, Scolecite Wand (Milky white or colourless) – Essential for calming and awakening the heart, Hematite – Essential for energizing while grounding

Personal experience

I trialled the Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic by Sjal Skincare. It is a tonic spritz designed to combat skin stress, it also protects skin against the derogatory effects of pollution. The ingredients are mineral heavy, including gold and silver extract to fight environmental stressors. You can use it as a primer before make-up application, or apply throughout the day for a hydrating boost.

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Sjal Skincare Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic

I found the energy tonic pleasurable to use. It smells rather metallic, but this smell is earthly and natural. It is refreshing to the skin, and gives a much needed boost.

I also found the tonic helpful when carrying out A Shiatsu eye treatment with my hematite stones. The tonic added additional minerals, and provided a lubricant to glide my gem over my face smoothly. This eye treatment intends to combat under eye puffiness and alleviate under eye circles. ”Hematite, which is naturally cool to the touch, is 70 percent iron, so it helps blood circulation and is naturally energizing.” (Kristin Petrovich, P.97)

The under eye treatment was immediately relaxing – and I was very surprised at how content I could feel in my own home, which isn’t necessarily a peaceful sanctuary of an environment. My under eye area responded well to the treatment, and puffiness was decreased. More importantly for me was how the treatment made me feel internally.

I felt like my soul was being cleansed. Mind, body and spirit now feel more aligned. There is definitely something extraordinary about those crystals. I urge you to try it for yourself.

Elemental energy provides an educational knowledge and background of Crystals and Gemstones; whilst providing intricate details of carrying out massages and treatments to cleanse your aura. I would highly recommend the book, as it covers all you would need to know.

Happy Cleansing!

Elemental Energy Crystal and Gemstone Rituals for a Beautiful Life Book can be purchased at Waterstones, for £25Sjal skincare range is launching at John Bell Croydon Concession at Selfridges this month, nonetheless Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic is available now from Space NK for £47

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Photo Cred: Extracted from Elemental Energy Crystal and Gemstone Rituals for a Beautiful Life, by Kristin Petrovich

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Rodin Geranium and Orange Blossom Facial Oil Review

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Rodin is a brand which epitomises luxury; established back in 2007 after launching their first skin elixir derived from essential oils, the brand has gone on to expand their range to cosmetics, candles, and even hair products. Perhaps arguably their most notorious product, the Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Facial Oil – has been launched again with a new scent, geranium and orange blossom. In spite of it’s renowned reputation, is it worth the £105 price tag attached to it?

When it comes to skincare and make-up I am an advocate for budget products. Finding a bargain or a dupe is a real thrill – to obtain excellent quality at a slashed price can only be a positive thing. However, I do believe even as a cheapskate myself, that there are cult timeless products that are worthy of larger investments. This facial oil is just that.

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Performance

Facial oils are great at replenishing skin – especially when left on overnight. The Rodin facial oil is extremely moisturising. I was ever so satisfied at how it sat on my skin, and gave an instant glow. It’s nourishing yet light, as opposed to other oils which can feel greasy and heavy.

The scent is absolutely divine, and adds to the entire experience. Strong notes of geranium soothe the skin and relax the mind, whilst tones of orange blossom bring a sense of timeless luxury. The smell is intense but not overpowering.

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After leaving the oil on my face overnight, I woke up to my skin feeling super silky. There was an overall glow to my skin, the texture felt smooth and I could observe that my stubborn patch of dry skin had been soothed.

If there is one product you want to invest in this winter, make it this one. You only need a few drops for your face, so this product will last you. You deserve it, and of course your skin deserves it.

Rodin Geranium and Orange Blossom Facial Oil is available at Space NK Apothecary London, for £105.

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January beauty favourites

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I’ve really started to dislike January with a passion. Financially crippled from Christmas, depressive grey weather (even snow in some parts), bitterly winds and de-motivational feelings – it’s certainly not the jolliest of months. However, it’s the start to a new year and with new beginnings brings new chances, new opportunities – and yes, you guessed it, new make up.

Just like every other beauty enthusiast I received some goodies for Christmas (I’m sure no-one buys me anything other than beauty products); and so I have been sampling them all through January. Here’s my favourites so far;

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1. Zoeva Eyeshadow Fix in Pearl, £8

I used to be one of those people who didn’t ”believe” in eye shadow primer. I thought it was merely a gimmick produced by the beauty industry to encourage us to consume more goods. Turns out I was terribly false, and actually, eye shadow primer is a must. It helps your eye shadow to appear more pigmented and gives staying power. I got this primer in Pearl, mainly because the retail assistant in Douglas in Berlin sold it to me; but also because I generally wear metallic shades of shadow. However, there is also a matte version available, if you feel that would suit you better.

2.Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara in Black, £22

This mascara has progressively grown on me. It gives amazing volume in no time at all, the brush is thick and long, long lashes cab be achieved in just a few swipes. No doubt you can replicate a similar effect with cheaper alternatives, but sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a bit of high end luxury.

3. Barry M Flawless Setting Spray, £4.99 

Brilliant value for money. I had Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray previously – and I am adamant that this performs just as well. Preserves make-up to within an inch of its life.

4. Barry M Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in ‘At First Light’, £6.99

This has fast become my daily highlighter, it gives a natural yet pearlescent glow. Because it’s in liquid drop form, it’s easier to work with. You can apply and work into your cheekbones gradually. Add to foundation for an all over glow. Real-life mermaid vibes here.

5. Urban Decay Moondust Glitter Eyeshadow in ‘Space Cowboy’, £15.50 

I know it’s expensive for a single eye shadow, but it is so worth it. This glitter eye shadow is buildable, and the pigmentation is out of this world. You can wear it both casually or going out out. I’ve come to rely on it, whenever I want to add a dazzle to my make-up, oh and FYI it lasts AGES.

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Hormonal skin / acne defense kit

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You know only too well those dreaded feelings. Irritable, on edge, mentally imagining hurting people for saying the wrong thing. Craving everything in the world that is bad for you, chocolate, crisps, chips. I’ll have all the calories at once please. Just to add insult to injury, your skin is also plying havoc with you. Lovely great red bumps appearing in cute little mountains all over your face. Yep, you are about to menstruate. And it’s not fun.

For those of us suffering with acne (I only just realised I am now classified as an actual adult, skin condition has evolved into ‘adult acne’), or annoying breakouts right before our period; it can cause stress and lower self esteem. Because as if your devilish hormones didn’t make you feel bad enough, your skin also has to suffer for you being part of the female gender.

I have compiled a kit which helps eradicate the breakouts and keep spots at bay, whilst also targeting other skin concerns. I personally have acne, and severe dry patches of skin (possibly eczema). It can be difficult to find products which can cater for two contradicting issues. Hopefully this kit can be utilised by anyone with differentiating skin types, as I seem to have developed all of them at once!

Here is the ultimate skincare line up of all line ups:

1. What Skin Needs Skin Balm, £9.99

I have mentioned this miracle cream in previous posts, and it continues to amaze me. Containing exotic Aussie natural ingredients, the Balm promises to treat a number of dry skin conditions. This moisturiser will help renew hydration in the skin, which can be lost using stringent cleansing agents – especially when treating acne / spot breakouts.

2. Primark Cucumber & Aloe Hydrating Mist, £2.00 (Available in store)

Just to reiterate, it is mandatory to restore the moisture in your skin. I use this hydrating mist after cleansing my face, however it can also be spritzed on after make up application. Use throughout the day to enjoy a fresh burst of moisture. This is an unbelievably cheap dupe for Mario Badescus facial spray.

3. Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil, £2.99

A great everyday cleanser which is gentle to skin. Although it may not assist with breakouts, it will help restore any damage caused by harsh acne treatments. My usual routine is to use a face mask once a week, and cleansing oil for the rest of the duration of the week. It’s easy to over cleanse when trying to eliminate spots and oily skin, counteract this with a cleansing oil.

4. Avon Anew Reversalist Night Treatment Cream, £20.00

This cream is aimed at ageing skin; however if you have been subjected to taking any type of oral acne treatment, or other medicinally prescribed treatments for conditions such as eczema; they often contain ingredients like steroids which can strip layers of skin and cause premature ageing. Not to mention all the chemicals which are features in drugstore ‘acne’ treatments which can also harm the skin over prolonged usage. I feel at 25, this is a great time to start targeting the early signs of wrinkles. This Avon dual treatment is scientifically proven to target wrinkles and improve skin elasticity. It works by rotation, you use the night treatments for one week at a time and alternate between the two. It contains a super retinol which boosts collagen and reduces wrinkles.

5. Dr Organic Rose Otto Face Mask, £7.99

I find this face mask is brilliant at calming down stressed skin; especially during or in the midst of a breakout. It contains natural China Clay, which draws out oils and impurities without being harsh on skin.

6. The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%, £8.00

I use this intermittently when not using the Avon treatment (this product advises against using with other retinoid treatments). As standard with The Ordinary skincare range, I find this more of a treatment rather than an everyday product. On the day where you feel your skin has broken out – or is just about to. This is the perfect time to reach for this emulsion. Although this also contains super retinoids to target uneven skin tone and ageing. I find this also dries out spots, I use it after Cleansing and before moisturiser as a toner. It doubles up as a wrinkle treatment. Killing two birds with one stone!

With this kit your skin should be armed to face anything. The world can be falling apart around you, at least your skin will be flawless.

November beauty heroes 

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The past month has been crazy busy; and what has been a flurry of beauty reviews, starting a new job and alcohol fuelled event launches has just flown by. Having a superabundance of products to try is certainly nothing to complain about, but it does however making choosing the best of the bunch a hard job. 

Here is what I’ve loved this month and why: 

1. Protect the skin your in 

What skin needs, Skin balm, £9.99 

Forever fighting a battle against my skin, I’m always on the lookout for ‘miracle’ products to surpress my ever growing list of skin concerns. This skin balm works at reducing several types of irritations, including eczema, dry skin, acne and sunburn. It is made in Australia, and derived from a Phyto Activated plant extract. From the first night I used it, I saw a visible difference to my skin condition. An absolute steal at £9.99. 
2. Perfect for Christmas, perfect for you 

Ghost sweetheart gift set, £38 

This gift set is amazing value for £38. It contains a 50ml version of the Ghost Sweetheart perfume (which is absolutely enchanting, without being overpowering), two nail varnishes, a candle, a make up bag and body butter. Everything smells divine, everything has rose gold on it. It’s a beauty bloggers dream. This would make a perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, or why not for yourself!? 

3. Sometimes natural 
Kiss Lash Couture Eyelashes in Little Black Dress, £5.32 

As a serial lash wearer (I feel terribly bald without them), it’s difficult to find daily lashes. The trouble of searching for a glamorous false lash that isn’t totally ridiculous in the workplace. I think I have finally found a feasible solution! Kiss’ latest Lash Couture range uses faux mink lashes, which are soft and easy to use but give a good length. They look really pretty on, a lovely flirty natural lash. 

Kiss Lash Couture Lashes in ‘Little Black Dress’

Winter miracle: Balmkind Alpine & Lysine lip balm 

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I have previously mentioned in my blogposts that I suffer from an overactive bladder, without boring you with the medical details – this means I take medication to relax the bladder muscles. One of the most annoying side effects, is the severe drying I encounter on my lips through taking these tablets. This means my intense struggle to find a stable lip balm to see me through winter, is an uphill one to say the least. 


Desperately trying to soften my medically induced dry lips I have tried a plethora of lip balms including, but not limited to: Burts Bee’s, Vaseline (both the stick and the pot versions), Carmex (my usual go-to) and also Eve Lom. A majority of the mentioned lip balms provide temporary relief from the dryness, but do not condition the lips with any longevity. 

Super excited to try a new lip balm I was sent from Balmkind, I was filled with a hopelessly optimistic glimmer of hope that I may have finally found ‘the one’. 

Balmkind is a relatively new brand which was launched earlier this year, the lip balm is infact the only product they currently sell. I really like the fact they use antixiodant rich ingredients; Alpine Rose and Lysine (an essential Amino Acid). This means the lip balm not only nourishes, but aims to improve the overall condition of the lips, especially over longer periods of use. 

How did it perform? 

It has a lovely consistency, it’s not sticky or gloopy. It sits on your lips, and provides a lovely natural pink tone. I did find it to be brilliant at nourishing my lips, and it would be a good buy for anyone who suffers with parched lips. When testing lip balms I generally like to carry out what I call a ‘Re-application test’. This refers to the amount of time I take to feel as if I need to re-apply the balm, you know that dry nagging that almost hurts – it’s at that precise despairing moment in time we reach to re-apply. Balmkind lasted 35 minutes without me needing to re-apply, and that is pretty darn impressive by my standards. 

Our lips are often one of the areas we neglect, however it is mandatory to exfoliate and moisturise them accordingly; if not regularly, this should be done every once in a while as part of our skin care regimes. It is part of our skin after all. 

Overall score – 8/10 

The lip balm is £14 and available here

Missguided Babe Power: Perfume of the moment 

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I have loved Missguided as a brand for a few years now; my love affair with them started whilst I was at uni. They allowed for my former broke student self to purchase affordable going out clothes on a whim. They started as an online only retailer, and now even have stored in Westfield – they seem to be doing alright! Based off my love for the brand I was super excited to try their perfume. 


Following the success of Babe Power Perfume which was launched this year (and I had never tried), I was recently sent the atomiser version to review. Being a high street perfume, I must admit I did have my reservations on what to expect. However I turned out to be pleasantly surprised. 

The smell is absolutely divine, and it has fast become my daily perfume (Elie Saab has temporarily been dashed to one side). With notes of vanilla, orange blossom and peony. This sweet combination makes for an alluring scent; it embodies every expectation which you would succumb to imagining a Missguided babe to be. Sweet, sensual, sassy and sexy. 

The atomiser version comes in a 15ml shiny rose gold casing, and features another 15ml refill. I think this is excellent value, in reality you are purchasing 30ml for £15. 


What are you waiting for? Get the scent of the season.