The Ultimate DIY Facial

The Ultimate DIY Facial

Super Facialist is the much-talked about skincare line adored by the likes of The Sunday Time Style's Lorraine Candy, and the brand is all about mastering the art of the at-home facial. 

Here are our 3 easy steps to #BeYourOwnFacialist... 

1. Apply the Pure Micellar Cleansing Gel to damp skin, using your fingertips to really massage it into your skin in firm circular movements. Concentrate on areas prone to congestion, like your t-zone, and don’t forget your neck and décolletage. Massage in for up to 2 minutes.

2. Using a muslin cloth, remove the cleanser. Then repeat steps 1 and 2 for a really thorough cleanse - this is especially important for those that live in cities due to all the dirt and pollution you're exposed to. Take another clean, dry muslin cloth to pat your skin dry. 

3. Next, apply a pea-sized amount of the Overnight Skin Recovery Cream evenly over your skin, the formula contains Shea butter, probiotics and peptides to deliver intense hydration and encourage cell renewal. Always apply your skincare products in an upwards, sweeping motion to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage. Finish with your preferred lip and eye creams. Et Voilà!  

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Loaded with naturals

Aloe Vera & Coconut Water soothe sensitive skin.

My Shelfie : @cococoldn

My Shelfie : @cococoldn

Welcome to Pure’s ‘shelfie’ series.

 Coco with her favourite beauty picks

Coco with her favourite beauty picks

We have the best in beauty and the best in interiors, so it makes perfect sense we invite our industry friends to take a supermarket sweep of our showroom, select their favorite products from our cleints' collections and display them on the iconic String Pocket Shelf (available at Skandium).

We've been watching @Cococoldn for some time now.  She used to be a beauty editor and when her social following took off she switched up to full time influencer.  Whilst this may be enough for some, Coco wanted more and is now entrepreneur about to launch CO2 clothing collection.   We are first in line, and can't wait. 

Take a look at @cococoldn 's #PureBeauty shelfie…

Perricone M.D. Super Greens I try and eat healthily but I’m always travelling which can make it hard. I always keep these sachets in my handbag and drink them on the go, wherever I am in the world. They’ve got kale, spinach and vitamins C, A and B7 in and taste incredible. All you need to do is mix with water, genius.

Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil & Vitamin C+ Glow Boost Skin Serum I love the feel of this cleanser. It glides over skin and removes dirt, grime and make-up. I double cleanse before bed and then follow with the serum for bright skin come morning. You can layer it under your moisturiser if your skin needs an extra hit of hydration.

Mary Kay Timewise Day Solution SPF 30 SPF is essential and I wear this everyday under my base, or on its own if I’m having a 'no make-up' kind of day. It blends beautifully and doesn’t leave a white, chalky residue behind. A top Coco tip - always take SPF down onto your neck and décolletage.

I love matte lipsticks and e.l.f. Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Praline is such a sexy colour!
— @cococoldn
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Poreless and Mineral Infused Primers I rotate between these two primers, depending on how my skin is. They both create the perfect canvas and I sometimes wear them on their own, for a healthy glow.

Perricone M.D. H2 Elemental Energy Firming Foam Mask This is so fun to use! You apply it as a clear gel and it transforms into foam. Leave it on for up to 10 minutes for really hydrated, healthy-looking skin. I use this weekly when I have a night in of pampering.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Beauty Shield Massaging Overnight Recovery Cream This is fun to use when you’re chilling in front of the TV. Massage the roller applicator over your skin to treat it to loads of antioxidants, like carrot seed oil. 

Goldfaden MD Facial Detox & Bright Eyes I hit this up when my skin needs a deep clean, usually after travelling or a long day shooting in the city. It leaves it looking and feeling like I’ve just had a facial. The eye cream is an absolute must-have and prevents lack of sleep taking its toll.

KINN BEAUTY Body Oil and Body Wash These are organic and smell amazing! They treat my skin and my mood.

DAFNI Go If I need smooth, silky hair in a rush I always use this. Plus this is a travel version so it takes up less space in my case.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Metallic Lip Crayon This takes my look from day to night.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Foundation This is oil-free and leaves my skin with a radiant finish

e.l.f. Cosmetics Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette 10 matte shadows in one palette. I love that it features every colour, from nude to bright blue. So many different eye looks in one.

BeGlow Tia I just love this gadget! I use it with my cleanser at night to ensure I have removed every last trace of make-up and dirt. I love that there’s two different speed settings.

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Top tool

BeGlow has just landed at Lookfantastic.com and is the skin-boosting gadget of the moment.

Moroccanoil Repair Shampoo & Conditioner My hair is so long right now, so I need products that hydrate without weighing it down. And these do just that! 

Moroccanoil Treatment I apply this to my hair when it’s damp - just to the ends before drying. It’s so good!

Malin & Goetz Otto Candle This candle makes my apartment smell incredible, like a bouquet of flowers. And I always take the travel size in my case to remind me of home when I'm overseas.

Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss in Clear & Triple Threat Split End Remedy I’ve only recently discovered this brand and I’m obsessed. I love that the gloss only takes three minutes to develop but leaves my hair so shiny. The Remedy is a miracle worker at delaying my next trim and seals, repairs and protects. All in one.

Keep your eyes peeled for Coco’s @Co2LDN line which is landing soon!

Image courtesy of @cococoldn

SPOTLIGHT ON...

SPOTLIGHT ON...

Medik8's lab visit, with an army of elite press.  

Team Pure headed off to London's Elstree Street yesterday to Medik8's super-laboratory for the grand unveiling of their exciting new look and two new launches; Crystal Retinal and r-Retinoate Rejuvenating Eye System. That's about as much information as we can give away right now - it's that top secret!

Medik8's Founder Elliot Isaacs and Formulation & Development Director Daniel Isaacs were both on hand for expert Q&A. The press, including vlogger Ruth Crilly and Cosmopolitan Magazine's Inge van Lotringen, were all ears as Medik8 are the authority on vitamin A which is a buzzword in skincare right now - prompting informative articles and posts on social media left, right and center. 

All attendees were given personalised lab coats, bottles and raw materials to mix their own retinol serum - the ultimate in bespoke beauty! Here are some behind the scenes shots. 

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VIP press

looking chic in their lab coats

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Stylist's

Beauty Editor Lucy Parts loving her bespoke retinol bottle 

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Time to mix

Freelance editor, writer and consultant Beatrice Aidin making her own  retinol serum

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Happy press

Writer Edwina Ings Chambers getting creative in the lab 

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VIP Vlogger

A Model Recommends' Ruth Crilly "I made my own retinol serum!" 

The Business of Beauty

The Business of Beauty

From social media stars to brand founders and industry pros, each month we are going to bring you interviews with guests who are experts in their fields. Not only do we value what they have to say (like, really value) but we want to take you behind the scenes into their worlds, for top tips, tricks and insider insight. After all, knowledge is power. 

First up is backstage photographer James Cochrane. Look backstage and you’ll find James among the models, make-up and mania snapping away, capturing the magic of Fashion Week. We recently caught up with him to discuss his career highlights, dreams and lessons learnt along the way. Read on for the full details…  

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James & Gigi

Glittery lips for the model of the moment

What is your favourite work to date? Mick Jagger at L’Wren Scott. L’Wren had a closed backstage, only myself and the photographer for American Vogue were allowed in. I was shooting some models when I felt someone next to me also shooting with a compact camera, I turned around to see it was Mick Jagger who I promptly photographed with the girls.

Who is your biggest influence? Don McCullin, Tim Page and all of the great war photographers that graced the covers and content of the Sunday supplements in the 70’s.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking backstage photos? Have a wide client base, to absorb the setbacks.

Tips on how to capture the perfect picture? I shoot with a large aperture to slightly blur the skin. Models needs to give shoulder to lengthen and thin the neck, curving shoulders slightly to emphasise collar bones.

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Models at...

Temperley SS19

Do you have a signature style? I like to shoot with back-light, either with an assistant or against the light with a large aperture. I like lens flare and atmosphere.

Do you regularly work with the same team? No, I shoot the shows and work with whichever characters are present. I love Sam McKnight and his side-kick Eamonn Hughes, Guido Palau, Eugene Souleiman, Duffy, Syd Hayes, Diane Kendal, Pat McGrath, Stéphane Marais, François Nars, Sally Branka.

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Hair King 

Sam McKnight backstage at Burberry

What advice would you give someone who wanted to follow in your footsteps? Never complain; never explain - attributed to Benjamin Disraeli via Kate Moss.

Which backstage looks & trends have inspired you? I like a lip, we have seen very little this past couple of seasons, or a big smoky eye. Something to get enthusiastic about.

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Getting lippy

James is all about the detail

If you didn’t do photography what would you do, aka ‘plan B’? I would attempt to write, apparently we all have one good book in us.

What is it you love most about working backstage? I still enjoy it when there is a connection with a model and the camera. When a model invests some energy in her poses.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve seen or heard backstage? Alexander McQueen running out of backstage in a rabbit costume.

Any brands you’d really love to work with that you haven’t yet? Calvin Klein and Saint Laurent.

Who is your dream face to photograph? There have been so many fantastic faces. Some of my favourites are Arizona Muse, Joan Smalls, Freja Beha Erichsen, Natalia Vodianova, Daria Werbowy and Rie Rasmussen.

Follow @jamescochranephoto

All imagery courtesy of James Cochrane jamescochrane.net

The Ideal Home Show Round-Up

The Ideal Home Show Round-Up

Didn’t get to attend the Ideal Home Show? Don’t stress - Pure’s interiors team have just returned with an edit of the top 5 things you need to know about when it comes to home décor in 2018 and beyond.

The consumer-facing Ideal Home Show is great for reaching a new and active audience of over 200,000 people
— Cara Ward, Co-Founder of Pure Public Relations

1.      Sustainability We loved the focus on sustainability in the 2 Lovely Gays kitchen pod. All the surfaces were made of sustainable, recycled materials. A particular highlight was a kitchen island made of recycled yoghurt containers, with metallic flecks from the yoghurt tops.

2.      Colourful furniture The Pantone colour of the year is Ultra Violet and boy did the shade pop-up everywhere. We saw it in the Sophie Robinson Innovation House, the Kitty McCall X Sofa Workshop armchair and the Ultra Violet Sofa Workshop Little Jon Sofa – so on trend!

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Cosy

Using colour to modernise your home

3.      The rise of the cocktail lounge The popularity of the VITA Copenhagen Audacious Bar Cabinet in the living room of the Good Homes Room Sets proves that the bar cabinet is becoming a standard feature of the modern living room.

4.      Fresh ideas for children’s rooms In the Innovation House designed by Sophie Robinson, the children’s bedroom featured incredibly detailed, dark wallpaper by Black Parrot Studios, a GIDC Winner. Complete with tiny, illustrated trees, cars and flowers, the wallpaper is artwork in itself. The artfully placed String Pocket Shelving System is a practical yet design-led element which bought the room to life as a home for toys and ornaments.

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Kids Corner

The Innovation House designed by Sophie Robinson, featuring String's Pocket 

5.      70’s revival The serene, tranquil bathroom at the Good Homes Room Sets featured an unexpected luxury – an infrared sauna from The Wellnesstree Group.

Now representing e.l.f. Cosmetics

Now representing e.l.f. Cosmetics

Kelly Marks and Cara Ward are delighted to announce that Pure Public Relations will now be working with e.l.f. Cosmetics in the UK.

e.l.f. makes luxurious beauty accessible for all. Established in 2004 as an e-commerce business (www.elfcosmetics.com), e.l.f. has become a true multi-channel brand through its e.l.f. stores and US distribution at Target, Walmart, Ulta Beauty and UK distribution at Superdrug. By engaging young, diverse makeup enthusiasts with innovative, high-quality cosmetics and skin care at an extraordinary value, e.l.f. has become one of the fastest growing beauty companies in the United States.

The Beauty + Wellbeing team look forward to keeping our network updated with brand news.  

 

 

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Pure Public Relations turns 19

Pure Public Relations turns 19

To celebrate the agency's birthday co-founders Kelly Marks and Cara Ward roll up their sleeves for a quickfire round of 19 burning questions... 

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Q&A with...

Kelly Marks

1. What/where did you study? History of Art at Leeds.

2. Did you always want to work in public relations? As soon as I’d started as an intern in my first PR job I knew.

3. What do you love most about beauty and interiors? The way it can change the way you feel.

4. What is the one beauty product you couldn’t live without? Lip balm.

5. Why ‘Pure’? We wanted a word with PR in it and it happens to be the first two letters of Public and Relations. 

6. Describe the agency in 5 words. Hard working, results driven, dedicated.

7. Who was your first ever brand meeting with? Simon Ostler at L’Oréal who introduced us to Sean Hanna. 

8. Is there a stand-out year for you? Each year gets better and better.

9. How have your industries changed over the years? The biggest change is the number of new brands that enter the market and of course the change in publishing and social media.

10. Any advice for people starting out in PR? Get work experience to make sure you like it.  Go to a party alone, talk to three strangers and if that doesn’t scare you PR might be the right job.

11. What makes for a successful agency? A great team and clients that respect what you do for them.

12. Would you agree that team work is the dream work? I couldn’t do it alone.

13. Hopes for the next 19 years? More, bigger, better.

14. Who were your first ever press appointments with? Trailing behind my then boss, and following her orders of ‘don’t you dare say anything’ as I carried bags to a meeting with Kathy Phillips who was the Beauty Director at Vogue. 

15. Describe Cara in 3 words: Astute, loyal, hilarious.

16. What makes for a successful client relationship? Believe in their brand as much as you believe in your own.

17. What would your 'plan B' have been? I can’t even imagine.

18. It’s your birthday – make a wish (and share it). For people to be kinder to each other.

19. How do you juggle motherhood and careers? The best I can.

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Q&A with...

Cara Ward

1. What/where did you study? Biology at Kings College London.

2. Did you always want to work in public relations? No I started in TV research for kids' science programmes – it was meant to be a filler job!

3. What do you love most about beauty and interiors? Design is everywhere and affects everyone, from the bed you sleep in to the cup you drink from.

4. What is the one beauty product you couldn’t live without and why? Water.

5. Why ‘Pure’? It’s a great adjective and we wanted our campaigns to be clear and powerful.

6. Describe the agency in 5 words. Intelligent, energetic, creative, business-minded, brand-focused.

7. Who was your first ever brand meeting with? The Curtain Exchange.

8. Is there a stand-out year for you? 1999, when the fun started.

9. How have your industries changed over the years? Technology has been the game-changer, affecting retail in every way. So PR has changed too, we are a much more integral and integrated part of any business we work for. What hasn’t changed is good contacts, understanding your consumer and a well-researched, relevant story will always get the best results.

10. Any advice for people starting out in PR? Be passionate about your brands, research your industry, watch everyone and read everything.

11. What makes for a successful agency? Employing brilliant people who love what they do.

12. Would you agree that team work is the dream work? Absolutely, at Pure PR we really do have the most brilliant and bright employees. It makes me so happy to see the energy, creativity and fun that happens in our office every day.

13. Hopes for the next 19 years? Building the Pure Network world-wide.

14. Who were your first ever press appointments with? Now Vogue editor Edward Enninful when he was 19 and I tried to persuade him to feature a totally unsuitable product in i-D Magazine. A great lesson learnt.

15. Describe Kelly in 3 words. Absolutely. Bloody. Brilliant. 

16. What makes for a successful client relationship? Honesty, accuracy and great results.

17. What would your 'plan B' have been? A scientist who could make a difference in the world.

18. It’s your birthday – make a wish (and share it!). To get our book published.

19. How do you juggle motherhood and careers? I’m too busy to answer that.

Major spotlight on String

Major spotlight on String

With coverage in Elle Decor, The Times Bricks & Mortar and The Times Online in the last few weeks alone, it's fair to say that String shelf is the buzz home decor brand of the moment.

Established in 1949, the Swedish brand was revived in 2005 by businessman Peter Erlandsson and his business partner who transformed the turnover from £80,000 to £20 million in 2017. Not bad for a shelf with a price range that starts from £43. 

Practical, flatpack yet very easy to assemble, so simple yet so chic. Whether displaying stationery in your office, glassware in your kitchen or your beloved beauty products in your bathroom, they make art of everyday belongings. In that effortless Scandi way. 

Bloggers, influencers and online shops are fast-becoming devotees, with The Times featuring the founder of online maternity shop Scandiborn in their Bricks & Mortar article. They've seen a recent increase in orders, for use in children's bedrooms. How genius that Shelfie works in every room of the home, for any age and both sexes.

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As seen in Elle Decor

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As seen in...

The Times Online

PR Week Honour Pure Public Relations in PR Power Book

PR Week Honour Pure Public Relations in PR Power Book

Klaxons at the ready! PRWeek has just announced the 100 most influential people in the industry and we’re over the moon to announce that our co-founder Kelly Marks has been recognised in their Power Book. As well as this Pure was also included in the top 10 fashion, beauty and luxury-goods agencies.

It is an honour to be included with the biggest and the best of UK PR.
— Kelly Marks, Co-Founder Pure Public Relations

PRWeek Editor-in-Chief Danny Rogers describes the book as “The biggest and best ever”.  The launch event at the hotel of the moment - The Ned - celebrated the best in the business and we are so excited to be a part of it.  It’s well aligned with our beliefs and highlights the power of communication. For those that aren’t familiar with PRWeek it is the most trusted name and leading voice of the communications industry in the UK.

2019 will see us celebrate 20 years of the agency, which continues to pride itself on its client-focused approach and commercially-driven results.  We’re helping our brands achieve some incredible results - such as ‘two months’ worth of sales over one weekend’ and ‘five months’ worth of sales in just five days’ – off the back of well-earned press coverage. All goals of strategic, hardworking PR coverage.

This celebration comes at an interesting time, with Kelly and her team having to think outside the box with more forward-thinking and innovative ideas than ever before, as the industry continues to shift its focus to online coverage and influencer partnerships. It’s an exciting time and this accolade is a huge celebration for not only the whole of the Pure team but every one of our clients, who we truly believe are the best in the business. 

 Quick fire with Kelly…

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Kelly Marks,

Co-Founder.

What’s next for Pure Public Relations? We have some new clients coming on board, are looking to expand our portfolio to incorporate more fast-moving beauty, a deeper look at well-being and developments in design and interiors too.  We have introduced a new digital team and continue to deliver a More + Better + Different approach for ourselves and our clients.

Top career tip? Do what you love and you’ll love what you do.

Lessons learnt along the way?  Go with your gut.  If it doesn’t feel right, it’s wrong. 

Work mantra? How could it be done better?  This helps us to constantly raise the bar.

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Stay tuned for more Pure thoughts. 

CAREERS - WE ARE HIRING

CAREERS - WE ARE HIRING

1. SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

We are looking for a Social Media Manager to fill a brand new role at Pure Public Relations. If you are looking for a new challenge read below to find out more...

  • Passion for business, beauty + interiors is essential.
  • Proven multi-platform experience 2 years minimum.
  • Photography skills and desire to learn more.
  • Strength in strategy, planning + implementation.
  • Brand empathy + market knowledge.
  • Ability to work independently + desire to lead a team.
  • Joyous, happy, can do personality.

Interviews will take place in January. We can’t wait to meet you.

Please apply by sending your CV, some examples of your proudest SM achievements and why you think you’re the best person for this role to pure@purepr.com

 

2. ACCOUNT MANAGER: DESIGN + INTERIORS

Our Design and Interiors brands currently include Andrew Martin, Tom Howley, VITA copenhagen, Lexington Company, Sheridan Australia, Sofa Workshop, Brintons Carpets and Designed by Woulfe.

If you LOVE design and interiors this job will be perfect for you. We are looking for an experienced candidate with great interiors knowledge and contacts who can work closely with clients to successfully execute PR campaigns. Exceptional writing and planning skills will be key, plus energy, enthusiasm and ability to work as a team.

Salary: Dependent on experience plus new business commission.

The Successful Candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a passion to work within interiors and design.
  • Be able to oversee and implement the successful running of your designated accounts, as well as those within the company when required together with in-house activity.
  • Be responsible for creating campaign plans in accordance with client objectives, complete dedicated projects within each campaign, help train junior staff, proactively instigate and secure coverage and meet targets. 
  • Liaise with clients, compile monthly reports, write press releases and client media material, create client profiles and provide expert comment and quotes.
  • Develop creative launch content and presentations.
  • Be required to take part in company brainstorms, offering creative vision and growing on your existing experience bring your own point of view.
  • Have an interest and good understanding of design-led social media and print media.
  • Possess excellent communication skills both written and verbal, along with organisation and prioritising skills. 
  • Work efficiently and with exceptional attention to detail. 
  • Have the ability to work effectively to deadlines, thriving on constant change in a fast-paced PR Agency. 
  • Have a can-do attitude with experience of working effectively with a team.
  • Have competent skills with Microsoft Programmes and Design packages as an advantage.

Please apply by sending your CV and an outline of what makes you most suitable for this role together with any relevant campaigns you have been responsible for to Cara Ward cara@purepr.com

3. JAE: BEAUTY + WELLBEING

We are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and dynamic Junior Account Executive in our Beauty + Wellbeing division.  

The role includes opportunities:

To work with industry leading brands with an active, busy, successful and growing PR team.  Daily responsibilities include developing your beauty knowledge, working within a team as well as being responsible for own projects, client liaison, report building, active pitching, building your own media contacts, brainstorming with senior members of  the team and overseeing more junior team members.

The successful candidate will have a strong educational background, 18-24 months relevant industry experience, and the desire to develop, learn and progress with Pure.  

If you would like to apply, please email your CV together with an example of your proudest PR moment to date to pure@purepr.com

 

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BRAND NEW BEAUTY

BRAND NEW BEAUTY

A new year brings new beauty innovations. One we are really excited about is this new launch from Perricone MD. 

Perricone MD celebrating their 20th anniversary introduce a pimped up version of the cult classic Cold Plasma, with Cold Plasma + Face.

More powerful than ever before, this advanced serum concentrate dramatically improves loss of radiance, uneven texture, uneven skin tone, discoloration, redness, enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness.

An advanced serum concentrate that targets your skin’s individual needs to deliver visible and personalized results, both now and over time. Packed with powerhouse ingredients, including Copper Tripeptides to improve the appearance of firmness and elasticity, Vitamin C Ester to reduce the look of dark spots and restore radiance, while Omegas 3, 6 and 9 promote smoother, more supple-looking skin.

We've been testing this one over the last few weeks and have seen an incredible improvement in skin tone, texture and clarity.  Check it out here.

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Tis The Season for Pure Giving.

Tis The Season for Pure Giving.

With Christmas just around the corner many of us are  in the throes of last minute shopping, hurriedly scouring the aisles of department stores and checking out our baskets as we tick off item after item from our shopping lists. Because it is good to give, right?

There is another form of giving that we wanted to highlight this Christmas season with a nod to some great organisations that demonstrate profound benevolence by  tirelessly and commendably working  to provide  services for those not as fortunate as us. As Shirley Chisholm once put it “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth”

We asked a few  members of the Pure team to share some charitable organisations that are dear to them and why. We’d love for you to do the same so we’re asking that if you’re inclined post about your charity of choice on your Instagram using #PureGift, tagging @pureprlondon and we will donate on behalf of the first 20 to do so.

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Candlelighters is an amazing charity that supports families facing children's cancer in Yorkshire. The money they raise helps them to pay for equipment on the wards and clinic, their family support centre and work in the community. They also fund the jobs of many people who make children’s cancer treatment in Yorkshire amongst the best in the country, in addition to investing in a research programme into the causes of children's cancer and potential new treatments. They helped a family friend who sadly passed away after facing cancer twice as a teenager.” Megan Magee 

 

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Springhill hospice is a 16-bed purpose-built facility that offers specialist palliative care to patients from diagnosis to end-of-life care. They looked after my Grandad during the last few weeks of his life and provided both him and my family with the most incredible support during what was undoubtedly one of the darkest periods for our family. The level of care they provide is nothing short of amazing and the staff there are truly are angels. It costs roughly £9,300 a day to run the hospice and while some income comes from the NHS, 70% of their running costs come from fundraising within the local community.” Beccy Lee

 

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“I would like to mention The Stroke Association as this charity provided invaluable help and support to my family.  My father had a stroke last year and this charity was amazing, providing lots of information and support to my parents. They also put my dad in touch with a counsellor, which helped with the emotional effects of his stroke. The Stroke Association helps to raise awareness around the risk factors for stroke, fund vital research and provides advice around the financial and emotional impacts that can result from a stroke.” Mackenzie Mackie

 

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“After a close friend was diagnosed & treated for Bowel Cancer last year, her subsequent situation made me want to know more about the illness. Did you know it is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and second biggest cancer killer? However, it shouldn't be. The disease is preventable, treatable and curable, and there have been major advances in treatments and bowel cancer screening programmes in recent years. The earlier it is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat; people whose cancer is diagnosed at an early stage have a much higher chance of successful treatment than those whose cancer has become more widespread. The Bowel Cancer UK charity works together with people affected by bowel cancer and the clinical and research community, campaigning for early diagnosis (the current screening age is 60+ but my friend was diagnosed in her 30’s, and the number of younger people being diagnosed is increasing each year) and getting access to the best treatment and care for patients across the UK.” Susanna Murray Burton

     

 

 

I CAN is an education/training charity for children and young people with speech and language difficulties. Communication issues in children can have a serious impact on their mental health, social life and self-esteem. Operating out of the UK, I CAN provides information to parents via courses, conferences and seminars, and aids in training professionals to support the children affected by speech and communication difficulties.

We know how important communication skills are in the workplace, and what a vital transferable skill interpersonal communication is in all aspects of life. I CAN is working to ensure that all children have the right support to combat speaking issues as soon as they are detected. 1 in 10 children in the UK have communication difficulties that require specialist help, including stuttering/dysfluency, speech delay, or expressive language disorder.” Anya Cooklin

 

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“With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems in any given year, how we care for ourselves and who we turn to is an integral part of recovery.

Providing advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, Mind are a charitable organisation who work to impact millions of lives across England and Wales each year - offering aid in a variety of areas from crisis support to Ecotherapy.

Over the past seven decades, they have also worked to address the stigmas surrounding mental health conditions, campaigning for changes in legislation and addressing issues through the media.” Camilla Hooper

 

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The Kids Network is a peer to peer mentorship based charity that provides support and community for working class kids who are deemed at risk. For me The Kids network represents a service I feel I would’ve loved to have been exposed to in my formative years and is a movement I’m proud to know and be a part of.  Supporting and nurturing the minds and experiences of the next generation is pivotal – especially those who are not surrounded by certain privileges.” Deborah Johnson