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Beauty Swap Shop

Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are you are concerned by the current state of the environment and more than likely want to do your part in helping preserve the planet we have. As a beauty blogger, I have grown conscious of a), the amount of plastic within the industry and b), perhaps more concerning, just how much waste there is. Yes, becoming more environmentally sound is a serious issue but that doesn't mean we can't think of a few novel and fun ideas to do our part all the while looking and feeling great.

On the topic of waste, perhaps the best idea that came from a few glasses of wine shared with some close friends was holding a beauty swap shop. The idea being that we'd all gather together or unused beauty products that we had no need or use for and swap them amongst ourselves - saving money and of course preventing items ending up on landfill. The beauty of this concept is that it can be as grand or as small as you'd like, initially we settled on just the four of us but as word spread it is looking like the next event of this nature will be closer to 25 people and as such we've decided to make it more into a party. As my friend is moving down south in a few months and wanted to book events in Cheshire (her new hometown) to mark the occasion, one as such being a night on the tiles alongside a make-up swap shop. In the end, we have booked Mottram Hall and will be trading lipstick, gossip and moreover a ladies lunch but of course, you can do the exact same thing in the comfort of your lounge.

Other ways you can do your bit within the beauty industry is to look for recycling programmes; two of the best happen to be MAC and Lush. With MAC, if you round up six of your empty MAC products and return them, they will give you a free lipstick of your choice - it really doesn't get much better than that. Lush have a similar policy with their plastic tubs that often contain body scrubs, lotions and of course masks. Again collect 6 empty pots, return them to your local store and you will receive a free face mask of your choice.

Admittedly the area I am struggling to get to grips with the most is shopping locally; home fragrances has been a fairly easy switch thanks to Shearer Candles (a Scottish business with plenty of shops dotted around Glasgow) and for my bath and body needs, there is the Scottish Soap Company, but beauty brands tend to be few and far between. So far, I have found Sara Hill which is nothing short of excellent but otherwise, offerings tend to be scant.

I'm open to all suggestions big and small to play my part so please feel free to leave any ideas below and let me know if you are open to a beauty event like "Swap and Shop" on a larger scale?
  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Is it time to Swap, Rather Than Shop?

Beauty Swap Shop

Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are you are concerned by the current state of the environment and more than likely want to do your part in helping preserve the planet we have. As a beauty blogger, I have grown conscious of a), the amount of plastic within the industry and b), perhaps more concerning, just how much waste there is. Yes, becoming more environmentally sound is a serious issue but that doesn't mean we can't think of a few novel and fun ideas to do our part all the while looking and feeling great.

On the topic of waste, perhaps the best idea that came from a few glasses of wine shared with some close friends was holding a beauty swap shop. The idea being that we'd all gather together or unused beauty products that we had no need or use for and swap them amongst ourselves - saving money and of course preventing items ending up on landfill. The beauty of this concept is that it can be as grand or as small as you'd like, initially we settled on just the four of us but as word spread it is looking like the next event of this nature will be closer to 25 people and as such we've decided to make it more into a party. As my friend is moving down south in a few months and wanted to book events in Cheshire (her new hometown) to mark the occasion, one as such being a night on the tiles alongside a make-up swap shop. In the end, we have booked Mottram Hall and will be trading lipstick, gossip and moreover a ladies lunch but of course, you can do the exact same thing in the comfort of your lounge.

Other ways you can do your bit within the beauty industry is to look for recycling programmes; two of the best happen to be MAC and Lush. With MAC, if you round up six of your empty MAC products and return them, they will give you a free lipstick of your choice - it really doesn't get much better than that. Lush have a similar policy with their plastic tubs that often contain body scrubs, lotions and of course masks. Again collect 6 empty pots, return them to your local store and you will receive a free face mask of your choice.

Admittedly the area I am struggling to get to grips with the most is shopping locally; home fragrances has been a fairly easy switch thanks to Shearer Candles (a Scottish business with plenty of shops dotted around Glasgow) and for my bath and body needs, there is the Scottish Soap Company, but beauty brands tend to be few and far between. So far, I have found Sara Hill which is nothing short of excellent but otherwise, offerings tend to be scant.

I'm open to all suggestions big and small to play my part so please feel free to leave any ideas below and let me know if you are open to a beauty event like "Swap and Shop" on a larger scale?
Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne 2019

As someone who more than enjoys the slightly chillier days of Autumn, it will come of little surprise that I am already planning both my wardrobe and beauty routine for the coming months, and I more than have a contender for my fragrance of the season in Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne.

For those who are eagle-eyed amongst us, you may actually recall Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne from the English Fields collection of 2018? Well for anyone who fell hard the first time around for its light and delectable notes, the good news is that it is back to stay as a permanent fixture of the Jo Malone line up.

If like myself you aren't a huge fan of spice lead scents and want something soft, comforting and dare I say cosy like a giant knitted blanket, then Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne could be the very scent you have been searching for. It is light, floral and yet thanks to the slightly oaty trail of Barley it feels fitting for the season of crunchy leaves and layered clothing. Speaking of layers, Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne does partner well with just about every existing Jo Malone cologne you can imagine; in the spirit of counting down to Halloween, I have of course been adding a spritz or too alongside Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir.

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne 2019

The issue with writing about fragrance is that a screen can never truly portray exactly how it smells or settles on the skin, regardless of how many punchy adjectives I may fit in a paragraph. However in the instance of Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne is that it is entirely agreeable and I do believe that you would be hard pushed to not like it. It is safe yet special at the same time and that is a space rarely occupied by any fragrance.

"When I smell Poppy & Barley I am taken to the heart of an English meadow during the harvest.
It's the end of every summer when the fields are a sea of gold and I picture lively light poppies moving and dancing in the breeze." - CELINE ROUX, HEAD OF GLOBAL FRAGRANCE
If you can imagine the crispness of the air when the leaves are slowly browning and your sudden need for a scarf, yet the sun is still in the sky and it doesn't quite feel like Winter will be rearing its head anytime soon and you have Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne. It is sweet thanks to a ripe and altogether juicy note of Blackcurrant, delicately floral and slightly powdery with a fresh, heart note of Poppy (enhanced by rose and violet) and yet it has an almost savoury twinge, due to the addition of the cereal-like note of Barley.

 Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne will be launching soon - link.

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne 2019

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne 2019

As someone who more than enjoys the slightly chillier days of Autumn, it will come of little surprise that I am already planning both my wardrobe and beauty routine for the coming months, and I more than have a contender for my fragrance of the season in Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne.

For those who are eagle-eyed amongst us, you may actually recall Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne from the English Fields collection of 2018? Well for anyone who fell hard the first time around for its light and delectable notes, the good news is that it is back to stay as a permanent fixture of the Jo Malone line up.

If like myself you aren't a huge fan of spice lead scents and want something soft, comforting and dare I say cosy like a giant knitted blanket, then Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne could be the very scent you have been searching for. It is light, floral and yet thanks to the slightly oaty trail of Barley it feels fitting for the season of crunchy leaves and layered clothing. Speaking of layers, Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne does partner well with just about every existing Jo Malone cologne you can imagine; in the spirit of counting down to Halloween, I have of course been adding a spritz or too alongside Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir.

Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne 2019

The issue with writing about fragrance is that a screen can never truly portray exactly how it smells or settles on the skin, regardless of how many punchy adjectives I may fit in a paragraph. However in the instance of Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne is that it is entirely agreeable and I do believe that you would be hard pushed to not like it. It is safe yet special at the same time and that is a space rarely occupied by any fragrance.

"When I smell Poppy & Barley I am taken to the heart of an English meadow during the harvest.
It's the end of every summer when the fields are a sea of gold and I picture lively light poppies moving and dancing in the breeze." - CELINE ROUX, HEAD OF GLOBAL FRAGRANCE
If you can imagine the crispness of the air when the leaves are slowly browning and your sudden need for a scarf, yet the sun is still in the sky and it doesn't quite feel like Winter will be rearing its head anytime soon and you have Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne. It is sweet thanks to a ripe and altogether juicy note of Blackcurrant, delicately floral and slightly powdery with a fresh, heart note of Poppy (enhanced by rose and violet) and yet it has an almost savoury twinge, due to the addition of the cereal-like note of Barley.

 Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne will be launching soon - link.
Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

Sponsored content - It's Summer, it's often humid and if like myself you have less than perfectly well behaved hair you may be in the market for something to tame frizz? But why stop there when you can address issues such as damaged hair, colour fade and protect against heat inflicted from electrical tools as well reducing static and increasing hair shine with one product? If you add one hair product to your hair routine, let it be Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment (£14.99).

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to my unruly locks, I'm pretty much a wash and go kinda gal, purely because I am so strapped for time so the Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment, is right up my alley and as it is an exclusive salon formula you know you are in good hands. Yes, Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment is loaded with benefits but if it is tricky to use, you've already lost me. Luckily this easy to use mist, only requires to be misted onto damp hair, comb through and style as normal. It literally takes 2 minutes and as such I'm sure this is something we can all spare for better hair?

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

So let's talk about my hair shall we? It's long, frizz-prone, bleached so therefore damaged and generally if I'm being entirely honest with myself not all that manageable. As I said above, I'm pushed for both time and patience, therefore I don't have a huge interest in hair styling products. Well that was until I got to try out Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment for myself. Essentially the best way I this instantly hydrating formula is to perhaps compare it to a beyond souped up leave-in-conditioner. Simply must in, go and enjoy all the benefits with next to no commitment.

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review


Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment protects against heat so you can ditch other heat protectants, saving on time and money - you can also wave goodbye to additional conditioning treatments and de-tangled because this tropical (lime and coconut) scented miracle has you covered. From the first use you will notice that not only is your hair far more manageable but also shinier too with improved volume too - great if like myself you have fairly lank hair.

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

As great as all of this is, it pales in comparison to what Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment achieves when combined with heat. For years I have wanted to try out a Keratin infused blow-dry in the salon but as mentioned I am pushed for time. Rather wonderfully, I no longer need to worry about this as Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment has given me the silkiest, smoothest hair with a high gloss sheen and all I had to do was run the hair straighteners through my hair.

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

It shouldn't really be surprising as Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment is a salon formula but sometimes you have to experience products to fully understand the hype. And that's what I think you should do, give Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment a whirl and see how one beautifully scented product can revolutionise both your hair and routine.

You can shop the entire range here but I personally rate and recommend the Keratin 10 money saving triple pack (£17.48) - link.

2019's Best Kept Hair Secret

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

Sponsored content - It's Summer, it's often humid and if like myself you have less than perfectly well behaved hair you may be in the market for something to tame frizz? But why stop there when you can address issues such as damaged hair, colour fade and protect against heat inflicted from electrical tools as well reducing static and increasing hair shine with one product? If you add one hair product to your hair routine, let it be Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment (£14.99).

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

I'm pretty low maintenance when it comes to my unruly locks, I'm pretty much a wash and go kinda gal, purely because I am so strapped for time so the Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment, is right up my alley and as it is an exclusive salon formula you know you are in good hands. Yes, Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment is loaded with benefits but if it is tricky to use, you've already lost me. Luckily this easy to use mist, only requires to be misted onto damp hair, comb through and style as normal. It literally takes 2 minutes and as such I'm sure this is something we can all spare for better hair?

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

So let's talk about my hair shall we? It's long, frizz-prone, bleached so therefore damaged and generally if I'm being entirely honest with myself not all that manageable. As I said above, I'm pushed for both time and patience, therefore I don't have a huge interest in hair styling products. Well that was until I got to try out Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment for myself. Essentially the best way I this instantly hydrating formula is to perhaps compare it to a beyond souped up leave-in-conditioner. Simply must in, go and enjoy all the benefits with next to no commitment.

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review


Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment protects against heat so you can ditch other heat protectants, saving on time and money - you can also wave goodbye to additional conditioning treatments and de-tangled because this tropical (lime and coconut) scented miracle has you covered. From the first use you will notice that not only is your hair far more manageable but also shinier too with improved volume too - great if like myself you have fairly lank hair.

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

As great as all of this is, it pales in comparison to what Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment achieves when combined with heat. For years I have wanted to try out a Keratin infused blow-dry in the salon but as mentioned I am pushed for time. Rather wonderfully, I no longer need to worry about this as Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment has given me the silkiest, smoothest hair with a high gloss sheen and all I had to do was run the hair straighteners through my hair.

Keratin 10 Leave in Treatment Review

It shouldn't really be surprising as Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment is a salon formula but sometimes you have to experience products to fully understand the hype. And that's what I think you should do, give Keratin 10 - Leave In Miracle Treatment a whirl and see how one beautifully scented product can revolutionise both your hair and routine.

You can shop the entire range here but I personally rate and recommend the Keratin 10 money saving triple pack (£17.48) - link.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil Review

When you think about it, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is pretty darn clever; a gentle formula that not only removes make-up and more but thanks to its ingredient line up, it may just be what those who sometimes struggle to fall, soundly asleep at night have been seeking. In essence it's pretty smart and dare I say almost obvious.

Like it or not, most of us are driven by scent and as our nose is slap, bang, centre on our faces, why not utilise this sense for both better skin and sleep? The great thing about Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is that it doesn't technically require you to add an additional step into your routine; rather it is simply making the most of what I would deem a essential part of my skincare set up and all but working harder for my dollar, by adding the element of aromatherapy into the mix. It's couldn't be simpler and if you do struggle to nod off, really what do you have to lose?

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil Review

Yes I am that annoying person that never goes to bed with make-up on; I could be falling down drunk, so tired that my eyes are shut, or even loaded with the flu and I'll still scuttle to the bathroom and reach for my cleanser. However some nights I do find my cleansing ritual can be more of a chore rather than a small pleasure and for that I am grateful for skin oils on the whole. For a moment let's forget what makes Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil so special and concentrate on the basics - aka does it effectively rid my skin of impurities? I'm glad to report that this silken, luxurious and all together soft oil is a joy to use: it glides effortlessly over the skin gently removing every trace of make-up, dirt, grime and all that is in-between, leaves behind no trace of residue and is somewhat moisturising too. 

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil Review

As you may have imagined, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil does have an impressive ingredient line up with an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils such as Squalane, a planted-derived lipid and natural emollient, that locks moisture into your skin which in turn may help to prevent fine lines and general dryness. It also contains evening primrose oil, which is naturally rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids to help maintain skin health; and of course lavender essential oil, which is what helps to create the sleepy fragrance. The other great thing about lavender in terms of being beneficial to the skin, is that it is a natural anti-inflammatory, making it wonderful at soothing and healing skin that's irritated or blemish prone.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil may not solve all your sleep related dilemmas but it will help to create a great and altogether relaxing evening skin routine, as well as deeply cleansing and comforting your skin. For that reason alone, it deserves to be on your bathroom shelf!

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil £16-£32 - link.


  • Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Can This Cleanser be the Secret to a Good Nights Sleep?

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil Review

When you think about it, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is pretty darn clever; a gentle formula that not only removes make-up and more but thanks to its ingredient line up, it may just be what those who sometimes struggle to fall, soundly asleep at night have been seeking. In essence it's pretty smart and dare I say almost obvious.

Like it or not, most of us are driven by scent and as our nose is slap, bang, centre on our faces, why not utilise this sense for both better skin and sleep? The great thing about Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is that it doesn't technically require you to add an additional step into your routine; rather it is simply making the most of what I would deem a essential part of my skincare set up and all but working harder for my dollar, by adding the element of aromatherapy into the mix. It's couldn't be simpler and if you do struggle to nod off, really what do you have to lose?

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil Review

Yes I am that annoying person that never goes to bed with make-up on; I could be falling down drunk, so tired that my eyes are shut, or even loaded with the flu and I'll still scuttle to the bathroom and reach for my cleanser. However some nights I do find my cleansing ritual can be more of a chore rather than a small pleasure and for that I am grateful for skin oils on the whole. For a moment let's forget what makes Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil so special and concentrate on the basics - aka does it effectively rid my skin of impurities? I'm glad to report that this silken, luxurious and all together soft oil is a joy to use: it glides effortlessly over the skin gently removing every trace of make-up, dirt, grime and all that is in-between, leaves behind no trace of residue and is somewhat moisturising too. 

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil Review

As you may have imagined, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil does have an impressive ingredient line up with an aromatic blend of pure botanical oils such as Squalane, a planted-derived lipid and natural emollient, that locks moisture into your skin which in turn may help to prevent fine lines and general dryness. It also contains evening primrose oil, which is naturally rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids to help maintain skin health; and of course lavender essential oil, which is what helps to create the sleepy fragrance. The other great thing about lavender in terms of being beneficial to the skin, is that it is a natural anti-inflammatory, making it wonderful at soothing and healing skin that's irritated or blemish prone.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil may not solve all your sleep related dilemmas but it will help to create a great and altogether relaxing evening skin routine, as well as deeply cleansing and comforting your skin. For that reason alone, it deserves to be on your bathroom shelf!

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil £16-£32 - link.


Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

A beauty classic revisited and for good reason too; the iconic Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm has been filling the shelves of skincare experts, enthusiasts and the curious for ten whole years, and shows no sign of slowing down. The suit-all and do-all cleanser has been suitably gussied up to mark the milestone birthday and there has never been a better time to finally test the formulation for yourself, or of course replenish your bathroom cabinet.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition is easily one of the best cleansers of its kind and of the few, that I all but force upon anyone who will listen to me harp on about its magnificence. I've reviewed this easy to use balm, way back when I had no real clue how to describe what it truly did - and tragically more than likely described it as "melty". Now that we have collectively cringed and moved on, let me share a few, more cohesive thoughts on why now is the time to treat yourself to the bumper sized, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

Double cleansing is a great habit to get into and has dramatically improved my complexion over the years but sometimes all I want (or have the time to do) is quickly wash my face. Due to fear of ageing like an old leather sofa, I have bullied myself into religiously applying SPF daily which as you may be aware isn't the easiest thing to remove from the skin. After several years of use, I can personally vouch that there is next to nothing that the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm can not gently shift in one use.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

As far as balm textures go, the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm has to be one of the softest and I won't pretend that it hasn't somewhat melted in certain climates; if travelling, or even living in a warm environment, you may find the best place to store this cleanser is in the fridge. The benefit of such consistency is that it is always ready to go - there's no need to chip away at it, nor spend what feels like an eternity warming the balm into a usable medium. Simply dispense a small coin blob into your hands (it comes complete with a dinky, re-usable spatula for this purpose), gently massage onto the face, watch (in awe or not, the choice is yours) it quickly transform from a solid into an oil, add water so it emulsifies into a milk and then remove using a muslin cloth. It really couldn't be easier and as mentioned above it tackles just about all forms of cosmetics from sunscreen and even the most stubborn waterproof mascara.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

One of the biggest concerns for most when switching to a balm cleanser is the concern that it may be greasy? In my opinion despite the transforming qualities of the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm from a semi-solid to an oil, there is no concern of it clogging the pores nor an overwhelmingly thick, uncomfortable texture - rather I find the entire process both effortless and dare I say relaxing.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

Now for a quick break down of the ingredients: if you have dry, dehydrated, easily sensitised skin or all of the above, then you may rejoice as this cleanser is free from alcohol, parabens, silicone's, synthetic fragrance and colour, mineral oil and petrolatum. Rather this is a concoction of Moringa Seed Extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E to deeply nourish, protect, moisturise and even re-balance the skin with each and every use. My only word of advice is that if you are sensitive to natural oils to maybe patch test this balm before applying to the entire face as it contains essential oils of Orange, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine and Rose.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

At the moment you can grab a rather pretty, not to mention supersize version (200g) of Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm which also comes with a Dual Action Cleansing Cloth, and 5g of Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds for £68 - link.

  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Why It's Time You Finally Tried Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

A beauty classic revisited and for good reason too; the iconic Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm has been filling the shelves of skincare experts, enthusiasts and the curious for ten whole years, and shows no sign of slowing down. The suit-all and do-all cleanser has been suitably gussied up to mark the milestone birthday and there has never been a better time to finally test the formulation for yourself, or of course replenish your bathroom cabinet.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition is easily one of the best cleansers of its kind and of the few, that I all but force upon anyone who will listen to me harp on about its magnificence. I've reviewed this easy to use balm, way back when I had no real clue how to describe what it truly did - and tragically more than likely described it as "melty". Now that we have collectively cringed and moved on, let me share a few, more cohesive thoughts on why now is the time to treat yourself to the bumper sized, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

Double cleansing is a great habit to get into and has dramatically improved my complexion over the years but sometimes all I want (or have the time to do) is quickly wash my face. Due to fear of ageing like an old leather sofa, I have bullied myself into religiously applying SPF daily which as you may be aware isn't the easiest thing to remove from the skin. After several years of use, I can personally vouch that there is next to nothing that the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm can not gently shift in one use.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

As far as balm textures go, the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm has to be one of the softest and I won't pretend that it hasn't somewhat melted in certain climates; if travelling, or even living in a warm environment, you may find the best place to store this cleanser is in the fridge. The benefit of such consistency is that it is always ready to go - there's no need to chip away at it, nor spend what feels like an eternity warming the balm into a usable medium. Simply dispense a small coin blob into your hands (it comes complete with a dinky, re-usable spatula for this purpose), gently massage onto the face, watch (in awe or not, the choice is yours) it quickly transform from a solid into an oil, add water so it emulsifies into a milk and then remove using a muslin cloth. It really couldn't be easier and as mentioned above it tackles just about all forms of cosmetics from sunscreen and even the most stubborn waterproof mascara.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

One of the biggest concerns for most when switching to a balm cleanser is the concern that it may be greasy? In my opinion despite the transforming qualities of the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm from a semi-solid to an oil, there is no concern of it clogging the pores nor an overwhelmingly thick, uncomfortable texture - rather I find the entire process both effortless and dare I say relaxing.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

Now for a quick break down of the ingredients: if you have dry, dehydrated, easily sensitised skin or all of the above, then you may rejoice as this cleanser is free from alcohol, parabens, silicone's, synthetic fragrance and colour, mineral oil and petrolatum. Rather this is a concoction of Moringa Seed Extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E to deeply nourish, protect, moisturise and even re-balance the skin with each and every use. My only word of advice is that if you are sensitive to natural oils to maybe patch test this balm before applying to the entire face as it contains essential oils of Orange, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine and Rose.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 10th Anniversary Edition

At the moment you can grab a rather pretty, not to mention supersize version (200g) of Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm which also comes with a Dual Action Cleansing Cloth, and 5g of Rosehip Exfoliating Seeds for £68 - link.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

There are only two brands in which I can list, that have in recent years created their own look, true identity and perhaps even methods of make-up application: Glossier for their stripped-back, barely-there approach and Charlotte Tilbury for their glam, almost-90's supermodel aesthetic. Admittedly I have time for both approaches but if I'm entirely honest I'm a Charlotte Tilbury fan girl and fawn over most products launched by the queen of glowing skin, none more so than the recent Glowgasm collection.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches


The slogan for the Glowgasm collection is "Light Up Your World" and the two new Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palettes. Each kit contains four, gloriously, glow-y powders that can be used on the face and eyes for all over radiant look. There are two colourways to choose from: Lightgasm (for light/medium complexions) and Lovegasm (for medium/deep complexions), each of which have been tailored matched to compliment a wide range of skin tones.

Sure you've tried other Charlotte Tilbury highlighting powders, blushes and bronzers in the past but the formulation this time around is completely different. Yes each powder within the Glowgasm Face Palettes is pressed but it has an almost gel like texture that melts into the skin and creates a foil like finish. If you enjoy the MAC In Extra Dimension Powders and/or the Estée Lauder Gelee Highlighters, I have a sneaky suspicion you won't be able to get enough of the Glowgasm Face Palettes. You can find both of the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palettes here for £60 each - link.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

Speaking of highlighters, for those who gravitate towards liquid formulations then you may want to bookmark the three (yes three!) new shades of the ever raved about Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Wand. This easy to apply, blend and store liquid highlighter is incredible diverse; depending on the shade, wear on your cheekbones for a subtle, uplifting glow, apply to the cheeks in lieu of blush or go all out and dab a smidgen onto your eyelids - the uses are endless with a little imagination. The three new and sadly limited edition shades of the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Wands are: Pinkgasm (a rosy-pink hue with a golden undertone, not entirely dissimilar to NARS Orgasm), Goldgasm (a true yellow gold) and Peachgasm (a muted and again yellow toned peach tone). You can find all existing shades of the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Wands here for £29 each - link.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

For a moment, I didn't realise that the Charlotte Tilbury Dreamgasm Eyeshadow Palette existed as I was blinded by the beauty that is the two Glowgasm face palettes. If you enjoy warm, slightly pinked eyeshadows then you are in for a treat as this neat little compact, contains two rosy bronze hues coupled with a light, neutral highlight shade and one perfectly formed, beach-ready bronze. I'm sure the swatches speak for themselves but much like every Charlotte Tilbury palette I have tried over the years this applies, blends and wears perfectly- sure it isn't cheap but the quality is more than there.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

Cream eyeshadows often get a bad rap, sometimes they are too sheer, generally tricky to apply, crease too quickly or all of the above. I get it but before you cast off any entire beauty category, may I urge you to try the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise formula. Not only is each shade beautifully pigmented but the cooking formulation quickly and effortlessly slicks onto the skin, delivering a true and shimmering wash of colour that stays put for hours. The two new additions joining the Eyes to Mesmerise line up for a limited time only are: Rose Gold (a true, yellow based rose gold hue) and Star Gold (a bold, bright, copper). On certain skin tones, both shades can double up as cream highlighters too. Find them both here for £22 each - link.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

Due to really random and dare I be dramatic, pretty severe allergies, I am actively avoiding anything that promises to plump the lips - I'm sure nothing would happen as this is a collagen based product but really I can't be too careful. As such I hope you'll forgive me for the lack of swatches and trust my word when I say that the Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Baths (or at least the ones I've tried in the past) are nothing short of luxury. Think of them as the collision of lip balm, plumper, tint and gloss all rolled into one neat little package; the gentle formula hydrates, plumps and adds both a slick of sheen song colour in one swift move. The two, new and limited edition shades are: Peachy Plump (a medium, almost coral Peach with golden reflects) and Rosy Glow (a dusky, rose gold with a purple shift). Find both shades for £25 each here - link.

Do I wish deep down that there was a #Glowgasm lipstick within this collection? Yes but otherwise, it is utter perfection and one that is truly inclusive both in variety of shades and formulations. If you like glowing skin (and who doesn't) then I highly suggest you grab the limited edition Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm whilst you can.




  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

There are only two brands in which I can list, that have in recent years created their own look, true identity and perhaps even methods of make-up application: Glossier for their stripped-back, barely-there approach and Charlotte Tilbury for their glam, almost-90's supermodel aesthetic. Admittedly I have time for both approaches but if I'm entirely honest I'm a Charlotte Tilbury fan girl and fawn over most products launched by the queen of glowing skin, none more so than the recent Glowgasm collection.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches


The slogan for the Glowgasm collection is "Light Up Your World" and the two new Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palettes. Each kit contains four, gloriously, glow-y powders that can be used on the face and eyes for all over radiant look. There are two colourways to choose from: Lightgasm (for light/medium complexions) and Lovegasm (for medium/deep complexions), each of which have been tailored matched to compliment a wide range of skin tones.

Sure you've tried other Charlotte Tilbury highlighting powders, blushes and bronzers in the past but the formulation this time around is completely different. Yes each powder within the Glowgasm Face Palettes is pressed but it has an almost gel like texture that melts into the skin and creates a foil like finish. If you enjoy the MAC In Extra Dimension Powders and/or the Estée Lauder Gelee Highlighters, I have a sneaky suspicion you won't be able to get enough of the Glowgasm Face Palettes. You can find both of the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm Face Palettes here for £60 each - link.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

Speaking of highlighters, for those who gravitate towards liquid formulations then you may want to bookmark the three (yes three!) new shades of the ever raved about Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Wand. This easy to apply, blend and store liquid highlighter is incredible diverse; depending on the shade, wear on your cheekbones for a subtle, uplifting glow, apply to the cheeks in lieu of blush or go all out and dab a smidgen onto your eyelids - the uses are endless with a little imagination. The three new and sadly limited edition shades of the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Wands are: Pinkgasm (a rosy-pink hue with a golden undertone, not entirely dissimilar to NARS Orgasm), Goldgasm (a true yellow gold) and Peachgasm (a muted and again yellow toned peach tone). You can find all existing shades of the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Wands here for £29 each - link.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

For a moment, I didn't realise that the Charlotte Tilbury Dreamgasm Eyeshadow Palette existed as I was blinded by the beauty that is the two Glowgasm face palettes. If you enjoy warm, slightly pinked eyeshadows then you are in for a treat as this neat little compact, contains two rosy bronze hues coupled with a light, neutral highlight shade and one perfectly formed, beach-ready bronze. I'm sure the swatches speak for themselves but much like every Charlotte Tilbury palette I have tried over the years this applies, blends and wears perfectly- sure it isn't cheap but the quality is more than there.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches
Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

Cream eyeshadows often get a bad rap, sometimes they are too sheer, generally tricky to apply, crease too quickly or all of the above. I get it but before you cast off any entire beauty category, may I urge you to try the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise formula. Not only is each shade beautifully pigmented but the cooking formulation quickly and effortlessly slicks onto the skin, delivering a true and shimmering wash of colour that stays put for hours. The two new additions joining the Eyes to Mesmerise line up for a limited time only are: Rose Gold (a true, yellow based rose gold hue) and Star Gold (a bold, bright, copper). On certain skin tones, both shades can double up as cream highlighters too. Find them both here for £22 each - link.

Charlotte Tilbury #Glowgasm Collection Review Swatches

Due to really random and dare I be dramatic, pretty severe allergies, I am actively avoiding anything that promises to plump the lips - I'm sure nothing would happen as this is a collagen based product but really I can't be too careful. As such I hope you'll forgive me for the lack of swatches and trust my word when I say that the Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Baths (or at least the ones I've tried in the past) are nothing short of luxury. Think of them as the collision of lip balm, plumper, tint and gloss all rolled into one neat little package; the gentle formula hydrates, plumps and adds both a slick of sheen song colour in one swift move. The two, new and limited edition shades are: Peachy Plump (a medium, almost coral Peach with golden reflects) and Rosy Glow (a dusky, rose gold with a purple shift). Find both shades for £25 each here - link.

Do I wish deep down that there was a #Glowgasm lipstick within this collection? Yes but otherwise, it is utter perfection and one that is truly inclusive both in variety of shades and formulations. If you like glowing skin (and who doesn't) then I highly suggest you grab the limited edition Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm whilst you can.




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