Three Products for Dehydrated Skin with Budget Alternatives

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Three Products for Dehydrated Skin with Budget Alternatives

I'm sat here feeling pretty smug with myself, without too much effort or time I have managed to rebalance my skin. Yes I am still suffering in terms of blemishes and will do until my medication kicks in but the good news is that my skin is balanced. It is neither too oily nor dry or in the middle - dehydrated! Below is what I have been using with cheaper alternatives as I know especially at this time of the year we are all felling the pinch and don't have cash to burn!

Radical Hydrating Cleanser £30 via Feel Unique - link.
I would say this has been the biggest saving grace thus far and has been nothing short of wonderful for my once dried out skin. If you have dehydrated or dry skin you need to splurge on the Radical Hydrating Cleanser.When I first saw the tube design for the Radical Cleanser I assumed it would be a gel or balm like textured cleanser which I do favour, rather it is a light, silky fluid liquid that instantly soothes and calms the skin. I guess it could be best described as a cleansing milk? To use, you simply apply to dry skin, massage in and then rinse off using warm water - I personally use a facial cloth to ensure all traces of the cleanser. Unlike some cleansers this is exceptionally easy to remove, it doesn't require several rinses to ensure all traces are gone nor does it leave behind any residue. It doesn't foam either which is nothing but great news for dry and/or dehydrated skin. What is rather genius about Radical Hydrating Cleanser is that it not only cleanses but tones and hydrates the skin too! It is non-drying and non-irritating along with being packed with anti-ageing technology.If you are looking for a cleanser that is gentle yet effective this is the one as it cleanses, tone and hydrates in one quick step leaving the skin feeling plump, hydrated and well cleansed. Perfect if you want a minimal skin care routine or to replenish winter beaten skin. I guess when you think about it if you have a cleanser that is stripping the skin you are somewhat creating a problem before you have even really got into a cleansing routine? If your budget doesn't stretch to £30 I also recommend Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oila light silky oil that leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated as well as cleansed from the first use. It is also a personal favourite of mine but one I favour when I have more time to give myself a "DIY" mini facial of sorts.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil £28.15 via Escentual - link.If you have dehydrated skin and purchase one thing from this post be it today or a month from now let it be this. This oil has been especially formulated for dehydrated skin to replenish without overwhelming or breaking the skin out. This oil has been especially formulated for dehydrated skin to replenish without overwhelming or breaking the skin out. It is constructed from 100% pure plant extracts which includes Rosewood (antibacterial, soothing as well as promoting elasticity), Patchouli (Anti-inflammatory, strengthens and enlivens skin cells) as well as the addition of Blue Orchid to tone the skin in a firmness sense, revitalise and restore radiance to moisture-depleted skin. The ingredient line up also includes Hazelnut Oil to help prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines. A pretty impressive line up non? More importantly it actually works, this light oily pretty much restored my skin within a week ridding it of both excess oil and dryness as well as oddly making my pores seem less noticeable. I have no idea how or why this happened but hey I'm not complaining! Despite being an oil this does not feel heavy at all on the skin and as the skin type that should be using this treatment is lacking moisture it will absorb at lightening speed leaving behind no residue or tacky sensation. I utterly swear by this oil but if you are looking for something a little more affordable the other oil I fully recommend Bio Oil, no it doesn't fight blemishes but it does help scarring as well as being undeniably hydrating.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+  from £17.50 - link.
Moisturiser is the product I have struggled with most, having oily skin for most of the year means that the majority of my skin care stash is aimed a such skin concern and not quite hydrating enough to cure the problem. On the flip side products for dry skin tend to be too rich and overwhelming, resulting in my skin freaking out and producing a whole onslaught of blemishes. Lovely. One night on a whim I began using Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion + and haven't looked back since. The light, lotion texture is quickly absorbed by my skin leaving it feeling plump, soft and deeply moisturised yet it is never too rich. It has been formulated to be gentle yet effective and in all honesty I have yet to find a moisturiser that works so well when my skin is dried out or dehydrated. I recommend it to all with dry skin of any type. Although I don't personally use it on my face a friend with dried out skin swears by E45 Cream, I do use it on my body and find it works wonderfully but have yet to pluck up the courage to slap it elsewhere. Am I alone in thinking that moisturisers specifically targeted at dehydrated skin are few and far between? At least that is my experience anyway!

Do you have fail safe products for dehydrated skin?




Bomb Cosmetics Snowberry Cupcakes Candle

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bomb Cosmetics Snowberry Cupcakes Candle

It is a wet and miserable day, I have had a pretty rubbish day thus far, so what is a girl to do?
Put a perfectly cheesy Christmas film (Arthur Christmas if you are curious), my sweats and burn a sweet smelling candle. My candle of choice for today and other day that needs somewhat brightened up during the Winter has to be Bomb Cosmetics Snowberry Cupcakes Candle.

This is a quintessentially feminine fragrance that is sugary sweet and almost candied in sent. Although fruity and sweet it doesn't leave me feeling hungry (Yankee Cupcake scents send me straight to the fridge), what can I say I'm a pie and answer to my belly above all else. Bomb Cosmetics Snowberry Cupcakes Candle is a blend of sweet festive berries which have been glazed in caramel and sugar for a sweet cupcake delight, to tap into the season of festivities pure myrrh and ylang ylang essential oils have also been added for a little depth. To my nose this smells a lot like strawberry chew sweets - pink, girlie and oh so sweet, it also doesn't hurt that the candle reminds me of cupcakes both in scent and design. The scent throw is incredible and Bomb Cosmetic candles burn so well and evenly that you'd be forgiven for assuming they cost a lot more than £7.99.

Bomb Cosmetics Snowberry Cupcakes Candle £7.99 via Bomb Cosmetics - link.

DOLCE & GABBANA Dolce Eau De Parfum

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Eau de Parfum

As mentioned yesterday this is the scent that I forever mean to purchase but some way along the line get sidetracked by other fragrances, mainly Tom Ford scents if I am entirely honest. Yes it is now Winter but not all of us enjoy heavy scents, some of us still cling to light, floral compositions in the hope that the rainy, cold weather will subside sooner rather than later, or perhaps you simply want an easy to wear every day fragrance? Either way Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Eau de Parfum is one I recommend checking out.

Straight off the bat I want to say that Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Eau de Parfum is not at all long wearing on my skin, if I want any sort of prolonged wear time I have to mist this on my clothing rather than my skin. This is not at all typical for me as perfume tends to wear exceptionally well on my skin, I don't know if Dolce is the exception to the rule but I thought I should mention it none the less. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Eau de Parfum is a white floral blend with notes of Neroli Leaf, Papaya Flower, White Amaryllis, Narcissus and White Water Lily.Although no fruit notes are listed in my opinion this almost leans towards being a fruity floral. It is bright, youthful yet clean and somewhat reminds me of Marc Jacobs Daisy scents that are launched each Spring.

Interestingly enough the perfume was based on an "emotional and sensual journey through Sicily". To me it screams hot weather coupled by the sea but then again I have a vivid imagination ha! Regardless of what the scent reminds me of I do recommend checking this out next time you are at a fragrance counter. In a nutshell a modern day classic in the making!

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Eau de Parfum from £43-£69.50 via Feel Unique - link.

MAC Lightness of Being Collection for Winter 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MAC Lightness of Being Collection for Winter 2014

Each boxing day (the 26th of December) MAC treats us to a new collection, this years offering is nothing short of beautiful and perhaps one of the best MAC collections out of 2014. Here is the low down on the MAC Lightness of Being Collection.

"Poetic colour ushers in a new vitality following winter’s deep chill, as uninhibited shades dance across the face in a free-spirited collection inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. Liberate yourself from darkened tones and explore the freeform movement of frosted lavender, pearlized champagne and pale mint green. Eyes and cheeks explore a new lightness of being in sheer pastels, a perfect complement to rosy lips. Nails leave you free to be, in hushed beige and lavender, Expressive colour for the modern spirit."

MAC Lightness of Being Collection for Winter 2014

Mineralize Rich Lipstick
Be Fabulous - Washed-out pastel pink
Luxe Natural - Light beige cream (Re-promote)
Dreaminess - Soft cool pink cream (Re-promote)
Style Surge - Neutral coral cream (Re-promote)
Touch the Earth - Light wood brown

Mineralize Lip Glass
Poetic - Pale champagne pink with pearl
Loose & Lively - Peachy orange
On Cue - Gold pearl
Boundless Energy - Violet pink
Beautiful Moves - Pale mint with pearl

Mineralize Eyeshadow
Spiritual Life - Shimmery pale lemon
Natural Vigor - Shimmery champagne peach
Just Breathe - Shimmery light blue
Uninhibited - Shimmery light grey
Leap - Shimmery lavender
Force of Nature - Shimmery brown

Eye Pencil
Taupe - Dark brown
Slate - Dark grey

Mineralize Skinfinish
Perfect Topping - Shimmery pale peach with lavender marble (Re-promote)
Lightscapade - Shimmery off-white with light pink, blue, yellow marble (Re-promote)

Mineralize Blush
Uplifting - Peach with bright orange marble
Please Yourself - Light pink with plum marble

Studio Nail Lacquer
Lightness of Being - Pale beige
Modern Movement - Pale lavender

Does anything catch your attention?

Image credits - link.

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer Review

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer

The two seasons in which my hair is nothing short of a nightmare when it comes to frizz is Winter and Summer - the later is due to humidity, I really should be thankful that I live in Scotland rather than a hot climate. In the colder months my hair especially those pesky baby hairs I have are a nightmare to tame, I've tried slicking them back with hairspray and other styling products but more often than not I end up with a sticky, crispy mess. Far from ideal when you prefer a more natural finish to your hair. To cut a long story short I have found something that helps tenfold in the form of the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer.

"The perfect touch-up tool to throw in your bag on-the-go, the Ojon™ Rare Blend Tamer perfectly smooths away frizz and flyaways, without leaving your locks sticky, stiff or greasy. Infused with pure Ojon™ oil - nature's golden elixir, hair is left feeling nourished and looking intensely shiny."

Do you recall those hair mascara's from the 90's? Well the applicator of the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer is of the same vain. A easy to use and convenient mascara wand that dispenses just the right amount of product which is more like a serum than a gel to tame pesky flyaways. As most of my stray hairs are located at my roots I want something lightweight and non-greasy yet it has to be able to slick down the most stubborn hairs, Ojon Rare Blend Tamer is the one! As it is essentially a serum it does apply wet but dries to a non-greasy natural finish meaning you can use it anywhere on the hair at any time. I also find that it conditions and helps my often fluffy and dry ends look more healthy than they actually are. A handbag hero in the making for sure!

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer £12.50 via Look Fantastic - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Feel Unique Haul

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Feel Unique Haul

It's the run up to Christmas and I have no problem admitting that I do like to treat myself. I probably treat myself to pretty things rather too often but hey life is short and erm I like make-up. I was recently gifted a Feel Unique gift voucher and decided to purchase some items that had been nestling on my wish list a little longer than I ever intended. Here is what I picked...

Feel Unique Haul

DOLCE & GABBANA Dolce Eau De Parfum 50ml/£59.00
This is the scent that I forever mean to purchase but some way along the line get sidetracked by other fragrances. It is a light and bright floral that leans slightly fruity. I will save listing all the notes etc until I type up my full review but if you are a fan of the limited edition Marc Jacobs Daisy scents that are launched each Spring this is one I highly recommend checking out. I do wish it was a little longer wearing but other than that no complaints.
I am an eye cream obsessive, I have more than I'll ever need but have yet to stumble across the perfect morning eye care solution. I have high hopes that this will deliver as it promises to soothe, refresh and de-puff tired eyes. I have tried this twice so far and can say that I am enjoying it, it is light yet nourishing and really does cool and calm the area. I shall keep you posted in the coming weeks.
I adore the Urban Decay Revolution lipstick line; buttery soft lipsticks that are well pigmented and beyond comfortable to wear. Yes I am a little predictable in my lipstick shade choices but tell me who does nudes/neutrals better than Urban Decay? Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked is a mid toned nude that leans slightly pink, a great everyday shade but one I fear could look a little stark when I am tanned. At the moment it is all I have been reaching for. 

Feel Unique Haul

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black 2ml/£13.00 
Another product that I have promised myself I would purchase on several occasions and never did. I have funny shaped eyes, they are normal in size I guess but both hooded and almond shaped with long, straight eyelashes which makes mascara a messy affair, particularly where my bottom eyelashes are concerned. I am hoping the super tiny wand of the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara will be the answer to my problems. Fingers crossed!
This was an impulse decision, I like Urban Decay and I have a weakness for nude eyeliners. This dual ended eyeliner contains both a nude and almost black liner option and has been created to compliment both of the Naked Basics Palettes. Gimmicky yes but it is nice to have a travel friendly suit all and do all eyeliner.

Do you agree with my choices or is there anything in my somewhat haul you would have skipped?

The Daily Beauty Report (16.12.14)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Here is what is happening in the beauty world at the moment...

Fancy a new nail polish or perhaps some prettily illustrated make-up goods? "Marks & Spencer Beauty has announced a partnership with London-based textile print designer Nikki Strange to create a special edition look for its Limited Collection make-up range. The capsule collection comprises 10 beauty products, including face and eye palettes, lip crayons, bronzer, nail polish (including a special effect polish with daisy shaped glitter), and wash bag, all with Nikki's designs. Combining spring’s newest cosmetic shades with Nikki’s exclusive illustrations, the design takes its influence from her love of nature. Working in watercolours and inks, Nikki has taken a fresh, colourful approach by incorporating impressionist flowers with insects and bugs." This will launch on 7th January 2015 and cost £4-£14.

A new Murad range  will touch down in February and cost £59.50-£64, "Skincare brand Murad has announced the launch of Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum and Age-Balancing Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 moisturiser. The serum offers a formula that instantly tightens, firms and with continued use, reveals smoother, more resilient skin. The treatment utilises specialised proteins from the resurrection plant to combat age-related hydration and bring dry, lackluster skin back to life. The daily moisturiser significantly improves hydration, protects skin's elasticity to reverse the visible signs of ageing while providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. The product features an essential blend of sunflower, grape seed and avocado oil to replenish dull, dry skin with long lasting hydration. Other key ingredients include resurrection plant proteins, phytoestrogens, murasol antioxidant defense and copper peptide complex."

A new launch from Bourjois is coming our way this coming January! "Cosmetic brand Bourjois has announced the launch of Silk Edition. This new face powder provides a matte complexion that lasts for eight hours, evening out blemishes and dark spots. The crystalline powders contained in the formula preserve the brightness of the skin without drying it out. The brand has enhanced soft focus technology so that the corrective pigments are precisely measured. Creating a bare skin effect, the formula melts and has an undetectable finish. The product comes with a rotating mirror and a soft sponge and is available in six shades: Porcelaine, Beige Rosé, Vanille, Beige Doré, Miel Doré and Halé." It will cost £8.99 and will launch late-January.

Fans of Burberry will rejoice when they see the new Burberry Make-Up collection! "Burberry has announced the launch of its SS15 make-up collection, inspired by the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear SS15 ‘The Birds and the Bees’ collection. The collection introduces colour previewed on the catwalk, including new Burberry Eye Colour Wet & Dry Silk Shadows,Limited Edition Burberry Runway Blush Palette and Burberry Nail Polish. The Wet & Dry Silk Shadow is blendable and easy to apply, featuring a weightless formula that provides a silky smooth finish. A versatile eye shadow, it can be applied dry for a natural, buildable look, or wet for more intense colour effects and precision lines. Shades include Aqua Green, Stone Blue, Rose Pink and Tea Rose. The powder Blush Palette includes Pink Azalea and Bright Coral red shades that sit alongside a nude-coloured illustration of a cloud and the embossed 'Rain or Shine'. The new limited edition shades of Nail Polish include: Hydrangea Pink, Bright Coral Red and Pink Azalea or Stone Blue, Aqua Green and Imperial Blue. It will arrive in January 2015 and cost £15-£45.

"Beauty brand Fresh has announced the launch of Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster, a new addition to its Seaberry Skincare Collection. This pure blend of concentrated oils provides a boost of antioxidant-rich nourishment to the complexion for extra protection. The product is specifically designed to be mixed with a moisturiser or eye cream to amplify the benefits. Seaberry Skin Nutrition Booster is a concentrated formula of oils like camellia seed oil, rich in essential antioxidants and omegas 6 and 9, further enriched with the nourishing omegas found in seaberry oil and tomato extract. The extract is rich is lucopene, which protects against free-radicals and improves skin texture. "An April 2015 launch with a price tag of £36.

A new hair care range exclusive to Waitrose - "Haircare brand Richard Ward The Chelsea Collection has announced the launch of three new styling products. Products include: Keratin +1 Day Dry Shampoo, providing users with one more day between washes and styling, while infused with Keratin; Anti-ageing Argan Hairspray, a lightweight product for soft, natural looking hold that is infused with argan oil for healing and rejuvenating properties to age-proof hair; and Keratin Shine Vitamin Boost, which combines keratin with vitamins A, B5 and E to re-build hairs natural fibres, enhance shine and boost and promote healthy hair. " It will touch down in January and each product will cost £5.99.

Have a lovely evening!


#SharetheBeauty

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#SharetheBeauty

Hands up who has just about had it with certain mail delivery services? Yes the vast majority of us. If you send parcels regularly then let me introduce you to InPost UK. I was lucky enough along with a few other beauty bloggers to put the service to the test via a pass the beauty parcel type concept - Share the Beauty if you will.

#SharetheBeauty

I received the most amazing beauty parcel from Beth Eve who blogs over at Beauty in BetaI seriously could not have picked better for myself if I tried. I adore everything but more on that later! InPost UK has to be one of the most fuss free delivery services I have ever used.


"InPost is a national network of automated parcel lockers allowing online shoppers and retailers to send, receive and return goods any time of the day or night - 24/7/365! Our innovative click & collect service means no more queues, no more waiting in, no more closing times. With InPost, it's always at a time and place that is convenient to you."

#SharetheBeauty

To send, it really is as easy as entering both the sender and receivers post codes, the weight of the packaging and then deciding which of the best quotes if for you. It works out a whole lot cheaper than the Royal Mail (£2.49 for a kilo package) and you can opt to either drop the parcel off at the InPost Lockers or have it picked up via the comfort of your home. Yes really! Said parcel/gift/packaging is then sent tracked mail to a locker system nearest the receiver - my local locker is literally 5 minutes away from my home. The whole process is tracked and both parties are kept in the loop the entire time via both email. Once the parcel arrives at the lockers all you have to do is collect it which can be done either by manually typing in a code or by using a QR code on your phone. Easy peasy. All parcels can be collected up until 3 days after delivery and at any time day or night. Genius.

#SharetheBeauty

So what did Beth send me? A whole array of goodies that I can use to create a vampy, sculpted look that will be perfect for New Years Eve! I was lucky enough to receive the following, all of which I will be reviewing in the coming weeks:

#SharetheBeauty

- NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Punjab
- NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil in Taupe
- Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
- MAC Lip Pencil in Night Moth
- Illamasqua Lipstick in Shard
- NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder
- Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara
- Revolution Bronzing Powder
- Revolution Welcome to Pleasuredome Palette
- Revolution Pure Pigment in Allure

Next time you have a parcel to post I seriously recommend giving InPost a shot, easy and well priced.
What is not to like?

- All the products featured above where gifted to me.


The Do It All Oil - Bio-Oil

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bio-Oil

Something I write a lot about is oils for both the face and body, as a result it is one of the subjects I am most questioned about. With the UK firmly within the Winter season you may be on the look out for a do it all oil? One you can use on both the face and body, one that offers more than just extra hydration? One that doesn't cost the earth? If so may I direct you in the direction of Bio-Oil.

Bio-Oil as many will know is a dry oil which essentially means it applies like a slightly greasy liquid but as soon as you begin to massage in into the sky it quickly absorbs without any trace of residue which is simply brilliant for all those like myself who aren't the biggest fans of oil products. According to the Bio-Oil site Bio-Oil can be best described as - "a combination of plant extracts and vitamins suspended in an oil base. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PurCellin Oil™, which changes the formulation’s overall consistency, making it light and non-greasy".

As a child I can recall my mother relying on Bio-Oil to help keep stretch marks at bay while pregnant (I'm one of seven children and my mum has minimal stretch marks and she did have a set of twins) and to fade existing stretch marks. As a teenager I used it on my hips and breasts to prevent stretch marks and somewhat became accustom to having the light peach tinted oil in my routine.  Stretch marks aside I tend to add a few drops to my body lotion/body cream as it makes application easier, increases the overall moisture levels of said body product and makes the oil go further. You can also mix a little into your night or day cream to make your facial moisturiser work that little harder. If you aren't adverse to facial oil and have exceptionally dry skin you may want to use this as a stand alone facial moisturiser?

 A few years ago I read more into Bio-Oil and learnt that it is great at fading scars which I have several of thanks to acne. As a test I began applying Bio-Oil to my shoulders and back where red, angry looking scars resided thanks to said acne. I was pretty vigilant applying daily and within three months said scarring was all but gone. I guess I was pretty lucky as the scars were fairly. fresh. Urged on by the success I began dabbing the Bio-Oil on some older scarring on my face, rather than slathering all over my face I dabbed on directly to the offending area using a cotton bud. I will be honest in saying that it is yet to be as successful as the scarring on my back in terms of fading but there is definitely a major improvement. It is only fair that I mention my acne scarring on my face is much older so perhaps a time span of six months is more par for course. I will stick with it for now (I'm just shy of three months of testing) and report back in the new year.

The oil itself if fairly thick and without sounding dense very oily in texture, yes it is a dry oil of sorts but until absorbed by the skin it can feel a little heavy. A little goes a long, long way as a heads up! Scent wise there is not much to really say it is quite floral thanks to the additions of Lavender, Rosemary and Chamomile oil which is pleasant enough. As well as being probably the best budget product for fading scars and stretch marks Bio-Oil is highly moisturising, if you have dry skin you can try adding a drop or two to your usual moisturiser for a quick hydration boost or for a quick and easy fix for dry skin on the body add to a warm bath. Really it's up to you how you use it but at the moment I have been simply applying Bio-Oil to the scarring on my shoulders after bathing and massaging in. Over the space of a month I have noticed that my scars have went from a bright, angry red to a paler pink that is still somewhat noticeable but still quite an improvement. I do have a long way to go but feel positive that come June/July the scarring should be faint and ready to be bared come the warmer weather for less than £10 I can not rate it highly enough.

Bio-Oil £8.99-£19.99 via Boots - link.

Kiehl's Craig and Karl Collaboration 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kiehl's Craig and Karl Collaboration 2014

If you are a fan of Kiehl's products and are on the look out for something rather special to gift yourself or a loved one, then you may want to pop into store sooner rather than later!

"Each year, Kiehl’s has embarked on artist collaborations with several big names in the art world. Craig & Karl (a creative duo divided between London and New York) are the most recent to join the likes of Jeff Koons, KAWS and Eric Haze through a small collection of Kiehl’s staples. The signature bold graphical work of Craig & Karl can be seen on gift boxes, Kiehl’s iconic Creme de Corps and lip balms."

Not only is the label/packaging design pretty special - festive yet not glaringly obvious but all proceeds go to charity. If ever there was a time to splurge on Kiehl's Creme de Corps, the time is now .As you many know Kiehl's Creme de Corps is a best selling product of cult status and that is due to the formulation which includes the finest of ingredients such as shea butter, olive, sweet almond and sesame street oil, avocado oil and apricot kernal oil. All known to soften and renew the skin. Yes Kiehl's Creme de Corps is not cheap but sometimes great products come at a cost (my bank balance often weeps) and this is one of the few expensive body products I not only rate but would purchase time and time again. The only body lotion I have ever felt that is not only worth the hype but the cost.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps £8.50 - £45 via Kiehl's - link.

This post contains a press sample.

The Daily Beauty Report (15.12.14)

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Daily Beauty Report (15.12.14)

Here is what is happening in the beauty world at the moment...

A new fragrance will launch in January, "Annick Goutal Parfums has announced the launch of Eau de Ciel Eau de Toilette. Presented in a ribbed bottle with an ivory tie, the scent comprises notes of linden tea, rosewood, white musk, beeswax and iris." It will launch on the 26th January (Liberty) & 9 February (nationwide) and cost £84 (100ml EDP).
A new launch from Aromatherapy Associates they have announced the launch of their new Limited Edition Renewing Rose Body Velvet, in celebration of the brand's 30th Anniversary. This thick skin conditioning treatment combines the highest quality essential oils and plant extracts, to help rejuvenate the skin, for a noticeably firmer appearance and feel. It will launch on the 1st January 2015 and will cost £50/200ml.

A new launch from Fresh for March 2015 "Beauty brand Fresh has announced the launch of Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream with Super 7 Complex. The lightweight formula illuminates the eye area while delivering 24-hour moisture for a radiant, youthful glow. The treatment combats dullness and revitalises the eye contour. The Super 7 Complex has been specifically designed to minimise and prevent early visible signs of ageing while providing antioxidant protection. The extract of star fruit, an exotic Asian plant with many medicinal properties, provides an extra boost of protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals. Other key ingredients include: blue-green algae, hibiscus fruit extract, fig fruit extract, vitamin C and E and vegetable glycerol." It will cost £34 when it launches.

Okay it won't be for everyone but the bottle is pretty cool! "Nicki Minaj has announced the launch of Minajesty Exotic, a new limited addition fragrance exclusively available at The Perfume Shop. Combining fruits and floral tones, the scent opens with nectar of pear, starfruit and mandarin, while notes of water lily, orchid and osmanthus are at the heart. In line with all her other launches, the Minajesty Exotic bottle design features a liquid gold face with pink lipstick and blonde hair." It has already launched as of today and costs £29.99/100ml EDP.

Now this is interesting! "Cosmetic brand Revlon has announced the launch of PhotoReady Prime + Anti-Shine Balm, a multi-use face balm and primer designed to perfect skin. Made with a special clear-on-skin formula, the ultra-lightweight balm applies easily and mattifies oil without irritating the skin, erasing the look of pores and imperfections, and minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Suitable for all skin tones and types, the product can be worn alone or under and over make-up and comes with a sponge applicator for easy application." It will launch in January 2015 and will cost £9.99.

Bare Minerals are hitting the ground running with all their new launches and in February a new product will join the line up! "Beauty brand bareMinerals has announced the launch of Bareskin Perfecting Veil, a new advanced finishing powder. Light-reflecting optics work to delicately blur the look of fine lines and wrinkles in skin texture, while a special blend of oil-absorbing minerals help to balance skin’s surface for a flattering, soft-focus finish. In addition, the product is infused with lilac plant stem cells and vitamin C to visibly help brighten and defend skin, and diminish the appearance of dark spots." It will cost £22 when it launches.

Have a lovely evening everyone.

First Look - Lush Valentines Day 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lush Valentines Day 2015

I realise Christmas has yet to arrive but the beauty world moves at lightening pace, if you are a Lush addict (who isn't these days) then here is a sneak peek at what to expect for Lush Valentines Day 2015.

Cupid's Love Soap - a fruity soap filled with fresh figs and passion fruit
Heart Throb Bubbletoom - a red coloured bubble bar with organic shea butter
Lonely Heart Bubble Bar - with lemongrass oils, bergamot, jasmine and ylang ylang
Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar - pastel coloured bubbles with lavender and neroli oils
Floating Flower Bath Bomb - no word on the exact details.
The Kiss Lip Scrub -  bubblegum pink caster sugar.
The Kiss Lip Gloss -  Last years was almond and mandarin scented I am unsure if this will be the case once more.
Prince Charming Shower Gel - Fresh pomegranate and marshmallow scented body wash
Love Locket Bath Bomb - Love Locket is made with a blend of uplifting and sensual oils to create a luxurious, indulgent Valentine’s Day treat, Vanilla, Jasmine and Neroli oil scented.

Gift sets include: 
In Your Dreams containing Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar and Granny Takes a Dip Bath Bomb
Two Hearts featuring Heart Throb Bubbleroon, Love Locket Bath Bomb and Cupid's Love Soap
I Only Have Eyes For You, offering the Eyes Right Mascara, Decisive Lip Stick, Bubblegum Lip Scrub and Gorgeous Moisturiser;Yes, containing a massage bar, shower gel, body conditioner and lip gloss
Toucan Love, with a shower gel and massage bar.
Lots of Love, with Heart Throb Bubbleroon, Lonely Heart Bubble Bar, Prince Charming Shower Gel, Love Locket Bath Bomb, Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Cupid’s Heart Soap, and Pearl Massage Bar.

There is also a Love Birds of Africa Knot-Wrap which can be worn as a scarf and/or uses as gift wrap. Lush Valentines Day 2015 is set to touch down on January the 9th.

There is also a new Lush film which was inspired by customer #LushTime bath art and composed to a 45 piece orchestral score with The London Voices choir that was featured on The Hunger Games and Harry Potter. It really is beautiful, you can check it out -here.

My Go to Cleanser for Dehydrated Skin

Monday, December 15, 2014

Radical Hydrating Cleanser

I promised to strip back my skin care routine and I have, unsurprisingly my skin has improved as I wasn't slapping on several products daily and sticking to what my skin seemingly enjoys. For the record my current go to morning cleanser is Antipodes Hallelujah Lime and Patchouli Cleanser and for the evenings it is Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. Both of which I have been trailing for a few weeks now and will review in full come January. Anyway a few days ago I was away from home and for reason unbeknown to me I packed Radical Hydrating Cleanser over my regular choices. I somewhat panicked as I have only just began to get my skin on track and truly did worry that throwing a new cleanser into the mix for a few days could be catastrophic...did I ever mention I tend to over exaggerate?

Anyway if you have dehydrated or dry skin you need to splurge on the Radical Hydrating Cleanser. I won't pretend for one moment at £30 a tube that it is cheap but it is nothing short of wonderful. When I first saw the tube design for the Radical Cleanser I assumed it would be a gel or balm like textured cleanser which I do favour, rather it is a light, silky fluid liquid that instantly soothes and calms the skin. I guess it could be best described as a cleansing milk? To use, you simply apply to dry skin, massage in and then rinse off using warm water - I personally use a facial cloth to ensure all traces of the cleanser. Unlike some cleansers this is exceptionally easy to remove, it doesn't require several rinses to ensure all traces are gone nor does it leave behind any residue. It doesn't foam either which is nothing but great news for dry and/or dehydrated skin.

What is rather genius about Radical Hydrating Cleanser is that it not only cleanses but tones and hydrates the skin too! It is non-drying and non-irritating along with being packed with anti-ageing technology. Truthfully I do think the anti-ageing claim is a stretch as I'm not sure anything you rinse off can really repair or prevent ageing but then again I am no expert. If you are looking for a cleanser that is gentle yet effective this is the one it cleanse, tone and hydrate in one quick step leaving the skin feeling plump, hydrated and well cleansed. Perfect if you want a minimal skin care routine or like myself only remember to grab one product when packing. Whoops!What is really interesting is that research has shown that with continuous the Radical Hydrating Cleanser can increase skin hydration up to 30% in 2 weeks which can only be good news for dry and dehydrated skin types. Radical also claim that it promotes cell turnover and renewal for a brighter complexion, that I have yet to see that but it is early days for me. All I can say is I am tempted to forgo all other cleansers and make this my go to Winter cleanser. A big claim yes but it really is that great a formula. If you have dry or dehydrated skin I urge you to give this a go.

I will update with a full review in the coming months, once I have finished the entire tube but so far it is a huge thumbs up from me!

Radical Hydrating Cleanser 120ml/£30 via Feel Unique - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Yankee Christmas Eve Candle

Monday, December 15, 2014

Yankee Christmas Eve Candle

I was going to post about my Yankee Christmas Eve Candle on Christmas Eve so that it would be fitting to the date. Then I thought to myself that wouldn't at all be fair as this could be just what some are looking for be it to kick start a new tradition or simply to fill a Christmas candle shaped gap. Yes I realise what I have just wrote. I do warn you now that should you like the sound of the candle that you will have to move quickly - it is one of those scents that sells out quickly. Online at the moment I can only source the medium sized jar but can vouch that I found several large jars in my local Yankee store (St.Enoch centre if you are also from Glasgow).

"Traditional Christmas scents of a warm hearth, sugared plums, and candied fruits."
Out of all the Yankee candles I own and let me tell you that is a vast line up, this has to be one of the trickiest to evaluate - it is both fruity yet sweet in an artificial sense and somewhat reminds me of boiled candy sweets. It is rich, warming and does fill the room with a scent that will transport you back to childhood and the excitement of Christmas day. It manages to encapsulate all connotations of the term sweet - including endearing and really is the perfect choice to light in the run up to Christmas Eve to tap into that giddy childish excitement the majority of us have.

If I had kids (news flash I don't) this is the candle I would purchase along with an Elf on the Shelf and a Pickle bauble to start new festive traditions. As you can see I have bought the largish size of the Yankee Christmas Eve my plans are to light it tonight and all the way up to Christmas Eve for a few hours - a little like an advent calender of sorts.Last year I bought this candle for the first time and finished it completely which is very rare for me. My second Yankee Christmas Eve candle was only purchased two days ago but as soon as I opened the lid it reminded me of last year and all the hilarity that was Christmas day. That can't be a bad thing surely?It is always nice to start new traditions isn't it?

Yankee Christmas Eve Candle £16.99 via Yankee Candle - link.


Herbal Essences #GetNaked Twitter Party

Monday, December 15, 2014



On Wednesday myself and a few other bloggers will be joining forces with Herbal Essences and celebrity hairdresser and Herbal Essences Ambassador Ben Cooke, to answer questions, provide tips and generally chat all things hair.

With the New Year on the horizon could there be a better time detox the hair? No is the answer and a great range that won't break the bank is of course Herbal Essences Clearly Naked Collection. Not only can you find it in your local supermarket (I am all about convenience) but you may be pleased to know that the entire range is free from parabens, silicones or dyes; not to mention it smells great. I have used the Herbal Essences Clearly Naked shampoo and conditioner several times and can vouch it is great. Gentle yet deeply cleansing in the case of the shampoo, perfect for those who wash their hair daily, the conditioner is nourishing yet won't weigh the hair down. In a word perfect for those looking for a fuss free yet effective hair routine.

So I hope you will all join us on Wednesday 17th of December 2014 from 2-3pm to get those pressing hair care questions answered. Be sure to follow @_HerbalEssences and use the #GetNaked when it comes to submitting any questions. I hope you will join us, I for one can not wait to pick up some tips for long, unruly hair!

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Weekly Favourites #61

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Weekly Favourites #61

Apologies that my blog has been all over the place in the last week, I was summoned for jury duty (I wasn't picked so I'm not breaking any rules disclosing that) and as a result I haven't been able to type up posts or photograph products. Now that it is over I have a week of catching up to do which includes more emails than I know what to do with as well as content, expect things to be back to normal commencing tomorrow. Anyway on to what I have been enjoying...

I have been struggling nodding off to sleep and have spent many an evening listening to podcasts which isn't something I thought I'd ever get into but here we are. The only product that I find helps is Avon Sleep Serenity Pillow Mist which I have mentioned many a time, it is quite a strong scent but it definitely helps me to unwind and relax. I can't recommend it enough.

Much like last week my skin is still very much dehydrated and blemish prone so my go to duo has been: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing (it kills me spelling moisturising with a 'z') Lotion + and Heal Gel Intensive. The Clinique moisturiser is light yet deeply nourishing without being overwhelming nor greasy and Heal Gel Intensive aids not just the healing of any blemishes but prevents scarring too.

Concealer has been a must, I have super dark circles from lack of sleep and as mentioned a rather blemished complexion at the moment. My go to is Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer which is fairly difficult to source in the UK but worth the effort. It is the definition of full coverage, doesn't cake and is a great all round concealer. It also doesn't hurt that a little goes a long way so one tube lasts for months on end.

Weekly Favourites #61

On my lips it has mainly been a quick slick of lip balm (at the moment it is a case of if it is in my pocket it goes on my lips, that is how organised I am ha!) or Rodial Glamstick in Thrill. Admittedly this is not a shade I would seek out on a counter but once applied to the lips it is really pretty. Thrill is a deep, golden, glossy nude that adds a slick of colour as well as hydration. Great for the colder weather.

Lastly a quick shout out to Nails Inc Baker Street Nail Polish, my favourite nail polish EVER - formula aside. If you are on the fence about blue nail polish for any reason, please try this shade out at some point, it has the power to convert. In terms of perfume and totally out of character for me, I have been practising a less is more approach with Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black for Her in rollerball form. For once I am wearing perfume just for me and not the full train. You are welcome Glasgow.

What have you been enjoying lately?






More than Blemish Busting Products

Saturday, December 13, 2014

More than Blemish Busting Products

I have made no secret that I have less than perfect skin. I seem to go through phases of my life in which my skin is somewhat clear with only the odd under the skin blemish to full out breakouts that are considered adult acne. It isn't fun but in the grand scheme of things there are far more pressing problems. On the plus side I have found a great selection of products for problem skin that do more than calm a blemish.

Vichy Normaderm Night Detox Moisturiser £13.15 via Escentual
Certain products require countless applications throughout the day, great if you have the time not so much if you have a job or I don't know a life! Vichy Normaderm Night Detox Moisturiser is great for oily, blemish prone skin because not only does it work but it does so while you are sleeping. It has been designed to help those whose skin produces too much sebum over night, which of course can lead to blemishes and greasiness.By reducing excess oil it can help prevent blemishes from ever arising as well as giving the illusion of tightened pores and a more even skin texture. It does so without drying out the skin too. The texture is light and more akin to a lotion than a night cream. On the skin to feels light, silky, cooling and hydrating yet not heavy in the slightest. I am not currently using this as my skin is veering on the dry side but I did rely on it throughout the late Summer and can happily say it works. I also found that along with balancing my skin overnight Vichy Normaderm Night Detox Moisturiser helped to heal existing blemishes. Although marketed as a moisturiser it is not overly hydrating, I would recommend approaching this as you would a face serum.

Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant Facial Oil £14.85 via Feel Unique
Up until a few years ago I would have winced at the thought of putting a facial oil any where near my complexion - it was firmly drilled into me that oil is the enemy. Not so, in fact a skin oil could be the solution to your skin woes. There are several great skin oils out there but as this post is aimed at healing and repairing the skin I am going to recommend Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant Facial Oil. Not only does this hydrate, brighten the skin but it also protects against premature ageing and environmental damage. Oddly I find that when applied to new blemishes (ideally less than a week old) it helps prevent said problem from scarring. A little goes a long way; drier skins can use this as when they please as the extra hydration would be beneficial, those with oily skin may want to save this for night time use - perhaps in place of a night cream.

Blemishes scar, especially if like myself you can't leave them alone. I know it is a gross and totally uncalled habit but hey ho. If you don't fancy a facial oil for whatever reason or perhaps have older scarring (again ideally under a year old) then you may want to invest in Heal Gel Intensive. Yes it is pricey but not only does this help with scarring to the point that it has complete faded several scars of mine but it speeds up the whole healing process. If you as much as feel a blemish appearing you can apply this silky serum right to the area to encourage the blemish to surface (eww I know) and of course vanish quicker. 

Hopefully if you have blemish prone skin at least one of the above products will come in some way useful for you.




My Little Box by Fleur de Force (Spoiler)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Little Box by Fleur de Force Contents and Review

This isn't a review as such rather a well done to both My Little Box and Fleur de Force for constructing such a great subscription box which couldn't be more fitting for the month of December. I will share the contents below but before I do I want to state how well done the "My Little World" Magazine is. I kid you not it is always the first thing I route around the box for. This month it of course features an interview with Fleur along with festive D.I.Y's, nail art and recipes. I'm sure other beauty subscription boxes won't enjoy me stating this but My Little Box is easily the best around - it is well priced, utterly packed with goodies be they beauty based, gadgets or for the home and so well thought out. This is the one box I fully recommend subscribing to and I mean that.

My Little Box by Fleur de Force Contents and Review

Anyway here is what is inside:

My Little Box by Fleur de Force Contents and Review
My Little Box by Fleur de Force Contents and Review
My Little Box by Fleur de Force Contents and Review
My Little Box by Fleur de Force Contents and Review

- A pack of pretty and well made cardboard gift tags, the colour scheme is black, white and pastel. There is only one that says Merry Christmas on it, the rest are pretty general and could be used for any gift giving occasion.

- A little packet of masking tape in which the designs correlate to the above gift tags, not only can they be used to wrap gifts but also for other general D.I.Y projects. If you are stuck for inspiration head over to Pinterest and search for Washi tape projects.

- A roll of black and white twine to decorate gifts with, it is a fairly sizeable roll so I can imagine it will more than come in handy.

- A woollen head band to keep you cosy.

- As always there is a little bundle of beauty goodies in a drawstring bag this month features a few of Fleurs favourites including: a Cowshed Body Lotion, a red lipstick and L'Occitane Precious Cream deluxe sample.

- A print featuring an Edna Ferber Quote.

I say this almost monthly but I do truly mean it - My Little Box is the best subscription service of its kind. You can subscribe and find out more information here - link.

This post contains a press sample.