Thursday, 31 October 2013

Neal's Yard Frankincense Intense

I went to the launch of this a while ago, check it out here I've been using the new moisturiser morning and night and have been LOVING it!

It contains anti-ageing powerhouse frankincense oil, plus gardenia stem cells and a tri-peptide complex. Their original Frankincense moisturiser is such a big seller they wanted to produce an even more intense version. Everything in this little pot is designed to tone, smooth and firm the skin, reducing wrinkles and fine lines. 

I stupidly forgot to get a pic of the cream before using up every single drop, but it's quite a lightweight cream so I used it for both day and night. It has a fairly strong frankincense smell which might take some people a while to get used to but I didn't mind it at all.

I did take some pics before and after but the difference isn't massive. Being 27,  I'm only just starting to see fine lines, especially around my eyes, and this cream kept my dry skin moisturised and soft and did reduce some of the lines but I don't think anyone else would notice! However if you're older with deeper lines I would 100% recommend this cream. Every ingredient has been thoroughly researched and tested to give you the best possible results.

I couldn't praise this product highly enough. I used every single little bit that I could get out of the pot (and that is unheard of for me).

£55 from Neal's Yard stores and online


*PR sample

Monday, 28 October 2013

NOTW: Essie AW13 Vested Interest

The final polish in the Essie AW13 mini collection - this week it is Vested Interest

Essie call it a 'cool grey teal'. It's definitely a green but I wouldn't describe the colour as a teal. It's more of a muted forest green. Having asked on #bbloggers last night which nail colours you're loving for AW13, green was the clear winner so I think a lot of people will like this one.

As you can see the colour changes quite a bit between sun and shade. But that keeps this polish interesting. I'm loving it!

Check this, and the full AW13 collection, here


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Rituals New Laughing Buddha Range

A few months ago I was invited to check out the new range from Rituals. The Laughing Buddha range aims to evoke feelings of optimism, good luck, positivity and a touch of happiness to everyday life - what's not to love?! The range also taps into my slight obsession with buddhas...

With oranges and spices everywhere at the launch you can guess the main scents in this new range

Every product smelt amazing. Zingy, citrus-y goodness, these products are especially good to wake you up in the morning (even more important during these dark mornings). However, they don't just smell good, they do good too!

First up we have the Touch of Happiness Body Cream. It's quite a thick, rich cream but it sinks in very quickly, and this means you don't need to use very much so the tub lasts a long time - always have to think of the value of the product. Sweet Orange and Cedar Wood are the main fragrances in this pot of velvety goodness. Light, fresh, yet deeply moisturising it's a great body lotion, especially for someone with dry skin like myself.

This is £17 from here 

The Happy Mist is a bed and body mist. Just the name brings a smile to my face. The main scents in this one are Mandarin and Yuzu (I had to Google what this is - a citrus fruit from East Asia!)

It has been formulated so that it won't stain any of your bedding and is alcohol-free so won't irritate your skin at all. Because of the citrus scent, I found it's not really a 'night time' fragrance - too zingy when you want to sleep. But to spray it on your bed in the morning and let it waft around your room means your bedroom and bed smell gorgeous throughout the day. It's also a nice, fresh body fragrance. £16.50 from here

Also in the range is a body scrub, shower oil and foam, and anti-perspirant. A beautiful range made for mornings!


*PR samples

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Debenhams Christmas Press Show

Last week I was kindly invited to see all the beauty treats Debenhams will be offering this Christmas. I don't know about you, but if I can go to just one place for all my Christmas shopping I will! (Apologies for the poor photos, taken with my stupid Blackberry)

The most exciting things include the new Urban Decay Vice 2 palette. I love Urban Decay eyeshadows. I think if they have a forte it's their shadows, in love with Naked 2 but this includes a few more colours, yet still very wearable. The Nails Inc Best Dressed Nails set also looked right up my street. I love candles and the new one from Elemis smelt wonderful. Also the Benefit Advent Calendar took pride of place on the mantelpiece (as it should in every home!). 

Here is what the goody bag contained. Not really the Christmas products, more the 'heroes' from the brands. I'm most excited to try the Philosophy Purity cleanser, the Marvellous Moxie lipgloss and the Korres guava shower gel which smells INCREDIBLE!

What's on your Christmas wish list?


Monday, 21 October 2013

NOTW: Essie in Cashmere Bathrobe

Continuing my Essie AW13 mini set, this week I'm trying Cashmere Bathrobe. Essie call it a 'true flannel grey'.

Perfectly fitting for this weather, it is a dark smokey grey with a very, very subtle shimmer to it.

For me it's slightly flat. I think a sparkly accent nail or different coloured tips would work wonderfully. It's a nice shade, don't get me wrong, but I find I've got a bit bored with it fairly quickly. It doesn't have the excitement of For The Twill of It but if you like greys you'll be all over it.

Available at Beauty Bay along with the rest of the collection.


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Nicky Clarke Stop Fade Moisture Mask

I have a confession to make. I try to eek out how long I have to go back to the salon for my highlights for as long as physically possible. I notice my roots coming through, I ignore, ignore, ignore, until I absolutely have to go. I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I'd love to go regularly every 3 months like clockwork, but the expense is sooooo much.

Hair masks are a great way to keep your colour going for longer and keep your hair in better condition so you don't have to go to the salon quite so much. Say hello to Nicky Clark's Stop Fade Moisture Mask!

This is packed to the brim full of wonderful ingredients to make your hair the softest its ever been, super shiny, and most importantly for those like me with colour in their hair, it keeps hair looking radiant. I have blonde highlights which after a while can look really dull.

The mask itself is very thick. You don't need much of it and I also use it to coat from about halfway down my hair. I think if you put this anywhere near your roots it would weigh down the hair far too much. The first thing I noticed was how soft my hair was, but over time I definitely saw an improvement in how my colour was lasting, as opposed to not using anything.

Key ingredients include Vitamin E, keratin amino acids, lychee and baobab oils. It also has a faint orangey scent which is very pleasant.

As a weekly hair treat, you can't go wrong with it. Priced at £22 I think this is going to last me a long, long time! Find out more about it here


*PR sample

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

New Mary Kay at Play

I have to be honest here and say that I hadn't heard of Mary Kay before they got in touch about their new make-up range. It's an Avon-type beauty company in that they have 'Mary Kay ladies' selling their products around the globe. The company is massive so quite surprised I hadn't heard of them before.

Their new Mary Kay at Play range is targeted at the younger audience and, as the name suggests, it's all about having fun with your make-up. There are plenty of different colours - check them all out here

I got an eyeshadow pencil, lip gloss, and eyeshadow trio to play with. First up, the eyeshadow pencil. I think this is my favourite one. Called In the Navy, I'm sure you can guess the shade. 

In the shade:

And the sun:

You could use this as more of a chunky eyeliner which I've been doing, on the upper lid and then blending out. It's easy to blend but doesn't smudge too much once set. A definite winner for me.

Next up the lip gloss...

Called Teddy Bare, it really is barely there. A nude gloss it's great for everyday. My only issue is that it doesn't last too well, but then my glosses do have to put up with me drinking endless cups of tea!

Finally we have the Tuxedo eyeshadow trio.

A great kit to have for a smokey eye

I think you can see in the last picture the sparkle this has. As an everyday look it's too much for me, but for Christmas or a big night out it would work well, with the highlighter taking years off you - result!

These are all very affordable too. The eyeshadow pencils are £7.50, lip glosses are £7.50 and eyeshadow trios are £8. If you don't have a Mary Kay lady nearby, then you can buy them online at Check out all their other ranges whilst you're there!


*PR samples

Monday, 14 October 2013

NOTW: Gloss and Polish

This week's nails are by a professional. Rather than my own, slightly awful, free hand, a trained manicurist has painted my nails this week.

Gloss and Polish is a new service in London. They only just started a few months ago, and initially they would only come to you if you live in the Kensington area (I wish!). However, demand is really high and they have widened the circle to include most places in London. If you're near a tube, you are probably in luck.

Their therapists come to your home, where you can relax and not have to worry about wearing flip flops during winter so your pedicure doesn't get ruined! It's a luxury but worth every penny in my opinion.

I plumped for a classic deep red on my fingers, and a deep blue on my toes. I shall spare you any feet shots though. They only carry Essie at the moment but that was fine by me - I love Essie shades!

They provide a water-less mani or pedi which I'd never had before. They say it is a lot more hygienic and eco-friendly but the best part for me was less fuss. Getting a bowl of water to put your hands or feet in, then all the towels was a lot easier without all of that.

It costs £50. Check out their site and book your own at-home pampering at 


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Go Sober for October

I decided last week that I would give this sober charity thingy a go. I don't have any birthdays this month, all my weddings for the year are done, so I think I could probably do this! Go Sober for October actually started all the way in Australia as Dry July. What began as a challenge between some mates grew into a nationwide thing and now it has reached the other side of the world. What an achievement!

All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support, an incredibly worthwhile cause which supports those with cancer in every way possible - physically, emotionally, financially. I can't think of anything better to give up the booze for.

So the first week has been really easy. I don't tend to drink much during the week and last weekend was chilled so no temptation at all. The only thing I'm worried about is going on dates. I've had a cold for a while but I'm getting better and will have to go on a first date ordering a Diet Coke - not a great look! But it's for a great cause so it's definitely worth it.

I'm really interested to see if I notice any changes from not drinking for a month. I haven't seen anything yet but it's early days. The benefits listed on their website are:

  • Increased energy levels, higher productivity
  • Clearer head
  • No more hangovers
  • Sleeping better / snoring less
  • Weight loss
  • Clearer skin
  • Healthier bank balance / Save money
  • Sense of achievement
  • Fresh approach to alcohol consumption
  • Generally feel healthier
  • Doing something positive for a good cause

I would love to have clearer skin, better sleep and more energy. Plus as I've got older my hangovers are ALL DAY LONG. I hate them, and often they're not worth it. Bye bye.

Unfortunately my family and friends haven't been too forthcoming with their support (I have raised a grand total of zero so far) but I'm hoping to get more once I complete the month. Maybe they think I can't do it! 

So, if you fancy the challenge too go to to sign up. It's not too late, even though it's the 8th of the month. Raise money for charity and feel better - what's not to love?


Monday, 7 October 2013

NOTW: Essie AW13 - The Lace Is On

Another one from Essie's Autumn 2013 collection. Last week I reviewed the hero shade, For The Twill Of It, and this week is the turn of The Lace Is On.

Depending on what light you are in, this polish can look pink or purple. Wherever you are though it is a deep jewel tone. Great to brighten up the dull days!

In the sun it looks like the bright fuchsia Essie says it is, but in darker light it is definitely more of a purple. It's a very girly colour, so won't be for everyone, but I'm loving it. 

Find it reduced at Beauty Bay now!


Friday, 4 October 2013

What's Hot; What's Not


Shu Uemura Takashi Murakami collection - one word - beautiful. I'm a sucker for pretty packaging and this new collection from Shu Uemura and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is simply gorgeous.  Available exclusively in Selfridges to begin with from 13th October

Illamasqua Creators Collection - wow, beauty bloggers are now creating their own products! Amazing. Well done Illamasqua for recognising the power, creativity and expertise of bloggers. It launches online later this month, British Beauty Blogger has the inside scoop!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month - a selection of my fave beauty products which are donating to the amazing cause this month include Marvellous Moxie Lipgloss in Survivor, Think Pink Beauty Heroes by Elemis and Nails Inc in Pinkie Pink. Why not get a fabulous beauty goodie and do something great for charity...?


Over-exposure - boobs were well and truly out this week! Kim K, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr, they were all at it. Either they had nothing there (the last two) or there was too much (Kim K) - put it away!

After effects of a cold - nose is now so sore and dry from blowing it constantly that I've had to keep putting 8 hour cream on to help it not look too scabby. Very sexy.

Another Rihanna Mac collab - launched this week, the collection is not for me, and majorly over priced in my opinion. Sure to sell out though.

What do you think of this week's Hot and Not?


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

NEW The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipsticks

This new range from The Body Shop aims to give your lips a punch of colour without drying them out. I was lucky enough to be sent three to try!

There are in total 24 shades to choose from so a very comprehensive range! These three are, from left to right, Damson in Distress, Coral Kiss and Coral Cutie.

I think a few other bloggers have picked up on the fact that the names are on the plastic you take off when you open these, so then you don't have the names. A bit annoying but at the end of the day it's all about the colour.

From top to bottom - Damson in Distress, Coral Cutie and Coral Kiss...

So how do they look on?

As you can see Coral Kiss (the final one) is very subtle but still really pretty. Not really a coral, more of a nude I think, but certainly one I'd wear again. Coral Cutie (middle one) is very bright and probably the one that is most out of my comfort zone. Probably best for summer so I will save it for next year. The one I'm loving the most though is Damson in Distress, a perfect berry shade for AW13! It also really suits my fair skin tone.

All of them are really moisturising with Fair Trade Marula Oil and have a subtle rose fragrance. 

They are £10 available in stores and online


*PR sample

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Essie AW13 - For the Twill of It

If you follow me on Twitter you'll have noticed how excited I was by the new AW13 collection from Essie and immediately snapped up the mini set. I'll be trying out all the four shades included in the box. For the Twill of It is undoubtedly the hero polish of the collection. Just like Naughty Nautical was the shade of SS13, For the Twill of It stands out a little bit from the rest.

It's a great metallic, petrol shade which is constantly changing in the light. With bits of green, grey and purple in it, this polish is never boring!

In the shade...

And in the sun...

Essie themselves call this a 'rich maple with reflective olive shimmer'. I'm not sure I agree, I can't see any kind of maple brown in the polish. It's a great colour regardless of how you describe it and it lasts really well too, as you would expect from Essie.

It's sold out now on Beauty Bay so if you see it you need to snap it up! Apparently you can get it in Boots stores but it's not online yet. Keep your eyes peeled.