Loving it! Miller Harris L'air de Rien EDP

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I stumbled upon Miller Harris fragrances last Summer, when I spent the best part of 20 minutes sniffing each and every scent in the concession found at Champneys Day Spa in Enfield. I had my hands full, so was unable to take note of my favourite scents, promising myself I'd return to jot them down. Due to a busy schedule, I never did and glancing at the website days later did little to remind me which scents my nose had taken a liking to.

It's not often I smell a fragrance and obsess relentlessly about it until it's in my possession, but that's exactly what happened when a friend thrust a mini sample of the iconic Miller Harris scent, L'air de Rien, in my face a couple of months ago.

Created especially for Jane Birkin (she of Hermes Birkin fame), Jane wanted her scent to evoke the nostalgia of dusty libraries and old books. I'm not so sure it captures that (it certainly doesn't remind me of dusty old books or polished wooden floors), but perfumer Lyn Harris masterfully conjures a beautiful, feminine fragrance with rich notes of oak moss, neroli, amber and vanilla. Neroli amber and vanilla are some of my favourite fragrant additions - so technically this scent had my name written all over it from day one!

I think this smells amazing and has a real 'grown up sexy' musky air to it. It develops beautifully, leaving a warm sweetness behind and lasts incredibly well too. I can easily smell it on my skin last thing at night after spraying it on as early as 8:15am.

I like the bottle - it's as 'vintage' looking as I'm prepared to go with my beauty products. I'm generally not a fan of anything that looks 300 years old! The scent speaks for itself and doesn't need a bottle which overpowers it.

It's not cheap, a 50ml bottle will set you back £65 and I still winced at the price I paid, which was discounted. I'm getting my money's worth though, having worn it every day since I bought it for the past week and I thoroughly intend to enjoy every spritz!

I realise fragrance is incredibly individual and I'm rubbish at writing perfume reviews, so just go and have a sniff for yourself, if you're curious and hopefully you'll fall in love with it too. I'm sure it won't be long until the next "must have" scent grabs my attention. In fact I think I've already found it ...hello Vivienne Westwood Naughty Alice, I've got my eye on you!

Where can I buy it? Miller Harris, John Lewis, Selfridges, Space NK
How much is it? Prices start from £65 from 50ml

NEW! Benefit they're Real! Mascara + Pics

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The eyelash growth I acquired from using RapidLash has all but disappeared so I have to be fussy about which mascara I allow to grace my lashes as I now need all the help I can get!

Benefit have launched a brand new mascara, they're Real!, which is currently enjoying great success across the pond. Now it's launching in the UK and I put it to the test to see what all the fuss was about.

they're Real! mascara boasts a wand which I believe really does make a difference to the way it applies mascara. Staggered bristles of varying lengths help grab your lashes close to the root, with the purpose of allowing you to extend their curl and boost their volume. The brush definitely helps to minimise the risk of clumping as it separates my lashes easily with no dragging.

The custom domed tip which reveals yet more bristles helps you to coat and define even the tiniest lashes. I'm yet to experience any clumping or flakiness and experience no smudging at the end of a days wear. I find the silky black formula just right, with it neither being  too wet or too dry. It boosted my lash appearance as well as it could given their current natural length, but I didn't really notice any extensive volume. Two coats of mascara are easily applied without the brush dragging and making a mess and it curls my lashes quite well - although I have a natural curl to my lashes anyway.

Want to see it in action? Check out this short promo video courtesy of Sephora:

And here are a couple of comparison shots:

they're Real! (worn on the left) Vs Naked eye

they're Real! worn on both eyes.

and again ...

Oh before I forget, I find the name of this beyond irritating as it doesn't well in a sentence! Silly name aside, overall it gets a thumbs up from me. I'm fairly happy with the results it gives. It's a very good mascara for every day use and is now my daytime mascara of choice for the time being. It's easy to remove too - which is always a plus. Despite a lot of emphasis being placed on its ability to give you lashes which look false, I don't think it lives up to that claim and it won't unless you already have naturally long eyelashes!

Wanna try it for yourself? Be one of the first to try they're Real! mascara before its official launch, during an exclusive one day sale Benefit are holding on Saturday 6th August 2011. It will be available to purchase from only ten counters and the Spitafields and Covent Garden boutiques for one day only.

they're Real! mascara will launch in August and will cost £18.50.

* PR sample

Don't Forget Your Toothbrush! Oral-B Pro-Expert and Colgate MaxWhite ONE

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The effort taken to find that perfect lipgloss or lipstick, kinda falls by the waste side if you have stained teeth combined with breath on par with a baboon's armpit. Nobody wants to get up close and personal with that, do they?

Oral B recently launched their new secret weapon in the fight against poor oral hygiene. Oral-B Pro Expert claims to address all the areas that dentists check the most: Breath, enamel, sensitivity, gum problems, tartar, plaque and cavities and it's all down to a revolutionary ingredient by the name of Stabilised Stannous Flouride which has taken 15 years to develop.

It tastes gritty at first, but that sensation melts away as you continue to brush.  It's not very minty, and actually reminds me cinnamon but I'm okay with that as it doesn't taste disgusting. I've been using it for three weeks and I'm used to the taste and sensation now. Hopefully it's doing what it claims it will!

RRP £3.99 75ml

Not wanting to be outdone, Colgate have recently launched MaxWhite ONE toothpaste, which promises to make your teeth a shade whiter in just a week. If discolouration is an issue, you may want to check this out.

How does it work? MaxWhite One contains white accelerator micro-crystals which are designed to stay intact in the toothpaste tube, but dissolve instantly as you brush your teeth. As you brush away, the formula releases whitening silica, an ingredient used by dentists, which helps to display the natural whiteness of your teeth.

Colgate suggest you use MaxWhite ONE toothpaste, with a Colgate MaxWhite ONE SonicPower toothbrush for best results. It's basically a cheaper version of an electric tooth brush with a manual head which is supposed to help remove stains. I reached for my electric toothbrush to compare the two and unsurprisingly found the latter more powerful. Peresonally, I don't think the additional purchase of the toothbrush is necessary and find it rather gimmicky.

As far as taste goes, it's super minty, leaving my mouth feeling ice-fresh after rinsing, I've only been using it for three days, but I'm not getting my hopes up, expecting to see a marked difference. Sorry, but I'm cynical about any product claiming to make a difference in just a week. I'll update this post in four days time all the same though.

Toothpaste isn't the most enthralling product to write about ..it's toothpaste innit! However it's a necessity in order to maintain oral health, so take a closer look at these two new products next time you're stocking up if you're obsessed with your teeth.

RRP £3.99 75ml
MaxWhite SonicPower Toothbrush £6.12

*PR samples

Accessorize Summer Brights Collection

Monday, July 25, 2011

Accessorize has launched their summer collection of make up  - Summer Brights. It includes six shades of super bright polishes which'll see you through the remaining summer days - and nights.

Here's four of them:

 Sugar Plum, Zesty Orange, Teal, Fuschia

Also available are Midnight Blue (ink blue) and Sunny Days (sunshine yellow)

The polishes all need two coats in order to obtain opacity and in general apply very smoothly. I like the formula, although Zesty Orange gave the streakiest first coat. They're nice summery shades but I feel they're common dupes and not very unique. My own preferences aside, they're great value for money and won't leave you destitute should you decide to treat yourself to all six!

There are also two eye shadow palettes, Rock Star, an every day blend of neutral nude browns and Peony Union Jack (pictured), which is a combo of purples, pink and silver.

The patriotic packaging is cute and girly - not my personal cup of tea, but I've seen far worse. It has a magnetic opening and stays firmly shut so need to worry about spillage. I wasn't too taken by the eye shadows though. The dark purple which looks so intense in the palette, swatched the weakest out of the four which was slightly disappointing. Personally I'm not keen on the colour scheme chosen for this palette, but if you are, it's great to chuck in your bag for a weekend or holiday away.

I spent absolutely ages looking at all the Accessorize make up in Superdrug a few months ago, and I really like some of the polishes from the other collections. If you haven't had looked at the line yet, I'd definitely recommend you do. They have some lovely shades and products available.

Where can I buy them? Accesorize.com, Acessorize and Superdrug
How much are they? Nail polishes (£4 each). Eye shadow palettes (£6 each)

*PR samples

An Evening with Paula Begoun, Founder of Paula's Choice Skincare.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

One of the things I appreciate and enjoy about blogging, are the opportunities it's given me. Meeting the faces behind the brands I read about gives an insight not many have the chance to experience and from a consumer's prospective it's great. I've met some interesting characters!

Step forward Paula Begoun. Paula, has created a beauty empire to be proud of. Her best selling book, Don't Go to the Cosmetic's Counter Without Me has sold almost three million copies, her own skincare line Paula's Choice is sold in 42 countries and last month I had the pleasure of meeting her with other Handpicked Media beauty bloggers and what an enlightening meeting it was.

Paula captivated my attention the second she walked through the door. Charismatic, good humoured and brutally honest (I love that she openly admitted to having botox and declared it the 'best beauty treatment ever' LOL), Paula shared with her top five skincare tips with us.

1. Expensive doesn't mean better - something that I think we're all aware of, but need reminding of every so often. I love experimenting with different brands, be they low, mid or high end, and if a product costs significantly more than I'd usually spend, then I'll research it to death before handing over my hard-earned cash for it.

2. Don't buy products in jars - Each time you open a jar, the product makes contact with air and its ingredients start to break down, eventually rendering it useless - all its goodness disintegrates. Also, fingers in jars add unwanted bacteria to the contents. Most jar packaging carries a 100% risk of bacterial contamination. If you can't tear yourself away from your pots and jars, the least you can do is wash your hands before use. Paula recommends that we purchase products in pump packaging or a tube with a small opening - great in theory, but not always possible.

3. There's no need for a separate eye cream - Now this I found interesting. I'm obsessed with eye creams and until hearing this used one religiously. Paula states that there's no scientific proof that the eyes require a separate moisturiser and that they'll benefit from the same moisturiser you use for your face - as long as it's a good one. To further prove her point, she questioned why there's no SPF in eye creams given that the skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the face, yet we're constantly told to use SPF on our skin.

4. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Undoubtedly the single most important ingredient you should be using on your skin. Paula drove home the importance of using a sunscreen 365 days a year, and how the second your skin is exposed to the sun, its DNA begins to mutate and slowly break down. She proved this by comparing the skin on her inner arm - which was wrinkle, sun spot free and still firm and supple due to having minimal sun exposure, and then the skin on her outer arm which bore evidence of sun damage in the form of suns spots, pigmentation and wrinkles. I'm aware as a result of being black, thus having more melanin in my skin, that my skin can withhold the effect of the sun for far longer but I don't take this for granted and always use SPF when I'm out and about.

5. There is no miracle ingredient No matter what the latest skincare advert is claiming! Each skin is different and we all have different needs. One product can't 'cure all'. The end.

I didn't believe everything she said (she rubbishes the use of essential oils on the skin, but there's no way I'm giving up my facial oils any time soon), but it was a mesmerising talk, heightened by the obvious passion she has for her craft.

Finally I'll leave you with some tips Paula recommends for prolonging the shelf life of your products, while keeping your skin and body as healthy as possible:

DO store products in a cabinet or drawer
DO wash your hands before using products
DO tighten/secure the cap after each use
DO consider how climate and humidity will shorten a product's shelf life
DO write the date of purchase in permanent ink on the bottom or back of the package
DO toss out eye products after you've had an eye infection
DO abide by the expiration dates on sunscreens, acne products, and prescription medications such as topical antibiotics and Renova or Retin-A  

DON'T buy products packaged in jars of any kind (no matter how pretty they are!) because fingers getting into jars add unwanted bacteria to the contents. Most jar packaging carries a 100% risk of bacterial contamination.  
DON'T store products in direct sunlight
DON'T share your products with others
DON'T add water or saliva to thin out or remoisten products
DON'T "pump" your mascara
DON'T purchase products with broken seals or other signs of tampering

Paula has now released the 8th edition of Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me (£13.98) - a beauty bible which reviews and critiques almost every product imaginable There is also an online version of the book, which I stumbled on a few months ago. Beautypedia.com is a product review database with over 45,000 products reviewed from over 300 brands. Products reviewed cover a wide range of skin care and cosmetics from a variety of well known companies, making Paula Begoun the only cosmetics industry CEO to recommend products other than her own.

July GlossyBox – What’s Inside

Friday, July 22, 2011

If you’re a fellow beauty blogger, then you’re probably sick of hearing about GlossyBox, if you’re not – then this post is for you.

GlossyBox launched in the UK amidst a flurry of excitement in May. Its concept is simple - pay £10 a month and you will receive five beauty product minatures (although full size products appear to be making an appearance now), packed in a beautifully presented box for you to try at home. Products may differ from box to box i.e different shades of the same product, or different products altogether.

I was sent July's box for my perusal and here's what was inside:

*Illamasqua Powdered Metal in Ether
*Ciate polish
*Ultrasun SPF30 (15ml)
* Weleda Pomegranate Body Oil (100ml)
* Orla Kiely EDP sample (5ml)

The Illamasqua, Ciate and Weleda products are all full size. The cost of the monthlty subscription pays for itself with just the inclusion of  the Illamasqua Powdered Metal at a RRP of £15.75 and the Weleda Body Oil which retails at £19.95 I was pleased to have received a sample of the Ultrasun SPF30 as it has rave reviews and  I was hovering over it on the QVC site a few weeks ago. I couldn't help but wish the sample size was a little bigger though.

I think it's a great idea, especially for those with minimal disposable income or who are curious about beauty, and don''t usually step out of their comfort zone when it comes too trying different brands - the element of surpise can be fun too.

However for someone like myself who has make up and skincare coming out of their ears, the chance of me receiving a product that I haven't already bought or tried is minimal. I'm also a control freak so would drive myself bonkers not knowing what I was gonig to be sent each month.

One aspect of GlossyBox which needs to be implemented straightaway is the Beauty Profile, which I hope will allower subscribers to input details such as skin type, skin tone, hair and eye colour in order to be matched to beauty and skincare products which are suitable to their personal tastes and needs.

Had I paid for my Glossy Box, I would have been somewhat disgruntled as the Illamasqua Powdered Metal shade I was sent is too light for my skintone - and I know this because I already own Erzule, which is ideal for deeper skintones.

Due to the unprecedented demand, the next available subscription date is not until September, so if you sign up now, you won't receive a box until September. Don't be surprised if you decide to wait until September to sign up and have to wait until November to receive your GlossyBox - it appears to be that popular at the moment.

You can sign up to GlossyBox here if you're based in the UK. GlossyBox is also available in France, Germany, Brazil and Korea.

Are you a GlossyBox subscriber? If not, is this a service you'd be interested in signing up for?

*PR sample

Loving it! NUDE Replenishing Night Oil

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I love facial oils, nothing beats that nourishing, silky soft feeling left behind from having a rich oil massaged into the skin. I particularly like to use an oil to complete my skincare routine, when I go all out and give myself a home facial. I've amassed a few over the past couple of years and recently purchased yet another, after it was recommended to me by Gemma, one half of London Beauty Review. This purchase has excited me so much that I felt the need to put fingers to keyboard as soon as possible!

After checking out the RRP, I couldn't justify yet another high end purchase to add to the outgoings I've already completed so far this month and turned to Ebay. I love Ebay for beauty bargains and stumbled upon a seller who was selling not one, but TWO bottles of the oil for the bargainous Buy It Now price of £10 due to the use by date looming near and it being comings from a seconds batch - the text detailing the name of the product is missing from the bottle. I scrutinised the feedback and took the plunge, figuring if I wasn't happy I could always file a claim though Paypal.

Applied at night, pure, active oils rich in Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 absorb instantly to smooth and hydrate while powerfully antioxidant raspberry, cranberry, avellana and kukui protect from the visible signs of ageing. It's such a pleasure to use. The rich golden coloured oil takes to my skin really well and leaves it feeling soft, plump and hydrated the following morning.

Given the RRP price, I was expecting something a little extra and I feel it delivers just that. All I need is a small amount (a couple of pumps will do) to cover my entire face, which I follow with upward strokes and facial massage movements to complete my home facial. I really like the packaging which looks sleek and modern with an air of mystery to it, given that you'd have no idea what was in it unless you read the label.

It feels heavenly and is devilishly indulgent. If you fancy a luxe treat for your skin, then I'd certainly recommend this based on my short experience with it so far. This will continue to be my night moisturiser of choice for a while so I can continue to reap the full benefits of it. This will no doubt feature in a future post again as my love for it intensifies and having tried it, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it at full price in the future (so long as I don't buy any other skincare that month!!)

Have you tried this? If not, see if you can get a sample from form oneof the stores it's sold in - take a little pot with you and try your luck!
Where can I buy it from? Space NK, Selfridges and John Lewis
How much is it? £44

Review: Vaseline Cocoa Butter Range

Monday, July 18, 2011

It was more than two years ago, during a visit to New York, that I came across the Vaseline Cocoa Butter Smoothing Body Butter, it was on offer in CVS, so I picked one up an extra tub for my mother-in-law too. I absolutely loved it but had to use it sparingly as it wasn't available here in the UK at the time.

I was frustrated that I couldn't repurchase it, but eventually got over it as I just returned to using the body moisturisers I've dutifully repurchased for years. I had no idea that the Vaseline Cocoa Butter range was now here in the UK and (I kid you not) actually squealed with joy, when I was approached, and asked if I would like to review the range. I couldn't wait to be reunited with the body butter!!!
So I've been trying the products out for the past few days, and here's what I think of them:

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Lotion £3.26 (200ml) & Vitalising Gel Body Oil £5.10 (200ml)

Hmmm I'm not so bowled over by the body lotion, It's very light, and I find it very watery. therefore it's not moisturising enough for me. With that said, its consistency would be ideal for use in hot weather, when you don't want to slap on a heavy moisturiser and may feeling clammy and sticky. I can't see myself purchasing this, but if all you require is very light moisturiser, then this may be up your street.

 The Vitalising Gel Body Oil is very similar to Johnson's Baby Oil Gel and they share a similar consistency, although this may be just a little thinner. It's quite sticky (you don't need a lot), and is great for use on your legs if they're gonna be exposed as it'll giving them a sexy sheen (great for a night out). It's better used straight after a bath or shower when your skin's still a little damp and once it's applied, it stays on, keeping your skin moisturised all day. The Brazil nut oil in it, forms a layer over the skin helping to lock in moisture. I can see visualise this being used to recreate that 'bronzed goddess' look if you're lounging on a beach/poolside in your best bikini (although you should be using SPF instead!!). I wouldn't advise using it all over your body on a normal day to day basis, your clothes will stick to it and it'll just make you sweat!

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Smoothing Body Butter £5.10 (£250ml) 

I'm so pleased I was given the chance to use this again, I love it! It has the perfect texture, absorbs so easily and leaves my skin feeling so soft and nourished. It contains both cocoa and shea butter and is being sold in Asda on offer for three quid at the moment, so pick it up from there if you want to try it. I made sure I stocked up as I did the weekly online shop on saturday afternoon.

The foil cover which lies under the lid is unexpected and unnecessary, but you can whip that off easily and just scrape off the excess.

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy Stick (£2.03) and Tin (£1.93)

I haven't used Vaseline on my lips for years. I don't find it particularly moisturising, and the petroleum jelly just sits on top of them, sometimes making it difficult to apply lipsticks over the top as they slip off. I'm not the biggest fan of the Lip Therapy Tin for my lips, as they felt dry again less than an hour later but I'll use it for for other random dry areas of skin in an emergency, such as elbows or cuticles. I found the scent in this a tad synthetic which put me off further.

I tried the Vaseline Lip Therapy Stick, and it was okay. It's not as greasy as the Lip Therapy Tin and contains cocoa and shea butter plus vitamin e. The packaging is a bit blah ..cheap even. Well it is cheap, so that makes sense. It doesn't excite me, but is usable but Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner still remains my favourite high street lip balm.

I really like the cocoa butter scent in the Vaseline range, particularly in the body moisturisers. I think it smells light and is quite pleasant. It's certainly not as intense as that found in Palmers Cocoa Butter. Needless to say, my favourite item from the range is the body butter - it's brilliant.

The range is available from all leading supermarkets and chemists, including Superdrug and Boots.

*PR samples

What I'm reading ...Blackhair Magazine.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I picked up the latest copy of Blackhair mag this morning and was so impressed, that I had to blog about it. It's improved ten-fold since I last purchased it years ago and is now packed full of current, informative and relevant features and articles relevant to the modern day black or mixed race woman.

Whether you favour natural tresses or flowing locks, Blackhair includes ample product recs and styles to suit every budget. No stone is left unturned with its make up recommendations (and no, it doesn't focus entirely on MAC either) and helpful skincare advice relevant to the issues faced by black women is covered too. The August/September issue also pays homage to Top Model of Colour winner, Nana Afua Antwi, who graces the cover.

Click on each image to enlarge

The only magazines I tend to buy these days are New! (for my sleb goss fix) and Glamour, but seeing one lipstick shade (two if I'm lucky) being recommended for my skin tone each issue, isn't really cutting it - also, the "relationship advice" falls on deaf ears, so a fair few pages gets skipped altogether.

I'm considering subscribing to Blackhair as I know my Mum would appreciate it too. She was engrossed in the June/July issue (which I was quoted in - yeah, I kept that quiet ..hehe) and asked me to buy the next issue.

As a consumer, what made me smile as I flicked through it, was that on the beauty pages MAC So Precious eye shadows had been recommended in a feature. AMEN! A magazine featuring limited edition products which are actually available to purchase! I hate seeing items from cosmetic collections which are three months old (and long sold out) being recommended to readers as the 'must have' shade. Lazy journalism at its best. It's not that difficult to research release dates so that they correspond with when issues hit the shelves.

The latest Blackhair issue is out now and available at WHSmith and all good newsagents.

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Udo's Choice - The Right Choice?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

I've recently become a huge fan of Feelunique.com - it's free worldwide delivery gets me every time and I placed yet another order after the latest newletter landed in my inbox. A number of well known beauty journalists were recommending their favourite products on the site and it was the product of choice from Glamour magazine's Beauty Director Alexander Steingherr, which caught my attention.

My skin's acting up again and now it's the lower part of my face which is giving me grief and I've sustained a sexy breakout/rash which runs along my jawline and all over my chin *sighs*

Introducing Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend. She credits this with giving her great skin, and whist I am fully aware that she's obviously photo-shopped to a degree on the pages of the monthly glossy, her skin looks  pretty damn good in her Twitter profile pic, so that's enough validation for me!

Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is a certified organic blend of unrefined seed oils. You may or may not be aware that consuming a good quality source of Omega 3 is important for general health and wellbeing and specifically helps to maintain a healthy heart and healthy joints. Omegas 6 & 9 are often overlooked but Ultimate Blend Oil is formulated to contain an ideal 2:1:1 ratio of Omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids.

I've noticed I've been 'creaking' a fair bit lately, so I figured adding this to the daily supplements I take may benefit my aching bones further. I've also read that Udo's Choice has helped contribute to healthy hair, nails and skin in users so here's hoping I see a difference soon. I'm currently taking Biotin and Cod Liver Oil tablets again, so something's gotta give!

The first time I tried it, the taste didn't turn me on in the slightest! I should have stuck to the instructions which recommend it is added to food - thinking I knew best, I swallowed it straight. Yuck  - it tasted "oily", much like cod liver oil and still had me wincing in disgust on the tube 45 mins later! I took it again this morning, with a small shot of orange juice, which was much better. I'll now endeavour to take it on a daily basis.

It is suggested that you pour 3-4 dessert spoons on your food, and use in the following ways:

* Mix in with prepared pasta
* Drizzle over steamed or roahttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=8450778372405788281sted veg
* Pour into porridge and cereals
* Blend in with your favourite smoothie
* Enjoy with yoghurt
* Add to dips and spreads

Once opened, it needs to be used within 8 weeks and must be stored in the fridge.

It cost me £18.99 (500nl) here on Feelunique.com - but I had a £5 discount code, which came in handy! It also comes in a 250ml bottle and in tablet form too.

ETA: I exfoliated this evening using MAC Volcanic Ash exfoliator, followed by Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask and my skin has improved 95% - it's amazing what a good scrub will do! All the roughness and flakiness has gone. Hopefully I'll see some real results from the oil blend too. I'll keep you posted.

Mavala Art Color's Collection

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Mavala have released a collection of brights to match the summer sunshine. The spring/summer 2011 Art Color's collection brings the colour blocking trend to affordable life with these six colourful shades.


Waikiki Orange 5ml
Vegas Pink 5ml
Touch of Provence 5ml
South Beach Pink 5ml
Cyclades Blue 5ml
Blue Curacao 5ml

I've seen them in the flesh and they're really pretty.

Find them on BeautyBay for just £2.99 each

Review: Palmers Daily Cleansing Gel

Sunday, July 03, 2011

As you may already be aware, Palmers (of cocoa butter fame) have recently launched a facial skincare line.

The product which immediately grabbed my interest (and yours it seems judging by the comments left in my previous post) was the Daily Cleansing Gel.

The packaging is fuss free and embodies the familiar Palmers logo, which I find strangely comforting (yes, I'm being a tit!). It has an easy to use pump dispenser and as I found out on day two of usage, you really only need a small pump of product in the palm of your hand to get a good cleanse.

Containing cocoa butter and milk protein, the gel feels very light on the skin and has a 'slippy' feel to it which I just can't put into words - I haven't felt this with any other gel cleanser I've used before. It doesn't make my skin feel tight or dry before moisturising, and forms a rich lather quickly, which rinses off easily. I've been using this for six days now and I really like it. Funnily enough, I don't notice the scent of cocoa butter in it at all, which would have instantly turned me off had I caught a whiff of it.

This is a cleanser suitable for all skin types - especially those with sensitive skin, It also contains Aloe Vera and Evening Primrose extract to reduce redness and is ideal for use both morning and night, eliminating the use for a separate cleanser in the evening. I genuinely have no complaints - it works well for me easily shifting grime and make up. Great product, great price and it will certainly be repurchased once it comes to an end.

How much is it? £3.95

Where can I buy it? Superdrug

*PR sample


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