Benefit - Your Place or Mine Gina EDT

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Benefit are well known for their cosmetics, but are you also aware that they have a fragrance range?

I'd still be none the wiser to Benefit's fragances, had I not been introduced to them at a Benefit event a few months ago, but I'm glad I did, having found a favourite in My Place or Yours Gina. I really, really like this - good work Benefit!

The kitsch pretty packaging which we're used to from Benefit, is no different for their Crescent Row fragrances -which resembles a front door and open up revealing interior design most likely spotted at a stand present at The Ideal Home Show.

Available in eight eau de toilette scents, with playful names such as Laugh with me LeeLee and Ring My Bella I was instantly drawn to My Place or Yours Gina, which embodies warm notes of pink pepper, wild raspberry and vanilla bean to name a few.

Top notes: pink pepper, bergamot, tangerine 
Middle notes: peony, wild raspberry, white lily 
Bottom notes: patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla bean

My Place or Yours Gina is seductive and sexy without being overpowering. I can really pick out the raspberry and vanilla notes and they compliment one another beautifully. Being an EDT it does lose its punch as the day goes on, but it leaves behind a subtle trace on clothing in its wake. I wish this was an EDP, I'd be all over it like a rash.

If you're looking for a light fragrance great for day or night which will turn heads, then have a smell of this next time you pass by a Benefit counter or boutique. Check out the other scents too.

How much is it? £29.50
Where can I buy it from? Benefit counters, boutiques and online

Have you tried any of Benefit's fragrances?

*PR sample

Buyapowa Blogger Takeover

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

In case you're not aware, this week sees a Beauty Blogger invasion over on BuyaPowa. A number of beauty bloggers, myself included have all chosen a product fave to include as their co-buy.

Not familiar with BuyaPowa? Then have a quick read of this

Each day this week sees new products becoming available and for a full list of what's up for grabs and from who, check out the list below. Be sure to sign up to the products you have your eye on, so you're alerted as soon as they go live!

Yinka from Vex in the City (yeah, me!): NARS Gina Blush

Charlotte from Lipglossiping: Tom Ford Lipstick (Scarlet Rouge)

Milly from Pearls and Poodles: Benefit Coralista Blush

Kim from Dottie K: Illamasqua Pigments Trio (Ore, Furore, Android)

Sarah from I Heart Cosmetics: YSL Faux Cils mascara

Jen from Beauty Junkie London: St Tropez Bronzing Mousse

Jen from A Little Bird Told Me: Chanel le Vernis (Paradoxal)

Amrita from The 6 Inch Stilettos: Benefit They’re Real mascara

Charlotte from Charlotte’s Obsessions: Benefit Porefessional

Nic from Strawberry Blonde Beauty: Chanel Blush Horizon de Chanel

Lily from LLYMLRS: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner (Black)

Bettina from Beauty Swot: Benefit Watt’s Up Highlighter

Jennie from Sailboat: Illamasqua Cream Blush (Promise)

Claire form The Beauty Scoop: YSL Rouge Volupte (#13 Peach Passion)

Khila from Miss Budget Beauty: Benefit Hervana Blush

Zoe from The London Lipgloss: NARS Multiple (Orgasm)

Charli from Charli…: NARS Laguna Bronzer

Lucy from Lucy’s Stash: OPI Holland mini collection

Liloo from Le Petit Jardin de Liloo: Shu Uemura Smoky Layers false lashes

Emma from Milkteef: Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh EDT

Stephanie from May Loves Makeup: Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo

Kate from gh0stparties: Smashbox Softbox eyeshadow palette

Charlie from Lady of the Lane: Too Faced Natural Radiance face palette

Karris from Karrisx: Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette

It should come as no surprise that I chose a blush as my BuyaPowa Co-Buy? And I went for one of my faves, NARS Gina - in fact I'm wearing it today (again)!

I can't stress enough how much I love this blush. If you follow me on Twitter, you've most likely seen me heap praise upon it for making me look alive first thing in the morning. As it stands it's been my go-to blush for weeks now and has had residency in my make up bag since last November. That's says something, considering I have well over 80 (at last count) blushes to choose from.

What do you think of the BuyaPowa bloggers choices? Do you have your eye on any of them?

Never Feel Guilty Again...

Monday, February 27, 2012

The next time you feel buyers remorse for buying yet another nude lipgloss or fuchsia nail polish. Rest assured that it's unlikely you'll accrue as much make up as Wayne aka Gossmakeupartist.

Yeah, so okay Wayne is a make up artist, but watching a video of him sharing his make up collection on his You Tube channel, still didn't stop my jaw from hitting the floor anyway!

Oh to have just five minutes in his make up cupboard - OH. MY. GOD!!

 Make up porn at its very best. Enjoy!


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The Nail Files: Models Own Beetlejuice Pinky Brown

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

When Models Own Beetlejuice collection was released back in November, I was psyched! So excited in fact, that I ordered three sets! Why, I don't know (Oh actually, yeah I do, they were to flog on Ebay, then I realised they were flippin' permanent!) but then I always appear to lose my mind when it comes to rationally buying cosmetics.

One set has since been given to my best friend and the second handed over to my younger cousins. To date, I'm yet to swatch my set in full as I was so disappointed with the first two I tried!

First up Pinky Brown, which is burgundy speckled with pink flecks. Now in other swatches I've seen the duochrome effect switches it to a cool coppery brown. My bottle must have been a dud polish, because I failed to see anything, whichever angle I swerved my nails. Like seriously, what the hell?!

I'm not loving it. In certain light it looked flat and made my skin tone look 'muddy'. Don't be fooled by my photo which was taken approx three days after application hence the tip wear.  I know the colour doesn't look particularly bad against my skin tone, but believe me, when I say that in reality it did! I applied three coats as the polish is quite thin, and didn't think much of the formula either.

Not impressed. I doubt very much that I'll wear this again, unless I'm slapping glitter over the top of it. I don't know if I can even be bothered to do that!

Better Than Expected - Proactiv Solutions Deep Cleansing Wash

Monday, February 20, 2012

We've all seen the cheesy adverts for Proctiv Solutions right? The world's best selling anti-blemish and spot treatment skincare brand which happens to have more than 15 million customers in 60 countries, counting Avril Lavigne, Kate Perry and Justin Bieber as fans. Maybe you've caught their adverts flicking through TV channels late at night here in the UK or on U.S TV where they seem to be on every five minutes! Either way, I've always thought "Yeah, whatever" and have changed the channel. The fact they seem to go on forever grates me too.

I heard that Proactiv had launched in Boots last week, and was pleasantly pleased. Why's that then? I've just written a paragraph slating it right? Well I still think it's cheesy as hell and no, I don't for a second believe that the likes of Kate Perry and Avril Lavigne are regular users either - after all, we all know money and advertising talks, so being 'the face' of anything these days means nothing to me.

I will say this though, I love Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash (pictured below) although I thought it'd be cheaper than its £15.95 price tag.

This was included in a gift bag I received at an event back in December and curiosity got the better of me over the festive period. I wanted to see what was supposedly so great about this range, so I tried it one morning and haven't stopped coming back to it. I still use this regularly, alternating between my favourite Murad cleansers.

Containing exfoliating granules which don't scratch or irritate my skin, it cleanses really well, helping to unclog pores and reduce oiliness. It doesn't  leave my skin feeling tight and dry either despite containing salicylic acid. This is good stuff - my skin loves it anyway!

Have you had success with Proactiv Solution products? I'm interested to know. My best friend succumbed to the ads a couple of years ago, but it didn't work for her at all.

The Proactive Solution 3 Step System to Clearer Healthier Looking Skin is on sale at Boots for £39.99 and more on the brand and products in the range can be found on their UK website - which offers a 60 day money back guarantee with all purchases.

M.A.C Masterclass with Pablo Rodriguez at London Fashion Week

Sunday, February 19, 2012

So yesterday was day two of London Fashion Week and I attended a M.A.C Masterclass demonstrated by top M.A.C make up artist, Pablo Rodriguez. This was the first time I've attended an event at LFW, and I figured there was no better introduction to it, than with M.A.C - the brand which sparked off my interest in make up many years ago. I headed down to Somerset House, excited at the thought of what I was going to see from the brand.

The Look -  Pablo recreated this intense winged smoky eye, which was used on the models for the Stephanie Rolland Couture show.

Fresh faced and ready to go

The look was surprisingly simple to recreate and Pablo used just a few products. Studio Sculpt foundation was stippled on with the 188 brush, he dabbed Select Cover-Up Concealer under the eyes to conceal dark circles with a 217 brush. The base was then set with Blot Powder using the 168 brush.

The eyes were lined with Feline eyeliner (no longer limited addition, it appears) both on the waterline and upper inner lash line. Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack was then pressed all over the eyelids and then blended out with a 224 brush.

To intensify the sooty, dramatic effect, MAC Pro Acrylic Paint in black (available in PRO stores or mail order only) was applied with a mascara wand and winged out in a haphazard fashion to the outer corner of the eyes. The eyes were then framed with MAC False Lashes mascara.

Pablo working his magic

A new contouring creme, which is due out later this year (which looked very similar to the Cream Colour Bases in both texture and packaging) was applied to the cheekbones with his finger and blended out. Pink Swoon blush was then applied to apple of the cheeks for a healthy, yet natural 'barely there' flush of colour. Again, this was applied using the 168.

MAC Painterly was run through the models brows, an unusual choice but this was so the eyes remained the focus of the look.

The lips were slicked with MAC Lipglass in Underage - a pale pink nude gloss.

The finished look up close! 
photo credit: Mouldyfruit

I'd love to recreate this, but I worry that as my eyes are quite small, that they'd get lost within the lashings of dark shadow. Perhaps I'll try my hand at it when I have time to kill.

I really enjoyed the masterclass and Pablo retained my attention throughout, chatting with us and encouraging us to ask questions. It was very relaxed and informal. I don't buy M.A.C as obsessively as I did a few years ago, simply because I own so much of it now but it was great seeing familiar products and tools I own being used before my very eyes. I have M.A.C coming out of my ears within my make up collection, but recently I've treated myself to a mini splurge or two. No more bunking off work the morning a new collection is due out, to snap it up before it sell out though! 

The complimentary M.A.C makeovers in the Bloggers Suite proved very popular

As much as I like fashion, I prefer viewing it ready to go from the pages of a glossy magazine or in person on the shop floor, so my first experience of London Fashion Week as a whole was bemusing to say the least.

The "OMG you look fabulous", air-kissing and fawning aspects of it which come part and parcel of an industry where looks are everything began to irk me just 10 minutes after venturing outside at Somerset House as did a few of the scrutinising looks I witnessed being thrown at those whose outfits either pushed boundaries or didn't make the cut. 

Fakery and dramatics aside, I had a fun morning/early afternoon chatting with before I had to rush off and meet the bestie.  I and My interest in London Fashion Week lies predominantly with the make up, although I'd really, really want to pop back next Saturday for London Fashion Weekend and see what's on offer to buy from the brands on show. I fancy a new handbag and some funky jewellery. I

Are you excited for London Fashion Week or totally over it already? And more importantly do you like this make up look - would you wear it?

OMIGOD - Chanel Perfection Lumiere - Darker Foundation Shades Available!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I couldn't believe my eyes when it was bought to my attention that Lancome were now catering for darker skin tones with their new Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation. Last night I was browsing the beauty hall in Harvey Nicks and almost collapsed in shock when I spotted darker foundation shades at no other than Chanel in their perfection Lumiere foundation

YES CHANEL HAS FOUNDATION SHADES FOR DARKER SKIN!!!!!!! As I stared in utter disbelief at what was before my eyes ( I was convinced they were some sort of fake tan), I was approached by the loveliest sales assistant who was quick to provide me with some samples when I enquired further and helpfully matched me up to my shade - which is 94 Ambre.

Had I not strolled by the counter - with the intent of looking at the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks (again), I'd never have seen the foundation. Brands - ADVERTISING IS KEY. I didn't expect to see darker foundation at Chanel, so have never felt the need to go back and check to see if I'm catered for. 

Perfection Lumiere offers medium to full coverage in liquid form, without looking cakey. First impressions? It didn't glide as smoothly as the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra, but I guess that's because the formula is slightly heavier given its coverage, but in the same breath I was still able to blend it in within a minute or so as I was in quite a rush this morning.
Chanel Perfection Lumiere comes in 16 shades (as pictured above) and I'm wearing it today. I'm quite impressed at how well t's holding up, as it's almost 5pm now and it still looks pretty fresh. This may well be purchased shortly, I'll see how I feel on Saturday!

How much is it? £36
Where can I buy it from? Chanel counters nationwide and online

Get Full Fast with FULLfast!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I love my food and I can be a greedy cow when the mood takes me. So when I was offered to try FULLfast, a revolutionary appetite control spray which provides a natural way to keep your weight down, I didn't turn it down.

This convenient spray has been scientifically proven to help curb your appetite – all you need to do is spray FULLfast three times under your tongue, five times a day. You can pop it in your bag so you can use it when you’re at home, at work, in the gym or out and about.

The idea of being able to spray a liquid in my mouth which curbs my appetite amused me greatly. Although admittedly, my usage of this has been sporadic, when I have used it, I must admit that my appetite has diminished and I haven't grazed at all, which is what I often do all day at work as there's always chocolate, cake or biscuits flying around.

FULLfast Appetite Control Spray is pricved £23.95 for a months supply and is stocked atHarvey Nichols store.

I'm not relying on just FULL fast to see results. I know real weight loss is the result of a revised diet and regular exercise and so I've stepped up and have a load of classes booked at my gym for next week.

For £20 a month, I have access to a wide range of classes including  spinning, boxing, LBT, Kettle Balls, Zumba (£4 a class) and loads more. Best of all it's open 24-7! Another branch is opening near my house and I can't wait and quite frankly it's a struggle to go near the branch by work as it's still a bit of a trek.

For more info on Pure Gym, check out their website

Weight loss update coming next month!

Orly Cool Romance

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I was looking at the latest shades from Orly in their Cool Romance collection the other day. What do you think? My eyes were instantly drawn to the last three shades, which I think look quite pretty.

I haven't even tried all the polishes I bought back from New York yet, so I better not buy anymore for now. They've been added to my 'curious' list though.

The polishes go by the name/description of:

Faint of Heart: muted grey creme
Steel Your Heart: charcoal shimmer
Artificial Sweetener: dusty rose shimmer

You’re Blushing: soft lilac creme
Prelude to a Kiss: pastel pink creme shade
Jealous, Much?: pastel mint

Check out swatches here

NEW! RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I had great results with RapidLash, the eyelash growth serum, so I was excited to hear that RapidBrow is now on the market.

As a result of an excessive tweezing session when I was 14, my left eyebrow has always been sparser towards the end, in comparison to my right brow and I have to rely on pencilling it in with MAC eye pencil in Stud. Apparently if I apply RapidBrow morning and night, after 60 days, I should see a 108% difference in the condition and appearance of my eyebrows.

A bit of additional info:

RapidBrow is paraben and fragrance free
Ophthalamologist & dermatologist tested
Safe for contact lens wearers

Will this work? I dunno, I hope so! Expect an update in two months time.

How much is it? £37
Where can I buy it from? Boots

Happy Valentine's Day From BECCA - 20% off EVERYTHING!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Have you made use of the 20% discount off the BECCA Beach Tint in Strawberry, which I reviewed here yet?

Great news make up lovers,  BECCA have now extended that 20% discount to their ENTIRE range of products including the new Balearic Love Collection, which you can see in all its sultry glory here courtesy of Marina over at

Try a Creme Blush or Glossy Lip Tint (as modelled by yours truly here) or check out their extensive foundation and concealer shades. Either way, have a browse online on BECCA Cosmetics see what takes your fancy.

Just enter BBE20 at checkout to recieve 20% off  all purchases online - please be aware that attempting to use the discount code AND the free delivery code featured on the image above, will not work!

*The 20% discount code is valid until Thursday 16 February 2012.

BECCA are also running a Facebook competition today to win a fab BECCA prize, so go to their facebook page or their twitter page @BECCALondon  for more details!


Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H - Foundation Shades For EVERYONE.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Over the past few years my experience with Lancome cosmetics has laid firmly with their infamous Juicy Tubes and mascaras. Lancome Hypnose Drama is always within reach and for years I was a slave to Juicy Tube in Chilled before it was rudely discontinued.

Until now, their foundations have been a no-go area for me, as annoyingly they didn't cater for darker skin tones. Finally, Lancome have noticed that yes, darker skinned woman use make up too and have included eight new shades in their Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation. I almost fell of the sofa in shock when somebody recommended I try this on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and I saw that YES, THERE ARE INDEED SHADES AVAILABLE FOR DARKER SKIN TONES!!!

Teint Idole Ultra 24H is available in 18 shades covering all complexions and is the result of eight years of research. It claims to be retouch-free, and provides shine free, velvety-smooth coverage.

I passed by Debenhams during my lunch break last Thursday and took home a free seven day sample (go to your nearest counter to get yours now). I was matched to shade #11 after swatching a couple on my jawline and getting my colleague (Hey Monique!) to scrutinise which one looked better on me, as I don't trust the lighting in department stores.

My sample - don't be fooled by how small it looks IRL. A little goes a long way.

Lancome claim that this will last 24 hours (who wears their foundation for a full 24 hours anyway?). Hmmm well I can dispel that claim after wearing it to work yesterday, but I'll write up a full review next week after putting it through its paces a while longer.

Have any of you tried it yet? If not, go get your free sample now!

How much is it? £27
Where can I buy it? Lancome counters nationwide and online

Not For The Faint Hearted - Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ever since Tom Ford's Black Orchid captivated me last year, I've been more open to trying heavier fragrances and not automatically opting for the typical vanilla or sweet smelling scents I find myself drawn to.

I like the simple, yet elegant presentation Jo Malone products are reknown for. You immediately feel you're in for a treat as you tease open the black bow which envelopes the outer packaging.

Pomegranate Noir is actually a unisex cologne infused with patchuoli, frankincense and spicy woody notes and I wasn't too sure of this when I first spritzed it on my forearm. It smells very masculine and I still felt it leant more towards a masculine scent even after it had settled some 30 mins later. Within two hours the scent had diffused further, quite dramatically actually considering how intense it was to start off with. It became softer, but not as warm and engulfing as I find Tom Ford's Black Orchid.

Although I'm not particularly bowled over by it, Pomegranate Noir has an army of loyal fans, so I'd recommend you have a sniff yourself and make your own mind up.

This is actually my first dalliance with Jo Malone products. I know the brand is well known for its candles, but other than that, I have little knowledge of the brand as a whole. I look forward to discovering some of their other bestsellers.

Pomegranate Noir is priced from £36 (30ml) and can be purchased online or from selected department stores.

*PR Sample

Do You Take Daily Supplements?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

We all like to look good on the outside, but there's only so much that make up will cover up. It goes without saying that it pays to take care of what you put inside your body and I'm all for taking daily vitamins to aid my overall health.

I can be quite blaise with my vitamin consumption. I can take them daily for months at a time, good as gold then fall off the wagon and end up consuming them every other day or week!

I started Silica tablets again recently, Silica is known for improving skin, hair, bones and nails. I've taken them on and off for a few years now and when I stick to taking them daily, I've seen results within six weeks. I bought my Silica Complex tablets from Holland & Barrett.

I take Advanced Nutrition Programme Nail Science* which aims to aid nail growth. They contain biotin, calcium, horsetail and specially selected vitamins and minerals, all nutrients that have been shown to benefit nails. They're available to buy from Feelunique and can be found here.

I also take Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Omegas* which are packed full of fish oils and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and provide overall support for skin health. Find them here, also on

Finally I take a cod liver oil tablet once a day as I've noticed I'm not as agile as I used to be. In fact, I've been known to literally creak when I stand up or crouch down, so I figured my joints could do with some help! Again these were purchased from Holland & Barrett

Oh and before I forget I've also been taking (albeit sporadically) vitamins from the new Seven Seas Health Oils*, which are seven different expertly blended oils and vitamins.

The range includes:

Active Mind:  Contains pantothenic acid to help support mental performance

Radiant You: Contains zinc to help maintain hair, skin and anils

Immune Defence: Contains vitramin C to help support the immune system

Healthy Heart: Contains thamine to help maintain a healthy heart

For more info the Seven Seas Health Oils range, check out

Which supplements do you take?  Do you notice a difference in yourself when you do? I'm stepping up my vitamin consumption in the hope that combined with exercise (lawd knows I need it) I'll see soon good benefits.

Products marked with * were provided courtesy of PR.

Review: BECCA Beach Tint in Strawberry

Friday, February 10, 2012

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll remember when I became utterly obsessed with BECCA cosmetics - see previous mentions on the brand here I adore their Glossy Lip Tints and Creme Blushes and have spent a small fortune building up a mini-collection of their products.

I was recently sent one of their Beach Tint's to try, a multi purpose lip and cheek crème stain colour in the shade Strawberry.

Until now, I'd always ignored the Beach Tints, instead favouring the crème blushes and assuming they'd be quite diluted and weak in terms of pigment and usability.

BECCA Beach Tints come in a small compact tube filled with 7ml of product. They're small, yet plentiful in the sense that they're rich in pigment, therefore you only need to use a small amount to achieve a pretty flush of colour. They're also oil free, streak Free, and water-resistant too.

They can also be used for layering under powder blushes, bronzers, lip balms and lipglosses for added intensity. I was shocked at how pigmented this actually is, I've applied it fairly lightly in the photo below - because that's how I'd wear it day to day, but if you wanted heavier coverage, that wouldn't be an issue at all.

Strawberry Beach Tint coincidentally smells of ..yes, strawberry and is a vibrant red shade, which blends easily into a soft, feminine wash of colour. I typi ally tend to shy away from all shades of red cosmetics, including red nail polish so was pleased at how naturally this translated onto my skin. 

I did try this on my lips, but my camera (it's new and I've had no time to play with it whatsoever) refused to pick it the colour on my pout. I really liked how it looked, considering I didn't think the shade of red would suite me - but it does! Be sure to use a balm underneath though as applying it straight to your lips will result in them feeling dry as time goes on. The pigment lasts for hours with a subtle touch up needed after a meal. I'm very impressed!

Available in seven shades, they're not cheap, priced at £20.00 but now I'm curious to swatch the others and if I like a shade enough, then I'd most likely treat myself to it - if I haven't already found it for less than RRP on Ebay! I already have my eye on Raspberry and Guava. Actually, I know for a fact I'll be checking those out and most likely adding at least one of them to my blush collection!

Like the look and sound of this? Cool, you'll be pleased to know that BECCA are offering Vex in the City readers the opportunity to bag this at a 20% discount . Perfect your pout in time for Valentine's Day with the signature colour of love - luscious red ;-)

Enter code BBE20 at checkout. The 20% discount applies to online sales of Beach Tint in 'Strawberry' (UK & EU) only and is valid until 16th February 2012. Find the Beach Tints here

Check out BECCA Cosmetics UK on Facebook - they're always running competitions and giving away products - or follow them on Twitter @BECCAlondon for the latest news and offers.

*PR sample

NEW! Sleek Makeup Lash Out Mascara

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Check out Sleek Makeup's latest product, Lash Out, which is described as a lengthening and volumising mascara.

Its bright, stand out pink packaging will make it near impossible to miss in your make up bag. It comes with a very narrow wand, which I didn't think I'd like, but in fact it allows me to control the amount of mascara I apply quite well and to coat every lash with ease. I've found myself applying four coats as opposed to two, but I'm pleased to report that the formula didn't clump up my lashes in the process.

Speaking of the formula, the pigment it's consistency is just right, not too wet or dry and it separates my lashes well too. Lash Out is great for a natural daytime look, but it wouldn't be my mascara of choice for when I wanna vamp up my eyes at night.

I didn't notice much in the way of volume, but it lengthened my lashes reasonably well. It's not the best mascara I've used, but certainly not the worst.

By the end of the day I found there to be minimal smudging and overall I'm fairly pleased with its performance. I didn't have time to take any photos of my lashes last night but I'm wearing it again today and will take some pics whist I'm at work (much to the amusement of my colleagues, no doubt!) and will add them to the post tonight.

How much is it? £6.99
Where can I buy it from? Selected Superdrug branches, Sleek online

*PR sample

Review: The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

Monday, February 06, 2012

I'm a bit obsessed with hand cream, much like I am lip balms actually. I'm very fussy about what I put on my hands and won't use any old nonsense which labels itself as a hand moisturiser. My hand cream of choice, needs to be rich, without feeling greasy and leave my hands feeling soft and well cared for.

I'd heard a lot about The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector. It's one of their best-sellers and curiosity got the better of me last summer, as I caved in and bought a tube.

What's there to say about it then? I won't drone on, but this is a bloody good hand cream! So good that I bought two more tubes today as it's currently on promotion for £5 each instead of it's usual price of £10.

This is super moisturising, rich, smells nice and continues to leave my hands feeling soft and smooth after prolonged use. On a typical day I probably slather hand cream on at least four times a day. It absorbs really well and is thick but doesn't leave a greasy residue behind.

The only thing I absolutely hate about it the packaging! I don't want my hand cream to resemble a crumpled toothpaste tube at the bottom of my handbag and I live in constant fear that it will splatter all over the inside of my bag if something heavy lies on top of it and pierces the tube. Look at the photo I've papped to illustrate my point.

New Tube Vs Current Tube

Packaging faux pas aside, I'd still recommend this - leave it on your desk at work or at home if you don't want to risk it being crushed in your handbag.

If you've never tried it before, now's a good time to try it with 50% knocked off its RRP. The SA instore said it would be returning to full price tomorrow. I don't know if she was telling the truth or not, or just telling me what I needed to hear as I was umming and ahhhing over whether to buy two tubes or just the one.

How much is it? £10 (100ml) - currently £5 instore on promotion!
Where can I buy it from? The Body Shop - instore and online.

Winter Skin Soother - Weleda Calendula Weather Protection Cream

Monday, February 06, 2012

Like many, my eyes widened and I grimaced when I saw snow falling from the sky on Saturday night here in London. I wasn't impressed, as I hate the white stuff! Unless you're aged 10 and under, or have the means to sit around all day, doing sweet fug all, there should be no reason for rejoicing at the sight of snow as all it does is hinder your ability to move around and get things done in a timely fashion!

It's been cold for weeks, but the icy winds which accompanied the snow had my skin screaming for something heavier to protect it from its icy blast.

Step forward Weleda's Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream*, which landed on my doormat just at the right time. Perfect for use on both babies and adults, this rich cream contains rich almond oil and extracts of the Calendula flower.

Although it's described as a cream, it comes out of its tube looking more like an oil really. It spreads easily, but because it's so rich, only a very small amount is needed, especially if you plan to wear this during the day as it will result in your looking shinier than usual within a couple of hours (as I discovered today), so blot powder at the ready! My skin was left feeling really supple all day today and it definitely did a good job of making it feel protected against both the wind and cold.


Calendula Weather Protection Cream can also be used in a number of different ways as shared by make up artist Hannah Maxwell, who uses it as a lip balm, eye gloss, mixes it with lipsticks to create a sheer gloss, mixes it with a highlighters and also uses it as a cuticle cream.

This is very similar to Dr Hauschka's Rose Day Cream** , which I've featured here before. They both erase dry patches and make a great night treatment for parched skin, which has been battered by the recent harsh weather and is feeling rough or tight.

The biggest difference between the two is the price, with Weleda running streets ahead with its bargainous £6.95 (30ml) price tag in comparison to Dr Hauschka's Rose Day Cream which retails for £23.95 (30ml)  the price has gone up since I last bought it too! 

I'd recommend this as a great winter skin staple for skin in need of a boost and extra protection against this ghastly weather.

How much is it? £6.95
Where can I buy it from?,  Health stores, Waitriose and pharmacies.

Have you noticed a drastic change in your skin since the weather became much colder?

*PR sample
** Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream purchased by moi! 


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