Monday, 15 September 2014

Limited Edition Space NK In Peace EDP and the huge Beauty Anthology event

As the collaboration between SpaceNK and Women for Women International enters its second year, a Limited Edition has been commissioned that celebrates the colours, arts and patterns from the countries supported by the initiative. I never normally lift directly from a press release but it's important to get the facts straight with charitable products.

Created by Azzi Glasser, a world renowned perfumer, IN PEACE eau de parfume is designed to promote peace, and drive sponsorships for Women for Women International programmes.  The new limited edition design, ‘Eden’ by Lo Cole, which has been created to celebrate International Peace Day has been inspired by the colours, art and patterns from the eight countries in which Women for Women International operate - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Nigeria, Rwanda Afghanistan and Iraq - and is a celebration of life, light and peace.

IN PEACE opens with top notes of Pimento and Divine French Iris, soft Mimosa and creamy Suede notes follow to reveal the passionate heart of the fragrance. Finally White Musk Sandalwood and Tonka Bean infuse your senses, leaving a very feminine, lasting impression.

 Ten per cent of net profits from the sale of each bottle will go directly to Women for Women’s sponsorship programme, which supports women survivors of war to enable them to rebuild their lives and promote peaceful communities. It is also hoped that women purchasing the perfume, feel inspired by this charitable partnership and go on to become a Women for Women International sponsor themselves. 

If you fancy picking up a bottle, you may want to do so on either Wednesday or Thursday this week when Space NK hold their Beauty Anthology event...

For every purchase over £150 you will receive the above goody bag containing 28 deluxe sample sizes of their pick of their brands. 

For more details on how to get your tickets for the event look 

The Limited Edition In Peace fragrance is available now. For more details go here:

Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt

Jo Malone continues to go from strength to strength. The latest offering, Wood Sage and Sea Salt is perfect for this time of year. Think 'blankets on a windy beach' and you're halfway there.

As per usual, my preference is the candle, which is crisp, salty and warm and fills the gap between white floral summer and cinnamon/eucalyptus/pine Christmas perfectly.

As a brilliant touch, you can send a postcard - either e-card or paper - via the Jo Malone website.
Taking marketing and service to another level. 

The Wood Sage and Sea Salt range starts at £28.00. The exquisite candle is £40.00.

Available from all Jo Malone stockists and online at

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Gel and a crazy Giveaway.

Regular readers will know that a few of us have been trialing overnight treatments - especially for acne/combination skins. The reviews of the La Roche Posay kit and Vichy's Dermatox are coming next.

I've been using Ole's Invigorating Night Gel for a few weeks and it's a must-have for either acne, combination or prone-to-random-hormonal-swollen-red-spots/bumps skins.

Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Algae Extract, Glycerin, Calcium Ascorbate, Sorbitol, Tocopherol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum)

There is a definite knack to using this. It's an oil-free gel that absorbs almost instantaneously so the temptation is to apply more. Don't. It's a treatment, not a moisturiser. I use this underneath either an oil, an overnight treatment or a hydrating moisturiser. 

It is very light and laden with glycolic and lactic acids and fruit sugars making it both a resurfacing and clarifying overnight treat.

For more information on Ole Henriksen and the Invigorating Night Gel look here:

The lovely team at Ole Henriksen are offering 15 readers. Yes, fifteen readers, the opportunity to win one for themselves.

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Selfridges Beauty Workshop Birmingham

This weekend I visited the brand new Beauty Workshop in Selfridges, Birmingham to meet some readers and generally indulge in a day of beauty.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see me and nag about skincare. The store is beautiful (and surprisingly big) and the staff are brilliantly welcoming, passionate and knowledgeable.

Selfridges' brilliant Personal Beauty Shopper Rose.

I have no idea what I am doing in this pic.

No clue what's occurring here either.

So Midlands peeps: if you are in need of a quick hair fix, a manicure, some beautiful niche brands that may not be as well known as the 'usual suspects' but still pack a punch, head to the Beauty Workshop. They stock more than a few of my faves including Ole Henriksen, Perricone, Time Bomb, Bio Effect and Aesop to name a few.

For more info on booking a consultation with the Personal Shopping Beauty Team email here.

For opening hours and other information on the Birmingham offering

Friday, 12 September 2014

Acid Toning Part One

Oh it was always going to be a long one wasn't it?

If you are a new reader (WELCOME!) you can read more about the importance of acids aka the Gospel according to The Hirons on the cheat sheets over there----->

The rest of you will be au fait with my thinking so let's crack on with the products in Part 1.

P50/V/W/1970 Biologique Recherche - Lactic, usnic, salicylic and ascorbic acids. Niacinamide - brill. The first and still far and away one of the best. Around £50.00

Bravura Purifying Calendula Toner - 10% glycolic, 3% lactic. Lots of info on the website - the PH is 3.8. Marvellous! And it WAS £8.00 and 39p. A great budget buy.

Cane & Austin Retexturizing Treatment Pads - 10% glycolic, retinyl palmitate and ubiquinone - great ingredients designed for anti-ageing and pigmentation. (Also available from Beauty Bay - not just SpaceNK as I say in the video)

Colbert MD Intensify Facial Pads - Bromelain (pineapple enzymes), lactic acid and glucosamine. Exfoliating discs designed to mimic the effects of microdermabrasion. Glycolic-free. Beautiful product.

Colbert MD Tone Control - These are aimed at damage caused by pigmentation and contain inflacin (massive anti-inflammatory), Phytomoist Qusome (400 times more active than sodium hyaluronate), CoQ10 and ubiquinone. perfect for an older skin plagued by/worried about pigmentation.

Dennis Gross M.D. Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula - Disc One contains glycolic, lactic, malic and salicylic acids, genistein. Disc Two contains green tea extract, phospholipids and sodium bicarbonate. Gentle enough for every day use without losing efficacy. 

Dennis Gross M.D. Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel - Disc One contains glycolic, malic, lactic, citric, mandelic and salicylic acids. Disc Two follows up with retinol, genistein, ubiquinone and resveratrol. Hardcore. Brilliant for anti-ageing.

Dennis Gross M.D. Alpha Beta Glow Pads - contain vitamin D, glycolic and lactic acid along with DHA to both be anti-ageing and impart a glow.
N'est pas que le génie ?

Environ AVST Toner - niacinamide and lactic acid make this another glycolic-free option. The Environ website is awful so this links to the UK distributor which carries more info.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - Affordable, gentle enough for daily use. Lactic and glycolic in an aloe vera base. One of my most-used products this year.

Thanks for watching. Part Two is coming.

OCC Lip Tar Winners

Thank you to everyone that entered the OCC giveaway.

The winners as chosen randomly by Rafflecopter are:

Cat Wilson and Charlotte Axson

Congratulations Ladies! - an email is on its way to you.

(The winners are also listed on the Rafflecopter widget on the original post)

Pixi Glow Tonic available in Liberty and GWP

Good news Londiniums! The now infamous Glow Tonic from Pixi is available instore at Liberty from today.

And even better, it coincides with the as-per-usual brilliant GWP from Liberty shown below:

I understand that GWP has already sold out online but you should have more luck instore.

The gift is yours when you spend over £150 and is worth over £300.



Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Exfoliating Cleansers and another (slightly ranty) video

Following on from yesterday's skin cleansers video, these products are better suited if you just want a little more 'oomph' from your daily cleansing routine. Equally good if you can't use/don't want to use acids (which unless you have a proper allergy WHY NOT?!).

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - Rose clay, apricot seed powder and a plethora of gorgeous waxes make this a beautiful exfoliating cleanser without stripping or any harsh skin-damaging ingredients. This is my current first pick for either an AM cleanse or a fresh-as-a-daisy skin ready for retinols etc in the evening second cleanse. All skin types - extreme rosacea sufferers will need to avoid the cheeks.

Diptyque Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay - this can be used as a mask or a scrub depending on your mood. Marble powder (oo-er) and apricot kernel oil and trace minerals make this a luxurious way of polishing that boat.* Suitable for all skin types. Lovely for breakout-prone skins.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish - I realise I didn't talk about this AT ALL in the video. The mind - it is easily distracted. This one is gentle enough for daily use and is runnier than the others so you need very little. It's oatmeal and shea nut shell powder. Not slice-your-face-open-husks. :) All skin types.

Lush Angels on Bare Skin - this needs to be mixed with water to make a paste, which is then applied all over. Leaves the skin really smooth and soft. Exfoliating/detoxifying agents are ground almond powder and kaolin. Suitable for all skin types.

OSKIA Renaissance Mask - ok so this isn't actually a cleanser, but I once accidentally used it thinking it was something else (it was really early and really dark) and the results were bloody marvellous. Technically you apply this and leave it for up to 20 minutes. In my case you apply it, rub it like you're trying to get that genie out of the lamp, wash off and HeyPrestolookatthatfaceradiance! I'd apologise for abusing it so, but frankly I was so astounded I started trialing all sorts of products in the exact opposite way to the way they were recommended and it was a revelation. Contains MSM (obvs), lactic acid and a whole host of fruit acids. Bloody lovely.

Su-Man Exfoliating Facial Polish - literally contains coffee grains, very gentle but very effective. I can't think about Dragon's Blood without seeing fairy tales and nonsense so can we please just say 'plant extracts'? Su-Man is great ml for £ value compared to a lot of higher priced products. Caffeine is invigorating without over-stimulating.

Thank you for watching and reading and putting up with my rants and basically everything. *heart swells*

Links are all available in the description box on the video.

*check your cockney rhyming slang reference dictionary

Monday, 8 September 2014

Skin Cleansers - and a video!


*insert Arnie voice* I'm baaaaaack. :)

Erm yes so I've been a little absent on the YouTube front. Soz. Work is really busy, kids were on summer holidays, you know how it goes. As I mention in the video - I'm not a 'pro' blogger, I still work (hard!) my 'day job' and obviously that takes priority when time is tight. Anyway - I'm back!

Instead of the usual favourites I went with my current skin cleanser obsessions. Fancied a change!

The cleansers break down as (all links are in the video description box):

Alpha-H Age Delay - love this - have used for a long time but it's still as relevant as when it launched. Suitable for all skin types, washes clean away, no residue. I love using this in the morning.

Amanda Lacey Cleansing Pomade - bliss in a jar. Expensive, but if you can, do. Suitable for all skin types, washes away clean, no residue. This is a second cleanse for me in the evenings, after the gunk has mostly gone.

Lush Ultrabland - a great affordable alternative. I'm sorry, but £10 is affordable to me. There are no cleansing balms available for £1.00 (as I was asked today) that will do the same job. Richer than the others, this needs a couple of goes on the flannel to properly clear but there is no residue, just loveliness. Another good A.M. one.

NUDE Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly - brand new this week and bloody lovely. I've been using it non-stop since I got my mitts on it. It is light enough to use in the mornings or as a second cleanse in the evening and leaves no residue. All skin types.

Su-Man Purifying Cleansing Oil Gel - Brilliant value considering the quality, the ml in the tube and the amount you actually need to use. Especially considering the plethora of extortionate mineral oil cleansers out there. Suitable for all skin types, two goes of the flannel (if you don't emulsify- like awkward me) :) Evening for me.

Tatcha One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil - beautiful, simple, divine quality oil. Suitable for all skins, massages well, two goes of the flannel for this. You can use a tiny amount of this and still get great massage and cleansing action. this gets used both morning and evening, usually when I want speed as it's 'ready to go'.

The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser - beautiful, luxurious, gives a great massage, slightly heavier on the shea butter content than the others so oily/acne faces can absolutely still use - just make sure you follow with some solid flannel action to remove thoroughly. Don't be scared.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - Rose clay, apricot seed powder and a plethora of gorgeous waxes make this a beautiful exfoliating cleanser without stripping or any harsh skin-damaging ingredients. This is my current first pick for either an AM cleanse or a fresh-as-a-daisy skin ready for retinols etc in the evening second cleanse.

See you tomorrow!

ooh look at me being all organised and shizz.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Massive OCC Lip Tar Giveaway


If you haven't used/heard of OCC Lip Tars, they may well just blow your mind. They are extremely pigmented lip glosses/matts/stains/metallics and come in a ridiculous amount of brilliant colours.

Not for the faint-hearted. A minuscule amount on the brush will literally coat the lips and leave a beautiful finish/stain that lasts pretty much all day.

My friends at OCC and have offered two readers the opportunity to WIN 9 of these each. NINE.
The winners will receive a mixed bag of all different colours and an application brush. (The colours were all picked by me. There's no greens etc.)

To win one of these two prizes simply enter via Rafflecopter below.

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Selfridges Birmingham Beauty Workshop launch - see you there!

OI! Brummies! My friends at Selfridges Birmingham are launching their Beauty Workshop this month and I am joining them on Saturday 13th September to basically cause skincare chaos host the launch, discuss all things beauty and skincare and hang out in the new playground of beauty in the Midlands.

I'll be giving very informal talks including Q & A sessions at 12pm, 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm. Some of my favourite brands will have their teams on hand to talk you through any queries and demonstrate the jewels in their crown. EXCITEMENT.

There is no charge, just turn up and hang out with us.

More information can be found here Selfridges/Birmingham/Whats-on

See you there!

New posting address for Give and Makeup.

Long time readers of this blog will know that I started Give and Makeup as a vessel to direct the excess of product that I had to good causes. Notably Refuge and Women's Aid. Today I am thrilled to announce that we are extending our support to the brilliant work carried out by the CRI (Crime Reduction Initiatives) in North London.

CRI is a National health and social care charity working with individuals, families and communities across England and Wales that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour. We will particularly be supporting their work with their EXIT project that aims to move sex workers out of prostitution by offering advice on substance misuse, alcohol, physical health, mental health, housing, education and employment. 

It emphasises assertive outreach by engaging a client group that is traditionally not represented within substance misuse or health services. Service users accessing the project will be offered a safe environment to discuss their needs with a dedicated keyworker, who will provide one-to-one support to break down the barriers to leaving the sex industry. 

These women, in a lot of cases, have nothing. And to walk away sometimes means literally having the clothes on their back. We are helping by giving them everyday essentials to build their confidence and allow them to focus on recovery.

In particular this group need the following:
  • Underwear - bras and knickers. Washed and clean please! We all have underwear that no longer fits us in our drawers. And it's not heavy to post!
  • Feminine hygiene products. Sanitary towels, tampons, washes and wipes. Desperately. If you work in the industry and have access to these items please ask your CSR department to consider helping these women.

As always, thank you for your continued support. Give and Makeup is nearly 4 years strong and we have donated hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of goods to needy causes. 

Please consider helping us. Thank you for your continued support.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Clinic update

Hi Everyone.

I've answered as many as I can in the last couple of hours. Have to get back to my long work to-do list now so I have published the questions that I still have to answer and will try and get these done this evening.

Thank you to everyone that asked a question and I'm sorry if yours didn't get published this week. Hopefully you'll find some guidance from the answers published.

See you next week!

What would you like the topic to be?

Friday Lunchtime Clinic - Topic - Acne - CLOSED

The Clinic is live. CLOSED!!!

Please leave your question in the comments. The comments are moderated so there is no need to repeat your question if it hasn't shown up. I will leave the comments open until there are a large selection of differing questions and will let you know as soon as it is closed so that you don't waste your time. Just a reminder...
  • I will answer 25 (or more depending on time) questions
  • I will only publish questions that I am answering so they are easy to find and read 
  • PLEASE make sure you have read both the acne and spots cheat sheets. This will save time and may answer your question.
  • As always, brief questions will work better for these online circumstances - if you need a more intensive reply it might be better to wait for the skin consults to open again. (Soon)

Thanks everyone!

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