Saturday, 28 November 2015


We have lift off on Vlog Week Thirteen!

This week is the filming of the Cult Beauty Box reveal video, Ava's singing in the shower, me judging the J&J Skincare Awards and the opening of Charlotte Tilbury's beautiful new store in Covent Garden, where I ask her point-blank abut sleeping in her makeup!

Next week I have a couple of days away with Elizabeth Arden, a Christmas Fair at Downton Abbey aka Highclere Castle and an award ceremony. It's December. It's all go.

Have a great weekend everyone!

CH x

Friday, 27 November 2015

Hall of Fame - Estee Lauder Revitalising Supreme CC Cream

So I first blogged about this nearly 18 months ago and during that time I've used three tubes of it, equating to roughly 6 months usage per tube. I was never on board with the labelling of creams using bra sizes - if you know what I mean - although I'm quite interested to see what someone could do with an XX cream - but it doesn't really bother me anymore - BB/CC etc are a part of our beauty-buying lives now. I have some real makeup loves and they are long overdue for the Hall of Fame.

What is it?
'This innovative, multi-action formula richly nourishes, comforts and revitalises skin's appearance.'
It's a tinted moisturiser/primer/spf/glow in a tube hybrid.

Who is it for?
All skin types. The Revitalizing Supreme range is aimed at people with signs of ageing, but Anna from Vivianna does Makeup also loves this and she has no signs of ageing...the wench.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Apply a 5p size all over a clean, moisturised face in the morning. Add a little more if necessary, but start with less and build up. It can be used either on its own or under foundation.

What’s good about it?
This to me, is one of the CC creams/primers that I reach for regularly, especially if I'm not planning on wearing makeup. I prefer it on its own. It is a universal colour, suiting all shades, that disperses and adapts to your skin on contact, even darker skins. I write about it in more detail in my first review here. This is the first thing you put on your skin after moisturiser, and because this adds colour to the skin, I class this as makeup product. But it's a friend with benefits. It adds colour, takes away dullness, adds SPF and works as a primer - a massive all-in-one. The immediate lifting of your skintone is brilliant.

A snippet from my original review:

Suitable for:

Covering blemishes? No.
Evening out skin tone? Yes.
Hydrating/prepping the skin for use under makeup? Yes
Wearing alone without makeup? Yes, if you are having a no-makeup-day.
Heavy on top of moisturiser? No.
Makes you look better than before you used it? Oh YES.

Estee Lauder's Revitalising Supreme CC Cream is £42.00 and available from - I'm sorry US readers - I don't think it's available over there! (Well I certainly cannot find it anywhere...)

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hall of Fame - Zelens Z Luminous and a 30% discount across

Ah Dr Lens. My favourite Italian. After Rocky Balboa. This bottle of whiteness saved my face from significant pigmentation and is therefore going straight into the Hall of Fame.

What is it?
'This advanced serum visibly brightens, smoothes and hydrates the skin.'

It's a serum to tackle dull and pigmented skin.

Who is it for?
Anyone with pigmentation issues, dull skin, skin with discolouration issues.

What’s in it?
Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Pentylene Glycol, Squalane, Phytic Acid, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Zinc Glycinate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Silanetriol, Silica, Polysilicone-11, Benzophenone-3, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Metabisulfite, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum (Fragrance), Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
A mix of naturals and super hi-tec/vegan

Tested on animals/sold in China?

What's not in it?
mineral oil

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
I applied 2/3 pumps all over twice a day until it ran out. After acids, under moisturiser.

What’s good about it?
Z Luminous was 95% responsible for removing the patch of pigmentation in between my eyebrows that I gained over the summer (despite using SPF50). Almost singlehandedly. 
Whilst I was still using my acids and some retinols, I used this consistently throughout September/October until it ran out and my pigmentation has substantially faded. It's pretty much indistinguishable unless you're looking for it.
It is easily the most effective serum for my pigmentation that I have used.*
Dr Lens (Marko to regular viewers of my channel) is the King of Serums. The formulas are all well thought out and they work. There's really not much more to say.
Niacinamide, resorcinol, zinc-glycine complex and phytic acid all work together - at high %s - to target all signs of pigmentation/dullness and discolouration. I first wrote about the effects of niacinamide over 5 years ago here.

What’s not so good about it?
It's £135.00. But in some cases, you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. The second ingredient in this is niacinamide. It's an expensive formulation, and the proof is in the pudding. 

To celebrate landing in the Hall of Fame, Zelens are giving all of you lovely readers, even those of you overseas, a 30% discount across the board from until next Wednesday evening. 
As an extra, you will receive 1 x free Skin Perfectors Collection (worth £82.50) with a spend of £125 and above on anything purchased between now and Monday evening.

The 30% off code will remain open until 11.59pm UK time on Wednesday 2nd December.

Your Code is HIRONS30.

*Bear in mind everyone's skin is different. I attacked my pigmentation early, and although it was a seasonal flare-up, how good something will work is dependent on a lot of other factors. I'll try and answer as many of your questions in the comments as possible to help ascertain if this is for you or not.

**No affiliate links and I have not worked with Dr Lens since Dec 2013. 
Those of you that I know will ask - You will know what is in my Cult Beauty Box before this offer ends.
This is not in it.


Good LORD. It's a good one peeps.

So Viktor&Rolf's Flowerbomb is 10 years old and to celebrate they are re-releasing some of their beautiful Limited Editions from past years for the Holiday season. You will find all of the above dotted around in retailers where Flowerbomb is available.

What you won't find for sale is the above globe showcasing all five of the available Limited Editions in one place.

No dear reader, this, you can only WIN here on my home planet.

To be in with a chance to get this beautiful globe and all FIVE of the above fragrances delivered direct to your door in time for Christmas day, simply enter via Rafflecopter below.

You don't have to do anything special, just leave your details. I'm leaving the giveaway open for a week and you can enter once a day.

In the meantime, this year's Limited Edition (pictured below) is available exclusively from Selfridges in Viktor&Rolf's 'Wish Upon A Star' installation on the following dates:

Selfridges London Oxford Street: in store today until Wednesday 2nd December 2015
Selfridges Manchester Trafford: Friday 4th December -  Thursday 24th December 2015
Selfridges Birmingham Bullring: Sunday 13th December – Sunday 27th December 2015

THANK YOU VIKTOR&ROLF. Happy Birthday Flowerbomb!

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Hall of Fame and the second reveal from the Cult Beauty Box

Choosing one product from Tata Harper for the Hall of Fame is like choosing a favourite child. You could if you really put your mind to it and it all depends on your mood on the day. ;) Calm down. I'm kidding. 
Kind of.

There will undoubtedly be another Tata product in the HOF before too long, but for today, and the box, I went with the Rejuvenating Serum.

Why? I hear you ask. Well: while the Tata cleansers could all hold their own individually in the Hall of Fame, it's much harder to be specific when it comes to adding a one-serum-fits-all into a workable routine.
Thus I plumped for the serum.

What is it?
'This award-winning, best-selling multitasking collagen treatment addresses multiple of ageing by delivering the benefits of 7 anti-ageing products in one serum.'

A great serum to tackle signs of ageing in all skin types.

Who is it for?
While it can be safely used across all demographics, I would go crazy if I caught Ava using this. She doesn't need it and it would be wasted. (Not that this has ever stopped her previously) Essentially all skins 30+ or younger if you have a busy lifestyle in the city/eat a lot of sugar/smoke/drink etc...
Anyone concerned with visible signs of skin that is not looking its best.

What’s in it?
Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Mangifera indica (Mango)  seed butter, Rosa damascena flower water*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea europaea (Olive) oil*, Galactoarabinan, Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) oleosomes*, Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Cetearyl olivate,  Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) extract*,  Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) fruit extract, Arnica montana leaf Extract*, Calendula officinalis flower Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria (meadowsweet) Flower Extract*, Tilia europaea (Linden) leaf/flower Extract *,  Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) leaf Extract*, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) extract, Narcissus tazetta (Daffodil) bulb extract*, Phoenix dactylifera (Date) seed extract, Menyanthes trifoliata (Buckbean) leaf Extract, Salix alba (Willow) bark extract*, Sodium hyaluronate, Sclerotium gum, Cetearyl glucoside, Sorbitan olivate, Soybean peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, Sodium phytate, Natural alcohol, Aroma, Geraniol, Limonene, Farnesol, Eugenol, Citral


Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
essential oils

Natural/Organic/Man made/Vegan/GMO free/Fair trade/Gluten?
natural/partially organic/GMO free/Gluten free/vegan etc etc

Tested on animals/sold in China?
No/No - BUAV approved - and bunny symbol on packaging

What's not in it?
mineral oil
synthetic fragrance
animal derivatives

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Apply AM and PM under moisturiser. I take a couple of pumps on to my fingertips, apply all over the face and leave to absorb for a couple of minutes. Moisturiser goes straight on afterwards.

What’s good about it?
This is a great multi-tasking serum for all skins, but especially suited to those of us with a slightly older skin in need of some firming action. It's not quite an iron, but it helps. :)
It is loaded with the usual Tata green ingredients, including narcissus, galactoarabinan, gotu kola, arnica, rosewater, rice berry, elderberry and calendula. All in all, designed to be firming, softening, protective, smoothing, plumping and helping elasticity.

Vogue magazine called it 'life-changing' and Marie Claire magazine awarded it their  Prix D’Excellence de la Beaute award.

What’s not so good about it?
While I'm still not in love with the term 'non-toxic' on the packaging, green brands are huge in the US at the moment and I don't see that wording changing any time soon. I'm looking at the product behind the claim, and for me, it stands up, whether you eat it or not....

The Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum is £80.00 for 30ml and available from

It's also in my upcoming Cult Beauty Box which you can sign up for here:

Please note - there is no obligation on signing up to the box - you just get first dibs.

Word to the wise: the cost of the box will be less than the combined total of the two items already revealed - and there are 6 items in the box. 

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