Saturday, 23 July 2016

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture

Describe the brand in five words.
Doc. Water. Derm. Acne. American.

What is it?
'A luxurious, yet lightweight cream that provides 24-hour hydration to restore suppleness and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.'

A moisturiser.

Who is it for?
Murad say this is for dry/dehydrated skin. They have an essence for oily/combo skins, although I have used this on clients with oilier skins with much success.

What’s in it?
Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Sunflower Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eiosadioate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Stearic Acid, Oat Kernel Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Yeast Amino Acids, Betaine, Inositol, Taurine, Trehalose, Soybean Sterols, Corn Starch, Olive Fruit Oil, Avocado Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Polysorbate 60, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Panthenol, Jojoba Alcohol, Potassium Jojobate, Polysorbate 80, Urea, Glucosamine HCI, PEG-8, Bisabolol, Sorbitan Oleate, Cetearyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

What's not in it?
Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates 

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Shea butter - but it is far enough down the inci to not cause me an issue.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man made 

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?

How does it smell?

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
Feels lovely on the skin, absorbs nice and slow.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
After serums, am and/or pm.

How long before you should see results?
It's a moisturiser, so immediately.

How long did I test it for?
I used up the entire jar. 

How much is it? /Size
£55.00/$72.00 for 50ml.
Lasted me a couple of months, and I'm heavy-handed. 

What’s good about it?
This is a great, solid moisturiser that not only works brilliantly on its own but allows the serums you use underneath it to work as they are supposed to, without interfering with their action.
It's fragrance-free, so suitable for people with those specific sensitivities, yet not unpleasant or 'functional' to use. Feels luxurious on the skin but leaves no residue or greasiness at all. 
I've used this on the majority of clients in treatments, finishing off fairly aggressive treatments (under SPF) with great results. It hydrates, nourishes and moisturises, exactly as it says on the pot.

What’s not so good about it?
Nothing. Not one complaint.

Works well with?
Every single serum I have trialled in the last two months (or thereabouts) was used with this moisturiser. In fact the only time I strayed, I got spots. That review is coming.

What’s the website like?
It's good. A bit of a trek to find all the ingredients listings, but at least they do have them - I would've expected a Dr's site to make them more accessible though. Other than that it's fine. A bit basic, but fine.

Would I purchase/repurchase?

Similar products?

Murad's Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture is £55.00/$72.00 for 50ml and available from various outlets including:

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Hall of Fame - Makeup Atelier Paris Waterproof Liquid Corrector & Concealer

A few months back I attended IMATS and did a tour around the room with my great friend Kevin James Bennett. He walked me over to the Love Makeup stand and essentially told me to buy these. No option. 
I felt what it must be like to go cleanser shopping with me. 'Buy this. Don't talk, just get your wallet out.'
They were £8.00 as a special show price so I bought two. Well, reader, I married him wish I had bought all of them. 

This concealer has replaced all of my usual choices, with the exception of my Urban Decay Naked, which I have kept on hand because it's slightly thicker, so good for active blemishes.

I use this around my eyes, on pigmentation, on scarring, all over. It's light, non-drying and dries quickly. The clincher though, for me, is the waterproof feature. If I was in a circus sideshow I would be 'The Incredibly Sweaty Woman' and this concealer DOES. NOT. BUDGE. The weather in London has been uncharacteristically hot this week and this concealer has been a life-saver. 
I mean it literally stays put like a dog waiting for it's owner to come out of a store. Or a kid waiting for you to come out of the loo (speaking from direct experience on that one). 

So, I'm bringing out the Hall Of Fame badge. For it's price, colour range and quality this is a no-brainer. For reference, I use FLWA2 and FLWA3, but there is a great guide for how to pick your correct colour on the website here.

It's £12.50 and for some reason is not currently available at so the links are: - not currently on sale, but a brilliant site worth investigating if you're a true makeup obsessive

Kevin James Bennett - puts the word 'Pro' back into Professional Makeup Artist - I love him. There is nothing, nothing, this man does not know about makeup. I will buy whatever he says, whenever he says it.

*No affiliate links.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Fave Fives Requests

Here's one I made earlier. 
Lovely People!

Just checking in after facial day to say 'thank you' for the great response to the Fave Fives. I'm not filming again until next week at the earliest because I want to answer as many of your comments first. 
In the meantime, I have a long list of ideas/requests for future videos in the same theme, and wanted to give you the opportunity to put your requests in while I'm stacking them up.
Feel free to comment below - I'm looking forward to filming them - and that hasn't happened for the longest time, so thank you for sticking with me - and the inspiration.

*Thanks everyone - have hundreds now so closing comments and taking them down behind the scenes. Stay posted! ;)

Sunday, 17 July 2016

EMPTIES - July 2016

It's literally been six months since I did an empties, so if you need a wee, or haven't made a brew, I politely suggest you go take care of that and then meet me back here. It's a big one.

Details below the video for your ease.

Skincare – Beginning through to 7:40

LAB SERIES Future Repair Rescue Serum: 

MD SOLAR SCIENCES Daily Eye Repair Emulsion:
USA (ships from Sephora):

ZELENS Triple-Action Advanced Eye Cream:

TATA HARPER Restorative Eye Cream:

GOOP Perfecting Eye Cream:

TATA HARPER Nourishing Oil Cleanser:

CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm: 

ZELENS Youth Concentrate Serum: 

MAKEUP – 7:40

PIXI LipLift Max: 


DAVINES OI All-in-One-Milk:  

DAVINES OI Conditioner:

DAVINES Your Hair Assistant Prep Shampoo:

ALBERTO BALSAM Blends Conditioners:

PUREOLOGY Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray: 

JONATHAN Green Rootine Cream:
Unavailable everywhere. Swines.

MARIA NILA Luminous Colour Mask:

KEVIN MURPHY Angel Hair Rinse:

NEXXUS Youth Renewal Conditioner:

PERFUME – 14:35
I Am A Sex Goddess:

BATH & BODY- 15:13

ELEMIS Aching Muscle Super Soak:

KNEIPP Eucalyptus Bath Salts: 

SHEA MOISTURE Tahitian Noni + Monoi Bubble Bath + Body Wash:

Soap & Glory Clean on Me:

Shower Jelly: 

Sugar Crush Body Wash:

Roger & Gallet Fleur Body Wash:

KNEIPP Eucalyptus & Mint Shower Gel:

LAURA MERCIER Tea Menthe Citron Crème Body Cleanser:


PACIFICA Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter:

LANCOME Nutrix Royal Body:

HAWAIIAN TROPIC After Sun Body Butter in Exotic Coconut:
USA: Discontinued

DAVINES Prep Rich Balm: 

AVEENO Daily Moisturising Lotion:

CAUDALIE Nourishing Body Lotion:

FRESH Sugar Lychee Body Lotion:

FRESH Sugar Lemon Body Lotion:







Caroline Hirons c/o
Gleam Futures
6th Floor
60 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NU  (skincare queries cannot be answered at this address)

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Instagram Update

I know a lot of you aren't on Instagram (you should be, it's brilliant!). But: I spend so much time on there showing products and my routines that I thought I'd try and keep regular updates showing anything beauty-related on here also. I'll use it as a precursor to the reviews that follow the trialling. 

Clinique discontinued the Mild Clarifying Lotion and replaced it with the 1.0 Clarifying Lotion. Comparison coming on the blog this week.* It's still alcohol-free, don't panic.

Pixi showed their newness including the already-seen Glow Tonic To-Go and brand new Lash Nourish Makeup Remover Pads. 

I used up the goop eye cream and the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture*. The NeoStrata Smooth Surface Pads and Bionic Face Serum* also work brilliantly.


  • Davines OI All in One Milk is beautiful. Nourishes, softens, smooths. Brilliant.
  • Bumble & Bumble Full Potential is to be used on the scalp to promote hair growth. So far so good.
  • Ouai Hair Oil is new but lush so far. I've loved everything I've tried from this brand.
  • Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Conditioning Creme is beyond prohibitively expensive, and once this one has gone I don't now if I can justify a new one, but for my knackered, broken hair from last year, I was willing to try anything. 
  • SHOW Beauty Working Texture Spray is awesomesauce and not new to any of you. Yes, I'm still using it. Probably always will.
  • Time Bomb Strike a Pose hairspray is new, but good.

  • Simple's new cleansing products coming soon. 

    Omorovicza's beautiful Queen of Hungary Mist is out in a divine Limited Edition bottle.

    Hourglass are releasing this insanely gorgeous Surreal Light Palette in time for Christmas. And yes, that is a marble design. 

    Mask therapy in the form of:

    My Spanish travel bag - skincare:

    Spanish SPF:

    Body travel bag for Spain:

    And yesterday's face!

    *Reviews coming this week.

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