Saturday, 3 October 2015

Upcoming Events


I have three events coming up over the next couple of weeks that I thought I would share with you. Or else, you know, I'll be stood there on my tod.

Firstly, next Wednesday, 7th October I am going to be in The Body Shop store in the Bullring Centre in Birmingham.

I'll be there from 12.30pm to 6pm. No appointments are necessary, just come along on the day. SO excited! 

Following Birmingham, on Saturday 10th October, I'll be in The Body Shop in Oxford Street, London from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. Same format as Birmingham, no appointments are necessary - just come along on the day.

And finally, the following Sunday, the 18th October, I'll be here......

at Stylist Live. I'm in Learning Lab 3 at 1pm talking about the 'Five Skincare Products Every Woman Needs' and holding a  Live Clinic afterwards.

All ticket details for that can be found here:

Please do come and see me - I'd love to meet as many of you as possible.

Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse

Keeping with the cleanser theme, I am also enjoying this surprisingly thick balm from the Brown that is Bobbi. I have the tube version and am already convinced that it will be a permanent fixture in my travel bag. I'm investing in the tub purely because we all know how enamoured I am with a big fat pot of cleanser.

What is it?
'This conditioning cleanser with a uniquely rich feel removes all traces of makeup and impurities quickly and completely. Leaves skin with a smooth, cushiony finish, and feeling instantly refreshed (thanks to its bright citrus scent).'
A thick, luxurious balm cleanser for the rest of us. :)

Who is it for?
All skin types but particularly suited to those with a drier or dehydrated skin.

What’s in it?
Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Limonene, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Polydecene, Beta Carotene, Potassium Stearate, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Anise Alcohol, Citronellol, Aminomethyl Propanediol

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

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Bit of both. And contains beeswax, so not vegan.

Tested on animals/sold in China?

What's not in it?
mineral oil
synthetic fragrance

How do you use it?
A number of ways. As a mask on particularly dry skin or as a cleanser. Whether you use it as a first or second cleanse in the evening, or a morning cleanse, this absolutely needs a face cloth to remove. There's no splashing here.

What’s good about it?
I like the consistency. It cleanses very well, removes makeup well and is a great massage cleanser. It gives good grip and very little slip. :) The glycerin and olive oil are a good, softening, removal team.

What’s not so good about it?
It's possibly too thick for really oily/acne skins, but the lack of shea butter and mineral oil means I wouldn't rule it out entirely.

Where to use in your routine?
As above, AM or PM and first or second cleanse.

Similar products?
Emma Hardie, Alpha-H, Elemis, Suti, Balance Me, OSKIA and REN all make similar products.

Sizes available?
50ml - £20.00
200ml - £45.00

*I am asked after nearly every post why I mention China and the answer is thus: in its simplest form, animal testing is banned in the EU and has been for years, but the Chinese authorities 'reserve the right' to test any product sold in China on animals to ensure safety for the Chinese people. It's outdated and unnecessary and a lot of brands are working behind the scenes to change their minds. So whilst a brand may be against testing, the wider thinking is that if they sell in China, they are endorsing testing 'where required by law'. That's why I mention China.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

NUDE Clarifying Cleansing Oil

I am currently loving this cleanser for my morning cleanse. Just one pump gives a really good grip for a quick 20 second massage while I shout at Max to brush his teeth. 

What is it?
'A superfood-rich oil-to-milk cleanser for face and eyes that removes all makeup and impurities to reveal incredibly clean, clear skin.'

Who is it for?
Recommended for combination skin but can honestly be used by all.

What’s in it?
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Citrillus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Rice Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Tocopherol, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Oleifera Camellia (Green Tea) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil.

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Nope. No synthetic fragrances or pure essential oils or dyes, but bear in mind, anyone can be allergic to anything. 

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Natural - as much as a product can be...

Tested on animals/sold in China?

What's not in it?
NUDE is famously 'Parabens, Sulphates, Pegs, Tea, Dea, Proylene Glycol, Phthalates, Petrolatum, Synthetic Color, Synthetic Fragrance, Mineral Oil, and Silicones free'.

How do you use it?
I apply to dry hands, massage onto dry skin and remove with a hot, damp, flannel. 
You can also use to remove makeup, splash it and emulsify it if you wish. I prefer it neat. :)

What’s good about it?
It's really light, does not leave any residue at all and leaves the skin feeling beautiful afterwards. Don't be put off by the recommendation for combination skin - I would happily recommend this to sensitive and dry skins.

What’s not so good about it?
Not much. Nothing so far to be honest.

Where to use in your routine?
You can use AM and PM, first or second cleanse - but my preference is definitely morning cleanse. Especially as the weather is turning colder. Put your foams away people.
I love this cleanser.

Similar products?
Loads - Origins, Bobbi Brown, Una Brennan, Caudalie, Clinique, Tatcha, Josie Maran, Tata Harper - all make cleansing oils.

£28.00 for 100ml - further details available from 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Anne Semonin Atelier - Paris

About 12 years ago I had a two hour facial with Ewa Berkmann for Anne Semonin in Claridges. It was my second Anne Semonin facial at the time, and it was brilliant. No faff, thorough and intense.
When I mentioned in a video a while back that the Anne Semonin facial was the 'best I have ever had' - they got in touch and invited me to Paris - to meet with Ewa again. I nearly got whiplash again such was the speed that I replied.

The Atelier in Rue des Petits Champs is the original home of the Anne Semonin brand opening over 30 years ago.
I had the cryotherapy treatments for both face and body - and they did not disappoint.

If you are in Paris/travelling to Paris and are partial to a great treatment, I highly recommend you investigate the treatments available at Anne Semonin.

And if you're lucky enough to catch Ewa there, say hello from me. :)

Le Volume Ultra-Noir de Chanel

Just a quick one for those of you not on Instagram. This mascara from Chanel is BRILLIANT. Properly, utterly brilliant.

Doesn't deposit too much onto the brush, always a pet hate of mine - and doesn't go dry after a week.


£25.00 - available at all Chanel outlets including

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