Sunday, 9 October 2016

Instagram and Blog Update

Hi All!

It's been well over six weeks since my last Instagram blog post so I thought I would add a little general update to this post.

Going forward I'm aiming for a review a day Monday - Friday and an Instagram update and Giveaway at the weekend. That's at a basic level - everything else - including news and cheat sheets etc, will be on top of that. That's the aim. I'm trying, but do cut me some slack when life gets in the way. ;)

In the meantime let's all rejoice in the news that Sephora - the Holy Land - is coming to the UK.

No dates yet, if I hear I'll share. Start saving. Onto some routines...! I'm highlighting some key products, not everything in the pictures. 

Omorovicza's Thermal Cleansing Balm has come into play again recently. Love it, but it's not cheap. I use sporadically and only on skin, not to remove makeup.
NeoStrata Pads are fab and have been on here. The Indie Lee CoQ10 Toner is an unexpected delight - hydrating and softening. Love it. Will review. Similarly the moisturiser is great. Simple and hydrating, not extortionate.

That Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator has not left my side since I purchased it. My current favourite spritz, without a doubt. Context Vitamin C Eye Cream is a new one - still trialling. Kat Burki Vital Hydration Face Mask is beyond gorgeous. Will review.

That Kate Somerville Mega-C Dual Radiance was great at getting rid of my summer pigmentation. It'll be back next year, but it's faded nicely for now.

Estee Lauder's Wake Up Balm is lovely. A grown-up, modernised version of Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It's full of technological advances but suffice to say it gives you the glow you definitely did not wake up with...

Dr Dennis Gross Medi-Spa Peel is a great weekly treat for an acid with a kick, containing 15 acids. It's not cheap, but one pack should last four months. Zelens Power C was helping with my post-holiday pigmentation, along with Kate Somerville above.

That little bottle of juicyness there on the left is a sample of May Lindstrom's new cleanser Pendulum Potion. More details to come in due course. 

Bobbi Brown released Extra Repair Nourishing Milk in the cutest packaging - yes I know the packaging is not important, but LOOK.

NARS Velvet Lip Glides are semi-matte, give long-lasting colour and are smoother than Barry White. On counter now.

Cire Trudon's Christmas offering includes Gaspard, a sandalwood mandarin from my favourite candle brand that does not disappoint.

Tata's Purifying Cleanser is on rotation at the moment - nothing quite wakes the face up quite like it.

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Cleansing Oil to destroy makeup followed by a good acid keeps the skin fresh as a daisy. :)

Bumped into this gorgeous beast in London - his name is Rusty, he looks like the Bear in the Big Blue House and his Instagram is here:

That La Mer new Moisturising Soft Lotion is one of my favourites at the moment. Review coming (no really, I have a list).

Treated myself today by using Amanda Lacey's Cleansing Pomade - an oldie but a goodie. If it wasn't quite so expensive it would probably take precedent over Emma Hardie.

See you tomorrow! ;)

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  1. Now you're properly back're talking Christmas candles! Glad you're starting to feel better. Maureen x

  2. So glad to have you back, Caroline!!
    Do you, or any of your community, have a recommendation for the best candles to start with from Cire Trudon? I want to try one but they are so $$$ that I want some advice first. :) Are there any from their line that are the signature or iconic scents, maybe like fig from Diptyque? I like white flowers, spa-ish type scents (love lavender), and some incense - but not a fan of nag champa or lots of patchouli. Thank you for any recommendations!

    1. You need Positano! Although Abd el Kadir is my fave. Mint tea! X

    2. Ahhh - just looked it up. Jasmine, gardenia...sign me up!! Thank you <3 (Abd el Kadir sounds wonderful too...the description on their site mentions "a gust of freedom blowing from the mascara coast and the mountains picks up on its way the scent of fresh mint, the rashness of fights, ginger's hot and peppered air, and the perfume of tea and tobacco.." Wow..who wouldn't want a gust of mint tea scented freedom LOL) ��

    3. I love spirtus Santi which is like incense and citrus.

  3. Welcome back you bloody wonderful woman!! 😁

  4. I have a travel size of the Omorovicza and used it this morning - so loving it for winter, but must save up! And the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist is hands-down the finest veil of spritz ever. I am addicted. That said, seeing more and more Josh Rosebrook in my IG stream so definitely intrigued. And since May Lindstrom is incapable of making a product that doesn't smell like paradise, I am DYING to know how that cleanser smells.

  5. Omg Sephora! Uk ! Soo excited to hear this ;) Let's hope it will have as many products variety as sephoras in the usa. Thanks for sharing this fab news xxx

  6. So happy to see you are back! Ah Cire Trudon! More temptation! Are they strongly scented? I bought a "limited edition" candle recently that smelled divine straight out of the box, but once it had burned for an hour or so there was no more fragrance to be had. Kicking myself over the waste of good money.
    I also see some Zelens I should have thought to put on the shopping list I gave to Dear Husband while he was in London this past week. I can't complain too much though, he did bring back a yellow, goody bag filled with fun things.

  7. That is the cutest dog I've ever seen!

  8. Good to see you back Caroline! Just an observation: I can't find the cheat sheets on the right column...had to search for a couple of them but don't always remember the name of the sheet!

  9. what would be a good cleanser to follow the shu uemera? am always on the hunt for morning/2nd cleansers as still haven't found any that i love! thanks in advance

  10. You don't have Sephora in the UK?? And, apparently, neither does Germany. Mind = blown. We've had Sephora stores in Bulgaria for what seems to be nearly a decade...
    Keep up the good work, Caroline.

  11. Please please please do a blog post on closed comedones or whatever these flesh coloured horrible bumps are all over my face! Have been struggling to get rid of them for about 2 years and would be forever grateful for some help! I'm a very desperate women now :( Glad to see you back xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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