Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas my beauties. I hope you are all with the ones you love and loving the ones you are with. Stay beautiful. 

Friday, 24 December 2010

Paco Rabanne Black XS £32 50ml

Haven't got your man a present yet? Running around not knowing what to get him? Fear no longer, Paco Rabanne Black XS is sure to be well received. The black bottle is 100% rock star making it perfect for the man with an electric guitar in the corner and aspirations of thrilling crowds. It's a powerful fragrance with a woody and citrus hit. Notes of French marigold, clary sage, black amber, ebony wood, praline and black cardamon tingle the senses in a scent that doesn’t overpower but carefully lingers. The black bottle is 100% rock star making it perfect for the man with an electric guitar in the corner and aspirations of thrilling crowds.

While you are at it you might as well treat yourself, after all you have been shopping really hard the last few days. Paco Rabanne Black XS for her £25 30ml is wonderfully sensuous, daringly fresh and fabulously floral. Any aspiring rock star needs a groupie cheering him all after all.  

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Carolina Herrera 212 VIP £43.50 50ml

You may get on brilliantly with your mother in law, you may not get on quite so well but put on a plausible politeness to each other. Either way relations are bound to warm if you get her this fabulous perfume for Christmas. Not only will she love the VIP part, she will be secretly flattered that you consider her to be young and chic.

The fragrance is fabulously feminine with Bergamot, musk and vanilla. It is soft and subtle and unashamedly sensual, bound to get you in her good books.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Acquizhen Good To Go Collection £41

One for your best friend who has been there for your all year. She is the friend who comes round with a film and bar of chocolate when a man didn't call. The friend who takes you out when you have had a hard week at work. The friend that tells you the truth when you try on a dress that just doesn't look right on you.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Pinks Boutique Try Me Manicure £21.50

This manicure kit from Pinks Boutique is simply adorable, presented beautifully with dried rose buds and a gorgeous box it contains everything you need to give yourself a professional touch manicure. All the products are 100% natural and organic, my favourite. They also have a lovely pedicure kit for those who want to show some love to their toes! 

It contains a super hydrating hand balm with rich shea butter, sweet orange and vitamin E that smells divine and moistures amazingly. A hand soak with natural mineral crystals and Dead Sea salts. A Cuticle oil to nourish and soften the cuticles. An Indonesian massage oil to smooth the skin with sensual aromas of the exotic islands of Indonesia including neroli, patchouli, sweet orange and ylang ylang. Smooth into hands and arms or all over your body! An Indonesian Elixir, a delightful organic scent for your room and towels, the perfect non toxic linen spray.  Indonesian inspired.

A perfect gift for your sister, for extra brownie points give her a manicure as well and she is bound to let your borrow her nice dress next time you ask! 

Monday, 20 December 2010

Lisa Hoffman Spa Facial £16

If you are able to get out for some last minute shopping I will be putting up all your present needs over the next few days. Today is the turn of the mums in our life's. We want something to treat them, something that   will make them feel special, something that is just for them.

The Lisa Hoffman Spa Facial is just the thing. It features 10 spa treatments in a handy little pack that can be used at home or on a weekend away. It combats the signs of ageing and concerns associated with dry, imbalanced skin with a luxurious treatment. It improves elasticity, firmness and hydration while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The kit contains, an exfoliating cleanser, purifying toner, a clay mask, hydrating mask + hydration booster, anti aging serum, lip polisher, lip moisturizer, spa eye treatment and a moisture seal cream. All your mum needs for a relaxing day time to thank her for all her hard work.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Handbag Hooks £6.99

I have a friend who I love dearly and even though she loves me I know it is no where near the love she has for designer handbags. She has so many I don't think I have ever seen here with the same one twice. Every outfit she perfectly accessorises with the latest must have bag. 

The other day we were out having lunch and when she put her beg down on the floor I said it was such a shame that hugely expensive bags like that get out down on the floor with all those germs. She looked at me and having never considered the point before picked up her bag and put it on her lap. It was obviously quite uncomfortable for her but now she had thought about it she didn't want to get her bag dirty.

When I got home I had a little research to see if there were any products that could help my friend and I came across a beauty. Handbag hooks wrap over the table and hook your handbag underneath keeping them off the floor. They look really cute, studded with diamante and if you are going to spend that much money on a bag why not a couple of extra pounds on a nifty handbag hook? It will also keep your bag closer to you so less vulnerable from thieves. Of course my friend is getting a handbag hook for her present and if you if have a friend who loves their bags (and we all do) then a handbag hook will keep there pride of joy clean and safe. 

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Pacco Rabanne Lady Million £33

A flamboyant fragrance that belongs on the dressing table of a lady that isn't afraid to show off. The bottle is a diamond of gold, glistening and seductive. The scent itself is floral with orange flower, jasmine, honey drizzles and raspberry. The smell is of pure decadence, soft like silk and expensive. Indulge yourself or a loved one with a scent that shows them how much they are worth.

For the man in your life there is Paco Rabanne – Million £34.50 for 50ml
A fresh leather fragrance with hints of peppermint, cinnamon, blood mandarin and rose absolute. Comes in a dazzling gold bottle that will look perfect on the bathroom shelf of any inspiring millionaire. Best buy for the man who isn’t afraid to embrace his feminine side and likes his accessories bold and sparkling.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Malika Party Lashes £8 - £13

Malika have brought out a range of party lashes just in time for the Christmas season.

"We searched the world to really find the best possible quality and these soft, 100% human hair eye fans are easy to apply, super comfortable to wear and amazingly durable! If you treat them right they will become your favourite party accessory, as you joyfully wear the same pair over and over again," says Founder Ritu Patel.

My favourites are Sophia (pictured above) and Helena (pictured below). The Sophia lashes are full to the max and completely show stopping. Wear to your office Christmas party to make sure all the attention is on you. The Helena are a more subtle lash but they have a great glittery band along the top which will add an edge to a little black dress.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Lush Lust £4.50

I have a few vegan friends and when trying to find them presents the first place I head to is Lush obviously. I wanted to get them just something small but also useful. I can across the perfume sticks in store and my favourite has to be Lust. Its made with jasmine, vanilla, ylang ylang, rose and sandalwood. You would think it might smell sickly sweet but it has a lovely warm aroma that lasts for hours. The handy little stick makes it great for keeping it in your bag or for travelling. There have been one or two reviews on the Lush site noting that as the stick is red it can stain your skin. I didn't find this a problem at all and thought it scented my skin really well, all I needed was small dad behind my ears and on my wrists and voila I was superbly lustily smelling. Great stocking filler or as a small gift to let a friend know you care.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Benefit Primpcess Set £25

Men its not very long till the lady in your life is going to except a nicely wrapped present under the tree. If you are anything like my male companion you will not have given that much thought into what you are going to buy. I know you probably love her dearly and desperately want to give her something nice but its just that all the beauty bits and pieces slightly confuse you and the pretty girls behind the make up counter distract you sometimes. Well as I am in such a nice mood I am going to give you a few hints and tips in the present buying department to show the woman in your life just how much you love her. 

Benefit have struck gold again with their Primpcess Set  only £25 and for a limited time only free with order over £70 exclusively at Benefit. It works really well as a gift because there is so much included for us ladies to play with. The kit contains boi-ing concealer, creaseless cream shadow/liner, 3 powder shadows, BADgal mini mascara, eye bright instant eye brightener, brushes and a lesson on how to use it all. A great gift for devoted fans and those not familiar with the brand as they great to try lots of different products at once. 

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy £42 60ml

It's all about the sex appeal for me at the moment and although I know there is a difference between beauty and sexy, at times they do collide and right now I am feeling both in abundance.  So to go with my new found inner appeal I have the perfect scent to symbolise how I am feeling.

Monday, 13 December 2010

The Stick on Bra - the best backless and strapless bra

I wasn't blessed in the shirt filling department so have always stayed clear of strapless tops and skimpy dresses, preferring to wear a bra with a little help. For years I have wished I was able to wear tops with tiny straps or backless dresses and have looked on with envy at my friends who can wear anything and not need a bra. Bare shoulders are unbelievably sexy on a girl and I would love to be able to go out for a night in a strapless dress and show off my decollage to its full potential.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Nina Ricci, Nina L'Elixir £34 50ml

I am a romantic at heart and anything enchanting and magical gets me excited. The Nina Ricci perfume Nina L'Elixir has an essence of love potion around it and the bottle invokes fairytales and fantasies. I am not one for overly powerful smells but this has the perfect mix of sweetness and fruits. With jasmine, calabrain lemon, caipirinha lime, cotton musk and amber it is playful and mysterious. Light enough to be worn at anytime of day whilst still attracting all the right attention.

Nina L’Elixir is a love potion for modern women who knows how to play on their natural charm and have fun with it. The bottle is unbelievably cute and always makes me smile when I apply some, while the aroma rifts me off to magical make-believe world of forests, princes and fairies.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Lush Mrs Whippy £2.50

Lush have an incredible range of bath time goodies and their bath ballistic are by far the most notorious. They fizzy away in the bath changing the colour, causing bubbles, releasing gorgeous scent and providing a bit of excitement to bath time. One of my favourite has to be Mrs Whippy, containing soya milk making the water soft and my skin silky. I always feel like a princess relaxing in a bath with one of these fizzing around.

Bath ballistics make a great gift idea when you don't want to spend much on people, I have so many cousins running around I can't afford to buy them all an expensive gift so each year get them a bath ballistic each. Also make great stocking fillers!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Soap & Glory Hand Break £8

It's coming up to that time of year when you get forced to join in with works secret santa and have to get a present for someone you don't necessarily like. I obviously got the person I disliked the most in the entire place, brilliant. Still I am going to be gracious about it and give them a gift that I think is lovely and doesn't represent my distain. Soap and Glory have this great hand wash and hand lotion set that looks ridiculously cute and smells divine. Fresh, floral and flirty smelling it is bound to get a smile of approval from the recipient. I of course am going to make sure I get in a 3 for 2 deal so technically I am not actually getting the person anything, ok so maybe not that gracious but at least I am getting them a nice gift!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Moisturising Lip Care £1.25

I have somehow got quite dehydrated over the last few weeks, a combination of not being well and not looking after myself properly. It has affect my lips the most and my top lip is the worst being quite sore and cracked. It's the first time I have tried Palmer's lip balm and I am really happy with how it has softened my lips. It has a simple smell, not chemically but best of all it saturates my lips in moisture with a soft protective coat over the top. Definitely a hand bag staple from now on.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Ice Watch

The Saturdays choose to wear these watches in their video for 'Missing You', needless to say since then they have been flying off the shelves. They make the perfect gift idea for a younger brother or sister and with such a wide variety of colours and styles you are bound to find one to suit even the most fussy teenager.

They will suit grown ups as well with the many styles and features, they are hard wearing and have a host of celebrity wearers. If you know someone cool give them the funkiest watch around with Ice Watch. 

Monday, 6 December 2010

Eylure Girls Aloud Party Lashes £5.95 each

Girls Aloud have teamed up with the fabulous Eylure to create a range of dazzling party lashes to bring a touch of super star to any outfit. I have only recently got into false lashes and I was surprised at how easy  they were to apply after a bit of practice. Below I will run through a few quick step to getting false lashes looking great but first a little about the girls selection.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Benefit's Big Beautiful Eyes £23.50

I got given this as a present last year and it was one of my favourites, not only is it from the amazing people at Benefit but it also made my eyes look fabulous. The handy kits contains everything you need to define your eyes and has step by step instructions to help you make the most out of your eyes. I am hoping that someone gets it again for me this year as I have used it practically everyday and used it completely up. Suits every eye colour and can be used for the day and the evening, I carried mine in my handbag and was just perfect for touch-ups before going out for the evening . All you need is a sweeping of BADgal lash by Benefit and you are all set to make sexy eyes at anyone you fancy.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Payot Purement Nettoyant - Detoxifying Foam £25

The Les Purifiantes range has been created to give clear skin and a healthy complexion with extracts of Green Coffee which detoxify and regenerate the skin. Regular readers will know I am a big fan of coffee, not only as a morning tipple but also as a beauty product. 

The foam has a lovely light texture and smells delicately fresh. After using it every day for only a week my skin looked bright and clear and was a lovely way to wake up in the morning, what with the horrible weather we are experiencing where I am I need all the help I can get! 

My skin can get quite greasy, especially at certain times of the month. I am not aloe though as a recent study showed 40% of women over 25 have combination or greasy skin. Les Purifiantes treats excess sebum that blocks the pores whilst also and smoothing, matifying and hydrating. After using it every morning for a month my skin was remarkably clear and my usual breakout was nowhere to be seen. 

This would make a great gift idea for your mother in law to get in her good books or for that friend that has been there for you this year. 

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Wonderful Christmas Time - £99.50

My sister says every year its not Christmas if she doesn't get some Lush goodies. As soon as she opens the door she can tell if there is any Lush in the house and sniff out her present in 30 seconds. She has been particularly good this year so when I was looking on the Lush site for gifts I found the perfect present.

A wonderful Christmas time has 24 fabulous products for bath and shower beauties. With some of the famous bath bombs, lip balm, moisturiser, massage bar, soap and cleanser.

Show the ones you love they are worth something special and make their washes fun for weeks to come. Or get all your Christmas shopping done all at once and separate the items to give to people individually, and if you are lucky you might even have one left over for yourself!

For an funky alternative to wrapping paper tie your Lush presents up in these gorgeous vintage knot-wraps £3.95 so even your wrapping is a present.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Win a pampering trip to Madrid

It is unbelievably cold where I am at the moment, snow has blanketed the ground and after a couple of hours marvelling at its beauty I have really had enough of it as I am pretty much stranded. Luckily today I was told that the lovely people at Ponds are running a competition of a holiday to Madrid. Not only does Ponds keep my skin at it softest best but it is also providing me with day dreams about hotter climates. 

For over a century Pond’s beauty creams have been the secret many women hold to beautiful, radiant skin. Pond’s want all women to feel as beautiful as they look and so they are giving women the chance to win a relaxing pampering weekend for two in Spain’s beautiful capital city, Madrid.

Win this fabulous prize and you and a friend will be staying in a gorgeous 4-star hotel in the heart of Madrid, where you will enjoy a skin diagnosis followed by bespoke beauty treatments at the fabulous Pond’s Institute in Madrid, leaving you feeling refreshed and looking gorgeous.

Passed down through generations from mother to daughter, Pond’s highly effective and simple approach to skincare has cemented Pond’s status as a cult beauty brand. Chosen by women of all ages and skin types, Pond’s classic cleanse and moisturise routine nourishes and hydrates for a radiant complexion.

For your chance to win simply visit and enter your details.

Competition closing date: 10th January 2011.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Essential Care Organic Coconut Candy Scrub - £15

As I made everyone aware I wasn't feeling very well this week so have neglected my readers slightly so for that I am sorry. To make it up to everyone I am going to a whole week of brilliant gift ideas and handy tips for looking your most beautiful.

I find that after being unwell and staying in bed for a few days nothing makes me feel better than a long soak in a hot bath followed but a good body scrub. It makes me feel like a snake shredding my skin and starting anew, plus it helps to give back that radiant glow to skin. Lucky for me I had the most delectable to body scrub to get me feeling 100% whilst also leaving my skin super soft.

Essential care's coconut candy scrub is 100% organic, made with fair trade cane sugar and virgin coconut. It smells simply divine, like a luxurious dessert and when I was told you good eat it well I had to have a little taste. If it hadn't been so amazing on my skin I would have had it with ice cream, its quite yummy.

About from tasting rather nice it gives a great deep clean on your skin, I like body scrubs that have a good consistency and grainy texture and this is exactly what I look for in a scrub. Gritty enough to exfoliate well but gently enough to not ravage your skin. It also leaves you feeling moisturised and I found I didn't need to apply a separate moisturiser after I got out of the bath.

Buy this scrub for practically anyone and they will love it but be careful if you even have the faintest of smells you will be keeping it for yourself!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Hand Creams part 2

I am still not feeling great today so I have confined myself to bed with lots of orange juice and possibly a childish film later. First up though the second part of my hand creams run down and today I am focusing on the most amazingly smelling hand creams out there.

Melvita extra rich moisturising care £15

Firstly its not tested on animals and its natural and organic so its as back to nature a hand cream as you can get. With aloe vera, shea butters and hazelnut oils its like slipping your hands into the finest silk on application. A little goes a long way, it smells divine and it helped to clear up a dry patch of skin I got after wearing a cheap ring.

Lush Smitten handcream £6.10

Another all natural and all ethical handcream this time smelling of almonds, with camomile and beeswax to protect hands and nourish them. I use mine when I get into bed as the camomile helps me drift off into a restful sleep and forget about the worries of the day.
Tisserand wild rose and lemon leaf rejuvenating hand and nail cream £6.50

Ethically harvested, containing no parabens or synthetic fragrances and smelling like a dream. It has a refreshing quality and easily absorbs into the skin making my hands soft and smelling divine. I like to put this on before going out for the night or when I am having a stressful day at work. 

Berkeley Square rose petal hand cream £6.95

Add a touch of glamour and elegance to your hand with this sumptuous hand cream made with shea butter. Decorated with the 1920's in mind it captures an era of beauty of femininity perfectly with just a subtle hint of rose and a creamy texture. 

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Hand Creams

I’m not feeling very well today, just a sore throat and headache but it’s enough for me to declare a duvet day and not want do that much. As one of my beauty obsessions is hand cream I thought today and tomorrow I would do a list of all the hand creams I have around at the moment. Hand cream is one of those essential products that I just can’t do without and not only doe sit keep my hands soft and hopefully youthful, it also strengthens my nails. A few years ago I had acrylic nails out on and it absolutely ruined them, it has taken a while and lots of hand cream but now they are super strong and healthy. I always have a pot of hand cream on my desk at work, one by the side of the bed, one by the kitchen sink and one in my handbag.

Madara Deep Moisture Hand Cream £8.90
Has a lovely smell to it, light with a touch of marzipan and easily absorbs into my hands and doesn’t leave them feeling greasy. Like all Madara products it contains herbs and plants from the Baltic region including parsley, linden flower and cranberry and is simply lovely to use. 

It may be the least glamorous looking hand cream in my selection. It doesn’t have an over exciting smell but it works no others in protecting the skin in an invisible shield. Great for applying before doing the washing up or anytime your hands need a bit of protecting. 

I am a big fan of the Soap and Glory range and they have done themselves proud with hand food. Made with shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow to create a non-greasy and easily absorbed cream that will leave you hands soft, smooth and ready for caressing.  

Atrixo Intensive Handcare Protection Cream £4.49
A thick and indulgent hand cream, it’s not scented but it is a staple hand cream that luxuriously smothers your hands.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Angela Langford - Christmas Cracker

The founder of new natural skincare brand Angela Langford is pulling a giant Christmas Cracker this December - with her Twelve Days of Christmas promotion.

For the first twelve days of the month, has 12 different free gifts and special offers available for each and every customer. Customers aren't limited to one offer - they can take up each offer every day which amounts to a total of £160 in free gifts and discounts.

On the first day of Christmas, at you can enjoy a Free Natural Face Oil (worth £22.55) - available when customers spend £50 or more on any products in her organic skincare range. Angela will then send a free bottle of Balanced & Beautiful or Repair & Renew - just let her know which one takes your fancy!
Angela Langford, founder of the organic skincare brand of the same name, is very excited of both her new promotion - and Christmas itself!

"I am still like a big kid at Christmas - I love the excitement and celebration at this time of the year and I'm lucky enough that Father Christmas still leaves a stocking for me every year. I wanted to share this sense of excitement with my customers. Each cracker only lasts a day so be sure to check out each day of December to find out what I've got on offer".

Other crackers to watch out for at AngelaLangford,com include free gifts, special gift sets for Men, Mature Skins and Young skins, as well as free delivery and gift wrapping to name but a few.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Miners Nail Varnish £2.99

I always forget what a difference nail varnish can make to your look. I consider myself to have nice nails, years of religiously applying hand cream has made them strong and when filed short they look quite good but I sometimes forget that they can add as much to an outfit as a good pair of shoes. 

With winter drawing in the colours on the catwalks palettes are awash with deep berries and shimmer ready for the party season. I decided to try out a few of Miners new shades to give my nails some of the attention they deserve! 

First up, Midnight Lavender, a heather-grey hue inspired by the likes of Sienna Miller and Scarlett Johansson, glistening and gorgeous.

Second LBD let out my inner rock chick, a matt shade that clawed me over to the dark side!

Third, Dorothys Shoes, bright red with a huge amount of sparkle, made me feel instantly festive and looked stunning when worn with a simple grey dress.

Forth, Mulberry Shimmer, rich like mulled wine with a golden shimmer that had my friends green with envy and ordering a girly night so they could come over and help me 'test' some products!

Finally Molten, a liquid gold that will make you feel like a millionaire, currently adoring my toes so now they look like I have dipped them in molten gold and shimmer.

With all this buying everyone else presents why not treat yourself, at £2.99 each you can buy all five and still not feel guilty about it!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Mystikol by Jane Iredale £17.50

I got woken up at 7.30 on Saturday morning by the postman. Normally I would be annoyed about having my weekend lie in cut short but luckily he knocked bearing gifts. Mystikol is a new type of powder eyeliner that is dual ended. One end contains a dark powder with a sponge applicator and the other end a pearlescent highlighter with sponge applicator.

Application really is effortless which is great for me as I have been trying loads of false eyelashes this week and my eyes are a little irritated. It contains botanicals and is hypoallergenic making suitable for the most sensitive of eyes.  I was out all day and evening so popped it into my bag so I could apply more for the evening. It lasted all day and when the evening came it was really easy to build up the colour for sexy smoky eyes. I may very well have to invest in all the five shades as its the easiest way to get long lasting sexy eyes.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Rest & Regenerate £31.75

I am all for big brands being a sucker for eye catching packaging and a glamorous ad campaign. The larger brands though can at times get a bit lazy and can spend more effort with the latest celeb rather than a dazzling product. Since starting this blog though I have been exposed to some great products from less well known brands. One of my favourite up and coming brands is Angela Langford, not only is it a philosophy I wholly agree with, that of being complete natural and getting rid of all the unnecessary chemicals, the products are amazing. The latest one I have tried is Rest & Regenerate luxurious night balm. As my skin care regime is shockingly bad throughout the day the evening is the one time I like to treat my face so I need a product that really works.

It contains Vitamin E to increase the rate of healthy cell renewal and have a gentle peeling effect on your skin – leaving it looking younger and brighter. Vitamin A smoothes wrinkles and nourishes dry and aging skin. Q10 and Vitamin E also reduces depth of wrinkles. Avocado oil and jojoba oil puts radiance back in tired and dull skin. Omega 6 makes your skin soft and supple and rosehip gives skin elasticity. There is a whole load more natural ingredients that condition, moisturise, lift, firm, calm and strengthen, but you don’t need to know all of those.

What you do need to know is that this product works exceptionally well. Massage into skin before bed and after you have given your face a good clean and then all that’s left is to drift off to sleep. In the morning you will awaken to a glowing and younger looking you and be thanking me for introducing you to a lovely product. 

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Ahava - Mineral Botanic Trio Gift Pack £17.50

Although the supermarkets have been trying to ram it down my throats for weeks I am now finally ready to accept that Christmas is approaching and rather than spend money on myself I need to but my loved ones gifts. I am quite a good present buyer so I thought I would share a few gift ideas in the run up to Christmas. 

My mother, bless her, has problem skin and most bath products irritate her skin and I never hear the end of it. If like me you have someone that is a bit sensitive or have someone you have to buy a gift for but don't know very well Ahava has your answer. 

Bringing together world-renowed therapeutic benefits of Dead Sea Minerals with nourishing and hydrating properties of natural oils to create these luxurious body washes. The gift pack includes three 85ml bottles, including Honeysuckle & Lavender and Lotus Flower & Chestnut Mineral Botanic washes, both for sensitive skin, and Hibiscus & Fig Velvet Mineral Botanic wash, for very dry skin.

Hibiscus & Fig Velvet: Hibiscus delivers highly-effective, antibacterial properties, and soothing hydration, and the inclusion of Fig provides skin-softening qualities and rich nourishment.

Lotus Flower & Chestnut: Lotus Flower infuses skin with natural antioxidants and unique soothing properties; it is also excellent at calming skin irritations.  Chestnut delivers much-needed nourishment and hydration to rebalance the skin. 

Honeysuckle & Lavender: provides the exotic, relaxing aroma of Honeysuckle and natural soothing properties for sensitive skin, and Lavender is included for its healing and antiseptic qualities.

Each Mineral Botanic provides a pleasing and effective deep-cleansing experience, which also proves gentle to the skin.  All Ahava’s Mineral Botanic Velvet Cream body washes are free-from the parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulphate.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Clinique 3 step system £20

My skin has been quite kind to me considering that when I was a teenage I never looked after it. Always falling asleep with my make-up on and then just wiping smudged mascara from under my eyes with wet toilet paper. Now I feel like I have to make up for it so recently I indulged in a little pamper pack of Clinique goodies. First step is the liquid facial soap which doesn’t dry your face out like most soaps do. Then the clarifying lotion that acts like a toner and gets rid of impurities. Next up is the dramatically different moisturizing lotion which I have always been a fan of. It soaks in well and leaves your face moisturised without feeling greasy. Great for early morning application when you don’t want to spend ages waiting for your moisturiser to soak in before you can apply foundation. 

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Dermalogica – climate control lip treatment

It’s getting very cold here now and one thing that it really suffering is my lips. I don’t help them much with my unhealthy appetite for chilli so I need to treat them to make up for it. My latest crush for my lips is this lip treatment from Dermalogica. It comes in a really handy tube, as my hands are always greasy with hand cream tins are not my friend, and can be applied on not only your lips but anywhere on the face that is a little dry. I have this one on my bag at all times and normally apply it on average about 20 times a day meaning I am always pout perfect. 

Monday, 8 November 2010

Botanicals mint and tea tree foot balm £12.96

I don’t wear high heels as I resemble bambi taking his first steps when I do and because of this my feet aren’t as cracked as some of my friends are. Still I like them to be as smooth as possible and I find a weekly treatment keeps them in tip top condition. After my Sunday bath (I do bath other days of the week but a Sunday bath is always my favourite) I like to smother my feet generously in some foot balm and then pull on some cotton socks and leave them for a few hours, over night if possible. Last Sunday I tried a mint and tea tree foot balm from Botanicals and just loved the smell and texture. It is quite a strong smell but it’s great as it kept my feet smelling fresh right until Monday night.  

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Pamela Mann 3D Footless Tights £4.99

I am normally quite late on trends, it was only recently that got into leggings and now I don't know how I survived without them. I was also very late on the Ugg boots trend, have still to find a pair of skinny jeans that look nice and only got into military once it was going out of fashion.

When it comes to tights however I am confident that I am up to date, mostly because my legs are my unique selling point. Having not been blessed in the shirt filling department I do have nice long legs and although that means that I can't wear heels often (the messages don't get from my brain to my legs in enough time) I can get away with short skirts. Not with bare legs mind you as then I end up looking a bit trampy, ok very trampy so for years I have been relegated to wearing stock 50 denier black tights.

The lovely people at Tights Please have now released me from the boring monotony of the staple black tights with a range of footless tights by Pamela Mann in a range of 19 colours that can spice up any outfit and add a splash of colour in the dull winter months.

I tried the dark grey which may not be that much of a move away from black but is subtle enough to wear for work and gives my boring old outfits a kick and can be worn with any other colour. I also tried the jade which looked simply amazing on and drew all the boys attention to my legs, right wear I want it! They have a light sheen and are tight enough so that my legs looked much firmer than they are. The waist band is also really comfy which if you are a glutton like me is extremely helpful as you don't end up with a red band round your waist after a big meal. A superb way to reinvent an outfit and make yourself stand out at any party.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Payot Paris - Les Revitalisantes Masque Reveil Eclat £31

My French is extremely basic, well to be truthful its entirely poor. When I went on holiday a few years ago to the South of France I somehow started talking Spanish even though I know absolutely no Spanish. Still I managed to get by and have a lovely holiday, anyway I digress.

Les Revitalisantes is a range of body care for skin exposed to constant stress and I definitely know a thing or two about constant stress! In just 10 minutes this face mask relaxes and smooths your skin and gives your face a radiant glow. It contains cocoa and orange extracts which makes it smell simply divine. It heats up slightly on application so is just perfect for these horrible winter nights. I used mine whilst relaxing in the bath and not only did my face feel relaxed so did my skin. Treat yourself this month in preparation for all stress of the next couple of months or put it on your Christmas wish list.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Halo Wipes

My handbag is a graveyard of scrunched up old tissues and every time I need one I pull one out of the creases in my bag, carefully peel off an old sweet and debate about whether I can actually use it without getting some disease. Thankful I have discovered Halo wipes and a range that caters for all of my needs. The range includes hygienic handy wipes, perfect now the cold and flu season is upon us and you never know where the next sneeze is lurking. Deodorant wipes, even though the sun is hiding itself in shame over the rubbish summer we still sweat and need to keep our pits fresh. Eye make-up remover wipes, toilet/surface wipes and moist toilet tissue, all pretty self explanatory! There are two great things about these wipes, firstly they come in handy little packs making them perfect to carry around in your bag all the time. Secondly the price at 99p per pack (make up remover pads £1.99) they are perfect additions to any handbag. I have two sets, one in my bag and one in my car as you never know whats around the corner. Once I yoghurt all over myself in the car and had to wipe it off with a map, not cool.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Fushi extra virgin organic coconut oil £8.95

I am fully aware that I am full of contradictions and once place it is the most obvious is in food, a prime example being coconut. I love Thai curry or pina colada using coconut milk, but if I find a couple of coconut shavings in my morning muesli I am not a happy girl. I do love the smell of coconut though so when this pure coconut oil landed on my desk I spent most of the morning sniffing it. After having a bath that night I smeared it all over myself, including my hair, and I smelt like a tropical island, if it hadn’t been frosty outside I might have indulged the fantasy a little more. As it’s an oil it take a little while to sink in so if you can avoid wearing clothes brilliant, if not try to find something cotton to wear. My skin was left soft, fragrant and super moisturised well into the next day.

I left the oil in my hair overnight and washed it out the next morning, actually I lie, I lazily stayed in bed to late to wash it out in the morning so spent the day at work looking like I had been flushed. It took two washes to get it out completely but my hair looked like it should have been on an advert. It had a healthy glow and all the dryness I have caused from blow drying it disappeared into a lustrous shine. 

Monday, 1 November 2010

Shea Alchemy

I wasn’t overly fussed about these creams, they were nice enough and easily absorbed but my face felt a little tight after using them and they weren’t as luxurious as I would have wanted.  The geranium doesn’t smell too bad but the English rose smelt a bit clinical and chemically. They are SPF 6 which makes them great for an everyday cream as even in winter skin should be protected from the sun. Not one of my favourite products but considering their price they would be worth having as a daily moisturiser.