Shot of Beauty

Introducing the new power tool for your skin care kit: Medik8 Rechargeable Vitamin C Serum
February 16, 2013, 6:59 pm
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Beauty bloggers read up on ‘groundbreaking’ beauty products pretty much every day, but it’s not every day we find something that is actually new and innovative. However, today, at Cosmetic News Expo, I was genuinely thrilled to discover CE-Thione – Medik8’s new water-based, oil-free, potent rechargeable 15% vitamin C serum.

And when I say rechargeable, I mean rechargeable. The way CE-Thione is formulated ensures that every drop of vitamin c provides equal freshness and impact, which is truly groundbreaking given that existing vitamin C products degrade pretty quickly if they haven’t been used in a certain period of time.

The main benefits of using CE-Thione include daily antioxidant protection through the use of three powerful antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E & L-Glutathione) and prevention of skin ageing. However, the biggest plus point for me in a practical sense is that, unlike other products of this nature that leave the skin sticky post application, Medik8’s formula glides on like a hydrator, which I can verify as I tested it today and was really pleased! For me, this aspect of the product really distinguished Medik8’s topical vitamin C from any other.

I will definitely be buying this product, but will you? Have a look online at the product information here and let me know your thoughts below! xxx


Here’s the products YOU brought into my life
February 15, 2013, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Blogging, Eyes, Face, Hair, Lips, Make-up, Nails, Skin care | Tags: , , , , , ,

I’ve always loved reading a good glossy mag to find out what’s hot in the big wide beauty world, but everyone knows the quickest route to the crème de la crème of cosmetics is via the blogosphere.

Thanks to you lovely beauty bloggers, I have seen so many amazing products lately for Spring/Summer 2013. So, to acknowledge these great finds (and fab bloggers!), I have dedicated today’s post to the products YOU introduced me to in your blog posts. As this post could potentially go on forever, I have given myself the tremendously tricky task of picking just five must-have beauty essentials. Enjoy!

What’s the product? Daniel Sandler Dual Action Make-Up Remover
Who featured it? Sheenie Shaikh, Just Nice Things


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For years, I used face wipes to remove my make-up, but a few months ago I decided that enough was enough – I was spending so much money too often on a product that did nothing spectacular for my skin. So I decided to move on to a thinner liquid make-up remover and buy cotton wool pads to go along with it, and it has been so much better for my skin. That’s why I am excited about this perfect potential purchase – a dual make-up remover from the highly-acclaimed Daniel Sandler. What’s not to love?

The 120ml bottle costs £15.

Read Sheenie’s full product review here.

What’s the product? Bumble and Bumble Deep Conditioner
Who featured it? Adrienne, The Sunday Girl


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I’m always sceptical when it comes to deep conditioners – in the past I have been a sucker for marketing hype and haven’t seen a return on the majority of my hair care investments. However, because Adrienne has thick hair like me, I really trust that this product could be one to beat.

Plus, I have heard amazing things about Bumble and Bumble, but am ashamed to admit I have never tried anything! So I think you’ll find that’s at least two good reasons why I need this product in my life.

The full-size bottle (150ml) costs £21.50, but there’s a smaller version (50ml) for £9.50.

Read The Sunday Girl’s full review here.

What’s the product? KIKO Glamorous Eye Pencil
Who featured it? Grace, All that Slap


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Not only do I love a high-quality, pigmented eye pencil, but also I adore midnight blue. That’s why I completely fell in love with Kiko Cosmetics’ Glamorous Eye Pencils when I saw them on Grace’s blog last week. Retailing at only £4.90 each, these pencils are a really beautiful bargain.

Read Grace’s full review here.

What’s the product? Maybelline Baby Lips
Who featured it? Jane, British Beauty Blogger


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Jane is always at the top of her game when it comes to what’s new and worth buying. One of the most exciting products I have seen on her blog lately is Maybelline Baby Lips. Originally from the US, Baby Lips is now going to be launched in the UK (much to many beauty bloggers’ delight). It’s available in several shades, has a sun protection factor of 20, and is said to provide 8 hours of moisture and rejuvenation.

See where I discovered this range here on Jane’s blog.

What’s the product? Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder
Who featured it? Amelia Liana, Liana Beauty


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If I had to pick one product that screams Spring/Summer, it would be this uber pretty Bobbi Brown brightening powder. Formulated with mulberry, grape and brightening plant extracts, the powder illuminates the skin while also maintaining a natural effect.

At £40, it is quite expensive, but the fact that it’s so special kind of justifies the cost.

You can check out Amelia’s full post here.

Do you have any of these products already? What do you think of them? xxx

FOTD: Natural eyes, siren lips
February 12, 2013, 10:12 am
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Today I have gone for a natural look with matte-effect ruby lips. Here’s what I used…

Skin care (all Skinceuticals)
Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel
Blemish + Age Defense Solution
Retexturing Activator
Hydrating B5
C E Ferulic
Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF 50

Benefit Erase Paste in 1 Fair
Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Cream Foundation in 02 Beige Clair
Benefit Hello Flawless Cover Up SPF 20 in Champagne – Me Vain?
Topshop Bronzer in Radiance
Chanel Joues Contraste Poweder Blush in 64 Pink Explosion

Guerlain Maxi Lash in Noir

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in 715 Ruby Tuesday
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Natural Mint & Shea Butter

Celebrate pancake day, beauty style
February 11, 2013, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Bath and body, Eyes, Face, Hair, Lips, Make-up, Nails, Skin care | Tags: , , , , , ,

You’ve been to the shop, you’ve got your list of ingredients and you’re ready to go, but wouldn’t be it be so much more fun if you had beauty products to go along with your pancake day experience?

I decided to set myself the strange but wonderful task of finding beauty equivalents to the basic ingredients and toppings we use every year to make delicious pancakes. Plus, I thought we could all do with a smile considering how wet and cold it is out there! Let me know what you think and if you have any alternatives.

Ingredient: Salt
Beauty equivalent: Aveda Stress-Fix Soaking Salts


Lavender and clary sage infuse these salts with a relaxing aroma

Ingredient: Flour
Beauty equivalent: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant


Shake this white powder onto your hands, mix with water and you have an exfoliating paste

Ingredient: Eggs
Beauty equivalent: Illamasqua Limited Edition I’mperfection Nail Polish in Speckle


Pretty and purple like a trendy speckled hen

Ingredient: Milk
Beauty equivalent: L’Occitane Shea Butter Milk Shower Cream


Ultra rich shower gel and shampoo

Ingredient: Water
Beauty equivalent: La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water


Soothing toner alternative

Ingredient: Butter
Beauty equivalent: Korres Jasmine Lip Butter


Shea butter and rice wax hydrate and soften the lips

Ingredient: Sugar
Beauty equivalent: Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub


It tastes as good as it looks – lick it off your lips after use to see!

Ingredient: Lemon
Beauty equivalent: Dr Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Body Moisturiser


Revitalising lemon and lemongrass body moisturiser

Ingredient: Strawberries
Beauty equivalent: Body Shop Strawberry Beautifying Oil


Instant hydration for body, face and hair

Ingredient: Chocolate Syrup
Beauty equivalent: Illamasqua Neutral Palette


Mix and match this gorgeous essential neutral palette


Will you be buying any of these pancake day beauty essentials? xxx

February Glossybox: Valentine’s Day Edition
February 9, 2013, 5:05 pm
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Top view of the February Glossybox

I was a happy lady this morning, as the first thing I saw when I came downstairs was my brand new shiny Glossybox! This month’s ‘theme’ is valentine’s day, as you can tell by the pretty pink design and the product information leaflet below saying ‘will you be ours?’. And judging by what’s in the box this month, I will be theirs forever!


Glossybox product info


Glossybox editorial

The idea behind this month’s box is that, whatever you are doing and whoever you are with, you will be head over heels in love with this selection of products.

So let’s look inside the box…


Inside the Glossybox


Amazing product selection in the box

Overall, I am really pleased with the production selection in this edition. Although it has lots of pretty and pink bits, it also has a lovely creamy eyeshadow duo and a coffee-shade lipstick, so I feel Glossybox has managed to cater to everyone.

Inside my box is an Anatomicals Your Nose Smells Rose Body Cleanser (150ml), a Limited Edition Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream (30ml), a Helen E Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Cafe au Lait, a Model Co Eyeshadow Duo in Bronzed Goddess and a Micabella Cosmetics Mineral Blush Powder in Terra Cotta.

1/Anatomicals Your Nose Smells Rose Body Cleanser


Anatomicals Rose Body Cleanser


Product description



I love the classic candy pink and canary yellow combination on Anatomicals’ packaging. Above you can see the product from the front, its ingredients (paraben-free formula = thumbs up) and the ever-amusing product description. I love a brand with personality!


The gel inside the bottle

And here is the cleanser from inside the bottle. The first thing I thought was that it smelled like turkish delight, which I like. It’s quite a thick pink formula and so I imagine it would spread well in the shower.

It costs £5 for 300ml.

2/Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream


Docteur Renaud Limited Edition Raspberry Soft Cream


What’s inside the box

I haven’t tried anything from this brand before and I do love a limited edition product. Also, as I have mentioned before, I love the smell and taste of raspberry, and this soft cream includes four raspberry extracts.


Product info and ingredients on the back of the box


Product info on the dispenser

Docteur Renaud’s soft cream is designed to hydrate, moisturise and comfort the skin in the winter months. It is made with patented phyto-endorphins which boost cell activity and is suitable for all skin types.


On the hand


Rubbed into the hand

In terms of consistency, the cream is thick and white. It smells lovely, but I think it is a bit too heavy duty for my skin. It takes quite a while to rub it in properly, and as you can see above you have to buff it into the skin a bit to avoid a white shimmery effect.

This one costs £25 for 50ml.

3/Helen E Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Cafe au Lait


Helen E Cosmetics Cafe au Lait Lipstick


Cafe au Lait label

I like the simplistic silvery packaging, but unfortunately the shade isn’t really for me. I’m not generally a fan of brown lipsticks as I prefer brighter colours like red and pink, but I do rate Glossybox for including something different.


First look



The colour is quite golden and brown and I think you need to build it a fair bit to get a solid colour. It costs £8 for 3.5g.

4/Model Co Eyeshadow Duo in Bronzed Goddess


Model Co Eyeshadow Duo


Creamy gold and brown duo

This is more like it; although I don’t do golden brown for my lips, I definitely do for my eyes, and this duo is really pretty for day and night looks. The shadows are creamy too, which I like, although it might mean you have to manage any creases early on.



The gold is really nice and the brown would be great to add in for a night look. I reckon you could mix and match and use the gold to highlight the inner corners of the eyes.

The duo costs £18 for 3 x 2.35g.

5/Micabella Cosmetics Mineral Blush Powder (Terra Cotta)


MICA Bella Cosmetics Mineral Blush


In Terra Cotta

The final beauty item in the box is a pretty pink mineral blush powder from Micabella Cosmetics. I have never heard of this brand, but I do prefer powder blushes and would like to try a mineral one. You can add a darker colour to the cheeks too to contour the cheekbones. Another day and night staple – it’s perfect for v day.

The full size blush costs £34.95 for 9g.

And last but not least is this super sweet candy heart lolly as a gift from Glossybox – how sweet!


How cute is this lolly!

Happy valentine’s day beauty bloggers! xxx

A Beauty Expert’s Guide To Healthy Skin: Five Minutes With Esther Fieldgrass
February 7, 2013, 4:44 pm
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Esther Fieldgrass - Medium Res

Within minutes of meeting beauty expert and EF Medispa Owner Esther Fieldgrass, she knew what I had to do to transform my skin. And with 40 years of experience as an industry insider, I should think so too!

It all started at a chic restaurant in St John’s Wood, where Skinceuticals was holding its launch event for the Balancing Micropeel. With a glass of orange juice in one hand and a notebook in the other, I spoke with Esther about her favourite treatments and what she loved most about the beauty industry. But then I was faced with the big, dreaded question: ‘What do you with your skin?’ If she had asked me 6-8 months ago, she would have looked at me in horror; however, luckily, I no longer use face wipes (sorry Esther!) and have been converted to the wonderful science-based skin care of Skinceuticals. I replied: ‘I have quite oily skin, and I cleanse, tone and moisturise with the Retexturising Activator.’ It was at that point that I knew there was something else on her mind – looking after my inner wellbeing (diet, hydration and stress management) should be a higher priority than it is right now. And that is the real key to having and maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

I just had to share Esther’s advice with you as I found it so interesting and helpful, and I hadn’t thought about the points she made in any great depth in the past. If you too have oily skin, I would love to know what you think of the top tips below and whether you would like to make any changes for not only your skin, but also your general health.

Top Tip 1. Go On An Alkaline Diet
‘You need to go on an alkaline diet’ were the first words of wisdom I heard from Esther, which was quite amusing at the time considering we were standing next to a table full of acidic foods and a glass full of fresh orange juice. To clear up any blemishes or oiliness, Esther told me it is best to avoid drinking coffee (weak tea, if desperate) and eating too many dairy-based products, and start drinking a lot more water to keep my skin hydrated. The acidic content of my food is definitely not something I had thought of before talking to Esther – I do drink a lot of tea during the day and do like cheese quite a lot, but I never considered how the acidic content of what I eat and drink could affect the health and appearance of my skin.

Top Tip 2. Don’t Shy Away From Oil-Based Skin Care
One thing I was dying to speak to Esther about was skin hydration and what products I should use to keep my skin under control. I told her how apprehensive I was when it came to facial oils and oil-based skin care, as I was worried it was going to make my skin worse and increase the likelihood and severity of my breakouts. I was right to be concerned; according to Esther, your skin needs to be constantly hydrated, otherwise more oil will be produced, making the condition of the skin a lot worse. She also said that the use of some toners can strip the skin of its oils, making the skin feel dry and therefore producing even more oil, exacerbating the problem. So, the takeaway message here was to keep the skin very cleansed and clean, and use hydrating serums as opposed to moisturisers and oily creams. SkinCeuticals do a B5 serum for rehydrating that she particularly recommends, as well as the Retexturising Activator which is great for oily skin. But, most importantly, water intake needs to be steady and often.

Top Tip 3: Don’t Overdo It With Topical Vitamin C
Vitamin C as a topical formulation is one of Esther’s favourite skin care products. When looking at my skin, she advised me to just dab it on once a day (every morning) and not to use too much on every application, as the skin builds up a reservoir of vitamin c and so does not need to be topped up as much as you would think. I never knew this before and found it so interesting, especially as so many skin care products include vitamin c as a staple ingredient these days.

Top Tip 4: It’s All About Maintenance
To achieve and maintain healthy skin, one treatment will never do the trick. Just as life goes on, skin care goes on. So, to look after your skin well, you need to attack all bases, including eliminating bodily toxins and using high-quality skin care to cleanse and hydrate the skin. Use a broad-spectrum SPF every day, no matter what the weather is like outside. Come rain or shine, every season is sun protection season, and Esther couldn’t have stressed that point more.

Top Tip 5: Preparation Is Key
The skin is the largest organ, and so it must be treated well. Before having any chemical peels, the skin must be prepared for at least 2 weeks to take on the power of the formulation, and should also be hydrated. If the skin isn’t prepared thoroughly, the peel won’t work, will be uncomfortable and may dry out the skin. It’s not about what you do at your appointments – it’s about what you do between them that really counts. Never pay a lot of money for a treatment without knowing what state your skin should be in before it takes place. You want to see results to justify the cost.

Anti-valentines day beauty buys
February 5, 2013, 1:55 pm
Filed under: Bath and body, Eyes, Face, Hair, Lips, Make-up, Perfume, Skin care | Tags: , , , ,

A little blackbird told me that not everyone likes Valentines day. That’s right, whereas for some the 14th of February is a day to cuddle up and buy too many roses, others just want to make it a regular day and/or throw several darts at pictures of their exes.

So, if you are an occasional dart thrower who is anti-valentines day, then this post is for you. Get rid of all those pink and red rosy florals and replace them with these beauty buys fit for a vixen. You know you can’t resist vampy lips and fierce eyes, so let’s start now…

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 1: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (Absolutely It)


Very vampy!

I just love me some purple lips and this one is perfect as a standout look. It’s a lip liner but I reckon this would look great for all over definition. Prep with a lip balm, dab your lips to remove the shine and layer the colour on gradually. Blot it and do it again. Then you will be ready to tell valentines day where to go! It costs £14 for 1.2g.

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 2: Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub


Minty fresh

Awaken your senses with this seriously minty body scrub from Elemis (£26, 150ml). With sea plant particles, devils apron seaweed and and peppermint essential oil, you will feel so revitalised that you will forget what day it is!

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 3: Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau De Parfum


Luscious ingredients in this classic Tom Ford scent

I LOVE TOM FORD. Just saying. The Black Orchid Eau De Parfum is rather expensive, costing between £48 and £95, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. The fragrance is a blend of black truffle, ylang, blackcurrant and bergamot. There is also a slight hint of vanilla to sweeten the deal.

What’s more, if you buy it with a Debenhams beauty card you can get lots of money off future beauty buys, which has really come in handy for me in the past.

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 4: Urban Decay Limited Edition Build Your Own Palette, OZ Theodora


Wonderful wizardry…

I’ll admit it, I am a Glinda type of girl, but for those on an anti-valentines day mission the Urban Decay Theodora Palette (£35) is perfect. Mix the black and gold for a shimmery smoky look or go for double green and mix and match. Or scrap that and bust out red vixen lips :).

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 5: Catwalk Sleek Mystique Haute Iron Spray


Red hot glamour

Just because you don’t feel any love for valentines day doesn’t mean your hair should be neglected too. Protect it from the heat when styling with this glam iron heat spray (£9.29, 200ml).