Benefit launch Bold is Beautiful 2018 charity campaign

Benefit announced details of their fifth annual Bold is Beautiful charity campaign today. The global philanthropy program raises donations to support partner charity organisations that empower women & girls, helping them be BOLD, BELIEVE in themselves and ACHIEVE their full potential. Benefit Cosmetics UK’s charity partners are Look Good Feel Better & Refuge. For the month of May, Benefit donate 100% of its profits from every brow wax at … [Read more...]

REN launch AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum

REN launches its AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum in May - a body serum that works to improve the skin by boosting the natural exfoliating process - using AHAs - or Alpha Hydroxy Acids. You might be familiar with them in facial skincare, but not so much in body care. There is a big debate over the use of AHAs and really there is nothing to be afraid of. They're beneficial to the skin - read this excellent post on them here at Beauty 101. The … [Read more...]

Clarins NEW Hydra-Essentiel Lip and Eye

Clarins added a couple of new products to its Hydra-Essentiel range last month - the Moisturising Reviving Eye Mask, and the Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm. I love the Hydra range from Clarins - it works brilliantly on my dry skin. The range was recently rebooted, and now Clarins is adding more to it. I'm not going to lie - lip balm and eye mask are not my priorities. However, as far as lip balms go, this Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm … [Read more...]

Ease the strain with a massage deal

Running the London Marathon this Sunday? No, me neither. But, I do run (jog) from time to time, and I did once complete a 10 mile race. Because of that I know that massage and relaxation definitely helps with the pain of running! Until our house renovation is done this summer, I don't even have a bath I can relax in after pounding the pavements. So I am storing up my bottle of Olverum Bath Oil (£29 125ml, £53 250ml, Harvey Nichols) for then. … [Read more...]

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Stunna Lip Paint

I'm not just a little late to the party with Fenty Beauty - I actually completely missed the date! Sometimes, even being a beauty writer with 15 years experience behind you doesn't get you on the right lists, and I missed the Fenty Beauty launch at Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh last year. It was an early morning launch, so doubtful if I would have made it, but, well, an invite would have been nice. So, I followed up on the launch and was sent … [Read more...]

Smashbox NEW mascara and liner

I love a mascara, and I love an eyeliner, so trialling these two new Smashbox products has been fun - and, I'm pleased to say, they're both decent! Mascaras are hit or a miss, right? There's always some smudging involved, no matter what they say. Unless they are tubing mascaras - like Clinique's Full-to-Flutter mascara, which forms little tubes round the lashes, and water takes it off. Two great new Smashbox products. I’m becoming a … [Read more...]

Scandi Skincare from VERSO

We all love everything Scandi, right? From Scandi Noir on the TV to hygge at home, we've fully embraced the trends from Scandinavia in recent times. So, why not embrace the beauty brands too? Well, one of them at least - VERSO from Sweden. I was lucky enough to meet up with brand founder Lars Frederiksson in Space NK in Edinburgh last month, and have a good old chinwag about the brand and the products. I also learned that Restylane - the filler … [Read more...]

Aveda Earth Month x WaterAid Pledge

April is Earth Month, and Aveda supports the charity initiative that raises money to support access to clean water projects for communities in need across the globe. Try to imagine not having clean water, on tap. Aveda UK has been supporting international development charity, WaterAid for eight years. During this time, Aveda UK has raised over £855k to fund vital clean water and hygiene projects in Ethiopia, Nepal and most recently in … [Read more...]

Emma Hardie Moringa Renewal Treatment Mask – Face Mask Friday

Beauty masks are everywhere these days – so let’s trial one every other Friday from now on. From sheet masks, to clay masks, to cream masks, and everything inbetween. EMMA HARDIE MORINGA RENEWAL TREATMENT MASK, £49. SPACE NK OKAY, so I've been a bit lax with this blog post series - it's been a few months since our last Face Mask Friday, I admit. Mea culpa and all that. But here we are, back with a beauty of a mask from the lovely Emma … [Read more...]

Sparkle with Bobbi Brown’s new Eyeshadow Sticks

BOBBI BROWN'S Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks now come in a Sparkle formula - and it's great. This new formula is infused with multi-dimensional pearls that give a 'prismatic' finish. That in turn brings a sparkle effect to the eyes. I've been trying the shade, Gilded, a gold colour, and the sparkle is great - but subtle enough not to be overpowering. The formula is a water-based gel technology with staying power - it doesn't fade or … [Read more...]