BB creams – Nivea BB Cream, YSL BB Cream, Biotherm BB Cream

BB creams were the beauty buzzword of last year, but they show no sign of going away. In fact, rarely a week goes by when there isn't a new one on my desk. I've lost count of how many BB creams I have now tried, but the latest three came from Nivea, YSL and Biotherm. If you've been hiding under a rock for the last few years, and don't know what a BB cream is here's simple recap - a BB cream or Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm, originated in Asia and … [Read more...]

Stay Flawless with BeneFit’s new 15 Hour Primer

Primers are having a bit of a 'beauty moment' - they're everywhere! A primer is the last step in your skincare routine before you apply your foundation. Way back when they were called mattifiers - this is essentially what they do - they mattify the skin - smooth it out, and prime it for foundation, hence, primer. BeneFit's best selling the Porefessional primer is excellent for mattifying, smoothing out uneven skin and masking pesky pores, but … [Read more...]

Top five 5pm Health and Beauty luxury spas

It's Luxury Week on 5pm Health and Beauty, with some amazing deals at some of Scotland's most luxurious spas and salons. So, I thought I would share with you five of my favourite 5pm Health and Beauty-featured luxury spas. There are some great offers on at the moment, so make sure you book - everyone deserves a little bit of luxury now and then, and if the price isn't too much of a luxury, all the better! Mar Hall Decleor Spa, Bishopton Did you … [Read more...]

Color WOW – look after your coloured hair!

Color Wow is the new haircare range from renowned renowned beauty innovator, Gail Federici and internationally acclaimed hairdresser, John Frieda, and it's coming to a Space NK near you this summer. Currently available on QVC, and available online at Space NK from June, it will be in stores come July. The range, for coloured hair, obviously, consists of six products, quite a few of them very innovative. Unfortunately, having bright red hair I … [Read more...]

OB for Shu Uemura – cutest cosmetics yet?

Yes, I know, it's about what's in the bottle, not what is on it, but I can't resist a cute little cartoon character, and this gorgeous collection from Shu Uemura features the artwork of Japanese artist OB. Actually, the images I have here don't do it justice - this is just beautiful artwork. She's created four little Princesses - Cherry Blossom, Moon, Forest and Ocean and the wonderful, whimsical landscapes they live in. The collection … [Read more...]

Beauty Bargain of the Week – Malki Dead Sea Range Boots offer

We can all spend a fortune on beauty products, but we don’t need to. Every week, I’m going to bring you my ‘Beauty Bargain of the Week‘  – a product I’ve used, and would recommend, and that, on most occasions, costs less than a fiver! What’s not to like! This weeks' Beauty Bargain is a Boots offer on the Malki Dead Sea range. I first came across this range about 10 years ago, when I was Beauty Editor at the Daily Record. I loved it's simplicity … [Read more...]

What Makes You Smile? Rituals Laughing Buddha campaign will

Rituals have launched a fab campaign to promote their new Laughing Buddha range, and you get to join in and win! What Makes You Smile? Rituals sent an undercover 'Laughing Buddha' to bring smiles to faces when least expected...Check out this video! You are encouraged to share the laughter and make others smile - so share the video above, and then go to and upload a photo that makes you laugh or smile. You can … [Read more...]

Kate Middleton – Beauty Icon?

It seems that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, might have the 'Diana factor' after all. The late Princess of Wales's popularity is a lot for Kate to live up to, but it seems the British public do see her as an icon - well, the beauty loving British public at least. According to a new poll from Britain's largest online beauty retailer,, The Duchess of Cambridge has been named the most inspirational beauty icon, fighting … [Read more...]

Jo Malone Saffron Cologne Intense

The newest fragrance from Jo Malone London is launched next month, and it is VERY different. When I first smelled the new Saffron Intense Cologne a few months ago, I was blown away by it. Saffron is such an unusual smell - and will not be one that is universally loved, I am sure. But this cologne is really worth smelling, even if you don't end up buying it! The heart of the perfume is, of course, Golden Saffron, the top not is a heady incense, … [Read more...]

Here comes the (Bobbi) Bride! Bobbi Brown Luxe Collection

Bobbi Brown loves a wedding! Bobbi counters across the land have Bobbi's own signature bridal beauty tips on hand - makeup lessons are complimentary and tailored to fit your needs. So, it's no surprise that she has recently launched the most lovely bridal beauty collection - the Luxe Collection, just in time for wedding season! It has four beautiful Limited Edition items, which are bridal beauty perfect, and great for bridesmaids gifts as well. … [Read more...]