Melvita’s Extraordinary Waters get a new look!

In celebration of Melvita's 30th Anniversary this year, the organic experts at the French organic brand have updated their global best-selling Extraordinary Waters collection. These lovely, delicately scented 'pre-care' gels (essentially toners, but offering so much more than old-schoool toners ever offered!) can be applied with a cotton pad, or your fingertips, creating the perfect base for moisturiser They blend traditional active organic … [Read more...]

Clarins – new concealer and foundation

Clarins have two new products hitting counters in September, the Extra Comfort Foundation SPF15 and the Instant Concealer. I've been using the concealer for the last two months, and it is excellent. I even had a beauty professional from another, rival, brand, remark on just how much it added light to under my eyes when I applied it on a night out with her. It looks like a little mini bottle of foundation, and a little goes a very long way. The … [Read more...]

Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Collection

"This autumn, chocolate is the new black." So says Bobbi Brown, and she's created a beautiful autumn makeup collection to illustrate her claim. Bobbi's Rich Chocolate Collection is inspired by bittersweet chocolate and ripe raspberries. And, you get to indulge a chocolate craving, without actually eating it! This collection is  all about the eyes - enhanced by black-infused brown, and complemented by a touch of rosy, just-pinched colour, on … [Read more...]

The Bobbi & Katie Collection!

It was bound to happen. Katie Holmes has been the face of Bobbi Brown for a while now, so it was no surprise when news of a Bobbi & Katie Collection landed on my desk. It's a very simple collection - just two pieces to it, and it is, apparently, the ultimate makeup lineup for today's modern woman. Katie Holmes is a bit, well, meh, for me, but there's no denying she's a classic, understated beauty. Bobbi Brown is the Queen of understated … [Read more...]

Paul & Joe Beaute’s Fairytale Collection

Paul & Joe makeup is SO unbelievably pretty, I really hate using it. I still have items from the most amazing cat collection they did, and I'm probably keeping these little bits and bobs from this mini-collection, the Fairytale Collection, unused and on my shelf as well! Let's be honest, the make up is nice, but it's not the first reason why you would buy this stuff, is it? It's the stunning attention to detail - the embossing, the … [Read more...]

Clinique New Superprimer Face Primers

Primers - they're everywhere! It's one of the beauty buzzwords of this year, so it's no surprise the big guns are moving in. Here comes Clinique with a full range of six Superprimers. Yep, not just primers, but superprimers - for all types and tones of skin. Used before foundation, they are, as Clinique puts it, "foundation's new best friends". First up there is a Superprimer Universal Face Primer which offers a colourless formula that instantly … [Read more...]

The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick – Beauty Bargain of the Week

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 week's Beauty Bargain is £10 which I guess isn't as cheap as many things I recommend here, but I think it's a pretty good price for a decent lipstick - and The Body Shop's new Colour Crush … [Read more...]

Melvita launch Rose BB cream

Melvita have lots of fab launches this year - much to do with their 30th anniversary, no doubt. If you haven't discovered Melvita yet, then please do - they are a lovely organic French brand, kind to the skin, and full of fab, innovative and interesting mid-priced products. They are late to the BB Cream party,  but this one is well worth the wait. Their Rose Nectar BB Cream SPF15 is the latest addition to their award-winning Rose Nectar range. … [Read more...]

Ask Merle!

So, you may have noticed that there was a chance to 'Ask Merle' on the 5pm Health and Beauty Facebook page last month. This will be a regular thing, every month, so if you have any beauty questions you want answered, then please do look out for the Ask Merle FB post, and get asking! This month's question came from Liz who asked "I can never tan my legs properly, and I'm going abroad soon! Any tips?" I think Liz was asking about that age-old … [Read more...]

Estee Lauder – The Metallics

Metallics scream autumn/winter/partyseason to me - don't you agree? But there are elements of this new Estee Lauder Pure Color The Metallics collection that still have a hint of summer to them. The gorgeous Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer (£21) has the most amazing shiny, glass-like finish - this is me wearing Hot Cherry below. The beautful coral Melting Sun shade will allow you a summer hangover in the first weeks of autumn. They also have … [Read more...]