Live Native – The 5pm Big Deal

Today's 5pm Big Deal is Live Native - only £15.99 instead of £32.50 for a twin pack of foot balm and moisturiser. I've tried these truly organic products, and they are lovely.You can read my review of them from last week here. A very little goes a long way, so the 15ml size will last you. This 'living skincare' is a great alternative to your usual beauty products. And, they're made here in Scotland, on the Isle of Skye! … [Read more...]

Baby’s Got Blue Eyes…

...and nails, but let's get to that later. Blue eyes are a massive trend for this Autumn, so be prepared. We've come a long way from the pale blue eyeshadow of our teenage years, thankfully. Blue is a brilliant colour for an alternative smoky eye, and I've been looking at two very different blue palettes this week. First up is The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes (£16), which are innovative palettes, of shimmery eye colours. Each is made up of four … [Read more...]

5pm Big Deal – Live Native

Next week there's an excellent Big Deal here on 5pm with Skye based 'living skincare' brand Live Native. What is living skincare, I hear you ask? Well, Live Native is a toxin-free range of cold-pressed vegan organic skincare products. They contain only the finest and purest available nature-intact tropical oils and mineral-rich living plant extracts. What does that all mean? Well, basically it's skincare that hasn't been cooked, or altered by … [Read more...]

BeneFit’s New Mascara – One Day Flash sale!

So, another new mascara launches with amazing claims. This time it’s BeneFit, and the mascara is ‘They’re Real’ Beyond Belief Mascara. This landed on my desk the other week, and I was a bit sceptical. But, trust me, it's great! Applying it holding the brush vertically and wiggling the round-end across your lashes is a bit off-putting  - you need a steady hand - but the results are brilliant. Then you sweep through as you would with a normal … [Read more...]

Beauty Bargain of the Week – ecoTOOLS

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! It doesn’t matter how much you spend on your makeup, if you haven't got a decent set of brushes to apply it, you’ll never get it right. Throw out those foam applicators now! This week’s … [Read more...]

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas. There, I’ve said it. It is only four months away after all! 5pm Beauty Spot’s Craig Alexander Wilson and myself were fully immersed in the glitter and glitz of Christmas last month when we travelled down to London to attend the Boots Christmas Press Show. Every new range and all the gifts that Boots are bringing out this festive season were on show. And we were lucky enough to have a chat with the gorgeous Gok Wan who has a new line … [Read more...]

Bang Bang!

Here's one for the guys - a new scent by Marc Jacobs. Available at the end of the month, it's a refreshing twist on the last fragrance, Bang, and is called, well, Bang Bang! Wonder how long it took him to come up with that name... The bottle is pretty much the same, just a bold blue instead of grey this time. It has a citrus top of lemon, cardamom and fennel, a soft woody heart of sandalwood, and a smooth base of cashmere musks. It's actually … [Read more...]

Refine those pores

Pores. Essential to us, but the bane of our lives as we get older, ladies, right? As a child, they're virtually invisible and our skin looks porcelain smooth. But as we age, oil production fluctuates due to hormonal changes, cell maturation becomes erratic, cell renewal becomes irregular and skin dehydration increases. All of this makes our pores less tight, and studies show that between the age of 25 to 50 300,000+ pores on our face typically … [Read more...]

Moisture Mist – but not from the rain!

There are some beauty products that aren't exactly revolutionary, or essential in any way. Well, okay, one can argue that most aren't essential, but you know what I mean! Anyway - when I was given a bottle of one of REN's latest products, their Tonic Moisture Mist (£18) last week, I was kind of like, 'oh, okay, here's another kind of gimmicky summer product'. And, with all the rain we've had this summer the last thing I wanted to do was spray … [Read more...]

Illamasqua Skin Base – like a Blemish Balm

What's a Blemish Balm? You won't be asking that question soon when they hit our shores and stores later this year. Blemish Balm is the latest buzzword in beauty. Massive in Asia, it's a sort of wonder-product that does it all. Basically it's a tinted moisturiser with lots of additional properties - brightening skincare ingredients, an SPF, anti-ageing elements, and sometimes healing properties too, to help deal with acne, dehydration, … [Read more...]