MAC Wash & Dry Summer

MAC's Wash & Dry Summer collection has been on counter since May, and is a Limited collection - so if you haven't snapped up bits of it yet, they're probably sold out already. However, I still wanted to cover it, because it's so lovely - bright, bold and fun. The campaign images have a retro feel, with a bright colour-pop twist. The packaging is ombre-style bright summer shades, and the emphasis in the collection is on eyes and lips - … [Read more...]

YSL Saharienne Summer 2015

GORGEOUS.One word to describe this lovely new collection from YSL for summer. I could give you a few more as well - bold, innovative, wearable, trend-setting. You get the idea: I love it! The yellow nail polish is my absolute favourite, and I have had so many compliments when wearing it. But I digress. Let's start at the beginning and get to nails later... So, this YSL summer collection, Saharienne, is a modern take on Marrakech, but paying … [Read more...]

Boots launch NEW Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Skincare range

It's hardly a surprise, given the recent success and validation of their Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum, No7 are now upgrading the Protect & Perfect Intense Skincare range to the ADVANCED level too. Consisting of three products - a day cream, a night cream, and an eye cream, it's targeted at women who are 35+. Utilising the proven groundbreaking anti-wrinkle and protection technology that is used in the serum, this range helps … [Read more...]

Creme de la Mer’s Blue Heart

This is one for the hardcore Creme de la Mer fans - their annual charity collector's pot. If you have £300 and you want a pot of your favourite face cream, and to help celebrate World Ocean Day (today, June 8) and Creme's ongoing commitment to the ocean, though their Blue Heart philanthropic mission, then here's this year's pot. An incredible 95% of the world's ocean is still unexplored. It really is, as Creme say, the mysterious 'blue heart' of … [Read more...]

MAC Is Beauty

Here's another new collection from MAC - this one is a beauty. Well, actually it IS Beauty. MAC is Beauty, on counter yesterday, is deliciously delightful! It is full of rich pastels, gorgeous brights, and more shades of Fluidline eyeliner than you've ever seen! The campaign imagery is retro kitsch perfection. It's beauty parlour heaven! So, that Pro Longwear Fluidline (£15.50)? There are SIXTEEN shades! As well as browns and black there … [Read more...]

New from Scottish Fine Soaps

 New soaps - and a whole lot more - from The Scottish Fine Soaps landed on my desk this week. The company are branching out with a variety of new products in two new collections. You can unwind or uplift with Pink Grapefruit & Argan Oil, and Larch & Lavender. Following on from the 40th anniversary restyle of the iconic Au Lait and Sea Kelp collections last year, there are now these two new lovely ranges, again with distinctive packaging, … [Read more...]

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2015 Shimmering Nudes

It's that time of year again - Bronze Goddess time. I always feel very summery when the classic Estee Lauder summer collection lands on my desk. This year, we're breaking it down into a beauty collection, and a fragrance collection, as there are three lovely products in the fragrance collection this time around. So, let's begin there. The minute you smell Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent you WILL be transported to some tropical beach … [Read more...]

Creme de la Mer Treatment Massage Tool

There has been a HUGE trend in the last couple of years for beauty gadgets. Cleansing brushes are a particular favourite - everyone seems to have one, or at least have tried one. I'm not that much of a gadget fan, but I was impressed with Creme de la Mer's addition to the trend - their Treatment Massage Tool. It sort of looks like a metal fish at first glance, and it is exceptionally easy to use, and needs no power other than elbow grease! … [Read more...]

Fake Tan Fan?

During my many years as a beauty writer, I have had many fake tans. Before I was a beauty writer, I had many fake tans. I spent most of my teenage years, in the late 1980s, feeling completely let-down by my peely-wally Scottish skintone, and used anything at all to give me, what I thought, was a golden glow. Thanks to Duo-Tan and the like back then, I ended up more orange than golden, but I was certainly glowing! So, when I started to use … [Read more...]

Origins Night-A-Mins Facial Oil

Sticking with Origins, and another new launch - their High Potency Night-A-Mins Skin Refining Oil, which they say is like a 'sleeping peel'. I am up for any beauty products that work whilst you sleep. In fact, the more I can put on my face before my head hits the pillow, the better! So, I have added this one to my routine. Actually, I've replaced a few things with this, because it really is that good. First, the relaxing aromas of Neroli … [Read more...]