John Lewis and M&S beauty advent calendars

It's not Christmas without a beauty advent calendar now, is it? There are SO many of them, it's impossible to keep track. But, I am lucky enough to have two of the best to open this year - roll on December. First up is the John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar. The retail giant hasn't had a beauty advent calendar before, so they have gone to town on their first. It weights in at a hefty £149, but it is JAM-PACKED with beauty goodies - with some full … [Read more...]

Aveda launch Pure-Fume Hair Mists

I'm not sure how I feel about this latest launch from Aveda - the Pure-Fume Hair Mists. There are three of them, from three different corners of the globe, and all making your hair smell lovely, as well as adding softness and shine. I just don't know if I want my hair to smell. I used a new shampoo last week that was quite overpowering. I like the smell of my husband's freshly washed hair, you know, that clean smell. But I'm not a fan of … [Read more...]

Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign Box

If you love a beauty box, then here is one packed with goodies that will make you feel good inside too. The Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Campaign Beauty Box is packed with iconic products from some of the EL brands. For every £25 box bought, £15 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year marks the 25th year of the campaign, started by Evelyn Lauder with a simple pink ribbon. Millions have been raised … [Read more...]

GHD Breast Cancer Now charity products

I had a pair of pink GHDs for years - they were brilliant. My husband trod on them and cracked them a few months back. Time to show him this blog post maybe and get a pair of this year's Pink Blush Platinums? It's October, it's breast cancer awareness month, and the long-standing collaboration between ghd and global breast cancer charities has raised more than £10million over the past 13 years. There are three pink blush products to … [Read more...]

NEW Aveda Texture Tonic

After my holiday the sun, sea and swimming pool have taken their toll on my locks. My hair is over processed, and has gone a bit flat, to say the least. So, I was delighted to try Aveda's new Texture Tonic this week. I love the tousled, undone, effortless look - who doesn't - and this spray will try to give you that hair texture we all crave! It combines a unique balance of ingredients, including  Magnesium Sulfate  - Epsom Salts - which adds … [Read more...]

Being Blonde – how to care for fair!

I've been blonde for a month or so now, and I have been trying out all sorts of new products for my ashy locks. It's not the first time I've channelled my inner Marilyn and reached for the bleach, but I'd like to look after it properly this time around! So, I've been trying to find a good shampoo, a great conditioner, and some fabulous masks and more to keep my blonde as bright and icy as I want it. The latter means purple shampoo and my … [Read more...]

Beau-TEA-ful! Afternoon Tea Week beauty

This week is Afternoon Tea Week - and there are lots of lovely afternoon tea offers on 5pm - but, if beauty if more your thing, then how about these tea-inspired beauty products! Tea, as a beauty ingredient has all sorts of antioxidant properties, and it comes in everything from moisturiser to shampoo! Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea (£35) is an oldie but a goodie. It delivers the perfect mix of White Tea, … [Read more...]

Hydration Heroes

Hydrating your skin is hugely important all-year round, but in particular when it's too hot, or too cold. I tend to suffer from bouts of dehydration these days rather than all year round dryness. There are a few products I can't live without - my Hydration Heroes - and a few new ones I have thrown into the mix. And hydration isn't just for the face - don't forget your body or your hair either. I love The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 … [Read more...]

Sort the curls with Bed Head by TIGI

Another new range of products for curly/wavy/frizzy hair lands in my office, and I promptly look at them and consign them to the 'maybe later' bin. I just can't deal with my curly hair! The new products from Bed Head by TIGI are all Wimbledon purple and green and have ridiculous names like Calma Sutra, and I'm sure they are fab. I remember the original Bed Head wax stick, after all. The products are good. When it comes to waves and curls TIGI … [Read more...]

Strawberries & Cream Beauty

Are you watching Wimbledon? It's such a British institution we can't ignore it, and so today's post is all about a Wimbledon favourite - strawberries and cream! Well, sort of! I've rounded up some strawberry and cream beauty products to get us in the Wimbledon mood! (Come on Andy Murray!) Paul Mitchell's The Cream will not taste good with strawberries, so don't please pour it over them, but do use it on your poor, parched, hair. It's like a … [Read more...]