Lunar New Year Reflexology and Jo Malone collection

It's the Lunar/Chinese New Year next Saturday (January 25), which got me thinking about the reflexology I had last week. It was the first time I had had this treatment in years, and it was fantastic. Loved every minute of it, and it pretty much cured the remains of my cold virus, and I haven't coughed since! Reflexology  - the alternative therapy that uses pressure points on the feet to have an effect on other areas of the body  - has its roots … [Read more...]

NEW Erborian Milk & Peel Mask and Balm

Sesame is a key ingredient in Korean cooking, so it makes sense it works in Korean skincare, right? The new Milk & Peel products from Erborian utilises sesame milk - extracted from freshly crushed seeds. Sesame offers a boundless reserve of minerals, iron, essential fatty acids and vitamins, and is great for the body and skin. The virtues of the sesame seed have been recognised for centuries, apparently...! Two products feature this … [Read more...]

Hand Care with Alteya and 5pm

We're all about the body in January, right? Gym memberships renewed, trainers on for running, and diets started. But how about focusing on something else? Maybe your hands? I was gifted some absolutely gorgeous new organic liquid hand soaps before Christmas, and I don't think I've ever washed my hands as much! Alteya Organics Liquid Soaps are certified organic, made with botanical extracts and pure essential oils. You can use them on face and … [Read more...]

bareMinerals launch the Poreless Collection

Here's another brand launching a new line perfect for Veganuary. bareMinerals launches its Poreless Collection - three products designed to help reduce the appearance of pores. It's a three-step skincare routine - so each product works in tandem with each other. It's not aimed at any particular age or skin type, it works for everyone, and it is powered by natural ingredients. Free of harsh chemicals and unnecessary additives, the … [Read more...]

Lush launch new Ultraplant Cleanser

It's Veganuary, and Lush has launched a new cleanser called Ultraplant - with the hashtag #TryVegan. The brand states this is its most luxurious, cold cream facial cleanser yet, and if you want to treat yourself, and the planet, then give it a go. It is a pretty innovative product  - a vegan blend, completely plant-based, self-preserving, and uses just six ethically-sourced natural ingredients - organic jojoba oil, orange blossom water, … [Read more...]

REN launches new Jelly Oil Cleanser

If you are in the market for a new cleanser, then look out for this new formula from REN, launching at the end of January. It's a rich, unique tri-phase formula that transforms from a jelly to an oil, and then to a milk to dissolve waterproof makeup, pollution and even SPF, whilst at the same time, replenishing and restoring the skin. It contains three powerful oils. Sunflower Seed Extract is there, to protect the ski's natural moisture … [Read more...]

Clarins launch Plant Gold

Clarins has launched yet another pretty innovative product with Plant Gold. This new product fits into the Clarins Aromaphytocare range - more on that later - and is a facial oil, with a difference. It's absolutely perfect if you haven't used a facial oil or you are a bit wary of it. Clarins is the king of facial oil brands, with its iconic three facial oils - Blue Orchid, Santal, and Lotus. The Clarins Plant Gold Nutri-revitalizing … [Read more...]

NEW POREfessional Hydrate Prtimer from Benefit

First, there was the POREfessional Pore Primer, then came POREfessional Pearl Primer, and now Benefit is introducing the POREfessional Hydrate Primer. This one has two new key ingredients - and they are both beauty stalwarts - Hyaluronic Acid, and Shea Butter. Basically, this is the POREfessional original primer, ramped up with ingredients that will hydrate, but in a way that it can be used for oily or dry skin. I've always had an issue … [Read more...]

Goldfinger (and face and hands and toes) with KIKO!

Here's a bit of fun for the festive season - gold masks! KIKO has gold masks for your face, hands and toes in the Magical Holiday collection. The extra good news is that there is money off everything in the collection at KIKO right now, so go grab yourself a treat or some stocking fillers. The Magical Holiday Golden Mask (£5.99) is a single-use nourishing golden fabric face mask that contains a blend of plant extracts, including chamomile … [Read more...]

Apothem new CBD brand launches in Harvey Nichols

I was very fortunate to be invited to a gorgeous breakfast at Harvey Nichols a couple of weeks ago week to learn all about the latest CBD brand on the block - Apothem. This is a high-end CBD brand - the clue is in the stockist, right? I have to confess that the CBD beauty revolution has sort of passed me by - I'm aware ofg it, but I haven't overly researched it, or used it.  The non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant (this won't change … [Read more...]