Burt’s Bees 30th Anniversary Facebook campaign

Do you want Burt from Burt's Bees to read out your birthday message to him and the bees? Yes? Well, get over to the Burt's Bees UK Facebook page and get wishing them a very Happy Birthday! More on how to later. First, a short history on this lovely brand. Burt's Bees turns 30 this month and have come along way from 1984 when Burt met artist Roxanne Quimby when she was hitchhiking a ride home in Maine. Roxanne was intrigued by his story of … [Read more...]

BIOEFFECT Daytime moisturiser for Dry Skin

Come the winter months  -  and they are coming - skin can get a lot drier, thanks to the weather and the use of central heating. I have dry skin anyway, so in the winter I am always layering on the moisturiser, and looking for anything with an extra moisturisation quality. So, I was thrilled to find the new formulation for dry skin of BIOEFFECT DAYTIME moisturiser. This is rich like absolutely nothing I have ever used before. It has an … [Read more...]

Clarins Gift with PURPOSE

Yes, that's right, not just a Gift with Purchase, but a Gift with Purpose from Clarins this month. When you make two Clarins purchases you will receive a lovely gift with purchase, which has purpose too, in the shape of the FEED 10 Cosmetics bag. Each FEED 10 bag contains five of Clarins iconic discovery size products and provides 10 nutritious school meals through the UN World Food Programme to children in developing countries. Founded in 2007 … [Read more...]

Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil

This was the perfect antidote to my post-holiday blues  - Sisley's first facial skincare oil on my desk. Three years after the launch of the Black Rose Cream Mask comes the Black Rose Precious Face Oil. The mask became a cult product in record time, and is number one on the French luxury face mask market. And if my first taste of the new Oil is anything to go by, then it will surely follow suit. Facial oils are excellent for all skin types, but … [Read more...]

New Foundations from Estee Lauder and Clarins

Foundation is BIG news this autumn/winter in the beauty world. It seems like everyone is launching a new base product - and all with new technologies and claims. More and more, foundation is becoming an integral part of a skincare routine, not just a makeup base. Estee Lauder and Clarins are the latest two big guns to lunch their latest foundations. Clarins bring out True Radiance SPF15 foundation next month, and it promises to even, illuminate … [Read more...]

Darphin Ideal Resource Anti-Dark Circle Eye Illuminator

Loads of AW14 beauty collections seem to be about eye makeup, and the focus on the eyes, so, it's just as well this little beauty from Darphin is launching then, isn't it?! Darphin's Ideal Resource Anti-Dark Circle Eye Illuminator is a big name for a little product, but it has big claims. It's a specialised treatment for the eye contour area and it delivers a triple action for the specific needs of this fragile area to create instant radiance, a … [Read more...]

Cachette SteamCream

I've seen SteamCream on and off in my time as a beauty writer - it seems to pop up in my inbox every now and then. What is it? Well, it's a moisturiser, simple as that. It comes in cute tins, and contains 11 specifically selected natural ingredients, and is packed with raw plant extracts. The reason it's called SteamCream is the steam process used to create it. Many moisturisers use complex molecules to bind their ingredients but SteamCream is … [Read more...]

BeneFit Majorette & Just Confess, You’re Obsessed

September sees the launch of two fabulous new BeneFit products -and this pair are absolutely full of BeneFit sass and fun! First up, it's Majorette, a cream-to-powder booster blush which promises to give your cheeks an instant 'cheer up'! It's a prerppy-pink shade, you can 'twirl' it on bare cheeks for a flush, or wear it under another blusher for extra pep! Gorgeous packaging, and it smells fabulous with a pom-pom peach and pomegranate … [Read more...]

Tom Ford Private Blend Patchouli Absolu

The other new launch is in Tom Ford's Private Blend range, and is a very personal one for Mr Ford. He absolutely loves patchouli (so do I!) and has reinvented it in this wonderful private Blend, Patchouli Absolu. Patchouli is famed  for its rich and mysterious sensuality and its long history in perfumery. Patchouli Absolu is Tom Ford's personal ode to an ingredient that is intertwined with his own story. The iconic olfactive note of the 1970s, … [Read more...]

Tom Ford Velvet Orchid

We are being utterly spoiled with not one, but TWO gorgeous new Tom Ford fragrances this autumn! Both are out on September 1, and are very different! First up it's the BIG launch - the first mainline Tom Ford new fragrance for a while - the beautiful Velvet Orchid. I am going to come right out and say that this is not my favourite - it's maybe just that wee bit sweet for me, BUT, it's going to be a big hit with anyone that loves a deep, florally, … [Read more...]