Estee Lauder Modern Muse Chic

After the mega-launch - and success - of Estee Lauder's Modern Muse fragrance, their first in years, it's no surprise they are now launching a new version of it. You can read about the original Modern Muse on last year's blog post here, and now I'll try and explain the differences in the new one! Modern Muse Chic represents the bold, daring, creative side of a Modern Muse, say Estee Lauder. In fragrance terms, it's a Vivid Woody Floral. Which is … [Read more...]

Holistic Silk Beauty Cocoons

AS well as the usual lotions and potions, I get sent some very odd things in this job. You may recall my post the other month about the sticky patches to help with anti-ageing? Well, here's another one of my category ' Weird and Wonderful Beauty' - Silk Cocoons. Let me explain a little more! Holistic Silk are a company who make beautiful items from silk - pillowcases, eye masks and more. And these funny little silk cocoons. Holistic Silk … [Read more...]

bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation

Yep, it's another new foundation! This one is quite interesting, because it's a liquid foundation, from bareMinerals. Mineral makeup is powder, right? Well, yes and no.  bareMinerals is a long-time detractor of liquid foundations so how do they justify bringing one out? Er, like this. Okay, I'm not actually going to share the whole press statement with you, because you may be asleep by the end of it. I've read it, and read it again, and what it … [Read more...]

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...]