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...]

Handcreams and Foot Treatments

This week I’ve gone shopping with my trusty 1980s jelly basket for handcreams and foot treatments. I have had a horrendous flare-up of palmoplantar psoriasis this year - that's psoriasis of the soles of your feet and palms of your hands. As well as treatments from the doctor I have been using more hand creams and foot treatments than ever before. So, I thought I would share them with you. Before this bout of psoriasis took hold, I was, like most … [Read more...]

Seascape Natural Beauty

It's nice to try new brands so I was happy to trial out a couple of products from a brand called SEASCAPE ISLAND APOTHECARY recently. They are a Jersey based company, and the products are full of natural goodness and not full of parabens, silicones SLS,  petroleum,artificial colours and synthetic fragrances. The packaging is sustainable, and the ingredients are sourced from ethical suppliers. I think what I really love about this brand is the … [Read more...]

Origins NEW Plantscription – FREE!

Yes, the headline is right - FREE Origins new Plantscription Power Serum! The best-selling, award-winning serum gets a new version this September, and Origins are giving away free samples in the weeks leading up to the launch. So, if you are a fan of Origins Plantscription Anti-ageing serum, then you have to try the NEW Plantscription Anti-aging Power Serum. Helping to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, plumping up skin’s appearance, … [Read more...]

Lush launch sun care

Lush have just launched their sun care and, of course, it'd not like any sun care you will have used before. It's innovative, natural and I can't wait to try it out properly on holiday in a few weeks. There are five products in the new range - Million Dollar Moisturiser, Lifesaver, The Sunblock, Sesame Suntan Lotion, and Powdered Sunshine. I am most intrigued by The Sunblock (£8.95). This is an SPF30 sunscreen, in a block form, which you use in … [Read more...]