Realine Beauty Patches

In my decade+ as a beauty writer, editor and blogger, I have been sent all sorts of crazy products. There was the spray that was supposed to protect your skin from harmful computer rays, fake tan tights, and, well, stick-on anti-ageing patches. Yep, stickers to stick on your face, to prevent lines and wrinkles. Apparently, according to Realine Beauty, whose patches I have been trialling, women have used tape for years in attempt to keep frown … [Read more...]

Sanctuary Spa launch Wonder Oil Serum

Hands up those of you who use a serum and a moisturiser or facial oil? I know I do. So, I was intrigued to try this new Sanctuary Spa Wonder Oil Serum which has been created it seems to simplify our beauty regimes. Simply apply this after cleansing and then put your makeup on. Sounds perfect, the one-step beauty routine. But is it? Well, its not bad. It's a multi-tasker, and if time is short, I can see the appeal. Maybe I just like the beauty … [Read more...]

YSL Fusion Foundation

YSL launch their Fusion Foundation today (exclusive to Debenhams, until August 20), with a mass of science behind it, apparently much of it the same as the science NASA use. This is not a new claim int he beauty world  but it seems to be a true one this time, as Jane Cunningham from British Beauty Blogger discusses at length in her post on her new site The Beauty Plus. I'll leave it to Jane to explain as she does it in much more depth that I … [Read more...]

Tom Ford’s Flawless Complexion collection

This is Tom Ford's new Flawless Complexion collection. "As human beings, we all respond subconsciously to symmetry. It is a universal beauty standard. A symmetrical and balanced face is considered beautiful in our society," says Tom Ford. I get the feeling Tom Ford likes symmetry in everything, don't you? He's SO perfect! If you've seen his film, A Single Man, you will see how meticulous he is about attention to detail. So, it's no surprise that … [Read more...]

Seven Shimmer products for Summer!

Who doesn't like a bit of shimmer in the summer? Here's seven of my current favourite shimmery products! I'm not a huge shimmery, golden glow kind of gal, but I do love a bit of shimmer on a summer evening. Any tan looks instantly lifted with a bit of a shimmer added to it, be it from a bronzer, an oil, or a brightening blush. Marks and Spencer have a brilliant Limited Collection shimmery range, with all sorts of products. Their Shimmer Bronzing … [Read more...]

Estee Lauder relaunch Advanced Night Repair Eye

Estee Lauder will launch new versions of their Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum, and Eye Cream from August.  Last July, Estee Lauder relaunched their Advanced Night Repair - the new Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II was born, and I absolutely love it. I blogged about that relaunch on here. These two new relaunches of the Advanced Night Repair eye products happen next week. If you haven't tried Advanced Night Repair in any … [Read more...]

YSL Black Fetish Collection

It's sunny outside, summer is here, and we're all feeling, well, summery, so ... it's a great time to talk about Autumn /Winter makeup! I know, I know, but the Autumn/Winter beauty collections hit the counters in August, and this one hits in July! So let's start this week with this GORGEOUS collection from YSL. Featuring the beautiful Cara Delevingne in the campaign images, the Fall 2014 YSL look  - Black Fetish - was inspired by leather. "I am … [Read more...]

Radiance Revealing Masks

Face masks are one of those things that I have odd memories of. Always portrayed in movies as white or green chalky things, and always on women's faces at completely inappropriate times in almost every sitcom written. Just applied a facemask? That must be the doorbell and it must be the man I love at the door - you know the script! I can remember being taught how to apply a kaolin based chalky mask with my special brush as a beauty school student … [Read more...]

Dr Murad in Debenhams Glasgow

A brand new, shiny Dr Murad counter opened in the Debenhams Argyle Street Glasgow beauty hall this week. Who is Dr Murad? Well, he's Dr Howard Murad, an American Board-certified Dermatologist and trained pharmacist, who has treated thousands of patients over more than 30 years in practice, and who has his own skincare line, Dr Murad. Dr Murad is a little different than many other 'Dr' brands in that he looks at the whole picture - well being as … [Read more...]

Summer Beauty Bases

This week I've gone shopping with my trusty 1980s jelly basket for summer bases. Do you change your foundation in the summer months? You should, if you don't already. Summer means we can get away with something lighter, more of a tinted moisturiser than an actual foundation. You want to let any summer glow shine through, and if you get a holiday tan, you may need a slightlt different shade anyway. I love the range of bases available in the beauty … [Read more...]