Enlighten with Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder's latest skincare range launches next month - and their EE Cream. Yes, I said EE!! Not BB, CC, or DD, but EE! More on that later, but first the skincare products in the new Enlighten range. The Enlighten Skintone Correcting Collection is for night and day, for naturally glowing, even-toned skin. Research has shown that women are bothered by the luminosity of their skin as it ages, and also hyperpigmentation - that's those pesky dark … [Read more...]

Scottish Beauty

Scotland is all over the news this week, and today we go to the polls to decide our country's future in the Independence referendum. Let's leave the politics behind, but celebrate our fantastic little country, by celebrating Scottish beauty! Here are a few of my favourite Scottish beauty brands out there. Who would you add to the list? 1. THE TRU BRAND SaraJane Lynch is the founder/creator/drivingforce/guineapig for her own beauty brand which … [Read more...]

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...]