Bag it Up!

Is there any more fun than rummaging in a pal's cosmetic bag? Just don't stick your fingers in their products. This happened to me on a train journey once with a beauty blogger I had just met. Outrageous! Now, if, like me, you like doing your makeup on the move, then you're not going to want to take out some grubby old bag in public are you? So treat yourself to a new one - the more fun the better. Gorgeous leather animal motifs, bright and … [Read more...]

Face Vinegar? Yep, it’s a thing.

I love a new product press release when it's something I've never heard of before - because that's rare after 15 years plus doing this job -  but Face Vinegar?! Doesn't sound that appealing does it? However, don't judge a book by its cover, or in this case, the name. For a start, this isn't really a vinegar, it's essentially a toner. You use it after cleansing, and before moisturising. Gallinee Face Vinegar contains Actibiome, a prebiotic … [Read more...]

MAC Cosmetics tops the Instagram beauty brands

If you're on Instagram, you probably follow at least one beauty brand. And if you're on Instagram you are one of one BILLION active users worldwide (as of June 2018). So it's no wonder brands love this platform,and recognise its  potential to engage existing and new users to like, share and feel encouraged to buy a product or service. But who reigns supreme on Insta? And which beauty brands are the ones to follow? According to a recent survey … [Read more...]

The Ordinary skincare

Don't believe the hype? Or do believe the hype? The Ordinary, created by Deciem, is a beauty collection that arrived on the scene last year with a LOT of hype. Sali Hughes devoted a whole column to the range in the Guardian, and Caroline Hirons interviewed the man behind the brand on her blog. The products are cheap - most of them are under a tenner, which, of course, makes beauty fans question their efficacy. How can they make them so … [Read more...]

Green Lipstick Fairy Tale…

Let's start the week with a fairytale, shall we? A tale of very different women and their quest for that seemingly elusive, perfect, lipstick. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I will begin... Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there lived a beautiful queen who longed to find the perfect rosebud pink lipstick. And try as she might to find that fairy tale perfection, her friends quickly brought her back to reality. “Too sweet!” cried … [Read more...]

Estee Lauder’s great Gift With Purchase

I love a Gift With Purchase (or GWP) in the beauty hall, and Estee Lauder usually do them better than most. I remember as a teenager trying to make sure my 'replenishing the stocks' beauty purchases coincided with these brilliant offers. Who doesn't love a beauty bag filled with mini versions of the best lotions and potions out there? This Estee Lauder offer lasts until September 29 - so you've got the rest of this week to get down to your … [Read more...]

Perfection with Estee Lauder

There's a new Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum out next month, and when I first read the press release, I was a bit baffled it has to be said, by the science. Upon further reading, it's actually not that complicated. Basically, the CP+R stands for Correct, Prevent + Repair, and this is what it claims to be able to do to the  look of serious lines and wrinkles with exceptional speed. It's an advanced serum which … [Read more...]

Best of British with Elemis

Yes, I'm still on a Jubilee theme - but again, not just any old tat! No, this lovely Best of British box from Elemis is a cut above the rest, don't you think? It's the perfect way to get into the Jubilee spirit subtly, and get a great bargain on six brilliant Elemis products. This lovely keepsake Union flag box contains Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Melting Cleansing Gel, Tranquil Touch Indulgent Bath Elixir, Tranquil Touch Body Polish and Wild … [Read more...]

Estee Lauder’s Orange Crush

If you are loving the colour blocking trend on the catwalks this season in fashion, then you are going to be rushing to Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh to get your hands on the Limited Edition Estee Lauder Pure Color Orange Crush Collection, which goes on counter at the store (and branches in Leeds, London and Manchester) tomorrow. For Derek Lam’s Spring 2011 runway show, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director, Tom Pecheux, created a bold, … [Read more...]