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...]

Korean Beauty Brand J.One launches in Boots

I've been all about the K-beauty of late, as more and more brands launch into the UK. Boots now stock Sephora's best-seller J.One. The J.One Jelly Pack sells four units EVERY MINUTE in South Korea. This hero product is joined in Boots by the J.One Black Jelly Pack, and the J.One Jelly Cream. The J.One Jelly Pack White comes in 30ml (£20) and 50ml (£32). It's a jelly that liquefies to deliver extreme hydration when applied to all skin … [Read more...]

Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask

What's better than a face mask? A colour-changing face mask! But this new Algenist ALIVE Prebiotic Balancing Mask is far from being a gimmick. It's formulated with a prebiotic from algae, a good-bacteria probiotic and patented Alguronic Acid. It balances, detoxifies and boosts radiance, giving you a healthy, glowing complexion. Algae has an exceptional ability to survive and thrive in the harshest environments on the planet, so it is a great … [Read more...]

Clarins NEW Hydra-Essentiel Lip and Eye

Clarins added a couple of new products to its Hydra-Essentiel range last month - the Moisturising Reviving Eye Mask, and the Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm. I love the Hydra range from Clarins - it works brilliantly on my dry skin. The range was recently rebooted, and now Clarins is adding more to it. I'm not going to lie - lip balm and eye mask are not my priorities. However, as far as lip balms go, this Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm … [Read more...]

Bea Skincare Super Vitamin C Serum

I like discovering new beauty brands - there are so many of them out there. The latest to land on my desk is Bea Skincare, developed by Skin Specialist Bianca Estelle. Developed in conjunction with an FDA-certified laboratory in the US, and with her background in 'cosmeceuticals' (I don't really like that word, it really doesn't mean anything!), the brand has some pedigree to it. And if you visit the website you will see that there are some … [Read more...]

YourGoodSkin at Boots

There's a new skincare range at Boots  - YourGoodSkin. I saw it sitting, a wee bit forlornly, in a makeshift 'display' at a local store last week. It was a bit of a sorry old Boots store in need of refurb, but the new range was there. This is a US collaboration I guess, as it's sold in Walgreens and Boots exclusively, and has been co-created with scientists, dermatologist, and a community of thousands of women. Does Boots need a new skincare … [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...]

New Primers and Concealers from NARS

NARS are concentrating on our complexions for the start of 2017 - they launched new primers on January 1, and are following up with a new concealer on February 1. There are three new Face Primers to choose from -  to boost it, blur it, and smooth it, say NARS. The Radiance Primer SPF 35/PA+++ contains a Radiance Boosting Complex which works to revive dull, fatigued skin instantly and over time. Encapsulated sunscreen beads release on contact … [Read more...]

Bobbi Brown Remedies

January seems to be a month when everyone wants to 'fix' things - their bodies, their ambition, their personalities even. To fix anything you need a remedy and Bobbi Brown has just that if it's a beauty issue you want to address. Bobbi launches her Remedies collection to help with various skin issues we might want to fix. Inspired by her holistic approach to beauty, Bobbi Brown Remedies is a collection of six treatments that target … [Read more...]

Aveda’s Daily Light Guard

Aveda's latest big launch is a sunscreen for the face, to help prevent ageing from the sun. Sadly, when the sun shines, mixed with our joy is fear of it burning, or ageing us. The sun is wonderful - and we do need some Vitamin D, but we have to be careful of its rays, and not getting too much of it. This isn't a holiday sunscreen as such, but, if you're off on a city break, or we get a heatwave here (here's hoping!), then it's perfect. AND - … [Read more...]