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Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Skincare | 2 comments

Luxury probiotic skincare that really works, from Aurelia

Luxury probiotic skincare that really works, from Aurelia

You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare before, I only heard of them a few months back and I’ve been reading some really good reviews of their products. Their philosophy is all around using ethically sourced 100% BioOrganic botanical formulations to prevent skin ageing, and their products are free from a number of ingredients that we are starting to think of as potentially harmful – including synthetic fragrances, colorants, parabens, mineral oils, silicones, sulphates, propylene glycol and phthalates. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare is also cruelty free and carries the ‘Leaping Bunny’ mark. I was sent a boxful of goodies from Aurelia to try out and the first thing that struck me was their packaging, it felt like unwrapping a really special gift wrapped in black tissue paper, tied with ribbon and nestled inside a black gift box. I was sent a full size of the popular Refine & Polish Miracle Balm, plus a sample of 3 other products that were housed inside little dark bottles and tied...

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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Skincare | 2 comments

Skinade – Anti-Ageing Skincare Drink

Skinade – Anti-Ageing Skincare Drink

Skinade is an anti-ageing skincare drink, made in Britain, that contains collagen (amongst other ingredients) – collagen is a protein that naturally occurs in the body, it is responsible for skin support, firmness, elasticity, hydration, and the constant production of new skin cells. However as we grow older our body loses collagen, causing skin ageing which results in wrinkles, dry skin and fine lines. When I first heard of Skinade, last year, I was rather sceptical as to how a drink could improve the skin. However, I was recently sent a month’s worth of Skinade* drink to try out, so that I could see if it really works or not. So, what were the results….. I had imagined that Skinade would be colourless and maybe a bit unpleasant or sour, however it’s an orange coloured drink and it has a pleasant peach flavour… although after drinking it for a couple of weeks the flavour does get a bit cloying. I would recommend keeping the drink in the fridge, as it does...

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

Clarins – New Year Skincare Must-Haves

Clarins – New Year Skincare Must-Haves

If your New Year’s resolution is to look after your skin then the first thing you need to focus on is your cleansing routine. It’s SO important to cleanse thoroughly at night to remove make-up and the grime from the day, and then again first thing in the morning to freshen up your skin and prepare it for the day ahead. This Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream* from Clarins is a perfect choice, and it has been specially developed for those living in an urban environment who will come into contact with pollution on a daily basis. It aims to rid the skin from traces of pollution, detoxify the epidermis, and protect the skin from the harmful effects of pollution. The Cleansing Cream is thick, rich and quite sticky, it’s pale peach in colour and has a pleasant floral scent. I’ve been using it since New Year’s Eve and I’ve been pleasantly surprised – it easily removes make-up, although you may want to use a separate eye make-up remover as it...

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Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Makeup | 3 comments

Clarins – Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Pink Magnolia

Clarins – Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Pink Magnolia

I have another lipstick review for you today, this one is Rouge Eclat in Pink Magnolia* from Clarins. Rouge Eclat is Clarins’ first age-defying lipstick range containing their Nutri-Youth Complex which protects lips against dehydration and boosts collagen, while Vitamin E protects against free radicals. Pink Magnolia is one of the new shades of Rouge Eclat lipstick – there are now 20 to choose from mainly in varying shades of pink and brown. Pink Magnolia is what I describe as a ‘pinky/reddy/brown’ shade! It’s a dark reddy pink, with brown undertones. It looks more red on the swatch image above, but has more of a pink shade on the lips. Rouge Eclat lipsticks feel really lovely and smooth on the lips, buttery and velvety, very moisturising. It stays that way for hours after you’ve applied it too, it doesn’t dry the lips out or sink into the creases and lines on the lips so I can see it being very good for mature lips. It’s a lovely shade if...

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

Clinomyn – 14 Day Challenge for Whiter Teeth

Clinomyn – 14 Day Challenge for Whiter Teeth

I was contacted recently to ask if I was interested in doing the Clinomyn 14 Day Challenge for whiter teeth. I wouldn’t consider my teeth particularly stained but they’re definitely not as white as Simon Cowell’s, so I decided to give it a go! I had to use Clinomyn Anti-Stain Fluoride Toothpaste in Fresh Mint* for 2 weeks and then post my results to show whether there had been an improvement in the colour of my teeth. Clinomyn contains a cleaning system called Polynam, and in a consumer test on 112 smokers 71% experienced whiter teeth in 14 days or less. Clinomyn Anti-Stain Fluoride Toothpaste has been developed for smokers (I am not one of those) in order to help remove the stains caused by nicotine from teeth. It also helps to remove stains caused by tea, coffee, red wine, curries and other colourful foods – now I don’t drink red wine or coffee, neither am I a big fan of curry, but I have recently increased my intake...

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Makeup | 3 comments

UK Launch of Essence Make-Up

UK Launch of Essence Make-Up

Essence make-up has been around overseas since 2002 but has only recently been launched in the UK. Unfortunately I was unable to make it to their launch party but I was kindly sent a selection of Essence make-up to try. My first impressions of Essence is good, the products and packaging remind me a bit of Rimmel London and I feel they are aimed at girls aged 12-18 although they would suit anyone looking for make-up on a budget. I will be reviewing 3 Essence make-up products today, and I have another couple of items (including a glitter nail varnish) that I will be reviewing over the coming weeks. The first product that I tried was Essence Pureskin Anti-Spot Moisturizing Make-Up*, a light foundation designed to help fight spots and blackheads which contains Clearderm Complex that fights spots and also zinc and bisabolol which help speed up the healing process. The product is fairly light, a bit like a cross between a foundation and a tinted moisturiser and it...

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Skincare | 3 comments

Yves Rocher – Lifting Bio Anti-Wrinkle Night Care

Yves Rocher – Lifting Bio Anti-Wrinkle Night Care

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been using this Lifting Bio Anti-Wrinkle Night Care* moisturiser from traditional French cosmetics brand Yves Rocher. I was quite surprised when I found out that Yves Rocher had a small range of organic skincare products and I was really interested to compare this night cream with my favourite organic Overnight Sensation Night Cream from Organic Surge. The product itself is a rich thick white cream with a herby scent a bit like fennel or aniseed. I wasn’t too keen on the fragrance at first but it started to grow on me and now I quite like it, one of the ingredients is organic alfalfa so I think this must be what creates the scent. Other ingredients include sweet almond oil and shea butter, and it contains no parabens, petrochemicals or other nasties. I have been applying Lifting Bio Anti-Wrinkle Night Care every night before bed for the past two weeks. It does take a little while to sink into the skin as it...

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Skincare | 1 comment

Radical Skincare – Age Defying Exfoliating Pads & Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

Radical Skincare – Age Defying Exfoliating Pads & Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum

When I was recently asked if I wanted to try out these Radical Skincare products I’d never heard of the brand before so I was excited to try out something new. Radical Skincare is an anti-aging skincare brand, based around Trylacel™ technology – a radical breakthrough in technology that keeps antioxidant potency and performance in the product to deliver maximum benefits and results quickly. Radical Skincare founders, sisters Liz and Rachel Edlich, have their photos on the Radical Skincare website and you would never guess that they are aged 50 and 45! I’d love to think that using these products could help me look as young as they do! The products I was sent to try out are Age Defying Exfoliating Pads* & Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum*. Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads – this is a large pot containing 60 exfoliating pads that have been soaked in a AHA and BHA-multifruit acid solution, the aim of the pads is to exfoliate the skin and promote cell turnover helping...

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