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Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Skincare | 1 comment

Elemis Biotec Facial Treatment

Elemis Biotec Facial Treatment

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Elemis counter at Harvey Nichols in Leeds for a complimentary Biotec facial and to find out all about this new range. I say Elemis ‘counter’ – it’s actually a space where you can relax and try out the products, chat with the salesperson and they’ve even got a little hidden away treatment area where you can have a fantastic relaxing facial. I’d never heard of the Biotec range before and salesperson Sarah explained how it’s been developed for use when your usual skincare routine isn’t working. It helps to energise skin cells so that they react better to your usual products and treatments, so you can use it for short bursts every now and again if your skin isn’t feeling quite right. Then Sarah analysed my skin using the Elemis super-computer. She took a close-up photo of my skin then the system showed all the areas where my face had sun damage, wrinkles, uneven skintone, blemishes, oil or dehydrated patches....

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

Paul & Joe – Autumn 2015 Lip Treatment Balm

Paul & Joe – Autumn 2015 Lip Treatment Balm

Just a quick review today on this very cute little tin of Lip Treatment Balm* from Paul & Joe Beaute. This is a limited edition product, part of their Autumn 2015 collection. I just love the bee and flower print on the little round tin, it’s so cute and bees are so popular at the moment. One of the reasons it has bees on is that the ingredients include Honey and Ginger. There is also another limited edition variant of the Lip Treatment Balm that contains Earl Grey Tea, Bergamot and Lemon, and the tin is decorated in a floral design. Other ingredients include Olive Oil and Lavender Oil to help hydrate the lips and lock in moisture. This will be a great little product for Winter, I like to go out walking in the cold weather so I’ll be able to keep this in my pocket to prevent my lips from getting chapped. The product itself is a translucent honey coloured balm, very different from your usual opaque...

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

New launches from Kiehl’s

New launches from Kiehl’s

Summer seems to be the time when a lot of skincare brands launch new products, and Kiehl’s is no exception. I have a great relationship with my local Kiehl’s store in York and Laura, the manager there, sent me samples of these two new products to try. If you don’t know much about Kiehl’s it was originally one old world New York pharmacy that was opened in 1851 by a Mr Kiehl and a Mr Morse (poor Mr Morse, he never got his name included in the brand). It offered its customers herbal remedies, over-the-counter drugs, essential oils and the very first Kiehl’s branded products. Fast forward over 150 years and it’s many stores now offer a wide range of skincare and bodycare products that make use of natural ingredients and benefit from Kiehl’s’ medicinal knowledge that has been developed over many years. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate* – I absolutely love skincare oils, they feel so gentle and natural on the skin. This Daily Reviving Concentrate is the daytime equivalent of Kiehl’s’...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Haircare | 4 comments

KOREAN BEAUTY Daeng Gi Meo – Ri Ja Dam Hwa Scalp & Hair Cleansing Treatment

KOREAN BEAUTY Daeng Gi Meo – Ri Ja Dam Hwa Scalp & Hair Cleansing Treatment

I am currently taking part in an initiative working with BNT News International, a global beauty/fashion/lifestyle and entertainment source based in Seoul, South Korea. I am helping BNT to promote a selection of new and exciting Korean beauty products to a UK audience, these are products that you probably won’t have seen before and some of them are really different and unique. My second Korean beauty post went live last Friday when I reviewed Lips In Love lip paint from Forencos. The product that I am reviewing today has possibly the longest name of anything I’ve ever tested! It’s Ja Dam Hwa Scalp & Hair Cleansing Treatment from Daeng Gi Meo Ri. Now firstly I have to admit that I’ve found it a bit of a struggle to review this product, all of the directions and ingredients on the box and tube are in Korean so I had to do a bit of investigation on the internet to find out how to use the treatment! Basically it’s a herbal treatment for...

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Haircare | 6 comments

Every day can be a good hair day with Alchemy

Every day can be a good hair day with Alchemy

I’ve been raving about this Grapefruit Hair Remedy from Alchemy Oils on Twitter for days now, this is an all natural product that helps nourish and condition your hair. The Grapefruit Hair Remedy is a blend of 5 natural oils – Coconut, Avocado, Almond, Castor oils which all work to promote growth, thicken hair and add a lustrous shine, plus citrusy Grapefruit oil which fights dandruff and helps keep the scalp healthy. I have thick wavy blonde hair which can get quite dry and frizzy due to over-straightening, so I like to treat it every now and again to some kind of treatment. This one sounded perfect as it only contains natural ingredients. You shouldn’t be scared of using oils, they’re great for every bit of your body and I love to use an oil on my face too, you can read all about one of my favourites here. As you can see from the ingredients list above there’s nothing else added to this hair oil, and therefore it...

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Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Haircare | 2 comments

Save The Blow Dry – Turquoise Shower Cap

Save The Blow Dry – Turquoise Shower Cap

A few months ago I was lucky enough to be able to try out and review a revolutionary new shower cap, Save The Blow Dry. Dubbed ‘the queen of shower caps’ the new quirky pink bathroom accessory had been developed to zap humidity and condensation, bathroom-proofing hair to leave it dry and bouncy. Plus, this new shower cap is large enough to protect even the longest and thickest of styles. You can read my full review of Save The Blow Dry here. So, “What’s new?” I hear you ask. Well, the lovely people over at Save The Blow Dry have only gone and made their ground-breaking shower cap in turquoise!! The image above shows the new turquoise Save The Blow Dry shower cap* in all it’s glory. It’s a lovely bright colour and perfect for anyone who doesn’t like pink, or even men who want to protect their perfectly blow-dried styles whilst in the shower. Now there’s no point in me going over old ground, I’ve already spoken about...

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Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments

Clarins – Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Clarins – Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil

Another skincare review for you today, this time it’s Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil* from Clarins, a real treat for dehydrated skin. This product aims to revitalise and tone skin, whilst the Hazelnut Oil within it helps to prevent further moisture loss making it perfect for Winter when cold weather and central heating can really zap skin of its moisture. You get plenty of oil in the 30ml glass bottle with pipette lid and as you only use a few drops each time this bottle will last you for AGES! The oil itself is a beautiful golden colour and it has a strong scent of patchouli which I do think it is a bit of a strange fragrance for a skincare product and it reminds me of burning incense sticks in my room as a teenager, but I am getting used to it the more that I use this oil. Around 6 drops should be applied to cleansed skin both morning and night instead of a moisturiser, first the...

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Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Haircare | 2 comments

Neal & Wolf – Glow & Harmony

Neal & Wolf – Glow & Harmony

When I was asked to try out hair styling products Glow* and Harmony* from Neal & Wolf I was very excited as it’s a brand I have read a lot about recently but have never tried. The brand is all about enjoying a little indulgence every day and this is reflected in their beautiful shimmery premium packaging. Neal & Wolf, the brainchild of Neil Capstick who has worked in the hair industry for over 20 years, has concentrated on bringing out just a small number of products but with the very best ingredients and they are only sold in specially picked salons. The first of the two products that I tested out was Harmony Intensive Hair Treatment which is a conditioner suitable for all hair types. This product has been developed without containing any parabens or sulfates and has not been tested on animals, and I think it’s really great to see more haircare brands shunning some of the nasty ingredients that we find in our cosmetic products. Harmony...

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