Saturday, 28 November 2015


Looking for a hydrating formulation to suit a stressed-out, city-soaked mug? The Kiehl's Skin Rescuer  (£29.50) is a comfortable cream that feeds and softens thirsty skin. As my daily moisturiser of the moment, I'm really enjoying it. It works to smooth the surface of the skin and makes a lovely base for makeup which helps to boost a dull and distressed complexion on a cold winter morning (i.e me for the next 8 months). I'm a fan.

 E x

    Monday, 23 November 2015


    Since moving to London, my skin has become notably drier (for which I solely blame the hard water) When it comes to cleansing in the colder months, I often favour a balm, but for early morning starts, I like an effective formula with a shower fresh vibe. I recently picked up the Vichy Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel (£12) and it's everything my sleepy skin has been searching for. Specifically developed for those exposed to hard water and city environments, it packs in helpful ingredients like; thermal spa water (premium H20); glycerin (to attract moisture) and moringa (known for its natural emollient properties). The transparent fluid gel gently foams when applied to damp skin and can be removed with either a hot cloth or a splash of water. Put simply, this is a quick and easy cleanser made up of the good stuff that leaves skin feeling soft, soothed and squeaky clean.

    This is the first product I've ever tried from Vichy, but I've heard wonderful things about the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Serum, has anybody tried it, do give me the lowdown if so!

    E x

    Tuesday, 17 November 2015


    The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (£23) needs no introduction, but seeing as my peepers get a daily dust of the stuff, I thought it deserved another shout out. If you're a neutral nelly in the market for an all round palette pleaser, this is your guy. Expect six beautifully buttery matte shadows with buckets of pigment that don't budge. The naked shade range will take you from day (left) to night (right). It's also worth noting that I've used this palette every single day since purchasing it 12 months ago and I've only just hit pan, winner winner chicken dinner

    What are your favourite neutral eye palettes? I'm super keen to try Charlotte Tilbury's The Sophisticate (£38) next... 

    E x

    Monday, 16 November 2015


    When it comes to shampoo, I'm a silver, blue-tone addict, which I tend to mix up with thickening formulas and deep conditioners. But as a multi-tonal blonde, my hair can often look damaged and although there's a lot of it, it's still incredibly fine. By luck, I recently adopted the Kérastase Sensidote Dermo-Calm Bain Vital (£14) from my curly-haired sister. Post wash, my hair had never felt so clean and refreshed, this stuff is essentially Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish for distressed tresses. The shampoo's gel consistency goes to work with delicate and comfortable care, leaving locks soft, shiny and squeaky clean. On closer inspection I discovered one of the main ingredients to be glycerin which brings in the soft with the smooth. The shampoo is designed for hair battered by humidity, wind and heat styling as well as sensitive scalps. If you're looking to splash on some shamps' I highly recommend. 

    E x

    Saturday, 3 October 2015


    When people consistently ask you what it is you're using on your skin, you know you've got a gem of a product. For me, the winner currently in question is Aesop's Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum (£45). After discovering the magic of the Parsley Seed Masque, I decided to sample its aloe vera-based moisturiser. It's packed with anti-oxidant ingredients that are designed to hydrate, soften and fortify the skin, and trust me when I say the label doesn't lie. For application, half a teaspoon is recommended to massage into cleansed, toned skin, which in itself feels like a treat as it smells absolutely heavenly. The hydrating formula gets to work fast, sinking into the skin in seconds. I tend to work this in at night just before bed in place of an oil or moisturiser. It brightens up my complexion like a champ by reducing redness and zapping spots, whilst softening and plumping the skin. By morning, my skin's surface feels renewed, smooth and sassy. Aesop strikes again! 

    Have you tried skincare from Aesop? What are your favourite products?

    E x

    Sunday, 26 July 2015


    I was recently lucky enough to attend a fabulous Clarins event, during which I was given the goody bag of my cosmetic dreams, here are two of the wonderful things I found inside: 

    First, let's talk lips. The beautiful bullet you can see is The Instant Light Lip Balm Perfecter, a wind-up balm that delivers a subtle sheen in a sugar-sweet scent with moisture and that perfect shade of your-lips-but-better. This is essentially the stick equivalent of the Instant Light gloss (which we all know is an absolute gem) the pictured product is in the shade rose and need I mention its glorious gold and pink exterior? 

    The cheeky compact up top is the Multi-Blush in grenadine, a perky, rose cream blush. This is a fool-proof dream to apply, I simply swipe it onto my fingers and pat it into my cheeks and lips. It works a treat on a dewy base for those sleepy, secret no-makeup days. 

    Have you used any makeup products from Clarins? 

    E x

    Monday, 4 May 2015


    Now for an ode to a potion as old as time, the cult cosmetic cream that is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£29). I use this product every day and it is glorious. If like me, you wake up with a mug that is pale, grey and lifeless, this perky pick-me-up is for you. 

    This multi-tasking gem comes as a gel-cream in a pinky peach hue which helps to eliminate grey and blue tones in tired skin. It's intended for application after moisturiser and before makeup. Once on the face, it softens and smooths the skin's surface, whilst providing a non-sticky yet adhesive base for makeup. It's a balm that moisturises, brightens and tightens in such a way that's comfortable, subtle and long-lasting - I wouldn't be without it. 

    Have you tried the Beauty Flash Balm?

    E x