The one item I cannot leave the house without is lip balm. As make up bags go, lip salves and balms have always played a leading role in mine. I am a huge believer in that if you care for your body it will care for your appearance in return, this is why I always try to keep my skin hydrated.
Carmex recently added a new range of lip balms to it’s collection, under the name of Moisture Plus. One sweep of this balm will leave your lips hydrated and glossy for hours, with a dash of whichever colour way you choose. I’ve chosen pink and it shows up as a sweet candy shine. Lipsticks can be quite drying so the clear option is great for when you are wearing your own lipstick but want moisture and hydration at the same time throughout the day.
Models Own is my all time favourite nail polish brand. Every time I wear Models Own complements by the bucket load float in my direction. For the Christmas season I decided to try Scarlet Sparkle and as I expected it was a huge success!
From au naturale I bullied my sister in to painting my nails Scarlet Sparkle. After seeing it on she then applied it to her own nails… I was holding on to the bottle with a tight grip for the rest of the afternoon!
Since wearing this shade, my dark and rainy London days have brightened up immensely. Clients continuously adore Scarlet Sparkle and I have hooked lots of girlfriends on to Models Own!
I feel like Dorothy with her ruby red sparkly slippers…
If you need a little magic visit www.modelsownit.com today.
The ultimate contemporary beauty icon, Lauren Goodger has kicked party make-up up a notch with her false lashes. Her beauty label – Lauren’s Way offers the two must-haves for winter glamour: fake tan and false lashes.
Miss Goodger has always been somebody I’ve admired for looking fresh faced and up to date…it doesn’t help that she’s also naturally stunning! Grrrr! Similarly to Lauren I like to glam up my make up when it’s time to hit the cold streets of London for a night out. So I thought it would be a great idea to try her fab false lashes.
Once on they were a tiny bit too long for the length of my eye so I trimmed them a little bit. After a swift snip and curl they looked great! I drew a line of black eyeliner to hide the edge of the lashes and then blended in some charcoal eyeshadow to create a sixties Bridget Bardot effect. Throughout the night they stayed on and were easy to peel off when I got home. Although I loved them the one thing I would say is that it was lucky I has some eyelash glue to hand as they didn’t come with any. Apart from this I really recommend them!
Invest today ladies! For more information visit www.laurensway.com
Lush is one of my favourite brands of all time. You have most likely read my previous reviews and thought I was a little Lush crazy but honestly, it’s smells great, looks fab and is excellent for your skin…what’s not to love?
This little pot of yummy smelling gold is a Lush Latte Lip Tint. It adds a natural tinted sheen to your lips whilst tasting really scrummy and includes a deeply soothing moisturising. Some of the ingredients are Almond Oil, Vanilla Pod Powder, Japan Wax, Organic Sesame Oil and Jojoba Oil.
Over the past few months my hair has seemed a little straw-like, no doubt this dehydration was persuaded by the large amounts of peroxide and purple shampoo I biweekly coated my hair in.
On Sunday whilst relaxing at home I was reading through some old painting books of mine, when turning the page my eye fell on to Sandro Botticelli’s famous work The Birth Of Venus. All of a sudden a light bulb began to flicker on. What if I dyed my hair red? Without hesitation I collected a bottle of Berry Red hair dye and 30 minutes later my hair was a rich red colour. Now I had dyed it, I began to think about what steps I would take to care for my hair.
Shampoo has always been a product I have found quite harsh and drying on my hair, as my hair has been bleached for nearly half my life. After a bit of research and some strong recommendations I chose Liz Earle’s Botanical Shine Shampoo (for all hair types). This specific shampoo contains West Africa sheer butter, naturally derived cleansers, shin-boosting apple and orange extracts and lots of natural Vitamin E. The she butter and Vitamin E intensely moisturise the hair without making it greasy and the apple and orange help to increase natural shine.
After a few washes I can definitely see and feel the difference. My hair is softer and continuously protected. I don’t ever want to use another brand of shampoo. The difference in such a short amount of time is incredible.
Next on my list is the Botanical Shine Conditioner (for dry or damaged hair).
Please see www.uk.lizearle.com for more gorgeous products.
A little secret that nobody knows is that one of the main reasons I fell involve with Leeds as a city is because of Rose & Co…
I remember my first time inside the beautiful Rose & Co boutique. Walking through the door, I already knew it was too late, I had fallen involve. The rooms were filled like treasure troves; handmade moisturising bath bombs, lip balms that made your lips feel like marshmallows and lip tints the colour of rose buds. My trips back to Rose & Co always concluded with a bus journey home, laden with pretty pink paper bags filled with sweet smelling treats.
Last week I had an old friend come down to stay with me from Leeds. She was also a secret Rose & Co shopper and with her she brought a little pink bag filled with my favourites. I am now, once again under the spell.
Recently I tried some gorgeous products from the new Rose and Patchouli bath and body range from Rose & Co. First on my list was the body polish. The list of ingredients included beeswax, vitamin E, sugar and salt whisked in to sunflower oil and cocoa butter. After using the body scrub my skin felt really rejuvenated and luminously fresh.
Next on my list was the Rose and Patchouli Body Butter. I was really looking forward to this. In the winter my skin always seems to be lacking moisture and although I work hard to protect my face, my body always gets forgotten. Unscrewing the tin lid I noticed the smell was delicate and inviting. The butter was deliciously soft and smooth. It was easily massaged in to my skin and left a very pretty aroma of natural plant oils. My skin is now succulently hydrated and nourished. I am ready for you Jack Frost!
The new Rose and Patchouli collection by Rose & Co come in delightfully decorated boxes and jars. The beautiful packaging is inspired by vintage silk kimonos and make a great present this Christmas.
Visit www.rose-apothecary.co.uk for more information.
Moisturisers are continuously unable to satisfy my skin and as the weather changes rapidly so does my complexion. At the moment London skies are an unhealthy cocktail of freezing cold rain, or sharply bright sunshine and fluctuating temperatures. My skin is in turmoil; one minute dry and patchy, the next it’s highly shiny. Winter sun can be surprisingly harsh on your skin so it’s important to look for a high SPF in your winter moisturiser.
Lush recently introduced British Nanny moisturiser. Rightly named, this miracle-in-a-tub really cares for your skin. Well known for it’s anti ageing qualities, British Nanny also offers a fantastic SPF30 ingredient as well as Almond and Hibiscus extracts, Shea Butter, Starflower Oil and Candelilla Wax which thoroughly tackle dry, patchy skin.
After a few days of using British Nanny, I can already see it working. My skin appears to be healing from the London weather. Another aspect of this gorgeous product I adore is how plump my skin has become since day one. As well as using it on my face I have also been testing it on my lips and hands, and it has worked a treat.
Thank you British Nanny for looking after my skin so well.
Halloween is the one time of the year I am thrilled to dress up in weird and wonderful costumes. Alongside clothing, I enjoy celebrating whacky beauty products. My favourite product for this Halloween is Tangerine Queen by Models Own. It’s a fabulously bright orange that, when painted on dries spectacularly shiny.
Parsley isn’t something I would normally associate with pampering. In fact, I would go as far as saying I actually dislike the taste, smell and texture of the herb. So before I experienced Aesop’s facial cleanser, using anything Parsley based on my face didn’t sound appealing.
In the post arrived a small brown cardboard box with my name neatly written on the front. I opened the side of it and pulled out Aesop’s exceedingly handsome wrapping paper…I was already loving my Aesop experience. Inside the busy wrapping paper lay a small brown bottle, simply labelled on one side with directions, title and ingredients.
I dampened with face with warm water and smoothed on a small amount of the fresh smelling cleanser. After two minutes I began to feel a slight tingle. My skin felt like it was gently waking up and the aroma of the cleanser was refreshing and gently, which was a generous leap from the high-street brands of facial cleansers.
After a few minutes I began to massage in the cleanser and it felt like my skin was being thoroughly rejuvenated with each finger movement. When washing off the product I noticed my skin felt very clean and relaxed. I explored my complexion in the mirror and saw that my skin tone had slightly evened out.
I have a new found passion for Aesop….maybe parsley isn’t so bad after all.
If you care about your skin visit www.aesop.com today.
I remember my first experience using Simple. It was a few years ago and I had run out of moisturiser. My father very kindly handed over one of his familiar looking white bottles and I rub in some of the fresh smelling, creamy product. My skin absorbed the moisturiser so quickly and I was able to, without hanging around, put on my make up and get on with my evening. Now that autumn is in full swing I am looking to improve my beauty regime. I tend to turn in to a slight couch potato in the autumn, so I decided it would be great to involve a face masks with my movie watching, slipper wearing nights in. Simple struck me as a skin kind brand and I hadn’t yet tried their facial masks or face masks so I dedicated last night to them.
Simple’s Kind To Skin Smoothing, Facial Scrub was first on my list. The front of the packaging noted the ingredients included two vital vitamins, one skin loving exfoliator and zero perfumes or colour. This was great news to my skin, things were looking up for my combination autumnal skin! The directions were very easy to follow. There were only three stages to the facial scrub. 1. Dampen your face with warm water and apply the product. 2. Massage in a circular motion using your finger tips. 3. Rinse off.
My face felt clean and the scrub smelt so fresh it gave me even more confidence in Simple.
Simple’s Kind To Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask was up next. I applied the mask and let it work it’s magic for the recommended three minutes. Washing it off, I felt my skin and how clean it looked and felt. It appeared highly polished and my cheeks were glowing.