Discovering Green Energy Organics

Green Energy Organics UK Launch

Every one loves their French Pharmacy brands don’t they? Well what I’ve started to notice is a bit of a trend towards Italian brands and last week I was invited to attend the UK launch of Green Energy Organics.

Wilma Scarton has developed the Green Energy Organics product range over the last 20 years using her knowledge of the Mediterranean’s ancient recipes for beauty. She sources ingredients that support  Italian organic farming of grapes, olives, almonds, citrus, pomegranate’s, red fruits, plants, and flowers and  has been able to secure an ethical supply source for only the highest quality organic ingredients. Green Energy Organics reflects her commitment to excellence, and represents the very best in luxury organic skincare.

The brand has a variety of lines for all the family which include:

Organics for Woman – Skincare
L’Homme Organic – Mancare
Le Bebe Bio – Babycare
Le Ritual Solaire – Suncare
Quick Lift Therapy – Skincare
Green Chic Bio – Eco Chic
Organics for Woman Eau Ecolo – Deluxe Perfume Collection
I ♥ My Green – Organic Teen Collection
Sharys Milano – Luxury Skincare
Here’s a closer look at a few of the products..
Eco Chic Soap
Eco Chic Soap

L'Homme Organic

L'Homme Organic

Kit for Baby – Baby Balm / Baby Bath / Baby Shampoo

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la bebe bio

I’m due to be trying out a few of the products really soon so you should look out for reviews!
Have you got any favourite Italian brands?
Hazel

Empties – June 2015

This month has been such a busy one – with 10 days away from blogging in Marrakech  it seems to  be over almost before it’s  begun.  With the cost of the holiday and moving home not long before, money is tight and so I’ve been trying hard to use up products rather than buy more. Clearly I haven’t been trying hard enough as I’ve only got three empties for June. Each one of these products is special though and I would buy each one over and over.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Seum

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Vichy Aqualia Serum

It was love at first sight for me with the gorgeous Vichy Aqualia Serum which soothes, moisturises and comforts the skin. I can’t speak highly enough about this product. So sad that it’s empty. If you want to see what all the fuss is about you can buy it here and it’s on offer for £15.00.

Laura Mercier Foundation

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation in Cashew

I treated myself to this Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation way back and it’s really lasted well. It’s oil free and so so smooth. It’s got the kind of finish that perfects the skin and yet it looks as though you aren’t wearing foundation at all. There’s a huge range of shades to choose from here price £34.00.

RMK Ingenious Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner

RMK Ingenious Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner

This was such a revelation as it was the first time I found the right shade eye-liner for my skin tone. It’s a beautiful dark grey in a sleek shiny casing. I used it right down to the last scraping. Perfect! It’s on offer here in 3 shades for £20.70.

Have you managed to empty any products this month – or have you been on a splurge?

Hazel

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Review – Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense Eau de Parfum

Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense

It ‘s not often that I get something in the post that’s quite as cheeky as what I received yesterday! Enclosed with the new fragrance from Agent Provocateur was a black lace eye mask which definitely gave the package a hint of 50 Shades!

Well, before I get carried away let me tell you about the fragrance which is what I’m here to do after all.

Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense Eau de Parfum is said to be all about playing with danger – a new facet of seduction, temptation, mystery and lust! Oops there are go again!

The fragrance is rich and exotic with top notes of Black Licorice Accord, Wild Dewberry and Spiced Red Chilli Pepper. Mid notes are Lotus Blossom, Champaca Flower and Rouge Baiser Rose. Dry notes are Amber, Noir Leather Accord and Tahitian Vanilla.

I found it warm and rich but not overpowering. The scent lasted on my skin for a good few hours. I wore it to work…. I didn’t tell colleagues that I was supposed to smell like temptation, mystery and lust. I  thought it would be a bit bold to announce that on a Thursday morning!

The bottle is a deep cherry red with faceted angles. It looks like something that you might imagine back stage at the Moulin Rouge. I was a little disappointed that the bottle wasn’t as weighty as I’d imagined but that’s just me being picky and the price point isn’t excessive.

It’s set to be launched at selected Department stores on 29 June 2015 but I’ve found it listed here already. So if you’re feeling “invincible, brilliant, fierce and sexy” then you’ll know where to look!

Hazel

This product was gifted to me for review. The opinions are my own and were not prescribed.

Review – DIOR Diorshow Liner – Waterproof Long-Lasting Backstage Eyeliner

Dior LinerYou know that sinking feeling when you run out of a staple beauty product that you use every day and then even worse you realise that you won’t be able to replace it before you next need to use it? Yes that!

I’ve been using my RMK Ingenious waterproof pencil eyeliner everyday for months. It’s the perfect colour grey which I use as I find that black is a little harsh for my complexion. But this was the day that it finally ran out. RMK is only stocked in Selfridges or on-line and so there was no way that I could get another one on a work day so I set off to my local House of Fraser store to find a replacement.

I really can’t be bothered with eye pencils that need sharpening. They always break and most of the product gets wasted. So I was looking for a twist up pencil in grey with the hope that I could find a waterproof one that looked as sleek and sexy as the RMK one.

After checking a good few top brands I came to one of my favourite brands Dior. I was so pleased that they managed to find me the perfect DIOR Diorshow Liner – Waterproof Long-Lasting Backstage Eyeliner. 

Now I have to tell you that the story didn’t have a fairytale ending – well not for you my dear readers because I’ve been told that this product is being replaced by another one – the Dior Diorshow Pro Liner WaterproofSo my review isn’t the most helpful for you although I think there will still be some stock available for a while. The new product isn’t dissimilar but the grey is lighter and it doesn’t come in gorgeous silver casing.

Anyway I should say that I’ve tried out my beautiful purchase today to see if it was as amazing to use as to look at and I’m really pleased to say that it is. It goes on smoothly close to my lashes without dragging but as a pencil it’s more controllable than a liquid liner. It’s waterproof and lasted all day even though I spent the full day at work today followed by attending a launch event and being away from home for over 12 hours without having to redo it.

Love, love, love it!

What are your favourite liners? Do you love Dior or RMK?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Hazel

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Review – Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque

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It’s taken me a while to get around to trying out this Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque I picked it up at the beginning of May when I attended a Dermalogica and Sodastream eventTruth be told I’m a but rubbish at using treatments. I mean I’m really good at cleansing and moisturising and using sun protection as part of my daily routine but setting aside a time once or twice a week for a treatment is a bit of a stretch.

Dermalogica Hydrate

Today though things were a bit different as I seemed to have got all the chores out of the way for the weekend so sitting down to watch some classy telly (OK, that isn’t part of the “truth be told” concept – I watched the Only Way is Marbs!) I thought that it would be a good idea to rummage in my treatment drawer and spend some time beautifying myself.

They say:

“Restore critical moisture to stressed skin with Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque, a refreshing gel masque of calming botanicals and antioxidant vitamins. Suitable for all skin conditions, it contains no artificial fragrance or colour. Formulated with bitter orange and cucumber to help reduce inflammation, Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque restores suppleness while minimising the appearance of fine lines. Panthenol aids in skin repair and hydration and antioxidant vitamins C and E improve skin smoothness while helping to control free radical damage.”

The consistency of the masque is much more like a serum – well it’s a light clear gel that you smooth over your face and neck after cleansing. You only need to leave it on for about 10 minutes. After that you can just rinse it off with warm water or you can use a muslin or flannel.

So – I’m now watching the second episode (I know, I know but I told you I haven’t got much to do this evening!) and my skin is feeling great. I would say velvety soft, not at all greasy and definitely hydrated. So I suppose you could say it does what it says on the tin. Only don’t worry it’s in a 75ml tube that will give you quite a few uses.

If your skin is in need of hydration then I would suggest that you give this a try. You can buy it here and it’s on offer at the moment too!

What are your favourite hydrating products? Do tell me about them.

Hazel

This product was gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and are not prescribed. This post contains affiliate links.

Discovering new fragrances and new friends

Dinner Dean Street TownhouseWhat nicer way can you think of to spend the evening than to spend an evening in gorgeous surroundings meeting fabulous new blogger friends over dinner and champagne? Oh yes -you can get the chance to try out classic fragrances and new launches at the same time!

On Wednesday evening I was invited to a summer dinner at the Dean Street Townhouse where we all got cosy in the Snug private dining area.

Some of my favourites were Jimmy Choo Illicit (pictured in the foreground left) This is yet to launch – it’s due out in August. It’s a gorgeous warm floral fragrance and the face of the perfume is set to be Sky Ferreira!

Alaia EDP

Another fragrance that I fell in love with and was lucky enough to get sample of is Alaia Paris by Azzedine Alaia. This is due to launch in Harrods on 1 July, London flagship stores from 2 August and nationwide from 17 August. It’s so worth waiting for though. The scent is inspired by an elegant, soft, sensual, floral suede. This Eau de Parfum opens with pink pepper notes, has a mid note of freesia and peony with a warm suede and musk base.

Annik Goutal Eau D'Hadrien2

We were also able to sample gorgeous scents by Annick Goutal. One of these was this fabulous Eau D’Hadrien that I’ve been dying to sample for ages. I wore it today and felt so classy! It’s a refreshing citrus scent containing the acidic aromas of Sicilian lemon and grapefruit with the subtle notes of citron and cypress. This one is available now here.

VCA Reve

Another classic scent was the dreamy Reve from Van Cleef & Arpels. It’s elegant and sensual  featuring top notes of osmanthus lily, with neroli, juicy pear, sandalwood and white amber. I was really chuffed to bring a mini version home with a cute matching candle!

Boucheron Body Lotion

Paul Smith key fob

Among other treats i got to bring home were this mini size sweet sceented Boucheron Perfumed Body Lotion and this really fun Paul Smith key fob what a treat!

Such a lovely summer night with special summer scents!

Have you got any favourite summer scents?

Hazel

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Review – ageLOC Truface Essence Ultra

ageLOC Truface Essence UltraBack in May I had a great day at the Anti-Ageing Show and was gifted some great products from NuSkin. Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying out some of them and it’s time to tell you what I thought of ageLOC Truface Essence Ultra.

First the science – ageLOC® was developed by Nu Skin® in collaboration with leading scientists. ageLOC® science is a revolutionary approach that claims to change the way we appear to age. It’s based on the discovery of age-related super markers. Nu Skin®’s exclusive ageLOC® science targets these supermarkers which are the ultimate sources of ageing that can influence how we age.

Nu Skin® has been able to identify certain genes that can influence the way we look as we age and incorporates this science into the development of Nu Skin® products.

ageLOC Tru Face Essence Ultra is designed to give you more youthful looking skin. It’s formulated with Ethocyn, and is contained in uniquely formed capsules which target the sources of the visible signs of ageing, such as the loss of skin firmness.

Benefits are said to be:

  • Targets the sources of the visible signs of skin ageing and lets you enjoy a firm skin
  • Features the power of Ethocyn, clinically proven to help improve the key component of a supple skin
  • Helps contour and firm the skin for a more youthful looking appearance
  • Increases skin resiliency around the eyes, neck, chin and jaw line
  • Helps protect the skin from oxidative stress

So how was it for me?

Presentationally this is a class act, the silvery blue capsules containing their precious cargo are contained in a weighty glass jar. Sadly, I smashed mine on the bathroom floor and had do scoop them into a drawer of my Muji storageEach capsule contains enough serum to cover your face and down onto your neck. It’s got quite a glisteny look to it – if that’s a word. I used it as a first layer of product directly after cleansing so that it could sink into my skin. I followed up with moisturiser and primer to lock in the “power”. (I’ll report more on other NuSkin products in a future post or two).

I’ve lost a few pounds in the last few months and at my age I have to watch that losing plumpness from my face doesn’t result in sagging jowls. I feel that this ageLOC Truface Essence Ultra has helped that cause. Having used it morning and night for a number of weeks my skin feels pretty firm and hydrated. It looks dewy too.

Like a said though, this is a class act and it certainly doesn’t come cheap. It’s a hefty £181.50 for 60 capsules here. At the risk of encroaching on another brand’s strap line – I guess the question is – are you worth it?

Hazel

This product was gifted to me for review. The opinions are my own and are not prescribed.

Model Co Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in Striptease

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So, it was a gloomy cold Sunday afternoon and I was feeling like treating myself. Not that I really needed anything, or could afford anything but I think I just needed the shopping experience. After exploring all the local beauty counters I ended up buying this Model Co Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in StripteaseGorgeous isn’t it!

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So where did I find this beauty from the cult brand Model Co? In Sainsbury’s! Well in my July copy of Glamour magazine to be exact! Such a bargain as the magazine is £2 and the retail price of the Model Co Shine Ultra Lip Gloss is £16.

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There are four different cosmetic options they are:

Volumeyes Extreme Black mascara (worth £11),

Shine Ultra lip gloss (worth £16),

Eye Define eye pencil in either black or blue (each worth £11).

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I hadn’t heard of this brand before. Now I’ve found out that ModelCo has developed award-winning self-tanning, beauty and suncare solutions for over a decade and recently launched a natural skin care collection. Based in Sydney Australia, ModelCo is the creation of former model agent, Shelley Barrett who, after working with models, makeup artists and stylists, saw a niche in the market for innovative, quick-fix, multipurpose beauty solutions.

So what do I think of the lip gloss? I like the shade which is a pretty shimmery nude that’s great for summer. I’ve been wearing a lighter summery look lately with golden shades of eye colour and light coverage foundation or BB cream with a little bronzer instead of blusher for a sun kissed look. This gloss fits in with that vibe. It’s said to not be sticky but to be fair I think that any gloss is a little tacky and it’s likely you’ll get your hair stuck in it on a windy day but it looks great so I can live with that.

What’s more a magazine full of beauty content and features on women of the year and a lip gloss for £2 – what’s not to like?

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Have you bought Glamour this month? Which version did you choose?

I’d love to read your reviews. Why not leave your links here?

Hazel

Empties – May 2015

These last few days I’ve been playing catch up in several areas of my life. At work I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of my pile of e-mails; at home I’ve been trying to catch up with the washing and ironing and on the blog I need to finish a lot of posts. This one was due a couple of weeks back and it’s May’s empties. To be fair though I’ve hardly finished anything this month. Nevertheless, these three empties are some goodies that it’s well worth shouting about. Well, I’m not actually going to shout because that would be annoying but here they are anyway.

Sleek MakeUP Brow Stylist Light

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased this Sleek MakeUP Brow StylistIt’ s the one I always return to no matter how many brow products I try. It’s such a bargain at £5.99 here.

ARK Lounging Body Butter

body butter

I loved this body butter sample so much I used it up in a flash! It contains realxing and hydrating ingredients including Ylang Ylang, Mimosa, Bergamot and Vanilla. Give me more! It’s a treat here at £24.00.

Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1

Karin Herzog Vita Combi 1

When I trialled this grogeous product intensively for 10 days last year I was really impressed with it’s nourishing and moisturising effect. Latterly I’ve used it mainly as a night cream and finally finished it this week.

It contains 1% active oxygen and vitamins A & E, to assist in normalizing and detoxifying the skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s a brilliant product and it’s available here for £57.00. And that’s it for May empties. I’m hoping to bring you a lot more at the end of June so keep your eys open!

Hazel

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Weekend Wishlist 14

I knew that it had been a while since I had written a Weekend Wishlist but I was shocked when I looked back and saw that the last one I wrote was over a year ago!

Anyway this week I’ve been having a bad case of the post holiday blues. My holiday is over, I’ve got no more leave left to take, the overdraft is well and truly done in and so the only pleasure left is to make a wish list! So here are a few things that have caught my eye this week!

REN Moroccan Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil 

I think that I must be addicted to the Moroccan vibe! I’ve promised myself that I’d try some REN products soon and with my skin actually having some colour (despite staying in the shade with factor 50 on for most of the time) I;d like to give it some more exposure. So it makes sense to keep it moisturised and looking good. I reckon this would be just the ticket!

Moroccan Rose Gold Glow Perfect Dry Oil 100mlThey say:

“An exquisite dry oil that leaves skin glowingly soft, nourished and healthy. Formulated with precious plant oils and actives, it deeply hydrates, conditions and protects while giving the skin a silky sheen.”

If you’re feeling the need too it’s £26.00 here.

LEIGHTON DENNY Welcome To The Funfair

I’m a sucker for Leighton Denny nail products. This high performance range is available in 7 shades. My favourite with a summer tan is this cool blue shade is Love on the Carousel.

Welcome To The Funfair 12mlOther shades include a glossy, dazzling indigo shimmer, a bright candy floss pink, a show stopping neon orange and a delicately sweet bright pastel peach. Each costs £11.00 here.

STILA Foil Finish Eyeshadow 

I’ve really really really wanted one of, no all off, these shadows for a long time, more than a year but I keep telling myself that 50 something eyelids just can’t do metallic shimmer. Well I don’t care, firstly this is a wishlist so I can add anything I like and secondly if I could ever get away with metallic shimmer it’s now with my hint of a tan.

Foil Finish Eyeshadow 2.8g

This gold shade Comex Gold is my first choice but it comes in 6 beautiful foil shades. They say:

“This runway inspired assortment of high volume metallic, foil finish eye shadows is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

  • The revolutionary cream-to-powder texture with a magnificent foil finish is buildable enabling you to create a range of looks from a sheer wash of intense shimmer, to a striking, seriously metallic full coverage look
  • Included with the Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow is the NEW Stay All Day Liquid Eye Shadow Primer
  • Preps the lids with a unique liquid formula that creates long-lasting adhesion to lids
  • It can be used with any eye shadow and also extends the wear of eye liner
  • Primer comes in a dropper for easy, measured application”

If you’re feeling like magpie for metallics then you can find them here for £33.50 each.

VERA WANG Be Jeweled Eau de Parfum

I my opinion you can never have too many beautiful bottles of perfume and this one is so twinkly and sparkly I want it now! On top of that it smells gorgeous and I’ve never been disappointed by a Vera Wang fragrance.

Be Jeweled Eau de Parfum 75ml

They say:

Be jeweled is a fruity floral fragrance for women launched in 2013. It is a charming and radiant composition like a cluster of gemstones to create a certain sense of glamour. It opens with sweet energetic impression of red fruits including red current and pomegranate splashed by champagne. The flirtatious heart mentions passion fruit wrapped in whimsical floral of honeysuckles and pink peony. The dry down of Australian sandalwood, musk and sugar crystals creates a warm lasting impression. It is available in a glittering flacon with facets iridescent of pink and pale white”

If you can’t resist it then it’s here for £55.00

AUTOGRAPH Leather Shopper Bag

Last for this wish list is a gorgeous bag in a great summer shade. I was just about to buy a bag for my summer holiday when my bank decided to slash my overdraft limit and I had to rein in my spending. This gorgeous leather bag in a vibrant orange would have been a great choice. I’m finding making this wishlist really upsetting as by the time I can afford anything summer will be over! if you’re lucky enough to have some of your summer  budget left to spend then I’d say this is a must have.

Leather Shopper Bag

They say:

“A sophisticated way to carry your essentials, we love this elegant shopper. Soft, long-lasting leather is a timeless fabric choice.”

This timeless classic is £99.00 here.

Well that’s me done with my post holiday day-dreaming. Will you be adding any of my choices to your wishlist? Do tell me what you think.

Hazel

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