Strand On Beauty’s Top 5 Beauty Picks From Neal’s Yard Remedies

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Bee Lovely Handcream

This Bee Lovely Hand Cream has to be my number one pick because ….it’s the only Neal’s Yard Remedies product that I’ve ever tried! There I’ve said it. I’m a little ashamed that I haven’t tried more to be honest as this product worked so well. It smells amazing and I love the whole “Softens hands and helps SAVE THE BEES” thing.

The Bee Lovely Hand Cream as moisturising organic honey blended with energising orange essential oil to nourish the skin and lift the spirits. The 50ml size costs £10.00 here.

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Frankincense Intense

In the second slot this Frankincense Intense™ Concentrate is brand new for delivery from 22 October.  If it can do what it claims then I’m sold – it’s organic and they say:

✔ Within 30 minutes smooths & reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
✔ In just 7 days boosts skin’s plumpness, firmness & tone
✔ Instantly hydrates
✔ Optimises skin’s radiance

Active ingredients include organic, wild-harvested and FairWild frankincense, plumping gardenia stem cells, a line-smoothing 3-peptide complex, nourishing organic argan oil and a synergistic blend of gums that deliver an immediate smoothing action. It costs £65 for 30ml here.

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Frankincense Body polish

In the bronze spot is Frankincense & Mandarin Body Polish. I think its important to keep skin smooth and supple even when it’s covered up in the cold damp autumn weather. This sensually scented body polish contains “gently exfoliating cranberry seed and rice powders combined with cleansing green clay, nourishing olive, pumpkin and hemp seed oils, and a toning aromatherapy blend of frankincense, mandarin and bergamot oils to soften, tone and smooth the skin.”
The 150g size costs £14.00 here.

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Lengthening Mascara

When it comes to cosmetics I tend to want amazing results over organic or natural ingredients. But with this new Lengthening Mascara clinically proven to lengthen lashes by up to 85% – I’m sold! They say:”Dial up the drama with our curl-enhancing and lengthening all natural mascara. 78% organic ingredients enrich the 5% natural minerals for stunning lashes that are beautifully nourished, conditioned and protected. Naturally effective. Clinically proven. No parabens. No silicones. No BHT!

This extemely promising product costs £16.00 / 7ml here.

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Power Berry Wash

Finally for today it’s my number five choice the Power Berry Facial WashIt’s a gentle daily cleanser with some great ingredients to cleanse and protect. They say:

“A gentle yet effective foaming wash containing the powerful antioxidant combination of acai, goji, bilberry, rosehip and Fairtrade rooibos, that cleanses without stripping the skin of its natural oils and nutrients. Specifically formulated with gentle, skin-kind detergents naturally derived from coconut and vegetable oils and soothing aloe vera, reputed to have been used by Cleopatra as a skin cleanser to enhance her beauty and skin health.”

It’s £15.50 / 100ml here.

Would you have picked the same five products? Have you tried any of these before? I’m thinking perhaps of making the Top 5 Beauty Picks into a series. What do you think? Would you like to see more and if so what brands/websites do you think I should cover?

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Reviews – DHC Pore Cleansing Oil & Pore Face Wash

DHC cleansing oil & pore wash

Ever since I’ve been blogging about beauty I’ve heard such great stories about products from Japan. I’d never come across any of them on-line or in the shops and so when I got news of these two new cleansing products from DHC just dropping into my in-box recently I was really excited! So, it didn’t take me long to say that I’d like to try out these two new additions to the DHC Pore Series skin care collection. They are Pore Face Wash and Pore Cleansing Oil

Not heard about DHC UK either? They are a subsidiary of DHC Corporation, Japan’s No. 1 direct skin care company. The discerning taste of the Japanese and their stringent quality standards in skin care are reflected in DHC’s carefully formulated products. DHC beauty products are a result of extensive research and development, as well as tailoring and expanding the range to suit the particular preferences and needs of its customers. Plant extracts, especially Asian botanicals, are used extensively in DHC formulations for their nourishing properties and are balanced by cutting-edge scientific research to create only the best, most effective and safest products.

These two products are aimed at minimising the appearance of enlarged pores and to leave skin feeling clean, healthy and refreshed. I’ve been trying out these two for a week now and here’s what I’ve found:

Pore Cleansing Oil (£25.00) They say:

“a luxurious make up remover that deep cleans skin using nine emollient and antioxidant botanical oils: argan, coconut, evening primrose, olive, grape seed, jojoba, avocado, sesame and rice bran.  Dirt, make-up and excess sebum are removed at the deepest levels and skin is left ultra-clean and soft.”

I was a little nervous about using an oil on my face as I thought it might not work with my combination skin. So I decided to use it to remove my make-up at the end of the day and to follow it up with the Pore Face Wash. The oil is beautifully clear and pure and as I massaged it into my skin it felt so comforting. It lifted the make-up off really easily including mascara. I rinsed it off with warm water on a muslin cloth. It came off with no trouble and didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. But just to be sure that there wasn’t any oil left on my skin I followed it with the Pore Face Wash.

Pore Face Wash (£20.00) They say:

“a foaming daily facial cleanser that helps reduce the look of enlarged pores by cleansing and refining.  Active ingredients include two gentle exfoliants – baking soda and AHA from pear juice – to leave skin feeling smoother and looking brighter, whilst the addition of botanical humectants ensures that skin retains its natural moisture barrier and is not left feeling dry or tight.  The gorgeous natural grapefruit fragrance makes this cleanser the perfect morning wake me up.

This Pore Face Wash smells beautifully fruity and again I used it on a muslin cloth to gently rub it over all my whole face and then rinsed it off. My skin felt absolutely squeaky clean. I loved the feeling but did follow it up with my usual night-time moisturiser and eye cream to ensure that my skin got it’s night-time fix of moisture. In the morning I use the Pore Face Wash on it’s own to cleanse and then follow my usual daily skin-care and make-up routine.

When I’ve looked closely at my skin I can see that the pores are clearer and my skin feels really clean and bright. I’ve read that there are more products in the Pore Series collection include Pore Milk, Pore Lotion and Pore Essence.

I’d love to try more DHC products and there are loads to try across the whole cosmetic, beauty and hair care ranges. Just need it to be pay-day! The entire DHC range is available from www.dhcuk.co.uk

Have you tried DHC or any other Japanese or maybe Korean brands. I’m so interested to hear more!

Foot-Care Focus

Foot Care

I’ve noticed recently that I’ve gathered a fair collection of foot-care products and that I’d never reviewed any of them. That together with a focus on my feet recently – I’ve hurt my heel on one foot and my big toe on the other – mean that I’ve been thinking about feet alot more than I usually do. so I’ve now tried out all the products and here’s what I thought:

CCS Heel Balm 75ml

This product claims to be really intensive and to mend cracked heels. It’s very rich and definitely mostiurises but the effect appears to be temporary and despite regular use I didn’t see a significant improvement in dry skin. I didn’t have any cracks but I’m not convinced that this would be the one I’d choose if I did. It costs £7.49 here.

Soap and Glory Heel Genius 125ml

This was given to me as a little extra in a giveaway prize that I won a few months back. It’s a lovely rich foot cream although again I find the effect temporary rather than long-lasting. What I do have a bit of an issue with and it’s  not  just with this brand but it’s that someone appears to have decreed that foot products should be minty and this does put me off a bit. Otherwise it’s lovely so if you’d like to try this out then you can buy it here for £5.50.

Superdrug Intensive Foot Cream 100ml

This one contains aloe vera to sooth and vitamin B5, renowned for its conditioning properties. I liked the rich conditioning feel of this one but guess what it still has a touch of that minty smell. Can someone please point me in the direction of foot-care without mint? This option will cost you just £2.32 while it’s on offer!

Superdrug Exfoliating Foot Scrub 100ml

This scrub contains gentle exfoliants, jojoba seed oil and aloe vera to smooth and soften rough and dry skin. The exfoliants are very gentle and smoothed the skin rather than removing any hard skin. I found it soothing and comforting and didn’t really notice the smell too much so perhaps I’ll give this one the thumbs up!

Superdrug Comfort Insoles

Oh dear, I’m afraid this story does not have a happy ending! I was so glad to receive these and with all my foot problems I was looking forward to some extra comfort. I read the instructions carefully. I tried to follow them exactly. The first sentence told me not to cut the insoles to small. Obvious I thought, of course I won’t do that. The second sentence said follow the guidelines. This seemed easy the insoles were marked out with men’s and women’s sizes and so I cut the insole to my size and – it was too small! I should have followed the first sentence and not the second! So I didn’t get any comfort at all and had to throw them in the bin! Not too much money wasted though as you can buy them for £1.32 at the moment here.

I guess then that I’m still looking for some hard-working, comforting, non-minty products. Any suggestions folks?

Review – ARK Regenerating Skin Defence

Ark goodie bag

Ever since I got this pot of lusciousness (is that a word? spell check says no!) that is ARK Regenerating Skin Defence from  the Inside Out Beauty Event I’ve been dying to try it. I’m not sure why I waited for so long as it was the “jewel in the crown” from my goodie bag that night. I think it was because I wanted to find out what the effect of the two creams was separately and with the Anti-ageing Skin Perfector having an SPF30 and the weather being hot! hot! hot! at the time I decided to review that first. There was also a little bit of me that wanted to save the best till last.

The blurb in the leaflet told me about innovative plant-cell technology that would regenerate skin cells and reveal brighter, younger looking skin. Who wouldn’t be up for some of that? They also reckoned that it would  a silky skin feel instantly and blur fine lines and wrinkles and that over time skin would become firmer and  more supple.

It promised an awful lot and to be fair I was expecting a lot too. Firstly, this is because I was going on what I already know about ARK. Their products never disappoint and I had been exceptionally impressed with the Anti-ageing Skin Perfector Then there’s the price tag – it costs £70 here. Which is way above my normal spending limit for skin care. Finally, it’s been shortlisted for Best New Premium Skincare Product, in the 2014 Pure Beauty Awards. So you can see I was ready to be impressed!

So, what’s it done for me so far? I’ve been using it for around 10 days. So that’s not long enough to assess the long-term effects but long enough to know that this is another winner from ARK. The jar had one of those fancy twist tops that dispenses just the right amount without exposing the product to the air and also means that you don’t introduce bacteria from your fingers. The consistency is somewhere between  serum and a cream so it’s not too rich and sinks into the skin really easily. It immediately made my skin feel firm and it wasn’t sticky to the touch at all. The lovely people at ARK suggested that I use this in the evening or night-time and so I’ve been using it as a night serum. I just love how it makes my skin feel and it’s bringing back a youthful firmness to my skin. I’m banking on it getting even better with consistent use and I’ve loads more left in the pot. It contains 50ml of serum and a little goes a long way. So, if you feel like a bit of indulgence then I think you know what you need to do!

Reviews – W7 Eye make-up

W7 eye make up

Everyone loves a little treat mid week don’t they? So when I got this lovely little package of eye make-up products from W7 it really made my day. I’ve been quite a fan of W7 becuse they always manage to have just the thing you need and most times it’s under a fiver! I’ve bought brow kits and liners in the past and you really can’t beat them on value for money.

In my parcel were the three lovely pieces you can see in the picture – from top to bottom they are: Showing Out Mascara in Blackest Black, Eyeliner Pot in Black, and Perfect Eyes eye shadow in Lagoon.

I couldn’t wait to try out all of them – I have to say though that the results were a bit of a mixed bag – for a variety of reasons really.

First up I tried the Eyeliner Pot – I’m not really sure why I did. Well I do – I wanted to be able to say for sure that it’s a great product – and it is. It goes on easily and is a really black black – you know what I mean don’t you? Then it stayed in place really well. I didn’t keep it on for long, because it was way to harsh a look for me – and not really age appropriate. But when I tried to take it off it took a fair few wipes of the make-up remover before it budged – which is good right? It’s £4.95 here.

Then I tried the Showing Out Mascara. Now I’m a little bit picky with mascara because I have such teeny little lashes that it takes an amazing product to make them show at all and I also need to have a smallish brush. So for me this was a bit of a disappointment. The mascara was really runny and I had to wipe a whole load of it off the brush. Then when I applied it it hardly coated my lashes at all and didn’t make them longer or fuller. So I guess it would only be ok if you already had long, full lashes. As for the brush, they had really tried hard on the brush design. It had a rounded bobbly end which is intended to help you reach awkward places. For me, it just got in the way and made me smudge mascara under my lower lashes. It you want to give it a go though it’s a snip at £4.95 here.

The third of my treats (i’m grateful for them all honest!) was the stunning Perfect Eyes eye shadow in Lagoon. It’s a really deep rich ocean greeny-blue in the pan with a shimmer to it. I try not to wear shimmery colours as they don’t flatter crepey eye-lids believe me so I tried it on my hand. It’s rich and creamy with a strong pigment but it comes up a little lighter on application although just as intense if that makes sense. There are 10 shades, all at the teeny price of £3.95 here.

I still love W7 for those days when pay day is far away and you just have to buy some make-up but maybe these pieces weren’t quite right for me.

Have you got bits of W7 in your make-up bag?

Let me know in the comments box below.

Hazel

Review – Eye of Horus Scarab Sapphire Goddess Pencil

scarab sapphire goddess pencil

I couldn’t help but be intrigued when I was given the opportunity to sample the Eye of Horus Scarab Sapphire Goddess Pencil. I hadn’t come across the brand before and the mysterious look of the packaging and advertising made me want to know more.

The Eye of Horus illuminating essential range of Goddess eye makeup is based on ancient Egyptian formulas and ingredients, including the revered Moringa Oil claimed by the gods for its beautifying and regenerating powers.

They say:

“Our pencil is an unparalleled product made from soft timber and a collection of gorgeous oils and waxes. A professional cosmetic sharpener is required to sharpen the pencil to maintain it in its perfect condition, plus a sharp point provides the most pigmentation. We like to start in the middle corner of the eye and gently glide across the lid starting with a thin line and layer to the desired thickness. You have 40 seconds til the waxes set, so can smudge to create a softer look.”

After a few minutes of wear I was a bit disappointed to see that the colour had transferred to my eye lid – I’m guessing this is because my eye cream affected it and by lunch time there was significant fading. I suppose this is a lesson learned though and I’ve noticed with other products including mascara that oil based eye creams can cause problems.

If you’re intrigued to find out more you can purchase the goddess pencils and more here. They retail at £17.00 which is a little more than I would expect to pay for a liner but I’m guessing that being a goddess is an expensive business!

Review – Bioderma Sensibio H20 make-up removing micelle solution

Sensibio H20 (2)

I can’t really decide whether I came late to the party as far as micellar water is comcerned or whether I was so early to the party that they hadn’t coined the phrase micellar yet. I certainly tried a couple of cleansing waters years ago and asked myself why I was paying so much for a  bottle of water – after all isn’t all water cleansing? Anyway, I’ve tried one or two more recently and this is the latest offering that I’ve come across.

It’s from the French Pharmacy brand Bioderma (oh how we love our French Pharmacy products ooh la la!) It’s the Bioderma Sensibio H20 make-up removing micelle solution for sensitive skin. This beauty was gifted to me by Escentual along with some lovely scent testers. (More of that here)

This beauty gets a 5* rating on the Escentual site and won a prize at the 2013 Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards. They say:

“Gently cleanse your sensitive, normal to dry skin with the Bioderma Sensibio H2O, an ultra-mild, non-rinse micellar water cleanser and make-up remover. Created to suit the needs of those who experience skin irritation and redness, the alcohol-free formula soothes and cools as it cleanses. Sensibio H2O guarantees cutaneous and ocular tolerance for the skin and the eyes with its physiological pH and soap-free base. The cleanser removes impurities using micelles, which micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance. Added decongesting active ingredients prevent irritation, making the skin feel instantly refreshed, perfectly clean and free from all make-up – including water-resistant mascara.”

The way I’ve been using this in my routine is by applying it to my skin with a cotton wool pad, gently smoothing across the eye area without dragging to remove all of my eye make-up. I then swipe it across the rest of my face and neck to remove ever trace of foundation and primer. It leaves my skin feeling really clean without feeling tight. It’s also scent free and my skin feels really soft.

I’ve got a 250ml bottle which will last for ages and it costs £6.66 at the moment here – on offer from £9.99 there’s also a smaller 100ml size that you can  buy for just £3 down from £4.50.

I do sometimes use a cleansing gel afterwards for a double cleansed feel but I’d definitely recommend this product to remove make-up gently and completely.

What’s your current cleansing routine? Do you use micellar water?

Sunday afternoon shopping on the Kings Road

Hmmm I was just wondering as I wrote that title why it is that when someone refers to the Kings Road in Chelsea they don’t just call it Kings Road. I guess it’s because it was the Kings Road – the one that he used on his way to … Hampton Court was it? There are some funny things in the english language aren’t there – like why do you call the country The Gambia and not just Gambia?

Sorry I’ve gone right off the point which was…..shipping on the Kings Road. I’d decided that it was about time that I bought some acrylic storage for some of my beauty bits and of course the beauty bloggers’ mecca for this kind of thing is Muji. Now I have to say that in general this is a store that does nothing for me. When I shop I like to be attracted by pretty things and well it’s all looks a bit dull. But it’s really practical. Here’s what I bought – told you it looks dull – but I’ll soon pretty it up with lots of nail polishes and will probably add a few more units when funds allow. This unit was £11.50 and holds a fair few nail polishes – around 30 – but I’ve still got another 15 to house and a whole lot of other beauty stuff to find a home for.

Acrylic Box - 2 Drawers With Flip-Top Lid WideThe assistants in the shop were very helpful and professional although I did find it a little odd to be told at the till that I couldn’t return the product if I removed the plastic wrapper. Returning it hadn’t crossed my mind and it did make me wonder if people byu these units  and then change their minds so often that they have a policy. Strange.

So next stop was Peter Jones. I fancied a look around the beauty hall. Who wouldn’t, I wasn’t planning on spending anything – well maybe just a little thing – or a few bits – for Christmas of course! I lingered over the Christmas sets from Liz Earle and then went over to peruse the make up counters where I was hoping for the odd offer of a spray of perfume or a discussion on what was new. The kind of thing I’ve got used to doing in House of Fraser in Victoria near where I work but – sadly all the assistants were in pairs chatting and not bothering to look up. Really? The real estate in SW3 surely means that each square foot of the beauty hall needs to pay its way and from what I saw there were no sales being made this afternoon. It was all too irritating and I left.

After a bit of a wander and a bit of people watching and a bit of lusting over the odd Bentley that swooshed past I came cross a store that I hadn’t seen before. It was Orogold. It was intriguing, there was a lot of gold, naturally, there were rope barriers at the front a bit like a club entrance and there was a red carpet leading into the store. It looked a bit ostentatious and I went to walk past although my beauty blogger’s curiosity wouldn’t let me ignore it and a salesman came out and offered me a sample of the Orogold 24K Deep Day Moisturiser Cream. Before I knew it I’d told him I was a blogger and he’d invited me into the shop and demonstrated a whole bunch of stunningly beautiful products. They contain gold and the products I tried worked like a dream. They are though not just high end – they’re out of my reach. The moisturiser costs £128 here

They say:

“24K DEEP DAY MOISTURISER CREAM 53g℮1.86fl.oz | Vitamin C & E | Green Tea This delicate moisturiser melts on the skin to help make those tiny dry areas disappear without the oily residue. Not only will you look good but feel good as well. The moisturiser helps reduce the appearance of fine expression lines to restore softness, smoothness and natural glow of your skin.”

I also tried the 24K anti ageing eye serum price £198 and the 24K deep peeling which is £98. Now let me tell you they were all high performing products and the packaging was just how I like it. The products I tried were at the lower end of the price range and I could have spent a whole lot of money there.

Orogold

The promoter (not salesman) that looked after me was called Edi and he treated me with respect and was also very charming. He also told me about the beauty treatments that they carry out there and made it clear that there were some great packages he could offer if I wished to make a purchase. Sadly I only have public sector pay so I had to decline. I brought my sample with me though and I’ll give it a try and let you know what I think in a future post.

So, if you’re looking for some pampering and escapism then a little time spent in Orogold on the Kings Road would  be a good thing! It certainly lifted my spirits.

How did you spend your Sunday afternoon? I’d love to hear.

Hazel

Sensational Scents from Escentual

From a casual e-mail exchange the other day with someone at Escentual the other day I was very fortunate to be sent a bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution. More of that in a future post as I’m testing it at the moment but what was a real surprise was a whole selection of perfume samples that came in the parcel too!

You’ve probably heard me say – all the way through spring and summer  – that I was looking for the perfect summer scent. Well, I reached autumn without finding a favourite.

I really love it when samples have a spray and usually pop them in my make-up bag to use during the day. Over the past few months I’ve been using them up and was running really short of choice until these babies arrived!

Escentual have such a great selection and often have offers and these samples demonstrate the great range that they have from classic to contemporary. Here’s what I got.

Aqua Di Parma

Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria When I first smelled this I really loved it and then for a moment or two wondered whether it was designed for men or women. After discovering that it was both I was at first reassured but then realised that I liked it so much that it wouldn’t have mattered – I would have worn it anyway.

They say:

“Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria, with its exhilarating benefits, will transport you to the fascinating region of Calabria. The fragrance opens with a burst of vitalizing energy. The green, sparkling top notes of bergamot are exalted by the freshness of citron, also from Calabria.The perfume slowly unlocks its soft, intense bouquet, revealing the fruity, floral accord of bergamot in its heart notes, emphasized by refined nuances of cedar wood and red ginger.”

For me it smelt warm and heady like a summer evening on a warm mediterranean resort. It helped me to latch on to the last threads of the summer as they were disappearing over the horizon. It lasted for a good few hours before it faded. Gorgeous!

It costs from £54.00 - £78.00 here.

Cartier Baiser Vole

Cartier Baiser Vole Lys Rose This is the most attractive of the samples visually. It’s really a travel size and I love how it looks. It’s a light floral fragrance and I have to say it’s very light. While I don’t really like the strong rose scents that are popular now this is so light it’s almost not there. I would say it smells the same a when you hold a flower to your nose and it’s not very scented – you can just about smell it.

They say:

“Sun-kissed and radiant, the Cartier Baiser Vole Lys Rose Eau de Toilette is an ode to the supremely feminine lily. For this chapter in the Baiser Vole saga, perfumer Matilde Laurent explores the vibrancy of a blooming pink lily, a flower of pure passion. Full of highly charged emotions, it is a fragrance to love and be loved in. Cartier Baiser Vole Lys Rose explores every aspect of the lily, including its crystallised petals that convey both delicacy and vividness. When combined with subtle touches of raspberry, the powdery and delicate notes of Baiser Vole are sublimated. Lys Rose is a noble perfume that leaves a lingering trail.”

I wish that I could recognise any of the description above. Maybe it’s just me. I’ll display it with pride because it’s Cartier and because I love how it looks but I doubt if I will bother wearing it.

It costs from £37.80 - £78.30 here.

Dahlia Divin2

Givenchy Dahlia Divin This new offering from Givenchy is sheer glamour, a true grown up scent. I’ve loved Givenchy since I bought a precious bottle of Givenchy III when I was 19 and have always thought of it as a class act.

They say:

“The fragrance of a modern-day goddess, Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum is an enchanting elixir of precious gold and light. Crafted with sublime attention to detail and fine materials, Dahlia Divin is like an Haute Couture gown, enveloping the body with intricate golden threads. The woman who wears it has all of the qualities of a contemporary idol, creating a lasting impression with her luxuriously sensuous fragrance. Dahlia Divin opens with notes of a rare golden fruit, the Mirabelle plum. This subtle sweetness is paired with plush white flowers including jasmine, which shines like a ray of pure light. In the base, the alluring woody tones of sandalwood caress the skin, ensuring a striking aura.”

It costs from £40.50 - £70.20 here.

Juliette Has a GunMad Madame

Juliet Has a Gun Mad Madame I’d never heard of this brand and the whole edginess of it is intriguing. The sample came in a sealed envelope with the words Juliet Has a Gun on it and then inside is the tester of the Mad madame fragrance.  The branding is all about guns and bullets and I wasn’t quite sure why. Still – I thought that it smelled different and exciting and the advertising blurb tells the same story:

“Misbehave with the Juliette Has a Gun Mad Madame Eau de Parfum, a decadent, aphrodisiac fragrance for women. The daring Eau de Parfum is for a woman who is provocative and fascinating. No one is left indifferent to her presence: she whispers and ignites conversations in her wake, and she loves every second of it. The Mad Madame perfume is the perfect accompaniment to this charismatic yet enigmatic woman, a deeply sensual, explosive eau de parfum that leaves no doubt about its intentions. The green chypre fragrance revolves around the slightly metallic rose oxide note, together with a bright ribbon of blackcurrant bud absolute, and a resonating woody-modern ambroxan accord. A more mature Juliette Has A Gun fragrance, but no better behaved.”

If you’re feeling a little bit naughty I’d recommend you try this; It costs from £75.00 - £95.00 here.

So thank  you Escentual for allowing me to try out the newest and most delectable scents. II’m not certain that I’ve found the one yet but there are hundreds of others here to choose from.

Have you tried any of these before. I’d love to hear what you think.

Hazel

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Review – Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum

As soon as I received this Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum I fell in love with it and had to show you how it looked right away. Here it is when it was straight out of the pack! I couldn’t wait for daylight to take the best photo I just wanted you to see it. You all probably know that I love beautiful packaging and the bottle is the most beautiful blue.

Aqualia Thermal

The next morning I just couldn’t wait to see if the contents lived up to the promise of the packaging.

Vichy tell me that Aqualia Thermal is the first dynamic skin care that boosts water circulation for fresh beauty – plump perfectly hydrated skin all day long. Sensitive skin needs optimal hydration to allow the skin to undergo its natural repair process, They say Aqualia Thermal soothes sensitive, dehydrated skin and restores its comfort. It’s concentrated with Thermal Spa Water and enriched with hyaluronic acid. It soothes and helps protect the skin from daily aggressions. Skin is left intensely hydrated.

For me, the first feeling was of extreme comfort almost like a caress. I think in my excitement I said on Instagram and Twitter that it felt like my face was touched with angels wings! Ok so I got a bit over excited but this felt amazing! I’ve been layering up my skin care recently. Following the rule of starting with the thinnest product first and working up to the richest. So the serum goes on first then my moisturiser (currently also by Vichy) then my primer, foundation, blusher and highlighter. I think that this combination makes my skin look and feel the best it’s ever been.

Aqualia Thermal2

Vichy really are coming out with amazing products that also seem to suit my skin really well. If you get the chance to try them you really should. The Aqualia Thermal Serum costs £17.00 here. It also comes in light and rich formulas for £16.00.

What’s your favourite Vichy product?