Review – Dermalogica Ultracalming Redness Relief Primer

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A few weeks back I told you about a great Dermalogica Event that I went to. One of the super items I picked up there was the newly launched Dermalogica UltraCalming Redness Relief Primer SPF20.

They say:

“Relieve irritation and redness caused by sensitive skin and rosacea with the Dermalogica UltraCalming Redness Relief Primer SPF20. Formulated with sunscreens, vitamin E and phytoactive anti-irritant agents, this moisturising primer will protect your skin against harmful UV rays and help to improve the condition of your skin. In addition, the natural earth minerals provide a subtle green tint to visibly counteract the redness of your skin.”

This product was really interesting for me. I don’t have rosacea as such but I often have a bit of a flush – you know the look, the one you get after a large glass of wine! This primer with its calming effect and its green tint it looked as though it might be what I needed. That together with SPF20 made me think that this could be the kind of product that I could wear daily.

I wasn’t really expecting the colour to be quite so green. I mean, I thought that it would look green in the tube but that it wouldn’t look green on the skin. It does, but this isn’t a bad thing as it balances out the redness. And of course it’s a great base and you can add foundation to achieve the colour and coverage you need. I found it cooling and calming and I definitely think it’s a class act!

You can buy it here and it’s currently on offer for £29.49 a saving of 23%!


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

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Summer Eau De Toilette

So today I just need to tell you about the delight that is Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Summer Eau De Toilette! It’s described as “a cheerful, floral fruity fragrance with full of feminity inspired by exotic freshness of dragon fruit.”

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Issey Miyake has entrusted the artist Yulia Brodskaya with designing the new limited editions for summer 2015. For this joint venture, she chose to convey a romantic and surprising universe through the use of coloured illustrations made entirely of paper. A story of poetry, a new angle on the signature of Issey Miyake fragrances. For this campaign, bottles of L’Eau d’Issey and L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme have been adorned with gleaming colours, and exude a new olfactory sensation.

EteOf course we all know the iconic shape of the Issey Miyake bottle. But this time for summer the design reminds me of summer hippy designs from the summer of love! The fragrance is light and fruity a perfect fun summer scent. And of course it looks amazing on my dressing table too!

It’s available here for £41.00.

Do you have any Issey Miyake fragrances? Which is your favourite?


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

Discovering The Vintage Cosmetics Company

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It’s always interesting for me as a beauty blogger to discover new brands but this time it’s not a make-up or skincare brand but a beauty accessory brand The Vintage Cosmetics Company.

The Vintage Cosmetics Company is a British brand with a gorgeous, quirky 1950s style branding. The products are well made and cover all the beauty essentials you need.

I was lucky enough to get to try out two of the products first hand and I’m loving them. What’s so great about The Vintage Cosmetics Company site and every product is that you get instructions on how to use the product to make your self beautiful!

So my first pick was the Vintage Cosmetic Company Eyelash Curlers. In the past I’ve not had much success with eyelash curlers as I have such short lashes that I always managed to pinch my lid and not curl my lashes at all! A recent makeover  showed me that it was possible to make my lashes curl and that’s what prompted me to give it another go .

They say:

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Eyelash Curlers complete with a spring mechanism for super-fluttery eyelashes, is a make-up bag must-have. Used by top make-up artists and celebrities these Curlers will give you luscious lashes that last. To open and brighten your eyes simply follow our how-to below. We also recommend holding the Curlers under a hairdryer on a low setting for a few seconds. Make sure they’re warm (not hot!) and then curl the lashes. This top tip will help you to produce a better curl. Apply a flick of mascara or The Vintage Cosmetic Company’s Gracie strip lash to finish off the look!”

Tentatively at first, I tried out the curlers and was so pleased with the result. I didn’t pinch myself at all and the easy to use curlers gave me nicely curled lashes which gave me a wide awake look with hardly any effort! If you fancy giving them a go then you can try them for just £7.00 here.

Continuing on the lash them I also picked the Brow and Lash BrushI often find that my lashes clump together and my eyebrows, sparse as they are still need a little grooming so this seemed to be the ideal companion for the eyelash curler.

They say:

“The cream Brow and Lash Brush from The Vintage Cosmetic Company is multipurpose brush that not only tames unruly brows, but also breaks up clumpy mascara. The hero brush is designed to help you achieve a full, natural look. Use the cream Brow and Lash brush to keep your eyelashes and eyebrows looking natural by brushing away any excess product.”

I’ve been using the brush for the last few days and it’s been working a treat as well as being a great looking addition to my brush collection. This one is available here for £8.00.

I love the whole concept and the retro look so I think I might soon be adding another couple of bits to my collection.


These products were gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and are not prescribed.

Review – Trilogy COQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate

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Here’s a little beauty that you can keep in your make-up bag, handbag or even a pocket. It’s a tiny shot of freshness. It’s the Trilogy Age Proof COQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate.

They say:

“Give your eyes a treat wherever you are with Trilogy Age Proof COQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate. Instantly cool, tone and brighten your eyes whenever you need a pick-me-up. Treat your eyes to this Trilogy Age Proof COQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate, a powerful formula packed with a combination of botanicals including Co-enzyme Q10 to help revitalise and protect against ageing. With extracts of green coffee and ecocert jojoba esters to help tone and tighten, reduce dark circles and puffiness. Get ready to say hello to fresh looking eyes!”

This is so simple to use.  It has a roller ball action and the coolness of the product as it’s applied is immediately calming. It makes my eye contour area look and feel brighter and more awake instantly. Use it day and/or night. It’s simple and straightforward with active ingredients that work. Nothing more I need to say.

It’s available here currently priced at £22.95.


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

Review – Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo

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Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Sometimes you end up drafting blog posts late into the night when you should be heading to bed; and sometimes you need a life saver like a dry shampoo! Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo has turned out to be that lifesaver!

I’m usually pretty good at planning my time so that I can fit in just the right amount of relaxation and  blogging time as well as keeping the house ticking over. But just lately things have been crazy and more than once I’ve not finished for the day until one or two in the morning and then realised that my hair wasn’t going to last another day without washing it.  This happened to me just the other night and I was so tired I just fell into bed and left it to the morning to deal with.

I had a full day of meetings ahead and really didn’t want to feel that my colleagues would be judging me for having dirty hair. So I reached for the dry shampoo that I’d been gifted and hoped for a miracle!

Things didn’t go too well first off as I didn’t really read the instructions properly and held the can too close to my head and got a bit of a chalky effect. After a bit of brushing though it didn’t look so  bad and was certainly a great improvement on what I’d viewed in the mirror first thing.

Since then I’ve made sure that I follow the directions properly and give my hair a light spray from a bit further away (10 or 15cm) and leave it for a couple of minutes before brushing it out. Then it looks great! It’s full of body, shiny and looks fresh.

They say:

“Refresh your hair between washes and clean it without water with Klorane’s extra-gentle dry shampoo. Formulated with oat milk, chosen for its softening and protecting properties, and nettle which helps to regulate sebum production, this dry shampoo helps to preserve the pigments in coloured hair and can also be used as a styling product.”

I really think that it’s a great idea to have a can of Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo that you can reach for now and then. If you want to try it then it’s available here for £8.

Hope it saves you time – do let me know if you try it!


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

Review – Ultrasun Overnight Summer Skin Recovery Mask


I discovered Ultrasun when I was browsing sites just after I’d booked my holiday to Marrakech. I’d fallen for the romantic view of Morocco and it’s sun, spices and intrigue and was really planning to Rock the Kasbah!

As I browsed I started to think of the practicalities of being a pale skinned Brit in the Arabian heat and that’s when I came across Ultrasun. They say that they have “a product to suit every skin type and sun condition, Ultrasun gives a great level of protection from UVA and UVB rays with just one application a day.”

I really wanted to try some products ahead of my holiday but to be fair it’s not the easiest thing to do – after all, the warmest day we’ve had recently in London was 20C and that didn’t last for long.

So, I decided to try the Ultrasun Overnight Summer Skin Recovery Mask as this was something that I didn’t need sun for. This is a new launch available on QVC during April and then exclusively in Marks & Spencer from 13 May.

Ultrasun’s new launch delivers long-lasting hydration and overnight anti ageing care for your skin after increased sun exposure. Like I said I hadn’t had too much sun but that didn’t mean that I wasn’t ready for plenty of hydration and ant-aging care. It contains powerful brown algae actives encapsulated in a hyaluronic cage which allows maximum skin penetration. The cream absorbed into my skin really quickly and didn’t leave the usual greasy layer that you find in night cream. There’s no perfume, mineral oils, emulsifiers, preservatives, silicones or alcohol.

The next morning my skin felt very smooth and taut and I can imagine that it would feel very calming after a day in the sun. I’ll be taking this with me on holiday for sure and hope to give you a more detailed review when I’m back.

You’ll see above in the photo that I’ll be trying two more Ultrasun products. One is the Shimmering Sun Lotion for sensitive skin.  I’ll have to wait to try out it’s sun protection qualities but it’s so gorgeous looking on the skin. It’s not glittery at all and I would say it’s not even a shimmer but a gorgeous sheen that enhances the look of the skin even without a tan.

Ultrasun Protection Glimmer Sensitive Formula All Day Protection SPF20 150ml comes in an airless pump dispenser to prevent product deterioration and contamination , It has a patented Liposome Complex to carry moisture deep into the skin, Ultrasun 20 delivers high all day protection with just one application. Its tiny, golden “glimmers” raise protection by deflecting the sun’s rays. It’s free from oils, emulsifiers and perfume reducing the risk of allergy and making it especially suitable for sensitive skins. It’s non-greasy, water-resistant and easy to use.

And finally, I’ll be trying Ultrasun Lip ProtectionI think that this is something that you could use all year round as it’s fragrance free and makes an ideal lipstick base but will be particularly useful in the harsh Moroccan sun. It’s SPF30 and it promises high quality lip protection throughout the day. It has blackcurrant seed oil to moisturise and enrich. It is effective in all temperatures and at altitude and prevents and reduces inflammation and chapping. I’m hoping to be able to give you some favourable reports on this one too.

What sun products do you swear by? Have you tried any by Ultrasun? I’d love to hear about them.


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

What’s on my face #3

I started off this morning thinking that it might be a good idea to try out my new La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL BB Cream as it’s the weekend and I could get away with a bare faced look as I won’t be in the office. Then I got to thinking maybe I could try out one or two other new products and see if I could make a summer look that might be a winner for my holiday. I even left my hair natural to see how the whole just out of the pool, minimal look might work. So this is how it turned out. I forgot my moisturiser and my mascara but surprisingly I quite liked how it turned out and I think my skin looked pretty good too. And that meant that I was brave enough to post the look on Instagram.


Here’s the product list, I’ve provided reviews below of the products that I haven’t reviewed previously*:

So here are the reviews. I hadn’t realised how many products I use that haven’t been reviewed. There are a few so I’ll keep it brief but if you have any questions then ask them in the comments section below!

Trilogy CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate

Eye Recovery Concentrate

I’ve found this to be such a refreshing, calming and cooling product. It’s a great start to the day and to feeling and looking awake.

They say:

“Refreshing roll-on to tone and brighten the eye area with co-enzyme Q10, caffeine and horse chestnut. A cooling, silky smooth serum which helps increase firmness and reduce periocular fine lines around the delicate eye area. A handbag essential, this certified natural, fragrance-free formula can be applied to cleansed skin before moisturising or over make-up as a quick pick-me-up for tired eyes.”

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Tinted BB Cream

Anthelios XL SPF 50+ BB Comfort Cream packshot from Anthelios, by La Roche-Posay

This is the product that I was planning to write the whole post about. It’s been developed for sensitive skin and it has SPF50. I often find that BB creams don’t give enough coverage or colour for me and so I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage which I would say is equivalent to a light coverage foundation. When I saw the dewy look that it gave my skin it gave me confidence enough to take a photo and that’s something I’ve always tried to avoid since I was very small. As well as providing protection (which I can’t test yet) and providing great coverage it also makes my feel moisturised and soft too.

They say:

“UVA protection from the patented photostable filtering system Mexoplex. Very water-resistant. Non perfumed. No parabens. Rich but non-oily, the texture protects, moisturises and unifies the complexion in a single step.”

Collection Work the Colour Eyebrow Kit

Collection Work The Colour Eyebrow Kit

I’ve had this kit for ages and hadn’t really got the hang of it, preferring to use pencils but recently I’ve worked out how to blend the colours to suit my colouring and it’s become an everyday staple. The clear brow mascara keeps it all in place all day.

GOSH Eyelight Trio 003 Chunky Chocolate

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These cute palettes by GOSH are fun and easily transportable. The one on the left is GOSH Eyelight Trio 003 Chunky ChocolateI used the top colour which is a metallic gold all over the lid and then the middle mid brown colour in the crease. They’re quite pigmented and buttery and there isn’t too much fall out.

Sleek Highlighting Palette Precious Metals

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I’m so surprised that I haven’t reviewed this before. I had seen it on the shelves and read the reviews from other bloggers and loved it from the moment I held it in my hands. The case is as shiny and metallic as the 4 beautiful highlighters inside, (3 creamy and one powder). I use just a touch along the top of my cheek bone.

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Blush 10 Lover’s Blush

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Estee Lauder products were my first real make-up love. The version of the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Blush 10 Lover’s Blush that I have is part of a limited edition palette that was a collaboration with Michael Kors. It’s a bit old and worn now which is why there’s no picture but it can be purchased on it’s own as in the photo above. There’s nothing to say apart from it’s Estee Lauder and it gives the colour and pay off that you would expect. Gorgeous.

They say:

“Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush. Bring your cheeks into full bloom. Fresh, radiant colour lasts all day, won`t streak or fade. Includes exclusive True Vision; technology. Ultra-silky powder sweeps on sheer for a natural glow. Builds for contoured and sculpted definition with luminous optic technology. Exclusive contouring brush included. In two finishes, Satin and Shimmer.”

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lip Gloss 27 Pink Kiss

So this is the finishing slick of gloss it’s another Estee Lauder classic and it was part of a gift with product. It’s a  moisturising pretty feminine perfection. It finished off my “bare-faced” look perfectly.

It took 11 products to look “natural” and I forgot to use two more. Ah well. It was fun!


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Empties – January to March 2015

I’m not really sure what happened to my regular blogging routine. Each month I used to finish with an empties post and then a recap of the most popular posts from the previous month. The next thing I know it’s Easter and I haven’t done an empties post since the December one. So the time has come to put that right. Here’s what I’ve used up so far in 2015. I’ve reviewed most of these products as I went along and you can use the search bar to see what I thought if that’s your thing. The key point is though that if I used up the whole product it must have been pretty damn good!

GOSH Double Precision Mascara

Gosh Double Precision Mascara Black

La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel

Physiological Cleansing Gel packshot from Physiological cleansers, by La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra

Toleriane Ultra packshot from Toleriane, by La Roche-Posay

L’Erbolario Effeto Reale Intensive Nourishment Shampoo


NARS Sheerglow Foundation

NARS Cosmetics Sheer Glow Foundation (Various Shades)

No.7 Lift & Luminate Eye Cream

SkinPep Collagen Renew Peptide Repair Day Cream

SkinPep Collagen Renew Growth Factor Night Cream


Sleek Makeup Brow Stylist 

Sleek MakeUP Brow Stylist Light 716

Trilogy Refresh & Shine Shampoo

Trilogy Refresh And Shine Conditioner (250ml)

Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Morning After Dry Shampoo

Vichy Normaderm Night Detox

Vich Products (4)

Victor & Rolf Bonbon Shower Gel

Bonbon Shower Gel 200ml

Zuzka Argenine Hydroxy Rejuvenating Cream

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Thanks for reading!


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Reviews – Dermalogica C-12 Pure Bright Serum, Pure Light SPF 50 and Pure Night.

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A little while ago I went to the Dermalogica store at One New Change for a launch event. This was the launch of  the new Power Bright TRx range which I wrote about here. The range consists of C-12 Pure Bright Serum, Pure Light SPF 50  and Pure Night. I’ve been trying out these super products since then and I thought it was about time I let you have my thoughts.

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They say:

C-12 Pure Bright Serum is a potent skin brightening treatment. Lightweight, highly active topical treatment combats hyper-pigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night. Advanced formula absorbs quickly to optimize efficacy while helping to increase skin luminosity.”

I really haven’t been using serums for that long. I didn’t really get that you use a serum and then a moisturiser on top. I thought it was either or. Now I get that you use the thinner, more potent serum first so that it can have the greatest direct effect on your skin and follow with the thicker moisturising product.

So I used the C-12 Pure Bright Serum day and night. It sank in quite quickly and didn’t feel sticky at all. Whilst I did feel that my skin looked brighter, even after the first couple of days, I couldn’t say that I noticed any difference to pigmentation. To be fair, I would be surprised if I saw an immediate effect and it’s not the easiest thing to measure in any case.

So, on to the Pure Light SPF 50. Well, I guess the clue is in the title, this day cream has a whopping SPF50. Let’s face it we all need to protect our face from sun damage and this definitely does the job in that department.

They say:

“Shield the skin from UV-induced hyper-pigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) with this medium-weight daytime treatment. It features Oleosome technology, which uses natural plant spheres filled with sunscreens to increase SPF performance. A powerful peptide helps regulate melanin production while a potent blend of Red and Brown Algae combined with botanical extracts, help balance uneven skin tone. Cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid fortifies the skin’s natural moisture barrier, reducing the appearance of 
fine dehydration lines. Formulated without artificial fragrances, colours or parabens.”

I found that the Pure Light SPF 50 to be super moisturising as it definitely plumped out the fine lines. I can’t really say much about the sun protection because the weak wintry sun we’ve been having lately in England hasn’t proved to be much of a challenge. I love that it has botanicals and it’s always reassuring to know it doesn’t contain any nasties.

Lastly my favourite of the three products in the range is Pure Night which works as a complete treatment along with the other two products to achieve the same aims of brightness and moisturising. They say:

“Restore skin luminosity and maximize PowerBright TRx™ results with this rich, nighttime moisturizer. It 
helps reduce the appearance of brown spots and uneven skin tone while you sleep with an active blend of skin-brightening agents.”

This product was the one that wowed me as it made my skin feel AMAZING! Sorry for shouting, but I just had to make you take notice! My skin felt like velvet after the first night I used this. Couldn’t fault it.

So if you’re looking for a treatment that will deal with your uneven skin-tone then this might just be the one!

Have you tried any Dermalogica products or treatments? Don’t forget to comment below.


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

Review – DHC Face Wash Powder

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Regular readers will know that I’m always excited to try new products from DHC. I’d heard about face wash powders but not come across one before. So, when it arrived, looking all retro, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. It has to be said that it takes a little bit of getting used to. You tip some powder into your hands and add water and it froths up into a great lather to wash your face with. It leaves your face feeling great too but I’m not really sold – there I’ve said it – it’s a DHC product that I’m not knocked out by. It think it’s because it’s a bit of a fiddle. I mean I prefer a product that you just have to pump out of a bottle or squeeze out of a tube.

They say:

DHC Face Wash Powder is a silky-soft powder facial cleanser that transforms with water into luxurious, dense lather. Sweep it across your face to cleanse away impurities. Exfoliating protease enzymes help dissolve the bonds of lifeless, dulling skin cells with ease, making this foaming cleanser gentle enough to use daily. Skin becomes soft with moisturising honey and sodium hyaluronate.

  • Generates voluminous micro-fine lather
  • Lavender soothes
  • Convenient for travel”

I’m glad I’ve tried it, (you can buy it here for £9.50 ) and I might even take it away with me on holiday but I think I’ll stick with my more traditional cleansers at home – like DHC Pore Face Wash (told you I love DHC!)

Do you like to try out new and unusual products? What’s the strangest one you have tried?


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