Review – Eve of St.Agnes Nourishing Cleansing Cream

Nourishing Cleansing CreamYou might know that I recently discovered the Eve of St Agnes brand on the Beauty Crowd website. Then when I was talking to the people from Beauty Crowd about the Eve of St Agnes Body Cream they told me I really needed to try the Nourishing Cleansing Cream as it was one of their favourite products. I haven’t quite worked out why it’s not available on their site – maybe they sold out! But it is available from Eve of St Agnes direct here.

Anyway, I’m getting a bit ahead of myself! They told me that it was a hot cloth cleanser and I have to say that is one of my favourite ways to clean my face. So I decided to give it a try.

The cleansing cream comes in a pump dispenser and comes with a good quality muslin cloth. It smells so good as it goes on as it contains sweet orange essential oil. It gives you a deep down clean feel but moisturises too and isn’t at all drying. It takes off all my make-up. I’ve been using it as a second cleanse after an oil cleanse but it’s perfect to use alone too.

It’s detergent, soap and paraben free, is suitable for all skin types and is vegan friendly.  It contains some lovely ingredients that make it sound good enough to eat – like cocoa butter, sweet orange oil and honey.

It’s currently on offer at a purse friendly £10 here. Perfect!


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

Some you win, some you lose!

Danielle brush & China Glaze Top Coat

Last weekend I was in that space where I was feeling a bit spendy, I had a couple of things that needed replacing but I’m really trying hard to keep to a  budget. So, having persuaded myself that I had to replace my foundation brush and that my top coat was far too gloopy to be used one more time I headed off to the shops. Now when I say shops I should say that we’re not talking Westfield or Oxford Street we’re talking Tooting – where even Superdrug has closed down and Boots has pretty well given up. But we do have TKMaxx and I sometimes manage to cure my need for great brands by finding the odd bargain there.

Now I’m not very knowledgeable about brushes. Until about a year ago I didn’t own any that didn’t come with products. This all changed when I got the Final Checks Brushes from Danielle Everitt and I posted then about not really knowing what all the brushes were for. Since then I use several brushes each day in my make-up routine. Sadly the foundation brush was looking a bit worse for wear and (this is where I went wrong) I thought that I could probably find a good replacement for not very much money. I know, I know, I can here you shouting at me! I should have got a replacement from Danielle or at least chosen a well-known brand. Still, I was trying to stick to my budget and so I selected the Danielle Creations Foundation Brush. It cost £4.99 and it looked nice in the pack and knowing that TKMaxx reductions are pretty good I thought that I might have found myself a bargain. Wrong! It does look lovely to be fair but the bristles are just too synthetic – they don’t really pick up the product and they just scrape the product on rather that blend it. What a shame. I still need a replacement but with limited funds I’m not sure what brand to try next. Any recommendations? Would really like to know that I’m not going to waste any more money but I still have a gap in my brush collection.

My second purchase from TK Maxx turned out to be much better. I chose the China Glaze No Chip Top Coat for just £3.99. When I got home and read reviews before trying it, I was a bit worried as everyone said that it takes for ever to dry and that they wouldn’t buy it again.  I thought that I didn’t have much to lose at this stage as I’d already paid my money and gave it a try. it gives a really high gloss finish and as I’d heard about the long dry time I used my Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for Nails and it was perfect! My polish lasted for around 5 days before I got any chips. So that success almost made up for my brush disaster. So that’s why I say some you win, some you lose!

Have you had any disastrous purchases when you’ve been trying to save money? Do share in the comments below.


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Review – DHC Resveratrol

ResveratrolI’m always so keen to try any new products from DHC and when I heard that Resveratrol was something found in the skin of red grapes my  brain made an  automatic link that said “woohoo – skincare and wine – it has to be good!

Well, of course that wasn’t strictly true – what I was told was that  Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes which has been shown in lab studies to promote the Sirtuin “longevity” gene.

So, first thoughts on this range was that the package and presentation was very retro, and really different to anything I’ve seen since – well the 70s at least!

So what about the contents? First up I tried the DHC Resveratrol LotionThis is a toner, and in general I find that I don’t like toners, but I quite liked this one as it didn’t dry out my skin but seemed to kick off the moisturising process. It claims to fight the visible signs of ageing and promote smoother more resilient skin. It uses cereal extracts to hydrate the skin and help it to defend against environmental damage.

The next layer of moisturising defence was the DHC Resveratrol EssenceI’m not totally sure that I’ve worked out the difference between an essence and a serum. I kind of think that it’s just the fashion to use the word essence instead of serum but whether that’s the case or not it’s the product that goes on first next to the skin before moisturiser. It has a luxurious feel and gives a big boost to moisture levels.

The final product in the trio that got me the best compliment I’ve had in forever, (I was told I looked radiant after only a few days of use!) is the DHC Resveratrol Cream. The texture is quite unusual as it’s quite springy to the touch but it’s a richly moisturising cream that combined with the other two products stays on the skin, protecting it all day. Having applied it this morning around 8am my skin  still feels amazing. Dare I say the best it’s felt in I can’t remember how long!

Each of the products costs £43.00 but if you’re quick they’re available here with 20% off for a limited time.

If you haven’t tried any products from DHC yet – I think it might be time to give them a try.


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

Review – Dr PawPaw Balms

Dr Paw Paw

Dr.PawPaw Original Clear Balm

So. I heard about it. I lusted after it. I wished for it. I was gifted it….and now I’ve tried it…..well to be precise I’ve tried them! Yep I tried out both the Dr PawPaw Original Clear Balm (in the yellow tube) and the Dr PawPaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm (in the peach tube).

The balm comes out of the tube in quite a solid form (centre pic) but melts in to the skin with the warmth of your skin. In the picture to the right, I’ve spread a thick layer of each balm on my hand so that you can see the consistency and colour.

PicMonkey Collage

The coloured balms, (there is a third Dr.PawPaw Ultimate Red Balm too) can be used as the sheerest tint on the cheeks or lips or built up for rich deep colour. I’ve been using the Peach Pink Balm as a light summer lip tint. It slicks on like a gloss but isn’t sticky and lasts longer and is moisturising too.

The Original Clear Balm is just the perfect handbag saviour to use as lip balm or for hands, elbows or anywhere that needs a little loving care. You can also use it as a primer.

They say:

“Using 100% British made ingredients, each tube of DR.PAWPAW is jam-packed with ingredients that have moisturising, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties making it suitable for a variety of purposes.”

A true multi – tasker I can really understand why this is such a popular product that’s loved by celebrities. Have you tried it yet?

You can find it here priced £6.95


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

Autumn Winter Preview 2015 – Catalyst PR at No.11 Cavendish Square

When you’re a blogger it’s a sure sign that summer has arrived when all the Autumn & Winter previews begin! This week I had a lovely start to my Friday with a visit to the Orangery & Courtyard Garden at 11 Cavendish Square where Catalyst PR were hosting their Autumn/Winter Preview.

Catalyst AW Preview

I got there early so that I’d get the best chance to speak with the people behind some of my favourite brands. Even so I didn’t even get to speak to half of the brands that were there. So I’ve made a list of their links below* to remind me who I need to catch up with next time and so that you can still find out more about them even if I did partly fail in my mission!

The first stand I went to visit was Dr Paw Paw. I’d been intrigued by this brand for so long but just last weekend I had put the Dr.PawPaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm at theDr Paw Paw top of my Weekend Wish List and so I thought it would be a great opportunity to try it out and find out more about the brand.

I found out quite a bit including that in Australia where it originated the original balm is used for everything from lips to baby’s bottoms! Finding out that it was such a trusted brand made me even more keen to try it so I was thrilled to be given two tubes to try! I’ll be reviewing them in a separate post so you’ll see if I think they live up to the hype! Nanokeratin

Then I got to meet the people from Nanokeratin SystemIt’s one of those names that you’ve heard of but don’t quite know what it’s about. They told me that it’s a smoothing treatment and then laughed when I automatically stroked down the fly aways on my hair – apparently that’s a common reaction!

The benefits of the system are said to include illiminating frizz, repairing damage, reduxing blowdry time, stopping colour fade and increasing shine and smoothness. I’ve come away with a few samples to try so I’ll be putting the system to the test with my over processed, frizzy, coloured hair pretty soon.

Next stop was Phytomer UK , the marine cosemetic experts. In 1972 they launched the star seawater concentrate with its 104 trace elements.
An incredible natural active ingredient with highly remineralizing properties.  I saw and tested one or two of their high tech skin care products including a replenishing oil and a firming lift cream. Phytomer


Again it wasn’t a brand I was strongly aware of before this event but I’ve brought home their Seaweed Soap as a treat! So I’ll let you know more about that soon.

Then I honed in on a brand that I’ve already become very fond of – Micro Cell. You’ll probably have seen my review hereIt’ s one of the best nail care products I’ve used and their top coat makes my polish last for days. Thy have some really cute colours too!


I was gifted a little top up for my collection and no doubt you’ll be hearing more from me on this best selling German brand!

Right next door I found another brand that I’ve been so interested in for ages. Mainly because of its packaging which is so collectible but also because I wondered what the hell it it’s about – it’s Steam Cream!


Aside from getting to see some of the amazing autumn and winter tin designs I found out that it’s named after the process that makes the cream so unique as it uses steam in the manufacturing process. It’s easily transportable in a bag or pocket as suitable for face or body. It softens , calms and restores vitality for radiant skin. I can definitely do with some of that. I came away with a tin inside my first Christmas related sample – so it may be a while before I review it!

Steam Cream

 Time was flying past and I moved across to talk to my new friends from Beauty Crowd. If you’ve been following my blog recently you’ll see that I’ve recently discovered their super website and have been coveting so many of their products. You can catch up on a couple of posts here and here that begin to cover some of the brands I’ve fallen in love with. It was such a busy stand and I was so busy getting to know the man behind the brand that I forgot to take any photos! Sorry Neil! I can tell you thought that you’ll be hearing a lot more from me about Beauty Crowd.

Then I did a quick time check and realised I should have been at work 10 minutes ago! So I chose SexyHair2one last stand to visit and that was Sexy Hair UK with its eye catching branding and imagery. There products are fun, bright and different with some great ingredients: coconut oil, soy protein, honey and quinoa too!

I’ll be trying out my samples of Full Bloom, Blonde Bombshell Shampoo & Conditioner, Bright Blonde Shampoo & Soy Renewal Oil very soon.

Then it was time to rush off for a day at the office – not quite so glamorous but it pays some of the bills!

Here’s the list I promised. I hope that you enjoy exploring all the brands as much as I did.

*Brand Website List


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Eve of St. Agnes Hydrating Body Cream – a wish come true!

Eve of St Agnes Hydrating Body CreamI’ts not often that you make a wish and that wish comes true within a few days is it? Well that’s what happened when I made a wishlist recently and put this Eve of St. Agnes Hydrating Body Cream in  my top picks from the Beauty Crowd website!

I’d vaguely heard of this brand but it hadn’t registered with me as being a British brand with hand-made products that sources ingredients from suppliers who work with Fairtrade and Community projects where ever possible. They include organic ingredients like sweet orange essential oil, Shea butter and thistle oil. Even better they are never tested on animals.

They say:

“This new body cream from Eve of St. Agnes has taken several years to develop and it’s just been awarded a silver skin care award! Designed to hydrate the skin using the power of plant oils and butters such as Cocoa Butter and Meadowfoam Seed Oil, without leaving the skin feeling sticky or greasy. An abundance of floral and citrus notes from a blend of sensual essential oils, including Rose Geranium, Rose de Mai, Frangipani and Orange combine to create a delicate, yet exotic fragrance.”

So after all my wishing what was it like? The packaging is really classy and the jar a reassuringly heavyweight addition to my beauty shelf. The texture of the cream was surprising light – I’d say like a whipped cream consistency – a lot lighter than my last body cream. A little goes a long way and it soaks in quickly. It has a gorgeous scent which isn’t overpowering. It hasn’t quite conquered my dry shins but I think that I should give it a little while longer to beat that challenge!

Eve of St. Agnes Hydrating Body Cream 200ml

Oh and I got another wish from my list granted yesterday too….more on that in another post! What would you wish for from Eve of St. Agnes or Beauty Crowd?


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

Review – Nu Skin ageLOC Transforming Night

Earlier this month I told you about some of the Nu Skin products I’d been trying and like  a fool I missed one out!  what was I thinking of? Well anyway I’ve remembered now – it’s the Nu Skin ageLOC Transforming Night cream.

What can I tell you, it didn’t disappoint. It’s a rich cream that’s rapidly absorbed into the skin. It claims to  dramatically reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and pores – and whilst I can’t say I notice much change in my skin in that way I did “wake to glowing, smooth, supple skin” and that was the second part of their claim.

They say:

“This exclusive cream features ageLOC® to combat the ultimate sources of ageing. Plus, ultra-mild ingredients that mimic the skin’s own structure, working with its natural night-time renewal process for deeply hydrated, rejuvenated, youthful looking skin.”

I really think that using a night cream is important for every woman to prevent wrinkles and to smooth and moisturise. This is definitely one of the better creams that I’ve used. It’s available here for £62.12.


Have you tried any Nu Skin products? I’ve still got one more to try so watch out for future posts.


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

Weekend Wishlist 15

It’s the weekend again and I’ve been doing alot of wishing – mostly since I discovered the Beauty Crowd website. There are just so many brands that I haven’t come across before and all in one place too! So while I’m watching the pre-amble to the Men’s Finals at Wimbledon I thought that I might give you a bit of a tour of the site by way of making a wish list!

Dr.PawPaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm

Dr.PawPaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm

First thing I spied were the Dr.PawPaw Multi Purpose Soothing Balms. I’ve had these on my mental wish list for so long and never actually got my hands on one. Now that it’s summer and I have a bit of a tan a slick of something with a tint is perfect.

I’ve chosen the Dr.PawPaw Tinted Peach Pink Balm  for my list. It’s bursting with  naturally fermented fruit from the Carica Papaya Tree and is nourishing as well as adding a dewy pop of colour. It’s priced at £6.95 here.

Eve of St. Agnes Hydrating Body Cream

Eve of St. Agnes Hydrating Body Cream 200ml

I’ve just come to the end of my tub of body cream and I find that I need to use it day and night to make sure that my skin doesn’t dry out and peel. So this gorgeous new Eve of St. Agnes Hydrating Body Cream would be perfect. It  uses the power of plant oils and butters to moisturise without leaving the skin feeling greasy. It includes essential oils such as Rose Geranium, Rose de Mai, Frangipani and Orange to create it’s delicat fragrance. It’s vegan friendly, paraben free, SLS free,and  free from synthetic fragrances. It’s available here priced £20.

Freedom Pro Decadence Palette – Magic

Freedom Pro Decadence Palette - Magic - Decadence Magic

I’ve really surprised myself by adding this to my wishlist. I’ve kind of backed away from this brand and it’s sibling Make-up Revolution in the past because it’s just so in your face and it’s every where you look. It felt like the market was saturated. But somehow, this pallette has sucked me in. Maybe that’s why it’s called Freedom Pro Decadence Palette – Magic.

It contains a mixture of 20 matte, shimmer and glitter shades and even though I have several nude pallettes I’m thinking that this one at only £6.00 here might fill a gap or two. Must be under a spell!

Fairy Drops Quattro Mascara

Fairy Drops Quattro Mascara - Black

Sticking with the magical theme, this Fairy Drops Quattro Mascara is from the cult Japanese brand. I’ve heard about it before from bloggers but never knew where to buy it from in the UK.  It has a unique shaped brush to ensure the mascara is distributed evenly. It claims to be smudge, smear and clump free and is infused with Squalene, Jojoba Seed Oil, Panthenol, Hydrolised Collagen and Moisturising Hyaluronic Acid. It looks cute too as befits a fairy. You can try out it’s magic  for £18.50 here.

L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil

L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil - Orchid

This last choice for today is an L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil. I’ve chosen it in the shade orchid but it comes in 18 shades so there is something for everyone. It might look a little familiar but the price certainly isn’t it’s just £2.50 here. Oh and it’s cruelty free too!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little tour around the Beautycrowd site to make this wishlist. There are so many brands that I couldn’t cover them all in one list!  So you had better take a look and let me know what you buy!


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Review – Bell Cosmetics from Beauty Crowd

It’s always fun to try out new products and it’s even better when you find that they are purse friendly, cruelty free, vegan friendly and hypoallergenic! That’s exactly what I’ve found with Bell Cosmetics from Beauty Crowd.

Bell BB Powder & BB Mousse

Bell BB Powder &  BB Mousse

Today when I put on my morning face I used the Bell Hypoallergenic BB Mousse as well as Bell Hypoallergenic BB PowderAfter  battling London transport in the tube strike, sale shopping in the sunshine at lunch time and a gruelling 9-5 (well actually it was 10.25 to 5.10 but only because the damn buses took so long!) I’ve just checked my face in the mirror and it’s stayed on pretty well. Not quite as matte as it was at the outset but definitely not a greasy mess!

Bell Hypoallergenic BB Mousse

BB Mousse Make Up

This Bell Hypoallergenic BB Mousse is a light mousse that gives a really smooth even coverage that’s a bit fuller than I would normally expect from a BB cream. It covers imperfections and has a matte finish.  It’s a bargain at only £6.95 and comes in two shades helpfully named 01 and 02! You can see 02 in the picture.

Bell BB Powder

The Bell Hypoallergenic BB Powder looks so pretty! The casing is just standard for a high street product but the powder is just so pretty with 2 shades that you can use separately or together. I couldn’t help but touch it with my fingers for a first try and it felt so soft and silky!

I applied it with a brush though and it went on so smooth and made such an even matte finish and I loved it! As I said it lasted well and you could use the different shades to contour and highlight if you wanted to. Again this comes in two shade combinations and this is in 02. It costs £5.95 – another bargain! It’s such a handy size too to take in you bag and touch up during the day for a refresh.

I’m so excited to have discovered Bell Cosmetics and there is a whole range of  their products on the Beauty Crowd.  So much to choose from that I can’t wait to try something else – maybe the Bell Hypoallergenic Triple EyeshadowBut there are 12 combinations to choose from…… What do you think? Have you seen this brand before?


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

Why I ♥ London!

magazine restaurant

I wasn’t born in  London, and I never wanted to move to London, but a job that I loved brought me here in the 1980s and now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Just this afternoon, I was sitting at my desk, preparing for a meeting tomorrow and I realised that tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 bombings. That day in all its horror will never leave me. That day my daughter aged 12 told me that she didn’t want to live here anymore as she was too scared. I told her I couldn’t afford to leave my job and move away but promised that I’d do my best to save up. I never did save up and over the years my daughter fell in love with London. She breathed it in, absorbed it and flourished.

There are so many reasons why I love London that I could never list them all. I’d need to write as many volumes as Samuel Pepys used for his diaries or Shakespeare used to contain the plays he staged at the Globe. So much history made and recorded here how could I ever evaluate it in just one blog post?

Still there’s something about London’s people, its history, it’s courage and resilience that makes it the best place in the world to live. It’s the little stories that you hear that remind you how special it is. I read today that a man riding a unicycle in Walthamstow got run over by a bus and all the passengers and bystanders (around a 100 people) lifted the bus off him and saved his life! Amazing – and did you notice how we just accept that someone riding a unicycle down the road is normal too!

I love its diversity too – that’s a term that I take for granted living in this fair city – fair in both senses of the word – but you don’t have to stray far from London to realise that diversity and inclusion aren’t standard across the country by any means. It’s not perfect here but I’m encouraged to see people trying to make things work – like the remembrance walk that’s planned for tomorrow. Today Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders walked with a 7/7 bombing survivor from Kings Cross to Tavistock Square ahead of tomorrow’s anniversary. Commuters are being asked to walk the last part of their journey tomorrow  to show unity.

The old story of Dick Whittington said that the streets of London are paved with gold – now that may not be true but there is a whole wealth of opportunity, bravery, compassion, history, art, music, and love and more here for those that seek it.

So, that’s just a taster of why I love London and here are a few of my photos that remind me of it.

Do you love London too? Tell me why!


Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Buckingham Palace

Queens Jubilee

Red Arrows

Red Arrows over Buckingham Palace

Houses of Parliament

Big Ben London Eye Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey



Magazine Restaurant

magazine restaurant

London Skyline from Four Seasons Hotel Park Lane