A taste of London Fashion Week with Weleda

I know you’re all used to me writing about beauty products and over time people have been more accepting of someone like me being a beauty blogger but I think that we all know that I could never ever be a fashion blogger. Not the right age or shape and I definitely don’t have the right bank balance to be able to do fashion but you know it’s really nice to dip my toe in the water now and then when beauty and fashion worlds collide. That’s why I was so happy that during London Fashion Week I was invited to celebrate 90 years of Weleda Skin Food!

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Fashion Students from Northampton University were invited to create fashion items that represented Weleda Skin Food. Awards were presented to the winners (who had created innovative fashion items including footwear) by fashion legend Caryn Franklin in the glamourous surroundings of One Belgravia.

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But the star of the show , launched in 1926, was Weleda Superfood. The formula remains unchanged – it’s a nourishing cream that deeply moisturises to treat dry skin and it’s packed with plant extracts and essential oils.

It’s made with organic sunflower seed oil and extracts of wild pansy, chamomile, calendula and rosemary extract to moisturise, sooth and calm. It contains refreshing essential oils including sweet orange and lavandulae. It’s loved by make up artists, models and celebrities (think Victoria Beckham and Adele!) and is a fashion week staple.

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Ingredients:Water (Aqua), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Flava), Glyceryl Linoleate, Hydrolyzed Beeswax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Viola Tricolor Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cholesterol, Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Coumarin*. * from natural essential oils.

It costs: £9.95 here.

Did you get involved in London Fashion Week?

Hazel

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Vincent Longo is in the UK!

 

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This week I was at MMCL’s studio for a bloggers event to welcome Vincent Longo’s COO Linda Treska and their global director of artistry Dominique Samuel in the week that they brought the brand back to the UK.

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The Brand

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Over 20 years Vincent Longo has used innovative technology and luxurious high performance formulas and achieved cult status. Vincent Longo is the beauty and fashion insider’s brand of choice and this year was the artistry brand behind the House of Mea show at London Fashion Week.

The range successfully combines up to the minute trends with easy to use products that work for everyone and are long lasting.The capsule collection launching this month contains six key products.

The Products

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Talented and engaging, Dominique captivated the audience as he demonstrated each of the products. Passionate about his work and a master of his craft he used the Vincent Longo products as though he was delicately creating a work of art applying colours variously with sponges and his fingers until his work was complete. He introduced us to the products and instilled in us a confidence that we could achieve the looks we wanted using them.

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Water Canvas Base

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This is a primer, although it isn’t like any other I’ve tried. It goes on like a serum – making the skin silky and smooth ready to receive colour products and make them last. There’s no silicon or parabens in this so it’s light weight. It’s formulated with micro waters and infused with seaweed extract, bistoria and liquorice root. It’s £33.50 here.

Water Canvas Creme to Powder Foundation

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This is a cream to powder foundation but not what I’d expected. I applied it with a damp sponge and found that it was barely perceptable on the skin. It didn’t look as though there was any coverage but it made my skin look great. It’s oil, fragrance and paraben free with micro water and seaweed extract to protect, nourish and lock in moisture and to diminish the look of fine lines and smooth skin. It comes in 10 shades from Porcelain to Sienna (pictured is Bisque) It’s £43.50 here.

Water Canvas Blush

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Again a cream to powder finish this glides on smoothly and sheerly – it gives a watercolour look – for a long-lasting flush. As with the other products it contains micro-water and seaweed extract and it’s enriched with Vitamin E  and antioxidants. It comes in 4 shades (pictures is Swan Lake) and it’s £3.50 here.

Pearl X Eyeshadow

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This is a multi-textured eye shadow with shimmer and matte in different shades in the same pan. Each shadow is unique. You can swirl around the brush to get an overall shade or pick out individual colours for your look. Using my Gypsy Rose shadow (pictured) I picked out golden shades for the lid and then used darker berry shades for the crease for a summer to autumn day time look. It’s enriched with vitamin E for hydration and comes in 5 shades. They cost £19.00 here.

Lip & Cheek Gel Stain

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I really thought that I wasn’t going to like this. It looks like a dark red lip gloss in the tube and I couldn’t see how it would work for me. But it’s a totally different product in use. It’s a sheer wash of colour that stays put. I loved that it made my lips look perfected but not as though I was wearing a lip product. Almost like the old tip of biting your lips to make them look flushed – my lips but better. The applicator was great to get precise coverage. It’s hypoallergenic, oil, paraben and gluten free and comes it 3 shades (pictured is Baby Boo). It costs £18.50 here.

Creme Gel Eyeliner

This is the one product that I didn’t get to bring home but I did try it on the night. It’s a luxurious yet lightweight intensely pigmented highlighter infused with subtle pearl lights. It’s gluten and paraben free and water resistant. It also doubles as a long wear shadow and comes in six shades and is £19.00 here.

I think that this is a brand you’ll be hearing a lot more about this season and into 2017.

Hazel

 

B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Spritz

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Isn’t it lovely when you have no expectations of a product and then it turns out to be an abslolute gem? This time I’m talking about the B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz which arrived with the enthusiasm and marketing usually reserved for high end products and that’s what triggered my interest.

You’ve heard me tell you about other products from the range in the past here and so you may wonder why I wasn’t expecting this spritz to be anything but remarkable. There is so much to like about the brand – as well as being affordable – this is only £7.99 – it’s cruelty free and vegan.

I suppose the main reason was that the B. skincare range comes in 4 phases which cover skincare from 20s to 50+. I trialled this without realising that this isn’t designed for my skin age but I think that my experience shows that you should be led by how your skin feels and reacts and not by a label on a product.

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So – it’s designed for 20s and 30s and they say you should use B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz to rapidly replenish the skin and lock in moisture for 12 hours without clogging pores. A skincare essential, ideal for use while travelling or to refresh makeup and hydrate tired skin for a smoother look.

Now I can’t see anything there that wouldn’t work for my 50+ skin and particularly on a hot day like today when I need moisture to be locked in but need something light and refreshing too – it feels perfect. I’m guessing that the B skincare for my age range is richer and tackles deeper lines and dehydration but that’s for another day and another review. I’d say that this spritz would be a great daily and travel essential for any age or skin type.

It promises:

  • 12hr hydration
  • Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise deep down
  • Boost skin’s radiance
  • Promotes a more healthy glow with regular use
  • Soothes and relaxes
  • Perfect pick me up for tired, fatigued skin

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What’s not to love?

Hazel

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How much is my face worth?

In all the time I’ve been blogging I’ve never got round to the “How much is my face worth?” post – there just doesn’t seem to have been time. Now when it’s much too hot to be out shopping and I’ve got a few hours to myself it feels like the perfect time to sit down and consider this theme. I’m only covering make-up and not skin care or brushes and I haven’t deliberately chosen high end or high street brands – just the things I reach for on a normal day that suit my mood. I’ve noted the RRP for each product – some products may be on offer and a number of them were gifted to me so that’s why I’ve talked about worth rather than cost.

The products

Foundation: La Roche Posay Effaclar BB Blur Shade Fair/Light £16.00

Bronzer: Hoola from the Benefit Cheekathon palette £ 44.50

Highlighter: Freedom Pro Highlight in Ambient £3.00

Brows: Sleek Makeup Brow Stylist in Light £6.49

Lids: Urban Decay Anti-Ageing Primer Potion £18.00

Eye Shadow: Make Up Revolution Fortune Favours the Brave palette £9.99

Lip liner: Nyx Mechanical Lip Pencil in Natural £5.50

Lipstick: Burberry Kisses in Nude Pink £25.00

Total worth: £148.48

Here’s a snap of how it looks when it’s on – you may not think it’s worth the best part of £150 to look like this – but I can tell you that I planned to post a before picture too and am just not confident enough – so I guess what I’m saying is that if £150 is the price of confidence then I’m up for that!

Have a great week everyone!

Hazel

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My autumn fragrance collection – new additions

It’s about this time of year that I like to swap around the fragrances  I have on display. I put away the overtly summery scents and bring out the autumn/winter stash. What’s exciting this time around is that I’ve got two new fabulous scents to add to the collection that I want to share with you.

You might remember that in previous fragrance posts I noticed themes emerging – last spring it was tea and rose that stood out as the key elements I spotted. The rose theme has definitely continued through into the Autumn/Winter launches but I’ve also spotted the patchouli theme coming through really strongly.

Now being a teen in the seventies means that I have very fond memories of wearing (drenching myself in) patchouli oil to try and be one of the cool kids – I was never one of the cool kids! So I had a mix of fond memories and apprehension when I went about exploring what the contemporary fragrances that incorporated parchouli would be like.

So to refresh my autumn collection (which I’ve listed in full at the end of this post for the curious amongst you) I selected the Van Cleef and Arpels Collection Extraordinaire Midnight Patchoiuli and the Etro Patchouly EDP.

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Patchouly is one of the first fragrances created by Etro. It’s an oriental woody fragrance that’s designed for men and women. Its key notes are lemon, patchouli, sandalwood, amber and musk. They’ve created a new limited edition bottle out in time for Christmas that launches 3 October nationwide with imagery inspired by nature – the lava of a volcano. Here’s a sneak peek at how it looks.

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Etro have some wonderful descriptive words, ( a poem perhaps? ) that describes the concept and experience of the fragrance:

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[ Fragrant fire ]

Glowing embers after the blaze.
Resin and rose, a powerful blend.
The smoking nostril of a bull,
adorned with flowers like an Indian painting.
Night at the far ends of the day,
lava lapping the volcano’s rim.

I think that the imagery is really exciting and it will make a great Christmas gift I’m sure although secretly I’m in love with the elegance and femininity of the  original bottle with the silver cap. I’ve been wearing the fragrance quite a bit even though the weather is still summery and I’ve found it to be lighter and more floral than I’d expected from the written description. I definitely think it’s a great transitional fragrance.

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This Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Patchouli is a class act. It’s an object of desire right from first glimpse. Stark black against white sets the tone for a fragrance reminiscent of a dark woodland that’s lit up with a silver flash of moonlight symbolised by the silver tag.

It’s described as a floral leathery chypre, a patchouli that caresses the skin like a wood in the moonlight. Soft tones reveal a delicate floral note that combines rose and iris. Precious notes of a warm sued accord, imbued with leather and fruity accents.

For me this is definitely not for summer or for daytime. It’s rich and heady and intriguing. It’s available now nationwide. I’d say that it’s suitable for men and women so treat yourself or add it to your wish list and promise to share if you can bear it.

And here’s the promised list of my autumn fragrance collection with links to previous reviews where available, prices and where to buy:

  • Agent Provocateur Fatale Intense Buy £30.60 Review
  • Alaia Paris Buy from £43.00 Review
  • Cartier La Panthère Buy from £53.00 Review 
  • Dior Addict Buy from £49.50
  • Etro Patchouli Buy from £68.40
  • Hugo Boss the Scent Buy  from £44.00
  • Illuminum London Tom Wolfe 234 Buy £80 Review
  • Narciso Rodrigeuz For Her Buy from £51.00 Review
  • Marc Jacobs Decadence Buy £45.00
  • Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent Buy  from £65.00 Review
  • Terry de Gunzberg Rose Infernale Buy £127.00 Review
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Rubie Buy for £30.60 Review
  • Vand Cleef & Arpels First Buy £59.00 (original) Review (Edition Or)
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight Patchouli Buy £113.40
  • Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Buy from £57.00 Review 

Have a fragrant autumn!

Hazel

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Empties – August 2016

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The August empties are way overdue – and I’ve even started gathering some from September! So that you don’t need to wait any longer to see what I’ve used up this month – here’s the list and links. Some real goodies here – so take some time and have a read!

L’Erbolario Narciso Sublime Shower Gel  £12.50 reviewed here

B. Refreshed Essence Lotion £6.99 reviewed here

Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream £39.30 reviewed here

Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm £14.60 reviewed here

Crabtree & Evelyn Conditioning Handwash £11.25 reviewed here 

DHC Velvet Skin Coat £17.00 reviewed here

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil £18.50 reviewed here

Ekia Eyelid Lifting Serum £38.00 reviewed here

Are any of these on your list of favourites?

Hazel

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Feeling Dewy with Dermalogica

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As the summer is ending it’s time to take stock of how your skin has stood up to the sun, rain, wind and everything in between that’s made up the British summer. I think that many of us will feel the need to feed it with moisture and build it up against the elements. I think that Dermalogica know that we need help as they’ve launched this Phyto Replenish Oil just a couple of days and ago here in the UK and globally!

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They’ve taken key ingredients to produce this plant based restorative oil that can be used daily to deliver a healthy luminous glow. They include:

Camellia Japonica – to strengthen the skin barrier and provide wrinkle reducing benefits

Tamanu Oil – containing potent antioxidants to inhibit the breakdown of lipid-rich cell membranes from free radicals

Chia Seed Oil – to provide antioxidant protection and fatty acids to hydrate and soothe

Orchid Flower Extract – to repair, protect and lock in moisture and help to balance the skin’s natural moisture

Hyaluronic Acid – to hydrate and provide antioxidant and ant-irritant properties

Sunflower Seed Oil – a rich source of vitamin E providing antioxidant properties to preserve the skin’s protective barrier and defend against free radical damage.

Rice Bran Oil – rich in Vitamins B and E to moisturise, protect against UV rays and free radicals and help cellular circulation

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Dermalogica suggest that you first cleanse the skin and then press in four to six drops of the Phyto Replenish Oil and then follow with your moisturiser – or if you prefer you can mix it in with your moisturiser, primer, or sun protection to leave your normal to dry skin with an all-day dewy look.

This oil is really light and just a few drops goes a really long way. It’s contained in a bottle that dispenses individual drops easily without a messy pipette system. I’ve been using it after cleansing and before moisturiser and then adding my normal base and it feels really good. I’m loving the dewy look – it’s not greasy at all – but gives a healthy luminosity that can be hard to achieve.

I’m feeling ready to face autumn with my Phyto Replenish Oil. It’s available here priced £62 for 30ml.

What do you use to prepare and protect your skin at this time of year?

Hazel

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Undone Buns & Perfect Blow Dries for AW16

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I may have a beauty blog but that doesn’t mean I know everything there is to know about hair and beauty. That’s why it’s a good job that I know a few people who do!

I was invited to witness celebrity hairstylist Carl Bembridge  demonstrating how to get some simple laid back styles for AW16 using Swedish haircare brand Sachajuan. Not only that but beauty expert Nikki Taylor was there to give us her hints and tips at the event which was a great mix of education and fun hosted by Mark McDonald of MMCL. With such a wealth of knowledge in the room I couldn’t fail to be inspired!

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The story of Sachajuan’s success began with the opening of the Sachajuan salon in 1997 in Stockholm in 1997 by Sacha Mitic and Juan Rosenlind. They’re both highly recognised hairdressers with international experience in hair and fashion.

The essence of their brand is to make haircare uncomplicated. The simplistic and minimal packaging correlates to the brand philosophy on styling hair. The products are created with ” Ocean Silk Technology” which has been developed with sea algae (rhodophycea and chondrus crispus) to boost the shine and natural beauty of the hair.

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Carl Bembridge showed us the products in action using them first to get a super stylish updo (the undone bun) and then to get a simple styled blow dry.

In the demo Carl started with dry hair but steps and products for the undone bun (why didn’t I take more action shots?) were:

  1. Wash hair with Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo to add body.
  2. Smooth the Styling Cream through the hair to protect from heat damage. Blow dry straight or leave to dry naturally twisting the ends to create texture.
  3. Spray Volume Powder into the roots for more volume and texture.
  4. Brush through hair and create side parting and sweep hair back into a low ponytail to one side of the head and pin to create an undone bun. Loosen a few strands for a softer appearance and run Intensive Hair Oil through these for nourishment and a glossier finish.
  5. Spritz with the Hair Perfume to maintain moisture, minimise static, enhance shine and add fragrance.

The second demo showed us top tips for a perfect blow dry:

  1. Start with perfectly conditioned hair using Hair Repair
  2. Add volume with Hair Mousse which acts as a primer.
  3. Spray the roots with Root Lift for maximum lift and volume.
  4. Section the hair and then work from neck to crown and drying from roots to ends with a round brush to add volume at the roots.
  5. Finish with a stream of cool air to give elasticity and shine by closing the cutlicle. Smooth ends with Styling Cream.
  6. To finish, spray the brush with Hairspray Light & Flexible and back brush gently into the roots and finish with a fine spray all over.

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After the demonstration we were each gifted two products the Hair Repair and the Ocean Mist. Then  I was prescribed a further two products specifically for my hair. Nikki selected the Colour Save Shampoo and the Volume Conditioner for me. Fabulous!

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Ocean Mist has been described as a bit of a mix between a hairspray and a salt water styling spray. It’s about having that beachy look and is great for messy up do’s. Great for all hair types it bulks up hair and leaves a matt finish.

I struggle with the beachy or bedhead look because at my age it can look a bit like I’ve just let myself go! This was great at giving me defined curls when I let my hair dry naturally – I did add back the shine though with the Hair Repair through the ends. Just my preference.

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The Hair Repair is an intensive conditioning treatment for dry, brittle and stressed hair (these are my daily challenges!). It features a mix of proteins & mineral extracts from sea algae and encourages regrowth and nourishes hair for shine and vitality. It also tames frizz to make your hair glossier and easier to style. This one ticks all the boxes for me and is perfect for my over-processed hair. Love the pump dispenser too!

Colour Save Shampoo

Colour Save Shampoo is designed to say what it says on the “tin”. This shampoo has a low acidity which won’t compromise your colour. It also contains the Sachajuan Ocean Silk Technology to fortify and moisturise. This has been one of the nicest shampoos I’ve used in a long time. It lathers just enough to give you that reassurance that it’s really working and getting your hair clean to the roots. It makes my hair feel really healthy and it’s helping to keep my colour true to what I intended it to be.

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The Volume Conditioner provides volume and life to fine and sensitive hair. Formulated with Ocean Silk Technology it delivers structure and lift too. When I use volumisng products I need to be a little careful as often they can make my hair frizz. I’ve found that this Sachajuan product works best for me in conjunction with the hair repair to leave my hair looking full and glossy.

Places to get your hands on Sachajuan products include Cult Beauty, Fabled and Josh Wood Atelier.

Hazel

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My new face care ritual – Le Soin Aura Mirabilis from Roger & Gallet

So you know when you think you think you know a brand – and you’ve filed it away in your head like you know what it’s about and how relevant it is to you? Well that’s kind of how I felt about Roger & Gallet. I had it categorised as a quality brand that has a great history that’s a nice to have but that I wouldn’t necessarily include as part of my regular beauty routine.

Now let me tell you that if that’s how you think about Roger & Gallet then you should be prepared to change your thinking because this new skin care range Le Soin Aura Mirabilis is so impressive!

The History Bit

Patent of Eau de Cologne

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Over 300 years ago monks created a powerful remedy called Aqua Mirabilis. This was a secret recipe that used rare medicinal plants to make a natural elixir that could be drunk or applied to the body to protect and treat, to preserve health and provide beauty. It was patented in 1727 by the faculty of medicine in Cologne (that’s a copy of the patent in the original French above) and was renamed Eau de Cologne. It was a remedy used by the royal courts, emperors and empresses like Napoleon III and Queen Victoria and legend was that it was the source of their health, beauty and aura.

Le Soin Aura Mirabilis

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Roger and Gallet own the formula for the original Eau de Cologne and have incorporated the 18 distilled plants into their formula to create this amazing range – Le Soin Aura Mirabilis.

In case you’re wondering which 18 plants they use and what they’re for:

  • Sandalwood, lavender and geranium – healing
  • Neroli – regenerating
  • Lemon zest – astringent
  • Lavandin – calming
  • Bitter orange – firming;
  • Sweet orange – anti-aging
  • Citronella -anti-inflammatory
  • Damask rose – reduces redness
  • Palmarosa – helps to smooth out wrinkles
  • Green mandarin – hydrating
  • Lemon grass – antioxidant
  • Thyme – uplifting
  • Exotic vervain – emollient
  • Magnolia – antiseptic
  • Rosemary – rejuvenating
  • Bergamot – brightens

So the concept is a melding of tradition and modernity which has culminated in the four products that make up the new range Le Soin Aura Mirabilis that’s newly launched in Marks and Spencer. They are the Extra Fine Cleansing Mask £15, the Beauty Vinegar £15, Double Extract £40 and the Legendary Cream £32.

Extra Fine Cleansing Mask

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This is the first step in the beauty ritual inspired by oil based formulas and their make-up removing efficacy. It concentrates all the powers of the 18 plants combined with helianthus flower oil. It has a double use as a make up remover and as a detoxifying mask. As a make-up remover it’s the best I’ve tried! It’s a clear gel that turns into a fine oil when you massage it in and it just melts everything away including the toughest mascaras and it doesn’t sting your eyes. You apply it to dry skin and when you add water it turns to a milk. I’ve been massaging it in with my fingers and then removing it with a wet flannel or muslin. It smells and feels divine! As a mask you apply a thicker layer all over the face (apart from eye area) and allow it to absorb for a few minutes before rinsing off.

Beauty Vinegar

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The use of cleansing vinegars made from flowers fruits and spices began in the 18th Century (a little bit more history for you!) This is the source of Roger & Gallet’s inspiration for this bi-phased face care formula. The essence phase (the green bit at the top) concentrates 18 plants and the watery phase contains fruit vinegar. This removes make-up residue, helps to eliminate dead skin cells, refine texture, tightens pores, clarifies and refreshes.

Now don’t be put off by the word vinegar – this isn’t anything like the stuff you put on your chips (and thank goodness for that – I can’t bear the stuff!) It’s the most gorgeous hard working, yet gentle and delicately fragranced product. I use it at the toner stage of my skin care routine and it really will take a very special product to make me move away from this one.

Double Extract

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Again this is a bi-phase product and this double extract has a high concentration of ingredients that can penetrate into the skin fast. It’s designed to restore the skin’s barrier, correct wrinkles and irregularities and infuse the skin with radiance. It hydrates and revives leaving the skin with a delicate bloom. It also protects against external agressors -definitely needed here in London!

I didn’t get to bring this one home but applied it to my hand along with the other three products in turn at the launch and was so impressed with the look and feel. I’d use this at serum stage of my skin care process.

Legendary Cream

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The Legendary Cream completes the line up of the four step process. It concentrates all the natural powers of the 18 plants combined with extract of white lily which is particularly effective at tackling redness and irritation. It’s a micro-emulsified formula that starts off firm and melts as you apply so you get the freshness of a gel with the comfort of a cream. It targets dehydration and discomfort, boosts radiance and texture and protects.

Again I could only try this at the table but I was wowed by the effect that the combination of the four products had on my skin. There was no grease or tackiness and my skin was illuminated and dewy and the smell is so delicate. Gorgeous!

The Verdict

What can I say – this range is glorious. It’s taken history and tradition and used it to make an amazing plant based range that’s fresh and modern. You can find it in Marks & Spencer and you may find that you’ll be queueing up with me come pay day as I make sure that I have the full range to use in my new skin care ritual!

Hazel

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The Body Shop Rediscovered

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When I entered the lobby of the Charlotte Street Hotel lobby to attend the Thirty Plus Blogger Awards I was looking forward to seeing some of my blogger friends receive well deserved awards in one of my favourite SoHo event spaces. The reception room and the screening room where the awards were presented were so pretty and the whole place was buzzing with excitement.

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Of course it was Hayley Carr that made the whole thing happen but what I hadn’t really noticed before the event was that the event sponsors were The Body Shop. They’re celebrating 40 years in the business this year and that had me thinking back to when they first appeared on the scene, how exciting the concept was back then and how we all have Body Shop products that we’ve grown up with. I realised then that since I’ve been blogging I hadn’t reviewed any Body Shop products – but I didn’t have to wait very long before the perfect opportunity presented itself as I received a huge range of products in my goody bag that included some brand new products and some old favourites. I’ve was so excited to try them out!

So here are my thoughts on everything – in detail where I’ve been using the product and in brief where I haven’t had the chance to try yet. I just didn’t want to wait any longer to tell you about some of these amazing products!

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Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask £24.00 –  Love everything about this product! Stunning packaging with fresh colours and a quality feel make me feel good about the product before I even opened it. The product itself is bouncy – I can’t really explain you’ll need to see for yourself. It’s enriched with edelweiss stem cells and it’s designed to be left on overnight. After one application I was really pleased with the result which was a really hydrated look and feel. If you’re intrigued there’s more info on the Body Shop website. They’ll help you to analyse your skin and you can get involved with the Drops of Youth challenge.

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Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil £28.00  I’ve grown to love facial oils over the last couple of years and tend to use them at the serum stage of my skin care routine. This one is infused with  black cumin seed oil from Egypt, camellia seed oil from China and rose-hip seed oil from Chile. It’s lightweight and is a real wake up call for the skin as it moisturises as well as making it look more radiant. Again I love how this product looks on the shelf and I love having it as part of my beauty routine.

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Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence £16.00 This one ticks so many boxes! It has SPF50 with broad spectrum UV filters, brightening red algae and antioxidant vitamin C. All the things I need to protect, brighten and maintain healthy skin. It sits well under my make-up for the day and has been perfect for these hot summer days in the city.

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Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue £9 A Body Shop best seller that I’ve never tried. I always try hard to use up products before I open a new one which is often a struggle when I commit to trialling so many and I’ve been using a body butter for body and feet for a while. It hasn’t really been doing the best job for my feet and they’re quite dry – which isn’t a good look when it’s sandal wearing weather. So the other night I reached for this thinking that it was worth a try. It felt really refreshing and moisturising going on but I wasn’t holding out much hope for a noticeable affect on dryness. But next morning I was proved wrong as nearly all the dryness had gone! What a miracle worker!

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Camomile Silk Cleansing Oil £10 Not tried this one yet but it’s billed a make-up remover so I’ll be testing it out on those stubborn mascaras!

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Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask £15 This one definitely looks like you could spread it on toast. I’ve not tried it yet but it’s a 100% vegetarian face mask which includes Community Trade honey from France, marula and olive oils. No parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. It looks and sounds like a winner to me!

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Mango Body Butter £6 This is another best seller that you’re likely to be familiar with. It contains Community Trade cocoa butter and has an exotic mango scent. Not tried this one out but as I’ve explained I’m working through a pot from another brand – #blogger problems!

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Vitamin E Moisturising Cream £12 This is the Body Shop’s best selling skin care and is a lightweight protective mosituriser for all-day hydration. It’s formulated with vitamin hyaluronic acid and wheatgerm oil together with Community Trade shea butter from Ghana and  Community Trade aloe vera from Mexico. It’s another one on my to try list!

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil £8 So many bloggers, friends and family say that this is a miracle worker and keep this little bottle in there bag all the time. I haven’t had cause to use mine yet but it can be used directly on the skin to target blemishes as it has anti-bacterial properties and isn’t drying. The Body Shope describe it as one of their beauty gems!

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Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo £5 – Dandruff isn’t something I suffer from but I love the thought of how refreshing the ginger will be so I may be tempted to give it a go!

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So, after this journey of discovery getting reacquainted with the brand and discovering the wide range of new and hero products that the Body Shop sell I feel as though I’ve traveled the world a little too!

Are you a Body Shop fan? If you haven’t shopped there in a while I’d recommend taking a look!

Hazel

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