Friday, 29 July 2011

SUPER by Dr Perricone

Since I turned 'a certain age' I have praised the original Perricone range for its efficacy and the man himself for his so-simple-it-makes-perfect-sense advice given in his range of books (a great place to start if you're interested in the skin in general).

Perhaps recognising that the original range is more repair - and obviously in the higher end of the market price-wise, last year Dr Perricone launched the SUPER range in the USA. Aimed more (but not entirely) at prevention, and priced accordingly - it has been a huge success - and it lands on our shores in September.

Consisting of 14 products - the range is based on Perricone's 'Superfood' theory.

Superfoods contain the highest concentration of phytochemicals - plant based chemicals that fight the ageing process. When extracted from foods, concentrated, stabilized and applied topically - they work as a massive anti-inflammatory and aid cell repair.

The superfoods used in this range include (but are not limited to): ginger, turmeric, olive, apple, watercress, chia, yoghurt, coconut, acai, melon, red algae and chili (which should help you with your next shopping list when you're in the supermarket).

The range itself consists of cleanser, toner, moisturisers across the skin types, treatments for night, breakouts, lines, mask, eye cream, lip cream and more.

I will be doing a review of the products themselves in the near future.

SUPER launches in September and is available from larger Boots stores, Selfridges and
See what I mean about the common sense?

Monday, 25 July 2011

Liz Jones, anorexia and blame.

I'll keep it short and sweet.

In today's Daily Mail Liz Jones claims that if 'face creams really beat ageing, I wouldn't have had a facelift'.

Really Liz?

I think you'll find that if you had spent as much time, money and effort looking after yourself internally as you apparently did externally your situation would be very different. You have built a career in sharing the story of how miserable you are with your readers - including, crucially, your battle with anorexia.

photo courtesy of Daily Mail
Word to the wise - if you want your skin to look vibrant, healthy, nourished and joyful - you have to BE vibrant, healthy, nourished and joyful. None of which, I think you'll agree, you are known for.

Not to get too personal but I have seen you in the flesh (pre-op), you looked ill. Anorexic, miserable as sin, hagard and ill. I remember saying in my head 'Bloody hell no wonder she's so miserable - she clearly never eats, poor love.'

I suspect this is why you are so frequently nasty, cruel and judgemental to your fellow woman in your columns nearly every week. Your lack of self-love and confidence shines through for everyone - except apparently you - to see.

If going under the knife has made you happier, more confident - whatever, I'm happy for you, I really am. I'm not here to judge.

But I fear that unless that operation came with a therapist you're still going to be self-loathing and continue to starve yourself - and you know what? If you don't eat, that newly-pinched skin will soon start to slacken and look dull and be a reflection of what's going on inside.

I'm not saying the beauty industry isn't guilty of making outlandish claims, we all know it is.

But no cream or knife is going to make you look beautiful and radiant if you're dying inside. 

I wish you happiness and health, but for the love of God:

Feed yourself Liz. In more ways than one. Feed yourself.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Penhaligon's Launch of Juniper Sling

I don't post about events on here that often - I think if you're not careful it can sometimes look a little like 'Look what I got invited to.'
However, some events are so well executed by all concerned that they tell the story for you. I have a few of these coming up!

One of those events was the launch of Penhaligon's Juniper Sling.

Held on the 3rd floor of a car park in Central London in a prohibition style pop-up restaurant- genius - the team really went to town showcasing the fragrance within a 1920's surroundings coupled with a gin-inspired theme menu (something that sent Evadne over the edge).

The staff - both waiting staff and employees of Penhaligon's - were all resplendently dressed in the style of the era and were sporting an array of feathers, pearls and tassels. Clearly I was not.

That empty tray was probably our fault.
Quite literally a bath full of gin.

Need a spritz of something? You're obviously in the right place.


This salad was spritzed with gin after the plate was positioned in front of you. Amazing!

A lot of gin-infused cocktails were on offer. It would have been rude to say no.

All in all a beautiful, fun and interesting launch.

And for the perfume itself? To save me saying: 'It smells lovely.' - here's the brief:

Juniper Sling is a crisp cocktail shot of gin with the freshness of juniper, cool measures of angelica and brandy and a beating libertine heart of black pepper, cardamom, soft leather and orris. A gourmand base of brown sugar, black cherry and amber add sensuality to the scent.

Head Notes: Cinnamon, Orange Brandy, Angelica, Juniper Berry
Heart Notes: Cardamom, Leather, Black Pepper, Orris Wood
Base Notes: Brown Sugar, Black Cherry, Vetiver, Ambrox

Penhaligon's Juniper Sling launches nationwide on 5th September.
50ml - £78.00
100ml - £110.00

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Cheat Sheet - Cleansing

Most brands in the industry provide quick 'bullet point' references for use by counter staff/telephone customer services peeps to help them quickly highlight key points that are applicable to that customer or their needs.

I started blogging because of the bad/zero cleansing advice that was prevalent on social media - these Cheat Sheets are my attempt at redressing the balance!

So without further ado:
  1. Cleanse your face every night. Without fail. You have enough time. 
  2. Cleanse your face in the morning - a splash of water will not cut it. You can use a teeny amount of cleanser - but use it...
  3. Apply your cleanser to DRY skin. Don't dampen the skin first. I don't care what it says on the pot. Add water afterwards to loosen if not using an oil-based cleanser. (When was the last time you went for a facial and the therapist wet your face before she cleansed?)
  4. As a rule - stay clear of 'foaming' on the bottle (there is the odd exception, but they are few and far between) - to get foam you need to use a surfactant - and a surfactant turns your skin alkaline. Alkaline skin is like a petri dish for bacteria. The irony being that so many cleansers pushed on to acne/combination skins are foaming. 
  5. If you are wearing makeup with sunscreen in it or just good old sunscreen you need to double cleanse. If you aren't, one cleanse is sufficient.
  6. Use a face flannel and water to remove. There is no need to cotton/tissue off. This is 2011 not a Doris Day film. Wash your face properly. Imagine only ever using tissue or cotton on your bum. Exactly.
  7. Use fresh running water from the tap - do not fill the bowl and splash off. It just splashes the dirt back on to your face. 
  8. Personally, I have neither the time nor patience for eye make-up remover pre-cleansing. The exception to this is waterproof mascara - it's waterproof, use the correct, dedicated remover to get rid of it.
    Otherwise, use a cleanser that removes eye makeup and apply the cleanser to the eyes first. You'll get most of the gunk off at the beginning and your second cleanse will clear the rest up. Massage with the second cleanse, not the first.
  9. Use hand-hot water and ring the flannel out - if it's the right temperature for your fingertips it will be fine for your face.
  10. Use a fresh flannel every day. You can find affordable ones. Primark. £2 for 4. Buy 2 packs and you're good for a week and a spare....You don't have to use muslins or a special cloth. Trust me. I've done treatments with the lot and the thing we always went back to? Plain white facecloths. HOT, plain, white facecloths. Lovely.
That's it. *exhales*

If you want more info on facial massage you can read my first ever post here.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

I've been meaning to tell you....Summery goodies

So now I've explained where the HELL I've been lately I thought I'd group together some of my recent discoveries/likes/loves/obsessions under one roof. Let's call it my weekly round-up....

The Organic Pharmacy's Tan Accelerator is gorgeous. Similar to Guerlain's Terracotta Jambes de Gazelle (Jambes de L'Elephant more like) but for the body and face, you are supposed to use it to help accelerate your tanning process by applying before sun exposure as it helps increase your melanin. Ever-so-tanning-shallow-me uses it cosmetically as it gives instantaneous bronzing to the skin. Gorge. Recommend. Oh yeah. And it's organic. If that's your thing.

The new Oral-B toothpaste was launched yesterday.  Already obsessed. It claims to target the 8 key areas that you usually either need a couple of toothpastes to cover - or areas that you sacrifice because your fave toothpaste doesn't do 'all of the above'. My two main concerns are sensitivity and whitening.  Obviously too soon to talk about results but what I LOVE is the grittiness. It's gritty - but it's not abrasive grit. It's 'good for you' grit.. Anyway..I could go on. So far, SO good. Around £3.49 from the usual suspects.

For those moments when you're about to go into a meeting/have a first snog (you know, when you still care..) or have just had a god-awful combination of drinking tea and eating onions in your lunch (just me then) and don't have time to brush your teeth, grab one of these:
I was sent these Sweet Breath sprays as a festival must-have - and being over the age of *coughs*, duly gave them to my two teenagers before they headed off for Download. No word from them on what they thought - and seeing as they came back without shoes I can see it was maybe not their priority, but I took the third one for myself and keep it in my bag for any of the reasons listed above. Quick, painless and well handy. I've just discovered they come in cinnamon flavour. It BETTER be available over here. Dagnammit.

I love anything US-related - whether it's a crime show - I swear I'd watch CSI Wigan - or food - obviously - or product.
Lookie how CUTE the new Limited Edition 4th July Steam Cream is!
I've had four or five Steam Creams over the last couple of years and never get to use them. they always get taken by the aforementioned teens. I'm hiding this one.

And finally:

My favourite shampoo ever is Frederic Fekkai's Technician. If you haven't tried it - you can now. On Wednesday 13th July Fekkai and Debenhams are having a 'shampoo swap'. All you have to do is go to participating stores* with a half-used or empty bottle of your regular shampoo and they will exchange it for one of these:

I don't normally write straight up about offers or things of this nature - but this is a 'Don't Miss'. This is a brilliant shampoo from a brilliant range.
My only beef with Fekkai is that the Shea Butter range for BODY is not available over here. It is beyond divine. Someone have a word. Please?

*London Oxford St, Wakefield, Manchester, Trafford, Glasgow, Preston, Metro Centre, Liverpool and Henry St Dublin. While stocks last.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Where the HELL have you been?

That would be me.

I thought I would take a moment to explain my virtual absence from the blogging world recently.

I have had some great new brands come my way in recent months which is obviously A: good for my working life and B: atrocious for my blogging life.

I know some of you think I'm like Chandler in Friends: 'What does she actually DO?!' I look after the interests of numerous beauty brands in the UK and also match brands to retailers, and then manage that relationship. I also take on side projects (in the beauty industry) occasionally.
So for example if you had a brilliant new cleanser and you wanted to take it to market, I'm your woman. Equally if you have the beginnings of an idea and you want to start the process of MAKING that product - I'm your woman again.
I love what I do. Its just that at the moment I have new clients that need my attention.

Then when  I get home I have a husband, two teenagers and two little ones that need my attention. Not to mention the cat. The housework. School business. Family. Friends. Simon Le Bon (ok fine not Simon Le Bon). And then there's Give and Makeup. I have to make that a priority as I know you all understand.  All that has lately, left me with very little left at the end of the day for blogging.

I love blogging, but I don't live for it. So it has to fit in when I can fit it in. Which unfortunately, in recent weeks, is not often. And this is most definitely not a complaint - or a 'woe is me' post. I love my job. I'm a very lucky, blessed woman/wife/mum/daughter/mate. No complaints. At all. Just an explanation.

So I apologise to you lovely people that are so supportive when I do post. I have a plan and I'm putting it into action next week. Hopefully there will be enough of me to go round. And I can catch up with the ridiculous list of upcoming posts I have both in my head, in my Filofax and on my phone. And instead of wanting to climb back into bed with these two:

I'll have the energy to tell you all about my latest brand:

Well if anyone can talk about keeping your fanny clean....

As Arnie said to his housekeeper: 'I'll be back.'


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