Thursday, 27 October 2011

Hall of Fame - Absolute Must Have: Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream

I love it when I stumble across a product that over-performs and becomes a staple in my skincare wardrobe.

This is one of those times.

I bought this in New York this Summer and have literally used it night and day since. It ran out yesterday morning (gutted - although it did remind me to blog about it) and I am DEFINITELY repurchasing.

When I bought it I thought it would be 'interesting' as it said it was for combination/sensitive skin and particularly good for acne. Well that Kate Somerville - she NO LIE.

What's in it?
Goat Milk - lactose being the key part of this inci - gently exfoliates but maintains the PH balance of the skin
Coconut and Jojoba - moisturising without clogging pores
Grape Seed for antioxidant purposes
Witch Hazel - anti-bacterial
Avocado - nourishing
Rosemary - anti-bacterial and toning
Neem - healing and anti-bacterial
Black Willow Bark - antimicrobial - same properties of salicylic acid which kills the germ specific to acne

What's good about it?
It works. Straight to the point I know, but it soothes redness so is suitable for sensitivity as well as acne-prone skins and is also cooling upon application.
The instances of red cyst-like acne lumps on my face almost ceased entirely. I had a couple show themselves at that time of the month but that was it.
Absorbs nicely. Skin feels comfortable with no residual tackiness.
Comes in a completely air-tight pump action pot that dispenses just the right amount and also stays germ-free.
It's 80% organic. Who knew?

What's bad about it?
Not widely available in the UK. Only available in selected SpaceNK stores.
The $ versus £ price is as per usual, favourable to buying in the USA.

That's it.

If you have redness, sensitivity, acne or combination skin, I highly, highly recommend this product.

Kate Somerville is available in selected SpaceNK stores and online at and is £51.00 for 50ml.

Small print: no PR's were harmed during the making of this post. My money bought it and will repurchase it. Happily.

STEAMCREAM does Halloween

We like SteamCream in the BM house. We all tend to have dry skin that naturally worsens as the nights draw in. SteamCream is perfect to keep on hand - it doesn't contain mineral oil or a ton of silicones, just nice vegan moisturising ingredients like Orange Flower water and Purple Lavender.
They've also become known for their Limited Editions and the Halloween ones don't disappoint.

If you struggle to find the perfect hand cream or like me, need something in your bag for young children - give this a go. Works wonders.

STEAMCREAM (why do they have to shout?) is £10.50, available from Boots and is currently on 3 for 2! Score!

Product of the Week Giveaway Winners - balance Me and Beauty Works West

Firstly. Huge apologies. I was out of commission for a couple of days last week and then Max was sick for the following three days - and low and behold - a week has gone by. So these winners are long overdue.

So let's make haste:

The 5 winners of the CLEANSE wipes are...

1. Sparklz and Shine
2. Miss Mathful
3. Squarrell
4. MissisG
5. Jan

And the winner of the balance Me Radiance Face Mask is...

....betwixt beauty

Please email me your addresses asap.

Congratulations all and thank you to everyone who entered!

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Heads Up! NARS Christmas on counter early - and other NARS newness...

I know it's unusual to post about Fall and Holiday together but: NARS Christmas (we're English!) Collection is on sale now in Selfridges. Two weeks earlier than advertised.  Which means when you rock up to the counter you'll have ALL of this to pick from...

Holiday 2011
Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette £45.00
The Holiday Collection is inspired by Francois Nars' travels through Japan and his love of Kabuki makeup and consists of stunning Limited Editions.
Kudoki Kabuki Mini Lip Coffret £90

Kuroko Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Coffret £25.00

Mie Kabuki Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Coffret £39.00

Fall 2011

Some faves for me...

Ginger Concealer
Arabian Nights Trio Eyeshadow

Grand Palais Duo Eyeshadow

Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick
Joyous Red Lipstick

Rue Saint Honore Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner

And obviously... from the man that brought us Orgasm - G-Spot Multiple... as you do...

All looking gorgeous now on counter now in Selfridges.

DIOR SPRING 2012 - Preview

If ever a collection  was going to slap you back into beauty blogging territory it's this one. Although yesterday's press preview was entitled Spring 2012 most of these products will be on counter by January 2nd in Selfridges and nationwide from 16th January.
Be warned: it being Dior, and me, this is another picture-heavy post, but when a launch is done so beautifully and encapsulates the entire feel of the range - it has to be done. First up: fragrance.

Patchouli Imperial is the latest addition to La Collection Privee Christian Dior and does not disappoint. This is not your 'typical' patchouli that for me brings back memories of festivals and goths (thank god). This is refined and fresh and a definite one for the colder months and holds notes of Sicilian Mandarin, Calabrian Bergamot, Russian Coriander (it's ok - love the smell - just don't ask me to eat it) and Indian Patchouli on a base of Cedar Wood, Sandalwood - and the catch for me - Amber.
Delicious. On counter 23rd January at Maison de Parfums in Selfridges, London. 

Diorling is new to the Les Creations de Monsieur Dior family and is really green - to me anyway. Calabrian Bergamot and Egyptian Jasmine on a base of patchouli and leather.
On counter nationwide 30th January.

The hugely successful Capture Totale range offers up an eye serum - Capture Totale Eyes Essential which comes with 10 patents, 32 scientific publications and a lot of stats. It claims to provide a 'targeted response to the various signs of age and fatigue'. Game on my friend. I'll report back on results.

And so to the main event. 'Garden Party' is a truly beautiful collection. A mixture of Limited Editions and new permanent additions to the core range, it is based around Christian Dior's gardens in Granville in Normandy.

Limited Edition Garden Pastel and Garden Roses Palettes. Beautiful useable colours finished with hand pressed rose overlays.

Predictably my favourite was the blusher... Rouge Dior Haute Couleur in Corolle Pink. Another Limited Edition - all of the above are on counter 2nd January in Selfridges and Brown Thomas.

Trish Lomax - Nail Ambassador for Dior - and her team

Roll on Spring! (January)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Jamie's Italian or *totally gratuitous pictures of food and Duran...*

I recently visited Jamie's Italian in Oxford with my other BFF The McKay. She of the infamous...

 And the best picture taken in the world ever...

As if going to see Duran Duran in a venue the size of a pub wasn't enough - we figured 'We're grown-ups, let's get some real food while we're at it.'

It did NOT disappoint. The service was spot-on, the atmosphere was relaxed and the food was well....

Burrata with chilli and mint salad

Flash cooked greens with chilli and garlic
Posh Chips - with truffle oil and parmesan

Angus Sirloin with grilled mushrooms
There was also a large bottle of red and much talk of....

Le Sigh.....

A fragrant arrival in Chiltern Street - Cire Trudon Boutique Opening *picture heavy post*

This week I was invited to the opening of the divine new Cire Trudon boutique in Chiltern Street.

Cire Trudon is the oldest candle maker in the world, founded in 1643 and this is their first stand-alone outlet outside of France. Claude Trudon originally opened his store on Rue Saint-Honore and sold not only groceries to the locals, but candles for dinner parties and alter candles to the nearby Saint Roch parish. The family would go on - in much a similar way to the Guerlain dynasty - to have a long standing relationship with French royalty and dignitaries, including the Royal Court of Versailles and Louis XIV.

Cire Trudon candles are more importantly, made from vegetal wax, use cotton wicks and are completely biodegradable - meaning they burn clear and are better for you - and your wallpaper..

The salon itself has kept the tradition of Maison de Trudon and encapsulates 'old world French' perfectly.  The floors are reclaimed wood, the wallpaper is antique and the space is covered with mirrors making it a definite 'destination' spot.

Cire Trudon carries the entire collection - including scented candles, grand bougies, scented pillar candles, 'buste' candles, room sprays and wait for it - perfumed 'stink bombs' and is at 36 Chiltern Street, W1 and absolutely worth a visit. Beautiful.