Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Instagram catch-up. Picture Heavy Post.

In the QVC canteen with Keeley from Elemis and Dr Lens from Zelens. And a funny moment caught on camera in the middle.

Not cheap but SO good.

My amazonian green tree frog.

Their usual brilliant selves.

Seriously what is prettier than flowering magnolia?

Lovely new perfumes from Shay & Blue.

Ava and I worked our way through this like a hot knife through butter.

Love this.


Haven't stopped using these.

A box of balms makes Lady Hirons a happy Lady.

Bottle number 2.

Chantecaille peonies. Gorgeous.

Seriously the best desert I have ever tasted. Jamie's - Westfield. Trifle with rhubarb and glazed meringue. Should be illegal.

French pharmacy bargains.

Knock-out bath.

Sunday Riley Makeup - love working with great brands.

Place setting at dinner with Ole Henriksen.

Ree working a fabulous pose, Ole and my cheeks. Well - at least that's all I see.

3 cleanser action. Standard.

The working toner shelf.

Remember that ONE day of sun we had? Used this afterwards.

My most 'liked' picture on Instagram ever. Beat Kardashian by a mile. LOL - you pen freaks!

Have no idea how I missed this immensely beautiful statue on Hyde Park Corner but seek it out.  For the Jubilee last year.

Loving so far.

Tache action for Bliss' #fuzzoff launch.

Weekend kit from Aromatherapy Associates. Coming with me to Mum's this weekend.

This is not a sponsored post by Zara Home. But it could be. I 'may' have gone overboard. My husband is somewhere under the pillows.


  1. Nice 'tache/eyebrow combo! Also, I like to imagine that the shelves in your house are more laden than the average Space NK. Which doesn't make me jealous at all, no sirree.

  2. that transdermal magnesium bath soak is one of my favourites! love the pillows and pens :)

  3. I love Jamie's Italian, it's amazing! And those cushions are fab!

    I was wondering if you could do/direct me to a post on skincare without water for those of us in shared houses and not much sink time? Currently I have my own sink so my skincare routine is fine, but next academic year I'm in a shared student house with four girls and one sink which is in the bathroom (plus the kitchen one, but I'm not washing my face there!). Currently I use a wash off cleanser, but I have no idea where to look for something that doesn't need water (obviously I'm planning on using my wash-off one still, but there will be days when I just can't get to the bathroom at the time I need to and I'd rather not resort to wipes)

  4. Fabulous pictures!!I'm especially interested in the one showing your skincare!:)Would you tell me which Clarins toner next to the Clarins Exfoliating Toner is? Thank you! I guess the exfoliating one is to takeaway and the other to add?:)Do you alternate between them or use both after each other?So many questions...I'm sorry! xxx Anna

    1. Sorry not Caroline, but that is the Clarins toning lotion for normal/dry skin. Caroline usually says to use them both- use the exfoliating toner on a cotton pad first and then spray the hydrating toner next. Hope that helps!

    2. Thank you very much!!Going to get that aswell:)Do you know any of the hydrating toners you can spray she uses (despite the Caudalie one)?

    3. Balance me hydrating mist or ren moisture mist. I recently bought clarins toning lotion with camomile and decanted that into a muji spray bottle. Hope that helps!

  5. Love your blog the advice you give! I have just started to use Hydraluron Moisture booster however, when i apply moisturiser on top it starts to flake off. Any idea why this is happening?

  6. hi,
    i really like the pictures,especially the one with the magnolia tree!i would like to purchase the bella donna foundation but i have no idea about the colour.I am nw15-20 in mac,which colour do you use?thanks in advance!tzeni

    1. I am a NW-25 in Mac so ordered "Sophia" La Bella Donna foundation. Caroline uses "Marta"...
      Love this foundation for every day use. Sheer, not full coverage. Love love!! Hope that helped!!

    2. I think Caroline uses the shade Marta. I am a Mac NW-25 so I ordered Sophia. Love this foundation!!!! Sheer and glowy great for every day use. Hope that helped :)

  7. I thought it was Tony from hollyoaks in the first pic! Great post. Xx

  8. The working toner shelf looks a lot like mine 'cept I don't have P50 & pixi, LOL

  9. what is the difference between those two Cattier masks and how often do you use them? x

  10. Your pictures are so lovely. I so want one of those Trifles with rhubarb and glazed meringue. yummmy! May I ask what is the Shay & Blue perfume like? Their fragrances are not widely known but I've heard they have a strong fruity impressions

  11. Hello, I write to you asking for recommendation. I have combination skin but very sensible, today in the elizabeth arden department they have analyzed my skin and recommended to use peel and reveal from the visible difference line. However, it is too expensive for me. Could you say a similar one which would suit my characteristics. Thank you

  12. Great pics. The one with the moustache glasses made me laugh so hard :-D

  13. Hello Caroline!
    I have just discovered your blog.. I have to say, it's changed my whole viewpoint on skincare! You are bloody FANTASTIC!

    I just wondering if you could possibly give me a little advice.. I'll be going on holiday to Egypt this summer, and then to Turkey in October. I was wondering about any good hydrating masks and moisturisers/balms that I could use on a plane? I'll be taking Hydroluron with me, to use underneath as well.

    Also, I was wondering about your general opinion on Egyptian Magic cream?

    Thank you so much!

  14. Great pictures! And yep, that desert looks pretty amazing!!!

  15. I realise that this is irrelevant to the post, but wasn't sure where else to ask.
    I have only recently started reading your blog, and whilst I have taken a lot of advice on board (binning the wipes and spending a little extra on my skin), I am intrigued by your hatred for mineral oil. I'm sure it's not the perfect moisturiser and there are considerably better options but that doesn't seem reason enough for such contempt.
    After some research, it appears that mineral oil has been accepted as a reasonable emollient and many studies have found it to be non-comedogenic to human skin.
    This study is funded by an oil-based skin care company, making it more than a little biased, but does collect a range of more balanced and scientific studies in one place.
    I was wondering where your mineral oil hatred has come from, and if it has evidence to back it up other than experience with your own skin?

    1. Hi Anon, Honestly just a long time working in the industry. And working with a lot of brands over the years that had the same thought process: Liz Earle, Sarah Chapman, The Organic Pharmacy, Zelens and more. There is an abundance of evidence that mineral oil is just not the best ingredient to put on the face. Evidence supporting MO is usually traced back to petrol/oil companies desperate to sell it off. Its a personal choice based on years of working in the industry and seeing far too many people break out when using it. Hope that helps? x

    2. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I just prefer to have a rounded idea of things rather than believing everything I read.
      That said, I have blindly followed a lot of your advice and it has done wonders for my skin, so thank you!
      Maybe replacing my baby oil will be my next step..

  16. Oh how I envy you! BTW, the amazonian frog is a cutie pie! :)

  17. Hello, just want to say I love your advice you are so great!! What are your thoughts on Alpha-H's liquid gold line?? I've been wanting to try the liquid but am torn between that and the Aveda kinetics exfoliant one you've mentioned. Thanks!!

  18. Loved your video with Pixiwoo, I've watched it going on five times. You've definitely heavily influenced my skincare routine, as evidenced by your toner shelf's similarity with mine :)
    I can't thank you enough for introducing me to Emma Hardie's Cleansing Balm-- totally life-changing.

    All the Best,
    Jillian/ Jillicious Cosmetics

  19. Hi Caroline!! I just found your site after watching a few YT videos. have you done a post of ingredient to avoid in skincare products?
    Im using SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser. Im not sure if it has any bad things in it.
    Water, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-150 Stearate, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Sodium PCA, Glycol Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Cocamide MEA, Phenethyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Stearamide AMP, Triclosan, Pentylene Glycol, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid.
    I look forward to reading your old posts and reading your new ones.
    PS after seeing you on YT with Nic and Sam you should start up your own channel!!!

  20. Hey Caroline!
    I've been reading your blog for over a year now and I'm so happy for your continued success.

    I have a question about toners. Do I use the Clarins exfoliating toner and then the toning lotion with chamomile? Can't really get my hands on LRP serozinc yet but still not losing hope. This is the part of my skin care that confuses me.

    Hope to hear from you!

    1. You can get the LRP serozinc from farmaline, I paid £14 (with shipping) from France

    2. You can get the LRP serozinc from farmaline, I paid £14 (with shipping) from France

    3. I am with you! I have been using the Clarins Exfoliating toner and a hydrating toner from MAC (waiting for it to finish so I can purchase either the Clarins toning lotion or the Caudelie Elixir) I think that's the way to go. HELP CAROLINE!

  21. Hi Caroline!
    I have been reading your blog for over a year now and it's my nightly read! I am so happy for your continued success!

    I was wondering about toners. I was wondering if I should use the Clarins exfoliating toner under the Clarins toning lotion with chamomile after? And then if I do get my hands on the LRP serozinc do I spray it after the 2nd toner? Its the only part of my regimen that is confusing to me.

    Hope to hear from you!

  22. Hi Caroline! I love everything about you! I was wondering about the Clarins gentle exfoliator, here in Spain, the second ingredient is alcohol (I don't know the UK version) Is it ok or it would be damaging?
    You always say it is ok if it is not among the first ingredients, right?
    I have combination/dry skin
    Thanks for everything!

  23. Hi Caroline, I found your blog via the pixiwoo videos and I really like it! Thanks for sharing all of this information with us.
    I was wondering, since you have 4 children, what do they use to clean their faces?
    I hope its nota a silly question but my mind always runs on things like this lol

  24. I love your pictures Caroline! Where can I get those Balmology products?

  25. Do you have an opinion on Creme de la Mer?