Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Air Motion Hairbrush Giveaway - CLOSED


Ever used a certain infamous brush designed to eradicate tangles and removed a clump of your hair with it? Or accidentally jettisoned said brush across the bedroom because you can't grip it properly and your hair is so GD long and tangled that it drives you to distraction?
Not just me then?

The Air Motion brush is what I call my 'grown-up' version of the aforementioned tool that my daughter so loves (or at least she did until recently).

Complete with handle - JOY (suitable for left and right handed folk) - the Air Motion is literally designed in a similar way to a good old pair of Nike's in that the brush is designed to glide across the hair effortlessly without pulling/tugging and has pockets of air in the paddle to absorb any bumps in the road (so to speak). Basically - if your hair is really tangled, the brush moves within itself to work around them - rather than just removing the clump of tangles via removing your hair in the brush!


More information on Air Motion can be found on their website www.airmotionpro.com and the brush is available at HQ Hair.com,www.lookfantastic.com and www.beautyexpert.com.

The guys behind Air Motion have very kindly offered 5 readers the chance to win a brush.

Simply like their Facebook page and leave a comment below with contact details - that's it. Say bye to tangles without throwing your brush across the room. :)

T&C's:

  • 5 brushes are on offer
  • Open Internationally
  • Giveaway closes Friday 29th March at Midnight

Monday, 24 March 2014

YOU TUBE REQUESTS


COMETH THE HOUR. 

After talking with so many of you I think I have a fair idea of what you would like to see - but:

What would you most like to see from me on You Tube (keep it clean people)?

Leave a comment below and I'll start the list.






Brace yourselves.


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Michael Angove for Jo Malone London



Coming on 1st April is this beautiful limited edition collection from Michael Angove for Jo Malone. I'm really enjoying these collaborations - they give new life to an already-solid brand.
The candle is exquisite and the design built around the glass instead of relying on just the scent works perfectly.


The wardrobe scented sachets are subtle and not overpowering and the soaps are adorable.


It's a shame they didn't launch in time for Mother's Day here in the UK but I don't need an excuse for a Jo Malone gift. (ever-so-non-subtle-hint for my children)

Available in all Jo Malone outlets on 1st April including online www.jomalone.co.uk - prices start at £20.00

Nude Advanced Renewal Serum


Nude's Advanced Renewal Serum has just gone on sale in Space NK and is worth checking out. 
An updated version of their original Advanced Cellular Repair Serum, it's suitable for all skin types but if you have combination/oily skin in particular, this is a water based 'light-lotion' textured serum and might be more comfortable for you if you feel unsure about/are put off by oil based serums. It's perfectly comfortable for drier/sensitised skins also.

It's too early to give feedback about the results with only a few uses under my belt, but it absorbs easily, is very light in texture and works with all moisturisers. Ingredients include probiotics (obviously), polypeptides, omega 6/9 and hyaluromnic acid and sea kelp to aid hydration. 

Skin is definitely glowing and comfortable after application and it's not in the crazy-priced area of £200+ for a serum - it's £68.00 for 30ml.

Available from all Space stores and online at www.spacenk.com 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Beauty Myth No.7 - Organic: is it or isn't it?

During my talk/appointments in Liberty this last week I came across a few questions of using organic vs 'chemical' and the tenuous use of the word 'natural' (don't get me started on that one).

This is not so much a myth as a question for the end consumer: 'Are the products that you are using as 'organic' as they claim - and what amounts to 'organic' anyway?

In 2008 alone there were 6 different bodies that gave out organic accreditation in the EU. 13 bodies worldwide.
All of them with different requirements. What is organic for one may not be enough for another. It is as confusing as it is frustrating.

I am frequently asked 'Is it natural?' or 'Is it organic?' and to be honest my answer is always: 'compared to what?'

If organic is important to you - do your research thoroughly. You may be paying for something that came out of the ground/from nature - but if it did so via truly organic channels is open to question.

Brands that are obsessively organic will tell you how, why, when and where their products came from. If there is no trail, I'd ask questions.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Some updated Cheat Sheets

I know from the skin consultation appointments that a large number of readers are not on Twitter. That being in mind I thought I'd let you know that I've been updating some Cheat Sheets in recent weeks. The most notable being my very first post:

Facial Massage for Cleansing/Post-Cleansing

and the most popular post on the blog:

Routines

I hope they're a little more helpful and in-depth than before. It's been nearly four years since I started the blog so I thought keeping it relevant and with my current thinking was important.

Cheat Sheets as always can be found on the sidebar over there--------------------->

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 14 March 2014

indeed labs exfoliator Giveaway Winners

The winners of the indeed labs Giveaway chosen at random are:
  • Emma Lentz - @lentzemma
  • Shannon Beer 
  • Hannah McKeever - @hannahmckeever
  • Louise - @loucon84
  • Cherry - @cherryczerkas

Please contact us on info at carolinehirons.com with your full posting details Ladies!

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all that entered.

Instagram Friday

So clearly this is more than a week's worth of photos but a little catch-up never hurt anyone....!

Had a meeting with YouTube and saw my faves on the wall :)
Enjoying this

Prepping the review of these 

Lush new lens

Always with the skincare.....

Ridiculously good yoghurt

Weekend face

Lectured at UCL

Don't do Valentine's so texted him this. :) 

*says nothing*

Hydrangeas - still my fave

Filmed in LA

My fellow Chili Pepper fans will know why I took this picture

L.A.

How's that for clouds.

Gained a large amount of followers when I posted pictures of my new shoes on Instagram. Eeew. 

Blog post coming

Kirsten Wigg as Harry Styles :)

Bloody love this cleanser

This.

Sarah Jessica Parker on trolls. Word.

Dressed as a Refresher.
Loved a lot of Lauder newness.

See above!

Ditto

Went jam crazy in Paris

Worked backstage at the Stella McCartney show 


The big 5 used on the day


Just your average fellow passenger on Piccadilly

Loving this Camellia Cleansing Oil

Myself and gorgeous Ruthie from Model Recommends outside Liberty before my PA

Beautiful packaging from Jo Loves. Seriously beautiful.

RIP Tony Benn

Ready for Country2Country Festival tomorrow!!! 

See you next week all. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads


First Aid Beauty is an American brand that is relatively under the radar. These pads however, deserve more attention.

Facial Radiance Pads are a good starting point for people a little scared of starting the exfoliating acid stage of my suggested routines or alternatively, make a great additional product to include in your collection enabling you to switch it up a little on a daily basis.

Who are they for?
Anyone.

What skin type?
All.

What's in them?
Water/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Phyllanthus Emblica (Indian Gooseberry) Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 20

What's not in them?
Parabens, alcohol, useless nonsense

What's good about them?
They're very gentle. I'd give them a 'sting' factor of 1/5. I use the word 'sting' not to make you think your face will fall off - just to compare them to say a P50 - which would be 4/5 - which is entirely altogether unhelpful if you've not tried that either. *makes note to do next post on strengths of acid toners*
I will always have these in my collection now.

When do I use them?
At the traditional 'toner' stage. After cleansing.

How much are they?
Around £20 UK - $30 US. Yes, my lovely US readers - these are easily accessible to you. :)

For more information on FAB Facial Radiance Pads in the US: www.firstaidbeauty.com
and in the UK they are available from Feel Unique and Beauty Bay.



Instore appearance - Space NK


As part of Space NK's Spring Series I will be doing a day of appointments in their Hans Crescent store on Friday 28th March.

Appointments are on a first come first served basis and available now by calling 0208 740 2085.

Once again - I have no control over the booking system.

More info on what else is going on can be found here: Facebook/SpaceNK

Hope to see you there!

#discoverSpaceNK

Thursday, 6 March 2014

indeed Labs exfoliator - Launch and Giveaway - CLOSED


As any regular reader of this site will know I am all about exfoliation. My preference is liquid exfoliants used at the 'toner' stage of skin prep - however, I am not impartial to the odd boost via something a little more granular. (I'm not talking about plastic balls or apricot kernals!)

indeed labs, home of hydraluron and retinol reface, launch their exfoliator this month in Boots - and it has some kick-arse ingredients.

The exfoliant itself is in a powder form and you add as little or as much water to it as you like to give you the desired strength. This one contains:
Bamboo extract - not lumps of bamboo or bamboo that will shred your skin
Rice bran powder - one of the best ingredients for softening
Pineapple enzymes - always good for some exfoliation
Okinawa red algae - algae of any kind is your friend
Hyaluronic acid - a must-have - and a nice addition to what would normally just be a 'scrubby' product

Suitable and gentle enough for all skin types and also good to throw into your cleanser if you want to give it extra 'oomph'.

indeed Labs are very kindly giving 5 lucky readers the chance to try the new exfoliator. Simply leave your name and some form of contact below (email or twitter handle) in the comments. Done.

Giveaway is open until Midnight on Friday 7th March and is UK only as this doesn't launch in other markets until later on.

exfoliator launches in Boots later this month and will be nationwide from April.




PS - it really bothers my OCD grammar freak self that all of their products start with lower case letters. I would like to call it Indeed Labs Exfoliator. :)



Beauty Myth No.6 - Having spots means you have an oily/combination skin.

Most of the people I see have normal/dry/sensitive skin with spots. This is very different to acne.

I've only ever referred 3 people for roaccutane or medical intervention treatment in my entire career.

The vicious circle. It usually occurs via two paths.

Vicious Circle One: 
You had acne as a teenager and are now 28/34/47 and continue to treat your skin as if it is acnaic - even though your skin moved on when you were 19/20 and is actually normal - underneath that redness and sensitivity that was caused by years of using products for oily/combination skin - which dries it out and 'mattifies' (*cries*) it - which causes it to over-produce oil, give you angry red spots, burning cheeks and lead you to think that you are still an oily/combo skin and that your skin hates you. And usually makes you hate your skin and despair.

Vicious Circle Two:
You once had a few breakouts and went to a beauty counter/had a facial where you were told you had an oily/combination skin because your sales assistant/therapist has been trained in no way other than spots = acne = oily/combination = foaming = mattifying. Your skin was actually pretty normal. Now it's oily because it's dried out and is desperately trying to replenish itself so you are oily by 12/3pm and keep thinking that you have an 'oily' skin. You thus think you're doing everything wrong and your skin hates you. And usually makes you hate your skin and despair.

Below are pictures of one of my clients with a true 'acne' breakout. (used with their permission obviously)



I'm not suggesting that if your skin does not look like this that you don't have a problem.
I'm simply suggesting that we overuse the word 'acne' across the industry and don't train our people well enough to detect the difference between acne and hormonal breakouts/food intolerance spots or product reactions for example...
The majority of the people I see with breakouts have a normal/slightly dehydrated or sensitised skin with spots. That is very very different to acne. It can happen to anyone for any reason.
As a matter of interest the same client is pictured below after treatment:


So please, please. The next time you have breakouts - even if they are multiple - in different areas of the face - at different time of the month. They are spots. Don't treat your entire face as if you have an acne/combination skin. 
Think about what it could be. What have you done differently? have you ever had intolerance tests for food?Is your period due? Have you been on a 3 day bender?? Are you using an SLS shampoo in the shower and letting it run all over your face?

Treat the spots, take care of the skin. It is not your enemy. Don't treat it like it is.

Spots and acne are two very different things.