Tuesday, 23 December 2014

12 Days - Thank you!

I hope you've all entered the giveaways - the first few close tomorrow evening and the latter close on New Year's Eve.

If you haven't yet entered, there is one page here: www.carolinehirons.com/12-days-of-giveaways OR you can click on the tab above in the pages section.

Thank you for reading this year - and thank you to the brands for their generous prizes!

Especially Aurelia, Urban Retreat, Philip B, Aromatherapy Associates, Bioeffect, Delilah Cosmetics, Sunday Riley, Charlotte Tilbury, Emma Hardie, Tata Harper, Clarins, Jordan Samuel Skin, Tatcha, Glenogle & Bell, Alpha-H, Dr. Lipp, Zelens, First Aid Beauty and Kate Somerville.

You collectively ROCK.


Day 12 - Kate Somerville

It's the time of giving, so I won't start a rant about Kate Somerville, one of my favourite brands, not being readily available in the UK. That would be rude.

Let's give away $500 worth of Kate Somerville products instead!

Yes. One lucky reader will receive a one-to-one skin consultation (Skype/online tbc) and $500 to choose whatever they want from the range.

Goat Milk? Deep Tissue Repair? Line Release Eye? Nourish Moisturiser? All yours if you want them.

Thank you SO much to Kate Somerville for their generous prize. More information on Kate Somerville and shipping to the UK can be found here: uk.katesomerville.com

To enter: as always, and for the final time, do so via Rafflecopter below:

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Day 12 - Part 2 - Stocking Fillers - First Aid Beauty

My penultimate giveaway comes from the makers of my most-used acid pads this year. First Aid Beauty are offering..

 The Face Cleanser..

TWO pots of Facial Radiance Pads...!

Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

Purifying Mask and...

Ultra Repair Cream

Thank you First Aid Beauty! More information is available here: www.firstaidbeauty.com

To win all of these simply enter below. Open UK, USA and Canada.

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Day 12 Part 1 - Zelens

You may have noticed that for the most part, the 12 Days of Giveaways have included brands that are regulars on this blog. Today is no different. I'm starting Day 12 with Zelens. 

My 'Desert Island' picks from the brand are up for grabs and include...

Multi-Award Winning Triple Action Eye Cream

An overnight favourite - Stem Complex....

A quick burst of moisture to fix seasonal dehydration - Z Matrix...

and of course....

PHA+ Bio-Peel Resurfacing Facial Pads....for all you acid toners out there. 

To win all of the above simply enter as always via Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

A huge Thank You to Dr Lens and Zelens. More information on Zelens can be found here: www.zelens.com

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Day 11 - Stocking Fillers - Dr. Lipp

Getting closer to the big day! Day 11's Stocking Filler comes from Dr. Lipp, the infamous nipple balm for the lips - or - well - anywhere really..

This Stocking Filler includes a 10 Year Anniversary Limited Edition sewlomax Makeup bag, the original Dr. Lipp and 5 minis - perfect for your bag.

To win all of the above simply enter via Rafflecopter below. Thank you Dr Lipp!

More information on Dr. Lipp can be found here: www.drlipp.com

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Rather unbelievably, next year marks the 15th Anniversary of Alpha-H's Liquid Gold. In anticipation of their big year, Alpha-H are offering one lucky reader the opportunity to win a complete Liquid Gold Collection.

Included are:
Liquid Gold
Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask
Liquid Gold Skin Renewal Wash
Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream
Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum
Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear

Just a smidge of LG then....

Thank you Alpha-H and Congratulations! 

For more information on Alpha-H: www.alpha-h.com 

To enter - as always - go through the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

DAY 10 - Stocking Fillers - Glenogle & Bell Book Company

Glenogle & Bell Book Company are an ingenious subscription service that will deliver a surprise book choice to you - or even better - a loved one - every month. Based in Edinburgh, this is a bespoke service like no other that I have seen.

'From the customer’s point of view, a book subscription from Glenogle & Bell couldn’t be simpler. Choose a package and the length of time for which you wish it to run, answer a few questions about the reader and then leave the rest to us. Each month a beautifully wrapped, carefully selected book will arrive at the reader’s door.'

Glenogle & Bell are offering one lucky reader a three month subscription to the service. You can choose between paperback fiction or one of the children's options - AND everyone gets a 10% discount code to use to purchase your own subscription.

To enter the giveaway enter via Rafflecopter below. To claim your 10% discount use the code CH2014 at the checkout when you purchase your subscription.

Huge thanks to Glenogle & Bell, support independent booksellers! More information can be found here: www.glenogleandbell.com 

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Day 10 - TATCHA

There are two brands not available in the UK that absolutely should be. The utterly divine TATCHA is one (you'll need to wait until Christmas Eve to see the other).

TATCHA have featured on all of my social channels numerous times this year, and with good reason.
The products are beautiful, efficacious and divine to use.

For Day 10, TATCHA have very kindly offered a Ritual Kiri Gift Box - and it will be available according to the lucky winner's skin type.

To enter simply use Rafflecopter below. Good Luck everyone! Thank you so much to TATCHA for the wonderful prize - and retailers - WAKE UP - get TATCHA to the UK - STAT.

Oh and did I mention? OPEN INTERNATIONALLY.

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Day 9 - Stocking Fillers - Jordan Samuel Skin

Jordan Samuel Skin is a small independent brand based in Seattle, Washington and he's one of my husbands. Totally blackmailing my mates for you now people.

Up for grabs is the entire beautiful facial range pictured above and below...

One for All Multi-Functional Gel Cleanser 
Water You Waiting For? Face and Body Mist
HydraOasis Face and Eye Serum
Dream Oil Face and Body Oil

For those of you asking me on Instagram every day, this one IS open INTERNATIONALLY. 

Enter via Rafflecopter. Open until New Year's Eve. Good Luck everyone.

And massive thanks to Jordan for the prize. www.jordansamuelskin.com

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At the beginning of the month those of you that follow me on Instagram will have seen some pictures that I took during a Christmas dinner given by Clarins.
At the event (the best one of the year) we were given a sack containing Clarins' Winter Skin Saviours - and yes, I've bagged a spare for one very lucky reader.

The sack contains the following full sizes:

Moisture Rich Body Lotion
Tonic Body Treatment Oil (the reason I have no stretchmarks after 4 babies)
Hand and Nail Treatment
Blue Orchid Treatment Oil

Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate - a must-have - which was in my recent November Favourites video
Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm

the lusted-after unavailable-to-buy...

Eau Dynamisante Candle 50g
Tonic Oil Candle 50g

To WIN all of the above - as always, enter via the widget below.

I can't thank Clarins enough for taking part in this year's 12 Days.
More information on Clarins' beautiful products can be found here: www.clarins.co.uk 

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Day 8 - Tata Harper

One of my favourite discoveries this year, Tata Harper continues Day 8 with her beautiful Regenerating Cleanser and...

...her amazing Concentrated Brightening Serum. These are just two of those 'must-have' items and a great opportunity if you haven't tried them....

Thank you to the team at Tata Harper! www.tataharperskincare.com 

Enter via Rafflecopter below. :) Good Luck!

Day 8 - Emma Hardie

Readers of this blog may or may not have heard of a little cleanser called Emma Hardie Moringa Balm *eyebrow*

Day 8 starts with 5 sets of the 200ml Supersized Balm and Emma's beautiful Brilliance Facial Oil.

FIVE WINNERS. *jazz hands*

To win simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good Luck! And obviously a huge thank you to Emma Hardie. 

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Day 7 - Stocking Fillers - Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury's beautiful Mini Lipstick Charms are today's stocking filler and are now sold out online. These gorgeous mini versions of Bitch Perfect, Penelope Pink and So Marilyn will cover every occasion from work to play. 

As always enter via Rafflecopter below. Thank you Charlotte! 

More information on Charlotte's beautiful range can be found here: www.charlottetilbury.com

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Day 7 - Sunday Riley

So Day 7 starts off with Sunday Riley. And now we're really kicking it in to gear... 

This amazing giveaway consists of some brilliant hero products such as...

The infamous Ceramic Slip....

Good Genes - the stuff that smooth skins are made of....

Bionic Anti-Aging Cream - the perfect moisturiser for this weather.....


A year's supply of the backbone of the Sunday Riley range:

Artemis, Juno and Isis

Feeling a little dull in the Autumn? Juno will fix it. A little too oily in the Summer? Artemis is your man (woman). Looking a little more tired than you would like? Isis (the Goddess synonymous with roses - literally) will take years off of you.

All 3 oils will be given to the lucky winner.

Enter via the Rafflecopter below.

Good luck! And a massive thank you to Sunday and the team in Texas for their generosity. More info on Sunday Riley can be found here: www.sundayriley.com and my previous posts on the brand can be found here: www.carolinehirons.com/sundayriley 

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P.S. - Stay tuned for some rather big 'Stocking Fillers' dropping in randomly right up until Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Day 6 - Delilah Cosmetics

Delilah is undoubtedly one of my favourite launches of the year. They've been on the blog and especially my Instagram numerous times since I first saw it under two months ago. It's a beautiful, vibrant, makes-your-skin-look-amazing British range and they are Day 6 in the 12 Days...

The full list is below and includes some of the following...

Sunset Bronzer - Medium Dark - £34
Under Wear Primer - £34

Colour Blush Blusher - Clementine - £26

Colour Gloss - Orchid £22
Colour Gloss - Modesty £22
Colour Intense Eyeshadow  - Liquorice £20
Colour Intense Eyeshadow - Pewter £20
Brow Line - Sable - £20
Gel Line - Plum - £22
Eye Line - Ebony £20
Definitive and Volumising Mascara - Carbon £24

Farewell Cream Concealer - Barley - £22 (the best concealer)

and obviously...

Cream Lipstick in Stiletto - £24.00

Massive thanks to Delilah Cosmetics. More info can be found here: www.delilahcosmetics.com 

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Day 5 - Bioeffect

Day 5 features Bioeffect. Their Christmas Gift Set contains the following....

Full size BIOEFFECT EGFSerum 15 ml
Travel Sized BIOEFFECT EGF Serum 3 ml
NEW!  BIOEFFECT Volcanic Exfoliator 60 ml
BIOEFFECT white double sided magnifying mirror
Travel Sized BIOEFFECT DAYTIME for normal skin 7 ml

For more information on Bioeffect look here... www.bioeffect.co.uk Thank you Bioeffect!!!

To win simply enter via Rafflecopter below.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Day 4 - Aromatherapy Associates

Today's Giveaway is Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath Jewels Gift Box. It contains the following amazing oils perfect for this time of year...:

Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 
Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 
De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 
De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 
Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 
Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 
Support Breathe Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 
Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 
Support Equilibrium Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 
Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil, 7.5ml 

Thank you AA! :) 

More information is available here: www.aromatherapyassociates.com 

UK only.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Day 3 - Philip B

Day 3 is brought to you by Philip B and his beautiful haircare.

The Holiday Set Forever Shine contains: 
Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo (7.4 fl oz), Forever Shine Conditioner (6 fl oz), Oud Royal Mega Curl Crème (6 fl oz) and Oud Thermal Protectant Spray (4.23 fl oz)

and this giveaway is open to the UK, USA and Canada! 

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Day 2 - Urban Retreat

Urban Retreat, the UK's most luxurious online beauty store, are kindly offering the gorgeous goodies below....

GHD White Eclipse (LUSHNESS) and...

Laura Mercier Into the Wild Look Book Collection

Thank you Urban Retreat! More info on the products can be found here: www.urbanretreat.co.uk 

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Day 1 - Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

Aurelia's multi-award winning range is available as a Limited Complete Collection. Included are;

  • One full-size bamboo muslin cloth

Enter via the widget below. UK only.

Thank you to Aurelia. More information on the brand can be found here: www.aureliaskincare.com

12 Days of Giveaways

Helloooooo! As usual, my 12 Days of Giveaways is about to kick off. Details of how to enter will be on each post and will state whether the giveaway is available Internationally or just UK.

Each giveaway will be open for the entire duration and will only close on Christmas Eve.  The final (bigger) giveaways will remain open until New Year's Eve. It will all be stated on the individual posts.

Good luck everyone and a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all of the brands involved - this year is HUGE!

Keep your eyes peeled for Stocking Fillers that will drop in randomly!

*comments will be closed on the giveaway posts to save confusion on how to enter!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Soap & Glory Online Exclusive 'The Big One' available Friday

Every year is the same. Ava and I wait patiently for Soap & Glory's big Christmas Limited Edition to hit Boots. This year, there are two. Both designed by fashion 'doodler'  Hattie Stewart - and the online one is prettier. SCORE. No more traipsing around the shops carrying the huge things.

What's in it this year? Take a looksie.

The best part, as ever, is that it's £29.00. A saving of £47.00.

Available from www.boots.com from this Friday while stock lasts.

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Backups.

A few weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram of my revitalised and tidied cleanser stash. Some people noticed that I had more than one of some items and I got into a discussion about products that I keep 'backups' of... that led to this...

Products shown are....

Abd El Kader candle - Cire Trudon - my favourite candle in the world. The entire world. Ever.
Available from Cire Trudon stockists everywhere priced £60.00 (it's big, not Diptyque size)

Awapuhi Shampoo - Paul Mitchell Sulfate free, luscious, leaves no residue. Pretty perfect. More info available www.paulmitchell.com.

Radius toothbrush - has to be used to be believed/obsessed with. SO much cheaper in the States. And you can pick left or right handed! More info on www.radiustoothbrush.com I literally cannot use another toothbrush now.

Oral-B Pro-Expert in Clean Mint - they've released more flavours/styles since the launch of the original, but this is still the best. Perfectly fine for sensitive teeth/gums too. More info on www.oralb.co.uk 

Soap & Glory Righteous Butter - I do hope the formulation doesn't change now that Boots have bought them, but I've been using this since it launched. It just suits my skin and doesn't feel sticky or heavy, you can get dressed straight away afterwards. www.soapandglory.com £10.50

Show Beauty Working Texture Spray - I use this on damp/dry hair. It gives me 'oomph' without feeling heavy. I am in love with this product. www.showbeauty.com has more info but the only place I could find it was at Harrods.com for £30.00

I Am A Sex Goddess fragrance by Neotantric - see previous video/posts!£65.00 - more info on HQHair.com

Emma Hardie Moringa Balm - I'll probably be buried with this cleanser. £49.00 supersize available at the moment for Christmas period. www.emmahardie.com

Clinique Take The Day Off Balm - still relentlessly and unacceptably out of stock most of the time. If only Estee Lauder was a huge corporation that could afford to make tens of thousands of the things and you know, make money.


Available at all Clinique stockists including www.clinique.co.uk  for around £20.00 depending on where you purchase.

Clarins Extra Comfort Cleansing Cream - speaking of unacceptable, this is discontinued. The utter bastards. (See? It's driven me to swearage.)

Sunday Riley Charisma Creme - thankfully there are other milky/creams on the market and this one also has the joyous 'acid' ingredients (mild, don't panic). Skin cleanser, I personally don't use for makeup removal, but we all know I'm an awkward cow. £38.00 more info on www.sundayriley.com

Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser - yes I own too many balm cleansers, but that's not likely to change in the near future. This one is probably the closest to Emma Hardie in consistency, but slightly 'lighter', if that makes sense! :) available on www.janescrivner.com for £43.00

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser - I don't use many 'scrubby' products but the granules in this have me hooked. I am obsessed. www.tataharper.com for $75.00/£60.00

Sunday Riley Good Genes - 40% lactic acid and overnight usage make this a 'wake up looking like you on your best day' product indispensable. Use under an oil like Juno for extra glow power. www.sundayriley.com 

Kate Somerville Deep Tissue Repair - Just a must-have. Simples. It's not cheap but then neither am I (see what I did there!?) :) You don't need this if you're not showing signs of ageing. You lucky swine. www.katesomerville.com

Chantecaille Just Skin -  absolutely cannot live without. Often replicated, never mastered.
$67.00/£58.00 just as well it lasts almost an entire season (Summer/Winter) www.chantecaille.com 

Chantecaille Loose Powder in Subtle - the best loose powder on the market. Talc-free, completely weightless. Adore. Will possibly outlive you. I've used 2 in 13 years and I use it every day. I'm not kidding. (wash your brushes!) www.chantecaille.com

Aerin Rose Hand Cream - Never without. Backups of backups. Love. £36.00 from www.esteelauder.co.uk/aerin

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek-to-Chic Sex on Fire Blusher - they're never just called 'Nice Pink' are they? This matches my colouring perfectly. It's the only blusher that has taken the place of Nars Sin, and I've used everything. £30.00 from www.charlottetilbury.com

Victoria's Secret Shiny Kiss Lip Gloss in Candy Baby and Love Berry - ignore the borderline-offensive and unnecessary 'fashion show' and underneath the naked, gallivanting women you find the most comfortable bras ever made and these glosses, along with the Chantecaille Just Skin, my most used items in my makeup bag. I think they were around 4 for £20 but we'll never know because they haven't organised the online part of the UK business yet. You'd think they were a huge multi-national, corporate business.



Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in No.1 - when in doubt, grab this. Never lets you down - whether it's for a quick dash of colour, the school run, or an evening out. £18.00 from www.Clarins.co.uk 

Phew. Just a few items then.......... *eyebrow*

Serozinc launches in the UK.

Good news beauty peeps. Ever since I made this video with Pixiwoo over a year and a half ago...

...we've been trying to get La Roche Posay to pull their finger out and sell Serozinc here in the UK.

Well the wait is over...Rakesh and his team at www.Escentual.com have managed the seemingly impossible and it goes on sale exclusively with them on January 1st.

As an aside: LRP are still gearing this towards the extremely oily/combo skins. Nonsense. It suits all. If you are someone who suffers from slow-healing skin (i.e. from those horrible big red spots/acne) I'd consider taking an oral zinc supplement* also. Just a little FYI...

*As always, assuming you have no contra-indications.
*No Affiliate link. Just being helpful.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

November Favourites

Hi Everyone!

My November Favourites video is now live.

Included are:

Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight - great if you have hair that assumes your chosen look is 'windswept frizz who wants to have straight hair anyway?'. £21.50 available on www.aveda.co.uk

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter - quick absorbing, thick and lush without the grease. Simples. £25.00 available on www.clinique.co.uk 

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Cream - smells like holidays in the middle of winter. Perfect if you've always loved the smell but hate the faff of using the annoying body oil bottle. Fort know is easier to access. £24.00 available on www.elemis.com

Kose Cell Radiance Moisturising Cream - lovely, light-yet-rich, absorbs brilliantly. Suitable for most skin types but particularly for the non-20 year olds of you out there. ;) £48.00 available on www.blowltd.com 

Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate - I think this is the product that I have been using for the longest period. Probably since around 1995/6? If you have skin that is temperamental this is to put it simply, a must-have. Flaring of spots, redness, wind burn, dehydration - pretty much anything. It's only 15ml but will last you for ages. One pump does all. Do it. £41.00 from www.clarins.co.uk 

Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning - some people can really rock 'pale and interesting'. I am not one of those people. I need colour. On reflection, this is my most consistently used product. Every couple of days, pretty much all the time...End of. £19.00 available from www.clarins.co.uk 

Tom Ford Illuminating Primer - lovely, non-irritating, suitable for all skin tones - even darker ones. I use the non-spf version. £54.00 from www.Selfridges.co.uk

Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red - I own a lot of red lipsticks. this one will be used to the bitter bullet end. £24.00 from www.charlottetilbury.com

Delilah Tango, Stiletto and Vintage - My new favourite range. Smooth, creamy yet slightly matte finish. Sophisticated and reassuringly heavy packaging. Lush. £24.00 from www.delilahcosmetics.com 

YOUTH supplements by Beauty Works West - as I say in the video, I'm hesitant to recommend supplements purely because there are so many conflicting opinions, results and contra-indications, but for me, these are brilliant. Do your research, make informed choices. £64.00 from www.beautyworkswest.com

Thanks for watching!

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