Saturday, 28 February 2015

The Month in Skincare - February

WHERE IS THE TIME GOING? Although I don't mind winter getting a move on - I NEED some warmth!
This was a varied month for me skincare-wise. I tried a lot of different products, some of it budget, some of it embargoed, some of it new to me - and I revisited some old friends... A few of my favourites are below with a one-liner about each picture. Please do feel free to leave any Q's in the comments! I'm having a catch-up tomorrow! :)

Deep Tissue Repair by Kate Somerville - I'll probably be buried with this.

Dennis Gross Pads - brilliant

Oh God the Starfish! :(

One of Tata Harper's many brilliant cleansers.

Luna - lived up to all the hype.

Some days you need to pull out the old faithful products. Step forward Emma and Estee.

This was my travel pack - and the day my phone camera decided that focusing was an optional extra. .. GGRRRR

Some people decant and travel light. I am not one of those people.

The Sleeping Mask is supremely hydrating and amazing over Deep Tissue Repair.

OSKIA Micro Exfoliating Balm - lush every single time...

This Works 'no wrinkles wonder essence' is a take on the Far East 'essence/lotion' stage at half the price of most of its competition.

Cowshed Toners are worth investigating. Very good and not at all £££.

I'm saving that Tata serum for a bigger review. And that's my favourite of her cleansers...amazing on combo skin or for a morning pick-me-up cleanse on any skin.

The embargoed products on the right and Pixi's utterly brilliant eye makeup remover on the left...

Tatcha's Gold Camellia Beauty Oil is divine on tired skin that needs a lift...

Ultrabland. When something is the exact opposite of its name.... Love it.

Physiological Cleansing Gel didn't make me want to scratch my face off - a first for a product of that type...

We discovered that Champney's are bringing back that brilliant cleansing balm...

One of my favourite routines of the month. Great affordable cleanser, brilliant exfoliating toner and hydration through the roof from Vichy.

Una Brennan's Super Facialist Night Creams are a bargain for the price and quality.

My backstage kit for London Fashion Week. Those 4 products can work miracles in 2 minutes. Literally.

Organic Surge prove that organic doesn't have to mean 'extortionate'.

Vita Liberata's Peptide Mist - what feels like a gallon of water for your skin in one pump. In a good way....

All of the above could come to a Desert Island with me and I would be quite happy. And my beloved and discontinued Clarins Extra Comfort.

How to do a shower in the morning with 2 products and a cup of tea. *done*

Friday, 27 February 2015

The Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint Winner is....


Thank you to everyone that entered! The winner chosen randomly by Rafflecopter is:

DANIELLE EDWARDS-POWELL

Congrats Danielle. you have email. :)

If you missed out, the Eye Tints are now available to buy at www.armanibeauty.co.uk and are £27.00 each.

Thank you Armani!

Dr Sam on Female Hormonal Acne

Hi All!

So back for Round 2 with the very popular Dr Sam. Here we talk about female hormonal acne - next up is topical retinoids, hyperpigmentation and rosacea.

We're responding to comments as soon as we are able so thank you for your patience. 



Thursday, 26 February 2015

Cheat Sheet - When to do your routine when you're exercising

I am frequently asked by readers that exercise in all manner of ways for the best time to add their skincare routines. As there are SO many variations, I thought I'd keep this one 'live' if you will, and add to it as you leave more requests in the comments, so please do feel free to add your questions/exercise/time of day that you do the exercise/activity and I'll respond and add them to this post on a continuous basis..

So to start with the 'skeleton' or bare bones....

Jogging/runners

Early morning run:
Cold climate (English winter for example) - apply a little facial oil to protect your face before you pound the streets, go run, come home, do routine.
Hot climate - apply SPF before you hit the streets, go run, come home, do routine.

After work run:
Remove makeup, apply a thin layer of moisturiser (and/or SPF if outside and the sun is out), run, sweat, shower, do your evening routine.






Gym Sessions/Weights/Cardio

Early morning classes - get up, if you have dry skin apply a little moisturiser, go to the gym, sweat it out, then do your proper routine after your shower.
Lunchtime classes - go to the gym, remove your makeup, apply a minimal moisturiser (thin layer), do your class/workout, sweat like a racehorse, shower, do your routine.
After work classes - go to the gym, cleanse and apply a light moisturiser (thin layer), do your workout, sweat, shower, do your full bedtime routine - unless you're going out for dinner etc in which case do your skin routine, apply your makeup and remove it all before bed as per usual..


Swimming


It's not great to swim in makeup, no matter how rushed you are, equally, you don't want a ton of product running into your eyes and blinding you while you do your laps.
Early morning swim - get up, apply a thin layer of moisturiser (I avoid my forehead to avoid drip down effect into the eyes but do what you feel your skin needs), swim, shower, routine.
After work swim - remove makeup, thin layer of something protective - I prefer a little facial oil but light moisturiser works, swim, shower, do actual routine.


Cycling


Any time of day, you want protection on a face that is being wind-bashed. Whether am or pm, cycle with no makeup, make sure you have applied protective moisturiser and/or SPF and do your routine after your post-cycle shower. I would consider applying facial oil to the cheeks if you won't end up covered in bug roadkill :)


Yoga (more specifically - Bikram)


Being frank, Bikram is not good for your face. Argue all you want, but the entire purpose of it is to make you sweat  - however, unlike other sports you can't cool down because you're in a room where the temperature is maintained at 'scorching'. That healthy 'glow' will eventually be broken capillaries. Having said that, I know some of you are completely addicted to it so your main concern is to keep the nose/cheek area under control. Spritz as soon as you can with a floral water - not normal water - shower, and apply a hydrating serum AND moisturiser. You will be dehydrated afterwards, so if you regularly attend Bikram classes I would keep spritzing bottles handy and keep an eye on your face for signs of dehydration like fine lines and cakey makeup...


In short, if in doubt:
  • Remove your makeup before you exercise. Yes you can use micellar waters if you have to but you would be much better served using a good oil cleanser - it's more gentle and nourishing and kinder all round - especially if you exercise every day/4 or 5 times a week.
  • Try and exercise with a light moisturiser on your face
  • If you are going to use saunas and steam rooms try and have some facial oils on your face - heat and oils are lovely - not mineral oil though - plant oils. (A paraffin wax mask is lovely - but that's because it is done by a pro with a good plant oil underneath....however that's for another post)
  • Protect the cheeks - those are the areas most prone to visible signs of damage from sport - oils and moisturisers and SPF where appropriate. Keep them protected.





Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Chris James' Guide to Juicing


I've talked about and to Chris James on the blog before - after a recent juicing attempt resulted in migraine and vomiting (EEW) I thought I'd ask him for the low-down - he's been advocating juicing for years...

CH: Chris you’re a tad obsessed with juicing aren’t you?
I’m completely evangelical about juicing. In addition to eating whole fruit and vegetables, I drink from 300ml to 600ml of raw freshly pressed vegetables every day – you should see my kitchen!  I do this so that my body and mind functions properly all year round.  I have not seen a doctor for over 10 years. I was contacted by my surgery recently to ask me if I existed – was everything ok?  I can account for the fact that I have no idea what the inside of a surgery looks like, because of a lifestyle of structured cleansing.  I cleanse 3-4 times a year for 12 days at a time...


CH: OK I get that, isn’t it more important to focus on the alkalinity of your system in general – rather than sporadically?
For my body and mind to function optimally it is important to maintain the correct balance of acidity versus alkalinity – remember this from your Biology and Chemistry classes? The human body has a healthy PH of about 7.3 / 7.4 or about the same as sea water.  So you should aim to cut out acidic forming foods, such as processed and refined foods, and focus on alkaline forming foods like vegetables.
If your body and blood is acidic, then your immune system against infection will be compromised. Not only this, it will interfere with your metabolism and digestion and make you feel sluggish.  If left unchecked, and this the most serious bit – it will eventually cause you more serious long-term health problems. 

CH: And juices are predominantly alkaline – and obviously full of enzymes and close to their natural state yes? 
Raw juices are bursting with active enzymes, which are vital to a healthy diet and delivers vitamins, minerals and antioxidants straight to your body which rebuilds and rebalances the entire system.

CH: What about the current obsession with total cleanses? No solid food etc for weeks and weeks on end. I can’t believe that is good for you? I tried and failed - spectacularly.
I am not a fan of 100% juice cleanses, especially if they are delivered to your door, apart from being costly, the integrity of the enzymes dissipate by the time that they arrive making them in large part nutritionally useless, despite whatever cold pressed juicers the juicing companies claim to be using.
The only way to benefit from the sea of vitamins, active enzymes and minerals from raw vegetables and fruit, is to press it yourself, or at least to make sure that whoever is pressing it is using the freshest of ingredients.  As soon as you cut into fruit and vegetables, the enzymes (literally raw sparks of life) start to die.  This is why I am also against the practice of storing your juices for any length of time.  It is much better to imbibe straightaway.
For the reasons mentioned above eating raw food is certainly beneficial to the body, because of the amount of inherent active enzymes.  As soon as you start to cook foods, you start to kill their enzymes.  Roasting and microwaving (throw away your microwave!) vegetables will completely destroy the enzymes, whereas stir frying or flash frying will only cook the outer edges, while the integrity of the enzyme stays intact in the middle.

CH: Our microwave recently conked out and I’m resisting replacing it! I’m obsessed with following the Raw Till 4 concept on Instagram – mainly if I’m honest because the food always looks so bloody good. I have noticed though, that the people who do it well live in really hot climates – I don’t think I could do it in this weather!
The Raw Till 4 concept is a vegan program that focuses on eating raw fruits and vegetables, no animal products, little to no fats or seeds.  You basically eat whole, unprocessed raw foods until 4pm.  Then you are allowed to cook and eat certain beneficial foods, but again, without oils to help flavour and cook your food.  While eating raw is beneficial this would only work 365 days a year if we lived close to the Equator.  In Western Europe, we need warming foods in the colder winter months in order to provide warmth for the kidneys amongst other things!  This approach may work in warmer summer months, but only eating cooked foods after 4pm?  I am not convinced.  This approach smacks of the 5:2 diet which encourages binge eating amongst other things.

CH: That 5:2 nonsense did not interest me at ALL.
On balance, the verdict on whether a 100% raw food diet is healthy is mixed. If you’re a healthy adult who likes to prepare food but not necessarily cook and you have no problem giving up meat or dairy, the raw food diet might be for you. And, while I believe that eating raw food has a significant contribution to make to human health and longevity, caution should be exercised when adopting a 100% raw diet. I am inclined to advocate a 50% raw food intake to optimise human health and longevity.

CH: Sounds much easier to me!
It’s not just the raw bit that I do, or the juicing bit, it’s the whole thing!  I predict this year; we shall be reading more than ever in the Press about Gut Health, and its impact on your wellness and beauty. There are exciting times ahead...

The lovely Mr James is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to try his entire range of supplements. To enter simply use Rafflecopter below as per all of my giveaways.




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Thank you Chris - AND - If you are interested in juicing or further reading you can read more from Chris here:

http://www.chrisjamescleanse.com/blog/does-eating-raw-really-slow-the-ageing-process

http://www.chrisjamescleanse.com/blog/some-facts-about-raw-foodism  

And further info from Chris can be found here: www.chrisjamescleanse.com


AND: good news for London dwelling people - Chris's range is available in Whole Foods Kensington, Piccadilly and Richmond from next week.


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

First of many catch-ups with Dr Sam bunting

Hi All!

As promised I've been doing a lot of filming lately and the below is the first of a series with Dr Sam Bunting, one of the top dermatologists in the UK.

We touch on acne in this one - and there are others for pigmentation and rosacea to follow.

Thank you for your patience and see you again soon. :)


The Winner of the Emma Hardie Giveaway is....

The winner of the Emma Hardie Giveaway is.....

*SURPRISE*




LISA T.

Congratulations Lisa. You have email. Thank you to everyone that entered! 

Sunday Riley Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Sunday Riley prize is....*drumroll*



..........LAURA W.

I have already emailed the winner so if you are called Laura W, check your inbox. If you haven't received an email but you are called Laura, over 5000 people entered the giveaway, it's highly possible there are more than one of you. Sorry!

Thank you to everyone who entered. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Patricia Arquette nails it

I am often asked how I got ahead in the beauty industry. And the truth is, I hit the glass ceiling pretty early on. I was 'opinionated' (aka 'had an opinion'), always stuck up for my co-workers, wouldn't put my work before my family - and didn't expect my employees to - and I demanded equal pay.

The beauty industry, like the majority of industries, is still ruled, in general, by middle-aged (and older) white men.
The heads of  most, not all, but most companies are men. Privileged, college-educated, white men.

Please do not mistake my passion for women's rights and equality as misandry. I have fabulous men in my life and am trying to raise 3 fabulous men of my own. But my wonderful home life experience has in no way been reflected in my work life. It is not easy to get ahead. But you can do it.

Some of the questions I have been asked along the way include:
'Oh you're keeping it then?' - when I told my boss I was pregnant.
'You know that's a really good salary for someone who doesn't have a degree.' - Yes, let's ignore my 20 years of experience (at the time).
'Who will take care of your children while you're doing shifts?' - Oddly a question no-one has ever asked my husband.
'What are you going to do about childcare in the summer holidays?' - see above
'Are you pregnant?' - I'm sorry? What?
'Do you plan to have any more children?' - none of your business. Also: kind of been illegal to ask me that for a long time..
'I hope you're not going to ask for time off to go to a nativity play?' - I reminded them of the umpteen hours of unpaid overtime I had given them and YOU KNOW I went to my child's play. (This was a female brand owner by the way)

and my personal favourite, when I declined a big role with a multi-national company because they wouldn't match my required salary:

'This is what we feel you are worth.' - Well, excuse me. I decide my worth, not you. And FYI, I know XXX that also does this job, has 15 years less experience than me and has the courtesy of a penis between his legs is on £15k more than this as we speak, for the same role.

And it's not just the men, women higher up than me have all too frequently pulled the ladder up behind them, something I have vowed never to do. Something none of us should do.

I do love the beauty industry, but I love my fellow woman more. Whatever your colour, religion, sexual orientation, educational background, political standing or personal history, know your worth, don't have it judged for you by someone else.

And if you can't get ahead, start your own company and forge your own path. I'm proof that it can be done.

And always, always, pull yourself up with one hand - but leave a hand free for your sister.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Budget Week - Day 4


So I'm thinking this could maybe become a regular fixture - mini-reviews of the products I show in Instagram - thoughts? It won't take the place of anything else - it'll be in addition to the other usual stuff. Let me know what you think. :)

Anyway, without further ado:

Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil - £10.99 - formerly known as 'the good product with the packaging from hell'. This is a great cleansing oil, it removes all of my makeup, doesn't leave any residue and doesn't sting my eyes. It is only hindered by the fact that it is a runny oil, in an open-neck bottle. No pump. The new ones at least have a snap cap but still, you have to pour this into the palm of your hand, put it down and get most of it on your face before it dribbles down your forearm like a cold lolly on a hot day. Other than that it's great. *stabby*

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion - see previous post

Nuxe Gentle Toning Lotion - £14.00 for 200ml - this is a perfectly lovely and affordable toner for all skin types. As an aside, it has one of the worst 'ingredients' pages that I think I've seen on a website. I'm not joking. Check it for yourself. What's the point? Taking none of that into consideration because it's hardly reflective of the actual product, which is why we are here, have a look at this the next time you see it instore. You may like.

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Serum - £16.00 for 46ml - A great price for a serum containing a lot of ingredients found in much more expensive  products, albeit maybe at lower %'s as they are near the end of the inci list. Feels good on teh skin, and does give an immediate plumpness to the skin. A good budget buy.

Organic Surge Extra Care Replenishing Facial Oil - £23.50 for 30ml - taken from Organic Surge's more premium line 'Extra Care', this smells and acts very similar to a lot of other high-end oils but it does have a slightly 'gritty' feel that the more expensive oils don't. If you're an oil addict you'll know what I mean. It's a good oil, just not great.

Organic Surge Overnight Sensation Night Cream - £12.95 for 50ml - this, from Organic Surge's original line, is much more like it. Completely worth checking out if you're in the market for a night cream, as promised on the box, this does make you wake up with refreshed skin.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Budget Week - Day 3


Bit of a hotch-potch today, contains good and disappointing ones...

Bio-Essence Miracle Bio Water - £16.00 - weird one this. I personally found it wasn't great for waterproof mascara - but my friends tell me otherwise, however, it was perfectly acceptable for lips/other..
It is lovely and cooling on the skin though, and I imagine a sensitised skin would appreciate it.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleaning Butter - £12.00 - I've spoken about this many a time, In essence, a great affordable balm cleanser that annihilates makeup and leaves the skin soft and refreshed with no sticky residue or tight feeling.

Merumaya Exfoliating Toner - sample - I don't know what I can say about this as I have no information on it! This is literally a lab sample and part of the brand's testing so I don't know what's in it or how much it will be.. what I can say is that it is totally non-stinging (is that even a phrase?), exfoliates gently and softly and leaves the skin comfortable. As for everything else, watch this space!

Caudalie Grape Water - £6-£10 - leftovers from the grape harvest, sprays in a fine mist, softer that normal water and feels like it absorbs more efficiently.

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes - £24.50 for 15ml - see yesterday's post 

Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum - £35.50 for 30ml - this is over my intended limit of £25 - £30 for serums but I thought it was worth mentioning as I am always asked about appropriate ones for oily/acne skins. Whilst this is not particularly aimed at those skin types, it's certainly one worth checking out if you are a woman of a certain age with adult acne (I feel your pain, been there), if you're just a person with problematic skin or if you want a product that contains a lot of the same ingredients as serums that are 5 times the price...

Superfacialist Rose Peaceful Skin Night Cream - £16.00 for 50ml - a frankly bargainous £16.00, this is great for all skin types including combination. It contains shea butter, but it's not heavy/cloying at all. The only thing I would say, is try and check the smell before you purchase. To me, this is proper, old lady rose. It doesn't linger, and you do wake up looking refreshed with a glow, but it is strong on application.


Friday, 20 February 2015

Budget Week - Day 2


Ooh, I'm a couple of days behind so you'll have to excuse me. Busy with work and I'm skin prepping behind the scenes for London Fashion Week as well so will be playing catch up for a few days. :)

The above routine is actually my favourite of this week so far (I'm a few ahead as I write this obviously). This was an A.M. routine.

The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser - £10.00 for 100ml - Soap & Glory's foray into the 'Hot Cloth' domain is easily one of my favourites. I'm obsessed with the packaging, which is akin to a large toothpaste tube and the product inside doesn't disappoint. Although it says it is 'deep purifying' and it contains clary sage, I don't find it too strong at all. It does not leave my skin red and instead leaves it subtly refreshed, ready for the day. I would also use this as a second cleanse in the evenings.

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion - £16.50 for 200ml - this caused some shocked reactions when it went up this week. This Clinique MCL is used as an exfoliating acid and it's a brilliant one - especially if you can't/don't want to use glycolic. It contains 0.5% salicylic acid and has a ph of 2.9 - making it one of the stronger exfoliating acids on the market. It's also, for those of you that were horrified, alcohol-free. Dive in my friends, it's lush.

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes - £24.50 for 15ml - not particularly 'budget' this one, but one I am asked about a lot, I think because these french pharmacy brands can always be found on offer or used with Boots points for example (in the UK!). As it is designed to increase the strength/length of the lashes - you would obviously need to use this up to the end to see the results, but for texture and usage purposes, it has a great slip/feel to it and is incredibly soothing and hydrating....

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Serum - £17.00 - well Hughes is right. This is a great hydrating serum, that instantly imparts moisture without greasiness and a feeling of relief without stickiness. At £17.00 it's also considerably more affordable than others in its genre, including Hydraluron.. If you are dry/dehydrated and haven't already, try this out. You'll probably love it.

Twas a good face day!

(Note: I am trialling some embargoed moisturisers that can't be photographed yet. I did use a moisturiser after this serum, as brilliant as it is, it wouldn't have been enough for me on its own)

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Physiological Cleansing Gel, eagle-eyed readers and some good news from Champneys


So a couple of days ago I posted this picture...


which had a few commenters excited:

Doesn't the La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel have mineral oil in its composition?
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Replies
  1. It does. I'm surprised she used it
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  2. No. The one I have does not contain MO. Diff inci in diff countries.
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  3. Ingredients list, please? The La Roche-Posay UK website has the ingredients listed, and mineral oil (listed as paraffinum liquidum) is most definitely on there!!!!
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  4. Sure. If my word isn't enough I can take a picture when I'm home this evening. I would point out though, that the LRP site says 'Last update 02/08'.
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  5. Yes please and thank you!
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Firstly, I can't tell you how weird it is to have people call you 'she' on your own site - as if you aren't there - LOL - anyway: I contacted LRP and said: People, I am holding this in my hand and it does NOT have mineral oil listed. HELP. ME.'

LRP Press Office confirmed this afternoon that their website is indeed incorrect, hasn't been updated in a long time and has now been fixed.
The Physiological Cleansing Gel does NOT contain mineral oil, the website WAS wrong, and as an aside: I am not in the habit of telling porkies. Just sayin'.

And some good news!

After I posted this picture...


..And asked if anyone knew what had happened to the brilliant Champneys Cleansing Balm - Champneys themselves left a comment on my Instagram stating that 'Our full range is currently being redeveloped and we hope the balm will continue to feature in our future skincare line.'

Let's all agree to take that as a 'Yes, we're bringing it back!'

*thumbs up all round*

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tints Launch and Giveaway

One for all of you eye-makeup obsessive, Giorgio Armani-loving readers out there. On the 25th of this month, Armani Beauty release a unique 12-part collection of fluid eye shadows. 


The Eye Tints are inspired by the Maestro Fusion Makeup and use a water/pigment suspension that disperses pearl particles in a beautiful intense liquid leaving a smooth, silky film with no stickiness.


Essentially, Eye Tints have the purity of a powder, the staying power of a stain and the feel of a cream. Win Win for everyone. 




Eye Tints are priced £26.50 and are available from www.armanibeauty.co.uk on 25th February.

However, one lucky reader will win all 12 Eye Tints presented in the beautiful box as shown in the video below before they even go on sale....

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Budget Week - Day 1 - and an extension...



So here's the thing. I fully understand that the word 'budget' is different for everyone. I do. What's budget to some, may be unattainable to others. What's 'affordable' to XX may be absolutely extortionate to YY.
I knew budget week would be popular, what I didn't expect is people arguing amongst themselves about what actually constitutes the word 'budget' across all forms of my social media. There is no need to argue! It's all good. There are plenty of products out there in all price brackets, and as the idea of a 'week' was so popular, I've decided to just extend it and include much more 'budget' (there goes that word again) finds across all of my channels forever more.

I'll still be a fussy cow, still expect great results no matter the price and include plenty of high-end gear as per usual, but expect to see more affordable/budget/bargain finds as the year goes on.

In the meantime, I thought it would be helpful to do some 'flash reviews' of the products I'm using on a daily basis (while I can keep it up!), otherwise my 'to review' pile will never subside and nothing will get done!

So....

Vichy Purite Thermale Eye Makeup Remover - £8.07 - this is good, but I had residue this morning - even after I thought I had gotten all of it off last night. Not as good as Clarins, Lancome or Tilbury.

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel - £12.00 - this did a surprisingly good job of removing my makeup and my skin didn't feel too tight afterwards. I wouldn't be able to use it every day, it would be far too drying long-term, but it should be fine if you are particular oily - or for summer's hot and sweaty months..

Pixi Glow Tonic - £18.00 - done and dusted, kippers and custard. (I.e. - reviewed and mentioned 400 times on this blog - search here)

Organic Surge Orange Flower Toner - £7.50 - light and refreshing, it's suited to an oilier skin than mine. Nice and fresh though..it's a second tone, not an acid one...

Organic Surge Hydrating Eye Cream - £18.00 - either I've got dog-eared dry eyes or this is again, more suited for 'normal' skins, even thought it is aimed at a dryer/more mature skin. Lovely cream - maybe for someone younger, but I need more oomph.

Nuxe Detox - £47.00 (clearly not budget) - I found this for £29 yesterday on a french to english website - and now it's disappeared. Sorry!
Aside from the price, this is a great nighttime product if your skin is dull or a little drained. It would probably be worth checking out if you suffer from continuous blemishes/hormonal lumps etc. It's available in M&S too, so you can more than likely find it in your high street in the UK.

I hope this reassures those of you on tight budgets that I am trying to cater to everyone, including you. And please don't argue amongst yourselves. After last week, I'm enjoying the calm. :)