Saturday, 9 July 2016

FAVE FIVES | Skincare | July 2016

Today's Fave Fives is Skincare. All information is below the video and below the link below for your ease.

See you tomorrow with acids!


J. CREW Save the Bees T-Shirt:

Swarovski Celestial Pierced Earrings:

Nails: OPI Let’s Be Friends Gel from Hello Kitty Collection:

Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light:

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Medium to Dark Tint (it’s not that dark, clearly):

Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation in Buff:

Chantecaille HD Perfecting Powder:

Bronzer across forehead (my glow, basically): New CID I-Glow in Coral Crush (I will literally be buried wearing this):

Used as Blush: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Antigua (the perfect pink for me):

Brows: Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil in 2:

Lips: Gwen Stefani for Urban Decay Lip Pencil in Firebird (lightly all over lip):
Pixi LipLift Max in Petal Ice (on top):


Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel:

Leahlani Skincare Champagne Serum: 
USA (ships outside USA) -

Vintner’s Daughter:

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture:

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules:
I was talking nonsense – these are available now –







Caroline Hirons c/o
Gleam Futures
6th Floor
60 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NU  (skincare queries cannot be answered at this address)

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  1. Wow! Back to it and you're on fire! Looking super and spouting wisdom! Have a super weekend with your family. Lovely to have you on YouTube again xxx

  2. hi Caroline have you heard of NIOD LOW VISCOSITY CLEANING ESTER? don't think I have seen you mention it. would you recommend it?

  3. So happy you're back! Woo hoo!!

    So excited about the ANR ampules. Do you know when they're out?

    Also, I have super sensitive rosacea skin, (I can only tolerate the Zelens pads once a week). Do you think the Dr Gross pads will be ok?

    Welcome back to YouTubeland!


  4. Hi Caroline, it's great to have you back! I missed your videos. I was wondering what specifically you liked about each product. What changes did you see as a result of using each product and how are they different? Thank you.

  5. Welcome Back , you look FAB!
    Been using Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel 3x week(4weeks),after extra strength peel love.
    Started using Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA, WOW, +Results!
    Vintner’s Daughter will give it a try now because of you.
    Thank you so much

  6. I want a CH facial. i'm seriously considering flying over. :)

  7. Welcome back!! You're looking fabulous! I always love your product review videos. ANR doesn't do a thing for me, although I do love the ANR for eyes. For some reason I always want to try something new and never like it as much as the ANR for eye. My local Nordstrom just got the ampoules in, so I'm looking forward to trying those. Going to seek out a sample of the Murad to try as well. Thank you.

  8. Two in one day! What a treat - welcome back

  9. How do you recommend incorporating the Dr. G Ferulic pads if you are a regular Alpha Beta peel user? Thanks and fab to see your vids up and running again.

  10. Loved it! Missed your skincare videos and posts. You are wonderful.

  11. Hi Caroline! I love you so much and everything you do is amazing! The new cult beauty box is a life changer. I would like to get your expertise on my problem. I'm 25 years now and have been experiencing a terrible breakout since last October. I have been regularly taking care of my skin, using benzoyl peroxide religiously but the scaring seems to be getting worse. Would you please recommend me a few products that would help me. I have never experienced such a bad breakout and I hate looking myself in the mirror! You have changed my skin regime and I love you.

    1. As someone who has had acne their entire life, I would recommend seeing your dermatologist. I use tretinoid (rentina) and it has changed my life.

  12. Hi! I want to buy my first serum and am SO lost. after tons of research... do you have a top recommendation for something that will keep my young skin healthy, add glow, and help overall? Not TOO expensive, as well.


  13. Can the peel pads be used when using retin-a? Or would that be overkill?
    You look mahvelous, darling...

  14. Missed you! Love you! Can never get enough of you!!! Thanks for being so generous with your wisdom, Caroline. YOU ROCK!!!!!

  15. I know you have lots to fit in but it is Lovely to see you back and you look great. How did you know i need a good every day moisturiser? Off I go to look at Murad.

  16. Based on this review, I went straight to Ulta and bought the Nip and Fab. I've been using Peter Thomas Roth peel pads and have loved them, but even so (and surprisingly so), I saw yet more improvement in my skin after only one use of the Nip and Fab. My only concern is with the packaging. The jar itself is clearly a lower quality container than that used by PTR. I suspect that perhaps it will not close tightly enough to keep the product from drying out. But, hey, at only 1/3 the price of the PTR pads, who can complain?

    Thanks for the ongoing categorized reviews. It will make it so easy in the future to find your recommendations on each category.

    1. I have never had a problem. I have four nip+fab jars currently on my table and they are all upside down. Some even contain homemade pads from toners that come in a bottle.

  17. AND FANNY'S YOUR AUNT!! Feel free to delete this if somebody else has shouted it at you previously :-)

  18. I know I've already commented and I know this comment is rather late in the game...I am hoping you can do a more in depth blog post about the Advanced Night Repair Ampoules. There isn't a whole lot of information about how to best use them or even how to use them on the U.S. Lauder website. The gal at my local counter was kind enough to give me an ampoule to try out, so at least I know there isn't anything in there that disagrees with my skin. She also said the jar is meant to last a year and that you only use it every four months for a certain number of days. Can't remember how many days it was, but basically a third of the jar. I'd love to read your thoughts on what you feel is the best way to use the ampoules to get the most benefit out of them. Thanks.

  19. I too am confused about how to use the ampoules. I would ideally like to use a few times a week on an ongoing basis rather than 2 weeks at a time every few months. The lady at the counter looked aghast at this suggestion and basically implied that would be dangerous! I don't believe that but would like to know the most effective usage regime. If anyone other than Caroline has a suggestion as well, that would be welcome!