Saturday, 27 August 2016

Instagram Update

Where does the time go? It's over a month since my last update and although it's been typically quiet in the beauty industry, I still have some lovely updates for those of you not on Insta. :)


I bought this from Amazon after seeing Trinny Woodall using it on her Facebook page. It's a slightly fancier version of the Body Shop roller.


This Jeunvie Balm was described as 'excellent, better than most I've used' by my eldest son, who has had severe eczema since he was born. He has tried everything on the market so that's a pretty solid claim. Outside of sunshine and salty sea water, this is one of the few things that seems to have genuinely helped.
Availabel from Jeunvie.co.uk


My current lifeline supplement-wise. Folate and Zinc from Solgar and Spatone to boost my iron levels. I'm a long-term anaemic and thus far, this is working better than Floradix and prescription folic acid. Thank you to those of you that recommended the changes.  


Alyson Walsh is the blogger behind the brilliant That's Not My Age - a site for over 40s who refuse to be told how to dress just because they (we) are not 20. Style Forever is a great read and available from Amazon.


Out next week are new additions to Estee Lauder's Re-Nutriv line, including Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Serum and Regenerating Youth Creme. Thus far: lush.


I found myself using these almost exclusively over the last few weeks. (The other lip products I used on holiday will be up later this week). Still available on Clarins.co.uk for £18.00.


Cornwall skincare was low-key:


I took Chanel's La Solution 10 but it was empty after three pumps. GGRR. Next time I'll check the weight before I pack!


Maria Tash opened in Liberty and I've already been in twice. Addictive.


Saw my Mrs at the Gleam Summer Party, where the young'uns partied all night in hot tubs (really) and we drank tea/hot chocolate in the corner talking about what we'd been watching on telly. Much more fun. :)




I bought this hardback of Estee Lauder's 1985 book, A Success Story from a third party on Amazon, and it turned up autographed!! Thrilled doesn't come close. I got it from this seller who still has some left. When I emailed them to ask if they had anymore with signatures inside, they offered me a full refund in case I was 'unhappy that it was inscribed'! No matey, I was very happy. 




So summer is coming to a close, I'm shopping for school uniforms and planning Christmas. Before you know it I'll be watching Elf and wrapping presents.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Happy Birthday Glossybox!


I cannot believe it's five years since Glossybox launched in the UK. There are now multiple monthly box subscriptions, but back in the day, Glossybox were the first out of the gate. Since they launched they've had some great limited editions, including collaborations with brands such as NARS.

To celebrate the 5 year aniversary, this month Glossybox have joined forces with Rae Feather, the 'monogram' brand. There are still some available, so if, like me, you have a monogram addiction, or your initials happen to be 'GB' and you are interested, you can sign up here: glossybox.co.uk/august

If you're interested in monogramming the bejesus out of things, more info on Rae Feather is here: www.raefeather.com





Thursday, 25 August 2016

Hall of Fame - Skincando - the products you didn't know you needed


Back in January when I was in LA, I went to meet May Lindstrom in her LA office. There was a pot of Combat-Ready Balm in the bathroom and I picked it up. Obviously. In my defence, it was out in the open, I don't go snooping in people's bathrooms. (No really I don't.)
May's team were very complimentary about the brand so I of course had to get some. (Another reason I love May, she and her team spread the love.)


After I Instagrammed the above photo, the founder of skincando, Sara Damelio, reached out to me and sent me a travel/gift pack.

To say I have been blown away is an understatement. I love this brand. I do not foresee a time when I will not have Combat-Ready Balm in my house. I've used it on my face (spots), my body, the kids, the husband, everywhere. The Mr. burnt a small patch of the back of his neck while we were away (his fault) and I applied this directly on it for a couple of days. It both soothed it and prevented it blistering. 

I've used the lip balms non-stop since I got my hands on them. I am obsessed. The Combat-Ready Lip Balm and the Brew Lip Balm are honestly brilliant.  


The Bug Repellant spray, while it does actually work to repel bugs, actually smells so nice that I randomly spray it in the house to wake me up. Think Caudalie Beauty Elixir for mosquitos. :) Unlike a lot of repellents, the spray is child, animal and earth-friendly. 

There are three different sections to the brand, Combat-Ready, Luxe and Kids. Sara also offers a vegan version of her Miracle Cream, knowing that not everyone wants to use beeswax. Each product is made by hand in small batches to keep it fresh.

There is a lovely back story to the Combat-Ready balm involving a soldier sending a letter asking for more of the 'magic balm' to soothe his skin in Iraq. This led to Sara starting Operation Sand Flea. A brilliant initiative where customers can shop online for the troops overseas and skincando will cover the shipping and donate extra products in each parcel. How great is that?





skincando is available from www.skincando.com and they ship worldwide for free. 

For a limited time, Sara will include one free Travel Miracle Cream per order over $50.00 exclusively for you lovely readers. 

More information on Operation Sand Flea is here: www.skincando.com/donations

Finding brands like this are my absolute favourite part of my job - the smaller start-ups get me the most excited. 
For the gorgeousness of the products, the affordability and the ethos of the brand, skincando, in its entirety, is going in the Hall Of Fame.




*Not sponsored in any way. No affiliate links.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

SPF: the post-holiday breakdown

After the recent City SPF video I had quite a few questions about what products I would use to actually sit on a beach/go on a sunny holiday, so just before we left for the airport, I fired off these pictures of our lineup.

A few notes on my experience/surroundings:
  • We went to Greece for one week. Me, the Mr, Ava and Max. Four people of varying sizes and skin gradings on the Fitzpatrick scale. I would say Jim is a 3, Max is between a 3 and 4, Ava is a 4 and although I would identify as a 4, I tan like a 5 due to my background.
For your reference
  • I reapplied at least every hour, on myself and Max. Ava took care of herself and reapplied more often as she was in water 90% of the time.
  • The temperature was between 26 and 30 degrees daily (85 fahrenheit approx)


Left to right:

Vichy Ideal Soleil SPF 50 (spray) - this was Ava's favourite by far for the body. It was empty by around Day 4. Very good. She's extremely sporty and wanted a spray for ease. I supervised the first few applications to make sure she wasn't cutting corners and after that she was fine. She didn't burn on her body and I would definitely repurchase/recommend.
Available from FeelUnique.com and Boots.com

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 30 - rather excruciatingly, this was Ava's favourite for face. In the spirit of fully disclosing, Sisley sent this to me for review, and although it is absolutely beautiful, I winced at the price tag. If you can afford it, it's lovely, if you can't, don't sweat it. (See what I did there?)
Absolutely no burn, no sting and great texture.

Available from Liberty and John Lewis

Clarins has been my choice of SPF for nearly 20 years. The smell of it alone reminds me of holidays and puts me in a good mood. I used the 50 spray on top of the 30 cream in some hard-to-reach areas and we all used the SPF50 (not pictured) for face for the first few days (we used it up) and then moved to the 30 around Day 4. The body products were similarly good, the spray being very handy for the kids and Jim and I both found it helpful for backs of legs, feet etc. The 50 spray was mainly used on Max, who had no complaints and did not burn at all.

Available from John Lewis and Nordstrom

Clinique make brilliant SPF products that are also fragrance-free. We had an issue with the packaging though. The lids on the larger body bottles kept popping open in transit. Luckily I am anal and pack SPF in ziplock bags so when we arrived to find one had opened and spilled out, it was just a case of cleaning the other bottles, not all our clothes. It did it again in our bags when we were out in the town, meaning we ended up only using it poolside because it couldn't be trusted.



Having said that, the SPF in the bottles is so good that I would still recommend. Jim would only use the 'little white one' on his face and we had three body, which all got used. Brilliant, brilliant SPF with packaging that you need to sellotape. :)

Available in the UK from Clinique.co.uk and then Clinique.com for other countries. The new mineral sunscreens that we used seem to be sold out in a lot of places - you may have to hunt around for them.


Hair-wise, I've used Phtyo Plage since I was first trained in it in SpaceNK twenty years ago. Some old habits die hard. :) I gave Ava the one on the left, I used the one for ultra dry hair. Sprayed on hair liberally, although I generally only reapplied once more during the day, usually after lunch.

Available from Sephora and lookfantastic.com

I found the next three in Greece. I've loved Hei Poa ever since I first found it in Paris years ago, but this was the first time I bought the SPF. I loved it. The smell, the texture, not too oily, absorbs nicely and is not extortionate. Available on Amazon so probably in most countries.

You can't talk about SPF without mentioning Lancaster. Lancaster has an almost iconic status in SPF land (certainly in Europe), but their distribution in the UK has never been organised very well and between pulling out of the country altogether years ago and then coming back far too quietly (I'd have been screaming it to the press), they have kind of slipped off the radar. Not in Europe however, every pharmacy in Paris carries pretty much the whole range and in super sizes (how rude).
The Dry Touch Gel SPF20 won 'Best Packaging' hands down on this trip. Soft touch tube, pump dispenser, no mess anywhere, and not runny. Excellent product, excellent packaging. The SPF15 Silky Milk Sublime Tan was used the last couple of days on holiday and although great as an SPF, it's incredibly runny and the opening at the top is too large for the texture of the formula, leading to a lot of (entertaining) incidents with Mr Hirons swearing and asking us if we needed anymore SPF as he had half the contents of his bottle in his hand. Great product, annoying packaging.

Available on Amazon


After Sun:
Mixed results and reactions with these. The Clarins Creams were more popular than the Gel, and the Clinique Rescue Balm was easiest the nicest one to use. Calming, soothing and hydrating. The Clarins Facial After Sun stung at the end of the day so we switched to La Roche Posay Toleraine which I had luckily thrown into the case at the last minute.
The Toleraine was pretty much the perfect after sun. Used in the evenings before bed, the skin was left hydrated and nourished with no spots the next day. Also obviously a brilliant moisturiser for dry skins...

Clarins After Suns are available from John Lewis and Nordstrom
La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra Nuit is available from Look Fantastic









*For those of you already asking - it all went in Max's suitcase. He's small, he only packs shorts and vests and even WITH the sun creams his case was 8kg. :))



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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

FAVE FIVES: BB/CC/SKIN TINTS WITH SPF | August 2016



Hi Everyone,

Last in this month’s series, hence me saying ‘end of July!’. Just back from hols so I’ll answer comments on all the previous videos first, then hopefully film again at some point next week.
Nails: OPI Alpine Snow Gels





Products mentioned: 

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream:



Dennis Gross Skincare Instant Radiance Sun Defence SPF 40:




Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme  CC Cream SPF10:


USA: Can’t find it – sorry!


Estee Lauder Enlighten EE Cream SPF30:




La Mer Reparative Skin Tint SPF30:




Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF35:




Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint SPF30:





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Monday, 22 August 2016

The Eve Appeal launch Bubbles & Bush - come see us!


To celebrate the launch of their new fundraising initiative, Bubbles & Bush, The Eve Appeal are hosting an exclusive event on the fabulous Benefit Good Ship this Friday 26th August, between 11am and 2pm.


I'm joining my favourite charity for beauty treatments (a complimentary brow wax and/or makeover) and a glass of bubbly. Well, I'll have tea. But 'tea and bush' doesn't really work does it? I'll be holding a skincare/beauty Q&A and generally mingling getting on their nerves throughout the event.


Tickets cost £30 and know that all the money from your ticket will help us to raise money for and awareness of gynaecological cancers.

Spaces are limited so book your ticket now and make sure you get on board. (See what I did there?)

Tickets available here: eveappeal.org.uk







*I am not receiving payment for this event.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Huda Beauty Liquid Mattes


I'm not even sure there will any left of these by the time I have posted this, but if you like a good lip product, and aren't keen on the super glossy look, these are worth checking out. I know it makes me a bad blogger to say that I wasn't overly aware of Huda Beauty until recently, but suffice to say she's huge - no really huge - in the beauty influencer/Instagram/blogging world.


The products launched in Harrods last Monday - a perfect place for such a massive Middle Eastern brand - especially at this time of year - and by all accounts are flying off the shelves. I love that each Liquid Matte has a corresponding pencil, something so simple yet so often overlooked by beauty brands.


Huda Beauty is available from Cult Beauty and Harrods.

Liquid Mattes are £18.00 and available here.

Lip Contours are £16.00 and available here.





Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Disappointing Products | August 2016



Hi Everyone,

A little change of direction for me. I’m not a huge fan of ‘disappointing’ videos, but these deserved a mention.
In the case of Goop, as I say in the video, it may work well for you if your skin is appropriate for it.





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FAQs from the Fave Fives


If you're a regular reader you will know that I am currently stopping my kids from killing each other daily on a really peaceful holiday in Greece and so haven't responded to the insane amount of questions/comments under the recent batch of 'Fave Fives' videos. There were, however, a few questions that were repeated so often that I thought I'd address the all together in one place, killing two birds with one stone. (Actually that's a really horrible saying. Leave the birds alone.)

When do I apply my SPF? First or last?
Always last. SPF is your coat. It goes on top of moisturiser and under makeup.

When do I apply my retinol/vitamin A? 
First thing after cleansing on a dry face, unless otherwise specified. 95% of vitamin A products, and all prescription strength ones, go onto dry skin after cleansing. There are newer formulations, such as the Zelens one in the picture above, but that is covered in the video.

Can I use acids before my retinols?
There is no flat answer to this. You can, but it will be on a case-by-case basis. I mention in the video that I wouldn't use P50 with Ketrel cream, but I would use P50 with Luna/Zelens/Pestle & Mortar etc, so you'll have to use your common sense. If your face is burning, STOP!

Can/Should I use moisturiser after retinols?
Yes. Unless specifically stated otherwise. I always do. And I don't leave a huge amount of time before I do so. Life is too short to set an alarm to put face cream on.

Can I use my holiday SPF as a City SPF?
Of course you can. But bear in mind that they will be thicker, feel more 'present' on the skin and therefore perhaps not as good under makeup. City SPFs are finer in texture and are normally really pleasant to use.



And a final word to those of you from other parts of the world asking me to talk specifically about products from your country. If I can't see it, buy it, and play with it, it's not on my radar. Sorry. Start a blog from your country - there's clearly a need! :)





Sunday, 14 August 2016

Fave Fives: City SPFs - August 2016






Hi Everyone!

Some city SPFs for you. All my previous SPF videos/blog posts are here:

SPF with Dr Marko Lens Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIxMaRj9z6U

SPF with Dr Marko Lens Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEhRhDt1Pco

SPF Cheat Sheet: http://www.carolinehirons.com/2015/07/spf-cheat-sheet.html

All my SPF posts: http://www.carolinehirons.com/search/label/SPF

Products Discussed:

ZELENS DAILY DEFENCE:
SPF30, no tint.
£55.00/$85.00

UK: http://bit.ly/2beT5lo

USA: http://bit.ly/2be7k8W


RADICAL SKIN PERFECTING SCREEN:
SPF30, tinted.
£38.00/$55.00

UK: http://bit.ly/2beTuEG

USA: http://bit.ly/2aQ5qHN


CLARINS UV PLUS :
SPF50, no tint.
£32.00/$42.00

UK: http://bit.ly/2bpJPaA

USA: http://bit.ly/2aSSeEU (closest to it - SPF rules are different in the US)


CLINIQUE CITY BLOCK SHEER:
SPF25
£18.00/$24.50

UK: http://bit.ly/2beTR21

USA: http://bit.ly/2bpJViA


CLINIQUE SUPER CITY BLOCK:
SPF 40
£18.00/$24.50

UK: http://bit.ly/2bfDduY

USA: http://bit.ly/2bpK9WI


CHANEL UV ESSENTIEL SPF 30:
No tint.
£42.00/$55.00

UK: http://bit.ly/2aSUgou

USA: http://bit.ly/2be9aqa


CHANEL UV ESSENTIEL SPF 50:
No tint.
£42.00/$55.00

UK: http://bit.ly/2bpKVmQ

USA: http://bit.ly/2bsjHjy


LA ROCHE POSAY ANTHELIOS:
SPF30, no tint, although tinted versions are available.
£16.50

Worldwide: http://bit.ly/2bpKZCN


SKINCEUTICALS MINERAL DEFENCE
SPF50, tinted.
£39.00/$34.00

UK: http://bit.ly/2bpL5KJ

USA: http://bit.ly/2bpMn8I  (different in USA)


ARMANI MAESTRO UV SPF50:
No tint.
£40.00/$64.00

UK: http://bit.ly/2beVxbu

USA: http://bit.ly/2beURDb


KATE SOMERVILLE DAILY DEFLECTOR SPF50
No tint.
$48.00

UK: http://bit.ly/2bpLMUm

USA: http://bit.ly/2beVigW



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Friday, 12 August 2016

70 Million Page Views


Somewhere in the last 24 hours my blog hit 70 million page views. Over 4 million of you have read an awful lot of pages in the last six years. 
I know it's small fry for some, but I'm can't tell you how thrilled I am. No advertising, no 'bought' followers/views, just 6+ years of hard graft and a chuffingly brilliant audience. That would be you. 

THANKS CHAPS.



Me and the blog wife celebrating with a brew last night. :)


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Fave Fives: Retinols (Vitamin A)


Hi Everyone! 
A much-requested start to the retinol discussion.  I’ll try and answer as many comments as possible but am about to go away for a week so please bear with. ☺
Before you start using retinols make sure you have a good SPF (I mean you should do that anyway, but especially when using retinols and even more so in summer!)

Products Discussed:
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3%:

Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift:
All territories:

Kate Somerville Retasphere Micro Peel:
All territories:

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil:

Pestle & Mortar Superstar:
All territories: http://bit.ly/2b86DLl

Zelens Treatment Drops Vitamin A:
All territories:

Ketrel Cream on Prescription only.


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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Where the hell have you been? Part 453


Guys I took my computer to Cornwall last week with the full intention of editing and uploading the videos in the current Fave Fives set, only to find we had zero-to-mild signal and that uploading was never going to happen. I know I owe you the videos and thanks for the daily (hourly) reminders about them. I'm not being evasive, I'm just enjoying summer with the kids (I'm still 'working' working obvs) and although the rush to blog is still filling my head and planning/notebooks - it's just taken a little seat while I hang out with the fam. I'm going as quick as I can. I promise.



It's just that this dude and his siblings are a lovely distraction. I'm here. The videos are coming. Promise. Just let me enjoy all the cheek-biting that I can while he still tolerates it. ;)

Please hold caller.

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask


OK I know you've seen this picture a hundred times but I'm busy and it serves a purpose. Bear with.

What is it?
A clay mask or in the brand's words:

'This supercharged Goddess Skin Clay Mask is based on an ancient Mediterranean beauty recipe, which combines gentle yet nutrient-rich Spanish clay with Sweet Almond Oil, prized for its nourishing properties.'

Who is it for?
Everyone, but especially lovers of luxurious clay masks.

What’s in it?
Aqua (water), Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Nicotiana Sylvestris Leaf Cell Culture, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, PEG-8, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Parfum (fragrance), Hexy Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Eugenol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

*all listed on CharlotteTilbury.com - thank you!

What's not in it?
parabens, mineral oil, shea butter

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
fragrance

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
A bit of both. But CT makes no 'green' claims (thank God).

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/No


How does it smell?
Nice, light, subtle - a little floral but not overpowering (to me).

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
Feels like a soft cream moisturiser, doesn't really absorb, but then that's the idea. :)

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Whenever you feel the need. I don't tend to clay more than once a week but that's because I don't have the energy.

How long before you should see results?
Immediately. When you've used a clay mask your skin should feel fairly smooth, pores should appear more under control and the kin should look a little matte, but not feel dry.

How long did I test it for?
I've had this since it came out and used it probably 5/6 times?

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
£45.00 for 75ml. How long it lasts is obviously entirely up to you and how heavy-handed you are. I would expect it to last me over six months, easy.

What’s good about it?
Although it's a complete contradiction in terms of ingredients, they work. Using clay in a glycerin and oil base may seem odd, but I really like this mask. It's extremely comfortable on the skin, and very gentle. Applies beautifully, absorbs to just the right level (the titanium dioxide helps prevent it going deeper), and feels really good. Afterwards my skin is super-soft, my pores look aligned (if that's a suitable word for pores?), and it may just be in my head, but I swear my skin is more even-toned. If you have an oilier skin than I do, you could happily use this a few times a week without it causing further issues. Would reach for this on any day, whether it's a proper full-on Sunday Facial, as in the picture above, or a 'My skin looks like pants, what can I quickly grab?' day.
A good egg.

What’s not so good about it?
Product-wise, it contains fragrance, so avoid if that is an issue for you. The only real problem is with the claims on the product, rather than the product itself. The great thing about Charlotte is the energy and enthusiasm she has for her work and her brand. She is absolutely one of the most inspiring people I have ever met, both inside the industry and out, but sometimes the product claims are a little 'out there'. 
There is no way a clay mask would 'dramatically lift' the skin, without a surgeon and stitches to help it along. It won't 'tighten' pores either - at least not long-term. Clay absolutely absorbs excess sebum (and water) when you use it, leaving the skin looking like your pores have seen the benefit, like I said in the previous section, but it's vital to remember it's a quick fix, not a miracle.
Charlotte Tilbury is a luxury brand so this is an expensive clay product - I have always said that if you are on a tight budget then clay masks are where you absolutely cut costs, but I know there are a lot of you out there that just genuinely love spending your hard-earned cash on skincare *looks in the mirror sheepishly* so this is probably more for you. Like I said, if money is tight, skip this, get a Cattier mask (if you can...) and spend your money on a good serum.

Works well with?
This is actually really good with acid toners. Try it sandwiched between them for lovely, supersoft skin.

What’s the website like?
I love Charlotte's website - and one of my favourite things about it is the video content demo'ing the products. Except this one. It's awkward, with no Charlotte and just a pair of hands applying it to a model from off-camera. Would be lovely to see CT applying it on herself.

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes I would.

Similar products?
Lots - all the ones mentioned here for starters.



Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask is £45.00 for 75ml and available from:


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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Bobbi Brown Instant Detox and Skin Nourish Face Masks


Earlier this year Bobbi Brown launched additional face masks to their range, which already offers one of the better selections of skincare from what is essentially a makeup brand. The two don't always co-exist nicely, but in this case, there are numerous products in the Bobbi skincare that I use frequently, and hold their own when up against 'skincare' brands. 

The Instant Detox and Skin Nourish masks are the ones that I gravitated towards, giving the perfect book-ends to a Sunday Facial.

Instant Detox is in a base of amazonian white clay, and suitable for most skins. If you were particularly sensitive I would avoid the cheeks and patch test. I found it to be perfectly comfortable and not tight or drying.

The Skin Nourish mask is lovely. It's an obvious last step if you're doing my Sunday Facial/multi-step facial as it's the moisturising element that you can leave on or even sleep in. This is great if you're perpetually dry/dehydrated or just dull and lifeless. Hydration is the quickest fix for those skins. 

Both of these reviews would have gone into more detail had it been possible to source the ingredients online, but where Bobbi Brown shows that it is truly a makeup brand, is in their complete lack of ingredients and transparency when it comes to the information they provide when talking about their skincare. 

Nowhere online, including my usual trustworthy Sephora, lists the ingredients of these products. Not one list, anywhere.

I would go on about it, but I feel like we've been here so many times before, that if the brands don't care, and the retailers don't care, then why do I keep going to the trouble of tracking them down myself? I have used the phrase 'list your ingredients' in 78 posts on this blog.

Brands: It shouldn't be left to bloggers and Beautypedia to type out your ingredients for your customers. 

#listyouringredients 


Bobbi Brown's masks are £33.00 and available from JohnLewis/Selfridges and BobbiBrown.co.uk - they're lovely to use - just don't ask me what's in them.



*For the record, Charlotte Tilbury lists the ingredients of the Goddess Skin Clay Mask (also in the picture) in full on her website and will get a full review this week on the blog.