Monday, 31 October 2016

Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser


Describe the brand in three words.
Affordable. Drugstore/Chemist. Simple.

What type of cleanser is it?
A cream cleanser - but it's more of a soap-style texture.

Who is it for?
It's aimed at oilier skins, but I'm dryer and dehydrated and love it.

What’s in it?
Water, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Methyl Gluceth-20, Salicylic Acid, Steareth- 21, Gelatin, Steareth- 2, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Menthol, Polysorbate 60, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance

What's not in it?
mineral oil – it’s entirely oil-free, parabens, SLS

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
menthol, fragrance

Suitable for pregnancy?
Yes (the salicylic is not drug level)

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man made

Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that require testing?
Possibly, but doubtful, there would be no need/No/Yes

How does it smell?
It smells like soap - deliciously so.

How do you use it?
I apply to dry skin, wet my hands and massage it in. Less is more. Add more water rather than product to build it up.

Best for winter or summer?
Great for summer, but I would use this in the mornings in winter.

First cleanse/second cleanse or AM cleanse?
AM cleanse for me.

Can it be taken around the eyes?
I only go as far as the orbital bone, not actually over the lashes. The menthol would sting.

Does it remove waterproof eye makeup?
No

How long was it tested for?
I've had it for a month and used it sporadically throughout that time.

What’s good about it?
I should absolutely hate this cleanser. But like carbs, even knowing that it’s not the best for me, I love it.
It feels almost like a creamy soap, it has menthol in it, I mean it’s so far from a glowing example of cleansing product.
However: the formulators have somehow made it soft, smooth, gentle and non-drying. The menthol is refreshing rather than burning, and although completely unnecessary in a cleansing product, it honestly enhances this one for me. Can’t actually believe I’m saying all this, but there we are. I find myself reaching for it over much more ‘clean’, expensive cleansers in the mornings.
It doesn't dry out my skin and if anything my skin feels softer after cleansing. I would assume that this is down to the salicylic acid, but I sense that the amount of salicylic in this is minimal, because otherwise, being from the US, it would have to be listed as an 'Active' ingredient with a drug labelling.
I don't know what to tell you. I'm as surprised as you are.


What’s not so good about it?
If used twice daily, or even daily, it could possibly become drying. But used in the mornings a few times a week, you should be fine.
Don't be led by my strange love for it, if you have a problem with fragrance or menthol, obviously steer well clear.

How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
$5.99 for 70z/200ml. A ridiculous bargain.

Do you need it?
Yes, if you want a quick, easy, cleanser that is beyond affordable.

Would I repurchase?
Yep

What’s the website like?
Great, lots of info and it includes the ingredients: www.neutrogena.com

How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
In the US, it’s everywhere. Target, WalMart, Duane Reade, CVS etc. In the UK, it's not so freely available in chemists and supermarkets. Sort it out Neutrogena please.

Similar products?
For the price range, it would be the CeraVe, Neutrogena (other products) and chemist cleansers along the lines of La Roche Posay, Avene etc, but I have yet to find anything similar in texture and results for the price.


Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser is available from the following stockists at varying prices:

£2.84 (!!) + shipping - Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk/Neutrogena
$6.99 - Ulta.com





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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Five quick things to change with the season - Autumn/Winter


I've already written a Cheat Sheet about 'Winter Skin', but as we're not quite there yet, here are a few key things to consider changing in your skincare routine when you change your coat from a rain mac to something wooly!

  1. Cleansing
    If you worship at the altar of wipes and foaming cleansers, you might find your skin slightly more unforgiving in a colder climate. Switch to milks, creams and balms and you'll feel a difference in your skin immediately.
  2. Toners
    Keep up with the acids. Now is not the time to slow down. Acids are crucial for keeping your skin exfoliated and fresh, ready to accept anything that follows them. Treat yourself to a new one, keep the skin challenged in a safe, non-aggressive way. If you can afford it, absolutely use more than one.
  3. Facial Oils
    If you don't already use one, now is the time to consider investing. If you've already boarded the facial oil train, try two drops under your moisturiser in the mornings to keep your skin protected throughout the day. Skin shouldn't feel greasy when you do this, if it does, you're using too much product.
  4. Change your routine times
    Take advantage of the darker nights and perhaps getting home earlier and do your routine as soon as you get in from work/school run/college. Full cleanse, acid, serum/oil application. Go about your business, check your skin hourly until you go to bed, and reapply if you feel like your skin is still absorbing. The skin has done most of its repairing work by 11pm, so don't leave it until 10.30 when you're going to bed, give it as much time as possible.
  5. Upgrade your spritzes/essences - and use them liberally.
    This is no time to be using spray water - like Evian in a can. You'll be dehydrated already - most of us are in cold climates, and that will just make it worse. Use spritzes or essences that contain other ingredients, like minerals and oils, such as Josh Rosebrook, May Lindstrom and Melvita. They work as an extra layer of hydration and hold everything that follows in place, including individual serums and oils.

And face wipe fiends: if all else fails, cleanse with a balm, remove with a flannel, acid and oil. That is your bare minimum, not a wipe.







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The views expressed on this site are the author's own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

Pestle & Mortar Giveaway Winners


The winners of the P&M Superstar Retinol Night Oil are:

  • Jayne Shipley - UK
  • Insa Vanessa - Germany
  • Kate Lowry - UK
Congratulations!

Thank you Pestle & Mortar.





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The views expressed on this site are the author's own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Bioderma Hydrabio Gel/Creme and Creme


I'm grouping these two together as it is simply a case of picking which texture or description you prefer.

Describe the brand in three words.
French. Pharmacy. Affordable. 

What are they?
'The patented biological complex Aquagenium™ generates intense hydration, immediately and lastingly.'
Moisturisers

Who are they for?
Across both moisturisers, all skin types.

What’s in them?

Gel: 
AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, ISODODECANE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, NIACINAMIDE, SQUALANE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, AMMONIUM CRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, C30-45 ALKYL CETEARYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CARBOMER, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, STEARETH-21, DISODIUM EDTA, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, HEXYLDECANOL, PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE, RHAMNOSE, MALACHITE EXTRACT, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) SEED EXTRACT, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, TOCOPHEROL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)


Creme: 
AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCERIN, ISODODECANE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, DIMETHICONE, PROPANEDIOL, XYLITOL, CETYL PALMITATE, HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, NIACINAMIDE, TRIDECYL TRIMELLITATE, ARACHIDYL ALCOHOL, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIBEHENIN, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ARACHIDYL GLUCOSIDE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, GLYCERYL BEHENATE, DISODIUM EDTA, SQUALANE, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, MANNITOL, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HEXYLDECANOL, TOCOPHEROL, POLYSORBATE 60, RHAMNOSE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) SEED EXTRACT, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM)

What's not in them?
mineral oil
parabens

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
silicones, fragrance

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man made

Tested on animals/sold in territories that require testing?
No/Yes

How do they smell?
Extremely faintly. The scent is light and dissipates very quickly.

How do they feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
They feel great and absorb very nicely, but you don't feel a lot of residue on the surface of the skin. If you're someone who like to 'feel' your product, they may not be enough for you.

How do you use them?/Where to use in your routine?
They're both moisturisers, so obviously after your serums etc.

Can they be taken around the eyes?
Yes

How long before you should see results?
You'll feel immediate hydration and the skin will plump.

How long did I test them for?
I've had them since they launched and tested them for a few weeks.

How much are they? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
A bargainous £14.50 for 40ml (tube) and 50ml (pot) although it's currently on offer for under £10.00. Read on.

What’s good about them?
I've found these moisturisers to be really good, especially at the price point. I like a beautiful, expensive moisturiser as much as the next skincare junkie, but as I've stated numerous times in the past, if you want to keep your budget in check, spend on your serums/serum-oils, and save on your moisturiser.
The gel is extremely light, does not sit on the skin and absorbs almost immediately, perfect for those of you with an oilier skin. Also great as a makeup base/primer. 
The cream is slightly heavier, but not greasy or sticky in the slightest.
Both creams are designed to give radiance and lift dullness, although in fairness, you would expect that from any moisturiser, that's kind of the point of them no?
They both contain niacinamide, which is great, but the pot also contains sodium hyaluronate so if you're dehydrated maybe opt for that one. 
Having said all of that, I would recommend checking these out if you are struggling to find a moisturiser as the seasons change. (More of which tomorrow) 
If you are really dry, I would go for the cream in the pot. 
If you're excessively oily, obviously the tube. 
If you're somewhere in the middle, aim for both a texture preference, and look at what you use under it.
If you don't like serums/oils, I'd go for the pot and the extra protection.
If you have combination skin and like a good serum or oil, go for the tube. 
If you get dry in the colder months, it's the pot. The tube will be too light.

What’s not so good about them?
You may find some 'rolling' if you use these with other heavily silicone-based products. If you experience rolling, use less product. Of either the serum or the creams...
Used lightly, as all moisturisers need to be, you should be fine.

Works well with?
They've worked particularly well for me when used over oils during the day.

What’s the website like?
Good. Full of information and they list the ingredients. YAY! www.bioderma.com

How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
In the EU and the UK, it's widely available. For all other countries, including the USA, search here: www.bioderma.com/choose-country

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Yes. The tub for me, the tube for Ava and her brothers.

Similar products?
Not really, CeraVe, Cetaphil and such like would come under this umbrella for the price point, but not really on the efficacious scale.


Bioderma Hydrabio Gel/Creme and Creme are normally priced £14.50 but are currently £9.66 on Escentual.com








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Friday, 28 October 2016

Christian Dior 2-in-1 Prime and Colour Correct


One of the more annoying things about getting older (cough) is the necessity of dealing with skin discolouration as part of your daily makeup routine. Dullness, redness, dark circles, dark spots, the list is seemingly never-ending and seems to get longer as the years pass.
However: fear not dear reader, this is not a 'woe is me' post. At least there is something we can easily do about it. Christian Dior are the latest to offer an updated version of colour-correcting with the Fix It Colour: the Prime and Colour Correct stick brings some sophistication to what is essentially old school makeup artist/filming/backstage tricks.

Used specifically around the eye and lip contours, the centre of the bullet (imprinted with the CD logo) is a soft-focus powder to give an even, perfected skin surface and fill in wrinkles like a wrinkle-busting primer.
Around the central core, a green, yellow, apricot or blue shade targets and neutralises colour imperfections.

100 Blue: anti-dullness action
The lilac-blue colour is great on yellow-toned Caucasian skins and Asian skins. It evens out tired complexions for extra glow. Dabbed on the light-catching areas – the forehead and the tips of the cheeks – it gives them a rested look.
200 Apricot: perfect for matte or tanned complexions
Designed to even out dark skins, it tones down greyness, diminishes dark spots and corrects areas of hyper pigmentation and dark circles that tend to affect an olive skin.
300 Yellow: corrects dark spots and circles
On light skins this erases violet-tinted shadows, from blood vessels to circles under the eyes. It neutralises lips with a blue hue, bringing out the real colour of the lipstick.
400 Green: the anti-redness tool
Especially good for light complexions and rosy skins, used lightly it fades blood vessels and flushed areas. (i.e. hot flush klaxon)




The Christian Dior 2-in-1 Prime and Colour Correct is £23.00 and available from Boots.com 





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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Chanel Newness and Collection Libre: Synthetic de Chanel


More makeup lushness. Now I could wax lyrical about Lucia Pica's inspirations and stylings, or we could cut to the chase and talk about how gorgeous this new collection is. What you need to know: unsurprisingly, it's Limited Edition and out on 4th November for the Christmas gifting season. I would move quickly because these are insanely lovely colours to use and I'm sure will prove very popular.


There are three Le Vernis colours, all of them Limited Edition at £18.00. In particular, the Velvet on the left is a matte, rubber-effect polish that I'm sure will sell out immediately. 
All available from Chanel.com and instores on 4th November.


Launching tomorrow on counters nationwide is No 5, The Body Oil. Fans of the fragrance will no doubt find the extra layering of the perfume desirable, and as this is a semi-dry oil, it will also be a little more nourishing than a normal 'dry' oil. 
I always expect Chanel to really go for it during the gifting season as they could clean up, suffice to say it seems they are continuing to show the great restraint seen in recent years. I remember in the not too distant past when November would mean the Chanel counters being loaded up with soaps, powder puff talcs (remember those!?) and the like. Alas, no more. Best grab this while you can then.. It's £62.00, available from Selfridges and Nordstrom tomorrow.



These have been on counter for a couple of weeks and the Rouge Allure Ink collection continues the Lucia Pica red obsession in the best way. 
These 8 shades are labelled as 'mattes', but they are mattes for people (like myself) that can't wear a true matte because frankly, our lips are a bit older and not oily enough. These are velvety soft and do not make your lips look dry, in part due to the jojoba oil base. 



The Rouge Allure Ink collection is on counters now and are £26.00 each - available from FeelUnique.com and John Lewis.







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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnets


I have some quick flashes of proper makeup porn coming for you this week. First out of the gate is Armani and the Lip Magnet Collection.

I thought it was a twist on the packaging - which is, as always, the best in the business. Sorry everyone else, but it is. Alas no, Lip Magnets are the new matte liquid lipsticks that bind with the lips like a magnet. Ahhh. Got it.

The new lip lusciousness is inspired by two of Giorgio Armani Beauty’s most iconic products: the ultra-thin film of Maestro Fusion Makeup and the intensity of Lip Maestro velvet lip colour. These are extremely finely textured and pretty much weightless. They're non-sticky and feel like you're wearing nothing. Available in 18 shades, they're pretty close to the perfect 'matte', non-drying, colour.


They last up to 8 hours, but are four times thinner than a liquid lip colour. FOUR times thinner. You apply one coat, wait for it to evaporate and intensify, and then reapply if necessary to seal the deal.

Splendiferous.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Magnets are £27.00 and available here: Selfridges/Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets and via Armani online here: www.armanibeauty.co.uk/lip-magnet






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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Indie Lee CoQ10 Toner


Describe the brand in five words.
Independent. Colour. Fresh. Clean. Young.

What is it?
'An alcohol free, skin-balancing toner formulated with the powerful antioxidant CoQ-10. The hydrating and refreshing mixture helps close pores and balance the skin's pH level using Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid. '

This is a traditional 'toner'. 

Who is it for?
Everyone, especially 'normal to dry' skin types.

What’s in it?
Purified water (aqua), Aloe Barbadensis, Coenzyme Q10, Hyaluronic Acid, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Salvia Officinalis (Sage), Carica Papaya Leaf Extract, Cucums Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol and Ethylhexylglycerin (both derived from natural sources)

What's not in it?
alcohol, acids, parabens etc
Indie Lee's entire ethos is based around 'clean' ingredients, more info here: indielee.com/ingredients-to-avoid

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Citrus potentially, but it's unlikely unless you know you have an allergy.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
A mixture. Natural is the safest word to use.

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

How does it smell?
Clean and fresh.

How does it feel on the skin?/Absorption rate?
Like silk but without the silicone after-feel. Skin is softer after applying.

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
After cleansing or after acids.
I tend to use it in the mornings if I don't fancy acids, and in the evenings after acids as a second tone - although by definition, this could just as easily be called '1st stage of layering'.

How long before you should see results?
You'll feel a difference immediately, skin will feel much softer and smoother after a couple of uses.

How long did I test it for?
I've had it for a few months.

How much is it? /Size
£29.95/$32.00 for 4ozs/113 mls.



What’s good about it?
This is a good, solid, treatment lotion used at the traditional 'toner' stage, although to dismiss it simply as a toner would be a mistake. Toners these days are much more likely to be essences or lotions, used as the first stages of rehydration and treatment, as opposed to 'remove traces of cleanser'. As I've said numerous times, if you're cleansing properly, that isn't necessary.
This feels like food on the skin, containing aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and CoQ10 as an antioxidant, which in this case, would benefit the skin as it is left on, not removed. Camomile, sage and cucumber keep it soothing and calming. I love using this after something strong like P50 or Dennis Gross Extra-Strength Pads.
Perfect for those of you that cannot/do not want to use acids at all, and want something 'wet' for your serums/moisturisers to adhere to.

What’s not so good about it?
Nothing. I love it.

Works well with?
Anything after this will feel like it's working better on your skin, whether that's Indie' other products or your own serums that you already own.

What’s the website like?
Great. Good information, clear visuals, represents the brand well. Full ingredients listed.

How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
Available in the UK via online retailers below. Needs bricks and mortar to really fly. Available from Anthropologie and Saks in the US, along with lots of independent retailers.

Would I purchase/repurchase?
Absolutely.

Similar products*?
Darphin Intral Toner
BioEssence Hydra Tri-Action 
Su-Man Rehydrating Toning Essence
Emma Hardie Plump & Glow Hydrating Mist

*none of these are exactly the same, but they're nice non-acid toners.


Indie Lee CoQ10 is £29.95/$32.00 and available from abeautifulworld.co.uk and indielee.com






*This post contains some affiliate links. If you are happy to click on them and support the blog, thank you very much. If you would rather not, just google the product. It's all good. See my full disclaimer here: http://bit.ly/1rpEmSq The views expressed on this site are the author's own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Bookish Monday


The one thing I buy as much, if not more than skincare, is books and music. Yes, I still buy CDs, the old-fashioned way. 
Book-wise, I'm a sucker for a beautiful, good, solid hardback and there have been an abundance of them released in the last month.



First up is Bloom by the lovely Estee Lalonde aka Essie Button-of-old to those of us in the blogging world. Bloom is a journey through Estee's life so far and is done really beautifully, almost like an extra long blog post with fabulous photographs. A joy. Available from: waterstones.com/book/bloom 
Estee's site can be found here: www.esteelalonde.com


I remember shopping for Lime, Basil and Mandarin shower gel in Jo Malone's first store in Walton Street in London. Since then she's sold the business to Estee Lauder, survived breast cancer and opened Jo Loves, while being a wife and mum along the way. This is the story of her journey. Available from Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/Jo-Malone-My-Story More info on Jo can be found here: www.joloves.com


Sali's second book looks at iconic beauty products through the decades and is a cross between a fun encyclopedia and a trip down memory lane. LouLou fragrance anyone? 


A breeze to read, it's an excellent reference book and a perfect Christmas present for the beauty lover in your life. Available here: waterstones.com/pretty-iconic More info on Sali here: salihughesbeauty.com


Finishing up with The Coveteur. I am fairly new to this site, but I am completely addicted. If you like nosying into people's wardrobes/dressing rooms/general living spaces, be warned, you'll be here for hours. The book is beautiful. Big, hefty, bright and chock full of exquisite photography.
Available from Waterstones: waterstones.com/the-coveteur and the website is here: Be warned - make a brew before you start. coveteur.com/closet



As an aside: every time I googled these books, Amazon came up first. Can we please support traditional booksellers? The absolute joy of meandering for hours in a bookshop cannot be matched by having something delivered to your house with lightbulbs and phone chargers via Prime delivery.

To that end, here are some of the best:

www.dauntbooks.co.uk

www.johnsandoe.com

www.ica.org.uk

www.assouline.com/boutiques

www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk

www.clairederouenbooks.com

www.sotherans.co.uk



*This post contains no affiliate links. See my full disclaimer here: http://bit.ly/1rpEmSq The views expressed on this site are the author's own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Studio 10 Giveaway Winner


The winner of the Studio 10 Giveaway is Caroline Carrigan. Thanks to Studio 10 and congratulations Caroline!

Also: good name ;)




Incoming, Upcoming, and Outgoing


Outgoing: my beloved Fig Clarins Hand Cream, sadly only available in a small size as a Limited Edition in a three pack with other flavours. Please, please, please, Clarins, make this in full size. I'm begging. And not above bribery. Help a girl out.

Advent madness:

'It's the most wonderful time of the year.......'

Well, almost. (Let's get through Halloween first eh?)

 First up - Liberty's mammoth Beauty Advent Calendar. This is £165.00, but the contents are properly hefty.



I don't always list the contents of these calendars but if you're shelling out that much, you want to know what you're getting for your money...

Hidden behind the doors is the following..

Aveda Hand Relief, 40ml
Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer, 30ml
Votary Facial Oil, 30ml (full size)
Davines Oi All in One Milk, 50ml (full size)
Kiehl’s Amino Acid Shampoo, 30ml
Byredo Bal d’Afrique Hand Cream, 30ml (full size)
Le Labo Santal 33 or The Noir 29, 15ml (full size)
NARS Mini Laguna Bronzer or Mini Babydoll Lip Gloss
Marvis Toothpaste, 2 x 10ml
Surratt Blush (full size)
Diptyque Mini Candle, 70g (full size)
ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy, 30ml
JINsoon Coquette Nail Varnish (full size)
Dr Sebagh Serum Repair, 20ml (full size)
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink (full size)
Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm with Cloth, 20ml
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, 13g
Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturiser, 30ml
C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve in a Tube (full size)
Trish McEvoy Lip Colour in Pink Nude (full size)
Skin Laundry Gentle Foaming Face Wash, 50ml
Blink Brow Night Balm (full size)
Eve Lom Cleanser and Cloth, 30ml
Kai Body Lotion, 60ml
ODeJo Fragrance, 50ml (full size) 



Next up is M&S. When you spend £35 or over in beauty, clothing or home, this is available for £35.00. Available on 10th November. Get it while you can, they go ridiculously quickly. Here's your link if you want to save it for the 10th. www.marksandspencer.com/beauty-advent-calendar



Back to Clarins: Ok I don't know what is in this, and I'm actually hiding this one from the teenager and keeping it for myself. The list is available online but I'm avoiding it. What I do know is that it is extremely limited and £95.00. Again, it sold out insanely quickly last year. Available now from Clarins.com.





Ciate Mini Mani Month is available now from ASOS at £50.00 and contains polishes, files and base and top coats. asos.com


And rounding up the new with a nod to the established. Bobbi Brown is 25 years old this year and there are numerous limited products released to celebrate, including this gorgeous 40-pan Dare to Shine Palette available now at £145.00. At the moment it's showing as sold out on Selfridges.com - but keep an eye. It's gone from Bobbibrown.com. Sorry.






Thank you so much to everyone that came to Stylist Live last week - it was so lovely to meet you all.


This week Amanda and I are off to Liverpool and Manchester with Pixi and Marks & Spencer.

I literally cannot wait to go home to the Red land and hope to meet loads of you there.



One of my lovely readers Ashleigh has an Etsy store and sells unique cutout cards - she gifted me this in Newcastle. How spectacular is that?? You can find Ashleigh's shop here: www.etsy.com/PerfectlyPapercuts
Thanks Ashleigh - it's going in a frame in my office next to my qualifications, where it belongs. ;)

Further info if you're coming along this week:

Liverpool
Marks & Spencer
35 Church Street
Liverpool, L1 1DF
Thursday, October 27th 2016
12PM – 4PM - with 2 Q&As at 12pm and 2pm.


Manchester
Marks & Spencer
7 Market Street
Manchester, M1 1WT
Friday, October 28th 2016
12PM – 4PM with 2 Q&As at 12pm and 2pm.


And finally a couple of personal ones if you don't mind indulging me...


Please follow the lovely Lauren via @girlstolelondon as she starts her treatment for breast cancer. She's already tackling it head on and I'm sure she would appreciate your good thoughts. www.instagram.com/girlstolelondon

My lovely nephew Joe married his gorgeous fiancee Rowena yesterday. Welcome to the family Row. Congratulations Guiseppe. ;)


And lastly, it's my gorgeous nephew's birthday today. Happy Birthday Ethan. Lots of Love from Auntie Caroline. x


See you next week!







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