Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Pixi Glow Tonic - An Anniversary Giveaway

THEN

Four years ago today, I wrote a post about a product I had come across at a Pixi blogger event. It was called Glow Tonic and it was the first time in a while I'd seen any kind of 'liquid acid' or 'acid toner' (wish I'd trademarked that one at the time) that looked like it would actually work, outside of Biologique Recherche's P50. 

Four years later and the Glow Tonic phenomenon has spawned different sizes, varying strengths, and different formats.

To celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the original blog post, Pixi are offering one lucky reader (internationally) a massive Glow Tonic Anniversary Bundle.

To win simply enter via Rafflecopter below as always:

The Prize:

  • A Year's Supply of Glow Tonic**
  • 3 x Glow Tonic To-Go 
  • 3 x Glow Peel Pads

  • NOW

    T&Cs:

    • One Winner, One Prize
    • Open Internationally 
    • Prize will be sent directly from Pixi
    • Daily entry is available
    • Prize may be substituted due to stock limitations (the ml size of Glow Tonic bottles)



    a Rafflecopter giveaway



    Thanks Pixi! pixibeauty.co.uk/glow-tonic




    **To be determined by stock availability - may be split between 100, 250 and 500ml bottles to the level of 1200ml.


    *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.

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016

    Six and a half years - and changing your mind


    So the blog is six and a half years old. In that time I've written 1308 posts. Really not very much on the scale of blog post measuring.

    Talking to a facial client today reminded me of products that I've reviewed in the past that I either no longer use, have grown out of love for, or simply changed my mind about, which is I think is acceptable and understandable given the large passage of time.
    Here's the conundrum. As readers, do you think you'd prefer it if I went back and updated the original blog posts? Or just mention in passing if someone asks me about said products? 

    As bloggers (across the board) we tend to have a 'leave it and don't change it' policy, but I'm aware that this site is used as a resource and I can see that a lot of older reviews are still read every week, which makes me think I should alter reviews. A happy medium would be using strikethrough and updating next to/under the original review.

    I sometimes completely forget about products to find that readers may say 'do you still use XX' and I don't. Sometimes I haven't used that product in a long time.

    So lovely readers: Thoughts?




    Monday, 28 November 2016

    Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion


    Describe the brand in three words.
    Doctor. American. Clinical.

    Who is it for?
    Dehydrated/combo/dull - pretty much all skins.
    Good for perioral dermatitis, used on top of hyaluronic serums.

    What’s in it?
    Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Stearyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octadecane, Glyceryl Behenate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Phospholipids, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Ethylhexylglycerin, Isododecane, Ceteareth-20, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA-Copper

    What's not in it?
    parabens
    mineral oil
    shea butter
    animal by-products

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

    Suitable for pregnancy?
    Yes

    Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
    Vegan, man-made

    Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that require testing?
    No/No/No

    How does it smell?
    It doesn't really have one, it's extremely mild. It smells like skincare, if that makes sense?

    How do you use it?
    Apply after serums or oils. Under SPF. This is best used however, on top of similar products like hyaluronic acid serums. Lush.

    Can it be taken around the eyes?
    Yes

    Best for winter or summer?
    Either - whenever you're dehydrated or want an oil-free moisturiser.

    How long did I test it for?
    A few months.

    How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
    £50.50/$58.00 for 50ml. Should last a couple of months depending on whether you use am or pm, or both.

    Works well with?
    Hyaluronic acid serums underneath.

    What’s the website like?
    Brilliant. Loads of info, ingredients, interviews etc. drdennisgross.com

    How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
    Space NK/Cult Beauty/Sephora etc - not bad

    What’s good about it?
    I bloody love this moisturiser. Keeping with the hyaluronic acid focus, it's light, yet hydrating. Absorbs beautifully, feels soft on the skin. It's not in any way sticky, and most importantly, it works absolutely brilliantly on top of hyaluronic serums. Skin feels literally cushioned with moisture, probably hence the name..
    If you find that your skin needs 'something else', but a heavy moisturiser breaks you out, this might be what you are looking for. It has a teeny bit of glycolic and lactic, and not just as preservative levels, which gently exfoliate (absolutely no sting), thus allowing the HA to penetrate even further. It's not too heavily siliconed, as a lot of oil-free moisturisers are, meaning that you can layer products without the threat of 'rolling'.

    What’s not so good about it?
    Not much to raise as a negative. It's honestly a lovely moisturiser. If you're super dry, you may need a moisturiser with oil.

    Would I purchase/repurchase?
    Absolutely. It's a gem.

    Do you need it?
    Yes. Especially if you are dehydrated, really oily, really confused, really anything to be honest.

    Similar products?


    Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion is:
    £50.50 from CultBeauty.co.uk
    $58.00 from Sephora.com
    $58.00 from DrDennisGross.com - but there's currently a 20% Friends & Family discount online!








    *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. I do not use affiliate links with brands that I work with on a professional basis, such as Dennis Gross.
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    Sunday, 27 November 2016

    Sunday Round-up


    Hi All!

    To say this has been a busy week would be an understatement. Firstly, no vlog this week. I did start a vlog, and then got a migraine that knocked the stuffing out of me for almost three days, so I scrapped it. No-one wants to see that.
    On top of that, we had a gas leak at home, got capped off by the authorities and have been without heat, hot water and a cooker for five days at the time of writing (it's ongoing). Happy days.

    BUT: life obviously carries on as normal so here's what you may/may not be up to speed with:

    • I announced the second Cult Beauty Box of Dreams over on Instagram, you can sign up for the waitlist here: cultbeauty.co.uk/caroline-hirons
    • I announced my collaboration with Pixi - our Double Cleanse goes on sale in January. Your response was completely overwhelming and I cannot thank you enough. I will do a post answering some of your questions this week, so if you have any more, do leave them in the comments and I will add the in. More info here: Double Cleanse Reveal (n.b. The Double Cleanse is not in the Cult Beauty Box, despite internet whisperings to the contrary. It goes on sale in January, not before.)

    • The Zelens 30% offer is still on until Wednesday. Dr Lens has written some mini reviews on his Instagram if you are undecided on what you need: instagram.com/zelensskincare and my original post is here: carolinehirons.com/zelens
    • We launched the Give and Makeup Shoebox Campaign - more details here: carolinehirons.com/give-and-makeup - thank you so much for your support.
    • We have new babies in our family. If you're not on Instagram you have managed to avoid cat picture spam, so here's some to keep you happy ;) If I'm missing from anywhere, you might as well assume that I am on the sofa, with these fur babies.

    Penelope aka Penny

    Montgomery aka Monty
    Have a wonderful week everyone!






    Saturday, 26 November 2016

    Must-Haves: 6 Hyaluronic Acids for the Season

    Me, watching Strictly.
    So the cold weather is definitely here (in the UK). We've had a gas leak this week (my house, not the UK), meaning the authorities came out and literally capped us off. We have no heating. hot water or cooker, and won't for a few more days. As much as I am giving myself a daily heart attack with ice showers, I am sadistically enjoying the cold cleansing. A wiser person would boil the kettle and fill the sink, alas, yours truly is cleansing with ice-cold water, acid'ing and then going to town with hyaluronic acids. My skin is traditionally dehydrated at this time of year anyway, and this week it has honestly felt a tad 'prune-ish', so I've been digging out all of my HA products, which reminded me that I meant to do this post before it got deep into winter...

    Hyaluronic Acid is present in our skin, but sadly our ability to both produce it and hold on to it decreases as we age. Its function in the skin however, isn't to simply 'moisturise'. It's much more important than that. HA is probably the single most multi-tasking ingredient we use in skincare. Although it does hydrate by holding moisture on the skin, it also works as an antioxidant, prevents loss of elasticity, stimulates collagen and plumps the appearance of the skin. Crucial at this time of year, it is also anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, key for those of you that suffer from broken skin conditions whether from spots, acne, eczema, rosacea or perioral dermatitis.

    There are numerous HA products on the market, and in the case of most of them, you do get what you pay for. Hyaluronic acid comes in all sizes, and in general, the smaller, the more able to penetrate, the more expensive. One size literally does not fit all.
    Adding to that is the difference between hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate. One is hyaluronic acid, while SH is a salt derived from HA. Sodium hyaluronate is cheaper to produce, so is used more widely, but it's more easily absorbed than HA, so it's good to have both options if you can. In truth there are so many differing options for HA and SH that it's best to test if you can, or go on recommendations, whether from a blogger, or a friend. Not all HA products are created equally.

    With that in mind, some of my picks of hyaluronic acid products are below - and I've listed them in chronological order, for fun:

    • Hydraluron. £24.99 for 30ml from Boots.
      There was a time when this was called Hironsluron by readers, such was my love for it. While I've cheated on it with other products in recent years, I still happily recommend it. In terms of ease of use and how comfortable it feels on the skin, still a winner. Contains one form of HA: Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Hylamide. £18.00 for 30ml from Boots.
      First out of the trap from Deciem, Hylamide is in a dropper form, contains five forms of hyaluronic compounds, all in sodium form. Good, softeneing and smoothing.
    • Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum. £36.00 for 30ml from PestleandMortar.com
      A simple serum, you need the teeniest amount under a moisturiser to feel the benefits. Spreads easily, absorbs beautifully. Healed my skin in two days this week. 
    • Jordan Samuel Hydrate Serum. $29.00 for 30ml
      This one is hyaluronic acid and works a dream. Jordan's range is small but packs a punch. Like 80s guitar bands, I've never met a product of his that I didn't like. Note: Jordan is in the middle of repackaging his line so this will be back in stock by mid-December. Worth the wait.
    • NIOD Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. £38.00 for 30ml
      12 forms of hyaluronic compounds so at the higher end price-wise. The most complicated formula with a great result. Hard to fault.
    • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
      New from Brandon, the man who also makes Hylamide and NIOD, The Ordinary has understandably taken the beauty world by storm because of its pricing structure. This HA contains sodium hyaluronate and in comparison to the elder NIOD MMHC is nowhere near as effective. However, it's still as effective as a lot of other, more expensive HA serums on the market so if budget is your main concern, better with than without. Just make sure you apply your moisturiser quickly after it to help maximise the benefits.







    *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.

    Friday, 25 November 2016

    Thursday, 24 November 2016

    The Reveal




    Hi All.

    I'm so excited to share this with you. Let me know what you think!

    *GAHHHHH!*




    *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.

    Zelens 30% Offer!

    This time last year we ran an exclusive offer in conjunction with Zelens that proved to be insanely popular. Dr Lens has very kindly extended the same offer to you lovely readers this year. Tis the season to be jolly and thankful after all...


    I'm always asked for recommendations when we run offers, so here you will find a list of everything ever mentioned by Zelens and reviewed on the blog: Zelens Content

    If I was going shopping my must-haves would include (and I'm keeping it to three things in case you think I'm trying to give you a list...!):
    • Treatment Drops - Vitamin D 
      I use these on nearly everyone in the Clinic post-peel/aggressive procedures and they are phenomenal. One client credits them with practically curing the lifelong eczema on her face.
    • Z Luminous Brightening Serum
      Pigmentation tackler supreme, makes your skin look even-toned again.
    • Transformer Mask
      I admit I'm adding this one because I've had a shocker of a week (no heating/hot water. Loads of important functions - this will make sense this evening!) and I reached for this with a pleading 'For the love of God PLEASE make me look like I'm refreshed and in control because this is heinous town' - and it delivers. Every time.


    As well as the 30% offer, you can also receive this Just Flirt Active Colour Collection (worth £70.00) with a spend of £125 and above (after discount). The Just Flirt Active Colour Collection contains one full size Black Flirt Mascara and one full size The Balm Lip Treatment.



    What you need to know:
    • The offer is open Worldwide
    • Your code is HIRONS30
    • The offer is available from now until 11.59pm on Wednesday 30th November
    • You will need to spend over £180/€245/$330 before discount to receive the free gift
    • Gift only available while stocks last

    Use your offer here: www.zelens.com


    Happy shopping! And thank you Dr Lens!


    *This post contains no affiliate links. I am not being paid to run this offer, it's just something nice for you lovely readers. No sponsorship. Nada. 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.

    Tuesday, 22 November 2016

    Atopalm Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex


    Who is it for?
    'Dry or sensitive skins in need of anti-ageing.'

    What’s in it?
    Water/Aqua, Butylene glycol, Glycerin, Myristoyl/palmitoyl oxostearamide/arachamide MEA, Octyldodecanol, Sorbitan stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Glyceryl stearate, Camellia sinensis seed oil, Dihydroxyisopropyl capryloylcaprylamide, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Niacinamide, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, PEG-15 glyceryl stearate, Portulaca oleracea extract, Squalane, Sunflower oil decyl esters, Tocopheryl acetate, Sucrose cocoate, Phytosterols, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Camellia sinensis leaf extract, Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Panthenol, Carbomer, Crithmum maritimum extract, Poria cocos root extract, Stearic acid, Xanthan gum, Fragrance, Arginine, Sodium hyaluronate, BHT, Mannan, Sodium carboxymethyl betaglucan, Ascorbyl phosphate succinoyl pentapeptide-12, Serine, Alanine, Glycine

    What's not in it?
    parabens, mineral oil

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

    Suitable for pregnancy?
    Yes

    Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
    Man-made

    Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that require testing?
    Unknown, and not listed, but legally they are not able to in the EU.

    How does it smell?
    Of nothing really, which is odd, given that it contains fragrance. I can only imagine that the natural unfragranced version ponged.

    How do you use it?
    Apply after acids or after oil/serum as a moisturiser.

    Can it be taken around the eyes?
    Yes

    Best for winter or summer?
    Winter

    How long did I test it for?
    A few weeks on and off

    How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
    £30.00 for 30ml

    Works well with?
    Anything serum-wise

    What’s the website like?
    Not great, the UK one os better than the US one

    How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
    Limited

    What’s good about it?
    This is soothing, and definitely something to look at if your skin is compromised in any way. It doesn't block your pores (see below), the formula is sophisticated for a good price, it's hydrating and softening. Works well over any serum or oil (that I've used with it) such as Vintner's Daughter, Zelens Treatment Drops, without interfering with the process. One to think about for the current weather (winter!).

    What’s not so good about it?
    I can't use it for more than a few days at a time, although on reflection, this could be because it works, repairs your acid mantle, and then you don't need it anymore, so the formula builds up your skin and you (I) get a couple of teeny whiteheads overnight, and then stop!

    Would I purchase/repurchase?
    Yes, affordable and a good moisturiser

    Do you need it?
    If your acid mantle is compromised, if your skin sensitised or reactive, yes. Consider it.

    Similar products?
    Eucerin Anti-Redness Soothing Care
    Avene Tolerance Extreme Cream


    Atopalm Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex is £30.00 and available from www.atopalm.co.uk and Amazon.



    *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, 21 November 2016

    Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil


    Describe the brand in three words.
    Hair. USA. Affordable.

    What type of cleanser is it?
    Oil - on the heavier side

    Who is it for?
    Advertised as being for everyone, but I would beware if you're particularly acnaic.

    What’s in it?
    Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Balanites Aegyptiaca Kernel Oil, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

    What's not in it?
    mineral oil, parabens, the usual

    Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
    fragrance, shea butter

    Suitable for pregnancy?
    Yes

    Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
    A mixture of organic and natural

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

    How does it smell?
    Not strong at all, faintly 'herbal', and certainly unfragranced, which is odd, given that it says it contains essential oil fragrance

    How do you use it?
    Apply to dry skin, massage in, remove with flannel. You can totally emulsify if you prefer, and splash off, but eew. 

    First cleanse/second cleanse or AM cleanse?
    Second cleanse, AM cleanse OR a simple cleanse in the evening if you're not wearing a ton of makeup. 


    Best for winter or summer?
    Either.

    Does it remove waterproof eye makeup?
    Yes.

    How long did I test it for?
    I've had it for a few weeks, used sporadically.

    How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
    $9.99 for 118ml. One pump dispenses a lot of product, so I tend to use half a pump. It will last a good while.

    Works well with?
    Anything. 

    What’s the website like?
    Good. It lists the ingredients and it's easy to navigate.

    How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
    It's in Target and Ulta, so good.

    What’s good about it?
    This is a good, affordable cleansing oil. It removes makeup, although I actually like it as a second cleanse or to remove lighter makeup. What it's really good for is massage. A small amount, giving grip, not slip, is great for this routine, which is rather mortifyingly, my very first blog post. However, it still stands as a good massage routine and can stay up until I update it. 
    The oil is quite heavy, it's not runny, so apply half a pump, spread across the ends of your fingers, get on to your face, and have at it.

    What’s not so good about it?
    Not much. It works. It's not extortionate. Try it.

    Would I purchase/repurchase?
    Yes. It's good.

    Do you need it?
    If you need an affordable cleansing oil, absolutely.

    Similar products?




    *This post contains some 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, 20 November 2016

    Hi All!

    Empties again – time to recycle and take scissors to those tubes.

    Info below the video.


    What I'm Wearing:
    T-Shirt: Vintage Snoopy
    Nails: Lincoln Park After Dark http://opi.com/color/lincoln-park-after-dark-2
    Blow Dry: by BlowLtd https://www.blowltd.com/menu-blow-dry/

    Products mentioned include:

    Laura Mercier Tea Menthe Citron Crème Body Cleanse:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2faXCC2
    USA: http://bit.ly/2faTcva
     
    Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2gqqbkd
    USA: http://bit.ly/2gqtlnN

    Awapuhi Keratin Cream Rinse:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2gqqwU1
    USA: http://bit.ly/2gqpqaN

    Alberto Balsam Conditioner w/peach:
    http://bit.ly/2g7VjBR

    Awapuhi Keratin Intensive Treatment:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2gqpuqO
    USA: http://bit.ly/2gqtMyO

    Davines OI All in One Milk:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2fb73lb
    USA: http://bit.ly/2g6n40i

    Bumble & Bumble Full Potential Conditioner:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2gqrrDU
    USA: http://bit.ly/2gqujAP

    Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Miracle Filler:
    UK: http://amzn.to/2fb8jVb
    USA: http://bit.ly/2fb3bjS

    Fresh Sugar Lemon Shower Gel and Body Lotion:
    UK: http://amzn.to/2feJjj2 - http://amzn.to/2fFShqs
    USA: http://bit.ly/2fba1Gm - http://bit.ly/2gqx9W7

    Neutrogena Deep Moisturising Comfort Balm:
    UK: http://amzn.to/2g5kF1X
    USA: Cannot find in the US

    Aveeno Body Yoghurt Vanilla and Oats:
    UK/USA: http://bit.ly/2fb5IdU

    Neutrogena ElastiBoost Body Balm:
    UK: http://amzn.to/2fPnyVF
    USA: http://amzn.to/2faWFK9 (too expensive but this is the one)

    Amanda Lacey Cleansing Pomade:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2gqqBqP
    USA: http://bit.ly/2g7VX2v

    Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2fb4TSv
    USA: http://bit.ly/2fb2gQz

    Zelens PHA Pads:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2gqrdwq
    USA: http://bit.ly/2fbahEY

    Chanel La Solution 10:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2gqwyUA
    USA: http://bit.ly/2gqwQL7

    Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture:
    UK: http://bit.ly/2gqs7Jg
    USA: http://bit.ly/2fbdg0u

    Pixi LipLift Max:
    UK: http://bit.ly/1MRHQvv
    USA: http://bit.ly/2g6Ed9V

    Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturiser:
    UK/USA: http://bit.ly/2gqsFPk

    Kate Somerville Nourish Moisturiser:
    UK/USA: http://bit.ly/2fbcwZ8



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    Saturday, 19 November 2016

    Give and Makeup Shoebox Campaign 2016



    Our campaign for 2016 is now live. As always, the children need all of the following:

    Pyjamas, clothing, slippers, books, crayons, colouring books, suitable dvd's (they will be checked), toys, sweets, chocolate, magazines, comics, dolls - pretty much anything that you know a child/young person will appreciate.

    Please ensure the following:
    • gifts are suitable for ages between newborn and 15
    • no toy weapons
    • no items of a religious nature
    • new or nearly new please 
    • boxes can be packed according to one child/gender or a mixture across all ages


    Please send shoeboxes/similar sized packages to:

    Give and Makeup
    PO BOX 855
    LONDON
    W4 4AW

    I would politely request that you check all parcels have sufficient postage as per this post: www.carolinehirons.com/give-and-makeup-important-update


    For the first time, this year's Shoebox Campaign has been brilliantly supported by the very talented and generous team at DewGibbons + Partners.

    'DewGibbons + Partners are the beautiful thinking agency. Give and MakeUp addresses a cause very close to our hearts and is an initiative that deserves everyone's full attention, we couldn’t help but give it all of our support.'

    I cannot thank them enough for their hard work, dedication, professionalism and generosity of time, talent and spirit. www.dewgibbons.com


    THANK YOU EVERYONE! And Merry Christmas! 






    Scamp & Dude


    Today is a big day. This time last year, girlfriend to many of us in the industry - Jo Tutchener-Sharp, had just had a brain haemorrhage and was waiting for a date to come through for life-threatening (and saving) surgery.
    Experiencing the heartache of being separated from her children while she was in hospital for that long period of time, Jo came up with the idea of a line of clothing and interiors designed to reassure children when separated from a loved one, no matter the reason. 

    The result, Scamp & Dude, launches today online and in Liberty and includes sweatshirts, tees, leggings, hoodies, 'Superhero Sleep Buddies' and wall stickers, alongside adult sizes of some of the hoodies.


    The Sleep Buddies have a special pocket in the back to hold a photo/memento of a loved one and for every Sleep Buddy sold, one is donated to a child in need at one of Scamp & Dude's chosen charities (more info here).

    Even though SCAMP & DUDE was inspired by children separated from their loved ones, the brand has been created for all children. Who doesn’t like knowing that a superhero has their back and who doesn’t want their own special superpowers?


    Poor Jo, with a massive, fresh, hidden scar right down the side of her head, putting up with these two fools backstage at The Brits earlier this year. 'Trouper' doesn't come close.




    Women's versions!




    Congratulations Jo. Brilliant. Just like you. 

    Scamp & Dude is available exclusively at Liberty and from scampanddude.com right now. Prices start at £26.00. Get involved.

    Scamp & Dude Instagram







    Friday, 18 November 2016

    Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint


    I finally got around to using the Glossier products I picked up last month, and this one was first out of the trap. I love a light coverage base almost as much as I love my dishwasher, so this came with great promise. Glossier is the off-shoot of the website Into The Gloss, and has triumphed with a range that has become 'must-have', despite the limited distribution meaning you have to buy it to try it. How do you do that?
    You make your packaging, message and marketing scream 'We're so trendy and covetable, you need us, or you won't be.' Glossier is the brand equivalent of Mean Girls. And I say that as an observation, not a criticism.


    It's a marketing dream. Even yours truly, with a bullshit detector rating of 11/10, ordered the Phase 1 Set, along with an extra Balm DotCom, before I checked the ingredients, ending up with two very expensive lip balms that are essentially Vaseline in better packaging. More of which for another day.


    So tint time:
    I thought I'd write this in the way I spoke about it after I tested it (a few times), almost like a checklist. In my head. As you do.
    • Coverage is not light, it's literally 'barely there', like almost non-existent. Like you're tanned and sweaty.
    • You do not want this if you do not have perfect/really good skin, unless it's to give you 'something' if you're going to the gym first thing, for example, then maybe yes.
    • If you're on your period and hate your skin, reach for the full coverage, don't waste this. This is only to be dragged out on those 'DAYUM I look goooood' days OR on those school run mornings when you think 'Jesus, Mary and Joseph woman do something you old hag'.
    • If you don't shake it before you attempt to get some out, you'll have cappuccino coloured water running through your fingers. Don't do that. I tried it so you don't have to.
    • It gives a good glow, but too much of a good thing and...
    • If you're oily, it gives too much of a glow and I think you're going to need powder, which for me, misses the point.
    • I like this packaging, it's cheap, but oddly much more solid than its heftier, higher price point comrades.
    • It comes in five proper shades from light to rich, and the names are appropriate (light, medium, dark, deep, rich), not offensive i.e. the ever-popular foundation name of 'tan', which I've always thought should be renamed 'white people tan'. 
    • Chantecaille people: This is less coverage than Just Skin and a smidge more than Real Skin. A smidge


    • Bloody Hell this isn't much coverage for $26.00
    • But it's nice enough if you can afford it
    • I'll probably never be without it
    • You're paying for the name
    • You can't sit with us

    Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is $26.00 and available here: glossier.com/perfecting-skin-tint - you probably want it even though you don't need it.










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    Thursday, 17 November 2016

    Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil


    Describe the brand in three words.
    Newish. Easy. Irish.

    Who is it for?
    Anyone in need of some good vitamin A action.
    I.E. those of you worried about your pores (everyone). Dull, dehydrated, dry, oily, combo, ageing, smokers, drinkers - we literally all need vitamin A. If you're under 30 and healthy, it's not urgent. If you're over 40, it should be your priority.

    What’s in it?
    Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa Canina (Fruit) Oil*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil**, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Oil*, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil***, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil**, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu/Foraha) Seed Oil**, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil*, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tocopherol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**.
    *Cold Pressed | **Cold Pressed and Organic| ***Steam distilled

    What's not in it?
    mineral oil, parabens, propylene glycol, fragrance

    Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
    Not really

    Suitable for pregnancy?
    The brand will say 'No', but I used retinols happily through my later pregnancies and have advised clients accordingly. It's not going into your bloodstream, and it's not roaccutane, which is entirely different.

    Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
    It's a mixture, but in general it's organic/natural.

    Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that require testing?
    No/No/No

    How does it smell?
    Fragrance free

    How do you use it?
    Apply in the evenings after cleansing, wait and let it get to work (make a brew), then add your moisturiser etc before bed if required.

    Can it be taken around the eyes?
    Orbital bone

    Best for winter or summer?
    All times.

    How long did I test it for?
    A few months.

    How much is it? /Size
    £63.00 for 30ml.

    Works well with?
    Anything. It can be used and then left alone, or you can add a moisturiser on top should you wish. SPF in the daytime, obvs.

    What’s the website like?
    Good. Easy to manoeuvre and they list all of the ingredients.  pestleandmortar.com

    How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
    Limited. Details here: pestleandmortar.com/uk/stockists

    What’s good about it?
    This is the best retinol I've used outside of a prescription. Besides the basics: fragrance-free, airtight and opaque packaging, the vitamin A comes in two forms: palmitate and hydroxypinacolone retinoate, the same form used in Luna. The retinyl palmitate resurfaces, it doesn't penetrate as much, it's good for pore appearance, but the hydroxypinacolone retinoate (furthermore known as HR) is the killer ingredient. Those of you that saw me on the recent Roadshow will remember that I had a large allergy-related acne spot - literally a boil - on the underside of my jaw. This got rid of it in two uses. I get the same swelling anytime I'm exposed to shellfish and it has old scarring on the site. This has nearly fixed the scarring. 
    It's gentle and non-drying due to the oil base, it's fragrance free, so those of you with problems in the smells dept are good to go.
    My skin is smoother, and more refined, with the texture and colouring more even. The cold-pressed base oils definitely disguise the punch of the HR, you don't wake up dry and patchy. I find myself reaching for it most nights. Although the action is strong, the formula is gentle enough for a first-timer. I've had no redness, just brightness. Really, really good.

    What’s not so good about it?
    I'd like a 50ml bottle please.

    Would I purchase/repurchase?
    Yes.

    Do you need it?
    Yes.

    Similar products?
    Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM  (close but retinol, not HR)


    Pestle & Mortar Superstar Retinol Night Oil is £63.00 and available from PestleandMortar.com







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    Wednesday, 16 November 2016

    Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturiser



    Describe the brand in three words.
    Drugstore. Body products.

    Who is it for?
    Combination/oily/acne/younger skins.

    What’s in it?


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

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

    Suitable for pregnancy?
    Yes.

    Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
    man-made

    Tested on animals in home country/EU/sold in territories that require testing?
    Unknown/No/Probably
    So: it's labelled as having a 'drug' ingredient in the form of salicylic, so it's highly possible it is tested in the US. If anyone knows for sure, let me know in the comments.

    How does it smell?
    Fresh, citrus.

    How do you use it?
    One pump, all over, on top of serum or oil.

    Can it be taken around the eyes?
    I wouldn't, I'd go as far as the orbital bone.

    Best for winter or summer?
    Either. Summer for people who are combination, both for acne/oily.

    How long did I test it for?
    I've had it a month, and also tested it on my teenage girl.

    How much is it? /Size/Approximate cost per usage?
    $13.49/$14.99 for 4ozs. It's a good size, this will last a good few months. You only need a little.

    Works well with?
    Oddly enough, being oil-free, it works well over an oil serum. It's light, so you can use it to seal in other products without it being sticky and heavy.

    What’s the website like?
    Pretty basic, pictures of the ingredients as opposed to lists (hence the picture here!): www.aveeno.com

    How’s the distribution? Available freely or limited?
    Well it's in Amazon and Target, so pretty 'out there'.

    What’s good about it?
    I usually think of body products when I think of Aveeno. I bought this with Ava in mind, but ended up playing with it myself. I like it. It's light, absorbs well and you only need a tad. It smells fresh, works well with other products, and is a perfectly good moisturiser. If we needed any further proof, Ava has since sought it out and stolen it back.

    What’s not so good about it?
    It's pretty chemical-heavy, so if you're a 'natural' person, you won't be a fan.

    Would I purchase/repurchase?
    Yes

    Do you need it?
    If you have a problem skin, yes, check it out. If you have hot, sweaty days were you feel like your cream is stuck to your face and won't absorb, maybe check it out.

    Similar products?


    Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturiser is $13.49 from Target.com aka Hirons Home Planet 







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    MUN Update!


    Remember when I posted about the Mun Body Serum a couple of weeks ago? Unbeknownst to me, they were in the middle of repackaging and rebranding the entire range, hence it showing as 'sold out'. That wasn't as a result of my post, they were literally sold out. :)

    Anyway: the new site is up and it's looking lovely. Newness and all. It's here if you want to check them out:

    And my original post is here: carolinehirons.com/mun-no7-ayour-body-toning-serum



    Tuesday, 15 November 2016

    Sarah Moon for NARS


    Here's what happens when you put your head down and get on with your work and don't pay a lot of attention to your post and then walk around Selfridges and think 'Ooh pretty!' and realise that your makeup posts are way behind. So it is with an apology that I am letting you know about this beautiful collection from NARS because I'm sure it'll be close to selling out.

    Sarah Moon for NARS is a beautiful Limited Edition Collection from the fashion photographer and was inspired by classic cinema, in particular, Metropolis.


    While I could wax lyrical about the contents, background etc, what you need to know is that it's about as giftable as it gets at this time of year, and if you buy them, you won't want to use them. Mine is going straight in the 'limited edition' stash, only to see the light of day when Ava eBay's it behind my back.


    The 'Get Real' Lip & Eye set in particular is a lucite keepsake box, that reassuringly weighs a ton, and looks amazing on a dressing table (says she, stashing it away). 



    So if you can bear to actually use it, the Sarah Moon for NARS collection is available now from narscosmetics.com in the US and ASOS.com in the UK - who have been given some exclusives, so worth checking them out first.
    They all have stock - I'm not that mean, I did check!







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    Monday, 14 November 2016

    Votary Giveaway


    No need for me to introduce Votary to regular readers but suffice to say, they have yet to make a product that I don't like. The Cleansing Oil is still on my cleanser shelf, along with the new Super Seed Cleansing Oil and their facials oils, pillowcases and flannels. The entire brand is a joy.


    And now you have the opportunity to try it for yourself, as Votary are offering one lucky International winner the ENTIRE RANGE.
    The original range, the Super Seed Collection, the pillowcases and the flannels. In one big lovely caboodle.


    To win this spectacular (literally my new favourite word, I cannot type 'amazing' one more time) prize, simply enter via Rafflecopter below in the usual fashion. You can live anywhere in the world, you can enter daily, and you have one week to give it a go. Good Luck!


    a Rafflecopter giveaway



    Thank you Votary! www.votary.co.uk






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    Sunday, 13 November 2016

    New from Oribe - and Red Lips - Current Favourites - November 2016


    If you saw my 'In The Bathroom Part 2' video with Sali Hughes, you'll have seen that although I wear two types of lip products, a strong red lipstick and a baby pink lip gloss - I have approx 372 of each type. Where my house is showroom clean with bleach, I reserve my right to hoard a lippy. I don't mind about price, I love some Rimmel and L'Oreal Reds, and I equally covet the higher end of the market. Having said that, I have avoided the Louboutin craze thus far. My background just can't get its head around a £65.00 lipstick, no matter how exquisitely packaged. 
    Oribe, however, have just jumped to the top of my price tree with their new Lip Lust Creme Lipsticks, three intensely pigmented colours that are paraben and mineral oil free, as well as being vegan and cruelty free. All the niceties aside, this lipstick has the instant gratification of the gorgeous packaging, the 'clunk-click' of the lid and the beautiful, deep yet bright of the red. The smooth, satin feel is on a par with a Tom Ford or Chanel and the colour lasts well.


    Oribe Lip Lust will be £32.00 and the Oribe Beauty Waitlist is open now and available here: beauty.oribe.com - I'll update as they go live. Get involved. Gorgeous.


    Dior Rouge 999 is one of my favourites, and now I have my hands on the matte version too. Happy Days. Perfect for 'bun days' with a scarf and a nice handbag, although I'll still be in my Adidas. ;)


    Dior Rouge Dior 999 is currently £23.85 from Debenhams.com and they're $35.00 from Sephora.com 


    I think MAC have surpassed themselves with these two reds. On the left, from The Nutcracker Sweet, is So Good For You, technically a matte, but it's not drying or 'flat, and is possibly the best red for me that I have seen in a while. Still available from Selfridges.com for £17.00.
    From the Selena Collection on the right, Como La Flor is more sheer, but a perfect 'lip red' colour, and still available online via MAC here, probably because she wasn't as well known in the UK, which is the only reason I can think of that these colours haven't already sold out.



    'Fashion Legacy' is the perfect name for the last red on this week's face*. This one is a heavy-duty 'suede' feel that glides on like silk.
    Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours are now £17.50 and available from Selfridges and Mac online.


    As an aside, MAC are in the process of lowering their prices across the board, so keep an eye out for the extra few quid in your pocket.



    *These reds will be on my face throughout the next few weeks via my Instagram (No vlog this week, work too busy).





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