Brides – this one’s for you!

When I was getting married, I didn’t so much as want to be a blushing bride, I wanted to be a glowing bride. One of the things I knew would help, was having good clear skin that I wouldn’t have to worry about. Lord knows, there are a million other things to be worried about!

It’s key to follow a good beauty regime as the day approach as stress and worry can take its toll on the skin. So if you’re getting married this summer, this little nugget will be right up your street.

Dermalogica are holding a Big Day Masterclass at Liberty’s in central London. Both the brand and the store have dear places in my heart, so I’m hoping this will be an excellent event for anyone wanting to know how to take care of their skin better as ‘the day’ approaches.

It’s a 45 minute interactive workshop, led by an expert Dermalogica educator that should leave you armed with the knowledge and tools you need to achieve a glow on your special day and I hope for many days and months after. There’s a chance to get Face Mapping done, which breaks up your skin into zones and analyses each one to tell you about the condition and how you can look after it better. And of course, you get to play and experiment with Dermalogica products.

When: 6pm – Wednesday 30th May 2012

Where: Heritage Suite – Liberty London

Cost: £30, which as they do nowadays is redeemable against any purchases you make on the day.

Extras: Yes! A VIP goody bag ūüôā

Booking is required – 0207 734 1234 EXT 2125

The ULTIMATE skincare wishlist: Cleansers

Two days sun, two days rain, one day sun and its only Wednesday. Would it be premature of me to think summer’s here? With the advent of a long-awaited summer I’m thinking its time to change my skin care routine. Like fashion, each product has a season and its time for me to cast off last year’s dredges and start afresh, well somewhat afresh. There are some products I’m not quite ready to archive yet. I’ve wanted to change my skin care products for the past year as I feel my current products are under performing

So in order of the old adage – Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise here goes my ultimate wish list. At this point I should say I have oily skin, with sometimes enlarged pores somewhere in the late 20’s box. On some days, especially if I’m at work, I feel I ooze sebum.

This will be a 3 part post, kicking off with….


Ever since beauty school, I have doubled cleansed. Especially at night. After a full face of make up all day, going on the underground, air conditioning at work and soaking up general atmospheric pollution, there is no way my skin feels clean after one wash. So if you’re not double cleansing, I suggest you follow my lead.

Step One

L’Oreal De-Maq Expert Elixir Concentrate Ultra Make Up Remover

This is a product I currently use and I’m on my second tube. I love this stuff. The thick gel dissolves make up effortlessly. Including lipstick and the copious amount of black eyeliner I wear. ¬†Its pretty simply to use – squeeze onto palm, massage into face, add water to turn into emulsion, rinse. This is what the professionals use and is a keeper.

Step Two

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift & Scuplt Moringa Cleansing Balm Р£34

Never used this before, but its been within my sights for an age. One of my fave beauty bloggers guru- BeautyMouth – can’t/won’t stop raving about it. She is someone I totally trust with skin care and if she says its good, then its good. Period. ¬†Another reason I want to try this cleanser is because of its action on skin and pores. According to the EH website, amongst a barrage of other good things, it purifies and helps to minimise the appearance of open pores. I’ll have some of that, thank you very much! Once I’ve tried it, I’ll do a full review then.

Step Three

Perricone MD Citrus Facial Wash Р£35

I like the idea of using a wash at the end of all this cleansing. Wash away the day, I say. Again, I’ve never used this product before, but after research I feel it would be a good addition to my stash. ¬†Its paraben free, so brownie points already. It also has patented Vitamin C Ester which according to the website will help with elasticity, texture, radiance, firmness and discolouration. It’s a lot for one product, so I’ll let you know what I think soon enough. Its sounds like a product I’ll use morning and night.

So there we have it, the first steps into revamping my skincare routine and weaning me off the Dermalogica rot I’ve been too scared or lazy to leave behind for the past year.

ps – I still have a lot of love for Dermalogica. I just feel after three years, I need to explore a bit more.

Dark & Lovely Deep Repair Cocoa Butter Lotion

I’m totally in love with a new discovery I picked up in Tesco over the weekend. It seems like I’m the last person on earth to know that Dark & Lovely now do body lotions? Seems like it and I so pleased to have discovered the range..

I’ve got the Deep Repair Cocoa Butter Lotion which I find really moisturising for my dry skin. Especially on knees and elbows. The formula is more milk that cream, so its a little runny in consistency. It absorbs almost instantly and is not greasy at all. It also leaves a slight shine on the skin. The smell is a little overpowering, but it soon dissipates leaving a light sweet fragrance.

With Vitamin E and gylcyerin it claims to hydrate for 24 hours and although I can’t vouch for a full 24 hours I’d definitely say my skin feels soft and smooth, with no ashy looking bits.

Theres two other versions as well. Even Radiance which has Lemon and Moisture Plus with Coconut Butter. I shall be giving them a go, before I settle on a favourite.

So there, for just over £3 it really packs a punch!

I love bubble baths!

I confess, I love a good pamper session and nothing says pamper to me like a good old bubble bath, with real bubbles and suds that last. I hate pitiful bubbles baths that die before they actually start. Whats the point of that?

That is why I alway choose a good quality bubble bath. Yes, I might pay more than if I picked one up in the supermarket, but that’s a small price to pay for an uninterrupted hour of bliss in the tub.¬†So today, I thought I’d share with you my most favourite bubble bath. Dadummm…….


I love, love, love (did I say love?) I Coloniali products, ever since the days I used to borrow steal my sisters I Coloniali shower cream when I was 15. I don’t remember which one exactly she used to use, but I loved the packagaing – the silver metal screw top bottle and pleated cardboard sleeve. All I know, was that a shower was always a bit more posh and luxurious when I opened that forbiddened bottle.

Anyway, digression aside, this bubble bath really IS luxurious. I love how its girly and candy floss pink in an elegant glass bottle with a cork. It’s thick, it’s creamy and smells just like ¬†heaven. I love how when I open it its smells something exotic and far away, I love how when I pour it under hot running water it creates lots and lots of thick foamy bubbles. I love how the spicy and sensuous smell envelops the entire bathroom.

I also love how it makes my skin feel very soft and moisturised. I look after my skin pretty well anyway, so I’m sure its not soley responsible for skin feeling loved, but I like to think it enhances things in that department. It contains bamboo extract which is known for its excellent moisturising properties and helping to keep skin looking youthful and radiant.

Most of all I love how when I step into the bath and lay my head back, inhale the beautiful smell, I instantly feel relaxed. Extremely relaxed, in muscles and mind. It is such an indulgent treat. But a girls’ got to have a treat every now and then. Right??

ps: I think it can be a bit difficult to get hold of the brand nowadays, I hear online mutterings off supply problems etc. I purchased my last one from Liberty’s, but I’m not so such they still stock it either. Suffice to say I’ll be holding on to my current bottle tightly and using it very sparsely.¬†

Beating Dry Skin – Beauty Oils

The combination of cold weather and central heating is playing havoc with my skin. It is SO dry!  Combined with nearly 20,ooo air miles in the last month in aid of wedding and honeymoon, I KNOW my skin is parched and thirsty. Not just my face, but arms and legs, knees and elbows.

When I subconciously started scratching and peeling (disgusting, I know) on my ashy knees, I knew it was time to ditch the daily moisturiser and get the big guns out – beauty oils. I’m a massive fans of body and face oils. I really think they do the ‘bizness’ and sort out any dry skin issues I have very quickly. Unlike normal body moisturisers, body oils which are based on plant oils are extremely penetrating and nourishing. Here’s the science – their molecular structure is smaller, so the skin can absorb the oil much more readily.

My favourite is Renew Rose Body Oil by Aromatherapy Associates. It smells absolutely divine and leaves my skin with a subtle¬†glow. I don’t even need perfume after using this. ¬†The delicate rose smell lasts all day. To boot, its rich in fatty acids and essential oils, which do all the hard work in addressing dry skin. However, its the smell that keeps me reaching for the bottle. Getting the best of both worlds there!

Seeing as its Valentines Day, I’ll carry on the rose theme and also talk about my Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Facial Oil. Yes, I put oil on my face and it does wonders. I’ve been using it for well over a year and its a staple in my bedtime routine. Firstly, it sinks in very very quickly, which always makes me think my face is trying to tell me how thirsty and dehydrated it is. Therefore, there is no greasy residue. I feel it leaves my face very supple and radiant. I think using it overnight as well, gives it time to really penetrate and nourish the inner most layers of skin. Over the time I’ve been using it as well, I’ve noticed my skin tone has become much more even, because the oil promotes the skins ability to produce new skin cells to replace the old uneven ones. Its magic in a bottle. Really, it is.

So these are my two favourite body oils, but I’m always on the look out to try others. I’ve heard good things about Diptyque’s Precious Oils for Body and¬†Bath. For starters, it has sweet almond and argan oil. They are excellent for the skin, so I have hopes for this body oil once I lay my hands on it. I’ll keep you posted.

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