Elemental Herbology Delicate Cleanser*

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With the weather being really all-over-the-place I have to be careful with my skin – nothing too harsh or stripping – so cleansers can be tricky to choose. Elemental Herbology’s Delicate Cleanse is a great choice, if, like me, you have sensitive skin and like a foaming cleanser.

Elemental Herbology really have pushed the boat out with this product – Calendula, Marshmallow, Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil to name a few, are crammed into the generously sized bottle. The cleanser smells like fresh rhubarb and its a super refreshing way to start the day, and I use it along with my trusty clarisonic.

With all the key ingredients, my face is left soft and smooth, and redness is definitely curtailed – always a plus! When used along side their Calendula & Rose Damask moisturizer (review to come) my face stays calm and hydrated all day!

The brand has a wide range of products which cater for everything from dry skin to bath oils, and I can’t wait to try more!

The cleanser is priced £20.00

Clarins Summer 2013

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Clarins’ Summer 2013 collection makes me weak at the knees. Look at these balms – have you ever seen anything like it? It just looks incredible and so much fun to wear! I must possess at least the pink and coral for my summer wardrobe!

 

Estelle & Thild Natural Lip Balm*

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Estelle & Thild is brand which is relatively new – so when I was able to try out a couple of their products, I jumped at the chance! Named after the (very glamourous) founder’s children, the company company uses the best organic ingredients which provide noticeable results.

As a lip balm enthusiast, it didn’t take me long to smear on an application. The balm smells really wonderful – raspberry and fruity – but the smell isn’t overpowering. The balm doesn’t have a taste, but it feels really thick and luxurious when applied. It wore for around 2 hours, and left my lips feeling healthy and moisturized.

I really love the ethos of the brand, and can’t wait to try some other products (they make everything from hand cream to hair conditioner) and the packaging is really  adorable making this a firm favorite!

Natural Lip Balm is priced at £14.00 and is available from The Urban Retreat Boutique.

Cosmetic Updates

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I am loving an injection of sea-green into my makeup bag as we move into Spring.

  • Clarins Eye Makeup Remover
  • Bliss Body Butter
  • Rubis Tweezers
  • Clarisonic
  • Tom Ford Body Splash
  • Tiffany Makeup Bag
  • Freeze 24-7 Wrinkle Cream

Penhaligon’s Ellenisia Eau de Parfum*

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I’m a big fan of white-floral fragrances, and Penhaligon’s Ellenisia is a great choice – indeed, it’s so pretty that Meadham Kirchhoff scented their AW13 show with it. The bottle is gorgeous – like all Penhaligon’s fragrances, it is the original design, and I am obsessed with the cute little coral bow on the cap. It means it looks adorable on my dressing table.

The perfume itself smells glorious – I primarily get gardenia, but the scent is lightened by the Mandarin Zest, which is one of the top notes. As the scent deepens during wearing, the tuberose and jasmine become more pronounced. The perfume has definite similarities with Chanel Exclusif’s Gardenia, and I love the soapy-clean feeling the scent gives me.

Since it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday in the UK, I would totally recommend this! Not  only is this fragrance available as an Eau de Parfum, but soaps and body lotion are also available.

The Eau de Parfum is available for £68.00 for 50ml and US readers can find it here

Gold Standard

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A little bit of shiny gold goes a long way – these picks will be among my favourites through the year.

  1. Dress – Miu Miu
  2. Earrings – Astley Clarke
  3. Boots – Rag & Bone
  4. Cuff – Saint Laurent
  5. Clutch – Proenza Schouler
  6. Bracelet – Maison Martin Margiela
  7. Heels – Jimmy Choo

Jonathan Ward Josephine’s Rose Candle*

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In the UK, it’s Mother’s Day this Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight some fun gift ideas which are a move away from the trashy and the cliched. The first of these suggestions would be the candle above.

One of Jonathan Ward’s newest offerings is the Josephine’s Rose candle – a rich and heady mix of rose and amber. Described as a velvet ball-gown of a scent, this is rose at its opulent finest – named for the Empress Josephine who was (and this is an understatement) obsessed with the flower.

Before you even light the double wicks, the room is filled with the rose fragrance – a lighter version of the scent which blossoms when the candle burns. The fragrance is deep and luxurious. The base notes of amber keeps the rose from becoming sickly sweet or veering into ‘old-lady’ territory.

Presented in hand-blown Italian glass, the candle is a thing of beauty – so much so I would consider keeping it for myself!

The large candle is priced at £32

Per-fekt Skin Perfection Gel

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Per-fekt is a relatively new brand to British shores, and has recently launched in Selfridges department stores (some of my favourites.) The skin perfection gel sits somewhere between the much-lauded BB cream and a regular foundation, giving a good amount of sheer coverage.

The lack of water in base of the product means you apply it directly with your fingers rather than a sponge or brush – and you need the tiniest amount. I have pale-ish skin (NW20) and use Luminous. It comes out worryingly brown – but blends into an even shade which is just perfect for me. When using the gel, I forgo my usual primers – the gel makes your skin feel silky smooth. Seriously – my face was stroke-able!

After application my face was even, and flaws were vastly minimized – I felt like it looked like how I want my skin to look like with no makeup (i.e. freckles still showed but redness didn’t). My regular (YSL) bronzer applied like a dream, and my makeup stayed put throughout the day – workout included.

This gel is now the one I grab when I’m in the mood to look polished but natural.

Skin Perfection Gel is priced at £49.50 and available at Selfridges.com

Estee Lauder’s Mad Men Collection

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I do love Estee Lauder – it’s old school in the best possible way – all gold and glamour; and I love their special collections even more. Their 2009 Michael Kors range holds a dear place in my heart – think perfect nude lips and healthy blushes, and four years later they have succeeded in bringing out a lust-worthy selection of goodies.

I can channel my inner Betty Draper with this collection of perfect pinks. I love the lady like varnish and ever-so-chic compact. The retro packaging is perfect, and I can’t wait to collect a couple of pieces!

Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil*

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With Spring Break 3 1/2 weeks away (can you tell I’m excited?) I’m in major maintenance mode so my skin and hair are in as good a condition possible. Every couple of nights I have supplemented my regime with a couple of drops of Nude’s Treatment Oil.

Thick in consistency, the oil is filled with Omega 3,6,7, and 9 meaning my skin drinks it up. It smells a little peppery at first, but the scent doesn’t last, what does stick around however, is the healthy glow the next morning. Since the oil is rich I don’t need to slather on a lot every night, but a couple of drops every so often is perfect, balancing everything out nicely.

What I love nearly as much as the results the oil gives, is its packaging. The silver lid holds a snazzy dropper with a button on top which sucks up the oil, and allows me to use it wherever its needed. The product as a whole is really well thought out, and since I only need a little at a time, I will be reaching for it for a while.

Nude ProGenius Treatment oil is priced at £58.00

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate*

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A quick flick through my previous posts would indicate that I’m pretty big on skincare. Lines scare me. Seriously, the way skin goes all dry and crepe-ey just freaks me out. So, at the ripe age of 23, I have quite the collection of anti-aging solutions.

Kiehl’s offering is a thick white liquid, which contains high percentages of pure Vitamin C, meaning that when I apply, my skin tone, texture and radiance should all benefit, at the same time as preventing those pesky crinkles.

I pat the serum on after cleansing and before moisturizing, giving it a couple of minutes to skin in and start working. Does it work? In a word – yes. I know I don’t have wrinkles to fill, but my skin definitely benefits from the extra step. My skin tone has evened out, meaning I need less coverage in my base, and I really have noticed a healthy glow.

The little bottle means that the product sits neatly in my skincare box, and I love the pump dispenser means the product stays hygienic and tidy, not to mention preventing me from using too much!

The concentrate is priced at £49.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)