Skinfix Brightening Eye Cream*

When it comes to skin creams, I think I’m pickiest about what I put on around my eyes. Not only do I have sensitive skin all over, but my eyes can get irritated pretty easily. They get puffy easily, and they feel hot when I’m tired, or if I’ve been looking at a screen for too long, so finding a cream which keeps them feeling fresh and looking their best can be a little tricky.

Made nearly entirely with natural ingredients, Skinfix’s Brightening Eye Cream has become my go-to morning formula. After applying my serum and moisturiser, I tap a small amount of the eye cream all around the orbital bone and under eye area. It sinks in almost immediately, leaving the skin feeling fresh and hydrated. It does all the things you want (and need) an eye cream to do!

Puffiness, dark circles, and dryness are all eradicated with a couple of dabs of the eye cream. The formula is chock-full of Skinfix’s own Healthy Skin Lipid Complex which maintains glowing, plump, skin whilst Alfalfa Seed Extract helps reduce puffiness and dark under eye shadows. There is an  infusion of betacarotenes and essential vitamins leaves skin glowing, vibrant and smooth. The result? Skin around the eyes appears brighter, firmer and healthier.

The one thing better than the results might just be the price! Skinfix’s Brightening Eye Cream is priced at £12.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oils – The Neutrals*

Ok, so it’s not exactly news that I’m in absolute love with Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Collection. It’s adorable, it smells like candy and the colours are absolutely beautiful. It’s pretty unusual for an entire collection to find a permanent home in my everyday makeup collection, but I use the face palette (here) and eye shadow palette (here) almost daily. The last part in the line up are the Creamy Peach Lip Oils.

Available in eight shades which range from the most perfect nudes and neutrals, all the way through to punchy pinks and reds, the Creamy Peach Lip Oils are pretty, glossy pops of colour.

Papa Don’t Peach is probably the deepest of the neutral shades. a warm, pinky toned beige, it feels like the perfect shade for everyday wear.

All the Sweet Peach Creamy Peach Lip Oils come with a doe foot applicator, which means that application on the go is a breeze (a good thing too, as my handbag currently has two of these rolling around). The formulas smell very sweet and candy-ish, and they feel really comfortable to wear. The gloss is super smooth, and in no way sticky or greasy. Instead, they just feel super nourishing, and wear for a good two hours before needing to be refreshed.

Peach Tease is probably my most used shade of all the Sweet Peach Lip Oils. It’s described as an ‘electric peach’ and it’s perfect for adding a subtle pop of colour into makeup. It’s easy to control how bright the lip oil is – if I pat a little on using my fingers, I get a subtle peachy glow, but if I apply straight from the tube, I get a brighter, more saturated peach.

If you’re looking for a real workhorse gloss that’s going to go with literally everything, Peach-sicle is your shade. A creamy true peach shade, this is a no brainer for days when you just want to look pretty and polished, rather than overly done. I love the fact I can wear it to work, to the gym and even on nights out as it’s such a pretty and subtle shade.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oils are priced at £16 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Dr. Barbara Sturm launches at Space NK

It can sometimes (most of the time) feel like living and working up in Edinburgh means that I miss an absolute tonne of amazing PR opportunities. So, when an email popped up inviting me to meet Dr. Barbara Sturm at the capital’s George Street SpaceNK, I had to read it a couple of times to make sure it was indeed my local store. So, on a very sunny lunchtime I popped round to hear all about the new collection.

If Dr. Sturm’s name rings a bell, it might be because she’s one of the most exciting dermatologists around. She came up with the ‘Vampire Facial’ and runs a seriously luxurious clinic in Germany, so when I read she was releasing a whole skincare line, I was more than a little excited. It was also the first stop on the release tour (Sturm and the team were off to Glasgow then multiple stops in England) so it felt like such a thrill to get a sneak peak!

Getting to talk to Dr. Sturm was an absolute pleasure – she was incredibly warm, funny, and of course, seriously knowledgable. I’m no science-major (art history for the win) but talking through the way that the products were formulated was fascinating, and it’s made me want to overhaul my whole regime. The gist of the matter is the simpler the better – Sturm works under the principal “You don’t need much, but what you do use should be the best!“ and her line couldn’t be a better representation.

From the chicly minimalist packaging which is gloriously stark, to the short list of ingredients, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare is a study in perfection. I got the chance to have a play about with all the products, and I have to say, I have a wish list that’s as long as my arm! What separates Dr. Barbara Sturm products from the rest is the use of Purslane in the formulas. Known as the ‘youth enzyme’ Purslane penetrates the deepest layers of the skin, detoxifying and protecting cells whilst plant extracts promote skin health. It’s a wonderfully balanced approach which has visible skincare benefits. Possibly the fastest acting of the products I tried was the Hyaluronic Serum (£230) which plumps and hydrates skin like nothing I’ve ever tried. At once lightweight and nourishing, it sunk into skin leaving behind a subtle glow. I was also gifted a few of the incredible products (the Eye Cream, The Calming Serum and The Sun Drops) and I have to say, I think I’m in love.

Expect reviews in the next week or so, but spoiler alert – the products are nothing short of life changing!

Dr. Barbara Sturms products can be found at SpaceNK here

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream*

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When it comes to summer skincare, I’m all about having glowy, moisturized skin. It means I can leave foundation at the door and jump head first into my favourite BB creams and bronzers. But since I have sensitive skin which can easily feel dehydrated, I like to really focus on hydration at this time of year.

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That’s why I’ve turned to Clarins recently to really keep my face in check. After using a pump or two of their glorious serum (here) I’ve been following it up with their Hydra-Essentiel moisturizer. Packaged in a beautiful blue glass jar, the cream feels rich and soothing to apply, and leaves my skin feeling super soft.

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Designed for skin that’s normal to dry, there is some serious technology at work. Clarins have included organic, medicinal kalanchoe extract, which is a powerful natural hydration activator that boosts the skin’s hyaluronic acid production. This means that after application, skin feels seriously plumped and is primed for makeup.

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The cream feels absolutely glorious to apply, and sinks easily into skin. I love to keep my jar in the fridge so that it feels super cooling to use. It’s the perfect summer moisturiser, especially when used alongside the serum.

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The cream also smells incredible – it’s a light, fresh, summery scent which makes getting ready an absolute joy!

Clarins Hydra-Essential Silky Cream is priced at £36.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Bobbi Brown Lip Color – Nude*

Happy Easter Monday! I hope you’re suitably stuffed with chocolate and hot cross buns! I love Easter weekend, purely for a nicely placed long weekend which lets me catch up with some sleep, the gym, and of course, some spring cleaning! It’s also the perfect chance to catch up with friends and enjoy long lazy evenings in the sunshine. This means I’ve been hunting for the perfect low key lipstick to see me through the season.

That’s where Bobbi Brown’s Lip Color in Nude comes in. The Lip Colors are pretty much the brand’s most iconic product – it’s wonderfully black and shiny, and it looks so pretty in my makeup bag.

Nude is the most perfect neutral shade, which I’ve been loving for completing neutral makeup looks. The formula is super creamy, and the colour payoff is seriously buildable. It’s the perfect colour to swipe on if I’m looking to feel a bit more polished than normal, and it’s the perfect neutral shade.

Nude is also the perfect shade for pairing with a smokey eye. I love it worn alongside this shadow dup as the colours work so well together, and look so pretty!

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Nude is priced at £23 and is available here (UK) and here (US)