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

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

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