Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Christmas haul

Another Christmas has come and gone and Santa was very kind this year. I received the holy grail of all shower gel - Elemis Frangipani shower cream.

I've been eyeing this up for ages. I can report that it's lovely, smells like heaven and is very moisturising.

I also got a mini Diptyque Roses candle.

I adore this candle and it's such a treat to have it.

I got a lovely organiser for my make-up.
I am thrilled with this, it's the perfect size and my old Muji storage was all manky and disgusting. It was time to upgrade. I spent a very happy half hour rearranging my make-up and chucking out old stuff.

Thank you Santa!

In other news, the Essie disco nail varnish on top of Essie Midnight Cami is as delightful as I anticipated but not for all 10 fingers. It turns out even I can't go that blingy! I did it on one finger and it was just right. Plus I think it may start a trend, you read it here first.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

James Brown Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is one of those things I feel I should adore but can never get on with. I've tried it so many times over the years but this whole 'soaks up the grease' thing doesn't work for me. It just makes my hair more greasy. Yet I see other women rocking it and looking fabulous when they've not washed their hair for days and have told me their secret is dry shampoo. At the moment, I really want to get on with it because if I wash my hair less, my Brazilian Blow Dry will last longer. Plus the BBD is making my hair much more manageable and therefore I should need to wash my hair less. Do you all follow?

I've tried Batiste and it doesn't work. Plus all of them smell disgusting, it's most off-putting. I tried the James Brown one in the white can and that didn't work but I got a can of this one and can say, tentatively, that it's working. You have to hand it to me, I don't give up. I've spent a fair bit on dry shampoos over the years. Why I thought this one would work when his other one didn't, who knows?

I've used this twice in the last week (and used it to get through the grim three days of the BBD) and it's good. My hair has more bounce to it and it spins out the time between washes. I shall use a few more times before giving a definitive verdict but so far, it's the best I've found.

I am sure you all have a vision of me with smelly greasy hair now. Nice.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Shower gel of the week

It's 1986 at Cover Girl HQ as I bought a bottle of this. I used to love this back in the day and at £4 decided it was worth a try. I'm happy to report it's still really nice. It smells exactly the same and is perfect for these deep, dark days to blow away the cobwebs. Am loving The Body Shop at the moment.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Essie LuxEffects

I'm not normally one for glitter in my nail varnish, it's a faff to remove and I find it a bit teenage and not in a good way. However, a girl has the right to change her mind and oh me, oh my, Essie has a new glitter range out and I am lusting after this one. It's called Set in Stones and described as "disco mirror ball chaos". If that isn't made for me, what is?

You can wear it alone or over another colour. I'm thinking over Midnight Cami would be the Ultimate Christmas Manicure.

Am I right or am I right? The other Lux colours look pretty good too but none tempt me as much as Set in Stones. It's love and it must be mine.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

What to get a beauty addict for Christmas?

Everyone knows someone who lives for Harrods Beauty Hall and so I am here to make your Christmas shopping a little bit easier.

My love for Bliss knows no bounds and they do some really good value boxes for Christmas. I can't imagine anyone not being thrilled to get the Lemon & Sage shower gel and body butter. I can't not mention their Oxygen mask. It's life-changing.

Clarins Eau Dynamisante is still one of my favourite perfumes and it's a perfect Christmas gift as it's so refreshing. A great present for whoever is doing the main cooking for them to spray on after their much-needed shower or bath.

Urban Decay do the best eye make-up, I am convinced of this. They have some great palettes and I love this one particularly.

All beauty addicts know that Guerlain do the best perfume. Don't get a new one, go old school.  Apres L'Ondee is lovely and I've never met anyone who doesn't like it.

Dr Hauschka do divine bath oils. The Lavender one will have anyone sleeping like a baby. My tip is to mix it with some bubble bath so the bath doesn't get too oily and don't overload with the oil - one or two drops is fine.

If you know someone with thick hair, get them some Moroccan oil. They will love you forever.

The Muppets OPI collection is pure genius. My money is on Excuse Moi! It's a glittery pink.

Literally every woman I know would love to get a Chanel mirror.

We all need something to carry our makeup in and MAC do some very cool bags or Lulu Guinness if you want something more fun.

I really like the SpaceNK Life range. This gift set is just £15 and is so cute.

I could go on and on. Basically, when in doubt, go to SpaceNK or a Chanel counter and just do a supermarket sweep!

Friday, 9 December 2011

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

I bought some of this the other day while I was picking up a present for CoverBoy. It was half price so £5 and not £10. And I have to say, I am loving it. I have very dry hands that border on eczema and they are always bad at this time of the year. I slapped a bit of this on and instantly soft (yet crucially, not greasy) hands were mine. 

It has a huge design flaw though, the screw on top is small and fiddly and it is in a weird metal container - this going to make it much harder to squeeze it all out.  You'd think they could design a hand cream container a little better, it's not exactly difficult. Flip-top lid please L'Oreal, come on, you are not new to this.

Despite this drawback, I am going to recommend it because it really does work. It's still £5 this week and that makes it a real bargain too but I'd buy it for a tenner too. A perfect stocking filler.

Brazilian Blow Dry, early report

I washed my hair today - oh such bliss and joy. I can't tell you how fantastic it is to wash your hair after keratin had been painted on every single strand, blow dried and then sealed in within an inch of its life with hot irons. Then 72 hours (72 hours I say) without tying it back, tucking it behind ears, getting it wet and a sweaty zumba class. It felt disgusting to say the least.

My early report is very positive. It's super duper shiny, it took much less effort to blow dry and it is looking good. However, I do think when you've not washed your hair for ages, it does look so much better when you finally do - it's like it does your hair good to not be washed so much. So my tentative report card is that it's an optimistic start.

I shall naturally keep you all posted. I know you are on the edge of your seats.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The return of the Brazilian Blow Dry

Thanks to the joys of Wahenda, I had another Brazilian Blow Dry yesterday and only had to pay 30%  full price. It was a different salon to last time and altogether very different. It was at Lisa Shepherd in London which is a new salon although I was told she is big in the Midlands. She also appears to be famous for the TV show 10 Years Younger judging by the marketing everywhere.

The salon was very swish and seriously impressive. You are led to an area to wait for your stylist with the fanciest water machine and coffee maker I've ever seen. And a yellow Smeg fridge! I now want a yellow Smeg fridge. Excellent magazines too.

My stylist was from Dagenham. Really, do I attract stylists from the less glitzy areas of the world?! He was very young, bless him but seemed competent enough. They washed my hair with a clarifying shampoo and left me for 10 minutes with it on my hair. Usually I hate being left with my head back over a sink but it was so comfortable and you even put your feet up. Then he painted on the keratin (no choice of flavours this time) and took me back to the waiting area for 30 mins while it did its thing. Here they have internet access on Apple laptops. Nice touch. So much more interesting than sitting in a chair.

Then he blow dried it roughly and straightened it to seal it all in. I am now in the 72 hour no wash/no tying back period. Fortunately I am not at work so nobody has to suffer me over the next few days. This is the worst bit.

My hair is longer than a year ago so I am hoping it will have the desired effect. I decided to try this again because my hair is getting long and hard to manage. This is its last chance saloon before being chopped into a bob. I'll report back of course. I must say that I would go back to Lisa Shepherd (and I promise you they didn't bribe me to say that!) They were all very polite and not snotty because I had a voucher (some places can be). The whole salon had a nice vibe.

Dior Addict lipstick

Back in June when I was buying the miracle product that is Diorskin Nude, I was given a very generous lipstick sample. It was a proper lipstick but teeny tiny. I really liked the colour, it suited me and it was great for the handbag. Being me, I lost the lid and therefore it was not great for the handbag. The lid had the shade of the colour on it so I was somewhat stuck.

However, today I decided to rectify this and take my lidless one in and ask for help. The lovely lady at Peter Jones identified it as Diorkiss aka 578. I was very impressed until she told me that was the only sample they did of the Dior Addict lipsticks as it was the one Kate Moss wore in the advert.

Obviously I look better in mine than Kate but she's had a hard life so it's not her fault. I believe this is one of those magic lipsticks that suit all - it's lovely and bright without being garish and it's great for day or night. It also doesn't appear to dry my lips out. It's expensive but at the moment Debenhams and John Lewis are doing 15% off all cosmetics so run, don't walk. With all this Christmas shopping, you need to treat yourself and up the glamour for the Christmas party season.

Edited to add - I now, of course, have found the lid to the sample lipstick. The law of sod.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Nail colour of the week

I love this colour - Angora Cardigan. I've had it for a while now and it's the perfect dusty rose that is very easy to wear. It also has the perfect name. A snuggly, perfect colour for early December. We'll be breaking into the sparkles for Christmas soon...

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

New and exciting mascara

Lancome Hypnose Precious Cells mascara. Where do they come up with these names? And how do they do so with a straight face?

Anyway, another in-flight purchase. 12 hours is a long time, I got bored, ok? This promises to 'regenerate' your eyelashes, used continuously it says it will make your lashes thicker. I am so sceptical, I have a face of pure scepticism.

However, I can report that this is almost a perfect mascara, it applies beautifully, it amplifies one's lashes, it barely smudges and it comes off without the need for a shovel. It's £22 so frankly it should be good but it really actually is. Something to buy in-flight again (where it only cost me £18 - I say only, it's still really expensive for a mascara). It's not often I find a new mascara I actually would buy again but this, I would. Recommended.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Nail colour of the week

Jamaica Me Crazy. Stupidest name ever. The colour is nothing like the bottle above. It's much pinker with some sparkle. It's the sort of colour a ballroom dancer would wear. And why not?

Sunday, 27 November 2011

My New York City awesome blow dry

I was in New York the other week staying with a friend of mine. I arrived somewhat jaded, with a cold I'd had for days and on the red eye from LA. Let's just say, I wasn't at my most gorgeous. My first day was taken up with shopping. My second day still involved shopping but we were also meeting in the evening for cocktails and dinner in the funky meatpacking district. I walked past a mirror, saw my hair and decided Something Had To Be Done. It was while I was in Origins buying Christmas presents I had this realisation so I asked them where the nearest hair salon was. They directed me to Aveda just round the corner.

I used to adore Aveda. They definitely had a moment in the late 90s as being the place to get your hair care products. However, I hadn't investigated it for some time. Needs must and all that, I high-tailed it there and asked if they could squeeze me in for a blow dry (or a blow out as the Americans call it much to my amusement) and of course, they said yes.

Up I went to the very fancy salon (I was on Spring St - one of the hippest streets in Manhattan) to be met  by my stylist. It's clearly impossible to work in Manhattan unless you are the coolest cat in town, she was no exception however it emerged she was from Hull. Really, I go all the way to New York, decide to splurge on a blow dry and my stylist is from Hull? I had to laugh.

She started by offering me a choice of three oils for my scalp massage. I picked peppermint, she massaged it into my dry hair and it was heavenly. Then she shampooed and conditioner very thoroughly. Then someone came over and gave me a hand massage which was very lovely but I had just had a manicure so a little redundant. Oh, and I was given a delicious cup of liquorice tea. She asked what I wanted and I said BIG HAIR! Forgive me but I was in Manhattan, I wanted Fifth Avenue bounce. Most hairdressers really struggle drying my hair and it ends up being too flat. This is a bug bear of mine, I don't want flat, ironed hair. It doesn't suit me and it's too Atomic Kitten for my liking. But the lady from Hull understood! She gave me the most awesome blow dry - she really put herself into it, volume lotions, hair spray and pulling that brush up rather than out. It was fabulous. If I say so myself, my hair looked better than it's ever looked. If only I could have that sort of blow dry twice a week, I'd be sorted. When I am mega-rich, I am doing that.

The point of this post was to tell you about the hair spray she used. I never thought I could be swayed away from Elnett but we have a new upstart; Air Control.

She used loads of this. I was a bit worried as too much product makes one's hair greasy the next day but this didn't. It was very light and yet just gave the hair flexibility. I bought a little travel can and have been using it and it's a revelation. You can read about it here. It also smells yummy. I've put it on my Christmas wish list as a full-sized can costs £16. I don't know why I've decided to be frugal after the Sisley mask but hey ho!

So I bounced out of there, hair a-swinging and sashayed off for cocktails. Life felt good. Life always feels good when your hair looks good. True Fact.

By contrast today my hair looks a complete mess. My roots need doing (roll on Wednesday!) and it needs washing but I am seeing my personal trainer so no point washing it before seeing her. In breaking news, I am getting a keratin treatment the week after next. Expect full reporting back.

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask - review

I mentioned I wanted this a week or so ago. Well, that want turned into an obsession as seemingly every magazine I opened was reviewing it. I had £50 in John Lewis vouchers and decided if I put them towards the cost, it wouldn't be quite so extravagant. Yesterday I hot-footed it to Peter Jones and bought it. They had a 10% off all toiletries offer on too. So the total I had to pay out was £29. Yes, told you it was expensive.

The very nice lady asked me the magic question: "Would you like any samples?" Does anyone ever say no to this? Here is what she gave me:

Here is what was in that pouch:

10 samples! I was astounded but very grateful.

To the mask, what's it like? Well, I put some on after my long bath yesterday. You leave it on for 10-15 mins and then simply wipe off excess with a cotton pad. I hadn't realised this when I got it and had I known I may have had second thoughts as I am a fan of masks that require rinsing off because I think they work better on my skin. My verdict is it's lovely. It smells gorgeous and it rehydrates your skin. I wasn't too wild about just removing excess with a cotton pad as I did feel quite sticky for a few hours afterwards but after about four hours, my skin felt softer and plumper than it has done for ages. This would be a great post-flight mask.

Is it worth over £80? Well, it's a tricky one. I honestly am not sure it's any better than the Olay masks. It's obviously more luxurious etc but in terms of performance, I'd have to use it a few more times to give a rounded verdict. I can say that it's not as good as their Radiance mask.

The samples almost made it worth the spend though! I've always wanted to try their hand cream and now I have two sachets.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Original Source Mint & Walnut body scrub

I bought this on an impulse as I was in Boots and running out of body scrub and I have to tell you all that it's amazing. It smells lovely and it's refreshing and minty, it scrubs beautifully and it's cheap. What more could you want?

On a Winter morning, it's nice to have something to get the blood pumping and this makes all your bits, and I do mean all, tingle. Recommended.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Nail colour of the week

Be still my beating heart, we have a new blue on the block and it's lovely. It's very similar to the Dior blue I hunted down at the beginning of the year but Essie and therefore cheaper and better.

I love this, it's called Bobbing for Baubles and it's part of the new Winter Collection.

Size Matters is also lovely and I nearly went for that one. The rest don't inspire me much.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

YSL Beauty Sleep

A name so clever, you wonder why nobody else did it first. I bought this on the plane because frankly, who wouldn't? I was staring down the barrel of looooong days and jet lag, I needed every bit of help I could get.

So far, I am impressed but not wowed. It does leave your skin feeling super-smooth. I was so tired on this trip and had a cold so nothing short of a face lift would have really wowed me but it's not that expensive (compared to Midnight Secret) and it's worth a go with the party season coming up. I shall be reporting back as I continue to use it.

You can read more about it here.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Nail colour of the week

Sometimes you just need to give your nails a bit of a break from bright colours. Pink Glove Service by Essie is the perfect rosy pink that is almost not there but makes you look finished and polished. A great neutral.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Best hotel toiletries ever

I've been away with work and spent a few nights in Palm Springs. Usually work hotels are very corporate, nice and comfortable but not somewhere you would choose for yourself. This hotel was very different - the Parker Palm Springs - it was beautiful and funky. The rooms were divine and imagine my joy when I saw the toiletries. I was so excited, I took a photo of them to share.

Penhaligans shampoo and conditioner, Molten Brown very large shower gel/bubble bath and best of all Hermes soap. Also, loving the lip salve since you are in the desert, you need it. So what did I do? I forgot to bring it home with me. ROOKIE ERROR! Am kicking myself about the Hermes soap. Ho hum.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask

I so have my eye on this and if I read about it one more time, I am getting it. Who am I kidding? I plan to get it anyway and I shall report back. Sisley is the Rolls Royce of skincare.

Nail colour of the week

I love this one - Luxedo by Essie. It's a proper vampy dark purple, almost black and it's an excellent Halloween colour. Not that I could care less about Halloween, when did this country embrace Halloween? Bah.

Anyway, yes, this is lovely.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Body care must-haves

I don't want to ignore the body, after all, it makes up most of our being! It's easy to neglect it but we all know that would be a mistake.

First up, let's scrub. There's nothing like a body scrub to energise and get your blood pumping. I do like to scrub once a week and I've tried many scrubs over the years. At the moment I am using a Body Shop one and I really like it, not least because it's in a tube. Why do they make scrubs and put them in pots? It's such a faff in the shower. For this reason I have to exclude the delicious Ren Rose one I was given as a present which is divine but very impractical (and very slippery) and it also excludes the Bliss one which is probably the best in terms of results but again, comes in a pot.

So, by default, I vote the Body Shop Satsuma Scrub. It's nice and zesty, it's not too expensive and it lasts ages as you don't need much - I use those funny gloves to apply it, makes it last far longer.

In terms of shower gel, there is only one contender and that's Bliss. I am currently on the Blood Orange flavour but used Lemon and Sage throughout the summer.

Yes it is quite expensive but it lasts for ages, it is a very large bottle, it has a pump (again no fiddling with flip lids in the shower) and it smells heavenly.

Body moisturisers. I love Neutrogena Deep Moisture Creamy Oil. It sounds like it's going to be a greasy disaster but it sinks in like a dream and is lovely. It's a total bargain at £4.99.

Hand cream. I can't live without hand cream and have tubes of it all round my flat. I am not going to lie, the Bliss hand cream is gorgeous but I don't buy it because I get through way too much hand cream to justify that. I really like the Nivea Nourishing hand cream - not greasy and nice and cheap.

That's all folks! I think you'll agree this is my most thrifty post (apart from the Bliss!). I shall save specific Bath products for another thread.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Nail colour of the week

Today I went old school with Bahama Mama from Essie. A lovely classic deep purple. I am feeling the purple love after last week's Carry On which lasted me a whole seven days with NO chips. None. This is a miracle.

Anyway, am loving this and it suits my autumnal mood.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Make-up must-haves

Continuing in my series we come to the fun of make-up. A difficult one this as make-up is meant to be playful and I have so many things I love playing with and I like to experiment with new colours and so on. However, when I go away I always pack the following.

I'm not going to bang on about Origins VitaZing again but yes, I take it. I get anxiety if I am apart from it.

Blusher and for me Bobbi Brown wins every time, her cream blushers have a lot of pigment so last for ages.

You can use this on lips as well but I never do.

Eyes - first up is the primer and nobody makes a better one than Urban Decay. It's miraculous. Everyone should have this.

If I am feeling tired or I look tired then nothing is as good as Bobbi Brown Corrector.
I can't stress enough, apply with a brush and not your fingers. I put this under my eyes - not much at all and blend it in and it does perk you up no end.

Then I dust my eyes with Boots Seventeen powder - no point going expensive with this but then I don't powder my nose and if you do, you probably would want to upgrade.

Then my everyday look is an eyeliner and I cannot bear to be parted from my Urban Decay ones.

All the pretty colours! My favourite is Graffiti - the second from the right. But I have many and vary them depending on my mood. I have dozens of eye shadows too but that's for those days when I am prepared to make more effort.

To the mascara. Ahhhh, how many have I tried? And yes still none top Max Factor Masterpiece Max.

It goes on easily, gives you nice thick lashes and lasts all day. I don't like any others as much.

To lipstick. Now I don't wear lipstick by day but for a night out and especially for a night out after work, nothing fast tracks you to glamour more than a bright lippie and since I don't wear it all day long, it's worth getting the Rolls Royce which is Chanel Rouge Coco. It's fabulous, moisturising and divine in every way. Even if I did wear it every day, I'd still buy this.

For more of a day look and when I can be bothered, I do enjoy the Clinique Chubby Sticks. Nice and moisturising and easy to put on, I love the watermelon and the cherry ones.

There we have it. To put all the above on takes me five minutes - I've spent years practising. I can't sit for ages applying make-up, I don't have the patience for it.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Hair-care must-haves

How much money and time do we spend on our hair? I think we're much more obsessed with hair than anything else and it's because we believe with just the right product, cut and colour we could transform our looks.

So we come to my must-have hair products. Boy do I feel well researched, I have dozens of appliances I've tried gathering dust and I could fill an ocean with the amount of shampoo, conditioner and styling products I've thrown out half used. About my hair: it's thick and not dead straight but not nicely curly or interesting, more kinky with frizzy bits and annoying curls underneath.

I get my hair coloured at the hairdresser because I simply cannot be bothered with doing it at home and recreating an abattoir scene in my bathroom plus my towels are white and I'd like them to stay that way. Also as my hair is thick, it would be impossible to colour it at home and do a good job. So I get the roots tinted which is much better for your hair than a semi-permanent colour. However, to eek out the visit between hairdressers (and as I am getting older and have more grey), I am a huge fan of Clairol Root Touch-Up.

You put it in the obvious places (temples and parting), wait for 15 mins and rinse out.  It works wonders and costs less than £5. It's easy to apply (I ignore the brush and just dab it on - using the gloves, obviously) and it really means you can wait a few more weeks before going back to the hairdresser. It just seems to blend with your colour, I really think this is a miracle product.

To maintain my colour, I only use shampoo and conditioner designed for coloured hair. This is really important, I know it's a bit of a bore but I promise you if you don't your colour will fade faster. This is an area I have tested extensively, trust me. Also, wear a hat on holidays in the sun.

I am currently loving the Fudge range and it's not too expensive (about £7 a bottle).

And I really do love Pureology which is more expensive but lasts ages.

Both smell divine and the matching conditioners are great too. However, one needs a deep conditioner once in a while (especially on holiday) and so to Bumble and Bumble Creme De Coco Masque.

Nothing is as good as this. It deep conditions yet rinses out easily, my hair never feels heavy afterwards and it smells like heaven. It is £20 but I promise you it's worth it.

Since I am obsessed with conditioning my hair, I adore the Moroccan Hair Oil.

Glossy, shiny, bouncy hair? Yes please. All yours. If I could only take one thing to the desert island, it would be this. It also smells so good.

Combs? I have three combs. One for the shower to comb the conditioner through - wide toothed and from Origins, had it for years. One to then comb it after it's been wrapped up in a towel for 5 mins and then another  finer toothed one to comb it again after I've added my oil. I am so high-maintenance, it's almost embarrassing.

Phew, so now we have clean and perfectly conditioned hair. Time to style it! I've tinkered with styling products and have to admit, I've still not found one that's right for me. I tend to just go to the hair dryer without any additional styling products. However, I have middle to long hair all one length, it's hardly cutting edge punk.

My new Parlux hair dryer that I blogged about very recently is, as it turns out, life-changing. It is so powerful that my hair dries much, much faster.

I recommend it highly. I do like my Babyliss Big Hair but it's much more effort to use. I use a paddle brush to blow-dry my hair, round brushes just tangle up and cause me no end of heartache. I don't use an expensive one - just one from Boots that I knacker and have to replace about once a year. When I win the lottery, I would have a hairdresser to blow dry my hair all the time. I don't think Kate Middleton is extravagant having this, I so would if I were her too.

Time to hairspray! I only ever buy Elnett as it seems to do the job for me.

The very essence of hair to me. I adore the smell, the can, the fact it never changes. It comes in handy handbag sizes, it brushes out, my hair never feels stiff. I adore it. I don't use a lot of hairspray so a can lasts me a long time but I've never seriously bothered with anything else.

And after all that, I am ready to swing into the world with my mane of glossy hair (well, in my dreams!)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Nail colour of the week

Back in my comfort zone this week with Essie's Carry On from the new collection. It's a deep purple, almost black, bit like an aubergine. It's divine. I am so in love with it. Not for the faint hearted though.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Skin-care must-haves

As we move properly into Autumn, I thought it was worth doing a round-up of the skin-care products (for the face) I really would struggle to be without. I am constantly blogging about new things I try but here is my list of serious must-haves:

Origins Checks and Balances face wash. I've been using this for years and I still love it. I also love the Origins Clean Energy Oil but if I could only have one, I'd have to go for C&B.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask. This stuff still wows me. I adore it and really believe it works, it makes your skin more even, glowy and just fabulous. I can't imagine being without it.

Soap & Glory, No Clogs Allowed! This is a scrub that can also be used as a mask. It's a new favourite for me. It does leave your skin a little dry but if you suffer from blackheads, it's the business. I use it once a week in the bath so my pores are all opened up and it works wonders. If you live in a grimy city, this is indispensable.

It's hard to pick one moisturiser but if I had to, then it would be Origins Starting Over. It smells lovely, it sinks in and my skin feels just right when I use it. It doesn't have an SPF though.

My contender for product of the year is Origins VitaZing. If you've not tried it yet, I must implore you to run and don't walk to your local Origins counter. It's fantastic for that healthy glow. Perfect for those of us who don't wear foundation.

Five products and we're only on the face. Hmmmm. I really would struggle on a desert island! This post is not sponsored by Origins (I wish).

Next up will be hair care must-haves.


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