Monday, 14 April 2014

BUY THIS NOW: Macadamia Flawless 6 in 1 Cleansing Conditioner

Cleansing conditioners are starting to gain a bit of momentum in the mainstream beauty market.  I used to exclusively co-wash my hair, with any old conditioner free from silicone, and I'm pleased to see sulphate free cleansing conditioners coming onto the market.

One of the new breed of cleansing conditioners is this very prettily packaged Flawless 6 in 1 Cleansing Conditioner from Macadamia.  It claims to cleanse, condition, and detangle the hair, whilst also adding volume, reducing blow drying time, and eliminating frizz.

Does it deliver?  Surprisingly, yes.  On my colour treated, dryish hair, it leaves my hair feeling soft, hydrated and completely clean, and when I blow dry my hair after use, my hair does dry more quickly, has plenty of volume, and is pretty smooth.  When I leave my hair to dry naturally, it's not perfectly smooth, but it is smoother than usual without additional product.

In short, I'm seriously impressed by this cleansing conditioner.  It's not cheap, but it's not overpriced, either - the 90ml bottle, which is good for around 5 or 6 washes, costs around £7, not bad for something which fulfils so many functions.  I'll definitely be buying the larger 250ml can, which costs £22, and keeping my 90ml sample for travel.  You'll find Macadamia Flawless 6 in 1 Cleansing Conditioner at

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Stila Ruby Grapefruit Lip Glaze

Stila's trademark Lip Glazes are a thing of legend - soft, plush on the lips, super shiny, and with that lovely milky quality.  This one, Ruby Grapefruit, has previously only been available in special edition sets, but is shortly going to be launching alone for a mere £15 - and in Marks and Spencer, no less!  The brand is coming to M&S' ever growing Your Beauty section, bringing with it some super cute exclusive palettes alongside the usual lineup of Convertible Colours and Smudge Pots.  Find Stila in store from April.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Pur Minerals Spring/Summer 2014 Chateau Collection - Powder Blush in Sassy & Lipsticks in Starlet and Jezebel

Pur Minerals' latest collection for Spring/Summer 2014 draws inspiration from wine and vineyards, and uses 'wine extract' for an anti aging effect.  There's little detail on what this 'wine extract' actually is, but unfortunately, the blushes, lipsticks and glosses from the range won't get you tipsy.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Decleor Aromessence Mandarine

Decleor have celebrated their 40th birthday by releasing a new range of skincare - the Aroma Lisse range utilises Mandarin Oil to fight the signs of aging.  One of the four products is this Aromessence Mandarine, a rich night balm designed to smooth and hydrate the skin.

The packaging works against it a little - because it's a solid balm, you need to scoop out a little bit using your fingertips, and the jar neck is quite narrow - I've solved the problem by scraping some off with my fingernail, but it's still a little awkward.

As you might expect, it smells delightfully citrusy.  It's also incredibly thick and rich - the texture is more akin to a balm cleanser like Elemis' Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, and like a balm cleanser it melts and softens on the fingertips so you can massage it into the skin.

Dry, parched skin will feel dreamily soft and hydrated in the morning, and visibly plumped up for good measure.  If your skin is normal or oily, I wouldn't recommend trying this - it's so rich it's quite likely to overload delicate or oily skins.

At £33 for 15ml, this is one expensive balm - although it is made of 100% natural ingredients including shea butter, mandarin oil, and evening primrose oil.  If you like a facial oil but find a liquid texture too much hard work, you'll love this - the solid texture is much more travel friendly, whilst still packing a potent hydrating punch and actively encouraging a bit of facial massage.  Find it at the Decleor website now.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Quick Pick: Marks & Spencer Tuscan Escape Lemon Verbena Olive Stone Body Scrub

This body scrub was a bit of a chance find at a recent M&S event - and I'm very, very glad I brought it home with me.  It's a scrubby, bits-in-gel type format, with the bits made of olive stone.  The scent is heavenly - zesty, lemony, and very, very fresh without any of that sickly, artificial sweetness lemon scents can sometimes bring.  It smells like the zest of a lemon - sharp, fruity, and only slightly sweet.

The olive stone scrubby pieces do make this a manual exfoliant which is very effective, and could be too harsh if you have very sensitive skin, so do be careful with it.  Luckily there aren't too many scrubby bits, so my normal skin found it just fine.  I can't find it on the Marks and Spencer website right now, but you'll find it in store for a very reasonable £6.

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Friday, 4 April 2014

YSL Forever Light Creator CC Creme

Finally!  Someone has released a CC cream which isn't just a BB cream with new packaging!

YSL's latest skin offering is this new CC cream, which really is a colour corrector, and comes under the Forever Light Creator brand.

Lavender, Apricot, Rose
There are three shades - Lavender for neutralising yellow tones and sallowness; Rose for counteracting dullness; and Apricot for adding a warming glow.  Each boast SPF 35 and PA+++ protection, meaning that your skin is protected from both UVA and UVB rays whilst wearing it.

The texture is extremely light and fluid -  they spread easily across the skin and sink in quickly.  I found I needed less than I expected - a small blob applied atop moisturised skin is plenty.  Going overboard will leave you looking a bit odd thanks to the white-ish base.  I wonder whether they'd work on those with deeper skin tones - the white-ish cast to the Lavender and Rose shades might look a bit ashy, and not as natural as intended.

And here I am wearing the Rose shade underneath my normal foundation.  Granted, the light was pretty good when I took this photo, but my skin certainly is bright when I wear it.  For me, it's a toss up between Rose and Lavender for my favourite shade - both make my skin look bright and even, help my foundation apply more smoothly, with the Lavender really helping out when I've not had enough sleep.

The verdict, then?  Lovely, albeit not entirely necessary - if you seek perfect skin, this'll definitely help, but if you're not that fussed for brightness you probably don't need it, particularly given that these babies cost £30 a tube.  Find them now at the YSL Beauty website.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Genius: Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins' latest self-tanning product is a wonderful idea - a teeny tiny bottle of concentrated self tan essence which you mix in with your regular moisturiser.  You only need use a couple of drops to get a gentle tan which develops naturally over time.  Clarins claim that this promotes a more natural tan because you're applying it with your moisturiser, which helps give a more even application and allows plenty of time to distribute over the face and rub in.

I really like the idea of adding something to moisturiser for a bit of a glow.  It doesn't force you to change your skincare regime at all if you want to self tan in the summer, and the relatively small outlay of £18 means you can use up your existing skincare whilst still getting some colour.  Better still, you can customise how much you use by adding between one to three drops, morning and/or night.

I rarely self tan for a number of reasons - one, because redheads with brown skin look a bit weird, and two because I'm clumsy and just know I'd end up with a patchy and/or orange face.  Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster seems like such a gentle introduction, though, even I'm up for giving it a try.

Find it now at the Clarins website for £18.

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