Yearly Archives: 2018

Summer 2018 New Must Try Skincare!

Posted on August 9, 2018

Happy Thursday everyone! I have a few brand new summer skincare products to share with you today – enjoy!

Let’s start with the Starskin 7 Second Morning Mask – technically, this isn’t really a mask, these are double sided pads designed to be used in the morning to clean and prep the skin for the day ahead. One side of the pad has small beads to massage, exfoliate, remove dead skin cells and increase hydration, and the other applies a serum and moisturiser whilst ‘masking’ for a skin plumping hydration boost, leaving skin feeling soft and dewy. The idea is that this is a 7-in-1 product offering everything your morning skincare routine requires, in one handy pad. This is perfect for those that don’t want the hassle of a long morning routine – I love this product!

Next I have the Glamglow Instamud– this is a foaming treatment mask designed to instantly refine pores and even the skin tone, promising to leave skin smooth and soft in only 60 seconds. It contains bentonite, kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera, and licorice root, and the micro-bubbling mud activates on contact with your skin to energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion. I LOVE a bubbly mask, and this one does the trick without upsetting my sensitive skin, awesome!

Continuing with the bubbles, this is the Hello Jo Speak Up! Bubble Lip Mask – rather than a ‘grainy’ lip exfoliator, this works with enzymes, antioxidants and Vitamins A and C which break down dead skin cells to leave lips feeling renewed and resurfaced. You simply rub it on and watch the mask bubble up – I love how this makes my lips feel so smooth and nourished.

For cleansers, firstly I have the fantastic SVR Physiopure Cleansing Micellar Water Pure & Mild – this micellar water cleanser has been specifically developed for sensitive skin (yay!). The lightweight liquid purifies and detoxifies skin, and it eliminates dirt and all traces of makeup without over-drying or leaving skin feeling tight. This is a fantastic cleanser if you have sensitive skin.

And the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Foaming Cleanser– this cleanser purifies and detoxifies the skin of impurities. It contains natural cucumber extract, sugarcane and sugar maple extract to encourage cell turnover whilst calming and soothing irritated skin, and glycerin and sodium PCA to cleanse and hydrate the skin whilst locking in moisture to reveal a healthier, refreshed appearance. It’s also good to know this cleanser is also alcohol and sulphate free!

The Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster is perfect for those with sensitive skin that may not be able to use a high strength retinol. It contains a powerful blend of eight targeted peptides, where each one addresses a specific anti-ageing concern, from loss of radiance and uneven skin tone to fine lines and wrinkles. Together with skin-restoring ingredients such as amino acids, antioxidants and hydrators, the Peptide Booster strengthens and protects the skin’s barrier and increases natural resilience. I’ve used this a few times now and I’m SO impressed with the results! It instantly makes my skin look and feel brighter, fresher and more radiant. This product is a must try!

Gatineau Perfection Ultime Radiance Energizing Eye Concentrate – if you have issues with puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, then this one’s for you. This serum has a super lightweight consistency that instantly absorbs into the skin to leave the eye area feeling silky smooth and instantly refreshed. The formula includes horse chestnut seed extract and yeast extract to boost circulation, smooth lines and reduce inflammation, and sweet almond oil which promotes smooth, plump and youthful-looking skin. It also provides long lasting hydration, helping to refresh and soothe tired eyes.

Continuing with eyes, I LOVE a good eye patch, and the Peter Thomas Roth Hydra Gel Eye Patches are just fantastic. The formula contains cucumber extract, allantoin, chamomile, aloe, niacinimide, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, hydrolyzed collagen, caffeine and arnica to awaken the appearance of tired eyes and diminish dark circles and puffiness. These patches leave my eye are feeling amazingly soothed and refreshed – I’ve been keeping mine in the fridge!

The Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly – is a super lightweight water-jelly designed to deliver 24-hour hydration repair, plus pollution protection. This jelly features Clinique’s Clean Shield Technology and is formulated with a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract and cucumber fruit extract to strengthen skin’s barrier, improve its resiliency, and balance and retain skin’s moisture levels. I love the texture of this jelly, it’s so light and it absorbs into the skin super quickly without leaving any residue. This is a must-try if you’re looking for a light feeling product that leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

And another brand that I’ve just come across is Cinch. The Cinch Face Cheat Moisturiser + Glow – is a spray moisturiser that also lightly illuminates the skin, whilst helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, minimise the look of pores and prime your skin ready for make-up application. This is definitely worth a try if you have dull and lacklustre skin.

Bali Body Bronzing Lotion – this is a fast absorbing light-weight moisturiser, combining fake tanning with the benefits of a skincare product. This vegan, antioxidant-rich Bronzing Lotion contains Vitamin E and natural oils to hydrate and smooth the skin, whilst organic caramel extract provides an instant bronzed glow. This gives you a lovely natural looking glow, whilst leaving skin feeling amazingly soft.

And last but not least, the This Works In Transit Pollution Shield – this spray contains moisturising hyaluronic acid, with chamomile extract and aloe vera to soothe skin and calm redness and irritation, and a polysaccharide pollution shield which inhibits the attack of carbon particles, particulate matter and heavy metals as you go about your day. This protective mist will help prevent signs of ageing and keep skin looking fresh and hydrated throughout the day with make-up held in place, whilst defending against environmental aggressors and pollutants.

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New Men’s Fragrance Launch: John Wayne Duke EDP

Posted on August 7, 2018

I don’t talk too much about men’s fragrance on TSNC, but when one comes along that offers something different and catches my eye, you know I’m going to share it with you!

As soon as I heard about the new John Wayne ‘Duke’ fragrance, my very first thought was OMG my Dad would love that! – and that’s exactly what the creator is going for. Let me just rewind for a second here just in case you’re not aware of John Wayne. He was an actor that rose to fame in the 1940’s and was incredibly successful right through to the 70’s, mostly in country and western films. Because of this, he has a massive yet quite niche fan base – essentially men of a certain age that grew up watching and idolising him, exactly like my dad!

Over the years I have witnessed my dad watch the same old movies time and time again, and though they pretty much all look the same to me, there’s always cowboys, horses, saloons with swing doors, men drinking whiskey, smoking, guns, fights and lots of drama – and that’s exactly what this fragrance smells like, it’s like the essence of a classic western movie has been bottled, ready for the wearer to spray it on and transport back in time.

The box has a faux leather finish, with an outline of John Wayne and minimal text, and the bottle design is based on a classic hip flask, with a real leather cover, stitching detail and a printed John Wayne logo. Duke is a very well thought out, luxury sent, and pretty much ticks all the boxes in terms of what you’d expect when you understand its origins.

A scent that challenges men to live up to their highest potential, the new “DUKE” Fragrance marks the revival of a true American Icon whilst installing within it all the essences of the west. Clean Masculine John Wayne “Duke” is a distinctive fragrance capturing the bold and energetic spirit of this Icon of the screen. First, a uniquely charismatic opening of assorted spices and Tobacco leaf draws you back in time to the new frontier that was the west, where you discover a warm heart of vanilla and cocoa as you sat around the campfire with the coffee boiling, and where earthy woods and spices adds depth of character to the vastness of the open range, but the true star of this fragrance is the essence of John Wayne, the essence that embodies the quiet strength and conviction of the modern cowboy, and gives this fragrance a strong, sexy masculine finish.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit, orange
  • Heart Notes: Red fruits, clove, cinnamon, jasmine
  • Base Notes: Amber, cedarwood, patchouli, vetivert

Honestly this fragrance just smells like I see my dad in my imagination (if that makes sense), I love it so much! And I know he is going to be absolutely thrilled when I gift it to him 🙂

John Wayne Duke EDP is available to buy now at Iconic Fragrances.

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Recalling Happy Memories with Anya Hindmarch Candles!

Posted on August 6, 2018

I was SO excited when I heard that Anya Hindmarch was launching a range of candles – Anya Smells. I love the brand so much, it’s so playful and fun, and it’s just what fashion should be about if you ask me. Unfortunately though, my wallet doesn’t quite reach Anya Hindmarch prices (cue sad face) so when Anya Smells launched their first ever range of candles – that were also reasonably affordable (compared to AH fashion products), I knew this would be the perfect opportunity for fans of the brand to own their very own piece of Anya Hindmarch!

Anya Smells is a collection of twelve candles that are inspired by scents that evoke happy memories for Anya: Washing Powder, Toothpaste, Lip Balm, Sun Lotion, Baby Powder and Coffee. Part of an ongoing commitment to recreating the everyday in an extraordinary way, each fragrance has been created using the finest raw materials and the candles are hand-poured in England.

I love that the scents are based on smells we can all recognise – and many will bring back our own fond memories of youth and childhood. I mean I love a nice fancy scented candle, but to create a candle with a scent that’s deliberately made to evoke happy memories, that has a mass appeal, and then to team this up with Anya Hindmarch’s fun and positive branding, I think it’s just genius!

I have three of these gorgeously fun candles to share with you today –

First up is Lip Balm – this candle is inspired by first kisses, with notes of dark cherry, plum flesh, pomegranate seeds, night-blooming Egyptian jasmine, Japanese cherry blossom, Iris from Florence, rose, French vanilla, tonka bean and musk. This candle really does smell just like an elevated version of the classic cherry lip balm scent – I love it! This is definitely my favourite fragrance out of the three candlesI have 🙂

Next, Washing Powder – Inspired by the smell of sun-dried laundry, notes of Calone, violet leaf, cucumber, watermelon rind, Persian galbanum, Australian mimosa, Hyacinth, pine needles, first-bloom crocus and honeysuckle, combine with freshly-made beds and missing socks to create this ozonic floral scent. This one just takes me back to my childhood, it’s such a lovely, warm, clean fragrance.

And lastly Coffee – Inspired by early mornings, the Coffee candle blends notes of café abs, galbanum from Iran, cardamom from India, vetiver, patchouli, Virginia cedar wood, tonka bean, frankincense and amber with birdsong and waiting taxis to create a dark and woody scent that evokes the smell of freshly-brewed coffee. I’m bit of a funny one, because I absolutely love the smell of coffee, but hate the taste. This candle smells of gorgeous rich coffee, and makes me think of my husband.

There are also a few more candles in the range: Baby Powder, Tooth Paste and Sun Lotion (I love the smell of sun lotion, so this one really appeals to me). I really just love everything about these candles, the look is playful and kitsch, the fragrances are different to any other candles around, and there’s just something very comforting about such familiar scents, making you think of home, childhood, and family. If you’re as mad about candles as I am, you NEED these in your life!

Anya Smells candles are available now at Feel Unique.

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Penhaligon’s Hidden London Collection: Marylebone Wood EDP

Posted on August 3, 2018

At last Friday is here! I hope you’ve been having a lovely week? I’ve been incredibly busy, and I’m now trying to catch up with everything!

Today I have a gorgeous new fragrance from Penhaligon’s to share with you. Their latest olfactory collection, The Hidden London Collection, has just launched with a trio of elegant eau de parfum fragrances, inviting us to discover the city…

Some would say there is no better way to discover a city than by foot. Indeed, how else to get to truly know a city than to lose oneself into its streets? They might also say that there is no better way to travel than with the power of scent. Whether through the generally uplifting effect it has on one’s soul, whether because of childhood associations with Nanny, the Library; or the soft skin of a cherished lover, fragrance is a journey. Penhaligon’s invites you now on a journey through London. Hidden London invites you on a tour around its streets, to discover what remains hidden until we truly look.

The collection includes three fragrances named after boroughs in London: Belgravia Chypre, Kensington Amber, and Marylebone Wood.

Elegant, refined and classic, Marylebone Wood is a fragrance that makes an understated statement. It reeks of a luxury and sophistication, in a way that only a Penhaligon’s fragrance can. I’d say this is definitely a more masculine scent, though it’s still definitely on the unisex spectrum and of course it can be worn by anyone.

Intimate, characterful elegance, Marylebone has a feeling of home about it. A winding lane, Georgian brick houses, Sherlock Holmes’s abode, and the Wallace Collection, as well as its proximity to London’s parks; all are a breath of fresh air.

Marylebone Wood is quintessentially British, its no doubt a modern scent, whilst offering a distinct nod to London’s rich history. This is a beautifully formal scent, with notes of dry smoky sandalwood, a mossy vetiver, and creamy warm patchouli – simply beautiful.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: No Heart Notes
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, vetiver, Patchouli, Amber

The Penhaligon’s Hidden London Collection of fragrances is available now at Penhaligon’s and Harrods.

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Hot New Brand Alert! MAKE Beauty now available at Feel Unique!

Posted on July 30, 2018

As soon as I saw MAKE Beauty had arrived on the Feel Unique site, I was intrigued to find out what they were about. The packaging reminded me of Topshop makeup (do you agree??) and the range just looked very modern, slick and of high quality. I’ve been trying out a few of their products this week…

Feelunique is launching New York beauty brand MAKE with two sensational exclusives! Socially minded, MAKE believe there are no beauty rules –it’s all about being confident in your own skin. Co –founded in 2013 by Ariana Mouyiaris, daughter of renowned makeup entrepreneur and philanthropist Nikos Mouyiaris, MAKE champions the modern woman. Introducing a line-up of 32 products, with two exclusives to Feelunique, the range offers minimal makeup must haves, multi-functional essentials and technology-driven skincare.

Firstly I have the Succulent Mist – this is a Feel Unique Exclusive, and I absolutely love it! This cooling mist is suitable for both face and body, and it’s designed to repair hot, sun parched or environmentally challenged skin. It contains cactus extract to help hydrate and refresh, and the aloe vera, prickly pear and hyaluronic acid work together to nourish and detoxify the skin from overexposure to pollutants and toxins, whilst reducing the appearance of redness. It has a wonderful instant cooling effect on the skin, and I’ve been using this daily since I’ve received it – it’s a lifesaver in this heatwave!

I also have the Moonlight Neck Repair – this is another Feelunique Exclusive. It’s a lightweight gel for the neck and décolleté to address technology-induced, premature wrinkling (basically from looking down at your phone so much!) It contains kigelia and acacia gum extract to help firm, lift and tighten the skin while providing potent anti-oxidant, anti-aging protection, and sodium hyaluronate which mimics the hyaluronic acid produced by the skin to give added volume and plumpness.

And the Marine Salve – this is easily one of my favourite products from the brand. It’s essentially a multifunctional topical balm that can be used anywhere on the body to relieve and calm unhappy skin. You can use it to treat chapped lips, dry, cracked and irritated skin, chafing, cuts, you name it! It also creates a moisturising barrier to help protect skin from dryness, wind and other external aggressors, whilst shielding against pollution, heavy metals and free radicals. This is a fantastic all-rounder that’s perfect for keeping in your handbag.

Next I have the Moonlight Moisturizing Primer – have you ever heard of a black primer? I definitely haven’t! Though the product is black in colour, it quickly transforms into a translucent gel when applied to the skin. This unique silicone-free hydrating gel cream glides on to the skin to moisturise, mattify and prep the skin whilst providing a protective shield against urban pollution. It’s a fantastic makeup primer, and now a staple in my makeup bag!

On to makeup now, the Skin Illuminator in shade Skir is just beautiful. Inspired by the Aurora Borealis (with shade names that reference Scandinavian terms for light: Skir, Llos and Nor) this highlighter contains light-diffusing pigments and gives a gorgeous white pearlescent glimmer to the skin. If you love striking highlighters this is definitely one for you!

And lastly I have a couple of lipsticks, in both available formulas – Silk Cream and Matte. The Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy (a mid pink) doubles as a protective moisturising treatment with antioxidant vitamins, rosehip, soybean and safflower oils. Taffy is a lovely nude pink that feels smooth and hydrating on the lips and is perfect for every day wear. And the Matte Lipstick in Scarlet (a bright red) is an intensely-pigmented matte lipstick with a velvet finish. The super long-wearing formula contains sunflower seed oil to glide and blend effortlessly onto the lips, and vitamin A to condition and hydrate. I adore this shade! Again it feels wonderfully comfortable on the lips and the matte finish is also long lasting too. These both get a thumbs up from me!

I’m honestly really impressed with this range, and so glad Feel Unique kindly gave me the opportunity to discover some new beauty favourites! I love the Succulent Mist, Marine Salve, Skin Illuminator and Lipsticks especially. I’d love to hear if you’ve discovered any new brands lately?

MAKE Beauty products are available now at Feel Unique.

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Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Collection

Posted on July 27, 2018

The latest collection from Smashbox is one of the most beautiful cosmetic collections I’ve seen so far this year. In collaboration with instagram star Vlada Haggerty (who’s also Smashbox’s Lip-Editor-in-Chief) the Petal Metal range combines high-shine metallic finishes with gorgeous rose gold hues.

The 16 piece curated collection features Vlada’s signature shade of rose gold. Inspired by her lip drip art (check out her amazing work at @vladamua) this magnetic makeup collection features Vlada-approved statement-makers for the face, eyes, lip and body.

“The beauty of this collection is that the shades don’t compete or create a dull, monochromatic effect. Instead, they complement every skin tone and together build beautiful layers of pink that add warmth, radiance and a bouquet of boldness to your look!” – Vlada Haggerty.

Firstly, I have the Petal Metal Shimmer Spray – this is an all-over, lightweight illuminating spray that mists on multi-dimensional pearls, leaving skin hydrated and radiant with a dewy glow. Each spritz captures and reflects light, making skin appear smoother and more luminous. You can use it on your face before applying makeup or on your body to make your skin look beautifully radiant. I tried my best to get a decent photo swatch, but the sparkles were so super fine they didn’t show up in my photos. This product really does give the most lovely dewy glisten to the skin – if you like a glowing, luminous complexion you should definitely give this a go.

I also have one of the Always On Petal Metal Liquid Lipsticks – there are three shades available, and I have XO, Vlada, which is a metallic rose gold. This liquid lipstick promises 8 hours of wear, and is packed with jojoba, apricot and sunflower oils to deliver a light, metallic matte sheen. The finish really is the perfect combination of metallic and matte, and one swipe gives amazing full opacity. I didn’t try this for the full 8 hours I must admit, but it did last a good few hours without wearing off at all.

And lastly the beautiful Petal Metal Powder Highlighter – again this is available in three shades, and I have Prismatic Pearl, which is a gorgeous iridescent rose gold.

The formula is a luxurious gel-powder with a super soft and silky feel. Prismatic Pearl is such an unusual shade too, it’s an intense pink, but has a bright gold with and almost green tinged irisdescent shine – you really have to try it yourself to see what I mean! If you love striking coloured highlighters like I do, this is a must have for your makeup collection!

Swatches above – Powder Highlighter in Prismatic Pearl (left), Liquid Lipstick in XO, Vlada (right).

The high-shine rose gold chrome packaging is just gorgeous, and I’m completely in love with the Powder Highlighter – the iridescent pink shade is just so striking and beautiful. I think I’ll also get great use out of the shimmer Spray too. This is such a gorgeous collection all round, and I definitely recommend you check out the products and try them if you can. What do you think of this collection? Let me know!

The Petal Metal Collection is available now at Smashbox and Boots.

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MAC Limited Edition Look in a Box: Endless Sunshine

Posted on July 26, 2018

Hello again! I hope you’re enjoying this heatwave? (I’m not, I’m hiding indoors with my fan!) Today I have one of the fab new ‘Look in a Box’ sets from MAC to share with you. As it says on the box, the Look in a Box sets contain everything you need to create a specific look. There are currently four ‘full face’ sets available, which include all the colour makeup you need. The one I have is called Endless Sunshine…

A lip and eye kit featuring beautiful bronzed shades, including Eyeshadows in Take Tan and To The Beach, Lipstick in Chili, Powder Blush in Endless Sunshine, Technakol liner in Photogravure, and In Extreme Dimension Lash.

The Endless Sunshine Look in a Box includes some gorgeous bronze and nude shades, as well as a head-turning bright red lipstick. Here’s what’s inside –

  • Eye Shadow in Take Tan: a gold with copper (frost finish)
  • Eye Shadow in To The Beach: a deep brown with gold sparkle (veluxe pearl finish)
  • Lipstick in Chili: a brownish orange-red (matte finish)
  • Powder Blush in Endless Sunshine: a warm taupe (matte finish)
  • Technakohl Liner in Photograveure: a soft black with brown undertones.
  • Extreme In Extreme Dimension Mascara in Black.

I’ve added up the cost of these products individually, and they come to exactly £100. This Set is only £49.50, so you’re really getting a fantastic deal!

The MAC Endless Sunshine Look In A Box Set is £49.50 and available now at MAC and ASOS.

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