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Beauty: NEW Guerlain Terracotta Products for SS17 #FeelTheSunAndFeelGood

Posted on July 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you’re a fan of Guerlain makeup and skincare, you’ll no doubt be aware of their famous Terracotta product range. For SS17, Guerlain have added a few fab new products to their Terracotta collection, including new collector’s items, basics and limited editions, that each promise to illuminate skin with a natural golden glow and revive its radiance…

In 2017, Terracotta has been reinvented and Guerlain has created must-have new products that leave us feeling good inside and out all year round, with or without the sun.  A collection offering a host of face and body rituals, allowing every woman to obtain a natural tan whenever she wishes – while waiting for the sun to appear or under its rays; adjust the intensity for made-to-measure colour; and choose a matte or shimmer finish.

Starting with Terracotta Jolies Jambes (£45.00) – literally meaning ‘pretty legs’, this is Guerlain’s first perfecting and blurring tinted fluid especially for legs. I’d describe the formula as a medium weight fluid, which gives the coverage of a light foundation. Shade Clair / Light which I have gives pale legs a beautiful natural looking glow, whilst instantly blurring away minor blemishes and skin imperfections. The idea kind of reminds me of Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs (which is a spray) – this however is a cream, and it has the most beautiful summery scent with notes of Vanilla and Tiare Flower – it really is gorgeous! The formula also resists sweat and rubbing and is transfer-proof, and to remove, you simply wash it away in the shower with soap.

For the body, I also have the Terracotta Nourishing Dry Oil (£41.50) – this is a lightweight dry oil for the face, body and hair. Again with the lovely Tiare Flower scent, the Terracotta Nourishing Dry Oil is enriched with Sweet Almond, Camelina and Limnanthus Seed Oil to soothe, protect and nourish skin, as well as a Tan Booster Complex to prepare and enhance the skin’s natural tan. Ideal for all skin types, the Guerlain Terracotta Nourishing Dry Oil promises to cocoon skin in intense nourishment.

Guerlain advises to apply a few drops to the face and body to give a satiny finish, or after sun exposure to enhance the skin’s natural tan. Or to use on hair, apply to the lengths for a wet-hair effect, or as a mask for intense nourishment.

I also have a couple of new Terracotta makeup products. For SS17, Guerlain has improved the formula of their limited edition Terracotta Sun Tonic Bronzing Powder (£36.50) so it’s now waterproof – meaning there’s no need to worry about your bronzer wearing off this summer. The delicately milled formulation creates an ultra-fine film to give skin a flawless finish, providing your complexion with long-lasting comfort and moisture, and it’s also been enriched with a Tan Booster Complex, to activate, boost and prolong your tan. I have shade 03 Natural Brunettes which is slightly too dark for my super fair complexion, but would be perfect for those with a light to medium skin tone.

And lastly, I have one of the new Kiss Kiss Shaping Cream Lip Colours (£27.50). Two bold new hues have been introduced to the KissKiss range for SS17, including 567 Pink Sunrise, a romantic rosy red, and 542 Orange Peps which is an intense bright orange shade.

The limited edition Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick shades promise to dress the lips in bold, comfortable colour thanks to its satin-finish and non-drying texture. These lipsticks are enriched with plumping Hyaluronic Acid Spheres and Mango Butter, to immediately smooth and nourish, for a perfected lip look.

Personally, I’m a big fan of bright lipstick shades for summer, any bright oranges or hot pinks will always look good with a tan, so this intense orange shade is the perfect addition to your SS17 lipstick wardrobe.

Guerlain’s Terracotta range is available now at Debenhams and House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Beauty: Liz Earle Skincare on Trial

Posted on July 10, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’ve been trying out a few products from Liz Earle over the last couple of weeks, and wanted to give you the low down today and let you know how I’ve been getting on with them. My skin is pretty dry and can often be sensitive, which means I have to be a bit careful when it comes to trying out new skincare products – if you have sensitive skin you’ll know what I mean! I’ve been trying out a new limited edition Cleanse & Polish, a Moisturiser for sensitive skin, and a few other skincare products. Read on to find out my thoughts…

Starting with the Cleanse & Polish Grapefruit & Patchouli (£22.75 for 150ml including 2x cotton cloths) – Liz Earle’s classic Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has been revamped into a fab limited edition for summer 2017. This new Grapefruit & Patchouli version is just the same as the original in terms of formula, but this is fragranced with an invigorating blend of zesty grapefruit and woody patchouli essential oils.

If you’re not familiar with Cleanse & Polish, this cult product is a thick, rich cream that does a fantastic job of removing dirt, grease and makeup from the skin, leaving your complexion feeling fresh and clean. It’s actually been quite a few years since I last use the original Cleanse & Polish, so I was looking forward to trying out this new scented version. Firstly, I have to say it smells heavenly! And after massaging into the skin, it really does deep cleanse and remove all traces of makeup, as well as lightly exfoliating – leaving skin feeling fresh, clear and bright.

The Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer (£14.75) is up next. This toner has a light floral fragrance, and contains naturally active ingredients including Aloe Vera to revitalise and soften and Calendula, Chamomile, Cucumber and Vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin. You can use it directly after the Cleanse & Polish to soothe the skin, or just spritz over both face and body and time of day to refresh and revitalize.

I’ve also been trying the Superskin Moisturiser (£39.00 for 50ml) – I went with the unfragranced version for sensitive skin, which contains Cranberry, Borage and Rosehip Seed oils. I’ve been using this after the above Skin Tonic Toner, massaging into my face and neck, and I have to say my skin has been feeling fantastic!

Liz Earle have advised for optimal results to follow the specific facial massage techniques below. This should help clear toxins, reduce puffiness, boost circulation and aid lymphatic drainage:

Step 1: Apply to face with upward and outward movements using firm pressure.

Step 2: With your fingertips, lightly smooth in an outward circular direction along the cheekbones to above the eyebrows.

Step 3: Using the thumb and ring finger, gently pinch along the brow bone from the nose to the outer edge of the brow.

Step 4: Finish by gently sweeping your hands up the neck and over the décolletage.

For the body, I have the SuperSkin Dry Body Oil (£35.00 for 100ml) – I’m a big fan of skin oils, so this fast absorbing dry body oil sounded right up my street! The SuperSkin Dry Body Oil has been formulated with Liz Earle’s botanical blend of Cranberry, Borage and Rosehip Seed oils to visibly smooth, nourish and revitalise the skin. The oil itself if super lightweight, and I find it works well right after showering. It absorbs really quickly, leaving the skin feeling soft, supple and lightly scented.

And lastly the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion (from £7.50 for 50ml) – as someone that suffers daily with dry, puffy and tired eyes, I was most excited about trying this product. The Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion promises to instantly revitalise and refresh tired and puffy eyes, and it contains Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera and Cornflower to cool and soothe the delicate eye area.

I have to say I was expecting a creamy lotion, but the formula is actually very thin and wet – just like water. You simply need to apply some product to a cotton wool pad (how much you use is up to you) and sweep lightly over the eyelids – or you can also soak two pads in the product and leave on for up to 10 minutes, for a revitalising, soothing compress.

I’ve used this a few times now, and it really does feel lovely and refreshing on the eye area – I’ve also found that keeping the bottle in the fridge works wonders as the liquid feels extra cool and soothing when you apply it. If you suffer from puffy eyes like I do, this is definitely one to try.

Overall I’m really impressed with all the products I’ve been trying out – the new limited edition Cleanse & Polish is a lovely revamp of a classic product, the SuperSkin Unscented Moisturiser is a fantastic every day moisturiser for sensitive skin especially, and the EyeBright Lotion really did work wonders to relieve my tired eyes.

I’d love to hear which Liz Earle products you use and enjoy? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples and is sponsored by Liz Earle. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Some New Bath Time Treats…

Posted on March 24, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Funnily enough, I never used to be bothered about having baths – don’t worry, I did shower! I think this stems from my mum only allowing me one (short) bath a week when I was little – ‘to save money’. So baths were never really my thing. Fast forward twenty years or so when my husband and I moved into our brand new house, which led to a different bathroom problem – the bath water wouldn’t get hot, at all. I could run a bath from the hot tap only and put Fred straight in (he was about 1 at the time) then we found out the nice people at Persimmon had put some sort of limiter on the temperature so you couldn’t scald yourself – thanks for that! £40 later we had it removed and I can now finally enjoy a lovely hot bath!

Anyway, enough of my bath time history! Last week I decided to have a bit of a tidy up and clear out in the bathroom, so I thought I’d show you my most recent additions –

Phytacol PhytaOil – I’ve started using this to try to help with my ridiculous stretch marks. I’ve got them across the whole of my mid section, at the top of my boobs and the tops of my thighs. My belly ones are old from being massive when I was pregnant but the others are more recent due to my weight gain over the last two years. It’s bad enough putting a heap of weight on but having stretch marks too just makes it that much worse! So Phytaoil basically contains Rosehip Oil, which should help with my stretch marks (it’s also good for scars too) it’s rich in essential fatty acids, which are the building blocks for healthy skin cells, as well as antioxidants, vitamins A & E, and natural oils of apricot kernel, jojoba seed, lavender, lime and geranium. I used Bio Oil a long time ago which didn’t work at all, so fingers crossed Phytaoil will have better results. Phytaoil is £10.99 and can be purchased from Phytacol

L’Erbolario Narciso Sublime Bath Foam – This is another new brand to me. L’Erbolario Narciso is an Italian plant-based beauty brand, and their Sublime range has a fresh floral and dark green fragrance. The Sublime Bath Foam contains toning and softening extracts of Narcissus flowers and Narcissus distilled water, combined with almond oil sufactants and oat amino acids, and it gives a beautiful bubbly bath. There’s also an EDP, Body Oil and Candle as well as other items available in the range. The Narciso Sublime Bath Foam is £12.50 from Erbolario

Argan 5 Moroccan Rose Body Wash & Body Butter – I love Moroccan and Argan Oil hair products so when I heard about Argan 5’s rose scented body range I had to try a couple of their products out! The Moroccan Rose Bath & Body Collection has been specially formulated to enrich the skin for long-lasting hydration, and leave you literally smelling of roses. The Nourish & Anew Body Wash has a beautiful Rose Otto scent and counteracts the drying effects of water on the skin with their exclusive Argan + synergy complex, and the Nourish & Soften Body Butter increases cellular turnover to leave skin deeply hydrated. The Argan + synergy complex includes Moroccan Argan Oil, Baobab, Kukui, Moringa Oil and Sacha Inchi to restore, regenerate and nourish the skin. This collection is from £4.95 at Waitrose.

Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil – Carrying on with the rose scented theme, I also have this beautiful Wild Rose Body Oil – it really does leave skin soft, supple and velvety smooth. It contains wild musk rose oil, jojoba oil and almond oil to nourish and protect skin, and it’s ideal for an all over facial and body massage – nice! I haven’t used this on my face as yet, but I love to cover myself in it after a bath. This is £19.95 for 100m from Weleda.

Molton Brown Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Bath & Shower Gel – Molton Brown are one of my all time favourite companies when it comes to bath products. Their scents are just amazing! Their latest Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea collection takes inspiration from Sichuan, China, and its breath-taking mountains and azure lakes. This new floral collection is blended with this exquisite region’s honeysuckle and rare white tea. This is the legend of the goddess Semo that inspired the scent –

Legend has it that the Sichuan goddess Semo was presented with a magical mirror by a love-struck 
mountain deity. While admiring herself, it slipped from her hands, shattering to create 114 lakes. 
Mirror Lake was the most beautiful of them all – still and pure as white tea; floating, delicate petals of jasmine and overhanging trees adorned with unfurled honeysuckle blossoms.

I love the story behind the range and the bath & shower gel is just spot on. It’s blended with honeysuckle, antioxidant-rich white tea leaf and warm heliotrope. The fragrance includes top notes of bergamot and mandarin, heart notes of honeysuckle, white tea and jasmine, and base notes of sandalwood, heliotrope and vanilla. This is £18.00 from Beauty Expert.

I’d love to hear what your favourite bath and body products are? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains samples provided for review