May Beauty Favourites

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Oh dear, I look rather threatening in the photograph above, don’t I? I’m brandishing my monthly favourites in one hand whilst wearing a somewhat hostile expression – not intentionally, I hasten to add. I just tend to get very fed up by the time I’ve filmed a video about thirty times (dog barking, doorbell ringing, camera running out of battery and then memory card, etc etc) and after it’s all done I suddenly remember that I’ve still got to take a photo for my thumbnail picture! So forgive me. It’s actually a very cheerful video and I make a little joke and do a pun and show before-and-after photos of my pores. How can you ever resist all of that?

There are lots of juicy bits and pieces to look at, this month; a summery nail polish, a brilliant light moisturiser (Toleriane Fluid from La Roche Posay, feature on its way), a very clever little skin perfecting base from The Body Shop… You can’t see very well from the photograph, because the light was hitting the tube at possibly the worst conceivable angle, but one of my faves was the tinted moisturiser from Estee Lauder – Daywear Tint Release or some such name. It has a really long name. Great product, though – I used to use it years ago and then my Mum nicked it, but I think they must have changed the formula because it’s a lot more glowy and sheer and gorgeous than I remember it being. I also really like the Revitalizing CC Cream that Lauder have launched (here) which – on the surface, at least – seems to be quite similar. Same “one size fits all” cream with bursting balls of colour to tint your skin slightly and make it look a bit healthier.

Quick note on my skin “before and afters” for The Body Shop’s Instablur: I covered half of my face in Instablur and left half bare to show how the skin is mattified and the pores are less noticeable when the product is applied. There’s no pigment to this product, it’s clear, so you do have to look quite closely at the photographs, and bear in mind that I have magnified the sections of my face so that you can see the pores more clearly. Oh, the perils of trying to do product tests; though I did think that I was a bit clever this time, taking the two sections from the same photo – no annoying lighting differences and whatnot, much easier to compare!

If you can’t see the video below then please click right here to watch it. All of the links and so on are below the video pane – enjoy.

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Models Own Peach Melba Polish:…

The Body Shop Instablur:

Zelens SPF30:…

La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluid:

Champney’s Cleansing Balm:

Dr Hauschka Lavender Bath:

Neal’s Yard Remedies Argan Oil:…

Estee Lauder Day Wear with Tint:

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MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection Picks

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

The MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection launched in the UK whilst I was in New York and as the U.S gets the latest launches a week before we do, the collection had all but sold out in both locations before I had a chance to snag a few of the key products (the face kits were the things dreams are made of). I was however fortunate enough to receive two of the new MAC Nutcracker Sweet lipsticks and one of the best-selling MAC Khol pencils too – perfect for creating a subdued yet polished festive look, be it for a party, work or a stroll around the local supermarket (I really do live my best life, don’t I?).

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Collection

The first thing that I noticed and inevitably want to mention about the MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection is the packaging. I rather like that MAC have side stepped the traditional festive and often garish colours associated with the season, and settled on a refined palette of bright pink, plum and hints of gold. It’s modern, quirky, unexpected and frankly perfectly presented to create a memorable gift – I’m not here to judge if that person happens to be yourself. Continue reading

The Deep Sleep Super Double-Barrelled Mega-Spray

This Works Super Sleep Spray Review

Beauty brand This Works couldn’t improve on the knock-you-into-oblivion perfection that is the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, and so they made a slightly longer-lasting version, Sleep Plus Pillow Spray, that sort of refreshed its scent powers throughout the night to keep restless sleepers in an uninterrupted essential-oil-induced coma.

Obviously, they couldn’t improve on this improvement (there are only so many times you can add “plus” to a product and get away with it – why would anyone bother with the original otherwise?) and so they created a double-barrelled super mega-spray combining the two formulas, especially for the indecisive and/or cautious. (I’ll start with the original, dear, and work my way up to the plus – we wouldn’t want to snooze through the alarm!)

This Works Super Sleep Spray Review

One half of this new Super Sleep arsenal contains the original (and highly, highly effective) Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, the other contains the Plus. You can decide which level of unconsciousness you’d like to achieve and then spritz away to your heart’s content. Personally, I don’t find much difference between the two – the original knocks me out like I’ve been brained with a frying pan – but on speaking to the many friends and family who also use Deep Sleep, the Plus does appear to have extra potency.

Both sprays are natural and the original (£16 for a full bottle here) is marked as pregnancy safe. I can’t see why the other wouldn’t be, but use with caution if you get a fright about things like that. The Plus releases more scent during the night as you move on the pillow, so maybe it’s a concern about overdosing on sleep vibes…

You can find the new Super Sleep mega-duo at Lookfantastic here for £15.

If you’re a heavy user of the Deep Sleep spray then I’ve just seen that they do a massive 250ml bottle (rather than the standard size 75ml) and this costs £30. On a price-per-ml basis it should be over fifty pounds, so it’s very good value – find it online here.