The Skin Radiance Discovery Box.

This is my first time trying the famed Naturisimo Beauty Box. After taking a short break over the New Year period they’re back with this fabulous selection of skincare goodies. What I love most about the Naturisimo Beauty Boxes is that there’s absolutely no commitment as it’s not a subscription and you get to see the contents before you purchase. Every month or so they put together a fab box of items, usually around a theme and they’re always, always sell-outs. The prices of the box vary too, from around £9 to slightly more expensive at £29-ish, but this is always reflected by the contents and they’re always amazing value.

This month’s theme is ‘Skin Radiance’ featuring a collection of skincare perfect for beating the effects of cold weather and reviving lackluster, dry skin to reveal a fresh complexion once more. The box contains 8 picks from higher end, luxury brands and costs £12.95 but is worth £60.

What’s inside:

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser (30ml) & Muslin Cloth – I love this light creamy cleanser and this travel size will last you a good amount of time, too.

Caudalie Resveratrol Firming Serum (10ml) – This little serum is worth £15 on it’s own! A water based, high-tech natural serum to help re-create the texture and look of younger skin.

Argentum La Potion Infinie (5ml) – This hydrating universal moisturizer is said to be suitable for all skin types, it helps with everything from blemishes to wrinkles and contains silver hydrosol to regulate skin flora with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Elemental Herbology Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Moisturiser (15ml) – I’m always interested in products that resurface skin and increase cell turnover, and this new release from Elemental Herbology is no exception. I’ve only tried it once so far but it was gentle and nourishing, too. Worth £16.

Kae Argaroyal Day Cream (2ml) – Argan oil, immortelle and royal jelly combine to creat this luxe anti-aging cream.

Tata Harper Moisturising Mask (7.5ml) – The full size of this mask costs a whopping £92, so if you’re interested in trying a decent sized sample this is your chance, as it’s worth the cost of the box on its own. I haven’t tried this yet but I can’t wait to give it a go tonight – the formula looks surprisingly thin in consistency when I was expecting a super rich cream, too.

The Organic Pharmacy Gene Express Serum (2ml) – If you thought the Tata mask was pricy, avert your eyes… because this costs £190 for 40ml. Yes. Really. This innovative serum uses gene mapping science to restore skin cells and dramatically improve the appearance of skin.

And that’s the box! Another good one, don’t you think? Will you be treating yourself? Get it here.

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Styling my London Look with Karen Millen

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I have been taking part in quite a lovely little project with Karen Millen*, a kind of “love your city” affair, where I had to style an outfit from the new collection and shoot it on location around London. I also did a nice Q&A about my favourite places to go in the city around Christmastime, and you can see that over on their website if you click here. Answering the Q&A really made me think that I should do more posts about London, seeing as though I have lived and worked there for the past fifteen years or so… I often think, too, that nobody really knows the streets of London more than models – except perhaps taxi drivers and couriers – because we spend so much time traipsing round going to castings and photo-shoots in obscure places. In any one day you might have ten or so appointments, all in different areas of London – SW7 to NW3, back to SW1, to EC2, to E3, to W8, to SE23 and so on and so forth. Pre-iPhone days, when we used to have to rely on the good old A-Z to get us about, models were quite literally experts at finding places. And knowing exactly which tubes would take you where, and whether it was quicker to hop on a bus than take the tube… (It was very rarely a taxi, in those days. We were always broke, new models, waiting for money to come in from the agency.)

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Anyway, I’ve gone off on a complete tangent! Here’s the outfit I styled using some pieces from the new collection. I’ve become a bit of a layering fanatic recently, not quite on a “Helena Bonham Carter” level, but nearing it. There’s something very liberating about throwing on clashing textures and prints and colours and it’s something I want to do more of. Mostly using various types of leopard print. You can see that I managed to shoehorn in some leopard print in this outfit – the coat is just absolutely gorgeous. It’s actually quite lightweight and roomy enough to fit a big jumper underneath and I think that it would also look great with black skinny jeans and high boots. Very rock and roll.

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Underneath the coat of dreams, a crystal beaded top which I picked out because it felt so festive. I liked that the actual body of the top was quite a casual, sweatshirt affair but then it had this heavy embellishment. I tucked it in to a high-waisted skater skirt which I love; great cut, leg-lengthening and flattering at the waist where it cinches in. It’s very clever! (It’s now in the sale, too, at around half the original price – find it here.) I finished off the look with black tights and Stretch Suede Over the Knee boots, which made me feel very retro and “girl about town”.

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What do you think? I love that the boots give a long, lean look to my legs but that the rest of the outfit was quite layered and voluminous! After styling my London outfit, I picked out some of my favourite items from the collection for Karen Millen’s gift guide. I chose a red velvet dress as the gift I’d buy for myself (sends me straight back to childhood – I haven’t worn a velvet dress for about twenty-odd years!) and as a gift for a friend, I chose the sequin pattern dress which has a lovely shape and a good, sexy, party-length hemline.

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If you’d like to browse the new Karen Millen collection you can do so online here – my little Q&A session is here. Photos shot at the back of St Paul’s Cathedral, just in case you hadn’t noticed the big dome in the first picture!

(*this post is sponsored as part of my work with Karen Millen.)

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Clarins Golden Glow: the Gradual, Customisable Self-Tan

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I can only really say one thing about the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster and that is get it, get it, get it. As a lover of gradual tanners and a hater of full-on fake tan, these drops, which can be added to any body lotion, serum or oil, are just the most convenient of things. You mix them in with your body product and there’s no resulting biscuit smell, no streaking, just a beautiful golden glow. Follow the instructions included with the drops to ascertain the correct amount you need to add to achieve your desired effect, but don’t worry too much if you go under or over – it’s difficult to get things wrong, unless you slap on half the bottle at once!

I mentioned the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow booster in my skincare favourites video, so have a look at that if you want to hear some waffle to go alongside this post – if you want to take a look at the face version (which I’m guessing is very similar in terms of formulation!) then you can read last year’s post on that here. It’s still one of my top beauty buys ever for summer. Or winter. Whenever, in fact – just a drop in your face serum or moisturiser maintains a healthy, sunkissed glow.

You can find the Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body at here – it’s at the special price of £22.85 rather than the RRp of £26. By the way, I haven’t properly tested the shimmer oil on the right hand side of the picture, I’ll get back to you on that one!

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Off to Cannes!

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Today I am going to Cannes Film Festival with Dior and I must say that I am incredibly excited. I have never been to Cannes before and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the glitz and the glamour and perhaps doing a bit of swanning about pretending to be a film star. As you do. And – oh! – almost as exciting as the trip itself: these beauty miniatures (above) that arrived in this week’s post! Many of you will already know about my fixation with miniature things – I have a whole collection of teeny perfume bottles and tubes of face cream and dinky little body lotions. There’s just something about the exactness with which they are scaled down, I find it all very pleasing. Don’t even get me started on dolls’ house miniatures…

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The Dior minis are so very cute – but special attention needs to be paid to the tiny, perfectly formed Gris Montaigne perfume; even the bottle top has been exactly replicated. There’s also a dinky lipstick in my stash as well as some posh pots of face mask and eye cream and some lovely little cleansers… I just need to add a toothbrush and a hair comb and I’m ready to go!

You can follow my Cannes shenanigans (she-cannes-igans?) on Instagram here, or on Twitter and Facebook.

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Bobbi Brown Calypso: How To Blush

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I’ve gone a bit blusher mad recently. I don’t know whether it’s just because I’ve done the whole “subtle bit of bronzer under the cheekbones” thing for so long and I fancied a change, or that my pregnancy hormones are sending me a bit off-piste with everything. Either way, I love the lift that a good blusher gives to the skin – bronzer can add a touch of healthy glow, but there’s nothing like a bit of pinky-peach to make your whole face look more awake. Just a hint of it, swept across the tops of the apples of the cheeks, or a proper colour wash, right across the cheekbones and back towards the ears, with a dab on the bridge of the nose for good measure. (You have to tread carefully with the latter option, obviously – you don’t want to look as though you’ve fallen asleep on the beach after four glasses of Rosé.)

The Bobbi Brown Calypso Cheek Palette in the new “Hot Collection” is just gorgeous – subtle enough to be foolproof for those who tend to be heavy-handed with their brushes, but with great colour pay-off that builds into an intense, peachy colour pop. Here I am sans blush:

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And then with a healthy dose of all three shades, blended together:

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I bloody love it. If you compare the two photos, it looks like quite a lot of blush going on, but if you just come back to the page and look at the second picture on its own you can see that there’s just this brilliant glow (thanks to the shimmery blush in the centre of the palette) that makes everything look so healthy and fresh. (I haven’t tweaked anything else, by the way – the makeup and lighting is identical in the before and after. I think that my eyes look livelier and perhaps even a little bluer, but I could be imagining!)

So yes, I am a big fan of blush at the present time: I like a big sweep of it over perfectly finished skin with just a simple coat of mascara and that’s it. To be frank, you wouldn’t want to wear a lot of blush and eyes and lips: it’s enough on its own. If you wanted to oomph up the eyes and/or lips, then my advice would be to keep the blush barely-there, but – y’know – knock yourself out if you want to do the Full Face thing…

Bobbi Brown Calypso Cheek Palette is available at here for £34. My base is Burberry’s BB Cream in shade 02 (love it, review soon, find it here) and the mascara is Roller Lash from Benefit. You’ll be seeing more of Bobbi Brown’s “Hot Collection” when I get going on those lipsticks and Art Sticks!

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