Thursday 28 February 2019

Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly Anti-Pollution

I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have access to some of the best skincare products that the beauty world has to offer but the one product that I always seem to have trouble finding myself getting on well with is a moisturiser. 

I suffer from oily/combination skin which is both prone to hormonal break outs but can also suffer with dry patches, particularly round my nose- so you can imagine the difficult balancing act I have trying to find a cream to satisfy the dry patches without clogging the oily areas. It’s a ball ache.

I am delighted to say however that i think I have FINALLY found the answer to my moisturising prayers in the form of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly.

This anti-pollution jelly has been created for all skin types and delivers 24 hour hydration PLUS it helps to repair damage caused by every day pollution. 

It is is a 100% transparent lightweight, oil-free water-jelly works to balance your skin’s moisture levels providing immediate and long lasting moisture.

It contains Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid which attract moisture and bind it to your skin while working to strengthen the skins barrier to help lock in the good (like water) and filter out the bad (pollution) using a blend of Sunflower Seed Cake, Barley Extract, and Cucumber Fruit Extract to help rebuild the skin’s moisture barrier so it is stronger and more resilient to external aggressors.

Sounds rather impressive for what outwardly appears to be a bottle of transparent jelly eh!

The product itself is a unique water-jelly type texture which offers a refreshing hit when applied to your skin and is absorbed almost instantly leaving no trace.

It is fragrance free, oil free, non-sticky and leaves behind absolutely no residue whatsoever. You wouldn’t even know that you’d applied it within minutes of it being absorbed.

What you will notice however is the way in which your skin feels instantly refreshed, nourished and moisturised. 

It feels completely weightless on your skin (which is ideal for us oily skinned peeps who can well do without thick creams clogging our pores more) and yet it also soothes and nourishes dry, cracked skin patches, allowing them to repair and heal extremely quickly. 

Its currently cold season (plus I live with two small germ spreaders *sorry kids but its true!*) so I’m constantly blowing my nose which leaves it red, sore and flaky and within days this gel had sorted my snoz right out.

I’ve not had a single break out, even a hormonal one since using this moisturiser and I’m about to place a bulk order for a whole heap more because guys, this stuff is the NUTS.

If you’re struggling to find the right moisturiser for your skin, please please please trust me and give Clinique’s Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly a go- you will not regret it!


Tuesday 26 February 2019


OK, so, have you heard of a brand called BEAUTY PIE? No? Man you’re missing out big time.

BEAUTY PIE is a beauty brand unlike any other. 

To quote the guys themselves;

BEAUTY PIE is the first ever buyers club for beauty addicts. Members have access to luxury products, from world's leading beauty labs, but can buy up to 5X MORE for their money!

You wont find BEAUTY PIE on the high street and that’s because it’s an online retailer only.

Like many luxury brands they do not manufacture their own luxury skincare and makeup, rather, they source their products from around 20 of the worlds leading labs who manufacture their best formulations for BEAUTY PIE members.

The premise is simple. For a small monthly subscription you are allocated a corresponding spending limit based on the typical (high end) prices of the products on the website.

However, you do not pay the high end price, you pay a ridiculously discounted price allowing you to indulge and enjoy the luxury of some of the best products out there without beggaring yourself!

You have access to the same luxury, quality cosmetics and high performance skincare, without paying for the middlemen, the celebrity marketing or retailer costs.

So without getting too technical, you can sign up to a range of monthly memberships ranging from £5 a month which allows you a monthly spending limit of £50 up to £20 a month giving you a £200 spending limit or if you’re proper hardcore, £99 for a year’s subscription which allows you a £100 spending limit a month plus two months free. 

PLUS any unused spending limit will roll over onto the next month so you never lose out.

I recently signed up to their mini monthly £5 membership to give it a go and I am nothing but impressed!

For my first order I chose;

Wondergloss Lip Oil in Nude Nectar RRP £26 – I paid £4.84
Smart Powder Blush in Ring My Bell RRP £18– I paid £4.04
One Powder Wonder RRP £26– I paid £5.32
Super Moisture Lip Balm RRP £16– I paid £6.07

That order (including my £5 membership fee) came to £23.63. If I had bought those products as a non-member it would have set me back £86.

BONKERS isn’t it! 

PLUS for a limited time they’re giving you a £50 top up limit on your first order AND if you do decide to join then use THIS LINK and as a thanks you’ll receive your first months membership for FREE!

I’m going to spend some time in the coming week focusing on individual items from the BEAUTY PIE range because its safe to say that I’m already well and truly hooked on this brand but today I’d like to give a little mention to the Super Moisture Lip Balm, because lip balm’s are one of my most favourite things!

Housed within a small, chic, understated glass jar with white lid you’ll find the thickest richest, most delicious smelling lip balm of dreams.

99.4% natural this decadent balm is enriched with a host of skin loving, nourishing ingredients to leave  your lips feeling hydrated, soft, plump and beautiful.

Avocado oil nourishes, shea butter softens, sweet Almond Oil offers a soothing element while
With a scent reminiscent of a vanilla-coconut hybrid it is an absolute pleasure to use and its nourishing qualities last for ages on account of the thickness and richness of the balm itself. 

This was the very first item I tried and I was immediately impressed. 

I’m onto my second box now and I’m yet to be disappointed! 

In fact, here’s a sneak peek of the simply gorgeous Futurelipstick Luxe Shine in Pinkyum which cost me just £4.33 which without my £5 membership would have set me back £20.

If like me you adore luxury cosmetics and skincare but can’t justify the often hefty price tags that go along with them then I implore you to give BEAUTY PIE a go. What do you have to lose?

Don't forget, if you decide to join then use THIS LINK and as a thanks you’ll receive your first months membership for FREE!

Click HERE for your first month’s BEAUTY PIE  membership for free.

Amo Flowerful at The Fragrance Shop

Amo Flowerful is the sparkling and joyful new scent by Salvatore Ferragamo.

It has been created as a tribute to the spontaneity of the Ferragamo woman; beautiful and unpredictable as a blossoming flower and yet also optimistic, vibrant and charming.

Housed within the most captivating vessel the glass has been painted with a new Prisma technology which creates an all over iridescent quality and luminosity which for me creates the illusion of the nectar within trying to radiate out.

The neck of the bottle features a sculptural flower shaped disc, reflecting the floral bouquet within and inspired by the classic Ferragamo design of the flower heel.

Enchanting and feminine it possesses a unique quality both in terms of the falcon and the fragrance captured inside. 

Layered and complicated in many ways the scent opens with fresh and illuminating notes of Italian bitter accord, sweet yet dark blackcurrant and yuzu flower before giving way to heart notes featuring a beautiful fragrant bouquet of plum blossom, jasmine and pink peony.

The scent is rounded off with sensual and soft notes of vanilla orchid, blonde woods and musk creating a fruity-floriental scent which is almost impossible to resist.

I adore the combination of sweet, fruity notes with light florals and there’s no denying I’m a huge lover of soft musks and warming vanilla so Amo Flowerful is a real treat for my senses.

 Amo Flowerful is a beautiful fragrance, unique both visually and sensually and has been released at the perfect time as it would make the most perfect spring scent. 

Amo Flowerful by Salvatore Ferragamo is available now from The Fragrance Shop and costs £59.59 for 50ml.
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