Thursday 30 September 2021

The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin

 Winter is coming. No wait, Autumn is coming!

To celebrate the forthcoming season of cooler days, burnt orange tinted trees, falling leaves, hot chocolates and warm blankets The Body Shop has once again delivered with a fabulously comprehensive collection of products to comfort and delight.

For me, Vanilla Pumpkin is my favourite seasonal addition to the Body Shop line thanks to its warm , comforting and wonderfully addictive scent.

This year, the collection has expanded with three new additions to fawn over in the form of the  Pumpkin Instant Radiance In-Shower Mask and the cuter than cute Pumpkin Spice Lip Juicer.

But more about these little gems later.

First up is the Vanilla Pumpkin Shower Cream (£6.50).

This deliciously rich and creamy shower gel is perfect for transforming your shower or bath into an autumnal wonderland thanks to its addictive notes of sweet vanilla extract, baked pumpkin, caramel, maple syrup and almond milk.

Release the reassuring, soothing scent by applying a generous dollop to a sponge and enjoy the sensation as plentiful, soft frothy bubbles foam up, enveloping both your body and senses.

Gentle to skin, it leaves your skin feeling clean, soft and lightly scented.

Bath bombs more your thing? Fear not, sink back into a warm tub and enjoy a seasonally tinted bath with the Vanilla Pumpkin Fragranced Bath Bomb (£5).


Presented in the form of a sweet little pumpkin, this bright orange little bomb fizzes instantly on contact with warm water, releasing its warm, gourmand pumpkin scent while transforming your bath into an autumnal orange paradise.

Created for normal to dry skin, its delicate formula soothes both body and mind, leaving you feeling wonderfully relaxed and comforted.

Why not take things up a notch and treat yourself to a real spa-like pampering with the inclusion of the new Pumpkin Instant Radiance In-Shower Mask (£18).

This thick, rich, whipped face mask helps to gently exfoliate dry, dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, healthier looking complexion in a matter of minutes.

Made with 96% ingredients of natural origin, the mask has been formulated with natural pumpkin enzymes and cranberry fruit powder which are both known for their exfoliating properties.

Apply a generous layer to damp skin and gently massage in circular motions avoiding the eye area.

Suitable for all skin types, its light yet rich, ever-so-grainy but not at all abrasive texture gets to work in just 5 minutes to revive and rejuvenate a tired, dull complexion leaving your skin feeling beautifully soft and visibly more radiant.

Continue your fragrant experience with the decadent and delicious Vanilla Pumpkin Whipped Body Butter (£18).


Offering long lasting hydration without the associated heavy, cloying texture, this lightweight, almost fluffy body butter features a luxurious, whipped texture and of course, the same delightful sweet scent.

Its soft, silky non-greasy texture allows the gel-like butter to glide across your skin with ease before being absorbed almost instantly, meaning no waiting around for it to dry.

Your body is left feeling wonderfully soft and smooth, comfortable and nourished all day long.

While you’re treating your body to a little TLC, it’s definitely worth remembering your hands which can suffer with dryness as the winter months roll in.

The Vanilla Pumpkin Hand Cream (£5.50) has got you covered though so don’t fret.

Soothe dry, chapped hands in an instant with this gorgeous community fair trade shea butter and babassu oil infused hand cream.


Thick and rich but non greasy, the gel-cream formula quickly quenches dry skin without leaving a greasy residue.

Last but by no means least is another newbie to this timeless collection, the Pumpkin Spice Lip Juicer (£7).

The latest addition to the brands moisturising Lip Juicers, Pumpkin Spice offers a shimmery copper tint, paired with a delectable scent.

Enriched with community fair trade organic olive oil, this compact little gem offers long lasting moisture to dry, parched lips.

Silky, smooth and hydrating it plumps and protects your lips against drying out while offering a subtle sheen to create the illusion of a fuller pout.


Perfect for popping in your bag for on the go application and top ups, I am beyond thrilled that they’ve launched this edition as I simply cannot get enough of the luscious scent.

The Vanilla Pumpkin collection from The Body Shop is available now in store and online.


Wednesday 29 September 2021

Fresh Sugar Watermelon Hydrating Lip Balm


Treat your lips to a sensationally juicy experience with the Fresh Sugar Watermelon Hydrating Lip Balm (£15).

This delicious, watermelon flavoured lip balm offers 24 hour moisture to smooth, plump and nourish dry, chapped lips.

Every time I get this scrummy balm out I can’t help but sing Harry Styles ‘Watermelon Sugar’!



Housed within a cute, compact, transparent pot with a vibrant, pink lid you’ll find the most mouth-wateringly scented pink balm.

Enriched with Vitamin E to condition and protect, it contains a cocktail of skin-softening, emollient oils including blackcurrant seed, grapeseed and apricot kernel oil.

Meanwhile, it is crammed full of sugar which is known for its natural humectant properties to lock in hydration and prevent moisture loss.



The result is a delicious balm that imparts a super-natural hint of colour that tastes incredible and feels wonderfully soft on your lips.

Rich yet lightweight and silky smooth in texture, it offers a delicate sheen without any gloopyness or stickiness.

When tested, 100% of participants reported that it immediately softened and soothed their lips while 97% felt their lips felt nourished and comforted.



I mean, what can be better than a deeply nourishing lip one?

You got it- one that both smells and tastes divine!

Fresh’s Sugar Watermelon Hydrating Lip Balm is available now and costs £15.


Tuesday 28 September 2021

Ole Henriksen Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment

 Take full advantage of your skins ability to repair and heal as you sleep with Ole Henriksen’s new Dewtopia™ 20% Acid Night Treatment.

This potent night treatment has been formulated with 20% acid blend smooths your skin texture, firms, improves elasticity and targets the appearance of dark spots, pores, fine lines and wrinkles.


Presented in a compact, frosted glass bottle with pump dispenser for hygiene, this super serum walks an impressive balancing act, offering both superior exfoliation and nourishing and replenishing qualities.

10% AHAs and 10% PHAs chemically exfoliate your complexion, promoting a healthier, brighter, smoother looking and feeling complexion.

Meanwhile, aloe juice, Nordic birch sap and cotton water seek to nourish and deeply condition your skin while licorice extract gets to work reducing the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation.


The serum itself is simply divine.

Presenting with a soft yellow hue, it features a deliciously soft, sweet lemon sugar scent which is both comforting and reviving.

Unlike many serums which can feel oily or watery, Dewtopia possesses a velvety, custard-like texture.

Decadent and rich, its thick texture betrays its lightness when applied to freshly cleansed skin.

Apply evenly to both your face and neck at night after cleansing and prior to using your night cream or moisturiser.

As with acids, you may experience mild tingling on application which is completely normal, however it is recommended that you introduce the serum into your daily skincare routine gradually by beginning with just one application a week before gradually building up to 2-3 times per week once you have assessed your skins tolerance.


I have been using Dewtopia bi-weekly for a number of weeks and I’m totally sold.

Firstly, I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the best smelling skincare products I own, which is impressive given it contains less than 1% synthetic fragrances.

Secondly, its soft, voluptuous texture is thoroughly enjoyable. It won’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy, in fact once applied it all but disappears without a trace, meaning it doesn’t interfere with the next step of your skincare regime.

Texture and scent aside, it actually works too.


With two young kids I often find myself tired and rather run ragged which reflects pretty much instantly on my face in the form of a dull, tired looking complexion.

After using Dewtopia regularly, my skin absolutely looks and feels brighter, softer and smoother.

While I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the appearance of my fine lines and wrinkles, it has definitely improved the appearance of my dark spots caused by sun damage and im not alone in experiencing these results.

From an 8 week clinical study on 36 women, after 4 weeks 97% of users agreed that their skin had a healthier glow, 94% agreed that their skin felt softer and smoother and 92% agreed that the product effectively retexturized their skin.

Those are some impressive figures right there.

Priced at £46 for 30ml, I’d label Dewtopia as a mid-priced night time treatment and if you’re looking to step up your acid treatments and are looking for a product that can deliver, then this is the serum for you.

Ole Henriken’s Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment is available now and costs £46.


Monday 27 September 2021

Clinique Pop™ Reds Lip + Cheek

 You simply cannot go wrong with a classic, red lip and this autumn Clinque have stepped up to help you find your own perfect red thanks to their new Clinique Pop™ Reds Lip + Cheek.

Marketed as ‘the only red you’ll ever need, matched to your skin tone and undertone’, these metallic, rectangular tubes of joy contain richly pigmented, alluring red lipsticks to bring any look to life AND they also be used on your cheeks.


Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve long been using lipstick as blush, partly because I’m lazy, partly because I enjoy the cohesiveness of having a look that is brought together by matching shades.

When it comes to red, it can be really hard to find an appropriate blush to match your lip, but not any more!


Available in seven stunning shades, everything about this lippie screams glamour.

I had the pleasure of testing out the following four shades;


Red Hot, a vibrant, bright red with orange tones

Red-y to party, a deep, warm browny-red

Red-handed, a soft, warm vintage brick red

Red carpet, a soft red with pinky tones

I really enjoy the look and feel of the heavy, metallic red cases which look really expensive.


Red Handed

Red Hot

In terms of the finish, I would describe the lipsticks as having a creamy-seen about them.

Richly pigmented yet deeply nourishing, they have been formulated with conditioning squalene and pomegranate sterols which leave your lips feeling soft, full and moisturised.

This added hydration means the final finish has a soft sheen which is actually rather flattering.


Red-y To Party

Red Carpet

The bullet features an angled tip to allow for precision application and the lipstick literally glides across your lips, imparting a powerful hit of colour wherever it touches.

No pulling or snagging here, just a lightweight, comfortable experience as the lipstick hugs your lips, offering long lasting wear for up to 8 hours.

Despite its high shine finish, I was impressed to note that I didn’t experience any bleeding or feathering, which for me usually occurs pretty soon after application.


Top to bottom: Red Carpet,Red-Handed,Red Hot, Red-y to Party

They are, what I would describe as ‘easy to wear’ reds with almost zero maintenance or experience required.

Their soft sheen also makes application on the cheeks a breeze.

Blendable and buildable, they don’t crack or sit in creases which can be pretty unflattering.

They create a soft, natural-looking radiant glow which as if by magic, just so happens to match your lips.

Clinique’s Pop™ Reds Lip + Cheek collection have taken the guess work out of finding your perfect red and thanks to their superior formula, ensure that even red-lipped novices can enjoy the experience of a bold, classic red lip every day.

Clinique Pop™ Reds Lip + Cheek are available now and cost £18.50 each.

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