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.


Friday, 24 September 2021

Temple Spa Truffle De-Light Hydra-gel Moisturiser

 Oily skinned lovelies rejoice as I’ve found the most beautiful, decadent daily moisturiser that is simply perfect for you.

Say hello to Temple Spa’s Truffle De-Light Hydra-gel Moisturiser.

This luxurious, lightweight hydra-gel moisturiser has been created to deliver long lasting hydration and nourishment while feeling practically weightless on your skin.


I have VERY oily skin and for literally years I gave up using moisturiser (I know I know, I was young and stupid and didn’t know any better) but its important to know that even if you have oily skin, it is so important to ensure that you moisturise daily.

You can even end up making things worse if your skin is left too dry as it will go into oil production overload, leaving you worse off than before.

This exquisite skincare hero hydrates while mattifying, lifts and brightens dull, tired looking skin and even helps the reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.



Featuring an ultra-fine, silky texture, the fluid soothes, cools, replenishes, mattifies your skin and is quite literally bursting with an impressive host of skin-loving ingredients.

As its name may suggest, one of the hero elements of this moisturiser is Black Summer Truffles.

Boasting anti-inflammatory properties to combat acne, eczema and rosacea, they are also rich in amino acids which are renowned for their ability to aid collagen production, resulting in firmer, more toned, smoother skin.

Rich in antioxidants which help to protect against free radicals and environmental aggressors, they also help to aid water retention to deeply condition and hydrate your skin, resulting in a brighter, younger looking appearance.

When I said this cream is luxurious I wasn’t joking as it actually also contains pure gold.

The gold helps to moisturise your skin and reduce hyperpigmentation while stimulating the skin to increase its elasticity while imparting a luminous, glowing finish.


Believe it or not, it also contains extracts of champagne too.

Champagne extract detoxifies your skin with a hit of antioxidants and helps even out the skin tone while grape seed extract protects your skin’s vital collagen and elastin from environmental free radicals and oxidative stress.

Rose quartz and Happybelle-PE™ help to brighten dull, tired skin and botanical caviar and kombucha seek to deeply hydrate and firm your skin.


All of these elements combined helps to promote youthful skin, healthy cells and skin elasticity for a radiant, healthy-looking complexion.

The gel-cream is wonderfully soft, smooth and light in texture.

It glides across your skin like silk, providing a second-skin like feel and look.


Quickly absorbed, it quenches dry skin without absolutely flooding it, leaving it feeling soft and comfortable, toned and balanced.

I absolutely adore this precious skincare gem and if you suffer with oily skin then I guarantee you’re going to love it just as much as I do.

Temple Spa’s Truffle De-Light Hydra-gel Moisturiser is available now and costs £90.


Thursday, 23 September 2021

Baylis & Harding Goodness For Kids Collection

 Treat your little people to a truly fruity bathing experience with Baylis and Harding’s new Goodness For Kids Collection.

Transform bath-time from a monotonous necessity to a time for fun and relaxation with their four brand new products.


Elegant yet playful, the packaging features bold and bright images of rainbows, a night sky and wildlife to delight and entice.

Featuring the same eco-credentials as Baylis and Harding’s natural skin loving Goodness collection for grown-ups, the new Goodness Kids line boasts a natural and allergen free fragranced collection that is even suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin and is gentle enough to be used on newborns.

Created with PH balanced formulas and allergen free fragrances, the range is 98% naturally derived and registered with the UK Vegan Society.

What’s more, all formulas are also kind to the earth as they are 95% biodegradable and the bottles themselves have been made with 100% PCR and are fully recyclable.

The line-up comprises of;

Strawberry Swirl Body Wash


A deliciously light, sweet, creamy body wash bursting with notes of juicy strawberries that smells so good, I guarantee you’ll find yourself reaching for the bottle yourself!

Lavender & Vanilla Bubble Bath


A luxurious bubble bath enriched with essential lavender oil, renowned for its calming and relaxation properties. Notes of sweet vanilla comforts while the wonderfully soft, plentiful, bubbles transform your bath into a frothy wonderland.


Watermelon Burst Natural Conditioning Shampoo


This refreshing, light and fruity no-tears 2 in 1 conditioning shampoo makes hair washing a breeze thanks to its rich, hydrating properties and  its tropical scent that delights the senses. Hair is left feeling silky, soft and smelling divine. 


Watermelon Burst ‘Tame the mane’ Detangling Spray


For hair that needs a little extra TLC post washing, indulge in this gentle yet effective detangling spray.

 Featuring the same addictive watermelon scent as the shampoo, it can be used on either damp or dry hair to allow you to easily brush out any knots or tangles, sans tears! (The kids, not yours!)

As if all this wasn’t enough, each item within the collection costs just £4 each.


Its worth noting that the body wash, bubble bath and shampoo come in jumbo 500ml bottles so you’re going to get to enjoy these products for a really decent length of time before needing to replenish too.

The Baylis and Harding Goodness Kids Collection is available now from Boots.


Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Garnier Ultimate Blends Plumping Hair Food Watermelon Shampoo & conditioner

Watermelon scented beauty products are all the rage at the moment and why wouldn't they be?

Watermelon offers a sweet, soft, juicy aroma that lifts the spirits and reminds you of tropical climes!

When I saw that Garnier had launched a trio of watermelon hair care products there was no question that I was going to get them!

Garnier Ultimate Blends Plumping Hair Food Watermelon Shampoo & conditioner  have been formulated specifically for fine hair.

If like me you crave volume and a boost to inject some depth and movement to your lank locks then these are the products for you.

Blended with Watermelon & Pomegranate, the clear, gel-like shampoo offers a light foam to gently cleanse to boost your hair without weighing it down. 

Vegan friendly, free from silicones and formulated with 96% Natural Ingredients, this delightful, aromatic shampoo gently and softly cleansed your hair, imparting the most deliciously tropical aroma.

If like me you suffer with both dry, damaged AND thin hair, conditioner can be a tricky product to use. 

Many offer silky soft locks, but the trade off is the product weighs your hair down, meaning you lack volume.

Garnier's Ultimate Blends Hair Food Watermelon Conditioner offers an ultra lightweight, melting texture that effortlessly detangles stressed hair.

Quickly absorbed, your hair is left feeling soft and fresh in no time. 

Similarly to the shampoo the conditioner is also vegan friendly, features no silicones, is Comprised of 97% Natural Ingredients and is housed within a 100% recyclable bottle. 

The duo smell incredible, sweet, soft and addictive however the conditioner doesn't offer quite as much nourishment that my long dry ends require for a truly deep conditioning. 

That said, if your hair is healthier than mine then you're in for a winner and my hair definitely felt lighter and post blow drying, had a little extra volume.

You can try them for yourselves now at Boots .  


Tuesday, 21 September 2021

L'Occitane Limited Edition Shea Butter Collection

 Get your happy on with L’Occitane’s delightful new Happy Shea collection.

Four of the brands hero products from their iconic Shea line have undergone a cheerful makeover guaranteed to make you smile.


Designed to brighten even the darkest of days, the Happy Shea Collection features the most beautiful, mood boosting aroma to comfort your mind and lift your spirits while deeply nourishing your body.

The limited edition range comprises of a body cream, a light and rich body cream and of course a hand cream, each infused with an uplifting, invigorating scent.

It is undoubtedly a citrus experience, but it is also soft and warming with delicate notes of spicy ginger.


Subtle yet detectable, the fragrance lingers on your skin long after application, leaving you feeling refreshed and comforted.

The Happy Shea Shower Body Cream (£16.50) offers a deliciously creamy, rich shower or bathing experience.


A little goes a long way with this decadent cream, creating plentiful frothy, soft bubbles to effortlessly cleanse your skin leaving it feeling comfortable and clean without a hint of tightness.

If dry skin is something that you suffer with then you’re going to adore the Happy Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream (£22).

Housed within a chic, compact tin you’ll find an ultra-rich body moisturiser that has been formulated with an impressive 25% shea butter content.

Thick, creamy and rich, the body cream glides across your skin imparting long-lasting nourishment to parched skin while working to strengthen skins hydrolipidic barrier.

Silky and smooth, the cream is quickly absorbed and despite its decadence, doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy, allowing you to get dressed shortly after application.

It’s just perfect for smothering yourself in of an evening, however if you’re after something a little lighter, then the Happy Shea Ultra Light Body Cream (£35) is the one for you.

This beautiful, yellow pot of pure joy is filled to the brim with an exquisitely light, whipped body cream.

Containing considerably less shea butter at 5%, it offers a lighter, softer alternative to the rich body cream.

Frothy and feather-light in texture, it is just absolutely delightful to delve into and indulge in.

Its aromatic scent is simply divine and once absorbed, your skin is left feeling wonderfully soft, smooth and matte with absolutely no greasy film.

Its bouncy, whipped texture is really fun to apply too-  it’s a truly multi-sensory product!

Finally we have the iconic jewel in the crown, the Happy Shea Hand Cream (£8).

I think of all L’Occitane’s hand cream this has shot straight to the top of my all-time favourite list.

As always, it has been enriched with 20% shea butter to deeply condition, nourish, hydrate and protect even the driest of hands.


Despite its high shea content, this hand cream is never greasy and the addition of the rejuvenating, zesty scent takes the satisfaction levels to a whole new high.

L’Occitane’s Limited Edition Happy Shea Collection is available now online.

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