13 June 2011

SPC Skincare Review

A little while ago I was sent some samples to try from a skincare range that I had never heard of before.  I always get a thrill out of trying something new so I was really looking forward to trying this brand.  

I apologise in advance for lack of my own photographs but the products I received were in very small trial pots and after 50 photographs I just gave up.  These photographs are from the SPC website.

SPC skincare range were created by the award winning Spa, Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire.

Their philosophy is:-

S – Synergy of nature and science
Expertly harnessing the benefits of both nature and science.
– Potency of ingredients
Active ingredients are carefully selected to create products that really work.
C – Commitment to excellence
Throughout all of our luxurious products and treatments, we are committed to giving outstanding results.
We are proud to say that we are a British company.

 Decadent Rose Cleanser

SPC Decadent Rose Cleanser

What they say......

An effective oil-free cleanser to leave skin feeling gently cleansed, soft and moisturised. Sweet Almond Oil moisturises the face and protects from dehydration, whilst the rosewater and chamomile work to tone, soothe and calm your skin. Added to this, the geranium acts as a detoxifier and helps to balance skin, to boost luminosity for a healthy complexion.

What I say......

This is a very light and delicate cleanser.  I wear some heavy duty make up and I'm a double cleanse person.  I like to use an all in one make-up and cleanser for my first cleanse to help remove all of the make up including eye make up, and then I like to use something lighter and more moisturising and soothing for my second cleanse.  This cleanser was perfect for that second cleanse.  The smell was wonderful and the lotion wasn't too thick so was easily spread all over the face and neck area, perfect consistency for a facial massage.  Once removed my skin felt clean and very hydrated.

Kiwi Complexion Scrub
SPC Kiwi Complexion Scrub
What they say......

A scrumptious and uplifting exfoliating scrub to brighten and revitalise the skin, leaving a fresh and decongested complexion. Rich in minerals, the key ingredients in this combination scrub are renowned for their anti-ageing properties.  The Kiwi seeds, fruit enzymes and Walnut help to gently exfoliate and decongest skin and superfood Pomegranate, renowned for its anti-oxidant properties, combine to leave the skin bright and beautiful.

What I say......

I love a good exfoliator and this one didn't disappoint.  I get really upset when I try an exfoliator that doesn't exfoliate.  This has just the right amount of 'scrubby bits' in it to make you feel like it's doing it's job without damaging the skin.  The actual products smells like a fruit smoothie.  My only complaint about this product would be that after the first time I used it I found a couple of the black Kiwi seeds behind my ear and one in my eyebrow about an hour later, so please ensure that you have removed all traces of this product prior to leaving the house.

Citrus Body Moisturiser

SPC Citrus Body Moisturiser
What they say......

An uplifting body cream to help leave skin silky, supple and smooth.
The zesty Lemon and Lime Essential Oils and the hydrating Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein will help to improve the condition and elasticity of the skin. Combined with Black Pepper to help stimulate your circulation which helps to fight cellulite. The citrus blends will lift your mood and leave your senses completely revitalised!

What I say......

This was my favourite product of the 3 that I tried.  First of all the fragrance, it smells like Lemon Meringue Pie.  This is the perfect product to use after your morning bath/shower as the fragrance is so uplifting.  The cream absorbs really quickly and leaves no stickiness.  

I thoroughly enjoyed trying these products.   I was sent trial sizes I cannot make any judgement regarding the long terms benefits of using these products.

If you would like to find out more about these products and the rest of the SPC range then please visit their WEBSITE  you can also find out about the treatments on offer and in which locations you can book a treatment or purchase products.

FYI these products were provided by SPC for review purposes

9 June 2011

The 'Brush With Fashion' Makeover from Body Shop Review


New from The Body Shop for Spring 2011 comes the limited edition ‘Brush with Fashion’ make-up. This fashion-forward, sustainable and cruelty-free collection has been developed in collaboration with the acclaimed London College of Fashion. 

Featuring covetable packaging designed by the celebrated college, a sensational catwalk inspired Spring palette is brought to life with Community Fair Trade ingredients. From vibrant pinks to sumptuous matte shades of chocolate and rose-tints, products come together with ease for stunning looks and make-up artistry.

Pieces include the Illuminating Face Base, gorgeous Hi-Shine Lip Treatment, an innovative Tailored Cheek Tint and essential Limited Collection for Eyes. All are paired with the award winning and convenient built-in cruelty-free brush for professional results.

Nikki Palmer, the make-up artist for ‘Brush with Fashion’ and London College of Fashion alumna says, “In contrast to the minimalist, neutral shades of Autumn/Winter, Spring 2011 will be a celebration of brights, with no colour left unrepresented... It’s about creating a look that’s graphic and playful, with bold colours that can be mixed and matched.”

The collaboration with London College of Fashion is the first in an exciting series of partnerships with the world of fashion. Both pioneers share similar values and beliefs, combining ethical beauty and the address of sustainability issues through fashion education, research and consultancy.

On the unison, fashion designer and London College of Fashion graduate William Tempest comments, “I’ve long been a fan of The Body Shop pioneering ethical and environmental values and I know from first-hand experience that London College of Fashion has an inspirational, future friendly approach to fashion so I was delighted to hear that they’d joined forces.”

The new limited edition ‘Brush with Fashion’ collection is available in The Body Shop stores nationwide from Tuesday 15th February 2011. Prices for the collection range from RRP £2.00 to RRP £15.00.

Illuminating Face Base – Limited-Edition (RRP £14.00)

Add warmth to your complexion with the Illuminating Face Base in Shade 01: Apricot Glow. Simply twist the pack to push the product through the integrated brush, and then sweep across the face before foundation for added radiance. This beauty booster features moisturising Community Fair Trade marula oil plus apricot pigments, light diffusing pearls and mica to create a soft focus effect.

I love this product, I have tried brushing it onto my face prior to applying my foundation, this works very well but my preferred method of application is to mix a little bit of the product in with my foundation and then apply as normal.  It really does give a lovely dewy sheen to the skin, it also seems to blur the fine lines making them less obvious.

Tailored Cheek Tint – Limited Edition (RRP £10.00)

The Body Shop has long pioneered natural-looking stains with its innovative Lip and Cheek Stain. And now it offers a fresh, new twist on this make-up staple with the Tailored Cheek Tint in Shade 01: Hot Pink. Magically refresh your look with this clear gel that amazingly transforms into a rosy glow on contact with skin. Just squeeze the pack to push the formula through the bristles of the integrated brush and apply sparingly in sweeping motions across the apples of your cheeks, blending well. The Cheek Tint contains moisturising Community Fair Trade marula oil, brazil nut oil and apricot oil to care for skin.

This is a really clever product, it comes out of the tube as a clear gel but as soon as it touches the skin it turns a gorgeous shade of pink.  Now I found that the shade of pink you get depends on quite a few things.  First of all I tried this on my bare skin and then I tried it on top of my foundation, I got a different shade of pink on each occasion.  My daughter tried this and it went a slightly different colour on her too.  So I think the colour you end up with is dependant on the base colour you start with.  A word of warning though, you need to work pretty quick with this product as it dries quickly.  It's very similar to the Smashbox O Glow but half the price.

FYI this product was provided by PR

6 June 2011

Vichy LiftActiv Derm Source Review

This is the second product that I have tried from Vichy recently.  I reviewed the Neovadiol GF Eye & Lip Contours and was very impressed with the results.  So when I was sent LiftActiv to try I just knew that I could expect some changes to my skin.  This range is aimed at more mature skin, so all you nubile 20 year olds with skin as tight as a drum need not read on any further, look away, there's nothing to see here.  (did you sense that huge hint of jealousy there).

What they say......   Vichy Liftactiv Derm Source, provides complete anti-wrinkle and firming action for the skin.  The exclusive formulation is enriched with Rhamnose 5%, a naturally derived active ingredient that is a driving force of epidermal skin cell and skin fibre renewal. Skin immediately feels lifted, smoothed and firmer, with a boost of radiance and a reduction of wrinkles.

Vichy scientists have identified the Derm Source as one of the most important layers of the skin, determining its youthfulness and vital connections. It has a powerful effect throughout the upper layers of the skin, and Vichy Liftactiv Derm Source targets this area to encourage the most effective anti-ageing effects.

Vichy LiftActive Derm Source

Vichy LiftActive Derm Source

What I say...... Initially this is a very unassuming cream, it's a nice texture, not too thick, no too thin, no overpowering fragrance and not over packaged.  Vichy obviously put all their money into their ingredients as after only 2 weeks of use I can certainly see a difference in my skin.  My areas of concern at the moment are my neck area and the nasolabial lines, I have predominantly used this cream in those areas.  I have to say I have noticed a definite difference in the look and texture on the skin on my neck, the fine 'necklace' lines have pretty much disappeared and the tone of the skin looks much improved.  The lines from nose to mouth also don't seem as obvious and I'm hoping that with continued use these will improve even more.  On the days that I have used this all over my face it makes a nice base for make up and on non make up days it leaves a nice healthy glow on the face.  I really don't have anything negative to say about this product apart from the fact that the packaging is very unexciting, but as I said previously all the money seems to be invested in the research and the ingredients.

If you would like more information about this product and other products in the range please visit Escentual.com

FYI this product was provided by PR

2 June 2011

Shopping & Ranting

Hello lovelies, well as some of you know I have been suffering a bit this week with a tooth abscess, this combined with lack of sleep, too much work and life in general has not been very good for my mood.  On Monday I had the choice whether to work or not and because I was in quite a bit of pain I elected not to work and go and do a bit of shopping instead.

This may have been a big mistake, when I arrived at my chosen shopping centre after a 40 minute drive I was met with a 30 minute queue to get into the car park.  I was tired because of lack of sleep from tooth pain, I was starving as I had planned to eat on arrival and I was desperate for the loo.  I soon as I was parked I sprinted to the nearest ladies facilities, which happened to be in Debenhams, the only place in the shopping centre that has a MAC counter.

Now, a few weeks ago I read Bicky's blog and she did a FOTD using the 'Girl About Town' lipstick, I knew that I had to own this and so off I went to the MAC counter.  For once it seemed fairly quiet and I could see 2 sales assistants.  So I approached one of them and asked if I could have a look at the lipstick, she said 'they're over there' and pointed to the lipstick stand, I said 'well I know the name of the lipstick but I'm not exactly sure what it looks like as I have only seen it in a photograph', she said 'the names are on the bottom of the lipsticks', I said 'yes I know that but would you just be able to show me which one it is please' she replied 'I'm actually busy at the moment so you'll have to look yourself', (she was actually putting lipstick on another sales assistant) at that point I advised her that if she wanted to continue in her career as a sales assistant she may need to brush up on her customer service skills and then I flounced off.  I was absolutely fuming, I mean was this just me lacking in a bit of patience because I wasn't feeling too well, or is it that as a middle aged woman I have no right being at a MAC counter let alone trying to buy anything, or is it because some sales assistants just do not have the customer service skills that I expect.

After flouncing out of Debenhams I remembered how hungry I was so I made my way to Pret, I always go to Pret when I am in this shopping centre and I always have a Soya Latte and Porridge made with Soya milk.  So in I go starving and annoyed,  hubby went off to find a table and I headed to the counter with a chicken salad for him and I ordered 2 Soya latte's and the porridge, the sales assistant said 'you can't have porridge' I said 'why not', he said 'because it's after 10.30am' I replied 'well it's not as though you have to cook it is it, you just need to add milk to it' he said 'you still can't have it'.  At that point I almost turned into Michael Douglas in the film 'Falling Down' I ranted about how do they know what time people have their breakfast  and don't have big signs on the premises telling me I can have porridge and then tell me to my face that I can't have porridge, I told them where they could stick there porridge, their Latte and their salad and flounced out of there too.

By this time I was feeling like an over-tired child about to go into full temper tantrum mode.  After eventually having something to eat and drink and calming myself down I got on with the task in hand, which was to buy foundation.  Now a few weeks ago Stina did a hauling blog post about a free gift that Boots were offering when you purchased 2 Estee Lauder items.  Can you imagine how distraught I was when the sales assistant told me that the offer had now finished.  I didn't say anything but I think she took pity on my crestfallen expression and suddenly remembered that she still had a few gifts left and would happily let me have one if I purchased 2 products.

So I purchased my usual Double Wear Foundation in Pale Almond and in the absence of the 'Girl About Town' lipstick, I purchased the Signature lipstick in Brilliant Pink.

These are the goodies that I got for free, a full sized blusher compact containing blusher, bronzer and shimmer powder, a full sized lipstick in Tiger Eye, a mini Sumptuous mascara, a mini lip pencil in Spice and  3 skincare items.  If you can find a friendly sales assistant in your local Boots and you ask nicely I'm sure you'll find that this gift may still be available.

After a traumatic start to my shopping trip I went home happy with my purchases but very annoyed that I had reacted the way I had.

The moral of this story must be don't go shopping if you're tired, in pain, hungry or you're older than 25 and want to buy something from MAC.

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Taking part is easy- just send us a head-and-shoulders photo of yourself via email or post and we will provide the first 100 participants with a month’s worth of FREE Nelsons Pure & Clear anti-blemish products. Use Nelsons Pure & Clear consistently for a month then send us another photo to share the results of the challenge.

As a thank you for your efforts we will send you a 200ml bottle of our newly-launched Nelsons ArnicareTM arnica bath & massage balm. All participants will furthermore be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of high street shopping vouchers.

Email your photos to pr@nelsons.net with the subject heading "Nelsons Pure & Clear Challenge" along with your name, age, address, email address and a contact telephone number. Alternatively send photos to:
Nelsons Pure & Clear Challenge
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We are looking forward to receiving your photos!
1. Please note supplied photos are non-returnable.
2. Includes the following: 1 Purifying Daily Facial Wash, 1 Pack of Purifying Daily Facial Wipes, 1 Balancing Moisturiser, 1 Blemish Gel.
Only the first 100 participants will be provided with the above products free of charge.
3. By participating in the Nelsons Pure & Clear Challenge you agree to be contacted in the future by Nelsons about promotional opportunities regarding your ‘before and after’ photos. Photos will not be shared with the public without your consent. If you agree for your photos to be used for promotional opportunities we will offer you a financial reimbursement.
4. Prize draw closes on the 31st of Dec 2011.
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