Monthly Archives: May 2008

DIY Veneers

You really can buy the funniest things. Every now and again I get a product sample which is unlike any other. The last such product to cross my path was Pearl Drops Instant White.

It isn’t a toothpaste, mouthwash or even a breath freshener. Oh no, it is a paint on tooth veneer. It comes in a pretty little tube which looks a lot like lip gloss. You simply brush it on to the tooth surface, it dries in a few seconds and leaves a white veneer behind. Then, just brush it off at the end of the day.

I’m not a great fan of this product, the veneer isn’t white enough for me to warrant spending the day with a layer of hardened goo on my teeth. I like to think that my teeth are pretty white anyway so perhaps people with more stained teeth will get a bigger benefit than I did. You can keep adding coats for a brighter effect, but I’m not too keen on covering my teeth in chemicals. This is one gimmick I won’t be buying in to.

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Do It Daily

Laura Wheat is our latest recruit to the Beauty Guerrillas. Here, she dishes the dirt on one of her favourite skincare heroes.

Written by Laura: If you’re still using an exfoliant which relies on apricot husks or scratchy little spheres to scrub your face smooth, you’re missing a trick. Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is my one true skincare love and the only product I’m interested in having a monogamous relationship with.

Just mix this unassuming white powder with a splash of water in your hand, rub it into your face for a minute and prepare for dry bits and unsavoury scales to be swooshed away with the aid of rice enzymes and salicylic acid.

It’s gentle, doesn’t irritate skin and creates the perfect base for make-up when followed by any half-decent moisturiser. And while a pot of this wonder stuff doesn’t come cheap at £24.90 (at the least) from HQHair, it does last for months – and I use mine every day. Obsessively.

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Quick Tip

Got fake tan on your finger nails and now have the yellows nails of a hard-core chain smoker? Soak them in some super cleansing lemon juice then use a nail buff to slough off the last trace of stains.

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Polished

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is a cleanser which has found incredible cult status. What makes it so good? Well, it deep cleanses AND it exfoliates, making it a wonderful product for skin which has a habit of getting clogged with dirt and oil.

The forumla is very thick and creamy. Massage it onto dry skin, over eyes, face and neck. Then take a muslin cloth and dip it in warm water, ring it out, and buff away the cleanser. This is the exfoliating part of the process. Finish with a cool splash of water to close up the pores.

Cleanse and Polish is effective, it takes some time but when used properly it keeps skin clear and smooth. The only concern I have with it is with the muslin cloth. Make sure you clean it throughly and often and use a fresh one each day, otherwise every time you clean your face you’ll be spreading last night’s bacteria across your skin.

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Drop the Bombshell

We’re having a bit of an Umberto Giannini moment at Beauty Guerrillas. First it was the Overnight Beauty Balm, now it is the Beautifully Blonde Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner. I first tried this haircare duo yesterday and, my goodness, I was very impressed. Usually with haircare it takes a lot to get a good reaction from me. It is normally the more expensive products that do the trick, but these are just £4.19 each from Boots.

The consistency of the shampoo is quite thick and firm and I only needed a small amount to clean my shoulder-length locks. As for the conditioner, it slips easily through hair and washes off without a hitch, leaving no greasy residue.

When I started blow-drying my hair I couldn’t believe the vibrancy of my colour. I had no idea my blonde could be so light and bright, my usual yellow tinge and brassiness was banished. If you’re blonde and your colour is lacking in va va voom try these products, you won’t be disappointed.

And in case you’re wondering, our Giannini reviews haven’t stopped yet. We’ll be talking about the Instant Beauty Makeover Spray soon.

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Purely Clean

I’m sad to say that ‘give-me-a-cuddle’ Gok Wan’s latest series of ‘How to Look Good Naked’ has finished and been replaced with ’10 years youger’ and the not so friendly Nicky Hambleton-Jones. I was, however, pleased to see that they have put more emphaisis on the beauty section of the show and very surprised by their cleansing routine test.

If you missed last night’s program then let me fill you in. Uber-talented make-up artist Lisa Eldridge hit the local shopping centre with a table of water, cleansing wipes, cleanser etc and asked nearby shoppers to take off their make-up as they normally would. She then cleansed their skin again and wiped away the traces of make-up with a muslin cloth, revealing a huge amount of grime that had been left behind.

When you don’t spend the time to correctly clean skin up then you will, without a doubt, end up with clogged pores and a congested complexion. Do your skin a favour and make sure that you cleanse twice in the evening; once to remove make-up and then again to deep clean pores. Until recently I was using Purity Made Simple by Philosophy. At £30.00 it’s not cheap, and its non-foaming consistency takes a bit of getting used to, but I really have fallen in love with it as the formula thoroughly cleans without stripping away essential moisture.

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Wake Me Up

As I sit at my desk plowing my way through e-mails and press releases I can get a bit jaded. I love my job but sometimes I would much rather take a nap. Thankfully, Bio-Synergy have come to my rescue with their Vitality and Energy Strips. They are just like those strange minty papers which dissolve in your mouth, except these contain green tea, caffeine and guarana, so pop one on your tongue and it’ll perk you right up. Surprisingly, I do feel a revived after letting one of these babies work their magic in my mouth, though I admit it my be something of a placebo effect. Still, I’ll be keeping an emergency packet in my handbag from now on.

Bio-Synergy Vitality and Energy Strips cost £1.99 and are currently on offer; buy three get a fourth free.

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