Sometimes all you want is a product that smells good and does what it says it will. Ruby Red Organic Lavender Whipped Shea Butter is one such find. This little pot of love moisturises skin with melting, nourishing shea butter, while delicious, opiatic lavender scents conjure images of summer meadows. Organic, hand made, ethically sourced and environmentally friendly the range make gorgeous gifts. The spongy mouse texture adds to the tactile, sensory appeal. Make sure you keep it at room temperature to really get a thrill on application.
I was raving about ESPA last week and guess what? I’m going to do it again! I’ve been trying out the divine Pink Hair and Scalp Mud over the last few days and, despite some reservations, I’m pleased with the results.
I wasn’t sure quite how it would measure up. I imagined a mud for hair to be drying and difficult to wash out. It has clay in it after all! I couldn’t get my head around the fact that it would be moisturising and conditioning.
You need to use quite a lot of product to cover the whole head, but when it is rinsed out (and hair comes clean easily!) my locks are so shiny as well as feeling stronger. Wow, this pink gloop actually works! The hair also feels light and full with no traces of residue, and the cleaning effect on the scalp is second to none.
It also doubles up as a yummy skin conditioner (bye bye dry elbows) and apparently works well to soothe sun burn… not that there’s much chance of that in the January weather!
Creme de La Mer is probably the world’s most famous moisturiser. Touted as a miracle for skin and adored by a smorgasbord of celebs – apparently England’s very own party girl Kate Moss slathers herself from head to toe in this stuff.
It also has a reputation for being thick and luxurious – great for dry or mature skin but not so wonderful for young, oily skin which breaks out easily. Worry not though, the formula is also available as a lotion or gel.
I decided to test Gel de la Mer, The Moisturising Gel Cream, to see if it’s all it is hyped up to be.
Containing La Mer’s innovative ‘Miracle Broth’; a combination of sea kelp, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, lecithin, Vitamins C, E and B12, as well as oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower, this moisturiser has a lot to live up to.
So is it a miracle? Well no, but then I don’t believe in miracle products. It is however an extremely good moisturiser which my skin happily drinks up. After a week of use my skin looks strong and healthy, it has a slight dewy glow and any dryness has been smoothed and softened.
It’s a gentle product too; my acne-prone skin hasn’t broken out and I love the fact that I can use it as an eye-cream without any bother or stinging eyes. My complexion just adores the texture of the gel too. It sinks in so quickly and provides a smooth base for makeup; I can easily apply my powder foundations without it sticking to wet patches.
Am I happy with this product… yes! Would I shell out £156.60 for it? Yes! Would I tell my boyfriend how much it cost? Never!
My skin has been giving me trouble lately. It’s so arid and tight that it could crack at any moment. I can thank the freezing cold temperatures for that. So I was chuffed to bits when Divine Cream from Heaven by Deborah Mitchell landed on my desk.
This peachy coloured moisturiser can be used on the face and body. Initially I thought it would feel too rich for my complexion despite the dryness of my forehead… body moisturisers tend not to translate well onto more sensitive faces.
I was pleasantly surprised though and my parched skin soaked it up with pleasure. It left no sticky or slimy feeling at all.
This lovely cream makes my skin look miraculously fresher, brighter and that little bit happier. it’s all organic and contains face saving ingredients like witch hazel and lavender essential oil which is great for my blemish prone skin. Divine indeed.
Written By Lindsay: As I usually try not to stuff my body with too many artificial things and toxins (overlooking my out of control diet coke habit, of course) it makes sense that I should extend the same type of courtesy to my skin.
So I was very excited to try the new ‘Face Boutique’ skin care range, which is not only free from harmful chemicals, perfumes and foaming agents; but is also ethical and eco friendly.
After taking a bit of time to get used to the weird texture (more hair product than face cream) their Fresh Faced moisturizing gel has become my new favourite product for my usually very difficult to please skin. The range is especially formulated to suit the needs of young skin, and sure enough my complexion (which still acts like its 14) feels fresh and my blemishes have definitely reduced.
Moisturising is a tricky balancing act when you have oily, blemish prone skin, yet this copes admirably – being both hydrating and oil regulating. My only gripe is that the fruit extracts included don’t make it ideal for sensitive skin, yet that’s surely a small price to pay for a clear conscience and an (almost!) clear complexion.
Winter skin still firmly established despite the change of weather? Want a thick and creamy moisturiser for your bod’ which has a summery fragrance? I’ve found it for you!
Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream uses orange, rose, geranium and rosewood for a light but bold fragrance which won’t feel out of place wafting down sunny streets. The cream is thick and lush but blends into the body without a trace. Bye bye scaly skin hidden under layers of clothes, hello soft, summer legs!
My skin tends to veer more towards the dry, rather than the oily, side of life. I’ve never really had to think about keeping my skin matte but recently I’ve spotted a few photo’s of me and I’ve been looking a bit shiny. Forehead reflections aren’t a good look it would seem.
That’s what is so great about being a beauty journo – you get to try all kinds of nifty products that you otherwise might not want to splash your hard earned pennies on, especially when you’re not sure if they’ll really work for you.
A while back I found myself in possession of Instant Matte Shine Control from Molton Brown. Deciding that I really didn’t need any mattifying lotion I dropped it in a drawer and forgot about it. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I came across it again and decided maybe I should give it a go after all.
The beauty goody from Molton Brown is a lightweight moisturiser for combination skin, so if you are very oily then you might want something more hard-core, but for people with a bit of dryness and a bit of oily skin it’s a gem. I’d even recommend it for normal skin types who want to combat shine in hot weather.
What I really love about this product is the fact that it doesnt feel cakey, drying or flakey. It doesn’t dull the skin at all, instead it imparts a lovely fresh and healthy glow without shine. I’m not sure how they’ve managed the glow without shin combo, but I swear it’s there!
The fragrance is also lovely and flowery; it reminds me of Clarins flash beauty balm and is clean and gentle.
All in all, a big thumbs up for this product, which retails at £29.00.