Monday, 16 May 2016

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask - Skin’s New BFF

Does.It.All! Three words I can’t get enough of right now. As my time continues to be squeezed I’m all about the multi-tasking products. Enter Dermalogica charcoal Rescue mask – a powerful treatment mask that delivers a cocktail of benefits. A little bit of science first then I'll tell you exactly how it rescued my skin...

The formula contains activated Binchotan Charcoal, which absorbs impurities and draws out excess sebum and toxins. It's basically a 7 minute detox for the skin. It exfoliates, both chemically and mechanically and ingredients including Volcanic Ash, Sea Silt, Bamboo Extract and Sulphur promotes cell turner for dramatically brighter skin. The mask also treats acne, calms rosacea and soothes eczema or sebaceous dermatitis, making it a fantastic treatment for a variety of skin woes. Niacinamide helps reduce congestion and calm the skin, while Chilean Wild Mint helps refine pores.

How to Use

Not only is it a clever-cloggs, does-it-all-mask, it’s also quick and easy to use with visible (and touchable) results after just 7 minutes. Whack a generous layer onto clean/cleansed skin. Unlike other clay masks it doesn’t dry and go chalky really quickly. There’s plenty time to smooth it on and it doesn’t end up crumbling off when you move your face. It takes just 7-10 minutes to do the biz. Wet your hands, give it al good old massage to enhance the exfoliating properties, then rinse. Heads up, it’s a bit messy, and extremely dark so don’t use your fluffy white face cloth.  


I used it for the first time. Looked in the mirror, thought um, my skin looks good. It’s had a good bloody clean out, skin’s brighter, pores are tighter. Then I touched it and oh my god – babies.bum! I swear my skin has never felt so soft. I decided not to go straight in with moisturiser, I wanted to give it some time to see how my skin reacted – no drying or tightening whatsoever. Then when I did apply my serum and moisturiser, they glided on smoothly giving me the most ridiculously even base, along with a kick-ass healthy glow

I can absolutely vouch for the fact it draws out impurities. You know when you go for a good facial and you’re “rewarded” with spots. Well after my first use of the Charcoal Mask I did get a few pimples, but better out than in, am I right? I’d highly recommend this if you’re preparing for a special event/night out and you want your skin brighter and tighter. Just make sure you don’t use it the day before, give some time for those nasty impurities to get out and stay out!

Charcoal Rescue Masque £38/$46 dermalogica | John Lewis | Ultra 

Have you tried it yet?


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Hello Bright Eyes!

Sometimes getting a solid eight hours of shut-eye a night is out of the question – especially with a gymnastic baby back flipping in your belly! More than ever I’m having to rely on good skincare to cheat the appearance of “awake n with it”.

Cue the newest edition to the Liz Earle Superskin dynasty – SuperSkin Eye Cream £35/15ml*.

This triple threat cream is packed full of botanical and active ingredients designed to to visibly lift and firm the delicate eye contour, reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles. The luxuriously hydrating formula is creamy and rich but not in the slightest bit heavy. It absorbs fully! This is absolutely paramount to me. I apply concealers and highlighters around the eye area and need an eye creams that will work in harmony with them – not ones that sit there or cause my make up to slide. Superskin Eye Cream provides an even, hydrated, youthfully plumped base. If definitely soothes the puffiness and helps to neautralise the appearance of dark circles. Fortunately my lines are still pretty fine, but this does a great job of hydrating and plumping them – thus making them barely detectable, nice one Lizzy! As with all of the Superskin range, it’s jam packed with a botanical blend of rosehip, borage and cranberry seed oil and carries the signature (and heavenly) superskin scent.

Before - After
I've been using this cream for around a month now and have seen a visible improvement around the eye contour area. Often we think we have lines/wrinkles, but we're actually dehydrated, which accentuates crows feet. Using Superskin Eye Cream has seriously improved the moisture, hydration and plumpness of the contour area, which in turn improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles! 

Available from Liz Earle | John Lewis | Boots

Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream will have you bright eyed and bushy tailed in no time, sleep or no sleep!


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Fenwick Beauty Week 2016 and the Beauty Bag you won't want to miss!

Listen up ladies, Fenwick Beauty Week is back and it’s bigger and better than ever!

From Saturday 07th May to Sunday 15th May, Fenwick stores will be dedicating themselves to all things beauty. Masterclasses, makeovers, gifts with purchases and more. It’s an ideal opportunity to spruce up your beauty routine just in time for Summer 16. I went along to Fenwick Newcastle earlier in the week for a little taster sesh, and believe me, you don’t want to miss out. I got to watch a professional Charlotte Tilbury make up demo and experience the best facial of my life at Sisley. Needless to say I came away with a wishlist worthy of Kim K. Can I just say, how amazing is Fenwick Newcastle these days!? After a stunning makeover, the addition of a massive Charlotte Tilbury counter and its proximity to THAT FOOD HALL, it’s my number on shopping destination.

3 Reasons to celebrate Beauty Week

Live stage demos, masterclasses and more with leading make up artists from Tom Ford, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown, to mention just a few. 

15% off beauty at the Fenwick Newcastle Summer shopping event – Tuesday 10th May 6-10pm get your voucher here.

Best of all, spend £75 or more in the beauty hall (I’ve had bigger challenges) and bag this exclusive beauty bag worth over £100 for free…

Check your local Fenwick store for the full line up of beauty treats on offer in your area



Saturday, 30 April 2016

Pregnancy Update - 31 Weeks

Sleepsuit John Lewis | Drawer dividers Ikea

Hi beauties! Long time, no blog, I KNOW! I've been finding it really difficult to find the time and energy lately. You what they say, life happens and there's a whole lotta life happening right now. I'm in my final trimester - shit's getting very real. Things were going really well. I was almost feeling guilty when people asked if i had morning sickness, swollen ankles, mood swings? Nope, nope and nope! Then, the fainting started! Apparently it's common side effect of pregnancy? It's pretty scary at the time and I feel completely wiped out but the important thing is the baby is absolutely fine! Still no cravings (except oranges). I was really looking forward to sending baby daddy to McDonalds at 2am for a box of gherkins. Maybe i still will as punishment for the lack of foot rubs - "I'll rub your feet every day when you're pregnant" lasted about two weeks!

Oh and I finally understand NESTING. I've watched on in the past as pregnant friends become possessed by the need to nest and thought - what are you flapping about! The baby doesn't care if the skirting boards have been painted! Then it happened to me. I'm part Kim and Aggie and part Drill Sergeant. I need it doing and I need it doing NOW! Every cupboard has to be cleared, every drawer emptied. If it's not nail down, it's going to the charity shop. NOTHING'S SAFE! Even my makeup has taken the hit - I'm all about downsizing now.

Aside from the fainting and the nesting monster, things are great and I'm feeling truly blessed. I wanted to thank you all for your support and reassure you in no way have i gone off blogging. I've got so many exciting things to blog about - I met Charlotte Tilbury last week, I've discovered a load of new skin saviours and I have a new makeup storage solution! As soon as I get my mojo back I'll tell you all about it.

Claire x


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Lash Domination from an Unlikely Source!

If you like your brushes big and your lashes bigger – this could be the mascara for you. 

It’s all about the base over at bareMinerals HQ, but who knew they could be a contender in the mascara stakes. Lash Domination Volumising Mascara offers a staggering 10 benefits (count them) Volumises, Lengthens, Thickens, Separates, Lifts, All-day wear, Mineral fortified, Smudge-resistant, Resists clumps. It has one of the most unique wants out there with the ProTwist180™ is spiralled 180 degrees to curve around each lash and coat ALL angles with intense black colour. Plus, it’s powered by nourishing minerals and quinoa protein – why the hell not!

So the brush is a hell of a size! Great if you like a quick sweep n go, or you have wide eyes. For me it took a little getting used to – I gravitate towards the smaller, more precise tools. But get used to it I have and now we’re flying. Don’t be intimidated by the twist style brush, it’s actually really easy to use. Despite its size, it’s not messy or clumpy in the least. It coats lashes evenly with exceptional separation, fanning and a good dose of curve. The first coat is pretty natural, the second, is when you really see the domination in action! You can easily build up to the length and volume your heart desires and at absolutely no point do things get clumpy. The results are pretty impressive – supped up volume, length, curl, jet black colour, long-lasting, no clumping and no smudging. A great all-rounder! Check out the before and after...

Lash Domination Volumising Mascara rrp £18/$19 bareMinerals | Feel Unique | Sephora 


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Hair Saviour Right Here!

L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo £2.59 Boots

They’ve only gone and done it again. I didn’t think the hair gods, aka L’Oreal could improve on Fibrology, but then came Extraordinary Clay

I’ll cut to the quick – this shampoo has transformed my hair. It's taken me from an every other dayer to a twice a weeker – hair washes that is. Being able to go three days is rare, unless I’m hiding in the house, or under a hat. The first time I used this I got 4 whole days out of it! A couple of weeks in, I’m comfortably getting 3-4 days before the grease slick slides in.

The shampoo itself smells gorgeous. It works up a reassuringly thick and rich lather and rinses clean with no residue. My hair is fine, a little flat and prone to greasy roots. Elvive Extraordinary Clay definitely zaps the greasy roots but without making my locks frizzy or dry and most importantly for me, still gives my hair a good lift and leaves it feeling thicker and stronger. L'Oreal have basically served up my hair wish list on a pretty mint green platter. Big love for the mint green bottle by the way and the fact that it matches my favourite nail shade Essie Mint Candy Apple gives it extra kudos.

I’m not entirely convinced by the appeal of Clay for the hair. If it says volume, thickening, fattening or plumping, I’m like a moth to a flame, but this I probably would never have even picked this up, so thank gawd I came across a sample in a magazine! I still love Fibrology and I’ll reach for it whenever my hair needs some va-va-voom volume, but for now, Extraordinary Clay is my daily go-to! And the fact that it's just £2, is the icing on the (mint green) cake!

Have you tried it yet?

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