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A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO ACID EXFOLIATORS

When I first read about acid exfoliators, my first reaction was ‘Oh dear god, no’ followed by ‘Not this nonsense again’. Highly astringent toners are nothing new – anyone remember slathering their faces with Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4 in their teens because their mate’s Mum told them it would help clear up their acne? As beauty trends go, toner is probably one of the most hotly contested – do they work, do you really need one, are toners just a massive beauty industry con – to name a few of the issues people tend to mention. A well-known beauty editor […]

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REN ROSA CENTIFOLIA EXPRESS MAKEUP REMOVER

The newest edition to my cleanser collection, I threw most (all) of my rules about ingredients out of the window when I bought the REN Rosa Centifolia Express Makeup Remover. This is because the only reason I handed over my debit card was because of how unbelievably gorgeous it smells. Don’t tell anyone I said that. I adore rose scents and the scent of Rosa Centifolia took me into dream land. I had to buy it. Plus, at £14 it’s not outrageously expensive for a cleanser. And it was totally in the name of testing. Honestly. The ingredients are nicely […]

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ZELENS TREATMENT DROPS – POWER C & POWER A

The Zelens Treatment Drops were launched about a year ago and I’ve been dying to get my mitts on them for some time. Dr Marko Lens is one of the top revered plastic surgeons, and Zelens is a brand that can do no wrong. Lauded by Caroline Hirons, Ruth Crilly and a whole host of well-respected skincare gurus, Zelens is a pretty safe bet if you want to really invest in your skin. And, an investment they certainly are. Ranging between £115-£125 a bottle, the Zelens Treatment Drops are firmly within the premium beauty category. This is, in fact, the […]

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MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

My morning skincare routine goes as follows. 7.10 AM – Alarm goes off. I cry a little 7.30 AM – I am still in bed, probably on Twitter 7.35 AM (ish) – I concede defeat and pad my way to the bathroom I am not a morning person. I don’t understand morning people, and they probably don’t understand the daily soul wrenching, life ruining struggle that I endure every morning at 7.10 AM. I hate morning people. And, that includes my husband, who jumps spiritedly out of bed the second his alarm goes off. Seriously, I love you but please […]

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Claudia Fallah

INTERVIEW WITH CLAUDIA FALLAH, FOUNDER OF CLAUDIA FALLAH COSMETICS

Last week, I was lucky enough to chat to Claudia Fallah, medical aesthetician, nutritionist and founder of Claudia Fallah Cosmetics. With a career spanning nearly thirty years Claudia is an expert in scientifically-led skincare and the use of naturally-derived ingredients. Read on to discover some of Claudia’s personal skincare secrets and insights in to the most effective skincare ingredients around. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell me a little bit about Claudia Fallah Cosmetics I am Claudia Fallah, the founder of CFC. I have built my range from my experience of ‘hands on’ treatments, mostly involving people who have suffered from skin problems either […]

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Cailyn Bright On Eye Primer

HOW I USE THE CAILYN BRIGHT ON EYE BALM (AND, IT’S NOT ON MY EYES)

Nope, I don’t use it on my eyes. It’s on my nipples. JOKE. If you’d read my last post on Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips, you’d get it. Anyway… Despite the fact that it is an eye primer, I have in fact found the CAILYN Bright On Eye Balm to be the best lip primer I’ve ever used. It comes in a handy pot much like a lip balm, easily accessible by a finger and/or a lip brush. It’s just a badass lip primer, fact. I’m sure it’s very good eye primer too, I just don’t have need for […]

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Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

WHY I WON’T BE BUYING DR LIPP AGAIN

It’s only recently that I realised there are loads of things in my bathroom cabinet that are advertised for one specific use, when in fact they can be used for just about anything. The product that gave me that light bulb moment is Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips. Cracking name, that. So, what exactly is Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips? Well, it’s pure medical grade lanolin. For lips. And, apparently, nipples. Originally developed as a balm for those poor breastfeeding Mums whose nipples are all falling off; at some point Dr Lipp must have realised that […]

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THE SKINPORIUM #bbTAG Q&A

I was tagged by the lovely Danielle from SONOTLUXE to do the #BBTag Q&A so here it is! Lips or eyes? Which is your favourite to experiment with? I usually save a dramatic lip for special nights out and other than that I am woefully unadventurous with my lips. Biggest beauty sin? Funny story! A few weeks’ ago my husband and I had an unexpectedly late night out in China Town (Opium, best margarita in London) so we booked a last minute room at The Langham. Caught without any makeup remover or moisturiser, I had to improvise. Considering my usual night-time routine […]

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Top 4 new skincare products this summer

TOP 4 NEW SKINCARE PRODUCTS OUT THIS SUMMER

I get my wishlist on with my top new skincare products for May. FIRST AID BEAUTY 5-IN-1 BOUNCY MASK When my skin is in need of a boost, I usually reach for REN’s Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial, which is why this new mask from First Aid Beauty immediately caught my eye. Five effects in one big hit? Why, yes please. Everyone needs a bit of bounce in their emergency kit for when their skin just needs that little something extra (hang overs, anyone?) First up, the main active ingredient in the First Aid Beauty 5in1 Bouncy mask is vitamin C. First Aid Beauty […]

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FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR HYDRATING SERUM REVIEW

Looking for proof that you don’t need to spend a week’s salary on skincare? You may have found it in the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum. I picked this up a few months’ ago as it’s one of the newer products in the First Aid Beauty range. Touted as an entry level hydrating antioxidant serum that offers good value for money, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum has an admirable array of beneficial ingredients for its seriously pocket friendly price range. First Aid Beauty is a no nonsense skincare brand based in the USA. The packaging is basic – not a glass […]

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