Guest Recommendation – Soap & Glory

Guest recommendation comes from the excellent Claire Kidd.


As honest as ever Claire reveals that “I generally just go for cheapest…!! However, I do have a few faves..!
Soap & glory sugar scrub, great for getting rid of dead skin & achieving that smooth skin polished look… ”

Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush™ Body has become a cult classic. Voted Best Body Scrub by Essentials Best Beauty Buys 2011. The good news is that it is part of the ‘Buy 1 Get 2nd Half Price’ deal at Boots at the moment!

The fact that it combines almond oil, zingy lemons ‘n’ limes and sweet vanilla musk together is probably why so many people love its scent. While the extra ingredients of brown sugar, sea salt and macadamia oils blend together to give you skin that feels smooth, polished and radiant.

The official line on Sugar Crush is that it is “Miraculous on dry legs, elbows (really – all over), it’s energizing, exhilarating, amazing!”

Here’s the Soap & Glory guide to get the best out of this product:

“Instructions for Use

IT’S SUGAR, BABY: Use your Soap & Glory ™ Sugar Crush™ Body Scrub in the shower once, twice, or three times weekly, depending on the level of scaliness you struggle with. (Four times-even if you’ve ever been labelled ‘old lizard legs’.) ”


Guest Recommendation – Smashbox Primer

smashboxToday’s guest recommendation comes from the beautiful Ms Justine Hider  …. When I asked Justine what her ‘must have’ products are she told me that “I always use smash box primer you need a tiny bit and it makes your make up last all day!” Thanks Justine x.

Smashbox Primer has become a bit of a cult product, winning awards here there and everywhere. Here’s the official line it:


Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation to increase longevity, our best-selling primer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. Oil-free!

Winner of Best of Sephora Award for Best Primer, one of Marie Claire’s “25 Products That Will Change Your Life,” an InStyle Best Beauty Buy, Readers Choice Beauty Award 2012 for ‘Best Foundation Primer’ and U Magazine Beauty Award Winner 2012 for ‘Best Primer’.


Apply a pea-size amount of PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER to clean or moisturised skin, using fingertips, for complexion perfection. Follow with your favourite foundation (try LIQUID HALO HD FOUNDATION SPF 15). To tame frizzies, try smoothing primer through wet or dry hair.”

Clarins – Beauty Flash Balm

This works miracles! No really it does. It doesn’t matter how hungover I am, how bereft of sleep, how sallow my skin looks. Two minutes after applying this the world looks a better place.

It instantly tightens any pores, moisturises and brightens my complexion. My skin feels nice ‘n’ silky smooth with only the tiniest of amounts. Quite literally a miracle worker some mornings!

It makes my skin look a lot more radiant so I don’t feel the need to wear any foundation on top of it, but that’s just me. If you do want to you’re supposed to apply it immediately afterwards.

One thing to remember is not to rub or massage it in, just smooth a very thin layer onto your skin and let it do its thing. Or, alternatively, you can leave a thicker layer on for a mask….

Don’t use this everyday, just when you need to, otherwise it will lose it’s magic. Which is just as well as it’s not cheap!

OK, so that’s my humble opinion. Here’s the official line on it from Clarins:

“Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, Oily
Texture: Cream

The ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin—Clarins best-selling radiance booster helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash! Instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed. Olive and Witch Hazel extracts help smooth the skin’s surface, diffusing the look of lines and wrinkles. Soothing Bisabolol helps restore skin’s youthful glow. Preps skin for perfect make-up application and hours of luminous wear.

Winner of Best in Beauty Icon, Readers Choice
Woman & Home Best in Beauty 2013

Featured in The Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible

Winner of Best Instant Skin Perfector
Woman’s Own Ageless Beauty Awards 2013

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

benefit theyre real

For those of us out there with an aversion to eyelash curlers, (I can’t be the only one surely?), this is the best mascara I’ve found that does the job for you. A curved brush that I can actually use without stabbing myself in the eye and a consistency that doesn’t clump or make you look like a 1980′s goth. Lasts well and doesn’t smudge. What more could you want?

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion

clinique dram

So, to get the ball rolling with my first post, I couldn’t start with anything else but this! Without doubt this is the one item I can’t do without.

Perfect for all skin types it might be expensive but it goes a long long way. Your skin will drink this in and thank you for it. Non perfumed. Heavyweight enough to combat dry radiator-heated air and light enough to wear under your make-up without feeling cloying.

5 stars everytime. Comes in various size bottles, I prefer the ones without the pump, but the best time to buy Clinique products is when you see the Bonus Time signs!

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