Sunday, 29 November 2015

Shu Uemura meets Maison Kitsuné

This holiday season, two of Shu Uemura Art of Hair bestselling products have been given a striking new look thanks to a limited edition collaboration with Maison Kitsune, the French/Japanese fashion duo. The unique, bespoke designs have been crafted by the creative duo, Maison Kitsune, to reflect both brands synergies of 'East meets West' using a series of cute motifs depicting cultural items from both worlds...think sweet croissants and Japanese kimonos. This collision of East and West brings us a daring vision of colours, prints and designs for one of the chicest holiday collection this year for your hair and for your bathroom cabinet!

The two iconic products from Shu Uemura Art of Hair that have been given this fun makeover are the Cleansing Oil Shampoo and the much-loved Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil which are both such treats for your hair. The Cleansing Oil Shampoo is specifically developed for normal hair types and transforms from an oil to a rich foam which effortlessly eliminates dirt and impurities whilst gently cleansing the scalp. For centuries onset hot mineral water baths have been the ultimate location for relaxation and serenity in Japan which has been a key inspiration in this product. The purifying action of the 'oil removes oil' philosophy gently cleansing and rebalances whilst the onset inspired ferment provides ultimate lightness and radiance to the hair.

The Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil is a great hair oil to deeply nourish and replenish moisture from root to tip. It is specifically formulated to treat the needs of dry hair that has lost moisture and sleekness through colour treatment, heat styling or exposure to the sun. Concentrated camellia essence restores life, lustre and suppleness for instantly shinier, healthier looking hair whilst the uplifting notes of sparkling grapefruit and sensuous musk give you some seriously sweet-smelling tresses!

Do you love to the look of this limited edition range from Shu Uemura x Maison Kitsune?
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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Pai Limited Edition Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

A limited edition treat for your skin from Pai (£22) | Christmas gift sets available online

This Christmas Pai Skincare are celebrating sensitive skin and wrapping up all their hero products and bestsellers in a range of limited edition, specifically commissioned packaging that is perfect for a sophisticated stocking filler or pre-Christmas treat for you or a friend to get your skin party-ready! No glitz or sparkles here, just gorgeous, eye-catching designs encasing some of Pai's most adored and acclaimed products including the Camellia & Rose Gentle Cleanser, Lotus & Orange BioAffinity Tonic and this cult classic, the Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil.

Ideal for all ages and skin types, this facial oil is an absolute beauty cabinet essential and I cannot believe it has taken me so long to add this to my skincare saviours. So what does this oil do? Well, what doesn't it do?! Containing Rosehip (the ultimate skin multi-tasker) and Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9, it deeply conditions the skin, improving firmness and elasticity as well as evening out skin tone.  It refines the appearance of damaged skin and fine lines as well as nurturing your complexion back to its healthiest and most vibrant condition. I love a good face oil and will reach for one a few times a week whenever my skin feels a bit lacklustre and in need of a certain boost. Some of my favourites are the Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil and the Clinique Smart Treatment Oil, but after using this for a few weeks, I would happily add this to my list of favourites also. I love the limited edition packaging of all these festive treats too and think they would make beautiful gifts or stocking fillers for any other beauty lovers like me!
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My Aveda Favourites for Hands and Hair

Ah Aveda, how I love you and your fine-smelling products! I have been a huge fan of Aveda for years now, mainly because my hairdressers always uses their range and love creating that pampering sensation at home with all their lovely aromas and amazing products that leave my hair feeling so well nourished, soft and smooth. Two of the latest products I have been loving from the new Aveda ranges are the Stress-Fix Hand Creme* and the Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme* - they literally make me feel like I have a personal hand masseur and hairdresser in my very own home!

The Stress Fix Hand Creme is a gorgeous product to have close at hand, not only because it is incredibly moisturising and soothes any rough or chapped skin (lifesaver during the winter weather) but it also reduces feelings of stress with a proven aroma of organic lavender, lavandin and clary sage. If you love the scent of lavender then you will adore this product - it smells incredible and really does give you a feeling of calm as you massage it onto your hands. The formula isn't too thick or heavy so quickly sinks in which is ideal when you are busy typing on your laptop or using it as your final skincare step before heading to bed.

The Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme is another superb product from the Aveda Smooth Infusion collection. This whole range is ideal for hair like mine - unruly manes that are prone to frizz and dehydration. The Styling Creme is the perfect step to take your just-washed hair to soft, styled perfection with simply a few pumps of this nourishing creme. Yes it smells incredible of botanicals and bergamot, but it also does an amazing job of calming and smoothing frizz and dry ends to leave you with a sleek, soft style - whether blow-dried or left to dry naturally. It seals in moisture and definitely gives my hair an added bounce, natural movement and little oomph without feeling heavy or weighing it down. Such a treat for your tresses if you suffer from the dreaded frizz!

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My Bobbi Brown Skincare Favourites

Bobbi Brown is highly regarded for many of their famed beauty products - the gel eyeliner, those gorgeous shimmer bricks and the versatile pot rouges. But I always find one area of their extensive repertoire that gets overlooked sadly is their skincare range. From moisturisers, eye creams, makeup removers, lip balms and primers, Bobbi Brown has it all sorted whilst ensuring ever product is specifically formulated to create the perfect canvas for our makeup to follow.

Two particular products I have been loving recently from the Bobbi Brown skincare range is the Vitamin Enriched Face Base* (£39) and the Hydrating Eye Cream* (£32) - two of Bobbi's personal essentials which makes me love them even more! The Vitamin Enriched Face Base is a must for anyone who wants to save a few precious seconds in the morning as it work as a face moisturiser and makeup primer, in one. It is oil-free and has a lovely fresh-scented formula that smoothes over the skin including any pores or blemishes, giving you a flawless base ready for your foundation. The texture is rich, luscious and creamy without being too heavy or greasy but you do only need a little bit so this tub will definitely last me a few months. I like to use this in the morning even if I am having a no-makeup kinda day and it makes my skin feel incredibly plumped and cushiony thanks to the Shea butter and vitamins B, C and E. The grapefruit and geranium extracts gives this face base a wonderful, uplifting scent and is ideal for normal to oily skin types to use every day.

The Hydrating Eye Cream is a quick-to-absorb eye cream that melts into the under-eye area, prepping and smoothing the skin ready for concealer. Formulated with Bobbi's signature Enriched Mineral Water Blend - it hydrates, balances and revives skin whilst the aloe vera and witch hazel extract adds a touch of comfort and the Jojoba Seed and Avocado Oil condition the delicate area under your eyes. Again I like to use this in the morning, just after the Vitamin Enriched Face Base, by gently patting a little amount under my eyes. The lightweight formula means it is quickly absorbed and definitely makes a difference in how smoothly and flawlessly my concealer applies. It also helps it last throughout the day without creases or rubbing off and I also know the cream is doing my skin some good at the same time, so is a double bonus!

What are your favourite picks from the Bobbi Brown skincare range?
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Chloe Eau de Toilette Perfume

A fresh interpretation of the iconic signature scent - Chloe Eau de Toilette* (£42 -) | available online

Seven years ago a delicate rose unfurled in the fragrance world and gave us a sensual and powdery bouquet that was innovative and unique at the time. Chloe Eau de Parfum swiftly became an emblem of femininity and is still adored by fans now, all these years on. Today, however, Chloe begins a new chapter in its history and a new delicate scent is born - Chloe Eau de Toilette.

Delicate and elegant are the best words to describe this floral-infused fragrance with the white rose taking centre stage, adding a light and soft facet to the scent. Chloe Eau de Toilette manages to be musky, floral as well as fresh on the skin and I think that is all down to the clever composition of rose, bergamot, magnolia and the subtle hint of lemons - a rosy, dewy scent that is beautiful to spritz, day or night.  I love this fragrance a lot more than the original down to the fact it is a little softer and fresher on the skin and really highlights the infusion of white rose petals which is one of my favourite scents anyway. The bottle is a dream too and Chloe kept true to their signature inspiration and recreated the glass and metal bottle with those classic fortuny pleats and simple white tied ribbon around the neck. The pretty beige-rose hue of the liquid and divine packaging mirror the gorgeous scent which lies inside and is definitely worth a sniff if you are on the look out for a new perfume for the party season.
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Friday, 27 November 2015

Limited Edition Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream


Nourish, protect and love your skin this winter with Limited Edition Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand Cream (£3.90)

These dainty white tubes of hand cream crowned with the recognisable red or blue top have become quite an iconic feature amongst the beauty section of your favourite drugstore or supermarket aisle. The creation of the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® hand cream was inspired by Norwegian fisherman, the glycerin-rich recipe designed to protect their hands from the harshest of weather conditions. For generations, these hardy fisherman have been trawling the Scandinavian seas pulling fish from the ocean's deep and battling against the fierce Winter elements - leaving their hands in need of some serious TLC. Glycerin is the key ingredient here that makes this hand cream so hard-working, drawing in moisture from the air and your own natural reserves deep in the skin to give you instant and long-lasting relief for even the driest of skin - an absolute essential for Winter 2015 and one that won't be leaving my handbag or bedside table!

This classic Neutrogena® Hand Cream has now been given a festive twist this season and is sporting a new, Nordic cool look thanks to the Oslo based design duo - Darling Clementine, famed for their fresh, cutesy and distinctive illustrations. You can see their story and learn much more about this creative pair here. They were inspired by the classic Christmas jumper motif reflecting Norway's love for cross stitch and handicraft. The adorable new packaging celebrates all there is to love about Norwegian heritage. It is incredibly Scandi-chic and so wonderfully Wintery. I am a sucker for seasonal packaging around this time of year and completely love these limited edition hand creams - giving a much-loved classic an icy cool twist complete with stags, robins, woodland scenes and magical snowflakes. What is there not to love?! The girls at Darling Clementine have even given my Pearls & Poodles logo a Nordic twist - so fun and festive!
But fear not, the original and adored formula remains unchanged so they will continue to nourish and protect your hands through the snowy season whilst making your work desk or beauty table look particularly festive!

*this post is a paid-for advertorial from Neutrogena®, regardless of this any opinions included within are my own.
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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar

I feel a bit mean publishing this blog post. In the time it took for me to take these photos and type up the below spiel, this sensational beauty advent calendar from Look Fantastic has sold out in double quick time! It is no surprise really - this calendar worth over £250 has a luxurious surprise behind every window, a selection of beauty miniatures from the most coveted of brands and all for the fab price of just £70. Literally heaven evert day in the run up to Christmas for any self-confessed beauty junkie.

Beauty Advent Calendars have really become a thing now and every Christmas you can expect some of the biggest brands to release a grander and more luxury-filled calendar to delight beauty fans whose love for cosmetics far outweighs chocolate! This whopper of a calendar, The Beauty Secret Advent Calendar from Look Fantastic, contains an assortment of makeup, skincare, body care and haircare to make you feel ultra glam this Christmas and New Years. I allowed myself a sneak peek behind a few of the windows to give you an idea of some of the brands and items featured but have kept the rest as a surprise for myself once we enter December. Already we have the likes of Moroccan Oil, Pai, Eylure lashes and MonuSpa with the likes of REN, Eve Lom, Redken and Molton Brown also lurking behind those tempting windows.

If you did manage to get your mitts on this incredible calendar then high-five to you but if you missed out then don't fret too much, you can already pre-order your Beauty Advent Calendar for 2016 right here and Look Fantastic have also released the Keratase Luxury Advent Calendar which is still available and an absolute must for anyone looking to try out a host of gorgeous hair products from this brand.
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