Tuesday, 30 November 2010

My wish list for Santa

Dear Santa,

This year I have been a very good girl, I am in need of a bit of pampering so pretty please I would be really happy to find something off my wish list under the tree on Christmas morning.

Sam x

Ps, I will leave extra whiskey for you lol

1, Elemis have some really gorgeous gift sets this year that I would love to open. So if you can find Elemis Exotic Spa secrets I would be really happy.
It is a fabulous set with the iconic Milk bath, Frangipani Monoi moisture melt and the matching shower gel... and all for under £50!

2. Liz Earle Face and body essentials. A great set with three full size core range products and two generous sized body products.
Cleanse and polish with the muslin cloths speak for themselves as a staple of a cleansing routine. Skin boost skin tonic to add some sparkle to post Christmas skin and then a moisturiser in your skin type.
Orange flower Botanical body wash for every day use and the body cream to keep me smelling sweet...£40.25

3, Soap and Glory (I kneel down before you) Spa rush! shower!
      You get a gorgeous bag with scrub mitts and 3 fab products
      Sweets, fruity I foam shower gel, Butter up body butter in a
       tube and Sugar crush body scrub.All my favourites...£25

Buy yours at



and www.boots.com  and Soap and Glory is on 3 for 2


Monday, 29 November 2010

Strawberry fudge, as sweet as it sounds

At Christmas make up and perfume sets get thrown at us like snowballs! Many we dodge because we do not want to sport as much glitter as a Christmas tree, but now and again one comes along that is wearable both for the office and that Christmas date.
The last time that I tried Clinique make up I fell in love with their Mascara and Lip smoothie so I was really excited to be given the chance to try the Holiday 2010 collection.
They have put together a collection that has something for everyone in it. If you love to play up your lips You have lip liner in Plush pink. I wore this on my birthday and found it great! I filled in my lips with the pencil and found that it lasted the night, even after drinking glass after glass of Champagne...ooops. My lip pencil lasted longer than it took me to get rather merry lol. You can either wear it as a matte colour or slick a gloss over  it. Go for either a plain gloss to keep the colour as it is or if you are like me, someone who likes to stay true to a collection try the Christmas Strawberry Bliss lip smoothie... My collection of these are building!

For girls who are all about eyes and lashes try High length mascara in black for that defining look. I was a bit scared when I opened this tube as I was expecting a brush but actually got a eye shaped comb type wand. I gave it a go with the hope that it would leave my quite long lashes clump free.
I am not going to lie, it took a few goes to get this right, more to do with my confidence than the product. It separated my lashes with no problem or clumps and I managed to get right to the root so it looked like I had liner on!

Every collection would not be complete with out a limited addition and the star of this collection is the Strawberry Fudge holiday compact. This looks so posh that I found myself polishing the compact not wanting to get smudges on it lol You get a lovely blusher that looks quite flat/matt in the pan but it actually gives a lovely sateen flush to the cheeks, and it is goof proof as you can't really buff on too much so no fear of looking like a clown. Three eyeshadows line the top of the compact, a pale neutral pink that I loved. I am normally scared of pink eye shadow as I remember watching my Mam putting on 80's style pink shadow with sparkly blue in the corners and this scarred me for life(sorry Mam)but this is really nice lightly brushed over the lid.You can leave it there for a natural work look with a bit of eye liner and mascara or you do have two more colours to play with. A bronzed pink that looks nice lining the bottom lashes and defining the outer corners and a lovely grey that can be washed over for a light hint of grey or to vamp up the eyes for after work Christmas parties.
Over all this compact will get you looks of envy when you pull it out of your bag and is easy to take with you as you get a travel blusher brush and eye double ended applicator.

Treat yourself or add to your list for Santa as I am sure you have been a good girl all year!

You (or Santa) can find Clinique in any major Chemists or department stores

The limited addition Strawberry fudge compact RRP £25
Vitamin C Smoothie in Strawberry Bliss RRP £13.50
Defining liner for lips in Plush Pink RRP £12.50
and finally
High Length Mascara in Black RRP £14.50

Monday, 22 November 2010

Relax before Christmas with L'Occitane

If you are looking for something indulgent for friends or family or even a sneaky treat for yourself look no further than L'Occitane!
They have brought out lots of fantastic gift sets for Christmas to tempt our pampering side.
I became a very lucky girl when the postman brought L'Occitane's Romantic Rose collection to my door.
What a fantastic collection, it has everything you need for a pamper session on your own or take inspiration from the name and share it with your partner.

You get the most gorgeous Rose scented candle that fills the room with a lovely glow and a relaxing rose scent that sticks around for ages. You would not think rose would be a relaxing fragrance but I soon found myself drifting away and dreaming of a holiday. 
After running a bath and lighting the candle you can reach for the shower gel. You get a generous 75ml. I added a little bit to the bath water as well as used it as a cleansing gel to completely envelope me in the smell.
You feel lovely and clean afterwards and even if you did not follow with any of the other products the rose smell would linger lightly on the skin.
If you prefer washing with a soap you are taken care of as there is a big 50g bar included.

If you prefer to have a bathing routine L'Occitane include a body lotion to follow to keep skin silky and hydrated. My skin has never felt softer than after using this set.

To take with you on the move there is a Rose scented gel formulation of the hand cream, it sinks in within seconds so no slippy hands.
The top dog in this set is the bottle of Rose 4 Reines Eau de Toilette. It is a massive size to give as a gift. The smell is really sophisticated but still fresh so you could give it to a girl of any age or keep it for yourself (shh I won't tell anyone)
Romantic Rose Collection So for a big piece of luxury for under £50 turn to L'Occitane and they will do all the work for you and you know you will be giving something amazing for Christmas!

Get yours at www.loccitane.com

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Dr does house calls!!

For a week or two I have had a very stubborn lump on my chin. I have tried everything to get rid of it to no avail. The other day I popped in to Boots to kill some time before an appointment and headed straight to my favourite Soap and Glory stand. It was my lucky day as they had an offer on so I bought some Off your face skin wipes and Dr Spot.

I thought that I would give this a go although to be honest I did not hold out much hope and I was sure that my bump would grow ready for Halloween!
I cleansed my skin and dabbed this clear gel over all my blemishes. When I looked in the mirror the next morning the bump under my skin had reduced by half!! There was still a bit of redness there but the painful lump was going.
I have used it twice a day since and the lumpy bumpy has almost gone... just in time for my birthday too!
This will now certainly be my go to spot treatment from now on and I can not recommend it enough.
S&G have done it again! I am forever a fan.
A little bit of science and ingredient info, Dr Spot contains Salicylic acid to get rid of dead skin and reduces inflammation deep down,Witch Hazel our old spot fighting friend and loads of Vitamins to treat your skin and not just dry it out.

Get yours from Boots stores for £7 ( three for two at the moment)