Ready, steady, summer?

Here we are again at that time of the year when I can no longer look at my coats, when all I want is to ditch them and the 85 layers (including the fat ones amassed over the winter) and see the sun shining in the sky.

It’s officially spring and even though the sun keeps teasing us, it is only making brief appearances and bringing a super cold wind. All I can say is that my head is already in the feeling of the fairer seasons.

While the wait might not quite be over, I am already preparing for the time my pins will be out. Basically, fake it till you make it!

The Wilkinson Sword has repackaged and changed the colours on their razors and the Intuition Sensitive 3-in-1 razor now comes in pretty pastel green.

The Intuition razor basically has a slab of soap below the blade which will lather at the same time it shaves, so no need to apply soap or shaving cream before. All you need to do is to add water. Super handy to take on holidays!

It has four blades and pivoting head for a close shave that follows the contours of the body. It also contains pro-vitamin B5, aloe and vitamin E.

As everyday gradual tanning moisturisers go, the Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived is fabulous: good colour, easy application and decent smell. And now they are launching a fabulous Shimmer version. Drool!

It creates a natural looking tan gradually, has intensive skincare moisturising property and deliver a fabulous shimmery glow.

In its formula, intensive skincare delivered by Cell-Moisturisers tech and glycerin. And the smell is pretty awesome (for a self-tanning product, that is, let’s face it).

What’s not to love?

Top it off with the Aveeno daily moisturising after shower mist for a quick but effective moisturisation an voilá: smooth, tanned pins to go!

It contains colloidal oatmeal, it’s quick absorbing, easy to apply, non-greasy and offers up to 48 hours moisture!

Legs aside, all-over-the-body suncream is a skincare necessity, all year round, but in the summer, we amp up the SPF numbers to make sure we are not damaging out skin.

This Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF50 Sensitive advanced/expert + for face is just the thing to wear this summer. Perfect for oily and acne prone skins, it has anti-shine and anti-imperfection action, salycilic acid and ginger root.

With strong protection, great gel texture that absorbs quickly and fragrance free, it offers protection against UVB, UVA and long UVA (who knew!).

Of course, the Garnier Ambre Solaire range is super extensive and can cater for all your sun protection needs! Don’t forget arms, neck, décoletté and legs when out and about!

Happy summer!

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Repairing comfort for hair: Garnier Ultimate Blends Maple Healer

garnier-ultimate-blends-maple-healer-review-1At this time of the year my hair (and skin) are very tired: the wind is brutal, central heating has been acting on it for months… what better than some natural healing power to help restore my locks?

Enter the brand new Garnier Ultimate Blends Maple Healer, with conditioning Omega 6 and 9 rich castor oil and protecting maple sap. This trio will treat your hair to extreme hydration and a fabulous smell.

garnier-ultimate-blends-maple-healer-review-4I discovered the range (and got my personalised bottle) at their fabulous The Blends’ Room pop-up in London. And if you are around Soho today and want to be amongst the first to try, pop down to 15 Bateman Street (W1D 3AQ) before 6pm to get free samples and other treats. Hurry, it’s the last day!

I am a huge fan of the Ultimate Blends from the beginning (see?) and every addition they bring out really nails it. Not only the shampoo lathers and cleans well and the conditioners really soften hair, but the added items of each line within the range do the job very well: oils, masks, sprays, treatments.

garnier-ultimate-blends-maple-healer-review-5All addressing different hair needs and the even better, with a price tag that won’t break the bank.

The smell is amazing: sweet and maple-y without being sickly. It lingers lightly in the hair and every now and then you catch a lovely whiff of it.

garnier-ultimate-blends-maple-healer-review-6A small amount of conditioner is very effective and the mask is thick and powerful. Hair feels clean and soft after use.

garnier-ultimate-blends-maple-healer-review-3Now, a little away from hair… the Intense Repairer body lotion is divine, perfect for winter skin. It is rich but absorbs amazingly well; my skin cannot have enough of it.

And the smell? Well, you guessed: fabulous. Sweet and maple-y, just like the hair range, which sticks to the skin but is not overpowering. My skin (apart from smelling amazing) fells nourished (winning a mid-afternoon “your skin was so soft this morning” message) and comfortable all day long.

The gorgeous Garnier Ultimate Blends Maple Healer range is already available to buy from Boots, Superdrug and Asda. The RRP is £3.89 for the shampoo and conditioner (400ml), £4.49 for the mask (400ml) and £4.49/£5.99 for the body milk (250ml/440ml).

signature1You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains a mix of products I have bought myself and PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Fuelling my eye cream obsession with Nivea Q10 Plus

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I have this obsession with eye creams: I use day and night and cannot get enough of it.

Obviously because of ageing, but the skin around my eyes is extra dry, demanding special care. However, I have sensitive eyes, so some eye creams can make my eyes water and puff even more.

I am glad to report the Nivea Q10 Plus Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream works a treat: it’s light, absorbs very quickly and is great for day and night, to use under, on the sides and on eyelids.

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The cream works with our skin own ingredients, the coenzyme Q10 and creatine, to reduce dark circles, give back plumpness and fight wrinkles.

Skin feel hydrated and my (very!) fine lines, aggravated by dehydration, are not as evident; makeup does not sit on them.

Obviously so good even my squirrel friend wanted a piece of it!

The Nivea Q10 Plus Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream costs £10.49 for 15ml.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Hydration powered by the grape: the new Caudalie Vinosource

caudalie-vinosource-pink-review - 1When Caudalie invited me for a pink night of cocktails and canapés to celebrate their new hydrating skincare range, I was very excited.

Caudalie has fabulous products and everything I try agrees with my skin; the new Vinosource skincare range.

There are four amazing new products, all in different shades of pink and harnessing the power of organic grape water, which contains antioxidant polyphenol and polysaccharides, to prove that life is, indeed, better in pink.

The moisturisers, which offer different levels to cater for hydration and finish needs.

caudalie-vinosource-pink-review - 4From the lighter pink, the Moisturizing Sorbet is perfect for dehydrated sensitive skin. It’s light in texture and melts upon contact, being absorbed in seconds.

Soothing, moisturising, protecting and strengthening, thanks to the grape water, Vinolevure, chamomile, polyphenols and aqua-regulating complex. Ideal for warmer days.

One of my favourites, the Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid combats shine. It has a fluid consistency, absorbs well and sits wonderfully under makeup, blotting, even in warmer climates (I took it to Brazil with me), and delivers a matte, velvety finish.

caudalie-vinosource-pink-review - 2Of course, it contains grape water, Vinolevure, Java tea leaves extracts, flax powder and Polyphenols. It is 92% natural ingredients, oil-free and does not cause acne, which is very important for me.

The Moisture Recovery Cream is smooth and soothing for skin to heal. I also took this one on holidays to help my skin overnight, as sun exposure is higher.

The fact it is delivers that extra care and is really light is a huge bonus for me, as my skin does not like rich creams.

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Finally, the Vinosource Riche Intense Moisture Rescue Cream. Although it says intense, I didn’t feel heavy, although thicker than the others. I like using this one at night.

It has a “bandage effect”. Confused? I’ll explain: it really does acts as a bandage to replenish lipids in the skin, immediately making it more comfortable, soft and supple.

Grape oil, chestnut extract, organic and fair trade shea butter, Vinolevure and Polyphonols work together to deliver all promises. Aand it’s 92% natural.

And addition to the range, not new, is the Grape Water (in pink, is special edition). Feels great on the skin; it is soothing, refreshing and moisturising.

The fine mist is suitable for all skin types, with no fragrance or preservatives, just 100% organic grape water. Perfect all year round, either to refresh in the summer or soothe in the winter. Better still, only £6 for 75ml.

Honestly, a range that is a joy to mix ad match. My skin thanks me (and Caudalie) for the pink love!

Each moisturiser costs £23 for 40ml and you can get them from the Caudalie website, shops (including the pretty Covent Garden store) and other online retailers. 

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Read about other Caudalie products I love:

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 face moisturiser (I explain more about polyphenols here)

Caudalie Glycolic Peel Mask (all their masks are fab!)

This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

 

 

 

Heaven’s scent – Victoria’s Secret in the UK

Victoria's Secret body moisturiser in Pure Seduction

The one for me - Pure Seduction

This is great news for me – Victoria’s Secret angels will land in the UK next summer – just read on Vogue that they will open their first shop in London, in New Bond Street.

As their Pure Seduction moisturiser is the only one I have used for the past ten years, this means that, by this time next year, I will no longer need to stock up everytime time I go through duty free – yes, bizarrely enough, they are available in UK airports. Plus, this will contribute a tiny bit to my sanity, as I always panic when I think I might be running low and have no flights booked.

I own a few Victoria’s Secret lingerie pieces, and at one point had a fragrance by them – this will be a good opportunity for me to explore their range as I always wanted but never could.

I wonder if the products will be overpriced…