Thursday, 8 October 2015

By Terry Light-Expert Click Brush Review


By Terry Light-Expert Click Brush foundation is designed to deliver a quick and easy radiant finish in one click, with glow enhancing camouflage micro-pigments and fine mineral powders for a lightweight finish.  Clicking the silver button on the base releases the correct amount of product into the brush, which is applied directly to the face. The angled kabuki brush is completely removable for washing, making it hygienic to use and the transparent inner tube of foundation means you can see how much is left.


By Terry Light-Expert Click Brush in shade #4 Rosy Beige

Four dots of foundation appear on the brush for even distribution. I like to go in after with a buffing brush or fingers to make sure everything is completely smooth, but while it’s a touch small (any bigger and the tube would be gigantic) it’s certainly possible to use the brush on its own - very handy for touch ups.

The finish is less dewy than I expected; I’d describe it as satin, though it still has plenty of glow and good lasting power. This is pretty clever really as the dewy formulas I'm normally drawn to (eg YSL Touche Éclat foundation) don't last so long on my skin.

I’d describe the coverage as light to medium - and very skin kind. It’s definitely buildable in light layers - and never seems to sit obviously on my skin no matter how much I apply. Two thin layers give me good coverage on the light side of medium, with a natural skin finish - you can still see freckles, but skin is evened out overall.

It doesn’t sit in my pores or lines at all, which I’m massively impressed by and the glow is as if I’m wearing a radiant primer under it. There’s no sheen or shimmer, yet it catches the light. The foundation has a fresh clean scent, similar to the Touche Veloutee highlighting concealer, which I’ve used for years.


I have dry skin and this works for me… as the finish is more matte than I’d expected, I actually think most skin types could get away with it, except perhaps for very oily, though it will probably enhance normal to dry skin the most. I don’t feel like I'm wearing makeup with this on - and don’t particularly look like I am either. It is lightweight and gives the effect of good skin, which means it works best for me when I do have good skin days. I tend to prefer lighter base + concealer rather than caking a heavier product all over, but if I’m looking a bit knackered/rubbish (regular occurrence), I would go for something with a touch more cover, such as Clarins True Radiance

My shade is #4 Rosy Beige, which works well on me despite the fact that I usually run a mile from pink undertones. It’s really not that pink as you can see above; I took swatch pics but my laptop crashed and I lost them all, so I’ll snap another tomorrow and add it in. For ref, I’m Ivory in Clarins, BD20 in YSL and NC15-20 in MAC.

By Terry Light-Expert Click Brush is available now at Space NK, where you can currently save £15 when you spend £60 with the code EXPLORE15 on this link.


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Beauty with Purpose October 2015


As it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’d like to highlight some purchases that will help support this important cause, along with some other very special ‘beauty with purpose’ buys.

Clinique has reintroduced its limited edition pink ribbon bottle of Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ with a pretty signature key chain, £38 and Cheek Pop in Pink with a Purpose in a miniature pouch, £17.50. This is one of my favourite blush formulas and this is the shade Berry Pop, which I swatched here. £2 from the purchase of each item will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), available from 8 October .

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Other particularly lovely releases in support of Breast Cancer Awareness 2015 are:

Donations will be made following the purchases of these items during October 2015.

More Beauty with Purpose…

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While Breast Cancer Awareness is a cause that’s close to my heart, I also want to flag two other great ones, equally worthy of your support. First up is Look Good, Feel Better - a charity supporting women and teenagers struggling with the visible side effects of cancer treatment. A 12% donation will be made to the charity on the sale of these specially designed makeup brushes, enabling Look Good Feel Better to expand their confidence-boosting workshops. The brushes themselves are beautifully made and super soft… my favourites are the Powder and Angled Blending Brush, though this set also works out at great value - see the full range here.


Last but certainly not least is this humble little bar of soap. Every year on World Sight Day, (8 Oct) L’OCCITANE sells a special soap to help raise funds to support the fight against avoidable blindness in developing countries. Each purchase of Solidarity Soap with shea butter and honey, £3 will enable one patient to have access to glasses and eye care. That’s pretty amazing - and humbling. The soap comes in a sweet box decorated with flowers and honeycomb drawn by Olivier Baussan, founder of L’OCCITANE. I’ll definitely be stocking up on these for little gifts.

So there you go, just a few reasons to treat yourself or a friend, guilt free!


*no affiliate links and the press samples featured will be donated.


Friday, 2 October 2015

Tarte QVC TSV October 2015: High Performance Naturals


I’ve had my first proper foray into Tarte beauty and I’m hooked… it’s great when a new discovery turns out to be worth the hype! Tarte is a US beauty brand, with a cruelty and paraben-free range featuring natural ingredients such as nourishing Amazonian Clay and plant extracts. If you’d like to dip a toe into Tarte, then consider this your official heads up that this gorgeous 7 piece kit will be QVC’s TSV (Today’s Special Value) tomorrow, Saturday 3 October.

High-Performance Naturals is a great introduction to the brand and includes all of the essentials for a makeup look:

  • Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette
  • Double Ended Eye Shadow Brush
  • Amazonian Clay Full Cover Airbrush Foundation
  • Airbuki Powder Foundation Brush
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • Coconut Oil Lipstick in Primrose
  • Silky Amazonian Clay Eyeliner in Black Brown
  • Purple patent travel makeup bag

The full value of this set is £84.50 and it will be available on TSV for £39.72 (slightly more than the price of the foundation alone!).

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The limited edition Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette includes 3 matte & 3 shimmer shadows - which all work together really well - and a full size blush in Insightful. The Plum shade, bottom right is less pigmented than the others, but works for a daytime smokey eye; all the rest are velvety, flattering and blend well.


As I veer away from powder foundations, I didn’t expect to enjoy the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation, so was amazed at how natural it looked on my skin. It gives great coverage - and around half an hour after it settles, looks like really great skin. I didn’t look or feel like I was wearing a lot of makeup and my skin even had a bit of a glow. I prefer this to the Sheer Cover and Bare Minerals alternatives I’ve tried in the past. I like to apply it with the Tarte Airbuki brush, then finish by buffing into my skin with my usual Real Techniques Buffing Brush for a seamless finish.

The double ended eyeshadow brush works for blending out shadow, but I prefer to apply the colour with a flatter Bobbi Brown eye shadow brush initially.


Lights, Camera, Lashes gives full on volume as the name suggests and the Coconut Oil Lipstick in Primrose is the most beautiful berry bright with a very creamy, well pigmented formula - the perfect Autumn lip colour.

My favourites from this set are the palette, lipstick and Silk Amazonian Clay eyeliner, which glides on, is mega pigmented and lasts all day.

If you fancy trying some new products or treating someone to a bargainous beauty gift, I think this one is absolutely worth the money. The High-Performance Naturals set, £39.72 (RRP £84.50) is available only at as Today’s Special Value on Saturday 3 October 2015. I think it will be snapped up!


Thursday, 1 October 2015

M&S Beauty: Gift with Purchase



Every time I go into M&S I spot more of my favourite beauty brands on the shelves; most recently Pixi Beauty, which I got more than a little excited about. No longer just a place I swing by to pick up my mum’s talc, I can happily while away an afternoon in the ever expanding beauty hall. Makeup artist to the stars, Mary Greenwell comes on board today as Beauty Ambassador, marking the addition of Bourjois, Barry M, Pixi, Studio 10 and T LeClerc as M&S continues to step things up.

After that little preamble, what I really want to share today is an impressive gift with purchase. To get your hands on it, just spend £25 on beauty products - and you’ll receive a FREE make-up bag filled with:

  • Stila lip gloss
  • Diego Dalla Palma mascara
  • Lola lipliner
  • Eyelure false lashes
  • Pixi Beauty eye shadow palette
  • M&S Autograph eye shadow palette.

By my calculations, that lot is worth at least £60!

In the unlikelihood that you’re not sure what to spend £25 on to get your mitts on this lot, here are my Top 5 M&S Beauty picks…

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1. PIXI  |  Now that Pixi Beauty has landed at M&S, I no longer need to order my Glow Tonic via phone from its London store and wait for them to post my bottles out - hurrah (though I did love them a little bit for doing that).  So I’m cheating a bit here with two Pixi recs - in addition to the iconic, skin-refining Pixi Glow Tonic, I’ve been impressed by the new Cat Eye Ink, which has a firm, slanted felt tip style nib that makes winged out cat-eye liner easy peasy.


2. STILA  |  I’ve been using Stila Eyes are the Window eyeshadow palette in Spirit a lot recently as it offers so many versatile looks, with pale gold, warm copper and chocolate tones in a mix of shimmer, satin and matte finishes. The shadows themselves are soft, blendable and very wearable, oh and that rose gold packaging and giant mirror… *swoon*.  NB mine is the one labelled ‘Silver’ on M&S. You can see Mary Greenwell use a Stila palette to create a smokey eye look hereshe makes it look so easy! 


3. L’OCCITANE  |  L’Occitane’s almond range is one of my all time favourite  body & hand ranges - and this Almond Discovery Collection of generous miniatures is a brilliant way to try it all… I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible every one of these smell. (If you really feel like treating yourself there’s a bigger Delicious Almond set here, which actually works out at better value.) You WILL be hooked… don’t say I didn’t warn you!


4. XEN TAN  |  I know it may seem odd to suggest a self tanner at this time of year, but I’ve been slathering this on after the horror of acknowledging my post-Summer blue toned limbs last week. I’m not ready to go there yet.  A single application of this adds the perfect amount of gentle, golden colour (because who has time to tan daily?!) - just enough to make my skin look human again. Xen Tan Transform Luxe is my all time favourite gradual tan thanks to that delicious caramel scent and perfect colour… oh and it’s on offer at the moment!


5. REN  | REN Rosa Centifolia Purity Cleansing Balm is a beautiful cleanser that leaves my skin completely clean, yet comfortable, even on sensitive days (I’m prone to rosacea). The rose scent and delicious texture make it a pleasure to use and the balm emulsifies when water is added, rinsing off easily… it’s one that I often come back to and a little goes a long way. 


The M&S Beauty GWP is available online and in selected stores until 27 October / while stocks last. Add the code T234817G to redeem this offer and get your free makeup bag full of goodies. PS if you find yourself just shy of the £25 minimum spend, may I suggest this. Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Masks & Treatments for Dry or Damaged Hair

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Anyone else find that their hair needs a little extra TLC at this time of year? If your locks are post-Summer parched, weary of heat styling or just looking a little blah, you probably need one of these in your life…


Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Cream has multiple benefits to repair and replenish dry and damaged hair. Applied to clean, towel dried hair, it offers heat protection and acts a bit like a leave-in mask. I’m a big fan of Phyto hair products already, and this one leaves my hair feeling incredibly soft with reduced frizz. I also add a little to mid lengths and ends between washes to smooth frizz and add a moisture boost. Styling cream, heat protection and damage repair in one, the pump bottle is a bonus too.


I’ve talked about the Aveda Smooth Infusion line before (here), so was really happy to discover the Smoothing Masque, which helps tame excess frizz and leaves my hair looking a little less… well, embarrassing! I often dip into this instead of using a regular conditioner as it’s nourishing, yet light enough for regular use and doesn’t weigh my hair down.

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 Label M Honey & Oat Mask is the one I roll out when my hair is at the end of its tether, or I’m at the end of my tether with my hair. The two often collide. This is a super rich and hydrating mask which really packs a nourishing antioxidant-packed punch to restore and protect hair from further damage. And oh my word the scent… this really does smell like the sweetest honey - sublime. I tend to save this for use before special occasions when I need to know that my hair will behave, or when I just need a fix of that scent and silky softness. If you haven’t tried Label M before, I urge you to give it a go… pretty much everything I’ve tried from this brand has been incredible. 


Monday, 28 September 2015

My Bathroom Shelfie

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Today I thought I’d share a peek at my bathroom shelfie (yep, a selfie of my bathroom shelf) and the products I’ve been reaching for most.

MORNING SHOWER  |  Roger & Gallet Bienfaits Invigorating Shower Gel is one of those rare make-me-smile in the morning products. It smells as good as the perfume line and I love how the orange, bergamot & lemon scent lingers in the bathroom and beyond after I’ve used it. Happily its soap/ sulphate/ paraben free formula doesn’t irritate my dry, sensitive skin; it’s just a pleasure to use.

MORNING CLEANSE  |  This Works Light Time Cleanse & Go is the newest addition to my shelf and a real favourite. Designed to rejuvenate and hydrate tired skin, it essentially provides an instant mini facial. It starts off as thick balm, which I massage into dry skin, then add water to activate the Vitamin C content and give my skin a wake up call. I just leave it on while I shower, then rinse off after with a flannel. Smells beautiful, gorgeous texture, rinses off easily, leaves my skin feeling beaut - job done.

THE SCRUB  |  Arran Aromatics Seaweed & Mineral Salt Scrub is a weekly treatment to slough off dead skin cells and the dregs of any self tan, leaving my skin feeling baby soft. It smells like the sea, contains minerals and moisturising oils and works really well on legs pre shaving. I find it just as effective as similar much pricier scrubs by NEOM and ESPA, at around a third of the price.

BEDTIME BATH  |  MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion contains a herbal blend to de-stress the mind, ease sore muscles and tone skin, so a real all rounder! I adore the apothecary style packaging and unusual peppermint and fennel scent, which I find really uplifting. I love plunging into this when I’ve had one of those days where I want to shut the world out and unwind before bed.

THE CURL REVAMPER  |  Boucleme Curl Cleanser & Conditioner are part of a range for proper curly hair. My hair used to be way more curly than it is now, with a mix of loose ringlets and tousled waves. Styling it has straightened out the curls a lot, which is annoying when I fancy having them back for a while… greedy I know. This sulphate-free formula cleans and conditions without stripping the hair. I tested it on naturally dried hair with a little of the Curl Defining Gel and together they did seem to add softness and a little more definition to my waves. I also tested it on my daughter’s ringlety curls which looked gorgeous after… if you have truly spiral curls, I’d definitely give this a go. These mini bottles are part of a travel kit, which I always think is a great way to try new hair products.


Thursday, 24 September 2015

New in: Tried & Tested September Beauty


I thought I’d gather up some new products I’ve been testing this month and share my thoughts - some good, some not really for me. Grab a cuppa - it’s a bit of a rambly chatty one…


HAIR  |  You may have heard me say before that I’m not big on texturising sprays as my (frizzy) hair has too much texture going on already. Well I’ve finally discovered one that adds oomph and body without grit and feels light as air in my hair. Joico Hair Shake is a liquid to powder formula with a super fine mist and the best I’ve tried for adding height to roots and bringing second day hair back to life.

RED LIPS  |  Max Factor Lipfinity in Always Chic is one of the best red lipsticks I’ve tried in a long time. It’s quite a neutral red that suits all skin tones and I find it really flattering on my paler Autumn pallor. The texture is smooth and comfortable with good lasting power and I’m a fan of the slim bullet and gold packaging.

FOUNDATION  |  No7 Airbrush Away Foundation is a new liquid formula with great coverage for a flawless finish. It comes in a dropper bottle, similar to much pricier formulas and I’d describe the coverage as the higher end of medium. On my skin it instantly gives the effect of foundation and concealer that has been set with powder - in a single step - brilliant if you’re on the run. Personally I prefer a more dewy finish on my dry skin, although it’s not a flat matte and the texture and formula do feel very sophisticated. I think combination/oily or normal skins that enjoy a matte finish will love this.


BB EYE PRIMER |  Air Patrol is a new release from the ever innovative Benefit, which I couldn’t wait to try. It’s a BB cream eyelid primer with SPF20, so it’s tinted to even out skin tone, has skincare benefits and gives eyeshadow more intensity and longevity. It definitely ticks all of these boxes, though doesn’t prevent creasing on my lids, which are very crease prone to be fair. It’s a good option when I’m not wearing shadow, doesn’t look dry or cakey and a great way to protect the delicate eye area with SPF.

NATURAL LOOK LASHES  |  Simply Fleur natural look false eye lashes were created in a collaboration with Eyelure and YouTuber, Fleur de Force. I sometimes feel a bit ridiculous in mega falsies for a night out, but love the fluttery volume that these add - and the fact that they’re reusable! The fine band is almost undetectable and comfortable on the eyes as it’s so flexible. I’m planning to try the individuals next for an even more subtle look!


MATTE LIPSTICK  |  Pixi Beauty has just released a set of Matte Lustre Lipsticks, so named as they have a matte finish without looking completely flat on the lips - and contain plumping hyaluronic acid. Plum Berry is a great Autumn shade that leans more berry than plum in my book. These have some kind of magic that seems to weld them to the lips instantly… it’s as if I can literally feel my lips sucking in the colour for a stain that lasts and lasts. I find the formula a little dry on its own (although it doesn’t look dry), so do need a slick of balm on top, which leads nicely on to…

LIP FIX  |  I say lip fix rather than balm as I consider Lanolips 101 Ointment to be more than just a regular lip balm. I used the original balm recently on sore cracked skin on my hand and it eased almost before my eyes. I know that some people are down on lanolin as an ingredient, but it can work wonders on truly dry, chapped or sore skin - and Lanolips is made with medical grade lanolin. Apple is one of three new 101 Fruities with vitamins and antioxidants, also available in Strawberry and Peach, all made with real fruit juice.

GEL TIGHT LINER  |  You may have heard my recent pleas for a cool toned brown eyeliner with great lasting power - you’d think this would be the easiest quest in the world, but no! Happily I’ve now found one in the form of Suqqu Gel Eyeliner, a new formula in a twist up, superfine gel pencil. It applies smoothly as silk and I particularly like using it to tightline as the nib is so slim that it can be applied right on the lash line. I find that there’s only a short window to soften it (if required) and the little smudger on the end is the best I’ve used bar none. Saddo that I am I find this almost as exciting as the liner itself! If you like to be more adventurous with colour, this also comes in a gorgeous limited edition Bordeaux shade. The Dark Brown is very dark, yet softer (and more flattering on me) than Black.


SWATCHES  |   No7 Airbrush Away in Deeply Ivory  |  Max Factor Lipfinity Long lasting Lipstick in Always Chic  |  Pixi Beauty Matte Lustre Lipstick in Plum Berry  |  Suqqu Gel Eyeliner in Dark Brown.

I was colour matched for this in Boots with a clever little electronic device which reads the colour of skin on the jaw line. It looks quite dark on my arm here but when blended on my face is a perfect match. I love that the little swatch card also suggests lipsticks to suit the colour you’ve been matched to, nice touch!


MAKEUP BAG  |  I almost forgot to mention the cute Orla Kiely Oval Flower bag… officially a medium wash bag, I find it the perfect size for makeup and love the separate front pocket for brushes and smaller items. The brightly coloured pattern makes me smile and is easy to find at the bottom of any bag, always a bonus!

My top picks from all of the above? Max Factor Lipfinity, Suqqu Gel Eyeliner and Lanolips. 

If you have any questions or would like me to do a more in-depth post on any of these products, please  let me know - you can leave a comment below, on my Facebook page or email me via the Contact Me button on the right. This was a different kind of format for me… do you like these kind of rambly posts chatting about different products? Is anyone still there?! ;)


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Clarins Feed 2015: Gift with Purpose


I love to see big brands get behind important causes, so was delighted to see the return of Clarins’ ‘Gift with Purpose’ in  support of FEED Projects.  It works in a similar way to a regular GWP -  if you buy two Clarins products (inc 1 skincare), you’ll receive a generous gift - and 10 children in developing countries will receive a nutritious school meal through the UN World Food Programme. Win:win!


Here’s a closer look at what you get…


Each Clarins Feed 2015 ‘Gift with Purpose’ bag contains 5 iconic Clarins products:

  • Moisture-Rich Body Lotion 100ml
  • Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate 100ml
  • Gentle Refiner 30ml
  • HydraQuench Cream-Mask 30ml
  • Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 50ml.

As you can see, they’re all generously sized and really lovely products that you could keep for yourself or divvy up as gifts.

Last year Clarins and FEED Projects exceed their target to provide one million meals, going on to secure an amazing 1,458,000. This year, they hope to provide 2 million meals. You can help them reach this target and support FEED 2015 at Clarins counters, where you’ll receive the above gift with any two products (1 to be skincare) until 3 October 2015.


Monday, 21 September 2015

Michael Kors Gold Fragrance Collection


The Michael Kors Gold Fragrance Collection features 3 gold-gilded scents to mirror the designer’s new sculptural jewellery line. White Luminous Gold, Rose Radiant Gold and 24K Brilliant Gold are encased in statuesque glass bottles that look (and feel; they’re heavy) like actual gold bars… the epitome of glamour.

The perfume notes are:

  • White Luminous Gold - pear, jasmine and amber
  • 24K Brilliant Gold - orange mandarin, florals and woodiness
  • Rose Radiant Gold - spice, rich florals and soft musks

The trio reminds me of a Russian wedding ring I received for my 21st birthday, with intertwined bands of rose, white and yellow gold - all the rage back in the day! I adored mine and have had a soft spot for rose gold ever since, so was automatically drawn to the Rose Radiant Gold. This one smells great in the bottle or sprayed into the air, but for some reason smelt different on my skin… I guess my skin chemistry affected it in some way, but I suspect this will be the most popular of the three.

White Luminous Gold is bright and effervescent, with crisp edges and a floral note that reminds me of iris (though it doesn’t contain any to my knowledge) and takes me back somewhere I can’t quite put my finger on! My pick of the three is the softer 24K Brilliant Gold, with a mandarin opening and woody dry down that has good lasting power on my skin. I’m not sure if its florals include rose, but I  seem to catch a whaft of it…

While the warm and sensual Sexy Amber remains My No1 Michael Kors scent, I suspect the Gold Collection and that decadent packaging will lure a lot of fans!

Michael Kors Gold Fragrance collection is available now (in 30/50/100ml) from £39 here.


Thursday, 17 September 2015

House of Fraser Beauty Confidential 2015



After ticking off my sister for missing out on House of Fraser’s Beauty Confidential offer when lipstick shopping today, I raced home to make sure you lovely lot know all about it! (To be fair she was distracted by the Estee Lauder GWP; we are related after all.)

The lowdown is that if you buy a beauty product from House of Fraser, you’ll save £10 on one of their beauty favourites. There are 32 to choose from and the offer runs until Tuesday 22 September, in-store and online.

If you need a little help choosing from the 32 favourites, here are my Top 5 and the reduced price you can get them for!

  1. NARS Audacious Lipstick £24 £14 - NARS’ latest lip launch for a luxurious pop of colour in one stroke - I want one in every colour!
  2. Benefit Roller Lash £19.50 £9.50 - fuss-free fluttery lashes with great length and definition from a slim user-friendly wand.
  3. Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation £31.50 £21.50 - brilliant for normal to dry or mature skins that like light to medium coverage with built in glow!
  4. Laura Mercier Primers £29 £19 - since I first discovered these, I’ve never been without one. I currently have the Foundation Primer but will try the Radiance formula next (offer applies to all formulas).
  5. NARS Blush £23 £13 - I don’t talk about these enough but have used them for years and still think they’re one of the best blush formulas around. I have my eye on Gaiety, a really pretty pink.

House of Fraser Beauty Confidential 2015 includes lots of the most popular new releases, like Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette, Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum foundation and Estee Lauder New Dimension Serum. 

See the full list of 32 favourites here if you need to top up on anything, now’s the time!

NB a few brands are excluded from this offer, but most are available - I’ve just spotted Tom Ford Beauty - this could be dangerous!

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