Beauty Bytes

Sometimes I think my beauty product obsession is1 slowly taking over the house. Not only do I still have a lip balm in practically every room/bag/pocket but now hand cream tubes are beginning to multiply and take up residence in all but two rooms. I consider both to be vital and get a little tetchy if they are not to be found nearby in case of possible lack of moisture emergencies.

Two of my current favourite hand creams have been designated as day and night fragrances. Whenever I see it in Waitrose, I buy a tube of Cath Kidston Rose Hand Cream. Never mind it’s excellent moisturising properties and beautiful retro tube; the divine fragrance is addictive. I have to apply it as part of my nightly ritual and then inhale deeply before falling asleep. This is after I’ve managed to detach myself from whatever book in the Twilight saga I’m currently devouring. Pun intended.

Cath Kidston Rose Hand Cream – £8, Cow Pat Moisturising Hand Cream – £8 Cowshed

My current daytime tube of choice is the Cowshed Grapefruit & Coriander hand cream that resides on my desk as it’s zingy and not too greasy. This was in my goody bag from the Monica & Joe party last week and I fully admit that half the attraction is it’s comical name, Cow Pat. Somethings never get old…including my sense of humour so it would seem.

There’s nothing like a box from Jimmy Choo arriving in the mail to make a girl smile let me tell you…especially when it contains a gift of their gorgeous fragrance sent to cheer me up because I was too ill to go to fashion week. My postman was most intrigued when he saw the label & asked me if I had really small feet!

Jimmy Choo Eau De Toilette – £33 – £58 John Lewis

The Eau De Toilette puts a twist on the original Parfum – crystalline rose with sexy orchid accents and sparkling fresh ginger on a vibrant woody base to be exact. It has quickly become my perfect spring fragrance and I love wafting around in a cloud of overall fresh zinginess, tinged with a slight floral sweetness. Thank you Jimmy Choo!

St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse, 120ml – £20.34 John Lewis

I’ve been on the perfect self tanning quest for as long as I can remember and finally, I think I’ve accomplished my mission. Whilst bemoaning the clamminess of my daily self tan body lotion to friend E when we were in away in Brighton, she ordered me to go and try St Tropez Everyday Gradual Tan Mousse. What can I say except it’s my faux glow miracle and used just twice a week it gives the perfect shade. Being a colourless mousse it’s SO easy to apply and most importantly you can dress about five minutes later and there’s no clammy cling. Or hideous smell. E…I am forever in your debt for letting me in on this beauty secret!

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara – £21 Harrods

The folks over at GlossyBox had me doing the Beauty Happy Dance this month with their Harrods Edition bounty box. With goodies from Clarins, Valentino, SK-II, Molton Brown and Shu Uemura it was hard to pick a favourite but I think the Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara gets my vote this month. The wiggly shaped brush does wonders for application meaning lashes are nicely fanned out, ready to flutter at will. This one is definitely going on my beauty buys list.

Have you tried any of the products featured this month or do you have a beauty secret of your own you’d like to share?

Disclosure: Products from Jimmy Choo, Cowshed & GlossyBox were gifted samples.


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  1. Estelle Howell says

    I’m a beauty productaholic, but much to my shame, I am rather better at buying them than using them so I tend to end up with a bit of a stockpile. I’m a terrible sucker for gift with purchase offers, even though they often include make up that isn’t my colours and skin products that aren’t for my skin type. I try to avoid the beauty halls these days and buy from a local shop with less tempation.

    I was trying to think if there is any product that I would go back and buy again and again, and I think my recommendation would hand recovery by Crabtree and Evelyn, which is their hand scrub. I’ve tried similar by other companies but they aren’t a patch on theirs which comes in a range of different scents. It leaves your hands feeling so much softer in minutes – great for someone like me who is good at buying hand cream but not so good at remembering to use it.

  2. Mother Of One says

    Irritatingly, my hands crack and bleed on a regular basis (partly self inflicted due to my steadfast refusal to wear rubber gloves). Consequently, I have tried most handcreams on the market. I think the absolute best is Kheils Ultimate Hand Salve, closely followed by Aveda Hand Relief (as mentioned above). For smelly loveliness, L’Occitaine do some amazing little tubes, perfect for leaving all over the house!
    Thanks very much for the self tan tip – I will be trying this!

  3. Angela R says

    I have just invested in a pot of Eve Lom Cleanser. I have read about this miracle cleanser many times but always been put off by the price, chosing to invest in pricey anti-wrinkle potions instead(approaching 40!). After receiving a free sample in the Harvey Nicks gwp beauty bag I was converted. In one use it got rid of the irritating dry patches which numerous exfoliators would not shift. I had even resorted to a buff puff! does anyone remember those…like a pan scourer for the face!! All to no avail. Needless to say I hot footed it straight to Space NK Newcastle and invested in the 100ml pot. At £50 not cheap for a cleanser, but other reviews say it will last and last….well worth the money so far.

  4. tina says

    Being a beauty addict means it’s better for me that I don’t live in England as you have so many gift with purchase offers! I would probably buy something at least once every week and would be constantly broke. GWP is so tempting..

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