The thirteen year old girl who had her first introduction into the magical world of make-up in store at The Body Shop would be squealing with excitement right now. Fifteen years on and I’m still pretty impressed The Body Shop asked me to review one of their products. I’ve always had a soft spot for The Body Shop, as a teenager I could browse and try out products undisturbed, without being hassled by assistants who clearly knew I couldn’t afford to buy half the stuff I was testing out. As an adult I’ve come to appreciate the moral price we pay by purchasing products manufactured unethically. Shopping at The Body Shop you can forget checking the labels for place of origin or animal testing, your conscious is clear and you’re free to enjoy messing around with make-up.
So I didn’t need to check the label when a pot of Moringa Body Butter arrived, I could focus on testing out the product. Anyone who has tried The Body Shop body butter before will know, thick creamy moisturiser containing Fair Trade shea butter is standard across the whole range and this product is no exception. I did notice how quickly the body butter absorbed into my skin and was pleasantly surprised that the fragrant scent remained long after the product had disappeared into my skin. To me Moringa smells like a heady mix of honeysuckle and jasmine after a summer storm, quite delicious. This one might not be a product I’d use everyday over my entire body, as I have oily skin but I will be smoothing this lush body butter into all/any dry patches of skin to ensure I’m bikini ready for the summer- thank you The Body Shop for this lovely gift.
About an hour and a half down the road from Norfolk lies Thoresby Hall & Spa. The historic pile looks like Downton Abbey and is full of beautiful architecture and antiques. Add in an amazing spa, a courtyard with bespoke boutiques including my fave jewellers and I’m a happy camper.
Don’t be put off by the fact the hotel is run by Warners. Yes the average customer might be 60 years old but this means it’s quiet, no unwanted attention for women travelling alone or with friends and the spa attracts ladies who lunch, so you’ll be in good company. Plus no children, not even in the grounds (where I found this little fellow)!
Bare Minerals High Shine Eyeshadow comes in a handy handbag size, spring-loaded tube, primed and ready to make your eyelids sparkle. Unscrew the top and the applicator pops out, a short brush with a cushioned tip that makes applying the eye colour a one stroke procedure. The brush is fully loaded with a high shine pigment that comes in 12 shades (I have Moonshine, a subtle plum hue), no more tap and swirl required with this product. You can build up the colour to create one bold, high impact shade or blend a darker matt colour into the corner of the eye to create a daytime look. I expected that the velvet constancy would of eventually slipped into the eyelid creases and wrinkle but I was pleasantly surprised that the eyeshadow pretty much stayed in place. I would definitely buy another one because it was easy to use and looked so pretty.
Korres Lemon & Basil Body Scrub…. Spring in a bottle.
Every time I use the Korres fresh and fruity Basil Lemon scrub in the shower I’m reminded I need to write this post but anyone who runs the show and works for them-self will know sometimes you just don’t get round to doing everything, there’s just not enough hours in the day. So before I forget, here’s the review.
After using the heavenly Korres Lemon and Basil Shower Gel from a mini gift set, I had a pretty good idea of what the product would smell like (very zingy and refreshing) but the consistency of body scrubs can vary drastically. Personally I find pure salt scrubs too drying so this one with ground bamboo and jojoba beads is rough enough to remove dead skin but also works as a moisturizer too. The added minerals of zinc and magnesium works to hydrate the skin and relax tired muscles, great for soothing aching legs. So there you go…. that’s what I think about Korres’ Basil Lemon Body Scrub.
It’s like trying to find the fountain of youth (pretty much impossible). Dozens of new mascaras flood the market every month, making ever bolder claims…. no clumps, 100% smudge-proof, 70% more volume- I’m in a spin just thinking about it.
Over the years I’ve tried countless brands, there’s usually at least a couple of different mascaras in my make-up kit at any one time. Through experience I’ve nailed it down to three factors- the brush, application and endurance.
A great wand is the secret to well-defined, clump free lashes. Bare Minerals mascara has a 360 degree wand so it catches every lash and the tapered end makes it easy to reach the corner of the eye without hitting your eye lid. The handle is just about the right length although for me it could be a little shorter and easier to control.
The fine tooth comb makes the application process simple, a quick sweep of the wand, a little flick in the corners of the eye and that’s it. No clumps or thick, spidery lashes here and you don’t need to separate out the individual lashes either.
The best thing about Bare Minerals is the products are kind to you. No harsh chemicals and hidden nasties, Bare Minerals Mascaras actually condition your lashes. This means you won’t need to reapply before the end of the day and flaking is banned. This mascara doesn’t promise to be waterproof but is smudge proof (so no crying while wearing this one).
The easy application and conditioning formula make it a winner with me.
Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume has been on my wish-list for months- yesterday I finally got my hands on this intoxicating scent.
The exotic, opulent scent is utterly unique. Jasmine and Rose are two classic fragrances I rarely find together in a perfume. Combined with two ingredients I’ve never come across before (India osmanthus and cattleya orchid), Flowerbomb is in a league of its own. India osmanthus is an intense, sweet fragrance, traditionally used to make tea. Cattleya orchid adds a fruity, floral top-note with an exotic twist. Perfect for long, hot summer nights. Flowerbomb…… welcome to my beauty cupboard.
Bloggers are in it for the freebies, inundated with free gifts from PR firms and brands seeking approval. I hate to disappoint but no, I’m afraid not. Maybe if you’re a super blogger with millions of readers, the postman might be calling more than once.
When a brand does reach out because they like the blog and respect your opinion, it really is a wonderful feeling but it doesn’t change the way I run Fashion Follows Her. If I don’t like a product and wouldn’t use/wear/love/buy/ it myself, I won’t mention the product (my mothers words ringing in my ears ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’). ESPA have been rather clever, sending over a hand written note (indulging my stationary fetish is always a good start) and a set of ‘Little Stars’. Four miniature products to try out before I decide which ones I would like to road test. To be perfectly honest I have yet to try an ESPA product I disliked but Fashion Follows Her is all about love.
Below are two products I love and both sit on my bedside table (aka the beauty cupboard).
It’s only been a week or two so I don’t think I’ve seen this products full potential yet but my skin does seem perkier. Apart from smelling delicious, I was surprised by the way the body butter almost instantly melted into my skin. Usually it takes a serious amount of buffing to work in body butter and a sticky film is left behind on the skin surface. My skin literally sucked up the body butter like a sponge and leaving silky-soft skin behind without the residue.
Hormonal blemishes irritate the living daylights out of me. Nothing cures the nasty blotches when they break out but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to scrub them away. The majority of facial scrubs I’ve tried before have been over aggressive, leaving my skin dry and red. The ESPA Skin Polish has spherical diatomaceous earth to lift impurities which is gentle, leaving my skin clean but soothed. The next morning I inspected my skin in the mirror, my face looked fresh and brighter than usual.
Before Christmas I received a little care package from my lovely boss at eStyler. Packed full of make-up goodies, I reacted like a kid in a candy store.
Mostly I stick to the same tried and tested make-up products I know and love but it would be foolish to look a gift horse in the mouth (odd saying that one…..). So here goes, on Christmas Day I used M&S Autograph False Lash Effect Mascara in Black/Brown (I usually wear the blackest black possible so that in itself was quite a change). I needed to apply two coats to achieve a defined look and the brush was a little cluncky but the mascara went on smoothly, with no clumps.
After a day of frivolous fun and lunch out, I inspected my make-up to see how the mascara fared. I have to admit, I was quite impressed- no smudges and no flaking. My lashes had drooped a little from the false lash look create in the morning but not a bad job all considered. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, daytime mascara, give Autograph False Lash Effect a try.