Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Pamper Grotto with Sanctuary Spa and giveaway - Merry Christmas!

Last week I joined lots of other bloggers in London for the PZ Cussons Christmas beauty blogger Pamper Grotto. Hosted at the lovely St Martin's Lane Hotel, this was an opportunity to get to know four of the company's brands a little better - Sanctuary Spa, Fudge Urban, St Tropez and Charles Worthington haircare.

It was a great evening, catching up with a few old faces and meeting new ones. I enjoyed a couple of glasses of Prosecco, canapes and Percy Pigs (gummy/jelly sweets) - and had my nails done, all the time with Christmas songs playing and Bing Crosby's White Christmas on screen in the background.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Pocket-friendly skincare launch

Interesting news at the Waitrose spring summer 14 launch last week - the supermarket is working on its own brand of natural skincare. The core range of eight products will contain 95% natural ingredients, is fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin, but the really interesting thing is the most expensive item in the collection will cost just £2.99!

I know, I can't believe it either and I'm excited about trying the products in the New Year. It's all very well to have a low price point, but they have to deliver in moisturising and skincare terms also otherwise who will buy them? So let's hope the range delivers what the enthusiastic folk I spoke to at Waitrose believe they will.

I tried the facial oil on the back of my hand and it was soft, but it's hard to gauge any real effects with just a drop of product, so I'm looking forward to really putting the range through its paces when I receive samples in January.

I'm not sure what the collection will be called - the samples I saw are still at the no label stage and were perhaps not even in their final packaging - but I'm told it will go into stores in March.

Could this raise the bar in terms of inexpensive skincare?

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Total Treat Argan Oil Cream - review

Hair products and I often don't get on. I don't have time to spend hours sorting out my hair so I don't tend to use lots of different products, preferring to stay with a couple of tried and tested favourites instead.

My hair has also become more frizzy over the years, and when I find something that tames the frizz and stops me looking like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards, I tend to stick with it.

So when this arrived through the post I had no expectations about it at all.

I tried it - and I love it. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and I can really see a difference in the smoothness of my hair; it looks more groomed and shiny than before.

I had all of my hair cut off a few weeks ago in a drastic move to signify a new start in my life, and because I was so sick of having to wear it up all the time (it looked a mess down). I now have a short bob, which incidentally is the best do I have ever had.

Back to Total Treat. Blowdrying has never been my forte, so I rough dry my hair then use the straighteners on it to iron out the frizz. You are supposed to apply a pea sized amount of the product after washing, then style. I use more than that, but I have thick hair and haven't had a problem with greasiness or stickiness from using too much.

I'm really impressed with this. The tube is going to last for ages, but when it does run out it will be on my shopping list as it now ranks up there with my beloved Illuminoil as one of my favourite haircare products.