Yves St Laurent Black Opium Eau de Toilette

black opium ysl

This is one of my favourite ever perfumes and I totally LOVE it. It really suits me and I’m happy wearing it during the day and if I go out in the evening, so a multi-purpose scent, which is fabulous.

In terms of the smell itself, it’s musky and spicy and stonkingly good, and it makes me feel far more powerful than I actually am, which has to be a result, LOL. Plus it lasts for most of the day, hurrah. I always have a bottle on my dressing table.

Yes, it’s not cheap, but sometimes you just have to push the boat out, and you could always get someone special to treat you! You can get this at Boots for £60 for 50ml, and it’s just SO worth it. Ooh, and they have a special offer on at the moment, so worth checking out for sure.

Anne Brooke Books


Eucerin Dermopurifyer Hydrating Care

eucerin hydrating care

I was looking forward to trying this moisturiser for blemish-prone skin as there are one or two other Eucerin products I really rate. Sadly, this isn’t one of them. It’s very light and does absolutely nothing for me. I swear to you that whenever I used it, my skin just shrugged its shoulders and went: “Whatever, gal. I’m just not interested …”

I might as well not have bothered. LOL!

Still, if you like a light moisturiser and want to give it a try, you can get it at Feelunique for £9.18 for 50ml – though, interestingly, it’s currently marked as ‘out of stock’ on site. I wonder if they’re discontinuing it due to lack of interest. Can’t say I blame them.

Have a great weekend!

Anne Brooke Books

The Crème Shop Last Christmas Nice Forever Young Face Mask

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Hi there! Today’s post is about The Crème Shop‘s Last Christmas Nice Forever Young Face Mask. This face mask promises to smooth out wrinkles, to restore skin vitality, and to repair worn skin. It contains sodium hyaluronate (which is listed as the 4th ingredient) and a number of botanical extracts.

I think this is a great mask! It feels deeply hydrating, and I am happy to confirm that it reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I guess that’s because of the hydration boost! Whatever it is, I am impressed! Another great thing is that the mask smells like baby powder which is just lovely! 😊

I would definitely recommend this face mask! The Crème Shop‘s Last Christmas Nice Forever Young Face Mask is available as part of The Crème Shop’s Last Christmas face mask set (3 Naughty and 3 Nice face masks). I paid £5.99 for…

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Origins Out of Trouble Mask

origins out of trouble mask

I LOVE this mask so much – it’s quite simply brilliant! You don’t need much of it – I received a 10ml sample in the post and it lasted for an entire 5 sessions!! That’s amazing, and I was super impressed.

The smell is fresh and it feels incredible on the skin. When I first used it, I had one or two under-the-skin trouble spots about to make their appearance and this mask got rid of them so they never actually appeared. I shall type that miracle again: just 5 minutes (I didn’t even use the product for the required 10 minutes …) of this mask and my two spots-of-concern were gone. And haven’t come back. Gosh, and double gosh.

Not only that but the couple of spots I already had have healed up very well, hurrah. I also appreciated that the mask goes on very easily, it didn’t dry out my skin at all, and it came off easily too. Result!

I have already restocked it with a full-size product. You can buy this (and you should! You should!) at Boots for £22 for 75ml. Bearing in mind how little you actually need to use, it’s going to last for ages and is therefore a real bargain. Well done, Origins.

Anne Brooke Books

Garnier Handrepair Intensive Restoring Hand Cream

garnier hand cream

I really seriously LOVE this hand cream, even though it’s just SO difficult to get the last few dollops out of it. Don’t know why that should be, as other hand creams don’t have this problem.

Still, that’s a minor niggle. Because this is still my go-to hand cream for night-time – it’s just brilliant at soothing and moisturising, and makes my hands feel amazing.

You can get this (and you really should get this!) at Boots for £3.99 for 100ml.

Anne Brooke Books

Boots Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleansing Cream & Cleansing Toner

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 facial cleansing products – Boots Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleansing Cream & Cleansing Toner for all skin types. These products promise to remove make-up and impurities, and to refresh skin. Both the cleansing cream and the toner contain hibiscus extract which is said to have a brightening effect. I’ve been using these products for a few weeks now, and here’s what I think.

Boots Botanics All Bright Gentle Cleansing Cream is a nice change from Garnier’s unconvincing honey flower cleanser. Boots’ cleansing cream is very effective at dissolving and removing makeup. At the same time, it’s very gentle on the skin. I have very dry and moody skin, and I think this cleansing cream is simply wonderful! One more thing – now that I’m no longer using Garnier’s honey flower cleanser, I ‘ve realised that my skin doesn’t have to look red…

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Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum

origins renewal serum

I bought a sample version of this serum on eBay just to see if I liked it – partly because I’m having a serum focus at the moment and partly because I wanted to shake things up with my skin a little. Well, I can report back that I LOVE this serum and I have bought a full-sized bottle already!

It just feels wonderful on my face and so I’m using it morning and evening to get the benefit. There’s a fresh scent to it which I really enjoy but which doesn’t cause any irritation at all, and in fact this serum leaves the skin feeling reinvigorated and beautifully moisturised.

You can get this at Boots for £38.25 for 50ml (and there’s an offer on at the moment as it’s down from the usual £45). It’s a treat but, hey, I’m worth it, LOL!

Anne Brooke Books