Grapefruit, Ginger and Peony

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I received another DHC sample package in the post recently – I had the Eye Bright (£19.50 at Amazon), the Deep Cleansing Oil (£23.98 for 200ml at Amazon), and the Face Wash Powder. (£10.50 at Amazon). The Eye Bright was fine, and the Deep Cleansing Oil is okay – I’ve used it before as a first cleanser but I have others I prefer. But it was the Face Wash Powder that was seriously weird! It’s literally a powder that you dab onto your skin and then add water to make it into a foam. I really didn’t like it as it felt disgusting – like making glue on your face, yuk! Personally I’d avoid it, and on the whole I’m still not sold on the DHC brand, LOL!

I also received another sample Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream – which I used as it was there, but I’m not rushing out to buy it. It doesn’t seem available at Amazon any more, but I’m not that bothered …

It’s a whole other story for the sample Yves St Laurent Black Opium Nuit Blanche perfume though – I LOVED it! Live the night with BLACK OPIUM NUIT BLANCHE, an electrifying new interpretation of the iconic BLACK OPIUM coffee signature. A seductive white coffee floral fragrance designed to give the wearer a burst of energy to last through the night. NUIT BLANCHE translates to ‘White Night’, a night in Paris once a year when rock chicks take control and make the city their playground until dawn. The iconic white floral heart of the original Black Opium Eau de Parfum is electrified with a burst of energizing aldehydes and aphrodisiac white musk for an all-night adventure. Well, I’m no rock chick and I adored it – a perfect mix of sultry and sweet and strangely right even for the office if you want to go for that essential hint of sophistication. I got loads of compliments on this one! Sadly, it’s way beyond my price range, being £64 for 50ml at Boots, but if you’ve got the cash, then grab this one for sure.

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From the sublime to the ridiculous, I’m nothing without a handful or two of HSL Epsom Salts in my bath – so very cleansing, my dears! And only £10.29 for 3kg at Amazon and I’ve already restocked it.

Meanwhile, me and my super-sensitive teeth absolutely LOVE Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste – I usually go for the whitening one as it’s really good so I must have picked this one up by mistake at some point. Still good though. It’s only £4.50 for 75ml at Boots, and they have a 2 for £6 offer on Sensodyne toothpaste at the moment – so don’t forget to pick up the whitening one too!

I’ve at last managed to finish off the dreaded second bottle of the frankly appalling VO5 Volume Boost Gel Spray. Does anyone really still believe in this? It’s sticky and doesn’t boost the volume, though the scent isn’t bad. I won’t be bothering again, but if you’re feeling foolhardy, you can get it for £5.98 for 200ml at Amazon and there appear to be only 8 bottles left. Which is surely a blessing, eh.

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I wasn’t really prepared to like the Greenland Fruit Emotions Grapefruit & Ginger Body Butter, but actually it’s not too bad. It’s not available on Amazon any more, but costs 14 Euros at the Greenland site. I think that’s far too pricey for such a small tin and I won’t be bothering again, I think. However, on the plus side, it doesn’t smell cheap, which is great, and it sinks into the skin well.

I totally LOVE the Marks & Spencer Peony Shower Cream – the smell is wonderful and very grown-up too. Sadly, M&S don’t seem to do this separately as it was part of a Christmas set – but I really wish they would produce this on its own and in a bigger tube. I would rush to buy it!

The Olay Firm & Lift Anti-Wrinkle Booster & Firming Serum is quite nice, as well as being a mouthful to say, LOL! I use this in the evenings, after work as a primer for my evening top-up make-up, though I’m not sure I’m going to buy another one, as I have others to use. It costs £4.99 for 50ml at Boots, which I believe is down from £9.99 so do give it a go.

And I absolutely would NOT be without my trusty Max Factor Pan Stik in Fair – it is GENIUS and covers every possible spot, blemish and redness you can imagine. I don’t like using it as a foundation – though I know many people to – as I prefer to have a liquid surface on my face. I use this as a concealer instead and it makes my skin look totally amazing. You can get it for £7.99 for 9g at Boots and it is worth its weight in gold, I tell you!

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Last but not least, my Lancome Love Your Age sample which came in the post last week. I didn’t expect to like it, but actually it’s very good, and certainly smoothes my skin out. I’ve been using it day and night, and am impressed. The Youth Activating Concentrate goes on first, and then is followed by the Renergie Multi-Lift. They make my skin look brighter and smoother without causing any irritation. The only thing I’m not happy about – and which means I sadly won’t be trying out the full-sized products – is the horrendous price! £47.20 for 30ml of the Concentrate, at Boots, and £53.60 for 50ml of the Multi-Lift, again at Boots. Really, you’d have to take out a mortgage! But if I ever won the lottery (which I suppose means actually entering it!), I would buy this set.

As ever, have a beautiful week!

Anne Brooke Books

5 Faves March 2017

Makeup and Skin Care for Mature Skin

March in Virginia has been very cold and a reminder that spring doesn’t come until near the end of the month. I have wanted to pull out spring makeup shades and use lighter skincare products but it has been too cold for that so far. For March my favorites have been more basic products that work in both winter and spring.

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation – Dream Liquid® Mousse full coverage foundation delivers the look of completely poreless skin. Achieve the look of completely poreless skin with a smooth airbrushed finish. Lightweight and breathable, this up to 16-hour liquid foundation delivers cake-free, full coverage that moisturizes all day. This works so well on my combination skin. It does minimize my pores, provides great coverage, and lasts all day. This is one of my favorite drugstore foundations.

Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser – our award-winning cleanser is loved by…

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Mother’s Day beauty gift guide

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If any of you have suddenly realised it’s Mother’s day on Sunday and are panicking slightly then this blog post is for you! I’ve put together some last-minute beauty gift ideas that would make the perfect little Mother’s day present.

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♥ MAD beauty hand care set (£4.99)
♥ MAD beauty love heart bath fizzers (£8.99)

I think MAD beauty is the way to go for cute, novelty gifts for someone you love. They have such innovative products that are sure to make anyone smile… just look at the packaging! I think any Mum would appreciate a little hand cream and nail file set; this one from MAD beauty comes in three different scents including coconut, tuberose and lemon and mandarin. I’ve also got to show you some really cute heart shaped bath fizzers – I always think that bath products are a pretty foolproof Mother’s Day…

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Milani Lip Products Review

Makeup and Skin Care for Mature Skin

Milani is a drugstore cosmetics line that you can purchase at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. It is a reasonably priced line that is good quality. You can sometimes find a buy 1 get one 1/2 off sale making it even better bargain. I have a few different shades of the Color Statement Lipstick and 1 tube of a lipgloss that seems to have been discontinued.

Milani knows that the best way to make an entrance is by making a statement—in walks Color Statement Lipstick in vibrant colors ranging from pretty pinks to radiant reds. Infused with nourishing vitamins A and C, Color Statement Lipstick feels as good on the lips as it looks.

These are nice lipsticks with opaque creamy color. It comes in 32 different shades so everyone should be able to find something they like.And since they sell for $6 you can try a bunch of them.

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Daily Defense Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner With Keratin

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Hi there! A few months ago I bought 2 Daily Defense shampoo and conditioner combos, and I’m revieweing one of those combos today. Now meet Daily Defense Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner With Keratin!

To be honest, I’d never heard of this brand before – but I was interested because the products were made in Canada (Hello blogging buddies from Canada!) and they’re cruelty-free! 🙂 I’ve been using these two products for a few weeks now, so I’ve had the chance to form an opinion. Now let me tell you how I like these hair products!
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I think the shampoo is really nice. It’s a little runnier than L’Oréal or Pantene shampoos, but that’s OK. The shampoo claims to be low in sulfate, but it still lathers up well. However, the shampoo is really gentle, and I’m sure it would be amazing for people with dry hair and / or…

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DHC lipsticks – the perfect gift for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s day is fast approaching, so I thought i’d share with you some of my ideas for beauty based gifts. For me a go-to gift for my mum is and has always been some sort of beauty product, especially lipstick. She’s not super into beauty and kind of just sticks to the same products so it’s quite easy to determine what could be added into her collection!

DHC cosmetics have a beautiful collection of lipsticks that I thought would make the perfect little gift. There are two different finishes; your standard pigmented creamy lipstick and also a balmy, slightly more sheer finish lipstick as well. The packaging of these is so cute and totally gift-worthy in my opinion…

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The ‘premium’ lipstick range (silver tube, £15.50) is aimed at helping your lips look younger; the formula contains light deflecting pigments that give the effect of fuller lips. I love that these are…

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Leaders 7 Wonders Kalahari Melon Moisturizing Mask Review

Makeup and Skin Care for Mature Skin

I received a Leaders 7 Wonders Amazonia Acai Anti-Pollution Mask in Beauty Beyond Borders August 2016 subscription box. I loved the mask so much that I found a sample pack of 5 varieties in this line. I tried the Kalahari Moisturizing Mask on a cold late winter night. I like to use moisturizing masks when it is dry and cold out. My skin is normal with some dryness in the cold weather and a lot of shine in warmer months.

Oil from the Kalahari Melon, the biological ancestor of the watermelon, contains linoleic, oleic, and palmitic fatty acids to reinforce your skin’s healthy barrier function and lock in moisture.

Treats:

  • Rough skin
  • Dryness
  • Tired skin 

Effectiveness:

  • Brightens dull & tired skin
  • Improves uneven skin tone
  • Minimizes visible dark spots
  • Rich in Vitamin A, C & antioxidants

7 Wonders Kalahari Melon Moisturizing Mask is an advanced bio-cellulose mask. Contour & fit technology provides…

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