The Clear Face Queen

Have had quite a good skin week this week (hurrah!) – it’s been fairly clear and on the whole when a dreaded spot has threatened I’ve managed to keep it pretty much under control. Gosh indeed.

Here are two great products I’ve finished this week:



The 7th Heaven Manuka Honey Peel-Off is a new one on me and I can’t remember when I picked it up, but I really love it – and usually I HATE peel-offs! This smells utterly gorgeous – well, it is honey and I love honey! – and it goes on really smoothly. It’s also fairly easy to peel off and it makes my skin all clear and glowing – plus the smell lingers which is wonderful. On the back, it suggests you keep it on for 20-25 minutes, but as you know I can’t ever be arsed with that kind of time lag, so I thought 10 mins was enough. It’s possibly even easier to peel off if you do leave it for longer … Will I consider buying it again when I next see it? Yes, definitely! It’s only £1.00 for a pack at Boots.

I’ve been using the SebaMed Clear Face Care Gel for ages on those really tricky spots, and it’s always been very reliable. It’s also non-drying which is great for me. I use it on my chest, neck & back when I need to. You can get it for £5.55 for 50ml at Amazon and I’ve already restocked it.

Anyway, I hope you’ve all had a very glowing week!

Anne Brooke Books


Salt and Mud


Only one picture this week as I basically like all the products I’ve used, hurrah!

First off is the good old Epsom Salts – I know this is something your granny used to use, but honestly, they’re brilliant. Really good for detoxing if you put them in the bath and there’s no weird smell or anything so you wouldn’t know you have them in there at all! The HSL one is only £9.49 for 3kg at Amazon if you’re a Prime Member (£10.99 if you’re not) and also comes with a really handy scoop so I love this. I use one scoop in all my baths but you can easily use a couple if you want to. I’ve also just bought the WestLab Epsom Salts and am about to start these – they’re £4.85 for 1kg so not as great a bargain but I thought I’d give it a go. I’ve put them into the HSL container with the scoop to make it easier to add them to the bath. Actually, if you really want to go cheap, then just pick up any pack of Epsom Salts at your local garden centre – so cheap!! – and you’re laughing. They do exactly the same detox thing.

I’ve always a total pushover for the Montagne Jeunesse face masks (supposed to be single use but I make them last for 2 facials and there’s no problem). The two I’ve used this week are the Cucumber Peel-off – every beauty blogger I’ve read seems to dislike this because of the strong smell, but it didn’t bother me though it’s definitely more lime than cucumber. I liked the colour of it too, and it peeled off with no issues. My skin felt very cleansed without being dry afterwards, so give it a go if you’d like to. You can get a pack of 6 masks for £5.00 at Amazon which is great. My favourite mask this week though is the Aloe Vera Blemish Mud which is just fantastic for congested skin and very calming. I will definitely get this one again. Again, they are £5 for 6 masks  at Amazon.

I can’t praise 4160 Tuesday’s Pillow Talk perfume highly enough – I really LOVE this stuff even though it’s definitely not cheap. It’s £15 for a handbag-sized atomiser and just so gorgeous a scent. A real treat for the evenings when you want to feel special!

Imperial Leather Summer Sunrise Hand Wash is a wonderful mix of shea butter and honeysuckle and makes summer last that little bit longer. It doesn’t dry the skin out either which is great. It seems to have gone out of stock at the moment which is a shame though I have provided a link to Amazon for you above. I hope they bring it back next summer as I really like this one!

I’ve blogged about the Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream before – as it’s just so good on my feet (less so on the hands!) and I’m into grapefruit as a super-food & beauty product at the moment. It’s still £4 for 30ml which is just stupid prices, but I do enjoy using it – very invigorating for my morning feet.

Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz feels lovely on my face, and rosewater is just so good for the skin! Plus the smell isn’t too overpowering, though I do really love rose products so I wouldn’t mind if it was, LOL. This is only £4.00 for 150ml so a LOT cheaper than other facial sprays currently on the market. I’m restocking this one for sure.

Ravensara Essential Oil is a must if you suffer from any kind of catarrh or sinusitis problems – I blend mine with sweet almond oil and grapefruit oil for using on my feet at night and also sweep it across my cheeks and neck in the morning – and it’s really amazing! I’ve already ordered a new bottle from Amazon – there are loads on there but the cheapest is £3.95 for 10ml. For me, it’s worth every penny.

Finally, I’ve just started taking one-a-day of High Strength 15mg zinc tablets from Simply Supplements, and I’m convinced it clears my skin brilliantly – plus of course keeping colds at bay over winter, hurrah! I’m trying some 10mg tablets from Boots at the moment, but I suspect I’ll go back to the Simply Supplements ones after that. They are £6.80 for 60 tablets. I love them!

Anne Brooke Books


NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

Nyx setting spray

I’ve seen a fair amount about this setting spray on the web so I decided to give it a go recently. There’s a matte finish available too but as my skin does get dry these days, I went for the dewy finish option. The price is really reasonable too.

I wasn’t sure about it at first though maybe I was spraying too much on – but now I’ve got the hang of it, I really love it. I’ve never used a setting spray before and it does what it says on the tin – i.e. it makes my make-up last much longer and also it doesn’t go clumpy and claggy either, which I really hate. I like the feel of it on my face, which is always a plus point.

The extra good news is that apparently the whole NYX range has just come to Boots in Guildford (my local town) so I’ve pinpointed a couple of items I’d like to try and I’m getting myself down there as soon as I can!

Anne Brooke Books


Skin Solutions: BB and CC Creams

Call me ignorant but I’d never heard of either of these creams before and was deeply confused as to what they stood for until I looked them up on Google. Good old Google, eh! And, yes, I know that means I am probably the least Girly Girl in the universe, but hey at least I admit it, LOL.

Rimmel BB CreamMax Factor CC Cream

I bought both the Max Factor CC (Colour Correcting) Cream and the Rimmel BB (Beauty Balm) Cream on a bit of a whim though I had done some research on both when I went into Boots in Guildford.

I started off using each them as an individual foundation, but for main daytime use my skin needs something more – though for me it’s fine to use either for the evening if I’m just at home. I’m finding the BB Cream is slightly better for me – and even more brilliant when mixed in with the marvellous Max Factor Whipped Creme as together they provide excellent and moisturising coverage.

Whipped Creme

This is the first time I’ve ever been brave (or desperate!) enough to mix my foundations, and it’s really working well, hurrah. As an added bonus, adding in the slightly lighter in colour BB Cream to my Warm Almond Whipped Creme foundation makes it lighter, which suits my skin more.

I purchased all these items at Boots, and they are also available at Boots Online.

Anne Brooke