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Aromatherapy Associates Complete Wellbeing Collection

Aromatherapy Associates Complete Wellbeing Collection

Aromatherapy Associates Complete Wellbeing Collection

Another appearance for Aromatherapy Associates. I know that so many BBB readers love this brand as much as I do so if I spot a good offer, I always want to let you know. So, this is a of combination six face oils and ten bath and shower oils that come in one bundle at 33% less than if you bought the sets separately.

Aromatherapy Associates Complete Wellbeing Collection

I know the bath oils like the back of my hand – now that the hot weather has disappeared for the moment I had the most sumptuous AA bath at the weekend and felt properly restored and pampered. I also tried a couple of the facial oils which actually have never really been a draw for me as I find AA skin care in general quite disappointing. Oils are what this brand does best and the face oils are absolutely lovely. In particular, the Intensive Skin Treatment which is a perfect drench after sunshine – it made my skin so soft and I will finish the bottle, and Nourishing Face Oil – ditto.

Aromatherapy Associates Complete Wellbeing Collection

The face oils are Intensive Treatment Oil, Fine Line Face Oil, Revitalizing Face Oil, Nourishing Face Oil, Inner Strength Face Oil and Mattifying Face Oil. I am just going to take an educated guess that there really isn’t a huge variation in the formulas (I haven’t checked them all to the minute detail) and that what you’re getting is phials of outstanding facial oil that will all do more or less the same thing (soften, nourish, hydrate). In this case, that’s nothing to complain about because they’re really so good and obviously high quality – an absolute treat for skin. It goes without saying that if you cannot tolerate essential oils, these aren’t for you. You also need such a tiny amount that they’ll last a good while.

Aromatherapy Associates Complete Wellbeing Collection

The set is £59 HERE (to buy separately, it would be £78ish). Although it’s definitely priced in treat territory, I can see that everything would get used up to the last drop.

Non Aff HERE

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

Essence I Need A Miracle! Tinting Mascara

Essence I Need A Miracle! Tinting Mascara

Essence I Need A Miracle Tinting Mascara

I know it shouldn’t matter, but when I used to occasionally dye my lashes and when I had lash extensions, one of the things that I really liked about both was waking up with darker lashes. If you’re naturally blessed with dark, long lashes then that’s you every day (lucky you!) but my natural lashes are just boringly medium length and mid brown. There’s just something more ‘awake’ about framed eyes.

It makes perfect sense that while you’re wearing your mascara, it gives lashes a little tint, so that when it comes off you don’t immediately look exhausted! I like this Essence mascara for doing that as well as being a very decent budget product that punches above its weight in terms of performance. It didn’t give me massive volume but definitely an improved, inky black lash fringe. It’s a conditioning formula (but most modern mascaras are) and very nicely priced at £3.50. You’ll find it at Wilko stores in the next couple of weeks.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Sorbet Blush

Bourjois Healthy Mix Sorbet Blush

Bourjois Healthy Mix Sorbet Blush

These translucent colours for cheeks from Bourjois are gorgeous for end-of-summer skin – when you haven’t quite gone back to full coverage and are still enjoying a warmer skin tone.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Sorbet Blush

They’re a fairly recent release along with the Healthy Mix Illuminating Base which I can’t get as excited about to be honest, other than it’s a water based, vitamin infused formula. I think the real star of this mini collection is the blush which gives a beautiful, natural looking flush that lets your skin breathe and glow. There’s an Apricot shade and a Raspberry shade – I found the Apricot to be more tomato-ish than apricot.

It’s not really looking its best in the swatch – you’ll have to trust me that they buff up, applied with a fluffy brush (or, actually, with the Clarisonic foundation brush) to a very fresh look. They’re generously sized (but if you’re building up the colour you’ll need to use more) and cost £8.99 HERE. Weirdly, they’re called Juicy Glow Blush Drops on Boots – right hand not talking to left hand I think!

non Aff HERE

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

Neal’s Yard Remedies Age Well Revolution #AD

Neal’s Yard Remedies Age Well Revolution #AD

Paula

As flagged by the amazing organization, We Are Superhuman, 70% of women in their 40’s and 50’s feel they’re largely ignored by mainstream media. It’s true and we know it is – and if we’re not being ignored, we’re being told how we should look, dress and feel. There’s no simple state of being your age that the media doesn’t feel needs improving or changing somehow – or, of course, completely ignoring.


As a result of the We Are Superhuman study, Neal’s Yard Remedies begin their Age Well Revolution campaign today using the stories of six women to front it. They’re aged between 45 and 80 and were chosen by a panel from 1000+ entries when Neal’s Yard Remedies called out for applicants. You’ll be able to see their images and videos on the Neal’s Yard Website (HERE) as well as in-store and in catalogues. I promise you’ll feel uplifted – each video is a minute long and they’re minutes very well spent.

Theresa

Everything stays the same unless we actively induce change; visibility is the key – women who look like us, talk like us and act like us; in short, women we can truly relate to. We need to say goodbye to current negative perceptions of what it means to be an older woman and push forward with fresher and more realistic concepts. Neal’s Yard Remedies’ choice of six women features a farmer, an entrepreneur and a yoga guru amongst others. Each has a viewpoint and a story to tell with strength, vibrancy, intelligence and humour. But, more than their stories, they’re using the platform to make older women heard, relevant and visible.

Angela

Sometimes it takes an army to get things done – together we have a power that can feel unattainable alone. The aim of the #AgeWellRevolution campaign is to start conversations, push boundaries and make noise about our beauty, our wellbeing, our health and our presence. What does ageing well mean to you? My story will be visible too on Instagram (HERE) so you can leave your words there, or on here in the comments.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

If you’re texture driven when it comes to make-up, the Shiseido re-launch will have you at hello. We all have our own sensory processing mechanisms for what feels right and what doesn’t on our skin – it’s why some people cannot bear a matte feel and yet others don’t like the feel of dewy.

Shiseido has focused closely on textures in their new formulations – split into Inks, Gels, Powders and Dews – as well as performance. Built to replicate the finesse of skin care, the products are gossamer light, delicate to the touch and weightless in feel.

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

The heritage of Shiseido, founded in 1872 in Tokyo, takes us back to a time when make-up products were less prolific, more treasured and used with appreciation and care. Despite the fact that the brand uses contemporary formulation innovations, the history is not lost. With some of the slimmest componentry available in the world, designed to feel immediately at ease in the hand. the red lacquer line symbolizes the life force that flows through nature. Reverence and respect for nature is a strong Japanese cultural reference.

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

Set against a cluttered, confusing and noisy backdrop of cosmetic products, Shiseido’s pieces are calm and elegant – as soothing and gentle on the eye as they are on the skin. A relaunch needs purpose and relevance and I see this one as an antidote to the ‘too muchness’ that we’re all feeling.

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

I’ll run you through the products that I’ve been testing over the weekend. Starting with the Whipped Powder Blush above – it’s indicative of the common thread you’ll find throughout the relaunch – silky, light textures. To use a food analogy – you know you’ve gone Michelin Star rather than Little Chef. It’s highly pigmented so you need the tiniest amount to blend over your cheeks. Next to it is Aura Dew in Solar, a light reflective, cushion texture highlighter that looks almost glistening wet in consistency. Probably the best highlighter I’ve ever seen in terms of light reflection and glimmer.

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

The thing you’ll notice immediately about the ModernMatte Lipsticks is that they require literally only one swipe to deliver full cover. You don’t need to mwah  your lips or anything – once it’s there, it’s there perfectly. It’s densely pigmented and for a matte, feels like a whisper on the lip.

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

These are my favourites from the collection – the VisionAiry Gel Lipsticks. Again, so densely pigmented that you need the merest swipe to get full colour. If anything, I’d warn you to go carefully with application as it’s so intense you could easily end up with more than you want. The Kajal Ink Artist, by the way, is exactly the same – you need a confident hand because when the colour comes it’s absolutely extra!

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

I found the Imperialash Mascara to be inky and fulsome without being spectacular – you’d be pushed to find anything wrong with it, but I didn’t go ‘wow’ when it was on my lashes. So, it’s delivering but not beyond expectation.

Shiseido Make Up Relaunch

If you like a powder, InnerGlow Cheek Powder is probably the lightest feel blush you’ll find. It’s the only product that needed building a little, but there are plenty of shades so I guess it’s down to whichever shade you choose. If you’re pale skinned, this is a dream! It’s shade 06. It’s supposed to have a glow element to it but I couldn’t detect it in this shade.

Shiseido Swatches

So, in the swatches, from bottom to top, it’s ModernMatte in 502, then 517, followed by Aura Dew in Solar, Whipped Blush in Sonoya, Visionairy Gels in 221, 222, 208, KajalInk in Sumi Sky.

Everything launches on 1st September although it’s already launched on Shiseido.com HERE in the US if you want to browse the entire collection.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

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