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CHANEL No5 Holiday Collection 2020 – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] CHANEL always brings out a bath and body collection for the festive season, varying up the fragrances year to year. If I’m honest, I’m always hoping it’s a No5 year because it’s my favourite and has been since the day my nose met it. CHANEL No5 Holiday 2020 I would have to say that my top pick from the new collection is the hair mist – CHANEL is generous with the amount of fragrance in their hair mists so…

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Elizabeth Arden x Feel Unique Beauty Box – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad/prioradrelationship] If one thing is becoming clearer and clearer, it’s that beauty brands are offering amazing value deals this year – even brands that you don’t expect to are getting in on what seems to be a very fiercely contested battle for your pounds. While it’s great for the consumer (who of course should be at the heart of everything), it’s a tough struggle for smaller brands who can’t necessarily price match or even compete. The new collaboration box between…

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Elizabeth Arden x Look Fantastic Beauty Box – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad/prioradrelationship] If one thing is becoming clearer and clearer, it’s that beauty brands are offering amazing value deals this year – even brands that you don’t expect to are getting in on what seems to be a very fiercely contested battle for your pounds. While it’s great for the consumer (who of course should be at the heart of everything), it’s a tough struggle for smaller brands who can’t necessarily price match or even compete. The new collaboration box between…

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The Making Of : The Japanese Cleansing Cloud – Beauty Article

It’s been a week since the launch of my Japanese Cleansing Cloud so it seems like a good time to tell you how it came about. When everything ground to halt earlier in the year I had time to think about about an idea that had been in my head for some time. I’ve genuinely never wanted my own product but this idea kept popping back up again and again. I asked a formulator friend if he could recommend a…

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Beauty Business News | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

Remember last time I did a BBN I mentioned that the lease on the flagship Chanel store in Bond Street was up for sale and the only way for Chanel to secure their continued presence was to buy it? Well, they did. For £320 million. Apart from it being a very Chanel thing to do, it signals a vote of confidence in the return of luxury retail and that’s significant for central London at least because currently, it is decimated.…

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Introducing The Japanese Cleansing Cloud – Beauty Article

[ad] … otherwise known as What I Did In Lockdown. So, I’m nervously introducing my own product – the best of world beauty in a balmy bar. Beauty products and rituals have been a long-standing interest, particularly Japanese beauty where fine quality products are often presented in a cute way – I can’t resist things that make me smile, and I’m hoping you feel the same :-). Everyone I’ve shown it to has ended up smiling back when they see…

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Jimmy Choo Seduction Collection Nail Colour – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/ad/affiliate] £50 is the lipstick tipping point for me – it feels like it’s just too much for any lipstick. But, I guess that we are talking about products built specifically for the luxury market where £50 doesn’t feel any more onerous than £5 OR very much treat territory for those of us for whom it is a significant outlay. When I buy a Sisley lip balm – also the £50 mark – I know I am treating myself but…

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Paul & Joe Moisture Lotion – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample] Did lotions ever really succeed at infiltrating the UK skin care market? This extra step that Japanese women slot so seamlessly and unquestioningly into their routines still hasn’t made into mainstream here. I see why – it’s difficult to explain for a start and we are hard to convince that more is more sometimes especially with no equivalent product in our own beauty culture. The best way to describe a lotion is a liquid softening essence used as a…

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Beauty Business News | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

Really, only moments after the Estee Lauder group came under fire for using terms such as lightening on their skin care products, Jo Malone London has issued an apology for removing John Boyega from the Chinese version of an ad for London Gent candles depicting his personal story and replacing the entire cast with actors that don’t in any way depict his heritage. John Boyega, has now walked away from the project. I think I can see the ‘logic’ that…

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Covid Face Is NOT A Thing – Beauty Article

If The Times is to be believed, we are now a nation of slack skinned, sun-damaged shadows of our former selves, creating grooves in the pavement in our droves to Botox practitioners in an effort to ‘repair’ the catastrophies that are our faces. It’s bad enough that the entire beauty industry is hell bent on telling us everything tiny thing that could be perceived as a flaw, from Maskne to Zoom face, needs mending but really, I don’t want to…

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Night Time Tangles Solved : Spirabobble – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample] I don’t know about you, but if I don’t tie my hair up at night I wake up with – well, spaghetti-head. I’ve kept my hair longer since lock-down – in fact, I think it’s about back to when I was desperate to get it cut and there is a certain point, or length, beyond which I don’t want to go. Anyway, tie-up is essential and I usually use a snag-free spiral or a silkie (from Millesaisons HERE) with…

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Escentric Molecules 5 – The New One – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample] I’m kicking off the week with the most tricky thing to write about – Escentric Molecules fragrance. I’ve read several articles explaining the art of binding fragrance molecules with pheromone-like compounds to make a scent that creates more of an emotion than a smell. Escentric Molecules 1, which sparked the notion that perhaps it’s true that a single molecule fragrance is the very thing to keep sap rising, so to speak. The molecule in Escentric Molecules 1 is chemical…

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Selfridges Project Earth Beauty Bag – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] The Selfridges Project Earth Beauty Bag is far more impressive than I was expecting. There are several brands that I wanted to see more of as well as a few discoveries and one complete fail :-). Selfridges Project Earth Beauty Bag I think we are all being a bit more mindful about our beauty products and are curious about eco-alternatives but there is still, for some of us, a residual suspicion that the more vegan, earth friendly and plant…

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Sephora Size Up Mascara | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[purchase/affiliate] Another kicking-myself product – for not buying more! I was convinced that this mascara wouldn’t be for me so bought the small size to I could review it at least for those who like a fat brush volumizer. Sephora Size Up Mascara Size Up does indeed live up to its name – my lashes looked incredible! Far from being an over-coating clumpy nightmare (my expectation), it delivered separated, neatly coated, longer looking lashes. I sound like an ad!| My…

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Beauty Business News | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

Revlon is a brand that has struggled for some years now to find its place, with net sales falling 39% (we are still talking over $500 million though). But, many brands are seeing sharp downturns in fortune – Shiseido is recording a drop of 34.4% (although watch them branch out into devices to recoup), while LVMH’s (Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Fenty, Benefit) profits see a drop of 68% for the first half of the year. There’s still a lot of shuffling…

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In Brief: SpaceNK Sale | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[affiliate/ad] This really is brief – a quick look tells me the place to head straight away is to ByTerry with Detoxylin City Serum down from £107 to £43, Densiliss Compact, £66 to £27, and a nice blue Ombre Blackstar for a fiver HERE. Jo Loves Pomelo Hand & Body Cleaner is £28 instead of £40 (I LOVE this!) HERE and Diptyque’s small Lucky Flower Candle down from £30 to £21 HERE. If you’re not bothered by newness and just…

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The Five Minute Garden by Laetitia Makalouf – Beauty Article

[purchase/affiliate] I bought this book a couple of months ago and have so enjoyed it. Whether you have a tiny patch, a balcony or a sprawling garden, the author. Laetitia Maklouf, has a way of cutting through to the things that really need doing to maintain whatever you have in the way of greenery. The Five Minute Garden As my lock down distraction activity, I finally paid our garden some attention. But, coming at it with only the most basic…

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Christophe Robin Perfect Hair Duo – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I’m a big fan of this hair brand – I’ve only ever met one product I didn’t like (the shampoo bar) with Rose Shampoo & Conditioner as my favourite ‘treat’. I save it for fed-up days. It’s expensive so I hoard it til I really need it :-). I’m happy to see these minis which are brand new – I like product ranges where there is a dip-in option before the full commitment. The duo set contains Cleansing Purifying…

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Beauty Business News | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

I’ll kick off with an update re Pat McGrath Labs and Reward Style and another thank you to everyone who was so helpful. So, Reward Style (the affiliate agency) have agreed to pay a ‘makegood bonus’ amount of $344 and that payment comes from them rather than the brand. I don’t know how that’s calculated and orders are still being placed via my link. It seems that it has been the brand’s decision to turn off linking for UK based…

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Heinrich Barth Shampoo & Conditioner – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] So, I’ve had plenty of learning over the weekend – I had just assumed that Heinrich Barth was a sports star or something when I came across the Heinrich Barth product range. But not at all – a famous explorer, born in 1821 who had a fairly gruesome time of it when all is said and done. To cut a long story short, his travel companions kept dying and everything was as difficult as it could possibly be. However,…

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Affiliates, Anomalies and Explanations | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

I’ve been using affiliate linking for several years – believe me, it’s as much a mystery to users as it is to everyone else. But, events took a bit of a turn this week when I noticed that my Pat McGrath affiliate link produced only 4 sales (totalling approx. £4 in affiliate earnings) which seemed strange because the post had been viewed over 3 thousand times on my site and 9 thousand times on my Instagram, sending between them about…

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Beauty Services Need Our Voices – Beauty Article

I don’t think it’s just me that took exception to the way beauty services and salons were spoken about in parliament last week as MPs announced that they’d remain shut while pubs opened.  As an economy, the beauty industry delivers very much needed revenue (and plenty of it) and if pubs can open, there’s no reason why at least certain aspects of salon treatments can’t. The attitude in parliament was that beauty is considered amusing somehow – a frivolity perhaps…

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Jo Loves Mango Thai Lime Re-Release – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] I very distinctly remember the original launch of this fragrance (I’m sure there was a candle, too) some years ago in a very clean, white penthouse suite somewhere (so, not that distinctly then since I can’t remember where – Mayfair I think). It’s a very evocative perfume – really effortlessly mood shifting if you love tropical, citrus scents. Jo Loves Mango Thai Lime Re-Release I find mango can be a bit sickly but not in this juicy mix because…

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By Terry Ombre Blackstar Immaculate Light – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] In normal circumstances, I’m a big fan of an eye crayon, with By Terry Ombre Blackstar being amongst my favourites, although bareMinerals, The Body Shop and Bobbi are also prominent in my crayon pot. But I’ve hardly been wearing eye make up at all so they’ve all lain pretty much unused over the past three months. By Terry Ombre Blackstar Immaculate Light This shade is a nice transition back to covered lids – it’s a pale gold shade with…

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Beauty Business News | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

Eyes have been opened as never before on the topic of how the beauty industry values diversity. Which, clearly, is not as highly as it should. This is not new – it’s been a deeply rooted problem for many years, from the blanket assumption that lighter skin is more desirable than darker, to the locking up of products for darker skin in retailers (in the US) based, presumably on the assumption that they’re more likely to be stolen than products…

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Huda Beauty Silk Balm | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Huda’s new Silk Balm takes inspiration from travels in Korea where silk balms can be for face, lips or even hair. Instead of using any of the tingle tricks to create plumping, this formula uses hyaluronic filling spheres, soybean and licorice extract to seep into creasing and give a smoother look. Huda Beauty Silk Balm In use, it does give a smoothing effect (like all gloss or balm) but I didn’t really see any plumping. That said, I rarely…

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SUQQU Frozen Summer 2020 | British Beauty Blogger – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] This is a twist on usual beauty summer fare – Suqqu has taken the hot sun shimmery concept and turned it frosty – in parts. I’ve got more eye products to get photographed so I’ll aim for the end of the week for those. SUQQU Frozen Summer 2020 The piece that I like the most from the collection is the Shimmer Liquid Blush in Hoteaka (Cherry Pink) with a red undertone that gives the perfect ‘sakura’ cheek flush. It…

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Marc Jacobs Runway Spring 2020 Everything Goes With Blacquer – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Even though it’s now summer, I don’t think this is the only ‘spring’ beauty thing you’ll see because of delays in stock arrival. But, this Everything Goes With Blacquer set is a thing of beauty – in particular the make up bag featuring a vibrant tropical print straight from the runway. Marc Jacobs Runway Spring 2020 Set I spotted a similar style MJ make-up bag in the Harrods sale reduced from £105 to £59.95 so the price of this…

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Banana Republic Dark Cherry & Amber Fragrance – Beauty Article

[unpaid/sample] Oh my! Because of my love-hate reaction to Tom Ford’s Bite My Cherry fragrance, I was really keen to try this cherryfied offering from Banana Republic. I initially had intended to make this post about Father’s Day which is always difficult because it means different things to different people and can be as sad as it can be happy, so at the bottom I’ve got a couple of Banana Republic suggestions for that but don’t read past the Cherry…

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Lady Garden Foundation Face Coverings – Beauty Article

So, it turns out that if you Google ‘lady garden masks’ you see things that you’ll never be able to un-see and even more so if you search ‘lady garden coverings’ so I’d thoroughly recommend that you follow the links here instead :-)). I love the story behind these masks which are being sold to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s Emergency Appeal. Within that broad title is the newly created ‘Fighting Fund’ which supports both staff and…

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