Friday, 22 September 2017


Seeing as though we are talking all things 'natural beauty' today, I thought i'd take advantage of shooting amongst the juicy shades of red and green from my parents' sweet little tomato plant.

When I was 14 I worked in a greasy spoon situated in the heart of the town I grew up in. For anybody local to Wakefield, it was called Neptune Diner. I worked there from being 14-18 and loved every minute of my Saturday job cleaning tables, snaffling left overs and hoovering chips and peas off the carpet. It was during this time that I had very typical spotty teenage skin. One particular Saturday, I was walking around covering my chin thanks to a huge boil that had appeared overnight....not the best for a customer service job. A cook, named Sue told my boss I had 'A skin complaint' and ushered me into the toilets with a little tub of powder and a brush - it was the original Bare Minerals foundation.

I have always thought about how much of a saviour that humble powder foundation was however, I was too sold on liquid foundations to ever entertain it again. Opting for a full coverage foundation by the way of Studio Fix Fluid from MAC. Recently, I properly revisited the Bare Minerals foundation...Here are my thoughts.

Bare Minerals Original SPF foundation...Is it sassy?

For anybody unfamiliar, Bare Minerals create natural skincare that doesn't irritate the skin as it is, amongst other things, free from oils, fragrances, preservatives, talcs and parabens. It is particularly good for those with sensitive skin. I bought the foundation and accompanying flawless face brush from duty free at MCR airport a few weeks ago as I remember it being so effective when I used it some 10 years ago.

Dubbed as "foundation so pure you can sleep in it..."

My hand after applying the foundation - blurred, soft and shine free - I haven't demonstrated on my face as i've just returned from holiday and my nose is burnt and my skin pigment highly uneven, it wouldn't do it justice.

Retailing at £27 for 8g of product, this is a high-end foundation purchase. The finely milled powder contains SPF 15 and since its launch in 1995, has become an award winning formula that promotes clearer, healthier skin. Something we all strive for right?

The coverage is surprisingly build-able and the powder can be buffed to create a medium to full coverage look. What's more there are 30 shades available which makes this foundation much more accessible for all women from those with the fairest skin, to the darkest skin. I have the lightest shade Fair 01 - which I am not entirely sure is the best match for my skin, but alas that is what the MUA paired me with. As this is a powder foundation, you can get away with a little shade discrepancy a it simply disappears into the pores and certainly does not leave the dreaded...chin line.

To activate the product, you simply dab your brush (I have the Bare Minerals Flawless Face brush) in the powder and swirl in the lid until the powder disappears into the bristles. Then buff, buff, buff into the skin until you are happy with the coverage. I really enjoy this foundation for everyday wear, especially for days in the office or a weekend running errands. The powder is not at all cakey and keeps shine at bay thanks to the long-wear formula.

This foundation is particularly good for sensitive skin, but I have read that it works effectively for oily, dehydrated and dry skin also. So what do I think?  It's a solid 10 for me having tried it on adolescent skin and again in my early 20s - It's hard to want to pick up a liquid foundation again.

Have you ever tried Bare Minerals? 


Tuesday, 19 September 2017


I have to start by apologising that this blog post is well overdue. I wanted to review the latest 'Summer solutions' offering from Philip Kingsley hair care during my holiday to Portugal. However, a mix-up with the parcel delivery and a house move caused me to not get my mitts on these new products for quite some time. Luckily, I have just been away to the Greek island of Zakynthos for a week, which made the perfect excuse to give them a whirl. I hope you still find my thoughts useful if you are looking for some hair care specially formulated for those occasions when your hair is subjected to extreme climates.

"Developed with over 60 years in hair and scalp health, 'Summer Solutions' guards against UV, salt, and chlorinated water damage."

My hair is coloured and really takes a battering on holiday. What, with the sun, salt, chlorine and...sweat I have to wash my hair daily after a day on the beach, or by the pool. I was super excited to see that Philip Kingsley has brought out a range of products that target the individual hair complaints that come with a week or two under the scorching sun. You'll have to forgive me, my bottles look a little worse for wear and are covered in sand - proof that they all joined me in my beach bag last week. If you like the look of any of these, you can find Philip Kingsley products online at or in store at Marks and Sparks. 

Sun Shield UV Defence - £18.70 This was the product I was most interested in as I've always believed in the need for a 'sunscreen' for your hair and scalp. I applied a generous offering of the light mist throughout my hair every day before hitting the beach. It isn't greasy in consistency and settles nicely. The formula contains sunflower seed extract and UV filters to help diminish the damage and dryness caused by the sun, the ocean or the pool. What's even better, is that the mist also helps with frizz control which is especially sassy in humid environments. 

After sun scalp mask - £17.00 No matter what I do, whether I rock my straw hat or a cute head wrap, I always catch the sun around my hairline and boy is it sore. This calming scalp mask was an absolute gem for applying and leaving on for 20 minutes or so before rinsing off. It is super soothing and cooling thanks to the chamomile and aloe extract. You can use this all year round, so don't reserve trying it just for a holiday because it leaves your hair super, soft and shiny and your scalp feeling zingy. 

Elasticizer Coconut Breeze - £19.50 It was the original Elasticizer that turned me on to Philip Kingsley products, having received a sample of the now, cult hair care product in a Glossybox. It really is a brilliant product that works as a pre-shampoo treatment to deep condition, add shine and reduce breakage and snapping. The latest iteration of one of my hair care staples includes a lush coconut, jasmine and almond scent that smells like holidays. It's also available in tub form rather than a tube which looks pretty cute in the shower. For my damaged hair, this product is a hero and if you try one thing from Philip Kingsley, try this.

Swimcap - £12.75 Originally created for the US Olympic synchronised swim team (wow) the Swimcap is a cream formula that guards against chlorine, salt water and UV damage - all while hydrating the hair. I applied a generous helping of this heavenly scented product every day and found that it helped make my hair less tangled and dry after a day sunbathing. I've heard that this beauty also helps prevent blonde hair from turning green. (Put the ketchup aside ladies) I can't say that my colour was any better extended after only a week of using this product however, the condition was certainly improved.

Instant Beach - £18.70 We all strive for those sexy, tousled waves that come with a day at the beach. I try to emulate them myself with a waving wand, but always end up with a Medusa style frow. Step forward the Instant Beach spray which is possibly the best 'beach wave'  spray i've tried (and there's been a few) It is salt-free, believe it or not, and contains elastin and meadowfoam to create bouncy, tousled waves without drying out your hair and leaving it crispy.

Which is your favourite Philip Kingsley product?

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