Archive for April, 2011
Tried & Tested: Nip + Fab Cleansing Shower Oil
Monday, April 18th, 2011

When Nip + Fab launched last year, Shower Fix was the one product I really wanted to try. While some of the others seemed to make promises that were difficult to keep (though Tummy Fix did a decent job of proving me wrong) this just promised to be cleansing, softening and refreshing. I loved the idea of a shower oil that would be a bit lighter than shower gel, with fewer harsh cleansers.

On trying, I wasn’t disappointed, but I was surprised. I was expecting a thick, viscous gel-oil. What I got was a really thin, watery substance. This put me off at first, but with a little water added, it turned into a kind of semi-frothy milk, which spread really easily over the skin. It doesn’t foam up like a shower gel or soap, which takes a bit of getting used to, but it spreads well and it definitely feels like it’s cleasing the body. I was a bit worried an oil wouldn’t work in areas like the underarms, but it was fine and removed deodorant etc without a hitch.

It goes a surprisingly long way too. I found that two to three pumps is enough for the whole body (which is a good thing given this is over £10 a bottle) if you spread quickly and only add a bit of water. The scent is citrussy in a similar way to many aromatherapy products – I found it worked brilliantly as a partner to an ESPA body oil I have.

Overall, I really like this as it leaves the skin feeling softer and smoother than a traditional shower gel, and strips away fewer of the natural oils (meaning less need to follow with a deep moisturiser). However, at £12.20 per bottle I do think it’ll be an occasional treat rather than a frequent use product. It’d be lovely on holiday after a day in the Sun, but it’s a shame those pump bottles don’t travel particularly well!

Nip + Fab Shower Fix Cleansing Shower Oil £12.20 at Boots

Blast From The Past: Avon Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body Spray
Friday, April 15th, 2011

I remember bottles of Skin So Soft Dry Oil Body Spray sitting in our bathroom cupboard throughout most of my teen years.

A bit of a beauty classic, my mum (a big fan of long baths) got through loads of this stuff because it was really great for quickly moisturising the body following a bath or shower without having to spend ages rubbing in thick lotion. We all know life’s too short (and busy) for doing that on a daily basis, but your skin still need moisture.

With this, you simply spray and go! Despite having the word ‘oil’ in the title, the spray is surprisingly non-greasy, so you can just spritz it onto slightly damp skin (a bit like how you’d apply body oil or baby oil) locking in moisture without leaving a residue, and get dressed or jump into bed pretty quickly without fear of leaving greasy smears behind.

Avon have been selling this formula for years without much other than the odd packaging revamp, and it’s always been a big seller. Right now, it’s reduced from £5.20 to a dirt cheap £2.60, so if you fancy giving it a go, now is definitely the time to invest!

Avon Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body Spray £2.60

Get ready for the scent of Summer
Friday, April 15th, 2011

Limited Edition Summer scents are starting to hit the virtual shelves, and you won’t have to look too far for a fresher, more citrussy (and often alcohol-free) version of your favourite fragrance.

First up, Jean Paul Gaultier, king of the limited edition, has put his famous Le Male fragrance through a Summer makeover to create Le Male Tattoo Story. These special Summer editions of the bust-shaped bottles are always big sellers, so complete your collection quickly if you’re a fan. 125ml is £37.50.

Meanwhile, unisex 90s favourite Ckone has also been revamped for Summer, with the launch of Ckone Summer, in a bold and bright rainbow ombre bottle and box. Grab it for £29 for 100ml.

Finally, for the ladies there’s Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Sweet Coral, coming in at £49.35 for 100ml. Described as ‘a wonderful light fragrance’ this is a fresh, Summery alternative to the headier fragrances you may be used to from Miyake. As with the others, it’s limited edition so if you like it, stock up!

M.A.C Surf’s Up Collection preview
Thursday, April 14th, 2011

MAC have just announced their latest Limited Edition range for Summer, called ‘Surf’s Up’. As you’d imagine, the emphasis is on easy, beachy beauty, so expect SPF lippies, waterproof mascara, easy to use bronzers and Summer metallics for a light-reflecting sheen. Just add beachy bleached hair and a slippy little sundress!

The collection will be on counters from May to June, and will include My Paradise Cheek Powder, a Summer Stash of Crushed Metallic Pigments, Hibiscus Lipstick, Splashproof Lash Mascara, Solar Riche Bronzing Powder, Gold-go-Lightly Studio Careblend / Pressed Powder, Skinsheen Bronzer Stick and Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balms.

I’m loving the look of the hibiscus printed bronzing compact with lots of coral and gold for a real sunkissed look!

Travel in style with KMS
Thursday, April 14th, 2011

I remember being slightly obsessed with the British Airways first class travel bags designed by Anya Hindmarch a few years ago, so when I spotted KMS’s cute little travel kits, I was reminded of that love.

The KMS bags are like a more modern take on the same idea – a compact, screen printed cosmetics bag filled with all the bits you need to make your hair look fabulous on the move. There are various options available depending on your hair type, and they come in at a fairly reasonable £11.50 – a good way to try KMS if you haven’t already, or a good way to transport smaller versions without the mess of decanting if you’re already a fan!

Buy your kit now at Look Fantastic.

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