Saturday 31 May 2014

Weekend News Digest - 31 May 2014

Goodness me, where has the year gone already, it's June tomorrow!  In the meantime, let's have a lazy weekend stroll through this week's main beauty news, with colour launches from MAC (Pedro Lourenço) and Urban Decay, a whisper from Gucci, more devine scents from the lovely Jo Malone and plenty of polish ....

Thursday 29 May 2014

Sneak Peeks - QVC TSVs 2 June - 8 June 2014

Let's have a sneak peek of next week's TSV on and

In the US, there will be a Philosophy Supersize TSV

Philosophy TSV - 3-piece Super-size Cream Favorites TSV 7 June

This set contains:
  • Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath Supersize 64-fl-oz 
  • Body Lotion Supersize 32-fl-oz 
  • Body Spritz Supersize 16-fl-oz 
Available in a choice of fragrences: Fresh Cream, Raspberries and Cream, or Apricots and Cream
Item No A254737, $78.00 + $8.97 S&H on 4 easypays, or auto delivery Item No A256607, $78.00 + $8.97

In the UK, Sunday 8th June sees to a Judith Williams Phytomineral 5 Piece Hydrating Skincare Collection TSV 

  • Phytomineral Neck and Décolletage Moisture Treatment 75ml
  • Intensive Hand Cream 150ml
  • All In One Day And Night Cream 150ml
  • Intensive Eye Cream 15ml 
  • 7 Night Wonder Serum In Oil 50ml

Item No 205265, £31.56 + £4.95 P&P

Saturday 24 May 2014

Weekend News Digest 24 May 2014

Fragrance news from Kenzo and Jo Malone (Wood Sage and Sea Salt), new brow products from MAC, new nails from Nails Inc and lots more beauty snippets in this week's beauty news round up.

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Sneak Peeks: QVC Beauty TSVs May 26 - June 01 including Super Monday

Bank Holiday Monday 26 May is Super Monday on QVCUK with a Liz Earle TSV and a number of one day only deals.  There will be Beauty one day deals from UltraSun, Percy & Reed, Alpha H, Utan, Rodial, BareMinerals, Philosophy and Revitalash, including new product launches

Find all the details of the TSVs and Beauty One Day Offers .

BareMinerals 7 Piece Gorgeous & Glowing Skin TSV 1 June
In the UK, there is also a stand-alone BareMinerals TSV on Sunday 1 June - 7 Piece Gorgeous & Glowing Skin (see below for details)
In the US, on QVC, there is a Supersize Alegenist TSV on Tuesday 27 May (see below).

Super Monday 26 May QVC TSVs

May Beauty Boxes Round Up - Latest In Beauty, LoveMe Beauty, GlossyBox & You

As Latest in BeautyGlossyBox and You Beauty have just announced two special edition boxes, I thought it would be timely to do a quick review of these and some of May's other Beauty Boxes (Latest in Beauty and LoveMe Beauty).

Let's start with the YouBeauty Discovery CEW(UK) 2014 Limited Edition Box.  Containing a selection of sample tester sizes of finalists in the Cosmetic Executive Women CEW(UK) Awards, this box provides over £100 value for £16.95+£4.95 P&P for non-YouBeauty Members (total £21.90).  You will recieve:

  • Dr.Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum 100ml
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 15ml
  • Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment 15g
  • L’Occitane En Provence Almond Milk Concentrate 50ml
  • Manuka Doctor Mini Hero Kit - Rejuvenating Face Mask 7ml, Apirefine Targeted Wrinkle Filler 5ml, Apiclear Skin Treatment Serum 3ml
  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml
  • Caudalie Divine Legs sachet
Although a bit more pricey than the standard monthly boxes, I think this is a great discovery kit.  It has good sized samples to test out (apart from the Caudalie), a diverse range of products and interesting brands. I'd rate this 5 out of 5.

Friday 16 May 2014

Weekend News Digest - 16 May 2014

Lots of new loveliness this week, but first of all I'd like to give remind everyone that my friend Milly's new cookbook Fabulous Feasts for Fast Days: The 5:2 Diet Recipe Cookbook launched this week. If you like to find out more, either click on the book title which will take you to Amazon, or there's a bit more in my own blog post here.

On to Beauty News and let’s get the Brazil/World Cup tie-ins (yawn!) out the way first of all.

Wednesday 14 May 2014

The Two Day 5:2 Diet Plan Fast Diet Book & Recipe Cookbook by Milly White

A very exciting time for my friend Milly, who has just had her first cookbook The Two Day 5:2 Diet Plan Fast Diet Book & Recipe Cookbook published.  
The Two Day 5:2 Diet Plan Fast Diet Book & Recipe Cookbook

As the name suggests, this book is for anyone who is following the 5:2 diet, and contains some absolutely gorgeous recipes.  Milly shows how you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner on your Fast days (which are usually 500 cals for women and 600 cals for men). That's quite some feat, especially as it's not 3 grapes for breakfast, 3 more for lunch and then a tangerine for dinner! 

Pictured above is a sample menu from the book that includes 5:2 Nutty Maple Granola  for breakfast, Smoked Mackerel Pate & Crisp Breads for lunch and Garlic & Herb Roasted Cod with Fennel En Papillote for dinner, and all that for under 500cals! I've tasted all of these and they are absolutely delicious.

Available as a paperback or ebook for Kindle on Amazon heredo take the chance to try this great diet cookbook, I'm sure you'll be inspired by it.

Saturday 10 May 2014

Weekend News Digest - 10 May 2014

Last week we were smelling of roses, this week it's daisies, and is it the end of swirl, tap, buff?  Read on for this week's delectus of beauty news and launches....

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Fabulous at Forty, Fantastic at Fifty, Super at Sixty, Spectacular at Seventy

Extraordinary at Eighty
Extraordinary at Eighty Plus
Extraordinary at Eighty…. I think you get my drift.  To my mind, age has no place in beauty, young or old, it is all about an attitude of mind and a zest for life.  I know this from personal experience.  I am fortunate enough to be the daughter of two indefatigable octogenarians, who give absolutely no house-room to concepts of slowing down, retiring quietly or ‘taking things slowly’.   Having just celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary, they are still living life at full throttle, active in their community, dedicated to their family and sociable, thoughtful and caring to friends.

Saturday 3 May 2014

Weekend News Digest - 02 May 2014

We’re coming up smelling of roses, focusing on skin brightening treatments and nailing summer brights in this weekend’s news digest.