If you read my blog regularly you’ll have noticed that I’m a big fan of French skincare brands and Decleor has to be one of my absolute favourites! The fragrances of the products are just gorgeous, but the results are what draw me back. If you’re new to the Decleor brand, here are my top picks and where I suggest you start.

Warning! Total product gorgeousness ahead…

Aroma Lisse Dark Circle & Eye Wrinkle Eraser 

This gem of an eye cream smoothes away fine lines and brightens dark circles. It combats the first signs of ageing with the help of Mandarin Essential Oil, which is clinically proven to protect and repair skin cells. This wonder wrinkle eraser also contains illuminating gold pigments which neutralise dark tones (under the eyes) to immediately enhance the radiance of your eye contour area. Perfect for when you’re over tired and need a little extra help!

Aroma Lisse Energising Smoothing Cream

This is a super light, all-in-one moisturiser with a deliciously refreshing citrusy scent. It also happens to be one of my favourite ever day creams. The potent powers of Mandarin Essential Oil again works to repair DNA damage and protects against free radicals. The other cocktail of plant extracts work to hydrate and plump the skin, leaving it looking illuminated, smooth and radiant. For me this is the perfect cream for the warmer summer months, when you want a lightweight cream that protects your skin, while enhancing your natural glow.

Aromessence Mandarin Smoothing Oil Serum

This serum is said to have been specifically created for busy women in their thirties. Well that’s definitely me! Mandarin Essential Oil once again works to protect and repair any skin cell damage. The addition of Lemon and Bergamot Essential Oils create a powerful fruity/ citrusy cocktail that’s refreshing and invigorating – which is perfect for a morning pick-me-up.

Other key ingredients include; Hazelnut, Camellia and Sunflower oils to nourish, hydrate and boost radiance. This powerful oil is said to slow the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leave your skin smoother, brighter and bursting with energy! And I’d have to completely agree, my skin really benefits from using this little thirst-quenching super-oil.

Aromessence Mandarin Smoothing Night Balm 

Night creams are so important and this is a nourishing one that helps rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. I tend to use it whenever my skin is extremely dry or dehydrated and needs an extra boost. It has the most gorgeous, calming scent, which helps me to feel relaxed and comforted before bed. The active ingredients include; essential oils of Basil to purify and heal, Neroli to soften and Camomile to calm and nourish. This balm is such a treat to use, it literally melts into the skin with almost no effort. Honestly, it’s a little pot of pampering heaven.

So there you have it, my top picks from the dreamy Decleor.

Heads up, Mother’s Day is coming soon! And here’s a little collection from Clarins you may want to pop on your wish list.
This Tender Moments collection has to be their cutest limited edition yet! It includes three Skin Illusion Blushes and a Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm. Each product is packaged with love and kisses and looks so adorable! And what I’ve always loved about Clarins makeup is that each product is packed full of skincare benefits, giving you beautifully nourished, radiant skin (and lips).

This Tender Moments collection has to be Clarins' cutest limited edition yet! It includes three Skin Illusion Blushes and a Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm.

These cute Skin Illusion Blushes (£16) come in three beautiful shares; 01 Luminous Pink, 02 Luminous Coral and 03 Golden Havana. I’ve been using the Luminous Coral recently and I absolutely love it! I can see it becoming a big favourite for me this summer. This super cute blush blends quickly and easily and adds a pop of healthy colour to your cheeks. The active plant ingredients include red algae extract and pink opal powder which leave your skin feeling soft and looking radiant. And the clever, compact packaging makes this blush really easy to use on the go. If you haven’t already guessed, I really love this product – but if I’m honest they had me with the packaging!

This Tender Moments collection has to be Clarins' cutest limited edition yet! It includes three Skin Illusion Blushes and a Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm.

This nourishing Daily Energizer Lip Balm (£16)  has been a firm favourite in my handbag for a while now, it contains an intelligent pigment that reacts to your lips’ own ph to develop a natural pink shade. So when I saw this limited edition version I was instantly  ‘in love’ and very excited! The balm is also rich in cocoa butter, shea butter and redcurrant giving it a silky smooth texture that helps repair and nourish your lips. It also has a peachy flavour that’s just gorgeous and reminds me of long summer days, which is just what I need right now.

As I’ve already mentioned (a few times) the packaging is so cute and what makes it even better is that it’s also eco friendly, made from sustainable forests. So the theme of love runs from the packaging design to the environment, which I think is a lovely touch.

This Tender Moments collection has to be Clarins' cutest limited edition yet! It includes three Skin Illusion Blushes and a Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm.
What do you think of the Tender Moments Collection? Will it make your Mother’s Day wish list?

I do love a little pamper session from time to time, so this new RitualiTea powder mask collection from Origins got me very excited. Origins were inspired by the different tea rituals from around the world and the powerful wellbeing benefits from their ingredients.

When mixed with water, the powder transforms into a tea-infused frothy paste. Each mask (there are three in the collection) has a unique blend of tea leaves and raw ingredients that will give your skin a boost, leaving it looking radiantly healthy. It’s a truly unique concept where mixing and creating your own mask is a part of the routine – and is a therapeutic and satisfying process in itself.

I mixed the powder with water (as instructed) to create the mask, using a small mixing bowl from the kitchen and my index finger to mix. Top Tip: add the water slowly – you only need a small amount!

As I mentioned, there are three masks within the RitualiTea collection, including; Oolong La for oily/combination skin, Feeling Rosy for drier skin and Matcha Madness for all skin types.

I’ve been testing the Oolong La blend (I really want to call it Ooh La La), which is said to be ideal for oily/ combination skin, as it “purifies and helps to refine and gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it clear and smooth”. If I’m honest I think I would have been better off testing one of  the other two masks as I have normal/ dehydrated skin. However, it was interesting to test out this truly unique product and I’d love to try the green Matcha Madness powder next time. If you have an oilier complexion, I’d recommend you take a look at this gentle exfoliating, soothing treatment mask.

RitualiTea Powder Face Mask allows you to create your own mask using a touch of water. When mixed with water, the powder transforms into a tea-infused paste.

While you’re at the Origins counter, have a look at one of my all time favourite beauty products ‘Never a Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Face Polisher’. I’ve been using this delicious exfoliator for years now and can’t imagine not using it. First of all it smells incredible, honestly I almost want to eat the stuff, and secondly it leaves my skin feeling super soft and nourished.

 

Do you have a certain luxury product that’s always on your birthday list? Maybe it’s your favourite perfume, or a specific face cream? For me it’s Jo Malone Bath Oil. My love affair with Jo Malone started around fifteen years ago with the amazing (now discontinued) Honeysuckle & Jasmine Bath Oil, if only the’d bring it back! Since then I’ve ventured onto different floral and citrusy flavours but I always seem to come back to the classic that is Lime Basil & Mandarin.

I call it ‘the classic’ because it’s the Jo Malone signature fragrance.  The peppery basil and aromatic white thyme is said to “bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze”.  How gorgeous and poetic is that? For me the heady aroma is as relaxing (well I am in the bath) as it is invigorating – as it fills the air and scents my skin.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Bath Oil

A ‘Jo Malone bath’ is a truly luxurious treat. Each bottle of Bath Oil is enriched with sweet almond, jojoba seed and avocado oils that act as natural conditioners to soothe and hydrate your skin. You can literally lie back and let the oil and water work together to nourish and fragrance your body. Honestly, life doesn’t get much better than that – especially if you also have a few Jo Malone candles burning on the windowsill next to you. Bliss!

If you’re after a special treat this Mother’s Day, give your other half a nudge and send him a link to the Jo Malone website.

Let’s talk mascara! What do you want from your mascara, extra volume or longer length? A defined, natural finish or a glossy dramatic look? I have very short, thin lashes so I need a mascara that means business. I also have ridiculously sensitive eyes that are constantly running and affected by the environment – wearing mascara just make them worse. So I’m quite particular about the mascaras I use.

La Roche-Posay have recently created a new range of RESPECTISSIME mascaras that offer protection and tolerance as well as the usual cosmetic benefits of a mascara. I’ve only ever used their skin and sun care products, so I was intrigued to try their make-up.

La Roche-Posay have recently created a new range of RESPECTISSIME mascaras that offer protection and tolerance as well as the usual cosmetic benefits of a mascara.

What makes the RESPECTISSIME range of mascaras different?

First of all, the entire range has been rigorously tested on people with severely sensitive eyes (and contact lens wearers). These mascaras contain an anti-tear formula, with Reconstituted Lachrymal Liquid which imitates a natural tear, ensuring your eyes do not react or run. Lastly, they easily melt away when removing, reducing rubbing and the chance of irritation.

I’ve been using RESPECTISSIME Volume mascara for a few weeks now and I’m pretty impressed. My eyes run less and it gives a very natural finish, making it perfect for wearing on a daily basis. There are two more mascaras in the rage; RESPECTISSIME Multi-Dimensions mascara and RESPECTISSIME Waterproof mascara, giving you the choice to opt for the version that gives you what you want from a mascara.

La Roche-Posay have recently created a new range of RESPECTISSIME mascaras that offer protection and tolerance as well as the usual cosmetic benefits of a mascara.

La Roche-Posay Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover

I’m also loving the La Roche-Posay Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover for sensitive eyes.The skin around your eyes is said to be four times thinner, so it’s so important not to use anything too harsh and not to rub too much. This light makeup remover is fragrance and paraben free, with a formula that minimises the risk of intolerance, even waterproof makeup is thoroughly removed without damaging the eye area.