Mar 14

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Nothing is too much for Mum!

Luxury Mummy Spa Kit – £39.99
For mums of all ages, Love Boo have put together three of their best-selling products (Bosom Buddy, Miracle Oil and Silky Soft Body Wash – all paraben free) to leave her skin soft and nourished.

Dolce Parfum by Dolce & Gabbana – from £45 
With top notes of neroli leaves and papaya flower, heart notes of white amaryllis, white daffodil and white water lily and down notes of cashmeran, and sandalwood, Mother will be very happy to receive this beautiful looking and smelling scent.


Honeybell White Jasmine Natural Candle – £15
Honeybell Soap’s organic candles contain a combination of Palm, Soya and Rapeseed oils which are bought from ethical material sources. The Palm oil comes from Malaysia and the UK supplier is a founder member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, both promoting best practise and ethics in the sourcing and production of palm oil. This size candle has a burn time of 40-50 hours and at this price, it’s a must buy.

NUXE Rose Petal Cleansing Range – from £12
Mature skin can be slightly more sensitive but this gorgeous range from French brand NUXE cleanses without stripping and leaves skin with a delicate rose scent. My favourite profucts are the Gentle Toning Lotion (£13.50) and the Micellar Water (£14.15). If she doesn’t know about double cleansing yet you need to teach her!


Clinique New Turnaround Concentrate – £32
New Turnaround Concentrate from Clinique has been upgraded with a formula that enhances the cell renewal and maturation process – for effective and visible results. Surface imperfections are reduced and skin is smoothed thanks to Chestnut Extract, Salicylic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) and Sodium Hyaluronate, capable of holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Soft Cream – £18
L’Occitane launched this new collection of shea butter creams back in February but I think they’d make great gifts for Mum. Older skins tend to be drier and these creams (with 10% shea butter) nourish and moisturize without leaving the skin greasy.

Feb 14

Clinique 16 Shades of Beige

16 Shades of Beige is a gorgeous collection of soft nudes for eyes and nails from Clinique.


The nail collection boats a nude for every skin tone (I have ‘do not disturb’ and love it) and has been specially formulated for sensitive skins.

The limited edition eye palette helps you go from barely there to full on glamour with one product. You can mix, match and layer as the shadows are crease and fade resistant.

A Different Nail Enamel For Sensitive Skins – £12
Limited Edition All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette – £32

Feb 14

Luxury Bath Time With Clarins & Organic Surge

In this awful weather, there’s nothing better than having a soak in a relaxing hot bath. My two current faves are Clarins ‘Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate’ and Organic Surge ‘Lavender Foaming Bath’.


I’d seen so many rave reviews about Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate that I wondered if it would live up to the hype. It does and then some. For bath use, pour under running water so it can foam, spread said foam over your body and then inhale the essential oils of basil, geranium, chamomile and petit grain to feel well and truly relaxed. If you are more of a shower person, simply apply a small amount (a little goes a long way) onto your shower sponge. It smells wonderful, doesn’t dry the skin, feels indulgent (don’t all Clarins products) and I don’t want it to ever run out.

The Clarins label does say it’s for adult use only so if you have little ones in your house, try 98.7% Organic Surge Lavender Meadow Foaming Bath. It contains calming lavender and geranium and is SLS and paraben free. I pour a capful into their bath and let them have fun with the bubbles in the hope it will help then sleep soundly. And wake up later!

Feb 14

Gyunel at London Fashion Week

Guest post by Ronke Adeyemi

Last week I was invited as a guest by Crabtree & Evelyn to attend the Gyunel Atelier’s AW14 collection at London Fashion Week.

It took place at the swanky ME Hotel and with supermodel, Coco Rocha (who is currently serving as a judge on The Face USA) walking in the show and TV stars such as Olivia Palermo and the Made in Chelsea lot in attendance, it was certainly a hot ticket.

As fashion collections go it was a pretty tame one in fact I could see a lot of these items selling like hot cakes in Zara. There were a lot of stylish structured pieces; beautifully tailored suits worn with pencil skirts and mini skirts with over the knee socks. Luxurious fabrics like silks, mohair and Lamb nappa leather were used with deep colours such as deep teal and rich orchid purple. It really was a gorgeous collection to sit back and admire.

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Gyunel is the brains behind the sophisticated brand and the Azerbaijan native has a background in fine art which was reflected in the concept of the collection. Gallanthus is based on Gyunel’s childhood memory of an old Russian cartoon and the collection took us on a journey into a woodland draped in the depths of winter.

The aim is to act as pieces of fine art where the garments serve as as a canvas through the transformation of oil paintings into digital prints. This came across well with the goth like setting.

Long gone are the days when designers at London Fashion Week delivered wacky pieces that were way out there. With London Fashion Week getting more commercial every year and the time gap between what we see on the catwalk and what ends up in the shops getting shorter, designers at LFW are highly geared towards retail. A few years it used to be 18 months and now it is only six months, it would be correct to say that this brings new meaning to the phrase Ready to Wear.

Feb 14

Beauty Buys of the Week: Rodial, Seascape and Korres

Rodial Glamsticks
Rodial Glamsticks are tinted SPF 15 lip butters, enriched with Vitamin E. They come in six different shades so there’s something for everyone. The butters (which look and feel like lipstick) also contain cocoa butter extracts to smooth, hydrate, soothe and restore moisture to dry cracked lips. If you’re dark skinned like me, try Lust, it’s natural looking without making you appear washed out and leaves the lips with a glossy splash of colour.

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Rodial Glamsticks – £25 

Seascape Les Petits
Les Petits is the new children’s range from Seascape. Each product (there are four) has been dermatologically tested and formulated for babies and children with sensitive skin.

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They are all mild enough for every day use and lightly fragranced with essential oils safe for babies and children. We tried the Hair & Body Wash and the Body Lotion, both containing lavender and chamomile to moisturise and protect delicate skin. Their skin was left clean but not dried out, very lightly scented and deliciously soft and snuggly.

£12 each

Korres Men’s Kit
I don’t write about men’s products very often but my other half was very impressed with this set of travel-sized lovelies from Korres that I felt compelled to. The kit contains Guava Shower Gel, Basil Lemon Shower Gel, Aloe and Dittany Shampoo, Absinthe Shave Cream and Marigold and Ginseng After Shave Moisturiser. He keeps them in his gym bag and he says he’ll be looking into the full sized versions when these run out. As a plus the products are all paraben, mineral oil, silicone and phthalates free.


Korres Men’s Kit – £12.99. Available from Big Green Smile.

Feb 14

Happiness via Net-a-Porter

What better way to spend Sunday evening than shopping on net-a-porter? That site is going to be the end of me!

Sopha Webster Daria PVC pumps
I wear a lot of black and a lot of denim and I think these will liven up both.


J Crew Crystal Embellished Sweatshirt
I can wear this with jeans and any of the skirts I mentioned in my previous posts.


Splendid Voile Shirt
Because you can never have too many black or white shirts.


What have you bought recently?

Feb 14

Topshop Pale Pink Bubble Skirt

I’m on something of a skirt roll!

Look at this beauty from Topshop. I got it because pink (well pastels in general) are a big trend this season and because it looks like it cost a lot more than it did.

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I know I am onto a good thing as the New York Times Fashion Instagram has been shooting it left right and centre on fashionistas during London Fashion Week.

It’s a pale pink bubble jacquard lantern shaped midi skirt (64% polyester, 34% cotton, 2% elastane) and is machine washable. You can also buy a matching top if you so desire.


Skirt – £48
Top – £32

Grab it while you still can!

Feb 14

Finding the Perfect Midi Skirt

I’m always on the look out for a good skirt and recently added these to my repertoire:

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ASOS Full Midi Skirt In Scuba With Pockets
ASOS Midi Skirt In Scuba with Zips

What I was really after was the gorgeous creation from TIBI but unfortunately my coins don’t stretch far enough!

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TIBI Pleated silk-faille skirt

I’m still on the lookout for the perfect pencil skirt, with my hip to waist ratio it’s nigh on impossible to find one that fits properly. If you can suggest a brand; please let me know in the comments below.

Feb 14

Natural Beauty With Burt’s Bees & Moo Goo

My children are cursed with dry skin and hair (I blame the hard London water) so I’m always on the look out for natural and moisturing products to use on their skin and hair.

My latest find is from Australian brand Moo Goo. Their (best selling) Milk Shampoo and Cream Conditioner uses only natural ingredients like coconut oil and milk protein to control the micro-flora of the scalp that can cause scalp problems for many. It’s not tear free so keep it out of their eyes but it has seriously reduced the itching and scratching. Of course the range isn’t just for children, it’s great for those with coloured, chemically treated or otherwise fragile hair as well as those who like to treat their hair as naturally as possible.
From £11.90


For those not so young (!) the new Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration range is great in combatting the cold harsh weather/stifling central heating your poor skin is facing. The range contains Clary sage, known for its ability to thrive within a harsh environment due to a natural ability to trap and retain moisture. My favourite product is the 99.9% Day Lotion; it’s rich, thick and gooey yet very light and easy to rub into the skin. My skin feels fresh, protected and moisturised.
From £9.99

Burts Bees Intense Hydration

Feb 14

Two of the Best: Cleansers

My current favourites:

Crabtree & Evelyn Black Sea Mud & Seaweed Triple Milled Soap – £7.00
This gentle, vegetable- base soap is enriched with purifying sea salt and conditioning red and brown algae, shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut and evening primrose oils. It doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils, and helps soothe and soften while leaving the skin ever so slightly scented.


Greenland Fruit Emotions Shower Gel – £8.99
If you are more of a shower gel person, try this Papaya & Lemon shower gel from natural skincare brand Greenland. Packed with antioxidants, vitamin B, minerals and fibres, papaya provides an abundance of healthy skin care benefits while lemon contains vitamin C (which helps to fight aging), vitamin B, magnesium and fibre.

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