Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Biotherm Sun Protection

I think a few weeks ago when I tweeted that I don't normally use an SPF on my face, there was gasps across the beauty community. The only thing worse than that, was if I'd announced that I don't take my make-up off before bed every night. Ahem...
Anyhoo, Biotherm quickly gave me a virtual ticking off and whisked some of their deliciously fabulous SPFs for me to try. So, what we have is 2 products that I have been using the past 2 or 3 days. Normally I wouldn't report back so quickly, but the results with an SPF are instant, so why wait!
First up is the Sensitive Skin Sun-Fluid. For someone with both variably oily skin and very prone to freckles, the fact that this protects against brown spots and is non-greasy makes it very attractive to me. The consistency of the fluid is very runny, but it dries in a satiny kind of finish that reminds me of a primer, such as the GOSH one, or Dr Feelgood by Benefit. This has an SPF of 50, which is suitably high for delicate faces. It is also suitable for sensitive skins.
It doesn't leave any visible residue on the skin - you know, like you might get that whitish residue with some body SPFs? Well, there's nothing like that. It sinks in, leaving your skin ready for whatever other products you might want to use.

This has an SPF of 30, slightly less than the face fluid, but still good for delicate eye areas. Again, like the face fluid, it dries to a lovely finish and doesn't flake, peel or leave a residue.
As I eek ever closer to 30, taking better care of my skin now, but also investing in it for the future is becoming more important. Hopefully adding this small step into my routine will help limit any future damage and also protecting my skin from serious problems such as skin cancer. We all know we should be protecting our skin more than we do and I put my hands up to admit I am one of the worst offenders. So, if you are starting to think, like I am, that it's time to start putting in that bit more effort, get your self over to Biotherm UK and check out their range! I'm sure there will be something there for you.

A xx

*Products sent at no cost to myself.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

My Hen Weekend in London Baby!!

In case I hadn't mentioned it (!), I'm getting married in a few weeks and last weekend was my hen do! My girls and I had a fabulous weekend in London; my bridesmaids organised the whole thing and I had no idea what we were up to. Here's just a few snaps of what we got up to!

Friday lunch: ritual humiliation started in Aberdeen airport

Surprise number 1 was a trip to the Absolut Ice Bar in Soho. It was as cold as it looks, I had bare legs and the 'glasses' were actually ice cubes. Fab though!

The bar next to the Ice Bar served some amazing cocktails and patches of lawn before we headed on down to the Living Rooms in Soho where we got to see a breakdance battle

Saturday morning was spent being beautified by Make Up by Katy, looking for greasy food to nurse our hangovers, checking out the elephants and hitting the shops!

Saturday afternoon was a burlesque dance lesson! I was kitted out and we had so much fun! There is a video somewhere of us 'performing' but I wont be putting that up!
Saturday night I was absolutely delighted to find out we were going to Madame JoJo's to see the drag cabaret! We had too many bottles of champagne and I ended up both holding a live snake and singing a bit Valerie with one of the gorgeous queens!

We moved onto a club and the night just got messier from there. We started at 7pm and got back to the hotel at 4.30am after a questionable ride home on a rickshaw bike

Whilst some of the hens recovered on the Sunday in bed, Claire and I hit Carnaby Street and Bond Street and I actually squealed when I realised I'd stumbled upon the Mac Pro store and the Pixi shop! I also made a couple of purchases in Vivienne Westwood.

Sunday afternoon and whilst we tried to hide our eye bags and stale beer breath, we reinvented ourselves as ladies and hit the Dorchester on Park Lane for High Tea! OMG it was amazing! I am 'gluten free' so didn't expect to be able to have much, but they had such a fab selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones that were suitable! The strong tea, plush surroundings and amazing service restored us back to our normal selves!

Dinner on Sunday evening at The Criterion at Picadilly Circus topped off a brilliant weekend, listening to live jazz and eating some gorgeous food.

Monday morning before our flight at 2pm, we took a trip to the London Eye which was awesome and had a dawdle back up through central London, taking in the sights. As we rushed back to our hotel for checkout, we took one last trip down past the lane where Pineapple Dance Studios is located, just round the corner from our hotel and look who we bumped in to!!


I had the best time and couldn't have asked for more. Can't wait to come back in July!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Happy Father's Day!

How many of you have remembered Father's Day? 20th June?
Well, worry not as there are still a few days left to get yourself to the shops and pick up something special for your dad.

Mine will be receiving a bottle of Boss Bottled* at the weekend**, along with the usual box of Thorntons Special Toffee. He hasn't tried this one yet, but I hope he likes it! A classic warm fruity scent, it should be perfect for my laid-back Pop.
Boss Bottled (and other Boss scents) is widely available from around £23 for 30mls.

* I received my bottle free of charge.

** When I say weekend, I mean next time I see him... He's very understanding!

Monday, 7 June 2010


Hi peeps

Just to say I haven't fallen off the earth or anything, just had a busy week! On Friday I am off on my Hen Do and lots of weddingy things have all come at once, so just haven't had time to write any posts.

But lots are waiting in the wings so normal service should be resuming soon!!

A xx