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Bedside Beauty Snapshot: Cornwall, June 2012

The second “Bedside Beauty” snapshot: this time I’m at a hotel in Bude, Cornwall. Obviously this isn’t everything that I took with me, it’s an edit of my most favoured and most notable products. Ready for the run-down?

1) Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser. I have mentioned this cleanser so many times that I feel like singing “If you don’t know me by no-ow, you will never ever ever know me, oooh oo-oo-oo-ooooh…” It’s a brilliant all-purpose wash-off cleanser that suits just about everyone. Cleanses the whole face, doesn’t sting the eyes and doesn’t leave the skin tight or dried-out. Find it here.

2) Chanel Blush Horizon. Cute styling that makes me feel summery even when it’s grey and blustery outside. Which it was. An easy, one-size-fits-all kind of colour. It’s £46 from Selfridges.com

3) Dermalogica Multi-vitamin Power Recovery Mask. One of my first ever reviews on here was of this mask – it’s truly an old favourite! If you want to read the review then you can open it in a new window here. It’s just great for tired, hungover, worn-out skin. £28-ish instead of the RRP of £33-ish, with free delivery at LookFantastic.com

4) Dior Nail Polish in Incognito – one of my current favourites, A posh, purplish nude. If there’s ever a video and you wonder what I’m wearing on my nails, it’s usually this. £17.15 from Escentual.com (Original review and post here.)

5) Estée Lauder Time Zone SPF15. I’m testing a tiny pot of this. It doesn’t blow my mind, but it seems to be a good, solid moisturiser with adequate SPF. I’ll do a full review if anything earth-shattering happens! More info here: HouseofFraser.co.uk

6) Givenchy Blush Brush. I think that the new Givenchy brushes are very cool. Black matte handles and beautiful soft bristles that are densely packed to make for really effective buffing-in! £27 from Debenhams.com 

7) Pixi Eye Makeup Remover – this is excellent. Very, very quick and easy and removes really stubborn mascara It’s not “out” yet, I don’t think, so I’ll keep you informed as to the release date!

8) Institut Esthederm UV InCellium. I said that I’d do a full review of this water spray, and I will. But for now let me tell you that it is a thing of great beauty and convenience – a UV spray that can be worn under or over makeup, that you simply spray onto the face for a degree of protection from the sun’s rays. It’s not full-on protection, so you wouldn’t wear it to trek the Himalayas, but it’s enough for everyday wear. It’s just genius. If you ever were bothered about the whole SPF issue and how to reapply it when you’re wearing makeup, then you might want to look into this more! FeelUnique.com

9) StriVectin SD Eye Cream: see here for a full review.

10) Escentric Molecules: Molecule 01: my favourite fragrance of all time, I think. Read all about it here: Molecule 01

11) ByTerry Cover Expert Foundation. Simply one of the best, best, BEST foundations. I will repurchase this until stocks run dry, then I will weep. See my Dior Bronzer post for pics of the foundation at work: Nude Tan post

12) Finally, the Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine, a powder that gives a light and healthy glow to the skin. It looks almost like an antique gold shade rather than a bronze, it’s perfect for shaping and contouring, or if you use a very large powder brush you can lightly sweep all over for a sunkissed finish. It’s £32.50 from Debenhams.com


  1. Alpha H balancing cleanser wont break me out will it? I always worry when trying out new cleansers. I have oily skin however on the description of the balancing cleanser it says for normal, dry and sensitive skin. What do you think?

  2. Hi Ruth, I was wondering if you have ever been to Thailand??

    I have a tripped planned for later this year with my partner and you always seem to stay in very nice places so I was wondering if you’ve been before and if so where did you stay?

    Love reading your travel blogs! Makes me so jelly! Haha x

  3. Omg, I’ve been dying for someone to say something about I.E’s UV Incellium Spray. I was on their website last month and was really interested in it. Turns out, you love it! Yay!

  4. I have the givenchy Healthy glow powder and i absolutely adore it! It gives me a perfect “sunkissed skin” especially now that i’m a little tanned! It costs €46 in belgium which is expensive but so worth it! :) happy customer!

  5. Hi Ruth
    Talking about cleanser, I am considering to change my cleanser recently, and I am just wondering from Alpha-H balancing cleanser, Emma Hardie balm or Liz Earle? Is any of these not suitable for a pregnant woman? Cheers!

    • No, they are all fine. Some people avoid certain essential oils, but in the concentration that they would appear in face products, there would be no issue. xx

      • Thank u for replying me Ruth, to be honest this is the first time I am sending you a message since I subscribe to u, which is a long long time ago. Now I am relaxed! Can I ask you something about liquid gold, I am so attempted to give it a try, again my worry is would this product OK for a pregnant or plan to get pregnant woman? Sorry I am keep asking you Qs regarding pregnancy beauty, and I know yourself not a mother yet. I do apologise on this. Ying x

        • Yes, Liquid Gold is OK as it’s Glycolic, the serum however is NOT OK! Check all ingredients and avoid Retinol like the plague and also Salicylic. xxx

  6. Hey :) Just wondering if you could recommend a good everyday body lotion that isn’t too heavy considering it seems to be heating up at last !!!

  7. Ruth, would you say that the Molecule 01 is unisex? S x

    • Yes, I would. It’s JUST one molecule (usually there are thousands in a fragrance) so whatever it “gels” with will affect the scent. xx

      • Thank you! I’m thinking of getting it for the Mr but I know that if I like it I will end up nicking it anyway, which has happened before…!

  8. Hi Ruth, do you think I should buy the Givenchy poudre if I already have the sisley phyto-touches? for that desired sunkissed glow,I mean..

  9. Hi Ruth! Love your site. I would love your opinion on something: If I want to try one or two makeup items from YSL and Guerlain (other than blush, lipstick, & eyeshadow) – what should I choose? Thanks for your input and keep up the great work! —Anita.

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