Bedside Beauty Snapshot, Greece, August 2012

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This Bedside Beauty Snapshot is a special holiday edition. The products shown were my most-used when I was away in Greece and you’ll have seen a few things before – especially the Heal Gel, which I’ve harped on about loads this year. Surprise product? The disgustingly-named Snoxin. I really like it! Who the hell thought of that name, though? It’s off-putting beyond all reason.

Products from left-to-right-ish:

1) Clarins Bronzing Duo in Shade 03, find it here. Lovely smooth powder that offers a paler shade for a healthy glow and a darker shade for a more contoured look. I just sweep my brush over both!

2) Perfect Look Skin Miracle, see review here.

3) Heal Gel, see review here.

4) Thalgo Bronzing Activator Lotion. I used this as a body lotion before I went on hols and then as an aftersun whilst I was away. It helps to develop an even, beautiful colour and I’m sure that it makes me look more bronzed than I actually should be, considering that I spent a lot of time in the shade this year! It’s £24.50 here.

5) Korres Fig Body Butter, £12.50 with free worldwide delivery here. Thick, nourishing, smells beautifully figgy. Perfect for a Greek holiday!

6) Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, see review here or you can buy it here. Pretty much my favourite facial mist. If Caudalie’s Elixir is a little strong and overpowering for you, then this is the more refined older sister. More expensive, but well worth the extra if you can spare it. Great for long journeys, home facials, pre-moisturiser pep-ups. The bottle shown (tiny, white, between Korres and pink serum) is from the Omorovicza travel set.

7) Chanel polish in Holiday. Perfection in a bottle. Get it here – it’s limited edition, I think, so when it’s gone it’s gone!

8) Dr Sebagh’s Rose de Vie Serum. Incroyable, but incroyably expensive too. Comes in a box big enough to park a Boeing 747 in. Review coming up soon, if I have any serum left to review. Mr AMR has become addicted to the stuff.. It’s £129 here if you want to take a further look.

9) Lubatti Wonderlip. A beautiful, soft, plumping lip balm. Perfect before lipstick, lovely as a night treatment. If the price-tag’s too steep (see here) then have a look at La Roche Posay’s Ceralip.

10) Klorane Eye Makeup Remover. One of the gentlest, one of the best. And it’s only a fiver. Find it here.

11) Mini Diptyque Sample – Philosykos. Figgy, great. Review next week.

12) Snoxin! Ugh. But also “yay”. I think that this is great stuff – I don’t have many lines and wrinkles, but I did feel, after a couple of weeks, that my skin was looking a little more “in shape”. I reckon that this is probably more packed full of peptides than many of those super-creams that cost way more money. It has a pleasing texture, too – I apply before my tinted moisturiser, skipping an actual moisturiser. It’s not moisturising enough on its own, though. £29.99 at

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  1. Hello Ruth!

    I was wondering if you ever got round to reviewing Dr Sebagh’s Rose de Vie Serum? I was thinking of buying for a holiday coming up, but was curious if its worth the price tag?! Space nk staff left me no more the wiser on it :-|

    Thank you:-)

  2. Hey Ruth! I have just recently started following your blog and love it. Not sure my husband is so pleased though, as it just tempts me to buy even more stuff that I probably don’t strictly need! Really really want to try Omorovicza after seeing all of your posts about the products, and especially wanted to buy the Travel Essentials Kit. Saw it on Friday at 50 pounds so signed up for the newsletter to get a wee extra discount but it still hasn’t come through, and the kit has now gone back up to 75 pounds again. Gutted! Do you have any reader discounts on at the moment which might help to cushion the blow?!

  3. Lovely Ruth,

    i am a fair to light-medium skin type like you, but with a little redness that i fight against(dark brown eyes and hair)and want a bronzing blusher that looks naturally sunkissed. What do you recommend fits better for me: the Diorskin Nude 02 sunkissed or the Clarins Bronzing Duo 01 or 02? Thank you very much. Greetings from Germany, Nadine Mara

    • Probably the Clarins, it’s just slightly less warm. If you already have some redness, perhaps the Clarins is a better choice! xx

      • Thank you very much! Ah, I forgot … you have the color 030 – falls from the very dark? I’d rather have a number brighter 020!?

  4. I love the Chanel nail polishes, I was undecided between ‘Holiday’ and ‘Orange Fizz’ I bought both!

  5. Re the snoxin: I’m using the hydraluron also made by Indeed which I think has helped my skin a lot. I am concerned about the amount of silicon in the snoxin (right up there in the ingredients list) just because I don’t understand why that’s necessary in a skincare product focused on peptides. I am wondering whether to get this to replace my almost-empty strivectin.

    • Yeah. Annoying. Just gives that fake-smooth effect, one supposes. I think the Hyaluron is a better product all-round, I’ll review it soon x

  6. Is the YSL lipstick you wear in your video, YSL Pur Couture No. 42? I have to know that color?
    You should do a tutorial on that look! Stunning.

    Also- a review on Dior HydraTint! How much coverage does it give?

    Thanks! xx

  7. Ahhh yes, good old LG! I am just finishing a bottle of LG and the gel eyecream and the night cream, the bright yellow one. Need to restock and will add some of the serum to my arsenal! Thank you xx

  8. I completely agree–Snoxin is such a horrid name, I really can’t believe they named it that. It sounds like a phlegm-loosening medication, similar to Mucinex or something :P

  9. I really want to try the Snoxin. Sounds like a character from the Moomins. Anyway. Ruuuuuth, I’ve done a quick search through your blog as I am really keen to know which serums you rate please? I’ve tried a few, the Decleor oil ones, the crazily expensive Elemis and a nice one from Caudalie stick in my mind but I’d like to try something else if you have any suggestions please? I’m looking for radiance and clarity above anything else!

    • Radiance and clarity, try the Liquid Gold one. REview is about somewhere, type it into the search box! It’s really one of the best I’ve tried that doesn’t cost 150+. Think it’s £50.. x

  10. Hi Ruth,

    Have Rose de Vie and love it too. I have combination skin but this seems to moisturize and calm my easily irritated skin too. Love the Black Rose Sisley mask you wrote about before. Thank you for the recommendation. Do you like any of the Sisley moisturizers?

  11. I was curious what you had to say about Snoxin after seeing it in one of your pictures. I have both Nanoblur and Hydraluron. My best friend LOVES Nanoblur but it doesn’t work so well on my dry skin. I haven’t noticed anything significant with hydraluron yet but it’s only been a week or so.

    • I think that they are good, simple products. I need someone with lines to tell me how Snoxin works out for them though! Let me know, people! x

  12. I’m getting to be such a skincare hound from reading your blog — love it! :)

    I wonder what you think about this though: of course all the brands want you to buy a complete regimen (from them) and stick to it forever. Now that, I think, is probably mostly salesmanship *ahem*, but then I’ve had some of the natural-products people predicting doom if you use e.g. chemical-y cleanser with a natural moisturizer (you know what I mean!). I wonder, from your wide experience, what your take is? Does it make a positive difference to have a coordinated regimen?

    • Co-ordinated YES, but only in so much as you look at the general effects of each product and make sure they don’t conflict or “double-up”. Ie, don’t follow an exfoliating scrub with a Glycolic Peel! Not sure the whole natural/chemical thing matters so much, most of that is rubbish anyway. Lots of natural brands aren’t what they seem.. x

  13. Re: La Roche-Posay’s Ceralip. During the holidays, I went on a city trip, including one of those bus-tour thingies. Combine strong wind and hot sun and I got a second-degree burn on my lips. (I always wear face SPF, now I’ll always wear a lip SPF as well. Hard and painful lesson learned) The Ceralip was my only salvation (as well as some anti-inflamatory tablets for the swelling) for the whole horrible week. The skin on the lips is still not completely recovered, but what a saviour Ceralip was. Highly recommend it!

  14. I love posts like this! Looks like a lovely little lineup of goodies. Chanel Holiday has been one of my favourite polishes this summer- and that Korres Fig body butter sounds perfect for a Greek getaway :)


  15. Hi Ruth, about tan activators- I have the Decleor serum in my wish list ever since I saw it in one of your videos. How is it compared to the Thalgo?
    Hi Ruth, about the tan activators- I have the Decleor serum in my wish list ever since I saw it in one of your videos. How is it compared to the Thalgo?

    Do you think it’s necessary to use one? I mean does it make a big difference on your tan and its longevity?

    Thank you!

    • I do think that it makes a lot of difference, yes. I’m not sure the Decleor so much so – you mean the face one? I only say that because I don’t really tan my face. Or try not to anyway! xx

  16. Hi Ruth! Me, again! HealGel is not to be found now. I’m on the waiting list as it really has made a huge difference in my daughter’s huge abdominal scars and she’s running low and needs another couple of jars of it. I see that a new HealGel Intensive is coming out – do you have any info on that? Thanks, as we really need the HealGel.
    And thanks, Ruth, for “going on about it.” I saw her scars today after not seeing them for about 3 weeks and the change is so incredible that we are thinking about sending her surgeon – at the best place in the States to have her very rare condition – a picture of the results of the HealGel. Today was a year to the day of her last surgery. It truly is not to be believed. I hate to gush, but today’s “viewing” was a real eye-opener and as a mom, I’m really grateful to you. What timing, Ruth! Thanks so very, very much! Xxxxxxxxx

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