Precious Pure Perfumes: Chanel Les Exclusifs

Chanel Les Exclusifs Review

Well here’s something rather special from Chanel; tiny, perfectly-formed glass flacons containing Les Exclusifs fragrances in their very purest form. Not only are the bottles themselves absolutely beautiful, with their little glass stoppers tied on with thread and dainty black seals decorating the necks, the concentrated contents of the bottles are the kind of fragrance nectar that make collectors and enthusiasts weak at … Read More

Ruth CrillyPrecious Pure Perfumes: Chanel Les Exclusifs

Lancome Air de Teint: “Before and After” Photos

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I was editing some film yesterday and came across a couple of photos that I thought may be of interest to some of you. When I’m filming videos, I take a still photograph before each segment to autofocus the camera, and two of the stills from last week’s Beauty Reviews video show quite a good “before and after” for Lancome’s Miracle Air de Teint foundation. (Please … Read More

Ruth CrillyLancome Air de Teint: “Before and After” Photos

Bathory Warning: This Soak May Cause Drowsiness

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A new and exciting development in the world of bathing – a world in which I like to spend as much time wallowing and sploshing as is humanly possible: The Bathory opened their virtual doors last week, allowing anyone with access to the internet an opportunity to create their own customised bath soak. It’s a simple – yet genius – idea: you pick … Read More

Ruth CrillyBathory Warning: This Soak May Cause Drowsiness

Beauty Reviews: Lancome Air de Teint, Clinique Feathering Mascara, Guerlain Maxi Lash

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Another bunch of beauty reviews for you; this time I’m “live testing” Lancome’s new Miracle Air de Teint foundation, Clinique’s new Feathering mascara and a second mascara, a violet-hued Maxi Lash version from Guerlain. The response to these videos seems to be very good, so I’ll keep on doing them so long as there’s stuff to test out. And there’s always stuff to test out, believe … Read More

Ruth CrillyBeauty Reviews: Lancome Air de Teint, Clinique Feathering Mascara, Guerlain Maxi Lash

Diptyque Skincare: My Pick of the Bunch

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It’s a big old tick in the beauty book for Diptyque’s Multi-Use Exfoliating Clay or, said in French, which is far more pleasing, Argile de Gommage. I was fully prepared to write off Diptyque’s new skincare line as a little…how would you put it? Style over substance? And yes it is pricey and yes it is incredibly stylish in that minimalist-yet-decorative way that seems to … Read More

Ruth CrillyDiptyque Skincare: My Pick of the Bunch

Does Hair Styling Get Easier Than This? (Clue: No)

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We need to talk about Mark Hill’s Wicked Waver. Because although it looks a little…unconventional…it’s actually one of the easiest hair tools I’ve ever used. No moving parts to tangle up your tresses, no complicated sectioning rituals; just easy, relaxed waves requiring the absolute minimum in terms of effort and skill. It’s hair styling at its best: foolproof, fast and no … Read More

Ruth CrillyDoes Hair Styling Get Easier Than This? (Clue: No)

War of the Roses: Marni vs Jo Malone

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I mentioned Marni Rose in my fragrance video a few weeks ago but at that time couldn’t find an online stockist. You might be pleased to know, if you were interested in giving this perfume a try, that it’s now available at Escentual.com. It’s an odd little number, in many ways; at first sniff it can smell a bit fuddy-duddy, but then … Read More

Ruth CrillyWar of the Roses: Marni vs Jo Malone

Beauty Reviews: By Terry Foundation, Rimmel Bronzer and Estee Lauder Pure Envy Lipstick

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The second instalment of my “beauty reviews” – I do hope that this will become a regular feature. It’s useful, I think, to see products being applied – obviously you can’t feel the texture yourself, but you get a good idea of how a foundation blends, or how pigmented a lipstick is or how much coverage a concealer gives. I hope that … Read More

Ruth CrillyBeauty Reviews: By Terry Foundation, Rimmel Bronzer and Estee Lauder Pure Envy Lipstick

Must-Have Candle of the Season (with hidden bugs!)

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It takes quite a lot to get me excited about a candle but this new release from Jo Malone is really worth taking a look at. It’s from the new home collection that’s been created in collaboration with the talented wallpaper and textile designer, Michael Angove. If you’ve never seen Michael’s work before then do a little Google – his … Read More

Ruth CrillyMust-Have Candle of the Season (with hidden bugs!)

Fragrance: Cashmere Blankets and Dreaming of Holidays…

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Here’s a warm, uplifting little fragrance to see you through to the summer; Connock London’s Kukui. If you haven’t had the pleasure of smelling the Kukui range then you’ve just found another thing to add to your list – it’s a beautifully soft and comforting scent that has a slightly woody, masculine base. My first introduction to the range was actually a few years … Read More

Ruth CrillyFragrance: Cashmere Blankets and Dreaming of Holidays…