Diptyque Skincare: My Pick of the Bunch

new diptyque skincare range

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

Express Beauty: 10 Minute Aloe Mask for Desiccated Skin

apivita express beauty moisturizing mask with aloe review

It’s rare for me to use a moisturising mask; I’m usually far more focused on deep cleansing, clarifying and exfoliating to think about hydrating treatments. Yesterday, however, I woke up with particularly parched skin (and a banging hangover, but that’s another story) and in my little travel beauty kit I happened to have a sachet of Apivita’s Express Beauty with Aloe mask. … Read More

Ruth CrillyExpress Beauty: 10 Minute Aloe Mask for Desiccated Skin

Olay Regenerist Luminous: Results so Far

olay skincare trial

Three weeks ago I started my trial period for Olay’s new Regenerist Luminous range and I thought that I’d update you with my thoughts so far. And I must say, it’s a good job that I didn’t just rush into this update and write it after the first week or so, because my thoughts now are actually very different to the thoughts … Read More

Ruth CrillyOlay Regenerist Luminous: Results so Far

On Trial: NEW Olay Regenerist Luminous

olay skincare trial

Ah, the inviting creamy plumpness of a brand new pot of face cream! I plunge into this one with a small sense of trepidation, however, because for one month I am working with Olay to test out the new Regenerist Luminous collection* and I’m not allowed to use any other products. I repeat: any other products.** This is a first, for me; … Read More

Ruth CrillyOn Trial: NEW Olay Regenerist Luminous

(CLOSED) 100 Sample Giveaway: NEW La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+

skincare giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed. Winners announced in a separate post shortly.* As many readers will already know, Effaclar Duo is one of my staple spot-beating products. It seems to be one of the few products that works on those horrible, deep-seated pimples that lurk beneath the surface all red and hard and angry, as well as tackling run-of-the-mill blackheads … Read More

Ruth Crilly(CLOSED) 100 Sample Giveaway: NEW La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+

This Flannel May Appear to be Harmless…

exfoliating face cloth

I was sceptical about Bravura’s Dermaflannel. The “revolutionary product that provides you with the results of superficial chemical peel using the purity of water” looked like nothing more than a bobbly washcloth with a pretty logo sewn on at the corner. It was a big claim to make about so simple a product and I was fully prepared to banish … Read More

Ruth CrillyThis Flannel May Appear to be Harmless…

Elemental Emulsion: The Do-It-All Hydrating Fluid

face cream light

I promised this beautiful little treasure of a moisturising fluid its very own post and so here it is; Omorovicza’s Elemental Emulsion. I’ve mentioned it quite a few times recently and everything that I’ve said about it still stands: it is one of my latest “Holy Grail” products; it is a “very, very light hydrator” and it does “really do the trick when it comes … Read More

Ruth CrillyElemental Emulsion: The Do-It-All Hydrating Fluid

The Pre-Cleanse: Adding to the Ritual

skincare product review

Depending on your budget this oil Super Facialist Neroli Oil could either be a luxurious addition to your bathtime cleansing ritual or a “reserve” product for when you need extra makeup-removing power but don’t want to use up your very expensive balms. For those who would usually spend around five or ten pounds on a cleanser, a pre-cleanse oil costing nearly … Read More

Ruth CrillyThe Pre-Cleanse: Adding to the Ritual

Why is my Mum wearing a Sanitary Pad on her Chin?

elemis pro intense super system lift effect review

This Christmas I have given you some quite ridiculous things – Mr AMR talking to turkeys, me with a pineapple on my head – and now it’s time for one more. Let me please now introduce a review of the Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Jowl and Chin Mask where my mother appears to be wearing a sanitary pad on her chin. … Read More

Ruth CrillyWhy is my Mum wearing a Sanitary Pad on her Chin?

A New Addition to the Emergency Beauty Kit

beauty skincare review

Clarins’ Skin Smoothing Eye Mask has only just been added to my emergency beauty kit but it’s already a firm favourite. It’s very hydrating and soothing and it actually absorbs enough so that it doesn’t have to be rinsed or tissued off. If you like a regular face mask but don’t like to take it all the way up to the eye … Read More

Ruth CrillyA New Addition to the Emergency Beauty Kit