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Hello, you beautiful people. I have some exciting news for you! Elemis has once again paired up with home shopping channel QVC for another fantastic Today’s Special Value Collection and it goes live at midnight tonight!

FEB_2014_TSV-PRO_INTENSE-AA-CMYKFor one day only, the offer is a 5-piece Anti-Ageing Today’s Special Value Collection containing the award-winning Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (150ml), Gentle Rose Exfoliator (50ml) and Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm (50ml).

That’s not all. There are two more products also added to the mix with the choice between Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml) and Pro-Collagen Advanced Treatment (15ml) for those concerned with fine lines and wrinkles or (all five products worth £148.50) or Pro-Intense Lift Effect Day Lotion (30ml) and Pro-Intense Eye and Lip Contour Cream (15ml) for those concerned with sagging skin and loss of firmness (all five products worth £199.50).

This offer is available on QVC’s channel and their website (while stocks last) for just £62 – an absolute bargain when you tot up the value of each individual item and realise you are saving up to £137.50. Grab it early, if you can!

QVC can be found on Sky Digital channel 640, Freeview Channel 16, Virgin channel 740 or Freesat channel 800.

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A few weeks ago, I was invited to a special preview of the Body Shop’s exciting new skincare product – their Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil. It WAS special for the queen of skincare, Caroline Hirons was ready and waiting to scrutinise my every pore. I’ve known Caroline for a few years thanks to blogging but if I’m honest, I was terrified to the core for this examination because I’ve never met Caroline in a professional capacity and there was no running away when the door was slammed shut.

…aaaaaaaand it was alright. Thank God. My cheeks are dehydrated (which I knew) but the rest of my face is fine bar the odd blemish and spot. However, I must invest in a quality exfoliating toner (in fact I should not skip using a toner) and bin a face wash that foams up (and I know these are a no-no in the Book of Hirons but like a sugar addiction, I thought I could get away with it).

Here’s a picture of Caroline in action, prodding my wife Leanne’s face (she of Do Not Refreeze just in case you need reminding):


As I was due to board a plane for a long haul flight two days later, Caroline advised me to spritz the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist on my face every hour to keep my skin hydrated (which helped massively, might have got a few odd looks from the passengers seated next to me though). It’s a 100ml bottle so within the allowance for taking liquids on board and it smells gorgeous thanks to the rose water scent.

But let’s get back to the new serum from the vitamin E family. The Body Shop’s vitamin E collection was something I embraced during my A Levels, notably the moisturiser. For a student, it was affordable and I loved the results. I passed on my recommendations to my mum and my best friend at school, who for someone cautious of beauty products messing with her skin, got on superbly with vitamin E – and still does.

I am genuinely excited about this serum, which completes this family. Why? It combines a serum with an oil to lock in moisture to give your skin the equivalent of the 8 hour sleep it craves and it works.

It’s also accessible for all. I can’t skip using a serum in my skincare routine – it’s improved the condition of my skin hugely and if I forget to use it for one day, the absence feels and looks obvious. A serum provides an extra layer of protection and preserves my skin’s elasticity, keeping it supple and soft. However, my favourite serums are somewhat pricey (around £40-60 mark but could be more and I know there are more expensive ones). While I will argue a drop every day goes a very long way, paying a large sum up front is a big commitment which I suspect some would be reluctant to buy.

Praise be to The Body Shop for their efforts in creating this potion. It’s a clear, non-greasy serum that absorbs into the skin leaving you with baby soft skin the following morning. I started to see results within a few days and have been using it with the vitamin E night moisturiser to maximise its benefits.

A bottle of this will set you back just £12 – £12!!! How could you say no to this? And at the moment, there is a voucher code flying around online for 40% off all orders but it expires on 17th February so buy now. NOW!

Also, you may want to peruse this helpful skin care guide from Caroline on The Body Shop’s beauty blog.

*PR sample

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My favourite haircare folks, Alterna have only gone and made a CC Cream for hair. It’s not a lame gimmick or a case of jumping on the double lettered beauty bandwagon. In this exception the product in question delivers.

The Caviar CC cream (for Complete Correction) is a leave-in hair protecting treatment and styling product in one, and here’s the biggie – it does 10 things: moisture, shine, smoothness, softness, UV protection, manageability, strength, anti-breakage, heat protection and light hold. (I did utter that in one breath, by the way.)

I adore Alterna’s shampoos and conditioners because A) they’re free of parabens, sulphates, parafins, gluten, mineral oils and petrolatum (which mess with your follicles in the long run) and B) the results are outstanding so the expense is a worthwhile investment for the condition of your hair.

Mind you, I approached the CC cream with trepidation as I do with any styling product. In the forefront of my mind, I automatically believe a cream formula should be used carefully and in moderate amounts. I discovered with Alterna’s cream it absorbs almost instantly, feeling like a very thin veil so I never know exactly how much is too much. I have been using about three pumps of it on damp hair before blasting with the hair-dryer, which seems to be an adequate amount without weighing down the hair. I suppose there is no danger of that when the formula is very hair-friendly.

The cream can be used alone or as a kind of primer for layering on other styling products and also to finish off after styling so I have continued to use my other products in conjunction without any conflicts.

Living in London, my hair is exposed to a lot of damage like the weather, pollution and hard water and it ends up looking dull but the Caviar CC cream by Alterna has given it a polished look and my hair is so soft to touch. I battled against the strong winds at the weekend and my hair remained beautifully conditioned and frizz-free too.

It’s definitely a product I am keen to purchase because I am enjoying the benefits of it and my hair doesn’t feel icky and sticky either.

A 74ml tube of Alterna’s Caviar CC Cream retails for around £24.95 and is available online at such stockists as Look Fantastic.

Have you given Alterna a try? Let me know what you think.

*PR sample

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