This facial hair remover works

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bliss ‘fuzz’ off, £15

 

Well this is going to be embarrassing. I’m asking myself why I’m going to write about this subject already and I’ve only just started typing.

What is this mortifying subject? Facial hair. I know I’m late to this particular party as in general I’m quite hair free, but I recently developed a moustache. Ssshhh, I don’t want everyone to know about it.

It wasn’t staying, oh no, I’d zapped it off quicker than I click through on a sale email, using Bliss’ new hair removal cream, ‘fuzz’ off, £15.

Amazingly easy to use, first you have to do a patch test on your inner forearm, and if there is no reaction after 24 hours you can use it on your face. All you have to do is dispense the cream using it’s built-in precision tip onto the area you want to zap of hair, cover completely and leave for, well I left it on for five minutes.

You then wipe it off with a damp tissue before rinsing thoroughly with warm water. See, I did read the instructions, which is unusual for me but I figured that you don’t mess about when it comes to removing hair on your face!

As if by magic, my highly embarrassing moustache had disappeared and what’s more the cream smells nice, moisturises skin and tackles pesky wrinkles.

What’s not to love?

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The teen beauty drama

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Beyonce shared this picture of herself and Blue Ivy on Tumblr

Beyonce has shared some adorable new pictures of herself and Blue Ivy on Tumblr (seriously how can I get adopted by her and Jay Z) and while I was looking at how cute Blue was…Miss T was checking out Beyonce’s floral hairband.

You see Miss T has been rockin’ this trend for about three months and tells me that she was the first one in her school to wear a hippie style floral headband. Apparently the trend’s taken off now and Miss T gets asked all the time where she got her daisy chain.

The one she wears the most is this one from Accessorize but she did talk me into buying her a gorgeous one from Hollister, don’t, I know but it was her Birthday!

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Accessorize Daisy Chain Stretch Bando, £6

Miss T tells me the trick to wearing this look is to make sure the hippie headband is worn just on the hairline, and like her Beyonce has placed it perfectly.

When I’m living my beach life, holiday to you and me, I might just wear the look too – then again I’m not sure Miss T will let me!

Your new summer skin saviour

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Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, £41

Do you know what I think the problem is with choosing a new face serum? You don’t know what your skin needs until you start using the right product.

One day you can be happily applying your trusty old face serum, thinking that every application is taking off 10 years. The next day no matter how much you apply your face looks like it’s put the 10 years back on plus another eight.

Now, this happened to me last week and as I change my face serum constantly there was no way I could tell what wasn’t delivering the results I wanted…erm, the 25 year old me!

So I racked my brains to try and remember what I was using this time last year, because I definitely looked younger in last year’s selfies. Yes, ok I admit it I do study old pictures of myself to see how I’ve aged. Sad I know, but doesn’t everyone do that?

What was it? Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase, £41, a light serum that has a fluid texture. What does it do? It rescues seriously dehydrated skin by acting in two ways. Firstly it replenishes the skin’s dermal water reservoir and secondly it sits on top of the skin holding in the moisture. What are the results? Skin that looks plumped and glowy, oh yes that does mean the wrinkles plump out too. Bonus.

You know what – I realise now that (it’s fine you can click off here if you don’t want to read a cliché) I was dehydrated. I hadn’t been drinking my bottle of water a day, and my face had suffered for it.

In this weather I would say forget about using a serum to battle skin tone, sagging, lines and wrinkles. Leave that to winter. What matters now is putting water into your skin from inside and out. Lesson learnt.

Do you have a summer skin saviour? I’d love you to tell me what it is.

The teen beauty drama

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Miss T’s show time make up kit

Sometimes you have to admit that you were wrong and on Friday night I had to hold my hands up and tell Miss T that she was right and I was way off!

You see on the hottest weekend of the year Miss T was about to perform in her dance school’s show at the local theatre, and as you can imagine what make up she took into the dressing room, was a big deal.

So, on Friday night at, oh about 6pm when most shops were CLOSED (why do teens do that?) Miss T informed that she needed a face powder and the only one she wanted was the MUA one that all her friends had.

That told me. Of course, being curious to see what the big deal was with the latest teen must-have, I took her to buy the ‘in’ beauty product and guess what? It was £1.

I know you’re all thinking what I said: ‘It must be rubbish for a quid.’

Do you know what, I have been totally proved wrong, the MUA Pressed Powder is amazing, for £1. It was the perfect colour for Miss T, it looked natural and it kept Miss T shine free on the stage.

Hands up, I was wrong and it’s taught me that I need to take note of the more affordable make up ranges out there. And I intend to.

In case you’re interested here’s what was in Miss T’s show time make up bag:

MUA Pressed Powder, £1

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner, £3.99

Max Factor Clump Defy Volumising Mascara, £10.99

The Body Shop LL Cruelty Free Blusher Brush, £8

Rimmel Kate Matte Lipstick in 101, £5.49

Summer’s best sunscreens

No, I haven’t lost my mind. I know that the sky has been grey for the last few days but my little weather app assures me we’re in for a sunny spell.

Come on, Apple, is never wrong and after seeing lots of people at Glastonbury (sadly I wasn’t there I just watched hours of it on the BBC) with sore red patches of skin, I decided I needed to do a post about what I think is this year’s best new sun protection.

Firstly say hello to Nivea’s new Sun Protect & Refresh Cooling Mist SPF30, £15.40 but currently £8.49 on boots.com. It’s the first aerosol sunscreen from Nivea and it’s seriously good. In fact it’s so good it’ll be coming on holiday with me this year.

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Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist SPF30, £15.40

I used it over the weekend and honestly, it delivered everything I’ve ever wanted from a sunscreen spray. It sprayed at all angles, it spritzed a fine mist that only needed one swipe of my hand to rub it in, it wasn’t sticky and I didn’t burn. TICK.

Now, I know all mums are going to be with me on this, applying sun lotion on kids is a pain because a) they don’t stand still b) they don’t want you to rub it in c) they think the whole process is BORING.

So, my next best sun protection spray is, Lancaster’s new Sun for Kids Invisible Mist Wet Skin SPF50, £21. I wouldn’t usually recommend a premium priced kiddie product but this is genius. It sprays clear, can be applied directly onto wet skin and doesn’t leave a trace of residue.

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Lancaster Sun For Kids Invisible wet Skin SPF50, £21

Let me reiterate, a sunscreen for kids that you can apply quickly onto wet skin, that doesn’t leave a residue, gives instant protection against UVA and UVB rays and the kids don’t complain, trust me, it doesn’t get any better. Oh hang a minute it does, it has the distinctive Lancaster smell too.

Sod the kids – I’ll be using it!

The teen beauty drama

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Miss T

Miss T became a teenager today, yes that does mean I’m a mum of a teenager, don’t rub it in! Here she is after her birthday trip to Nando’s with her friends, it’s the in thing to do, trust me.

A few of her friends came back to our house so their mums could pick them up. What’s the beauty point? Before the front door was even shut they’d disappeared to Miss T’s bedroom, not to post selfies to Facebook, but to smell the new Justin Bieber fragrance, The Key, £25 for 30ml.

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Justin Bieber The Key, £24 for 30ml

I’m not sure I realised the anticipation amongst teenagers for this scent before today. You see it’s not just a new scent, this is Justin giving a piece of himself to his fans and we have a bottle in our house, even though it’s not out till August.

Needless to say Miss T’s friends couldn’t wait to try it, oh yes, there was a lot of it spritzed today, luckily I quite like it and I say luckily because I can still smell it now. There are notes of pear, pink jasmine and vanilla, which make for quite a comforting smell.

Personally I think it should be launched earlier as the hype has started and I think the Beliebers in the UK want it now…I know I would if I was 13.

Get a good Glasto glow job with this

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Soap & Glory Glow Job, £11

While I like to switch my foundation habits from season to season, my friend is devoted to just one tinted moisturiser all year round.

I know I don’t understand it either but hey if that works for her then who am I to tell her otherwise.

The only problem with this little beauty habit is, what happens when said product can’t be found anymore? You panic and phone your friend in the beauty know to find out why it’s disappeared.

Admittedly this did happen earlier in the year and the product, Estee Lauder Sheer Tint Release Moisturizer SPF15, £36, is now back on sale but wasn’t around for a while because of some manufacturing problems.

The point? Soap & Glory are just about to re-launch Glow Job, £11 within their totally overhauled range and it delivers exactly the same results as the Estee Lauder one.

It even has the same micro popping beads that release the colour tint when you blend it into skin. Genius.

I just wish I knew about it months ago because then I would have been able to give my friend some useful beauty advice. Oh well, next time!

The best orange lipstick for summer

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Models own Coral Kiss Lip Stix, £5

I got quite upset this week when I realised I’d lost my favourite orange lipstick. No really. You see it was irreplaceable as it was a limited edition one from about six months ago that was so amazing it sold out everywhere.

What to do? Crying wasn’t an option as I’d just applied the rest of my make-up to go to Ladies Day at Ascot and my mascara needed to stay put. I had to find a new one…quickly!

Luckily, I’d just been sent a selection of the new Models own Lip-Stix, £5, which nourish lips and deliver an amazing colour that has the best sheen/matte finish I’ve seen in a while.

Say hello to my new favourite orange lippy…Coral Kiss Lip-Stix. Try it, you may like it too.