Beauty Review – Shadow Switch

If you are looking for beauty stocking fillers for Christmas, I think I have stumbled on one that is both affordable, practical and comes in a rather cute tin, Shadow Switch, from the up and coming beauty brand Beauty Essentials is a dry brush cleaning tool that allows you to clean your brushes by just sweeping them over the sponge. This means you no longer need to use a new brush when you are using different colours, and allows you to travel light – no need to take a host of brushes when you are traveling on holiday or going away for the weekend.

Shadow Switch - Dry Brush Make Up Cleaner - Removes Shadow Color From Your Brush £5.99 Click to visit Amazon

Shadow Switch – Dry Brush Make Up Cleaner – Removes Shadow Color From Your Brush £5.99 Click to visit Amazon

The Shadow Switch allows you to use a single brush even when adding more that one colour to your eyes or face. It offers a quick and easy, and also hygienic way to clean and preserve your brushes, one that involves no spray or solution. It works, even when you are using darker, more pigmented colours – they still disappear once the brush is swept over the dry sponge. I really like the fact that this allows you to put your make up on in a speedy fashion, there is no need to be searching for a clean brush to add a new colour, a very quick sweep and the brush is clean and ready to be used again.

How to use.

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2.  Sweep the brush around the dry Shadow Switch sponge.img_20161103_131210

3. The Brush should be clean.

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4. Now choose another colour.

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This is all you need to do your eyes, and you could also use this if you are using different blushes to contour and bronze.

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Shadow Switch is available at Sephora, and online at Amazon, where you can currently pick it up for just £5.99. As I mentioned earlier, I think it would be a great stocking filler for a beauty lover, or could be added to a larger beauty hamper.

A few more beauty ideas for Christmas

 

L’Occitaine dance into the new season

Every Christmas day I look forward to opening the special present chosen for me by my sister-in-law. I know exactly what it will be, but that doesn’t make it any less welcome or exciting. In fact, it couldn’t be more perfect, because Lina takes a trip to luxurious bath and beauty brand L’Occitaine, and always gets me one of their beautiful gift boxes. And who, frankly, wouldn’t want to find one of those in their stocking on Christmas morning?

 

L’Occitaine, the world renowned natural beauty bran, is famous for a whole range of incredible products, from the traditional Marseille soaps, to the fragrant lavender that is the essential part of one of their most popular ranges. Their Shea Butter hand cream is one of the best selling hand products in the world, whilst they have won lots of plaudits for the Immortelle Divine Cream, including being rated best miracle cream by the 2014 Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible. My own personal favourite fragrances include the Almond Oil (also a favourite of Kate Moss apparently.), Cherry Blossom and the stunning Pivoine, which smells just heavenly.

L’Occitaine have recently released their lovely new video for the festive season, and with it, their gift collections for  Christmas 2014. As in previous seasons, the gift collections offer great pound for pound savings on the individual products, with some of the gift sets offering savings of more than £20, based on if you were to buy the products separately.  All the selections are beautifully packaged in the signature L’Occitaine boxes. There is also the launch of the latest fragrance from L’Occitaine, Arlesienne,  which is a range of three floral scents, rose, lavender and Saffron. (I can’t wait to try this).

Here are a few more of my key picks from the L’Occitaine festive gift guide for Christmas 2014.

Delicious Almond Collection £49.50 click to visit L'Occitaine

Delicious Almond Collection £49.50 click to visit L’Occitaine

13 Pampering Treats from Provence £45 click to visit L'Occitaine

13 Pampering Treats from Provence £45 click to visit L’Occitaine

Cade Grooming Collection £49.50 click to visit L'Occitaine

Cade Grooming Collection £49.50 click to visit L’Occitaine

Relaxing Lavender Hand Care Duo £32 click to visit L'Occitaine

Relaxing Lavender Hand Care Duo £32 click to visit L’Occitaine

Sensual Arlésienne Collection £49.50 click to visit L'Occitaine

Sensual Arlésienne Collection £49.50 click to visit L’Occitaine

 

 

 

 

Reviewed – Kiehls Creme de Corps Ltd Edition

As we get ever closer to Christmas, our fave beauty brands really up their game, producing new formulations, limited edition scents and variations on festive packaging. It is always exciting to see how our favourite products will be revamped before they hit Santa’s sack.

One of my favourite brands, Kiehls, has taken some of its hero products and repackaged them with a distinctly starry Christmas feel. Using a gorgeous red label emblazoned with a graffiti style background print and festive stars, the Kiehls holiday labels have been especially designed by the iconic New York graffiti artist Eric Haze. It goes without saying that the bottles and jars will look amazing on your bathroom or bedroom shelf. And of course, the products inside are just fabulous.

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My hero product, the creme de la creme of body creams, is the classic formula of the ‘creme de corps‘. This is the use all the time, every day  body lotion product. It is one that suitable for most skin types, but is particularly good for dry skin, especially on areas like knees and elbows that are prone to dryness. I am a huge fan of this product for so many reasons. It absorbs into the skin very easily, due to the lightness of the formulation, and skin is left feeling super soft and nourished, but, and this is something that is very important if you are applying before leaving for work, or a night out, this is non-greasy, so you are not left feeling sticky.

Kiehls Creme de Corps Eric Haze Edition 250ml £27 click to visit House of Fraser

Kiehls Creme de Corps Eric Haze Edition 250ml £27 click to visit House of Fraser

The scent is sweet and clean-smelling, but not overpowering or over-perfumed.  With essential natural ingredients like Beta-Carotene and nurturing oils like Almond Oil and Kernal Oil, you know that you are putting something nourishing and protective on your skin, something that will help protect from the worst of natures ravages as we move further into the winter season.

Kiehls Creme De Corps makes a perfect gift for beauty and skincare lovers this Christmas. It is available at House of Fraser for £27.00 for 250ml.

More Kiehls Products from House of Fraser

 Kiehls Creme de Corps Whipped Body Cream Product code: 191352019 £ 36.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Kiehls Creme de Corps Whipped Body Cream
Product code: 191352019
£ 36.00 click to visit House of Fraser

 Kiehls Creme de Corps Eric Haze Edition 500ml Product code: 191351380 £ 44.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Kiehls Creme de Corps Eric Haze Edition 500ml
Product code: 191351380
£ 44.00 click to visit House of Fraser