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Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath £39.90 for 400ml-

I have just by complete chance, found the glass 500ml 20th Anniversary edition of this product that I was talking about in the video at House of Fraser at 50% off. It is quite an expensive product so £24.50 is an excellent price for 500ml of it. It contains oat extract and japanese camellia oil, it is nourishing and smells heavenly. Suitable for even irritated and sensitive skins – skins with eczema and skin that is excessively dry. When the House of Fraser offer is no longer available, I suggest buying from Elemis’ own online store – they offer free postage. For those outside of the UK – they offer free worldwide postage. I picked mine up, as I mentioned in the video, at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales, I had the most amazing Elemis massage there last week, I spent most of it asleep.

Top tip for going to a spa, get there early. Relax before your treatment, so that once you are having your massage, facial, or body wrap you are completely relaxed, and not trying to shut off your mind. I find I get far more from my treatment. I spent about an hour in the sauna, and huge jacuzzi, and by the pool before my treatment. There is nothing most wasteful than rushing when you really need to relax. 

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Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate £36.00 for 30ml

A few drops every night under moisturiser for ‘Younger Looking Skin By Morning’. It is a mix of essential oils, evening primrose oil, Omega 6 fatty acids and Squalane. 99.8% of the concentrate’s ingredients are naturally derived – which means that they are readily absorbed into the skin, and won’t sit on top of the skin as an oily film. The lavender essential oil is the fragrance that stands out for me, and I love the smell of lavender – particularly in the evening. One of my friends that I work with, Vanessa, is also using this concentrate and we both keep mentioning to each other how much we like it. Between the hours of 12am and 4am (assuming you have a normal sleep pattern) our skin apparently absorbs ingredients most efficiently! – John Lewis offers free delivery over £30 so this product is eligible.

60 Second Rimmel Nail Polish ‘Rose Libertine’ £3.69

This is my current favourite shade that I can wear at work without getting into trouble. Doing a play night after night that is set in the 1930’s has been a little restricting in terms of nail polish shades!

Per-fekt Eyebrow Perfection Gel £19.50

I said in the video that Per-fekt was available at House of Fraser. Some of their products are indeed available on their online store, but not the ‘Eyebrow Perfection Gel’. I called House of Fraser who transferred me to their two main stores – Oxford Street and Westfield, and neither stock the Per-fekt products. Harvey Nichols do, in all of their stores, including Dublin where the product is priced at €22.50.  The very helpful man, Eddie in Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, assured me that if it was impossible for people to get to a Harvey Nichols store, Per-feck can be bought over the phone, and posted. It comes in four shades – nude (clear), champagne (blonde), Caramel (mid brown), and Espresso (dark brown). Per-fekt have a USA based website where all of their products can be viewed. To contact Harvey Nichols – +44 207-235-5000 extension 2518

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Creme-Rouge Blusher ‘Soft Peach’ £15.50

Gorgeous colour, easy to blend, lasts and lasts. For free worldwide postage –

MAC Impassioned Lipstick £13.50

I’m crazy about the MAC amplified lipsticks, I love the colours. Impassioned is one of my very favourites, it is described by MAC as a vamped up fuchsia I did a blog about this lipstick that came complete with a fish finger recipe, so for more information, or an extremely basic recipe click HERE

Stila Eyeshadow ‘Golightly’ £12.00

A brown, gold shade that I have used for years, and often used alongside MAC’s Sumptuous Olive. The packaging is much improved, from the version I was showing you in the video. Free shipping on Stila website for all orders for UK and Rep of Ireland.

MAC Prep + Prime Eye £12.50

Creamy base that I use daily under eyeshadow or just to even out the eyelid. For more information than is in the video above, I devoted a whole blog to this product Prep + Prime Blog The link to this staple item in my make up back

Clinique Fresh Bloom All Over Colour ‘Peony’ £25.00

I really hope that this isn’t being discontinued. I am so desperate for the Almond shade. I use this all over my face and even as an eyeshadow


8 Comments on My Top Beauty Products & Pick of April 2012!

  1. Hey Susie
    Love the blog! And love all the recommendations! Would be interested to hear about cheaper alternatives to Dermalogica – I love their products but my bank balance doesn’t!

    • Have you tried Eve Taylor? I’m not sure if it’s a cleanser/moisturiser you are after or something else. But she has a lovely range that is cheaper than Dermalogica. My friends all love Liz Earle. Superdrug’s Vit E Hot Cloth Cleanser is fabulous x

  2. I wish I had read your blog post on MAC’s primer. I just went and bought Urban Decay’s last week 🙁 I tried the link to go back to your original post but it doesn’t seem to be working 🙁

  3. Thanks Susie, have purchased the superdrug vit e hot cloth cleanser. Fingers crossed it’s a good substitute for my Dermalogica cleanser! X

  4. Hi Suzy
    I really enjoy your blog and love trying new things- have been trying the st Ives scrubs and they are great! I wondered what your view is on expensive vs high street for skin care. Which products are worth spending extra on and which are we just buying the brand and packaging?! I have always used Clinique/dermalogica/Clarins for face washes, toners, eye creams and moisturisers but it all gets very expensive and I want to see what you thought is most worth the investment – I would have assumed moisturiser? Or is it just as long as you use something regularly it doesn’t matter too much? I have normal skin and am late 20s.

    Thanks, Cara

    • I use whatever I feel is working which is a complete mixture of less and more expensive products. If you are finding certain ranges too expensive, then providing you are using proper skin principles – good cleansing, exfoliation, moisturiser, SPF etc it doesn’t matter too much if the products aren’t high end. Just look after your skin the best you can, on a budget that you can afford. I did a blog about aqueaous cream once that costs £1.99 – it’s just whatever works for you.

  5. Thanks for the advice and so sorry for my spelling mistake it wouldn’t let me change after I realised!

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