Sunday 30 January 2011

NOTD - Models Own Nude Beige

Love, love, love this colour on my skin tone - feels vintage and is the perfect everyday shade, I can see myself wearing this often.

2 coats gave me perfect creamy coverage

Nude Beige is £5 from

Friday 28 January 2011

Cosmetics A La Carte Pop Up Parlour At The Peak Spa

Launching today (28th January) is an exciting new 'Pop Up Parlour' from Cosmetics A La Carte at The Peak Spa at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel.  Cosmetics a la Carte will be offering complimentary ‘Recharge Makeovers’ and handy tips on how to get the perfect complexion every Friday. The Parlour will be open every Friday from 10am -6pm and consultations are around 20-30 minutes long.

Voted ‘Top Ten UK Day Spa 2008’ by readers of Conde Nast Traveller, the exclusive Peak Health Club & Spa is one of London’s premier health and beauty centres. This oasis of calm and tranquility, high above the city on the ninth floor of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, is open to members and guests.

Spa treatments at The Peak Spa can be booked by calling 0207 858 7300

FYF - Flawless You Forever Fabulous Makeup Giveaway *NOW CLOSED*


I have teamed up with the lovely people at FYF - Flawless You Forever to offer one lucky follower of BeautySwot a fantastic prize consisting of the following products -

Miracle Coat Nail Enamel in the pretty shade 909 London - The perfect Spring colour
Dewdrop moisturising lipstick in the gorgeous shade of 304 Soho
Cheeky Powder Blush in shade 751 You - I love this shade!

These are 3 fantastically wearable shades that would be a great addition to your makeup collection this Spring.

I have been trying out some of their products recently so look out for my review in future posts :-)

To be in with a chance of winning this great prize please see details of how to enter below -

The rules

  1. You must be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below asking to be entered into the giveaway with your name and email address, so that I can contact you if you are the lucky winner. It's easy to follow my blog - just click the FOLLOW button on the right of the page and follow the instructions. This will gain you one entry. 
  2. You can gain an extra 2 entries by tweeting about this giveaway. Just tag your tweet with @BeautySwot at the end so I can see it. 
  3. You can also gain another 3 entries if you blog about / have a link to this giveaway on your side bar - please post link to show you have done this. 

The (not so) Small Print -

  • Maximum entries per person is 6
  • Open only to European citizens
  • All entries will be logged and numbered, and the winner will be selected by
  • Entries close at midnight (GMT) 23rd February 2011

Thanks for entering and good luck!


Thursday 27 January 2011

And The Winner Is......... Drumroll!

Thank you so much for all the entries into the 100 followers giveaway to win all this - 

Random.Org picked the winner.....

Congratulations Charli!

I will send an email to get your details. 

Thanks once again for all the entries and stay reading for more fab reviews :-)

Wednesday 26 January 2011

New! - Benefit Bella Bamba Blusher

I was recently invited to a launch party for the latest boxed blusher from Benefit (it is the 9th!) -Bella Bamba, we were treated to a mini make-over using the new blusher. What surprised and impressed me was how flattering it was for all shades of skin, from the palest to the darkest.

Fans of Benefit and blusher wearers in general will love this latest offering.

The box is bright and eye-catching, designed with a psychedelic, holographic print

Inside contains the powder, a mirror and sturdy brush with a wooden handle in matching purple - unlike previous boxes the lid is now attached.

Click to see the tiny flecks

The brush is excellent and soft.

This is a gorgeous pink watermelon shade that comes complete with a fruity scent. I love the addition of tiny flecks of gold to give the skin a subtle glow. Benefit describes this as a 3D  brightening pink face powder. With this blush you can brighten, sculpt and define. Lightly sweep all over the face for a brightening effect, under the cheek bones for sculpting and over the apples of your cheeks for definition.

It has really brightened up my makeup collection for Spring.

Below are a couple of pics of me wearing Bella Bamba

Here I am wearing it with Chanel's Brilliant Levres Lipgloss (shade 66)

Here I went for a brighter look - Bella Bamba with Estee Lauder's Hydra Lustre Lipstick in shade Apricot Sun - This was teamed with a matching scarf and tights....

Will you be buying this?

Bella Bamba Blusher is available now to purchase online priced at £23.50 (for a mighty 8g of product) at and in stores from the 29th January 2011.

Monday 24 January 2011

Connock London - Soothing Bath Oil

Yesterday I had the most amazingly relaxing bath using Connock London's Soothing Bath Oil. 

It arrived beautifully packaged. I opened it up to reveal a heavy glass decanter that most certainly passes my bathroom test, it is simply stunning.

On my bathroom shelf!

The product is described as a highly conditioning bath oil containing a powerful blend of Kukui, Macadamia and Tamanu Oils. This makes it ideal for dry, sensitive or irritated skin conditions.

My skin type is normal so I cannot comment on those claims but I  would be interested to hear the thoughts of anyone who does and has tried this product.

I can tell you that as soon as I dropped the oil into my warm bath, the fragrance wrapped the room in one of the most gorgeous scents I have ever had the pleasure of using. Every steam droplet contained the scent. The bath water turned milky and I couldn't wait to get in.

As I lay back and closed my eyes, I was transported back to my Hawaiian honeymoon and the steamy rainforest. This really is bliss in a bottle.

I am finding it difficult to describe the fragrance, it is delicate but not overtly feminine, so I think my husband would also like to use the oil.

Having enjoyed my Sunday morning soak, my skin was left smelling gorgeous and feeling silky soft, there was no need for a separate moisturiser. My head and body were left with a real sense of well-being and calmness.

As a dose of luxury at home this is wonderful. So make sure it goes on your Christmas or Birthday list, or even the next time you would like to treat yourself!

Connock London Soothing Bath Oil is priced at £42.90 for 200ml  and is available to buy from, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods.

Sunday 23 January 2011

NOTD - Essie Hot Cocoa

Perfect colour for January and dull winter days - a rich glossy chocolate.

Goes on beautifully for perfect, even coverage. I am wearing 2 coats

Essie Hot Cocoa

Saturday 22 January 2011

Afternoon Tea and a Manuka Honey Spa treatment at The Athenaeum

Regular readers of this blog know that I adore afternoon tea. On Thursday I was fortunate enough to visit the Athenaeum to experience afternoon tea and a Ren Spa treatment. Now, I am not entirely a stranger to the Athenaeum - I had a HUGE surprise from my husband last June when he booked a stay at this charming boutique hotel for my birthday. I was happy to be returning as I didn't get a chance to experience the afternoon tea on that occasion.

Afternoon Tea is served in the Garden Room - an intimate room that is so comfortable and relaxing that you feel as if you are sitting in your lounge. It is a brightly decorated room with gentle background music playing.

The Honey Afternoon Tea has been inspired by the honey from Regents Park and every item on the menu uses honey from the Royal Parks as one of the ingredients - A novel idea! I love the taste of honey so I was very much looking forward to trying this.

Pure indulgence followed. I was served a Honey Fizz (Champagne, Honey, Chambord and Vodka) to start, which was followed by Athenaeum Blend English Breakfast Tea and tasty sandwiches. I ate a smoked salmon sandwich and a caramelized goats cheese mini roll with honey, Although there were other sandwich choices of egg or ham.

Up next were hot crumpets and freshly baked warm scones served with honey, jam, clotted cream and butter. I chose to try another tea on the menu - This time I opted for the Niagara Peach which is a green tea blended with peach pieces. A great choice. There are many more teas to choose from however so you will be sure to find one to suit your palette.

And then, the moment I was waiting for ...the final course appeared of extremely tempting, delicate and exquisite home-made pastries including Honeycomb Marquis, Honey Cake, Elderflower Jelly, Lavender and Honey Macaroons,Chocolate and Honey Mille Feuille and Honey Cheesecake. I defy you to say no. Beautifully presented and moreish. A fine and carefully thought out menu.

Peach tea and the pastries that made it onto my plate
As you leave you will receive a complimentary pot of Regent's Park Honey as a souvenir of your afternoon. I think this is a lovely touch.

Spa Treatment

After this mouthwatering experience I ventured downstairs to the newly re-opened Spa for the REN Manuka Honey Facial. The friendly team were there to greet me and put me at ease. I haven't had a facial before so wasn't sure what to expect. I was taken to a large room with two beds in it, although I was alone. The lighting was atmospheric and the music playing, soothing. I had the most relaxing experience whilst I was cleansed, exfoliated, massaged and pampered with minerals and essential oils.  A truly sleep inducing detox that left my skin feeling the cleanest and softest it has ever felt. I literally glowed as I waltzed out of The Athenaeum.

I will definitely be attempting (time permitting) to have regular facials from now on.

I did have a peek at the other spa facilities whilst I was there and found two fantastic hot tubs which were incredibly inviting  (sadly I did not have my swimming costume), a steam room, and the obligatory gym equipment. 

I honestly cannot think of a nicer way to spend an afternoon. I urge you to act fast and book as these fantastic offers are only available to the 31st January!

The Athenaeumʼs Honey-Tea is priced at £39 for two people including a glass of honey fizz. Reservations can be made by calling 020 7499 3464. Quote 'honey offer'

The Spa Honey Facial (£100) is currently on special offer - book one and the second is complimentary. Reservations can be made by calling 020 7640 3347 or email, 72 hours in advance quoting' honey offer'.

Friday 21 January 2011

Lancome Ultra Lavande Spring 2011 Collection by Aaron De Mey

One Spring/Summer 2011 collection that has really caught my attention is this one from Lancome. It literally had me stopping in my tracks when I saw it at the counters - simply gorgeous and a few items that I really, REALLY want to possess. I felt it only right that I shared the loveliness with you of my favourite bits from the collection

OMBRE MAGNETIQUE - Spectacular Sparkle Long Wear Eye Shadow in Disco Gold £23.50
OMBRE MAGNETIQUE - Spectacular Sparkle Long Wear Eye Shadow in Ultra Lavande £23.50

Colour Fever Gloss in Rose Ballerine  £18

Butterflies Fever Mineral Blusher £32

Stunning Spring colours don't you think? The blusher is a versatile product that you can mix for a healthy flush of colour. Use the pink shade for a rosy flush, the beige shade for sculpting and the Lavande shade to balance complexion.

What do you think of this range, have you seen it in the flesh, which items are you coveting ?

Wednesday 19 January 2011

Golden Globe Beauty

I love the glamour of an award ceremony and watching the Stars sashaying down the Red Carpet, very much reminds me of the Golden Age of Hollywood :-)

© HFPA Golden Globe Awards

First of all one of my favourite actresses - Natalie Portman

© HFPA Golden Globe Awards

© HFPA Golden Globe Awards

Gorgeous dress from Viktor and Rolf, gorgeous makeup to match. Natalie looks stunning pregnant.

Actress Olivia Wilde makes a statement in this dress and check out those shoes!

© HFPA Golden Globe Awards

This is a Marchesa gown in black tulle and Christian Louboutin heels

I had to include this picture of January Jones who really shows how to wear red from the dress to the lips

© HFPA Golden Globe Awards

That dress could only be Versace!

© HFPA Golden Globe Awards

A close up of the makeup

Britain's own Catherine Zeta Jones wears one of the popular colours of the night - green - and as ever is ultra classy and polished 

© HFPA Golden Globe Awards

And finally I have chosen Christina Aguilera as another lady who rocks red lipstick and soft waves in the hair

© HFPA Golden Globe Awards

Who caught your attention in the glamour stakes?

Tuesday 18 January 2011

Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask

I had just finished my usual face mask and whilst perusing the aisle looking for something else to try,  I was drawn to Good Things by its white packaging and simple, attractive design.

I like the fact that it is free from parabens, SLS, mineral oils and animal products (making it suitable for use by vegetarians and vegans). Although it is marketed at young skin (from their website I believe that to be under 25 years old), one of my favourite masks is also marketed for young skin, so I thought I would give it a whirl.

This is a mask that takes just 5 minutes to work, excellent for busy mums like me who simply don't often get time to sit down 15 minutes for a treatment. It is green and very smooth - I found it easy to apply and obtain even coverage and see where it has been applied. For me, the thing that makes it really special is its scent - it is so fruity!

Described as being designed to make your skin clearer, brighter and smoother.  Ingredients include green clay and kaolin to draw out impurities, avocado oil to moisturise, goji berry extract to soothe and willow bark extract for radiance.I tested this out when my skin was in need of a real boost, it looked dull and had visible pores.

I followed the directions for use  - After cleansing, smooth on a thin layer of product, avoiding the delicate skin around the eyes. Relax for five minutes while the mask dries, then splash with warm water and rinse off . Use weekly.

I was pleased with the results. The mask dried perfectly in the 5 minutes I had allocated. My pores were clean, my skin was left soft and I looked revived, just what I was looking for in a face mask. I would repurchase this.

Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask costs £6.12 for 100mls and it is available from Boots stores and online

Monday 17 January 2011

NOTD - featuring Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann  is considered one of the best manicurists in America. She has many celebrity clients including Renee Zellwegger and Gywneth Paltrow.  Deborah has created a range of 45 polishes inspired by her clients and these are worn by many celebrities for events and cover-shoots. I couldn't wait to get my hands on them and adorn my nails in her polish.

This is a more accurate picture of the shade

Today I am wearing Supermodel Nail Lacquer £14 - A pretty coral red (you will need to use at least 2 coats of this to get the colour in the bottle) and on top I have coated with Today was a Fairytale Nail Lacquer £18 - this is a fabulous glitter polish - you only need to swipe it over the nail and you are rewarded with a gorgeous glitter effect with the additional bonus of larger glitter dots. It apparently contains Virgin Diamond Powder for added glitter and shine. I cannot wait to try this with black nail polish as I think it will be stunning!

The red went on like a dream, so easy to apply with an excellent brush.

I am also looking forward to trying out Sarah Smile - created with Sarah Jessica Parker and Boom Boom Pow - a gold glitter shade containing 24k Gold Dust.

What shades have caught your attention from the Deborah Lippmann range?

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish is available to purchase from House of Fraser stores in the Apothecary Emporium and online at

Friday 14 January 2011


Michelle Smith designer of the women’s fashion and accessories label -Milly - has teamed up with Clinique to create a limited-edition makeup palette of essential eye, cheek and lip colours for Spring 2011.

Exclusive to Clinique, the collection mixes rich browns with sweet pinks and is packaged in a sleek silver compact, adorned with a one-of-a-kind Milly print. The limited-edition Pretty in Prints compact is enclosed in a pouch designed by Michelle to showcase her signature Milly aesthetic.

I am a huge fan of Clinique make-up. I wore pretty pinks & browns on my eyes, cheeks and lips from Clinique for my wedding. I think this limited edition collection from Clinique is very pretty and will be checking it out when it hits the counters.

The compact 

Love the packaging of this compact - A Limited Edition Colour Surge Eye Shadow
Quad in Printed Pinks and Blushing Blush in Precious Posy, all stylishly organised in a compact adorned with the Milly print. Perfect for Spring!

Milly for Clinique Limited Edition Pretty In Prints Compact – RRP £25.00/€34.00

The gloss

Being a huge fan of glosses, I have to try this! Michelle’s favourite pink, a warm-toned melon shade

Limited Edition Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Milly Pink – RRP £14.00/€19.00

Available at Clinique counters nationwide from 1 February 2011

Wednesday 12 January 2011

BeautySwot 100 Followers Fabulous Giveaway! - NOW CLOSED!

I now have over 100 blog followers and I thought to celebrate this occasion and thank you all for following my blog that I would do a fantastic beauty giveaway :-)

One lucky person will win these lovely items...

Pictured above are the following items

  • 17 Solo Eye Shadow - FUNFAIR
  • Missguided Polish MissFit - Black/Gold Nail Splash
  • Missguided Polish MissCellaneous - Nude Nail Splash
  • Missguided Polish MissBehave - Pink Nail Splash
  • Eyeko Line and Shine Duo Colour Pencil - Super Star
  • Bourjois DuoChrome EyeLiner - 61 Vert Dore 
  • Bourjois Sparkling EyeLiner - 36 Lagon ensoleille

The rules

  1. You must be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below asking to be entered into the giveaway with your name and email address so that I can contact you if you are the lucky winner. It's easy to follow my blog - just click the FOLLOW button on the right of the page and follow the instructions.
  2. You can gain an extra entry by tweeting about this giveaway. Just tag your tweet with @BeautySwot.
  3. You can also gain another entry if you blog about / have a link to this giveaway on your side bar - please post link to show you have done this.

The (not so) Small Print -

Maximum entries per person is 3
Open only to European citizens
All entries will be logged an numbered, and the winner will be selected by
Entries close at midnight (GMT) 26th January

Thanks for entering and good luck!

Tuesday 11 January 2011

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation - Review

I mentioned on twitter recently that over the Christmas break I had become reacquainted with an old friend. As my husband reads my twitter he asked me who this old friend was - I had to confess to him that my old friend was Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation - Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10.

I am the kind of person who is pretty loyal - once I like a foundation I tend to stick to it. We all know that it is very hard to find that perfect foundation and this really was my perfect foundation. I discovered this a few years ago and would buy it along with my other favourite - Chanel Vitalumiere. Of course the temptation of all the new foundation launches meant that I strayed and forgot all about my beloved Double Wear.. until it was given to me as a gift this Christmas.

I have found myself falling in love all over again..

This liquid foundation is described as being suitable for all skin types.

The packaging states the following - This remarkable lasting, yet lightweight makeup wear comfortably up to 15 hours, even in high humidity. Won't smudge or come off on clothes.

Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist-tested

I am wearing 2C1 Pale Almond 02 in this picture

I have normal/combination skin. I apply it with fingers or with my foundation brush.

I find that it feels heavier than Lancome's Teint Miracle, but the coverage is also heavier on this foundation. This gives excellent, buildable coverage which Estee Lauder says is medium, this means I don't need to use any concealer, even round my eyes. It hides pretty much everything, providing a beautiful flawless finish.

The foundation negates the need for a primer to be worn underneath and it is fabulously long lasting. I look made up all day with no need to reapply any of my makeup (except for lipstick/gloss).
It really does stay in place, so much so that at the end of the day the foundation makes a real mess of my muslin cloths as none has worn away.

I will definitely be purchasing this again once it has finished as I adore everything about this foundation.

I highly recommend popping down to your local Estee Lauder counter and trying it out :-)

Estee Lauder Double Wear costs £25.50 for 30ml and is available in 30 shades

 Have you tried it/will you be trying it ?

Monday 10 January 2011

Protect Your Hands (+ win a £5,000 holiday)

Beauty doesn't start or end at your face. There are lots of treatments and even surgical procedures available to make our face look younger, but your hands can and will give away your real age, especially if you don't look after them.

I mentioned this week that I am quite lucky to have hands that are rarely dry / flaky or cracked, although I do like to use a hand cream to keep them beautifully moisturised and soft. As I wrote in that post, the only time they feel horribly tight and dry is when I don't wear gloves to do the washing up.

I thought in this post I would share with you my favourite choice of gloves...

bizzybee multipurpose extra durable gloves

I love these because they come in my favourite colour  - two tone purple. They also have a raised grip which I find really useful when washing up as the dishes don't slip out of my hands. Another major plus point is that these gloves are available in a small size - you all know I have small hands right? Surprisingly, small gloves are quite hard to find in the supermarkets!

As I also write about pretty things I would like to mention my other favourite item from bizzybee - their glamorous scourers!!

These are really pretty and make cleaning fun - who would have thought? I love that they shimmer like glitter and that they are silvery pink. (Although I admit it - my husband might not use them)

Here is a picture of some of their product range. I like the cute packaging and there is something for everyone. My mum loves the Satin Touch unlined gloves as she cannot use gloves with flock lining.

bizzybee gloves are available in most supermarkets - for more information about the range and stockists you can visit

bizzybee are also currently running a competition to win a £5,000 Thomas Cook holiday. Full details are here.

Sunday 9 January 2011

Models Own and News Of The World Fabulous Magazine - Make-up kit Giveaway

Models Own have teamed up with the News Of The World and Fabulous magazine to give you a fantastic New Year offer – a FREE Models Own make-up kit worth £24!

More details can be found here

Don't miss it!

Saturday 8 January 2011

Celebrate with Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil!

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil is 25 years old this January and to help celebrate this occasion Aromatherapy Associates have a fantastic offer currently on

With any purchase of the Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil you will receive a complimentary gift bag 

containing the following items - 

Rose Body Cream (40ml)
Revive Body Wash (40ml)
De-Stress Muscle Gel (15ml)
Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (3ml)

This is a fabulous new year treat! 

 The offer is available during January 2011 at participating spas and retail stockists as well as online at

Friday 7 January 2011

L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream

I was given this as a gift for Christmas and I am so glad to have received it - It is my miracle foot cream! The Shea Butter Foot Cream has completely transformed my feet. This winter they have been hidden away from the world and it has been easy to neglect them. I had noticed that my soles were dry and a little hard and was looking for something a little special to pamper them with.

I have often wanted to try L'Occitane products. Browsing on their web-site I came across this description of the foot cream -
A prescription for relief and well-being. Rich in nourishing shea butter (15%) and containing antiseptic A.O.C. lavender essential oil to purify and anti-inflammatory arnica extract to help reduce redness and irritation, this cream moisturises and relieves irritated and tired feet.
This sounded ideal and promptly found its way onto my Christmas List.

I have been using this after bathing or at night before bed and have found it to be just perfect and luxurious - my feet are now beautifully silky soft with not a hint of dryness. It feels like I am having a pampering treat every day as it is rubbed in. The scent of the cream is lavender which I must admit I am not a huge fan of but it is light and doesn't linger.

If you have hard skin you may need to use a pumice or similar in addition to this cream.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Foot Cream costs £17 for 150mls and is available from L'Occitane shops, concessions and from their website

Thursday 6 January 2011

The Body Shop Hi-Shine Lip Treatment

My sister gave this to me when she got it free from The Body Shop after making a purchase as she knows how much I love lip glosses.

This one is number 10 - Perfectly Pink

Hi-Shine Lip Treatment is described as a range of ultra-shiny, sheer tinted, wet-look lip glosses that offer intense moisturisation and conditioning for the lips... well of course I had to put it to the test...

Ooh I love the scent, the gloss smells of passion fruit. It is so fruity and reminds me a bit of the juice drink Five Alive.

It is so shiny and quite thick - so when I apply to my lips I have to even it out a bit.

Applied it is so sticky, being a fan of gloss I am not totally averse to sticky but it is no good if there is a wind blowing as your hair sticks to it like super-glue!

After about 3 hours the colour on my lips is no longer there but my lips still look glossy and I love that fact it leaves my lips so soft - this gloss does exactly what it says - nice and moisturising.

I actually really like this so I will be buying it again, but to be honest, it is not really surprising that I like this gloss as one of my other favourite glosses range is Glam Shine from L'Oreal which owns The Body Shop.

The Body Shop Hi-Shine Lip Treatment comes in a choice of 9 colours and costs £9.50 for 14ml. Available from The Body Shop or online at

Wednesday 5 January 2011

Umi Pomegranate & Acacia Honey Hand Cream

I picked this hand cream up as its ingredients were hard to resist and have been applying it overnight this winter.

The product claims to help soften skin and nourish, so no fancy claims just a general hand cream.

I would describe this as quite a light hand cream, more like the texture of a lotion,  but I don't really suffer from dry hands unless I do the washing up without gloves (post about that coming soon!). If you apply it during the day the effects seem to disappear after a while. For my requirements though it is just fine.

What I do love about this is that it is non greasy, absorbs easily and smells so beautifully and intensely sweet - so not great for those who don't like a sweet scent but good for those who do!

I think this is an excellent value hand cream and I would definitely repurchase.

Umi pomegranate & acacia honey hand cream is priced at £3 for 100 mls and is available to purchase from Waitrose stores and online at

Monday 3 January 2011

House of Fraser Apothecary

One of my favourite department stores is House of Fraser - I have been shopping there for years. When I was working in London I would often pop in and browse the cosmetic counters and never quite be able to resist purchasing something, other times I would enjoy a fabulous lunch in the Albert Roux Cafe which sadly isn't there any longer :-(

These days I am more likely to pop into House of Fraser in Lakeside or Bluewater but the stores are just as enticing.. and even more so now they have launched their new Apothecary section. This section is an oasis of calm amongst the hustle and bustle of the store. I managed to escape into it when doing Christmas shopping and was able to take the time to explore the brands and products. I was like a child in a sweet shop, everywhere I turned there was something tempting on offer.

The concept is to make the Apothecary a beauty destination which will offer a mix of contemporary, classic, niche and global brands, across cult and everyday products.

House of Fraser say that the Apothecary will be staffed by fully trained advisors who care about their customers and recognise that traditional practices are as relevant and desirable as new technology.

As I visited late one evening, the section wasn't manned so I wasn't able to put to the test this claim. Nevertheless I enjoyed mooching about and spotting brands that I hadn't heard of.

Exclusive to House of Fraser are the following brands - Deborah Lippmann nail polishes - something I am keen to try soon , Electric Body skincare and Cereria Terenzi candles. New to House of Fraser are MOR, 3LAB, Hissyfit and Trilogy. They have also created their own range called Apothecary.

Two brands that really drew my attention were MOR and the Lip Nectar priced £16 

Such cute packaging, really different, it had shelf appeal. I have the marshmallow version.

I was expecting this to be smelling all sweet and sugary but it actually smells of peppermint. It is pink in the tube but comes out clear with tiny flecks of gold and pink. It is a really glossy gloss and it gives a slight tingle on application - Nice pout!

The second brand to catch my attention was Body America's Vermont Va Va Voom Face and Body Scrub £7 & Bath and Shower Foaming Mousse £7

I love the attractive, retro designed packaging and the idea of a product containing Green Apple, Maple and Blueberry is appealing.

These products are paraben free and contain organic ingredients. Suitable for all skin types.

The Scrub is an incredibly gentle cream with the actual scrub bits very fine. The foaming mousse is a liquid that is transformed into a mousse by the pump bottle.

Both products had a very pleasant, apple fresh scent. I found them to be enjoyable and fun to use with no drying effects.

I recommend taking a look at this brand and visiting the Apothecary either in store or online at


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