By TARA ADAMSON

Finding the best products out there for you to try…

 

ESSIE – Spring 2014 Collection

I get so excited when Essie release their new seasonal collections; its so tempting as you find shades you never knew you needed! The Spring 2014 Collection is a seriously playful palette of spring colours and caters for all tastes…

Hide & Go Chic; a covetable azure blue is ever elusive but impossible to miss – it’s love at first mani. Applies perfectly in two coats; very well pigmented.

Truth or Flare; Sexy. Fun. Totally glamorous – a vintage blue denim. Love this shade; can’t wait to get it on my nails.

Fashion Playground; on my nails as I write! This is a plucky pistachio green with subtle shimmer which flirts with forever and plays for keeps; I only wish the sparkle was a little more obvious on the nail.

Spin the Bottle; a flirty, semi-sheer nude. I needed three coats for complete coverage; lovely on darker skin tones, but not on me.

Romper Room; a pretty, pale tea rose pink; super stylish. Quite a thin formula needing three coats to cover the streaking.

Style Hunter; Love, love, love this shade; its a bright, hot, laser-focused pure crimson chic-seeking missile that will definitely get you noticed! £7.99 each from www.boots.com

 

Balance Me – Daily Essentials – Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist with Hyaluronic Acid

I was on the lookout for a new moisturising facial spritz, and this one happened to land in my lap! Balance Me’s Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist has a superfine spray; it doesn’t drench your face, but instead leaves a light mist of refreshing moisture on your skin. Use after cleansing, before serum & moisturiser, to set makeup, or at any time of the day to hydrate, refresh, cool & soothe the complexion. This delicately scented Mist contains softening Rosa centifolia, replenishing & balancing pineapple, revitalizing neroli, super hydrating hyaluronic acid, spikenard essential oils, rose absolute, bergamot, rose geranium and yarrow. As with all Balance Me products,

it is 99% natural and contains no parabens, sulphates, petroleum, mineral oils, silicones, dea, pegs, propylene glycol, artificial fragrances or colours. Hoorah! I wish they’d do a jumbo sized bottle of this beautiful Face Mist as I managed to get through a whole bottle in two weeks, I loved it so much!

£20  for 60ml from www.balanceme.co.uk

 

Roques O’Neil’s THERAPIE

This is a brand I’ve never tried before, but I’m so glad I’ve discovered it now! THERAPIE is the brainchild of Aromatherapy Alchemist Michelle Roques-O’Neil (named by Vogue as one of the world’s top 10 aromatherapists).

This range has been carefully thought out to assist in keeping ‘body, mind and spirit in perfect balance through life’s ups and downs’. The products are presented in iconic black packaging which look beautiful in your bathroom; I particularly love the descriptions on the back of each one! I tried the Discover Me Kit, £42, which was a great way to experience some of Therapie’s wonderful products; it contains 5 good sized minis…

Equilibrium Bath & Shower Essence – “Finding your inter smile is essential these days. This soothing blend helps dissolve the stresses and strains of the day, helping you to find your inner compass.” The smell of this Essence is incredibly relaxing; it contains a magical blend of Fragonia, Persian Rose, Neroli, Blood Orange and Petigrain. When added to your bath, it leaves your skin beautifully moisturised and delicately scented. (Full sized – £40 for 100ml)

Himalayan Detox Salts – Have your own Spa at home; scented with Geranium, Rosewood, Patchouli, Lavender, Juniperberry, Lemongrass & Grapefruit, these uplifting bath salts are a cult THERAPIE product, and rightly so! (Full sized – £37 for 400g)

Boost Hair & Body Wash – “..this vibrant organic revitalising hair & body wash combines mind-focusing essential oils to awaken, refresh and activate both mind and body.” Containing a refreshing blend of Lemon Myrtle, Eucalyptus, Blood Orange and Spearmint this product smells deliciously zingy. When smoothed over hair & body in the shower, this energising Body Wash will help to put a spring in your step. (Full sized £17 for 250ml)

Restore Aura Spray – “Whether it’s a hectic schedule, you’re tired, stressed and need a moment’s respite, this hydrating elixir will calm, refresh and balance.” (Full sized – £26.00 for 100ml) Containing Frankincense, Wild Rose, Lemon and Fragonia, this mist has a super fine spray, so it won’t drench your face, but leave you feeling refreshed & uplifted and your skin feeling perfectly hydrated; it smells divine (I have a full-sized bottle on order!)

Cherish Skin Repair Serum – “This aromatherapeutic skin conditioner is packed full of healing essential oils suspended in a complex blend of vegetable carrier oils and CO2 extracts rich in vitamins, antioxidants, GLA and omegas to rejuvenate, feed and tone de-vitalised skin, resuscitating skin that lacks lustre and elasticity by penetrating down to the newly forming cells.” This luxurious oil is wonderful; light & nourishing; it has become a must have for me after a shower where it revitalises and hydrates my skin, & on my face at night to feed and restore. (Full sized – £44 for 200ml; www.roquesoneil.com