IMG_0854By Tara Adamson

There are not a lot of beauty products she hasn’t tried over the last 20 years. Tara Adamson is a self-confessed beauty addict and has spent two decades on a beauty quest – to find the best the industry giants have to offer. She is fast becoming our beauty boffin as she seeks out the latest and greatest products out there.


Caudalie Beauty Elixir – £32 for 100ml

yummymummybeauty rating 4.8

What they say; “Inspired by the ‘elixir of youth’ used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this skincare visibly smoothes feature, tightens the appearance of pores and provides a burst of radiance to the complexion.”

What we think; Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir has a huge following from make up artists to beauty editors & celebs; I was intrigued to find out why! It comes in a slightly opaque glass bottle and when sprayed has the most super fine mist imaginable; not too heavy so you end up soaking but a perfectly even spray. It has a delicious smell; very minty, fresh & zingy – some people may the scent overpowering, but I loved it. Its beautifully refreshing to use & it certainly made me feel brighter & more awake; do make sure you keep your eyes closed when you spritz otherwise they may sting a little! This product contains essential oils, active plant ingredients and extracts of grape, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint, rosemary; no parabens or other nasties here. Beauty Elixir can be used to tone skin, tighten pores or as a pick me up at any time of the day to refresh & hydrate; it will set makeup without any smudging. I’m feeling ever so slightly addicted to this Elixir; it was gorgeous to use & left my skin looking more dewey & radiant. However, I didn’t find it lasted an awful long time & therefore it made it a bit of an expensive splurge. From


Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Mist – £26 for 100ml

yummymummybeauty rating 3.5

What they say; “This innovative, refreshing facial mist features powerful Rock Samphire and Beech Tree Bud extracts to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Ascorbyl Glucoside helps even skin tone. Precious botanicals and antioxidants deliver an intense hydration boost to the skin to help reduce the appearance of dehydration and dullness and restore skin balance, while helping to protect against environmental aggressors. This effective mist leaves skin feeling smooth, refreshed, protected, hydrated and looking radiant.”

What we think; This is a “replenishing anti-aging facial mist” which comes in a chunky white glass bottle; great packaging for your bathroom, but a little too heavy & cumbersome to lug around in my handbag. The spray itself isn’t very fine; its uneven, patchy and left my face feeling like I’d had a bit of a soaking. I found it was better to use Purely Age-Defying Mist spritzed onto your fingers and then pressed onto the face and neck; if used this way, you won’t smudge your makeup. However, saying all that, it felt hydrating, cooling and firming to use. This Mist has a refreshingly light, citrussy smell and contains fennel seed, willow bark, rose, chamomile flower and licorice root extracts, plus a plethora of natural essential oils. I enjoyed using Jurlique’s Mist, however, I felt that the atomiser itself lets the product down. From


Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water – £31.50 for 100ml

yummymummybeauty rating 4.0

What they say; “This unique floral water from the Bitter Orange Blossom soothes, hydrates and freshens the skin. Excellent for the face and body.”

What we think; Kerstin Florian’s Rehydrating Neroli Water is presented in an elegant, sturdy Bristol blue plastic bottle with spray pump; it was the most easily portable of the facial sprays I tried as it was lightweight & the lid stayed on well. The product itself even smells luxurious; it has a lovely uplifting, mood enhancing smell of Neroli (or bitter orange blossom to you & me.) It can be spritzed onto the face any time you feel in need of a pick me up, and can be used in place of a toner, or as a refreshing face or body spray, particularly in hot weather or on a skin parching flight. Unfortunately, the spray wasn’t as fine as I’d have liked & it left my face feeling a little too wet. Again, you can get round this by spritzing onto your palms and pressing the product onto your face & neck; it dries quickly & won’t dislodge mascara or other makeup. This is a lovely facial mist which is non irritating and therefore perfect for all skin types, but particularly for stressed or sensitive skin; it is super hydrating & beautifully refreshing and leaves the skin feeling revitalised, soft & smoothed. From


Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic – Re-hydrating and soothing Toner, £29 for 100 ml

yummymummybeauty rating 3.5

What they say; “The instant skin reviver! This innovative Hyaluronic formula locks in moisture for 24 hours. Rose Water and Dragon’s Blood soothe sensitive skin whilst protecting against external aggressions. Vitamin B3 instantly brightens for a refreshed and even complexion. Skin is deeply hydrated, firmer and pores appear more refined. A skincare essential, ideal for an instant energy boost, soothing in-flight refreshment and to set make-up’.

What we think; Not made from Dragon’s Blood (as in the fire breathing type) but made from Dragon’s Blood complex; a ‘unique & potent Tree Sap extract’ which is said to be the latest miracle worker in achieving a smooth, flawless complexion & used in ancient times for medicinal purposes. Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic comes in heavy frosted glass bottle with spray applicator; yet again, the atomizer isn’t nearly as fine as I’d have liked it to be & left my face feeling like I’d just had a shower. The Tonic smells beautiful; it contains soothing rose flower water along with antioxidant Dragon’s Blood extract, vitamin B3, zinc and hyaluronic acid to hydrate. It is a non irritating mist which can be spritzed onto the skin anytime to give a hydrating boost, it sets makeup and feels refreshingly cooling to use; skin is left smoothed, dewey & comforted all day. From