Beauty Bible Loves

From the bestselling Beauty Bible team: our latest product finds and classic faves – because they're worth it!

Facial oils

For the contents alone, we’d be lusting after this new Balance Me Beautiful Skin kit.

But the gorgeous gold bag kinda brings out our inner rap star – because (in a good way) we have been gold-diggers from way back.

As regular readers know, Balance Me – founded by sisters Rebecca and Claire Hopkins – is a favourite brand of ours, and this is either a fab way to discover the range in useful trial sizes, or (if you love it as much as we do) to get your hands on the range in a format that’s travel-friendly.

Inside this, then, you’ll find four treasures.  There’s 100% Natural Radiance Face Oil with its unique blend of eight essential oils.  To soothe and brighten tired eyes, find Wonder Eye CreamSuper Moisturising Body Wash is exactly what it says on the tin (er, bottle) – but the pièce de résistance is Super Moisturising Hand Cream, winner of an Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible Award, and one of the most fah-bu-lous hand-softeners ever.

Several times lately, Jo’s been using it on public transport (like the good beauty editor she is, making the most of ‘down-time’), and strangers have asked her what the glorious scent was.  And been surprised to discover:  it’s a hand cream, not a perfume.

What we plan to do, then, is slip the travel sizes in our spongebags – and decant our make-up into bag itself.

Which doesn’t just deserve a gold star:  it is a gold star.

UK readers find Balance Me Beautiful Skin Kit at£20 – buy here

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Thanks to this face oil, we’ve put on a couple of kilos around the middle.  (At least.)

But don’t worry:  it’s not going to happen to you.  It’s simply that when Clarins sent out a press kit to remind beauty editors of some oldies-but-goodies in their range, they packed them in a hamper with macarons, biscuits, madeleines and other sweeties.  (Oh, and manuka honey, which kind of qualifies as healthy and healing, but is still calorific.)

Their press office’s evil plan definitely worked:  we were totally inspired to explore once more some classics in this range.  And Jo was particularly pleased to re-encounter this – the first facial oil she ever tried, oh, about 30 years back.  (Clarins was the first brand to introduce facial oils to the UK, though Frenchwomen had long sworn by their skin-saving powers.)

What we’re really in raptures about with Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, though, is the nostalgic smell.  You can’t often say this about a facial oil, but if you love Shalimar (we do), you’ll love this, with its sweet powdery notes of blue orchid, patchouli and rosewood oil.

There’s a portfolio of oils in the range, but this is the one that’s good for faces like ours:  dehydrated and in need of plumping, which it duly does with lashings of hazelnut oil.

If you’re not on Clarins’s press list, that’s the only plumping action it’ll have.

But trust us:  in facial oil terms, it definitely takes the biscuit.

UK readers find Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil/£29 for 30 ml – click here
US readers find it at$50 – click here


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