Hands up if you want soft mitts for Summer?

Posted by Lipglossiping On May - 11 - 2011

We don’t like it but we can at last be excused a bit of roughness in the Winter as the harsh weather takes its toll on our poor extremities.  Our hands are usually the first to succumb to the Gods of dry skin and those rough bits that catch on your sleeves *ouch!*

In the Summer though, there really is no excuses for general skin dryness… so give yourself a helping hand and check out some of the hand creams below for a sure-fire way to get some silky softness back in your life!

Woods of Windsor True Rose Conditioning Hand and Nail Cream 125ml (£7.75)*

A lighter option for those who dislike the heavy feeling of cream on their hands.  This Woods of Windsor lotion absorbs quickly and efficiently whilst leaving behind a delicate rose scent.  I recommend keeping this one nearby though as you’ll need to top up regularly to ensure long-lasting softness.

Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream 75ml (£18.40)

I picked this up in Debenhams a little while ago and true to its name, the Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream delivers a welcome boost of moisturisation which means I can apply at night before bed and wake up in the morning with noticeably smoother digits.  A good choice to stash in the bedside table but perhaps not for you if you dislike the feeling of a rich cream on your hands.

Liz Earle Hand Repair 150ml (£19.65)*

If greasy residues are your main concern, the Liz Earle Hand Repair is the product you need!  The larger sizes come with a convenient pump dispenser which releases a rich, awesome smelling (as you’d expect) hand cream.  It absorbs with blistering speed, leaving my hands feeling silky to the touch.  Not as heavy duty in the moisturisation department as some, I’d recommend this for those with normal/dry skin concerns.

All for Eve Hand Cream 100ml (£7.50)

My top pick for Summer hand creams is the All for Eve offering I bought last month.  I keep this at my computer and would recommend this as the perfect every day hand cream.  It smells delicious, leans toward a lighter, more easily absorbed formula and at under £8 for a generous 100ml, it’s a bargain!  And don’t forget that all proceeds from ‘all for eve’ products go towards ‘The Eve Appeal’ fund.

Heathcote & Ivory Vintage Mimosa Mini Hand Creams 30ml (£4.00 for 3)*

Super cute mini hand cream that’s perfectly sized for some handbag toteing!  This Heathcote & Ivory Vintage Hand Cream is surprisingly potent for the money.  Again, more suited to normal/dry skin than those in need of severe replenishment, I particularly love the Shea Butter based formula which spreads itself thinly without taking all day to sink in!

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If you’re in particular need for something a little more intense, you might also be interested in taking a look at my review of the Lanolips Rose Balm Intense.

Are you getting your skin in shape for Summer?  What are your favourite hand creams at the moment?

* Denotes PR Sample


Mother’s Day Gift Guide Part 1: £0 – £15

Posted by Lipglossiping On March - 23 - 2011

Get it wrong and Mum will serve you up the sad, soggy-looking roast potatoes forever more.  That smug brother of yours?  He’ll get your crispy ones.

On a budget?  Never fear… here’s my pick of the best Mother’s Day Gifts for £15 and under!

1. Cath Kidston Cherry Blossom, Jam Jar Candle (£15.00)

Large Jam Jar Candle, fragranced with Cherry Blossom from Cath Kidston’s latest home fragrance collection.   Burn time 40 hours.

I think it’s like… THE LAW… for Mum’s across the land to swoon at the altar of all things Cath Kidston.  There is no way on Earth you can go wrong with this purchase.  Cherries?  Kitsch?  Kidston?  Those tatties are yours.

2. Woods of Windsor, True Rose Perfect Pairs (£13.25)

A fabulous gift for any occasion, featuring Eau de Toilette (30ml) and Hand & Nail Cream (125ml) in a beautiful presentation box, fragranced with our elegant rose petal scent, combining crisp green violet leaves, rose otto and warm damask rose.

I have the hand cream* and it’s a gently-scented, nourishing cream that leaves my hands feeling soft but not greasy.  Not intensive enough for cuticles but a really nice all-rounder with a delicate true rose fragrance.  Tres jolie!

* my hand cream was a PR sample

3. Illamasqua ASOS Exclusive Nail Duo / Viridian & Scarab (£10.35)

Bejewel your nails with the ultimate Christmas duo, deepest emerald and decadent ruby. Talk with your hands and make a statement.

I don’t need to tell you how much of a bargain this is… just don’t tell your Mum it’s a Christmas set and you’re laughing (at your brother) all the way to the oven!

4. Vaseline Pink Therapy Tin (£6.99)

Keep your lips looking healthy and protected from the elements by choosing from our fantastic Vaseline Lip Therapy range.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Tin Contains:

  • Lip Therapy Original 20g
  • Lip Therapy with Rose and Almond Oil 20g
  • Lip Therapy with Cocoa Butter 20g
  • Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera 20g
  • Vaseline Lip Tin

The giant Vaseline Lip Therapy tin is worth £6.99 on it’s own without even thinking about the contents – c’mon, it’s totally *squee* cute!

5. Rose & Co Set of 3 Bath Fancies (£10.00)

Inspired by French patisseries, these darling bath melts will slowly soften and sparkle to release shea and cocoa butters and sweet almond oil to moisture and delicately scent the skin.  Looking scrummy enough to eat and with vintage inspired fragrances the dainty fairy cakes are beautifully packaged in a charming little cake box and finished with an intricate little flower.  Set includes 3 bath melts.

Laduree eat your heart out.  These many not be edible but they smell just as good as proper pastries – I was proper om-noming when I had a sniff instore!  If your Mum is like my Mum, she won’t want to spoil them by using them! *tsk*

6. Balmshell Lip Gloss Mini Collection (£12.00)

BALMSHELL’S top 5 lip gloss colours are now available in mini size!  These adorable little glosses each contain the exact high-shine, non-stick, moisturizing lip gloss formula that our full size glosses are made with.  They fit perfectly into the smallest clutch purse so you can take them along every where you go!

The mini collection includes: Darling You Look Fabulous, Shoe Fetish, Shopaholic, Weekend in the Hamptons & Yummy Mummy.

A lip gloss for each day of the working week!  Not only that but you’ll get Zuneta’s legendary packaging which quite frankly means that you can save yourself a couple of quid on wrapping it!  Stingy?  Moi?!

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Hope that gives you a little inspiration for lovely Mums everywhere, I’ll be back tomorrow with the £15 – £30 range – get your purses ready for it!

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