Murad Environmental Shield and moisturser gift set

If you read my post a couple of weeks ago about the Murad Environmental Shield Starter Kit then you might remember I was a little miffed when it arrived.  The 50ml pot of Hydro-Dynamic Moisture I was expecting (after I used a code in the December issue of In Style magazine) wasn't included and I was sent a 7.5ml instead. Well, out of the blue a package arrived for me containing not only a full size 50ml pot of the moisturiser, but another Environmental Shield Starter Kit! What a lovely surprise! So high fives to Murad for such a lovely gesture. It was like Christmas arrived early 🙂


Have a lovely day,


Emma xxx


Double denim

Double denim is a trend that we've seen a lot of recently but I have to admit that I found myself a little apprehensive about trying it. It's definitely a look that's easier to pull off when you're in your 20s but that doesn't mean ladies of more mature years should write it off. The trick is to find a flattering fit and contrasting colours. Wearing a denim shirt and jeans in the same shade just looks like overkill, but choosing a light wash with a darker one, or in this case grey and blue, can really work.

Bellfield denim shirt

White chunky bracelet with Bellfield shirt

Black Red Herring boots

Shirt: Bellfield, jeans: gap, boots: Red Herring at Debenhams.


What do you think? Have you tried the double denim trend? Let me know in the comments.


Thanks for reading,



Emma xxx




Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish special edition

As much as I adore the original version I couldn’t resist trying out the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish limited edition. I was a little curious about the combination of sweet orange and mint as I wouldn’t have put the two together, but the result is a wonderfully fresh and uplifting fragrance.

It costs £19.75 for 150ml* and two muslin cloths are included. Packaged in a lovely drum container, it would make a perfect Christmas gift. In fact, I bought an extra one to give to my mum as she’s a Liz Earle fan too. If you prefer the original there is a Christmas edition which is packaged in the same type of container and also costs £19.75.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Limited Edition

Of all the cleansers I’ve tried over the years, Cleanse and Polish is the one I go back to time and time again.  I really enjoyed using this Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Limited Edition in sweet orange and mint. In fact, I was a little sad when it ran out. I’m hoping we see more limited editions from Liz Earle, and maybe some becoming permanent fixtures!

Are you a fan of Cleanse and Polish? Have you tried this limited edition? I’d love to know how you rate it.Thanks for reading, have a lovely weekend!

*Price correct at time of writing.


MUA lipsticks and Max Factor lip liners

Do you ever just pop in to Superdrug for a couple of things and emerge with a bag full of stuff? Well that’s what I did recently, but amongst my splurge I picked up some fabulous beauty bargains. Now I really did need some new lip liners (honestly!) and the Max Factor stand caught my eye with some lovely autumnal shades. When I swatched them in the shop I was really impressed by how smoothly they glide on. With minimal pressure they transfer even colour  on to the lips perfectly. You might think that a softer lip liner wouldn’t have much staying power, but after I swatched these on my arm (scroll down for the picture) I tested them by rubbing vigourously with my finger – they hardly budged. Now that’s what I call impressive! They won’t break the bank either at £4.99, and Superdrug are currently running a 3 for 2 offer on cosmetics. Happy days!

Max Factor lip liners

Max Factor lipliners

Max Factor lipliner swatches

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liners in (L to R) Mauve Moment, Red Rush and Brown n Nude.

MUA lipsticks

My other amazing bargain was these MUA lipsticks. Costing only £1 I didn’t have very high expectations, but they are fantastic for the price. The colour pay off  is great, and the texture is smooth and creamy with a slight glossy finish. They might not have the greatest staying power but for only £1 you can’t have it all! I like that you can see the colour in what looks like the lid, but is actually the base, which is very useful if you have more than one shade of the same brand knocking around your make up bag. The only slight gripe I have is the scent as I do prefer lip sticks to be fragrance free. Shade 9 is a pinky brown with a slight shimmer that looks quite metallic on, while Persian Rose (a new shade in the range) is a lovely, creamy bright pink.

MUA lipstick swatches

Top: shade 9, bottom: Persian Rose.


Have you tried anything from the MUA range? If so did you like it?


Thanks for reading. Happy Friday!



Emma xxx




Murad starter kit

I've got to be honest and say that this starter kit from Murad has been a bit of a disappointment before I've even used it. Firstly, I ordered it from the Murad website because there was an offer in the December issue of In Style magazine for a full size Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, free with any purchase. Instead of the 50ml pot I was expecting I received a measly 7.5ml sample. To add insult to injury I've since discovered that the same kit is available from John Lewis for £26.50 – that's £2.95 cheaper than Murad's website.

 On a more positive note, I have tried Murad products before and have been impressed with them. For Christmas last year I was given the Real Radiance and the Complete Renewal sets. Two of the products in the Real Radiance set are included in the Environmental Shield kit – the Essential-C Day Moisture and Essential-C Eye Cream. I am currently still using the eye cream from last year as I had a few others to use up first. I like the light texture and the fact that it contains an SPF, even if it is only 15. I saved the moisturiser for a holiday earlier in the year and it was the perfect product for a beach holiday as it contains SPF 30, is light and easily absorbed and really does make my skin feel more radiant.

Murad Environmental Shield kit

The cleanser has the same fresh and zingy scent as the other products in the Essential-C range. I prefer to use wash off gel cleansers in the shower to ensure I've rinsed thoroughly, which is a bit of a faff to do over the sink. A little of this cleanser goes a long way so I think it'll last a while. I'm going to save it for holidays and popping in my gym wash bag. It's a refreshing cleanser rather than a luxuriously hydrating one, so not really for drier skins or the colder weather.

Murad claims using the kit will improve "brightness, clarity and radiance by 60% in less than one week" – so does it live up to this? Well I've been using it for just under a week and it has made my skin brighter and more radiant but I couldn't put a percentage on it, in fact I'm not sure how you could measure that. All I can say is that this little kit is definitely going with me on my next beach holiday.

There are other Murad Christmas kits available if you fancy trying out some new products, or maybe just stocking up on some travel size goodies. Remember to do a price comparison first and you may just save yourself a few quid!

The Environmental Shield Starter Kit contains:


Essential-C Cleanser 45ml

Advanced Active Radiance Serum 10ml

Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA++ 21ml

Essential-C Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 PA++4ml


Thanks for reading!


Have a lovely day,


Emma xxx