Beauty & Grooming

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Tried & Tested: Clarisonic SMART Profile brush

Leave your hands in the past! This cleansing brush is the new must-have for washing your face and body and we’re big fans here at HoF. It uses an oscillation movement that moves the brush head back and forth between 200-300 times a second. And promising a smarter, easier and more powerful cleanse, it has microchipped brush heads which can adjust in speed, indicators of mode and battery-life and the ability to remove makeup 11 times better than your hands. I tested it out on my face this week and here’s what I thought..


Tried & Tested: Valeur Absolue

If you thought perfume was just about the smell, think again. Valeur Absolue has brought a new meaning to fragrance by including natural active ingredients which enhance emotions of well-being. These small bottles are travel-size, so make a great addition to your handbag, especially if you need a bit of an uplift on the go. By stimulating beta-endorphines (the molecules that make you feel good) these perfumes could really be a godsend. But do they actually work? We put them to the test…


Tried & Tested: Xen Tan

As we venture closer to Autumn *sigh* , we know having a tan seems a million miles away. But with the new launch of Xen Tan, our faith in looking brilliant at home has been restored. Let’s see what our testers here at HoF thought of Xen Tan, dubbed the ‘perfect tan for every skin tone’…

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New launch: Urban Decay Smoky Eye Palette

The most anticipated beauty launch of the year is finally here. Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky Eye Palette has arrived and we’re so excited to say the least.Last week, I met with Urban Decay’s National Makeup Artist, Caron Keane, to get the Smoky Eye makeover. There are 4 signature looks that come with this palette, so Caron tested out two contrasting looks on me; the Everyday Smoky and Iconic UD Smoky Eye.

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Tried & Tested: Sisley Ecological Compound

This week I tested out Sisley’s Ecological Compound cream. Launched in 1980, it was Sisley’s first treatment with essential oils. Over 25 years later, it remains one of their cult products. It contains ingredients of revitilising Ginseng, toning Rosemary and Centenella Asiatica – a plant extract which helps heal the skin. It’s unique in that it balances the skin and helps it to permanently rebuild its own defence system.

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