NEW beauty products are coming out every day.

So how the devil can we keep up with them all and figure out which ones we should be spending our money on and which ones we should avoid?

Well, it’s tricky.

Which is why I want to share with you a few beauty belters that I’ve come across over the past month which I think / (hopefully) know you are going to love.

As a blogger, I often get sent beauty products to try, this is true. However none of these that I’m mentioning now, have been sent to me.

They’re all ones that I’ve just picked up, out and about, and – here’s the best bit – have fallen a bit in love with.

Here are five super duper products I am using at the moment and absolutely loving.

Pay attention, here we go…


Five beauty products


Colgate Max White One Luminous Toothpaste

Is a toothpaste a beauty product? I erm…dunno. But one thing is for sure, healthy happy teeth are a necessity and this tube of magic stuff will make them much more beautiful.

At around £4.50 a tube, it is a few quid more than other normal toothpastes, but well worth it. I’ve been using this toothpaste for just over two weeks and my teeth are noticeably whiter, by at least one shade, if not two. And what’s more, I saw changes quickly.

This toothpaste foams up in the mouth meaning it gets into all the nucks and crannies and does exactly what it promises.

Much cheaper than ‘proper’ whitening toothpastes and kits, this stuff is brilliant and lets you get on with slurping cups of tea and glugging glasses of red wine like your life depends on it. (Or is that just me?!)


Soap & Glory, Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum

After running out of my usual serum I picked this up on a bit of a whim. I’d heard Sali Hughes, the Guardian’s beauty writer mention it before as a decent serum but to be honest wasn’t expecting much. Silly ol’ me.

The first couple of times I used it, I have to say I wasn’t blown away. However three weeks later, I’m now a major fan. This stuff really delivers. It’s helped the redness on my chin, closed up pores a treat and has minimised lines on my face and neck, already. Not bad huh?!

(One thing to note, it’s a bit like a cross between a serum and a moisturiser, which means that unless you’ve got dry skin, you probably won’t need to use a moisturiser as well as this.)


Burberry Kisses Hydrating Lip Colour, Military Red, 109

If you spotted or chatted to me on Saturday at BritMums Live ( a big blogging conference) this is the lippie my pout was wearing!

It’s a really lovely classic red (great for pale skins like mine), goes on incredibly smoothy and has pretty good staying power. The packaging is rather ‘fancy pants’ too.


Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

I’m a big fan of Elemis products ( there’s a reason they’ve got such a good reputation!) and this one is no exception.

I actually got it free with Marie Claire magazine (rush to the shops now ladies!) and have used it a couple of times to help give my tired skin some glow.

And guess what? It works.


Seventeen, Smoulder Gel Eyeliner

I bought this out of necessity expecting it to be, well a bit pants, but oh how wrong I was!

This is a super little pot of eyeliner, just as good as the more expensive Fluid Line from Mac,  but for just a fraction of the price! It goes on easily, lasts brilliantly and the intensity of the black is just spot on.

Just one thing, ditch the little brush it comes with and use with a decent angled eyeliner brush to get those perfect feline-lined eyes.


So there they are. My beautiful beauty wonders! Proof if ever you need it, that you really shouldn’t judge something by it’s packaging…

With love,




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26 Discussions on
  • As someone who also likes to swig red wine and tea like they’re going out of fashion I’ll be checking out that toothpaste Katie! A white smile is important so I’d say it’s definitely a beauty product. Love the lipstick, and you wearing it on Saturday inspired me to but myself a red lippy at the airport yesterday – I surprised myself by how much I like it! Xxx

    • I cannot tell you how chuffed I am that you bought a red lippy because of the one I was wearing! YES!!!! I can retire right now ;-) x

  • I am definitely giving the toothpaste a go! Drink too much tea… and red wine! Don’t mind paying a bit more for something if it works.
    I’ve been using the Elemis flash balm recently and it is amazing. I get rosacea every so often so wasn’t sure if it would aggravate it but have been totally fine. Such a great brand.

    • Gorgeous brand isn’t it?! Def try the toothpaste, they do a few different ones in the range and we have two of them here, both of which are superb, although this one is my favourite. The only time I’ve tried a whitening toothpaste and noticed any difference!

  • Trying the toothpaste as I too am a tea monster! I’m a huge soap & glory makeup fan. I’m allergic to a lot of mascaras and got a free soap & glory one with a magazine once. I’ve since tried a few of their makeup products and haven’t been dissapointed by any of them. Will give the serum a go too. Xx

    • I think you’ll love it Franki. It’s a really fabulous product and the toothpaste is a belter. Not kidding, I noticed a difference in just a few days x

  • Love hearing about tried and tested products – will definitely look out for the serum. the Elemis Radiance Balm which also came with Marie Claire is amazing too and I have bought a full size one. Xx

  • Katie, I need a toothpaste that promises whitening like this. I went to the dentist for a routine check-up last week, and although my teeth and gums are in perfect health (go me!), I am forever exasperated by the shade of my teeth. Yes, maybe I should cool it on the coffee (what, really?), and maybe I shouldn’t have gone so mad on red wine (thankfully I’m off it a bit now). Maybe I shouldn’t have smoked in my younger days… Don’t worry, this is all I’m confessing to right now.

    I spoke to my dentist about whitening. It would cost from £220 – £290 to buy the trays and gels for whitening my teeth, and although I would see results almost immediately, under a fiver seems like a much better deal for me right now. So I shall be giving this toothpaste a whirl! Thanks for the tip! xx

  • Ooo loving the sound of that toothpaste and your lipstick looked amazing at BML – definitely going to be checking these out. I’m a big fan of serums too, especially if you don’t need moisturiser on top. Win win! x

  • I am into trying new beauty products at the moment as my skin and hair are really suffering and I can’t find a wonder product that I love. Will get myself out for a copy of Marie Claire and some super serum! I love the look of red lips but i never feel lipstick suits me, maybe i need to be more adventurous! x

    • Go for it Julia! I think you’d really suit a lovely red lipstick. Elemis products are gorgeous, if your skin is suffering, i can also recommend Weleda or Balance Me. (love pretty much all of their products and they’re all mostly natural too) x

  • I have a thing about whitening toothpastes haha so I deffs will have to try this one! They all sound great products x

    • Haha! Brilliant Mary – there’s another in the range which I also love, can’t remember the name but it’s blue and give you instant temporary whitening fix (as well as whitening them properly over time). This is worth a try too in my opinion. x

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