Five New Things I’ve Tried & I’m Loving


Now I know I only did a favourites video yesterday, but there were a few extra things that didn’t quite make the monthly round-up because they were last minute entries that snuck up on me, but they are most definitely noteworthy and worth a mention of their own. Here are five things that are new to me that I’ve been loving…

Kiehl’s Amino Acid Conditioner. I first used a travel size of this when I was away with Kiehl’s and I loved it so bloomin’ much that I ended up purchasing the full size. I can’t say I’ve ever been too bothered about conditioners before; there are some shampoos that I love (the Bumble & Bumble Sunday and more recently the Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo), but this conditioner is awesome. It makes my hair feel so soft, but not in a heavy way and I feel like it fattens my cuticles up. It just gives my ends a bit of beef and a bit of love. It’s weird, but I felt the difference with just one use.

Neal’s Yard Citrus Shower Gel. I mentioned this on my Snapchat (viviannamakeup if you’d like to check it out), but long story short is that Mark and I fell in love with this shower gel when we visited a spa. We were pretty gutted when we eventually found out that it was an industry-only product that wasn’t available for sale. However, that has now changed and you can now find this beauty in Neal’s Yard stores. It’s fab. Honestly one of the best shower gels I’ve tried in that it doesn’t make you feel all dry afterwards and it smells incredible.

Clarins Waterproof Eyeshadow in Golden Sand. I must admit that I’m at an all-time low when it comes to actual makeup wearing, which I think is mostly due to my lash lift (still going strong four weeks in). So when I do apply it, I’m being very quick about it – just whacking on some base, brows, one single eyeshadow, a bit of mascara and a lip. For that one single eyeshadow I’ve been reaching for this a lot. It’s a cream eyeshadow housed in a little tube that is a gorgeous shade of bronzey gold. Perfect for summer because it has a nice amount of shimmer to it and perfect for holidays because it’s long-lasting (waterproof apparently) and doesn’t require a primer underneath. Nice.

Escentric Molecule Escentric 02. I’ve been a longstanding fan of the original Escentric Molecule scent, but have never given anything else a go from their line-up until this came along. Unlike the original, this has more than just a single scent molecule banging around in the bottle, but it’s got a whiff of G&T about it that I weirdly love. It’s fresh and zingy, but there’s a muskiness to it too. Another thing is that this is a bit hardier than the original in that you can smell it on yourself; I say that’s a good thing so at least you know that you remembered to throw some on before you left the house.

It Cosmetics Heavenly Airbrush Powder & Bronzer Brush. Firstly, this might just be one of the softest brushes that I’ve ever had the pleasure of dusting across my face. It’s dense, but there’s a nice amount of ‘flop‘ to it if you know what I mean. It Cosmetics suggest that it’s best for powders, though I’ve been using it for giving a lighter finish to some of my fuller coverage foundations. It’s not the quickest way to apply these types of bases and sometimes I need to use my fingers to mould the base into hard to reach areas around my nose, but I like the finish it gives. It works for powders though too and if you’re a fan of the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural and want to use it alone but with an extra pow of coverage then this is your guy that will help you achieve it.


  • I bloody adore Neals Yard so this is going straight in my shopping basket! Anna you are dangerous! Bravo for your enabling skills!!!

    Sophie xx

  • That Clarins shadow sounds like something right up my street! I’ve been so lazy with eyeshadow lately and just slapping on one thing. xx

  • This makes me want to try the Clarins waterproof eyeshadow even more !! Can’t wait to see you use it more in videos 🙂
    Have a great day Anna,
    lots of love xxx

  • Kathryn

    I just picked up that Clarins eyeshadow the other day! Love it. So easy to apply and layer, really sets so it’s longlasting and the colour is amazing – it’s the same ‘old gold’ colour as Chanel Mirage or Charlotte Tilbury Marie Antoinette. Kx

  • emily couture

    The Clarins eyeshadow sounds wonderful 🙂

    emily xx

  • I feel like I get lazy with makeup whenever it gets warmer outside. I don’t want t spend so much time getting ready and be out and about quickly.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • That brush is amazing! Love the use of the word ‘flop’!

    Carly @

  • I’ve heard great things about this Clarins Waterproof eyeshadow, plus I always opt for a long-lasting formula when it comes to eyeshadows! The It Cosmetics Brush sounds great as well!

  • The IT Cosmetics brush looks amazing! I can’t wait to go to NY in November and pick up some of their goodies! The Clarins eye shadow sounds lovely and different, I don’t tend to wear many cream eyeshadows just because I tend to reach for my palettes over my single shadows, I definitely need to start using them more!

    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

  • Georgina Swinson

    i’ve been looking at the Clarins waterproof eye shadow’s for a while! i think it may have to be purchased now! x

  • That it Cosmetics brush looks so soft and dense – perfect for buffing! 🙂
    – Ambar x

  • The Clarins Eyeshadow sounds great! It must stay put so well, and I’m starting to like cream eyeshadows so I should try it out. The IT Cosmetics brush does look like the perfect brush for either powder or bronzer. One can actually feel the softness through the photo haha 😀

    Julia x
    Last post: Day Out in Oxford & Mini-Guide to the City |

  • Whitney

    I must try your eye-shadow, sounds beautiful! Yay that your lashes still looking amazing!


    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  • Oooh another yes-vote for Escentric 02. I’ll need to get involved! I’m a die-hard Molecule 01 gal, but you had me at G&T!

  • Nimra Imran

    The Clarins eyeshadow sounds something right up my alley! Will definitely have to look into it next time I visit a Clarins counter x

  • I’m actively looking for a soft brush and I’m temped to buy this now.

  • Nadia Sabrina

    That Escentric number is definitely going to be the next hype!

    Love from Indonesia,

  • I love the look of the brush, looks prefect for foundation x

    Zoe Mountford x

  • The new eccentric molecule scent sounds right up my street, I think this would really suit my boyfriend! I’m so glad there are more unisex scents around these days.

  • Oh my goodness, citrus shower gel? I love how it was an industry only product you found out, that would be worst nightmare if I found something amazing and then couldn’t buy for my home. I’m glad it’s available for all the try now!

    Mel ♥

  • I love the sound of the Clarins waterproof eyeshadows, I really trust them when it comes to waterproof formulas! x

  • Oooo I didn’t know Kiehl’s made products for the hair! I love their skincare range — so effective. It must be the same with haircare, hopefully!

  • Have to say I’m completely obsessed with Escentric 02 – it’s SO addictive! I’m a recent convert too and can’t get enough. Loving the sound of that Neal’s Yard shower gel for Summer!

    Nic x

  • The Kielhs condition sounds brilliant! I also love the sound of the Clarins shadow too xx

  • I love watching your snapchat! It’s almost like daily vlogging :p


  • yep! amino smells soooo good too!

  • Anna

    The Clarins Waterproof Eyeshadow sounds really awesome! It goes right away in my infinite beauty wishlist 😉
    Anna From Italy

  • Danielle Clark

    Try our amazing Skyscraper Mascara for just 12!!

  • That Clarins eyeshadow sounds amazing xxx

  • Dara

    That airbrush powder and bronzer brush looks heavenly. And same with the amino conditioner! — Dara //

  • Mallory Evans

    I can not wait to see that cream eyeshadow in a tutorial! Sounds perfect.

  • Borim

    Curious whether that shampoo is actually different to drugstore ones! Love your content as always, Anna!

    Hope you can check out my new blog (it’s been a secret so far). I have some new cleansers that I’ve been trying & loving…

  • That cream eyeshadow sounds heavenly!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • That brush looks gorgeous! I’ve just started using IT Cosmetics products and love them all so far!

  • Jen Brett

    that amino acid shampoo and condition duo is amazing. i always take it with me to new york. the combination of it’s formula with the new york water, you hair will never be softer!

  • That brush is so CUTE, and love the sound of the conditioner – having a real Kiehl’s moment right now!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Tinatin Nadiradze

    i own the same eye shadow and love it! Wish they had it in all other colors! It never creases.