REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

REN started teasing the beauty world with whisperings of this product back in October 2013, it was probably one of the most hyped releases of the year when REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial finally went on sale in July 2014. The REN team took their time making sure the product and packaging were right and it has paid off because Flash Rinse feels chic and polished. Of course I waited patiently until I found a discount code I could use to buy it!

The reason this has been such a highly anticipated product is because it contains a high concentration of stabilised Vitamin C, 10% to be exact. Vitamin C is a tricky thing to work with because it is chemically unstable and pretty much everything causes it to break down – it is becomes useless after contact with air, water and light. The clever people at REN have managed to make it work through, and Flash Rinse is designed to help transform your skin in just 60 seconds by neutralising urban grey (i.e. trapped sebum and pollution), removing dead skin cells and boosting collagen. Flash Rinse also contains frankincense to smooth fine lines and magnesium to boost radiance.


REN products are always luxurious and Flash Rinse is no different. The product is a pale mint coloured grainy paste – the suspended Vitamin C gives it the gritty texture. You apply the product onto your dry face and neck (with dry hands), then add a few drops of water to activate the Vitamin C, massage for one minute then rinse thoroughly. The scent of the product is a cross between sherbet and orange juice, which I quite enjoy!

The idea of Flash Rinse is fast results, and after trying it out myself I am happy to say that although it’s not a miracle worker (you won’t become J.Law sorry), it does give my skin an instant boost which is perfect for a treatment before a party or big event, or to perk up tired, “morning after” skin. If you’re after toned, radiant and smooth skin (who isn’t?) then this is one to try – Marie Claire UK and Space NK are teaming up to give away free 15ml samples so check the December issue out!

Of course this is REN so you can be sure there are no parabens, sulfates or other nasties. Flash Rinse is not suitable if your skin is prone to sensitivity. It can be used every three days and gives immediate results as well as improving skin in the long term. It is a bit of a pricey up front cost at £32 but you should be able to get around 20 uses out of the tube.



Ingredients: Coconut Alkanes, Ascorbic Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Silica, Sodium Cocoyl Glytamate, Mannitol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Yeast Extract, Copper PCA, Boswellia Carterii Oil, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Glycogen, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Limonene.


Lauren Conrad Beauty

 I must confess, I never really got into the whole The Hills/The City thing, although I’ve always been a fan of Lauren’s look.


Over twelve chapters Lauren covers skincare, haircare, diet and fitness, nail painting and makeup tips (including her winged out eye liner!). I haven’t read any of Lauren’s other books, but I was really impressed by her writing style – she comes across as very down to earth and friendly, and not at all patronising. I was really happy to see that Lauren stresses the importance of finding your own beauty, and a range of women are used to illustrate through the various chapters.



As you can see, the book is set out nicely with helpful pictures and just enough text. I think the chapters make the book very easy to dip into and it is nice to go back to certain points when you need them.

Lauren doesn’t mention any brands in the book as she doesn’t want it to become ‘outdated’ when new products are released. You can find out about Lauren’s favourite products on her blog

Lauren Conrad Beauty would make a great gift for someone just getting into makeup and beauty, right through to someone in their twenties who is looking for a few tips or perhaps a new look!

I was amazed to find this book for under £10

DIY holographic nail polish

Last year I was doing a bit of research online about making your own nail polish. Whilst that didn’t really take off, I did get my hands on some holographic pigment which I’ve been enjoying using. The pigment, called SpectraFlair, is used in car paint and can also be mixed into nail polish for a holographic finish!

I bought 3 grams of SpectraFlair grade 35 powder (this is one of the coarser grades, for a chunkier holo look) and some ball bearings, for which I paid around £25. You need a really small amount to give a nail polish a holographic effect – in fact adding too much can make it look grey and ruins the effect! I added a small amount of the powder into Barry M 292 Navy and ended up with an amazing and exciting holographic shade!

As of July 2012 the rules over shipping this product changed, so you can only buy SpectraFlair already suspended in clear nail polish (in a concentrated form) instead of as a powder. I’d recommend then either adding a few drops of the concentrated SpectraFlair into another clear polish for a holographic top coat, or you can add a few drops into a nail polish to completely transform it!



The seller I bought the powder from last year now stocks SpectraFlair already suspended in clear nail polish instead – it’s highly concentrated so you only need a drop or two added to a clear polish or your nail polish!
One gram of SF35 works out at around £16 including shipping to the UK