Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 12 Hour Wear Test

press sample affiliate link Urban Decay has been one of my favorite brands for a long time. As a teen I was obsessed with their cool packaging, ‘wild’ colors and edgy vibe. And today, UD continues to CRUSH IT when it comes to creating some of the best shades on the market. But what good is an amazing shade if it doesn’t last? So, we decided to put the classic Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to the test ($32/4oz, $15/1 oz). UD calls it a weightless spray that keeps makeup looking “just-applied” for up to 16 hours. If you&#

Culture and Heritage of Green Spain

Description: As we launch our Greentraveller’s Guide to Green Spain, Ginny Light experiences the culture and heritage of the four regions – Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country. As we launch our Greentraveller’s Guide to Green Spain, Ginny Light experiences the culture and heritage of the four regions – Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country.Green Spain is so named for its favourable temperate climate. It is in the north

A summer escape to Italian organic farms

Description: The acclaimed garden designer and horticulturalist Hannah Gardner visits two Italian family run organic farms that she has been ordering produce from for several years The acclaimed garden designer and horticulturalist Hannah Gardner visits two Italian family run organic farms from where she has been ordering produce for several yearsPhoto: La Fattoria

Skincare Elixir from the Gods: Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic

press sample affiliate link Winter is always tough on my skin. But this year has been ridiculous! Between extra-cold temps and a weekly dose of Retin-A (which is almost more than my face can tolerate right now), my face has never been this parched and flaky. I actually felt embarrassed about how unsightly my skin had become. So when I saw that I was testing Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic ($29.00 250ml), I was a little concerned. I’ve heard people rave about Glow Tonic ever since it hit the shelves

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate review

press sample affiliate link I’ve known for a while now that Vitamin C isn’t only good for staving off colds and scurvy. Pure Vitamin C is a big-time antioxidant with powerful skin protection. That same Vitamin C you take in a pill or in your OJ to protect your body

A foodie tour of Pelion

Description: Clare Hargeaves samples some of the best local food and drink on a foodie tour of Greece's Pelion Peninsula As we launch our Greentraveller’s Guide to Pelion, Clare Hargreaves surveys the region’s foodie scene.Greece’s Pelion Peninsula is the mountainous boot that sweeps its heel into the Aegean Sea midway between Athens and Thessaloniki. Here, bare rocky landscapes give way to lush sweet chestnut woods that jostle for space with fruit orchards and olive groves, gurgling streams and fountains, and stone and slate villages that tumble down the flanks of mighty Mount Pelion. Homer

The culture and heritage of the Pelion Peninsula

Description: Clare Hargreaves learns about the rich culture and heritage of the Pelion Peninsula, midway between Athens and Thessaloniki. As we launch our Greentraveller’s Guide to Pelion, Clare Hargreaves learns about the culture and heritage of the Pelion peninsula, midway between Athens and Thessaloniki.Giants, centaurs, Olympian gods and demi-gods, Jason and the Argonauts…. the Pelion Peninsula

Get Ready to Glow! Let Pixi Skintreats Help…

press sample affiliate link For ten years, Pixi Skintreats has been the affordable skincare line for discerning beauty-obsessed beings on a budget. Beginning in London, the brand exploded worldwide due to their simple, natural products that work. Flawless and fuss-free is their mantra, and, unsurprisingly, it’s mine, too. As I ride out my 40’s, I find myself drowning in an ocean of overpriced products, all promising skin-saving miracles. Pixi is one of the few that threw me a live saver I can afford. The Skin Rescue Essentials that Pixi has lined up are to “restore, revive and reveal your radiance.” To do this, they give us Glow-O2 Oxygen

REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm: Anger Management for Your Skin

press sample affiliate link Angry skin. I’ve got it. Many of us have it. The pros tend to call it “rosacea,” but I just call it “angry skin”. My skin can get angry at extreme cold or extreme heat. It can get angry at my third cup of coffee or my first glass of red wine. It gets slightly upset at habaneros, and mad at many a face wash. This general sensitivity is usually combated with good sense and good cosmetics. The first often escapes me, but I found REN goes a long way in helping me with the second. I first became enamored with REN after trying their Perfect

A foodie break in Caen là Mer, Normandy

Description: Sarah Baxter samples the foodie delights of the Caen la Mer region, joining Parisians stocking up on fresh fish and learning about Normandy's love of all things apples and pears. Sarah Baxter samples the foodie delights of the Caen là Mer region, joining Parisians stocking up on fresh fish and learning about Normandy’s love of all things apples and pears.Sampling Calvados in La Boîte à Calva, Caen. Photo: Sarah BaxterFingers crossed, I descended the creaking stairs of the guesthouse to see if he’d been… It was 6.30am. Was it too early? When I reached the hallway, I found the bread hatch –

You Look Great…For Your Age. Umm, Thanks?

press sample affiliate link RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème Review Although it’s not commonly seen as one, this is a backhanded compliment: “You look great…for your age.” How many of us have heard that? Ever since entering my late 30’s (and now almost 41) it is something

NYX Eyeshadow Palettes: Big Color, Not Big Price

NYX is really a game changer in the budget beauty industry. The two latest NYX eyeshadow palettes-the Ultimate Multi-Finish Palette and the I Love You So Mochi Palette–are solid competition for expensive brands, both in their color range and formula. The NYX Ultimate Multi-Finish Palette ($20) contains four colors, and each color comes in three finishes (matte, shimmer and metallic). The Ultimate Multi-Finish Palette is available in four different color ranges: Smoke Screen (smokey tones); Sugar High (coral, blush, mauve tones); Warm Rust (warm rustic tones); and Electric (bright tones). I tested the Ultimate Multi-Finish Palette in Electric

Villages Nature Paris

Description: Holly Rooke visits French resort Villages Nature Paris, a large collection of holiday cottages just 20 miles from the French capital, to see large scale sustainable tourism in action. Holly Rooke visits French resort Villages Nature Paris, a collection of holiday cottages just 20 miles from the French capital, to see how it has incorporated sustainable principles into its large scale design and operations.Au naturel. Villages Nature Paris. Photo: Holly RookeThe new resort Villages Nature Paris, a collaboration between EuroDisney S.C.A

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Gloss: Swatches of all 20 Shades

press sample affiliate link Glosses that Dance to the Beat of Every Drummer Is there anything more fun than lip gloss? Not for me. Not right now. Why? Because new to the scene is Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine lip gloss in twenty colors and four finishes (at a totally reasonable $20 a piece), and we got to swatch and try all of them. Paaarrr-taay! We all know that Urban Decay is the patron saint of makeup glitter and funky colors, as well as the creator of the uber-popular Naked palettes, So while fun and funk is abound, there is always something

The Catalan Pyrenees, from the sea to the summits

Description: Our blog and video about our 12-day trip from the sandy beaches and coastal towns of Costa Brava to the snowy forests and towering peaks of Val d’Aran in the Catalan Pyrenees From the sandy beaches and coastal towns of Costa Brava to the snowy forests and towering peaks of Val d’Aran, Greentraveller’s bloggers Richard Hammond and Holly Rooke travelled with photographer Chris Willan through the wonderfully diverse landscapes of northern Catalonia into the Pyrenees. The trip was featured on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #CatalunyaExperience #Visitpirineus. Below are some of the highlights of the trip.1935 Hotel & ApartmentsOur first night was a great introduction to Catalan cuisine. In our opinion, the food

Villages Nature Paris: bringing sustainability to large-scale tourism

Description: Holly Rooke visits French eco-resort Villages Nature Paris, a collection of 900 holiday cottages just 20 miles from the capital, to see what large-scale sustainable tourism in action looks Holly Rooke visits French eco-resort Villages Nature Paris, a collection of 900 holiday cottages just 20 miles from the capital, to see what large-scale sustainable tourism in action looks likeVillages Nature Paris. Photo: Holly RookeThe new eco-resort Villages Nature Paris, a collaboration between EuroDisney S.C.A. and Groupe Pierre & Vacances Centre Parcs, is a collection of over 900 holiday cottages and apartments set in a tranquil, car-free landscape of forests, lakes and gardens. It expects to attract 1 million

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation: swatches of all 12 shades

press sample affiliate link What’s your shade? IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation swatches If IT Cosmetics had a cheerleading squad, I could be team captain. I get bubbly with happiness when I hear about a new release, and love pretty much everything the brand does. Even though I already own a bounty of IT’s face products, I’m giving a big “YAY team!” to its brand new Bye Bye Foundation release, which expands the color range to 12 versatile shades. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation ($39.50, 1fl oz.) is what it calls a

NEW Aveda Invanti Advanced for Thinning Hair

press sample affiliate link Naturally Thick, Full tresses are only a Pump and a Squeeze Away My hair battles are tortuous. My scalp is mostly to blame. Intensely oily skin and scalp makes for oily hair, greasy scalp and a hyperproliferation of skin cells. Unlike dry dandruff, the dead skin is seemingly glued to my scalp, awaiting exfoliation of some sort (which often is picking…ew, I know). Most things I tried haven’t been great. Nothing has worked across the board. My biggest fear is that I pull hair out with dead skin, damaging my scalp and preventing hair growth. Dear God, please don’t let me go bald. So then

What is The Mitty? And Why Will You Love It?

press sample Anyone who knows me can tell you that there is little I hate more than cluttering up the environment with a bunch of junk. Yes, disposable items are convenient and easy to use, but laziness is no excuse for turning the world into one big, ugly landfill. I don’t even use a whole cotton ball most of the time. Instead, I tear one ball up into a lot of little pieces. Which is

CLE Essence Moonlighter Cushion swatches and review

press sample affiliate link Introducing the Korean Skincare Line with a Bright Horizon The Asian aesthetic of clean, simple design is evident in many things that the Western World admires: fashion, décor, organization and, of course, beauty. CLE Cosmetics is a Korean Cosmetic line (that’s actually based in California!) that is minimally designed “for the modern woman”. CLE celebrates the effortless beauty of the natural state, and the self-care that is needed to achieve that beauty. We Wonder Women don’t need much, it seems. Not much more than taking care of ourselves and highlighting our beautiful, imperfect selves. Let’s start with the highlighting part. CLE Essence Moonlighter Cushion ($30) is

Beauty from India via SkinYoga

press sample International Beauty via Cosmoprof… Today we have Beauty from India that our editor/founder/chief beauty junkie Stef discovered at Cosmoprof last year, SkinYoga. So, settle into your asana and read on… SkinYoga was founded by three sisters who grew up with a chemical-free lifestyle that was deeply rooted in nature, with a strong belief in the importance of mental, physical and emotional balance. Sisters Radhika, Jagriti and Deepika personally seek out the best sources for their all-natural ingredients, which are inspired by ancient skincare wisdom throughout the world. And of course, they never test on animals (SO important to this animal lover!) I got to check out two products from the

MAC Liptensity Lipstick Swatches and Review

press sample affiliate link I went to the mall on Black Friday, intending to do some Christmas shopping for friends and family. Crazy, right? Just being there was a sensory overload, but things got even more intense at the MAC counter. I was mesmerized by the array of lip color on display. That’s where MAC blew my holiday shopping budget in record time with an updated release of their beyond-brilliant MAC Liptensity Lipsticks ($21) in nine new and three bring-back shades! I fell in love with Liptensity’s creamy, color-packed formula the first time around, and didn’t think I could love it

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Palette swatches, looks and review

press sample affiliate link ROCK goes GLAM this season… ROCK OUT with the Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette, featuring 20 amped up exclusive shades of metallic eyeshadow with a completely new eyeshadow formula to deliver maximum metallic madness. It’s a seriously jaw dropping palette–every detail of this palette was designed to release your inner glam-rock goddess. And if you act QUICK, it’s on sale at