New this month from Philosophy


Philosophy Hope In A JarPopular skincare brand Philosophy are back this month with some great products, among them are three fantastic formulas that I have been trying out…

Hope In A Jar Night

Philosophy skincare was put on the map long before we stocked it when Oprah Winfrey openly endorsed on her TV show, the ‘Hope In A Jar Moisturiser’. This revolutionised the skincare routine of anyone that was scared of moisturiser and had been missing it out because.

It was famously termed ‘a drink of water for the skin’, not a pot of heavy or greasy oil.

Philosophy Hope In A Jar NightSince then, many years have passed and lovers of this still top-selling moisturiser have grown older, hence the launch of ‘Hope In A Jar Night’. it has taken many years to perfect the texture which has an instant, amazingly rich and retexturising feeling, satisfying dry and thirsty skin areas. Uniquely, it changes within a few seconds into a quickly absorbing hydrator with no residue left on the surface of the skin.

It has rehydrating, anti-ageing and resurfacing ingredients and would be best suited for someone that would love the benefits of ‘a beauty sleep’ but finds other products too rich or too oily.

This also means it may suit you if you perspire through the night or in hot, muggy weather and also through the menopause where the wish for anti-ageing of a night time is contradicted by the hot flushes of the skin which mean that often products don’t absorb for you. Remember to use SPF during the day, of course, as this does contain AHAs.

The sexy black packaging means that it is easy to identify as your night treatment and is completely unisex. Indeed I think the men will love it too because of the fresh, smooth, matt feeling you get within a few seconds of application.

It comes in a 60ml jar which is an above average size (50ml) and can be used by younger skins (mid 20’s onwards) when you start to notice that, if you are using a day cream at night, you are having to put more on. Because it has appealing action on the skin, don’t be tempted to put a thick layer on as this will just roll off. You can put water or gel based serums on underneath. A favourite would be When Hope Is Not Enough serum.

Philosophy Orange Blossom EDTField of Flowers Orange Blossom – eau de toilette spray

This is coming in perfect time for the emergency maxi-dress shop that I, and many of you will have done for the spasmodic heat waves. With less formal clothing, floaty loose fabrics, and summer colours and prints, have you ever thought about a fragrance that compliments your outfit, not just your personality or mood?

Field of Flowers ‘Orange Blossom’ is like a beautiful summer day where all the doors are open in the house and a light breeze is travelling through with the delicate, clean but warm scent of orange blossom and you wish that every day could smell this good. Well now it can.

So for those of you that love some of the natural, active skincare ingredients of brands that use orange blossom such as Decleor, Liz Earle, AD Skin Synergy, Emma Hardie and Sarah Chapman, this ingredient in skincare, often known as ‘Neroli Oil has fantastic balancing and hydrating action on the skin. It also has the added benefit of an intoxicating natural fragrance which makes your skincare both effective and enjoyable.

The pure love of this fragrance is now celebrated by Philosophy in the ‘Orange Blossom’ edition of their ‘Field of Flowers’ fragrance giving a sweet, honey floral scent but balanced with a clean, green undertone; it is perfect for hot days and holidays.

Philosophy In The Buff - Sun-kissed FaceIn The Buff – Sun-Kissed Face

This is a modern twist on a tinted moisturiser and results in a fresher, more glowing natural colour with a more hydrated feel to the skin than the traditional tints. It comes in a fantastically generous 60ml tube and will be extremely economical to use because of its light-weight texture. What makes this product clever is that it contains Philosophy’s newest ‘In The Buff’ skin perfectors.

This gives, with encapsulated pigment spheres, a natural colour and tint to the skin that doesn’t streak or sweat off until you cleanse it off but, unlike a self-tan, which this isn’t, it doesn’t have the disadvantages of the self-tan smell or the drying ingredients.

It comes in two shades, light and medium which will each cover about six difference skin shades. Don’t be fooled by the cream that comes out of the tube, because its not until you start to massage it, that you realise the almost undetectable vanilla looking capsules are actually full of pigment power that gives a fresh burst of dewy colour that blends in and adapts to your skin tone.

If you find tinted moisturisers both look too greasy and sweat off too easily and you have tried sports tints, often from self tan brands, which are very dark and can be tricky to apply and you found them too frightening, then this is a perfect new hybrid offering colour with hydration that is streak free and lasts all day.

If you need coverage in your make-up then this product will not be for you as it wont hide spots, dark circles etc. But if you are looking for colour enhancement rather than heavy make-up and a youthful effortless glow then this will be perfect. If you need a little extra help, you could add concealers/light reflectors to under eye dark circles but the beauty of this product is not to mask your skin but to enhance it.

Ali X

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  1. carol atherton July 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    is in the buff anything like my favourite that seems to have been retired- poreless flawless please

  2. Martha July 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    When is philosophy next on qvc?

  3. Lisa July 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Can you please address the fragrance issue on the ‘Hope in a jar Night’ as per the US QVC website reviews. Thank you.

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