Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum by Rodial


Having used Rodial’s cult line, the ‘Dragon’s Blood’ range for several years, I wanted to mix things up and try something new. The skin quickly gets used to routine, and a bit of a shake-up often works wonders for pepping up a complacent complexion!

I wanted something that has the wow factor; something that I could rely on when I’ve been averaging 3 hours sleep a night for a week, under pressure, and expected to look my best under unforgiving studio lights. In short, a bottle of alchemy was the order of the day.

I’d heard about the Pink Diamond Instant Lifting serum, and it sounded like the kind of bottled magic I was after. Containing real diamond powder, potent enzymes and vitamin C, it provides a powerful dose of skin-tightening luminosity. I tried this product throughout a week when I was feeling particularly beleaguered, and the effects were every bit as impressive as I’ve come to expect from Rodial.

It really does transform the skin, lift contours, shrink pores until they’re almost invisible and adds a visible ‘sleep effect’ to the skin. Its light-reflecting magic was noted by several friends and colleagues, who told me I looked more ‘rested’ despite a week of deadlines and events. The Rodial wand strikes again!

I would keep this product as my go-to for pre-events, or when your skin needs turbocharging. Of course, like the other serums in the Rodial range, you can use it as part of your daily routine, and the accumulative effect combats sagging, worn out skin, works on homogenising the skin tone and boosting clarity and radiance.

I also used the Pink Diamond Instant Lifting sheet mask, which works on the same premise and delivers an instant hit of skin tightening peptides. The bio-cellulose face sheets suffuse the skin with hydration and lock in moisture to plump and refresh. Perfect for pre/post parties, Monday mornings, or any other skin SOS.

These are definitely two wonder products in the Rodial arsenal I shall be keeping close by!

In my next Rodial blog I shall be looking at the super luxurious Rose Gold range, so stay tuned!


Heidi xoxox

111 Skin

I was recently treated to a 111 Skin facial for my birthday, which left my skin super plump & glowing, & I couldn’t wait to try some of the range, ahead of filming.

The launch of 111 Skin, a luxury, cosmeceutical range pioneered by Harley St cosmetic surgeon Dr Yannis Alexandrides, promises to excite even the most ‘seen it all’ beauty addicts.

With over 20 years of reconstructive & rejuvenative experience, Dr Yannis is a seminal figure & one of the first surgeons to advocate non-surgical skincare.

The high-end range of treatment masks, serums, boosters, & moisturisers combine cutting-edge, uber high tech ingredients, including the patented NAC Y2; an amalgam of peptides & antioxidants to combat and reverse ageing, accelerating skin renewal & its reparative capacity.

One of the stand out products I tried, & which has become something of a cult status product, is the ‘Y Theorum Repair Serum. The serum boosts collagen production, cellular renewal, & works of strengthening the elastic fibres of the skin, coating it in amino & aminocaproic acids to soothe, protect and heal.

I’ve been using the Y serum for over a month & have to say that it lives up to its status. The texture is like a silky film which glides onto the skin & is rapidly absorbed. It’s got a luxurious feel & the results are noticeable from the first few applications. Even when I’m tired and lacking sleep, it peps my skin, diminishes redness & generally makes me look like I’ve had a mini-break. So potent is the patented formula, it can even be used effectively on postoperative or laser scarring.

The second must-have in this range is the Rose Gold Brightening Mask. It’s a luxurious hydrogel mask infused with 24K Gold & Damask Rose Extract, designed to lift, replenish & hydrate.  I used it before an important event & immediately saw that my skin was not only brightened & tightened, but the lack of sleep I’d had was magically erased. It’s a real antidote to city skin & made my skin dewy and luminous.

Not only are the products beautifully designed, but they also live up to their promises, & most importantly are cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. I hate wearing lots of make-up, & with these products, it was a lot easier to go bare-faced!

A fantastic, luxury range that over delivers. I love it x

Available at Harrods, Harvey Nichols & Space NK


A few days into using the magical Y Theorum

A few days into using the magical Y Theorum

The Rose Gold Mask, infused with 24 carat gold, is a great pre-event pick me up

The Rose Gold Mask, infused with 24 carat gold, is a great pre-event pick me up

1001 Remedies

I've always been a huge fan of aromatherapy-based products, predicated on the healing and restorative properties of the essential oils.

I recently discovered 1001 Remedies, a French company, which has developed an exquisite range of wellness and beauty products, orientated to restoring, soothing and uplifting the mind and body, with the emphasis on mindful beauty and holistic living.


I'm particularly in love with the Night Balm which is a salve for the spirit, as much as it is the skin. It works on combating fatigue, insomnia, stress and environmental skin aggressors and is packed full of skin-saving alchemy and smells absolutely divine. It contains a blend of neroli, lavender and chamomile, each known for their therapeutic and healing properties.  After a stressful week of late nights and early starts in Cannes, it was the perfect rescue remedy, and a travel must have! 

The air purifier spritz is also beautiful for creating a tranquil and uplifting atmosphere at home or even in the car!

Best of all the company ethos is organic, cruelty-free and vegan. Such a wonderful company!



Skin Saving Treats

It's been a while since my last blog after a crazy start to the year, but here I am with a fantastic new treatment I discovered, which I have to say, I was thrilled with.

I visited the clinic of world-renowned cosmetic surgeon and skin genius, Dr Angelica Kavouni, at her practice in Harley St. With the Cannes Film Festival around the corner, I wanted to get my skin in tip-top condition without having anything surgical or invasive.


My skin is pretty good generally, mainly owing to my vegan diet, but living in Central London, it takes a fair amount of battering on a daily basis.

Dr Kavouni listened to my concerns and suggested the Obagi Radiance peel might be a perfect antidote and never having had a peel before, I was excited but slightly nervous, too. I needn't have been though, as I was in such expert hands, and Dr Kavouni is as lovely as she is highly skilled.

The entire treatment took less than twenty minutes, and there was absolutely no discomfort, barely even a tingle, and I left the clinic with skin so glowy I felt thirteen again, almost!

The process involves applying a layer of salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and a unique blue paste, customised to your skin type, which gently but effectively sloughs away the superficial skin layers to reveal a clearer, brighter and more uniform complexion. Best of all though, is that it continues working its alchemy over the following seven days, so while the effect is an immediate tightening and plumping, it continues to improve over the course of a week.

I was advised to expect some mild peeling after the treatment, but it's day two, and so far there hasn't been any, just better, more luminous skin. It's so lovely to walk around with a bare face and feel confident, with a lit from within, filter effect glow.

I just loved the treatment, and most of all the entire Obagi range is cruelty-free and vegan. I will definitely be back for more!

Thanks, Dr Kavouni!

Nurturing Children With The Right Foods

When World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015 announced red meat a class 1 carcinogen, equal only to cigarettes and asbestos, the question became if we cannot or will not give up meat for ourselves, then surely it's time we stopped feeding it to our children?

Surely most responsible, caring parents would be horrified to know they were actively contributing to their child's risk of developing cancer and other chronic illnesses. If giving children, cigarettes is deemed irresponsible and abusive then surely feeding them the equivalent is?

Shockingly though the message for many still hasn't hit home, and while sales of meat and dairy are steadily declining, it is not commensurate to the overwhelming evidence, anecdotal and clinical, on the adverse effects of feeding your children toxic animal products.

Even the most cursory google search around the subject will provide all the facts and statistics to convince the most recalcitrant to abandon meat and dairy. So why then are people still feeding their children a potent cocktail of carcinogens, antibiotics, puss, growth hormones, uric acid, mercury, cortisol and other delightful ingredients all contained in meat, fish and dairy?

Factors like societal conditioning and familial pressure play a large part. The lies peddled by both the dairy and meat industries have embedded themselves into the fabric of our collective psyche, which for some people is hard to throw off. Thankfully though we are in 2017 and spoilt with a repository of information at our fingertips, to cross-check and analyse for ourselves and surely as parents, we would all want to do this for the well-being of our children? You'd think.

The answer to why we cannot admit to ourselves that our choices are not just morally wrong, but putting our children at risk, is a mixture of cognitive dissonance, laziness and denial.

Milk, we have been told is an excellence source calcium and vitamin D which will strengthen our bones and give us radiant skin and hair. LIE. There is no naturally found Vitamin D present in dairy milk. It is added afterwards in synthesised form. Far from being good for us, dairy triggers gut inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, autism, diabetes, osteoporosis, migraine, brain fog, lethargy, grey sallow skin, accelerated ageing and a plethora of other degenerative conditions. 

Why? Well, nature intended milk to turn a baby calf into a two-ton cow; it is wholly unintended to benefit the human digestive tract. Aside from the cruelty involved in the dairy industry, the mixture of puss, secretions, hormones and antibiotics is fed into your child's gut where it will ferment a provide a springboard for so many adverse health conditions.

While your child might not develop acne or eczema overnight, you can bet that a dairy manifested allergy will present itself at some point, whether it is skin deep or otherwise. It's not that we're lactose intolerant - we're just not baby cows.

Speaking from personal experience, as a teenager I was constantly told drinking lots of milk would make me tall and strong. What is actually did was cause me acne and headaches to the point I needed to miss time at school, such was my sore skin and migraines. It did not improve until I eliminated every source of dairy from my diet. 

There is no vitamin or mineral present is dairy that cannot be found in clean, wholesome sources of foods; from delicious plant milks and cheeses, fortified cereals, tofu, legumes, lentils, seitan, vegetables, quinoa, the list goes on. So why cause suffering to your child and others when you don't have to?

Today we are spoilt for choice with a market saturated with alternatives. Children love colour, and a vegan diet is full of it. But children are led by their parents, so it needs to be fun. There is not one meat-based recipe I have not found a vegan version of, from chilli to paella - the options are plentiful.

The answer to all the adverse health conditions and cruelty involved in the meat and dairy industry is not, as some would counter, the organic versions.

'Organic' 'Humane' 'Welfare Assured' 'RSPCA Approved' are merely marketing falsities which the industry attempts to placate us with, and assuage our guilt so they can keep peddling their lies. It's a multi-billion pound industry, and let me assure you, people's health is their last consideration.

Even a desultory look at the conditions that chickens live in on a so-called 'free-range' farm will reveal just how duplicitous these labels are. Cramped, full of squalor and disease farm animals are anything but well-treated, irrelevant of whatever stamp a supermarket puts on the packet.

The British Advertising Standards Agency recently found in favour of the Go Vegan World to run its 'Human Milk Is A Myth' campaign, recognising the mendacious way the dairy industry works.

When an animal is slaughtered it experiences as you would expect acute terror and pain, releasing both uric acid and cortisol which floods its system. There is no way to remove these highly toxic compounds from the flesh so it must pass from them to us where it sits in our gut, commonly taking a week or sometimes longer to entirely exit the digestive tract. The human digestive system is unsuited to meat, we lack the enzymes and hydrochloric acid to break it down, as true carnivores are able to successfully. Our intestinal tract is also too long, three times longer than carnivores, which explains why meat sits and rots in our system, unlike true carnivores which have far shorter tracts.

Lastly, there is a reason that we take children fruit picking and not to the slaughterhouse; by nature children instinctively want to nurture and care for animals. Wouldn't you want to raise a child that has respect for all life and the environment in which they live? It after all the legacy that they will inherit.

If we were really meant to eat animals, then we would the have the stomach to kill them ourselves, Except we do not. We shield our eyes, and our children's eyes from the horrific reality that we pay someone else to do, so we won't have to.

Below are just a few links among the thousands available:

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Dr Lancer Skincare Review

Another great line I've recently discovered is Dr Lancer. I'd heard about the LA-based skin care wizard to the stars, and was keen to try his much-lauded Advanced Vitamin C Radiance cream.

Using high end, medical grade ingredients including retinol, vitamin C & Shea butter, it promises to restore lacklustre skin to luminosity by gently sloughing away pigmentation, UV damage, sun spots, and 'city face' wan. Vitamin C & retinol work synergistically to increase collagen production and cellular renewal, meaning younger, fresher skin.

I was particularly impressed with the texture which glided on and immediately absorbed to leave a velvety film, which felt like a second, almost protective skin.

Immediately my skin brightened, and within a few days, I could notice a difference in clarity. My skin seemed plumper and rosier despite a week of late nights.

I'm definitely impressed enough to try the rest of the range, and of course, the best part is it's completely cruelty-free.


Yes, our products are never tested on animals and don’t contain any animal by-products. Also, our sea algae is harvested from special algae farms as not to deplete the natural supply of ocean algae.

I use Lancer in conjunction with Metier De Beaute Instant Line Perfecting serum - another fantastic discovery. It works really well under the Lancer moisturiser and packs a powerful punch to fine lines, dullness and is particularly great for toning and lifting.

I'm generally quite sceptical when it comes to the hype around new beauty products, but in both cases, I was really impressed. They're not cheap, but the quality of the ingredients are premium grade, and they also last a long time. Great when you need to look your best and haven't time for facials!

Another amazing cruelty-free line.

Rodial Skin Care Review

With beauty products becoming more high tech than A.I, the rise of biotechnology in skin care has created a world within a world, a parallel universe if you like, plumping the gap between anodyne brands to a market that expects a double PhD in biochemistry.

The advent of cosmeceuticals, a synergistic blend of medicine and beauty, has been redefining the gold standard for the past decade or so. But it’s really been the last few years that the mass market has been invited to try a piece of the pie.

Brands such as Dr Lancer, Alegenist, Sarah Chapman and Rodial have all capitalised on the idea that today’s discerning client - prepared to wait 8 weeks for an appointment with the latest facialist du jour - expects nothing less than incontrovertible proof from the science lab that the elixirs in her bathroom cabinet are worthy of the Nobel.

Although this is not new, with skin care gurus to the stars Dr. Perricone & Dr. Sebagh (Cindy Crawford apparently has the latter to Thanksgiving dinner) launching their lines some years back, it introduced the concept that while you couldn’t have a celebrated skin surgeon on your speed dial, you could have a little of him in your bathroom.

The popularity of cosmeceutical brands, which combine high-end luxury with a science PhD, reveals just how far the market has evolved, with client expectation at the core. It is no longer enough for companies to extol the virtues of peptides, throw in some pleasant smelling neroli oil and create packaging to rival Faberge.

With consumers wise to the gimmickry and false promises of the beauty industry, a tougher audience has emerged, able to calibrate and corroborate every claim and ingredient list within a digital click.

In today's discerning, over saturated market, customers expect complete transparency, authenticity and integrity when choosing skincare. Efficacy alone no longer cuts it. The high-end beauty expectation is that products have not only been ethically sourced and tested, but they have also incorporated the latest advances in stem cell science, along with medical grade hyaluronic acid, retinol and some gold leaf as a finishing touch. It is alchemy after all!

Then there is Rodial who exploded onto the market with an alchemist’s dream of terrifyingly titled lines such as Glamtoxy Snake Serum, and my own personal favourite Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel.

Rodial soon became a cult name, and it’s cult product, the Dragons Blood Sculpting gel became a wait list product.

Obviously, we do not live in 16th Century China, so none of these products actually contain venom or blood, dragon’s or otherwise, but what they do combine are high-end botanicals with clinical ingredients known as cosmeceuticals.

Rodial’s dragon's blood complex is, in fact, a sap from the Croton Lechleri tree, which reduces redness and environmental sensitivity by creating a film like barrier on the skin.

Having sensitive skin myself I tried the Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel, which promises to calm, lift and contour, all in one magical pump.

Within a few hours my sensitive skin, continually affronted by its London life, had not only calmed & brightened, but a 10-hour sleep-like glow had transposed the fatigued city pallor.

Needless to say, I was a convert, and the Dragons Blood range is a firm stable (pun intended). Not quite ready for a one-dimensional face that injectables can give, I was also keen to try Rodial’s other celebrated line, the Glamtoxy Snake range.

Claiming to make the need for injections redundant (hurray), it works on the same pretex as botox. A line eraser in a bottle, essentially. I had high hopes, having been already hit by the dragon’s wand.

The main ingredients are Syn®-Ake Dipeptid, a synthetic peptide which inhibits, or ’freezes’ muscle contractions in the same way that botox performs, and Haloxyl, which drain toxins. It also contains the miracle plumper hyaluronic acid and oxygen to recharge worn out skin.

I applied the Snake eye cream after a particularly aggressive week of after shows and cocktails and held my breath for the alchemy to work.

Again, as if by magic, my sleep deprived face took on an almost ethereal hue, only achievable for the under 20s or after three weeks in St. Bart’s, and I was routinely asked in sly asides who my derm was.

What I like and respect about brands such a Rodial is that while they aren’t cheap, they are still accessible. Ok, so Harrods and Harvey Nichols have concessions, and SPACE NK are main stockists, but the way I look at it, a £80 jar of magic must be far cheaper than quarterly trips to the needle-ville.

The final thumbs up, which as a vegan is the most important to me, the brand are resolutely cruelty-free, which unlike other high-end brands means you can indulge knowing no snakes, dragons or any other animal has been harmed in the pursuit of timeless youth.

With beauty moving away from the frozen, or pillow-faced look, brands like Rodial really do give people realistic alternatives to invasive treatments, fillers and peels. Rodial is a product range worthy of its cult status and conspicuous names. In short, a real face-game changer.

I use the Dragons Blood sculpting gel daily and love how dewy it makes my skin feel & appear

I use the Dragons Blood sculpting gel daily and love how dewy it makes my skin feel & appear