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As for the original question, I don't have recommendations. I replace things as I need them or as they take my fancy in the shops. The few things I bought after others raved about them have been a disappointment.
I recommend Tesco's spray body dry oil, it looks a bit like the Sanctuary range and is called something like Calcot Manor. Nice light smell and perfect for summer legs, and about £6.
I strongly suspect Boots of doing that btw and frequently report posts to MNHQ for it but they don't find anything conclusive. Like when the new Protect and Perfect range came out there were threads started to big it up in a really weird way. And then also for their colour matching foundation thing. Haven't spotted them in a while though.
I LOVE this tshirt from next. I bought it in white and loved it so much I got the blue, and I'll be getting the grey too. It's the perfect non-see through, non-clingy cotton, with a flattering v neck and dipped back hem. I love it.
Also, I am a pr, I've worked with some beauty brands. Not saying it doesn't happen, but I wouldn't bother and nor would any of the pr teams I've worked for, as our work is measured by impact, so if we get an item mentioned in grazia or on guardian online we can say to the client 'heres a piece of press coverage, the reach is x million, that's worth £x' based on the readership of the media title and how much they would charge for the equivalent amount of advertising space.
It wouldn't impress my client to show them that I'd made up some usernames and posted some comments, as that's not what I'm paid for or what my skill is.
As I say, I'm sure it has happened, but the kind of major brands you're talking about just wouldn't bother for the limited reach a thread would have, compared to, say, putting in a phone call to daily mail online
I have just ordered the Vichy Aqualia, I need a good hydrating serum as I've simplified my skincare routine right down to Cetaphil for cleansing and Cerave PM for moisturising, but I need more moisture.
I would second - third? the recommendation for an acid toner but I use Bravura's calendula toner. It's made an immediate and dramatic difference to my skin. It's all about acids!
Bumble - I also have dry dehydrated skin and the Bravura calendula one doesn't irritate my skin at all. It's quite strong so I use it every 2/3 nights with no problems at all, my skin is smooth and glowing.
I still wouldn't be able to take that to a client as it's not a piece of media coverage that I could 'own'. PR is about speaking to journalists, pitching in stories and negotiating space and publishing dates for those stories. I could speak to the mn team and put a client forward for a mumsnet q+a, or have a story covered in an article on mn, but conversation on the forum isn't my remit, and mn organically choosing something from that conversation and mentioning it would be nice, but not something I could ask a client to pay me for
I second the boots botanical BB cream it is really great, not orange at all and has a nice texture. Also like the nip+fab dragons blood pads for my oily skin, boden t-shirts and joules or boden breton tops, next lift & shape jeans...also bras, get your fitting done at somewhere like bravissimo and a properly fitted bra is a life changer!