Friday, 28 October 2011

Something for the Weekend... Bargain Beauty Treats

I’m all about the bargains so I had to share with you these little treats I picked up whilst shopping with my little sister.



First up, the Body Shop had a sale on. The Body Shop isn’t somewhere I normally shop but their body butters are famous, and quite rightly. Normally they retail for £12, but this Brazil nut butter was reduced to £5. It wasn’t the only one either – almond and raspberry were also in the deal. This one’s great for really dry skin, it’s so rich and gently fragranced. At this price I should have stocked up for Christmas gifts. I also couldn't resist this cellulite massager for just one pund! There’ve got plenty of other treats in the sale including make up, soaps and scrubs.



I had a £5 off No7 voucher burning a hole in my pocket so next stop was Boots where we spotted this really cute nail polish set. A bargain at £8, a steal at £3!





Then I got another voucher, what's a girl to do? So, I opted for this beautiful bronze metallic nail colour "Hot to Trot". Noramally £7, just £2 with the voucher. Perfect for the party season! I did a quick swatch on one of my nails and was really impressed with the formula. Very opaque and quick drying.  Have they changed the brush? It felt different and the polish glided on like a dream in one quick coating.





Total spend £11
I could have kept going but I stopped there. I've ordered a few online treats this week so had a reign it in.
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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Love it, Share it.... New River Island Ankle Boots


I usually spend the whole winter looking for the perfect coat and boots – hours spent searching online, traipsing round the shops and tearing out pages of magazines for inspiration, and by the time I finally find them it’s nearly Spring. Imagine my incredulity when I found my boots in SEPTEMBER! Then just this week I snapped up a winter coat, more on that another time.
I was actually in River Island looking for an evening dress when these bad boys caught my eye.


Now I have knee high boots and shoe boots and heeled boots and Ugg boots, but I really wanted a pair of daytime boots that were both “trendy” and comfortable. The type of boots that I could wear to work, but would also feel comfortable going out in... and these are it.

They’re so comfortable and reasonably practical – they’re warm, but I’ll not be trudging through the snow in them. They look great with jeans and tights and that little bit of a heel makes them feel quite sexy. I really love the gold buckle detail too.


They’re genuine suede and had £25 off – It’d have been rude not to J
For the last few weeks I’ve never had them off my feet. What will I do with myself all winter if I’m not fretting about my wardrobe?
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Countdown to... Kardashians for Nicole by OPI

It's the one we've all be waiting for and it won't long now until Kardashian's first nail collaboration hits our shelves.


Next in their quest for World domination the Kardashian sisters are set to follow in the footsteps of, er Shrek and Justin Beiber and launch their own range for nail giant OPI.

Kardashian Kolors from Nicole by OPI


From top row left to right: All Kendall-ed Up, Sealed with a Kris, Kim-pletely In Love, Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam, Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi, Rainbow in the S-kylie.
And bottom row, left to right: Disco Dolls, Listen to Your Momager!, Wear Something Spar-kylie, It’s All About the Glam, Follow Me on Glitter, Kendall on the Katwalk, My Empire… My Rules.

There are so many colours I want to get my hands and apparently this is only half of the range! I love the look of Rainbow in the S-kylie and Kendall on the Katwalk.

Due to hit stores in time for Christmas... Proof positive that the Kardashian sisters really do have it nailed!
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Hot new Lipstick Alert and Free Gift from 17!

17 have just added a seriously sexy new lipstick range to their collection. Supreme Shine Lipsticks work bold, virant colours with a new, lightweight formula.


Available in 13 beautiful shades - Barely Blush, Bon Bon, Pink Posey, Kissable, Hot Stuff, If You Please, Red Devil, Rich, Bella, Hot Flash, Day-glo, All About the Sass, Deep Secret.



Hot Stuff


For me red lipstick is like chocolate, I know it's not good for me but I just can't resist, but in Hot Stuff I think I've finally found my perfect red! Blue toned reds don't suit me, I find they drain the colour from my face. Coral reds and pinkish reds work better on my skin tone. This, I'd describe as a very flattering cherry red. It's rich, highly pigmented and fairly opaque. The forumla is easy to apply, slides on, a little waxy and very lightweight. The finish is a classic shine, but not sticky or glossy.






Pink Posey


Purples and Plums are so hot right now! Pink Posey is a very wearable pinky purple. It's bright and bold and my new party season go-to. Like before it's rich, highly pigmented and fairly opaque. The forumla is easy to apply, slides on, is a little waxy and very lightweight. The only drawback is it doesn't have the staying power of regular formulas, but it's a good excuse to whip it out and reapply.



OFFER ALERT - Check out this free gift with any two 17 products. Femme Noir


Supreme Shine Lipstick in store and online now, £4.99


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Monday, 24 October 2011

Create a Storm with Sleek's iDivine Eyeshadow Palette

Every now and then a new product comes along and you wonder how you ever lived without it. Sleek's iDivine Eyeshadow Palette is one of them!

Sleek Makeup is a reletively new one to the market, sold exclusively to Superdrug stores and online. It offers high quality, on trend products at bargain prices.



The Storm i-Divine palette comprises of 12 strong and rich shades perfect for accentuating the eyes and creating natural looks.

The velvet-touch consistency gives full and shimmering coverage to the eye lid for maximum effect. Each shade can be applied alone for a dramatic effect or mixed to create a personalised look.




I can't sing its praises enough. Did I mention this whole palette costs £6.49! At that price I assumed the quality would be compromised, WRONG! These are seriously high quality shades. They're so soft and velvetty, some shimmery, others matte and all highly pigmented and long lasting.



There are many other i-Divine's in the range - Sunset, Bad Girl, Acid, Oh so special... it was difficult to choose just one. Now that I know how brilliant they are, I've a feeling this one won't be alone for very long.

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Top 6 Foundations for Dry Skin and a Dewy Finish

Ok, it was 5, but I've discovered another wonder that deserves to be in this list...

I’ve had a few questions recently from people wanting to know what foundation I use and which ones are best for dewy skin. Looking for the perfect foundation is like searching for the perfect jeans… a long, pain saking and expensive experience, but when you find the right ones, it can be hugely rewarding. It’s such an important thing to get right, I know, I’ve spent years trying. I have dry skin and suffer occasional breakouts. I like a foundation that provides a light to medium coverage, with a natural dewy finish. Some people find one good foundation and stick to it, but I prefer to have a selection, you wouldn’t only have one pair of jeans would you? And with new products and technology you never know what you might be missing. Our skin is constantly changing, as do my foundations.

1.  Mac Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation £22.20

My favourite foundations change from time to time depending on the condition of my skin, the time of year etc, but this one’s been been a constant. It’s a fluid foundation that blends the natural light-reflecting properties of micro-minerals to create a smooth satin finish. Provides a low-to-medium,yet buildable coverage with a slightly luminous finish. It instantly improved my complexion; skin appears radiant, healthy, re- energized. Contains vitamins A, C and E to help nurture and condition the skin. Good for all skin types, especially normal-dry, which is why I love it. Easy to apply with fingers or brush (I prefer brush) and best finished with a dusting of Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder.

Best for: Dry Skin, great for day time

2.  Clinique Supermoisture Foundation £21


This one’s great, especially in the summer I find. The texture is thicker than Mac’s Satin finish, but the formula is light weight. It’s perfect for a dewy glow, I feel like it moisturisers my face all day, although it helps to keep a little finishing powder to hand so you don’t glow too much. Light coverage, soft and radiant looking. Apply with fingers for a more sheer finish.

Best for:  A light, dewy finish

3.  Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation £41.50


Expensive, and it knows it! Released last year it’s super creamy and luxurious, thick, yet lightweight once applied and does not set. You will get a high, yet natural coverage with a noticeable dewy glow. It’s super luxurious, but not the type I’d use daily.

Best for: Dry and older Skins


4.  Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation £23


My go to foundation when my skin’s in bad condition. It’s a creamy, luxurious, gel-based foundation that provides medium, to high coverage. It is fairly thick, but doesn’t look cakey and doesn’t set. It’s very hydrating, leaves skin looking soft, smooth and slightly dewy, plus a little goes a long way.

Best for: Skin that needs extra coverage, great for evening/longwear.


5.  Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Fluid Make up £31.66


Firmly positioned in the foundation hall of fame, it’s the go to make up for many celebrities and make up artist, frequently winning best foundation accolades. It’s the nearest you’ll come to skin in a bottle, but the coverage is a little too sheer for me – perfect if you’re blessed with a clear complexion. The light texture of Vitalumiere Fluid gives a slightly satin finish for a radiant natural youthful looking makeup. On the downside, Chanels colour range is quite limited.

Best for: Light weight, natural coverage  

6. L'Oreal's Lumi Magique Foundation



My newest entry...

I'm adding L'Oreal's Lumi Magique Foundation to this list. It's been my new go-to foundation for a few months now and is very deserving of its place in MY foundation Hall of Fame. It's a real glow getter. Medium coverage, easy to apply, blends like a dream with a dewy, luminous finish. Read the full review here

Best for: Everyday glow


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Friday, 21 October 2011

What's in October's Glossybox?

It's that time again!


October's Theme is the SIX PACK, as there's a 6th bonus product to celebrate 6 glorious months of Glossybox - can you believe this is the 6th Glossybox already?
When I saw names like Stila and Dermalogica on the card I was very excited...





Dermalogica Age Smart Multi Vitamin Thermafoliant 15ml A powerful thermal skin polisher that combines physical and chemical exfoliants. A full, 75ml bottle costs £40.50, therefore a 15ml equivalent is worth £8.10.

Dermalogica Age Smart Multi Vitamin Power Recover Masque 15ml. A full 70 ml bottle retails for £33, equivilant 15ml worth £7.07 A powerful masque of concentrated antioxidant vitamins to help skin recover and regenerate.

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Colour & Care Nail Polish 12ml Leighton Denny Nail colour in Hanky Panky, a true orange shade. I love nail polish and was very excited to see Leighton Denny’s name on the card, but I’m a little disappointed at the shade. I have orange nail polish and don’t find it very wearable. I tested it on one nail, the quality is very good and the colour very opaque, no need for three coats with this one. I would have been happier with the baby pink or blue though. Full size product worth £11.



Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeline in Moray Another full size product, worth £13. I love Stila and have high hopes for this little stick. A lovely olive shade with golden flecks – can’t wait to try it.

Robert Piguet Eau de Parfums Fracas de Robert Piquet, Visa de Robert Piguet and Calypso de Robert Piguet are three signature scents from the ‘most Parisian of fashion designers’.

And the sixth, bonus gift Dermalogica Renewal Lip Complex 1ml with a handy little bag to keep all your new Dermalogica gifts safe. A daily treatment that restores the delicate lip tissue. Full size 1.75ml product retails for £22.50, so this mini version is worth £12.85  




I think this is a really good box – a perfect mix of make up, skin care and fragrance. I’m very excited to try the Dermalogica products and the Stila liner, and as ever, I'll let you know my thoughts.
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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Tried and Tested – Best Volumising Mascaras

I’m falling in love again with mascara.

For many years I’ve been a one mascara kind a gal. That one being Lancôme’s Hypnose, which I still love, but after playing the field and discovering the wonderful Falsifeye by 17 I realised that mascaras had moved on, and without me! With new ones hitting the market all the time it’s difficult to keep up, but in an attempt to update my knowledge, I’ve road tested some of the new kids on the block. They all have one thing in common – they promise the World, they don’t all deliver.

No7 Lash Adapt £12.50 7ml


I had high hopes for this mascara, especially since Boots rolled it out with a huge marketing campaign and tied its release with the £5 off voucher. The second most expensive mascara on the list, it certainly wasn’t anywhere near the best. This one markets itself as offering buildable volume. The first thing I noticed was that it didn’t coat the lashes generously enough, I had to keep dipping the wand back in for more. It took around 3 for 4 coatings to achieve what I’d call volume, but by this point the lashes were starting to look spidery, feathery and a tad clumpy, see the pic. It did have separating and lengthening qualities, but it didn’t have the WOW factor. I'd say this one is a good everyday mascara, one to two coats gives a natural flutter, more and it looks clumpy. It did last well with no smudging.


Good for: Seperating and fanning the lashes
Bad for: Quick application
Score: 6/10

Revlon Custom Eyes Mascara £9.99 5ml


Whilst it doesn’t market itself as a volumising marcara, it does promise drama. The first point to note is that this mascara has two settings 1. Length and Drama, 2. Length and Definition. You twist the wand handle to change between the two, but in reality I’m struggling to notice what difference it makes. The second point is it had a RUBBER wand, a wobbly rubber wand at that, which I’m not a fan of. Despite this, the mascara was fairly easy to use, you get used to the flexi brush and it was good for getting right down to the root. The mascara separates and fans out the lashes. It added length, layers well, but definitely no drama here.


Good for: Length
Bad for: Fiddly rubber wand
Score: 6.5/10

Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara £9.99 10ml


What sets this one aside from other mascara is it’s size! The tube is large, the wand is large and the brush is HUGE.  It seems unnecessarily so, it’s certainly longer than the eyes width and I imagined it would end up all over the place. But it was easy to use and not too cumbersome. The formula I liked – no clumping or smudging and lasted all day. It coats the lashes quickly and generously, but not excessively. Again I found it created more length than volume. It was buildable but certainly didn’t have the WOW factor. My main criticism was that some how, it made me look like a had less lashes. I guess the bulkiness of the brush means it doesn’t separate or fan the lashes. It was also difficult to wash off, I needed to use eye make up remover as well as my usual face wash.


Good for: Quick application
Bad for: Washing off
Score: 6.5/10

Maybelline Volume Express Cat Eyes Mascara £7.99 10ml


Cat eyes by name, cat eyes by nature. This one did live up to the hype. Like a moth to a flame I was drawn to this one by its appearance – bright yellow fat tube with a band of leopard print, you can’t miss it! Now the brush takes some getting used to, it’s very small, curved and quite fiddly. I didn’t feel like I had great control, but it is good for getting down to the root of the lash and inside the inner corners. The formula I like, it immediately and generously coats the lashes and is very buildable. It separated the lashes, fanning them across the upper lid for that wide-eyed/cat eye look. It lengthened and curved the lashes with no smudging and no clumping!



Good for: Separating and curving the lashes
Bad for: Fiddly brush
Score: 7/10

17 FALSIFEYE Mascara £6.49 9ml


Everything about this mascara is BIG –the name, the chunky, bright pink tube, the results and unfortunately the wand. That’s my only criticism the wand is quite fat and cumbersome and I found it difficult to get in to the inner corners of the eye. BUT it’s that same fat wand that makes this mascara quick and easy to use. A quick coating really does add heaps of volume and creates that wide eye look. Add two or three coats to create a dramatic false lash effect. No clumping, no smudging and washes off with my regular face wash. Whats’s more amazing about this mascara is it’s price! It was my favourite mascara, for about a week until Lancôme released Doll Eyes, but remains a firm favourite and is pretty safe in my beauty hall of fame.


Good for: Volume and value for money
Bad for: Clumpy brush
Score: 8/10

Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes £20.50


I’m a life long fan of Lancôme mascaras, for years Hypnose has been my favourite, but I haven’t loved their every offering – Amplicils didn’t do it for me, nor did Virtuose but with Doll Eyes they’ve hit the spot, well mine at least. This mascara has the holy grail WOW-factor. If you’re looking for drama – this one has it! It coats lashes generously, gives instant volume, separates, fans and creates the illusion of having more lashes than you do. One coating is all you need, but if you’re looking for the false lash effect, a couple more coats will do it – but be warned, mine end up poking my eye brows! I especially love the brush; it’s tapered at one end making it easy to get to the small lashes in the inner corners and separate the clusters at the outer edges. The only downside I can find, is that it’s prone to some smudging beneath the lower lash line, but I did road test it in the Greek heat! It’s pretty expensive too but I'm hooked! Doll eyes is now my number one mascara and secret weapon when I need some va va voom!


Good for: Volume, Drama and speed
Bad for: Smudging
Score: 9/10
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