30 Nov 2012

Draw The Line

A few weeks ago I received a Boots gift card for my birthday which I quickly spent on makeup. Shock horror. Boots were having their 3 for 2 across all makeup items so I picked up a fair few things 3 of those being some Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliners. These are fabulous. I had wanted to try them for a while and had seen some really good reviews about the Nude colour, I was excited to try them out.

 Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black, Nude and Bronze 

I’ve always been a huge fan of coloured eyeliner (I went back and got the blue and silver ones too) – even if it looks a little 80′s. I’ve found these waterproof Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohls really do stay put all day and I’m a devil for rubbing and messing with my eyes throughout the day and these stay put regardless. Rimmel claim they will withstand ‘tears, sweat, humidity’ and they don’t lie. These are stubborn and I was shocked with how well they lasted esp as they’re only £3.99.

They glide on the eye with minimum effort and they do not drag at all. They’re creamy and all of the ones I have tried (5 in total) are all really pigmented without having to go over and over the same line. They are an inexpensive way to get a flash of colour that will stay all day. Perfect for me as I hate to reapply when I am out and rarely carry much makeup with me .

The nude colour is perfect for the waterline to brighten tired eyes and make them look bigger. The black is a great bold black it’s really quite dark and that deep colour transfers well on to the lid or waterline. I also like the bronze shade for when I wear a neutral eye and it blends so well. It has a slight shimmer to it. Not glittery but when the light hits it looks almost metallic it’s really pretty.

These eyeliners come in 7 shades from a classic black to a gorgeous silver. I highly recommend you try to pick these up esp when on offer. Full price they are £3.99 from Boots. Such a total bargain. Have you tried any of these Rimmel eyeliners? How did you find them?

 

28 Nov 2012

BBloggers Event at Harvey Nichols Manchester

On Tuesday night I joined about 40 other bloggers at an event in Harvey Nichols Manchester where we sipped on bubbly ate Macaroons and got to browse / shop the lovely makeup counters. Each of the counters were offering something different. You could find your perfect red lip at Chanel, learn how to get the perfect smokey eye at Stila or have an Elemis Skin Consultation (wish I’d had enough time to do that).

Bobbi Brown, Creme De La Mere and Rodial all gave talks / demonstrations. They gave an overview of their brands and spoke a little about their best-selling products. The lady from Bobbi Brown focused on their skincare & spoke about wearing a bold lip during the winter. Rodial introduced us to their Snake Mask, BB Cream and Fake Tan. The Snake Mask is now on my wish list, that stuff looks amazing. Creme De La Mere spoke passionately about skincare and the importance of using the right routine for your age. Bit out of my price range but it was interesting none the less.

Lovely Stila Christmas Offerings

I’ve recently booked a holiday to San Francisco so was on a total spending ban but I really enjoyed looking at the new Christmas releases and meeting some lovely bloggers.

Ashleigh from Belles n Bows getting a Smokey eye – courtesy of Stila 

Victor & Rolf Display

Bobbi Brown demonstration

Creme De La Mere skincare talk 

Anastasia of Dainty Desires red lip courtesy of Chanel 

Rodial BB Cream demonstration 

I would like to say a huge thankyou to Katie Atkinson for organising this event I had a lovely time. Also here are blog links to some of the ladies I met there. Dainty Desires, Palindrome Poppet, Belles n Bows, Jodie Wynyan and Miss Danielle

If you attended please link me to your post.

 

24 Nov 2012

Winter Hair Care

As we know winter is terrible for drying out our skin – but I also find it does the same to my hair. My hair is naturally dark brown and during the winter months it goes really dull and can get quite dry. So I picked up some hair oils, just ones from Boots nothing fancy pants. I have never used hair oil on a regular basis and so wanted to start with something that’s not too expensive. About 6 weeks ago I bought 2 products from Vo5.

Vo5 Miracle Concentrate / Vo5 Moisture Soak Elixir

 First up the Vo5 Hot Oil Shower Works Moisture Soak, you use this on wet hair before shampooing. I normally leave it in a good 10 minutes before washing it out. I have used this once a week for the past 6 weeks and still have a few uses left in it. I don’t use too much, there is an indicator on the tube but I don’t really go off that. It depends how long / thick your hair is as too how much oil you use.

This oil does leave my hair feeling really soft and hydrated. I don’t think its a holy grail product by any means. I would say it’s great value for money, as you can pick it up from Boots for £4.29. It does give my hair a lovely shine and has helped give it a moisture boost – so all in all I’ve been happy with this Vo5 Oil but I’m interested to see how it holds up against some others. Have you used any hair oils? Which would you recommend?

Up next is the Vo5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir with Argan Oil – this little bottle has found a firm place in my hair care routine. I love it. a couple of drops go a long way. I use this on the ends of my hair when it’s still damp to add moisture and it gives my waves a little body.

It also smells amazing, not a crucial thing but its always nice when something smells nice.  Out of the 2 oils from Vo5 I will be repurchasing this one as I have used it every other day for almost 6 weeks and have really noticed a difference in the ends of my hair. I have naturally wavy / curly hair and this oil gives my hair more body and it looks healthy and super glossy. This really gets the thumbs up from me and I will be repurchasing when it runs out.

This Vo5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir with Argan Oil is also brilliant value for money this 50ml will last for ages. I’ve had mine for 6 weeks and have only used a 3rd of it. You can but it from Boots for £5.19 for 50ml

21 Nov 2012

The Cosmetics Company Outlet Haul

My mum was visiting me last week from Scotland and she wanted to pick up a few Christmas presents so I took her to Cheshire Oaks. This is an outlet village with some great discount shops. They have some really good brands there now with outlet shops. Such as Mulberry, All Saints, L’Occitaine, Ugg, Molton Brown, Burberry, Next, Micheal Kors, Fossel and Vans to name but a few.

My favourite place to shop whilst I am there is most definitely The Cosmetics Company Outlet – I think there are 5 of these stores in England. They sell Smashbox, Mac, Bobbi Brown, Ojon, Origins, Estee Lauder and a few other brands. There are some great bargains to be had. I went with skincare in mind as I really don’t need any makeup right now. I am on a real skincare kick and I wanted to pick up a few things to help brighten my dull dull skin.

So here is what I picked up,

I bought 2 Christmas Gift Boxes from Origins One and one from Ojon. The Melvita set was from L’Occitane. So in the Origins boxes there was,

This Mask Duo set from Origins have the Clear Improvement Mask and the Drink Up Intensive Mask at the CCO these were £17.25 for the set. I am really looking forward to trying these masks. Next I bought the Nature’s Difference Box set,

In the Nature’s Difference you get Rejuvenating Cleansing Milk, Skin Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion, Skin Rejuvenating Serum, Skin Rejuvenating Treatment. This was £29.25. I am really excited to use the Treatment Lotion.

The Ojon Gift Set was £11 and has 3 miniature sized products,

They had a few different sets I went for the Dry Recovery Set and in there you get a Dry Recovery Hydrating Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner and a Restorative Hair Treatment. I have wanted to try some more products from Ojon ever since getting their Hair Oil in the Harrods Glossybox. Why are products so much more desirable in miniature size?

The Melvita set as I said was from the L’Occitane shop and all the Melvita products were half price.

Melvita is an Organic Skincare brand and I wish I’d picked up a couple of their oils (maybe next time). In this Bio Excellence Radiant Skin Set you get – Miceller Toner, Facial Scrub and a Day Cream. This set was £6 so it’s a great way to try a few products from a brand I don’t know too much about.

Have you tried any of the products I picked up? Have you been to The Cosmetics Company Outlet before? Is there any near where you live?

 

 

20 Nov 2012

More Tea Vicar

Asda Green Tea / Dr Stuart’s Detox / Dr Stuart’s Skin Purify / Twinings Fruit & Fresh / Higher Living Evening Tea / Qi Green Tea Plus

I am becoming quite the tea drinker & these colder nights are perfect tea drinking weather. I asked on Twitter or some Tea suggestions and you suggested some lovely ones for me to try.

I really like Green Tea and have drunk it for a good few years. I add my own slice of lemon and find that tastes really refreshing. I like Fruit Tea too and often drink them cold, I like berry flavours best.

My favourite tea has to be the Dr Stuart’s Skin Purify – this I swear by. I have at least 2 cups of this a week and it seems to help with my complexion. The packaging of those Tea’s is something I really like. It is really unusual both the box and the tea bags have great packaging.

So the above teas are a selection of what I am enjoying at them moment.  I am always on the look out for more suggestions so I’d love to hear what Tea you’ve been enjoying. Let me know if you have been enjoying any of my favourites.

19 Nov 2012

Models Own Utopia

Whilst in Amsterdam I picked up the cutest glitter topcoat and for some reason it’s taken me 3 months to use it. Now I have I will be using it a lot more – I loved the results. It is the rainbow glitter from Essence called Circus Confetti.

I paired it with the Models Own Utopia which I picked up when they were doing their 50% sale a few weeks ago – this is a great subtle shade and it’s really pretty underneath the glitter. I used 2 coats of Utopia and 1 of Circus Confetti I did also use my Sally Hansen Top Coat to give a really glossy finish. I still have this on my nails and today is the 5th day and it’s still looking good. I will take it off later to put another colour on but I think I could get 6 days out of this – I am pleased with it!

I’m not great at applying nail polish – some people are rocking the nail art & perfectly polished nails. I am getting better but have a way to go. Practice makes perfect and I certainly have plenty of colours to practice with.

What is your favourite glitter top coat?

 

18 Nov 2012

Shimmer Anyone?

Bronze Shimmer Kisses / Pink Shimmer Kisses

It took a while to track both of these down – my Superdrug was always sold out and I can see why. They may look like your average blush / bronzer but they pack a punch. I was really impressed with them. I had them sat on my desk for a while waiting to take photos of them before I used them (I know I’m not the only one who does that). When I finally got round to using them I was really thrilled with the quality of them

As you know MUA is a brand with its emphasis on budget but they by no means scrimp on the quality. Both the Bronze Shimmer Kisses and the Pink Shimmer Kisses are £3 for 7.3g of product. Both have 4 colours to swirl your brush in for that perfect wash of bronze or blush. I have even been using the lightest colour for a brow and inner eye highlighter. They are quite the multi use product in my opinion. Which makes them even better value for money.

On the cheek they both give a lovely sheen – they’re not glittery at all. Infact they give a really nice shimmer. When the light hits your cheeks it makes you look fresh and glowing.  I’m thrilled I picked them up and have purchased a couple for Christmas Presents.

If I had to pick one over the other I think It would be the Bronze Shimmer Kisses as I have really pale skin and this is the perfect colour for me and it gives me a little healthy colour during these colder months. Have you tried either of these? Do they work for you?

 

 

16 Nov 2012

A little Nip + Fab

Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae Body Butter *

I was lucky enough to get this Body Butter in the Live Bloggers goody bag back in September and I’ve been using it since. I’m hooked on this stuff. It’s specifically for dry skin – so this was the best time of year to put that to the test.

I think first off the number one thing about this Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae Body Butter is the scent, its heavenly. I have the pot on my desk (I work from home) & I find myself just taking the lid off to smell it & I have been known to use it as a hand cream. The scent is THAT good. I have heard this is a great dupe for the Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache Soufflé Body Crème – I can’t confirm that. But I do know that this Nip + Fab version is a fraction of the price and the sweet Pistachio scent is amazing. AMAZING :o

As I said this is aimed at dry skin and I fit that bill to a T. My skin is really dry on my legs. I have been using the body butter a couple of times a week at night only on my legs as these are the driest part and this is quite a heavy butter. I find it takes a while to absorb but it’s really easy to massage in as it’s not too thick, in fact it is quite creamy/buttery consistency. It feels and smell luxurious and I like the ritual of putting it on. Its been a god send over the past few weeks esp as it has really got cold & my skin dry.

I find that using it over night gives it time to really absorb into the skin without feeling greasy throughout the day. I wake up in the morning to lovely smooth skin – that smells so good. This really does get the thumbs up from me. You get a really good-sized pot – 200ml for £9.95

Have you tried anything from Nip + Fab? I have my eye on the Body Butter Bundle – 3 body butters in the scents Mango Smoothie, Coconut Latte & Pistachio Sundae. I also like the sound of the Dark Circle Fix

*This was a PR sample given to me at an event. This review is 100% my own.

 

14 Nov 2012

Christmas Wishlist

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 

I think at the top of my wishlist  is the Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Gift Set £30 you get 5 mini lip stains and I have been lusting after them for so long. SO when I saw that they were bringing out a set for Christmas I knew it would be top of my list. I am hoping the hubby has taken the million and one hints I have been dropping & this is under my tree in Christmas Day.

Next up is the Darphin Intral Discovery Set for Sensitive Skin Types £29 – I’m really trying to find some good skincare that works well for my crappy skin & I’ve heard good things about this brand. This Little set of miniatures would be a great way to test out a couple of products.

I like the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and this Liz Earle Skincare Starter Gift Set £17.50 it comes with the C&P, a cloth and also a mini Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer. I love face sprays and I am really wanting to try this Liz Earle one.

I have one Buxom Lip Gloss from Bare Minerals and use it all the time. This mini set of 6 is so cute and I would put it to good use. That’s almost a gloss for everyday. Bare Minerals Time To Shine Lip Collection £26

Laura Mercier have a fantastic range of Skincare & Makeup, I only wish I had an endless pot of money so I could buy it all. I’m really liking the look of this Colour-To-Go Portable Palette for Eyes, Cheeks & Lips – Warm Neutrals £30. I Don;t own too many palettes and this would be the perfect option for travelling. It has everything you need.  It’s so cute.

I have been enjoying reading everyone else’s wish lists – if you have done a Christmas Wishlist leave me a link. Fingers crossed santa gets my list

11 Nov 2012

Nail Care Trio

Bourjous Magic Nail Polish Remover / Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover / Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

I’m quite lazy when it comes to my nails. I go through periods of taking care f them & I promise myself I will stick at it but the inevitable always happens and they get neglected. I’ve made it my daily new year resolution to REALLY take care of them. I have been looking through my nail care products to see what I have & what I need to buy (any excuse to go shopping).

These 3 products are ones that I do use – although the Bourjous Magic Nail Polish Remover I could live without & when its finished I am not too sure I will repurchase. Yes it is quick and makes the task of removing your nail polish easy. But it isn’t great at taking off glitter polish & you can’t take your toe nail polish off with it either so you always need to have a regular bottle of remover & cotton wool anyway so why have both??

The Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover is really good. I picked this up in TK Maxx for £3 & when I remember to use it – it worked well. You just apply it to your cuticles and leave it for 10 minutes then wash it off and push back your cuticles. This removes any excess skin and keeps those pesky cuticles at bay. SO I really like this. Its cheap & works well.

The Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is something I’ve had for at least a year, it looks like I have hardly used it. It’s going to last for a really long time. I do take this everywhere in my handbag. My cuticles and around my nail gets so dry so I am forever rubbing this on to my fingers & my hubby even used it on a flight once as his hands were so dry and he really liked it too. The action of rubbing it in I find really relaxing and its citrus scent os so good. This product is a god send during these epic dry months.

So fellow bloggers I need some nail care recommendations. What should I add to my regime? Any oils or products to strengthen my nails? I need some advice.

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