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?

 

 

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