Monday, 14 October 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

...Especially with advent calendars like this one in the shops! The Selfridges Christmas advent calendar (£84)
  • Lancôme Hypnose Classic mascara 2ml
  • Armani Code Femme eau de parfum 3ml
  • Lancôme Hypnose Star mascara 2ml
  • Flowerbomb miniature 7ml
  • Maison Martin Margiela Untitled 7ml
  • Lancôme Tresor Mini 7.5ml
  • Lancôme La Vie Est Belle 4ml
  • Lancôme Bi-facil 30ml
  • Yves Saint Laurent Opium 75ml
  • Lancôme Galatéis Doucheur cleansing fluid 50ml
  • Lancôme Absolu Nu lipstick in 302
  • Kiehl's Creme de Corps deluxe sample 30ml
  • Kiehl's Ultimate Strength hand salve deluxe sample
  • Yves Saint Laurent Khol eye pencil  
  • Lancôme Renergie day cream 15ml
  • Lancôme Hydrazen Neurocalm moisturising cream 15ml
  • Lancôme Advanced Genefique 7ml
  • Lancôme mini Juicy Tube in 17
  • Yves Saint Laurent Forever Youth Liberator Serum 7ml
  • Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate deluxe sample
  • Lancôme Visionnaire serum 7ml
  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream 7ml in 385
  • Absolue Precious Cells Yeux deluxe sample
  • Friday, 11 October 2013

    Autumn Beauty Report

    With cooler temperatures now here, it’s time we start to bring out the autumn wardrobe. Bursting with vibrant, eye-catching colours, including rich shades of blues and greens and lip colours in bold reds and crimson hues, autumn’s beauty looks complement the bold colours seen on the catwalk, while on the beauty side. In addition, beauty professionals are also emphasizing natural make-up looks utilizing simple neutral colours on the lips, a natural face, lengthy lashes or prominent eyebrows, and retro eye makeup.

    While brazen trends in eye and lip wear will be big this season, we’ll also see mellow hues and cool colours that boost your best facial features. Add a touch of colour by emphasising lips in a bright pop of lipstick or gloss for a head turning look. Whether you choose to don a bit of blush in a bright shade, lipstick in a gutsy cherry shade, or thick eyebrows, highlighting one feature provides a cool style statement.

    Edgy Eyes

    Although we've been rocking the cat-eye look for decades now, it is still a major trend and will be a predominant look for this season. Mastering this retro look is actually quite easy — just line the lids with dark liner and flick up at the ends , and add a a contrasting colour such as platinum or pale gold eye shadow across the lids to really make your eyes pop. Swap the dark liner for a lighter colour with some shimmer for more of an evening look, and up the ante by infusing your look with spunky, tribal-inspired jewellry pieces from Made or a scarf in a dainty floral print. You can still make your eyes the focal point of your look without even touching them by following this season’s bold eyebrow trend. If your brows refuse to grow, simply colour them in with an eyebrow pencil in a matching shade.

    Lush Lips

    This past spring, I got into the bright lip colour craze after attending a wedding where the bride and her bridesmaids wore varying shades of red lipstick to match their M&S floral bouquets. After seeing the array of red hues in crimson, scarlet, and magenta, I knew this was a beauty trend that I’d have to get in on. While these rich colours are suitable for just about everyone, those with thin lips get an extra lift boost from brighter lip hues as slim lips appear larger and more sumptuous when they are painted with darker shades. Begin by outlining your lips with a lip pencil in a matching shade that accentuates the shape of your mouth, making it look more prominent, then colour your pout with the crimson shade of choosing. From vivid reds to dark cherry, a range of crimson shades will be hot this autumn and a favorite among the trendsetters.

    Monday, 26 August 2013

    Cocoa Brown Tan review

    You may have heard about this new 'one hour tan' tan and wondered what all the fuss is about? Well wonder no more, it really is that good!

    I'll be honest, when I first tried it I wasn't completely convinced; the mousse spurts out a bit which splatters where you don't want it, it expands like hair mousse which means you use more than you want to, and the mitt is scratchy so I'd use a different one if I were you, BUT, don't let that put you off, the results are amazing. 

    It's called the One Hour Tan because that's all it takes for a natural, light colour, although for those after a darker tan, it does carry on developing for three hours. Due to my pale skin tone and only having an hour to spare, I left it to develop for the shortest time, as you never know how dark they'll go, and I was left with a gorgeous hint of a tan, just enough to take the 'edge' off my skin colour, and probably perfect for those with very very pale skin tones, but it didn't really look like a tan (which isn't a bad thing for me!), so I think I'll leave it on for longer next time.

    It left my skin feeling really soft after washing it off, and I was left with a smooth, streak-free golden tan, I'll just use a different mitt next time! And at £7.99 it blows some of the more expensive brands out of the water.

    Monday, 12 August 2013

    Festival chic

    Just a quick one, but how cool is this Festival Beauty Box from Selfridges (£25 - bargain price too!)? 

    Love that idea!

    In your box you will get:

  • Topshop lip crayon in Powder Room
  • Sol de Janeiro Coconut Water Cooling Mist 150ml
  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy
  • Coloursmash Hair Shadow
  • Violent Lips Lip Appliques in Warm Rainbow
  • Illamasqua Liquid Metal metallic cream
  • Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Moxie lip gloss
  • Azature nail polish in Champagne
  • Cowshed anti-bacterial hand gel 50ml
  • NPW mini scented hand & face wet wipes
  • NPW chubby glitter stick
  • Illamasqua complimentary eye colour consultation
  • Wednesday, 7 August 2013


    Pink = CND in Scorch
    Green = Ciate Ditch The Heels

    Gotta love a feature ring finger!