Monday, February 28, 2011

My Shine Spray Obsession... Bedhead TIGI Headrush...

I bought this last November, used it a couple of times and then it got buried under the mound that is my collection of shine & hair sprays! Considering I cut down when I had my clear out before Xmas last year, I still have 6!

Here is my can...


I reached for this at 7.30am this morning as my hair was looking a bit fluffy. As I had to leave at 7.50am, I didn't have time to use my GHD's. I grabbed this can, sprayed a light mist all over and oh my gosh... my hair never looked so shiny!

You only need a really light spray all over - too much and it will weigh hair down and make it look greasy.

Described by TIGI as Shine Adrenaline with a Superfine Mist and I couldn't agree more! It also smells amazing and the 200ml can will last ages.

When I had blonde highlights this was the only shine spray that made them look dazzling. I used to go through about 3-4 cans a year.

Now that my hair is brunette, the dazzle is even brighter ;) I am truly sorry for neglecting my can of Headrush and it won't happen again!

Have you tried this amazing shine spray? x

Sunday, February 27, 2011

My LUSH Shopping List...


I'm planning on going to LUSH in Poole next weekend and I can't wait! I haven't been to the store for years (shame on me!) and it's also where they make everything. I've just had a look on their website and have decided that I'm going to get:

Images courtesy of lush.co.uk

* Full of Grace (a face serum in the form of a solid bar)
* Honey I Washed The Kids (solid bar of soap)
* Magic Mushroom (bubble bar)
* Dream Cream (body lotion)
* Soft Coeur (a solid massage bar - oo-er!)
* American Cream (conditioner)

I might also get another 'BB Seaweed' Fresh Face Mask and maybe another 'The Comforter' bubble bar.

I'm intrigued to try the 'Full of Grace' serum underneath a face mask, which is what LUSH recommend.

I've noticed that the other massage bar I wanted - After 8.30 - is only available via mail order :( I used to buy this all the time as it smells just like Mint Aero - yum! Therefore, I shall be buying 'Soft Coeur', which smells of honey-toffee and has a chocolate & honey soft centre - double yum! I think I'll have to stop myself from eating a piece :)

What's your favourite LUSH product? Is there anything else I should get? x

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday Ramble...

Sorry about the unimaginative post tonight... I have had a cold/cough all week and at the same time putting in full-time hours in my new job!

My cough is getting to the stage where it's hurting my throat and giving me a headache, which is awful. On the plus side, I managed to dose myself up and still put in a full week in my new job. I didn't want to let them down and I figured it was better to be at work than at home on the sofa - I don't get paid for that! ;)

On another plus side, this week has gone by really quickly! As I'm getting up at 6am each day, leaving home at 8am, starting work at 9am and then not getting home until 6.30pm, I was expecting each day to be l-o-n-g. Thank goodness I was wrong! The only real 'bad day' was Wednesday (I can see why it's called Hump Day!) and I really struggled to get up and drive to work. Seeing as I felt like cr*p, it would have been easy for me to call in sick. I'm so glad that I managed to go to work, as I would have only felt disappointed in myself come Friday afternoon.

How about a third plus side?! I managed to blog every night! I was expecting to be too tired, but I'm finding that I function better on 6-7 hours sleep than 8 every night and I'm not as exhausted as I thought. I often think about what to blog whilst I'm driving home, so by the time I get in, I can get photos taken, etc and then get it done.

Excuse the ramble, I have been getting things done today that I didn't have time for in the week, so Sunday will certainly be a lazy one :)

I hope you're all having a great weekend x

Friday, February 25, 2011

2 New Hair Products! John Frieda Weather Works & Herbal Essences Seductively Straight...

When I did my weekly food shop at Tesco last weekend, I noticed these two beauties at a bargain price...


John Frieda Weather Works Style Sealant Creme


This was a total bargain at just £1.37! It was the last one they had and it was in their clearance section. I have used this before, but gave it away when I had a clear out last year.

This is a brilliant product! I only need a couple of pumps and my hair is left frizz-free.


I'm not a fan of all of the products in the John Frieda range, but this is one that's worth purchasing.


This is the claim...

Proven to reduce the style-ruining effects of any weather condition


To Use...

Apply to wet or towel-dried hair. Dispense 1-2 pumps into palms and evenly distribute throughout hair. Add more if needed. Do not rinse out. Style as required.



This normally costs about £5 and for that you get 100ml.

I also got...


Herbal Essences Seductively Straight Heat Protection Intensive Cream


This was on offer at half price - just £2.04! I don't normally use Herbal Essences, but the hot-pink packaging caught my eye.



I have never tried this product before and it's part of their new range.


This is the claim...

I'll go straight to work for straight-down-the-line gorgeous locks. And when you plug in your hair-straighteners, I'll help every strand take the heat.



To Use...

Once out of the shower and just before your blow-dry and/or use those straighteners, lavish me through hair length and ends. Don't rinse me out. For optimal heat protection use me every time you blow-dry your hair.


I do like the sound of the Sleekening Intensive Mask from this range, so I shall look for that when I go to Tesco tomorrow. Food shopping on a Saturday - oh joy! ;)


Have you tried either of these products? Can you recommend the Intensive Mask for coloured hair? x

Thursday, February 24, 2011

By Terry Baume de Rose... Updated Review...

Last year, I did a post about the pot of By Terry Baume de Rose I bought. I've been using it every night for the past 3 months and I decided to do an updated review.

Here's another look at my pot...


I apply a thin layer every night before bed and the result?

Not much! Yes, my lips are plumper, but I find that if I accidently swallow some in the night, I wake up with a sore throat. I would expect this if I had put on a thick layer, but I only use a small amount and I like to massage it in. It's quite thick, so a little goes a long way.

The balm leaves a nice sheen on the lips and it smells nice (roses). That's not my issue. My issue is the fact that it's only made a small difference to the feel of my lips. This is disappointing considering this costs £35!

As I've only tried it for 3 months, I might give it a little longer. However, I'm skeptical, as my Body Shop Lip Butter moisturises just as well and I could buy SEVEN pots of that for the price of Baume de Rose!!

I'm also going to stick my head on the chopping block and say that I'm sure you pay for the name 'By Terry' and not necessarily for what's in the pot. I'm sure those products work for lots of people, but to just pay for a name seems silly. Take Creme de la Mer... some of their products are great and really work - others, not so much. I think that it's worth testing a product before purchasing so that you're not parting with any hard-earned cash and then only getting a let down in return.

Have you tried Baume de Rose? Should I give it a while longer? Has another product failed to live up to its hype for you lately? x

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

5 Things I'm Lusting After!

My first 'proper' monthly salary is due in the bank on 28th March and I can't wait! As it's Mother's Day on Sunday 3rd April, I have booked Friday 1st April off work and am planning on taking my mum to Bristol for the day (plus a stop off in Bath for some Ben's Cookies on the way home!) This basically means a day of Harvey Nichols, LUSH goodies, a yummy lunch at Jamie's Italian, SpaceNK, MAC, Topshop and about a hundred other places! Basically, it will be bliss! :)

So, with that day out planned, I am trying to refrain from buying anything until then. I know, sounds like a real challenge doesn't it? It's only 5 weeks and the way this week's going, the day will soon arrive :)

Here are some items I am planning on getting come pay day...


1. Topshop Satchel

 Image courtesy of topshop.com

The colour combination on this bag is gorgeous! I spotted one in my local store last week and the contrast between burgundy and pale leather is just amazing. It's all leather, which means it smells good & looks good! It also comes with a long across-the-body strap and it's a perfect size for a day out shopping. It costs £45 and you can buy it here.


2. Kiehl's Creme de Corps

Image courtesy of kiehls.co.uk

This is the largest size they do and it comes in a 500ml pump bottle. I would LOVE to get this size, but at £44, I can't really justify it :( There are other things I'd like to get, so I think I will have to satisfy my 'Creme de Corps' addiction and get a 250ml bottle instead :) If you would like to splash out on some of this, or would like to know more, you can do so here.


3. Leopard Print Ballerina Shoes from ZARA

Image courtesy of zara.com

These are the most stunning ballet flats I have seen in a long time & I adore them :) They're 100% leather and are lined in 100% cotton. They look like they're made of ponyskin and the leopard print itself almost looks real. I prefer a larger leopard print (rather than a small one) as it looks so much more expensive. The photo does not do them enough justice - in the 'flesh' they are 100x more beautiful. I want & need these fabulous shoes! They cost £39.99 and if you love them too, you can see more photos/buy them here.


4. NARS Calanque Trio Eyeshadow - Spring 2011 Collection

Image courtesy of narscosmetics.co.uk

This is part of the latest NARS Spring 2011 collection and it's Limited Edition. I absolutely love the shades in this trio... it contains (from top to bottom) Rich Antique Bronze steeped with Gold, Light Matte Caramel and Gold-infused Platinum with Silver flecks. I cannot wait to test this at the NARS counter and I just hope they have one left for me! :) It costs £33 and you can buy it here.


5. Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger Bath Oil

Image courtesy of jomalone.co.uk

There are so many yummy Bath Oils in the Jo Malone collection that I just can't decide which one I want! At £15 for a 30ml glass jar is a real treat and it will look gorgeous on the edge of any bath :) The above picture is for the Nutmeg & Ginger blend, but I also want to try Red Roses, Lime Basil & Mandarin... basically, one of each would be nice! ;) Personally, I love the 30ml glass jars as each one comes with a tiny black ribbon tied round the top. If you want to know more about the range of Bath Oils, you can check them out here.


There are many, many more items on my wish list, but I have to be restrained and get things gradually. Sadly, I don't have a Black Amex at my disposal! ;)

What's on your wish list? x

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Some Old Favourites Rediscovered... Sanctuary Salt Scrub & Kiehl's Creme de Corps...

I was looking through my products the other night and discovered these two gems...




I have quite a few of these sachets and love how the scrub inside is rougher than the mixture in the jar. The one in the glass jar appears to contain more oil, but the contents in the sachet seems to be a bit drier.


Personally, I love this. The scrub does a great job as it contains just enough oil to stop it becoming abrasive. Once rinsed off, it leaves a gorgeous sheen on my skin and it really prepares it for my other new-found favourite, Kiehl's Creme de Corps!


I got a small bottle of this last November from SpaceNK. It was an early Xmas present and as I hadn't tried it before I decided to get the 125ml bottle.


WOW! This is such a good moisturiser. When I applied it after using the Sanctuary Salt Scrub, my skin felt absolutely amazing... Soft, moisturised, deeply-clean, tingly (from a great exfoliation), smooth and beautifully fragranced.


Creme de Corps has a light fragrance and it's very thick! Kiehl's also sell a lightweight version of this Creme, but I love the thicker version. It does take a few extra minutes to sink in, but I think it's more than worth it.


I'm planning a day out to Bristol in about 5 weeks time and I can't wait to go to Harvey Nichols/SpaceNK and get some more :)


Kiehl's say that it should be applied 10 days in a row to see results, so I'm thinking of getting the 250ml bottle to test their claim!


I really love this new-found combination of products and will definitely look into other products in my collection that I can combine.


Sanctuary Salt Scrub costs £1.38 per 60g sachet & Kiehl's Creme de Corps is £15.50 for a 125ml bottle.

Have you rediscovered any old favourites recently? x

Monday, February 21, 2011

New Week, New Job... did Maybelline The Eraser Foundation last all day?...

I decided to do a different style of blog post tonight... I started my new job today and to say that I have a long day is a understatement! I also wore the Maybelline The Eraser foundation, with amazing results.


My new working week now involves: getting up at 6am, leave at 8am, drive 33.5 miles, start at 9am, finish at 5.30pm, drive another 33.5 miles home and get home by 6.30pm. Phew! :)


I enjoyed my first day and it went really quickly. Everyone was really nice and I can see myself fitting in and getting on. It's been a while since I worked full-time hours, but I actually find that I function better getting up earlier in the morning. Once I get over my initial tiredness and get into a routine, I really get into it. How sad! ;)


Anyway... back to 'The Eraser'! I applied it at 6.30am this morning and when I looked in the mirror at work at 3pm, it still looked great. I combined it with L'Oreal True Match Powder, NARS blusher and a dusting of MAC MSF 'Soft & Gentle' to blend & highlight. I also applied light eye makeup (Rimmel Lash Accelerator, MAC Smoulder on top waterline & Stila Kajal in 02 Topaz on lower waterline) plus MAC lipstick in Myth topped off with Revlon Peach Petal lipgloss.


To give you some idea how long my foundation, powder & blush lasted today, here's how it looks...


I am really impressed! Please excuse the fact that my eyeliner & lip colour has worn off, but the rest of my makeup still looks fresh.



Considering that I've been wearing it for the past 14.5 hours (!) and I'm just about to remove it (at 9pm) that is pretty amazing. Therefore, this is now my favourite long-lasting foundation. I also think that the L'Oreal True Match powder helps, but it's also down to the foundation. I forgot to apply my MAC Prep+Prime this morning, so I'm doubly-impressed! Considering I also have an oily t-zone - and I didn't need to mattify ONCE during today - you can triple that! :)


Have you found your regular foundation to last this long?


Hope you've all had a great Monday x

Sunday, February 20, 2011

LUSH BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask Review...

I am officially in love with this amazing face mask!

 
I was a bit skeptical about slathering seaweed on my face, but I needn't have worried :) The smell of this reminds me of Darphin face oil, which is yummy! There are pieces of seaweed in it, but I like that as it makes the mask look more 'home made'...




LUSH say...

Relaxing and reviving fragrant, mineral rich mask to cleanse, soften and beautify all skins.

This blend, inspired by the Sea contains fresh, nutritious Seaweed and Seaweed Absolute. Cleansing Kaolin, antiseptic Honey, calming Aloe Vera and Rose Absolute make this a great mask for everyone. Apply to clean skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Keep chilled.



Here's a little photo of me wearing it last night...



I left it on for 5 minutes and it made my skin look and feel amazing. I was glowing! The lumps you can see are the ingredients in the mask - not my skin texture! ;)



I removed it with my trusty EVE LOM Muslin Cloth and then followed up with a sweep of Clinique Clarifying Lotion. The picture of the pot (above) is shown with just one use out of it, so I shall get a few more before I need to repurchase. And repurchase I shall! :)


A 75g pot costs £5.25 and I really recommend it.


I always seem to discover a new product every time I go into LUSH... I can't wait to see what I find on my next visit!


Do you have a favourite LUSH Face Mask? x

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Maybelline The Eraser Foundation in 020 Cameo Review...

Thanks to some Boots points, I got this foundation a few days ago and I'm really impressed!

 
The shade I chose was '020 Cameo', so if you normally wear NW15 or NC20 by MAC, then give this one a try. I'm fair-skinned with a cool undertone and this is my perfect shade out of the 6.


Maybelline say:

Go beyond covering lines – instantly erase the look of creases, crow’s feet and fine lines. With an applicator exclusively designed to apply the super-concentrated formula, The Eraser instantly fills and smoothes the look of imperfections.


The sponge applicator is a cinch to use...

 
Directions for use:


• Slowly turn the red neck of the bottle in direction of arrows until foundation begins to appear.
• Apply foundation directly to face, blending with the applicator in an outward motion as needed.
• For best results, apply sparingly.
• To apply more, twist neck of applicator 1-2 clicks at a time.
• Directions for cleaning: The Eraser formula is protected with an anti-microbial system.
• Do not wet applicator. Wipe off excess foundation with dry tissue only.
 

Containing Collagen & Goji Berry, this foundation glides on and feels weightless upon application. It also contains SPF18, which is a great bonus!
It blends really well, but it doesn't cover every freckle/imperfection. It made my skin look even & fresh and with powder it stayed put all day. I wore it in my FOTD post yesterday and I plan on wearing to work on Monday. That will be a real test, as I will be applying it at 6.30am and won't be taking my makeup off until about 10pm! Think I might need a powder touch-up at 3pm! :)

I tried to swatch it on my hand, so I hope you can see it...


Hopefully, you can see the line through the middle of the photo. The bottom half is where I blended the foundation.

I'm not sure if it's down to the Collagen & Goji Berry, but the foundation looks really natural. It's not drying and it sets to a nice, fresh finish.
 
My only complaint is that the applicator is a bit hard - around the edge, the sponge feels nice, but it's a bit solid when pressed into skin. I also find that I have to blend it lightly with my fingers afterwards so that there are no streaks. I'm planning on trying different techniques with the sponge to see if I can avoid this.

I don't normally buy Maybelline foundation (after the awful 'Dream Satin Liquid', which masqueraded as a foundation!) but this is really nice.

Priced at £9.99 for 20ml, it's a bargain.

Have you tried 'The Eraser' yet? x

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday FOTD & OOTD...

I've just come back from visiting family, but I took some photos before I left so that I could do this post when I got home :)

It's mainly a FOTD with part of an OOTD...



To achieve this look I used:


Face

* Maybelline Eraser foundation in '020 Cameo'
* L'Oreal True Match powder in 'C1'
* NARS blush in 'Deep Throat'
* MAC MSF Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle' (dusted all over to blend & highlight)
* Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer (dotted under eyes & where needed)

Eyes
* MAC Fluidline in 'Blacktrack'
* L'Oreal Chrome Shine Eyeshadow in '172 Beige Shimmer'
* Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara (top lashes)
* Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in 'Black'
* MAC 'Lingering' (on eyebrows)

Lips

* By Terry Baume de Rose
* Benefit Lip Plump
* MAC lipstick in 'Myth'
* NARS lipgloss in 'Turkish Delight'


Here's a couple of pics of my OOTD...



This is only the top half of my outfit... I just couldn't take a decent full-length image!


Anyway, I wore:


* grey scarf (bought in Paris)

* River Island grey blazer (current season)
* ZARA pale pink top
* Topshop white tee
* 7 for all Mankind grey skinny jeans
* River Island knee-high tan leather riding-style boots
* Marc Jacobs Turnlock Faridah bag

I'm also trying to grow out my fringe, so it was pinned back with 2 snap-fastening hair grips.

Hope you're all having a great Friday night! x

Thursday, February 17, 2011

In and Out number 2

These posts are the simplest to do, but I always find them interesting on other people's blogs, so here are my current Ins & Outs :)


IN

Thorntons Mini Caramel Shortcakes - I am totally addicted to these! They come in a pack of 12 and despite being 86 calories EACH, I just cannot stop eating them. If you have never tried these little bites of heaven before, get yourself down to a supermarket and stock up!

Hair Products - this has never been an 'Out' but lately I am enjoying using a few different brands and mixing-&-matching what I use. The list is pretty big, but I currently indulge in: Aveda shampoo & conditioner (both Smooth Infusion & Color Conserve ranges), Kerastase, Pantene, Herbal Escences, John Frieda 3-day Straight, MoroccanOil and a few others! There have been a lot of new products released recently and I decided to dive in and try some :)

Clinique 3-Step - I am loving this skincare range more and more every week. It's really working for my skin and I can't wait to see how my skin looks in weeks to come.

Glossy Magazines - I'm totally addicted to magazines and buy: Grazia, LOOK, heat, Glamour, InStyle, Marie Claire, ELLE, Vogue and Cosmopolitan every week/month! I love each magazine for different reasons and always buy them without fail. They tend to have some amazing free gifts (for instance, Glamour (UK) will be giving away Clinique sample-sized products in next month's issue!) I don't smoke or drink, so magazines are my vice (along with shopping!) :)

DIY Manicures
- I enjoy doing my nails myself. It took me a long time to get them the way I want and I see a bit of weekly maintenance as a small price to pay. I tend to grab a load of my favourite products, sit down in front of the TV or a DVD and get to work :)



OUT

Topshop Face Wipes - I love the packaging on these wipes, but they are so dry! This is a real disappointment, as their Nail Polish Remover Wipes are brilliant. I took one wipe, wiped my makeup off of one side of my face and it was bone dry! I pulled out another one and the same thing happened again. Now, they're sat in my drawer. Not impressed!

Early Mornings
- as of next week, I shall be getting up at 6.30am. I'm starting a new job and it's a few miles further than my last one, so earlier mornings are a must. I have done it before, so it's just a case of getting myself into a routine and getting an early night during the week. Boring but necessary I'm afraid! :)

Red Bull
- I am partial to the odd can of Red Bull. I know it's one of those drinks that people either love or hate, but I like it. However, after reading a news piece the other day about how research shows it can cause kidney problems, I've changed my mind. I don't tend to have more than 1 or 2 cans a week, but I'm not prepared to take the risk! Therefore, no more Red Bull for me, no matter how tempted I am!

Sticking to the same makeup
- I am enjoying wearing different products and experimenting with various looks right now. I always used to favour a light smokey eye and a nude lip, but lately I've been playing up my eyes and wearing different colours on my lips. I shall continue to experiment and post more FOTD's :)


What are your current Ins and Outs? x

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Marc Jacobs... Daisy Eau So Fresh... Available from 27th February...

Being the MARC JACOBS DAISY addict that I am, I knew that as soon as I saw the adverts for a new version it had to be mine!

Introducing DAISY EAU SO FRESH...

Image courtesy of style.com

Isn't it gorgeous? :)

I love the original DAISY and I can't wait to get this version. It's available right now exclusively at Harvey Nichols and comes in two sizes: 75ml for £48 & 125ml for £62. It will then be available elsewhere from 27th February.


With top notes of raspberry, grapefruit & pear, middle notes of violet & wild rose and base notes of cedarwood & plum, this will smell amazing! Although it's aimed at a younger audience, I think it'll be perfect for Spring/Summer no matter how old you are! :)

I think I will be getting the 75ml bottle to start off with, as my 50ml bottle of DAISY has lasted ages.

Will you be getting this latest version of DAISY or have you got it already? x

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Leighton Denny for Urban Retreat... UR Natural... Nail Polish Review...

I adore Leighton Denny nail products, so when I saw his 'Urban Retreat French Duo' nail polish set in TK Maxx for just £2, I snapped it up!

For that bargain price, I got 'UR Natural' (a gorgeous 'French Manicure Pink') and 'UR Heavenly' (a chic shade of beige).

I got this last month, but only just got round to using it tonight. I decided to paint my nails with 'UR Natural' and here's how it looks...


This was taken without the flash. With the flash, the colour looked too close to my skintone and appeared too white.


I also took one to show it in natural daylight...


I applied 3 coats to get this rich, hot-baby-pink colour and I love it!

The photo really does not do this polish enough justice... in real life it's far glossier. It reminds me of the range of pinks that OPI do, but this was a fraction of the price!


The set came with 2 bottles of full-sized polish (8ml each) and on Beautique.com there is another set called 'Glamour Nail Duo', which contains 'UR Hot' (a vibrant coral pink) and 'UR Envied' (a super hot fuchsia). Sadly, they don't seem to have the 'French Duo' set, but this may be found on eBay.

This is how they both look...


I can't wait to try 'UR Heavenly' as I love beige/nude shades and this looks gorgeous. A review post will follow when I do!

Along with this polish, I used Under & Over by Topshop as a base coat and Super Shiney by Creative Nail as a top coat. I also treated my nails with Creative Nail SolarOil before applying any polish (I massaged it in well and removed any excess with tissue).

Have you bought any Urban Retreat nail polishes? Which one's your favourite? x

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Manicure Must-Have... Creative Nail Solar Oil...

There are many conditioning nail oils on sale, but for me, there is only one and that is...

Creative Nail SolarOil



This is a salon-sized 68ml bottle and I only have a small amount left. I must get some more! I have had this for a year and it has lasted me all this time. You only need a tiny amount and it can be used every day.

If you're suffering from dry skin, rough cuticles or you wear extensions, then this is the perfect nail oil for you.

Creative Nail say:

SolarOil is a conditioning treatment that penetrates deeply and quickly, softening cuticles and promoting strong, flexible natural nails and enhancements. SolarOil's natural blend of Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E creates a light penetrating oil with antioxidant agents.

Directions:

Apply daily to soften cuticles and help keep natural nails and enhancements more flexible.

I really cannot recommend this oil enough... It's the only thing that keeps my nails strong, keeps ragged cuticles at bay and stops my skin becoming dry.


Here's my nail before...


This is my natural nail with no polish/hand cream/nail oil.


Here's my nail after I applied SolarOil...


Notice how the nail has a healthy sheen to it? I applied one drop of SolarOil with the brush provided and then massaged it in.

For best results, lightly buff the nail bed first, apply a drop of SolarOil to each nail and then spend a few minutes massaging it in. This will stimulate the nail bed and promote healthy growth. Buffing the nail lightly also helps the oil to absorb. SolarOil is also great for maintaining acrylic nails as it helps to bond the layers to your nail and prevent lifting. It stops your extensions drying out and nourishes the natural nail underneath. Basically, it's a real miracle product and I can't live without it!

I bought my bottle from eBay for a bargain £12, but this is available in other sizes and starts at about £3 for a 7.5ml bottle from salons.

I love the whole Solar Manicure range - all the products smell of marzipan - and there is a product in the range for every step of the manicure process. Each product does exactly what it claims and they last for ages.

Have you tried SolarOil? x

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Inspired Look... Natalie Portman in Black Swan...

I was so nervous about recreating this look!

It's a tricky one to pull off that's for sure and I never wing my eyeliner. However, I decided to just bite the bullet and go for it and here's the result...



I had to use A LOT of eye makeup for this look and it was hard to wing the eyeliner! I am happy with the result as I just went for it - no trial runs, no prep - I just grabbed my stash of makeup and got on with it :)


Here's a close-up of the lips...


Strangely enough, some of the photos I took came out with red eyes, but that looked too scary ;)


To recreate my version of this look, I used:

* Clinique Supermoisture foundation
* L'Oreal True Match powder in 'C1'
* Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer
* MAC 'Well Dressed' Blush Powder
* Benefit 'Lip Plump'
* MAC Paint Pot in 'Blackground'
* MAC Fluidline in 'Blacktrack'
* L'Oreal Chrome Shine Eyeshadow in '172 Beige Shimmer'
* Clinique Eyeshadow in 'Strawberry Fudge' (a chocolate brown)
* L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in 'Carbon Black' (top lashes)

* Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in 'Black'
* Stila Kajal Eye Liner in '02 Topaz' (lower waterline)
* MAC Kohl Liner in 'Smoulder'
* MAC Brow in 'Lingering'
* MAC Lipstick in 'Angel'

Phew! :) A lot of products were needed, but as this look focuses on the eyes, it certainly needed it.

I kept the cheeks a light flushed pink with lips to match. The makeup worn in the film features ballet-hues and pink is the most common colour. The focus should remain on the eyes and anything brighter/more obvious than a flash of pink would detract from it.

I'd love to know what you think! x

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pantene... Colour Protect... Colour Seal Concentrate Review...

I was desperate to try this product after reading about it on the Pantene website.

So, as you can imagine, when I was sent some to review, I was over the moon! :) Prior to this, I had been searching for it for a couple of weeks. I tried Boots, Superdrug, Tesco... no luck. All of the Boots stores I went to said that they 'might' be getting it in when their haircare shelves were revamped. This was despite the fact that they already had the shampoo, conditioner, spray & masque from the same range! I wasn't really interested in trying the other products, but the Colour Seal Concentrate really caught my eye...


The above photo shows the tube of product in its packaging (so you know what you're looking for if you decide to get some!)



The 'Colour Seal Concentrate' smells exactly the same as all the other Pantene products and it's a thick white cream...

 
The photo above was take without the flash as it didn't show up when I used it!


Colour Seal Concentrate is for you if:


DO YOU HAVE: Coloured or highlighted hair that is damaged and suffers from colour fade?

BUT YOU WANT:
Coloured or highlighted hair that is protected from colour fade for longer?


Colour Seal Concentrate is a concentrated treatment that helps repair the look of your damaged hair and gives you colour protection for up to 8 weeks!


Directions:

Apply once a week evenly from root to tip. Leave on for 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use after shampoo & conditioner.

I used it for the first time today and I love it! My hair felt smooth and soft, but I can't wait to use it after I get my hair coloured again in 2 weeks' time. I plan on doing a follow-up review on this to see if it really does prevent colour fade after 8 weeks. This will be the real test!


For stockists & more information you can click here.

Have you tried this yet? Did it work for you? x



(I was sent this to review by Pantene, but I was not paid to do so)

Friday, February 11, 2011

My Inspired Look... A Valentine's Day FOTD...

I was inspired to do a Valentine's Day FOTD for tonight's blog post, as many people will be going out tomorrow night and I wanted to do it before Monday :)

This is the look I went for...


Another photo so you can see the eyeshadow...



The products I used for this look was:

* MAC Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation in 'NC20'
* MAC Blush in 'Well Dressed'
* MAC MSF in 'Soft and Gentle'
* Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer
* L'Oreal Chrome Shine Eyeshadow in '172 Beige Shimmer'
* L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in 'Carbon Black' (2 coats on top lashes)
* Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in 'Black'
* Stila Kajal Eye Pencil in '02 Topaz' (lower waterline)
* MAC lipstick in 'Impassioned'
* 'Lingering' brow pencil

I wanted a look that combined dewy skin, a light shimmery eye, lashings of mascara and eye-catching lips!

I think that this is perfect for Valentine's Day... It's flattering for any skintone, is a cinch to do (in case you are surprised with a last-minute date!) and you don't need a tonne of products (so you look naturally pretty and not too 'made up').


The last photo, which shows 'Impassioned' close-up...


I decided to wear 'Impassioned' for this look, as I wanted a change from the cliche 'Valentine's Red'. It's a stunning colour and really makes an impact, with or without gloss! I didn't wear any gloss on top of this and I love how 'juicy' the colour looks. Perfect for making your lips kissable ;)

Have you got a 'look' planned this Valentine's Day? Is there any particular look you would like to see me recreate (in a future blog post)? x

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Clinique Products I'm Loving...

A couple of years ago, I used the Clinique 3-Step system and loved it. I was 'Type 2' and there was nothing I couldn't put on my face. Fast-forward 2 years and my skin is as fussy as a toddler that won't eat their carrots! :)

So, I decided to try Dermalogica and numerous other brands. Some had great results, others not so great.

After my recent failures with Dermalogica (cleanser) and Decleor (toner) I decided to re-visit Clinique. This was prompted after seeing their campaign for the newly-formulated Clarifying Lotion.

A new skin analysis confirmed that my skin was oily-combination (tell me something I don't know!) and I am now 'Type 3'. Armed with my new 3-Step products, I was ready to deal with my skin (yet again...)


This is my 3-Step System...

Liquid Facial Soap (Oily) ~ Clarifying Lotion 3 ~ Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

I have been using the 3-Step system for the past few weeks now and I love it. It's making a huge difference to my skin and it's a cinch to use.

In the morning, I use the Liquid Facial Soap with my Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush and this gives my skin a great wake-up call :) A quick sweep of Clarifying Lotion all over, followed by the DDM Gel and my skin is clean and refreshed. I also use the DDM Gel under my eyes and it doesn't irritate. In the evening, I remove my makeup and then just use the Soap without the brush.


As there was a BONUS TIME at a department store recently, I also got these...

Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser ~ All About Eyes Serum ~ Youth Surge SPF15

As the DDM Gel is not a 'true' moisturiser, you need to add one on top. Think of DDM Gel as a 'drink' for your skin and then a moisturiser as something that locks it in.

I decided to try the Youth Surge SPF15 and it's a great moisturiser. It leaves a gorgeous glow on my skin and it's a great base for my foundation. Although this is only a 15ml sample-sized jar, it will last a long time as you don't need a lot.

The All About Eyes Serum is also amazing... I woke up the other morning with puffy eyes and this product sorted that out in no time. It feels cooling & refreshing and sinks in without leaving a sticky residue. I also love how it comes in a mini rollerball despite only being a 5ml sample.

I've also been using the Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser to remove my makeup (but not eye makeup) and WOW! I am very impressed. You wet your face, dampen your hands, and then lather it up before massaging it into your skin. I used my EVE LOM muslin cloth to remove it and it got rid of every last trace of foundation, blusher, concealer and powder :) My cloth also rinsed clean, which was a great bonus, because my MAC Cleanse-Off Oil leaves makeup marks on my nice white cloth. Grr!

As soon as I have used up these sample sizes, I shall certainly be buying full-sized ones. I also can't wait for the amazing Clinique offer coming up in next months Glamour magazine! *squeals with excitement* ;)

Have you tried any of these products? Which one is your favourite? x

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Chanel Peche Nacree Nail Polish Review...

I finally decided to remove 'Black Pearl' last night and try 'Peche Nacree'. I love 'Black Pearl' but I was itching to try this one!

In the promo shot, this shade looks gorgeous...


It's a beautiful light, shimmery peach shade that's perfect for Spring, or if you're looking to lighten up your nail polish shade this Winter.

Here's my own bottle, taken without the flash...


With the flash, the shade looked too washed out. The result when applied?

With the flash...


& without the flash...
 
 
In order to get the rich, opaque colour I wanted, I had to apply 3 coats. The result is a pretty peach with a hint of shimmer. A similar shade would be NARS 'Orgasm'. If you've missed out on 'Peche Nacree', I would definitely recommend NARS :)

Just as a quick comparison, here's my bottle of NARS 'Orgasm'...


As you can see, this is pretty similar in the bottle, but when worn, there is more of an orange/peach undertone. It's also got a bit more shimmer. It's not exactly the same, but I would still recommend this if you love peach shades.
 
Did you get 'Peche Nacree'? x
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