Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My new TOMS shoes!

Whilst in Bath on Bank Holiday Monday - and having just eaten an amazing meal at Jamie's Italian! - my husband and I had a look round the shops. Having been round the main shops on Saturday, I wasn't planning on getting anything else. Until I went to Office and saw these in the window...


I have heard about these shoes in various magazines and have wanted a pair for a while. There was lots of different colours, but these ones in "Ash" appealed to me the most :)

TOMS shoes have a great initiative... For every pair sold, they donate a pair of TOMS shoes to a child in need. They go to Africa twice a year and take dozens of pairs of shoes. The images printed on the box are heartwarming... It shows the TOMS shoes volunteers putting the shoes on the children and their faces are lit up.


The back of each shoe has TOMS stitched on the back. I love the contrast between the grey and blue.

Leather insoles make them really comfy


They cost £32.99 from Office and there are striped versions for £36.99

I already want another pair in navy blue :)

Have you purchased a pair of TOMS and contributed to their "One for One" cause?

If you want to read more about the initiative, you can do so at www.TOMS.com

You can buy them from Office at www.office.co.uk

I'm not a size 8 by the way ;) they're American sizes! I got a USA 8, which is a UK 6.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

August Favourites!

It was hard to choose my August favourites! I have been trying a lot of new things over the past few weeks, some great, some awful (Clarins mascara, I'm talking to you!)

Here's a few of my August favourites...

Haircare


I love these two products!

This is my second bottle of Chroma Sensitive and I cannot fault it. I'm not a fan of every Kerastase product, but I love this!

The label m Honey & Oat conditioner is basically the TIGI/Bedhead one! This smells amazing and when I've used it, I can smell it on my hair for hours afterwards. The bottle is 300ml, so you get more than you would if you got the TIGI version.


I came across this product by accident. Whilst on Boots' website, I clicked on a link to their '10 Most Viewed Beauty Products'. As it had 138 5-star reviews, I was intrigued!

Then, the best bit of all, I saw that they had an offer: any 3 Lee Staffford products for £12 (not including minis or the Aragan range). As this product is normally £7.99 a pot, getting each one for half price was a bargain! I bought the last 3 today.

My hair has no problem growing, but I do tend to lose quite a few hairs each time I wash/brush. I'm hoping that this will bring some life back to my hair. Watch this space! ;)

Jo Malone


Let's admire the gorgeous packaging before moving on to the goodies inside ;)


In addition to the Necatrine Blossom & Honey cologne that I aleady have, I bought these just over a week ago: Orange Blossom cologne (30ml) and Nectarine Blossom & Honey hand & body wash. I love thins combination! I start by showering with the hand & body wash and then a spritz of Orange Blossom. Fnally, a light layer of Nectarine Blossom & Honey is sprayed over the top. It smells amazing - like nothing else I've smelt before. I can't resist sniffing my wrist whenever I wear it :)

Skincare


I have really cut back on the amount of skincare products I use. This is after discovering that some of the products I was using was irritating my skin :( So, my skincare routine consists of:

Morning
* Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (removed with wet cotton wool pads)
* Estee Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizer (above)
* Creme de la Mer Moisturising Creme

Evening
* No7 Quick Thinking Wipe
* Clarisonic (to remove any last traces of makeup)
* Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (above)

I am finding my skin to be a lot more even in terms of tone and the size of my pores has decreased dramatically :)

I'm so happy with this routine (I no longer use a muslin cloth - they harbour too many germs apparently)

Nail Polish


I finally managed to get Peach Melba from Barry M and I love it :) It's really similar to OPI's Malaysian Mist, which is great as that's now discontinued.

This is just a few of the products I love right now. Also on the list is:

* No7 Lash Adapt mascara (black)
* Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! perfume
* Sleek Paint Pot in Bare Minimum
* Kerastase Oleo-Relax shampoo
* MAC Prep+Prime Beauty Balm
* Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint
* Creative Nail Solar Oil

Think I'll end there... The list will go on & on otherwise!

What are your current favourites?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint - Bare 01 - Review

If you're a fan of Liz Earle, I'm sure you'll have heard about the new product that's launching in September...

Sheer Skin Tint


This was delivered to me on Saturday and I immediately had to try it!

It will come in 3 shades (Bare 01, Beige 02 and Beach 03).

I chose Bare 01


I applied this to my hand so you can see how a thick layer looks. I do not wear it this thick! ;)

The texture is very creamy - much thicker than my MAC BB. However, the formulation is a lot more sheer. I would show a picture of it on my face, but it really doesn't show up!

I wore it out shopping on Saturday and dusted a light layer of BareMinerals over the top. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it lasted all day :) The added bonus of SPF15 is also a big plus for me.

Here's the science...

"Our new Sheer Skin Tint is the natural bridge from skincare through to colour. It is rich and creamy like a foundation, yet so lightweight it glides effortlessly onto the skin, blending easily to enhance natural skin tones. We believe in exceeding our customers' expectations, so just like our award-winning Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Sheer Skin Tint delivers dependable, visible results for all skin types. Designed for use all year round, our unique, high performance formulation leaves skin looking dewy, even and radiant, with the perfect level of coverage for every woman to achieve naturally beautiful skin.

With mineral UV protection SPF15 , Sheer Skin Tint is also enriched with our own carefully selected blend of botanicals: natural source vitamin E, avocado and borage, to work in harmony with our Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare range."


Another bonus, if you are planning on buying this in September, is that they are offering something unique...

"To support our 'Progress not Perfection' environmental values and our 'Reduce, Re-use, Recycle' campaign, when customers order Sheer Skin Tint by mail, we are providing samples of all three shades with each first purchase. This is to help customers ensure they select the right shade, first time - before they open their full-size product, which will help us avoid unnecessary landfill of good unused product."

This is such a good idea!

Available from 15th September 2011, it will cost £21 for 40ml.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm Review

I was excited to try this product when I read about it. Part of MAC's Prep + Prime range, which I'm a big fan of, I knew I had to get it.

I had to order this online as all of the MAC counters I visited were sold out.


The box has a slight green sparkle to it, which doesn't show up on camera at all! The tube itself is a simple tube and screw-on lid.

It only comes in one shade


Luckily, this shade suits me! As it provides almost zero coverage, I would say that you could make it work for any skin tone.

The finish is quite dewy, so avoid this if you like a matt finish. Sadly, my skin is not perfect, so I tend to wear this under foundation on days when I feel like my skin needs a boost.

It blends really well too


For £21 you get 30ml. I would liken this to Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It works great und foundation and gives it more staying power. I was going to get some BFB, but I chose this instead. I'm glad I did!

Have you tried this yet? Does it work for you?

I'm trying to space my posts out, rather than cram in about ten things at once, so swatches of my other MAC purchases (a mineralize eyeshadow, naked liner lip pencil & shy girl lipstick) will follow :)

My 'Jo Malone' goodies also arrived today, so that's something else I will share soon x

Sunday, August 07, 2011

MAC Haul!

I have been lusting after a few things from MAC for ages, so when I went shopping yesterday, I caved in and got some goodies :)

As I needed a new MSF in 'Soft and Gentle', plus a new lippy in 'Myth', I got those and other things...




The other essential was some Brush Cleanser (large box). This is a 233ml bottle, which costs £8.50 and I swear by it for keeping my brushes clean. It also counts towards the 'Back to MAC' scheme :)

I also got a Mineralize eyeshadow from their new range. Most of them were sold out, but 'Smoked Ruby', which is a mix of black and red. This sounds scary, but it comes out as an amazing rich coppery brown.

Lastly, I chose a lip pencil in 'Naked Liner', another lipstick 'Shy Girl', a foundation pump for my SFF foundation and a NARS foundation pump for my Sheer Glow (not pictured).

My tube of BB Cream was ordered online and it was delivered last friday. This is an amazing product. I was planning on buying more Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, but this is like a fantastic tinted version. It currently only comes in one shade, but as it's very sheer (and provides no coverage) it should suit most skin tones.

Apologies for the lack of images in this post... I'm posting this from my iPad2 and I wanted to test it :) I shall be posting swatches/reviews on the items mentioned over the next few days.

Have you treated yourself to any new MAC items lately?

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

My 2 New Kerastase Shampoo's!

Whilst out & about on Saturday, I passed by a hairdressers and had this sudden urge for Kerastase shampoo!

Not being one to ignore urges (*ahem*) I was drawn in ;)

As I couldn't decide which one to get, I chose to get these 2 lovelies:


On the left is Oleo-Relax and on the right is Nutri-Thermique


This is my third bottle of Oleo-Relax and I would go so far as to say that it's my all-time-favourite shampoo. On days when I'm in a rush, this amazing shampoo can be used on its own (no conditioner required). It leaves my hair feeling super-smooth, frizz-free and very shiny.

I haven't tried the Nutri-Thermique before, so I was intrigued to see if it lives up to its claims of being able to give heat protection whilst blow-drying/using straighteners.

Unlike the Oleo-Relax, which is a almost-clear shampoo, Nutri-Thermique is a rich cream.

It lathers well, smells nice and makes drying my hair a cinch. It's not as smoothing as the Oleo-Relax, but it still does a good job.

I deliberately didn't use any conditioner afterwards so that I could see the results of the shampoo alone.

One product that I regret not getting is the matching Nutri-Thermique masque. I use the Nectar Thermique, which is a great styling product. I'm planning on testing these two together next, so hopefully that will be a great combination for when I'm short on time for both washing and styling.

Each bottle is 250ml.

Do you use Kerastase? Which product range is your favourite?
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