Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Shopping The Sales!

So the sales have started and as usual, I've been incessantly browsing the online stores for the best deals and discounts up for grabs this season. I've actually yet to purchase anything as I'm *meant to be saving for my trip to LA next week but of course, I'm a total shopping addict, so can't resist a good browse! I thought I'd share my favourite sale picks with you all.

*please note 'meant' to be, and actually managing to resist sale purchases are two very different things and there will no doubt be a haul video coming up on my You Tube channel very soon!

Get your wallets at the ready...

My first port of call when it comes to the sales are of course the high end designers. I especially cannot resist looking at handbags in the sale.

The best offerings from Mulberry this year (in my humble opinion) are the Oversized Tilly in Winter White Cotton Tweed and the Oversized Taylor Satchel in 'Red Onion'. Both are 40% off, and if I hadn't just made a major handbag purchase I would be sorely tempted by both of these!

Mulberry Oversized Tilly in Winter White Cotton Tweed £525 (Previously £875) at Mulberry.com

Mulberry Oversized Taylor Satchel in Red Onion £570 (Previously £950) at Mulberry.com

I also clapped eyes on this cute Marc by Marc Jacobs cross-body/clutch bag. I have the same style bag in turquoise and I use it so much in the summer months. Inside they are like a wallet so perfect for carrying everything you need on a night out without having to tow your whole wallet around with you.

Jane Disco Bag £135 (Previously £225) at Harvey Nichols

If you're looking for a similar thing on a lighter budget, I also spotted this cute little evening bag in Topshop a few weeks ago, so was pleased to see it was in the sale for only £12! (it's real leather too... bargain!)

Metallic Leather Cross Body Bag £12 (Previously £28) at Topshop

Another bag that I've had my eyes on for a very long time has also hit the sales. The DVF Elaine Bag in Burgundy is as gorgeous as it is practical, and it's now 30% off.

Diane Von Furstenberg Elaine bag in Burgundy £338 (Previously £483) at Matches

Moving on to my second favourite type of sale shopping... shoes!

I clapped eyes on these in the Matches sale, but I think but the time this goes live they may have already sold out (must be faster next time!) I'm guessing you'll be able to detect a trend in my taste at the moment... purple and burgundy seem to be calling out to me. These gorgeous suede Vicky boots by Christian Louboutin are 50% off at Matches. I can dream.

Vicky Booty in Burgundy by Christian Louboutin £317 (Previously 635) at Matches

Back down to earth in both budget and stature, these ankle boots from New Look are also tempting me.

Leather Buckled Ankle Boots £30 (Previously £54.99) at New Look

If you're looking for some shoes to ring in the New Year then you could be in luck with these super sparkly numbers from Topshop. I love the idea of glitter shoes but rarely find ones that I would actually wear. These are definitely an exception.

Glisten Glitter Points £40 (Previously £65) from Topshop

As for clothing, I haven't spotted too much over the past few days, but one item that I do have my eyes on is this gorgeous (Burgundy again!) duffel coat from Topshop. It's cute yet chic at the same time, and it's even better than half price!

Metal Clasped Hooded Coat £40 (Previously £85) from Topshop

Last but not least, I have of course been on the lookout for what beauty bargains are to be had! My first port of call when it comes to Christmas sales beauty is always Laura Mercier gift sets. I'm totally obsessed with her Bath & Body range and you can always grab a bargain in the sales, if they aren't already sold out that is! This year the only ones I managed to find online were at Harrods - move fast if you want one girls!

Laura Mercier Body Souffle Sampler £22 (Previously £50) from Harrods

Laura Mercier Warm Roasted Chesnuts Candle £17.50 (Previously £35) from Harrods

On the subject of candles... It's not a 'real' sale but feelunique.com have various discounts across whole brands at the moment, and there is currently 15% off my all time favourite candle, Miller Harris' L'Air de Rien (and the rest of the Miller Harris range). Mine is almost finished so I may have to treat myself to a new one of these.

Miller Harris L'Air de Rien Candle £33.15 (Previously £39) from FeelUnique

There is a rather fabulous sale over at SpaceNK too, with a large selection of their makeup brushes and gift sets on sale. My favourite is this cute Kabuki brush, currently half price.

SpaceNK Kabuki Brush £9 (Previously £18) from SpaceNK

The last item I've clapped my eyes on is this gorgeous nail set from Illamasqua. There are three lovely winter nail colours and a base coat. I'm particularly taken with the iridescent blue shade 'Prism'. Currently £10 off.

Illamasqua White Christmas Nail Varnish Quad £29 (Previously £39) at Selfridges 

That's it for my guide to shopping the sales... happy shopping ladies! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Fx

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Ultimate Hair Mask?

I have to admit I’m fussy with my hair care. Not only is my scalp exceptionally sensitive, it also has a tendency to get very dry in the winter, and my colour treated hair needs a conditioner that works overtime!

I was sent Geilly Green’s Nourish Mask a few weeks back, and while I had never heard of the boutique salon brand before, I was instantly impressed by the luxurious packaging and design. This is something you would want to see in your bathroom!
The product itself is really thick and looks a little grainy in the pot but smells nice, and a little goes a long way so you only need a small amount. I’ve been using it once or twice a week as an intensive mask and it honestly works wonders. My hair feels soft and shiny, but strong, thick and lustrous.

I’m always extra critical on products that I’ve been sent, as I haven’t made the investment to purchase them myself, so I do have to flag up the one downfall of this product… the price. It retails for £29.99. Ouch!

This is an absolutely fabulous product in every other way. It works wonders for my hair and has certainly secured a spot in my hair care routine for the moment, but would I repurchase it? Maybe…

If it had a price tag of £15 or less, I would definitely add this to my routine on a more permanent basis, but spending £30 on a single hair care treatment is a little lavish don’t you think?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's (Almost) Here! Chanel Perfection Lumiere

So the promo pictures have been shooting around cyber space for a few months now, but it’s official… The new Chanel foundation is on it’s way to the UK!

Perfection Lumiere is the replacement for Pro Lumiere. I have to say I’ll be sad to see Pro Lumiere go as I’m a huge fan, but I’m seriously excited to see what the new formulation has to offer, and whether it lives up to my makeup bag staple Vitalumiere Aqua.
It boasts an invisible, light texture that will stay put for 15 hours. It’s a semi-matte texture that Chanel claim will be suitable for all skin types, being both moisturizing and mattifying at the same time.
It also comes in a range of 23 shades, an impressive number for Chanel so when it says it’s suitable for all skin types, it’s also suitable for all skin tones too!

Perfection Lumiere is even more expensive than it’s predecessors at £36 but I’ll be first in the queue to pick one up on January 13th when it finally hits the shops!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lip Lust: MAC Cremesheen Glass in Deelight

I haven't done a 'Lip Lust' post in a couple of weeks because I've been simply hooked on one product. I thought MAC's Creemesheen Glass in Deelight was limited edition as I got it in a travel set earlier in the year, but a lovely subscriber informed me that it's not so I thought I'd share my current lip obsession with you all!

It's the perfect nude gloss in my opinion. It's got lovely payoff, it's smooth and creamy (not sticky), it tastes lovely and stay on for ages. If I'm honest I don't use the rest of my MAC lipglosses as much as i should, but this is a constant staple in my everyday makeup bag. I did my sister-in-laws makeup for her wedding back in September, and she chose to wear this.
In my opinion, lipglosses don't get much better than this! They are more expensive than most at £16 but it's one of the few lipglosses I know that I'll finish and repurchase time and time again.

I have a fresh tube of Deelight to give away to one of you lovelies this week! If you'd like to be in with a chance of getting your hands on it, all you have to do is head over to my website and enter a comment!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Current Obsession: Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Eye Liners

Once again I must apologise for my absence this week. I've been absolutely rushed off my feet in the run up to my trip to Florence and intended to get the blog posts I have planned for this week written on the plane... but I came down with a yucky stomach bug so that trashed those plans!

But it's better late than never, so today I want to share with you an amazing discovery I made over the weekend in the form of the limited edition Bobbi Brown Dual Ended Eye Liners from the Christmas 'Party Collection' At first glance these liners look like nothing groundbreaking... but when swatched, it's clear to see they are simply fabulous!

The pigmentation is fantastic and the colours are beautiful. They are a super smooth gel formula. Once they're on... they don't budge (I had these swatches on my hand all day and they didn't even fade after a lot of rubbing and smudging!)

They are available in three pairings: Jet & Chrome, Chocolate & Bronze and Caviar & Gold. All of the shades are beautiful but I must say the Gold liner lets the collection down a little, with poorer pigmentation, it was the only one that faded throughout the day. The Chrome shade is the real gem of the collection, a perfectly opaque and creamy metallic silver that is easy to work with and adds an instant 'wow' factor to any eye look.
I was lucky enough to get my mitts on both the Jet & Chrome and Chocolate & Bronze duos, but when I paid a visit to my local Bobbi counter this weekend to swatch the shades all together, they had all sold out of all three - so move fast if you want them!

I'm totally obsessed with mine and going to be wearing them all through the party season!

They are £17 each and available at Bobbi Brown counters now...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Review: bareMinerals Night Treatment (+Giveaway!)

I'd heard a few things about the bareMinerals night treatment here and there. It wasn't something I was really excited to try... in fact I thought it sounded downright odd: A foundation-like treatment that you put on overnight? Seemed like a sure-fire way to breakout if you ask me... but there was a little part of me that was excited to try it... it's something new at least!
And I can't tell you how glad I am that I took the plunge.

The treatment is very much like bareMinerals' regular foundations. I'd even say it has slightly more coverage. It's quite a heavy tinted powder that you buff into your skin as the last step of your nighttime routine. 
Going to bed with 'perfect skin' always seems a little odd but I swear, this product has changed my skin for the better... much better!

I've never had really bad skin, so I can't say how it would perform for the acne-prone amongst you, but for my slightly temperamental complexion (prone to dry patches and the occasional breakout) it has worked wonders!
I apply it 2-3 times a week before I go to bed. I've been using it for the last 6 weeks or so and it's just made my skin so much more naturally radiant. It's helped to diminish a lot of the redness in my skin (especially on my cheeks) and overall, I really can't say enough good things about this strange little treatment!

It's an odd one, but a good one! It comes in four shades (clear, light, medium and tan, the shade I have is light) so caters for most skin tones.

It's quite pricey at £38, but I've got one to give away this week (in clear), so if you'd like to be in with a chance of trying this out yourself, head over to my website to enter! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nailed: Neutral on Neutral

I tried something new today. A bit of a different twist on the neutral/nude reverse french manicures that have been cropping up left right and centre for the last few months...
Ciate's lovely Cream Tea, a brown-taupe with a tiny hint of silver shimmer tipped with my current favourite Nubar Gem, a lilac-taupe with fine holographic glitter.

A sophisticated way to wear holo don't you think? And only wearing a touch of it makes removing it so much easier!

Review: Rimmel Scandal'Eyes Mascara

Sorry for the lack of posts this week girls! I don't know where the first half of the week went... madness! But I'm back in blogging action today with a review of Rimmel's New Scandal'Eyes Mascara.

I was a big fan of Rimmel's last mascara release 'Day 2 Night', so when I saw they had released a new one I thought it would be well worth a try. I was wrong.
The mascara comes in a chunky orange tube. I quite like orange, so don't find this too offensive but if you like your makeup to look sleek and sophisticated you'll definitely find the packaging obnoxious. The brush is HUGE, which makes it a little tricky to apply. Some mascaras with huge brushes are fabulous and well worth the effort it takes to apply them without getting mascara on your eyelids, but when it comes to this one? It's just not worth the hassle. 
It gives you average volume, average length, and it's a pain to apply. Not really a winner.
I wouldn't have been quite so critical of this mascara had it not been claiming to 'take your lashes to the next level', leave them 'shaped, plumed and exaggerated to perfection' with 'scadalous eye-opening volume'.

Just compare the results to my L'Oreal Luminizer Million Lashes...
Time to up your game Rimmel!

Rimmel Scandal'Eyes Mascara is out now, priced at £6.99. Would love to know if anyone else has tried this?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fragrance Friday: Limited Edition Flowerbomb!

The lovely ladies at Viktor & Rolf sent me one of the new limited edition Flowerbomb perfumes that have been released just in time for Christmas…

The 50ml Eau de Parfum bottle houses the original Flowerbomb scent in a gorgeous metallic bottle with multi-coloured ribbons. I’m so in love with it!

If you haven’t tried Flowerbomb before it’s an addictively sweet floral fragrance. It’s not your traditional ‘floral’ scent. It seems much younger and more modern, but I think it’s something women of any age could wear. With notes of Tea, Jasmine, Bergamont, Patchouli, Freesia, Orchid and Centiflora Rose, it’s a relative bouquet of sweet, floral loveliness! It’s not cheap at £76 but it’s certainly the prettiest bottle I’ve seen… ever!

I’ve already got a bottle of Flowerbomb, so this week (as sad as it makes me!) I’m going to be giving this gorgeous bottle away… the perfect Christmas gift for someone special in your life, or even a little treat for yourself!

If you head over to my website, you'll find all the info you need to be in with a chance of winning!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lip Lust: Revlon Crystal Lilac

I’ve had my eyes on this colour for a few months now and Superdrug’s 3 for 2 offer pushed me over the edge to buy it. I absolutely adore the packaging, it’s such fantastic quality for a drugstore brand, they are chanel-esque in their size and shape, and also with the quilted design.
I’m always attracted to this kind of slightly iridescent lilac shade.
When I finally got round to trying it, I must admit I was a little disappointed! When I swatched it on my hand, it seemed a lot more pigmented than when I actually put it on my lips…
If you haven’t tried the Colourburst lipglosses before, they are definitely a love/hate kind of product due to both the formulation and the taste. A lot of people don’t like the taste, but I actually quite like it! It kind of tastes like rice to me (if you’ve tried these please let me know what you think in the comments… it’s a funny one!) The formulation is ever so slightly grainy too, which I’m not such a fan of.

Overall, this was a bit of a disappointment to me as I’d been wanting to buy it for such a long time. It’s one that I’ll use up, but not a favourite!

The Revlon Colourburst lipglosses are £7.99 and available from Boots and Superdrug in the UK.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nailed: GOSH Nail Glitter!

I haven’t seen or heard much about the GOSH nail glitters. In fact I hadn’t heard of them at all before I spotted them in Superdrug the other day. After a bit of research online, I think they must have been out for a few months but have so far managed to escape my attention!
These little pots of super-fine glitter drew me in because (as you all know!) I’m a complete glitter bug. The idea of using lose glitter to adorn the nails seems a little messy to me, but I wanted to try it as I’m always up for something new when it comes to nails.
The shade I chose was ‘Ruby Red’ which is actually more of a deep pink. It was a hard decision as there are 8 different shades, all of which are gorgeous but I think this was the most ‘me’.

The process of application is actually very simple…
You apply a clear coat of polish to the nails, dip the nail into the glitter pot, make sure the glitter covers the whole nail, carefully remove it from the pot, then wipe off any excess.

The result is gorgeous. It’s a matte glitter finish unlike conventional glitter nail polish. You can’t put a top-coat over it without turning your nails into a gloopy mess, so the glitter itself has quite a limited staying power (a couple of days before it develops some substantial ‘bald’ patches!) but it’s definitely a gorgeous look for a special occasion.
I think I’m more likely to use this again in nail art designs, or for the tips of my nails as the effect on the whole nail seems to be a little more hassle than it’s worth.

They are £3.99, so won’t break the bank and are fun to have a play with. I’m quite disappointed that they don’t have a true red shade for Christmas time, but definitely keep your eyes open for a video tutorial featuring these glitters soon! I think it could be really fun to play around with mixing different glitters on the same nail!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Review: L'Oreal Million Lashes Luminizer

I'm not sure how, but I seem to have avoided trying L'Oreal Million Lashes despite the fantastic reviews online, it's just not something I've thought of buying. Until now. I was in Superdrug the other day and of course I'm a huge sucker for their current '3 for 2' offer on all of their cosmetics. While perusing the beauty displays looking for makeup (that I don't need by any stretch of the imagination!) I spotted L'Oreal's latest addition to their Million Lashes range... the Luminizer.

These mascaras are designed to accentuate the colour of your eyes. They come in three shades: plum for hazel eyes, blue for blue eyes and green for green eyes. My eyes are about smack in the middle of being Hazel and Green, but I decided to go for the green shade, not really knowing what to expect (my previous experiences with coloured mascara have not been positive in the slightest!)

The mascara itself is essentially an almost-black forest green base, with a slight green glimmer to it... very pretty indeed. The brush is large and plastic, with fine bristles. It seems to catch a little excess on the tip which needs to be wiped off before use.

The effect of the mascara is fantastic. It's seriously volumising, yet defines the lashes just the right amount while adding a serious amount of length. I am  so impressed by this mascara I honestly can't believe I haven't tried it sooner!

L'oreal Million Lashes Luminizer (Green Eyes):
Normal Mascara:
As for the 'luminizing' effect, I'm not so sure. On the one hand, it is very subtle, which is definitely a good thing when it comes to coloured mascara. On the other hand, I'm not sure if it really 'luminizes' the colour of my eyes... maybe a little? What do you think? I think it makes them look a slightly deeper shade of green.

As it's L'Oreal... it's not the cheapest mascara on the high street at £11.29 but in my opinion it's well worth it! (And the Superdrug 3 for 2 offer is still on!)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mini Avon Haul!

After posting about my Avon Glazewear lipstick in Coral Bliss last week, I couldn't resist placing an order for some more, however the swatches on the website are absolutely awful (They all look the same!) so I decided to simply order the whole line.

This sounds rather extravagant but considering there are only five colours in the line, and the lipsticks are on sale for just £3 each, I thought I might as well!

Left-right: Coral Bliss, Sunset, Apricot, Nectar, Peach Silk

So if any of you are thinking of purchasing one of these lipsticks... this post might help (as it actually has decent swatches!)

Left-right: Coral Bliss, Sunset, Apricot, Nectar, Peach Silk

The colours are quite sheer and glossy compared to traditional lipstick. I'd say they are the perfect halfway point between lipstick and gloss, and the packaging is so chic and pretty in a slim rose gold tube. There isn't the best range in colours, but my personal favourites are Coral Bliss, Sunset and Peach Silk. Nectar is a bit of a 'nothing' colour, and Apricot is a little more brown than I would normally go for, so I gave it to my mum (who loves it!)
 Coral Bliss
 Peach Silk

The more I use these, the more convinced I am that they are some of the best quality, great value for money lip products out there... love them!

On a side note, it seems to me that the names are are totally mismatched to the colours? 'Sunset' is more coral than 'Coral Bliss', 'Apricot' is not an apricot shade at all and would be more akin to the name 'Sunset'... very confusing!

Since buying these, the price has been increased to £3.50, but I still think they are fab.

What do you think girls? Will you be ordering any of these? Any favourites?