Friday, September 30, 2011

Think Pink! for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2011

With October (and Breast Cancer Awareness Month) soon upon us, I thought I'd show you my selection of the best 'pink' products on sale to raise money for Breast Cancer Care this year.

If you're not familiar with Breast Cancer Awareness month... it's a whole month of fundraising and helping to raise awareness for breast cancer charities. Lots of brands make limited edition 'pink' products for the month with proceeds going to the cause. Some of them are treats, but there are also a lot of everyday products that have 'gone pink' for this great cause so keep your eyes peeled when you're next topping up on essentials!

My top picks this year include...

Estee Lauders Pure Shine lipstick in Lavish Pink and this cute little mini makeup bag will be on sale for £18.50 this month, with £5 from every purchase donated. It's a gorgeous shimmery pink, available at all Estee Lauder counters.

A staple in many of your bathrooms I'm sure... Palmer's original Cocoa Butter Formula (250ml) has gone pink for the occasion, with 30p of the £3.67 RRP being donated.
Aveda's Hand Relief hand cream. They've bumped up the size to 150ml and adorned the  tube with the pink ribbon. £2 of the £17.50 RRP will go to the charity.
The classic Cherry Chapstick has had a pink makeover, with 20p from the £2.49 duo pack going to charity.

My personal favourite from the lineup... £5 from every sale of Jo Malone's new Red Roses hand and body wash will go straight to charity (RRP £30).
                                        
The perfect present for any October birthdays, Elemis 'Think Pink' Beauty Kit contains 30ml of their cult Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, 15 ml Pro-Collagen Lifting Neck & Bust Treatment, 50ml Nourishing Shower Cream, all packaged in a cute pink cube bag. The kit will set you back £29.99, with proceeds going towards Elemis' guaranteed £10,000 donation to the cause.
One of my must-have hair tools, the Tangle Teezer, is also donating to the charity, with £1.54 from the sale of every £10.20 pink version of the brush going straight to charity.
Perhaps the most generous donation of all comes from QVC, who are donating all their proceeds from the sale of two limited edition 'pink' products this year:


The OPI Perfect Pink Collection (£18.93)

The Bare Escentuals 'In The Pink' set (£21.75)
If you fancy something non-beauty related, Elizabeth Arden's pink ribbon pin is even more gorgeous this year, with one tiny blue stone on the ribbon representing the 1% of men who are diagnosed with breast cancer. It's £10 and all of the proceeds go to the cause. Available at Estee Lauder counters.

                                        
It's also worth keeping your eyes open during your weekly grocery shop this month! Many everyday items have gone pink for this great case including...


(All with various donations to BCC throughout the month of October)

I hope you'll all be purchasing pink this month and 'doing your bit' for breast cancer awareness! There are so many pink products on sale this month, I couldn't include them all but keep your eyes peeled!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The One that Couldn't Get Away...

I generally avoided anything 'London Fashion Week' on my blog this season.

As the #LFW hashtag overloaded my Twitter feed and trend reports dominated inbox last week, I thought you guys might feel a little overloaded too, so I made an effort to post about non-fashion-week-related nonsense. There was however, one email so cute, I had to post about it (even if it is a week late!). So here it is... my one and only LFW post:

These cute-as-a-button nail wraps from Nail Rock were exclusively designed for the Meadham Kirchhoff show.









They adorned the nails of the models and were given to front row guests.


I'm not really a huge fan of nail wraps anymore, I think they were a little 'overdone' but it's amazing to see something new and I'm hoping this style of cutesy nail art is going to be an upcoming nail trend next spring/summer and a sign of things to come in the nail wrap world (I don't know about you, but I'm so bored of zebra stripes and checkers now!)

On a side note, there was one odd ball in the pack...


Is it just me or...? Nope, that's a fanny.

Note to Nail Rock: you need to put these into production!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Freebie Alert: Ojon Swapsies!

For one day only, Ojon are giving you the chance to swap an empty bottle of your old shampoo or conditioner for a set of full-size (250ml) Ojon Damage Reverse shampoo and conditioner, worth £41.50! 
All you have to do is take your empty bottle (it doesn't matter what size it is, or what brand!) into any John Lewis store that stocks Ojon products this Thursday 29th September.

I haven't tried the line yet so can't comment on it's performance, but I'll definitely be heading down to my local John Lewis on Thursday!

Free products are limited to one set per customer, while stocks last. For a full list of John Lewis stores that stock Ojon, click here.

It's Here! Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume IV: Swatched.

After all of the online anticipation leaking over from it's recent launch in the States... the Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. IV finally launches in the UK this week and I managed to get my mitts on one to show you ahead of it hitting the shops this Saturday.
The latest Book of Shadows is bigger and better than any of it's predecessors. Vol. IV brings you into the virtual dimension of beauty, allowing you to scan unique QR codes on your smart phone to access 5 different makeup tutorials based around the 16 eyeshadows, liquid eyeliner, mascara and primer potion that make up the kit.
It comes with a mini portable speaker and audio cable to plug into your phone, and a special cradle to hold your phone next to the built in mirror, allowing you to create the 5 looks even more easily!
I have to say I'm totally taken by this show of gadgetry. I love the novelty value of this palette, but if you're not interested in the gimmicky side of things... as expected from Urban Decay, the makeup doesn't disappoint either.
Ten of the sixteen shades are totally new and exclusive to the Book of Shadows Vol. IV, two previously only available in other limited edition palettes and four classic shades from the permanent collection.
  • New Shades: HiJack, Missionary, Bender, Crystal, Lost, Blue Bus, Gravity, Bust, Midnight Rodeo, Zephyr
  • Previously Limited Edition Shades: Cobra, Skimp
  • Permanent Collection: Baked, Sin, Midnight Cowgirl, Gunmetal
 There is a lovely selection of brights vs. neutrals (Urban Decay are often guilty of doing either/or!).

Most of the eyeshadows have lovely pigmentation and texture, as you'd expect from Urban Decay. Bust, Missionary, Hijack and Lost (all of which are new to this palette!) being the stand out shades for me.
Left to right: Blue Bus, Gunmetal, Cobra, Baked, Bender, Gravity, Lost, Hijack
Left to right: Midnight Cowgirl, Sin, Midnight Rodeo, Crystal, Bust Missionary, Skimp, Zephyr

Two of the new shades didn't meet my high expectations of Urban Decay eyeshadows though... Blue Bus and Crystal both look beautiful in the pan but are really quite sheer upon application. The texture of Crystal also leaves a lot to be desired. It's very hard in the pan and difficult to work with.

The permanent shades included are some of my all time favourites from Urban Decay. I use Sin and Baked on a regular basis in my other palettes, so they make a welcome addition to this one.

As for the rest of the goodies? It's good to see a little change with the inclusion of a 24/7 liquid liner instead of the usual 24/7 pencil liners.

The mini mascara and primer potion make a lovely addition to the kit, especially if you're travelling.
Overall, I'm seriously impressed by this palette.

Yes, the tutorials are a gimmick... Yes, the Naked palette is better for everyday... but in my opinion it's the best mixture of day to nightime shades we've seen in a Book of Shadows yet, and it's fun! At £46 It's a bit more pricey than its predecessors, but definitely one to add to your Christmas lists! I'm pretty sure any girl would be happy to find this in her stocking.

The Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. IV will be available in Debenhams and House of Fraser stores from the 1st October priced at £46, or buy it online HERE (with free delivery).
*Press Sample

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Jimmy Choo Mk.2

When Jimmy Choo launched their first fragrance, simply entitled 'Eau de Parfum' last year, it received rave reviews from just about everyone... except me. Something about the scent was just a little too sickly-sweet for my liking, but since most people seemed to love it, I thought you might like to hear that they are now launching a limited edition, intensified version of the scent: Jimmy Choo 'Parfum' which will be available in stores next week.

The bottle is a stunning semi-metal creation, and the perfume is a deep amber shade instead of the original baby pink. The new version is a more intense adaptation of the original. Keeping the same notes of tiger orchid, pear nectar, orange, toffee and patchouli but with a 20 per cent concentration of pure perfume, it will smell stronger and last longer. 


If you're a fan of the original I'm sure you'll have your eyes on this. Until you see the price tag... This 40ml bad boy will set you back £98.

A little steep? I think so.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum

I got the chance to try Bottega Veneta's highly anticipated debut fragrance today, and I hated it. When you first spray it the scent is harsh, somewhat obnoxious to the senses and it made me instantly wrinkle my nose...

Once it settled however, it transforms into a smooth, chic and sophisticated scent that has all the makings of a classic. What started as a harsh affront to the senses mellows into a leathery yet subtly floral concoction with a slight peppery hint to it. It's warm, spicy and the perfect choice for winter.

It's one of those perfumes that you can't stop smelling it once you spray it on your wrist. It's simply intriguing.

The bottle design is very simple and classic, with a tiny band of leather running around the neck of the bottle. Beautiful.
The ad campaign with Nina d'Urso is equally as chic.

Bottega Veneta collaborated with photographer Bruce Weber to create the ad campaign and the below videos to accompany it... simply beautiful (although I must admit that the second did make my eyes go funny!)



Available in Eau de Parfum only, starting at £42 for 30ml. It is available now. I'd thoroughly recommend trying this out next time you venture into a perfume hall.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

100% Pure

When I heard about 100% Pure, a makeup line made with 100% natural ingredients and formulated with fruit and vegtable pigments, I loved the idea but was hugley sceptical about the performance of the products.

They sent me a few products to try out recently and I was blown away by the quality of them!
The eyeshadows are particularly impressive: buttery smooth with lovely pigmentation. Fig is my favourite shade, a gorgeous grey-brown with purple/gold micro shimmer.
The packaging is nice and sturdy. I especially like the purple metal packaging of the bronzer and the mirror in the lid, although the colour is a little orange for me...
L-r: Bronzer in Brown Sugar, Eyeshadows in Flax Seed, Fig and Cocoa Plum. 

The line isn't cheap with eyeshadows at £12 and the bronzer at £21, but they're a great choice for any eco-warriors out there, or if you're concerned about putting so many chemicals on your skin. Check out the rest of the line at www.100percentpure.co.uk.
*Press Sample

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Britney Spears 'Cosmic Radiance' Review (& Ticket Giveaway!)

The princess of pop has done it yet again, and today sees the launch of her latest perfume 'Cosmic Radiance'.

Her 10th fragrance to date, Cosmic Radiance is a follow-on from her last release 'Radiance' and if you're a fan of super-sweet, fun and feminine fragrances, you'll love it!


Inspired by the idea of 'luminous sensuality', it has a floral heart of gardenia, jasmine, tuberose and peony, fruity top notes of mandarin, lychee and pear and it dries down to a more subtle base of amber, sandalwood, vanilla and musk.


At first spray the fruity top notes dominate the fragrance, overpowering the floral side of the scent, but after a few minutes the scent develops into a slightly more subtle floral number, finally drying down to a much more sophisticated, but still sweet scent. It's Eau de Parfum so lasts a good few hours too. If you're a fan of Britney's other fragrances, this is sure to be a hit! The fragrance is available now, prices start at £22.50 for 30ml.

My all time favourite Britney moment... the Slave 4 U video (check out those abs!)

To celebrate the launch, Britney is giving away 336 pairs of tickets to see her live when she hits the UK in October, including two pairs of VIP tickets to meet Britney herself! Two pairs will be given away every hour, starting today. In order to enter go to www.cosmicradiance.co.uk.

*Sponsored Post*

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kleenex Go Back to Their (Beauty!) Roots

Kleenex isn't a brand I would ever think of writing about. Let's face it... tissues aren't the most riveting beauty topic. Well prepare for this to change girls!

Some of you may not know that Kleenex were originally made famous for their facial tissue in the 1920's, when they were marketed as the best way to remove cold cream cleanser and makeup remover, being strongly associated with actresses and celebrities and as the 'luxury' way to treat your skin.

Well now they're going back to their roots (albeit with a little more technology behind them!)
Kleenex are releasing a new line of facial care products including face wipes, eye makeup remover wipes, blotting sheets and facial tissues. The first three are pretty standard staples in today's market, it's the facial tissues I'm excited about.
Essentially they are dry face wipes, so why am I excited about them?
These soft, quilted cloths are made from natural fibres and are much larger than even the large sized cotton wool pads. They are not only soft, but also durable when wet or dry so you can use them for cleansing and toning, but also for removing nail varnish and facemasks (using just one tissue at a time rather than 5 cotton pads!)
My one gripe is the boring packaging design. I really think they could have made them more eye catching...

On the subject of packaging, check out some of the Kleenex boxes of the past!

1920's...

1930's...
1960's...
1980's...

These are a new staple in my bathroom... thank you Kleenex! Kleenex Facial Tissues are available now in Superdrug, £1.99 for 30 Tissues.
*Press Sample