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!