Thursday, 23 February 2012

London Fashion Week

Wednesday saw the end of London Fashion week, I was lucky enough to see a couple of shows and have a few added extras on top. I wasn't planning to actually go however The Body Shop kindly invited me to go and see some shows which they were doing the makeup for at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout venue.
The first show was Fam Irvoll, she is from Norway but actually graduated from Central Saint Martins, the show was amazing and really different to most shows you would see at LFW. It was playful and colour as was the makeup, I did doubt that The Body Shop had such bright colours and was right. The brighter colours were actually paints although some of the blues were from TBS range.


I then got to see the Krystof Strazyna Ready-to-wear collection which was made up largely of stunning dresses, trousers and blouses. Unlike Fam Irvoll, Strazyna played it save and the makeup was also more wearable. The skin was bronzed and contoured, a graphic eye look and a pretty nude Body Shop lipstick.




I also got a haircut and blow dry at the Toni & Guy Blow Out lounge, it was one of my favourite haircuts and blow drys that I have had in a while. Sadly I have no photos of it as I then got a massage at the Handpicked Media LFW Lounge which flattened my hair quite a bit but was also fabulous!

Thanks to The Body Shop, Toni & Guy and Hand Picked Media for all the fabulous events.

I'm back at London Fashion Weekend on Saturday, will I be seeing any of you there?
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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Stargazer 503


 I have seen a few post about Stargazer polishes but have actually not tried any and if I am totally honest I am quite unsure where I would even buy them.

I got this colour in a goody bag and is completely my sort of colour, I love cream pale pinks. This is quite a blue toned one so I think would look nicer with tanned hands. It applied quite well needing only two coats for an opaque and flawless colour- it lasted a few days with only tip wear and no chipping.

 Have you tried any Stargazer polishes?

Sabrina X
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Favourite Nail Products

 Sadly I haven't been blessed with great skin or hair and the only decent thing I really is my nails, they are strong, grow long and I often get asked if they are in fact real. I have never worn fake nails and I think that is one of the reasons why my own nails are in a decent state but there aer a few nail essentials I think everyone should try.
 No7 So Smooth & No7 So Strong
Buying a base coat has always seemed like a waste of money but I do love these two, if you have weaker nail the So Strong is essential and if not I love the So Smooth and they're both even better when bought with a No7 £5 off voucher!
£7 Each from Boots (here and here)

Boot Cuticle Remover
I don't think this cuticle remover is particularly amazing but is the only one I have at the moment, it makes removing your cuticles far easier and I try to use it every couple of weeks (although I should probably use it more.) This product is much better then just cutting cuticles as that can damage the nail and cause bacteria to enter the nail.
 Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
My favourite nail product of all has to be the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, I am not the most patient person so this is essential to me, it drys you nails withing 30 seconds, leaving them looking perfect and glossy.

What is your favourite nail product?
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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Diego Dalla Palma Lipsticks

 This review is long over due as I first previewed the range a while before it hit stores. I still think the range is pricey but I have formed a close relationship with one lipstick in particular.
As you can see I own four lipsticks by the Italian brand Diego Dalla Palma, the colours in white packaging are from the classic range and the black one is anti-ageing.
Packaging wise I think they look okay, white to me will always be tacky and I much prefer the black ones, the shape of them also means they stand up making them very easy to store. 
 Left to Right  37, 76, 7, 165
(If these lipsticks have name I can work them out)
I actually think these lipsticks are quite nice- they pigmentation is good and they don't feel drying which is the main this I expect from a lipstick. They aren't the longest lasting lipstick but I really love 76, it has a glossy finish and is very easy to wear. It is a very natural colour that makes your teeth look whiter, it has made its way into my hand bag as a daily essential.
 These lipsticks are pricey at £14 and although I wouldn't buy many more I would repurchase number 76 and recommend having a look next time you're in a Tescos that sell them, they are also available online

Sabrina X
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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

MUA & Love Hearts

Last week I went to the launch of MUA and Love Hearts collaboration which includes tinted lip balms and some nail polishes.

 The lip balms are vanilla scented and a little similar to the Sleek ones but with slightly less colour, the packaging however is really cute!

 The tried the nail polish U ROK which is a fabulous colour but left me disappointed, the brush was pretty horrible and application was very difficult, I would still be tempted to try the other polishes as I do really love the colours.
 These are available from Superdrugs and MUA website for just £2!

What do you think of the very cute packaging?

Sabrina X

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What is in my Bag?

 Today on my Youtube channel I shared the content of my bag...

My bag is from Aldo and the style is 'Caterline' Currently only the taupe one is online here

I didn't show my mobile phone but thats just a Blackberry which lives part time in my hand and the rest of the time in my bag. 

Myleene Klass Nail wraps review here 

Hope you are all having a fabulous Valentines day!
♥♥♥

Monday, 13 February 2012

Valentines Nails with Myleene Klass

 I have been waiting to use these heart nail wraps by Myleene Klass for a while and I thought today (and tomorrow) would be the perfect day!
 They were as easy to apply as any other nail wraps and I love that they even come with a nail file! They are also slightly thinner than Nail Rock Nail wraps so are more comfortable. They also come with 24 different sizes which I think is a little wasteful, I have quite big nails but some of the larger sizes just too big and there are too many of then.

They have been on all day and I have even washed my hair with them on and they still look great!
I always get a lot of questions about how to apply nail wraps so I will do a post soon.

These are available from Asda, Boots, Debenhams and JML Direct from £5.99

What have you got planned for valentines day?
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Saturday, 11 February 2012

Travalo

 The Travalo has been around for a while now and has received a lot of talk on Youtube and blogs, it is a refillable travel perfume atomizer. I believe the one I have is the standard size one with 50 spray capacity although there is a larger one. I think the smaller one makes more sense, after all you are travelling with it.


They also come in a variety of colours.
 To feel the Travalo there is a patented pump-action filling system unlike all other perfume atomisers.  The Travalo fills directly from most fragrance bottles which have a removable spray head.
It even has a window to show you just how full your Travalo actually is, it is also a great size to travel abroad with especially with liquid restrictions.

 I have found that the pump has began to leak a little although the outer packaging means it doesn't leak into my bag, other then that I think this is a fabulous product!

The Travalo is available for under £7 from CheapSmells 

What do you think of the Travalo?
 Sabrina X
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Friday, 10 February 2012

Big Skincare Mystery

I am a little late with sharing this post but better late then never, right?

A while ago I received an unbranded PR sample which is a new high-street 2-in-1 cleansing facial wash and a 3 minute mask. It will be revealed on March 1st which brand actually make the product.

I haven't really taken the time to try and find out who the company actually is but I am quite excited to find out.

As a cleanser I think this is nothing special but I love it as a mask! It is a 3 minute mask, so quick and easy. After the 3 minutes my skin looked lovely and smooth with no redness, I would repurchase this to use as a mask! 
 
If you want a sample of your own and the chance to win some prizes check out the Facebook page here
I would love to know what you think!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Instagram 2

Today I have the second instalment of my Instragram images however I just realised that I have included lots in this post, in future I will include do them more often so not as many images build up.
1- I went to the launch of the mens perfume spice bomb, it was actually a very exciting event.
2 Pick n Mix from the Very event
3 Wedges from Very which are sadly too small for me but I am getting them changed.
4 My stack of book- I will do a post about some of my favourites soon
5 My room looking quite tidy
6 I have been loving NEOM Candles recently, it smells Divine!
7 New blog header and layout
8 A couple of new cleansers
9 A drink that I got at the Missguided event, its a natural energy but tastes nicer then I expected
10 Its been so cold recently that the mop actually got frozen to the bucket after being left outside
11 Imats press pass
12 Wearing some new colours from IMATS
1 Inside my IMATS Bag
2 MAC Pro Card
3 IMATS HAUL
4 A Birthday card from Moonpig
5 The fire in the house I babysit at it beautiful!
6 Snow outside the window
7 Snow at 1.30am
8 yucky half melted snow, that looks far less pretty then before
10 Hot water bottles have become essential in the cold weather
11 My boyfriend got me a Michael Kors Silver watch for my birthday which I love

Sorry if this post is a little boring, I hope you are all well

Sabrina X
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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

IMATS Haul Video

On Saturday, in the freezing cold weather I went to IMATS in Alexandra Palace- for those of you that don't know IMATS is the International Makeup Trade Show which is held every year in 6 different cities worldwide. I was luckily given a press pass which was really good as tickets are about £45 and the venue is only round the corner from my boyfriends house so I got a lift there (after 30mins of faffing about with the car and removing all the ice.) I really enjoyed my time however if I had to buy my own ticket I may not have gone as I am only buying makeup for myself but if you are a makeup artist then it is worth going as most brands have great discounts.

 IMATS does get quite busy so going along early is a great idea, when I arrived at 9am is was basically empty. Watch the video below to see what I purchased, please excuse the mess I thought it wasn't in shot!
It is a long one-I talk way too much!


We then headed of for dinner in Muswell Hill, here is a picture outside SpaceNK...
Bloggers I went to IMATS with
Meg:http://www.lipssofacto.com/
Kate: http://gh0stparties.com/
Milly: http://pearlsandpoodles.blogspot.com/
Lily: http://www.llymlrs.com/
Lily: http://www.whatihearttoday.com/
Emma: http://www.milkteef.com/
Anna: http://viviannadoesmakeup.com/
Zoe:http://thelondonlipgloss.blogspot.com/
Victoria: http://www.vipxo.co.uk/
Katie: http://mesluxes.blogspot.com/

Have you been to IMATS? What did you pick up?

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Sabrina X
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Monday, 6 February 2012

Amarya Natural & Organic Beauty Box

Amarya is a website which sells Organic and Natural Beauty products from brands such as NEOM, Zoya and Ren. I was sent their December beauty box to try out which I was very excited about.
Before lifting the lid of the box I noticed that the quality as good as all the other boxes I have seen, this is no better then a cheap shoe box.

Inside the December box there is a full size REN Grapefruit & Neroli Gift set, Dr Hauschka Cleansing Cream (trial size) and Acorelle Eau de Parfum (sample), usually there is five samples within the Beauty Boxes so I was surprised by the lack of products.

I was very impressed by the REN Gift set which includes two large products however I will never use the other two products.
This box isn't for me, it is aimed at people who love natural and organic beauty products and I personally don't really mind. However although I wouldn't ever subscribe to this beauty box, I do think it is a great idea especially if you love organic beauty products. If you only use natural beauty products the other beauty boxes I have come across would not be suitable for you so this is a perfect alternative (although I wish it were in a nicer reusable box!)

This box is available to buy for £20 however I subscription works out at only £10 a box.

What do you think of this beauty box? 

Sabrina X
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Sunday, 5 February 2012

L'oreal It's All In The Eyes

 I love dark eyeliner and layers of mascara so when I heard about the three new eye product L'oreal were releasing I couldn't help but be very interested. Set to release this month L'oreal has a new liquid eyeliner, gel eyeliner and mascara the promotional images have Cheryl Cole all over them but I actually quite like them.
 False Lash Telescopic Mascara
I always think you are either a Maybelline mascara fan or a L'oreal fan, for me L'oreal wins. The False Lash Telescopic mascara is suppose to be similar to the original Telescopic mascara which is a favourite with many people I know. In all honesty I know I have tried Telescopic in the past and even repurchased it but I can't remember too much about it in order to compare them. I do think my mascara tastes have changed recently and I know prefer a more traditional mascara wand to the rubber ones like this one. I find the thinner rubber mascara wands have sharper bristle which can often irritate my eye if I accidentally rub it along my lash line. 

Spiky-ness aside I do like this mascara- the size of the brush gives you lots of control meaning it is quick and easy to apply. The colour is very black like I expect from all my mascaras and the final look is volumised, thick lashes.

  Super Liner Gel Intenza
I love the packaging on the new L'oreal Gel Eyeliner, it looks far more expensive then any other ones which I have tried. It is in a clear glass tub (don't know what else to call it) with a gold screw on lid, looks like packaging you would see on a higher end counter. It also comes with a good brush which is a nice length to carry around but still allow you to have control over your eyeliner. I have only tried this on the lash line and it is extremely creamy, black and lasted a good amount of time. I am sure this will quickly become my favourite pharmacy gel eyeliner.

 Super Liner Perfect Slim
My favourite eyeliner as many of you may already know is the L'oreal Carbon Gloss however I was quite excited to try this liquid liner. Usually I don't like the pen eyeliner as I feel the line isn't quite as black as I would like and I feel that this one also fits into that category, although it is darker then many I have tried. The great thing about this mascara is how thin the nib actually is, its perfect for cat eyes and detailed eyeliner work. 
  Right eyeliner is Super Liner Perfect Slim, other two are L'oreal Gel eyeliner
 Eye with False Lash Telescopic Mascara, Super Liner Perfect Slim along top lash line and Super Liner Gel Intenza along top and bottom water line.
False Lash Telescopic Mascara: £10.99
SuperLiner Gel Intenza Eyeliner: £8.99
SuperLiner Perfect Slim: £6.49
 Available from Boots, Superdrugs and other L'oreal retailers

What is your favourite L'oreal eye product?
Will you be picking up any of the new L'oreal products?

Sabrina X
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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Nail Rock Meadham Kirchhoff

A couple of days ago at the Missguided event (more on that very soon) they were offering Nail Rocks Nail Wraps and how could I say now. Their Spring Summer collection looks fab and features some great new patterns and some really unusual ones. 
 I went for the Meadham Kirchhoff nail wraps, which are actually yet to be released and consist of ten different images of cartoon, dolls, Teddies and even a ladies bits. I got them applied at the event but I have applied them various times myself (I think I usually apply them a little better then this too) and they are super easy to apply since they no longer require heat!

Due to the fact I can't go to work with ladies bits on my nails this print was missed out as were two of the other ones as they didn't fit on my nails quite as well.
I literally love these nail wraps and are by far my favourites, I love that they are all different. However they aren't out yet but will be only available at TopShop when they do finally come out.
I also had a look at the Eye Rock eye tattoos which I had never seen before they look really interesting but I would imagine they are quite hard to work.

Nail Rock is available from Missguided

What do you think of these Nail Wraps?
I think I will be picking up a pair when they come out!

Sabrina X

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