Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Video: I ♡ Fall Tag


I'd seen this tag going around so I thought I would also join in for myself and was actually tagged by Leanne Woodfull. I really want to make Youtube videos a regular thing so if you have any ideas please leave them in the commend section and I'd be grateful if your thumb'd up and all the jazz!

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Halloween at Lush

The Witches' Ball £3.95, Jacko Ballistic £3.50, Twilight £4.25, Magic Bath Bomb £4.20
Calacas Shower Jelly £3.25, Bewitched £6.25, The Enchanter £3.20, Where the Magic Happens £14.50

With halloween two days away and with the temperature now being as cold as a fridge there are few better ways to spend an evening than with a few Lush Halloween Product relaxing in a hot bath. With eight products to chose from I am sure you'll be able to find the perfect on for you!
I've been using The Enchanter and Twilight; the Enchanter is a bath bomb which turns the bath orange but has a citrus smell which smells amazing and lingers for quite a while. However if you are after a more relaxing scent than Twilight is the perfect product, with lavender it is a perfect evening product for a good nights sleep- it also has glitter which of course makes me very happy!

What Halloween Lush products will you be trying? 
I am already excited for the Christmas Lush products! 
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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Weekend Pamper Mini Reviews

1. The Body Shop Banana Shampoo £4.50
I have been using this shampoo for a while and although I like the smell I really don't rate it highly. I don't use the conditioner which I know lots of people rave about but the shampoo leaves my hair dry and very, very knotty.

2. Neom Organic Bath Foam £20
I was super excited to try this as I love Neom and this smells amazing! It is SLS free as you would expect from Neom so there aren't quite as many bubbles as I would usually like but there are also no nasties! It is perfect if you are having a real me day or having trouble sleeping as the scent is so relaxing. At £20 it is quite pricey but is the perfect indulgence or great gift too.

3.Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser £24
I really think Kiehls is pretty expensive although they so have some amazing products, this product is okay but I think it simply takes too long to sink in to the skin so I can't really use it as a day cream.

4. Balmi Lip Balm £4.99
This is attached to my keys and I love it! It isn't really the most hydrating product but I do think it is really practical and I would replace it if I ever lost it. (It also makes finding your keys easier)

5. Fresh Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum $80
This is compeltely unlike any other perfume I have, it is very citrusy with lemon and tangerine notes as well as having slight vanilla notes. Might not be to everyones taste but worth a sniff if you are looking for something a little different.

6. Stylfile S Buffer £4.99
I'm in two minds about this as I do think it is a good quality buffer but I don't see how the S shape really helps and it's a little over priced to.

7.Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence £22.50
I have been using this for quite a few months now on a daily basis as I don't use a traditional conditioner. It helps remove any knots and keeps it looking hydrated and healthy without weighing it down. I would highly recommend this for anyone with fine hair. I would say it is a little expensive but worth every penny.

8. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cleanser £17
This is a really nice cleanser gentle cleanser with only a light scent, it leaves my skin clean without stripping it. I rate this quite highly although I do need quite a bit.

What pampering products are you currently using?

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Birchbox & Joliebox

 As I am sure many of you know BirchBox has now acquired Jolie Box, BirchBox, for those of you that don't know was the first beauty box and it launched in the US. I am personally quite excited for Birchbox to enter the UK market, they have a huge team in the US and I think they have a slightly different outlook. I met the team at the press junket a while back I feel they ail be doing some re-branding and are really pushing their new e-commerce site. I've now got a Birchbox and a Joliebox to compare...
 This months Joliebox had the title 'Pure and Natural' so inside are five natural beauty products. There is a very generous full size Ritessens Exfoliant which I will be trying but does sounds great. The other full size product is the Jason Lip Balm stick which has made it's way into my handbag and I really like. The Moa Green Lip Balm is something I have received in the past through a beauty box and luckily something I quite like as it is a multipurpose balm. There are also two sachets of Iroisie BB Creams which I probably will never use and a strange lifestyle product in the form of Lov Organic Herbal Tea which I wouldn't personally really want in my beauty box. Overall I really like 3 out of the five products and think it is quite a generous box.

 The packaging for the Birchbox is much smaller and flimsy however I am not sure if there are actually changing over to this box (it also has a bit of a funny smell). Inside there is again four beauty products and one lifestyle extra which leads me to thing that usually there are only four products in the box. There is a DDF foaming cleanser which I won't use as I don't think foaming cleansers are too good for the skin, a Jouer Lipgloss which is tiny but I really like the idea of a moisturising gloss, a Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur sample which I think is nice as its a new perfume (I have the full size and love it!) and the LiQWd Volumizing Catalyst which I will also be trying. Once again I like 3 out of the five products but the Larabar still seems like a weird addition!
I am very excited to see how this merge is going to work and how each months box will change, I am hoping for slightly better brands as Birchbox is such a well known company! I also know that in the next few days they will be launching JoliePoints which means each time you sign up, refer a friend, shop or provide feedback through their website you will build up points which you can put towards a product which sounds like a great idea! I hope that we still get the magazine within each box but maybe a few more interactive things too!

What do you think of Joliebox and Birchbox joining forces? What are you hoping to see change/remain the same?
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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Currently On my Nails: Leighton Denny Not Tonight

I always get a couple of complaints if I do a few nail polish reviews to closely together but at the moment I am really loving nail polish and to be quite honest they're quite easy to write. Its been on of those really busy weeks where I leave the house in the morning and don't return until late at night so I'm catching up blog posts at the moment! 

I've been wearing this Leighton Denny colour, Not Tonight, which I have had lying around for a little while. I'm not terribly sure where it came from but I haven't used it as in the bottle it doesn't actually look like a particularly attractive colour. In the bottle it appears to be brown with nothing special about it but once applied I really like it! I'm a huge fan of anything vampy at the moment especially nails and lips but this polish although still vampy is quite different as it hasn't got a red tone. Instead its an almost black warm brown that is just perfect for these cold months! It applied reasonably well too with just a few coats and hasn't chipped a good couple of days later. Think I'm going to be giving this nail polish a few more outings in the coming months! 
What is your favourite vampy polish?
Ps I also heard this is a nice dupe for Tom Ford Bitter Bitch!
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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Halloween Blood Nails

With halloween around the corner I thought I would share with you a really simple nail art, sadly I am not a nail art pro so this is what I came up with. I've included a few steps too...
 I started by covering my nail in a light neutral colour simply because I though it would look nicer but this is a step you can easily skip. I also added a messy black tip as I like that it intensifies the colour right at the tip meaning it looks like that part has more blood.
 After that was dry I mixed two colours together a dark brown and a burgundy shade to achieve the colour I wanted. I then used a really old lip brush, but you can use what every you have to paint on the tips and then going for the middle to the tip I added some blood like drips. I don't think this has to be neat at all, if anything the messiness adds to the final result.
What are you doing for Halloween?

Sabrina X
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Monday, 22 October 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Beauty Buys

As I am sure most of you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month (maybe this post should have been written at the begining of the month!) I have picked some of my favourite beauty buys that are not only pink but also made to raise breast cancer awareness and which give a little to charity!
Ciate £18
I really like Ciate polishes, especially the cute packaging! This little pink duo comes with a pretty pink and a really fun glitter polish. Also a 20% donation goes to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

GHD Pink Cherry Blossom Hairdryer £99
I actually gave one of these blowdryers away last month and own one myself! It retails for £99 and £10 is donated to charity.

Fake Bake £26.95
If your a fake tan fan like me you'll love this Fake Bake Ultimate Fake Tan set which will also save oyu £15 off the RRP if you were to buy everything separately. £1 (its a shame it isn't more!) is donated to charity.

Clinique (this is an old one ops!)

Avon £2
If you don't have much money to spend but are still looking for something to support Breast Cancer Awareness this Avon nail file is perfect, pretty and pink. 25% is donated.

Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Collection
This would make an amazing gift in my opinion, the makeup bag is pretty and the packaging on the lipbalm and lip stick is also lovely for a very reasonable price! £5 is donated to charity.


Glam Glow £49.99
I've been loving Glam Glow recently (and I should probably write a full review) but I love this pink packaging so much! The ingredients in this mud mask are really amazing and you are left with great results. Also 25% of the Profits go to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

Origins £10
Perfect for the winter months this duo comes with a hand cream and a Peace of Mind cream too. £2 is donated.

Orly
This has to be the cutest little nail collection! 20% is donated

What are your favourite Breast Cancer Awareness products?
Sabrina X
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Monday, 15 October 2012

Currently on my nails: Killer Colours Firewater

 I feel like it's been a very long time since a nail polish post as I had Shellac on for weeks but am glad to say I am back to painting my nails. My first colour of choice was by Kiler Colours which is quite a new nail polish range with really on trend colours, all the shades are also limited edition so you need to move fast. I chose firewater as it is a beautiful berry red and a colour that was seen up and down the catwalk all season.

It was a little less opaque than I expected and a little messy but I love the colour, it lasted quite well with no chipping and dried quickly.
Millie Mackintosh also claims to be a fan of this colour! Killer Colour polishes are available online for £9  and I would highly recommend this colour!

What nail colours do you turn to in autumn?
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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Ojon Counters in Boots

 Although I know that the makeup brands in Boots often have counters with advisors, I was very happy to find out that many Ojon counters also have advisors especially as Boots is far more practical than going to a department store counter. Each counter in larger store has a hair advisor which are there to help you and talk you through each products, I went to the Watford branch and was greeted by the nicest advisor. I'm always a little put off by advisors but Kirsty (I'm bad with names but I'm pretty sure it was Kirsty) was just lovely, not pushy at all but instead was just really happy to help and even took the time to do my hair!
The advisor is a hairdresser which is always nice, Kirsty showed me all the ranges and talked me through which products she would recommend for me. She recommended the Revitalising mist, Volumising Styling spray, Volumizing Shampoo and the Rare Blend oil which everyone is raving about! She used some great products and curled my hair. I left with my hair looking much better, wanting a few products, with quite a few samples to try and having honestly enjoyed my experience as Kirsty was so lovely!
There are now Ojon counters in larger Boots stores where you can now pop in, have your hair done and find out more about the products! I'd highly recommend the Watford counter if you are around the area!

What Ojon products have you tried?

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Student Discounts Online

Today I discovered a website that I really want to share with all my student readers! I was with my friend and asked her how I can go about buying an NUS card but she told me that I could instead sign up to UNiDays which is free and basically like an NUS card just online.

They offer discount in stores like Topshop, ASOS, Look Fantastic and Urban Outfitters and I am talking up to 25%!!

To sign up you do need to verify you are a student but it just means you need to log into your uni portal online which is easy enough.

Click here to register I would really recommend it! (& its free!)
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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Shellac- My experience

Three weeks ago I got my first Shellac Manicure done at the Handpicked Media LFW suite by Ted Baker and was super excited! Its important to note I have never tried fake nails such as acrylics other than some press-on ‘s one and I haven’t had gellish or biosculpture so I am not too sure what I am really comparing Shellac to. Shellac is a polish which they apply over the nail and then set under a UV light, it isn’t a nail extension but does make the nails quite strong (whilst on) meaning used for a long time you can achieve longer nails.
 I chose a grey as the colour selection of Shellac isn’t great although I think it is something they are expanding. I personally like crazier colours; mint greens, Cian Blues and vivid purples but with Shellac you are given the option of pink, light pink, dark pink, red, dark red and very neutral french manicure colours with the exception of a few muted grays. 

It is applied in sheer coats and then placed under the UV light, I had about three coats applied but it wasn’t quite as opaque as I would had liked. I love that the UV light means the colours dry instantly which is especially nice at an event where you need to grab your camera in one hand, handbag in the other and somehow balance a drink too.

I went home pretty happy with my nails; they were very shinny, a nice colour and for once not smudged, although my thumb had some polish on the skin surrounding the nail too. 
 One week in I remained quite happy with the Shellac, it was nice not to have to paint my nails every other day, they were still very shinny although they had begun to grow out and one of my fingers had a tiny chip.
On the second week I wasn’t quite as impressed. Shellac’s are suppose to last 2 weeks but have heard people say it last 3-4weeks! They remained shinny but I was beginning to get fed up of the grey, they had grown out half a cm in just 2 weeks and quite a few fingers now had chips. Obviously this is just my own opinion, not everyone gets as bored as quickly as me and some peoples nails grow far slower than mine.

Not too sure I would get Shellac again, I don't think I would if I had to pay for it at least, although I think it may work better for others. If you're nails don't grow too quickly and are looking for something which is lower maintenance than nail polish then it is worth looking in to especially for holidays or special events.

I followed this post to remove my shellac

What has your experience with Shellac been like?
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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Benefit Complexion & Lip & Cheek Kits

 I'm in two minds about how I feel for Benefit. I love the packaging, some products are great but some aren't and are a little over prices. However I was excited to try these two new kits as at under £25 and with a variation of products these seem affordable and a pretty good deal.
 Sugarlicious is one of fourteen kits by Benefit, it is sold as a 'Delicious nude...lip & cheek kit' and comes with four products Benetint, Highbeam, Sugarbomb and Ultra Plush Sugar Bomb lipgloss. It includes natural shades and some real cult Benefit products such as Benetint!

Both boxes come with a step by step how-to, a good size mirror and a brush. I have been wanting to try Sugarbomb for a while so was very excited and think it works really well with Benetint and Highbeam. I like that it also has a lipgloss although I am not a big fan of Benetint on the lips as the instructions suggest. The look is really lovely and glowing which is what I usually go for but you can chose to use just one of the cheek products at a time if you wish. If you aren't a fan of Sugar bomb there are also sets with Coralista and Dandelion 
I also think it is really nice that you can remove the insert and use it as a box! However, considering it is something they suggest you do I think its a little impractical that the blush doesn't have a little case, where would you put it?!
The other Kit I tried was the How to look the best at everything complexion kit which comes with a the Porefessional Primer, Hello Flawless Foundation, Bo-ing concealer in shade 01 & 02 as well as Hello Flawless powder. The kit I have is in Light which is too light for me as the foundation shade is Champagne but I already had the shade Honey which is what I put on instead. The primer is the same size as those that came in Glamour magazine a while back but still a lovely product, I don't think the foundation offers a huge amount of coverage (light-medium) but if you use the concealer too it should be enough, I also really like that there are two concealer shades.
All the products in image above other than eye products are by Benefit and as you can see the skin looks healthy, natural (ignore the breakout, blame the Clarasonic!) and with a nice glow.

I really like the idea of these little sets and think they are a great, affordable way to try Benefit. These would make perfect gifts for any girl/woman although it is a shame they don't cater to darker skins. I don't think I would every go all out and use all the products together but its nice to be able to use a few.

What do you think of Benefit? Are you tempted by the look of these kits?

Have a look at all the Benefit kits here
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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Beauty Destination: Beauty Mart

Take the escalator up to the floor third in Harvey Nichols and you will find a dream land for any beauty addict. Away from the beauty hall is Beauty Mart a concession founded by Millie Kendall (one half of Ruby & Millie)and Anna-Marie Solowij (Former beauty director of Vogue) and in it, it holds the best selling products of over 100 brands!

They stock products that are hard to find in the UK such as Bioderma Crealine H20 and Embryolisse as well as other fabulous brands from around the world! Its also nice that they have a variation of high-end products as well as lower end, stocking products from brands such as Alpha H, Barry M and EOS.

Its also very nice to have shops assistants that are willing to help, know a lot about beauty and clearly share a passion for finding the best products!

If you're in London and are a beauty junkie I would highly recommend taking a look, you may not buy anything but at least you know exactly whats there when you need it. And you will need it.
All I left with was a hair brush as I have been having terribly bad hair days recently!

Have a look at their blog here, it has a list of brands and lots of other interesting things!
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Monday, 1 October 2012

Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation & Concealer

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Avon event where I met the beautiful Alesha Dixon and the Pixiwoo girls. I also picked up a few things that I am very excited to share with you especially the Ideal Flawless Foundation! The foundation is oil-free and has SPF15, its pretty inexpensive at just £12 and comes in 16 shades!

The bottle is a glass rectangular bottle which may or may not have been inspired by the Chanel foundation bottles, are classic and sturdy. As I have dry skin I look for a product that feels moisturising and that blends really easily, this product does just that. I apply it with my fingers and achieve a medium-full coverage without looking cakey or even very noticeable. Its also nice that it is oil free as it means its suitable for all skin types and the slight dewy finish is nice for drier skins (or if you're not a fan of matte skin).

I am so happy with this foundation and need to find myself an Avon representative to buy myself a few more shades as well as some backups. This is such a great foundation with a reasonable price and its nice to know that as they have a wide range of shades they'll probably have yours!

I have the shade Medium Beige which is about an NC/NW30
I also tried the concealer which is quite nice for blemishes but not my favourite as the coverage isn't as high as I would hope. This only comes in three shades but is oil free.
I am wearing both the foundation and the concealer in the picture above.
Let me know what you think below.
  What have you tried from Avon in the past?
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