Wednesday, 8 December 2010

The perfect lipstick!

Sorry all, I've been really slacking this week so far! The run up to Christmas is crazy busy!!

But the exciting thing this week for me has been that I have FINALLY found my perfect lipstick!!

After so many people raving about them, I decided to give Sleek make-up a try. Surfing through their website I came across their lipstick in Cherry colour. Judging by my other lipsticks which all seemed to be either too dark or too light, or too drying on my lips, I decided to give this one a try as the colour looked good, and their lipsticks have Vitamin E to keeps lips nourished.

I have to say I have fallen in love with it a little bit. Not only is the packaging really nice and feels luxurious, the colour is perfect!

I have had so many comments from people this week. It lasts quite a while, even after a couple of Starbucks! The colour compliments my quite fair skin (not long until holiday though!) and blonde hair. Think I'll be sticking with this one for a while. Bonus, it's only £3.69!

Photos to come...


Friday, 3 December 2010

What's Hot...What's Not

Friday has whizzed by! Check out this week's Hot and Not.


Beyonce modelling for Tom Ford - two gorgeous people together, LOVE the fact that he used curvier women.

Nails Inc The Southbank - love this colour, perfect for the snowy weather and lasts all week

Blistex Relief Cream - the only thing that's managed to help my dry, sore lips this week!


Fake boobs - are these something to be proud of? Danielle Lineker just looked ridiculous this week.

False lash overkill - girls seem to be doubling, or even tripling, up on false lashes. It looks wrong. They are supposed to look sexy not like you can't keep your eyes open! Plus if you can see the glue something has gone wrong. Just saying.

Snow. Ruining my social life. I don't need to say any more.


Thursday, 2 December 2010

Snowy nails!

I'm snowed in today which is both good and bad! Good to have zero commute, be able to have the TV on whilst working and be cosy on the sofa all day.

Whilst watching Loose Women (yes that's right!) I decided to get snowy with my nails. Nails Inc Southbank is a cool glossy grey. Love it! It fits perfectly with the weather right now and would go with anything. Like all Nails Inc it went on well, two coats and dried quickly.

Hoping it will last as long as the snow does!


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Off to Portobello Road!

Fancy nails today with Nail's Inc's limited edition, Portobello Road!

Goes perfectly with this icy season, and great for if you're getting bored of the plums, sparkle and jewel colours at the moment.

A baby blue, it does remind me of the mint green obsession of the spring/summer. I'm not completely loving it, and I don't think I could wear it for very long, but it's a nice change. I'll definitely keep it and see if I prefer it in Spring 2011.


Monday, 29 November 2010

Just Another Manic Monday!

Apparently this Monday is the manic-y of them all!

According to retailers this is the day for the most Internet Christmas shopping. Over £22 million an hour will be spent! 

Avoiding the crowds and being super-organised, surely this must be mostly women on the computer over lunch hour?! Most men I know still leave it until Christmas Eve, madly panic buying. Slightly sexist comment, please correct me if I'm wrong!

What are you buying?


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Smooth Away the Wrinkles - StriVectin Week 8!

I have now reached my Week 8 with StriVectin Eye Concentrate, so another look at my crinkly eyes...or maybe not so crinkly!

I'm still loving this product, it feels so luxurious. By week 8 they say I should notice elasticity getting better, as well as reduced fine lines and crow's feet.

Obviously at 24 (almost 25) I didn't have many lines to begin with, but I was starting to get them, and they really bugged me. So here goes,

Not smiling:


Let's compare to before I started this little experiment.

My dark circles are definitely reduced, and although I still have lines when I smile they don't seem to be as deep!

I'm going to keep with this one, and perhaps update you guys further next month.


Monday, 22 November 2010

Look Good in Bed!

Being quite a light sleeper I have taken to wearing an eye mask so that no light gets through and, hopefully, I stay in the land of nod.

However, so far I've been quite cheap and used the freebie ones you get on planes, Virgin eye masks have done me well so far!! But today I decided to actually buy one that looks good.

So I popped along to Joy and found this one

It was either that, or an F Off one, which I thought even when I'm at my most tired is just a bit too much! Looking forward to wearing it tonight, pink and frilly, can't go wrong!!

I feel a bit ashamed about my free plane eyemasks now, you should always try to look your best, even in your sleep!!!


Friday, 19 November 2010

What's Hot...What's Not

Drumroll please for this week's Hot and Not!!!


Classy tailoring - absolutely adore VB's look here. Simple, elegant, stunning. Loving the colour of this dress...must find a high street copy!

Seventies for Spring - M&S unveiled some of their Spring collection and Seventies is in big time. Embrace it! Loving the blusher...

Kate Middleton's dress - Sorry I couldn't get away from it! As much as I'm bored with the Kate and Will's wedding extravaganza I loved her look. The Issa dress has now sold out, but also her understated make-up was gorgeous and her wavy, elegant blowdry was fit for a Princess!


Food as clothes - Gaga did her meat dress, please stop this madness! Now someone thinks this collection titled Hunger Pains is what the world needs!!

Tattoos - No real connection particularly for this week, just don't like them!!

Putting on make-up on public transport - I will do this in my own home, in the bathroom, even in my car if I'm running late, but don't do it on the train, bus, etc. Nobody needs to see it, and my train seems to attract this kind of behaviour. Get up a few minutes earlier!!!


Thursday, 18 November 2010

Beauty Fit For a Princess!

You can't get away from it, Wills and Kate are dominating every newspaper, TV station and radio. So what better way to congratulate then to list the best beauty products fit for a princess!!

Lets get the most luxurious one on the top of the list, Creme de la Mer!! Celebs adore it, mere mortals lust over it, princesses should surely have rows and rows of it ready to moisturise and smooth away any fine lines or imperfections.

Givenchy Le Soin Noir Cream With a precious ingredient found in the depths of the ocean, only the very fabulous can afford this one! Vital Black Algae Sap Concentrate counteracts any signs of ageing, leaving you glowing. However, at £226 for a little pot you need a Prince Charming to afford it! Exclusively at Harrods.

Alterna Ten Luxury Shampoo Almost £50 for a bottle of shampoo is definitely a princess price! With their exclusive anti-ageing formula and other fancy ingredients it promises to nourish and deliver incredible results. Bottle looks fancy too!

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream A Royal favourite, Caviar is now gracing our beauty cupboards. And The Prairie's offering is super luxurious. They have a full skincare range in this collection so whether it's your face, eyes, or body which needs some intense princess pampering The Caviar Collection will improve the texture and condition of your skin.

Tweezerman Crystal Slant Tweezers - limited edition, Swarovski crystal embellished version of the iconic tweezers. A princess can't have ordinary tweezers, bling it up!

And the ultimate at a whopping £10,000! The Swarovski Crystal Wellbox from Harrods. With 60,000 crystals this really is for Royalty. An at-home professional system in order to combat cellulite, sagging, poor complexion, and more with their breakthrough technology. Looks a little scary, and the price is sure to make you faint...unless your a princess of course!!


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

£8000 to spare?!

The ultimate Christmas gift for any shoe-lover, Net-a-Porter have launched a Shoe Subscription where the lucky recipient will receive a new pair of designer shoes every month. Only £8000!

A wonderful gift to get the latest Louboutins, Kirkwoods and any other top designers Net-a-Porter decide you should have. You also get a hotline to a personal stylist. And express shipping!

What more could a girl want? If only I had a rich boyfriend...I don't think you get to choose but I would want these for sure!!




 Charlotte Olympia


Miu Miu


Monday, 15 November 2010

Hair Saviour!

I just had to tell you peeps about my amazing new straighteners. I was lucky enough to get them in a goody bag a while ago, and have only just got round to opening them.

My hair is naturally fairly wavy so to reduce the frizz or for nights out where I want to look like I've made an effort I NEED straighteners. I have had the same pair for over five years...time for a change!

I can't recommend the Remington Pearl Straighteners enough. I thought my old ones were good, but they were nothing compared to these. So quick, effortless, and they don't snag your hair at all. I knew they were amazing when my friend commented on how straight my hair was on Saturday night: "I mean your hair has been straight before, but not this straight!"

The blurb behind the product has a lot of facts and stats but the real test is how easy and effective they are. Remington Pearl, top marks!


Friday, 12 November 2010

What's Hot...What's Not

This week I have a celebrity Hot and Not!!


Cat Deeley - LOVING her look at the moment. Her hair's gorgeous, loving the loose curls, the trilby, and only she could pull off the leather shorts!

Rihanna - I'm not ashamed to admit I have a slight girl crush on Rihanna. Absolutely gorgeous, effortlessly cool, and she has boobs, bum and thighs! She can pull off any outfit, and I especially love her fishtail plait here...

Victoria's Secret girls - I want to hate them as they are so darn perfect but I can't. And the tans, wings, make-up, etc, everything is impressive!


Age catching up with you - Caprice showed this week that no amount of Botox can undo all the tanning, smoking and full make-up she wears every day. Be warned!

Selling your soul...Desperate celebs trying to hold onto their career, I will NOT be watching I'm a Celeb

Getting too skinny - have something other than a salad! Not only will you look healthier, your skin, hair and nails will be better too...

Let me know your thoughts!


Thursday, 11 November 2010

Go go go!

Sleek Make Up have started their 50% sale until midnight tonight!

Website is a bit slow at the moment as you can imagine with all the people getting their bargains, but it's definitely worth it!

Their Bad Girl palette is going straight in my basket, as well as a selection of their gorgeous lipsticks!

Happy shopping!


Wednesday, 10 November 2010


As I'm working my way through the Autumn/Winter collection of Nails Inc, this week is the turn of Duke of Wellington Place.

A gunmetal grey, I didn't think I'd be too keen, as I'm quite a girly girl. I put it on Sunday evening, and with the weather we had on Monday it definitely suited my mood!

However, even today with the sun shining I'm still liking it. I could only wear it over Winter and I think it looks best on shorter nails, but it's a nice addition to the collection.

Stay tuned for my full review of the whole collection!


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Tomato, Potato, Pear or Nectarine??

Bum shapes I'm talking about!!

Asda have launched Wonderbum dresses suitable for every bum shape, and are only £20! Just wait for the stampede!

So here's the guide to finding out which bum you have...

  • The Tomato - plump, round and squishy. This one is best squeezed into a structured dress to show it off!
  • The Potato - wide and lumpy. Oh dear, this one needs to be dressed carefully. Asda have a tulip-shaped dress to slim this rear down.
  • The Pear - narrow up top, wide down below. Quite tricky, this one needs a maxi dress to skim over the bum and attract attention up top.
  • The Nectarine - full, round and pert. Probably those who spend a lot of time in the gym! A tight red satin dress is for you.

Which shape are you?! I think I'm Tomato...but would like to be Nectarine!


Monday, 8 November 2010

Stretch Mark Secret!

Recently I was sent 'The Secret' by Betty Hula 

With such a mysterious name I was keen to find out more! A natural blend of oils you're supposed to apply this anti-ageing miracle to the face and any problem areas and let it work it's magic.

I have to be honest and say that I didn't notice much difference on the lines on my face, although as a primer before make-up it's fantastic. My tinted moisturiser and concealer just glided on effortlessly!

The biggest impact I saw was on my stretch marks! I applied a little bit of the oil to the marks around my hips morning and night and within a couple of weeks they were significantly faded. If nothing else works please try The Secret to melt away those annoying silvery lines. Available online, the big jar will last you ages! 

And especially for you, there's 25% off anything you order with this promo code BHB25


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Breathe and reboot

Yesterday was National Stress Awareness Day. I was supposed to do this then, but as I was tucked up under a blanket on the sofa it's a day late. In order to de-stress below are my top five stress relief products...

1. Rescue Remedy! Pure calm in a bottle. I've used this for my driving test, many exams, interviews and when I'm feeling a bit frazzled. A few drops on the tongue (tastes a bit weird) and this natural remedy will calm you down.

2. The Sanctuary Bath Relaxer - there's nothing quite like a hot, bubbly bath to soothe your body and let any tension disappear, and this bath oil is amazing. I love Santuary products, as you always know they are going to be good quality. This one blends different oils to de-stress and moisturise the skin.

3. Yankee Candle in Lavender Vanilla. Love, love, love Yankee Candles! They always smell amazing, last forever and look pretty too. This one in Lavender Vanilla brings an "oasis of tranquility" which can only be a good thing after a stressful day.

4. Estee Lauder Stress Relief Face Mask - when stress starts showing itself in wrinkles you know you have to do something FAST! Leave this on for just 10 minutes and it de-stresses, re-energises, and makes you skin smooth and less lined - too good to be true!!

5. Chocolate!! Sorry guys, a slight cop-out I know, but chocolate really is the ultimate de-stresser! Chemicals inside reduce stress hormones and rebalances you. I'm not convinnced of the science, but I know how much better I feel after a bar of Galaxy!!


Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Glitzy Poppy!

It seems as though nothing is safe from a bit of sparkle! But I'm not complaining. If you fancy something a bit more special than paper and plasitc, this year the glam Poppy is what everyone is talking about.

Seen on the X Factor judges this weekend, the jeweller Kleshna has already sold out of their versions. At £84.99 it's not cheap, but everything goes to The Poppy Appeal so why not support an amazing campaign and have a special fashion accessory for a couple of weeks?!

A bracelet and tie pin is still in stock so check them out at

Or take a look at The Legion's own online shop for more gorgeous poppy jewellery


Monday, 1 November 2010

Queensgate Mews

Working my way through Nails Inc Autumn/Winter collection and now it's the turn of Queensgate Mews, a really dark, rich grape colour. Good for this time of year, although it does emphasise how pale my hands are!!

Maybe I need some fake tan with this one! But it was great for Hallowe'en. 

First thoughts are I prefer Lowndes Square, but I shall keep you posted...


Friday, 29 October 2010

What's Hot...What's Not

This week's Hot and Not:


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Stick - especially for Breast Cancer with all the proceeds going to the charity plus free delivery. A Bobbi Brown I've only heard good things about this. I've just ordered mine, get yours before the end of the month!

Nails Inc Camel Collection - another order for me today. A web-exclusive with some of the hottest colours around at the moment, a must for anyone varnish-crazy, I can't wait to try it!
Rachel Stevens - looking gorgeous at eight months pregnant, and I absolutely love her hair! Thick, natural colour, sophisticated and sexy.


Beauty nightmare - this time of year is awful for skin, hair and nails. Nail get dry and brittle, skin gets dry and lips crack, whilst hair is frazzled. Going from hot to cold to hot all day isn't good. Invest in moisturisers for everything right now!

Coleen Rooney - has she had a boob job, hasn't she? I don't care...

James Franco as a woman!! OMG what has he done? He's gorgeous and now I'll never be able to see him in the same light. He's posed as a guy for Candy magazine. Oh. Dear.


Thursday, 28 October 2010

Sparkly Beauty!

Another one for your Christmas list girls! Clarins' Beauty Flash Balm is 30 years old, and to celebrate they have launched a super-sparkly limited edition with Swarovski crystals.

Better skin and something pretty to look at? Perfect!
Available at Debenhams


Tuesday, 26 October 2010

My Handbag Essentials!

Today I want to share with you those handbag essentials I have to have in my bag at ALL times!

Number One is definitely YSL Touche Eclat. I can't leave the house without it, no other concealer even comes close. I can see exactly why this has won so many awards. It lasts a long time, but I always have to have a new tube as back-up for when it runs out. Amazing!

Another oldie but goodie...Maybelline Great Lash mascara. It has to be Blackest Black and I have to apply two coats. Creates length without any clumps. So many new mascaras promise this but I always return to this one. A classic!

Moving to lips I adore Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm. It works its magic quickly and is so luxurious. When nothing else will help your sore lips give this a try.

Now for my hands. Especially during winter, I have to have some emergency hand cream in my bag. Boots Protect and Perfect serum got rave reviews, but I absolutely love their hand cream. You don't need much and it sinks in quickly so it doesn't feel like you can't touch anything for ages after applying. Huge recommendation for this.

What are your handbag beauty essentials?