Friday, 29 June 2012

What's Hot; What's Not

I haven't done this for a while, so here we go again! The very latest beauty news...


Lush's first cosmetic collection - called Emotional Brilliance, Lush's first foray into make-up launches 21st July. And expect a stampede. All products are vegan and an Emotional Brilliance Wheel gives you options such as Confident and Glamorous to specify a personalised colour reading. I'm sure all the products will be really high-quality and I can't wait to get my reading.

Crayola nail polishes - crayons for grown-ups, what could be better than nail polishes!? Simply PR spin or product genius? You must all know I am obsessed with nail polish so this is super exciting to me. Unfortunately only available in the US, hopefully Crayola will send them this side of the pond as well! Great colours...not sure about the quality but they are very cute.

Rihanna at Hackney Weekend - Unfortunately I wasn't at this festival but I did watch some acts on TV. One of them was Rihanna and although her outfit was very questionable I loved her make-up. Flawless skin, deep red glossy lips and very cute eyeliner. I will be getting more creative with my eyeliner. She had a 'double line winged flick thing' going on. Simple but a statement. LOVE!


YSL to SLP - bit late to this party but this definitely deserves a mention. Last week it was announced YSL will be changing their name to SLP (Saint Laurent Paris). The new Creative Director is obviously trying to make their mark but I don't like it. Apparently the logo will remain the same, which begs the question, why do it??

Saggy boobs - OK OK, it's quite inevitable as we get older but this week super-slim Bo from The Voice showed it doesn't only happen to older women or those who have breast-fed. Make sure you don't neglect them ladies - moisturise, do certain exercises and sports bras are your best friends.

Give us a smile! The Spice Girls are back (woop woop!!) and I personally cannot wait to see Viva Forever later this year. They do still all look incredible and I especially loved Emma's natural-looking radiant make-up, volumised hair and beaming smile. But couldn't Posh have given us a bit of a smile?! Bit of downer...she looked like she really didn't want to be there.

Let me know what you think! What's been hot and not for you?


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Pedikur Hand and Foot Cream

I was sent this by the lovely guys at Pedikur. It's nothing fancy or glamorous but it gets the job done. I have dry skin and this is true of my hands and feet as well as my face. I'm constantly putting hand cream on, especially after washing my hands, and my feet need moisturising after a shower or they feel awful. So I was thrilled to get this product.

I won't lie, the smell is very strong. It smells herbal and quite medicinal so not the most pleasant but it's not revolting either. Just be prepared when you open it up! It has sage, thyme and rosemary, hence the herbal scent.

The consistency is great, quite thick so that you don't need much but it melts into the skin really fast. My feet were in dire need of moisturising when I first tried this product and it did the trick. I did need to keep applying more of it as I massaged it in but this may have been due to how dry my feet were.

They also gave me little moisturising socks which I wore overnight to get the maximum benefit of this cream. Anyway, the main point is that my feet are much softer and smoother now. Does what it says on the tin!!

Only £10, take a look at


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Dinner with a Difference - Foodcycle

A slightly different post for me today but one which I felt was definitely worth writing.

Last week my friend invited me out for a ten course dinner extravaganza. I immediately said yes of course! Then I found out more about it and discovered the meal was in aid of a charity called Foodcycle.

They take wasted food which is perfectly edible and give it the homeless, elderly, poor, whoever needs a decent meal really. Seems a very sensible idea. Supermarkets throw away a huge amount of food every day which can still be made into great meals. And I found out 4 million people in the UK are suffering from 'food poverty'.

So off I went to the Fleet River Bakery for an incredible feast. As we walked in we were greeted with some champagne and yummy crudites with a yummy beetroot dip. Our chef, Tom Hunt, then took us through what he had in store for us including a rolled pig's head porchetta which had taken 12 hours to make!

Needless to say the food was beautiful especially some perfectly cooked pollock, and the chocolate torte to finish the evening was sensational! We cleared our plates very quickly.

This charity deserves more awareness as it makes a lot of sense to me that we shouldn't waste as much as we do when there are so many people in this country going hungry.

Find out more at


Monday, 25 June 2012

Miners Keeping it Teal

This week's nails are brought to you by the kind people at Miners cosmetics. I was fortunate to win their festival goodie pack through Twitter! In that I got two nail varnishes from their Spring/Summer collection and the first one is this very pretty teal colour.

Perfect for summer I can see why they've included this as part of their festival essentials. It is a pastel colour but it's a bright pastel (if that makes sense) so it is really stunning.

Consistency is good. I have never tried Miners for their nail polish before but I was impressed. Two coats gives you a really good shade and it hasn't chipped over the weekend so I'll see how long into the week it lasts!

Only £2.99 it is on a par with Barry M. Check out the whole spring summer collection at


Thursday, 21 June 2012

Collection Extreme Felt Tip Liner

I have a confession to make. I am terrible, absolutely terrible, at liquid eyeliner. Never been able to do it. I don't have a steady enough hand and I either poke myself in the eye or get a line which is far too thick. But I do love eyeliner! I started on kohl and recently I've been using my Maybelline gel eyeliner which I really like as it gives an intense black without smudging much throughout the day.

However with the rise of felt-tip lipsticks I thought there must be felt tip eyeliners which I would assume would be really really easy to use. One of my fellow beauty bloggers recommend Collection 2000's new Extreme liner so I decided to give it a go.

I went for black, the blacker the eyeliner the better for me, but you can also buy this in blue, purple and teal if you're more adventurous. It is as you'd expect, a felt tip applicator which you can use just the tip for a fine line, or slightly angle it to achieve a thicker line.

Unfortunately I couldn't get the light right to take a pic of it on my eyes but I hope this photo on my hand gives you a clear idea of how it looks.

It dries really quickly and does last all day long. One of my real bug-bares with eyeliner is when it smudges below your eyes during the day and makes you look really tired. I often go to the toilet and notice it in the mirror. It's so annoying!

Only £2.99 from Boots - 100% bargain!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Hourglass Veil Primer

Hourglass cosmetics is an American brand which has recently launched into SpaceNK stores in this country. It was already stocked at Liberty's but now it will be more widely available. I came across them at a SpaceNK blogger event, and immediately fell in love with their cool packaging and beautiful colours. One of their hero products is the Veil Mineral Primer.

I spoke with the founder of Hourglass, Carisa Janes, and one of the most important things for her was that everything was beautifully created using top technology and high-quality ingredients to give you products that deliver lasting results. This mineral primer delivers all of this.

It is a little bottle but you barely need any to make your skin feel absolutely amazing and give you a perfect base for applying make-up. It comes with a great applicator in the lid so you don't waste any. From the first use I was hooked.

It promises to reduce redness, minimise pores and fine lines, combat shine and help make-up last longer. It does make your skin feel like silk, very luxurious. It doesn't have any colour in it (compared for example to Benefit's Porefessional) but this means it can be used on all types of skin. It melts into the skin to give you the perfect base.

With minerals and SPF 15 it nourishes, protects and moisturises your skin. A true multi-tasker! Which when you're rushing out the house in the morning is perfect.

Hourglass Veil Primer is pricey at £52 but for that money you get the very best, natural products which really deliver.


Monday, 18 June 2012

Ciate Purple Sherbet with Marie Claire

Yet another amazing beauty freebie with this month's magazines, Ciate are giving away a free nail polish with the July issue of Marie Claire. There are three colours to choose, I went for the super pretty Purple Sherbet.

I only got to know Ciate quite recently with all the interest in their Caviar Manicure and I bought their special Jubilee edition (fantastic if you're wondering!). Their whole image is great as they are obviously always looking for the latest thing in the nail world.

Purple sherbet is a really cute pale lilac. Perfect for the pastel trend this season and it's also pale enough that you don't really notice chips unlike darker colours so a practical bonus. Very understated but beautiful. I'm not a big fan of nude nails but this has a lot more interest whilst not being garish.

The other colours available this month are Jelly Bean which is quite a bold Barbie pink and Bon Bon, which is a classic taupe colour. I think this one is by far my favourite. You do need two coats to get the perfect shade but it dries really fast and with a high shine finish.

I can't stop looking at my nails these past few days. This colour is just so pretty, and the photos don't even do it justice. Well worth getting if there are still any in stock. Get to the shops soon!

Have you bought this? Or the other Ciate shades? Let me know what you think.


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Max Factor Flipstick in Gipsy Red

I've jumped on the bandwagon with Max Factor's Flipstick Colour Effects. Available in various shades you have two colours - one as the base lip colour, the second as a highlighter which perfectly compliments and creates a pretty two-tone effect. The colours were selected by Max Factor's make-up artists so you can trust that they will work.

I decided to give Gipsy Red a try. This is slightly out of my comfort zone as I normally go for pinks, or at a push reds, but this is more of an orangey coral colour. I am living on the edge with this!

Both shades have a shimmer to them but go on matte. The base coat is quite a deep, creamy orange hue but not so deep that it looks like something you'd reserve for fancy dress parties!

Then you flip it around and apply the lighter colour which is a pale gold shade and makes the effect much softer. I'm officially an orange/coral lip colour convert! You can obviously blot it to make it more subtle or just apply a small amount of the lipsticks.

I applied the second shade to just the centre part of my lips. They encourage you to experiment by mixing the colours up, using just one shade, or different ones for each lip! Because of my love of pink lips I'm very tempted to give Bloomy Pink a try. Available at Superdrug for £8.49 or Boots have them on discount at the moment for £6.49.


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Soap & Glory Pulp Friction

I'm massively into exfoliating. I love how soft my skin is afterwards as well as keeping it healthy. So I'm always on the look-out for new exfoliators. Being a HUGE Soap & Glory fan I've been using Pulp Friction for the past month.

As you would expect this exfoliator is top quality. It has quite a thick consistency so a little bit goes a long way. And with lots of tiny exfoliating beads it works hard for you. It also contains vitamins A, C and E to nourish your skin.

They say Pulp Friction has their Fruitigo scent which smells very citrusy but isn't overpowering. It includes frozen yuzu (whatever that is??), orange oil, green fig and jungle pomelo essence. All you need to know is it's nice.

Priced at £8 for 250ml.


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Benefit Porefessional

One of my favourite magazine beauty freebies this month has to be Benefit's Porefessional with Glamour. I snapped it up straight away!

I've read a lot of other beauty bloggers raving about this product but at £23.50 this sample was the perfect way to try it out before committing much money. Unfortunately the sample really is tiny at 7.5ml (compared to the full-sized 22ml) but from the first use I was hooked!

The shade is quite pale and even though Benefit say it suits all skin types I don't think it would work for darker skins but it was fine for me. It is a super smooth lotion which minimises pores and fines lines - genius! And my skin really did feel like silk after applying this. It felt so luxurious.

I have fairly dry skin and I was a bit worried that the formula is oil-free but it didn't dry my skin at all. I can imagine for oily skins this product is a dream to mattify and prevent the skin getting too shiny. They recommend applying Porefessional on the T-zone for this very reason. Plus is has Vitamin E to combat free radicals - bonus! I've been wearing it alone to even out my skin tone or under make-up to get even better results.

Once this sample runs out (sob!) I'll be rushing to a Benefit counter to buy the real deal.


Monday, 11 June 2012

AKA Nails in Candy Floss

My goody bag at the AKA Cosmetics launch party a few weeks ago included this nail polish and I'm loving it! Candy Floss is the perfect name for it as it is the pinkiest pink of all the pinks!

It nails (excuse the pun!!) the pastel trend for this season and I love it as I'm such a girly girl. Even though it's a pastel shade it is a bright pastel (if you know what I mean?) and still stands out and is very eye-catching. My friend even stopped conversation to take a closer look!

It definitely needs two coats to achieve the best shade but it goes on very easily. With a topcoat it lasts well, I've had it on for three days and so far so good. I don't think I could wear this colour for much longer however, it does get a bit too sickly sweet even for me! But that is my only criticism.

All in all a very pretty colour, not for everyone, but it's great for this season. They have many other shades, including the Mink which I had on my nails at the event - love! Available at and at only £5 it's a bargain.


Saturday, 9 June 2012

What's Hot; What's Not


Karl Lagerfeld & Shu Uemura collaboration - yes that's right, Karl Lagerfeld is launching a limited edition, one-off holiday collection. Creatively called 'Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura'! Apparently the collaboration has come about due to Karl's love of Shu Uemura's beautiful colours. Unveiled in September, however it won't be available to buy until November so a bit of wait, but it's sure to be stunning.

Dr Jart BB Cream - this Korean cult brand is finally being launched in the UK next week! Available at Boots the BB cream is apparently amazing and all the beauty editors rave about it. From June the whole skincare range will be available at Boots including a Regenerating Beauty Balm which I'm excited about. I predict a riot with this one!

New P&G beauty app - called Beauty Recommended and available from 14th June on both Android and iPhones this app includes sections of Beauty Spots, Inspire Me, Beauty Tips, and Competitions. It looks very cool and obviously new content will continually be uploaded. Plus being from P&G it will have the very best beauty knowledge, trends and expert tips, can't wait!


Child cruelty - Yet another tanning story but this time it's a two-year old girl. And again from America, the mother made her child have spray tans so that other girls in beauty pageants wouldn't have an 'unfair advantage'. It's one thing going on sunbeds or going fake tan crazy yourself but not your child. No no no!

Harvey Nichols 'wetting yourself' campaign - this is wrong but it's also very very funny! Harvey Nichols have pushed the advertising boundaries once again but showing people getting 'too excited' about their sale. I find the funny side in this but you can be sure lots of people will complain. Oh well, all publicity is good publicity right?!

Trout pout - Anything with Katie Price will usually go in my Not section. But it's not just her! Abbey Clancy has also been spotted this week with ridiculous lips. I understand that as we get older our lips lose their plumpness but these celebs have gone too far. How does this look natural?! Get some Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker!

Let me know your thoughts!


Thursday, 7 June 2012

NEW! Barry M Chameleon Nail Polish

Barry M has done it again. Always the leader of the pack in terms of new nail varnish, their latest addition to their range is chameleon nail polish.

Out today in Superdrug stores and next week at Boots, there are three different colours to choose from, which then turn to another colour by simply applying clear nail varnish over the top. Oh the fun you can have!

And I did have a lot of fun creating different patterns last night. I don't have a very steady hand so mine are quite basic compared to what I'm sure a lot of you will be able to do. I went for the Pink Chameleon which then turns to a deep purple.

The base colour is really pretty, a kind of metallic rose. I'd be happy just having this colour to be honest. It is also really pigmented so that you don't even need a second coat. I applied one just out of habit but you could easily just have one coat if you're in a rush.

Then whilst the second coat was still fairly wet I created my effects using my top coat and it immediately starts to change colour. Magic! You get the full colour within about a minute of applying which came out as a really deep purple. You don't need a special clear nail varnish (which I must admit at first I thought you did, blonde moment!), any will do. I found that if you want the purple to be even deeper simply apply another coat of the clear polish.

It does seem to matter when you apply this though. On my right hand last night I decided just to have my ring finger as purple, but then this morning decided to try it on alternate nails. I've applied some clear polish on my index finger and it's not quite the same shade of purple. Not a huge difference but not completely the same. It still looks cool and I quite like it being slightly different but thought I would mention it.

Also you obviously can't apply a top coat so I'm not sure how long-wearing it will be. I shall report back! It does seem very good typical Barry M quality though and I've had no chips so far...

Only £3.99 these polishes are yet again another bargain from Barry M. Very tempted to get the other shades, but I need to be quick as they won't stick around for long!


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Red Lipstick Recommendation - Lord & Berry

This Jubilee weekend I trialled a few red lipsticks to keep with the red, white and blue theme of the celebrations. My favourite by far was Lord & Berry's lipstick crayon in Cherry, a very deep yet pretty red.

I don't think I can really pull off a bright pillar-box red but this is a warmer shade which I prefer and it still packs a punch! I hadn't heard of Lord & Berry before but whilst on ASOS I thought I'd give it a go. The consistency of this lipstick crayon is great, smooth and moisturising with a matte finish so you can't really feel it on your lips and it doesn't dry them out. The crayon is also very easy to use as you can be precise and quick with the application.

It also lasts really well, I had it on all day Sunday for my street party. I kept forgetting I had it on but received so many compliments from people all day! Being so pigmented I worried that it might bleed a bit but it didn't at all. All in all very impressed!

Lord & Berry do many different shades but Cherry is my favourite. Available from ASOS and QVC, these cost £8.