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Friday, 27 December 2013

Holiday....Celebrate...

I'm away for 3 weeks!!!! WOOHOO
 
I have scheduled posts and a special guest post for whilst I'm on holiday.
 
See you again on the 18th Jan!
 
 
Cxx

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Christmas Beauty Goodies 2013!

Here's a quick round-up of the beauty goodies I got yesterday...I feel very lucky
 
 
Thierry Mugler Alien perfume is my all-time fave since I smelt it back in February this year. I'd used every single drop of my last bottle so I really needed some more!
 
 
A No.7 kit with two neutral eyeshadows (perfect shades for me), mascara, lipstick and nail polish
 
 
Seventeen Nail Stash - nine nail polishes, I'm in heaven!
 
 
More nail polishes!! My family know me so well. This time the Nails Inc. Capsule Collection. I even saw this in Boots the other week and almost got it for myself.
 
 
I also got my fair share of Soap and Glory. This is the Girl O'Whirl set with everything you could need. Eyeshadows, lip glosses, Sexy Mother Pucker, mascara, bronzer and highlighter. Perfect!
 
 
Make-up done, now Soap and Glory toiletries! This one wasn't a surprise, my Mum and I had bought it for each other when The Yule Monty was better than half price in Boots. This will keep me going all of next year.
 
 
More skincare, this time from The Body Shop and their great Vitamin E range which is great for dry skin.
 
 
Another great dry skin gift. The Beauticology body butter set with Strawberry, Candy Cane and Cherry scented body lotions. The cherry one smells of marzipan - almost good enough to eat!
 
 
Finally the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream set. I love 8 Hour Cream, in any form, and how cute is this bag it comes in?
 
 
Inside you have an 8 Hour Cream lip balm, hand cream and face cream, as well as gloves and socks to keep everything cosy and moisturised this winter!
 
What did you get?
 
Cxx

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Final Days of You Advent Calendar

I've neglected the blog a little recently so here are the final few products in the You advent calendar this year...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q body spray in Radiance, Alterna Bamboo Dry Oil Spay, Neom Complete Blush Hand Cream, Weleda Skin Good and Roques O'Neil pink Himalayan bath salts!
 
Wow, here is everything from the advent calendar:
 
 
Fave product so far? Steamcream and the Stila lip glaze!
 
Cxx

Friday, 20 December 2013

Hot and Not

Here we go...

Hot:

Adele's MBE nails - this made me love Adele even more. When collecting her MBE yesterday she had a crown nail jewel - fabulous!


Discovering new brands - my You magazine advent calendar couldn't have been better so far! Still 4 days to go…The thing I'm loving the most is discovering all the new beauty brands. Would definitely recommend a beauty advent calendar for next year if you didn't get one this year

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow - one word, gorgeous! Launching in January.



Not:

MI - this nasty ingredient in some beauty products has been shown to aggravate eczema and cause allergic reactions. Luckily the Cosmetics Europe trade association this week has banned it from all its members' products this week - YAY!

It's a festive week so only one Not this week!

Cxx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

You Advent Calendar - Days 17, 18 and 19

Combination of illness and work taking over everything means I'm a little behind on showing you what's been in the You magazine advent calendar this week. So here are the last three goodies!




A DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm and Model Co black lengthening mascara. All news brands to me - marvellous!

The one I'm most excited to try - Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm. Despite the name its for all areas of the body, especially the lips, and I've heard great things.

Cxx

Monday, 16 December 2013

NOTW: Cheeky Moss-behaving

I plumped for a deep forest green by Cheeky called moss-behaving this week
 
 
 
I went to the newly launched Cheeky Parlour here and they have a great selection of nail polishes. A deep green is perfect for this time of year I think. Their polishes have thick brushes meaning that it is really quick and easy to apply. This polish could be a one-coater but I did two just to get an even bold colour.
 
 
What do you think? If you like it, it is £7 from Cheeky
 
Cxx
 
*PR sample

You Advent Calendar - Days 15 and 16

Yesterday I was far too hungover to blog! But it did have the most exciting product - the BioEffect EGF Serum
 
 
Its a small sample but you just need two drops a day to get results and 15ml is £125 so this is expensive, precious stuff! I've only heard good things so I'm excited to try it. Take a look at Boots here
 
So today we have Dr. Organic Dead Sea Mineral Eye Rescue Rollerball.
 
 
I hate my undereye dark circles with a passion so anything that can help I'll give a go. Plus I've never tried anything from Dr. Organic, another new beauty brand to try - I love it! Have a look at what's inside here
 
Cxx

Saturday, 14 December 2013

You Advent Calendar - Day 14

Today's treat is a black pencil eyeliner from Green People.
 
 
One of the things I'm loving about this advent calendar is discovering new beauty brands. I've heard of Green People but never tried any of their products. Black eyeliner is a make-up essential for me. I believe eyeliner makes everything better! So I'm very keen to try this organic one.
 
 
The anti-ageing properties include Vitamins A and E plus shea butter and jojoba oil - great! The liner itself isn't deep black but you wouldn't expect that from an organic pencil. More subtle, yet still giving definition to eyes it is £10.95
 
 
Cxx

Friday, 13 December 2013

What's Hot; What's Not

Here are the best and worst beauty news snippets from the week

Hot:

Beyonce - love her, after today love her even more. Also so many different beauty looks in her new videos, I especially love this one. Cannot wait to download this!


Sleek Garden of Eden Palette - simply gorgeous. Wearable colours, launching in February at £7.99.

Natural Beauty Market Growing - a report came out this week by Kline stating that the natural beauty market has grown by 10.6% worldwide. I definitely think natural beauty is becoming more mass-market and something  most women are concerned about, not just tofu-eating, green tea-drinking yoga bunnies! A step in the right direction in my opinion...


Not:

Made in Chelsea perfume - I love reality TV, always watch the show, but do I think the cast must smell amazing and so must buy a perfume with the show's name on? Erm, no.


Chloe Sims Tanning - another reality star, another fake tan. Over. It.



Fog Hair - this horrible fog this week meant I left the house looking decent and arrived at work with a frizzy ball of hair :-(

Cxx

You Advent Calendar - Day 13

Today was a big window so I was expecting big things! And I wasn't disappointed. Behind today's window is the Dermalogica Ultra Calming range.


This is great for me as I have sensitive skin and Dermalogica is a brand I really trust to 'sort your skin out'.

Inside there is a mini Ultra Calming Cleanser, Serum, Mist, Relief Masque and their new Ultra Smoothing Eye Serum!!


Looking forward to these great skin treats,

Cxx

Thursday, 12 December 2013

You Advent Calendar - Day 12

A gorgeous Stila lip glaze today! Called Kaleidoscope it is a very nude, neutral shade but the sparkle is amazing - great for Xmas! Plus it has the gorgeous fruity scent all Stila lip glosses have.
 


This is a new shade of their best selling lip glaze for Winter. It is great as a subtle lip, or to top over your favourite lipstick, plus it deeply moisturises, but best of all - it just smells amazing!

See the full Winter lip glaze set here
 
Cxx

Soap & Glory BARGAIN!

Get down to Boots tomorrow to snap up the best bargain of the year! 

Soap & Glory's The Yule Monty gift set will be reduced at Boots stores and online from £60 to £27. It is sure to go fast as inside there are all full-size products. I love Soap & Glory and their products keep me going all year round so I shall be going straight to the website tomorrow morning.

Inside you get:

HAND FOOD™ Hand Cream
SUGAR CRUSH™ Body Wash
• THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ Body Butter - a personal fave!
• PEACHES AND CLEAN™ Cleanser
HEEL GENIUS™ Foot Cream
• BUTTER YOURSELF™ Moisture Lotion
THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE™ Body Buffer
THICK & FAST™ Super Volume Mascara
SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ XL Lip Plumping Gloss - LOVE!


What's not to love?


Cxx

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

You Advent Calendar - Day 11

This is definitely the product that's been the hardest to get out of the advent calendar! I couldn't do it this morning, but it seems I'm not alone as after tweeting about it lots of other people said exactly the same thing. Anyway, its out now and it was worth the fuss. A full size Steamcream!




Cool pattern huh? I've never tried Steamcream before but I've only ever heard good things about it. It is quite a thin natural cream for hands, body and face. A real all-in-one! It has won countless awards, is a British company. Plus you can keep the funky tins once you've used it all. I can't wait to try it out.
 
Cxx

bareMinerals Loud & Clear and Marvelous Moxie

Recently I went to the new bareMinerals boutique in Canary Wharf and here are a couple of lip glosses from the goody bag...




The Loud & Clear gloss is in Pink Pulse which is a sheer hot pink, whereas the Marvelous Moxie gloss is called Maverick and is thicker, more pigmented and a rose gold/brown shade.



The Loud & Clear gloss is more like a balm than anything else. With shea butter and jojoba seed oil, it is great for this time of year when my lips dry out and I also want a little hint of colour. They are £15, check out the various shades here

The Marvelous Moxie gloss is a 'proper' lip gloss that delivers moisture and colour. It also contains various butters like Loud & Clear, as well as vitamins - what more could you want! £16, 14 shades, take a look here


The Loud & Clear is below the Marvelous Moxie gloss on my hand in this pic. As you can see it is as sheer as you can get, perfect for those who want a subtle bit of colour. The Marvelous Moxie one is a big pop of colour in comparison.

Plus you get free delivery at the moment with the code XMAS1 - go go go!

Cxx

*PR samples

Monday, 9 December 2013

You Advent Calendar - Day 9

Another amazingly fragranced product today! Behind the ninth door is Trilogy's Rosapene Night Cream.


Rosapene is their unique trademarked anti-oxidant oil blend and it smells of rose which I love. This night cream also contains goji berries and manuka honey to deeply moisturise and restore the skin whilst you sleep.
 
 
The cream itself looks quite thick so a little will go a long way. Obviously this is a mini size, the full sized product is £28.50, check it all out here
 
Cxx