NARS One Night Stand Palette

31 Oct 2013

I don't often post press releases, but this is something I just had to share with you guys!  I have yet to find many/if any blush palettes in the UK, so I am am really excited to see NARS releasing one called the NARS One Night Stand Palette.  Released tomorrow (1st November), this limited edition blush palette features 2 iconic blushes, plus 4 blushes inspired by the fashion photographer Guy Bourdin.

In this palette you will find; Devotee Highlighting Blush (new shade, Alabaster Glow), Mistinguette Blush (new shade, Bright Pink), Goulue Blush (new shade, Fleshy Pink), Laguna Bronzer (Brown Powder with Golden Shimmer), Orgasm Blush (Peachy Pink with Golden Shimmer) and Deep Throat Blush (Sheer Peach).

Although this palette comes in at a hefty £45, each blush is almost the same as a full size blush.  Considering one NARS blush is usually £21.50, this is pretty good value.  If you are looking to buy this palette you can order this exclusively from Space.NK here, but be quick as it is sure to be a sell out!

Are you as excited as I am to get this palette?

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Anna Lou of London Monogram Necklace

28 Oct 2013

Anna Lou of London was not a brand I had heard of before, but attending the Handpicked Media London Fashion Week suite I not only got to meet the lovely Anna, but I also had the opportunity to choose my own customised piece of jewellery.  Ranging from costume to fine jewellery, Anna first started selling handmade Jewellery in 2004 on Portobello Road Market and now you will find her designs in the likes of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. 

I chose the Monogram necklace from the recently launched bespoke range.  The bespoke range allows you to personalise your jewellery with your own name, initials or anything that may mean something to you. I decided on my initials in 18kt rose gold, something a little different to what I would usually choose.  I am very pleased with how it came out, the cursive font is perfect and I am loving the rose gold.  As all their items are handmade and so they feel truly luxurious and of high quality.  It also comes in sterling silver and 18kt gold, and you can choose different length chains.

This would make a great Christmas present, allowing you to personalise to each persons taste - I am already considering purchasing one for my mum.

What do you think of personalised jewellery?

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No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover

25 Oct 2013

Whenever I get a £5 off skincare voucher at Boots I like to take advantage of the offer and try new products. Having finished my Vichy eye makeup remover (see review here), I decided to try out the No7 Beautiful Skin Eye Make-Up Remover as I had heard such good things about it.

As you can see, the product is comprised of two separate liquids, the top being oil and the bottom being cleansing water. Shaking the bottle combines the two to produce a slightly bubbly liquid, which you then pour onto a cotton pad.  I find you do not have to use too much as a little goes a long way. 

Firstly, the positives. I do like the packaging - it is very pleasing on the eye and it feels very sturdy. It claims to be hypo-allergenic and suitable for all skin types, which is great as it does not sting my eyes or dry my skin out. It also does a good job at removing my eye-make-up.

Unfortunately, I found this product to be far too oily for my liking. Every time I use it I am left with a greasy residue around the eye area, which is slightly uncomfortable. As I always remove my eye make-up first, this does disappear once I cleanse, however there are products out there that do just as good a job, if not better, and leave your eyes feeling nice and refreshed, not slimy. Sorry No7, this is one product I will not be repurchasing.

I have since learnt that Boots have changed the formula (previously known as Cleanse & Care) and it is actually the old version that a lot of people rave about.

What are your thoughts on this product?

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Beauty Advent Calendars 2013

22 Oct 2013

Every year there seems to be a new Beauty Calendar released, and this year there are two! They are a great alternative to chocolate advent calendars, I mean who wouldn’t like opening a door to a little beauty treat every day? Here is a run down of what is available this year, but be quick as they always sell out quickly!

Boots Advent Calendar // £30
Starting with the cheapest one available this year, we have Boots’ first ever beauty advent calendar. This is definitely one of the more affordable calendars and so I can imagine this will sell out very quickly. Inside you will find products worth more than £65, featuring many different brands, including their own, such as Soap & Glory, Nails Inc, Paco Rabanne, Juicy Couture, Rimmel, Mavala, Umberto Giannini and Many More.
Available: Now!

Ciate Mini Advent Calendar // £42
The second cheapest is by Ciate, where you will open the door to a mini nail polish each day! Included are 17 of the best selling shades, 4 mini caviar blends and 3 exclusive glitters that you cannot buy elsewhere. This is always a sell out, so if you would like this I would buy it now!

Benefit Advent Calendar – Countdown to Love // £50
Another newbie this year is the Benefit Advent Calendar which comes in a show-stopping pop art box. You will find many of their bestsellers, including high beam, coralista and Porefessional, along with a necklace, bracelet and barrette. Stocks are limited so be ready on the 2nd :)
Available: 2nd November

You Beauty Advent Calendar // £59.95
There has not been any information released for this years You Beauty Advent Calendar, however if last year is anything to go by then this will be a good contender. The total content value last year was £210, so this is a great bargain. A little tip however, last year this went down to £29.95 after December, so I think I may hold out for this one!
Available: ??

Selfridges Advent Calendar // £84
Lastly, the most expensive of them all is the Selfridges advent calendar. If you fancy spoiling yourself then this is the one for you. At a whopping £84 you receive many high-end luxurious products, ranging from skin care to make up and fragrance. It includes luxury brands such as Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl's and Giorgio Armani to Lancôme and Maison Martin Margiela.  Reviews have been varied as it would appear some products are samples that you could pick up from counters for free, so I think I may give this one a miss.
Available: Now (Although currently out of stock!)

Yankee Advent Calendar // £21.99
Alternatively, if you are not after a beauty advent calendar then Yankee Candle have introduced a lovely candle advent calendar.  Every day you will open the door to a tealight in one of their 6 seasonal scents with an extra treat on the 24th!
Available: Now!
Contents: Snow In Love, Balsam & Cedar, Merry Marshmallow, Red Apple Wreath, Snowflake Cookie, Sparkling Cinnamon

I definitely want to try and get my hands on one this year, possibly the Boots or Benefit calendar! Which are you hoping to buy?

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OPI San Francisco Mini Collection

16 Oct 2013

L-R: First Date on the Golden Gate, Muir Muir on the Wall, In the Cable Car-Pool Lane, Peace & Love & OPI

If you are looking for some great Autumnal nail polish colours then this collection is for you! I originally bought the OPI San Francisco Mini Collection as I was in love with Peace & Love & OPI, however I am just as big a fan as the other colours too! These mini collections are great value, especially since I find I rarely finish a large polish. There are two duo chrome and two creme-jelly polishes and each apply slightly different to one another. Here is what I think:

First Date on the Golden Gate – This is your classic red creme-jelly which applies quite sheer, so 2 or 3 coats is a must. This colour is very flattering and is different to most reds I have, so I am pretty pleased with this one, it will be perfect for those Christmas nails.

Muir Muir on the Wall – A beautiful plum copper colour that is slightly duo chrome and slightly shimmery. It was very hard to capture this colour on camera, but in sunlight this colour really stands out. When first applied it can be a little sheer, but builds up beautifully in two coats.

In the Cable Car-Pool Lane – A dark plum burgundy creme-jelly. I really do love this colour, however it was actually quite hard to apply as it can came out a little streaky. This is my favourite kind of Autumnal colour, and so I already own a handful in this colour already, but nonetheless it is very pretty.

Peace & Love & OPI – A silvery/blue-purple-sage duo chrome that is truly gorgeous. It is stunning in day light, and you only need 2 coats to achieve full coverage.  This is most definitely my favourite, which I have reviewed here.

Which is your favourite from this collection?

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Croatia Part 2 : Dubrovnik

13 Oct 2013

Following on from my last travel post, where I spent a week in Bol, Croatia, I am now going to share with you some pictures from Dubrovnik, Croatia.

We travelled from Bol to Split via catamaran, and then got the bus to Dubrovnik where we spent 3 nights just outside the old town.  We had a spectacular view of the old town and it was the perfect location to explore. It is recommended that you spend the first day walking around the city walls, so that is exactly what we did. Do bear in mind, if you are afraid of heights this may be one to miss.  Although it is not particularly high, some of the walls are very low which can be quite daunting for some people - I actually saw one lady shaking out of fear!

The second day was my favourite, we visited War Photo Ltd. (a photo exhibition about the war) and also took the cable car to the top of Srd hill. I would highly recommend both, the exhibition was incredibly moving and extremely interesting, especially since the war was so recent, and the cable car you had an amazing panoramic view of the old town.

On the last day we got the ferry to Lopad, an island not far from Dubrovnik, to spend a relaxing day at the beach.  This was lovely, but compared to what we had already seen, I didn’t think it was anything special.  We finished the holiday off by attending a classical music concert in Rector's Palace.  I am not one to watch or listen to classical music, however it was a nice experience and a nice end to the holiday.  Dubrovnik is a very beautiful city, as you can see, no wonder it is called the pearl in the Adriatic.

 Old Town, Dubrovnik
  Walking the Old Town walls, Dubrovnik
   Damage from the war in Old Town, Dubrovnik
 Walking the Old Town walls, Dubrovnik
 Walking the Old Town walls, Dubrovnik
 Walking the Old Town walls, Dubrovnik
Amazing view from our apartment, Dubrovnik
 Amazing view from our apartment, Dubrovnik
 Old Town, Dubrovnik
 Old Town, Dubrovnik
 Dubrovnik Monastery Old Town, Dubrovnik
 Lucky stone in Old Town, Dubrovnik
 Stadun Plaza in Old Town, Dubrovnik
 Amazing view from the top of the Cable Car, Dubrovnik
 Amazing view from the top of the Cable Car, Dubrovnik
My boyfriend and I in Old Town, Dubrovnik (Excuse the poor quality iPhone photo!)
Lopad Island
 Lopad Island
Dubrovnik Orchestra in the Atrium of the Rector's Palace, Dubrovnik
The Cats of Dubrovnik (Doesn't the left one look like he has a moustache?)

I cannot recommend Croatia enough and I cannot wait to go back. Where would you recommend travelling to?

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September Empties

10 Oct 2013

I haven’t posted an empties post for a while now, so here is what I have used up in the month of September! This month was a little boring in terms of the variety of what I have finished, as you will see, but there are some good products that I thoroughly recommend :)

I was out and about last months ago, feeling a little hot and bothered, so I purchased the Right Guard Xtreme Invisible Deodorant to freshen up. It was on offer, for around 99p, and for that price it did an OK job. However, it is not comparable in the slightest to the Sure Maximum protection deodorant (which I reviewed here) Would I buy this again? No

I have had the Ted Baker Second Scent perfume for a while now, and it has been one of my favourites. It is a very soft and feminine scent, with hints of oriental flowers and vanilla (which is my favourite - hence Vanilla Crush!). Unfortunately I am not sure this is being produced anymore, although it supposedly smells just like Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle by Dior so I may try that next! Would I buy this again? Yes, definitely

I received the Q Awe The fine fragrance body spray in a recent Glossy Box and was pleasantly surprised. I am not a frequent wearer of body spray, however this was pleasant and the staying power was pretty good! Would I buy this again? Yes

As you can see, I have gone through Batiste dry shampoo like there is no tomorrow (a lot of these were already used hence me getting through 4 in a month!). I tend to buy the light and blonde one when I can, as this works great with my blonde hair (especially if I am in need of a touch up!). If not, the flavoured scent ones are great. I am not so much a fan of the XXL one, as explained in my review here. Would I buy this again? Yes definitely and I always do (apart from the xxl)

One of my favourite mascaras is They're Real by Benefit.  I usually purchase this in full size, but when I saw this miniature size in Boots I just had to buy it! Although it does take a bit of getting used to as it is very wet (and quite often ends up on my eyelids and below my eyes) it really helps to extend the length of my lashes and create volume. Would I buy this again? Yes, definitely

Lastly, the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer - I am actually sad to see this finished. I have written a full review here and my thoughts haven't changed. It is a great primer, and really helps to extend the longevity of your make up. Would I buy this again? Most definitely

What products have you used up this month and have been loving?

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John Frieda 'Full Repair' Range Review

7 Oct 2013

Over the past month I have been trying out the Full Repair* range from John Frieda - it aims to repair, hydrate and rescue, with Inca Inchi Oil to help nourish and restore moisture.  As I am already a big fan of their Sheer Blonde range, I had high hopes for this range!  Unfortunately my thoughts are a little mixed, but I did happen to find a little gem.  For reference - my hair is quite fine, but I do have a lot of it  Because of this my hair gets tangled very easily, which is always a nightmare.  In terms of hair type, my hair tends to get greasy at the roots and dry at the ends. 

When first using the Full Repair Shampoo (£5.89) I really did not like it, my hair was a giant tangled mess.  This is a problem for me with most shampoos, however it felt that my hair was even more tangled than usual and so this was a big no-no for me.  I do however like that my hair feels super clean after using this shampoo and it lathers up really well.  Next, I tried the Full Repair Conditioner (£5.89), which I actually really liked.  Like most conditioners, it helped to remove some of the tangles and my hair was left feeling very soft and light weight. 

Lastly, I absolutely loved the Full Repair Repairing Oil Elixir (£9.99).  You only need to use a little and it can be used on either wet or dry hair.  In terms of consistency, this is not like any oil that I have used before - it is very light weight and therefore it does not make my hair greasy at all nor weigh it down.  Once dried, my hair was left feeling very soft and sleek - there were no flyaways in sight.  After multiple uses, my hair has also appeared a lot more healthy. 

Overall, the range as a whole is great and each product really complements one another.  When using the shampoo my hair was a little dry and very tangled, but after using the conditioner, my hair felt a lot softer and some of the knots had detangled.  Lastly, finishing with the oil left my hair feeling very soft and lightweight.  I am very impressed with the hair oil, the conditioner is good (but no holy grail) and the shampoo just did not agree with my hair.

What products do you recommend by John Frieda?

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Peace & Love & OPI

4 Oct 2013

I recently attended the Olympia Beauty event at Kensington Olympia where I was treated to a manicure by the lovely Trish Lomax.  I rarely get manicures, purely because I do enjoy doing it myself (albeit I am not so good), but every now and then it is nice to get pampered and let the professionals do it!  Trish did such an amazing job, I received many compliments on the colour and how neatly applied they were!

I had the choice of multiple different OPI colours, but I was instantly attracted to Peace and Love and OPI (I always love OPI’s names!). It’s a beautiful blue/grey and purple two-tone polish, and wow does it look amazing on! I actually loved this colour so much that I made my way to the OPI stand, found this colour in the San Francisco Collection and decided to purchase it! (other swatches to come soon)

What do you think of Peace and Love and OPI?

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