Dec 29, 2012

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Dr Nick Lowe The Secret Is Out Lifting Cream Cleanser Review

With Winter whistling its temperamental tune down the streets of New York, my skin is feeling drier than a Thanksgiving Turkey in December. Chapped lips, red cheeks and skin texture that is verging on the rough makes me a little concerned. Some people like to deal with rough skin by using harsh astringents but I prefer the gentle approach.

Dr Nick Lowe is a world famous dermatologist who specializes in using high end technologies and combining them with skin products to help refine and hydrate the skin, and he’s also medical director of a clinical research company which focuses on skin ageing.

I’m a big fan of cream cleansers, as I love the feeling of cream on m skin and they feel a lot less harsh than gels or scrubs. The Dr Nick Lowe Secret Is Out Lifting Cream Cleanser comes in a light blue bottle- and you get soo much of it, 200 ml to be exact, which is very attractive for the price. The cream itself is pretty light but has a nice non sticky consistency and is easy to rub into the skin. It contains algae to help tighten the skin as it cleans it, and includes Hyaluronic Acid, which adds to the feeling that you’ve somehow hydrated your skin whilst cleaning it, a very pleasant sensation.

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Dec 19, 2012

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Beauty Blogging Link Love December 2012

Looking for a luxurious shower gel for winter? Read all about this fabulous one from

Phyrra shares her gift ideas for beauty lovers, from novice to expert!

Find out which cute video game mascots Angela created with LUSH FUN, plus many other uses for this multi-purpose moldable soap.

See what products Beauty Reflections uses when it’s bitterly cold outside!

Jenny finds beauty inspiration on the Giorgio Armani S/S 2013 runways, and creates a silvery blue, grey eye makeup look on My Funny Valentine.

Addicted to Beauty discovers a museum dedicated to hair. Cool or creepy?

Smashinbeauty shows you how to conceal acne with a drugstore product.

Read on as Krasey Beauty dishes on her gym bag beauty staples!

It wouldn’t be Christmas without beautiful products from Lush. Yule
love this box of bubble bars — Beauty Info Zone sure does.

Love neutrals and drama? Kim Porter thinks the IT Cosmetics Luxe Eyeshadow Palette would be perfect for you. Find out why.

Keep your skin hydrated this winter by using Lulu’s Timebomb Youth Juice. See Sophie’s review on Makeup Wonderland here!

Struggle with winged liner? Need a few extra tips? Midnight Violets has put together an informative post with everything you ever wanted to know!

Are these the perfect eyeshadows for the holidays? Anita seems to think so! Check out her review of the new limited edition Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colours over at Pleasureflush!

Beauty Crazed is giving away eos Lip Balms and want you to have enough for yourself, your best friend and someone random to brighten their day – enter to win and pay it forward!

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Dec 11, 2012

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Dr. Murad Youthcam will evoke amazement or alarm about your skin

Guest Blogger MT learns about what Dr.Murad might do for his skin.

Measuring the effectiveness of skincare products is never going to be easy and inevitably, you end up with more questions than answers. With so many factors affecting you skin which can change from day to day, it can be really difficult to know if a product is working, let alone if it is the correct product for you. Fortunately, world-renowned dermatologist Howard Murad has made our lives that little bit easier with the introduction of YouthCam.


The latest introduction from Murad  brings an element of technology to their offerings. YouthCam is a state of the art skin analysis system combining a high resolution camera and propriety software developed using Dr Murad’s extensive dermatological experience. The system claims to be able to capture features of your skin indicative of the most common skin concerns and provides quantitative measures of your skin health.

Aided by a Murad skin expert, the process lasts a few minutes before the software scores you in 6 different areas :- Hydration, fine lines & wrinkles, pigmentation, redness, blemishes and pore viability. Once the results are in, you then receive a customised product regimen recommendation to address any areas of concern picked up by the machine.

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Dec 8, 2012

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AK47 Sunglasses from Jeremy Scott and Linda Farrow

Nothing says serious glamour like some hardcore weaponry, and these bling silver and gold gun-inspired frames add a certain element to any outfit. Now, you’ll have to judge if that is goof or not, but you won’t go un-noticed in these. Designer Jeremy Scott- known for being edgy- and classic sunglasses designer Linda Farrow have collaborated to create these designs, that blur the line between war-chic and good taste.

I think there’s something rather striking about them, and that if you weren’t looking closely you could almost miss the guns- those double takes will be entertaining. The frame shape would flatter most faces and the color choices are pretty classic.

Would you fire up this look? (sorry, pun-central today)

380 Euros from French store Colette

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Dec 6, 2012

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Holly Go Nightly Sleep Mask

I do love a bit of shuteye, and it’s important to get my 6-8 hours sleep so I don’t frighten little children. This stunning fringed Holly GoNightly sleep mask harks back to the Audrey Hepburn era of glamour and style and the fringed eyelashes are so over the top that they become pretty adorable. Sure, I’m way too blonde to be Holly GoLightly, but at least I can attempt to look stylish in repose.. maybe!

This is a super cute eyemask and would make me smile all over to wear it- or see someone getting shuteye with this on. With Christmas coming and stockings needing to be filled I reckon this is a great way to go. It’s lined in satin so will feel soft on the skin and is super cute!

$15 from FredFlare

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Dec 4, 2012

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Hair chalk How To : Hair Lust Time!

Hair chalk is a super cute trend that I’m a little bit obsessed with at the moment. It’s a cool and easy way to add some temporary color to the hair, and you can create a really striking look with minimum effort. As a bleached blonde, I struggle with changing colors as I don’t want to mess up my locks, and this is a perfect way to add color and keep my hair in good condition.

There are a few different ways to apply this, and as a blonde there are a few extra precautions to bear in mind.

Basically, if you have dark hair, wet it and then apply chalk. If you are fair apply chalk to DRY hair, as wet hair will stain it temporarily.

First off, decide what look you want to go for- just a dip dye effect, or a cool twisted rainbow braid?

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Dec 2, 2012

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The lowdown on laser hair removal : Common questions answered

Laser hair removal has been a big buzz word in the hair removal market for the last couple of years, but it can be pretty confusing. The notion of it sounds fantastic- no more waxing or shaving forever- but the truth is a little more complicated. In an effort to decode this bandied about term, Addicted to Beauty is offering you the laser hair removal guide to talk you through how lasers work and what they can offer you.

Question One: Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is not permanent hair removal, it’s permanent hair reduction. It doesn’t matter what your therapist says, there is no such thing as laser PERMANENT hair removal. Long term hair reduction might be almost permanent, inasmuch as you may need to only shave every 3 months/ 6 months etc, but hair will regrow.

Question 2: What’s the difference between laser hair removal and IPL hair removal- are they the same thing? 

These two terms are often used to refer to laser hair removal, but IPL is NOT laser hair removal. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is a way of creating long term hair reduction but it doesn’t use a laser. The community is divided on which is more effective, but you should be aware they are not the same thing. They work in two different ways:

  1. Laser hair removal works by turning light from a laser into heat energy in the skin. This then targets the hair shaft and disables it. The laser strength can be varied and it can be adjusted to target specific beams of light.
  2. IPL works in a similar way, using pulses of light that go into the skin, and heat up the hair shaft. It damages the hair pigment which stops and/or slows future growth.

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Nov 27, 2012

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The Hair Museum: Centuries of hair on show

Stars like Lady GaGa and Nicki Minaj have made us re-evaluate the way we look at hair. Hair is no longer seen as a grooming device, it’s art ans parcel of somebody’s look and has been elevated to art form with Lady GaGa’s hair bows and Nicki Minaj’s candy colored hair wigs. They might be bringing this to public attention, but Leila Cohoon has been advocating hair as an art form for many years now.

Leila own the Leila Hair Museum in Missouri, and has curated over 500 hair wreaths and 2000 pieces of jewelry made of HUMAN HAIR. Yes, that’s right, people wore jewelry made of human hair. Leila traces back many of her objects to the Victorian period when using hair in artwork was more common and it was either used as a bodily adornment or as a memorial piece. Some of the items have more than just hair in them- bone fragments and blood might also be part of some of the wreaths!

It’s hard to know what to make of this- Leila is clearly very passionate about hat she does, and it’s interesting that it exists but it’s hard to refrain from feeling a little bit icky at the amount of old hair/blood/bones adorning the walls.

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Nov 20, 2012

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Nails Inc Bling It On Leather & Skulls collection

Nails Inc is a Nails Inc, Nails Inc Leather and Skulls favorite brand on Addicted to Beauty as we love their long lasting polishes, cool shade selection and adorably cute names they come up with. Their latest launch is highly covetable and brings an earthy glamour to the fingertips. Titled Nails Inc Bling It On Leather and Skulls, the kit comprises of a leather effect  black nail varnish with skull nail decals that you affix atop the varnish for nail art results that look like they should be in an Alexander McQueen runway show.

The black leather effect polish changes from glossy to a leather look texture when it dries and even features a leather cap (totally unnecessary, but still kinda cool). I think it looks pretty striking and this is the first time the idea of leather effect nails have really been pushed bu beauty brands.

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Nov 20, 2012

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Butter London Christmas 2012 is nail-licious

I’m a big fan of Butter London nail lacquers, and the look of their upcoming Christmas 2012 collection has me very excited. This six piece collection provides a lot of rich hues which are prefect for the party season and they have metallic qualities to them- all the better to shimmer under those fairy lights! I like how they have been designed with extra sparkle, and I’m very taken with Fairy Cake and Scallywag in particular- a lovely glittering blue and silver that might look great layered over eachother!

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