Apr 30, 2012

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Darling Clothes AW12 Bag designs

Darling is a brand that likes to give back to its customers, and they’ve created a range of beautiful bags and purses that will have your mouth watering.

This is the second season they have EVER created bags and I have to say I’m impressed. They have mixed soft leather with patent to create an array fo designs, from slouchy handbags and large totes, to cutesy clutch bags and embroidered satchels. They have a really cute array of coin purses and prices are very reasonable, from £30 and up for some really high quality stuff.

Created in 2008, Darling keeps getting better, and their bag line is just a small exciting sign of things to come. Nadia Moraes is the founder and designer and  the designs all have a slightly retro feel to them, from small details such as the pretty lining or the cute way that clasps are aligned. The tone for the brand is ‘English Vintage’ and this has been captured with class. Let me know what pieces are your favourites!

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Apr 27, 2012

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Lipstick hip flask for a boozy kiss

I love red lipstick and what goes better with a deep burgundy colour than a glass of red wine? You never have to worry about the lipstick bleeding and the red glass will complement your lips perfectly. The Lipstick Flask is a cute way to bring beauty into your nights out, as the pretty looking Lipstick Flask will happily hold whatever you funnel into it (funnel included).

There’s a rather cute description that comes with this £9.99 product so I’ve copied it for you here:

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Apr 26, 2012

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MAC Hey Sailor Collection for a nautical time

I love anything nautical, so the MAC Cosmetics Hey, Sailor! range is perfect for me. This new collection offers up a selection of playful shades and adorable packaging, and not only do they look great, but they are also incredibly versatile and perfect for summer. The collection provides and abundance of colour and bronzing shades and  I’m excited to share this with you.  The collection is only available for 8 weeks, so it’s ultra limited edition and the dates you can get it are from 3rd May 2012 – approx 30th June (dont’ have my calendar out- sue me!)

I love how they’ve managed to have the nautical theme running through every product and the blue and white stripes are really attractive looking- especially on the lipsticks, as it makes them stand out that extra bit more.

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Apr 25, 2012

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Diptyque Rich Body Butter Review

I love Diptyque candles, as not only do they smell divine but they conjure up showcases at London Fashion Week (they like to douse the halls with these candles) so good memories are very related to the Diptyque scent.

What people might not realize is that they also have a healthy bodycare line, and I’ve been testing their Rich Body Butter. It comes in a stylish glass pot, which has a nice weight to it, and has a really rich texture. It’s a thick cream that takes a little while to absorb into the skin, but the delightful scent of rose makes you enjoy rubbing it in, and its infused with argan oil and organic honey to make the skin look supple and soft and smell delicious.

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Apr 24, 2012

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Mood colour changing nail varnish


When I was younger I adored mood rings and would stare into their liquid centre thinking the colour could somehow predict if I was going to have a good day, or *gasp* tell me if I was’introspective and thoughtful’. Girls were teased if the mood ring revealed they were in lurv, and though I’m old enough to know how it works now (basically based on body heat, sorry to ruin it for you) I still remember how excited I’d get when I’d play with mine.

The Colour Changing Mood Polish doesn’t promise to reveal your mood, but will give your nails a cool two tone gradient effect. It’s a cute way to get value for money (two varnishes for one) and to keep track of your heat/ mood changes throughout the day.

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Apr 23, 2012

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Irregular Choice AW12 preview

Irregular Choice are a long term favorite brand of mine as they have such a playful edge to all their designs. I’m in love with their new shoe styles for the coming year as they effortlessly blend flowers and embellishments with interesting designs. Some of the highlights that stand out are shoes with a New York skyline printed on them and flower corsage heels which turn an everyday pair of boots into something that really stands out.

They also previewed a lot of great looking accessories for the coming year, and really put their bags on my radar. I love the look of the circus tote which features lions and elephants and their metallic clutches are equally adorable as they showcase monogrammed cats and a variety of contrasting metallic colours. They also have a little known range of accessories that include headwear and sunglasses and their cats eye glasses are adorable.

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Apr 22, 2012

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Beauty Blogging Link Love: w/c Aprill 23 2012

Check out these “Lust, Caution” inspired custom OCC Lip Tar mixes on My Funny Valentine, packaged with a lip brush applicator!

Phyrra does a wearable bright pink video tutorial with BftE Cosmetics.

A product that applies like a gloss, wears like a stain, and pH-adjusts like a grade school chemistry experiment is too good to be true – right? Find out if it is (or isn’t) on theNotice.

With spring in the air, it’s time to invest in a gorgeous coral lipstick! Amy Antoinette reviews the beautiful new Clarins Joli Rouge Pink Coral Lipstick.

Is OPI Just Spotted the Lizard really a dupe fore Chanel Peridot? Read polish insomniac’s post to find out!

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Apr 21, 2012

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Nails Inc Sprinkles Collection

Is there anything better than sugar laden cupcakes with buttercream frosting? How about taking a  delightful nail varnish and adding sprinkles to it? How about placing nail varnish in said sprinkles and adding cupcakes? OK, this might sound a bit confusing, but the new Nails Inc Sprinkles Collection kinda does all of this, and is stunning to boot.

The four piece collection features for great looking shades, and uses mattified glitter particles to create an amazing sprinkle effect. It’s hard to describe so luckily you get an image of it to enjoy!

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Apr 20, 2012

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Backlight lipstick for glowing ravers

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Blacklight Reactive Lipstick

My raving days may be a little  bit behind me, but I always like to dressup now and then, and these backlight lipsticks look amazing. They’d be great for festival season, and they come in a range of cool looking colours. These lipsticks work by reacting to UV light, so whilst they’ll look bright in the daytime, in the heat of the club your lips will literally be glowing- a cool way to be centre of attention.

Which colour do you think you want to go for?



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Apr 19, 2012

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Magic Face WTF Whitening Cream

There is a massive market for skin whitening treatments in the East, where pale skin is seen as ultra desirable, but it’s a market that never fails to shock. I’ve seen this in full action when visiting Thailand, as everyone commented on my ‘pale beautiful skin’, and women I met wore long sleeved shirts, caps and jeans in order to avoid sun rays- even in the blazing 30 degree heat!

I was recently in Egypt and stumbled across the Magic Face whitening cream in a pharmacy there. It’s intended to help lighten the complexion and though I don’t know if it contains anything harmful (there is a BIG trade in dangerous skin lighteners) I was really perturbed by the image used on the packaging.

I think it was the use of the zip across the ladies face- the presumption that she needs to ‘peel off her skin’ in order to be seen as desirable is really unnerving and I think it’s terrible that women are held up to that artificial standard of beauty. I know this might sound odd coming from someone who is happy to fake tan and prattle on about eyeshadows, but I’m all about working with what you have and the idea that your skin can change by as many shades in the image is a misrepresentation, and one that couldn’t be achieved without toxic ingredients.

I hope that women everywhere realize that they are beautiful in their own skin and that the likes of Magic Face will provoke the same WTF feeling in everyone who sees it.  Celebrate your own beauty- forget about this notion of ‘ideal skin tone’ and be happy in who you are.

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