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?

$5.95

 

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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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Apr 18, 2012

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Zatchels Press Day gives me serious lust

Zatchels are a British owned brand that have had a meteoric rise to fame. They’ve literally been trading for one year (established April 2011) and have a host of celebrity fans, high profile appearances- and are really lovely to boot. The Zatchels range comprises of the famous Zatchel satchel on which the company made its name, and this is available in a variety of colours and finishes, from neon designs to on trend florals and star designs.

I went along to their first ever press day and was awed by the amount of beautiful bags on display- many which I just wanted to take home. The classic Zatchel has three different sizes, so is perfect for the working woman (or schoolgirl) and the many colour finishes means there is something for everyone.

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Apr 17, 2012

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Bow Nail Art Tutorial

I love nail art and have been experimenting on ways to make my fingers more fancy and have decided that the bow manicure is both visually stunning- and easy to do. This was adapted from a tutorial I read on the Beauty Department, and here’s how you create this look.

First choose two contrasting colours. I opted for blue and white, but I think a purple gold combo would be equally pretty- pastels for a ore summery look and brights for a more fierce style.

HOW TO

1. Start with a coat of the base colour.

2. Next using the contrast colour create two small circles along the top of the nail- messy is fine.

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Apr 17, 2012

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RMK 15TH Anniversary cheek palette

Palettes are my beauty nirvana and I can’t believe this limited edition lovely from RMK escaped my radar for so long. It has been created to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of RMK.

RMK is the top selling beauty brand in Japan and was created in 1997 by a former makeup artist. Everything in the brand is top quality, blends well and gives the skin a lovely sheen. To celebrate their 15th anniversary two cheek palettes have been created in shades Pink Coral and Brown Beige.

Each consist of 6 colour petals placed together to create a stunning look, though this palette is way to pretty to actually use. YES, I do COLLECT makeup- want to make something of that? I love the little girl drawing on the palette- a mixture of butterfly meets fairy I think!

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