Apr 4, 2012

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New beauty packaging designs

Beauty packaging is a really interesting field, as great packaging can entice you to pick up a bottle, whilst a product that has terrible packaging will stop you from buying it again. It’s more than just style- we’re talking design here, and it’s interesting to see some concept of beauty packaging that may make it to our shelves this year.

Hair care product bottle with comb

This is my favourite piece of design as you can immediately see how you’d use it. We always get told to comb our hair in the shower, now here’s a bottle with built in comb- GENIUS!

New Tube dispenser

The though behind the above design is to enable you to use every last bit pf product as the box style opening lets you squeeze out every part, and the top lid/jar can be detached and used for travelling. It also enables you to mix up products- SPF with moisturiser, etc.

 Shaver foam bowl

This bowl allows you to easily collect water and mix shaving products needed. the bowl is filled with product and is designed to give you the advantages of the old shave bowl with the advantage of automatic foam from the modern aerosol.

More details and more designs on Proinvention

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Apr 3, 2012

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Cor Silver Soap Review

I’m not supposed to be biased before I try out a product, but in case of Cor’s The Silver Soap, I will admit to being fairly wary. I’m just not a soap person- it reminds me  of school and dry skin and basic beauty routine- I’m all about creamy cleanser, cleansing oils, generous moisturising products that remove makeup and leave my skin soft and scented. Would I really like a soap- even one with a cool name? I doubted it, but in the name of beauty, I went and tried it.

The packaging was pretty cool- the soap came in a small box, and inside lay a see through square casing that held the soap suspended. It was like a Crystal Maze crystal (ish), but int his case it was a golden orange soap suspended rather than a TV show piece of tat (that I still desperately want).

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Apr 2, 2012

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Dita Von Teese Art Deco

Dita Von Teese can do no wrong with me, as I envy her porcelain skin, her flawless figure and her general va va voom. She has just released some images of an upcoming makeup collaboration with ArtDeco on her Facebook page and I think it looks stunning. it has an estimated launch date of May 2012 and comprises of a branded compact and lipstick- with more to follow perhaps?

No word on colours, but I’m guessing red for the lips and a silky powder compact for the glowing finish she is so well known for. Hopefully there will be more pieces coming, as I’d love a black eyeliner, and a stick on beauty spot would also go down a treat.

This isn’t her first foray into beauty as she teamed up with Agent Provcateur for scents and has rumoured other beauty lines in the works as well.

What do you hope for from this collection?


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Mar 30, 2012

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LK Bennett AW 12 sneaky shoe preview

LK Bennett has a reputation for being a rather safe brand, belobved of receptionists and lawyers UK wide. This season they are showcasing their glamorous side, as strappy sandals lie hand in hand with the rather more sensible Mary Jane shoes. I’m loving their use of gold and embellishments as it gives their Autumn/ Winter 2012 collection an amazing ArtDeco feel, perfect for the Great Gatsby craze that’s soon to hit the UK (you have been warned).

I love the pairing of electric blue with twisted gold on the strap and the collection is abundant with colours- reds, blues, blacks, so it really pops.

I think the patent toe on this ankle boot is stunning and it has a zip feature along the back to give it a little more edge (look closely and you can just see it).

The traditional T-Bar shoes- bound to have fans in offices around the country.

I love this sandal and matching wedge- it has a real eighties prom queen vibe to it, and you can see the Material Girl rocking these as she dances with a hairbrush.

Finally, the use of leopard print on a sandal and a shoe, for a edgier LK Bennett fan.

Prices TBC, out for A/W 12. Which one if your favourite? Let me know!

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Mar 29, 2012

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Win Wahl’s Lithium Ion Li+ Total Grooming Kit

I like to spoil my readers with the lowdown on all that’s good and geeky online, and now I have a great giveaway for you! Up for grabs is the Wahl Lithium Ion Total Grooming Kit. It has a 1 hour rechargeable battery and four interchangeable heads to let you create the perfect style, and can be used on your hair, nose ears and eyebrows.

Here are the full details;

  • One minute quick charge
  • 4 interchangeable cutting heads
  • Snap on guide combs with 12 different cutting positions
  • Advanced rechargeable battery
  • Available in Boots

I realize that a lot of the readers for Addicted to Beauty are female (yes, I spy on you with Google Analytics) but I’m sure you all know someone (Dad/Brother/boyfriend) who’d enjoy this!

To win you just need to answer the following question;
Wahl are well known for their;

1. Garden products
2. Hair products
3. TV products

Email the answer to addictedbeautyeditor@gmail.com  with your NAME and ADDRESS and the winner will be chosen by the 7th April 2012.

Small Print;

  • You must be a UK resident to enter and have a UK address.
  • The winner will be chosen at random.
  •  Only one entry per person.
  • The winner will be notified after the 7th April 2012 and the prize may take up to 28 days to deliver.

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Mar 28, 2012

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Irregular Choice Panda Shoes Preview

I recently checked out the Irregular Choice press day as they were showcasing their new collection for A/W 12. I’m a big fan of the brands kooky attitude and love their playfulness so I was in heaven viewing all the latest shoes they had on offer. I have a bigger post on the way, but couldn’t wait to share with you their two brand new panda themed shoes as they’re just ridiculous- in the best possible way!

First off there’s an amazing platform/ wedge shoe that features a crystallized panda. It might be hard to walk in, but this is a work of art as well as a shoe and just SO adorable.

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Mar 28, 2012

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Beauty Blogging Link Love: March 2012

Inspired by spring and St. Patty’s Day, Miss Beauty Nerd showcases her favourite green-hued products this season!

Phyrra’s Independent Spotlight for March is with Maria of Cult Nails! Learn all about Maria and how she made her dreams come true!

Love colour? This week Madame B Fatale shows you her almost neon makeup tutorial!

This Spring at the Notice is all about Clarins. (Yeah, you read that right.) Check out the one limited-edition liquid blush Rae thinks you HAVE to have this season.

The fifth and final episode to the series Eyeshadow Tutorial for Asian Eyes. This time, we discuss the Horizontal Gradient Method!

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Mar 27, 2012

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Made in Chelsea star Gabriella Ellis works the Rainbow Brite look

Readers know I love a bit of creativity with hair and makeup, and I’m in two minds about Gabriella Ellis’s Rainbow Brite look. A little background for those who don’t watch reality TV, Gabriella Ellis (also called Gabs) is a semi star of a TV show loosely based on the hills and set in the posh part of West London. She sings, dates and breaks up with gay guys and has perfected the bitchface look. Despite that she plays a small bit part she continues to be invited to events such as the Titanic 3D premiere and tries to up her press mentions by wearing unusual outfits.

Today we’ve seen her dark glossy mane turn multicoloured, but she ain’t Nicki Minaj, so can she really carry it off?

[the aforementioned Rainbow Brite]

I’m glad she kept the rest of the ensemble plain- actually, oh no she didn’t!! Closer look shows that with the black dress were hands painted different nail colours- one red and one blue. Look again- see what I mean?

With this it’s gone from a maybe into a no go area and the look and hair get the thumbs down. Unless you’re Rainbow Brite of course…


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Mar 27, 2012

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Shiseido Sun Protection Foundation gets serious

I’m a big fan of protecting my skin from the sun, and often layer up a SPF moisturiser with a SPF foundation- and then some SPF on top just for good luck. I LOVE the look of Shiseido’s Sun protection Foundation as it’s perfect for people who love hot weather, yet still want a full face of makeup. Available in two formulations- a stick and a powder, both options have SPF 30 coverage and promise long lasting results.

The powder option comes in five shades and the stick version in five. They’re all quite pale however, so if you have dark skin you might not find one to match. The foundations offer water resistant coverage- good for the pool and the sea, and the blue packaging is distinctive and gets you in the mood for holidays. Shiseido say the foundations have anti ageing properties and they’re designed to be hydrating and protecting. I think these are perfect for anyone who travels, and with the great weather of the last week, I might just have to invest…

£28 for the liquid foundation and £30 for the powder foundation.

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Mar 26, 2012

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Renouve make hand sanitzers stylish

Hand sanitizers are not sexy items. Necessary yes, especially when travelling, but sexy-NO! Well, till now anyways. Renouve is a new hand sanitizer, one that not only look stylish but also has anti ageing properties. Yes, now you can disinfect and protect!

The issue was that the alcohol used in most hand sanitizers can dry out the skin, and as hands are often first to show the signs of ageing, this isn’t ideal. Renouve contains Bitter Orange Peel Extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-5 (to produce more collagen) and is 95% natural (made in Switzerland).

I think this is very clever- it gives people an extra way to look after the hands at the same time as being sanitary, and as long as the price is reasonable, people may even start to use this to replace hand cream. Everyone is so germphobic nowadays that having something like this- pretty and with a purpose- will be very handy, and I love that they’re making the bottles so stylish.

Renouve is a new brand for me, and I love their attention to detail and the adorable watercolour drawings on their website (see above)- I’d love to know who creates them.

Out in April- price still to be disclosed from Renouve.

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