Mar 20, 2012

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Disney Couture S/S 12 ICON collection makes you Wish Upon a Star

Disney Couture is a brand that I’m completely in love with- it’s like they’ve distilled the magical appeal of Disney movies and infused it into gold and silver jewellery. Their 2012 Disney Couture Icon Collection focuses on some of the most classic movies, from the Cinderella bangle with a embossed depiction of the tale to necklaces and bangles inscribed with the words  ’Believe’.

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Mar 19, 2012

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Fitness Patch from BodyMedia : Stick on fitness?

There are a few things we dream about- calorie free chocolate that tastes good, exercise shoes that are actually stylish (FitFlops you FAIL) and working out and enjoying it. The Fitness Patch from Body Media may not grant all those wishes, but it makes a start on one of them. It’s a patch that you wear for seven days- much like an anti smoking patch, and what it does is record everything you do, we’re talking calories burnt, sleep measurements, steps taken etc. This data can then be collected and used to work out a tailored plan that fits you- they’re going for a personal approach not a one size fits all solution.

It’s still in prototype stage at the moment but is expected out some time this year. It works in a similar way to the fitness monitoring armbands so won’t magically boost your metabolism, but is a much more convenient way of tracking your activity, and hopefully teaching yourself some better habits.

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Mar 16, 2012

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Can Leg Hair be used in hair transplants?

Male pattern baldness and thinning hair affects a high proportion of the population, but it tends to be one of those ‘silent subjects’, as ‘how’s that propecia treating you‘ just isn’t a conversation starter.

We’ve seen semi successful treatments with hair transplants. but now there may be a new- and easier- way to do this. Hair transplants used to involve cutting away a strip of skin and hair from an area on the head and placing it on a receding hairline0- cue pain, and stress (this explanation is super simplified- comment if you want to know more) and has had relative success.

Now, there may be a new way to do hair transplants- using LEG Hair. Leg hair tends to be abundant, thick, and hurts LESS to remove and transplant.

Dr. Umar from California has been pioneering a new treatment where he removes hair follicles from the legs and transplants them to the hairline. He does so methodically so you have no ‘bald’ leg areas and the tiny leg wounds have minimal scarring. He has found that around 75 to 80 percent of the transplanted leg hair grew successfully on the patients’ heads after the operations, and he has since tried this on eight more people, including one lady.

Men’s leg hair has been use before to restore hair to the back of the head but this might be the first time EVER it has been used on the actual hairline.

“If you look at a natural hairline, it’s very soft, like baby hair,” said Dr. Sanusi Umar. “The back of the head is where you find the thickest hair on the head. If you take that hair and use it in the hairline, it can end up looking harsh and pluggy, because the hair is too thick.”

There may be hope for us all yet…

[via NY Times]

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Mar 15, 2012

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Blingbacks give your shoes serious style.. and comfort!

 I love my high heels, but the after effects of a night out aren’t so pretty. Sure, I can Compeed the sole of my shoes till they’re a size bigger, but my soles will still hurt. Blingbacks are a brand that have decided to make foot comfort both practical AND stylish with their cool shoe jewels that add flair to your shoes and ALSO keep your feet feeling better. The y do this by attaching a clever silicon strip to a stylish shoe strap, which adds some bling to the shoe and keeps your sole cosseted.

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Mar 14, 2012

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EOS Lip Balm REVIEW from Big Green Smile

The standard reaction when I pull out my EOS Lip Balm is ‘what the heck is that?’ Then people see me apply it to my lips, marvel at my slightly scented pout and invariably ask ‘can I have a go?’. As I love to share and am-not much of a germaphobe they invariably get a go, and then there faces light up as they realize how easy it is to use. A circular lip balm shouldn’t be that much of a novelty, but they’re pretty rare on the market and OH SO good to use.

The round pot is always easy to find in my bag, the twist on/off lid means it never ends up with fluff all over it, and the rollerball makes it easy to reach all parts of the lips, so my full mouth feel moisturised.

Oh, and did I mention it’s organic? That’s kind of an afterthought to me, as I think quality first, paraben etc second, but I know organic is a selling point for many people and in this case it’s dual quality. Paraben and petrolatum free this lip balm is great on the lips, making them soft and nourished and they come in a few flavours; honey dew, lemon drop, summer fruits (pictured) and more.

The reason I love this so is that despite the light scent and colour of the pot, these lip balms are clear, so give lips the look of being lightly licked and sheer. Shea butter and Vitamin E make your lips feel great and the ‘ooh factor’ of strangers is a plus!

£4.95 from Big Green Smile

*Purchased with my hard-earned cash.

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Mar 12, 2012

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Orly Vibe varnishes for Summer 2012

[ L-R shades; Melt Your Popsicle | Day Glow | Skinny Dip | Glow Stick | Beach Cruiser | After Party]

My love for Orly varnishes is well documented as I love their range of colours and that you can normally get away with just one coat. Their summer range is full of pretty beach inspired pastels, which include colours like a burnt orange ‘melt your popsicle- and a bright blue ‘Skinny Dip’ shade that I LOVE.

The collection is called Feel the Vibe collection, and comprises of six fluorescent shades that will make any talons look on trend. They can also be layered- one layer of Day Glow (the white sheeny varnish) under any of the other colours gives them multidimensional qualities and helps them shine brightly.

Out in April 2012.

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Mar 7, 2012

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Object Makeup Bag from Not on the High Street

Readers of this site are aware that I love a good makeup bag. Partly this is to do with my overflowing collection, and partly its because I think it’s good to a have a few for all occasions. There’s my gym makeup bag (all mineral makeup, moisturiser and balm), my day to day makeup bag (foundation, liner, mascara) my work makeup bag, (similar products plus a few more vav va voom lips for big night out) and a date makeup bag (mirror, lip  balm, condoms, and blotting paper).

This pretty bag from the  Object D’art range on Not on the High Street is adorable and I just have to decide which category it would fit into to. Too big for a clutch, the leather corners would wear well, and the retro design of antique bottles of perfume and blusher make me feel all Mad Men and glam (in a good, monogamous way). It’s very unique which I love ans think this could be a good replacement for one of my myriad of makeup bags!

£18 from Not on The High Street

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Mar 6, 2012

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The Amitee Beauty Box is for dark beauties

I’ve spoken before about the beauty box trend, and there’s now a new one on the market. It’s one with a difference though, as it’s created for ‘women of colour’. I get that a lot of foundation/concealer samples won’t suit dark skinned women, but do they really need a whole box of their own products? Is this a little condescending?

I asked a few friends and they were actually really in favour of this.

‘My hair is awful to deal with’, said Jane* (not real name). ‘I need special oils, relaxants, I can’t just use Pantene on it’.

Hmm, OK, for the hair aspect of this I can see the attraction, and commercially it will be a good way for the niche beauty brands to showcase what they have to offer the black community/ ethnic community.

A limited number of Pamper Secrets boxes will be available each month, I guess till they know if this will take off, and the theme for the first box is Back to Basics.

Learn  more about this here.

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Mar 5, 2012

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Clarks Licorice boots; An enthusiastic review

Not so long ago I went to the Clarks Press day and was pretty much blown away by how far the brand has evolved from its Mumsy roots. Stunning shoes, amazing prints- it was endless the amount of shoes I actually coveted.

Clarks sent me a pair of Licorice tan leather riding boots to trial and I was immediately surprised by how classy they looked. I loved the two tone tan colour and they were very comfortable. I was a little confused with their being TWO zips- one side, one at the back, and I guess that’s so you can adjust it if you have wide calves. I left my back zip half undone as I thought that looked better.

[Modelling them with Polka Dots at an awards show]


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Mar 2, 2012

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Nicole Scherzinger to release budget stick on ImPress nail range

Nicole Scherzinger is known for her effortlessly long legs, her rather sexy dresses and her odd taste in boyfriends. Oh yes, and the Pussycat Dolls, X-Factor and so forth. Seems about time she got on that moneytrain, and she’s now releasing a line of ‘Press on Manicures’ by Broadway Nails. Called the Nicole Scherzinger’s Signature Series for imPRESS, the limited edition range will be out soon and offers a variety of nail shades.

Apparently they were inspired by Hawaii, and they’re using a troipical colour palette of blue skies and hibiscus flowers.

“I am thrilled to introduce my new Limited Edition Nicole Scherzinger Signature Series for imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, nine new inspired styles for a super-easy, salon perfect manicure in seconds,” she is quoted as saying, a sentence that no normal person COULD say without gulping water halfway through. What I’ve taken from that mouthful is that there will be nine colours (which you can also work out by looking at the picture) and that they should be affordable.

Would you buy them?

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