Dec 7, 2011

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Origins Christmas Ginger Essence perfume with Swarovski charm

I love the smell of ginger as it makes me think of wintry nights where you are wrapped up warm, roaring fires, snowflakes, OK any type of Xmas movie where you get an idealized image of Winter. Origins Ginger Essence has been a favourite classic of mine for years and I love the cute mini crystal Christmas Tree Charm (made with
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS) that they’ve decorated the bottle with this year.

The scent has stayed the same- a heady mix of spicy Ginger with zesty orange, lemon and lime notes, balanced with Vanilla and nutmeg. Yes, it does sound edible, huh (don’t though-seriously).

Ginger Essence Harrods Exclusive –  £39.00 for 100ml, out now.

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Dec 5, 2011

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Lulu Guinness S/S 2012 preview from QVC Fashion


Lulu Guinness is one of my favourite brands as they always offer such cute and quirky collections, so I was very excited to see what they were offering for next year with QVC Fashion. The brand has got some majorly lovely additions, from cute Union Jack carry bags to whimsical keyrings decorated with a retro camera motif. The camera motif is continued through some of their other offerings as it adorns makeup bags and larger totes, and the feeling of holiday and travel is very present in their Spring/Summer 2012 lineup.

I’m in love with the patent sunglasses bag as not only is it timeless but it’s very seasonal, and I love the shiny finish. The beach bags are also amazing as they’re roomy enough for all your junk whilst still retaining that special Lulu quality with detailing on the zips and seams. Enjoy- all these products will be out at QVC in the new Year.

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Dec 3, 2011

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Thirteen year old has nose job: Thoughts

When is too young for a nose job? In my opinion having any type of surgery really needs to be done when you’re at an age to properly understand it and 13 seems a little immature for a major procedure. Sure, you might know at 13 that you don’t like your nose, but should you be having a general anaesthetic and going through the stressful recovery at that tender age? What’s the harm in waiting till you’re 16?

Nicolette Taylor, 13, has recently had a rhinoplasty as she was unhappy with her nsoe and subjected to bullying about her appearance. Yes, her new nose is prettier and her old nose was large, but bullies tend to pick on anything and if it’s not a nose then it mighr be her grades, her hair- you know what  I mean. I’m pleased the outocme was good and she feels happier, but I wonder if part of her new confidence is down to media attention which made the bullies leave her alone- not her new nose.

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Dec 2, 2011

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Turn your brown eyes BLUE with a laser by Dr Gregg Homer

I’m a big fan of my blue eyes, but considering they’re part of a recessive gene, most of the population aren’t as blessed. Sure, I also love chocolate brown eyes, but I can understand some people wanting to change their eye colour- and that;s what coloured contacts do. Well, what they used to as there;s now a a way to permanently change your eye colour to blue- if you’re willing to have surgery that is.

Dr. Gregg Homer from Stroma Medical in California  has created a Lumineyes procedure which uses a laser specially tuned to change brown eyes into blue eyes. The process is super quick, at around 20 seconds an eye and removes the brown pigment, so the remaining eye colour is left a light baby blue. Yes, it’s not a ‘natural blue’, as it’s more about the absence of brown than an actual blue, but for those craving light eyes it mighr be good enough.

Clinical trials are still undergoing, but when they’re completed in around 18 months (barring any adverse effects) you’ll be abel to buy blues eyes for around £3000.

Will you be lining up to have this? I think I’d be pretty wary of this procedure in the first few years of its infancy as we have no knowledge of the long term effects to your sight.


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Dec 1, 2011

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Does the Olay Professional Pro X Advanced Cleaning System look familiar?

Something look very familiar to you about the Olay Professional Pro X Advanced Cleaning System? Let’s think about it- it’s an electric powered skin clreansing brush which says it cleans skin 6x better than simple face washing and has a 2 speed rotating system. Sounds like the Clarisonic version 1? Yes, indeedy.

Still, imitation is the best form of flattery and the price of this is a fraction of the Clarisonic, so we can be generous as we look at it. It’s water resistant so shower use is A OK, and  it comes with a soft bristle brush head, and you can buy replacements. You also get some mini products (to get you into the Olay range) and it works off 2 AA batteries. It doesn’t have an inductive charger like the Clarisonic, but at this pricepoint I wouldn’t expect that. Sounds like a great budget way for people to maximize their skin with Olay, I just wish we had a UK release date.

$29.99 from Walgreens


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Nov 30, 2011

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Kim Kardashian Tweets her Violent Lips trial: Fan or Publicist?

Kim Kardashian is known for being mouthy on her Twitter account and she just posted a rather hot photo of herself trying out Violent Lips lip tattoos. Whilst I think she looks fab I wonder if this is a genuine photo, as ‘oh I just found this in my sisters room’, seems a little vague and premeditated as does the picture perfect makeup and matching outfit.

We tried Violent Lips not that long ago, and have proven that first attempts need a little work to get them looking even- and Kim’s look is picture perfect. Either way, hats off to Kim for publicizing a small brand (paid for or not) and I love the look.

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Nov 30, 2011

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L’Artisan Parfumeur Christmas

I’m a massive fab of L’Artisan Parfumeur products as the scents that escape through these amazingly crafted candles and perfumes are divine- they’re as if your nose has gone on holiday to Willy Wonkas world of delight and refused to return. I adore their Vanille Absolument scent with its musky tobacco and leather undertones and rich vanilla scent that’s thick and creamy without being sickly and I love the look of their Christmas Collection.

What’s on offer here is a variety of adorably designed Eau de Toilettes, mini candle coffrets and an adorable limited edition  Cèdre Bleu candle. They come packaged in pretty white boxes decorated with street scenes and doorways, inspired from Parisian culture.

The solid perfume Mure Et Music (see above) is another must have product as it’s very collectible and at £40 won’t break your wallet.

Check them out at L’Artisan Parfumeur here.

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Nov 29, 2011

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Vivo Cosmetics Review- new budget brand from Tesco Beauty

I’ve recently been trialling a new range in the UK callled Vivo Cosmetics and here are my thoughts. It’s a small range aimed at the budget end of the market which makes it ultra affordable,with eyeshadows coming in at £1.50 and kohl eyeliners at £1.50.

I had three products to try, a Vivo Eyeliner, Vivo Highlighter and Vivo lip gloss.

The Vivo Cosnetics Highlighter, £5

You get a surprisingly large amount in this tube and it dispenes easily leaving a lovely shimmering colour on the skin that’s easy to blend and looks great on the cheekbones and the chest area. It really illuminated by face and I loved the way it gave me iridescent shine in the light, but its definitely an evening product as it can be a bit OTT for the day.

Vivo Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner, £2

This comes in a variety of shades- Glitter Black, Carbon Black, Brown, Plus, Slate and Silver. I had it in carbon black and liked the long slim tip as it gave a great slim flick and looked really good on the eyes. The formula dried quickly and it really lasted and though the packaging was a little cheapy looking, the product really lasted all day- impressed!

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Nov 28, 2011

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Paul and Joe Spring 2012 is purrrfect

Paul & Joe are known for their cute makeup collections and fresh take on new trends and their new Spring 2012 makeup collection is cat-licious. Known for their cute love of cats and quirky styles they’ve introduced some special packaging in honour of their 10th anniversary, and everything is inspired by their owner and designer Sophie Albou’s obsessions/ love of cats.

Above  are  the  three Face & Eye colour palettes (£19.50) in Siamese, Please, Kittycat and Purrfect.

I love this product- it’s so beautiful to look at!

Three cat-shaped creamy Blusher Sticks (£21) in Glamour Puss, Minou and Catfight.

Three limited edition lipsticks;

Sex Kitten, a sexy, nude beige for a seductive look; Meow!  a sweet, natural pink for an adorable look; Catwalk  a modish orange color for a glamorous look.

The Paul and Joe Face & Eye Colour and Lipstick will go on sale exclusively at ASOS from January 1 and the full range rolls out at Fenwick on January 14 and at Harrods on January 23.

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Nov 26, 2011

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The Celebrity Smell of Selling Out Tumblr

Celebrities and dubiously named fragrances go hand in hand and it’s about time someone called out the vacuous smelling D lister and their vanilla scented concoctions. This person would be the very funny and smart owner of the ‘Scent of Smelling Out Tumblr’ who takes a wide snarky overview at the variety of celeb fragrances on the market.

The writer (who is anonymous) takes a punt at a variety of fragrances, from the likes of Avril Lavigne to Paris Hilton. Her prose is concise witty, and strikes a big chord with me, which is why I feel that you have to read it. Here are a few excerpts to get you on board with their ultra funny Tumblr site.

On Avril Lavigne Forbidden Rose:

‘I find it quite comical that as a self-proclaimed punk rock princess, Avril Lavigne hasn’t found the time to create any songs worth subjecting my ears to as of late, yet she’s cleared her schedule to make enough room to release three perfumes. Do punks even wear perfume? Do they even shower? My guess is that Avril was motivated to create fragrances by the fear of losing her Hollywood boo, Brody Jenner. “If I smell nice, maybe he’ll ignore the fact that that my outfits always look like a blind person put them together.” But, as much as I’d love to share my utter disgust over Arvil’s wardrobe choices, I’m here to discuss her perfumes. While she has three (yes, three) today I’m reviewing her latest scent, ‘Forbidden Rose.’

On Paris Hilton Fairy Dust:

‘While the design of the actual bottle doesn’t bother me, I am especially annoyed with the advertising campaigns for ‘Fairy Dust.’ They feature Paris Hilton dressed as a slutty fairy. Last time I checked, fairies do not exist, making it highly unlikely that hooker versions too. She is wearing next to nothing and appears to be levitating amongst what I can only assume is fairy dust. The concept is so original and innovative, I almost lost my breath. Oh wait, that was when I actually smelt it and nearly choked on its wretchedness.

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