Aug 15, 2011

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Summer Beach protection: The SPF skin savers

I recently told you all about the Simple skincare products that kept me soft and looked after on holiday, well now I have Part 2 for you to enjoy. As well as keeping your skin safe from the sun, you need to look after your body and I have a few tricks up my sleeve. From high SPF skincare, to products that will soothe reddened skin, here are my three beach favourites.

Ultrasun SPF 20 Glimmer formula

To make sure you’re protected you need to be diligent about suncream application, but it can be quite a chore. Ultrasun is easy to apply, a light white liquid that absorbed easily and is long lasting- whether you’re swimming or hardcore sunning. This is SPF 20 so best yo use after a few days at a higher SPF, but what’s so nice about this is that it has a ‘Glimmer formula’.

This means that as well as keep you from burning you also add alight sparkling sheen yo your skin, very delicate, but when your self conscious on the beach every little helps. Free from oils and perfumes, this not only kept me form burning but meant I sashayed a little bit extra down the beach!

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Aug 14, 2011

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Beauty Blogging Link Love August

Check out the lastest in beauty buzz from around the web!

Soap up with the Eye of Thundera as Addicted to Beauty celebrates the release of the new Thundercats TV show.

Miss Beauty Nerd is going to Europe, and packing her Clinique Day to Night Palette which contains most of her basic colour essentials in one pretty little compact!

Tracy at Beauty Reflections thinks that the new tokidoki Royal Pride Hercolino Palette makes a great Back To School palette!

Curious about the newest additions to the Make Up For Ever Family? Well, Krasey Beauty has swatches and photos of all of Make Up For Ever’s newest Aqua Liners!

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Aug 12, 2011

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Biba to (re) launch a makeup range


I promised I wasn’t going to do this- I made a list where I said I was going to write a nice mix of reviews, news and more in depth features, then along comes a release that’s too good not to share. So, if you were expecting some huge analysis of products with swatches and all you won’t get this right now, instead you’re getting my squeals of joy at the pictures from the new Biba Makeup collection.

The new Biba range will go into House of Fraser from the 1st October and will be a capsule collection to start with- a pretty face palette, a blush, an AMAZING lip gloss ring, Luscious Lashes and  a Nail varnish Trio. Prices are affordable, at £21 for the nail trio and £15 for the Lipgloss ring I have my heart set on.  The eye palette is pretty amazing- I love the colour range and have my fingers crossed they’re pigmented and not too sheer.

It’s nice they’re creating a small selection, as often brands can overwhelm you with choice- I just want to know why there’s no liquid eyeliner for the lovely Twiggy lash look. Hey, if they need a consultant…

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Aug 11, 2011

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Simple Skincare Summer holiday solutions : My summer dream team

I’ve recently returned from two weeks in the sun- and a new found love of Simple products. Always a fan, I’d actually packed some other products.. well, I thought I’d packed them. At the airport I quickly rushed into Boots (knowing I’d have limited options where I was going) and invested in three pieces, the Simple Moisturising Facial Wash, the Simple Eye Makeup remover and the Simple Replenishing Moisturiser. I chose these all for a reason- I know that sun can cause flare ups of acne or redness and needed something gentle, soothing and ultra replenishing.

So how did I fare? Battling mosquitoes, 32 degree temperatures and tropical storms was tough- but was Simple up for the challenge?

Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash

This was an amazing product to use. It felt really gentle on my sun parched skin and didn’t irritate my sunburn at all. Packed with bisabolol to soothe the skin, this cleanser was effective at removing grime but leaving my face protected with its natural oils. I really felt like this was my friend on holiday. A small amount went a long way and it felt so pleasant to use that I showered with it as well- an all over body treat that doidn’t dry me out. I’m going to credit the fact that it has Vitamin E for the lovely way it made me feel, and how nice it was to apply.

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Aug 8, 2011

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Valentina fragrance from Valentino

I should start by telling you all about the new scent from Valentino- Valentina- but really all I want to do is squeal about the bottle. Isn’t it lovely? It’s like they took all the best bits of Daisy, FlowerBomb and Thierry Mugler’s crazy brain and transposed it into something feminine, floral and ultra desirable, The rounded shape, the adoravle stopper, the three emblematic flowers in white, ivory and nude, I’m in love already, and that’s only the picture.

The actual scent is a mux if bergamot and jasmine, orange blossom and amber- so it will be light, subtle and a powdery floral. They’re calling it a ‘floral oriental’, if you want more of a heads up. I think I’m in love- I predict this to be THE scent of Autumn.

Valentina is on counter from 3 October,  £53 for 50ml.

 

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Aug 8, 2011

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Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss is lip-licious

I’ve loved lip glosses for years and Bobbi Brown’s creations hold the award for best shine without stickiness. All to often the problem of a boyfriend vs lipgloss means I’ve been going for a matte lip, but her products have let me have the shine and the smiling boy. Her new selection of lip glosses come in an amazing 15 news shades and have a new cool applicator tip- called the ‘doe foot’ applicator, to allow for more even coverage.

Colours include the tempting Bare Sparkle, Black Ruby and Electric Violet, as well as a rather delkicous gold I have my eye on.They are enriched with emollients and Vitamins C and E  and look simply divine.

£17 from Bobbi Brown

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Aug 7, 2011

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Jouer Cosmetics from Cult Beauty: The LEGO of makeup

I’m no stranger to Jouer Cosmetics, but I can’t say the same for the rest of the UK. They’ve had various successes overseas, and they’re now going to be stocked by Cult Beauty, an online compendium for brands that are off the UK radar (well, initially anyways).

Known (by me) as the LEGO of the makeup world, the USP of the Jouer Cosmetics brand is that everything slots together- small grooves run up the sides of the blush, powder- event the glosses!- and you can mix and match and slide them around with ease. It’s a fairly firm groove, so once it’s attached it stays like that, and is a handy way of compacting your, uh, compacts. You can even slot things around back to back- ideal!

There’s more to the products than just quirkiness though, the powders are well pigmented and flattering too wear, the lip glosses have just enough shimmer with gloopiness and their bronzer has an SPF39- and is a universally flattering colour.

Pick and choose your products over on CultBeauty.

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Aug 7, 2011

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Dior Silver and White Nail Varnish for Christmas

Dior has offered us a sneak peak of their Christmas limited collection and it’s rather lovely. Featuring two slick polishes in white and silver (£17.50) they are rather beautiful in their simplicity. The silver is multi toned with reflective pigments and will be a great addition to the tree, whilst the white is more angelic and the opaqueness adds a little classiness to the traditional LBD. I’m torn on which I’d choose- perhaps the white for sheer novelty?

They’ll be exclusive to Selfridges later this year.

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Aug 7, 2011

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Raven wings keep your jewellery tangle free

I have a lot of pretty necklaces and rings and they often get horribly tangled. This is a great design by THORUNN ARNADOTTIR  as not only does it keep your earrings and bangles tangle free, it makes it look like they are adorning wings- proud and upright and turning a jewellery tidy into a piece of art work!

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Aug 7, 2011

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Closet Dorothy Perkins Changing room snapping

 

I have a hard figure to dress. I’m not skinny, I have hips and boobs- OK, much like any British woman.  I can’t do high fashion as clothes don’t drape from me- they hang, a tent woman is never a good look. I love the Closet brand (stocked in  Dorothy Perkins ) as they seem to really tailor for a woman with curves and they fit my size 12/10 frame exceptionally well, nipping in at the waist and allowing room for my bosom (would you prefer the word breasticles) which is a 30G (latest Bravissimo fitting). Their latest range is full of Cadbury’s coloured purple dresses, glinting greens and slick white shifts. I went a little snap happy in the dressing room- you’ll have to help me choose which dress to buy!

Closet Purple flared shift dress (above)

I know this looks blue in the picture, but I promise it’s purple- think the camera setting may have just brightened up the shade. I like the two flap pockets and the cut on the neck, but I don’t know if this flatters- think I look a little hippy here.

This dress is rather lovely.  A classic A line flared skirt with a nipped in waist and  a tapered neckline. The included gold belt sets off the cream nicely, and the Jacquard print is lightly embellished (see close up above).

I tried this green dress in a size 10, and it might be slightly too small- see what I mean? The colour is lovely though, bright and foresty and the style is a perfect clone of Victoria Beckham’s classy bodycon line. This might be a yes.. but there’s more to come.

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