Aug 22, 2011

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1980s Lady Motif Atomiser from Thrift-ola

It’s no secret I am a little bit addicted to perfume, as I love the various scents and find the bottles beautiful to look at. Now I can indulge myself with a conscience (sort of) as this lovely perfume decanter is officially vintage- so I’m recycling! I love the elegant shape of this, and the Princess Diana-esque head adds even more charm. This would look lovely on my dresser- now I just need to choose what to decant into it..

PS. Did I mention it’s from the decade I was born it? Ahhhh

£10 from Thrift-ola

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Aug 19, 2011

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Beauty Blogosphere Links: The best hair straighteners and Stila Love and Empower palette

I thought I’d give some shout outs to beauty blogposts I’ve been loving this week- so here you go!

Nine best hair straighteners to invest in on All Women Stalk.

British Beauty Blogger looks at art made from makeup!

The Muse looks at Stila’s Love and Empower palette- lush!

30 Something Mel reviews Urban Decay Lush Lash System- 6 weeks on…

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Aug 19, 2011

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NOTD: Avon Pro Nailwear Coral Reef

 

Avon Nail Varnishes are a secret I’m now willing to share with people- they’re such good quality, but so few people have heard of them- or tried them. Here I am wearing the Pro Nailwear Enamel in Coral Reef and it’s a lovely shade, vibrant, glossy, an almost neon-y colour but erring on the side of everyday wear.   I wish their website showcased these better, as online it looks bland and dull, but in person it’s amazing. One coat gives you good coverage, but I like two just to be safe, and the varnish is thick and nice to apply with a long tapered brush that gets the nail grooves well. They say it will last for 10 days, which isn’t quite true, but you do get a reasonable 5-7 if you apply a topcoat. I love how glossy this is, and this colour makes me feel that summer is still here (no matter what time it starts getting dark by). Have you tried any Avon Nail colours- which do you like best?

Get this for £3.50 from Avon

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Aug 19, 2011

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Tanning Disasters: The Bad, The Ugly and the Extreme

I saw the Inbetweeners movie last night and in between coughing on my popcorn and tearing up, I was amazed to see the bad sunburn that Will got whilst in Malia. I’ve had a couple of bad burns myself, and was amused to find a whole website dedicated to sunburn and tanning woes- pictures of extreme cases, from celebrities to everyday folk. It’s a bunch of people who all managed to use Fake Bake incorrectly- or didn’t use enough SPF on the beach.  From fake tan to peeling skin they have it all- here’s a few of my favourites!

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Aug 16, 2011

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Benefit Cha Cha tint Product Review

Benefit Cha Cha Tint is here in the UK and I’ve been trying out this mango tinted lip and cheek tint. Yay or Nay- watch the video for my thoughts.

£24.50 from Benefit Cosmetics UK

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Aug 15, 2011

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Snooki channels Minnie Mouse.. and we kinda like it!

Snooki gets a hard rap in the press a fair amount. Sure, she had the morals of an alleycat, the vocabulary of Katie Price and the dress sense of Morticia Addams, but under all that eyeliner she seems like a genuinely nice girl- if ill advised.

I’ve seen a fair amount of blogs slating her above outfit choice, and I have to say that this time I’m in Snooki’s camp. The dip dye extensions are CUTE. They’re glossy. They look in nice condition. Yes, they’re fake, but so is Lady GaGa. The skin is clear and glowing. The tan is there-when is it not- but it looks nice. The lips are nude, the eyes lightly smokey. The nails, OK- I hate the fake nail look, so this loses her a point. The dress is a little gothic for my liking, but the hairbow is ultra cute, so overall Snookie does OK here from me. Give the girl a break, yeah?

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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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