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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Aug 7, 2011

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Soap up with Thundercats in celebration of the new show!


I loved the Thundercats show in the Eighties and was hesitant about whether a new version would be any good. Thankfully I was proved wrong as it’s totally awesome (so far) with slick graphics,  great voices and fast paced action.

To celebrate the new show, a great geeky soap site is offering a FREE Thundercats soap with any order over $40, or you can just buy it on its own. Here’s how they describe it;

‘Scented Third Earth. Clean rain, wet dirt and hints of fresh ozone.’ 

I want! This may be your only way to ever holding the Eye of Thundera- so you better order fast.

Get it for $6.99 from Luxury Lane soaps. The soaps here are paraben and sulplate free for extra Brownie points.

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Aug 7, 2011

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MAC Colourizations Collection is lovely

I’m a big fan of MAC Cosmetics collections and the  MAC Colourizations collectionsounds great. Available are Eye Duos which combines strange shades that will make the eyes pop. At first glance the Duos look mismatched but look further and you’ll start to see the eclectic looks you can create. There are 8 pairings of shades in sleek black compacts and the banana/blue combo has given me serious thought to style and looks- I feel inspired and am glad they are making people think with their beauty, as slapping on a neutral is really dull.

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Aug 1, 2011

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Pro Nailz knuckle dusters- acrylic nails meet gold and bronze!

I love rings, I love nail varnish, I love nail art, Put them together and what do you get? Erm, knuckle dusters with painted acrylic nails as the stones. This isn’t the first strange use of nails we’ve seen, but I simply can’t make my mind up about these. They are part of the ‘Costume Costume’ exhibition, showcased by the Opulent Projects and created by Islay Taylor, and he used precious materials such as gold plated bronze to hold the coloured nails. I like that they’re being playful and the name ‘Pro Nailz’ is cute, but I just don’t know if I’d want to wear these. Perhaps they’re just too busy and if there was less going on I’d be more attracted? I am a huge knuckle duster fan so I think they might grow on me.. I just don’t know.

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