20/10/2014

NARS Audacious Lipsticks competition

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As you may know, NARS has just released its brand new collection of Audacious Lipsticks in celebration of NARS 20th Anniversary. To celebrate with UK fans, it is running a competition (which ends tomorrow, so be quick to take part!), to encourage them to show off their Best Dressed Lips. You can see my entry here and I am wearing the most gorgeous shade called Carmen, which is Selfridges's exclusive (stay tuned for full review post + swatches!).

HOW IT WORKS: 
Beginning 16th October 2014, NARS will highlight one shade per day inspired by the shades of the Audacious Lipsticks on its Facebook wall. Followers will be able to upload their favourite lipstick look onto Instagram using the hashtag #NARSAudaciousLips. Six creative participants will win twelve shades of Audacious Lipstick collection.

TO ENTER:
• Upload the photo onto Instagram with the hashtag #NARSAudaciousLips and the shade name or colour family (nude, pink, coral, red, violet, or wine) of the Audacious Lipstick you’re wearing.
• Make sure the hashtag #NARSAudaciousLips is included in the photo description.
NARS will select the most creative submission each day as the to win twelve shades of the NARS Audacious Lipstick collection.
• For more details, visit the NARS Exclusives Tab

17/10/2014

The Body Shop Christmas range

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I attended The Body Shop Christmas Press Day and boy I have news for you! There are lots and lots of new releases coming up, but don't be afraid, your well-loved products will also definitely make a come-back! This year The Body Shop has teamed up with War Child, the global charity for children affected by war, to grant a wish of education. For every specially selected gift you buy, no matter how big or small, The Body Shop will make a contribution that funds a class for a child. It also involves all international The Body Shop stores and the challenge is 6 million lessons in war-torn countries, so let's make it happen! 

The best thing about The Body Shop Christmas range is that you can mix and match the products to create your own bespoke gift sets - no matter big or small - you will get a beautiful packaging which will make your wrapping job so much easier.

The Body Shop Christmas range, The Body Shop Red Musk Eau de Parfum, Dolly Pastels, Frosted Pastels, Lip and Cheek Doll, Glitter Eyeliner, Sparkling Black Mascara, Glazed Apple, Glazed Apple range, Eau de Toilette, Body Polish, Body Butter, Sparkler, Shimmer Lotion, Shower Gel, Bath Sprinkles, Hand Cream, Bath Jelly, Lip Gloss, Lip Tin, The Body Shop Christmas Press Day, beauty, Christmas, make up, perfume, review, The Body Shop,

I am a huge fan of The Body Shop Cranberry range (read about my favourite picks) and always make sure to stock up on Cranberry Shower Gel. But I think there may be a new contender - brand new Glazed Apple range! It smells so delicious, you cannot even imagine. It's definitely a gorgeous fruity scent, but sweet too, perfect indulgence for your sweet tooth! If that may not be your cup of tea (although I don't know why), you can also get Vanilla Brûlée and aforementioned Frosted Cranberry. In Glazed Apple range you can find Eau de Toilette, Body Polish, Body Butter, Sparkler, Shimmer Lotion, Shower Gel, Bath Sprinkles, Hand Cream, Bath Jelly, Lip Gloss and Lip Tin - all ideal to prepare you for the festive season from head to toe! As you can see, there are also gift sets available like this Glazed Apple Tin of Treasures*.

The Body Shop Christmas range, The Body Shop Red Musk Eau de Parfum, Dolly Pastels, Frosted Pastels, Lip and Cheek Doll, Glitter Eyeliner, Sparkling Black Mascara, Glazed Apple, Glazed Apple range, Eau de Toilette, Body Polish, Body Butter, Sparkler, Shimmer Lotion, Shower Gel, Bath Sprinkles, Hand Cream, Bath Jelly, Lip Gloss, Lip Tin, The Body Shop Christmas Press Day, beauty, Christmas, make up, perfume, review, The Body Shop,

Another new releases are from The Body Shop make up range - two eyeshadow palettes Dolly Pastels* and Frosted Pastels, Lip and Cheek Doll*, Glitter Eyeliner and Sparkling Black Mascara. The palettes are absolutely gorgeous and they have perfect winter shades and cute packaging reminding me of a Christmas jumper. Lip and Cheek Doll is to die for - how cute does it look?! It gives a natural-looking, rosy winter glow and is the perfect stocking filler for any girl.

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The Body Shop Christmas range, The Body Shop Red Musk Eau de Parfum, Dolly Pastels, Frosted Pastels, Lip and Cheek Doll, Glitter Eyeliner, Sparkling Black Mascara, Glazed Apple, Glazed Apple range, Eau de Toilette, Body Polish, Body Butter, Sparkler, Shimmer Lotion, Shower Gel, Bath Sprinkles, Hand Cream, Bath Jelly, Lip Gloss, Lip Tin, The Body Shop Christmas Press Day, beauty, Christmas, make up, perfume, review, The Body Shop,

Last, but not least, on 4th November a brand new The Body Shop fragrance is hitting the shelves! I was taken on amazing fragrance journey yesterday and learnt a lot about the history and all the little tidbits about making perfume. This new fragrance is called Red Musk Eau de Parfum* and takes heritage from the classic The Body Shop scent since it is white musk based. The other tones are pepper, cinnamon and tobacco - definitely not something you would think to create an amazing women's fragrance but it works! I am a huge fan of floral and sweet scents, so realisation how much I love this one completely took me by surprise.

Do you see anything you would want to find underneath your Christmas tree?

15/10/2014

Soap & Glory Endless Glove hand cream

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Soap & Glory Endless Glove hand cream, beauty, review, Soap and Glory, Soap & Glory Endless Glove 2-in-1 Moisture Mask & Hand Cream, blogger

I have been using Soap & Glory Endless Glove 2-in-1 Moisture Mask & Hand Cream for the past couple of days and I have to admit that it is my least favourite Soap & Glory product ever. I just can't take its weird scent (it's fruity, but on a bad side) - nothing like a typical Soap & Glory scent. I tried to warm up to it for a long time, but each time I've applied it to my hands I immediately wanted to get rid of it! Also, the cream is super sticky, so I could only apply it literally when going to sleep - so I wouldn't have to touch anything for a while. I know that the description says "Moisture Mask" and one of the ways to use it is to apply it and slip cotton gloves over the top for an overnight deep moisture mask treatment, but I think the formula is just too much and it would take absolute ages to use up the whole tub. I absolutely love Soap & Glory Super Intensive Hand Cream and Soap & Glory Hand Food Hand Cream and I am definitely going to repurchase both of them, but I will give this one a miss for sure.

12/10/2014

Autumn Hairstyle Tutorial


ghd has challenged me to do Autumn Hairstyle Tutorial and I thought that loose wavy hair and delicate curls with a cute floppy hat would be a perfect choice. I love wearing my hair like that, it's perfect for channelling your boho-chic style and it can also hide this third-day-washed-hair look. To create the look I used my trusty BaByliss You Curl Curling Iron which I had for a couple of years (you can also use standard hair straighteners, I like to use You Curl, because it is wide, so I can create the waves much faster). 



STEP 1
I use ghd Style Total Volume Foam* on a towel dried hair - it is great for adding the volume and make my hair looking and feeling fuller. 

STEP 2 
I spray my hair with TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray to help protect hair when drying and use ghd Paddle Brush* to detangle my mane - I love that it doesn't give me a frizz (has wooden sections) and it's big enough for my long hair.

STEP 3
Now comes BaByliss You Curl and I make sure to take my time and cover every last strand of hair, so there is nothing poker straight peeking through. Essentially, I simply clamp and twist the iron 180 degrees, then flip the iron and repeat the process.

STEP 4
I let the curls cool off for a minute or two and gently ruffle it with my hands to make it more natural. I usually finish off with flipping my hair back and forth and then using a hairspray - my current one is Lee Stafford Hold Tight Firm Hold Hairspray.


What do you think of the finished look? 

10/10/2014

No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter review

 No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter review
 No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter review
 No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter review

No 7 Instant Radiance Highlighter took blogging world by storm and equally quickly took a favourite highlighter place in my own make up drawer. It looks dark on the photos, but in reality it is more light pink shade (packaging and the product itself). It has the loveliest highlighter shade and I simply adore its simplicity - I'm just gently gliding it on my cheeks and then blend with my fingers to get a natural finish. I then use the small residue on my fingers to highlight my nose. Cupid's bow, etc. I like applying make up with my fingers, so this product is ideal for me. I have been reaching for it on a daily basis every since I got it and I know it will last me a long time. Definitely something to add to your stash when you're looking for a great highlighter!

09/10/2014

Debenhams Autumn/Winter ’14 Blogger Style Challenge

This is my entry for the Debenhams Autumn/Winter ’14 Blogger Style Challenge - more details here. I am creating an outfit based on Debenhams six key A/W14 trends: Modern Military, Pastel Palette, Autumn Luxe, Blue Notes, Pinks & Berries or Winter Greens

I've chosen Pastel Palette for myself. As you probably know I am a huge fan of pastel shades ever since a mint green nail polish from Chanel called Jade started the trend a couple of seasons ago. I always feel very cute and feminine in pastel pinks and lilacs and I think it's also perfect to emulate current Clueless fashion. 


I am starting with this amazing Miss Selfridge Shawl collar fur coat which will keep me warm no matter what cold weather may be in London. I decided to pick a party dress which will be perfect for a Christmas party or a family gathering - Début Amethyst jewel trim midi dress has just a perfect amout of sparkle and lovely floaty design. J by Jasper Conran Designer grey suede slingback high court shoeslook look absolutely amazing and I think they would be a perfect heels to dance your night away. To carry all of my essentials I've picked H! by Henry Holland lips bag - super girly and cute. On my nails I would definitely have one of my favourite nail polish shades - Essie Mint Candy Apple nail polish - it's epitome of pastel hues and a firm favourite of many fashionistas.  Prada Candy Florale Eau de Toilette looks and smells playful and flirty while Floozie by Frost French Gold plated teardrop stone earrings would add an extra touch of glamour. To prevent any runny nose or Lemsip action I'd wear Red Herring Pale pink metallic cable knit bobble hat - it has the most gorgeous metallic cable knit to add this extra bit of sparkle.

My second outfit is based on Winter Greens trend and reflects style and personality of lovely Gemma from a wonderful blog Gemsies. She has recently changed her colour to a darker one so I think green shades will go perfectly with her new mane and porcelain skin. I also nominate her for the challenge and can't wait to see her choices! 


First, I picked this gorgeous Red Herring Dark green peter pan collar lace dress - I think it's something Gemma would definitely wear since it has a very cute Peter Pan collar and pretty daisy lace overlay. To get some warmth during autumn walks I've chosen The Collection Dark green textured reefer jacket which has an amazing textured effect and its classic shape will never go out of style. Then I added The Collection Black suedette mid heel ankle boots which are perfect to wear with the dresses, skirts and jeans this time of the year. Todd Lynn/EDITION Designer khaki leather tote bag would be perfect match since it is big enough to fit all of Gemma's uni essentials and still look super smart. I went for gold and forest green accessories: Principles by Ben de Lisi Designer pearl and green teardrop earrings and Floozie by Frost French Gold plated cutout cuff bracelet. Last, but not least - how gorgeous is this Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette?! - it simply screams luxury and style.

08/10/2014

Vichy Idéalia Eyes review

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Vichy Idéalia Eyes review, beauty, review, skincare, blogger

I am a huge fan of Vichy Idéalia Life Serum (review), so I was excited to learn that they are expanding the range and adding Vichy Idéalia Eyes to the skincare family. One swift application instantly transforms my eyes with brightening the dark circles, reducing the fine lines and giving more luminosity to the shaded areas. But stay assured that Vichy Idéalia Eyes not only acts instantly, but also improves and transforms skin over time - it's a win-win situation. I really love the formula - it's very light, but rich and hydrating at the same time. It sinks in almost immediately which means I can safely follow-up with my make up without any worries. As you can see the tip is quite different from the usual ones - it is made of ultra-soft, flexible silicone and was designed especially for the very delicate eye contour area. I actually quite like it, although I only use it to dispense a little bit of product around the eye and then gently dab it with my fingers - but the tip is prone to clogging, so I have to make sure to always wipe it clean after application. I think the issue is similar to Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Eye Cream (review). I've tried a fair share of eye creams over the years and this one has actually made the cut and I will definitely repurchase it.

What's your current eye cream?