Monday, 30 November 2009

New Ed Hardy fragrances for him and her!

I am loving the new Ed Hardy his-and-hers fragrance collection, because for once both fragrances are actually really nice!! The new range was inspired by Christian Audigier, the man responsible for the Von Dutch phenomenon, and created in homage to the famous Don Ed Hardy – the ‘godfather of the modern tattoo’. I'm not going to lie, I am not really an Ed Hardy fan (a bit chav for me!) but I really like both fragrances especially the male fragrance which is 'manly' according to boyfriend when I asked him for a description!! According to Ed Hardy the fragrances are sexy, fresh, modern, with a pinch of edge, a twist of cool and a stamp of individuality. I also like the cool tiger design on the male fragrance, which will make a cool Christmas present for your man.

What do you think - has anyone else tried the fragrances?

Saturday, 28 November 2009

No7 Christmas Limited Edition Highlighting Palette

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend, I am off to a friend's party tonight so thought I would share with you my latest party 'must-have'. I am a big fan of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks but can't normally afford the price tag but instead have found a great alternative in No7 Christmas Limited Edition Highlighting Palette (£13). Apparently last year's version sold-out quickly and I can see why. The palette contains a gorgeous, shimmering metallic gold which is designed to sculpt and define your best features.

It is really visible on your skin, even after an evening out dancing and looks great if you apply on your shoulders as well. Just make sure you don't over-do it though and apply carefully as a little bit goes a long way so you could end up looking a bit like a Christmas decoration!! If you spend over £22 you get a free gift as well, so perfect when Christmas shopping :)

What do you think - has anyone else tried this?

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Bourjois limited edition collection - Rendez-vous á Paris

Bourjois have launched a gorgeous limited edition collection called Rendez-vous á Paris, which consists of eight best-selling Little Round Pot Eyeshadows, and Blushers. The cute designs are by Parisian Illustrator Nathalie Lété and each pot has its own unique design celebrating famous Parisian landmarks. These gems are exclusive to and cost from £6.85 - click here to buy yours!

I love the texture and bronze shade of the Ambre d'Or but I must admit I was sold on the cute packaging.. how shallow am I?! Let me know if you have tried any of these out. I am looking forward to visiting the Bourjois stand at the Clothes Show next week as well for some bargains...:-)

Monday, 23 November 2009

My new Giles Deacon scarf!

Sorry for the lack of posts have been really busy at work :-( I promise to write a proper post tomorrow - I have been reviewing some lovely Lancôme products for the past few weeks so have got loads to write about!

Also my lovely Caramel Bunny Giles Deacon scarf arrived from the Nibbles Boutique, which I have worn every day so far! I love the unique pattern & how it brightens up any outfit!

Here is a photo of my scarf when it arrived! What do you think?

Thursday, 19 November 2009

bareMinerals has a new home ..... in Selfridges, London! Sadly I was unable to make the launch of the new boutique in London as I don't live there but was sent a lovely lipgloss to try out and review!

If you don't know much about bareMinerals, here is a bit more information. I am a massive fan of their foundation (like many fellow bloggers are!) as they only use the finest quality ingredients to give you everything you want without any harsh chemicals your skin doesn’t need. The bareMinerals formula represents the ideal mix of makeup and skincare, problem-solving cosmetics that perfect and pamper the complexion.

I tried out the Buxom Lip Polish (£16.50) in Candi. The pout-perfecting Buxom naturally creates the look of fuller, more voluptuous lips. Infused with 100% pure bareMinerals, it gives a luminous shine with no sticky or tacky feeling. Tingly, cooling sensation reminds you that lips are getting an immediate increase in fullness... hmmm a bit too tingly for my liking! I like the sheer colour that it gives you, but it tastes remarkably like fudge?! I think that's what it is like - has anyone else tried it!

Anyway all your London ladies pop down to Selfridges and let me know what you think of the new boutique!

For a more detailed review on the bareMinerals foundation range, check out this great review by the lovely Zoe.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Neutrogena Deep Moisture review

As a sufferer of dry skin, I LOVE Neutrogena's new intensive moisturising range, Deep Moisture. As you probably know I hate winter so much and live for the summer and have to moisturise constantly during the winter. I have been religiously testing out the Deep Moisture range the past few weeks and am loving it. I also like Garnier's Hydralock, which is similar but not as moisturising.

The Deep Moisture range promises to keep dry skin soft and supple for 24 hours after just one application, thanks to a new formula which allows the thick, fast-absorbing cream to penetrate through 10 layers of skin. Wow I didn't even realise I had ten layers of skin! The new range includes Deep Moisture body lotion for dry skin, Deep Moisture body lotion for sensitive skin and Deep Moisture Comfort Balm which can also be used on your face. My favourite is the body lotion which smells amazing and when applied is absorbed really easily, which is so important for me when buying a moisturiser!

So get down to your nearest drugstore and stock up for winter!!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Bulldog Anti-Ageing moisturiser for men

My boyfriend has been trying out the new latest addition to the Bulldog range, which is an Anti-Ageing moisturiser (£10.49)! My first comment is my boyfriend was totally unaware that he was using an anti-ageing product, so for all you ladies out there that are concerned about their man's skin you can subtly buy this for them! Here is a little bit more about the new moisturiser... it is dermatologically tested and has a non-greasy formula designed to target wrinkles and fine lines. It contains natural ingredients including tannic acid from oak apple, botanical silicon from millet seed, vitamin E and a unique blend of five essential oils, which combine to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and deliver younger looking skin in four weeks.

Both me and my boyfriend love Bulldog products, as they contain totally natural ingredients and are not tested on animals. The new moisturiser doesn't disappoint and smells lovely and you also don't need to use much so it will last a long time. My boyfriend also said it helped stop his skin get dry throughout the day. With regards to younger looking skin, I suggest using for at least eight weeks or longer to get proper results as it is unclear now if it actually works.

Who else is a fan of Bulldog products and would your man use anti-ageing products?!

Friday, 13 November 2009

My favourite blonde shampoos!

I thought I would write a quick piece about my favourite shampoos for blonde hair. I am always on the look out for new shampoos for blonde hair that make my highlights really shiny & keep my hair smooth.. hmm big ask!

My ultimate favourite is still the Schwarzkopf Gliss Kur Blonde shampoo that you can only get in Germany, not the UK (WHY WHY WHY?!) but have discovered three new favourites over the past few months to suit all budgets!

Low price

L’Oreal Paris Highlights Shampoo (£2.45)

What is says on the bottle

L’Oreal Paris have created a shampoo that provides targeted care for highlighted hair. With a new formula enriched with Royal Jelly and Brighteners, highlights are illuminated and the hair is left nourished and smoothed. The honey scented formula instantly delivers targeted care to damaged or dried out areas. It nourishes highlights to transform their surface for a rich and smooth feel.

What I say

I really like this shampoo and think it is a bargain for £2.45 as it leaves my hair lovely and soft. Plus I like how shiny and sleek it makes my hair, which other blonde shampoos don’t. I will keep using this shampoo mixed in with more expensive brands to look after my highlights.

Mid price

Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo (£5.49)

What is says on the bottle

Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo leaves hair looking and feeling super charged. With Pro-Blonde complex of panthenol, chamomile and moringa seed extract, otherwise known as Miracle Tree (a multi-tasking ingredient that helps keep hair squeaky clean, whilst encouraging natural shine to truly glow), this shampoo contains 21st century colour protection, that helps to stop that annoying fade caused by styling , sunlight and the damage caused by UV. Warning - This is a toning shampoo so you may find you need a break in-between washing to stop over toning.

What I say

I think this shampoo is great for use in the summer as it contains protection against UV rays so stops your highlights fading. It’s a bit too much to use every time I wash my hair, so favour this one when I am on holiday and in the sun!

High price

Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo (£12.95)

What is says on the bottle

Want to protect the vibrancy and longevity of your colour treated blonde hair, without disturbing or losing your hair’s colour molecules? Well, Joico’s Color Endure Violet Shampoo, will do just that using its Multi-Spectrum Defense Complex. Return the gleam to your golden hair Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo. This colour-maintenance shampoo will ensure your hair colour lasts longer; and your hair will become softer, more manageable and stronger. It will gently cleanses while protecting the vibrancy and longevity of your colour treated hair.

What I say

I love this shampoo, which justifies the high price tag. Joico’s products are a big favourite of mine as they really look after your hair and leave it SO soft it’s amazing! My highlights have definitely lasted longer and look super shiny too so a thumbs up from me!

So there you go… let me know what all you blondies think out there!!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Amazing Elemis Christmas sets!

Ok I know it is slightly early to be talking about Christmas presents BUT all the adverts are out in force now & the cold weather has made it feel ever so christmassy! I thought I would write about my favourite gift idea so far - the fabulous Christmas sets from Elemis that actually work out at fantastic value, saving £44 with this Perfect Radiance Kit (£45). Inside the kit you get:

Elemis Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser, 200ml
Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner, 200ml
Elemis Maximum Moisture Day Cream, 50ml
Elemis Maximum Replenish Night Cream, 20ml

My favourite item is the lovely Soothing Apricot Toner (£19) which also doubles-up as a refreshing facial spray! It is alcohol-free so really soothing and helps leave your skin clean and radiant - a worthy investment as the bottle is huge so will last ages. I love apricot product so much!

What do you think - who else likes the Elemis gift sets?

Monday, 9 November 2009

My weekend!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend, sorry for the lack of blogging I had my boyfriend's parents over staying with us from Germany so had to entertain! We went to Winchester to see some lovely fireworks with my friends, which was really good fun - loved the fireworks (see my photo above!) It was quite cold, so was glad of my lovely new Giles Deacon bunny scarf and Blistex Lip Massage to look after my exposed bits!! If you suffer from dry lips in the winter, I recommend trying this lip cream, as it actually massages your lips getting rid of rough bits and keeps them moisturised with shea butter and aloe vera. Plus it tastes good too so definitely try it out!

I have received several 'lovely blog' awards from Panda Does Make-up, Clearly Beautiful and Make-up Princess so thanks very much guys much appreciated!

So I have nominated seven other blogs for awards:

Zoe from Zoella
Charlotte from Lipglossiping

The Rules:

1. Add the logo to your blog.

2. Link to the person from whom you received this award

3. Nominate 7 or more blogs

4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are "One Lovely Blog"!

Friday, 6 November 2009

Amazing Wonderbra competition - win tickets to the Ultimate Strapless Party!

With invitations flooding in…the search for the ultimate strapless dress…the man you’ve had your eye on for months….it can mean only one thing – the Christmas party season has arrived!

Wonderbra is literally on hand with their most wanted Ultimate Strapless bra. Its hand shaped support will give you ultimate oomph so there’s no need to worry about it letting you down - it’s been made to stay up as long as you do!

Not only is Wonderbra giving 40 lucky girls and a friend the chance to get their hands on an Ultimate Strapless bra, they're also offering the chance to win exclusive tickets to the 'Ultimate Strapless Party', hosted at Soho’s ‘Punk’ nightclub on November 26th, an exclusive party venue and celeb hangout.

Invite only, the party will be the ultimate girls night out with our lovely friends at ASOS putting on a catwalk show, giving you an exclusive insight in to the hottest trends this Christmas. Kirsty Drury, top stylist to the likes of Kylie, Claudia Schiffer and Cat Deeley will also be on hand to share her top tips to ensure you’re looking your best under the mistletoe this year.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets EXCLUSIVE TO MY BLOG enter at - Good Luck!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

My favourite products in October

Is it me or has October felt like the longest month! On the plus side I did win a lovely scarf at the Cadburys boutique, which I am still waiting for and have received a few blog awards - thanks guys I will write about these tomorrow!! First though, here are few of my favourite items I have been using religiously this month!

I love the Aveda Smooth Infusion range, which is perfect for my wild, frizzy hair! The new Glossing Straightener smells really lovely and consists of a blend of plant-derived cellulose, wheat, organic aloe, maize and guar bean. It helps to keep my locks straight all day and the wheat protein protects the cuticle from heat damage caused by my lovely straighteners!

It's the first premium epilator from Braun which can be used in water to provide the gentlest form of epilation yet and gives you smooth, soft skin for up to four weeks. I have used epilators loads in the past and hated having to epilate seperately from having a shower (what a waste of time!!) Plus it's pretty gross having to clear up the hairs afterwards!! So the best bit about this epilator is you can use it in the shower AND the warm water soothes and relaxes your body, so hairs are removed as gently and pain-free as possible!! You are also not left with bumpy-red legs like you get after waxing.

I am a big fan of Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows and love the new shades that have a touch of glistening sparkle and last all day. Antique Gold is a lovely dark gold shade that I have been using all the time when I go out!

Max Factor Second Skin Foundation
I adore this new foundation and have been using it every day since I got it! The formula is designed to be virtually undetectable once it’s on your face, but to provide coverage that makes you look “naturally” perfect. Sounds almost too good to be true, but it gets better: the liquid formula also contains “multi tonal pigments” which will synchronise naturally with your skin. It gives you such a natural look and is a refreshing change to foundation that is thick and clumpy on your face! It is currently under £10 at Superdrug at the moment so well worth trying if you like the natural look like me!

If you suffer from dry, itchy skin they try out the Simple Derma range, which is ideal for very dry, sensitive skin. My boyfriend has really dry skin so can’t use many moisturisers, but he likes this one and goes through a bottle every month! It is specially formulated with Aquaxyl™ and Canola Oil which deeply hydrate and restore your skins natural moisture levels as it protects and prevents further moisture loss.

What are your favourite products of October?

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