Friday, 23 November 2012

Beauty advent calendars

I am so excited for Christmas now thanks to my lovely beauty calendar from Latest in Beauty and YOU Magazine. Let’s face it, receiving beauty products every morning is waayy more healthy than chocolate! It’s huge and sits proudly in my window ready for 1st December. I can’t wait to open the first window!

The calendars are on sale for £59.95 but contain over £210 worth of a wide range of beauty products from some top beauty brands including Benefit, ESPA, L’Occitane, Philosophy, Eve Lom, St Tropez, Dermalogica and many more. The products are also small sizes so perfect for taking away when you travel hand luggage only, like I do a lot!

The products you will find inside are:

·         Jo Hansford Intensive Masque (40ml)
·         Nicky Clarke Instant Calmer (30ml)
·         Bioeffect EGF Serum (3ml)
·         Balm Balm Organic Lip Balm (7ml)
·         Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation (7.5ml)
·         Philosophy 3-in-1 Cleanser (30ml) or Daily Facial Wash (30ml)
·         The Vintage Cosmetic Company Eyelash Curler
·         STEAMCREAM Moisturiser (75g; designs vary),
·         Aromatheraphy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (3ml)
·         EVE LOM Rescue Mask (15ml)
·         Balance Me Radiance Face Oil (10ml)
·         St.Tropez Instant Glow Body Lotion (50ml)
·         Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ (2.5ml)
·         ESPA Lift & Firm Moisturiser (7ml) and Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Serum (3ml)
·         Yardley Refreshing Body Spray (75ml – fragrances vary)
·         MAVALA Rouge Rubis Nail Varnish (5ml)
·         Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (3g)
·         L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (10ml)
·         Richard Ward Volumiser Root Booster (50ml)
·         Dermalogica Favourites Pack (7ml,7ml,sachet, 5ml)
·         Bellápierre Eye Shadow (2.35g)
·         Mirenesse Lip Lift Moisture Shine (1.5g)
·         Mont Bleu Crystal Nail File (90mm)
·         AS London Candle. Contents may vary.

Liz Earle have also produced their own beauty advent calendar as well, which you can buy here for £100 if you want to stick to one brand. Selfridges also had one as well but that has sold out now.

What do you think of beauty advent calendars, will you be buying one this Christmas?

Friday, 2 November 2012

Clinique launch Chubby Sticks Intense

I was very excited to attend the Clinique bloggers Cocktail party last week to find out more about their new launches, including the new Clinique Chubby Stick Intense. I am a huge fan of the original sheer Chubby Sticks from Clinique and have a couple in my handbag at all times. You can read my review of the original chubby sticks here, which launched last year. 

The Intense Chubby Sticks launch this week, costing £16 each. The new range have the same crayon-like large barrels and offer the benefits of a balm but have a much more pigmented and fuller coverage formulation than the original shades. There are eight new shades in the range: Curviest Caramel, Chunkiest Chilli, Heftiest Hibiscus, Mightiest Maraschino, Plushest Punch, Roomiest Rose, Broadest Berry and Grandest Grape. I tried the Plushest Punch and as you can see by the swatch it’s much more intense and more like a lipstick when it comes to coverage. I did have a shock when I applied for the first time in the office, it was very bright!! They are so moisturising for your lips and really worth trying if you have dry lips and find lipsticks can dry your lips out. Personally I’d like to try a nuder shade, as I find reds and pinks too bright for every day use but still love the shades. Hopefully they will expand the range to more pinkier/nude shades in the future!

The Cocktail party itself was lovely and in the most stunning of locations in a penthouse overlooking London and right next to Selfridges! Here are a couple photos from the event, look how stunning the penthouse flat is!I also got to meet the lovely Dutchess Roz and catch up with other bloggers who I haven't seen in ages and try yummy cocktails! Thanks to Clinique for hosting a great event it was the nicest event I have attended for a long time.

Yummy macaroons!

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