Friday, 31 August 2012

Exclusive - River Island Autumn/Winter video

Is it me or the weather seems to suddenly have changed to Autumn? It actually feels quiet cold today and all the shops have their AW collections in store now.

I was contacted by River Island’s digital team if I would share the video on their new collection. Take an exclusive look at what Autumn/Winter 2012 at River Island has in store for you, as the camera goes behind-the-scenes on their new ad campaign shoot.

From the shadows of Futuristic Goth, the streets of Downtown New York and the opulent textures and fabrics of the Baroque era, River Island creates a lavish and distinctive look for autumn/winter 2012. The collection encompasses a wide range of unique hero pieces reflecting this season’s trends with accessories remaining a focal point, fusing together all the elements necessary for the season ahead.

Think Downtown with its relaxed styling, with oversized swagger coats layered over geo printed and graphic intarsia knits. Baroque with its tough leathers and wet look fabrics and Futuristic Goth with it's  medieval inspired black velvet, delicate lace, sheer and chiffon pieces. With River Island Autumn Winter never looked so good!

I am refusing to accept Summer is over, as lets face it, it never really got started! However, I did take a sneaky peak at the River Island collection online and *may* pay a visit sooner rather than later!!


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Clarins Autumn & Winter preview bloggers event

I was lucky enough to attend the Clarins Autumn preview event last week in London, checking out their upcoming launches for the rest of the year. I love Clarins events as they always make them personal and small enough so they can explain to you individually about all the upcoming product launches. They are also one of my favourite brands so I always look forward to their events!

This one didn’t disappoint. We were shown the new Ambre Minerale Autumn make-upcollection, plus some compacts from the Christmas Odyssey collection which are inspired from the Greek gods. As you know I am a sucker for packaging so I love this new launch particularly due to the stunning packaging. The Oydessy Eye Quartet (£30) is my favourite and includes a variety of brown eyeshadows plus a stunning gold colour that can be applied wet or dry. I love Clarins eye shadows as they are very pigmented and last all day, you hardly need to apply much to your brush or fingers. They are so smooth they can be applied easily with your fingers. A tip from the Body Shop’s Chase Aston which I haven’t forgotten, your (clean) fingers are your best tools for applying eyeshadow!

The  stunning Oydessy Eye Quartet (£30)

The yummy cakes!

I also love the Limited Edition Colour Accents Face and Blush Palette (£30) which compliments all skin types and tones. You simply blend the shades together for a luminous sheen or use individually for a highlighted effect and even reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines with the Light-Optimizing+ Complex. I don’t normally wear blushers as I have quite a red skin tone anyway, but this is lovely as it’s a mixture of bronzer and blusher so something a bit different. 

We were also colour matched by the lovely Marie (below) for the new Clarins Skin Illusion Mineral & Plant Extracts Loose Powder Foundation which I haven't tried yet but will keep you posted. The loose mineral powder contains Pink Opal Powder and Pink Algae Extract to boost radiance and hydrate. It costs £28 and will launch on 6th September 2012 at House of Fraser and everywhere else from 24th October 2012.

Thanks to Clarins for the invite to the event, I had a great time and was lovely to catch up with fellow bloggers Natalya, Leanne, Sarah and Hayley. I am really impressed by the new collections and feel Clarins has stepped up their efforts in their make up collections rather than focusing on just skincare. 

What do you think of the new collection, anything that catches your eye?

Friday, 3 August 2012

Win a year’s supply of John Frieda Sheer Blonde products

I have an exciting competition for a Friday afternoon! Thanks to John Frieda you could win a year’s supply of John Frieda Sheer Blonde products. The winner would receive 12 bottles of the range of their choice, one for every month! The winner may pick one of the following categories from the Sheer Blonde range: Lightening, Tone Correcting, Moisturising or Enhancing. To enter, watch the John Frieda exclusive Hair Bow tutorial video shown below and answer the question.

What does the third twist of the hair band do?


The John Frieda You Tube Channel is really useful as you can pick up some great hair tips for free. Visit to watch the videos and try out the hair bow style!

Giveaway Info & Rules

- Leave the answer to the question as a comment on this post and you may enter as many times as you like but please leave a few hours between each answer - nobody likes spam!
- Include your email address or Twitter within your answer so I can contact the winner
UK winner only
- Prize will be sent by John Frieda, so they are responsible for getting the prize to the winner
- Entrants under the age of 16 must have parental/guardian permission to participate
- The winner will receive a year’s supply of John Frieda products (12 bottles of each product)
- The winner may pick ONE of the following categories from the Sheer Blonde range: Lightening, Tone Correcting, Moisturising or Enhancing

Good luck! I will pick a winner next Friday 10th August 2012. 
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