Sunday, July 28, 2013

The #JulyLondonMeetUp Haul Post

I'm so excited about this haul post! Yesterday, I was one of 30 beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers at the #julylondonmeetup and what a lovely day it was (thanks to Helen). It was even more amazing because it finally marked the end of the the two-month spending ban I'd been on with Sasha, Poppy and Rachel, so we could all treat ourselves to some sweet beauty treats. I clearly took advantage of this momentous day and bought a lot of pretty things. I'll go from left to right, as always.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sorbet
I've been using the Candy Apple lip butter for a while now and I love that its moisturising and has great colour pay-off too. I got Sorbet as it always looks lovely when people blog about it and it's a gorgeous raspberry shade. Perfect for this time of year.

MAC Powder Blush in Full Fuschia
I've been wanting a fuschia blusher for yonks, so took the plunge and tried this one out at the MAC Pro Shop. You literally need the tiniest dot of this per cheek - it's such a pretty colour if you've got slightly darker than fair skin. I'm going to love applying this with my Real Techniques blush brush. 

Mavala Nail Polishes in Bali and Milano
Mavala's range of colours is really something - I was drawn to Bali after seeing a picture of it on Twitter and Milano reminded me of the Grape Clinique nail polish I've been lusting over.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
It's no secret that this is the best top coat around - I just hadn't got round to buying one yet. I'm really looking forward to trying this bad boy out. 

La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
This was a repurchase - it's currently my skin care essential and I won't be without it.

Bumble and Bumble Mending Masque
Since having a quick browse in Boots, I've been lusting over a Bumble and Bumble hair mask. Poppy and I went a bit crazy and wanted everything - but I managed to choose the best mask for what my hair needs right now. At a price of £22.50, it better be good stuff!

Topshop Nail Polishes in Aurora and Suffuse 
I've got the Mermaid Topshop Nail Polish, which is like a silver version of Suffuse, and I absolutely adore it. I've had my eye on Aurora for ages and Suffuse was so stunning that I just had to have it.

Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam
This is such a pretty highlighter! It's like Benefit's Sun Beam in powder form (which I prefer for blushers and highlighters) and it's gold and shimmery but subtle too. This will be a firm favourite for Summer.

What have you bought recently? xxx

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Beauty Steal #15

This week we have another amazing product from the Space.NK sale - the Laura Mercier Limited Edition Cake Eyeliner Palette, which is now only £7 (down from £28). I think you'll agree that's a serious steal!

What is it?
The Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner Palette comprises three blue shades of 'cake' eyeliner, which is applied by dipping a flat eyeliner brush into water and working the liner into a paste. It has been dermatologically tested to prevent any allergies and was found to be safe for use around the eyes. 

What do I like about it?
The two words 'cake' and 'eyeliner' don't really come together that often, so I am intrigued by the product and its effect when mixed with water. I also love blue shades and particularly like the smoky blue on the far left - you could easily update your FOTD for the evening by adding a darker colour on top of the existing liner for more intensity.

Why is it a steal? 
The price speaks for itself - it's way over 50% off. Laura Mercier is also a well-loved brand and blue is a popular colour for eyeshadow, so the fact the palette of 3 is up for grabs for under a tenner is pretty damn amazing. I'd definitely try it.

The Laura Mercier Limited Edition Cake Eyeliner Palette is available here.

What do you think of this week's beauty steal? xxx

Friday, July 26, 2013

Champneys Energising Lime Collection

To say that I'm excited about the Champneys Energising Lime collection would be an understatement. It's no secret that I love citrus scents, especially when they've been mixed with mint oil, so I was instantly drawn to all five products. 

From left to right, we have the Body Wash (£8, 300ml), Bath & Shower Oil (£8, 250ml), Hydrating Gel (£8, 300ml), Lime Body Souffle (£10, 300ml) and Lime Foaming Body Scrub (£10, 350ml). All of the products are infused with lime extract, peppermint oil and water lily extract.

These are all out now at Boots and available from Champneys too. They are must-have products in my fruit-loving eyes!

Have you ever tried a Champneys product? xxx

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Beauty Shots: Superdrug Christmas Collection

Writing about Christmas collections in July will always be strange to me, but it's always interesting to see what will shine on the highstreet shelves later in the year. Yesterday, I popped along to the Superdrug Christmas cosmetics and bath & body preview and wanted to share my edit of the best bits with you. As far as I know, all of the products roll out to every store in October, and selected stores in September. They will also be available at half price in October, which is always music to beauty lovers' ears!



What are your favourite beauty buys from the Christmas collection? xxx

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Atelier Cologne Collection Métal: Silver Iris

It's rare for me to fall in love with a brand instantly, but I'm pretty sure I'm besotted with Atelier Cologne. Founded by two lovers devoted to scents, Atelier Cologne is hands down the most luxurious and elegant fragrance company I've ever come across. And its new Metale collection - with glass bottles coated in silver and gold - doesn't disappoint.

Pictured above is my favourite scent of the two - Silver Iris. As with every Atelier Cologne fragrance, Silver Iris has its own story, and this one is about a woman who finds love. The story in full is:

'A woman of such intimidating beauty and sparkling vitality gained the adoration of everyone around her. However, no one knew what she had been through. With her wild spirit, she was tough, stronger than metal and never looked back. When she met him, for the first time in her life, she could stand still. She may have found the absolu man '

Then we have the fragrance itself, which is infused with some seriously stunning ingredients. Every Cologne Absolue fragrance blends citrus with precious raw materials, making them long-lasting and highly concentrated. Silver Iris is concentrated at 18% and has top notes of Italian tangerine, Chinese pink pepper and blackcurrant from Burgundy; heart notes of violet leaves, iris Pallida and mimosa; and base notes of Indonesian patchouli, white amber and Brazilian tonka bean. It smells absolutely incredible and I definitely prefer it over the Gold Leather fragrance, which is quite musky and is made to smell like Cognac.

However, I can't avoid the elephant in the room when it comes to pricing - it's expensive beyond belief! But I do think it is worth the money as Atelier Cologne uses rich, high-quality ingredients to create a powerful scent, and the founders' hearts are completely in it. It's £200 for a 200ml spray bottle of Silver Iris, with a 30ml travel size and personalised scarlet leather engraved case and cap. 

Have you tried a fragrance by Atelier Cologne? xxx

Monday, July 22, 2013

Beauty Looks A-Z: Riviera

When I was younger, I was lucky enough to be whisked away by my aunt and uncle to the South of France, which is one of the most gorgeous places I've ever been to. I'll never forget how luxurious everything is there and will definitely be going back again some time soon.

In memory of my trip, this week's beauty looks post is dedicated to the French Riviera. Enjoy!

Here's the products I'd throw into my beach bag:
Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner (£2.99, 200ml)
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique EDT (£67.49, 100ml)
Guerlain Terracotta Terra Nerolia Tan Enhancing Bronzer (£35.20)
Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask (£29, 50ml)
Balmain Hair Creme Hydratante (£20, 250ml)
Piz Buin After Sun Tan Intensifier (£11.49, 200ml)
Melvita Orange Blossom Water (£15.50, 100ml)
Daniel Sandler Instant Tan Wash Off Face Powder (£22.50)
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (£30, 50ml)
Dior 1 Coleur Eye Gloss Fresh Luminosity and Crystal Shine in Golden Sand (£16, 6ml)
Dr Hauschka Normalising Day Oil (£24.25, 30ml)
Vichy Purete Thermale One Step Cleanser 3 in 1 (£11.25, 200ml)

What do you think of this week's beauty look? xxx

A for Atomic
B for Burlesque
C for Caribbean
D for Dynamite
E for Enchantment
 F for Fantasia
G for Gatsby
H for Halo
I for Indigo
J for Jelly
K for Khaki
L for Lemon & Lime
M for Morello Cherry
N for Neverland
O for Ocean Blue
P for Pearl
Q for Quads

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Samples I Picked Up From Pegasus' Beauty Showcase

For today's post, I thought I'd show you the bits and bobs I was lucky enough to pick up at this year's Pegasus PR Beauty Showcase. 

I was beyond excited to finally get my hands on some coconut oil from the Holland & Barrett stand after the countless recommendations from many fab beauty bloggers about restoring moisture and shine to my hair. I was also intrigued by the hyaluronic acid supplements and lavender essential oil with the grapeseed oil base, so I grabbed those while I could.

Then we have the stunning Nefertiti Steam Cream tin, which I really love, and some healthy hair supplements called Viviscal. My hair has been breaking so much recently, so I thought I'd give the supplements a go.

I've got lots of other products to show you from the day that I received this week, so watch this space! 

Have you tried any of these products? xxx

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Saturday Beauty Steal #14

In this hot weather, my favourite part of the day is having a much-needed cool shower in the evening. I love using fruity shower gels that smell divine and lather up like a dream, so this week's beauty steal is dedicated to The Body Shop's Raspberry Shower Gel, which is currently £3 (250ml) in the sale.

What is it?
The Body Shop's Raspberry Shower Gel is what it says on the pink bottle - a raspberry-scented shower gel. It's a soap-free product and its ingredients include citric acid and glycerin. Other 'flavours' available for £3 include blueberry, passionfruit and papaya.

What do I like about it?
Anything that smells or tastes like raspberry will have my immediate attention. Everyone knows that Body Shop shower gels smell fantastic and (some of them) even smell like the fruit itself. It's cheap and cheerful and made by a high-quality brand. What's not to like?

Why is it a steal? 
According to the comments from customers who have used this product, a little goes a long way, which means paying £3 for a 250ml bottle will be well worth it. The Body Shop is a respected brand that produces high-quality products, and the majority of shower gels brought to market are fruity and fun. All things considered, for a grand total of £3, what have you really got to lose?

You can buy The Body Shop's Raspberry Shower Gel here.

What do you think of this week's beauty steal? xxx

Friday, July 19, 2013

Week In Beauty Launches: Denman Brushes, QMS Medicosmetics & Mary Kay

Denman's Tutti Frutti Brush Range (£7.52 each). Available in Orange Tango, Wild Dewberry, Lemon Sherbet, Green Apple and Strawberry Shortcake. Available here.

QMS Medicosmetics' Cellular Sun Protection SPF50 (£67 for 30ml). UVA/UVB protection with vitamin E and shea butter. Available here.

Mary Kay Limited Edition Beauty That Counts NouriShine Lip Gloss in Celebrate (£10 for 4.5ml). Contains pomegrante sterol to strengthen the skin barrier, and aloe to soften and calm. Available here.
Mary Kay Limited Edition Beauty That Counts Creme Lipstick in One Woman Can (£13 for 3.6g). Longwear, light and creamy lipstick with vitamins E and C. Available here.

 What do you think of these beauty launches? xxx

Thursday, July 18, 2013

One To Watch: Dahliana

When it comes to skin care, I generally stick to what works. But, at the same time, I don't want to miss out on the next big thing, so I'm always on the hunt for new products to try. 

It's rare that I get excited about a skin care brand, especially when its new to the UK, but I find Los Angeles' Dahliana to have refreshing products made with basic, fresh ingredients. I like that the brand is all about using fruit stem cell technology and organic components to reduce visible signs of skin ageing. 

So, as you can imagine, when I received the Overnight Fruit Lift Cream from the lovely A Beautiful World, I just couldn't wait to get it out the box and see what the fuss was all about.

As you can see, the packaging is simple and clear, which says a lot about the brand. I love the simplicity and purity of the product and my first impression is that my skin won't be overwhelmed by it.

Then we have the cream itself. I'm not going to lie - I was taken aback when I saw what essentially looks like custard for my face - but I was more concerned with the texture of the cream, which was light and non-greasy.

The Overnight Fruit Lift Cream is meant to be a hybrid product - somewhere between a peel and a mask. It exfoliates, encourages cell turnover and boosts collagen production, which all equals brand new, refreshed skin in the morning.

The key ingredients here are fruit stem cells, pharma-grade co-enzyme Q10, natural alpha hydroxy acids and fresh, organic acerola cherry juice.

In one word - yum. What a skin care treat!

Would you try this overnight cream? xxx

*This is a PR sample. All views are my own

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream

If I'm really honest, night cream has never appealed to me - it's one of those things I've bought before and have been left disappointed. In general, I find a lot of night creams to be really heavy and thick, making my freshly cleansed skin oily and sticky, so I tend to avoid them.

But sometimes there's brands out there that intrigue you and make you want to try things you haven't wanted to before, and Trilogy is one of those brands for me. I always hear amazing things about the brand's Rosehip oil, so when I was given a sample of the brand new Rosapene Night Cream earlier this month, I decided to give it a go.

When you first open the box, there's a black spatula for use with the cream and the product itself underneath. My first impression of the Rosapene Night Cream was that it smelled exactly like the Clarins Lotus Facial Treatment Oil, which is a great thing. In terms of its ingredients, the cream is infused with Trilogy's Rosapene oil blend, which is rich in antioxidants, goji and manuka honey.

The cream is white in colour and has a light-to-medium texture to it. It applies smoothly to the face and you'll need a couple of applications to see how much you need - although I overused the product for the first couple of times, I used less thereafter and got better results.

It does take a couple of minutes to soak in, so I try and apply it a few minutes before I actually go to bed so there's no risk of the product coming off on my pillow. When I wake up in the morning, my skin looks full of moisture and has a healthy glow to it, which is a good sign that the product works well with my skin.

It costs £28.50 for 60ml, which is a little expensive, but I believe in paying good money for good skin care products and think a little bit more money goes a long way. As obvious as it sounds, it is your face and the skin is your largest organ - if you invest in it, it will be worth it.

What's your favourite night cream? xxx

*This is a PR sample, but all views are my own

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What's On My Post-Ban Wish List?

Not only did I go on a spending ban for 2 months, but also I made the really shocking decision to continue the ban with the three other lovely ladies until the #julylondonmeetup on the 27th of July.

I can't deny that I'm proud of what we've done - but I'm definitely ready to splash my cash on the finest beauty currently has to offer.

So this post is all about what's on my post-ban wish list - I'm SO looking forward to getting my hands on these bad boys.

1. Revlon Suede Lipstick in Finale
Absolutely gorgeous raspberry pink lipstick. I keep seeing this all over the blogs and I'm desperate to pucker up and try this out. I'll definitely be buying one or two of these lipsticks.

2. Bodhi Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Salt Scrub
I just love the sound of every Bodhi product and the perfect one to start with would be this salt scrub, as these are generally my favourite bath/body product.  

3. Dr Hauschka Rose Body Moisturiser
I've been using the Dr Hauschka Lemon/Lemongrass Body Moisturiser since I bought it from Feel Unique a while ago and I love the formula. I'm keen to try some other scents and see what I like the best, so I'd like to start with rose.

4. Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Mask
I love anything with hyaluronic acid in it and Rodial's Dragon's Blood range has intrigued me for some time now. I've heard some great things about it, so I'll be giving this a go as soon as I can. 

5. Ben Nye Banana Powder
I have been craving this product so much after several twitter conversations. Everyone was buying one at IMATS and it just looks like such a lux product. I want! 

6. Lush Emotional Brilliance Lipstick in Confident
I'm a big fan of the Lush Emotional Brilliance range - the pigmentation is amazing and the colours are so pretty. I'd love to give this one a go. 

7. Sai Sei Mineral Seaweed Bath Crystals
I had a sniff of this when I popped by Space.NK the other day and fell in love. Sea + bath + seaweed = pampering perfection. 

8. Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil
It's about time I tried a product from Bumble and Bumble - it's just a case of what one to pick up. I love the look of this oil and it also comes in such a cute orange bottle. 

What's on your wish list at the moment? xxx

Monday, July 15, 2013

Beauty Looks A-Z: Quads

If you're a lover of eyeshadow and lip palettes, then you'll know that the best things come in fours. We're simply spoilt for choice when it comes to eyeshadow colours - you can buy four colours and chop and change your look depending on your mood or plans for that day.

That's why my 'Q' beauty looks post is dedicated to every make-up addict's best friend - the quad.

Here's my pick of gorgeous eye and lip quads:
BECCA Eye Colour Quad in Astro Violet (£35)
Illamasqua 4-Colour Liquid Metal Palette (£30.79)
CK One Powder Eyeshadow Quad in Smoking (£25)
Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Addictive (£7.99)
Sleek Lip 4 Lipstick Palette in Tease (£8.99)
Rimmel Colour Rush Quad Eyeshadow (£1.50)
Lancome Ombre Absolue Quad Babydoll (£33)
bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Quad in The Dream Sequence (£29)
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche in Beige Trench (£7.99)
Daniel Sandler Eye Quad in Beyond Sunset (£28)
Rimmel London GlamEyes Quad Eyeshadow in State of Grace (£6.99)
Sleek Lip 4 Lipstick Palette in Showgirl (£8.99)

What do you think of this week's beauty look? xxx

A for Atomic
B for Burlesque
C for Caribbean
D for Dynamite
E for Enchantment
 F for Fantasia
G for Gatsby
H for Halo
I for Indigo
J for Jelly
K for Khaki
L for Lemon & Lime
M for Morello Cherry
N for Neverland
O for Ocean Blue
P for Pearl

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Beauty Shots: Autumn Avon & GOSH

Beauty bloggers, meet the A/W 13 make-up marvels from highstreet favourite GOSH Cosmetics and the amazing Avon. I will review some of the samples for you in another post, but for now I just wanted to get some shots up for you stat so you could see what's in store. 

I believe the Avon collection is out on the 24th of August, and the GOSH collection is available exclusively in Superdrug from the 31st of July. Prepare to say hello to your purse!


Ultra Colour Lip Crayons in Reddy For Me, Showstopper Pink,
Notice Me Nude, Carefree Coral, Fresh Fuschia and Risque Rose

True Colour 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palettes in The Nudes and The Metallics

True Colour Eyeshadow Quad
in Urban Skyline

True Colour Eyeshadow Quad in Jeans


Nail Lacquers in Kind of Pink, Frosted Silver, Frosted Purple, Frosted Gold,
Mysterious Mauve and Denim Delight

Darling Lashes Extreme Volume Mascara (Black)
and Waterproof Volume Mascara (Black)

CC Cream Illuminating Foundation in Porcelain, Ivory, Sand,
Natural, Honey and Golden

BB Powder in Sand, Beige, Warm Beige and Chestnut

What are your favourite products from the A/W collections? xxx

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Guest Post: Prep & Prime For Flawless Foundation

Be sure to remove all your makeup and use a night cream. If you have dry skin, add in a night serum or oil to hydrate your skin overnight - this will be a total lifesaver. 

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, put a clay mask on oily spots and keep it on overnight to clear pores and create a smoother base in the morning. But don’t skip out on night skincare if you have oily skin because you think it will increase the oil - your skin needs a break to recharge overnight with some moisturiser.

Although it’s always a good idea to exfoliate, don’t do it more than once per week. Exfoliation is great for removing dead skin cells from your face that foundation may cling to on application, but don’t overdo it or you may enhance the appearance of dry or oily spots.

Before applying foundation
Cleanse and use a toner - rose water toner is my favorite! Toner is an important step because it restores the balance to your skin. 

Next, you should use a primer. Primers are essential because they completely smooth out your skin and give your foundation a clean base to adhere to. They also help foundation to last longer. To create a smoother look, find a primer that has silicone in its ingredients list.

After applying foundation
When you’re done applying your foundation, it's sometimes nice to spritz more toner on your face because it sets your foundation and gives it a more skin-like, flawless appearance.

Thanks for reading xxx

This post was written by Kelly from A Thing of Beauty who won the third place prize in my guest post giveaway.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Beauty Looks A-Z: Pearl

I'm just going to come out and say it - I love shiny things. Anything that glitters, sparkles and shimmers should have my name on it #fact.

I think pearly, glowy highlighters are perfect for the summer, as are metallic, shimmery nail lacquers. So, for this week's beauty look, I've chosen P for Pearl.

Here's the products you need to be pretty in pearl:
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Nail Polish in Pink Pearl (£11)
Giorgio Armani Cosmetics Madreperla Veil (£34.50)
Sjal Pearl Enzyme Exfoliating Mask (£138, 60ml)
Suqqu Limited Edition Face Colour Palette (£50)
Lancome Genifique Yeux Eye Pearl (£45,20ml)
Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick in Brilliant Bare (£20)
Max Factor Max Effect Dip-In Eyeshadow in Silver Lounge (£5.99)
Pearl Drops Daily Tea and Coffee Toothpaste (£3.99, 50ml)
Butter London Pearly Queen Nail Lacquer (£12, 11ml)
Nivea Pearl & Beauty Roll-On Deodorant (£2.10, 50ml)
Soap and Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder (£11)
LOOK Nail Pop in Pearl Effect (£5, 10ml)

What do you think of this week's beauty look? xxx

A for Atomic
B for Burlesque
C for Caribbean
D for Dynamite
E for Enchantment
 F for Fantasia
G for Gatsby
H for Halo
I for Indigo
J for Jelly
K for Khaki
L for Lemon & Lime
M for Morello Cherry
N for Neverland
O for Ocean Blue

Sunday, July 7, 2013

200 Followers Giveaway!

First things first, thank you SO much to all my followers. I was so excited to hit the 200 mark and now I've got another 30 on top of that - amazing!

To celebrate this milestone, I'm giving away the gorgeous goodies above. From left to right, you could win the LUSH Emotional Brilliance Lipstick in Ambition, DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX, Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil, a MAC lipstick of your choice and the LUSH Mermaid Bath Ballistic.

As always, the winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter (see below). Good luck!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Smooth Sundays Giveaway: Win A Philips Lumea Precision Plus Hair Removal System

Do you ever wish you had an alternative to shaving so you could avoid the lumps and bumps and spend your time on something more interesting? I've got the perfect giveaway for you!

I've been given the chance to give away a Philips Lumea Plus Hair Removal System worth a whopping £450. Those of you who enter will need to agree with your best friend to take turns and trial the product for 8 weeks, doing the treatment on alternate Sundays to your partner (hence the Smooth Sundays giveaway). 

You will also be asked to complete 2 questionnaires, and on completion you will get another Lumea Precision Plus so both of you have one for future fluff removal! 

How to enter:
You must be at least 18 years old to take part in this giveaway
Leave a comment on this post stating who you would share the prize with, as well as your email address and/or Twitter handle
Follow @shotofbeauty and tweet about this giveaway (one tweet per person)

What's your top tip for hair removal? xxx

Saturday Beauty Steal #13

Everyone luxury beauty lover out there is well aware that Space.NK has an epic sale on at the moment. So, for this week's Saturday Beauty Steal, I searched the virtual shelves for some of the best bargains available.

I was thrilled when I came across this 3-piece Aromatherapy Associates Life Essentials Set for just £12.50 (50% off). What a bargain for a high-quality brand like AA!

What is it?
The Aromatherapy Associates Life Essentials set includes 3 7.5ml bath and shower oils - Relax (for a good night's sleep, with vetivert, chamomile and sandalwood), De-Stress (to calm and clarify your thoughts, with lavender, ginger, rosemary and black pepper) and Revive (to invigorate and energise, with pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper berry).

What do I like about it?
Any beauty product that is associated with relaxation or sleep is a dream to me, so using the Relax and De-Stress oils in the bath and shower would be heaven. Those of you who read my blog will also know that I love invigorating citrus scents (especially pink grapefruit), which makes me love the idea of the Revive oil too. The great thing about this set is the V factor - variety. It caters to several different moods and enables you to switch it up when you feel like something new. The set also acts as a tester, so you can try before you buy a full-size bottle of your favourite scent.

Why is it a steal?
Not only is the set currently 50% off its normal price (a steal in itself), but also you are getting three high-quality oils from a top class aromatherapy brand for less than 15 quid. This deal is so good - if I wasn't on a spending ban I'd be taking full advantage!

You can buy the Aromatherapy Associates Life Essentials Set here

What do you think of this week's beauty steal? xxx

Friday, July 5, 2013

Beauty Shots: Harvey Nichols

Today marked my first (and definitely not last) visit to beauty paradise - AKA BeautyMart. I know - I can't believe I hadn't been there yet either!

Like most beauty bloggers, I spend a lot of time thinking about fresh, exciting post concepts for my readers, and I've always wanted to go along to a beauty store or counter and capture exactly what I found myself lusting after at the time. And that's exactly what I did today.

Oh, and I popped along to Space.NK too. Given that I'm on a spending ban, the word 'willpower' certainly comes to mind...


NEW IN: EOS Hand Lotions. L-R: Petals, Cucumber and Berry Blossom

NEW IN: Swatches of the ILIA Lipstick Crayons

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Flush

Revlon Liquid Quick Dry, Quick Dry Base Coat and Quick Dry Top Coat

HIPP X RGB Nail Foundations

Japonesque Safari Chic Bronzer Brush


NARS Blush in Gaiety

NARS Eyeshadow Duos in South Pacific, Mad Mad World and Cleo
Life NK Parsley & Mint and Tomato & Rhubarb Candles

Lipstick Queen China Town Glossy Pencils

What would you like to buy from BeautyMART and Space.NK? xxx

Thursday, July 4, 2013

A/W 2013 Beauty Buys: Steam Cream & Collection

Steam Cream 2013 Halloween Edition
Steam Cream 2013 London Fashion Week Edition
Steam Cream Christmas Editions

Last night, I went along to the amazing Pegasus PR beauty showcase and spotted some gorgeous launches for A/W 2013. Pictured above are three of the Steam Cream limited edition sets (Halloween, London Fashion Week and Christmas). I love the design of the Halloween one, the LFW is a couture classic and the Christmas pots are pretty pretty pretty.

But the star of the show in terms of launches for A/W was Collection - I couldn't believe how stunning the Gothic Glam lipsticks were (out in October). Below is my favourite one of the three - Revenge. The colour is so intense and it only costs £2.99 - a serious steal! The deep purple one is also a fantastic dupe for Tom Ford's Black Orchid.

Then we have this lovely, vibrant mascara due for launch at the end of August. The brush is one of those with tiny bristles to make sure that every lash is covered. It will be available in black and ultra black, and costs around £3–£4.

What do you think of these new beauty products? xxx

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