Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A Pink Purchase

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Just a quick post to show you this pink blazer, which I purchased from ASOS. It was in the Sale and was reduced from £45 to £31.50, although now the pink blazer has gone back up to £45, for some reason. The blazer is also available in blue and in purple, which both cost £33.50.



Friday, 25 November 2011

Paris Sephora Haul


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As most of you probably know, a few weeks ago I went to Paris with my boyfriend, and of course I had to make a trip to Sephora! The Sephora was huge but mostly contained brands like DIOR, Urban Decay, Chanel etc. which I wasn't really interesting in, as obviously we have the brands in the UK and they were way more expensive in Paris! They did have a Makeup Forever counter and I did contemplate purchasing the HD foundation, but I'd only recentley purchased MAC Studio Fix Fluid, which I've been loving and using almost every day, so I decided against it. I did, however, purchase quite a few products from Sephora's own line.

I've just realised that I've forgotten to include the Sephora eyeshadow which I'm wearing in my Paris FOTN! Silly me! I will do a seperate post for this with a swatch soon!

Bronzer brush. Mattifying Foundation powder. Jumbo Liner '08 Gold'
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.(Left to Right) Lipsticks: Firework, Honey, Rendez-vous, Glamour
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.(Left to Right: Firework, Honey, Rendez-vous, Glamour, Gold Jumbo liner)

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Review: Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment


'This clinically proven cult classic is fortified with nature's powerful golden elixir, a rare powerful natural ingredient that's rich in essential lipids similar to those found in healthy hair. After just one treatment, this rich, velvety balm dramatically helps restore vibrant health and high-gloss shine to even the most damaged hair. Hair is soft, silky and manageable. Formulated without Preservatives, Water, Artificial Color and Silicones.'



I've actually been using several products from Ojon and I do have a seperate post on them, which will be up soon, but this review is going to be on the Restorative Hair Treatment.
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As I've mentioned before, I love hairmasks and use them religiously, at least once a week. Ojon is a brand, famous for their use of ojon oil - a highly moisturising and nourishing, natural plant extract found in the rainforests of Central America. The Restorative hair treatment is their 'cult product.'
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The hair treatment comes in a 100g brown tub. In the tub, the mask has a hard, paste-like consistensey, which when warmed between your palms, transforms into an oil. I've demonstrated this in the photos below. I apply the oil to dry hair, all over but concentrate it on the ends and then comb my hair through. I then wrap my hair in a towel. I like to leave the mask on for a few hours or sleep with it on, and wash it off in the morning, to really give it a chance to work, but you can leave it on for just 20 minutes. Something to consider, is the mask doesn't have the nicest smell. I don't particularly like the smell but it doesn't bother me, although I know other people have used it and absolutely hated the smell, comparing it to the smell of cigarettes!
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Afterwards, you simply shampoo and condition your hair to wash the mask out. As the mask is an oil, I'd advise always doing two shampoos, to really make sure you rinse the mask out. After repeatedly using this mask, along with other Ojon products, which I will do a post on soon, my hair has felt so soft and silky. It's looked shinier and healthier, and been so much easier to style. This is a new, must-have hair product for me!



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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

November Glossybox

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'The Christmas Gift-Guide: Part 1. The November and December Box are dedicated to helping you know exactly what to put on your wishlist / get as stockingfillers for your loved ones! This box features basic luxuries from new brands and new products from brands that you enjoyed in Glossybox before.'
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What was in the box:

Arbonne Ultra Hydrating Hand Créme
Dead Sea Spa Magik Delicate Boosting Mask
Illamasque Freak Eau De Parfum
Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer


The Products

The product I'm most excited to try is the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, which is for broken, damaged hair and promises to 'restore suppleness, elasticity, shine and bounce.' I've been really into hair products recentley, and I'm up for trying anything which will keep my hair in good condition, since I do straighten or curl it daily. I also really like the sound of the Dead Sea Spa Magik 'Delicate Boosting Mask' which is supposed to deeply nourish dry and sensitive skin because, as I've mentioned before, my skin can get quite dry in the Winter. The Arbonne Ultra Hydrating hand créme is the only product I've tried so far. It's got a lovely, silky texture, smells amazing and left my hands feeling soft and smooth.

The two products which excited me the least are the perfume sample and the nail wraps. Like many others, I am a bit tired of receiving perfume samples in the box. It is nice to try out different perfumes but it's not a very exciting product to receive, and perfume samples are so easy to get hold of! This month the sample was of Illamasqua's 'Freak.' I quite like the scent, but to me it smells more like a men's aftershave, so I don't think I'll use it. I do like the leopard print design on the nail wraps I received, but I'm not sure when I'll actually use them, as I'm not really a fan of patterned nails.

Conclusion

Although this box is probably my least favourite, out of the three Glossyboxes I've received so far, overall I am really pleased with the products. I'll probably not use the perfume sample or nail wraps but I do love the Elasticizer, face mask and hand cream, and can't wait to try them out properly! I think it would be nice to receive some more makeup though, as I love the Stila eyeliner which was in the October box! I'm keeping my fingers crossed there might be a makeup item included next month!

Glossybox for Men

Glossybox are also starting 'Glossybox for Men' - a box which will include 7 samples and will be delivered every 3 months. It will include products such as shower gel, shaving foam, deodrants, styling products, serums and fragrances. I signed up my boyfriend as part of his Christmas present! I'm sure he'll love it!

Monday, 21 November 2011

FOTN and Lashes


Here's a few FOTN photos I took when getting ready to go out to dinner with some friends. I got my eyelashes done at the salon where I work. They're the little clusters of lashes which last for about a week. I don't usually wear false lashes so it was a nice change for me to get them done! They're really easy to look after - you just need to be careful when washing your face, avoid using any oil-based products around the eye area, and you just use cotton pads soaked in baby oil to remove them. They give me an extra 5 minutes in bed in the mornings as I don't need to apply any mascara!



Smashbox Photofinish primer
Mac Select Cover-Up concealer (on imperfections and under eyes)
Mac Studio Fix Fluid
Bare minerals 'Warmth' bronzer
Rimmel 'Medium Shimmer' sunshimmer bronzer (on cheeks)
MAC Blot powder

Urban Decay eyeshadows - Creep (applied with angled eyeliner brush to top and lower lashline), Chopper (all over lid) and Half Baked (inner part of lid)
MAC Espresso eyeshadow (brows)
Lancome Hypnose mascara (on lower lashes only)
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MAC C-Thru tinted lipglass

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Storage & Organization 01



The photo above is of an area of my vanity. I store my makeup brushes in pink and blue polka-dot cups from EBAY, my Bare Minerals and shorter brushes in a plastic pot from an M&S dessert and my lipglosses are stored in a printed tub, which I got from a friend, years ago.There's also two shot glasses which contain all my hair pins and a spare brush head, a little trinket box which contains some earrings, my MAC Studio Fix Fluid box and MAC brush cleanser, which I don't really use anymore as I prefer to wash my brushes. I also have a Coastal Scents '88 Ultra Shimmer' eyeshadow palette, which is stored behind my makeup brushes.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Repurchase: The Sanctuary Hot Sugar Scrub

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I'm a big fan of The Sanctuary's products and have yet to use a product from their line, which I don't love! I actually did a mini review of the Hot Sugar Scrub last year, when I'd just started my blog!



It's one of my favourite Winter products as it's a thermal scrub and gives a lovely, warming sensation when first applied to the skin. It is quite an intense scrub - it's not harsh on the skin, but you can definitely feel it scrubbing away all the dead skin cells, and it leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth. It's a Winter must-have product for me!

The Sanctuary Hot Sugar Scrub costs £10.20 for a 550g tub and can be bought from Boots and The Sanctuary's website
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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

My Top 5: Lipglosses


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L'Oreal 'Coral Strass' Glam Shine lipgloss - I've mentioned this before in my Top 5 Drugstore Favourites. This has been a favourite lipgloss of mine for years, I absolutely love it! It's a pale pinky-peach shade with lots of shimmer and it's not at all sticky.

Clinique 'Airkiss' lipgloss - This was one of the Clinique freebies that came with Glamour magazine, a while back. I tend to wear it over nude lipsticks like 'Myth' to give a bit of gloss and a hint of colour, but it also looks pretty on it's own and gives the lips a subtle, pink gloss.

Victoria Secret Beauty Rush lipgloss - My mum went to America for work, a few years ago, and she bought me a huge giftset with all the different 'Beauty Rush' lipglosses they had out at that time. I always have at least one in my bag with me for applying throughout the day. At the moment I'm using 'Bubble It Up' - a shimmery, light pink which smells like bubblegum.

MAC 'Underage' tinted lipglass - MAC's tinted lipglasses are very sticky which I don't like, but they do have good lasting power and stay on the lips for a long time. 'Underage' is a gorgeous, milky baby pink which looks pretty on it's own or over a lipstick.

Benefit California Kissin' lipgloss - This lipgloss is designed to 'instantly brighten every smile' with the idea that the blue sheen makes teeth appear whiter. I don't really wear it on it's own but I love wearing it over lipsticks. It has a nice, minty smell too.

 (Left to Right: L'Oreal 'Coral Strass', Clinique 'Air Kiss', Victoria Secret 'Bubble It Up', MAC 'Underage', Benefit 'California Kissin'')

Monday, 14 November 2011

H&M and NEXT Haul


As some of you may know, I spent last week in Paris with my boyfriend, celebrating his 21st birthday, so obviously I haven't had a chance to blog. I've got lots of posts to do though, so I'm definitely going to try and get a few more up this week, including a Sephora haul!

All the items in this haul, I actually bought just before I went away, at the beginning of November. I was celebrating the end of my October shopping ban! I needed some more jumpers and wintery clothes, as it's getting so much colder out. H&M is one of my favourite shops, as they always have lovely clothes and it's not expensive. I don't usually shop in NEXT as I generally find the clothes to be overpriced, but I've been wanting a leopard print cardi for ages, and I love this one! I really liked the jumper too. I also treated myself to a new bottle of MAC's Studio Fix Fluid. I'd forgotten how much I like it and I much prefer it to MAC's Studio Sculpt foundation, which I loved at first, but I find it wears off during the day, leaving my makeup looking patchy. I will do a review soon!




Also, as I bought all these clothes a while ago, and I've since worn them all, I can't remember the exact prices! I think the H&M jumper was around £14.99, the H&M top was £12.99, the NEXT cardigan was around £25 and I can't remember the price of the NEXT jumper, maybe £18? MAC Studio Fix Fluid is £19.50.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Cheapsmells TIGI Giftset sale


I've mentioned the website Cheapsmells.com before, when they were having a sale on all their YSL products, including rouge volupte lipsticks. They are currently having another brilliant 7-day sale on TIGI hair giftsets.
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I ordered one of the giftsets, earlier this week, to give to my boyfriend's sister for Christmas. I chose the 'Smooth Radiance' giftset from the S-Factor line, which includes the Smoothing Shampoo, Smoothing Conditioner and Smoothing Lusterizer. The RRP price for this set is £30.95, but it cost me just £17.95 (including postage!)

It's such a lovely giftset, packaged nicely in a silver and white box, and all the products contained are full size (200ml) products, so it really is great value! The products all have a gorgeous, fruity scent too! I think this makes such a lovely Christmas gift (I know I'd be happy if I received one for Christmas!) and makes a nice alternative to toiletry gift sets.




Cheapsmells.com have lots of different giftsets available in the sale, with prices ranging from £11.95 to £17.95, but the sale ends tomorrow, so if you're going to order one, be quick! Link here.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

What was in my makeup bag: October



Benefit 'Hoola' bronzer, MAC 'Peachykeen' blush, NARS 'Orgasm' blush, AVON 'Blackest Black' glimmerstick liner, Sleek 'Babydoll' lipstick, MAC 'Viva Glam Gaga' lipstick, MAC 'Viva Glam Cyndi' lipstick, MAC 'Underage' tinted lipglass, Victoria Secret 'Caribberry' Beauty Rush lipgloss, Tess Daly 'Daly Kiss' lip balm (M&S), Paris Hilton mini perfume

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