Saturday 28 February 2015

Spot the Difference - Shopping for Premium Beauty Product Dupes

I set myself a shopping challenge for last week’s half-term. The kids were on school hols, so I knew I wouldn’t be spending as much time writing the blog as usual.

To make-up, I decided to do a bit of dupe spotting while out and about. Before I go on, I should probably explain. We were staying with my parents. I knew I’d be able to slope off for a bit of solo shopping – as any parent will know, shopping + kids simply do not compute! I also knew I’d only need to pop into two shops to complete my challenge!

Thursday 26 February 2015

REVIEW: Proskins Gold Anti-Ageing Eye Mask – With Real 24 Karat Gold!

It’s easy to see why beauty products that treat as we sleep are becoming so popular. We lead busy lives juggling work, family and some semblance of a social life.

We’re often too tired or don't have time to spend 20 minutes labouring over an evening skincare routine. We want a quick and easy option – though it must be effective (we’re not one for compromise!)

The idea of a mask that we can pop on and leave, and by morning has rejuvenated our skin, is alluring indeed.

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Lip Balms on Test – Trilogy, Dr Lipp, Elemis, By Terry

I’ll be glad to see the back of Winter – if only for the sake of my poor lips. I’ve been getting through so much balm. It’s not been unseasonably cold or windy, so I’m guessing the main cause of my dehydrated smackers is central heating. 

I have four lip soothers on the go – one I keep in the bathroom, another in my bedroom, a third in the kitchen and the fourth in my make-up bag. One is an old favourite, another a workhorse, the third decadently luxurious and the final one, well, a massive disappointment!

Trilogy Everything Balm


Friday 20 February 2015

NEW: MAC, REN, L’Oreal Paris, Bobbi Brown, Eve Lom

Spring is in the air – well almost. The days are certainly getting longer, the sun is out and about (albeit betwixt rainy days) and the daffodil bulbs are pushing through.

The dawning of a new season is a time of change, and not just for our gardens.  Beauty looks are changing too, calling us to freshen-up our make-up bags and skincare stashes. Whether you’re wanting to follow trends or not, here’s my pick of latest new product launches.

MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection – March


Wednesday 18 February 2015

NEW LAUNCH REVIEW: Benefit’s Puff Off! – With Before + After Pics

You know how it often is. You’re made to wait for something you want desperately, only to be sorely disappointed when you finally get it. That was my concern with Puff Off!

On paper Benefit’s brand new de-puffing, wrinkle smoothing eye formula read like the answer to my skincare prayers. The fine lines around my eyes are the bane of my life! I am on a constant quest to discover a new product that will minimise their appearance more effectively.

Monday 16 February 2015

A Space NK Makeover, Expert Tips and a Goodie Bag To Boot

Popping along to Space NK’s latest gift with purchase event last week was a given. For a £100 spend (often it’s £150) you got a stunning Mercy Delta makeup bag, filled with cult products, plus a free in-store makeover.

I’ve never previously taken up a makeover option, but something stirred inside this time around, and I just felt up for it – perhaps it was the thought of Spring fast approaching that made me want to freshen things up a bit.

Thursday 12 February 2015

Stowaway - The Future of Make-Up?

Have you ever got to the bottom of a shadow pan or the stub of a lipstick before the product has reached its ‘use-by’ date? No, me neither. I’ve got make-up in my stash that I’ve had for years (oh no, did I really just confess to that?), not really knowing whether it’s still hygienic and safe to use, or simply swimming in bacteria! 

It’s this state of affairs that has prompted the creation of a totally new make-up brand, Stowaway. Officially launched in the US this week, Stowaway is selling a line of premium make-up essentials in a completely new size of packaging it calls ‘right’ size.

Wednesday 11 February 2015

From Bingo Wing Fixes to Celebrity Facials - Anti-Ageing Show 2015 Preview

Red carpet facials, creams that banish bingo wings, computerised skin health checks and therapeutic  massages – just some of the treats you could be sampling at this year’s Anti-Ageing Health & Beauty Show.

Last week, at the Haymarket Hotel in central London, show organisers held a special press preview showcasing treatments some of its key exhibitors will be offering at the 2015 show, taking place 16-17 May at London Olympia.

Those present included:

Monday 9 February 2015

NEW LAUNCH REVIEW: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - with Before + After Pics

I take my hat off to Benefit. They are brilliant at building  buzz around a product. Their social campaigns are always highly engaging, entertaining, and pitched perfectly at their target audience.

Now for their newest launch, Roller Lash mascara, Benefit has taken engagement a step further by giving samples away with the March issue of Elle UK (story here) – before the product has even hit counters. Inspired!

Such tactics are not without risk. They could backfire should the product fail to match the hype. Early PR-led reviews of the mascara have been favourable but it won’t be until the product is in more hands that opinion will be properly formed.

Friday 6 February 2015

REVIEW: Shavata Heart Tweezers

I have bought dozens of brow tweezers over the years (I have a tendency to lose them!). But I have never owned a set that looks quite like this one!

You may have seen these Swiss made Shavata tweezers featured in my Valentine’s Day beauty gifts round-up post earlier this week, here. Or, perhaps, you already own a set?

Aren’t they just so incredibly cute? With their heart-shape body, they would make a perfect present come 14 February. I was kindly sent a pair for review and have been putting them to work over the past week.

Wednesday 4 February 2015

January’s Empties – and Favourites!

When I get to the end of a jar of moisturiser, or a bottle of serum, I throw it in the bin and move on – to a straight replacement if I liked it, or a different product altogether if I didn’t. I have never documented the rate and manner of my skincare and make-up consumption on my blog.

Well, it’s suddenly occurred to me that something is missing.  Not all the products I use on a day-to-day basis get a mention on my blog. Perhaps some of them I don’t think justify a separate review (if they’re a bit ‘humdrum’, say), or perhaps I haven’t used something for quite long enough to formulate a valid opinion yet (as can happen if the product is a small sample).

But I’m filling the gap. Starting today, I’ll be doing the odd empties post with a brief run through of all the products I’ve used up, the good and the bad (from my perspective), with a roll call of monthly favourites at the end.

January’s Empties


Monday 2 February 2015

Valentine’s Day Beauty Gifts

The joy of gifting is the *ahem* giving. That may be but there’s no harm in nudging your other half in the right direction, should you spot a Valentine’s Day gift that’s got your name written all over it. Equally, there’s nothing wrong with spoiling yourself to a present come February 14, if you fancy it!

I was doing a spot of online window shopping this weekend and spied some gorgeous Valentine’s beauty gifts – pah! Who needs chocolates and flowers? Here’s my pick of the bunch:
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