Thursday, 28 January 2010

No 7 Spring Collection

I was in Canary Wharf for a little while yesterday and dropped into the Jubilee Place Boots. It’s a nice sized Boots that isn’t too busy and has nice counters, etc. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of some Michael Kors for Estee Lauder but no such luck. I did, however, stumble across the pretty pretty No 7 Spring collection!
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Since seeing some pre-release pictures I have been dying to get my grubby little hands on the highlighter! It definitely didn’t disappoint in real life! It’s just as pretty! I LOVE the packaging on this collection! It reminds of me of being on holidays in Greece. The top of the compacts are a gorgeous greenish blue with a brown vein running through it. To me it looks like a precious stone. The lipsticks are encased in silver and have a clear panel in the top of the lid so you can see the lipstick inside. LOVING IT!
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The highlighters is lovely and soft with a terrific payoff. I can so envision myself using this as a highlight for the inner corner of my eyes as well as for the cupids bow in summer. It gives a gorgeous, golden glow that will suit any skin tone.
I also got the Carnelian lipstick. I would have loved the brighter one but I was trying to be ell behaved and this was beautiful and wearable at the same time. It’s a neutral coral kind of colour with a golden glow through it. I love it so much and am definitely going to make it my every day colour while I’m in Sydney next week!
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These are limited edition so I would recommend getting them while you can. Don’t forget to use your Boots Advantage card to collect some extra points! My two items also got me a free gift with purchase! Woohoo!!!! It’s a really cute roll bag full of goodies. It’s purple with a pink design on it that reminds me of a Japanese Kimono. I have a long time dream of finding a beaten up old Kelly Bag and covering it in antique Kimono fabric. These travel roll reignites that dream in me! Inside it has:
  • Boots Advantage Points Voucher
  • No 7 Time Resisting Day Cream
  • No 7 Age Defence Cleansing Balm
  • No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense beauty Serum
  • No 7 For Men Protect & Perfect Moisturising Eye Cream
  • No 7 Extreme Length Mascara
  • No 7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow in 40 Khaki
  • No 7 High Shine SPF 15 lipgloss in Smile
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Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Information Gleaned on Yesterday’s Beauty Hall Hop

Hi,
I thought I’d share with you the interesting little bits I learned from a couple people I spoke to on my Beauty Hall Hop yesterday.
Clinique at Debenhams is having a Free Gift With Purchase that starts on February 11th. That should tie in nicely with their release of the Spring colours that I’ve been coveting for a while now. They’re also still running their skin and make up consultations. If you purchase one of the three steps they recommend you get a deluxe trial size of the other two steps. With the make up consultations, they make up half of your face and then teach you how to do the other half. I should point out that I haven’t tried either of these services – although I quite fancy it just out of curiosity.
The Spring Chanel colours hit counters on Friday! That’s TOMORROW!!!!!!! OMG! I know that a few counters have been given their stock and have been selling it early, but the big day is tomorrow for the rest of us. I know this isn’t news to loads of people – just a heads up in case you, somehow, let it fall off your radar due to life in general.
Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Glow Brow Bar

I was having such a lovely day today. I was out in town and going from beauty hall to beauty hall up and down Oxford Street. I was accosted by some Benefit girls and a Givenchy lady. I fell in love with Guerlain and I vowed to find out more and try loads of their products.
As I moved away from the Givenchy counter in House of Fraser having tried an application of their torture ball mascara (it’s not a torture mascara. I quite liked it. I just can’t remember the name of it) I found myself standing at the Glow Brow Bar with a seat opening up in front of me.
I’ve never had my brows threaded. I’ve wanted to try it for so long. Everyone always looks so gorgeous when they’ve had their brows threaded and I’ve heard that it’s painless, long lasting, blah blah blah.
I was thrown into the seat and it was violently reclined. I was then attacked with some thread whilst wincing from the pain. Not only did a piece of thread break across my face but I was repeatedly grunted at with orders to put my hands on my brows to provide the necessary tension.
To add insult to injury, at the end of the first brow I was abruptly asked what happened to my brows. What? What do you mean? I was shown a huge gap in my brow that was stopping the lady from being able to easily thread my brow into the usual shape, then shown how it was the same on the other brow! I don’t know what happened! I guess it’s a massive birth defect that I’ve had all my life!!!???
I was then asked to pay the £14 for the torture session and shown in the mirror how it looked like Elmo had drawn all over my face with red crayon before being sent on my way! Argh!
I tried to find refuge in the Starbucks next door but that was just a whole other traumatic experience. I’ll tell you about it later. Right now I need some sleep!!!
Avoid the Glow brow bar at all costs!!!
Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Giveaway Time!!!

My little blog nearly has 20 followers! I never thought anyone would read my blog so this is pretty exciting for me!
As I get more followers I’ve decided to do some giveaways. My first one is going to be when I get to 20. I’ll keep doing them at different landmarks as I go along. If you’re already a follower, you can always enter! It’s not just for new followers each time.
To be able to enter, just leave a comment on this post saying you’d like to be entered. You also need to be a follower using Google and a subscriber to my YouTube channel. The link to subscribe is here.
I’ll use random.org to pick the winner. I’m not sure what the giveaway is going to be just yet. I’ll pick something super special up while I’m at IMATS!
Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Monday, 25 January 2010

Nude Skincare Review

Sorry I’ve taken so long to get this review up, I’m finally starting to get the use of my hand back so I can type properly! Hooray!
What can I say about my Nude trial kit? Not much other than Wow!
I was at Get Lippie's house yesterday for one of her uber special make overs. Even she said how my skin had a sheen and was super smooth! Woohoo!
During the week long trial I hadn’t been wearing any make up to speak of. I was still using my Liz Earl toner, and I applied the Advanced Smoothing Complex and the Age Defence Moisturiser with a cotton pad, as is my usual technique. I also didn’t wear any make up during the week except for yesterday afternoon.
How long does the kit last? Well, I’ve been using it for a week and it’s still going pretty strong. I use two pumps of everything except for the Advanced Smoothing Complex, of which I used one pump.
I used the Miracle Mask once during the week. I’m thinking it’s a bit of a brilliant find and I think I’m going to repurchase a full sized one! My skin felt noticeably smoother after i used it. It didn’t tingle or anything like that. In fact, I didn’t feel like I had any weird little reactions with any of the products.
Per my interim trial post, I loved the smell of the Cleansing Facial Oil. I really do love the smell of good quality olive oil! I used two pumps of this every morning and night. It’s hard for me to say what it’s like at taking off make up as I wasn’t wearing any this week. As a cleanser it felt really nourishing. To get a really clean feeling I needed to use my muslin cloth with it. If I just rinsed it off I still felt like I had a bit of residue left. My skin is definitely recovered from all of the dry skin issues I had with the chicken pox and all that awful weather as well!
After I used my Liz Earle toner I would put the Advanced Smoothing Complex on using a cotton pad. I’m a serious serum addict and this was lovely. I’ve been using the Boots Botanicals serum lately and it was so wonderful to use a really good quality serum. The Boots one is great for the price point but the Nude version is just a dream.
The Advanced Eye Complex was a tricky one to dispense the right amount of from the tube. I didn’t feel like one pump was quite enough but two pumps was waaayy too much. It took a minute to sink in so I ended up brushing my teeth before putting on the Age Defence Moisturiser. It’s hard to say if there have been any actual results from using the eye cream as it’ only been a week. Seeing as my overall complexion i looking so much smoother and more radiant, I’m guessing it’s safe for me to contemplate an extended eye cream experiment.
The regime is finished up with the Age Defence Moisturiser. I used two pumps and applied it with a trusty cotton pad. It would leave my skin feeling a little tacky afterwards and a little tighter. Not “tighter” in the way that I needed more moisturiser, but “tighter” in the way that my face felt a little younger! Result!
I  got the Facial Cleansing Oil for half price in the Space NK sale and I’m really glad I did. I’m not sure how I’d feel about repurchasing at full price. If you can grab a trial set like mine at for a bargain I can’t recommend it enough. It’s also so much fun running around town with the little tubes in a pocket of your handbag when you’re staying away instead of lugging around a massive wash bag!!!
I loved my Nude trial and if I wasn’t a fickle beauty blogger on a never ending crusade for the next greatest thing, then I’d definitely go out and commit myself to a full sized set of these goodies!
You can check out the whole range here at Nude Skincare.
Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

New Nude Kit

I got the Nude kit in the Space NK sale online and it arrived this week. Yay! I finally got around to opening it and taking a peek inside the pretty pretty box today!
First impressions = ooooohhhhh.
Next was, “Brilliant! I am going to carry these with me everywhere and I’m going to use them till they run out!”.
Finally I thought, “Hmmmm, there isn’t a card or anything in this box telling me what to do with said amazing looking products. Tricky.”
So, as of tomorrow morning, I am going to blindly try my way through these delectable little tubes. I suspect there is about 5 days worth of product in there. Without any info included in the kit it’s hard to say. Watch this space.
And if you fancy coming along for the ride, the glam picture below will take you to the Space NK website where you can grab this kit for HALF PRICE!!!
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Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

IMATS *Squeals relentlessly*

If you read my blog that must mean you’re obsessed with make up and all things cosmetically fabulous to some degree. If that's the case, then I really hope I see you at IMATS!


If you follow me on Twitter then you'll already know that upon arrival I'll be in danger of immediately being thrown out again for causing a scene due to over excitement.

What I may have failed to mention is why I'm so excited. That would be because I tend to get too over excited when I start thinking about how glorious it's going to be and lose all rationality and power of speech. However, I've just had a calming cup of tea, taken a few deep breaths and sat down in a sensible chair. So for the brief moment of clarity that I have, I'm going to share with you what I love about IMATS.

• It's ALL about make up!

• Everyone there is like minded and ALL about make up!

• You will get to listen to industry greats from around the globe talk about make up!

• You can see some of the most amazing make up artists do make up demonstrations and steal all of their insider secrets that slip out in the process!

• There are all the great make up brands displaying there with some of their most brilliant products and they're usually available for purchase at a massive discount

• You get access to brands that are either difficult to find, only available to you online, etc.

• There will be some amazing up and coming brands that you will get the inside scoop on.

• You could bump into your favourite youtuber or beauty blogger. If you do, I would urge you to say hello to them immediately, if not sooner. On the whole, they generally love the adoration! We can be that way inclined quite frequently! ; )

• Did I mention that it's all about make up?

This year I'm really excited about Alex Box speaking and Eve Pearl on creating the perfect bridal make up. (I know I said to come say hi and generally share the make up love with me at IMATS. However, I won't be held responsible for my actions if any of you get in my way of the speakers or demos!!! Be warned!!!)

I'm also quite thrilled that IMATS is at Alexandra Palace this year! I adore the Angel location it's usually at, but (I'm an idiot, IMATS has been at AllyPally for the last couple of years!) AllyPally is so pretty and it's right near Muswell Hill (one of my fave places in London). I'm going for dinner right after with my boyf at a super cut Muswell Hill location. He doesn't know that I'll probably need to do a maniacal Space NK hit in Muswell Hill first! ha ha! It's the first Space NK I went to after I moved to London.

OK, I'm starting to ramble now and I can feel the insanity creeping back in as I get more and more excited. Check out the link, purchase your tickets and look out for the girl in the bright purple cardigan! I'd love to see you and talk about all your fave make up related subjects!

http://www.imatsshow.com/london/london_index.php

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Friday, 8 January 2010

BOTD – Lula Bloom-in’ Lovely!

After suffering all day in this freezing weather and watching even more snow fall from the sky, I decided to thaw out with a lovely hot bath. Can you believe that I have used up ALL of my bath bombs, oils, bubbles, etc? I wanted to use up what I had so I could have a fresh start to the new year. The problem with that is that I didn’t have anything frothy and lovely to help me thaw out today!
Then I remembered that the boyf’s sweet Auntie and Uncle had given me a box of Champneys minis for Christmas. Woohoo! I’ve never used Champneys products before. I’ve always been a bit sceptical. I poured the entire mini bottle of Classic Rose Sensual Bath Cream and was immediately pleased that I had! It was the perfect fragrance and the bubbles were really light and frothy and super comforting! It was such a sweet gift! The fragrance wasn’t cheap or nasty like so many budget rose flavoured products can be. It’s not exactly a REN Moroccan Rose competitor, but it’s really nice and would be gratefully received as a gift again!
Then I decided that my poor, dried out and chicken poxed skin needed a little treat. I have used my Lula Bloom Sugar Scrub once but was in a rush so didn’t have time to consider it from a review perspective. I was also quite traumatised by the super scratching effect Lush’s Fairy Tale scrub had. Am still blocking the super scratchiness out. This was just perfect. Gentle enough on my fragile skin but still left me with the feeling that I’d done some good. The smell is really pretty – passion flower seed oil and jojoba oil and the packaging is so sweet.
Click on this pic and it will take you straight to the Superdrug website where you can purchase it for under a tenner!!! I LOVE Superdrug so much!
Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Not Exactly A Pocket Pistol

I’ve been using Tommy Guns volumising conditioner for a couple of months now. It’s the only thing I’ve changed in my hair regime for some time. I have to say I’m not loving it. My hair just doesn’t seem to have much volume, it’s lacking shine and just feels plain meh.
So I’m trying to think of a new conditioner to try out. I need something that will give my incredibly fine hair some lift and will keep it shiny as well. I don’t colour my hair so I’m not too worried about dehydration, etc. I do blowdry but always use a heat protectant and I can’t remember the last time I used straightners on it. I have GHD’s but they’re just too hot for my thin hair.
I’m thinking maybe Bumble & Bumble. I haven’t used any of their products for an age now. Anyone else have any ideas for me to try?
I’d REALLY appreciate it!
Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Z-Tastic

My Z Palette arrived this morning! It took both the postie and I all our strength to get my front door open enough for him to slip the package through to me and have me sign. It was totally iced over and snowed up. Worth the effort though! I have to admit, I needed to get back into bed for a little bit. My heating is on a timer and had gone off by that stage (even though it was pre-9am) so I needed to recover before creeping back downstairs to turn it back on again.
When I did open my package from PAM (link here - http://www.makeup-provisions.com/) I was so happy. There was my Z Palette all pretty and just waiting for me to gift it with the safe keeping of a bunch of blushers! Gone are the days of me super gluing pans into empty CD cases only to have them crack, smash, fall apart and, generally, be painful. No more will I be having to go through all of thisDSC00446 to get my colours into palettes and then not know what is inside each “mystery palette! No more sitting compacts on wax papered straightners and trying to slice digits off with knife whilst pulling pan out! No more goopy glue! No more writing stickers! Ok, well, I’ll probably still need the stickers… you can’t have everything in this life.
I’m so excited though! My cd case blushers now look all pretty like this… DSC00444
My two Nars blushers didn’t fare all that well in the depotting process – but I’m not sure I was doing such a brilliant job at it to be honest. I’ll let you know if I destroy any shadows when I get some more Z Palettes to fill up. My old school Laura Mercier blush on the far left hand side is a little deep for the palette but the LM Mosaic on the far right is totally fine. I guess it’s just a sign of the times and how we don’t notice when we get less product for the same £ over the years!
But back to my lovely  Palette. I’m soooo happy! The magnetic plate is so strong! It’s actually not easy to lift the pans out! Along the top I have two Stila colours, a Chantecaille and a Daniel Sandler blush. They so often get overlooked when I’m doing someone’s make up because they were either in an annoying cd case that I just couldn’t emotionally deal with or in their little compacts. When they’re kept out of a palette I totally forget to even look at them. Not anymore though!
This is the large palette which was £20 from PAM. THere is a smaller quad sized one that is perfect for your handbag as well. I’m a little disappointed that we’re paying the same in GPB as you do in the US in USD. But that’s a whole other moan that we all go on about all the time I guess. Just worth pointing out for anyone that regularly travels to the US or has friends, etc over there. I’m addicted though! The future looks Z!!!
Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

NOTD

Hi,
I actually did these nails yesterday but was having technical difficulties so I couldn’t show you till today. Shall I blame the snow? It seems like a good excuse. It’s the reason nothing else is working at the moment!!!
Anyhoo, I’m on a serious neutrals kick. I have the first of a bunch of neutral make up looks on it’s way as well. They’re just so comforting this time of year when we’re all cold and tired out from the holidays and getting back to being at work (for those of you with jobs. I really must seek out some gainful employment asap!).
In keeping with that, I opted for OPI Fiji Weejee Fawn. DSC00438 This is using two coats and a top coat. I used OPI Nail Envy Maintenance as a base. It’s still fairly sheer and has a little frost to it. I’m loving it with the neutral make up looks I was doing last night!
Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Saturday, 2 January 2010

NOTD – OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy

I just couldn’t take not having my nails done any longer – especially if lovely boyf still plans on coming out to see me and I’m looking all spotty and ill. He deserves at least polished nails!!!
This is the perfect colour for the weather and for how I’m feeling. It’s totally cheering me up to look at neat, polished nails right now.
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Rebecca xxx

Philosophy at TK Maxx

Hi,
I hope your 2010 is going really well. I just wanted to post a quick note about some Philosophy products I got in the sales. I’m still not feeling very well so I’m going to keep it pretty short. (Stupid chicken pox!!!!)

mfasI got this, A Man For All Seasons, set for the bargain basement price of just £12! It’s usually around £35. (I think) Philosophy is a brand that has fallen off my radar for some time now. It used to be a brand that regularly featured in my bathroom cabinet. It’s always been so innovative bringing out terrific products that no one else had seemed to think of yet. Lately that just hasn’t been the case.
However, in my poorly state I saw this in the sale and thought it might cheer me up a bit. I was pretty disappointed when I got home and took the seals off the bottles to smell what was inside. The Produce Man smelt pretty. It’s the pear flavoured one. The others just didn’t live up to expectations and The Snowman was a low point. I LOVE the Philosophy shower gels in the regular flavours. They’re so so yummy. This set just didn’t live up to those at all.
In saying that, I’ve already gone through two bottles! I’ve finished The Produce Man and I’ll finish The Snowman off when I go have a bath in a little bit. These have been perfect for me not feeling well. I’ve needed to have a few baths a day with all these annoying chicken pox spots. The hot water in the tub really does transform these into something much milder. The three-in-one action has been great as well. I’ve had the comfort of a bubble bath, the cleansing action of a shower gel and the added extra of an easy shampoo to keep my hair clean. I could never have gotten through this past week trying to reach for a bunch of different products. I’m also loving the gorgeous iridescence of The Snowman. It makes me smile when I pour it into the running water.
This has definitely inspired me to start checking out some more Philosophy bits and pieces again. I’ve already ordered some of their make up primer from QVC. I used to use it all the time when doing shoots, wedding, etc. Whenever anyone looked at the shots they would always say how creamy and gorgeous the models’ complexion looked regardless of the base I was using. I honestly put it down the primer.
Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year

Hi Gorgeous Ones,

I just wanted to send you a happy new year message. I hope you're all well and having a great holiday season. I so appreciate you following my blogs and videos so much. Soory I've not posted anything in a while. I've been struck down with chicken pox. Yes, at 33 you can still get chicken pox and, let me tell you, it's really not pretty.

As soon as I'm feeling well again I promise to get back to posting. As soon as the spots on my face have gone down I'll put a bunch of new videos up as well.

Much love and kisses,

Rebecca xxx