Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Kiss - Everlasting French Manicure Kit

I was sent some Kiss nail products to play with! Ever so exciting! The first thing I decided to try out was the Everlasting French Manicure kit!

Here is my video showing you my first impressions on opening the box and attempting to put them on!




It wasn't too tricky or time consuming to get them on but I think there is certainly an art to getting the right amount of glur in the right places. It took me a couple of hours to liberate the skin behind my nails from the backs of my nails! It's defniitely something you would do the night before a special occassion rather than on the day!

I wasn't too sure at first. They made my fingers feel really fat and weird. I got some really nice comlpiments on how pretty they looked though. I think it was just matter of getitng used to them.

You can get your Kiss Nails here.

My next instalment will be on how long they lasted and how I got them off.

Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Herbalife Does Skin Care! Nourifusion

There is a lovely blogger on the block that I'm yet to talk to you about! You can check out the divine MizzWorhty's Stuff here. It was through a competition she ran on her blog that I got my greedy, little hands on a set of Nourifusion skin care!

This is by the company Herbalife. Do you remember them? They do a sort of diet through vitamins program and now they're branched out into skin care! Exciting! I was sent a cleanser, toner and moisturiser set. I do love having a set!

The packaging is quite nice. Nothing too offensive and it would look nice in most any bathroom. I was a bit scared of the cleanser. It's a gel cleanser and I'm completely devoted to oil based cleansers! I must say that it was surprisingly gentle. My skin can be fairly indecisive but is generally combination. If I use foaming, gel or regular style cleansers on it I'm always left feeling dry and tight. It will end up just making me break out in horrid spots and then my skin flakes off like a snake. Charming. But this was very gentle. It hasn't made my skin play up at all. Yay! It doesn't taste very nice but I suspect if you read the bottle they'll probably say it's not meant to be consumed! I use it in the shower so I tend to get a little over excited. Oops. The pump broke on my bottle after a few uses. Drats! I was enjoying the pump! It gave out just enough product. It just stopped working. I now keep the bottle in my shower without a lid on it and pour it straight into my hands.

I have the same issues with toners. They often sting and leave my skin in a fairly unhappy place. I'm a firm believer in the right kind of toner though and my fave is the Liz Earle Skin Tonic. The Nourifusion one has now become regular after my LE ran out and so far so good! It does everything a toner is supposed to do!

The moisturiser is an SPF 15 and it's in a tube. I like tubes. Pots are just asking for bacteria and all kinds of drama. As usual I kept using a serum, an eye cream and I put my products on with cotton pads as well. It's a rich feeling formulation that doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy or over loaded. It creates a nice base for makeup as well. The leaflet inside the packaging says it contains vitamins A, C and E. All good things for your skin! I can't notice much "difference" in my skin but it's behaving itself, feels clean and is generally nice.

This is a really nice no nonsense range that does what it says on the tine. A kit will set you back around £47 if you buy it online. That averages out to be around £16 per product which isn't too bad in the grand scheme of things. I'm not sure it's exciting enough for me to run out and buy it again myself but I'm really happy with using it and it's keeping my skin in nice condition.

Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Friday, 23 July 2010

Look Good... Feel Better


There are times, despite the theme of recent posts, that the giant cosmetic companies use their powers for good instead of evil. In the case of Look Good... Feel Better, this is one of them.

I'm lucky enough to be part of the LGFB team! It's one of the most rewarding things I'm involved in. They're an organisation that goes around to hospitals all over the UK and show women undergoing treatment for  cancer how to look pretty. There is so much power that comes from feeling confident about how you look and the gruelling treatment these women are undergoing in order to survive can really knock that confidence out of them. A simple workshop going over a few tricks and tips can really change their outlook and give them that feeling of empowerment they need to make it through their death defying battle.

The groups are usually around a dozen ladies and they get together around a table and we go through some skin care routine tips and a twelve step program for putting on your daily face. One of the main points of focus is how to define their eyes if their eyelashes have become sparse and putting on some eyebrows if the chemo has taken it's toll on those as well.

The beginning of the workshop can be a little awkward seeing as no one really knows each other very well. By the end of the session everyone is so relaxed and so surprised at how lovely they look that they really do leave with a lot more spring in their step. Being the giant softie that I am I just wanted to go around the table giving everyone giant hugs earlier this week.

I was particularly touched by one lady that was wheeled in directly from a treatment. She couldn't use her left arm so soon afterwards so one of the team put all her products directly on her and talked her through the steps. She couldn't stop looking at herself in the mirror! It was then that she informed us that she'd never even worn eyeshadow before! For someone that had been struggling to keep her head up at the beginning of the session, she left with a smile that would stop traffic!

Another lady I spoke to thought the session was terrific for more than just the makeup tips. She had not long ago had her surgery and was about to embark on her treatment. The group provided her with a relaxed environment where people exchanged stories of their treatment experiences and she really felt like she was more able to take it on now that she wasn't so scared about what it might be like.

The amazingly generous part of all this is that the ladies are all given a seriously big bag full of all the products they will need to keep their skin in great condition and to create all the makeup looks we show them during the session. Some of the biggest brands in the business donate all the products completely free of charge. I'm talking about brands like Revlon, Max Factor, Simple, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique, Clarins and Bobbi Brown. That's not even the complete list either!

This is such a positive way for women to feel better while they're trying to beat cancer. LGFB call it Pampering Therapy!

If you're a beauty therapist that would like to help, a cosmetics company that would like to get involved, someone undergoing treatment that would like to take part or would just like to know how you can help the Look Good... Feel Better organisation then you can go to their website here.

Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

PS: Cosmetic Companies - we need someone to start donating small brush sets! If you can, please get in touch with LGFB if you could send some over! It would make a HUGE difference!!! :) xxx

Guest Posting


I'm over at Zuneta today! Come hang out with me here.

Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Thursday, 22 July 2010

NOTD - Sleek Barbie


I was at the Superdrug event yesterday and I had a quickie manicure while I was there. I'm loving this colour and, apparently, it was one of the most popular colours of the day! Cute, eh?

Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Engagement Shoot

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I really enjoy working with David McNeil. He’s a fab photographer and a genuinely lovely person as well. I also love his clients. They’re always so fun and sweet and happy to get really adventurous. Not just with their makeup but also with the entire shoot.

Mark and Jo are just such a couple. They were both so sweet and Jo bears a striking resemblance to Katy Perry. I couldn’t resist doing a super retro eye and a bright lip just to play those features up! Then we went for quite a fun hairstyle. One of those seriously retro rolls on the fringe and a side swept pony tail.

You have to admit that she looks cool as a cucumber considering it was over 30 degrees on Friday!

If only all my jobs were as fun and fabulous as this!

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Monday, 12 July 2010

Today's lipstick - Rosy Raisin




I'm loving this kind of colour right now. I particularly like this one as well. For a whole bunch of reasons. It's not drying and doesn't leave me with "old lady lips".



It costs a whole £3.50 from www.eyeslipsface.co.uk. In fact, perusing the website and selection of colours, I really want to do more shopping! They have lovely looking neutral shades and it won't break the bank giving them a whirl. The packaging is very inoffensive. It's just plain black in a squared off style with ELF in White at the top.



Definitely give it a go. If you follow ELF on Twitter or facebook they often do free shopping or great GWP codes.

Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Nars keeps coming to my emotional rescue

Today was one of those days where I just couldn't get out of bed. I don't think I'll ever be one of those people that has time to sit down for breakfast before work. I get so little sleep that I'm always exhausted when it's time to get up.

That's why keeping items like this Nars palette by my bathroom mirror are essential. As you can see it's well loved. I don't think they even sell this one anymore.






The Orgasm cheek colour is always the first thing I'll put on in an effort to look alive again. That will be quickly followed by some night fairy washed all over the lid, some Notorious over the mobile lid, Lulu in the crease and Himalayas at the inner corner to brighten things up a bit.

Finally I'll pop some of the Cannes multiple on my upper cheekbones by my hairline and rub some Dolce Vita lip colour in with my finger. VoilĂ ! Made up face in under 5 minutes with minimal thought. As the name of the palette suggests, this really is Emotional Rescue!!!!

The final thing I love about this palette is that all the shadows are in the original formula. I know they changed it because it's what everyone was asking for and I can understand why but I still miss it! I loved working with the sheer texture of those shadows. They were built for layering as opposed to single layers of product. A few colours over one another could achieve such a beautiful finish that always looked like veils made by fairies as opposed to product overload. For that reason, I'm going to excited every time I use this palette till it runs out!

Kisses,
Rebecca xxx

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Friday, 2 July 2010

New Cleanser Love – MAC Cleanse Off

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(picture is from the MAC website and clicking on it will take you straight there so you can purchase online)

You know I’m all about the oil based cleanser. I have run out of cleanser at my boyfriend’s house so I thought I’d pick this one up for a try. There were a couple of reasons for this. I couldn’t find the new Soap and Glory cleanser still and I was near the MAC Pro store. There is also the fact that I have a MAC Pro Card so I get a decent discount so it seemed like a good deal. I also have to admit to a bit of a MAC fascination. I’ve never used a lot of it but I’ve been putting a bit in my kit lately. I’m finding it fairly reliable without having to spend loads. When you utter the word “MAC” in makeup circles it always gets an opinion and a debate and a heated conversation. Yet another reason for my current fascination.

So I picked this cleanser up to try. For the price, I think it’s a pretty great oil based cleanser. It has a list of ingredients that for the most part I don’t understand but it does specifically point out that it’s mineral oil free. Towards the end of the ingredients list it starts listing nice things like jojoba, etc. Yummy!

It doesn’t have a super thick consistency like some more expensive oil based cleansers I’ve tried. In saying that, I only need one pump per use. I like to use a pump to remove my makeup, cleanse, pat dry and repeat for a deep cleanse. The lighter texture makes it really easy to rinse off so the double cleanse is totally doable. I think it also means it would be perfect for people with oilier skin! I’m a firm believer that everyone should be using oil based cleansers so this is a great way to go if you just want to splash it off with water. I didn’t get that feeling of residue that you can if you don’t use a muslin cloth or some such like with some cleansers.

All in all, I’m glad I got it and I’d buy it again if I had to buy it full price as well.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Thursday, 1 July 2010

NOTD - OPI Combo




I'm starting my new temp job today and the single coat of Barry M I put on Saturday was starting to look a little tired. I couldn't decide what to put on except that I wanted it to be fun, sophisticated and neutral all at once.

So I decided on alternate nails using Coney Island Cotton Candy and Fiji Weejee. Fiji is a little metallic without being tacky and Coney Island is a lovely creme texture.

Do you likey?

Kisses,
Rebecca xxx
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