Wednesday, 27 April 2011

NOTD – Filthy Gorgeous London Man-Go

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I was going to post this later on in the week but thought I’d do it today. After my post with this pic yesterday I got loads of people asking me what nail varnish I was wearing. I got loads of compliments while I had it on as well.

It’s Man-Go from Filthy Gorgeous London. I had also put some multi-sized dots of matte top coat on it as well for a little fun. It looked really cute without being super obvious.

You can get yours’ here from Debenhams for under £9.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Big, Giant Hair With VO5 and Tresemme

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I have fine, thin hair. Especially after moving to the UK where there is so little sunlight to nourish it and keeping it growing. I dream of big hair. I spend a lot more time, effort and money on my pursuit of big hair than I think most normal people do. I was over the moon the other day when I managed to create this ‘do in just a few minutes! It lasted most of the day as well!

I started with freshly washed hair that I’d put a little VO5 Miracle Concentrate through before spraying it with some VO5 Give Me Texture Tousled Style Spray. VO5 Tousled Stye SprayI flipped my hair upside down and rough dried it. Then I went through it with a round brush in sections to get more volume at the roots.

Having flipped my head upside down again I went through the roots wth some VO5 Oomph powder. This stuff is amazing! Just pop a little into the roots and give it a rub to activate. you won’t believe the height you get. It doesn’t leave your hair looking white and it’s great if you want to put drips or embelishments in your hair as it gives loads of grip. VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder

Once I’d flipped my head right side up again I went through the top section of roots with the powder as well. It on’y takes a few seconds to go all the way around and you don’t need a lot of product at all. To make sure I kept that Massive Bushy hair all day I finished it off with someof Tresemme’s new Amplifix Spray. This gives hold as well as loads of volume. Just be sure to keep it at a distance while you spray and you will have amazing hair all day. amplifix

I want my hair to look like this ever day! It felt amazing! I minced around all day like I was the Queen of Sheba!I even made up a song about it entitled Bushy Bushy Bushy.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

PS, I was very generously given all these products for review. However, you can pick them all up from Tesco, Asda and Superdrug at uber cheap prices!!! x

Monday, 25 April 2011

Lush Dream Cream

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The eternal search for my ultimate body lotion continues. This last couple of weeks I’ve come back to something I’ve tried a long time ago, Lush Dream Cream. This is a highly under rated lotion that I think deserves a lot more love than it gets. Packed with  chamomile and lavender it’s perfection for when my sensitive skin gets irritated or inflamed.

If I could use this alongside my beloved Caudalie lotion I think I would be in Body Lotion Valhalla. The Dream Cream doesn’t leave me quite as soft and silky as the Caudalie lotion does but it’s been brilliant in this hot weather for my suffering, flared up skin. The smell is incredible. Without being too girly it’s wonderful. It’s just what I need morning and evening to get me in the mood to start and end the day.

You can get your hands on your own pot of Dream Cream for £10.25 (240g) here. If you have dry patches, need to rehydrate after too much sun, eczema or are just looking for a great body lotion then this will certainly sort you out.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Friday, 22 April 2011

Superdrug Aloe Vera Mud Mask

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I used to be so diligent about putting on a cleansing mask and an exfoliating mask once a week. I realised recently that I’d run out of cleansing mask and I can’t remember when that happened! So, being the starving artist that I am, I went in search of something budgetary to do the trick. Obviously, I always start at Superdrug when I’m on these missions. I picked up this Mud Therapy mask hoping it would give me the deep clean I needed. I went with the Aloe Vera formulation because I know how sensitive my skin is and I hoped this would be quite gentle.

I was right. There isn’t loads to say about this product. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Give it a shake, slather on a generous layer after cleansing, leave 10 minutes, wash off. It hasn’t given me any reactions and my skin does feel a bit calmer and much brighter afterwards. For £2.59 it’s a bargain as well. I couldn’t be happier.

You can get yours straight from Superdrug by clicking here.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Filthy Gorgeous Nail Collection

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Filthy Gorgeous have teamed up with celebrity nail artist Liza Smith and created a gorgeous collection of nail colours for the summer. The colours are all really bright and fun, which is perfect for all the lovely warm weather we’ve been having.

The bottles are really cute. They have a fishnet floral stamp pattern on the lid that makes me think back to the days of Pout. I loved Pout and miss it constantly! I also really like the little guitar pick charms on each bottle.

Liza has done nails for more celebrities and high profile luxury campaigns than I could poke a stick at. What she doesn’t know about nails isn’t worth knowing. Her favourite colour for this season is blue. Her tips are to go for a 70’s pastel or an 80’s bright. One of my favourites was Minx. It’s a pale, cornflower blue that would evoke a 70’s feeling perfectly. Her other top tip for keeping nails on trend and fun is the reverse French. For this reason, Filthy Gorgeous have paired up the polishes if you want an easy way to pick out colours that go together brilliantly.

Each varnish retails for £9 and you can either get them online from Filthy Gorgeous or from the suite in Debenhams.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Alpha H Liquid Gold

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Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi!!! I LOVE finding an Aussie skin care product that’s amazing and brilliant. I think I can pretty safely say that Alpha H is the bees knees and Liquid Gold is just genius! I’m probably the last blogger in all of England to try the Alpha H range. It has certainly been a case of “good things come to those who wait”.

Liquid Gold is a glycolic based skin refiner. I put it on every two or three nights after cleansing. You don’t put a serum or moisturiser over it but you don’t actually need one. This includes silk protein and liquorice which leaves skin feeling smooth and firm.

I was initially sent this after I was on Twitter talking about how another product had caused me to break out. It’s been nearly a month and I’m really struggling to get my skin to clear up. Since I’ve been using the Liquid Gold it’s been a lot better. It’s not back to perfect yet, but it’s so much better than it used to be!

The spots are clearing up quickly, my skin is smoother, more even and my pores don’t seem as gapingly open as they did before. It’s definitely great for giving you a more youthful look.

You can get your Liquid Gold from QVC for £28.50 by clicking here.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

PS: Again, I’ve been a lucky lady and I was sent this product free of charge.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Lush Whoosh Shower Jelly

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With the lovely, hot weather I’ve been adoring this shower jelly. I know a lot of people aren’t huge fans of the consistency but it’s great when I’ve had it in the fridge and take my morning shower. It has a wonderful collection of lemon, lime and grapefruit juices that makes it the perfect way to start a warm, balmy day. Don’t let the blue colour put you off. It doesn’t smell like a cheap, Lynx-esque style fragrance. The whole experience is vibrant, fresh and clean.

It’s £2.99 for a 100g pot and you can get it online here.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Monday, 18 April 2011

VO5 Miracle Concentrate

VO5 Miracle Concentrate

I was only introduced to this product on Thursday night but it’s now my favourite thing in the world. I refuse to be parted from it! Ever!

I’ve been spouting on about how much I love Argan oil for the last five years or so. It’s a bit of a miracle product. If you’ve got psoriasis, dry patches or any skin issue it will work a treat. I’ve also recommended many a person put it on their hair as a treatment.  I was so excited when I saw this little Argan oil treatment in the line up of new products from VO5. I was elated when I smelt it. I was almost reduced to tears of happiness when I tried it.

VO5 Volumised Smooth HairI don’t have a lot of hair. Especially not since moving to the UK. It’s taken a beating from the lack of sunshine, harder water and harsher weather conditions. Hairdressers are always cutting it shorter because of all the breakage and it never feels soft or healthy. I had pretty much given up on it, to be honest. I’ve been known to spend over £100 on a bottle of product in an effort to put some condition in it. (Didn’t work, by the way). Since using the Miracle Concentrate on Thursday night my hair has been feeling amazing! It’s so soft! I decided to experiment with one of the volumizing products (I’ll post about that soon) and a fresh blow dry. My hair always looks a bit bushy, then fuzzy then goes flat. I put a few drops of concentrate through the mid lengths and ends post blow dry and got the smooth but “big” hair in the picture above!

Did I mention how amazing it smells? It smells AMAZING! I’ve used it on my hair every day whether freshly washed or not. It’s so light, absorbs easily and leaves hair feeling and smelling great. I wouldn’t, ordinarily, do that with fine hair like mine. Products always drag it down and make it greasy. This has been fine and I know it’s giving it condition at the same time.

You can get VO5 Miracle Concentrate right now in Tesco and Asda for £4.99. You’ll be able to get it from Boots as of June.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

PS, I was a lucky lady and received this product for review. I didn’t buy it myself. x

Friday, 15 April 2011

Musings of a Makeup Artist–My Favourite Blog of the Moment

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There are a million beauty blogs wafting around the internet but very few of them are written from a professional’s perspective. It’s great to know what an every day consumer thinks of a product but I’m a great believer in digging a little deeper to find out what a product really can and can’t do. Even before I trained as a makeup artist I would always manage to find a way to speak to a pro and glean all their tips and tricks on how to make a great product perform in a way that makes you go “Wow!”. Kenneth’s blog manages to do just that.

His blog takes you behind the scenes on all the beautiful photo shoots he works on. He’ll show you before and after pictures of the models, list the products he used and even describe his techniques! It’s almost like having a celebrity makeup artist in your own home. Plus, it’s so reassuring to see that a model doesn’t look at all perfect in the Before shots!

Kenneth is really the man you want advising you on how to look glamorous. He posts all the latest info from the new collections as they’re released and tells you which are his highlights and why. Did I mention that he’s worked on every celebrity and high profile campaign you can poke a stick at? I could rattle off names like Vogue UK, i-D, Tatler, Stella, Vogue Nippon, Glamour, Style, Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry, Amanda Wakeley, Shu Uemura and Van Cleef & Arpels. Try saying that ten times fast!

Click here for his blog and go follow him on Twitter. He’s @kennethsoh. Don’t be scared, he doesn’t bite. In fact, he’ll probably invite you over to his house for one of his amazing dinners. The man can cook just as well as he can make you any girl look glamorous! One of my favourite blogs and favourite people ever!

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Dr Murad’s The Water Secret Smoothie

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A little while ago I attended an evening where I got to find out all about some new products being launched by Dr Murad. It was a fascinating evening where I got to stand around listening to people talk about how skin works and they way it reacts to what we put in our body. I’m a total nerd and am completely into the mechanisms of skin. I mean, it’s a functioning organ that’s constantly regenerating itself. It changes colour and tone when there are changes going on inside our body, outside of it and it even reacts to our emotions! How can that not be one of the most interesting subjects ever?

Dr Murad has a theory that we should all reconsider how we think about water and how we keep our skin hydrated from the inside. He doesn’t agree with the myth that we need to drink two litres of water a day to keep clear skin. In fact, he says that doing that will strip our body of electrolytes and end up dehydrating our bodies even more. He suggest we “eat” our water. Murad’s research has indicated that the water in fruits and vegetables has a different cellular structure to the water we drink and that it’s much better for our skin and our bodies.

So for the last ten days I’ve been testing out one of Dr Murad’s favourite smoothie recipes to see if it will improve my complexion. I’ve been feeling a little haggard and old lately. Plus, I was trialling some products that have reacted really badly with my skin and caused it to look like that of a hormonal seventeen year old boy. It’s one of the tastiest smoothies ever! I’m loving it and it’s replaced my morning cup of tea as the first thing I do in the mornings! I use a hand held blender and the whole process takes me less than five minutes, which is brilliant. It also keeps me going till I’m ready to have a late lunch. I’m not a lover of the snacking so this is terrific.

Has my complexion improved? I think it has! I started to notice that “lit from within” glow coming through my skin after almost a week. I’m still trying to get my face to not be a broken out mess but aside from that it’s looking a lot younger and considerably fresher. 

To make your smoothie, mix the following and drink daily:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened blueberry juice
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbs lecithin granules
  • 1 small banana

You can get Dr Murad’s book The Water Secret here.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Friday, 8 April 2011

RapidLash Update Week Six

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Only two more weeks to go! So far the length of my upper and lower lashes is definitely increasing. I’ll be interested to see what happens over the final two weeks.

So here are the before and so-far pictures without mascara…

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Here are the before and so-far pics with mascara…

 

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Weirdly, looking at these pictures I can’t see a whole lot of difference. Yet, on an ever day basis I can definitely see one when I look in the mirror.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Murad Goji Berry Body Wash and Lotion

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I never got into the goji berry craze. Too many people told me how icky they tasted so I didn’t bother. I never considered using it in a product, though. Especially seeing as I’d heard all these nasty rumours about how bad they tasted. Why on earth would it, therefore, smell good?

I received this gift set at an event recently and it turned out to be pretty good timing seeing as I ran out of both my body lotion and shower gel. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do. Out of the two the body wash is my favourite. I really love the smell of it. It has teeny tiny exfoliating beads in it as well which is handy. The body lotion is lovely but it doesn’t smell as good as the wash. I’m still lusting after the Caudalie body lotion as well.

You can get the set here from lookfantastic.com for £19.50.

Kisses,

Rebecca xxx