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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation Review


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It's no secret that my all time favourite foundation is Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua but one that definitely rivals it is *Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow.

Hello Flawless foundation is available in nine different colours including:

Ivory - Believe in Me
Ivory - I'm Pure 4 Sure
Champagne - Cheers to Me
Honey - I'm So Money
Beige - I'm All the Rage
Toasted Beige - Warm Me Up
Amber - I'm So Glamber
Hazlenut - I'm Hopelessly Hot
Nutmeg - Gotta Know Me

The shade I have is Ivory I'm Pure 4 Sure which is one of the palest pale and idea for people who have pink toned skin rather than yellow. This colour matches my skin perfectly at the moment and the finish is dewy but very natural. Due to this it would probably suit people with combination or dry skin more that oily but I would definitely recommend going to a Benefit counter to give it a try for yourself.

I find the formula of Hello Flawless to be one of the best on the market too because it is very light so it doesn't look cakey on my skin but if I feel like I need a little extra coverage I can build it up easily as it applies beautifully whether using a brush or my finger tips. This Benefit foundation also feels extremely confortable to wear as it doesn't actually feel like you have any make-up on at all and when teamed with the Porefessional Primer and Urban Decay Setting Spray it easily lasts all day.

The packaging of this Benefit foundation is simple but compact and I really like it.  Unlike other foundations you can also see how much you have left which is perfect because you can work out how many uses you have which is really important.

I really love this foundation and when I alternate it with my Chanel one I feel like it's just as good. In the past I've always been disappointed on the days when I've worn a different foundation so I've tended to lean more and more on my Chanel one which works out expensive to use every single day. Although Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow isn't one of the cheapest on the market I love it because it's easy to work with and achieves a natural yet flawless finish on my combination skin.  Without doubt I would re-purchase it!

You can buy Benefit Hello Oxygen Wow Foundation from a variety of stores including Boots and Debenhams. It is priced at £25.50 on the Benefit website and I think it's worth every penny!

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

My Pandora Charm Bracelet


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Pandora is a brand that everyone has heard of and it's no surprise as their jewellery is beautiful!  The company was founded in 1982 and they now have 1100 stores in more than 80 countries which is great news for us Pandora fans.

I've been a fan of Pandora for years and I could quite easily spend a fortune on their jewellery because it is all stunning, whether it is a necklace, ring or bracelet.  I also love that they bring out different ranges throughout the year which have a slightly different theme.

When I created my first Pandora bracelet I decided to go with a pink theme as that is my favourite colour and because at the time their leather bracelets were on offer I decided to go for one of those rather than the more classic silver bangles (although I would absolutely love to own one of those too and plan on buying one with different colour charms at some point in the future). The leather bracelet I chose is a single wrap in a charcoal grey as I found it made the charms stand out well but wasn't as harsh as black.  It also gives the bracelet more of a smart/casual feel.

The hard part when creating my Pandora bracelet was definitely picking the charms. I found it really difficult to narrow them down to a small selection because there were so many I loved but in the end I settled for three different ones as I wanted my bracelet to look completely symmetrical.

My bracelet is made up of the following:

Single woven Leather Bracelet - £40 - Link
2 Pave Ball Charms - £55 each - Link
2 Pink Cherry Blossom Clips - £45 each - Link
1 Pink Faceted Murano Charm - £35.00 - Link

I love the mix of charms I chose because I have a hint of pink and sparkle without it looking too over the top. I also like that with just five charms you can see the pretty woven leather of the bracelet so I don't plan on adding any more charms to it.

I absolutely love my Pandora bracelet and I wear it all the time. I can't wait to create another one with a silver bangle and lilac or blue charms. If you want to see what else Pandora have to offer you can see their stock list on their website here.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mothers Day Gift Ideas
Lush Secret Garden Bath Bomb | £2.95 | Link 
Jimmy Choo Perfume | £49.99 | Link
Marks and Spencers Flowers | £35.00 | Link
Next Noir Fragrance Candle | £9.00 | Link
Sanctuary Spa Scrub | £11.50 | Link

Mothers Day is fast approaching (30th March) and if you are yet to buy your mum a little something this post contains some gift ideas you may like! I've purposely picked them from high street stores rather than online because with Mothers Day only being a few days away they wouldn't arrive in time. So here are my ideas...

Being a Lush fan it would be wrong not to include any of their products here and what better way to treat your mum than to give her something to pamper herself? I've chosen the Lush Secret Garden Bath Bomb as I bought this for my mum last year and she loves it. We're not big fans of green so the colour isn't one of our favourite's but the flower decoration is cute and the scent is beautifully floral!

If you're looking to splash a little more cash this Mothers Day then a perfume is a great idea. One that is in my collection is the Jimmy Choo fragrance which is really beautiful and would suit a variety of ages. The packaging is also super cute!

You can't beat a beautiful bouquet of flowers and I find the quality of the Marks and Spencer ones to be brilliant.  They have a variety of colours and sizes so whatever your budget you should be able to find something that is perfect for your mum.

Like me, my mum loves candles and a great inexpensive alternative to high end brands such as Jo Malone or your usual Yankee Candles are those by Next. Depending on the size of the store they offer a variety or sized candles in different scents and often have pretty candle holders too. 

Being a beauty blogger I often buy my mum gifts related to skin care or cosmetics as it's something I know a lot about and my mum enjoys them too.  I've chosen a gorgeous pampering product by Sanctuary Spa which would make a really lovely gift because it is a product that would often get used and the packaging is lovely. As an alternative, if you wanted to do more along the beauty theme then how about putting together your own gift box? It's great because it is unique and you can spend as much or as little as you like on it. I did this for my mum's Birthday last year and she absolutely loved it! See it here.

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

YSL Lipstick Giveaway



Hello Everyone! Today's post is a super exciting one because I will be giving you the chance to win your very own YSL Lipstick. YSL is a brand I love and they are definitely one of my favourites when it comes to lipsticks because the packaging is stunning, the formula smooth, creamy and hydrating and the colour selection is beautiful.

If you want to enter my international giveaway simply fill in the entry form below.  There are a few mandatory options but the majority are optional but the more sections you enter the bigger your chance to win.


Important Information

- The giveaway will run from 27th March 2014 - 30th April 2014 and is open internationally.
- The winner will be emailed and/or announced in a blog post. The winner will have 28 days to claim their prize.  If I do not hear from them within this time frame a new winner will be picked. If the winner has not entered all of the entries they have claimed to, all of their entries will be discounted and a new winner will be picked.
- If you are under the age of 18 please seek parental permission before entering.
- I will not be held liable for any allergic reactions you may have to the products.
- The prize will be posted 2nd Class standard delivery to the UK/untracked internationally. I will not be liable for any loss or damage but will make sure the prize is packaged well.  If you want to pay the additional fee for recorded delivery you are welcome to do so.

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Essie Go Ginza and Hors D'Oeuvres Nail Polishes


Essie Nail polishes

Today's post is short and sweet and features two polishes I am loving at the moment. Firstly, is Go Ginza by Essie which is a very pretty pale lilac. The polish applies beautifully and the colour is perfect for Spring so is definitely one of my 'go to' polishes during this time. You can't beat a good pastel at this time of year.

Go Ginza looks very pretty on it's own but it quite thin so you need three layers in order to get a flawless finish. When used with base and top coat I've found it lasts around 4-5 days before it starts to chip which is perfect for me as I tend to change my polishes weekly.

In the above picture I have teamed Go Ginza with another Essie polish named Hors D'Oeuvres which I recently bought in a haul. This is a very pretty polish which contains an assortment of iridescent large silver glitter suspended in a light gold liquid. Since buying it I have often used it as an accent nail and more recently for this look just on the tips of my nails which looks very pretty too. I love the combination of the two polishes because it gives a simple, subtle look, however, I do find the combination of the two does chip more easily and within 24 hours I had my first tiny chip.  I've had some others other the week on the corners of my nails so they don't look too obvious but if you like to wear a polish which is completely chip proof for a good number of days then this one isn't for you (unless maybe you experiment with different top coats).

You can buy Go Ginza from Amazon for £4.95 and Hors D'Oeuvres from Superdrug for £9.99.

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wonderful March Advertisers


March Advertisers

Hello Beauties, it's that time of the month again when I get to share my lovely March advertisers with you all. Of course they have been in my sidebar all month and you may have also spotted some of them in the bottom of my blog posts and tweets but this post gives each of my advertisers the opportunity to tell us a little about themselves and their blog.  Please take some take to have a look at their blogs and websites as they each work extremely hard on them and I'm sure you'll enjoy what you see whether your looking for some new shoes, outfit posts or beauty reviews.

So here we go.. please let me introduce my March Advertisers....



HOAD SHOES
Advertiser: Hoad Shoes

Established in 1898 Hoad Shoes is situated in the heart of Sevenoaks in Kent providing footwear for all the family. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, superb product knowledge and a vast range of products from fashion boots and shoes to extra wide fittings for swollen feet and orthotic insoles for foot problems. We have recently opened our online shop hoadshoes.co.uk selling a wide range of products such as Gabor, HB, Pedro Miralles, Dubarry and Timberland to name a few. We offer free postage on all online orders and a click and collect option if you are local to the area.





BEKY LOU
Advertiser: Beky Lou

My name is Beky and I started BekyLou in late September of this year; I've had an overwhelming response and it's become such a hug part of my life. BekyLou is a beauty,fashion and lifestyle blog in which I share all of my beauty/fashion loves and lusts with you all, review products and also mix in some personal lifestyle posts such as 'My Journey with Anxiety and Depression', which has been my most viewed and most personal post to date. I'd love it if you could take a peep over via my links below and follow - I'm aiming for 300 bloglovin followers by the end of January! 

 Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram |  Blog Lovin



DULCIE
Advertiser: Dulcie

Dulcie’s Beauty Blog – A Beauty and Lifestyle blog where I share my beauty favourites and my reviews of products I’ve tried and products I’ve liked. Make-up is my thing, with nails as a close second.  Created with inspiration from my beautiful friends, the blog features my make-up looks and outfits, nail polish favourites and skin care picks. A creative space, Dulcie’s Beauty Blog brings beauty products, style and fun together.

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BETHANY WORRALL
Advertiser: Bethany Worrall

Hey guys! I'm Bethany and I blog over at the very originally names bethanyworrall.com! I started my blog a few months a go as nobody was interested with my rambles, particularly fashion & beauty related! I blog about pretty much whatever takes my fancy, but as I'm not great at saving money I'll always have a haul lined  up! Lipsticks are my weakness, along with Essie nail polish! If you stop by, please leave a comment, or pop over to my twitter/Facebook/Instagram as I love a good old chat!

Thanks to Kimberley for letting me advertise her this month!!

Bethany 



MISS LJ BEAUTY
Advertiser: Miss LJ Beauty

Hay everyone, 

How are you today? My wee blog contains a bit of everything but beauty is my passion. I am getting married in June so expect a few post on that. As with a wedding coming up I'm on a fitness and weight loss kick ATM.  I am currently running a series called inspirational people on Sunday to give us all a boost that dreams can come true! 

MissLJBeauty
Xoxo

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SATCHELS AND PEARLS
Advertiser: Satchels and Pearls

Satchels + Pearls is a lifestyle, beauty, fashion and motherhood blog by Michelle, a recently new mum to a baby boy and living a long distance relationship with her husband across the sea. On Satchels + Pearls you can find beauty reviews, DIY, recipes, all topped off with a quirky sense of fashion from a blogger with a buzz cut. Michelle has a passion for afternoon cake and tea, and will take you on adventures around West Yorkshire. So why not check out her blog and follow her life journey?



It has been wonderful to advertise these lovely blogs this month, read their posts and get to know the people behind the blogs/website. I hope you will take the time to look at them and enjoy them too :)

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Chanel Christmas 2013 'That' Palette Review

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Hi Everyone, how are you all? I hope you had good weekends. Mine was really nice because I was able to spend some time relaxing on Saturday and blogging on Sunday.  I was went to my first ever rum and poker night on Saturday night with my friends from school which was really different but very enjoyable! Despite never playing before I picked it up pretty quickly and somehow I managed to win! I'm still not too sure how that happened haha

Onto today's post...

For Christmas I was lucky enough for Santa to bring me the Limited Edition 'That' Palette by Chanel and in today's post I would like to share my thoughts with you.  When I first saw this palette I thought it looked stunning and there were two main things that stood out for me. Firstly, the shades are all neutral colours so they are very wearable for me.  Secondly, was the gorgeous quilted design of each eye shadow which screams 'Chanel' in a elegant and subtle way.

After having my eye on this palette since it was first released you can imagine my excitement on Christmas morning when I unwrapped it. The black packaging is simple yet elegant and inside contains the most beautiful eyeshadow's, although, I do seem to struggle opening it!

Hidden within the classic Chanel packaging are five neutral shadows ranging from a light highlighter (which doesn't pick up very well on camera) to a light beige, a shimmer brown gold, a deep taupe/brown and a pretty charcoal grey.  Every shade has a very soft and creamy texture which means they are very blendable and they are also very pigmented. This is the kind of palette which is perfect because you can easily create a simple natural looking eye for day wear and then make things a little darker for the evening so although this palette is small it has it all!

Unfortunately this palette isn't part of the permanent range so it won't be easy to get hold of now and it's disappointing because the shades would definitely appeal to a large range of people. If you like it maybe keep an eye out for more limited edition ranges from Chanel or take a look at their permanent range.

What do you think of the Chanel 'That' palette?
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Monday, 24 March 2014

Lush Love Locket Review

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Regular readers of my blog will know I'm a big fan of Lush and my favourite products are the bath bombs.  I have a few favourites from the permanent range such as Honey Bee but I equally love the limited addition ranges which are brought out on a regular basis. These range are always so tempting because I know they won't be around for long and because the products follow a theme they always look adorable! (the Mothers Day and Easter ranges are currently out).

You may think it's a little late to do this post featuring the *Lush Love Locket which was from the Valentines range but it's so cute I couldn't resist so I hope you don't mind. Priced at £6.95 this is the most expensive bath bomb I have seen but it actually works out more economical than the standard ones as you get not one, not two but three baths from it. This is because when you crack the outta shell it reveals another bath bomb inside and so on, each equally as nice as the one before.

This bright pink love heart smells amazing too as it has a sweet yet floral scent. It's actually one of my favourite's as it's strong enough to linger for a while but at the same it isn't too overpowering... I love it!

Although this particular bath bomb isn't available at the moment, you can check out the other products Lush have on offer here.

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MAC Lipstick Giveaway Winner

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Hello Everyone! 

Back in December I launched a giveaway to win a MAC Lipstick to celebrate my blog reaching 1000 Blog Lovin' followers.  After an overwhelming 9750 entries the competition closed and I will be announcing the winner in today's post.  Before I do, however, I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has supported my blog and to everyone who entered my giveaway.  If you haven't won this time please don't be disappointed, I will be doing more giveaways in the future so watch this space!

The winner of my MAC Lipstick Giveaway is.........


Fiona Andrews


The winner has already been contacted via e-mail.

Congratulations Emily, I hope you enjoy your MAC Lipstick!
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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Haagen Dazs Easter Egg Event


Haagen Dazs

Hello Everyone! Last week I was lucky enough to attend an event with Haagen Dazs at their restaurant in Leicester Square, London which sounded absolutely amazing. 

With Easter fast approaching it was an Easter Master Class where we were joined by the food stylist, writer and presenter Phil Mundy. He showed us how to create his latest Easter inspired creation which first appeared in the restaurant on Saturday and we were even given the opportunity to make our own version! It was really lovely to experience what the dish would look like before it was released on the public and be taught how to make it ourselves. I definitely plan to re-create it at home!

After Phil showed us what to do and after some advise about flavour combinations, with the champagne still flowing we began to make our creations. This started with half a dark chocolate shell that had been been kindly moulded into half an egg shape before we arrived. We then got to choose what ice creams we wanted to fill in the center of the shell as well as on the plate and some tasters on the side (yum!). I chose salted caramel as the main filling and also teamed it with raspberry sorbet which worked surprisingly well together. I also chose mango sorbet and chocolate ice cream to add a little something to the side of my plate. 

Once our creations had spent a few minutes back in the freezer to stop them from melting too quickly we were then let loose on the toppings. The selection was amazing and it was very tempting to pile lots of tasty treats on my plate but I had a good idea of how I wanted my final design to look so I kept things to a minimum. I added a three raspberries as I know it's best with decorations to have things in odd numbers, as well as some chocolate sprinkes, crispies, glitter (wow!) and the well known Haagen Dazs Chocolate stamp. 

Overall I was really pleased with how my plate turned out and I think the final piece was very delicate. After taking some pictures we were then able to eat our creations and wow it tasted incredible! I don't think I've ever tasted any better ice cream or sorbet and the combination of flavours were amazing. It was the end to the perfect evening and before leaving we even had time for a quick selfie (including Rachel from Beauty Queen UK, Zoe from Zoe London and Lorna from Studs and Dreams).

If you want to try out this delicious Haagen Dazs Easter creation it will be available until 25th April 2014 at the Leicester Square restaurant. It is a set design so you won't be able to pick your own ice cream and toppings but it still looks and tastes incredible. 

What do you think of my Haagen Dazs Easter Egg creation? Will you be trying one of these delicious ice cream plates?
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Friday, 21 March 2014

TRESEMME HEAT DEFENCE REVIEW



Before I start today's post I just want to quickly share my evening with you. Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to an event with Haagan Daz in London where we learnt about using ice-cream as edible art and we even got the opportunity to make our own Ice cream Easter Egg! I will be writing up a blog post about the event including pictures so I won't give away too much now.. but it was Amazing!!  

Onto today's post which is all about hair care....My hair is often subjected to heat on a regular basis so it is really important I use a good heat protector on it. For years I have been very loyal to the VO5 Heat Defense Spray which works perfectly with my hair and I love the fine formulation but when my last bottle ran out I fancied a change so was on the hunt for a new product to try. The heat protector I reached for is the TRESemme Heat Defence spray which is in a travel size bottle (I thought it was best to start off small in case I didn't like it).

The TRESemme Heat Defence Spray is said to provide heat protection up to 230 C as well as seal in shine which sounds perfect. I don't usually use heat at such a high temperature as this but it's great it offers this much protection as styling tools seem to be heating to higher and higher temperatures these days.

One of the key things I look for in any products I apply to my hair is that they do not leave any kind of residue. I hate it when you're left with that heavy, sticky feeling and the texture is crisp instead of being light and bouncy.  Being a fan of TRESemme, I had high hopes for this product and I wasn't left disappointed. The dispenser allows you to spray the product evenly all over the hair and I have found the formula to be exactly what I look for. The packaging says to use the product on damp hair which I do before blow drying it but I also apply it once my hair is dry so I am providing my hair with an extra layer of protection before using styling tools such as straighteners or a curling wand.

Overall I've been really impressed with this product and I'm glad I've given it a try. I will always go back to my VO5 Heat Defence Spray as it is definitely my 'holy grail' product but I would definitely re-purchase the TRESemme equivalent. If you want to give it a try you can buy it from Boots for £5.99 (full size version).

What is your favourite heat protector?

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

HEALGEL FACE REVIEW


The cold weather has been playing havoc with my skin and I've noticed it has been much drier than normal. My daily moisturiser, Clinique Superdefense was working very well at keeping this at bay until I had to stop using it because strangely, despite using it for over a year I became allergic to it so my skin would tingle and be sore after every use.  As a result, I was on the look out for a new moisturiser and that is when I discovered *HealGel Face.

HealGel isn't a brand I had ever heard of before so I wasn't too sure what to expect but I have been very impressed by the results.  The packaging is different to any other brands I have seen and I love the simple retro look it has.  The size of the bottle is also perfect for storage and is very hygenic as you simply pump the product from the dispenser.  Unlike some other products I have used in the past this pump is easy to control too so you can get the right amount of product you need. I much prefer using products that have this kind of mechanism rather than a tub because as mentioned above, it's much more hygenic.

This moisturiser claims to smooth, firm and replenish the skin as well as have anti-aging properties. Although I can't see the affects of anti-aging products as my skin is firm etc I'm now in my twenties so I'm keen to use products that have an anti-aging formula so this product sounds perfect.  

I've been using HealGel Face since January and I really like it.  The formula is a very light gel rather than a lotion that feels very cool when it is applied to the skin. You only need a very small amount and initially I feared it would take a long time to absorb because of it's wet texture but that couldn't be further from the truth. HealGel Face aborbs extremely quickly and makes my skin feel refreshed, smooth and nourished. The gel also has a subtle hint of lavender in the fragrance which I love because it makes me feel relaxed.

Since using HealGel Face my skin hasn't been as dry and I have had no break outs or allergic reactions to the formula.  I really enjoy using this product, particularly in the morning because it is so fresh and clean.

You can buy HealGel Face from Feel Unique for £48.00 which although has a higher price tag than some skin care brands is worth it in my eyes. It will be a sad day when this tube runs out!

What do you think of HealGel Face?
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