Monday, 22 September 2014

For the first time ever, Clarins are offering a gift with purchase with a social conscience. Between 21st September and 4th October you will receive this GWP when you purchase two things from Clarins (one to be skin care). 

So as I'm sure your beauty brains are already thinking what do I need? I did this post a little while back on my favourite Clarins products and you can now add their exfoliating toner to that list too! 

The makeup bag is really good quality with a convenient zip and inside you get a Hydrating Cream Mask, Moisture Rich Body Lotion, Exfoliating Cream, Hand and Nail Treatment and Bath and Shower Treatment. 

So what's the cause? Clarins have partnered with FEED for this gift with purchase so that each makeup bag purchased will provide 10 nutritious school meals through the UN World Food Programme to children in developing countries. To find out more about FEED, click here.  

So what are you waiting for? Shop! 
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

This sounds like a weird one I know, but hear me out... When I have last day hair (i.e., I need to wash it asap!) I usually spend the day with it tied up. When it's up and out of my face I always feel like my makeup should be on point and I should spend more time than usual perfecting it. 

You guys always compliment my makeup when my hair is tied back, so here's the secret... my greasy hair makeup tutorial. 

ps. I'm using all new products in this video. Enjoy! 
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NARS Iconic Colour

It's not often you see NARS nails round these parts. Despite my love for the brand, their nail polishes haven't really appealed to me in the past. Saying that, they've recently had a little makeover and have changed up a few things, so I gave them a go and here's how I got on...

The most noticeable change is the new lid. You no longer have to attempt to balance a square lid in your hands as it twists off to reveal a smaller brush inside. Much better. They've upgraded the formula too to now include resins and polymers that improve wear and strengthen nails. The polish has a very high gloss finish which looks really luxurious on the nails. 

There are an amazing 43 shades on offer which is incredible. I'm wearing 'Fearless' above and 'Dark Room' is one of their newer shades. I'm really impressed and will definitely be adding NARS to my list of top quality nail polishes. 

The new polishes are out now on counter and online, they're £14.50 each. 
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Saturday, 20 September 2014

I showed these Steve Madden boots in a recent haul video and I wanted to update you on how comfortable/not comfortable they are. It's good news... they don't hurt! I had to get a 6, which is a half size too small for me but as they're leather they do stretch and i've found them to be really comfortable. I really like how they look with skinny jeans and I know I'll get a lot of wear out them in the coming months! 

This week I met the Laura Mercier which was a bit of a dream come true. So many people didn't even know that there was an actual person called Laura Mercier behind the brand, but there really is and she's incredible. We sat and chatted over breakfast, looking through her portfolio of impressive magazine cover shoots. She talked us through some of her most memorable shoots with Mariah Carey and Madonna. She told us how she started the brand and how difficult the transition was from behind-the-scenes make up artist to the face of her self-named makeup brand. I asked her a question about balancing lipstick shades with eyeshadows and she told me mine was perfectly balanced - life made. I learnt that her Secret Camouflage was the first product created and one of her favourites to this day, as she says "Secret Camouflage is the guy that never lets me down". She then told us about her new products launching which included some fabulous Christmas gifts and a brand new matte foundation called Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. The whole experience made me fall in love with the brand all over again.

If you follow me on Twitter you will 100% know about my recent obsession with Cotton Candy grapes. Yep, you heard me right. Those clever farmers have created a hybrid grape that combines two types, together making a delicious grape that has the taste of cotton candy (or candy floss as we call it!). All the main supermarkets do them now, my favourite ones so far are from Marks & Spencer and Waitrose. I can't get enough, I'm completely addicted!! Buy some. You won't regret it. 

Happy Saturday and have a great weekend! 

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Friday, 19 September 2014

On a recent trip to Fenwicks New Bond Street I came across some DHC products and as I've enjoyed using some of their products in the past I thought I'd take a quick look. DHC is a Japanese brand and is best known for their skincare. 

I spotted the Liquid Eyeliner EX and it definitely looked worth a try. It was £16, so mid-range for a liquid liner but Japanese brands do makeup so well that I knew I'd be impressed. 

It's a felt tip liner but the first thing I noticed is that the tip is quite short. My double-ended Tom Ford liner taught me that when it comes to felt tip liners it's definitely easier the longer it is. So, ok, this one is for the more experienced eye liner users... That's fine.

The formula of the liner is jet black and it dispenses product easily without being too much and too smudgy. It also dries quite fast which is good if you're someone who ends up with liner smeared all over your face. It's also a water-resistant formula so it lasts incredibly well... the whole day for me! 

Because the tip is so short, you do have to get quite close to the eye to apply. But I found that the whole liner itself was really comfortable and nice to hold. It feels almost like an expensive fountain pen and just sits really nicely in the hand. 

I've loved using it personally. If you feel quite comfortable with applying liquid liner then I think this is a great one to try, but if you're still a newbie stick to the Soap & Glory Supercat Liner! 
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