Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Message 2014

This will be my last post until after the New Year as I am taking some much needed time off to be with my family. 
I would like to thank you all for your support through 2014. I've loved reading your comments and receiving feedback from you when I have tried something new on my website. 
I'm looking forward to seeing what the new year brings. 
Have a fabulous Christmas and smashing New Year.........See you in 2015
Stay Beautiful inside and out xxx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Batiste Care & Vitality - Review

*PR Sample
This is the latest from the growing range of Batiste Dry Shampoos to hit the market.
Care & Vitality is perfect for the winter season, a time when hair needs a little more TLC. This particular one is amazing - and let me tell you why.
First things first. Batiste Care & Vitality is said to be a ‘genius 2 in 1 formula’. It contains Mandarin Oil Extract and Amino Acids which help hair to feel refreshed; as well as fuller, stronger, and healthier looking. It also gives the hair a smoother and shinier finish, which I would say is a first for dry shampoo.
The fragrance is also amazing! Care & Vitality is a floral combination of White Blossom, Lychee Peony, Lily, Amber, and Freesia; plus a touch of Cedarwood and Musk. Yes it’s a long list of flowers, but combine them all and it becomes truly delightful.

Tried & Tested
I found Care & Vitality to be one of the best I’ve used so far. It really does what it says on the can AND there is no trace white residue (not a hint). I loved the way this made my hair feel, it’s the same fresh feeling I get when I first wash and blowdry my hair. As I said earlier the fragrance is heavy on the florals, however this isn’t a strong scent. I was pleasantly surprised at how light and soft the smell was, not at all like I’d expected from the brief. I can safely say I will be buying the Batiste Care & Vitality from now on, and would recommend it as a must have hair product.

£3.99 200ml
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Friday, 12 December 2014

The Library of Fragrance - Christmas Limited Edition

*Press Release
Those of you who read my 'The Library of Fragrance' review will know all about this fabulous company. I for one love my 'Baby Powder' scent and have worn it every day! I'm pleased to be able to tell you about the new Limited Edition Christmas scents. These are such good value at £9.99 (normally retailing at £15). Sadly you can't buy these in store, but they are available at I'm sure most of you have orders to place so why not treat yourself and add one of these to your shopping basket ;-) 

So here are the press details - 

Egg Nog
For a long time we strived to make the perfect Egg Nog fragrance, which would live up to our exacting standards. It provided the splendid excuse to enjoy rather a lot of egg nog in the process – all in the name of research, of course. The result is our Egg Nog Cologne; delightfully festive, this creamy, spicy scent blends sugar and cream with just a dash of bourbon, a hint of vanilla, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a good dusting of nutmeg. Utterly irresistible and unisex, it’s the perfect festive fragrance. In short, wear this and you can do away with the mistletoe.  
A festive staple, this vibrant winter berry bestows us with its magic in cocktails, cakes, pies, puddings and compotes. Our Cranberry Cologne is perfect for fruity fragrance lovers and captures the refreshingly sharp, but juicy and sweet, red berry scent of the season.

Christmas in New York
If you’ve ever been to New York at Christmas you’ll know that this is a special time in a special place – with a unique scent all of its own. Transport yourself there with this Cologne that blends the scents of rich and festive spices, sweet apples and the comforting aroma of warm, roasting chestnuts, to perfectly capture this moment in time.

Christmas Bouquet
Our Christmas Bouquet Cologne ‘bottles’ a colourful swirl of festive flowers, winter berries and cinnamon bark.  Rich and spicy carnation absolute sits at the decadent heart of this fragrance to create a creamy, yet slightly peppery, and infinitely elegant floral scent.  

Merry Christmas xx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Makeup Colours for Blue Eyes

I've had great fun going through my old college textbooks recently. It's been an eye opener (pardon the pun) and has inspired me to do something a little different on my blog. Today I'd like to share with you some tips for us 'blue eyed' girls. Here are the eyeshadow colours that compliment us and will help make our eyes appear clearer and more sparkly.

The colour families that are best suited to blues eyes are - 

* Orange / Copper / Rust / Bronze

* Grey / Purple / Cobalt Blue

*Smokey Pinks / Warm Browns

Also try using Turquoise eyeliners and Blue Mascaras.

If you have Blue-green eyes you can also use Pale Yellows, Golden Tones and Pinky Golds.

I hope you found this helpful and I'll be back with more tips soon

Friday, 5 December 2014

ChinaGlaze 'Twinkle Collection' 2014

OK so normally you see lots of reds and golds from Christmas nail polish collections, but these from China Glaze are a little different.
The two polishes I have to show you today are from the 'Twinkle Collection'. The base colour is called 'December to Remember' which is a duochrome shimmer. It shifts from being a blue/purple to seeing greens and pinks. It's a stunning colour although the formula is a little on the watery side. I found three carefully applied coats gave a nice opaque finish. 
On top of this I've applied 'Chillin' with my Snow-mies' as an accent. I'm not sure you'd call it a glitter polish as the hex shapes are matte, I think I'd refer to it as a confetti polish. The confetti in this polish comes in three sizes, so you get a nice look with this polish. The only downside is I found it quite hard to fish out the confetti so it took a bit of time to get my nails looking how I wanted them. As with all China Glaze polishes I've tried these both lasted very well and didn't require top coat to make them look super shiny. 
Happy Polishing xx


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Library of Fragrance - Baby Powder

Today’s review is up there as one of the most enjoyable this year. I was contacted by Clare from Library of Fragrance some months ago; she was conducting questionnaires aimed at people in the blogging community, and these questions were based around the different scents we liked - from the smell of freshly cut grass to pipe tobacco. We all submitted our feedback, and when the huge list of 28 fragrances were launched, we were asked to select the top 3 scents we’d like to try. Fast forward to November and an email came through to say my name had been picked, and Baby Powder was on its way to me.

Baby Powder can only be described one way - simply devine! If you love that clean, fresh, new baby smell (without the dirty nappies obviously) this is for you. This fragrance is reminiscent of Johnson & Johnson baby talc which I love. I find it does have a slightly sweet hint to it which may not be appealing to everyone, however it isn’t overpowering. You can certainly wear this everyday, and I have been for over a week now, which has resulted in lots of compliments and questions about it. One of the teachers at Little Miss’ school even went online and bought some for herself, after quizzing me about it days earlier.

The Library of Fragrance has a massive 28 fragrances to choose from, so you’re bound to find one you adore as much as I adore Baby Powder. The bottles have a clean simple design (glass with long silver lid), and contain 30ml of fragrance, which seems very reasonable for the £15 price tag.

I’m totally in love with this cologne spray and what’s more it can be layered with other scents from the range - yes you’re reading this correctly. You can read about how to layer the Library of Fragrances scents here.

So if you fancy smelling like Dirt, or perhaps you prefer to smell of Sweet Pea, then all I can say is go and check out the Library of Fragrance online (or pop into your local Boots store).


Monday, 1 December 2014

Weleda Baby Calendula Body Lotion

Our little lady still suffers from dry patches on her legs; I think it’s maybe a mild form of eczema? We used Almond Oil as a body moisturiser when she was a baby, which worked well, however as she became a little older she wanted to help put her lotion on. As you can imagine a 3 year old and ‘oil’ doesn’t bode well so we now use cream moisturizer instead.

Weleda Baby Calendula Body Lotion is one of the best we’ve found to date. Weleda is a brand I became familiar with while living in Switzerland and I’m pleased I can buy it here in the UK too (I’ll pop the links below). I guess you’re asking yourself why do we love it so much?
Well lets start with the basics. Calendula Body Lotion contain 100% natural ingredients, 99% of those are organic. These are all carefully selected so the body lotion not only replenishes delicate baby skin, but also can be used to cleanse and nourish the skin.
I love the fact that this body lotion is very rich and creamy yet somehow it’s absorbed so quickly, with no greasy residue. This also contains two of my favourite ingredients for skin care products, Sweet Almond Oil and Beeswax, both of which work well on dry and sensitive skin.
We use this after every bath and have found this does seem to be clearing the dry areas up nicely. I’m not saying it’s a cure, after all everyone's skin is different. What I will say is I can feel her skin is improving and I’m pretty sure it’s down to the Weleda Calendula Body Lotion.

Check out the Weleda website for more of the Calendula range and to find your nearest stockist (click here).
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