Friday, 31 May 2013

Jurlique Essence of Rose Roll-On Fragrance Oil.

This signature Jurlique fragrance captures the essence of the world’s finest Rose Oils, Shea Butter, and the purity of Jurlique’s very own organically grown Rosa Gallica in a sleek, pop-in your purse sized bottle. Alluring, feminine, floral and modern. It smells lovely & fresh, I always get lot's of comments when I wear this scent.

    The Benefits:

    • Jurlique’s no. 1 signature scent- Rose
    • Perfect for fragrance layering with Jurlique Rose products
    • 100% natural fragrance, alcohol free and suitable for all skin types.
    • Convenient size bottle with easy-to-use roll on applicator.

    Key Ingredients:

    • Rosa Gallica extracts are carefully blended with natural oils and emollients to maintain the essence and to provide skin smoothing and conditioning properties. In traditional aromatherapy, the rose is known for its balancing and calming effects, an ideal aroma for body care products.
    • Shea Butter easily absorbs into skin and is a powerful source of triglycerides and essential vitamins, which help skin feel soft, supple and healthy.
  • You can pick it up for £16.50 from jurlique.co.uk
  • I really like using perfume rollerballs as they are small & compact, very easy for travelling in hand luggage or just popping in your handbag for a freshen up throughout the day.

  • What's your favourite scent?


Thursday, 30 May 2013

A little Beauty Haul....

Just a short post today as I thought you'd like to see my little Haul?
Superdrug currently have a 3 for 2 offer on I thought It'd be rude not to buy a few Items!


 I bought Maybelline Plush Mascara, Maybelline Eraser Concealer & Essie 'Where's my Chauffeur'. Which arrived today As I ordered online as it was also Free Delivery over the bank holiday, But whilst I was out today I also nipped in to Superdrug to repurchase Bourjois Healthy Mix & L'Oreal Lumi Magique as I am running low and really like to always have these in my collection, I also picked up L'Oreal Telescopic Waterproof as I couldn't decide what to buy and I love the original so thought I'd try this one. Might aswell take full advantage!

What have you been buying recently? 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Clarins Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 25

The Clarins BB Cream feels amazing. It looks quite Thick when you first squeeze it out of the tube, but once applied to your face it appears to vanish like air as you rub it into your skin. I literally couldn't tell I had anything on, my face just looked natural, fresh with a slight glow. I got mine in Light & when I first squeezed some out on my fingers I was a little concerned as it has a very orange tint to it, I thought I'd be cast as an extra Oompa Lumpa in Willy Wonka! But once I began to apply, it disappeared & blended perfectly with my skin.


The finish is semi-matte meaning it will slightly mattify oilier areas, whilst adding a natural radiance to the skin overall. It's not moisturising as such, but the moisture-attracting properties of Katafray bark, a natural hydration stimulate, works to plump and moisturise the skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines alongside the Clarins 3D radiance pigment, which optically brightens the skin and minimises flaws. Coating in a unique plant amino acid, your colour stays true for longer. I noticed around my eyes, which seemed to make the dry, fine lines less noticeably.

The coverage is light, just enough to smooth out redness and some general unevenness. Something about the finish seems to lightly blur out fine lines and pores. Your skin doesn't look like a blank, lifeless canvas, but like a better version of the natural you. If you want boosted, naturally luminous skin and can make do with concealer for the problem spots, this is fabulous. I do however feel it may still be too dark for really pale complexions..



Clarins BB* does have a scent, sort of fresh, slightly floral. If you're sensitive to added fragrance, This might be a problem for you?

This is also by far the best-feeling sunscreen I have ever tried. I can't think of many sunscreens that are this weightless & non drying, I love that this has SPF 25 which is strong enough for everyday wear. I think this will be my HG in the warmer months.

This is probably one of the best BB Creams I've tried, it is at the higher end at £28.00, but you can buy this from Escentual at the moment for a special price of £22.40.

Are you a fan of BB Creams?

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Ready for Summer - Hair Removal

Wether you are going abroad on holiday or just hoping for a bit of sun on your lovely limbs.. There are lot's of ways to transform your body from cousin IT to Supermodel! I suffer from PCOS, so am well aware of the pain of hair removal & staying smooth & hair free!, Here are a few ways to keep you smooth for Summer....

Shaving - This involves razors, shaving cream & a steady hand.... this option is probably the quickest & easiest method... I usually shave my legs & underarms with Venus razors. As these are the only ones that don't cut me behind the knees or on my ankles!  But for me shaving doesn't last long, so it's a daily event during summer.

Hair removing Cream- This Involves spreading a depilating cream like  Immac or Nair, over your chosen body part & leaving for 5 minutes to literally melt your hair away. I have used them but don't find that they are all that great &  I always end up shaving.

Epilating - Avoid at all costs! I once tried it on my leg & it bled! it is worse than child birth! It looks like an electric shaver but with loads of little things that pluck out your hairs in clumps... Are your eyes watering yet? -Perfect for torturing someone you don't like..

Threading - This involves using a piece cotton thread to pull out the hairs, giving similar results to waxing as the hairs are pulled out, I've heard it is quite painful & not been brave enough to try, It is Perfect for smaller areas like brows, upper lips & chins etc. 

Waxing - This involves using hot wax & strips to (Rip) pull the hairs from their roots, leaving you hair free for about 3-4 weeks. Perfect for a fortnights holiday, but I'd definatley recommend going to a salon for a large area as it needs to be quick to be pain free! I tend to have this done on my Bikini line or legs, as under the arms is just evil torture in my eyes!

Laser hair removal - This involves a laser hair removal machine, you can get ones to use at home but for safe laser hair removal you should go to a salon as all skin & hair types are different, It works best on pale skin & dark hair, but can be used on all skin & hair types, it is permanent solution, as the laser is used to target areas of unwanted hair. It can be expensive but worth it as hair regrowth is reduced & less noticeable. You have to book a course of 6-8 for it to completely work. I have had it done & was really happy with the results, it is a little painful on your face but it takes seconds to do. The Sk:n clinic have a 30% offer on in May, but are always having promotions throughout the Year, they also have salons Nationwide.

What's your Preferred method?

*Sponsored post, All words are my own. 

Mavala Chilli & Spice Collection in Samarkand, Bali & Trinidad.


Turn up the heat this Summer with the new Mavala Chilli and Spice Collection. This six piece offering, inspired by tropics of far flung destinations, packs a colourful punch and consists of the hottest most vibrant hues for the Summer months.

I got 3 of the six shades in 

 















They are all gorgeous colours, with lots of pigmentation & shine, They last about 3 days before I got a little chip on one of my nails. I'd never really heard of or used this brand before but I will definately check out some more of their colours & these mini bottles are perfect for taking away on holiday as they take up hardly any space!

They look great on both fingers & toes to add a little colour into your life.

What's your favourite nail polish brand?

Monday, 27 May 2013

Hairwonder Anti-Hairloss Shampoo & Lotion

As you may or may not be aware I suffer from PCOS & which affects my hair in the way it grows, feels dry & is quite thin, so I decided to try some Anti-Hairloss products to help it along...Hairwonder makes your hair stronger. Besides the certified organic ingredients we also add a unique combination of Phytokeratin and Provitamin B5 to each Hairwonder product. It feels lovely & moisturising, it gives off a slight tingly sensation when i'm washing my hair.



  • Intensive hair repair.
  • With essential Minerals, Rock Crystals, Red Ginseng & Biotin.
  • Helps to promote hair growth and reduce hair loss.
  • Enriched with 8 certified organic ingredients.
  • Paraben free.
Mild cleansing shampoo with essential Minerals, Rock Crystals, Red Ginsend & Biotin. Helps to promote hair growth, reduce hair loss. Improves strength and condition, creates volume, density and texture.
I have also been using the Activating lotion it increases hair loss growth by 25% in just 4 days (in vitro test) and reduces hair loss. Strengthens the hair and stimulates the scalp. Gives body, volume and shine. Enriched with 8 certified organic ingredients, phytokeratin and provitamin B5. Since using Anti-hairloss products my hair has become alot stronger, healthier & has grown 2x as fast it it did using regular shampoo as my hair never grew!
Scientific research has proven that Phytokeratin and Provitamin B5 make the hair stronger, hydrate and provide superior shine.Most Hairwonder products are Paraben free. The range is not tested on animals. Innovations that contribute to a sustainable way of life and health.
I do like these products & the price is really good, as some companies charge a fortune..

Have you tried Anti-Hairloss products to boost your mane?

Friday, 24 May 2013

Dr. Ceuticals Tummy Tone

I have a Mummy Tummy I won't deny it, even though my Daughter is 5 Years old, It's nowhere near perfect. I love a good quick fix. I know.... I know...the only proper & right way to get a perfect body is Healthy eating & regular exercise, but i'll be the first to admit I lack motivation, I am very impatient & I want quick fixes & instant results.... Am I the only one?..
Dr. Ceuticals* claims even with healthy eating and regular exercise a perfectly toned tummy and waistline is difficult to achieve. Formulated with a brown seaweed extract proven to have slimming properties, this highly effective cream acts directly on the causes of retained fat to help reduce the appearance of love handles whilst also helping to reduce the waistline measurement. The perfect tummy fix. Firms & Tightens A proven active ingredient to help tighten skin around the waistline area 28 DaysHelps slim the waistline by up to 18%*Reduces production of fat storing cells by up to 58%^Tones & ContoursFights love handles to promote am more shapely silhouette* The average and mean value was 4.3% tested for 28 days on 17 women, 2 applications a day. Active ingredient tested at same level but in a different medium^ In vitro testing. Please note that Tummy Tone is not proven to offer the same results as Liposuction or any other surgical procedure.


It is a clear gel, that rubs in & leaves my skin feeling moisturised, I've been using for just over a week & so far these are the only things I've noticed? I will keep applying until I can no longer squeeze anymore out & report back with my Size 10 Body.... I wish!
If you want to try it, you can pick it up from Boots for £19.99.

What's your best tip for keeping trim?

Thursday, 23 May 2013

4711 Nouveau Cologne by Maurer & Wirtz


4711 Nouveau Cologne by Maurer & Wirtz is a Floral Fruity fragrance for women and men. Top notes are yuzu, black currant and litchi; middle notes are geranium, heliotrope and peony; base notes are musk, sandalwood and tonka bean.


The fruit of the evodia plant is used for its calming effect in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, which relaxes the senses. The scent is very Citrusy & fresh which I really like about it,Not my usual scent but there is something about it that makes me reach for the bottle in the mornings, it is Perfect for keeping you fresh on warm days in the office or commuting to work! they have a great range from deodorants to shower gels and body lotions.

You also get a whopping 100ml for around £20 & the other items in the range are all less than £10, Bargain! 

What's your perfect Summer Scent? 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Caudalie vinoperfect radiance serum

This satin-soft serum from Caudalie is scientifically proven to lighten dark spots in just 4 weeks. Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting will brighten and renew your skin leaving it truly radiant.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion* Correcting will correct existing dark spots and prevent the appearance of new ones. Perfect to use in combination with your sunscreen, this serum will encourage an even, longer lasting tan and is heralded as Caudalie’s summer hero product. This silky serum provides anti-oxidant and anti-ageing action by stimulating collagen and elastin production.
I have been using this for 3 weeks now with my morning moisturiser & I must say that have have noticed that my skin does look more brighter than before, My skin appears more even & my cheeks seem less rosy, It also appears smoother, I've not noticed a massive difference with my fine lines around my eyes but as I have over 3/4 of a bottle left I will continue to use & report back if I do!
Caudalie claim that this serum is ideal for smokers, scar marks, sun-derived or age-related dark spots or pregnancy marks and will give your skin a more unified appearance, leaving you with a luminous complexion.
It has a lovely fresh, subtle citrus scent but the scent fades once applied to my skin, it sinks straight in, I then just apply my moisturiser over the top & then my Make up.
I have tried a few things from this brand before & have really enjoyed using them especially their Beauty Elixir!


What have you tried from this brand? 

Jenoris Pistachio Oil

Pistachio Oil Hair Treatment Formula offers great style and finish while providing a rehabilitating effect to the hair and scalp. It serves as an all-in-one treatment or to complete other hair procedures, such as blow drying and for extra softness and sheen. The luxurious Pistachio Oil is a natural treasure for Omegas, Vitamins, Linolic Acid and Fatty Acid.



I really enjoy putting oils on my hair especially before I dry my hair & a little after to smooth down any strays! It just makes my hair look so much more healthier, shinier, soft & generally just better than if I didn't. I have been using Argan & Macademia oil for a year or so now, but recently discovered Pistachio oil which I just had to try as Pistachio ice cream is my Favourite.... Anyway back to the oil, it smells lovely, I was slightly concerned when I first used it as the oil is a light green shade & have visions of my highlights turning green & me resembling Grott Bags... But phew it didn't!  
This brand also has shampoo, conditioner & treatment aswell as the oil, I am keen to try the others & see how they work with my hair.

Do you like using oils on your hair?

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Mandara Spa Island Paradise Ultimate Revitalising Collection.

If you're starting to think about getting your body ready for summer, then this could be just the thing! The Mandara Spa Island Paradise Ultimate Revitalising Collection* This great little gift set provides a real spa-like treat but for a real bargain price. It's everything you need to turn your body from a winter hermit to a beach bunny!.

Immerse yourself in the revitalising fragrance of grapefruit and lemon and be transported to an exotic island where the stress and tension of daily life will melt away. The set contains full size body scrub - A moisturising cream with peach stone granules to gently and effectively buff the skin and kukui nut oil to leave skin soft and smooth. shower gel - Cocoon your body in a lather of soothing aloe vera and stimulating ginseng. This leaves skin cleansed, smooth and freshly fragranced. cooling gel - This cooling gel is designed to deliver a skin cooling sensation blended with soothing menthol and anti-oxidant vitamin E. plus an exfoliation mitt, all for just £15.50. 



This gift set has left my skin feeling super smooth & glowing, it smells gorgeous lovely lemon & grapefruit takes over my nostrils, waking me up & gets me ready for a long day! I really like fruity, citrus scented shower products as they are really fresh & clean smelling, I was really impressed with all the products.

What is your operation summer products?

Monday, 20 May 2013

Cargo eyeshadow in Yukon



Here we have Cargo Eye Shadow singles they are back with an exciting range of 12 shades including the latest trend shades for Spring all in our signature tin! With their soft and velvety formula it has a smooth feel and delivers a long-lasting even application. Perfectly Blend-able for added intensity. May also be wet used as an eye liner. Paraben-free. 


The shadow is silky smooth and has an metallic shimmer to it. It is really pigment with very little powder fallout. It is a cool grey brown with a slight silver frosting. it's a pure brown beige taupe, perfect for lovers of neutral looks or easy eye looks. The staying power on this shadow is quite Amazing! I love the packaging so compact perfect for travelling & make up bags...


It is such a pretty colour, I love wearing it on its own as it looks darker in my crease & a little eyeliner & mascara for a simple, quick smokey eye. You also get a massive 3.5g for £12.00 compared to MAC's 1.5g!

Have you tried the brand? 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Share the Love Blog Hop #11

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Welcome to Northern Beauty Blogs 11th Blog Hop.
Blog Hops are a Great & Fun way to be discovered, Meet new People, gain new Followers, and to be inspired by other Bloggers. 
This hop will be Open from Sunday 19th May  2013 for 1 week.

Your Host.
Jane from Northern Beauty Blogs

The Lovely Co-Hosts 
Rachel from Beauty Queen UK
Kat from Tales of a Pale Face
Hannah from Hannah Marie Beauty

To Join the Hop.

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               forget to let them know that you found them through our blog hop.



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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Summer Loving...... Fake Tans...

Over the last couple of week's we have seen the odd day of Sunshine & of course the good old British summer just around the corner, I have been baring a bit more flesh & as I am a lovely shade of pasty I thought I'd better slap on some colour!
Here are 3 of my top picks of the moment.


This 
Vita Liberata Moment by Moment Tinted Self Tan Mousse* is Perfect for girls on the go who don’t have time to wait for a normal tan to develop. It is a light and airy mousse provides a long lasting colour and a perfect fade, every time: Non-toxic and Organic, No streaking and no smell, 100% free from parabens, perfume and alcohol, Easy to apply, Unique moisture-lock complex, 80% organic extracts that are kind to skin and produce a natural fade (eventually!). What I like about this one as it allows you to decide what colour you'd like to be from Natural Sun-kissed to Intense dark, the end result is a gorgeous natural looking tan. It lasts a long time & really does fade naturally.
For a light SUNKISSED glow – shower after 1 hour. For a GOLDEN BRONZE tan – shower after 2 hours. For a LUSCIOUSLY DARK tan – shower after 3 hours.
This is £20.00 at the moment from a few online sites usual price is £24.50.


He-Shi Express Liquid Tan* is another great product for girls on the go, it  is a self tanning bronzer which tans instantly on contact with the skin, giving a lovely bronzed complexion with immediate results. He-Shi Express Liquid Tan is extremely quick drying due to its incredibly light liquid texture.  With its 'see where it goes' formula you can be confident of not developing streaks or patches. He-Shi Express Liquid Tan contains 6% organic DHA and can be reapplied by layering to achieve an ultra dark colour. This was possibly the easiest as it drys really quick so you don't have to spend time walking around flashing your bits waiting to dry before you get dressed! Great colour & fades naturally, this is another fake tan that you can build up to get a darker colour if required.
This one retails for £37.00


This is the ultimate product for a truly beautiful DARK*, DARK tan. Xen-Tan have pioneered the use of precious Argan Oil in this formulation - the concentrated liquid-lotion is even easier to apply and provides a silky moisturising feel. If you thought our Dark Lotion range was dark, you’ll be seriously surprised with Moroccan Tan! This is perfect for a night out to make you feel extra glam, it really is dark & makes me look like I've been to the caribbean for a fortnight! Great colour & fades pretty well too! This retails for £24.99.
With all the above tans I use a mitt to apply my tan & apply cream first to my knees, elbows, wrists, knuckles... Anywhere it tends to stick & would go patchy or streaky!
Do you prefer a little help or going Au Natural?



Friday, 17 May 2013

Elemis Pro-Collagen Balm

This powerful treatment cleansing balm dissolves make-up and daily grime. Developed first and foremost for its performance in Elemis treatments, this super-cleansing, luxurious treatment balm is expertly formulated with a 100% active base of natural oils grown within the UK. It smells divine & melts away your make up in seconds, leaving behind smooth, clean, happy skin!


Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* combines precious starflower, elderberry and optimega™ oils with rose and mimosa waxes, and anti-ageing padina pavonica to deeply cleanse, nourish and smooth for a glowing complexion. I really enjoy using this to remove my make up & as a face mask, once I've removed my make up, I simply apply to my face & Leave it on for 10 minutes, then I hold a very warm cleansing cloth over skin. Gently wiping away with the 100% cotton cloth that is provided.


I am really enjoying using balms & creams that have to be washed off with muslim or face cloths as they give a gentle exfoliation at the same time & my skin has improved greatly!
I also love Soap & Glory's Peaches & clean and Liz earle's Cleanse & Polish.

This is available for £ 39.50 which I don't think is too bad as you only need a little bit as it melts into an oil.


What's your preferred method of cleansing?

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Carolyn K Nail Paints


This set includes: LARA (orange with a hint of gold) SIENNA (candy pink) ALENOUSH (your perfect blood red).
I had personally not heard of this brand before so when I was contacted to see if I wanted to review them, I was intrigued,As I love Nail polish especially my Brights!, These polishes are Super glossy, chip resistant, quick dry nail paints are highly pigmented and so easy to apply thanks to the  flat brush. They apply really well & have good staying power, they have a good colour payoff & are very glossy.
Alenoush


Sienna


Lara

With a background in professional make up spanning 18 years, Carolyn.K began her beauty career by training as a professional make-up artist at the London College of Fashion. With Her incredible drive and Ambition Carolyn. K has turned her hand to a new range of Beauty Books and Nail Paints.
Created, produced, packaged and distributed in the UK, the Carolyn.K London brand is proudly 100% British.
They are £12.99 for the trio & available from www.carolynk.com.

Have you tried this brand?

Models Own Blueberry Muffin


Models Own are one of my favourite brands of nail polish, They are always bang on trend & bringing out the latests colours or textures at a fantastic price, at £5 you can't really complain, Especially when they apply like a dream & last a good 3 days on me, I have paid for more expensive brands *cough* Essie *cough* that have chipped within a day! I don't know about you, but I love wearing nail polish on my nails, but hate the removing & reapplying trauma - once is week is more than enough for me!


This Models own in Blueberry* applies easily i needed 2 coats for a truely opaque look, it reminds me of another favourite shade utopia but this is more blue... I couldn't really smell a scent when I was applying it but once dried I found the scent to be quite strong - when I smelt my nail?!..  it smells lovely..very fruity! My little girl loved the concept. Also a perfect shade or Spring/Summer... 


As usual I got a good 3 days until I managed to chip a nail but I was scrubbing my Bathroom - very glamorous I know but somebody has to do it!

There are 5 Gorgeous shades to choose from in this Collection.


What's your favourite  Models Own Shade? 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Dr Ceuticals Hand De-Age Cream

The hands are one of the first parts of the body to show signs of ageing as they are exposed to the elements. This  protective hand cream with SPF 15 not only helps to shield against future damage but also acts on existing age spots to minimise their appearance. An intensive moisturising complex helps to preserve water reserves in the skin, leaving hands hydrated, plump and smooth.


Its got a lovely fresh sort of citrus scent to it, once absorbed it hardly noticeable, The cream is a lovely thick & rich texture, It is absorbed almost straight away which I really like in a hand cream. I have been using for just over 2 weeks now & I have noticed a difference, my hands are more moisturised & seem brighter?! The Freckles on the backs of my hands seem to have faded.

I don't know if it will prevent future sun damage but as a hand cream I really like it, I tend to apply it before bed & allow it a good 8hrs to work it's magic! 

What's your favourite Hand Cream?

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Soap & Glory gloss stick in plum jam

This super-light, ultra-hydrating lip crayon glides effortlessly onto lips, leaving behind an unmissable pretty sweep of creamy, moisture-rich colour & shine, thanks to the GLOSS-FIX™ FINISH and ULTIMELT™ Lip Shine & Shaping Technology. Super-moisturising lip gloss crayon* that wraps a luscious wash of sheer, creamy colour to your kisser. 3 gorgeous shades with a subtle vanilla flavour.



Special BUZZ-FREE formula (this one visually volumises without the Sexy Mother Pucker tingle) that helps to make lips look fuller, employing the bouche-boosting powers of collagen pre-peptides and Soap & Glory's special 3D PLUMP™ Complex.
The Three shades:
  • NUDIST: less is more, especially when it’s the ultimate natural pink/beige shade.
  • FUCHSIA-RISTIC: a stunningly vibrant bright pink, perfect for attention seekers.
  • PLUM JAM: a rich burgundy berry that suits – and sexes up – just about everybody.



Mine is in Plum Jam & it is a gorgeous colour, It is lovely & sheer giving your lips some extra oomph to make the look plumper & sexier! You can build up the colour to make it darker, it is smooth & completely non sticky. That is one thing I can't stand is sticky lip glosses, MAC glosses are the worst for that!. I wish they did more shades as I really enjoyed using this one & as they are nice & compact, I can just pop into my handbag without having to worry about it going 
everywhere.

Are you a gloss girl?