Friday, 28 February 2014

Your Beauty Offers Edit

 Free £5 Crab Tree and Evelyn hand cream
To get a free 25g Crab Tree and Evelyn hand cream all you have to do is swap a new or used hand cream at your nearest crab and Evelyn store. your used hand cream can be any size, any brand (as long as it's not Crab Tree and Evelyn) or even completely empty. There's no spend involved and you can pick from La Source; Tarocco Orange; Rosewater; Pomegranate or Argan & Grapeseed. Stocks are limited to first come first served and you get one per person.

Find your nearest Crab and Evelyn store 

Free Benefit samples
If you're a fan of Benefit you can get 2 fabulous free samples when you buy 2 Benefit products at House of Fraser.

Sample of Creme De Lar Mer New Lifting Contour Serum
Get a fab sample of the brand new Creme De Lar Mer New Lifting Contour serum with any Creme De Lar Mer purchase at House of Fraser. 

Free Cover FX Mocha Blush Lip Glaze
To get this fab product simply buy Cover FX MintTint Tinted anti-ageing lip glaze at House of Fraser.


Glossy Box February Valentine Special

It's been a while but I've ordered another six months of Glossy Box after being tempted by their February Valentines day Box. Emblazoned with kisses it looked amazing...but was it? Check out the video below. If you can't wait to watch you can find out the contents directly beneath.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Stripped Nudes lipstick
This full size product is a brand new collection of Maybelline lipstick nudes. With a new formula that is designed to give full bold coverage for ultra kissable lips, Tantalizing Taupe is a peachy shade that will be good for chilled days with the girls.

Get yours for £6.99 at Boots

Nougat London Sparkling Body Shimmer
This body lotion has a unique formula of Mallow Extract, Vitamin E and Wheat Germ enriched oil. With a hint of sparkle and a lovely perfume scent the body shimmer is perfect for adding radiance to your skin care regime.

Full size product is available for £14 at Nougat London

Sleep in Rollers Backcominbg Brush
If you love your hair big then Sleep in Rollers Backcombing Brush will help you to achieve the ultimate quiff.

£4.50 at Sleep in Rollers

Lindt Lindor Treat Bar
It's not Valnetines without a bar of indulgent chocolate! Lindt Lindor's Treat Bar has irresistibly smooth chocolate with a melting filling.

£0.79 for one bar at Tesco or Sainsburys

Ciate London Paint Pot
Don't miss your full sized Ciate nail varnish. With a high performance formula these little pots will give you sophisticated nails in a flash.

£9 a pot at Ciate

H2K Skincare Je T'Adore Aromatics Shampoo and Sensual Hydrating Hair Conditioner
Je t'adore skincare shampoo and conditioner work together to revitalise and nourish your hair.

£2.48 for 30ml shampoo and 40ml conditions at H2K Skincare

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The Valentines box I have to say was merely average, perhaps if the lipstick had been more my colour I would have been more impressed. I wonder what March has to hold!

What were your impressions of February's box?


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Brand New Mascara Revolution: Max Factor Excess Volume Extra Impact Mascara Tried and Tested

It's been on my to grab list since I first read an exclusive review back in December 2013. So what is it? Only the hottest mascara product of 2014 - Max Factor Excess Volume Extra Impact mascara.

The mascara uses a unique formula that helps to really boost and volumise lashes. With one end designed to volumise lashes and the other end to add a shiny lash holding lacquer, the product is designed to last.

On applying the Volume section I was surprised at how thick and lengthened my lashes were almost as soon as I started to apply the product. I applied several layers to both top and bottom lashes, and it's recommended to apply whilst the mascara is still wet. I did find the first mascara made my lashes really sticky and they seemed to stick together and clump a bit. After the volume mascara I added the unique lacquer to add a intense black colour and seal the volume in. Despite applying several layers I don't feel it really made any difference to my lashes and they looked the same as when I applied the first mascara.

The one big downside to this product is its difficulty to remove. The ingredients used really make the mascara 'stick' and you have to rub a lot to get this product off at night. At £12.99 this is one of Max Factor's more expensive products and with its difficulty to remove it does let the product down.

I give it 3/5.

Get yours at Boots

  • Gave instant volume to my lashes as soon as I applied
  • Unique formula that makes your mascara last all day and night
  • Clumps lashes slightly
  • At £12.99 the mascara is quite expensive for what it's got to offer
  • Very hard to remove

Monday, 24 February 2014

Give your skin a face lift with Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel

Ginvera Green Tea Marvel Gel is a unique combination of Green Tea essence, Soybean extract, Vitamins C and E and Biogel  to give your skin a invigorating experience like nothing you've had before. Ginvera Marvel Gel is one of the most popular exfoliating products in Singapore and has held that title for 16 years, helping to attack skin evils like black heads.

The ingredients are designed to:
  • Stimulate skin metabolism making your skin look younger
  • Refines pores, leaving finer, smoother skin
  • Fades pigmentation and acne scars
  • Regulates and balances oil secretion, helping to prevent pimples
  • Evens out skin tone to give skin clarity
  • Allows rapid and instant penetration of skin care products
I applied this on a dry face to my forehead, cheeks, chin, nose and neck. The product which has a green consistency doesn't have the typical gritty sensation most exfoliating products have and is very soft when applying to the skin. It sank in really easily and I washed it off about a minute with some water. My skin is generally quite clear so I didn't see any instant effects, however I feel the product has more of a lifetime effect helping to improve your skin over a length of time.

Green Tea Essence
  • Rich in antioxidants which helps to protect skin cells against harmful free radicals and reduces photo aging from UV light
Soybean Extract
  • Contains plenty of Amino acids which have strong moisturising and illuminating properties
Vitamins C & E
  • Revitalises skin cells, smoothens and clarifies skin
  • Helps to break down skin care products into smaller molecules, for deep penetration and fast absorption by skin cells

This product is now so popular it's available at all UK and Ireland Harvey Nichol stores for £22.99 and online at Harvey Nichols

To get started on your skin journey visit Janiro

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Lazy Nail Wraps Collaborate with Tata Naka to create a series of unique print nail wraps

 Lazy Nails have collaborated with reknowned fashion designers Tata Naka to create a SS14 nail wraps. The wraps have a unique design that are inspired by Tata Naka's collection shown at London Fashin Week.

Tata-Naka was born when two identical twins from Tbilisi, Georgia began to design prints and contrasting opposites to reflect the dual nature of the brand. The Tata-Naka collection regularly stared in Sex and the City and was even worn by Carrie Bradshaw on the cover of her book.

Ambassadors of the brand include Cameron Diaz, Mina Suvari and Sarah Jessica Parker with celebrity fans like Jessie J and Pixie Lott.

The SS14 collection consists of inhouse prints that are based on their paintings and photographs, capturing real life imagery and timeless pieces that fans can fall in love with over and over again.

Designs that are available include Harlequin Ballet Print, Alphabet Print, Ballet Ruses Alphabet Print, Hexagon Ballet print and Blue Bird Ballet print.

I was lucky enough to sample these new designs, and have to say the design itself was eye catching and very colourful. There was a range of sizes to fit each finger, however I did feel they could have had a wider selection as a few of the wraps didn't fit snugly on my fingers. The wraps come with a nail wipe to remove any residue, nail file and manicure stick so you can even apply on the move.

The wrap stuck on quite well and other then the size difference my nails made quite a statement.

I'll give them 3/5

  • Unique designs
  • Inspired by famous collections by Tata Naka
  • Comes with everything you need so you can even apply on the move
  • If you have small fingers it's highly likely these wraps will be too big for you and won't fit snugly

Nail wraps retail at £9.99 and you can buy them direct from Lazy Nail Wraps


Monday, 17 February 2014

Your weekly dose of beauty offers and freebies

Sanctuary Heart shaped Gift Set only £22! (RRP £45)
Valentines day may be over but that doesn't mean you can't treat yourself! Sanctuary have a fabulous heart shaped gift set with on offer with over £20 off the RRP. With ten items in each box you can find:
  •  Body wash (250ml)
  • Body lotion (250ml) 
  • Body scrub (200ml)
  • Luxury bath float (75ml)
  • Foaming bath soak (75ml) 
  • Body butter (100ml) 
  • Body moisture spray (50ml)
  • Salt scrub sachet (60g) 
  • Heel balm (75ml) 
  • Hand cream (75ml)
There's limited stock on this offer so don't wait around. Grab it at Boots

Get a free foundation sample worth up to £5
Bareminerals are currently running a offer where people who like their Facebook page can get a 'make under' at Baremineral counters and a free foundation sample worth up to £5. To get the sample you will need to have the make under consultation first. Samples that are available include Ready (3g; around four shades available worth around £5), Original (0.3g four shades worth 90p and comes with a mini brush) and Matte (0.3g, three shades worth 90p and comes with a mini brush). 

As Ready is the most valuable try to get that one when you choose your sample if it's available. There's a good amount of samples on offer so you're in with a good chance of getting this freebie, and the offer ends on the 30th April 2014 (if samples don't run out first.

Like the Bare Minerals Facebook page

Free Lipsy Nail Varnish in Coral
Fancy a free nail varnish? Halfpriceperfumes have a fantastic offer on where you can get a completely free Lipsy Coral nail varnish. Simply enter 'Freelipsy' at the checkout. Postage is still included.


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Take a hour out of your week and spend it on a little Me Time: My Me time Makeover

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

Life can often be hectic leaving us constantly on the go but it's important to take a step back and fit some me time into your weekly schedule.

Me time can consist of anything from curling up with the latest blockbuster to sitting in a bubble bath till your skin shrivels up like a prune. With most of my life spent working I like to spend my me time giving myself a makeover, combining the latest makeup looks and products on the market. Without makeup my skin looks quite plain so for today's makeover I wanted to come up with a look that really embraces colour and glamour.

For the Collection Bias shop I visited Boots, a High-street favourite who stock a lot of my favourite High-street makeup brands. With Maybelline launching so many fantastic products recently I thought they'd be fantastic to create a new look with products I've never used before. With my focus on colour I picked up a gorgeous sheeny pink nail varnish, the brand new Big Eyes mascara with top and bottom lash brushes, the gorgeous 24H SuperStay Lipgloss in Glowing Garnet and most importantly the new Big Eyes 4 colour eye palette.

First I covered the bases with Maybelline's brand new SuperStay better skin foundaiton in Light Beige gently blending it in so my skin was warmed up and any blemishes were covered. The new SuperStay better skin concealer worked well alongside the foundation, eliminating any darkness that the base didn't cover. To make my eyes stand out I used the Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Liner, a easy to use crayon that gave my eyes a glamourous cat eye flick. To make this different from my typical work look I ran the liner along my lower lashes as well so my eyes were framed.

With so many good reviews on the new Big Eyes mascara I can't tell you how excited I was to use it. The upper lash brush has a special design that helps to push up lashes with its uniquely shaped brush. The lower lash brush is absoloutely tiny and perfect for coating even the tiniest of lashes. My lashes looked long and curvy and really accentuated the eyeliner. The Big Eyes palette has four colours that work well together and add a really feminine, sparkly look to my eyes. I love how well the shades of purples work with the gold bouncing off each other. With my face done it was time to give my lips a little va va voom to really complete the look. The 24H SuperStay Lipgloss works like a lipstick giving intense colour that lasts for hours. Last but not least a makeover is not complete without a complete set of nails. Maybelline Color Show in Pink Slip works well in conjunction to the other products I used and helps to seal that Girly glamour makeover look.

With a makeover you really want to create a look that is different to your normal style. As I often have my hair straight I decided to create some waves, these worked really well along the new look showing just how glamorous you can be with a little bit of effort.

The makeover was great fun and gave me a good bit of time to myself focusing on stuff I want to do rather then stuff I have to do. Depending on the brands you buy you don't have to spend a lot on your makeover and can even focus on just jazzing up your nails with a new colour or some nail art.

You can find these fantastic products at Boots

This post was sponsored by #Collectivebias

Monday, 10 February 2014

Your weekly dose of beauty discounts and freebies

Welcome to this weeks beauty offers. I'll be trying to get one of these up once a week for you all so you can find the latest cheap and free treats to pamper yourself. Enjoy!

Be a hair model and get a brand new haircut
Need a haircut but don't fancy paying over £50 for the privilege? Local colleges and hair salons area always after hair models who will work with the trainee hairdressers allowing them to try out new styles. Trainees are always supervised so it's very unlikely you'll end up with a bowl haircut you hate. Give it a go, you might come away with a haircut you love and have more money to spend on the good stuff.

Beauty Finder is a great place to start

Get 10% off at Half Price Perfumes
Wants some new makeup/perfume but don't want to pay full price? Fear not HalfPricePerfumes have got a great 10% discount on all products. Simply type hppn10off at the check out to redeem. Brands include Benefit and Estee Lauder amongst others.


Free Origins Mini facials and product samples
Having someone else massage our skin is great, but it's even better when it's free. Origins are offering free mini facials with a personalised skin care consultation in selected stores. The facial comprises of a cleanse, exofliation and facemask and you might evne get a free samples to take away (subject to stocks).

Book instore


Grab some bargains in the Halfpriceperfumes clearance sale
The winter sales may be over but Halfpriceperfumes still have a clearance sale where you can pick up some great bargains. For example you can get Benefit Lust Duster eye powder for £4.99 (£14 at House of Fraser), Molten Brown eyeshadow for £1.99 (normally £14) and Clinique Colour Surge eyeshadow trio for £7.99 (normally £20.00)

See more here

Don't miss it- Nails Inc £5 sale!
You've read it right, Nails Inc are holding a sale for their nail varnishes priced at only £5 each. Normally £11-£13 these varnishes are on sale until Friday 14th February 2014. Product include London favourites like Kensington Palace Gardens or Brixton Crackle top coat. Don't miss it

Nails Inc

Burts Bees Grab bags
Love Burts Bees natural products? Your skin will love you if you snap up the latest Burts Bees grab bag. For only £20 you will get £53 worth of products including Tinted Lip Balm, Super Glossy Lip Shine, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Honey and Shea Sugar Scrub and Honey Bee favourites including Replenishing lip balm and naturally Nourishing Body Lotion. There's only 1000 available so grab it whilst stocks last.

Burts Bees

Free 3x Loccitane Mini Hand Creams
To get free completely free Loccitane Mini Hand creams and a cute little wooly pouch all you have to do is like their Facebook page and fill in your details. You will get a sent a email wtih a unique code which you have to take to your nearest participating stand alone store. This offer will only last whilst stocks are available tos don't miss out get liking today.

Loccitane Facebook

Friday, 7 February 2014

Rimmel Amethyst Shimmer Lasting Finish Lipstick review

Rimmel's Lasting Finish Lipstick in Amethyst Shimmer is a delightful vivacious pink that makes your lips shine. Designed to give eight hours of staying power, Rimmel's Lasting Finish has 50% longer wearing colour boost pigments so you will turn heads wherever you go.

The lipstick has a gorgeous vanilla scent and the colour settles in without too much resistance. The colour really complements my skin tone and I love how the shade has a subtle undertone that makes the  lipstick change in varying lights -  more wine in the dark and berry like in the light. Whilst the colour won't last the full eight hours (probably only possible if you don't move your mouth for eight hours), it does do well in lasting a good few hours whilst you go about your daily business. 

Overall a fab shade that will look great on a day out with the girls.

I give it 4/5

Get yours for £4.99 at Superdrug

  • Gorgeous shimmery pink shade
  • Has a lovely vanilla scent
  • Has a subtle undertone that gives the lipstick a real sheen
  • My lips stayed soft and smooth
  • The shade won't suit all skin tones

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream: Tried and Tested review

 Ginvera Green Tea Nude cover BB cream is designed to give a natural and flawless coverage for all skin tones.

Enriched with Green Tea, Ginseng, Chinese Angelica and Hyaluronic Acid the cream provides the benefit of blemish free concealing, sun block effects and the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.

As the cream isn't designed for one skin tone I was surprised at how well it absorbed into my skin and gave my skin a good coverage which wasn't masked by a orange tone. The cream feels really silky and blends in really easily.
The coverage is fairly light so I couldn't wear it on its own because my blemishes were still visible, however it provides a great addition to my foundation helping to keep my makeup on for longer.

For its silky coverage and skin benefits I give it 4/5

  • Gives a natural and flawless coverage for all skin tones
  • Keeps skin hydrated
  • Has SPF 30 in to protect from harmful rays
  • Would be great as a light coverage on holiday
  • The coverage was quite light so I couldn't wear it on its own on a typical day

Monday, 3 February 2014

Optrex Brightening Eye Drops for Dull Eyes: Tried and Tested

So you've had a few late nights, and many early mornings and your eyes are really starting to show the strain. So what can you do about it?

Optrex Brightening eye drops aims to give you dazzling eyes in a instant, reviving the brightness in your eyes for extra whiteness.

The product contains natural plant extracts so its soothing and kind to your eyes. My eyes did feel slightly sore and after applying two droplets in each eye they felt a bit more lubricated.

It's hard to tell if my eyes were brightened but they were definitely less bloodshot then normal and the white clearer.

I give it 3/5

  • Contains natural plant extracts
  • Soothing to the eyes
  • Helps to reduce bloodshot eyes
  • Does make the white of the eyes clearer
  • For contact users the product can not be used whilst or just before wearing lenses
Get yours for a bargain £3.79 at Superdrug

*This was sent to test as a sample
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