Sunday, 31 July 2011

Miners Pearls and Girls £3.49

I love Miners for the affordable, fun and fabulous products they bring out and these new lips glosses are right up my street. The range of shades means that you are bound to find one that suits you and the price means you could buy all six easily if you wanted to. They leave you lips looking beautiful glossy, they are non sticky so you don’t have the embarrassment of your hair getting stuck to your lips and pulling the colour all over your cheeks when you try and remove it.

Saturday, 30 July 2011


Achieving the perfect lashes has been on the top of my wish list for a while now. There is something so feminine and flirty about long, luscious lashes that shape your eyes. Going too far with false lashes and you will end up looking a bit tranny like Katie Price and there are very few women who could pull that off. Besides, the secret to looking your best is to enhance your beauty so that people can’t tell.

In the world of lash extensions there is one place that everybody is heading to, renowned in the celebrity world and us mere mortals JINNY lash is the leading name in lash extensions. The treatment has such a great reputation that I travelled 230 miles to see what they could achieve.

JINNY lash is just off the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, in a small parlour up some stairs. From the unassuming outside you would never guess the magic that goes on there. The staff are all very polite, the shop tasteful, comfortable and compact but not much is given away by the decoration. This is a place that does not need crystal chandeliers or gold chaise lounges to entice people inside; here the product speaks for itself.

I am a little flustered when I arrive, it’s been a while since I was last in central London and it’s a hot day. I do feel instantly calm as I walk inside and sink into the large sofa to read through some guidelines. Quickly I am taken in to a small cool room to lie down so the lash process can begin. I instantly feel sorry for my technician, as I am not used to people touching my lashes my eyes start to flicker and twitch as I try to keep them closed, its not painful in the slightest just unusual. Bless her though as she show no signs of annoyance and very patiently starts the applying the individual lashes. After 5 minutes I get used to the sensation and relax so much that I drift off for a while. The hour-long process is over in what seems like 20 minutes and I am a bit sad that it’s finished as I so enjoy being pampered.

I don’t really know what I was expecting, I thought they would look nice but I was not expecting how great they actually looked. Wow. My eyes looked so much bigger and awake and I was not expecting how natural they would look. I thought you might be able to see the joins or some tale tale signs like you do with strip lashes but nothing gave them away. In fact I was completely blown away by how natural they looked. The below photo is taken on my webcam so is a bit blurry but you get the effect. Considering my eyelashes before weren’t long, curled or thick JINNY lash has worked wonders, they have given me the eyelashes I always wanted; thick and long with a dramatic curl.

The next morning, after spending hours staring at them in the mirror, I am still stunned by how fabulous they look. The ease of not having to apply lashings of mascara each morning still hasn’t hit me, I am still just in awe of my fabulous lashes. 

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Friday, 29 July 2011

Pupa Lip Volumizer Enhancer

If you want a pout to rival Angelia Jolie or Megan Fox without going to the extremes of surgery, which let’s face it can make you end up looking more fish than fanciable, Pupa has just the thing. It’s intensely moisturising whilst also giving your lips a gentle boost and leaving you with a perfect pout even movie stars would be proud of.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Tantastic Instant Tan £15

As I have said before, in the morning I am very much a lay in till the last minute kind of girl. My morning routine is as minimal as possible so any product that is quick and easy to use is good with me. Applying fake tan is normally quite a long process especially when you have to wait till you get dressed so I normally leave it for the evening. With Tantasic though I can apply it in the morning and get dressed straight away. It is really quick to apply and as it bronzes the skin instantly I don’t have to worry about missing bits or getting streaks. I don’t have to wait to get dressed so if the weather is unexpectedly nice I can apply it, get dressed straight away and go out and enjoy the day. The tan itself is contains Vitamin E, doesn’t smell and leaves my skin a lovely bronzed colour that last for 5 days. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Tommyguns ‘leave me in’ conditioner and styling crème

During the week I am so pressed for time that any product that is multi functional is fabulous. In the mornings I am always rushing and I love that I can condition my hair and style it effectively and easily with another fabulous product from Tommyguns. I use it on wet hair when I get up in time and if I ignore my alarm and only give myself a few minutes to get ready I use it on dry hair to give it a boost and it makes it smell like I have just washed it, no one can ever tell if I have been lazy or not in the morning. 

Monday, 25 July 2011

Vanessa Knox Anasatasia Multi Way Jersey Dress £85

There is something timeless and elegant about the little black dress. It makes us feel sexy and sophisticated, automatically you hold your heads higher and ooze confidence. When I first tried Vanessa Knox's Anasatasia dress I could not believe how fantastically it drapes. The jersey material is super soft and sensuous, looking good shouldn't mean feeling uncomfortable. It is simply ingenious, how you can change your outfit simply by wrapping a sleeve around yourself or tucking one arm out the neckline. I am the sort of person that either dresses down or dresses up, sometimes this means I get to a party and everyone looks more glamourous than I do, guaranteed to ruin my night. The Anastasia dress is fabulous for this kind of occasion, if have turned up wearing it over leggings as a smart tunic I can change into a sexy dress in a matter of moments. Also it saves the embarrassment of turning up to an event where someone else is in the same dress, a quick twist of a sleeve and its like you are wearing a different dress. It can be one shouldered or cowl neck or halter neck or strapless. It can be tight at the waist or loose. You can wear it as a top with jeans, wear it knee length for the office and go straight out to a bar and pull the hemline up a little. Talk about capsule wardrobe, if you just pack a few accessories its all you need in your holiday bag. Every woman should have one of these dresses in their wardrobe, its available in black, grey or peony and an item you will never get bored of. 

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Sassoon's Perfectly Smooth Straightener £17.99

Sassoon have come up with a range of affordable hair straightners that also do a fantastic job. First up the ionic technology used emits negatively charged ions onto the hair shaft to break down water molecules and lock in the natural moisture in the hair, this means that the hair is left shiny, smooth and glossy. Next up the ceramic plates allow for smooth contact with the hair shaft preventing snagging, they also improve heat distribution through the hair so that he results are perfect every time.The variable heat settings means that you don't risk heat damage on fine hair.

What I loved about these straighteners was firstly the price, who said fabulous hair had to be expensive. They were also really easy to use and didn't snag or pull my hair (which I have had happen with some very expensive straighteners). The results were great, in no time at my hair was perfectly smooth. Being able to change the heat setting was fantastic, my hair is quite thin and the ends can get burnt if the heat is too high, being able to turn down the heat meant that I was able to save the ends any damage. 

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Friday, 22 July 2011

Abahna White Grapefruit & May Chang Natural Wax Candle

There is something deeply romantic about candles. One of my favourite things is to light some candles, pour a glass of wine and read a good book. When you have a nicely scented candle it can transform the scent of the room even when it isn’t alight. I got one from Abahna in the grapefruit and may chang as I wanted to freshen up the living room. Everything about the product has been carefully selected, the packaging is just adorable and it feels so special when you open it. The look of the candle is just beautiful and the smell of it is amazing, it smells natural and uplifting, a fantastic addition to any room. 

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Spa Find Heavenly hydration Conditioning Scalp Mud £19.75

The scalp is often an area that is overlooked in the beauty routine but it’s the first step to healthy, happy hair. One of my friends was recently round and he was complaining that his hair was very thin and he was getting a bald patch at the back. I asked him what he did to his hair and he said he washed it a couple of times a week. To get thicker hair I suggested that he look after his scalp more and suggested that Spa Find heavenly hydration condition scalp mud would be just the thing. I loved everything about the product; putting it on feels slightly naughty as it’s not often you rub ‘mud’ in your hair. I like any product that you can put on and then sit back and relax while it works its magic. It rinses out easily and left my hair so soft and shiny. After my friend used it a couple of times he said he could feel the difference in his hair and scalp and he is carrying on with the routine. 

Monday, 18 July 2011

XEN-TAN Dark Lotion Absolut Luxe £39.99

This tan from XEN-TAN is on the higher price point from fake tan so you would expect to get something special for your money right? Apparently its taken four years to get just the right formula and my word have they done a good job! By far it has to be the darkest tan I have used which means one application sets you up for 10 days. Be sure to exfoliate beforehand and apply the product with a tanning mitt and you will marvel at the results. I went to bed looking my pale and my normal self and in the morning my man friend said it was like waking up to a different person. The formula is rich and luxurious without any hint of that chemically fake tan smell. Whats more it is really nourishing to the skin and I felt  super soft and smooth. A tan makes me feel more confident and sexy and I know I am not alone in that department. The XEN-TAN dark lotion absolut luxe made me feel super confident, super sexy, super smooth and super tanned, love it, love it, love it. Really is a miracle tan. 

Sunday, 17 July 2011

XEN-TAN Perfect Blend £34.99

This is an idea so ingenious and I am so pleased that someone has actualised it. A completely unique product that allows you to create the perfect colour tan to match your skin tone. One half of the tube contains a shimmer bronzer that instantly gives your skin some colour and the other half contains fake tan that develops in a matter of hours. This a fake tan that really is going to suit everybody and every occasion. If you just want a subtle glow turn the dial to the lightest shades and for a darker evening look turn the dial up so you add more of the long lasting bronzer. The formula is lovely and rich without any of that horrible fake tan smell. I found the product so easy to use and loved the results. The tan lasted for a week which meant I could go and enjoy myself knowing my skin looked its best, Defiantly a tan that is going to be getting a lot of use over the summer. 

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Flex Headphones £24.99

Recently I have taken up running because feeling good is the first step to looking good, that and I figured I need to put some sort of exercise in my life. I really enjoy running when I can listen to music, otherwise it is just quite boring. The problem was though that as I was running my earphones kept on slipping out of my ears and I had to stop running and put them back in. It was getting so annoying and quite frankly ruining my running experience. 

When I heard about Flex Headphones I knew they were just thing I was looking for. The earbuds themselves are really soft when they go in your ears, some I have found can be a bit scratchy but not these. Then the plastic hooks goes over your ears which stops them falling out no matter how fast you run. I decided to test them out by doing cartwheels and still they stayed in place. The hooks also mean the wires don't get in your face and put you off your stride. 

As a sporting device they work fantastically so you may be forgiven for thinking that the sound quality wouldn't be again good, you would be wrong though. The problem with most of the earphones that are given out with mp3 devices is that the sound quality is really bad, this means that you end up turning up the volume to the highest which damages your ears and contributes to hearing loss. The Flex headphones have a really great sound quality, I found I only needed to have the volume up half way to fully enjoy the music I was listening to and I like my music loud. These headphones are for sports lovers or music lovers or both and a great way to make jogging more fun! 

Friday, 15 July 2011

YEN YEN Jasmine Rice Body Bar £10

I can’t bang on enough about the importance of exfoliating and what better way to do than with a lovely smelling body bar. YEN YEN have sourced only the best rice from Thailand and hand picked 3 types of rice grain. Jasmine rice, red rice and black rice go into their body bars which will leave you skin super soft, fabulously clean and softly scented. I have been using mine everyday for two weeks and my skin is noticeably softer, smoother and silkier. Some body bars can dry your skin out but this body bar is lovely and moisturising. I even use it on my face  without the fear of dry, tight skin afterwards. Next up I am going to try the kaffir lime body bar as it is my favourite smell ever and the bamboo charcoal body bar that unclogs pores and draws out impurities. These body bars make a great gift, the natural packaging is wonderful and the scents are simply heavenly. 

Thursday, 14 July 2011

He-Shi 3 Step Discovery Kit £17.50

I am getting so excited about my impending holiday, I have already started to gather all the toiletries I will be needing. As I don’t really tan even if I spend a life time under the sun I rely on fake tanning so I actually look like I have been away. He-shi has come to my rescue with this brilliant travel kit containing express liquid tan to get me started, day to day gradual tan to top me up and an exfoliating body wash to keep my tan looking even and prepare my skin. The clever people at He-Shi have also made sure that all the bottle are under the 100ml airline limit. The unique thing about He-Shi is that’s it is formulated for men and women, not that I will be letting my man friend borrow any of mine though! 

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

GOSH Long Lasting Eyebrow Pen £5.99

I recently raved about the GOSH eyebrow pencil for its longevity. GOSH have gone one better with the eyebrow pen though that will easily last for two days. It’s perfect if you are going to a festival and want to spend as much time as possible enjoying yourself rather than doing your makeup. It took a couple of attempts to get used to it but then it was really easy to use. It’s great if your eyebrows have gaps as you can do small light stokes that give the appearance of full, thick brows. 

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Garnier Mineral Invisible Deodorant

Ok not a glamorous product but an essential one if you want to smell nice. How to avoid white lines on black clothes has always been a problem with aresol deodorants but Garnier have come to the rescue. To make sure your armpits are fresh without being white, hold the can at least 30cm away from your body, too close and your armpits will be snowing! 

Monday, 11 July 2011

Benefit Posietint £24.50

I don’t know why I had never got into face tints before now, recently I have fallen completely in love them. Posietint is my go to tint for the daytime when I am going for the ‘English Rose’ look and want to feel romantic. Just a couple of dabs of the apples of my cheeks and a swipe on my lips are all I need.  Team with a floral maxi dress or playsuit, hair in a messy up do and flip flops for the perfect summertime look. 

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Miners Define and Line £2.99

I love liquid liner and it is a staple in my makeup case. Miners have done themselves proud with these adorable liquid liners available in black, blue and brown. Really easy to use and the perfect size to pop in your handbag, I like to keep a liquid liner on me at all times, a flick of black or blue can dramatically change your look from day to evening.  The blue and brown are the perfect shades to bring the colour out in your eyes. The felt tip nip makes it so easy to create the sexy cats eye flick  and build up the line from thin to thick. 

Saturday, 9 July 2011

LUSH Charlotte Island Body Tint £5.50

At the moment the weather in the UK seems to be so sporadic that one day it’s raining and the next its perfect picnic weather. Some mornings I have woken up to glorious unexpected sunshine and reached for my favourite summer dress only to be horrified with my white legs. On these occasions I reach for the LUSH Charlotte Island Body Tint. It has a gorgeous sheen to it whilst giving your skin a sun kissed look. No one will guess that it has come out of the bottle as it is just so natural. 

Friday, 8 July 2011

OH MY GOSH Limited Edition Mini Nail Lacquers

The summer if finally here and the colours on everyone’s nails are bright to match the sun. GOSH have come up with the perfect range (20) and at only £2.99 each you will be spoilt for choice. My favourites and the ones I shall be rocking over the next couple of months are electric pink, orange splash and pink red that look fantastic with a tan or on paler skin if you are tan adverse. If you don’t want to go for the really bright look they also have a great brown grey which is a great colour for the working week. 

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Bumble and Bumble Let it Shine

Some shampoos and conditioners I have tried claim to give you shiny hair and after using them I am left disappointed. When I tried Bumble and Bumble I wasn’t overly hopefully even though the product smelt lovely. My hair felt lovely and soft when I used it and didn’t felt coated with product when I was rough drying it with a towel. I also like to let my hair get mostly dry naturally before I blast it with the hair dryer. As I dye my hair I want to keep it away from heat as much as possible.  When I did fully dry it I was so impressed with the shine. It looked like I had just been to the hairdressers as it had that newly cut shimmer. It was the first time I had used Bumble and Bumble and I will definitely be using it again.

To add even more shine I used the shine (on and on) finishing spray. My hair looks so amazing with these products it is almost criminal. 

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Fake Tan Disaster

This is what happens if you don't follow my guide to getting the perfect fake tan. I should really have learnt by now but I rushed it, big mistake!  

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

My favourite hairstyle of the moment

This is definitely a look I am going to be recreated and hopefully perfecting over the summer. I will do a tutorial as soon as I get it right. 

Monday, 4 July 2011

Top British Beauties Revealed

To celebrate the start of its Beauty Month this July, QVC, the world’s leading online and TV shopping channel, asked 2,000 men and women to vote on who they believed to be the most beautiful British women over the decades.

Audrey Hepburn has been named as the most beautiful British woman of all time. The timeless beauty and Breakfast at Tiffany’s star took the top spot in the nationwide poll. Glamorous Elizabeth Taylor narrowly missed out and came in second place whilst Princess Diana’s iconic natural beauty made her the third most beautiful Brit of all time.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Benefit Georgia £23.50

You know the morning after you have had a heavy drinking session when you look really pasty, or when you are tried and all the colour has drained from your face? Well this is the product for those times. The light peach is perfect for putting the life back into your face while the pinkish tone will make you look younger and more awake. It looks sensational on the apples of your cheeks if you have a tan or sweep gently over your face for the wide awake look. 

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day £5.22

Another hair treat I am indulging in is the Glad Hair by Soap and Glory. I know it says that you should leave it on for only a couple of minutes but sometimes I like to leave it on for up to an hour. When you leave it on that long you can feel it when you rinse your hair, it feels coated. When you dry it, it can feel almost a little sticky but I find it great for giving my hair loads of volume. I always have to wash it the next day as it turns greasy quickly but I really I love giving my hair a boost with glad hair day before a night out. 

Friday, 1 July 2011

GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer £12.99

Primers have really taken off in recent months and I have heard that GOSH offers one of the best so naturally I wanted to try it. The first thing I noticed was just how silky it felt, it positively glides onto the skin. It did provide a great base for foundation to go over the top and afterwards my complexion looked soft and even. It did help to keep my make up in place for a bit longer but I still need to touch up my foundation if I go from day to night. If you haven’t tried a primer yet I would recommend GOSH, its reasonably priced and a great example of the new wave of primers hitting the market.