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Just got back from a week in France - lots of reading and rating to catch up on!

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since 25/03/2005


Chanel Coco Eau de Parfum 24/03/2015

Timeless, Classic Coco

Real Techniques Nic's Picks Brush Set 22/03/2015

A Great Starter Set

Real Techniques Nic's Picks Brush Set Real Techniques A couple of years ago I started watching some of the more well-known so-called Beauty Bloggers on YouTube. They are some pretty big names there now, all of whom have made their name by posting online, either on their blogs and/or YouTube. Pixiwoo is probably one of the bigger names to come out of YouTube and they were probably the start of the merchandising which has now taken over at an incredible speed. Pixiwoo is sisters Nic and Sam Chapman - who started their YouTube channel in 2008. They make tutorials showing women of all ages how to create red-carpet looks, how to do the perfect winged eyeliner or what the latest new releases are in the make-up world. Having seen some of their videos, I can understand the hype. They’re both talented make-up artists who share their knowledge in an accessible way that women (and men) can relate to. After watching a few of these tutorials I noticed the colourful brushes that were being used and it was only one day when Sam made a comment about being biased that I realised that she might be affiliated with these brushes in some way. I then found a video that explained, that yes, Sam Chapman is behind Real Techniques brushes. At the time, her sister Nic was not part of the venture but that has since changed and now both sisters work together with a company called Paris Presents which is behind EcoTools and other brushes to create Real Techniques brushes. One can never be too sure how hands on any kind of ‘celebrity’ ...

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm 18/03/2015

Amazing Face!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm Why Did I Buy? In the last few years, I’ve really come to take my skincare routine seriously. I’ve always gone through phases with it, but this time I decided enough was enough – I was fed up of my tired, dull and dry skin and wanted to make sure I was using products which were right for my skin. I did my research and came across a number of blogs – arguably the most ‘famous’ being that of Caroline Hirons – skin care expert. I eagerly read her posts and started making a wish list of products. Most importantly, I realised that it didn’t matter about spending a fortune on the most high-end products, but just making sure the products were effective and that I was using them in the right way. I very quickly came to hear of the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm but it was probably about 18 months before I purchased. The idea of something so oily and greasy in texture just didn’t seem right and even though I don’t have oily skin, I do get the odd spot and I just didn’t think it was a good idea. Reading about the much cheaper Botanics offering intrigued me and once I’d been converted to that, I was a little more open to trying Emma Hardie. Yet still it remained on the wish list as I already had several cleansers on the go. How wrong I was to wait. The Brand Emma Hardie is a British skincare specialist with her own brand of products – the Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm probably being the most cult in the range. Her products are touted as natural and are designed to sculpt and ...

Ghost Eclipse Eau de Toilette 07/03/2015

Eclipse - When Darkness Meets Light

Ghost Eclipse Eau de Toilette Ghost perfumes have been on my radar for a while and whilst I’ve always liked them, I’ve never owned one. The first was launched in 2000 from the Ghost fashion house - a British brand established in 1985. It was such a success, as what its successor - the equally iconic Deep Night - that the fragrance and fashion houses are now two distinct houses, which collaborate closely. It'd probably be fair to say that the fragrance house has now eclipsed (no pun intended) the fashion house and is the more well known of the two. I read a blog online which mentioned how amazing the newest perfume - Ghost Eclipse - was and something piqued my interest. When I saw it in Duty Free, I couldn’t resist giving it a spray. When it comes to perfume, I’m not normally one for buying on a whim and actually do what is recommended – I spray the perfume on my wrist and leave it to develop before I buy. No impulse buying from me. When it comes to trying perfume in Duty Free that can be a bit of a pain as well and I’ve ended up pining after perfumes for months because I didn’t buy it at the time. On this occasion I was flying out but travelling back via other means, so no opportunity to pick up the perfume on the way back. So I went off my gut instinct and bugged my boyfriend whilst at the till paying for another purchase to let me go back and grab a bottle of that too, which begrudgingly he agreed to. And I’m so happy I did. Perfume is such a personal purchase. It’s so difficult to describe smells and ...

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Color Fix Cream Eyeshadow 01/03/2015

A Star is Born

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Color Fix Cream Eyeshadow The first time I heard of the brand By Terry it was reading about one of their foundations. When I found out it was £75, I figured this was a brand I’d do well to steer clear of. No good could come from reading anything about their products. I’m sad to say that there are two products which made their way onto my wish list. Whilst the £75 foundation intrigues me, you’ll be pleased to hear that that is not one of them. The first is a lip balm, but there are several other, slightly more affordable ones which I’m interested in so that’s just a ‘would be nice to have’ as opposed to the second product on my wish list. Enter By Terry Ombre Blackstar. An intriguing name for a product, I’m sure you’ll agree. One review I read described the name as sounding like a super hero name, which made me smile. The Brand Although the name doesn’t give it away, By Terry is a French brand, created by Terry de Gunzberg. The brand is very easy to get hold of online, a little harder to find on the high street – in the UK it is stocked in Space NK and Harrods. You can find your nearest stockist on the By Terry website, which annoyingly isn’t the easiest to navigate, but once you’ve managed to find the ‘languages’ button and selected that, it’ll automatically direct you to the English page and from there you can find which shops stock their products. By the way, Harrods isn’t listed as a stockist, so may be just an online stockist. If you’re looking for a good read about Terry de Gunzberg’s ...

Black Swan (DVD) 23/01/2011

The Ugly Duckling

Lush H'Suan Wen Hua 14/01/2011

God of Hair

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub 29/12/2010

Bubblegum Lip Scrub - Scrubs Up Well!

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub With the cold spell every year comes…for me at any rate…dry lips. This year has been particularly unforgiving and so I have really tried my best to stick to my resolution of regularly applying lip balms to alleviate the problem, rather than my usual trick of aggravating the problem by biting my lips. When I heard through the grapevine about Bubblegum Lip Scrub from one of my favourite places ever – Lush – I decided to treat myself. And I have recently done just that. A Brief History of Lush I jest, of course. The most important things you need to know about Lush is that it’s a company which makes hand-made cosmetic products which contain, where possible, natural, ethical ingredients. All of their products are suitable for vegetarians, and the vast majority are suitable for vegans too. This is all helpfully indicated on their packaging, which is, as it happens, rather environmentally friendly as packaging goes. They encourage recycling of their packaging, using incentives such as a free face mask for every 5 black pots you return to the store. The products are responsibly labelled so that you can exactly what goes into the product, when it was made (and who by) and it has a best before date on it. Bubblegum Lip Scrub The lip scrub comes in a small glass pot containing 25g. Being glass, you can see the product, the bright pink was certainly enough to catch my eye. The lid is a screw-on lid which will stay firmly in place if you screw it on tightly. However, you need ...

The Sanctuary Spa Instant Hydrating Toner 15/08/2010

Atoning for my Skin Sins

Tesco Strawberry Crisp cereal 01/08/2010

A great start to the day!

James Brown Richly Moisturising Shampoo 14/03/2010

James Brown? Let Down!

Lush Soft Coeur (The Honeymooner) Massage Bar 24/01/2010

I *heart* this massage bar!

Bostik Oodles Pencil Case 16/01/2010

Oodles of fun!

Bourjois 1001 Lashes 13/01/2010

A Name or a Score line? : Bourjois 10 - 01 Lashes

The Diving-bell and the Butterfly - Jean-Dominique Bauby 05/01/2010

Simply Beautiful

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