A Work Of Art

Saturday, July 31, 2010

These have to be one of the sexiest pair of shoes I've ever laid my eyes on. This is true shoe porn!

If anybody knows who designed them, please share!

Korres Suntan Oil Face + Body Walnut + Coconut SPF 10

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A vegetable-based suntan oil, which offers a deep and uniform tan with a long-lasting effect. Walnut and Sesame oils provide natural protection from the sun, while Carrot oil enhances the natural tanning process and prevents premature skin ageing. The exotic vegetable oils of Jojoba and Coconut keep the skin soft and supple.

Ok, where do I begin with this review? First of all, I'm not a suncare expert and like all reviews on my blog, this is written with my OWN experience in mind. I don't burn when I'm out in the sun. Sure, I feel the heat like everybody else, but my skin doesn't turn lobster red or start peeling when I'm exposed to the sun's rays for prolonged periods of time. I am prone to suffering from heat rash at times though.

If truth be told I don't really go out of my way to use a body lotion with SPF in it or any other kind of product with sun protection for my body. I moisturise my skin and I'm out of the door.

This suntan oil from Korres only offers protection in the form of  SPF10, which will have little effect if you're prone to burning easily when exposed to extreme heat. However, for lazing about in the garden or park or going out shopping, I find this is just fine for my skin type, which tans easily. It comes in an easy to use spray bottle and doesn't project too heavily onto the skin so it's you to control how much you dispense.

It smells lovely and the warm scent of coconut and walnut really compliment one another and give off a yummy smelling aroma. When we had that crazy heatwave in the UK a few weeks ago, I tested this out in the garden for a few days and it accelerated my tan within 40 mins giving my skin a gorgeous glow. I don't find it particularly greasy either, although when my arms were bent an angle the oil became 'sweaty' in my elbow crease.

This can be applied to both the face and body and as with all SPF products it needs to be reapplied after towel drying, swimming or sweating in order to continue protecting your skin with the SPF. If you need little SPF protection or won't be in the sun for extended periods of time then this is a lovely product that will aid any suntan you're trying to gain whilst still keeping the skin feeling soft.  

How much is it? £12-£13 (150ml)
Where can I buy it? BeautyExpert, Mankind

Beauty Blog Link Love - 31.07.10

Saturday, July 31, 2010

 Have you ever tried epilating? Well, now Rae has -- and she just loves her new Emjoi Emagine!

Vote NOW on what Makeup Series you'd like to see next on Betty Girl Makeup. Poll closes Friday, August 6th @ 11:59pm.

Jellyminx shows a summery golden pink look and features a surprise guest!

Kim Porter swatches products from the MAC In The Groove Collection to show you what it looks like on NC50 skin.

Krasey Beauty has exclusive swatches of the new Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Collection.

Rachel's been trying out new mineral makeup from Lily Lolo over at Queen of Turquoise.

Hot Beauty Health shares a list of the top 10 virtual hairstyle and makeover sites to try out a new look!

Musicalhouses makes Illamasqua's Beg blush wearable in her latest FOTD.

Find out everything about Summer 2010 makeup trends in the Makeup4All on-line beauty magazine.

Joeybunny over at the PinkSith blog tells us what worked and what didn't during her testing of Raw Minerals Makeup and Brushes.

Jolie Laide Girl gets all hot and bothered playing with the Urban Decay Naked Palette.

Check out what makes Guerlain's Meteorites Perles primer so special on Beauty Addict.

Fed up of struggling to access your new makeup? Yeah... Lipglossiping is, too!

Christelle from Beauty Crazed learns that multiple X's are not always inappropriate... sometimes they mean mascara!

I Heart Cosmetics has become totally obsessed with the Clarisonic.


Retrodiva is giving away the brand new Sampar's Good Weekend Kit, a new travel-friendly kit for urban skin survival.

Win an Infiniti by Conair You Curl curling iron from Audrey Dao.

There's still time to enter the Summer Smooth Skin Giveaway at The Gloss Menagerie!

Got troublesome skin? Enter Hellcandy's skincare giveaway for the chance to win some B-Liv products!

Do you want a new traincase? CSN stores is giving one Spiced Beauty reader a $40 gift card!

Estee Lauder Blue Dahlia Palette + Swatches

Friday, July 30, 2010

The centrepieces of the new Estee Lauder Pure Color collection, for me are the delectable five colour eye shadow palettes, suitably named Blue Dahlia and Surreal Violet. The limited edition eye shadow palettes provide all the materials to create the three looks promised: neutral, smoky fashionable or strong.

Let's take a closer look at Blue Dahlia, designed by Estee Lauder's Creative Makeup Director, Tom Pecheux, which comprises of five very different, yet complimentary eye enclosed in beautiful gold casing. 

The white highlighter with flecks of shimmer, the neutral mink, the two fabulous blues at opposite ends of the colour spectrum and the black matte are both easy on the eye and can be used to achieve a variety of looks. When swatching, all the shadows transferred to my hand smoothly, although the teal blue feels rougher in texture than the other shades, which came as a surprise as the rest are buttery soft. I doubt this will prove to be a problem though as colour pay off displays the same density for all shades.

Check out my swatches below ...

A FOTD using the palette is coming next week (my hair is a mess at the moment and will not be exposed on my blog until it's sorted on Sunday!)

The Estee Lauder Blue Dahlia and Surreal Violet eye shadow palettes will be available to purchase in August, priced at £34 each ..not long to go now!

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Friday, July 30, 2010

When I was last in New York, I took the opportunity to pick up some Mario Badescu products. A fave amongst celebrities such as Jennifer Anniston and Liv Tyler, it's a skincare range which I frequently see mentioned on some of the U.S/Canadian beauty blogs that I follow and my curiosity got the better of me.

Mario Badescu offers a personalised range of products to tackle a variety of skin complaints and is known for its natural ingredients, which include fresh fruits and botanicals. It's also cruelty free and not tested on animals.

I bought a selection of products home with me and have recently started trying them out.

I recently used up Aveda Enbrightenment Brightening Cleanser, which I found to be a fantastic cleanser for my combo/sensitive skin, but is also very similar to the cheaper Neutrogena foaming cleanser (in the blue bottle and unfortunately not available in the UK), which happens to be another fave of mine - so bear that in mind and save yourself some money, should you ever be tempted by the Aveda cleanser.

Anyway, back onto the Enzyme Cleansing Gel which states the following on its no-frills plastic packaging:

Our refreshing, non-foaming gel washes away make-up and surface debris, leaving skin clean and residue free. Rejuvenates dull skin with Papaya Extract, an alpha hydroxy acid that promotes exfoliation and prevents pore-clogging build-up. Massage gently in circular motions on wet skin and rinse thoroughly with tepid water. Follow with Mario Badescu astringent or toner. Use twice daily.

Let me get straight to the point. I'm not keen on this cleanser at all. It looks like cheap washing up liquid, which I attempted to overlook when I first started to use it a fortnight ago, but mud sticks!  Also, it doesn't lather at all which I have a huge problem with as I'm convinced it's not lifting the dirt off my face effectively. I may be right too as I find myself sweeping off a significant amount of left over make up with my toner, that has still been left on my face despite a thorough rinse.

To try and get more out of the cleanser, I've attempted to use it with a facial brush but all this appears to have resulted in, is a cluster of angry pimples appearing on my cheeks and jawline! Needless to say I've swiftly ditched this and will be palming it off to the bestie to see if she has better luck with it.

On a brighter note, the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion  toner is fab! I find it non-drying, extremely refreshing and I'm a big fan of its scent. However, I have other toners that also perform just as well that cost less, so this won't be an essential repurchase for me.

HQ Hair is the official UK Mario Badescu stockist, so check the range out in more detail there.

MAC To Donate ALL Global Profits From MAC Rodarte Collection!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The relentless tweeting, emails, blog posts and petition have finally paid off and we've achieved the outcome we wanted so badly. MAC have announced that they will be donating all global profits from the future MAC Rodarte collection to a new initiative that will provide continual support to the women and girls of Juarez as well as raising awareness.

Christina of Tempalia.com  broke the news on behalf of MAC and you can read MAC's statement in full here.

A couple of weeks ago, a number of bloggers came together and worked together to highlight a make up collection which many of us viewed as tasteless and offensive. I'm really proud of what we have achieved and this hands down is my greatest blogging moment so far. I'm truly amazed that together we bought a company as huge as MAC Cosmetics to its knees. It's mindblowing!

I have a new found respect for MAC for listening to its customers, realising they were wrong and acting swiftly to put things right. Well done to everybody who spoke out, wrote a blog post, signed the petition, retweeted the #MACRodarte tweets!

It feels really good to be a beauty blogger right now and I'm looking forward to seeing the changes that MAC will be implementing over the next few weeks.

Well done everybody!

Have you won? Giveway winners!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Have you entered one of my recent giveaways recently? Check below to see if you're a lucky winner.

All winners were selected randomly using Random.org

Max Factor Powder Brush Winner
Olivia, writer of  What Makes My Heart Happy

Kiss Nails Set Winners
Bettie Paige

Karine Jackson Colour Festival Launch Party Winners

 Well done ladies. You should all have an email in your inbox from me requesting your delivery details (where applicable). Thanks for entering everybody!

Rouge Dior Haute Couleur Lipsticks

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

High end lipstick lovers will no doubt be clambering to see the new Rouge Dior Haute Couleur shades, the new lipstick collection from Christian Dior.

Each of the 32 colours has been inspired and named after a vintage Dior Haute Couture dress and have been conveniently grouped into three colour families from Red to Coral, Pink to Lilac and finally Beige to Brown.

The lipsticks also contain a new formula, which offer two different sizes of Hyaluronic spheres (these sound like something you'd find at a mechanics) which instantly plump the lips and leave them looking and feeling hydrated.

Exclusively available at Selfridges, £22 each.

Win tickets to Karine Jackson's Colour Festival Launch - THIS FRIDAY!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty (as seen on the BBC One Show) is holding a fabulous Colour Festival from August 1 to 31, with some brilliant offers and prizes to be won. To launch the event, Karine has teamed up with Seven Dials retailers for an evening of fabulous freebies, plus a special fashion show, which will take place in Central London on the evening of 30th July, 6pm-8pm (fashion show starts at 7pm).

Karine's hair work will be complimented by the quirky, stylish jewellery from Tatty Devine, and guests are invited to enjoy yummy canapés and scrumptious chocolate cake provided by top bakery Euphorium

The Colour Festival is the perfect time to have a proper consultation and assess whether your colour is working for you. Everyone who visits during August will get a pink or orange balloon to pop, revealing a piece of paper with a prize inside. These include 100 complimentary Organic Care Systems and Kerastase treatments, 20 half price colour appointments, 10 free bottles of organic shampoo and conditioner, facials, and more, plus all clients will get a complimentary conditioning treatment and scalp massage with their colour, and a free make-up application after every facial, as well as gorgeous pink and orange cocktails

I have five pairs of tickets for the launch event, up for grabs and if you'd like to win a pair, just say so (literally) in the comments box below adding an email address to be contacted on should you win - VERY IMPORTANT!

Giveaway closes on Wednesday 28th July at 3pm

What's In YOUR Bathroom?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Here's what's residing in my shower at the moment and is currently on rotation ...


1. No 7 Luxurious Foaming Shower Oil (£8.75 /250ml) - I had high hopes for this, but it's left me disappointed. I don't like the scent of argan and grapeseed oils and I have to use far more than I should for one application, in order to get it to lather up properly. On a brighter note, I love the packaging which looks swish in the bathroom and it does moisturise well, even though I'm screwing my nose up as I use it!

2. The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Shower Gel (£6 /250ml) - Now on my third bottle, I've heaped praise on this in previous posts and for good reason. Fresh, sharp and zingy, I love this new addition to The Body Shop's shower gels and it will always be a repeat purchase. I love the scent it leaves behind long after I've stepped out of the shower. Love love LOVE it!

3. The Body Shop Coconut Bath Shower Gel/Creme (£6 /250ml)  - This is much thicker and creamier (no rude jokes please) than the usual formula of shower gels from The Body Shop. I've found this to be extremely moisturising and as a big lover of coconut scents this is right up my street. This doubles up for use in the bath too but the bubbles are rather lacklustre when thrown into my tub, so I stick to using this in the shower, where it excels.

4. Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Wash £20 /200ml) - Hmmm my least favourite Aromatherapy Associates product that I've tried so far. It contains neroli, pink grapefruit and bergamot but its scent is less impressionable in comparison to The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Shower Gel. For the price, I expected something a little more luxurious, and because I really love the other products I've tried from this luxury line I assumed I'd like this too, but it's quite ordinary and dare I say it, the gel itself is rather weak too.

What are YOU currently using in the bathroom?

Liz Earle Foot Scrub and Foot Repair Moisturiser

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I've been using a number of products to help keep my feet looking presentable as they're on show almost daily at the moment, what with the warmer weather we're having at the moment.

I've been using Liz Earle Foot Scrub (£10.25/100ml) and Foot Repair Moisturiser (£12.25/100ml) for a couple of months now and they've contributed to keeping my tootsies feeling soft and smooth.

First up my thoughts on the foot scrub. I really like the packaging, which comes in the form of a sleek slim tube which allows you to dispense the product by gently squeezing it out. You don't need a large amount, it's quite a rich scrub, and contains softening avocado and wheatgerm oils combined with peppermint and rosemary oils which leave your feet smelling fresh and pleasant

It also contains natural pumice, which exfoliates gently, yet effectively and which is visible when the scrub is rinsed off. A trail of black grains are left in the bath, which disappear down the plughole very easily and leave no mess behind. If you've just had a pedicure and want a scrub that will prolong it with minimal fuss then this is a great product. If you have dry skin on your heels, then using this alongside a foot file should improve the appearance of your feet too. 

I prefer to use this in the bath as I can sit on the edge and give my feet a good scrub, whereas standing on one foot in the shower, and trying to apply this at the same time would probably result in an accident!! I'm happy to spend an extra 5 minutes in the bathroom applying, scrubbing and then rinsing this off before jumping in the shower.

What I really like about the foot moisturiser is that it isn't greasy - yet still genuinely leaves my feet feeling moisturised.  I'm not keen on the pump as I've found myself pressing it up to seven times before I get any product out onto my hand. I then need to press it a few more times to get enough product for one application out which becomes tedious - especially as I use this almost every day. The dispenser releases far too little of the moisturiser at any given time and when I'm in a hurry this becomes frustrating.

(L) -  Foot Repair Moisturiser
(R) Foot Scrub

It has a peppermint scent (which really reminds me of toothpaste), and is infused with shea butter, and like the foot scrub also contains wheatgerm and avocado oils to soften and moisturise the skin. If the dispenser issues are addressed then I'd possibly consider purchasing this in the future, but there are other products I use that are cheaper and don't give me any dispensing issues.

MAC Rodarte - The Petition

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A petition has been set up online HERE for those whose who would like to make their feelings about the controversial MAC for Rodarte collection known in a more formal manner.

The petition calls for MAC to donate 100% of the profits from this the Rodarte collection and names three reputable charities recommended by  Amigos de las Mujeres de Juarez and Casa Amiga - two reputable non profit agencies working with families who have been affected by the Juarez femicides. 

On Friday I received an email from a lady who lives in El Paso, Texas who has family living in Juarez. She had read this article that Colorlines Magazine published on Friday and wanted to thank every blogger who had taken the time to make their feelings known, which in turn forced MAC to change the product names.

" Hello.

I came across your blog through an article from Color Lines titled "The Beauty Bloggers Who Blew MAC and Rodarte's Juarez Cover," and I just wanted to thank you and the other bloggers for having done what you did. I live in El Paso, TX which is the sister city directly opposite of Juárez. What is going on in Juárez is absolutely horrific and saddening. 

My family lives in Juárez and I am appalled that any cosmetic line would be "inspired" from so much hatred, violence, sadness, and grief. Especially when I just found out that my cousin was mugged in Juárez. Thankfully, they only took her material positions and she is still with life. Something that thousands can no longer say. 

I thank you, and all the bloggers across the internet, for making MAC bend and change their line. I, however, agree with you that this line should not exist and I too would give them a standing ovation if they did donate a more generous amount. One positive outcome of this entire scandal is that many more people are aware of the situation in Cuidad Juárez.

Once again, thank you."

Receiving this email was a real eye opener. The people in Juarez are real and these atrocities ARE happening. Obviously money cannot a replace the loss of a loved one, but I hope that the aid of a considerable financial donation can improve the lives of many who are working in poor conditions in Juarez.

Please show your support and add your signature to the list, as well as a comment expressing your views - we have achieved so much already, and hopefully  with one last push we can persuade MAC and Rodarte to do what many of us feel is "the right thing" and donate 100% of the profits from the Rodarte collection and not a paltry sum of $100,000 which is barely a drop in the ocean for a company that generates millions of dollars in profits annually.

Many thanks to Olivia of Healing Beauty for setting the petition up and thank you for reading.

RapidLash - Does it live up to the hype?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Before it went on sale in Boots last week, there were reportedly already over 1000 women who had placed themselves on a waiting list so they'd be first to get their hands on RapidLash. Since its arrival in Boots, the 'miracle' serum which claims to thicken and lengthen eyelashes by fifty per cent with daily use,  has been flying off the shelves here in the UK.  

RapidLash is 'Flying off the shelves'.
If applied nightly, the clear serum is said to make eyelashes appear significantly thicker after 3-4 weeks, with some users reporting a difference after just four days. FOUR DAYS?? Hmmm ...I'm saying nothing! One tube should last approximately 1-2 months and it's recommended that once you have achieved the desired appearance of lashes that you continue to use it to maintain their appearance. This can also be used on sparse eyebrows too and is also suitable for men to use.

The science bit: The active ingredient in the serum, prostaglanadin, is a compound which helps gells to multiply and replenish themselves. It is also used in treating the eye condition glaucoma.

There has been a huge scramble to develop a lash-lengthening product since it was noticed that eye drops designed to treat glaucoma had the side-effect of making lashes longer.
Like many, I love the look of long eyelashes but have real trouble fiddling around with fake eyelashes so this sounds like a great alternative. I've had a sample lying around for a couple of weeks now, but pulled it out for a good look today and have decided to bite the bullet and start using it as of this evening. 

I'm still a little hesitant as the last thing I want are eyelashes that look like this. The things we risk in the name of beauty, eh? Hopefully I won't end up with 3 eyelashes on each eye or even worse, be left blind! In comparison to its competitors Revitalash and LiLash which cost considerably more, RapidLash is much cheaper but nothing is risk-free as far as I'm concerned.  We all react differently to products - I just pray I have more luck than Laura (Lollipop26) did.

Have you tried it? If so, did it work for you? I wanna know!! I'll do an update post in a months time.

Sold exclusively in Boots, RapidLash is available for £39.99

Beauty Bloggers Backstage - Seven Questions with Kristie of naturalNchicmakeup

Friday, July 23, 2010

Oooh welcome to my first Beauty Bloggers Backstage interview, which this week focuses on the lovely Kristie, fellow blogger and writer of naturalNchicmakeup, she's also a keen photographer and freelance make up artist too.

If you want to join Beauty Bloggers Backstage, which allows Beauty Bloggers to get the 411 on one another, then check the site out for more details. In the meantime, read on for my lil' chat with Kristie :-)

1. How long have you been blogging for?
I started blogging about 12 years ago starting with LiveJournal and Xanga, mostly writing about photography, fashion, and daily life musings up until recently. Like most ladies, I love makeup/skincare and am always looking for the next HG product for my sensitive skin.  I know I've always turned to beauty blogs for honest and in depth reviews/swatches of products before purchasing, so naturalNchicmakeup was started in hopes of doing the same for others.

2. I noticed you're into photography, how did that hobby start and which camera do you use?
Growing up, I've had an interest in colors/paintings/photos.  My family loves to take photos of anything and everything so there is always a camera in the house.  I remember we had disposal cameras, the old types where you had to wind up after each shot, film cameras, and now the oh so easy point and shoot.  I currently use both a DSLR Canon40D and Canon SD800 for the blog/travel.  Funny thing is  you'll never find any makeup in my purse but always a camera, ready to shoot at any moment.

3. What are your fave TV shows?
I'm addicted to all 3 of the CSI shows (NY, LV, and Miami) and Fringe for mindless entertainment. I also love Project Runaway and HG Design Star.  I find these shows inspiring and am amazed at all the beautiful pieces created under such high pressure.  

4. You're a freelance make up artist, have you had any nightmare clients?
Luckily, I have never met a nightmare client but definitely opinionated ones.  I actually appreciate clients who know exactly what they want because I can easily help achieve the result they're looking for.  Like any service, it's important to let your SA/MA know the style, colors, and type of look you want.  This way, you can walk away happy with the outcome instead of hating it. If you're too shy to do so, bring in a sample picture or magazine cut outs. 

5. Name three products you WON'T be repurchasing.
I have tried a lot of products based on recommendations or purely hype but the top 3 I would never purchase again are Maybelline Great Lash, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond, and Cetaphil Face Cleanser.

6. Do you ever leave the house with no make up on?
Yes, all the time! 3 out of 7 days, I would rush out of the house without any make up because of early morning meetings.  No matter what happens on the weekend, I make time to put on make up and test them out for reviews.  

7. What's your favourite beauty brand and why?
I'm very much a lover of the natural yet chic type of look, thus the name naturalNchicmakeup. Of all the beauty brands, I find Chanel and Burberry best fit this description from packaging to feel and color of their products. I believe you can achieve an understated yet elegant and timeless look from both lines. 

Chanel is great for lipsticks/blushes, while Burberry excels in eyeshadows/lipsticks. Although pricing is higher compared to other brands, the products are of high quality that's worth every penny. I personally think it's better to spend $42USD on one great blush rather than 3-5 blushes that lack quality for the same price.  

Wanna read what I had to say? Then check out what Kristie asked me here

Review: The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What it says on the tube: Weekly home-spa exfoliation. With Vitamin C rich Amazonian camu camu and Community Trade Shea butter.

Smooth onto wet skin, massage in circular motions to improve the skin tone, and rinse. Use no more than twice a week Not suitable for sensitive skin.

I love a good exfoliator and relish the immediate polish they give to my complexion, sloughing off rough and dead skin cells in the process . To date my favourite has been MAC Volcanic Ash which I fell in love with, the moment I tried it.Unfortunately this is stupidly limited edition, so we won't go into that!

The Body Shop Vitamin C line has undergone a revamp, and with it comes the new Vitamin C Microdermabrasion scrub, which is a weekly home spa treatment that can be implemented into your existing skincare regime.

It contains the following:

* Ultra-fine exfoliating garnet particles that stimulate cell renewal and leave skin incredibly soft and smooth.

* Contains Amazonian camu camu berry, which is known to have one of the highest contents of vitamin C in nature. Antioxidant Vitamin C encorages production of collagen, improves elasticity and protects against damaging environmental aggressors.

* Nourishing Community Trade she butter to soften and refine the skin.

      What I love about this scrub is that the exfoliating grains are the smoothest I've ever had the pleasure of applying to my skin. They're so fine, they feel like grains of sand - the smoothest sand in the land! I adore the texture of this product. It's so easy to distribute without causing any redness or friction and leaves my skin feeling clean, smooth and refreshed.

      It has a citrus-like scent, but when spread over the face intensifies slightly, but not to the point where it becomes too overbearing. I like to use this before applying a face mask as it really prepares my skin properly for the final stage of a pampering session. If your skin is looking dull and lacklustre then this will act as a great pick me up, stimulating new cell renewal and encouraging a healthy glow.

      A Fantastic product, which gets a huge thumbs up from me.

      The revamped Vitamin C range will be able both in-store and online at The Body Shop UK in August.

      Eye Protection On A Budget - Garnier UltraLift Firming Eye Cream

      Tuesday, July 20, 2010

      I've been religiously using an eye cream on a daily basis for the past 5 years or so now. I started off with one from SkinCeuticals, which retailed for over £100 and was sent to me as part of my first Beauty Bible package to test and review. I liked it, but there was no way I was spending that much money on a skincare product, so when it ran out I began to look for an affordable alternative.

      I decided to try  Cliniques All About Eyes after it was repeatedly mentioned in recommendations. I don't have a bad word to say about this product, my favourite being the All About Eyes Rich version. It has kept the skin around my eyes hydrated and smooth and performed extremely well . Retailing at £22, I shimmied on over to Ebay where I found it much cheaper and dutifully repurchased this over and over again working my way through at least 5 pots.

      Last Winter as my latest pot was coming to an end, I decided to research what else was out there on the market. Using an eye cream was now a permanent fixture in my skincare routine and I eventually settled on Garnier UltraLift Firming eye cream.

      Part of the The Garnier UltraLift Anti-Wrinkle range, the UltraLift Firming Eye Cream contains Pure Ginger Extract which helps to depuff skin and leave it feeling firmer and looking smoother. Garnier claim you'll see a difference after an hour which is far-fetched in my opinion, but this cream does work well for me keeping the skin around my eyes well moisturised and free from wrinkles and has performed beyond my expectations for a high street skincare product.

      My 15ml tube has lasted 8 months which I think is fantastic value for money. Looking at the tube, I never imagined it would last this amount of time. The nozzle allows the product to dispense easily and you only need a small amount for each eye. It's currently being sold for £4.45 in Superdrug so now's an ideal time to try it out if you're tempted.

      How much is it? £9.29
      Where can I buy it from? Boots, Superdrug  (currently on offer in Superdrug)

      MAC Bows To Pressure Over Rodarte Collection Fury - Name Changes And 100k Donation

      Tuesday, July 20, 2010

      So news has broken that MAC has bowed to mounting pressure from both bloggers and social commentators alike, in light of the backlash surrounding its collaborative collection with designers Rodarte.

      Both companies have again, released statements addressing the issue:
      From MAC: 

      "We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We continue to listen carefully to the comments we have received and have the following plans to address concerns:
      • We are committed to donating $100,000 to a non-profit organization that has a proven, successful track-record helping women in need and that can directly improve the lives of women in Juarez in a meaningful way.
      • We are changing the product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection 
      • As we have done in the past, please be assured that we will communicate details regarding our progress in this matter."
      and from Rodarte:

      "We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never intended to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry.

      Helping to improve the conditions for women in Juarez is a priority for us and we are thankful for all the comments calling attention to the urgency of addressing this situation."
      Source: Temptalia

      First of all, I commend both MAC and Rodarte for not ignoring the frenzy that this collection has caused. Given that they released statements on Friday, they have again responded fairly quickly to the fury that been unleashed upon them.

      Whilst I appreciate MAC's positive effort to appease us by offering a one off donation of $100,000 (approx £60,000) to a non-profit charity (which charity is it by the way? We're yet to hear a name), I'd have given them a standing ovation had they announced that all proceeds were to be donated. Furthermore, their highest earning store alledgedly makes more than that in a week!

      I see no reason why raising awareness of the happenings in Juarez should stop at a single hand out. The success of Viva Glam is evident for all to see. Is there room for a similar campaign to run alongside it, which will continuously keep Juarez in the spotlight? Thank goodness they've had the common sense to see how inappropriate the proposed product names were! They really were on the pipe the day you dreamed those up.

      If MAC and Rodarte think this is the last that they'll hear of this, they're mistaken - there are still two months to go until the launch date.  

      One thing  has become very clear over the past few days - NEVER underestimate the power of the internet! 

      What are you thoughts on the latest developments? Hit me up!

      Support The Body Shop - Stop Sex Trafficking

      Monday, July 19, 2010

      As I mentioned in an earlier post, The Body Shop and ECPAT campaign to highlight the sex trafficking of children and young people is in full swing and has currently received over 30,000 signatures. Make sure you sign the petition if you haven't already, it'll only take a minute.

      Sign up now! Tweet about it and spread the word on Facebook too.

      Put Your Best Foot Forward With Scholl + Giveaway!

      Monday, July 19, 2010

      Now that sandals and flip flops are the footwear of choice for us ladies during the warmer weather, it's essential that your tootsies are kept in tip-top condition before you expose them in public. Dry, cracked heels and unsightly blisters aren't easy on the eye, and neither are whiffy feet.

      Scholl want you to know about their ongoing campaign called "Keeping Britain on its feet"  It promotes Scholl's range of footcare products with particular focus on its Hard Skin, Orthaheel Orthotics and Cracked Heel ranges.

      I've teamed up with Scholl to give two of my readers the chance to win a fab set of Scholl goodies worth £30 which will help leave your feet looking irresistible.

      Up for grabs are the following:

      Click on the links below to view the winning items in more detail.

      The winners shall receive one of each.

      To enter, get yourself over to the Vex in the City Facebook Page. Once  there, make sure you “Like It” and leave a comment letting me know that you’d like to entered into my latest giveaway. This giveaway is open to all entrants - both UK and international.

      The gveaway will close on Sunday August 22nd 2010 at 9pm (GMT) and winners will be selected randomly! 

      Good luck!

      MobDeal Treats - £2 Wahanda Beauty Treatments Across The UK

      Monday, July 19, 2010

      Today, Wahanda have launched their incredibly popular MobDeals in Leeds, the fourth UK city to go live! 

      But that's not all - to celebrate this brilliant news they will have the £2 MobDeal in all four cities - London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. As a lucky Wahanda customers you will pay just £2 for £20 worth of treatments at a spa near them.
      That's right, pay £2 for £20 worth of beauty treatments in either London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. Don't miss out as they're available available for a short time - time frames are listed below.
      • London's offer will be available for 24 hours
      • Birmingham's offer will be available for 3 days
      • Leed's offer will be available for 7 days
      • Manchester's offer will also be available for 7 days

      If you're not signed up to Wahanda yet, what are you waiting for?! Sign up using my link here (which will bag me a £5 voucher) and be sure to sign up to the newsletter to bag yourselves £5 off your next purchase - which will be the £2 MobDeal! Everyone's a winner!

      If you're gonna purchase a London MobDeal, then use my widget in the left sidebar which will automatically connect you to the Wahanda site. I purchased the £2 MobDeal the first time round and am yet to book myself in for a treatment, but I'm certainly gonna buy it again today. Two treatments for £4 - yes please!

      Happy shopping!

      MAC Rodarte Collection Ignites Juarez Controversy

      Sunday, July 18, 2010

      If you're a hardened MAC fan, then you're probably already well aware of their limited edition, Mexican themed collection, with designers Rodarte, scheduled for release in September 2010.

      Like many, I get the scoop on the latest MAC collections from Specktra.net - a haven for all make up (especially MAC) and beauty lovers. Details of the Rodarte collection were released a while back, but it took one glance at the promo images available to decide that nothing from this collection was going to flatter my skin tone and therefore my money would be staying firmly in my wallet. I didn't give the collection a second thought and life went on.

       Rodarte's 'ghost-like' imagery, do little to stem the eerie connotations that are being associated with this collection.

      Controversy aside, I'm not impressed with the the first sneak preview of the collection, which in my opinion reveals it to be rather dull and one of the worst to be released by MAC so far in 2010. Can you say B.O.R.I.N.G?!

      However over the past couple of days, I've been forced to take a much closer look at this collection due to the uproar its affiliation with the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez has created. Ironically I read up on the infamy surrounding Juarez a few months ago after hearing it mentioned on a crime documentary. It was only after I had googled a couple of articles that I made the connection that this was indeed the same Juarez that is now in the centre of a publicity storm created by a cosmetics company.

      Juarez is an impoverished Mexican factory town notoriously known for the disappearance of hundreds of women who have been raped and murdered with little or no response from the police. With victims as young as 12 years old, to date the estimated murder toll is speculated by authorities to be approximately 400, however local residents suspect the murders stand at an estimated 5,000. Most of the cases remain unsolved dating back to 2003, and remain so today.

      Cosmetic Calamity!

      Saturday, July 17, 2010

      After hearing positive reviews of the new 17 Mirror Shine On lipsticks, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Karleigh had popped one in, as an extra in a package to me (thanks hon!). When applied, Nudist Peach was a lovely, neutral pink (looks brighter in the pic, thanks to my excitable camera flash) which had a moisturising finish that lasted well, until I has something to eat.

      No shimmer or glitz making it unwearable, just a nice soft finish that set off a daytime face perfectly and still gave me shine, without the stickiness of lipgloss.

      I liked it so much, that I reached for it two days in a row. As I swiped it over my bottom lip yesterday evening, this was the end result ...

      It snapped clean in half and fell to the floor! What the ..?! I could understand if I'd been a tad forceful during application, but I was rather enjoying the moment and applying it quite slowly whilst pouting in the mirror, so the sudden jerk of my hand as my new lipstick met a premature death was a rude awakening!

      I've since heard from a couple of other beauty bloggers that their 17 lipsticks have also suffered the same fate.
      17 if you're reading, you need to rethink your lipstick formula, this is not a good look! 

      Thank you, over and out!

      Beauty Blog Link Love - 17.07.10

      Saturday, July 17, 2010

      Have you tried Ellis Faas yet? Rae's reviewing a few of these super-luxe, super-chic products, starting with Ellis' Milky Lips line!

      Armani Blushing Fabric Second Skin Blushers have caught Louise's eye.

      No bruises here! Check out Maggie's soft pink and purple face of the day over at The Polka-Dotted Apple.

      When do Lego's and cosmetics have something in common? When Jouer comes to town, that's when. Watch Jeweled Thumb act 5 and play with a recent haul!

      Butter LONDON has some fabulous new nail shades for Autumn 2010 - come check them out on Lipglossiping!

      Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed gets up close and personal with the Burberry Beauty line!

      Hell Candy attends the Edward Bess UK launch and is blown away by the beauty of everything (the make up AND the man!)

      Jolie Laide Girl gets silky soft with Kiehls Lightweight Body Lotion.

      Sarah from IHeartCosmetics shows you how to get rid of spots,simply and easily.

      Dry skinned and on a budget? Eyelining thinks Boots may have a bargain solution!

      Looking for a perfect red nail polish for summer? Take a look at Illamasqua's Alarm at Makeup4All.

      Lipgloss86 conquers all fears and grabs for the epilator in a bid for fuzz free legs.

      The Lip Print discovers the sweetest nail shades for spring and has a chat with Orly's Creative Director about what's hot for nails!

      There’s a new mascara in town! Check out Tsahi’s review on Revlon’s new Luscious Grow Mascara.

      Madame B Fatale talks about a product that supports a great cause!


      Be sure to enter Phyrra's Summer Giveaway! Two winners, great prizes, open worldwide!

      It's Pink Diva Beauty's birthday and you receive the presents! Have you entered?

      Ever wanted to try LA's Prtty Peaushun? Now you can - Beautywoome is giving it away this month!

      Reviva Labs wants to
      protect and prettify you with their Summer Skincare Giveaway on Prime Beauty.

      The Pink Sith is celebrating her second Blog Anniversary with a Purple and Silver giveaway!

      Grab a Duty Free Bargain at Debenhams

      Friday, July 16, 2010

      Good news for beauty lovers! Department store Debenhams, has announced that it will be knocking VAT (17.5%) off over 200 lines until July 28th 2010.

      Among the brands included in this limited offer are Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, St Tropez, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Benefit and Ralph Lauren. 

      Illamasqua ASOS sale

      Sunday, July 11, 2010

      Just a heads up, there are a few Illamasqua products for sale over on ASOS.com right now. Powder and cream foundations, intense and sheer lipglosses (all selected shades) and a couple of items from the recent Body Electrics collection are amongst the bargains.

      Go have a look!

      ASOS Illamasqua sale

      At Last! New Urban Decay Primer Potion Packaging

      Saturday, July 10, 2010

      Urban Decay appear to have finally taken note of customers complaints and suggestions and plan to repackage its much loved Primer Potion this autumn. The eye primer will now be repackaged in an easy to use tube. 

      Say goodbye to hacking at the current plastic genie-inspired bottle with a pair of scissors trying to rescue the extra product that can't be reached, due to its faulty design.

      The new packaging will mirror the tube that the Complexion Primer is currently sold in:

      Thanks to My Lips But Better who attended an Urban Decay Masterclass at her local Ulta store where she got this exclusive scoop!

      Cheap and Effective: My Skin Eye Make Up Remover pads

      Saturday, July 10, 2010

      More often than not, I find make up removal to be a complete and utter bore, and therefore welcome with open arms, any product which promises to make the process less of a burden. 

      Supermarket giant Tesco launched the My Skin range last summer, which is designed to target the problems that are commonly associated with teen complexions. 

      Within that range are My Skin Eye Make Up Remover Pads (the full name is a tongue twister and unnecessary, so I've shortened it!) which come in a small convenient packet containing 30 pads which are pre-soaked in a gentle formula to remove eye make up and mascara (waterproof too) with ease.

      The pads are circular and white in colour, and are already damp, but not soaking wet with a fragrance free lotion which contains almond oil to nourish and soothe the eye area. They also embody extracts of raspberry and lime tree blossom help to keep skin clear and protect against blemishes, whilst Cimicfuga extract (no idea what that is, but it sounds exotic) helps control excess oil and shine.

      Smooth on one side and slightly raised with small pockets (like ordinary cotton pads) on the other, the pads glide smoothly over my skin as I remove my eye make up. I need to use two pads for each eye but my eye shadow and mascara melt away with no need for a vigorous scrubbing motion.

      The sceptic in me initially looked at these in disdain, fearing their performance would be less than adequate but boy was I surprised. The pads leave behind no oily residue, nor do they show show signs of irritation, which was one of my primary concerns. 

      They take up minimal space in their dinky packaging and are easily remain fresh with the resealable strip. Easy to use and dispose of, not to mention kind to the eyes, I'll definitely be popping these into my basket each time I do my online food shop. Perfect for an overnight stay, your evening skin care regime or even as a holiday essential too.

      Well done Tesco - every little DOES help!

      Where can I buy them? Tesco
      How much are they? £2.19

      Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation

      Saturday, July 10, 2010

      This week I ventured into unknown territory - the world of mineral make up. I've never previously shown any interest in this cosmetic arena, believing it wasn't suited to my coverage needs or skin tone. I've been using bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation by Bare Escentuals with surprising results. More on my experience and findings later.

      I just want to briefly give you the heads up on a new product which is launching today.

      Matte SPF15 Foundation is the new mineral foundation from Bare Escentuals which claims a breakthrough formula designed to minimise pores, absorb excess shine without drying skin whilst keeping your skin looking flawless and matte all day. 

      It's new  Click, Lock, Go™ sifter also promises to make spillages a thing of the past too, if you're familiar with Bare Escentuals original packaging you'll know that this is a big improvement. It's also available in 15 shades so that every skin tone and colour can experience the benefits of bareMinerals on their skin.

      Sounds good? Well it's launching on QVC today, priced £19.50 - tune in at 8am, 11am, 2pm or 5pm (BST) to see it in action. 

      Can't manage that? Then check out Lipglossiping's thoughts on it.

      Bare Escentuals Matte SPF15 Foundation will be available from August exclusively to Selfridges before becoming available to other counters and concessions nationwide in September.

      On a side note ...


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