Clarisonic Mia to Launch in the UK

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Clarisonic Classic has been raved about for months now. Priced at £155, it's basically an electric brush which gives your face a car-wash-style deep cleanse. You can read my reviews on it here.
Now the travel-sized version, the Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System is launching in the UK on April 15th. At £120, it's still not cheap, but promises to remove six times more make-up than ordinary cleansing (with your hands) does.

If you're like me, you probably wondered why there was a need for another version in the first place if the original is supposedly so great. I probed a little further to get some answers from a Clarisonic representative:

 1.    What's the difference between the Mia and the original Clarisonic? Why should people now buy this after the first model was hyped up so much? 
The main difference between the original Clarisonic and the new Mia is the size. The Mia is designed for people who want to take it on holiday, put in a gym bag etc. It doesn’t have the charging cradle, but has a compact magnetic charger which also saves on space. You can fully charge the Mia and it will give you two weeks of use.

2. Does the Mia come with different brushes/speeds?

The Mia can be used with all existing brush heads apart from the body brush. It has 1 button, 1 speed and lasts for 1 minute. 

3. Price, release date and stockists? 

Clarisonic Mia will be available from 15th April exclusive to Space NK and will retail for £120.

If your wallet won't stretch that far, try Garnier Pure Active Exfo-Brusher £7.65, which cleans and buffs skin with it's nifty built-in bristle applicator. If you've tried this, how does it work for you?

If you currently own a Clarisonic? Does it live up to the hype for you? Are you now considering buying a MIA instead of the Classic? I'm keen to hear your thoughts.

ETA: It's now available instore and online from Space NK

Rimmel Summer 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I had a look at the upcoming products from Rimmel a few weeks ago. Steamy, sunny days still seem a long way off, despite the 10 minutes of flash sunshine we had bestowed upon us last week. Rimmel Summer seems to be all about muted shades with pops of bright colour.

Comprising of nail polishes, lipglosses and a limited edition eye shadow quad, it's quite a compact collection.

Their instant tan and bronzer line, Sunshimmer, also makes a welcome return - which is yet to appear instore. I'd really like to take a closer look at the split shade bronzer again as I was pleasantly surprised at how the different shades showed up on my skintone - I didn't expect them to! Hopefully that'll be in store shortly.

Vinyl Lipgloss in Sunny Smile (705) and Red Ginger (640) - £4.99 each
Lycra Pro Memory Nail Polish in Peppermint (312) and Aqua Cool (420) - £4.59 each
Glam Eyes limited edition eye shadow quad in SummerBloom (205) - £6.99*

 My fave products are the nail polishes, particularly the blue which I wore a couple of weeks ago. The mint green is also nice but if you don't get the application spot on, it can look very messy. Both have creme finishes and reach opacity with two coats.

I'm not overly keen on the eye shadow quad, which wasn't as pigmented as I expected it to be - however, I suspect that may have been down to the fact that it had been swatched a million times before I got to it and was the victim of oily fingers. That aside, the colours aren't really ones that I'd usually pick for myself to wear.
The two lipglosses are quite nice, but my first impressions of them in the tube, was that there was nothing outstanding about them in terms of colour - a bright cheery red and a shimmery bronzey nude. I'll do a separate post on those once I've tried them out.

What did leave me pleasantly surprised were the bronzing powders - particularly the smaller compact, which is separated into assorted shades of warm brown, bronze tones. When swatched, they left a nice glow on my skin and I can envisage it complimenting a 'naked' Summer face when it's just too hot to wear much make up. I don't know the name of either since they're not part of the summer collection per se, but they're easily identifiable so you'll have no trouble spotting them once they're released.

Anything catch your eye? Are you a Rimmel fan?

*Available for one month from 8th of June in Superdrug stores (so Rimmel say ...but I saw it yesterday in the Superdrug branch near work!)

Mother's Day Special: Sanctuary Skincare Spa Heroes Kit TODAY ONLY!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wahanda have teamed up with The Sanctuary Spa to for a bargainous Mobdeal today on its skincare products, which will coincidentally make a lovely Mother's Day gift.

For just £20 you can buy the Sanctuary Skincare Spa Heroes Kit which  will contain: Radiance Boosting Facial Oil (30ml), Perfectly Polished Hot Cloth Cleanser (175ml), Warming Microbrasion Polish (100ml), and Warming Charcoal Detox Mask (100ml).

Although it's being touted as a Mother's Day deal, I must add that having tried the facial oil, hot cloth cleanser and charcoal mask myself after attending a preview launch at The Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden last year, that they're decent products and will make a lovely purchase for yourself too!

Purchase your set today via this link and save over 50% off a kit containing some real skincare treats.

Mine! Alice Temperley and Elemis Safari Traveller Bag

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I raced down to John Lewis after work on Wednesday to pick up the limited edition Temperley designed Elemis travel bag, which comes complete with Elemis' hero products  that I ordered on Tuesday.

I actually forgot that I'd placed the order and was puzzled why my online banking balance showed less than I believed I should have in my account. I was about to ring my bank demanding to know who'd been helping themselves to my hard earned pennies, when Helen of Just Nice Things reminded me of my purchase! *covers face in embarrassment*

Anyway, I'm pleased to report that I'm totally am IN LOVE with this creation and it exceeds all my expectations - I should think so too, it cost enough! It's well made and and will be my home to all my toiletries when I travel for the foreseeable future. I plan on getting my money's worth! For now the products it came with shall stay in the bag, so that I'm half sorted for my next trip away - which happens to be next month. Whoo! I'm lookin forward to trying the Exotic frangipani monoi moisture melt.

Anyway I'll shut up and let my pics do the talking. Here it is:

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I forgot to take a pic of the second zipped compartment. It has a zipped inside pocket to store smaller beauty bits i.e cotton buds, tweezers and the rest is 'open plan' so you can place larger items inside. It's a decent size and will hold everything you need to take with you on your travels or an overnight stay.

How much is it? £79
Where can I get it? John Lewis and until March 27th and then from nationwide Elemis counters from May 2011

MAKE UP FOR EVER Unveils Its First Unretouched Ad Campaign

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

French make up giant Make Up For Ever have showcased their first ever unretouched advertising campaign. The campaign, showing off the effects of their popular High Definition (HD) foundation, launches online today and will appear in issues of select national magazines.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation was created to be used in front of unforgiving high definiton video cameras and provide results so flawless that the need for retouching has been eliminated.

Impressive - MUFE HD Foundation in all it's glory.

I applaud MUFE for their decision and believe this will only increase their profile amongst professionals and consumers alike. I don't doubt that the model used, more than likely had near-perfect skin to begin with, but MUFE get a pat on the back for attemping to prove the claims they make with their best selling foundation - a very smart marking move indeed!

Available in 26 shades to match all skin tones, MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation provides oil-free, medium-to-full-coverage that creates a soft-focus effect to soften lines and blur imperfections.

Hopefully more make up brands will follow suit and release campaigns that haven't been digitally altered, showing us how their products really perform behind the camera.

I remember the buzz MUFE's HD foudnation created when it was released and along with many, I bought it (actually I have a back up bottle somewhere too). Although it's not one of my fave foundations, I rate MUFE for having the balls to prove their products worth. 

Have MUFE gone up in your estimatation for daring to go against the grain of the cosmetic industry? Have you tried MUFE HD foundation? If not, are you curious to try it having seen the campaign image?

Meet Orlando Bloom ...Tomorrow in Selfridges

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fans of Mr Bloom, may be interested to know that tomorrow, he'll be in London department store Selfridges, in living colour helping to launch BOSS Orange Man the Fragrance.

The first 75 people t0 purchase the new scent will get to meet the heart-throb up close and personal and I've been told there are still bottles available, so you know what to do if you wanna meet him at noon tomorrow.

My friend 'Stav' reviewed the new scent a few weeks ago for me, and you can check out his review here.

If you fancy gawping at the A-Lister, snapping a picture or waving your knickers at him, then Selfridges if where you'll need to be to catch a glimpse of the latest Hugo Boss pin up.

Alice Temperley & Elemis launch Safari Travellers Collection for Charity!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My spontaneity will be the death of me one of these days. A lunchtime browse of Twitter, whilst at work resulted in a frivolous, yet rather fabulous purchase this afternoon.

In case you didn't know, Elemis have teamed up with British designer Alice Temperley to create a stunning animal print travel bag, which is crammed full with Elemis' hero products. The set has been put together to raise £40,000 for Mothers4Children and is available exclusively at John Lewis and now until March 27th, then nationwide from May 2011.

My excuses currently range from “Well, it’s for charidee” to “I've been meaning to replace my travel cosmetics bag anyway” to simply denying the transaction has taken place. One minute I was reading about it, the next I'd ordered it! Whoops!

The bag contains:

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 30ml
Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser 30ml
Soothing Apricot Toner 50ml
Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask 15ml
Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 100ml
Papaya Enzyme Peel 15ml
Exotic Frangipani Monoi
Moisture Melt 35ml

The set costs £79 and a men’s version (see below) is available for £50. £1.50 per sale goes to charity. Hmmm I must say I was surprised so little was actually being donated, I hope that can be amended.

Lisa B, founder of Mothers4Children posing with the male and female Temperley designed travel bags.

I'm hoping I love the bag in reality as much as I do staring at the photos. I've taken note of the stud detail on the handle down to the gold plaque on the front. I'll find out tomorrow when I pick it up from John Lewis after work. If I don't then that's my Mother's Day pressie sorted!! I'll post pics on Thurs (I won't be home 'til late tomorrow night).

If you're new to Elemis, then this is a pretty good way to introduce yourself to the UK's leading skincare brand.

Mandara Spa, Elemis Sister Brand Launches Sainsbury's!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mandara Spa, a sister brand of Elemis have launched a new spa quality bath, body and home range exclusively in Sainsbury's stores nationwide. Already a hugely popular spa brand with over 100 spa's worldwide, the range will comprise of five spa experiences; Tropical Blooms, Honeymilk Dream, Amber Hea,ven, Island Paradise and Citrus Spice.

Despite being cheaper, the products contain the same ingredients that are used in the treatments carried out at the Mandara Spas which reflect the quality that is synonymous with the Elemis brand. They are also all paraben and SLS free - so no nasties either.

I tried some products over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised. Here's what I got to play with:

Amber Heaven Pampering Honey Bath (500ml) - £12.50

I love the warm, musky smell of Amber and couldn't run my bath water fast enough! I like the outer packaging, the rich purple contrasts well with the gold lid - although be warned, it weighs a mini tonne! You get a whopping 500ml of product which I think is pretty good value and the Amber Heaven range is made up of cocoa butter, gold of pleasure oil (nope, I have no idea what that is either), hibiscus flowe milk, jasmine flower milk, patchouli, sandalwood and shea butter. Mmmm!
Tropical Blooms Pampering Honey Bath (500ml) - £12.50

If musky, warm scents aren't your cup of tea, then maybe Tropical Blooms might appeal to your tastebuds instead. Fruity and exotic, this is quite an uplifting scent which cast me off to a faraway island as I lay relaxing in the tub. This sweet smelling blend of fragrances consist of cocoa butter, frangipani flower milk, hisbiscus flower milk, jasmine, macadamia oil, starflower oil and ylang ylang.

The consistency and appearance of both are identical, pearlesque in colour and quite runny, perhaps to tie in with the 'honey' theme. Easy to pour from their sturdy tubs, they lather up well to start off with, although by the time I had climbed out of the bath 20 minute later the bubbles had subsided considerably, which was a bit disappointing for a bubble lover like myself.

Honeymilk Dream Nourishing Body Butter (350ml) - £9

After drying off, I turned to the Honeymilk Dream Nourishing Body Butter, which contains acacia honey and almond - and smells divine!! When I lathered this on after my bath on Saturday night, its amazing scent actually wafted behind me. The key ingredients of the Honeymilk Dream range include acacia honey, cocoa butter, kukui nut oil, mango butter, shea butter, sweet almond oil and wheat germ oil. So much goodness!

It's a fairly rich body butter, which doesn't need to be used in large quantities in order to moisturise sufficiently. I can't get enough of the smell of this. It smells so good! Note how much product you get for £9 - 350ml! The Body Shop Body Butters cost £12.50 for 200ml and Boots Natural Extracts cost £7.92 for 200ml, so they surpass both in terms of value for money, Of course if you're not a fan of honey/amonds then you probably won't like it - although surprisingly it's not an overpowering scent at all, which I had fully expected it to be. Either way, it's not a problem, you have four other scents to choose from.

As well as other bath and body treats such as scrubs, oils, shower creams and gels, Mandara Spa also includes fragrance diffusers, hand washes, room and linen mists. Prices start from just £5.

I think this range is good value for money and the products I tried are of a high standard for what is essentially a supermarket beauty brand. Remember to check it out next time you pop in for a loaf of bread!

*PR samples

Review: ELF Brush Shampoo.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I took advantage of the free postage code was that flying around for ELF last week and placed an order with the popular budget brand ELF (Eyes Face Lips). This was my first time buying from ELF, which prides itself in offering high quality, low cost cosmetic products. It's amassed an army of fans on both sides of the atlantic, so I was curious to see exactly what the brand has to offer, as I had only even given the website a casual glance in the past.

One of the products I purchased was the Brush Shampoo. I've been faithfully using Perfection Brush Cleaner that I get in New York for approximately three years now, however I forgot to stock up last Nov/Dec and my last bottle is coming to an end, so I figured I'd try ELF's as an alternative.

What it says on the website: An anti-bacterial brush cleanser for thorough cleaning in-between makeup applications. Disinfects brushes to provide a fresh and clean application every time. Washes away traces of dirt, makeup, oil and debris from your brush while conditioning the hair to provide a clean and soft application for every use.

The packaging comes in a durable, plastic sheer black flip cap bottle. No complaints there, the cleaner (a clear, gel like consistency similar to washing up liquid) is easy to dispense and it stores away easily after use.

Disappointingly the cleaner doesn't lather at all - not one little bit, and although I could see my dirty make up swirling down the plughole as I massaged it into the bristles under warm water, I had to repeatedly wash ONE foundation brush six times - and even then it I could still see foundation was left in the crevices of the brush.

By the time I finish washing all my brushes - the bottle will most likely be empty!!

At a cost of £3.50 for 120ml of product, I've not been left reeling too much at having wasted my money on this (although along with the Maybelline One by One mascara, I've wasted almost £10 on rubbish products in a week), but rest assured I won't be purchasing it again.

So now I face the dilemma of finding a decent brush cleaner. What do you use to clean yours?

Review: Maybelline Volum' Express One by One

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Oh when will I learn?

I saw the advert on TV, was taken in by the eyelashes eyelash extensions (as obvious as they were) worn by the model, but since I like Maybelline's Colossal mascara I had hope hopes for the new One by One Volum' Express. Ok, so maybe the bright coral-red tube swayed me slightly too!

The new rubber-bristled brush is apparently shaped so that every last lash gets smooth, even coverage *yawns* We've heard it all before right? Yep, well it still didn't stop me from being sucked in.

Currently on offer in Boots (and possibly Superdrug too, I'm not sure), I picked this up earlier this week, and looked forward to trying it, the following morning.Given that the brush is made of plastic, that should have set alarm bells ringing as I'm still trying to figure out who had the brainwave that a plastic comb would transfer mascara through delicate eyelashes without incident!

I had lash extensions put in recently and my lashes have been left a shadow of what they were after using RapidLash. Now that the extensions have all fallen out, I can see that my natural lashes are shorter, however I've still been able to use my favourite mascara and create an effect of fuller lashes, disguising the damage to them.

I was keen to try a new mascara to see what I could still achieve with mascara, while they grow back to their former glory. Unfortunately I wasn't impressed with its maiden voyage - at all. The wand failed to brush through my lashes easily, tugging on them as I combed it through, in a similar fashion to how Revlon Grow Lucious performed. However, I give One by One an extra point for 'tripping' on my lashes in an almost aggressive fashion - that must have been the packed, plastic bristle comb working its magic!

The mascara I applied during the first coat was minimal, barely making a difference and it was near on impossible to get the comb to separate my lashes cleanly. Two coats later and my lashes looked clumpy, and quite frankly an utter mess which is very annoying, especially when you're trying to get ready and out of the door in a hurry.

 Hot mess from the side ...

Hot mess from the front ...

The same happened the following morning, and the morning after that. I tried brushing the wand through slowly to see if I could sustain more control, but nothing seemed to work! I was left with carnage on my face and spidery looking eyelashes. All this mascara does is highlight the awful shape my lashes are now in. It is NOT my friend!

Needless to say, I'm not impressed and this is currently lying in the bin after just three uses. I'd love to know who the reviewers are raving about it on the Boots website - reveal yourselves!! 5 stars my a*se!

Furthermore, to whom it may concern, I think it's about time the current refund policy in the UK on cosmetics was re-evaluated! I'm so envious of you ladies in the U.S who can try out products to your hearts content, knowing that if they don't work, or if you've picked the wrong shade then you can return them, no questions asked.

Lancome Hypnose Drama, can you forgive me? I'll never cheat on you again! How ironic that Maybelline and Lancome are under the same company (L'Oreal)!!

Have any of you tried this and if so, did it perform better for you?

How much is it? £8.49
Where can I buy it? Boots, Superdrug

Ooh Na Na! Rihanna 'What's My Name?' Nail Polish Dupe

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I adore Rihanna's make up at the best of times (who's her make up artist?) and her nail game is no exception. She's always rocking the latest must-have shades and talon shapes further increasing her profile as a style icon. The second I saw the 'What's My Name' video, I clocked the lilacy/blue nail polish she showed off in a few scenes, wondering who it was by and what I could use as an alternative.

If you're not familiar with it, check it out in these stills taken from the video below:

 Thanks to Krissy over at Addicted to all Things Pretty who had the very video stills I was searching for on Google, over on her blog.

The origin of this shade, recently came up in conversation at work, when a colleague of mine spoke of her search for a similar colour. Coincidently, polishes from new range Filthy Gorgeous, arrived the next day for me to try, and I instantly spotted a potential dupe.

Minx, a vibrant cornflower blue is spot on! The texture is easy to apply, it's not overly thick, gloopy, or too runny and it took just two coats to reach opacity. Its creme finish also dried quickly leaving a glossy shine on the nails. I think it's a gorgeous shade, despite being one that I would normally have overlooked for my skin tone, had I not seen it on Rihanna first.

 Filthy Gorgeous - Minx

 One coat of polish left nails a little streaky (see top nail)

Two coats - perfect coverage.

It's not all roses though, I have two minor gripes with the packaging. First of all, I'm not a fan of the Filthy Gorgeous plectrum that comes attached to every bottle. It can be easily removed and used as either a key ring or bag charm but I think they look cheap and personally I don't want my nail polish to look as if I picked it off the shelf in Primark. Luckily this can be discarded after purchase.

Secondly, the ink from the the lid, which mimics black lace (not a fan of that either), annoyingly rubs off each time I open the bottle, so I'm left with black smudges on my fingers. They easily wash off with soapy water, but it shouldn't be happening in the first place. This design fault needs to be fixed pronto.

Ink staining from the bottle lid

I have no issue with the polish itself, I think the formula's great and Minx is a gorgeous colour, but given the price point of the product, I expected the outer packaging to look classier and well, the staining of my hands needs no further explanation really, does it? The staining also occurred when opening the other two bottles I was sent.

If you want to tap into your inner Ri-Ri and bag Minx, you can find Filthy Gorgeous (all 31 shades of it!) at Debenhams branches in London and Glasgow and online at priced £9 each.

*PR sample

We Spoke - They Listened! Models Own to Release Smash-Up Crackle Polish Shades!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

When Barry M released Instant Nail Effects a few months ago, I was one of many who expressed hope for the eventual launch of a range of coloured crackle polishes which created the same effect.

Barry M have just released versions in pink, blue and white but Models Own and Wah Nails have been gone a step further and are bringing out NINE Smash-Up crackle polishes in various colours which will launch in selected Boots stores and on the Models Own website from April 20th, priced £6 each.

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I want the yellow, hot pink and turquoise - hmm maybe the white and orange too! Arrgh too much choice!

How about you? Are you sick of the sight of crackle polish or are you pleased at the sight of this upcoming launch?

Strike Gold with a Michael Kors GWP

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Buy any Michael Kors 50ml fragrance from a department store counter, and you'll get this snazzy gold weekender bag to take home too.

Having seen it in person, I can vouch that it's lightweight, roomy and large enough (without being HUGE) to squeeze in a pair of jeans, top and a toiletries bag. It's at counters now, and available whilst stock lasts.

A stranger to Michael Kors fragrances? Have a sniff of Micheal Kors Very Hollywood (£42 EDP), which is a flirty floral infused with Gardenia, Mandarin and Soft Amber.

It was Vocaltest who spurred me to go and have a sniff of this, which ended up in an unplanned purchase last year - so thanks Caroline!

Other Micheal Kors scents include Very Hollywood Light, Michael Kors For Men and Michael Kors For Women.

Foaming Sensations

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I've been ploughing through bottles of bubble bath recently, the soapy past time becoming my favoured way to relax after a strenuous day.

I recently attended the Boots Summer Press Day and had a sneak peek at the new Mediterranean Bliss Spa Indulgence range from spa giants Champneys. I really like the Mediterranean Bliss Bubble Heaven, so much so, that I used the bottle up within three weeks - see the empty bottle for yourself below! The packaging is a hit with me too, which is very erm spa-like! I love the jewel tones combined with gold.

When this hits stores in April, I'm adding this to my 'bath smellies drawer'. The lather is luxurious and I found the blend of fig milk, olive leaf and green tomato non-drying and it smelt great. I had expected it to smell similar to a herb garden when I cast my eye over the scents it contained and I'm so pleased it didn't! I think it would make a nice Mothers Day gift too actually - be sure to check the rest of the range out when it lands in branches.

 Champneys Mediterranean Bliss Bubble Heaven £12

I paid a visit to Boots yesterday and when faced with the dozens of bath treat choices, instead of reaching for the likes of Radox or Imperial Leather, like I sometimes do, this caught my eye instead.

I like fruity scents and Boots Ingredients Mango and Orange Blossom Bath Foam looked intriguing. As soon as I unscrewed the cap and had a sniff, I was sold. It smells divine! I managed to grab the last bottle and hoped it wouldn't become a watery, flat mess once I chucked it the bath. However the inner snob in me, prepared for disappointment as I poured it into my running water.

Boots Ingredients Mango & Orange Blossom Bath Foam - £1.35

Amazingly, it proved me wrong. I was convinced it wouldn't perform as well, being so cheap, but it foamed up easily and my bathroom was soon basking in the sweet, pleasant tones of mango and orange - yum! It wasn't overly moisturising. but I added a drop of baby oil to my bath oil, so as not to resemble a dried prune when I climbed out.

Its exceeded my expectations and I have no qualms about purchasing this again. 500ml of product for £1.35 is a no-brainer and I'm looking forward to trying the other scent in the range, Coconut and Almond, which had sold out (always a good sign) in the branch I visited.

What have you been treating yourselves to in the bath lately?

Queen Gwen Reigns on the New Elle Cover

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Gwen Stefani's on the cover of April's UK Elle - and doesn't she look amazing?

Her hair, make up and outfit, I love it all!

Giveaway: Win a Model Mirror!

Monday, March 07, 2011

In case you didn't know, Model Mirrors have now launched in House of Fraser. I'm sure a few of you saw these featured and raved about by the Chapman sisters (aka Pixiwoo) on their You Tube channel a few months ago, that's where I first heard of the brand.

So what's a Model Mirror?
This latest must-have accessory, features eight battery-powered LEDs which emit a bright flattering light. Simply turn it on with the push of a button and enjoy a dressing room style spotlight in the palm of your hand. The lit side of the mirror comes with 2x magnification and each Model Mirror also comes complete with gift box and pouch to protect and clean the mirror too.

The four designs pictured above are Lush Leopard (£19), Scent from Above (£19), Good as Gold (£22), and Jack (£19) and are available exclusively to the House of Fraser Apothecary - however they can also be found on the official Model Mirror website too.

If you want my honest opinion, I think they're overpriced for what they are and I wasn't terribly keen on the design I chose once I saw it in person. The LEDs are reasonably powerful though, and it'd be handy for a quick touch up if you're on your way out in the evening and in bad lighting. The battery is easy to replace, taking a 23A 12V battery.

Having read the feedback from past blog posts on this range, I can see there are a lot of you who'd like to try one out for yourself, so rather than have mine sit in its box gathering dust, I'd like to offer it to one of my loyal readers instead.

The style up for grabs is Cobracabana - a snazzy snakeprint design.

Just leave me a comment below telling me you'd like to be entered into the draw, and your preferred email address so you can be easily contacted, should you win.

1. This giveaway is open to followers of my blog ONLY  - specify in the comment box how you follow

 2. The giveaway is open to all entrants, both UK and international

3. One entry per person (duplicates will be deleted)

4. The giveaway ends in two weeks, on Monday 21 March 2011 at 11:59pm (GMT)

5. A winner be randomly selected using and notified within 7 days of the giveaway ending.

Good luck!


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