I Believe in Miracles (possibly) - La Roche-Posay Effaclar

Monday, August 29, 2011

A harsh lesson has been learnt. I shall not use electrical devices on my face without reading the instructions first, ever again.

For the past three weeks, the skin on my lower cheeks and jawline has been red, raw, sore and flaky. Nice eh? Luckily I can pinpoint exactly what has caused my latest reaction - a misguided playaround with the No! No! 8800 hair removal device (more on that later), caused through no fault other than my own!

What possessed me to run it over my skin whilst wearing a full face of make up, I don't know. I'm not usually so careless, or lacking in common sense. It would be easy to blame Mouldyfruit who bugged me day and night, for the best part of an entire week, demanding feedback on the tool, which has been in my possession since February but alas, she didn't run steam roll it over my face - I did!

Anyway, my skin has stressing me out for most of 2011, and hasn't caused me this amount of grief in a very long time. The idea of walking around with a paper bag over my head was quite appealing last weekend, it was that bad. At my wit's end, it was recommended that I try La Roche-Posay's Effaclar.

I saw a slight glimmer of hope after reading that La Roche-Posay is dermatologists brand of choice, and has been recommended by 25,000 dermatologists worldwide.

Effaclar comes in a slim 40ml tube, ideally designed to minimise any possible bacterial contamination and to make it last I've only been applying it to the affected areas. It has a lotion/serum like consistency and its aim is to gradually exfoliate the skin's texture to reduce pores and regain a smooth and clear complexion.

Given the fact I've only been using it for four days, my squeals of excitement may be a little premature but nothing else has managed to calm my skin down and make the pink angry bumps and blotches on my cheeks reside, so for that alone I'm immensely grateful to what I view as a small miracle in a tube!

My whiteheads have dried up practically overnight and this is great for oily skins as it leaves no greasy residue. I'm also happy to report that as yet, it hasn't had a drying effect on my skin either.


I'll continue to use just this on the lower half of my face, skipping serum and applying Alpha-H's Soothing and Calming Mask 2-3 times a week to soothe further. My only gripe so far is that it has a tendency to 'roll up' under my foundation so I have to be careful, which is another reason why I only apply it where needed and use a thin layer. When using it in the evening or if I'm staying at home, then I don't hesitate to apply a little more.

I'm no expert when it comes to talking about ingredients and what's good for what - I just slap stuff I like the look of onto my face and hope for the best! Trial and error baby, that's how I roll! I'm not a dermatologist, but for those who are curious, view the ingredients list below:

Water, DI-C12-13 alkyl malate, cyclohexasiloxane, propylene glycol, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, PEG-100 stearate, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, PEG-4 dilaurate, PEG-4 laurate, zinc PCA, sodium hydroxide, capryloyl salicylic acid, xanthan gum, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, iodoproponyl butylcarbamate, PEG-4, fragrance.

My first impressions of Effaclar have been so positive that I've taken to writing about it almost immediately, which is incredibly rare for me. If my skin improves further then I'll no doubt be tempted to try other products in the Effaclar skincare range later down the line.

Here's hoping I don't report back next week with welts all over my face!

How much is it? £13 (40ml)
Where can I buy it? Boots, Escentual (who sell a bargainous £10 skincare sample set)

*PR sample

New! OPI Touring America Collection - Autumn 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Autumn will be homing in on us shortly and my eyes were immediately drawn to the darker shades in OPI's new Touring America Collection. I love dark nails, they're bold, sleek and sophisticated and this collection offers enough variety for vampy talon lovers to play around with.

This collection features 12 new shades, and I think you'll find it hard not to like at least one colour - they've even chucked in four brighter shades to appease those who aren't quite ready to let go of Summer just yet!

Top Row: Uh Oh Roll Down The Window, Honk If You Love OPI, A Taupe The Space Needle, French Quarter For Your Thoughts, Get In The Expresso Lane, & Road House Blues. 

Bottom Row: Suzi Takes The Wheel, I Brake For Manicures, Are We There Yet?, Color To Dine For, I Eat Mainly Lobster & My Address is Hollywood 

I'll post up swatches of some of the polishes shortly. I had to cut my nails down yesterday and they're so not swatch-worthy at the moment! 

NEW! Kenzo Flower Tag EDT

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kenzo Flowers was the first perfume that I bought for myself, with my own money, many moons ago. I was a big fan of the fresh floral scent and it was my go-to scent until my socks were later blown off by the arrival of Dior Addict.

Kenzo have recently launched FlowerTAG, a new fragrance inspired by Graffiti art, which is illustrated both on the unique bottle and its outer packaging.

FlowerTag is a blend of fruity blackcurrant, rhubarb and tangerine notes, which then develops into a floral burst of peony, jasmine and lily of the valley. Kenzo's signature notes of tea, vanilla and musk make up the base of the fragrance.

I favour this for daytime use as I prefer muskier scents for evening and surprisingly it's still a light fragrance, albeit very crisp, despite the blend of so many notes. It also which lasts fairly well despite being an EDT. I had to top up mid afternoon but two squirts were enough to renew the scent again. It reminds me of Kenzo Flower, as it immediately transported me back to 2001, although this definitely has more of a kick to it, so if you're looking for a distinctive floral which stands out from the crowd, then have a sniff of this next time you're at a fragrance counter.

Where can I buy it? Boots, major department stores
How much is it? £47.50 (50ml)

*PR sample

NARS Concealers - NEW Shades Included in Existing Range

Friday, August 26, 2011

Erm no, NARS have not released a bunch of nude lippies, but you'd be forgiven for thinking so at first glance of the image abave

NARS Concealers (£17.50) have been relaunched in new slim packaging, extending its shade range from six shades to ten. These new concealers are targeted to compliment NARS’ Sheer Matte & Sheer Glow Foundation shades.

Chantilly – for fairest of complexions, true ivory – NEW!
Vanilla – for fair complexions, tiny cast of pink tones
Honey – for light to medium complexion, warm peach tones
Custard – for light to medium complexions, yellow tones
Ginger – for medium complexions, golden tones
Biscuit – for medium to dark complexions, natural balance of pink and yellow tones – NEW!
Caramel – for medium to dark complexions, yellow and golden tones – NEW!
Amande – for medium to dark complexions, golden olive tones – NEW!
CafĂ© – for dark complexions, warm red tones – NEW!
Cacao – for dark complexions, deep-gold-brown tones – NEW!

Enriched with Vitamin E, they're currently available exclusively in Space NK, before going online at narscosmetics.co.uk on 1st September and then rolling out nationwide on 16th Septemer 2011.

As well as changed to the collection of NARS Concealer shades, the existing Praline/Toffee Concealer Duo will be replaced with Caramel/Amande. The three Concealer Duos will include:

• Vanilla/Honey
• Custard/Ginger
• Caramel/Amande – NEW!

My existing concealers have always come from eithe MAC or MUFE. Have any of you tried NARS concealers before? If so, do you rate them?

Ten Points to the Pound! Bank Holiday Weekend Advantage Card Points-Fest!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Have you had your eye on the new Lancome Hypnose Drama Doll Eyes Mascara? Or perhaps you plan on boosting your lashes with RapidLash (which is reduced this week).Whatever you're after, hold off those purchases until at least Friday, when Boots will be hosting a Bank Holiday weekend extravaganza of shopping with extra Boots Advantage Card points available at all Boots store and at online between Friday 26th - Monday 29th August.

You'll collect 10 Advantage Card points for every £1* when you spend £15 or more in-store or £50 or more online – compared to the usual 4 points per pound. It's an ideal time to stock up on essentials and/or any beauty treats you've been cooing over.

Don't worry if you don't have an Advantage Card, you can pick up a temporary one and register it later, so there's no need to miss out on your extra points.

Speaking of Boots, hands up who's been boosting their Advantage Card Points through Treat Street? I love it, easy points! That reminds me, I must remember to collect all the points I've racked up through my various online purchases when I'm instore on Monday! I've been on a roll for the past couple of months and my Boots Advantage Card balance is looking very healthy as a result of my frivolous spending indeed!

I also hope by now that you all know that you can place your Boots orders online, and pick them up up from the store of your choice a few days later. This is ideal for those of you whose local Boots branch doesn't stock brands or products that you can find in the larger city stores.

I can vouch that this is a really useful and hassle-free service which I've used on four different occasions now.

Anything in particular you'll be be buying from Boots this weekend? So far all I can think of is cotton wool three bottles of my favourite budget eye make up remover!

What I've Used Up ...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I don't even think I've ever done a "What I've used up" post in the history of Vex in the City. It was quite fun actually, I think I'll make an effort to do another one soon. It's a wonder I manage to use anything up at all, since I have so many products to play with. Anyway, here's what I've managed to use up lately.

1. The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Baume Hydration Moni
I bought this during one of their sales and still kick myself for not buying another tube when as I had the chance, as it appears to have been discontinued. This moisturiser had the perfect consistency, left my skin so soft and supple and was neither too thick or runny. It smelt utterly amazing too.

2. Soap & Glory Calm One Calm All Bubble Bath*
This bubble bath claims to have a built in body lotion. I can't say I felt the benefits of that. My skin felt no less moisturised that it usually does when I step out of a bubble bath. Nothing special about this. It contains lemon balm but smelt and performed like a standard bubble bath to me . I won't buy trying this again.

3. Dr Bronner's Magic Soap 18-in-1 Hemp Rose Pure Castille Soap*
Dr Bronner has a huge cult following stateside. Remarkably you can use this soap for a number of uses - 18 in total! You can wash your hair, face, clothes and even your teeth with it.  Despite containing jojoba, olive, coconut and Vit E oil, I did find this a bit drying. I attempted to to use it on my face once and it left that 'squeaky clean' feeling, which I hate so I only used it to wash my hands. Its velvety soft lather is impressive, but you definitely need to slap on the moisturiser as soon as you've rinsed it off.

4. Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily foundation. Shade: Caramel.
Yet another bottle I've worked my way through. Colorstay is my fave high st foundation, which annoyingly is still not sold in my shade, in the UK. It gives me the full coverage I desire, without looking heavy and has never made me break out either. A great bargain buy which I know I can always rely on.

5. The Body Shop Mango Shower Gel (400ml)
Working my way through this giant sized bottle was relatively easy - it smells gorgeous and helps to wake me up in the morning. I still have another bottle waiting to be used. A simple product, which does what it says it will. No complaints.

6. No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream SPF15
I was using this alongside the night version for about three months and only stopped because my skin began to act up earlier in the year. I reached for the day cream again as I feel my skin has needed the extra hydration of late. I really liked the day and night cream combined and will most likely switch back to them when it starts to get cold again. The added protection of SPF was a comfort too.

7, Ole Henrinksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
What a disappointment! I had really high hopes for this, but failed to see the brightening effects it promised at all. I used it day and night and this serum for over months had no effect whatsoever. It's expensive and you don't get a lot of product for your money, so are forced to scrimp on how much you apply because you want it to last. Not impressed. At all. I've now come to the end of a bottle purchased off Ebay (still expensive, but a bit cheaper than the RRP)

8. Dove Visible Effects Hand Cream
I'm really fussy with my hand creams and won't settle for just any old nonsense. I slap it on at least times a day, and as a result have very soft hands. I recently used up this baby from Dove, it doesn't leave a sticky residue like some hand creams do and my hands feel silky soft and fully moisturised after use. This is much better than the Dove anti-ageing hand cream in the maroon tube which I bought (and discarded a few days later) a fortnight ago! I like the fresh cucumber-y scent too.

9. Palmers Daily Cleansing Gel*
I raved about this here, and I still stand by my initial review. This cleanses well, doesn't tighten my skin and is great value. I'll be picking up another bottle, when I'm next in Superdrug.

10. Estee Lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Creme SPF15*
I am more obsessed with anti-ageing products than ever before, since turning 30. This lightweight moisturiser claims to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles and restore youthful, supple looking skin. Okay, so I only have one fine line on my whole face (around my mouth, I obviously grin far too much for my own good), but I'll do whatever it takes to grow old gracefully. I thought this was a nice moisturiser but not special enough to make me want to go out and repurchase it.

11.Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil*   
I'm not a fan of cleansing oils. I find them a pain in the a** to rinse off, as I'm left with a milky residue all over my face, especially around my hairline. I abandoned this months ago, but came back it and used it every so often as I didn't want it to go to waste. Okay,l so it removes waterproof mascara better than most cleansers and admittedly my skin does feel soft after use, but it doesn't compensate for the utter frustration I feel when I attempt to remove it. It's just more hassle than it's worth for me. It's not cheap either.

12. Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser*
I'm kicking myself for not buying the £35 for £17 Murad offer which popped up on Living Social a few days ago. This was what I had planned on buying. A cross between a cleansing gel and lotion, I really like the way this cleanser feels on my skin. My skin has is still going crazy *le sigh* and so I figured having another tube of this on standby may be beneficial. I only have a teeny bit left, but think I'll try and stretch that out over the next week in the hope my skin calms down again.

Have you tried any of these products and if so, did you use them up?

All products purchased by me, unless marked with an *

Fancy Receiving a Random Act of Beauty?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Want the chance to bag some free makeup and tips from celebrity make up artist Armand Beasley next month?
Mineral makeup brand Sheer Cover will be touring the UK in September, dishing out free beauty gifts, mini makeovers and advice and spreading some beauty goodness all over the land.
Watch the video below to find out what it's all about...

If you'd like to experience a Random Act of Beauty, follow the Sheer Cover twitter feed @beautinews, foursquare  or www.sheercover.co.uk to find out when they’ll be visiting a town or city near you!

Shiseido Charity Auction for Japan - Bid, Bid, Bid to Win Fab Pampering Prizes!

Friday, August 12, 2011

It's hard to forget the harrowing images that were projected all over the world, when Japan were hit by a devastating earthquake measuring a staggering 9.0 magnitude, on the Richter scale on Friday, 11 March 2011. Over 15,000 people were killed, at least 5,000 were injured and sadly over 4,700 people are still missing, feared dead.

Last night Shiseido launched a charity auction online where all proceeds raised will go to the British Red Cross’ Japan Tsunami Appeal. There are some fantastic prizes to bid on allowing supporters to pamper themselves and donate to a very worthy cause.

The horrendous damage caused by the earthquake included a tsunami wave, flooding, landslides and nuclear incidents including radiation releases.

Prizes for auction include:

· Two night mid-week spa break for two at Champneys

· Top to Toe treatment at Richard Ward Metro Spa, London

· Harrods Urban Retreat pamper package which includes a full body massage, facial, customer manicure and pedicure, blow dry and Champagne lunch at the East Dulwich bar

· Spa day including a Shiseido Radiance Facial at The Academy in Harrogate

· Overnight stay for two and Carita Spa experience at Cameron House Loch Lomond

· Makeup lesson with Ruby Hammer

The Shiseido Japan Auction is now live on Ebay and all listings ends on on 21 August 2011 at 7pm. The listings can all be found via this link  www.ebay.co.uk/auctionforjapan

I have a couple of prizes on my watch list, fingers crossed!

New! Revlon Trend Look A/W 2011 - Facets of Fuschia (095) and Gold Coin (146) Nail Polishes.

Friday, August 12, 2011

I'm loving these new nail polish shades from high street fave Revlon. The Revlon Trend Look A/W 2011, features two glitzy additions which will jazz up your talons in seconds and I can't get enough of them.

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Facets of Fuschia - a vampy purple jelly infused with fuschia glitter. It's a three coater, but the rich finish is worth the application time. I suffered no gloopiness, as the coats apply thinly. Drying is a drag though, it was still pretty sticky approx seven mins later. I can't express just how much I love this polish! Did I tell you how much I love it?

Gold Coin - a gorgeous foil effect, metallic gold polish. I can't remember the last time I wore gold polish, most shades I come across look tacky and I tend to avoid them. Gold Coin applies really smoothly, creates no bubbling and two coats will be enough to make your nails resemble liquid gold shimmer and brighten up those grey autumn days that are just around the corner. Perfect for Christmas too - which isn't that far away!

Designed by Gucci Westman, Revlon's Global Artistic Diretcior, both launch in October 2011 and will sell for £6.49 each

*PR samples.

New Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara Advert

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Check out the latest ad from Revlon for their Grow Luscious Plumping mascara which is now available in the UK.

Jessica Biel shares centre-stage with a rather "hip" co-star. I never thought I'd see this person in a make up advert!

Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping mascara is now on sale in Boots, currently on offer here for £7.99 (RRP £9.99)

Sneak Peek: Topshop Smoke & Mirrors Collection

Thursday, August 11, 2011

When Topshop launched its make up range last summer, it was welcomed with open arms. Three collections later and its amassed an army of fans who are keen to accessorise their fashion-led purchases with an accompanying Topshop nail polish or eye shadow.

Smoke & Mirrors is the fourth collection to be released by the high street fashion giant. The winter collection takes inspiration from the high glamour of the early 70s, and oozes sophistication. Smoky eyes framed with sultry lashes, complimented with sunkissed skin are the order of the day, complimented by glossy nails in both muted and metallic shades.

All images are clickable.

Eye Palette in Secret Liaisons £12.50 - Contains a frosted e/s to highlight. Two shades to contour and a deeper shade to line the lashes.

Nude lippies - lighter in person, than they look in this photo
Shades: Pillow Talk and Rumour Has It.

Highlighter in Polished £9 - Tap over skin in areas that naturally catch the light for a luxe, glowy finish.

Meanwhile, additions to the perm line focus on nails, nails and more nails!

Check these babies out..I WANT THEM ALL!!! Gorgeous, glossy metallic polishes.

Guaranteed to be bestsellers, I'm sure. Click to enlarge - you know you want to!
£6 each.

More polishes - creme finishes
£6 each

What do you like the look of? I am ALL over the nail polishes and the nude lippies were quite nice in person too.

The Smoke & Mirrors Collection will be available in Topshop and on Topshop.com from next week.

Review: Neutrogena Visibly Clear Challenge Pink Grape Fruit Skin

Monday, August 08, 2011

Generally I have a lot of time for Neutrogena products and believe it's one of the best high street brands for skincare. Neutrogena Foaming Cleanser (in the baby blue bottle) is a product I always repurchase when I'm across the pond and I bought their Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash earlier this year with pleasing results after reading about it here.

I was recently approached to try the new Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash and was initially rather tentative with my response. I'm not really a fan of cream cleansers, for a number of reasons. Based on my previous experiences, they've either left my skin feeling half cleansed, have left a film of product on my face or literally dissolve upon contact with water before I've even had a chance to work it into my face.

Fans of the facial wash will be pleased know it has the same invigorating, citrusy scent which is found in gel version. It smells really fresh and kicks you a much needed kick at the start and end of the day. I've been using this for the past fortnight and have managed to get along with it much better than I thought I would. 

I've defintely found this to be creamier and more moisturing than other cream cleansers I've attempted to use (and have ditched) in the past. It has a pearlescent sheen to it, and after dampening my face slightly its rich formula remains, as I massage it over my face. It's non-drying, doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped but does take me slightly longer to rinse off than when I'm using a gel cleanser. I also spend longer actually working it around my self, to ensure that my foundation and blush is fully removed.`

A heads up - don't wash your face expecting this to get rid of mascara, it won't. You'll need to use a separate eye make up remover to take the bulk of make up off your eyes. I forgot one night and ended up with ridiculous panda eyes as a result.

Mascara mishap aside, I think I'll come back to this once the weather turns colder, to use as an evening cleanser perhaps. I think I'll find it soothing on my skin after it's been battered by the wind and freezing elements to and from work. If you suffer from very dry skin, I think this will suit you. I've been paying particular attention to my jawline and chin which have been quite senstive over the past couple of weeks and my skin is improving, so I think I'll continue to use this (combined with my Clarisonic - yes, I've started to use it again after abandoning it for weeks) until my break out has completely gone.

Overall, it smells nice, feels very creamy, won't remove your mascara but doesn't dry your skin out.

Do any of you use Neutrogena products? If so, what are your faves?
Where can I buy it? Boots, Superdrug - the usual places!
How much is it? £4.49

*PR sample

Sweet Heaven ...or Hell?

Saturday, August 06, 2011

If you love all things chocolatey, then this blog post is for you. Did you know that Cadburys and Anatomcicals have collaborated and released a range of limited edition products? The range comprises of Chocolate Truffle Bath Creme. Hazelnut Smoothing Body Scrub and Toffee Body Butter

I love chocolate, but I just couldn't (and still can't) get along with these at all. I find the scent just downright 'blow your head off' overpowering and I feel a bit sick every time I go in for a sniff. It's a great novelty idea, for those who can stomach it but I've discovered that t love chocolate enough  that I want to be doused in it.

You can find the range at ASOS and at selected John Lewis stores and it's cheap as chips, with the bath creme priced at £3 and the body scrub and butter. Would you be tempted by a cocoa infused bath or moisturiser? Have you had a sniff of these already? Let me know what you think if you have.

*PR samples

FREE Mavala Nail Polishes with September Elle UK - Swatches

Friday, August 05, 2011

You may remember the free limited edition Mavala nail polish Elle magazine gave away last year to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Well they've gone a step further this year, collaborating again with Mavala and giving you the choice of three limited edition shades to choose from.

Available for a limited time, choose from Elle Red (classic blood red), Elle Grey (milky pale dove grey) or Elle Orange (playful tangerine) or bag all three which are available with the September issue, which is out now.

My personal faves are Elle Red and Elle Grey which I'll get the most wear from. All swatches were done with two coats.

Elle UK costs £3.80 and you can also find Mavala polishes are stocked on BeautyBay for £2.99 each.

*PR samples

New! CK One Shock

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I remember 1994 well. Eva Herzigova was the cause of car crashes across the country with her Wonderbra billboard ads, Oasis and Blur were battling it out to win the crown of Britpop and Calvin Klein launched CK One. When it burst onto the scene, it was something of a phenomenon. A scent fit for man and woman? Surely not! Well it worked, and sales soared.

17 years later, and the iconic brand is still going strong and has now released separate scents for him and her. Introducing CK One Shock, the first non-shared fragrances in the CK family aptly named 'for her' and 'for him'. I previewed them at a recent fragrance press day, which showcased the upcoming Christmas gift sets we'll all no doubt be scrambling for in a few months time!

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Us ladies are treated to a sweet floral, embodied with vanilla, blackberry and passion flower. Whilst the fellas get to play with a spicy oriental with base notes of tobacco, black pepper and musk.

The female shock bottle is high gloss lacquered white with the shock logo scrawled in pink lipstick, while the male version is a black bottle with a green spray-paint logo.

I really liked the female version, I thought it smelt quite nice. I'm not so sure if I'm sold on the packaging though. It's not the usual style I go for. What do you think? There's also a body wash and lotion for women and a body wash and deodorant stick for men.

A trip down memory lane. 1994 Calvin Klein Ck One advert. The brand was also responsible for launching the international career of supermodel, Kate Moss.

How much is it? £48 for 200ml, £34 for 100ml and £23 for 50ml.
Where can I get it? It's currently available exclusively in Boots nationwide throughout August, and then goes nationwide and global in September.

The Nail Files: Mavala Aquamarine

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Bored at work, I decided to paint my nails (as you do) and opted for Mavala's Aquamarine, a mint green creme, which compliments the late summery weather we finally appear to be having here in the UK.

I needed to apply three coats in order to reach opacity, which if fine (if not a little tiresome) if you have the time and patience to apply it, but when you're trying to paint your nails in a hurry before your boss walks past and catches you beautifying yourself at your desk instead of updating a spreadsheet it's a hindrance!

Drying time was average, although if you look closely, I've managed to nick a couple of nails whilst handling paperwork thinking my nails were dry, so this one definitely needs a fast-drying topcoat to seal it.

Overall, it's a cute, playful shade which is pocket friendly at a cost of £3.95

*PR sample

Lash Lab Eyelash Extensions

Monday, August 01, 2011

There are often days when I just can't be bothered with my make up and it's mascara which is cast aside. Some mornings I just can't be bothered to sit in front of the mirror applying it, only for me to smudge my right eye with the last stroke or make a clumpy mess. Urgh.

If I had luscious, long natural lashes, then wearing mascara would probably be a lot more fun than it currently is, so when I was offered a complimentary full set of lash extensions, I didn't need to think twice about accepting.. Mainly because it meant I wouldn't have to bother with the monotonous task of applying mascara for a few weeks and also because I was curious to see how they'd look on me.

Tucked away on bustling Brick Lane, hidden amongst the vintage clothing and record stores and situated uncannily on top of a estate agents, is a hidden gem. Lash Labs, a beauty studio offering an oasis of calm and tranquillity away from its animated, high-profile location.

Image courtesy of Zara

Kym, the owner is an exhuberant character, who instantly made me feel welcome and at ease with her friendly smile and warm persona. Ten minutes in and we were chatting away like old friends and I almost forgot the purpose of my visit!

Did you spot Brick Lane's infamous Beigel Shop through the window?


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