Guest Review: Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers - Worth the Hype?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

When I was contacted by Enrapture a few months ago, to test their Extremity Heated Rollers, I knew just the girl to holler at for a guest review.There were of no use to me as my hair is no longer chemically relaxed, but I immediately thought of Amber, my little ray of sunshine, whose tumbling locks I thought would be ideal to test drive them.

Here's what she had to say about them...

From Paris With Love

Monday, March 19, 2012

It's Monday morning and I'm tired. I travelled to Paris first thing on Friday morning, courtesy of Chanel (just kidding, but your jaws dropped for a second, didn't they?!) returning yesterday, yet feel as if I've been on a long haul flight from Oz! Lots of fun was had, yummy food and red wine consumed (I don't even like red wine, but whatever I was necking tasted alright!), and I had a great time.

I had no intention of buying any make up whilst I was there, mainly because I'm yet to use the blusher I bought from my last trip which was last January, and I have enough to open up a shop. However, I did stock up on a couple of skincare products.

Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleanser has a devoted fan base, including many a supermodel. This gentle cleanser allows you to remove make up effectively without irritation. This is my third time purchasing it, and as you can see this time round I bought a twin pack which worked out cheaper than buying a single bottle.

I use this most nights and I like how effectively it removes every last trace of make up - even mascara without causing my skin to flare up. I tend to use this after I've used my usual cleanser of choice as I can use up to five cotton pads a time (both sides) to fully remove all the rubbish sitting on my face if I use it on its own and I think that's quite wasteful. However it's great for those nights you feel a little worse for wear after and can't be bothered to partake in the usual cleaning routine in the bathroom.

I also bought Bioderma Atoderm - Nourishing Cream for Very Dry Sensitive Skin after it was heartily recommended by my friend, Danielle and her friend 'B'. My skin's been acting weird again over the past couple of weeks, displaying extreme dryness and a rash across one half of my face forehead down to my nose - silly face! However, I think this latest episode may have been caused by using a face cream I didn't realise was two months out of date. Oops!

Anyway, no word of a lie, I applied this on Saturday night before I collapsed into bed and on Sunday morning the last of the rash had completely disappeared and my skin showed no signs of dryness at all around my jaw and chin area. How's that for record results?! I used it again last night and yet again, awoke to soft, supple feeling skin this morning. I'm very pleased with this purchase and shall definitely repurchase. Despite being touted for very dry skin, it's not heavy at all, which I was worried about and absorbs very easily too. 

If you're not lucky enough to have easy access to these products, then I'd recommend checking Ebay out as the only site I could find was and I have no experience of them, nor could I find any immediate reviews online.

Have you tried any Bioderma products?

NEW! S/S Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I'm sure many of you have noticed that Illamasqua have had an overhaul of their website. I love that you can now view 'real life' swatches of products - very useful. Navigation is much easier and makes online shopping far more enjoyable.  The image currently featured on the homepage is taken from their new spring/summer collection, Human Fundamentalism, and it certainly wetted my appetite for what the unique brand had in store with their latest launches.

The new look Illamasqua website

As always, Illamasqua go beyond conformity and their latest collection is no different. Human Fundamentalism is an explosion of colour which contrasts textures and shades which encourage the wearer to be as tame or experimental as they'd like.

Make up should be fun and not confined to age or mainstream limitations. I admire Illamasqua for continuously promoting this message and not churning out the monotonous, 'safe' looks that some brands stick to.

Human Fundamentalism features two eye shadow palettes, Fundamental (£30.00) which  includes glistening Liquid Metal in molten pewter to matt cream pigment in mint green. Bold yellow and rich violet are also thrown into the mix.

The Neutral Palette (£30.00) is ‘a Kardashians dream’. Create a perfect sex-kitten smoky eye using Illamasqua’s new antique gold shade, Vintage and matt shades Stealth (creamy buttermilk) and Wolf (rich chocolate brown). Obsidian (rich black) adds depth to a classic look.

Eye shadow palette swatches - love 'em both!

New polishes -Stance (fuchsia violet) and Nomad (Bright Jade). £13.50 each.

Nail art designed by manicurist and nail tech, Rebecca Jade Wilson

Check out the new Limited Edition Skin Base Foundation in Au (£25), the chemical symbol for gold. This contains tiny flecks of metallic shimmer. Great for ALL skin tones, you can mix this with moisturiser or foundation, use it as an eye primer, a cheek contour or wear it alone or a luminous effect.

Singe eye shadows!

Lipstick swatches, single eye shadow and precision ink swatches

I dare you to take your lip colour up a notch with Apocalips, a vibrant teal shade. Failing that, don a scarlet pout with Box, a rich red. Both priced £15.50.

Alex Box was also on hand showing off the Human Fundamentalism collection in all its glory. 

Personally, I love both the eye palettes, the idea of the new Skin Base and dare I say it, the teal lipstick! No, I can't ever envisage doing the weekly shop down in Tesco wearing it, but the promo image is pure fiyah!!

Human Fundamentalism is available worldwide from March 14th, online from and at Sephora.

So, first impressions? What do you guys think? 

Review: Glycolic Peel at Sk:n Clinic

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Since turning the big 3-0, I am all about anti-ageing treatments, so when I was given the opportunity to review a microdermabrasion treatment, I wasn't about to look a gift horse in the mouth!

I was vaguely aware of Sk:n clinics prior to my visit. They're a company that I've been subtly exposed to on a number of occasions, over the years. I'm sure I've seen them advertised in the back pages of women's magazines, where you're also likely to find plastic surgeons, weight loss plans and dodgy online stores, selling even dodgier wares! I think I may have even caught a TV ad - I may be mistaken about that though.

After a cancelled appt and then an unfortunate incident where I turned up to the London Wall clinic to find it closed (it had been shut early due to staff illlness, but nobody had bothered to notify me. I later received an email claiming that I had indeed been contacted ..but again I'll reiterate that I wasn't), I eventually arrived a couple of weeks later to have my microdermabrasion treatment.

Sk:n Clinic - London Wall. Image from Google.

Google Image - not the London Wall branch, but they all a similar design/layout.

Upon arrival, I was met with confusion "You've definitely been booked for microdermabrasion?" asked the friendly woman on reception. "Yep, that's it", I replied, bemused, yet somewhat irritated because at this point, I just wanted to get it over and done with. It turns out that microdermabrasion is not carried out on black skin at Sk:in Clinics, as we're more prone to scarring from the treatment. Okay, that's fine , although I was confused as I've read a number of reviews dotted around the internet by black women who've successfully had a number of sessions performed on their skin with no side-effects.

It was recommended instead, that I try a gylcolic peel instead.

I was asked to complete a consent form, which also assessed my skin type, associated skin conditions and known reactions to similar treatments. I was then taken to a nearby treatment room, where Zoe my beauty therapist went through the questions I've answered, explained what the process would be and answered my queries.

She then looked at my face through a weird machine, so she could assess how bad my pigmentation was. Surprisingly I was told that it was treatable and not as bad as I thought. She also highlighted that I was oily around my nose and t-zone but that overall my skin was in good condition. This was news to me, as I think it's pretty rubbish.

She began the actual treatment by cleansing my skin with a gylcolic foaming cleanser. Then she applied the 10.8% glycolic gel for a total of four minutes. After one minute, she rubbed the gel into my pigmentation marks It wasn't painful and on a scale of 1-10, I'd describe the tingling I felt as a 3 - obviously, everybody reacts differently to this though.

Once the four minutes were up, the gel was removed with water and bicarbonate soda to ensure it had completely neutralized.

An oil reducing moisturiser was applied, then a hyaluronic based product to hydrate the skin, a product that contained kojic acid to help with my pigmentation and a product with a high concentration of mandelic and salicylic acic to combat any excess oil on my skin. My skin was then prepped with an SPF30 moisturiser.

And that was it - all in all the actual process itself took no more than say 20 minutes or so. My skin felt very smooth and having expressed my concern at walking out of the clinic make-up free, I was introduced to a foundation gel by the name of Lycogel which I could apply straight afterwards, which enabled my skin to breath properly. I'd bought along my Bare Minerals foundation to slap on afterwards but thought I'd give this a go instead. The shade wasn't quite right after testing it on my jaw, so I used my Bare Minerals and off I went.

When I got home 15 mins later, I did notice dryness down the sides of my nose and around my chin area, but wasn't too phased by this as I'd been warned that dryness was to be expected. The dryness lasted for approximately 2-3 days and so I made sure I used a slightly heavier moisturiser to boost my dry areas.

Sk:n Clinics advise that each client starts with a selection of 2-3 products which they'll recommend to you.  These are to be used daily between In-Clinic peels - a cleanser, a corrective product to combat the clients main concerns i.e pigmentation, acne, aging and all clients should be wearing an spf 30 all year round.

A course of eight treatments is recommended in order to see full benefits and whilst I'm keen to book follow up treatments to see what difference I'd benefit from in the long run. I've left it too long after my first treatment so would be starting from scratch again should I have another. My skin appeared a little brighter than usual some 4-5 days later but had reverted back to normal after about a week and a half.

A glycolic peel at Sk:in Clinic will set you back £80. You can currently buy 3 for 2 priced £160 as currently seen on the website.

Have any of you tried glycolic peels and if so, how many treatments did you have and were you pleased with the results?

*Treatment provided courtesy of PR

Tampax/Arcadia Giveway - Winner Announced

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Remember that giveaway I held in conjunction with Tampax? Well I've chosen a winner (well actually Big Fashionista did, this morning).

Up for grabs was £350 worth of Arcadia vouchers, which can be spent in Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins amongst other stores, a goody bag filled with Max Factor make up and a years supply of Tampax supplied in £50 vouchers.


The lucky winner is GRACE AVO - well done lovely, and happy shopping! You have an email waiting in your inbox.

Thank you to all who entered and keep your eyes peeled for my next giveaway.

17 and No 7 - Spring/Summer 2012

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Boots Summer Press Show gave a whole new meaning to the phrase 'Concrete Jungle'. Held in the Barbican Centre, in what can only be described as an indoor rainforest - complete with artificial heat!

As I wandered through the trees and flamingos in awe of the transformation and quite bemused, I eventually found what I'd arrived to see - the latest product launches from 17 and No 7.

First up 17 - I was greeted warmly by their official make up artist Vanessa Guallar, who has the most infectious personality, who excitedly took me through their latest products.

First up, there are some new new additions to the existing 17 Miracle Matte Collection. If you suffer from oily skin or want to fully prepared for when the sun makes a permanent appearance (you never know, it might!!) then you may want to try 17's Miracle Matte Skin Primer. It claims to leave you shine-free for up to 22 hours. Just apply a thin layer of primer over your face and eye area, massaging it lightly into the skin. It'll also make a great base for your foundation too. Available from 16th May 2012.

Also ready and waiting in the wings to help combat shine are Miracle Matte Pressed Powder (£3.99) and 17 Miracle Matte Loose Powder (£5.49).  These fine, translucent powders promise to deliver great coverage for up to 16 hours. Available from 16th May 2012.

Last but not least, get ready for another lash blast in the form of new 17 Blow Out Mascara. A thickening, conditioning formula enriched with vitamin E and argan oil, complete with a huge brush to sculpt and tease lashes - making them bigger and bolder than ever (£6.29).

Available from 11th July 2012 in Black and Brown/Black.

Oh and before I forget, check these beauties out next time you're in Boots as they're available to buy now....

17 Spring Fling Palettes Spring Brights (L) & Hazy Days (R)- £5.99 each

17 Instant Glow Bronzing Rocks - £4.99

17 Instant Glow Shimmer Brick - £4.99

Boots have their infamous 3 for 2 Mix and Match offer on at the moment ..*ahem*, so knock yourself out!


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