NEW! Sleek MakeUP Be Beautiful Blemish Balm

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

When the BB cream epidemic swept the beauty industry, like many others I was curious to try out this new wonder product which had already seen huge success in the asian cosmetics market, promised to transform the way we wear make up - but alas, I couldn't find a BB cream, for love nor money which catered for my skin colour. By the time we had at least six different BB creams being sold here, in the UK, I can't even begin to explain just how annoyed I was that my skin tone was being repeatedly ignored!

Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I've been a fan of Lancome mascaras for years and at the height of what was my new obsession at the time, amassed almost all of them within the space of a week - courtesy of trusty Ebay.

The latest addition to their mascara family is Hypnose Star, snapping at the heels of their last mascara release, Hypnose Doll Eyes.

Lancome have enlisted the help of cartoon icon, Betty Boop and Lancome Spokesperson, Daria Werbowy to promote their latest star (geddit? No? Okay....) product.

Selfridges to Launch a Limited Edition Beauty Box

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Selfridges beauty hall is about to get even better, with the launch of their new cutting-edge concept, The Beauty Workshop.  An additional 50 new niche brands, along with some cult classics will be housed in a new space within the superstore, complete with space for beauty treatments such as brow threading, blow dries and manicures.

To celebrate this exciting  launch, Selfridges have created the Beauty Box, a limited edition, one-off box in super bright canary yellow (obviously) complete with seven treats - which will be available exclusively at

Unlike other beauty boxes, Selfridges have revealed the contents of the box, so no disappointing surprises (not a sachet in sight!) upon arrival, you know exactly what you're getting for your money.

For £15, you will receive:

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask

Antipodes Organic Avocado & Rosehip Divine Facial Oil (full size RRP £18.99)

Estelle & Thild Lip Balm (full size RRP £16)

Stila One Step Correct (full size RRP £24)

Bio Effect EGF Serum

Aesop Parsley Seed Anti Oxidant Serum

Philip B Katira Hair Masque

Containing THREE full size products with a combined retail price of £58.99, the price of the box pays for itself and you benefit from trying out niche and  luxe brands at a reasonable price.

There will only be a limited number available, so sign up here to be one of the first to hear when the Beauty Box is available to buy on - tomorrow!

*PR sample

Shu Uemura Rouge Limited Lipsticks - Swatches

Monday, August 13, 2012

I bought these ages ago (March, I think going by the dates on my photos), but as usual I've taken an age to write about them - what's new, but hey that's life.

Unbeknownst to her, it was Zara, writer of Mouldyfruit who was the reason behind me stopping by the Shu Uemura counter in Selfridges, one Saturday afternoon. I browsed for what seemed like an eternity, swatching to my hearts content, stepping outside to check the swatches in natural daylight (always so this if you can), before venturing back to the counter and choosing two lipsticks.

I opted for Rouge Unlimited (935) and Rouge Unlimited Supreme Shine (934)  - the latter being a wearable peachy brown nude and the Rouge Unlimited, a high gloss pinky nude immersed with very fine shimmer, which is surprisingly flattering on the lips.

The futuristic style, plastic packaging could be a bit more extravagant, given the price and I do feel a bit cheated, not to have been treated to more in the way of the packaging design.

NEW! Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Laquer by Tom Pecheux - Beyond Black and Metal Mania - Pics + Swatches.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Yep, more nail polish! Introducing the new Pure Color Nail Laquer by Estee Lauder. The collection was inspired by Paris, as Tom Pecheux and Constance Jablonski explain in this playful short film.

The Nail Files - Revlon Longwear Nail Enamel in Indigo Night.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I haven't worn bright blue nail polish since I was around 17, I find it difficult to wear and think it can look a bit, dare I say it, ghetto. The blue has to be the right shade of bright blue in order for me to pull it off.

Indigo Night is the second  Revlon Longwear Nail Enamel I bought, along with Rainforest, a few months ago and again, I chose it for its uniqueness. It has a creme finish, but isn't a standard indigo blue, in fact it's softer in appearance.

This lasted for a full week, with no topcoat! Needless to say, I was pretty impressed. Application was easy, and the consistency was on the thicker side, making opacity possible with one coat. I applied two for good measure though. I find the brush easy to work with, it doesn't splay on application and allows even coverage.

Fun in appearance, I think I'll refrain from wearing this to work, it was a little too bright for my liking in my semi-conservative office. I'll bring it out to play at weekends instead!

My experience with this line of polishes, have been nothing but positive so far, I really like them. I'll definitely be buying some more.

Now available at Boots priced £7.99

Review: Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Last week I browsed the beauty halls on Oxford Street, in tranquil harmony. Due to absent crowds who had stayed away fearing huge Olympic crowds, London's busiest shopping area was eerily quiet for a Wednesday evening. I've accepted that it's probably the nearest I'll get to having department stores close their doors, allowing me to shop like an A-list celebrity.

Enjoying full reign of the numerous beauty counters, resulted in some serious swatching and investigation, which inevitably led to a series of purchases, the first of which I'm sharing now.

Generally, I quite like Origins skincare. I've never reacted badly to it and it generally does a good job whenever I use it. Clean Energy Cleansing Oil, is a non mineral based cleaning oil, which contains a combination of olive, sesame, sunflower and safflower oils to remove dirt and make up but comes in annoying packaging. Its plastic bottle with screw lid top, makes application tricky as I discovered the first time I used it, pouring too much product in my hand! Given the price, I expected more thought to have gone into the packaging.

Seriously, release this in pump packaging please!

I apply this to dry skin and massage it in for at least a minute, then add a small amount of water, to emulsify it then massage it around my face some more, before removing with a flannel wringed in hot water. I then do a final rinse with water on its own - no flannel. From memory, I find this thicker than the Shu Uemura oils I've used in the past. I prefer the thicker consistency as you only need a small amount to cover your face and I find its concentration much more effective.

Irritating packaging aside, this has surprisingly transformed my opinion about cleansing oils, which up until now, I've never really been a fan of. This will be certainly be repurchased, despite my issue with the packaging, it's good stuff and smells pleasant, leaving my face feeling clean, yet not tight when removed.

How much is it? £19 (200ml)
Where do I buy it from? Origins, Origins counters, Boots (larger stores or online).

USculpt Boobs Minus - Breast Reduction in a Bottle?

Saturday, August 11, 2012

USculpt Boobs Minus claims to be the first of its kind in the market – instead of being a cream to increase the bust, it works on decreasing it.  And whilst its founder, Ultimo’s Michelle Mone, may be most famous for enhancing the breasts of the nation with her lingerie, she is answering the prayers of big-busted women – and moob-wearing men – everywhere with a ‘breast reduction in a bottle.’

But how does it work? The lotion is said to stimulate the release of skin euphoria molecules and endorphines with firm the bust area whilst the extra ingredient of botanical alpha-2 blockers assists the breakdown of fats and other lipids that can cause fat around the chest. The cynic in me however, requires to see a multitude of before and after pics to believe this that this really works.

Boobs Minus, available from Boots priced at £39.50 and UltimoBeauty, is part of the new USculpt range from Ultimo Beauty, which launched UTan earlier this year.

Tired of your big boobs? Would you tempted to splash out on this? As much as mine have the tendency to annoy me, I think I'll give this a miss...

Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel - Now Available in the UK

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Remember when I gushed about this nail polish from Revlon,which I picked up when last in New York? Well the Longwear Nail Enamel range is finally here in the UK and I'm very pleased at the news of their arrival.

Revlon's latest innovation means you can create salon quality gel-like finish nails without dithering about with UV lights, in the comfort of your own home - or desk at work, if you're anything like me! Long lasting and easy to remove (normal polish remover does the trick), the new double barrel brush offers a smooth, even finish to compliment fingers and toes.

Available in 30 shades and covering brights, metallics, pastels and nudes, they're now available in Boots, although I'm yet to physically spot them (I searched for them earlier in the week) in the flesh. 

Annoyingly, Boots were running a Buy One Get One Half Price offer online, but this has now been replaced with the offer of a £1 voucher  to use on the polishes, instore or online instead - so get Googling those swatches!

How much are they? £7.99 each
Where can I find them? Selected Boots stores nationwide

Mariah Carey to Collaborate with OPI

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Following in the footsteps of Nicki Minaj, the Williams sisters, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, global superstar Mariah Carey is the latest celebrity to join forces with leading nail brand OPI and release a nail polish collection.

To be honest I haven't been overly impressed with any of OPI's celebrity collections so far, so I hope Mariah nails it (no pun intended) and her collection is as opulent as she is.

An eight bottle collection is set for release in January 2013 and word is, that Mariah favours nudes, metallics and pastel shades for her own talons.

Here's hoping we get butterflies flying out of bottles at the very least - that's not too much to ask for is it?! If anyone can, Mariah can!  No doubt  she'll draw inspiration from her past album titles, Rainbow, Butterfly and Glitter.

I've been a long time fan of Mariah, ever since she burst onto the music scene back in 1990 and personally can't wait to see what she comes up with.

Review - Waxing with EOS Beauty

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I hate waxing, I psych myself to get it done and the experience is usually such a disaster that I revert back to shaving and abandon waxing again for months. The last time I endured a bikini wax was just before I visited Turkey and it was horrendous! I made the mistake of going to a local salon during my lunch break. There was minimal information from the therapist and the care taken before, during and after the treatment was just well below my expectations.

Located in the heart of East London, EOS Beauty is less than a 2 min walk away from Bow Road tube station. Admittedly the last time I visited was last September when I opted for a Murad facial and consequently booked a course of four, which I never got round to having! Anyway, I found myself back in there last Friday having browsed their website and noticed that a waxing offer I'd seen over two months ago was still ongoing.

I was amazed that Sam, the senior therapist who carried out my treatments still remembered me. "You haven't been here for ages! Where have you been?" she exclaimed as she led me into an immaculately kept treatment room. As a customer, this instantly made me feel special and I was subtly impressed by her warm, familiar welcome. 

As I explained how much I hated waxing, Sam expertly put any worries I had to bed as she confidently and infomatively explained what she was going to do. I opted for an underarm, half leg and extended bikini wax and can honestly say that they weren't as painful as I'd anticipated and I whimper hysterically if I'm so much as flicked on the arm! I was particularly dreading the underarm and bikini wax, but both were surprisingly tolerable and as a result I'm booked in to return in four weeks time. Combined, my treatments came to a total of £36 and I left without completely hair-free, without any annoying 'patchy bits' or random stray hairs sticking out.

Below are their current waxing prices:

EOS Beauty also offer hairdressing services in their salon Hair Domain, facials, massages, gelish manis and pedis and even hot stone treatments. If you're based in London and want well done treatments, delivered by experienced, friendly staff then I can't recommend this salon enough - they even offer a student discount on all their treatments.

On a side note, I'd love to know which of you mentioned my blog to Sam, when you visited after I recommended EOS Beauty last year! I'm all for giving my custom to local businesses and believe EOS Beauty is fully deserving of a special mention.


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