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Sunday, September 28

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Sparkle Shadow and Liners

If you follow me over on Instagram or watch my weekly vlogs, you may well be aware that last week I attended a rather fancy event all in the name of Bobbi Browns new release.

 The new Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow & Liners are exclusive to House of Fraser and are the perfect two in one product, perfect to create an easy stand out eye look.

Available in five shades; Night Sky*, Thunderstorm, Sunlit Bronze*, Smokey Topaz* and Midnight Forest*, they're really quite exceptional. I've been wearing Sunlit Bronze the most as it's the colour that falls most into my day to day colour palette and although I'm not usually big on sparkle, it makes my eyes pop really nicely, worn as both a lighter liner on the top lash line and on the lid as a sheer eyeshadow and I'm almost a sparkle convert.

I was fortunate to have had my make up done for me at the event, which was held in the most surreal setting, 34 floors high overlooking the London Skyline. I was given a double line consisting of my normal Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Chocolate Brown with Sunlit Bronze on top and without blowing my own trumpet, it looked pretty damn amazing.

In line with the these super long lasting products, the perfect make up brush combination has also been launched. The Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush* is a dream and having a retractable end, makes for the perfect brush to carry around in your make up bag without getting damaged. The duo ended brush makes switching from shadow to liner quick and easy, perfect in my opinion for the girl on the go or those looking to transform a day to night look in the office.

Available to buy in store at House of Fraser and online, the Dual-Ended Cream Smudge/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush costs £31 whilst the Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow & Liners cost £20 each.


Saturday, September 27

Clarins Gift with Purpose

Clarins gift with purchase is a deal that always catches my eye when perusing through beauty halls and with only a week left to get your hands on this five piece Clarins set, not only is it a gift with purchase, it's also a gift with purpose.

Clarins have teamed up with FEED Projects and have launched a beauty gift programme with a difference. With every single FEED 10 pouch that is given free to a customer after the sale of two Clarins Products, ten nutritious school meals will also being given to children in developing countries, helping beat the worldwide childhood hunger epidemic. 

With five of Clarins cult products in the make up bag such as Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Relax Bath & Shower Concentrate, Gentle Refiner, HydraQuench Cream Mask and the iconic Hand and Nail Treatment, it's the perfect opportunity to get your hands on some incredible products, whilst treating yourself to a couple of new Clarins bits and helping FEED.

 Running through until October 4th 2014, now is the time to pick up your replacement Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors or if you're like myself, two of my current favourites, the Tonic Body Treatment Oil and the True Radiance Foundation. 

Will you be making a gift with purpose purchase?

Thursday, September 11

Herbal Essences Clearly Naked #GetNaked

#nomakeup has become somewhat a selfie trend this past year and not a day goes by where I don't see it hashtagged somewhere online. Be it a serious image backed with confidence or something more tounge in chic, it's everywhere and although often it's said lightly and in humour, the pressure to look "perfect" is well and truly out there and I've sadly experienced it many times myself. As of recently, having no time to spend getting myself dolled up, I've had to bare all, especially on the hair front, and that's where Herbal Essences new campaign for the Clearly Naked Range suits me. 

Herbal Essences wants you to ditch this ever growing pressure and like me, embrace your natural hair with  #GetNaked. It's time to put down the curling tongs, take out the rollers and make the most of what you've got, whilst being in with the chance of winning £2,000 worth of shopping vouchers.

Simply tweet a #GetNaked un-styled, natural hair selfie to @_HerbalEssences to be in with the chance to win whilst embracing those locks.

If baring your natural state doesn't come easy to you and you need a little push in the right direction, check out Herbal Essences "Naked Truth About Dating" video here, which certainly tickled me and made me think, shedding light on what us girls and boys say and the actual truth behind it- was it really something you just chucked on or did you spend days worrying about what to wear? Did you really only spend half an hour getting ready? I know I didn't.

Herbal Essences Clearly Naked range allows you to show off your natural beauty with shampoos and styling products free of parabens, silicones or colour. Whether it's volume, shine or moisture that you're looking for, there's a shampoo and conditioner for you that will leave your hair soft and looking great and with beautiful aromas such as Fresh Mint, Grapefruit and White Tea, they're the perfect products to bare all to and #GetNaked.

The Herbal Essences Clearly Naked range is available nationwide now costing £2.35 for 200ml Herbal Essences Clearly Naked shampoos and conditioners and £3.99 for 400ml Clearly Naked shampoos and conditioners.

*This is a sponsored post

Thursday, August 28

Aveda Naturally Straight and Be Curly- The Video

Following yesterdays blog post, here's my video featuring Avedas Naturally Straight and Be Curly range*.

Filmed with my best friend Nikki, we put together a video to show you the results we gained after using the products after lusting for both straighter and more defined curly hair. 

I'm really pleased with Avedas Naturally Straight, and since filming the video last week after four uses, I'm pleased to announce that my hair has stayed straighter and is a lot more manageable than it's ever been, making getting ready with a baby in tow a lot easier-I've even ditched the mummy top knot in exchange for side parted straight locks.

I'd love to know what you think of the results in the video and whether you're keen to try Avedas Naturally Straight or Be Curly to achieve longer lasting luscious results. 

Be sure to subscribe to my channel and leave me a comment with your thoughts on the range.

*This is a sponsored post

Aveda Naturally Straight and Be Curly

Over the past ten months, my hair has gone through a variation of changes due to the pregnancy hormones running through my body and over time, my hair has become slightly more wavier than it was prior to my pregnancy. I've found myself needing to tame the frizz that I've always suffered with a lot more than usual and the baby hairs that frame my face have become slightly out of control, as well as around my ears and the nape of my neck. New hairs have formed throughout my parting which stand on end uncontrollably and are reminiscent of a static reaction, creating a rather crazy hair do day to day that in all honesty, probably isn't the best look for anyone.

Since becoming a mum to baby Harrison almost six weeks ago, time has been an issue, and where I would have had endless time to straighten, tong and style my hair to near perfection before, that's now unheard of and a top knot with loose hairs at the back of my head, referred to as a mullet by my loving boyfriend, is as far as it has got to styling for the most part of the past three weeks. 

Aveda recently got in touch with me and gave me the chance to try their new Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight which aimed towards those with curly, wavey and frizzy hair, works to combat frizz and hold your hair straight for up to three washes after using consecutively for five washes.

Perfect for mums like myself and those with troublesome hair, I put the line to the test and have been really impressed with how well it smooths my hair, taming my frizzy areas and fighting against the humidity we're currently experiencing. As a new mum that hasn't had any real me time, it's really refreshing to wake up to hair that doesn't need much attention and is pretty much as straight as it can get from predominantly products and a blow dry, which I must admit I normally struggle with. 

Although I do normally struggle with my blowdrying techniques, the key to Naturally Straight is all in the blowdrying, as the tension and heat lock in the fibres around the hair. These plant fibres have a progressive effect, so in turn my hair becomes straighter and straighter the more I use the product and my blow-drying my hair becomes easier.

Demonstrating how I used the range along with my best friend Nikki who took me up on my offer to put the Aveda Be Curly Range to the test, you can see from the shots here, and you can see from the results in a video tomorrow over on my YouTube channel, that my hair looks a lot healthier too. 

Consisting of four Be Curly products, the Shampoo & Conditioner, Style Prep & Curl Enhancer, Be Curly has been an ideal system for Nikki as she personally loves to embrace her curls. Like me, Nikki has recently been experiencing a whole load of frizz, due to the heat and humidity and has found her hair being even more work than it normally is. 

Be Curly works as a system to tame frizz, create extra shine and intensify existing curls, and with its hero ingredient Wheat Protein locking into the hairs true curls to reform them back to their bouncy, full of life form, from an outsiders opinion, I think it's worked a treat on her locks.

Our Aveda Naturally Straight and Be Curly video will be going live tomorrow, where you'll be able to see the products in full use, how we applied them and all of our thoughts as well as hair results from two pretty different ends of the spectrum.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the products once our video is live tomorrow. Do these Aveda products intrigue you and sound as if they're something your curly/wavey/frizzy hair is lusting after? 

*This is a sponsored post  

Thursday, August 21

Illamasqua Glamore Nude Lipsticks

It's been a while since I blogged about a nude lipstick, in fact it's been a while since I blogged about any make up at all, but a launch that I couldn't not feature is Illamasquas Nude lipsticks that were recently launched into their Glamore Collection.

Tease*, Starkers*, Rosepout* and Naked* are four of the new seven Nude shades that have been added to the collection and I am in love.
There's no hiding that I'm a huge Nude fan anyway, but quite often it's hard to find the right shade. Here we have four different Nude hues which all carry slightly different tones, but strangely, as opposed to so many I've tried in the past, the majority being more the old lady kind of "your lips" nude, these all carry a really feminine tone and seem to suit all.

My favourite of the four is most definitely Rosepout and I've found myself reaching for it on all of the days that I've managed to apply make up recently. It's the perfect Rose toned Nude and I find it compliments the majority of make up looks that I have been wearing- be it more glam or subtle barely there new mum looks both on it's own and underneath glosses.

My least favourite of the four is probably Tease, which may come as a shock to you if you've been reading my blog for a while as it looks like the one I would pick from a collection. The colour is a little too light and chalky for me when I have a tan and so for the Summer months is in my opinion, the least wearable for me.

These Glamore lipsticks sit on the lips pretty nicely, and although they're not the most moisturising, which I don't find Illamasqua lipsticks ever are, they're comfortable to wear, long lasting and aren't super drying.

Worn both alone and underneath a gloss, I'm a huge fan of Illamasquas Glamore lipsticks and available now costing £18.50 they can be purchased in Illamasqua stores and at counters in the likes of Selfridges


Monday, August 18


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Saturday, August 16

Win a trip to Barcelona with Lacoste and #NEWPERSPECTIVE

My #NEWPERSPECTIVE Instagram entry

Yesterday over on Instagram, I uploaded my entry to Lacoste L!VE #NEWPERSPECTIVE competition which has been set up to give you the chance of winning a once in a life time trip to Barcelona.

 Running until August 24th 2014, the Lacoste L!VE team invite you to share your unique and new perspective of everyday things in a shot over on Instagram and are looking for creative and exciting uploads to follow suit of Mr Whisper- a creative, unique and diverse urban Instagram photographer and creative director, who is leading the campaign and has put together a really interesting how-to video of how to create the best filtered shots.

Lacoste L!VE Pour Homme is the new fragrance from Lacoste for men, which oozes energy and has was put together with creativity, energy and a cool edge in mind. Zesty with Lime and playful with an unexpected bold twist, Lacoste L!VE has a nice depth and each note is beautifully picked up on the men that wear it.

  To enter the competition to be in with a chance of winning a once in a lifetime trip to Barcelona, simpy share your photo of a new perspective of a familiar everyday place over on Instagram with the hashtag it #NEWPERSPECTIVE and tag @LACOSTELIVE

This competition ends on August 24th 2014 and more information can be found here

I'd love to see your entries to the competition so feel free to follow me over on Instagram and link me into your comments so I can have a little look at your new perspective shot.

*This is a sponsored post