Friday, 30 April 2010

Soap & Glory - Glow Getter Sun Powder Spray

Being a tremendously fair skinned person, I’ve tried a vast amount of fake tans over the years. However, Glow Getter by Soap & Glory was the first I’d come across that was in a spray powder form which could easily be washed off.

Soap & Glory's Glow Getter is described as a sun powder spray that gives an airbrush finish. Suitable for use on face and body, this product is easy to use; simply hold 20cm away, spray and then blend with fingertips until even.

Here is a picture of my legs, one in its natural pale glory and the other with Soap & Glory's Glow Getter.

I was pleasantly surprised to find how well it applied. There were no streaks and I was left looking bronzed with a golden glow. It washed off very easily, no patchiness in sight! This is a great product to use when you want an instant, quick fix for a tan. No drying time, no stickiness, no developing time and if you go wrong you can simply wash it off, perfect!

Soap & Glory's Glow Getter has an RRP of £10 for 100ml and is available in Boots

What do you think, would you use a spray tan?


Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Sleek MakeUP Kajal Eyeliner

When I received an eyeliner from Sleek MakeUP a few weeks ago, I was expecting an ordinary pencil or liquid liner. What I found was unlike anything I’d seen before...


With it's swivelled twist-up component, the design of the Kajal resembles a lipstick (albeit a pointy one!) more than an eyeliner. The pointed shape of the Kajal ensures precision when applying and the conical slant means this eyeliner should never blunt, break or need to be sharpened.

The eyeliner itself is creamy and glides along skin easily. Richly pigmented, the formulation reminds me a little of Gosh’s Velvet Touch eyeliner, just with a waxier texture. The Kajal can be used in multiple ways; to create thin, accurate lines, smudgier dramatic looks or as an eyeshadow or base. This eyeliner is perfect for a smoky eye - easily blendable yet durable so your look will remain all day. So if you like your eye makeup à la Kate Moss style, this would be an ideal product for you.

The Kajal eyeliner has an RRP of £3.99 and is available at Sleek counters in selected Superdrug stores or online here.

Also available in Odyssey, a deep purple.

Monday, 26 April 2010

NOTD: Eyeko Tea Rose

Today’s nails are in the colour Tea Rose by Eyeko...


I love this colour. A vibrant raspberry pink that is ultra glossy and perfect for summer. I was very pleased to find that this polish was so pigmented only one coat was needed. There were no streaks in sight and it dried reasonably fast.

Eyeko nail polishes are available here for just £3.50. Remember to enter code E241 at checkout to get a free gift with your purchase.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

NOTD: Eyeko - Nude, Vintage & Lilac Polish

At a purse-friendly £3.50, Eyeko nail polishes are a fab way to get trendy nails on the cheap. I received 3 of their latest shades recently: Nude, Vintage and Lilac.


I much prefer the design of these bottles to their other polishes which are more rounded and stubby. The elongated bottle of these looks more ‘grown up’ and I think they will appeal to a wider audience.

Vintage:


Green nail polishes have never attracted me and sadly this one didn’t change my opinion. They remind me of witches’ nails (they always seemed to have green nails, didn’t they!) However, if you’re into pastel shades of green this polish applies well and only needs two coats.

Lilac:


I’d say this is more of a purple than a lilac and a bit too garish for me. But if you like vibrant shades, this formulation is easy to work with and dries fast.

Nude:


I was looking forward to trying this shade the most. I would say it’s more a peach shade than a nude, which is perfect for me as I’ve been on the lookout for pale peachy nails for quite some time. A more toned down version of China Glaze’s Peachy Keen, this is the perfect shade for me. I applied 3 coats to make it truly opaque and glossy and fell in love with the colour. I’ll be wearing this throughout Spring and Summer.

Eyeko nail polishes are priced at £3.50 for 8.5ml and are available to buy here

Enter code E241 at checkout to receive a free gift with your purchase!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Epilating - My First Experience ft. Braun Silk-epil 7 Xpressive Pro

Epilating – I’d heard mention of this method of hair removal only a couple of times in the last few years, but the actual details had remained mysterious. Before then, I had no idea what it even was. So, to introduce it to those who don’t know like I didn’t, epilating is essentially a hair removal method that involves using a device that contains a lot of tweezers. This became the reason for my apprehension. Tweezing a single hair at a time is painful enough, but to tweeze multiple hairs all at once, on areas like your legs that are usually not subject to the tweezers, ouchy!

However, I can see the attraction of epilating. Shaving doesn't keep the hairs at bay long and waxing strips off my fake tan (vain but true) so epilating seemed like a good alternative. I'd been intrigued by epilating since I'd heard of it, so I was keen to take up the offer of trying out the Braun Silk-epil 7 Xpressive Pro.

This epilator looks nice and friendly. I love the design of it, sleek and girly, with flashes of hot pink and glimmers of shimmer.



Included with the epilator is a water-proof pouch for storing it, a trimmer attachment, a brush for cleaning, an attachment for ‘extra efficient epilating,’ and some Olay wipes to prep your skin.

The Braun epilator features close-grip technology with 40 tweezers and claims to remove hairs as short as a grain of sand, very impressive! With a pivoting head and a high frequency massage system, the Braun epilator is designed to maximise skin comfort and ease. Fully washable, with the ability to be used wet or dry and with the added bonus of a Smartlight (a tiny light that emits a surprisingly bright beam of light to reveal the finest of hairs), this epilator really seems to have it all.

Despite its friendly exterior, upon being switched on, the epilator became a terrifying beast! Prior to the switch-on I was a little apprehensive but more excited and intrigued about this new method of hair removal. Post switch-on, my fiancé and I were looking at each other saucer-eyed and aghast. It was loud. It was scary. If ever a sound could epitomise pain and evoke terror, this was it. And the speed at which the tweezers were revolving, it was enough to make a girl drop it and run for the hills! A couple of days later, I tentatively approached the epilator once again. “I have to do it!” I told my fiancé. He came and kept me company in the bathroom for moral support. I tried to persuade him to try it first so he could reassure me, but alas, he refused.

After toying with the on/off switch a few times in an attempt to become accustomed to the barbaric sound, and warding off comments from my fiancé such as, ‘It looks like a cheese grater, it’s going to take off your skin!’ (I must admit, it didn’t look too dissimilar) I just went for it! I won't lie, it hurt. A lot. I would describe the sensation as being pricked with lots of tiny needles. I got goosebumps from the pain. But I was determined to make both legs smooth and hair-free so I soldiered on and I have to say I did become accustomed to it quite quickly.

I was very impressed with how smooth my legs were after epilating. Initially my legs protested with an unsightly red rash but within half an hour they were back to normal. The epilator can also be used on the face, under-arms and bikini line but the pain of epilating in those areas does not bear thinking about!

I really recommend this epilator. It's simple to use, looks lovely and effectively removes hair. I've been told that with increased use the pain is lessened and I've also been advised to use it in the shower to help ease the pain.

The Braun Silk-epil 7 Xpressive Pro has an RRP of £129.99
Available from Boots, Amazon, Argos, larger supermarkets and other good electrical stores.

Have you tried epilating? What are your thoughts?

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Scented Candles

As mentioned in my earlier post, my fiancé and I have developed a love for candles. Here are some of my favourite scented candles...


Lily Flame:


I only discovered these last year when they appeared on a wedding gift list. I investigated by going to John Lewis and spent an age sniffing each individual candle in turn. At around £8 each, I think they are quite pricey (especially when I liked so many of the scents!), but then the tins are so lovely and the scents are so divine I think it’s worth it. We currently have 3 in our collection...

1. Fairy Dust
This is a gorgeous, very sweet, girly scent. I love how the little bits on top of the candles look like dolly mixture. Very cute.
2. Blush


Another girly scent but more subtle and less sweet than Fairy Dust. I love the baby pink colour of the wax.
3. Mellow Figs & Garden Mint

This is a lovely fresh scent for the bedroom. The mint isn't distinctive, it mixes with the fig to create a light, airy, clean-smelling scent!


Laura Ashley - Rose : £10

Really the box is what attracted me to this candle. With a gorgeous dusky pink satin box and a bow, I thought this would look lovely on my dressing table (when we eventually buy one!) Inside was a delightful find. This deliciously scented candle is carved in the shape of a rose with a little butterfly on top, lovely!

Orla Kiely – White Tea : £25.00

I
was sent this an a little extra by a PR company recently. The white tea scent is lovely and comforting. Due to the contemporary box design I can see this being placed in the living room when we move.
Next I’m keen to try a Yankee candle. I love the glass jars they come in, it’s always a bonus having a candle in some packaging you’d like to keep afterwards. Any recommendations for particular fragrances I should consider?
What are your favourite scented candles?

Saturday, 17 April 2010

NOTD: Primark Beauty Babes Nail Polish

As I was reaching the till to pay for my Primark goodies last weekend, I spotted this little nail polish set...


Their product placement ploy worked, and I bought it on impulse (it was only £2 after all!) The packaging was cute, with a built in mirror, but the reason for buying was the lovely array of colours in the set. The colour selection was gorgeous, so girly and pretty, with all the pastel shades I’m loving at the moment.


I like the names of the polishes, they seemed very suited to the colours. The set included a nude, a bright pink, a baby pink and a lilac in sweet little 7ml bottles...


I didn’t have high hopes for these polishes as they were so cheap, and my suspicions were confirmed when I tried out the lilac polish. The formulation was rather thin and sheer and so I needed to apply 3 coats to get a good colour payoff. However, once the colour was on and I’d managed to keep streaks to a minimum, I adored how the polish looked and the lovely colour. The polish also lasted almost a week without any chipping which I was very impressed with.


I then tried each of the other colours on a single nail. This was when I discovered it was only the lilac and baby pink which were sheer and needed more coats to show the true colour. The formulation of the nude and bright pink was a lot easier to work with and I only needed 2 coats to get an even colour.

Left to Right: Blush, Lolita, Sorbet and Bloom

Overall I thought these polishes were good quality for the small price. This a lovely little bargain set to buy if you'd like to get an idea of whether you like the pastel polish trend.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Neom Luxury Organics

As you may know, my fiance and I have been house hunting. For some reason, knowing we are shortly going to own a real home has led to an unhealthy obsession with candles (amongst other home-wear!) So it seemed like perfect timing when I was contacted by Neom Luxury Organics.

Neom Luxury Organics products are designed to work as aroma-therapeutic treatments as you breathe in the scented air, with each product specially designed to give a specific treatment to create your very own at-home spa experience. Unlike the majority of other candles which are largely made of paraffin wax and synthetic fragrance and can produce black smoke or harmful chemicals, Neom candles are made from a blend of vegetable wax and 100% pure essential oils. Therefore they are better for the environment and you won’t get any black soot on your walls!


The Neom Promise:
No petrochemicals, parabens, SLS, PEGs or Silicone. 100% pure essential oils. Not tested on animals. No animal products. Suitable for vegetarians. Non GMO. 95% certified organic ingredients. 5% natural ingredients.
We'd been after a really large, chunky candle so this fit the bill perfectly, weighing 1kg, having 3 wicks and up to 55 hours burning time.
The candle arrived beautifully packaged in baby pink paper with a gold bow, I was smitten!

I was sent the 'Complete Bliss: Happiness' candle, with the fragrance Moroccan Blush Rose, a scent described as rose modernized with a hint of lime and black pepper, created to lift your spirits. I could detect more citrus notes than rose which was a little disappointing but altogether it was still a pleasant scent.

I was also sent this hand lotion with the same fragrance...

I've always wanted a luxurious product to put in the bathroom. Not only does it look lovely (when I've finished it I may place it on my dressing table to look pretty!) it claims to nourish and protect hands with its rich blend of vitamin A and E packed Shea Butter, Macadamia Nut Oil, Rosemary Leaf and Pomegranate. This seemed to melt into my skin and absorbed quickly leaving my hands silky soft. It's definitely the best hand lotion I've used but again, the rose scent was disguised a little, on this occasion by the 'hint' of black pepper.

Overall I really enjoyed my experience with Neom. Their products are deliciously indulgent and I'm keen to try their body oils (now that I'm soon to be a bath owner!) Neom products would make great gifts, not only for others but as a treat for yourself!

Neom Luxury Organics 1kg candles are priced at £35
Hand Lotions are priced at £16.00

Neom products are available on their site
here

What are your favourite luxury products?

Monday, 12 April 2010

Weekend Summary: House Hunting, Wedding Venues & Primark...

It really was perfect weather this weekend for what my fiancé and I had planned. Saturday began with a second viewing of a house we loved. With my mum in tow, we had another look around and had to try and contain our excitement at the prospect of buying our first home! It’s a lovely house, complete with period features, 3 large bedrooms, a garden and a jacuzzi bath (how fancy!) We made an offer this evening and they accepted, hoorah! I can't quite come to terms with the fact we'll be living in our own spacious home instead of this pokey little rented flat! I can't stop smiling!

After we viewed the house we then had an appointment to view a venue for our Wedding reception at Whatton House Gardens. I’d come across this place when I saw a leaflet in the photocopy room at work. I thought it looked like a lovely setting for a wedding reception. It was even more beautiful, charming and romantic in real life. Blissfully peaceful and the perfect setting for a marquee wedding. We had a stroll around the gardens and fell in love with the place...





Next, we had an impromptu visit to Sutton Bonington Hall. We'd seen this online and liked the look of it so when we discovered it was only 10 minutes away from Whatton House Gardens, we thought we might as well go and investigate a little. The lady who worked there was ever so lovely. Despite us not having made an appointment, she kindly showed us round the house, offered us some tea and biscuits and told us to feel free to have a wander around the house and gardens on our own.

It was nice to finally make some progress with the wedding. We’ve been engaged for about 7 months now but have been so busy with other things that we’ve not had time to think about our wedding too much. Going to view some venues has made it feel more real and I’m so excited!

Sunday we had planned a bit of a shopping spree, but because we were so tired from the previous day's excitement and travelling, we didn't really have the energy and so I only bought a few things from Primark before we headed home...




A blush coloured lace vest





This little black dress with a cut-out lace pattern on the front which I can imagine will look very flattering on...


This little vest top...


These £2 sunglasses which reminded me of some Michael Kors ones I'd spotted in TK Maxx the previous day...




And finally, I thought these plaited waist belts could be very versatile so I bought one in black, white and tan for just £1 each.



So overall it was a lovely weekend, filled with excitement and sunshine!
What did you get up to this weekend?


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