Some weekends are made for adventures, some weekends are made for home improvements and others are simply for relaxing and recharging. This past weekend was certainly made for relaxing as I had been invited to Debenhams in Cardiff to try out a couple of treatments and to join the Debenhams Beauty Club. My first appointment of the day was at the Clarins Skin Spa for a balancing facial:
The Clarins Skin Spa is easily missed if you’re just popping into the store but is a beautiful oasis in the middle of the mayhem of the beauty department. It is easy to forget you’re in the middle of a department store until you step back outside again after your treatment. I immediately felt all of my week’s worries slip away as I walked in and met my therapist, Bridie, for my facial and consultation. The rooms are off a small corridor and are dimly lit. The facial itself was a dream. Bridie explained the treatment and what I would be having done at every stage and then I lay back in between the heated towels and sheets and tried not to doze off!
After my facial I was shown the products that had been used and some that I might think about incorporating into my dail/weekly skincare routine. I’ll write more about this in another post, suffice to say that apparently the biggest beauty “product” missing from my skincare routine is water!
So after a couple of glasses of good ol’ H2O, I was ready for my store tour. Chris, the lovely Beauty Department supervisor, showed me around the more established beauty brands at Debenhams, like MAC, Clinique, Clarins, YSL, Chanel, etc and onto some of the newer brands who have been in the store for as little as a few weeks, e.g. Philosophy, Wild About Beauty and CK Colour.
We also visited the various stands that offer treatments. As well as the Clarins Skin Spa, Arch Angelz Eyebrow Bar offers threading and waxing, whilst St Tropez offer a tanning service right in store, behind the silver door below:
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get on trend for AW12 is to invest in one of the hottest new shades of nail polish:
1. New Nudes:
Chanel is always way ahead of the game and their brand new – and limitied edition – Le Vernis in Frenzy is another example of just how right they always get it. Nudes have come a long way and this sheer grey-lilac-beige shade is totally on trend for AW12. Look out for cheaper dupes but be warned, they’ll never be quite as good as the real thing! Instead, save your Boots Advantage Points and treat yourself that way. That’s what I did.
2. Grown-up Glitter:
Glitter is no longer the reserve of after-school clubs, it’s definitely for grown-ups too. A dark shade with tiny specks of glitter is perfect for AW12 and, in particular the upcoming festive season. For a brilliant budget option, choose Boots 17 Nail Polish in Navy Glint.
3. Passionate Purples:
Deep hues are hot for winter and I live in navy polish come autumn, however this season, I’m loving the dark purples that have emerged as a strong contender for favourite polish. Boots No7′s Autumn Collection has a great purple for less than a tenner: in Blackcurrant.
Which shade of nail colour are you wearing this Autumn Winter?
Each season Chanel release a trio of special edition nail polishes and this season was no different. I’ve been lusting after the pale nude shade of Frenzy. And in the flesh, it is just as perfect and wonderful: a pale sheer grey with a hint of purple:
Have you got any of Chanel’s special edition polishes? What do you think of this shade?
I’ll admit it now, I’m lazy. Not in every aspect of my life, you understand. But in one important aspect: my skin care. We’re all told to look after our skin and it’ll look after us and keep us looking younger for longer. Well, until recently, I didn’t really take heed of this. However, now in my late (late) twenties, I am beginning to see the benefits of a proper skin care regime. About a year ago I divulged my newly acquired nighttime skin care routine featuring Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Twelve months later, I have new new nighttime skin care routine, featuring Boots Botanics collection:
What is your nightly skin care routine?
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This week my nails have been treated to Afternoon Tea, courtesy of Boots No7′s Autumn Collection. This silvery lilac shimmery shade is the perfect antidote for those who aren’t quite so keen on autumn’s darkest nail colours. Indeed, after Chanel’s Autumn release of Frenzy, new nudes are hot and so if you fancy one without the fancy price tag – this is for you. Best of all, it only needs one coat to be fully opaque.
What shade are you wearing on your nails this week?
Boots 17 have launched their new Eyeliner Studio, featuring an eyeliner for every occasion and style: Eye Kohl Pencil, Brow Pencil, High Drama Liquid, Make Your Mark Liquid, Smoulder Gel Eyeliner, Perk & Paint Pencil, Tattoo Me Liquid and Lacquer Liner Liquid.
I have been trying out two of the liners: the Perk & Paint Pencil and the Smoulder Gel Eyeliner.
First up is the Perk & Paint Pencil which I have been using most days recently:
What they say: Messy, smudged and smokey look and it just got effortlessly easier with the Perk & Paint, a duo ended jumbo pencil that brightens up your eyes. Stride out as if you totally don’t care in two steps.
17′s make-up artist Vanessa Guallar says: “Begin by perking up tired eyes with the eye brightening end on your brow bone, corner of your eyes and even blend under the eye area to disguise dark circles
“Switch to the black end to line the top of the eye with a grungy smokey, smudged line. Eyes are instantly perked up and intensely smokey black – it’s my favourite cheat trick for getting gorgeous quickly – great for festivals, on the go and when I’m running late!”
What I say: a 2-in-1 product that works as an under-eye concealer and brightener and a kohl is all a girl really needs in her make-up bag. If, like me, you tend not to haul much make-up around with you during the day, this pencil may make you reconsider and add just this to your bag. For a smokey eye, the thick black pencil creates the right sort of depth and smudge without having to go over and over, again and again.
Next, is the Smoulder Gel Eyeliner. I’d wanted a gel eyeliner for ages – particuarly the famous Bobby Brown one but could never justify the cost so this one is ideal! I used it for a recent hen party in Brighton for a full on ’80s look, followed by a night of dancing with the girls!
This week I’m trying out Boots No7′s new autumn nail polish in Blackcurrant. Regular readers will know that, in the winter at least, I love dark nail polishes and this deep purple is perfect for autumnal dressing.
What shade of polish are you wearing on your nails this week?
As was discussed last week, the smoky eye is the make-up look of the season according to high street favourite, Boots. This years Autumn collection has all you need to create the classic smoky eye with the new No7 Stay Perfect Trio Eyeshadow in Classic Matte and the No7 Stay Perfect Duo Eyeshadow in Moonlight Shadows. Whilst the shimmer shadows of the duo work well for nighttime, I have spent the last week trialing No7′s Classic Matte trio which is suitable for a slightly more subtle office look:
Earlier this week I told you about the challenge set by bathroom company C.P. Hart to create a Pinterest board of my ideal home spa. The Pinboard is now filled with a whole host of inspiration and so today I thought I would share with you my tips for creating the perfect place to relax: your own home spa.
Creating a tranquil retreat in your home doesn’t need to cost the earth and certainly doesn’t have to mean a complete overhaul of your current bathroom. Instead, here are a few quick and easy – and budget friendly – tips for creating your perfect home spa:
For Autumn 2012, Boots 17 have released three eyeshadow trios with three complimentary nail polishes. This nail polish is my favourite of the three: dark? Check. Glitter? Check. Fast drying? Check. Long wearing? Check. Bargain price? Check! All of my favourite things. And with the bit of glitter, what could be better to take you all the way through to Christmas!? (Yes, I did just mention Christmas!!)
What do you think of the polish? What shade are you rocking this week?