This week, if you’re looking to save your pennies but still treat yourself to a new beauty product or two, head to your local high street and make a beeline for Boots.
Seventeen currently has 3 for 2 on all products. My favourite base coat and top coat just happen to be by Seventeen so I picked both up and got a new eye pencil for free.
As an added bonus, Boots is again offering a No7 voucher with every £5 (or more) spent in store. This gives two vouchers: £3 off make up and £5 off skin care. I intend to use the £5 voucher to get a new bottle of the No7 Pampering Dry Skin Oil Body Spray for my upcoming holiday. It’s a gorgeous light oil that is wonderfully moisturising. Alternatively, get ready for summer and stock up on some suncare products or fake tan.
With the £3, why not try the brand new No7 High Shine Lip Crayons – these are perfect for having on hand in your carry-on for holidays:
Have you treated yourself in Boots this week?
It should be spring in the UK and thus, warmer than the freezing temperatures we are continuing to endure. In the absence of any sunshine and any likelihood of any sunshine anytime soon, I have resorted to faking it in my bathroom with a little help from Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Lotion. I’ve reviewed Palmer’s products here before and love how moisturising they are which in this weather is essential. This Natural Bronze Lotion is by far the most moisturising fake tan I have ever used. Not quite as fool-proof as my summer favourite by St Moriz but I have quickly learned that to avoid any streaks or blotches I just need to ensure that I slather more – not less – lotion on my legs. And voila, lightly tanned and very moisturised pins.
Have you tried Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Lotion? Which fake tan do you swear by?
This week, forget £50, these beauty products will all give you change from a fiver! And they’re all tried and tested and on my dressing table right now:
- I love anything mini and Max Factor’s Mini Effects nail polishes are no exception. Plus they come in a huge range of colours and are long lasting. Red Carpet Red is the perfect red for any nail polish collection.
- As a dry shampoo addict, I still swear by the original, Batiste.
- Bourjois’ Magic Nail Polish Remover Pot is a new addition to my dressing table. This makes removing nail polish so so quick and easy and mess-free.
- Black eyeliner is the ideal way to turn day make-up into night-time ready make-up. This liner by Rimmel is smudgeable and waterproof – and a favourite in my make-up bag!
- Another recent addition to my dressing table is VO5′s Texturising Spray – it turns newly washed hair into the day-old hair look I love!
Do you swear by expensive beauty products or are there some bargain brands you can’t live without?
I have a confession to share: I last washed my hair four days ago. And I love how it looks right now. My addiction to dry shampoo products knows no bounds and this latest addition to my dressing table is only aiding my no-washing: VO5 Give Me Texture Dry Texturising Spray. This isn’t quite a dry shampoo but it does have the same oil-drying properties. Whilst also adding a degree more volume and texture to hair.
Another bonus is that I love my hair after two or three days of not washing it but on the first day it is often quite fly away and limp – particularly when I’ve straightened it. This Texturising Spray gives me two-day old hair without the wait!
Best of all, you get change from £4!
My very first brush with make-up was at a Body Shop event at my high school when I was about 12. Unlike a lot of young girls I didn’t steal my mum’s make-up for the simple reason that she doesn’t wear any. So when I won the raffle for a makeover by the Body Shop make-up team my teenage dreams came true! As an adult despite daliances elsewhere, the Body Shop is still a firm favourite on my bathroom shelves and in my make-up bag. Their make-up brushes are some of the best I’ve tried and their body butters are so luxurious and moisturising that I always have one on the go.
Recently though, I decided to give their make-up another go. I’m a complete mascara addict and often like to have two or three open, for different looks on different days. Currently I’ve been using the Body Shop’s Super Volume Mascara. The big brush means that lashes are left well coated but it doesn’t clump! The black colour leaves lashes magnified. I’m a fan!
Have you tried The Body Shop’s make-up?
I’ve admitted it before and I’m happy to do so again, I love dry shampoo. I could wax lyrical about the stuff for hours. But I won’t bore you. Or not right now. Suffice to say, I was more than a little excited to discover a bottle of Catwalk by TIGI Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo in my goody bag from the Handpicked Media LFW suite. Perfect for Fashion Week early mornings when time for washing, drying and styling hair is tight!
This dry shampoo by Catwalk by TIGI is light and subtly scented so that it will refresh a tired style in an instant. My best advice with regards to dry shampoo is to tie your hair back – thus revealing the roots better – and spritz a light layer all over. Take a quick shower and get ready and finally before leaving the house, brush out. It’s important to remember the last step, or you may be mistaken for an old lady as the dry shampoo will make you look a little grey!
Of course, dry shampoo doesn’t have to be only used on those mornings when an extra half hour in bed is necessary. It can also be used on clean hair to create volume and a matte texture.
Do you use dry shampoo? Only for emergencies or as a styling product too? Which is your favourite brand?
I’ve recently been introduced to Bourjois’ make up collection and the latest product I’ve been trialling is the Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation:
I usually wear tinted moisturiser or No7′s BB Cream, so I’m not a massive fan of heavy foundations. Thankfully, Bourjois’ Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation is a lightly creamy formula which glides on easily. I prefer to use my fingers these days to apply my foundation and this works well. It gives good coverage without caking. The smell is light with a little fruity-citrus scent.
Have you tried Bourjois’ Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation? Or any other Bourjois make up? What should I try next?
Whilst at the Handpicked Media suite at One Aldwych last weekend, I was introduced to Bourjois’ new lipstick collection, Rouge Edition. A collection of 18 shades to complete any make-up bag: from pretty pinks to on-trend nudes, hot oranges and bright reds, to pale lilacs.
I’ve been trying out No4 in the collection: Rose tweed. It’s a lovely natural pink hue which just adds the slightest colour to my natural lip shade. The lipsticks are highly pigmented but don’t lose any gloss as a result. It also doesn’t dry out lips as I find with a lot of lipsticks and so my lips aren’t uncomfortable after wearing.
Have you tried a new lipstick recently? These Bourjois lipsticks?
During LFW, Handpicked Media again created the perfect place to relax at One Aldwych for their bloggers. The suite was ideal for kicking back, posting a little, recharging a little (camera batteries/phones/ourselves!), indulging in a hand massage (or two!), eating a tonne of mini chocolate bars and discovering some new brands. One of the brands included in the generous goody bags was MoroccanOil. I’ve read so much about this brand and even had a go with some of the products at different salons but to be able to try the Original Treatment and the shampoo and conditioner is a real treat that my hair is currently thanking the fashion gods for!
To be honest, I like to change my shampoo and conditioner every time I finish a bottle as I’ve found my hair quickly stops liking a brand if I use it too much. But so far, my hair is liking these. As a daily heat styling addict and someone who dyes their hair on a fairly regular basis, the moisture repair shampoo and conditioner can only be a good thing! Both the shampoo and conditioner have a tropical, musky scent. The shampoo is thick and oily and so, you need to use only a little, while the conditioner is a lighter formula. Both leave hair soft and manageable.
My hair is thick and quickly gets greasy (hence, my love of dry shampoos!) so getting the MoroccanOil Treatment right has been something of an experiment. I definitely used too much on the first go and despite putting it on damp hair, it looked a little limp when dried. I have found that I only need the tiniest amount to make my hair glossy, rather than greasy. But when used right, my hair feels wonderfully soft and healthy!
Have you tried any of the MoroccanOil hair care products? What did you think?
London Fashion Week’s Autumn Winter 2013 season was opened by designer Zoe Jordan’s show at the BFC Space at Somerset House on Friday morning. The collection for AW13 featured a fairly muted monochrome palette which was accented with brighter neons in hot pink and orange.
The beauty look for the collection was clean and simple and feminine. With an emphasis on a subtle sweeping cat-eye liner. Bourjois were the brand behind the look and I was lucky enough to meet up with two of their make-up artists on Saturday whilst at the Handpicked Media suite and get a little demonstration of the look: