30 September 2011
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23 September 2011
So here is what is in the Long Wear Eye Kit.
As you can see you get a little mini bottle of Long Wear Make Up remover, a Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink, a Long Wear Cream Shadow in Sandy Gold and a double ended brush.
I'm not a big fan of eye make up removers, I like a cleanser that I can use on my eyes as well as my face, but I have to say as eye make up removers go this one is really good. It dissolves make up on contact and efficiently removes every trace in one sweep of a cotton wool pad. There was no rubbing required and I was not left partially sighted by the product smearing in my eye. Although I wouldn't rush out and buy a full sized bottle I would happily use this again if it turned up in another travel set.
The Long Wear Gel Liner is lovely, once it's on it stays there until I take it off, there is no smudging or budging with this one, the thing I most like about this eyeliner is that it doesn't creep into the crinkles on my crepey eyelids. Would definitely recommend this if you are a lady of a certain age but don't want to give up your liner.
The Long Wear Shadow worried me a bit, I have tried squillions of cream eye shadows that promise not to crease, I have tried umpteen primers that promise the gift of smooth eyelids and shadow that doesn't budge, I'm still looking for a primer that lives up to the hype. So there I was in 97 degrees in Florida trying a cream eye shadow. First of all the colour is a lovely neutral sand colour as opposed to gold, no glitter but a hint of shimmer, it covered my tea stain coloured eyelids perfectly to give a nice fresh colour wash, that coupled with the Espresso Ink liner gave a perfect daytime look. I have to tell you ladies this eye shadow did not crease, even in the Florida heat, I am so impressed with this shadow that I will be purchasing a few more when I am next near a Bobbi Brown counter.
The Brush to be honest is a waste of time, it is far too small for me to work with, I have a full size Bobbi Brown liner brush and that is perfect.
This Travel Exclusive set cost £27.00 which is good value for money as the eye shadow is £15.00 and the eye liner is £15.50 I purchased this set on a Virgin Atlantic flight.
21 September 2011
The mask is a thick dark green gel. You put an even layer over face, neck and decolleté and relax until it is dry, now this can take anything up to 30 minutes depending on the temperature of your skin. It has quite a pungent smell but it isn't unpleasant. Mine dried in about 20 minutes. Whilst it is drying there is a tightening sensation. It is recommended that you peel the skin off in one piece, easier said than done, but I managed to get it off in 3 pieces. My skin was definitely lifted and my 'sleep creases' had almost disappeared, my jawline felt firmer than it has in a long time. Later in the day when I checked my face in the mirror the effects were still evident and my skin felt so smooth and soft. Oh how I wish I had the time and the money to apply this every morning. I have to say that this is the most effective lifting skin product that I have ever used, it's just a shame that the effect is temporary.
The mask is exclusive to Harvey Nichols and retails at £60 for 100ml. I know that is very expensive for a mask but for me the results were so impressive that I will definitely re-purchase. I would only use this on special occasions and I have estimated that I would get at least 7-8 masks which is about £7.50 per mask, which is money well spent in my book for such a confidence boost.
13 September 2011
I went into Sephora specifically to purchase a very special blusher, yes, you've guessed it, NARS Orgasm. After using it for a couple of days on holiday and totally falling in love with it I went back to Sephora to purchase a second one as a giveaway.
I wanted to do this giveaway as a way of saying thank you to all of you for supporting me and my blog over the last 10 months.
To enter the giveaway you need to be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment telling me what your favourite blusher is. Also leave your GFC, twitter name or email address.
For an extra entry you can tweet the following 'I have just entered @jadlgw Blog Giveaway to win a NARS Orgasm Blush at http://www.lovelustandfairydust.com/ '
This giveaway is open internationally.
This giveaway will close at midnight GMT on 3rd October 2011
The winner will be chosen using Random Org. If the winner does not contact me within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.
11 September 2011
I use my GHD's every day and I am very aware of the damage that these can cause so I always use a flat iron protector. For the last couple of years I have been using Lee Stafford Poker Straight and it has served me very well. When I saw this on the shelves I was attracted by the fact that it is Sulfate and Sodium free and the ingredients of Cocoa Nut Oil, Cocoa Butter and Avocado Oil sound so nourishing and comforting.
You apply this onto dry hair, spritz directly onto the section of hair that you are about to straighten. The smell is amazing, it reminded me of Pina Colada, the GHD's just glided over my hair, there was no snagging at all. Once my hair was straightened it had the most amazing shine to it. The lovely aroma stayed on my hair all day and it just felt so silky and smooth.
On my first day back at work after my holiday a colleague asked what I had done to my hair, I said I hadn't done anything to it and asked her what made her think I had, she replied that my hair was practically sparkling as it was so glossy and shiny.
I absolutely love this product and I am so pleased that I purchased 2 bottles which will hopefully last until I go back to America in December.
I have checked on the internet and you can buy this product from Amazon UK where it retails for £9.01 you can also purchase the shampoo, conditioner, serum and straightening treatment. I am sure that if you search the internet you may be able to find somewhere that sells it at a more reasonable price.
6 September 2011
The first problem I had was deciding when to try FULLfast, as some of you know I work shifts and sometimes can go 12 hours without eating a thing due to the nature of my job. I then decided to try FULLfast whilst I was on holiday. I was spending 2 weeks in Florida, the land of fast food and HUGE portions. Now I come from a generation where you were not allowed to leave the table until your plate was empty, I am sure this has followed me into adult life and I will clear my plate even when I am fit to burst. I was hoping that FULLfast would break this lifetime habit.
There is loads of information regarding this product, including the ingredients, lots of scientific studies and a whole host of testimonials. Pop over to FULLfast online where you can read all the information at your leisure.
So, here is how you use FULLfast :-
an extra plate. I would say whilst using FULLfast my daily intake of food was half of what it normally is, I ate until I was satisfied and not until the plate was empty. I don't believe in weighing myself but I know I have lost weight as my clothes are much looser and I can see a physical difference on my thighs and stomach area. I didn't use FULLfast yesterday as I was feeling the full effects of jet lag but I only ate half of my dinner and I didn't snack at all, I was amazed by this as when I am tired I always head for the chocolate, in fact now I think about it I haven't had any chocolate since I started using FULLfast, wow, that is a miracle in itself. I will continue using FULLfast now that I am back in the UK as the bottle provides one month supply. If nothing else FULLfast seems to have retrained my brain into not overeating. I am delighted with the results, will you be giving it a try?
FULLfast retails at £23.95 for a one month supply, which is about 78p per day.
5 September 2011
- Algae extract has a gradual tightening effect, leaving skin firmer and younger-looking
with regular use.
- CoQ10 liposomes support cell structure with antioxidant and protective action.
- Oat Protein is an antiwrinkle ingredient, clinically shown to reduce fine lines by 34%
and deep wrinkles by 57%, and to keep skin hydrated for up to eight hours after application.
- Moisturizing, humectant and vitamin liposomes deliver hydrators and nutrients onto the
skin all day, while natural alpha-hydroxy liposomes gently encourage exfoliation to reveal
new, fresh skin cells.
So with all those claims I was intrigued to see how this cream would perform. This cream actually is luminescent, it has a real glow to it, when applied to the skin it has a blurring effect, giving the illusion of much smoother skin. The cream provides a perfect base for make up. I must also mention that I work in an air conditioned environment and after a 10-12 hour shift my skin nor my make up look it's best, however, this cream really helped to keep my skin moisturised and my make up looked fresher for longer.
I used this cream twice a day for 3 weeks and although I haven't seen my wrinkles reduce by 57% I have noticed that there is a definite improvement in the firmness of my skin and and the fine lines are not as noticeable. After using for 3 weeks I went on holiday so I switched to a face cream with sun protection, maybe with continued use over a period of time I would've noticed more of a reduction in my wrinkles.
As I still have two thirds of the jar left I am going to resume using this cream and who knows, with continued use I may have that 57% reduction in my wrinkles after all. I will do a blog update once I have emptied the jar.
I would suggest that this cream would be suitable for all skin types and predominantly for the more mature skin.
This cream retails at £31.64 for 30mls.
There is a really interesting history surrounding Aubrey Hampton, he was a dedicated animal rights activist and strongly committed to operating a cruelty-free company.
Have a look at the Aubrey Organics Website they offer an amazing array of products catering for babies, beauty junkies and even our pets. They even have a section advising which synthetic ingredients to avoid.
1 September 2011