31 December 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love

The final Beauty Blog Link of 2011


Miss Beauty Nerd is smitten over Korres' Body Butter in Basil Lemon because her skin now feels oh-sooo-soft!

At Lipstick Musings, see how a happy mistake at the Dior counter led Shannon to fall in love with the Dior 5 Couleurs Palette in Rosy Nude!

Looking for the perfect waterproof eyeliner? Jenn over at Spiced Beauty reviews the limited edition Make Up For Ever Wild & Chic Aqua Eyes Collection.

Rae reviews lip sets featuring Korres Cherry Lipglosses, Clinique Chubby Sticks, and Bite High Pigment Pencils during the not-so-inventively-named Lip Set Week at theNotice.

At Eyelining Obsessions Claire decides to try the Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Cotton and discovers a couple of potential pit falls.

My Lips But Better shares the scoop on the MAC Naturally Collection for spring 2012!

At Beauty Reflections, Tracy tries out the new CoverGirl Blast FlipStick Blendable Lip Duo.

How long does it take you to use up your makeup? Katherine from Handmade Reviews vows to finish her favorite beauty products by 2012.

Fleurissante reviews the best eyeliner ever: Guerlain Terracotta Loose Kohl.

If you're a fan of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle but can't part with the pennies? Then head over to Beauty In The Mirror where you can find a very similar scent for only £3.99 - 15 times cheaper than the original!

Pammy Blogs Beauty continues her Holiday Palette Review series with her take on Stila's Daydream Palette.

Le Metier de Beaute fans will rejoice when they learn that a Blush Kaleidoscope has been created. To see it in all its glory, check out Beauty Info Zone’s review and pictures.

Check out Bun Bun Makeup Tips' 8 days of Christmas Eye Makeup Tutorials!


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Help celebrate AOYV's second blogiversary; one lucky lady will win a MAC lipstick and eyeshadow of her choice.

24 December 2011

All Alone At Christmas

Christmas is traditionally a time for fun, frolics and family and for those of us lucky enough to have families it is a wonderful time of year.  Sadly not everyone is lucky enough to be surrounded by love and family and Christmas can be a very difficult time.  Statistically there are more suicides over the Christmas holiday that at any other time of year.

If anyone reading this blog is feeling depressed, alone or you know someone that feels this way, then please find below a list of numbers from various organisations that are available all over the festive period to offer help and support.

This list was compiled by the lovely Kellie at big-fashionista.blogspot.com



 MIND
www.mind.org.uk

0300 123 3393

Samaritans
www.samaritans.org

08457 90 90 90

Alcoholics Anonymous
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/newcomers

0845 769 7555

Stonewall
www.stonewall.org.uk

Info line 08000 50 20 20 


London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

0207 837 7324

SANELine

0845 767 8000

Preventing young suicide
www.papyrus-uk.org 


For people in Northern Ireland
www.lifeline.info

0808 808 8000


Childline
www.childline.org.uk 

0800 1111

Depressionalliance
www.depressionalliance.org

Refuge
www.refuge.org.uk

0808 2000 247

Eating Disorders Association
www.edauk.com 

0845 634 1414

Shelter
0808 800 4444

NHS Direct
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk 

0845 4647

No Panic
www.no-panic.co.uk

0808 808 0545


Please don't suffer alone, these people are waiting to answer your call.


17 December 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love

Fed up with all that Christmas shopping?  Put your feet up, grab a cuppa and have a read of some fabulous blogs.


Jen celebrates earth tones with this FOTD atMy Funny Valentine.

Want luscious long lashes? Amy Antoinette shows us the impressive results of Rapidlash.

Fleurissante shares her impressions on Chanel Holiday 2011 collection.

Phyrra shares with you her new favorite way to follow all her beloved beauty bloggers... on the Kindle Fire!

Take a sneak peak at the new Sigma Extravaganza Complete Kit and grab the Sigma Brushes coupons at Handmade Reviews.

Feeling the holiday blues? FabDiva20 has made it look cheerful for the Holidays with herFOTD Holiday Look #1: Bright Blues and Purples!

Gouldylox tried a new BB Cream from 3LAB that contains some seriously high-tech skincare. Is $95 too much to pay for a BB Cream with stem cells? At the very least, it looks amazing. See for yourself.

The Pink Sith asks: What do dragons, lipstick, the Welsh and the Utah Saints all have in common? Find out when you read about Shiseido Perfect Rouge in RD514 Dragon.

Midnight Violets shares her favourite red lip products, perfect for Christmas - and the rest of the year too!

Christmas is almost here! Musicalhouses does a Christmas gold and green eye look, and a Christmas gold nail look to match!

It's officially Winter! Check out Hellcandy's favourite hand creams to see your mitts through the colder weather!

Will you wear mascara during the Zombie Apocalypse? Tracy at Beauty Reflections thinks that CoverGirl 24HR LashBlast is perfect!

Are you ready for the holidays? Anita shows you some festive nail ideas over at Pleasureflush!


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Battle dry winter skin by entering Audrey Dao's Holiday Giveaway to win her favorite skin care products!

Prime Beauty is gifting one lucky reader her TOP holiday beauty pick, Tarte's Lip Service LipSurgence Collection. Enter now!

Is your skin holiday-ready? Over at theNotice, Rae is giving two winners a chance to win the Skin Tight Body Lotion of their choice. Don't miss this party-approved Prtty Peaushun review and giveaway!


12 December 2011

Bioderma Créaline H2O

I have been wanting to try this make-up remover for a long time.  Bloggers and make-up artists alike rave about it regarding it's ability to remove make-up effectively and efficiently whilst be kind and gentle to the skin.  It's not the easiest of products to obtain in the UK, it is very expensive to purchase in USA and super cheap to buy in France.  

I found an ebay seller HERE  I paid £12.95 plus £3.30 delivery, the product was delivered within 2 days of ordering.



What they say ......

 At the cutting edge of innovation, BIODERMA has pioneered micellar solutions. Specially formulated for sensitive, normal to dry skins, SensibioH2O micelle solution gently cleanses face and eyes. It removes water-resistant make-up. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).

 Soothing and decongesting active ingredients prevent the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing.

 Sensibio H2O guarantees excellent cutaneous and ocular tolerance (tested under ophthalmological supervision).

 Sensibio H2O is an ultra-mild cleansing formula, use it with the utmost care.
Soak a cotton pad with Sensibio H2O and cleanse the face and eyes and/or remove any make-up.
Repeat the application until the cotton pad remains clean.

 Sensibio H2O needs no rinsing, but it is essential to dry your skin. Dry gently. Dab your face with a clean cotton towel.

 Sensibio H2O can be used daily, morning and evening.

What I say ......

It has no fragrance and actually just looks like a bottle of water.  This product really does remove every last trace of make-up, even the most stubborn, waterproof mascara.  There is no irritation to skin or eyes and skin does not feel tight or dry after use.

My only gripe with this product is the amount of cotton wool pads that are used.  to completely remove every last trace of make up I can easily get through 6 - 8 pads.

I would definitely recommend this product and at £12.95 for 500ml the price is excellent.  If you or someone you know is going to France then pick it up there where it retails for about 5 Euros.

8 December 2011

Tamzin Lillywhite Christmas Gift Ideas

What do you buy the girl who has everything?  A piece from Tamzin Lillywhite of course, especially if you're looking for something a little bit different.


Areion Bag £365.00

That's a pretty hefty price tag for a bag but this bag is a limited edition bag, there will only be 10 of them made, so you're not just buying a bag, you're investing in a collectors piece.

If your budget will not stretch that far then look at the gorgeous pieces of leather jewellery.
Helios Bangle £42.00


Leather Bangle With Small Brass Studs £24.50



Leather Bangle With Medium Studs £28.00

The Bangles circumference measures 8.5" but all bangles can be made to custom size if required.

So if you would like something a little bit different for Christmas or if you want to buy an unusual gift for a friend or a loved one then pop over to www.tamzinlillywhite.co.uk where you will find lots of fabulous pieces with prices to suit every budget.


Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Cleanser

The key to a good skin care regime is to start with a good cleanser.  I like my cleanser to be effective but as natural as possible and if it offers anti-ageing benefits too, then even better.



This cleanser is formulated with Apple, which is rich in Polyphonel Antioxidants and natural AHA's, this helps to brighten and refresh the skin's surface.  It also contains Lemon Peel which helps to cleanse the skin.


This product is Paraben, Petroleum and SLS free.

The cleanser is a lovely creamy consistency with a fresh fruity smell, it spreads really well on the skin and is very effective at cleansing away light make up.  Although it didn't irritate my eyes it was not very good at removing mascara.  I found the best way of using this cleanser was to remove all of my make up first and use this for the second cleanse.  My skin is left feeling lovely and soft, with an unmistakable glow, it's also really hydrated.

I would recommend this Anti Ageing Cleanser if you are on a beauty budget, at only £12.99 for 127g you get a lot of product for your money.  This is an amazing price point for an Anti Ageing Product that is 95% natural.

For more information and to see the other products in the Yes To Blueberries range please visit www.victoriahealth.com





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5 December 2011

Aromatherapy Associates Christmas Gifts

So the countdown to Christmas begins.  I love Christmas and if I only had to buy gifts for myself then there wouldn't be a problem.  I get very frustrated at having to come up with something fabulous to give to another.  So to make my life easier, this year I have decided to give gifts that I would love to receive myself.  Aromatherapy Associates is a brand I fell in love with earlier in the year and I was delighted to be sent  two products from The Shinning Stars Christmas Collection.  First up is this little beauty.



I reviewed the mini selection of the Bath & Shower Oils some months ago.  Deep Relax is one of my favourite oils and I have decided to save this one for Boxing Day, after all the preparations for Christmas day, when all the shopping, cooking and hosting is over, I can think of nothing nicer than immersing myself into a bath containing Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil, ahh bliss.  This would be a perfect present for a busy mum, a stressed out daughter, a fussy aunt or a  hard to please grandma.  At just £10 this won't break the bank and I'm sure whoever the lucky recipient is will be eternally grateful for this little bottle of luxury.



Next up is the most gorgeous candle I have ever used.


I was sent the Indulgence Candle which is infused with Jasmine and Geranium.  Now for the past month I have been having my whole house decorated, re-carpeted and new flooring put down.  Each time I walked in my front door I was greeted by the smell of gloss paint mixed with that new carpet smell and floor glue, not the most pleasant of fragrances.  Well on Saturday all of the work was finally finished so on Sunday I decided to finally light this candle.



Wow, within 5 minutes my lounge was filled with the most beautiful aroma, Geranium is one of my favourite aromatherapy oils and although the fragrance from the candle was not over powering I really could smell the Geranium over the Jasmine, they marry together beautifully and the result is a very luxurious, indulgent aroma. About 30 minutes after lighting the candle I went upstairs and was delighted that the fragrance had wandered all through the house totally eliminating the smell of the paint etc.

The candle has up to 30 hours of burning time and retails at £25.50 now I know that may seem rather expensive for a candle but when you measure that against the actually quality of the candle then I think it is worth every penny.  I would be over the moon if there was one of these under my tree on Christmas morning.


Aromatherapy Associates Christmas Gifts are available at Aromatherapy Associates Boutique & Treatment Rooms, 5 Montpelier Street,London SW7 1EX. T: 020 7838 1117

Liberty, Space NK, Fortnum & Mason and selected spas nationwide.

Or online at www.aromatherapyassociates.com






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3 December 2011

Beauty Blog Link Love

It's Beauty Blog Link Love time again.  Stay snuggled up at home this weekend and check out these fabulous Beauty Blogs.


The auctions are now open! Head over to this year's BeautyBloggers.org auctions to bid on everything from classic perfumes to the one-of-a-kind (and once in a lifetime) Ultimate Neiman Marcus Experience.

Polish Insomniac shows you the Muppet Glitters - her way!

Miss Beauty Nerd is smitten over Benefit's pretty little scents of Crescent Row. Can you blame her?

How do you feel about orange lip products… with a kick? Don't miss theNotice's love-it-or-hate-it LUSH Chilli Tingle Lip Tint review.

The Beauty Spot goes into outer space with a galaxy inspired look.

Looking for the perfect luxe gift for the beauty lover in your life? Well, Krasey Beauty has the scoop on the new holiday collection from Guerlain.

Addicted to Beauty is shocked by the cologne for cheating men - what's your Alibi?.

Ever wanted to try a bold red lip but were a bit shy? Prime Beauty has five gorgeous red lipsticks for scaredy cats!

At Lipstick Musings, see how a beautiful mistake led to an unexpected new love with the Dior 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette in Rosy Nude!

At Eyelining Obsessions, the No7 Midnight Enchantment blush demonstrates why getting sucked in by pretty online pictures can sometime lead to buyers remorse.

The Pink Sith wonders if Sephora came up the with the Name Foiled Love before or aftre Kat von D's break up with Jesse James when she reviews the Kat von D for Sephora Foiled Love Lipstick in Adora.

Finally! A chart that describes how to apply eyeshadow for Asians! Bun Bun Makeup Tips shows us some incredible tips on where to apply eyeshadow on the Asian eye.

On My Funny Valentine, Jen swatches her new Inglot 10 pan eyeshadow palette and shows you how to depot the shadows with a strong magnet.

Jenn over at Spiced Beauty went crazy at Imats! Check out what she got.

Tracy at Beauty Reflections test out the new Tokidoki 24 Karat Skate Deck Palette.


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Suffering from dry wintertime skin? Musicalhouses' Dr Organic Manuka Honey Gift Set giveaway is just the thing for you! Giveaway closes soon, so hurry and check it out!

Beauty Crazed wants you to prepare to get really naked! Enter to win nude palettes from Urban Decay, Smashbox, Stila, Sleek MakeUP, 100% Pure and Sephora!


1 December 2011

The 12 Dresses Of Christmas Giveaway From Freemans

Do you have your party dresses for Christmas yet?  If not then here is a fabulous competition for you.  Freemans.com is giving you the chance to win your Christmas dress.

12 Dresses Competition


For a chance to win one of the 12 dresses, simply leave a comment on their Blog or Facebook page when they unveil the Dress of the Day.

The competition will run on the Freemans.com Fashion Blog and Facebook page on the 1st and 2nd of December, 5th – 9th December and 12th – 16th December.

Check their Blog every day or follow them on Facebook so you don’t miss out on the competition updates.

You must be 18 or over and a UK resident to enter this competition. Full terms and conditions can be found HERE. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact fashion@freemans.com.