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31/07/2012

Quick Tip: HAIR GRIP STORAGE ON THE GO

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If you’re anything like me you’ll be constantly buying hair grips/bobby pins/Kirby grips/whatever you want to call them as they tend to get lost pretty easily, I have had about 400 floating around at the bottom of my work bag as I’m always taking them out of my hair and just chucking them in there. My nan has a vase in the living room that’s full of them too, as she’s always picking them up off the floor. The other day I had a brainwave, when I finished eating some Tic Tics I discovered that the little plastic container was the perfect size to store my hair grips in and to pop in my handbag for any hair gripping emergencies. You can probably fit about 20 hair grips in it and the handy opening makes it easy to slide them out when you need to.

Here’s how to do it (I’m sure you can work out how I did it to be fair):
1. Eat your Tic Tacs (I highly recommend the Strawberry Fields flavour, they are amazing!)
2. Collect up any hair grips from the bottom of your bag
3. Peel off the sticky label from the Tic Tac packet.
4. Remove the lid and pop your hair grips inside.
5. Tape the lid back on (You don’t have to do this but the lid didn’t feel very secure once the label had been peeled off)
6. Decorate your new hairgrip holder (or leave it plain!)

No more loose hair grips in the bottom of your bag! And you’ll always have some for those bad hair days now. You could also wrap a hair bobble or two around the packet too so you have all your hair essentials in one place.
Amyxx

P.S. I'm guest posting over at the Tattooed Tea Lady today, to check my post out click here

Quick Tip: HAIR GRIP STORAGE ON THE GO

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If you’re anything like me you’ll be constantly buying hair grips/bobby pins/Kirby grips/whatever you want to call them as they tend to get lost pretty easily, I have had about 400 floating around at the bottom of my work bag as I’m always taking them out of my hair and just chucking them in there. My nan has a vase in the living room that’s full of them too, as she’s always picking them up off the floor. The other day I had a brainwave, when I finished eating some Tic Tics I discovered that the little plastic container was the perfect size to store my hair grips in and to pop in my handbag for any hair gripping emergencies. You can probably fit about 20 hair grips in it and the handy opening makes it easy to slide them out when you need to.

Here’s how to do it (I’m sure you can work out how I did it to be fair):
1. Eat your Tic Tacs (I highly recommend the Strawberry Fields flavour, they are amazing!)
2. Collect up any hair grips from the bottom of your bag
3. Peel off the sticky label from the Tic Tac packet.
4. Remove the lid and pop your hair grips inside.
5. Tape the lid back on (You don’t have to do this but the lid didn’t feel very secure once the label had been peeled off)
6. Decorate your new hairgrip holder (or leave it plain!)

No more loose hair grips in the bottom of your bag! And you’ll always have some for those bad hair days now. You could also wrap a hair bobble or two around the packet too so you have all your hair essentials in one place.
Amyxx

P.S. I'm guest posting over at the Tattooed Tea Lady today, to check my post out click here

30/07/2012

Marc Jacobs Petite Flowers - Daisy Eau So Fresh

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Marc Jacobs Petite Flowers– Daisy Eau So Fresh On the Go! – 20ml - £25

How adorable is this?! I bought it about a month ago as a reward for going to the dentist about 759 times in the space of 2 weeks. I’ve always been a fan of the Daisy Eau So Fresh fragrance by Marc Jacobs as to me it smells just like parma violets. What more could you want from a fragrance? It’s also a lot more floral than my other fragrances and just smells nice and fresh and summery. The packaging is obviously the key reason why I finally took the plunge, it’s a flower. A cute little flower. It’s a nice size too, perfect for keeping in your handbag and the petals are made of a sort of rubbery plastic so it’s quite durable.

What’s your favourite summer fragrance?

 

Amyxx

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Marc Jacobs Petite Flowers - Daisy Eau So Fresh

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Marc Jacobs Petite Flowers– Daisy Eau So Fresh On the Go! – 20ml - £25

How adorable is this?! I bought it about a month ago as a reward for going to the dentist about 759 times in the space of 2 weeks. I’ve always been a fan of the Daisy Eau So Fresh fragrance by Marc Jacobs as to me it smells just like parma violets. What more could you want from a fragrance? It’s also a lot more floral than my other fragrances and just smells nice and fresh and summery. The packaging is obviously the key reason why I finally took the plunge, it’s a flower. A cute little flower. It’s a nice size too, perfect for keeping in your handbag and the petals are made of a sort of rubbery plastic so it’s quite durable.

What’s your favourite summer fragrance?

 

Amyxx

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28/07/2012

Boots Skincare Haul

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I popped into Boots the other day and noticed that the Botanics skincare was on offer (1/3 off, I believe!) so I took that as a message from the gods to purchase some of the bits and bobs everyone’s been raving about. I always thought that the Botanics products were really pricey but it seems I’ve just made that up as everything was really reasonably priced, even before the discount. I’m loving the rebrand too, it all looks so modern and swish and I love the white packaging. I picked up the elusive Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm to see if it will rival Liz Earle or my Ultra Bland cleanser from Lush, I’m yet to try it but once I do I’ll review it. I also picked up the Rosewater Toner which is in a handy spray bottle – is it just me that loves toners that you can just spritz at your face without faffing with cotton pads? I bought this mostly because I made my friend Vicki buy it a couple of weeks ago and it was fab, really refreshing and it smells nice. I then picked up some of the face wipes from Botanics as I needed some new ones in stock for when I’m too tired/lazy to properly remove le make-up, these seem pretty good so far!
From No 7 I picked up the Cleansing Water with my last remaining £5 off voucher (they’re not in action at the mo, boo!). Everyone has been singing the praises of cleansing waters of late so I wanted to give a budget friendly version a go, I’ve not used it yet (as I have no cotton wool left!) but when I do I’ll let you know how it goes!
Have you tried anything from the Botanics/No 7 Skincare ranges at Boots?
Anything I need to look out for next time I’m instore?
Amyxx
Have you entered my giveaway yet?
You could win a pair of Hunter wellies worth £79!

Boots Skincare Haul

Boots-Skincare-Haul
I popped into Boots the other day and noticed that the Botanics skincare was on offer (1/3 off, I believe!) so I took that as a message from the gods to purchase some of the bits and bobs everyone’s been raving about. I always thought that the Botanics products were really pricey but it seems I’ve just made that up as everything was really reasonably priced, even before the discount. I’m loving the rebrand too, it all looks so modern and swish and I love the white packaging. I picked up the elusive Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm to see if it will rival Liz Earle or my Ultra Bland cleanser from Lush, I’m yet to try it but once I do I’ll review it. I also picked up the Rosewater Toner which is in a handy spray bottle – is it just me that loves toners that you can just spritz at your face without faffing with cotton pads? I bought this mostly because I made my friend Vicki buy it a couple of weeks ago and it was fab, really refreshing and it smells nice. I then picked up some of the face wipes from Botanics as I needed some new ones in stock for when I’m too tired/lazy to properly remove le make-up, these seem pretty good so far!
From No 7 I picked up the Cleansing Water with my last remaining £5 off voucher (they’re not in action at the mo, boo!). Everyone has been singing the praises of cleansing waters of late so I wanted to give a budget friendly version a go, I’ve not used it yet (as I have no cotton wool left!) but when I do I’ll let you know how it goes!
Have you tried anything from the Botanics/No 7 Skincare ranges at Boots?
Anything I need to look out for next time I’m instore?
Amyxx
Have you entered my giveaway yet?
You could win a pair of Hunter wellies worth £79!

27/07/2012

FOTD–Stila Convertible Color–Gladiola

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By Terry Eye Shadow – Pearly Rye|17 Peep Show Mascara

Following Tuesday’s post on the Stila Convertible Color Laura requested a FOTD to see the product in action, it’s taken a while but I’ve finally got round to it! I really love the colour of this product on the cheeks as it gives a subtle orangey/peach glow and isn’t as vibrant as it looks in the pan. The formulation is lovely too – it sinks in with ease and doesn’t stay moist on the skin. I also used it on my lips and I quite like the way it looks but it did enhance the dry bits of my lips a bit which isn’t so good! The colour is lovely though, not as bright as I usually go but perfect for every day!

Amyxx 

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FOTD–Stila Convertible Color–Gladiola

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Garnier Roll-on Anti-dark circles|Stila Convertible Color – Gladiola|Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturiser – Fair|

By Terry Eye Shadow – Pearly Rye|17 Peep Show Mascara

Following Tuesday’s post on the Stila Convertible Color Laura requested a FOTD to see the product in action, it’s taken a while but I’ve finally got round to it! I really love the colour of this product on the cheeks as it gives a subtle orangey/peach glow and isn’t as vibrant as it looks in the pan. The formulation is lovely too – it sinks in with ease and doesn’t stay moist on the skin. I also used it on my lips and I quite like the way it looks but it did enhance the dry bits of my lips a bit which isn’t so good! The colour is lovely though, not as bright as I usually go but perfect for every day!

Amyxx 

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L’Oreal Paris Summer Styling Event

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A couple of weeks ago I popped down to London to go to the L’Oreal Paris Summer Styling Event, I was so excited when my invite popped up in my inbox – it’s not every day you get invited to go see the latest products of a top haircare supplier! The day arrived and I hopped on the train straight from work and found myself in a little park just off Oxford Street, it was chucking it down, I had no coat and my shoe had just broken. Glam, eh? I’d arrived far too early for the event so was just sat on a bench trying to hide from the rain and trying to decide what the big building to my right was, the men with machine guns and the giant golden eagle on the roof led me to believe it was the American Embassy? I phoned my nan, I always do this before events as I often go alone and I need someone to tell me to be brave enough to go inside, and we discussed my situation and I tried to fix my shoe – it didn’t work.

Anyway enough of that, the venue for the event was swish it was in one of those fancy town house type set-ups and the hairdressing room had these amazing gilt mirrors. I had my hair done by a lovely lady called Tina (i think) and we went for big bouncy curls that she created with a wide curling tong, as I was the first person to arrive I was chatting to all the stylists and they all loved my hair colour (so proud!), they were encouraging me to move to London so I don’t have to commute to events after work all the time and I also educated them about the usefulness of Twitter in the blogging world! My stylist used some of the new products in my hair and finished it off with a mist of the new illuminating Elnette hairspray that has light micro-reflectors in it. I forgot to take a picture of my finished ‘do but I will have a go at recreating it at some point.

I then went and had a nosy at the new products and had a chat with some other bloggers and YouTubers which was lovely, I really love meeting new people at events.

There are a few new products being launched, the new Elnette hairspray, some Elvive 60 Second Saviours (deep conditioning treatments), Elvive Extraordinary Hair Oils, Paraben-free Serums and a whole range of Matt & Messy texturising products.

Thanks to L’Oreal for inviting me! I had a lovely time and I can’t wait to get using all these new products. I will be doing full reviews of each of them as I use them so I can let you know of any must-haves.

Are you a fan of L’Oreal products?

Have you tried any of these new products yet?

Amyxx

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Remember to enter my giveaway for a pair of Navy Hunter wellies worth £79!

Click here to enter!

L’Oreal Paris Summer Styling Event

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A couple of weeks ago I popped down to London to go to the L’Oreal Paris Summer Styling Event, I was so excited when my invite popped up in my inbox – it’s not every day you get invited to go see the latest products of a top haircare supplier! The day arrived and I hopped on the train straight from work and found myself in a little park just off Oxford Street, it was chucking it down, I had no coat and my shoe had just broken. Glam, eh? I’d arrived far too early for the event so was just sat on a bench trying to hide from the rain and trying to decide what the big building to my right was, the men with machine guns and the giant golden eagle on the roof led me to believe it was the American Embassy? I phoned my nan, I always do this before events as I often go alone and I need someone to tell me to be brave enough to go inside, and we discussed my situation and I tried to fix my shoe – it didn’t work.

Anyway enough of that, the venue for the event was swish it was in one of those fancy town house type set-ups and the hairdressing room had these amazing gilt mirrors. I had my hair done by a lovely lady called Tina (i think) and we went for big bouncy curls that she created with a wide curling tong, as I was the first person to arrive I was chatting to all the stylists and they all loved my hair colour (so proud!), they were encouraging me to move to London so I don’t have to commute to events after work all the time and I also educated them about the usefulness of Twitter in the blogging world! My stylist used some of the new products in my hair and finished it off with a mist of the new illuminating Elnette hairspray that has light micro-reflectors in it. I forgot to take a picture of my finished ‘do but I will have a go at recreating it at some point.

I then went and had a nosy at the new products and had a chat with some other bloggers and YouTubers which was lovely, I really love meeting new people at events.

There are a few new products being launched, the new Elnette hairspray, some Elvive 60 Second Saviours (deep conditioning treatments), Elvive Extraordinary Hair Oils, Paraben-free Serums and a whole range of Matt & Messy texturising products.

Thanks to L’Oreal for inviting me! I had a lovely time and I can’t wait to get using all these new products. I will be doing full reviews of each of them as I use them so I can let you know of any must-haves.

Are you a fan of L’Oreal products?

Have you tried any of these new products yet?

Amyxx

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Remember to enter my giveaway for a pair of Navy Hunter wellies worth £79!

Click here to enter!

26/07/2012

NATorigin Lipstick

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[Left – Coral|Right – Fig]

Another natural and organic product from me today, 100% natural lipsticks. NATorigin lipsticks are quite famous in the natural/organic circuit, winning 4 awards including Best Lipstick at The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards 2012 for their quality. The formula of the lipsticks is quite sheer and moisturising but they definitely can be built up for a more vibrant result. The ingredients list is full of lovely oils and waxes that are there to soften and protect the lips, including Orchid extract that gives the lipsticks their smooth and soft texture. The natural ingredients make these lipsticks perfect for anyone with sensitive skin and allergies.

I chose 2 of the brightest sounding shades Coral and Fig and was kind of disappointed when I opened them up as they’re not the bright colours I was expecting. But then I remembered that there was no artificial colours or anything in the lipsticks and forgave them, the Coral shade is quite vibrant but it’s more of a brown/orange than straight up coral. I like the Fig shade as it’s pretty much the same shade as my lips (maybe a little darker) and it just evens them out nicely – perfect for work/lazy days.

They feel very moisturising when applied and stay quite glossy feeling for a while. I’m normally a fan of matte lipsticks but these are a welcome addition, they’re perfect for disguising dry lips and I think they might help cure them a little too! The staying power is ok, not the best but then they are sheer and moisturising lipsticks which aren’t famed for sticking around for hours. I got a couple of hours without reapplying.

I like the pink packaging too, it’s something a bit different to the sea of black lipstick packaging that’s around and I also like the satisfying click that the lid makes when it’s popped on! Some might think that, considering the price of the lipsticks, the packaging should perhaps reflect a more high-end image – but I don’t think the money is going on packaging, it’s going on the quality organic ingredients isn’t it?

In summary, I think these are perfect for someone a bit more mature than I who enjoys a muted colour on the lips and who likes a sheer, moisturising finish. At the moment, I prefer something super bright and matte but I’m gonna hang on to these for the days when I feel a bit more sensible/need to look professional.

The lipsticks cost £15.50* each and are available from the NATorigin website.

What do you think?

Amyxx

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NATorigin Lipstick

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[Left – Coral|Right – Fig]

Another natural and organic product from me today, 100% natural lipsticks. NATorigin lipsticks are quite famous in the natural/organic circuit, winning 4 awards including Best Lipstick at The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards 2012 for their quality. The formula of the lipsticks is quite sheer and moisturising but they definitely can be built up for a more vibrant result. The ingredients list is full of lovely oils and waxes that are there to soften and protect the lips, including Orchid extract that gives the lipsticks their smooth and soft texture. The natural ingredients make these lipsticks perfect for anyone with sensitive skin and allergies.

I chose 2 of the brightest sounding shades Coral and Fig and was kind of disappointed when I opened them up as they’re not the bright colours I was expecting. But then I remembered that there was no artificial colours or anything in the lipsticks and forgave them, the Coral shade is quite vibrant but it’s more of a brown/orange than straight up coral. I like the Fig shade as it’s pretty much the same shade as my lips (maybe a little darker) and it just evens them out nicely – perfect for work/lazy days.

They feel very moisturising when applied and stay quite glossy feeling for a while. I’m normally a fan of matte lipsticks but these are a welcome addition, they’re perfect for disguising dry lips and I think they might help cure them a little too! The staying power is ok, not the best but then they are sheer and moisturising lipsticks which aren’t famed for sticking around for hours. I got a couple of hours without reapplying.

I like the pink packaging too, it’s something a bit different to the sea of black lipstick packaging that’s around and I also like the satisfying click that the lid makes when it’s popped on! Some might think that, considering the price of the lipsticks, the packaging should perhaps reflect a more high-end image – but I don’t think the money is going on packaging, it’s going on the quality organic ingredients isn’t it?

In summary, I think these are perfect for someone a bit more mature than I who enjoys a muted colour on the lips and who likes a sheer, moisturising finish. At the moment, I prefer something super bright and matte but I’m gonna hang on to these for the days when I feel a bit more sensible/need to look professional.

The lipsticks cost £15.50* each and are available from the NATorigin website.

What do you think?

Amyxx

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25/07/2012

LUSH A Million Kisses Lip Tint

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I think A Million Kisses was released with the Valentines’ collection this year, it’s a beautiful dark raspberry red shade that is scented with rose (it’s quite a sweet rose smell though, not the traditional ‘rose’ scent). The lip tint is quite moisturising when applied and doesn’t enhance any dry bits. The staying power is amazing, it sticks around for hours – I find it’s best to blot it when applied though as this enhances the lasting power – I also prefer the matte look that this gives. I applied this lip tint with my Retractable Japonesque Lip Brush as it’s a bit too pigmented to apply with my fingers, the brush made it much easier to apply the lip tint neatly (if you are more careful than I am I’m sure you could pop it on with your finger though). You can’t feel it on your lips either which I think is a positive, I hate being able to feel product on my lips – why I hate lipgloss/glossy lipsticks. Out of all the lip tints that I’ve tried from Lush this is definitely the most pigmented, it also tastes amazing.
Have you tried any of the lip tints from Lush?
What’s your favourite lip colour to wear?
Amyxx

LUSH A Million Kisses Lip Tint

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I think A Million Kisses was released with the Valentines’ collection this year, it’s a beautiful dark raspberry red shade that is scented with rose (it’s quite a sweet rose smell though, not the traditional ‘rose’ scent). The lip tint is quite moisturising when applied and doesn’t enhance any dry bits. The staying power is amazing, it sticks around for hours – I find it’s best to blot it when applied though as this enhances the lasting power – I also prefer the matte look that this gives. I applied this lip tint with my Retractable Japonesque Lip Brush as it’s a bit too pigmented to apply with my fingers, the brush made it much easier to apply the lip tint neatly (if you are more careful than I am I’m sure you could pop it on with your finger though). You can’t feel it on your lips either which I think is a positive, I hate being able to feel product on my lips – why I hate lipgloss/glossy lipsticks. Out of all the lip tints that I’ve tried from Lush this is definitely the most pigmented, it also tastes amazing.
Have you tried any of the lip tints from Lush?
What’s your favourite lip colour to wear?
Amyxx