Sunday, October 28

Limited Edition Metallic ghd Collection

I've always been a huge fan of ghds and have had numerous pairs in my life since I was about 15.
Though they have never failed me and I have never needed to purchase a new pair through them being broken etc, I was always intrigued by the Limited Edition Straighteners and have consequently received them for many Birthdays and Christmases through the years.

The various colours and styles are always so eye catching and a lot more fun than the original Black ones, which were in fact the last ones I had in replacement for a Pink Breast Cancer Awareness pair that my mum "borrowed" one day. 

Limited Edition styles are released into the ghd Collections quite regularly, though the latest on the market are the glamorous Metallic ghds. They come as a part of a beautiful gift set, which features the classic styler in either Shimmering Silver, Sahara Gold or Rich Ruby* along with a quilted case that also works as a very useful heat resistant mat. Before this, I was forever burning surfaces or bed covers which is extremely dangerous, so this is a very handy addition!

I've never actually tried any other brand of hair straightener, because quite frankly I don't need to. I'm really passionate about ghd as a brand and haven't ever felt the need to use anything else. The quality of the straightening irons are excellent and they work on my hair incredibly well, leaving my locks beautifully straight with a professional finish and shine with minimal time and effort. I know there is often quite a worry about using heat on coloured hairstyles, but I have never experienced any problems and my hair is always left looking shiny and feeling soft, although I would highly recommend using a heat protectant spray as always.  

  The appealing features are also what make ghd second to none. The high temperature Ceramic plates are very smooth and so run through your hair with such ease and no snagging what so ever. They are also contoured in shape, which makes it a lot easier to create curls and waves. The swivel cord adds to making this function easier. I can be a little clumsy at times but having a 360° function in the cord is a huge help. 
Something that I was quite late into finding out about ghd, though when I did find out I was very pleasantly pleased, is the universal voltage function and the fact that hidden underneath the standard plug is in fact a European plug which makes life a lot easier for me when going on trips with work.

The overall experience with ghd is really lovely and if you're interested in this sparkly gift set, it is available here and costs £135.

Are you a fan of ghd like I am? What pair do you have? 

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Friday, October 26

Look Scary at The London Dungeons with o2 and Blackberry

Last week a bunch of bloggers were invited down to the London Dungeons where Lily and Zoe hosted a scary frightful evening with o2 and Blackberry.

If you follow anyone that attended, including myself on Twitter then you may have seen the #lookscary hashtag floating about which was all in aid for this event. o2 and Blackberry worked together to put on this event in celebration for the launch of the new Blackberry Curve 9320 in Pure Red and put together a stream of fabulous videos of how to look scary this Halloween. 

The majority of us attended in scary themed fancy dress, which was fantastic but there was also the opportunity to be made up whilst there too, which was great to learn a few tricks. 
As well as a touch of special effects make up, after the tour we were all given the opportunity to mingle amongst each other, tarot card and even mind readers in the dungeons which was a first for me, but certainly added to the spooky feel of the evening.

I went a little crazy with the special effects wax and fake blood but if you fancy trying a scary look this Halloween, then have a little look at the Look Scary videos that were made here.

Are you going to Look Scary this Halloween? 

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Umberto Giannini Frizzi Range

Yesterday I attended a Science lesson-like launch for the new range of Umberto Giannini hair products, all aimed towards banishing the effects of the enemy- Frizz! 

The range is called Frizzi and is made up of eight hair transforming products, to suit the needs of all hair types that suffer with a touch of frizz every now and then or in my case- most days. 

Unfortunately with any type of humidity, damp or moisture in the air, frizz is never going to disappear all together but with the right products and the right care it can be tamed and controlled. 

Umberto Giannini have used lots of science and trials to figure out the best ingredients to put together this affordable range and the final eight products that the range consist of are;

Umberto Giannini Frizzi Bad Hair Day Smoothing Shampoo- £5.29 
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Make My Day Smoothing Conditioner- £5.29
Umberto Giannini Frizzi  Miracle Worked with Argan Oil- £6.99
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Transformation Fluid Silicone Serum- £5.49
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Rebel Without The Coarse Dramatic Results Styling Spray- £5.99
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Frizz Off Blow Dry Cream- £5.49
Umberto Giannini Frizzi When Nothing Else Will Do Intense Recovery Mask with Argan Oil- £5.29 
Umberto Giannini Frizzi Day After Day After Day 3 Day Extreme Taming Spray- £5.99

I was very kindly gifted these products, so I will definitely give them a go and let you know how they work for me. This is quite a huge range, so to get through them all may take a while, however if you are after a more speedy review of any particular product, do comment below and I'll try to get one put together for you as soon as possible. 

I must say I am most excited by the Intense Recovery Mask and the 3 Day Extreme Taming Spray, is there anything that stands out to you?

These products are all available in Boots and Umberto Giannini Salons.

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Thursday, October 25

What I'm Wearing

Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage- Natural Beige*
Benefit Boi-ing 02*
Hourglass Illume Light Bronzer Duo
MAC Melba
HD Brow Pallete Ash Brown
Bourjous Queen Attitude Mascara*
MAC Vamp

Yesterday, on a little bit of a whim I decided to pick up a darker hair dye to colour my hair. It was previously coloured with my Garnier Olia Permanent Hair Colour in Light Golden Brown but because I have been having a few scalp issues and have been using more treatment shampoos the colour really faded and wasn't looking very shiny. I really enjoyed using Garnier Olia though, so picked up the same product, just in Brown this time. I really like it and it looks so shiny now. I can never really decide how I prefer my hair but I think when it's dark my eyes look a lot more Blue and I also think my Red lip phase matches with it quite well. 

The Red lip that I wore today was Diva. I couldn't decide previously whether I preferred that or Deeply Adored, but I think I have decided on Diva. They're both the same formula but I think the colour is just that little bit more rich and special.

Today was a non-stop day of press events and so I have lots of exciting things to share with you in the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Monday, October 22

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour- Limited Edition Silver

I'm not really very much of an eye shadow girl and when I do opt for little more than a stroke of mascara on my eyes, my colours tend to be on the natural side. Earthy hues and nudes are what appeal to me most. But for those of you that do love a fancy eye, I thought I would share this Laura Mercier Baked Silver Eyeshadow* with you. 

Coming from a girl that only really ventures out with colours on her lips, I must say this is a rather special Silver. It's super pigmented and the slightest touch of this leaves behind a true Silver, shimmery pigment.  
Though a baked powder eyeshadow, the consistency of this feels not powder like at all and instead a beautifully soft, smooth, velvet texture. It feels really lovely and doesn't seem to have any fall out which is great.
I'm starting to see a lot more wet and dry eyeshadows on the market now and this is one of them. Used dry as pictured in the top swatch, this is more of a subtle sheer shade and applied with a brush with a spritz of Fix + as pictured in the bottom it is a lot more opaque and vibrant.

I'm not sure if I would be able to pull off such a cool shade in my make up, although maybe it would be more fitting for me coming up to Christmas.  

This unfortunately was Limited Edition in the Summer Jewels collection, but Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colours are available in other fantastic shades costing £18.50 and are available at Laura Mercier Counters, Selfridges, Liberty and Space NK

What do you think of Wet and Dry eye shadows? How would you use this shade?

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Sunday, October 21

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection- Deeply Adored

Top- MAC Diva, Bottom- MAC Deeply Adored

When I decided to pick up a deeper Red toned lipstick for the Autumn, I was unsure whether to get MAC Diva or Deeply Adored from the Marilyn Monroe collection. In the tube as well as swatched, they both looked extremely similar and I didn't really need both. I finally made the decision, and decided on the one that looked ever so slightly darker- Diva, which I blogged about here. Following my blog post about it, a lovely friend of mine from work, picked me up Deeply Adored from Florida and I was absolutely over the moon.

I hadn't tried Deeply Adored on the lips previously, as it has just been released into the very popular Marilyn Monroe Collection, but as soon as I received it I couldn't help myself and immediately got applying.

Deeply Adored is also a matte formula, which I am really pleased about. I much prefer the matte look to anything shiny. 
Swatched and in the tube the two colours are pretty similar though Deeply Adored is ever so slightly more Red toned, rather than the Plum hues in Diva. This does play out on the lips too, they are very similar though the Red tones in Deeply Adored seem a lot more intense. 
Deeply Adored still looks quite dark on me though how it appears swatched, in the tube and on my lips in real life isn't how it comes across when photographed on the lips. It seems to appear so much brighter. I'm really confused about this lipstick and as you can probably tell I'm finding it very difficult to describe. I have tried to take a photo of how it appears to the eye but I'm unfortunately finding it near impossible.

I do really like this lipstick, though if the colour you're wanting on the lips is similar to the one in the tube, I would probably recommend going for Diva, which is identical on the lips to how it appears both in the tube and swatched.
I'm not sure why but I found this colour pretty difficult to apply. Without a doubt, this shade needs a lip liner. I haven't used one in the photos, because I didn't want to distort the shade, but this bleeds pretty quickly after application and so to save any trouble I would definitely recommend quite a deep Red liner.

The Marilyn Monroe collection is really lovely and athough I'm not sure on the Marilyn Monroe image on the tube, I very much like the shiny Black effect.
The collection is made up of some really lovely products especially the lipsticks, and if you're after anything I really recommend that you pick it up when you see it as it is selling out incredibly fast.

What do you think of this shade? Have you got anything from the Marilyn Monroe Collection?

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I'm quite a firm believer in "if something isn't broken, don't fix it" so really, I shouldn't have even needed to purchase this Real Techniques Expert Face Brush because my love for the Real Techniques Buffing Brush is still going extremely strong and gives me my perfect foundation application. 
However, when I met Sam from Pixiwoo (the creator of these beauts) at the Avon launch she gave us a little heads up about this brush coming to Boots and so there was no justification needed and it was top of my list.

This brush is extremely firm in terms of density and is made up of short "ultra plush" taklon bristles. It's quite wide and has been created to give you the perfect experience when applying and blending cream or liquid foundations. I've used this a few times now, with liquid foundations and yes it is brilliant, but as yet it isn't even close to how much I love my buffing brush which comes as a part of the Core Collection. Personally, I wish they sold the Buffing Brush separately like they do this, as I would probably stock up for life. Thankfully, the Real Techniques brushes are made with synthetic hair, which I find wash up really well and tend to last longer whilst staying extremely soft anyway.

Although this brush is super soft, I think because it is a lot more dense it seems to takes a little bit more work when applying my foundation, which is probably why I'm not getting on with it as much. There's no doubt about it that it's a great brush and I will continue to use it, it does give me a great flawless finish which looks beautiful but my hearts still with the Buffing Brush for now.

 If you're on the hunt for a really amazing foundation brush, I would strongly recommend the Buffing Brush, although if you're quick, Boots have them on 3 for 2 so you could just do what I did and get both!

This brush costs £9.99 and is available in Boots.

Have you tried any of the Real Techniques brushes? What's your favourite? 

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Saturday, October 20

Bourjois Queen Attitude Volume Mascara

 Out of all of the beauty products I have tried, I really do find Mascaras to be the hardest to judge. I'm not sure whether it's because I don't have high expectations for them or whether I'm just easily pleased. My lashes are important to me, but I'm pretty sure I've said it before, that I'm just not really too bothered by them any more. So long as they look decent and not too spidery or clumpy- I'm happy.

I used to like a very volumised look and so then, I was a little more fussy. But now I like them a lot more natural, just a quick coat of any mascara will pretty much do?

When I first received this Bourjois Queen Attitude Volume Mascara*, I was in need of a new mascara as my previous was beginning to run low and so started using it from the off set. The fact that it was a Volumising mascara did worry me a little as like I said I'm not too keen on that look now and after trying it I could see that it very much does what is says. It has the potential to be mega volumising and build so much length and volume on to your lashes. It's quite a wet formula and so on application you can kind of manoeuvre your lashes around with the wand to get the ideal shape, which for the first time ever I like. It does unfortunately have the tendency to clump a little, and so this helps. I hate when there is no going back from a clump, a especially when applying your mascara after the rest of your make up is complete. It's the ultimate fail for me. 

I wasn't too bothered by the fact that it was slightly too much on my lashes and did continue to use it. Though ever so slightly disappointed and not really loving it I kept at it and after a while I realised that to achieve the look I wanted- length without so much volume I just had to be a lot lighter with my hand. I have been used to using drier mascaras, which do take a little more effort but I've always just seemed to prefer them.

From not really loving the mascara, but it doing a fair job, I now love how this looks. Applied lightly this does give my lashes a nice length but not too much volume. They look fresh and seperated and definitely more on the natural side of things and I'm very pleased.
If you're on the hunt for a volumising and lengthening mascara and like your lashes to be quite defined and dramatic- then this mascara is most definitely for you. It's pretty much buildable to however big you want your lashes to be.
If you want more natural lashes, then I wouldn't recommend this at all. I have found a way to work around it, but there is definitely products that won't take any getting used to to achieve the desired look.

 Like every other bit of make up, mascaras are down to individual tastes and thinking about it now, I probably should put a little more thought into what I use because it seems I am a little more fussy than what I thought.   

This mascara costs £9.49 and is currently exclusive to the Selfridges Beauty Workshop and the Beauty Mart at Harvey Nichols which I blogged about here, but will be available nationwide as of November.

What do you look for in a mascara?

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Friday, October 19

The May Fair Hotel Spa

The May Fair Hotel, London, official hotel partner of the 56th BFI London Film Festival

Today I was very kindly treated to a delightful afternoon, to relax Red Carpet Style for the London Film Festival at one of the most incredible 5 star hotels in LondonThe May Fair Hotel Spa and oh what a treat it was. 
I'm not really a frequent spa visitor, though I have been to the May Fair previously to today and quite honestly it is a luxurious dream. There were an array of treatments of me to choose from today, but I jumped at the opportunity for a full body massage and I am so pleased that I did.

Before my treatment started, I had a little consultation with a therapist who asked all of the usual questions to make sure that my treatment suited me perfectly. The massage was completely tailored to how I wanted it, giving me the opportunity to choose what kind of pressure was applied as well as to what areas to focus more and less on. I wasn't too fussy, as lets face it a massage is heavenly no matter how it's done!

After having a quick little consultation, I was shown around and introduced to the communal areas which I was allowed to enjoy for as long as I liked before and after my treatment. This included the Aromatic Steam Room, Herbal Sauna, Experience Showers which are incredible and the Relaxation Room which is so tranquil and has a beautiful selection of refreshments for you to choose from.

The minute my treatment was booked to start, the therapist came to the Relaxation Room to find me of course drinking a cup of tea and led me to the treatment room. I can't even begin to explain how relaxing my massage was, other than the fact that afterwards I felt like I was floating. I suffer with quite bad tension in my upper back and the therapist did her utter upmost to relieve it as much as possible and right now, head to toe feels an absolutely amazing. The massage lasted for around an hour and although if I had my way I would have stayed there all night, it was long enough to be left feeling relaxed and completely tension free. 

After my treatment, I had a few moments in the Experience Showers which I love and then made my way back to the very lovely changing rooms to get ready for real life again. I of course made use of all the goodies in there, which I was pleased to see included ghds as I was heading out for dinner afterwards and wasn't really looking my best!

My visit this time was a really special treat, although last time I went along with my boyfriend and I really do recommend it for both occasions. Whether you're looking for somewhere for a quick pick me up, a relaxing treat or you want to make an afternoon of it with a friend, The May Fair Hotel Spa really is such a lovely, luxurious and relaxing place to be.
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