Monday, 30 July 2012

MAC and Laura Mercier– Finally arrive in York!!!

While I love living York one of the downsides is that unfortunately we don’t really get the big names in our shops. If you want any of these then you have to go to Leeds. While I don’t mind getting the bus or train sometimes you just want to quickly pop into town.

Well recently the Fenwick store in York has being having a major make over. Its now stocks Ren skincare, Nail’s Inc and has a Clains beauty spa. But the main thing that has got me excited it that there is now a MAC and Laura Mercier counter!!!!

Now I couldn’t look round without picking up afew little treats for my myself.

From MAC I got a Frost Lipstick in Fresh Moroccan and a Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. And from Laura Mercier I picked up the Secret Concealer.

While im so excited that we now how 2 great brands in York, I think my bank account will soon think it’s a negative thing xx

Friday, 27 July 2012

London 2012 Olympics

Hey Guys,

So its finally here.7 years after when we won the bid, the London 2012 Olympic officially opens tonight.

I don't know about you but I can't wait. I love the Olympics and will try and watch as many events as I can. Just wished I had booked 2 weeks off work :(

So I hope you'll all be watching and help cheer on our athletes. Fingers crossed for loads of medals.


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

July's Glossybox

Hey Guys,

So what did I get in this months Glossybox...

HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette - Fullsize £19.95 - Can't express how excited I was when I saw this. I've read on so many blogs how amazing this set is. Can not wait to start using this.

CLYNOL Enrich Colour Shampoo - Fullsize £9.35 - This is the same brand that my hairdresses use. I can imagine that every time I use this I will think that I have just had my hair done professional.

MONU Golden Glow - Fullsize £23.00 - I've never heard of this brand before but I always like trying new things. This claims to provides a safe, natural-looking tan in just 3-5 hours. Perfect to try out now the weather is getting nice.

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Lip Frosting - Fullsize £10.00 - This is prefect to have in your make-up bag. as it does two jobs. Provides your lips with a tint of colour and adds an luminous glow to your checks. Definitely be putting this in my make-up bag this month.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Differenece Skin Balancing Lotion SPF15 - Fullsize £32.00 - This is an oil-free lotion that helps protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays and pollution. My skin always goes haywire during the summer so hopefully this will help keep it under control.


Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Skincare for Combination Skin - I got 3 sample sizes from the Visible Difference range. Never used any Elizabeth Arden products before so this will be a nice welcome to the brand.

Overall I am happy with this month's Glossybox. My favourite product will have to be the HD Brow even tho I haven't even used it yet. I'm expecting high things from it. Hopefully I won't be disappointed.

What did you get in this month's Glossybox. let me know :) xx

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate

Hey Guys,

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend? After months of rain it is finally sunny!!!

As part of me wanting to improve my skincare routine and my skin I have recently purchased the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate. As with most of Liz Earle products this got great reviews. 

It claims to soften dry and mature skin and help balance combination or oily skin. 

You apply it after cleansing and toning. Pump about a 5 pence piece amount onto the pads of your fingers and then rub it between your fingertips to warm up. Then apply it to your skin with upward and outward movements. If you suffer from dry skin follow with you choice of moisturiser but if your like me and suffer with combination to oily skin use alone to help balance and soothe you skin.

I've been using this for about a month now and since then I can say that my skin feels more pumped up and more even looking. Before using this I had two cysts type spots on my chin and nothing was making them go. But after using this on my skin the spots got smaller and eventually disappeared. 

While I love this and would definitely be purchasing again, the one thing that I'm not a fan of is the smell. Its quite a strong lavender fragrance. I don't mind the smell of lavender but to me this seems abit overpowering. But after rubbing it into your skin and letting it sink in, the lavender slowly disappears. Because I love this product so much I can live with this negative.

This comes is three sizes. A 28ml bottle for £40.25, a 10ml roller-ball for £19.75 and a 2ml little tester for £5.75. If you're not too sure then I would recommend the little tester bottle as £40 and even £20 is alot to pay for something if you turn out not to like it.

I purchased mine from QVC which has the best policy where if you don't like something and its even been used you can return it within 30 days for a full money back guarantee. You can also purchase this from the Liz Earle website and John Lewis stores.

Have you tried the Liz Earle Superskin and what have thought of it? Let me know :) xx

Friday, 20 July 2012

Osmo Berber Oil - Hair Treatment

Hey Guys,

I received this in May's glossybox and I have been waiting patiently to use it while I have finishing off my current hair treatment. When I first saw it was so excited. People have been raving about hail oils and how they work wonders on your hair. If im honest, I have always been abit unsure about oil for hair. I expected that adding oil to your hair would make it look really greasy. I have quite fine hair and this is the last thing I would want for my hair. But I decided to give it ago and hope for the best and I can say that im glad I did.

This has been the best thing I have ever used on my hair. Since using it my hair seems fuller, looks shinier and doesn't go as greasy during the day like it usual does.

I apply about a 5 pence amount onto my finger tips and then rub it into damp hair. I then section my hair and blow dry it. While my usual styling product just left my hair looking OK this leaves my hair looking fantastic. It kind of makes my feel like I have had my hair blow dried at a hairdresses!!!

I think I am now convinced by hair oils and once I have used this I will be purchasing again.

Have you tried any hair oils and what have you thought? Are there any you would recommend? Let me know :) xx

Monday, 16 July 2012

Alpha-H Liquid Gold

Hey Guys,

Recently I have been thinking that my skin needs an extra boost as it hasn't been in the best condition  recently. I've been feeling abit run down and unfortunately my skin has suffered :(

After reading other blogs and reviews one product that seemed to get mentioned quite alot and that was the Alpha-H Liquid Gold.

It's enriched with natural glycolic acid which helps promotes brighter, smoother looking skin and improves the appearance of skin.

How to use
You use this as a toner and apply after you have cleansed BUT you apply it on alternating nights, not every night like you would do a usual toner. Once you have applied it using a cotton wool pad that's it. DO NOT apply anything else to your face. To get the full benefit of this product, its recommended that you do not apply any serums or moisturisers after. For me this is the hardest bit. It feels really alien not applying a serum, moisturiser and then a spot treatment. But if the reviews are anything to go by then these are definitely worth sacrificing to make this work.

I have used this twice since I got it through the post the other day and I think I can already see abit of a difference in my skin. It might only be abit of an improvement but I'm thinking positive things about this product.

I purchased the Alpha-H (supersize 200ml) from the QVC website. At the moment it is priced at £36.76, which is really good considering the 100ml size is around £28.00, and is currently on free p&p. The best thing about QVC is that they offer a 30 day money back guarantee, even if you have used it. So you are unsure about this then I would recommend purchasing this from them.

Have you used Alpha H Liquid Gold and what did you think? Let me know :) xx

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

June Favourites

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
This has become a firm favourite of bloggers and a certain Mrs Beckham and you can see why. I use mine as a toner and it has definitely helped calm my skin down and tighten the pores. It also acts as a great skin pick me up when you find that you skin is lagging during the day.

Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate
Been wanting to try this for a while and when I saw it on QVC for 2 easy payments I popped into my basket straight away. I use this after my toner and before my moisturiser. You can use it instead of a moisturiser but I feel weird not putting a moisturiser on. Since using it, I feel that my skin looks more pumped up and has improved my skin tone. I'm not a fan of the smell but it soon disappears when you rub it into your skin.

17 Photo Flawless Primer
I have been testing a few primers recently and this one for me has come out on top. It is great at providing a lovely smooth matt finish on your skin and Make-Up just glides on with ease. My Make-Up lasts all day when I use this and keeps shine at bay. Its one of the cheapest primers around, £4.99 from boots, its a definite must have.

Vichy Dermablend Ultra-Corrective tester set.
I got this sample pack in last month’s glossybox. From the testers I have been mostly using the Opal shade. I think its one of the best products that helps to cover up blemishes. At £19.00 for the full size version, its one of the cheaper high coverage concealers/foundation that are on offer. If you do have dry I wouldn't recommend using this as it doesn't cover dry areas that well but for everything else its a must have product.

Real Techniques deluxe crease brush
This is the brush from the starter set pack. I have been using this to help buff in my concealer and its fantastic. I apply the concealer using my finger tips and then use this to blend the concealer into my skin and your left with a nice even coverage. Don't think I could live without this brush.

What do you think of my June favourites? Have you used any of these and what do you think? Let me know :0 xx

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Graze Box

Hey Guys, usually when I get leaflets in magazines I throw them straight in the bin but this time, when I got leaflets in the recent copy of Cosmo one of them stood out for me. It was a promotion leaflet that gave Cosmo readers a chance to get a free Graze Box.

I have seen people at work who have some of these boxes and its always intrigued me but I never gave it much thought. But when I got this leaflet I thought it was a chance to try it out.

So what is a graze box? Graze is a company that send nutritious snacks by post. You are sent 2 boxes a week and you can pick what day you want them to be delivered. It coses £3.75 which I think is very reasonable. The boxes aren't that big, but each box is split into 4 portions which are perfect to carry round with you so you can snack on instead of reaching for that chocolate bar. They have around 100 different foods that you can try and rate. If there's something you fancy and want to try, simply click the try button underneath the picture they will send it to you.

What I got in my graze box? Cherry Tomato, Basil and Puglian Pesto Focaccia;  Hot Cross Yum - sponge pieces, cinnamon and honey almonds and orange infused sultanas;  Lost Army - oriental cracker mix with peanut crackers;  Tropical Sundae - pineapple, mango and banana coins.

I think this a fantastic idea. There are many times at work, around the 3 o'clock time, when I am tempted by a chocolate bar. I think having these in my bag will definitely stop me going to the vendor!

If you do fancy giving this a go, click here and take a look at their website to find out more.

What do you think of the graze box? Have you tried it? Let me know :) xx