Monday, 24 December 2012

Festive NOTD

I have been reading other peoples festive NOTD posts in awe - there is some amazing nail art out there!  I on the other hand am feeling tired and lazy :p  So here is my classic take on a Christmas nail.

 
 
These are my two all time favourite shades of polish anyway which is handy!  The base colour is Leighton Denny Jailbird and the tips are in OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress (never really understood this title?!)  They are two gorgeous metallics in festive green and red.
 
I'm off to my mums for Christmas this year so..... A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS!!!  


The 24th (and last!) Day of Beauty Advent

So today is the last day of my Latest in Beauty advent calendar :(  But what a lovely little candle I received today!  I love the packaging as it looks expensive and classy.  AS London is not a brand I have heard of before but apparently its the first ethical company that can compete with other luxury brands.  Not sure what the scent is supposed to be... but am looking forward to burning it.



Overview

Personally I think this beauty advent calendar has been amazing and I will be using pretty much everything in it.  I am so glad I invested in one at half price!  Latest in Beauty included a great selection of products ranging from skincare to nailcare to cosmetics.  The selection of brands was fantastic too with some high end ones that otherwise I would not have been able to afford to try.  Well done Latest in Beauty!

Did you enjoy the calendar?  Or did you not buy one but are now considering one for next year?

Sunday, 23 December 2012

The 22nd and 23rd Day of Beauty Advent

So here we are right at the end of my Latest in Beauty Advent Calendar :(  The products are still amazing though!

Day 22


A cute little pocket sized glass file by Mont Bleu!  I am a die hard Leighton Denny Crystal File fan so am a bit nervous about using this incase it doesn't match up.  However, it is the perfect size for my handbag and I will be less worried about this one breaking!

Day 23


Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm - I am kindly giving this one to my partner (or at least sharing it!)  As he is a lip product junkie and his favourite Decleor is running out!  It smells yummy like Turkish Delight so I'm not sure if that might put him off...  Looks like a good quality natural balm though!

Friday, 21 December 2012

The 19th, 20th and 21st Day of Beauty Advent

So maternity leave is supposed to be relaxing... but I've been doing more off work than in work!  So apologies for the late posting of the past few days of my calendar.  Here is what I have received:

Day 19

 
Yardley?  Really?  Not much I can say about this as I am not a fan of 'body sprays' or the brand Yardley.  Though I have noticed Yardley popping up of late in beauty boxes too.  Is it trying to have some kind of resurgance?  The scent I received is actually not too bad - Royal English Daisy.  It just smells fresh and light - might make a good room spray!
 
Day 20
 
Really love the look of this Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant Oil..  It comes in a cute little dropper bottle and the packaging states it is a 7 day trial which is nice as I know exactly how much to use and that's enough time to get an idea of whether it works for me.  Seen some great reviews of this too by fellow beauty bloggers!
 
Day 21

 
Yay I've been looking forward to this Eve Lom Rescue Mask too!  Nice 15ml sized tube.  Can't wait to have a pamper with this.
 
Are you enjoying the last few days of your beauty advent calendars? 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The 18th Day of Beauty Advent

YAYYYY!!!!  This is THE item I have been waiting for in my calendar.  Just before I ordered this calendar I was about to order my first tin of SteamCream after hearing great things about it - SteamCream is an all natural and very affordable multi purpose moisturiser.  However, seeing a full sized tin came included in the calendar really swayed it for me!  Here is my tin:

 
I love that the tins are collectible and recyclable.  This particular design is called Kani Lehua which features a tropical leaf print.  I can see myself choosing a different design each time just for the cuteness if I get on with this cream!  I can't wait till my Liz Earle Skin Repair runs out so I can start on this :)
 
Have you tried SteamCream before?  Does it live up to the hype?
 
 

Monday, 17 December 2012

Nails Inc Couture - Personalised Polish!

As you saw a few days ago I received some amazing pressies for our little one expected on 8th January.  However, I also received an amazing gift from my good friend Leigh for a little bit of pampering - Nails Inc Couture.

Nails Inc Couture allows you to create a personlized bottle of nail varnish from the cap right through to the shade label.  Leigh picked Connaught Square 3D Glitter Special Effects for my shade - I love it as I don't have many glitter polishes in my collection at the moment.  It's a fine blue glitter with larger purple flakes in it.  Here it is with 2 coats.  Next time I might try 3 or 1 over a solid shade.

 
And here is the personalized bottle!  I love the blue diamante cap that matches the shade of polish perfectly.
 

What was a really sweet touch was the 'Yummy Mummy' stickers on the base of the polish and the box!  Meaning even once the varnish is all gone I'll remember the occassion it was bought for :)
 

 
 
I think these Nails Inc Couture bottles are the perfect gift for the girl who has everything - especially for nail varnish fans who have every shade going.

Have you ordered any Nails Inc Couture for gifts this Christmas?  You can spend hours experimenting here!

The 17th Day of Beauty Advent

I love hair balms.  I have thick long hair that tends to go a bit fluffy when I blow dry it and straightening/smoothing balms solve this problem.  Today I received the Nicky Clarke Instant Calm Sleek Soften Shine balm that contains argan oil and avocado oil which sounds promising as it treats whilst it styles too.  It smells quite yummy too - to me it smells like a cross between Loveheart sweets and coconut oil!


Sunday, 16 December 2012

The 16th Day of Beauty Advent

Today I received a very cute dinky bottle of Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil.  The smell is beautiful and reminds me of the Clarins Bath and Shower Concentrate.  You either add a capful to the bath or smooth a capful over your body before showering which is nice to have the option.



I am desperate to use this right now for some pre-baby pampering but not sure if it safe to use whilst pregnant?  You have to be careful with a lot of aromatherapy oils whilst pregnant.  However, this will be a good pick me up for afterwards!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Maternity Leave Here I Come!!!

This Friday was my last day at work till September 2013!!!  Though I will shortly have a new and very important job as a mummy :)  I had a really lovely send off at work and though not strictly beauty related I wanted to share with you all the gorgeous gifts I received.


Clockwise from Top Left: Cath Kidson Hankie Rose Sleepsuit, Mothercare Giftcard, Cath Kidson Hankie Rose Blanket, Rituals Baby Secret, Rituals Baby Splash, Disney Thumper Shoes, Little Bird by Jools Oliver White Embroidered Dress, Ted Baker Floral Dress and Leggings, Nails Inc Couture, Little Bird by Jools Oliver Fawn Flanner Pyjamas, Unwind Candle Set
 
How cute are the little outfits!  I really love the retro feel of the Little Bird by Jools Oliver outfits - they're simple but beautiful.  The Cath Kidson blanket and sleepsuit are in my favourite Cath Kidson rose print - very girly.  The Ted Baker dress and leggings are so cute with the puffball hem and floral print.  I can't wait for her to grow into them all!
 
The Rituals baby products are perfect for bathing newborns but they smell so lush I can see myself pinching them!  This little one is already branching into the world of beauty :)  I'll def be doing a review of these once she has her first bath.
 

I adore my Nails Inc Couture nail varnish personalised by my close friend Leigh.  The colour is a gorgeous blue metallic with purple glitter and cannot wait to do a separate review just on this alone.

This little one has been spoilt already!  I can't wait to spend the Mothercare voucher and spoil her even more :)  Just over 3 weeks till D-Day!

The 13th, 14th and 15th Day of Beauty Advent

I was doing quite well at keeping up with my daily advent post until the end of last week got quite manic as I am now on maternity leave! :D  (post showing all my lovely gifts to follow shortly)  Here are the days I missed:

Day 13


This product is probably the one I was least looking forward too.  Despite being pale skinned I have never got on with fake tanning products.  However, this is a St Tropez Instant Glow Lotion rather than fake tan so I might give it a try in the summer.

Day 14
 
 
I'm a fan of mineral make-up and loose eye shadows so I will definitley be trying this one out.  The shade is called 'Celebration' and is a lovely bronze colour which suits my colouring.  Bella Pierre is another brand I have yet to try and am pleased with the inclusion of some make up products in the calendar.

Day 15

I've never heard of the Australian brand Mirenesse before?  However, the packaging of this Lip Lift Moisture Shine is very nice!  The shade I have received doesn't really wow me as it is pretty much clear with pink glitter in it.  However, I always like to have a few lip glosses on the go so this will be a nice new one to try.

Have you enjoyed the past few days of your beauty calendars?  What has been your favourite product so far?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The 12th Day of Beauty Advent

Well I'm already half way through my advent calendar now :(  But todays treat was a surprise hit with me!  I haven't used any Balance Me products before but have seen samples of them on magazines.  Today's gift was a gorgeous 10ml roller ball of Balance Me Radiance Face Oil.

 
 
This smells beautiful and the texture of the oil isn't greasy at all.  I love the idea of facial oils for a luxurious and relaxing night time treatment.  Also, this roller ball dispenser reminds me of the Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate which I have been wanting to try for a while. 
 
Can you recommend any other Balance Me products?  Have you used this face oil before?

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Five Pregnancy Beauty Heroes

I am now 36 weeks (eeek!) and to be honest I've not blogged half as much about pregnancy as I expected to.  This is mainly due to the fact that I have been very lucky and have had a pregnancy where I have actually felt and looked better than I usually do.  All my hormonal breakouts have gone and my nails have stopped peeling and breaking.  I've not even had that much trouble with aches and pains until now!

However, there have been a few products that I have been using consistently through my pregnancy to keep me feeling good.  Here they are:

Palmers Tummy Butter

A lovely chocolatey smelling tummy butter thats supposed to prevent and fade stretchmarks.  Luckily, so far I haven't had any but I am still using this as I enjoy just applying it!  Its definitely more of a balm than butter though and needs to be scrapped out of the tub then melted in your hands.

The Sanctuary Heel Balm

This is perfect for aching feet and foot massages.  Unlike most foot creams it doesn't have an overpowering mint smell.  Plus a tiny bit goes a long way!

Bare Minerals Foundation



I am a long time fan of Bare Minerals Foundation.  Even more as my skin has been behaving during pregnancy!  Just a light swirl of this gives a flawless, quick and natural finish.

Garnier Simply Essentials 2 in 1 Make up Remover


As much as I love my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish some nights I've just been too damn tired to do a proper cleanse (naughty me).  A few cotton pads soaked in this though does the trick at removing all even waterproof make-up without irritating skin.  You just shake the bottle to mix the oil and water based cleansers to activate.  Readily available and cheap too!


Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDP

 
Most of my favourite scents are warm and exotic.  However, during early pregnancy your sense of smell becomes heightened and even though I didn't suffer with hardly any sickness scents I previously loved became to heavy for me.  The one perfume I have been able to wear throughout is SJP Lovely.  This scent is clean, soft and girly - my perfect weekend, relaxed fragrance.


The 11th Day of Beauty Advent

Today's gift was a Jo Hansford Intensive Masque and what girl doesn't love a hair masque?  My hair is particularly dry at the moment because of the weather and I can get away with using a hair masque every other day.


This is a great 50ml size meaning I'll get a good few uses out of it.  Plus, it smells gorgeous - like fresh orange juice!

Jo Hansford is a brand I haven't heard much about.  Have you tried any of their products before?

Monday, 10 December 2012

The 10th Day of Beauty Advent

I was super looking forward to this one - not one Dermalogica sample but 4!  This included Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant, Skin Smoothing Cream and Multivitamin Power Firm




I think I'll be trying this little set after baby is born as Dermalogica is known for dealing with problem skin and I'm guessing mine will go a bit crazy then.  Plus I've been wanting to trial Dermalogica as my workplace sells their products at a discount... gotta love a bargain!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The 9th Day of Beauty Advent

How cute is this little dropper bottle of Bioeffect EGF Serum?  I love that they have used the usual packaging but in minature. 



The price however is anything but minature... the full 15ml usually costs £125!!!  Making this 3ml size worth £25. 

I'm expecting great things from this serum and can't wait to try it.  Bioeffect is not a brand I've heard of before but apparently 30% of Icelandic women use this serum so it must be worth a try!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

The 8th Day of Beauty Advent

Yipeee!!!  Philosophy!!!  I have been waiting to try Philosophy products as travel sizes and samples don't seem to come up that often and I like to try before I buy so I was super pleased about this. 

However, I was a little confused as the Latest in Beauty website advertised the product to be included as Purity 3 in 1 Cleanser.  Instead, I received Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash.  Still super pleased though and this is probably a better addition to my skincare regime as I already have my favourite cleanser in Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.

 
Did anyone else receive the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash?  Have you tried it yet?

Friday, 7 December 2012

The 7th Day of Beauty Advent

Today's Christmas treat is a 7.5ml tube of Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation.  This is amazing as Perricone is definitely a high end brand with this particular product retailing at £47 for 30ml!  I've heard lots of rave reviews about this being a posh BB cream with lots of skin benefits.



I quickly sampled this in Harrods a few weeks ago and to be honest it looked a bit orangey to me.  However, I am looking forward to trying it properly with this travel size.  I would never have risked splashing out on the full sized product!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

The 6th Day of Beauty Advent

I am super excited about trying these two products from ESPAESPA Lift and Firm Eye Serum and Moisturiser.  I'm a big fan of spa based brands liked Elemis and Decleor and this is one range I am yet to try.

I love the way they have packaged this too.  Not in sachets but in two perfect minatures boxed twice!


So far I'm really impressed by the sizes and selection of products in the Latest in Beauty Advent Calendar.  How about you?

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The 5th Day of Beauty Advent

Behind today's door is a very generous 50ml Richard Ward Couture Volumiser Root Boost.  I have tried Richard Ward before in the form of his Shine and Define serum when it was in Superdrug clearance for 99p?!?

I'm pretty useless as blowdrying my hair and creating lift so am looking forward to seeing how this works!  I've seen it in action on QVC previously.

 
 
Have you tried Richard Ward Couture Volumiser Root Boost before?  Is it any good?

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The 4th Day of Beauty Advent and my 100th Post!

I love these dinky little L'Occitane handcreams.  Though this one seems particularly small?  I have had minature L'Occitane handcreams before and they did seem slightly bigger.

Nonetheless these petite handcreams are perfect for your desk, handbag or for me in the near future - baby changing bag!  I'm looking forward to trying this Shea Butter version.

 
 
On another note - the is my 100th post! :D  Can't believe I have been blogging for over a year now.  It's been a slow burner but have enjoyed every minute of it - especially meeting other beauty bloggers online!

Monday, 3 December 2012

NOTD - Leighton Denny The Heiress and Rebel

Just a quick NOTD post!  In an effort to use up more of my extensive nail collection I'm going for the ring finger manicure a lot more often.  I like this combination of two very different purple shades - Leighton Denny The Heiress - a cornflower lilac and Leighton Denny Rebel - a deep metallic purple.



What do you think?  What are your current favourite ways of making the most of your nail varnish collection?

The 3rd Day of Beauty Advent

Here is today's little treat!  A Benefit They're Real Mascara 30g.

 
I've only tried one other Benefit product before - The Porefessional - so I'm looking forward to trying this mascara.  Also, I find these dinky mascaras really handy for travel. I think this one may be going in my hospital bag!
 
The Latest in Beauty Advent Calendar is looking great to me so far!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

The 2nd Day of Beauty Advent

Behind today's door was these girly packaged eyelash curlers from The Vintage Cosmetics Company

 
I actually haven't used eyelash curlers for a long time so this will be a nice opportunity for me to try them again!

The vintage packaging is lovely but once out of the box they look pretty similar to any other eyelash curlers.  Nice touch to include beauty tools as well as products in this calendar though!

*Apologies for the bad photography lately - I'm using my mobile and as its getting dark earlier I'm having to use flash!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

1st Day of Advent! Latest in Beauty

My Latest in Beauty advent calendar arrived yesterday just in time for the 1st December!  I was really impressed with the quick delivery especially as I received my calendar at half price.  I know this is a bit of a sore point with most customers as the offer was only sent to those who had already bought to either by another at half price or pass the code onto a friend.  I was lucky enough to receive a code from a friend and probably would not have bought otherwise.

The calendar really impressed me when I opened it with its huge pink bow!  I also liked that you could preview the contents online too.  The calendar came with a cute Christmas card containing discount vouchers for some of the brands included.


Behind door one was this cute Mavala Rouge Rubis 5ml Nail Polish - I love the cute angel packaging and have already hung it on my tree!  This will be the first Mavala polish I have tried and I love the Christmassy sparkly red shade.


I can't wait to open the rest of my calendar!  Do you have a beauty advent calendar this year?