Saturday, 31 October 2015

Behind The Brand: Bobbi Brown

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Date of Birth: 1990

Founder: Bobbi Brown

History: In 1990 make-up artist Bobbi Brown worked with a chemist to create 10 natural looking, wearable lipstick shades. The essential line of lipsticks launched in New York’s Bergdorf Goodman in 1991. Bobbi hoped to sell 100 lipsticks during her first month at Bergdorf's, however she ended up selling 100 during her first day! The successful range began to expand in 1992, when Bobbi Brown was the first cosmetics company to create yellow-toned shades of foundation sticks. From there the brand continued to grow in popularity and was eventually sold to Estée Lauder Companies in 1995, with Queen Bobbi retaining creative control of the brand.

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USP: Bobbi Brown provides real beauty for real women. It doesn't care for wild throwaway makeup trends or novelty products. It simply creates quality beauty products that are designed to enhance a woman’s natural beauty.

Motto: “Women want to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident”

Giving Back: Bobbi Brown donate considerable funds and support to two great organisations. The first is Dress For Success, a charity that aims to "promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools". The second is the Broome Street Academy, a tuition-free public charter high school.

Offerings: Bobbi Brown create everything from eye shadows and makeup tools, to moisturisers and bronzers. Oh and (makeup) self-help books!

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Hero Products: Shimmer Brick, Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Foundation Stick

Availability: Bobbi Brown is sold in 850 locations across 50 different countries. If you reside in the US of A, you can find Bobbi Brown at Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales. If you are based in Britain, you can get your Bobbi fix at John Lewis, House of Fraser and Fenwick.

Website: bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Price Points

Foundations: Up to £39.00 / $62.00

Single Eye Shadows: Up to £24.00 / $33.00

Blushers: Up to £34.00 / $46.00

Lipsticks: Up to £25.00 / $35.00

Skincare: Up to £65.00 / $112.00
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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Grooming: Bulldog Sensitive After Shave Balm Review


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The Promise: "Our Sensitive After Shave Balm helps to reduce redness and soothes and nourishes the skin"

The Price: £5.49 / $8.51 100ml

The Stockist: Boots / feelunique.com

The Application: Bulldog Sensitive After Shave Balm has a lightweight, lotion-like consistency. It applies quickly and absorbs into the skin almost instantly, leaving nothing but a lovely cooling sensation behind. It is formulated with aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber, rosehip oil and green tea which work together to calm and nourish the skin.
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Rashida Jones


“I know that in life there will be sickness, devastation, disappointments, heartache - it's a given. What's not a given is the way you choose to get through it all. If you look hard enough, you can always find the bright side”

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Monday, 26 October 2015

Review: Petits Rituels Sensual Healing Candle


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The Price: £35.00 200g

The Stockist: petitsrituels.com

The Review: Petits Rituels is the brainchild of Nathalie Allard, an ex-Parisian with a passion for organic products, essential oils and candle making. Her dream was to create a range of candles that each provide an aromatic experience, evoking feelings of wellbeing, comfort and happiness. The result of Nathalie's dream was six beautifully scented candles and six wax melts.
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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Weekly Worship: Only Fingers + Toes


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Price: £16.00 12ml

Stockists: onlyfingersandtoes.com

This week's worship has to go to Only Fingers And Toes (OFAT), a premium nail brand that creates gorgeous nail colours, as well as effective nail care products. The British nail brand is most famous for its 5-free nail polish colours that are formulated without DBP, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin, camphor and Phthalic acid.
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Friday, 23 October 2015

Ingredients: Lemon


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Natural or Synthetic: Natural

Origin: A lemon is a citrus fruit that comes from a lemon tree

Location: Lemon trees are native to Asia, however they are now cultivated all over the world, from the United States and China, to Mexico and Italy.

Beauty Benefits: Lemon is often found in beauty products because it is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that improve our skin, hair and nails. The hero ingredient is most famous for its exfoliation properties. As with many citrus fruits, lemons contain alpha hydroxy acids that gently remove dead skin cells (stimulating surface skin cell renewal) and treat pigmentation. Lemons also have astringent, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that deeply clean the skin and remove excess oil, without stripping the skin. For these reasons, lemons are a great ingredient for fighting acne and blackheads.
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Thursday, 22 October 2015

News: Frank Body Launches In The UK


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Frank, the Australian beauty brand that dominated your Instagram feed this year, has finally landed in the UK. Praise Jesus. You'll know the brand for its hero coffee scrub...the one seen smeared across the beautiful bodies of Aussie girls, however Frank has a lot more to offer...
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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The Tuesday Tip: Get Maximum Moisture


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Achieving maximum moisture isn't always easy. There are times when, no matter how many creams or serums you apply, your skin doesn't seem to absorb moisture, let alone retain it! Luckily there is one ingredient you can always depend on to hydrate and moisturise the skin. I'm talking about honey...
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Monday, 19 October 2015

Grooming: Cornerstone Shaving Set Review


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The Promise: "Everything a man needs for a smooth, comfortable shave in a single box. Contains our entire range of quality shaving products and a personalised, engraved aluminium razor handle"

The Price: £30.00

The Stockist: cornerstone.co.uk

The Review: Cornerstone is a shaving brand that celebrate simplicity, creating everything you need for the perfect shave and nothing else; no complicated gadgets or confusing skincare products, just the staples. In fact, Cornerstone is not just a shaving brand, it is a shaving club, delivering products to its members as and when they need them. The brand's unique shaving service allows members to create a customised and flexible subscription based on their shaving habits.
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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Review: Sisley So Intense Eyeliner


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The Promise: "So Intense Eyeliner is a felt-tip eyeliner that delivers an intense black line for an instantly beautified look. It does not dry out the eyelids and provides maximum comfort throughout the day".

The Price: £39.00 / $70.00

The Stockist: sisley-paris.com / sisley-paris.com/us

The Shades: Black

The Application: Lining the eyes is easy with the Sisley So Intense Eyeliner - well, as easy as applying liquid eyeliner can be - thanks to its felt tip applicator. This eyeliner pen has a thick base with a pointed tip, enabling you to create thin and thick wings and flicks with ease. I would highly recommend this eyeliner to beginners.

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The So Intense Eyeliner's pointed tip enables you to work the colour deep into the lash line. It is quick drying, doesn't drag on the skin and is so highly pigmented that only one coat is needed per application; an important quality for eyeliners with this high a price tag.
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Melinda Gates


“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped”


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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Tuesday Tip: Make Hair Smell Amazing For Longer


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A good quality shampoo and conditioner can leave hair smelling amazing, however if you want your locks to smell luxurious for longer, you'll have to make like Miranda Kerr and reach for a fragrance. The Australian supermodel is known for spraying her favourite perfume on her hair. "I like to spritz on the ends of my hair, and also on my clothing before I get dressed - just a little spritz on my clothing. It's a subtle way when you enter the room for people to feel your presence, but not be overwhelmed by it".

Now, if you suffer from dry ends, you may want to avoid spraying perfume directly onto the hair, as most perfumes contain alcohol that will dry out your hair. Instead, spray your favourite perfume onto a hair brush and then brush your hair as you normally would. Voilà!
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Review: Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm


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The Promise: "Intensely nourishing, silky-smooth balm instantly melts into skin. Luxe, lightweight formula deeply conditions to restore comfort and radiance. Skin feels delightfully supple, soft".

The Price: £26.00 100ml

The Stockist: clinique.co.uk

The Skin Type: Suitable for all skin types but great for those with dry skin

The Application: The Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm has a solid consistency that turns buttery smooth the second it comes into contact with the skin. Once melted, it applies quickly, gliding over the skin effortlessly. Unlike other masks, it absorbs into the skin almost completely and doesn't need to be rinsed off; you just remove any excess product with a tissue.
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Friday, 9 October 2015

News: M&S Beauty Make Us An Offer We Can't Refuse


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Gift with purchase promotions are common on all beauty counters, however M&S has a beauty offer so tempting that you'll have to accept it.

The high street hero is giving away a makeup bag filled with amazing products (worth over £60!) to customers that spend £25.00 in M&S beauty. The gorgeous beauty bag contains carefully selected products from some of the best-loved brands at M&S. It includes:

  • Stila Lip Glaze
  • Pixi by Petra Brow Powder Trio
  • Diego Dalla Palma Ciglione Lash Booster Mascara
  • Purminerals Correcting Primer
  • Lola Lip Pencil
  • Autograph Eyeshadow Palette
  • Eyelure Lashes

What makes this offer better than most gift with purchase promos, is that you only have to spend £25.00 to qualify...just £25.00! You can clear that with one Pixi Glow Tonic and a Nails Inc Polish! Now, this offer is only valid in M&S stores nationwide until October 27th, so get spending!!

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Review: Illamasqua Equinox Collection


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I couldn't have been more excited to review the Illamasqua Equinox collection. Inspired by a "desert at night, engulfed by the starry skies and the constellations of the universe above", the mystic collection features rich broken golds, deep burnished hues and glittering pigments that suit all skin tones.

The new five-piece collection includes a gold liquid eyeliner, eyeshadow palette, red lipstick, pearlescent metallic nail polish and a pair of false eyelashes. I got my claws into three Equinox products and used two of them to create the look below. Here are my thoughts on each...

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Broken Gold (£18.50) is a gold liquid eyeliner designed for creating metallic accents on the eyes. It is highly pigmented, super shimmery and stays put longer than most liquid eyeliners! It creates a gorgeous shattered gold effect that can be worn alone or layered over other shadows. Although it's designed for application around the eye area, Broken Gold also looks great on the lips...if you're feeling brave!
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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Angelina Jolie


“Figure out who you are separate from your family, and the man or woman you're in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that's the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self because with that, you can do anything else”

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Grooming: ClarinsMen Revitalising Gel Review


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The Promise: "This anti-wrinkle treatment for men is the perfect energy boosting treatment for slowing the first visible signs of ageing"

The Price: £32.00 / $39.50

The Stockist: clarins.co.uk / Macy's

The Application: The ClarinsMen Revitalising Gel has a thin lotion-like consistency that can be applied quickly and easily to the skin. The gel absorbs into the skin fast and doesn't leave a sticky or greasy residue behind. It also has a refreshing scent, making it the perfect morning pick-me-up!
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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Weekly Worship: Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate


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Price: £36.00 / $46.00

Stockists: kiehls.co.uk / Barneys

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil is such a cult product, that you'd think Kiehl's would have a hard time producing another oil as impressive. However it has, and it is called Daily Reviving Concentrate.

The Daily Reviving Concentrate is designed to fight daily oxidative stress and free radical damage to the skin, which not only causes immediate skin problems but also leads to premature ageing over time. The new oil is formulated with ginger root oil, which contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and protect skin, sunflower seed oil, which increase skin hydration and Tamanu oil, which locks in moisture.
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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Review: Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Matte Temper


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The Price: £15.50

The Stockist: urbandecay.co.uk

The Shade: Orange-red

The Application: The Matte Revolution Lipstick is rich and creamy and feels like butter on the lips. This is because it's formulated with ingredients such as avocado oil, olive oil, shea butter and vitamin E, which help to nourish and protect the lips. Because of these great ingredients, the lipstick applies easily and does not drag on the lips, which is rare for a matte lipstick. As for colour, the lipstick is so highly pigmented that one coat is enough to completely cover the lips.
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Win: Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Collection


Win: Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Collection

Crabtree & Evelyn has been creating gorgeous products for over 40 years. However one of the brand's most popular collections is Evelyn Rose and it is loved for it's gorgeous fragrance; A heart of uniquely scented Evelyn Rose petals and peach nectar, surrounded by an elegant jasmine and violet accord with accents of bergamot and sensuous amber.

The Evelyn Rose Collection is made up of six products, a shower gel, body lotion, body cream, hand therapy, soap and eau de parfum and every one of the products impresses! I love Evelyn Rose so much, that I have teamed up with Crabtree & Evelyn to offer y'all the chance to win four products from the collection, worth £100.00!!
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Thursday, 1 October 2015

The Beauty Myth: Rubbing Wrists Together When Applying Perfume Ruins The Scent


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True. Rubbing your wrists together after spraying them with perfume will change the way the scent preforms on your skin. The friction you create when rubbing your wrists together crushes the fragrance's molecular structure, causing the top notes fade faster. Although this isn't the end of the world, top notes instantly attract you to a perfume, so it would be a shame to fast-forward your scent experience.

So, the next time you apply your favourite perfume, apply it to both pulse points on your wrist, put the perfume down and walk away!

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