Friday, 27 January 2012

Get 10% Discount on Sigma Brushes



Thought I would remind you that Sigma Beauty is offering 10% off Sigma Beauty! If you have been lusting after some new Sigma makeup brushes now is the perfect time to order to save yourself some cash. It's also perfect timing to get those valentine presents ordered or leave a subtle hint to your other half ;) 

Just simply visit Sigma, select your items and then at the checkout enter the code: 0112XJML to receive 10% off your entire purchases! The code is valid until 31st January 2012.

I definitely recommend their makeup brushes they are excellent quality yet, great value for money and far more affordable than MAC and they come beautifully wrapped so would make a perfect gift. Have you tried Sigma Brushes?

Thursday, 26 January 2012

NOTD: Nicki Minaj OPI Pink Friday

 



This is 'Pink Friday' from the Nicki Minaj OPI Collection which is a bubblegum barbie pink creme. The formulation is quite thick but it went out nicely and leveled itself out and needed 3 coats. Minaj is the latest celebrity to team up with OPI, following the likes of Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. Six stunning nail lacquers have been created in close collaboration with the singer. The colours are bold and bright, inspired by Miss Minaj’s own characteristically daring style! Typical of OPI, each polish name is centred on a Nicki Minaj theme: “Fly” is a stunning aqua, “Metal 4 Life” is metallic silver, “Pink Friday,” of course, screams Nicki Minaj, and not forgetting the deep purple crackle effect top coat “Super Bass Shatter”



The Nicki Minaj OPI collection is available now from Lena White priced at £11 each.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Superdrug Nail Art Pens

Nail Art just got a whole lot easier with Superdrug's new Nail Art Pens as part of the finishing Touches range. The range has been developed to not only allow everyone to indulge their creative side, but also to be easy to use. I think they have missed a trick though not bringing out a black or white shade though? Hopefully I shall be able to try these out before and tell you my thoughts before they launch in April.

Finishing Touches Nail Art Pen will be available at Superdrug in pink or silver priced at £4.99 (special price of £3.99 until 8th May) and are set to launch in April. Do you enjoy Nail Art?

Models Own Bottleshop



Always innovating, always exciting, Models Own launch a unique new shopping experience with the opening of the first Bottleshop launching in Westfield London, Shepherds Bush in April 2012. The new Models Own Bottleshop will be situated in the best location within the mall – opposite Top Shop, Apple and Zara. Models Own, famed for its trend-setting colour cosmetics, will sell nail polishes in an amazing spectrum of over 200 colours along with their full range of accessories and some fabulous store exclusives.   

Rather than a typical boring box-shop, Models Own has gone one step further.  “At Models 
Own we like to do things differently”, says Mark Rodol, CEO.  “You hear about other brands 
trying to create ‘immersive shopping experiences’ so we’ve taken this literally by asking 
people to actually shop in the world’s largest bottle of nail polish!”  

In just three years, Models Own is Europe’s fastest growing cosmetic brand – it has become a 
sell-out phenomenon with a cult following and celebrity fans ranging from Jessie J, Nicola 
Roberts and Alexa Chung.

Monday, 23 January 2012

THANK YOU!

Just wanted to post to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that took the time to vote for me in the Marie Claire Blogger/Twitter Awards! I'm pleased to tell you all that I have been short-listed for both categories I was nominated for 'Beauty Blogger of the Year' & 'Tweeter of the Year'. The awards are happening next week on 31st January when the winners will be announced so keeping my fingers crossed but I am thrilled to get this far!


Hope you all have a good week - Check out my new 'finger painted' hair and Zooey Deschanel Inspired Nails from today. Also don't forget to enter this month's giveaways to win Vera Wang Perfume and Rimmel Lycra Pro Nail Polishes!


XXX 

Zooey Deschanel Golden Globes inspired Tuxedo Nails



I was feeling creative today so thought I would attempt some nail art inspired by Zooey Deschanel. Zooey tweeted a picture of her nails at the Golden Globes last week to show her nails painted in Black and White Tuxedos, however I used grey and black which I much prefer. I painted one coat of grey polish (or you could use white) and then carefully painted a thin black stripe at the smile line/nail tip - you can use either black polish or a black nail art pen to do this. Paint a small bow shape followed by three or four dots down the centre of the nail depending on how long your nails are. Practice makes perfect with this look, and I think the thinner the black tip the better. I finished off with a layer of Top Coat to protect.  


Zooey's Golden Globe Nails
What do you think of Tuxedo Nail Art?

Finger Painting by Daniel Galvin




Daniel Galvin OBE is renowned for being the ‘King of Colour'. During the 60s he invented ‘Crazy Colour', he modernised the highlighting industry with his ‘Brickwork' technique and throughout the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st has been continually developing his art by coming up with new, innovative ways of creating the perfect hair colour.
Daniel Galvin
2012 marks 35 years of business for Daniel Galvin and his Marylebone salon and to celebrate this, Daniel has launched a revolutionary new way of colouring the hair called 'Finger Painting' which is a free-flowing, effortless look to embrace natural beauty produced by gradually coaxing and teasing the colour through the middle to the tips of the hair with the fingers rather than applying the colour using combs and brushes and baking it in foils.

Using a specially prepared formula Daniel lifts the colour that already lies within the natural pigment of the hair, producing a hue that is a few shades lighter than the original and thus delivering a soft, uncontrived effect. Similarly, the finger weaving produces a gentle, more unaffected appearance, avoiding harsh, angular foil lines.

Lucy Holbrook

I visited Daniel at his Marylebone flagship salon last week to be 'finger painted' and it is without doubt the nicest hair salon I have had the pleasure of visiting! The salon is huge inside and situated on two floors, with beautiful decor, features a waterfall (!) down the staircase, a clock room, bar and chill out area. The salon has a lovely atmosphere, very busy and has a good buzz but yet relaxing at the same time. The staff were warm and friendly and you are treat very much like part of the family-run business.  





On arrival after a quick chat with Daniel and my coat and bag left in the clock room, I was taken to the basin where by my hair was washed only using conditioner whilst the colourist Lucy Holbrook prepared and mixed the colour. Lucy has been working for over 15 years as a colourist for Daniel so I felt relaxed and in capable experienced hands. Daniel was extremely friendly and was on hand to answer any questions I had and made me feel very welcome. He explained that the technique looks much more natural than harsh lines you get with dip dying or the ombre effect. Daniel also said that the finger painting effect suits hair when it has movement and texture in rather than flat and straight.







Lucy applied the colour using her fingers and massaged randomly throughout – I was surprised at how little time the colour took to take – less than 10 minutes. Normally I would be sat with foils in for at least 40 minutes! My hair was then shampooed and a treatment was popped on for 15 minutes. I must admit my hair wasn’t in great condition as the ends were quite split, straggly and damaged as it had been a while since I had been for a trim. Normally just after having my hair coloured or bleached my hair tends to feel quite dry, especially the ends. However, my hair felt AMAZING afterwards the ends felt healthier, thicker and this was before I had it cut!! I believe it was Daniel Galvin treatment that was used – which I would definitely recommend if your hair is dry/damaged! The Daniel Galvin products are free from SLS, parabens, silicone oils, petrochemicals and polymers, so it wasn’t any of that silicone coating tricking me into thinking my hair felt so amazing!       
James Galvin
I was then taken downstairs to have my hair cut and blow-dried by Daniel's Son, the lovely James Galvin, who was very warm, friendly and chatty - none of the usual awkward hairdresser chat. The stations are very spacious and tidy, and I noticed there are iPads on offer, a food and drinks menu and there is Wi-Fi throughout the salon. I was offered a coffee and selection of magazines whilst I waited. I was very impressed with the cut and blow dry – lots of movement, bouncy soft waves and volume was created. After the cut my hair felt and looked longer – which makes no sense as at least half an inch was cut off. It’s funny since I had the cut, I have had several people ask if my hair has grown as it looks longer! 

Before

After


My experience at the salon was very much personalised, and I was thrilled with the end result and the finger painting technique - I have never had so many compliments over my hair before! I was introduced to a couple of girls that worked in the Salon that had also had their hair finger painted. If you have darker hair then red looked a fabulous contrast! I was kindly given a bottle of Daniel's Shampoo & Conditioner to use at home to look after my precious new locks which I shall be reviewing once I have given them a good test. If you are after a treat and luxurious surroundings I would definitely recommend you visit Daniel Galvin’s Salon as you will be well looked after. 

Daniel Galvin
58-60 George Street, London, W1U 7ET. 
http://www.danielgalvin.com


What do you think to my new hair?

Trend: Lip Appliqués


A huge fashion makeup trend at the moment is Lip Appliques or known as temporary Lip tattoos or transfers. If you are quite experimental with your makeup, these are great to transform your pout and make a statement with polka dot design, animal print or even glitter! Lady Gaga is never one to shy away from experimenting and she was seen rocking blue glitter lips at a recent event, Jessie J was seen with union jack lips, Kelly Rowland was seen playing with animal print and even Kim Kardashian has been rocking checkered Lip Appliques!   




What do you think of this wacky trend? Would you wear Lip Appliques?

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Valentine's Day gift Guide: Aromatherapy Associates & Yes To


Say Yes To hugs and kisses this Valentine’s Day with Yes To’s silky smooth lip colours and Aromatherapy Associates euphoric Rose Massage Oil. You may remember last year I reviewed the Aromatherapy Associates Rose Oil & held a special valentines giveaway! 


Known as the euphoric, feel-good oil, AromatherapyAssociates Renew Rose Massage & Body Oil sinks straight into the skin, leaving you feeling silky smooth with an unmistakable glow. While prized Rose Oil and deeply nourishing Evening Primrose Oil takes care of the skin and uplifts the senses, essential oils of Neroli will leave the mind and body feeling incredibly relaxed.



I have been trying the new Yes To Carrots C Me Blu.sh Lip Tint & Shine Lip Glosses and I love the glosses. They are non-sticky and taste of fresh mint. The Lip tints leave a subtle colour and sheen that contain 95% certified organic, community-traded ingredients which soothes, conditions and moisturizes for soft, kissable lips. The Yes To Carrots C Me Shine Lip Gloss for sweet shine and rich colour for a pretty, polished pout! 

Yes To Carrots C Me Blush Lip Tints (£5.99) and Yes To Carrots C Me Shine Lip Gloss (£4.99) are available from Feelunique.com and Aromatherapy Associates Renew Rose Massage & Body Oil (36.00) is available from Beauty Bay

What will you be buying this Valentines Day?

How To Delete the faint line / grey box around Pictures in Blogger


I have just taken part in tonight's #bbloggers chat on Twitter which was on the subject of HMTL/blog layouts. You may have noticed that today I have been tweaking my blog layout and making some slight changes. Thanks to help from Maria you can now view all the giveaways in the tab bar below the blog title and I now have a review tab so you can easily see all product reviews. I am slowly going through my blog archive to check that all my reviews have been tagged correctly!  


Since Blogger made changes I've been trying to work out how to get rid of those annoying faint grey lines around my pictures! After some guidance tonight on the #bbloggers chat I have now removed them. I had a number of tweets asking for help so thought I would quickly post how I did it to help you!


If you are using the new Blogger Interface (not dynamic views):


Go to your Dashboard - Template - Customize - Advanced - Add CSS - then paste the following code - Press enter after the last character of the last line } - Apply to Blog. 

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.post-body img, .post-body .tr-caption-container, .Profile img, .Image img,
.BlogList .item-thumbnail img {
  padding: none !important;
  border: none !important;
  background: none !important;
  -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
  box-shadow: 0px 0px 0px transparent !important;
}
Ta da! The boxes around your photos should have disappeared! If you have any other suggestions as to how I can improve my layout then feel free to comment below.

Hope this is helpful to everyone!

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