Saturday, 31 March 2012

Save an extra 10% in Debenhams Half Price Sale!

I have just bought a few new items for my bedroom - feather duvet and new bedding which was all half price in the Debenhams half price sale plus saved an extra 10% and free delivery so thought I would share. There are some real bargains to be had especially in the beauty department which some high end branded perfume and make up half price!


Visit Debenhamsand enter the code JK37 at the checkout to save an extra 10% off in the Half Price Sale plus free Delivery (plus the code works on full price lines too!) But hurry the extra 10% discount code is only valid until midnight tomorrow (1st April 2012)


Let me know in the comments below if you spot a good deal that I may have missed - Happy Shopping!

Friday, 30 March 2012

Models Own Hed Kandi Party Polishes



You may remember I blogged about the Eylure Hed Kandi lashes? Well Models Own have brought out a range of party polishes to complete the party look!


Models Own, the cult destination for on trend fashion colours has joined forces with Hed Kandi, the world's most glamorous going-out brand to create a new exclusive collection of nail polishes inspired by the party capital of the world: Ibiza. This year is Hed Kandi's 10th anniversary on the Balearic party island, and the range of five polishes reflects the Hed-turning, fashion forward glamour that the fabulous brand brings to all their events on The White Isle.


The five flirty shades are guaranteed to take you from day to night and back to day from city to beach and sunset to sunrise! 'Beach Party' is a sunny, bright and intoxicating polish inspired by the world famous sunsets on the White Isle. 'Balearic Cool' is a crystal aquamarine blue inspired by the waters of Formentera. 'Disco Heaven' is a glittery, gold disco bomb; 'Ibiza Mix' is a dense multi-coloured day-night sparkle and 'Hedonist' is a no inhibition hot neon coral.



My favourite polish from the range has to be Ibiza Mix it's the perfect multi-coloured glitter to create a glittery accent ring finger nail - reminds me of confetti. It looks great on top of a brightly coloured polish although two coats are needed and I can image this would look fab on the toes paired with flip flops.


The Models Own Hed Kandi Collection will be available from Boots online priced at £5 each. Are you a Hed Kandi fan? What do you think of the polishes?

Win Ted Baker Fragrance Gift Set!

The lovely people from Ted Baker Fragrances are giving away a Langley Gift Set containing a 75ml Langley Perfume, Perfumed Bath Foam & a handy mini sized fragrance to a lucky Perfectly Polished Reader!


The fragrance is described as 'luxurious, charming and sure to get you noticed - Langley is the epitome of style and elegance and has the breadth to take you effortlessly from day to evening. This fresh feminine fragrance takes you on an olfactory journey, beginning with top notes of sweet bergamot entwined with ginger and pink pepper. At it's heart you'll find rejuvenating petit grain and refreshing green tea infused with a twist of orange flower. Whilst a smooth woody base of musk, cedarwood and vetiver.' You can find out more about Ted Baker fragrances and join the kmi club on Facebook here and on Twitter here.


The Rules:


This is open to all Perfectly Polished followers world wide and shall close on 16th April 2012 at 11pm (UK Time).

1. You must follow Perfectly Polished through either GFC, 'Like' Facebook Page, Subscribe to my monthly Newsletter or follow on Twitter.
2. If you subscribe to all four then you have more chance of winning!
3. Write a comment below to enter (and a way of me contacting you!)
4. Follow me on Twitter @perfectpolished and Tweet:
Win Ted Baker Fragrance set with @perfectpolished enter here: 
http://bit.ly/GWA8dy
 #perfectlypolished
5. For extra entries publicise on your blog or website and post the link in the comments below.

Good Luck 

X

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Free Sigma Eyeliner Brush with Purchases over $30 / £18

For the month of April, beginning 1/4/12 until 30/4/12, Sigma are offering a new free gift with all purchases over $30 (£18) - a pink travel-sized E05 eyeliner brush! The brush delivers a precise stroke to line the eyes and is perfect for creating that cat eyed winged look. You can visit Sigma to create your wishlist items - I definitely recommend their brushes, brilliant quality, affordable and I haven't experienced any shedding!


Are you a Sigma fan? What is on your Sigma wishlist?

I'm Ebuzzing March Blogger of the Month!


I was recently interviewed by Ebuzzing and have been selected as their March Blogger of the Month in their spotlight blogger section! If you would like to have a read of the article you can find it here.


" There's no denying that blogging and the fashion industry seem to go hand-in-hand. In fact, the fashion, style, and beauty worlds as a whole change at breakneck speeds all the time. Blogging, as a result, is the perfect match: it's something you can use to share opinions, providing up-to-the-minute commentary on the ever-changing landscape and business of fashion and beauty. The charm of being a fashion or beauty blogger has never been greater than now, likewise, one has never been able to feel as close to either industry as they can today. 
And without further ado, we introduce our Blogger of the Month for March, Catherine Maughan, who writes for and runs Perfectly Polished, a sizeable fashion and beauty blog. Starting her first blog in 2005 for a university project, Catherine decided to set up Perfectly Polished in 2009, after reading a lot of beauty and fashion blogs; "I decided to set my own up as a creative output to share beauty tips, favourite products, and it has grown from there," she told us. "I enjoy being part of an online blogging community." 
And what a community this one is. Fashion and beauty blogs number somewhere in the thousands in the UK alone, so being social via a blog of this type is really no problem - either through being a fellow blogger, or an avid reader. "I have made some really good friends through setting up my blog," said Catherine. "I enjoy the social side very much - being invited to events and meeting new people." And here, the brains behind Perfectly Polished has hit on something quite important.Yes, blogging holds many perks - especially if you're a beauty or a fashion blogger. Catherine confirms this: "When I first set up my blog," she explained, "I didn't expect that so many amazing opportunities would come from it." She went on to say that it's exciting getting a sneak-peak of products before they hit the shops, as well as being chosen before others to review products. "It's great that some companies are keen to get bloggers input and opinions at the design stage and are interested in hearing what they like (and don't like)," she said. But the important part is, we think, that you shouldn't just start blogging to become a celebrity of the blogging world, or simply to make money. 
It's clear that Perfectly Polished began (and continues) out of a love for sharing opinions, and it's this that's got its creator this far - not a mere want for lots of free products. "I am honest with product reviews and being Northern, I tend to be quite outspoken and say it like it is at times, which I think people find refreshing," Catherine told us. But her success hasn't just stopped at product reviews. Last weekend, she had a photoshoot with Grazia (she's being featured this week, so watch out for it). 
What else? She was shortlisted for the Marie Claire Magazine's 'Blogger of the Year' and 'Tweeter of the Year' awards; she is currently a contributor for www.shesaidbeauty.com; she's been to so many blogger events that "it's difficult to mention all of them", and she also - as you may or may not know - has been listed as the most influential Beauty blogger in the country by our very own Ebuzzing Labs for the second month in a row. And this is from building an audience and becoming influential - all from writing good content that resonates with the kind of people you're talking to via your blog. 
"I think beauty and fashion bloggers are highly influential to their followers, which benefits brands" she said, telling us a little bit about how she thinks fashion and beauty benefit from blogging. "I know that a few times I have blogged about a certain item and linked to the brand's website and overnight there has been so much demand that it has sold out," she continued. "It's pretty amazing to know I have that amount of influence." With this amount of sway in her online community, Catherine and Perfectly Polished must have been approached by hundreds of different brands, yet she herself believes that the industry has been "fairly late in engaging with bloggers and social media". Better late than never, though, right? 
As for Catherine's own tastes, she enjoys reading travel, food, fashion and beauty blogs. Recently she's started reading mummy blogs, but warned me: "before you ask, no I'm not expecting!" If she were, we could probably - along with the baby - expect the birth of one of the greatest mummy blogs the UK has ever seen, if Perfectly Polished is anything to go by! 
So, if you want to have a look at how Catherine words her widely-read content, or if you are a beauty and fashion addict, have a look at Perfectly Polished, add it to your bookmarks, and join her in celebrating all things good, and bad, in these industries. "

Review: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Foundation

On Sunday on my way back from London (more about that later!) I went to the Benefit Blogger Afternoon Tea at Harvey Nichols in Manchester which was a lovely treat. We were treated to a pot of tea, dainty sandwiches, cupcakes, scones with Harvey Nics Jam & cream, macaroons & lavender cream pastries. There was loads of treats left over so we were given a doggy bag to take home along with a cute postcard travel set in our goody bag. It was lovely to finally meet the lovely Rowena from Cosmetic Candy Blog, Benefit's Digital Manager Jasmine & very briefly Lisa who is Benefit's Head Makeup Trend Artist  - as we have been Tweeting each other for some time!









I was late so missed the talk about the new foundation - 'Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW SPF 25 Brightening Makeup' and missed getting colour matched but I was kindly sent two foundations to test out yesterday. I was sent two in the post today to try: 'I'm pure 4 sure' and 'believe in me' both from the IVORY range, and it was lucky I was send two as neither of them are the perfect match for my skin tone - but mixed together they are! The Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation comes boxed with a little sample of the Pore Professional Primer, which I haven't tried before but am suitably impressed.


I really like the simple packaging in a clear plastic pump dispenser with black pen marker type writing, it's clear to see how much you have left and with it being plastic it's much lighter if you like to cart around your makeup with you in your handbag each day. There are 9 shades in the range with 3 different depths and three different tones - although I found them slightly more towards a yellow tone.






The texture is very runny but easy to blend in with fingers and it blends to nothing but leaves a slightly luminous and healthy glow to the skin - perfect 'no makeup' makeup. It's not cakey at all, and very light-weight but gives good coverage evening out the skin tone and covering any redness. Normally I find oil free foundations too matte and powdery looking on me as I have dry areas but this foundation is hydrating and feels like I am not wearing any makeup! The foundation is brightening, hydrating, contains SPF, Oxygen and an oil free formula and really lasts all day on the skin - perfect for summer, like today it was boiling and I was literally melting in my car but my foundation stayed on - amazing!




The Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation costs £24.50 and is available from 31st March at Boots, John Lewis, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, & House of Fraser


Special thanks to Rowena & the Benefit team for organising such a lovely event up North - we should definitely do another one soon! I look forward to meeting the team again next week when they are launching a new counter in Middlesbrough! So any PR's reading this take note - you should do more events up North!! Contact me if you need any help or ideas :-)


What are your favourite Benefit products?  Have you tried this new foundation yet?

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Urban Decay Build Your Own Palette

I didn't really get the hype over the Naked Palettes, but Urban Decay has just revealed that they are bringing out a brand new range of 68 eye shadows and a custom palette where you can build your own eye shadow 6 pan palette which sounds amazing! Urban Decay have revamped their packaging, and 'suede-like' formulation which is thought to be the best eye shadows in the industry in terms of pigmentation and lasting power!


The eye shadows come individually panned in a sleek and modern metallic purple packaging, which is still inspired by NYC Subway tokens. You have the option of still buying the individual pans, or you can pop out the eye shadow to insert perfectly into your own custom six-pan palette. The metal palette comes with a good sized mirror, a Good  Karma blending brush and 'Walk of Fame' eye shadow described as the perfect neutral shade.   

I'm really looking forward to this hitting UK shores at Debenhams! Are you an Urban Decay fan?

                                                                                       
                                                               

Sleep Angel Pillow


Three years ago (actually to the day funnily enough!) a guy drove into the back of my car and ever since I have had back/neck and shoulder problems and a lot of pain at times! I know this is a bit of a dull subject but I shall be doing a post on how I best cope with back pain as I know a lot of you suffer too and I'll let you know what has worked and hasn't worked for me as I have tried many different treatments and products over the years. I have been recently seeing a Chiropractor for treatment and I mentioned to her that I had been to Leeds for the weekend and how I'd had such a good night's sleep as the bed was so comfy! She said that means I need a new mattress (memory foam, temperature control, pocket springs). I didn't know you are meant to change your mattress every 10 years, did you?


So after looking on the internet for rough prices last week I went bed shopping, thrilling I know! So you know me...just a new mattress isn't good enough, I of course need a new Bed Frame, bedding, and new bedside tables with lamps! ha ha ;)  When shopping I  absolutely can't stand the hard sales pitch...I know what i'm after and prefer to look around myself and ask questions if I have any. I'm probably what's known as a salesman's worse nightmare as the usual patter about 'the sales ends on Monday' doesn't work on me i'm afraid! ;) I found quite a good deal on a good quality memory foam mattress but was quite disappointed with the choice of bed frames - all looked a bit cheap and nasty (and not cheap in price)! So still on the lookout for a bed frame - have seen a couple online but I'm wary of buying in case there's an issue/wrong size!


So that get's me onto pillows...I always used two or three pillows before my accident, and bought a memory foam pillow last year after hearing many people rave about them being good for back problems but I found it uncomfortable and too hard, I find using one soft feather pillow works better for me. I came across The Sleep Angel Micro Fibre Pillow from John Lewis priced at £60, which is the first and only pillow to be impermeable to viruses, bacteria, the common flu bug, bed bugs and dust mites. Air can enter and leave, making it super hygienic and incredibly comfortable and clinical tests prove that it improves overall sleep quality. 


Have any of you tried the Sleep Angel Pillow?

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Save 42% on Clarins Beauty Flash Balm!


Thought I would share this great deal for the cult beauty staple Clarins Beauty Flash Balm which is on offer at CheapSmells.com Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is an exceptional beauty booster which immediately eliminates all signs of fatigue: facial features appear rested and smooth.The cream in contact with the skin remains soft and pliable to fill out fine lines, while the cream in contact with the air sets to a firming film which gives skin a radiant glow. It promotes a radiant complexion and long-lasting, incredibly luminous make-up. The ideal treatment before a busy day or an evening out. It's an old favourite of many makeup artists and celebrities as it works wonders giving tired looking skin an instant boost. You can also use it as a luxury face mask to brighten and tighten!


You can save 42% now until midnight on wednesday 28th March 2012 at CheapSmells.com so hurry! Was £27.50 now £15.95! Such a good deal you can almost buy two for the price of one! Have you tried Clarins Beauty Flash Balm?

NOTD - CND Shellac Hot Pop Pink



Last weekend I was interviewed by Grazia Magazine and had a photo shoot which was all very last minute! The 'team' (photographer) ended up coming up to the North East - so it was the perfect opportunity to get some local North Eastern businesses involved to get them some press coverage!


I had my CND Shellac Nails applied by Sam at Russell Eaton Salon in Leeds, West Yorkshire just over a week ago and they are still looking great - no chips and super shiny! I chose the shade 'Hot Pop Pink' which is a bright hot pink perfect for the summery weather we have been experiencing this week and the treatment only took 45 minutes. Shellac are great as there's no drying time involved, they are chip-proof and last 14 days there is no damage to your natural nails (providing you remove them properly). I shall do a post in the next couple of weeks on how I remove them as I have had quite a few people ask me. 


Have you ever tried Shellac? 

Monday, 26 March 2012

Support Earth Month with Origins & Receive FREE products!

April is 'Earth Month' and to celebrate this, Origins are raising awareness by offering their customers to try their best selling products for freeOrigins mission is to create high-performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science. They use potent plants,organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils without mineral oil, parabens, petrolatum or nasty chemicals. 

Global ReLeaf - For every product purchased within the A Perfect World range between 15th-28th April, Origins will plant a tree to help restore areas damaged by wildfire and help clean our air and water on the customer's behalf.

Trade-in Day is 21st April - bring in any empty skincare product (from any brand) and trade it in for a complimentary full size of either Starting Over Age-erasing Moisturizer with Mimosa (£36) or A Perfect World SPF25 Age-defense Moisturizer with White Tea (£32).

I have recently been trying the Origins Plantscription Anti-aging eye treatment which is the best eye cream I have used to date! I would like to try more of the Origins range and this Trade-in deal is a brilliant opportunity to try a full size product for free! You can find Origins at Boots, John Lewis, Selfridges, Debenhams, & House of Fraser

Will you be taking part in this amazing deal?!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Happy Birthday Selfridges.com 2 today!

My Favourite department store Selfridges.com has reached the ripe old age of two today 22nd March 2012! To celebrate they are giving one lucky customer £500 to spend with them - simply make a purchase at Selfridges.com today and you'll be automatically entered into the prize draw. So, treat yourself to something new and fabulous, and be in with a chance of having an extra £500 to spend at Selfridges.com ! Luckily it's payday tomorrow....where's my credit card?!


Happy Birthday Selfridges.com!  

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

She Said Beauty Subscription Discount Codes


Thought I would share with you some special new discount codes to save even more if you take out a three, six or twelve month  She Said Beauty and entering the code SSB03 at the checkout to receive your 10% discount on a 3 month subscriptionFirst you can get 25% off your first She Said Beauty, if you haven't already subscribed. You can read my review of my March She said Beauty Box here. Normally the boxes are £9 plus P&P but with the code you can receive your first box for just £6.75! Simply visit She Said Beauty and enter the voucher code SSB25OFF at the checkout to receive your 25% discount. 


Save 10% on a 3 month subscription by visiting She Said Beauty and entering the code SSB03 at the checkout to receive your 10% discount on a 3 month subscription 


Save 20% on a 6 month subscription by visiting  She Said Beauty and entering the code SSB06 at the checkout to receive your 20% discount on a 6 month subscription 


Save 25% on a 12 month subscription by visiting  She Said Beauty and entering the code SSB12 at the checkout to receive your 25% discount on a 12 month subscription  


Have you subscribed to She Said Beauty yet?
                                                                                    

Mary Portas Kinky Knickers


Today Boots launched Mary Portas 'Kinky Knickers' line for sale online with each pair of Kinky Knickers not only lovingly hand made but is also supporting a worthwhile cause! I'm hoping I'm not gonna get too much spam with that title! :/ 


Kinky Knickers is a new brand of handmade lace undies by retail consultant Mary Portas. Each pair is made entirely in Britain, from the finest lace produced in Middleton, Greater Manchester. A group of apprentices chosen by Mary were specially trained in traditional lace making techniques, and the knickers are a culmination of all their hard work. The hope is that this exciting collection will shine a light back on British manufacturing, and you can support the cause by wearing your Kinky Knickers with pride! Designed to be comfortable, sexy and VPL free, each pair comes with a hidden message in the gusset encouraging wearers to ‘Love Your Country!’ 



So give yourself a pat on the the bottom for backing Great British manufacturing. The range is available exclusively at Liberty London (pre-order online only) in a range of colours from a more subtle ivory to a striking neon pink with orange trim. There has been an overwhelming demand that ordering online at Liberty's is made-to-order, however today Boots has began stocking them online priced at just £10, £1 from every pair sold by Boots will be donated to Macmillian Cancer support. There is free collection from store if you spend over £20 at Boots or free home delivery if you spend over £40!

Beauty Box News: Carmine & GLOSSYBOX Merging

I found out the news earlier that Carmine & GLOSSYBOX are to join forces starting from next month. From what I have read Carmine will be stopping their beauty box subscription service immediately and there shall be no March box with no explanation as to why? Carmine is one of the boxes that I was yet to try, and I guess now I won't get the opportunity, but from the good reviews it seems to be always consistent, since it launched in October last year, with keeping it's subscribers happy with extremely generous full size sizes and a good selection of luxury products. 


I have wondered for a while are all these French based companies all secretly linked?? It seems there have been quite a few changes recently to the Beauty Box craze, with Feel Unique cancelling their box, Jolie & Bourdoir Prive merging and the addition of new boxes on the market, like She Said Beauty (click here for a 25% discount code). The product buyer from Carmine has joined She Said Beauty which is good news!


I don't recall seeing any negative reviews on Carmine - although the packaging in my opinion wasn't the nicest with the bright green! It seems a lot of the Beauty Community are a bit miffed with how Carmine has handled the merge - it seems that there was little or no communication to most of their subscribers or affiliates. It will be interesting to see what their first merged box with GLOSSYBOX shall look like!


Were you a Carmine subscriber? Are you looking forward to seeing the Carmine/Glossybox merged box? 

Willow Water 6 Week Challenge

On Monday I received a huge delivery of Willow Water and began my Willow Water 6 week Challenge! My challenge is to drink 1.5 litres of Willow Water every day for 6 weeks - and I shall be recording weekly any changes I notice in the improvement and condition of my skin during this time. 


Willow Water is not only an exceptionally refreshing and smooth tasting water, its unique and pure formulation with naturally occurring beautifying properties helps to freshen the complexion and aid the achievement of naturally beautiful skin. It contains a unique blend of minerals, including salicin and high levels of calcium, that has been demonstrated to be effective in creating beautiful, clear skin. Sourced from the famous ‘Holy Well of Cartmel’ in the Lake District, this region was once a prehistoric forest of white willow trees, the source of the salicin. The water has been legendary for its restorative qualities since the 1700s.


Salicin – a derivative of White Willow bark – has been known since Hippocrates’ days for its anti-inflammatory properties. The calcium comes from the filtration process as rain from the Cartmel Fell penetrates down through natural limestone layers. Drinking Willow everyday improves the complexion making it clearer and blemish-free. At the other end of the scale, Willow can help with more serious skin conditions. Willow has received hundreds of testimonials from its loyal customers, many of whom suffered extreme skin problems for years until they tried Willow – there truly is something in the water.


Do you want naturally perfect skin and a brighter, clearer, and healthier complexion? Have you ever tired Willow Water?

Vitality Show Ticket Winners!


Thanks to everyone that entered the giveaway to win a pair of Vitality Show tickets for this coming weekend. The winner is.... 


Irene!

Congrats Irene I hope you and your friend enjoy yourselves and are able to de-stress! I have dropped you an email to organise getting your tickets to you! I shall see you there if you are planning to go on Saturday ;)

Havaianas Espadrilles Winners!


Thanks to those that entered the Havaianas Espadrilles competition the winners have now been selected:
Jayne
Sharon
Vicki


Well done girls you will all get to take part in the Havaianas Espadrilles exclusive photo shoot and walk away with your very own pair! We require to wear colourful, summery and cool clothing - something comfortable and casual  - think H&M, Uniqlo or American Apparel. Obviously no high heels or anything too formal! And I have been told by Havaianas not to wear anything with distinctive brands on as it's a photo shoot for Havaianas!


We also all need to bring something that represents your universe - this can be an accessory, like favourite necklace, sunglasses, hat, summer scarf or an item that's able to be chucked around - football, beach ball, frisbee....a boomerang?!


I shall look forward to meeting you all on Sunday - let's hope it doesn't rain! If you could all email me please ASAP perfectlypolishednails@gmail.com or Tweet me @perfectpolished I have all the details of where we shall be meeting etc :)


Remember I have a couple of other giveaways to win so go enter if you haven't already! Click here to enter the Dalani Home Twin Competition to win either £50 or £250 of vouchers and everyone that enters gets a £15 voucher! Also be quick to enter my giveaway that ends today to win a pair of Vitality Show tickets! 


xxx

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

25% off Spring Breaks with Macdonald Hotels


Today is the first day of Spring and with Easter fast approaching thought I would share this fabulous offer with you all if you were planning a little Easter get-a-way, especially if like me, you are a fan of Afternoon Cream Tea! Macdonald Hotels are currently running a special offer for one week only and giving you a discount of 25% off all Spring Breaks on bookings made up to 4th June 2012, kids under 12 stay free and if you book now to stay throughout April 2012 they shall give you a Cream Tea for Two to enjoy absolutely free! 



The Cream Tea will consist of freshly baked scones, strawberry jam and Devon clotted cream served with your choice of leaf tea for two people. The 25% discount offer is valid from today 20th March until 26th March 2012 and the complimentary Cream Tea is valid on hotel bookings made in the window 1st-30th April 2012. If you stay at one of their 50 hotels you are handed a £15 voucher when you check-in to spend on either a round of golf, an indulgent pampering session in one their soothing spas or even a mouth-watering meal in one of their award-winning restaurants! 

I am off to stay at their Manchester Spa Hotel this week and I am looking forward to a nice pampering session and sampling their culinary delights in their restaurant. You can visit Macdonald Hotels to check out their lovely selection of hotels and book your Spring break!

Have you ever stayed at a Macdonald Hotel?

                                                                                       
                                                              

Healthier Eating with Quorn



This year one of my aims is to lead a healthier lifestyle and diet. I would say even though I allow myself treats I eat fairly well most of the time and although there are improvements I could make I do enjoy cooking and I want to be able to eat nice meals. I am a meat eater and I don't think I could ever become a veggie, as much as I like vegetables, I would miss bacon butties, steak and roast chicken too much!


I recently went to my sister's for dinner and she made Lasagne and asked if I noticed anything different...which I couldn't! She told me she had used Quorn mince and I honestly couldn't tell the difference! I must admit that I have never really thought of using Quorn instead of meat before and I didn't realise that they do bacon, chicken fillets, steak and even a roasting joint! The main constituent of Quorn, is a naturally occurring, high quality, healthy form of protein and it replicate the taste and texture of meat exceptionally well, as well as containing less fat.




If you and your family haven’t tried Quorn before, try making one of their favourite meals with it and see if they notice the different? You can find Quorn recipes on their website, and you can make the dishes (or try some of your own recipes but replace meat with Quorn substitute) and upload pictures and share recipes to the Facebook Wall.


Have you tried Quorn? Did you notice a different in taste?


*This post has been sponsored by Quorn 

Monday, 19 March 2012

Vitality Show 2012 Ticket Giveaway!

Following the success of last year’s show, the UK’s number one health, beauty, fitness and well being event Vitality is back this year at Earls Court 2 (22nd - 25th March 2012). The show is guaranteed to make you feel revitalised, beautiful, fit and healthy. You are able to treat yourself to a VIP makeover, hair and massage experiences from just £45, free cooking demos, health advice, fitness classes and hundreds of top brands and unique products that you can't find on the high street. 

I am hoping to visit the show on Saturday 24th March and I have two tickets to give away to Perfectly Polished readers! This is open for any Perfectly Polished reader (that can make the show at London's Earl's Court) and shall close on Wednesday 21st March 2012 at 11.30am.

The Rules:

1. To enter the giveaway you must be a follower of this blog and leave a comment below telling me why you would like to go to the Vitality Show along with your email/twitter for me to contact you! If your not a Blog follower then click on the 'follow me' button on the right sidebar and follow the instructions. 


2. For an extra entry follow me on Twitter and Tweet 'Win a pair of Vitality show Tickets with @perfectpolished http://bit.ly/FRhKU6' or 'Like' Perfectly Polished on Facebook and then share this link to the comp on your Facebook wall.

Good Luck

X

Friday, 16 March 2012

Wanna come with me the Havaianas Origine Espadrilles Event?!

I have been invited to go to an event for Havaianas to celebrate the launch of their new range of espadrilles, Origine Espadrilles next weekend on Sunday 25th March and guess what! I am able to invite three of my readers along with me to run, jump and make shapes and have fun in your new espadrilles (yes – you’ll all receive your own pair). How cool is this?!

As well as a summery celebration the event shall include a photo shoot with us all being photographed mid-motion, the result being a video complied using the Lomo Matrix Effect which should look pretty cool! You can check out the Havaianas Facebook page for more information on the range. Apparently we shall be required to jump around a lot, so they are looking for people full of energy and enthusiasm - pass me that Red Bull then ;)
So if you’re up for joining in with the fun and games and blagging yourself a new pair of Espadrilles then comment below on this post and tell me why I should pick you! Please leave me your contact details (email, twitter) and shoe size as it makes it easier to get in touch with the winners! Any of my readers can enter but unfortunately travel expenses can’t be covered to the event (I did ask) so this would only suit my readers that are based in London (or that are able to get to London) and are free on the morning 11am Sunday 25th March location TBC. I shall be picking the three winners on Wednesday 21st March so be quick to enter if you want to get involved!
Good Luck!
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March 2012 Harrods Edition GLOSSYBOX

This month GLOSSYBOX created the ultimate Special Edition Harrods Box! I think this is a brilliant idea to join forces with a department store to create a special box containing a handpicked selection of luxury samples from the world's sought after brands by Harrods beauty buyers. If you remember last month when I blogged about February Glossybox, I mentioned this month was going to be a 'mystery box' - GLOSSYBOX revealed a series of letters as a clue which spelt out KNIGHTSBRIDGE.  As usual there was a lot of hype surrounding the box with it being a Harrods special and seeing that some of the boxes contained mini Burberry Lipsticks got me very excited! The Harrods Edition box comes in a limited edition white and black box with black shredded tissue paper, Harrods ribbon and Harrods sticker. So onto what was in my box....   





Versace Vanitas Eau de Parfum (valued at £1.98)
I know the normal perfume sample vitals that have been found in beauty boxes before are a touchy subject as most people feel a bit ripped off when they receive them as you can pick them up for free normally in most department stores. However, this Versace 4.5ml mini bottle that came boxed is what I would consider a 'luxury sample' of perfume. It's a handy size for keeping in hand bags to touch up throughout the day. This scent is a bit too flowery for me, but my mum likes it so I shall pass it to her, in fact she had already claimed it before I had chance to open it! 

Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Body Butter (valued at £5)
I love this, in fact this has got to be my favourite item of the box believe it or not! I have tried Bliss body butters before in Lemon and Sage and they are gorgeous so refreshing and citrus scented. This scent is Blood Orange and White Pepper which is very unusual yet works I can't stop smelling it! The butter is paraben free and is great for mositurising as it leaves skin super smooth and hydrated. It says that it contains coconut oil and natural antioxidant rich ingredients that fight against free radical damage to leave skin smooth, soft & supple. I shall be slathering this on this weekend as I'm going to Leeds and heard it's going to be sunny, fingers crossed!

Revive Intensite Creme Lustre SPF30 (valued at £27.42)
This is an intensive, firming moisturiser that helps to reduce the appearance of sagging skin. I think this is more suitable for mature skin so this is another item I shall be passing onto my mum to try. I have tried some of the Revive range before and it was nice but I can't get over the price - £235 for a 60ml pot of this cream! 

Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colour in Honey Trap (valued at £4.22)
I love this shade its a lovely light mink creamy nude colour that's described as 'warm clay'. It looks so chic and clean on the nails and the perfect alternative to the classic French Manicure. I enjoy using Leighton Denny nail products as they are great quality and long lasting. This is a perfect size nail polish to take on holiday with me and I can't wait to wear this this evening but I'm actually having a Gel Manicure done tomorrow morning! 

Clairns Extra Firming Body Cream (valued at £4.20)
I have not tried a firming body treatment cream before but I may try this tonight to try and firm up in time for holiday season. It says it's a formula rich in regenerating and firming plant extracts which restore the skin's youthful density and elasticity. I shall let you know how I get on, I may try a DIY Body wrap and apply this cream afterwards? 

Overall, I am pleased with this month's box content, although of course I would of loved to have tried a Burberry Lipstick! My favourite products have to be the Leighton Denny mini nail polish and the Bliss Body Body. I have roughly calculated that the products in the box are worth £42.82, so for £10 plus P&P it's very good value! You can order from the GLOSSYBOX site and there is no contract so you're free to cancel at any time, but you do save money if you sign up for a 6 month or 12 month subscription. Are you a Glossybox subscriber? 

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Review: Ginvera Whitening Marvel Gel

I was recently contacted by Ginvera to try their BB Cream along with their Whitening Marvel Gel and as I am loving BB creams at the moment I was more than happy to give it a go as it was a brand I've not heard of before. Unfortunately I have been holding off reviewing the BB Cream as I can't say I can really give a fair review as I haven't been able to properly test it out. Reason being firstly the shade is far too dark for me and doesn't seem to blend well like other BB Creams I would say it's more like a foundation. Secondly the scent really puts me off - it has a very strong sickly scent that was bad enough putting on my hand never mind face bleurrghh!



Anyway....onto the Whitening Marvel Gel which is not a product I would ever consider buying as I don't wish to lighten my skin up I'd rather be darker!! However when Ginvera mentioned this was brilliant product to remove blackheads I was intrigued. I have tried all sorts to get rid of Blackheads around my nose (best are the Biore nose strips or simply using a hot cloth and scrub to deep clean) but I find nothing ever shifts them completely


The Ginvera Whitening Marvel Gel claims to:
1) Removes blackheads painlessly
2) Softens the cornified layer and gently removes dead skin cells
3) Refines pores and reveals finer, smoother skin
4) Fades pigmentation spots and acne scars 
5) Removes oil seeds around eye area 
6) Regulates and balances oil secretion, prevent pimples 
7) Evens out skin tone to give skin clarity
8) Dull and rough skin becomes smoother and fairer
9) Stimulates skin metabolism (?) skin becomes younger
10) Allows rapid and instant penetration of skincare products applied subsequently  



So I used a pea sized amount of the gel after cleansing and when my skin is dry and only applied it around my nose, as that's my only area of concern when it comes to blackheads. It has a herbal scent but nothing overpowering like their BB cream. It says it is safe to use on the eye area and to lighten dark circles but I don't think I would risk that. Not sure why but I'm funny about using products that don't say they are specifically for that area eg. I would never use something on my face that is meant for my body - even thought I'm sure its perfectly OK to do so.  


As you rub the gel in it clumps together and turns into flakes yet it doesn't feel like its exfoliating, there are no beads so feels very gentle and non-abrasive. I'm not sure if it's actually made any difference to removing blackheads, it's still early days, but it definitely does a good job of removing dead skin cells and leaves your skin silky smooth after use. My only gripe is it contains dimethicone (silicone oil) which can block your pores hmmm! As you all know I prefer to use natural skincare products on my skin and steer clear of harsh chemicals or silicones. Would be interested to hear if you have any experiences of using dimethicone on your skin? Have you tried anything from Ginvera? What do you find good to remove blackheads?

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