Saturday, 21 December 2013

GLOSSYBOX December 2013

It's been ages since I last posted about GLOSSYBOX,  in fact I have been very slack in posting full stop this year since moving to London but I am trying to get back into the swing of things. 


When I arrived home on Tuesday, I was greeted with the December GLOSSYBOX. This month's themed box was 'Festive Treasures' and as usual the products came packaged in a limited edition red box with candy cane print tissue, green shredded tissue and sticker to fit with the theme. What's in this month's box.....



BEAUTIFUL MOVEMENTS COSMETICS Nude Lip Gloss (worth £6) 
I haven't tried many products from this range but I like that the range is cruelty free and all natural and free from toxins and parabens. This is a Jojoba rich, non sticky nude lip gloss perfect for the party season so much so Kimberly Wyatt former pussycat doll says its her perfect nude lipgloss!

WILKINSON Sword Intuition Naturals Razor (*Full Size* worth £6.49) 
A razor! Not exciting or very glam but a basic and party essential when baring bare legs that we all need to use! This is a 3 in 1 razor that lathers, moisturises and shaves.  

MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Volum' Express Colossal Smokey Eyes Mascara (*Full Size* worth £7.99)
With collagen and kohl effect pigments this mascara plumps lashes for a smokin' hot look and creates the perfect smokey eye. I haven't tried this mascara before but I do like volume and a large brush so this sounds right up my street!

SECHE Nail Lacquer  (*Full Size* worth £9.95)
The nail polish I received was in the shade ' portobello' and it promises pure colour saturation in one  I like the Seche Top coat as it helps any polish stay chip-free the longest but I haven't tried any of the seche colours so will be interested to see how long these last!

RITUALS Miracle Balm (*Full Size* worth £10)
This luxuriously rich hand balm was specially developed to soothe and calm dry, rough hands, leaving a divine floral scent. This can also be used as an overnight hand mask.


This month's box was jam packed and contained a good mix of products, four of five were full size, although I would have liked to see more 'gifty' items with it being Christmas. I have totted up the value of the products and it comes to roughly £40.43 which for £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) is not bad! The box also came with a new GLOSSYBOX magazine which is an added bonus! I am most pleased and excited about the mascara and miracle balm! You can find out more and order your own GLOSSYBOX here. 

What do you think of this month's GLOSSYBOX? Did you receive anything different to mine? Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber?
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Thursday, 28 November 2013

SensatioNail Deluxe Starter Kit Offer £105 reduced to £39.50!


SensationNail contains everything you need to do your own gel polish nails at home. There is no drying time as the polish is set under a LED lamp and it promises up to 2 weeks of shiny, chip-free wear! This kit is ideal if you are fed up of nail polish chipping or looking to save money by doing your nails yourself rather than visiting a salon. I am currently sporting the Raspberry Red shade and I shall be reporting back on how I found the system very soon and sharing my top tips to creating the perfect gel polish manicure along with how best to remove gel nails as I get frequently asked this question! 

I wanted to give you the heads up about a fantastic 'Star Gift' offer Boots are running starting tomorrow Friday 29th November 2013 and running until midnight Thursday 5th December! SensatioNail Deluxe Starter Kit was £105 reduced to £45 in the Boots offerThat's not all if you purchase this kit over the weekend when Boots are offering triple advantage card points so you end up gaining another £5.40 in value making the kit just £39.50

SensatioNail Deluxe Starter Kit (enough for over 20 manicures/pedicures) contains: 
SensationNail Pro 3060 LED Lamp with mains adaptor; 2 full size colour polishes (Taupe Tulips & Sugar Plum); 1 full size base/top coat; 1 full size cleanser; Nail primer; Pack of 12 lint-free wipes; Nail Buffer & removal tool. The kit also comes with a voucher for £3 off a SensatioNail colour gel polish. 

This would make a brilliant Christmas gift or a present to yourself ;)


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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Review: Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips


This little tube is a cult product and the secret of many makeup artists to kissable lips that historically was used to sooth woman's nipples during breastfeeding! Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips is clinically proven to reduce roughness of the skin by 40% in one hour!

Dr Lipps is a 100% natural multi-purpose SOS Balm and Lip Gloss made from 100% medical grade Lanolin (an oil that sheep naturally product on their fleece). Lanolin is known to be beneficial for our skin as its very similar to the oils that we humans produce naturally. It is hypoallergenic, tasteless & odourless, with no parabens or fragrances and so pure that even babies can safely use it.

The balm can be used to sooth dry or itchy skin, cuticles, under the eyes, split ends, eczema and psoriasis, nipples, nappy rash, sunburn, healing wounds and as an intensive over-night face mask...the list is endless! I thought the claim that it was clinically proven to smooth in one hour sounded too good to be true, but I was pleasantly surprised! The balm is calming and is super moisturising almost instantly without being sticky or heavy - I LOVE it! A little balm goes a long way and it comes in a handy travel-friendly sized tube.

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips costs £11.50 for 15ml and is available from Look Fantastic. If you've never thought of using a nipple balm on your lips, I'd recommend giving it a go!
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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

#bootsmacmillanbeauty Storify

Thank you to everyone that supported and that was involved in last night's Twitter #bootsmacmillanbeauty Q&A! I know that some who wanted to be involved in the Q&A couldn't make it so as promised we have pulled together a Storify of the tweets from the Twitter Q&A. FYI it’s often easier to view Storify on Chrome or Firefox. My thoughts are with all of you that are currently going through cancer treatment X

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Macmillan Cancer Support & Boots Twitter Q&A #bootsmacmillanbeauty


I am proud to announce that I am hosting a Twitter Q&A next week and will be joined by guest experts Celebrity Makeup Artist Daniel Sandler (@danielsandler) and Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor, Samantha Catt (@Macmillancancer). Join us on Tuesday 8th October between 7pm-8pm over on Twitter @perfectpolished when we will be discussing how to manage the visible side effects of cancer and help those going through treatment with boosting their confidence. We shall be using the hashtag #bootsmacmillanbeauty throughout the hour session so you are able to follow the conversation. 

A poll by Macmillan Cancer Support showed that 81% of cancer patients feel the visible side effects of their treatment have negatively affected their self esteem. Despite this, 64% are unsure of how to disguise them and 73% would welcome beauty advice from a local trained adviser. To meet this need, No7 advisors have been specially trained to offer advice and support to help people affected by cancer to manage the visible side-effects of their treatment. A tailored and personalised service has been developed by Boots and Macmillan Cancer Support and it aims to help women undergoing cancer treatment to feel more like themselves again at a time when they need it most, with a discrete one-to-one consultation. 

Daniel will be providing advice on how to manage the visible side effects of cancer, and helping women to feel more like themselves again. He did Jade Goody's wedding make-up so has experience with this type of make-up application. His mum also had cancer so he has personal experience of the issue. Samantha Catt is a Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor who has been specially trained to disguise the visible side-effects of cancer treatment. Boots is using this Twitter Q&A to not only give make-up advice to those dealing with cancer, but also to encourage them to talk to their local Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor.

I, like Daniel, have had personal experiences of cancer within my family. With this being such a sensitive topic, I'm sure many would think that looking ‘pretty’ is the least of cancer sufferers’ issues. Today, I had the pleasure of meeting two ladies from a hospice whilst on a training day in Reading. I mentioned to them about the #bootsmacmillanbeauty Twitter Q&A and asked what they thought. They told me that many of their terminally ill patients enjoy having their hair washed and styled or having makeup applied as it gives them a boost and this Q&A session was a brilliant idea. 

If you would like to find out more then please visit www.boots.com/cancer. I hope that you will join in with the Q&A session next week and please help spread the word. If you or somebody you know if going through treatment then please share this if you think they could benefit. 

Looking forward to Tweeting you all next week

xxx
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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

10% Discount on Sigma Beauty


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 Christmas 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: FALL2013 to receive 10% off your entire purchases! The code is valid until 31st October 2013.

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?

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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm Review

 
I have recently discovered a new budget balm that reminds me very much of my favourite Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm but a more affordable version under ten pounds! I enjoy using cleansing balms, especially in the colder months when my skin is feeling parched and tight with the over-use of central heating!
 
The Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is an organic deep-cleansing balm that contains a luxurious blend of Shea Butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil to leave skin smooth and beautifully clean. The solid Balm can be used morning and evening and comes with a muslin cloth which gently exfoliates and gives skin a deeper clean. The Balm is rich and luxurious to use and does a great job of removing dirt, lifts makeup and impurities. My skin is left clean, smooth and well hydrated thanks to the organic oily balm and the use of the muslin cloth to gently remove any dead skin cells that can leave the complexion dull.
 
A little goes a long way so take a small amount of the balm and warm with your fingertips until it turns into an oil then massage over the face avoiding the eye area (I tend to use Bioderma to remove my eye makeup) and neck using light upward strokes. Soak your muslin cloth in warm water and use as a gentle compress to draw out impurities, then rinse and remove remaining balm in small circular movements. Finish by soaking cloth in cold water and pressing gently over your face to close pores.
 
The Emma Hardie version has a more silky texture and melts into the skin like a dream, whereas the Boots Balm is a little more waxy in comparison but if you are on a budget then Botanics is a definitely winner! I'm impressed that this balm is  97% organic and contains no parabens, lanolin or mineral oil. I found the muslin cloth that came with the balm quite scratchy so I used a softer cloth but overall, this product fabulous value for money!

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is priced at £8.99 for 70ml and is available from Boots however it is currently on offer for just £5.99! Have you tried this budget beauty item? Do you recommend any other products from the Botanics range?
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Thursday, 26 September 2013

PINCHme Box

Whilst I was in New York, I went along to a New York Fashion Week event at House of Bumble & Bumble. I was introduced to Pinchme - a new online destination to discover and discuss products from the world's leading brands. It offers a sample box that allows you to try new products for free! It has already launched in Australia and due to launch in October in the USA - I hope it launches in the UK too!
 

The service offers products from a wide range of categories: Groceries & Beverages; Mens Health & Grooming; Parenting & Baby Care; Pet Products; Homecare & Cleaning; Natural & Organic; Health & Well Being; Snack Foods & Candy; Cosmetics & Beauty; Premium Goods and Entertainment.
 
When you sign up for the service, tell them a little about yourself, and each week they shall personalise a new selection of products for you to choose from. Create your box and choose up to 8 products from their leading brands, they will add them to your box and deliver to your door for free! Sounds too good to be true? The only 'catch' is you have to taste, test and try your chosen products then tell them what you think by filling in a short questionnaire. My lucky American and Australian readers can sign up here.
 
I was given a sample box with 8 products to try and I am so impressed - they have amazing brands on board, it's great that you have control of which products you would like to try and the best part its delivered to your door each week completely free! The packaging is very basic but the freebies inside definitely make up for that, I would share what I got as an example:
  • Full size OPI nail polish in 'Deutsch You Want Me Baby'
  • Wild Ophelia Mount Sequoia Granola Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Biokleen Grapefruit Seed & Citrus Extracts Laundry Liquid
  • Sun Guard Washes in SPF 30 Sun Protection to Everyday Clothing (Interesting Product!)
  • Nexus Rejuvenating Hair Elixir
  • Oribe Shampoo, Conditioner and Super Shine Cream Sachets
  • Toni & Guy Shine Gloss Serum  
What do you think to PINCHme?
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Micelle Solution


For all you Bioderma fans there is a NEW micellar solution on the shelves! Meet Hydrabio H20 Micellar solution, the first moisturizing micelle solution with Aquagenium® specially formulated for sensitive, dehydrated skin.

Hydrabio H20 Micellar solution gently cleanses face and eyes and removes even water-resistant make-up. The soothing and decongesting active ingredients prevent the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing. A BIODERMA Innovation, the patented Aquagenium® biological complex stimulates the skin’s cellular capabilities, re-training it to generate in depth, and to lock in on the surface, the moisture essential for its balance.

Bioderma Hydrabio H2O is a daily moisturizing non-rinse cleanser & makeup remover that perfectly cleanses and removes makeup from the face and eyes. Soothes irritated skin, decongests and teaches the skin to moisturize itself again: Aquagenium® patent. The formula is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, alcohol free and contains no phenoxyethanol. The micelles contained in its formula effectively micro-emulsify impurities while maintaining the skin’s balance (soap-free, physiological pH).

Although I love Bioderma Sensibio for removing makeup, since moving to London my skin has been more dehydrated with the city pollution so this new hydrating edition is perfect and has an added bonus of a slight cucumber scent.  Bioderma Hydrabio H2O is priced at £9.99 for 250ml and is available from John Bell & Croyden. Are you a fan of Micelle Solutions for removing makeup?
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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Free Clinique Serum worth £40!


Head to any Clinique counter before Thursday 22nd August and ask for a free sample of the new Repairwear Laser Focus Smooths, Restores, Refines Serum. You’ll need to register your details and return to the counter for a follow-up consultation with your empty bottle of serum roughly 2 weeks after your first visit, when you’ll receive your second sample. Be quick as samples are limited!

Each sample is 15ml, so if you go both times, you’ll get 30ml of serum worth £40! The new wrinkle-reducing serum will be available to buy at Clinique counters from 6th Sept 2013!

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Sunday, 11 August 2013

FREE Jessica Manicures at Links of London

 
To celebrate the launch of the new Links Effervescence XS Star bracelet customers will receive a free co-ordinating Jessica nail polish worth £9.75 with every purchase.
 
To support this they are also holding in store events whereby customers can go into a Links of London store for a free mini Jessica manicure (no purchase necessary):
 
Westfields, White City (11th Aug);
Sloane Square (17th Aug);
Edinburgh (17th Aug);
Glasgow (22nd Aug);
Cardiff (24th Aug)
 
What do you think to this Collaboration?
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Thursday, 8 August 2013

GLOSSYBOX July 2013

It's been ages since I last posted about GLOSSYBOX,  in fact I have been very slack in posting full stop. I find it hard to find the time to blog since moving to London which is very sad but I'm going to try and aim to blog more regularly.

When I arrived home on Tuesday, I was greeted with July and August GLOSSYBOX. I'll start with July's themed box which was Seaside Splash and as usual the products come beautifully packaged in a limited edition blue box with seashells print tissue, white shredded tissue and sticker to fit with the theme.


What's in this month's box.....

ALTERNA HAIRCARE Bamboo Style Tousled Texture Mist (worth £4.60)
Unlike other texturizing sprays I've tried this one is non-sticky which is perfect for creating that natural, tousled 'just-back-from-the-beach' waves. It adds texture, volume and shine and can be used on wet or dry hair. This isn't a brand I'm familiar with but I am happy to discover as I find most salt sprays drying on the hair.

COOLA ORGANIC SUNCARE Face SPF20 (worth £4.19)
This Face SPF is unscented, hypoallergenic, free of parabens and full of antioxidants. It provides complete UVA/UVB protection and fights free radicals, whilst soothing, toning and minimizing pores. This is perfect to pop in my bag this summer to protect my skin from the rays.

INECTO PURE COCONUT Dry Shampoo (*Full Size* worth £2.49)
I normally hate the sickly scent of dry shampoo but this version smells of coconut! It is really good value for money and feels more moisturising compared to other dry shampoos I've tried. Thumbs up!

CIATE Paint Pot  (*Full Size* worth £9)
I love Ciate paint pots, they are such good quality, long lasting and the bottles are super cute. I received the shade 'Mistress' which is a classic red which is perfect for Summer to wear on both the fingers and toes.

ILA SPA Face Oil (worth £4.37)
I'm excited to try this facial oil as it's just my thing! The oil is hand-blended in The Cotswolds and contains wild-grown Argan Oil, rosehip seed oil and Vitamin E oil. It promises to repair skin cells and combat premature ageing and leave a healthy glow to the face.


This month's box contained a good mix of products, all perfect for summer, two of which were full size. I have totted up the value of the products and it comes to roughly £24.65 which for £10 (plus £2.95 P&P) is not bad! I am most pleased and excited about the Face Oil and dry shampoo! You can find out more and order your own GLOSSYBOX here.
 
What do you think of this month's GLOSSYBOX? Did you receive anything different to mine? Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber?
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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Bedroom Makeovers


Your bedroom is the one room in your house that is completely yours. From living in your parents' house to university dorm rooms, your bedroom can be a safe haven away from the rest of the world. As you get older you'll get more privacy, and when you own a house there are so many ways to make your bedroom somewhere you truly want to be, while the rest of the house remains 'presentable'.
 
Have you ever been on an amazing holiday you desperately haven't wanted to come home from? Maybe it was an amazing honeymoon, or the place you'd live if you could go anywhere. From the skylines of New York to a beach in Hawaii, there are so many ways to ensure you wake up every morning in your favourite place. Maybe you found a warm, cosy cottage one holiday – why not recreate it in your house! Fill the room with warm, red colours, comfortable cushions and a huge plush bed (go on, you deserve it). To add an authentic B&B feel to the proceedings, fill the bookshelves with classic stories and hang a beautiful painting above the bed. If you're lucky, you might be brought breakfast in bed, but if not a ham sandwich under the covers will suffice.

Many people want their bedrooms to be a haven of complete relaxation. Doctors say that your room should be for nothing but sleeping – you'd have to have a big house for that to work! - but there are ways to make your room a den of rest. Cover the walls with fabric drapes and hang heavy curtains. Allow the room to fill with incense smoke and keep a mat on the floor for meditation – soon you'll feel sleepy just on entering the room!
 
We all like to feel like movie stars and rock stars, so why not wake up that way every morning? Keep it classy with a neutral-toned room, a kingsize wooden bed from Bedstar and surround the mirror with light bulbs. Fake fur really adds to the feel of fifties glamour, and there are so many options for decorating the walls with photos of old movie stars. If you're more of a rock star, consider a black metal framed bed and line your walls with shelves of CDs.
 
Why should you have a boring bedroom when just some small changes can have a huge effect on how you start and end every day. Whether your bedroom is set up as fifty shades of fun, a Japanese garden or a camp in the wilderness, there are so many ways to make it completely your own – no one has to know!

Where do you get your bedroom inspiration from?
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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

JB&C Exclusive Bioderma !

This week John Bell & Croyden are launching an exclusive Bioderma H20 500ml Pump Action Dispenser Bottle of the best selling Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution. The limited edition handy pump bottle is not only hygienic but also refillable not to mention it offers a quick and easy solution to dispensing the Bioderma micellar water. You will have to be quick as not only is the bottle is limited edition, there is limited stock!
 
Bioderma Sensibio H2O is priced at £19 for the 500ml Pump Action Refillable Bottle and the limited edition bottles will be hitting the shelves on Friday 28th June, but you can pre-order online here at John Bell & Croyden.

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Summer Work Wear Solutions


There might be sunshine outside and thoughts are turning to summer holidays but unfortunately at some point we might just have to fit in some work! Most of us will have to swap swimsuits with skirts and work wear over summer though so you're not alone. Choosing comfortable clothes though that will help us keep our cool and still look professional will help summer go with a swing.
Call it a wrap - You just can't beat a jersey dress for a practical solution to work. The Blossom Print Tulip Wrap Dress is the ultimate in figure friendly design. With its wrap detail it pulls in accentuating your waistline and gently flares at the knee. With its pretty floral design it's a softer look than the classic black for the office.

Dressed to the maxi - Maxi dresses are another option that can be dressed up or down to suit your office dress code. Keep it professional with smart shoes and a simple shrug or cardigan. The Plain Jersey Knot Front Maxi Dress is a simple design that you can add colour to with accessories and cardigan. Practical, stylish and comfortable - what more could you ask for?

Cream of the Crop - Cropped trousers have been everywhere this year and they're a great choice for summer work wear. Forget the thick black trousers and opt for something lighter in style. The Tailored Cropped Trousers are a smart choice that will help you keep your cool. Pair them with pretty ballerina pumps and an elegant blouse for a completely chic and summery office look.

Lovely linen - At the height of summer linen is the perfect fabric for helping you keep your cool. The Plain Linen Skirt is a great basic that will keep you going through summer. It is equally at home with small heels or flats and with its flared design looks great with a fitted top.

Top it off - Simple jersey t-shirts are a simple and practical choice for the office. They're great value for money and are some of the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe. The Daisy Lace T-Shirt with its delicate detail is just enough to add interest without being overpowering. Blouses are a classic choice too that can offer a smarter look that's perfect for a more formal work environment. The Short Sleeve Spotted Blouse is a fitted top that will work beautifully with cropped trousers.

What are you enjoying to wear for work this Summer?
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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The Wanted Life

Fans of British Band The Wanted will be pleased to hear that you can follow your favourite band on their first world tour thanks to E! Channel. The Wanted Life E! is a reality documentary television series that follows the boy band group The Wanted and chronicles their personal and professional life, showing to their audience how they record their third album and plan their first world tour. 


The Wanted are an English-Irish boy band, formed in 2009 who made their debut release in July 2010. The group consists of members Max George, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker, Jay McGuiness, and Siva Kaneswaran. Their new single 'Walks Like Rihanna' is out June 23 2013 and The Wanted Life premieres in the UK on Monday, June 24 at 9pm on E! Will you be tuning in to watch the boys?



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Friday, 14 June 2013

#Bootscamp Twitter Party Storify

The #Bootscamp Twitter Party that I hosted this week was very successful, we shared so many great tips, gave away some great prizes and the hashtag #bootscamp trended! If you want any further information on Bootscamp, you can visit www.boots.com/bootscamp. We have pulled together a Storify of the Tweets from the party so thought I would share:


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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

#Bootscamp Twitter Party!


Today is the Day! From 1-2pm we will be tweeting all things beauty at the #bootscamp Twitter Party! Make sure you follow myself @perfectpolished and @NatalyaFGM and share your Summer Beauty Tips and ask the experts your questions using the hashtag #bootscamp to win some fab goodies!

Will you be joining us?

#bootscamp Twitter party Terms and Conditions
• This #bootscamp Twitter party give-away is free to enter and no purchase is necessary
• It is open to residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), excluding employees and their families of the Promoter, its associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies and agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion
• Participants must be 18 years or over
• Everyone who uses the hashtag #bootscamp will automatically be entered into the draw to win
• All winners will have used the hashtag #bootscampwith either a great tip for beauty, hair or makeup this summer or with a question for the Boots Camp experts
• All winners must be following either @PerfectPolished or @NatalyaFGM
• It is a condition of entry that all postings are subject to the terms and conditions. Submission of a posting will be taken to mean acceptance of the above rules and terms and conditions
• You can open a FREE twitter account here: www.twitter.com
• All entries must take place between 13:00 and 14:00 on Wednesday 12th June 2013
• Winners will be notified via DM to the Twitter account they used for the party. They have 48 hours to respond and claim their goodie bag after being notified, after which time the goodie bag will be considered unclaimed and will be re-assigned using a random selection method
• The Promoter may vary or amend the promotion at its absolute discretion
• The Promoters accept no responsibility for technical difficulties which may result in tweets not appearing in the Twitter stream as viewed via Twitter.com and therefore not eligible
• The Promoter is Boots UK Limited. Registered office: Nottingham NG2 3A
• Tweets with the Party hashtag(s) may be used in promotional materials for Boots, used on Twitter,Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and other social media platforms
• Participation will be taken as agreement for use of material in this way
• Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of a gift impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.
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Monday, 10 June 2013

Win an Amazing Virgin Experience Day to celebrate Summer Solstice!


To celebrate the Summer Solstice (Longest Day of the Year), I have teamed up with Virgin Experience Days to give you and a friend to win a fantastic day of unforgettable experiences on Friday 21st June!

Start the day off with a London Bungee jump before seeing London from the Top with a visit to The Shard! You'll then be taken to The Thames in the afternoon to see London from a different angle with a ride in a RIB (including areas not usually accessible by boat!). After a busy day you can relax with a Dining tour and Champagne for two before settling down in the prestigious May Fair Hotel for a well-deserved night's sleep!

To enter simply visit the link here and fill out your name and email address in the form. The entry code is PPN1. The winner will be contacted on Tuesday 18th June and must be available to partake in the experiences in London on Friday 21st June. Entrants must be over 18 to enter.
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Saturday, 8 June 2013

You've Invited to Get Out There #bootscamp Twitter Party!

I am excited to announce that I am hosting a Twitter Party next week along with Makeup Artist Daniel Sandler (@danielsandler) and Natalya from Filthy Gorgeous Makeup (@NatalyaFGM)! Join us on Wednesday 12th June between 1pm-2pm over on Twitter @perfectpolished when we will be sharing our makeup and hair tips and trends for Spring/Summer. 

Myself and Natalya will be answering your personal summer style questions and sharing advice on how to look and feel confident and gorgeous this summer! We shall be joined by Charles Worthington's Art Team Director @MarcTrinder and International Makeup Artist @danielsandler along with Skin Finishing Expert at St Tropez @jules_sttropez. 

Throughout the hour we shall be giving away six goodie bags crammed full of fabulous products inspired by Boots Camp. To be in with a chance of receiving one, make sure you share your top hints and tips for making the most of summer including the hashtag #bootscamp and we'll pick our favourites! Follow @perfectpolished and @NatalyaFGM to join in with the Twitter Party and tweet us your tips and questions using the hashtag #bootscamp So Come and join in the #bootscamp fun and let's get out there this Summer!


Boots Camp is an online destination for customers that will be integrated with the summer tab on Boots.com. Boots Camp is a place to go to help you get ready to get out there this summer and is full of inspiring hints, tips, tricks and offers categorized into six steps to help you make the most of summer. Launching on 12th June it will run for 12 weeks throughout the summer and there are six steps of Boots camp:

· Dare to bare: Make the most of your legs, arms and all your other bits so you feel confident before you get them out there for the first time this summer. Everything you need to help you look and feel fabulous from top to toe
· Sun-up to sundown beauty: New ways to wear your hair, get stunning nails, and experiment with your make-up looks. Perfect for summer from dusk till dawn
· Protect in style: Make the most of every last drop of sunshine with some great new sunnies this summer and discover how to keep eyes healthy and prevent signs of aging
· Glow your own way: Find out how to get and keep that perfect glow throughout the summer
· Go al fresco: Everything you need for an al fresco day out so you can enjoy it all come rain or shine
· Raring to go: Everything you need to make sure you’re ready to get out there on holiday

Will you be joining us for the #bootscamp Twitter Party?
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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Win a month's supply of Innocent Smoothies & Invite to Summer Picnic

Fancy winning a month's supply of Innocent Smoothies & a pair of tickets to Innocent Inspires Summer Picnic in June? Then read on....
Innocent Inspires is a series of one-off events where people will discuss, debate and be inspired by the values we believe in with the help of a group of interesting people who do brilliant things each day.

Learn how to leave the world a little better than you find it and step inside the innocent inspires yurt for an evening to discuss some of the things we can do to make a positive difference. Discuss how to lead a stylish and sustainable life with model Laura Bailey, whilst eating a delicious picnic!

Where: The Innocent Yurt, Princess Park, Mackenzie Road, N7 in London
Date/Time: Wednesday 19th June 2013 7pm

Up for grabs is a month's supply of Innocent Smoothies & a pair of tickets to the picnic on Wednesday 19th June 2013, simply follow the steps in the Rafflecopter below! The giveaway is open to Perfectly Polished readers (through GFC) and will close on 18th June 2013 midnight UK time and you can enter below following the steps in the Rafflecopter (you have to click on 'read more' for the Rafflecopter box to appear...) Good Luck!

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Monday, 20 May 2013

FREE Graze Box & FREE Porridge Oats Offer!

Graze have just launched a new breakfast porridge oats box, and they are currently doing an offer to try one for FREE for new and existing Graze customers. I came across this fab offer and thought I would share as it's great for snacking whilst at work! If you are not aware Graze is a subscription service whereby you recieve a nicely presented healthy nibbles box each week or fortnight delivered to your home or office. There is limited amount of free boxes available so be quick to sign up! You can cancel at any time but just make sure you cancel before you next box is shipped otherwise you will still be charged!

New Graze customers get TWO free boxes (worth in total £7.78) and delivered for free too! Firstly you need to create an account via this Graze page, then enter the code PF6HVNZ to get a free nibbles snack box. You can tailor the box to your preferences, and there is a huge selection of over 100 healthy snacks (dried fruit, nuts, flapjacks, popcorn etc) to choose from. which ones you would not like to recieve and ones you would love to try. Once you have joined select the 'breakfast' tab and enter the code 9L6PH5D to get a free breakfast porridge oats box (worth £3.89). Four types of oats - enough for four brekkies, delivered to your door stock. You can choose up to four different flavours, eg, apple & cinnamon, blackcurrant & cranberry and more, it's enough for four breakfasts), just add milk and heat as normal.

Have you tried Graze boxes? What did you think?
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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Grab a Free GLOSSYBOX 2nd Birthday Event!

For those in London head down to Covent Garden tomorrow Wednesday 8th May 2013 as GlossyBox will be celebrating their 2nd Birthday by installing a giant Glossybox and giving away complimentary Glossyboxes in Covent Garden square.
Along with the enormous GlossyBox, a special Glossybox countdown clock will be installed counting down the minutes between the scheduled opening times of 12:30, 13:45, 14:30, 16:30, 17:30 and 18:45. Glossyboxes will be handed out to the public at these times for a period of 10 minutes before the box is closed again.

GlossyBox’s celebrity ambassadors including Kimberly Wyatt and Amber Atherton will be opening the giant Glossybox. Some of their celebrity friends such as Rosie Fortescue, Millie Mackintosh and Laura Whitmore will be popping down to get their hands on this very special edition Glossybox too. The May GlossyBox will include a carefully selected range of products wrapped in a beautiful box. Brands included in the May box will be Givenchy, Roger & Gallet, L’Occitane, Caudalie, La Roche-Posay and many more.

Will you be heading down?
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FREE Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Serum worth £39.95!

For those of you in London, head over to the Clinique counter at Selfridges in London and ask for a free sample of Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector Serum.  


Once you have your 15ml sample, you'll be asked if you'd like to have a free skincare consultation (there and then), after which you'll get a second sample. Each sample is 15ml, so if you have the consultation, you'll get 30ml worth of free serum worth £39.95. Be quick though, as stock is limited and I'm sure this offer is going to be very popular!
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

#Bootsgiveitago Twitter Party Storify

You may remember the Twitter Party I hosted a couple of weeks ago? It was very successful, we shared so many great tips, gave away some great prizes and the hashtag #bootsgiveitago trended! If you want any further information on the various trends or Give it a Go Friday Events, you can visit http://www.springsummertrends.com/. We have pulled together a Storify of the Tweets from the party so thought I would share: 


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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

New Look SS13 Wishlist

Now that the sun has finally made an appearance, I am starting to think about Summer Holiday clothes! New Look have some really nice floral Spring time dresses perfect for the warmer weather, here are a couple that are on my wishlist:



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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Little Mix Launch Nails with New Look & Elegant Touch




X Factor winners Little Mix have teamed up with Elegant Touch to launch a range of press-on nails and nail wraps exclusively for New Look.

The girls are a fan of nail art and have personally designed their own sets of nail-wraps and press-on nails, reflecting their own personalities and styles. The quality of these nails and wraps are fantastic with the studs, glitter and embelishment for the purse-friendly price of £6!

The Nail Wraps and Press-on Nails are available exclusively from New Look from next week! The launch kicks off on Friday 12th April with a exclusive store performance at New Look at Westfield, Shepherds Bush. What do you think of the Little Mix nail designs?
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick

I am a huge fan of the lip crayons they are so easy and quick to use however it can be tricky to achieve a neat edge if you’re in a rush using the chunkier sticks. 

Let me introduce the new Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Sticks. I’m not sure why they are named ‘Giant’ as they are much slimmer than other chunky lip crayons on the market, but far easier to line the lips with. There are currently 6 shades all selected by makeup artist Mel Arter: ‘Hot Chocolate’; ‘Passionate Red’; ‘Designer Blossom’, ‘Vibrant Pink’, ‘Subtle Coral’, ‘Princess Pink’. 


(Top to bottom: Passionate Red, Hot Chocolate, Designer Blossom, Subtle Coral, Princess Pink, Vibrant Pink)
Right now we’re seeing the biggest colour comeback in cosmetics since the 80s – it’s a backlash against the recession as people ditch the minimal trend by adding a cheerful splash of colour. There was a real sporty element to the collections for SS/13. Brights on the lips are a huge nod to that. Specifically pink as it is such an informal and fun colour. My favourite is Vibrant Pink 15 - a sophisticated fluro-pink which is the perfect expression of that trend. Teamed with your favourite eyeliner inside the eye gives the statement lip more attitude. Minimal and cool.” Mel Arter

I’m really into bright glossy lips at the moment so these are right up my street! The texture of the pens are similar to a  lipstick yet they all have a glossy finish and feel moisturising on the lips - my favourite shade from the selection is ‘Vibrant Pink’ which is perfect for a night out.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Sticks will be launching into Boots on April 1st 2013. 


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Friday, 22 March 2013

#bootsgiveitago Twitter Party

Just a quick reminder that it's the #bootsgiveitago Twitter Party today between 1pm-2pm! Join myself @perfectpolished , Boots Seventeen makeup artist Vanesa Guallar (@vanesaguallar) and Natalya from Filthy Gorgeous Makeup (@NatalyaFGM)! We will be sharing our makeup tips and top trends for Spring/Summer. 

Every ten minutes we shall we giving away a goodie bag crammed full of fabulous products to help you give it a go yourself at home! To be in with a chance of winning one of the bundles, make sure you share your top tips for making this seasons trends work including the hashtag #bootsgiveitago, and we’ll pick our favourites! Make sure you are following me on Twitter @perfectpolished so I can DM if you are a lucky winner!

You can also pop along to Boots stores today to join in with #bootsgiveitago events being held there!

#bootsgiveitago Twitter party Terms and Conditions


This #bootsgiveitago Twitter Party give-away is free to enter and no purchase is necessary. It is open to residents of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), excluding employees and their families of the Promoter, its associated, affiliated or subsidiary companies and agents or anyone professionally connected with the promotion. Participants must be 18 years or over
Everyone who uses the hashtag #bootsgiveitago will automatically be entered into the draw to win
All winners will have used the hashtag #bootsgiveitago with either a great makeup tip, or an insight into a Spring/Summer trend. All winners must be following either @PerfectPolished or @NatalyaFGM
It is a condition of entry that all postings are subject to the terms and conditions. Submission of a posting will be taken to mean acceptance of the above rules and terms and conditions
You can open a FREE twitter account here: www.twitter.com
All entries must take place between 13:00 and 14:00 on Friday 22nd March
Winners will be notified via DM to the Twitter account they used for the party. They have 48 hours to respond and claim their goodie bag after being notified, after which time the goodie bag will be considered unclaimed and will be re-assigned using a random selection method
The Promoter may vary or amend the promotion at its absolute discretion
The Promoters accept no responsibility for technical difficulties which may result in Tweets not appearing in the Twitter stream as viewed via Twitter.com and therefore not eligible
The Promoter is Boots UK Limited. Registered office: Nottingham NG2 3A
Tweets with the Party hashtag(s) may be used in promotional materials for Boots, used on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and other social media platforms. Participation will be taken as agreement for use of material in this way
Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of a gift impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof
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