29 January 2014

Limited Edition Cuticura Antibacterial Hand Gel

Antibacterial hand gel is a handbag must-have for me. I've taken a little trip to antibacterial gel heaven with these sweet inspired gels from Cuticura. The limited edition flavours include Lemon Sherbet and Sugar Candy. I'm not a fan of the traditional scented hand gels as the alcohol scent can be a bit overpowering but these are a refreshing sugary spin on the usual gels.

Both hand gels leave skin with a delicate sweet scent. As these are mainly alcohol based you can still smell the alcohol at first but that quickly settles to a delicious fragrance. A mixture of vanilla and pink grapefruit makes these good enough to drink (not recommend).  Who knew hand sanitizer could be so enjoyable?

I've popped one in my hand bag and keep the other in my car to ensure my hands are kept germ-free all day, especially vital with all the winter colds going around at the minute!

Cuticura candy inspired hand gels are exclusive to Primark and launch in February , these are £1.00 for 50ml.

Pr samples

21 January 2014

An Ode to No7 Nail Varnish

No7 nail varnish - a product I don't think gets talked about enough on beauty blogs. I love No7 polishes; the smooth formula, creamy and wearable colours, wide brush, a cornucopia of shades and the sleek packaging makes these far too appealing. I just want to buy every colour!

The newest additions to the No7 Nail Colour collection come in the form of glitter top coats, layer these on top of your favourite shade or to wear alone for a full on glitter mani. The brand has also jumped onto the gel bandwagon with their Gel-Look Shine Nail Colour. Eleven different shades which offer complete coverage with just one stroke and the gel formula gives them a beautiful shine with extra longevity.

My favourite shade from the range has to be 'Temptress' which is the perfect 'I want to wear black, but not black' nail varnish. The colour for this is build-able; one coat will give you blood red nails but a second coat reveals a more vampy, deeper red shade.

No7 Nail Colour is available from Boots, prices start from £6.00. I like to snap up new shades when I have a £3 off voucher - currently available to redeem until 2nd February! 

So, my No7 obsession continues, any shades you recommend? 

Illustrations by me.

17 January 2014

Get Glowing Skin With These Skin Brighteners

January isn't normally a good month for our skin. Too much alcohol, one too many late nights and lots of chocolate has caused our skin to throw a tantrum. New year celebrations have resulted in a dull complexion, tired eyes and sudden breakouts. Time to ready,set,glow with these skin illuminaters to suit all budgets.

No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter £9.95
A newbie from the No7 make up range. This stick highlighter is the first of it's kind and I think it's going to do really well. Extremely easy to use, simply swipe on and blend with finger tips for a subtle glow. The formula isn't greasy or sticky and is perfect for touch-ups on the go.
Revlon Photoready Skinlights 200 Pink Light
This can be applied over moisturiser or mixed in with foundation for some dewy goodness. It contains a subtle shimmer so you can rest assure skin won't look shiny or glittery. I find this works best on cheekbones and below the brow to add natural radiance.
L'oreal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer
A pearly white primer which helps make up look fresh and healthy all day long. You can use this in the same way you would with the Revlon Skinlights. The shimmer is this is very fine so it never looks Edward Cullen-esque. Some days I use this alone without foundation for a supercharged glow.
Benefit Sunbeam Highlighter
Benefit know their stuff when it comes to highlighters. I'm a fan of HighBeam but I love using SunBeam when I want a bit of colour. The bronzed liquid looks natural add a lovely boost to skin. Focus it on browbones, cheekbones and cupids bow to illuminate features.
JN Beauty Sheer Glow Lotion in Paradise £14.00
Housed in a glass bottle with pump applicator, this liquid highlighter is going to last you ages! Mix this in with foundation for a radiance boost or I prefer to use this as a body highlighter. I apply this to my legs for a subtle sheen before a night out or add a pump of this in with your body moisturiser for a healthy glow.

What do you go to for a glow?

12 January 2014

New Year, New Hair

I've been umming and arring about going for the chop for a few months now. My Pinterest board is full to the brim with hair inspiration pictures and last week I finally made the plunge.
If there's ever a good time to try a new hairstyle it's at the start of a new year. So, last Thursday night I was feeling reckless. After oogling at photos of Zooey Deschanel and Suki Waterhouse I was ready to join the full fringe crew. I've never cut my own hair before but thanks to this YouTube video the process was a lot easier then I expected. Here's the finish result...
I'm really happy with how it turned out, new hair means new make up/clothes...right?

Anyone else fancy a new 'do this year?

11 January 2014

New Beauty Bits For 2014

A new year welcomes new products to fall in love with. You may have received some new beauty products at Christmas or treated yourself to some new items in the sales, either way I'd love to know what products you've discovered! Here are some new beauty bits that i'll be testing out this month and hopefully re-purchasing...

After trailing the BB cream from the Vichy Idealia range I couldn't wait to try out other products from the collection. I enjoyed using the Idealia Life Serum and have just started to use the Idealia Soothing and Illuminating Cream, so far so good! A new make up product from No7 in the form highlighter stick. This is a really unique product and unlike anything I've tried before, full review and swatches to follow soon. JN Beauty is a brand I have only recently discovered and after trying a few products from the company I've been really impressed. The JN Beauty Gel Eyeliner and Lipstick are products I've been reaching for daily. Cocoa Brown is a tanning range by Marissa Carter. The first-of-a-kind formula combines hi-tech acceleration agents which are activated upon contact with skin and speeds up development. A new rival to my beloved Xen Tan? I'm not really one for taking supplements or vitamins but I was given these Beautify Me Vitamins to test which claim to improve skin, hair and nails - i'll let you know how I get on! Steamcream is a lovely product with even lovelier packaging. Here's one on their new designs for 2014, so pretty! Sensationails in an at home gel manicure kit. It's perfect for those who get gel nails at the salon or just if you are sick of regularly having to paint your nails! I've got a few shades to play with, currently loving Raspberry Wine. I do love a good eye cream and i've been reaching for this eye roll-on from Thalgo lately. For a beauty blogger, I'm pretty lazy at grooming stuff like moisturising and shaving. I attended a blogger event for Ipluse in November and was lucky enough to be given a device to test out. Ipulse Smooth Skin using intense pulsed light to permanently reduce hair. I've only tried this out once but it promises results just after 4 treatments so will keep you posted! 

Are there any products in particular you'd like to see me review? What new beauty bits have you come across recently? 

6 January 2014

Guide to Networking in The Beauty Industry

If you're reading beauty blogs there's no doubt you love all things beauty related, but have you ever thought about a career in the Beauty Industry? There are so many amazing opportunities within this field from art and science to business and journalism there is something to suit everyone. It can be hard to get your foot in the door so here are some tips for getting into the beauty business!

Engage With the Industry Experts
It's easier than ever to get in touch with the industry experts thanks to social media. It only takes a second to tweet the founder of your favourite skincare company or someone in your dream job. Make sure you're following people in your field of interest and engage with them, you never know what opportunities will crop up!
Keep Groomed
In the beauty industry, a lot of it is based on looks so it's important to keep well groomed. Making sure you don't have chipped nails or bad fake tan is vital for impressing the professionals.
Start Blogging
I definitely think blogging help me to get my job. Putting that you write a blog on your CV shows that you have a genuine interest in your blogging topic. Don't forget to include your social media outlets on your CV/business card such as Twitter and Youtube. Just remember to keep it professional - you never know who's reading!
Get Trained
Having the right qualifications can help you gain experience and introduce you to people already in the industry. Whether your wanting to be a Nail Technician, PR, Hair Stylist, Product Developer, Brand Owner, Beauty Therapist...there are so many great job opportunities in the beauty industry check out Capital Hair & Beauty here for courses on your chosen area.

This is a collaboration post with Capital Hair & Beauty. All views are my own.

3 January 2014

best beauty products of 2013 according to bloggers

I read blogs way too much and I've been loving reading everyone's 'Best of 2013' beauty posts. I wanted to combine the most popular picks from beauty bloggers, because we know our stuff. Well we should do, we've tested enough products! Here's a list of the most popular beauty staples that have become daily essentials for bloggers in 2013...
best beauty products of 2013 according to bloggers

Have I missed anything? 

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