Category Archives: Beauty

The New Beauty Obsession: Blink Brow Bar

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I have had many a threading experience. Some were good. Some were bad. Some were very ugly. Then there was the Blink Brow Bar.

On a ‘feeling flush’ afternoon I decided to spend £17 on getting my eyebrows threaded at the blink bar in Topshop on London’s Oxford Street. This is about £13 more than I would normally pay but as I said, I was feeling rosy.

I am not going to ramble on about the threading of my eyebrows even though I know you’re dying to know about the removal of every tiny hair. I am just going to give you the facts.

Fact 1 – I left with some damn good eyebrows.

Fact 2 – It was worth the £17.

Fact 3 – They got the shape exactly how I wanted.

Fact 4 – The chairs were comfy and pink.

Fact 5 – The brow baroness (you don’t actually have to call her that) was very nice to my eyebrows and gave them a massage, moisturise and a makeover.

Fact 6 – I now go to Blink every time.

To find your local Blink Brow store, see here

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The New Beauty Obsession: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Nail Varnish

YOU THERE!!!! Impatient painter of nails….

Do you suffer the urge to move around and touch things shortly after you paint your nails? Yep, me too. It’s that time when we realise just how impatient we really are and how we cannot sit still for 5 minutes.

There have been very few times that I have finished painting my nails and they are completely smudge free, it just doesn’t happen. UNTIL NOW! (drumroll please)

The Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Nail Varnish is a dream come true and has now become a must have when pampering my hands.

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I discovered it after a friend suggested I try some quick drying nail varnish after never being able to not smudge my supposed works of art. I went and had a browse around a Sally’s beauty store and after asking the shop assistant her recommendation she couldn’t rave about it any more.

It’s pretty self-explanatory. You paint your nails as you usually would then apply a topcoat of the Seche varnish and wait for a minute. I waited two just to be sure but that seemed like more than enough time. My nails were smudge free and ready to go. The Seche varnish also made my nails chip resistant and they stayed looking slick for a week (usually mine would chip after a couple of days)

The Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat Nail Varnish can be found in Sally Beauty stores, Boots and bought online from stores including ASOS and Amazon. The prices vary from £9.00 to £13.00. The cheapest and probably the most convenient if like me, you live in London, is Boots: http://www.boots.com/en/Seche-Vite-Dry-Fast-top-coat_1321809/

You can read more about the varnish and other Seche products on their website: http://seche.com/products/product-83005.html

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The New Beauty Obsession – Dr. Organic Manuka Honey Face Mask

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I recently discovered Dr Organic products whilst wandering around Holland and Barrett. I have always heard that Manuka Honey is great for the skin but can be expensive so when I found Dr Organic’s Manuka Honey face mask for £7.19 I was obviously pretty pleased with myself.

The key ingredients of the mask include manuka honey extract, aloe vera juice, shea butter, coco butter, vitamin e and everything involved is completely natural and organic.

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The texture is light, the smell is glorious and it doesn’t sting when put on the skin like a lot of other face masks can do. You leave it on for the standard 10 minutes and then rinse off. After using the mask my skin felt as you would hope; soft and fresh.

I have now being using the mask, twice a week as recommended, for about a month and it has definitely helped to keep my skin bright, blemish free and looking good. A friend of mine who is also trying out the product has said that it has helped calm redness in her skin.

It is definitely worth the money, especially as it comes in a nice 125ml tube. It’s much better then the usual face masks we tend to use that are full of chemicals and it smells like honey!

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Dr Organic have a whole Manuka Honey range that you can check out: http://www.drorganic.co.uk/honey-products.asp

You can pop into your local Holland and Barrett to grab the face mask or check out the link here: http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=3382&prodid=3371

Follow Dr Organic on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dr_organic

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The New Beauty Obsession – MaxFactor CC Cream

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Many hours have been spent wandering the aisles of boots, trying to make those tricky life choices. Which new products to try? Which brand? Have I chosen the right shade? etc.

Well, in one of those Saturday afternoon dilemmas I needed a new foundation after leaving most of my make up in the back of a taxi.

I usually go for mac when it comes to foundation but that wasn’t an option right now so I was forced to make an important decision.

Most have heard of BB cream and it has a pretty good reputation. Now there is CC cream.

It was new, it was on offer, it looked good. I gave it a go and I’m so glad I did.

With a velvety texture, light finish and good coverage, MaxFactors CC Cream was a really pleasant surprise and yes, I’m obsessed. I have ranted on to most of my friends about its magical powers. It has that finish that most women dream of. The one that makes you look like you’re not wearing any make up and your skin is just naturally flawless and a little bit radiant to boot.

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Before applying the CC cream.

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After applying the CC cream.

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And here is the CC cream with added make up

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MaxFactor’s CC Cream comes in three shades – Fair, Natural and Tanned. I went for the Natural shade.

Price wise its very reasonable at £9.99 from Superdrug: http://www.superdrug.com/face/max-factor-cc-cream-shade-50-natural/invt/650055&bklist=

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