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Bad Apple Cosmetics Nail Wraps

Last night I decided to give my Bad Apple Cosmetics nail wraps a try.  I received these in a goody bag I was given when I went to see The Lady Boys of Bangkok.  I also received some Bad Apple nail varnishes which I posted about here.
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I have tried nail wraps once before when I won a pack in a competition run by the clothes store Oasis.  I gave them a try, but I just didn’t really get them.  I found trying to trim them really difficult and they looked awful and I decided that they were one product that I wouldn’t buying in the future.

So when I received another pack of nail wraps I thought OK I’ll give them another try.  I’m pleased to report that my second attempt was much better and I actually really like these.

If you’re not sure how to apply nail wraps you simply line the sticker up on your nail, press down and then file off the excess by gently running a nail file down against the end of your nail.  This ‘cuts off’ the excess perfectly along the end of your nail.  With the Oasis nail wraps I found this part really difficult and I certainly wasn’t left with a nice clean edge, it just looked messy and mangled.  But for some reason this was much easier to do with the Bad Apple wraps and on my thumb at least, I was left with a perfect looking nail.
The reason I only mention my thumb nail in terms of looking perfect is that I do still have a problem.  This being that I apparently have super skinny fingers!  I was aware of this already because I wear a ring, which is technically a bit too big for me, but which my mum and brother’s girlfriend can’t even get past their knuckle! I think my ring size for that finger is K or L and I believe many jewellery shops don’t even keep that size in stock, you have to have it made.

So my skinny fingers were a problem when it came to the nail wraps.  I found one that fitted my thumb nail well, but this was only the third largest one available.  After that, despite skipping another size before picking wraps for the rest of my fingers, they were still too big.  I couldn’t have gone any smaller for each finger because then I would have run out of sizes before completing all the nails on one hand. 
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I was really unsure about how long nail wraps would last as they’re basically just stickers stuck on your nails.  Well, I have already removed the ones on my fingers because they’re too big and look silly but the one on my thumb I have left on to test staying power.  So far I’ve only had this on for 24 hours but I’ve had my hands in water twice and had a shower and there’s no sign of it coming off so far.

I have to say I think I may have been converted to nail wraps, however I’m obviously concerned that I may have problems with getting them to fit my skinny fingers.  These are also usually quite expensive considering you only get one use out of them but I believe they may last a reasonable amount of time.

Bad Apple Cosmetics nail wraps are £7.99 and are available from the Bad Apple website.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Illamasqua Paranormal collection - An Introduction by a Parapsychologist

Why be normal, when you can be Paranormal?
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If you follow me on Twitter then you’ll probably have noticed that I have been ridiculously excited for Illamasqua’s new Paranormal collection.  So why have I been so excited about this collection in particular? Well, that would be because I’m a Parapsychologist!

If you’re not quite sure what Parapsychology is this covers areas such as ghosts, poltergeists, near-death experiences and out-of-the-body experiences and can extend as far as things like UFO’s and Bigfoot.  However my area of interest is ghosts and poltergeists.  I’m currently just finishing off my PhD in Parapsychology, which I started after being awarded a research grant from the Society for Psychical Research (SPR).  If you’d like to know a little bit more about the SPR you can find their website here.
Illamasqua have based some of their ideas for the new collection on Parapsychology and have named some of the products accordingly.  It’s also apparent (well, to me as a Parapsychologist anyway) that the names of some of their existing products have also been based on the Paranormal.  Two of their powder eye shadow shades are called Daemon and Incubus and one Intense Lipgloss shade is called Sucubus.  The term Daemon means an intelligent entity which has never been human, such as fairies, goblins, elves and demons.  An Incubus is a male demon who, well, umm…basically sexually assaults women while they sleep and a Succubus is the female version who assaults men! 

I haven’t actually seen any of the new products for myself yet, but details are available online after Illamasqua held an event last week to introduce the products.  So I thought I would write a post to explain the meanings behind the names in the new collection.

The Paranormal collection features four new nail varnish shades and also a new top coat.
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L-R Ouija, Seance, Geist, Omen.

What is different about these nail varnishes is that they glow under UV light and the top coat can be applied over any nail varnish to also make this UV.

Omen
You may have heard of the term Omen due to the film.  I haven’t actually seen the film myself so I’m not sure what it’s about but the term Omen means some kind of message or phenomena which is believed to predict the future.  As for the colour of the nail varnish, have you ever seen the film Ghostbusters?
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This handsome chap is Slimer!  In terms of Ghostbusters, this bright green colour is the colour of Ectoplasm; a substance which is associated with the early manifestation of a ghost.  In the film this looks like green slime but in reality this is thought to be more of a creamy coloured gauze type substance.

Ouija & Seance
Ouija and Seance are both methods of trying to communicate with the dead.  Ouija involves using a board covered with letters and numbers and a Seance involves asking any ghosts present to speak, touch somebody or move something to show that they are there.

Geist
Geist is a German word which when translated into English means spirit or ghost.  The term Poltergeist basically means noisy (poltern) ghost (geist) as Poltergeists usually produce noises such as bangs, raps and taps and are generally disruptive.
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The collection also includes two new lipsticks, a lilac shade called Posture and a purple shade called ESP.  I’m unsure where the inspiration came from for the name Posture because this is not a term I’m aware of within parapsychology.

ESP
ESP stands for Extrasensory Perception, which is any method by which somebody receives information through the mind rather than the senses.  This includes Precognition (seeing the future), Retrocognition (seeing something from the past), Telepathy (mind to mind communication) and Clairvoyance (seeing something you shouldn’t physically be able to see).
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Top row L-R Paranormal, Aura. Bottom row L-R Possession, Trance.

The collection also includes a new Paranormal palette with one of the shades included also called Paranormal.

Aura
Aura technically doesn’t really come under Parapsychology but is more Occultism or a Wiccan/Pagan belief.  An Aura is a field of illumination surrounding a person or object which some people claim to be able to see.  Different coloured Aura’s are thought to be an indication of feelings or illness.

Possession
Possession is where a spirit, demon or similar entity takes control of a person’s body and there will usually be noticeable changes in their behaviour.  Have you ever watched any Paranormal TV shows?  Although they are less popular now there were many around a few years ago and investigators or mediums on these programmes would often apparently become possessed by a spirit and act strangely, sometimes violently. 

Trance 
A trance is an altered state of consciousness (other altered states of consciousness include sleep and when somebody is hypnotised).  Somebody who is daydreaming will look like they’re in a trance because they won’t be aware you’re there until you wave a hand in front of their face or poke them!
The other products in the new collection include a gel eye liner called Infinity (not really a Paranormal term), a new Gleam bronzer called Supernatural (basically another name for Paranormal) and a new makeup base called Hydra Vale.  Although Hydra Vale is not a Paranormal term the product itself appears pretty Paranormal!  I believe this is like a gel but it comes with a little spatula and no matter how much you churn it up and break it into smaller pieces when left this settles back into a complete form with a smooth surface.  Very spooky!

Illamasqua’s new Paranormal collection will be released tomorrow (30th April).

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Purity Organic Skincare - Conditioning Cleansing Lotion & Facial Wash

Please note these products are a PR sample which I have been sent to review. However what follows is my honest opinion.

I suffer with sensitive skin and particularly redness across my cheeks. I’m always looking out for miracle products that may help me to cover this effectively, or even better reduce it so I’m not forced to have to try and cover it.

When Purity asked if anybody would like to try their cleansing lotion and facial wash, which are both for sensitive skin, I said I would love to give them a try.
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Conditioning Cleansing Lotion
‘An effective skin conditioning cleanser with a blend of coconut based ingredients & avocado oil to breakdown & remove the day’s make-up & grime. Oats, Amino acids & aloe help to retain moisture combined with euphrasia & rose flower water to leave the skin soft, toned & conditioned.’

I actually use cleansing lotion to remove all of my makeup. I’m not sure why but it’s what I have done for years now, in fact I don’t really remember ever using actual makeup remover. This may be because my mum uses baby lotion to remove her makeup and obviously we learn a lot about skincare and makeup from watching our mum’s as we grow up.

I love the mascara I currently use but when it comes to removing it this can be a bit of a pain. The last cleansing lotion I used did manage to remove most of this (although I would often wake up with panda eyes) but I found that my eyes would become sore and a little red and sting afterwards. With the Purity cleanser I found that it removed my mascara all of my mascara but also did not leave me with sore stingy eyes.

I also find with other cleansers that once I have removed my makeup, even if I try to tissue off any excess, my skin stays kind of shiny, like the cleanser is still sitting on my skin (I don’t tend to tone afterwards when I have dry sensitive skin).  I was pleased to find that the Purity cleanser sank in and didn’t leave me with any shininess, just soft clean skin.

Facial Wash
‘A blend of sweet almond oil & aloe vera in a plant/sugar based foam to cleanse, soothe & protect your skin.’

I found the Purity facial wash very runny, but this isn’t really a problem unless you accidentally let it slip through your fingers. It’s also a slightly unusual colour that looks like apple juice but this is due to the high natural content and it does say on the bottle that colours may change and vary over time.
Every evening before going to bed I use some kind of facial wash/cleanser/scrub to make sure I have removed all of my makeup and that my face is nice and clean.  However, particularly in the winter when my skin is already dry I find that washing my face strips any moisture I do have and leaves my skin feeling really dry and rough.  The Purity facial wash was really gentle and foamed lightly on my skin.  But the best bit for me is that it minimally dried out my skin, if at all, probably depending on how dry my skin was beforehand.

Final thoughts
I have been using both products together for a good few weeks now and I have enjoyed using them.  The condition of my skin changes pretty much day to day based on the weather and other factors but in general I think I have seen an improvement in the appearance of my redness
One thing that I am not keen on with both products though is the packaging (I tried to take a picture of the opening of the pots but my camera didn’t want to focus on it at all). The packaging consists of a large button that you push down and the other half of the lid pops up to reveal the opening that the product comes out of. This would be fine if you’re storing the products on your bathroom shelf but if you travel I’m concerned that it would be far to easy for something to knock the button down. When I did take the products away with me I wrapped them in a plastic bag and tried to store them upright, but this is not always easy or ideal.

Purity Conditioning Cleansing Lotion and Facial Wash are available from Holland & Barrett for £5.29 each or are available direct from the Purity website for the slightly cheaper price of £4.99 each.   

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Models Own Nail Varnish in 'Blooming Pink'

Yesterday I posted about some Bad Apple nail varnishes and as I stated my favourite shade was a deep hot pink shimmer called Barn.

I recently had a little look through my nail varnish collection (I was painting my colour wheels and accidentally getting a bit high off the fumes!) and I discovered that I already own a dupe for this shade.  This is Models Own’s Blooming Pink from the Kaleidoscope collection.
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I previously only owned one shade of Models Own which I wasn’t keen on because I found it difficult to apply.  However this was a pastel yellow shade and I’m aware that pastel formula’s can be quite difficult to work with, so when I was at the Clothes Show last December I decided to give them another chance and bought a goody bag that came with your choice of two nail varnishes.

For whatever reason I hadn’t got round to trying these yet but when I picked up Blooming Pink to paint on my colour wheel I realised it very closely resembled Bad Apple’s Barn.
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As usual my camera hasn’t captured the colours properly but you can still see that they are very similar.  If anything Blooming Pink is slightly darker than Barn but not by very much and they both have the same lovely shimmer running through them.

As shown in yesterday’s post Bad Apple nail varnishes are £9.95 but as I’m sure you are aware Models Own varnishes come in at almost exactly half the price at just £5.  So if you liked the look of Barn in yesterday’s post I would recommend giving Blooming Pink a try.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Bad Apple Cosmetics Nail Varnishes

When I went along to see The Lady Boys of Bangkok I was given a little goody bag containing some nail wraps and nail varnishes from Bad Apple Cosmetics, who are sponsoring The Lady Boys.

Today I thought I would show you the nail varnishes.  A post of the nail wraps will follow later.
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The shades I received were Bad Bad, 3D Arlington and Barn and I also received a base and top coat (which I was very pleased about as my current base coat has seen better days and I’m currently using a top coat I have ’borrowed’ from my mum).

Unfortunately when I took Bad Bad out of the goody bag I discovered that at some point it had leaked, which you can just see on the picture at the bottom of the cap.  So this one is now a bit gungy around the lid and I’m not sure how to try and clean this off without getting into a big mess.
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Bad Bad is just a simple clean dark black and Barn is what I would describe as a deep hot pink containing shimmer.  3D Arlington is the most difficult shade to try and describe.  Bad Apple describe this as a 3D shade (because the colour changes as you move your hand) which contains an infusion of gold flake, silver and a hint of emerald.  I would describe it as a shimmering emerald/moss green shade kind of shade.

I don’t currently own any black nail varnishes; although I like black clothing I find black on my nails a bit dark.  To be honest I’m not sure that I would use this unless maybe if I was going to use it for nail art or for a look for a shoot.  I’m also not a fan of green nail varnishes but this is a very interesting shade and I think I might give it a try in the winter.  My favourite shade is definitely Barn which I think will look great in the summer when the sun shines on it.
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I have only actually tried Barn on my nails but I found this easy to apply, quick drying and pretty hard wearing.  I also have this on my toe nails and I know varnish will last longer on your toe nails than your finger nails but I have had this on for a couple of weeks now and it’s still looking good.

In terms of the actual bottles, considering these are just under £10 each, I have to be honest and say I’m not that impressed by them.  They just don’t look very good quality and the logos aren’t very well printed with small parts missing on each bottle.  As I said Bad Bad had also leaked by the time I received this.

I took a look at the Bad Apple website (which you can find here) and found that this is also not very well presented.  There are several links across the top of the page but the majority of these pages have nothing on them.  When you click on one of the nail varnishes to take a closer look there is some information about the varnishes and the particular shade you are looking at but on several shades there is also a sentence about the shade Green Bramley.  Also on several shades there is an RRP price and an our price but they are both the same and you’re told that you’re saving £0.00.

I could maybe understand a website like this if the brand was new but the bottom of the page indicates that they may have been going since 2008.  I think I would be reluctant to spend £9.95 on a nail varnish from a website like this.

That aside, as I have said I do like the actual nail varnishes, I’m just not as keen on the bottles and the brands website.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream

This sample was included in the goody bag I received when I attended the Bristol Harvey Nichols blogger event. 
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Please note this is a sample so the packaging is smaller and may be slightly different to the packaging you would get if you purchased this product.

This was my first ever Bliss product so I was excited to give it a try.  This is described as a body butter, but then also as a maximum moisture cream.  I personally would say it’s more of a cream as I consider body butters to be semi solid (like soft butter) and usually to come in some kind of tub or pot, but I might be wrong!

I was actually surprised by how strong the lemon scent was, but not in a bad overpowering way.  I’m not a fan of lemon myself as a scent or a flavour but if you are a lemon fan I think you will love the amazing citrus smell.

This applied really nicely, was absorbed quickly and didn’t leave any kind of residue on my skin.  My dry skin has started to improve slightly now that the weather is starting to get a bit warmer but this also helped to improve the look and feel of my persistent dry areas.

My sample size contained 30ml and I believe I got 3 applications from this (but I am tall and have long legs).  The full size product contains 200ml and costs £20.50 which I think is a little bit pricey but if you can afford this and like citrus scents then I would recommend giving this a try.

Bliss products are available from the Bliss website and also Debenhams and Harvey Nichols.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Glossybox April 2013 - The Pearl Lowe box

I’m usually pretty excited when that email drops into my inbox confirming my Glossybox has been dispatched, hoping that maybe I’ll get a product that I’ve been dying to try or will discover something new and amazing.  However this month I was ridiculously excited about receiving my Glossybox.

So why was I so excited this month?  Well last week I noticed some tweets popping up on Twitter saying this months box was amazing and one of the best they have done.  Usually I avoid any spoilers that appear on Twitter before I’ve received my box to try and keep my possible contents a surprise, but this time I just couldn’t resist taking a peep at some of the pictures and blog posts that appeared.  I discovered that there was three products that I REALLY wanted to receive in my box, so I crossed my fingers (and toes and anything else that will cross) and waited for my box to arrive.
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This months box features a special vintage floral design by singer-songwriter turned designer Pearl Lowe.  The box is very pretty and I’d like to see them do more collaborations like this in the future.
So, on to the contents….
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I’m happy to say I received two of the three products I was lusting after which I’m really pleased with.  I’d probably have cried if I didn’t receive any of them!

Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae Dry Skin Body Butter - This was the first product that I really wanted.  I know that this body butter is available in a few different flavours, and I would have been pleased to receive any of them, but I was hoping to receive this one because I know how amazing it smells.  This sample contains 50ml and is worth around £2.50.

Essie Nail Lacquer ‘Nice is nice’ - This was the second product I really wanted.  I only have one Essie nail varnish that I haven’t actually tried yet because it’s a very dark colour and a little too dark for me so I was hoping to receive this in a lighter shade.  I wasn’t too sure about the colour I received as I’m not a fan of pastels but I actually really like this.  This is a full size product worth £7.99.

Sunsense Daily Face SPF50+ - At first glance I thought this was an Olay product but on closer inspection I realised it’s actually a brand called Sunsense.  This appears to be a sunscreen for the face and neck which contains a tint.  I’ll be interested to try this but I am a bit concerned about the packaging as it looks like you have to break the end off to open it and I’m not sure if you can then seal it again securely.  This contains 10g and is worth around £2.50.

Modelco Cheek + Lip Tint ‘Rosy red’ - I recently received a Modelco eye shadow in a previous Glossybox so I have come across this brand before.  This product appear to be similar to Benetint but whereas Benetint is a liquid this appears to be more of a gel. I have to admit I’m slightly apprehensive about trying a tint product but I will give it a go.  This is a full size product worth £15.

Yves Rocher So Elixir Purple Eau De Parfum - As I believe I may have said before I’m not keen on perfume samples in beauty boxes because you can pick these up for free.  However this is actually quite a generous little sample and it comes in a little mini bottle so I think this is an improvement on the samples you usually receive.  This sample contains 5ml and is worth around £4.40.

At around £32 worth of products and samples this isn’t one of the highest value boxes I have received, however I am really pleased with the contents.  In case you were wondering about the last product I was lusting over but didn’t receive, this was an Illamasqua pencil.  I’m already a big fan of Illamasqua so I would have loved to have received one of their products for free (yes I know I paid for the box but I still kind of see the products as being ‘free’ if you understand what I mean).

The Glossybox website hasn’t been updated yet with the all the products that were available in the April box, so there may be other products I would have liked to have received, but in general I am very pleased with this box.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Rimmel Pro Matte Finish Top Coat

I have recently started trying to experiment with some basic nail art but at the moment I’m not very good at it and also not very patient.  So I like anything that will give me a slightly different look but which is also quick and easy.

I have tried a couple of matte nail varnishes in the past but obviously you can’t apply a top coat over the top and they really didn’t last very long at all.

So when I saw matte top coats were starting to be introduced I knew these would be perfect for me. Firstly because I can create a slightly different look really easily and also this can be used with the nail varnishes I already have. As a top coat this will also last longer than a matte nail varnish.

I didn’t want to spend too much money on one so I went for Rimmel’s Pro Matte Finish Top Coat.
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I think there may be something wrong with the brush on mine because it’s not quite even on one side but I don’t think this will be too much of a problem.

So all you need to do is apply your chosen nail colour as normal and then just apply the matte top coat over the top.
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You do need to try and make sure you cover the whole surface that you have painted as any areas not covered by the top coat will remain glossy and this can be quite obvious.

I don’t think that this dries as quickly as some standard glossy top coats. It appears to be dry quite quickly but you do have to be careful not to catch any nails for a little while or you may end up with dents or prints in the finish. However, I was impressed by how hard wearing this made my nail varnish. Even quite hard wearing nail varnishes don’t tend to last very long on me but this lasted several days without any sign of chips.

I really like the effect this gives and can’t wait to start trying out some simple nail art such as matte/shiny tips.
Rimmel Pro Matte Top Coat costs £4.59 and should be available anywhere that stocks Rimmel products.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Holland & Barrett Aloe Vera Gel

This is one of those products that I have been using for years and I realised the other day that it hadn’t even occurred to me to blog about it.  The fact that I have been using it for years I think indicates that it would be a good product to blog about.
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I currently use Holland & Barretts own Aloe Vera gel but there are various different types available from different retailers.

Aloe Vera gel is a bio active skin treatment which is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans and contains 99.9% organic Aloe Vera.  According to the packaging it can be used for dry skin, skin irritations and stretch marks but I also use this for things like burns (including sun burn), minor cuts and bites.
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However, what I primarily use this for is treating acne scaring.  As I have mentioned before I have suffered with acne for most of my life and I do still suffer with this occasionally now.  Inevitably this has left me with some scaring, mostly on my chin and across my back.  I believe I scar quite easily and when I have had a particularly bad spot I am often left with a purple mark once the actual spot has disappeared.  These do gradually fade over time (although some do still remain to some extent) but I find Aloe Vera gel amazing for helping to reduce these marks.  At times I have had many of these marks across my back but with persistence the majority of these have disappeared or are now minimal.

With regard to my chin I think that unfortunately I will never completely get rid of at least a hint of purple scaring due to the number of breakouts I regularly suffer from on this small area.  But if I have enough time between serious breakouts and I persist with applying the Aloe Vera I do see an improvement in the appearance of the skin on my chin.

I would definitely recommend for anybody to try Aloe Vera gel because it has an instant cooling and soothing effect, can be used on various different problems and you can use as much as you want as often as you want.

The Aloe Vera gel that I use costs £6.99 for 200ml from Holland & Barrett.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Calvin Klein Ultimate Edge Lip Gloss Pots

I’m sure some of you are aware that Fragrance Direct currently have several makeup brands, such as Dainty Doll and Essie, for amazingly low prices.  Another brand that they currently stock is Calvin Klein, however the items available are not from the new CK One Cosmetics range so I assume these are from a previous range.

I was looking through my box of lip products the other day when I came across these cute little pots.

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The only shade available on Fragrance Direct at the moment is Mica (which just happens to be one of the shades I have) but I have noticed that if you keep an eye on the site they do get new stock in occasionally.
When my boyfriend first gave me these at Christmas I though they were lip balms but they are actually lip glosses.  I don’t think I have ever come across a lip gloss that comes in a pot rather than in a tube with either a doe foot or built-in applicator.

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I thought these would provide a subtle hint of colour (and Cocoa Sheen does as you can see above) but I was surprised by how much colour payoff Mica provides, giving a dark berry colour.

These glosses are not at all sticky, probably because they have a similar feel to lip balm. This does mean they are not quite a glossy as traditional lip glosses though.

As you have to apply this with your finger and as Mica is so dark this could prove to be a bit messy as you will need to wipe your finger after application.  I know some people also don’t like dip in pots for hygiene reasons as you may be transferring anything you have on your finger into the pot.  However if you don’t mind this these are nice little pots you can pop in your bag. 

These little pots have a RRP of £12 but on Fragrance Direct these are just £2.49.  You can find the Calvin Klein Lip Gloss pots here.

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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Harvey Nichols Bristol Fashion & Beauty Blogger Event

On Saturday 6th April I attended a fashion and beauty bloggers event at Harvey Nichols in Bristol.  I didn’t realise that Harvey Nichols have several stores outside of London and I discovered that there is one in Bristol when they followed me on Twitter.

The event was organised by the lovely Nada and included a presentation of fashion trends from their Spring/Summer fashion show and three complimentary beauty treatments for each blogger.

The event was held in the personal shopping area and when we arrived we were greeted with champagne (or non-alcoholic options if we preferred).  First of all we had a presentation on fashion trends from Daniel Pollock who is the womenswear manager for the store.
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Apologies for the slightly blurry photo’s but Daniel kept moving!  The upcoming trends will include prints, black and white and all white, brights, sheer fabrics, denim, fantasy dresses, foil and laser cut denim.  Daniel showed us some gorgeous items including prints based on bank notes and stamps and one city print that sneakily includes a UFO (that apparently many people don’t notice).

Next we headed down to the beauty hall for our beauty treatments.  First up for me was a face mask from Sisley.  Sisley is a French skincare and makeup brand whose products I haven’t tried before.

The lady on the counter took one look at my skin and decided that I have very sensitive skin and so gave me their most sensitive mask to try.  Due to the beauty treatments including face masks, facials and make over’s we were advised to wear little or no makeup and I very bravely went without any makeup on.  Unfortunately I was having a bad redness day and was also recovering from a breakout, so I’m aware my skin looked awful. 

I applied the mask and had this on for maybe around five minutes or so but unfortunately even though this was their most sensitive mask I started to react to the mask and the lady advised me to remove it.
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I was given a couple of samples to take away with me.  I don’t think I will use the mask sachet as this is the same mask that I reacted to but I will definitely give the day and night cream a try. 
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Next I headed over to Bliss for a facial.  I really should have made a note of the products that were used but didn’t think at the time.  To begin with I believe the Bliss Foaming face wash was used which felt really nice and bubbled on my skin.  The only other thing I can remember being used was the Pore-Fector gadget which is a little machine that uses sonic vibrations to remove any nasty stuff in your pores. 

Finally I headed over to Shu Uemura for a makeover.  Shu Uemura are a Japanese brand who I have heard of but I haven’t tried any of their products.  To begin with the lady demonstrated their lovely cleansing oil (on the back of my hand because of my face reaction) before applying some makeup for me.  I’m not particularly good at applying eye makeup myself so we went for statement eyes with subtle cheeks and lips.  I was also given a couple of samples to take away including a BB primer and some cleansing oil.
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We then headed back up to the personal shopping area where we had a little prize draw where three mystery prizes were given to the lucky winners, and we were all given a goody bag to take away with us.
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I was excited to see a generous sample of Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil as I really liked the look of this.  I’m also looking forward to trying the Bliss Body Butter, Soap & Glory Hand Food and Elemis Body Oil as this will be my first experience of all three brands.  The Dr Hauschka compact is a bronzing powder duo which looks gorgeous (and is worth £33!) but may be a bit dark for me as I’m very pale.

Daniel explained that they want to start encouraging new customers to the store who may not have considering shopping in Harvey Nichols before.  I have to admit that I do see Harvey Nichols as a high end department store which stocks designers and brands that I would never be able to afford.  However, in terms of the beauty hall although some of the brands are pretty expensive they also stock much more affordable ranges such as Benefit, Bliss, Nails Inc and Soap & Glory.  Daniel wants to start appealing to the type of customer that would shop in stores such as Topshop and told us about his plans to change the fittings and displays to reflect this and to introduce some more reasonably priced designers.

Thank you to Nada and Daniel for looking after us so well while we were there and if you have a Harvey Nichols near you and have never been in there make sure you go in and take a look around.

Oh and while I’m talking about Harvey Nichols did you see their online Christmas Viral advert for 2012?  No?  Well you can find it here.  I’d love if you’d take a look because 1. it’s pretty cool 2. I’m in it and 3. it took nearly 13 hours to shoot!

The Little Blog of Beauty x
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