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February Glossybox: Valentine’s Day Edition
February 9, 2013, 5:05 pm
Filed under: Bath and body, Eyes, Face, Lips, Make-up, Skin care | Tags: , ,
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Top view of the February Glossybox

I was a happy lady this morning, as the first thing I saw when I came downstairs was my brand new shiny Glossybox! This month’s ‘theme’ is valentine’s day, as you can tell by the pretty pink design and the product information leaflet below saying ‘will you be ours?’. And judging by what’s in the box this month, I will be theirs forever!

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Glossybox product info

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Glossybox editorial

The idea behind this month’s box is that, whatever you are doing and whoever you are with, you will be head over heels in love with this selection of products.

So let’s look inside the box…

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Inside the Glossybox

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Amazing product selection in the box

Overall, I am really pleased with the production selection in this edition. Although it has lots of pretty and pink bits, it also has a lovely creamy eyeshadow duo and a coffee-shade lipstick, so I feel Glossybox has managed to cater to everyone.

Inside my box is an Anatomicals Your Nose Smells Rose Body Cleanser (150ml), a Limited Edition Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream (30ml), a Helen E Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Cafe au Lait, a Model Co Eyeshadow Duo in Bronzed Goddess and a Micabella Cosmetics Mineral Blush Powder in Terra Cotta.

1/Anatomicals Your Nose Smells Rose Body Cleanser

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Anatomicals Rose Body Cleanser

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Product description

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Ingredients

I love the classic candy pink and canary yellow combination on Anatomicals’ packaging. Above you can see the product from the front, its ingredients (paraben-free formula = thumbs up) and the ever-amusing product description. I love a brand with personality!

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The gel inside the bottle

And here is the cleanser from inside the bottle. The first thing I thought was that it smelled like turkish delight, which I like. It’s quite a thick pink formula and so I imagine it would spread well in the shower.

It costs £5 for 300ml.

2/Docteur Renaud Raspberry Soft Cream

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Docteur Renaud Limited Edition Raspberry Soft Cream

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What’s inside the box

I haven’t tried anything from this brand before and I do love a limited edition product. Also, as I have mentioned before, I love the smell and taste of raspberry, and this soft cream includes four raspberry extracts.

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Product info and ingredients on the back of the box

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Product info on the dispenser

Docteur Renaud’s soft cream is designed to hydrate, moisturise and comfort the skin in the winter months. It is made with patented phyto-endorphins which boost cell activity and is suitable for all skin types.

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On the hand

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Rubbed into the hand

In terms of consistency, the cream is thick and white. It smells lovely, but I think it is a bit too heavy duty for my skin. It takes quite a while to rub it in properly, and as you can see above you have to buff it into the skin a bit to avoid a white shimmery effect.

This one costs £25 for 50ml.

3/Helen E Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Cafe au Lait

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Helen E Cosmetics Cafe au Lait Lipstick

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Cafe au Lait label

I like the simplistic silvery packaging, but unfortunately the shade isn’t really for me. I’m not generally a fan of brown lipsticks as I prefer brighter colours like red and pink, but I do rate Glossybox for including something different.

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First look

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Swatched

The colour is quite golden and brown and I think you need to build it a fair bit to get a solid colour. It costs £8 for 3.5g.

4/Model Co Eyeshadow Duo in Bronzed Goddess

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Model Co Eyeshadow Duo

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Creamy gold and brown duo

This is more like it; although I don’t do golden brown for my lips, I definitely do for my eyes, and this duo is really pretty for day and night looks. The shadows are creamy too, which I like, although it might mean you have to manage any creases early on.

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Swatched

The gold is really nice and the brown would be great to add in for a night look. I reckon you could mix and match and use the gold to highlight the inner corners of the eyes.

The duo costs £18 for 3 x 2.35g.

5/Micabella Cosmetics Mineral Blush Powder (Terra Cotta)

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MICA Bella Cosmetics Mineral Blush

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In Terra Cotta

The final beauty item in the box is a pretty pink mineral blush powder from Micabella Cosmetics. I have never heard of this brand, but I do prefer powder blushes and would like to try a mineral one. You can add a darker colour to the cheeks too to contour the cheekbones. Another day and night staple – it’s perfect for v day.

The full size blush costs £34.95 for 9g.

And last but not least is this super sweet candy heart lolly as a gift from Glossybox – how sweet!

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How cute is this lolly!

Happy valentine’s day beauty bloggers! xxx



Mini Superdrug Hair Haul
February 8, 2013, 11:43 pm
Filed under: Hair | Tags: , , , ,
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Garnier Olia & Herbal Essences

I’ve got that friday feeling, and there’s nothing like a quick beauty shop after work to end the week nicely. As my hair is in need of a bit of TLC at the moment (no thanks to the freezing cold weather!), I swung by Superdrug and grabbed myself two of my beauty essentials – Herbal Essences’ Tousle Me Softly Soft Waves Intensive Mask (was £3.99, now £1.85 for 200ml) and Garnier Olia Hair Dye in Iced Chocolate 4.15 (was £6.99, now £5.99). If I am honest, I nearly went for the Deep Red shade, but my previous experiences of dying my hair red reminded me not to (red roots anyone?! I think not).

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Top view

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Front view

I usually go for the Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Intensive Mask, which is amazing, but as I have naturally wavy hair I thought I would give this one a go. I have tried the Tousle Me Softly range before, so it’s not really a risky purchase.

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Product information and ingredients

You can lather this on from root to tip. It is advised to leave it on for 5 minutes, but nobody stands around in the shower for that long these days. These conditioners always work their magic for me, so if you are in a rush then it will work just fine.

See the ingredients above too.

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Smells amazing!

When I lifted the lid, I could instantly smell the product and it’s lovely. It has that classic Herbal Essences fruity fragrance and in terms of consistency it is a fairly thick and creamy formula. This is one of the things I love most about this product as I have thick hair and find it hard to get hold of a conditioner that absorbs well.

My second purchase was this amazing permanent hair colour from Garnier’s Olia range. For those of you who haven’t heard of Olia hair dyes, they are fab at-home colours made with 60% oils and no ammonia. I chose Iced Chocolate 4.15 simply because it is the closest to my hair colour.

As you can see, the main features of Olia hair colours are colour intensity, grey coverage, quality improvement and scalp comfort.

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Looks good enough to eat!

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From inside the box

Inside the box is the standard tools and formulations needed for at-home hair colouring. There’s the instructions for use, a pair of black gloves for protection, a developer cream, a colourant cream, the Olia jar and applicator, and a lovely multi-application conditioner.

Having used this dye before,  I would really recommend it. The product doesn’t dry out the hair as much as other products, which is a big plus for me.

What hair products have you bought lately?



A Beauty Expert’s Guide To Healthy Skin: Five Minutes With Esther Fieldgrass
February 7, 2013, 4:44 pm
Filed under: Face, Skin care | Tags: , , , ,

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Within minutes of meeting beauty expert and EF Medispa Owner Esther Fieldgrass, she knew what I had to do to transform my skin. And with 40 years of experience as an industry insider, I should think so too!

It all started at a chic restaurant in St John’s Wood, where Skinceuticals was holding its launch event for the Balancing Micropeel. With a glass of orange juice in one hand and a notebook in the other, I spoke with Esther about her favourite treatments and what she loved most about the beauty industry. But then I was faced with the big, dreaded question: ‘What do you with your skin?’ If she had asked me 6-8 months ago, she would have looked at me in horror; however, luckily, I no longer use face wipes (sorry Esther!) and have been converted to the wonderful science-based skin care of Skinceuticals. I replied: ‘I have quite oily skin, and I cleanse, tone and moisturise with the Retexturising Activator.’ It was at that point that I knew there was something else on her mind – looking after my inner wellbeing (diet, hydration and stress management) should be a higher priority than it is right now. And that is the real key to having and maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

I just had to share Esther’s advice with you as I found it so interesting and helpful, and I hadn’t thought about the points she made in any great depth in the past. If you too have oily skin, I would love to know what you think of the top tips below and whether you would like to make any changes for not only your skin, but also your general health.

Top Tip 1. Go On An Alkaline Diet
‘You need to go on an alkaline diet’ were the first words of wisdom I heard from Esther, which was quite amusing at the time considering we were standing next to a table full of acidic foods and a glass full of fresh orange juice. To clear up any blemishes or oiliness, Esther told me it is best to avoid drinking coffee (weak tea, if desperate) and eating too many dairy-based products, and start drinking a lot more water to keep my skin hydrated. The acidic content of my food is definitely not something I had thought of before talking to Esther – I do drink a lot of tea during the day and do like cheese quite a lot, but I never considered how the acidic content of what I eat and drink could affect the health and appearance of my skin.

Top Tip 2. Don’t Shy Away From Oil-Based Skin Care
One thing I was dying to speak to Esther about was skin hydration and what products I should use to keep my skin under control. I told her how apprehensive I was when it came to facial oils and oil-based skin care, as I was worried it was going to make my skin worse and increase the likelihood and severity of my breakouts. I was right to be concerned; according to Esther, your skin needs to be constantly hydrated, otherwise more oil will be produced, making the condition of the skin a lot worse. She also said that the use of some toners can strip the skin of its oils, making the skin feel dry and therefore producing even more oil, exacerbating the problem. So, the takeaway message here was to keep the skin very cleansed and clean, and use hydrating serums as opposed to moisturisers and oily creams. SkinCeuticals do a B5 serum for rehydrating that she particularly recommends, as well as the Retexturising Activator which is great for oily skin. But, most importantly, water intake needs to be steady and often.

Top Tip 3: Don’t Overdo It With Topical Vitamin C
Vitamin C as a topical formulation is one of Esther’s favourite skin care products. When looking at my skin, she advised me to just dab it on once a day (every morning) and not to use too much on every application, as the skin builds up a reservoir of vitamin c and so does not need to be topped up as much as you would think. I never knew this before and found it so interesting, especially as so many skin care products include vitamin c as a staple ingredient these days.

Top Tip 4: It’s All About Maintenance
To achieve and maintain healthy skin, one treatment will never do the trick. Just as life goes on, skin care goes on. So, to look after your skin well, you need to attack all bases, including eliminating bodily toxins and using high-quality skin care to cleanse and hydrate the skin. Use a broad-spectrum SPF every day, no matter what the weather is like outside. Come rain or shine, every season is sun protection season, and Esther couldn’t have stressed that point more.

Top Tip 5: Preparation Is Key
The skin is the largest organ, and so it must be treated well. Before having any chemical peels, the skin must be prepared for at least 2 weeks to take on the power of the formulation, and should also be hydrated. If the skin isn’t prepared thoroughly, the peel won’t work, will be uncomfortable and may dry out the skin. It’s not about what you do at your appointments – it’s about what you do between them that really counts. Never pay a lot of money for a treatment without knowing what state your skin should be in before it takes place. You want to see results to justify the cost.



Bomb Cosmetics Haul (#obsessed)
February 6, 2013, 11:29 pm
Filed under: Bath and body, Candles | Tags: , ,

If i’m honest, I only thought Lush could offer creative bath and body products, but I was wrong. Very wrong. At last year’s Vitality Show, I stumbled upon what can only be described as a ‘sea’ of bath bombs and ballistics. I officially met a match for my bathtime brand favourite, and her name was Bomb Cosmetics.

I did what any excited beauty addict would do, and went on a MASSIVE haul. It would be wrong not to share my new prized possessions with you, so here they are in all their fun and fragrant glory.

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As you can see, I got a range of products, including the Raspberry Rainbow Scoopable Shower Gel (365ml), Blackcurrant Body Polish (365ml), Emerald Ocean Painted Love Candle, First Love Bath Mallow, Lavender Musk Blaster (160g), Harajuku Girl Bath Creamer (30g) and Lavender Musk Blaster (160g).

Seeing them all in a line makes me happy!

I’ll start with the Raspberry Rainbow Scoopable Gel, which costs £7.99.

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The packaging is so cute and fun, although I must admit it wasn’t the first thing that attracted me to it – that was the raspberry. I have a real love for the smell and taste of raspberry so knew I had to give this one a go. I don’t think the tub is 100% waterproof, as would be expected, but it does hold up pretty well if it gets wet.

The gel is infused with ‘moisturising palmarosa and bergamot oils’. Bergamot is a popular ingredient for bath and body products at the moment, but you can only smell raspberry so you would never know it was there.

Here’s the ingredients and directions for use:

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Here’s what it looks like inside and on the skin

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It looks, smells and feels like strawberry jelly, but note the product warning not to give it to children under 3. It’s a thick consistency but represents the ‘scoopable’ part well. It smells gorgeous and makes me feel like a kid in a sweet shop! One thing was I had to use quite a lot as it dissolved quickly on the skin, so not as moisturising as I would have liked but all in all I love this product.

Next is the Blackcurrant Body Polish, which also costs £7.99.

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I have to say even though I love the body scrub, I think I do prefer the shower gel. The scrub smells like purple fruit polos, which I love, but I can’t deny I was disappointed when the product wasn’t purple inside, but white instead. Still it smells gorgeous and there’s a lot there for your money.

Here’s the ingredients and directions for use

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Here’s what it looks like inside and on the skin

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One thing I will say with this product is that it does need a bit of warming up in the hands first before rubbing onto the skin, as it is quite coarse and thick. Once it’s warmed up, it’s good to go, but it is a down point.

The third thing on my list is the Emerald Ocean Painted Love Candle, which costs £7.99 (a running theme it seems!).

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In terms of design and packaging, it isn’t particularly original, but I am in a real candle phase at the moment and love anything ocean-related. The candle is made with revitalising pure clary sage and lemongrass and has a burn time of up to 50 hours, which is pretty good for a candle of this size. I am definitely excited to use this!

Next is the first bath product I bought – First Love Bath Mallow (£2.09). The way this has been created is so delicate and prettyi want to eat it, which I think is a good thing. One thing I will say that it is small – so I hope it will be powerful when I use it in the tub. Very soft texture and I’m really looking forward to bathing in the shea and cocoa butters that the product will release.

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Then there’s the Lavender Musk Blaster, which costs £2.29. I think in general this sort of bath bomb is more up my street – smells divine and it’s a lot bigger than the melts and creamers. Having said that, this will dissolve a lot quicker than the creamer, so they will probably balance each other out. I love the relaxing effect lavender has after a long day at work, so can’t wait to watch this one fizz like mad.

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Finally we have the two bath creamers – Big in Japan (£2.09) and Harajuku Girl (£2.09). Both a LOT smaller than I expected, especially Harajuku Girl; however, what was lacking in size was made up in colour and fragrance. I was really disappointed with the koi carp creamer – it looked so vivid online and rather dull in the flesh. The design is very cute and am intrigued to see how it will work. Same goes for Harajuku Girl.

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So that was my crazy haul! Look out for my next Once Upon A Bathtime review.

Do you like any of these products? Have you tried any other ones? x



Anti-valentines day beauty buys
February 5, 2013, 1:55 pm
Filed under: Bath and body, Eyes, Face, Hair, Lips, Make-up, Perfume, Skin care | Tags: , , , ,

A little blackbird told me that not everyone likes Valentines day. That’s right, whereas for some the 14th of February is a day to cuddle up and buy too many roses, others just want to make it a regular day and/or throw several darts at pictures of their exes.

So, if you are an occasional dart thrower who is anti-valentines day, then this post is for you. Get rid of all those pink and red rosy florals and replace them with these beauty buys fit for a vixen. You know you can’t resist vampy lips and fierce eyes, so let’s start now…

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 1: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (Absolutely It)

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Very vampy!

I just love me some purple lips and this one is perfect as a standout look. It’s a lip liner but I reckon this would look great for all over definition. Prep with a lip balm, dab your lips to remove the shine and layer the colour on gradually. Blot it and do it again. Then you will be ready to tell valentines day where to go! It costs £14 for 1.2g.

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 2: Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub

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Minty fresh

Awaken your senses with this seriously minty body scrub from Elemis (£26, 150ml). With sea plant particles, devils apron seaweed and and peppermint essential oil, you will feel so revitalised that you will forget what day it is!

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 3: Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau De Parfum

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Luscious ingredients in this classic Tom Ford scent

I LOVE TOM FORD. Just saying. The Black Orchid Eau De Parfum is rather expensive, costing between £48 and £95, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. The fragrance is a blend of black truffle, ylang, blackcurrant and bergamot. There is also a slight hint of vanilla to sweeten the deal.

What’s more, if you buy it with a Debenhams beauty card you can get lots of money off future beauty buys, which has really come in handy for me in the past.

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 4: Urban Decay Limited Edition Build Your Own Palette, OZ Theodora

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Wonderful wizardry…

I’ll admit it, I am a Glinda type of girl, but for those on an anti-valentines day mission the Urban Decay Theodora Palette (£35) is perfect. Mix the black and gold for a shimmery smoky look or go for double green and mix and match. Or scrap that and bust out red vixen lips :).

Anti-Valentines Day Beauty Buy No. 5: Catwalk Sleek Mystique Haute Iron Spray

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Red hot glamour

Just because you don’t feel any love for valentines day doesn’t mean your hair should be neglected too. Protect it from the heat when styling with this glam iron heat spray (£9.29, 200ml).



Where do beauty bloggers buy their products? Survey results are in!
February 4, 2013, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Blogging | Tags: , , ,

Even beauty bloggers on a spending ban know how to dedicate A LOT of cash on new and/or staple products, but are we making the most out of the money we spend?

While I was tweeting away last night and watching all the bblogger responses fly up, I was thinking about my beauty buying habits and how much I had bought online as opposed to in store recently. That is so unlike me, as I like to see and feel what I am getting before I invest. So, I decided to tweet my thoughts and ask you all where you buy your beauty products and why, and got some really interesting responses. I then created a short survey and managed to get over 25 lovely bloggers to share their thoughts for this post, and here is where you get to find out what everyone else has said!

I want to thank you so much for your help and would love to hear your thoughts on what I found. If I have made any mistakes or confused the response, please let me know so I can correct it and I’ll do this straight away. Happy savvy beauty shopping!

Where do you buy your beauty products?
First things first, I will tell you the overall result from the first question, which was in multiple choice format and had three possible responses.

  • A whopping 74% (20) of you voted in store as the best place to shop
  • 37% (10) preferred browsing online
  • Only 3% (1) shopped in blog sales

Why do you shop in store?
Sensory instinct
: Five bloggers felt it was important to be able to feel and smell products before buying them. Sheona said ‘touching, swatching and feeling a product in my hands is what helps me decide whether to buy’. Helen wanted to ‘see the product and handle it’. Lil Fairy Doll needed to see products in the flesh to ‘test consistencies’. Grace said ‘for skin care it’s nice to sniff them’. Bettina wanted to ‘feel the products before purchasing’.

Lack of or misleading product information and photos: Five of you expressed concerns about the accuracy and depth of product information and photos. Orla wanted to see products first hand as she felt that ‘sometimes the photos online can be very deceptive’. Ingredient lists were of high importance to Grace, who felt these were ‘often not listed online’. Taylor wanted to try the products in store as she felt afraid products were ‘going to turn out the wrong colour/different to the photograph’. RaRa said ‘buying online can be misleading when it comes to exact shades’. Sheona felt that online stores don’t provide ‘full enough descriptions or show enough pictures for you to really get a feel of it’.

Swatches and colour matches: Swatching in person and making sure colours were right were top priorities for eleven bloggers. Sophie said she ‘likes to see the colours in person’. Lil Fairy Doll wanted to see what colours ‘REALLY are in the flesh’. Gem likes to ‘be able to swatch the product and see it in the flesh’. Donna preferred to own something new that she had ‘swatched in person’. If buying makeup, Grace likes to swatch items. Allie wanted to be sure colours matched correctly with her skin tone, as this can ‘sometimes be hard over the internet’. Callie wanted to ‘swatch the products there and then to ensure it’s the product that’s right for me’.

Getting it right for your skin type: Three of you wanted to check products matched your skin type in store before buying them. Ambarina said ‘I like to try before I buy, especially as I have indian skin, so need to be sure colours/formulations look good on my skin’. Ebony said testing products for your skin type is ‘beyond important’ for a pale-skinned lady as ‘foundations are so finicky’. RaRa felt buying online for fair shades was difficult and she didn’t want to look ‘washed out’.

Try before you buy: Nine of you wanted to sample products or use testers in store before investing in any beauty buys. Sophie said ‘I like to sample all the products. It makes a huge difference rather than shopping for them online and not being able to try a sample’. Ebony likes to ‘sample everything properly’. RaRa likes to ‘use testers to get a better idea of the product’. Taylor wants to ‘try products out and look at the colours’. Ambarina likes to ‘try out before I buy’. Another beauty blogger likes to swatch before she buys. Callie likes to ‘test the products there and then’. Bettina wants to ‘test the products before purchasing’. Megan likes to ‘try it out in store first, unless there are a LOT of good reviews’.

Cost of post and packaging: Annabelle raised an interesting point that shopping in store could ‘save money on postage and packaging’ and the money spent on this could ‘go towards something else such as trying products you aren’t sure about’.

Consultant advice: Two of you liked to chat to a consultant when looking into buying beauty products. Orla likes to ‘take advice from the sales assistant, as long as they are not too pushy’. Helen wanted to get advice from a consultant also.

Money concerns: Gem wanted to make sure she was spending her money on the right products as she doesn’t have a lot of her budget dedicated to beauty shopping and needs to be careful about what she buys.

Confirmation of choice and further exploration: The Ladida wanted to confirm her initial choice of product and look for different shades. She said she ‘really enjoys browsing and seeing what is out there before I decide on my purchase. Most of the time I know what I want but am undecided about the brand or sometimes even the shade’.

Why do you buy online?
Niche, natural and organic products
: Sarah felt limited by in-store shopping as she only likes ‘natural and organic products’. She said ‘it’s a niche market and you won’t find these products in Superdrug or Boots’.

Geographical barriers: RaRa Giggles felt online shopping enabled her to access a wider range of products as she only lives in a small town and works 9-5, making ‘selection outside of drugstore brands very poor’. Being from Israel, Lorraine wanted to get ‘American and European beauty products online’ as this made her ‘so happy’.

Convenience and choice: Gemma liked being able to ‘shop around, look for discount codes and get the best deal’. Gemma Bolton loves ‘browsing the newest brands and products any time of the day’. Sheenie said ‘online purchases are time-saving and often cheaper’. Tolly Dolly Posh said shopping online was ‘easier’ and that there were ‘cheaper brands in store’.

Gifts: Scott made the good point that shopping for beauty products online may allow you to get a gift as a reward for purchasing. He said that ‘sometimes there are gifts with purchase online that are not in stores’.

Crowds: Gemma Bolton prefers to ‘browse the newest brands at any time of the day without going to endless shops’. Gemma likes to shop for beauty products ‘without having to deal with the crowds’.

Lack of resources and sold out product ranges: Another interesting point raised by Scott is ‘sometimes products are sold out on the counter, other counters try to sell you stuff you don’t want, or during busy periods someone from another counter will serve you who doesn’t know the brand that well’. Sarah was concerned that stores do not ‘stock the products I am looking for’.

Why do you prefer blog sales?
Good reviews
: Although Annabelle was the only person to mention blog sales, she said that as long as the product had good reviews and was trusted, she would buy them from a blog sale.

BIG LOVE AND THANKS TO
Megan Lillie, thumbelinalillie.com, @meganjanelillie
Sheona Ranson, thebeautyobsession.com, @thebeautyboss
Sophie Halbert, dontwearitanymore.com, @dontwear
Sarah, sugarpuffish.blogspot.co.uk, @sugarpuffish
Ebony, ELNFashion.com, @ebzo
RaRa Reid, rarareid.wordpress.com, @rara_reid
Helen Gray, unevenlemmingbeauty.blogspot.com, @unevenlemming
Lil Fairy Doll, hazyfairyland.blogspot.ie, @lil_fairy_doll
Rara Giggles, raragiggle.blogspot.ie, @raragiggles
Sheenie Shaikh, just-nice-things.co.uk, @sheenieshaikh
Gem Seren, gemseren.blogspot.co.uk, @gemserenx
Tolly Dolly Posh, tollydollyposhfashion.com, @tollydollyposh
Donna, notjustinside.com, @vonfluffy
Lorraine, beautifulyou.blogspot.co.il, @beautifulyoul
The Ladida, theladida.com, @theladida
Taylor O’Callaghan, taylorjanway.wordpress.com, @taylorjanway
Grace, allthatslap.com, @allthatslap
Ambarina Hassan, beautypassionista.co.uk, @ambarinahasan
Gemma, missmakeupmagpie.com, @makeup_magpie
Annabelle John, annieshomemadeheaven.blogspot.co.uk, @annabellejohn
Allie Smith, rushandteal.blogspot.co.uk, @allieee_smith
Gemma Bolton, buff-beauty.com, @buffbeautyblog
Callie Rose, cllrs.blogspot.com, @catdicko
Orla Barrett, hallofmirrors.com, @orlabarrett
Bettina, beautyswot.com, @beautyswot
Scott, scottsbeauty.wordpress.com, @sbgblog
A yet to be identified beauty blogger! Will update this when I know your name!



Gorgeous giveaways you can’t afford to miss!
February 3, 2013, 2:44 pm
Filed under: Blogging | Tags: ,

I think you will agree that February is off to an amazing start in the bblogging world. The truth is, where there is a giveaway there is an amazing new blog to read, and the list of blogs I follow on Bloglovin is getting bigger by the minute! I just had to share these amazing giveaways with you so that you could check the blogs out and have the chance to win these gorgeous goodies! Here’s my top 10…

1/Diary of a Makeup Geek, 300 Follower Giveaway
First on my list is Diary of A Makeup Geek’s amazing giveaway to celebrate her 300 follower milestone! The first prizes on offer are Sleep-In Rollers, Tan and False Lashes. Second prizes are a Lush Bath Bomb (my fave!), Illamasqua Liquid Metal, a MAC lipstick of the winner’s choice AND a Benefit Naked Basics Palette. Amazing right?! Such a good mix. Would love to win these beauties. Follow Aqeela on Twitter here.

2/Rush and Teal, 75 Follower Giveaway
First of all – how pretty is that header? I love the pics and style of this blog so much. To mark the big 75 milestone, Allie has given readers a chance to win the super cute Paul&Joe Foundation Primer. I’m on the hunt for a new primer and have always wanted to try this product. Such a good choice for a 75 follower giveaway. Follow Allie on Twitter here.

3/Dream Makeup, Sigma Beauty Essential Brush Kit Giveaway
I have come to realise that every beauty lover needs a quality collection of make-up brushes to perfect her look, making this giveaway one you really can’t afford to miss! It’s an international giveaway and there are many colours to choose from, including aqua blue, pink and purple. I went for classic black for a classy staple collection. Can’t wait for the winner announcement at the end of March. This is one you cannot afford to miss for sure. Follow Dream Makeup on Twitter here.

4/Ramblings of a Beauty Bird, 500 Follower Giveaway
It’s amazing that this blogger has 500 followers – congratulations to Sasha on this milestone! Had to mention this giveaway as there are fantastic beauty bits up for grabs here, including a Real Techniques Blush Brush (love this brand and have just bought the stippling brush), one of my fave mascaras Benefit They’re Real and a Kate Moss lipstick. Also up for grabs is the sweet snow fairy shower gel from Lush, a MUA palette, Maybelline gel eyeliner and Rimmel Scandaleyes eye pencil. It’s an international giveaway packed with essential products. Follow Sasha on Twitter here.

5/Shayy In Wonderland, Welcome Back Giveaway
I just love coral blushers, lipsticks and nail polishes. Shay’s MAC Blusher giveaway to welcome her back to the blogosphere is one not to miss for Spring/Summer 2013. The Peaches product would do wonders to lift a nude look and is the one I would love to get my hands and cheeks on! Follow Shay on Twitter here.

6/Pooches and Cream, MAC Giveaway
Another coral beauty is the MAC Lip Look Bag in Lavish Coral, which the lovely Robyn is kindly giving away on her blog. The giveaway includes 4 items – a lip pencil, cremesheen lipstick and lipglass and a cute purse. It’s UK only and you can follow Robyn on Twitter here. She is great to have beauty banter with 🙂

7/Glad Rags and the Handbags, 200th Post Soap & Glory Giveaway
Ask any beauty blogger what products they have in the shower, and Soap & Glory will be in the top 10, if not 3! That’s why this giveaway to win the Best of All set is truly amazing and one not to be missed. Mel is offering readers the chance to win 9 products, including the Hand Food Hand Cream, Clean on Me Shower Gel and Sugar Crush Body Scrub, plus the branded bag. Enter immediately and also follow Mel on Twitter here.

8/Dippy Writes, One Month of Blogging Revlon and Essie Giveaway
I love a good nail and lip combo, and Dippy is offering readers two special treats as part of her One Month of Blogging Giveaway. Up for grabs are an Essie nail polish of the winner’s choice (I chose Beyond Cozy) and a Revlon Lip Butter (I chose Raspberry Pie). Really nice products on offer here and I would like to congratulate Dippy on one month of blogging! Follow her on Twitter here.

9/Little Bo Blab, 20k Views Giveaway
20k blog views is an amazing milestone! My love of Body Shop bath and body products makes me adore this giveaway. Kerys Marie is giving readers the chance to grab a pink box of goodies, including a pink grapefruit shower gel, watermelon and raspberry lip balms, mango soap and Rimmel London nail polish in Azure (so gorgeous). You must enter this one! Follow Kerys Marie on Twitter here.

10/Makeup-Pixi3, Impulsive Giveaway
I’m terrible for shopping for beauty bits on impulse, so welcomed this giveaway from Makeup-Pixi3. Georgina is offering readers the chance to win a MAC lipstick of their choice – and the choices are endless! Nude, red, vampy or pretty pink? Don’t miss your chance to win – it’s an international giveaway. You can follow Pixi3 on Twitter here.