September, 2011


30
Sep 11

In the Pink with Breast Cancer Awareness Month

All the excitement around Breast Cancer Awareness month is really starting to hot up, and it’s amazing to see everyone coming together to encourage people to get wise about breast cancer. So I particularly wanted to tell you about some of the ways companies are raising awareness and funds for the cause.

This first thing really struck a cord with me…

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This is Estee Lauder’s latest Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon pin,  and quite a special one. In the photo you can see that one of the pin’s crystals is actually blue – and this is really rather poignant.  The blue crystal represents the one percent 1% of all people who are diagnosed with the disease that are men, and the countless men who are impacted through the diagnosis of a loved one.

This little blue crystal made me feel really emotional, because I think sometimes we can forget about the poor boys when it comes to this issue. Not only can men actually suffer from breast cancer, but their lives can be ruined by the suffering of the ones they love. This is a wonderful nod to them.

The pin retails at £10 and the full RRP of all October sales will go directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. You can buy it here.

 

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I also love this limited edition Elizabeth Hurley pink lipstick and bag. It’s a gorgeous Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Lavish Pink and the cutest little bag. I love these lipsticks and it’s a perfect pink so a great opportunity to get involved. The set retails at £18.50, £5 of which will go to charity.

 

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And if you’re more of a gloss girl, you’ll love these mini lip glosses from Clinique on a pretty little keyring. They are the Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 glosses in best selling Clearly Pink, Air Kiss and Cabana Crush and are £15 with £2 going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

If you’re feeling flush and want to make a bigger contribution, and also get yourself something super special at the same time, have a little look at this beauty.

 

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It’s another of Liz Hurley’s efforts, this time with Aspinal. It costs £375 with £100 of that going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. That could definitely ease the guilt of another bag purchase! Visit www.aspinaloflondon.com.

1 in 8 women in the UK and in Ireland will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. And don’t forget about the boys!

 

Ree

xxx


26
Sep 11

GlossyBox – The Monthly Treat for Girly Girls

This is the ultimate update on the fun and excitement that your monthly glossy magazine subscription brings. It’s the GlossyBox!

 

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It’s a really brilliant and comprehensive service for everyone that has an interest in beauty products. It might be that you don’t know where to start (understandably with the plethora of different ranges, and ranges within ranges out there) or that you don’t have time to scour the beauty halls for the latest products – whatever the reason, GlossyBox is a really good option.

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This is how it works. Once you have subscribed to GlossyBox for £12.95 per  month, each month you’ll recieve a gorgeous box through the post that is beautifully packed with five yummy products in small sizes. They are good sizes – enough for you to find out whether you like the products or not – and the selection will be tailored to the beauty profile you completed when you subscribed.

Here is the latest box for September…

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It has :

HD Brows Eye & brow Palette
Dead Sea Spa Magik Salts
Neal and Wolf Glow Super shine spray
Moa The Green Balm
Plum by Mary Greenwell

 

The HD palette is gorgeous and worth just under £20 on its own so your £12.95 investment has already paid off!

Glossybox will give you all the information you need and also direct where to buy the products should you wish to continue using them (in many cases armed with a handy discount code!). Glossybox has also launched its new online magazine which will hold your hand through discovering new techniques and makeup looks to accompany your monthly goody box! You can even find a super cute little hints page straight from the the Glossy Girls.

 

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And talking of the Glossy Girls – well they are absolutely lovely. Really nice, friendly people who genuinely want to share the secrets of the beauty industry with us.

To check out GlossyBox and subscribe click here. It’s well worth a look. There is no minimum term so it’s a no-strings affair! And what a fabulous Christmas pressie it would make for a mum, daughter or sister!

Ree

xxx


22
Sep 11

An Hour’s Holiday!

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Last Friday I experienced a blissful interlude of pampering down at my local Dove Spa. I was treated to the Drift Away package which promises to deliver an hour’s holiday with a combination of four different treatments.

I have to say, it was a brilliant treat, and it left me feeling super relaxed and my skin looking and feeling really nourished.

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It started with the Dove Spa Skin Talk, which is a brief analysis of lifestyle and skin to identify for you, and the therapist, the best way to look after your skin. It provides information about moisture and hydration, elasticity and pigmentation and is jolly interesting!! After a brief consultation about my skin concerns, the therapist was then able to select the perfect products to use on me during the treatment.

The treatment started with a gorgeous back scrub using a self-heating exfoliator, which is like having your back softly scratched whilst having a gentle massage at the same time. Bliss! It then moved on to an amazing back massage that had me sinking into the bed. The products felt so good, super soothing and nourishing.

A facial was next where the therapist focussed on hydrating my skin. The products smell and feel amazing so I was super excited to get some mini samples to try at home.

The last part of my treatment was an arm and hand massage which I found super relaxing. I could have had a head or foot massage in its place but opted for the hand treatment.

My skin was gleaming when I left and I felt amazing. I’d thoroughly recommend it. It is also amazing value for money – £39 for a full hour plus the skin talk.

That’s a special offer price until 29th October 2011. Visit dovespa.co.uk for more information. And as it’s National Spa Week this week, why not!?

Ree

xxx


12
Sep 11

My Semi-Permanent Mascara

Yesterday I had my eye lashes made really pretty! Check out these pics. I have no makeup on at all, so this is a mascara look without the mascara! Fabbie!

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And just to give you a real indicator of how much difference this treatment makes, here’s a picture of my lashes with no mascara beforehand…

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It was a quick and painless process and now I am just kicking myself that I didn’t get it done before my holiday. This morning I woke up looking super fresh (even though I really wasn’t feeling it) and the treatment kind of makes me look as if I have already done my makeup. They are smudgeproof and waterproof.  If you want to add more impact, you can use a water-based mascara that you then rinse of with plain water.

It took about 45 minutes to do top and bottom lashes, where the lashes were curled and then had the semi-permant mascara applied that sets everything in place. It will last 2-4 weeks and all I have to do is avoid any products that contain oil, on and around the lashes, and they will stay looking gorgeous and curled with the mascara look.

I had to keep them dry for 24 hours straight after the treatment,  so I avoided any tear-jerking TV viewing last night!

I got my Semi-permanent mascara treatment from Flutter, who provide a super convenient mobile service. Prices start at £60.

I’m really happy with it. My lashes look so much longer and now have a fab curl that they didn’t have before. Yay! I’ll be fluttering all day long!

 

Ree

xxx


7
Sep 11

My Perfect Tinted Lip Balm!!

I have been revelling in a new discovery and it is one of the lip balm variety.

Now I do love a lip balm and whilst I have always rated Carmex for its lip conditioning, fresh feel and subtle sheen, I was never as crazy about it as other lip balm lovers I know. So in spite of its iconic status within the lip world, Carmex has never wowed me…until now!

Enter the CARMEX Moisture Plus ultra hydrating lip balm!!! Oh my goodness, I love this stuff!!

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It comes in Pink, Peach and Clear and they are completely fab.

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In terms of what I want from a lip balm, they deliver 100%. They condition the lips beautifully – plenty of Vitamin E for that, they go on smoothly, feel super fresh due to the subtle menthol they contain, smell gorgeous (Aloe and Shea Butter) and they stay put pretty well.

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The colours are really pretty and fresh, and lift my whole makeup as soon as I apply them. The beauty of these is that the tint of colour is subtle enough that you don’t need your mirror to apply it. They also layer easily to create a stronger look. Fabbie! My fave is the Pink, closely followed by the Peach.

Here they are on. Get ready for some gratuitous mouth shots!!

Clear…

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Pink…

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Peach…

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They cost £4.50 and are available from ASOS. They also launch in Boots on 23rd September 2011.

Last thing… they taste YUMMY!!

 

Ree

xxx

 


6
Sep 11

Biba’s New Makeup Range!

Excellent news for the Biba fans amongst us! The iconic fashion brand has just announced the launch of its brand new fashion-forward 1930′s Hollywood Glamour inspired makeup range. The capsule collection includes a Lip Palette, Eye Palette, Face Palette, Nail Polish Collection, Eyelash Collection and Lip Gloss Ring (how exciting is that one??!).

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The range will be in House of Fraser from 1st October but for now, here is a sneak peek of this amazing false lash set. They are so gorgeous that I am almost too scared to use them!!

 

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Beautiful hey??! The Biba Luscious Lashes cost £18 and include one ‘out there’ pair and then a more natural look pair for when we are not feeling quite so brave!

I can’t wait til 1st October to see the rest of the range!!

 

Ree

XXX

 


6
Sep 11

East Meets Westfields!

A few weeks ago I went on a site tour of the new Westfields shopping centre at Stratford and I have to say, I was pretty impressed! Check me out in  my safety gear. Super chic??!

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I actually quite like the boots but I’m not sure ‘hivis’ is my colour!

It’s a pretty incredible site. The development has had £1.45 billion invested into it and it comprises 1.9 million sq ft of retail and leisure space. It also has 1.1 million sq ft of office space and three hotels.

With 300 retailers, a 17 screen, all-digital, state of the art Vue cinema, an Aspers casino, a 14 lane All Star Lanes bowling alley, and more than 70 places to eat and drink, it will be the largest urban retail and leisure destination in Europe. Kind of mind blowing!! Or alternatively described as ‘heaven’!!

Even whilst construction was going on, it had a wonderful open feel, thanks to its pillar-less design and the largest pane of glass used in a retail development in the UK.  It was easy to visualise hours of paradisal shopping.

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Here are the Westfield Stratford City features that make it stand out for me…

  • Views of the Olympic Park
  • ‘The Street’ which gives you the outdoor shopping and dining experience
  • Free Wi-Fi access and boosted mobile phone 3G signal
  • Parking Guidance, and Find My Car Technology
  • Best connected shopping centre in the country
  • Shops, shops and more shops (oh and restaurants etc etc etc) click here to see who will be there

 

It was amazing to see Stratford looking like that. I grew up in Leytonstone and used to hop on the tube to go to Stratford’s teeny tiny shopping centre. It is literally like a whole other world now. There have been 27,000 new jobs throughout construction, 10,ooo permanent jobs upon opening, 2,000 of which will go to the long-term unemployed.

I really think it will great and there isn’t long to wait. Westfields Stratford City will welcome its first visitors on 13th September 2011. Exciting!

And you have to check out this amazing short video celebrating 100 years of East London style in 100 seconds. It is completely brilliant.

http://www.youtube.com/user/WestfieldStratford#p/a/u/0/7JxfgId3XTs

See more at www.westfieldstratfordcity2011.com

 

Ree

xxx

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