20
Mar 12

The Queen’s Aspinal – Diamond Jubilee Celebration Collection

 

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Aspinal designs made in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

 

Absolutely in love with these gorgeous Aspinal designs made in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The range which includes a tote, a box clutch, a purse, blackberry and iPhone cases and a keyring will be priced from £45 to £295 available from late April 2012 in the Brook Street and Covent Garden Stores only.

This is a very limited collection, only 50 of the clutches and 100 of each of the rest of the range.

I think I might need something little!! What do you think?

Ree

XXX


14
Mar 12

Red Lips Red Top!

I wore this for a night out recently..

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ReallyRee Outfit of the Day

 

The top is a super bargain from Primark. I think it was £6 and it comes in a few colours. I like the way it’s sheer but not too sheer.

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05
Mar 12

Nails! Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire

Max Factor sent over one of their cute little Max Colour Effect Mini Nail Polishes for me to try. I was quite excited about this one - Fantasy Fire – as there has been an amazing amount of buzz surrounding it.

 This is mainly because it’s apparently extremely similar to a now discontinued Clarins shade 230 but I am not going to pretend that I know anything about that at all!!

 All I know is that it’s a little beauty that has a brilliant holographic effect that turns it between 2 very pretty shades as you move your fingers. Quite hard to catch on camera but I have done my best.

This shot is without flash…

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Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire
And this shot is with flash…
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Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire

It’s currently a sell out nationwide but I hear there’s a large batch set to hit stores soon so…. on your marks!

 Max Factor actually sent me over a little kit to create their new nail artist, Zarra Celik’s Purple Leopard shown here.


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Max Factor’s Fantasy Fire as
Zarra Celik’s Purple Leopard

But I loved this colour on it’s own so much that I didn’t want to mess with it! As it’s quite sheer, this is 3 coats but I hear it’s fab layered over darker shades too. That’s on the list!

What do you think of Fantasy Fire?

 Ree

 XXX


28
Feb 12

Face of the Day: PPQ Autumn Winter 2012

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ReallyRee Face of the Day: PPQ Autumn Winter 2012

Yesterday I had loads of fun filming a Get the Look video with Katie Hughes, FashionistA’s makeup artist.

FashionistA was the official makeup partner for the PPQ show at London Fashion Week this season and Katie created a gorgeous expensive looking Hollywood glamour look that perfectly complemented the collection.

Here’s the model look…

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PPQ Autumn Winter 2012

And here it is recreated on yours truly…

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ReallyRee Face of the Day: PPQ Autumn Winter 2012

 

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ReallyRee Face of the Day: PPQ Autumn Winter 2012

Here’s me with Katie…

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ReallyRee Face of the Day: PPQ Autumn Winter 2012

And then Katie wanted the PPQ look!!

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ReallyRee Face of the Day: PPQ Autumn Winter 2012

And then so did Alice who filmed the tutorial for us!

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ReallyRee Face of the Day: PPQ Autumn Winter 2012

Basically we had lots of fun with FashionistA makeup! Ah makeup is a wonderful thing!!

The FashionistA products used:
Secret Mattifying Primer
Ready to Wear Concealer
Pressed Powder
Blush – Butterscotch
Gel Liner in Dress Down Cool (brows)
Mascara in Brown/Black (brows and lash roots)
Blend of Brunette Bombshell and Blackout eyeshadow along lash line
Blend of Red Carpet and Coral Double Take Lipstick
Gel Liner in Black – heart
Eye Pencil in Black –  heart

Stay tuned for the tutorial video coming soon! Check out all the PPQ FashionistA posts here.

Would you wear your heart on your cheek?!
Ree
XXX

15
Feb 12

New Makeup Post!

This is the makeup I wore to the fab MUA Cosmetics Love Hearts launch. That’s where I got those fabbie nails!

 

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ReallyRee Face of the Day

 

This time I used the Ready-To-Wear Luminous Foundation from FashionistA (stocked at Superdrug) in Shade 1 Nude. It provides an excellent coverage yet looks really natural and glowy. Super happy with that one! The coverage is so good I didn’t need any concealer. Bonus! I have product pics at the end of the post for you.

 

I used a touch of Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Creme-Rouge Blusher in Hot Pink. It looks so vivid and strong in the palette but it gives the prettiest natural flush. Just gorgeous!

 

I set the base with FashionistA compact powder which is really fine and light. I love the packaging too. It has a fab 360 swivel mirror. Photo to follow.

 

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ReallyRee Face of the Day

 

The eyes are a mix of Burberry, Bourjois and Dior.

 

I used Burberry’s sheer eyeshadow in Almond No 06 over the whole lid. It’s a beautiful matte brown, so fine and easy to blend, and it’s really buildable. I am totally obsessed with Burberry’s presentation and packaging. See the photo at the end of the post – you will love!

 

 

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ReallyRee Face of the Day

 

I hi-lighted with Bourjois’ brand new Light Eyeshadow in Shade 03 (shimmery pink). These shadows are highly concentrated in reflective shimmers, and they are twice as shimmery as regular Bourjois little round pots.

 

I also used Bourjois’ new Kohl and Contour Shadow and Light Pencil in shade 11, Noir and Neige. I used the black along the upper lash line and the shimmery white in the inner corners. Great pencil!

 

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ReallyRee Face of the Day

 

I used my mascara of the moment Diorshow New Look. It’s amaze!

 

Lips are back to FashionistA again. This is the Plumping Lip Glaze in Coral Couture shade 4. It’s gorge! Not too tingly, smells yummy and is super pretty. Thumbs up!

 

And that I think is it! Have you tried any of these goodies?

 

Ree

XXX


03
Feb 12

I Met My Match With Clinique

I went to a gorgeously fab Clinique event last week. It was a real treat! It was all about finding my perfect foundation and after a fun consultation (fun because I got to talk about MEEEE!) my lovely Clinique expert applied the foundation of choice to one side of my face (right in the pic). What do you think?
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Clinique Meet Your Match – Left side no makeup, right side Clinique Super Balanced Makeup
I was pretty impressed. This was Clinique’s Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster (27). I was then evened up and we moved on to my next half and half comparison.  This time it was concealer! You can see on the right side of the pic a real flawless look under my eye. Wonderful!
This is the Clinique Airbrush concealer in Neutral Fair (04). It’s very illuminating.


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Clinique Meet Your Match – left side no concealer, right side Clinique Airbrush Concealer

We then selected my perfect powder (which is Clinique Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend 20) and learnt a brilliant trick to minimise pores (I’m totally obsessed with my pores!!).

 

You tip a small amount of loose powder into the palm of your hand, then rub it in with your finger and then press onto any areas where the pores seem enlarged. Brush away any excess with a clean brush and hey presto!!!!…. perfect skin!! Look!!

 

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Clinique Meet Your Match
I then did my obligatory toilet shots so I could show you the perfection in a different light. I just can’t help myself!
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Clinique Meet Your Match
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Clinique Meet Your Match
This is the first time I have used a Clinique foundation and I am certainly impressed. It’s definitely worth taking the time to talk to the counter experts to find the formulas that suit your skin type and wish list best.
I’m happy!!
As a side, I am also loving Clinique’s new Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator. It is fab fab fab for dry winter skin (and comes in a pretty pink pot!).
Visit www.clinique.co.uk for more info. What foundation are you using right now?
Ree
XXX

30
Jan 12

Hair Botox, a Cut and Curls!

In my constant chitter chatter about about hair I have on twitter, I ended up getting into hair chats with fabulous Sinead Kelly (follow her here).

Sinead is an award winning celebrity hairdresser, with her self-titled salon in beautiful Barnes in South West London. And guess what… Sinead invited me along to get the Sinead Kelly treatment! I had a hair botox treatment, a cut and a fab blowdry and curls.

 And this is what the Sinead Kelly treatment looks like…

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Hair By Sinead Kelly

 

Check out my glossy, shiny locks!! And cos I know you’ll want to see…here are loads of other angles!

 

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Hair By Sinead Kelly
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Hair By Sinead Kelly
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Hair By Sinead Kelly
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Hair By Sinead Kelly

Sinead gave me a fab tutorial about how to tong my hair without frazzling the ends using Mark Hill Ceramic Curling Tongs which is available at Boots. I shall do a post on that as soon as I have practised it to perfection. There’s a definite knack and I am all about protecting my poor dry ends!

 And I thought you might like to have a little look at the cut before Sinead curled it for me. So here are a couple of shots of that too!


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Hair By Sinead Kelly
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Hair By Sinead Kelly

Excuse the gratuitous appearance of the bag!! I had it there because I quickly whipped my camera out…honest!

Sinead’s salon is absolutely gorgoeus. It has a lovely relaxing atmosphere, I kind of felt like I wanted to move in there. In fact I loved Barnes so much that I googled house prices when I got home!! It’s OK though, I definitely can’t afford it…yet!

Also while I was there Kimberly Wyatt was having her hair done too and I do love a little brush with a celeb every now and then!!

To find out more about Sinead Kelly, visit www.sineadkellylondon.com or tweet her here. She’s not just an amazing stylist, she’s a fab tweeter too!

 

Ree

XXX


20
Jan 12

Diorshow New Look Mascara. It’s Love!!!

Right before I tell you anything “technical” about this gorgeous new mascara from Dior, I have to show you this…

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Diorshow New Look Mascara

This is one quick coat with absolutely no other makeup on. As you can see it has the most amazing volumising and lengthening effect and I have to say that it really has been love at first sight/application.

This is potentially the best mascara I have ever tried!

The brush was a surprise to me as I have always been familiar with the big fat brushes of the original Diorshow. At first look I wasn’t convinced that it could achieve such an amazing result.

 

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Diorshow New Look Mascara

But as you can see, it really does, even with just one quick coat. Just the look of it is enough for me but for anyone that needs to know more about what this mascara offers, here’s a few bits of info you may like to know.

 

The ‘nanobrush’ is made of  ground-breaking new material and is a combination of supple rubber and resistant plastic. It features 2 parts – the lower one has 4 reservoirs and separating spikes, which load lashes from the root and allows maximum extension while the upper part has a ‘lash catcher’ micro-headto make sure you catch every one.

Lash Multiplier Serum which helps to coat each lash and the Dior Black Glass pigment with light-reflecting particles has a reported magnifying effect, increasing the depth and shine of the colour.

Excitingly, Diorshow New Look is enriched with a regenerating treatment serum, with Royal Jelly extract which repairs the damaged parts of the fibre, and re-texturises the lash. It reacts to body heat to fluidify  contact with the eyelid which allows serum to release its active ingredients as close as possible to the lash line.

So not only does it make your lashes appear longer and fuller, it is actually treating them to create stronger, thicker lashes. Yay!!

I wore this mascara all day and night yesterday and the lashes retained their dramatic effect, in terms of volume, length and colour, and there was absolutely no smudging. I carried it in my bag because it looks so beautiful, but there was no need to re-apply.

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Diorshow New Look Mascara

It came off easily with my cleanser which is key as I sometimes find that long lasting mascaras are difficult to remove, which causes stress and irritation to the delicate eye area.

So, in summary, I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IT!!

It comes in 3 shades: New Look Black, New Look Brown & New Look Blue and will be available nationwide 31st January 2012 priced at £23.

Ree

XXX


16
Jan 12

Gorgeous New Nail Collections from Accessorize

Check out these yummy shades from Accessorize. 

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Nails by Accessorize
The taupey shade is called Mink and is from the new Autumn/Winter range. This is 2 coats but the coverage is so good that you could easily get away with one. 

The accent colour is called Princess from the new 3D glitter nail polish range. It’s gorgeously sparkly and shimmery and I am addicted to glitter right now (and forever!!). This is 2 coats.
Polishes cost £4 each and are available now from Superdrug and Accessorize.
Here’s a peak at the rest of the colours from the collections… 

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Accessorize Autumn Winter 11 Collection

 

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Accessorize 3D Glitter Nail Collection
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Accessorize Metallic Nail Collection

They are so easy to apply and dry super fast. I’d definitely recommend you try them.

Which ones would you pick? What colours are you loving at the moment? What do you think of my colour combination? Too many questions? Ooops that was another one!!
Ree
XXX

09
Jan 12

New Mask Crush – Origins Drink Up Intensive

Goodness! My skin gets so dry in Winter. And as much as I don’t like oily skin, dry skin is the worst as it emphasises every line and wrinkle and makes my makeup look patchy and uneven. But, I have found something from Origins that really helps.
Introducing the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask…
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Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

The mask contains Japanese seaweed (to prevent future moisture loss), hyaluronic acid (to draw water into the skin), and Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil and Mango Butters to nourish and quench. It smells GORGEOUS – all fresh and zingy and yummy.

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Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
I’d recommend ignoring the instructions as I find ’tissuing’ off always ends in disaster and yucky soggy bits of tissue stuck to your face.
I found it works best if you don’t use too much – the amount pictured above is perfect for me – and then gently massage in to clean skin and you’re good to go…. to bed! My skin is soft, smooth and hydrated in the morning.
I have also used it during the day for a moisture boost. For example I popped some onto my post-Christmas, dehydrated, carb bloated skin for the 3 hour drive back to London from my mum’s, and my skin was feeling and looking a whole lot better by the time I got there. You can massage in any excess, gently blot with a tissue if you need to and then go ahead with makeup.
You can pick it up at department stores nationwide and it costs £20. 100ml will last you a good while if you use the same amount as I do.
What are you using on your Winter skin?
Ree
XXX 

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