Friday, 31 August 2012

Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara Review - Free with the September issue of TATLER Magazine

To launch their new Hypnôse Star MascaraLancôme decided to bring back a true icon – Betty Boop! 

Betty is known for her cheeky character, glamour and amazing eyelashes.

 Betty Boop even starred in a special video teaching supermodel Daria Werbowy how to ‘say it with the eyes’. 

A great video, it launched the new product in a unique way and captured people’s attention! 

You can watch the video by clicking 'Here'

The beauty media went crazy for it, and the video worked perfectly for online press and bloggers, which has had over 40,000 hits on Youtube alone.

It's one of the top 5 beauty campaigns of the year so far and I can see why!

The brush well what can I say it is truly unique in every way...

The mascara offers - Intense Volume, Curled Lashes.

Taken from the Lancôme website itself they say that - 

"The Star eye-look by Lancôme. Create show-stopping eyes with this mascara and dual-sided brush leaves lashes looking volumised and curled. A “Black Diamond” shade dresses lashes in a deep and glamorous intensity"

The mascara really does live up to the hype!

Plus I received mine through the September issue of TATLER Magazine meaning that it was free!!  

I have been using it for quite a few weeks now and I absolutely love it, the intensity of the mascara can be reached by using the perfectly sized brush to angle into every lash and coat it with the black diamond shade. I usually build up the colour by applying thin coats until the desired effect I want is achieved.

urge you if you are interested in this magazine to seek out a copy of TATLER and pick up the sample of the mascara because you won't know until you try it!

In my video below I go into more detail about the mascara wand and its unusual shape.

Here's my video on this amazing mascara 

The magical mascara wand

Before shots of my lashes

After shots of my lashes wearing the mascara 

Now as I said before the formula is build-able meaning that if you like a more intense lash look you can apply several coats, I find two coats is enough coverage for me, and three coats are great for a evening out.  The formula isn't runny at all meaning that each lash is coated equally.  

You can pick up this wonder product directly from Lancôme's website for £21.00 and it comes in only one shade - 01 Noir Midnight.  

In my opinion it doesn't need to come in any other colour because its beautiful the way it is!

Click 'Here' to purchase the mascara online.

Thanks for reading / watching and don't forget to leave me your comments!  

Have you tried the new Hypnôse star mascara?

(photos of product taken from Lancome's website, mascara wand picture taken from Glamour magazines website, all other photos my own)

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

‘Dress Your Housemate’ - With

So as you  may already know I live with a guy (friend), who loves clothes as much as I do. 
So when I stumbled across Red Square Clothing we had a look through and put many items into the online shopping basket.  Before we go through everything and place the order with what my housemate wants I thought I would provide you with some back ground information on Red Square Clothing, so that you may also spread the word on this amazing online shop! 

Their website is easy to use, and looks as stylish as their store in Middlesbrough! (Not that I have been but you can see by the photos below)

About Red Square
Red Square started life in may of 1990 tucked away on the outskirts of Middlesbrough's town centre. Their policy was to try and offer something different than their competitors; they wanted to guard against churning out fashion clones and instead offer a look that was cutting-edge without being to wacky.

They managed to do this by finding up-and-coming brands from around the world. Their policy enabled Red Square to build up a loyal customer base and over the years these customers have helped Red Square grow into one of the finest retail spaces in the UK.
Red Square relocated in 1995 to large, more central premises and in 2004 undertook the biggest shop refit to date for Red Square. They extended their shop over two floors, and in the process doubled the floor space.
The aim of the shop refit was to keep it nice and simple with clean lines running throughout the shop and in doing so let the clothes do the talking and not the shop fit, this was also the brief with their on-line shop.
The aim was to make shopping online at Red Square as easy as possible for customers.
Red Square is an official stockist of all the brands listed on their website and they do not sell factory seconds or grey market goods.
I really liked Red Squares philosophy and the way they look after the brands stocked by them both online and in store.

Red Square's brand base covers many that I have never heard of before - this initially drew me to the website and then made me want to share my discovery with my housemate who I knew would appreciate the unusual brands on offer.

Brands include -

Here are some of the brands which my housemate loves -
Pretty Green

Launched in June 2009 Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green clothing label has fast become one of the most respected menswear brands on the market. In only a few short years Pretty Green has achieved a phenomenal amount of success and adulation from both customers and critics alike. In fact, the classic Pretty Green logo t-shirt has now become one of the most familiar pieces available.

The flagship Pretty Green store was opened on Carnaby Street in 2010, with stores in Manchester and Glasgow following shortly after. Today Pretty Green has outlets in almost every major UK city, proving that the demand for quality apparel, by rock and roll’s greatest front man, knows no bounds.

Pretty Green Bandana T-Shirt in white, made from 100% Egyptian cotton.

Featuring a crew neck with a blue Pretty Green, bandana print around lower body.

We loved the detailing of this T-shirt, not only has it a feminine twist to it but it also screams boho chic, I have never seen a T shirt with this detailing before. 

The T shirt above is £44.99 and is available by clicking 'Here'

Pretty Green Union Jack Apple Logo T-Shirt in black, made from 100% jersey cotton.
Featuring a crew neck collar and a large signature Pretty Green chest logo in a union jack apple design.

I like how patriotic of this T shirt with the Union Jack detailing and the funky apple! 
 It definitely stands out from the crowd.  This T shirt is available for £44.99 by clicking 'Here'


Detroit, 1889, and a young man named Hamilton Carhartt has just founded a company which would become the most influential work-wear clothing brand of all time. Carhartt immediately set the standard for innovative design and exceptional standards of quality, durability and comfort.
This philosophy behind creating unique designs, alongside quality and comfort, also extend into Carhartt’s street-wear range. Their desire to support artists, musicians, and urban sports, such as BMX and skateboarding, has seen the brand create their own teams for such events as The Rebel Jam and European Skateboard Championships.

Carhartt Pocket Camo T-Shirt in black, made from 100% cotton. Featuring a single camo pocket on left chest. Finished off with a small woven Carhartt script logo.

I love the funky army print pocket of this T shirt, my housemate has said that this would go with lots of things and can be dressed up by a necklace.  This T shirt is available by clicking 'Here' and is reasonably priced at £29.99

Carhartt Military Watch in silver with 2 changeable nylon straps. 
Featuring a nylon canvas belt style fasten with a metal buckle, silver dial with green fluorescent markings, a red "second" time indicator and pop out button for time adjustment. Finished off with a Carhartt engraved logo on the reverse face and arriving in a black presentation case.
My housemate loves this watch because it comes with two interchangeable straps meaning that you get twice the wear out of it.  It would also make a lovely gift, as the presentation box is very smart. 
This watch is available by clicking 'Here' and is priced at £63.99 not a high price for what essentially is two watches!
Herschel Supply Co Brand Profile
In the early 1900’s a barrel maker from Scotland, named Peter Alexander Cormack, immigrated to Canada and set up business in a small town. To this day Peter’s grandchildren still live in that very same town and run the family business. However, the company is no longer in the barrel business.

Herschel Supply Co is now a quality bag and backpack brand which is globally respected for their high quality products and innovative designs. Herschel takes its inspiration from all manner of lifestyle situations such as ‘vintage mountaineering’, American heritage’ and ‘world travel and fashion’.
The Anchor iPad sleeve is THE perfect companion to safeguard one of the most precious gadgets in your life. Stylishly designed by the Herschel Supply Co. team the Anchor is fully padded and fleece lined for optimum protection.
My housemate loved the army print fabric of this Ipad sleeve - we have never seen anything like this before.  This Ipad sleeve is available by clicking 'Here' for £24.99 I also love the fact that this is a British brand!
The Survey backpack is a simple, yet elegant design by Herschel Supply Co.
Herschel has stated that the inspiration for the Survey backpack came from some of the first generation scouting bags. An updated version for the modern generation stays true to the original roots of the scouting bag. An inside sleeve pocket and magnetic closures keep this minimalist design to a perfect minimum.
Size: 17” (H) x 13.75” (W) x 2.75” (D), 10.5L
We absolutely loved the style of this backpack, and the paisley lining.
So much did we love it we are very tempted to buy one each!  The backpack is available by clicking 'Here' for £54.99
So that concludes my housemates wish list or to be honest what he has already got inside his online shopping basket!!  I really like Red Square Clothing.
Please let me know in the comments what you think of the website?
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Saturday, 25 August 2012

H&M Autumn Collection

Hey guys, 

I LOVE, and I can't say that enough LOVE H & M I am lucky enough to have an on-line account with them and they're customer services team are wonderful.

The couriers Hermes used by H & M are always polite and leave me notes to tell me where my packages have been left and also text you to tell you delivery times and dates... which is handy because via text you have the option to change the times and dates to suit you.

I really cannot fault H & M for they're products.
I have spent far too much this month on bits for my new home and clothes for myself so I thought I would share with you all some of the items I am loving as well as some of the items I have bought.  
Get ready for a large photo content.... I have my eye on far too much!! 

My wish list -

I adore this gorgeous turquoise coat its £69.99 but worth every penny - I just have to resist it!

I will put price details and links below for you.  The ballet pumps from H & M are also great value I swear by them for work and there is an extensive range online for you to chose from.

Coat £69.99
Knee-length, double-breasted coat in soft, slightly hairy fabric, with no lapels, welt pockets at the front and a vent at the back. Lined.
20% alpaca, 57% polyester, 13% wool, 10% viscose. Dry-clean only
COLOUR: Turquoise
To purchase this coat please click 'Here'

Next up is a bloggers favourite the studded bag

Imitation leather bag with rivets, two handles and an adjustable detachable shoulder strap. Zip at the top, and 

three inner pockets, one with a zip. Size 25x34 cm

This bag comes in black and light beige and it costs £29.99 you can buy this bag by clicking 'Here' 

I really like the detailing on this bag.

Other home items on my wish list

  This girly home ware range from H & M is right up my street - not only is it kitsch and girly but it is also great value.  If I could I would get everything from the range but I doubt my house mate would be impressed by all the pinkness! LOL!! 

You can check out this fab range by clicking 'Here'

Items which I have purchased 

Imitation suede shoes with sparkly stones at the front and rubber soles come in black or suede and are 

totally beautiful they are also a bargain at £14.99 you can buy these beauties by clicking 'Here'

Rigid necklace in imitaton leather with rivets and an adjustable fastener at the back. 

This necklace is right on 

trend, looks fab with grey tops and black and adds a little rock chick to an outfit plus its only just £5.99 You

can buy this necklace by clicking 'Here'

5-pocket, straight fit trousers in stretch twill in Burgundy.  These trousers fit me like a glove, not only are they a great colour but they are good value too at £14.99 from the + size range I will be purchasing more of them in the coming month.  You can buy these by clicking 'Here'

I also purchased Sleeveless blouse in airy chiffon with sequins on the shoulders, a collar, concealed buttons 

at the top, and gathers at the back. The back is longer than the front.

I adore this blouse, I am yet to wear it but I love how versatile it is!  The sequin detailing is pretty too.  

You can purchase this blouse for £24.99 by clicking 'Here'

Lastly in my haul from H & M I picked up this beautiful vase to go on my desk with flowers on.  
I purchased the clear glass version (on the left) I think its so stylish!  Glass vase with a spotted relief pattern. Height 15 cm. £7.99 you can purchase this vase by clicking 'Here'

So apologies for the long post but I thought you would like to see the many bargains on offer from H & M.

Let me know in the comments below if you love H & M as much as I do! And what other bargains I am missing out on.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Dream Idols (Supporting the Magic Mike Film Promotion) Review

The Dream Idols with Channing Tatum
So (as you do) I was invited to go and watch the Dream Idols on their promotional tour supporting the film 'Magic Mike' starring Channing Tatum.

The boys are busy appearing in many tours throughout the UK and I was invited to go and see them in Kingston Upon Thames.

Magic Mike Movie Poster
My video of the Dream Idols Opening act:

The Dream Idols

He's not naked he has shorts ON!!

I really did enjoy watching the boys, the venue was packed of girls but the Dream Idols took a while to come on stage and the crowd was getting extremely impatient!

There were several hen parties in the crowd adding to the noise (as you can hear in my video) but for free entry and a girly night out it was a giggle.

Now these boys weren't as good as seeing the film, but I still enjoyed the bodies (sorry if I offend anyone! LOL) They had cheeky faces, but at times they seemed embarrassed.

After an hour or so we decided to leave to go to the cinema to see Batman but not before I took advantage of the Avon stand that was there, where I picked up their latest catalogue and also the Clarins stand where I was provided with a mini treat bag full of products and a free 45 minute facial. (I will blog about my facial in a few posts time as it was amazing)

So if your out and about and you see an advert for the Dream Idols at a club, go along because its free entry for the ladies and offers you some totty to look at as well as a free facial and other samples of beauty products to try! Win, Win in my eyes.

Have you heard of the Dream Idols before?

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Monday, 20 August 2012

Looking for a holiday? Loved the cycling on the Olympics? - This is for you - Saddle Skedaddle

Hi guys,
So have you been inspired by the Olympics and how amazing team GB did at the cycling?  

I have been inspired but I know I wont see it through but I thought I would share with you another fab website I have come across spurred on by the Olympics! 

 This is for anyone with the love of the outdoors and cycling introducing - "Saddle Skedaddle"

At Saddle Skedaddle they offer mountain bike holidays, cycling holidays and road cycling holidays so you have a choice out of those three. 

They cover a large amount of countries for their holidays from Austria to Peru!  
So there really is something to suit everyone.

They also offer bespoke holidays and vouchers which can be tailor made to meet your requirements.

A spell-binding road cycling holiday that taking in vast areas of lush cloudforest and rainforest, magnificent volcanoes, the coast and a network of great paved roads and makes Costa Rica the perfect road cycling destination.


What Saddle Skedaddles Holidays Include - 

Great Accommodation, Delicious Food

Tried and tested accommodation and the best local food, wine and beer are just what you need after a day in the saddle.
Saddle Skedaddle use various styles of accommodation depending on the destination. Wherever possible it will be characteristic of the area you are visiting and always good quality.
On group tours they provide plenty of snack stops en-route as well as a delicious buffet lunch, and where appropriate, tours include all your meals. Check out the Tour Detail Panel on each holiday page to find out how many meals are included. They cater for vegetarians and other special dietary requirements.

For further information click 'Here'

Bikes and Kit


At Saddle Skedaddle you are welcome to bring along your own bike – many people prefer to. 
they’ll advise you on relevant airline procedures. If you’d rather use one of their bikes that's fine too. 
In most locations they hire either front suspension mountain bikes or road bikes made by the top bicycle manufacturer, Giant, and they also provide a helmet too. If you’re travelling abroad, you’ll get a recommended kit list in your Pre-departure Dossier.

The French Alps are home to the most famous Tour de France climbs, and this pass-bagging road cycling tour will take in the finest of them all including the  Colombiere, Telegraph and Alpe d'Huez - so get your climbing legs on!

Vehicle Support

Support vehicles are used on most of their guided and supported trips, except where the routes don’t allow access. 
The vehicle carries all your kit as well as bike spares, repair kit, first aid, snacks and lunch, leaving you to travel light and enjoy your holiday. If, at a certain point on the ride you want to rest or forget cycling for the day, you can hop aboard the vehicle and put your feet up!

Financial Protection and Security

ABTOT number 5111
 As a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), an association approved by the Department of Trade and Industry, Saddle Skedaddle Limited has provided a bond to meet the requirements of the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tour Regulations 1992 in respect of non-flight inclusive packages only.

This bond provides security for money paid over by customers.

Advice on Flights and Trains

advice on planes and trains
Train travel and flights do not form part of their packages. However they can provide you with advice on relevant train, flights and general travel arrangements that tie into their holidays.
Estimated flight costs from the UK are provided for each of their non-UK holidays. These are for your information only and are meant to provide a guide of what you could expect to pay. You will need to book flights directly with appropriate airlines and agents who will send you confirmation and tickets for those flights. Many of Saddle Skedaddles worldwide destinations are accessible via budget airlines and may be booked directly on the internet. 

The ultimate UK cycling challenge - that really is the only way to describe our Land's End to John O'Groats cycling tour. Every cyclist should make this cycling journey at least once in their lifetime. 2 week and 3 week cycling options.

At Saddle Skedaddle it appears that everything is well thought out and catered for, from the beginners of cycling to the pros.  I really think they have everything sewn up!

I really like the look of the Morocco Atlas Traverse mountain bike holiday,  Departure Date: 07/09/2012   for the period of 7 Sep - 16 Sep. 

An incredible mountain bike tour in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. If great place to place mountain biking is for you then your going to love this holiday/biking tour! 

Duration - 10 days
Return 16/09/12

£895.00 p.p.
To look at this holiday click 'Here'
Now if I was any good at cycling then I would be on this trip like a shot!

Morocco - Atlas Traverse - Biking Adventures

I hope you have enjoyed this post?  It's a little bit different for me and I have really enjoyed nosing at holidays! :-) (who wouldn't)


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Oriflame Optimals 'Oxygen Boost' Product Review

I was lucky enough to be sent 3 items from the Oriflame Optimals Oxygen Boost range to try.  

I have been using all 3 of the products for nearly 4 weeks now and I have been extremely impressed with the facial moisturiser and surprised by the results as well as the fantastic prices of this range.

I have heard of Oriflame before, but it isn't something which I can honestly say I knew that much about... until now!

Oriflame in brief

Founded in 1967 by two brothers and their friend, Oriflame is now an international beauty company selling direct in more than 60 countries worldwide. 
Its wide portfolio of Swedish, natural, innovative beauty products are marketed through a sales force of approximately 3.6 million independent consultants, who together create annual sales exceeding some €1.5 billion.
Oriflame offers the leading business opportunity for people who want to start making money from  day one and work towards fulfilling their personal dreams and ambitions through its unique business concept - Make Money Today and Fulfil Your Dreams Tomorrow™.
Respect for people and nature underlie the company’s operating principles and are reflected in its social and environmental policies. Oriflame supports numerous charities worldwide and is a Co-founder of the World Childhood Foundation. Oriflame Cosmetics is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange.
Brief facts:

• 1.5 billion Euros in annual sales

• Approx. 3.6 million Consultants
• 7900 employees
• A product range of approximately 1000 cosmetics products.
• Co-founder of World Childhood Foundation.
• Global R&D Centre with more than 100 scientists
• 5 own production units in Sweden, Poland, China, Russia and India
• Listed on the Nasdaq OMX Exchange since March 2004
• Products based on natural ingredients, never tested on animals
• Operations in more than 60 countries of which 11 franchisees

Here's my video on how I found the products:

Oxygen Boost Face Mask
Oxygenating and moisturising mask detoxifies and rejuvenates dull polluted skin. Suitable for all skin types. Apply generously on cleansed face avoiding eye area, leave on for 10 min then remove with cotton pad. 75 ml.  

You can find this Moisturising mask by clicking 'Here' it retails at £8.45, I didn't get on so well with this mask I found that it set quite tight on my skin and made it feel dry.  I think it may be suited to oilier skins that would benefit from the brown algae ingredients.

Oxygen Boost Cream

Oxygenating cream boosts cellular respiration and reduces environmental stress to make your skin glow with youthful vitality. 24-hour moisturising formula. 

For day and night vitro active information 50 ml. You can find this cream by clicking 'here' It retails at £8.95 and is a very light but moisturising cream that hydrates and smells lovely.  This cream was definitely my favourite from the range!

Oxygen Boost Eye cream (on the right)

A breath of pure oxygen for the delicate eye area! Lightweight oxygenating cream helps to detoxify, de-puff and instantly take away every sign of tiredness. 

Aqua Boost complex-enriched formula provides 24H hydration and helps prevent the appearance of wrinkles. 15 ml. You can find the eye cream (pictured as the small pot on the right) by clicking 'Here' it retails for £7.95 and is a light, nourishing cream which hydrates the delicate eye area well.

Have you tried any of the Oriflame Skincare, Haircare or Body care ranges before?  They also stock makeup which I am very interested in trying.

I think Oriflame offers quality and affordability but doesn't skimp on packaging or performance.

I hope you have found this post useful?

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