My Favourite Beauty Finds of 2011

I love all things make up and beauty. Here are some of things that i will be using for a long time to come. They are not only amazing but they are part of my daily routine or make up kit!

In no particular order:

Model in A Bottle – I absolutely love this product. Its the best setting spray ever. If you want your make up to last all day then this is for you. I use it on myself and its part of my kit:

Model in A bottle

www.victorialovesbeauty.com

Zaggora – Back in the summer i came across a new company called Zaggora on Twitter. They had a products called Hotpants that claimed to make you lose 2 jean sizes in 2 weeks. I thought i would enter their competiton and see if i could win a pair. When they arrived i wore them everyday for 2 weeks and to my amazement i lost 7lbs in 2 weeks! Its stayed off too! I was over the moon to be part of their advertising campaign as well:

Zaggora hotpants

www.zaggora.com

Niki’s Organic Balm – I have had a bad neck and back for years which comes with my chosen profession. I don’t complain, but i have discovered an instant cure for it. It comes in the form of a balm so i can take it with me everywhere. Within minutes of using this balm i could turn my head which i hadn’t been able to do for 2 weeks.

Organic balm

www.nikisbalms.co.uk

M2 Beaute – When i started using M2 Beaute eyelash activating serum my eyelashes grew so much that people noticed the difference. I have to say despite the price tag this is the best eyelash growth product i have used. As a contact lense wearer it is the only lash growth product that didn’t sting my eyes when i used it. Its a must have!!

M2 beaute lashes www.harrods.com

Sephora Jumbo Liners – These are like eyeshadow in the form of a pencil. They are sold as jumbo eyeliners but can be used for eyeshadow too. These are great for speed and quick touch ups. Its such a shame we don’t have a store here in the UK! I have used these when i’m in a hurry and love them for that. They fit easily in your handbag too.

eyeshadow pencil - sephora

www.sephora.com

Glossy Box – This is a great way to trial new products without paying out for something you might not like. You pay £10 per month plus P&P and you get a gorgeous gift wrapped box of delights. I haven’t had anything i don’t like so far in mine. The Christmas box was red they are normally pink ones.

Glossy box

Glossy Box

www.glossybox.co.uk

Make Up Atelier Waterproof foundation – I have tried out so many foundations and love them all but i have to say i really do love this one. It really is waterproof and stays on. It still has a really dewy look to it when its on too.

Make Up Atelier

www.love-makeup.co.uk

If you have a beauty find for 2011. Please leave a comment so i can check it out!

Happy reading!

Joyce x

Image Skincare – A reviewers diary – Ageing Skin

A while ago i asked for testers to help me test a new skincare range i was thinking about investing in. I would like to thank her for volunteering to be a tester for this blog post. I asked Denise to keep a daily diary for me and take a before and after photo and note any changes to her skin.

The diary below is in Denise’s own words and I haven’t edited it at all.

Here’s the daily diary of Denise

Before

Tuesday – pm – I have no make up on and am taking a picture of my skin ekk! The Vital C smells wonderful – all warm oranges. After washing off the cleanser face feels seems much brighter. I’ve used the hydrating repair creme and it sinks into my skin – big tick.
Wednesday am – Face feels very moisturized, I have a wrinkle starting by my nose, I am watching this week to see if the anti aging creme will have any effect. I also get really spotty if I am stressed, I am really spotting at the mo.
Wednesday pm – Tried cleaning my face with my makeup on, am surprised that the cleanser actually removes my makeup and my face is clean – covering my spots does require a lot of makeup!!
Thursday am – After cleaning and mosturising my face I have applied the sunscreen today. I usually wait around 15 minutes between mousturising and putting my makeup on. The sunscreen is still sitting on my face so I need to wipe it off before I can get my foundation on.
Thursday pm – Am trying the masque tonight. After cleaning my face I pop the masque on, its really really creamy and also smells yummy. It says it is exfoliating – not sure about this – will see when I rinse off.
Not exfoliating at all. But skin is very very hydrated.
Friday am – Urgh, my skin is feeling really clogged up and I can feel new bumps under my skin. I usually use a toner to get a deep clean feel and I am missing it. Stick with the program though and cleanse and moisturizse.
Friday pm – OK I am climbing the bathroom walls now and have given in to the toner. My face feels really congested so a bit of a quick swipe with my toner (sorry).
Saturday am – Put the masque on and sit and watch junk TV to make up for using the toner! My face is feeling really soft. Checking the wrinkle and there is absolutely no change. The masque washes off really easily and I opt just for the anti aging cream as both creams are too heavy for me.
Saturday pm – I have a new spot and I am getting a bit grumpy with the cleanser being more of a cold cream than a cleanser,
Sunday am – cleanse and exfoliate, not happy. Skin is definitely brighter and softer so moisture is going in but I am sooo clogged up I want to go to a sauna.
Sunday pm – had no makeup on today so a really quick cleanse and moisturise.
Monday am – I am so happy today is the last day. I am going to scrub my face the minute I get in from work.
Monday pm – my face is cleaned within an inch of its life. I have probably over done it. But I have used the hydrating repair creme after a scrub and toner and my face feels soo much better now.
After
Overall – this product is not for me. It smells wonderful and is really rich and creamy, I would use for adding moisture to my face but the cleansing process was missing actually cleaning beyond the surface of my face. The cleanser removed the makeup no problem but my face never felt clean. Adding more and more product to my face just clogged my skin up more and with the congestion I already get this was horrible. The exfoliator didn’t exfoliate – it was creamy but had no grain in it to remove anything. The sunscreen was too heavy for my skin and sat on top making my skin feel really greasy. Following the instructions of putting the sunscreen over the moisturiser was too much for my face.
I liked the repair cream that went into my face well and did make my skin softer and feel less dry.
There was absolutely no change what so ever to my wrinkle or the un-eveness of my complexion.
9 out of 10 for the hydrating repair cream as a moisturiser only.
can’t even rate the rest of the products as I didn’t like them at all.
Denise
I would like to thank Denise for her honesty and for persisting with the skincare routine even though it was tough of her!!

Make Up Monday – Moodboard

Today’s post is a moodboard of images that have inspired me in make up. I absolutely love those images and they are simply polished and creative in my eyes!!

The photography is what makes these images so amazingly beautiful

Brides and Beauty is 5 years old Today!

I have been in the beauty business for 15 years now but only set up Brides and Beauty in 2006. Its now 5 years old today and when I think what I started with its gone from strength to strength and I’ve loved every moment!

Over the years I have had some great experiences and here are some of my highlights over the last 5 years!

 

A wedding in Whistler

Joining the charity Look Good Feel Better

All My new friends on Twitter

Discovering 3 amazing make up brands!!

I love make up and cosmetics and if i have too much I give it away. I like to make other people happy and i’d rather it went to a good home than just sit on a shelf in my bathroom. I will be doing a giveaway on here so keep checking back for news!

Brides and beauty evolved because I wanted to offer a service using my skills and knowledge for everyone – Brides, and all women in general. Last year i started this blog and this year I launched the pamper parties and there is more news to come!

I am always open to suggestions of posts and if anyone needs tips or advice you can find out more on my website my Facebook and Twitter

Thank you all for your support. I wouldn’t have made it without you all xx

Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt Brushing Exfoliating Scrub

Exfoliation is one of my top must do treatments. I’m always on the look out for new products. A couple of weeks ago in my Glossy Box I received satchets of Dead Sea Spa Magik Salt brushing.

body scrub

When I opened the pack I was pleased to see that it was already mixed with oil. The smell is good enough to eat. Citrus aromas oozed from the packet. I applied it to dry skin and the oils made my skin silky smooth for a few days afterwards. I love this product and will definitely use it again.

Dead Sea Magik ScrubAs you can see from the picture its oily so that makes application easier. Make sure you’re standing in the bath or shower when you apply it. It can make the floor very slippery so be careful. It rinsed off easily without drying my skin.

It was voted ‘Best Body scrub’ by You Magazine!

The RRP is £13.30 for a 500g tub from Shop for Spa

Its also available at John Lewis, Debenhams, Harrods, Selfridges, Holland & Barrett and independent retailers,

Youngblood Mineral Foundations

Which Foundation Formula is Best for your skin type.

I love Youngblood Foundations and use them professionally and personally. They have lots of different ones to choose from. Here’s how to find out which one would suit you!

See the blog on the Youngblood website for more information!

You can contact me I’m an official stockist!

 


Palmers launch – Daily Skincare Range!

I was on facebook one day and it was just at the right moment to see a competition to win the new Palmers Skincare range. I never win anything but I thought I’d give it a go and see. Imagine my surprise when I was selected out of 25000 people. The winners would be the first 25 to email. I couldn’t believe it when I got the email to say I’d won!!

Well my package arrived about 10 days later and I have been trying them out over the last few days. They smell gorgeous and I love the feel of the products too. Palmers are and age old company and started out in the USA. They are still going strong after starting out in the mid 19th century. They were taken over in 1971 by ET Browne and have grown from strength to strength since then. In the range is:

Daily calming facial Lotion RRP £5.95

Line Smoothing Eye Cream RRP £6.95

Night Renewal Cream RRP £6.95

Daily Cleansing Gel RRP £3.95

Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub RRP £ 5.95

I absolutely love the range. Its great value for the budget conscious and the range has everything you need to complete your daily routine. They all smell lush too! For more information on the range visit the Palmer’s website.

*All images are from ET Browne’s website*

Are you wearing the right colour foundation?

Are you gulity of the stripe of colour under the jawline? Does your make up look like a mask? Maybe you are wearing it to hide behind a mask!

Foundation is there to give you an even complexion. There are so many different types of foundation available that choosing one can be disheartening at times.

To choose the right colour foundation you need to test it on your face and not your hand.

In the picture above I have 4 stripes of colour. The 2nd one from the right you can’t see. This is my perfect match foundation. If you can’t see it then thats the one to choose. The other 3 colours are very obvious on my skin so they wouldn’t be the right for me.

Foundation can be mixed with moisturiser to give a sheerer coverage. A 50/50 mix of both products will blend well into the skin.

If you would like a consultation contact me here

Sensitive Skin – Skin Condition or Skin Type


A skin condition isn’t the same as a skin type. I hear so many people say “I have sensitive skin” and think they can only use products for that. If you know what makes your skin sensitised then the answer is to stop using the product. If you treat the sensitivity you should be able to then treat the skin type when the sensitivity calms down.

Skin Conditions

Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis, Sensitivity, Rosacea, Acne, Milia (aka whiteheads), Commedones (aka blackheads), Dehydration.

There is a treatment for all of theses skin conditions. Some of these conditions are hormonal or hereditary. Long term used of prescribed medication can have side effects and cause irritation too. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t used them. If you follow the instructions carefully you should be ok. If any product causes redness, itching or burning stop using it immediately.

Skin Types

Dry, Oily, Normal – Skin can also be a combination of any of these skin types. Check your products and see if they are the right one for your skin type. Excessive use of some products can cause sensitivity and products that are too harsh will strip the skin of its acid mantle – protective layer. Skin needs oil to prevent dryness, a little bit is good.

For advice contact me!

www.bridesandbeauty.co.uk

Today’s Post is all About Margarita Bloom

 

Tell me a bit about yourself and your business?

My name is Regina which in Latin means “Queen” *wink wink* I’m the beauty and brains behind Margarita Bloom. I’m just a girl who loves beautiful things, glamour and life’s little luxuries!!! To put it simply, here’s me….I love Paris. I love fashion. I love luxury. I love Pinups. I love glamour. I love poetry. Shakespeare & Poe. I love sunshine and pretty flowers, sparkling water, cute furry puppies and kitties. I love Mother Nature. I love rockin tunes like “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele to Goldfrapp, Marilyn Monroe “I wanna be loved by you” and Etta James’s “At Last”. I love the BEACH!, sun, sand between my toes and refreshing breezes from the ocean. I adore Marilyn Monroe and anything from Old Hollywood. Sigh…I love chocolate and thoroughly enjoy experiencing new foods and drinks. Pictures and words inspire me and I in turn LOVE to inspire people.

I’ve taken all that and entwined it into my Beauty Company, “Margarita Bloom” to create Retro inspired bath & skincare goodies. Our company is light hearted and totally fun while having super fabulous skincare items to pamper yourself with which I think is a necessary luxury in anybody’s life. Sometimes when life gets stressful we need to have some downtime; some time to have fun, laugh, be light-hearted, and just be happy! Our products were made to have darling names like our “Lulu and the Volleyball Instructor” Coconut Lemongrass Scrub to our “Tea and Crumpets” Cream cheese Frosting Body Balm so when you read them….you smile! They have amazing scents so when you sniff them, you go ahhhh…and smile and when you use them…well by that time the bathroom door has closed and BLISS has arrived. lol… One of my favorite parts of my business is getting to know my peeps, getting their feedback on our products, what did they like, didn’t like, their opinions on packaging and types of goodies they’d like to see at Margarita Bloom. I really want to get their input to continue having wonderful products they’ll love for a lifetime.

Website: http://www.margarita-bloom.com

Twitter: twiter.com/margaritabloom

Where are you based? We’re based in the USA. Though we do not have a physical boutique we are an online boutique found at www.margarita-bloom.com and we can ship to many locations outside of the USA.

When did you establish your business? Margarita Bloom came to life around 2006.

Why did you decide to start this business? I always knew I wanted to have my own business even when I was little. It took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do because I needed to be passionate about it. I needed to LOVE it so I could give 200% and more to it. When you’re passionate about something you love doing, success is sure to follow. When I discovered this amazing world of beauty I was hooked and I’ve never lost interest in it. Every day is an adventure with meeting new customers, creating new products, sniffing new scents and more.

What’s your unique selling point? We’re retro, doll! Va va Voom Vintage, Glamorous and Gorgeous and of course everything is made fresh at the time we receive an order, only the best for our peeps!

What’s you best selling product? It’s funny because our customers always say, “I want everything!” lol…so everything! *wink wink* Some of our best selling goodies to give you some ideas would be our Cupcake Love Soaps, Bramble Briar & Rose Luxe Milk Soak, Antoinette’s Rose Garden Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Soaks, I Smell Delicious Roll on Parfume Oils and so much more.

Who’s your target market? Anyone and everyone who wants to be pampered and smell sweet.

Why do you think more people are buying natural products? I think from the beginning of time people have been enraptured with using plants and other materials from Mother Nature to beautify themselves. Look at Cleopatra…she adored baths in milk, honey and rose petals, and used Jojoba Oil on her face for her complexion. She even travelled to the Dead Seas to use the minerals and muds located there. The idea of using plants and oils from nature & refining it into a usable item that you can add to lotions, potions and scrubs and so on I think is timeless and has never changed and will always be there.

Can your products be used on any age customer? Yes, they can. Of course, always use supervision with children. You don’t want them taking a bite for example of our Cute Cupcake Soaps….they may look tasty but they sure don’t taste tasty! lol..

Do you ship your products worldwide? But of course! If our shopping cart isn’t setup for a particular location, feel free to email us and ask if we can ship to your country. We’re always looking to expand and beautify more peeps!

I just wanted to say thank you Joyce for this wonderful interview! I’m so glad I was able to meet you through my company! You’re a true Margarita Bloom gal! xoxo

Here are all the lovely soaps I bought. Delicious all of them… I had the whole Geisha Glamarama range. click here to get yours!

Visit Margarita Bloom for fun retro soaps and pampering products! Treat yourself or someone else.