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*

A Teenagers Viewpoint Of Budget Make Up

A Teenagers Viewpoint Of Budget Make Up

Lipgloss: Lip Juice


What does the product feel like on?

This lipgloss feels quite heavy and sticky on the lips.

Light Pink

Does it have a fragrance?
These lip glosses do not have a noticeable fragrance.

Clear

Does the lipgloss come off when you drink?
Quite a lot of the lipgloss came off when I had a drink.

Is the lipgloss sticky?

The lipgloss felt really sticky.

 

Lipgloss: Accessorize


What does the product feel like on?

The lipgloss feels quite thick on the lips.

Dream

Does it have a fragrance?

They smell quite sweet, like vanilla.

Scandal

Is the lipgloss sticky?

The lipgloss feels sticky at first, but after it has been on the lips does not feel so sticky.

Celebrity

Does the lipgloss come off when you drink?

A little bit of the lipgloss came off when I had a drink but I did not have to reapply.

 

Lipgloss: MUA


What does the product feel like on?

The lipgloss feels quite smooth.

MUA shade 5

Does it have a fragrance?

The lip glosses do not have a noticeable fragrance.

MUA Shade 3

Is the lipgloss sticky?

The lip glosses are not sticky.

MUA Shade 14

Does the lipgloss come off when you drink?

After having a drink a little bit of the lipgloss came off, but no so much that I needed to reapply.

 

Eyeshadow: MUA


I applied the MUA (shade 11, Pearl) eyeshadow in the morning before college, and it lasted all day.

Pearl Shade 11

Pearl Shade 11

I did not have to apply a lot of eyeshadow to get the true palette colour, (dabbed my makeup brush on the palette 2-3 times). The lighter colours needed more of the eyeshadow on the brush for the colour to show.

Matt Shade 17

Matt Shade 17

The eyeshadow did not crease, the eyeshadow stayed even on the eyelids throughout the day.

I used a brush to apply the eyeshadow.

I would use this eyeshadow again, it stays on without creasing, and I did not have to apply much for the colour to show.

I would buy the MUA makeup range again; the eyeshadow stays on well throughout the day and there is a large choice of colours and the lipgloss stays on for a decent amount of time and it is not sticky.

My favourite products to use was the MUA eyeshadow and lip glosses, this is because it is good quality makeup that lasts through the day.

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Make Up Brushes from EcoTOOLS

Get Gorgeous, Go Green, Give back

Whether shopping for some guilt-free beauty brushes or a little self-satisfaction, the 5 Piece Brush Set comes in a beautiful cotton and hemp cosmetic-brush roll and includes all the handbag essentials.

5 brushes in a natural cotton and hemp pouch RRP £15.00

Blush Brush – The hairs of this blush brush are gorgeously soft against the skin and are tapered for easy contouring of the cheekbones

Eye Shading Brush, The bristles on the eye shading brush are shaped to ensure a smooth and even finish upon application

Eyeliner Brush, This ultra flat brush has been designed to create a flawlessly clean line around the eyelashes

Lash and Brow Groomer, The double headed groomer has bristles for enhancing eyebrow shape and a comb to separate lashes for a perfect flutter

Concealer Brush, This is ideal for concealing dark under-eye circles and any slight imperfections.

These brushes aren’t scratchy like some brushes i’ve had in this price range before. They are good value for money and I like the pouch idea that I can use them in my handbag and wash the pouch as and when without messing up my whole make up bag! The pouch rolls up quite small so there’s no need to worry about it in your handbag!

The handles are made of bamboo with synthetic taklon bristles which are 100% cruelty free.

For those of you that a green or vegan. EcoTools have joined up with 1% for the planet and are donating 1% of their annual sales to Earthshare and Wildlife Alliance.

EcoTools brush sets and individual brushes are available from Boots and Tesco stores nationwide

Valentines Day Tips for Men

Valentines Day Tips for Men


  • Listen out for clues on what she might want or need. Remember your gift must reflect your thoughtfulness and be clearly a gift for her, not you! When making your decision take time to ask advice from the shop assistant if necessary and whatever you do, avoid anything tacky!
  • Perhaps you could find out her favourite fragrance and surprise her with either the perfume or something else in that fragrance line, such as the body lotion or shower gel.
  • Women love being pampered so book her a beauty treatment or buy her a gift voucher to get a massage or a facial, but if your making the booking make sure the treatment is for pampering and not something practical such as waxing or a pedicure!
  • If your budget can stretch to it, a spa day for two is an extra special way of spending some quality time together.

Those of you on a really tight budget why not buy some fragranced oils? Treat her to a massage at home complete with scented candles, warm towels and soft music to recreate the feeling of being in a spa.

Happy Valentine’s!!

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Don’t be a Hairy Christmas Fairy!

Last night I decided that I would give my eyebrows a home wax with some strips from Parissa. While I was at it I thought I’d get my upper lip done as well. That’s not saying I have a moustache but there is a shadow there sometimes and I prefer the smooth faced look. Below is a picture of everything that’s included in the kit.

These strips are fool proof. The packet contains an instruction sheet with step by step photos as well as text. I would use them on small areas but they could be a bit tricky for larger areas. You have to really warm them up between your hands and use the strip quickly before the wax gets cold. I used one strip for my eyebrows and one strip for my upper lip. They are double sided so are very economical.

This is a great product for quick touch ups in between salon treatments. Eyebrows frame your face so make sure your’s look great with the Christmas Party season coming up!

Here’s the result. I’m really pleased with it! All the little hairs gone.

The thing I like most about this brand is that they are an ethical brand and all the products are natural.

All Parissa ingredients are food grade ingredients that are sourced and produced in North America and the EU. Both markets are under strict regulatory regimes for food ingredients. Parissa refrain from using GMO’s, synthetic or chemical preservatives or parabens in their formulations. In fact, the products are so natural you could eat them! (although this is not recommended, they are not the most delectable of treats!)

Parissa Æ products are available at Sainsbury , Superdrug & Boots

What Are Your Favourite Products – Survey Results

I asked my followers on Twitter to tell me about their favourite beauty, skincare or nail products. The survey is the result of 39 tweeters answers. Thank you to everyone that took part.

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And the rest with 2 votes or less!

Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner

Why you should hire a Wedding Planner?

Most of us, when it boils down to reality, have far from a Royal budget, but in focusing on that one special day we all still share much of the same issues. Basically having enough money, enough time makes for some hard decisions especially in this economy.

The first days of engagement are a blissful time when all that is focused on is shared love, but then REALITY can hit and the actual planning of the day looms, and sometimes it can all seem a bit ominous.

You, of course may love planning, DIY in weddings is all the rage at the moment, but for some, all the organisation that goes into such a special event may be a nightmare, and they may have absolutely no idea where to start.

This is where some professional help can be vital.

A wedding and event planner can assist you in all the nitty gritty and logistics of creating a day the way you envision, working with you to make your day “yours”. Weddings are a major stress inducer, even when things are going well, we always have that fear in the back of our minds that something will go wrong or we will have forgotten important details.

If you imagine your wedding as a project and each part of the planning as working towards project completion and your wedding planner as a project manager , they will do what a manager does best i.e. management.

Your planner will deal with suppliers, doing all the leg work and research for you, negotiating discounts for you and finding you the very best for the best prices and to your direct specifications. This leaves you the time to relax in the run up to your special day knowing that someone is making your day top priority.

The wedding budget is probably the most important part of the planning process as the day basically hinges on it. Sometimes couples can end up wasting money through not enough research. This is where professional help can be so valuable, through contacts in the wedding industry a planner/co-ordinator can negotiate, and secure savings and discounts.

Sometimes too, couples can get carried away with big ideas they have for their day that are very exciting but sometimes not practical. The planner will help to find creative ways to make the big day special and distinctive, realising the couple vision without blowing the budget.

A planner can also act as a go between with suppliers, family and anyone that makes the path to your perfect day difficult.

On average, according to statistics a wedding can take up to 250 hours to plan.
These days how many people have that much free time?

But isn’t a planner expensive?

Some planners charge a percentage of a wedding budget, and some charge a set fee but a good planner should strive to make back their fee in the savings they make for their client.

I don’t want to lose ownership of my wedding, will a planner not take over?

In fact a planner should work with you to create the vision you have of your day and usually offers several services from initial supplier and venue searches through to on the day management and of course the full co-ordination option, and everything else in between.
They will never take over, but instead be there as a guide and an ally.

But I have a co-ordinator at my venue?

This may be true, but a Venue Co-ordinator deals with your venue, nothing else.
They don’t act as an intermediary if your family are driving you bonkers. They don’t find another florist if yours is sick. They don’t get you to the church on time, if your transport breaks down.

A wedding planner is in essence your own P.A. They are on hand to answer your questions when you have that mini freak out, they are there to act as a shoulder when everything gets a little too much, they sort out every little detail exactly the way you want it, so that dream you have had since you were 5, becomes reality.

It is a personal choice to have a planner but one that should be considered for the reassurance it brings.

By
Alison Tinlin

http://www.plansandpresents.co.uk
alisontinlin@plansandpresents.vpweb.co.uk

My Story So Far

Well where do I start in 1995 I decided to go to visit my Mum who was living in New York at the time and working for Elizabeth Arden in Bloomingdales. She’d been living there for 7 years by this time. I had been over to see her before this but hadn’t really taken much in because I always saw Manhattan through tourist eyes.

I arrived on November 1st 1995. My Uncle who also lived there had arranged for me to work in his hotel gift store for the next 3 months. I was over the moon, then I found out I was on the early shift starting at 6.00am. I absolutely loved it!! I worked till 2.00pm and then I could go shopping (Yay!)

Most of the time I would go to see my Mum at Bloomingdales or go to Macy’s. Either way I spent most of my time in both of the department stores’ cosmetics departments.

When I got home in January 1996 I noticed the local college had a ‘Beauty Therapist’ course for mature students. You’re deemed mature if you’re over 19, I was 32! I gave up my job as a Nanny in the August and started as a full time student in September 1996.

The course was a 2 year course condensed into 1 year and covering all aspects of beauty therapy. I really enjoyed the course and at the end I was nominated as student of the year 1997. My prize was a years training at the renowned ‘International Dermal Institute’.

That gave me my step up for more training, and I’ve since completed over 100 other beauty and make up training couses. I set up business in 1997, just 2 months after leaving college and haven’t looked back since. Now I travel the world finding out what people use in other countries and seeking the secrets of eternal youth and beauty.

I worked for nearly 9 years before I really got into the bridal make up market. I had been doing brides make up but hadn’t really studied it. In 2006 I set up Brides and Beauty. It was my dream business because that’s exactly what I did Bridal make up and beauty treatments so the name was appropriate.

I went over to the International Beauty Show in New York in February 2007 and haven’t looked back since. That show proved to me that hair and make up should be for any skin tone. Now I attend the show every year and I visit other shows abroad too. It inspired me to set up www.blackandmixedskin.com An online store retailing quality products for all skin tones. After all we’re all mixed in some way!

In 2010 I got into social networking and realised that I could tell people more about beauty and make up but I didn’t want my blog to be just about certain brands or products. I wanted to tell people how to do at home treatments and talk about my finds.

That’s my story so far………..

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Budget Beauty Tips

‘Looking radiant is as much about make-up and skin care as your choice of clothing, but you don t have to spend a fortune to look your best. My most important tip is to look after your skin as it really is ‘nature canvas .

  • Always remove every trace of make up at night and cleanse thoroughly before going to bed. During the day drink plenty of water to achieve a fresh and hydrated appearance. Your skin will look dewy, so you will need less foundation in the long term.
  • Alcohol dehydrates the skin, so try to keep it to a minimum. Also try to decrease your intake of caffeine and carbonated drinks. Drinking water cleanses your system.
  • For problem skin make sure you use the right moisturiser and toner. Take √¢‚ǨÀúover the counter advice at an in store beauty counter to be sure of your exact skin type , some salons offer free skin analysis too. If you can t afford the recommended products check out your local chemist to find something similar, but more affordable.
  • Use a sheer foundation or tinted moisturiser for a natural look. Create a tinted moisturiser by mixing your foundation with your usual moisturiser. A 50/50 blend is best.
  • Avoid using heavy pore clogging foundations and switch to a mineral powder foundation instead. These can be bought at very reasonable prices. Look on the Internet and see.
  • Check through all the contents of your make-up bag to find products, such as eyeshadows or lipgloss, which you bought some time ago but never used. You liked them when you bought them, so now is the time to experiment.
  • Create new eye and lip colours by blending shades together. So let hope there something suitable at the bottom of your make-up bag!
  • If you find products that you re unlikely to use, ask your friends to bring their own make up bags round and hold a √¢‚ǨÀúswap shop party. For hygiene reasons it is best only to do this with brand new and unused products that are less than 12 months old.
  • Use a lip brush or cotton bud to get the last bits out of the bottom of your favourite lipsticks. By using a lip brush to apply your lipstick you will make it last much longer.
  • For glowing skin follow my tips to do a DIY facial.

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