Tuesday 11 March 2014

Mac Pay Day Order | Featuring A Fantasy of Flowers

Hey cherubs.
Just a quick post today to share with you my recent order that I made from Mac. 
After three phonecalls and a series of emails following a missing lipstick on delivery (who'd have thought that'd be so difficult to sort?!) I've finally got my full order and a replacement for the lipstick that was whole reason for the order! 

Mac collections normally don't strike up much interest with me, but there was a certain lipstick shade from the current A Fantasy of Flowers collection that caught my eye and I mentally logged it as a 'must have'.

The shade is Dreaming Dahlia and it's a lustre finish lipstick.
On first look it looks like a similar shade to Costa  Chic (without the frosty shimmer) but it's a lot more sheer in formula and has a red tinge to the coral colour. Such an ideal easy breezy lipstick for spring days! Sorry there's no swatch of it here, but I'm hoping to get a full post on the lipstick up before the end of the week.

Lipstick - Dreaming Dahlia | £15.00

To fill out my order, I decided to get my first Mac palette and fill it with two of the most popular eyeshadow shades ever: Woodwinked and All That Glitters. Find me a Mac fanatic that doesn't own these two neutral shades! They're lovely and they look so pretty sitting neatly inside the quad. 

Mac Pro Palette (Quad) | £6.50
Eyeshadow Refills: Woodwinked and All The Glitters | £10.00 each

I've got two more eyeshadows in a drawer that I can now depot and add to this palette (Honey Lust and Bronze) so I can have my very first full Mac quad! Can you believe I've never had one before now? Hopefully having 4 key shades together will help me to get more use out of them - the two singles tend to be quite neglected at the moment!

And finally, I don't know if this is standard procedure or not as I've only ever ordered Mac products online from Debenhams before, not the Mac site, but with my original order there was a small Mac Cleanse Off Oil in the box too. It might've been because my lipstick was missing without explanation (??) or just a freebie; who knows! I'll happily try it though as it often receives positive feedback and I'm new to Mac's skincare. 

So, that's my little order from Mac.
Do you have any of these items?

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Sunday 9 March 2014

Get Involved With Benefit and Debenhams | #BrowArchMarch

To coincide with the release of Benefit's new wonder brow product: Gimme Brow, Benefit and Debenhams have teamed up to turn March into the month of Brow Arch March and they're asking for you to get involved and help support the cause.

This is the first year of Brow Arch March, but every year from now in the month of March, Benefit and Debenhams will be campaigning for you to raise a brow in support of women's cancer charity Look Good Feel Better.

Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is an international cancer support charity that provides practical services for women and teenagers suffering from the visible side effects of cancer treatment. They're dedicated to improving the wellbeing and self-confidence of people undergoing any type of cancer treatment and many beneficiaries have said that LGFB has helped them to regain a sense of control and normality at a time when diagnosis and treatment had taken over their lives.

How to get involved and become an Arch Angel:
-- Sign up to www.browarchmarch.com
-- Book in for your complimentary bene-brow treatment in any Benefit Brow Bar (Debenhams)
-- Give a charitable donation of £5 or more in exchange for your Brow Arch experience and in support of the amazing work Look Good Feel Better do.

It couldn't be simpler to get involved and help out an amazing charity. Benefit and Debenhams are putting a lot of hard work into this supporting this cause, so make sure you get yourself down to your nearest Benefit Brow Bar before the end of March! What's to lose? - You get great brows and you get to help other women feel better too.

Also, Sunday 9th March (today) is the march for Brow Arch March at Berkeley Square, London to raise awareness and support for Look Good Feel Better. Sorry that this is a little bit late to find out and to get involved with the Sunday march, but you can still follow all the fun happenings on Benefit's Instagram: @benefitcosmeticsuk and help to spread the word.

Post a selfie of your new Bene-brows on Instagram, Tweet about it, write about it on Facebook, or just tell a friend!

Remember to hashtag: #BrowArchMarch

Every girl should become an Arch Angel!
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Saturday 1 March 2014

What I Would Pack For a Weekend Away

Weekend trips are something that I do quite frequently; whether it's in search of new excitements for a night out with the girls, or a chilled and cultural getaway with my other half, I'll never turn down the chance to escape my sleepy hometown for a couple of nights. 

I'm sharing with you today the beauty, make up, and body care items that would make their way into my bag preparing myself for three different themed weekends, ranging from full on party glamour to low-key and fuss-free. 

Whether I'm heading off to experience new city nightlife, to enjoy a romantic getaway, or to see the sights, I'll always be prepared.

City Nightlife 
Theme: Glamour - All about being camera ready and able to last all night long.

Hair: For hair that's in for a rough ride with a blasting of heat and tugging and pulling to create the perfect style, I'd take my Redken Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner for extra tensile strength, Lee Stafford Argan Oil Heat Protectant Spray for obvious reasons, and VO5 Dry Backcomb Spray to get that oomph at the roots.

Make Up: For a full coverage, long lasting and shine free base I'd pack my Clarins dream team - Ever Lasting Foundation and Ever Matte Powder. I'd also stash away a reliable eyeliner: Seventeen 'Make Your Mark', and a show stopping red lippy: Mac 'Russian Red' - of course!

Skincare: With a predictable hangover for company the following day, a cooling face mask like the Vitage Vitamin C Radiance Mask should help to calm and refresh drained skin and bring things back to life.

Bodycare: What better to increase confidence on a night out (..other than a few glasses of wine!) than a fresh layer of fake tan? For quick, natural looking colour Cocoa Brown's 1 Hour Tan would definitely earn a place in my overnight bag.

Don't forget!: Eyelashes! Millie Mackintosh 'Shoreditch' Lashes are my current flutters of choice. 

Romantic Getaway
Theme: Pretty - Perfected soft focus make up with a sensual vibe.

Hair: For extra bouncy and smooth looking curls I'd want my hair to be in silky soft tip top condition so would take along my Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner and Lee Stafford Argan Miracle Oil for an extra finishing shine.

Make UpThink romance, think enchantment, think magical settings and candlelit dinners. For a luminous complexion I'd rely on my Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation with soft romantic eyes using the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette and a hint of pink blush using Topshop 'Flush' Cream Blush and Benefit Watt's Up to illuminate the cheek bones.

Skincare: To keep skincare simple (because let's face it, I'd be hinting for spa treatments if you wanted to go the whole hog with this getaway), just a Hot Cloth Cleanser (NSPA) to remove make up at the end of the day, and Origins Gin Zing moisturiser to keep things perky and fresh.

Bodycare: Wanting to keep your body perfectly soft and irresistably smooth? For that I'd take my favourite body butter - The Body Shop Strawberry Body Butter to keep me soft and touchable, while smelling delicious! 

Don't forget!: Perfume - For me, my date night scent of choice is always D&G L'Imperatrice.

Seeing The Sights
Theme: Practical - Forget the fuss and the frills, it's all about long lasting comfort and durability.

Hair: For a 'get up and go' hairstyle I'd wash using Redken Smooth Lock Shampoo and Conditioner so that hair looks presentable with absolutely no time or effort spent on it, and then just a quick spritz of Lee Stafford Sea Salt Spray and you're good to go.

Make Up: The make up stays as low maintenance as it gets, with a simple, light base coverage using Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, a quick curl of the lashes, and a sheer tinted lip balm (Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me) to bring a bit of life to the face in just seconds.

Skincare: An essential for being out and about is a good sun protectant. I'd recommend Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser with SPF 50. 

Bodycare: With a good companion in tow, I'd be expecting a foot massage at the end of the day to relieve the tension of having walked for miles and miles through city streets. To help with this massage I'd be pulling out the trusty Nip+Fab Stiletto Fix foot cream.

Don't forget!: Deodorant. The last thing that you need to be worrying about when you've got culture to experience, is having sweaty pits! An old favourite is the Dove Maximum Protection roll on.

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What would you pack for a weekend away?
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