Thursday, 30 August 2012

September Freebies in Magazines

Lots of freebies to be had this month in magazines

InStyle £3.50 - Out 30th August - (Olivia Palermo on the cover)
Choose from one of the four below freebies which will be on the cover.
  • Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector - 7ml (worth £9.21)
  • High Impact mascara - 4g (worth £8)
  • Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 lip gloss - 2.3ml (worth £5.75)
  • Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiser - 7ml (worth £4.76)
Elle £3.80 - Out 1st September (Rosie Huntington-Whitely on the cover)
The Jemma Kidd Make-up School I-Glamour Define eyeliner (1.2g) costs £13.99 on the Jemma Kidd website. One eyeliner per magazine. Blue, black or copper eyeliner on the front.

Marie Claire £3.70 - Out 1st September  (Rachel Weisz on the front)
45ml Essential-C cleanser on the cover.  The cleanser costs £10 on Murad's website. One cleanser per magazine.

Tatler  £4.10 - Out 1st September  (Cindy Crawford on the front)
Mini Hypnose Star mascara (2ml) on the cover The full size version (6.5ml) of the Hypnose Star mascara costs £21 at Boots, the 2ml version will be worth £6.46. One mascara per magazine.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

To Prime or not to Prime

A face primer is one of the best ways to ensure your make-up stays put for longer, they are a relatively new product.  They pamper your skin and create a protective barrier between foundation and the skin. Primers are excellent for people with combination to oily skin. Just apply after moisturiser and let it sink into the skin for a few minutes, and carry on with your regular foundation routine. Just like you prime a wall before you paint it, you can prime your face before you apply foundation. Below is a list of reasons of why to apply a primer.

  • Smooths the skin's surface and evens out the skin tone
  • Skin looks more radiant
  • Helps to better disguise blemishes and lets you blend your concealer/make-up in more evenly
  • Makes your foundation stick around for longer
  • Fills in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Allows foundation to "stay put" in hot weather.
  • Help prevent skin from absorbing talc and pigment from your foundation as well as preventing talc from drawing oil from the skin.
  • Reduces shine
  • It doesn't clog pores
  • Not to prime is a crime
I always thought a primer didn't really make much difference to my make-up, until I came in from work a few weeks ago and couldn't believe how lovely my make-up looked at the end of a days work.  It was then I remembered that I had applied a primer before my make-up which I don't normally like to waste it for work as it can be expensive.  I now use a primer all the time.  I haven't found a particular one I like a present where it makes me go wow.  To date I have used Bareminerals, Laura Geller and YSL,  If I find one I love I will review it on my page, so watch this space.

Signs of Skin Damage and Ageing

Broken Capillaries

Broken capillaries are commonly found on the cheeks or nose area these appear as small red / threads under the skins surface, most. Broken capillaries occur when the capillary walls narrow and widen too quickly causing the muscles in the walls to tear. This in turn allows the blood to seep out resulting in broken capillaries.
Dehydrated, dry and sensitive skins often have thin skin that provides less protection and therefore, these skin types are the most commonly effected.
Common causes of broken capillaries are:
1. Hot conditions
2. Wind blowing on the face
3. Burning i.e. sunburn
4. Moving from one extreme temperature to another
5. Pressure i.e. squeezing spots or glasses pressing on the face

Broken capillaries can be prevented by avoiding all of the above. Once formed they can be treated by a specialist form of electrolysis. There are also specialist creams on the market that aim to strengthen the capillary walls which will help to reduce the redness.

Uneven Skin Tone

Too much sun also causes irregular colouring or pigmentation of the skin. Some areas of the skin appear darker, while others look lighter. The sun can also cause permanent changes in small blood vessels, giving your skin a reddish appearance.

Age Spots (Solar Lentigines)

These horrible brown or grey spots are not really caused by ageing, though they do multiply as you get older. Age spots are the result of sun exposure, which is why they tend to appear on areas that get a lot of sun, such as the face, hands, and chest. Bleaching creams, acid peels, and light-based treatments may lessen their appearance. Some people have reported success with an old-fashioned treatment for age spots – castor oil. Simply rub the oil on the spots a couple times a day for several weeks and see if it helps to fade them. I like this remedy because the oil-derived from the castor bean is kind to many skin conditions.


Flat, pigmented spots on the skin, freckles are usually found on sun-exposed areas of the body. They're more noticeable in the summer, especially among fair-skinned people and those with light or red hair. Freckles pose no health risk. But some cancers in the earliest stages resemble a freckle. See a doctor if the size, shape, or colour of a spot changes or becomes painful.


The sun's rays make skin look old and wrinkled years before it should. More than 80% of the signs of skin ageing in adults are the result of the tans they had as teens before the age of 18. That's because over time, the sun's ultraviolet light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers breakdown, the skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to go back into place after stretching.

Other signs of Ageing

The Skin can look pale, dry and lifeless
The eyebrows become lower and the eyelids become hooded and droop
Under-eye puffiness and hollows start to form
The Jawline sags and jowls start to develop
The nose loses its tone and the tip begins to flatten
The lips lose collagen and appear thin and tense looking
The corners of the mouth begin to turn down
Lines begin to form above and below the lips
Double chins or loose skin beneath the chin develop
The skin on the neck grows thin, loose, crepey and saggy

Take a look at my page on Sun Damage

Sunday, 12 August 2012

L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil

What it says on the tin

L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil All Hair Types 100ml"Sublime Hair Enhancer. Precious blend of 6 flower extracts. - Versatile use. - Sumptuous softness. - Luxurious shine. - Weightless touch. Directions for use: Rub 2 precious drops between the palms of your hands. Apply evenly through the lengths and ends of wet or dry hair. Before shampoo for luxurious nourishment; before styling to protect and transform your hair; as a finishing touch for sumptuous softness and luxurious shine."
£9.99 for 100ml 

They sell this for coloured hair or for all hair types.  I purchased the one for coloured hair and all I can say is WOW WOW WOW.  I wouldn't pay full price for it as I think it is expensive, however I brought this on offer £6.66 from Boots which I think is a more reasonable price.  I have always used John Frieda which is £6.00 for 50ml so you are getting double the size that is if you can buy it on offer.  I won't be using John Frieda this will be my new desert island product.

As I colour my hair blonde and have done since I was 16 my hair isn't in the greatest condition, it is very dry and frizzy.  With this my hair literally looks like I have just stepped out of a salon.  I will definitely be buying this product again.  I was that impressed I put a sample in a pot for my sister to try and she went and brought a bottle herself the next day. 

When you use this product, it is very runny in comparison to a serum, which it would be as this is an oil.  I have found it does the same job as a serum if not better.  I put a couple of drops in my hands and rub them together whilst my hair is wet, then once I have dried my hair and before I run the straighteners through it, I put another couple of drops in my hair.  I cannot believe how soft and smooth my hairs feels once I have finished.

Normally when I wash my hair, before I put the conditioner on my hair,  it feels really dry but since I have been using this it feels really smooth and tangle free, like your hair would feel after you have put conditioner on it.  Be careful that you don't put too much oil on, as my sister has shorter hair and she used too much and it made her hair flat with no volume.  When I used a blow dry spray, I found that this didn't react well with the oil and my hair felt very dry and coarse once it was blow dried, so be careful if you decide to mix this with other products.

On the whole this is a fantastic product.

Friday, 3 August 2012

August Freebies in Magazines

Not many freebies out this month.

Marie Claire £3.70 - Out on 5th August
Eye liner or Eye Shadow worth £11.75 Each

Cosmopolitan Magazine £3.50 - Out 5th August
Receive free Eylure 115 false lashes worth £5.00

August - Claim Your Freebies

  Click on the links to claim your freebies - You have to be quick

Maybelline - New Dream Fresh BB



Free 28 day trial of ANEW Clinical PRO Line Corrector Treatment with A-F33Avon ANEW VIP Skincare Trial

I applied for this and received super quick




Agent Provocateur Parfum





 Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum




August QVC TSV Shows For Beauty - UK

Emjoi Lady Rotoshave with 2 RollerBlades - take a closer look3rd August - Beauty Tools & Accessories
Emjoi Lady Rotoshave with 2 RollerBlades
Today's Special Value Price £27.85 
QVC Price £33.50 
Item Number 400006
Availability In stock
UK P&P £3.95

5th August - Decleor 
Decleor 5 piece Experience Anti Ageing Collection
Today's Special Value Price £45.00
QVC Price £54.45
Item Number 201172
Availability In stock
UK P&P £4.95
5ml Aromessence Iris
50ml Experience D'Lage
200ml Youth Lotion Toner
200ml Youth Cleansing Milk
30ml Aroma Night

6th August - Percy & Reed Hair Care
Percy & Reed 5 Piece Style Collection
Today's Special Value Price £29.98 
QVC Price £36.25
Item Number 201125
UK P&P £4.95

Mally Age Rebel 3-piece Complexion Perfection Kit18th August - Mally Beauty
Mally 3 Piece Age Rebel Collection 
Today's Special Value Price £37.96 
QVC Price £46.00 
Item Number 201126
Availability In stock
UK P&P £3.95 August - NV Perricone
Perricone 4 Piece Advanced Age Eraser
Today's Special Value Price £144.96
QVC Price £173.00
Item Number 201256
Availability In stock
UK P&P £5.95 August - Gatineau
Gatineau 4 Piece Youthful Beauty Collection
Today's Special Value Price £49.96
QVC Price £60.50
Item Number 201169
Availability In stock
UK P&P 4.95

Thursday, 2 August 2012

August QVC - Great Beauty Bargains

OPI 5 Piece Nicki Minaj Collection - take a closer look
Last Clicks Price £15.83 
QVC Price £23.75 
Item Number 200849 
Availability In stock
UK P&P £3.95

Leighton Denny 4 Piece Jet Set Minis Nail Colour - take a closer look 

Last Clicks Price £4.69 
QVC Price £18.75 
Item Number 228515
Availability In stock 
UK P&P £3.95

Nails Inc 3 Piece Magnetic Force Collection - take a closer look
Nails Inc 3 Piece Magnetic Force Collection
Clearance Price £12.39 
QVC Price £22.50
Item Number 201456
Availability In stock
UK P&P £3.95

L'Occitane 4 Piece Shea Skincare Discovery Collection
Try Me Price £19.20
QVC Price £23.00
Item Number 202131
Availability In stock
UK P&P £3.95

1 x Shea Fresh Face Water (100ml) - gentle alcohol-free make-up remover
1 x Cleansing Milk (50ml) - helps to remove make-up and impurities and is enriched with shea and liquorice extract
1 x Shea Ultra Rich Face Cream (15ml) - formulated with 25% shea butter
1 x Shea Fabulous Serum (7ml) - formulated to help rescue skin damaged by harsh conditions

Gatineau 4 Piece Anti Aging Skin Conditioning Set
One Time Only Price £28.80
QVC Price £35.00
Item Number 202194
Availability In stock
UK P&P £3.95

OPI 3 Piece Dutch Collection - take a closer look
Last Clicks Price £11.63 
QVC Price £23.25 
Item Number 200998
UK P&P £3.95

Clearance Price £25.41 
QVC Price £30.50 
Item Number 201406
Availability Only DRY In Stock 
UK P&P £3.95

Clearance Price £13.38
QVC Price £19.25 
Item Number 226483
Availability In stock
UK P&P £3.95

Last Clicks Price £9.00 
QVC Price £18.00 
Item Number 200598
UK P&P £2.95

Try Me Price £29.98 
Elemis 4 Piece Pro Collagen Discovery Collection - take a closer lookQVC Price £36.50 
Item Number 200782 
UK P&P £4.95

SBC 2 Piece Smooth & Soothe Set - take a closer lookSBC 2 Piece Smooth & Soothe Set 
Special Price £15.97
QVC Price £23.01 
Item Number 229504 
Availability In stock
UK P&P £4.95