Tulisa VS Nicole

tulisa_m

Let’s face it – any beauty addict was more excited to see what the girls’ were wearing than to hear Jahmene’s sweet warble each week. Well, I certainly was. As soon as those over-sized doors wheeled open, me and my girlfriends would analyse their looks from head to toe.

Who were you more impressed by?

Although, we know they have stylists AND makeup artists; they’re modelling the work and we, we are the judges this time.

Nicole pulls of makeup effortlessly, while Tulisa it seems has the ‘all or nothing’ situation. She looks better with a minimal, basic and natural application, don’t you think? Too much and she looks too much. While I think it’s obvious they had the same makeup artist, I think she/he played it safe but played it well.

Fashion wise: Nicole won in my eyes. Tulisa often came across a little chavvy and sometimes tacky. She cannot pull off the more daring items, where Nicole can rock the most quirky things. Don’t you think?

Take this for example, perhaps they would have been better swapping?

'The X Factor Live' TV Programme, London, Britain  - 20 Oct 2012

Oh and I’m so glad T’s blonde hair lasted as long as me on a diet… Soooo not a good look!

images

Anyway, you glad James won?

Were you team Nicole or Tulisa?

Nicole all the way… 

Advertisements

Edible perfume.. Yep, you heard!


What kind of deodorant do you use? Roll on? Spray? A balm? 

FORGET THAT! – Now you can swallow a sweet and it will keep you smelling fresh for up to SIX hours! 

Created by an American company ‘Beneo’ with help from Bulgarian confectioner Alpi – this is unfortunately not available in the UK – but i really wish it was – just to experiment – EVEN at $10 a pop!

It may be more expensive than a can of Sure, but you can’t EAT that can you!

Oh and it’s sugar-free – EVEN BETTER!

I wonder what would happen if you ate too many? 

What do you think?

Find out more info here.

o.p.I Love You!

The creme de la creme of Varnishes

A truly long-lasting nail polish is one of the great beauty time-savers. 

O.P.I needs recognition for this one fact.

I have had so so SO many nail varnishes in my life. You know what it’s like.. You buy one for the quirky colour, one for the bottle design, another for the brand and another because a friend told you about it. But, you know what’s good, and what you love. No matter how many different brands you try or much of a bargain a nail varnish may be – you keep going back to the same one. The trusty one.

In this case, it’s O.P.I.

I just can’t get enough. I could go on forever so I better keep it short & sweet (just like the varnishes themselves… hee hee). Here’s my quick review:

Product: O.P.I – Nail Lacquer

abeautybag rating: 9.99/10

A celebrity favourite, packed with pigments for depth of colour and cover.

It has a HUGE shade range, not to mention the quirky names. They are updated almost every week to reflect fashion trends & what’s hot. (This week they released ‘Skyfall’ in keeping of the James Bond Premiere release).

Upside: – Lovely shine & richness. Dried in 90 seconds. Amazing colour, good shine. Excellent coverage. No need for top coat. Lasted 9 days (and i type a lot every day, do housework, etc) – even then it didn’t look horrendous.

Downside: – Trying my HARDEST ever to critique this. I put my makeup expert head on and suggested that this nail varnish may need two coats. I, however would not see it as a downside as I apply two coats with ANY varnish I use. 

Finally, I must add, some may consider £7.99 somewhat pricey. (They are usually £11.00) – but – at The London Perfume Company they are very reasonable. All O.P.I nail varnishes are 15ml which are HUGE and last triple what a standard polish would. 

So what I’m saying is…. o.p.I LOVE YOU!

xox

o.p.I love you ❤

Bond: Skyfall Premiere.

Wow, what a night! Full of pure glamour and sparkles. Not to mention Katie Price’s outfit & Poor Daniel Craig’s hot sweat. One particular woman looked better than everyone else! Stay tuned.

But, what we want to know is the contents of their beauty bags…. Please click HERE for more. A lot more!

Victoria’s Secret. Toni & Guy serum.
Dior Addict high shine gloss. Elizabeth Arden powder.

10 must-have fragrances for A/W 2012

Make sure this season you have at least one of these delicious fragrances in your beauty bag…

Burberry Beat Eau De Parfum £31.99. Burberry Beat is a sexy, energetic and vibrant fragrance for women. Inspired by the blend of British heritage with rebellion and independence that is at the soul of the Burberry brand, this sophisticated perfume features Ceylon tea and iris combined with bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper and mandarin. A soft floral heart of bluebell layers over a woody base of white musk, vetiver and cedarwood to create a unique and innovative scent that defines the Burberry brand.

Also pictured: [top right] – Burberry Beat Eau De Toilette – £25.49 [bottom right] – Burberry Beat for men Eau De Toilette – £18.99. 

Euphoria by Calvin Klein: Eau De Toilette for women – £22.99. Euphoria is a velvety fruity-floral fragrance for women by Calvin Klein. This delicious scent combines the unforgettable blend of pomegranate and apple, the creaminess of lotus and orchid and the sensuality of woods and amber to create a seductive and bewitching perfume. Available in Eau De Toilette spray, this fun scent comes in an uber-chic bottle design.

Also pictured: [top left] – Euphoria Eau De Parfum – £25.49. [bottom left] – Euphoria for him – £33.99.

Bvlgari Jasmine Noir£34.49. Jasmin Noir is a captivating and caressing perfume for women of all ages by Bvlgari. This captivating fragrance boasts a rich mix of floral and precious woody notes with scents of almond and licorice, delicate gardenia petals and refreshing green sap together with a floral heart of sambac, jasmine and satin almond, all luxuriously layered over precious woods, licorice and tonka bean. Available in a chic black and gold Eau De Parfum spray bottle, Jasmin Noir is recommended for evening wear.

Prada L’Eau Ambree De Parfum£45.99. L’eau Ambree is a strong and classic scent for women by Prada. This fresh and easy to wear fragrance opens with top notes of cedarat lemon, mandarin and neroli which lead to a heart of benzoin, gardenia jasminoide and May rose and closes with a sultry base of amber, opoponax and patchouli to create an ultra glamorous perfume for all occasions. This opulent Eau De Parfum is available in a classic black and gold Prada bottle.

Versace Crystal Noir£24.49. Crystal Noir is a delicate yet sensual fragrance from Versace. Featuring warm amber and Donatella Versace’s much-loved flowers and essences, Crystal Noir is an extremely sensual and overtly sexy scent that’s ideal for wearing by night. This opulent perfume is available in eau de toilette spray and comes in a glamorous amber and black bottle.

Bond No 9 – Bleeker Street £99.99. Bleeker Street Eau De Parfum for men and women by the design house of Bond No. 9 was inspired by the spirit of the West Village of New York City. It is a gourmand scent that opens with notes of violet leaf, cassis and thyme that reveal a heart of jasmine, cedar wood and cinnamon, while the base finishes with oak moss, suede, patchouli and amber. The funky emerald green bottle was designed by artist Rachel Katz and the fragrance itself evokes the feeling of contemporary New York.

What’s your A/W fragrance? 

Go Gradient Gal!

Start from the top left hand corner and work round it like a clock.

1. Base coat – for obvious reasons.

– Apply a light coat.

2. Choose your colour scheme. I chose pink but I’ve seen it done it blue and orange and they look equally amazing!

– Get the lightest colour possible you can get your hands on. Most use white but as I didn’t have white, this pale pink was the closest (and I feel it works just as well!)

3. Apply the light colour all over your nail.

4. Take the next shade up. I chose my OPI strawberry shade nail varnish.

5. Mix with the lightest shade you used in stage 2. (Two to three drops of each should be enough for both hands). – I used a plate to mix on and a cocktail stick to mix with.

– Apply this about a third down your nail so 2/3rds are covered.

– Make sure each layer is completely dry before applying the next (or it’ll get messy!)

6. When dry, choose the shade darker than step 4. I chose my OPI shade ‘You’re a Pisa Work’ which i absolutely adore. Drop about 3 droplets of your darker shade onto the mixing plate.

7. Mix this with the remains of what you’ve been using. Add a drop of the original light varnish if needed.

8. Choose your next colour. and repeat process – This time covering only 1/3 of your nail.

9. It should look a little like this. Don’t worry about any mess – It is easily removed with a good varnish remover and precision brush.

10. You can get darker & darker but I decided to finish with a purple as this is a gradient of pink. I mainly did it because a lot of my pinks are very similar shades, so to create a thorough gradient I went with a lilac shade into a darker purple.

11. This is my lilac from OPI – shade ‘Panda Monium’.

12. Mixed into this deep purplePamplona Purple.

13. Back to top coat. Make sure you leave it dry for longer than usual.

NOTE: I’m not going to lie, it’s a little fiddly but I did manage to do it first time. If you find it difficult, don’t be disheartened – give it a try – afterall; practise makes perfect!

E-scent-ually slimming..?

What’s your diet secret?

We’ve had slimming trainers, books that make you thin and ‘skinny patches’.

Well, here we go again!

France have beaten the rest of the world to it and designed their very own product that promises to suppress appetite and help you lose weight, AND it has a 6000 person waiting list in the UK!

‘What is it?!’ You ask with pure anticipation, that’s if your excitable eyes haven’t already skipped down the page to sneak the answer first.

It’s perfume of course!

The world’s ‘first weight loss fragrance’ is designed to slim with pleasure and is based on ‘extensive aroma-therapeutic research’ – so, well, it must work!

So how does it suppress your appetite?

Does it smell like a bin?

Surprisingly, no. 

The instructions are to spray it generously in the morning and re-apply when you feel the need to snack and any cravings occur. It focuses on a ‘pleasurable experience’ rather than attach itself to the negative connotations of being hungry. The ‘slimming complex’ formulated with caffeine, carnitine and spirulina extract activates the two key enzymes directly involved in lipolysis (or in normal-speak: fat degradation).

There are top notes of bergamot, mandarin and grapefruit – which obviously combine to create a very fruity and fresh scent. [Perhaps it’s smells so sweet it puts you off anything, ever.?]

It’s called Prends Moi and if you want it, like I said, you’ll have to get in line behind the 6,000 optimistic people of the UK. It is £29.99 and can be found in The Fragrance Shop. So, what are you waiting for?

Results have shown that 75% of people it was tested on ‘felt the perfume limited the need to snack’, while 73% ‘felt a feeling of pleasure’.

So, it must be right… right?

Well, until we get a whiff of it for ourselves, we’ll never know.

What do you think?

xoxox

 

 

Paris Fashion Week’s influence on my beauty bag…

After seeing London Fashion Week kick off (and kick ass) last week; I was inspired. And so was my beauty bag. So inspired, I wrote a blog about it, here.

So Paris Fashion Week arrived and I was eager with anticipation to see that the trends and fashion have focused on similar areas. Catwalks are no longer just about the art of material and clothing but the art of beauty, makeup and cosmetics. So, being a beauty-addict – I watched closely.

Reoccurring themes of ‘go hard or go home’ appeared. Okay not quite as brutal, but it was a case of ‘wear strong colours or don’t bother at all’.

Nina Ricci
The impact of a deep red lipstick

The rule that most beauty-addicts would adhere to would be dramatic eyes OR dramatic lips – notice I said OR, not AND – either or and you’ll be safe. To do both you need a seriously professional eye (and a seriously good reason), you’ll only really see what I call ‘circus makeup’ on high-end fashion shoots & campaigns for high-impact. So the photo above, I love. The deep rouge lips make this whole look, just look back at the photo and imagine her with pale lips – rubbish huh? This lipstick makes the clothes look like something else! However, now look back and imagine her with heavy black eye makeup on – rubbish again! … Makeup is a magical thing.

Something else I took from Paris Fashion Week’s parade of beauty, was an innovative way to use eyeliner. It has to be liquid eyeliner to get the desired effect. Look! You’ll know what I mean…

Paris Fashion Week:
The new eye-shadow!

You like? I do! I predict it’s going to be the new eyeshadow. Where eyeshadow is dated, a little predictable and let’s face it, a bit tedious – a simple line of colour gives that edge and is moving makeup in a new direction.

All taken into account, this will take quite a while to catch on and to move into the mainstream beauty trends. But it will come, it will come… and i’m excited!

Another example of ‘eye-lines’ – The new eyeshadow

SO #bbloggers and makeup addicts all over the world. Two things…

1. High-impact lipsticks. [Red is a timeless classic]

2. Ditch the eyeshadow – Get creative with beautiful lines of colour!

I will leave you with some more examples of how a strong lipstick can change your outfit. [Remember: imagine them with no lipstick on]. Told you.

Clashing army green with a pinky-red — Who’d have thunk it?!

Stunning red lips enhance the light blue blouse.

Classic red lips against white.
Match with a simple red hair accessory, perfect!

 

*[DISCLAIMER: All photos have been taken from Pinterest & each one is linked back to the original source]

50 Shades of Grey: The stuff that really makes you happy

While I recognise you might have clicked on this for a review of the book that spread faster than a cold in an office; you’re sadly mistaken. However, this is the stuff that creates genuine screams and squeals, real excitement and a feeling of pure happiness; why I’m talking about makeup of course.

 But in true dedication to the cheeky literature by E. L. James, I’ve chosen items from the amazing www.thelondonperfumecompany.com website and I’m sharing the real pieces of Grey you want to experience.

 Just look!

OPI Nail Lacquer – Silver Shatter
£7.99

Toni&Guy Serum Polish Stick
(RRP £8.49) – £5.49

Stila Pencil Sharpener
(RRP £6.00) – £3.99

Christian Dior Capture Totale Nuit Intensive Night Restorative Crème.
(RRP £112.00) – £95.99

Yardely Lace 15ml Eau De Parfum, Compact Mirror & Volume Boost Heather Lipstick Gift Set
(RRP £12.95) – £4.99

Christian Dior Global Anti-Age Concentrate Radiance
(RRP £132.00) – £119.99

Tigi Bed Head Hard Head Mohawk Gel for Spiking and Ultimate Hold
(RRP £12.79) – £11.99

OPI Nail Lacquer – It Totally Fort Worth It
(RRP £11.00) – £7.99

Tigi S Factor Creamy Moulding Wax
(RRP £15.90) – £12.59

Prada Tendre Purse 10ml Eau De Parfum X 3 Gift Set
(RRP £39.99) – £25.99

So there’s my must-have shades of grey. Not quite 50, but I reckon 10 is enough to keep you satisfied.

I love www.thelondonperfumecompany.com because 99.9% of the products are always cheaper than what’s on the high-street. Why would I leave the comfort of my own home to get something double the price when I can get bargains at the click of my finger!? Their products are always so professional (and their delivery is soooo fast) so I never have to wait long!

What’s your favourite website to get your beauty products? Let me know!

xox

The Perfume Bottle: Stash or Trash?

Perfume! Whether sweet, woody, fruity or musky – everyone has a favourite. People today use perfumes like an accessory. You’ve got your hair done; clothes smart and jewellery present… what tops it off? A good squirt of your favourite fragrance of course!

Perfume has become ‘wearable art’ – just like clothes and jewellery – it takes careful consideration to choose the perfect product.

So with this in mind I was clearing out my apartment as I had way too much clutter for my own good. Out went the stacks of magazines that were piled so high they were taller than my 2 year old nephew and out went the makeup cases that have been empty for years (but because they cost me a small fortune I couldn’t bear to dispose of them). Anyway slight tangent but it brings me to my question…

Have you ever kept hold of your old perfume even though it’s run out simply because the bottle is so beautiful?

Yep, me too..

It got me thinking as to just how many people took part in, what can only be described as, ‘unnecessary hoarding’ .. and I was pleasantly surprised that it’s not a totally crazy thing to do.

So here are a few bottles that I fell in love with and not only would keep if they were mine, but I want them anyway! Enjoy.

Bond No 9 Eau De New York Eau De Parfum
£116.99 (RRP £155)

LOLA by Marc Jacobs

Beautifully pink

From £42.99

A sweet treat

The iconic Jean Paul Gaultier
£41.99 (RRP £47)

Bond N09 Andy Warhol Silver Factory Eau De Parfum
£133.99 (RRP £170)

Can’t go wrong with Chanel

The Classic Chanel No 5
Refill £50

Vera Wang – Princess