They say that our eyes are the window to our soul; a simple glance has the power to reveal so much more than the spoken word. As a nation we spend millions of pounds on beauty products helping to enhance the eye and create a perfect flutter; from eye drops to mascara and eyeshadow to liner, the focus is always placed on creating a gaze that lingers. Now the answer to beautiful sparkling eyes may have finally arrived, with the launch of new 1-Day Acuvue Define Lenses for contact lens wearers. Already a hugely established beauty category in Asia (where beauty lenses are worn by a staggering 3.6 million women,) these innovative lenses have been created especially for the Western eye, and are set to become a beauty staple here too.
It's been named as the most awesome animated film of all time and has created a stampede for anything adorned with it's name. Frozen is undoubtedly the film of 2014, having been featured on everything from The X Factor to adverts for car maintenance and much in-between. I have to admit before last weekend I was a Frozen virgin, but after sitting down with a cup of tea to see what all the fuss was about I wasn't left bitterly disappointed. I'm definitely an Aladdin and Little Mermaid kind of girl, but there's certainly something a little bit special about this latest Disney movie. Unsurprisingly the masterminds behind the story are capitalising on its success in every way imaginable, so these cute scented lip balms are hitting stores just in time for the festive season; they make a great addition to any stocking this Christmas - for both kids and grown-ups alike. Available in six characters and corresponding flavours/scents, they're surprisingly delicious as well as being incredibly affordable.
LBQ's Blogvent Calendar Day 18: WIN The X Factor Look (Via A Huge Bundle of TRESemme Hair Products!)
The X Factor may be over for another year (all hail King Haenow!) but that doesn't mean we can't channel our inner star and ensure our hair looks fabulous all year round. Thanks to the official hair sponsor of the show, TRESemme, you could be coiffing and styling your way to next year's bootcamp and beyond. On this eighteenth day of Blogvent I have a huge bundle of hair goodies that will ensure your every need is met this festive season. Including shampoos, conditioners, styling products, sprays, treatments and oils, there's nothing else you'll need to get your barnet in tip top condition to start 2015 in style. (Apart from maybe head stylist Jamie Stevens!)
Cleansers, toners and moisturisers are ten a penny. Most claim to revolutionise your skincare regime and leave your complexion glowing, when the result is often something altogether different. Investing in a regular facial can be incredibly beneficial, helping your skin to soak up nutrients and feel invigorated; I always walk out of my facialist's office feeling like my cheeks are under my eyebrows and my skin is five years younger. However, facials are both time consuming and expensive, preventing them from being part of most of our lives for anything other than a luxury or yearly treat. The new YOSO Pro deep cleansing system provides the benefit of a mini facial every single day, from the comfort of your own home, in only five minutes. The simple and easy-to-use device really helps to leave your skin feeling cleaner than ever before, topped off with a moisturiser boosting function that will ensure your skin drinks up essential hydration like you've never experienced. Simple, effective, innovative - a new must-have that revolutionises skincare.
There's no denying that scent evokes memories and emotions like nothing else imaginable. A beautiful fragrance can take us back to a moment of love, a laughter-filled childhood holiday or even a comforting reminder of a grandparent. Valeur Absolue fragrances harness that emotion and provide scents that can help create a state of wellbeing. The beautifully constructed and delicious perfumes are made from the highest quality ingredients and include precious stones in every bottle. What makes them unique is the addition of essential oils, a beta-endorphin booster and oligo-elements to ensure they're bursting with well-being as well as a great lingering fragrance.
When it comes to finishing a look and setting makeup in place, there's nothing more equipped to do the job than a dusting of transparent powder. It's always been a staple in my makeup bag, well before I started using foundation or investing in heavy duty concealer - it's a great way of removing shine, creating a uniformed finish and making me feel 'done'. Although it frequently gets a hard time as a product designed for grannies that can leave your complexion looking cakey, if used correctly it really is a life saver. I literally cannot go without a light dusting over my base to set my makeup, even in the height of summer when dewy finishes and glowy radiance are all the range. However, do you need to spend a fortune on translucent powder to ensure a great finish, or can you get away with a budget brand that will do the job just as well?
The aisles of Tesco are filled with more than mince pies, sparkling wine and frozen turkeys at this time of year - they're also bursting at the seams with beauty goodies and treats for your face and body. With some well known brands including Sleek, Bourjois and Maybelline, to Tesco exclusives including BD Trade Secrets, there's something for everybody and every budget. On this sixteenth day of Blogvent (how is the month going so quickly?) Beauty at Tesco have given me a goodie bag that's bursting with beauty treats to help you look your best and get party ready this festive season. Including a THX Total Hair Experts 'Bubble Hair Wand' to make creating party waves and curles efortless, a selection of BD Trade Secrets make-up (lipstick, mascara, eye-liner, primer, foundation) to help you look flawless and Treacle Moon pampering body treats to get you in the mood pre-party, this bundle is worth over £55.00.
The foundation to any great style is healthy looking, full and strong hair. With a huge amount of heat styling, straightening abuse and over-zealous application of product occurring in every bedroom across the country, there's no doubt that it's playing havoc with our barnets. The level of damage has never been higher, with the demand for fuller and more voluminous hair being top of our wish lists. Combined with poor diets, high levels of stress, hormonal imbalances and busy lifestyles, our hair is the first thing that suffers. Healthy hair grows in a continuous cyclic pattern and if this is disturbed for any reason it can impact on the health of the hair; Viviscal offers a three-step hair programme that aims to nourish from within, prepare the scalp and protect at the source to ensure this cycle is not interrupted. As the number one selling hair growth supplement in the USA (and voted as the Best Hair Supplement in the UK by Harper’s Bazaar magazine,) it was about time I put it to the test myself to see if it could make a difference to me.
Every day this month I'm giving away something fabulous - whether or not it's an uber exclusive goodie bag, fabulous discount code, unique opportunity or so much more. Today I want to reward more than just a handful of you lovely readers, so I've teamed up with a relatively new brand, Yours Truly Organics, to give fifty of you a little taster of something lovely. They say: "Our philosophy is that beautiful skin is achievable using ingredients that are in the best interest of your health. So whilst our products are beautiful on the outside, they are also beautiful on the inside." Yours Truly Organics are giving FIFTY readers a mini sample kit so they can try their Take It Away Gel Cleanser, Balancing Toner, Fix Me! Repairing Serum and Face Base Face Balm. If you want to claim your completely FREE sample kit that contains four fab products, just visit their website via this link and enter the code LBQXMAS at the checkout. (It also includes free post and packaging, so you can experience something a little fancy with absolutely no cost to yourself whatsoever.) Be quick though, as after the fifty samples have gone they're gone - no second chances!
One of the best bits about Christmas for me is opening my stocking on Christmas morning and finding out what random bits of loveable tat my relatives have found. There's always something designed for a ten year old, a random kitchen gadget and a tonne of festive chocolate - but what I'd really like to discover at the bottom of my sack is one of these little gems. I've handpicked five of my favourite mini gifts (all £10.00 and under) that would make the best beauty stocking fillers for any lady in your life. Including some of my favourite brnads, my snappy gift guide may encourage you to treat yourself too! Have a look and let me know what you think...
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Some brands come with a little sprinkling of magic, and there's no doubt that Aromatherapy Associates is one of those. They've been the leading experts within aromatherapy for over 30 years and have some incredible products on offer that every woman needs in her bathroom. The founders say: "Our experience has shown that essential oils are extremely effective at enhancing the state of our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing." As soon as I saw these little stars of greatness I swooned. How lovely would it be to find one of these in your stocking on Christmas morning? They're elegant, striking, extremely useful and contain exactly what you'll need come Boxing Day - a little vial of Inner Strength oil to provide a little boost after the family have been round and stuffed their way through the Queen's speech.
BB Creams definitely had a moment in 2013, but since then they've been overtaken by CC and DD Creams as well as formulas that claim to have been made using NASA technology. The makeup world never sits still long enough for us to catch up or feel chuffed we've discovered something we love; it moves on at the speed of light looking for the next big thing. Well, I hate to break it to you but I'm still totally in love with BB Creams and I don't see that love fading any time soon. I adore the rich texture that feels like nourishing skincare, provides fabulous coverage, wears well and helps inject a touch of radiance into my skin. Although many cheaper brands aren't actually offering much more than a tinted moisturiser under the guise of a BB Cream, if you pick your products right I promise you'll be onto something golden. With a festively appropriate name, this little wonder from Givenchy is my new favourite: Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Nude Look BB Cream offers me great coverage, a practically flawless complexion and a result that lasts all day long.
LBQ's Blogvent Calendar DAY 13: WIN A Selection of Deciem Products (Plus Exclusive 20% Discount Code)
You may not know the name Deciem, but you're sure to know the products that come under their repertoire. Since their 2013 launch they've been making waves in the beauty industry, launching products that are truly innovative and push the boundaries of what we previously thought possible. From the Fountain supplements that can provide every amount of goodness imaginable (including The Beauty Molecule, The Super Green Molecule, The Geek Molecule and many more,) to the Grow Gorgeous cleansing conditioners that changed the way we washed our hair, the Hand Chemistry best-selling anti-ageing hand concentrates and Inhibitif body products that help to reduce hair growth, there's something for every beauty need - and so much more to come in 2015. Their products are not only best sellers (Boots couldn't keep them in stock!) but award winners too, being recognised by the industry for bringing real innovation and performance to shelves previously stocked with fluff. On this thirteenth day of Blogvent I have a fabulous edit of Deciem products for you to enjoy, handpicked to give you a taster of the brands they have to offer.
There's a massive misconception that great skincare has to cost the earth. We don't have to part with hundreds of pounds for a great skincare routine, as technology is advancing and ensuring results are achievable at a much lower price point than was previously available. B. is a collection of premium skincare, created by industry experts to help women find the products that are right for them - clearing away any clutter and confusion, providing guidance and inspiration via key stages that relate to the needs of our skin in our 20's, 30's, 40's and now 50's. B. offers a premium experience at a mainstream price; all their products are packed with a high concentration of active ingredients to ensure great results without breaking the bank. This autumn B. launched its first ever complete new skincare phase, Skin Phase 4 B. Nourished, which is clinically proven to reduce wrinkles by 11% in just 8 weeks.* Following on from my first post which provided an in-depth introduction to the products, my Mum (54) and Nan (82) have been putting the trio to the test over the last few weeks and it's safe to say they're both in love. Here's what they had to say about B.Skincare and why they've already been telling all their friends about this magical trio.
Bare Minerals have to be one of my all-time fave brands. Not only are their mineral foundations second-to-none (they were the original after all) and their colours perfectly matched to every skintone, but their makeup is luxurious and practical at the same time. They're definitely one of the brands that I reach to on a daily basis - as I write I'm wearing their concealer, eyeshadow, mascara and gloss - because the quality and performance is fantastic. If you haven't tried any of their products before (why not?) then make sure you put 'visit a Bare Minerals counter' at number one on your New Years Resolutions list this January. Because they're so blooming fantastic, on this twelfth day of Blogvent I've got a super special bundle of Bare Minerals treats to give away that would be welcome by lovers of the brand and newbies alike.
I don't know about you, but the sheer quantity of gift guides and Christmas edits can be a little overwhelming at this time of year. It seems like we've been counting down to the festive season for the best part of six months, so by the time we've finally put the tree up and stocked up on mince pies we're a little bit over red ribbons and carefully edited collections. Rather than overwhelm you with a whole load more gumph, I thought I'd do something a little bit different on the blog today - why not put my own spin on it and create something fun?! So in the style of a Christmas Day 'Top of The Pops', here are my top ten festive treats you can grab for loved ones this year. Enjoy.
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The festive season can be incredibly stressful, both emotionally and physically, leaving us in need of a holiday to get over the holiday season. A long dip in a steaming bath, a pampering session with some massage oils and salt scrub, or even a ten minute time-out with a face mask can make the world of difference. On this eleventh day of Blogvent, I've teamed up with The Sanctuary Spa to offer one lucky reader an incredible 'Pamper Hamper' worth over £75.00. Including everything you need to ensure you're looking tip-top in time for the new year and perfectly pampered when you need it most, this is definitely a competition not to miss.
New brands launch every week, but rarely does one escape under the radar for so long as The Balm has. I'd never heard of it before a pile of quirky cosmetics landed on my doorstep, but this innovative and slightly naughty brand are actually available from ASOS and Feel Unique! Including everything from individual blush shades, eyeliners, lipglosses, eyeshadow palettes and highlighters, this is a brand that makes cosmetics fun again while bringing out a little naughty side in everyone. Their vintage inspired packs are all illustrated and contain the most incredible detail, playing on phrases and words to make you think - Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter may be my personal favourite, closely followed by half naked men next to six apple shaped cream blushers. If you're a fan of Benefit's quirky style but can't always stretch your budget to them, then The Balm offers dupes and an equally as fun offering for a much more affordable price point.
There's one thing that makes a house a home - an array of flickering candles providing a delicate and comforting scent. I've never been short of a few dozen in my living room, setting the scene when the cold nights draw in and wrapping myself in a blanket to enjoy the atmosphere. Mila are a new brand on my horizon, providing beautifully designed packaging and an elegant glass pot. Providing up to 45 hours of burn time and made completely in the UK, this is definitely a brand to watch. Their newest fragrance, Isla, is described as "an encounter with the crystalline cold, a steely tang carried on a crisp ozonic breeze to invigorate the mind. The clean, glacial top notes cut through subtle accords of green seaweed, musk and amber, rendering an energising blend."