Because You're Worth It

Ever wanted to mutter those famous words? Even girls like Cheryl Cole get ridonkulously excited when given the opportunity to flick their barnets and look lovingly into the camera. If you've practised your pose for years in front of the mirror and think you've got what it takes to be a L'Oreal girl, then the time has come... You could be the next star! L’Oréal Paris are looking for three girls to star in the next Casting Créme Gloss campaign alongside Cheryl Cole. From today, fans will be able to enter a picture of themselves in either ‘tempting blonde’, ‘rich brunette’ or ‘fiery redhead’ to be in with a chance of telling the world why they love L'Oreal.


All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself on the L'Oreal Paris UK facebook page and ask your mates to cast their votes when polling opens on 28th November. The most popular blondes, brunettes and red heads will be shortlisted for a L’Oréal Paris Casting Day where they'll receive a makeover in preparation for a live audition, in front of a panel of judges. The winners will then be chosen to appear in an exclusive new L’Oréal Paris Casting Crème Gloss TV advertisement campaign for 2012, alongside Cheryl. Who knows, you could be the next colour crush! Get involved... because you're worth it.


For more details, see their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LOrealParisUK

Boots star gift of the week

Last year the ladies of the UK went crazy for Boots' weekly star offers in the run up to Christmas, snapping up some brilliant gifts at up to 50% off. They're back for another year and this time they're even better. Last week we had a No 7 Protect and Perfect gift set reduced from £93 to £45, and this week there's this fabulous Ted Baker gift set reduced from £40 to £19 for one week only. These deals always sell out uber quickly online, so you need to get in there quick or be prepared to hunt them down via the power of twitter. To keep up to date with the weekly offers you can keep checking the Boots website which updates with these cute videos to really show you what you're getting. A perfect excuse to start Christmas shopping for loved ones, or just treat yourselves to an early pressie too.


Available only until 2nd November.

Top 5 Winter Beauty Essentials

The days are getting colder and the nights longer, so we all need to adjust our beauty regimes to ensure our bodies are in tip top condition throughout winter. I'm guest blogging for Tesco Magazine and have top five tips to share with you, so make sure you check it out.

Age Defying... It's Electrifying

A few weeks ago I went to the Toni & Guy global gathering, which brings hairdressers from all over the globe to showcase the next season's trends, as well as recognising the hard work and skill the salons have. Next season it's all about big, angular, textured hair and extravagance, which can play havoc with our tresses. It seems perfect timing then that to coincide with a season of hair styling abuse, Toni & Guy's professional range Label M are launching a new range of age defying products. We all know hair is dead, but as we get older our hair loses even more of its goodness, sometimes leaving us with lacklustre barnets that have seen better days. It's important to add in additional nutrients to ensure our hair is bouncy, full, strong and shiny - which is where Label M's Therapy Age-Defying range comes in.


The four products (shampoo, conditioner, treatment and protein cream) all contain a patent pending Rejuven-8 Complex. Created exclusively for Label M, it utilises eight technologically active anti-ageing ingredients to leave leaving hair looking strong, replenished and youthful. Some of the ingredients include white caviar, sweet chestnut, African baobab trees, iron rose crystal, glycolic acid extracted from turbinado and palm sugars - impressive no? The brains behind the brand are really excited about this 'revolutionary' launch, and so they should be.


The purple packaging certainly makes these stand out and the pump action bottles make it easy to get the amount you need, not wasting a drop. The whole range smells sweet and uplifting, not unlike a bowl of parma violets, or as Poppy Dinsey from WIWT.com said: "It smells like Disney Princesses." The products are the same quality that you'd normally expect from Label M - thick formulas that lather and condition well, leaving your hair soft and manageable. The result I got from this range isn't as instantly recognisable as some other ranges, but after a few washes your hair does feel a bit fuller of bounce. It's a long term solution, helping to almost repair damaged hair and reinvigorate it from within.


I'm currently loving the Protein Cream, which is applied to hair as is a serum or leave in conditioner. A few pumps help to give your hair a boost, injecting some key minerals and helping to prevent frizz and unruliness. This, used in conjunction with a serum, really does leave my hair feeling great. These have become part of my hair wardrobe - definite must haves and basics to ensure my barnet is in as good a condition as it can be. The shampoo and conditioner are great added bonuses if you have the cash, giving good results but nothing mind blowing, but this is a little gem.

Available online and through Toni & Guy salons/Label M stockists from November.

Vaseline Limited Edition: It's here!

So the wait is over. Vaseline have unleashed their new limited edition flavour on the world and it's Creme Brulee! Did you guess correctly? It's a really lovely, subtle fragrance that makes putting on lipbalm a little more yummy. It's currently available in Selfridges (at £2.99 a pot) until it launches nationwide over the next few weeks, where you can even pop in and strike a pose in their pouting booth. Yummy yummy.


Get the look: Spiderwoman

This weekend, if you're getting all dressed up for Halloween and need some inspiration, why not check out this video from My Face cosmetics? They take you through a step-by-step guide of how to create a Spiderwoman inspired look... It's easier than you may think! Happy Halloween.

Black XS - Be A Rockstar

Have you ever wanted to be a rockstar? I have to admit that I spend about 25% of the year pretending I am and another 25% wishing I was. What did I do before Reading Festival, Brixton Academy and KoKo on a Saturday night? Paco Robane Black XS fragrances have teamed up with Universal Music to make that dream a little bit more of a reality with their latest campaign, Be A Rockstar. Through their website www.be-a-rockstar.com you can totally immerse yourself in becoming rock royalty and experience a little bit of what it's like to be a fully fledged member of a rock band. By connecting to Facebook, choosing a picture and starting the story, you'll become a rock and roll god (or goddess) by creating a video, signing autographs, kissing fans (oh er) and even performing on stage. The interactive site allows you to really feel part of the music world, even if it's through a virtual reality!


Not only that, but Black XS is opening the doors to the largest catalogue of artists in the world - Universal Music France will even be giving access to special backstage moments with its artists, including Cold War Kids, Two Door Cinema Club and Kaiser Chiefs. The fab bands will be taking part in special Black XS OFF Shows, where we can see behind the scenes (and what they really get up to before a show) in nine special mini episodes. The series will be shown by the end of the year on www.be-a-rockstar.com, as well as on the Black XS YouTube channel.


What are you waiting for? This autumn you'll not only smell great (or the man in your life will) but you can pretend to be a rock star... for one night only!

For more info visit www.pacorabanne.com

Sponsored post on behalf of ebuzzing

Nina Ricci: Snow Princess

Everyone loves a fairytale. If you've ever dreamed of being Snow White then this is right up your street... Nina Ricci is releasing a limited edition version of her cult perfume 'Nina' and it's all white and frosty, perfect for winter. You can now bit into the apple (not literally - it wouldn't taste good) and feel like you're a Disney Princess. "This magical perfume is a promise of charm, enchantment and seductive femininity. A fresh floral-fruity fragrance with mouth watering red toffee apple accents. Nina, a pretty and refreshing heroine, a modern-day, romantic fairy... She wanted an original fragrance, a scent like no other. An elixir, a promise of enchantment with a radiant power of seduction." I'd never smelt this before, always presuming it wasn't really for me. However, it's much lighter and less sweet than I anticipated - perfect for dusky winter days that need a pick-me-up. Even better for Princesses in waiting.

 


Top Notes: Calabrese lemon and lime caipirinha.
Heart Notes: Red toffee apple, vanilla, moonflower and peony petals.
Base Notes: Apple tree wood, cotton musk and white cedar.

Limited edition version available from selected retailers from November 2011.

A Royal Ballet

When I was little I was a ballerina. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays were ballet days and I spent all my time competing for trophies, picking out extravagant costumes and having my hair pinned pack off my face so I looked like I'd had a Croydon Facelift. I loved ballet - everything about it, from the elegant tutus to the ballet slippers and learning to tie my ribbons. Once I grew up a bit, discovered boys, booze and hangovers on a school night my ballet slowly became second, before I stopped when I turned 17. It still resonates with me though and I still love the elegant lines of a ballerina, as well as remembering how much your feet and muscles ached after a long afternoon in the studio. This is why The Royal Ballet have teamed up with Berkeley Square cosmetics to launch their very own line of body products.



Who better than The Royal Ballet to understand the aches and pains of skin and muscle? The new range not only meets the needs of their ballerinas, but also the day to day stresses and strains we all face. Within the range is a shower cream, hand and foot cream, body conditioner and a cooling muscle gel. All the products come packaged simply, with elegant images of ballerinas adorning the boxes. The quality is great - rich, luxurious creams and minty fragrances - so you know you're in good hands. The body conditioner isn't just another moisturiser, it's a rich cream that absorbs really quickly to soften and smooth skin, and the cooling gel really does help to soothe aching feet. What's even better is that the products don't cost the earth... Starting from only £12.00 you can afford to pretend to be a ballerina for the day.



Available from Fenwick Brent Cross, The Royal Opera House and online. Shower Cream RRP £12, Hand and Foot Cream RRP £14, Body Conditioner RRP £18, Muscle Gel RRP £13.
Full stockists available on their website: www.bsquare.co.uk

Tip Your Hat

I love hats, especially in the winter time. You can plonk a fashionable fedora on your head and use the excuse that it's helping to keep you warm, while channelling your inner boho chic. I've already become a little bit obsessed with massive floppy hats and have already picked up some statement pieces from H&M. You can pretty much get fedoras from every shop you go into now, but these ones have got my vote because they're great quality, fit well, aren't too floppy and withstand being folded up in a bag for over 24hrs. Why pay more for something so simple, especially when you can personalise the band... I'm going for a feather in my cap this winter.


 


Available from H&M for £9.99 - available in camel, black and wine.

Fully Concealed

To me, concealer is the most important product in any makeup bag. Even when I was skint and at Uni, I ate baked beans for a week just so I could stock up on an expensive concealer. On the whole you can get by with a £2.99 lipgloss and a mascara for under a fiver, but with a concealer you definitely need to invest in something a little bit more substantial. For the last six months I've been a complete convert to Bobbi Brown's concealer, but as it came to an end (with a quiet little sob from me) I decided to give a Nars concealer a whirl. They've expanded the range so there are now ten different shades to choose from, right from white as white to darker hues.



The concealer comes in a twistable pen, encased in a matte finish case. (The only issue I have with Nars is that the packaging always gets covered in product, and this is no exception... It needs cleaning all the time as it ends up looking a bit skanky!) The concealer itself is a highly pigmented, soft and blendable texture that melts into the skin. You only need a very small amount to cover blemishes 100% and with confidence. Most importantly, there's no caking and it lasts all day, so there's no need to feel paranoid that that pesky spot is peeking through or you're showing those last few hours in the pub under your eyes.



The fact that there are so many shades makes this an amazing concealer. If the shade match isn't perfect the formula doesn't blend into skin - lighter patches across your face may be invisible in your bathroom, but under different light you could look like a patchwork cover. The concealer has a matte, slightly powdery finish too, so it settles on the skin with no need for powder. I can't shout about how great this concealer is enough... It's utterly worth its £17.50 price tag as it helps to create a flawless base from which to build the rest of a look. I'm a convert. Merci Francois Nars.

Shades now available include:
  • Chantilly - for fairest of complexions, true ivory New!
  • Vanilla - for fair complexions, tiny cast of pink tones
  • Honey - for light to medium complexion, warm peach tones
  • Custard - for light to medium complexions, yellow tones
  • Ginger - for medium complexions, golden tones
  • Biscuit - for medium to dark complexions, natural balance of pink and yellow tones New!
  • Caramel - for medium to dark complexions, yellow
    and golden tones
    New!
  • Amande - for medium to dark complexions, golden olive tones New!
  • Café – for dark complexions, warm red tones New!
  • Cacao - for dark complexions, deep-gold-brown tones New!

Eye Eye Eyeko

Changes are afoot in the Eyeko world. If you've been onto their website recently you'll have noticed that the Eyeko that's been around since 1999 has waved good bye to its uber girlie, slightly sickening sweet, identity and ushered in a more sophisticated and simple approach. I was historically always a little bit put off by Eyeko because the range looked like it was intended for my 15 year old self - it's not always a good look to be carrying around a bright pink, chunky lipbalm with a big cartoon face on it. They became a bit of a cult favourite in the bloggersphere for making great products at reasonable prices and the only way seemed to be up... So why have they scrapped everything and pretty much started from scratch?



Eyeko are completely revolutionising their brand, to the point where it's almost unrecognisable. Gone are the Fat Balms and nail polishes that were so adored. Gone for good. Now it's all about 'putting the eye in Eyeko' and the focus is on mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow. That's a pretty bold step, to completely discontinue your most successful products. They must be crazy! Not only that, but the brand design is a lot simpler, more sophisticated and approachable (gone are the penny sweet pink and bows/hearts/flowers,) taking the whole identity back one step to something that's got longevity. The Eyeko shield becomes the focus, the colours are a lot more muted and everything looks that little bit more premium.



Another noticeable change is that you can no longer get Eyeko in Superdrug. Now you can pick up your Eyeko goodies in Harvey Nichols.... Harvey bloody Nicols! This is the only brand in history to have moved that way, especially moving into one of the most prestigious and luxurious department stores in the UK. Eyeko has become a whole new experience and they're investing in their future. The prices reflect the new identity too, with mascaras going back up to £15 each (something that's been causing quite a stir already,) and a consultant helping you to choose the perfect products for you. This is a really brave move by the brand and one which I hope pays off. I'm 100% more likely to buy into the brand now than I was before, so in that respect it's done its job well... I can't wait to see what else they've got in store and how Eyeko progresses over the next year or so. Will this go down as the bravest move in beauty ever, or the worst?

What do you think? What do you love about Eyeko and what will you miss?

PS - These are three new mascaras as part of the new range which I'll be reviewing at a later date!

Children in Need

Once a year I feel utterly unashamed for rushing home to spend a Friday night sitting in front of my tellybox with a bottle of wine. Children in Need has become a national institution, not only for raising money for some great causes across the UK, but for being a blasting entertainment show. This year they're raising more money than ever by getting some great brands to design Pudsey inspired products, of which these nail wraps from Nails Rock are one.


Add a spotty design to your nails in seconds with these simple nail designs. All you do is place the wrap over each nail, heat using a hair dryer to bond to the nail, file off the end and voila! There's no better way to help the kids than to make yourself look and feel pretty. For every purchase made 25% will be donated to Children in Need - that's £1.66 for every set of spotty nails. What are you waiting for? Get spotty.

Available in Boots priced £6.65 (25% donated to Children in Need)
To donate even more, just go to the website: www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey

Guess the flavour...

So last night I got hope to an extra special parcel. It wasn't full of glitz and glamour... in fact it was probably, visually, one of the dullest parcels I've ever received. Just a white envelope with a plain white pot inside. Inside the white pot was some white stuff that just happens to be the top secret new flavour of Vaseline. This is where it starts to get exciting. Last year Vaseline played a practical joke on us all by releasing information about a limited edition Marmite flavour of the petroleum jelly; it went down so well that they decided to release their first ever 'limited edition' variety for real.


The secret is that nobody actually knows what flavour this new variety will be. I was lucky enough to be sent one of only a handful of samples to see if I could guess correctly... I couldn't! My guess was vanilla, but they've already told me I'm wrong. It's a very delicate, slightly sweet scent so it has to be something along those lines; I can't wait to find out what it is! If you want to guess for yourself you can use the hashtag #vaselinelimited and see if you can do better.  The good news is that next Thursday the big reveal will take place in Selfridges and I'll be there, tweeting frantically to make sure you're the first to know!

If you could develop a Vaseline tub for yourself, what flavour would it be?

UPDATE:
On 27th October Vaseline will be launching a 'Strike a Pout' concession in Selfridges' beauty hall. There will be free makeovers to celebrate the launch, as well as a photobooth to strike a pose and upload your photos directly to Facebook. There's even an opportunity for you to win a silver lip therapy holder worth £260! Just tweet a picture of yourself with the new lip therapy tin, along with the phrase 'Strike a Pout' and hashtag #VaselineLimitedLON or #VaselineLimitedMAN. If you're one of the first people to do so in each store you'll nab yourself a luxurious prize... Good luck!


Pearl Lowe dips her wick

Probably the strangest title I've ever written on this blog. Pearl Lowe isn't just a fashionista who designs for Peacocks and ropes her daughter into modelling the clothes, she's teamed up with luxury candle brand DP London to launch her very own range of beautiful candles. Not only do they look fabulous, but all candles are made purely from 100% natural wax and contain no palm oil; a product that contributes to deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia and South America due to its vast plantations. The candles come in re-usable packaging in the form of a bespoke, handmade Japanese porcelain container - eco friendly, practical and pretty!



Pearl says: “For me scent is quite simply the ultimate home accessory. I love transforming the mood with these candles and find candlelight so decadent. They envelop a room with scent that lingers for hours, and create complete calm in my home. The travel candles are also amazing as they help me to take a little home comfort with me and also work equally well in a guest room at home”

The candles come in three scents (Spiced Punch, White Flowers and Citrus Fruits) and are priced at £30 each. There's also a matching metal lid available for £8. Available from Selfridges and ASOS, as well as DP London stockists.

Trick or Treat?

Can you believe that Halloween is almost upon us? I have no idea where this year has gone - I can barely believe we've passed festival season, let alone it being time to dust off the pumpkins and put on our witches hats. Halloween is only a week or so away, so it's time to get prepared and stock up on sweet things. It's not all about handing out lollipops and jelly babies though; why not treat yourself this Halloween with a definite treat from Philosophy. This cute gift set contains two of their 3-in-1 products (that can be used as a shower gel, bubble bath or shampoo) in sickeningly sweet flavours. Choose from either marshmellow or toffee apple and indulge your sweet tooth in the bathroom, instead of feasting on chocolate... It's got less calories.


Available exclusively from Selfridges priced £18.00

Queen of makeup bags

I saw this in Primark (of all places) and had to pick it up. How appropriate is this? A make up bag with a crown on it... As if it was made for me! I'm pretty surprised at the little bits and bobs you can pick up in Primark and how they're ever expanding into the beauty arena. It's always good to pick up a little something with your tights and ballet pumps... Especially when it's only £1.50. What's the best thing you've ever got from Primark?

Rodial: Life and Style

Despite the controversial names, I really am a fan of Rodial. They make some brilliant products that feel amazing, smell amazing and make you look amazing - albeit after costing you an arm and a leg. There's nothing wrong with a little luxury in your life, and Rodial wasn't built for every day... It's all about the extravagant treats. They're bringing that little bit of luxury into a different arena with the launch of their 'Life & Style' range, which is built not for the skincare benefits, but for the benefit of relaxing indulgence and beautiful emotion enhancing scents.



The range includes three scents: Rehab, Socialite and Lounge. Rehab combines shea butter with the scent of honey milk and almond; Socialite provides a delicate scent of pink champagne and cassis; Lounge offers a luxurious aroma of honeycomb and vanilla. All three scents are absolutely beautiful and make you want to lick the tub once you open it. Not only do all three variants come in an indulgent body souffle, but also a bathing balm (just drop a blob into running water like a bubble bath) and a fabulous candle.



The brand identity remains in the notes of the silver accents, although each scent has its own colour way: pale pink, cream and pistachio. These would look stunning strategically placed in your bathroom, especially when you light the candle and take a deep soak in the bath. Perfectly timed for Christmas gifts, these will be available in the next few weeks - there are also gift sets featuring mini candles and combinations of the three main products. And even better... There's not a controversial name in sight.

Body Souffle RRP £40; Candle RRP £45; Bathing Balm RRP £35

Prime Time

MUA have made quite a splash in the makeup world over the last few months. Their products are pretty ace and the bonus is that nothing costs more than a fiver. I'm regularly sporting their eyeshadows and face products, so the latest addition to the range slips in quite nicely. They're releasing an eyeshadow primer to compete with the iconic primers from brands like Urban Decay. Whoop.


The primer is a neutral skintone colour which is applied using the sponge applicator. You only need a little bit and it's easier to tap it into skin and spread out over the whole lid with your index finger. It needs to be left for about 30 seconds to dry before you can put your eyeshadow on over the top as usual. It does feel slightly sticky if you don't leave it to dry properly, but otherwise it's practically invisible.


In terms of its longevity, it does help eyeshadow to stick around and look fresh all day long, as well as enhancing the colour a little and making it appear as true as it does in the eyeshadow tray. I'm not a huge user of primers usually so for me this adds in another step and another product in my already rushed routine, but for a night on the town I'd definitely use this under a smokey eye.

Available exclusively at Superdrug. RRP £2.50

Autumn Shimmers

Although it's hard to say goodbye to my orange nails, I do love the dark and shimmer shades that come out with a new season. My talons literally turn to the dark side come Autumn, so they're happy to have some mid-range colours to choose from, courtesy of 17. As part of their new collection they've released three nail polish shades that give some of the designer brands a run for their money - did someone say dupe for Chanel?


Within the range is a dusty purple, shimmering green and metallic dirty gold. All of the colours have dimension, catching the light and showcasing subtle undertones that should technically clash, but actually work well. The formulas are thick - you can actually get away with only one coat - and dry pretty quickly too, leaving you with a striking nail. They do chip really quickly though, so make sure you wear a topcoat and be prepared to change your polish after a day or two.


My favourite of the three is the delicious purple. I'm literally going to wear it to death over the next few months; it's such a wearable shade that has a little 'something something' to differentiate it and make it look about five times the price that it is. The green is bold, although more difficult to wear - unless you're wearing a pretty plain outfit it's hard to match such an unusual colour. The dirty gold isn't my personal cup of tea though; there's something about it I don't quite feel drawn to. It changes colour every time you look at it too, so the above isn't a great representation of the final colour! Great colours though that cost the same as your morning coffee... Making it so much more justifiable to treat yourself to a new polish!


Available from Boots for £2.99 each.

Makeup Doodle

I love twitter. I've met so many ace people and remained in contact with those I've met briefly through the wonder of Tweetdeck. Claire, aka Rude Doodle, always makes me laugh and we chat away about any old rubbish we can think of, as well as her asking for advice on what products she should be using. She's a bit of a self-confessed makeup newbie, so I sent her some products to keep herself occupied. This is what she thought...

London Beauty Queen sent me a few bits & bobs to test out this week. I am a bit of a make-up novice, so hopefully my reviews will give you a verdict on whether the products are easy to use, for those lacking the skills of the Beauty Queen herself!


First I tried Aveda's Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Cherry Blossom shade. It's your standard little lippy wand in a tube, nothing mind blowing there, but it's the decision to make it mint flavoured that made it different. I didn't like it. Why would I want toothpaste lips? Unless your other half has a dental hygiene problem that you want to sneakily hint at by kissing him with your Miss Drill The Dentist, minty mouth, I can't see the appeal. If my lip gloss has to taste of something, then why not cherry, as the shade name implies? As for the colour, you remember when you were six and your mum bought you a little make-up set with clear nail varnish and a pinky red lipshine? That's what I thought my lips looked like. I don't want people to think I got my make-up free with a pair of Lelli Kelli school shoes, thanks.


Next I tried Body Shop's eye shadow duo in Quartz shade. Whilst the colour wasn't great on me, I felt a bit like a 1970's roller disco girl, the quality is spot on for the price. The lighter pink its very iridescent and perfect to brighten up your eyes on these darker mornings. The purple shade contrasts perfectly & when used over a primer the colour is a gorgeous jewel tone.



Finally I used Rimmel's Extra Wow Lash mascara, in good, old, reliable black. Mascara is one of the make-up products I usually pester London Beauty Queen about every few months over on Twitter. I've never found a brand to settle on, and I'm always hoping she will have found 'The One' I can buy regularly forever more. At last no more awkward minutes in front of the makeup counters, feeling like a dodgy shoplifter staring at rows of mascara with no clue which will actually deliver the promises the hyperbolic names imply. Rimmel Extra Wow isn't quite that, but it's a decent little product. The wand gives light coverage, allowing you to build up layers and get the effect you want. I'll be using it until it runs out, but the quest for the ultimate mascara continues.


Check out Claire's blog here.. www.theworldofkitsch.com