Monday, 30 November 2015

World AIDS Day at MAC

You have probably started to see everyone wearing the red ribbon in support of World AIDS day on the 1st December.
 MAC has always been an influential ambassador for World Aids day and to support the cause they have their range of Viva Glam lipsticks. With every purchase of a Viva Glam lipstick the whole cost(minus VAT) goes towards women, men and children living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
 The current campaign features Miley Cyrus as the ambassador. She has a bright orange lipstick and shimmering lipglass which is beautiful for the Autumn/Winter season.


 The MAC AIDS fund launched in 1994 and has supported organisations around the world to help fund services which provide help and medical assistance to those living with HIV and AIDS.

 The sale of one single Viva Glam lipstick helps to....

* Provide one pair of shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS
* One month of transport for a woman/man to travel to see a doctor
* 8 nutritious meals
* 14 glucose monitoring strips
* 1 vegetable seed starter kit
* HIV prevention workshop to educate
* 2 safe sex kits

 along with so much more...

 So far the MAC AIDS fund has raised $400 million (US) for the sale of Viva glam lipsticks and to celebrate this they are doing something quite special at the MAC Pro store in London.

To help the cause on Tuesday 1st December at the MAC PRO store on Carnaby street, London will be various industry influences selling Viva Glam lipsticks. 
 Sam and Nic will be there along with Sali Hughes, Henry Holland, Bourgeois and Maurice and Reba Maybury all staggered throughout the day.
 We would absolutely love your support for this so if you are in London tomorrow (1st December) swing into MAC at 30 Great Marlborough Street (on Carnaby Street, adjacent to Liberty) London. W1F 7JA. Come say hi and purchase one of the gorgeous Viva Glam lipsticks to show your support.

 Can't wait to see you and thank you.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Replica by Maison Martin Margiela

A certain scent can instantly transport you back to a fond memory or place. Since 1994 Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela has been launching a new scent to form the Replica fragrance collection.
 Each fragrance note is carefully hand picked to represent a time, place or emotion. Each individual fragrance is labelled detailing it's source and period of the original item.
 There will definitely be a fragrance in the collection which you can make a personal connection with.

100ml elegant but totally unisex glass bottles with cloth label detailing inspiration and fragrance description.

Flower Market

Description: Freshly cut flowers, wet petals, buckets and vases brimmming with water, leaves crushed on the floor and a multitude of floral compositions. Period is Paris in 2011.
 Top notes of crushed leaves and freesia. Middle notes of sambac, jasmine, tuberose and grasse rose, base notes of cedar wood and oak moss.

Smells ever so softly floral, almost soapy like fresh linen.

Funfair Evening

Description: An odour of candy fills the air. Funfair captures the sweeter scent of the festive atmosphere. Period is Santa Monica 1994.
 Top notes of Sweet apple, pear and star anise. Middle notes of Morrocan rose, Egyptian orange blossom and marshmallow. Base notes of amber, white musk, vanilla and caramel.
A sweet smelling scent with a smokey undertone (I guess that's meant to resemble the hotdogs).

Lazy Sunday Morning

Description: Evokes the memory of a sunday spring morning in white bed linen, with a view over the Boboli gardens. Period is Florence 2003.
 Top notes amber seeds, pear accord and lily of the valley. Middle notes of iris, rose absolute and orange flower. Base notes of white musk, indonesian patchouli oil and white woods.

Soapy smelling but with a freshness. Lily of the valley is the standout note.

 Beach Walk

Description: Evokes a memory of a Sunny Summer's day. Period is Calvi 1972.
 Top notes of Bergamot, pink pepper, lemon. Middle notes of Ylang ylang, Heliotrope and coconut milk. Base notes of musk, cedar wood and benzoin.

Smells exactly like suntan lotion and holidays. The coconut milk is the strongest scent.

Promenade in the gardens 

Description: Evokes the memory of a walk in the heart of a British garden. Period is Oxfordshire 1986.
 Top notes of green accord, freesia and coriander oil. Middle notes of Turkish rose oil, peony and sambac jasmine absolute. Base notes of patchouli oil, vetiver oil and sandalwood oil.

Very floral and quite an old fashioned scent. Fresh and green.

Jazz Club

Atmosphere of a gentleman's jazz club. Chic and heady liquor infused notes blended with woody, sensual tones of tobacco.
 Period is Brooklyn 2013.
 Top notes of pink pepper, lemon and neroli oil. Middle notes of rum absolute, clary sage oil and vetiver oil. Base notes of tobacco leaf, vanilla absolute and benzoin.

Smokey, sexy, dark scent. Almost leathery scented.


  Tea Escape

Bustling, noisy and frantic city. the light silk of a blouse. A veil of steam and the Japanese tradition of tea with a modern approach.
 Period is Tokyo 2008.
 Top notes are bergamot essence, mint and pink pepper.
 Middle notes of sambac, jasmine absolute, osmanthus flower and green tea.
 Base notes of crisped rice and milk accord.

Minty fresh and green. Very summery.

At the Barber's 

The dry friction of a straight razor against a leather strap. The soft rustling of a towel. Fresh and clean atmosphere of a barbershop.
 Period is Madrid 1992.
 Top notes of basil accord and black pepper. Middle notes of geranium, lavender and rosemary essence.
 Base notes of tonka bean and white musk.

Leathery, sexy and musky. 

These fragrances are £80.00 each and are available from Selfridges here..


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Your Faves - Oily Skin

Oily skin is the skin type which we get the most questions about. Oily skin still needs to be moisturised but it's finding one which contains the correct ingredients to balance out the oil.
 Foundations can sometimes appear curdled over the duration of the day or even disappear completely.
 We asked you all to tell us about the moisturisers and foundations which work for your oily skin....


La Roche Posay Effaclar
Neutrogena pink grapefruit  
Una Brennan Rose Hydrate
Lush Enzymion
Vichy Normaderm
Murad Skin perfecting
Body Shop Aloe Vera
Embryolisse hydra mat
Body Shop Seaweed
Avene matte 
Revlon colour stay
L'Oreal Infallible
No7 Beautifully Matte 
L'Oreal True Match
Bourjois Air Mat
Rimmel Match Perfection
Clinique 3 Step
Shiseido Pureness
E.L Day wear
Liz Earle Light Moisturiser
Dermalogica Oil Control 
Clarins Hydra Fresh
 Origins Ginseng
REN Clarimatte
Kiehl's ultra facial cream

Estee Lauder Double wear
MAC Pro Longwear
Urban Decay Naked Skin
MUFE Mat Velvet 
Bobbi Brown Longwear
Illamasqua Skin Base
Dior Forever flawless 
MAC Matchmaster
Benefit Big Easy BB
Becca matte 
 Dior Forever
MAC Studio fix
Espa 24hr balancing
Kate Somerville Oil free
La Prairie-Cellular emulsion matte

Chanel Perfection Lumiere
Chantecaille Skin
By Terry
Armani Luminous Silk
Tom Ford Traceless 
Armani Face Fabric
Armani Maestro
YSL Ink Fusion

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Your faves - Dry Skin

We have a dry skin and although we are happy to talk about moisturisers and foundations which work for us we are well aware these recommendations will not be any good for those of you with other skin types.
 We decided to throw out the question to you guys and asked you to tell us about the moisturiser and foundation for your skin type.
 We had a huge response and have compiled a chart with your answers.

 Kicking off with your top products for a dry skin we have categorised them into budget, medium price and luxury.... 

Body Shop Vit E
Lush Skin Drink
Body Shop Aloe Vera
Garnier Very Dry 
Simple replenishing
Almond oil
Botanics skin oil
Boots Glycerin & rose water
La Roche Posay- Nutric
Weleda Skin food
Coconut oil
Aldi Lacura caviar 
First Aid-ultra repair

Boujois Healthy Mix
Revlon colour stay
L'Oreal True match
Art Deco Rich treatment
Max Factor-Miracle touch
Maybelline-Dream smooth mousse
Rimmel-Lasting foundation 

 Clinique Moisture Surge
Benefit Face emulsion
Kiko 24hr
Nuxe Creme fraiche
Kiehls ultra facial
No7 Lift & Illuminate
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide
Demalogica- Intensive moisture balance 
Kate Somerville-Eczema therapy
Paula's Choice-Skin recovery 
Kiehl's Rose Atica
Givenchy Hydra sparkling
Trilogy Rose Hip oil
Clinique- Dramatically different


MAC Face&Body
Clinique Super balanced
E.L Double wear
Nars Sheer glow
Bobbi Brown Moisture rich
Bobbi Brown skin
Laura Mercier- Illuminating tinted moisturiser
Bare Minerals-Bare skin serum foundation
Benefit Oxygen 
Too Faced-Born this way
Delilah Time Frame
YSL Touche Eclat
Lancome teint miracle
Elizabeth Arden 8hr
Liz Earle super skin
Espa-24hr replenishing
Biologique recherche-creme verte espoire
Perricone MD-Face finishing 
Rodial Stem cell
Elemis pro radiance
Decleor-Hydra floral
Clarins Blue Orchid oil
YSL Moisture balm
Creme de la mer moisturiser
Zelens Daily defence

Armani Luminous silk
Dior Nude skin
Chanel-Vitalumiere aqua
Suqqu-Cream foundation
Marc Jacobs-Genius Gel
Tom Ford Traceless
Chantecaille Skin
Charlotte Tibury- Magic Foundation

These were all the brands which kept popping up repeatedly in your comments. Do you have any others to add to the list?

Monday, 23 November 2015

Winter Makeup tutorial

Winter has well and truly hit the UK. You need to watch Nic's Winter makeup tutorial immediately!!..

Friday, 20 November 2015

Gel Touch Starter Kit

This kit is genius if you are someone who spends around £30 every 6 weeks getting gel nails done in a salon. If you're anything like us then you'll get bored of the colour after 2 weeks and end up picking it off anyway!

 This starter kit from United Beauty includes a top coat which can be worn over any of your regular nail polish to transform it into a gel..amazing!! There is also a mini LED lamp to cure the top coat and set it along with 4 nail wipes to remove residue.

 Wipe over your nails with polish remover to ensure the nails are free of old polish or dirt.
 Apply 2 coats of any nail polish and leave to dry off totally for around 20 minutes. Once the polish is completely dry you are ready to transform them into a gel finish.
 Plug in your mini LED lamp and switch it on. Place your four fingers under the lamp and then press the on button twice so that the 60 second light is lit. Leave your fingers under the blue light for the duration until the blue light clicks off. Next place your thumb under and repeat.

 You will notice the top coat looks lighter under the lamp and you can see exactly where you have applied it which makes noticing mistakes easy. The top coat is invisible in natural light however so don't worry, you won't see any areas you have missed.
 After you remove your fingers you will feel a sticky residue on the nail, simply wipe over the nails with the included cleansing wipe and all of the tacky feeling will be removed without disturbing the top coat underneath.
 The nails are left beautifully shiny and hard, exactly as your nails feel after spending an hour getting a professional gel manicure.


 The polish I have used is Chanel Rouge Noir which is notorious for chipping quickly. After using I found my polish lasted around 10 days which isn't as long as a professional job but it will get you through your weekend away or whilst on holiday. 
 To remove the polish, soak your nails in acetone and wipe over with a cotton pad.
 This time of year it's almost impossible to get an appointment slot so this kit makes it much easier to have perfect nails ready for the party season without having to fit in a trip to a salon.

This starter kit is £49.99 and once you finish the top coat you can re purchase on it's own for £14.99. You only receive 4 cleansing wipes in the kit so these will run out quickly. The wipes are purely isopropyl alcohol which you can purchase easily from salon stores or online.

 What a fab gift for Christmas, we would certainly be happy to find this under our tree on Christmas Day.

Available here...