Thursday, 28 March 2013

Celena Hancock and The Saturdays


We were really privileged to interview fabulous British girl band The Saturdays recently for Daily Mix (coming soon on

The girls chatted to us about all of their favourite makeup looks and products so we felt inspired to re create a look for each beautiful member using key products they like, applied with their style of makeup in mind.

Normally The Saturdays have their makeup done by makeup artist Celena Hancock.
 Celena has a long established career in the industry. She has created looks within all the major mag’s including Glamour, Esquire, Cosmopolitan and Hello.
  She has also worked her magic on many personalities within the music and television industries ranging from Aerosmith, Marilyn Manson, The Wanted and for shows such as Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Jonathan Ross and X-Factor.

Celena’s website is full of beautiful images of her work which you can view by heading over to 

Nic has created a look for each member of the Saturdays which you can view below.


Monday, 25 March 2013

Sara Happ The Lip Scrub

Tired of hearing “exfoliate your lips with a dry toothbrush” Sara Happ wanted to create an exfoliating product for her lips that was as effective as those she used for the rest of her body.

As someone who also suffers with extreme flaky lips and who has also used various methods of removing this annoying flaky patch on the most prominent part of my face I was keen to try it out.

Sara Happ’s products hit the shelves in 2008 and since then she has developed more products within the range.
 The line up today includes lip scrub in various scents, lip slip balm and gloss and now a body scrub.

Most of us get dry lips, especially in the winter months and although using lip balms is a great remedy they are not always the only solution. You need to eliminate the rough skin and gently exfoliate it away and regular body scrubs can be too abrasive on the delicate lip.

The lip scrubs each come in a cute little box containing a 30g pot of scrub.
 The scrubs are mainly made up from sucrose (sugar), Grape, seed oil, jojoba and flavourings for the scent.

The scrub texture feels oily and the scrubbing particles are very fine. When massaging in the texture is softly gritty and does not feel harsh or particularly abrasive. The oil it contains helps to make the exfoliation comfortable and moisturising whilst sloughing off the dry skin.
 Obviously try not to ingest this product but it doesn’t have an unpleasant taste and you because the sugar particles dissolve you are not left feeling like you are chewing on stones!

The varieties you can choose from include Blood Orange (my fave), Brown Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Crème Brule, Pink Grapefruit and Green Apple.
 They will all give you the same result, just depends on your personal preference for the scent with regards to which one you go for.

As with the body, once you have scrubbed you need to moisturise.
The Lip Slip one luxe balm provides the same style pot but contains a thick, creamy balm to put the moisture back into the lips.
 Containing sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba and Macadamia nut oil this feels creamy rather than sticky and lips feel silky with a soft gloss like finish.
 No real colour once on the lips and you can wear it alone or over the top of your favourite lipstick.

If you prefer not to dip your fingers in a pot you can opt for the tube version that you can squeeze directly onto the lips.

A really simple, easy to use range that does exactly what you expect it to do and packaged so perfectly you don’t want to use it.

I would recommend you use the scrub twice a week for maintenance or each more for severely dry lips.
 The balm I would slather on at every opportunity.

 Each lip scrub and the lip balm are £19.00 each and the Body Scrub is £36.00

 For more info on Sara Happ products check out their website on
To purchase in the UK you can purchase from


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Tweezerit Tweezers

I’m a sucker for cute accessories, tweezers are always a 'must have' in my makeup bag.
Tweezerit Tweezers are made from high-grade stainless steel and won’t rust or tarnish.
Each are coated with a different pattern and colour to suit your aesthetic needs and have a sharp angled tip.
They grip well and being angled they sit nicely on the skin without pressing in uncomfortably.
The angled tip also makes them great to use when applying false lashes.
Each style has lots of different colours so check out their site to pick your favourite
Examples of each category can be seen here…
I love the slimline feel of Pearl and the grip of curve. 

Which tweezers do you use?















Glitter Me






Colour Splash


These are available from

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Dior at Harrods

  Between 16th March- 16th April 2013 Dior are celebrating their influences in British Fashion by releasing an exclusive range of limited edition products at Harrods Department store in London.
 To celebrate this they are also hosting various events including a personalised skincare consultation, a make over by a Dior consultant, personalising your favourite perfume with an engraving or even picking your favourite design from Dior's latest show and have an artist replicate the pattern onto your nails.
 For these events limited spaces are available and a redeemable fee against Dior beauty products will be charged.
You can book your space by calling +44 (0) 207 754 0444 for details and to book.
The Lady Dior Bag Inspiration

The limited products include a face palette and brush called " My Lady"

Inspired by the Lady Dior Bag with its cane work lattice that was named in tribute to Lady Diana.

This 10g illuminating powder is encased in classic silver mirrored lid packaging.
 The lattice is a mixture of three shades of pink.
 The base a white/pink powder and the crosses are a soft baby pink and a slightly brighter candy pink.
 Gives the skin a natural radiance with a slight silver glitter pigment.
 Great to use as a highlighter on a medium skin tone or a radiance powder to use all over the face on a very fair skin.
On a darker skin this may look a little ashy.
This is priced at £48.00

The two nail lacquers that come in this collection are called Diorling and Windsor.


Diorling is a very sheer, soft pink with a natural shine.
 Windsor is gunmetal grey with a metallic finish. 

Each nail lacquer is £18.00

Get this collection at Harrods between 16th March- 16th April 2013 while stocks last.

View for info.


Monday, 11 March 2013

Laggridore Powder Perfume

As a teen I tried cream perfumes whilst holidaying overseas. Often coming in a intricately painted pot but I had never heard of a powder perfume before.
I'm not sure if this is innovative but Parisian company Laggridore have launched four compacts each holding a different powdered scent.
The four styles of compact are for the four seasons and the images embossed on each reflect an image of that season.

A red velvet, taffeta purse holds each compact. The compacts are 24 carat gold gilding and look and feel very expensive. They have that weighty feel that screams luxury.
Inside is a peachy toned pressed powder that feels very silky. The powder gives off no colour although I would be interested to see if it shows as ashy powder on a darker skin tone.

We took a look at the spring powder featuring a cherub like face and spring flowers embossed on the cover in gold.
The fragrance of the spring powder is very floral, green and slightly powdery.
For me personally this scent is a little overpowering but if that’s how you like your fragrance then it's definitely one to check out. It would make a beautiful, luxurious gift for your mum too.

To apply dab fingers into powder or use the tiny puff that accompanies it. 

A really positive point to mention is that the powder contains no alcohol or parabens so would be suitable to people who have a reaction to the ingredients often present in standard liquid perfumes.
This would also be good for your handbag, pocket or when travelling.

It states a shelf life of 18 months and I think it would take this long to use it up. Once finished you can purchase a refill.
Each powder is €85 and available from


Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Hand Made Soap Co.

L  €14.95  R €9.95
The Hand made Soap Company was founded in 2009 by Donagh Quigley and Gemma McGowan.
Whilst travelling around Australia, Donagh visited a market selling handmade soaps and felt inspired to create a range of home made products upon his return to Salne, Co. Meath, Ireland.
All products are 100% natural, free from parabens and petrochemicals.

We are blown away by the beautiful packaging these products came in.
Beautiful quirky drawn images detailing the amazing scents within. A very simple concept that draws you in immediately.

The brand is categorised into three main scents of Grapefruit, Lavender and Rosemary and Cedarwood and Lemongrass.
They also offer a shaving range for ladies and gents and a gardeners range aimed at hands that are more used to pulling up weeds and ingrained dirt!


For our dry skin the Body Butter with Shea Butter and essential oils of Grapefruit and May Chang was heaven scent.
In a glass 200ml tub this obviously smells amazing but massages into the skin leaving a luxurious dry oil like finish.
Kernel oil, Almond oil and Sunflower oil nourish and rehydrate a dry skin type whilst Aloe Vera soothes a sensitive skin.

The shower gel we tried was a 300ml pump action gel infused with Cedarwood and Lemongrass. The plastic bottle was also labelled with the same beautiful images and writing.

Often Lemongrass scented products can smell clinical or remind you of insect repellent but the Cedarwood really cuts through the citrus and gives it a more baked  aroma. 
It smells like it would taste amazing!
I maybe crazy but there is something very comforting about a good old bar of soap. Having been warned my entire adult of the drying effects of soap it’s a luxury that I feel has become quite antiquated.
Bring back the soap I say, especially when they look and feel as lovely as this one.
110g bar of waxy feeling soap where extracts of the ingredients are visibly infused inside.
I wouldn’t use this on my face however but for your hands and body it is just as moisturising to use as a shower gel.

 They also do minature kits that have a selection of products in perfect mini 50ml sizes.

 There is something very old fashioned and comforting about this range and you can tell that brand and ingredients were born out of a passion to create natural, great quality products.

To get your hands on these and much more from the range check out their website on

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Winter Glow Makeup Tutorial

Recently, I worked with Heart Radio and No.7 trying out their Matchmade foundation service.
It seems the cold weather is with us for a little longer so if you need a pick me up try this winter glow tutorial.

Products used in this video are as follows

Airbrush Away Primer-£19.50
Instant Radiance Foundation-£12.50
Instant Radiance Concealer-£12.95

Blemish Concealer-£8.50
Skin Illuminator-£11.00

Natural Blush Creme-£8.00
Loose Powder Perfect Light-£10.50
Mosaic Bronzer-£11.50
Extreme Length Extended Mascara-£12.95
High Shine Lipgloss-£8.50
We also filmed a series of web chats to answer commonly asked questions. (I really like the thumbnail for this one). If you want to see the rest of these web chats check out the Boots YouTube channel


Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Koren Zander Pro Brush Soap

Brushes can be an expensive treat so they deserve to be taken care of.
It’s always amazing how much makeup and dirt comes out of your brush when you clean them. 
To ensure your tools are performing to their optimum and are free from breakout causing bacteria you need to clean them regularly and thoroughly.
We have been trying out Brush Soap by Koren Zander.

These soaps are Koren embossed plain soap on one side and a loofah style surface on the other.
Each soap is suitable for both synthetic and real hair brushes.
They come in fourteen different scents including Lavender, Melon, Pearberry, Tangerine.
There is also scentless if you prefer no fragrance to your brush but I recommend Mango, it smells sensational and left my brushes with the same gorgeous scent.
Each soap has some seriously moisturising ingredients such as Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond, Maracuja Oil and Jojoba.
This cocktail of ingredients helps to soften and condition brush hairs helping promote a longer life for your most important tools. 

Image of Koren and his makeup brush embossed on each soap

 Be aware of the Almond Oil if you have nut allergies.

To use simply dampen your brush and massage over the smooth soap side using gentle back and forth movements.
 Once lathered then rub over the loofah side to help remove stubborn makeup.
Rinse, reshape the brush fibers and leave to dry flat.

You can also purchase a handy little plastic travel jar to pop your soap into until you’re ready to use again.

Plastic protective case
Each soap is $6 and available to purchase from


M.A.C Mineralize Moisture SPF Foundation

M.A.C Moisture SPF 15 is the new foundation offering within the Mineralize line.
Providing a medium to full coverage this foundation would be perfect for a normal to dry skin, which I think, is an area M.A.C have struggled to accommodate effectively in the past.

Shade is NC35
It’s heavier than the Mineralize Satinfinish foundation but will still give you the fresh radiant glow that we expect from the Mineralize range, albeit a slightly more flawless finish.
This foundation is quite similar to the Mineralize cream foundation but obviously in liquid form.

It contains SPF15 which often causes flash back but having tested this under camera flash and it doesn’t seem to bounce light.

Unfortunately the colour we have isn't correct for any of us, once we have the right colour we will do a review on YouTube so stay tuned. 

This foundation is £26.00 and available from M.A.C stores.  

Monday, 4 March 2013

Estee Lauder French Nudes Nail Polish

Estee Lauder Makeup Director Tom Pecheux chose these muted nudes as he felt they would suit every women's skin tone and personality.
The recent Oscar's saw the typical beauty looks with the worlds most glamorous getting back to basics with the nude palette on their face and nails, it certainly seems to be a massive trend for this season.
Tom Pecheux stated this collection was 'like foundation for the nails."
L to R Diabolique, Vain, Nudite, Ballerina Pink
There is a colour to blend in with all skin tones from this collection and each shade is simple, understated elegance.
Use two coats for an opaque finish. Each colour has a natural shine finish with no pearl or glitter,  which is quite refreshing.
The standard 9ml Estee Lauder bottle with long slim brush costs £14.50
Using Diabolique and Nudite

Use one colour or have a bit of fun and use more than one on each nail!

Available from March 2013 at Estee Lauder counters and



Insider Looks - Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis
“OZ the Great and Powerful” London Premiere
February 28, 2013
Look by Tracey Levy for Laura Mercier

Makeup artist Tracey Levy created a “modern and sexy” makeup look for Kunis, who stars in the upcoming movie, “OZ the Great and Powerful.” Levy noted that for this premiere, Kunis turned to a soft, sexy Alexander McQueen evening gown “with a bit of mystery.” Tracey says that both she and Kunis were pleased with the final look, which she described as “so sexy, while yet so feminine.”   



Thanks to Laura Mercier for sending us these details. You can watch us getting ready for the premiere in the vlog below, or watch the red carpet on the video at the bottom.

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