Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Boudoir Prive - September 2011

If you have read about the Glossybox on a previous blog post I wrote, Boudoir Prive is a similar concept where it offers its subscriber's 6 luxury sample size products for £10 a month including p&p to try in the comfort of their own home. These products can include hair, makeup and even lifestyle.

This is what I received in the September 2011 Boudoir Prive box! 
How cute is the packaging? 



Leaflet - containing all the product information






This is a scrub for the body which is part of the 'Tropic Skincare' line that was founded by The Apprentice's Susan Ma! This is 100% natural and smells like lemon and lime! I tried this on my hands and they felt AMAZING afterwards! I may be tempted to get the full size !



This fragrance sample by 'Agent Provocateur' was not my cup of tea! Really strong for my liking! If you like strong scents, then this will be something you will enjoy.



This hair oil by 'Macadamia' is intriguing and I am excited to try this out ! I have heard good things about the brand 'Macadamia'. 



This eye cream by 'Colbert MD' is used by the likes of Kate Middleton and Sienna Miller! I tried this around my eye area and it is incredibly refreshing! I shall see what it does for my eyes after a couple of weeks of using it! 



I have heard so much about Zoya and their long wearing polishes, so I was excited to receive this in my box! It isn't a colour (Tao) I would have picked, but looked nice on the nails and needs 2 coats only to become opaque! 



This eye pencil from 'Cargo' was not easy to apply and was scratchy on the eye lid! Not impressed with this pencil as you can get cheaper ones from Bourjois that are smooth on the eyelids and blend easily. 


The extra little freebie that was given, was the Mai Couture Blotting sheets. These blotting sheets blot oil on the skin but also provide a bronzing effect on the skin. I have yet to try these, but intrigued as to how they will work and look on the skin. 



All in all, I felt this was a better box than the August box!

http://www.boudoirprive.co.uk/

Did any of you receive the Boudoir Prive Box? What did you think of it? 

Much Love 
Khaddy x

Monday, 26 September 2011

Haircare Love - VO5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir with Argan Oil

This is my current haircare love and a must have for whenever I wash my hair!

Introducing the VO5 Miracle Concentrate Elixir with Argan Oil - £2.99 (purchased on offer)




How I apply this product:
1 - Wash hair and towel dry
2 - Dispense 4 drops of oil onto the palm of my hand using the dropper
3 - Rub the oil together between my hands
4 - Apply the oil to the bottom half of my damp hair
5 - Blow dry my hair

Result - Soft, silky and smooth! Control's all the frizz in my hair and acts as a heat protectant.

This by far the best hair product I have used to eliminate frizz and make my hair really soft and shiny. I have unruly, thick hair and this tames it!

Any hair products that you could recommend ? Has anyone tried the 'John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3 Day Straight' spray?

xoxo

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Ojon - John Lewis Trade in Offer!!

Hey Lovelies, this is just a quick post to inform you all that John Lewis are having a trade in offer. On the 29th September 2011, you can trade in any used shampoo or conditioner bottle at John Lewis (UK) for a full size Ojon Damage Reverse Shampoo AND Conditioner, absolutely free!!! The retail value of these freebies if you were to purchase them would be - £41.50. Ojon is a professional, high end hair brand.



You can trade in any shampoo or conditioner from any brand to receive the Ojon Damage reverse shampoo and conditioner! No purchase necessary and while stocks last.

How awesome is that?
Get Trading Lovelies !

xoxo
Khaddy

Friday, 23 September 2011

The Department Store Beauty Experience

Department stores are a great way to find and discover more high end and niche brands pertaining to beauty. However, the experience can often be overwhelming with all that there is to offer.

This is my guide to making the department store beauty experience more enjoyable and worthwhile.

Tip #1 - Do a little bit of research into some brands that are based at the particular department store so that you are not running around like a headless chicken trying to find a specific brand. This is something that happened to me, and turned out the brand I was looking for was not at Selfridges but in House of Fraser.

Tip #2 - Ask for advice or more information. Whether a particular shade is suited to you, and whether there is any other colour's that could potentially suit you. This is the beauty of shopping at the department store, as help is always at hand and it is a more personal and informative experience as the counter assistants have brand knowledge.

Tip #3 - If you spot something that tickles your fancy, test it on your skin and ask the counter assistant to test the product on your skin. This way you know exactly what it looks like and whether the product is right for you.

Tip #4 - Ask for samples! Don't be shy to ask for samples even if you are not purchasing a product! Sample's are great if you feel a particular foundation or skincare product etc is something you are interested in, but do not know whether it may break you out or is suitable for you. This is why I love visiting the department stores for beauty products as I come home with quite a few samples...



Yesterday I asked for a few Kiehl's samples of products I wanted to try, and a sample of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation (shade B40) which I have been meaning to try after the hype. My sister and I both picked up a sample of the foundation, and after testing it on our skins I may do a review if I purchase the full size.

Tip #5 - Take advantage of free facials/ skincare consultations and mini makeover's that they have on various different counters, which can be part of promotions or a separate offering! Yesterday Kiehl's were offering mini facials :)

These are not a extensive guide of tips, and there are probably many more tips that others can provide, and if so please be sure to leave them in the comments below. This is just my top 5 for when you brace the department store beauty counters.

xoxo
Khaddy

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Friend's day out ..

This blog post will be different from the traditional blog posts I write on my blog.. This will be a general one about friends and food!

So me and my close friends went out for a nice lunch and an afternoon out as it has been ages since we sat down talked, took the Michael out of each other and ate lots of food! We all love our food, however we can be indecisive and spend a good portion of time either driving around locating different food outlets through to drawing names out of a hat! This is probably because we pretty much have tried most places in our City, therefore our options are narrowed! mehh!

After much deliberation, we finally decided to go to an entertainment complex, where they have lots of different restaurants, arcades and a cinema! Pretty convenient! Even though we were familiar with these restaurants, we were too hungry to think of other places to go! This is where we chose to eat....






xoxo
Khaddy

Monday, 19 September 2011

Pamper Day: Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

It is just one of those days? Raining outside and my feet and back kills from walking around in town! I so need to stop being lazy and walk more! Whilst I was shopping for a nice Autumn Cardigan to keep me warm, I popped into Boots and was browsing and spotted all the products from the Sanctuary Spa skincare line.

If you are not familiar with the brand Sanctuary, it is a skincare range that was first created and introduced in the Sanctuary Spa at Convent Garden in London. Their products can found in Boots stores, online and other retail stores. 

I picked up this face mask as I have been really into skincare lately and in particularly face masks. I picked a sachet rather than the full size tube as I wanted to see how it performs. If it is any good, then I want to possibly purchase the full size. This satchet retailed at £2.03 at my local Boots


Let the pamper session begin! After trying this face mask, I shall update this blog post in relation to how it performs and whether it is worth purchasing the full size or even trying it out. Have any of you tried any products from the 'Sanctuary' skincare range?

*Update* - Had my little pamper session. The mask had a weird consistency something I've never seen in a face mask before. It was thick and not as easy to apply as most face masks, probably due to the charcoal and kaolin clay that was contained inside the mask. Once on the skin it feels amazing! It has a warming effect on the skin and it feels relaxing! 5 minutes after applying it on my face, I washed off the mask as directed, and applied my moisturiser.

Result - Face felt super soft! My face felt refreshed and clean.

Rating - 4.5/5 - I shall be picking up the full size soon!

Leave any comments below. 

xoxo 
Khaddy

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Glossybox - September 2011

I have been waiting for my Glossybox since Thursday hoping that I would receive it then as my other friends had received theirs! Then at 7.44am the postman rang the doorbell and my Glossybox was here! I grabbed the box and sat in my pyjamas opening up the contents! It was like being a kid again. I ripped the box open to reveal another light pink box .. As I lifted the lid, the box came in really nice packaging as always!


For those of you that don't know what Glossybox is.. let me break it down for you.

Glossybox is an online monthly beauty subscription service whereby you pay £12.95 a month which includes postage and packaging to receive a pink box each month tailored to you.

What is contained in that pink box you may ask?
The box contains 5 high end deluxe size samples or sometimes you can receive full size beauty products. This includes skincare, makeup, hair and more!

Why samples?
This box allows you to try these deluxe samples so that you are introduced to new beauty products or brands you may never have heard of, which upon liking the deluxe samples you may want to invest in the full size. Also is allows you to test these in the comfort of your own home, rather than at a busy department store!

For futher information check out their website - http://www.glossybox.co.uk/

Onto the contents of this Septembers Glossybox


L'Oreal Professional Mythic Oil - This is a hair oil for all hair types that nourishes hair leaving it shiny and feeling supple. This is a full size product! The price for the full size is - £14.95.



StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate - This is an eye cream for those who have dark circles, puffy eyes, wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes. I am excited to try this as I have dark circles which are pretty bad! This is a deluxe sample containing 7ml of product.



HD Brows Eye and Brow Palette - This is a palette to fill in brows and for the eyes as eyeshadow and eyeliner! This is a full size palette named 'foxy' that contains four shades that are suited to brunettes, which I am. The price for the full size is £19.99.



Plum by Mary Greenwell - This is a perfume sample which is a signiture fragrance for the world-renowned celebrity makeup artist Mary Greenwell. This is a sample size of 1.5ml.



Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse - This is a multi use oil that hydrates, softens and beautifies face, body and hair. I applied this on my cuticles and it did a good job at softening any dry bits. This is a sample size of 10ml.



That's what I received in my Glossybox for September. Did you receive a Glossybox for September? What goodies came in your box? Be sure to let me know in the comments below.

xoxo

Khaddy

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Show and Tell - Wearable Emerald Eye Makeup Look

Today I was just experimenting with my different bits of makeup, and decided to experiment with an Illamasqua Pure Pigment in the Shade 'Conquer' that I received in my Glossybox, which is an emerald green shade.




This is such a pretty shade, but sometimes it can be daunting to wear a green especially for those who prefer neutral eyeshadow's. However, if applied with a light hand and blended out with other neutral shadows, this pigment looks lovely and not bright or bold. If you prefer a more bolder look, then by all means you can deepen the green. However, I went for a more neutral and wearable eyeshadow look using this pigment. 

Other than the above pigment, I used neutral eyeshadow's from the Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette. 

The Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Limited Edition eyeshadow palette. 




The colour's I used in the palette are: Mushroom, Drink Me, Eat Me and Mad Hatter



The Emerald Eye Makeup Look. 



Apply Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid. 

(1) - Apply 'Drink Me, Eat Me' to the inner corner of the eye using a flat shader brush. 
(2) - Apply 'Mushroom' next to 'Drink Me, Eat Me', and blend into the crease, using a blending brush. 
(3) - Lighty pat the Illamasqua Pure Pigment in 'Conquer' on the middle of the eyelid to the outer corner using a flat shader brush. 
(4) - Using a flat shader brush, create a 'V' on the outer corner of the eyelid using the eyeshadow 'Mad Hatter'. Then blend this colour into the crease by using a blending brush. 
(5) - Apply a highlighter shade of your choice on your brow bone. I picked MAC 'Femme-Fi'. 
Apply 'Mad Hatter' to the lower lash line. Apply Liquid Eyeliner, curl your eyelashes and apply a Mascara of your choice. 


The Tools or makeup bits I used to achieve the look: 


(6) - Collection 2000 Extreme 24Hr Felt Tip Eyeliner 'Black'
(7) - Apply Mascara after curling eyelashes. I used Maybelline The Falsies in Waterproof
(8) - No 7 Eyelash curler 
(9) - MAC eyeshadow as a highlighter in 'Femme-Fi'


(10) - Urban Decay Primer Potion
(11) - Bourjois Flat Shader Brush
(12) -  MAC 224 - I used this to apply the highlighter on my brow bone
(13) - MAC 217 blending brush - I used this to blend and apply colour's to the crease


There you have it! Using an emerald green in a more wearable way with other neutral colours. Experiment, use any bold or non-neutral colours with neutral shades for a nice smokey eye that is as wearable as any neutral eye. 

Get Creative !

Khaddy xoxo

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Fashion Focus (Autumn 2011) - What I am loving right now!


Whilst still in bed with the flu, I have been browsing on different high street clothing websites looking around at the fall fashions (shame I cannot actually afford to buy anything at the moment !) mehh to a lack of money! However, there's no harm in browsing right? agreed! 

River Island  at the moment has some lovely pieces for their autumn collection, right up my alley! 

Black Bow Peep Toe Semi Wedge Shoes                            
Black Print Edge to Edge Cardigan

                                    

           Dark Beige Cross Body Satchel       


These are a few bits I am loving at the moment, and after saving my pennies I shall be purchasing these beauties. What are your favourite bits for the Autumn? Believe it or not this is my favourite season after summer! Bring on the hot chocolate, duvet days and wearing my snug coat outside yay! 

xoxo


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel

After being bunged up in bed all day with the flu, I found myself not needing to wear makeup etc and using moisturiser ever so often as my skin needed some hydration (especially around my nose due to constantly having to blow my nose mehhh).

The Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is probably my favourite moisturiser of all time! I have had a few samples sizes and after I had squeezed every little bit out of the tubes, I figured purchasing one was needed. I have had this moisturiser for a couple of months now and I feel it is well worth the money!





Clinique have two different moisturiser's in their 'dramatically different' line. The 'moisturizing gel' for those who have oil/oily combination skin, and the 'moisturizing lotion' for those who have dry/dry combination skin. I have oil combination skin so therefore I picked the 'gel'.

This gel is so lightweight, hydrates and absorbs into the skin quickly. This products makes your skin feel firm and soft. I like that it is fragrance free, therefore suitable for those individuals with sensitive skin. The pump makes this product so easy to use, especially when you are on the go. This moisturiser in the pump form above is priced at £28.50, which is pricey for a moisturiser, but I feel it is worth every penny. I have not found anything comparable to this at the drugstore.

Granted it will not have the same effect on every skin type, I have heard some people break out from Clinique products. However, my skin reacts well to Clinique and their skincare line.

What are your favourite moisturisers? Leave any comments below

xoxo Khaddy

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Boots 17 Mirror Shine Lipstick - Beehive

I have been keeping my eye out for the Boots 17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in the shade 'Beehive' for a few weeks now, and could not seem to locate one as they were always out of stock! However, yesterday I went into the city centre in search for a digital camera and after picking up my Panasonic Lumix, I thought why not pop into Boots and see if they have any in stock!

I was walking through the Boots makeup isles, I made a bee-line for the Boots 17  isle. There it was, the infamous 'Beehive' lipstick.. two were remaining in this shade, one whose seal had been torn and was swatched, and another that was safe from swatching hands! yay!

Without further adieu .. here it is ! Price: £4.59





I thought these images will give you a insight into the colour etc.. It is much more glossier on the lips as oppose to the arm swatch above! I have it on now and I like that its moisturising and gives a 'your lips but better' look. This could be easily my everyday lippy.

Do you have a favourite everyday lippy? Leave any comments or suggestions below.

xoxo

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

A Collection 2000 Khol Eyeliner Purchase and Review

Whilst me and my friend Zoe were shopping and spending some quality time, she advised me to purchase the new Collection 2000 Intense Colour Supersoft Khol eyeliner pencil in the shade 'black magic', which was a deep black shade. I was excited to try one as Zoe's eyeliner just looked fab and wanted to copy her, as friends do hehe! 



After testing the eyeliner the next day, I noticed it stayed on all day which was brill! It is really pigmented due to the intense and rich pigments in this khol pencil. It is also really smooth and soft and can be easily applied, without dragging across the eye! The Collection 2000 website does state that it can be smudged out easy, which provides a smokey effect. This brings me to my only issue with this product, it did smudge a little at the outer corners of my eyes, which could have been to due to rain but also as the product can easily be smudged!

Rating: 3.5/5 

This eyeliner is pretty amazing stuff, inexpensive (£1.99) and lasts all day! It comes in a variety of shades and of course it is waterline safe as it is a khol pencil. The only reservation I have, and the reason why it scored the above rating is because it smudged a little on the outer corners of my eyes. This could have been due to external factors rather than the product itself. 

What is your favourite Khol pencil? Leave your comments down below :)

xoxo

Monday, 5 September 2011

Review: Collection 2000 Liquid Eyeliners - Fast Stroke Eyeliner/ Extreme 24 Hr Felt Tip Liner

One thing that I cannot live without wearing is liquid eyeliner, without it I just look like I had a lack sleep!
The only liquid eyeliners I always come back to is the 'Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Eyeliner' and the recent 'Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner' - both in the shade 'black'


Both these eyeliners have different plus and minus points which I will review accordingly.

Collection 2000 Fast Stroke Eyeliner - Price: £2.99


 Plus Points: 
- Glides on smoothly
- Requires one stroke for application
- The tip provides precision when creating the flick!
- The colour is 'black' and not 'greyish'
- It does not dry up easily, therefore cost effective 
- Affordable 

Minus Points: 
- Application takes longer than with a felt tip liner/ pencil eyeliner
- Not waterline safe 


Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner - Price: £2.99


Plus Points: 
- Easy to use
- Touch up on the go!
- Good colour pay off
- Affordable
- Quick to apply
- Great lasting power on the eyelids

Minus Points:
- Dries up quicker than the Fast Stroke Eyeliner
- Requires more than one stroke for application
- Not waterline safe

These are my opinions upon reviewing the eyeliners and using them for a long period of time. I have purchased the Fast Stroke Eyeliner 3 times, and the Felt Tip Liner twice. This goes to show these are some good liquid eyeliners out there which I have repurchased, being both inexpensive and easily accessible - (They can be found at Boots/Superdrug)

If you have any questions or thoughts, leave them in the comments below.

Love Khaddy

xoxo