Senin, 31 Januari 2011

Michael Kors Very Hollywood Signature Scented Ink Pen


I've taken exception to the execution of this so-called 'ink' pen, with ink scented with the notes of Very Hollywood. For a start, when I was at school, an 'ink' pen was a pen with a nib that required ink cartridges or a bottle of ink. Not a ball point pen. Any thoughts of writing a beautiful letter in my best handwriting with deliciously fragrant ink just disappeared when I realised it is little more than a biro in a pink case. To my mind, this ball point is only a fractional move on from kiddie gel pens that are scented with strawberry or bubblegum. The fact that it is only £20 is telling, if you take into account store mark ups, and basically this is, in my view, from start to finish a cheap, tacky, gimmicky pen that could have been an absolutely amazing, artful and covetable item. Tsk.

It's also billed as 'limited edition'. Oh, really? I am looking at reviews across the blogosphere from 2008 for the same item, which doesn't seem terribly limited to me if it lasts three years.

Leighton Denny Gelato Collection Spring 2011: So Bad and So Good

I picked out a couple of shades to try from the upcoming Leighton Denny Nail range and chose Ice To Meet You in what looked like a pearly cream colour and Lolly Pop, a vibrant pink with a drop of coral. First off, it is a very, very long time since I've used any Leighton colours and it was good to have a reminder. But, my first paint was Ice To Meet You and I cannot remember liking a colour less in ages. It's a pearlised shade with far too much yellow to be kind to any skin tone and it also seems to have a kick of grey in it somewhere. My nails looked vile.

But then, not being able to stand even a full 24 hours in this curdled Tippex shade, I swapped for Lolly Pop - and it's instant love! So vibrant, lively and flattering and makes my nails stand out - it looks glossy, chic and beautifully bright.

Other shades in the range include a wow orange, Do Me A Favour, Berry Nice, a juicy raspberry, Inside Scoop, an icy mint shade and Sunday Girl, a lush lilac. So how did the horrid Ice To Meet You get in there? No idea..but a little quality control wouldn't go amiss.

Chantecaille Spring/Summer 2011

I went along to the launch of Chantecaille spring/summer 2011 today - some really beautiful things, including the stand out Sea Turtle Palette which will retail for £73 (ouch, I know). 5% of proceeds go to the small, but nonetheless impactful WIDECAST (The Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network) and if you think that doesn't sound like a lot, past limited edition sales have amounted to between £50,000 and £100,000 - a real boon to small organisations trying to make a difference in the world.


Anyway, the palette is as useful as it is pretty, and Chantecaille's lovely make up artist showed us how to use the green shade in particular to create a gorgeous aquatic smoky eye. The detailing on it is absolutely precision... and I'm a little bit in love with the peachy-gold cheek colour, too.

The product I was really in love with though is the Poudre de Perle (part of the summer releases) - a mineral/crushed pearl formula that flows through a brush delivery system. The shade is lovely - I can't think of a single skin tone, other than possibly very dark, that couldn't wear this and look the better for it. Again, it's a peachy-gold mix with hints of pink - very wearable. Unfortunately, the only picture I have is one I took and it's not very good, but here it is.

Three Hydra Chic lipstick shades join the collection in Canna (soft peach), Aster (vibrant raspberry pink) and Willow (a light brown shade).
Then the make up artist showed us a gorgeous look on the model using an existing blush in the range, Ecstasy, a reddish pink.
Ecstasy Blush

She wet it slightly and applied to the upper lid in a thickish line - then, mixed the powder with Chantecaille 'Lip Potion' Balm and applied it as a gloss over the lashes. It looked spectacular (not sure whether it might feel rather sticky, though!).




Summer products, including a very matt bronzer (thank god!! no sparkly cheeks for a change) launch in May - the rest are out either now or soon.

Minggu, 30 Januari 2011

Coconut Oil For Your Great Hair

Stop using harsh chemicals on your hair and scalp your causing your hair to thin and it will start falling  out or you will get dandruff, Coconut oil works great on the hair. I have discovered the benefits of coconut oil. It’s natural, healthy and inexpensive too. And I’ll explain in this article how to use coconut oil on your hair.


 Have you ever seen pic’s of the women from the Polynesian Islands, they have long silky beautiful  hair. Yes they eat a lot of coconuts  but they also apply coconut oil to their hair.

Once you start using coconut oil or coconut butter as some people call it, you’ll no doubt want to get rid of all the expensive conditioners and creams and mousses you’re using for your hair. Coconut oil will give your hair a lot of tons of body, coconut oil will protect it and control  breakage of your hair,  and this will give you less hair thinning. Of course, many hair stylists who know about it want to keep this secret for themselves. Why because they make a ton of profit from selling hair conditioners,. But the word is slowly getting out.

Here’s how to use coconut oil as a hair conditioner,  I like to warm it up a little bit and then simply massage it into my hair right before bedtime. You can hold some in your hands for a few moments if you don’t have the means or the time to heat it. Coconut oil will melt fast. You only need about two teaspoons or so.
In the morning just shower and wash it right out. I  use organic virgin coconut oil because it is the highest  quality. When you buy coconut oil online or in a whole foods store, make sure it hasn’t been refined, bleached and deodorized. You want the unrefined kind. One way to tell if it is unrefined is to make sure it smells like coconuts, makes sence right?

For a great salon-type hair treatment you can apply the coconut oil, next put on a shower cap, and then wash it out in about an hour. If you have a dandruff problem apply one to two teaspoons to your scalp and gently massage it in. Your shampoo may be causing your dandruff so you may want to find a shampoo with fewer chemicals.

You can also use coconut oil for a shampoo but only use a little bit and mix with your regular shampoo in the palm of your hand. You can also put a tiny bit on your hair using your fingertips after you style it.
This should give you a good idea how to use coconut oil on your hair as a hair conditioner or a shampoo. You’ll save a lot of money and have the healthiest, silkiest shiniest hair you can imagine. It will look thicker too because you will be losing less hair.

Coconut Oil For Your Great Hair

Stop using harsh chemicals on your hair and scalp your causing your hair to thin and it will start falling  out or you will get dandruff, Coconut oil works great on the hair. I have discovered the benefits of coconut oil. It’s natural, healthy and inexpensive too. And I’ll explain in this article how to use coconut oil on your hair.


 Have you ever seen pic’s of the women from the Polynesian Islands, they have long silky beautiful  hair. Yes they eat a lot of coconuts  but they also apply coconut oil to their hair.

Once you start using coconut oil or coconut butter as some people call it, you’ll no doubt want to get rid of all the expensive conditioners and creams and mousses you’re using for your hair. Coconut oil will give your hair a lot of tons of body, coconut oil will protect it and control  breakage of your hair,  and this will give you less hair thinning. Of course, many hair stylists who know about it want to keep this secret for themselves. Why because they make a ton of profit from selling hair conditioners,. But the word is slowly getting out.

Here’s how to use coconut oil as a hair conditioner,  I like to warm it up a little bit and then simply massage it into my hair right before bedtime. You can hold some in your hands for a few moments if you don’t have the means or the time to heat it. Coconut oil will melt fast. You only need about two teaspoons or so.
In the morning just shower and wash it right out. I  use organic virgin coconut oil because it is the highest  quality. When you buy coconut oil online or in a whole foods store, make sure it hasn’t been refined, bleached and deodorized. You want the unrefined kind. One way to tell if it is unrefined is to make sure it smells like coconuts, makes sence right?

For a great salon-type hair treatment you can apply the coconut oil, next put on a shower cap, and then wash it out in about an hour. If you have a dandruff problem apply one to two teaspoons to your scalp and gently massage it in. Your shampoo may be causing your dandruff so you may want to find a shampoo with fewer chemicals.

You can also use coconut oil for a shampoo but only use a little bit and mix with your regular shampoo in the palm of your hand. You can also put a tiny bit on your hair using your fingertips after you style it.
This should give you a good idea how to use coconut oil on your hair as a hair conditioner or a shampoo. You’ll save a lot of money and have the healthiest, silkiest shiniest hair you can imagine. It will look thicker too because you will be losing less hair.

Givenchy Summer 2011: Mister Radiant Reviewed and Swatched


I'm just obsessed with this amazing product that gives skin a sunkissed look without any signs of Tango-face. I notice on the packaging the French description reads 'Bonne Mine Sur Mesure', and if you remember, I was - and still am - besotted with the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine palette. Bonne Mine roughly translated means 'healthy looking'. In English, the product description is 'Made To Measure Glow'. Mr Radiant is a weightless gel infused with tiny spheres of brown pigment and golden 'radiance' pigments. I will have to apologise for my skin-tone - it's a very cold day and for some reason I can't warm up so there are blue tones there that aren't normally!! *shivers*


You can clearly see the pigment spheres interspersed with the gel.


This is far more than you would need for your face.

Rubbing the gel with my forefinger and you can see the spheres starting to break and deliver pigment.

Pigment spheres smashed before blending.

The final, delicate and subtle healthy glow!


Quite genuinely, this stuff is gorgeous - and it smells delicious too - a kind of fruity floral mix that isn't overwhelming but just adds to the pamper factor. Actually, it is quite versatile too..it can be used on bare skin to just boost your tone, it can be layered for a 'tan' look and can be used under foundation if you want to take your tone up a notch but aren't ready for bare skin. Totally, totally love it.

Jumat, 28 Januari 2011

Hugh Jackman Natural Wavy Haircuts

Hugh Jackman haircut is natural wave and body that it appears thick and full. You can easily achieve Jackman's hairstyle. This style was a medium length cut with layers that allowed his hair's natural curl to give him a slightly messy appearance that . As Hugh Jackman has gotten older, his haircut has become more laid back and traditional. Today, he normally wears his hair cut to a medium length on top, with its own little shorter on sides and in the back then parted on one side and combed over.Here are the photos with Hugh Jackman latest men medium hairdos 2010:




Cool Style Hugh Jackman Men Haircuts Style 2010
Cool Style Hugh Jackman Men Wavy Haircuts 2010

Hugh Jackman Natural Wavy Haircuts

Hugh Jackman haircut is natural wave and body that it appears thick and full. You can easily achieve Jackman's hairstyle. This style was a medium length cut with layers that allowed his hair's natural curl to give him a slightly messy appearance that . As Hugh Jackman has gotten older, his haircut has become more laid back and traditional. Today, he normally wears his hair cut to a medium length on top, with its own little shorter on sides and in the back then parted on one side and combed over.Here are the photos with Hugh Jackman latest men medium hairdos 2010:




Cool Style Hugh Jackman Men Haircuts Style 2010
Cool Style Hugh Jackman Men Wavy Haircuts 2010

Kamis, 27 Januari 2011

How To Blow Dry Hair

Photo of a blowdryer
Blowdryer

Blow-drying allows you to have more control over your hair, especially when you are planning to style it. How to blow dry hair does not have to be too complex. Here are tips you can follow:

Start from the roots to tips. It is common for women to blow dry only the wettest part of the hair. However, the correct way is to begin from the hair follicles to the tips of the strands.

This means you need to hold the nozzle over your head. Sometimes this may weaken the arms, particularly if they are short. If it is going to take a while to complete blow-drying, it is recommended you try to sit down.

Use a moisturizing shampoo. It is okay to shampoo your hair before blow-drying. However, if given a choice, utilize a moisturizing brand. Blow-drying uses intense heat, which may make the strands brittle, dry, and prone to breakage. The moisturizing shampoo will ensure your strands will have enough natural oil to maintain their shine and softness.

Divide the hair into different sections. You cannot blow dry your entire hair at the same time. You need to start at a particular point and move from left to right or vice versa until you can cover everything.

To make sure you can definitely dry every hair strand, divide your hair into different smaller portions. This way, you can clip the hairs you are still not blow-drying and focus your attention to a particular section only.

Make use of the brush. You need a brush to bring the hair strands much closer to the nozzle of the dryer. Find one that you can hold with a tight grip and can conveniently roll over your hair.

Practice. Blow-drying is an art. It requires patience and constant practice to perfect. Do not wait until blow-drying to know how to handle both the brush and the dryer simultaneously. At night, before you go to sleep, you can train yourself how to do the steps with more ease.

Avoid using the dryer at one section for a long time. Do not expose your hair to the nozzle for a very long period, or it will definitely burn the strands and suck out all the moisture. It is enough it removes the water out of the hair.

Maintain dampness. Leave the hair just dry enough to become more manageable. Again, you want to retain some moisture.

How To Blow Dry Hair

Photo of a blowdryer
Blowdryer

Blow-drying allows you to have more control over your hair, especially when you are planning to style it. How to blow dry hair does not have to be too complex. Here are tips you can follow:

Start from the roots to tips. It is common for women to blow dry only the wettest part of the hair. However, the correct way is to begin from the hair follicles to the tips of the strands.

This means you need to hold the nozzle over your head. Sometimes this may weaken the arms, particularly if they are short. If it is going to take a while to complete blow-drying, it is recommended you try to sit down.

Use a moisturizing shampoo. It is okay to shampoo your hair before blow-drying. However, if given a choice, utilize a moisturizing brand. Blow-drying uses intense heat, which may make the strands brittle, dry, and prone to breakage. The moisturizing shampoo will ensure your strands will have enough natural oil to maintain their shine and softness.

Divide the hair into different sections. You cannot blow dry your entire hair at the same time. You need to start at a particular point and move from left to right or vice versa until you can cover everything.

To make sure you can definitely dry every hair strand, divide your hair into different smaller portions. This way, you can clip the hairs you are still not blow-drying and focus your attention to a particular section only.

Make use of the brush. You need a brush to bring the hair strands much closer to the nozzle of the dryer. Find one that you can hold with a tight grip and can conveniently roll over your hair.

Practice. Blow-drying is an art. It requires patience and constant practice to perfect. Do not wait until blow-drying to know how to handle both the brush and the dryer simultaneously. At night, before you go to sleep, you can train yourself how to do the steps with more ease.

Avoid using the dryer at one section for a long time. Do not expose your hair to the nozzle for a very long period, or it will definitely burn the strands and suck out all the moisture. It is enough it removes the water out of the hair.

Maintain dampness. Leave the hair just dry enough to become more manageable. Again, you want to retain some moisture.

Nailease Instant Manicure


Hmm, I've struggled in the past with diy nail foils and stickers - and when it comes to blow drying them to heat seal - oh, life feels to short for that! Anyway, Nailease Instant Manicures are launching into Boots in February and look set to make it a little bit easier by cutting out the need to heat dry. It's real nail varnish in a dry format and apparantly lasts up to ten days. Good for holidays and travel, I'm thinking. I've only got colour swatches here - not shown are some lovely glitters - but they look pretty cute.

Chanel Travel Make Up Palette

My lovely friend Nadine surprised me with this gorgeous gift today, the beautiful Travel Make Up Palette. It's such a gorgeous creation with three brushes tucked into a front inside pocket and a travel sized mascara that slips in to the upper section of the velvety pouch.

The shades are all very wearable - there isn't one colour in this set that I wouldn't wear so I'm really looking forward to trying it out.





Givenchy Summer 2011: Acid Summer

I went along to the Givenchy launch today for their summer collection - somewhat bizarre to be looking at such hot and vibrant colours while tiny flakes of snow were falling from the sky, but it was a welcome burst of neon on a bitterly cold day. Nicolas Degennes, the Artistic Director of Givenchy Le Makeup is one of those make up artists who actually gets off his butt to do a proper demonstration in person for new collections. He is a busy bee and an incredibly talented make up creator too. There are two stand-outs from the collection - first, Le Prisimissine Eyes Limited Edition in Acid Lights featuring nine shades of beautiful brights. I swatched them all and can't find one I don't like although I'm not sure I could actually wear the yellow, it doesn't mean I don't want to. And the packaging - it looks like some kind of extra luxe liquorice allsort! The second stand out is Mister Radiant Made-to-Measure Glow. I got really quite excited by this clear, high water-content gel infused with microbeads of light yellow and brown that contain pigments and illuminators that when blended together give a beautiful, naturally tanned look. You can intensify with two or three applications and it still feels feather light on the skin.
More gloss than even I can handle!

The Acid Summer Collection

Nicolas, where are you?



Le Prisimissine Eyes Acid Lights Cover

...and from the side

And inside!

Model wearing Vernis Please in Acid Orange

Model wearing a selection of colours from the Acid Lights Palette

Rabu, 26 Januari 2011

Dima Bilan Mullet Hair Cuts


Pictures of Dima Billan Mullet Hairstyles
Dima Billan Mullet hairstyle

Business up front, party in the back is how many refer to mullets. While this hair style has been worn for decades, it has found moments of popularity with the masses in some generations. However, it has never been as chic to wear this cut as it is now, thanks to the Dima Bilan mullet hair cut.

Russian crooner Dima Bilan has swept hordes of fans off of their feet and ushered in a new look for the man on the cutting edge of fashion. Mullet hairstyles are short on the sides and long in the back. You can choose the length for the top that is most comfortable for you.


Photo of Dima Billan Mullet Hair
Dima Billan razored mullet hairstyle

Dima wears his hair a bit shorter (sometimes longer), razored and layered on the top so that he can wear that tousled look. Taking care of a mullet cut is very easy and does not require much styling product. Thanks to pop culture entering the workforce with great acceptance, you will see men across the globe wearing their hair in this fashion.


Image of Dima Billan Mullet with long fringe
Dima Billan Mullet hairstyle with long bangs

Whether you like long bangs or short, you can style your mullet however you like. Heading out to the club and dressed to the nines, playing ball with friends or walking into the board room, Dima Bilan mullet hair cuts will keep you looking your very best.

More Photos of Dima Billan Mullet Hairstyles:


Picture of Dima Billan Mullet Haircut
Dima Billan layered mullet haircut


Dima Billan Mullet Hairstyle Photo
Dima Billan mullet hairstyle


Photo of Dima Billan Mullet Hairstyles
Dima Billan mullet

Dima Bilan Mullet Hair Cuts


Pictures of Dima Billan Mullet Hairstyles
Dima Billan Mullet hairstyle

Business up front, party in the back is how many refer to mullets. While this hair style has been worn for decades, it has found moments of popularity with the masses in some generations. However, it has never been as chic to wear this cut as it is now, thanks to the Dima Bilan mullet hair cut.

Russian crooner Dima Bilan has swept hordes of fans off of their feet and ushered in a new look for the man on the cutting edge of fashion. Mullet hairstyles are short on the sides and long in the back. You can choose the length for the top that is most comfortable for you.


Photo of Dima Billan Mullet Hair
Dima Billan razored mullet hairstyle

Dima wears his hair a bit shorter (sometimes longer), razored and layered on the top so that he can wear that tousled look. Taking care of a mullet cut is very easy and does not require much styling product. Thanks to pop culture entering the workforce with great acceptance, you will see men across the globe wearing their hair in this fashion.


Image of Dima Billan Mullet with long fringe
Dima Billan Mullet hairstyle with long bangs

Whether you like long bangs or short, you can style your mullet however you like. Heading out to the club and dressed to the nines, playing ball with friends or walking into the board room, Dima Bilan mullet hair cuts will keep you looking your very best.

More Photos of Dima Billan Mullet Hairstyles:


Picture of Dima Billan Mullet Haircut
Dima Billan layered mullet haircut


Dima Billan Mullet Hairstyle Photo
Dima Billan mullet hairstyle


Photo of Dima Billan Mullet Hairstyles
Dima Billan mullet

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils 15 Year Anniversary Collection


First Trio from top down: Stray Dog, Corrupt, Bourbon, Second Trio: Midnight Cowboy, Baked, Stash, Third Trio: Mildew, Perversion, Electric, Fourth Trio: Binge, Ransom, Asphyxia, Fifth Trio, Rockstar, Zero, Uzi.
I've had a very happy time swatching this amazing set that launches into Debenhams on 15th February and then nationwide from 1st March. All the pencils applied really well - felt very soft and creamy, and I think produced beautiful, intense colours. If I have one complaint, it is that there is a bit too much brown. The colours are photographed under lamplight - it's dark outside!

Crabtree & Evelyn Citron, Honey & Coriander Body Souffle

Vanilla Brulee Lip Butter

Citron, Honey & Coriander Lip Butter

Creamy Mint Lip Butter


I've recently been trying the new Crabtree & Evelyn Skin Indulging Body Souffle - I was a little bit tentative as I really don't like honey but the overwhelming scent is sugared lemons with just a little bit of green behind it - really very pretty. However, it's not that 'souffle-ish' - from that description I'd expect something very whipped - this is more a silky lotion that feels light on the skin and sinks in very quickly leaving a whisp of sweet lemon on the skin. It has AHAs in the formula derived from oranges, lemons and sugar to add a touch of radiance and softness. I also love the look of their lipbalms - I haven't tried them but they look so pretty and tempting. Just goes to show what good packaging can do. The Souffle is £18 and the balms are £6.

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