Friday, 30 December 2011

New Year, New 'Do!

So, it's half past 1 in the morning and I'm typing away for the first time in a long time because I'm finally feeling brave (and delirious) enough to share a pic or two of my newly dyed hair.
Those of you follow my blog know that I'm currently having a love affair with vintage and rockabilly style, so I thought it was almost necessaryto do something a little fun and retro-ish to my hair. I've wanted a blonde stripe in my hair for a while, because I think it makes victory rolls and curls look a little more awesome. When I get an idea in my head, it's inevitable that I'm going to go through with it, no matter how ridiculous it looks on paper, and my hair is no exception.
Because I have a mop of thick, dark hair, a lot of hairdressers looked at me like I'm nuts (I am a bit) before promptly turning me away, telling me there's no way they could make me blonde. I was about to give up, when I came across the Ginger Group in Ealing  - a salon staffed by a lovely bunch who seemed positively excited about the prospect of bleaching where no man had dared before.
Cue five and a half hours in the chair, 3 magazines, 2 cups of coffee and 1 determined hairdresser and this is the result:

To be honest, I was a bit freaked out at first, but it's definitely growing on me (quite literally, sorry) and I like the fact that it's a little different to your typical highlights. I'm excited to play around with it and try out some victory rolls and pin curls.
P.S. My lovely sister got me Ruby Woo by MAC for Christmas, so thought I should take this opportunity to show that off too. It may just be the perfect red lipstick...

Thanks for reading :)

Your friendly neighbourhood insomniac...

Hannah Rose xxx

Friday, 9 December 2011

Pretty Polly + House of Holland Tights: Roadtested

A few weeks back I did a post on the insanely sassy House of Holland for Pretty Polly AW11 collection featuring Jessie J.
Jessie looked so darn amazing in the ad campaigns that I instantly fell in love with the Super Suspenders she's wearing in one of the posters.

Anyway, I felt like it was simply my duty to pick up a pair of these tights from River Island and show you what they look like on a real girl (me) with a real bum and thighs (mine), without the power of photoshop and airbrushing. (not to say Jessie isn't real of course but she is abnormally hot!).

Jessie is wearing the Mesh Super Suspender Tights in the above pic. I bought the regular Super Suspender Tights, which are a little more sheer around the top. Yikes.

Anyway, here's a little looksie at me and my pins :o
*Hope they're not too offensive*

I picked these up for £12 from River Island, but they're currently on offer for £8 direct from Pretty Polly HERE.

These tights are super comfy and quirky and are a great find for vintage lovers like me.
 I think they would look awesome with shorts and Doc Martens :D.

What do you reckon? Fancy taking the plunge with Pretty Polly?

Thanks for reading and hope you've not been scarred for life by my wobbly bits!

Hannah Rose xxx

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Wishful Listing: My Fantasy Christmas Wish List

Besides peace on Earth etc, there are many more unobtainable things I would like this Christmas so I thought it would be fun to put together a little fantasy wish list of shamelessly indulgent and completely unrealistic goodies.


  • Anything that smells edible/ festive by Philosophy.

Philosophy has been my favourite bathing brand for years. I'm a sucker for beauty products with gourmand-esque scents, and Philosophy just do it so well!

I can't walk past this in Boots without giving it a sniff! Philosophy Old Fashioned Eggnog Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath - 14 gbp at Boots

warming + scrub + gingerbread fragrance = Awesome. 26 gbp  (part of a set including gingerbread  man shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath) from QVC UK

Melting Marshmallow including shower gel, body lotion & lip shine. 22 gbp from Boots. I don't think I need to explain my reasoning for adding this. :) 

  • Flowerbomb has been my favourite perfume for years, but everyone I know hates it so much they refuse to buy it for me! This is Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Extreme Eau De Parfum - an amplified version of the sickly sweet original. Pleeeeeeease Santa?!?

67.50 gbp for 50ml at Boots

  • Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath. I've owned this before and I'm pretty sure my bathroom needs it again. One of the loveliest bathing products ever in my opinion.

31 gbp at Liberty  and other department stores

  • Essence of John Galliano candle by Diptyque - a compelling oriental blend of white incense, bay leaves, rosewood and 'burnt leather'. I know Galliano isn't exactly in the good books at the moment but this candle is beyond indulgent.

40 gbp from Space NK

  • Some goodies from MAC - including my most coveted lipstick, Ruby Woo. 

Cleanse Off Oil. 7 gbp. I've heard good things about this and would love to make my own judgement.

Lipstick in Ruby Woo. 13.50 gbp. I blog about beauty - I need this. Please. :)

Strobe Cream. 12 gbp. A little luminosity would be most welcome this Christmas.

  • Tigi Bed Head Candy Fixations styling products. I'm happiest when my hair smells good and apparently these products are beautifully scented. If I don't find one (or all) of these under the tree, I'll be clicking over to Feel Unique for a sweet fix.
Left to Right: Sugar Dust micro-texture root powder, 9.35 gbp, Totally Baked volumizing & prepping hair meringue, 10.65 gbp, Sugar Shock hair bodyfying sugar spray, 10.00 gbp.

And finally, (though I could go on):

  • The Luxury Essentials by Creme De La Mer. Decadence personified really...

260 gbp at Selfridges

So there you have it, a depressingly expensive selection of my most lusted after Christmas treats. Who knows, maybe one of them might make it into my stocking this year :o

P.S. sorry about the repetitive use of gbp (great british pounds). I'm using an Australian laptop tonight so therefore don't have a pound symbol on my keyboard!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Lucas' Papaw Ointment

We all know that winter can do various nasty things to our skin and as an Australian, I'm used to living in a climate that rarely drops below 10 degrees - so you can imagine how much my skin freaked out when I experienced my first British winter a few years back.

I was over here with my sister for Christmas in 2008 and after a few days in the face-freezing winds my lips were chapping, my elbows felt a bit like sandpaper and my hands dried out so much that my knuckles even cracked and bled :o

I found my salvation with a cult Australian beauty product -  Lucas Papaw Ointment.

picture of Lucas' Papaw Ointment
Back in Oz this stuff is a handbag fixture thanks to its multitude of uses, neutral scent and exceptionally long shelf life.It can be used on minor cuts and abrasions, burns, rashes and chafing and is perfect for soothing dry skin and flaking lips. It's also great for taming brows or mixing with lipstick to tone down pigment - basically like an inexpensive version of (the very lovely) Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream.

The ointment is made in Brisbane, Australia (where I'm from!) using locally grown and fermented Papaw fruit. It is manufactured using pharmaceutical grade petroleum jelly and absorbs pretty quickly. Scent wise, it has a very slight sweet smell which I find really comforting, probably because I've been using it since I was little.

I felt compelled to write about this ointment because my skin is starting to feel the chill now so I've been reaching for it quite a lot lately. I feel like Boots or Superdrug should really stock this because it's a seriously wonderful product, but in the meantime you can find it online at Amazon. Prices vary but a 75g pot like mine will cost you around 10 pounds. Naturally it is more expensive here in the UK than  Australia, but if you're after something to soothe your skin this winter I think it's worth the investment!

Have you jumped on the Lucas Papaw Ointment wagon yet???

Boudoir Prive Giveaway

'Tis the season for giving, so this month instead of reviewing the November Boudoir Prive Beauty Box I'll be giving mine away. :)

Here's what it contains:

1 x Studio Makeup Rich Hydration Lipstick in Tender Pink (Full Size)

2 x 15gm pots of Vinies Luminous Skin Mask (there have been mixed reviews on this product - for some it's been a great little skin saviour while others have experienced irritation - make sure you patch test this)

2 x 10ml sachets of Rahua Voluminous Shampoo & 2 x 8ml sachets of Rahua Voluminous Conditioner

1 x 10ml tube of Korres Wild Rose 24hr Moisturiser

1 x 50ml tube of Dead Sea Spa Magik Silky Smooth Body Lotion

I'll also be sending a couple of extras along with the box. :)

Sound good?

To be in with a chance of winning a lovely box of freebies, all you have to do is:

  • Follow Lippy in London with GFC or on Facebook and comment on this post and include the text 'Enter Me' & your email address or other form of contact
  • Or...send me an email at
  • Live in the UK!
*Giveaway closes at midnight on Monday the 12th of December. Winner will be selected at random.

Good Luck!!!!

Hannah Rose xxx

*I paid for this box myself and am not affiliated with Boudoir Prive or the brands associated. I also haven't opened any of the samples :o

Thursday, 1 December 2011

ELF Cosmetics Studio Stipple Brush

When it comes to applying foundation, my fingers have always been my blending tool of choice and I'll freely admit that I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to foundation brushes. I tend to steer clear of many of the nifty make up tools on the market simply because I've never been quite sure how to wield them properly and the only base brush you'll find in my make up kit is a kabuki I stole from my mum! As a beauty blogger, this is a fairly terrifying confession to make but let me assure you that this situation has now been rectified, thanks to the genius that is the Studio Stipple Brush by ELF Cosmetics. 
This brush is one of my first ever purchases from ELF and it's certainly been a great introduction to the brand. Unlike generic foundation brushes I've used in the past, I find this incredibly easy to use with my liquid foundation and it really seems to produce a rather air-brushed effect.
Made for each other: ELF Studio Stipple Brush & Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

I've found the stippling technique of 'tapping' the foundation on to the skin to be a really quick and highly effective way of achieving a near-flawless base, so I can't really imagine using a different technique now.

The stipple brush isn't the only ELF product I decided to sample - I also snapped up the High Definition Powder. I've wanted a translucent powder for a while so when I saw that this one was up for grabs for only £6 I had to have it.

ELF High Definition Powder

This powder is incredibly soft to the touch, masks lines and imperfections and adds radiance to the face. The perfect finishing touch for my freshly stippled face :)
I'm loving ELF so far, and now I understand why the brand is so popular in the beauty blogging community!I'm so glad I bought the Studio Stipple Brush and I'm pretty sure it's going to be a permanent fixture in my make up bag from now on.

The ELF Studio Stipple Brush is only £3.50, so if you're keen to try stippling there's no reason not to treat yourself :)

Thanks for reading!

Hannah Rose xxx

P.S. If you've not visited ELF yet, visit them here