Thursday, 30 January 2014

Lippy Markers! A Little Gift Idea

Not only are these Lippy Markers incredibly cute, they also feature the word lippy in the title, so it's only right that I do a quick post about them!
Perfect as gifts for the make up savvy people in your life, or as a kitsch addition to your own desk or handbag, Lippy Markers are pretty self explanatory - a set of mini highlighters cunningly disguised as lipstick bullets. Who would've thought?!

In the set, you receive four colours - Pink, Red, Purple and Green (abstract!) that are perfectly compact, lightweight and useful!

You can find the Lippy Markets at IWOOT ( as well as a whole load of other weird and wonderful gadgets including this rather eccentric panda pillow.
Panda Cushion £19.99 IWOOT

Lippy Markers are £4.99 and you can also find nail polish markers on the site too...

Highlighting sentences and scribbling nonsensical notes will never be the same again!


Monday, 20 January 2014

Glossy Hair Treatment at Martyn Maxey Hairdressing

Martyn Maxey is a pretty big deal. Having opened his salon way back in 1991 and tending to the tresses of A-Listers such as Elle Macpherson, Nigella Lawson, Robbie Williams and Naomi Campbell (to name a few), Mr Maxey has earned a reputation as one of the best hairdressers around.

The salon has recently relocated to Wigmore Street (just behind Selfridges) and I went along on the weekend to check out the new space and experience a treatment designed to add gloss and shine to the hair.
The best way I can describe the Martyn Maxey salon is this; Upmarket and classy without the pretentious factor. In fact, the salon has a lovely, warm atmosphere and the staff are professional, friendly and accommodating.
They even serve pots of tea and coffee instead of cups, which I thought was a nice touch.

Before the Treatment

I'm not going to lie and say that my hair looked completely awful before the gloss treatment, but it was definitely dry, my ends were frizzing and things were looking a tad dull.

After a consultation with Martyn, we decided the best way to achieve a healthy, glossy look was with clear Sebastian Cellophane treatment customised with a little veg colour to add a bit of pigment. The Sebastian Cellophane gloss treatment is kind of like 'gel nails for the hair' - it's your hair, just better! The treatment works by infusing each strand with botanical-rich goodness that makes it glossy and gorgeous for up to 6 weeks- sort of like a supercharged semi-permanent hair colour.

The Treatment

 I headed over to the basin where my hair was cleansed twice with Sebastian shampoo and conditioner.

After a towel dry, it was time to apply the treatment. My hair was divided into sections and the treatment was painted on.

My head was then wrapped in a stunning plastic cap.
And heat was applied to help the treatment along. This took about 20 minutes.
Once the heaters had worked their magic, the treatment was rinsed out and I was ready for a (much needed) trim and style from Martyn.

I wanted to keep the length, so Martyn trimmed my ends and added some layers for extra body and movement.
My hair was then blow-dried with a round brush and a curling iron was used to create some loose curls.

The Result

Shiny, glossy, bouncy and lightweight hair. I think the pictures speak for themselves really.
 Look at the glossy goodness!

The whole experience began at 3pm and I was done just after 5pm - not bad for a wash, treatment, cut and blowdry! My Martyn Maxey Hairdressing trip was definitely among my favourite salon experiences to date - not only were the results amazing, but Martyn himself is a genuinely lovely person and this obviously has a positive effect on the staff at his salon.

Want to get glossy? The treatment I had is £36 - this includes consultation, advice and cellophane plus colour application, processing, rinsing and conditioning.

The blowdry is from £34.50 - £74
and cuts start from £52.50

You can find Martyn Maxey Hairdressing at 104 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 3RN.
Visit the website Here 

*My Martyn Maxey Experience was gifted to me for consideration 

Monday, 13 January 2014

The Body Shop Honeymania Eau de Toilette

I received some lovely Body Shop bits and pieces for Christmas including some products from the new Honeymania range.
Whilst I get on well with the Honeymania Body Scrub and Body Butter, I was left a little bit put off by the perfume from the range.

Now, scent is a very personal thing- for example, I love vanilla fragrances while the rest of my family detests them so please don't let me put you off trying this out for yourself.
It's described as 'light and wearable with a rich floral scent' but when I first spritzed this, all I could smell was air freshener. Not the result I was hoping for.

Freshly sprayed, the Honeymania eau de toilette is just a little too Ambi Pur for my liking and it very nearly gives me an instant headache. I for one absolutely hate the smell of floral air fresheners in general so feeling like I've just given myself a once over in Febreeze doesn't really appeal to me.
All is not lost however as the perfume does dry down to quite a nice, subtle, flowery scent so it has certainly not been banished from my handbag- it's just the freshly sprayed smell of this that isn't quite my cup of tea.
To be honest, I don't really know what I was expecting with the Honeymania eau de toilette. Of course this stuff wasn't going to smell like actual honey. What does honey even really smell like?

Though I wouldn't purchase the Honeymania perfume, I do hold a candle for The Body Shop Vanilla Fragrance and generally enjoy the rest of the offerings from the iconic brand.

The Body Shop Honeymania eau de toilette retails for £8.50.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Review

After receiving a Space NK gift card for Christmas, I thought it was the perfect time to bite the bullet and get colour matched to Nars Sheer Glow.

nars sheer glow foundation in mont blanc

I was matched to Mont Blanc (a rather pale shade) by a very helpful Space NK assistant in Richmond and was impressed enough to deduct £30.50 (!) from my gift card and give the much coveted foundation a whirl.

A liquid formula, the sheer glow foundation is touted as a satin-finish foundation for normal to dry skin types that contains a 'skin brightening formula' and delivers a soft, smooth finish. The foundation dries down to a soft powder, which I rather like because it sort of 'sets' itself without the need for powdering.
It's worth mentioning that the foundation contains anti-oxidants and tumeric extract to improve the texture of the skin over time.

I find that Sheer Glow is pretty easy to apply and blend however I can't give it full marks because of the lack of pump on the bottle. Apparently Nars sell the pumps separately but I think it's a bit cheeky considering the extravagant price point of the foundation.
Anyway, moving on, I do rather like this foundation and I can understand why it's so universally loved.
The coverage is medium but buildable, so it's a good staple foundation for everyday makeup and evening looks that require a slightly heavier hand.
Before                                                                                     After

In the images above, I used a penny-sized amount over the whole face and no concealer. As you can see, that lovely blemish in the centre of my chin is covered very well! Nice one Nars.
Overall, I like Nars Sheer Glow, though the £30.50 price tag might put me off repurchasing. Fingers crossed for another Space NK gift card next Christmas.

Have you tried Nars Sheer Glow Foundation? Let me know what you think of it below :)

Friday, 10 January 2014

iPulse SmoothSkin Extra - First Impressions

Before Christmas I was invited along to The Mayfair Hotel (!) to learn all about the iPulse SmoothSkin Extra  Hair Reduction System. Exclusive to Boots, the iPulse SmoothSkin Extra uses IPL (intense pulsed light) to discourage hair growth, eventuating in a virtually fuzz-free existence!

At the event, (in between sips of Prosecco and nibbles on mini fish and chips!) I got to see the iPulse in action and was instantly a little more than inclined to try it out for myself. Even though the iPulse Extra is designed to work its magic on most skin tones, I was advised that I was a perfect candidate due to my fair skin and dark hair combination. Finally, my pale hairyness might just be good for something.
I haven't started trialling the device properly (you need to use it once a week for at least 4 consecutive weeks to see results) so I can't comment on how effective the iPulse Extra is just yet but I have tried it out to assess how easy it is to use and what kind of pain I'm looking at!

How Do You Use It?

The Ipulse SmoothSkin Extra is quite similar to other at-home IPL systems in that it features a handheld wand with a rather small window that omits flashes.
 The iPulse features a unique skin tone sensor that gauges your skin tone then sets the device to the appropriate strength setting - this way you're less likely to have any discomfort during your DIY treatment. 
iPulse SmoothSkin Extra Skin Tone Sensor
It's essential to apply the activator gel before you start zapping away - the gel acts as a conductor for the flashes and also keeps the skin soothed as you flash it.
iPulse SmoothSkin Activator Gel

Once the area has been tested with the skin tone sensor and the gel has been applied, you're ready to flash! (no, not like that). Observe the rather tanned, hair-free woman in the image below as she demonstrates...

Does It Hurt?!?

I've read a few conflicting views about this aspect of the iPulse Extra - some people feel a very slight sting, others experience a tingle. I'm more on the tingle end of the spectrum and I don't find it unpleasant to use at all. It's worth noting that people who have completed the 12 Week Challenge have reported that any discomfort disappears over time. In other words, the more you use it, the more pleasant the experience.

The iPulse SmoothSkin Extra is loaded with 100,000 flashes, which is more than enough to treat your hairy bits over 12 weeks, which is the recommended time frame for optimum results.
The iPulse SmoothSkin Extra is available exclusively at Boots for £399.

Below you can watch a blink-tastic little video of yours truly at the iPulse event at The Mayfair Hotel (the last bit involves my comments on Sensationail which I might post about in the future).

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Beauty Obsession: Jennifer Lawrence

Oh Jennifer, how I adore thee. I do love a style chameleon and Jennifer Lawrence changes it up on a pretty regular basis. I'm not a Hunger Games fan by any means but I went to see the latest instalment just for her (as I'm sure my boyfriend did) and found myself under her spell. She doesn't care for jibes about her body, there have been hundreds of gifs created in her honour and she managed to fall up the stairs at the Oscars. This girl is beautiful for obvious aesthetic reasons but I really think her charming personality comes through brilliantly during interviews -either that or she is a really good actor- and this only adds to her overall beauty.
Here's my little homage to Jennifer Lawrence aka Katniss Everdeen aka Mystique aka Tiffany.

So let's discuss that red dress. Such a simple design but Jennifer brings it to a whole new level and fills it out beautifully. Probably my favourite look actually.

image: Eonline
 Her makeup look here is fairly mininal - she totally works the whole 'no-makeup-makeup look'.
image: Eonline
She can work a fringe like it's nobody's business and she can pull off both honey blonde...
...and chocolate brown.

She also looks like a mega babe with a faux tan and smoked out eyes paired with baby pink lips.

and is just as stunning with a cute pixie cut as she is with longer hair.
image: barcroft media via

I don't know if it's her ridiculous cheek bones or her seemingly warm personality, but Jennifer Lawrence is my latest beauty obsession. I'm late to the party on this but after watching The Silver Linings Playbook recently I have a new found respect for this natural beauty. What do you think of Jennifer Lawrence?
Thanks for reading x

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Dr Organic Manuka Honey Face Scrub

My honey obsession is still going strong so this month I'm placing a focus on skincare containing my favourite sweetener.
Dr Organic Manuka Honey Face Scrub has been a sweet little find thanks to its gentle yet effective formula that's perfect for winter.
manuka honey face scrub

What makes it the bees knees?
Encased in a user friendly tube, the face scrub contains organic 30+ active Manuka honey renowned for its antibacterial and healing properties. 
The grainy bits in this are pumice and ground fruit seed, which should feel quite scratchy, but don't - probably because the graininess is counteracted by the creamy honey formula it's suspended in.
As expected, the Dr Organic Manuka Honey Face Scrub smells utterly scrumptious, almost good enough to eat really, though I wouldn't recommend actually ingesting it.

The face scrub is a genuine pleasure to use and makes my skin feel smooth and supple afterwards with no tightness. I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially in colder months as it feels so nourishing and oddly soothing for something that is essentially sloughing away bits of dead skin.
As with most scrubs, the honey face scrub is designed for use two to three times a week, though it's a bit difficult to resist reaching for this every time I'm in the shower.

You can find Dr Organic Manuka Honey Face Scrub at Holland and Barrett for £5.99 for a 125ml tube.

Thanks for reading!