Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Bourjois Paris have released a new lipstick product: Bourjois Rouge Edition. The price of this lipstick is currently £5.99 (normal price £7.99) in Boots and Superdrug. As usual, I had a difficult time (I was standing in Superdrug for what felt like an extremely long time) picking a colour - there are 18 shades available in total. The colours ranged from nudes to bright reds so it is highly likely you will find a shade you like!

I love the simple packaging of the Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick. The end of the tube displays the shade number and colour which is useful for those who own many lipsticks! I chose shade 06 Rose Coquette. In the tube, it is a glittery pink shade. When applied, it is a light sheer pink colour. I wore it to London Fashion Weekend, you can see pictures in the post below. 

I like how this lipstick is fragrance free and moisturising. Before applying this lipstick, I put on some Vaseline first. Since this colour does not show up that well (it's light when on my lips), I decided to add No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Blush first which gave it more colour. Then I added a coat of Bourjois Rouge Edition Rose Coquette which gave a glossy finish - perfect for spring! Next time, I think I would pick a darker shade of pink.

Overall, I really like this lipstick and would purchase another once I've finished my lipsticks. It's moisturising, lasts long and a good price. This would rank at the top of my list for drugstore lipsticks so far!

London Fashion Weekend

Saturday, 23 February 2013

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Yesterday, my friends and I attended London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House. Vodafone's London Fashion Weekend is open to the public twice a year. This year it runs from Thursday 21st - 24th February 2013. Tickets are still available for purchase. It's a huge event where you will be able to shop the most exclusive designers and new, emerging talented designers at great discounts!

First we headed to the Showspace area where we tried unlocking the Müllerlight padlock on the wardrobe with our codes seen above on the cards. We weren't lucky enough to open the padlock which unlocks a big prize but we did all receive a compact mirror. The Müllerlight team also handed out their Greek style yogurts for us to sample. I had a citrus flavoured one - very yummy!

The Chic&Seek team were also at London Fashion Weekend where I was asked to be photographed for their blog which was a lovely surprise. The article can be found here. You can buy, offer and seek pre-loved designer items on Chic&Seek. Thank you for featuring me on your blog!

Next we explored the main Showspace area which had a variety of designer accessory stands. Brands that stood out to me in particular were Kat&Bee jewellery and Orit. In the centre of the Showspace, there is an Elizabeth Arden pop up beauty studio; if you arrive early, they offer free make overs. For those who arrive later, they charge a £10 deposit fee for make overs which can then be claimed back with the purchase of any Elizabeth Arden make up product.

A few photos of Somerset House. There is an East, West and South wing filled with more wonderful designer shopping stands. The full list of designers featured at London Fashion Weekend can be viewed here.

The Canon Studio in the East wing was a lot of fun. Photographers shoot your street style shot and you receive a designer fashion poster of your choice too! I chose a Henry Holland print poster (below).

Make sure you visit Maison Triumph's Pop Up Boutique on the first floor. They offer a gorgeous collection of lingerie which features Helena Christensen for Triumph's luxury collections.

Inside the Radley London tote bag designed especially for London Fashion Weekend, a variety of goodies can be found including the following:
  • £20 off Radley London products for purchases over £100
  • label.m - blow out spray hair product
  • Jergens - Ultra Healing body moisturiser
  • Elizabeth Arden - Skin Balancing Lotion SPF 15
  • Colgate Max White One Toothpaste
  • Compeed Blister plasters
  • Velvet tissues
  • Lavazza Coffee
  • Maison Triumph's offer for free briefs (Facebook check-in, tweet or instagram with #themakers)
  • Müller yogurt £1 off voucher
  • ShopStyle oyster card pouch

For an extra £1 (RRP: £4.00), you can purchase a copy of ELLE UK's March 2013 issue! They also have an ELLE Magazine subscription offer with a free Benefit gift in the West Wing. 

And this... what I wore to London Fashion Weekend (minus my coat - it was freezing yesterday, a little snow).

Denim shirt: Bershka
Jumper: H&M
Velvet Shorts: River Island
Alphabet tights: H&M
Ankle Boots: Carvela - Kurt Geiger
Bag: Mulberry

Overall, I had a great time with my friends. I purchased a gorgeous Olivia Rubin dress - pictures to follow soon in the next week or two. Be sure to check out London Fashion Weekend if you can!

10 Minute Face Mask for under £6!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

I am going to set myself a challenge. That is, to complete this blog post within 10 minutes. Why? Testing my multi-tasking I have the face mask on right now whilst typing this blog post, which I will attempt to publish in 10 minutes.

 I have been introduced to Boots - Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask by a good friend of mine. I'm not one for face masks normally as I never have enough time for them but what's 10 minutes? I am glad I picked this up from Boots for £5.49 (normally £6.99, offer on at the moment).

To give this a fairer review, I wanted to use this product at least 3 times before talking about it. I did have doubts initially, mostly as to whether it would irritate my skin, as with all new skin products. Before using this product, do make sure you shake the tube well or else the face mask will come out all runny, which is not the texture you want when applying onto your face.

I suggest you start with a small patch of skin to test whether you are allergic to it before applying to the rest of your face! Directions are simple: squeeze it out of the tube, apply it to your face and smooth over. It doesn't really smell of anything but a bit clay like when washing it off which may be a negative to some people. Leave it to dry (you can feel it tighten on your face) for 10 minutes and wash off with warm water. 

On the second and third uses of this clay face mask which uses willowbark as one of its ingredients, I did notice a difference in my skin. The clay mask turns from a shade of dark green/grey to light green which is also a good indicator of when the 10 minutes are up! You use it once a week and the purpose of this face mask is to help cleanse, reduce and remove impurities. After rinsing my face with warm water, my skin felt clean and refreshed! Finish off with a layer of night cream (or anti-stress cream in my case. haha).

At the price of £5.49, you really can't go wrong - it's definitely worth a try. And yes, just finished my blog post in 10 minutes. Challenge completed.