March 19, 2012

wilkinson health & beauty event

Recently I popped along to the Wilkinson Health & Beauty event for a sneak peak at some of their new beauty products. Personally I've never been on a budget as such when it comes to beauty products so have always favoured well known brands over supermarket own brand products so being talked through products that retail for such a low price was something new for me. However I'm by no means a snob when it comes to beauty products and am more than happy to keep open minded when trying out different brands. I was told at the event how the products are put through rigorous testing to ensure that they match up to well known brands, to the point that I was ensured that if I was blind tested between the Wilkinson dry shampoo that costs just 97p compared to the best selling dry shampoo on the market by Batiste that costs double the price I wouldn't be able to tell a difference, I will be doing a comparison review soon to find out. Overall I was very impressed with the range as even given the low prices the packaging certainly isn't cheap looking and doesn't scream budget beauty whatsoever. I will keep you all updated with reviews on the range very soon..

March 15, 2012

benefit 'hello flawless' foundation launch

On Tuesday evening I was lucky enough to have been invited to the launch event for the new Benefit 'Hello Flawless' foundation held at the prestigious tower 42 on the 24th floor with views of the night time London skyline glowing in the background. It was definitely one of the best events that I've been to due to the sky high location, the fact the room wasn't jam packed full of bloggers like at most events and the yummy bite size food that was served. The Benefit team are always so lovely at events and you can always have a good laugh and chat with them which is fab, the head make up artist Lisa is one of the most enthusiastic people I've ever met! 

(the picture above is the only one I have of myself at the event, typical that I was on my phone..)

I think most of you will agree that after all the years Benefit make up has been on the shelves it was most definitely about time they came out with a liquid foundation and Hello Flawless definitely didn't disappoint. The foundation has a built in SPF25 while giving a medium dewy coverage and comes in nine different shades broken down into light, medium and deep categories. I'm a massive fan of the sleek and simple packaging of the product, you even get a little tester of the Porefessional primer in the box. I've heard that 'i'm pure 4 sure' ivory, 'cheers to me' champagne and 'i'm so money' honey are set to be the most popular shades.

I personally got matched up with the champagne shade and find it perfect for my olive toned skin. The coverage is medium so you will still need to use a concealer for imperfections but all in all it gives the appearance of dewy looking almost flawless skin. The best bit about this foundation is that it feels so light and buffs beautifully into the skin, it literally has that heavenly formula of making your skin look naturally perfect without looking like you are actually wearing any foundation. So say goodbye to caked up foundation and hello to a natural radiant complexion. I can see this becoming the new 'big thing' in the beauty world and definitely giving other foundations a run for their money, so well done Benefit on creating a great foundation in lots of great shades.

In this picture above I am wearing the foundation and a touch of concealer. I have a few breakouts at the moment and the foundation did a rather good job at covering them up as you can see and transformed my skin from dull and pasty looking to radiant and glowing.

Benefit 'Hello Flawless' foundation will be available from the 31st March at £24.50.

Click here for more pictures of the event!

March 11, 2012

high messy bun

With messy buns I've found that there is no real logic to pulling one off. I've tried lots of different tricks to achieve the perfect messy bun but I've found the best way is to have wavy hair, use a thickening spray, then backcomb it and do a high ponytail but only pull the hair only half way through so it creates a bun, and finally pull and mess around with the hair and put bobby pins in different places. I guess the good thing about a messy bun is it doesn't take any real skill or effort to just pin different sections of hair back and roughen it up. I usually like to backcomb my fringe also and create a bit of a quiff or just leave it as is. Headscarves tied in bows and flower clips also look really cute with a hair style like this. Just remember that bobby pins are your best friends for a messy bun.

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March 01, 2012

pixi tinkerbell/disney event

Last night I attended the launch event for the Pixi and Disney/Tinkerbell collaboration with lots of other lovely bloggers. I've been a fan of Pixi ever since they were the first brand that ever worked with me properly a few years ago by sending me some products to try out for my blog, so it was lovely to be invited along to the event. The Pixi boutique shop just off Carnaby street in central London is a mini make up heaven and stocks anything from foundations to glitter nail polishes. My favourite part of the event had to be the gorgeous cupcakes and vintage looking lemonade, yumm. I'm definitely a fan of their new Tinkerbell range as the packaging is really girl and cute looking but also the products work really well. The range is already available on Asos and in select Boots stores.

In the gift bag -

I will be reviewing these products soon xox