August’s Top Ten Posts on Strand on Beauty

August was such a great month for Strand On Beauty and so I thought I would do a round-up of the top 10 posts over the last 30 days just in case you missed something. Here’s what’s been keeping you entertained – in reverse order:

10 – GOSH!

To Play With In Vegas

News of the GOSH event at the Sanderson Hotel

9 – News Offers & Discounts Issue 33

Look Fantastic Salle

News Offers & Discounts Issue 33 Featuring Look Fantastic Sale

(Joint) 7. Review – GOSH Defining Brow Gel

Defining Brow Gel

GOSH Defining Brow Gel

 

(Joint) 7 – Review – Collection “Little Mix Love” All About the Eyes Palette

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 Collection All About the Eyes Palette

 

6 – Being a Beauty Blogger

Bloggers

Being a Beauty Blogger

5 – Review – Skinade Collagen Drink

Skinade

 Skinade  Collagen Drink

(Joint) 3 Reviews – Paul & Joe AW 14 Lipstick and Eyeshadow 

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Paul & Joe AW 14 Lipstick and Eyeshadow

(Joint) 3- Chloe’s Beauty Bar Bloggers’ Breakfast

Chloe's Beauty Bar - Blogger's Breakfast

Chloe’s Beauty Bar 

2 – Review – La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System

3 step system

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3 step system

1- My Chocolate Delight Giveaway with LA Skincare

PicMonkey Collage

Chocolate Delight Giveaway with LA Skincare

I hope that you’ve enjoyed some of these posts and if you want to make sure that you don’t miss anything this month then make sure that you are following me either here – strandonbeauty.com or on https://www.bloglovin.com/hazelstrand and have a good month!

Oh and dont forget to enter the giveaway – it’s worldwide and you can enter every day until 14 September!

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September 1, 2014 · 9:46 pm

Reviews – Vichy Idealia Life Serum & Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Vichy Idealia & Liftactiv

Vichy Idealia & Liftactiv

I’ve been trying out these two prodcuts – Vichy Idealia Life Serum and  Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes over the past week or two. Prior to using these products I’d been using a regime that gave me a few dry patches on my face and so I was a little nervous as to how my skin might react. I also thought that it would provide a good challenge for the products.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum

Here’s what they say:

“Repair and restore the radiance of your complexion with the Vichy Idealia Life Serum, a universal treatment for ideal skin. When skin is overstressed, overexposed and unbalanced due to pollution, stress and poor diet, it can look older than it actually is. It becomes prone to greyness, sallowness, uneven colouring and drawn features, while enlarged pores, oiliness and dry patches become a problem. The Vichy Idealia Life Serum performs a global action on all aspects of this behavioural ageing, combining powerful correcting active ingredients with an illuminating, opalescent texture made up of golden and red pearls. The innovative formula is created with a complementary association of LR2412 and LHA. The LR2412 molecule is inspired by the jasmine flower’s process of repairing itself, accelerating epidermal repair and improving the skin’s natural ability to protect itself. LHA stimulates cellular repair in tired skin, and exfoliates the surface of the skin to better reflect light and reduce the appearance of pigmentation. The ultra-light concentrate formulated with regenerating Vichy Thermal Spa Water to suit all skin types, even fragile and sensitive. Its emulsified texture leaves a light, non greasy, protective film on the skin’s surface and protects the skin from the micro particles that it collects throughout the day.”

I used the serum after cleansing and toning day and night. I didn’t use a moisturiser with it as I wanted to be able to assess how well it worked as a separate product. The pump dispenser gives just the right amount to cover the face and it goes on really smoothly. It instantly makes your skin feel smooth and more taut. The look on the skin is similar to a high end primer and I felt that it was the perfect base for my make-up. I think that for night-time I would lean towards adding a night cream as well for a little more moisture. This Vichy Idealia Life Serum didn’t correct the dyness that the previous product had caused but that wasn’t the key aim of this product so I dont’ feel that I should take away from the smooth results that it brings.

It’s available here for £25.45 at present – so grab it while you can!

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

They say:

“Illuminate, lift and rejuvenate with the Vichy Lift Activ Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes, an all-in-one product to accentuate the look of the eye area.Suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive, this anti-ageing serum tackles a loss of radiance around the eye contour. It works to instantly illuminate the eyes while fortifying eyelashes that have been weakened with age.Enriched with Rhamnose, a unique ingredient that stimulates the natural renewal of collagen fibres and the surface layer of the skin, the eyes appear smoother. Added ceramides and light reflectors make eyes appear instantly brighter and more vital. Apply gently using your finger tip to the entire eye contour. The satiny texture ensures eyes feel refreshed.!”

I’ve been using this Vichy Lift Activ Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes a little longer than the serum. I found that it’s as good as any of the eye products I’ve used and rated highly in the past. It feels cooling as it goes on. Its smooths out wrinkles too to make the lid ready forother eye products. I hadn’t really taken on board the fact that this is a lash product as well. Now I think about it though I have been noticing my lashes lookung better when I apply mascara and they feel much more strong and healthy to the touch too.

It costs £21.25 currently here.

Have you tried either of these products o can you recommned any that are better or as good but cheaper maybe? I’d love to hear from you.

Hazel

The products were PR samples. I wasn’t paid to review them and the views are my own. This post contains affiliate links

 

 

 

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August 31, 2014 · 1:42 pm

August 2014 Empties

Here’s a bit of a catch up on what I’ve been using up this month. Most of the products I’ve already reviewed as they’re great products so it’s more of a list than a post this time.

Tromborg Cleanser

Tromborg Herbal Cleansing Water

Tromborg Herbal Cleansing Water

I have a completely irrelevant reason for liking Tromborg products. This is  because way back in the 1970s (yes I really am that old!) I lived in Copenhagen for a year and ever since then I’ve had a soft spot for anything Danish.

So when I was in Debenhams I spoke to the assistant on the Tromborg counter and after a lovely hand massage I was given this trial size Tromborg Herbal Cleansing Water.  It’s a makeup remover as well and having run out of eye make up remover I rummaged in my stash of samples and came up with this.

It’s been a delight, it’s not oily or harsh and it takes off eye make-up really well and of course I love it because it’s Danish!

They say:

“Herbal Cleansing Water can be part of your daily skin care regime – use it in combination with any Facial Mist and cream. An oil and alcohol free cleanser which will care for, refresh and hydrate the skin. Carefully selected herbs of Hops, Chamomile and Fennel cleanse the skin while giving a calming effect. It not only removes make-up, but also nourishes and moisturises thanks to Rose extract.”

You can purchase here price £28.00.

Boots No.7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

This is a repurchase. Read my original review here.

Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner

I’ve reviewed these already here.

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

Love this and would repurchase. I reviewed it here.

Bayliss & Harding Strawberries & Cream Hand Wash

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B&H Strawberries & Cream Hand Wash

This hand wash smells edible – so much so that it makes you hungry! Such a lovely product that leaves your hands clean and soft. Only downside is that it’s a bit of a girly scent and so maybe not one for family use. I’d definitely repurchase. It’s a Limited Edition but is on sale here currently for £2.15.

Grace Cole Rejuvenating Body Wash

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I bought this as part of a duo in a set from House of Fraser in their sale as an impulse buy one lunch time. It’s a clear gel with a warm comforting fragrance that you can add to the bath or apply direct to skin. I’d be happy to receive this as a gift or select it myself.

I think that this fragrance may have been discontinued but there are other fragrances in an updated version of the set here priced £10.00.

Phytoplage Apres Soleil Recovery Mask

This is the best conditioning mask I’ve bought in a long time. I’ve already reviewed it here. Will definitely repurchase when I’m flush!

Gold Collagen

I’ve reviewed this and made a whole song and dance about the whole collagen supplement thing here

Are any of these products on your list to repurchase? Would love to hear what you think.

 

Hazel

 

 

 

 

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August 30, 2014 · 10:20 am

My Chocolate Delight Giveaway with LA Skincare

 

LA Skincare

I just knew when I heard about this brand that it would be one that you’d all want to hear more about and so I’ve got together with Louise Ashforth to give you the opportunity to win a super gift from her brand LA Skincare!

LA skincare delivers all the things we demand from our beauty products and here’s what they’re  committed to:

  • No artificial colours
  • Paraben free
  • Cruelty free
  • No animal by-products
  • Naturally effective
  • High percentage of natural ingredients
  • Made in the UK to EU regulation

One lucky winner will win a full-size (50ml) Chocolate Delight – Chocolate Enzyme Peel from LA Skincare which retails at £45.00 together with the Ring of Perfection sample set worth £10 and a voucher for 20% off a future purchase!

And there are runners-up prizes too! Five runners-up will each receive a money off voucher worth £5!

The Chocolate Enzyme Peel smells good enough to eat with a chocolate scent. It promotes skin renewal for a wrinkle and age spot free complexion and calms inflamed skin. Apply this beauty once a week leaving it on for 15 minutes before rinsing to achieve the best results.

The brand is loved by celebs and models including Abigail Clarke (TOWIE), Casey Batchelor (Model – Celebrity Big Brother, Junaid Ahmed (Model) Lydia Lucy (X factor) and brand ambassador Harriadne Beau.

So for a chance to see what all the fuss is about enter my giveaway via Rafflecopter here. The giveaway closes at 4pm on 14 September 2014 and its open worldwide!

Good Luck!

 

 

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August 29, 2014 · 2:36 pm

News, Offers & Discounts 33

It’s practically payday, summer is almost over, it’s almost the weekend so it must be time to shop! In case you haven’t already got loads of ideas of what to spend your hard earned cash on then perhaps these offers from Look Fantastic will help. Happy Shopping!

New offers include 10% off site for the rest of August, 15% off when you spend over £50 and some more lovely treats to make sure you end summer feeling beautiful! Not only that but the end of summer Big Beauty Sale has started!

Look Fantastic Salle

BIG BEAUTY SALE

Offering a wide range of fabulous beauty products and brands at fabulous prices… includes REN, Elizabeth Arden, Caudalie and many more top brands.

Valid until 2nd September

Brand New Sitewide Offers

10% off Lookfantastic

Code: SUMMERSAVE

Valid until 2nd September

15% off when you spend £50

Code: NEWTERM15

Valid until 2nd September

15% off when you spend £60

Code: 15NEWTERM

Valid until 2nd September

PAYDAY SPECIAL
£20 off when you spend £100
Code: 20PAYDAY

28th August – 2nd September

Brand New in Haircare

Look Fantastic Hair Care

3 for 2 on L’Oréal Professional

Valid until 1st September

GHD Wonderland – now only £95!

Valid until 2nd September

Save up to 25% on Kérastase 

Valid until 2nd September

Brand New in Skincare

REN

 

Save 20% on REN
For beautiful, healthy skin, REN is formulated with cutting edge, clinically proven bioi activities whilst being free from skin unfriendly ingredients

Valid until 2nd September

Extra 12% off Self-Tanning
Why not fake it with 12% off self tanning?
Code: FAKETHESUN

Valid until 2nd September

Brand New in Makeup & Nails 

FREE Benefit Spy Gal Travel Wallet (worth £20) with all orders over £30

Let me know what you splurge on!

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August 28, 2014 · 2:35 pm

Collagen supplements – what’s that all about?

Collagen supplements

 

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll have read one or two posts I’ve done about collagen drinks, and pills that claim to make you look younger feel fitter and all kinds of things that are reasonably hard to measure. I was first introduced to them at the Anti-Aging Beauty Show and I’ve written  reviews of Skinade collagen drink and  Gold Collagen drinks published after trying the drinks for 10 days.

This post is a kind of refelctive  overview of  the whole collagen thing. Since these reviews both brands offered me a 30 day trial of their products and I took up Gold Collagen on their offer. I’ve also been sent Xenca and Colladeen Visage to try.

Let me sum up what I think about each of the brands:

Skinade: This was the first collagen drink that I’d tried. It was quite a large drink at 150ml per bottle and had a fruity taste which I found a bit cloying. I took it each day at breakfast though and it was no hardship. I only had 10 days supply and the blurb says that you may see a difference from 20 days. So to be fair I was in no position to judge the effects. I thought my skin might have felt a bit better but that could have been the effects of other topical products.

Gold Collagen: I tried the 10 day supply and again I didn’t really notice any effect. The drinks were smaller like shots really but the taste was a bit artificial though not unpleasant. Again I thought maybe I looked “well” but nothing tangible. After I posted the review I was sent 30 days supply. I wasn’t asked to try it or review it. It just arrived. I left it on the shelf while I tried out some skin care products so that I wouldn’t blur the lines of the reviews. Then about a month ago I thought I’d give the 30 day trial a go. I took the drink every morning with breakfast and it became a routine and I kind of looked forward to it. But you know what? I still can’t tell if there’s any difference! I’m wondering perhaps that I’d feel and look worse after stopping for a while but I’m not convinced that you would be able to see a difference unless you carry out scientifc tests.

Xenca Collagen:  I was sent these by a lovely lady who really believed in the products. I promised to give them a try and feel bad that I haven’t really given them a fair go. The thing is the instructions say that you should take them an hout after eating before you go to bed but I  couldn’t remember to take them and when I did remember it was either in the morning or I’d just eaten. So the product could be amazing it just doesn’t suit me.

Colladeen Visage:  This product is slightly different – as well as collagen it promises to boost SPF. I’ve only taken it for the first time today. Fortunately the only instruction is to take with meals and I can do that with breakfast. I’ll need t report back on this one at a later date.

So – what do I think overall and so far? I really don’t believe that anyth ing that you take orally can boost collagen – wouldn’t stomach acid destroy the collagen? I know I’m not a scientist but it would seem logical. I really think that you could probably get the same effects from a healthy diet and keeping hydrated. I’d love to be proved wrong of course. As well as that these products aren’t cheap and I think that if I paid out that kind of money over a long period  I would want to see tangible results.

Prices are:

Skinade: £90 for 30 days supply

Gold Collagen: £35.99 for 10 days supply

Xenca Collagen: £17.95 for 90 days supply

Colladeen Visage: £18.95 for 30 days supply

Anyone got any stories about their experiences wiht these or other collagen brands? I’d love to hear about them.

 

 

The products mentioned in the review were PR samples. I wasn’t paid to write the reviews and all views are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

 

 

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August 27, 2014 · 1:33 pm

Being a beauty blogger……

Blogger love

Blogger Event

I’ve haven’t written this kind of post before because I thought that no-one would want to know what I think or know about blogging. They just want me to get on with it and stay the hell out of their way!

Recently though I’ve realised that I’ve learned quite a bit since I started in January (yes I know I’m not Zoella or Tanya) and along the way quite a few people have asked my opinion about what I do. So, spurred along with my thought process by the odd outburst and thoughtless comment on social media I thought I might put my five eggs in.

Small Beginnings

I started off one January weekend thinking that I might be able to write something about my shopping experiences. I didn’t have any clue about the blogging business or that you could monetise it. I didn’t know that brands would contact me and invite me to events. I didn’t understand a thing.

I didn’t know that anyone would follow me on social media channels – my personal Twitter account had and still has a total following of less than 40! I didn’t know that I’d make friends virtually and in person with people round the world from different age groups – bloggers, brands and more that I connect with because of beauty.

Within a few weeks I’d learned so much and was quickly sucked into a world of events, marketing, chatter, gossip and friendship. People liked what I wrote and wanted to pay me to write more – it was hard to understand.

Setting my own standards

Over the last seven months I’ve had to set my own standards for how I work and interact with people that I’ve based on what feels right for me. I know that others feel differently and I would never expect everyone or anyone to agree but these are the things that work for me.

  • Be nice – I’ve a dear Glaswegian friend that’s always been the kindest person to me – and when I used to ask her why she used to say “it’s nice to be nice” and that thought reminds me to try to be a kinder person. I don’t always think kind things about people but I try not to hurt people by what I say and do. In blogging this means that I try to let people know when I think they’ve done something great, help them out if I can, and ignore or unfollow people who I really can’t take to.
  • Know your place - At the  beginning I was for ever apologising about not being a “real” blogger, or not having many followers, or for being new. These days I know I have a place in the blogging world and I’m confident that what I do has an audience. That doesn’t mean that I’ll win any awards, or have a You Tube channel with millions of views but I know that I have a product/brand that is valued and I’m content with that.
  • Show mutual respect – I try to always be respectful of others for what they know, what they’ve achieved or what they’ve endured. I don’t expect people to earn my respect, I give it to them and only withdraw it if they behave badly. In the blogging world this means that I always respond politely to brands and PRs even when what they’re proposing isn’t right for me. I try to help new brands and people new to blogging even though I may have nothing to gain. I believe in the saying about being nice to people on the way up in case you meet them again on the way down.
  • Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – Blogging started out as a hobby and although it hasn’t turned into a business it pretty much pays for itself. What I decided from the beginning was that I’d write what I wanted and when I wanted and I still do that now. I don’t schedule regular posts and can write as little as a post a week or more than one a day. The only time I stick to a schedule is if I’ve agreed with a brand that I’ll deliver something and always meet or exceed deadlines or targets. I’ve seen a lot of people fret about not being able to think of something to write and it’s not for me.
  • To have a friend you have to be a friend – another old but true saying. Reading other people’s blogs and commenting on them. Letting them know about events or anything that ‘ll help them on their way. Listening to people when they’ve had a hard time and saying the right thing might just make that person’s day. Being judgemental and saying mean things doesn’t help anyone and will probably lose you friends too.
  • Know your worth – Some other much more experienced bloggers have written about this recently but here’s my take on it. If a brand asks you to undertake a piece of work like reviewing a product then they should recompense you for that in some way. Of course if it’s a big brand the benefit for you may jsut be the prestige of working with them. But I try to approach this in a balanced and reasonable manner. The deal you make needs to be mutually beneficial. So for instance – if a brand wants to send me a product to try that I can write about or not depending on how you feel then I don’t expect to be paid. If they ask me to agree to write something in return for a product then I may turn down the offer – depending on what the product is and/or how prestigious the brand is. I would always be polite in turning down an offer and before doing so would put forward a deal that I think would be fair – which would be a nominal payment to take in account the hours/weeks spent trialling a product and carefully crafting a post. Sometimes we agree and sometimes I don’t hear back. That’s ok .
  • Be honest – So far I haven’t been asked to write something about a brand that’s untrue. Even when I’ve written a sponsored post I’ve always written what I think and then submitted for clearance. Brands always have the option to ask me not to post or not to link to my post after publication. It hasn’t happened yet. I’ve built my readership on being believable and I don’t think there’s any point in just writing copy that brands like if it loses you followers (and friends) and your self-respect.
  • Don’t take yourself to seriously  and have fun! – I’m in my fifties and clearly I’m not beautiful or someone that anyone would  aspire to be. I try to laugh at myself and hope that others can laugh with me. When I get things wrong in life or in my work or blogging I try not to take it too seriously and pick myself up and start again.
  • Work hard –  something I learned from my Dad is to work hard and be loyal. It didn’t make him a rich man but one to be admired. I’m working hard to build my audience here and to do the best I can and I think that’s good enough!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of what I’ve said above. And for those of you who only want to hear beauty news and reviews normal service will return shortly!

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August 26, 2014 · 11:25 am

Review – La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System

I’ve been so excited to get my hands on the La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System due to launch in September 2014 RRP £32.95. It will be exclusively available from larger Boots and online at Boots.com. Now I’ve had the chance to try it out and can tell you about my first experience with this iconic brand!

La Roche Posay

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System

The system is designed for UK women and clinically tested and exclusively available in the UK. It uses the 3 steps that we are used to:

  • Cleanse
  • Tone
  • Correct & Hydrate

This anti-blemish system is intended to deal with the signs of oily blemish prone skin:

  • Blemishes
  • Clogged and enlarged pores
  • Excess Sebum
  • Uneven and rough skin texture
  • Red and brown marks

 

3 step system

3 step system

The routine begins with Efficlar Purifying Gel Cleanser to remove bacteria, followed by Effaclar Clarifying Toner to smooth mattify and tighten pores. Finally the Effaclar Duo + corrects the appearance of blemishes, unclogs pores and reduces the appearance of red and brown marks, whilst providing 24 hour hydration.

So what was it like in action? Well first let me say that I don’t have oily blemish prone skin – although I do have combination skin and blocked/enlarged pores and the occasional spot. (I’m usually quite proud of them at my age – reminds me of my youth!) So I thought that I’d still be a pretty goodcandidate to try out the system. The box claimed that you would see results within 4 weeks so that was my intended time-scale for review. However, I trialled the products for just a week and I’ll explain why later. I used the 3-step system night and day as prescribed.

Efficlar Purifying Gel Cleanser – I used this by putting it onto a damp wash cloth or muslin as this is my prefered way to cleanse. It left my skin feeling really clean and soft.

Effaclar Clarifying Toner – I haven’t been using toners for many years – it just seemed an unecessary extravagance but I had recently begun using a toner again as part of trialling another brand. This one from La Roche-Posay really cleansed my skin to the next level, removed more “dirt” and left my skin feeling squeaky clean.

Effaclar Duo + – This correcting hydrating cream went on smoothly and made my skin feel moisturised but not greasy.

The effects – I really enjoyed this system and I felt that it was a recipe for success. My skin felt really clean, particularly after toning although I did notice that my skin instantly reddened as I applied it. My pores are definitely clearer although I did experience a couple of spots during the week but I put that down  down to coincidence as I really can’t think that there is anything in the product that would cause spots. After a week when I was really in to the routine I noticed that I had flaky skin around my nose and along my nose to mouth line (somewhere that I’d never experienced dryness before) and in a small patch on my top lip. At this point I realised that this wasn’t the right combination of products for my skin type and so I stopped the trial.

I’m disappointed not to be using La Roche-Posay products and hope that I can discover the right products for me within the range. I do believe that the 3 step system is a good one and I’m passing the products to my daughter to trial. Hopefully I can persuade her to provide an update on her experience with them on the blog soon!

Which La Roche-Posay products have you tried? I’d love to hear about them.

 

Hazel

 

The products were PR samples but I wasn’t paid for the review and the views in it are my own.

 

 

 

 

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August 23, 2014 · 8:02 pm

News, Offers & Discounts Issue 32

The Bank Holiday weekend’s on it’s way so you should have plenty of time to take advantage  of these great offers from NARS, L’Oréal Professional, Redken and many more from Look Fantastic. I think that this is one of the best selection of offers they’ve had in a long time and well worth a look.

20% off All Orders over £90

Code: BHTREAT

Valid until 26th August

15% off across site! Bank holiday treat!

Code: SIZZLE15

Valid until 26th August

10% off the Tangle Angel Xtreme 

Code: XTREME

Valid until 24th September

 Ole HenriksenBare Minerals

3 for 2 Mix and Match across a massive range of haircare, skincare and cosmetics

Valid 22nd – 26th August


Brought to you by ELLE Magazine
Brand New NARS colours at Lookfantastic!

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3 for 2 on Pixi Cosmetics

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3 for 2 BellaPierre

Valid 22nd – 26th August

Haircare

3 for 2 on Macadamia

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Save 15% on Paul Mitchell PLUS receive a FREE brush when you spend £25 on the range

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Check out brand new Murad supersize cleansers, now only £35 (worth £60.35)!

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August 21, 2014 · 10:16 pm

Review – Nars Sheer Glow Foundation & Space NK

 

I finally found a great excuse to visit my local Space NK again. I don’t know why but I’d always thought that the shop looked a bit intimidating. I had a perception of place full of up market products and beautifully made up women that looked like they might judge you if your eye-liner isn’t just so.

Then a few weeks ago I wanted to buy a gift for my daughter and having walked through a local department store and not been able to get any assistance i decided it was time to explore. I had the best experience there. They took time to find just the right product, in the right shade, wrapped it beautifully and even added a few samples. They helpfully signed me up to their loyalty card too. The assistants were the loveliest most knowledgeable people and my fears were unfounded.

So yesterday, I realised there was no way I could get another day’s use out of my Clinique foundation. Having asked around among my blogger buddies there were two recommendations on which brand I should try and as one of them, Charlotte Tilbury, wasn’t available in any of the stores near where I work I settled on seeking out NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.
140819 Space NK bag

 

On arrival at the store I was quickly approached by an assistant who was happy to stop what she was doing to pay me full attention. She asked me several questions to help me select the best type of foundation for my skin. She then colour matched the foundation and took time to explain the best way to apply the foundation applying it fully for me so that I didn’t have to make a judgement just on a patch test. Once I’d decided on a shade (Sante Fe) I asked whether there was anything else that I should consider buying from the range once pay-day comes. she gladly demonstrated a complementary concealer. To finish off  she kindly noted down the shades of the products she had demonstrated for future use. I didn’t for a moment feel hurried or pressurised to buy and I certainly didn’t feel judged. I love the shop and can’t wait to buy try more brands and products when my budget allows.

NARS 140819

So, what do I think of the foundation? Well, I love it of course, but there’s more to say. I’d read recommendations and tried out the product in the store but I’d forgotten all about the pump issue. What pump issue is that then? It’s the one where there isn’t a pump dispenser on the foundation bottle. I know there was one on the bottle that was demonstrated in Space NK. So I looked it up on-line. They’re sold separately – a bit annoying and another £3. Not a lot you say but till an extra 10% on the price just so you can dispense the right amount of product. Then you see that they’re really difficult to get hold of – but I guess I can get one on-line and wait a few days but what’s this? Once you put the pump on the bottle the lid doesn’t fit???? NARS really? Sure;ly you can do better than this? But if you can’t – then you’ll have to forgive me but I’ll be looking out for a substitute brand that delivers on all aspects.

140819 NARS Foundation

Forgetting the packaging issue the foundation itself is perfect for me. It smooths on easily with the finger tips. No, not with a brush, it’s recommended that you apply a small amount to the skin with your fingers so that it warms the product. You can touch up with a brush if you like. It blended into my skin easilyand didn’t look cakey or sit in my lines and wrinkles. It felt smooth to the touch,  not greasy and I loved how it looked. It lasted well through the day too. It costs a not too outrageous £31.00 here.

So NARS I’m loving what you do – but could your just try a bit harder?

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August 19, 2014 · 10:20 pm