RMK Vintage Sweets Makeover


On Thursday I headed over to Selfridges for a facial and makeover. I’d been invited to a VIP session with RMK.  I always love an excuse to visit Selfridges beauty hall, it’s such a vibrant place and always makes me feel spendy! Of course I was also curious to learn more about this Japanese cosmetics brand.

Selfridges3RMK8After a long day at work and a hurried walk up Oxford Street I was so glad to be greeted by the lovely team from RMK. I was treated to a relaxing facial using some of  RMK’s hero products and then to a full makeover by Tatsuya Kaneko their leading makeup artist from Tokyo using the latest SS collection – Vintage Sweets.


The facial began with removing my make-up and then cleansing my skin with RMK products including their Cleansing Balm. This cleanser comes in a solid balm that melts into a silky liquid when applied to the face. Wing showed me how to scoop a little of the balm onto the back of your hand so that it starts to transform into a liquid before applying it to the face. She told me that each night she cleanses with this super rose scented balm and has a mini facial and winds down from the day. It contains Grape Seed, Jojoba and Avocado oils for their moisturising properties and it removes all traces of make-up including mascara.

Once my face was clean and I felt totally relaxed I was introduced to Tatsuya. He seemed up for the challenge of using the Vintage Sweets collection on me to create a look that would both show off the products and give me a chic look that was age appropriate.

The concept of the range is based on a Victorian or Edwardian afternoon tea. The colours and the scents of the products reflect this with lip glosses smelling like maple syrup and butterscotch for example.

The products that I used were kindly noted for me:

Jasmine Herb Mist – to moisturise the skin before make-up

Creamy Polished Base – this is a light emulsion-like makeup base  or primer

Control Colour UV –  a skin tone correction fluid that neutralises unwanted colour tone.

Super Basic Concealer Pact two concealers in different tones and the Super Basic Powder in one compact.

Creamy Foundation – creates a natural dewy finish and hydrates skin with its high water-retention oil formula.

Face Colour – This four-shade face colour has a delicate scent of black tea.

Ingenious Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner - The unique formula is a blend of different waxes and compounds.

W Colour Mascara –  A double headed mascaras with two different shades, for upper and bottom lashes.

Powder Eyebrow - An eyebrow powder compact with three powders to complement your hair colour and make-up.

Vintage Candy Cheeks – A two-shade cheek colour for soft, glowing skin.

Vintage Drop Gloss – With scents of Rose, Maple Syrup, Cassis or Butter Scotch.

So you’ll see that it took a whole lot of products to make me look like this. I’m not too keen on sharing my pictures generally but I thought it would be ungrateful not to share with you what a great job Tatsuya did on me.


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The products are on sale at the RMK concession in Selfridges and I know you’ll love them. I enjoyed my time there so much and I know that you will too.

It’s been lovely getting to know this brand and I’m looking forward to trying out more of the products soon and sharing reviews with you here.

Have you tried RMK? Or have you discovered any new brands lately? Do share your thought with me.




Strand On Beauty’s 1st Blog Birthday Giveaway!

It’s time for me to say all those things that people say when they reach a milestone in their blogging “journey”. First though I want to say thank you!

I really can’t believe how much I’ve achieved this year. I started out just taking a look at WordPress to see what the fuss was about. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a beauty blogger! Now a year on I’ve posted almost 200 times and have almost 3000 followers across all social mediaplatforms!

I’ve been humbled by how each one of those followers has taken the time to follow me, tweet, comment on, and share the things I post. I’ve made so many friends and met some of you at events. I’ve worked with brands and PR that have all taken the time to welcome me into this lovely community and I can’t really remember how life was before Strand On Beauty was launched!

The Giveaway

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So this is why you’re here – to find out how to win this gorgeous prize worth over £90! Here’s what I’ve chosen for you:

DHC Liquid Eyeliner in Black 

DHC is one of the new brands that I’ve discovered this year. Read more here.

They say:

Define your eyes like an expert with the DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX, an intensely black, gentle brush-tip applicator pen. This easy-to-use, long-lasting and smudge-proof eyeliner pen dispenses just the right amount of liner to create any look, from a bold cat-eye flick to a sleek line for elegant definition. The fine brush nib ensures precise application, whilst the water-resistant formula will keep your look intact throughout your day. Quick-drying formula.

Givenchy Le Prisme in Couture Beige

A iconic cosmetic brand that I want to experience more of. One of the first fragrances I bought as a teenager was from Givenchy.

They say:

The Le Prisme Yeux Mono Compact is unique in the world of eye shadow thanks to its clever combination of four different textures of the same shade in one convenient case, a true make-up revolution! This delightful presentation of textures range from matte to glittery, sheer to pearlescent to ensure you can create a range of beautiful looks and the eyes of your dreams.

Daniel Sandler Water Colour Blush in Angel 

I’ve given up using any other blusher! Read more here.

They say:

The cult Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blusher was created for those who want a gorgeous, natural flush that is easy to apply and lasts all day. Whereas some cream formulas wear away too soon, and some liquid or gel stains dry quickly and are a nightmare to blend, the silicone-based Watercolour Blush is a dream to apply and lasts forever. The buildable fluid gives skin a dewy glow, and is available in a range of divine shades to suit all skin tones.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in Petal Shimmer 

This classy brand never disappoints. Always want to buy more than I can afford!

They say:

Get fuller, more irresistible lips with this gorgeously sweet, melting gel formulation. It nourishes, repairs and protects your lips whilst giving their natural colour a boost with a shimmering touch. Protect them from free radicals and environmental aggressors so that they become more kissable day by day.

Dior Show New Look Mascara in Black

Did I save the best till last? Well you can be the judge if you’re the winner. Here’s more.

The new prodigious mascara with volume enhancer action, lash by lash. An exclusive nano-brush captures and coats every single lash, even the tiniest ones.

A Lash Multiplier TM serum treatment formula thickens, separates and extends the lashes for an infinitely multiple lash effect. Day by day,  a repaired and strengthened appearance is achieved for a fuller lash look.

How to enter

Entry is by Rafflecopter here. The giveaway is international. The closing date is 1 February 2015 at midnight. The winner will be contacted by e-mail and announced on Twitter. The winner will need to provide their address so entrant under 18 should have their parents permission to enter.

Good Luck!

If you can’t wait to try these beauties then they are all available to buy on Escentual.com


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Review – Zuzka Argenine Hydroxy Rejuvenating Cream

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Wow! Before I start to tell you anything about the brand, the product or the packaging or anything else I just have to say – I love how this Zuzka Argenine Hydroxy Rejuvenating Cream makes my skin look!

If you are a similar age to me you probably do that thing in the mirror where you use your fingers to lift the skin on your face to make it look tauter. Well once this cream is on, I don’t need to do that. I mean really and it’s pretty much instant! Now that blew me away! It isn’t really one of the product’s claims but that makes it all the more amazing. It’s one of the reasons why over time I’ve started to try products and then read the claims afterwards. Otherwise you see what you expect to see.

They say :

“A high performance cream containing Argenine Hydroxy, our exclusive ” Botanical Botox ” formula. Offering intense correction of wrinkles & expression lines & a relaxing anti inflammatory effect on tired, stressed looking skin.”

So now back to where I would normally begin – Zuzka Natural Beauty is the creation of Susan Kohutova a qualified Beauty Specialist & Registered Medical Herbalist.

This range of natural cosmetics is free from harsh detergents and synthetic ingredients. Studying Medical Herbalism provided the in-depth knowledge of herbs, plants and flowers needed to create a cosmetic range that utilises precious natural ingredients to their best  potential. Only certified organic herbs, plants & flowers free from pesticides & chemicals are used in Zuzka cosmetics.

So what was my experience of trialling this product? Well, to be honest I didn’t want to like the product. It wasn’t a brand I’d heard of and it came to me in a sample size so I wasn’t sure that I liked the packaging. Then I didn’t really like how it smelt or how it applied. It sinks in and dries quickly which I wasn’t expecting. I know you probably think I’m being fussy but I try a lot of products and I know what I like. Then as I put on the rest of my beauty products (I used this as a serum substitute under my usual moisturiser) I noticed the effect on my skin. I did the lifting skin-tautening test and – well = I was sold! That was on the first use! So I don’t care about the smell – it fades anyway  – and I can see the full size packaging is lovely. Here’s a pic (the sample is in the photo above).

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Let’s face it – it’s the outcome that’s the real test of a product’s worth and this has exceeded all expectations. It costs £36.99 for a generous 50ml pot.

I have another product from Zuzka to review soon – and I have high hopes for it so keep your eyes peeled.

Have you heard of this brand or used it before? I’d love to hear what you think.


Review – Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel

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Ever on the hunt for products to make my eyebrows look natural but perfect (is that achievable?) I bought this little gem in Superdrug the other day. Over time I’ve started to use two products for my brows. One is the  Sleek Eyebrow Stylist which I’ve reviewed several times and is available here and the other is the GOSH Defining Brow GelBut when I went to replace them this Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow Gel caught my eye.

They say:

“Get perfectly groomed eyebrows in one easy, smooth application. Define, fill and fix your brows all day with a tint of colour. Dial up your brow look from natural to intense for a brow statement! The Long lasting formula also feels lightweight and comfortable on eyebrows all day long. Precision brush defines eyebrows evenly for perfected and defined eyebrow-look. Smudge proof, Fade Proof, stays fixed all day!”

So what did I think? It certainly stays on all day which is great as I do tend to touch my face a lot and find that other products wear off during the day. I bought this in Blonde and found that it was just the right shade and didn’t have any red tint to it. I do also use a pencil to fill in and extend my brows but for me this is a great base.

It’s a really good price at only £3.99 but it’s currently on offer for only £2.99! So if you fancy giving it a try the time is now!

Do you have fair or sparse brows? I’d love it if you’d share your tips with me for making them look fuller.


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Luscious Lip Looks for Valentine’s Day

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Christmas is over. New Year’s Resolutions have been made and broken. You’ve started the health kick and given up at the sight of the Cadbury’s Creme Eggs (even though there are only 5 in a box and the chocolate’s been americanised!). So it must be time to think about Valentine’s Day!

That’s right it’s time to pucker up and pout and give some thought to what kind of lipstick look to go for on the night. Will you go for romance or passion?

I thought that you might be looking for a bit of help in choosing a lip colour so I’ve taken a look at some luscious shades and textures from Collection.

Collection Work the Colour Lip Butter in Vintage Rose

Lip Butter Vintage Rose

This is a buttery soft moisturising formula. It’s a delicate romantic colour. Perfect for a night in with that special someone. Keep lips soft and hydrated with a burst of vibrant colour. It’ll  cost you just £2.50 here if you’re quick.

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Passion Fruit or Sweet Tart

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Just a little bolder – like  the beginnings of a blush are these two flirty shades. This is a creamy full pigmented shade that glides on like a dream. Experience the lip of luxury to take you from your every day look to femme fatale! They cost £2,50 currently here.

Collection Deluxe Lipstick in Silent Movie or Prohibition

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If you want full on passion and maximum pout power then these are the shades for you. These creamy lipsticks with a luxurious feel, not to mention a sweep of divine colour are a bargain at £3.99 here.

I’ve loved trying out all of these shades. They won’t break the bank and they’ll make you feel ready for anything. The rest is up to you!

Enjoy getting ready for Valentine’s! Share your success stories below if you dare!


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The products were gifted for review but the opinions are my own and not prescribed.

Review – Viktor & Rolf Bonbon

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Ever since I got my first sample of Viktor & Rolf Bonbon at a Debenham’s event (here) I have wanted more. It’s been on several wish lists, I’ve recommended it to everyone that would listen and tweeted about it endlessly.

This Christmas I finally got not just the perfume but a beautiful gift set. Thank you Safi! It’s taken me a while to write this post because there has been such a debate about whether it’s showing off to say what you had for Christmas or whether people like to be nosey. Anyway I’ve decided that as I’ve been writing about every single beauty item I’ve tried for almost a year it would be silly to leave out this one – because I just love it!

What they say:

“Bonbon is composed of sparkling, effervescent mandarin and orange slices – crystallized into crackling pieces of caramel wrapping succulent fruit. The sweetness of paradise peach accord flirts tenderly with supple caramel notes, clinging to the roundness of peach’s fleecy surface. Sun-filled jasmine is sustained by orange blossom whose sweet flavour clings to the soft smell of caramel. The fragrance flows languidly across the skin, as caramel would generously drip over an indulgent dessert. Finally, gaïc and cedar woods blend into the base note to achieve a surprising balance between smooth, creamy, milky sandalwood notes and the upright, stronger and darker notes of woody amber. The rich brown facets of the caramel accord are tenderly overcooked. Caramel characterises the scents evolution. From inception to completion, the caramel notes mature from a sharp, edible top note to softer and milkier in the middle then darkening to add depth to the base note.”

Now that is some description! I thought that was I was going to say about it was going to be effusive!

The thing is it smells sweet and warm and a bit like candy. I didn’t think about caramel until I read it but now I really feel that it is one of the main themes of the scent. I wear it every day and feel bad about all the other bottles of fragrance that are just sitting there waiting to be used – but I just can’t help myself.

The final element that I just love is the bottle! It’s the most gorgeous over the top bonbon shape. It’s girly, it’s classy and it’s adorable!

It was a gift so forgive me if I don’t look at how much it costs – but you can find Bonbon products here.

Oh and don’t blame me if you can’t stop wearing it once you’ve tried it!


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Oh Daniel You’re Making Me Blush! – Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushes – Review




Oh my goodness – what can I tell you about these blushes! These four little post of gorgeousness have very quickly become not only my favourite blushers but I couldn’t really entertain wearing any other type of blusher – not even another Daniel Sandler blusher.

Now let me rewind, it was only a few months back that I hadn’t heard of Daniel Sandler, I certainly hadn’t heard of water-colour blushes by Daniel or any other “lookie likey” brand. (More on that later). Then a dear friend that I met through blogging kindly sent me two gorgeous shades – Mayfair and Angel – and a specially designed Daniel Sandler Water Brush too.

The consistency is just as you would expect from watercolour – like watercolour paint – well a wash really. The pigment separates in the bottle a little so you shake it to mix and then you use just a drop on the brush and apply it. It paints on like a flush, the merest hint of blush, and then if you wish you can build up to a stronger look. I never do, I like the gentle look – like an airbrushed effect.

As I started to find out more about Daniel and really began to admire what he does as a make-up artist and a brand I started following him on Twitter and then Bam! the other day I won two more water-colour blushes. When they arrived they came beautifully wrapped with a personal handwritten note from Daniel! Not only that but they were two different shades Goddess and Spicey. Lovely!

You can find all Daniel’s products here. The water-colour blushes cost £15.50 here.

Oh and just to say that this Multi-award winning Watercolour fluid blusher contains Vitamin E and Jojoba. So don’t go for any replicas, no matter how little they cost, you’ll only be disappointed.

Have you tried Daniel Sandler products? I’d love to know which ones you’ve tried. Do comment below!

Review – Arnaud Hydra Absolu Re-plumping Serum

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I’ve only been using serum regularly since I’ve been blogging – so that’s less than a year.  Before then I wasn’t really sure what they were for and tended just to use moisturiser. As I’ve learned more from other bloggers and brands I’ve learned to layer products and it’s against that background that I’ve discovered the benefits of them.

I’m sure that you’re all used to me banging on about how much I love Vichy Aqualia Thermal. I’ve found that every time I try a new serum I compare it to this and feel the need to measure whether it’s better or worse than this favourite. I was really tempted to just buy it and accept that it’s the best one for me but when I went shopping locally it wasn’t available so I set my self the challenge of finding the best quality serum that I could find at the best price and this Arnaud Hydra Absolu Re-plumping Serum is the solution that I came up with.

I managed to find this beauty in TKMaxx. I find that their beauty offerings are a bit hit and miss and the locals do like to treat the store like it’s a jumble sale. So I was pleased to find this serum. It’s a brand that I have heard of before but it doesn’t seem to be widely available apart from at TKMaxx and on eBay. Still I haven’t let that put me off. Here’s what they say:

“Give your skin the care it deserves with the Hydra Absolute Re-plumping Serum. Works to brighten complexion, moisturise and stimulate skin to fight the signs of ageing.”

I’ve found that it’s keeping my skin feeling really soft and plumped and a pretty close match for the effects of the Vichy product. It doesn’t give me that “oh my god this feels so comforting!” feeling that I had when I first applied Vichy Aqualia Thermal but I think that for the price it’s a pretty good substitute. It’s available here for just £9.99! They say the RRP is £25.00 but I can’t find it anywhere else in the UK for less than £27.96 so I’m really chuffed!

Have you ever bought beauty products from TKMaxx? I’d love to hear what you bought.


What’s on my face? Take 2

Hazel 2014It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the products I use daily. Here’s an updated list. Some of the products are the same but I’ve found some new favourites along the way. Oh and by the way I’m not wearing all these products in the pic. This is just to remind you what my face looks like – haha!

1. La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel

2. Arnaud Hydra Absolute Re-plumping Serum

3. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra

4. DHC Velvet Skin Coat – Makeup Primer

5. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, Sante Fe

6. Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer

7. Sleek MakeUP Highlighter Palette Precious Metals

8. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

9.  Sleek MakeUP Brow Stylist

10. GOSH defining brow gel

11. Avon True Colour Eyeshadow Quad Purple Haze

12.  Gosh Double Precision Mascara

13. Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick Rose Pearl

So thirteen products – maybe this is my unlucky face. *rushes to add more products!*

Let me know if any of these are your favourites.


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Strand On Beauty Recommends – My favourite beauty finds of 2014

2014 recommendations

This year I’ve discovered some amazing products and as it’s the time of year when you reflect on the past I’ve decided to create a list of some of my favourites. Some are budget and some are high end and I’ve listed them in alphabetical order by product type.

Brow pencil – Sleek Eyebrow Stylist

Cleanser – DHC Pore Face Wash

Conditioner – Phyto Plage After Sun Recovery Mask 

Eye cream - Vichy Idealia Eyes 

Eyeshadow palette – W7 Naked Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Foundation – Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

Mascara – Dior Diorshow Multi-dimensional Volume & Treatment Mascara

Moisturiser – Clinique Super Defense SPF 20 Facial Moisturiser

Nail product – Leighton Denny Remove and Go Polish Remover 

Night cream – SkinPep® Collagen Renew – Growth Factor Night Cream

Primer – ARK Anti-Ageing Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer

Shampoo – PhytoPlage Rehydrating Shampoo

Toner – La Roche-Posay Serozinc