There was a real buzz at the Sanderson Hotel for the launch of GOSH New Products for Autumn/Winter 2014.  The colours are vivid and the products oh so wantable!

There was a real buzz on Tuesday night in the billiard room with it’s quirky brightly coloured decor. We didn’t take long to get stuck in getting up close and personal with the products.

Blogger love

Blogger love

There was so much to take in. The most striking images were of the GOSH 9 Shades Eye Pallettes. There are 3 sets, called To Enjoy in New York, To Have Fun with in LA and the striking To Play with in Vegas. I was lucky enough to bring the Vegas one home with me.

To Play With In Vegas

To Play With In Vegas

I’d like to think I was brave enough to wear these colours to work but I’m not sure that the office could cope! There were some great display shots of what could be achieved!

GOSH shadow display

GOSH shadow display

While we sipped on a chilled glass of prosecco we struggled with the heat. But were intrigued enough to persevere and view everything and there was a lot to see.

The GOSH Mineral Powder, the Velvet Touch Lipsticks and the Giant Blushes. The blush I brought home is in Pink Parfait and although it looks very bright in the stick it blends well and I loved how it looked as part of my “office face”.

Giant Blushes

Giant Blushes

There were new mascaras to try, the Crazy Volume and Double Precision mascaras offered two new ways of making lashes look great. I’m looking forward to trying the Double Precision with its 2 brushes large and small for upper and lower lash precision. There’s also a defining brow gel that come in 3 shades. Mine is in Brown/Grey and I’m looking forward to seeing if this is the answer to my challenging brows.

Crazy Volume Mascara

Crazy Volume Mascara

Double Precision Mascara

Double Precision Mascara

I was lucky enough to have my nails painted in Million Stars a glossy grey sparkly number and to bring home 2 more shades Night Sky and Stardust.

Million Stars

Million Stars



There are 5 shades in the range Stardust, Milky Way, Moonlight, Million Star and Night Sky.

Nail lacquers

Nail lacquers

They say “This Fall amp up your look with on-trend statement brows, colour kissed cheeks and luminous flawless skin with lots of fabulous new GOSH products that bring out your inner make up artist.”

I say this is a great affordable range that’s  available in store (Superdrug) from 30 July. I’ll be trialling the products and you can be sure to see reviews of the individual products here soon.

Thank you GOSH for a lovely evening!


July 31, 2014 · 10:27 pm

July 2014 – Empties

Just a few items used up this month but they’re all goodies!

Rituals Zensation Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel Sensation


Rituals Zensation

So sad this one is all gone! It’s really the best feeling and the best scent I’ve ever had from a shower gel. And it’s really made my skin feel great! There is a full review here it costs £8.50 here.

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil

rose otto face oil

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil


You might remember that when I went to a Balance Me Bloggers Event a couple of weeks ago I was prescribed this oil specifically for my type of skin after I had a face scan. Sadly I’ve used up my sample as I’ve been using it every night since. I’ve reviewed the product here and you can buy the full 30 ml size here for £32.00.

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation


Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation

I’m really missing using this Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation especially during the hot weather. It always felt fresh and never tacky and it lasted really well. I’ve reviewed this before here if you want to read more. Alternatively you can buy it here. If you’re quick it’s on offer for £40.50

Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara

Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara


I’ve reviewed this beautiful Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara already hereI’m trying so hard not to repurchase yet and to use up another mascara that I have but each day I’m disappointed that I can’t get the same effect as I got from my lovely Dior New Look. I have to say that as payday approaches I feel more and more certain that I won’t be able to resist and I’ll be buying this again.

It costs £24.50 here.

Sleek MakeUP Brow Stylist 

Sleek MakeUP Brow Stylist

I feel like I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect brow product. This Sleek MakeUP Brow Stylist comes close. Yes, there are better matches for my brow colour but they’re all either very expensive or difficult to apply on the go so this one is now my staple and I’ve already repurchased. The liner is shaped so that you can outline with the thin side and fill in with the broad side. If you need to tidy them up a bit there’s a handy brush on the other end. I really don’t have any time for pencils that you have to sharpen and so this twist up pencil is all I need.

It costs just £5.99 here.


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July 28, 2014 · 8:49 pm

Moroccan Oil Shampoo, Conditioner & Treatment – Review

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There’s always a new argan oil based product coming out these days and most of us have tried one or two but Moroccan Oil is one of the best known brands but oddly enough I’d never tried any of their products until now.

I was sent a set of travel size products by the lovely @Jadeelliott85 and I couldn’t wait to try them out! The set contained Hydrating Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner and Moroccan Oil Treatment.

Hydrating Shampoo – This was such a rich creamy product that I had to stop applying it and check that I hadn’t picked up the conditioner by mistake! There was no mistake this shampoo has a really luxurious formula and left my hair feeling really nourished. The scent of all the products is so lovely it’s almost edible.

Hydrating Conditioner – Again a really luxurious product with a rich, creamy formula. It left my hair feeling feeling strong and shiny, everything I need from a conditioner.

Moroccan Oil Treatment – I was wondering – why I’d need a treatment with the shampoo and conditioner being so effective. Well the directions suggested that it protects as well as being a great finishing product during styling. I used it on the drier ends of my hair and also to smooth down a few ends. It really was the finishing touch.

If you’d like to try these products you can buy the Morroccan Oil Mini Box here for £18.65 with free delivery. I know you’ll love it just as much as me. Do let me know what you think in the comments box below.


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July 26, 2014 · 4:12 pm

Beauty News, Offers & Discounts Issue 28

Today I’ve found some lovely offers for you from some of my favourite brands!

You can save 15% when you spend £50 this weekend at Beauty Expert

Code: SS5015

Valid Until: 30/07/2014

You could use the  discount to get money off Pai  Rosehip Kits

Pai Rosehip Kits

There’s 10% off Tangle Angel too!
Code: 10TA
Valid Until: 29/07/2014

Tangle Angel

And there’s 10% off Tanning

Code: TAN10
Valid Until: 29/07/2014

New in at John Lewis is the fabulous Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream


They also have GHD Limited Edition Breast Cancer Straightening Irons
Support Breakthrough Breast Cancer with the latest limited edition from the ghd bird of paradise collection. £10 will be donated with every ghd V coral styler sold.

GHD Limited Edition Breast Cancer Straightening Irons

And there’s still a few days to go before I choose a winner for my giveaway – a lovely prize from Oqibo! All the details are here.


Have a fabulous weekend and let me know what bargains you get in the comments below!

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July 25, 2014 · 9:40 pm

Vichy Normaderm – Reviews

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts – and I hope you have – you’ll know that I’ve been trialling some products from the Vichy Normaderm range. If you missed it you can read the post here.

I’ve been trying  out the 3 step process day and night for 7 days using the  Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel, Purifying Pore-tightening Lotion and Global Anti-imperfection Hydrating Care each morning and using the same cleanse and tone products at night but substituting the Night Detox Anti-imperfection Clarifying Care for the Global at night. I haven’t tried the 3 in 1 cleanser + scrub + mask yet but when I do you’ll be the first to know.

Vichy Products

Vichy Normaderm Range

So one week on – how is my skin doing? Well I’m pretty pleased over all. To be fair, I don’t  have blemish prone skin so I can’t really say how well the spot clearing elements of the products work but as a cleanse tone and moisturise regime I’m pretty impressed.   Here’s what I thought of the individual products.

Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

This is a really practical pump dispenser that you can keep by the bathroom sink for all the family to use – if you don’t mind sharing your precious Vichy with them. It makes your skin feel really clean without feeling dry or tight.

Purifying Pore-tightening Lotion

In general I’d stopped using toner, which is what this is essentially, but I don’t know why. Using this lotion was almost like double cleansing and I was reminded that even after using a super purifying gel you can still see some dirt on the cotton wool pad when you use a toner. It also tightened up pores but again without making my skin feel tight.

Global Anti-imperfection Hydrating Care

This is a lovely moisturising lotion with no parabens and was perfectly pleasant to use. I do prefer to use a moisturiser with an SPF and also some firming action but this wasn’t the purpose of this product which in the main is to address imperfections.

Night Detox Anti-imperfection Clarifying Care

This is the newest product in the range. It certainly hydrated my skin overnight and helped me to avoid the pillow lines that I tend to get when I don’t use a night cream. I was a little surprised to feel that my skin was slightly greasy to the touch when I woke but of course this was soon sorted when I used the Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel and started the process all over again.

A great range from Vichy.





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July 24, 2014 · 9:47 pm

Beauty News, Offers & Discounts Issue 27

1. Crabtree & Evelyn Sale

Crabtree & Evelyn Sale

The Crabtree & Evelyn sale will soon be over so get in quick to get the best savings of up to 70% off on items like La Source Hand Wash 250ml for £5.00 (was £15.99), Spring Rain Bath & Shower Gel 500ml for £10.00 (was £20.00) and English Honey and Peach Blossom Body Butter 250g for £6.60 (was £22.00). Take a look here for all these and more!


2. Kerastase Sale – Save up to 50%

Kerastase Sale - Everything

Kerastase Sale

All Beauty have a sale of Kerastase hair products with savings up to 50% here!


3. Save up to 40% off Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

Also at All Beauty there are savings of up to 40% off Giorgio Armani here. Valid until midnight 27/07/14.

4.  Up to 65% off Elizabeth Arden Ceramide

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide

Get up to 65% off Elizabeth Arden Ceramide products when you choose from the selection here. While stocks last. Ends 27/07/14

5. Code for 20% off Nails Inc.

20% Off All nailsinc Use Voucher NAILSINC20

20% Off All nailsinc

One for all you nail polish addicts! There’s 20% off all nailsinc at All Beauty here when you quote NAILSINC20. While Stocks Last. Ends 27/07/14

6. Giveaway with Oqibo!

Finally a reminder to you all to enter to win with Oqibo to celebrate my reaching 1000 Twitter followers. All the details on how to win are here. One lucky follower with receive an Oqibo Green Tea and Passionfruit Candle, a deluxe sample pack of the whole Oqibo skincare range and a £10 voucher valid for 6 months!

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Oqibo giveaway

Hope you find yourself some bargains and good luck with the giveaway!




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July 21, 2014 · 9:40 pm

Pixi Flawless & Poreless and Eyebright Liner – Reviews

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Flawless & Poreless and Eye Bright Liner by Pixi

Pixi is a brand that I hadn’t heard of until I started blogging, and still until now after 6 months of blogging I hadn’t tried any of their products! Well silly me! I’ve started to find out what I’ve been missing by trying out two products* – Pixi Flawless & Poreless No.1 Translucent and Pixi Eye Bright Liner – No.1 Nude.

Pixi Flawless & Poreless No.1 Translucent is a primer that “smoothes out fine lines and hydrates to soften pore appearance. Creating a flawless canvas for make-up application, this primer contains nourishing ingredients that clear and unblock pores.”

I tried this for the first time during the heatwave and so this was a real test for the product. It went on smoothly giving a smooth semi-matte finish. It felt good but I was worried that the humidity and heat would mean that the product wouldn’t be able to sustain it’s claim that it would help make-up stay in place longer. I should have trusted. Despite several hours in a bar and then a restaurant, when I arrived home my make-up was still in place. Well done Pixi!

It costs £20.50 here with free delivery and if you’re quick you can get a free gift with 2 purchases.

Pixi Eye Bright Liner – No.1 Nude is “designed for use on the lower inner rim of the eye to give eyes a wide eyed effect. Enhancing the white of your eyes, this waterproof liner offers precise application. In a nude flesh toned colour to give the illusion of larger, brighter and awakened eyes. Perfect for days when your tired and lacking lustre.”

I’ve never tried a product like this before and it’s fair to say that I’ve never felt the need to either. Still I’m not averse to trying new things. I love the look of the products such a cute colour and branding – they’ve given a real fresh look to my make-up bag. Anyway, back to the product, I applied the liner to my inner lower lash line and it gave a subtle lightening effect to my eyes. It didn’t make a huge difference but I’d say it enhanced the effect of my other eye products.

It costs £10.50 here and as above there’s free delivery and a free gift with 2 purchases.

Is Pixi a brand you’ve tried before? I’d love to hear your comments and experiences below.


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July 19, 2014 · 1:43 pm

Beauty News from Vichy

Vichy Products

Vichy Normaderm Range

I’ve just taken delivery of some really interesting Vichy products. Left to right these are:

  • Global anti-imperfection hydrating care
  • Deep cleansing purifying gel
  • 3 in 1 cleanser + scrub + mask
  • Purifying pore-tightening lotion
  • Night Detox anti-imperfection clarifying care.

Vichy have produced this range to provide a a 3 step, around the clock routine to target adult blemishes that can be used every day and night.

1. Cleanse – using cleansing purifying gel £11.50 for 200ml

2. 24H Care Treatment – Day: Hydrating Care £13.50 for 50ml Night Detox £15. 50  40ml

3. Target Care – Hyaluspot (not pictured) – £10.50 for 15ml

The new product here is the Night Detox which they say is night care that’s able to transform the morning of oily skin. Powered by a revolutionary double edged technology it detoxes and purifies.

I’ll be trialing some of the pictured products over the next couple of weeks so do look out for reviews here.

Products are available from larger Boots stores and online at http://www.boots.com

If you’ve tried any of these I’d love to know what results you’ve had.





July 17, 2014 · 5:31 pm

Pegasus Beauty Showcase

I was very lucky to be invited to the annual Pegasus Beauty Showcase for the first time this week. They chose the very glamorous Westbury Hotel  in Mayfair to stage the showcase and I was super excited to see what they had in store for me there. It’s safe to say that I wasn’t disappointed. When I arrived at the Gallery I was offered a glass of Prosecco – always nice at the end of a long working day. The room was buzzing with press and brands.

Pegasus Beauty Showcase July 2014

Pegasus Beauty Showcase  – The Westbury Hotel

There were so many amazing brands there. Some that were household names and some that I knew nothing about. They included :

Trilogy, Witch Skin Care, Dr Organic, Temple Spa, The Harley Medical Group, Jivesse, Rapid White, Bio-Oil, Avene, A-Derma, Lloyds Pharmacy, Holland & Barrett, Viviscal, Colladeen Visage, Chapstick, Soft & Gentle, Cuticura, Collection, Homedics, Rokit, Elle Macpherson, Micropedi and Australian Bodycare.

The first thing that caught my eye was the Christmas tree piled with Christmas Gifts sets from a variety of brands. It seemed a bit odd with it being around 25 degrees in the blazing July sunshine outside but brands need to plan well ahead.

It's Christmas in July!

It’s Christmas in July!

While I was looking at the tree I got talking to two lovely ladies from Australian Bodycare who have just launched their new Cleansing Face Mask and Any Time Balm. What came over about the brand was that it’s for all the family and one product can have many uses. I loved the fact that it was such an all round feel good range of products.

I moved onto talk to the representative from Collection. This was the brand that I wanted to find out more about having recently tried some of their nail polishes ( I wrote a review here) and a brow kit. There I heard about three exciting new launches. These were the NEW Big Fake Curves Mascara, Heroes Lasting Colour Gel Nail Polishes (I had my nails painted with the shade Daredevil see pic below), and the Little Mix All About The Eyes pallette and Lip Balms.


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Heroes Lasting Gel Nail Polish – Daredevil

I then went across to the Trilogy stand. A brand I was aware of but knew very little about. As well as learning about their Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ and the Trilogy Age Proof Hydra-Tone Softening Lotion I learned the difference between the terms Natural, Certified Natural and Organic. Trilogy products are certified natural and this is a reassuring aspect of their brand.

I was then attracted to the Harley Medical Group’s Skin Care Range – not because I’m interested in surgery (although I surely need it!) but because I saw that they had some products that might address some of my skin issues.

My last stop of the evening was to the Jivesse stand where I heard about their collagen products and had a shot of their  Marine & Collagen Herb Elixir.



When the time came to say good bye I found that the event had been so busy that they’d run out of press packs. I’ve been promised that all the info and samples will be on it’s way in  the post – so when it does I’ll be able to add more info here and review some of the products.

Such an informative evening. Thanks to Pegasus PR and all the lovely people I met there!


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July 12, 2014 · 1:49 pm

Celebrate with Strand On Beauty & Oqibo – 1000 Twitter Follower Giveaway!

To celebrate passing 1000 Twitter followers and 150 Bloglovin’ followers I’ve got together with Oqibo for a giveaway!

One lucky follower with receive an Oqibo Green Tea and Passionfruit Candle, a deluxe sample pack of the whole Oqibo skincare range and a £10 voucher valid for 6 months!

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I just can’t believe that in less than 6 months so many of you have taken time out to read my Tweets and posts and what’s more follow me!  I wanted to share my celebrations with you and the lovely people from Oqibo want to join in too!

If you haven’t heard about this fantastic brand. Their story is very simple, they make great skin care products that celebrate how remarkable you are. Their mission: Happy. Remarkable. You.  Their message can be summed up in one word: Celebration.

They want people to celebrate who they are and not feel ashamed of who they are. To celebrate their diversity rather than fitting in to the unreal demands of the beauty industry. They want to celebrate the remarkableness of you and of me. They want to celebrate that spark known as the human spirit. They use photos of real and authentic people – their customers. All of these values are why I love this brand and why I’d like you to celebrate with us! You can find out more about them and their products and shop here.

The giveaway closed at midnight on 31 July 2014. Look out for more giveaways soon!



July 11, 2014 · 12:00 pm