Suppose.com



For all you bargain lovers - make sure you check out Suppose.com -  a new website which allows you to find great bargains. I hadn't heard of them since they got in touch to see if I'd be interested in trying out the Joseph Joseph Elevate Kitchen Utensils set which they had on their site for £23 instead of the usual £37.01 it normally is online.... and I haven't been able to stop searching on their since! Such a great place to be part of especially at this time of year with some fab bargains to be had (and while you're there, I'd definitely recommend the set - my favourite feature is the fact they stand up by themselves, never having to touch the work surface!) 



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Super Gorgeous October

If you'd to join in with this month's Super Gorgeous photo challenge it's as simple as this.....!


Screenshot this image and post it to your instagram / Twitter / blog.... or wherever it is that you'd like to be doing the challenge. Tag some friends to play too - the more playing, the merrier!
Make sure to use the hashtag #SuperGorgeousBlog so everyone else playing along can look at, and support your photos.
Don't worry if you miss a day or even a few - this is meant to be fun, not a chore! If you want to do just a handful of days.... do it!
Most of all... HAVE FUN!

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Babyfoot

WARNING! DO NOT READ IF YOU GET GROSSED OUT BY FEET!

I first heard of Babyfoot in a magazine, I think Allure - telling me that it was a product which makes your feet peel, and you are left with feet like a baby's. I was so intrigued that I had to check it out for myself. Amazon sells it over here, but always one for a bargain, I bought mine from China via eBay for £3 or something silly. When it arrived the packaging wasn't the same, so I'm guessing that this one is an imitation, but because I don't speak Chinese (if that's the language that's written on the box!) I can't tell for sure!


Due to my language downfalls, I had to google the instructions for actual Babyfoot, which I followed for this. Inside the box is two plastic sock-type things which have a liquid in the bottom which I'm guessing is some kind of acid. You put one foot in each, seal them with the sticky tabs provided, slip some socks on and leave them on for 3 hours. It was hard to stay stationary for such a long time - walking proved... squelchy... although not impossible! After the 3 hours I removed the socks, gave my feet a rinse, and waited for the magic to happen.



The next morning, the soles of my feet felt really tight - as if the top layer of skin had lifted off and was going hard and pulling... but as the week went on and nothing happened, I assumed nothing was going to happen and I'd bought a dud. Then this happened....


This was just the start. This continued for about 10 days - great timing huh!? My feet looked absolutely gross in sandals, and I had to buy little tights-like socks to wear with pumps which wasn't ideal considering it started just as the London heatwave did! Maybe it was naive of me, but I hadn't anticipated just how much peeling there would be! I could grab at a peeling bit and the skin would come off in a big sheet! 10 days after the initial peeling started, I started to get desperate for it to all be over and I pulled off everything that I could, then washed and scrubbed my feet with a pumice stone - I needed to be wearing sandals again!


Sorry, I realise this is absolutely vile!

Even now, 3 weeks after I first used Babyfoot, there is still some skin to come off that clearly isn't ready yet... I can tell because of how tanned my feet were before! Every area of skin has been affected - from in between and the tops of my toes to the sides of my nails, the heel, top of the foot - alllll of it! And my skin is very soft and lovely. Although it's a strange experience, that everyone else around me had to suffer with by looking at my peeling feet, I would definitely do it again - although next time not in the middle of summer!


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Too Faced Better Than Sex & Chocolate Event

Last week I was invited to Mixology in Shoreditch, by Too Faced Cosmetics for a spot of cocktail making in honour of their Better Than Sex and Chocolate event.

I had never attempted making a single cocktail before, so I was very excited to be turning my hand to the other side of the bar! Mixology is a hidden gem... it looks like a standard office door from the outside, but the other side of the door reveals a bar for the 'teacher', and three other bars set up for the 'students', filled with everything you could possibly want for a cocktail - bottles upon bottles of alcohol, mixers and garnish.... and for this event, lots and lots of chocolate!

Too Faced uses cocoa powder in some of its products (HELLO CHOCOLATE BAR PALETTE!) - which give off a gorgeous aroma, hence the theme of the event (plus the sex part is thanks to their new mascara - Better Than Sex!), so we were making chocolate cocktails all evening. There was a small group of bloggers who split into teams of three - I was with the lovely Laura of LauraLouMakeup and Zoe Newlove and together we were an awesome trio!

In total, our mixologist taught us how to make four different chocolate based cocktails -from a chocolate, tequilla and chilli tipple, to, my favourite of the evening - the white russian. At the end of the event each team was challenged to create their own chocolate based creation - we came up with It's Not Terry's - It's Mine, a chocolate orange cocktail which was gorgeous even if I do say so myself... and we went on to win!

We left a little wobbly after so many different concoctions, and loaded with Too Faced Goodies - reviews will be coming soon - if anyone would desperately like a review and swatches of anything in particular first, please let me know!







Annie of Epiphanniea contemplating which of the Melted Liquified Lips to try first



Zoe Newlove giving her cocktail a good old shake!




With our winning creation!


Can't wait to get started on all these!

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Super Gorgeous August!

The monthly instagram photo challenges are still going strong! Here are the themes for August....




It's pretty simple to join in - all you need to do is post this image on your own Instagram... if you'd like, tag some friends to join in too - the more people that play, the more fun it is!

Each day of August, post a photo representing the theme for that day - each theme can be interpreted however you wish... and don't worry if you miss a day - this is meant to be fun, not a chore!

Please make sure you tag your photos with #SuperGorgeousBlog so we can all see each others photos.

Enjoy, and good luck!
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Louboutin Beaute

On Friday morning I went to to the launch event for the hotly anticipated Louboutin Beaute at the stunning Ham Yard Hotel. Initially, the range will consist of nail polish - and we had hints that there may be other products to come later down the line, although it was all very hush hush!

Christian Louboutin is most famously known for the trademark red sole of the shoes he creates. The idea of the red sole actually came about because of red nail polish - his assistant was painting her nails red at her desk, and, thinking something had been missing from the prototype of the shoe he'd designed, he grabbed it from her and began painting the sole of his shoe, and love the results. He says "The red sole was born from red nail polish. I am giving back to nails what the shoe took from the nails many years ago."

The nail polishes, are rather pricey at £36 a bottle, but being Louboutin, you would expect that. You'd also expect that it would be a gorgeous creation - which is definitely is, both aesthetically and performance-wise. When I first saw the displays of polish at the event, I must admit, my initial thought was 'how the hell do you store that!?', but actually, the bottles have been designed to be a piece of art - to have proudly on display. The glass looks like a precious stone floating in a block of fine crystal, and the handle on the lid is long.... very long, replicating the heel of one of his shoes.

The first polish to be released went on sale on Thursday, and by Friday had sold out worldwide. It is Rouge Louboutin - the signature red colour of the sole of the shoe, with a longer handle than the other shades set to come later in the year. This handle is the exact same height as the Ballerina Ultima shoe designed by Christian. The other difference with this bottle is that it has an ombre black bottom to the bottle, the idea being that people instantly think of the shoe.

Rouge Louboutin polishes alongside the Ballerina Ultima shoe, on a 'Loubiville' display

The Ballerina Ultima shoe.... look at that heel!

There were manicurists on hand to show us exactly what it looks like on the nails. I asked the lovely lady doing mine how it was to hold with a handle that size - she said it felt like she was writing, and was really easy to paint with. The colour was so rich and opaque after just one coat, and extremely glossy too. Traditional laquer (used on the shoes) is 20 layers of paint - Christian Louboutin wanted to create the same effect in just two coats, and I think he's managed it.






The rest of the nail polish range will launch in September and is an array of colours that were inspired by fashion. Christian and his team worked with leather samples to create the perfect colour palette then reworked them to compliment different skin tones. They all have the names of one of his shoes.

These are The Noirs -  made up of blacks, and rich, dark, intense shades topped with a gunmetal cap.



The Nudes, are, as the name would suggest, varying nude and pale shades topped with a rose-gold cap.


 And last but not least, The Pops - gorgeous, bright colourful shades topped with a silver cap.




I can honestly say there's not a shade in the entire collection that I wouldn't wear. If only my bank balance would allow!




There will also being a range of shoes, inspired by the Beaute collection which will be coming out - you can see in the bottom corner of the photo above this one the shoes with a nail-like design on them, and in the photo above, a hand print with the signature red polish. Another one I wish my bank balance would allow for!

The polishes are on sale at Christian Louboutin stores and select fashion partners, however they will be found in the shoe section, rather than beauty. You can grab Rouge Louboutin in the UK from their website (once it's back in stock!)


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My Work: Bars and Melody - Hopeful

If you watched this year's Britains Got Talent, you will definitely remember Bars and Melody - Simon Cowell's golden buzzer boys. They may not have won the show, but they definitely came away as stars, and signed a deal with Syco. I have worked with the boys since they first got together, and have enjoyed every step of their journey.

Today, their first single, Hopeful, is released - Leondre wrote the lyrics himself after being bullied, and the song has touched so many hearts of children being bullied, to parents - and is really making a difference to peoples lives - I receive so many emails telling me how the song has helped someone stand up to their bully, and it has stopped, or they've told their parents.... I am so proud of what they have both achieved.

I am so excited to share their music video which I was make up artist on, and a behind the scenes video too where you can see the fun and games we had on the day.

 




As I write this, they are sitting at number 4 in the iTunes singles chart, and the EP at number 2! On release day! If you would like to download the single, it costs just 99p and is available by clicking here.
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