Four Reasons Repair Shampoo & Conditioner

Like me, you may not have heard of Four Reasons before. Although they are absolutely massive in Finland, the country they hail from, and have won Cosmopolitans Hair Care Product award in 2011, they have only just been launched in the UK and are are just beginning to emerge.

I was sent some products to try out from the brand, and today I'm going to talk to you about the Repair Shampoo & Conditioner.

The first thing that that I noticed about the products is the design - which I adore. It's funky and modern and I can see it being very eye-catching on the shelves. It plays on the 'Four Reasons' - giving lots of reasons all over the bottles! The green and white work really well together, giving a zesty, but not too bright, look to the packaging.

Once I got in the shower, I discovered the second thing I love about the packaging - I was expecting it to open like all other bottles that look like this, but looks are deceiving! When you push down the top, it disappears into the bottle, rather than each piece coming out at a slant (I do hope you know what I mean!?)... it's the quirky little points that are making me like the shampoo and conditioner before I'd even tried them.

The shampoo and conditioner have the scent of crisp green apples, which is lovely, and compliments the green on the packing nicely. It has that kind of 'professional hair brand' smell to it which is always a luxury when washing your hair.

I have very thick, highlighted hair, and lots of it... I had to use the same amount of product as I would with any normal shampoo and conditioner.

My hair didn't seem any shinier or more manageable after using these products - and for the £9.95 and £10.95 that these products cost, I would expect my hair to be a bit more 'wow'. Howevvvverrrrrrr.... I am a serial split-end-picker... when I'm bored, or watching tv, I will find a chunk of hair, detect the split ends and pull pull pull. I have definitely noticed that there seem to be less split ends for me to pull - particularly around the front of my hair which is most colour-treated since I started using the Repair Shampoo and Conditioner.

Although I'm pleased with the fact my hair has been repaired, I'm not sure I would buy these particular products again merely for the fact there's no big visible difference, and for that price, I would want an all-in package. I realise that these products have done what they've promised, and so I am very keen to try out some other of their shampoo & conditioners to see if they suit me better.

If you'd like to check out the range, you can do so by visiting

Had you heard of the brand before? Do you love the packaging as much as me!?


MAC Viva Glam Nicki

The latest Viva Glam offering from MAC is that of Nicki and Ricky. Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin. Nicki has this gorgeous pinky corally lipstick, and Ricky a lip conditioner.  As with all Viva Glam products, 100% of sales go to the AIDS foundation charity.

The new items are due to launch online this Friday in the UK, however I was sent a code by MAC for a pre-sale. I absolutely knew I would want this, so I ordered it straight away.

Nicki Minaj has designed a lipstick for MAC before, Pink Friday, which is very different from her Viva Glam Shade. Pink Friday is a very cool toned baby pink, while Viva Glam Nicki is a lot warmer, with yellow tones. It's also very different from the Viva Glam Gaga, the last pink in the Viva Glam range.

 It is almost coral in colour - I want to call it melon, even though I've never seen a melon that colour... do you know what I mean!? If you have seen the Vivienne Westwood perfume, Cheeky Alice, its exactly the same colour as the box!

It is fairly dry, but not matt. This definitely helps it to last on the lips - it's incredibly long lasting - I wore it out on Saturday night and where I would have normally reapplied my lipstick 3 times, I only needed to do it once in the same space of time.

It is very bright, but I love it. I think I will love it even more once I am tanned (at least, I hope I get a tan this year!) 

What do you think? Do you like it?

It's limited edition, only on sale for the next year, so I may buy another! 

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Nails of the Day - Nails Inc Baker Street

This is the nail varnish making waves across the press at the moment, as it's the very same nail polish that Beyonce Knowles wore on her first public appearance since having her daughter, baby Blue Ivy. I've spotted a few of the TOWIE girls wearing it too and I can see why. It's gorgeous!

Baker Street is one of the new shades from Nails Inc - an eye catching bright cobalt blue which I am in love with! I have a bit of a thing for blue nails and this has just zoomed to the top of my list!

The polish is really bold and bright from the first coat. It is a little streaky with just one, but with two coats it is lovely and opaque and glossy.

It reminds me a bit of the hard to find AWOL by Topshop but this is richer and deeper and somehow a bit yummier!

What do you think of blue nails? Do you like Baker Street!?


FashionistA Double Take Long Wear Lipstick: Red Carpet & Coral

FashionistA is one of the brands sold at Superdrug which has a lot of really good items at great prices. Katie Jane Hughes did the make up for the recent PPQ show at London Fashion Week using FashionistA products - if it's good enough for LFW then it's good enough for me!

One of their products is the Double Take Long Wear lipstick. It comes in a metallic red tube, which is quite high-street, but eye catching, and seeing as it's only £7 for a full sized lippie, you can't really complain.

I have two of the seven shades - Red Carpet (shade 6), and Coral (shade 7). Both lipsticks are really highly pigmented - one swoop of these across my lips totally covered them. They have a slight taste of french vanilla to them, which is pleasant, and feel very moistursing as you put them on - they seem to glide across your lips.

Red Carpet is a true red colour which is very glossy. I would recommend wearing a lip liner to help prevent it from bleeding. It lasts well - the swatch on my hand was quite stubborn when it came to trying to get it off!

Coral is absolutely gorgeous! I thought it was going to come out a proper orange - so was so pleased to see that it was this beautiful soft yet bold colour. It doesn't last quite as long as the Red, but even after eating a meal, the colour still remained. I'll definitely wear this one a lot.

Does your local Superdrug stock FashionistA? Mine doesn't unfortunately, but when I find one that does I will definitely be trying out some more of these lipsticks. For £7 you can't really go wrong!


What's in my Joliebox?

I got my February Joliebox this morning - have a look at my video if you'd like to see what I got inside mine...

Let me know your thoughts! How would you feel about these products?!


MAC Naturally Collection: Mineralize Skinfinish in Blonde

When I saw that MAC were releasing the Naturally Collection I got rather excited - I love wearing natural hues of makeup, and thought I would buy near enough the whole shebang. Having learned from previous online collection haul mistakes, I decided I'd wait to see it in the flesh before committing to a purchase.

I thought that the Sweet Sunrise would be a definite buy - but in reality it was just too close to my natural skin tone for it to ever look good!  One of the first things that caught my eye on the display was the Mineralize Skinfinish. I am a massive everyday-wearer of Stereo Rose MSF, and Blonde reminded me slightly of it, of her - my favourite ever blush product... they could be cousins. As part of the Naturally Collection, MAC re-released Blonde and Redhead Mineralize Skinfinishes, which originally came out as part of the Blonde, Brunette and Redhead Collection.

When I first laid eyes on Blonde, it looked pinkish - far more pink than once it's swatched. The domed product has four stripes of colour, varying from a soft pink rose colour to a more coral, apricot tone. When swatched, it definitely takes on more of the apricot colour.

It is meant to be a highlighter, but I love wearing this, and Stereo Rose, as blushes. For reference, I am an NC20 in MAC - if you are a lot darker this probably wouldn't work as anything but a highlighter.

It has a frosted finish to it, so if you are using it as a blush you have to be careful not to be too heavy handed or all your pores will end up extra visible! I use a MAC 187 brush as it is very fluffy so distributes the product nice and softly.

I tried to take a photo of me wearing it but it's not really the best angle - anyway, here it is...

You can see it better, or from a different angle, in this photo taken of me today at London Fashion Week which I've borrowed from the AOFM website. Please note, I also have some Shu Uemera bronzer on under my cheekbone for contour.

So, that is Blonde - the gorgeous, pretty, soft blush / highlighter. Stereo Rose is going to have to watch out now her cousin's on the scene. There is going to be some serious competition in the mornings! Luckily Redhead was out of stock, otherwise I'd be wasting even more time deciding which I'd wear that day!

Have you checked out the Naturally Collection yet? What did you get? Should I keep trying for Redhead?!


Backstage Makeup at London Fashion Week

This past weekend I was at London Fashion week, working on a couple of shows as part of the make up team.

On Friday I worked on the Bora Aksu show which was keyed by Janeen Witherspoon - this is my model Charlie May after I had done her make up.

Once we had prepped the skin, we started by giving the models a lovely face massage with essential oils. Then, after using a small amount of MAC Face & Body we applied Kryolan Shimmer Foundation over the top which is a gorgeous product I hadn't worked with before. To get the additional highlight on the temple, cheekbones, nose and chin, we used MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl, with a MAC Highlighting powder over the top.

We used black cream liner to dig inside the upper lashes, to create some definition without drawing a line. We then used a brown eye pencil in the crease of the eye, and blended it out, followed by the same technique with the grey pencil.

We added a bit of contour to the face using MAC's Sculpt, and then applied a silver lipstick and silver shimmer powder over the top.

These photos have been taken from the Vogue website

On Saturday I was part of the team working on Eudon Choi, which was keyed by Adam De Cruz. We got the blood in the models faces going by really buffing the moisutriser into their faces using a stippling brush. We then used a very small amount of Sheisedo foundation - it had to look like skin, so we buffed it in using the same brush.

I then used a Shu Uemera eyebrow pencil then blended the edges to make a smokey brow kind of look. We brushed the brows upwards using clear brow gel, to make them look fuller, and applied a little amont of a nude eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye up to the brow. We curled the lashes but didn't use any mascara.

This photo has been taken from the Vogue website

We used a lip shade similar to the models' natural lips and applied it using a pencil brush to give a just bitten feel. We then gave the models freckles across their noses and cheeks - we used a Tom Ford cream bronzer and a stippling brush to create that effect.

I had such an amazing time, and am going back tomorrow to do the Lou Dalton show which I am also looking forward to. If anyone would like to know about the make up on that show, please let me know - I'm not sure if you find these kinds of posts useful!?


What's in my Glossybox?

I got my February Glossybox today - check out my video to see what was inside.

Let me know your thoughts on this months box in the comments below


1500 Followers Giveaway!

I hit 1500 GFC Followers yesterday - thank you all so very much! I know it doesn't mean much to some people, but it means a lot to me - so thank you for following, commenting and supporting!

As with all the important milestones - I'd like to say thank you back to my readers, so I have deicded to have a giveaway and this time one lucky reader will get the OPI Nicki Minaj Collection of polishes.

As my followers are all over the world, this is open internationally. You can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck! x

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Lifehouse Spa

With all the Valentines love floating around, it reminded me of a trip I took last year to Lifehouse Spa, in Thorpe-le-Soken in Essex which I've not blogged about. It was the first time I had been to a *proper* spa in all my twenty-eight years, and was really looking forward to unwinding and chilling out. I took my Mum with me, an avid spa-goer to get her spin on things too.

As we drove out of London and into the countryside, and eventually losing mobile signal, we knew we were close. Lifehouse is in the middle of a little village with 130 acres of grounds and 12 acres of listed gardens which as I walked through, felt I was in The Secret Garden!

The first thing we noticed was just how friendly and welcoming everyone was. As we walked from the car park, the gardeners stopped what they were doing to greet us hello, and it was the same with all staff members throughout our stay.

The choice of rooms at Lifehouse are Good, Great or Best but each of them is special in their own way. The 'Good' rooms that I saw had their own patio doors which led out to their own little table and chairs within the grounds - gorgeous! We had a Best room which was fab - a really generous size,  twin beds, which we so comfortable, a Juliette balcony overlooking the courtyard, a dressing table and bathroom.

The first thing I noticed in the bathroom were the Elemis goodies for us to use! My favourite thing was the mirror - when you had a shower the mirror would steam up, as expected, apart from a perfect square in the middle, so you could still see yourself - I neeeeed one of these in my home! The shower is turned on from a button next to the sink so you don't have to get cold waiting for it to come on and sorting out the temperature once you're in there, and has a massive head for a shower like heavy rain - bliss!

Once we'd changed into our complimentary Lifehouse robes, which are pretty much uniform for anyone staying, we went off to explore.

The upper level of the spa area is where all the treatments take place - apart from OBE (Oriental Bathing Experience) which is Lifehouse's signature treatment, and you can read more about here. In the middle of the level is The Hub - where you go to book, or check in for your treatments. Mum and I both had massages booked in - we chilled out at the juice bar until we were called for our 90 minutes of bliss.

I had the ScenTao of Asia massage which was ultra-relaxing. It involved a full body massage using ScenTao oil, then a hot stone massage which is something I had never had before. It was a strange experience but I soon got into the swing of it! The weirdest part was when a hot stone was put between each of my toes - I just wanted to giggle, and knowing I shouldn't made it even harder to keep my laugh in! It finished off with a facial massage. I was a bit wary - the last time I'd had a 'facial' involved extractions and a pretty red face for a few days after. This was nothing like that - this was definitely a massage. I was blissed out.

My Mum had the Classic with a Twist - a full body massage which lets you choose 3 key areas to have extra work on. Unfortunately my Mum fell asleep so I can't tell you much about the treatment - other than it must have been pretty relaxing for her to drop off!

We met in the Chill area - a quiet room where people go after their treatments, or if they just want to chill - there are reclining chaise lounges with blankets for you to put over yourself, or massage chairs which are absolutely amazing. I need one of these for my home too! They manage to tip you so you are laying completely horizontal, while the machinery gets to work on your body - ohhhhh it's making me wiggle remembering it - just fantastic.

Once we had summoned up enough energy to move, we went down to the pool area for a dip. As well as the swimming pool, which to be honest, we didn't venture in to - there is a plunge pool, jacuzzi, salt room, sauna and steam room. The poolside showers come out as different levels of rain which was a lovely touch. I had never been in a salt room before - they are meant to be great for respiratory and skin problems - it was a lot more bearable than the sauna or steam room (I'm a bit of a wuss!) and the glowing salty wall was lovely to look at.

We had just enough time to get showered and dressed before heading off for our second treatment. I had a Deluxe Manicure - deluxe because as well as a standard manicure you get a nail analysis to treat your nail type, exfoliation, massage (all the way up to your elbows) and cuticle care using LeRemedi products. The manicure was done using Jessica polishes, and I thought a lovely touch was that you get to take home a mini bottle of your chosen colour.

My Mum had Reflexology - she gets reflexology done quite a lot - she said it wasn't one of the best she'd ever had, but was good all the same.

At the end of your treatment you are given a postcard which your therapist recommends some products for you to use. What I like is that that's literally all they do - write them down for you to visit the shop at your own free will if you want to - there is no hard sale.

As the sun began to set, we couldn't believe we had manage to relax the whole day away. What about all that time we wanted to put in at the gym, and the fitness classes we wanted to do?! Yeah right!

Lifehouse doesn't agree with the whole health spa ethos - this is a spa, not a health spa. If you want wine - have a glass! They don't like to promote bad sugars though - so there's no Coca Cola etc on their menu. Lots of groups had gathered around and were drinking champagne - it made me want to be there with a big group of my friends, chilling out and relaxing!

The Water Lillies restaurant is fairly informal, but you are required to be dressed properly while you're there. The food was nice - it was quite contemporary, with little metallic baskets of fat chips and the like, but I probably wouldn't go there again if it was a stand alone restaurant.

We had planned to have a girlie night watching TV and chatting, but the minute we hit those beds, we were sound asleep - probably one of the best sleeps I'd had all year. My mum really had planned to wake up early and go to Zumba, but when I finally woke from my slumber, she was still there in the bed next to me. Far too chilled.

We had lot less planned for that day - we wandered around to see what else was on offer - we found the Library, which as well as having lots of books on health and wellbeing, had more massage chairs - these ones were much more vigorous, and computers with internet access.

Mum chilled out in the sun on an oversized deck-chair while I had a Lifehouse Consultation, which is an hour with a wellness consultant who speciailises in lifestyle and diets. As it was such a lovely day, we sat outside while we chatted - I was having some health problems at the time which we discussed in detail, and about my lifestyle in general - we spoke about how I could try to combat stress, different food choices I could make which would benefit me, and she also gave me advice on sorting out my health concern - which thankfully is now sorted. Chrissy was very easy to speak to and made me feel at ease immediately. If I'm honest, I did wonder how the session would benefit me, but I walked away feeling refreshed and armed full of knowledge - it was very useful.

Before we knew it, it was time to check out. We had an absolutely amazing weekend in a really stunning location, I just wish we'd have stayed longer - it's hard work fitting in all that relaxation! I think in future I'd definitely book for two nights to try to aid the time warp feeling. And I'd hope to bump into Jeff Brazier again - him walking round in a dressing gown helped the whole experience for sure ;)

If you like the sound of the Lifehouse Spa check out their website - - for my first spa experience it was fantastic, and left me wanting to try more... and more!  They quite often have good deals on, so be sure to check out their Offers page too.

Some of the photos displayed were provided courtesy of Lifehouse Spa.


Nails of the Day - Leighton Denny Steel Appeal

This little bottle of Leighton Denny's Steel Appeal came in my February Feel Unique box (RIP). It's the first Leighton Denny polish I've tried and has left me wanting to try more.

It is a very very dark grey, which is almost black. It has tiny flecks of micro-glitter in it - not enough for it to be sparkly, but just giving an interesting finish to the polish; a bit more dimension.

I'd been wearing a lot of pinks and reds on my nails recently and wearing this made me remember how much I love doing gothy nails, particularly in winter. I'm going to dig out Lincoln Park After Dark next <3

The application was easy - the brush fans out to enable you to get quite wide across your nail, and is definitely opaque with the two coats that I did. It's very glossy, even without top coat, and lasts well.

Do you own any Leighton Denny polishes? Which would you recommend?

Trilogy Helping Hand Wash

I have put aside my usual Radox, or whatever is on offer for a pound at the supermarket, and for the past couple of weeks have been using Trilogy's Helping Hand Wash to, well, wash my hands.

The concept behind it is fabulous and one I am totally behind - all profits go to the Child's i Foundation which is a charity that deals with baby abandonment in Uganda. The founder of Child’s i, Lucy Buck, worked as a TV producer on shows including Big Brother, until finding an abandoned baby in a car park changed her life. This spurred Lucy on to give up her career in TV and set up her own charity as well as an orphanage in Kampala, Uganda.

Lucy says
“For several years my life was divided. I worked as a producer on high-profile TV shows and volunteered at an orphanage in Uganda. In 2008, I buried a little baby boy called Abraham. He had been abandoned in a taxi park and died of meningitis in an orphanage aged just 16 weeks. In his short life, no one had truly loved him. I decided then to quit my TV career to establish the Child’s i Foundation, with the aim of helping ensure Abraham’s tragic story wasn’t repeated over and over again. Our belief is that every child deserves to grow up in a family rather than in an institution.  Every purchase of this product helps make this dream possible.”

300mls of the Hand Wash is priced at £13.50 - which is a lot more than I would normally spend on soap - but it is a really lovely product, supporting a really good cause.

It is quite lotioney in texture and doesn't lather up massively well but because of this feels really moisturising - almost as if you are washing your hands with hand cream.

If you have any other Trilogy products - if I tell you it has *that* smell, you will know what I mean. If you are a Trilogy virgin - their trademark scent is of frankincense, rose geranium and lavender and this smells just the same. It also combines the natural antibacterial properties of Elderberry and Burdock with natural vegetable oils - at this time of year all the natural goodness is definitely helping. I think this is the first year my knuckles haven't cracked with the cold - hurrah!

If you'd like to get your hands on Helping Hand Wash - check out the Trilogy website to order or find your local stockist. It's only going to be sold in 2012, so please, buy as many as you can.

If you'd like to find out more about Child's i Foundation, please visit their website


Cutey Charm Bracelet Giveaway

The lovely people at Cutey would like to give away one of their gorgeous charm bracelets to a Super Gorgeous reader.

The lucky winner will get to choose from any of the bracelets on this page

You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck! x

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Nails of the Day - YSL Duo Vernis No 08

I am in love with this colour - a gorgeous soft cool toned baby pink which has received sooooo many compliments, literally wherever I go - from the pharmacy to the park.

It is part of a mini (6ml) duo of polishes - YSL Duo Vernis Couleur No08. The other colour is a pastel orange which I will swatch soon. Both of them will get a lot of wear in the warmer months, I can tell.

The brush has a slight angle to it, to enable you to paint the tips to make it last longer - and it really does last a long time and wears well. The formula is nice and thick - one coat and it's totally opaque, although, as always, I've done two.

What do you think? This is definitely going on my favourites list!

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream

BB creams are all the rage at the moment, so it was no surprise to hear that a top brand like Clinique was bringing their own version out.

The Clinique Age Defense BB Cream has an SPF30 and helps to prevent the premature signs of ageing with UVA and UVB protectants. It has a very lightweight formula but also manages to smooth the skin and hide some imperfections. It seems to have a lot more coverage than all other BB creams I have tried, but without looking any heavier. In fact, to me, it looks as though I am wearing no make up when I wear it - in a effortless kind of way, not a 'daaaamnnn, get that girl some make up' kind of way!

I have quite a lot of scars on my face, and it managed to cover them with ease. At the time of taking the photo below I was having a period of particularly bad skin - apart from the raised spot near my nose, the BB Cream has managed to hide those imperfections.

It wears well through the day without needing to be reapplied and leaves the skin with a nice, naturally dewy kind of finish.

As I am used to wearing a full-on foundation it feels a little strange to me going out feeling so light in the face, so I have taken to wearing it for days I'm not meant to wear make up but am not brave enough to go barefaced - like swimming.

As well as being worn on its own, it can also be used under foundation as a primer to help your foundation last longer - I have enjoyed doing this, knowing that what I am putting on under my (quite heavy) foundation, is doing good to my skin.

It is allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, oil free, dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, Super Gorgeous tested, non-comodegenic and suitable for all skin types. Phew!

It comes in two shades for pink or golden undertones - I used the pink - which is fine for me, but too light (almost white) on my mum who has golden tones - so if you decide to invest, make sure you get the right one for your skin tone.

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream is available exclusively at Harrods and right now, and nationwide at selected Clinique counters from the 2nd March 2012 and is priced at £25 for 40mls.

MUA Launch Love Hearts Collection

Last night I shimmied on down to Fruitbox, where MUA were launching their new Love Hearts Collection to the press and bloggers.

We ate love heart decorated cakes, and drank gorgeous non alcoholic cocktails from jars while we had a look at the make up goodies Make Up Academy had to offer.

As well as having a sneak peek at the new BB creams and strip lashes which are to come later in the year - we were introduced to the gorgeous new Lovehearts collection - a collaboration with Love Hearts sweets and Make Up Academy for Spring 2012.

The colours are pretty pastel shades with the odd bright thrown in and consist of six nail polishes and five lip balms.

The standard black lids of the nail polishes have been replaced with white Love Heart lids with a big loveheart on the top saying the shade name. I had my nails painted by the amazing Chelsea Dagger in U R FAB which is a gorgeous dusty raspberry colour. It looks very luxurious and shiny, and not at all like it costs £2 a bottle!

The lip balms are also a steal at £2. I got to try out three of them - Sugar Lips, Hot Lips and Sweet Kiss. They taste great - very very sweet, without the bitter aftertaste that some of these type of products have.

As well as being good for your lips, they are fab for adding a little flush of colour to your pout.

The Love Hearts collection will be in Superdrug stores from mid February and available online now at

Eyelash Extentions by Boudoir Lashes

Last week, I had the pleasure of having eyelash extensions by the lovely Asma - owner of Boudoir Lashes.

Asma is a fully trained beauty therapist, who works for 3 half days in a spa in Muswell Hill, and spends the rest of her time dealing with London lash-mania within the Becca Cosmetics flagship store in Kensington.

As she spends most of her time doing lash extensions, she is what I'd refer to as a bit of an expert in her field. She knows what she's doing, she knows what works and she is a pro at graduating differing lengths of lashes in layers, which I believe is a very tricky skill to master!

When I arrived at Becca, I was greeted by Asma and we discussed what type of lashes I'd like. I told her that I wanted my lashes to look longer and fuller, but not ridiculous - I still have a job to do and the school run to go on! I had images of me walking out like Chloe Sims from TOWIE, which I needed to make sure didn't happen.

Asma examined my natural lashes, which are quite short and stumpy - and told me I have very long outer corner lashes, but short middle lashes - if we created longer lashes in the middle it would help to make my eye look more raised. She knows what she's talking about, so I just agreed with what she suggested!

We also went through a health form - if you are allergic to latex or any products found in glue you have to have a patch test at least 24 hours prior to your treatment. There was a list of things you can't do once you have your lashes on - like rub your eyes or wear your usual mascara (arghh, how will I cope!?)

I had heard that you have to have your bottom lashes taped down for this treatment and was slightly worried that I'd feel claustrophobic, but I had nothing to worry about - this was two hours of relaxation, I even felt myself drifting off at various points!

Once I laid down, Asma put a lovely snuggly blanket over me, and then she began. My bottom lashes were taped down with a micro-pore type tape, then a spongey tape was put over the top of that - that's to ensure my lashes don't get glued together - then she started the magic.

She used three different lengths of individual lashes and placed them carefully onto my lash line, over and over again - to create the look you see above. She has a lot more patience than me!

Once the two hours were over, I was told to open my eyes very slowly, and voila - I was left with a gorgeous new set of fluttery lashes!

They do look very natural - but are a lot fuller and longer. I can definitely see and feel the difference. I've attached a pic my friend took of me at the weekend - this is without mascara, curling or anything. It's a bit of a ridiculous pic, but you get to see their lashes at their full wowness.

It's taken some getting used to not wearing mascara (you can wear mascara but it has to be a special kind), and being extra careful when taking off my make up. If you're careful, lashes can last for 4-6 weeks, so I'm being as careful I can! They shed naturally as would your own eyelashes... if you want to keep them up you should have them infilled every 3 to 4 weeks, if not your eyelashes will return to normal once the lashes have dropped off!

What do you think of the lashes? Would you have this treatment done?

Check out for more info, or follow them on twitter @BoudoirLashes


What's in my Feel Unique Beauty Box?

I picked up my February Feel Unique Beauty Box today - check out my video to see what's inside.

Let me know your thoughts on the contents! x

How To : Fix Broken Powders or Eyeshadows

In yesterdays post I mentioned that I had a Shiseido Compact Foundation, which had completely smashed up. Today, I rescued it with the help of a tutorial I found online.

I'm sure it's happened to most of us - fact of the matter is, powder based products do smash - but that doesn't have to mean the end for them - they can be saved very simply... save them!

So, first you take your broken up powder...

...and tip it into a small bowl. I used the pointy end of an orange stick to scrape out all the bits that were still stuck in the pan. Use the end of a brush to break it up into a fine powder.

Then tip in a small amount of Surgical Spirit and mix it up using an orange stick, or spoon to form a paste. It's best to add a little bit of Surgical Spirit, seeing if more is needed, then adding more if necessary. It doesn't matter too much if you go overboard with it - it will just take longer to set.

Use a spoon to put it back into the empty pan, then leave it for a couple of hours somewhere where it won't be disturbed.

You can use a paper towel to press down and help shape it after a couple of hours - then leave overnight to set completely.

And there you have it - as good as new! This technique would also work to get your pigments into set powders. Happy setting!
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