Monday, 5 October 2009

It's Oh So Quiet

You might have noticed I've been a little quiet over the last few days (and indeed weeks), posting slightly less than usual. I've been setting up a new site alongside Sarah of Slap Happy Beauty and we're now at the stage where we're finally ready to start blogging over there.

I don't see much point in maintaining two blogs; the quality is going to suffer if I try to produce twice as many posts, so from now on you can find my witterings about beauty at our new site:

www.londonbeautyreview.com

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Spend Less September: Feria Hair Colour

I know it's technically not September any more, but given the sorry state of my finances, October's shaping up to be a thrifty month as well. As a result, I've purchased two boxes of L'Oreal Feria hair dye so that I can do my own colour this month - which should save me around £50 on what I usually spend.

It's been ages since I coloured my own hair; I'm hoping to have a free evening next week to take the plunge and report back. Hopefully my tiles, grout, bath and face will remain their natural colours, and only my hair will be dyed bright red!

Monday, 28 September 2009

Clarisonic Skincare Brush Lands In The UK

The Clarisonic skincare brush, which has long been available to our American cousins, is now available to pre-order at Space NK.

The brush works using the same sonic vibration technology available in Sonicare toothbrushes - and claims to reduce the appearence of fine links, pores and wrinkles. Apparently it also reduces the amount of moisturiser, night cream, etc needed by helping the skin absorb product more efficiently.

It's had some rave reviews in the US - and now it's available here. But, it comes at a price - £146.81 for the entry level version, with replacement brush heads costing £19.57. As usual, it's more expensive here than it is in the US - the basic brush costs $195 at Sephora, which at today's exchange rate works out at about £122.

I've had some success in emulating the Clarisonic by using a (new, clean) toothbrush head on my Sonicare toothbrush and gently moving it around my face in circular motions. This provides an excellent exfoliation.. so I'd be curious to see what the Clarisonic can do. But certainly not at that price. How about you?

Clarisonic at Space NK, from £146.81.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Lush "Synaesthesia" Spa Treatment

I was having a little browse on the Lush website this morning when I saw an article about a new spa treatment Lush are offering. The "Synaesthesia" massage mixes massage, aromatherapy, light and music to create a treatment that involves all of the senses.

This sounds pretty interesting to me - music is usually there just to provide some background, but with this treatment, it seems that the music is a central part - movements are coordinated to it.

Available in four locations (Leeds, Poole, the Kings Road London and Kingston-upon-Thames), this is Lush's first foray into providing treatments, and having watched the video, I'm keen to try it out (luckily my nearest lush is in Kingston, where the massage is available!).

Prices aren't given on the website; next time I pop into Lush, I'll get some more details, and funds allowing, try it out in the name of research! You can get more information from the Lush Spa article here.

L'Oreal Kids Shampoo So Strawberry

Last time I washed my hair, I quickly realised that I'd left my Bumble and Bumble shampoo up in our shower room. I wasn't prepared to dash upstairs to get it with wet hair dripping pink everywhere, so I resorted to using a bit of the L'Oreal Kids shampoo left over from the week with my stepkids.

It's a 2-in-1 shampoo, with a no tears, no tangles formula. While the shampoo is moisturising, I used an additional conditioner, as it wouldn't have been enough for my dry hair (kids don't tend to have chemically processed hair!). I was pleasantly surprised with the results - soft, shiny, deliciously strawberry scented hair. Not sure how well my colour would hold up if I used this regularly but overall I was surprised by how well this performed. And for just £1.85, this is a bit of a bargain.

L'Oreal Kids Shampoo in So Strawberry, £1.85 for 250ml at Boots.com.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Favourite Things: MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I absolutely adore MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation. It's marketed as a liquid version of their Studio Fix powder foundation, which I have tried and unfortunately had an allergic reaction to! My super-pale skin suits the lightest cool shade, NC15 - there are a total of 26 shades, you're likely to find one that suits you perfectly.

It's a medium coverage foundation - definitely not for you if you like a sheerer look, and can be built up to provide heavy coverage if needed. What I love most about it is that it is still natural looking - with a finish that's not quite all-matte, but not dewy, it looks like skin - for me, it looks like flawless, even skin. Easily blendable, too - I usually apply with my fingers, but on special occasions have been known to use a MAC 187 brush to buff it in. Either way, my skin looks even and smooth, and thankfully the product doesn't settle into my pores or fine lines.

At £19.00 for 30ml, it's definitely a high end purchase (at least here in the UK), but a bottle will last a long, long time. I'm still on the same bottle I bought a year and a half ago, and apply it about 3 or 4 times a week. I'd recommend spending an extra few quid and buying a pump for it (it comes as a pourable bottle, which isn't quite so hygienic); it's well worth the cash - and comes with a little cap so the bottle travels well!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid is £19 for 30ml at MACCosmetics.co.uk, but if you don't know your shade, I'd highly recommend popping to a counter to let an artist find you the perfect shade.

Monday, 21 September 2009

Estee Lauder To Close Prescriptives

Estee Lauder has announced that it will cease distribution for the Prescriptives line by January 2010. This comes as a surprise to me, as I'd always held the brand in high regard, particularly for their custom blending services. Looks like there's only a limited amount of time left to stock up before they are gone for good.

You can see a full press release from Estee Lauder here.