Monthly Archives: August 2009

Alley Cat

Have you heard of Brand Alley? It’s an amazing website where you can buy fashion brands at discounted prices. You just become a member and they’ll e-mail you to keep you in the loop of which sales pare on. Each sale only lasts a few days and you have to be quick to snap up a bargain before they sell out.

Best known for fashion, I like it for beauty goodies! I recently bought a bunch of products from Aromatherapy Associates. I treated myself to the Renew Facial Oil which plumps and revives my skin, as well as smelling delicious and the Renew Rose Cleanser which gives my skin a gorgeous perky, pink glow. The products were about half price so I picked up some stuff for my Mum too.

If you’re a bit of a beauty junkie then I really recommend signing up. You’ve got nothing to lose, and you might get a few fashion bargains too!

Usually you need a current member to recommend you, but right now you can sign up for yourself – so get to it!

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Give it some Lip

OK, I admit it. I hadn’t heard of ArtDeco cosmetics until a few days ago, but this great makeup brand is something of a hit in professional circles and was previously only available to makeup-artists in the UK.

Thanks to the launch of new website catwalkbeautysecrets.com all us regular folk can now get our hands on the products.

I’ve been road-testing some of the lip products and I’m fairly impressed; I’ll certainly continue to use them.

First up we have the Natural Lip Corrector. This is a skin tone shaded lip pencil which you apply to the outside lip line. The pencil corrects any littleĀ  irregularities that you may have and creates a picture perfect shape to the pout in the process. It also works to stop lipsticks bleeding or feathering – bonus!

Next I tried the Hot Chilli Lip Booster, which does exactly what it says on the tin. Using spicy ingredients to essentially irritate the lips into swelling, the lip gloss plumps up your pout and gives it that bee stung look. If you have sensitive lips then I don’t recommend it as it does have a bit of a sting to it but if you can brave that zing then you’ll be pleased with the results. The addition of sparkling glitter gives the lips and even plumper look.

Finally, there’s my favourite product – the Magic Fix. This clear liquid is brushed on to lips after applying lipstick and it seals the colour incredibly well. I could drink and eat without my lippy smudging or shifting. This is something that I will use religiously before nights out, when I am always too lazy to reapply my lipstick. I can almost convince myself that it’s an investment too – think of how much longer your lippy will last without the need to keep slapping it on every five minutes!

All in all I think this is a good little range and catwalkbeautysecrets.com is a fab website with a small but perfectly formed, well though out collection of beauty goodies.

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The Ceremony of Bathing

There’s been a lot of word on the blogosphere about Abahna at the moment. This luxurious bathing range offers bath oils, soaps, shower gels, bath foams and much more in a selection of delectable different fragrances like White Grapefruit and May Chang.

Over the past week I’ve been using the Frangipani and Orange Blossom Soap and I have to say it is a delight to use. I haven’t actually used a standard soap for years – choosing instead to go for liquid versions, but I’ve loved the change.

The soap made a really creamy lather and didn’t strip my skin at all which was something I was worried about. In fact it made my skin so soft and touchable.

The best part? The delicious scent! It lingers on the body for good amount of time without being over-powerful and makes me feel really fresh and clean. Especially on sweltering hot days like today.

It has also made my en-suite bathroom smell divine, which is always a good thing.

Abahna’s slogan sums up this brand better than I ever could – ‘The Ceremony of Bathing’. These luxury toiletries really do make you take a moment and enjoy you bath or shower rather than having a quick scrub up.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the range; the Frangipani and Orange candle and bath oils are top of the list.

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