Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy new year!

Just to wish all my lovely friends (i.e. readers) the best time tonight, and I hope you have a wonderful 2010.  Thanks for 2009 in blog land, and heres to 2010 in blog land!

 I had a very quiet evening, but its what I wanted to nothing lost.  Currently restraining myself from eating the rest of the pringles....

I get the feeling some people will be a sight tomorrow!!! :)
Take care, and play safely (no visits to hospital please!)
Emma :)x

GOSH Brush review coming up!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Small update and question.

Hello!  After posting at least one post a day (for my stocking fillers), I needed a break.  I am hoping to get back into normal posting now! Reviews, tips, hauls, photos, looks, ins and outs.. you get the picture.

I hope you all had a great Christmas.  Mine was fairly low key, and hampered by snow a bit. I wont be doing a 'look what I got' post, although things may crop up in reviews as I use them.  I also didnt take an EOTD pic on Christmas eve or day, but I may recreate.. used costal scents light gold then blended a cranberry dupe on the outer edge and crease.  I then added some of TBS Shimmer cubes and lined with gold shimmer glitter, or black kohl.  4 hours and no creasing thanks to Urban Decay.  Although my eyes did start to itch.

Does anyone else get itchy eyes with eye make-up after a while?

Thanks for all your messages and wishes!
Next up: Review of Gosh eyeshadow brush.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Happy Christmas!

I have eaten and drunk too much.  I hope you are all having a special day with family/friends, and are truely relaxed. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL xx

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Stocking Filler: 24th December: If all else fails.. LAST ONE!! 12 for FREE!!

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

24th of December!

Home made voucher!
Get Creative...!


Everyone is searching for that perfect gift. Well sometimes the answer is very simple.  Christmas is about spending your precious time with family and friends, and often the perfect gift is very simple.  Show them some thought.

Here are 12 voucher ideas that you might want to make and colour in.... with lots of glitter...

  • Be a taxi driver for the night to drop off/pick up person (useful for younger siblings who dont drive).
  • A nights babysitting (useful for friends).
  • A back massage (probably best for other halves only!!).
  • A home cooked 3 course meal including washing up afterwards! (A nice idea for parents).
  • An hours ironing. (A nice helping hand for mum).
  • A home manicure (great for girl friends).
  • Polish 2 pairs of shoes (great for brothers who need to impress a girl!!).
  • Hoover the house (great for grandparents who might struggle).
  • A homemade cake once a week through-out January (great for anyone with dietry requirements).
  • Pick up the weekly food shop (great for someone if they have been away- so they return to a full kitchen!).
  • Pet sit for a week (so the cats/dogs etc dont have to go to a cattery/doggery).
  • Plant sit for a week (so they plants dont die!).
We all have something to give: TIME.

And so this ends my stocking filler ideas for 2009.  As much as I have enjoyed doing this, it has been a challenge to post one a day!!
 
I will be posting some more over the festive season, but at the moment I just want to wish you all a very peaceful and relaxing Christmas!  Thank you for all the comments and friendships!  I hope that you enjoy the holiday, whatever you are doing.  Just spare a thought for those who have less than you, and cherish each moment!
Oh and recycle as much paper as possible!!!
 



Suitable for everyone!!







1 Sleeps to go! 

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Stocking Filler: 23rd December: A Lottery Ticket!

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

23rd of December!

A lottery ticket!.


I'm aways captivated by the tale of a couple who bought 50 lottery tickets to send as small gifts to friends and family.  One of them won the jackpot.
A great idea for a secret santa....




Suitable for everyone!! (but check individual rules and ages regulations!)
Fingers crossed! :) 






2 Sleeps to go! 

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Haul review: Prestige and Collection 2000



I missed these out of the Mega Haul Photo of yesterday (Click Here).
These are two more things I have bought in the month of December.

Collection 2000 Glam Crystals, Dazzling Gel Liner in Funky 3 £2.99
I have been amazed by this range, and plan on getting another one.
This goldy colour is more of a shimmer, than a sparkly glitter.  The range is quite vast though and I love the dark electric blue and purple one.  I have used this on a few occasions either on its own, or as an extra touch to a coloured eye.  It got comments from the boy (yes the boy who thought mascara went on lips).  It must be doing something right.  I have also used it actually on the lid, rather than just to line.  If you want an extra shot of shimmer then add two coats.

Why do I like it? Well the pigmentationis quite good.  The solution isn't watery (unlike some cheap make-up brands). It is actually a gel. Hurrah (it is what it says on the packaging).  Futhermore I have found that it doesnt budge!  No smeared glittery shimmery mess after several hours wear!  I had to soak it a bit to take it off, but I think that is more down to L'oreal eye make-up remover which I have nearly finished.  (I'm not a fan and gave it a rubbish review- check back through my posts if you want to read it. I'm about to move on to Botantics...).

Lip pencil
Prestige Lip Pencil L-206 Silk
A lovely pigmented pink nude colour. Slightly creamy but not too soft.

Stays quite well, and I quite like it!  I cant remember how much it cost, but I picked it up from Boots- probably around £2 for 1.1g

I have swatched it below, and then swatched it with my Maybelline Galatic Mauve lipstick (another one of my loves!).  I think they go ok (although the lipliner swatch is much thicker than I wear it, and the lipstick is reflecting the flash quite a bit... I always panic a bit with lipliner- nothing worse than a dark line showing up really badly!!




Two things that I would consider purchasing again, although I am more likely to use up the pencil!
Have you tried either?  These might appear in my monthly faves post....

Stocking Filler: 22nd December: Oxfam gifts 2 for 1

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

22st of December!

Oxfam Unwrapped! 
Buy one gift, give to two people.



Oxfam, the charity, have some great christmas gifts.  Gone are the days of 2nd hand or nothing... they actually have a lot of fairtrade food and gifts in their shops.  The also have some lovely donation gifts.  You can buy a gift parcel for a loved one (you get a certificate and a magnet) but the money buys things like...a goat, some school books, a toilet, fresh water for a village... and so on.

If you know someone who is a teacher, or likes to read, why not buy them a batch of schools books or pencils.


You may not now this, but in Africa a pencil means the word to a child.  This is because if they have a pencil.. they are allowed to go to school.  If they go to school they can get an education.  It can change their life.

Perhaps you know some newlyweds? £25 will buy a goat but £50 will buy a goat couple (and has a cute picture!)



Gifts start from £6 and you can see their range http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped?ito=1482

Or google Oxfam Unwrapped- or just visit your local store.  With so many gifts to choose from, why not leave that tacky tie or pair of socks on the chain store's shelf, and buy and Oxfam gift this christmas? Buy two presents at the same time and help someone you have never met.


Be an angel this christmas!





Suitable for everyone!! :) 
Other charities are available.





3 Sleeps to go! 

Aussie Winner

This is slightly overdue.  I had been waiting for Aussie.... I guess I'm ok to announce....

Thank you for all the entries.  I got 'the boy' to judge the competition as he was impartial.  Good.  He also thought Mascara went on your lips.  Ummm not so good.....

Anyway. He took his task very seriously, looking a the task that has been set, Aussie's page and all your looks.  It took him about an hour to decide (and yes I told him what mascara was).  He chose the first place winner to be......

Miss Calia Yang
WELL DONE CALIA!!


He liked the way Calia has thought about her inspiration, and the way it came across in her make-up. Check out her post here.

To have a look at all the other entries, click here

If you want to see all the other looks then check out www.uncoveraussie.co.uk  There are some great looks as well as fashion, story and lifestle posts.  You can also see the overall winners.

As Calia is in the US, she has won an Aussie gift pack.  To everyone else, we did pick a highly commended runner up and I am seeing if I can get hold of a small prize.. stay tuned I guess... but dont hold your breath...

I have no idea when the prize will be sent out, but I guess the Aussie/PR people are rushed off their feet this close to Christmas......

However, the 5 runners up will all get 2 entries into my 100 follower giveaway as a thank you from me! (If you want it??)

Thanks again!

Monday, 21 December 2009

Stocking Filler: December 21st: Brushes

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

21st of December!

Make-up Brushes!

Ladies- we all use them, Guys- some of you use them.
A good present to request, or buy for someone else!!




National rail (UK) have got loads of promotions! Day trips, restaurants, attractions, theatres, hotels... just click to see what you can take advantage of.. and then order your tickets from your local railways station, or write out your own voucher for you mum/dad/friend/other half to cash in!


Also worth looking at is lastminute.com as theatre tickets and attractions can be booked through there too.


Some of the dals I have seen today;

London Aquarium 2 for 1 entry

Black Country Museum 2 for 1 entry 
All inclusive ticket for Edinburgh Dungeon.


West End theatre tickets from £12.50




Whether it's MAC, Bobbi Brown, Louise Young, GOSH, Cosmopolitan, Royal, Sigma, Body Shop... an artist is only as good as his or her tools.  Some use fingers- although doing gel liner with fingers would be a challenge.

Some of the ones I hope to pick up in 2010 include;


Elf Kabuki Brush (supposedly very soft)

£5.00 from eyes lips face.co.uk (Photo from their website)

Another Mac 210 liner brush (so I dont have to mix mine up/clean when using different Gel liners in one application).  I love mine, and find it really easy to use AND it hasnt shed a hair yet :)



Photo from Mac's website. Brush £13

I will also be investing in a concealer blender brush from GOSH cosmetics.  Their brushes are so soft- and I need lots of concealer :(

Also worth checking out is a brand called ECO tools.  They make environmentally friendly brushes from Bamboo.  I have blogged on them before.  I think you can pick them up in Tesco and Asda.  Great for helping the environment :)



Suitable for gorgeous guys (or gorgeous guys to buy for you), knitting nans, silly siblings so they stop stealing yours, yummy mummys,adorable aunts and girly friends... everyone!! :)




4 Sleeps to go! 

P.s. If you want any reviews from my earlier Haul post, just say.

Just to prove I am still hauling!

December's Haul so far...These are some or the things I have bought, given (by the lovely blogger Jo or from the Clothes show), or Goodie bags I bought a the Clothes Show.  And this isnt all of it... just the bits I could find right now.



It's missing the Barry M pencils and lipgloss I bought, and a natural collection lip pencil.. and some jewlery..

Anyway, if you want a review on anything, just say.  Some things here are presents so I cant review them.


As much as I am enjoying doing my daily stocking filler post, I dont want to overload you by writing 20 posts a day. Normal service will be resumed soon!

Still to come:
More Sassy minerals swatches. I have been using mine a lot recently and I am in love!
Swatches of the Avon products above
Reviews of the sleek products I bought a few weeks ago
Reviews of my Royal and GOSH brushes.
My 100 follower giveaway (some of the items above might be included.....)
And lots lots more...

Selotape is the best purchase so far ;)
I have been neglecting a lot of posts because of my daily stocking filler posts.  I hope you are enjoying them and finding them useful- if you hate them then I won't do them gain next year!!!!

Stay tuned for today's stocking filler post.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Stocking Filler: 20th December: A day trip 2 for 1 deals

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

20th of December!

A Day Trip!

Make use of the 2 for 1 deals..

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/promotions/toc_index.html





National rail (UK) have got loads of promotions! Day trips, restaurants, attractions, theatres, hotels... just click to see what you can take advantage of.. and then order your tickets from your local railways station, or write out your own voucher for you mum/dad/friend/other half to cash in!


Also worth looking at is lastminute.com as theatre tickets and attractions can be booked through there too.


Some of the dals I have seen today;

London Aquarium 2 for 1 entry

Black Country Museum 2 for 1 entry 
All inclusive ticket for Edinburgh Dungeon.


West End theatre tickets from £12.50




Last minute covers orld wide destinations, although I would also look at expedia and late rooms if you are planing an overnight stop (to make sure you get the best deals)!


If you are randomly in London, then visit the Tkts booth in Leicester Square, for cut price on-the-day-only tickets for london theatre.  I managed to pick up cheep and well placed seats through there.  If you want to scope out prices and shows then check out http://www.tkts.co.uk/  They also have a booth at Brent Cross... and for you americans, there are som TKTS booths near Broadway I think.  

Always check out the vendor has the right sign, or you could end up ripped off :(









Suitable for gorgeous guys, knitting nans, great grandpas, silly siblings, yummy mummys, dangerous dads, adorable aunts and girly friends... everyone!! :)




5 Sleeps to go! 


Saturday, 19 December 2009

Stocking Filler: 19th December: Books- (Free!)

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

18th of December!

Book Tokens!
Great for hard up students, book worms and those who need to read more!
National Book tokens can be bought and used at most book stores.

OR why not go to the library....





Stay with me on this one... Books.. you know... those things that people looked at before the world of Wii, ibook and blogs??!!

At some points of my study, I didnt have a lot of money, but still had course materials to buy.  Book tokens come in soooo handy :)  Especially when the library didnt have the materials I needed.

Around the same time, my mum was going on holiday, and I didn't have lots of money to buy presents, so I took a trip to the library and got out loads of books of the place she was going to visit.  I wrapped them up with a 'to be returned or renewed by (date)' note.  I also popped it in my diary so I could remind her.  She really enjoyed reading up on the place, but not having to find room for those books after.  Best of all, it cost me £0!

Aside from students and travellers, I have found my local independent bookshop stocks a rang of local interest books- some written by local people and not available through the larger retailers.  Many friends and family love reading these unusual books :)

Books are for everyone- whether a cook book, DIY book, textbook, phrasebook,first reading book, language lab CD.. endless ideas...!

Books are to be treasured and help us relax and learn.

Suitable for gorgeous guys, knitting nans, yummy mummys, adorable aunts and girly friends... everyone!! :) Including some lucky pet animals. (Yes there are some 'teach your cat to read' books...)





6 Sleeps to go! 


Friday, 18 December 2009

Stocking Filler: 18th December: Hot Water Bottle

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

18th of December!

Hot Water Bottle!
Great for those who dont have a cat or dog (or human) to snuggle up with!




(Photo off superdrug.com, flluffy hot water bottle cost £7.99)







The UK is freezing at the moment, and my feet are sooooooo cold.  Superdrug have a cute mini hot water bottle pack which includes a pack of marshmllows :) They also have larger ones like the one pictured.  I have one that goes in a fluffy cover, a mini one for travel and a microwaveable one.  Great for winter .... and the time of the month that reasonable girls turn into monsters from the darkened underground (complete with hissing voice).

Also good for little pooches and kittens to curl up on.. or ducklings, chicks and lambs :)

Check out your local chemist stores for the best range of mini and full size hot water bottles.  I'm off to fill mine up.... Thank goodness we have these and dont have to make do with a brick heated by open fire (and wrapped in newspaper!).  I wouldnt make a good Victorian!!

Suitable for gorgeous guys, knitting nans, yummy mummys, adorable aunts and girly friends... everyone!! :) Including some lucky pet animals.





7 Sleeps to go! 


Stocking Filler: 17th December: Things that sparkle

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

17th of December!

Jewelry!
20p and upward! :)









Some of the best pieces of jewelry I have bought have been from charity shops.  You help to raise some money for a good cause, and end up with something that isnt on the highstreet!  I also love looking at Etsy, buying supplies and making my own!

However if you are looking for something and not finding it at the above, why not try Accessorize... or our very own bloggers.  Some of them make the best pieces!! 

.Get inspired! And yes, guys can wear jewely too..sometimes ;)  Even some pets can get in on a nice sparkly collar :)


Suitable for gorgeous guys, knitting nans, yummy mummys, adorable aunts and girly friends... everyone!! :)





8 Sleeps to go! 


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Early Christmas Pressies! 5 BLOG AWARDS!!

On the sixteenth day of Christmas my bloggers gave to me.. 5 Blooooggg Awwwarrrds!!
With doing my daily stocking filler post, I have been neglecting a lot of 'normal' posts.  I hope you'll forgive me with that. I just do not want to overload you all as I know how annoying it is when someone posts 10 posts a day!!!

Over the past couple of weeks I have been awarded "5 blog awards' (Sung to the '5 gold rings' bit of 12 days of Christmas!).  These are all so special and I would normally write about each one individually. However because of my daily posts, I am going to do them all in one go.  They are all equally special to me, because a real life person has taken the time out to thing of me and like my ramblings enough to say 'I like your blog'.  In no special order....

I love your blog!


Thank you hun, that is so sweet of you. Your blog is great too :)

I am going to pass this on to;


Kreative Blogger!


Thanks to Georgie at http://georgiexox.blogspot.com/
Super sweet of you :)

I have already passed this on so if you want to see some more blogs then click

 http://computergirl2007.blogspot.com/2009/11/im-creative-blogger.html
to see my nominations.

Thank you Georgie- love the picture on your blog!

 I love your blog!


Thank you Sugar at http://shewga.blogspot.com

So lovely of you to pass this on to me!! :)
I have been nominated for this at the same time, so please refer to the top list for the nominations I have made!




Thumbs up friend award!

Thank you to BrionyLou at http://confessionsofmua.blogspot.com

The friends award :)
I'm going to pass this on to...


I read your blog a lot!


Blogs I read a lot award from Shifa at http://getgawjus.blogspot.com
I read a lot of blogs, and if I find one I like then I read every post!!

Ones I have been reading recently will get this award... (but I do read all the ones I sub to!)

And Toni(? I think I've only seen your name once!!) Sorry! at http://lionlovingtiger.blogspot.com/



So there we go.  Sorry that has taken aaaaaages, and there aret many names blogs here.  Truely I read every blog I subscribe to, so the fact that I sub you is a good thing!!

The fact you all sub to me is amazing- and if I havent subbed you so far then leave me a comment. Sometimes blogger doesnt let me see who is following, so I cant find your blogs :( I LOVE reading blogs.

Thanks again to these 5 lovelies- GO CHECK THEIR BLOGS OUT!!

:) Annnd check out my daily stocking filler posts if you are stuck for present ideas!
Don't forget I'm on twitter too now :)
Next up: Haul post.. (with a backlog of purchases!!)



Stocking Fillers: 16th December: Spa Vouchers :)

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

16th of December!

Spa Vouchers!
Your local Spa... £5 and upwards :)









Everywhere has local salons- from a little nail stand in your local hairdresser to a little retreat place with a jacuzzi and massage table.


What better way to look after someone by making sure they HAVE to relax, by going and spending an hour in a relaxing enviroment (unless you pick a rubbish salon!!).


If you're in London then apparently Sanctuary Spa is good (although I have never been there) but they have Christmas deals on, like 20% off gift vouchers see www.thesanctuary.co.uk/discount-beauty-products.htm

You might even use sites like www.wahanda.com/ (which also has a link to their UK site) to find a spa close to you.


If you are going for the deluxe, then a weekend break might be in order.


I know this might be a girl thing- siters, mums, aunts and girlie mates... but Mr. bloggers usually like to have a swim/spa soak/massage (even if they don't admit it straight off).... although you might just 'have' to go and make sure they get on ok...  I would share the story of what happend I took the boy to his first Spa, but he sometimes reads this and might get very angry with me....!!!


I also treated my best friend to a spa trip when she got married. Very relaxing and a great present ay bride to be will appreciate!


And the boy trzeated me to a spa day voucher for my birthday, which I still have to use.  Going to try and go next week I think. Mmmmmmmm :):) (He's a good lad!)


Suitable for gorgeous guys, knitting nans, yummy mummys, adorable aunts and girly friends... everyone!! :)





9 Sleeps to go! 


Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Stocking Filler: 15th December: Spalding Gardening Goodies

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

15th of December!

Gardening Goodies from Spalding's!
Flower seeds, tools, bulbs, vegetable seeds...



Plus get a free decorative garden tool set with your order!
(photo from www.spaldingbulb.co.uk/





What better way to relax, educate and become more green (fingered) than by receiving some gardening tools or seeds for Christmas?  Whether its a plant for the kitchen window sill (herbs?), and hanging basket for the patio, or some daffodil bulbs or vegetable seeds for the spring!  These gifts will encourage ptople to have a go at reducing their carbon footprint, and destress at the same time.

As a young child I grew my own cress and lettuce (very educational and delicious!), I then proceeded to hanging baskets (pretty flowers), and then on to some vegetables (yum yum).  I suspect a lot of people like pretty flowers or plants (especially in the winter) and a lots of parents and grandparents like to spend time caring for a plant or two.

If you can, try and avoid buying pre potted herbs at supermarkets.  They pot them in small pots and dont water them properly - end result.... they look fresh for 2-3 days and then die.  Why not give someone the means to grow their own?


Yes I know, another non-makeup post but I made a pledge to do one post a day for stockingfiller ideas all through out the 24 December days leading up to Christmas.  I don't want to overload you with too many posts per day!! 


Visit www.spaldingbulb.co.uk/
for some ideas.  They break down the plants into pretty pictures, and the snap dragons featured at the top are mixed seeds £1.95.  They also break things down by what month to plant etc so you could buy themone that flowers in their birth month :)



If you want to pick things up in person, then try your local independant nursery.
P.s. Did you know Cactus plants soak up the radiation from a computer monitor?  Very cool!


Suitable for cheeky children in need of a project, gorgeous guys, knitting nans, yummy mummys, Clever cooks, dangerous dads, girly friends... everyone!! :)





10 Sleeps to go! 


Monday, 14 December 2009

Stocking Filler: 14th December: Body Shop Stocking Fillers

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

14th of December!

The Body Shop!!


A slight cop out from me tonight. Sorry!




The Body Shop have put together a fantastic range of stocking fillers that start at £1 and up! www.thebodyshop.co.uk/_en/_gb/catalog/list.aspx?CategoryCode=C_Gifts_StockingFillers&ParentCatCode=C_Gifts 

 I like their Cranberry shower gel and shimmering lotion. It reminds me of cosy christmas!  Also their mini brush sets are very handy and useful for any female friend or relation.  They have some great shaving kits and scrubs for guys.



And if you visit http://www.passthexmasparcel.co.uk/ you could win a discount up to 30% off! Perfect!!


Suitable for cheeky children, gorgeous guys, knitting nans, yummy mummys, dangerous dads, girly friends... everyone!! :)





12 Sleeps to go! 


Coming up soon...and giveaways for you.

Posts lined up;

Daily stocking filler ideas!
Swatches of my Coastal scents items
Blog awards and tags
Review of Christian Lacroix perfume
Recent hauls/ reviews UPDD, eyepencils plus goodies from the clothes show.

AND MUCH MORE- including a 100 follower giveaway! Yes! Thanks to all of you lovelies for following and reading and commenting.  I will do a giveaway as soon as I have sorted items.  Do I wait till after Christmas to give you all something to look forward to???


Check out these giveaways for some Christmas cheer!
http://georgiexox.blogspot.com/2009/12/giveaway-have-yourself-merry-bit-of.htm

http://loveofmakeup.blogspot.com/

http://purplecrownprincesscosmetics.blogspot.com/

And stay tune

Sunday, 13 December 2009

The Clothes Show post. A Review

Yes, just over a week ago I went to The Clothes Show Live in Birmingham and it was certainly an experience! :)

Off I toddled to the NEC at Birmingham (UK) for the amazing show (as it was billed).  It opened at 10am and I can say that I was there when it opened!  I bought a map/discount pass and quickly went to the Boohoo stand where I pimped my email address for a 'free goodie bag'. Only it wasnt really free and it was a bag with a boohoo flyer and a sample of handcream. I got stopped by some 14 year old girls who shouted '"WHER DID YOU GET VAT BAG? WE WANT FREE STUFF".. Then I was slightly harrassed by a stall holder who saw me look at something and then showed me it in every colour- reducing the price by several £ each time!!


The Catwalk show.  VERY LOUD!!  I did a mini post about this on the day (Click Here). Dave Berry shouted lots (I'm not a fan), and they didnt really talk about fashion or tell you what the models/celebs were wearing.  Quite poor.  Also the 'dancing' (while the models got changed) was very ropey in places- Parts were good, but a few of the 'dancers' were out of time and just paying more attention to 'strutting/looking good' without realising how much they stuck out if they didnt do the same thing at the same time as everyone else. They never bought the dancers and models out for a bow though.
Highlights: The male model who did some breakdancing  (proper spins), and the True Blood/nightmare before christmas bit where the catwalk was filled with strange black and red creations. They all stood and then moved off one at a time weaving in and out. Simple yet effective.

The beauty zone: Where I spent a lot of my time!! Freebies??? You must be joking.  All goodie bags had to be paid for £5-£40.  I got a free face towelette from Eyeko when I was browsing, but they had limited products there so I didnt buy anything.  I spent a little bit of money at Barry M (Where the lady started telling everyone at 10:15 that they were running of out stock-- at 17:00 she was still there telling people the same thing ...despite the fact I could see they had boxed and boxes!!).  Rimmel were doing £5 make-overs with a photo at the end..... gave that one a miss.  Strangely there were 3 tarot card readers wih large stalls there??!!??  The Superdrug bus was cool, but I couldn't get an appointment there to get a manicure.  I looked around some more but didnt want acrylics, a tan or my eyebrows threaded in the middle of a show (especially because there was no privacy. Hmm spray tan in public... NO!).  They did have a few GOSH products, but it seems to be fairly empty stand.  There was a little fairtrade stall next to there where they were selling mango handcream so I bought some of that.  I also got to test the dead sea spa salt scrub which had grapefruit oil in it..Mmmmmm smelt so good!! They only had it in a £40 mixed product box though :(

The black label design area was interesting to look round- I found some nice charms, but the girl refused to sell me them, saying that she would only sell them if she put them on a necklace for me which was £13 +.  She had 1000's of them so I don't see why she wouldnt sell me 3 charms :S  I also got a snooty death stare from a lady there who was reaching in front of me to pick up things, so I suggested we swapped places because I wanted to look at the stuff in front of her. I should have just said that I had headlice or something.

I loved the Oxfam Stall and the Vintage Market.  Oxfam was very overlooked when I was there, and the Vintage market was packed.  I thought the hairdressing area was good but it was all floor level and hard to see what was going on.

I picked up a few magazines and goodie bags, 2 Royal Make-up brushes (for £2 instead of £5 each!!), the hand cream, Barry M eyeliners and a grey top (quite plane, sleaveless with a couple of buttons down the side). Also picked up something for the boy but I wont disclose here as it was a present and he might see this page before christmas!

My feet killed by the end of the day. I walked miles and miles.  I think what dissappointed me about The Clothes Show, was how superficial it was.  Don't get me wrong, I didnt expect deep ethical clothing.  However all I saw was tops, teenaged girls and very empty stalls.  What I would have liked to have seen was more inspiration. How about a rag market? Habberdashery stall, fashion history exhibition/information, have a working workshop that will be creating garments throughout the week? Screens showing this seasons catwalks in London/Paris and how they have inspired the highstreet trends? Inspire people to get into fashion? Do make-overs?  Instead it felt like they were charging people £27  (plus £8 for a fold out map and lanyard (which were very hard to understand)).. for a sort of glorified market and catwalk/disco (complete with miming band who are trying to get into the charts).  I would have quite easily have missed the catwalk, paid less and picked up a few more bargains?

So would I go back..? With a few changes, yes.  With times being as they are, a lot of people can not afford to pay that price AND have spending money at the end!  Thanks to the newspaper I had a chance to do something that I have wanted to do for years. This year I was free to go but the price was putting me off.  I did see some weird and wonderful things, and it was an experience, but I will not be going back in a hurry.  It seemed small, and like it as relying on Hollyoaks celebrities to pull in the crowds- either that or their 'young model search' for 14-18 year olds.  Loads of girls were there to 'be spotted'- all dolled up in tiny denim shorts, tights and skyscraper heels. I dread to think what damage they did after a day of walking round.  Some of them looked very young and uncomfortable.  I never got my free t-shirt either.  Apparently we were supposed to get a free t-shirt as we left, but I never saw any being handed out during the day.

I'm sure some people love it, but I just found it all a bit hit and miss.  Some good things, some not so good- but it was the first day so maybe days will be different.

Stay tuned for reviews of the goodie bag items and the items above :)

Stocking Fillers: December 13th: Old School Toys

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

13th of December!

Toys!!
Re-live that childhood.



Let's face it.  Everyone is a big kid.  Whatever age a person is, they will always want to play :)

Remember...


Mr Frosty Ice Maker  £14.99 http://www.cutegadgets.co.uk/mr_frosty.htm


Furby






And classics such as ...




And cool toys such as hoola hoops, skipping ropes, roller skates, skateboards.

Or Screwball Scramble


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tomy-1707070-Screwball-Scramble-Game/dp/B00005M22M

And I just saw Pop Up pirate and Mousetrap :)

Yeah I know we have Wii and playstations, but sometimes it's great to keep the childhood innocence for as long as you can.  Just check out those recent pictures of Suri Cruise (3 years old) wearing long dangly earrings and childs high heels- what happend to children being children??!!

So give people their first or second childhood!


Suitable for cheeky children, gorgeous guys, knitting nans, yummy mummys, dangerous dads, girly friends... everyone!! :)





12 Sleeps to go! 


Stocking Fillers: December 12th: Graze/healthy snacks

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

12th of December!

Healthy snack food!!
£2.99 and upwards from Graze.com


Our worlds seem to move so quickly that it is not suprising that many people do not take care of themselves.  The perfect gift for a desk worm: A graze box.  You can order them to be delivered- even better.

The concept is that you can choose a tailor made box, or pick a random or pre-made combination.  The foods... lots of yummy goodness of dried fruit, nuts, seeds- AND at just the right daily intake.  No need to worry about quantity.  Just open and eat.  You can order them to arrive once a week for several months :)  Visit www.graze.com

If you want to take this too a new level then why not create your own food hamper?  After all, everyone loves foods.  Just visit your local healthfood shop (independant if possible).  They often have some pre-made or make your own baskets :).


I might do this for Mr Computergirl as then I can be sure that he is eating lots of good things when I am not around :)



Suitable for gorgeous guys, knitting nans, yummy mummys, dangerous dads,... everyone!! :)





13 Sleeps to go! 


Saturday, 12 December 2009

Stocking Fillers: 11th December: Music

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

11th of December!

Anyone with access to a computer or HMV Store!!
Voucher £5 and upwards.




Everyone likes some sort of music, and this voucher allows them to download specific tracks or albums.  For thoses who dont have a computer, you can get them a HMV voucher.  Vouchers can be used for music or videos.  Their choice and something you know will be used!  

Suitable for gorgeous guys, knitting nans, yummy mummys, dangerous dads,... everyone!! :)





14 Sleeps to go! 

P.s. Sorry this one is late!


Next one later today!


Thursday, 10 December 2009

Stocking Filler: December 10th: Tech Guys

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

10th of December!

Tech guys (or Girls)!
Just a few ideas from maplin.



I have been asked to do a post for guys, I hadnt planned to do this till the weekend but here are a couple of ideas.  I'll do some more before Christmas.  


Try visiting http://www.maplin.co.uk/microsites/christmas/ 
They are an electronics retailers, but they always have loads of gadgets and gifts at christmas.  They have many stores in the UK, and an online shop.



This digital photo frame is under £25 (Photo from maplin site!)

Also they have lots of little toys and games suitable for boys of all ages.






This coin jar keeps track of the money you put in http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=221629 




Lots of games and novelties http://www.maplin.co.uk/Family.aspx?Menu=1641&worldid=-4 


I always go in before christmas and pick up lots of cool gadget stocking fillers for my brother!
Some are too cool to give away !
Be warned, they are very affordable!!




15 Sleeps to go! 

Body Shop Pass the Parcel (Up to 30% off)

The body shop have a christmas pass the parcel going on a the moment. Click the link to visit the site, and see what you get when the parcel opens!  You could be lucky and get 30% off!  Sadly I only got 10% :(
 

With their christmas collection out at the moment, plus 'Anita's Favorites' making a come back, you are sure to make great use of this discount.
They also have a great range of guy gifts for those who are having difficulty finding suitable gifts.  As well that this, you might want to head over to their website as they are giving away fantastic gifts with purchases!


Visit  http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk (or your countries one) to see their stocking filler ideas which start from £1!  I can recommend the Cranberry Lipbalm- I stock up every year :) It tastes fantastic, and is very useful if caught under the mistletoe!



For the christmas parcel disocunt head to http://www.passthexmasparcel.co.uk/



Tune in later for today's stocking filler post!!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Stockign Filler: 9th December: Bed Socks

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

9th of December!

Bed Socks!
Available internationally!
Prices start at around 99p



Laugh all you want but my feet get cold in bed.  A pair of nice soft warm bed socks are a must for cold winter nights!
  I found these pink a white ones for £1.99 for 2 pairs at Superdrug. (Their photo).




Or Sleeperzzz Thermal soft brushed bed socks for £1.99 on Amazon (picture is theirs too).


Also some places have cute animals ones!

Just go into your local shops and have a look around!  If you are lucky then you might even find some Aplaca fur ones- very very cosy!!

Suitable for knitting nans, yummy mummys, gorgeous girlfriends, sassy sisters and any sort of bloke!




16 Sleeps to go! 

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Stocking Filler: December 8th: Knickers!

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

8th of December!

Knickers!
Available internationally!
Prices start at around £2



Ok so perhaps this is not as suitable for 'everyone' as my other posts have been so far, but maybe this will be useful for dropping hints!



If you are looking for fun and cute then Topshop has an amazing range of cute knickers from around £4 including 


Wonderwoman pants



And these cute layered lace pants!


(Photos from www.topshop.com)

Topshop also does some reasonably prices sets, as does H&M.





Mid range £6-£10 we have Knickerbox and La Senza.  (I think La Senza do a student discount. Good La Senza).


Knickerbox do femine underwear like the vintage inspired Romance set (which is currently reduced...)

Knickerbox @ Ann Summers Click here

And La Senza has lots of offers starting at £15 for a bra and knickers set.
Click here to see some offerings!







At the other end of the scale we have the holy grail of underwear in the UK. http://www.agentprovocateur.com and Rigby and Pellar. Yes these cost a small fortune, but (if the right purchase is made) there could be a very happy girl on Christmas day!  Be warned though that AP knickers start at around £40!!




Suitable for your girlie mates as a stocking filler or secret santa, or suitable for you to drop subtle hints to your husband/other half!  Also a nice present for your sister, but you might want to present the gift before the whole family sits by the tree - just to spare any red faces. Especially if you leave it in the Ann Summers/ AP bag!!

AND REMEMBER BOYS, IF IN DOUBT THEN GET VOUCHERS AS KNICKERS ARE NOT RETURNABLE!!


17 Sleeps to go! 

Monday, 7 December 2009

Stocking Filler: December 7th: Massage Goodness!

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

7th of December!

Massage!
Available in your home or city.
Prices start FREE and upwards







Photo from Amazon Click HERE.



Massage :) Even the thought makes me smile.  From trips to my therapist to relax my achey muscles, to those lovely wooden roller things that you can use at your desk....

Massage (if done in the right way) can relax, improve circulation, remove tension and pain.  It therefore helps the outside of you look healthy, by working from the inside- the best way.  There are lots of different techniques that can be used to make massage relaxing, invigorating, therapeutic or healing.  Even though people always thing of back massages, there are lots of other ones!

For example;

  • When I have a manicure, the nail technician always adds a little massage in to boost circulation which brings nutriants to the nails- aiding growth.
  • When I have my hair washed at the hairdressers, they always add a scalp massage which is noramally very relaxing.
  • When I have a tension headache Mr Computergirl will stroke the back of my neck to relax the muscles and ease the pain.
I could go on but I think I will do another post after christmas as it is far too much to fit here!

Sometimes it is just about a simple human touch.  I was inspired by someone I know who trained in massage in her spare time and then went into the local hospice and spent time with each patient giving them a bit of contact therapy.  A simple palm massage means so much to someone who is bed bound and perhaps lacking in human contact.


When I visited someone in hospital recently I remembered that and gave her a little manicure.






Here is how you can incorporate physical massage therapy into a christmas gift.



Sanctuary Spa Hip and Thigh massager (helps with circulation and breaks down cellulite) Available from Boots stores, although many other gadgets like this can be found in spas or chemists. (Photo from Boots.com) £4.89 but is on a 3 for 2 at the moment.




 Botanics Massage kit around £7 from Boots.com and Boots stores. (Photo Boots.com and on 3 for 2)






 Superdrug Thai Massage kit, £6.99 Supersrug stores and website (ona 3 for 2 at the moment) (Photo Superdrug.com)


For a fantastic range of fun-smelling-packed-with-natural-oils massage bars, head over to a Lush store, or a Lush website.   These bars melt with natural body heat and moisturise the skin.  I have several that I use before or during a bath.


The soft Coeur or honey mooner, with real belgian chocolate. mmmmmmmm


This si one I have yet to try, but the After 8:30 has milk chocolate, white chocolate and peppermint oil in it (not that I have chocolate on the brain!)

For a cheaper option then most chemist do a bottle of almond oil or carie oil for around £1.50 which is perfect for a massage and can be used to dilute other oils e.g. lavender.
So whether it is a voucher for a local spa, a hairdresser's massage, a homemade voucher for a manicure, a treat from lush, a bottle of massage oil or a wooden massager for your desk drawer... A massage is a great stocking filler!

Suitable for knitting nans, stressed out mums, computeraholics, girl-friends who need a treat or happy hubbies.



18 Sleeps to go! 



P.s. Mr Computergirl santa says he's very sorry but he can't sfford the massage chair at the top as it costs near £1800 (and you don't have room for it).  Perhaps if you find a cheaper one it might be considered in the future.

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