Monday, 26 March 2012

Bagpuss investigates: Pixi Magic Tink Tint and Nail Polish

It's not often I catch him up and about, as Bagpuss tends to be frozen when the humans are about- but the other day I was lucky enough to catch this candy stripe cat mooching about.  The first thing he did was streeeeettch and yaaaawn.  The second thing he did was find my stash of PixiGLOW goodies (naturally in a jiffy bag because ALL cats like Jiffy bags as holiday homes......
Yaaawwwnnn, stretchhhh! Time to play!

Bagpuss was investigating the Magic Tink Tint, a lip balm pencil that, once applied, adapts to your individual lip PH and provides the wearer with an individual shade.  Bagpuss (lets call him BP from hereon in) said it smelt of strawberries and icing sugar- he would be right.  He said it was delicate on his nose as cats have very sensitive noses and don't like lots of chemicals or harsh scents.  (I noticed on the box it says the gel crayon is free from parabens, triclosan, sulfates and pthalates which is good news).  BP said the crayon made him feel happy and proceeded to rub his little (or actually rather big and disproportionate) head against the box.

Mr BP is a very clever cat for then he spotted something very interesting........
Clever (clogs) Cat! Dupe Alert!

He went and found my Dior lip glow colour reviving balm with his little paws and exclaimed how similar they are!  Luckily the price is slightly different as the Pixi product is £12 from ASOS (link)  and the Dior is £21 (link!).  "Extraordinary!  Both 2 and 1 but the reverse price!"  BP said.
Dior Lip Glow (left), PixiGLOW Magic Tink Tint (right)

I tried both items and found the pixiGlow to provide a more vivid colour, and last slightly longer.
Pixi top swatch, Dior bottom...

I rewarded BP with some pampering- any treatment he wanted- of course he chose a PAW-decure or should I saw CLAW-decure?  He shade of choice was PixiGLOW 408 aka Pirouette Pink.  The bright flamingo pink matched his fur and the tin gold finishing sheen brought out the blue in his eyes (so he said... ).  If you want to copy Mr BP then the polish is on Pixibeauty for $8 (link).  Alternatively I just noticed they have a set of both items AND a a fairy dust for £20 (link!)
Perfect Summer toe/ claw colour
Notice the gold sheen in the bottle- I struggled to capture it :/ It's there, I assure you!

BP was very tired after this adventure and needed to make sure he got his 18 hours a day beauty sleep, so retreated to his favourite sunny corner.   He did say that he would love to hear if you have tried these products and what you think! So...

Have you tried these products?  Hot pink nail polish- hit or miss?  Anyone else been a clever cat and found a dupe?  Shall I ask BP for more reviews?

Disclaimer: Both these items were PR samples, however this has not affected any of the words here as BP is not easily swayed.  Everyone knows you can't make a cat love you or your products.  Humans are their servants, cats are free spirits and serve no-one.

P.s. You can see Bagpuss in one of his famous adventures HERE (link!)

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Ped Egg- does it work?

Sorry for the silence. I have had a crazy week.  The good news is that my minor surgery scars are now healing and that I am able to wear strappy tops- just in time for the gorgeous warm weather the UK is having!
Ped Egg. Needs scissors to open the packet.

Of course sunshine means that things once hidden are now on show- I'm talking feet!  After a winter of tights, socks, boots, shoes and bed socks, mine are looking a bit...dull.  I fear turning into 'that' person (sandals, crusty dry skin on feet with overgrown toeneails...*shudder*).  I wanted to get them ready for summer so a couple of weeks back I went (on recommendation) to purchase a Ped Egg from Boots... they were £9.99.  I puffed out my cheeks and walked out.  £9.99 for a 'cheese grater for your feet'!!  I had seen these gadgets a few years back before they were well known but they weren't £10!  I set off searching and managed to pick one up from good ol' Ebay (link!) for £4.  Sorted.
Ped Egg goodies.  Almost like Easter... almost.

The Ped Egg is essentially a gentle foot file in a hand friendly design.  It comes with an emery board to stick on the outside shell, and inside is the metal file.  I stress that it is gentle.  It wont slice through your skin.  The downside is that the gentle nature means you have to use it regularly.  I have been using mine daily on my dry feet before bed.  I then slather some lovely foot cream on and let it soak in over night.  I use my feet a lot- every day- so the least I can do is give them a little tlc by removing the dead skin and helping them to function properly.  My feet arent summer ready yet, but then I wasn't expecting summer to arrive before April...
It's 'Grate'... (sorry!)  Nail Polish Orly (reviewed here LINK')

I have found one design flaw, if you close the egg it will loosen the file plate meaning that if you don't empty the dead skin immediately after use, then next time you open it you will end up with the dead skin flying everywhere.... yuck!!  I hasten to add I was only putting the lid on the transport to the bathroom to rinse it out! 

All in all a neat gadget that is making the post-winter pedicure ritual a bit better.  I wouldn't pay £10 for it though!!

Do you have a ped egg?  Do you like them?  How do you exfoliate your feet?

Disclaimer: Bought with my own money.  No you can't see a picture of my feet.  That is just weird.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Bourjois Mini Blush 04: Review

Almost looks like chocolate... maybe my chocolate free lent is going to my brain!
The other week I showed you a nice thank you present I received from Bourjois (link!).  Well inside that little lot was this baby: Mini Bourjois Blush 04 Cream Blush.

Screw lid is always good- less chance of handbag spillage!  I hate opening my handbag/ makeup bag and finding products have sprung open and emptied all over everything.

The pot is mini- around the size of a 10 pence piece for you UK folk!  This looks a little red in my pictures (unnatural light).  I assure you it is a nice sun kissed light golden brown, almost a rose gold.  However when you swatch it, it turns into a light highlight / glow.  The hue reminds me of Dior's Amber Diamond (that reminds me I need to post on that!).  Of course Dior is a powder and Bourjois is a cream.  They are also vastly different in price!

Unfortunately I cant find any links to this product on boots or superdrug- the only place I seem to be able to find it is on ebay (link!) for £3.48 including postage.  I think it is still available in stores on the mini bourjois stands though.  Absolutely worth a look, and handbag friendly :)

What products do you carry in your handbag in miniature version?  What products do you wish they made in miniature?

P.s. My Mac lipstick giveaway (link!) is still open and on the verge of having another prize added :) 
P.p.s.  Don't forget to visit this post (link!) and submit your skin questions for the dermatologist to answer.  She is a doctor and looks after all things from dermatitis to acne.

Disclaimer: I was sent this as a gift with no expectations of a review or mention.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Ask a dermatologist (Skin Doctor- for free)!

In the UK, dermatologists are not really seen as a medical necessity unless under extreme circumstances when a referral is made by a doctor.  If we were more like the US and France then a dermatologist would just be a normal part of health care, just like a doctor, dentist, optician and so on.  Your skin can tell you a lot about what is going on under the surface.  Also a lot of skin problems are curable by use of a certain type of product or routine (rather than changing your skin by taking hormone tables as most doctor will easily prescribe these days).  Long time readers will know all about my quest for clear, healthy looking skin.  I have tackled (and still continue to fight (more gently)) spots, scars, pimples, milia, wrinkles, pigmentation, blackheads, oil, dry patches and much more.

What clear skin? On a green detox but need help?

Today I am very pleased to let you know that I have secured the chance for a qualified London dermatologist to answer a few lucky readers questions.  You have one week to post a question a question below (closes 9am GMT Thursday 22nd March).  After this Dr. Sangeeta Punjabi of the private Miravue Skin Clinic will be looking through your questions providing responses to ten lucky readers.  She is an qualified doctor and has a wind ranging knowledge on health issues, so put her to the test!

Do you have a skin problem, or a burning question?  Maybe its sun screen, spots, scars, pores, routines, oil, wrinkles or other things you have a question on?  Simply leave your question in a comment below, and make sure you follow the blog, so you're notified when the response post goes live!  Roll up, roll up! Don't be shy!!

P.s. Don't forget my Mac giveaway is still live and there is a chance I'll add another prize.....

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Origins Brighter By Nature Moisturiser

Seeing as I just finished my tub of Origins Brighter By Nature SPF36 moisturiser I thought I would share a few thoughts!  Origins try to keep their products free from lots of nasty chemicals, instead harnessing the natural powers of nature.  I try to use natural products as much as possible and this was one of the things that lead me to Origins.
Nice sized pot.  Easy to pack!

The moisturiser has the tag line of 'Skin tone correcting moisturiser'.  Anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, tackles age spots, brightens, adds moisture- it does it all!  It contains some very gentle (and painless) natural acid (the type founds in fruits) which help to brighten the complexion.  Needless to say, this product smells fruity!  It is a very light whipped texture, so a little goes a long way.  This means I can easily justify the £32 34 price tag.  This 50ml tub has lasted me for around a year.

As instructed I apply it in the morning (not ever day, but most) and I have found my complexion look more lively.  It has especially helped with my red scars left over from cystic posts.  Unlike my experience of 'A Perfect World' (link but watch out for the weird face in it! Link) moisturiser, I found this worked well even on my oil oily days (nose shine)!  I cleanse and then apply it, and it sinks in easily.  The bonus is that it has an inbuilt SPF 35 to protect your face even in the height of UK summer.  This means I dont have to opt for a foundation with SPF, which can sometimes interfere with the formula or photographs.
Unfortunately I forgot to photograph it before I finished it!

 I have really enjoyed using this product, and will almost certainly repurchase it, I just have a few other things to try/test first!  Be warned, the tub is a little heavy duty (but recyclable).  Also, as will all products, remember to keep it out of direct sunlight/heat or it will go off.

I normally purchase my origins items from Boots (link), Debenhams (link) or House of Fraser (link) online or in store.  Worth a look if your skin is looking a be winter dull, grey or in need of a natural treat!  If you are not sure then the origins counter staff will normally talk through your aims, recommend products and even try some of you.

Do you have any Origins products?  Have you tried this?  What morning moisturiser do you use and how do you perk up your skin first thing?

P.s. Don't forget my spot and skincare resource tab above (link!).  It contains links to lots of posts about various products and regimes.  Worth a browse!

P.p.s. My Mac giveaway is still open, and if I hit 650 followers I will be adding another prize- so sub up if you are a blog 'lurker'!

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Running With Scissors (Monki Haul)

If you don't know who Monki are, they are a sister company of the Swedish brand Cheap Monday (see ASOS and Urban Outfitters for their range).  Both companies are actually owned by H&M.  For Cheap Monday, think skinny jeans, over sized t shirts and much more but not too cheap!  Monki however play on the quirkier side of things.  Just in case you were wondering, Monki is the little cute cartoon guy I posted on Twitter and Facebook yesterday as a teaser!
Lovely Monki items!
Monki have just set up their first flagship store in the UK (London, 39 Carnaby street if you are interested).  They also have a concession in Oxford street Selfridges, and I am hoping a few more will follow this year.

I visited their website last Saturday and placed a little order.  They didn't used to send items to the UK, but I think now their store is open in Carnaby street, they have started to offer this service.  I visited and placed an order there- be warned, it is all in euros, but a quick google will show you what the price translates as.  My order arrived Friday (quicker than they predicted) and delivery cost around £4-5 which isn't far different to other online shops in the UK.  My parcel came from Germany!

Scissor Necklace (link!) 

According to Monki, in some countries scissors are used to cast curses so I have to think positive thoughts while wearing this (and not run while wearing it)!  I just through it was unusual and wearable at work.  It is a bit longer than I thought- it falls mid bust length (a la 'Lorraine chain') but isn't as heavy as some other necklaces I have of that length, so hopefully I wont end up clonking this noisily on the table every time I sit down!

Siggi Cluch (link!)
Love at first sight! Blimey Limey!

This clutch is bright imitation leather (blimey limey colour to be exact)!  It's a slight touch on the yellow side on lime green, and for me it means SPRING!  I also know that putting this with any plain outfit will immediately brighten it up.  I love the asymmetric flap front (fastened with a magnetic clasp in the bottom left corner).  Inside there is one zip pocket (and a cute tiny label with monki monster on)!  It is big enough to fit a slim purse, touch up makeup, phone, keys, gum and still a bit more.  The only thing I sort of wish for is that the whole thing zipped up under the flap- just in case I over fill it and cant used the magnetic clasp!  I guess I will have to restrain my inner bag content hoarder!! 

Monki say: "If there is such a ting as a perfect clutch, Siggi is it. She has it all. Perfect size, perfect chicness, perfect shape and perfect… everything. Perfection." €20

Alana plait belt (link!) 
Retro belt!

This reminds me of vintage 70's belts.  It fastens through the plait so one size fits all!  I love the fact the buckle bit is wrapped, so the metal wont snag on any delicate fabrics.  I cant wait to wear this with my Siggi clutch!! €15

Dragonfly earrings (link!)
"I seen a Dragonfly, I ain't never seen a Donkey-fly!"

 I spotted these and thought they looked sweet.  They aren't real silver, and are on a par with New Look / Dorothy Perkins prices.  They are a bit bigger than I thought (bigger than a 50p piece!) but I will still get lots of wear out of these.

Cute Monki mail bag!

Verdict: I'm really pleased with my purchases.  I found the monki site easy to use, and love the level of detail from the mailing bags, website doodles and emails to the product tags (open them up!) and care labels.  It's not extortionate in price and the items feel good quality.   I hope to use these in some outfit of the day posts on my fashion blog 5 foot 10 but a few of you said you would like to see accessory posts here so I put this here first!

What do you think of my purchases?  Have you heard of Monki?  Do you like their items?  Would you shop there?

P.s. Don't forget my Mac giveaway!

Disclaimer: All items were purchased by me and these are my own words!

Friday, 9 March 2012

NOTD: Orly Fowl Play

It's been a while since I did a nail polish post, and a number of you have requested more as part of your entry to my MAC giveaway (link!) so here you are!  After a fairly stressful day (minor procedure at the doctors- all sorted and healing ok so far...) I relaxed by having a drop of baileys, some bacon rashers crisps and a home manicure.
I got blue sparkle, red sparkle, silver sparkle, gold sparkle....

Orly Fowl Play was part of their Bird's of a Feather collection last autumn/winter.  Unfortunately it was limited edition, but that is not to say it can't be found in local salons, spas and of course good old (link to seller here)
Night time shot- no flash. This is closer to the true colour.

(Slight apology here, I always apply polish and then take a photo before I clean up the application.  I don't mean to- I just get a bit over enthusiastic!)

It is a gorgeous dark amethyst colour with added sparkle.  It seems to have blue and silver glitter in, as well as flakes of what looks like gold leaf.  This gives it a grown up, subtle shimmer and opal like shine in places.  It retails for £4.95 which is really good for an unusual, quality polish.
This see-through coat could be layered over another colour for a different look.

As you can see, you need two coats to get a good strong colour.  I used Rimmel 5 in 1 Nail Treat (currently on 3 for 2 at Boots) as my base and top coat.  It's a great space saving travel product!
Obligatory blurry glitter shot!

I have used Orly polishes for a while (including their cute mini manis (older posts here)) and find the range of colours and finishes quite good.  I also have found with a good base/top coat the polish will last chip free for at least a week.  The best part- Orly polishes are free from the big deadly 3 ingredients: DBP, Formaldehyde and Toluene.  If you want to read more about Orly or see their full range of colours then please visit

Do you own any Orly polishes?  What is the most unusual glitter/gold leave polish you own?  Do you use a base/top coat- if so which one?

Disclaimer: I was given these as a gift by Orly, with no obligation to review.  I am including this polish on my blog because I like it!  These are my own words!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Are you ready to open your ears and eyes to Kony? I dare you to watch.

Every now and again something none beauty related comes along and I feel the need to share.  I'll be honest, I saw this trending on twitter this morning, and though.. 'oh another beauty blogger on the charity band wagon, asking for money, no doubt for a good cause...'.  There are LOTS of good causes, and it is impossible to support every single one.  It is a personal choice.  This is not a charity video as such....

I just settled down and thought, ok I'll watch a minute or two and get the basics so I know what twitter is going on about........ I watched the whole thing.  I couldn't not take my eyes away.  I don't know why more people don't know about this.  It is not a 'give us your money' plea, it is a very well thought out, personal and factual account of something which has no place in the 21st century.  I can't explain it better than the video, but I hope that you will watch with your ears and eyes and maybe learn something.

Please watch the video before judging.  Make up your own mind on whether you want to act, repost, share, tell your friend etc.  It's very thought provoking but the decision is always yours.

Normal posting will resume tomorrow.  Thank you for watching.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Bourjois Mini Overview!

The other day this little lot fell through my letter box (obviously in a jiffy bag, or that would be a little weird.  Having said that if any people feel like they randomly want to post individual cosmetics through my door, then I probably wont complain!!

I haven't tried the Bourjois mini range, although have been using Bourjois products for at least ten years.  I think the first nail polish my mum ever bought me was Bourjois nice purple shade.  I might still have it somewhere if it hasn't dried up!  (TIP: For longer lasting polishes, keep them cool in the fridge.  In emergencies add a drop of nail polish remover to un-gloop.  However each time you do this, the polish will thin- use sparingly, with caution)!

Bourjois surprise!

I have;
  • Effet 3D Mini Gloss in Rose Arctic.  A neutral gloss with blue undertone, sort of the gloss equivilent to clinique's chubby stick graped up shade (link)
  • Eau de gloss. Clear gloss.
  • Mini kabuki powder brush
  • So laque nail polish in Rouge Fashionista 41 (think bright cerise side of red)
  • Cream Blush in Blush 04 Shimmery brown neutral- possibly a sunkissed glow?
  • Volumizer Mascara
  • Double ended Noir and Blanc pencil to define and widen eyes. (link!)
Expect to see some of these products creeping up in FOTD snaps soon!

I already have a Volumizer mascara and have struggled to use the second step without my eyelashes going gloopy and ending up in 3 clumps :/ (evidence pictures here)!  The first stage is fine and so I stick to using the first one only.  I was thinking about using this spare one for a giveaway?  

(P.s. Don't forget my Mac giveaway (link).

Do you have any of these products?  What do you think of them? Is the mini range worth purchasing?  Do you have a Volumizer mascara and how do you get on with it?  Would you like to win it?

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Real Techniques Blush Brush and Shading Brush

I spotted these in Boots a few weeks back and snapped them up quickly.  The range had pretty much sold out in that store, which is a good sign.  Unless you have been under a rock then you will have come across the Pixiwoo sisters on youtube and the blogosphere (and many other places).  Sisters Sam and Nic Chapman are distinguished makeup artists who set up a youtube chanel while Sam was on maternity leave.  The chanel (and blog grew) and before they knew it the word was watching!
Tip: These packets make a great cheap travel case for your brushes.

Real Techniques is Sam's brush range.  I think this was her project as Nic was pregnant and resting.  Of course all the online beauty geeks (*ahem*) have been snapping these up, but the fact Boots had empty shelves shows that the public must be picking these up too!  I have to say that even if I wasn't in the beauty field, I would have picked these up.  I was quite impressed with the overall packaging, price and design.
The coloured handle denotes the type of brush! Pink = Finishing.

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99 (link) (0)1407

"Hand-cut to contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended, high definition results'.

Incredibly soft, like a cat's paw (minus the claws)!  The tapered edge manages to pick up enough blush powder with on sweep and distribute it in a natural looking, blended sweep.  I have pictured it next to one of my most used brushes, the ELF Studio Blush Brush (£3.99 link).  As you can see RT is bigger and with more of a gradient.  I have also used this will setting powder and my No.7 Floral Brights Highlighter (review coming)!
Purple handle for eye brushes

Real Techniques Shading Brush £7.99 (link!) (0)1404

'From subtle to dramatic, my essential shading brush is hand-cut to create flawless high definition results'

Another soft brush.  As you can see, it sits between my GOSH eye shadow brush (review) and my smashbox artist's brush.  Although it is marketed for eye shadow, I have used this with concealer, liquid primer and highlighter.  It takes to liquidy/cream products quite well.

Overall I like the fact that these are man-made soft fibers instead of animal fur.  I have washed them a few times and not experienced any shedding- obviously the key test is to use and wash them for a year but I cant wait that long to share these with you!!  So far they haven't stained but I will expect the whiter fibers to get a bit tired looking over time.  The brushes come with a website link to demonstration videos which I think is a cool idea.

I heard rumours that these brushes are made by the same company as eco-tools, although I am not sure if this is 100% confirmed.  These brushes fall mid price range for me.  I have found cheaper ones, but have found most (not all) generally shed or become coarse after a few washes.  Plus I know Sam has designed these and made them with years of hands on experience, rather than just adding her name to a product.

The only downside I have found with these brushes is that the metal runs 3/4 the way down the handle.  Although this isn't bad within it's self (it makes cleaning them easy), I have found this a tiny bit slippy in my hands if my skin is dry.  I would have preferred the rubber grip ran a bit further down the brush.  It's not a huge problem but just something I would have have preferred if there was a choice.

If you want to read more about Real Techniques or find your nearest stockist, please visit or the Pixiwoo blog page for stockist.  They do a full range of essential, versatile brushes and even do starter kits for around £20.  A great investment.

Do you have any Real Techniques brushes?  Would you consider purchasing any?  What brands of brush do you like using?

P.s. Don't forget my MAC giveaway!  (link!)

Thursday, 1 March 2012

February Favorites!

It's that time again! February is so short that is has just flown by.  At least we had an extra day in February this year.  Did anyone propose?!  I spent my extra day working and trying to remove lipstick off my duvet cover! Woops!
Glamour Mag!

I struggled a little with choosing my favourite things this month- not entirely sure why.  Perhaps the shorter month has knocked me out of kilter.  That and a lot of travel/family strife this month!  All is fine now though!

I liked this month's Grazia for all the fashion content.  It was a big bumper issue so lots of reading at a bargain price- and better pictures than scrambling to see at the catwalks!

I have been using This for a good few weeks and so far I like it.  Origins Night-a-mins night cream.  Fear not- it shall be reviewed (along with a back log of other origins things).  Thankfully no weird faces have popped up in this cream so far......

February Favourite makeup items!
I wouldn't necessarily say these are all time favourites but they have gravitated towards my 'use daily' basket.
  • MAC 'All that Glitters' eye shadow.  Light, neutral and lovely.  Featured in my gold things post!
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation (initially reviewed HERE).  I can report that the formula does clog in the pump every now and again but not as badly as Mat Lumiere.  I buff it in and so far so good!
  • MAC 'Patisserie' Lipstick.  My lips but better. Lustre finish.  Perhaps worthy of a post?
  • Illamasqua Feisty Medium pencil  I have only used this a lip liner/colour but perhaps I should try it as an eyeliner?!  Bought in my Illamasqua haul and posted here (link!)
Why did I include Glamour magazine?  I absolutely loved the shoot with Reese Witherspoon.  It was classy, vintage and elegant.
All rights held by Glamour magazine UK.

Doesn't she look fab?  I love simple, classic, vintage style.

What have you been loving this month?  Do you want a post on Patisserie lipstick?

P.S. Don't forget to enter my MAC lipstick giveaway! (Link!)
P.P.S. I was featured as Drop of Pink's Blogger of the week this week, so if you want to read my story of how and why I started this blog then click HERE

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