Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Pick of the Beauty Sale Bargains! UPDATED

Sales are a minefield- lucky for you I have done some online shopping today and will share with you some of the best finds!
Aromatherapy Associates and Alpha H.. I always stock up in the sales!

 I skipped Boots, House of Fraser and Debenhams Beauty,- not much there online, or it all seems the same things (apart from Debehams have Benefit Cabana Glam for £19 and some nice L'occitane sets (Verbana smells like sherbert lemons)).

Alpha H- (Yes the brand which has done WONDERS for my skin. I blogged here) and Beauty Bay have a fantastic sale on the Alpha H range including the Liquid Gold Night Intensive.  If you are unsure about trying something new, then I can really recommend the smaller kits that give you lots of smaller sized products (the Liquid Gold discovery kit is around £35).  I can also recommend the eye complex- so gentle around the eyes- a great reviver for an overindulgent festive period!

Micro-bubble by Daniel Sandler? See further down for discounts!
Other favorites in Beauty Bay's 40% off sale include Aromatherapy Associates (for revive body gel, oils and enrich body scrub), Murad (great skin cleanser), Paul and Joe vintage inspired makeup (the bon bon primer is £20!) and a few Jemma Kidd brushes.
Paul and Joe Primer

SpaceNK Sale- why buy a Clarisonic Mia for £96 instead of £115- when you can get a Clarisonic Classic for £99 reduced from £150 (unlike the Mia, the classic can be used on the body as well as face).  It has transformed my skin.

Space NK have Aromatherapy Associates Revive bath and Shower oil reduced from £12 to £6!!  Some Shu Uemura makeup (drawing pencils £7, cleansing oil around £20..) AND Chantecaille is worth a look- check out the Delices des Roses lip palette reduced from £50 to £25.

Chantecaille from Space NK- 50% off (see further down the post!)
Feel Unique have up to 50% off- worth looking at Burt's Bees Tinited Lip Balms (I have these and they are great- sale at £4.49. Vegan, Cruelty free, highly pigmented and nourishing.

If you are, like me, a Daniel Sandler makeup fan then you can pick up the cult Micro-Bubble lipstick for £9.54 instead of £13.25 or checkout the water-colour blushes as they are £11.60 instead of £14.50.

If the winter weather and heating is drying out your skin then check out Darphin's Hydrating Kiwi Mask- I have reviewed it on this blog and am replacing it in the sale as the whole range has 15% off (as do many other ranges at Feel Unique!

What have you picked up in the sales?  Any good beauty sales I have missed?  Point me in their direction...!!

UPDATE: Lush have 50% off their Christmas items including Snow Fairy and gift boxes for £5!
SpaceNK have added Laura Mercier candles reduced by 50% to £14.50 Creme Brule Candle anyone?

Asos beauty sale has a number of affordable bargains from GHDs for around £60, Jemma Kidd, Bourjois, OPI for £7, Nails inc, Benefit boing for £9, Korres from £9, Model mirrors... it's a good sale!!!

Cocktail Cosmetics: Brilliant NYX and ArtDeco goodies!

P.s. If you are looking for fashion and accessories I'm putting my spots and purchases on 

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Just a little note...

... to wish each and every one of you a lovely and peaceful Christmas.  I have been working so hard that I havent really had time to feel very festive.  Today has just been about spending some time with family... and sleeping!  I hope you have had the day you wanted! 

I always spare a thought for those without family, those on their own, those working - especially in hospices.  Christmas goes beyond presents (although those are nice)!  Hopefully everyone has had a safe and quiet day!

Ok- who got a Furby this year?

Happy Christmas from Computergirl's Musings xx

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Topic Post: Hair Removal for party season [Sponsored Topic Post]

I mentioned a while back that I might accept one or two sponsored topic posts in the future.  Just to be clear, I never accept money to write positive things about a product or service- that would be lying.  I always tell the truth and my blogger/media affiliations vouch for that.  From time to time I might accept a commission on this blog- that is a little bit of pocket money to write a general topic article- one which I might write anyway regardless of sponsorship.  I invest a lot of time and money into this blog, buying products, visiting venues etc so being able to put something back into the pot is always a bonus.  As always, all words are my own, all views are my own.  Nothing will sway this.

Hair Removal.
Smooth, toned, supple skin... I can dream right? (Oh and the sun looks pretty inviting too!  The UK is freezing!)
With the Christmas party season being in full swing, most women suddenly find themselves faced with a dress-to-impress event.  Skin that has been hidden under 20 layers of jumpers, tights and trousers will be thrust into view- this terrifies me for two reasons.  Dry skin and hair removal preparation!

Why is it us women in the UK feel the need to remove all (well most!) hair on their bodies?  Travel some countries and it doesn't seem to bother the native women, but in the UK and US there seems to be a big thing about women having hairy legs or arms.  Men are fine, but women seem to be viewed as grubby with stubbly legs.

Looking back through history, there seems to be a change during the age of liberated vintage pin-up drawings.  Women with perfect corseted figures and smooth, dainty legs.  No-one every draws stubbly legs!!  Prior to that women were stuck in bloomers and long dresses- showing leg or even ankles was a taboo act!  You remember Mr Darcy?! Seeing a women's ankle would have meant she was a harlot!!
Benefit Bathina- great pinup inspired leg 'sheen' for a festive glow!

 Of course, hair does have advantages- its supposed to help keep us warm and keep bacteria off the skin, but evolution has undoubtedly left variations on this.  I think it boils down to men being the hairy caveman who makes fire, and women wanting to be clearly distinguished from the neaderthals.. Well maybe not on the surface, but deep down there must be some substance in that thought?

Nowadays its easy, if not time consuming, to remove hair.  Depending on the growth and density, methods can be slightly painful, but normally last from a few days to a few months.

My home use hair removal tales....
  • Razors are easily available (unless you're under 16 in which case you might need a supervising adult to buy them for you- seriously!!), just remember to use shaving gel OR the cheaper alternative of hair conditioner.  Both work well to ease blade friction and reduce 'razor burn'. Ouch!  And never shave in a hurry. Unless you want to end up looking a bit like Christina A with her self-tan malfunction....
  • Hair Removal Cream: Normally smells quite very odd and can be a bit messy.  Just burns through the hair- so careful not to fall asleep with it on- or mistake it for deep treating leave on hair conditioner (though I have heard of a scorned woman treating her cheating husband to this 'speacial hair conditioner....'....)
Adding Aloe Vera Gel to skin post treatments can help soothe and reduce redness.

  • Home Wax strips/Kits.  I have never really got on with these. Lord knows I've tried.  The pre-waxed strips are normally set hard and require heating a little between your hands.  Cue lots of rubbing hands together, missing some patches, placing strips on and mentally preparing yourself to rip it off... only to find it only half works.  I tried a kit once- the one where you put wax in a rollerball thingy, then place hot water in another container, place the roller ball thingy inside then apply onto your skin, place cotton sheets on it and rip- confused?!  I ended up with a mixture of hot water and wax on my legs, ran out of strips and then found the hot wax had leaked all over my "really nice and now not-so-fluffy' dressing gown.  That kit is now recycled into pencils or some more useful then a mensa mind challenge beauty product.
  • Electronic Epilator.  It looks like a medieval torture instrument- and the one I had was pretty loud, which meant people I lived with asked what on earth I was doing.... *cue red face*.  It literally rips the hair out at speed from the root. You have to glide it over the desired areas- I was never brave enough to use on anywhere other than my legs.  It hurt- though the freezer pack did help.  Though I liked not having to wait for 4-6 weeks growth before using it (unlike waxing).

My preferred method for legs is salon waxing- only it adds up in cost and you have to go on a regular basis so that you get every hair growing at the same rate- so there is a little bit of 'growth' towards the end.  Inevitable I end up with a razor most days.  Can be quick, last a few days and doesnt require traveling (I generally use this razor).  I LOVE having my eyebrows threaded.  Depending on various times of the month the process goes from pain free to YOUCH! So take this into account when you book.  The results are long lasting and clean cut- this is a middle eastern technique which can be used all over the body.

I have never tried Sugaring or Laser Hair Removal.  I have heard various reports on the painfulness of both but that Laser Hair Removal is the only process which eventually kills the hair root meaning no more shaving/plucking/waxing etc.  Sounds good!!
Don't forget to detox after all your 'dress-to-impress' Christmas parties!  Although dancing in high heels is supposed to be a good work out so don't feel too guilty about skipping the gym the morning after!

So my question to you is, what method do you use, and do you have any tips?

This topic post has been sponsored by Urbana Hair Removal at

Coming up: Huge Clothes Show Haul (just see the Instagram photos (username computergirl200), Topshop makeup haul, Mac Haul, Apivita goodies, Christmas Giveaway(s), Alpha H, Murad... Christmas!

Disclaimer: As stated this post has been sponsored by Urbana.  That is to say my time has been compensated.  No positive review has been bought

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Week in Instagram & The Clothes Show 2012!

Well, this is new for me!  I'm on Instagram!  I took a long time to join,  but if you want to follow then my user name is computergirl200.  Original, I know!  The same name as my twitter!  Let me know if you are on there!

My Instagram pictures!

*Christmas Nails*, *Post*, *Advent Calendar*, *Grumpy Cat*, *Winter Sunsets*, *Rainbow Pens*, *Winter Hot Chocolate and Homemade Shortbread*, *Cupcakes*, *Shopping*, *My Favorite Notebook*, *Some food I didn't like*, *Some food I miss*.
It's hard to show these pictures in full- in fact these are chopped down versions of what is on Instagram.

I'm not sure if you like these posts- I always enjoy seeing them.  Perhaps you could let me know if you'd like to see more instagram posts?

The Clothes Show
I was up at 6am yesterday to make the opening of The Clothes Show in Birmingham.  It's running the 7th-12 December at the NEC and is well worth a visit.  I have lots of news to share, interviews hauls, pictures.. but I thought I would share a few tips for anyone heading there in the next few days.  I have been before and on balance I think I liked this year a bit more- it seems to have more useful things going on, and a bit more space to move about.  Some good brands and deals (more on that at the end!);
  • Wear flat shoes- or ones you can walk miles in.  I saw many a young girl holding her shoes in her hands throughout the day!  Barefoot and crowds do not mix!
  • There are a few offers and vouchers for tickets so do an Internet search before you buy.  This might leave you with more spending money ;)  Students/UCAS get 20% off tickets!
  • The show guide (map) comes with a wristband that gets you lots of discounts.  Best thing is to get your guide (£8 unfortunately) and sit in the coffee or wine enclosure whilst having a quick read.  There are lots of show exclusives in the guide, which some people don't read until the train ride home (d'oh!).
  • Food outlets are there but if you are watching the pennies, head to the Zest and Company stands, buy there goodie bags for £3 (possibly £2 if at the end!) and you will find several healthy and not so healthy snacks AND drinks in them (as well as beauty goodies- which will make great stocking fillers)!
Waiting for the first fashion show to start.  Loved the themes and the dancers were great.

  • Don't just head to the 'main' high street brands (New Look, Miss Selfridge, Oasis, Rimmel, Paul's Boutique, Lee Stafford etc.  It's amazing what you will find tucked round each corner.  I love the handmade sections and Anita's Vintage Fair (including Oxfam vintage stall).  It's amazing what individual and unique items you can pick up.  Perfect for gifts too!
  • The main catwalk is good- and you never know who is going to be making an appearance.  However there are a few other stages inside the hall.  I managed to see the lovely Liberty London Girl talking about Blogging and answering a live Q and A.  There are also talks for writers and bloggers, educational incite talks for those wanting to know more about studying in the fashion industry (plus lots of information stands), trend alerts, talks on healthy modelling (including "All walks beyond the catwalk'- more on that later), catwalk school, goodie bag giveaways, make-up an hair demos and much more.  (Don't miss Rachel Wood on the Style Studio stage!)
  • Various celebrities and industry experts are there throughout the show, but some are only there for one day only so check the clothes show website for the latest up to date information.
  • After the show closes, pop long to hall 3A for the World Duty Free sale.  Free entry :) Open till late!
  • Yes, there are fashion scouts and searches for 'the face of...' campaigns, but don't wear ultra skinny outfits and a face caked in makeup.  I lost count of the number of people I saw wearing evening makeup- it makes it look like you are hiding lots.  Let your natural beauty shine through so the scouts can see what they have to work with!
I have to give a big mention to the lovely Georgie (Dreams that Glitter and owner of Beau_xoxo) who is a fellow blogger.  She hand makes beautiful items (which I have indulged in) so pop over to her stand for a Blogger's Discount!  Also the guys at Little Black Dress, Carmex, Sleek and Model's Own are great (with great exclusive deals too!).  Don't forget to say I sent you ;)
Georgie's beautiful stand! B43 and I love her outfit (and her nails were fab!)

I have much more to follow but I thought I would share a few tips for those visiting and follow it up with haul posts very soon!  I'm back on Monday so if you will be there then let me know!  Anyone else been or have any tips?

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