Saturday, 27 December 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Sale (& Tom Ford)

I can't believe I haven't spoken about Charlotte Tilbury Makeup.  I actually spent (nearly) an entire day with the Tilbury Team and Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends) (and Ruth's mum) a bit earlier in 2014- I'll have to post a few things on that... I thought I would share a few items from my Charlotte Tilbury Collection in case it helps any of you who are looking to purchase discounted Charlotte Tilbury makeup in the sale (yes they are on sale- links below).
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat, The Retoucher and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick.

The Retoucher (link) Normally £25 now £22.50
It looks like YSL Touche Eclate, (the cult product) BUT it is so much more.  It is a concealer AND highlighter.  Not only does this hide bags under your eyes, it can also be used round the nose, on your cupids bow, cheek bones as a highlighter AND as a concealer on blemishes.  It's handbag friendly and thankfully the lid has been foolproof so far (I hate it when products open in your bag and then collect all the lint from the bottom of your bag).  It also has beautiful rose gold packaging.  It's a winner for me, and one to add to your basket.

Lipstick in Coachella Coral (link) Normally £23 Now £20.70
This is really a spring and summer colour, but I thought I would include the lipsticks in this post as I have been really impressed by the formulation.  I haven't tried the matte ones (yet) but I loved seeing this beauty in my bag.  It's part of the ingenue look, which is overall neutral and natural.
Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral Lipstick.

Lip Cheat in Pink Venus (link) Normally £16 Now £14.40
Charlotte Tilbury is all about glamour, so pencils and sticks are a must.  I don't reach for lip pencils on a daily basis as I never wear them with lipgloss or balm.  However when I want a polished look then defining the lip is a must.  Lip liners help prevent your lipstick bleeding onto your face (bleeding/feathering lipstick can make you look a bit drunk).  I also use them to to create a base all over the lip, to help my lipstick stay on longer.  Matching your lip liner to the lipstick colour can be tricky, so sometimes I just treat myself and let the sales assistants/ makeup artists match it to the lipstick I am purchasing.  (I did a post a couple of years ago all about lip liners link)

I can't find my eye shadow quads to photograph, but the shadows are soft and pigmented.  I don't think there is a dud in the pack.  I've also used the skincare and have to say that Charlotte's magic cream lives up to it's name.  Normally a small fortune, but similarly reduced (link).

It's also worth noting that the Tom Ford lipsticks are also reduced.  These are pricey normally, and still an investment in the sale, BUT £33 or £26 instead of nearly £40 is a big difference!  Everyone I chat to says TF lipsticks are THE ones to have, and I have been impressed with them- however the price is a sticking point.  That's what sales are for ;)

Have you tried any Charlotte Tilbury or Tom Ford products?  Have you found any good sales?

Friday, 26 December 2014

What I'm shopping in the Christmas Sales

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.  It was a quiet but busy one for me.  Lots of people over, so today I am resting and making the most of.... internet shopping!  I *may* have made a few purchases.  I love reading blogs posts to see what bargains other people have picked up, so I thought I would share some of the things I have picked up (plus a few fab deals I have found while scouring the internet sales).

Lush 50% off items over 21 days old, plus all their Christmas range.  Lush Snow Fairy smells so good and at just over £10 for the snow fairy gift box, it's a winner! (I really like the fairy bath wands that you can reuse several times).

SpaceNK is always a top sale destination for me.  They carry some great products (normally with nor-so-great prices.  Previously I have picked up a lot of Laura Mercier body souffles cremes (as well as a bit of makeup).  SpaceNK online sold out of the bath souffle kits on Christmas Eve, but they still have some good Laura Mericer makeup including the great Artists Palette for Eyes and Cheeks at just over £20 (great for overnight trips).  They also have some bargains from Becca too.  I've now stacked up a few indulge rewards which I will probably put towards some replacement Emma Hardie/Sarah Chapman both of which my skin love.

Sometimes sales are about stalking an expensive product and splahsing out.  House of Fraser have reduced TONNES of Sisley products.  You can find their cult Black Rose Creme Mask (link) as well as lots of blush, eye pencils, lipsticks, skincare, haircare and tools.  Worth a look! (link).  Don't forget your reward points!  

I'm a huge fan of Lancome's Hypnosis mascara, so I purchased one in sale at Debenhams for £10 (link).  It defines, lengthens, adds drama- everything a mascara should.  They also have a kit with an eye-makeup remover and pencil for £15- well worth it considering the mascara alone is normally around £21

I'm also incredibly tempted by Cult Beauty's 15% off (until midnight Sunday) as I really want to try Anastasia's Brow Wiz because I have heard excellent things about it.  (For those of you that haven't come across this product, you can view it here).  Have you tried this product?  What do you think?  If you want the discount, just use the code FRIENDS15.

If you have found any great deals, please let me know.  I tend to save up and hit the sales, but always online.  You wont catch me queueing in the cold outside Next/House of Fraser/ from 2am boxing day morning!  No! Life is too short (and cold!) so I'd rather have a glass of sherry and buy things online while watching a film in my pajamas!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Friday Freebie! Free Topshop lipstick

I know! Two posts in one day- this was too good to miss! While stocks last, and with every purchase when you use the code below.  I have a few Topshop lipsticks.  I am not sure I hope posted on them but there are a few nice colours in the range.  Certainly worth using the code if you are placing an order (and don't forget that you can get 10% off with a student discount code).  The Matte Lip Bullets are good too- so you could effectively buy one product, get one free.
All you need to do is visit Topshop online (link) and use the code TSLIPS at the checkout.  Best be quick! Only valid while stocks last!

Don't forget my blog sale and giveaway!

A box full of beauty minis for December? Thanks Selfridges!

Thanks to British Beauty Blogger for the heads up!! Selfridges Christmas 2014 beauty Advent calender has gone live of the Selfridges Website! It sold out really quickly last year so I am hoping to be quick enough to grab one (I am currently waiting for the page to load!).  It is full of some amazing brands- YSL, Kiehls, Viktor and Rolf, Lancom, Shu... Great sizes to trial products before you buy (or for those mini spa weekend we all book to prepare for Christmas.. or recover from New Year)!  I am a sucker for minis too.  Things always seem to grab my attention if they are in mini format!  (Especially if two minis work out cheaper than the full sized equivalent)!

I am often tempted by these calendars but have been put off some by the fact they only contain one brand (and I am unlikely to love everything by one brand).  To see the full list of what is inside click here (link).  You'll have to be quick though.  You'll also be able to see the swanky new Selfridges website, and their other advent calendars.  I am quite tempted by the Lindt one (that has a chocolate bear inside!) (link)

I'm now going off to hunt for some chocolate.

Don't forget my giveaway and blog sale are still live!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends) to launch own haircare range!

How Exciting!  I'm really pleased for Ruth. She is lovely and I can't wait to try this range!  I don't have the full details but if you don't know what I am on about then check out this video from superdrug, or view the range online (here).

I trust Ruth's judgement on all things beauty- and she is lovely in real life too so I am really pleased that she is launching her own products!  I'm sure that Ruth will be sharing her own thoughts and videos on her website A Model Recommends very shortly (link).

Congratulations Ruth!

Don't forget my current giveaway is still open, so if you fancy winning a £40 House of Fraser shopping spree, click the last post!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Giveaway: £40 House of Fraser Spree: Mac, YSL, Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier

To celebrate Computergirl's Musings 5th birthday, I am giving away a £40 House of Fraser spending spree!  MAC, Chanel, YSL, Clinique, Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, NARS, Sisley, Tom Ford, Jo Malone, Origins and so many more amazing brands- what will you choose?

To enter this giveaway, all you have to is work out what you would buy, then visit House of Fraser, locate the item(s) and cut/paste the link into the comments section below with a short sentence saying why you would like it.  (It could be an item on your want list, a item you need to repurchase, a gift for your mum etc).  Don't forget to leave your twitter handle or email in the comment.

THEN use the rafflecopter form below.  This will collect entries for me!  You need to be a follower of this blog (Via bloglovin' ideally- link to the right), and follow me on twitter to be eligible.

This giveaway is open internationally.

If you would like to double your chances then please head over to my fashion and lifestyle blog (link) where the same giveaway is being run!

I think House of Fraser have a great range of brands in the beauty department, but you might like to choose a candle or some face cloths- the choice is yours! (link)

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: Winner will be picked at random, and must make contact in 5 days.  I reserve the right to amend, change or cancel this giveaway at any point.  I also reserve the right to disqualify any entrants.  No alternative prize is available.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Blog Sale: Mac, YSL, Illamasqua, Benefit, Clinique...

New items, dupes, things I don't reach for.  All purchased by me and seeking a new home.

1) Paypal only. (Gift Payment would be nice so I dont have to pay fees!)
2) Leave a comment below with the item(s) name, your country and email address.  If you'd rather email me privately, that is fine.
3) PLEASE CHECK your emails (including junk folder) for an email from me and check any communications come from my email address ( computergirl2007blog (at) Yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk).
3) Please email/comment even if someone has reserved the item you want.  If payments are not made in 24 hours I'll go to the next person and so on.

I will package up all items safely and securely, and then trust UK Royal Mail to take care of them!  Items will be sent via UK Royal Mail 2nd class recorded delivery.  Some items can not be sent internationally, but feel free to comment anyway.  If you buy two or more items I will package together and pass the postage discount on to you.  Postage will be between £1 approximately £4 depending on the size of the parcel (which will depend on what you buy).  I'll email you the details.
1) Estee Lauder Pure Colour lipstick on 03 Nude Velvet Matte. Gorgeous brown nude. Swatched x 1 £7
2) MAC Colour Crafted Lipstick (Frost) LE. Slight mark on bullet where I caught the lid.  Peachy pink with a bit of shimmer.  Used x 2 £7
3) Natural Collection Moisture Shine Cranberry Lipstick. Used x 1 50p
4) Stila Lyn lipstick- tip was caught on hand when photographing.  Brown nude £1

1) NEW Rimmel Long Lasting Nail Colour in 193 Black Cherries £1.50
2) Nails Inc Victoria Polish. Swatched x 1 £4
3) NEW Kate Spade Nail Inc Soho Silver £5
4) No7 Stay Perfect Polish in Temptress. Used x 1 £2
5) GOSH Holographic N ail polish (silver colour with holograph). 3/4 of bottle left £3
6) Eyeko Disco Polish (fine silver glitter) for night time nails. Used x 1 £1
7) YSL La Laque Nail Polish No 36 (autumnal brown-I think it was called espresso) Used x 1 £9
8) YSL La Laque Nail Polish No 38 Moonlight White (White with an iridescent sheen. Can be worn on its own or layered over another polish to transform it- think of the Andrea Fulerton transformer nail polishes). Used x 1 £9
9) La Roche Possay Effaclar M Matifying Moisturiser (info).  (Cult product for those with oily skin.  Box has wear where price label was).  Pea sided amount used. £5
10) Clearasil Rapid spot treatment- reduces size and redness in 4 hours.  Used about 10 times, over half left so enough to try it out before you buy £2
11) (Top) The Body Shop Moisture Foundation SPF 15 Colour 04. Usage shown. £2
12) (Underneath) MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NW20.  About 50% left £5
13) Real Techniques Essential Foundation brush.  Love RT but I have too many foundation brushes.  Unused but washed.  £3
14)  Sleek Luminous pressed face powder (01) SPF 15.  Used about 10 times- dip shown.  Note that because this has been in my bag lots, the writing on the lid has worn, and the lid hinges have cracked (lid comes apart when open.  I have sanitised this).  £1.50

15) Top 2 Coastal Scents Hot Pots (Single shadows) S06 (Cranberry) S38 (Brown nude with slight shimmer). Used x 1 £1
16) (Under) No 7 Stay perfect Comet eyeshadow (dark grey with a bit of shimmer- similar to bourjois). Used x 1. £1
17) No 7 eyeshadow base cream.  Used about 4 times £1
18) Benefit Skinny Jeans Creasless Cream eyeshadow.  Used about 4 times- dip/useage shown.  £3
19) Natural Collection eyeshadow in 'Crushed Walnut'. Swatched x 1 £0.50
20) (Up) Rimmer Colour Rush Mono in 060 Bronzed.  Swatched x 1 £1
21) (Under) Collection (formerly Collection 2000) solo eyeshadow in Midnight Sky (pigmented purple with slight sheen).  NEW! £1.50
22) (Bottom) Max Factor Smokey eye effect eyeshadow duo Silver Storm. Cream sticks in purple and silver.  Swatched. £1

 23) Estee Lauder eyeshadow palette in Extravagant Gold.  Used about 3 times, and sanatized.  Four different gorgeous gold soft eye shadows, surrounding a dark brown (liner) shadow. £14
24) NEW. Clinique eyesadow quad (Frosted Blossom, Buttermilk, Bewitched, Blue Lagoon). stupidly caught my nail on the blue shadow so there is a small mark.  £2
25) No 7 Sultry Eyes Palette.  Slightly lighter than the picture. 2 purples, one mauvey colour and a pinky highlighter.  With sheen and shimmer. Used 3 times £5

 26) NEW Company Mascara.£1
27) NEW Jemma Kid I-define volumising Mascara. £2
28) Soap and Glory Hand Food.  50ml Unused £2

 29) NEW Modelco eye liner pencil with sharpener. Black £0.50
30) NEW Barry M dual ended Silver and Gold eye pencil  £2
31) Natural Collection (Olive?) Eyeliner. Swatched x 1 £1
32) Body Shop dual ended Shimmer Crayon. Creamy illuminator/highlighter in pink and silver for eyebrows, cheeks, cupids bow etc.  Used x 2 £2
33) Illamasqua medium pencil for eyes and lips in Cane. Swatched x 1 and sharpened to sanitise. £4
34) MAC Oak Lip pencil.  Used x 1 and sharpened to sanitise. £8

19) Rimmel Sweet jelly moreish gloss. Sealed 50p
20) Illamasqua Explode lipgloss- swatched once.  Comes out very light and with a slight pearl sheen.  £4
21) Jemma Kidd Makeup school Bonbon gloss.  Swatched once. £1

That's all for now, but I'm sure I'll fine a few things tucked away as soon as I publish this!  Thanks for looking!  Fancy a read?  I chatted about Pixi glow tonic, Friend and toner yesterday.  The first picture made my heart race a little (link).

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The One with the Pixi Glow Tonic, toner and Friends.

I have just repurchased Pixi's cult 'Glow Tonic' for the umpteenth time, and thought I would review it on the blog.  It's a gentle acid toner that I generally used twice a day, and it has made a difference to my skin.  That's why I repurchased it.
Pixi Glow Tonic all neatly lined up at their store in London

Before I continue, I know there hasn't been much happening on this blog for a while- but there has been a lot going on behind the scenes.  Lots of purchases, events, meetings...  I hadn't quite realised how time had flown by- but I will try to resume a steady stream of posts...  I'm still on twitter (@computergirl200) and instagram (@computergirl200) if you want to see a bit more of my life and thoughts :)

So back to the Glow Tonic!  Let me start by saying that this is called a toner but it is not a) the kind of spray/liquid toner generally used in the 80s/90s that helped remove your heavy cleanser*, or b) the stuff that you put in your printer and/or photocopier (although I might have purchased more if Phoebe had tried to sell it to me- see video below).

What does it do?
Historically toner was used to help remove cleanser residue, and prepare the skin for moisturiser.  Cleansers are a bit more developed these days i.e. easier to remove, so the toner step is slightly redundant (although facial sprays do have a place in their own right- see these posts).  The 'toner' step still exists in my skincare routine, only the product purpose has changed.  I use this step to apply an 'acid toner' to my face, neck and decolletage.  If this sounds like something that happens to baddies in Batman then don't worry- completely different sorts of acid.  Generally skincare uses gentle acids (some derived from natural sources like fruit) to breakdown and remove dead skin cells.  This exfoliation promotes new cell growth, and helps remove debris that might create blackheads/clogged pores in the future.
My Pixi Glow Tonic backup stash.  The one on the right one is almost empty!

Each acid toner has a different strength so it is important to read the label carefully, including if you need to use an additional SPF product during the day.

How I use it.  
I pour some onto a cotton pad and then sweep this over my face- starting with my problem areas first so they get the most product.  I start with my chin, then proceed round the mouth, nose, forehead and temples.  I then work the pad into the side of my nose and take it across my cheeks to my ear, before repeating the other side.  Lastly I sweep the neck and decolletage.  Generally the cotton shows up dirt, so I keep an eye on it after each sweep and depending on the day I may use 1 or 2 double sided pads.  I really appreciate that they designed the bottle with a small opening so I don't over pour the product onto my cotton pads.
Sensible packaging.  Thank you Petra at Pixi!

I leave the product to settle and dry before applying day cream or night serum.  A couple of nights a week I will replace Pixi Glow Tonic with a stronger acid treatment such as Alpha H.

Pixi Glow tonic is very mild, created by hand and all natural.  It has a faint smell of Aloe Vera, Ginseng and Witch Hazel, which are all present in the ingredients.  Aloe soothes, Witch Hazel treats inflammation and Ginseng revitalizes.  It is alcohol free, which means I don't find it as drying and stripping some other toners I have tried.
Directions and Ingredients.

The full ingredients list: Deionized water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexylnicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Potassium Alum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Biotin, pixi Natural Fragrant Oil.
Active ingredients: Glycolic Acid-5%, partially neutralized by Ammonium Hydroxide.

Recommend and Repurchase?
Using an acid toner in my routine has really helped my skin- it is less congested, my pores are smaller and I don't look so 'ashy' in complexion.  There are other products available but for the moment Pixi Glow is my daily staple.  1 bottle normally lasts me 8-10 months so it is well worth the £18 price tag (recent small price rise!).  I have repurchased this several times.  It's been beneficial for my skin, though if you have sensitive skin I recommend a patch test first.  Don't forget to moisturise after!
This is before application!

Find it..
Online in the UK and USA at Pixi (link) or you can visit their store at Carnaby Street (22 A Foubert's Place- the staff are friendly, and the store is lovely to visit).  If they are out of stock then it is worth popping round the corner to Liberty's (link) as they now stock the product.  In fact just go into Liberty's anyway, the beauty hall is a great place to get lost in.

Do you use an exfoliating acid in your routine?  Have you tried Pixi products?

Thank you for reading.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Missed Lancome Hypnose Mascara for £10? (For those that missed Debenhams!)

Did you miss the online offer for Lancome Hypnose Mascara for £10 at Debenhams?  FEAR NOT!  Other retailers are catching up with the 55% discount!  Yes, it is normally £22, so at £10 it makes it in the same price range as most high street brands!  I was just in House of Fraser (link) and Lancome are now telling their retailers to price match Debenhams, though it might take a little while to catch up online.  You might want to ring them.  Also John Lewis have a 'never knowingly undersold' policy so keep visiting their page here (link) or visit the store.  Finally I have heard a rumour that Selfridges might be following suit and reducing their mascaras to £10 (link) so if you are an avid Hypnose fan or fancy trying their mascaras for the first time (like I am) then you can pick up Hypnose, Hypnose Drama (with a curved wand), Hypnose Doll Eyes, or the waterproof versions.  I also found the limited edition extra black version was included in the £10 deal.  I'm not sure how I will get on using it, but I will let you know.

You can still purchase the mascara via Debenhams but you will have to go into a store they have sold out online.  Apparently demand was high, despite thousands being put aside.  I guess a huge discount plus gifts with purchases (and free samples) made everyone click like crazy...

I want eyes like hers! (and flawless skin while I am wishing!) Lancome Hypnose turns 10!

Debenhams do have a Lancome gift with purchase starting May 6th so if you have missed out completely then keep your eyes on the counters as I think this will be a good deal.  If you are not near a Debenhams then they still have 10% off all beauty and fragrance online and if you buy 2 items I think there is a gift with purchase online while stocks last.  However House of Fraser currently have a £10 beauty confidential event running this until Monday, so you can have £10 off or save the offer to use later! (Link).

If you manage to find some Lancome Mascara, then please share your find below so that other readers can locate it.  I haven not tried this range before so I cant offer help with which mascara to try, but maybe others have more knowledge of the range- feel free to comment below!

Thanks :) 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Modern Day Easter Egg Hunt- thanks to Lush. (And it's free!)

I don't talk about a lot of technology here.  However today I had a fun press release fall into my inbox.  Lush have taken the traditional Easter Egg Hunt, and put a lush modern twist on it.  In the tech world, Easter Eggs are little treats hidden in media- for example that 'hidden track' at the end of a CD, the extra menu on a dvd which you find buy clicking a tiny symbol, the extra level in your computer game that you find by pressing a combination of keys, or the flight simulator hidden in Microsoft Excel (yes, really!).  Lush have hidden a 404 bath bomb on their website- that you only find when you encounter a 404 error,  i.e. something goes wrong on their website.  The bath bombs are free but you pay for postage.
Error 404. If you get this.... Click the egg!!

For those of you that are familiar with Lush, the 404 Limited Edition Bath Bomb was invented by Lush's Digital Director Jack Constantine and the fragrance contains Rose, Rosewood, Geranium and Ylang Ylang (created by Simon Constantine who is head of Gorilla Perfume at Lush).

Celebrate an error with a free Lush Bath Bomb 404 Easter Egg!
I'm quite impressed that I managed to find the Bath Bomb- I used a few techie tricks and there it was!  If you get stuck I might be kind and share my knowledge- or you can join in the twitter talk with the hash tag #makemistakes #error404

I love Easter Egg Hunts.  The last one I did was in the grounds of a National Trust property.  It was a lot of fun.  I walked miles and felt I deserved my chocolate egg at the end!  Hopefully I'm not the only one who likes Easter Egg Hunts!

Let me know how you get on!  Happy Easter Egg Hunting!

Friday, 28 February 2014

Sephora for the UK


Sephora announced today that they will ship to the UK! It costs £10 for orders over £75, and for orders under that amount, they will calculate the actual shipping costs (which means it will vary).  Sadly they cant ship nail polishes, nail polish remover or aerosols due to shipping restrictions.  Word on the street is that there are also potential restrictions on Hourglass and Nars, but that might just be due to certain ingredients in specific products.  If in doubt, just try and order and see what they say.

Sephora- the mother ship!
Now, when I have ordered things from the US previously I have had to pay a shipping charge- fair enough- but when the items arrived here I have been charged a customs fee (normally via a lovely letter taped to my parcel, or an invoice sent in a separate letter).  Thankfully I have always had my parcels turn up pre customs charges, although I have heard of some handling companies holding on to parcels, sending invoices and not releasing the goods until the invoice is settled.  It's like a weird ransom.

Anyway Sephora contacted me personally to say that their shipping charges include all customs charges, and UK recipients will not be charges any additional fees via customs upon receipt.  I hope that this is true....

Sephora is one of those places I go into when in Europe and gaze at everything with big eyes.  It all seems so special though I am pretty sure part of that allure is due to the fact we dont have one int he UK.  They have a mixture of branded items, exclusives and own brand items.  Some are not great (I think I'll give the Upside Down mascara a miss (link) but I can recommend the OPI Sephora polishes if they do another holiday collection (I think they will).  You can view pictures of one of the prettiest polishes I own in an old post here.
One of my most treasured polishes.
I'm not sure what I will be purchasing at this stage, but I know the Anastasia brow items are stocked at Cult beauty however I think Sephora have a bigger range of products.  Sephora  also stock Kate Somerville skincare, which is supposed to be good (but hard to get in the UK) and Kat Von D palettes.  I really really wanted 2 of the Kat Von D palettes when they launched, but never really got round to asking a friend to pick them up.  Then I think I ordered my clarisonic instead and sort of forgot about the palettes... maybe now is the time to order via Sephora?

Oh and if you order by 17:00 GMT Sephora will deal with your order the same day due to the time difference!

Are you going to order anything from Sephora? Maybe some of my US / regular Sephora shoppers can recommend some products?

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Asos beauty sale! Additional 15% off. (Plus giveaway)

ASOS currently have a sale on, AND you can get an additional 15% off with a code at the bottom of this post.  This means there are some serious bargains online.  I thought the sale would be rubbish but there are some great pieces including great brands in the ASOS beauty sale.  Well worth a look is you fancy OPI polishes with £5 or Bliss body care for £25 (this stuff is great and the scrub and body butter in the set pictured below is worth the price alone).  Brands include Benefit, Tigi, Rodial, Illamasqua, Models Own, Cowshed, Ciate, Pixi, Paul and Joe, POP, Ted Baker, Bourjois, Too Faced, Bliss, OPI and so much more.  Worth a look! 

Their clothing sale has a few nice items in it too, but I am still browsing as I type this post.  I have ordered off ASOS several times.  The service has been great, although you have to be careful with their own brand items as some of the sizes can be a bit odd.  More about that on my other blog :) .  Just use the code FINAL15 at the checkout!

If you are watching the pennies then feel free to enter my makeup giveaway here (scroll down).  Or just look at the pretty watch I *might* have ordered because I was feeling sorry for myself after the UK weather 'washed away' my route to get to London Fashion Week.  Since then I have been eating chocolate, (inwardly) sobbing into a hot drink and torturing myself by watching online coverage for the shows I should have been sitting at.....  Nothing like a bit of retail thereapy to try and beat the weather induced blues!

Hope you are all staying warm, safe and well in the weird weather.

Hope you are all having a fab week

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque. Pass and Fail.

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque
(Part of Fruity February) Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque is a skin treatment that contains fruit enzymes and acids.  I love these sorts of products as they really make a difference to my skin.  Its not a brand I have used much but I know some of you will know it.  I had to mention this masque on the blog purely for the smell.  Some people love it, some people hate it.  When I mentioned it on twitter (@computergirl200) the responses were 'the pineapple mask?'.  This is not down to the appearance, but the smell.  It was pretty potent first sniff, then I sort of got used to it.  I now have a love hate relationship with this product.  It works well.  The clay mask is thick and a little goes a long way.  It munches up dead skin cells, clears pores, reduces skin damage and leaves my skin soft BUT the smell can be a bit over powering sometimes.  On some days I don't notice it, other times I find I cant wait to remove it.  I don't fully know why I can't seem to make up my mind!  If you like pineapple then you will probably like it.

You can find this mask on Cellnique's website (link) and it retails for around $51 or £30 for 50g although it might be worth picking up a sample pot on ebay first (link) if you have not tried a product with BHA or AHAs in before.  Always do a patch test first.

Clay masque in a jar by Cellnique
My question today is do you like fruit smelling masques (or specifically this masque if you have tried it)?  Do you find you can like a scent one day and hate it the next?
(Disclaimer: Press sample for consideration only.  Honest thoughts as always)

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sunday Service: Blog Closure, Giveaway, Hauls, Fashion

Just a summary of things from the past week, inlcuding a possible blog closure, giveaway, hauls and fashion.  We're in February.  This makes me happy (although we had rough weather last February, so I'm not holding my breath for a snow free February.  I am watching the sunrise times get earlier and earlier, which is fantastic because I hate getting up in the dark.

1) I posted a massive haul this week, and pretty soon after I found 3 more things that I have purchased this January and forgot to include in the post.  A Japonesque lip lacquer, Topshop rose gold tinsel nail polish and an eyeko black felt tip eyeliner.  I did instagram a photo though.
Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner, Japonesque Lip Lacquer and Topshop Nail Polish

The lip lacquer is crazy.  More on that later....

2) I have been thinking about closing Computergirl's Musings and changing my blog name to something else.  It's been nearly 5 years of Computergirl, and Im just not sure the URL / name works anymore.  Computergirl's Musings (and the blogspot URL) just seem really clunky and I'm not sure about it anymore.  I'd really value your opinion on this.  Does Computergirl work- do you associate a blog with it's name?  What do you expect to read about here?  You guys are as much a part of this as me so I would really value your feedback.  5 years is a long time!  I don't want any readers to find it hard to find me :)

5 Foot 10, my fashion and lifestyle diary.
3) Speaking of blogs, I have opening a blog giveaway on my Fashion and Lifestyle blog 5 foot 10.  I mention it because it's some Missguided lipsplash lip glosses.  The title says the 'Tall Girl's Guide' but its just a fashion and lifestyle diary.  So if you aren't subbed and that sort of thing interests you, then feel free to subscribe.  I posted a fashion haul, and one of my vintage antique broaches recently and there is a blogger height wall so you can find fashion inspiration from bloggers who are the same height as you.

How has your week been?  Any thoughts on the blog name?

(Disclaimer: All items purchased by me).

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

In my mega haul post yesterday, I included a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.  I thought it was worthy of a little review post.  I mix up my foundation brushes according to what product I am applying (cream, liquid, powder...) and what finish I want, however my go to/handbag brush is normally the Elf Studio Powder Brush (£3.75).  My only gripe is that it eats foundation.  I wanted a smaller but similar brush and my eye on this one by Pixiwoo since the release.  At £9.99 from Boots (link), it is a little more expensive than the Elf one, but I'm a firm believer in investing in good products.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
 Having used it a number of times, I can say that it performs really well and that I am happy with my investment.  It sits nicely between my Japonesque angled foundation brush (which is perfect for getting foundation round the crooks of the nose link) and the Elf one mentioned above.  As with my other Real Technique brushes, it is really soft and washes well.  It provides good application of foundation, with the compact head useful for 'stippling' the foundation into uneven areas of skin (i.e. spot scars!).

My Real Techniques Brush Collection.  Other reviews on the blog.
So far I have tested it with my much used Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation (review) and Maybelline Dream Mousse foundation (I keep calling it Dream Mouse foundation).  I like the fact Pixiwoo colour their brushes according to the purpose.  The shallow part of me loves that I have three colourful brushes in my collection.

It is also nice to see Nic Chapman joining Sam on the Real techniques packaging, as Nic joined the company last year after returning to work from maternity leave.  Well done girls- another great product to be proud of.

Have you used any Real Techniques brushes?  How do you apply your foundation?

(Disclaimer: All purchased by me except the Japonesque brush which was sent for consideration).

Friday, 31 January 2014

Huge Haul: Laura Mercier, Korres, Bobbi Brown, Real Techniques, Jewellery, Aromatherapy Associates......

I'm not sure how it happened but I appear to have purchased a lot of makeup, body care and accessories in the last month.  I asked on twitter if people still read haul posts, or if I should skip that and just do reviews... the reply Haul Posts!  So here is a 'I'm not bragging, I just work hard and bought a few things' post.  (I did find a few good sales!)

A whole load of Laura Mercier, Real Techniques, Korres, Origins, Bobbi Brown.. and more
I didn't purchase all of this at the same time, but things kept falling into my shopping basket.  I kept adding them to the 'blog' pile and before I knew it..... I'll do this as a list, and if you want more details, just comment and I will do a more specific post. Starting at the top left in, we have;
  • Vintage print top; Dorothy Perkins (posted about it on my Fashion and Lifestyle blog 5 foot 10 (link)
  • Laura Mercier Body SouflĂ© Sampler Set
  • Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe makeup palette
  • (Second row) Origins Best Brighteners Kit (Free when I purchased Origins Spot Remover, which I forgot to photograph, but reviewed here)
  • Bobbi Brown Date Night Palette (Reviewed here)
  • Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glaze Collection
  • Antique blue broach (will post more on this on my fashion blog)
  • Vintage-esque heart necklace and statement necklace (post here)
  • Dolly mixture notebook
  • (Third row) Butterfly notebook
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
  • Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleaner (purchased from a closing down sale link)
But wait, there is more....

Plus Aromatherapy Associates Revive and Renew Gel

I also repurchased Aromatherapy Associates Revive gel, and decided to try the renew gel at the same time.  I have done a review on this product but the blog has closed/moved so I think I will have to republish the review here.  The Revive gel is amazing so I hope the Renew gel lives up to the same standard.

Shiny pretty glosses and jewels.
I think I might be on a spending ban for February, after I have bought some new shoes, a handbag, oh and I need a new eyebrow pencil.  I say need....

If you want reviews or thoughts on anything, just let me know :)  Have you found some any great bargains recently?

Friday, 10 January 2014

Bioderma £3.50, Becca, Korres, Rouge Bunny Rouge for silly prices

I came across a few good sales today.  If you have always wanted to try Bioderma Crealine H20 then I found it today in a small bottle for £3.50 in the UK from a reputable seller (link).  Trying new products can be scary so sometimes smaller sizes are a safer bet. (I have posted several times on Bioderma so just type Bioderma in my blog's search bar or click here to read my review post (and see the best method to remove eye makeup)).  I love micellar waters for removing the first layer of makeup before I do a second (and deep) cleanse to remove all the makeup and dirt which has worked into my skin throughout the day.  I also find it soothing round the eye area when removing mascara.

I visited Zuneta's sale earlier today too.  They were bought out by LoveLula and all the Zuneta stock is being sold off for stupid prices on Amazon.  Items by Becca, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Edward Bess, Korres, Le Metier de Beaute, paperself, Butter London....  I may have purchased an Edward Bess blush and Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser (for £7!)   (Link)  I have not tried Korres before so it is a first for me :)

As I'm mentioning sales, I have been visiting the SpaceNK sales where I managed to pick up a *cough* few Laura Mericier items (link).  They recently added more lines to the sale so I picked up some Aromatherapy Associates items (I love this brand).  It is worth checking there regularly for extra items and returns.  I have picked up items that I know I will use throughout the year, so it is more on an investment.

I will, of course, be posting on the sale items in due course!  In the meantime why not read about an amazing spot zapper (link),  or diet (link) or one of the other January posts on the blog :)

Have you bought anything in the sales so far?

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Project Clear Skin: Origins Super Spot Remover

My mission for many years has been to get clear, healthy looking skin.  Waving spots 'goodbye' is part of that mission.  This tiny bottle packs a punch.  The clear gel goes a long way.  I think I have had my bottle for around 6 months and it is still 3/4 full.  The gel dries clear so you can pop it on and forget about it- unlike some other spot treatments I have used when you end up looking like you have a strange ailment when you apply weird coloured creams in dots on your face.  With most other treatments I have ended up having to forgo them in the daytime.

Origins Super Spot Remover 10ml bottle
If I have been going out then I let the Origins gel dry and apply a light layer of creamy concealer over the top, safe in the knowledge that this gel will be working fast to reduce pimple redness and size.

It has a faint smell of antiseptic or alcohol, which I don't mind as these types of ingredients normally mean that the product will kill spot causing bacteria and dry (shrink) any pimples.

The gel is light and dries fairly quickly.
On one or two occasions, I popped this bottle in my handbag to reapply throughout the day.  It has never made spots magically vanish in a day- however it has helped reduce inflammation.  I had this product recommended to me by so many MUAs and bloggers that I knew I had to give it a go.  It's easy to see why it is amongst the bestsellers at Origins.

Made using wind power and hydro power.

On the whole, I like the brand and have mentioned it a few times on the blog.  I have tried several products in the range (and have a few that I regularly repurchase).  They try to be environmentally conscious and use natural ingredients.

Origins Super Spot Remover cost £14.  I picked mine up from House of Fraser as there was a deal on.  I think they had a deal at John Lewis the other week so it is worth keeping an eye on the range.

Have you tried Origins Super Spot Remover?  What spot treatments do you use?  Any Origins recommendations?

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Chews-day: 5:2 diet- its not for girls.

This is the first in a series of posts on diets and food!  5:2, intermittent fasting, IF, The Fast Diet- it has many names but they all stand for the same regime.  For 2 days each week you reduce your calorie intake drastically, while maintaining a 'normal' diet for the other 5.  These 2 days must not be back to back.  To put it into perspective, men are normally advised to eat 2400 calories while women, being generally smaller, are advised to take around 2000 calories.  On the 2 fast days men are advised to take 600 while women are told to eat 500.  This could equate to 2 very small meals i.e. a couple of eggs for breakfast and a small piece of fish with a few vegetables for lunch or dinner.  It is NOT recommended for under 18s, pregnant or breastfeeding ladies, those trying to become pregnant, type 1 diabetics, anyone already underweight.  You should always consult your doctor before making radical lifestyle changes.
Photo taken from the diet website link

I saw, yet another, article on 5:2 in a magazine today.  This magazine was aimed at young women.  This saddened me as I don't think 5:2 is something women should enter in to without doing research.  Certainly not young, young women.

The point of this diet is that, in the western world, we are able to get food (and unhealthy refined foods) at any point.  Our bodies normally regenerate when hungry, but this function has been slightly tampered with in modern world.  Therefore 'controlled starving' yourself kick starts the brain into survival mode.  It's a diet that reprogrammed the body- starting with the brain.  It is supposed to have benefits for blood pressure, fighting Alzheimer's, reducing fats stored in the body and much more
One recipe off my blog a while back... woops!

It has become popular mainly duet to several instagram/twitter pictures of fat men who have 6-packs after taking part in the diet.  Most seem to say they *just* did 5:2.  Sound good? Hold your horses... there are a few things you might want to think about.  Especially if you are a girl....

  • There have only been a few legitimate clinical tests.  More importantly these tests have only used a few people- mostly MEN.  They are attempting to source more results through wider test cases. 

  • While there are some very promising results from initial test subjects, there are been no long term studies into the effects of 5:2.  How does it affect your health long term?  Do you need to keep this diet up for life?
  • Worryingly initial indications seem to be towards the improvement of men's health, with little attention paid to women.  
  • With a little digging I found that women could have quite serious side affects from the 5:2 diet- including loss of fertility, hair loss, thinning of nails, dullness of skin, terrible mood swings, insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns...
  • (Incidentally disturbed sleep and insomnia carry their own risks but that is a different post!)
  • Those that claim to have reduced clothing size and cultivate a 6-pack without doing ANY exercise (and just 5:2) are probably lying and have had to Photoshop their Pinocchio noses back to normal size on the photographs.  Diet and exercise work together.  There is no quick (and lazy) fix. 

Upon reading further into this diet, it appears that, if you are female then this type of diet could make your body shutdown and conserve resources.  This is what happens to those with eating disorders as their bodies.  As food and nutrients are withheld, the body stops non-vital functions (periods, making nice glossy hair, making strong nails etc) in order to maintain essential functions for as long as possible.  Men's bodies are programmed to fight and put up with periods of low food as they 'go out hunting and gathering'.  Lets face it, most men go bald anyway and they don't carry babies so they don't have as much to loose!  Women's bodies do a lot, and the outside reflects what is going on internally.  Some sports coaches love this diet for their athletes and I can see how it could hold many benefits depending on your goals.
Marzipan fruit is healthy, right...? It is fruit after all ;)

I'm not saying this diet definitely doesn't work.  I'm not saying it does work.  I'm saying that if you are a woman and hoping to have kids one day, then it's worthwhile doing some research.  If you are beyond kids then this probably wont matter as much but it is still worth researching.  In all cases, it is worth talking to your doctor and monitoring your health very closely.  Please don't take magazine health at face value and find yourself with health issues later on.

I wont be taking part in the 5:2 diet.  I might be sticking my neck out here, but I don't think it is something I will ever do.  (I'm not afraid to eat my words!) Personally I'd rather eat healthily and in a controlled way, than drastically yo-yo between eating lots for 5 days and eating minuscule amounts on 2 days.  I've always been told to 'eat breakfast like a king, lunch like Prince and evening meal like a pauper' i.e. a large breakfast, medium lunch and small evening meal.

For more information, please visit the NHS (link), the 5:2 website (link) or just visit plain old Google and ask it about female 5:2 experience and test cases.

Are you doing 5:2?  Do you know anyone who is talking part?  Do you eat large meals or small ones?  Are diets and good or bad idea.  I'd love to know your thoughts :)

Monday, 6 January 2014

Motivational Monday: Summer

This year I wanted to approach a few new themes on the blog.  One being Motivational Monday.  Ideally I'd like to do every Monday, but at this stage I am going to say that the first Monday in each month I will dedicate this blog to motivation and inspiration in some way.  If I am able I will do some more Mondays along the way.  The first Motivational Monday is dedicated to....  Summer.

It's been really rainy, dark, grey, miserable weather recently and my mind is focused on longer, lighter days.  Thank goodness we are over the shortest day in the UK.  I hate getting up in the dark.  I'm longing for blue skies, sunshine, warm breezes, wild flowers, butterflies, holidays in hotter places....

Blue Skies and Beaches
Italian coast
Mediterranean holidays
Bluebells in the English countryside.

Bright yellow daffodils

What motivates you on grey, dark, miserable winter days?

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