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.

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