Saturday, 13 November 2010

Child's Play

Being 5'1 doesn't have many fashion advantages. Maxidresses are practically a health hazard, trousers are always far too long and heels are a daily essential. Last week, I was browsing in M&S for a birthday card for a friend when a rack of gorgeous dresses caughty my eye. This turned out to be the children's sale rail! This floral dress has been reduced to £7 so I snapped it up and completely forgot about the birthday card I was supposed to be buying.

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Dress & shrug: M&S Limited Collection Girls, Tshirt: H&M

The dress is quite summery so I teamed it with leggings and a grey tshirt underneath. I love the gathering on the skirt and the cute khaki shrug that came with it. I'll definitely be browsing in the children's sections more for bargains. FYI, I got this dress in age 15 and I'm a size 8-10 in "adult sizes" so don't think that you have to be teeny tiny to fit into children's clothes!

Do you ever browse in the children's section?
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Monday, 8 November 2010

Review: Forever Living Aloe Vera

A couple of weeks ago, my mum and I attended a charity fashion show for Breast Cancer Care . As well as the show there were a number of stalls to browse, one of which was Forever Living. They were offering the chance to try out a selection of their products so this week their rep dropped off a box of goodies for my mum and I to try out.

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What they say:

Aloe vera is a desert plant with amazing abilities to absorb and retain moisture. It contains 200 beneficial compounds that promote glowing, youthful looking skin and hair:

Salicylic acid, a natural exfoliant recommended by dermatologists
12 vitamins including the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E
18 amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids the body cannot produce
Beneficial enzymes
Numerous other nutritional ingredients


I was really looking forward to trying out the products and the rep was really friendly and knowledgeable about them. I wasn't familiar with the company so it was great to try the products before parting with my money as they are more expensive than drugstore skincare and being able to try them made me more confident about the products on offer. I thought I would share my favourites and what I thought of them here with you.

Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo
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I really liked this shampoo. It foamed up nicely and left my hair feeling much softer than usual. It had a mild, fresh fragrance and definitely left my hair feeling much less tangled than usual after washing. At £13.43 its more expensive than the shampoos I usually use (L'Oreal Elvive and Lush's shampoo bars are my favoruties) but my hair felt so silky afterwards that I'm going to purchase this.

Aloe Propolis Cream

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This is a really rich moisturiser containing aloe vera, bee propolis, chamomile and comfrey. It claims to sooth irritated skin and leave a protective barrier. What I liked most about this cream is that its suitable for eczema sufferes, I've had eczema since I was little and a lot of creams can make it worse or just irritate my skin. This cream is feels really nourishing without being greasy. I've been using it on my dry hands and cuticles and its really made a difference. The rep said that it can also be used on dry heels and elbows. This would be great for anyone with really dry skin. It costs £14.25 for a tube but a little goes a long way so it would last a lot longer than a standard body lotion.

Forever Living products are available to purchase here.

Have you tried any Aloe Vera skin or haircare?
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Thursday, 4 November 2010

TTYL

I'm off to Australia tomorrow. For 6 weeks. I can't quite believe how fast its come around - all the planning, packing and (the most fun part) shopping is over and tomorrow I'll be jetting off Down Under! I may not miss the English weather while I'm gone but I will definitely miss blogging - I'll have some major catching-up to do when I'm back!

I've scheduled a couple of posts so that my blog doesn't completely drop off the face of the earth while I'm gone and once I'm back I have some plans for LilyLipstick, including a giveaway to thank you guys and celebrate my first year in blogging.

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Showing off my guide book, wearing my Accessorize sunhat, blowing you a kiss goodbye and wearing my new ring (£2 in Topshop sale)

Sending my love from Down Under!
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Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Hello, November!

I can't believe how fast this year is flying by. November has got off to a good start with freebies and offers so thought I'd share the additions to my ever-growing make-up collection...

1. Magazine Freebies

Glamour magazine has a free Nails Inc polish this month. This is the third year that I've got a free Nails Inc polish from Glamour and while I'm not a huge fan of the brand (I find the thin brush and bulky lid makes the polish really hard to apply) it's a great way to try out an £11.50 nail polish for only £2. I subscribe to Glamour so got sent Jermyn Street which is a gorgeous minky brown.

I also picked up this month's Marie Claire which came with a gorgeous "Made" bracelet. There are three to choose from but my WHSmith only had the blue.

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I didn't have time to actually paint my nails, just showing off the bottle in close-up!

2. Clinique Mascara Trade-In

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I was tipped of by The London Beauty Review about this deal. If you take your old, dried out mascara into a Boots store with a Clinque counter you'll be able to trade it in for a sample of either High Lengths or High Impact mascara. Full size Clinique mascaras are around £14 so it's a great opportunity to try out a high end mascara for free (I'm sure we've all got an old mascara lurking in the bottom of our make-up bags). I took in my old Max Factor Masterpiece Max and chose a High Lengths sample in exchange as I've purchased High Impact in the past. I love the white packaging and the brush of this mascara is so unusual. It's a curved rubber comb and only has bristles on one side so applying it is just like using a lash comb. The brush allows you to coat the inner corner lashes that bigger brushes can miss which gives a wide-eyed look and the flexible wand really allows you to lengthen every last.

I love how long and cleanly separated my lashes look with this mascara. While the brush felt strange to use at first once I'd got the hang of it the mascara applies smoothly and without clumping. I would definitely consider purchasing this when Cliniqe next have a "Bonus Time" offer.

3. No 7 £5 Vouchers

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Swatch: Shimmering Eye and Lip Protector on top, Concealer in Fair underneath

I love it when Boots do the No 7 £5 vouchers as its a great way of stocking up on No 7 products at bargain prices. I had three vouchers to spend this month and so picked up a pack of No 7 wipes for £2.25 instead of £7.25. These are my favourite wipes as they quickly remove all my eye make-up remover and each wipe is really thick so I only need to use one to remove all my make-up. I also love the packaging of these as the clickable lid stops the wipes from drying out.

I also got a concealer for £3 instead of £8 as my Rimmel Hide The Blemish is nearly finished. The packaging of this is really nice, it looks more like a lipstick than a concealer - great for quick touch-ups on the go.

Finally, I got the Shimmering Eye and Lip protector. I'm off to Australia soon so hopefully this will be useful for protecting my lips and eyelids from the sun while giving them a shimmery sheen. This was £2.25 instead of £7.25.

What did you purchase with the No 7 £5 vouchers?

Finally, I'll leave you with a FOTD as it's been ages since I've done one!

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I thought I'd go for a Taylor Momsen-inspired dark lip with my new Clinique mascara.

Face:
Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer - under eyes and on imperfections
17 Oil Control Pressed Powder - on t-zone
Nars Nico Blusher

Eyes:
Mac Rubenesque Paint Pot
L'Oreal Carbon Gloss Superliner
Clinique High Lengths mascara

Lips:
Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick - Stare at Me
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