LUSH GIVEAWAY

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Hey There,

Last Friday I was lucky enough to be invited to Lush Southamptons Blogger event, read all about it here. Not only did I have a lovely time socialising with fellow bloggers, and trying out all the beautiful homemade cosmetics they had to offer but they even gave us a little surprise bundle of Lush cosmetics goodies to give to our followers, (How amazing is that).

I have been so tempted to look inside this bundle, but I have resisted, and I don’t think any of the other bloggers know either. I will only know once the winner recieves the bundle and tells me, so it is all very exciting.

You must be over the age of 16 to enter and living in the UK and the winner will be picked at random in 10 days time. The GIVEAWAY will finish at midnight on Friday 10th September 2014.

To enter this GIVEAWAY you must do ALL of the below:

1. Follow LUSH Southampton on Twitter
2. Like LUSH Southamptons Facebook Page
3. Follow my blog on Bloglovin
4. Follow my blog on Twitter Twitter
5. Once you have done all of the above, leave a comment below, with both your email address and Twitter name.

Can’t wait to find out what’s inside this Lush bundle.

Goodluck.

Lots of Love,
KBxx

P.S I will be running ANOTHER GIVEAWAY later on this week as a thank you to all my followers.

Manicure Monday #23

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Hey there,

Recently I have been getting back in to my nail art, starting a new job back in the beauty world, has definitely rekindled my passion and I just love thinking up new designs and making peoples nails all pretty and stuff. With nail trends changing every five minutes, let alone every season I have been keen to try out the popular crazes. This time being the Ombré look.

I’ve always loved the Ombré trend, whether we are talking nails or hair. I’ve seen so many versions of the Ombré look, some with three different colours, others with two, but for me, I like the two tone look best. This week I opted for an extremely girly, two tone pink, what do you think?

How to do it:

It’s actually so much easier than it looks, (I promise), just a little bit messy at times. All you need is your chosen nail varnishes, a pale base coat, (I would suggest white) and a orange stick, or cotton bud ready to mop up the excess.

Step 1 : Apply a base coat and paint all of your nails white.

Step 2: Get a make up sponge and paint a line across the sponge in each colour, (Be quite product happy at this stage).

Step 3: Depending on whether you want the tips of the nails to be darker or lighter, position your sponge, and dab it across the nail.

Step 4: Clean up any excess mess around the nail bed.

Step 5: Repest steps 2-4 for every nail.

Step 6: Apply a top coat.

And that is it, easy peasy.

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Let me know how you get on?

What do you think of the Ombre look? What colours would you use? Can you predict the next A/W nail trend?

Happy Monday All.

Lots of Love,

KBxx

Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

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Hey there,

Yes another mascara review, it seems like I am on a bit of a lucky roll at the moment with my mascaras, (All but the Miners one). Maybe it’s my lashes having a good day or should I say few months, but I am seeming to be getting on really well with some of the high street brands at the moment, like Loreals Million Lash Mascara, Collections 5in1 Mascara, and now Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara.

I first saw Kate from Sugarfixxbeauty post on this little eyelash beauty back in July, so of course when I spotted it in my local Boots I had to pick one up. We all know I love a big volume mascara. As far as I can remember, this is the first EVER Bourjois mascara I have brought or even tried. Bourjois used to be my ‘go to’ for eye shadows, or bronzer’s back in the day, but  more recently I have found myself revisiting their cosmetic stands, purely through reading other beauty blogs. The other month I purchased  their CC Cream, which I just adore, and now one of their mascara’s,  (They have definitely gone back up in my estimations, for sure).

According to Bourjois the brush is a unique design, but I can’t help but think that the style of brush between my most recent mascara loves, aren’t that different, and that’s maybe why I’m having such luck with them. Anywhoo, they say it’s a patented brush, with spherical and straight bristles which means that the mascara can be wrapped around and coat all the lashes while reducing any clumping, (None of that sticky lash look here thanks).

It’s easy to remove, it lasts all day, (Well as long as I want it to at least), my lashes look lengthened and thicker, with even my mum making compliments about them. The formula is perfect, not too runny, (Even on first use) and even after a few weeks use it hasn’t dried out, (Ticking boxes isn’t it?).

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(Picture shows how my lashes look after two applications of the mascara)

Mascara being one of my ultimate beauty must haves, you can imagine I’ve tried a fair few.

What is your Bourjois ‘go to’ make up?

Lots of love,
KBxx

Old Wives Tail

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Hey There,

Hope you all have had an amazing bank holiday weekend, I think I enjoyed myself a little too much, and am glad to be back to my normality of the blogging world. It is weekends like these, where I like to take a little more ‘me’ time, (You know get some proper TLC), spend hours in the bath, wear facial masks, and even indulge in a hair treatment or two. This time I have been using a luxury handmade organic hair treatment by *Old Wives Tail. A brand I had never heard of before until recently, but of course, you know me, if its natural, and organic, I want it.

I’ll start by giving you a little background story. *Old Wives Tail has been developed by Lily Prichard, and originates from her Portugese Grandmothers homemade hair rescue remedies. Growing up, her Grandmothers blend of oils, saved her locks many times and nothing in the UK market worked in quite the same way, and now she is sharing it with us all, (How lucky are we? And how sweet is this story?). Not only do are these hair treatments environmentally friendly, chemical free, natural and home-made but OWT even donate 10% of their profits to charities to help protect animals from getting tested on. All the OWT products are Sulfate, paraben and gluten free, and of course suitable for vegetarians and vegans, (As you can imagine, I was rather excited to get my hands on a hair mask).

Having very long hair myself, I am always concious of how damaged my hair is getting or could get, so for me, it’s always about prevention. I like to use hair products which hydrate, care for my hair and leave it feeling renourished. I have been using their *SOS Organic Anti-Hair Loss Mask, yes, I know, I hardly have hair loss to worry about at the moment, but the other benefits of it, are what counts. This mask is meant to help lock in moisture and help improve the texture of your locks. OWT sent a little ‘how to’ guide with the mask, and it arrived through my door in the cutest wrapping. You can use this twice a week, for one hour in your hair, or over night for an intense treatment. I bet you can guess which one I went for? Yes, your right, of course I’ve been using it over night. What I like about this treatment is that it is not only for the hair but the scalp to, I’m normally so careful with where I use the product, normally keeping it to the ends only, but with this one I could go a little bit crazy.

The ingredients alone, make me a fan, these being Shea butter, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Almond oil, Lavdender oil, Peppermint oil, and Clove oil. I absolutely adore my Lavender scents, and most Shea butter based products. The only thing I couldn’t love about this mask was the Peppermint smell. I may sound a little crazy, and maybe its because of my role as a Beauty Therapist, but Peppermint smelling products just remind me of feet, (All feet products seem to be mint).. Of course I got used to it, and its quite pleasant now, as the Lavender scent comes through to me more, but I don’t care as once my hair was washed in the morning, my hair was left feeling gorgeous, so soft, and hydrated, (Especially at the ends). I’m looking forward to getting a few more uses out of the tub, and really seeing the effect on my hair.

The formula is just divine, it looks like marshmallow type foam, and melts in to and oil like solution. The packaging is very simple, with just a OWT sticker on, but actually sometimes simple is best, it reflects the homemade element of the product and all I really care about is what is inside. They have quite a selection of hair masks and oils, ranging from SOS, coconut, growth and general luxury treatments, there’s even some gorgeous head pieces on their site. My favourite being the Buddha inspired head jewellery.

Have you heard of OWT? Which mask would you go for first?

Lots of love,

KBxx

Lush Southampton Blogger Event

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(Photo credit to Jessica Eades from chiqueuniquecritique)

Hey There,

Well when I heard my local Lush were holding a bloggers event, of course I had to get involved. After rediscovering a love and passion for Lush through their ‘King of Skin’ and ‘Therapy’ bar, I was extremely keen to learn more about the cosmetics, how they were made, and what else there was to try.

As well as all that, I was also excited to catch up with some of the lovely bloggers I have met at previous events, as well as socialise with some new faces, (It’s all part of the fun). So on Friday, a bunch of bloggers from the Southampton area, ranging from beauty, fashion, illustration, to adoption, were all united through the love of Lush. When we first got there we were greeted by the shop manager Rosie as well as some very passionate Lush staff members, they provided us with drinks and gluten free cakes by ‘Rice Up Wholefoods’, strawberries and popcorn – they do know how to treat us, (Yes I did head straight for the cakes, two to be exact) the carrot cakes were just incredible, (And to good to only have one).

After taking lots of pictures, poking and prodding many of the products, we were all asked to take part in a little ice breaker activity, where we had to massage another bloggers arm, while telling each other about our blogs, and what our favourite lush products were.  I got the lovely Ami from perksofbeingami, apart from lots of giggling, (Mainly from me), I think we did quite well introducing each other, and it certainly broke the ice.

We were then split into two teams, I was part of the first team that watched the making of two popular Lush face masks, Catastrophic Cosmetic and Cupcake. It was amazing to see how fresh these masks were and to see them being made in front of us. It looked just liked cake mix, (Especially the cupcake one), and  as its edible, I had to try it, but trust me, they are better for the face. We then moved on to the emotional brilliance wheel, (Which even has its own app) where you choose colours, depending on your mood at that moment, and it selects make up specifically for your emotions. I’m not sure where the sophisticated one came from though.

Overall it was such a fun evening, I picked myself up another two ‘King of Skin’ bars, and got an amazing goodie bag to take home with me, it even contained a little secret wrapped up goodie, for me to run a giveaway with for my lovely followers. So keep an eye out over the next week for a giveaway, and some Lush reviews over the next month.

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(Photo credit to Amy from amzyinwonderland)

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Which is your favourite Lush product? Have you had a go on the emotional brilliance wheel?

Lots of love,

KBxx