Monday, 30 September 2013

Olympia Beauty 2013 Overview & NYX Haul

OLYMPIA BEAUTY 2013
Sunday 22nd - Monday 23rd of September was the annual Olympia Beauty trade show based in Kensington Olympia. I was so pleased to attend with a press pass to be amongst the positive atmosphere and being able to see so many professionals from the beauty industry such as beauticians, nail technicians, and spa professionals. 

I was able to speak to many brands and professionals on the day and test products. The event was mainly dominated by nail brands but it was still amazing. I particularly loved La cure specialising in products straight from the dead sea.
The event also gave people the chance to listen to seminars and watch demos throughout the day on many topics such as how to run your business, nail techniques and much more. I will definitely be going again next year so look out for me, and if your thinking about going make sure you have comfy shoes! For a full review of the day see here.

NYX HAUL
Whilst being at Olympia i picked up a few things but mainly wanted to show the huge haul from NYX. I was happy with the 20% discount but even after spending £76.00 I still wanted so much more. Below is the selection I ended up leaving with..
NYX Products
Butter Gloss- Vanilla Cream Pie
Soft Matte Lip Cream- Abu Dhabi
Soft Matte Lip Cream- Antwerp
Lip Liner Pencil- 858 Nude Pink
Lip Liner Pencil- 813 Plush Red
Jumbo Eye Pencil- 612 Gold
Jumbo Eye Pencil- 604 Milk Lait

Butter Gloss, Soft Matte Lip Creams | Lip Liner Pencil | Jumbo Eye Pencil
NYX B07 Flat Top Brush | NYX B15 Smokie Brush
Eyeshadow Base- ESB03
Zazazu Luscious Volume Mascara- Black
Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer (Lavender)
NYX Smokey Eyes Palette | NYX 10 Colour Eye Shadow Palette

I'm looking forward to reviewing and trying each product. Is there any NYX products that you love?

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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Have you heard of Veil Cover Cream?!?

A few weeks ago maybe two weeks ago, I received a couple of samples from the lovely people at Veil Cover Cream to test their products. I had heard such good things about them, and as you know if you have followed my blog for a while I used to suffer with acne as a teen which caused me to have a lot of scaring. I also have a few tattoos and wanted to see whether the cover cream would work first to cover my scars/tattoos and secondly to match my skin tone as I vary in colour all over my body.

Veil Cover Cream is a cosmetic camouflage brand that uses pure and simple raw materials which makes the cover cream very effective and easy to use.  The company was founded in 1952 by Thomas Blake and since then has continued to develop creating successful camouflage for all people with different skin blemishes.
{Samples| Veil Dust| Samples}
So when I received the package I was delighted to see just how many variations in colour and tones they had to suit particular people.  I went through each sample trying to match what was closest to my own skin tone and ended up with a handful of samples that might just work.  You can also pick up the sample kit from the website at an affordable price of £6.50.

I decided to test the shortlist on a smaller tattoo of mine first to see how quickly and easy it was to use, It was a little difficult finding exactly the same shade for me (as previously mentioned due to having different complexions all over my body) but after a few trial and errors I found something quiet close which was covered up in a jiffy using my fingers, all I had to do next was set it with my sponge using the veil finishing powder and voila! A first finished attempt at covering a small tattoo, using caramel and a second attempt using colour no.3.

{Before & After With/Without Flash}
{Caramel Cover Cream Sample| Colour No.3 Cover Cream}

My second attempt was with a slightly larger tattoo, testing other colours that I also thought was close to my skin tone. And once again after a few trial and errors, I found another that would work by mixing the two colours sun-glow and colour no.3. Which I found worked a little better with blending into my skin using my fingers, but this time I used a powder brush to lightly dab the veil finishing powder on top.

{Before & After: with one coat using finger tips and powder brush}

Overall I found this lovely to use to cover up my tattoos. It is ever so creamy and isn't messy to use, I particularly like how there isn't a funny smell and love love love the veil finishing powder which I just have to buy now at full price! I will continue to play around and test different colours, but I am extremely impressed with its pigmentation, variation in colour and the fact that it never made my skin have any rashes (due to having sensitive skin). This is 100% friendly to the skin!
I tested the products also on my acne scars but found that it didn't match completely. But I am still happy that I was able to test some samples, would definitely recommend 100%. 



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Friday, 20 September 2013

Exclusive Interview With LFW Designer Sofia Dourvari!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a Bloggers Love event based in Penthouse Leicester Square, to attend the end of London fashion week party showcasing many brands particularly Sofia Dourvari’s LFW collection. The event was filled with lots of music and sweet treats. There was even a gifting suite to promote different brands. It had a such a chilled vibe and I got to meet some lovely bloggers too.

I was luckily able to view some of the collection of Sofia’s with a beautiful fashion show, and also was able to interview the very talented creative lady herself.
Sofia was bought up in Greece and her designs are heavily influenced by Mediterranean styles as well as the elements and Greek architecture, the main influence of her pieces being the manipulation of conventional shapes.

The collection had a black theme throughout with an edgy, chic sophisticated vibe. The dresses were stunning and had everyone in awe wanting to get their hands on their favourite dress.  As each dress was showcased you could see the pure talent from the designer. Check out some of the pictures here.

Talking to Sofia I was able to really understand the roots of her ideas and her inspirations. She was a very friendly, kind, and easy-going woman. (She even helped me with my phone). After friendly introductions we found the quietest part of the room to start the interview where I asked a few questions.

Sofia & Model
Interview
Shug: When did you first start designing?
Sofia:  It might sound funny, and you may not believe me. But I started when I was five; I would always make clothes for my Barbie dolls and have been drawing ever since. Even when I went to university here, I bought all my drawings and hung them up on my walls.

Shug: What University did you go to in the UK?
Sofia:  I went to Salford University, as I live in Manchester.

Shug: What inspires your designs?
Sofia: Sometimes it’s hard to answer this as it’s not specific; you can start with one thing and get inspiration from something else. I like architecture, all shapes even things like clouds. I love clouds. Everything I see around me is inspiration and creates ideas as there is no specific brief. Even my last winter collection I drew it in 20minutes in front of the TV.

Shug: How and why did you start, was there any particular reason you started to design?
Sofia: No, I honestly think it just happened. Both my parents are very creative, I’m left handed and a Libra so it goes hand in hand.

Shug: How was your London Fashion Week experience?
Sofia: Amazing! I showcased my collection with Fashions Finest and exhibited both days (14th/15th), I found it very interesting. I received a good reception and there was a photographer really interested in doing some artistic work. It’s nice to know all the hard work and late nights is paying off and people like the collection! As the catwalk started it was getting crazy behind the scenes. I didn’t get to see much of it, but everybody loved it.

Shug: Is there a reason that you chose black as a key theme?
Sofia: Although many people think because it’s black it’s not a statement piece, you easily see black on the red carpet and at award shows etc. And it will always be classic, you can wear it now or even in three years. It’s timeless.  I like black and black is very sophisticated however you use it; all you need to do is accessorise.  I wanted all my pieces to be feminine and classy with a twist.

Bonafide: Do your designs reflect a particular type of woman?
Sofia: I don’t support size zero, the smallest size I have is a 6 or 8. But I even design for 10- 12 as I like curves, and it is relatable to women. Its clothes you can see yourself wearing. If you like something but it’s not completely you, we can alter it like adding a sleeve or adding other details. As these designs are my suggestions, it’s up to you whether you like them. There is no limit.

Shug: Do you have a key piece this A/W13 and one for S/S14?
Sofia:  I always follow the trend report, I followed it for next Winter they have a lot of royal blue but I’m not going to do that, as I already designed a dress in that colour  December 2012. I want to do something in purple and will be going to a fabric fair to do some research.  And some summer wedding wear is my new adventure. Next winter with the 50 shades of grey launching it will be the perfect time for the dominatrix theme, I will be incorporating a design I made in university as well as a ballerina extravaganza with PU body shape in red and black.

Shug: Thank you so much for your time, I loved the collection and look forward to more in the near future.
Sofia:  Thank you, I look forward to the interview to be up. You can find me on twitter or via the website.


Hope you enjoyed reading the interview and got an insight about a lovely designer. Keep an eye out for more of Sofia's pieces to come! Shes defo one to watch!

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Friday, 13 September 2013

Have you heard of BE BOX? No? Well keep reading!!

Be Box is a new monthly subscription box aimed at women of colour, and launched in August 2013. The team at Be Box kindly sent me a box to review. I had high expectations already before this box launched as there was nothing like this out, so was very keen to review. Once I opened the package I instantly fell in love with the design of this box, very chic and on trend. The box was neatly packed and well presented with tissue paper and samples at the ready. So what was inside? There was numerous amounts of brands that I had never heard of before, and since discovering them have fallen in love with some of the products and cant wait to pick them up at full price!

Mane Divas
Mane Divas is a company that sells high quality extension as well as natural hair products. I particularly liked the packaging by Mane Divas in the Be Box and the fact that with all the samples, they also gave people the chance to get a 10% discount off of everything until the 30th of September. Within the cute packaging I was able to sample the Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Caster Oil, Organic Premium Coco Butter (unrefined) and the Tropic Isle Living Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil. Mane Divas also give a contribution of their profit to Charity such as the Sickle Cell Society Charity.
Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food 20ml:
Although only reviewing a 20ml sample, this was magnificent. The hair food keeps your hair soft with a nice sheen as well as having benefits such as repairing damaged hair, breakages and helping to nourish dry scalp. This little pot of wonder worked perfectly after washing my hair and working it into the roots, it left my hair extra soft and cared for in an instant. This is definitely something I will purchase at full price!
Ingredients- Grape seed oil, Avocado Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, She Butter, Neem Oil, Palm Stearic, Candellila Was. Carnauba Wax, Castor Oil.
Organic Premium Coco Butter (Unrefined) 10g:
As many of us know Coco Butter has a long list of positive benefits, such as stimulating hair growth, softening hair texture and nourishing roots to relieve dry scalp to name a few. I particularly preferred to use this by warming it up in my hands and using it at the ends of my natural hair as it tends to dry out quickly.
Tropic Isle Living Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil 10ml:
This little bottle of oil was the perfect sample size and smelled so nice. As the heading suggests the Red Pimento is used to stimulate hair growth and can be used both for natural, relaxed or dyed hair. Just a few drops is enough to use in your hair long or short.
Ingredients- A blend of Jamaican Red Pimento Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Wheat Germ and Organic Coconut oil.


 W: ManeDivas.co.uk
Ted Baker
Inside the box was a lovely travel size Ted Baker Butterfly Wings Body Wash. It was the cutest thing, as I am a really big fan of Ted Baker and didn’t expect to see this in the box at all. The body wash is sweet and light which foams easily leaving the skin soft and luxurious. This can be found in your local boots, so you don’t have to worry about heading far to pick this beauty up.

HealGel
I was sent two 5ml sample sized HealGel face products, its qualities being an anti-ageing rescue formula that has soothing and collagen boosting ingredients, as well as replenishing dehydrated skin and restoring elasticity, leaving you with plumper tighter and more youthful skin. I haven’t seen any benefits as of yet due to only using it for a week but it definitely has left my skin softer, after using it day and night once the skin has been washed and cleansed. The formula is light and silky and easy to use.

ActiviLong
The Be Box also had two sachets from ActiviLong, which were a conditioning hair milk and a repair and style crème. I was very eager to try this as I have only heard good things about them.

Conditioning hair milk
The conditioning hair milk lotion is formulated to improve dry dull fragile hair and make hair more manageable. The conditioning hair milk is parabens free, silicone free and mineral oil free as well as being rich in organic aloe vera and hibiscus. I particularly liked how the conditioning hair milk brought out my natural curls so easily, made it soft and less tangled compared to how it originally would have been.
Repair and style crème
The repair and style crème is enriched with olive, avocado, borrage oils and mango butter to revive dull limp hair and put the body back into damaged hair. The style crème wasn't too heavy in my hair and didn't leave any residue which was nice as some creams tend to weigh down hair as the product has a lot of ingredients but not this one.

Agese Oils
I was also sent a sample of Agese Oil Skin Silk in the Be Box. The Skin Silk is a lovely light oil used on the body after a bath or shower enriching the body with organic argan oil, avocado oil and much more, both being rich in vitamin A,B,D and E. The Skin Silk melted itself into my skin with ease and left it super soft and cared for.

The Be Box has certainly captured the eyes of many women and for good reason, and the August box was sold out instantly. I was pleasantly surprised with the samples received in the launch box and wouldn’t expect anything less in the next one. This box is definitely the one to watch. So if you want to find new products, Be Box is unquestionably the way to go.
Be Box has a monthly subscription of £10.00p/m plus £2.95 postage and packaging, but you also can opt for a pre-paid plan of three months, six months, and a year.


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Monday, 9 September 2013

Ciate Paint Pot - Pocket Money 107



Hey dolls, 
I recently bought this little paint pot from the wonderful Amy from her blogsale the other week in the colour pocket money 107. I wanted to find a nail varnish that was a nice nude shade I could wear all the time. I particularly love how one coat is enough to get a pigmented colour, and in a jiffy all my nails were done! There was no mess and it dried in an instant.

I have fallen in love with these nail polishes and can't wait to get my hands on a couple of more. 
Have you tried the Ciate polishes?




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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

BATTLE OF THE BODY MOISTURISERS: NIVEA VS VASELINE

Both Nivea and Vaseline have come out with a quick fix solutions for people who haven't got time to stop, they both claim to leave you with silky soft skin but is this true?

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser
I'm not the laziest person in the world but when it comes to moisturising my whole body, I feel as though it takes forever and then I still have to wait for it to sink in before I can put all my clothes on. I haven't heard much about this product but I picked it up anyway to give it a go. This little bottle of wonder works a treat, you literally just click it open, spray on your body and rub it in with basically no effort at all. I was pretty impressed as it left my skin feeling so smooth and smelling like a hint of cocoa butter (which isn't too overpowering) it is literally that quick! I picked this up from boots at £4.99 for 190ml (which has lasted a while) it is a little pricey but it does the job well so I cant really complain.  It doesn't leave the skin greasy and  I like the fact i can carry it around and use with ease. if they made a miniature version I would buy that in an instant.
9/10

Nivea In-Shower Moisturiser
Now this I have heard of and I must say I'm not too impressed with this little guy. Yet again this product like the Vaseline spray and go claims to leave your skin smooth and soft in an instant. The Nivea moisturiser is an in shower body mosituriser, after cleaning your skin in the shower you massage this lotion into the skin and rinse off after, which then enables you to dry off and get dressed and go without additional creaming of the skin. I must say I felt like i needed to use more than the average for it to work and still after I felt as though my skin wasn't completely mositurised. I don't have dry skin so opted for the normal skin range but this still did nothing for me, it didn't leave my skin silky at all like it claims. It makes me feel like it is just an additional step that isn't needed. I picked this up at Superdrug for £3.39 at 400ml it isn't a bad price at all but its not all that its made up to be.
3.5/10

My winner in the battle of the moisturisers goes hands down to VASELINE!

xx


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