1. Soap & Glory Solar Powder

    April 21, 2011 by Lilly Loves

    At long last, a subtle healthy glow for fair maidens. For those of you who are a true English rose complexion and find it difficult to get on the bronzer bandwagon then look no more. This two toned powder from Soap and Glory gives a buildable sunkissed glow which is neither too muddy or too shimmery when swirled together, or, swipe the darker shade under the cheekbone and the highlighter shade above for a contoured effect. The best bit? A very reasonable price of £12.26 from larger Boots stores.

    For reference I am Porcelain in the Bobbi Brown range of foundations, NW10/15 Mac, Mont Blanc in Nars (bordering Siberia).


  2. FACE Stockholm Vitamin E Lip Treatment

    April 14, 2011 by Lilly Loves

    I think I’ve got an addiction to this lip treatment from FACE Stockholm. Glides on like liquid silk (if there was ever such a thing) and leaves my lips so soft. The first time I tried this my lips were quite flaky but within only a couple of hours there was an obvious improvement.

    The packaging is sleek, as with all FACE Stockholm make up, and the price is not unreasonable if you want to see and feel results (currently £16.50). On the negative side there is no SPF which would be a nice addition as long as the texture would remain the same. However it is not something I would pack in my beach bag anyway for fear of it melting – It is far too precious for that. So, if you are concerned with those pesky rays just ensure your lipstick or gloss contains a minimum SPF15 for everyday wear and for those lucky enough to be soaking up the sun carry a specific SPF lip balm such as the Simple Sun Sensitive Protecting Lip Balm SPF30.

     


  3. FACE Stockholm Matte Foundation

    February 1, 2011 by Lilly Loves


    FACE Stockholm Matte Foundation

    FACE Stockholm Matte Foundation

    This is by far the best foundation I have found for my combination, sensitive and truly pale English rose complexion. I have searched high and low for the most suitable base ranging from the ridiculously expensive Chantecaille and Suqqi brand to the high street and everywhere in between.

    Do not be fooled by its name. It does not look or feel cakey like you would assume with a matte foundation but instead leaves my skin with a lovely natural glow that is rather a silky matte (if there is ever such a phrase?). I would not it rule it out if you are on the drier side; simply apply a more emollient moisturiser or primer.

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  4. Classic Cardy UGG Boot

    January 23, 2011 by Lilly Loves

    Classic Cardy UGG Boots

    Classic Cardy UGG Boots

    I have finally been drawn in to the craze of the UGG boot; something which I swore I would never do when they made their appearance all them years ago when worn by many a celebrity. Still not confident with the traditional Classic UGG I opted for the Classic Cardy boot in Charcoal/Silver which may be worn at calf length or turned down to ankle length, personally my preferred look. I absolutely love the style of these which look great with leggings, skinny jeans or skirt/dress but I do however have a couple of issues.

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  5. Organic Surge Hair Care Products

    January 18, 2011 by Lilly Loves

    Review by Request

    Colour Protect Shampoo Organic Surge

    Colour Protect Shampoo Organic Surge

    I was recently approached by organic skincare specialists Organic Surge to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their products. I was of course more than happy to oblige as I follow Organic Surge on Facebook and share many of their beliefs. As a result they sent over some products from their exclusive organic hair care range for me to try. I will come to this in a moment.

    As with all the products I try, I like to do a bit of background research into the company who produce them. I think it’s important to understand what ingredients are used to make a product and how they are made. I already knew quite a bit about Organic Surge but some further reading showed that they have a real commitment to using natural ingredients and essential oils. For me this is great because it means I do not have to run harsh chemicals through my skin or hair.

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  6. Medik8 PRETOX Eyelift (formerly PRELIFT X4)

    June 24, 2009 by Lilly Loves

    Review by Request

    Medik8 PRETOX Eyelift

    Medik8 PRETOX Eyelift

    PRETOX Eyelift is a professional strength anti-ageing eye gel designed to combat dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and uneven tone. It is formulated with four peptides: Reguage; Haloxyl; Tetrapeptide (Rigin) and Pentapeptide (Matrixyl) and is packaged in a 15ml hygienic pump dispenser.

    This did a great job at leaving the eye area refreshed and moisturised and although I do not have ‘bags’ as such i do feel that any puffiness had diminshed in as little as 2 weeks. My dark circles however are hereditary and I have come to the conclusion that nothing is going to eradicate them. Having said that they are not that bad so perhaps someone with a more severe case would notice a difference after the recommended 6 weeks of use am and pm. Fine lines and winkles are not much of a problem for me yet so I cannot comment on its effectiveness in this area.

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  7. Beauty Without Bees – Bees’ Vital Role In The Cosmetics Industry

    June 13, 2009 by Lilly Loves

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    The Co-operative Group's Plan Bee Campaign

    Almost 4,000 of Britain’s best-loved cosmetics are reliant upon the honeybee for their production. Worryingly, the British honey bee is dying out and with the honeybee gone many of our must-have beauty products, including 643 brands of mascara, 589 lipstick products and at least 453 moisturisers, would cease to exist, according to The Co-operative Group.

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  8. Salt of the Earth Totally Natural Deodorant

    May 5, 2009 by Lilly Loves

    Review by Request

    Salt of the Earth Totally Natural Deodorant

    Salt of the Earth Totally Natural Deodorant

    Salt of the Earth’s unscented natural mineral salt deodorant is an impressive odour protecting crystal stick made of only Ammonium Alum. Application is easy and mess free with no sticky feeling or annoying white marks. Simply, it felt like there was nothing there which I admit at first felt a little unnerving. Whilst you won’t be smelling of roses there is little chance of that offensive body odour that usually accompanies sweat since this helps to neutralise the bacteria responsible for such smells. Because it is not an anti perspirant you will perspire which some may find unappealing but is preventing a natural bodily function a good thing? Now for my take on the science behind it:

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  9. Derma Mum Superior Moisturising Stretch Mark Cream

    March 15, 2009 by Lilly Loves

    What made me wander into the baby care aisle at my local Boots is still a mystery to me. I am neither pregnant, planning to become pregnant or have any little ones as yet. Nevertheless I could not bypass this wonderful white tub staring back at me. The red writing of “Rose Hip, Evening Primrose, Borage & Wheat Germ with Shea and Cocoa butters” alerted the beauty junkie in me especially since it also stated “fragrance free”; a must for me whilst suffering from patches of excema on my body and hands.

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  10. Beauty and the Geeks Event at Heaven Spa Didsbury – Wednesday 26th November

    November 21, 2008 by Lilly Loves

    Heaven Spa, Didsbury, are hosting a free event on November 26th called Beauty and the Geeks. As well as complimentary food and drinks (lets face it, who doesn’t like freebies?) there is a chance to have your skin analysed, 10% off all products purchased on the night, 10% off any treatments booked on the night and several demonstrations.

    Full details can be found on the Heaven Spa blog.

    Visit the Heaven Spa online store at www.heaven-spa.co.uk

    Visit Heaven Spa Didsbury at 115 Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6UR

    Visit Heaven Spa at Hilton Hotel, Manchester Deansgate, 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ