Monthly Archives: November 2010

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What a night! Christmas, Champagne & Perfumes $

Last week I was so lucky to get invited to my first ever London blogger event! L’Oreal Prestige & Collections hosted a fabulous evening at the gorgeous Soho Hotel for us to get a preview of their Christmas Fragrance collection. 

There was a range of delicious smellies on display which we all got to sample whilst sipping french champagne and enjoying canape’s! I think Christmas is the best time to buy fragrances because I love how you usually get stunning gift sets.  Some of the brands on display that night were: Ralph Lauren, Georgio Armani, Diesel, Stella McCartney and Cacharel.
♥ The Victor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Gift Set, the bottle comes in a unique décolletage case with the Bombalicious Shower Gel & Body cream. SUPER cute! Flowerbomb is one of my all time favourite perfumes!
♥ Getting into the Christmas spirit with all the fragrances on display – even in the Christmas Tree!
♥ And me and the lovely Natalya of FilthyGorgeousMakeUp
After sampling all the fragrances we got to choose one to take home! After a lot umming and arring I choose Emporio Armani Diamonds because I really loved the smell and the design of the bottle :)


Emporio Armani – Diamonds eau de parfum
“Diamonds is a symbol of audacity, of sexiness with elegance. Sparkling and brilliant, the signature of a strong, confident, sexy woman living life to the full. Featuring the freshness of raspberry and lychee, and invigorated with the pure femininity of rose and the sensual rhythm of patchouli and amber. A unique indulgence for your senses.”


I’ve loved wearing this fragrance the last few days, so yum! The best thing about wearing a new perfume is that you can actually smell yourself hehe! The Christmas gift sets are for sale now at most department stores. Have you got any smellies on your Christmas wish list? xoxo
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Natural Interview MakeUp FOTD

Hi my lovelies,

So quick update: I have been in London for two weeks now and I’m slowly starting to feel settled. I have found a fabulous flat in Clapham and have loved catching up with friends in London. On the job front, I am still looking….It’s all about finding that right job at the right company and those things don’t happen overnight! However I in the last 2 weeks I have been to MANY interviews and agency meetings, and to be honest, I’m getting a little over talking about myself day-in-day-out ;) LOL. 
First impressions are so important when meeting agencies or prospective new employers so when I attend interviews I always ensure I look very polished and professional. I thought I’d quickly share my standard Natural Interview MakeUp FOTD: 
♥ Face:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer in Medium
Revlon ColourStay Foundation in Sand Beige (#180)
MaxFactor Creme Puff in Translucent (#5)
Sleek Contour Kit (light) – dark colour to contour
Bourjois Blush #33 – Lila’s D’or

♥ Eyes:
MAC Nylon eyeshadow (tear duct & inner corner of eye)
MAC Grain eyeshadow (all over lid)
MAC Charcoal Brown eyeshadow (crease & lower lashline)
MAC Smolder eyeliner (waterline)
Barry M Liquid Eyeliner – black (upper lash line)
L’Oreal Voluminous mascara
Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Blonde

♥ Lips:
Estee Lauder – Crystal Baby #301


As I mentioned, the key is to understand the importance of first impressions. Your goal should be to convey your competence, neatness, and attention to detail — and all of those things can be communicated by your appearance. More importantly, when you feel confident about your appearance, you’ll be able to focus on presenting your qualifications and experience. So for any fellow job hunters out there, here are some great practical tips that you can use before your next job interview:

Hair: Keep it simple

♥ Wash and dry your hair the night before the interview. By getting that out of the way, you’ll save time the day of the big event.
♥ If your hair is long, consider pulling it back in a ponytail. This way, you won’t be tempted to absentmindedly fiddle with it.
♥ Even if you don’t use hair spray every day, a light dusting of it will keep flyaways at bay.
♥ Don’t wear a hat as part of your ensemble. If you need a hat to keep yourself warm, remove it before entering the building, and peek into a mirror to remove any traces of hat head.
♥ Skip the flashy hair accessories.
♥ Keep your hair out of your face at all costs. Long bangs falling into your eyes are sexy for a date, but they won’t project a professional image. If you need to get them out of your face, using a simple barrette or bobby pin is a fine solution.
Makeup: Less is more
♥ Give yourself extra time. If you take five minutes to get ready in the morning, allow yourself 15. Trust me, weird things pop up, so it’s better to build in some wiggle room.
♥ For your face, you probably won’t need much more than concealer and loose powder. If you have blemishes or uneven skin tone, by all means, use a foundation! But if you don’t need much coverage, just skip it.
♥ The night before your interview, exfoliate chapped lips by scrubbing them with a warm, wet washcloth. Follow with a generous coating of lip balm. Before the interview, use a sheer lipstick to give lips a hint of color. 
♥ Wear lipstick, not lip gloss. Gloss is too shiny and youthful for a formal occasion like an interview.
♥ Use eye shadows in neutral shades such as tan, brown, and cream. A little bit of shimmer is fine, but stay away from adding a lot of shine to your eyelids.
♥ Mascara & a thin line of smudged pencil or simple (well applied) liquid eyeliner are really all you need. 
♥ Well-groomed brows show that you pay attention to details. Tweeze any stray hairs that threaten to give you a Bert-like monobrow, and if you have brow gel, use it to set your brows in place. (A tiny bit of hair gel, diluted with water, can do the same thing.)
♥ Applying a little bit of blush makes everyone look healthier. Use this rather than bronzer for a natural-looking, healthy glow.
Nails: 
♥ Unless you have naturally clean, even, hangnail-free nails, get a manicure.
♥ It doesn’t matter whether your nails are long or short, but they should be neatly filed.
♥ A neutral nail is fool-proof, so look for barely-there beige and pink polishes. Classic red can work, too, but use your judgment: It’ll probably fit in at an ad agency, but not at a conservative law firm. I would not recommend a French manicure; some people think they’re classy, but others think they’re corny, so just go with a single color.
Finally, SMILE. All of the primping and grooming doesn’t mean a thing if you aren’t excited to be there.
Good luck! xoxo Roz

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NOTD: Revlon Goldfinger

Discovered this pretty nail polish the other day, as it belongs to one of my new flatmates! Gotta love living in an all girls house ;) I’m a big fan of Revlon polishes already and “Goldfinger” is  a gorgeous pale gold colour that can look quite neutral or metallic depending on the light that falls onto it. Gold nails really get me into a wintery/holiday spirit. Can you believe today it’s exactly 30 days until Christmas!!! 
Left: Natural Light                                                            Right: with Flash  
Do you know any other lovely Gold nail polishes? xoxo

oh the places you will go

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

by the incomparable Dr. Seuss
Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch.
You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump.
And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And if you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.
No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.
All Alone!
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

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Face Masque ‘Tottles’ Review+

If you a girl that’s into her face masques, you’re probably familiar with the brand  Montagne Jeunesse and have tried one of their products before (you know the little one application sachets, which you can buy at most supermarkets or drugstores?). Well Montagne Jeunesse have recently launched a new range of products called “Tottles”. Bottle + Tube = Tottle – get it? ;)

They were so kind to send me 3 of these new and delicious formulations to try out! I was pretty excited, because I’d never really tried face masques before! I know this sounds crazy for a girl like me that’s so into her beauty products but truthfully skin creams/masques and treatments have never been my kind thing much – up until now that is!! 
Each Tottle allows for up to 10 applications of face masques and peel-offs. My friends told me they’d used the individual sachets before and mentioned how great these tottles are in comparison because they felt the sachets were a little messy and product would end up being wasted. With the Tottle; all you need to do is squeeze out the amount you need for one application and then reseal! No mess, no waste – perrrfect! Application is a breeze; just smooth the masque product onto your skin, leave for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off thoroughly.   

Also I love that Montagne products are made with only the purest, most natural ingredients and that they are strongly against animal testing! Now onto the masques I tried: 

Damask Rose & Marula Oil Ultra Deep Cleansing Masque
“Renowned for its cleansing and super hydrating properties, delicate Damask Rose is infused with Africa’s miracle Marula oil to rid of anti-oxidants and seriously moisturise. Then the Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter join forces to soften and smooth for enviable silky skin. The lovely fresh floral fragrance is a damask delight. A lovely mask to use on sensitive skin or older skin.”
My skin felt super soft after using this masque so was very happy with the result! Plus the sweet flower scent is gorgeous and made it a relaxing experience.

Dark Chocolate & Orange Deep Cleansing Mud Masque
“Indulge in divine, dark chocolately orange bliss where moisturising Cocoa and Shea Butters combine with sweet Orange Oil, to deeply cleanse and nourish. Did you know that orange is jammed packed full of anti-oxidants which help protect skin from free radicals that bring on the signs of ageing? This ultra rich wonder masque smells like heaven on earth and is not to be missed when it comes to spoiling your skin.”
My favourite of the 3! This masque seriously smells DELICIOUS. I was almost tempted to eat as it fully reminded me of these Leonidas Orange/Chocolates my parents used to eat all the time! One note; you do have to be a little careful when applying & removing this products because it’s dark brown! Plus I have warned you – serious chocolate craving’s after using this product could occur….


Tropical Peel off Masque with Red Grape & Mango
“Revitalising and rejuvenating, this exotic mix of fruits will give your skin an energy injection. Red Grape, Noni Fruit and juicy Mango work to revitalise and cleanse pores, lifting away impurities and dead skin cells, revealing a more glowing and radiant you.” 
The peel was a funny and new experience for me. I love how easy it was to apply + remove and how you see it truly clears the pores and dead skin. My skin was so glowing and fresh afterwards!

Overall I think these Tottles are fabulous for a girls night in skin pampering session! In the Tottle range they also have a Sensuous Spice (Cinnamon & Ginger) Self Warming masque which I can’t wait to try this winter!

You can buy the new Tottle face masques (plus many other Natural Beauty products) by Montagne Jeunesse on their website for £4.99 each – shipping is free in the UK if you spend £7.50 or more – or you can find Montagne Jeunesse products at these stockists.