Madara products - certified natural and organic by EcoCert - for the face, body, hair, lips and babies are rich in powerful ingredients taken from plants in the Baltic meadows of Latvia, giving them a strong potency of nourishing, natural ingredients. Precious blossoms, herbs and plants are here nurtured to provide a rich and effective formula, exclusive to Madara products.
Madara began its journey as a bar of organic soap, founder Lotte shared it with her friends who suggested she developed further organic eco cosmetics; by 2006 four new products had been released and Madara had become the number one selling skin care brand in Latvia.

Did you know? - The word 'Madara' means 'cleavers' in Latvian, a delicate white flower from the Baltic Meadows which inspired the packaging and beauty behind the brand.

I was contacted by Sarah of SVPR about Madara's latest conquest to get the world ready for the party season with key but natural products; after a good chit chat about how we feel about organic products I decided to try the 'Flower Dust' Shimmer lotion, my birthday's coming up so this will be super handy for adding an extra glow to my skin.
PRICE: £22.00 per 150ml

AVAILABILITY: Available in Europe, North America, and Asia here.

CLAIMS: 'Flower Dust lotion gives your skin a beautiful shimmery look, the nourishing formula of MÁDARA decocare organic flower dust shimmering moisturising body lotion leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated.' - Madara website
PRODUCT: The packaging has a unique and simple style with a deluxe feel; the completely recyclable cardboard box encases a generously sized tube of product. The formula is dispensed through a pump mechanism, on the first use the pump needs to be pressed a few times to dispense product which is expected; the pump style mechanism allows for great user-control over how much product is used. You needn't use more than a walnut sized amount for complete body application I'd say, a little goes a very long way. 
In terms of formula, the Flower Dust Lotion has a smooth and blendable texture which glides across the skin with ease. Essential oils and cocoa butter help to nourish the skin, leaving it feeling smoothed and soft to the touch, whilst plant extracts encourage the beautiful hint of shimmer (pictured). The shimmer is light and delicate, adding a touch of glamour without being strong and glittery, the shimmer effect lasted on my skin for about seven hours, definitely long enough to last me through my birthday celebrations. I really like to use the Flower Dust Lotion to enhance my tan, which looks deeper, more even and natural after just one application of lotion.
My one and only gripe about the product is it's rather potent (but initial) scent of Sugarsnap Peas on application, this wears off after about ten minutes and develops into a neutral scent, but may be deemed too strong for some users.

RATING: 9.5/10 - I've never given a half point before but this product so nearly reached a 10, the only minor niggle I have is the initial scent which is a little too overly natural for my modern Western tastes. The product is of a gorgeous origin and design, delivering the exact results it offers leaving me feeling confident with the skin I'm in.

Madara Flower Dust Shimmering Lotion is ideal for adding a touch of glamour to your skin over the party season, I can't wait to use mine over my birthday and New Years Eve. It doubles up as the perfect gift for mum or siblings, it's completely natural and suitable for all skin types so you can't go too wrong really!

Madara have also introduced an Ecocertified, award winning makeup range of lip glosses and tinting fluids to prepare you for your red carpet, you can check them out here.

All Madara orders receive free standard delivery, you can shop Madara UK here.
Mii Cosmetics recently launched in the UK, offering customers a vast range of core, deluxe makeup products, including powders, lipsticks, primers and foundations. They quickly became popular with the media and Olivia Palermo, featuring in the Telegraph Fashion as best for achieving a 'Fresh Winter Bloom' (Source), Cosmopolitan and Look...to name but a few.
The Mii vision is simple:
'Beauty is often simply about having the confidence to be yourself. We've taken the feedback of thousands of women who use beauty salons to develop a totally new range of makeup, giving you the confidence to create a look that is completely, uniquely, unmistakably you. So when you look in the mirror you can say...That's Mii'
Mii clearly take the view that makeup should be to enhance your natural self, not create a new person; an opinion I completely agree with and a message I feel more brands should give.
I was offered the chance to try out some of the Mii Cosmetics range to see if they really lived up to their high status, here I try out the Moisturising Lip Lover in 'Express' and Uplifting Cheek Colour in 'Blush'.
The gorgeous black and white contrast packaging with the pink label fits perfectly with the deluxe feel of the brand; each product is individually cased in plastic packaging, placed gently in a cardboard box.
The shade 'Express' is a stunning pale red with a hint of golden shimmer, it's very sheer and glides across the lips with ease. The formula is completely buildable, you can layer the colour to achieve your desired look, one layer will give a sheen of colour and two will give you the wow factor.
I have learnt never to underestimate the Moisturising Lip Lover, on first look when I twisted the packaging I thought 'this looks like your average lipstick'...it isn't. When slicked against the skin you can feel the moisture working near immediately, it sits gently on the lips banishing any dryness or rough areas, it's silky smooth without being shiny or sticky - an experience I've never had with a lipstick before, I can't get enough of the feeling. In terms of longevity the lipstick lasted a good five or six hours, naturally it smudged a little when I ate or drank but this can be expected.
Moisturising Lip Lover lipstick is available in 12 shades for £14.95 per 3.5g from the Mii Website, it's definitely something I'd purchase myself for its non-drying long-lasting formula, I've got my sights set on the shade 'Whisper'.
Mii Uplifting Cheek Colours have been created in a range of shades to enhance natural skin-tone, they're finely milled and pressed into a compact for portability and ease of use, each compact features a miniature mirror. Once again the formula is buildable so you can tailor the shade to your preferences, shade 'Blush' is right up my street, a pale brown with pale pink and red undertones; my swatches were taken in quite bright light which don't pick up on the paler undertones unfortunately. The colour lasts and lasts and lasts, even with no finishing powder, it stays put whatever the weather which has greatly impressed me!
Rocking 'Blush' on my cheekbones
Mii Uplifting Cheek Colour retails for £16.50 per 7g, giving MAC a good run for its money, available in five shades from the Mii Website. I have to say, just one blush has converted me to Mii, application is effortless and longevity is superb, I will definitely be repurchasing and trying more shades, particularly 'Bloom'.


Mii Cosmetics are available in over 130 spas and salons in the UK and online at MiiCosmetics.com.
Allow me to introduce the official Benefit Gift Collection for Christmas 2011, zinging with products to get you ready for parties and gorgeous for each and every day; they make great stocking fillers too, I'm thinking Secret Santa's sorted!
The collection comprises of seven gorgeous gifts, priced between £19.50 and £44.50, bound to introduce someone to the world of makeup or please an already obsessed makeup lover:

  • I'm Glam...Therefore I am
  • Double The Bad
  • Ticket To Glossytown
  • Boxing Day Beauty
  • Tattletell All
  • Project Flawless
  • All Decked Out
I'm Glam Therefore I Am
Priced at £29.50, this miniature all-in-one makeup kit will prove perfect for the girl 'in need of it all' as this kit really does have it all inclusive of:
- Miniature 'Girl Meets Pearl' Highlighter
- Face powder and brush
- Miniature 'Life on the A-List' lip gloss, a gorgeous shade of bubblegum pink
- Miniature 'Bad Gal' mascara
- Four shade eyeshadow pallette
- Double ended sponge applicator
I've got sights on this the most out of the whole collection, it's perfect for slipping into my handbag for touchups. 

Double The Bad
Double the Bad is that special something for lovers of all things dark and beautiful when it comes to the peepers. Including a full sized Bad Gal Lash mascara and double ended Waterproof Mascara, you or your gift recipient will be fluttering your lashes endlessly. Recommend retail £20.50.

Ticket To Glossytown
Ticket to Glossytown is that obvious selection for the lip-gloss lover who pouts through the day to the night. Each gloss is 3ml, portable, slim and perfect for popping in your handbag, in a range of six shades:
- So Frisk Me
- Nudie Tude
- Spiked Punch
- Life on the A-list
- Kiss You
- Foxy Lady
The set costs £19.60, working out at a fantastic £3.26 per lipstick, unbelievable value!

Boxing Day Beauty
Boxing Day Beauty is the most expensive of the kits coming in at £44.50 - this is the wow-gift of the range to really spark deep happiness in your partner, friend or yourself. It contains four products to create a complete, glowy yet understated look:
- Miniature Bad Gal mascara
- Full size 'Hoola' bronzer with Brush
- Full size 'Some Kinda Gorgeous' foundation in Medium
- Miniature 'High Beam' highlighter
To personalise this gift, you can slip the picture in the 'frame' of the box away and replace with your own picture of a special memory.

TattleTell All
We all have that friend who just can't help sharing the goss, this is right up her street! For £29.50 you can deck the halls with bows of beauty with 7 gorgeous products and two tools:
- Two miniature lipsticks
- Miniature Lip Gloss
- Miniature High Beam Highlighter
- Miniature Benetint Cheek and Lip Tint
- Miniature '10' Highlighter and Bronzer
- Cheek Blush
- Double ended applicator
- Blush brush

Project Flawless
Another gift which really captured my eye, Project Flawless seeks to dazzle and sparkle all night long. With four products which last as long as you do, you can't really go wrong.
- Full Sized Bella Bamba Blush with Brush
- Miniature Bad Gal mascara
- Miniature 'Girl Meets Peal' highlighter
- Miniature gloss in 'Ultra Shine'
Project Flawless retails for £29.50.

All Decked Out
A trio of top-selling products in All Decked Out prepares your skin for a night on the razz! Including:
- Full sized PoreFessional primer
- Miniature Some Kinda Gorgeous foundation in 'Medium'
- Full size Benetint cheek and lip tint
All for £39.50, how can one possibly resist flawless skin in an instant...in one gift?!

So there we have it, an array of delights to tantalise your beauty buds, I'm feeling the christmas spirit just looking at the pictures! Customers need not worry about gift wrapping or ribbons with Benefit Christmas Gifts, which are all boxed up and ready to go - the lazy girls guide to christmas eat your heart out.
All christmas gifts are available in Benefit stores, concessions and online with Debenhams and Benefit.
Since launching in May 2011, Topshop Makeup has become a hit with many a customer thanks to a capsule range of skin, eye, lip and nail pieces available in a vast range of colours.
As the range grew in popularity, Topshop introduced limited edition quarterly collections and an online virtual-makerover, which allows customers to 'try out' the makeup online on a photograph before ordering. Better still, online video tutorials have now been added by MUA Hannah Murray, showing you how to recreate the latest beauty trends at your comfort!
Topshop run various lines of brush to suit all their customers needs, including powder, cream and loose formulas. Being a fan of powdered formulas at the moment, I picked up 'Pop' in Oxford Circus before the Motel Bloggers Event.
I have to admit to having a little soft spot for the packaging, a speckled black and white theme which plays same for all the permanent products. The palettes are compact and slimline, featuring a small and very useful inner mirror.
In the pan the shade appears a delicious coral with peach and tangerine undertones. When swatched the shade becomes a lot more neon, it certainly adds a 'pop' to the cheeks and I'm addicted!
When it comes to longevity I'm really pleased, I apply the blush in the morning and it only needs to be reapplied once, or not at all if I use my MAC Finishing Powder, for a high street buy this is very impressive.

'Pop' is available exclusively to Topshop stores and online for £6.
You may remember my post about the Toni&Guy Session Styler, where I mentioned a new blow-dry kit isn't the only thing Toni&Guy have up their sleeve to keep you styled over the party season as they continue sales of their styling range. With christmas and new year coming up it's top of my list to primp my hair - I want long lasting, easy to create styles which can see me from morning to night. What better way to create an interesting style which is different to my daily poker straight hair than with a jumbo waver?
The styler features 25 heat settings, a 3 metre swivel cord and a clip to stand the styler against; unlike the Session Styler the individual styling range come with a user-guide which makes it even easier to create salon-influenced styles step by step. The worldwide voltage and slimline style give the curler portability and an ease for travel, you can take this anywhere you may need styling - consider it your portable hairstylist!
The styler itself is made of plastic, it isn't the strongest of plastics but keeping in mind the price of the styler (£19.99) it does the job! A light beneath the barrel indicates when the styler is on and the plates are heated to the desired temperature, a useful tool to use if you're doing a million things at once while you're getting ready.
The plates are 38mm wide and Tourmaline, meaning they protect the hair from colour and moisture loss; they're smooth to the touch and don't tug or pull the hair. You can either wrap your hair loosely around the barrel or use the attached push-plate to lock the hair into place on the plates - I find I had to hold my hair around 40 seconds before removing it from the plates to achieve a good curl.
Depending on how you use the styler you will achieve a different look, you can easily achieve wide-tumbling curls or waves but you will not achieve tighter curls as this is not the point of the styler.

Toni&Guy Wave And Curl Tong retails for £19.99 from Boots and other electrical appliance stockists.
As we all know, my long-loving relationship with Liz Earle skincare products (heaps of reviews here) is consistently in full force; I repurchase and repurchase the products to within an inch of my life, even buying them for my friends. It isn't the 'botanical' element which attracts me, though it's an obvious factor, it's more the quality of the products, attention to detail with service and the calming scent.
PRICE: £10 per 150ml

AVAILABILITY: Liz Earle stores and online

CLAIMS: 'Cleans and revitalises the delicate eye area' - product packaging (pictured)

PRODUCT: Once again, the packaging is classic to Liz Earle styling - individually wrapped and sealed with a sticker, the eye care range features in dusty yellow containers which set them apart from the Cleanse, Tone and Polish range which feature in a greenish blue shade. The screw-lid is exactly the same as the lid of the Skin Tonic (pictured here), a useful feature for controlling product flow and helping your purchase last longer.
Though named a 'lotion', I'd say the formula tends far further towards a tonic, it's a non-oily fluid which enables use with contact lenses and sensitive eyes, perfect for me whilst mine are painful and red! When soaked onto cotton wool pads and held over the eyes it immediately cools and soothes - I used this after a night out and it was a lifesaver, I definitely noticed a reduction in the redness and blackness of my eyes the following day. Eye Bright also gently removes eye-makeup by dissolving the coating round the lashes, a much gentler way to remove eye makeup without scrubbing and pulling the lashes; I simply press a soaked pad onto my eye for 15 seconds and then sweep away. It's a really lovely product to use when you're feeling a little cranky and aching, its a small perk me up!
The only let down for me is the scent, the cocktail of cornflower, witch hazel and aloe vera conjures gorgeous scents, yet the aroma of the product itself is displeasing, in my eyes. It's nothing so severe to put me off using Eye Bright but it isn't as nice as the classic Liz Earle scent, its very neutral and feint.

RATING: 8/10 - I love the cooling sensation of the formula which is suitable for all, my only issue with the product is the smell which for me is a slight let down. It's a lovely product to own, not essential, but a brilliant addition to my routine.

Eye Bright lotion is available as a 50ml bottle for £5 or a pack of three for £27.00.
PRICE: £17.50 for 8g

AVAILABILITY: MAC stores, concessions and website, Debenhams online and in selected stores.

CLAIMS: 'A silky, colourless finishing powder suitable for all skin tones. Reduces shine while optically minimizing the look of lines & imperfections' - MAC website

PRODUCT: Immediately I am drawn to the sparkly outer-packaging - a refreshing difference to the regular matte black packing MAC so readily use - which encases a classic black compact, slimline enough for portability. The product is a little, interesting, at first look - when I showed my friends they exclaimed 'you're going to put THAT on your face?'.
As you can see from my swatches, the product is finely milled and blends completely translucent leaving a matte finish (ignore the slight shimmer, this is from previous swatching of my NARS blush), for this reason it is perfect for any skin tone. You need't fear having any white patches on your skin, if you sweep it lightly across the skin it will blend immediately, you need very little product to achieve a good result.
The results from dusting this powder over my face with a large brush are phenomenal - my skin tone is evened, my makeup appears smooth and natural and any oiliness or shine is banished completely; best of all my makeup lasts twice as long and the finish lasts with it. This has become my go-to product each day since I've bought this and I can't look back, it has transformed my makeup routine.

RATING: 10/10 - this powder has become my makeup saviour; any foundations I once couldn't wear due to a shine issue I can now use, any worries I have over my makeup fading are erased and I can't stop stroking the gorgeous softness of my face after using this. This is the multi-tasking miracle makeup product, and I'm in love!

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder is available as a pressed or loose powder for your convenience.
You may be familiar with Avon as an online and mobile beauty outlet, offering all your beauty and lifestyle essentials at affordable prices in the comfort of your home. Avon stock makeup, lingerie, jewellery, fragrance, fitness and many more products, offering you a complete package for a pamper party or personal treat.
The way Avon works is simple, you ether order online from their extensive website or contact your local Avon specialist to request a catalogue...you may have popped through your door already.
When I was contacted by Avon to attend their Holiday Collection preview I was gutted I couldn't make it, especially as Avon are celebrating their 125th christmas. Super lovely Camilla from Halpern came to the rescue and sent me a couple of the products to showcase her top picks from the collection, which launched October 27th.
I was sent two Glimmerstick Diamonds Eyeliners, two Nailwear Pro polishes and a Super Enchant Mascara, all new products introduced for the holiday season as perfect stocking fillers or party accessories. The outer packaging feels a little dull considering this is a holiday collection...the silver shimmer font and Avon-in-keeping style does redeem it slightly.

The Super Enchant mascara is made of 100% naturally derived mineral pigments, which gives the formula a light feel on the lashes meaning it removes with ease, gone are the days of tugging the lashes with remover. The shape of the brush captures every lash, including the inner corner lashes, whilst fanning them out. This seems perfect for those with sensitive eyes, it delivers longer, separated lashes which look defined in just one stroke, when layered twice it adds volume and a slight curl.

Super Enchant mascara retails for £8.50/7ml, available in Black. 

I have to admit I felt slightly let down by the nail polishes; theres no doubt about the fact the shades are stunning and perfect for the party season but in my eyes the formula really lacks. It's ultra liquid and very thin, taking a good three or four coats to achieve a fully opaque finish; on the other hand the polishes' enamel texture lasts a good while on the nail without chipping or fading.

Nailwear Pro Enamel retails for £6 and is available in four new shades, Sequinned Turquoise, Mercury Metal, Violetta Sparkle and Gleaming Gold, all on offer for £3 right now.

The Glimmerstick Diamonds eyeliners are my favourite products of the collection which I would definitely repurchase. With bold claims that they last 'up to 12 hours' without fading or smudging I remained dubious - when put to the test they lasted all day with perhaps a slight shimmer fade, impressive! Flashy copper is my favourite shade of the two as it compliments my brunette hair and hazel eyes, I can see the sparkling silver working well with ginger hair or green eyes. Flashy Copper is a a shimmer shade with a hint of glimmer, whereas Sparkling Silver is shimmery with a concentration of glitter; these shades are certainly set add a touch of sparkle to your eyes!

Glimmerstick Diamond eyeliners retail for £6 each available in two shades (featured), you can get them on offer for £3 each right now online!

Avon have an extensive christmas collection to meet all of your Christmas Wishlist desires, to view the whole range and nudge santa in the right direction click here!
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, or Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) to you and I, left a fashion legacy behind following his death at the humble age of 71 years in 2008 in the hands of Chief Designer Stefano Pilati.
In case you aren't aware, YSL was one of the first brands to showcase women's pieces influenced by male style - such as blazers, tuxedos and leather jackets - and to use darker skinned models, these bold looks were a hit in the 1960's throwing the label into the highest stakes of catwalk couture; today it is one of the most influential, well recognised and designer brands to grace the catwalk, retailing in the most exclusive of stores.
Since Yves death, YSL is a brand which has very much lived on, continuing to deliver a catwalk of designer pieces and key beauty products. The latest launch from YSL fresh for the party season is 'Shocking' mascara, which follows the ever-popular 'false lash effect' trend; YSL mascaras tend towards a bad reputation for drying up quickly, I've put the latest edition to the test to see if it's really worth spending your pennies on. 
PRICE: £22.00 for 6.4ml

AVAILABILITY: Sephora, Selfridges, Harrods, Debenhams instore and online, House of Fraser in store and online, selected concessions.

CLAIMS: "Luxurious mascara for a shocking lash effect. Instant excessive volume.' - product packaging

PRODUCT: Encased in the traditional golden packaging with blackest black font, the mascara has immediately become a part of the infamous YSL beauty family, it feels deluxe and couture as soon as the eyes are laid upon it. The wand is a good length with a helix-shaped brush to capture each lash, coating them with a layer of mascara in just one stroke. The brush is under 1cm in width which I'd expect makes it easy to use, this isn't the case due to the amount of bristles and their tight helix shape, which also means it's hard to separate the lashes with the brush. The brush can become a little clumpy also which transfers onto the skin around the lashes if you quiver a little through application, practice using the wand here is key to ensure you're not also layering the surrounding area to the lashes with mascara too. 
The results are dramatic and intense, possibly one of the best results I've achieved with a false lash effect mascara - you may have heard in my video that when I first wore this everyone was asking where my false lashes were from! 
As you can see, the difference in my lashes between no mascara and one coat of mascara is huge; my coated lashes are longer, thicker and far more voluptuous, it's a shame they aren't separated so much.
This isn't a look I'd sport every day, I save it for special occasions or outings because my lashes appear increasingly thickened and lengthened after only one coat, they appear very dramatic but not very natural despite being my natural lashes. Needless to say, the results from this mascara are phenomenal making it, for me, worth every penny spent.

RATING: 9/10 - a fantastic addition to the YSL family which adds intense drama, volume and length to the lashes. Poor separation of lashes and the ease of clumping with the mascara pulled it one point away from full marks.

YSL Shocking mascara is available in 6 show shopping shades including Black, Black/Blue, Green, Bronze, Black/Grey and Burgundy.
Black seems to be sold out at present on most online stockists so I recommend visiting your local Debenhams or House of Fraser store (where I got mine) to get it in your desired shade, not to forget picking up your loyalty card points on the way!
MissGuided are an online fashion boutique offering glamorous clothing at affordable prices, think of them as the high street of the online world. Following celebrity styles such as Cheryl Cole, Lauren Pope and Kate Middleton, MissGuided remain bang on trend each season, capturing the top celebrity styles with their pieces - I can't get enough of this gorgeous Kate Middleton-esque dress, swoon! Best of all, UK Super Saver delivery is absolutely free, 
When I met Sara, MissGuided's Creative Executive, we had a good old natter about what's coming up for MissGuided and she introduced me to their makeup line. Yes, that's right, MissGuided not only offer style trends and key pieces of the season, they offer a complete package with accessories and beauty products to complete your look!
I was sent glosses MissMatch and MissLed to try out on my lips, along with nail shades and some gorgeous accessories which I will showcase very soon.
The black and gold cardboard packaging which encases the products is very pleasing to the eye, it feels deluxe and glamorous thanks to the touch of gold lettering. Each lipgloss is encased in transparent plastic packaging, showing off the gorgeous shade which lies within - personally I think the packaging is fantastic because it isn't something which will dirty easily in a makeup bag, something we all know is a pet hate of mine. What I really love about the design of these glosses is the length of the wand and velvet touch applicator, which is easy to clean and glides across the lips evenly without leaving clumps. 
The formula of the glosses is outstanding, I can't stand sticky lip glosses which attract all fluff and hair on immediate contact - those sticky days are over with the MissGuided formula, it isn't creamy and it isn't gel-like, it's somewhere between and it's simply smooth - you can get a better idea of the formula from the above picture. This means the colour applies evenly across the lips without appearing patchy, creating the appearance of fuller lips!
MissLed is described as a 'pretty and girly Caramel' shade, it's very neutral so adds very little colour to the lips. I like to wear this over the top of nude shades such as MAC Myth and Fleshpot to give them a hint of gloss.
MissMatch, recently featured in Reveal, is a translucent coral red described as 'Watermelon Splash'. At first look I thought the shade would look awful on me but it's become my favourite of the entire collection; it adds a slick of colour to my lips but allows my natural colour to shine through, giving the on trend 'bee stung' look to my lips.

There are two other shades available in the collection, MissHap is a clear gloss which will showcase your natural lip colour or add a gorgeous shine to your favourite lipstick; MissFortune is a spicy red adding va-va-voom to your lips.

Each MissGuided lipgloss retails at £5.00 for a generous 7ml of product, available exclusively online; with 10% NUS discount these lip glosses come in at a lip-smackingly affordable £4.50, lovely!
Finally my prayers have been answered and the Debenhams money off offer includes brands such as MAC and Urban Decay...now I have no excuses not to order the Urban Decay Naked palette...
NARS, well recognised for their crude product names (deep throat, snog and orgasm...really), retail a full range of luxury makeup products available in a spectrum of interesting shades. Cream blushers have taken off recently for their ease of application and multi-use properties, NARS offer both cream and powdered blushes to suit the needs of all their customers.
If you've watched my most recent YouTube video you will have heard a mention of 'Enchanted' already, it's something I don't really need but adds a little something something to my makeup bag. Described as a 'soft peach with gold sparkle', this blush is bound to add a touch glamour to any skin shades' cheeks.
The product packaging is classic to the NARS rubber black casing and mirrored inner, the shade itself is very true to its description, in the pan it appears to be a medium-peach tone with a hint of shimmer but when swatched it passes as pale peach with undertones of shimmer and glitter. If you dislike shimmery, glittery products then I'd advise steering clear of this shade!
As pictured, the formula is very light and creamy...I'd go so far to say it feels whipped! It picks up nicely onto a brush or finger and blends well; drying quickly without leaving a greasy or dewy feeling which lasts for a good five or six hours.
This is not a blush which will add a flush of colour to the cheeks unless you are extremely pale, for me it serves as a peachy-pigmented highlighter - I use it on the inner of my cheeks to add a lovely, subtle glow and hint of glimmer each time I smile, a look I am loving for the coming festive season.

All NARS cream blushes retail for £20.50 in a range of shades, available on ASOS and the NARS website, including concessions.
Toni & Guy are one of Britain's most well known hair brands, famous for their high-street salons and deluxe Label.M hair products. Brothers Giuseppe Toni and Gaetano Guy Mascolo created Toni&Guy in 1963, having since opened more than 400 stores which have raked in over 50 British Hair Dressing Awards. 
Every christmas Toni&Guy launch a range of stylers and products to get the British public ready for the christmas season of parties and glamour, Lucy from Toni&Guy PR sent me the Session Style Kit to show me a slice of what's on offer this year.
This multi-use styler sold out within weeks of it's launch last Christmas, this year it's back and set to be a sell out once more. Having worked closely with British design talent as a sponsor of London Fashion Week, Toni & Guy have identified key and wearable hair trends of the season - this coming season being sleek styles, high shine and tousled waves.
The powerful 2000 Watt hairdryer and kit has something for all, featuring a concentrated nozzle for creating sleek hair, a diffuser to create volume and curls and four vented velcro rollers to recreate Hollywood glam along with a compact, suede effect, heat resistant carry case to store and travel the entire kit.
Weighing just 0.45kg this styler is the lightest I've ever used and I really notice the difference - my arm no longer aches after holding it above my head for a good five minutes - a great feature of the product in my eyes.
The hair dryer itself is of a sleek design, the classic black casing with Toni & Guy print creates a professional look. The chord isn't exactly salon length but is still a manageable 1.8M including a handy hang-up hook.
The vent needs to be fitted together yourself, something not so difficult as it simply clips onto the end and locks in place. It allows for air to move freely through the styler, reducing noise and excessive build up of heat - the styler will safely turn itself off if it begins to overheat to protect your hair and product.
A key feature of the styler is it's 3-point heat system, cool-shot button and 3-point speed controls, giving you full control over your style. I tend to only use up to a 2-point heat on full speed to protect my hair but the 3-point heat setting isn't something which will burn your hair or head - I have found with other stylers that I'm not able to touch the highest setting because it's so hot, this isn't the case with the Toni&Guy Session Styler meaning I can whack it up to 3-points of heat if I need a swift dry. I found it took only five seconds for the styler to release cool air when the cool-shot button is pressed on a 2-point heat setting.
After using the styler with the sleek nozzle, my hair is smooth, soft and ultra-shiny. I'm really impressed with these results seeing as the whole kit costs only £49.99, it's a high street styler which is fully performing above my expectations. In terms of noise I'd say the styler is quieter than others I've used, rather than 'rawing' it whistles gently.
My only disappointment with the Style Kit is it's lack of explanation, I'd have liked to have seen a 'style tips' pamphlet to explain the best ways to use the nozzles and rollers to achieve particular styles. A pamphlet is included but it only specifies what is included with brief instruction and safety instructions, obviously this isn't a massive disadvantage to the product, it's more a personal preference! It's those little touches which do it for me...

Retailing at £49.99 exclusively in Argos, Tesco and John Lewis this kit is the perfect christmas present for a friend or family member. Around christmas I receive plenty of haircare bits - hair stylers included - I guess they're an easy buy which will most definitely be used.

If a new hair dryer isn't something which takes your fancy, I have a few pictures of other products available in the range for the christmas season to recreate the popular catwalk trends of crimped hair, tumbling waves and wide-barrel curls.
I've got my eye on the waver and wide-barrel curler (which is a fantastically reasonable price of £19.99).

How do you feel about receiving haircare products for christmas?
Illamasqua, most well known for their bold shades and interesting campaigns, take inspiration from the 'dark and dramatic' club scenes of the 1920's to create a unique makeup range marketed towards film, theatricals and 'the bolder alter ego hiding in all of us' - you most certainly need personality to use these products!
Illamasqua's most recent campaign for Autumn/Winter 2011 is named 'Theatre of the Nameless', a collection of products aiming to descend the user into 'the riotous scene of erotic adventure...infused with the self expression that transformed 1920's Berlin'. It is a collection described as a 'breathtakingly modern interpretation of the most illicit nightlife in history', perhaps one of Illamasqua's boldest and darkest collection yet.
Ambition is a multi-use pressed powder blusher with a hint of sheen, though the packaging remains consistent with all Illamasqua packaging, the dark black and softened gold work well with the dark theme of the collection.
The shade itself is a stunning mix of pink and pale brick red with golden shimmer undertones - at first I thought this shade would be heavy with glitter, this isn't the case at all as visible from the images above and swatch below.
Depending on how the shade is used the colour pay off will vary, on the website the shade is described as having four or five uses - it can be used wet for ultra-bold pay off or dry with varied brushes for achieving different looks, such as contouring, highlighting and adding a pop of colour to the cheeks.
Illamasqua Swatches (Source)


Compared to my swatches and the swatches on the ASOS website, Illamasqua's own swatches seem far more bronzed and deeper than the shade itself. Though this is something which can't be helped, it's something I thought i'd bring to your attention in case you're deciding to buy this based on swatches alone. The image to the left however is very similar to how the shade appears when applied lightly to the skin.





I like to use this gently on my cheeks for a rosy glow or heavily to contour and give the effect of cheekbones, which I unfortunately am not gifted with! The shade is so highly pigmented and intense that it brings a gorgeous flourish to my cheeks in just one sweep, meaning I use less product and it lasts longer.
The key ingredient in Illamasqua blushers is talc, meaning the formula picks up very easily on the brush, bonding to the skin nicely giving much longer wear than many other blushers; when wearing this blusher from morning until night I didn't need to reapply once, very impressed.

Ambition retails at £16.50 per 4.5g on the Illamasqua website and ASOS.
Models Own are forever creating new nail polish shades to keep up with today's growing market, their present Beetlejuice collection has proven a great success just days after its release. It seems everyone wants a slice of the Models Own pie, who offer a range of beauty products and accessories on the high street at reasonable prices.
I've been lusting after glitter nails for a while, with my birthday coming up I've been feeling the need to find the perfect girly shade for 'pink' themed celebrations, when I saw this on ASOS it was love and first sight.
As a part of the 'Glitters' range, Pink Fizz stamps it's mark as the ultra-girly uber-glam shade which everyone's clamouring to have on their fingers this coming season, which is perfect for christmas parties.
The formula is highly concentrated with glitter, proving as a fabulous top coat over your favourite shade of polish or a statement nail worn alone, I'm wearing mine alone - a look achieved in only two coats. The shade is surprisingly wearable, long-lasting and easy to apply, naturally it isn't so easy to remove but the classic pads and foil trick works a dream. Although my camera hasn't quite picked up on the pink undertones, they're far more visible in the right light! For me this nail polish is absolute love, I'd even go so far to say it's the best nail polish I've ever bought! Being a fan of pricier brands such as OPI, that's a high accolade! 

TOP TIP: To remove glitter polishes without damaging the nail, apply a polish-remover soaked pad to the nail and wrap in foil for 2-3 minutes before sweeping off and gently polishing any remaining residue.

Models Own polishes retail at £5 for a generous 14ml at Boots, ASOS, River Island, Motel Rocks and many more, including the Models Own website.

To shop the range of glitter polishes available, including Pink Fizz, click here.
The whole range of polish shades are available here.
Label.M - developed exclusively by Toni & Guy professionals - is a 53 piece range with a four step 'Cleanse, Condition, Create, Complete' ethos for creating salon worthy hair styles, brought to you across the breadth and depth of the country in all Toni & Guy salons.
I've used Label.M products on my hair quite religiously ever since my local stylist Andy used them on my first trip ever to Toni & Guy. The results were phenomenal - my once dry, damaged and split hair was transformed into soft, manageable tresses which smell absolutely delicious.
When Lucy from Toni&Guy PR got in touch with me about the Label.M christmas gift packaging, I was super excited (albeit scared that christmas is coming so quickly round the corner)! Label.M hope to bring you a 'fashion focused christmas' this 2011, collaborating with none other than the fabulous Giles Deacon, best known for his many fashion awards, bold prints and collaborations with Nine West and New Look. If you love or know someone who loves luxury haircare products, this is the ideal gift set!
The bold print draws inspiration from Deacon's latest collection - 'emblems for sexual wildness overtaking primness' - styling the christmas packaging with a runway-chic twist. As you can see, the products slip with ease into the stunning gift box finished with a bow and label for writing that special note 'from Santa'. These would look fashionable under anyone's christmas tree, adding a touch more glamour to christmas. I'm a huge fan of haircare christmas sets and tend to always receive them from members of my family, they're an easy present which will definitely get used!
To tailor the gift to that special someone, whether it be a partner, a friend or yourself, you can choose two products - ideally shampoo and conditioner - to fit into the gift box. The products remain the same great quality as used in salons, the only difference is the packaging.
For that extra something special, Giles has created an exclusive matching clutch bag as a free gift for Label.M customers who purchase two 'Create' or 'Complete' products, setting you off to your christmas parties in style or bulking your gift up as an extra little stocking filler.

Label.M gift boxes are stocked exclusively in Toni&Guy, Essensuals and Label.M salons from now until Christmas, retailing from £17.50 offering a great saving on products bought in combo. A set of miniature products is also available for £12.00, featured on Adrienne's blog here.
If you don't quite fancy the christmas packaging, Label.M products retail at most Toni&Guy salons and online, the Honey&Oat shampoo (featured) retails for £11.50 and the conditioner (featured) retails for £14.25.

To browse the range of Label.M products, click here or pop into your local Toni&Guy salon.

Please note: Label.M products are a brand I personally use and love since my stylist introduced me to them, I have repurchased these products with my own money and will continue to do so. I used the featured products prior to my video here if you would like to see the results for yourself.
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