Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I have had the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray for a few weeks now and use it on certain occasions where I am going out in the evening or spending all day somewhere. I had been looking for a setting spray for a while but didn’t want to spend money on a product I wasn’t sure of. It was on a recommendation that I bought this one from House of Fraser in Nottingham. As they were going through a packaging change this one was on sale for £7, the going rate for a drugstore setting spray anyway. 

Having never used anything else from Urban Decay before I did not know what to expect but am very happy with the setting spray and the demos I saw of the eye shadows on the day I purchased it. It is definitely an investment to keep your make up on for longer and I would recommend it to others. I also love the dewy effect it gives to top off my make up giving my skin a healthy glow. The blurb about the setting spray says it will help your makeup stay put for up to 16 hours. I haven’t put this part to the test yet but it has done extremely well in the hot weather we’ve been having recently. 

With my dry skin I also find that no matter what makeup I wear by the end of the day, or even a few hours in, I have creases around my mouth and deep lines under my eyes. This spray has also decreased this incredibly helping my skin not to look dried out, tired or looking like I’ve totally overdone the concealer. 

I almost wish I had bought two of them whilst they were on offer, even though it only gets used it for special events. If it runs out before the wedding in four weeks I will not risk trying another product and will stick to Urban Decay. 

If you have any setting spray recommendations or love the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, let me know! 

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House of Fraser Beauty Event

A couple of weeks ago House of Fraser in Nottingham held an afternoon beauty event to include all of the make- up and skincare brands. On arrival we were handed a goody bag and tipple of choice to welcome us into the store. When a few more people had arrived we had a little walk round to see what we were able to do at each stand. 

The Urban Decay area at the front of the store was very appealing and having never had anything from the brand I decided to have a good look around. There were a lot of products and I loved the eyeshadow palettes in particular. The make-up assistant at Urban Decay did two lots of eye designs for the group and they were both faultless and perfect in colour. I had my eyeshadow done at the Yves Saint Laurent counter and again, loved the style. I like a natural palette and neutral tones in my day to day style and that is exactly what she did.  

There was also the Benefit and Bare Minerals counters to look at. I already use products from both brands and enjoyed seeing what newer products they had and learning a little more about each. The next eye cream I am definitely into trying is the Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream. The assistant kindly explained it was great for dark circles under the eyes which is exactly what I struggle with. 

From the event we also learnt that House of Fraser holds beauty treatment rooms. I have known that other large department stores did these but hadn’t known that they were at the store in Nottingham and can’t wait to see what treatments are available at their next event. 

There was also a raffle held with some great prizes. From beauty products and skincare to perfumes there was a huge selection and plenty to go around. On the day I purchased the Urban Decay Setting Spray as it was recommend to me by Sophie in Wonderland. I have since used it and can say it is fantastic. It was a bargain on the day at half price and when it runs out, which is hopefully no time soon, I shall be getting another. 

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Kiehl’s Skincare Samples: First Impressions 

A couple of weekends back I headed into Nottingham city centre and saw the Kiehl’s Van parked up in the market square all opened up and serving customers. I walked over to take some photos and see what they did. By this I mean what products they offered as I had never tried their skincare range before or even read any reviews despite walking past the shop in town multiple times! 

The ladies in the van were very welcoming and gave me some samples to try after asking what my skin type was. I need all the moisture I can get so was kindly handed the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil along with the same in a Concentrate, their Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream and the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. All of which would be good for dry skin and problem areas including my uneven skin texture at the minute and dehydrated dark circles. 

The Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil and Concentrate are the ones I was intrigued to try first as I love applying products in the evening and being able to sleep in them. I feel that for me this is the prime time to take care of my skin as I am not sweating at work or washing products off. 

Next I tried the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate. The name itself gives it a lot to live it up to. The smaller print on the front of this got me excited to see the results by saying it reduces the look of dull, tired skin, which most of the time I think I have. Not good I know but there are products like this one to combat it! A little of this product certainly went a long way and on the first use I could have applied it twice. My thoughts were that being a sample size there wouldn’t be much in it. How wrong was I? The Concentrate is somewhere between a liquid and gel so goes on easily without running everywhere and spreads very well. The proof is in the pudding with this one and I did see a visible result with my skin definitely plumper and a great deal smoother. 

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The Beauty Bus and Kiehl’s Van in Nottingham 

Nottingham, like most city centres, was very busy at the weekend and I’m sure that this had something to do with the sun and the fact it was fashion week. As an addition to the styles and trends going on at the minute there was also a double decker beauty bus in the middle of the market square along with the Kiehl’s truck. Naturally I visited both. 

Firstly I entered the beauty bus to see what brands and products were on board. There was Origins, Lancôme and Clarins all on the top level and each offered customers a view on what new products were available and showing their best sellers. I had never tried any Origins products before so decided to head there first. They were demonstrating their facemasks and one definitely caught my attention. The bronzed coloured GinZing Peel-Off Mask looked just as good out of the tube as the tube did itself and kept its coloured shimmer on my skin. The purpose of the mask is to refine and refresh the skin and even though I had only tried it on the back of my hand it does make me want to try the product fully. Next to these were the other facemask products that grabbed my attention, the Flower Fusion sheet masks. I’m a bit late on the bandwagon here and haven’t tried one yet so am certainly going to purchase one next time I see them. Each mask had its own purpose and due to my dryness I would have to go for the Rose mask. 

Next up I visited the Clarins stand at the back of the bus. There was a small display of their latest Hydra Essentiel range. As I have just mentioned anything that states that it is hydrating I simply want to know all about it. There was also the Double Serum on show and guests were kindly given a sample to take home with them. I have previously tried a couple of Clarins samples and they are good but without trying a full product or more of their range I can’t give an educated opinion on the brand. 

Last but not least was the Lancôme representative in the centre of the bus. She was absolutely lovely and was very busy with others so I stood and watched for a minute as she took a look at each guests skin shade and gave them a sample of their Teint Idole Ultrawear Foundation. This product has reportedly come top recently in a blind test and comes in forty shades (!). The Lancôme stand and representative were from John Lewis at the Intu Victoria Centre and from the brief consultation I would definitely pay them a visit. 

Out of the bus and back in the market square was the Kiehl’s truck. I had frequently passed their store but not knowing anything about the brand or products (apart from other bloggers online) had never gone in. The fact that the truck was open and welcoming made me head up and see what the brand was about. The truck had a lot of products on display and it was hard to take it all in but the ladies were very happy to help out and ask me about my skins needs. I left with four samples including the Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil and and Midnight Recovery Concentrate which really caught my attention as I love products that I can leave on overnight.  The results from these samples will have their own post soon so keep your eyes peeled. 

I stayed in Nottingham for the Intu Bloggers Event which was great fun, beauty and fashion all in one day. Perfect! 

If you visited the beauty bus or have any recommendations or views on the products above, let me know! 

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FrezyDerm Product Review

I always stick to my usual skincare products. A few times I have strayed off course, most of the time trying to save a bit of money. With a lot of skincare products I have tried and tested over my time, what with samples from previous spa jobs and various facial treatments, I have unfortunately found that spending a little more gets you a little more. Whenever I have attempted switching to a cheaper drugstore alternative it hasn’t worked for me – moisturiser, cleanser, nope! They seem too heavy or too runny and don’t heal the skin but simply sit on the surface until you wipe it off. I also try to save my more expensive spa products until I absolutely need them, which also probably does my skin no good, so I needed something that worked and didn’t cost the earth. FrezyDerm products are fitting the bill right now after I was sent two full sized tubes, one to be moisturiser and one to be serum. With my constant dry skin and season-changing t-zone I was sure going to put them to the test. 

I tried the moisturiser at the perfect time, a major flare up of dry skin. After three gym classes without a sip of water and washing my face fairly vigorously I found my skin felt incredibly dehydrated. I will admit that because my skin was so sensitive at the time I was hesitant about applying a new product but I needn’t have worried. Almost immediately the moisturiser soothed the dry skin on my cheeks and the area around my mouth which had started to become uncomfortable. The moisturiser hydrated the rest of my face which had previously felt very tight before application and made me feel much more human.

Applying the product was great as it is a light texture that doesn’t feel like it’s clogging the pores or simply sitting on the face. It slides easily, soaking into the skin, and moves around so you do not need as much of the product. I use two pumps for my face and one for my neck which works well for me. I have been using the moisturiser once a day, in the morning before applying any make up, as it also states it can be used as a base.

The Revitalising Serum was another product I was able to try from the range and this was one I was wary about. Every time I have previously used a serum it has blurred my vision. Not in such a bad way I couldn’t see just so much that I repeatedly ended up drying my eyes. After this happened a few times I applied less each time, finally trying it just on my cheeks, yet nothing worked. Serum use stopped after a few times when different products gave the same results. This one from FrezyDerm however did not give me that issue, no blurry eyes and no wiping, perfect. Another plus point for this serum is also its texture. It is thicker than most so there is no waste. Some serums with a more watery consistency tend to slide through my fingers before it has reached my face, not this one.

My first impressions of the packaging were mixed. The products certainly look like they have come out of the lab with their test tube appearance but on further use I actually love it. It’s different and completely shows off the FrezyDerm company background and origin (being made for dermatologists). The pumps are also great giving you just the right product amount without waste as some tubes can do.

As I hadn’t heard of the brand before I undertook some research on who they were and what else they provide. The brand has many areas including baby care products, skincare including treatments for skin issues such as acne and sun protection products. Due to their history in dermatology they can be seen as a trustworthy and knowledgeable brand and even though I had not seen their lines in stores previously I would now purchase online. The 24 hour moisturiser I had been sent cost £16.50 from the FrezyDerm website with the Revitalising Serum priced at £24.50. These to me are very reasonably priced and lie inbetween the high street and spa prices but certainly have the quality in their products results.

If you have tried anything from FrezyDerm tell me how you got on! Did you like it or are you wanting to try it now?

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Urban Beauty United Brush Review 

I have been using these new Urban Beauty United brushes since they arrived a few days ago and certainly want to carry on with them. Apart from being a mix of gorgeous rose gold, cream and bright pink colours they are incredibly soft. I am in love with the colour of these brushes as I have never had any fuschia pink brushes to apply my make up before. Black and brown is as crazy as I have ever gone. The handles of these are cream in colour with a rose gold ferrule and like many at the minute I am firmly on the rose gold loving bandwagon. 

In my make up kit at the minute I have a few brushes but not many as I’ll explain. Some have been a part of my Bareminerals starter kits and a Smashbox set for contouring that I was gifted for my birthday. I truly love all of my brushes and if ever find a brush I can not get along with it goes straight to brush heaven i.e. the bin. In the past I have had a couple of brushes that have been washed and not held their shape and some that became unusable even after being rinsed of product throughly. This being said I was looking forward to trying the Urban Beauty United selection to see how they would fare. 

The Berry Blush angled blusher brush has been used to apply both a pressed and loose powder contour.  Before this I used a thicker rounder brush without the sculpted bristle style and can’t believe the difference in my cheek contour. It has been more precise and natural looking for that last week and I wouldn’t go back to using the old brush. The bristles on the Berry Blush brush are all natural and with this being so are super soft and smoothly apply the powder. 

I have also been trying the Picture Perfect stippling brush to apply my liquid foundation. Again I have been using a similar shaped brush for a while but have been more than happy to try the Urban Beauty United version. This, like the Berry Brush, was soft to touch and glided smoothly when applying my make-up. Others I have previously used tend to pull on the skin and move the make up round leaving a stripy foundation look. Not really what I’m going for. The stippling brush, being made of both natural and nylon bristles, gives a smoother feel and didn’t pull, this is especially important around my eyes as I hate pulling the skin anywhere near them.

The Smoke Screens Smokey Eye Brush Kit has also been in rotation with my other eye shadow brushes recently. I do not often apply eyeshadow unless it is a special occasion and even then I tend to stick to similar colours. In this look I used pinks and purples as I don’t tend to wear a black smokey eye, I can’t get it to suit me. After trying all three brushes from the set I found that they were very good for the pressed and loose powder shadows I used.  They held onto product, applied it gently to the soft skin around the eye and held their shape after use. All very important things when considering brushes so I would definitely recommend them but not too different from what other eyeshadow brushes also offer. Apart from the wicked colour, that is. 

Urban Beauty United do offer more and different shaped brushes along with sponges and other beauty tools over at http://www.urbanbeautyunited.com so check them out if you fancy something a little bolder! 

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Nottingham In Fashion Event

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to the Nottingham in Fashion Bloggers Event. It was held at The Beauty Temple in Nottingham city centre to include a fashion show and cocktails as well as offering make-up tips and a sneak preview of what would be at the Nottingham in Fashion catwalk shows towards the end of March. 

On arrival I was greeted, shown where everything was and quickly started taking photos. There weren’t many bloggers there at this point so I took my photo opportunity while it was quiet and got most of them in. After a little walk around the salon I spotted the cocktails; glitterbombs with plenty of glitter! They were gorgeous and I am definitely going to be using edible glitter to make them at our next party. A lovely surprise was that the cocktails were not a one off for our evening at The Beauty Temple. They can be served whilst you have your nails done or treat yourself to a pedicure and add a great touch if you and friends want to celebrate something while you get pampered! Hello Hen party ideas? 

A treatment room to the side showed off the make up brand Delilah that is sold at the salon and a therapist was on hand to answer any questions and trial the make up if you  wished. I didn’t do this on the night but would love to try some of the products after seeing them all laid out. Another brand they sold was Elemis and as we all know I’m a mega fan I think I’ll be treating myself to a pre-wedding facial at some point. 

The event continued with more cocktails being poured and the pizza, brought by MOD pizza, being very much eaten. It was soon time for the fashion show which would give us a little hint as to what themes and pieces would be seen on the catwalks the following month. The outfits were supplied by various companies such as Cow, John Lewis and Jigsaw.

One of my favourite outfits of the evening was from the Statement Sportswear range. As a fitness instructor I am constantly trying to pull the sport luxe style off in class so taking it outside of work and making it more wearable and casual is perfect for me. The outfit consisted of a white t-shirt and essien crepe jumpsuit, both supplied by French Connection and priced at £30 and £100 respectively. 

After the trends and clothes were shown we continued to chat, take photos and tuck into pizza and nibbles. Towards the end of the evening we each received gift bags which included sweets, perfume samples, a magazine and a VIP show ticket for the main event. 

The catwalk shows at the Nottingham In Fashion events in March will be themed From Campus to Club, From Desk to Dinner and Style Classics, just in case you wanted to see a specific style. Each will be showing different retailers from Primark and New Look to Ted Baker and Cath Kidston. I can’t wait to attend and I’m looking forward to seeing the clothes and shows in all of their glory. If you are attending any of the fashion events let me know. 

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