Sunday, 29 August 2010

Smashbox Artist Palette Muse: Just beauty direct

I had ummed and aghed about this since for ages, but then I picked this palette up at a bargain price from www.justbeautydirect.co.uk I think it was around £13.74 plus p&p!

It arrived quickly and wrapped in a beautiful organza bag with a few smashbox and pure samples!

Magnetised palette, flat and strong case.... and inside?.....



PRETTY COLOURS!!
The artist brush is just like proper paint brush, with a large wooden handle.

Here are all the colours swatched.  

The pigmentation isnt bad, although some of the eyshadows are a little powdery.  They are all delicate colours with a slight shimmer- great for a soft accent on the eyes.  I have been using hem over some nude shadows.

I also like the fact that the palette has a large mirror.  Great for traveling.

All in all a thumbs up for Just beauty direct, and the palette.

Have you got this palette?  What Smashbox products do you give the thumbs up to?

30 % off at The Body Shop!

Thanks to Yinka for this one!  30 % off at The Body Shop this weekend when you enter the code AUG30


I'm just touching base again, unpacking, repacking, washing, ironing but thanks for all the comments!  Hopefully I'll have time to start properly posting again soon! 

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Nail distaser! Can you help?

I broke a nail really badly (no pictures because it is gross! Split, cracked etc!) :( We've all been there!  So, do you know any tips to help me grow my nail back?

I have heard that Jessica Phenomen Oil or Vicks Vapour rub (?!!) can help if rubbed into the nail base/cuticle 2 times a day?

Anyone have any experience of taking tablets to help your nails grow?

It needs to grow about 1cm to get back up to where it would normally leave my skin! Ouch!!

Thanks! :)

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Sorry!!

August is turning out to be a crazy month and getting to a computer and having time to blog is proving a challenge!  I have so much to share with you from makeup and clothing hauls to product reviews and swatches!

Thanks for all the comments and competition posts!  Some of them have not followed the rules and will be disqualified from the competion.  I moderate the comments because of the silly people who post stupid adverts.  If your comment doesnt appear straight away then dont panic and post it 20 times! :)

Now, where IS the summer sun...???

Thursday, 12 August 2010

My giveaway is still open

Just a reminder, my giveaway is still open.  Click the ar on the right hand side to go to the post.

You can win a host of make-up and beauty related items.  There will be more information on them next week!

All you have to do is comment for one entry, or repost (as per the rules) for another entry.

My blog has comment moderation so your comment won't show up straight away.  Also if you type in another language and input clickable links, then I wont ok your post.  In my experience these have always been adverts for herbal men's enhancement drugs!

So go on, click away- what have you got to loose!!
:)

DO NOT POST YOUR ENTRY ON THIS POST!!  IT WILL NOT COUNT!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Inglot: Trip and Haul

When I was in London the other weekend Fei (Click here for her blog) suggested I took a trip to Westfields.  It is a fairly large shopping centre near Shepherd's bush tube stop.  It has the normal high street brands, with a few others thrown in.  It also has 'the village' an upmarket area with Prada, De beers, Tiffany, Gucci etc.

I have to say that I was very surprised there is no obvious map to help you find the shops you want.  I had to ask at the desk and they gave me a paper map.  At the Bullring centre in Birmingham (built a few years before Westfields I think) here are obvious maps on each floor, along with interactive maps to help you find the shop you want.  Westfields has freestanding floor plans but, (unless I'm being a bit thick) there was no key to tell you what the shop actually was!! Barmy!!

  INGLOT   

Inglot only has one shop in the UK and one in Ireland.  They are a polish company with stores in places like Canada and Malta.  They have over 200 eyeshadows, 200 nail polishs and 150 lipsticks.  A few other bloggers have mentioned their products including Tali (Gloss goss).


No store picturess I'm afraid.  Security were about an I know that they don't like people taking photos of the building because they think you are going to blow it up!  How can anyone carrying fairy wings be evil?!
(Note, the security guard/receptionist at Westfields had never heard of Inglot when I asked for directions).  Also the shopping centre pumps 'feel good pop classics' into the centre in a bid to make you feel uplifted and spend more money.



The Store

It is quite sleek and mostly clean.  All the polishes, powders and creams are laid out on display.  The amount of choice immediately hits you.  The store feels a bit like MAC.  Black and white, bright lights. You pick what you want, hand it in, they exchange it for packaged ones and put the others back on display.  They also sell most of their products in pan form.  You buy a 'palette' by selecting what round or square pans you want and placing them on a magnetic tray (shopping basket).  You can mix and match eye shadows, lipsticks, bronzers and face powders all in one palette.  They also sell brushes and accessories, including palette brushes (which are apparently made of squirrel and goat fur).

MMy Experience


So I walked in, and was immediately pounced on.  I said "I'm fine thanks".  I just wanted to browse.  The assistant lingered and told me about the nail polish deal they had (buy 3 get 10% off or something.  "It makes the 3rd polish £4!")  I proceeded to wander round the store, but the assistants kept pouncing on me and asking me if I was OK? Was I sure they couldn't help me? "YES I'M FINE!!".


I came to rest by the eye shadows.  I wanted to take a picture but I had 2 assistants right by me.  The one started swatching things on my hand, showing me how pigmented the shadows are.  She also chatted me through the palette system.  Thankfully she said they had makeup remover as my hand was quite dirty by then.  Unfortunately what I ended up with was a normal tissue, wet with something from a white Inglot bottle.  If you have ever tried to remove makeup with tissues, stick your hand up now (**Tumbleweed**).



One sore and still a bit grubby hand later... I was still being watched over, but I had had a few oments to myself to swatch a few combinations.  The assistant took my tray, and the polishes I had selected.  I was only offered 'something to remove the makeup' once so I made a point of going and helping myself before going to the counter to pay.  Neither time did the assistant take the dirty tissues off me; I had put the earlier on in my pocket.  When I got the counter there was a pot.  I have no idea if it was a bin or not but I put my grubby makeup tissues in there.


At the counter I was offered a palette brush 'normally £X but with a palette £3'.  I'm glad I said no now that I know what they are made from!  At the till someone else took charge.  There were no smiles, pleases, thank yous, friendly chatter.  I left feeling that it was a case of 'we have your money, go away'.

The Haul 


I came away with a 5 pan palette and two nail polishes (not 3 so I didn't get one for £4).  I was getting a 3 pan palette, but I couldn't decide over several of the colours.  It is a bit like a sweet shop.  The 3 pan palette is £11, and the 5 is £15.  I can't remember anymore prices.  Nail polishes were around £7.


The polishes are clear with little bits in.  I tend to keep my hands low key for work, and love this sort of polish.  If you paint it over colours you can really see the flecks.



The eye shadows are fairly pigmented as the swatches show.  I have yet to work with them enough to comment on stay ability but the assistant said I wouldn't need a primer with the shadows.... I have worn them for a few hours minus my beloved Urban Decay Primer Potion, and they seem to last ok, I have yet to wear them for a full day as they are a bit dark/bright and more of an evening look.






The Verdict


I would have enjoyed the experience more if I had been left alone a bit, but got a more friendly service.  Time will tell with the products are value for money, they seem to be holdingup ok so fat.  If you are planning a visit then I suggest you take your own makeup wipes.  They obviously want an upmarket feel, but just not quite there yet.  My hand was stained blue until I found a more suitable way of removing the product residue!  They do have a website http://www.inglotcosmetics.com but you can't buy online.  The other flaw in this business is that if someone has picked up the eye shadow you want, and placed it on their freedom tray, then you have no way of knowing what colour was there unless you stood there until the person had bought their products and the assistant has returned the shadow.



Certainly not the worst customer service I have ever had- anyone remember the Mango fiasco? or the Mac experiences?  I think I'm due another post on customer service!




Have you used any Inglot products?  What can you recommend?  If you want more details on the products then comment below.


P.s. Don't forget my competition to win some goodies (click link on the right)
P.p.s Don't forget my eba sale items mostly end today.  Lots of bargains starting from 99p becuase I need the space.  See back a few posts for the link.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

My giveaway

Long over due!

Just a few bits and pieces I have collected and put aside for you as a thank you!
My blog had a birthday and hit 250 followers!  THANK YOU!!  I'm not going to gush, but THANK YOU.

I'm not going to draw this out, so to the rules;

1)You must be a follower/subscriber to my blog.  See the tab at the top of the page that says 'follow'? If you read my block but arent subscribed then click it!  (And don't sub for the competition. So not cool).
2)Only one entry per person.
3) UK- prize sent second class. International- Surface mail.  I accept no responsibility after I post it.
4) Winner drawn at random 6th September 13:00 GMT.  Winner's name will be posted on my blog and it will be up to then to make contact within 48 hours, or the name will be redrawn.
5) Only open to over 16 year olds, unless I have permission from your parent or guardian.

How to enter
Comment below.  Simply tell me the name of a product (or several) that I would find in your daily handbag/backpack/hand luggage.  It can be a health or beauty item for daily use, or just a good space saver/multi-purpose product.

E.g  I always carry Vaseline with me to sooth lips and moisturise my skin.

or

I always carry my carex anti-bac hand gel /Mac viva glam gaga /herbalife radiant C face quencher to set make up and refresh my face.

You get the idea?




For an extra entry, make a post on your personal blog with a link to Computergirl's giveaway.  Then post a link in the comments box so that I can check it out!!  Posts on blogs created for competitions will be invalid.  Posts on competition forums will be invalid.  Anyone who doesnt follow the rules will make thier entry invalid.

I am hosting this giveaway as a than you, out of goodwill.  I reserve the right to close the competition early, or cancel the competition.


On to theprize haul;

Lots of items including  MAC, Aussie, Body shop- and a few more pieces to add along the way!

Good luck!

P.s. Only a few days left on my ebay items (see last post) so if you want to get your hands n a sleek graphite palette, apple blossom lippie, lanome eyehadow etc.. then see that post.  Seeing as not a lot was sold on my last blog sale I have just put it on ebay for silly prices.  Brand new Elizabeth Arden gel liner (sealed) for 99p anyone?!!

Monday, 2 August 2010

Blog Sale Update (updated!)

I've uploaded some makeup/accessories/clothes on to ebay click here to see my page!  Hoping to be able to find me bed in my room by the end of the week!! x

Includes soe Mac, apple blossom lippie, Lancome, clinique, miss selfridge and lots more ro come.  Silly prices!

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