Monday, 27 December 2010

Backcomb in a pot! Clynol Powder Punch.

Happy christmas and a lovely new year! I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends :)

This has really spiced up my hair in the festive season!

Clynol's Powder Punch.
A sprinkler pot of powder that turns into a sort of gel (not liquid as the pot says) powder that you can massage into your hair to give it great lift and volume.  I have also found it holds style quite well.  It's quite compact so a handbag friendly product :)

Its called a texture powder.  It comes out white/clear and blends in easily to my dark hair- no fear of looking like dandruff then! A little goes a long way. Thankfully its not sticky, or weird smelling.  It is also easy to work with, which is great.  I often feel vry out of my dept with hairstyling, ending up with having to wash my hair again because products make it look dull, greasy and lank.  This isnt one of those products.
I would show you a shot of me here but I am fully of cold and have a horrible ill looking face (red skin, dry patches etc!)

It retails from hair salons and a few online stockist such as Cheap Smells and  Feelunique although the cheapest Ive found so far has to be Beauty Bay http://www.beautybay.com/haircare/clynol/playwithmepowderpunch/

I really like it as a quick pick me up, or as a root lift the day inbetween hair washes.
Costs betwen £7.99-£10 depnding on where you shop ;)  Lots of sales on at the moment :)

Repurchase? YES!!

A mini post- I have been back to work for 3 days already- so I am very out of the loop with blogging!

Fill me in on your news!
x

Saturday, 25 December 2010

A Christmas Message

While most of us are with family, eating too much, throwing away wrapping paper, drinking plenty, counting our gifts.... this christmas has been different for me this year for many reasons.

Please spare a thought for those who work in hospices, caring for the terminally ill.  A christmas filled with saddness and joy- but one where they try to remain positive and up beat.  This makes such a huge difference to the paitents and families.  A moment of light relief.

Please also spare a thought for those who will be working in care homes, homeless shelters, refuges, hostels, hospitals and other selfless occupations today.

If you are with family or friends then be grateful that you have a day with them, and most of all, enjoy it.

Wishing you a safe, healthy and  happy christmas :)
Emma xx

P.s. Dont forget to donate unwanted presents and recycle cards and wrapping paper :)

Friday, 24 December 2010

Review: Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss

Clinique Say: Lip balm with a colourful twist. Luscious, high-gloss shades treat your most undermoisturized skin to soothing shine. Instantly relieve dryness, protect with antioxidants and more.

Computergirl Says: I have this in 09 Currant. It has a slightly fruity smell but not overly fruity taste.  Sorry Clinique, but I dont find it overly moisturising.  In fact I seem to find it a bit drying.  Initially it feels soothing, but as it settles I find it seems to accentuate my dryness.  It is a little thick and sticky for me- I wonder if this is why it dries my lips out.  The plus point is the colour, a natural 'my lips but better', but I have to reapply it so much that I'll be through this very quickly.  I think it might also have an SPF in but I need to check that.

Maybe it's winter, maybe it's my cold, maybe it's my lips.  Maybe I have just been spoilt by products.  It wasnt completely the worst lipbalm I have tried, but just one that I wont be rushing out to repurchase.  I think I will keep up my lipbalm quest!

Repurchase: Ummm. Maybe i'm mad but I dont get this product. Its a no to repurchasing.

Purchase from Clinique stands and online £12.50 for 15ml


Have you tried this lipbalm? Did you like it?  What lipbalms do you give the thumbs up or thumbs down to?  What would you recommend for me?

Thursday, 23 December 2010

UPDATE: My giveaway; Update/Extention

Current Prize Haul Picture:



Due to adverse weather conditions, one prize hasnt turned up, and there is no way I can get to the post office in this snow.  I've decided to extend the giveaway until January 19th when hopefully all the prizes will have arrived, and I'll be able to get out of the house!!


If you want to enter click
http://computergirl2007.blogspot.com/2010/11/follower-giveaway.html

The prize haul currently includes a palette, some eye products, and an Urban Decay Primer Potion!

Recent buys

Camera lead is found- phew :)
Just a few things I have bought recently. Let me know if you want a more detailed post!
 Cliniqu Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss 09 Currant
 Clarisonic Mia in Pink (to support Breast Cancer Awareness)
 Avon Supershock Gel liner (Black) £4
Avon Supershock Mascara (Black) £5;

Avon double ended eyeshadow and smudger brush (with case) £2.50 offer!!!
Chanel Bronze universal

Just a few things I can share now I have my camera back :)

Hav you got any of these?  What do you think?

Friday, 17 December 2010

Aussie Bloggers Market Event!

A couple of weekends ago I toddled off to London for an Aussie Angel evnt.  A bloggers market.  I am sure you have seen some Aussie posts floating about, so I'll keep this fairly short.
Lil (and me swigging on the wine!!)
(I opted for a Topshop grandad cardi, Miss Selfridge dress, Skinny jeans and knee high boots.  Warm for winter!)

The was to bring togther bloggers from all the hair tribes (Lucious long  (thats me!), Colour mate, frizz miracle, volume and moisture).  Stalls were available for blogger host an activity or skill.  Throughout the day there were talks on photography, blogging, vintage style, clothing style advice and catwalking!  It wouldnt be an Aussie event without a team of hairdressers on hand and a nice spread of festive food and mulled wine!

I dedicated my stall to Give and Make Up (Click here for more info).  I wanted to raise awareness about donating unused and lightly used essential products to women's refuges for Christmas.  I'm so pleased I did as THIS HAPPEND!!
Shifa having her hair styled.


I met so many lovely bloggers including
Makeover Amina (Innerbelle)
Cakes by Charlie (Vampires and Cardigan)
Card making by Fiona (Save our Shoes)
Face Painting by Kavita (I heart Vintage)
Book exchange and fantastic short stories by Lil
Makeup by Shifa of Get Gawjus
Boxing by Sherin 



There were also some jewellery stands and a stall about how our mental health affects the colours we wear- I'll probably mention those in seperate posts :)

A highlight for me was meeting Jill Politt who works as a style and catwalk coach on shows like This morning and Britains Next Top Model.  She gave me some great style tips :)


I was the last one to get my hair styled, but opted for a vintage pin up look- a soft curl down one side, with a quiff.  The photos don't quite capture it!  I have hopes to recreate it- back combing is the key!  Fingers crossed!

With a belly full of warm mulled wine, and a nice goody bag for the train journey, I left the event with some new friends and new hair-spirations!

Thank you Aussie for a lovely day!  In particular Emma and Michelle for all their hard work and help with organising my stall!

A big hello if I met you!  Please say hi!

To read other posts on the day visit http://www.uncoveraussie.co.uk/  Photos are taken from their blog and my phone (sorry about the quality).


What hair styles have you always wanted to know how to do?  Do you have any hair tips for the christmas season?

Some offers

Here are some offers that have popped into my inbox recently!

Dorothy Perkins http://www.dorothyperkins.com have 20% off everything (plus free p&p online) See this voucher

Just Beauty Direct have 15% off with the code Festive15%.  They sell Smashbox, beauty blenders and lots more.  Worth a look, and good customer service so far! http://www.justbeautydirect.co.uk/

Wahanda http://www.wahanda.com have savings of up to 68% for spa days!

Debenhams currently have money off fragrances


I am sure there are many more, so why not share them below :) After all, who doesnt need money off at christmas?

Where have you been shopping recently?  What are you best bargains or money off codes?

Monday, 13 December 2010

Stocking Fillers : Epic Fail

Due to family, manic work and failure of the posts scheduler, my daily stocking fillers posts have not don what they said on the tin.  I will post some more ideas, but they arent going to try be daily anymore.  Sorry!  Just thought I shoudl clar that up as it has been an epic failur this year! 

Friday, 10 December 2010

This made my day. Tears and all.

A few of you will have read my post about Give and Makeup , a campaign spearheaded by qualified beautician and blogger Caroline.  It aims to raise awarness about women's refuges, and the need for donations- new and lighty used products.  Most charities will only take new products.


Some of you know that I am an Aussie Angel.  I was offered a chance to host a stall at their latest even (write up coming soon!).  I decided to use my stall to raise awareness about donating lighty used and new products to Refuges.  For a list of what they need see http://www.giveandmakeup.com/p/what-we-need.html Donations can be made straight to your local hostel where women are fleeing domestic abuse- many have children in tow.  The facts and figures are so scary.

I had a long chat with Emma of Aussie haircare.  The next thing I know, this happens....








That is a huge donation of 100 Aussie Take The Heat shampoos and conditioners, 24 Heat Protection Leave-In conditioner sprays, 15 mini shampoos and conditioners, 3 vanity cases each containing a Venus razor, mirrors and makeup from brands like Max Factor.

I am so touched that Aussie and Proctor and Gamble have been so generous.  This donation is going to go so far.  


To women who have nothing, gaining a little help means a lot.  Furthermore gaining a little control over your life is essential.  We take for granted being able to check our appearance and wash out hair.  It makes such a difference to our self esteem.  To women who have been victims of domestic abuse, their confidence is in shreds.  Having a little something like a lipstick, or styled hair can be a little perk.


I just want to send a big THANK YOU to Emma, Aussie and P&G for supporting Refuge (charity) this christmas.


I also want to inspire you.  I am one person, but through asking a couple of people this happened.  Please ask any contacts you have.  What's the worst that can happen? Nothing. What's the best that can happen?.... Lots!

Refuges need:


Everyday Essentials
shampoo
conditioner
bath/shower gel
deodorant
toothbrushes
toothpaste
body lotion
feminine hygiene products
shaving products
at-home hair dye colouring kits

Skincare
cleanser
toner
moisturiser

MakeUp
foundation
concealer
powder
blusher
eyeshadow
eyeliner
mascara

Tools
makeup brushes
makeup bags
hairdryers
curling tongs
straighteners

Baby Products
all of them!

*please note - we can only accept new items of anything with an applicator wand e.g. mascara/lip gloss/concealer

GWP (Gift with purchase) sizes are fine, as are samples.

Anything that has been lightly used is also fine - if you would happily give it to a friend - we'll take it!
Also, why no donate a box of children's toys for christmas?  Or samples, hotel goodies? We have so much, and every donation is like gold dust to Refuge.
I can confirm that Refuge is a registered charity in the UK and legitimate.  If you are in doubt then take the donation straight to the hostel.
I know that there are many charities to support.  This one has my support this christmas.
I will have a full write up soon on the lovely Aussie event.  
I just wanted to share this with you as it has really made me smile today.

Be inspired.







Stocking filler 8: Home help Grandparents

Every day (!!) leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.   I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

Eight of December!

Home help


Sometimes people have everything, or we have no money to buy gifts.  Normally the most precious thing you can give someone is your time.


So here are some free home help ideas for Grandparents;


A Car wash and clean (inside and out!)
A trip shopping- especially if you have a car.  Older people can rally value a lift and help carrying heavy bags.
A trip to the cinema.  Silver screen viewings?
A manicure done by you- especially if they are in residential care.
Help cleaning a house- all those high places they cant reach without standing on wobbly ladders?
Help claening curtains.
Lawn mowing

PAper delivery.





17 sleeps to go!


P.s. Dont forget to enter my christmas giveaway (link in right side menu).

Stocking filler 7: Siblings

Every day (!!) leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.   I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

Seven of December!

Home help


Sometimes people have everything, or we have no money to buy gifts.  Normally the most precious thing you can give someone is your time.


So here are some free home help ideas for a sibling;

Chores help- great if you share chors with a younger sibling.
Babysitting their children to allow a nice relaxing night out for them.
Taxi driving (if you're old enough!) Offer to drop them off or pick them up on a night out.
A DVD rental of their choice, complete with snacks.





18 sleeps to go!


P.s. Dont forget to enter my christmas giveaway (link in right side menu).

Stocking filler 6: Home help Dad

Every day (!!) leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.   I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

Sixth of December!

Home help


Sometimes people have everything, or we have no money to buy gifts.  Normally the most precious thing you can give someone is your time.


So here are some free home help ideas for a Dad;


A Car wash and clean (inside and out!)
2 loads of shirts done, sorted and ironed
A home cooked meal
Volunteer to pick up a takeaway to save him going out
Sewing buttons back onto shirts and coats
A taxi lift to the pub and back.




19 sleeps to go!


P.s. Dont forget to enter my christmas giveaway (link in right side menu).

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Stocking Filler: 5: Home Help Mum

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

Fifth of December!

Home help


Sometimes people have everything, or we have no money to buy gifts.  Normally the most precious thing you can give someone is your time.


So here ar some free home help ideas for a mum;


A night's babysitting
2 loads of washing done, sorted and ironed
A home cooked meal
Run a hot giant bubble bath with candles
A manicure (done by you of course!)
A blow dry (done by you at her home :)



20 sleeps to go!


P.s. Dont forget to enter my christmas giveaway (link in right side menu).

Stocking Filler 3 and 4: Books

Due to a scheduled post fail, these are behind :( Sorry.

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

Third of December!

Books

We all read something.  Course material, how to fix something, fashion journals, travel guides.  These can be so expensive.


Why not visit a library and take some out as a free but useful prsent for someone?  Obviously hand them over with a 'return by xx date' note!!
 
Very affordable and suitable for friends, family, OAPS or children


22 sleeps to go!

DAY 4!

Want to give someone something more permanent than a loan? Visit your local charity shop.  Mine is full of new or nearly new books.  Recycle a book and help a charity- a dual present to somone :)

I read today that one couple have spent £30000 on their 3 month old BABY for christmas!  Most babies of 3 months wont undrstand what presents are, or be able to tell new from a lightly read book.  In fact most children I know are interested in the boxes things come in than the actual toy, or the best present is spending time playing with their parents.  Kids love to be read to, taught to read and see pictures.

Suitable for children, adults, friends and OAPS!

21 days to go! 


P.s. Dont forget to enter my christmas giveaway (link in right side menu).

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Stocking Filler: 2nd Friendship bracelets

Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

Second of December!

Friendship Bracelets


Photo off http://www.linksoflondonblog.co.uk.

Yes, you know, those cut bracelets that you usd to give friends at school?


So not everyone has a spare £110 to spend at Links of London on a Cat Deeley one (!!) but they are easy enough to make.  Just pick up a few beads from a hobby store, some thread and away you go! Price 50p upwards.




The best thing is that YOU spent time and created something unique for a dear friend, sister, mum, aunty.  You could even make a guy one!  Thre ar plenty of designs out there using strong faux leather braid to silk threads.  


Get creative and create a bspoke, unique designer one off!

Very affordable and suitable for friends, family or a secret santa!


23 sleeps to go!


P.s. Dont forget to enter my christmas giveaway (link in right side menu).

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Stocking Filler: 1st: Lush Candy Cane

It's back!! Every day leading up to Christmas I will be posting a little stocking filler idea.  I will try and choose global products.  If you can't get hold of the product in your country, then I hope this will be fun to read and help give you present themes.

First of December!

Lush Candy Cane Bubble Bar!
£2.35 From Lush Online (Click Here)
Or in Lush Stores. 

Photo off the Lush website.

It was a winner last christmas and it is still a winner this christmas! This product is amazing.  It smells of a vanillia sweet treat.  Break a bit off and drop it under the tap when you are running a bath and masses of bubbles will magically appear!  It contains Vanilla Absolute, and always leaves my skin soft and smelling lovely.

Very affordable and suitable for friends, family or a secret santa!


24 sleeps to go!

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