27.4.11

Laurens Way ♥

So I thought it was about time I joined in on the buzz surrounding the new launch of 'LAURENS WAY' - a self tanning range from TOWIE star Lauren Goodger !





There are three products in the 'Laurens Way' range. The first product is an 'Instant Self Tanning Lotion' in 250ml for £15.95. The second is an 'Instant Self Tanning Bronzing Mousse' in 150ml for £17.95. Finally you can purchase both the mousse and the lotion in a double pack for £33.90. All products can be purchased HERE and the website also offers users the chase to purchase gift certificates between £10 - £1000.

I have yet to purchase this tan, as I wanted to hear some reviews first. The response for both the mousse and the lotion has been really good and has been blogged about many times since its launch. Personally, I always tend to favour a mousse over a lotion. Mousse is normally easier and quicker to apply, and tends to give an even and streak free result when applied properly (with a tanning mit). So I will defiantly be purchasing the mousse. When I self tan I always (unless I'm rushing) do my full body, so I am hoping the mousse will last me a while. I will be doing a review on this tanner next week to check back for that :) ..
Always remember to exfoliate your full body before applying any self tanner. Ensure all dry areas (elbows, knees and ankles) have been moisturised at least an hour before application. I always recommend everyone to have a tanning mitt handy also.

The official product description for the mousseLauren's Way Instant fast drying, super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse delivers the ultra-even all-over tan you’ve always wanted. Suitable for all skin types to give you a Long-lasting colour, you’ll have a perfectly natural looking, streak-free tan that dries in an instant. Apply in the morning giving you the confidence to wear throughout the day.

The official product description for the lotion; Lauren's Way Original Instant Self - Tan Lotion has an inspired formula which is specially created to give you the richest, deepest tan. Infused with a silky moisturiser and long lasting colour, simply smooth on to deliver an ultra-even tan. So whatever your skin type, it’s easy to use for the most natural looking tan. If you desire a darker tan, Lauren's Way Original Self-Tan Lotion can be reapplied over consecutive days delivering the ultimate tan.








What do you think ?
Have any of you guys tried this yet ?
How does it compare to other tans you have tried ?

Tasmin ♥

Ps. Video review to follow :) .. but for now check out Really Ree's Blog for her take on 'Laurens Way' and her video review.

26.4.11

HAIR REHAB ♥

Hair rehab is a company founded and designed by Lauren Pope ( DJ, Model, Cast Member on T.O.W.I.E) which offers Clip-in hair extensions.
On her official site www.hairrehablondon.com Lauren states ;
"Our 100% human hair extensions are the affordable and achievable option for longer and fuller hair, giving you the option to style or dye your hair as desired. We have used a completely unique design making the process far more comfortable, easy and effortless whilst giving you a completely natural look within minutes."
The extensions come in one pack, that will cover the full head and are available in 18 or 20 inches in length. There are a variety of shades to choose from and will cost you around £80. The extensions can be cut and coloured to any shade or style you like, and can be worn whenever - as they are not permanent. Many celebrities have tried and loved these extensions  such as Maria Fowler, Bianca Gascoigne, Nicola Mclean and Katie Price ( if its good enough for them, its good enough for me) ! I am going to purchase these extensions within the next week ( changing my hair colour from red/plum to dark brown & need new brown extensions ) .. so I will defiantly be sure to do a review for you guys .. but by the sounds of it, they have had a fantastic reception so far ! I have used clip-in extensions for years and find them so much more manageable and affordable than glue-in bonded extensions - something that I have also tried various times and each time has caused serious damage to my hair.
Check out the Hair Rehab site for yourself ; 



 

Speeking of Hair Rehab .. my own hair is really dry and damaged at the moment. It has been abused by my constant colouring and curling/straighting. I have been wearing it tied up alot at the moment, just to give it a break, and have been using this product the past few weeks ;


Wella Professionals Care Enrich Dry Hair Medium Conditioning Mask. Which is avaliabe for £19.98 for a 500ml Tub. Costly - but worth the money, I have noticed my hair more soft and healthy looking. This product is a must for people ( like myself ) that tend to forget the heat protection spray or colour their hair often. You can purchase this item HERE :)

What products do you use ? Has anyone tried Hair Rehab Extensions ?

Tasmin ♥






 

25.4.11

Minnies Boutique / Competition & Ramblings

Hi Dolls,
This is going to be my first article in my 'The only way is Essex' features. Minnies Boutique is a clothing boutique owned by the gorgeous Billie Faiers and Samantha Faiers in Brentwood, Essex. Anyone who watches TOWIE will have noticed them filming in the boutique, which has just recently opened.



http://minnies-boutique.co.uk/

The on-line store should be up and running soon, giving everyone who can't unfortunately visit the store personally, a chance to purchase some gorgeous items. The Minnies website is offering everyone the chance to win a £100 Minnies Voucher. The draw will take place on the day of on-line shop launch and the winner will be randomly selected from database and contacted by Minnies - so get involved people :) !!
From what we have seen the boutique stocks some truly beautiful pieces such as dresses, tops and swimwear. I will definitely be purchasing some items for my summer holiday to Cancun 
Is everyone enjoying TOWIE ? What has been your highlight of the series so far ?

Anyway, I have decided to start filming tutorials, hauls, OOTD etc for you guys on my new camera which records in HD :) .. unfortunately I cannot find a memory card to fit it anywhere ( its so small ) .. and without it, can only record a video of around eighteen seconds - what use is that ?! So please bear with me, I promise videos WILL be coming asap, I have so much to share with everyone. I have been doing a bit of shopping recently and got some new clothes and cosmetics which I will definitely do a haul on and I wanted to do a video review of LAURENS WAY tanning products - coming soooooon .. so keep checking back !


ALSO !! for everyone in the UK .. just a reminder that RIMMEL LONDON started an brilliant promotion today, ALL STOCK IS NOW UNDER FIVE POUNDS !! (in most stores) .. which equals to some great savings . My all time favourite product from RIMMEL is .. Lasting Finish Lipstick in Shade #006 Pink Blush ♥ .. I wear it all the time its such a wearable colour and is very very VERY simliar to MAC Viva Glam Lady GaGa Lipstick, for so much cheaper :) very barbie pink !!

Tasmin 

24.4.11

SMASHBOX / T.O.W.I.E

HAPPY EASTER GUYS !!

As you all know, I recently had an amazing opportunity to be interviewed for a position @ SMASHBOX cosmetics. My interview went really really well. One of my tasks was to 'traffic stop' and attempt to get people over to the cosmetic counter. I managed fairly quickly to get a lady over and gave her a mini make-over. The lady was very pleased with the results and she spent around £70 on smashbox products !! I was so exited. Here are some of the brilliant products the lady snapped up :



The first product is sheer focus tinted moisturiser a crafty little product that gives all the benefits of a foundation - yet totally weightless and oil free ! Purchase this now @ Debenhams for £22.95 down from £25.50 .. The second product ( WOW !! ) is the AMAZING photo finish foundation primer ;  Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation to increase its longevity, our best-selling primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. In a new square airless pump for freshness to the last drop ! Available @ Debenhams for £36 down from £40 !

For everyone reading from the UK, I am sure you have all heard about or tune in to T.O.W.I.E ( The only way is Essex ) on ITV2 @ 10pm Wednesday & Sundays. If you don't watch this program PLEASE tune in, I promise you wont regret it ( i am aware this isn't everyone's cup of tea ) but I absolutely LOVE this show - I can't get enough. So over the next week or so I am going to be writing some features some of the girls ( yay !!) from Lauren Goodger's new tanning products, to Lydia Bright's amazing fashion, Billie and Sam's gorgeous makeup and Lauren Pope's clip-in hair extensions and more !! So keep checking back :) !

Some of the T.O.W.I.E girls ;
Maria, Lauren, Jess, Amy, Lauren, Sam, Lydia and Lucy


Have a great Easter everyone,
Tasmin 


13.4.11

Quick Update

Hey guys,
Just a quick update to let you know I haven't gone M.I.A I am currently working on some video's for you. This is taking me forever as I am constantly  editing and changing things ( I think I have like video OCD or something ) annnnnnnd I have also been studying like crazy as I have an interview with the AMAZING SMASHBOX cosmetics !!!!!!! I am so exited .. anyway, I will be updating soon, remember to follow my blog, leave any comments/requests or questions and I will be sure to reply to you as soon as I can .. xx

1.4.11

St Moritz DARK

Hi Dolls,
So I recently purchased the St Moritz self tanning mousse in 'dark' and what a HUGE mistake that was. This is most definitely the worse self tanner I have ever used. I have been eager to try this for a while now, as I have heard mixed reviews and have had a good experience using the original St Moritz. This tan is avalible from a variety of places (local chemists, online, discount stores) for around £2.99 for 200ml. St Moritz comes in mousse, spray and 'soufflé'. I found the formula to be; and the mousse to turn; very runny compared to the original. The colour is a lot darker, which was expected. I had exfoliated first using the 'Fake Bake - Rough To Buff Body Polish' which I purchased from New Look for £4.99 which I highly recommend (it smells amazing and leaves your skin really soft) and applied the tan using a tanning mitt which is essential to avoid over stained hands. I tanned my full body very quickly (due to my mitt - if you don't have one, please invest in one you wont regret it) and took care going over knee's, elbows, ankles and any dry areas. I left the tan to develop overnight, and rinsed it off in the morning. The colour was uneven and streaky and was a lot darker than I had anticipated. The worst thing I found about this tan, was that when it fades (I noticed it had started fading the second morning) it goes really cracked, sort of snake-skin like, which was disgusting. It also seemed impossible to remove from my skin. I tried various exfoliators and tan removers but nothing seemed to shift it. St Moritz DARK for me, was a total let down. I doubt very much that I would ever use it again, and wouldn't recommend it.

Have you used this tan before ? How was your experience with it ? 


 St Moritz Original & St Moritz DARK 

St Moritz DARK



Fake Bake Rough to Buff Body Polish ;

£4.99 @ New Look







St Moritz DARK on my hand ;

as you can see the mousse formula is turning watery very quickly



21.3.11

Rebel Fleur


Hey Guys this is my first post on my new 'beauty blog' .. just a place for me to ramble on about the going-on's in my life and my LOVE for MAKE-UP !!!  I'l also post product reviews, tutorials, up-coming product launches and some videos when I get round to it. Anyway, for my first post I thought I would write about some of my favourite products that I use regularly.  So I used to wear a tun of make-up every day, which took me a while to apply and caused my make-up to run out very quickly. Iv gradually managed to reduce it down, and stick to only a few products during the day time.


First off I use a base before any foundations, I have two which I absolutely love ;


The first one is called 'that gal' and its a primer by Benefit Cosmetics (http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk) and its around £21.00 but really worth the money. I feel that it makes foundation cover your face more easily and helps it stay on longer. Its a peachy/pink shade and isn't greasy or heavy like some moisturisers. The second one is called 'Skin Dew' and its from Virgin Vie (http://www.vieathome.com/) and its around £15.00. Skin Dew is a lot smaller than the first primer but you need only a tiny amount to cover the full face, so it does last a while. Its a sort of pearly pink shade and would suit most skin tones. You can also use it to highlight your cheek bones on top of liquid/cream/mousse foundations, I would definitely recommend you to try these products if you haven't already.

After my primers I use my concealer and foundation. My current concealer is from Rimmel London, and its very creamy and covers any imperfections and blemishes. You can purchase it from (
http://www.superdrug.com or just go in-store)  its around £5. I don't tend to use this too much as the foundation is more than enough. I have tried many different types and brands of foundations over the years and always seem to resort back to 'Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish'. This is a creamy foundation, which comes in a compact with a mirror and a sponge applicator which is handy if you need to re-apply throughout the day. They come in a variety of shades for all different skin tones. I currently use the shade 'Honey Beige' for every day wear and have 'Toasty Beige' (which is slightly darker) that I use when I have a tan or to contour my face when I am going for a night out. You can adjust the coverage of the foundation from medium to high, depending on how thick you want to apply it. For a medium coverage you should dampen the sponge and leave it dry for a fuller coverage. Flawless Finish is around £18.00 in Boots (http://www.boots.com/ or from any Elizabeth Arden Concession in Debenhams/Frasers/John Lewis) however Semi-Chem (http://www.semichem.co.uk/) sell it for £10.99.





 I received an amazing product as a gift for Christmas, which is called 'Blush Gloss' - £10 and its also from Virgin Vie. This is transparent gel/gloss formula and goes on the cheeks clear. It then works with the PH of your skin to determine which colour it turns. (Pale/Fair skin - light strawberry pink result and Medium/Darker skin - deep cherry pink/red result). This is AMAZING and definitely worth a try .. you can also use it on your lips and it turns different shades according to the PH of your skin ( the same as the cheeks ).



Finally I add some mascara and Lipstick. I have been using 'BAD gal lash mascara' - £16.50, from Benefit for a while now and wouldn't change it. Its one of the best mascaras I have used, it catches every lash doesn't clump them together. You can get this in a variety of shades but I tend to stick to the original black. I really really REALLY love PINK LIPSTICK !! .. Dark pink, baby pink, bright pink, reddy pink, coral pinks - I have loads of lipsticks and wear them every day. My favourites are from Rimmel London. One is a baby bubble-gum pink, and the other is a bit brighter. They are both GORGEOUS on and you don't have to constantly re-apply as they are both long-lasting, plus they are both around £5 .. amazing !!



These are the basic products I use day-to-day for work or if I don't plan on really going anywhere special, as I said earlier I tend not to wear too much make-up during the day, and leave all the rest (bronzers/highlighters/eye;brow;lip liners/self-tanners/false-lashes etc. ) for when I am going a night out.