Friday, 21 December 2007

Beauty-Full Christmas: Gifts I'm a-Giving

Now, Christmas is just around the corner so I'm sort of hoping most of you have got your gifting sorted. If not (bad people) here are some of the gorgeous gifts I'll be handing out this Christmas time... I won't tell you off for copying.

Jo Malone

I'm doing double duty on Jo Malone this year - we've got Pine&Eucalyptus Living cologne for one lucky hostess and the gorgeous Pomegranate Noir cologne for a friend. Jo Malone is literally THE go to gift if you're uncertain what to get. It reeks of class and refinement and a beautifully scented home (or person...) is always lovely at this time of year. If in doubt, go for a candle - Orange Blossom is pleasingly citrusy for Chrimblemas.

Estee Lauder Pleasures Delight
This has been one of my favourite scents this year and I'm spreading that love to a family member who should think herself very lucky. It's so pretty and sweet and soft but dries down to something so wearable, I think it's a great fragrance gift option. I find it really hard to give perfume if you don't know what the giftee usually wears - it's SUCH a personal thing - but this is so lovely, I think you'd be safe.

Urban Decay Glide On 24-7 Pencils
I'm officially going to stop talking about these now.
Love them.
They're going to my make up crazy, colour loving friend who I know will wear them well.
Hopefully, they're going to me too... If not, Mr BeautyLover is in the shit.

Ren Body Gift Set
This is for a friend who travels an awful lot and always ends up with crappy skin from crappy hotel toiletries. Packed full Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash, Damask Rose Ramnose Biosaccharide Body Cream, Neroli and Grapefruit Body Wash, Grapeseed Jojoba and Shea Butter Body Cream, there's no need for her to ever be less than peachy clean ever again.

Bliss Triple Oxygen™ Instant Energizing Mask

This puppy is for one of my friends that is constantly overworked, constantly overtired and constantly in need of a good sit down. The super fast acting skin pick me up will be perfect for her. And me when I go to stay... ahem.

Now go forth and gift!

BeautyMecca will be taking a wee break over Christmas but I will of course update you on any beauty goodies I might receive, what sales are on where (Always keep an eye on the Boots website...) and I'll certainly post something pre-New Years. Can't have you going out there unprepared, can I?

Have a fab Christmas beauty lovers!!!

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Silver Bells...

Since I'm manktastic with flu, I'm leaning very much towards quick fixes to put me in the party spirit at the moment. One of my favourite ways to sparkle and shine, is to whack on a slick of lovely silver eyeshadow and let my peepers do the talking.

Mainly because I can't, due to my hacking cough.

Anyhoo, here are my current faves:

You really just want a light, iridescent sweep that's going to brighten your eyes and make them twinkle - nothing too dramatic.

I heart...
Estee Lauder: Silver Ball - really lovely texture and a nice light coverage which can be built up if you feel so inclined. Plus, comes with a mirror and applicator in the packaging. Score.

Paul&Joe Beaute: Shade 19 - GORGEOUS packaging and another fab mirror in the case. This is packed with sparkle and a hint darker than the Lauder shadow if you want a touch more definition. This isn't the right shade, FYI, but it's suuuuuuuuch pretty pacakging, I could weep.

Nars: Heart of Glass - bonus points for the Blondie reference. I adore Nars shadows for their incredibly high pigmentation and cracking staying power but this puppy is a real winner for daytime. I rocked it for a lunchtime do and won scores of compliments. It's a really bright, light silvery colour with tonnes of sparkle. More points for more mirrors in compacts and more importantly, a sexy rubberised finish. Brrriaooow!

Desk to Dance Floor
Now you want to ramp up the raunch and take a subtle eye to something a touch more party-centric.

I like...

YSL Ombre Duolumiere: Shade 5 - Sweep the lighter silvery lavender all over your lid for a daytime look, then, using one of the TWO applicators in the compact (mirrored again - I'm spoiled) sharpen up for the evening with the smokey grey along your lashline and crease.

BeneFit Creaseless Cream: Skinny Jeans - This is a GORGEOUS colour and looks great swept on lightly with your ring finger for day, and built up with a synthetic brush for the evening.

It's time to make an impact, so let's get serious...

I am loving:

Aura Paradise Eyes: Texas Cowboy - a gorgeous smoky charcoal to really vamp up. The squat screw lid can be a little fiddly but the colour and consistency of the shadow is totally worth it.

Bella Pierre Mineral Shimmer Powder: These powders are a dream. A slightly pricier version of Barry M's Dazzle Dusts, these shadows are perfectly blendable, stay put once they're on and, as minerals, they're totally kind to skin. I like a blend a dark grey with one of the lighter, sparklier ones and really go for it. BEE-YOO-TI-FULL.

Barry M Dazzle Dust: And of course, I got NO problem with the classics. Dazzle dusts are easy to get hold of and cheap enough to play around with. And they be chock full of silvery options - go for grey or charcoal if in doubt.

Now go forth and sparkle like the fairy on the top of the tree...

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

On the bleeurgh, bah humbug

Sorry, I am usually completely and utterly suffused with Christmas spirit.

Unfortunately, I am sick and therefore grumpy.
And blotchy.

Plus, due to 'work commitments' (suckiness x100) I had to miss the launch party for DKNY's hot new Delicious Night fragrance last week... I don't know if you heard about THE BEST PARTY EVER but harumph, Mark Ronson DJ'd, all manner of hot celebs were there (including Jessica Stam, super purdy model and face of Delicious Night) and it was at the super swank Serpentine Gallery, one of my fave venues ever.

I like the other DKNY Delicious fragrances, they're fresh and appley and the packaging is pretty, so I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this move away to a more sexy scent but it's nice. Sexy without being musky, obviously evening without being too heavy. Yum.

And it's pretty. Unlike me and my ONGOING GODDAMN FLU!
Mew. I can't watch Bring it On again, I can't!

Tuesday, 18 December 2007


I have flu.
There is nothing beautiful about it.

Friday, 14 December 2007

On the sixth day I blogged about Christmas... Let's here it for the boy!

Following my present greediness last week, I'm coming back with a peace offering to Mr BeautyLover... Here are some top tips for the boys.

Mr BeautyLover, Mr Hot James and the very discerning Brother BeautyLover are all massive fans of Anthony Logistics.

The Call to Action kit (£50.00) contains everything he needs to get into a great beauty regime without really trying. Brother BeautyLover's favourite, the Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Face Scrub,
Sea Salt Body Scrub, After Shave Balm, Pre Shave Oil and Mr BeautyLover's top pick, Shave Cream. I'd also pick up the Continuous Moisture eye cream because I've totally seen a difference in Mr BeautyLover's bags since he started with this puppy. And he even does it every day.

Before now, I'd always had to play beauty mule when over in the US but now you can get the products from Space NK and! Some slightly lower priced and (according to Brother BeautyLover less effective but perfect for your teen brother) Anthony Sport products are also in Boots this Christmas if you can't get to Space NK and don't want to shop online.

For the more environmentally conscious chap, you could try Organic Blue. This fab range has recently put out some lovely men's products that you won't mind 'borrowing' or sharing shower space. I love the hair and bodywash, which has a lovely, clean lemongrass scent.
Probably from all the organic lemongrass oil in there...
It's also got anti-bacterial Neem in case he's a bit, you know, mucky.
And at £3.99, you can afford to stock up. In fact, get the bath soak, body lotion(hello!) and shower scrub and make a lovely package.
In case he hasn't got one already.

According to Jack off Lost (Or Charlie off Party of Five if you're Old Skool), 'He's worth it too' so you might want to give L'Oreal Men Expert a try. Apparently, tinting your moisturiser blue is the way to a man's heart. And putting the whole range on 3-4-2 so I don't have to spend so much on it, is the way to mine. Cheers Boots. Mr BeautyMecca has dabbled in the Max Skin Moisturiser. I have allowed it.
I have no particular problem, patronising advertising aside.

So there you have it! He has moisturiser, you've got something to borrow if you run out and everyone's happy.

Next week, I'll be suggesting some last minute pressies in case he's 'forgotten' and extravagant pressies in case he's did something silly at the office Christmas party with that tart from ad sales and you are in with the chance of a big haul.

Hurrah for Christmas!

Thursday, 13 December 2007

On the sixth day I blogged about Christmas... Christmas Party Make Up

I should tell you now that I'm completely knackered from my own Christmas party last night and not at my best. However, my make up ROCKED. And more importantly lasted until I rolled in at 4.00 (get me!).

Start as you mean to go on
If you're not going to use a proper base, there's literally no point in reading on.
I am a primer fanatic and have become literally crack-stylee addicted to BeneFit That Gal. It evens out your skin, it's cooling, it smells of bubblegum and most importantly, it helps your foundation glide on and stay put. Love it.
While you're at the BeneFit counter, grab a pot of F.Y.Eye. This eyeshadow primer is the one thing I've found that will keep any eye colour glued to your lids until you remove it.

Once your primer has had a minute or two to sink in, go for a long lasting or illuminating foundation, blemish cover up and under-eye concealer. I like to apply my base with a sponge if it's going to be a long night, it just seems to adhere better.

Colour me bad
Since it's Christmas, you can go a little bit crazy. Whether that's a bit of sparkle, more colour than you would usually wear or a big statement look, it's entirely up to you.
As you know, I'm obsessed with smokey eyes, so my favoured party look is glittery grey eyes with neutral shiny lips.

Last night, I went for Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On pencil in gunmetal as a base, BeneFit Skinny Jeans creme eyeshadow to give the sparkle something to stick to, and then Barry M Dazzle Dust in grey all over (a light silver) and charcoal (a sparkling dark grey) for definition at the crease and as a liner. I also cracked out the 17 Metallic Silver pencil to highlight the inner corners of my eyes.

Finishing off with a couple of coats of Prescriptives False Lash Mascara and a slick of 17's Antique Lace lippy, I was good to go with minimal top ups. Purdy.
Remember, if it's a big drinks party, statement eyes will always be better than lips that will need topping up constantly.

If you're just going to dance your pants off, I DEMAND you try red lipstick this season. MAC do amazing reds, I like Lady Danger and Ruby Woo but if you just want to dip your toe in the look, try 17, Showcase and Showbiz - Showcase is a little matter and more intense, Showbiz has a touch of iridescent sparkle. My only proviso is that you must use a lip pencil.
It's the law. Try Revlon Colourstay in Red for a classic true red.

To really play up red lips, leave the rest of your face neutral - a sweep of black liner close to the lashes and some black mascara, along with a touch of a natural pinky blush, are all you need.

If you're playing it safe with a Little Black Dress, you might want to go colour crazy with the eyes. For a quick fix, go for a line of Urban Decay's 24-7 Glide on Pencils again. The travel set I'm praying to receive this Christmas includes gorgeous copper, green, aquamarine, purple and classic black pencils - perfect to see you through the whole party season. In fact, screw Christmas, why not treat yourself to a stocking filler now!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

On the fifth day I blooged about Christmas... Hangover Heaven

We all know the best way to avoid a hangover and the beauty disaster it entails is not to drink, right? Well, I know you're not going to listen to me (and I'm not going to listen to me either) so here are my quick fixes to avoid turning up to work looking like the Grinch.

  • Drink as much water as you can without vomming as soon as you get home
  • Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse and that includes eyes. Prescriptives Better Off eye make up remover is a miracle worker but if you can't quite manage to pour liquid on to cotton wool, try Johnson&Johnson eye make up remover pads
  • Try and apply a hydrating product like Beauty Flash Balm before you go to bed. Creme de la Mer also soothes and hydrates parched skin
  • The morning after... I love Bliss Lemon+Sage body scrub and lotion to wake me up and apologise to my body. After all, it's probably been retching itself silly/doing the worm/hitting the deck at some point in the last twelve hours
  • Wash your face with something gentle and soothing - no inflammation here people. Try Origins Clean Energy cleansing oil
  • Next apply either a hydrating mask like Prescriptives Intensive Rebuilder or Bliss Triple Oxygen mask - as long as the bubble don't make you puke
  • After the mask, it's fake it time. More beauty flash balm applied over Prescriptives Vibran-C eye cream and Dermalogica Intensive Hydrating serum
  • Skip foundation, it'll make you look tired. Try Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser
  • Blusher - you want to look healthy, not pissed. Again, Stila's convertible colour in Gerbera is perfect-o
  • Mascara - waterproof is a must in case you fall asleep at your desk
  • Highlighters - fake a healthy glow with Benefit Georgia or Dandelion!
  • Lipstick - Just your favourite/least like to make you vom balm

And you're good to go!

Monday, 10 December 2007

On the fourth day I blogged about Christmas... Pre-Party Prep

I don't know about you, but I've got a ker-azy Christmas week coming up.
Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la and really hungover.

My Christmas party season starts on Wednesday and I'm going right through to the weekend without a break, so there is a need to be, just like those cute little boys with shorts and woggles, PREPARED.

This weekend, I apologised in advance to my skin - it is going to suffer. To pre-empt some of the pain, I used my DDF Sulfur Therpeautic mask to draw out any nasties, then on my dry areas, I smoothed on a delicious smelling layer of Prescriptives Intensive Rebuilding Deep Hydrating mask (which I will also be pulling out, the morning after the night before). Skin feeling thoroughly spoiled, I hopped in a Floracologie Lavendar bath and read a very important ninteenth century novel about really deep and meaningful things. Not the second book in the Pretty Little Liars teen series... Not at all.

Just before bed, I lavished my hair with Lee Stafford Sleepover Treatment (delish) and then went back to work on my skin. Prescriptives Anti-Blemish serum (just where it's needed) to try and keep spots at bay, Idealist Skin and Eye refinisher to exfoliate without scrubbing and then a whole face full of Hope in a Jar with just a teeny dab of Daphin Stimul-Skin on the eyes.

For my body, I more or less basted myself in Lemon+Sage body butter. Yum.
Aww, I'm purdy.

Tomorrow, I'm going to give you the lowdown on how to recover, Wednesday will be top tips on how to get your party on if you've only got ten minutes in the loo to do your do and Thursday, if you've only got 30 secs in the back of a cab. To do your face.

Aren't I good to you?

Friday, 7 December 2007

Beauty-Full Christmas: Mr BeautyLover, if you're listening...

I've been very gracious so far, running lots of Christmas gift guides for everyone and their mother and not thinking a jot about little old me. Well, I'm totally over that.
Bring on my presents.

Here's what I'm hoping to find in my stocking...

Urban Decay 24-7 Glide On Pencils
I've fallen in love with these puppies since trying the Gunmetal shade for my beloved smokey eye. They go on like silk and after a couple of seconds, they Do. No. Move. I can't wait to try out all the colours - LOVING the green. And it's super easy to get hold of - Boots and are both stocking, so there are no excuses.

Philosophy Miracle Worker Skincare Set
Containing my new fave moisturiser, Hope in a Jar (it's a classic for a reason peeps), I really am desperate to get my mitts on more Philosophy goodness - this contains the famous Purity face wash, microdelivery exfoliating face wash, high density eye and lip cream and lots more . Grab one at

Daisy by Marc Jacobs Solid Perfume Ring
I love this fresh fragrance and aahhh, so pretty! Please Santa...

Hmm, there's lots more.
I'll get back to you.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

On the third day of Christmas... My mother came to stay!

Sigh, tis true.

Mummy BeautyLover is coming to stay (along with Daddy BeautyLover but he's less Beauty inclined) and I had to have a bathroom audit before she arrived.

I'm guessing we ALL crack out the best products when we've got guests right?
No? Well, I have a problem then. Beacuse I'm speccy, I have a handy dandy glass shelf above the sink where I stash my contact lens stuff, glasses and usually a face wash or my spray wax.

Until Mummy Dearest booked her appointment. Today, said shelf is holding Origins Clean Energy Cleansing Oil, Bliss Triple Oxygen Face Mask, Lee Stafford Sleepover Treatment and Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Scrub. The shelf in the shower is full of Fekkai shampoo and conditioner, Clean on Me Soap&Glory shower creme and the boy's man products and by the sink? Space NK hand wash and lotion.

EVERYTHING else is hidden in the massive mirror fronted cabinet between the sink and tub... And having been forced to go through it last night to hide anything manky, I do mean EVERYTHING. Body scrubs, face peels, foot scrubs, tubs and tubs and tubs of body butter, cotton wool, eye make up remover, cleansers, toners, teeth whitening strips - it's actually a bit of a shocker.
Man alive I have a lot of crap.

What I really want to know is, what do you put put for guests?

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

On the second day of Christmas... Shine like a star!

In honour of last night's trip to see CSS (they dressed up like Christmas presents!), I'm devoting today to giltter.

'Tis the season after all and glitter is a really great quick fix Christmas party product.

My favourite glitter product is Urban Decay's Heavy Metals.
You have the choice of the eyeliner or the gel - for me, I would go for the gel. You've already committed to wearing glitter, this is not the time to be subtle. A great and dramatic look requires very little effort when wearing these babies.

Layer on a pigment heavy shadow, an Urban Decay shadow is generally perfect as they are super heavy on pigment or for real staying power, create a coloured base with an Urban 24-7 Glide On pencil (these are my new obsession, be prepared to hear a lot about them) and them dab the glitter gel on top in a block over your eyelid. Allow to dry and then repeat with another layer of gel until you have a really dense glitter effect.

For a dramatic gunmetal grey/silver eye, try 24/7 pencil in Gunmetal combined with Backstage Heavy Metal Glitter Gel. For on trend purple, try Flash shadow with Rockstar glitter. I love green eye make up on pretty much everyone - go for Roadie glitter over Mildew or Vert shadow.

WARNING! Glitter should never, ever be
a) applied to your cheeks
b) multicoloured
c) SPRAYED onto any part of your body.

I'm talking dense, sparkling, uber glitter packed onto your eyelids for an entirely grown up, theatrical effect. This is not one for the over 40s or under 21s. Leave the Claire's Hen Night spray glitter to them...

Monday, 3 December 2007

On the First Day of Christmas...

Well, okay, it's the 3rd of December and not even really the first day of Christmas yet but hell, I need a posting gimmick okay?

If you are a regular BeautyMecca reader you will know certain things about me, including:
1. I am ridiculously pale and mouth off about said fact often
2. I am lazy
3. I heart Christmas in a big way
4. Smokey eyes are my favourite make up look in the whole widest world

With these three things in mind, you will understand that I will be mostly rocking a metallic smokey eye for the Christmas season. However, it will be a smokey eye with created for maximum impact with minimum effort as it's generally a desk to dance floor affair.

Tonight, I'm off to see CSS in gangland Brixton and will be trialling 17's metallic Silver pencil. I tested it whilst watching Elf last night but sitting around, cooking a roast chicken and chortling at Will Ferrell didn't really test it.

Putting up my tree whilst fending off an excited cat sort of did but I'll report back in full tomorrow...

Friday, 30 November 2007

Beauty-Full Christmas: Get Your Gift On

I love Christmas shopping. Seriously, it's one of my absolute favourite things.
Guilt free purchasing, picking out each individual thing that will put a smile on someone's face, the overplaying of 'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year'...

And my favourite, favourite things are Christmas shopping events. Who's genius idea was it to combine shopping with drinking, freebies and makeovers!?

Head out to these fab shopping events and make the most of Crimblemass - it'll be over before you know it!

Bliss Spa Event
Wednesday 5th December 9.30am - 8.00pm
Bliss London
Sloane Avenue

Fab exclusive discounts to be had on Bliss and Laboratoire Remede products plus a bliss-full goody bag with all purchases! Plus the first twenty shoppers of the day score a voucher for a mini Santa Paws manicure!
Plus, there is the obligatory but welcome mulled wine and Christmas pud. Yum!

For a broader range of beauty goodness, get your bum down to:
2 new Burlington Street
5.00pm - 8.00pm
Thursday 6th
HQ Hair (my FAVOURITE online beauty store) Christmas shopping event.
Call 020 7292 8760 for more details

There's 20% off EVERYTHING in store and Stila's make-up artists will be offering mini makeovers absolutely free! Throw in free wine and a goodie bag and this could be better than Christmas day.

See you there x

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Saint: Delicious and Calorie Free!

Now, like most ladies (and gents), I like chocolate and at the moment, it's mint Aeros, mmmm.
However, mint Aeros do not facilitate my slinky satin Christmas party dress so they have been sidelined for the Christmas period. Sob.

In happier news, they have been replaced by something equally yummy, equally bargainous and equally accessible - Delicious Beauty's Peppermint&Cocoa foot scrub and moisturiser are Ah-Maz-Ing. The scrub is great for tackling party heel hardened feet and the moisturiser is so buttery, it prevents hardening from happening again. And they smell just like Aeros, but without the calorie content...

If you're not so much of a chocolate fiend, I recommend the coconut lip balm, perfect for under the mistletoe kisses AND the kissing burns off calories. Score.

For savoury palettes there's Olive&Pistachio, Honey&Almond for the sweet tooth and Papaya and Mango for fruity misses.

Delicious Beauty is available from Tesco and Superdrug - perfect to drop in the trolley when Mr Beauty Lover isn't looking - and it's 100% calorie free!

Please try not to eat it.

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Sinner: lipgloss love cheat

I've been pretty faithful to my lip glosses for the last few years. Sure, I'll fool around with a few brands at any one time and yes, I've had the odd fling with a MAC special edition sheer lip colour but I haven't had a full blown relationship with a proper lipstick for a looong time.

Until now. Maybe I'm growing up. Maybe I'm making more long term, commitment minded choices, I don't know, but recently I've been getting deep and meaningful with Estee Lauder's Signature Hydra Lustre lipsticks.

Oooh, it won a Grazia award!

I heart them. There are dozens of colours with gorgeous finishes and genuinely moisturising textures. I love applying it in a morning - it just makes me feel finished and ladylike (as opposed to scruffy and tramplike with damp hair sticking to my lip gloss. Mmm, sexy).

My personal favourites are Perfect Pink and Vintage Mauve - both really wearable colours - but I'm definitely going to be looking into Rich Red and Soft Amethyst for Christmas parties.

The packaging is pretty sexy too. The iconic gold bullet has been refined to make it even more desirable and reassuringly heavy in the hand. I like a lipstick that could kill a mugger if swung violently in a clutch bag. Preferably one with a little handle to hang on your wrist.

There's something you can't do with a lip gloss.
And possibly a little too much information about what I think about before a night out: a two timer and potentially violent.
What a catch I am...

Monday, 26 November 2007

Sinner: Forgive me father, for I have coveted...

So, now that we have truly descended into winter, my skin has decided to completely give up and play the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past until ooooh, April?

But, praise be, there is a saviour. And saviour, thy name is Bobbi Brown.
Anyone else completely obsessed with Bobbi at the moment?

If the Pink Quartz collection wasn't beautiful enough, the blusher from the palette system has literally brought me to life. I am currently applying subtle sweepings of both shades (the neutral first, followed by the pinker shade on the apples of my cheeks which actually looks very natural, even if it doesn't in the image below) every morning and then finishing off with a liberal dusting of the Pink Shimmer Brick and Pink Quartz glitter gloss. And hello? The palette system? To someone who lives in her handbag, this is officially A Very Good Thing.

Okay, so I don't look entirely like this but I'm committed to trying!

Get thyself down to a BB counter or onto as quick as you can. I'm willing to go out on a limb and say this is going to be a 'top morning after the night before' look too...

God bless you Bobbi Brown, God Bless you, every one.

Saint: St Boots of Make Up

Dearly beloved,

We are gathered here today in the sight of the internet to join my credit card, Mint, with this retailer, Boots the Chemist.

Seriously, you KNOW I'm a big fan of the Boots 17 designer collaborations - I loved the Antoni and Alison mini bag, I adored the Eley Kishimoto gift set and now, I'm completely obsessed with Joanthan Sanders collection.

If you haven't been lucky enough to grab one of his cool signature lipsticks (I love bright red Alwyn) head down to Boots now and grab one of his amazing palettes, free when you spend £5 on 17. With a selection of lip, eye and highlighter colours PLUS a mini kohl pencil and two applicators, this is perfect if you want to try out some new colours for a party look.
And even better since it's mere hours to pay day and we're all broke.


Friday, 23 November 2007

Beauty-Full Christmas: Saint or Sinner?

To celebrate Saint or Sinner month, today's Christmas booty looks at gift sets for the virtuous and... not so virtuous amongst you.

The Organic Pharmacy is an easy option if you're looking for something pretty, effective and oh so organic. Their website is easy to navigate and there's lots to choose from - from moisturisers and make up to body butters and baby products. If in doubt, opt for a gift voucher and supplement it with one of their gorgeous candles or the fab Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream. Delish.

If you're tastes are a little naughtier, try one of Agent Provocateur's gift sets. You can go as simple as perfume (I heart new Maitresse, especially the version with gold sparkly bits) or break the bank with the deluxe gift set containing all the wonderful body products and a few added 'extras'. The Maitresse gift set, at £39 is a really great gift and super, super pretty. Containing Eau de Parfum (30ml) and body milk, it's a surefire way to spice up Christmas - mulled wine and clothing optional...

Another saintly option (and one of the prettiest gifts we've seen) is Purely Natural's Special Edition Christmas Gift Set. Again, available online at, the gift set is just £25.50 and contains their gorgeous Morroccan Rose body cream - a super rich sensation, packed full coco and shea butter. Mmm. Alongside the body cream is a tangy, refreshing Pink Grapefruit hand cream (perfect for mum after she's washed the Christmas dishes - ahem) and a yummy lime lipbalm, made from coconut oil, shea and coco butters, vitamin E AND olive oil. How do you get some many delish things in one pot? I guess it is a big pot.

And, well, it's not exactly a crucifix but if you feel like celebrate the birth of Jebus with a neck ornament, sin away with Dior necklace. Inside the gorgeous silver bauble is a Pink Gem lipgloss. You might not get into heaven but you'll look so damn purdy...

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Sinner: Blissed Out

Okay, I'm sorry.
I would have LOVED to have blogged in the last week but unfortunately, I was rendered unbloggable by an amazing massage at Bliss in Noo Yoik.

Seriously, I was rendered pretty much unanythingable aside from sitting in a gooey pile, shovelling complimentary brownies into my mouth. Oh yes, there are free brownies, they don't call it Bliss for nothin'.

I'd heard alot of stuff about Bliss, good and bad. I knew for a fact that the products were amazing, being addicted to the Lemon+Sage range as I am, but I'd heard mixed reviews of the spa services. Some people think it's overpriced because of the name, others have said the staff can be rude and try and upsell products and services once you're all nekkid and gooey on the table.

I am happy to report that thanks to an AMAZING massage and a favourable exchange rate, my Bliss experience was nothing short of, well, Bliss!

Starting with the ladies lounge, both Bliss and I recommend you get there a good thirty minutes before your treatment so you can properly unwind. Strip off, stash your stuff in the superduper electronic lockers, robe up and then kick back with a cup of tea and some more brownies. There is fruit, cheese and biscuits too but did I mention they have cookies?

I went for the Jet Out, a full body massage that promised to realign jetlagged minds and bodies. Mmm. My masseuse totally had magic fingers although I wasn't sure Chris Issac's Wicked Game was appropriate massage music. I had a horrible feeling he might offer me extras at any moment. Plus this is not a massage for the faint hearted. By the end, Mr Masseuse was as familiar with me as my waxing peeps. Although at least it was a bit darker... Just slightly on a tangent, when a masseuse asks if you want a firm, deep massage, why do I always say yes? I don't want a deep massage! It hurts! I want to be gently stroked like a kitten for an hour and then patted on the head. But no, afraid to be labelled a massage pussy, I always smile and nod and say, ooh, yes, please pummel me to death and let me pay for the pleasure.
My mistake, no one else's.

Post massage, was the real treat.
Back to the Brownies until you come round and then hot the showers.
Bliss have THE most amazing steam showers with normal shower head, overhead rain shower head and a steamer all in the same cubicle. There was a worry I would never come out, especially since there's a seat in there and I am lazy.
It was fabulous.

Then throw in all the Bliss products hanging around for you to use and you're in a happy place.
And hey, still not happy? How about a bottle of Bliss water and a bag of samples to take away?

If you're jetting out anywhere or even just in London for some stressful Christmas Shopping, I can't think of a better present to yourself. Or get a gift certificate - the perfect gift for family and friends!

No, screw that, get your arse down there ASAP...

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Sinner: Bad Girl in Terminal 3

I know I've got all the make up in the world.
I know I couldn't possibly need any more.
But we're talking duty free, limited editions and airport exclusives...

Yes, this edition of beautymecca is coming hot off the blackberry in heathrow terminal 3 and man alive there'r some nice stuff.

For a start, it seems this is where Bobbi Brown is hiding all her metallics palettes as well as her hot new palette system. I heart the blusher palette - two colours' a thousand looks, total blusher solution.

There's also HEAPS of Mac to be had, all of their limited editions. Yum.

I'm also going to be rocking the YSL counter for cheap touche eclat duos and Marc Jacobs for Daisy. Will pop by the creme de la mer counter too - slap it on pre-flight, land looking a million dollars.

See you in nyc!

Sinner: Bad Girl in Terminal 3

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Saint: Wedding Make Up

Since I'm ALL give, I wanted to give you a run down on the top slap we used in the bridal party on Sunday. There were a few standout products that all four of us (bride and bridesmaids) used and once we've had pics approved by La Bride, I'll pop a shot of us on the site.
We looked hawt.

We were mad for That Gal.
Everyone had a dab of Pritt Stick-like joy - seriously, I adore this stuff.

Everyone has their favourite.
I went Prescriptives Colourmatch, Bridesmaid Cheryl went for Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser and Bridesmaid Donna had upsettingly perfect skin. Bride Della opted for Youngblood's new loose mineral foundation which was fantastic - got to get me some - expertly applied by moi.

A whole lotta Benetint going on... I topped everyone up with the new Bobbi Brown Rose Quartz shimmer brick which is beautiful. A light dusting gave everyone a healthy, shimmery look and a dab of the lightest highlighting shade along the cheekbones made for aHollywood glow in the pics.

We stayed trad: Benefit It Stick and Boing for me and the bride, Hide the Blemish and Touche Eclat also made appearances. Wedding concealer is not the time to be trying new things...

Eyes: Here's where we broke out a little...
Me: Stila Cloud with Holly Golightly in the crease and Mac Prunella Pencil plus id Bare Minerals Everywear Mascara
Bride: Benefit creaseless cream in RSVP as a base with Busy Signal as a liner
Cheryl: Always a winner, Bobbi Brown browns palette and YSL mascara
Donna: Lovely soft brown shades from Bobbi Brown - lovely!

Lips: Each to their own!
Me: Barbie loves MAC Sweet and Single
Della: Benefit Streakin' gloss
Cheryl: I didn't see... but it was a pretty soft pink!
Donna: Benetint Pocket Pal - stain and clear gloss

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Saint: Eye Eye Captain

For what seems like forever, I've been trying to interest Mr BeautyLover in beauty product.
Let's face it, he's thirty this month and prevention is better than the cure... He's been routinely refusing sunscreen forever and as we all know now, real men not only eat quiche but they also moisturise.

Mr BeautyLover's main issue is his eyes. He doesn't sleep that much (I need a good eight hours a night and, well, a good three extra hours to supplement the core eight... and about fourteen on weekends) and he works on a computer all day, so he can get a bit puffy, a bit baggy and well, a touch grey.

So we've implemented an experiment.
I've been REALLY worried about my eyes recently (I was all kinds of 'hmm, my lower eyelids have gone a funny texture' and when I looked closer, I realised that texture was 'wrinkly'...) so we've agreed to each try out a new eye cream and let you know our thoughts next month.

I'm trying Darphin's Stimulskin Coffret (£65 Darphin counters and stockists) that includes eye cream and two mini serums - one for dark circles and puffiness, one for tightening and firming.

My BeautyLover is sampling Anthony Logistics Continuous Moisture Eye Cream (£32 - Space NK). To ensure a fair trial, I'll be using the Anthony on one eye and the Darphin on the other. unless one is shitloads better than the other and then I'll be switching altogether...

Monday, 12 November 2007

Sinner: The Value of Beauty

I accept that a lot of people don't necessarily understand the value of beauty.

And by beauty, I mean the unhealthy amount of time I spend looking at make up, playing with make up, buying make up, reading about make up... You get the picture.

Well, someone gets it.
The someone that STOLE our make up from the bridal dressing room at my best friend's wedding yesterday.

Can you believe it? While we were getting our America's Next Top Model on with the photographer, some skank was getting their klepto on with our stuff.

Clearly it was a skank with taste. They totally bypassed the Rimmel and went straight for the Bobbi Brown, YSL and Benefit.

To clarify - they left the cash, the cards the ipods, the clothes and the shoes but they took the make up.

Should you see anyone wearing a Bobbi Brown eye palette, touche eclat, YSL mascara, benefit eyeliner and Georgia powder and either a Laura Mercier or Benefit lipgloss, let me know.
If I ever find out who ripped us off, they're getting their pretty, tasteful ass kicked.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Beauty-Full Christmas: Splash that Cash

Just in case you've come into some cash recently and want to buy me something super special, here are a few of the super pricey, super luxe, super presents out there this Christmas.

I'm guessing that all of us will get a crappy toiletry bag from some maiden aunt, filled with products we'll never, ever use - right?

Well, lovely Darphin have attempted to halt this trend and brought us - Le Vanity. a GORGEOUS gold Longchamp vanity case, full to the brim with 12 Darphin products. This includes my favourite, the Instantly Radiant eye stick. The fab touch-up stick gives a sheer but radiant finish to the under eye area any time of day, under or over make up. Perfect for that meeting, the morning after the office Christmas party...
So, if you've got a spare £500, high tail it down to Harrods before they sell out.

For Creme de la Mer obsessives (and God knows, they got me too), the lovely dealers, I mean retailers, that sell you this magical potion have thoughtfully put together a 500ml pot. Coming in at £930, you're actually saving a lot of money if you buy it regularly - the 30ml pot is £90 (price per ml £300 for the 30ml, £186 for the 500ml fact fans) so if you can get a loan from your bank manager, you are saving money...

If you're feeling a little frugal, go for the Connoisseur Collection. A bargain at just £265, it contains the classic Creme, the new eye concentrate and the serum. Perfect for committing to your New Year New Beauty Regime.

If scent is more your thing, mosey on over to Jo Malone. twelve of the delicious signature scents are captured in this fabulous 'scent wardrobe', including my favourite Amber&Lavender. Sigh, for just £590 and you can have a different amazing scent for each month of the year!

If you're after a hostess gift, stay at Jo Malone and shell out on one of the luxury candles - lavish but worth it at £260. You'll be welcome round for dinner any time if you deliver the Lime, Basil and Mandarin instead of another bottle of Chardonnay.

If you're absolutely stumped on what to buy, how about a spa day?
I'm biased, as you know, but I can't imagine anything nicer than opening up a Bliss Merry Citrus gift set, with a voucher for a Blissage Massage and Triple Oxygen Facial tucked away inside. Yum.

Just so you know, Mr BeautyLover, Ma BeautyLover, Pa BeautyLover - I'll take any of the above.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Sinner: And a Scrubber.

In preparation for my turn down the aisle (as a bridesmaid, remember!) on Sunday, I've been attempting to scrub off a stray couple of pounds that I've accidentally larped on.

My new (incredibly unhealthy, no doubt) routine goes a little bit like this:

Monday morning
Scrub all skin off body with Bliss Eucalyptus and Rosemary Scrub
Scrub all skin off face with MD Formulations facial scrub
Moisturise body with Origins Shedonism body cream
Moisturise face with Creme de la Mer
Burn crap off teeth with Crest White Strips

Tuesday morning
Scrub some of skin off body with Dermalogica Body Scrub
Dissolve some of skin off face with Estee Lauder Idealist
Moisturise body with Bliss Lemon+Sage Body butter
Moisturise face with Creme de la Mer
Burn crap off teeth with Crest White Strips

Wednesday morning
Scrub allot of skin off body with Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Scrub
Wash some of skin off face with Ren face wash
Moisturise body with Bliss Lemon+Sage Body butter
Moisturise face with Creme de la Mer
Burn crap off teeth with Crest White Strips

And then I'm pretty much repeating the cycle.
At night, it's all about washing/repairing my face with Origins Clean Energy oil and then slapping on a layer of Dr Bragi marine enzyme gel before my Creme top up.
And L'Occitane lavendar handcream.
And Darphin eye cream.
And Trilogy lipbalm.
And more Shedonism body cream.

Just so you know, I'm soft as a baby's arse but it is taking me bloody AGES to get ready in a morning...

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Saint: National Stress Awareness Day

Apparently, no one alerted the London Underground, Starbucks or the tit who kept treading on my beautiful new shoes this morning, that today is in fact National Stress Awareness Day.

I'm sure it comes as no surprise to you that we, as a people, are stressed and I think it's got to be worse for us ladies.

We've got to get our arses to work, we have to keep our flats/houses (more or less) tidy, we have to watch what (or how many Wispa bars) we're eating and we have to look pretty at the end of it gosh darn it.

To help ease this pain, the wonderful people at Origins offer a complimentary de-stressing service known as 'Vitality at Work' for when there's no time to get away from the computer.
Origins Guides come to your desk to deliver everything mini-massages to energizing pick-me-ups and exercises.

Is it me, or does that sound a little bit amazing?

If you don't even have time for a mini massage (weirdo, I love massage more than ANYTHING. Maybe even Peter from Heroes.), then you could just go for a quick dab of Origins' Peace on Mind On the Spot relief. Just a couple of dabs on your pulse points and you too can be calm as Britney after she's been tanning.

I'm currently feeling more than freaking frazzled, so will be down at my local Origins store quicker than, well, let's keep with the theme, Britney on her way to Starbucks.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Oh, I told fibs too...

Remember the time I took a pic of my desk to show you how many lipbalms I had within my reach?

I just found a Carmex and Blistex tinted lipbalm in my drawer.

It's truly an addiction.

Sinner: I'm a Fekkai-n Faker

Shh, don't tell anyone but I'm faking it tonight.
No, you dirty-minded gutter-dweller, not that, my highlights!

Since I ravaged my hair with Debbie Harry-style platinum blonde all over colour a couple of year ago, I've had to steer clear of any sort of permanent tints, lest my barnet give up the ghost completely. However, I have dabbled in colour depositing shampoos and wash in/wash out madness. None of it really worked, all of it left me disappointed and my hair just looked, well, dull.

But at last, I might have found an answer.
Frederic Fekkai has brought out a range of beautiful hair mascaras, in gorgeous, face framing shades... what? Don't all shout at once!

Yes, you heard me. Super-premo brand, Frederic Fekkai has brought out a range of hair mascaras. And they're lovely. Choose from Gold or Cognac, these babies work just like hair mascaras of old, only better. I went Gold on my dark blonde hair - washed, blowdried, then brushed in a few subtle strands at the front, a couple of bolder chunks at the back and then let it dry. A minute or so later, I brushed the whole thing through and was left with lovely shimmering highlights.

Who would have thunk it?
Perfect for party season and far less stressful to your locks than permanent colour.

Now, of course they wash out as soon as you shampoo but hey, are you looking for Mr Right or Mr Right Now?

Monday, 5 November 2007

Saint: DDF Sulfur Therpaeutic Mask

All hail todays's saint, without which, I would be absolutely crapping it.

My best friend's wedding is coming up on Sunday and I am bridesmaiding in the most beautiful dress you will ever see, alongside two of the most beautiful girls I have ever met and behind the most GORGEOUS bride ever to grace the Earth.

Well, bitterness aside, I had just about got over the fact that I'll glow like Casper in all the pics when The World's Biggest Zit decided to set up home on my schnozz. Seriously, it looked like I was growing a spare nose for the ceremony. Not something on the wedding list, as far as I could tell.

However, three nights of DDF's Sulfur Therapeautic Mask, and it's gone. Literally, vamoosed.
I freaking love this stuff. It reminds me a little of Bliss' Sleeping Peel Mask but comes in a much larger tub and doesn't scare me so much with warnings about broad spectrum sunscreens... Plus the smell of the fast acting sulfur is masked by yummy eucalyptus. Delish.

Use the mask once a week to keep pores clear and apply a thin layer at night to any nasties that make a break for the surface. They'll be gone in no time. Plus, it doesn't end up on your pillow overnight. Once this baby is on your face, it's STAYING.

Phew, now I just have to worry about hobbling down the aisle in my four inch heels...

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Saint or Sinner?

In honour of All Saints Day, I'm declaring November, Winter Saint or Winter Sinner? month.

We'll look at products that are complete saints, from super skin savers, organic wonders through magical make up.
And then we'll look at the sinners... pricey but perfect purchases, fake its and morning after miracle workers.

What's not to love?

Since the weather seems to be in denial about the fact that is in fact November, I'm wearing an equally defiant fragrance.

Estee Lauder Pleasures Delight is so pretty, it almost makes me like Gwyneth Paltrow.
Please don't let Gwynnie frolicking with her puppies in the ads (not what it sounds like) put you off. I really didn't expect to like the scent, it seemed a little bit sugary and, dare I say it? Like something I might give my mum but I was wrong - not something I admit to often...

They say: This floral confection blends notes of juicy Pomegranate, whipped Strawberry Meringue and tempting Caramel with a sprinkling of Sugared Rose Petals, dewy Freesia, White Peony and Fresh Greens

I say: It's really lovely! Even though the ads make you think of spring, this makes a lovely daytime winter scent. The strawberry, caramel, marshmallow and vanilla balance out the florals and a trace of patchouli in the base note just mixes things up a little bit more.

If I ever went for winter walks in big boots and scarves, then came home all rosy cheeked for hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows, I'd say this reminded me of that.
As it is, I only have experience of the hot chocolate and many marshmallows, so I'm just going to settle on those very, very happy memories...

One of my best friends is getting married next week and it would make the most beautiful winter wedding fragrance, I'm strongly considering a purchase of the gift set for the bride and the 25ml bottle for my two fellow bridesmaids (provided I don't accidentally get stuck in the Topshop bit of Selfridges).

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Trick or Treat: You decide!

Since it's Halloween, I thought I'd offer up some honest to goodness witchcraft for you to marvel at. I swear, Harry Potter totally has share in Prescriptives

I've waxed lyrical about the Magic Liquid Powder before, (cools on contact with skin, diffuses the light to make you look like a goddess, was created by Glinda the Good Witch) but today, I'm sampling their Illuminating Liquid Potion (very Halloween!) and Invisible Line Smoother - surely someone sold their soul for that one.

The Illuminating Liquid is a gorgeous holographic fluid that evens out skintone, diffuses light to mask imperfections and gives skin a truly radiant look. I LOVE to wear it under foundation as a primer and then I top up cheekbones and browbones, using it as a highlighter. Usually, I've relied on the green Smashbox Photo Finish primer to take the red out of my skin but this works wonders.

On top of make up, it gives a similar effect to High Beam but is more neutral as the fluid has a more white base, and under makeup, it makes skin look airbrushed to perfection. Gorgeous. You could even go foundation free if you've got clear skin.

Plus, the bottle is HUGE so it will last forever.

The Invisible Line Smoother is exactly that. It's basically Polyfiller for your face - can you think of anything more exciting? You smooth the gel directly onto your wrinkles and then tap it into the skin - say the magic words ('izzy wizzy, let's get bizzy' around here) and your wrinkles have vanished!

The results are only temporary (the gel washes off when you take off your slap) but hey, what do you want for £27.00? It's a fantastic fix for a party face.
And you don't want to scare the kids when you go trick or treating, do you?

Oh, and did I mention they all come in pretty shiny silver boxes?
I didn't?
Well, they do.

Buy! Buy! Buy!

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Treat: Hot Legs

I'm not in the habit of naming posts after Rod Stewart songs butI am in the habit of getting my legs out at any opportunity (and some might argue this isn't so much a habit as an offensive tragedy) .

I've always been a leg girl, boobs fluctuate with, well, the weather at the moment and having been on the curvy side in the past (well, and now if you're comparing me to an Olsen twin) it's always been about whipping the legs out.

Of course, my legs have a lovely bone white glow to them which can be a bit of a nightmare. I don't know of you've ever sidled up to a fella in a club, given him your sexiest shimmy and a come hither smile, only for him to glance down at your legs and then back away v-e-r-y slowly, lest you be a vampire.
It can be a problem.

One way around the incandescent paleness is to Michael Kors Leg Shine liberally to shins.
And knees.
And maybe thighs.
Hell, whack it on everywhere.

It gives legs a lovely shimmer, a touch of colour and you get a waft of Michael Kors fragrance when you're dancing! What's not to love? Plus it's really easy to apply and comes in a sold stick so you don't have to mess about with runny creams and difficult sprays.

If you're super pale like me, stick to Classic or Shimmer. If you're looking for a touch of colour, go crazy with the Bronze. It's wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide open.

And it's certainly better than having a hot boy think you're a bloodsucking fiend.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Trick: How to fool the sun into shining!

Okay, so I can't quite tell the sun what to do (yet - just wait...) but I have finally found a powder bronzer that doesn't make me look like I wiped Bisto over my face.

As has been well documented on this site, I am The Palest Lady That Ever Lived (tm and copyright) and cannot wear bronzers. Well, I found one that actually makes me look like I went outside over the weekend - in daylight!

i-bronze by New ID Cosmetics is a thing of wonder. See...

Ahh, pretty.

They say: i - bronze Compact Powder Bronzer with Mirror is a unique marbleised baked power that gives your skin a beautiful sun-kissed glow. With rich blended pigments of peach, pink, bronze and gold, i - bronze suits most skin tones. i - bronze is created by using a unique baking process which cuts down on binding agents, allowing the powder to glide beautifully over your skin for a perfect all-over glow.

I say: The swirly wirly prettiness isn't just for effect. It means you can either swirl your brush over the whole cake and get an even bronze finish or you can select specific shades and use as highlighters! The soft pink is perfect for running along the tops of your cheekbones.
Plus, it's been in my bag for a week and hasn't broken yet. REEEEE-sult.

You can find more pretty things from New ID at and some Debenhams stores. I like the Shimmy Shimmy eyeshadow too. Because it's called Shimmy Shimmy mostly.


Friday, 26 October 2007

Beauty-Full Christmas: Hands off my stuff, sis!

For some reason, this didn't appear when I posted it on Friday.
How rude...

Ahh, the little sister.
Having always been one and never having had one, it's a bit of a mystery to me but I understand there are all sorts of nightmares involving thieved lipsticks, spilled perfumes and mashed up eye crayons. It could be even worse, she could be out there wearing Collection 2000 IN FRONT OF BOYS!

Please prevent any further child abuse by purchasing your little sister/cousin/niece/ or even little sister-in-law (thereby securing her love for you, forever) these wonderful, wonderful gifts...

One of the most important lessons you can teach a young girl is that stripping your skin of all it's natural oils and leaving it looking like corned beef is not the healthiest way to treat spots.
Please bin the Clearasil (remember the blue liquid in the glass jar? I'm sure that was watered down bleach...) and buy her these gorgeous Face Boutique products from Space NK.

The pretty Peachy Clean facial wash cleanses skin without stripping it and the Fresh Faced moisturiser is oil free, so it'st for young skin. If you're feeling especially generous, girls will LOVE the Moi Moi lipbalm too.

If you're ready to face the wrath of Mother, get her started on the slap. And where does a teen start with make-up? Boots 17, of course!

They always have some fab (read 'Cheap') Christmas gift sets. I recommend one of the lipcolour sets if you're playing it safe, something with eye colour if you want everyone to feel awkward around the Christmas dinner table when she waltzes down looking like she's gone ten rounds with Ricky Hatton and a nail polish kit if you never want to be invited back to the house again.

Should young miss have been stealing 17 Bonbon lipsticks since she was 12 (not that BeautyLover EVER did anything like that), it might be time to bring her up to the big leagues.

Boots have some super cool Urban Decay kits out this year and any rebellious teenager out of her right mind would LOVE the Deluxe Shadow set or Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners. Just the thing to get you sent out of Geography.

If she, you know, smells a bit ripe (sometimes they don't know!) you could always treat her to the Soap&Glory Big Soak kit. It's only £25 and comes in a big, wonderful box of joy (teenagers freaking LOVE boxes) plus it's chock full of bath soak, body scrub, body butter, soap (for the stinkies) and an eye mask and bath pillow. Perfect for those 'I vant to be alone' teenage bathroom tantrums.

Just remember you are supposed to hand these gifts over, so you know, don't get her anything too nice...
Maybe just a Superdrug token then.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Treat: Read Your Aura

As you might have noticed, I love make up.
I especially love it when a new range comes out that is interesting, fun and actually works.

Behold, Aura cosmetics...

They say: Add fun and colour back into your make-up bag with Aura Cosmetics, a UK designed boutique brand available online at The boutique make-up range encompasses a gorgeous collection of Paradise Eye Powders, Fruity Blushers, Twisted Mascara's, Beam Supreme Face Tints, Ammunition Lip Glosses and a Bronzed Powder. Aura's eye-popping colours and individually themed packaging takes an edgy and fun approach to make-up for the modern woman. Look absolutely Aura for a finish that is feminine and fabulous.

I say: From the packaging, you might think they're a bit of a cross between Benefit and Urban Decay and do you know what? You'd be about right. I have already added their Ammunition lipgloss in Hanky Panky which is a gorgeous deep pink and TASTES amazing. It even lasts pretty well which is impressive since I eat about three Stila lipglazes a week. I'm not sure how many WeightWatchers points they are but they're a lot.

The range is fun, with pop art inspired packaging - Think Marilyn Monroe crossed Debbie Harry - my dream come true - and I'm in the throws of a deeply passionate relationship with the Bronzed bronzer. Not because I like bronzer, I'm far too pale, but because it comes in an a super kitsch nautical themed matchbox. Bwah ha ha ha.

You can buy online here but be warned, it ain't cheap but it is good. Maybe a good one to forward on to the boyfriend for Christmas?

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

A Trick and a Treat!

Monsieur, with these posts you're really spoiling us...

I know, I know but hey, I'm a giver.

Today I've got tips from Clinique's top make-up artist, Lorna AND a special treat from Bliss Spa London. And before you non-Londoners get all pernickity (hey, I'm a non-Londoner! Ish...) it's online-tastic.

Ever aware that we ladies are always making eyes at someone, Clinique have sent over their top tips for mascara application. So there are NO excuses for spider legs on the tube. You know if I'm talking to you.

1. Always remove any oil-based products before applying mascara.
BM: This might sound like common sense but how many of you get moisturiser or eye cream on your lashes before your mazzy? I know I do and I know that's why it smudges.

2. Use the tip of the mascara wand to apply mascara to the lower lashes so the lashes lie flat.
BM: I like to wipe the gunk off the end with a tissue first. Not that my mascaras are gunky and I always throw them away after three months. Ahem.

3. Push the centre lashes on the top lid up, to create a beautiful curve and to enhance the almond shape of the eye
BM: Ahh, pretty!

4. Pull lashes out at each corner of the eye to make the lashes appear longer.
BM: Hmmm, sensible.

5. Apply two coats of mascara not allowing the first coat to dry before applying the second to prevent any clogging.
BM: No one likes clogging.

See how I had nothing to add to the last three points but still managed to get my two penneth in? That's because I'm an attention seeker...

My fave mascaras are currently Clinique's High Definition for full lush lashes and Prescriptives False Lash (one coat for every day drama, two for night out wonderment).

And if you need a mascara that Just Does Not Budge, the new Prescriptives Here to Stay Longwear mascara is amazing. It's honestly not going anywhere and you can totally layer it over your False Lash Mascara for a speedy refresher if you're heading out to party straight from your desk.

Now, as if that wasn't enough for you, get your clicking fingers ready and head over to for their AMAZING 80% off sale! There are so many super sets and primping products to be had for mere pennies, I can hardly recommend the best bets.

But if I had to, I'd go for:

Tenderfoot Sole Softening Set: Softening Socks and Sock Salve for just £18!!! I've wanted the socks forever and this set makes them a complete bargain! Great Christmas gift set for your ma too.

Sleeping Peel Four Star Starter Set: I LOVE the Sleeping Peel serum and mask so this would be high on my wish list. Just £30!!!!

See Spots Run: A fab salicylic acne gel that really dries spots out. Plus it's clear so you can top up during the day without ruining your make up. Was a princely £24, now just a miserly £7. Do you want a big stress zit to ruin your Christmas look? Do You????

I really would happily take anything off this page but these are my top picks. I'd also be inclined to the Glamour Gloves, anything Lemon+Sage scented and The Best of Bliss for a Christmas present. See if you can't make a friend an addict for 2008.
BTW, if you were buying them a gift set of crack, that last statement would be a problem, getting them addicted to Bliss beauty products is okay.

Click here for joy:

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Trick: Fabulous Hair While You Sleep!

As I'm sure you have all already realised, I heart Jonny at Lee Stafford in Soho more than, well, most of my immediate family and I can't function in a morning until I've choked myself on Lee Stafford spray wax (note to self, remember to make sure the cat isn't in the bathroom before you spray. She doesn't need waxing) so how happy was I when I received their new Sleepover Hair Repair treatment?

Anyone that knows me will tell you what a lazy mare I am. It's really a wonder that BeautyMecca gets published at all, let alone almost daily (really? I have to push buttons on a keyboard again?). So when one of my favourite hair gods comes up with one of my new favourite products and it works IN MY SLEEP, I'm a very happy bunny.

The stuff of dreams....

Seriously, post-LA, my hair took on the terribly attractive texture of sunbleached hay - even Mr Ed would have turned his nose up at it - so I've been basting it nightly with this wonderous formula for the last couple of weeks. You literally slather a couple of pumps of product all over your dry hair, comb through with your fingers and then put your head down for sweet dreams about Peter from Heroes.
Sorry, that's just me.

Lo and behold, by morning, your hair soft, shiny and pliable again. The yummy smelling cream formula is full of terribly clever things that actually seek out the damaged parts of your hair and magically massage and kiss it better until morning. Then, you wash it out, shampoo and condition as usual and bask in the glow of commuter hair envy.

And the best bit is, you did it all while you were sleeping.
Oh, and did I mention it's only £6. FREAKING 99 from your friendly neighbourhood Boots?

Screw you Frederik Fekkai. Screw you and the horse you rode in on.
Does he have a horse? I bet he has a horse...

Monday, 22 October 2007

Treat: Meet a Peat Treat!

Couldn't resist the alliteration, sorry.

Today's treat is a fantabulous face mask from Balaton Spa. You might have seen it already on Trinny and Susannah or How to Look Good Naked but let's be honest, you can't trust TV like you can trust your very own BeautyLover, can you???

You'll be happy to know I loved this product and Trinny, Susannah and Gok were all telling you the truth. It's packed full of nutrient and botanical rich moorland peat and moor water so no evil Sarah Beeney-banned pthalates... If you can get past the fact that it looks, feels and smells like you're smearing mud all over your face (which you are actually) and your boyfriend won't scream with fright when you emerge from the bathroom with the incredibly politically incorrect, Angelina Jolie as Marianne Pearl, 'black face', then really give this a go.

They say: This unique Mask is 100% natural. It deep cleanses, purifies and refines dull and tired looking skin, even after the very first application. It leaves you feeling fresh and radiant- Like a mini face lift, and suitable for all skin types/sensitive.
1. Helps to prevent premature ageing.
2. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and small wrinkles.
3. Luxurious Skin Moisturiser.
4. Deeply Hydrates Stressed Skin restoring skin softness.
5. Skin Reviver, Protector and Nourisher.

I say: My skin glowed for days and the gentle exfoliating effect didn't leave me with any of my usual redness. Happiness. And putting it on it funny but don't use your best towels to get it off.

Grab a pot o'peat from for a mere £19.95

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Trick: Faux Flush

Despite what you might be told by people a)younger than you b)with less stressful jobs than you or c)with a vested interest in filling their cocktail bars on a weeknight, Wednesdays are not the new Fridays.

In case you choose not to heed this advice, below are my favourite blushers to create a healthy glow the morning after.
As opposed to a pissed up flush the evening of.

The main thing to look for is a natural transparency so a stain or a gel is your best bet. Powder blushers will look too heavy on tired skin (if you can get away with it, skip foundation and powder and try tinted moistiriser and Dr Feelgood for the same reasons).

Origins Pinch Your Cheeks is perfect. It's very subtle and natural, even though it looks like one of those tubes of fake blood you got with plastic vampire teeth as a kid. The fact it comes in a very portable little tube for lunchtime touch ups also helps its case.

Another star is of course Benetint but this less portable. Tends to last longer though.

If you don't trust yourself with a stain (pisshead) try a cream blush. Vincent Longo's is fantastic, it feels like a memory foam mattress, but can be tricky to get hold of. Worth a try though, absolutely beautiful finish that looks like genuine health. We all know it's not though...

And just don't forget to clean your teeth and pack nurofen.

Monday, 15 October 2007

Sarah Beeney: How Toxic Are You?

Now, I've been sitting on this post since last week when, as a self-professed beauty addict, I dutifully say down to watch Sarah Beeney's Beauty Addict: How Toxic Are You?

Instead of a fascinating insight into what toxins and chemicals are hiding in my favourite products, I saw what I can only imagine would be the flagship programme of Daily Mail TV.

'This baby body wash contains a chemical also found in a flea killing pesticide' Sarah frowns at the camera, shaking her head slowly and silently mouths 'How can you put this on your child, you terrible, abhorrent mother. I'm sending social services round immediately.'

What Sarah neglected to mention - throughout the programme - was what exactly that chemical was or what it did in the body wash or pesticide. Can't wait for her follow up 'Hydrogen: it's in the air and it will kill you if you breathe too much'

And don't get me started on the two poor, vacuous madams who seemed quite convinced that they were going to die because 'some studies are showing that there might possibly be a small chance that if you eat 17 Juicy Tubes a day, you might, at the age of seventy, get a bit of a cough.'

It really just descended into bullying at that point. But then again, you shouldn't eat toothpaste, you weirdo.

I very much look forward to seeing smug Sarah 'there's no poison in my wee because I don't wear deodorant' Beeney's organic product range in store soon.

In case you weren't sure, this show made me very, very angry.
Sarah, you made the list.

Trick or Treat: Parlour Treats

Hands up if you live in London. Apologies for non-cockernees but today, treat is from the pamper palace that is The Parlour in Shoreditch.

I love living in London. There's always things to do, shoes to buy and cocktails to drink but city life really takes its toll on your skin and hair. Well, the cocktails hardly help that either...

But lucky for us ladies, The Parlour has come up with the rather fabulous Congestion Charge treatments.

I ducked into the Ravey Street hideaway for the hair treatment and after just a couple of seconds, forgot I'd just been almost run over on Old Street. The salon is a total girly sanctuary, all raspberry pinks, sexy chandliers and funky jazz. After filling in a short questionnaire and downing a sneaky champers, I was led away for my treatment. My hair was washed with a gorgeous MOP basil and mint shampoo and then treated to an Indian head masssage. Head massages rank somewhere up there with Christian Louboutins, Christmas and Hotel Chocolat pralines for me so, I could have stood for the massage to last a bit longer but to be fair, I am greedy (news to no one, I know). After my blowdry, I had the shiniest goddarn hair I have ever had in my life. So shiny in fact, that I skipped and swished down the Great Eastern Road, scoffing at the assymeteric geek pie debacles populating the heads of Shoreditch - shiny healthy hair is always a fashion winner, Nathan Barley.

If it's your skin that is suffering, opt for the the Congestion Charge facial, £65 for 1 hour, but if sleek, shiny hair is your thing, you should totally give this a go. I was getting compliments for days and my LA parched locks loved the moisture injection. It's the perfect solution if you're going through autumn frizz too.

And the best bit? The hair treatment is usually £25 but between now and December, you can get it absolutely free with any haircut!

Now don't say I'm not good to you...

Friday, 12 October 2007

A Beauty-Full Christmas: Best Friends

I am aware that there are some people out there who find Christmas shopping a chore.
I am not one of them. For the uninitiated, I freaking LOVE Christmas.
I love the repetitive carols, the tacky decorations and I love the elbows, get out of my frickin' way Christmas shopping.
(Which is why I'll be nicking off to NYC to do mine... ahem)

So every Friday between now and Christmas, I will be doing my darndest to save you lovely people from the hell of standing in Boots on Christmas eve, tossing up between the battered bottle of Armiage or the ninth you've bought footspa in ten years.
Your mum deserves better.
Where possible I've added a retailer with online option if you really can't be arsed to leave your desk. Aren't I good to you?

Today we're starting with booty for your bessie - presumably you like your best friend and would like to put some thought, effort and credit card space into them, so I've got the goods below...

Benefit always have some wicked gift sets at Christmas and this year, I really like the Justine Case. Far be it from me to suggest Benefit have come up with the world's cutest Walk of Shame Survival Kit but if you through in a mini toothbrush, a pair of pants and that mini nivea deodorant the smug tart on the advert is so keen on touting, your best friend need never roll into work in the same clothes twice in one day again.
Not that I'm saying she's a slag.
To try and dig myself right out of this one, I will now attempt to dazzle you with a pic...

The kit contains Some Kinda Gorgeous for evening up her skin and covering minor imperfections (ahem) lovely, lovely Eyecon eyecream, California Kissin' the fab new smile brightening, breath freshening lipgloss and a mini vial of Benetint for a healthy glow.
It's TOTALLY a morning after kit...
£22.50 at

Bobbi Brown
There's not a friend in the land who wouldn't love one of Bobbi's cool new Metallic eye palettes. For me, it's Midnight Metallics that get me all excited. A beautiful trio of stormy smoky shades.

Yum. For a more failsafe option, go for Burnt Sugar, three fab shimmery browns. For the more adventurous ladies, try the Velvet Plum or Forest Metallics.
Go to the website and observe these immediately. Then really try hard not to keep it when it arrives...
Worth knowing BB sent me a lovely email reassuring me that any orders and deliveries would not be held up by the pesky postal strike. I know the posties are worried about their jobs but I'm worried about my swag! Give a girl a break!

Belle en Rykiel
If you've lucked out and got a fashionista for a friend, you could do a lot worse than this gorgeous gift box from Belle en Rykiel.

The latest fragrance from Sonia Rykiel, Belle en Rykiel is a sensual, oriental fragrance full of exciting floral and citrus top notes and then drying down to the most amazing amber. It's really one of a kind and the packaging is to DIE for.
£44 from for 75ml edp, 100ml body lotion and a 7.5ml mini parfum

Lee Stafford
If your girlie already smells pretty and looks nice, how about upgrading her hair kit?
Lee Stafford has very kindly combined his fabu new irons and a super cool (and super light!) new hairdryer into a swanktastic kit. And even more swanktastic is the price - it's currently only £37.50 at Boots! That's half FREAKING price!

And there's a paddle brush for spanking if she gets out of hand.

If you're buying for a friend that really knows what she likes and you're shatting yourself about getting it wrong (we've all got one, it's okay to admit it here), how about the Custom Blend service from Prescriptives?

This amazing looking kit includes a mixing bottle, a full sized custom blend foundation, a travel vial and custom blended concealer. Everything comes empty and your friend simply calls her nearest Prescriptives counter (presumably where you bought the box!) and makes an appointment to have her colours blended! It's the perfect gift for the girl who has - and wants - everything.
Having switched to this about a month ago, I can safely say, I'll never go back to off the rack foundation. There's just no comparison.
Hit your nearest Prescriptives counter or call 0870 034 2556 to find out more.

Phew - will that do you for now?
Lots more suggestions next Friday and lots more BeautyMecca every day!

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