Get Baked by Urban Decay – when do we get it??

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It’s a new Urban Decay palette! It’s out in the States, and has been for about 2 months! It has ALL the Baked shades – Baked, Twice Baked, Half Baked! And… it has a baby-sized version of the new Sin Primer Potion. That’s UDPP, friends, but with shimmer. Goodness me.

OK, calm. This palette has not yet been released in the UK as far as I know, but no doubt it will be with us soon enough. It’s the same 4-pan format as the Foreshadow palette from last year, but in place of the brush it contains a mini 24/7 liner in Bourbon. Interestingly, it also has a shade in common with Foreshadow – the sublime electric teal Flipside.

For those unable to wait to have their curiosity sated, Christine at Temptalia brings us a characteristically thorough review. With swatches. Yum.

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M&S Penny Bazaar invites consumer frenzy!

Apologies for the break in posting guys. Here’s a brief update with some breaking news. It’s not strictly beauty related but I reckon you might be interested. Instore tomorrow and until the end of this week, Marks and Spencer will be staging their 125th anniversary celebrations with a remarkable promotion. It’s called “Penny Bazaar”, in homage to their roots as a penny-goods stall. As the name suggests – goods for a penny.

For three days only, you can pick up items for just 1p each from the special anniversary display. Sadly we’re not talking dresses, coats and bottles of champagne, but there are some sweet-looking items on the list including jewellery sets, knickers, luggage tags and men’s ties. Customers will be limited to 5 items each, and I believe they’re expecting some mighty queues and throngs! Stake out your store early and you’ll also receive entry into a prize draw to win £12,500.

“This is money” has the full list of goods. Marks and Sparks haven’t publicised this on their site, but an email announcement went out this evening to their mailing list.

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The talons of fantasy – Nfu-Oh

Enfu-Oh is a Korean nail artist on a mission. Her mission is to make the most remarkable, unusual, exceptional and downright weird nail art the world has ever seen. Or at least that’s what you might conclude after a visit to her site.

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Claws filed to pinprick points, exquisitely hand-painted and appliquéd in the most baroque detail. Forget opening a can with these nails – you could stop traffic just by lifting a finger.

There’s small but growing buzz around the web about Enfu’s brand, Nfu-Oh, in particular the multi-faceting sparkling polish she makes. It’s not directly available to us in the UK, though if you were near her Seoul-based salon it would certainly be worth a visit. The polish can be ordered from overseas at the moment, and sometimes filters through onto UK eBay.

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Nfu-Oh’s work is global and spans the whole discipline of nail art, but it’s those kaleidoscopic polishes in their cute corset-shaped bottles that I’ve got my eye on. Some shades are a translucent base colour with fine leaf foil and glitter, some are holographic metallics that mesmerise in bright light.

I’m planning to track a couple of shades down through eBay. You’ll hear more if I do. In the meantime, why not visit the blog of Nfu-Oh’s main distributor in Asia for a bit of inspiration?

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Huh

I just learned that Johnson and Johnson, who make my much-loved Aveeno body lotion (which I mentioned here in my Oatmeal Post), still test on animals.

Their US site issues a statement that they treat their animals as humanely as possible and test only to comply with FDA regulations for the testing of new ingredients. However I feel that there are plenty of non-new ingredients they could be using in their beauty products. That don’t need to be tested on animals.

I present to you a more expensive but also more ethical oaty alternative – Neal’s Yard Remedies Calendula and Oat lotion. I think this is the one I’ll be using in future.

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Fill your Boots! 17’s rebrand freebies

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You may have seen my previous post about the Boots 17 rebrand. The high street favourite has been vamping up its look of late.

It’s also been having one of its wonderful spend-£5-get-a-gift promotions. These are run every few months, with generous gifts usually including at least one full size product. Not only are the promotions amazing value, the freebies often come in fantastic limited edition packaging. In the past they have tied in with designer collaborations like the Eley Kishimoto and Antoni and Allison collections.

The latest is something of a rush job in comparison to past gifts – it’s a wildlife-print box filled with pink tissue and containing 3 items from the 17 range – nail polish, lip gloss and loose power eyeshadow.

But!

Each gift contains different, random shades of the three products, meaning that you can do this deal as many times as you like and still get new and different gifts each time.

Doesn’t take a genius to work out that this might have something to do with getting the stock from before the rebrand out of the way – all the items in the gift are in the old packaging.

Still, can’t look a gift horse in the mouth when you’re looking at a buy 2 get 3 free deal!

If you’re in store (you might be having a nose at the fanfared new Protect and Perfect Intense serum, for example), you could do worse than pick one of these deals up.

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My latest adventures in Superdrug

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Field-notes from my latest prowl around the pink-bannered aisles.

  • Revlon are looking to revive the matte colour trend with a range of matte eyeshadows, lipsticks and blush. However, I’m reminded that Urban Decay’s matte shadow range is now doing the rounds on eBay for pennies, and MAC’s Matte2 collection didn’t really make waves either. It’s hard to work this look on eyes without perfect priming and a total lack of wrinkles. My money would be on the lipsticks, which come in several very wearable-looking shades. The four that I tested are still clinging happily to the back of my hand. The items cost between £5 and £10 each.
  • Barry M release new shades of nail polish including acid yellow, block orange and a gorgeous pastel mint green. The latter is the one on my shopping list – I haven’t found a good one since my dear old Agnes B “Mint Milk” dried up into a goopy ooze years ago. Nail paints are £2.95 each, and there are frequent multi-buy deals here and at Boots.
  • Bourjois finally get with the programme and bring us Coup de Theatre in a single-wand version. I.e. a fibre-enriched lengthening mascara that doesn’t take the sort of chicanery guaranteed to make you late for work if you attempt it in the mornings. The tube looks pretty good – an elegantly tapered vial with eye-catching stripes, and at £9-ish is at least £1 cheaper (RRP) than the original double-ended version. The brush has been upgraded to a rubber flexi-type one as used in Maxfactor’s Masterpiece. It’s not online at the moment, but it’s right there on the shelf I promise. I’ll be buying and bringing you a review of this once I finish my much-loved Liner Effect mascara, also by Bourjois.

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Mmm, oatmeal!

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A great product for dry skin should be moisturising, but not too oily. It should soften the skin but not smother it.

I’ve had real trouble finding a product that delivered the right level of skin-nurturing without turning my bod into an uncomfortable oil-slick.

*drumroll*… Until now!

The value of oatmeal was first revealed to me when I started using Lush’s Ceridwen’s Cauldron bath melt. it’s a solid chunk of oatmeal and shea butter (among a cornucopia of other fragrant Lush-typical naturals) that slowly melts in the bath, releasing beautiful scent and turning the water into a softening milky soup of dematological joy. It comes wrapped in a muslin cloth that by the end of your bath has become, well, a bag of porage.

You rub this over your skin for mild exfoliation and extra moisture – the oats themselves release a smooth, proteiny substance that sits on the skin and reinforces the moisturising effect of the bathe.

Noticing how much nicer my skin felt after one of these, I began to use Aveeno body lotion – a very reasonably priced high street line with colloidal oatmeal as the active ingredient. It’s the non-sticky, effective body lotion I’d been looking for, and so much the better for costing less than £5 per tube!

It’s early days, but I’m already feeling much more confident in revealing my erstwhile flaky bits come summer thanks to the two products above. Less confident about the weather, but hey, can’t have everything, right?

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