Friday, 3 October 2014

Friday Freebie! Free Topshop lipstick

I know! Two posts in one day- this was too good to miss! While stocks last, and with every purchase when you use the code below.  I have a few Topshop lipsticks.  I am not sure I hope posted on them but there are a few nice colours in the range.  Certainly worth using the code if you are placing an order (and don't forget that you can get 10% off with a student discount code).  The Matte Lip Bullets are good too- so you could effectively buy one product, get one free.
All you need to do is visit Topshop online (link) and use the code TSLIPS at the checkout.  Best be quick! Only valid while stocks last!

Don't forget my blog sale and giveaway!

A box full of beauty minis for December? Thanks Selfridges!

Thanks to British Beauty Blogger for the heads up!! Selfridges Christmas 2014 beauty Advent calender has gone live of the Selfridges Website! It sold out really quickly last year so I am hoping to be quick enough to grab one (I am currently waiting for the page to load!).  It is full of some amazing brands- YSL, Kiehls, Viktor and Rolf, Lancom, Shu... Great sizes to trial products before you buy (or for those mini spa weekend we all book to prepare for Christmas.. or recover from New Year)!  I am a sucker for minis too.  Things always seem to grab my attention if they are in mini format!  (Especially if two minis work out cheaper than the full sized equivalent)!

I am often tempted by these calendars but have been put off some by the fact they only contain one brand (and I am unlikely to love everything by one brand).  To see the full list of what is inside click here (link).  You'll have to be quick though.  You'll also be able to see the swanky new Selfridges website, and their other advent calendars.  I am quite tempted by the Lindt one (that has a chocolate bear inside!) (link)

I'm now going off to hunt for some chocolate.

Don't forget my giveaway and blog sale are still live!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Ruth Crilly (A Model Recommends) to launch own haircare range!

How Exciting!  I'm really pleased for Ruth. She is lovely and I can't wait to try this range!  I don't have the full details but if you don't know what I am on about then check out this video from superdrug, or view the range online (here).

I trust Ruth's judgement on all things beauty- and she is lovely in real life too so I am really pleased that she is launching her own products!  I'm sure that Ruth will be sharing her own thoughts and videos on her website A Model Recommends very shortly (link).

Congratulations Ruth!

Don't forget my current giveaway is still open, so if you fancy winning a £40 House of Fraser shopping spree, click the last post!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Giveaway: £40 House of Fraser Spree: Mac, YSL, Tom Ford, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier

To celebrate Computergirl's Musings 5th birthday, I am giving away a £40 House of Fraser spending spree!  MAC, Chanel, YSL, Clinique, Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, NARS, Sisley, Tom Ford, Jo Malone, Origins and so many more amazing brands- what will you choose?

To enter this giveaway, all you have to is work out what you would buy, then visit House of Fraser, locate the item(s) and cut/paste the link into the comments section below with a short sentence saying why you would like it.  (It could be an item on your want list, a item you need to repurchase, a gift for your mum etc).  Don't forget to leave your twitter handle or email in the comment.

THEN use the rafflecopter form below.  This will collect entries for me!  You need to be a follower of this blog (Via bloglovin' ideally- link to the right), and follow me on twitter to be eligible.

This giveaway is open internationally.

If you would like to double your chances then please head over to my fashion and lifestyle blog (link) where the same giveaway is being run!

I think House of Fraser have a great range of brands in the beauty department, but you might like to choose a candle or some face cloths- the choice is yours! (link)

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclaimer: Winner will be picked at random, and must make contact in 5 days.  I reserve the right to amend, change or cancel this giveaway at any point.  I also reserve the right to disqualify any entrants.  No alternative prize is available.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Blog Sale: Mac, YSL, Illamasqua, Benefit, Clinique...

New items, dupes, things I don't reach for.  All purchased by me and seeking a new home.

1) Paypal only. (Gift Payment would be nice so I dont have to pay fees!)
2) Leave a comment below with the item(s) name, your country and email address.  If you'd rather email me privately, that is fine.
3) PLEASE CHECK your emails (including junk folder) for an email from me and check any communications come from my email address ( computergirl2007blog (at) Yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk).
3) Please email/comment even if someone has reserved the item you want.  If payments are not made in 24 hours I'll go to the next person and so on.

I will package up all items safely and securely, and then trust UK Royal Mail to take care of them!  Items will be sent via UK Royal Mail 2nd class recorded delivery.  Some items can not be sent internationally, but feel free to comment anyway.  If you buy two or more items I will package together and pass the postage discount on to you.  Postage will be between £1 approximately £4 depending on the size of the parcel (which will depend on what you buy).  I'll email you the details.
1) Estee Lauder Pure Colour lipstick on 03 Nude Velvet Matte. Gorgeous brown nude. Swatched x 1 £7
2) MAC Colour Crafted Lipstick (Frost) LE. Slight mark on bullet where I caught the lid.  Peachy pink with a bit of shimmer.  Used x 2 £7
3) Natural Collection Moisture Shine Cranberry Lipstick. Used x 1 50p
4) Stila Lyn lipstick- tip was caught on hand when photographing.  Brown nude £1

1) NEW Rimmel Long Lasting Nail Colour in 193 Black Cherries £1.50
2) Nails Inc Victoria Polish. Swatched x 1 £4
3) NEW Kate Spade Nail Inc Soho Silver £5
4) No7 Stay Perfect Polish in Temptress. Used x 1 £2
5) GOSH Holographic N ail polish (silver colour with holograph). 3/4 of bottle left £3
6) Eyeko Disco Polish (fine silver glitter) for night time nails. Used x 1 £1
7) YSL La Laque Nail Polish No 36 (autumnal brown-I think it was called espresso) Used x 1 £9
8) YSL La Laque Nail Polish No 38 Moonlight White (White with an iridescent sheen. Can be worn on its own or layered over another polish to transform it- think of the Andrea Fulerton transformer nail polishes). Used x 1 £9
9) La Roche Possay Effaclar M Matifying Moisturiser (info).  (Cult product for those with oily skin.  Box has wear where price label was).  Pea sided amount used. £5
10) Clearasil Rapid spot treatment- reduces size and redness in 4 hours.  Used about 10 times, over half left so enough to try it out before you buy £2
11) (Top) The Body Shop Moisture Foundation SPF 15 Colour 04. Usage shown. £2
12) (Underneath) MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer NW20.  About 50% left £5
13) Real Techniques Essential Foundation brush.  Love RT but I have too many foundation brushes.  Unused but washed.  £3
14)  Sleek Luminous pressed face powder (01) SPF 15.  Used about 10 times- dip shown.  Note that because this has been in my bag lots, the writing on the lid has worn, and the lid hinges have cracked (lid comes apart when open.  I have sanitised this).  £1.50

15) Top 2 Coastal Scents Hot Pots (Single shadows) S06 (Cranberry) S38 (Brown nude with slight shimmer). Used x 1 £1
16) (Under) No 7 Stay perfect Comet eyeshadow (dark grey with a bit of shimmer- similar to bourjois). Used x 1. £1
17) No 7 eyeshadow base cream.  Used about 4 times £1
18) Benefit Skinny Jeans Creasless Cream eyeshadow.  Used about 4 times- dip/useage shown.  £3
19) Natural Collection eyeshadow in 'Crushed Walnut'. Swatched x 1 £0.50
20) (Up) Rimmer Colour Rush Mono in 060 Bronzed.  Swatched x 1 £1
21) (Under) Collection (formerly Collection 2000) solo eyeshadow in Midnight Sky (pigmented purple with slight sheen).  NEW! £1.50
22) (Bottom) Max Factor Smokey eye effect eyeshadow duo Silver Storm. Cream sticks in purple and silver.  Swatched. £1

 23) Estee Lauder eyeshadow palette in Extravagant Gold.  Used about 3 times, and sanatized.  Four different gorgeous gold soft eye shadows, surrounding a dark brown (liner) shadow. £14
24) NEW. Clinique eyesadow quad (Frosted Blossom, Buttermilk, Bewitched, Blue Lagoon). stupidly caught my nail on the blue shadow so there is a small mark.  £2
25) No 7 Sultry Eyes Palette.  Slightly lighter than the picture. 2 purples, one mauvey colour and a pinky highlighter.  With sheen and shimmer. Used 3 times £5

 26) NEW Company Mascara.£1
27) NEW Jemma Kid I-define volumising Mascara. £2
28) Soap and Glory Hand Food.  50ml Unused £2

 29) NEW Modelco eye liner pencil with sharpener. Black £0.50
30) NEW Barry M dual ended Silver and Gold eye pencil  £2
31) Natural Collection (Olive?) Eyeliner. Swatched x 1 £1
32) Body Shop dual ended Shimmer Crayon. Creamy illuminator/highlighter in pink and silver for eyebrows, cheeks, cupids bow etc.  Used x 2 £2
33) Illamasqua medium pencil for eyes and lips in Cane. Swatched x 1 and sharpened to sanitise. £4
34) MAC Oak Lip pencil.  Used x 1 and sharpened to sanitise. £8

19) Rimmel Sweet jelly moreish gloss. Sealed 50p
20) Illamasqua Explode lipgloss- swatched once.  Comes out very light and with a slight pearl sheen.  £4
21) Jemma Kidd Makeup school Bonbon gloss.  Swatched once. £1

That's all for now, but I'm sure I'll fine a few things tucked away as soon as I publish this!  Thanks for looking!  Fancy a read?  I chatted about Pixi glow tonic, Friend and toner yesterday.  The first picture made my heart race a little (link).

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The One with the Pixi Glow Tonic, toner and Friends.

I have just repurchased Pixi's cult 'Glow Tonic' for the umpteenth time, and thought I would review it on the blog.  It's a gentle acid toner that I generally used twice a day, and it has made a difference to my skin.  That's why I repurchased it.
Pixi Glow Tonic all neatly lined up at their store in London

Before I continue, I know there hasn't been much happening on this blog for a while- but there has been a lot going on behind the scenes.  Lots of purchases, events, meetings...  I hadn't quite realised how time had flown by- but I will try to resume a steady stream of posts...  I'm still on twitter (@computergirl200) and instagram (@computergirl200) if you want to see a bit more of my life and thoughts :)

So back to the Glow Tonic!  Let me start by saying that this is called a toner but it is not a) the kind of spray/liquid toner generally used in the 80s/90s that helped remove your heavy cleanser*, or b) the stuff that you put in your printer and/or photocopier (although I might have purchased more if Phoebe had tried to sell it to me- see video below).

What does it do?
Historically toner was used to help remove cleanser residue, and prepare the skin for moisturiser.  Cleansers are a bit more developed these days i.e. easier to remove, so the toner step is slightly redundant (although facial sprays do have a place in their own right- see these posts).  The 'toner' step still exists in my skincare routine, only the product purpose has changed.  I use this step to apply an 'acid toner' to my face, neck and decolletage.  If this sounds like something that happens to baddies in Batman then don't worry- completely different sorts of acid.  Generally skincare uses gentle acids (some derived from natural sources like fruit) to breakdown and remove dead skin cells.  This exfoliation promotes new cell growth, and helps remove debris that might create blackheads/clogged pores in the future.
My Pixi Glow Tonic backup stash.  The one on the right one is almost empty!

Each acid toner has a different strength so it is important to read the label carefully, including if you need to use an additional SPF product during the day.

How I use it.  
I pour some onto a cotton pad and then sweep this over my face- starting with my problem areas first so they get the most product.  I start with my chin, then proceed round the mouth, nose, forehead and temples.  I then work the pad into the side of my nose and take it across my cheeks to my ear, before repeating the other side.  Lastly I sweep the neck and decolletage.  Generally the cotton shows up dirt, so I keep an eye on it after each sweep and depending on the day I may use 1 or 2 double sided pads.  I really appreciate that they designed the bottle with a small opening so I don't over pour the product onto my cotton pads.
Sensible packaging.  Thank you Petra at Pixi!

I leave the product to settle and dry before applying day cream or night serum.  A couple of nights a week I will replace Pixi Glow Tonic with a stronger acid treatment such as Alpha H.

Pixi Glow tonic is very mild, created by hand and all natural.  It has a faint smell of Aloe Vera, Ginseng and Witch Hazel, which are all present in the ingredients.  Aloe soothes, Witch Hazel treats inflammation and Ginseng revitalizes.  It is alcohol free, which means I don't find it as drying and stripping some other toners I have tried.
Directions and Ingredients.

The full ingredients list: Deionized water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexylnicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Potassium Alum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Biotin, pixi Natural Fragrant Oil.
Active ingredients: Glycolic Acid-5%, partially neutralized by Ammonium Hydroxide.

Recommend and Repurchase?
Using an acid toner in my routine has really helped my skin- it is less congested, my pores are smaller and I don't look so 'ashy' in complexion.  There are other products available but for the moment Pixi Glow is my daily staple.  1 bottle normally lasts me 8-10 months so it is well worth the £18 price tag (recent small price rise!).  I have repurchased this several times.  It's been beneficial for my skin, though if you have sensitive skin I recommend a patch test first.  Don't forget to moisturise after!
This is before application!

Find it..
Online in the UK and USA at Pixi (link) or you can visit their store at Carnaby Street (22 A Foubert's Place- the staff are friendly, and the store is lovely to visit).  If they are out of stock then it is worth popping round the corner to Liberty's (link) as they now stock the product.  In fact just go into Liberty's anyway, the beauty hall is a great place to get lost in.

Do you use an exfoliating acid in your routine?  Have you tried Pixi products?

Thank you for reading.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Missed Lancome Hypnose Mascara for £10? (For those that missed Debenhams!)

Did you miss the online offer for Lancome Hypnose Mascara for £10 at Debenhams?  FEAR NOT!  Other retailers are catching up with the 55% discount!  Yes, it is normally £22, so at £10 it makes it in the same price range as most high street brands!  I was just in House of Fraser (link) and Lancome are now telling their retailers to price match Debenhams, though it might take a little while to catch up online.  You might want to ring them.  Also John Lewis have a 'never knowingly undersold' policy so keep visiting their page here (link) or visit the store.  Finally I have heard a rumour that Selfridges might be following suit and reducing their mascaras to £10 (link) so if you are an avid Hypnose fan or fancy trying their mascaras for the first time (like I am) then you can pick up Hypnose, Hypnose Drama (with a curved wand), Hypnose Doll Eyes, or the waterproof versions.  I also found the limited edition extra black version was included in the £10 deal.  I'm not sure how I will get on using it, but I will let you know.

You can still purchase the mascara via Debenhams but you will have to go into a store they have sold out online.  Apparently demand was high, despite thousands being put aside.  I guess a huge discount plus gifts with purchases (and free samples) made everyone click like crazy...

I want eyes like hers! (and flawless skin while I am wishing!) Lancome Hypnose turns 10!

Debenhams do have a Lancome gift with purchase starting May 6th so if you have missed out completely then keep your eyes on the counters as I think this will be a good deal.  If you are not near a Debenhams then they still have 10% off all beauty and fragrance online and if you buy 2 items I think there is a gift with purchase online while stocks last.  However House of Fraser currently have a £10 beauty confidential event running this until Monday, so you can have £10 off or save the offer to use later! (Link).

If you manage to find some Lancome Mascara, then please share your find below so that other readers can locate it.  I haven not tried this range before so I cant offer help with which mascara to try, but maybe others have more knowledge of the range- feel free to comment below!

Thanks :) 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Modern Day Easter Egg Hunt- thanks to Lush. (And it's free!)

I don't talk about a lot of technology here.  However today I had a fun press release fall into my inbox.  Lush have taken the traditional Easter Egg Hunt, and put a lush modern twist on it.  In the tech world, Easter Eggs are little treats hidden in media- for example that 'hidden track' at the end of a CD, the extra menu on a dvd which you find buy clicking a tiny symbol, the extra level in your computer game that you find by pressing a combination of keys, or the flight simulator hidden in Microsoft Excel (yes, really!).  Lush have hidden a 404 bath bomb on their website- that you only find when you encounter a 404 error,  i.e. something goes wrong on their website.  The bath bombs are free but you pay for postage.
Error 404. If you get this.... Click the egg!!

For those of you that are familiar with Lush, the 404 Limited Edition Bath Bomb was invented by Lush's Digital Director Jack Constantine and the fragrance contains Rose, Rosewood, Geranium and Ylang Ylang (created by Simon Constantine who is head of Gorilla Perfume at Lush).

Celebrate an error with a free Lush Bath Bomb 404 Easter Egg!
I'm quite impressed that I managed to find the Bath Bomb- I used a few techie tricks and there it was!  If you get stuck I might be kind and share my knowledge- or you can join in the twitter talk with the hash tag #makemistakes #error404

I love Easter Egg Hunts.  The last one I did was in the grounds of a National Trust property.  It was a lot of fun.  I walked miles and felt I deserved my chocolate egg at the end!  Hopefully I'm not the only one who likes Easter Egg Hunts!

Let me know how you get on!  Happy Easter Egg Hunting!

Friday, 28 February 2014

Sephora for the UK


Sephora announced today that they will ship to the UK! It costs £10 for orders over £75, and for orders under that amount, they will calculate the actual shipping costs (which means it will vary).  Sadly they cant ship nail polishes, nail polish remover or aerosols due to shipping restrictions.  Word on the street is that there are also potential restrictions on Hourglass and Nars, but that might just be due to certain ingredients in specific products.  If in doubt, just try and order and see what they say.

Sephora- the mother ship!
Now, when I have ordered things from the US previously I have had to pay a shipping charge- fair enough- but when the items arrived here I have been charged a customs fee (normally via a lovely letter taped to my parcel, or an invoice sent in a separate letter).  Thankfully I have always had my parcels turn up pre customs charges, although I have heard of some handling companies holding on to parcels, sending invoices and not releasing the goods until the invoice is settled.  It's like a weird ransom.

Anyway Sephora contacted me personally to say that their shipping charges include all customs charges, and UK recipients will not be charges any additional fees via customs upon receipt.  I hope that this is true....

Sephora is one of those places I go into when in Europe and gaze at everything with big eyes.  It all seems so special though I am pretty sure part of that allure is due to the fact we dont have one int he UK.  They have a mixture of branded items, exclusives and own brand items.  Some are not great (I think I'll give the Upside Down mascara a miss (link) but I can recommend the OPI Sephora polishes if they do another holiday collection (I think they will).  You can view pictures of one of the prettiest polishes I own in an old post here.
One of my most treasured polishes.
I'm not sure what I will be purchasing at this stage, but I know the Anastasia brow items are stocked at Cult beauty however I think Sephora have a bigger range of products.  Sephora  also stock Kate Somerville skincare, which is supposed to be good (but hard to get in the UK) and Kat Von D palettes.  I really really wanted 2 of the Kat Von D palettes when they launched, but never really got round to asking a friend to pick them up.  Then I think I ordered my clarisonic instead and sort of forgot about the palettes... maybe now is the time to order via Sephora?

Oh and if you order by 17:00 GMT Sephora will deal with your order the same day due to the time difference!

Are you going to order anything from Sephora? Maybe some of my US / regular Sephora shoppers can recommend some products?

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Asos beauty sale! Additional 15% off. (Plus giveaway)

ASOS currently have a sale on, AND you can get an additional 15% off with a code at the bottom of this post.  This means there are some serious bargains online.  I thought the sale would be rubbish but there are some great pieces including great brands in the ASOS beauty sale.  Well worth a look is you fancy OPI polishes with £5 or Bliss body care for £25 (this stuff is great and the scrub and body butter in the set pictured below is worth the price alone).  Brands include Benefit, Tigi, Rodial, Illamasqua, Models Own, Cowshed, Ciate, Pixi, Paul and Joe, POP, Ted Baker, Bourjois, Too Faced, Bliss, OPI and so much more.  Worth a look! 

Their clothing sale has a few nice items in it too, but I am still browsing as I type this post.  I have ordered off ASOS several times.  The service has been great, although you have to be careful with their own brand items as some of the sizes can be a bit odd.  More about that on my other blog :) .  Just use the code FINAL15 at the checkout!

If you are watching the pennies then feel free to enter my makeup giveaway here (scroll down).  Or just look at the pretty watch I *might* have ordered because I was feeling sorry for myself after the UK weather 'washed away' my route to get to London Fashion Week.  Since then I have been eating chocolate, (inwardly) sobbing into a hot drink and torturing myself by watching online coverage for the shows I should have been sitting at.....  Nothing like a bit of retail thereapy to try and beat the weather induced blues!

Hope you are all staying warm, safe and well in the weird weather.

Hope you are all having a fab week

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