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, 22 February 2014

Blog Sale: Mac, illamasqua, la roche possay, estee lauder, benefit....

This sale will be removed shortly.

Flash blog sale rules;

1) Paypal only. (Gift would be nice so I dont have to pay fees!)
2) To reserve an item, please send me an email OR comment below if easier (dont forget to leave your email address).  Please email Computergirl2007blog (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) uk.  (PLEASE CHECK your junk folder for emails and check any communications come from my email address).
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.
4) I take no responsibility for items damaged/exploded/lost in the post.  I will do my best to package them up and label them to prevent this happening.  I will gain proof of posting too. 
5) UK Postage will be via Royal Mail second class.
6) International Postage. Some issues with sending on abroad so it depends on the item..Please feel free to ask.

UK Standard postage is £1.  Please add 50p per item additional postage as a rule of thumb but I will confirm if this is needed via email.  If you want recorded delivery please add £1.  If you buy two or more items I will package together and pass the postage discount on to you. 

All items were purchased by me and none are press samples.  They are either dupes, products which dont suite my skin colour/type, things I have outgrown or just not used... but that still have some usage left and might be useful to sample before you purchase full sized/priced items.   I'll leave it up to you to sanitize them, but can sanitize if requested! 

Blog Sale

1) Nude Skincare Cleansing Facial Oil (info at SpaceNK) (Removed makeup, eye makeup and cleanses skin.  Old packaging- this has a little wear and tear- and a dent where I dropped it.  Product inside is fine.  Pump bottle) Over half left (60%). £28 New. £10

2) 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

3) La Roche Possay Effaclar K (info at deals with congestion below the surface of the skin E.g. blackheads, uneven surface, bumps.  Tiny drop used.  Price label removed off box so slight mark there. .£13 new.  Sale Price £6

4) Avon 'Diamond Dust' silver sheen Polish.  Unused £2
5) Soap and Glory Hand Food.  50ml Unused £2
6) Real Techniques Essential Foundation brush.  Unused but washed.  £3
7) Stila Lyn lipstick- tip was caught on hand when photographing.  Brown nude £1
8) Estee Lauder Long Lasting Colour Lipstick 161 Pink Parfait. Used x 1 £5
9) Natural Collection Moiture Shine Cranberry Lipstick. Used x 1 50p
10) 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 £8
11) Estee Lauder Pure Colour lipstick on 03 Nude Velvet Matte. LE. Gorgeous brown nude. £8

12) 2 Coastal Scents Hot Pots (Single shadows) S06 (Cranberry) S38 (Brown nude with slight shimmer). Used x 1 £1
13) No 7 Stay perfect Comet eyeshadow (dark grey with a bit of shimmer- similar to bourjois). Used x 1. £1
14) Benefit Skinny Jeans Creasless Cream eyeshadow.  Used about 4 times- dip/useage shown.  £3
15) Rimmer Colour Rush Mono in 060 Bronzed.  Swatched x 1 £1
 16) The Body Shop Moisture Foundation SPF 15 Colour 04. Usage shown. £2
17) Sleek Lumious pressed face powder (01) SPF 15.  Used about 10 times- dip shown.  Note that because this has been in my bag lots, the writting on the lid has worn, and the lid hinges have cracked (lid comes apart when open.  I have sanatised this).  £1.50
18) Jelly Pong Pong (Cruelty free) Jelly Flush soft jelly textured cheek stain.  (Same company as the supermodel stain)  Smells of cherry, or strawberry- cant quite work it out.  Nice product.  Tested once and santatised.  £3
19) Rimmel Sweet jelly moreish gloss. Sealed 50p
20) Illamasqua Explode lipgloss- swatched once.  Comes out very light and with a slight pearl sheen.  £5
21) Jemma Kidd Makeup school Bonbon gloss.  Swatched once. £1

If you have a question then just leave a comment, or email me.  Thanks!

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

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque. Pass and Fail.

Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque
(Part of Fruity February) Cellnique Advanced Bio Renewal Masque is a skin treatment that contains fruit enzymes and acids.  I love these sorts of products as they really make a difference to my skin.  Its not a brand I have used much but I know some of you will know it.  I had to mention this masque on the blog purely for the smell.  Some people love it, some people hate it.  When I mentioned it on twitter (@computergirl200) the responses were 'the pineapple mask?'.  This is not down to the appearance, but the smell.  It was pretty potent first sniff, then I sort of got used to it.  I now have a love hate relationship with this product.  It works well.  The clay mask is thick and a little goes a long way.  It munches up dead skin cells, clears pores, reduces skin damage and leaves my skin soft BUT the smell can be a bit over powering sometimes.  On some days I don't notice it, other times I find I cant wait to remove it.  I don't fully know why I can't seem to make up my mind!  If you like pineapple then you will probably like it.

You can find this mask on Cellnique's website (link) and it retails for around $51 or £30 for 50g although it might be worth picking up a sample pot on ebay first (link) if you have not tried a product with BHA or AHAs in before.  Always do a patch test first.

Clay masque in a jar by Cellnique
My question today is do you like fruit smelling masques (or specifically this masque if you have tried it)?  Do you find you can like a scent one day and hate it the next?
(Disclaimer: Press sample for consideration only.  Honest thoughts as always)

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sunday Service: Blog Closure, Giveaway, Hauls, Fashion

Just a summary of things from the past week, inlcuding a possible blog closure, giveaway, hauls and fashion.  We're in February.  This makes me happy (although we had rough weather last February, so I'm not holding my breath for a snow free February.  I am watching the sunrise times get earlier and earlier, which is fantastic because I hate getting up in the dark.

1) I posted a massive haul this week, and pretty soon after I found 3 more things that I have purchased this January and forgot to include in the post.  A Japonesque lip lacquer, Topshop rose gold tinsel nail polish and an eyeko black felt tip eyeliner.  I did instagram a photo though.
Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner, Japonesque Lip Lacquer and Topshop Nail Polish

The lip lacquer is crazy.  More on that later....

2) I have been thinking about closing Computergirl's Musings and changing my blog name to something else.  It's been nearly 5 years of Computergirl, and Im just not sure the URL / name works anymore.  Computergirl's Musings (and the blogspot URL) just seem really clunky and I'm not sure about it anymore.  I'd really value your opinion on this.  Does Computergirl work- do you associate a blog with it's name?  What do you expect to read about here?  You guys are as much a part of this as me so I would really value your feedback.  5 years is a long time!  I don't want any readers to find it hard to find me :)

5 Foot 10, my fashion and lifestyle diary.
3) Speaking of blogs, I have opening a blog giveaway on my Fashion and Lifestyle blog 5 foot 10.  I mention it because it's some Missguided lipsplash lip glosses.  The title says the 'Tall Girl's Guide' but its just a fashion and lifestyle diary.  So if you aren't subbed and that sort of thing interests you, then feel free to subscribe.  I posted a fashion haul, and one of my vintage antique broaches recently and there is a blogger height wall so you can find fashion inspiration from bloggers who are the same height as you.

How has your week been?  Any thoughts on the blog name?

(Disclaimer: All items purchased by me).

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

In my mega haul post yesterday, I included a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.  I thought it was worthy of a little review post.  I mix up my foundation brushes according to what product I am applying (cream, liquid, powder...) and what finish I want, however my go to/handbag brush is normally the Elf Studio Powder Brush (£3.75).  My only gripe is that it eats foundation.  I wanted a smaller but similar brush and my eye on this one by Pixiwoo since the release.  At £9.99 from Boots (link), it is a little more expensive than the Elf one, but I'm a firm believer in investing in good products.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
 Having used it a number of times, I can say that it performs really well and that I am happy with my investment.  It sits nicely between my Japonesque angled foundation brush (which is perfect for getting foundation round the crooks of the nose link) and the Elf one mentioned above.  As with my other Real Technique brushes, it is really soft and washes well.  It provides good application of foundation, with the compact head useful for 'stippling' the foundation into uneven areas of skin (i.e. spot scars!).

My Real Techniques Brush Collection.  Other reviews on the blog.
So far I have tested it with my much used Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation (review) and Maybelline Dream Mousse foundation (I keep calling it Dream Mouse foundation).  I like the fact Pixiwoo colour their brushes according to the purpose.  The shallow part of me loves that I have three colourful brushes in my collection.

It is also nice to see Nic Chapman joining Sam on the Real techniques packaging, as Nic joined the company last year after returning to work from maternity leave.  Well done girls- another great product to be proud of.

Have you used any Real Techniques brushes?  How do you apply your foundation?

(Disclaimer: All purchased by me except the Japonesque brush which was sent for consideration).

Friday, 31 January 2014

Huge Haul: Laura Mercier, Korres, Bobbi Brown, Real Techniques, Jewellery, Aromatherapy Associates......

I'm not sure how it happened but I appear to have purchased a lot of makeup, body care and accessories in the last month.  I asked on twitter if people still read haul posts, or if I should skip that and just do reviews... the reply Haul Posts!  So here is a 'I'm not bragging, I just work hard and bought a few things' post.  (I did find a few good sales!)

A whole load of Laura Mercier, Real Techniques, Korres, Origins, Bobbi Brown.. and more
I didn't purchase all of this at the same time, but things kept falling into my shopping basket.  I kept adding them to the 'blog' pile and before I knew it..... I'll do this as a list, and if you want more details, just comment and I will do a more specific post. Starting at the top left in, we have;
  • Vintage print top; Dorothy Perkins (posted about it on my Fashion and Lifestyle blog 5 foot 10 (link)
  • Laura Mercier Body Souflé Sampler Set
  • Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Wardrobe makeup palette
  • (Second row) Origins Best Brighteners Kit (Free when I purchased Origins Spot Remover, which I forgot to photograph, but reviewed here)
  • Bobbi Brown Date Night Palette (Reviewed here)
  • Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glaze Collection
  • Antique blue broach (will post more on this on my fashion blog)
  • Vintage-esque heart necklace and statement necklace (post here)
  • Dolly mixture notebook
  • (Third row) Butterfly notebook
  • Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
  • Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleaner (purchased from a closing down sale link)
But wait, there is more....

Plus Aromatherapy Associates Revive and Renew Gel

I also repurchased Aromatherapy Associates Revive gel, and decided to try the renew gel at the same time.  I have done a review on this product but the blog has closed/moved so I think I will have to republish the review here.  The Revive gel is amazing so I hope the Renew gel lives up to the same standard.

Shiny pretty glosses and jewels.
I think I might be on a spending ban for February, after I have bought some new shoes, a handbag, oh and I need a new eyebrow pencil.  I say need....

If you want reviews or thoughts on anything, just let me know :)  Have you found some any great bargains recently?

Friday, 10 January 2014

Bioderma £3.50, Becca, Korres, Rouge Bunny Rouge for silly prices

I came across a few good sales today.  If you have always wanted to try Bioderma Crealine H20 then I found it today in a small bottle for £3.50 in the UK from a reputable seller (link).  Trying new products can be scary so sometimes smaller sizes are a safer bet. (I have posted several times on Bioderma so just type Bioderma in my blog's search bar or click here to read my review post (and see the best method to remove eye makeup)).  I love micellar waters for removing the first layer of makeup before I do a second (and deep) cleanse to remove all the makeup and dirt which has worked into my skin throughout the day.  I also find it soothing round the eye area when removing mascara.

I visited Zuneta's sale earlier today too.  They were bought out by LoveLula and all the Zuneta stock is being sold off for stupid prices on Amazon.  Items by Becca, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Edward Bess, Korres, Le Metier de Beaute, paperself, Butter London....  I may have purchased an Edward Bess blush and Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser (for £7!)   (Link)  I have not tried Korres before so it is a first for me :)

As I'm mentioning sales, I have been visiting the SpaceNK sales where I managed to pick up a *cough* few Laura Mericier items (link).  They recently added more lines to the sale so I picked up some Aromatherapy Associates items (I love this brand).  It is worth checking there regularly for extra items and returns.  I have picked up items that I know I will use throughout the year, so it is more on an investment.

I will, of course, be posting on the sale items in due course!  In the meantime why not read about an amazing spot zapper (link),  or diet (link) or one of the other January posts on the blog :)

Have you bought anything in the sales so far?

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