Monday, 31 October 2011

Youngblood Mineral Makeup Review


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Youngblood Mineral Makeup Review

I have been trialling some samples from the Youngblood Mineral Makeup range and so here I am giving you quick low down on how I got on.

The products I have been using are the Youngblood Mineral Primer and the Youngblood Liquid Mineral Foundation in shade Sunkissed.


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Got to Get These Gloves!

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Marc Cain Quilted Gloves £119


Completely love these gloves - it probably has something to do with the quilting I'd imagine!! I'm also a big fan of the longer length gloves as it means when I wear my cape, I won't get cold arms. Got to be practical!

They are from Marc Cain and cost £119.

Ree
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Ree-View: Lauren's Way Glam Tan from TOWIE's Lauren Goodger Review

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Lauren's Way Glam Tan from TOWIE's Lauren Goodger

So yesterday, I told you about my new Lauren's Way goodies and today I started playing!!

I turned my attention to the most exciting of the new additions - Lauren's Way Glam Tan. Now because it's colder at the moment, I haven't had my legs out for a while so have been doing the 'cheat' tan - you know, just the bits on show!

So five minutes ago my legs were deathly white with strong blue tones. This is how I'd describe my natural skin colour without any fake tan intervention. After a quick and easy application with the Lauren's Way Glam Tan, this is what they look like now...


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Lauren's Way Glam Tan from TOWIE's Lauren Goodger 

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Lauren's Way Glam Tan from TOWIE's Lauren Goodger
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Lauren's Way Glam Tan from TOWIE's Lauren Goodger

I hear that the Glam Tan formula is Lauren Goodger's favourite. CHECK OUT MY VIDEO REVIEW HERE.

It's really really easy to apply. Lots of people have been asking what's the difference between the Glam Tan and the Bronzing Lotion so here's a quick low-down for you.

The Glam Tan is basically a bottle of liquid tan - water consistency- that you spritz on the mitt provided with the bottle and then sweep over your skin. It blends really easily, gives you an amazing instant colour, dries pretty much immediately and you can get dressed and go. It's like a spray tan in a bottle that you apply with a mitt to ensure a flawless finish.

It is easier and lighter to blend than the lotion, so I'd imagine that you may prefer it if you were more of a beginner. It's difficult to say which I prefer because I love the lotion and the mousse, and now I love the Glam Tan too!!

The other bonus .... still no fake tan smell, which is one of the things I love most about Lauren's Way.  

I am yet to discover how well it develops but I will write you another post on that after this application develops and I have washed it off. However I'd imagine that it will work very much like the mousse and the lotion.

You can buy Lauren's Way Glam Tan for £18.95 including a good quality mitt for application.

Be back soon with more Lauren's Way news for you.

I am giving this a major thumbs up!! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

Ree
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Friday, 28 October 2011

TOWIE's Lauren Goodger Adds New Products to Beauty Range Lauren's Way

Well I think just about everyone knows that my favourite fake tan is Lauren's Way, the brand brought to us by Lauren Goodger of The Only Way is Essex fame.

It's an amazing tan and I use it literally all the time so I was thrilled to see that Lauren's Way have added tonnes of new products to the range with fab new look packaging. Even more exciting, I received this little lot in the post this morning!!

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TOWIE's Lauren Goodger Adds New Products to Beauty Range Lauren's Way

We have Lauren's Way Body Polish, Lauren's Way Glam Tan, Lauren's Way Instant Wash Off Glow and Lauren's Way Gradual Tan. Exciting!!!

So get ready because these products will be tried and tested very soon (well as soon as yesterday's application of Lauren's Way has faded, and I can use the Body Polish to help with that!).

Read my Lauren's Way Glam Tan review here.

To read what I have had to say about Lauren's Way in the past click here, and check out my original YouTube review here:




Stayed tuned for loads more Lauren's Way chats!! I can feel it starting all over again!!!


Ree
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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Jewellery Heaven - Annoushka


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Annoushka

What an absolute delight it was to visit the heavenly Sloane Square jewellery store, Annoushka, for breakfast last week. Not only does this elegant space house the most gorgeously different jewels and gems and preciousness, but also the loveliest creative bunch of individuals too.

As luck would have it, we got an exclusive peek at the design process in conclusion, as a new and rather beautiful collection arrived at the store. 

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Annoushka
It was inspiring to see the excitement that the Annoushka team greeted the new arrivals with...as all gathered round they quickly unpackaged them and inspected from all angles and cooed and marvelled. It was lovely. We saw the original designs, and where all the  magic begins and continues - it was a wonderful experience.

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Annoushka

Although incredibly hard to choose, I think that this Porcupine ring was the piece that made the biggest impression on me. I love it for obvious reasons... you know, it makes a real statement, it's COVERED in diamonds and it is named after a porcupine! But what is so striking to me it that each and every diamond is irreverently placed upside down!! Who on earth would be so brave and avant-garde with the mighty diamond? Well clearly it's Annoushka...who else? I love it!!

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Annoushka

These are some other beauties - but images really do them no justice. You have to see them. What impressed me was the way that the jewellery in most cases strongly challenged the traditional concepts of beauty in symmetry. The majority of Annoushka pieces are rebelliously unsymmetrical yet still unbelievably beautiful, perhaps more beautiful for their lack of symmetry.
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Annoushka

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Annoushka

And you should see them. It is a wonderful store with a very welcoming feel. I will definitely be visiting again. It's unlikely that I will enough spare pennies any time soon to splash out, but the place makes me feel that if ever I did, then this is where I'd like to spend them.

Visit www.annoushka-jewellery.com to find out more.

Ree
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Strictly Beautiful Look Book

I never thought I'd say this but I'm so impressed with this little makeup set from Strictly. Strictly have brought out a whole range of makeup palettes - this one is the Beautiful Look Book 'For the belle of the ballroom!'.

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For loads more pics and to read all about it, please visit my Hello! Magazine blog here.

Ree
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Party Boots

Just in love with these cute boots from Bourne...



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Bourne, £211
  
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Bourne, £211

They'll look gorgeous with a cute long sleeved shift dress and loads of leg! Can't wait for party season!!


Find these boots and more at www.bournecollection.com

Ree
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John Wind Maximal Art Jewellery Winner!!

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John Wind Maximal Art Jewellery Winner!!





Thanks to everyone for entering the John Wind Maximal Art Jewellery Giveaway.

I'm pleased to announce that the winner is .... alexander@friendlycity.net. Congratulations!

Please email me at reallyree@gmail.com and you'll soon be the happy owner of this gorgeous pendant!

And to everyone else... so sorry you didn't win. Keep checking back for more giveaways.

Ree
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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Philip Treacy Interview on Designing the Slendertone Face

"The design process is the same as designing a hat. Something that looks and feels attractive. Everybody likes beautiful things and if it's an object that eventually makes you look a million dollars, then even better!" (Philip Treacy)

Check out this short video about Philip Treacy's inspiration for the latest Slendertone Face. The brand new design, available exclusively at Harrods, has sparked a second waiting list for the most desirable way to defy the ageing process; offering women a surgery-free way to reverse the signs of ageing. The Treacy design contains additional features including the "Advanced Lift" and "Complexion" programmes.


To read more about it, check out my first post here.

Slendertone Face by Philip Treacy is available at Harrods and slendertone.com for £400.

Ree
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Superdrug - Exclusive Beautycard Shopping Evening

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Superdrug - Exclusive Beautycard Shopping Evening - 3rd November 2011

From 6pm on Thursday 3rd November, selected Superdrug stores will be giving Beautycard holders the chance to boost their points balance with an exclusive Beautycard shopping evening. 

On that evening, Beautycard holders spending over £30 will be rewarded with £5 worth of bonus points. Customers who spend over £50 will earn £10 worth of bonus points. In addition, the first 100 lucky customers will be able to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and receive a free box of Guylian chocolates! There’ll also be some different activities from brands at selected stores. 

Visit www.superdrug.com/beautycardevening for more details and a list of participating stores. 

Ree
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October GlossyBox

Still loving GlossyBox! I think it's the perfect way for girls to discover gorgeous products and try something new without breaking the bank, or your brain trying to decide what to choose amongst the plethora of different goddies out there. Sometimes the mind boggles!!

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October GlossyBox

I particularly like this box, and it's a special one for GlossyBox as its their sixth one. It definitely gives me lots of confidence for this beauty box service's future. I'm told there is lots of fabulousness to come!!

So we have from top beauty brand Dermalogica, Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant 15ml, Age Smart Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque 15ml, and Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex. A fab bonus was the perfect size beauty bag tucked in there too.

I took the whole lot, plus a few other travel minis, away with me last weekend and they were perfect. The scrub is fab. I use it directly on dry skin, rinse away and it leaves my skin super soft. You don't need much so this size will last for quite a few applications. Same with the masque which was also gorgeous. It's perfect to use after exfoliating, as it soothes, moisturises and plumps. Perfect!

I am yet to try the perfumes from Robert Piguet, but they are stocked in Harrods so that always serves as a good recommendation to me.

Little needs to be said about the polish as it's Leighton Denny (LOVE), full-size and a beautiful pink (Baby Doll) so that put an instant smile on my face.

My fave goody was the full size Smudge Stick Waterproof eyeliner (in Moray) from Stila. I adore Stila and this is the softest, easiest to use shade. It's waterproof and idiot-proof! Perfect for an Autumn green twist on the smokey eye!

Can't wait to see what's in November's box!!!

For more information visit GlossyBox here. Did you know GlossyBox are now doing a men's beauty box??

Ree
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ReeFit: The Return to Spin!


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Virgin Active Spinning Class

If you've been following ReeFit, you'll know that I used to be an avid gym-goer, some would say addicted, but for a few different reasons, I lost the bug and went from fit to.... not exactly fat but far from being happy with my body.

If you want to hear how I got motivated again, please feel free to check out my explanation here

I went back to my favourite place, Virgin Active, and although it was a rather timid re-introduction at first, I have been growing in confidence daily and I really think I am getting there.

My absolute fave class, for it's fun and it's effectiveness, was always spinning. I blooming loved it!! It gave me the firmest legs, the most amazing calorie burn and an adrenalin rush like no other! But I forgot all that and have been scared to go back, because the last time I did a class like that, I was fit and energetic and nothing at all like the lazy lethargic person I had become.

In the midst of my detox, I was at the gym and not really thinking straight and kind of accidentally floated into a spin class without fully meaning to. And I absolutely loved it!! I worked a bit too hard for someone who hadn't eaten for a few days, however I have been bitten by the bug again and the zest for spin is back!!

If you want to get fit, burn calories, have fun and really go for it, I can't recommend spinning enough. And to be honest, even if at first you don't really want to go for it and you would prefer to ease in gently, then I still recommend it because you really can go at your own pace and level.

Here are some fast facts about Virgin Active's spinning classes:
  • At Virgin Active, Group Cycle and V Cycle classes are always featured in the top three most attended classes across the country. 
  • A typical month can see over 89,000 attendances to classes, more than any other class style featured on timetables
  • Benefits include increased VO2 max, i.e. how aerobically fit you are
  • Because cycle classes challenge the cardio respiratory system, this strengthens the heart, making it more efficient
  • Cycling also improves lung capacity and uses a lot of energy in the form of calories
  • Depending on weight and fitness levels, participants can burn up to 1000kcal in a 60 minute class
Oh my goodness! A thousand calories!!! Get me there every day!! LOVE it!!!

For more information visit Virgin Active online.

Ree
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P.S. Apologies for the generic photo but I could probably get accosted taking photos in the gym! The classes are way fuller than this by the way!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Max Factor and My-Wardrobe Exclusive!

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Max Factor and My-Wardrobe Exclusive!





Here is some lovely beauty and fashion news for you, all in one!!

Max Factor and My-Wardrobe have come up with the most fabulous idea. For seven days only starting on Tuesday 25th October, Max Factor’s gorgeous Colour Elixir Lipsticks, as used by Pat McGrath at the AW11 Gucci show, will be given away with selected AW/11 dresses atwww.my-wardrobe.com.

These lipsticks are a personal favourite of mine and I have quite a few of them in my makeup collection! They are super moisturising, thanks to their 60% ‘Elixir’ treatment which consists of shea, avocado, aloe butters and anti-oxidant white tea. The lipstick is really easy to apply, it glides on, covers and perfects any dryness, and has brilliant pigment. This is a previous lippie diary I made using Max Factor’s Colour Elixir!



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The Colour Elixir lipstick you receive has been perfectly matched to the style and trend palette of your chosen my-wardrobe dress by Max Factor’s official Makeup Artist, the amazing Caroline Barnes. In case I haven’ told you before, I completely love her!!!

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Caroline will also be offering bespoke lip beauty tips and can be seen discussing AW/11 trends and how to rock the best lip in town exclusively on www.facebook.com/maxfactoruk andwww.my-wardrobe.com from 25th October 2011.

Throughout the 7 day exclusive, all dresses within three super-stylish and diverse my-wardrobe trends – Modern Fetish, Love Story and Come Fly With Me – will be gifted with a Colour Elixir.

This season is all about lipstick but with Colour Elixir, you don’t have to compromise the moisturised feeling you get from gloss. With this collaboration you’ll be getting free lippie and free expert advice!!

Ree

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ReeFit Part 4: Post-Detox - The Return to Food!

Rather than a ReeFit video, I am doing a post for you today. This is because it's half term and filming is incredibly difficult with a nosey eight year old around!

Anyway, back to it. Having successfully completed the Purifyne 7 Day Detox plan, I then had to deal with the post-detox phase to ensure that all my hard work didn't go to waste.

I received some detailed instructions from Purifyne on how to begin eating again (sounds bizarre) and I decided  to follow them very closely for fear of messing up.

It went a little bit like this...

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Day One - raw fruit and vegetables. I had yummy berries for breakfast, a salad with raw broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, olives and a couple of prunes with sunflower seeds for lunch, and then something very similar for dinner. Throughout the day I drank fresh berry smoothies and snacked on carrots and celery and generally felt very spoilt after a week of not eating!

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Day Two was rather similar to Day One but I added in some organic natural yoghurt and honey for breakfast, some cottage cheese and hummus at lunch, and I snacked on apples. For dinner I had soup made from cauliflower, celery and carrot.

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Day Three was very exciting because I had porridge for breakfast - it was a carb fest!!! I had more soup for lunch (left over from the day before) and steamed veggies for dinner.

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On Day Four I was allowed to return to my chosen diet, but I have to say I pretty much continued with what I'd been following earlier in the week as I was more than satisfied with it.

Things got tricky on Friday when I had to go to a funeral and the buffet was fairly impossible!! My nutrition consisted of carrot sticks, celery, nuts from my handbag, and vodka and tonic! All day!! Until the evening when we ended up in a Chinese restaurant.

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As you can imagine, Chinese takeaway food is most probably the worst minefield for dieters. I opted for king prawns and vegetables with a side of bean sprouts, but it was pretty much a MSG fest!! This was followed by more vodka and some wine. It was a rather boozy affair.

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On Saturday, it was a long journey back to London, with only sandwiches available on the train, so I chose tuna and cucumber with light mayo on wholemeal bread. I had veggie chilli for dinner when I got home - lots of it to feed the hangover!!

Overall, the week went very well. The weigh in this morning was as I had expected. I have put some weight back on, but only 2 lbs which I am pleased with considering I have returned to food and had quite an alcohol binge too! I am still 11lbs lighter than I was three weeks ago and feeling so much healthier!!

I am back on track today and expect to shift those extra lbs this week. I still have quite a few more pounds to lose to get back in those skinnies and I'm feeling positive!! See you next time.

Ree
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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Exclusive Harrods Tote to Mark the Launch of the New Origins Counter

To celebrate the opening of the new Origins counter in the Beauty Apothecary at Harrods, Origins have teamed up with Harrod's Fashion and Beauty Director, Marigay McKee to create an exclusive tote bag.

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Harrods Origins Tote
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Harrods Origins Tote

Origins Harrods Tote Bag, RRP £15.00, will be available exclusively from the new Origins counter in the Beauty Apothecary, Harrods.


In keeping with Origins’ long-standing commitment to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it, for each bag purchased Origins will plant a tree on the customer’s behalf. This will be facilitated in partnership with the American Forests Global ReLeaf Program.

Ree
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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Jo Malone Red Roses Body & Hand Wash for Breast Cancer Research


I haven't had any Jo Malone for a long time and this, I have to say, is a gorgeous welcome back to the range with the Red Roses Body & Hand Wash.

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Jo Malone Red Roses Body & Hand Wash


This super soft and gentle gel smells absolutely beautiful – roses and violet leaves and lemons – and it cleanses my skin to perfection.

The pretty pink looks amazing in my bathroom, and the pink stands for something else too, Jo Malone London will donate £5 of the £30 price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s UK research grants on all bottles sold in the UK throughout the month of October. For more information, please visit http://www.bcrfcure.org

Ree
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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Skin Art Glitter Tattoos

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I've been playing with glitter, which I believe is every girl's right, and this set from Skin Art is so much fun!!

Look I made hearts!!

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Skin Art Glitter Tattoos Kit

You can make a whole range of different designs and I think they be amazing for a night out. I quite fancy doing one on my decollete to fake a necklace with no chain. It would be like magic!!

It's so easy to do. You place the stencil on the skin, glue the whole, add glitter, press, dust and hey presto, when you remove the stencil, you have your cute little sparkly pattern! Fabbie!! Here's what the kit looks like...

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Skin Art Glitter Tattoos Kit

I did mine yesterday and after 2 showers it is still going strong, although a bit of one heart is missing where I blobbed moisturiser. So if you want to keep the tattoos in place for the quoted 5 days, then keep any product well away from these babies!

You can buy these fab kits in Boots for £14 (or the non-glittery one for £8). I think they'd make a seriously good stocking filler.

Ree
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Go Heritage with Farlows

I popped down to Farlows last week for a blogger event and there were a few little fashion surprises there. I thought that Farlows was just about countryside pursuits - fishing, shooting and everything that goes with country life. But there are definitely a few fashion pieces to be found there to help you work the heritage trend this season.
 
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Farlows
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Farlows
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Farlows
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Farlows

You can check out the womenswear at Farlows here.

Ree
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RetarDEX for White Teeth!

I'm all about teeth at the moment because I believe that great teeth are key to looking fresh and young (which I'm obsessed with!) so I always pay attention to more oral care. I have my lovely new Oral B electric toothbrush (I'll tell you all about that soon) and also I've recently been using some brilliant Retardex products. 

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I am a big fan of this toothpaste, because not only is it a whitening formula, but it is really pleasant to use. I particularly like it because it isn't overly foamy but feels instantly clean and cleansing as soon as you start using it. I hate when toothpaste foams too much and you end up having to spit it out before it has really got to work, so the formula of the RetarDEX paste is perfect for me.

It also has a low abrasion formula unlike lots of other whitening toothpastes which are literally scratching off stains along with your lovely healthy tooth enamel. Not good!

I find it hard to comment on whitening power, because my teeth are fairly white and I have some veneers in there too, but I definitely feel it has brightened the overall look of my teeth and left my mouth feeling super healthy.

The other product I've been using is the RetarDEX Oral rinse, which I have to say, does take a bit of getting used to! This is because it doesn't actually taste of anything and I was expecting super mintiness like all the other mouthwashes I've tried. Once you get past that, you start to appreciate that it really does leave your mouth feeling extra clean and fresh.

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It has a gentle alcohol and colour free formula that works to whiten the teeth in two ways; its oxygen release formula lifts stains to leave the teeth brighter, while an anti-plaque formula helps prevent future staining. RetarDEX products have also been clinically proven to keep breath fresh all day long as well as strengthening enamel and killing the bacteria that cause gum problems, tooth decay and plaque. Perfect!!

RetarDEX Toothpaste is priced £6.15 (75ml) and RetarDEX Oral Rinse is priced £5.10 (250ml) and £8.15 (500ml) and is available from Boots, Superdrug, selected Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Booths, Superdrug, Ocado.com and all good pharmacies and dental surgeries.

Ree
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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Ree-View: Aveda Favourites

Here's another video Ree-View focussing on my fave products from Aveda. Enjoy!



Video features: 
Aveda Nourish-Mint™ Rehydrating Lip in Cherry Blossom
Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Style-Prep Smoother™
Aveda Light Elements™ Shaping Wax
Aveda Control Force™ Firm Hold Hair Spray
Aveda Dry Remedy™ Moisturising Shampoo
Aveda Dry Remedy™ Moisturising Conditioner

Visit www.aveda.co.uk for more info and read my Smooth Infusions review here.

Ree
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Monday, 17 October 2011

ReeFit Part 3: Purifyne 7 Day Detox Completed! Weight Loss Reveal!

Here's the third part of ReeFit. I have finished my Purifyne seven day detox plan and in this video I share my experience and let you know how much weight I lost!! Exciting!


To read my post about Purifyne, click here.

Do you have any ideas for ReeFit?

I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas and comments. Please get in touch!!

Ree
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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Zoya Marina Nails

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Zoya Marina

Love love love this colour from Zoya!! It's the most beautiful bluey grey metallic - super super chic! I got this Zoya polish in last month's Boudoir Prive, one of the monthly beauty box services. There were some other fab products in there too which I am sure will make an appearance here some time soon.

For more info on Zoya click here and to find out about Boudoir Prive which costs £10 per month, click here.

Ree
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Friday, 14 October 2011

The Benefits and Etiquette of Chewing Gum!

I made another video!!



For more info visit http://www.wrigley.com/uk/

Ree
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Go With The Flo!!

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Flo Atomiser and Elie Saab Le Parfum

Before I start, apologies for the super cheesy title. I couldn’t help it!

Anyway, I have had a major new discovery that I wanted to share with you. Well it’s major for me anyway!! 

To read on, pop over to my Hello! Magazine blog here.

Ree
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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Wild Swans - Scandinavian Fashion At It's Best.

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Wild Swans - Scandinavian Fashion

I recently dicovered an amazing boutique in Islington called Wild Swans. They stock some super cool Scandinavian brands such as Ganni, Malene Birger, Jofama and more. If you are looking for cool Scandinavian chic, this is the place to go.

I literally fell in love with everything in there!


   
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Wild Swans - Scandinavian Fashion
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Wild Swans - Scandinavian Fashion
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Wild Swans - Scandinavian Fashion
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Wild Swans - Scandinavian Fashion
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Wild Swans - Scandinavian Fashion


They also stock an amazing range of nail polishes from a brand called FNUG, which you won't really find in the UK.

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Wild Swans - Scandinavian Fashion - FNUG Nail Polishes.

The boutique is based near Highbury & Islington tube and is definitely worth a visit. You'll be welcomed by friendly, passionate and customer service orientated staff who will ensure that you leave the shop armed with something that will help you look amazing!

Click here for more info

Ree
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