Monday, 31 December 2012

Kiniki Leggings

Love these legging from The design is amazing, the quality is fab and they are super comfortable.

Kiniki Astro Star Leggings

I was lucky enough to be sent these to try but they are currently on offer online for £22.45 reduced from £45.

When I wore them the other day, a stranger stopped me to tell me how lovely they were!

The tee and boots are from Zara and the jacket is from River Island.

PR sample

Karl for shu Nail Colour - Karl Black

Love this! I am using the Karl for shu Nail Colour in Karl Black for my New Year's Eve Nails!

Karl for shu Nail Colour - Karl Black
Karl for shu Nail Colour - Karl Black

It is such a lovely warm black with soft shimmering pigments of gold and pink and green and more!!!

If I have time I may even indulge in some  nail art with the super cute stickers. Have a look!

River Island Midi Dress and Boucle Jacket - Boxing Day Outfit

Ah it's another Outfit of the Day! I think you'll be able to gather by the flurry of this kind of post and distinct lack of product reviews, that I have mainly been dressing up and doing my hair and makeup this festive season!

Well I am definitely enjoying this Christmas! Here is what I wore on Boxing Day for a family party.

River Island Midi Dress and Boucle Jacket

It was quite a casual affair so I decided to go for this fab new stretchy dress and this comfy cosy boucle jacket from River Island. I picked them up during my Christmas preparations!

I absolutely adore both of these. Here is the dress without the jacket - it cost £25.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Christmas Day Outfit, Hair and Makeup

I do like to dress up on Christmas Day, and as we spent the festivities this year in a hotel, I had a really good excuse! I decided to go for this lacy dress from ASOS.

ASOS Christmas Dress

I just love the full skirt and beaded collar - it felt really retro glam. The metal toe cap heels are from They are super cute:

Christmas Eve Outfit and Makeup

Hello!! I'm back! I haven't blogged since Chrsitmas Eve, which has been a conscious effort, but I have started to get a few withdrawal symptoms (boredom, guilt), so I thought I'd show you what I wore for  our Christmas Eve festivities. This year my family and I stayed in a hotel for 2 nights for Christmas, so this is what I wore for dinner and drinks.

Christmas Eve Outfit

I picked up this top in the sales just before Chrtistmas at NW3 at Hobbs for £75 (reduced from £89). It is quite expensive but the quality is amazing and I completely love it. Plus, I had a gift card from the Hobbs press day so there was nothing stopping me! Here's a closer look:

Monday, 24 December 2012

New! Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

I know said I might not blog over Christmas but this just arrived in the post and I thought it would be the perfect thing to tell you about to help your skin to recover from festive wear and tear! Check out the new Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask.

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

I haven't tried it overnight yet (errr I just got it) but I have had a quick play with it and it feels really hydrating and super luxurious.

The Clinique scientists say that our skin is particularly vulnerable to moisture loss overnight, so they have created Moisture Surge Overnight Mask to deliver intense hydration and essential lipids to the skin. It is packed with Hyaluronic Acid (boost hydration) Activated (-/+) Water/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water (increased hydration) Trehalose and Sorbitol (prevent dehydration).

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Happy Christmas and Thank You!


Well I thought it was about time to get a little bit soppy!! I just wanted to wish all my lovely readers and friends a very Happy Christmas! I hope you have a wonderful time and really take the opportunity to have a proper rest and enjoy life.

We all work so hard these days and never really stop to just take in where we are and what we have achieved. This year, I have decided to really let my hair down, not worry about anything and just enjoy my family. If I fancy blogging I will, but if I don't I won't!! There shall be no guilt! Yay! I hope that you can all have the same attitude too.

Before I retire to Christmas-land, I just wanted to tell you how much all your support means to me. Without your clicks and comments and friendship, ReallyRee wouldn't be the immense source of enjoyment and fulfilment that it is for me, so thank you all so much for that. I know it seems like a real cliche but the whole thing would be nothing without you - really it would. Oh no! I am feeling a tear!!

So before this gets too slushy, I better wrap this up. Love you all (even you Mrs Troll) and may all your Christmas wishes come true.

Includes over-sentimentality but no PR samples.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Violine Strass 18 Swatch

Here's another little look at a shade from Bourjois' new lipstick collection Rouge Edition. This is Violine Strass 18.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Violine Strass 18 Swatch

It is a fab plum colour with golden highlights. Love it.

Here's the full face shot:

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Clarins Double Serum Review: Complete Age Control Concentrate

Right people. I have NEVER fallen in love with a skincare product this quickly before.This was seriously love at first use. Get ready for the new Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate. 

This is all about "When Two Become One" - sung in a Spice Girls Christmas number kind of way - I am trying to keep it festive here!!

Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate

Now I have only been using this for about a week but it is so good that I thought it was only fair to give you the low down. It feels amazing, smells amazing and instantly approves the appearance and radiance of my skin. Has that got you interested?

British Beauty Blogger, aka Jane, has been using is too (for over 3 weeks now) and she says she loves it more the longer she uses it. It is quite rare for her to get excited about skincare, and when I saw her recently, her skin was looking really good.

So here is what Clarins Double Serum is all about.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Max Factor Glossfinity Aqua Marine 175 & Marshmallow 125

I have been playing with Max Factor's Glossfinity polishes again. I love them! This is Max Factor Glossfinity Aqua Marine 175 & Marshmallow 125.

Max Factor Glossfinity Aqua Marine 175 & Marshmallow 125

I really love the Glossfinity formula. So shiny, so long lasting and so easy to apply. It is ticking all the boxes for me! Both shades come up slightly deeper in real life.

I know these colours aren't too Christmassy, but I have a stack of reds lined up for the next few days, so I thought I'd go for something a bit different right now.

Here are some more pics:

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Bourjois Rouge Edition Brun Boheme 05 Swatch

Today I tried the Bourjois Rouge Edition Brun Boheme 05 - it took me quite a while to choose which one to try next from the full collection, but finally I was seduced by the gorgeous dusky pinky browniness of number  05!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Brun Boheme 05 Swatch

Very pretty I think - really soft and subtle but strong enough not to wash you out like some shades that fall into the nude bracket can.

Here's a shot of it in the context of my whole face!

Glossybox Special Edition Espa Box

OK I am seriously impressed with this special edition box from Glossybox. They have teamed up with ESPA to offer us a gorgeous box of Espa favourites PLUS a £30 Espa gift voucher to be used online with no minimum spend.  And considering the box costs £30, it kind of means you are getting all the products free!

Glossybox Special Edition Espa Box

I really love ESPA products. I have the Skin Radiance mask on as I type, the Energsing Shower Gel in my bathroom and I am still weeping over using the last few drops of my fave eye makeup remover, Bio-Active Eye Cleanser. But it's OK - I have the voucher now! Yay!

Here's what is in the Espa Glossybox:

Essie Blanc and Mavala Copper Gold Nails

Erm...I am not entirely sure about this shade and finish combination, but my lovely little lad invested quite a lot of time and energy in the selection process, so I am totally going with it. And it is going to make me smile all day!

This is Essie Blanc and Mavala Copper Gold.

Essie Blanc and Mavala Copper Gold

They may not be a match made in heaven but hey, it's still good opportunity to show you these two polishes.

I have got a bit of a thing for white nail polish and this one from Essie, Blanc, is a very good one. It is perfectly opaque in 2 coats and is very easy to work with.

The Mavala polishes are amongst my absolute faves - I actually think they are seriously underated. Copper Gold is from the AW12 Arabesque collection which I have featured HERE. They all apply really well in just one coat.

A few people have liked this combo on instagram but I am inclined to think they are maybe just being polite! What do you think?!

Mavala - PR sample

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Face of the Day

I have been flashing this lipstick on here all day but I suddenly thought I have totally neglected the rest of the makeup, so I thought I'd give it some love! Here is a quick low down.

Face of the Day

Bourjouis Healthy Mix Serum Foundation 53
Clinique Blended Face Powder - Invisible Blend
Daniel Sandler Sculpt and Slim Effect Contouring Palette - info HERE
Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen Palette (cheeks) - info HERE
Smashbox Eyebrow Pencil
Estee Lauder Pure Colour Stay On Shadow Paint in Halo - info HERE
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Black
Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Rouge Jet Set 13 - info HERE & HERE

Includes PR samples

Bourjois Rouge Edition Rouge Jet Set 13 Swatch

The first shade of the brand new Bourjois Rouge Edition lipsticks I decided to try was Rouge Jet Set 13 - the true, classic red with slight blue hints.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Rouge Jet Set 13 Swatch

The formula does live up to the hype, it feels soft, creamy and really hydrating. Read my post about the full Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick collection here for the low down.

Here are a couple of full face shots to give you a better idea:

Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen Illuminating Palette Review

Daniel Sandler has come up with another absolutely gorgeous new product. Let me introduce the Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen Illuminating Palette.

Daniel Sandler Radiant Sheen Illuminating Palette

Isn't it so pretty?! Here is a shot of it swept over my cheekbones as a highlighter using all four shades:

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks - Full Collection

Oh wow! Check out these beautiful new lipsticks from one of my fave makeup brands, Bourjois. This is the full collection of Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks. They are gorgeous!!!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks

And over the next few days, I am going to attempt to get every single one of these on to my lips so you can see the beautiful colours and consistency.

But for now, let me show you a bit of a closer look!

Extension Professional Pro Volume Hair Extensions Quick Review

I thought I'd give you a quick run down on the new Extension Professional Pro Volume extensions I got done at FOUR London!

Extension Professional Pro Volume Hair Extensions

I am going to do a proper post on the extensions soon with all the info but for now I'll just tell you why I got them.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Amie Perfect Beauty Gift Set

Here's another gorgeous little set that will make an absolutely fabulous Christmas gift. Amie is such a lovely skincare range that is gentle enough to suit all skin types and even skins as young as 12 years old.

Amie Perfect Beauty Gift Set

The full range is free from sulphates, petrochemicals, alcohol and mineral-oils with 9.5% naturally derived products. 

I particularly love the Eye Makeup Remover and the New Leaf Exfoliating Polish, both of which are included in this set. Here is the full run down:

NEOM Harmonise Home Candle

This is another absolutely gorgeous candle from NEOM! This is the Harmonise candle with Pine, Cedarwood & Eucalyptus. Mmmmmm...

NEOM Harmonise Home Candle

You are probably getting a bit bored of me raving about how fabulous NEOM is  now but in my eyes they really can do no wrong!

Monday, 17 December 2012

The Colour Studio - Shoes to Dye For!

Oh my gosh! Look at these wonderful, sparkly beauties!! And guess what? They are totally bespoke, one of a kind shoes, just for me from the Colour Studio!

The Colour Studio - Shoes to Dye For

Let me explain!

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquers

Maybelline Color Show is Myabelline's catwalk inspired nail polish collection. There are 39 shades which range from nudes to acid brights aiming to bring an "instant seasonal update to your fingertips".

This is the Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Green with Envy 320:

Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquers

It's a super cute colour perfect for Spring and Summer.

As well as the core shades, Maybelline Color Show will launch multiple capsule collections which will coincide with fashion weeks.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer - Full Collection Photographs

As promised, here are photos of me wearing the full shade range of the new Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer collection. Apologies if some are a little messy, it was quite a lippy marathon - well more a sprint actually!

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Apocaliptic 303
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Big Bang 400
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Celestial 101
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Galaxy 301
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Luna 500
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Nova 102
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Nude Eclipse 600
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Stellar 501
Read my original post about the Rimmel Apocalips formula here and sorry again for some of the sloppy application!

Out 23rd January 2013 for £5.49.

PR samples

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express Mascara Review - with Before and After Photos

Maybelline's newest mascara, Rocket Volum' Express is coming soon!

Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express Mascara Review - with Before and After Photos
Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express Mascara

It boasts a patented Jet-Glide brush which has evenly spaced flexible bristles that promise to glide through the lashes, and a rigid brush core to deposit maximum volume at the root.

Here's a look at the brush:

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 HR New Shades

Ooh take a look at these fab new shades going into the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 HR collection. There is 24 Carat Gold, Timeless Black and Light in Purple which is called the 'transformer' shade!

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 HR New Shades

I have done some quick, very light swatches so you can get idea of the shades:

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer Review

Apocalips is really big news from Rimmel. This is a whole new kind of colour for them - "a luscious liquid packed with pure colour pigments for rich colour, phenomenal shine and supreme comfort that lasts all day".

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer
There are 8 intense shades that are sure to make a real powerful statement. And I have to say the colours are super stunning! Good news is that Kate Moss is set to be the Rimmel Apocalips poster girl, so I'll look forward to seeing that.

Here is a closer look at all the Apocalips shades:

Daniel Sandler Sculpt & Slim Effect Contour Face Palette Review

Loving the new products from Daniel Sandler! Particularly the Sculpt & Slim Effect Contour Face Palette. It's fab and I have been having lots of fun with it...

Daniel Sandler Sculpt & Slim Effect Contour Face Palette

It is a brilliant compact with a mirror that contains a dark matte shade for contouring and a light shade for highlighting. Everything you need to get cheekbones to die for. I am a bit obsessed with contouring at the moment because I am desperate for more definition!

So keep reading for how it looks on and how I applied it. It's a fun job!

Clinique Even Better Compact Makeup SPF 15 Review and Swatch

I love Clinique's Even Better Makeup liquid foundation so I am very excited about the Clinique Even Better Compact Makeup SPF 15. The formulation is great for brightening, evening out skin tone and giving a gorgeous dewy finish. It also has treatment benefits that help diminish the look of discolouration and hyper pigmentation over time. 

Clinique Even Better Compact Makeup SPF 15

Clinique's newest foundation is a perfect addiction to the Even Better range. The new Even Better Compact Makeup SPF 15 is a cream foundation that offers moderate to full coverage in a cream to powder formulation, with a lightweight feel.

Here is a quick swatch:

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

Oh hello!! Look what I bumped into today. I got to have a first glance (and a little play with) the long awaited Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes!! Or Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes as they have catchily (!) been named.

Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

There are 12 shades of the new Chubby Sticks for Eyes and the ones I have seen are absolutely gorgeous!!

Here's a little look:

Swan T-Shirt Outfit of the Day

Love this t-shirt from ASOS, it feels a bit Christmassy without actually being Christmassy!!

ASOS Swan T-Shirt

I have actually had it for a few months but this is the first time I've worn it. Not sure why really!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Burberry Beauty Hall in Burberry Regent Street

Oooh this is exciting!! Burberry has opened its first dedicated Burberry Beauty space, in Burberry Regent Street store. 

Burberry Beauty Counter in Burberry Regent Street 

Here is a lowdown and a peak inside!

MUA Nail Constellation

I have finally gotten around to trying out budget makeup brand MUA's answer to the Ciate Caviar Manicure. This is the MUA Nail Constellation:

MUA Nail Constellation - Libra

Isn't it pretty?! Now in terms of a comparison to Ciate (which is £18), I have heard quite a few people saying that these are really a one night wonder (and not really complaining for £3) but I have found that if you  use a good topcoat (I used Andrea Fulerton Gloss Up and quite a lot of it), you can really get a lot more out of it. 

I applied this last Friday and it stayed on until I took it off last night. Not bad hey? Here's another shot:

Osprey London Dark Amber Candle

I have discovered a new brand and a wonderful new candle. This is the Osprey London Dark Amber Candle - the perfect home addition to get you feeling festive. It looks beautiful too.

Osprey London Dark Amber Candle

It comes in a gorgeously heavy, frosted glass candle holder, and I love the classic branding in a lovely soft grey. Very classy.

Before I move on the fragrance (which is heavenly FYI) I should tell you that the outer packaging is also beautiful in a equally simple and understated way, making the candle a wonderful gift. Have a look:

Monday, 10 December 2012

Elegant Touch Glitter Nails

Yay!! These are the perfect nails for Christmas!! Look at the lovely Elegant Touch Glitter Nails in Red. Super gorgeous, pristine and sparkly!!!

Elegant Touch Glitter Nails
Don't they look fab? And what is even better is that they are ridiculously easy to apply (stick on the adhesive tab and then the nail) and also you get all the wonder of glitter with none of the associated pain.

I am a big glitter fan but even a die hard like me is sometimes deterred by the absolute nightmare (no matter what tricks you know) of removing it. With these, you just use a little polish remover or oil and gently peel off.

They stay on for about a week, and the last time I wore stick on nails, my own nails grew really well underneath. Don't get them wet for 30 minutes after application.

You get 24 nails in 10 sizes and the super adhesive tabs are included. The Elegant Touch Glitter Nails are £7.10 at Boots and Superdrug.

PR sample

Sisley Phyto-Lip Gloss in Nude

This is a serious treat when it comes to lip gloss. Check out the Sisley Phyto-Lip Gloss in Nude:

Sisley Phyto-Lip Gloss in Nude

It is so lovely, as you'd expect from Sisley - such a super luxe, gorgeous brand. Here's a closer look, and some pics of me wearing it.

BaByliss Volume Waves Review

One of my favourite styling tools at the moment is the BaByliss Volume Waves. It is so easy to use and is amazing for creating gorgeous bouncy waves.

BaByliss Volume Waves

The barrel is lovely and wide (38mm) to give a good definined wave as opposed to a curl and the ceramic coating really helps to add a brilliant shine to the hair.

Also, I find that the spoon (or lever) makes it so easy to control the hair and you don't need to worry about using a heat protection glove because the hair is held for you.

And here is the finished result!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Zara Outfit of the Day (All Zara!!)

You know I had a bit of a splurge in Zara? Well it comes to something when you realise that, bar undies and a handbag, you are only wearing Zara!! Well here it is!

Zara Outfit

You have already seen the leggings here but this is a first peek at the top and boots. Here's all the info!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Benefit They're Real, Latest in Beauty Advent Calendar

Benefit They're Real Mascara
Benefit They're Real Mascara

I have been using Rapidlash for a few weeks and I think my lashes are starting to grow. Also I got the mini Benefit They're Real Mascara in my Latest in Beauty advent calendar (info here). I think there are still some available. I would get it if I was you!

I don't know Benefit that well. I used to use the brand a bit when I was younger but this mascara is their only product I have used recently. It is good - very volumising and lengthening - but it stays quite wet, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. No crispy lashes but maybe a bit wetter than I like!

PR samples

Swatch Night Glows Collection

I've just received information about these gorgeous new watches from Swatch and I had to show you.

I think if you are looking for a classic style gold watch but don't want tread the same path with all the Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs crew (no offence, I am one of them), then I think one of these beauties will be perfect!

There are a range of metallic overlays in pink gold and yellow gold - each with stunning black watch faces and some with black links. In four of the six watches there sparkling crystals too. Love!

Prices range from £95.50 - £133.50 - so really competitive when you compare them to the Michael Kors staples.

You can find more


Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish Gris Nightomic

Here is a lovely new shade from the Bourjois 1 Seconde nail polishes. This is part of the Pars Blue Moonlight Christmas collection. Read all about that here.

This is Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish Gris Nightomic 17:

Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish Gris Nightomic

Love love love it!! It's £5.99 and in stores this month.

PR sample


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