Beauty for Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Posted on: Thursday, 25 October 2012

As I'm sure you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. There are of course hundreds of ways to support this hugely worthwhile and prominent cause, and I as an avid beauty obsessive of course went down that route and decided to splash out on some lovely pink products to do my bit for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Ciate Breakthrough Breast Cancer Duo in 'Pinkalilly' and 'Pinkaboo', £18.00 for both (20% of profits to breast cancer charity)

As soon as I saw these I knew I had to have them. One is a gorgeous soft hot pink with gold shimmer, and the other a stunning, sparkly pink-based glitter top coat. Although not the most autumnal of colours, I'm pretty sure any girl could appreciate these! Being a sucker for anything aesthetically easy on the eye, Ciaté polishes have always appealed to me with their pretty bottles and bows. The quality of their polishes is fantastic, akin to a brand like OPI and definitely better than Essie (though it pains me to say it). These equate to £9 a pop and with OPI coming in at £11 each and Essie 1p cheaper at £8.99, if you have never delved into Ciaté I would definitely recommend them as a brand.

GlamGlow Mud Mask 'Cure Sexy', £38.95 for 50ml (25% of profits to breast cancer charity)

You may have heard the buzz surrounding GlamGlow, a "super mask" made with Tea Leaf which is designed to rejuvenate and brighten skin instantly, balance levels of oil and protect against free radical damage to the skin. It's famously used by many celebrities prior to red carpet appearances - it really is that good, and that instant. I recommended this to my best friend and she bought hers from Space NK, and loves it just as much as I do. It tightens and tingles on the skin as it dries, but after washing off my skin feels smooth, supple and radiant - I really think this product gives that "inner glow" effect that so many of us long for. 

2 fantastic products for an even more fantastic cause that I would absolutely recommend!

Have you done your bit for Breakthrough Breast Cancer? And equally importantly, do you know the '5 signs' to look for? Visit to read up on all the vital signs and information about this life-changing, and often life-threatening, disease.

NOTD: 'German-Icure By OPI'

Posted on: Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Sorry for the awful iPhone quality - as I mentioned in an earlier post my mum has taken my Canon camera to India with her so I am having to get by!

This is German-Icure by OPI from the Autumn/Fall 2012 Germany Collection, a gorgeous colour that my favourite nail polish guru Scrangie describes as a "dark, vampy, brown-tinged shimmery red". I think it's such a beautiful autumnal polish; it reminds me of cosy log cabins with big burning fires and red wine and I just think it is perfect, really!

The formula is fantastic - quick-drying and opaque in 2 coats, and with no chipping after 3 days.

I will try and upload some daytime photos tomorrow to really capture the shimmer! What do you make of this polish? Do you own it, or would it be something you'd want to try?

NOTD: Rimmel Pro 'Peppermint'

Posted on: Friday, 5 October 2012

This weekend I'm off to a wedding in North Wales (hello 5 hour drive as designated driver) and having not quite quashed my burning love for Essie's Mint Candy Apple but feeling it's slightly too summery for an October wedding, I picked this colour up in Tesco's last night in my mad-dash run around the shop (it's a long story but basically I only found out I was going to the wedding last night and all I had with me was an overnight bag - no change of clothes or anything - so literally everything bar my make up and skincare I had to buy last night. I might actually do a post on putting together an outfit in a last minute panic because it was entertaining if not damaging to my blood pressure)!

I'd heard good things about Rimmel Pro polishes but I'd never taken much to the colour range, until I spotted this little guy on the racks last night. This picture hasn't done it justice - it's much more 'pepperminty' in real life - think Mint Candy Apple but three shades darker. It's gorgeous and will add a bit of colour to my outfit.

Formula wise these polishes are lovely; 2 coats to opaque and with a wide brush, what can really go wrong? I would go as far as to say the brushes and formula are actually slightly superior to Essie - and if you know my love for Essie - you'll know that's a bold claim.

Have you tried any Rimmel Pro polishes? Any colour suggestions/favourites?

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!


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Rambles & Instagram Diary

Posted on: Monday, 1 October 2012

Just want to apologise for my absence this week—I’ve moved back to Nottingham to start my third year back at Uni and it’s been a big stressful mess of unpacking, sorting out timetables and fighting with my boyfriend so I’m afraid my digital pursuits have taken something of a backseat!

I’ve also been without my camera as my mum is off to India on Tuesday and wants to take it with her, so I’ve been reluctant to do any major posts without the appropriate quality photos—I’ll find some way round it this week!

Deserted British flag post-Olympics, dog selfy, Essie purchases, early Halloween decorations, Jasper wearing a funny hat, tacky nails, homemade cocktails, beautiful Essie polish 'Blue Rhapsody', skin/hair goodies, my mug, amazing changing-colour candle, Soap and Glory bits, lips (lol), Scrabble pillows, Jean Paul Gaultier coke can, silly boyfriend, my mug part 2, cat's mug, Gatineau goodies, Stella in earmuffs, Stella in silly hat, September JolieBox, my new favourite lip balm, last of the summer sunshine, packing beauty bits for uni (so stressful), me looking like a 50's housewife, me and my best friend, housemates, night out, Caudalie night cream, parking fines (oops), mango face mask before, mango face mask after (yuk), cute otters, Vaseline pink bubbly

I hope you're all doing well. Can you believe it's October already?! I'll endeavour to have my September favourites up this week (if you don't mind iPhone photos) - as ever, if you've done your own, please leave me the link!

Lots of love

Harriet x

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