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Sunday 12 February 2012

Get Lippie is now on Facebook

Yes, it's taken me long enough, I know - but there you go.

Anyway, it's here, it's very bare, so bear with me: Get Lippie on Facebook

Please don't let me be lonely over there.  When I figure out the widget, I'll get one, but in the meantime you'll have to join by following the link.  Old Skool! 

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Debenhams Beauty Club Awards Close Soon

Did I mention I was judging the Debenhams Beauty Club Awards this year?  Did I mention that the nomination period is closing soon?  Did I mention you can win one of two goody bags worth around £1000 (containing all 30 of last years winning products) if they get up to 20,000 votes?  Did I mention that they also have 10 runner up prizes of goody bags stuffed with award-winning products as well?

I didn't? Shame on me.  Still, you know now, so go get voting.  No excuses:  

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Friday 10 February 2012

Valentine Special - Own A Colour

I don't normally do Valentine-based stuff on Get Lippie, being a big old heartless hairy-armed knee-jerk harpie and all that, but an email fell into my in-box this week, and I had to share it.   I've already got a lipstick named after me, so I thought it was about time the incomparable MrLippie had something named after him, too.  Luckily, have come to the rescue.

In a charitable initiative to support Unicef, Own A Colour have linked up with Purple Ronnie and Dulux, and in exchange for a minimum donation of £1 you can gift a colour to your loved one, they get to name it anything they like!  Also, in exchange for your donation, and alongside their choice of colour, Purple Ronnie will write a personalised little love poem especially for your Valentine!  All you have to do is log onto their Facebook page to find out how.

Who could resist? Turns out I couldn't.  Purple Ronnie was kind enough to write me a little poem about the blog, and also drew a little picture of how he saw Get Lippie.  And, as Mr Lippie somehow made his way into the picture, I simply had to share it!

Your make-up can go badly wrong
If you’re not in the know -
Louise makes sure Get Lippie
Is the only place to go!

Not actually a photo.  Spooky resemblance though, right?*
Click onto the Own A Colour Facebook page to get your own poem and colour (no picture, I'm afraid) for your loved one. Help children, please support Unicef.

The Fine Print: NOT a sponsored post - Get Lippie has made a donation to charity as a result of the email. 
PS: Sorry to have spoiled your Valentine surprise, M!  I have no idea how Purple Ronnie found out about the dicky bow thing ... oh, and by the way,  we are TOTES getting matching T-shirts with this on, oh yes.

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Wednesday 8 February 2012

Gielly Green Salon, Shampoos and Hair Masks.

A few months ago, I was invited to a very special wedding, in an extremely special location, my hair needed doing, and it's fair to say I'd gotten into a bit of a flap about my wedding preparations. This, not least because I was also the makeup artist for the bride on the day ... more about that, hopefully, in a later blog post.

Gielly Green, the beautiful Marylebone-based hair salon came to my rescue, offering me a complimentary blow-dry on the day of the occasion, and I owe them a long-overdue thanks!   Founded a few years ago by Fred Gielly and Shai Greenberg, the salon is calm and very welcoming, and you can tell just by walking through the doors that the entire team puts a great emphasis on customer service.  It's a very lovely, and extremely comfortable salon too:

My visit was on a very busy Friday morning, but even so, I wasn't rushed or made to feel unwelcome.  After having a look at my hair Fred decided I needed a little conditioning treatment first, and so I had an application of their Argan Rescue (which can be used as both a treatment and a styling serum), then a glorious shampoo in what are, it has to be said, the most comfortable backwash chairs I've found in the six and a half years since I moved to London:

I seriously do not know why it is that so many salons in London think it's okay to have chairs that would be rejected from Abu Ghiraib for being "too uncomfortable", but these chairs are a thing of beauty, if I hadn't have been fretting about getting to a wedding on time, I'd have been quite happy to have spent the rest of the day snoozing in one of these babies ...

As for my blow-dry, well, it was perfect, bouncy, shiny, full of body, and I loved it.  If you have a chance to go along to the salon,  then do take my word for it, Fred is a genius with a hairdryer and a round brush.  I'm a hard woman to please when it comes to my hair, but I was very impressed with both the salon overall, and the hair I left the salon with.  Pictures will come when I get access to the wedding pictures!

I was so impressed with the salon, that I agreed to trial some of the home hair products that Gielly Green have produced.  I was sent the Repair Shampoo and the Repair Mask to deal with my coloured hair.

Classily packaged,  the products have a zingy scent of lemongrass, which is really lovely, and I found both the shampoo and mask to be wonderfully moisturising on the hair.  I'm not particularly a fan of the pot-style mask (I hate getting products under my nails), but this is a rich and thick cream that will add moisture to even the most parched of hair:

Sadly, my scalp (notoriously sensitive, and the bane of my existence when it flares up) didn't enjoy the products as much as my hair did, and this lead to a worsening of my seborrhic dermatitis and I had to discontinue use after about ten days.

That said, these products are parabens and SLS-free, and normally I'd expect them to work with most sensitive scalps, in this case, I suspect the problem was mine, rather than the products.

Overall, I'd be happy to go back to the salon on a regular basis, and I'd happily recommend the home products to anyone with a less temperamental scalp than my own.

The Fine Print: Get Lippie was a guest of Gielly Green, and products were provided for review purposes.

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Monday 6 February 2012

Lipstick of the Week - Clarins Gloss Prodige

Well, I said last week that I was planning on wearing just one brand over the next seven days, and, I during a delightful afternoon tea with the Clarins PR, I was presented with these, so it seemed like perfect timing!  These glosses are part of the new Spring collection from Clarins, which is out on counters at the moment.  Eight shades have been released, in shades of  nude, coral and pink.

So, what do they look like? 

Displayed in numerical order, you can see the glosses are pigmented, and contain varying levels of shimmer, from the least ( Rose) to the most (Grenadine).  The glosses are highly fruit scented - they smell of Skittles! - and slightly sticky.

A slightly better representation of the colours there, but this doesn't show off the shimmer.

The glosses vary slightly in pigmentation, ranging from deeply coloured, to barely there:

You can see that the two really nude shades are essentially slightly milky, but more or less clear glosses, for me they'd be good for toning down slightly too dark lipsticks, but they don't show up at all on my fairly highly pigmented lips. The other shades do show up on my lips, and 01 Chocolate was an unexpectedly wearable colour, I fell in love a bit with the multi-tonal microshimmer in that one.

My picks from the selection won't be a a surprise for anyone who's followed this blog for any period of time, but I was drawn to the pinks: 04 Candy, 06 Raspberry and 07 Blackberry:

These are such cheery and pretty shades, and Raspberry in particular has quickly become a handbag staple, I love it. 

Wear is about average for lipgloss, two to three hours or so, depending on what you're doing.  Fans of highly scented lip-products will love the fruity taste, as well.

Ingredients list:

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Thursday 2 February 2012

Debenhams Beauty Club Awards

I'm a lifelong Debenhams shopper - in my hometown there isn't a department store at all, and the nearest department store to us was Browns of Chester, which is actually a branch of Debenhams.

I spent so much time in that Debenhams beauty hall whilst growing up that eventually all the staff knew me by name (remember Norm from Cheers?  How the whole bar would shout his name when he walked in?  That used to happen to me in Browns.  True story.)  I was offered jobs by the Aveda, the Bobbi Brown and the Chanel counters, just from my constant shopping in there, and, from my chatting with the assistants I eventually learned more about most of their brands than the sales assistants themselves, bless them.

Through Debenhams I discovered Mac, La Prairie, Lancome, Guerlain, and many, many more, and, I loved them all. Still do. It's my love of those brands, discovered in-store that keeps this blog going!   Debenhams is also where I learned about crippling credit card debt, but that's a different story ...

Little known fact: 90% of the products I buy for the blog, I buy from Debenhams.  Sadly, the staff at the Oxford Street and Westfield branches don't know me as well as they used to in Chester - there's no cheering cries of "Luce!  Look at THIS!" as I walk around anymore, but I still feel more at home* in a Debenhams than I do any amount of John Lewis, Selfridges, House of Fraser, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Liberty stores ... there are more beautiful stores, there are better-stocked stores but there are none that occupy my heart in the same way as the Debenhams I grew up with ...

Why am I telling you all this, you're wondering, no doubt, well, I shall tell you!

Last year, Debenhams Beauty Club held their first ever Beauty Awards, and they were a huge success, garnering votes from over 12,000 people about their favourite beauty products.  This year - from today - they're doing it again.  If you log on to the Debenhams Beauty Club Facebook page, then you'll be able to vote for your favourite beauty products in six different categories.

On February 14th, the nominations will close and a specially-selected judging panel will shortlist products in each category, and then select a winner  for each ...

And the reason I'm telling you all this?  Well, dear readers, this year Get Lippie is on the judging panel!  I'm so delighted to be taking part, I can't even begin to tell you how much!  Finally, after years of delirious spending on fripperies, I get to tell Debenhams what I really think is good and worth buying.   And so do you, so get nominating good stuff for me to look at!  There's a chance of you winning every nominated product if you do, so, get voting ... !

Finally, something about blogging LippieMum will be proud of ...

* And not just because all my soft furnishings, bedding and towels etc were bought there, either

The Fine Print: NOT a sponsored post. Just a very, very happy one.  Now, if only they'd do something about that crippling credit card debt ...

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Wednesday 1 February 2012

Nail of the Day - Orly Rage

It's been a while since I showed you what I was wearing on my nails, but Orly Rage is a colour that was ... ahem ... all the rage on the beauty blogs last year, and I've finally got around to wearing it for myself.  I picked up this mini-bottle in Boots for a fiver a couple of months ago.

Orly Rage is a metallic foil, in a pale champagne/rose gold shade.  My nails show two thin coats over Orly Bonder (my Holy Grail nail basecoat), and topped off with Seche Vite.  It's wonderfully opaque, and very pretty.

But somehow, it's not very me.  I spent a day with it on wondering why it wasn't very me, and then I realised that the reason it isn't is because it's very ... my mum. These shimmery champagne shades are all she wears, and as a result I prefer shades with a bit more oomph.

So, all in all, not a winner shade for me, but the formula is magnificent. I need to pick up more from Orly this year.

The Fine Print: Purchase. Can't resist a mini-bottle of anything, me.

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