Deal Alert: A great Omorovicza GWP only at Urban Retreat Beautique

Posted by Lipglossiping On August - 22 - 2013

Who doesn’t love the added incentive of a great gift-with-purchase when you’re doing some online beauty shopping?  Well, Urban Retreat’s Beautique have got a lovely one at the moment in the form of an Omorovicza travel set which includes a nifty makeup/toiletry bag and some fairly generous sample-sized goodies.  Take a look…

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The set includes the following items:

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask 15ml
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist 30ml
Omorovicza Cleansing Foam 30ml
Omorovicza Illuminating Moisturiser 4ml

To qualify for the free gift you need to spend £50 or more on Omorovicza products.  I’ve heard great things about the Deep Cleansing Mask… but what are your top Omorovicza picks?


Swatched: Leighton Denny Holographic Collection

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 11 - 2013

Look lively beauty-lovers, there’s a new holographic collection coming to town…

Leighton Denny is launching a trio of kaleidoscopic-dazzlers exclusively with The Urban Retreat Beautique and I’m delighted to have a genuine sneak peek* for you, so without further ado…

Leighton Denny Holographic Hollo Rose

Hollo Rose

Leighton Denny Holographic Holo Skye

Hollo Skye

Leighton Denny Holograpic Hollo Silva

Hollo Silva

The new shades deliver a medium holographic effect from what is most interestingly, a matte nail.  Ignoring the press release (which describes these as high-gloss) the trio actually imparts a matte/suede finish that can be topped off with a top-coat should you require more shine.  The matte effect doesn’t do anything to downplay the light reflection and indeed, gives a really interesting twist on a tried and tested formula.

Talking of the formula, it’s an odd one although consistent across the three shades.  Laying down the first coat, the polish grabs to the surface of the nail almost too vigorously and has a tendency to leave bald patches.  I quickly surmised that the best way forward was a very thin bottom layer followed by a thicker second coat which helped smooth out any imperfections. The polish dries remarkably quickly and is touch dry within a couple of minutes.

Those of you who are familiar with matte nail formulas will understand the difficulties that can sometimes be had with these formulas, especially if your nails suffer with excessive ridging or chipping.  I would definitely consider pairing these with a ridge-filling base coat next time.  Either way by the third coat, you’re fully opaque and ready to go!

The Leighton Denny Holographic Collection will be coming online exclusively at The Urban Retreat Beautique in the next week or so priced at £13.25 each.

ETA: As of 12/06/13 – these polishes are now available via the above link.

* press sample

Hop to it! Urban Retreat Beautique’s Easter Hunt is on!

Posted by Lipglossiping On April - 5 - 2012

Historically, you lovely lot have swept the board with Urban Retreat Beautique’s fun and games and once again, I’m expecting some great sleuthing from you guys, don’t bleedin’ let me down!

Haven’t got a clue what I’m going on about?  Please allow me to explain…

Urban Retreat Beautique will be releasing a total of nine naughty bunny wabbits at 1pm TODAY.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to scour the pages of the Urban Retreat Beautique website and track down those elusive bunnies!  They could be hiding on any product page but once you find one, add it to your basket and go through the checkout process as normal to claim your prize!  The bunny will cost 1p but the prize, will be worth much more!

To ensure you have the fastest fingers, a little preparation is key.  You’ll need to register in order to play (and checkout those prizes), so head over to this page in advance of 1pm today to get signed up.

I wish all you lovely hunters the best of luck and hope an unexpected prize brings you a very happy Easter weekend!

Relive the weekend: An interview on the Urban Retreat Beautique

Posted by Lipglossiping On February - 14 - 2012

This weekend, I had the pleasure of being interviewed for The Urban Retreat Beautique’s We ❤ Sundays feature.  A weekly installment that offers up a dose of informal chit-chat with beauty contributors from around the globe.

If the alternative is doing some proper work on a Tuesday morning, I invite you to click through to discover some useless knowledge about me such as: what’s in my handbag, the last three things I whacked on my debit card and even my favourite day of the week.  If the alternative is making love to a hot, hot man (it is Valentine’s Day afterall), you’re forgiven… move along.  Just click and read later yeah?

Grand bisous xx

The Cutting Room Floor #3

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 6 - 2011

This month’s Cutting Room Floor is a real mish-mash of things that have caught my eye over the last 4 weeks, from salon style to at-home solutions, if you’re into hair… read on…

1. Trevor Sorbie launches “The New Wave”

The New Wave takes the long-lasting abilities of a perm but instead of tight curls, offers a natural-looking wave that will last wash-after-wash, until it grows out.  It’s on my wishlist!

Currently exclusive to the Covent Garden Salon, priced at £180

2. High Gloss Watercolour Treatment

Hair Organics in Notting Hill is one of the few hair salons to maintain a completely organic policy and in support of this, they’ve introduced the new High Gloss Watercolour Treatment, a semi-permanent watercolour that contains absolutely no dye or colour pigments.

Dull hair is transformed with a glossy shine that lasts 6 – 8 weeks and both natural and existing highlights are lifted and enhanced without the damaging effects of dyes and chemicals.

The High Gloss Water Colour Treatment is exclusive to Hair Organics, Notting Hill Salon. Price from £71.00

3. Touch of Silver Ultimate Makeover competition

Touch of Silver, famous for their clever violet-toned brightening shampoos are offering the chance to win the ultimate makeover by one of England’s most sought-after hair stylists Taylor Taylor London and overnight accommodation at the 4* Bloomsbury Hotel London.

Whether you’re grey, white or blonde on top, check out the facebook page for more information and how to enter.

4. Operation Glam Hair Care Range

Songstress, Lulu’s haircare range is targeted at thinning or ultra-fine hair.  I have fine hair thanks to my PCOS and have been putting a few pieces from the lineup to the test*.  My pick is the High Profile Thicken and Lift Spray which has a really light texture but when sprayed into my roots before blow drying, helps give an illusion of both volume and thickness.

Available from Lulus Place with prices starting from £5.75

* press samples

5. The Most Expensive Blow Dry in the World

The skin of white truffle, pure diamond dust and meteorite extracts… not your usual ‘poo and conditioner ingredients.  In celebration of Dutch haircare brand Fuente’s ridiculously decadent collection, Urban Retreat have created The World’s Most Expensive Blowdry.

The treatment utilises the transformative power of Truffle Shampoo and Reconditioner at our relaxing hairwash spa. Clients will enjoy a heavenly hot stone cranial massage, which will work to maximise the ingredients’ efficacy and can also help to promote hair growth. To ensure guests leave the salon looking fabulously groomed and feeling their absolute best, the treatment will be completed with a glossy blowdry by Urban Retreat’s Creative Director Flavian Abbas.  Clients will be gifted with a full sized bottle of Truffle Shampoo and Reconditioner so that the luxury will endure long after they leave the salon.

Available exclusively at Urban Retreat at Harrods (naturally dahling).

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Have you been rocking any new hair news?  I’ve mastered the art of wearing a hair doughnut — I’m so pleased!

Deal Alert: Beautique choose their winner and a DISCOUNT code!

Posted by Lipglossiping On April - 6 - 2011

A BIG thank you to everyone who took the time to enter my recent Beautique/Urban Retreat competition!

They were so pleased with the response (and super cool answers) that they wanted to offer everyone a 15% discount code to use online at Beautique.com


But who was the lucky winner of an amazing £100 Urban Retreat voucher and pamper hamper?  Well, turns out – it was this lady – congratulations Stephanie!

If you want to have a read of some of Beautique’s favourite entries, click here to see if yours made their top list!

A Quick Reminder: WIN with Beautique and Lipglossiping.com

Posted by Lipglossiping On March - 29 - 2011

UK ladies, you don’t have long left to enter to win a fabulous prize…

WIN A £100 URBAN RETREAT VOUCHER PLUS A PAMPER HAMPER!

Head over to the secret page on Beautique that’s been reserved for Lipglossiping readers and answer one simple question.

Get your skates on and don’t forget that aswell as London, there’s an Urban Retreat in Manchester too!  Northern ladies – you’re not left out.  Good luck lovelies!

Win a FABULOUS prize with Lipglossiping & Beautique.com!

Posted by Lipglossiping On March - 18 - 2011

I’m hugely excited to be collaborating with Beautique.com for this giveaway. These guys are in my “oooh la-la don’t touch till payday” favourites folder!

Once upon a time (thanks to fat fingers)… the Beautique store link ended up in the same online shopping folder as my shortcut to WilkinsonPlus.  It was like the Sun and Moon colliding and I only just escaped with my debit card intact. 

Beautique.com have a seriously lust-worthy stock inventory that should probably come with a health warning. Or at the very least, a purse one!

Haven’t got a clue what I’m on about?  Well… listen to what they have to say about themselves (they’ll be far more eloquent than me).

Beautique.com is the sister site to Urban Retreat which is a beauty treatment paradise located in Harrods, London and Harvey Nichols, Manchester.

Beautique.com stocks hard to find, luxury brands such as Laura Mercier, Clive Christian, Connock London plus old favourites such as OPI, Daniel Sandler and Kerastase. Thanks to Beautique’s close links with the world renowned Urban Retreat, the girls behind the keyboards have access to hundreds of beauty insiders and experts and are able to bring you the best and latest beauty information and products.

Plus every new customer benefits from 10% off their first order with code welcome, so if you’re in to your luxury beauty Beautique.com is worth a click!

For a full list of treatments available at Urban Retreat click here: http://www.urbanretreat.co.uk/default.aspx?PageID=1

Told you.  Posh side of t’internet.   So what the hell are they doing getting in touch with me?

Well, Beautique have got a fan-flippin-tastic prize up for grabs and they want to offer it to one of you awesome lot!

WIN A £100 URBAN RETREAT VOUCHER PLUS A PAMPER HAMPER!

 

You know Urban Retreat right?  That bolthole of heavenly pampering and lavish treatments housed in Harrods, London and Harvey Nichols, Manchester?  Good, thought you did.

So… clearly, you want to win – but how?  Simple.

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Head over to the secret page on Beautique that’s been reserved for Lipglossiping readers and answer one simple question!

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I wish you the best of luck with this one my UK lovelies!

 

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