Just My Look

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Last week a little make up bundle popped through our respective letterboxes from Just My Look, how lovely! As super keen bloggers, we put it straight to the test and wore some of the pieces to shoot our Jo and Victoria Hit the Road post.

Now, we make no secret of the fact that we aren’t beauty aficionados (it’s all just so overwhelming) so Just My Look appear to be right up our street with their super affordable prices. We particularly rated the In The Buff eye-shadow palette from W7, with 12 shades of brown, nude and gold, at £4.99 it is an incredibly cheap alternative to palettes from other brands. The Technic Colour Max lipsticks in pretty pink and coral shades were also a hit thanks to their strong pigmentation and lasting power. Considering they are only £1.99 a pop they really are great value for money.  Finally, the OPI New Orleans Mini Pack of nail varnishes (£12.95) were another highlight! They are long lasting and as you can see in the above picture, really chip resistant. Who knew green nails could look so great?

We didn’t get on quite so well with the Contour Stix Contouring Crayons from Technic (£3.95), possibly due to our fear of creating a right old mess, but just didn’t seem to have much of an impact. We definitely need some cheekbone contouring tips from Kim K. Nevertheless, we did like the stick application, which always makes life so much easier.  Perhaps with some practice (and persistence) we can perfect the art? The Technic Mega Blush (£2.50) was also a bit of a miss as, despite containing four beautiful shades of pink to rosy up our pale faces, the pigment really wasn’t very strong at all and just left us looking as ghostly as ever. Boo!

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Have you shopped at Just My Look before? We’d been keen to hear any recommendations if you’ve discovered any cheap gems!


Beat the Rush

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No, it’s not hair-say, a new hairdressers has opened in Bristol! When the invite landed in our inbox to pop for a chop at the new Rush Hair and Beauty salon on The Horsefair in the centre of Bristol, we didn’t need to mullet over. We have a heck of a lot of hair between us, so it’s really important that we try to keep it in tip top condition, especially in this monstrous weather. Long hair and blusterous winds are a frightful mix. Hair-raising stuff for sure!

We were handed a glass of champagne and chatted with our hairdressers, the wonderful Josh and Laura, about what we wanted. I (Victoria) am currently growing my hair, so although Josh took only a a little off of the length, he made sure we waved goodbye to all of my lifeless ends. Good riddance bad ends! My hair felt extremely light and swishy after and really did look so much healthier. We discussed tips on promoting hair growth, and Josh recommended that I use a hair mask about once a week to add moisture and shine. Since my visit to Rush, I have been using a Kérastase mask and I’ve really noticed the difference. My barnet has been exceptionally shiny, but I promise I haven’t let it go to my head! Laura had her work cut out finding the end of Jo’s hair, but once she did, she set to work and the results were absolutely gorgeous. I always love to see Jo’s hair curled, and Laura did such an incredible styling job with just a pair of GHD’s. What a talent.

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After a few cheeky selfies we parted ways, and I used every shop window en route home as a mirror to admire my luscious locks! We both definitely recommend a trip to see Laura and Josh. They really know their stuff, listened to our needs and intuitively produced exactly what we both wanted without any fuss. You could say they’re real big wigs of the stylist world. In fact, that very evening we raved about them to our mutual BFF Ellie, who booked an appointment and had her hair cut at Rush yesterday. Let me tell you, she looks INCREDIBLE! So, thank you Rush for inviting us and making us feel so comfortable at your super salon. We’ll be back soon!

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Alpha H Moisturiser and Korres Body Butter, Bath and Unwind.

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The Alpha H Daily Essential Moisturiser* has found me at the perfect time. I recently had some red blemishes on my forehead diagnosed as sun damage, and since having the areas removed with a reeeeeally sharp needle, I’ve sworn to myself that I will take much better care of my skin, especially my face. It’s an awfully pore (ha!) excuse, but I’ve never enjoyed wearing any sort of sun protection on my face as they are usually so greasy and heavy. This is the only product I’ve ever used which gives you effective protection against the sun (as long as you reapply when needed!), whilst not feeling sticky on your face. In fact it’s the opposite, as it dries on contact with the skin. It’s so lightweight I’ve actually started using it everyday.

I wasn’t confident that my skin would get along with Alpha H, as when trying new moisturisers, nine times out of ten, I will have some sort of reaction to them. With Alpha H though, so far, so good. Personally, I think this may be due to the aloe vera and natural honeycomb, but whatever it is, I am so thankful to have found a moisturiser that doesn’t leave me looking like a ripe tomato!  Bath and Unwind could not have picked a better product for me, and I would advise anyone who is as naive about skincare as me to get in touch with them and see what they can recommend for you.

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Moving on to more decadent matters, if there’s a body butter that smells anywhere near as good as Korres Guava Body Butter*, I’ve yet to get my nose near it. It’s like all of your favourite Summer holiday’s squeezed themselves into a really trendy looking tube. You only need a super small amount, so don’t go crazy ladies, and the moisture lasts all day with no icky sticky residue left behind. Moisture goals.

The body butter is packed full of sunflower and almond oil, shea butter and quince extract, but my favourite thing about this it is that it contains avocado. During my research for this post I have learnt that avocado is excellent for both skin elasticity and smoothness. Now, I can’t promise that if you buy this body butter (or eat a lot of avocados) that you will suddenly be blessed with smooth skin, but you will smell delicious. Strangers will be queuing up to sit next to you on the bus.

If you know of the perfect moisturiser for extremely sensitive skin, please let me know in the comments and do pop over to Bath and Unwind’s snazzy website.


*This post is in association with Bath and Unwind*

Lush Blogger Evening

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Victoria wears Vintage polka dot dress | Jo wears Brown Riviera Vintage Silky Top and Brown Riviera Bistro Short both from Boden*

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A few Fridays ago we had the pleasure of attending a blogger evening at the Cribbs Causeway branch of Lush in Bristol. As big fans of their colourful bath bombs and ethical approach to creating natural cosmetics, we were super keen try out some new products and to catch up with local bloggers and fellow Lush fangirls Lily and Charlotte.

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What a slick event it was too! Comprising of five different stations to visit where the lovely Lush ladies (and gent) discussed hair, body, skin and sun care, as well as introducing us all to their pretty extensive make up range. The sun care products were particularly interesting, and we were suitably awed by the sunblock bar, a clever wash on, rinse off block of sun protection. This is a really novel way of avoiding conventional sticky lotion. As we all know, less time spent applying lotion = more time scoffing ice cream! That’s just basic beauty maths.

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Our favourite part of the evening was getting the chance to create our own Catastrophe Cosmetic face masks. Many blueberries were harmed during the making of the masks! After (extensively) testing the end product, we have both been genuinely taken aback with the results. After each application, our skin looks clean, clear and unusually healthy. Since getting our hands on these delights, we’ve become so obsessed that we’ve decided to try them all, even popping into the Brighton branch of Lush during our girly weekend away to pick up three more. We are both truly convinced that the calming Catastrophe Cosmetic makes our skin look and feel heaps better and would be interested to hear if others agree.

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Victoria’s July Beauty Favourites

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites So, this is my first attempt at a favourites post. As beauty certainly isn’t my specialist subject, do please bear with me! I thought I’d give it a go as some of the products I’ve been using this month (and over the past few months!) are definitely worth sharing as they have contributed to making me look (slightly) more human on a daily basis.

It’s no secret that Soap and Glory products are amazing. They smell heavenly, they look dishy in your bathroom, and just seem to last forever. I’ve been using their Righteous Butter body butter since January and it isn’t even half empty. It’s easily my favourite Soap and Glory body product for moisturizing, as it’s made my skin feel softer and look smoother than ever.

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites After using my nifty butter I have to wash my hands, as although they would smell great, they would be so sticky my cat would get stuck to them. To do this I’ve been using English Rose soap* then protecting them with Verbena hand cream* from The Somerset Toiletry Company (support your local businesses Hemsters!). As I have very sensitive skin, I find most hand washes aggravating. So, I’ve recently switched to bars of soap after being told that liquid soaps contain more fragrances and other additives that would make my hands feel sad. No one likes sad phalanges.

I’ve included Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream not because I love it, but because I really want to love it! I’m just struggling to understand how to use it (because I am a wally) and I need your help kind readers. The day I bought it I got over excited and smothered it over my whole face. This was a big mistake as this cream is stickier than a Panini sticker factory. How does it work for you?

The Elemis lip balm which came in my Company Blog awards goody bag. I usually stick to Vaseline on my lips but thought I’d try this out and I’m so glad I did! I put this on one night when my lips were feeling more chapped than usual and when I awoke, they felt silky smooth. It’s a peppermint dream!

She and Hem | Victoria's July Favourites My nail polish of choice this month is Ciate and their enormous range of magnificent shades. I really rate the quality of this nail varnish, as I find that it doesn’t chip once applied and seems to lasts a lot longer than other brands. I’ve been loving the four colours below, which are ‘ladylike luxe‘, ‘maybe baby‘, ‘mines a mocha‘ and my personal favourite ‘spinning teacup‘, which I have been wearing constantly and can be seen in the lipstick pictures.

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The Witch concealer stick is one of those products that you don’t know that you need until you have one, and then just can’t live without. It’s a quick and easy way of covering up blemishes AND treating your skin at the same time. Winner!

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The mascara is very cute and comes with a step by step make-up class from Jemma herself, and I can confirm it does indeed add length to your lashes and stays on all day long. Hemsters, here’s a little secret for you. I actually bought this from The Original Factory Shop as I have recently discovered their make up is SO cheap, but please don’t all rush and clear their shelves, save some for me!

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We love a bit of vintage here at She and Hem, so I was predictably hyped to receive this lush ‘Debutante Pink‘ lipstick* from vintage experts Besame. The packaging is pretty ravishing, as is the lovely pink shade you can see above and in this post. Pretty in pink or what!

I will see you in August for another round up of beauty favourites.


Tooty Scrutiny: Beauty Bounty

Hello! It isn’t often that I foray into the world of beauty as, despite caking myself in makeup and cementing my hair in place most days, I just feel a little out of my depth when it comes to talking beautification. But, you know what? I LOVE reading about what other people have been using so, with that in mind, here’s what I’ve been buying, trying and loving of late.

The New 

Rimmel Scandaleyes | Urban Decay Naked 3 | Bourjois Liner Featre & Bourjois Liner Stylo | Dove Style + Care | Rimmel Fix & Protect | Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Berry Me

I think part of the reason I am writing this post is (a poor attempt) to justify my recent splurge on beauty products. I had been reading so many rave reviews about the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette that when I saw Debenhams had it for 20% off I had a moment of weakness. Oops! I’ve only had it since Saturday but I already love it so much. The gorgeous neutral tones are perfect for me and I can see that I will be using it on a daily basis. I also made the mistake of popping into Boots during 3 for 2 season. I’ve been after a new eyeliner and couldn’t decide between the two Bourjois ones (felt tip! exciting!) so decided to buy them both (obviously) along with the much-lauded Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara. The Dove Heat Protection Spray, Rimmel Fix & Protect primer and Body Shop lipstick are all new versions of old favourites.

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Hem and Away: South West Bloggers Meet

South West Bloggers Meet 2013! Photo by Kerry Dyer

Last Saturday we attended the South West Bloggers Meet in Exeter, which was organised and hosted by gorgeous bloggers Liza Pardeux and Kerry Dyer. We had been looking forward to this meet-up for what feels like forever so it was with great excitement that we boarded our train from Bristol!

Ex3The event was held upstairs at John Gandy’s cocktail bar, a lovely venue tucked away on a charming cobbled street located a mere few seconds from the hustle and bustle of the main high-street. On arrival we were greeted by a huge table of Lush goodies! Heaven! We promptly dropped our bags and began sampling the sumptuous smellies! The lovely Lush ladies were on hand to demonstrate how to apply the Snow Fairy massage bar, which smells divine, and to show off their Christmas wares. We were slightly dismayed to learn that our favourite seasonal Lush product, Ruby Red Slippers, won’t be making a return this Christmas. You can’t be truly festive unless you’re bathing in red glitter. An online campaign might be in order.

Ex6However we soon got over this news after a swift perusal of the cocktail menu! We settled on the strawberry daiquiri, pictured above, which was rather dreamy!Ex7

As well as Lush, Pearlys were also on hand to demonstrate their teeth whitening products. There’s nothing quite like watching a bunch of bloggers stand around scrubbing their teeth with a tiny finger mit! We couldn’t resist trying it out and were surprised at just how instantaneous the results were. We also got a little over excited by the above lip gloss which has a fully functioning light within the lid and a mirror on the side. Genius. Continue reading Hem and Away: South West Bloggers Meet

She and Home: Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit7Benefit at House of Fraser Bristol kindly invited some local bloggers for an evening of makeup, wine, cakes and sweets in order to introduce us to the rocking world of Rockatuer, Benefit’s latest blusher. As Benefit fans, it was hard to resist an evening of indulging in all of their pretty offerings!

We both LOVE makeup but are by no means experts so it was really useful to watch the Benebabes, the lovely Lucy and Kate, demonstrate how things should be applied. We both find buying makeup quite an overwhelming experience. There’s just so much choice and I (Jo) am usually far too self conscious to ask for help from one of the assistants. I have tended to go for Benefit purely because I like the packaging and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here! Thankfully for me, Benefit packs just as much substance as it does style!

Benefit8Lucy showed us how easily the Rockateur blush, which is £23.50, can be layered up to take it from daytime wear to an evening look. We were both really impressed with the beautiful rose-gold colour and how nicely it lifts the face. Benefit describe this blush as being  for “girls who don’t blush easily” which perfectly fits the cheeky tone of the brand and is also true of the product! Lucy then used the Watt’s Up highlighter, £24.50, (which I loved so much I ended up buying – naughty!) to bring out Kate’s cheekbones and used the Smokin’ Eyes Kit, £28.50, to create a beautiful smokey eye. The look was completed with a quick swish of the They’re Real mascara, £19.50. Smashing.

Benefit4Benefit3After the demonstration, we were all given the opportunity to have ours brows mapped.  This involved measuring to find the exact points at which our eyebrows should be! After marking out the perfect points, Lucy used Benefit’s Brow Zings (£23.50) to create the new brow. The transformation was surprisingly drastic and we both loved our newly improved look! For me, it turns out that my eyebrow shape is as it should be but that I should add a bit of length! I’ve already got quite a lot of brow so I was slightly unnerved about adding more but it turns out it’s a much better look!

Benefit6benefit2Jo: I bought this beautiful Cath Kidston dress a couple of months ago from the St Peter’s Hospice charity shop in Clifton Village, Bristol. I did an audible gasp when I saw it on the rack! It’s exactly my style with its beautiful sleeves, autumnal colours, floral print and unusual neckline. Phwoar! With all that going for it and the fact it was my size, it was clearly meant to be! The slight dip in temperature meant I could finally wear it last week and, I’m pleased to report, it was certainly worth the wait! I teamed it with black patterned tights from Topshop and my F&F red polka-dot shoes (reviewed here). Continue reading She and Home: Benefit Cosmetics