Saturday, 31 January 2015

Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara - {First Impressions}

Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara

Roller Lash by Benefit Cosmetics

A very exciting surprise parcel arrived a few days ago and it was from the BeneBabes at Benefit Cosmetics. I got a bright pink vanity case which contained some eye products, a pink heart shaped mirror and a personalised sleeping mask. There was also a copy of ELLE Magazine with a luxe sample of Benefit's soon-to-be-launched mascara, Roller Lash. 

Benefit have been putting teasers out on social media for many weeks now. It was announced at the end of last year that they would be launching a new product and beauty bloggers who got an exclusive preview called it a 'game changer'. That's exciting, right?! Everyone loves a game changer! 

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Last week, Benefit revealed that the very product they were talking about was a new mascara and that ELLE Magazine was going to offer it as an exclusive free gift for those who wanted to be the first to try it. The copies of the magazine are selling out really quickly, but if you get a come across the latest issue of ELLE Mag with Kiera Knightly on the front cover, grab a copy and you can trial Roller Lash before it is launches in March 2015.

Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara

At this point, I bet you're wondering what's so special about this mascara and why it is set to be a 'game changer'? The design of Benefit's Roller Lash is inspire by old-school velcro hair rollers (This is visibly more obvious in the full size version. The free gift is a luxe size sample). The function of the brush on this mascara is that it hooks and rolls your eyelashes just like old fashioned hair rollers - no curlers or heat required. Thanks to the clever design of the brush and the unique formula, it lifts and curls you lashes all on it's own!

Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara

I've been trying it for the past few days and upon first impression, I am impressed. I can confirm that it DOES lift the eyelashes and opens up your eyes. The thing is though, my eyelashes are very straight (Chinese girl problems) so I don't experience the curl effect from this mascara. But I have seen it do it's curly thing on other women's eyelashes, so I'm not at all skeptical about the unique selling point of this beauty product. I just have very straight lashes which aren't blessed with a natural curve, but as the mascara lifts the lash hairs in an upwards direction, I can still get away without using an eyelash curler. It's clump-free and stays curled/lifted all day too!

As well as curling, Roller Lash also lengthens but it doesn't add as much volume as I'd like. As I don't have that many lashes, I tend to favour the volume effect mascaras, but Roller Lash is quite the novelty and it has been very well received by many that have tried it. If you want flirty lashes, the free gift sample that comes with the March issue of ELLE Magazine (£4) is definitely worth trying.

Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara

Benefit's Roller Lash is launching in March 2015 and will be retailing at £19.50.

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Friday, 30 January 2015

Birchbox : Women's Health Edition

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Birchbox January 2015
Women's Health Edition

This month's Birchbox is in partnership with Women's Health. The theme is based around health, fitness and wellbeing, Birchbox has handpicked products that helps you start the year with your best foot forward. I really like this idea, I think Birchbox subscribers would appreciate the theme of this box especially at this time of year. 

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As usual, the box contains 5 beauty samples and some extra lifestyle bonus items from time to time. If you're lucky, there'll be one or two full size item but they tend to be miniature or travel sized. January's box contained 7 samples in total! One full size, 4 travel size, a sachet of matcha green tea powder and a pilates band. I have included the green tea powder and the pilates band as I have decided to focus on the main products.

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Activbod Feel Great Shower Concentrate:
This is nice travel size shower gel to pop in to your gym bag! It is a refreshing blend of green tea extra, sea minerals and soothing almond oil. It cleanses, and deodorises, with an immediate cooling effect on your skin. A great shower gel to use after a work out or a run.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum:
I have received a few Caudalie samples in past beauty sample boxes but I have to admit, I'm not sure I see the hype in Caudalie products yet. It's a brand that is very popular amongst beauty bloggers but it doesn't really do anything for me. I've tried one of their serums before but I'm not sure if it was the Vinoperfect (with an awesome name like that, I would have remembered!). Anyway, I will give this a go when I've finished my current serum. 

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo:
I like to keep a stash of miniature shampoos so that I can take them with me on short trips away, so I'll add this to my collection! Philip Kingsley products are no stranger to beauty box subscribers, but it is always a brand I welcome with open arms. I have only ever tried the Elastizer pre-shampoo conditioner so I'll be looking forward to trying the shampoo in this month's Birchbox. 

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Shaveworks The Cool Fix:
The Cool Fix is a gel lotion that's formulated to treat razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and redness from waxing or shaving. The gel absorbs in to skin straight away and makes your skin feeling really soft without leaving grease or residue. You can also use it on your skin whenever you feel like it though, so with the cooling effect that it has, it makes a great lotion for post-workout. 

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Stila Lip Glaze:
Even though I'm not much of a lipgloss fan, I was still really excited to see a Stila product in this month's Birchbox! It is a full size version which retails at £15, and I got it a shimmery peachy nude "one shade suits suits all" type of shade. 

If you fancy receive 5 samples from luxury beauty brands, sign up to Birchbox for a monthly subscription. It cost £10 per month (plus postage cost) and you can cancel at anytime. 

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Estee Lauder Collaborates with Lisa Perry

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Who doesn't love a free gift bag filled with some of the best beauty products in the world!? Exclusive to House Of Fraser, Estee Lauder and Lisa Perry has joined forces to bring you this promotional free gift containing SEVEN products plus very trendy make-up bag. From 29th January until 14th February, this set* is completely free when you purchase two products from Estee Lauder counters at House Of Fraser, one has to be either skincare or foundation.

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Lisa Perry is a designer who is known for her bold and vibrant designs and this make-up bag is exactly that. I love that Estee Lauder has gone for something like this, I think it will attract a younger customer. 

Here's a closer look at what's inside the bag!

Pure Colour Lipstick (Full Size):
I always get excited when these free gift sets contains lipsticks! Because of the packaging, I thought that the red lid indicated it would be a red lipstick. However, in my experience with these types of freebies, the lipstick tends to be a brown shade so I wasn't surprised when I opened the lid and it is indeed a brown. This doesn't suit me at all, but I'll see if one of my sister would like it!

Pure Colour Eyeshade Quad Palette:
I love everything about this eyeshadow palette, from the colours to the Lisa Perry design on the front. It's got a decent sized mirror in there too! The shades are really pretty, and I would wear every single one of them. Very excited to try this out!

Perfectly Clean Cleanser:
This is the first time I've used skincare from Estee Lauder, I always used to associate it with the older lady. I ain't getting any younger, so it's about time I gave it a go! The Perfectly Clean Cleanser can be used as a daily cleanser or you can use it as a purifying mask by leave it on for 3 minutes, twice a week. 

Sumptuous Extreme Mascara:
I have tried this mascara before and really like it. It adds a lot of volume to your lashes making them appear darker and thicker.

A choice of moisturiser:
You get to choose between Daywear hydrating face moisturiser or the Revitalizing Supreme moisturiser for radiance. I got the latter, but would have been happy with either. The Daywear cream contains SPF and Revitalizing Supreme is anti-ageing. 

Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel:
I'm all about the eye creams these days! I'm in the very early stages of trying this out and eye treatments take time to work so I don't have that much to say about this yet. It does promise to make eyes appear youthful and brighter... but don't they all! The miniature pot is really cute, and I love the brown and gold packaging design. 

Advanced Night Repair
This is a very powerful serum which address the signs of ageing by renewing your skin while you sleep (god, that sounds creepy, doesn't it?) But the nightly ritual will give you a smoother complexion, few lines, and a healthier look to you skin. It will be nice to see if this little sample works before committing to the large bottle which costs £69.00!


Get your free gift set (make up bag and seven products) at House Of Fraser in store or online when you purchase two Estee Lauder products (with one being foundation or skincare). Offer ends 14th Feb and is subject to availability.

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Let's Do A Make-Over!

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As you can see, the blog has had a make-over! For the longest time, I have wanted to give Temporary:Secretary more of sleeker, grown up look. I had put it off for several reasons; I was scared of change and I was scared readers wouldn't like it. My plan was to make the drastic changes before the New Year so that I can the blog can get a new, professional look and a fresh start, but I kept holding back. I had also become attached to the girly, pastel colour scheme because I had comments from people telling me how much they love it and from getting that feedback like that made me more reluctant to strip it down. But I knew it was time to move on from that and grow up! Now I wish I did it ages ago. It's amazing what change can do!

Thanks to pipdig for installing the template and ensuring everything works! I have spent the day tweaking the blog layout, and I think I'm finally done. I've got a new header, new menu bar and a couple of new things on the side bar. I just wanted to write a little something to acknowledge the changes before resuming my blogging schedule tomorrow.

I hope you like my new blog design as much as I do! If you're thinking of giving your blog a make-over, I highly recommend pipdig!

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