belles on style

Welcome to Belles On Style, a fashion and beauty blog written by sisters Amy and Sarah. Living in London & Glasgow.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2011 - Goody-bag delights

I was delighted to receive an invitation to attend the Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards 2011 this morning in the very beautiful One Marylebone on the edge of Regents Park.
Cosmo's annual beauty awards are in their ninth year and the winning products are chosen by a team of judges including top make up artists, leading beauty journalists and celebrities such as Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts. A total of eighty-two products won a prize including my personal favourites: Benefit Dandelion Pink Face Powder - "Ultimate Blusher" and Moroccanoil Treatment Oil - "Best Leave-in Treatment Oil".

However for me the highlight of the event had to be the fabulous goody bag each attendee was handed by the Cosmo girls as we left the event with our awards in hand.

Stuffed full of beauty, skincare and haircare products I cannot wait to test everything out. Back at the office I delved into the bag to discover Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin.
I instantly tried them out and couldn't believe how easy it was to create the elusive "Top Knot" that stayed in place for the rest of the day and (my colleagues assured me) looked pretty cool...!

Beauty Scribbler posted a fantastic video demo of how to use the pins just two days ago:

The Spin Pins are available in Boots, Recommend Retail Price: £4.99.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

When we were younger we used to go into our attic and play dress-up with all the amazing clothes that at some point belonged to our Mum, Grandma, various Aunts. Of course they looked ridiculous as we were about 5 and disappeared inside them. As I got older and began to grow into them it was far easier to envision them as items that could quite comfortably be on a hanger in Urban Outfitters. This dress in particular was one of my favourites. Originally (I wish I had photographed it) it had these inflatable sleeves and the length was unflattering. With the print I thought it would be better to take away some material, so I got my Grandma (who is pretty handy with a needle and thread) to shorten it and to make the sleeves simple T-shirt sleeves. I have worn it to death.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Simple Repair Anti-Wrinkle Day & Night Cream

Living at Tower Bridge I have the luxury of having numerous Boris Bikes at my disposal. After a sunny Sunday afternoon where I persuaded my boyfriend to accompany me on a, at times treacherous, bike ride from Tower Bridge to Little Venice, I have become hooked. I boris bike to and from work, to yoga, to meet friends or to wherever I need to be in a hurry. Biking is the ultimate achievement as it ticks off a few points in my daily to-do list - exercise, try not to be late, avoid the tube at all costs. Although I am Boris's no.1 convert I do worry about the impact that biking in central London is having on my skin. Mornings spent behind double decker red buses while I hold my breathe to avoid swallowing the potent exhaust fumes combined with summer sun rays on my face has the potential to age my skin beyond it's years.

Over the past few weeks I have decided to take preventative measures by using Simple Repair Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream and Simple Repair Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream (available from Boots, RRP £8.16 per cream). At the lower price end of the many anti-wrinkle creams but more expensive than a regular daily moisturiser, Simple's Repair range has received great reviews from bloggers, journalists and was recently featured on the Daily Mail beauty pages.

The creams promise to reduce wrinkles in just four weeks and contain UVA/ UVB protection. Fortunately I don't have many wrinkles to repair but I have really enjoyed using the thick cream. I have sensitive skin that can become quite dry but this has left my face feeling moisturised complete with a degree of protection against the harmful inner city elements.