Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution now available online

Just a quick post to let you know that you can at last purchase one of my favourite and most effective French pharmacy products online for a reasonable price. You can now buy Bioderma's cult make-up remover, Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution (previously called Crealine H20 Micelle Solution ) at John Bell & Croyden - Pharmacists to the Queen no less! The pharmacists are the first in the UK to stock the full range. This couldn't have come at a better time for me, as the bottle I purchased in Paris last year, is sadly empty. And as delightful as a trip to Paris would be, it does seem slightly extreme just to buy make-up remover (even for me!).

You can purchase a 250ml size for £9.99, or 500ml for £14.50. The range is also available instore.

Here is what I had to say about it last year:

"Today's blog post is about the Crealine H20 Micelle Solution, which is apparently a favourite of many an international makeup artist. After using it once, I understood straight away why so many people rave about this product. This unscented makeup remover is brilliant. It takes off all my makeup with a few gentle sweeps of the cotton pad, and is really gentle and soothing on the skin. It doesn't sting at all, and there is no need to rub your eyes hard to remove the makeup.....I have no doubt that I will be purchasing this again. It is definitely the best and most effective makeup remover I have tried."

Thursday, 21 February 2013

More LiLiFi love from MyBag.com

I have previously blogged about my purchases from LiLiFi here and here. And here is the latest addition to my LiLiFi collection, this time from MyBag.com .

If you are a regular reader of my blog or follow me on Twitter, then you will know that I have more than a little bit of love for all prints of the leopard variety. Therefore I couldn't resist adding this clutch to my collection when I discovered it on MyBag.com for only £35 (68% off)! I think this lighter leopard colour-way will be fantastic in the Summer. 

You can currently get 15% off site-wide at MyBag.com . You will have to be quick though, as the offer ends midnight on the 22nd February.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Lou Lou Chats with jewellery designer Clare Hynes

One of the things that I have loved about writing my blog is having the opportunity to connect with creative and talented individuals in the fashion industry. I always find their passion for what they do really inspiring. Today's post focuses on Clare Hynes, designer of some VERY beautiful pieces of jewellery.


Describe your jewellery in three words.

Statement, colourful, unique

Please tell us more about yourself.

I was born and raised in the UK. I then moved to Ireland where I lived for several years, before relocating to Northern China, where I now live for most of the year.

I studied graphic design in the UK and after graduating, began a successful career in magazine design, working for various women’s magazines in London, Sydney and Dublin.

It was during this time that I discovered my true passion for jewellery design. I began exploring my creative talent by making jewellery at home and creating experimental pieces for myself, my friends and family. Over the years I have developed and honed these skills and evolved my designs.

My designs have appeared in a wide range of UK and Irish press, including Grazia, Woman & Home, Marie Claire, Irish Tatler and The Irish Independent. My designs have also been worn by UK X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos and were selected to be worn by two lead charaters in the popular American series 9O21O.

The New SS13 Empress collection takes inspiration from my surroundings in China.

Xiao-Xing necklace

Is there a signature ‘Clare Hynes Jewellery’ style?

The Statement necklace - rows of colourful stones combined with chains and threads.

Would you say ‘Clare Hynes Jewellery’ is more classic, or trend-led?

Trend-led, I like to look at the catwalk trends each season for inspiration for the next jewellery collection I’m designing

There are some stunning pieces in the collection, but do you have a favourite piece?

Thank you! At the moment my favourite is the Xiao-Xing necklace. We’re in the depths of Winter in Northern China at the moment so this piece adds a bright pop of colour to my outfits and reminds me of Summer!

What has been the highlight for you since starting your label?

When I saw my pieces adorned by Ariel Kebbel and Jessica Lowndes on 90210. I couldn’t quite believe that my designs were on an American TV series, and one that is watched by 1.6million people!

Looking back, is there anything that you would have done differently?

I don’t think so. Because of having two young children and then moving to China,  I was limited to what I could and couldn’t do. I know I have made mistakes but I have also learned from these mistakes.

What motivates you?

Just to keep on designing pieces that people want to wear. I am forever thinking of new designs and ideas. And I think I will always make and design  jewellery. It’s my passion and something that I can’t not do!

What is in the pipeline for ‘Clare Hynes Jewellery’ in 2013?

To carry on building my brand awareness and to increase my stockists.

If you could see your jewellery on anyone, who would it be?

Olivia Palermo without a doubt!

What advice would you give to people who are looking to start their own fashion business?

Be prepared for putting in the hours but trust your instincts and keep at it. Your first order or your first piece of press will make it all worthwhile.

Be organised, but things will not always go to plan so you also need to be able to adapt to work out different solutions.

Where can we find ‘Clare Hynes Jewellery’?

Anthropologie – Kings Road, and Regents Street London; www.cottonandgems.com www.littleblackdress.com, www.clarehynesjewellery.com

Top Tip?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! 


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Panache Masquerade Lingerie

I have always been a stickler for lovely matching underwear. Even if I am having a casual day with jeans and a sweatshirt, I always feel nicer if I know I am wearing nice underwear underneath. Whilst I could probably empty the store if ever I was given free reign in Agent Provocateur, sadly my bank balance doesn't allow for that. Therefore I am always on the lookout for more purse-friendly lingerie, which feels as good on as it looks on the hanger.

I generally choose black sets of underwear, but when I was asked by Panache to review an item from their latest ranges, I decided to think outside the (black) box and opted for the Masquerade Amor set in 'Sapphire'.

I am quite particular about the underwear that I choose, hence why I always buy it for myself as opposed to receiving it as a present. Having never tried any lingerie from Panache before, I was really impressed with this bra. It gave a really nice shape, and on the practical front, it was really comfortable and fitted really well. I am not about to start posting photos of me in my bra on my blog, so you will have to take my word for it I am afraid! I loved the colour - not too bright, but a nice change from my usual black.

I will definitely be trying more items from this brand. You can purchase Panache lingerie from a range of stockists, including Bravissimo and Figleaves.

Fine Print: I was sent this bra by Panache for review purposes


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