Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Lancôme launches French Innocence Make-up Collection

January 1st 2015 sees the launch of a limited edition French Innocence Make-up Collection from beauty brand Lancôme.
 My French Palette (£42) offers a selection of shades split into sections including matte, iridescent and the concealed secret spot; Khol Hypnose Waterproof (£18.50) waterproof eyeliner in shades Vert Tuileries 08 and Girls Rivol 09; Lip Lover (£18) in shades 401, 400 and 402; and Vernis in Love (£13) offering four nail polishes.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Revlon launches PhotoReady Prime + Anti-Shine Balm

January 2015 sees the launch of PhotoReady Prime + Anti-Shine Balm from beauty brand Revlon. 
This multi-use face balm and primer, designed to perfect skin, can be worn alone or under and over make-up to provide multiple skin benefits including smooth, mattified skin whilst eliminating shine. Made with a special clear-on-skin formula, the ultra-lightweight balm glides on easily and mattifies oil without irritating the skin.
 Skin appears virtually airbrushed, erasing the look of pores and imperfections, and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – all with one application. Priced at £9.99 PhotoReady Prime + Anti-Shine Balm is available at Boots and Superdrug from January.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Burberry unveils SS15 campaign

Burberry has unveiled its spring/summer 2015 main campaign starring British icons Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn, both wearing Burberry Make-up. Developed by Burberry Make-up Artistic Consultant Wendy Rowe, under the creative direction of Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Bailey, the campaign look features: Skin with a radiant glow, Mocha enhanced eyes with Coral lips. 
Wendy Rowe, Burberry Make-up Artistic Consultant comments: “This is a classic Burberry Make-up look. It is all about skin with a golden radiance, complimented with a hint of peach. Eyes are subtly intensified with kohl around the waterline and lightly into the lashes to accentuate the eye shape. Lips are softly defined in a coral shade creating a warm finish to the overall look.”


Friday, 26 December 2014

Bourjois launch new Silk Edition face powders

Cosmetic brand Bourjois has announced the launch of its Silk Edition face powder in January 2015. Inspired by silk, the texture of Silk Edition is designed to glide over the skin lightly to provide a flawless and matte complexion for eight hours. 
Formulated with crystalline powders, Silk Edition preserves the brightness of the skin without drying it out. Bourjois has further enhanced soft focus technology for Silk Edition to ensure the corrective pigments are precisely measured. 
Silk Edition creates a bare skin effect where the formula melts to offer an undetectable finish. The product comes with a rotating mirror and a soft sponge, available in six shades priced at £8.99.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Dita Von Teese Lingerie collaborates with Christian Louboutin

Dita Von Teese Lingerie has announced a collaboration with Christian Louboutin to launch the XXXtian Collection. 
The XXXtian Collection is the latest range from the burlesque star’s 1950s vintage-inspired lingerie, featuring a Toile De Jouy Italian silk fabric for Dita Von Teese, designed exclusively by Christian Louboutin. 
The range presents Dita’s signature styles of corsets, suspenders, garter belts and underwire bras trimmed with eyelash lace. 

The tulip shaped cups and introduction of scarlet Swarovski crystal adorned on both bras and panties embrace key features from this provocative collection. The XXXtian Collection is the first Dita Von Teese lingerie collection that has expanded into loungewear, including chemises and robes. 
The XXXtian Collection will be available at Glamuse.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Rihanna named as Global PUMA Ambassador

Sportswear and lifestyle brand PUMA has announced a partnership with singer Rihanna beginning in January 2015. 
Rihanna will become PUMA’s global ambassador for Women’s Training and serve as the PUMA Women’s Creative Director, bringing her styling sensibilities and innovation to PUMA’s collections. 
Through this partnership, Rihanna will be the face of PUMA’s Women’s Training category. Fans can anticipate PUMA and Rihanna taking a fresh, forward thinking and non-traditional approach to sports, fitness and lifestyle – fusing Rihanna’s personality, love of sports, spirit andstyle into the growing footwear and apparel segment. Rihanna will also assume the role of PUMA’s Creative Director for the category, directly influencing product collections as early as 2015, and working in partnership with PUMA’s Internal Product Creation team. 
These collections will be designed with the goal of strengthening women in training sessions and beyond, and inspiring confidence in their bodies and themselves. As part of her role, Rihanna will work with PUMA to design and customise classic PUMA styles as well as create new styles to add to the PUMA product portfolio. 
Speaking about the new partnership with PUMA, Rihanna said: “It’s great to find a brand that celebrates strength and individuality. I couldn’t think of a more perfect partner to collaborate with as a creative director. I’m excited for you to see what Puma and I come up with.” Rihanna will play a starring role in PUMA’s brand campaign, Forever Faster and be featured along with many of PUMA’s world-class athletes such as Usain Bolt and Sergio Aguero. 
PUMA and Rihanna will launch several fan activations throughout the partnership around the world such as consumer and retail events, training and fitness related social media content, and product programs.


Monday, 22 December 2014

Benefit Cosmetics launches new product for puffy eyes

If you are still suffering with puffy, hangover eyes in January and need something quick to perk you up for February then Benefit has a fab new eye product launching in February 2015. 
A new anti-puff gel called Puff Off launches from Benefit Cosmetics. 
This new under eye gel features a custom ‘ironing’ tip which instantly helps smooth the look of puffiness and fine lines. Puff Off contains a peptide blend to help reduce the look of puffiness and light-diffusing particles help smooth away the appearance of fine lines. 
Puff Off is priced at £22.50.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

NARS Cosmetics Launch Limited Edition Eye Collection with Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton, 53,  who is a brilliant alternative model with pale hair and eyebrows, launches a new campaign with Nars Cosmetics. I think she is striking as an actress and has great stage prescience so a great choice for a Nars model.
January 1st 2015 sees the launch of a limited edition eye collection  from NARS Cosmetics. Designed to create a range of dimensions for the eyes, the collection includes the Matte Velvet Shadow stick, which intensifies, while warm and cool eyeshadow palettes provide new depth for various eye looks; the Illuminating Multiple brings light to shadow for eyes, lips and cheeks; the Velvet Shadow Stick offers potent matte pigments that define, intensify and shade eyelids in five long-wearing shades; and the Inoubliable Coup D’Oeil Eyeshadow Palette comes in six shades. 
The limited edition eye collection from NARS launches exclusively in Selfridges with prices ranging from £19-£30.


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Nicki Minaj is new face for Roberto Cavalli

Italian fashion brand Roberto Cavalli has announced Nicki Minaj as the face of its new spring/summer 2015 advertising campaign. 
Roberto Cavalli commented: “I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. 
With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength.” The American rapper features in the brand’s latest campaign, shot in Los Angeles by photographer Francesco Carrozzini.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Quick! Get a free lift home with Selfridges and MINI

New Free Drive Home Service from Selfridges and MINI
You better take advantage of this promotion quick as it only runs until December the 24th! For the festive season, MINI has partnered with Selfridges to provide a complimentary, chauffeured delivery service to customers seeking the ultimate personal shopping experience. 
Exclusively for customers at Selfridges London Oxford Street this year, specialist Christmas personal shoppers, the Elfridges, will be joined by a fleet of new 5-Door MINIs in the iconic Selfridges’ yellow. 
Customers using the Selfridges’ Elfridges personal shopping service to buy their Christmas gifts can opt to be driven home by one of the MINI chauffeurs in a new MINI, available from 12:00 to 19:00 each day until December 24, as long as their destination is located within the M25. 
Selfridges’ Elfridges is a dedicated Christmas personal shopping service available to all Selfridges’ customers. The Elfridges also organise a variety of services and experiences such as gift-wrapping, lunch reservations and shopping deliveries.

Gossard name Olympia Valance as its Gossard Girl for 2015

Lingerie brand Gossard has announced Neighbours actress and model, Olympia Valance, as its new Gossard Girl for 2015. 
Gossard has teamed up with Olympia to launch both swimwear and lingerie collections. Olympia, younger sister of Neighbours alumni and popstar, Holly, joined the cast of Australian soap earlier this year.
 Olympia begins working with Gossard with immediate effect and will be helping to launch new collections throughout the forthcoming seasons.


Friday, 12 December 2014

The GlamourCat Pregnancy Diaries - Finding Out You Are Pregnant

Falling Pregnant: A sad story turned around

So I'm now a pregnant blogger which is hash tagged as #pblogger. So I thought it would be great to start documenting my pregnancy journey with you and then carry on my blogging as a mum. 
The reason for this is that there is a lot of 'rubbish' written on the internet, people making the whole thing either sound so awful that it puts potential mums off or so romantic that when some ladies do fall pregnant they are horrified at the truth. 
I have never been naturally maternal or had a yearning to really want kids the way some women do. I am not sure what caused this but I was always so ambitious and wanted to travel the word that having a baby seemed like an end to my endless debauchery and adventures in life that it wasn't on my hit list to do straight away. 

My Mother
For the last eight years of my life I had been caring for my mother who unfortunately got Alzheimer's Disease as a result of dementia really early at only 58 years of age. My mum was a strong, intelligent and striking woman who was very respected in her career as an Anaesthetic Sister in the hospital theatres, had travelled the world,  survived cancer and becoming a widow and always had a great outlook on life. The shock of her getting this disease really changed my life and was so hard happening to someone I idolised.
I think that in my life it halted me in moving on with any family of my own because I was so consumed with making sure she was okay in her last years in a care home and didn't really look at my own life and what I wanted out of it. 
I had a bond with my mother as all daughters and sons do. Even in my mum's later stages of the cruel disease when my mum didn't recognise anyone or couldn't feed herself, I would still catch her eyes and she would look at me and remember me and give me a look only family know about. That two second stare would be enough for me to carry on a whole week at work or sleep at night. 
Towards the end when I knew my mum was passing I couldn't help but think how much I wanted to have that same special bond with my own child. By now I was lucky to be in a great relationship with my partner of nearly three years and we started trying for a baby. 
We worked out I was pregnant a week before my mother passed away. Funny how the circle of life works. I believe that she knew and it was something she was waiting for. That's why I wanted to share my journey with you, because I've had to find out everything from the internet or friends and I don't have any mum to ask advice for. I'm sure I am not alone as a mum to be in this situation and I am sure that there are also women out there that don't have much support, or even a partner to talk to, so this is for you. 

I used the phone app called MonthPal for those people wanting to know what they can do to help conceive. Obviously, it had to be digital for me. This is an easy app that lets you put in your period date an then shows you yellow days for when you should be ovulating to make sure you try on these particular days. 
It was very unfortunate that the exact yellow days where when I always argued with my partner and the last thing we wanted to do was be intimate as it was always before my period was due and I'm the sort of girl who likes to eat chocolate and cry by myself to some stupid movie but we made an effort. 

I also ate really healthily and got my weight down and we got loads of fresh air out walking all the time which I am sure helped. It didn't take long at all to conceive, maybe about three months. That's lucky I am told and I am sorry for the people who are trying really hard to get pregnant as it must be heartbreaking to keep trying and I hope you do get there in the end. 

One more thing that I did before I conceived was have a whole week away from my partner at a theatre school. Every day I relaxed and did singing exercises and talked and laughed so much. My mind was constantly taken away from everyday stresses and the worry about my mum being sick in hospital was shadowed by actually having a week that was just about myself. 

I felt guilty when I came back because I am very close to my pet cats and seeing my mum (I know this sounds very sad to some people lol) but I felt very rejuvenated and that was when I conceived. 

Also the break away from my partner made me really appreciate him when I was back and we were very close. So I would recommend if you are trying to conceive to have at some point a complete break from your partner to relax and to come back on the 'yellow' days to miss each other and enjoy your time together again. 

Finding Out
You hear all these stories that a woman just 'knows' when she is pregnant, but I didn't feel anything, I just 'hoped' that I might be.
It is disappointing when a woman tries and you have a pregnancy test and it is negative and you come on your period comes soon after as the side effects of a period are very common to pregnancy symptoms. 

Pregnancy Symptoms: 
Tender Swollen Breasts
Nausea with or without vomiting
Increased Urination
Food Cravings 
Slight Bleeding
Mood Swings
Sensitivity to smells

Period Symptoms: (Pre Menstrual Tension- PMS)
Breast Tenderness
Pain in lower back 
Tummy pain
Changes to your skin and hair
Weight Gain

So you see there is not much in the actual difference of PMS and being pregnant so women can be forgiving for thinking they are pregnant each month or just dismissing pregnancy as period pains. 

One big bit of advice which I would say is, don't use cheap tests! I thought I might be pregnant because I had missed a period and did a really cheap pregnancy test from a budget shop. It turned out to be negative even though at the time I was pregnant. Did you know that it is possible to have a negative result if you are pregnant but not possible to have a positive on a test if you are not pregnant. So always take a second test if you are doubting the test as it may just be that you were too early. 

In the end, even after the doctor telling my it might just be stress because of my mum being very sick in hospital, I felt so fatigued and was late for my period by about ten days that I used a Clear Blue Digital Pregnancy Test. Sure enough two lines appeared but it was very faint so I kept thinking oh maybe its just not working again, but after scrutinising the packet instructions it was saying I was definitely pregnant. Just in case anyone is reading this who hasn't taken a test before you wee in a small cup and place the stick in (swab end) and hold it in there for ten seconds to get your result. Don't try hovering over the stick swab whilst on the toilet as you might miss and its a waste of the test then and they re very expensive. (About £12-£15 in Tesco) 

I felt very weird when I found out and every woman I imagine feels a different emotion at this moment. At first I started panicking like what am I doing, how can I afford this, all sorts of weird and silly things but at the same time I was so excited I started telling my cats and then I just wanted to tell everyone and anyone I knew but I didn't. I only told my partner that night and then my brother and kept it quiet until the 12 week point mark. Unlike my partner who I since found out had told everyone soon after I told him because he was so excited. 
I kept forgetting and would then remember again and smile. The strongest feeling I had though was the fatigue wash over me like a big fog. I get heavy periods and bad PMS anyway so I'm sure this is why I felt so tired. It was a struggle to get out of bed and I looked very pale. Luckily I never had any morning sickness. 

Telling my partner
I called my partner to come over that evening and made him dinner. It was his birthday which was lovely. I told him I had another present for him and told him to close his eyes and hold out his hands.

I placed the positive test in his hands and he asked if it was a pen and then started taking the lid off the swab end so by then I was shouting just open your eyes before he started touching it. 

He was very stunned and then started getting very excited. It was a nice moment just between the two of us and I think we must have lay in bed until 4 in the morning discussing names, what position the child would play in the Arsenal football team if it was a boy and what West End musical they would appear in if it was a girl! 

What happened next?
Straight away I stopped smoking and drinking and started putting good food in my body. You will find this very easy as your tastebuds don't really ant anything like this and as soon as you know you have something in your belly growing you won't want to anyway.

The next step to pregnancy is your first maternity appointment at the doctor which I will tell you about in my next post.
In my upcoming blogs you will also find out about friend's reactions, symptoms, problems, hospital visits and the glory of being pregnant! 
PS- the picture above is the announcement picture my partner and I used to tell our friends- we were both five years old and very cute. 

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