The Sunday Tittle Tattle: A Birthday Rest…

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It’s my birthday weekend and I’m having a well-earned rest. It has been a truly terrible week, with Dexter in and out of the vet hospital (he’s still not better) and various other stressful things going on. Today I’m taking a leaf out of Mr Bear’s book and just chilling out (above). Doesn’t he make relaxing look so easy?

And here’s my poor, shaggy boy Dexter before he was taken into hospital… Please send him get well vibes if you have a moment, I miss him terribly and can’t wait for him to come home.

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Some Great Online Shopping Discounts…

I’m all for whopping great big shopping discounts online; I know that many people hate the idea of “Black Friday” or “Cyber-Whatever-it-is”, but if you do the vast majority of your spending online, as I do, it’s a great chance (if you’re organised) to save a fair whack of dough. 20% off when you’re buying Christmas presents for lots of family and friends can make a huge difference and give you cash left over to put towards the groceries or petrol money over the holidays. (I say 20% because that seems to be the average discount, but some retailers have key products reduced by 50% or more, and lots of brands now offer massive “free with purchase” incentives like special gift sets or additional bonus products.) I’ve rounded up some of the best deals that I’ve spotted online – please excuse me if this isn’t entirely up-to-date, it’s my birthday and I’m writing this a couple of days in advance! Most of these deals last until at least Monday…

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1) Pai Skincare are running a brilliant offer from now until Monday; if you buy one of their skincare routine sets, which cost between £75 and £83 (all full size products) then they will upgrade it with another lot of products worth £90 or more. Kind of like a “buy one, get more than one for free”! The skincare sets all have the gorgeous Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, BioAffinity Tonic, and then a Moisturiser of your choice, and the Ultimate Upgrade sets have either one of the serums or face oils as well as the amazing Echium Eye Cream and the Kukui exfoliator. That’s a lot of skincare! You can find all of the sets here – they have all been pre-assembled so that you just put the whole kit into your basket, but only pay for the starter set.

Pai Skincare

2) Cult Beauty have varying discounts depending on how much you spend; just enter one of the following promotional codes at checkout.

£10 off £60: use code ‘SHIMMER10′

£20 off £100: use code ‘SHIMMER20′

£45 off £200: use code ‘SHIMMER45′

£75 off £300: use code ‘SHIMMER75′

Cult Beauty

3) ASOS have 20% off everything, full-price and sale, apart from beauty and brand items. Max spend £500, but you can get a hell of a lot on ASOS for £500! The code you need to present at checkout is CYBERWKND20 – it’s valid from 8am today until 8am on Tuesday 2nd December.

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4) Karen Millen have 25% off everything that’s not in the sale, including shoes and accessories – you can browse the online store here and use code KM25OFF at checkout.

Karen Millen

5) Selfridges have 20% off, apart from wine, beauty, watches, tech and toys, which have 10% off. You need the code SELF14 at checkout.

Selfridges.com

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Wicked Waves for Half the Price…

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Many of you (kindly) commented on how nice my hair and makeup looked in my latest video (click here if you haven’t watched it yet) and so I thought I’d do a little run-down on what I used. To wave my hair, the amazing Wicked Waver from Mark Hill, which looks like some kind of weird sex toy but is actually one of the easiest hair tools I have ever used. The lumpy bits stop the hair from sliding off the barrel and, if you use a heatproof glove, you can get around your whole head without ever burning yourself. Quick to heat up, loads of temperature settings and – this is the best bit – it’s back in stock on Boots.com AT HALF PRICE! £29.99. You’d literally be mad not to. I’m always wary of wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommending something in this way, but I have tested this sex wand to the nth degree and can honestly say that it is amazing. Find it here before it goes – I’m popping it in my gift guide, too, so I hope they are stocked up!

Makeup: a touch of By Terry Densiliss foundation in shade 7, a whisk of a Clarins discontinued face palette that I love and use almost daily (Colour Accents, see photo below, you can find it on allbeauty.com for £16.50, sshhh!), a touch of Sunday Riley blush in Blushing (below), a sweep of Sunday Riley Primasilk eyeshadow in Godiva (this is one of the best “one sweep” shades I have come across. Perfect for brightening and adding a touch of sultry sheen), and to finish it all off, Givenchy Noir Couture7 4-in-1 Mascara. My lips look as though they have lipstick on but in fact, it was just some remains of Clarins’ Gloss Prodige in Waterlily.

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I’ve worn this look for near enough the whole week – natural, quite wintery but with a touch of healthy colour to the cheeks. The waves in my hair were three days old when I took this photo – they stayed in really well. Obviously there were liberal dousings of my CoLab dry shampoo to keep the roots of my hair looking acceptable! I always find that the trick to long-lasting waves, when you’re using a wand, is to make sure that when you release the hair from around the barrel you do it really fast and don’t pull down on the hair. Let the ends go so that there’s no tension in the hair strand and then just kind of “whisk” the wand away! And then don’t touch the wave/curl at all for about ten minutes. The wave sets as the hair cools, so if you faff with the hair before then, all you’re doing is pulling out the curl and allowing the hair to cool straight.

Right – if you’re reading this on Friday then it’s my birthday – THIRTY FOUR! – and if you’re reading on Thursday then it’s the day before my birthday. Either way, I have much to do, including answering about twelve milllion phone calls from my Mum who wants to know exactly what type of cake I’d like. So I’m off. You can read more beauty posts here.

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