Aerin Beauty

Estee Lauder’s granddaughter (billionaire, heiress to the Estee Lauder beauty brand) has developed her own beauty line….and I love it! Or at least, I’ve been eyeing it up from afar and putting it on my birthday wishlist.


To view the complete collection, click ► here.  Here’s what I’ve got my eye on though!

Fall colour palette £45

Cool gel eyeliner £24


Madison Lipstick £24


Multi colour duo for lip & Cheek £34


Brush essentials £120


Lastly, I love the look of the Aerin fragrance coffret £70


To learn more about Aerin, click on this link.


I believe in the importance of beauty.  I also understand the challenge of looking great while balancing work, family, and home. With my own life as inspiration, I created a collection that makes beauty effortless, stylish and easy.The AERIN Essentials Collection is a carefully edited selection of the products I simply can’t live without, and the AERIN Color Collections follow the same approach. When I update my own colors each season, I update yours, too. One of my favorite things is a unique floral infusion in each product that adds a special touch of luxury to the entire AERIN experience.I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

AERIN is a global lifestyle brand inspired by the founder’s signature, effortless style.  The brand’s goal is to enable women to feel confident and beautiful by creating high quality products, reflective of Aerin Lauder’s personal ease and sophistication, in the beauty, fashion accessories, and home décor categories. AERIN has a distinctly modern feel that speaks to women with busy lives who are inspired by fashion and creativity.A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communications, she began her career at Estée Lauder in 1992 and held various executive roles including Senior Vice President and Creative Director. She maintains her role as Style and Image Director for Estée Lauder.

The Orchard at Tesco


I have always championed Tesco. I love the benefits you receive of being a loyal customer, with a clubcard.  For example:

  • Clubcard points.  You shop, they save them up and then every so often you receive a voucher and we usually get between £15-20 off our shopping bill.
  • Additional coupons – money off, extra clubcard points etc – all tailor made to things they know you shop for!
  • THAT fab promotion that runs every so often – £5 off a £40 shop.  Have just enjoyed 3 weeks in a row of this!
  • Money off petrol vouchers – brilliant.
  • Exclusive baby club stuff, including a car parking badge to park in the parent & baby spaces
  • Priority delivery slots (we shop online!)
  • Delivery saver – £7.50 a month, saving up to a possible £12.50 a month (every little helps….!)
  • Special promotions to save stamps to get amazing stainless steel cookware, crystal glass collections etc for a fraction of the price
  • Additional clubcard points for being green and recycling/reusing bags etc

Of course, Tesco’s goal is to make money. That should be EVERY forward thinking companies goal really, but Tesco really goes give you extra.  They also care about what their customers actually want and have given me the chance to sign up for the Orchard at Tesco.  So I did.  I’ll be on a panel that tests products and shares opinions so that the rest of the UK can make informed decisions based on honest reviews.  You can also sign up!

To do so, CLICK HERE.


I want!

Bad news! After reading THIS blog from gorgeous little Irish writer Marian Keyes, I now find myself obsessively coveting £120 worth of cosmetics.  You’d think for that amount you’d get tons and tons of every last possible make up type that you need for your face, but no. I am drooling over just 2 pieces of make up, and after the write up Marian gave it, you will see why.  I HAVE to have them! It’s keeping me awake at night!!

THESE are the very amazing items in question:


Selfridges say:

This unique, 3–in–1 foundation delivers a balanced complexion that glows with vitality and radiance. Extremely lightweight and luminous, it includes the skin–nourishing Tom Ford Infusing Complex to help protect skin and promote its vibrancy from within. Micronized pigments deliver seamless and undetectable coverage that is easy to build up or sheer down. SPF 15 protects skin from sun damage.

An essential tool in Tom Ford’s makeup regimen. Rich in hydrants, this foundation stick’s unique cream formula creates a flawless and smooth finish. Portable and precise, it achieves versatility of sheer, medium or full coverage, always beautifully natural and undetectable. Or, when used as a concealer, it swiftly diminishes imperfections.

Trouble is, when I popped over to browse Tom Ford Cosmetics at Selfidges online, I found a whole treasure trove of other beautiful, wondrous items.  They have an amazing looking finishing powder, an illuminating protective primer (NEED!), and the illuminating highlight pen (also need). And this is just in the FACE section! I then made a very large error in checking their lip section and promptly fell in love, absolutely and totally head-over-heels in love.  I mean, look!


Indian Rose is the shade for me.  That’ll be another £36 on top of the £120 for the face stuff…..what I need is a spare £500 to spend online, right now. Alternatively, I should resist and head over to ELF where cosmetics start at £1.50. I mean, how different can the ingredients be, right?

But I still really, really want the Tom Ford stuff!


Exclusive Tom Ford cosmetics, available online now from Selfidges.

Where in the world?

So, high street giants HMV are going into administration. A little bit of a surprise since they’re the only remaining retailers (apart from independents) of their ilk. I can recall when Nottingham city centre had an enormous Virgin Megastore, and not one but two HMVs. When HMV closes, it begs the question….where will we buy our stuff? For me, the answer remains the same….online. Except, I have just sworn off Amazon; yet it would appear that they have got the market well and truly cornered. Since tax laws have changed in Jersey, is going to be reduced to nothing but a marketplace….so where do you turn to when you need a new DVD or CD? Not eBay (I’ve had so many fakes/pirates etc). There’s nowhere left BUT Amazon is there….?
I’m so sorry for all the people who are out of jobs. Hopefully if we ever truly come out of recession, Amazon might get a bit of competition, otherwise I can see them charging exactly what they want to and there will he sod all we can do about it.

Amazon update…..

So Amazon finally delivered all of my 5 items (yes, including the missing item!)

None of the items were delivered on time and the missing item which had a confirmed delivery date of 2nd January was actually shoved through the letterbox on Saturday 6th January.  I wonder when Prime next day delivery stopped meaning actual next day delivery.  I would complain to them about every item being late but it’s just not worth it as they might end up giving me free membership for 2013….which will still lead to me spitting feathers if one single order is one day late.  So no, sorry Amazon but I am taking my custom and cash elsewhere!

Amazon Prime….massive fail

I have always championed Amazon. People argue that Play are cheaper, and they’re right but Play deliveries take aaaages and if you want something fast you pay a lot extra with them. A lot.
With Amazon, you can pay £49 at the start if the year to be an Amazon Prime member. Seems steep but has always turned out to be more than worth it. No matter what you buy, it’s delivered next day. Very useful for forgotten birthdays….invaluable at Christmas. I’ve had my money’s worth order after order after order, in fact all of 2012’s orders…..always perfect until just lately. Is it because it’s 2013??
I ordered 4 items for the husband’s birthday and out of the 4, only one arrived – a day late. The first item showed as being delivered but they had no signature and no POD and I certainly had no item. The other 2 items are now 3 days late….Amazon fall down massively in customer service. They don’t display or advertise a customer service email address, instead you fill out an online form and hope somebody responds to you. And if they do and you try to reply to said email, it bounces back. Just appalling….how are you supposed to resolve an issue with no history/conversation trail etc? Plus, Amazon’s really helpful help section (sarcasm, yes), tells you what to do if an item says delivered but isn’t – you have to chase the courier company yourself…in this case, Yodel who were useless. And who directed me back to Amazon saying that they had to raise the inquiry as they were Yodel’s customer, not me. Some ‘Prime’ service….not! In the end Amazon said they would look into it and I should hear in 48 hours. 4 days after non-delivery… I kicked up a stink via a customer service email address that my online investigations found and demanded a replacement, which was duly sent. And not delivered. Same carrier. The parcel I did receive was delivered by Parcelforce. The company failing are Yodel….so sort it out Amazon! Why continue to use a company that fail to deliver? Not once but twice?
So as of today, I have received only 1 of my 5 parcels, none next day and none delivered the ‘Prime’ way I have come to know and love. I will not be renewing my membership in February….I have had enough screw ups in the past week to eradicate every time I’ve had a good experience.
I’ll be using Play from now on. They might take 5 days to deliver but at least I won’t pay £49 for the privilege.

And now…..for the worlds least publicised email address :