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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mother's Day 2014 - Gift ideas under $40

April 29, 2014 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

I want to remind you that Mother's Day is coming up soon... May 11th to be exact

Today as I was choosing a gift for my mum I decided to share some gift ideas with you.  All the gifts I picked are under $40.  If you are looking for a Mother's Day gift, I hope this post gives you some inspiration.    

  1. Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System Limited Edition Pink with Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm 
  2. Origins Bests Set
  3. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Eye Mascara Mother's Day Gift Set
  4. Aldo Arborfield Watch
  5. Betsy Johnson Spring Glam Pink Flower Stud Earrings 
  6. Essie Mama Knows Best 
  7. Lush Hello Sweetie 

What will you be giving your mum this Mother's Day?  Which of these gifts is your favourite?  Leave a comment and let me know! 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Looks + new eye features (GlamST)

April 28, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I have some exciting news!  GlamST  just launched a new version of their virtual program.

When the website first launched, you could only try one type of eyeliner application, and only one eye shadow at a time.  Well now you can actually try different ways of applying eyeliner and eye shadows!  

For instance, if you would like to try a smokey eye, you can choose a darker shade at the outer corner of your eyes, a middle shade for your crease and a highlighter at the inner corner.  As you can see in the picture below, you can try eight different ways of applying eye shadows.

You can also try six different ways of applying eyeliner

In the looks section, you can check out all the virtual makeovers shared by members of the GlamSt community.  And now you can also click on any photo in the looks section and click the try button to try out the look!

Check out the latest virtual makeover I tried using the new features!  

So happy testing girls!  And as I mentioned in my previous post if you like it, you can add it to your shopping basket and buy it from the website.  

If you haven't already, you can sign up here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Glitter gel manicure

April 23, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

My brother is getting married next Friday so I decided to get a manicure that compliments my dress.  I was worried my nails would break or chip at the last minute so I opted for a gel manicure.  

Gel manicure is a process that gives you an instant dry manicure that supposedly lasts for 14 chip-proof days.  It is applied in layers and each layer is sealed under a U.V. lamp.  

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Although I am happy with my nails now, I’m a bit worried about eventually removing the gel.  It’s going to be a lot tougher to remove than a regular nail polish. 

To remove the gel you either need to soak your nails in pure acetone, which is VERY drying or FILE IT OFF!

I'll keep you posted!  In the meantime I would like to hear from you.  Who had gel nails before?  Would you consider getting them?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

DIY: Make-up setting spray

April 20, 2014 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

You have probably noticed that most make-up setting sprays can be quite pricey, but this DIY setting spray  is very affordable.  It has only 2 ingredients and it is healthy for your skin.  What more could you ask for? 

You will need:
  • vegetable glycerin
  • rose water
  • small spray/mister bottle


The recipe calls for a 1:10 glycerin to distilled water ratio.  I like to substitute the water with rose water.  Instead of just water, you could also use a mixture of water, rosewater and witch hazel
  1. Measure the glycerin and put it into the spray bottle.
  2. Add the rose water.
  3. Shake to amalgamate the ingredients together.

Spray before you apply any make-up as a primer and again after you have applied your make-up to seal it in place.  Don’t hold the spray bottle too close, you don’t want to get your face wet!  Just a slight mist will do. 

This spray helps set your foundation or powder to achieve a flawless look that will last all day.  It's also great to spray on mid-day to refresh your make-up

Always shake well before use to redistribute the mixture.

Tip: Because this mixture is all natural and preservative free you will need to keep it in the fridge.  It will last about 3 weeks and then you should make a new batch.  

It keeps your make-up set for hours, plus, glycerin will hold moisture in your skin!

You’ll love it!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AX Paris - SS14 competition

April 17, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share with you a chance to win a fabulous Spring/Summer wardrobe! - Keep reading to find out more.

AX Paris have launched their SS14 campaign and they are celebrating with a competition.  Check out their TV advert below.   

AX Paris is holding a competition where one lucky winner could win £500 worth of clothes!  To enter click on the image below.

Girls, don't miss out on a chance to win the ultimate SS14 wardrobe Don't forget to check out AX Paris.

What do you think about the SS14 collection?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Pink Spring

April 15, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!  

I just love Spring nail colours.  When I saw this nail polish I just couldn't resist buying it!

As soon as I got home, I had to try it out.  Scroll down to see more photos of my NOTD. 

I really like this pink Spring colour.  What nail colours are you loving this Spring?  Leave a comment and let me know!

P.S. Have you entered my giveaway yet?  (ends on April 23rd)   ENTER HERE!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Free Maybelline lipstick with Baobella Boutique

April 13, 2014 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

I recently discovered an awesome website called Baobella Boutique.  I loved their concept so much I had to bring it to your attention as it is definitely something you don't want to miss!  So keep on reading to find out more!  :)

Baobella Boutique is an exclusive beauty "flash sale" shop offering incredible discounts of popular beauty brands ranging from drugstore to high-end.  With new deals added daily, you can get amazing products with up to 80% off, for a limited time only!

In addition, Baobella Boutique are giving Cosette's Beauty Pantry readers a free Maybelline lipstick worth £7.89 on orders over £10 with the code FreeMlipstick until 30th April!

I love a good sale, and I also love beauty products.  If you do too (which I'm sure you do), visit Baobella Boutique and start shopping!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 11, 2014

DIY: Blemish killer stick

April 11, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I have another beauty DIY for you.  My skin has been fairly clear until a couple of days ago when it started flaring up again (only a couple of pimples, but still).  The problem is, I've been so busy lately that I didn't have time to pamper my skin with one of my usual homemade masks.  So, I found myself constantly reaching for my tea tree oil and rubbing a drop on my blemishes.  I figured I should make a DIY treatment that is quick to make and easy to use.

The DIY blemish killer stick  is the easiest thing you can make to get rid of pimples, especially if you don't have the time to prepare a DIY mask, apply it, let it sit for 20-30 minutes, etc.  

DIY blemish killer stick

You will need:
  • 3/4 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1-3 drops tea tree oil
  • an empty lip balm tube
Both coconut oil and tea tree oil are naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal.  These properties help with reducing  redness and puffiness and fighting bacteria.


Scoop 3/4 of a tablespoon coconut oil and melt it on a stove top burner.
Add in just a few drops of tea tree oil (no more than 3).

Mix to blend and pour into the lip balm tube.

Store the tube in the fridge so it  doesn't melt and use as needed as a homemade spot treatment.  So far this DIY blemish killer stick is working well for me!
Other natural ingredients that fight blemishes include: apple cider vinegar (ACV), baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), lemon juice, honey, green tea, witch hazel and rose water.    

Search the blog for any of the above mentioned ingredients, for more information and beauty DIY treatments. You can also search for more info on coconut oil and tea tree oil!

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Try a couple of different ingredients and discover what works best with your skin.
Do you have a special DIY acne remedy?  What seems to work best for you?  Tell me in the comment section below!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Majestical Jewelry review + giveaway!

April 09, 2014 2 Comments
Hello everyone!

As you may have noticed, I changed the blog description to "A BEAUTY blog with a little taste of FASHION", this is my first fashion related blog post!

Majestical Jewelry was so kind to send me a pair of adorable earrings for review. 

These are very good quality earrings that look quite heavy, but they are lighter than they look, so you don't need to  worry about sagging earlobes.  I really like them because they can be worn all year round with almost any outfit!

Today I paired them with a mint lace top (with golden studs on the collar), a pair of black trousers and black heels.

Scroll down  to see more photos and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $10 gift card to spend on anything you want at Majestical .  They have so many great pieces to choose from.  You will find styles that fit any taste or budget!

Majestical  is offering Cosette's Beauty Pantry readers a promotional code for $15.00 off any order of $55.00 or more!  The code is 15DOLLARSOFF.

Two winners will be chosen.  Each winner will receive a $10.00 gift card.

Leave a comment telling me what's your favourite Majestical piece.  Good luck everyone! 

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Monday, April 07, 2014

March favourites

April 07, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

It's time for another favourites post.  These are four of my favourite beauty products from last month!

Garnier Fructis Oil Repair 3 Ultra Nourishing Mask
I tried a bunch of different hair masks and this is one of my favourites.  This hair mask is enriched with 3 active oil; olive, avocado and shea-butter, to nourish and repair dry, damaged and dull hair.  I use it as a deep conditioner and I really love it.  After washing it out, my hair feels soft and moisturised.

I also love the Garnier Fructis Henna and Blackberry Vinegar hair mask and currently I am trying out their mask for curly hair.  And if you are looking for a DIY hair treatment,  why don't you try my latest DIY hair mask? 

Nivea Deodorant Pure & Natural Action
I love this deodorant because it's aluminium-free and lets the skin breathe.  It doesn't clog pores and it claims to offer 48 hour protection.  I also like the delicate jasmine scent.  I don't like using deodorants with strong, overwhelming fragrances.

Maybelline Forever Strong Pro (#76 French Manicure)
This is the only nail polish I wore last month - and that explains the lack of NOTD posts ;).  It has a curved brush which gives you perfect precision and it's enriched with calcium, iron and silica, for stronger nails.  This polish also gives my nails a break from bright and dark colours that can stain the nails.  

This is what one coat of #76 looks like on my nails.

Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil (Deep Brown)
I love this brow pencil because it's so easy to apply.  I apply clear mascara/brow gel on first, this acts as a primer and makes the pencil last all day.  Then I apply the brow pencil in hair-like strokes and blend colour with the comb on the other side.

What beauty products have you been loving lately?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

DIY: Banana hair mask

April 06, 2014 1 Comments
Hello everyone!
Do you remember the banana peel skincare post?  Back in August of 2012 a wrote about how bananas can help acne, psoriasis, warts and poison ivy.
Bananas are a very rich source of potassium and vitamins, which also make them the perfect choice for a DIY hair mask.
This mask is very easy to prepare, all you need is one or two ingredients.

  • 1 banana (the riper, the better)
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

  1. Blend banana in a food processor, making sure there aren't any chunks.
  2. Add honey (optional)
  3. Apply the mixture to your hair, and cover it with a shower cap or plastic bag.  (more info: At-home deep-conditioning hair treatment)
  4. To lock in the nutrients, wrap a hot towel around your head.
  5. Wait 20 minutes.
  6. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

  • You can also add olive oil or a tablespoon of conditioner.
  • Use once a week for best results.
  • Ideal for thin and damaged hair.

If you like DIY hair treatments; you can also try the avocado mask and the milk and honey mask!

Have you ever tried one of these hair masks?  Do you make any of your own hair masks at home?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Look like a pro with Pro Salon Equipment

April 01, 2014 9 Comments

Everyone wants their salon to maintain a professional look at all times.  Though beauty and pampering can be thought of as relaxed fields, where women get their hair done and share the latest gossip, having professional equipment in your salon can go a long way toward dispelling that myth.
There is a wide range of beauty salon equipment available out there, online, in local retailers and through mail-order catalogs.  One of the many websites that offers professional equipment for beauty salons is There you’ll find equipment you can use for make-up, hair care and nail care.  You’ll find everything from portable shampoo bowls to ultrasonic cleaning machines to towel warmers.   

When a customer walks into a salon, knowing that you have the most professional equipment available will make them feel at ease in your hands and will help them trust you to work on their hair, nails and make-up.  When you walk into a salon, there are lots of items you see that you may take for granted or not put much thought into but that are standard items that indicate you’re in a salon.  If these items were missing, you would wonder why.  In hair salons you look for shampoo bowls, for stylist’s chairs that raise up and down with a foot pedal, for big mirrors and for rolling carts that contain a wide variety of hair equipment.  In a nail salon, you expect to see UV sterilizers, towel warmers, large chairs with bowls for soaking your feet, and a long list of smaller equipment on each manicurist’s station.  If you’re going to get your make-up done, you expect to see train cases and rolling stations full of a variety of make-up, not to mention rolling carts full of products.

Fulfilling the expectations of the customer by having professional equipment in your salon will take your business to a whole new level!

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