Beauty Blog

Mondays Mary Make and Do

April 4th, 2011
When it comes to testing lotions and potions we at L’Onglex consider ourselves to be no more than human Guinea pigs for your beauty amusement.
Simply, if a product looks like it might beautify our pretty little faces we’ll slap it on no matter what the cost to our skin and post up the results on these very pages and having recently tried a compact containing what turned out to be toxic blusher toward the end of last week we thought it about time we made a healing face mask and let our skin calm down a little.
The face mask in question is a soothing Aloe Vera remedy designed to calm skin and can be made in a jiffy. Guaranteed to work for rashes, sensitive skin, breakouts and even sunburn you can get hold of pure Aloe Vera online or at many good pharmacies for a fraction of the price of most creams. For the face mask all you’ll need for our latest Mary Make and Do recipe is the following ….
3 tablespoons of aloe Vera Juice
1 table spoon of Aloe Vera gel
Rose essential oil
Here’s how it’s done ….
To make the mask simply mix the three ingredients in a bowl until they’ve blended and then apply to the face and neck. Allow the mix to work into skin for five minutes before rinsing away the mask with water and cotton wool.
And finally ….
Although it may cost a few quid it’s one of those things that can be used neat and is great for hand repairs and intensive treatments, as a final reminder don’t forget to apply your moisturiser afterwards as although it does a great job at repair, Aloe Vera can leave skin a little dry afterwards.

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When it comes to testing lotions and potions we at L’Onglex consider ourselves to be no more than human Guinea pigs for your beauty amusement.

Simply, if a product looks like it might beautify our pretty little faces we’ll slap it on no matter what the cost to our skin and post up the results on these very pages and having recently tried a compact containing what turned out to be toxic blusher toward the end of last week we thought it about time we made a healing face mask and let our skin calm down a little.

The face mask in question is a soothing Aloe Vera remedy designed to calm skin and can be made in a jiffy. Guaranteed to work for rashes, sensitive skin, breakouts and even sunburn you can get hold of the masks main ingredients (pure Aloe Vera) by buying online or at good pharmacies and all for a fraction of the price of most creams.

For our latest Mary Make and Do recipe is the following ….

3 tablespoons of aloe Vera Juice

1 table spoon of Aloe Vera gel

Rose essential oil

Here’s how it’s done ….

To make the mask simply mix the three ingredients in a bowl until they’ve blended and then apply to the face and neck. Allow the mix to work into skin for five minutes before rinsing away the mask with water and cotton wool.

And finally ….

Although it may cost a few quid Aloe Vera is one of those products that can be used neat and is great for hand repairs and intensive treatments. As a final reminder don’t forget to apply  moisturiser afterwards as although it is good at repair, Aloe Vera can sometimes leave skin a little dry after use.


New bronzer alert

April 1st, 2011
TITLE : Bronzer alert
Now that bronzing season is almost upon us we at L’Onglex have been pondering which products to invest in for our Spring/Summer make-up bags.
Naturally the old reliables like Sun Shimmer and Sally Hansen Air Brush Legs are as we speak winging their way from the back of the beauty cupboard, but when it comes to bronzing on the face we thought we might try something a bit lighter this season.
Enter Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder which as you may or may not know features four different shades or bronze. The light, sandy shades are perfect for adding subtle highlighting as well as some soft, sun-kissed contours and as the main danger with bronzer always seems to be that we overdo it this one didn’t leave us looking like we had just turned up for auditions in The Only Way As Essex !
As the the mix also includes a mirror and soft bristled brush, should you find yourself feeling a bit pasty on the hop this is perfect for topping up. Conclusion …. didn’t cake, didn’t make us look like an Umpa-Lumpa and didn’t leave smears on the collar of L’Onglex’s new white work blouse…. can we ask for any more than that ?

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Now that bronzing season is almost upon us we at L’Onglex have been pondering which products to invest in for our Spring/Summer make-up bags.

Naturally the old reliables like Sun Shimmer and Sally Hansen Air Brush Legs are as we speak winging their way from the back of the beauty cupboard, but when it comes to bronzing on the face we thought we might try something a bit lighter this season.

Enter Soap & Glory’s Solar Powder which as you may or may not know features four different shades or bronze. The light, sandy shades are perfect for adding subtle highlighting as well as some soft, sun-kissed contours and as the main danger with bronzer always seems to be that we overdo it this one didn’t leave us looking like we had just turned up for auditions in The Only Way As Essex !

As the mix also includes a mirror and soft bristled brush, should you find yourself feeling a bit pasty on the hop this is perfect for topping up. Conclusion …. didn’t cake, didn’t make us look like an Umpa-Lumpa and didn’t leave smears on the collar of L’Onglex’s new white work blouse…. can we ask for any more than that ?


Bingo wings begone

March 31st, 2011
Not a day goes by at L’Onglex HQ without our eye being caught by the latest ‘must have’ beauty cream which promises virtually impossible results for quite a lot of money !
Being the sort we are these miracle creams seem to get us every time and having tried everything from cellulite busting bum creams to the lotions that promise a face lift we are getting quite excited by todays discovery – Arm Sculpt.
Promising to banish bingo wings and perfectly sculpt the arms without the slightest change in diet or any need for exersise, Arm Sculpt claims to break down the fat cells, smooth skin and improve tone and elastcicity !
Without having tried the miricle cream perhaps you may forgive our cynicism but if it does prove to be as successful as the back of pack would lead us to believe then don’t expect to see this stuff on shelves for long.
With bikini season fast approching and constant images of lithe, sensual arms being fed to us in the glossies perfect arms will certainly be on our list of things to do. Although we suspect that a few hours in the gym might yield better results, €59 would be a small price to pay if this works ?
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Not a day goes by at L’Onglex HQ without our eye being caught by the latest ‘must have’ beauty cream which promises virtually impossible results for quite a lot of money !

Being the sort we are these miracle creams seem to get us every time and having tried everything from cellulite busting bum creams to the lotions that promise a face lift we are getting quite excited by todays discovery – Radial Arm Sculpt.

Promising to banish bingo wings and perfectly sculpt the arms without the slightest change in diet or any need for exersise, Arm Sculpt claims to break down the fat cells, smooth skin and improve tone and elastcicity !

Without having tried the miricle cream perhaps you may forgive our cynicism but if it does prove to be as successful as the back of pack would lead us to believe then don’t expect to see this stuff on shelves for long.

With bikini season fast approching and constant images of lithe, sensual arms being fed to us in the glossies perfect arms will certainly be on our list of things to do. Although we suspect that a few hours in the gym might yield better results, €59 would be a small price to pay if this works ?


Pink lips for Spring

March 30th, 2011
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Last week we brought you the powers of pastels peepers, this week we bring you the trend that is pink lips. OK, so to say we bring you this might be a bit of an overstatement since in fact the person responsible is none other than Lisa Eldridge.
If the catwalks of Chanel, Jil Sander & Diane Von Furstenberg are anything to go by then pink lips are set to be massive for the months ahead. As with everything lip related, wearing it well can be a bit tricky. Yes, bright pink can be a shocking yet fun twist on femininity, but it can also make you like Honolulu Barbie circa 1987, yes, soft pink can be great for letting those eyes become the centre of the room, but it can also blend into worthless make-up oblivion.
Since we’re still feeling our way around this for shades and tone we thought we’d just save ourselves the bother and let the fabulous Lisa Eldridge do the thinking for us……
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Last week we brought you the powers of pastels peepers, this week we bring you the trend that is pink lips. OK, so to say we bring you this might be a bit of an overstatement since in fact the person responsible is none other than Lisa Eldridge.

If the catwalks of Chanel, Jil Sander & Diane Von Furstenberg are anything to go by then pink lips are set to be massive for the months ahead. As with everything lip related, wearing it well can be a bit tricky.

Yes, bright pink can be a shocking yet fun twist on femininity, but it can also make you like Honolulu Barbie circa 1987, yes, soft pink can be great for letting those eyes become the centre of the room, but it can also blend into worthless make-up oblivion.

Since we’re still feeling our way around this for shades and tone we thought we’d just save ourselves the bother and let the fabulous Lisa Eldridge do the thinking for us……

Watch the video here


It’s time for Varnish Vixen ….

March 29th, 2011
Seems ages since we did a blog of the week and we’d forgotten all about it until we came across the fabulous VarnishVixen. In love with the fab nail trends therein and generally enlivened by the cut of Varnish Vixens gib we became more than curious as to who was behind the site and what makes them tick. A few emails later we put the following questions to Varnish Vixen and jewelry fanatic Rory ===== and this is what we discovered ….
What’s in your make-up bag?
Hmmm.  The only make-up I carry with me is lip gloss and lipstick. Right now I’m carrying NARS Gypsy and NARS Dolce Vita as I couldn’t decide if I wanted a bold or subtle lip this morning !
Who’s your make-up muse?
I read a lot of beauty blogs and they all kind of make it into my brain. Sarah B. from Them Pretty Colors got me interested in lipstick and Helen from Just Nice Things started my love for NARS eyeshadow duos.
Do you have a favorite beauty trend this season?
I like the coral look and just bought a coral lipstick and blush. I think I need to wait for something like a tan to be able to pull it off properly though.
Where’s your favorite place to shop for a beauty fix?
I like one stop shopping so Sephora is perfect for me!
When it comes to beauty buys do you prefer the bargains or are you more high end?
Umm, I guess I’m more high end, but I mix it up.  Right now I have a lot of NARS products, but I use drugstore eyeliner and mascara. I also don’t like spending lots of money on brushes so I get my brushes from CVS or the like.
What’s your all time must have beauty buy?
I love highlighter. Right now I switch between NARS Albatross and LORAC Oli-free highlighter.
What’s on your beauty wish list?
NARS Earth Angel and I’m saving up for the T3 Mane Tamer flat iron. I hope it’s actually capable of straightening damp hair!
What’s been your biggest beauty disaster to date?
My skin has a lot of red pigmentation in it. I was really self conscious about it when I was younger and didn’t know a lot about make-up at the time.  One day I snuck into my mom’s make-up bag and stole some light brown eyeshadow. I rubbed it all over my face and went to school. I thought I looked fine until my friends started giving me weird looks!

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Seems ages since we did a blog of the week and we’d forgotten all about it until we came across the fabulous VarnishVixen. In love with the fab nail trends therein and generally enlivened by the cut of Varnish Vixen’s gib we became more than curious as to who was behind the site and what makes them tick. A few emails later we put the following questions to Varnish Vixen and jewelry fanatic Rory and this is what we discovered ….

What’s in your make-up bag?

Hmmm.  The only make-up I carry with me is lip gloss and lipstick. Right now I’m carrying NARS Gypsy and NARS Dolce Vita as I couldn’t decide if I wanted a bold or subtle lip this morning !

Who’s your make-up muse?

I read a lot of beauty blogs and they all kind of make it into my brain. Sarah B. from Them Pretty Colors got me interested in lipstick and Helen from Just Nice Things started my love for NARS eyeshadow duos.

Do you have a favorite beauty trend this season?

I like the coral look and just bought a coral lipstick and blush. I think I need to wait for something like a tan to be able to pull it off properly though.

Where’s your favorite place to shop for a beauty fix?

I like one stop shopping so Sephora is perfect for me!

When it comes to beauty buys do you prefer the bargains or are you more high end?

Umm, I guess I’m more high end, but I mix it up.  Right now I have a lot of NARS products, but I use drugstore eyeliner and mascara. I also don’t like spending lots of money on brushes so I get my brushes from CVS or the like.

What’s your all time must have beauty buy?

I love highlighter. Right now I switch between NARS Albatross and LORAC Oli-free highlighter.

What’s on your beauty wish list?

NARS Earth Angel and I’m saving up for the T3 Mane Tamer flat iron. I hope it’s actually capable of straightening damp hair!

What’s been your biggest beauty disaster to date?

My skin has a lot of red pigmentation in it. I was really self conscious about it when I was younger and didn’t know a lot about make-up at the time.  One day I snuck into my mom’s make-up bag and stole some light brown eyeshadow. I rubbed it all over my face and went to school. I thought I looked fine until my friends started giving me weird looks!


Things we loved this week: Champneys Charcoal Grey

March 28th, 2011
Things we loved this week: Champneys Charcoal Grey
When it comes to polishing our pinkies we usually tend to gravitate towards the brighter shades and now that Spring has well and truly sprung we thought it high time we added a touch of colour to our talons.
Given that pinks, greens, blues and even yellows are set to dominate during the coming months we thought we just might have time for one last hurrah on the darker shades which brings us nicely onto the above swatch.
Having been flown all the way from the UK, a friend of L’Onglex picked up this little gem while she enjoyed some R&R in the Champanys Spa and we instantly fell in love with the classic charcoal grey. Having spent so long playing with colour we couldn’t quite believe how flattering the shade actually is.
The only gripe we did have ( and as it was a gift it would be rude to have too many! ) was that the formula was a little light on pigment so two to three coats are a must. On the upside the coats dry quick enough and if the UK seems a little far to fly to get a polish fix, we are reliably informed you can grab a bottle in boots.

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When it comes to polishing our pinkies we usually tend to gravitate towards the brighter shades and now that Spring has well and truly sprung we thought it high time we added a touch of colour to our talons.

Given that pinks, greens, blues and even yellows are set to dominate during the coming months we thought we just might have time for one last hurrah on the darker shades which brings us nicely onto the above swatch.

Having been flown all the way from the UK, a friend of L’Onglex picked up this little gem while she enjoyed some R&R in the Champanys Spa and we instantly fell in love with the classic charcoal grey. Having spent so long playing with colour we couldn’t quite believe how flattering the shade actually is.

champneys2The only gripe we did have ( and as it was a gift it would be rude to have too many! ) was that the formula was a little light on pigment so two to three coats are a must.

On the upside the coats dry quick enough and if the UK seems a little far to fly to get a polish fix, we are reliably informed you can grab a bottle in boots.


Video:Pastel peepers for spring

March 27th, 2011

PIXIWOO = Pastels for Spring
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If you caught our purple eyes post the other day you will no doubt be aware that L’Onglex is going all girly this spring.
Yup, pastel shades are back again and if you need a visual reminder for the look try and picture something along the lines 50’s mom meets Sofia Cappola’s Marie Antoinette and you will  probably be somewhere near !
Obviously, visualising random things is great if you’re good at it, but having thought about it the above description is pretty much useless and it would be far better for everyone  if we could post a link to someone who can show us in a step-by-step-idiot-proof-type-stylee ….
That ’someone in question’ are the always immaculate girls at Pixiwoo.com (http://pixiwoo.blogspot.com/) who have a video explaining how to work the trend and get the look far better than the picture above or our endless ramblings ever could …..
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If you caught our purple eyes post the other day you will no doubt be aware that L’Onglex is going all girly this spring.

Yup, pastel shades are back again and if you need a visual reminder for the look try and picture something along the lines 50’s mom meets Sofia Cappola’s Marie Antoinette and you will  probably be somewhere near !

Obviously, visualising random things is great if you’re good at it, but having thought about it the above description is pretty much useless and it would be far better for everyone  if we could post a link to someone who can show us in a step-by-step-idiot-proof-type-stylee ….

That ’someone in question’ are the always immaculate girls at Pixiwoo.com who have a video explaining how to work the trend and get the look far better than the picture above or our endless ramblings ever could …..

Watch the pastels video here

PS- The image at the top is from the Oscar de la Renta SS11 shows which has been covered quite nicely by the folks at Harpers Bazaar.


They don’t look any bigger- but they are kind of shiny !!

March 26th, 2011
They don’t look any bigger- but they are kind of shiny !!
When it comes to our skincare routine L’Onglex ers on the side of vigilance.
Cleanser, toning, serums, moisturisers and the odd exfoliation are just some of the obsessions that keep the queue at our bathroom door.  Yet the other day whilst trying not to get the contents of a face mask all over our mobile we came across a chance discovery.
Seems that what we can see is all well and good but are we taking enough care of our assets ? Seems on that front we probably don’t deserve as many gold stars as we first thought.
Since the idea of the dreaded turkey neck isn’t really one we find appealing the thought suddenly hit us that we wouldn’t be firm forever and having spotted a friends stash we thought we’d trial some over the next few weeks.
First up is Boob Tube and although we’ve only been slathering the stuff on for a week or so we think it’s not too bad. Avacado oil, shea butter and milk thistle leave skin feeling quite dewy and youthful and all in all L’Onglex’s boobs have taken on quite a dewy appearance.
Quite whether the long term benefits will befit the expense we are not yet sure but so far so good !

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When it comes to our skincare routine L’Onglex ers on the side of vigilance.

Cleansers, toners, serums, moisturisers and the odd exfoliation are just some of the obsessions that keep the queue at our bathroom door.  Yet the other day whilst trying not to get the contents of a face mask all over our mobile we came across a chance discovery.

Seems that what we can see is all well and good but are we taking enough care of our assets ? Seems on that front we probably don’t deserve as many gold stars as we first thought.

Since the idea of the dreaded turkey neck isn’t really one we find appealing the thought suddenly hit us that we wouldn’t be firm forever and having spotted a friends stash we thought we’d trial some over the next few weeks.

First up is Boob Tube and although we’ve only been slathering the stuff on for a week or so we think it’s not too bad. Avacado oil, shea butter and milk thistle leave skin feeling quite dewy and youthful and all in all L’Onglex’s boobs have taken on quite a dewy appearance.

Quite whether the long term benefits will befit the expense we are not yet sure but so far so good !


Purples and pastels for spring

March 24th, 2011
While we at L’Onglex never like to think that we’re the type to follow the crowd, one trend that has is gently swaying us toward it’s elegant charms is this seasons pastel eye. As seen on everyone from Katy Perry to Kim Kardashian sugar shaded eyes are the perfect antidote to winters busy colours.
Bobbi Brown’s Peony & Python palette has already wetted our appetite (read our review here), but we’ve also been dipping our brush into some ice-cream colours from MAC not to mention the odd peachy shade from Rimmel.
Not wishing to overdo the whole thing we’ve had a dig around and when it comes to wearing it the key is to avoid at all costs looking like a rainbow. Pinks and peaches are a great way to do this look subtly and rather than mixing and matching justpick a palette and stick to it.
When it comes to application, easy does it!  Start with a wash of light shadow for the base and build up more intense shades in the same colour for a dusty, graded finish.
In the event you’re finding pastels and purples a bit too tame you can always spice things up with a little metallic or shimmer shading to add definition, just apply with a light hand and remember less is more !!

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While we at L’Onglex never like to think that we’re the type to follow the crowd, one trend that has is gently swaying us toward it’s elegant charms is this seasons pastel eye. As seen on everyone from Katy Perry to Kim Kardashian, sugar shaded eyes are proving to be the perfect antidote to winters busy colours.

Bobbi Brown’s Peony & Python palette has already wetted our appetite (read our review here), but we’ve also been dipping our brush into some ice-cream colours from MAC not to mention the odd peachy shade from Rimmel.

Not wishing to overdo the whole thing we’ve had a dig around and when it comes to wearing it the key is to avoid at all costs looking like a rainbow. Pinks and peaches are a great way to do this look subtly and rather than mixing and matching justpick a palette and stick to it.

When it comes to application, easy does it!  Start with a wash of light shadow for the base and build up more intense shades in the same colour for a dusty, graded finish.

In the event you’re finding pastels and purples a bit too tame you can always spice things up with a little metallic or shimmer shading to add definition …. just apply with a light hand and remember less is more !!


Things we loved this week: Quick drying polish by NYC

March 23rd, 2011
While polishing our pinkies is undoubtedly our favorite part of our beauty routine, we can’t help but wonder just how much of our lives have been wasted away watching polish dry.  Base coat, couple of coats of polish and a topcoat and it’s easy to see how the hours add up.
We’ve tried everything over the years from using a hair dryer to try and speed things up to dunking our pinkies in ice cold water between coats and although each may have shaved a couple of minutes of our routine there was never any life changing benefit…..until Sally hanson quick dry launched! This stuff has become our HG top coat simply because as soon as all three coats are on, this stuff seals the deal and you don’t need to hang around too long.
But you do still need to wait around between coats which is why we did a double take as well as a hop, skip and a jump when we test drove the new NYC Quick dry polishes. Promising to go from wet to dry in less then sixty seconds , this was just the polish news we’ve been waiting for.
Pictured is the rather pretty purple MoMA shade and we’ve been impressed how our nails have gone from 0 to Girly in less than 40 seconds. The fact that the brush comes with control-flow also quickened proceedings a little and ensured L’Onglex’s fingers were pretty much polish free – this we like !!

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While polishing our pinkies is undoubtedly our favorite part of our beauty routine, we can’t help but wonder just how much of our lives have been wasted away watching polish dry.  Base coat, couple of coats of polish and a topcoat and it’s easy to see how the hours add up.

We’ve tried everything over the years from using a hair dryer to try and speed things up to dunking our pinkies in ice cold water between coats and although each may have shaved a couple of minutes of our routine there was never any life changing benefit…..until Sally hanson quick dry launched! This stuff has become our HG top coat simply because as soon as all three coats are on, this stuff seals the deal and you don’t need to hang around too long.

Picture 2But you do still need to wait around between coats which is why we did a double take as well as a hop, skip and a jump when we test drove the new NYC Quick dry polishes. Promising to go from wet to dry in less then sixty seconds , this was just the polish news we’ve been waiting for.

Pictured is the rather pretty purple MoMA shade and we’ve been impressed how our nails have gone from 0 to Girly in less than 40 seconds. The fact that the brush comes with control-flow also quickened proceedings a little and ensured L’Onglex’s fingers were pretty much polish free – this we like !!