Saturday, 30 November 2013

Free £15 at Wahanda: Christmas Gifts that give back!

Simply book a treatment of £15 or more at or over by Midnight Saturday (Today!) 30th November and they will email you a £15 voucher code to use on treats in December!  It's always nice to get something back for yourself when Christmas shopping for others :)

Friday, 29 November 2013

Friday Freebie: Clinique GWP

Until Friday 14th December, you can get a large Clinique gift bag full of goodies when you purchase two Clinique items at Harvey Nichols.

The bag contains...
  • Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
  • Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream
  • Repairwear Laser Focus Eye Wrinkle Correcting Cream
  • Your choice of Repairwear Laser Focus All Smooth Makeup in shades 02, 03, 05
  • Learn By Numbers Compact in Twilight Mauve, Brandied Plum and Graphite
  • Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Black
  • High Impact Mascara in Black
  • Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Roomiest Rose
Worth zipping to your local Harvey Nichols pronto!  You can pick up a chubby stick or 2 for yourself, and give the gift away to your mum or aunt for Christmas.

What is 'The Beauty Hack'?

Fast Beauty.  No Fuss.  I come across a lot of great products as well as offers, tips, time savers so I created this place with the intention of sharing short, sharp posts.  A way to share things that I felt might overload or not fit in on my main blog (beauty, makeup, lifestyle etc) Computergirl's Musings, or my fashion blog

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes so you never know what will crop up.
Christmas Kittens in hats.  Beautiful.

Beauty: (noun) the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, colour, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).

Hack: (verb) A shortcut, time saver or trick.  Makes life more efficient.

A place for tips, tricks, shortcuts, money savers, discounts, coupons and much more.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Dry lips tips (thanks to Liz Earle).

I'm not one for cutting and pasting press release, but this seemed good advice so I thought I would share.  Liz Earle (creator of the Liz Earle skincare product range, amongst other things..) has shared these tips for combating dry lips in winter.
Dry Lips No More!

  1. Drink plenty of water and up your intake of B vitamins as low levels can lead to dry, cracked skin.
  2. Resist the urge to lick your lips – this only makes them sorer.
  3.  Buff away dead skin cells away using a soft toothbrush to help reduce chapping.
  4. Read the labels! Not all lip balms are the same. Balms or sticks made with mineral oil or petroleum jelly don’t moisturise as such, they simply sit on the lips’ surface, and may even dry the lips out. Flavoured lip balms may taste nice but they might encourage you to lick your lips even more. More natural ingredients, such as plain plant oils and purified lanolin are by far the best choices for keeping lips soft and comfortable.
  5.  Very sensitive lips respond best to a fragrance-free, natural emollient. Most nipple creams, especially those that contain purified medical grade lanolin, can actually be the best balms for very sore lips.
  6.  You don’t have to forego the glamour! Lip gloss can help protect against the drying wintry elements, or try a tinted lip balm containing vitamin E, shea or cocoa butter.

If you want to read more tips like this, then please head to Link

How do you combat dry lips?  What products do you use?

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Shopping offers for today!

Some great offers about if you are looking for a spring splurge!  Here are a few of the best!

10 points per £1 at House of Fraser- perfect for all those beauty bargains!
30% off Boohoo holiday shop with the code SUN30
10% off ALL beauty at Debenhams (plus a GWP woth £88 if you buy 2 or more Elizabeth Arden products!)
Beautybay Sale- some great bargains! OPI for £6, Pai cloths for £3.. worth a look!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Spend it Saturday: Discount and Offers round up!

I'm seeing lots of offers and codes around at the moment so here is a round up of the best ones Ive seen- just in case you are in the mood to inject some fun sun into your beauty routine!

Benefit are giving away a free mini deluxe BADGAL mascara with purchases of £40 or over if you use the code BADGAL -PLUS you'll get free shipping! (link!)

ELF have got FREE SHIPPING this week (ends Monday) just visit ELF (link!) and use the code below at the checkout:
UK: 220413 EU: 220414 IT:220415

The Telegraph are giving away free Strawberry plants this weekend (yum!) just click here for more information.  Ok- I know this isn't beauty in the makeup sense but healthy skin starts within- plus did you know eating a strawberry can make your teeth seem whiter? (Read about it here)

Clarins are celebrating their website's 6th birthday- so they have a lot of great offers PLUS you get 6 free samples with each purchase, not to mention a HUGE Gift with Purchase if you spend £60.  I love their lip treatments and beauty flash balm :)

What will you be buying?  Have you seen any good offers this weekend?

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Double Debenhams Beauty Points!

That's 6 points per £1 on all their Beauty Club Award Winners for 2013.  These products don't just win because someone picked a name out a hat- they have been voted for.  Lots of people voted them the best products.  I agree with some of the choices
Some of the winners!

  •  L'occitane hand cream is a staple item in my handbag these days
  • Mac Lipsticks- so creamy with a delicate fragrance
  • Clarins skincare is affordable yet gets results
  • Origins Ginger Scrub is heavenly- a real shower treat!
Shop the winners (some discounted) and collect extra points for your beauty card.  Sadly mine was stolen but I'm getting in replaced shortly- so do some shopping for me!  To view the winners, click this link!

What products would win your beauty awards?

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Luxury Hotels with 50% code : Mr and Mrs Smith

A slight beauty side step- but we all know what wonders a bit of beauty sleep does.  Long lazy days relaxing by a pool (with carefully placed shade umbrellas), wandering to local vibrant markets, eating food freshly prepared in local restaurants accompanied by a glass of local wine.  An evening sunset cocktail before reading on your balcony (where the air is so warm you don't need many layers on- not like the UK!).  Perhaps the next day you could Island hop on the rocky Italian coastline or visit a secluded beach on one of the Greek islands- maybe go for a swim in the warm Mediterranean Sea.  Maybe you're a city girl and would like to visit Madrid, or the ever beautiful and cultural Barcelona...?

We all work so hard these days that getting a break is somethings the only thing that keeps us going.  Perhaps you are a culture vulture and would soak up the historic parts of Florence- maybe night life is your relaxation.  Maybe you'll appreciate a spa in Morrocco- whatever it is, Mr and Mrs Smith is certainly worth a look if you would like a fantastic rest.
Sun, blue sky, pool, quiet, lush vineyards... I'm there in my mind!

Why not go on holiday and claim 50% off with Mr & Mrs Smith (if booked by 14 May).  I'm pondering between Greece or Spain this year.  Blue seas, cloudless skies, peace and quiet... I'm there already!!  I find booking ahead helps to give me something to aim for on those days when everything goes wrong.

Click here to see what Mr. and Mrs Smith can offer you by way of affordable luxury!  You'll need to use the codeword 'HOLIDAY' to claim your discount.  Good luck!

 Terms and Conditions apply

Where is your favorite holiday destination?

Friday, 19 April 2013

70% off ELF Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics

Just in time for Spring!  No code required, just click the link below.  I love their Complexion Perfection powder for evening skin tone (spot scars, and pigmentation).  The Studio line brushes are good too.  My go to foundation brush is this powder brush- though it works really well to get a flawless foundation finish and at just £3.50 is a complete bargain.

 To visit the site with the 70% discount, click here!

What offers are you taking advantage of at the moment?  Have a great weekend :)

Monday, 1 April 2013

FREE Urban Decay Naked Palette: Free MAKEUP!

This offer was too good to miss!  Due to an oversight in the manufacturing factory Urban Decay have ended up with a batch of palettes they can not sell.  Basically they fall foul of EU regulations due to a misprint of ingredients on the packaging.  To print and then hand stick correction labels would be too time (and material) costly so Urban Decay have decided to give these 'faulty' palettes away to bloggers for review rather than chuck them into landfill!  Apparently first come first served.

To get hold of your palette you just need to fill in a simple form on Urban Decay's site- it's a hidden form and just emailed out to press contacts- so you can only get to it if you have the link (which Ive placed below).  Numbers are limited so don't waste time!  If you're lucky enough to get one do let me know!

Good Luck!  To apply for your palette CLICK HERE!

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Secret Sales : Slendertone

I just through I would give you a heads up about Secret Sales.  They currently have the slendertone toning systems on their site (which I reviewed HERE)- a great way to tone up while also being able to do other things like washing up, ironing, emails- reading your favorite blogs?!

If you are not familiar with then they are a sort of bulk buy website (which then passes the discount on to the customer).  However with this one you know what will appear in advance, you place your order when the sale is open.  Once the sale is closed the item is ordered and sent.  They have had some great designer makeup and beauty items on there, not to mention shoes (I think I saw some Christan Louboutins recently!) so worth signing up (for free) and looking!

Have you used this website?  Can you recommend any others?