Make Up Solutions with QVS Beauty

May 22nd, 2017

A wise old saying goes that ‘a workman is only as good as his tools’, and for me the same is true when it comes to cosmetics. So many people buy expensive, exquisite brands of make up, only to apply it with the same old, let’s face it, rather manky make up brushes and tools they have been using, and probably not cleaning, for years. QVS Beauty, who make a brilliant range of affordable make up tools recently found, in a survey, that only 61% of us clean our brushes once a month, so imagine the build up of make up, grime and bacteria as we use the brushes again and again without cleaning them.

If this is you, then maybe it is time to treat yourself to some new tools. And once again, I am turning to QVS Beauty, a brand you may have seen in on your supermarket travels as they are stocked in Asda and Tesco. QVS Beauty brushes start from just £5, and they also stock a range of beauty essentials that range from exfoliating gloves to tweezers and eyelash curlers. Each tool comes in a clear packet that can then be used to store the tool, and also has good instructions for the use and care of the tool.

The brushes in particular are very good quality. They have wooden handles with metal casing, and the brushes are super soft, with the foundation and blusher brush having nylon bristles, and the powder brush having natural bristles. The brushes are lovely, and a very stylish addition to any make up bag or dressing table.

QVS have a really good and affordable range that extends beyond make up brushes. This includes both slant and square edged tweezers and a set of eyelash curlers that come with an extra set of silicon pads and yet cost less than a fiver. I also love the exfoliation gloves that are super quality and work so well with a salt scrub.

To find QVS Beauty products, click here to visit Asda.


Had a car accident? How to make a claim.

May 22nd, 2017

We have all had those cold calls where we are asked that question – ‘have you had an accident in the last five years, did you know you could make a claim?’ For most of us these are a nuisance, but the truth is, if you have an accident that is not your fault, and you are hurt, you really shouldn’t be waiting for someone to call you before you make a claim. Time from work, personal injury and stress are all things that you can be compensated for.

If you are the victim of an accident, there are a few things that you should do straight away, if at all possible.

  1. Take photographs. We are travel everywhere with our smartphones and tablets, and this allows us constant access to a camera if an accident should occur. Use your camera to take photographic evidence of damage to your car, but also to yourself – any cuts, bruises, bleeding, swellings or grazings. These could be very useful if you decide to proceed with your claim.
  2. Call the police. Getting a police report is very important if you are going to make a claim, so it is worth calling the police even if the accident is minor. In addition to the police report, any witness statements that they collect could prove to be important too, and don’t forget to make your own notes as soon as possible.
  3. Seek medical attention straight away. If you have been injured you may need to go straight to a hospital. Even if your injury is minor, you should still see a doctor to get any injuries recorded in your medical records. Keep copies of any prescriptions for medication that you may have been prescribed.
  4. Find a good personal injury lawyer. You will need someone to fight your corner so a personal injury lawyer with a proven track record is a must. Some personal injury lawyers will operate on a no win, no fee basis, but you need to check the testimonials in order to see their success rate so that you don’t waste your time.
  5. Record any time taken from work. If your illness, injury or stress requires you to take time from work, this also needs to be recorded. Keep copies of sick notes to add to your claim, along with any correspondence between you and your employee relating to your accident.

Female Driver Making Phone Call After Traffic Accident

Ultimately you may feel that you don’t want to pursue a claim in the case of an accident. But if you are injured, and it was not your fault, you may be entitled, and shouldn’t let the process put you off.

The Iconic World of Cartier

May 22nd, 2017

When it comes to naming the most iconic jewellery and watch brand of them all, there is only one name that springs to mind. Cartier is a name that is synonymous with style and elegance, a brand that has been beloved of Kings and Queens, both of the royal and movie star variety. As a status symbol, it is hard to beat, as Emily Seares says in an article for The Watch Gallery “…The vibrant, strong red of the Cartier packaging, the spine tingling flash of red like a Louboutin red sole and the prestige associated with it. It is like no other…”

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, and by 1902 it was a favourite with royalty, shown to excellent effect by the fact that King Edward VII ordered 27 Cartier tiaras for his coronation in 1902. He was just the first of many royal fans of the brand, reaching right up to the current Duchess of Cambridge who was given a Ballon Bleu De Cartier watch by Prince William for her third wedding anniversary. This was a lovely touch from William, perhaps in tribute to the Cartier tiara Kate wore at her wedding.

Another royal fan who wore Cartier on her wedding day was Princess Grace of Monaco. The former actress Grace Kelly was given a Cartier engagement ring by Prince Rainier in 1956, and then wore a three strand Cartier necklace for her wedding.  She then often wore Cartier pieces for state occasions right up until her untimely death in a car crash in 1982.

Other iconic Cartier lovers include Elizabeth Taylor, who owned what became known as the Taylor-Burton diamond, a Cartier piece which was one of the largest diamonds in the world, and Wallis Simpson who owned the stunning panther bracelet (one of my favourite pieces of jewellery ever). More recently Karen Elson was the star of a Cartier campaign which fully acknowledged the allure of the brand, channeling Marilyn Monroe in her ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s best friend’ guise as she is surrounded by beautiful Cartier jewel boxes.



And Cartier is not just the domain of female fans. The iconic Tank watch has been a favourite since it was donned by Cary Grant and Clark Gable in the 1940s, with stylish male celebs like Tom Ford and Warren Beatty all fans of the rectangular faced watch.

A Cartier piece, whether it be jewellery or an iconic time piece,  is a beautiful sign of love and luxury. If you receive one of those special boxes, be sure to cherish it.