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At the weekend I paid a visit to my beloved Birmingham. ‘Beloved’ because it feels like a second home. Less than 90 minutes from London, it’s a city I can escape to for good company, entertainment and crucially, shopping. You see, Birmingham is home to (probably) my favourite spot for retail therapy, the Bullring, and since the redevelopment of New Street station, the temptation starts as soon as you disembark off the train with shops lining the way towards the heart of Brummy’s shopping central.

What I was most excited about was seeing my dear friend, Rucksana from Walking in a Beauty Wonderland for a long overdue catch-up over pizza, make-up and shoes. We always pay a visit to Selfridges, of which its building is truly iconic and an architectural landmark of the city. You will either love it or hate it. Personally I love it and it’s a photographer’s dream to capture from the lens.

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This time our visit was extra special for we had an hour booked in the shiny new and revamped beauty hall with personal shopper, Rose Gallagher. Beauty blog enthusiasts and fellow bloggers will recognise Rose from Mixed Gems. If you find yourself here, chances are you will see Rose on the shop floor. The new beauty hall was unveiled at the launch of the six week The Beauty Project in May which also ran in London.

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Enough of my waffling! I’m going to let Rucksana tell you more about the experience and what’s involved if you’re interested in booking an appointment. Click here for the full post.

I will say one thing: the girls at Charlotte Tilbury were warm, amazing, informative and very helpful – something that was sadly lacking at the London counter when I was blanked recently. A shout-out to Sasha who didn’t wince at my overgrown brows and showed me the simplest and easy way to contour with the Filmstar Bronze & Glow, which I desperately want AND The Brow Lift.

It’s been a year since I visited Selfridges beauty hall in Birmingham and the change is majorly different. It’s fresh, bright, modern, easy to see afar from every corner and a breeze to walk around. They’ve recently added an Urban Decay counter and are introducing more brands from niche to budget friendly ones to make beauty buying accessible and a pleasure.

If you would like to book a personal shopping appointment at Birmingham’s Selfridges, get in touch with Rose at

P.S: Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting events in the beauty hall in the coming weeks. It’s enough to make me want to relocate!


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Oh. Em. Gee. What do we have here? It’s a face mask like no other.

But before I kick things off, I would like to give a special mention to Farrah Gray. Farrah is the one who brought this mask to my attention when she posted a picture of herself on Twitter wearing it. I was fascinated and also found it freakishly odd, but Farrah is a huge fan and swears by it…and I trust her.

This mask is by Jamela Skin Care and it’s a gold crystal collagen facial mask. I can’t promise wearing this will make you look half as pretty as Farrah…however, it contains 24 carat gold so slapping this on your visage is instantly going to raise the bar above the humble clay mask.

Now what’s all the fuss? Well Jamela has developed an exclusive formula for extracting the same rejuvenating properties that gold has to offer and infused them along with organic nutrients and anti-oxidants, into a collagen based all natural anti-ageing, rejuvenating, anti-wrinkle gold mask. What you’re getting is 100% molecular plant collagen with 24 carat gold. Ooohh!…(and can I just add)…Ahhhhh!

This is an all singing and all dancing mask. It’s anti-ageing, moisturising, hydrating, firming and regular use of it will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles thanks to the collagen, the magical ingredient that keeps us looking all elastically youthful. And here’s how it looks…



As you can see from the top picture, it comes sealed. Removing it from its packaging is quite tricky so you must follow the instructions carefully: cleanse face with warm water, lay the mask flat on an even surface and peel back the foil. Then apply it carefully to the face and relax.

When applied to the skin, the Gold Collagen Facial Mask immediately forms a protective layer, which instantly reacts to the skin’s natural chemistry and helps to replace the collagen that decreases with age.

It is a generically shaped to fit all faces though I found it tricky around the eyes and mouth area especially as my eyes are big and the mask kept slipping over making me look like something out of a horror film.

I kept it on for 2 hours (minimum 30 minutes and up to 5 hours) and amazingly, it remained cool throughout. It also did not dry out and crack like you’d expect a mask to, staying consistently soft.

After my skin felt beautifully soft, fresh and the collagen ingredients really helped to smooth out any lines and creases. I don’t have a lot (luckily) but it pays to start taking care as early as possible.

Once you’ve peeled off the mask (and it comes off easily), it can be re-used on other parts of the body such as a toner. How? Pour hot water over it and it will instantly melt. Farrah gave me a great tip to use as a face toner or if you leave it to cool off, it will solidify and then you can use it in the bath. Brilliant! Multi-functional! To be fair, it would break my heart to throw away something made of 24 carat gold that frivolously…

A pack of 5 masks costs £37.50. Yes! Only £37.50 so that works out to be £7.50 each. I bet you thought these would be hugely over-priced. You did, didn’t you? The 24k gold collagen range also includes masks for the neck, eyes, under eyes, lips and erm, even breasts.

What do you think? Walk like an Egyptian?

Jamela Skin Care has an immense range of other masks all available online at

*PR sample