Monthly Archives: January 2016

Six Fab Beauty Products That Won’t Break The Bank…

Posted on January 31, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I was recently sent over a fantastic box of beauty products that are new in at Boots, and I had no idea what was going to turn up – which was very exciting. So when the box arrived it was great to find a mixture of brands, including one which I’ve never tried, and a couple that I haven’t tried for a good few years too…

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First up is the Collection #YourStyleYourMood Eyeshadow Palette (£5.99) – Now I haven’t used Collection products in a loooong time, I mean, the last time I remember using them was when they were called Collection 2000 and I was in my teens. So even though I’m not familiar with their current products, I know they’re still a popular budget brand, and they also used to be one of the go-to brands back in the day for teens where I live too!

This dinky little palette comes in a cardboard casing, with matte and shimmer shades. The idea is that whatever your mood the #YourStyleYourMood Palette allows you to create the perfect eye look to reflect your style – I’d say it includes a nice selection of neutral colours that would work well for day time or evening, but there’s nothing in there that’s too outrageous – which I would have expected by the #YourStyleYourMood name. Maybe one or two brighter colours would have been a nice addition?

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Next is the L’oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim (£6.99) – Now you know I do love a good eyeliner, and my weapon of choice is always a pencil or a pen version, so this is is right up my street. This Perfect Slim liner has a long, flexible nib, with a very fine point. It gives a fantastic intense black line, that’s easy to draw and define due to the long pointed nib. This is a fantastic eyeliner for creating a sharp cat-eye flick.

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Next we have the Eyelure Party Lashes in Frozen Beauty (£6.95) – I don’t often wear lashes except for the odd night out (and I don’t get out that often these days!) but when I have worn lashes, Eyelure are my brand of choice. This is just because lashes are expensive, and rather than waste £5+ per set on something that I might not like, I know I can trust Eyelure to do the job.

These Frozen Beauty lashes feature a fluffy and full lash, interspersed with shimmering silver ribbon that catches the light beautifully. I love that Eyelure lashes are easy to apply and remove, and if you’re careful you can re-use them multiple times too.

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Up next is the Barry M Flawless Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit (£6.49) – I’m so glad this was included in the box! I’ve been meaning to pick up a budget contour kit for ages, just out of curiosity as I always use my Anastasia palette and hadn’t tried any budget versions as yet.

The Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit is a handy little travel-sized palette, including a light powder to highlight, a bronzer to warm, and a dark powder to sculpt for a perfectly enhanced appearance. The shades are not too dark or intense – so perfect for those with paler complexions like myself, and the product can also be built up easily, so it would still work well if you were looking for a bit more depth of colour.

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Next is the Sleek Makeup Precious Metals Highlighting Palette (£9.99) – I love Sleek Cosmetics, they’re one of my favourite, if not my actual favourite budget high street brand. They also keep coming up with gorgeous new products!

The Precious Metals Highlighting Palette is a fantastic versatile highlighting palette for use on both the face and body. It features three velvet cream highlighters and one powder highlighter which can be used in a multitude of ways to give skin a beautiful luminous glow.

These highlighters really do give the loveliest iridescent and metallic finishes, wether you’re looking for detailed highlight on the face, or an all-over body glow, this little kit will have the right highlight for you.

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And lastly, the Nail Apothecary Gel Effect Top Coat (£6.95) – Nail Apothecary is a brand new brand to me, that I hadn’t even heard of. They supply a range of nail care products, including various top coats, fillers and nail treatments. The Gel Effect Top Coat creates a plumping effect on the nails, giving a high shine, gel like look which is long lasting and chip resistant – a definite must have for fans of the DIY manicure!

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Well, I’m beyond impressed with this fab little selection of products, I haven’t used a couple of these brands for a while now and I’m so glad I’ve re-discovered them. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products?

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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NEW From Guerlain: La Petite Robe Noire Lip Colour Collection

Posted on January 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’m so excited today as I have some stunning new products from one of my favourite luxury brands to share with you! Guerlain have just launched their La Petite Robe Noire Collection, which includes a range of 20 lipsticks and 8 nail polishes – and the packaging is GORGEOUS.

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The press release tells a sweet little story of Guerlain’s character, La Petite Robe Noire…

‘Alone in front of her wardrobe, La Petite Robe Noire is deep in thought. Despite all the wonderful dresses created for her by Thierry Wasser, she lacks that je-ne-sais-quoi that would highlight her femininity, the little added extra that would reveal her true personality: mischievous, Parisian, spectacular, seductive, elusive and yet with a distinctive presence…’

‘Suddenly, she has a flash of inspiration. It’s so obvious! What she needs is, of course… colour!’

La Petite Robe Noire then rushes to see Olivier Echaudemaison, Guerlain Make-Up Creative Director, and inspired by her energy, he creates the new La Petite Robe Noire collection…

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So, what are these lipsticks all about? Well the Petite Robe Noire collection offers easily buildable colour in a massive range of shades, from one swipe for a sheer veil of colour, to three or more if you wish for more intensity. The finish is is very balmy and moisturising, with a light fruity floral scent inspired by the heart notes of La Petite Robe Noire’s fragrance.

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The packaging is so pretty, and very unique. The outer casing of the lipstick is made of a clear plastic with a pretty upside down heart on top – again inspired by the original Petite Robe Noire bottle. You can see through this to the inner casing, as well as being able to see the colour of the lipstick underneath.

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There are 20 lipstick shades available, and I have 001 My First Lipstick – giving a beautiful veil of shimmer, it reveals the natural colour of the lips to deliver a tailor-made twist. And 020 Poppy Cap is a bright and summery orange – coral shade.

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My First Lipstick gives the most beautiful light sheen to the lips, with an added hint of sparkle, and Poppy Cap, though appearing opaque in the tube, comes out fairly sheer though buildble in colour. Both have a wonderfully creamy, balmy texture that my dry lips just love – as well as a light fragrance which is no where near as strong as I was expecting. I’ve worn these a couple of times now and I can’t get enough of them – I can’t wait to try the nail polishes out too!

The La Petite Robe Noire Shiny Lip Colours and La Petite Robe Noire Shiny Nail Colours are available now exclusively at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Is a Kat Von D X Too Faced collaboration on the cards?

Posted on January 21, 2016

Hi Guys!

The beauty rumour mill has been going into over drive today with news of one of the most exciting collaborations in recent times – Kat Von D and Too Faced! HOW AMAZING DOES THIS SOUND!?

Eagle eyed fans noticed the first hint of this possible collaboration a couple of months ago, as Kat posted an image of one of her own branded lipsticks next to a Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer on her Instagram account –

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Not giving much away at all at the time, Kat literally wrote ‘@katvondbeauty + @toofaced = heart, which could have meant everything and nothing. But then, a few days ago @Trendmood1 – an Instagram account known for posting about the latest breaking news in beauty, posted an image showing Kat Von D and Jerrod Blandino, who’s a co-owner of Too Faced, sitting on the floor at a coffee table looking suspiciously like they were up to something – possibly working on new collaborative products?

Trendmood1 confirmed this with their caption on the post “Can’t wait for this collaboration!!!!!!!! Two VERY different brands that I adore so much…are creating something AMAZING for us.”

Unfortunately there’s a massive bow covering the center of the photo, blurring anything that would be of any interest on the coffee table, so we’ll have to keep our ears to the ground – or Instagram as it would seem, for more news on what’s in the pipeline. I can’t wait to see what these brands are going to come up with, both of them have such a strong sense of branding, I think it’s going to be something really special!

Are you excited about this collaboration? Let me know what you think! xxx

NEW La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Cream Review

Posted on January 20, 2016

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Hi Guys!

When BB creams first hit the mainstream market a good few years ago now, I must admit I was initially a bit underwhelmed. Another foundation? I thought. Well, BB products have come a long way and I’ve definitely been converted to a fan of them in recent years. I love how quick and easy they are to apply, and the dewy glowing complexion they give you. They really do tick all the boxes for me.

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So this brings me to La Roche Posay’s latest offering to the world of BB creams – the Effaclar BB Blur Cream. This cream is specifically made for oily skin, it promises to control shine all day long – with Aircilium, a cutting-edge ingredient that forms a supple and resistant film over the skin to smoothe its surface whilst letting it breathe. This wonder ingredient is said to absorb three times its weight in oil, resulting in a matte velvet finish on the skin.

As well as controlling shine, the Effaclar BB Blur Cream also aims to blur the appearance of pores, blemishes and fine lines, and shade adapting pigments work to colour match the skin on application, whilst providing medium coverage that will erase imperfections and leave a radiant, flawless finish.

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I must admit, I didn’t expect this product would suit me at all, as it’s made for oily skin and I have normal to dry skin. Well surprisingly I absolutely love it! The cream itself has quite a thick texture, yet it’s light and very mousse like. When applied to the skin it’s easy to quickly rub in with fingers – perfect if you’re not a morning person like me! Once applied, it gives a beautiful lightweight matte finish, that really does have a blurring effect on pores and imperfections. (I have visible pores on my t-zone, so this anything that’s quick to apply whilst covering them up successfully is a winner in my books) I’m not usually a fan of matte finishes as they can often highlight any dryer areas, but I had no problems with this at all. It gave a very flawless yet natural finish with light to medium coverage. I should point out that if you’re looking for something to really mask imperfections, this may not be the product for you. Otherwise I think it’s a great day-to-day BB that really does the job – I imagine it would work wonders on those with oily complexions too.

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The La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Cream is available now from Escentual, and it’s currently on offer for £11.00, so be sure to snap it up while the discount is still available!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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New From The Body Shop: Drops of Youth

Posted on January 19, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have some new skincare goodies from The Body Shop to share with you today! Following on from their popular Oils of Youth collection which was released towards the end of last year, The Body Shop have just launched their brand new Drops of Youth range.

The Oils of Youth products were obviously oil-based, and though the line is very similar in terms of the range of products on offer, the Drops of Youth collection is described as a Youth Enhancing Skincare routine, aiming to tackle the first signs of ageing, giving smoother, bouncier, and more youthful-looking skin.

The Drops of Youth products contain stem cells from three plants: Criste Marine, Sea Holly, and Edelweiss. I can’t really find any details on how these affect or work on the skin though I’m afraid – please feel free to point me in the right direction if you can help me here! So I’ll just let you know what I think of the products on face value.

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Firstly let’s take a look at the Youth Essence Lotion (£14.00) – this product is to be used after cleansing to prepare skin before moisturising. It has a gel-to-liquid formula, which promises to instantly smooth skin whilst replenishing moisture – and that it does! I applied this as directed and it did, in fact make my skin feel smoother. I’m not so sure about how moisturised it was, but this product definitely gave me lovely silky soft feeling skin.

The Youth Concentrate (£25.00) – this helps to enhance the condition of the skin, leaving it looking smoother, fresher and healthier, as well as instantly moisturising. This product has the silkiness of a serum, but the consistency also reminded me of a gel at the same time. I must say I wasn’t quite as impressed as I’d hoped to be, don’t get my wrong it is a nice little product, and it did feel lovely to apply, I just didn’t really get the instant moisturisation I was expecting with this one.

And lastly the Youth Day Cream (£20.00) – this is a gorgeous light and velvety air-whipped moisturising cream, that aims to leave skin feeling smoother, more supple and refined with a youthful-looking bounce. This is probably my favourite product out of the three. My skin loved this! It sank in in some sort of record speed (considering the amount of product I accidentally slapped on the first time) and left my face feeling amazingly well hydrated and comfortable.

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The products all have a fresh, light and pleasant scent – I’m not a fan of strongly scented skincare products so this is definitely a good thing in my opinion, but I was mostly impressed with how fast they all sunk into my skin, leaving no residue or tackiness. My skin actually felt quite matte after application too – which is always a plus, as well as being nicely hydrated and just a bit brighter.

I’ve only used these products a few times so far, but I’m definitely impressed with them as a trio. In my opinion this is a skincare range that does the job as well as being affordable, so they get a thumbs up from me! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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A Few High End Beauty Treats…

Posted on January 18, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Now I love nothing more than snapping up some amazing sale bargains over the Chrismtas period – 75% off you say? I’ll take 12 of them, thanks. But last years sales seemed to be bit underwhelming really, there was nothing with as much as 30% off to catch my eye. So what did I do? Well I did the obvious thing and bought a Tom Ford palette for full price at £64.00, that’s what I did. Of course Tom Ford products never come up in any sales, so I just took the plunge and picked up Nude Dip, which is possibly the most gorgeous eyeshadow palette I’ve ever seen. And while I was in the mood for spending, I may have purchased a few other bits and pieces too…

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All totally necessary of course. I went on a bit of a spending spree in my BBloggers Beauty Swaps and Sales Facebook Group, first picking up the Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter, which is just beautiful. I then got my mitts on the beautiful Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Highlighter Trio too, YESSS! And while I was there I also bought a couple of mini Lorac palettes from the same seller. When in Rome and all that.

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I also wanted to include the most gorgeous perfume that I received for Christmas. This is Neroli Blanc Intense, and It. Is. Amazing. I first discovered this in my first ever Bloom Perfumery subscription packet, and I knew I’d have to get my mitts on it sooner or later!

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I’ve had my eye on Tom Ford’s Nude Dip palette for quite a while. If my memory serves me correctly, this was originally a limited edition product, which was then added to the main line. And I’m SO glad it was. It’s just the most stunning palette. The shades are to die for, they’re just gorgeous every-day colours that would suit pretty much everyone. As you know, this did cost a purse-clenching £64, but I have no regrets!

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Next the Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter (shown in top image only) and the Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Trio. Becca’s collaboration with Jaclyn Hill really has done everything for the brand. People are going highlighter crazy – including myself. I was so excited when I saw somebody was selling the Champagne Pop highlighter (lightly used) in my beauty swaps and sales group, I snapped it up straight away. Then, by some stroke of luck the Champagne Glow Trio Palette came up too, this time brand new and unused. This palette was a limited edition over the Christmas period, and available in the US only, so I’m beyond happy that I grabbed this too!

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I also picked up the Lorac Matte and Metallic mini palettes from the same seller. Lorac palettes have been on my wish list for a while so I thought this was the perfect chance to try a couple of them out – at a very reasonable price too.

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And lastly, I also treated myself to a Sigma Lip Switch in Pink Lotus. This is an amazing light-weight lip gloss with the most intense holographic finish – it’s right up my street!

I’ll be putting together full review posts for these products over the next couple of weeks, I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of them? xxx

Missoni Eau De Parfum Review

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Hi Guys!

I’ve got the most gorgeous perfume to share with you today! The self titled – Missoni Eau De Parfum is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside.

Firstly let’s take a look at the bottle – Angela Missoni took inspiration from the art of Venetian blown glass to create a unique bottle featuring beautifully flowing jewel-like shades of purple, fuchsia and green. It looks stunning when it catches the light! And the cap is wrapped with a golden collar specially created to resemble the thread of the fabric. It’s colourful, unusual, and definitely striking. It truly is a beautifully unique bottle, I haven’t seen anything like this before!

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Missoni EDP is described as being feminine, sensual and iconic. This is a fragrance for a modern woman, decidedly feminine and confident. This is a woman aware of her own presence, who wears this scent as a dress that glides on the body, enhancing the vitality and charm it offers.

To me, this perfume says confidence, freedom and creativity. It’s feminine but not overly so, and  would work just as well as a day time or evening fragrance. This quote sums it up really well for me –

‘It tells of a fragrance dedicated to a sensual and exuberant woman whose femininity truly stands out. A curious woman who is at the centre of her present but who lives outside of convention and preconceived ideas.’

Missoni EDP has top notes of Lemon, bergamot, cedar, pear and Pomme d’Amour, heart notes of
Mahonial, petalia and jasmine sambac, and base notes of Ambra, tonk a bean and sandalwood.

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I love this perfume, it’s definitely a welcome addition to my collection and I highly recommend you try it if you can!

Missoni Eau De Parfum is available now from Harrods.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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