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Fragrance: Limited Edition Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer EDP

Posted on July 30, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Michael Kors latest limited edition fragrance has just arrived – Midnight Shimmer Eau De Parfum, and it’s just so gorgeous I had to share it with you!

Described as a sparkling and captivating scent, Midnight Shimmer is the perfect finishing touch before a glamorous night out…

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So firstly, can we just take a moment to appreciate the bottle? It’s been designed in midnight blue glass with an ombre iridescent glittery gold finish to reflect the elegance of the nighttime sky – and it’s just stunning! It feels quite wintery and Christmassy to me though, which definitely isn’t a bad thing!

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The scent itself is a rich, woody fragrance, it’s pretty but not overt girly, and definitely made for evening. There is a powdery element too, but not overly so. The soft musk and sensual vanilla give it a sweet elegance which is both warm and enticing.

Bathed in starlight, the fragrance opens with the succulent sparkle of Quince and highlighted with the fresh dew of Freesia and lush Jasmine Petals. The near-black Vanilla Bean reveals a velvety sensuality. The dry down intrigues with Moss and Peru Balsam touched by a hint of Musk.

  • Top Notes: Quince, Freesia and Jasmine Petals.
  • Heart Notes: Vanilla Bean, Amber Woods and Blonde Woods.
  • Base Notes: Moss, Peru Balsam and Musks.

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Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer EDP is from £59.00 for 50ml, and it’s available now at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Dior Skyline AW16 Collection: Smoky Strobe Lustrous Mono Eyeshadows

Posted on July 27, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’ve just recently received some simply beautiful products from the new Dior Skyline AW16 collection, and I thought I’d share the new Smoky Strobe Lustrous Mono Eyeshadows with you today…

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Like an architect for the face, this new makeup wardrobe explores shape, line and structure through the transformative nuances of shade, light and extraordinary optical illusions. From frosted beige to reddened browns, coppery pinks and glinting metallics, autumnal hues find order in state-of-the-art formulations that redefine beauty for the modern woman.

The Diorshow Mono range of eyeshadows was originally inspired by the fabric textures of the brand’s fashion clothing – including matte, silky, ultra-glittery and lamé – and feature super-saturated hues to deck the eyes in long-lasting colors with radiant finishes.

The Skyline AW16 Collection introduces six brand new lustrous finish Mono Eyeshadows into the range, and these highly pigmented, smoky shades promise to illuminate the eyes in a flash. The new shades offer a modern take on the classic smoky eye, with shades ranging from leaf-strewn brown to shimmery plum and dusky pink, of course with the all-new high shimmer lustrous finish…

  • 094 Gravity – a steely grey shimmer.
  • 184 Temptation – a vivid purple shimmer.
  • 564 Fire – a golden bronze shimmer.
  • 684 Reflexion – a taupe brown shimmer.
  • 764 Fusion – a pink and gold shimmer.
  • 794 Fever – an muted purple toned brown shimmer.

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  • 794 Fever – an intense purple toned brown shimmer.

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  • 684 Reflexion – a taupe brown shimmer.

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64 Fusion – a pink and gold shimmer.

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To look at the shadows in the pans, I must admit they looked as though the formula might be quite chunky and give a bit of fall out – but they’re actually beautifully smooth, soft and buttery – with no fallout whatsoever. The three shades I have are all super shimmery as well as being really well pigmented, and they’re just gorgeous to wear for either a sweep of shimmer across the lid, or built up for a more intense look.

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I’ll have another post coming up shortly showing some more products from the gorgeous Skyline AW16 collection, so keep your eye out for that in the next week or so!

The Smoky Strobe Lustrous Mono Eyeshadows are £24.50 each, available from today at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Angel Schlesser‏ Pour Elle Sensuelle EDP

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Hi Guys!

Angel Schlesser Fragrances have just announced the launch of Pour Elle Sensuelle, the new eau de parfum created by Amandine Marie Clerc, the same perfumer who brought us the original fragrance. The new Pour Elle Sensuelle belongs to the woody floral cedarwood family, and it’s a more intense, more profound, and more mysterious EDP than its predecessor.

A fragrance that defines the secret of femininity according to Schlesser. A sensual fragrance that widens the mystery. A dazzling fragrance. Like her, unaware of the power of her beauty, drawing you in as she walks away… A story of seduction between a mysterious and fascinating stranger and her admirer.

The bottle is both elegant and sophisticated with a modern twist.  It’s made of gorgeous smoky black glass with a heavy gold cap – it exudes class and timelessness and would look stunning on any dressing table.

Let’s take a look at the fragrance –

The scent opens with sweet bergamot, blended with intense and spicy red berries, with an added touch of velvety white peach. The heart includes white flowers that offer the magic of femininity, as well as soft lily, intense jasmine, and the nocturnal orange blossom, which are all entangled with warm and exotic cedar wood. The frangance finishes with a base of sweet yet intense patchouli. The cypriol adds its botanic delicacy and its aromatic power, which contrasts with the vanilla scent of the tonka Bean. A modern and intense note of tanned leather finishes off this sensual and elegant scent.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Spicy Red Berries and White Peach.
  • Heart Notes: White Flowers, Lily, Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Cedar Wood.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Cypriol, Tonka Bean and Tanned Leather.

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Angel Schlesser Pour Elle Sensuelle is £95.00 for 100ml EDP exclusively at Harvey Nichols.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Brant Brothers Limited Edition Collection

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Hi Guys!

Ok I know what you’re thinking… WHO?? Well I must admit I didn’t know either. The Brant brothers will be more familiar to US readers, but to us in the UK, they’re New York based socialites, or ‘IT’ boys. Peter and Harry Brant are fearless lovers of fashion as well as beauty, and make for a fitting yet interesting collaboration with MAC Cosmetics…

Peter and Harry Brant, the young bon vivants of New York society, are the current toast of the fashion scene. Now, M∙A∙C teams up with them in a modern collection of products for the face, brows, eyes and lips.

The Brant Brothers collection includes both makeup and skincare – such as the Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel and Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream – all which are aimed at a unisex audience.

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First up we have the Eye Shadow x 4 in 4 Pillars (£27.50)

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This eyeshadow quad contains four neutral shades with matte, satin and pearl finishes –

  • Mother’s Milk – a soft matte beige satin.
  • Sandstone – a soft matte taupe matte.
  • Mystery – a muted plum-brown veluxe pearl.
  • Carbon – a intense black matte.

All the shades are wonderfully soft and easy to blend, and due to the shades being neutral and ranging from very light right through to intense black, you can easily create a multitude of looks with this palette.

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Next the Eye Kohl (£15.50) – this is available in three shades –

  • Smolder –  an intense black.
  • Paragon Pearl – a champagne gold.
  • El Dorado – a bold gold.

I’m a big fan of MAC’s eye pencils, and this Kohl i son exception. El Dorado is a lovely shimmery gold shade, that works well to add a pop of golden highlight to the eye.

I’ll also include details of the rest of the products in the collection –

Brushes –

  • 208 Angled Brow  (£18.00)
  • 163 Flat Contour (£31.00)

Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker (£19.00)

  • Boysenberry Blush – berry plum red
  • Bitten Lip – dirty coral red
  • Sunset Boulevard – coral brown
  • The Jamie – mid-tone red blue

Fluidline Brow Gel Creme (£16.00)

  • Neanderthal – deep, rich brown

Pro Sculpting Cream Duo (£26.50)

  • Climax – light white highlight
  • Crevasse – taupe contour

Brow Set Clear (£14.00)

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel (online exclusive £29.00)

Prep+Prime Natural Radiance (online exclusive £29.50)

Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator (online exclusive £22.00)

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream (online exclusive £24.50)

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The MAC X Brandt Brothers collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Kiko Limited Edition Beauty Games Collection

Posted on July 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The latest limited edition collection of products from Kiko Milano is now available, and this season’s theme is the Olympic Games!

KIKO MILANO’s new The Beauty Games collection is inspired by the 2016 Olympic Games. A team of unbeatable products are hitting the playing fields. The global, borderless Olympic spirit is expressed through a cosmopolitan, modern femininity, which is both sporty and elegant.

The range contains complexion-evening face bases, as well as bronzers and blushers to give skin a healthy glow. The coloured mascara lengthens and curls the lashes boosting their volume, while lips are highlighted by a bright, matte finish, and nails are decorated with original, fun nail art designs. Also, the limited-edition collection includes a professional-style brush duo and a face and eye make-up palette which can be used time and time again to create thousands of different looks.

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Starting with the Take It All Beauty Kit (£19.90) – this handy little palette contains three eyeshadows for both wet and dry use, as well as a bronzer, blush, a pencil for the waterline and lash line, an eyeshadow applicator and a small face brush – all presented in a sweet little zip around case.

The eyeshadows come in three lovely light to mid neutral shades, which include a light peachy pink shimmer, a light nude grey toned beige matte, and a mid plum toned brown matte. The bronzer and blush are also mid-toned easy to wear shades – with a lighter touch these work well on my pale complexion, but would also look really pretty on fair to mid skin tones too. The dinky little waterline and lash line pencil is a really nice addition, along with the mini brushes. The palette has a handy internal mirror and is contained in a lovely imitation saffiano leather case, which can be re-used once you’ve used up the makeup.

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Next the Colour Shadows Nail Lacquer Set (£14.90) – this set contains a silver base coat, and three mini top coat nail colours that give varying degrees of coverage – these are also designed to blend together before the manicure has completely dried. I love the yellow shade in this set, it’s really bright and just perfect for summer!

And lastly the Beauty Energy Mascara (£7.90) – this mascara promises to curl, colour and lengthen lashes with a single coat, leaving them looking both full and thick. I have shade 02 Vivid Violet which is a gorgeous electric violet purple shade. It has a really nice silicone brush – the asymmetric bristles deposit the right quantity of product at the eyelashes’ roots and then separates and defines them from the roots to the tips.

I have to say I also really love the look of the eyeliner pencils and the 3D Light & Glow Highlighters in this collection (take a look via the link below) I’d love to hear if you have any Kiko products?

The Limited Edition Beauty Games Collection is available now at Kiko.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Zoeva Black Box: Eyeliner Set

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Hi Guys!

Zoeva are black on the blog today with one of their latest offerings – the gorgeous Black Box…

Black is the unknown. Black is elegance. Black is a true classic. Enter a new dimension of the blackest black and indulge in an air of mystery with our ZOEVA Black Box, unraveling a quartet of four amazingly pigmented eyeliners in one iconic shade.

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The Black Box contains a selection of four Zoeva eyeliners – of course all are black, but they’re also all very different –

  • Calli Graphic Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
  • Cat Eye Pen in Blackest Black.
  • Graphic Eyes+ in Black to Earth.
  • Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Noir.

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Starting with the Calli Graphic Black Liquid Eyeliner – Inspired by classic calligraphy, the Calli Graphic Black Liquid Eyeliner promises to achieve pitch black definition – and it really does. The formula is amazingly well pigmented, and gives an intense matte black line. It also has a fine, flexible tip that’s easy to use.

Next the Cat Eye Pen Longlasting Stylo Liner – This is an ultra precise and long-lasting eyeliner pen, that provides smooth and easy application with a superfine and flexible brush tip. You can use the very tip of the pen for the finest line imaginable, or press down slightly for a thicker, more intense line.

And the Graphic Eyes + Black To Earth Waterproof Eyeliner – The powerfully pigmented and waterproof eyeliner pencil combines the smoothness of a liquid liner with the ease of a traditional pen. The formula is amazingly soft, and easy to apply and blend if you wish.

And lastly the Soft Kohl Noir Eyeliner – An essential in every makeup bag, the Soft Kohl Eyeliner was especially designed for effortlessly floating along the inner rim of the waterline, creating instant drama and defining your eyes with its long-lasting formula. This is a fantastic jet black shade that stays put all day.

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The Zoeva Black Box is EUR24.00 (£20.06) and available now at Zoeva.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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MAC Good Luck Trolls Limited Edition Collection

Posted on July 25, 2016

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Hi Guys, happy Monday!

MAC’s latest limited edition collection is colourful, fun, and completely crazy – introducing MAC X Good Luck Trolls…

Hair we go! The wild-haired dolls of your youth bring their rainbow tufts, bejeweled bellies and lucky charms to M·A·C Good Luck Trolls — a crazy-hued collection as silly as the creatures themselves. From Lipglass in Bubble Butt to Eye Shadow in Suns Out, Buns Out and Beauty Powder in Glow Rida…being a troll has never been so glamorous!

This is quite a large limited edition collection, to collaborate with the movie which is being released later this year. The range contains Lipsticks, Lip Glasses, Glitters, Pigments and Brushes to name but a few products. Let’s take a look at a few items in the collection –

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Starting with the Lipsticks (£17.00) – there are four shades to choose from with differing finishes. I have Can’t Be Tamed and Midnight Troll above.

  • Can’t Be Tamed – sheer lime yellow (cremesheen)
  • Sushi Kiss – mid-tone coral cream (satin)
  • Dance Off, Pants Off – frosted hot pink (frost)
  • Midnight Troll – rich blue (matte)

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Ok so I can officially say I’ve never seen any lipsticks even remotely like these before. Firstly, the packaging is neon orange, which I absolutely love, and these shades are just insane! Can’t Be Tamed is a sheer lime toned yellow, and Midnight Troll is a gorgeous intense deep blue – I actually love this!

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Next the Eye Shadows and Pigments. The Eye Shadows (£14.00) are available in five shades again with differing finishes –

  • Paradisco – bright pinky-coral with pearl (frost)
  • Black Tied – black with silver sparkle (velvet)
  • Silly Vanilly – white with very fine silver glitter (satin)
  • Suns Out, Buns Out – mustard yellow with pearl (veluxe pearl)
  • Atlantic Blue – cobalt blue (matte)

And there’s only one Pigment (£17.50) in this collection –

  • Chartreuse – frosted chartreuse green

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I have the Eyeshadow in Silly Vanilly – it’s described as a satin white with a fine silver glitter. It’s actually a really nice true white shade, but I didn’t feel there was much glitter in it though.

But the Pigment in Chartreuse – now this really is gorgeous! Fans of MAC Pigments will know the fantastic colour payoff they give, the pigment formula is also super soft and blendable, making it a joy to apply.

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Next we have the Beauty Powder (£24.00) this is available in two shades –

  • Glow Rida – soft beige sheen with extra fine gold reflects
  • Play it Proper – pastel soft pink with sparkles

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Glow Rida is a gorgeous champagne beige with a golden shimmer. This would work wonderfully well as a highlighter on both the face and body.

I’ll also just touch on the rest of the products in the collection so you know what else to expect –

Lipglass (£16.50)

  • Bubble Butt – magenta with fine pink and blue glitter
  • Twerquoise – transparent sky blue with fine pink reflect SAINT GERMAIN light, cool pink
  • Glitter Grunge – sheer berry with extra fine silver sparkle

Glitter (£17.50)

  • Fuchsia – fine fuchsia glitter

Reflects Glitter (£17.50)

  • Reflects Transparent Teal – very fine reflective teal glitter
  • Reflects Purple Duo – very fine reflective violet glitter

Chromacraze (£17.00)

  • Tease And Thank You – bright cobalt blue
  • Good Luck Locks – bubblegum pink

Brush (£38.00)

  • 187SH Duo Fibre Face Brush

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These products are just perfect for fans of bright and crazy colours – of if you’re feeling brave and want to experiment with some daring shades this summer 🙂

The Good Luck Trolls collection is available now at Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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