Yearly Archives: 2017

NEW Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Secrets Collection

Posted on September 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a few new launches from the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Secrets collection to share with you today – the cinematic Hollywood collection contains ten liquid matte lipsticks and two new contour and beauty light wands to make you look and feel like you’ve just stepped out of a Hollywood screen…

Starting with the brand new Hollywood Wands – the Hollywood Contour Wand and Hollywood Beauty Light Wand (£29.00 each) have been designed to contour and highlight your skin to perfection.

So firstly, as this is a ‘wand’ product, it means the product itself is contained in a tube, which you squeeze making it come out of the cushion head applicator at the top. There is also an ‘open’ and ‘close’ twist option at the tip, which is an excellent idea – imagine if you accidentally squeezed the tube, sat on it or stood on it (the type of thing I’d do!) the product would just squeeze straight out and it’d be wasted. The tip is designed so you can apply directly to the face – but you’ll still need a brush or beauty blender to blend the product out.

The Hollywood Contour Wand promises to give the perfect lightweight, blendable, buildable formula to create a well-contoured face. It’s available in two shades, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. Being super pale I’ve gone for the Light to Medium option, hoping that it will suit my ghostly white skin tone and not be too dark. The formula is a lightweight cream that has just the right amount of pigmentation to give a natural look that isn’t too heavy.

The Hollywood Beauty Light Wand goes perfectly with the above contour wand. This is only available in one shade though, which is a light rose gold with a touch of silver, that promises to flatter all skin tones. The Hollywood Beauty Light Wand contains treated pearls to brighten and highlight, giving a luminous complexion with a soft-focused finish, and it also contains light reflecting particles for a natural glow. The formula is a thin fluid which leaves a beautiful sheen on the skin – you’ll find no shimmer or glitter here.

I’ve been trying out both wands recently and I’ve really been enjoying using them. The wand itself makes application quick and easy, and the shades I have a work perfectly well with my pale skin tone. The highlighter is my favourite though, I love how you can apply the product to give a very subtle natural look, or build it up to an intense ‘Glowing for the Gods’ highlight.

The above products are advised to be blended with the new Hollywood Complexion Brush (£30.00) – this is a 2-in-1 multi-purpose cruelty free contour brush made with advanced synthetic fibres, for effortlessly blending your makeup. As you can see it’s dual ended, with the large flat-top head brush allowing you to achieve a flawless base quickly & effortlessly – this is perfect for contour blending and softening any harsh lines, and the angled small head brush is made for precise contouring, as well as concealing under the eyes, around the nose or small curvatures of the face.

And lastly I have one of the new Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks (£24.00) – I feel like it’s taken a while for Charlotte Tilbury to get on the Liquid Lipstick bandwagon, but now that they have, these are definitely not lipsticks you’ll want to miss. There are ten wearable shades available, ranging from a light beige nude to a deep intense red…

I have Show Girl which is a gorgeous muted pinky red shade that’s perfect for Autumn. The formula as you can see is really quite thick and moussey, but it actually feels very lightweight on the lips, with a velvety matte finish. You can wear a single swipe for a soft matte look, or it can be built up easily for an intensely pigmented finish.

All the above products are available now at Charlotte Tilbury and Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Too Faced Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipsticks

Posted on September 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

One of the latest launches from Too Faced has just landed at TSNC HQ, and I want to share all the details with you today!

If you’re a fan of Too Faced, you’ll know they’ve brought out a few versions of their classic Melted Liquid Lipsticks over the last couple of years. There’s been the Melted Mattes, Melted Metals and Melted Chocolate lipsticks – and now we have the Melted Latex Liquified Lipsticks.

The Melted Latex lipsticks combine the same highly pigmented Melted formula that we all know and love, but with a high shine ‘latex’ finish…

Using exclusive technology that keeps high-shine lipsticks liquid, Melted Latex redefines the lips with honey-like texture that ensures gloss clings to lips with a latex shine. The Doe-foot applicator comfortably coats lips in bursts of intense, buildable, lacquered color that lasts for hours.

There are currently 15 shades available, the 6 shades I have are (in order) –

  • Hopeless Romantic – a light nude peach.
  • Peekaboo – a light warm toned peach pink 
  • Twilight Zone – a light cool toned lilac.
  • Safe Word – a light cool toned baby pink.
  • Love You Long Time – a cool toned pink.
  • Hot Mess – a pink toned burgundy red.

You can see that the formula is extremely pigmented and opaque – to me the Melted Latex lipsticks offer the perfect combination of a lipstick and a gloss, you have fantastic pigmentation with a high shine finish, but as you’d expect these don’t dry down like a liquid lipstick, it’s very much like a thick, but lightweight and non sticky gloss on the lips. I’ve worn a few shades now and I have to say I’m loving the formula, as well as the shade selection – these are a great alternative to matte liquid lipsticks which have been dominating the market for what feels like forever.

Too Faced’s Melted Latex Liquified Lipsticks are £19.00 each and available now at Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant

Posted on September 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

This Autumn, Jo Malone whisks us away to the depths of a magical forest to bring us their brand new English Oak collection. The inspiration behind the collection comes from the iconic English oak tree, a powerful and noble symbol which lies deep in the heart of the English woodland. Think Sherwood Forest, wandering knights and outlaws, mystery and enchantment…

Surrender to the spell… The magic of the forest. Climb. Dream. Drift. Wander through emerald moss carpets. Ripe redcurrants, ready to be picked. Succumb to the scent of the fabled oak. Noble. Wise. Infused into two spellbinding scents. English Oak & Redcurrant. Bright. Embracing. Bewitching. English Oak & Hazelnut. Earthy. Enticing. Enchanting.

The English Oak collection comprises of two fragrances – the original concept, English Oak & Hazelnut, which is spicy and woody, using green hazelnut to create a greener, aromatic feel with a spicy spin, its mossy notes also help to reinforce the natural scent of the forest. While the second fragrance, English Oak & Redcurrant is a much rounder and juicier scent, with notes of rose, amber and white musk.

The main note in the collection is of course is oak, but more specifically Roasted Oak Absolute. I was interested to find out that oak wood itself isn’t widely used in perfumery – you’d usually find other woody notes such as Sandalwood or Cedarwood at the base of a fragrance, but Jo Malone actually created their own process of roasting washed wood chips at high temperatures to exclusively create Roasted Oak Absolute – this technique gave the note a a rich, deep and smoky-sweet element, resulting in a warm and enveloping base for the collection with a fairytale-like quality, perfectly capturing the magic of the English forest.

I have English Oak and Redcurrant, which is just as gorgeous as you’d expect. It’s quite an unusual scent, yet very wearable and very ‘Jo Malone’ The Redcurrant and Rose notes instantly hit you giving a juicy yet floral opening, and the scent soon dries down to a warm, sweet base of Roasted Oak Absolute.

English Oak & Redcurrant

  • Top Note: Redcurrant – An intensely fruity note with a tangy, juicy clarity which brings a sparkling contrast to the oak woodiness in the fragrance.
  • Heart Note: Rose – As the fragrance unfurls, this opulent floral, with its spicy, honey facets wraps the scent with sumptuous texture.
  • Base Note: Roasted Oak Absolute – A warm and compelling woody note that gives the addictive quality of roasted oak.

English Oak & Hazelnut

  • Top: Green Hazelnut – A green note that induces a fresh and nutty feeling in the fragrance.
  • Heart: Cedarwood – Its woody, dry character complements the heart with charismatic intensity.
  • Base: Roasted Oak Absolute

For fragrance combining, Jo Malone recommends layering English Oak & Hazelnut with Basil & Neroli for a lively, citrus fragrance, or try English Oak & Redcurrant with Blackberry & Bay for a truly fruity combination. You can also always combine both English Oak fragrances together for a fresh, spicy scent highlighted with a bright and juicy twist.

The collection contains a range of products, including Cologne in 30ml (£44.00) and 100ml (£88.00) as well as Body & Hand Wash (£30.00), Body Crème (£52.00) and a Home Candle (£44.00)

Jo Malone’s English Oak collection is available now at Jo Malone and House of Fraser

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: FeelUnique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar SPOILER!

Posted on September 19, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’ve got a bit of a spoiler for you today – the FeelUnique 12 Days of Beauty Calendar has just landed at TSNC HQ, it contains a varied selection of mini and full size beauty items, including makeup, skincare and accessories, across a variety of high street and high end brands. Let’s take a look inside…

I’ve listed all the items below, included the estimated value of each product –

  • Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (5ml worth £7.50)
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Natural & Organic Eyeliner Pencil (Full size 4g worth £8.95)
  • Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream (11ml worth £7.80)
  • Inika light Reflect Cream (Full size 8ml worth £19.00)
  • Palmers Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo (50ml worth £0.50)
  • Rimmel Magnifeyes Eyeshadow Palette (Full size worth £7.99)
  • Revlon Uniq One Hair Treatment (9ml worth £1.00)
  • The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream (Full size 10ml worth £26.95)
  • Invisibobble (Worth £4.99)
  • Roger & Gallet Relaxing Shower Gel (50ml worth £2.40)
  • Gatineau Perfection Ultime Retexturizing Beauty Cream (15ml worth £25.80)
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Madrid (full size worth £6.00)

The price is very reasonable at £35.00 with FeelUnique saying the contents are worth over £90.00, but I’ve worked out the value to be way over that at £118.88, so this is definitely a good deal!

I think this is a great way to try out some brands that you might not normally go for – for me I’m especially looking forward to getting stuck in with the Rimmel Eyeshadow Palette (it’s been a really long time since I’ve used anything from Rimmel) and trying out The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream.

The FeelUnique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar isn’t available just yet, but you can sign up to the wait list here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Giveaway! Win The Entire Urban Decay Naked Heat Collection!

Posted on September 18, 2017

Hi Guys!

It feels like forever since I held a giveaway on the blog, but I’m back today with a fab one, just for you 😉

The new Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette has been one of the most popular palette launches of the year, and its easy to see why – containing a selection of warm to hot hues, these shades are both on trend, as well as easy to wear and look amazing on all eye colours.

And you may or may not know, that there are also a few other products in the Naked Heat collection. Urban Decay have also included a range of 24/7 Eyeliner Pencils and Vice Lipsticks in gorgeous warm amber tones…

The Naked Heat Vice Lipsticks come in three shades – Fuel, a warm nude cream peach shade, Scorched, a metallized coppe, and Heat, a metallized burnt red-gold.

And the Glide on Eye Pencils also come in two brand new red-hot shades. There’s Alkaline, an intense deep burgundy, and Torch, a warm muted orange.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the complete Urban Decay Naked Heat collection (all the products above) worth over £100, just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

This giveaway is open internationally and will run for 3 weeks, please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions – good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News: NEW Pat McGrath Unlimited Edition Core Collection

Posted on September 17, 2017

Hi Guys!

Beauty fanatics rejoice – Pat McGrath is finally launching a collection of permanent products! From the Lust Lip Kits to the Dark Star Eye Collections, all of Pat’s products are innovative and exciting, and I have to say her latest launches have really caught my eye – I’m SO tempted to pick a couple of items up. I thought I’d share some details with you today…

So Pat McGrath is about to launch her first eyeshadow palettes, and there are three to choose from, stating with the Mothership I: Subliminal Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00) –

‘This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety colors feature vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact fashion shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigment for seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes and intense shades blend, highlight, and adorn lids with exquisite light-reflective effects and pure radiance.’

Next is the Mothership II: Sublime Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00) –

This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety hues features vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact fashion shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigments for seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes and intense shades structure, design, and define eyes with crystalline pearl flashes and thrilling color effects. Beam beyond the spectrum and paint with light to accentuate and highlight the natural beauty of the face.’

And lastly the Mothership III: Subversive Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00) –

‘Provoke creativity and heighten beauty with rich color opulence that allows you to use makeup as wearable art. This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety hues features vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigments to achieve seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes blend, highlight, and adorn lids with exquisite light-reflective effects and true color radiance. Tailor-made beauty gives voice to your artistic impulses for luxury at your fingertips.’

There are also two new lipstick collections, firstly the Lust LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00) –

‘This deluxe formulation glides on and hugs every curve, embracing lips in a silky smooth veil of alluring color while imparting an irresistible satiny sheen. Water Lily extract offers hydrating and protecting properties, while patent-pending biomimetric pigment coatings shield lips against harmful agents, ensuring comfort and intense color payoff. The Formula is designed for lasting wear with excellent adherence and zero bleeding. Submit to your carnal desires and seduce with LuxeTrance™ Lipstick—couture color confidence in a single swipe.’

And also the Lust MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00) –

‘MatteTrance is a luxurious, richly pigmented formulation that adorns lips in a lightweight veil of opulently opaque colour that delivers mesmerizingly modern, matte finish. Sensually creamy, this powerful pigment evokes femme fatale glamour, summoning the spirit of a silver screen siren with every application. Each shade is presented like a jewel in a black-lacquered couture case fashioned with a sensually surrealist golden lip that’s destined to be a cult-status collectable. Role play with lipsticks so sinful your mouth will say everything without saying a word.’

For pencils, there are five eyeliners: the Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil ($25.00) –

‘The unique PermaGel Utra Eye Pencil formula fuses the precision of a gel and the ease of a pencil for smooth application and the highest level of rich pigmentation. The soft, silicone-enriched, waterproof eyeliner ensures long-lasting definition with a quick swipe that provides an instant, perfectly defined gaze. Once slicked onto the lids, the revolutionary formulation allows ample playtime to smudge and diffuse before setting. The pencil comes in an array of shades and finishes, from classic black and brown to glistening blue metallic, and delivers opulent opacity with a striking satin vinyl finish.’

And twelve lip liner pencils: the Permagel Ultra Glide Lip Pencil ($25.00) –

‘Effortlessly shape and add definition to lips with PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil, the ultimate in long-wearing lip definition. Augment your lips and enhance the natural volume of the mouth for beautifully shaded and sculpted lips. Once traced on, the revolutionary formulation allows ample playtime to smudge and diffuse before setting, and features an array of shades that coordinate with MatteTrance™ and LuxeTrance™ Lipsticks. It delivers opulent opacity for precise definition and is infused with exclusive PermaGel technology, which resists feathering and smudging while offering transfer-resistance for longer-lasting wear.’

Some of the above products are available already directly from Pat McGrath, with others to be added to the site on September 28th. The collection will also be coming to Sephora on October 6th.

I have to say I’m really excited for these products! But the high prices are a bit off-putting. I think I’m going to wait for reviews and swatches of the eyeshadow palettes to pop up before splashing out so much money – hopefully they’ll turn out to be as good as they look!

I’d love to hear what you think? Have you tried any Pat McGrath products? Are you tempted by these?? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Fragrance: Roja Parfums Un Amore Eterno

Posted on September 11, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have simply the most beautiful fragrance to share with you today – it’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of trying anything from luxury fragrance house Roja Parfums, but recently I’ve fallen in love with one of their latest scents, Un Amore Eterno…

Un Amore Eterno is part of the Profumi d’Amore Exceptional Collection, where each of the three fragrances in the collection have been designed to evoke the different chapters of a love story – from the very first moment where passion is ignited, Amore Mia (My Love), to a declaration of love, Ti Amo (I Love You), ending with a love affair that lasts forever, Un Amore Eterno (I Will Love You Forever). Each fragrance is a passionate love letter in fragrant form, housed in a beautiful bottle adorned with red jewels – these fragrances would make the perfect gift for a loved one on a special occasion.

The collection follows the order of a poem and what I hope you notice is that as the proclamations of love become more pronounced and passionate, so do the depth of raw materials, growing richer and more sensual in each creation. – Master Perfumer Roja Dove.

Every perfume I make has a story and I bring that story to life through a carefully crafted composition of the finest quality raw materials. This collection plays out a harmonious love story of burning passion and romantic tenderness. Ambergris, Cocoa and Vanilla are found at the core of all three. These materials are highly addictive to the senses in the same way as when you meet someone and fall in love with them, you quite literally become addicted to them. Stimulating Ginger is also present in each, as is a prominent note of Orris— which comes from the legendary Florentine Iris. – Master Perfumer Roja Dove.

Un Amore Eterno really is everything you’d expect and more, it’s such a beautiful oriental scent, that’s both rich and gourmand, as well as soft and powdery.

The fragrance opens with a light hint of lemon, which leads to a wonderful floral heart of Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Heliotrope and Violet. The base has more notes than you can shake a stick at, starting with Ginger, Clove, and Saffron, there’s also a lovely warming notes of Patchouli, Cedar and Casmir Woods, as well as edible Vanilla, Coffee, and Cocoa. The base is rounded off beautifully with Orris, sensual Ambergris and Musk, giving the fragrance a powdery and alluring finish.

Un Amore Eterno is just so elegant, rich and inviting, it’s literally a feast for the senses with it’s wonderful notes of Cocoa, Coffee, and creamy Vanilla and Orris. If you’re a lover of intense gourmand fragrances that smell good enough to eat, then you really must try this.

  • Top Notes: Lemon.
  • Heart Notes: Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Heliotrope and Violet.
  • Base Notes: Ginger, Clove, Saffron, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Casmir Wood, Coffee, Vanilla, Cocoa, Orris, Ambergris and Musk.

Un Amore Eterno is available now at Roja Parfums.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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