Monthly Archives: April 2018

Fragrance: The Amazing Nina Ricci Limited Edition Les Monsters Fragrance Collection

Posted on April 26, 2018

Hi Guys!

Ok so these are probably the most awesome and quirky perfume bottles I’ve ever seen! I love anything fun, kitch and a bit off-beat – and Nina Ricci’s latest limited edition Les Monsters fragrances literally tick all these boxes for me!

For SS18 Nina Ricci has teamed up with Brazilian artist duo Ana Strumpf and Guto Requena to transform the label’s iconic apple bottle into the most irresistible and cute little monsters. The limited edition Nina and Luna fragrances are also finished with a fun coloured pompom which can be re-used in any way you wish – I’m thinking maybe an oversized hair bobble (if that’s your kind of thing) or maybe you could add a clip and turn them into fluffy bag charms? Either way I think this playful touch is the perfect addition to these cute little cartoon monsters. Now let’s take a look at the fragrances –

Joyful, carefree and courageous, Nina Ricci Nina Monsters EDT is a citrus fruity-floral scent with cotton candy facets. The Nina Monsters bottle is bright fiery orange, and looks quite like a sweet little owl!

The fragrance opens with notes of of sparkling pear intertwined with blackcurrant. Cotton candy provides a second dose of deliciousness at the heart, before romantic freshness follows thanks to a sprinkle of peony petals. Tonka bean and ambery notes round out the fragrance with smoothness at the base, creating a signature that is sensuous and bright.

  • Top Notes: Pear, Blackcurrant
  • Heart Notes: Cotton Candy, Peony
  • Base Notes: Ambery Notes, Tonka Bean

Next we have Luna, described as Nina’s alter ego – intense, bewitching, mysterious and captivating. This little monster looks almost cat-like, with big almond eyes and whiskers, and a bright blue pompom.

Nina Ricci Luna Monsters EDT is a delicious gourmand perfume with juicy pineapple facets infused with lime. The fragrance opens with with bright top notes of juicy pear and tonic lime, leading to a delicately feminine floral heart of freesia and orange blossom. The base is rounded off beautifully with rich, delectable notes of caramel and blond woods creating a signature that’s good enough to eat.

  • Top Notes: Pineapple, Tonic Lime
  • Heart Notes: Freesia, Orange Blossom
  • Base Notes: Caramel, Blond Woods

You can probably tell that I absolutely love these bottles! The fragrances are also lovely, and very wearable. The Nina Ricci Les Monsters Limited Edition Fragrances are available now at Debenhams and FeelUnique.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Pixi Pretties Collection #PixiPretties

Posted on April 11, 2018

Hi Guys!

A couple of weeks ago the most amazing press package arrived at my house, and I was SO excited to find it was the new Pixi Pretties collection from Pixi Beauty!

Pixi Beauty is well known for teaming up with bloggers on limited edition collections, and their latest collaboration is with three influencers from the US. Each has their own mini collection including, eyeshadows, blushers, lip gloss and more…

Firstly I have Chloe Morello’s Palette (£28.00) – Chloe’s palette is inspired by love and romance and contains a selection of her favourite hues to bring out your inner glow. The palette includes three silky blush shades – apricot-amber, ballet pink and rich, rosy coral, which are perfect for giving a natural looking flush to the skin. There are also six neutral, easy to wear eye shades in three duo pans, as well as a handy trio of brown and black matte shades to enhance, define and line both the eyes and brows.

Chole has also created her own Lip Icing Lip Glow (£16.00) – This liquid lip gloss in shade Cake adds a luminous 3D glimmer to the lips. Cake is described as a golden, blushed champagne hue with three-dimensional glints of glitter. The formula is also infused with nourishing rose hip seed and marula oil to smooth and condition the lips. It can be worn alone, as a topper for your favourite lip colour or used only in the centre to create the illusion of fuller lips. This lip gloss is honestly so sparkly – I’ve been using it as a topper over my favourite liquid lipstick 🙂

Next, Dulce Candy’s Cafe Con Dulce Palette (£28.00) – this is a really interesting multi-use palette, and I don’t actually think I’ve seen anything like this before. It contains nine large powder-to-cream shimmering shades, including golds, rose tones and bronzes. These shades are designed to be used anywhere on the face, to give a luminous, glowing finish. And I have to say, I absolutely love this palette! The shades are amazingly well pigmented, and super shimmery. I love the top right shade (Brilliant) as an inner corner highlighter for the eyes, and the rest of the colours look beautiful used as eyeshadows, blushers and cheek highlighters.

And Dulce Candy’s Lip Candy Palette (£28.00) – this is another multi-use edit of nine large-pan shades. This time the formula comprises of rich, velvety creams that can be used on both lips and cheeks, and includes shades from the palest pink to deep plum, via vibrant fuchsia, rosy coral and muted, blushed taupes. These shades deliver beautiful colour payoff, applying smoothly and adhering easily to give a long-lasting finish. They also contain antioxidants and minerals, to protect skin, keeping it soft and hydrated.

And lastly Weylie Hoang’s Dimensional Eye Creator Kit. As soon as I saw this palette I was instantly excited, these are definitely my kind of shades! Weylie’s Dimensional Eye Creator Kit is specially designed to flatter and enhance all eye shapes and sizes. The eyeshadow palette contains six wonderfully pigmented eyeshadows, three with a matte finish and three with a shimmer finish. The colours include a gorgeous selection of warm tones – such as muted terracotta, rich burgundy and shimmery brown. These shades have been designed to flatter all eye shapes and sizes, and are versatile enough for both natural and dramatic looks. The kit also includes a fantastic 2-in-1 black kohl pencil and liquid eyeliner duo to cater to your every lining need.

I’m honestly so impressed with these products, Pixi Beauty just continue to produce fantastic products time and time again! If you’re thinking of picking up something from this collection, I’d highly recommend the Cafe Con Dulce Palette, or Weylie’s Eye Creator Kit 🙂

All the above products are available now at Cult Beauty and Pixi Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: What’s New at Dior for SS18

Posted on April 10, 2018

Hi Guys!

Happy Tuesday! I have a gorgeous bundle of brand new products from Dior at FeelUnique to share with you today. I’ve got a new foundation and concealer, as well as a couple of lip products and a fabulous new serum. Let’s get stuck in!

Starting with the DiorSkin Forever Undercover Foundation (Top swatch, £34.00) – the DiorSkin Forever Undercover Foundation promises 24 hour full coverage with a natural matte finish, that’s kiss proof, touch proof and life proof. Unfortunately I have slightly the wrong shade for me, this is 020 Beige Clair which is just a bit too dark. Not to worry though, in the interest of science I still went ahead and tried it out in the privacy of my own home!

The DiorSkin Forever Undercover Foundation consistency is a light, runny liquid, and offers high pigmentation to give a pretty much full coverage finish, depending on how you apply it. I found that a quick application with fingers gives a nice medium level of coverage, but application with a beauty blender gives a more full coverage, flawless look.

And I have to say, Dior wasn’t wrong when they said this foundation has a natural matte finish. There’s nothing chalky about this foundation whatsoever – which I have to be careful of when it comes to matte foundations as my skin tends to be on the dry side. The finish is very true to life, and almost undetectable. If you’re looking for a lightweight, full coverage foundation that looks super natural, this could definitely be the one for you.

I also have the DiorSkin Forever Concealer (£21.00) – which is the perfect partner for the above foundation. It contains 25% more pigment than the foundation, and promises to instantly camouflage imperfections. It’s also water resistant and gives up to 8 hours of wear.

So for this product I do have the right shade! 101 Ivory was just right for my pale complexion. And just like I expected, this concealer is basically a more intense version of the forever Foundation. It worked fantastically well on my under eye area, giving natural looking coverage, without emphasising my fine lines.

Onto lips now, the new Dior Addict Lipglow Backstage Pros Matte (right swatch, £26.00) is the first colour reviver lip balm by Dior, combining the comfort of a balm with a touch of colour for a tailor-made flush of pink. Its secret lies in a perfect balance between make-up and lip care. The formula reacts to the pH level of your lips, providing a natural flush of customised pink. In terms of comfort, the formula is enriched with mango butter, ensuring up to 24-hour hydration.

I also have one of the new Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stains (£27.50) – available in three finishes – matte, satin and metal, these lip stains promise intense couture colour with a 12 hour extreme long-wear finish.

The Rouge Dior Liquid formula contains mineral wax, ultra-fine silica powder and oils to give intense pigmentation, which perfectly glides over the lips for a long-wearing result. Equipped with a reservoir that takes up and deposits just the right amount of product, its fine applicator is the perfect tool for outlining the lips with precision.

I have shade 625 Mysterious Matte, which I’d describe as a fairly deep rose pink. I have to say, this is easily now one of my favourite matte liquid lipsticks. It’s not drying whatsoever, and though it’s not completely smudge or transfer proof, the finish is just beautiful, and most importantly, extremely comfortable on the lips.

And lastly I have the new Dior Capture Youth Cream Serum Glow (£75.00) – described as a radiance concentrate, the Dior Capture Youth Crème Serum Glow is composed of 80% naturally derived ingredients, including Kakadu plum which is 100 times more concentrated in vitamin C than an orange.

The serum offers an exfoliating effect, whilst being specially formulated to be gentle on skin. It promises to leave you with an invigorated, fresh, glowing complexion.

Dior advise to use this with their Capture Youth Cream, where you just add a couple of drops of serum to the cream before application. Or you can of course just use this as a booster with your normal moisturiser, which is what I’ve been doing. I’ve used this a few times now and and though on the pricey side, I think it’s a fantastic booster to add to your normal moisturiser if your skin’s in need of a bit of extra TLC. There are also other options available, including a Redness Soother, Plump Filler, and Lift Sculptor to name a few, so you can choose depending on your own skin concerns.

You can shop the above Dior products now at FeelUnique.

I’d love to hear if you’re a fan of Dior beauty? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Indulge Beauty: The UK’s Answer to Sephora?

Posted on April 9, 2018

Hi Guys!

So I’ve inadvertently taken a bit of a blogging break recently. You know when one thing after another goes wrong, well that’s been my life lately! The final straw was my laptop dying last weekend and losing everything I hadn’t recently saved, including all my programmes. I think I’m pretty much back to normal now though, so I’ve got lots of catching up to do, as well as re-taking a load of photos I lost – wish me luck!!

So, today I wanted to let you know about Indulge Beauty – described as a revolutionary beauty concept store, Indulge Beauty is looking to be the UK’s answer to Sephora, which really is quite exciting! This new beauty destination covers skincare, make-up, hair care and fragrance for both men and women.

At Indulge Beauty, our mission is to empower you when it comes to beauty and grooming – leaving it all in your hands. We aim to redefine the industry so you feel good about how you shop, feel and look – confidence to show the world the real you. What makes you, you, and what becomes the embodiment of your personality should be just that – all about you. The first of its kind in the UK, we’re not just a retailer, we’re a destination that allows you to put the control back into the way you shop. We recognise that so much of the beauty out there seems prescriptive, encouraged by sales targets and commission schemes. Instead, everything from our products, services and expertise is informed by you. We’re here to revolutionise the industry and the way you shop for your beauty.

Indulge Beauty have Kindly sent me a ‘Capsule Box’ compiled of some of their hero brands. The box includes a selection of mini products to give a feel of what Indulge Beauty is all about. There’s some fantastic brands included such as Urban Decay, Beauty Blender, Clarins and Glamglow, as well as some newer brands such as Touch in Sol, and lesser known brands such as Verso Skincare and Sachajuan.

I have a couple of generous 15ml fragrance samples from Loewe, which is a brand that I’m not familiar with. I love discovering new fragrances so I couldn’t wait to try these out. Loewe Solo Cedro is quite a clean unisex scent, and Loewe Quizas Pasion is a more mature, feminine fragrance.

I was excited to find a very handy handbag sized Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray in the box, as well as a Clarins Hydra Essential Cream and a Beauty Blender – these are all pretty much every day products for me so they’re definitely gratefully received!

There’s also a mini balm cleanser from Cleanser 27, again a brand that I haven’t heard of, a mini Hydrating Cloud Cream from Perricone MD, and a night cream from Verso that I’m looking forward to trying out. And not to mention sample sized treats from Glamglow and new brand Touch In Sol (I’ll be uploading a Youtube video on this brand very soon)

Overall I’m really impressed with both the range of brands and variety of products Indulge Beauty offers. I’d love to hear if you’ve hear of them, or shopped with them before?

You can shop online at Indulge Beauty now, as well as in-store at Westfield Stratford City, London.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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