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Beauty: Paul & Joe SS17 Limited Edition Collection

Posted on February 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

I thought I’d follow the beautiful Penhaligon’s fragrance from earlier today with some equally beautiful makeup for you to feast your eyes on this evening.

You probably know by now that I’m a complete sucker for pretty packaging. If it’s cute, colourful, sparkly, weird or just plain unusual then I need it in my life. So quite obviously Paul & Joe’s makeup range ticks all the boxes for me – and when some samples of their new SS17 collection arrived at TSNC HQ last week, I actually squealed with delight! (I mean I literally did. If you saw my Instagram Stories that day you’ll have seen how happy I was!)

The Face & Eye Colour Palette (£25.00) is easily the stand out product in the limited edition SS17 collection. I wasn’t really sure what it was exactly when I saw the outer packaging which said ‘Eye and Cheek CS’, but on opening it up I found literally THE CUTEST little box inside, with the sweetest cat print on top, and a pouffy ‘cat paw’ applicator on a stick, adorned with a sweet little bow. I mean these cats are wearing glasses and ties, what’s not to love!? This is most definitely the most adorable makeup product I’ve ever seen.

The box opens to reveal a stunning eye and cheek palette in the shape of a cat, with a background of white hearts. There are three options to choose from, and the one I have is shade 109 Mon Petit Chat. Personally I would say this is more of a collectors item, rather than a makeup product you’d actually use – that’s just because I hoard pretty things though 🙂 The shades available are –

  • 107 Smitten Kitten – Terracotta and deep rosy red.
  • 108 Poupounette – Shimmering orange bronze and pink.
  • 109 Mon Petit Chat – Bright and dusky pinks.

Fans of the brand will know that Paul & Joe are ALL about the cats. Cats and flowers and cute quirky patterns. And their cat head lipsticks are definitely another must have product. I should also mention here that many of Paul & Joe’s products come in separate parts and are interchangeable. So for the lipsticks you can buy individual outer cases with separate lipstick bullet refills, and mix and match as you please.

Their spring print Lipstick Cases (£7.00) come in three options, and I have the Bold Flower print one above. And the individual Lipstick Refills (£14.00) for this season come in two colour options with a 3D cat face tip –

  • 103 Russian Blue – Clear coloured lipstick that turns slightly different shades of pink on different skin.
  • 104 Persian Pink – Bright pop of pink.

And lastly the Eye Colour Trio (£23.00) – again the actually trio of eyeshadows comes as a separate component to the Compact Case (£7.00) that you put them in. This dinky little eyeshadow trio comes in three different options for SS17. The shadows are highly pigmented and smooth on application, and the mini size of the palette means it’s perfect for throwing in your makeup bag when you’re on the go. The shades available are –

  • Mon Prince – Naturals, light pink, purple and red brown.
  • Mon Nounours – Salmon pink, gunmetal and black.
  • Mon Coeur – Golden sand, bright light pink and deep pink.

The empty outer Compact Cases will also fit any of Paul & Joes other eyeshadow trios or blushers, and come in three super cute designs. I think you can guess which one I have –

  • Floral – White and grey stripes with a floral pattern.
  • Swallows – Swallows on a light blue background.
  • Bold Flowers – White with a black, red and blue floral design.

Paul & Joe Cosmetics are available at Beauty Bay and ASOS, and both sites have sales on Paul & Joe right now so make sure you take a look!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Portraits Collection Chapter 2 – Clandestine Clara

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Hi Guys!

Just before Christmas I went on a wonderful walking tour of London with one of my favourite fragrance brands, Penhaligon’s. At the end of the very fun and informative tour, we headed to the nearest store to try out their wonderful fragrances, and this is where I discovered their stunning Portraits Collection…

If you’re a fragrance fanatic you’ll probably be aware that most scents have a story behind them – with some being more involved than others. Penhaligon’s has taken this to another level though with their Portrait’s collection, Penhaligon’s describe this an an ‘olfactory fiction’ where each character or ‘portrait’ is represented by a different fragrance, with a complex and intriguing story attached to each.

To set the scene, we need to head back in time and immerse ourselves into the depths of the British aristocracy. The Portraits collection originates with four fragrances, and follows the story of Lord George and Lady Blanche, their daughter Dutchess Rose, and her husband Duke Nelson. I’ll touch on each of these characters briefly so you can get the gist of the characters and the story…

The Tragedy of Lord George EDP – Lord George is a wealthy and respected man, the archetypal patriarch. He seems to embody the noblest values of the aristocracy: virtue, respect, loyalty and faithfulness. His fragrance reflects his essence; seemingly traditional, yet with hidden secrets.

The Revenge of Lady Blanche EDP – Lady Blanche A darling of London Society, and one of the most influential ladies in Britain. Her aloof beauty, mysterious past and blazing passions are scrutinised by all, and she would do anything to climb the social ladder still further. Her latest scheme is to poison her husband, Lord George, inheriting his wealth and burying his secrets for ever! Her fragrance reflects her very essence: a green floral narcotic.

The Coveted Duchess Rose EDP – Daughter of Lady Blanche and Lord George, Rose married a Duke to escape the stifling rigidity of her family and to become the Coveted Duchess Rose. At first, naively romantic, she has now become disillusioned and frustrated in an unsatisfactory marriage. Always looking for fun and frivolity (and perhaps love affairs), her fragrance is a not so innocent fresh rose.

Much Ado About The Duke EDP – Conforming to the expectations of his class, Duke Nelson married the most coveted girl in London: the Duchess Rose. Yet the Duke is eccentric and unusual, his whimsical airs set society tongues wagging. His perfume is as ambivalent as he is: a floral yet masculine woody fragrance.

And now Penhaligon’s have introduced two new fragrances to the collection that represent the ‘unofficial’ side of Lord George’s dynasty –

Clandestine Clara EDP – A complex creature… A forceful personality, spicy but equally sweet, she has travelled in exotic countries and company – and in her smoky, velvety, woody air you may detect a memory (or three) of his Lordship… She is rebellious, contradictory, independent, unconventional – a woman ahead of her time. But above all, as you will discover, she is a true gourmand, completely delectable (and Lord George would know).

Roaring Radcliff EDP – The secret illegitimate son of Lord George and Clandestine Clara, he’s the sexy and rebellious party animal that indulges in fast cars and even faster wome. A prominent note with Roaring Radcliff is of course tobacco – strong, smoky and distinctive to his set. He also always carries with him gingerbread – adding its sweet spiciness to his father’s love of liquor – in Rutherford’s rum.

Clandestine Clara EDP is a sensual amber oriental, that’s both voluptuous and confident without being overbearing. This fragrance is beautifully enticing, warm, and comforting, whilst being both spicy and smoky. It has a heady depth that’s enticingly gourmand with its vanilla and cinnamon notes, and is amazingly long lasting on the skin. After one spray in the morning, I can still smell this on myself in the evening.

Clandestine Clara is a distinctly feminine fragrance, without being too floral or sweet. It’s sophisticated and confident at first, turning into a soft enveloping embrace of scent on the skin. The notes are as follows –

  • Top Note: Rhum Vanilla
  • Heart Note: Cinnamon Musk
  • Base Note: Ambery Patchouli

You can also see the bottle is simply stunning, as are the rest in this collection. Clandestine Clara is available at Penhalion’s now, and you can read more about the amazing Portraits collection here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Limited Edition Too Faced X Skinnydip Collaboration Makeup Bag Set

Posted on February 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

Us bloggers are very lucky to receive some amazing products to try out and share with our readers, and of course, some of these products will appeal to us more than others. So when the post arrived yesterday and I opened one of the packages to find a Too Faced X Skinnydip makeup bag, my heart did a little dance!

Too Faced and Skinnydip are two of my favourite ever brands, and them teaming up for a collaboration is just a match made in heaven if you ask me!

The new limited edition Too Faced X Skinnydip makeup bag is a good sized bag that’s big enough to fit all your essentials in (including your favourite Too Faced palette) and it’s made with a clear rubber material with glitter particles in it. It’s covered in pictures of Too Faced makeup, hearts, bows and Too Faced’s owners Jerrod Blandino’s super cute dog Clover. It also has a gold zip with the gold Skinnydip logo on the side.

Inside the bag you get a Too Faced original Chocolate Bar palette, a full sized Better Than Sex Mascara, a super cute mini Love Flush Blusher in shade Justify My Love, and a mini Melted Chocolate Lipstick in shade Honey.

The set has a value of £92.00 but costs a very reasonable £50.00. It’s a limited edition and will only be available until 09/02/17 directly from Too Faced. Or, you can buy the makeup bag on it’s own now for £14.00 at Skinnydip where there are two slightly different styles available.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News: L’Oreal Paris X Disney Beauty and the Beast Collection!

Posted on February 6, 2017

Hi Guys!

This is not a drill – there is a L’Oreal X Disney Beauty and the Beast collection – and it looks AMAZING…

I’ve literally just heard about this so I’ve been scouring the internet to see what I can find out. It looks like this is a limited edition collection (no surprise there) and it includes seven Colour Riche Lipsticks with seven matching Colour Riche A L’Huile Nail Polishes, with each pair representing a different character from the film.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Belle – an intense cream red lipstick in shade 337 Perfect Red, with a matching deep blood red nail polish in shade 550 Rouge Sauvage. The packaging is again in red with a repeating golden silhouette of Belle all over.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in The Beast – L’oreal have gone with a deep brown chocolate shade of lipstick to represent the beast – this is shade 703 Oud Obsession, and the matching nail polish in 668 Royal Bleu represents his clothing. The packaging is midnight blue with golden scratches.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Rose – obviously to represent the famous rose in the Beauty & The Beast Story, this lipstick shade is a deep red, shade 335 Carmin Saint Germain, with an interesting choice of nail polish, this is 110 Crystal, a clear top coat. The packaging for this pair is just stunning, featuring an intricate rose on top of a sparkly blue background.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Lumiere – the famous candlestick is recreated in a beautiful nude beige colour lipstick – 231 Sepia Silk, and a delicate nude pink nail polish in 116 Cafe de Nuit. The packaging is gold and detailed to represent the markings on Lumiere the ornate candlestick.

 

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Mrs Potts – this super cute lipstick is a pretty shade of 285 Pink Fever with a matching nail shade in 226 Nymphea. The packaging has a shiny pearl base covered with a repeating pattern of a pink Mrs Potts.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Plumette – L’oreal have gone with a deep plum shade, 374 Intense Plum to represent the saucy feather duster, Plumette, and matching nail shade of 556 Grenat Irreverent. The packaging has a white base, covered with plum feathers and kisses.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Cogsworth – Cogsworth the pendulum clock is represented with an intense orange lipstick in 163 Orange Magique, and a matching nail polish in 444 Orange Triomphe. The packaging is made to look like wood, with images of cogs and gears to represent the character.

Ok so word on the street is that this collection is exclusive to Amazon Italy – and I have no idea if that’s true at the moment or not, but I’ll try my best to find out. It says online that it will be available at Amazon from 09/02/17, but I can see you can pick up the full set already here and individual lipsticks here – BUT this is Amazon Italy, therefore it’s written in Italian, so I cannot vouch for the credibility of these sellers – just thought I’d mention that.

Anyway, I’m REALLY hoping this will be available in the UK! I’ll update the post as soon as I find out more.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: New Makeup Worth Checking Out – Feat. New CID Cosmetics, Chantecaille, Lancome & More

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I’ve gathered a few products together today that I really think are worth checking out. There are a couple of brands such as New CID Cosmetics and Suqqu that I’ve included specifically today as you don’t really hear much about them, but the do make some fantastic products – enjoy!

Ok so starting with New CID Cosmetics, the New CID Cosmetics i-Gloss Light Up Lip Gloss (£19.50 at Feelunique) is such a fun product – I mean who could resist a lip gloss with an automatic light in the lid, and a mirror on the side? And this shade, Moonstone is such a beautiful pearlescent pink – it’s great as a gloss on its own, or also as a lip topper worn over a liquid lipstick.

The Limited Edition i-groom Eyebrow Grooming Pencil and Brush (£19.50 at Feelunique) is another great product, this is a sleek looking, simple yet effective wind up brow pencil, with a spoolie brush at the opposite end. It creates a fine, sharp line that’s perfect for drawing on natural looking brows, without looking too heavy.

And the i-Prime Mini (£16.00 at Feelunique) – this is a mini 10ml primer, perfect for keeping in your on-the-go makeup bag. The formula is a lightweight serum including Shea Butter and Vitamin E to help blur imperfections, leaving skin looking radiant and beautiful.

Next I have a few products from Rodial – firstly their new Baking Powder (£29.00 at Rodial) – this is is perfect for those that like to do a full on makeup routine and ‘bake’ their face to set their base. This is a silky smooth loose powder that mattifies skin to give it a creamy, suede soft-focus finish whilst blurring imperfections. Simply apply this loose setting powder over your concealer or foundation, leave to warm on skin for 10-15 minutes and dust off the excess – easy.

And Rodial have also introduced their new Baking Brush (£40.00 at Rodial) to go with the above powder. This brush has been specifically designed with soft, dense hairs to allow for easy application of loose powder. It’s also the ideal tool for buffing and dusting off excess powder so you can achieve a flawless matte finish to your complexion.

Rodial also have a new Instaglam Compact Deluxe Highlighting Powder in 02 (£52.00 at Rodial) – this is a beautiful creamy textured highlighting powder, in a light champagne shade. It contains soft powders and refined pearls which are blended together to create a beautiful creamy powder with an iridescent finish.

Continuing with highlighters, I also wanted to include the Estee Edit Flash Illuminator Fluid Powder (£22.00 at Selfridges) – this is very similar to the Rodial highlighter above but this one is slightly more gold / peach toned. It would be great for light to medium skin tones and has a lovely smooth almost creamy texture that’s really flattering when applied to the top of the cheekbones especially.

And for a more budget friendly highlighter option, the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Starlight (£9.99 at Boots) is definitely worth checking out. If you’re looking for a slightly deeper, more golden highlight, this stick formula has a wonderfully smooth consistency, and leaves the skin glowing with a golden sheen.

I also have a couple of the (fairly) new Lancome Cushion Blushers (£29.00 at Lancome) – these cushion blushers are perfect for giving the complexion a fresh, dewy glow. You only need a tiny amount to give a pretty flush to the skin, and the formula also offers intense hydration, and the cushion sponge allows you to easily build the intensity of the colour to suit your preference.

If you’re looking for a new eyeshadow palette, the Smith & Cult Book of Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (£34.00 at Beauty Bay) is one to add to your to-try list. There are four different quads available and I have Interlewd which contains some really pretty soft pinks and rich purple shades.

Or for single eyeshadows, the Chantecaille Mermaid Eyeshadow in Hematite (£29.00 at Space NK) is simply stunning. This is a crease-proof and water resistant product that can be worn either wet or dry and used an eye shadow or as an eyeliner. The formula is also infused with an anti-aging silk tree extract that helps lift the upper eyelid for a more youthful looking eye area.

And the Suqqu Extra Glow Lipstick (£23.00 at Selfridges) – Japanese cult brand Suqqu is another that you don’t see much of, but definitely worth a mention. Their Extra Glow Lipstick contains a blend of seven nourishing oils for long-lasting moisture, and creates the appearance of plumper lips with a natural sheen.

And going back to eyes, the Smith & Cult B-Line Eye Pen (£21.00 at Beauty Bay) is a richly pigmented, felt pen liner that’s both smudge-proof and waterproof. This innovative precision, felt tipped liner applies seamlessly along the lash-line giving highly pigmented colour with a quick drying finish. If you’re looking for a new pen style eyeliner I’d definitely recommend you check this one out.

For those looking to cover their dark circles, the Know Cosmetics No Dark Shadows Concealer in Wow (£15.00 at Superdrug) is just the product for the job. This is a multipurpose under eye concealer designed to conceal imperfections and dark circles, as well as highlight the complexion. This is available in two shades – Wow (rosy tone) and Pizazz (yellow tone) and offers medium coverage which is both long lasting and moisturising.

And back to Suqqu, their Gel Eyeliner (£20.00 at Selfridges) is a super thin 2mm precision tipped pencil eyeliner with a texture that seems to melt onto the skin, creating a wonderfully smooth and delicate line. This is perfect for those looking for a subtle and fine lined eyeliner.

You’ll probably notice I haven’t included many lip products today – when I was getting everything together I realised there are LOADS of amazing lip products that have recently launched, so I’ll be publishing a separate post just on them very soon.

I’d love to hear what you think? Have you tried any of these products yourself? I decided not to include swatches as I took some and they just weren’t doing the products justice. If you’d like to see swatches of anything though please do let me know and I’ll be happy to share on Insta Stories 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: NEW Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets

Posted on February 3, 2017

Hi Guys!

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week?

Today, hot off the press, I have some gorgeous new products from luxury British brand Burberry – their brand new Liquid Lip Velvets. Described as a new statement-making matte cream colour with a comforting whipped texture, these new liquid lipsticks sound pretty amazing…

“Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet is a fantastic matte lip colour because you can build it up to create a bold matte finish but it still feels incredibly comfortable and lightweight on the lips.” Burberry Make-up Artistic Consultant Wendy Rowe.

Ok so what’s so special about these? Well those that regularly wear liquid lipsticks with a matte finish will know they can often feel quite drying and uncomfortable on the lips. Burberry’s new Liquid Lip Velvets have an appealing sounding formula offering a comforting, whipped texture that promises to keep lips supple and moisturised – all while providing rich, bold pigment which lasts for up to eight hours.

So are they as good as they sound? Well on removing the applicator from the tube, the first thing that I noticed was the product itself is very thick – I was expecting a fairly thin liquid much like your standard liquid lipsticks, but these are surprisingly thick and creamy.

On application the pigmentation is just perfect, it’s completely opaque with one swipe and the colour is intense and basically everything you’d want from a liquid lipstick. The formula promises to be non-drying and comfortable on the lips – which it definitely is. When applied, the lipstick really does feel super light, like you’re not wearing anything on your lips, and you don’t get that tight, dry and sometimes flaky feeling that comes with wearing certain other liquid lipsticks.

I found that I got around 6 hours of good wear out of these before I felt the need to re-apply, and they do really feel lighter than air and completely comfortable to wear for a full day – so they definitely get a thumbs up from me!

I’m sorry to say that my swatches really don’t do these shades justice – but you can see just how amazingly well pigmented they are. Here are the shades from top to bottom –

  • Magenta – an intense bright pink
  • Fawn – a mid plum rose beige
  • Light Nude – a light peach beige

If you’d like to see any ‘real life’ swatches please do let me know – I’ve recently started sharing new products and swatches on Instagram Stories, so please do follow me here and feel free to get in touch!

If you’re looking for a new luxury liquid lipstick, I’d definitely advise you to check these out! Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets are $34.00 each and available now at Sephora, and there are also a few shades available for at Net-A-Porter now too.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Charlotte Tilbury Natural Glowing Look Quick ‘N’ Easy Kit

Posted on January 26, 2017

Hi Guys!

Charlotte Tilbury seem to be bringing out some fantastic products of late (well doesn’t she always?) and today I have one of the new Quick ‘N’ Easy Kits to share with you…

I love the idea of quick and effective makeup application, and I’m definitely not alone as Charlotte Tilbury has just launched four new grab ‘n’ go kits for that very purpose – promising to cover every makeup look you could need, with the minimal of effort and time. Described as finger-smudging, multi-tasking makeup on the go, I think this is just the set I need to suit my busy lifestyle!

The four sets are as follows –

  • The Natural Glowing Look – for a fresh faced, radiant look.
  • The Daytime Chic Look – for an effortless daytime look.
  • The Smoky Eye Evening Look – for a sultry evening look.
  • The Red Carpet Party Look – for a striking red lip look.

Each set contains a selection of four to five products, including a mixture of deluxe size minis and full sizes. From looking at the sets, it appears that most of the products are all full sized, except for the Mascara and Wonderglow (where they are included) which are deluxe minis.

The Natural Glowing Look Kit is designed to give a natural, fresh-faced look with instant radiance in five minutes flat. Here’s what this kit includes:

For the complexion there is a Mini Wonderglow (15ml) – this is a soft-focus finish primer designed to give the complexion a healthy, dewy glow, whilst helping to disguise wrinkles and even out skin tone, and there’s also a Beach Stick in Moon Beach for the cheeks – this is a multitasking product for both lips and cheeks, to give a youthful pop of colour.

For eyes, Charlotte has included her Legendary Lashes Mascara – promising an instant Hollywood false lash effect, this mascara volumises and lengthens for a striking look. And the Colour Chameleon Pencil in Amber Haze – this is a gorgeous eye shadow pencil in a shimmering bronze shade, designed to bring out your natural eye colour.

And lastly for lips, there is the gorgeous Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria – Charlotte is famous for her matte lipsticks, and the shade Very Victoris is a stunning nude taupe shade, inspired by Victoria Beckham, with a soft and comfortable matte finish.

You can probably tell that I’m incredibly impressed with this set! The price point is very reasonable too – at £55 per set I think you’re getting a really good deal. In the Natural Glowing Look Kit, the lipstick on its own would be £23, the Beach Stick is worth £30 and the Colour Chameleon Pencil is £19, so these three products alone have a value of £72 – and that’s not taking the deluxe mini Wonderglow and Mascara into consideration either!

If you’re looking to try Charlotte Tilbury makeup, these kits should definitely be your first port of call. The Natural Glowing Look Kit is £55.00 and available now at Charlotte Tilbury.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx