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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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Beauty: New La Petite Robe Noir Hippie Chic Collection from Guerlain

Posted on March 16, 2018

Hi Guys!

I’ve had a bit of a break, but I’m back today with some new beauty treats to share with you! It’s been quite a while since I’ve tried anything from Guerlain (one of my favourite luxury brands) but I now have a few of their brand new SS18 releases to try out, let’s take a look…

I’m a big fan of super lightweight liquid lipsticks, and the new Colour’Ink Liquid Lipstick has a an extremely light “no texture” effect, which sounds fantastic to me. The formula is spot on, being silky smooth and lightweight, feeling very much like a hybrid between a stain and a liquid lipstick. Application is easy and it’s great that the product is also buildable. A single layer gives a natural light tint effect, and two to three layers gives a more intense and striking result.

The Colour’Ink Liquid Lipstick is available in fifteen shades, I have L110 On Fleek, a light caramel nude shade, and L120 #Empowered, an intense true red, and there are also two Lip Transformers, specifically made to change the finish of your lip look. 

The blue shade L101 #Adventurous, is made to be applied before your favourite liquid lipstick to give the colour a twist. I must admit, I didn’t really have my hopes up for this shade, it just looked so bright and a bit scary! I gave it a go though and this is where the buildabilty of the formula really comes into play. I tried a single (sheer) layer of the blue shade, which, on its own did make my lips look a bit ‘dead’, but, applying the red over the top actually gave a really nice deep reddish purple colour, and I was pleasantly surprised!

The other transformer (which I don’t have) is the Lip & Shine, this is a 2-in-1 product that can be used both as a base to moisturize the lips and as a top coat to change the finish of your liquid lipstick from matte to shiny.

Next I have Guerlain’s new Roll’ink Liner, which is extremely similar to MAC’s Roller Liner which was released last year (and I think there’s been another brand or two that have also released similar products). It features a super tiny ‘pizza cutter’ style wheel applicator, which is perfect for creating the finest lines with precision. The formula is an intense black, which promises to be no-transfer and waterproof, and after trying this out I can tell you it doesn’t move around of its own accord, but if you touch your eyes it will start to flake off. This is a great liner though that’s easy to use, and perfect for those looking for a really fine line.

And lastly, the Brow Duo – this nifty little 2-in-1 product includes a brow mascara at one end and a highlighter at the other, and comes in two shades. I have it in 10 Light, and I have to say I think this is my favourite product out of the bunch. The brow mascara has a small wand, which is perfect for larger or medium brows (it’d be too big for thinner brows though). You’re not going to get a full on intense ‘drawn on’ brow look with this product, but this is a good thing in my books. Instead it gives a great fuller, more natural look, providing definition and helping to fill in any gaps between hairs.

The highlighter is also lovely. It has a smooth creamy-texture, in a light champagne shade. This colour is perfect for lighter skin tones and works well as a brow bone highlight, as well as on the inner corner of the eyes.

All the above products are available now at House of FraserFeelUnique and Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Luxury Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 7, 2018

Hi Guys!

How is it nearly Mother’s Day!? Im pretty sure it was only just Christmas! I’m looking forward to a day window shopping in Norwich on Saturday, and hopefully being served breakfast in bed and generally just getting spoiled rotten on Sunday! If you’re thinking of spoiling Mum this year and fancy going a bit extra, I have a fab selection of luxury gift ideas for you today – I hope you enjoy!

Firstly, I have this beautiful Thomas Sabo Together Forever Heart Necklace – designed to represent an eternal bond between two people, this delicate silver necklace features a dainty white zirconia heart intertwined into a ring, which is engraved with the words ‘Together Forever’. This adorable necklace would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift! The necklace box also sits here on a lovely peach HAY Kaleido Hexagon Tray. This quirky angular tray comes in a selection of shades and has a modern matte finish. It’s just the perfect size for displaying fragrances and beauty treats on your dressing table 🙂

On to fragrance now, and I have a few gorgeous niche and high end scents to share – Evody Fleur d”Oranger EDP is a captivating woody citrus fragrance, opening with top notes of fresh and sparkling bergamot and mandarin, leading to a heart of sweet orange flower and neroli, and a sensual, warming base of musk and white wood.

I also have the beautiful Annick Goutal Tenue de Soirée EDP – this is a stunning contemporary chypre fragrance, taking inspiration from a young woman deciding what she will wear before her evening out in Paris. The bottle is of course gorgeous, with it’s fun and playful pompom and engraved medal, and the scent also reflects these boudoir elements – with fresh top notes, silky iris at the heart, and an addictive sweet base, Tenue de Sioree leaves a wonderfully soft gourmand kiss on the skin.

Jeroboam Ambra EDP is also one to watch our for. This is the second fragrance I’ve tried from Jeroboam, and it’s just as beautiful as the first! Ambra, meaning ‘amber’ in Esperanto, is modern, daring and sensual. The scent opens with top notes of bergamot, geranium and incense that give way to a heart of Peru balsam and patchouli, and base notes of vetiver, vanilla, tonka bean and enigmatic musks provide a sensual dry down to this luxurious fragrance.

And Carthusia Gelsomini Di Capri EDP – this is probably my favourite scent so far. Gelsomini di Capri evokes the magical feeling of a sun-drenched island sanctuary blooming with jasmine and fragrant bouquets that softly wave in the fresh breeze. Bergamot, lemon and yellow mandarin open the fragrance, softening into a sensual floral heart of jasmine grandiflorum absolute that rests on an opulent base of Italian ginestra and orange blossom, amber, and cashmere wood.

And I also have E.Coudray Rose Tubereuse EDT – on initial spritz I thought this scent might be a bit too ‘grown up’ for me, but I have to say, it does have the most beautiful dry down that lasts for hours. Rose Tubereuse would be perfect for fans of intense, floral scents, with distinct notes of tuberose and sandalwood.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Rhubarb, Mandarin, Clove and Guava.
  • Herat Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Tuberose, Geranium, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang.
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Musk and Benzoin.

On to skincare now – the Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Care Gift Set would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift! The set contains three mini Premier Cru products, including The Eye Cream 15ml, which tackles signs of ageing, including dark circles and puffiness, whilst brightening and smoothing the eye area. The Precious Oil 10ml, which melts into the skin leaving it instantly smoothed, nourished and brightened. And The Cream 15ml, which hydrates the skin, whilst restoring density and smoothing wrinkles, to reveal a firmer, more radiant complexion.

Or how about the brand new Caudalie Premier Cru Serum? Formulated with Caudalie’s patented Vinergy® complex, this luxurious, gel-like serum promises to intensely revitalise the skin to correct the signs of ageing. The highly concentrated formula boosts the effectiveness of your current anti-ageing cream to reveal skin that appears visibly younger, more radiant and revitalised.

Moving on to something a little different, how about this beautiful Lola Design White Tailed Stag Print? Lola Design offer a wide range of animal prints, and the White Tailed Stag print is from the Wildlife Botanical collection, which also includes bees, humming birds, owls, and many more fabulous creatures – all of which feature beautiful floral details, and are available as stand-alone prints or pre-mounted and framed to your specification.

I also have this striking Lauren Dickinson Clarke The Poet Mug This design was influenced by the romantic yet heart breaking story of Dara Maar, one of the many muses and lovers of Picasso. Widely recognised as his most famous muse, Dora was the subject of many cruel jokes played on her by Picasso and they indulged in a turbulent relationship coloured by art, passion & tension.

Back to skincare now, I have the fab By Terry Baume De Rose Beauty To Go Set which contains a selection of products from the By Terry Baume de Rose collection, all housed in a pink faux leather pouch. Included you’ll find a Face Cream 30g, Hand Cream 30g, Body Cream 50g and a Lip Care 0.2ml. I’ve displayed the products here in a beautiful Julia Knight Eclipse Bowl in Marble Mist – the aluminium on the bowl has been shaped by hand to create a rustic, imperfect edge and finished with a distressed metallic sheen and marble look enamel interior. This would make a fantastic snack bowl!

If Mum is a fan of luxury body products, Thameen Carved Oud Body Lotion could make the perfect gift. It’s enriched with the finest grade argan oil and shea butter, combining these nourishing ingredients with a luxury oud fragrance. Carved Oud is a heavenly blend of South Indian oud, with cedarwood, patchouli and Haitian vetiver, rounded off with a smooth musk at the base.

I also have a couple of brand new skincare products from Filorga. The Filorga Lift Structure Cream is an ultra-lifting cream formulated with active ingredients derived from the latest research into biotechnology, for a complete anti-ageing effect. Included in a cream for the first time, Plasmatic Lifting Factors® visibly tighten the features, plump the skin and sculpt the face. And the Filorga Lift Designer Serum is an ultra-lifting serum promising a radical anti-ageing effect. The formula includes a duo of ultra-tightening active agents, combined with a roll-on applicator to stimulate the skin tissue, to lift and smooth the complexion.

Or how about the Issey Miyake L’Eau d”Issey EDT Gift Set which includes a generous 100ml body lotion and 50ml L’Eau d’Issey fragrance. This timeless yet modern fragrance is a beautiful fresh floral, that’s noticeably aquatic and woody, with notes of lilies and soft freesia combined with sensual precious woods at the base.

And lastly, I have the stunning L’Occitane Terre de Lumiere L”Eau Luxury Collection. L’Occitane’s latest fragrance, Terre de Lumiere L’Eau is a scent inspired by blooming flowers in the dawn light in Provence. Opening with notes of bergamot and pink pepper reminiscent of the fresh air of dawn. Then, just as the sun warms the earth, floral notes blossom revealing voluptuous accords of white musk and tonka bean. This luxury gift set includes a generously sized 90ml Eau de Toilette, Gentle Shower Gel, Beautifying Body Lotion, Radiant Balm and Perfumed Soap, all housed in a L’Occitane signature gift box.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Mother’s Day with Debenhams & £100 Gift Card Giveaway!

Posted on March 6, 2018

Hi Guys!

It’s almost Mother’s Day! And if you’re anything like me you might have a nice day of relaxation planned – I’m hoping this year’s ‘breakfast in bed’ might be a slight improvement on last year but we’ll see! 😀

Mother’s day is a day to think of your mum for everything she does for you – all those little things that you take for granted. As I’m a mum myself now, I really have a whole new perspective on everything my mum did for me (and what a complete nightmare I could be) when I was growing up!

If you’re in need of picking up a gift or two this week, Debenhams definitely have you covered. They have the most fantastic selection of gifts available for all budgets, to suit all mums whatever their tastes. From fragrance, to beauty, and home gifts to experience days, there’s bound to be something perfect at Debenhams to suit your mum! I have a few gorgeous gift ideas to share with you today –

If Mum’s a bit of a skincare fanatic, this super luxury ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Day Cream could make the perfect gift. Luxury skincare brand Elemis’ brand new Collagen Marine Day Cream is specifically formulated to target fine lines and wrinkles. This day cream blends a powerful combination of ingredients, including padina pavonica and ginkgo biloba, to improve the skin’s appearance, increase hydration, and improve elasticity and suppleness. It also contains a micronised sunscreen that leaves no white streaks on the face, which offers broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.  

Or for something more affordable, how about the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel? Perfect for those with combination or oily skin, the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel is dermalogically tested and fragrance free, so it’s perfect for those with a more sensitive complexion. This oil free gel hydrates the skin leaving it feeling softer, smoother and younger.

I also have the stunning new Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar EDP – this fragrance is honestly so beautiful, and it’s easily one of my new favourites! Flowerbomb Nectar is the newest addition to the Flowerbomb collection. Described as a sensual flower liqueur, with an explosion of floral notes and a surprising twist, this scent opens with notes of fresh bergamot oil and rich sweet blackcurrant syrup. The heart unveils a feminine and enveloping white floral nectar of Sambac Jasmin and Orange flower combined with sweet notes of Osmanthus, leading to a beautifully addictive gourmand blend of warm spicy hues of tonka bean and creamy soft vanilla at the base.

I’m also giving away a £100 Debenhams Gift Card, so you can treat your mum, a loved one, or yourself to anything you like! All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will be open for two weeks and is open internationally. If you have any questions please feel free to ask, and good luck!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Kat Von D Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter Palette

Posted on February 28, 2018

Hi Guys!

The new Kat Von D Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter Palette recently landed at TSNC HQ, and I have to say I think I’m in love! 😀

This brand new limited edition palette was created after fans of the brand discovered that Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadow shade “Thunderstruck” doubles as an amazing highlighter… so Kat thought she’d make a whole palette along the same lines…

So, firstly the packaging is just everything – as expected from Kat, she’s hand drawn all the artwork herself, and the outer packaging has the most amazing holographic finish too. Inside the palette you’ll find three large metallic finish highlighter pans and a good sized mirror.

The highlighters themselves are loaded with hyper-reflective micro-crystals that catch the light wonderfully – they sparkle and shift and have the most amazing multi-dimensional luminosity. The three shades are as follows –

  • Gammaray – a prismatic peach with pink and gold crystals.
  • Helix – an ethereal opal with gold and silver crystals.
  • Roseshock – a pearlescent pink with lavender and pink crystals.

My swatches definitely don’t do these highlighters justice, they’re honestly so vivid and sparkly in real life!

This formula is very smooth and easy to apply. Though they appear to be powders, the highlighters actually encompass a liquid to powder technology, which gives them a super light and creamy finish, with no powdery chalkiness in sight. I should also point out the the product is not ‘chunky’ in any way (like some products can be when you have this level of metallic shimmer) and blends out really nicely, giving you the most striking highlight ever!

You can probably tell by now that I absolutely love this palette. The shades are all easy to wear colours that apply and blend beautifully. If you’re looking for some intense, out of this world highlighters, this is definitely the palette for you!

The Kat Von D metal Crush Highlighter Palette is £32.00 and available now at Debenhams

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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