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Christmas: Stunning Luxury Beauty & Fragrance Gifts

Posted on December 20, 2016

Hi Guys!

I’ve just finished the final instalment of my Christmas beauty gift guides – and I think I’ve definitely saved the best till last! This guide is all about luxury fragrance, makeup and skincare, where no price is too high. I hope you enjoy!

Starting with the Benefit Blushin’ Babe Set – this limited edition palette contains five of Benefit’s famous cheek & face powders, as well as signature tips and tricks leaflet to show you how to wear them, and also a They’re Real Mascara, Eyeliner and Watt’s up highlighter. Everything in this set is in mini form, making an affordable way to try before committing to purchasing full sized products.

For fragrance, Annick Goutal Les Absolus Rose Oud EDP is a stunning luxury scent, described as a new interpretation of some the finest raw materials in perfumery – Agarwood and Turkish rose, Les Absolus Rose Oud is both a unique and sensual fragrance. The perfume combines coriander and cardamom for a spicy freshness, leading to a sensual heart of Turkish rose. Oud and incense leave a woody, mysterious and enveloping trail, rounding out this captivating scent.

Another beautiful luxury scent is Elie Saab Nuit Noor – a perfume of contrasts. Beirut, the muse behind this new fragrance, is an icon of modernity in the Middle East and a city revered for its captivating contrasts. One of these is its light – noor in Arabic – that reflects off the sea and city, to set the velvety night sky aglow. Light shines through in a honeyed bouquet of soft Rose made still more radiant by the essence of Ylang-ylang. And, to conjure the night, an accord of spicy, woody notes run throughout the composition in Black Pepper and Incense, across a majestic backdrop of Indonesian Patchouli. This scent is simply stunning!

And Serge Lutens Baptême du feu EDP – translating to Baptism of Fire, this woody scent is a wonderful unisex accord, interestingly inspired by combat. Sitting somewhere between good and evil, this is a fiery scent with addictive notes of gingerbread, powdery notes, tangerine, castoreum and osmanthus. A must try for fans of Serge Lutens.

And I had to include the stunning, Penhaligon’s Oud de Nil EDP – part of Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection, Oud de Nil is most definitely a tribute to Ancient Egypt in all its fragrant glory. It takes you on an olfactory cruise down the Nile, with crisp notes of grapefruit and bergamot combined with rich jasmine, oud and papyrus. Not as heavy as you’d expect, this delicate fragrance is perfect for both day and night.

Back to makeup now, with the YSL Extremely Set – this stunning palette arrives housed in a glossy red case which can be re-used after the products are gone. Inside is a beautiful make-up palette offering enough products to give a full eyes, lips and cheeks makeover – there are four eyeshadows, a highlighter, two blushers, three lip shades, a lip gloss, a mini mascara and mini brushes included.

The NARS ASOS Exclusive Orgasm Blush & Illuminator Set really needs no introduction – with Orgasm being one of the most iconic blush shades ever made, this gorgeous set contains a full sized Orgasm Blush, as well as a mini Illuminator, in striking limited edition packaging.

On to skincare now with a couple more high end treats – the 111Skin Space Anti Age Emulsion is a powerful moisturiser that aims to combat signs of ageing and keep skin hydrated, leaving you with a radiant, revitalised complexion. Enriched with vitamins to repair skin, the luxurious moisturiser promotes collagen production and contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to retain moisture levels and plump skin for a youthful look.

And the 111Skin Space Anti Oxidant Booster utilises an advanced, anti-ageing formula that delivers an extra boost of vital antioxidants to revive your skin and protect from environmental aggressors. The concentrated blend combines vitamin C with flavonoid rich Grape seed extract to prevent premature ageing and create a defence barrier against daily pollution.

And what would luxury beauty gifting be without a high end lipstick? The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Matte Lipsticks would make fantastic Christmas gifts or stocking fillers. These beautifully packaged lipsticks promise to saturate lips with intense, stay-true colour, with medium to full coverage, and a radiant, satin finish for up to 6 hours wear.

The Nude By Nature Complexion Essentials Starter Kit is a fantastic set for those interested in trying out Nude by Nature products – which really are underrated. This set contains a selection of mini sized base products, giving you the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the brand. This beautifully presented set includes a Perfecting primer, Perfecting Concealer, Loose Powder Foundation, Loose Powder Bronzer, Translucent Loose Finishing Powder and an application brush – all housed in a leather look and rose gold case.

I just had to include the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe in this guide – this gorgeous set opens to reveal three Christmas coffee scented palettes – Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Coffee, and Eggnog Latte. Each palette contains six eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer finishes, one large face product pan (either a blush or bronzer) and the set also contains a deluxe size Better Than Sex Mascara and a step-by-step how-to Glamour Guide with three beauty looks to get you started.

And finally back to NARS again. This is the gorgeous NARS Blame It On Nars Cheek Palette – this is a stunning exclusive palette containing four cult-favorite shades: the gilded Satellite of Love Highlighter, two limited-edition provocative pinks—Day Dream and New Attitude—and the iconic burnished Casino Bronzing Powder, paired with a mini Kabuki Ita Brush and expressive keepsake palette for literally turning cheeks!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: Luxury Beauty, Skincare & Fragrance Gift Sets

Posted on December 19, 2016

Hi Guys!

So who’s ready for christmas then? I’m definitely not! There’s still pretty much a week to go though so there’s still plenty of time to pick up some bits if you need to, and hopefully this luxury gift set gift guide will offer a good dose of inspiration too – enjoy!

Starting with the Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Pampering Body Gift Set – I love Molton Brown products, and anyone that loves a pampering soak in the bath would be delighted to receive this set on Christmas day. The Pink Pepperpod Pampering Gift Set contains a generous 300ml Body Wash and a Nourishing Body Lotion of the same size, as well as a 50ml Body Polisher. This set includes everything you need for an ultimate skin-pampering experience, with the alluring aroma of Molton Brown’s signature feminine scent.

A fragrance gift set will always go down well as a gift – this Narciso Rodriguez Narciso EDP Gift set contains a beautiful Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Parfum (50ml), along with a matching scented Body Lotion, and a glossy finish Makeup Pouch. Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez is a fragrance inspired by the elegance of woods and the delicate femininity of a white-flower bouquet combined with the amber notes of a warm heart of musk. If you haven’t tried this yet, I highly recommend that you do!

For those into skincare, the Dermalogica Skin Perfecting Set contains everything you need to achieve beautiful, glowing skin both day and night. The set includes a Skin Perfecting Primer SPF30 (22ml) and an Overnight Repair Serum (15ml) which are both full of peptide-rich formulas to keep skin firm and smooth while minimising the visible signs of ageing.

Another fragrance option is the wonderful Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDT Gift Set – at a very reasonable £40.80 this set offers real value for money as you get a Jimmy Choo Illicit Flower EDT (60ml) and a matching 100ml Body Lotion. If you haven’t heard of Illicit Flower, it’s the newest edition to the Jimmy Choo portfolio – the fragrance opens with voluptuous notes of apricot, zest of mandarin and the floral notes of freesia. In the heart, enhanced by a vibrant duo of grapefruit flower and jasmine, the ultra-feminine rose weaves her charms, whilst delicately wrapped in a soft and sensual musk. In the base, sensual woody notes of cashmeran meet the creaminess of sandalwood to perfectly close the fragrance – it really is gorgeous!

And for those fans of classic scents, the Mugler Angel Muse Gift Set is bound to be a winner. Angel Muse is a vibrant, sensual and addictive fragrance, with sweet notes of juicy grapefruit, pink berries, and smooth hazelnut cream-cocoa blended with vetiver to create a delicious indulgence which ignites the senses. This gift set contains an Angel Muse 50ml refillable EDP and a complimentary 5ml EDP Miniature.

The height of luxury when it comes to home scent, has to be Floris London Rose & Oud Home Fragrance Duo. This luxury gift set includes both the Rose & Oud Luxury Scented Candle and Rose & Oud Room Fragrance presented in a beautiful blue and gold box, fastened with the Floris seal of approval. Opulent floral rose is wrapped around the bold intensity of oud, cinnamon and clove. Calming cedarwood, renowned for its relaxing properties, is supported with transparent musks and warm, smooth sandalwood. A complex blend throughout the fragrance brings in subtle oriental accords that add depth to this home fragrance collection.

And another kit that really is rather fabulous, but not necessarily a brand you’d consider for gifting – the Tweezerman Rose Gold Love Story Gift Set is a beautiful rose gold coloured set containing a luxury makeup bag, with matching rose gold coloured Slant Tweezers and Procurl Lash Curler.

The Decleor Box of Secrets Calm Headspace is a beautiful gift set perfect for those passionate about skincare. The box opens from the centre with two doors, to reveal the Calm Headspace collection inside, which includes some of DECLÉOR’s greatest soothing and moisturising products, to leave you feeling silky and smooth, head to toe. The set contains an Aroma Confort Moisturizing Body Milk (100ml), Aromessence Rose d’Orient Soothing Oil Serum (5ml) and a Harmonie Calm Soothing Light Cream (50ml).

Continuing along the skincare theme, the Temple Spa Truffle Luxe Gift Collection really is luxury at its finest. If you purchase either the Skin Truffle or Truffle Noir, plus the Eye Truffle, then you will receive the Truffesque Masque for free – giving you a rather hefty saving of £50.00!

Onto hair now, the Paul Mitchell United In Pink Blow Out Cancer Set is a four-piece collection housed in a handy zipped travel bag. ‘United in Pink’ is a campaign dedicated to supporting Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organisation focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The Set Contains and Extra-Body Daily Shampoo (300ml), and Extra-Body Daily Rinse (300ml), a Thicken Up Spray (200ml), and a Sculpting Brush. This is a fantastic gift with the added bonus of supporting a very worthwhile cause.

The Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Gift Set is another option for those looking to give their locks an extra boost. Described as the ultimate luxury gift set, this kit contains a selection of high end hair products for those looking for added volume – the set includes a Kerasilk Re-power Volume Shampoo (250ml), Kerasilk Re-power Blow-Dry Spray (125ml), and a Kerasilk Re-Power Beautifying Perfume (50ml).

And lastly, for those that can’t decide on a scent, the Nina Ricci Minature Set would be just perfect. This sweet little gift set contains four of Nina Ricci’s most popular fragrances, in super sweet miniature form – the set includes Nina EDT, Nina L’Eau EDT, Ricci Ricci EDP, L’Air du Temps EDT and L’Extase EDP.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas Gifting with Zoeva: Plaisir Box, Lip Lacquers & Strobe Gels

Posted on December 15, 2016

Hi Guys!

Out of all the beauty brands in the world, Zoeva is definitely up there with my favourites. Their products are always of a high quality, as well as being beautifully packaged. But when their new Plaisir Box arrived a few weeks ago, I actually couldn’t contain my excitement…

The Zoeva Plaisir box (pleasure box) is a beautifully presented gift box containing three of Zoeva’s stunning eyeshadow palettes. The theme of the set is chocolate, with each palette representing a type of chocolate – white, milk and dark. The set contains two brand new palettes – the Blanc Fusion Eyeshadow Palette and Caramel Melange Eyeshadow Palette as well as their best-selling Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette…

An ode to the fine art of confectionary and a revelation to all beauty gourmets and sensualists, the ZOEVA PLAISIR BOX merges the full pleasure and varieties of chocolate, transferred into cosmetics. From dark brown to fawn and white, indulge in a carefully selected assortment of three tempting eyeshadow delights: sumptuous pralinés, creamy caramel and exquisite white chocolate.

The Cocoa Blend Palette is possibly my favourite out of the three. It contains a selection of warm truffle tones with both matte and shimmer finishes, and the shades are both intense in pigmentation and silky smooth to apply. I absolutely love the shade range in this palette, with Warm Notes and Freshly Toasted being two of my favourite shades – this palette is just perfect for create a glamorous evening look.

The Caramel Melange Palette is slightly lighter and brighter in tone than the above Cocoa Blend Palette, but still warm and definitely vibrant. There are some gorgeous bronze and butterscotch shades in this palette, as well as Aftertaste, which I love, it’s a striking matte cinnamon orange, which would make for a beautiful transition shade.

And lastly the Blank Fusion Palette, as you can probably guess this one represents white chocolate, and has a distinct milky white, cream and yellow theme. This palette again contains a lovely mix of matte and shimmer shades, enabling you to create a plethora of eye looks.

When you put all the palettes together, you really have a stunning selection of eyeshadows that can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content 🙂

And if you didn’t know, Zoeva also have a fantastic range of lip products on offer, including their Pure Velour Lips (£9.75) which is a matte finish liquid lipstick offering a lightweight, full coverage formula. I have shades All is Calm – a dark rosy brown shown above top, and Clear Message – a pretty blushed nude, shown above middle.

Zoeva’s Pure Lacquer Lips, in contrast, is a moisturising liquid lipstick with a striking high-shine finish. I have shade Unrefined – a warm beige nude which is highly pigmented with a lovely glossy finish.

And lastly, one of Zoeva’s newest releases is their range of Strobe Gels (£11.00). These weightless highlighting gels are ideal for adding a touch of dewy luminescence to the complexion. The super lightweight gel formula is easy to use and blend, and comes in three wearable shades –

  • Halo – a pearl gel with silver shimmer for fair to light skin tones.
  • Corona – a peachy gel with rose gold shimmer for light to medium skin tones.
  • Aureole – a bronze gel with gold shimmer for medium to dark skin tones.

I really can’t get enough of these products right now, and if you’re stuck for gift ideas this Christmas, I highly recommend you check out Zoeva’s fantastic makeup and brush range.

The Plaisir Box is currently sold out in the UK, but available direct from Zoeva for £48.00, and the Strobe Gels and Lip products are all currently available at Beauty Bay.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: The Best Beauty Stocking fillers & Tree Ornaments

Posted on December 14, 2016

Hi Guys!

Welcome to the next instalment of my Christmas gift guides! Today is all about beauty stocking fillers and tree ornaments. I’ve included a variety of products covering makeup, skincare and body care, with a range of prices starting from only a couple of pounds – with nothing over £30.00. So there should be something to suit every beauty lovers’ taste and budget. Enjoy!

Starting with one of the more high end items in this guide, the Rahua Jet Setter Hair & Body Set (£29.00) is a fantastic luxury set containing a shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. Enriched with the label’s fortifying Amazonian Nut Oils, these four travel-friendly products will leave your hair and skin looking and feeling lustrous, strong and healthy, and they’re neatly packaged in a presentation box that’s perfect for gifting too.

And straight to the other end of the pricing spectrum, the Dirty Works Bath Bomb Set (£3.00) is perfect for those of us that are on a tight budget. This bargain set contains three large fragranced bath bombs – this is such a great bargain and a perfect stocking filler!

Dry and chapped lips can be a problem for many of us in the winter months (including myself) and one of the best as well as most affordable lip balms you can but is Carmex. This Carmex Keep Carm and Carry Bag (£12.00) would make a fantastic gift for anyone that suffers with their lips in the winter. This set contains an assortment of Carmex’s best selling lines, including a Carmex Classic Pot, Carmex Cherry Tube, Carmex Vanilla Stick, and Carmex Moisture Plus Pink.

Next we have the L’Occitane Shea Butter Festive Bauble (£10.00) – L’Occitane have SO many amazing gifts available this christmas, suitable for all budgets, and this sweet little bauble contains a selection of L’Occitane’s Shea Butter favourites, including a 30ml Ultra Rich Body Lotion, 25g Shea Butter Milk Soap, and 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream.

For the candle fans out there, the Flamingo Candles Bah Humbug Stag Christmas Candle (£12.00) would make a fantastic stocking filler. This statement candle is made with blue wax and a gold and pastel pink acrylic stag decoration, the fragrance is a refreshing mouth-watering peppermint with soft sweet candy notes, and it also burns for an impressive 50 hours.

Next we have the Molton Brown Festive Frankincense & Allspice Bauble (£10.00) – this beautifully packaged limited edition bauble contains a spicy hand wash blended with allspice, aromatic vetiver and opulent frankincense. Perfect a luxurious secret Santa treat, stocking filler or as a little treat for yourself 🙂

Another brand worth checking out is Patisserie De Bain (from £1.00) – this budget bath and body brand offer a large range of affordable treats that a perfect for gifting (as well as stocking up on yourself) They offer hand cream, shower creme, and bath melts in a variety of sweet scents. I have the Strawberry Cupcake hand cream which smells good enough to eat!

And the Kellogg’s Bubble Bath Cracker Set (£7.99) – includes four christmas crackers with generous 50ml bottles of bubble bath inside. Scents included are Christmas Cranberry, Amazing Almond, Super Strawberry, and Very Vanilla, all presented in a festive gift box.

I love when my favourite beauty brands come up with Christmas gifts, and this Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Ornament (£10.00) is the perfect affordable gift for any Too Faced fan. Their Better Than Sex Mascara has gained cult status for being one of the best mascaras money can buy – and it’s only £10.00 to boot!

And the Christmas Lip Smacker Coca-Cola Set (£8.00) is a sweet and fun little set that includes four lip balms with different soft-drink flavours. There’s Sprite, Fanta, Vanilla Coca-Cola and classic Coca-Cola flavours included – enough to keep one in your bag, one in the car, one at home and one at work.

Next the Bourjois ASOS Exclusive Glamour Set (£16.00) – I love Bourjois products, so when ASOS bundle them up and give you a discount too, how could I resist? This set includes some of Bourjois’ best selling products – the Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Finish in 03 Hot Pepper, Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in Ultra Black, and Push Up Volume Glamour Mascara – everything you need for a glamorous Christmas look.

And what would Christmas gifting be without The Body Shop? The Body Shop’s Spiced Apple Collection (from £4.00) is just perfect for stocking fillers, Christmas goodie bags or secret santa gifts. I absolutely love the Spiced Apple scent, it has notes of crisp apple, warming cinnamon, orange and white flowers, and just embodies the scent of Christmas. The range includes a large selection of bath and body products such as Lip Balm, Shower Gel and Body Butter.

The Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Party Eyes Bauble (£20.00) would also make a wonderfully luxurious treat for any beauty lover. This limited edition bauble contains a mini Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Eye Liner in shade Bedroom Black and a mini Legendary Mascara.

And lastly we have the This Works Sleep Tight Bauble (£13.00) – this nifty little bauble contains three This Works mini products to help you get a restful night’s sleep. The set includes Deep sleep pillow spray (5ml), Deep sleep stress less (5ml), and Sleep plus pillow spray (5ml). I’ve used these products myself and highly recommend them.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Releases from Too Faced – Sketch Markers / Melted Mattes / Lip Injection Glosses

Posted on October 25, 2016

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Hi Guys!

You may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet on the blog lately – well I’ve moved house! It all happened a bit suddenly but we’re finally in our gorgeous new house, and I’ll have a post up shortly telling you all about it 🙂

Back to beauty now though – I am just LOVING all the new beauty releases that are launching lately, and I’m so glad that all the gorgeous Too Faced products I’ve been lusting over for God knows how many months have finally arrived in the UK. Let’s take a look at some of their newest products…

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Starting with the Sketch Markers (£17.00) – I’ve been dying to get my hands on these from as soon as I first heard about them. As an eyeliner fan, I love anything that’s colourful, quirky and fun – and these Sketch Markers definitely tick all these boxes! Described an advanced liquid eyeliner inspired by Japanese Calligraphy Pens, the formula of these pen style eyeliners promises to create an exceptionally smooth, vivid, and waterproof line.

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Firstly, the packaging is SO on point. These eyeliners are just super cute and really look like colouring pens, and have cute little heart shaped details on the lids which I love. The pens themselves have a typical flexible felt-pen style tip, which allows you to easily create very fine as well as thick lines.

Shade Candy Pink was actually more pigmented than I expected. I imagined it to be quite sheer and watery but luckily I was wrong. Now don’t get me wrong, these aren’t the most pigmented eyeliners I’ve ever used, but for a baby pink shade, I think this came out really well, as well as having a nice matte finish when dry. I really want to grab a few more of the coloured shades now – there are 12 to choose from which include pastels as well as brights, and I have my eye on shades Steel Blue and Deep Lilac next.

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Next we have the Lip Injection Glossy Lip Gloss (£17.00) – Ok so you know when you buy a ‘lip plumping’ product, and you don’t really get your hopes up. You apply it, your lips tingle a bit and that’s it? I must admit I was kind of expecting that with the Lip Injection Glosses, but how wrong was I! I’m not even kidding you when I say my lips were visibly plumper – I mean you could actually easily tell they looked bigger. I was completely shocked!

The new Lip Injection Glosses come in six shades, of which I have two nudes – Angel Kisses, and Milkshake. Both are very sheer with just a tint of colour, and as I already said, they really do plump the lips – better than any other product I’ve tried so far!

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And lastly the Melted Matte Lipsticks (£19.00) – I’m a big fan of Too Faced’s original Melted Lipsticks, so I couldn’t wait to try out their new Melted Mattes. These liquid lipsticks promise to glide over lips like a gloss but dry down to an ultra-matte opaque finish – and indeed they do exactly that!

The formula comes infused with a no-sting lip plumper and filler, to ensure the colour always looks rich, full, and kissable. I have shades Bend & Snap! and Who’s Zoomin Who, both you can see are fantastically well pigmented – the above swatches show them in the process of drying down, which only takes a couple of minutes. I’m in love with Who’s Zoomin Who, it’s just such an unusual, deep inky blue. I’m thinking of putting together a makeup look with this, and maybe the pink eyeliner? Let me know if you’d like to see that!

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Overall I’m really impressed with Too faced’s latest selection of products – I can’t wait to try out some of their Christmas releases next, and word on the street is they’re collaborating with one of my favourite accessory brands, Skinnydip, in early 2017 – I’m really excited for that!

Too Faced products are available in the UK at Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets

Posted on October 10, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The brand new Georgio Armani Lip Magnets have recently landed at TSNC HQ, and I’ve wasted no time getting stuck in and trying them all out!

Firstly the name Lip Magnet is rather interesting. I wasn’t too sure what to make of this at first, but the idea is that these are matte liquid lipsticks that specifically bind with the lips for a long lasting, no-migration effect. Which sounds pretty good to me!

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The Lip Magnets have been inspired by two of Giorgio Armani Beauty’s most iconic products: the ultra-thin film of their Maestro Fusion Makeup and the incredible colour intensity of their Lip Maestro Velvet Lip Colours. The combination of these features gives the Lip Magnets a super lightweight texture, with the benefit of intense pigmentation.

With this product, Giorgio Armani promises a chic matte finish, with flawless, long-lasting wear – and I have to say I am pretty impressed with the results!

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Before I go any further, let me just mention the packaging, which is quite small yet striking – I love the bright red lids! And the applicator has a small indent in the centre, where the product collects when you push the wand into the tube. I like that this holds more product without building up on the applicator, making it hard to use and apply. I also think it’s nice that the applicator is shaped to a point, to help with precision application around the edge of the lips.

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There are 18 shades to choose from of which I have eight –

  • 502 Mania – an almost neon blue toned barbie pink.
  • 300 Tangerine – a bright tangerine orange.
  • 301 Heat – a hot mid toned orange.
  • 403 Vibrato – a mid pink toned berry.
  • 504 Nuda – a light nude pink.
  • 505 Second Skin – a nude pink.
  • 600 Front Row – a deep mauve.
  • 601 Attitude – a deep plum.

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After trying all the shades I think Giorgio Armani have done a great job of creating a product to bridge the gap of where a traditional matte lip product becomes comfortable to wear. If you wear matte liquid lipsticks you’ll know they can be incredibly drying, and if you have even the hint of a dry lip before applying them, you’re asking for trouble. The Lip Magnets give a lovely velvety matte finish, that though isn’t quite as opaque as other matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried (though that can be layered up) you do have the element of comfort here – and therefore improved wearability. Of course it really depends what you’re looking for in a lip product – but if you’re looking for a decently pigmented matte liquid lipstick that won’t turn your lips into a shrivelled prune (you know what I mean!) then you should definitely check these out.

The Georgio Armani Lip Magnets are £27.00 and available now at Armani Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: The Beauty Bay Colour Cosmetics Box #BBDaretoShare

Posted on October 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

As a complete beauty fanatic – with a special place in my heart for makeup in particular, there’s nothing like discovering and trying out new beauty brands – whether they’re actually new on the market, or just new to me.

So I was very excited indeed, when Beauty Bay sent over an amazing box including some of their top selling products for me to try out and share with you – I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

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Starting with the Spectrum A01 Large Domed Powder Brush (£9.00) – Spectrum really do make the prettiest, most colourful brushes – and they’ve been on my wish list for a while so I was really pleased to find one in my box. The Large Domed Powder Brush is a generously sized brush, perfect for buffing powder-based products into the skin. It has a fun baby pink handle and purple and blue bristles – this is definitely a brush that stands out from the crowd! I’ve been using it with the Artdeco Fixing Powder (coming up next) and it does a fab job of applying the powder and buffing it in to the skin.

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The Artdeco Fixing Powder Box (£11.75) – is basically a translucent setting powder. It was originally designed to set and waterproof the Artdeco Camouflage Cream but it’s also great as an all round setting powder for any skin type. The powder is super finely milled, and though it looks white, it applies translucent whilst giving makeup a waterproof finish to ‘lock in’ your look.

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I was also pleased to find a couple of pen style eyeliners in the box – the Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner (£15.00) was the first I tried – it has a firm, long pointed nib, that’s great for creating sharp, thick lines, and it gives highly pigmented colour that boasts longevity and refuses to smudge. And the LA Splash Art-Ki-Tekt Waterproof Slim Eyeliner Pen (£11.25) is basically the opposite of the EOH liner – this one has a small, fine, flexible tip, that’s perfect for creating slim, feline flicks with precision. It’s also waterproof, budge proof and lasts all day.

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There were also a couple of Nailberry L’Oxygene Oxygenated Nail Lacquers (£14.50) in the box – these polishes are ‘free from five’, vegan friendly and cruelty free, and come in generous sized 15ml bottles. Shade Elegance (shown above) is a sheer baby pink shade, perfect for a tint of colour and to give the nails shine. And I also have shade Simplicity which I love! This is a light nude beige – perfect for fairer skin tones like mine, and only takes a couple of coats for full opacity.

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Next I have the Ga-De Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette (£19.00) – now this is a brand that I haven’t tried or let alone even heard of before! The GA-DE Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition product containing a collection of sophisticated matte eye shadows – and I have to say I absolutely love it!

This palette contains a selection of eight neutral matte shades, which are all easy to wear and perfect for daily use. The compact is basic but sturdy and has a mirror in the lid, and the shadows are just so amazingly soft and fantastically well pigmented – this is going straight in my makeup bag and will definitely give my Urban Decay Naked Basics a run for its money!

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I also have the Ga-De True Color Satin Lipstick (£11.00) – another lovely product from Ga-De, this True Color Satin Lipstick in shade 232 Plum Noir is a lovely deep plum colour that’s perfect for autumn. The formula feels creamy and moisturising, and leaves a highly pigmented satin finish that is long wearing and feels lightweight and non-drying on the lips.

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Next I have the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara (£16.50) – which is said to be perfect for fine, brittle lashes (this is basically my eyelashes) – so I had high hopes for this product!

The Goddess Mascara has been formulated with Natural Waxes and Oils, Antioxidants, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins to protect and nourish lashes whilst lengthening and volumising. It has a silicon brush with short, dense bristles that work really well on my short lashes. The finish isn’t  an out there ‘false lashes’ look as such, but it nice, non-clumpy and natural enough for every day wear.

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I was also really excited to try the Stila Stay All Day Matte’Ificent Lipstick (£15.00) – again, Stila is another brand that I haven’t used for a very long time – I think their Eyes are the Windows palette was the last item I used actually. The Stay All Day Matte’Ificent Lipstick is a lightweight, long wearing matte finish lipstick, utilising a Flexible Film Long-Wear Complex which delivers a soft, gel like film that hydrates and protects the lips whilst ensuring maximum adhesion of colour.

Shade Coquille is beautiful muted, dusky pink, which I completely love. The formula feels comfortable and creamy to wear, and even though the finish is matte, it’s not drying on the lips, and lasts for hours on end.

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And lastly the LA Splash Lip Couture Waterproof Matte Lipstick (£9.95) – I LOVE LA Splash Matte Lipsticks, and this one in shade Ghoulish is the perfect partner for my Stila lipstick – the shades are almost identical!

If you’re looking for a matte liquid lipstick that literally lasts all day, then look no further. LA Splash’s Lip Couture lipsticks offer amazing pigmentation, with a super lightweight formula that feels velvety matte and smooth once it’s dried – and it won’t budge at all throughout the day.

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So there we have it! You can probably guess that my favourite item from the box was the Ga-De Matte Palette! Though it’s not much to look at – and I mean that in the nicest way possible – there are no frills, no shiny sparkly designs or packaging with this palette – but it doesn’t matter, this is a fantastic every day matte palette that’s very likely to become my go-to from now on.

And as far as Beauty Bay goes as a whole, I love that offer such a fantastic range of brands – many of which you can’t find anywhere else in the UK. I don’t expect I’d have ever come across the likes of Ga-De especially if it wasn’t for this box. They also stock brands such as Makeup Geek, Coloured Raine, Jeffree Star, Violet Voss and Dose of Colours to name but a few.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples and is sponsored by Beauty Bay