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Beauty: NEW Lime Crime Diamond Crushers & Hi-Lite Opals Palette

Posted on June 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

You may have caught my post the other week letting you know that Lime Crime products are now available at ASOS – well I have a couple more exciting new launches to share with you today!

The new Hi-Lite Opals Palette (£33.00 at ASOS) is Lime Crime’s first ever highlighter palette – it’s literally just landed in at ASOS, and it looks SO good! Inspired by the magic of opalescent stones, this palette contains three beautiful iridescent highlighter shades in Pink, Gold, and Peach shift.

The three shades come in a finely milled, silky formula, which promises to melt seamlessly into skin and adapt to your complexion, lasting all day without the need for re-application. The powders are all really buttery smooth, with each giving a true glow highlight that doesn’t contain any glitter particles.

I think my favourite in terms of colour is the Pink, it’s such a striking true pink that looks amazing when it catches the light. But I do feel the Gold shade has a slightly better consistency, allowing it to give a slightly more intense shine compared to the other two shades. All three are fantastic though, and this palette is definitely worth the splurge!

And I also have three of Lime Crime’s new Diamond Crushers (£15.00 at ASOS) – these iridescent lip toppers can be used just as they are to add a reflective, shimmery look to lips – but for more of a dramatic look they work amazingly well on top of other liquid lipsticks, especially darker shades.

The Diamond Crushers Lip Toppers are available in five iridescent shades –

  • Choke – a pale pink/blue shift hue
  • Dope – a cotton candy champagne
  • Lit – a rose gold ‘on acid’
  • Fluke – a chill mauve
  • Trip – a delirium purple

The formula is surprisingly lightweight (also water-based) and is filled with light-reflective iridescent shimmer particles which shift and change and just look amazing when they catch the light. I thought the Diamond Crushers might feel a bit chunky and gritty, due to the nature of them, but surprisingly they don’t, they apply very smoothly and feel like there’s almost nothing on your lips.

The shades I have swatched above are (from the top) Dope, Trip, and Fluke. What you can’t see from the swatches is the beautiful iridescent glitter in each of the shades – I love them all!

So as I’ve said, you can wear these on their own, or on top of a matte finish liquid lipstick to add a whole new dimension. I’m pleased to say it doesn’t take off your liquid lipstick when you apply, and stays on for hours on end. Of course technically these are lip toppers, but you really can wear them anywhere you’d like to, such as on the eyes or on top of your cheekbone highlight for added intensity. I should mention that I can’t confirm if they’re safe for eyes though, the site doesn’t say either way.

Overall I think these are fab products, I haven’t seen anything else like them available on the market as yet – so if you’re a fan of iridescent and holo finishes in your makeup, these are definitely a must have.

Lime Crime products are available now at ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: YSL Beauty Brow Wardrobe for Fair Hair

Posted on June 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s Friday at last and I’ve been rushing around trying to sort the house out and do last minute prep for mine and Freddy’s fancy dress birthday party tomorrow! I literally can’t wait! So things are a bit crazy here right now, but I thought I’d leave you with a little look at some of the latest products to launch from YSL – welcome to the YSL Beauty Brow Wardrobe, specifically for those with fair hair…

Starting with the Couture Brow Palette (£35.00) – this is a super handy little palette, including three powder shades, and a mini brush and tweezers. This palette comes in two colour options and I have 01 Light which is perfect for those with fair hair. The mini brush has stiff, angled bristles which are great for applying just the right amount of product to the brows with precision, whilst keeping the hairs in check – and this palette is also just the right size for throwing in your makeup bag when you’re on the go. You might think three separate shades are a bit excessive, but I love that you can mix and match them to create exactly the brow look you desire.

Next I have the Dessin Des Sourcils Pencil (£21.00) – this is a deluxe dual ended precision pencil that fills in and defines brows with ease, for a natural no-fuss look. The formula is smooth but firm, and glides on effortlessly to give you gorgeously groomed brows. I have shade 3 Marron Glace, which is a light taupe brown, perfect for both blondes and redheads.

Next the Couture Brow (£22.00) which is basically a mascara for your brows – very much like Benefit’s Gimme Brow, this product has a subtle gloss finish, which gives a natural volume to the brow hairs. Couture Brow has a buildable formula made of gelifying fixators and semi opaque pigments which adapt to your brow hair colour, offering optimal comfort and ultra-long hold. Couture Brow promises to last for 24 hours, allowing you to fix, structure and intensify your brows to be just as natural or as dramatic as you wish. For me, this product gives a nice, natural defined look, that’s quick to apply giving an instant full brow effect. I have shade 02 Ash Blonde, which I think would work well for those with light blonde hair.

And lastly the Couture Brow Marker (£21.00) – as you can probably guess, this is a felt tip marker pen, which gives precise control over application. This is perfect for those looking for a more intense, perfected brow, with a defined shape. The Couture Brow Marker leaves brows looking full and thick, and fills in any gaps within seconds. I have shade 01 Light Brown, which is quite a warm toned mid brown colour.

And here are some swatches, from the top you have the Couture Brow, then the Couture Brow Marker in the middle, and the Dessins Des Sourcils pencil at the bottom.

I’d love to hear which brow products you’re using at the moment? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Nip & Fab Launches New Makeup Line!

Posted on June 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago now I received a surprise package from the team behind Nip & Fab – and I was so excited to find it contained a selection of products from their brand new makeup line.

Nip & Fab have been making high quality, reasonably priced skincare products for many years now, so I think makeup is a great addition to their range, as well as being a natural progression for the brand. Let’s take a look at the products…

Ok so Nip & Fab have launched quite a large range of makeup products initially, which is great news. Starting with the Foundation (£12.95) – there are 10 shades available, which look to span a decent range of colours, and they’ve also included a pure white Foundation Light Mixer to lighten any foundation you may already have, and a dark brown Foundation Dark Mixer, to deepen your foundation should you want to.

I have the foundation in shade 25, which as you can see definitely isn’t the right shade for me, but it appears to give a nice natural / dewy finish with medium coverage.

I tried mixing it with some of the foundation lightener to get a better shade, and though the lightener worked well to change the colour, it still didn’t really work as the right colour for me. I already have a foundation that is slightly too dark for me (but otherwise the right tone) so I’m going to try the Light Mixer with that and see if I can get a spot on match.

Next on to the Colour Correctors (£8.95). These come in a selection of four shades, to help correct any colour issues you may have –

  • Banana – This yellow toned corrector is great for concealing dark under eye circles and can be used to subtly highlight and brighten the high points of the face.
  • Lavender – This purple toned corrector eliminates any unwanted yellow undertones to the skin and works well under foundation to create a perfectly even-toned complexion.
  • Terracotta – The warm orange tone neutralises blue undertones and is ideal for concealing under eye circles and dark spots.
  • Peppermint – This green toned corrector neutralises redness on the skin and is ideal for covering blemishes and reducing irregular skin pigmentation.

For the lips, Nip & Fab have included Liquid Lipsticks (£7.95) and a small selection of Lip Liners (£5.95) in their launch. I have the full collection of Liquid Lipsticks which I thought would be worth swatching and sharing, as the colours look quite similar when placed together. The shades are all light to medium nudes including beige, pink and brown tones –

From left to right –

  • Cinnamon – a mid toffee brown nude.
  • Toffee – a mid caramel nude.
  • Biscuit – a warm brown caramel nude.
  • Marshmallow – a mid peach toned nude.
  • Pink Lemonade – a light pink toned nude.
  • Candy – a light beige pink nude.
  • Tart – a light cool toned nude.
  • Cool Nude – a light cool toned beige.

(Since trying these, Nip & Fab have also added three new slightly darker nude shades of Liquid Lipsticks to their site – Brownie, Spice and Brandy)

And here are the swatches – somehow I managed to misplace Cinnamon between photographing it and swatching, and I still haven’t found it. It’s literally just disappeared! So the above swatches start on the left with Toffee.

I have to say my favourite shades are Biscuit, Marshmallow and Pink Lemonade – these are all slightly pink or peach toned, and aren’t too light, which I think make them easier to wear. I’ve worn a couple of these and they dry down in decent time and last for hours before you need to re-apply.

Nip & Fab have also included a nice selection of palettes in their initial launch. There are eyeshadow palettes and contour palettes, and a single highlighter palette and blush palette. I have the Contour Palette in Dark and the Highlighter Palette.

The Highlighter Palette (£15.00) contains six large sized pans –

  • Selfie – a light cream coloured shimmer.
  • Champagne – a warm champagne shimmer.
  • Golden – a slightly yellow toned shimmer.
  • Sunbeam – a light golden bronze.
  • Rose Gold – a warm rose gold.
  • Sunkissed – a deep warm bronze.

The three lighter shades work best for me just because I’m super pale. I also love the darker shades used as eyeshadows.

And lastly I have the Contour Palette in Dark (£15.00). Again this contains six decent sized pans, this time they are all matte shades –

  • Tan – a light caramel brown.
  • Chestnut – a mid reddish brown.
  • Cocoa – a deep warm brown.
  • Sugar – a light peach.
  • Soft Honey – a light warm brown, slightly lighter than Tan.
  • Sunset – a bright terracotta orange.

These shades are all quite warm toned, and far too dark for my fair skin tone personally – but again I’ve used these a few times as eyeshadows and they work really well!

Nip & Fab’s range of makeup is available now at Nip+Fab.com

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW Battington Lashes at Space NK

Posted on June 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

You may not have heard of Battington Lashes if you’re in the UK – they’re a US based luxury lashe brand that have just launched at Space NK, and I have the full lowdown for you today…

Battington Lashes was created by Sirine Swed to fill a gap in the market – where most lashes today are either synthetic, or even blunt cut human hair or mink (!!!) the creators behind Battington wanted to offer a luxury true-to-life looking lash, that is both animal and cruelty free.

Battington Lashes are made of 100% handmade silk. They look completely real and natural, and also promise to last longer then any other lash, offering up to 25 applications per set.

The benefits of silk lashes appear to be second to none – apart from the cruelty free element, they also look AMAZING – I mean the individual hairs on these lashes look just like real human eyelashes. They are also super lightweight, they hold their curl, and they also last longer that traditional lashes. I have three out of the six lash sets available at Space NK to show you today –

Firstly, the Earheart Silk Lashes (£22.00) – these lashes are super, super fine for a realistic, natural look, perfect for those that don’t want their falsies to be detectable in any way, but want a natural touch of volume to their lashes. Earhart gives a subtle emphasis to the eyes, without creating drama.

Next the Hepburn Silk Lashes (£22.00) – these are basically at the opposite end of the lash spectrum to the above Earhart set. The Hepburn lashes give both dramatic length and volume, with longer length lashes at the outer corners to create an open eye effect.

And lastly the Monroe 3D Silk Lashes (£24.00) – slightly different to the above two sets of lashes, Battington’s ‘3D’ lashes feature a multi-layered silk strip lash, giving a fuller ‘fluffy’ effect. I think the Monroe lashes are my favourite out of the three I have, they’re a nice fluttery, noticeable length, without being too long, and they give great volume – which my short stumpy lashes are missing on a day to day basis. These are perfect to wear both day and night, giving definition, length and volume.

Overall I’m very impressed with Battington Lashes – yes they are expensive, but when you consider how many uses you get out of a set, it’s less than £1.00 per wear, which is nothing really. I love how lightweight and comfortable they are to wear, which really is important if you’re wearing lashes for any length of time, and like I said above, the Monroe 3D Lashes were definitely my favourite out of the three. Space NK also offer two other variations of 3D lashes which would be perfect for those looking for a more intense lash look.

Battington Lashes are available now at Space NK.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: What’s New At Estee Lauder?

Posted on May 31, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a few of Estee Lauder’s latest releases to share with you today – there’s a gorgeous new lipstick, various skincare items and also a couple of primers. Let’s take a look…

Starting with skincare, I have the DayWear Matte Oil-Control Anti-Oxidant Moisture Gel Creme (from £25.00 for 30ml at John Lewis) – this is a fantastic moisturiser for those with oily skin, as it helps to control oil and minimise shine throughout the day, whilst also reducing the look of visible pores. The formula is a fresh, ultra-light gel creme, which feels light and barely-there on the skin. It contains Estee Lauder’s Moisture Matte Technology to control oil for up to 8 hours – which is just what I need in this weather! My skin is usually quite dry, but more recently I’ve been getting oily areas around my nose and on my forehead. I’ve used this moisturiser a few times now and apart from leaving my skin feeling smooth and soft, it’s definitely helped keep the oil at bay.

I also have the Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil (£49.50 for 30ml at John Lewis) – this has been designed to use with Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum to help ‘lock in’ the serum. The Recovery Mask in Oil contains Chronolux™ and Anti-Oxidants to help fortify skin to fight the appearance of aging, and the formula promises to strengthen, nourish and rebuild, preparing the skin for the day ahead by boosting its natural resistance to environmental stressors.

On to primers now – I have the Matte Perfecting Primer (£22.50 at John Lewis) – this mattifying primer again is perfect for the warmer weather as it controls oil and shine, whilst creating a silky-smooth canvas ready for makeup application. Unsurprisingly it works really well teamed with the above Moisture Gel Cream. This primer is oil free, and gives the skin a lovely velvety matte finish.

And the Smoother Universal Perfecting Primer (£22.50 at John Lewis) – unlike the Mattifying Primer above, this lightweight primer is infused with skin-softening apricot essence to optically perfect skin, diffusing the look of pores and imperfections. It leaves skin with a smooth, even texture.

For eyes, I have the new Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Gelée (£36.00 for 8ml at John Lewis) – this multi-action, fatigue-fighting eye treatment promises to improve firmness and reduce the look of lines, wrinkles and puffiness. It has a cooling, metal massage tip which feels really refreshing, and also helps to reinvigorate the eye area and brighten the look of dark circles.

And lastly the new Pure Colour Love Lipstick (£17.10 at John Lewis) – described as fun and daring lip colour with good-for-you ingredients that help smooth lips and renew moisture, the new Pure Colour Love Lipsticks are available in 30 different shades, with a variety of finishes. There’s mattes, shimmer pearls, chromes and cremes, so whatever finish you prefer, you’re bound to find the perfect lipstick for you. The Cremes, Chromes and Shimmers have a deliciously balmy texture, and the Mattes are bold, vibrant, rich, long-lasting, and feel weightless on the lips.

Out of everything, I think the DayWear Matte Oil-Control Anti-Oxidant Moisture Gel Creme has to be my favourite product. I just love how it makes my skin feel hydrated but without any greasiness, or ‘heavy’ feeling like you can get with certain moisturisers. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Eyes on MAC Tropical Cool Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette

Posted on May 30, 2017

Hi Guys!

MAC have recently added a range of new ‘Times Nine’ and ‘Times Fifteen’ eyeshadow palettes to their offering. There’s a whole host of palettes available including neutrals, dark tones, warm brights and cool brights  – there really is something for everyone here!

Creating your own bespoke eyes has never been easier. These well edited Eyes X 9 and Eyes X 15 Palettes feature a wave of coordinated hues offering countless combinations. Four new Eyes X 9 Palettes join old favourites, featuring rich, smoky browns, frosty metallics, red-hot shades and lush tropical-inspired hues. The new In The Flesh Eye Shadow x 15 features iconic neutral shadows, perfect for a classic nude look. Textures range from matte to satin to frost. What’s more, Eyes x 9 is packaged in pocket-sized compacts for easy portability.

I have the new Tropic Cool Times Nine Palette which contains a selection of tropical blues, brilliant yellows, and cool neutrals, all housed in a dinky little compact which easily fits in the palm of your hand. The shades are as follows –

  • Fresh Blade – a pale frosted yellow (veluxe pearl)
  • Bright-Sided – a canary yellow (satin)
  • Lemon Rush – a bright yellow lime green (matte)
  • Lady Grey – a soft muted grey-green (satin)
  • Neoprene Green – a kelly green with pearl (veluxe pearl)
  • She’s A Model – a blackened teal with pearl (lustre)
  • Liquid Sky – a cerulean blue (matte)
  • Blue Envy – a frosty royal blue (veluxe pearl)
  • Grey Horizon – a deep blue grey (matte)

I’ve swatched the palette on my arm and I have to say I’m really impressed with the intensity of the shadows. I especially love Lemon Rush, which is an almost neon bright yellow, Liquid Sky which is a beautiful bright sky blue which would look amazing along the bottom lash line, and Blue Envy, which is an intense metallic royal blue shade – the options are endless with this one!

The Tropic Cool Times Nine Palette is £25.00 and available now at MAC Cosmetics.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW MAC Limited Edition Fruity Juicy Collection

Posted on May 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had anything from MAC on the blog, but I’m back today with some gorgeous products from the new Limited Edition Fruity Juicy Collection.

Think hot summer nights, tanned, glowing skin, and bright warm tones contrasted with sizzling nudes. The Fruity Juicy collection is described as a frootilicious collection of sun-kissed succulence…

Take a sweet vacation of tropical colour for lips and eyes, including the online-exclusive Eye Shadow x 6: Oh My Banana. Featuring special packaging throughout! Love at first bite. Sail away on sweet scent-sation of frootilicious tropical colour. Go bananas in vibrant lipsticks, or zest up your life with Cremesheen Glass and three new Eye Shadow x 6 palettes. Sundream the days away with Bronzing Powders or Pearlmatte Face Powder. Then chase those last rays with Lustre Drops, while the evocative coconut scent of Prep + Prime Fix+ sets the mood for whatever the evening heat may bring.

This collection includes a selection of bronzing and highlighting products perfect for beautiful, glowing skin, including Bronzing Powders, a pretty PearlMatte Face Powder, and Lustre Drops for highlighting, as well as accessories. Unfortunately I don’t have any of these, but I do have a few of the gorgeous colour cosmetics to share with you today –

There are four Lipsticks (£16.50) in the Fruity Juicy collection, including two nude shades and two brights. I have Calm Heat, which is a light nude beige with a matte finish, and Love at First Bite, which is a bright coral toned pink with an amplified finish. I’m in love with Love at First Bite, it’s such a pretty summery shade.

  • Calm Heat – a mid-tone nude (matte)
  • Shy Girl – a creamy neutral coral beige (cremesheen)
  • Love at First Bite – a bright fuchsia (amplified)
  • Si, Si, Me! – a deep violet (satin)

There are also four Cremesheen Glass lip glosses in the collection (£18.00). I have Cha-Cha-Cha which is a mid toned peach. It has a sheer, creamy finish that feels moisturising and nourishing on the lips.

  • Cha-Cha-Cha – a warm peachy pink
  • Shake, Shake, Shake! – a bright apricot orange
  • La Salsa – a soft purple
  • Summer Succulence – a cool beige

Next onto my favourite product, the Eyeshadow Palette – the Fruity Juicy Eyeshadow X6 palettes come in three fun and bright options. Interestingly, the palette is really quite heavy and made of metal, which I haven’t seen before from MAC (but please correct me if I’m wrong). I really like the thin, sleek case, and it also comes with a mirror inside the lid which is a bonus.

I have the Eyeshadow X6 Palette (£24.50) in Fruit a La La, which is just beautiful. I didn’t choose this myself as I was sent it to review, but I’m so glad I received this one. The shades are all warm in tone and intense in pigment, in mostly matte and satin finishes. There’s also a lovely high shimmer copper-orange frost shade included which looks great on the centre of the eyelid.

  • Cocktai Black – a deep brown grey with pearl (satin)
  • Fuchsia Fury – a bright blue pink (satin)
  • Carnal Charm – a bright burnt orange red (matte)
  • Arriba! – a frosty rose (frost)
  • Soleil, So Lovely – a dirty grey nude (matte)
  • Glamour Light – a warm beige (satin)

I’m extremely impressed with these products, the Fruity Juicy Collection is just spot on in terms of my aesthetic and the colour selection is perfectly on trend right now. A couple of items have sold out already, but theres still quite a few products in stock – so be sure to snap then up fast if you’d like to get your hands on some of the collection before is all sells out!

The Fruity Juicy Collection is available now at MAC Cosmetics.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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