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Beauty News & Gossip 20/02/2017: Illamasqua, Z Palette, Maybelline & More!

Posted on February 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been at least a couple of weeks since my last Beauty News update and literally SO much has happened since then. Read on to find out my highlights of the latest beauty news and gossip…

So first up, Illamasqua have taken a stand against Trump and fascism – and I’m not surprised at all. If any brand was going to do it, I think most would have predicted it to be Illamasaqua. Their ‘Anti-Fascism Pledge’ states that they ‘will never knowingly sell products to people who support President Trump’s values’ – and though I know many people will take the side of ‘this is just makeup, Illamasqua should be neutral’, I personally disagree and I love that Illamasqua are standing up publicly for what they believe in. What do you think?

In other news, you’ve probably heard by now about the recent Z Palette drama. If not, to cut a long story short, basically Z Palette have brought out a new electronic device for de-potting product, which people questioned and criticised on Instagram, and rather than replying politely and dealing with their potential customers concerns, whoever was looking after Z Palette’s Instagram went a little bit completely crazy and started spewing out insults like they were going out of fashion, leaving a lot of people very unhappy. It seems obvious that a brand should always deal with any criticism, not matter how harsh, constructively, carefully, and always treat people with respect on social sites. I think they’ve just managed to lose a LOT of customers.

Ok so let’s take a look at some exciting new and upcoming launches now. This MAC Rolerwheel Liquid Eyeliner really caught my eye this week, and I think the idea could actually be amazing if it actually works. The little roller wheel is in the style of a pizza cutter, with the wheel applying a continuous line of eyeliner. I can’t wait to try these when it launches – I think it’s either going to end up being a massive hit or a complete flop.

And following from the L’Oreal X Beauty & The Beast collaboration, it looks like Lorac will be collaborating with the upcoming Pirates of the Carribean movie. The packaging looks pretty awesome and I’m looking forward to finding out about the products, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Jeffree Star has also recently launched his latest palette – the Androgyny palette has been in the works for a long time now, and Jeffree has been hinting about it for months. Now it’s been revealed though, I I have to say feel a bit underwhelmed. I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly but I just feel this is a bit ‘meh’. What do you think?

And on that note Jeffree has also hinted on Twitter that a highlighter palette is also in the works – now this does excite me and I can’t wait to see what that looks like!

It also looks like metallic lip finishes are going to be a big thing this year. After what seems like an eternity of matte liquid lipsticks being at the forefront of trends, there’s now a load of brands coming up with intensely pigmented metallic finish lip products. Smashbox have now launched their Be Legendary Liquid Pigments across the pond, and I think the silver and blue shades look pretty awesome.

And for those on more of a budget, Maybelline will also be launching a Metallic Lipsticks collection in July. I’m not overly wowed by the look of these swatches, but maybe they’re fab in real life? I’m looking forward to finding out.

And of course MAC had to get in on the game with their own Metallic Lipsticks – and I have to say these look pretty stunning – I hope they look as good on the lips as they do on the bullet.

Anastasia are also bringing out new glow kit with Nicole Guerriero – the shades look really pretty, but I think most of them would be too dark for my super fair skin unfortunately.

Too Faced has some amazing looking products coming out in March too. There’s a massive Natural Love eyeshadow palette, three high shine Love Light Highlighters, and five new shades of Melted Matte lipsticks. I need to get my hands on those highlighters!

There’s also buzz that Too Faced will be launching some sort of holographic collection. Owner Jerrod shared some metallic pastel swatches recently which look so pretty!

On the same note, I also had to mention the upcoming BH Cosmetics BackLight Highlighter Palette. We don’t really hear much of BH Cosmetics in the UK (but they are available at Beauty Bay in case you were wondering) These swatches just look so beautiful – very much like the Kat Von D highlighter palette but with a larger range of shades. This is something I’ll definitely be picking up when I can get my hands on it.

Trendmood have also hinted at a collaboration between Pat Mcgrath and Kim Kardashian – I wonder what they could be up to?

And lastly, I was thrilled to hear that some of my favourite beauty bloggers have teamed up with L’Oreal Paris to launch a range brand new Matte Addition lipsticks. What’s especially awesome about this is that most of these aren’t your typical ‘big bloggers’ that are pretty much household names these days. These girls are ‘micro bloggers’ and just as amazing in their own right as some of the biggest names in the industry. It’s makes me so happy that smaller bloggers are now being recognised – well done girls!

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 News & Gossip 11/01/17: Jeffree Star, Huda Beauty, Too Faced & More!

Posted on January 11, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been quite a while since I published my last Beauty News & Gossip post, but you guys have told me that you like them, so I thought I’d start up the series again. I’m aiming to post on a weekly basis covering all the latest hot beauty news, influencer gossip and exciting new releases – enjoy!

Ok so I woke up this morning and the first thing I saw on my social feeds is that Jeffree Star has destroyed a $5.5k Chanel bag on his Youtube channel. Him and his BFF Manny MUA got together to cut up some makeup products with hot knives (as you do) just for LOLs, and Jeffree decided to take it one step further and mutilate a Chanel Boy bag from his collection. By the looks of things this has been one of his most viewed videos in such a short space of time since publishing, and comments have been falling in one of two very distinct camps – Jeffree fans are saying (very rightly so) that ‘it’s his money he can do what he likes with it’ but people are also saying (again very rightly so) comments along the lines of ‘people are starving in this world, and he chooses to do this..’. I totally agree that he can do what he likes with his own things, but he might as well be burning a $5k wad of cash for the sake of gaining views, which in my opinion is in very poor taste – but then would we expect anything else from Jeffree Star?? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

In other Jeffree Star news, he’s also recently announced that his much anticipated Androgyny Palette will be launching in March. The teasers above shows his second palette has a deep pink textured casing with gold lettering, and the eyeshadows look like they’re going to be a big hit with fans – there appears to be a range of intensely coloured warm matte shades included (judging by the colours Jeffree is wearing above) and I think it will be a total sell out.

You may have also noticed recently that Manny MUA is collaborating with Maybelline on their Big Shot Mascara campaign. I noticed this on Twitter when the ad first launched and didn’t really give it too much thought. Then it popped up again on Facebook via a BBC news article, I noticed there were thousands and thousands of comments, so thought I’d take a moment to look through. Oh my gosh, the public has had such a strong reaction to this, I really was quite shocked. It was very divided, with a disturbing amount of people being absolutely horrified that a man is wearing makeup (I mean, really?), but luckily there were plenty of positive comments too which appeared to outnumber the negative. It really does worry me how people can be so close minded – we’re in 2017 for Christ’s sake! I think it’s a great collab, and Manny is the perfect influencer to team up with Maybelline – maybe this just seems obvious to me though because I’m part of the beauty community? I don’t know, I think attitudes are changing, but we still have definitely a long way to go. I also think it’s a very clever marketing move on Maybelline’s part – what better way to get your beauty brand talked about across every media channel than to do something ‘controversial’ like having a male in full makeup as the star of the campaign – what do you think?

What would a news and gossip post be without Jaclyn Hill!? It looks like Jaclyn is coming out with another new collaboration within the next two months. She’s not giving away much at the moment but we know it’s an eyeshadow palette, and it’s in collaboration with a brand – maybe Becca again? Or maybe someone new?

I never managed to get my hands on the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Eyeshadow palette – though it looks stunning I just couldn’t justify the expense. She’s now teasing fans with the outer packaging of her upcoming Highlighter Palette – I can’t wait to see what’s inside, I bet it’s going to be stunning!

And lastly when it comes to influencers, it looks like Too Faced’s lasted collab will be with Youtuber Kandee Johnson. As a big Too faced fan I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with together 😀

On to new products now, and you may have noticed that Too Faced is busting out new products like there’s no tomorrow right now, and I’ve just caught wind of yet another gorgeous looking launch – their beautiful Lovelight Highlighters will be coming in March this year – don’t they look gorgeous!

Anastasia has also just launched their first Lip Palette, which is perfect for those that like to experiment with lip shades and change their look frequently. This palette contains a large selection of lipsticks as well as primary colours and black and white shades, so you can pretty much come up with any colour imaginable! This is available now on the Anastasia US site but not yet on the Anastasia UK site.

After visiting New York last year on a press trip, and spending rather a lot of time in Sephora, I discovered Milk Makeup. I have their Cooling Water and Holographic Stick, both of which I love. And I recently heard about their brand new Blur Stick – it’s just now launched at Sephora, and it promised to blur skin’s imperfections to give you a ‘real life filter effect’. I really love the sound of this.

The brand that only a few months ago brought us the original Unicorn Makeup brushes (I have them but can’t bring myself to use them!) has recently announced an upcoming collection of Mermaid makeup brushes! Above you can see the original artist sketches for the brushes, it also says they’re now going into production, so watch this space for news of the launch date.

And oh my gosh, the Lancome Rose Collection is EVERYTHING. The highlighter is shaped like an actual rose and it’s just so beautiful! There’s also a limited edition brush to go with it, as well as a palette and a few other products in the collection. These are all available now on the Lancome US site. I can’t wait till it’s available in the UK!

And lastly, I also wanted to mention that that Kat Von D Pastel Goth Palette is available now at Sephora – as with all of Kat’s products this palette looks pretty awesome, it’s going on my wish list right now 🙂

I’d love to hear what you think about the latest news and gossip? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News & Gossip 14/08/16: Colourpop, Pat McGrath, Kat Von D & More!

Posted on August 14, 2016

Hi Guys!

It’s time again for the latest beauty news and gossip! Let’s take a look at what’s been happening in the land of beauty lately –

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Kylie Jenner has recently launched her birthday collection of products, which come in rather fancy re-vamped gold packaging – and of course everything sold out in about 3 seconds. Personally, the sheer effort it takes to actually purchase something from Kylie Cosmetics really puts me off the brand, but I’d be interested to hear if any readers actually managed to pick anything up from the birthday collection, and if the products are any good?

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Next, I’ve just checked up on the the Too Faced x Nikkie Tutorials collaboration kit and it will be available at Sephora tomorrow! I must admit, I originally wasn’t overly excited about the palette in the set, but now I’ve seen the swatches I think it looks really pretty!

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Too Faced are also launching a Sweet Peach Glow palette for Spring 2017 – I actually originally thought this was another eyeshadow palette in the Peach range, but nope, it’s a highlighter palette! I can’t wait to see what the shades will look like! I’m thinking warm peaches and pink tones – exciting!

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Beauty fans will know that Kailijumei lipsticks are one of the latest hot products right now – these amazingly pretty clear lipsticks change colour on application, and also have a flower actually embedded inside the lipstick bullet!

I couldn’t resist nabbing a couple of these myself! My parcel is currently winging its way to me from Kuala Lumpur –  so keep an eye out for them on the blog in (hopefully) the next few weeks.

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Sugarpill is one of those brands I often overlook, though I do have a couple of their quad eyeshadow palettes from a few years ago. If you haven’t tried them before, Sugarpill eyeshadows are actually fantastic, and have the most amazing pigmentation. Their Pro Palette is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for bright eyeshadows with fantastic colour payoff.

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I also saw some swatches of the new Colourpop Ultra Metallic Lip products, and they just look so gorgeous and summery! I’m trying to resist but think I need them! 🙂

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I also came across this Masquerade Palette by Juvias Place which just looks amazing! Definitely another one for the wish list. There are so many amazing ‘Instagram’ beauty brands popping up now – if you know of any more I should check out please do let me know!

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We also now have details on the new Pat McGrath products! She’s bringing out three new lip product kits – Vermillion Venom, Bloodwine and Flesh, with each comprising of five products: including two matte lipsticks, a clear gloss, a metallic pigment and a loose glitter. I have to say the colours in these kits look AMAZING – and I really want all of them! They’re $60 per kit and will be available on 30/08.

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And how could I do a Beauty News & Gossip post without including Jeffree Star? 🙂 Well he has a few new skin frost highlight shades that I wanted to mention. I’m actually really liking the look of Lavender Snow!

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And lastly, Toofaced’s collaboration with Kat Von D is finally happening! This was hinted at a while ago, and I couldn’t wait to find out what they were up to! The Better Together collaboration includes an awesome looking double sided heart shaped palette, which can actually be split in two, as well as some other fab sounding products. Make sure you check out Trendmood1 on Instagran for some more sneak peeks!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News & Gossip 21/07/16: Kat Von D & Jeffree Star DRAMA, Urban Decay, Pat McGrath & More!

Posted on July 21, 2016

Hi Guys!

Well, where to start with this week’s news! In case you’ve somehow been living without social media, there has been some MAJOR drama going on in the land of beauty, with a face-off starting between Kat Von D and Jeffree Star.

Just a bit of background info – Kat and Jeffree have been friends for many years, so when she shared the below post on her Instagram page, everyone was wondering what has happened between the two to spark this…

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Ooh err! Beauty fans waited with baited breath to see who would strike next, and what would be said…

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Kat then followed up with a video explaining what had happened…

Where she accuses Jeffree of not paying for artwork her friend BJ did for Jeffree’s brand, amongst other stuff…

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And then… it looks like Kat is opening her first ever beauty store in the UK. People have been speculating the whole thing could be a PR stunt…

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And Jeffree has now just responded to Kat’s original video…

I won’t give a summary as the 23 min vid covers quite a lot, so I’d recommend you watch it yourself.

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And lastly B.J Betts, the artist in the middle of this drama has finally spoken – with a very short and to the point tweet.

So what’s going to happen next – will Kat retaliate against Jeffree’s video? Is this the end of the drama? Keep your eyes on both Kats and Jeffree’s social pages to find out!

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In other news… Urban Decay’s Autumn launches look SO GOOD. The Razor Sharp liquid eyeliners are top of my wish list!

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And I also spotted this on Urban Decay’s owner, Wende’s IG page too. What an awesome looking vault!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News & Gossip 10/07/16: Kat Von D, Colourpop, Anastasia & More!

Posted on July 10, 2016

Hi Guys!

Things have actually been a bit quiet in the beauty world this last week, well in comparison to previous weeks anyway! I’ve rounded up some of the beauty news and gossip for you that’s caught my eye…

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You’ve probably heard by now, but AT LAST – Kat Von D has announced her makeup line will be stocked in Debenhams from October! I mean how long have we been waiting for this?

She’s also just brought out some brand new products – Lock-It Concealer Cream and Setting Powder, new face brushes, and the Seprentina Eyeshadow Palette, which all look amazing!

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And on that note, favourite US budget beauty brand Colourpop will also be shipping internationally from July 12th – woo hoo!! I have no idea how much shipping will be to the UK, but I know I’ll be there on the 12th to check it out.

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Jeffree Star (yep again, sorry) has just announced some fab new limited edition lip shades for summer, there are five new shades coming up with limited edition packaging in yellow and hot pink, they also have a juicy watermelon scent (except 714). The new shades will be available individually or as a set of 5 from July 21st –

  • Watermelon Soda – a bright watermelon coral.
  • Nude Beach – a light nude peach.
  • Virginity – a light nude lilac.
  • Queen Bee – a bright intense yellow.
  • 714 – an almost neon, light coral pink. (re-release)

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Anastasia is also bringing out two gorgeous new Glow Kits – Moonchild is a cool toned kit including six icy highlighter shades, and Sweets is full of warm pastel shades…

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And of course it’s Christmas in July right now, unfortunately I haven’t been able to make it to any events, but I’ve been stalking all my favourite bloggers’ social pages to see what Christmassy goodies they’ve been tweeting, Instagramming and Snapping. Caroline Hirons shared this rather gorgeous looking palette from Hourglass. This is the limited edition Surreal Light Palette, containing all new shades of Ambient Lighting Powders, which will be available for Christmas 2016 –

  • Surreal Light – largest pan.
  • Surreal Glow – top middle pan.
  • Surreal Effect – top right pan.
  • Surreal Bronze – bottom middle pan.
  • Surreal Strobe Light – bottom right pan.

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Oh and lastly, I should probably mention that I’ve been nominated for four awards in the We Are 30 Plus Blogger Awards! That counts as news, doesn’t it? Ok it’s a bit of a shameless plug I know! But please do give me a vote if you enjoy reading my blog, it’ll take less than 30 seconds of your time and would mean the world to me 🙂 You can vote here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News & Gossip 01/07/16: Jaclyn Hill SUED, Urban Decay, Jeffree Star & More!

Posted on July 1, 2016

Hi Guys!

Sorry for the late post, this should have been published earlier last week – I hope you enjoy!

Ok so the biggest beauty goss of the last couple of weeks has to be that Jaclyn Hill is being SUED – OMG! Things are not looking too good for the Youtube star after the Becca Eyeshadow palette controversy, and now it’s emerged that a former close friend is suing her over copyright infringement. I won’t go into too much detail as you can easily Google it and take a look yourself  – and I’m not going to speculate who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong here, I just hope it gets sorted fast.

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In better news for Jaclyn, a whole new load of products have now been added to Becca’s Champagne collection, including four Champagne Split compacts which contain one half Shimmering Skin Perfector and one half Blush, as well as Shimmering Skin Perfectors in highlighter pen form – the Slimlight pens will be available in shades Topaz, Champagne Pop and Pearl. These are a must have for fans of the Champagne Pop range, and I’ll hopefully have more news on availability in the UK soon.

urban-decay-autumn-launches Urban Decay are always coming up with amazing products, and just look at all the awesome goodies they’re bringing out for A/W! Apart from the highly anticipated Moondust palette, there’s also an Allnighter full coverage, long wearing and water proof foundation range, Perversion is now launching in an Eye Pen, and the Razorsharp Liquid Eyeliners look AMAZING – 20 vibrant shades of water resistant long wear liquid eyeliners. I can’t wait for all of these products to launch!

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Jumping back across the pond again, Anastasia Beverley Hills are also launching a brand new twist up stick foundation, in a massive range of shades to suit all skin tones. I’m really loving the look of these!

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And Jeffree Star – again. This time a BLACK HIGHLIGHTER. How even is this supposed to work? I have no idea but I’m looking forward to finding out!

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Too Faced are great with their sneak peeks on Instagram – and now we finally know what the Too Faced X Nikki Tutorials palette will look like, and though I think it looks nice, I must admit I’m not overly wowed by it. What do you think?

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And while I’m on the subject of Too Faced, Jerrod Blandino, owner of Too Faced has been teasing a lot lately with some super close up product shots on his Instagram, the latest being this close up of what looks like a multi-toned blush…

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Fans of NARS’ Dual Intensity formulas will be very pleased indeed with the news of a new Dual Intensity Blush Palette. How gorgeous is this!? It includes a highlighter, two blushers and a contour shade. I can’t wait to see swatches!

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And I’m also pretty excited that Colourpop are adding to their already extensive liquid lipstick range with four new Ultra Metallic Lips. These shades are way more ‘Autumnal’ than what I was expecting, but I think they look lovely none the less. I’ll definitely be snapping at least a couple of these up on my next US order 🙂

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I’m trying REALLY hard not to buy any more palettes, but as soon as I heard Viseart were launching a new palette in the Autumn, I absolutely must have to have it. The shades look beautiful, and this is now top of my wish list!

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And lastly Laura Geller have just launched their Easy Illuminating Sticks… their Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators were to die for, and these Illuminating Sticks come in two of the the same shades: Ballerina and Gilded Honey, and Ehereal is very similar to the Charming Pink Gilded Highlighter. These are available in the US now and will be coming to the UK very soon.

I’d love to hear which new launches you’re excited about?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx