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Beauty: What’s New at Giorgio Armani Beauty?

Posted on October 16, 2017

Hi Guys!

Over the last few months I’ve received some fantastic looking products from Giorgio Armani beauty to try out. I’ve finally got round to gathering them all together and photographing them, and I’ve been trying them out over the last week or so.

I must admit Giorgio Armani isn’t a brand I’d automatically gravitate to –  mostly because I don’t have a counter near where I live, so I have no way of trying products before I buy – so I’m really excited I’ve been given this opportunity to give their products a go, and hopefully find a few favourites. Let’s get stuck in!

Starting with the lips, I have a few of the brand new Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks (£29.00) – these are moisturising lip creams that promise to colour like a lipstick, moisturise like a balm and give the shine of a gloss. I suffer with dry lips pretty much all year round, so I’m really liking the sound of these!

The Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks are available in 18 shades, and I have 400, which is a classic true red, as well as Silenzio 200, a warm taupe brown, and Smile 100, a medium nude beige. The formula combines liquid pigments with emollient oils to give a light reflecting, plumping effect, promising 8 hours of lasting moisture, with a comfortable creamy texture.

These lipsticks though expensive, definitely get a thumbs up from me, they’re just so comfortable to wear, and feel smooth, creamy and hydrating – a definitely must try for those with dryer lips.

I also have one of the Lip Magnets (£29.00) – this is a super lightweight liquid lipstick that promises to be up to four times thinner than your average long lasting liquid lipstick. And I must say this lipstick does literally feel weightless on the lips, like you’re not wearing anything at all. I have shade 300 which is a bright tangerine orange offering fantastic pigmentation that doesn’t move throughout the day.

For another hydrating option, the Rouge D’Armani Sheer Lipstick (£28.00) is definitely worth a look. This is an award-winning sheer lipstick with a weightless finish, offering intense hydration with a tint of colour. This definitely gives less pigmentation than the Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks, but still feels super smooth and comfortable to wear.

On to eyes now, the Eye Tint (£28.00) is a liquid eyeshadow available in 16 shades, offering 16 hours of wear. The formula combines the finish of a powder, staying power of ink and the feel of cream. Personally I’m not the biggest fan of liquid eyeshadows, but these have a lovely smooth creamy formula that dries down to a light feeling powdery finish. I have shades 1 Obsidian, a deep blue toned black, and 11 Rose Ashes, a light iridescent rose pink. I found Obsidian quite hard to work with, as it’s such a dark shade it’s quite unforgiving (I think my lack of skill with application is more the problem here than the actual product though!) but I love Rose Ashes, it’s so pretty and looks beautiful swept across the lid.

For fragrance, I have the brand new Because It’s You EDT (from £47.00 for 30ml) – this is a bight, playful and happy fragrance. It’s described as a delicious and sparkling perfume, irresistible like a ripe raspberry, it’s unabashedly feminine, full, instinctive and passionate.

Both bold and seductive, Because It’s You opens with bright sparkling notes of ripe raspberry and green mandarin, leading to a fun floral heart of violet, jasmine and rose. The base comprises of warm and seductive vanilla mixed with musk and patchouli, for a sensuous and alluring dry down.

  • Top Notes: Raspberry, Blackcurrant and Neroli.
  • Heart Notes: Violet leaves accord, Rose Absolute and Jasmin Sambac Absolute.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli Essence, Vanilla Extract and Musks.

And the also (fairly) new Sky Di Gioia EDP (from £48.00 for 30ml) – this is definitely more of a summery scent, inspired by the appeal of a beautiful sunrise that glows pink above the sea, Giorgio Armani Sky Di Gioia is a feminine floral perfume with plenty of fruity notes, combining to create a modern and elegant fragrance with a touch of femininity and softness.

Sky Di Gioia EDP is definitely more of a fresh, fruity fragrance, opening with bright and juicy notes of lychee accord and crispy green pear, leading to a floral heart of dewy rose centifolia, velvety peony and a subtle hint of salty transluzone. The sensual white musk at the base adds its accents of blackcurrant bus and blackberry leaves to this beautifully feminine fragrance.

  • Top Notes: Lychee Accord and Green Pear.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Rose Centifolia and Transluzone.
  • Base Notes: White Musk, Blackcurrant and Blackberry Leaves.

And now onto brows, the Eye & Brow Maestro (£28.00) is a fantastic multi-use product that can be used as to fill in the eyebrows, used as eye shadow or eyeliner and can also be used to contour the face and touch up the hairline if you wish, and it comes in 11 shades to suit (pretty much) every hair colour.

I really like this to fill in brows, though the brown shade I have isn’t quite right for me, it definitely does a great job and doesn’t smudge throughout the day.

The High-Precision Brow Pencil (£25.00) is an automatic dual ended pencil offering a micro pencil for precision application at one end, with a slim comb for shaping at the other. The formula promises 6 hour waterproof wear – which applies with ease and precision, allowing you to create a natural look with ‘hair by hair’ application. I love that this pencil is so fine, enabling you to create a truly natural look.

And lastly the Eye & Brow Maestro Brush (£30.00) – this double ended brush has a fine eyeliner flat brush at one end, and a brow spoolie at the other, to allow you to expertly shape and define your brows. It’s a good little brush, and definitely does the job, but it’s quite up there in terms of price.

So what do I think? Well overall I’m impressed with the products I’ve been trying out, the fragrances are both gorgeous and easy to wear, and I particularly love the new Ecstasy Shine Lipsticks, they feel so moisturising and smooth on the lips – out of everything these are definitely my favourites!

Giorgio Armani Beauty and Fragrance products are available now at Armani BeautyHouse of Fraser and Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Kiko Cosmetics Fall 2.0 Limited Edition Collection

Posted on October 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have one of Kiko Milano Cosmetics latest limited edition collections to share with you today – the Fall 2.0 Collection is inspired by Venice, the ultimate city of romance…

The collection captures the essence of the regal Baroque city and its many delights, through makeup products that reawaken an innate sensuality, with luxurious colours ranging from elegant nudes to romantic reds, decadent blues to purples and the most spectacular deep shades. The makeup looks are classic, skin is perfect and lips precisely defined. The gaze captures our attention with magnetic smoky eyes and deep colours. A high-performance collection where the mask, symbol of intriguing femininity, offers a new dimension to self-care, without sacrificing the intimacy of lace.

Starting with the Duo Bronzer in shade 01 Bright Life (£15.90) – I always love Kiko bronzers, whenever they bring out a new collection, their bronzers always seem to end up being one of my favourite products. This Duo Bronzer comprises of a pressed powder in two different yet complimentary colours and finishes, the main section has a texturised pattern embossed into the power and has a matte finish, and there’s a smaller section which is slightly lighter in shade, with a metallic finish.

The powder is wonderfully soft and easy to apply, and the formula contains Soft Focus properties to minimise imperfections. The first powder mattifies and perfects the complexion, whilst the metallic bronzer refines the look for a sophisticated, professional result, leaving skin looking radiant with a healthy glow. I love this shade, which is perfect for my pale skin, and though I’m not a massive fan of shimmer in bronzer, I like that you have the option here if you wish to use it.

Next the Duo Blush in 01 New Coral (£12.90) – much like the above bronzer, this blush is a ‘duo’ product, but this time rather than two different finishes, the blush includes two different shades, both with a matte finish.

I have the blush in shade 01 New Coral which includes a light peachy pink, and a more intense orange-coral shade. The formula is smooth and creamy on application, and thought it’s a powder, it has a lovely liquid finish, that’s easy to blend to look like a natural flush on the cheeks, or built up for a more intense look.

I also have the Magnetic Eyeshadow in shade 04 Purple Mind (£12.90) – this is a gorgeous metallic finish loose pigment eyeshadow that’s velvety to the touch and super smooth on application, as well as being intensely pigmented.

Interestingly there is a magnet placed in the base of the packaging, which shapes the pigment to give the wave like finish on the top. The magnet keeps this pattern even after you’ve used the product, and it also stops the pigment from falling out. I think this is kind of cool, but I’d also be interested to find out exactly how the pigment is magnetised!

I also have one of the Lip Stylos in shade 02 Modern Mauve (£9.90) – this shade really is gorgeous and perfect for autumn. Kiko’s lip Stylos just tick all the boxes for me – they’re creamy and smooth to apply, give fantastic pigmentation and last for hours. These are definitely worth a look if you’re on the hunt for a new affordable lipstick.

And lastly I have one of their Metallic Liners in shade 02 Be Gold (£5.90) – this is a bright metallic gold shade that can be used on the eyes, lips and face – I’m not sure I’d be using this on my lips personally, but I still love that this is a multi-use product allowing you to be as creative as you wish. This light gold shade is great for adding highlight to the inner corners of the eyes, or even under the brows or the cupids bow, and it’s also available in light rose pink and copper shades.

If you’d like to see swatches of anything or have any questions, please just shout 🙂

The Fall 2.0 collection is available at Kiko Cosmetics now.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: L’Oreal Paris X Balmain Color Riche Couture Lipstick Collection

Posted on October 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m sure you’ve probably heard about the Balmain X L’Oreal collaboration by now – this is a collection of twelve L’Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks that possess all of high fashion brand Balmain’s typical drama and glamour, combined with celebrating diversity in all its forms.

This limited edition collection comprises of 12 tailor made, couture, matte finish lipsticks, with Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing promising shades suitable for every woman, no matter her origin. The 12 shades are divided into three groups or ‘tribes’ – Couture, Rock and Safari, with each expressing a key element of the Balmain brand.

Couture (black packaging)

“The Couture selection celebrates Balmain’s historic couture origins and the glamour that has been associated with this house ever since M. Balmain first opened his atelier. As modern as today’s silhouette may be, my team and I never forget our roots and always rely on our incredible archives for inspiration.” Olivier Rousteing.

  • 246 Confession – a muted terracotta pink.
  • 355 Domination – a true red.
  • 356 Confidence – a light nude pink with a touch of shimmer.
  • 468 Liberation – a deep purple.

Rock (blue packaging)

“Anyone who knows me knows I can’t separate music from fashion. These four shades reflect themes that have been important both in recent shows and in my life (and what really makes music inspiring for me) – breaking rules, rebelling and always remaining true to yourself.” Olivier Rousteing.

  • 467 Freedom – a mid toned purple.
  • 650 Power – a chocolate brown with shimmer.
  • 901 Rebellion – an intense royal blue.
  • 902 Legend – a greige toned taupe.

Safari (green packaging)

“The Glamazon offerings look to our runways’ love of strong women warriors – our Balmain Army, of course – as well as themes of adventure and safari, which have inspired so many of my collections. The tones come from the earth, recalling the intensity and beauty of the Amazon jungle, the never-ending desert, the spectacular rocks of the American West.” Olivier Rousteing.

  • 469 Fever – a fiery bright orange.
  • 647 Urban Safari – a light nude.
  • 648 Glamazone – a warm mid brown.
  • 905 Balmain Instinct – a khaki green with a shirt of sparkle.

From top to bottom the shades I have above are –

  • 905 Balmain Instinct
  • 902 Legend
  • 467 Freedom
  • 469 Fever
  • 647 Urban Safari
  • 901 Rebellion
  • 648 Glamazone

Though Olivier has promised ‘a shade for everyone‘, I must say that as a overall as a collection, the shades are pretty out there, an definitely won’t appeal to everyone. There are a couple of more mainstream shades included, such as a true red and a muted pink, but the majority would definitely be classed as high fashion colours that are targeted at a specific demographic.

– But that’s ok, this collaboration isn’t aimed at your every day gal shopping in Boots for a pink lippie. This collection is for the fashion conscious trendsetter, fans of Balmain that aren’t scared to rock an intense blue lip, or any shade their heart desires for that matter. And though I wouldn’t necessarily wear many of these colours myself, I can appreciate what they’re going for with this collection – it has a precise viewpoint which is pushing the envelope, offering avant-garde colours whilst championing strong, confident women, as well as diversity.

The lipsticks themselves are made with the classic L’Oreal Colour Riche formula, that’s smooth and creamy, with a semi matte finish. In terms of formula these are very easy to wear, and aren’t as drying as other matte lipsticks – so if you’re feeling daring, you should definitely give these a try!

The L’Oreal Paris X Balmain Lipsticks are £12.99 each and available now at BootsFeelUnique and Harvey Nichols

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: M&S Beauty Advent Calendar SPOILER!

Posted on October 6, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’ve got another fantastic beauty advent calendar to share with you today – and I think this one is easily one of the best you’ll find this year, both in terms of contents and value for money…

The M&S Beauty Advent Calendar really is bigger and better than ever – behind the 25 doors lies an edit of the most coveted beauty products. Be surprised as you unveil a mix of skincare, cosmetics and haircare from some of M&S’s most loved brands.

For 2017, the M&S Advent Calendar is shaped like a house, with 24 mini house shaped boxes inside, and the large triangle shape at the ‘roof’ makes door number 25. I think this design is fab!

The calendar is filled with beauty treats from some amazing brands, in total worth over £250. There’s a mix of high street and high end products, covering makeup, skincare, hair, fragrance and beauty accessories. Brands included are Shay & Blue luxury fragrance, Nails Inc, Stila, Pixi Beauty, Filorga, Alpha H and Emma Hardie, to name just a few.

Let’s take a look at everything that’s included. I’ve also included links to each product in case you want to check anything out in further detail –

And lastly, there’s also a super cute M&S Cosmetics Bag.

The Advent Calendar costs just £35 when you spend £35 across clothing and home at M&S. When you consider you’re getting over £250 worth of goodies here, I think this really is amazing value – this is definitely one to snap up!

The M&S Beauty Advent Calendar will be available from 9th November at M&S.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: The Universal Makeup Beauty Box #POWEREDBYFEELUNIQUE

Posted on October 5, 2017

Hi Guys!

I must admit a while ago I thought beauty boxes had had their day. There seemed to be lots of products being regurgitated time and time again, and I think BB fans were getting a bit bored. Well how wrong was I! (Though I still think that was true in terms of repeated products) – but beauty boxes are now more popular than ever, and I can’t keep up with how many new ones have popped up, even over the last 6 months.

One of the newer offerings is from FeelUnique, who have just launched a trio of carefully curated Beauty Boxes and On-the-Go Kits. These special edits have been hand selected in-house by their beauty experts, and given their Powered by Feelunique stamp of approval…

Feelunique Best of Beauty boxes are designed to take the hard work out of finding game-changing beauty at amazing vale. Each edit contains expert selected beauty products all packaged up into one beauty box. Kicking off with Universal Makeup, Powered by Feelunique will launch more exciting boxes over the coming months.

I’ve checked the FeelUnique site and at the moment there are three different beauty box options available –

The Universal Makeup Beauty Box, which is what I have, includes a specially selected range of makeup products from some of FeelUnique’s favourite brands. The Skin Glow Edit Box, which includes everything you need for radiant, glowing skin. Each box contains deluxe or full size products, plus leaflet with tips & advice on how best to use them, as well as a Discount Code to get 10% off these products on your next purchase. And the Nichola Joss Beauty Box – Nichola Joss is a celebrity facialist as well as Feelunique’s very own Skincare Ambassador. Her box contains a curated selection of skincare essentials, including everything you need for a healthy and glowing complexion.

The Universal Makeup Beauty Box contains a fantastic selection of makeup, from both well known brands as well as a couple of lesser-known ones too (which I think is great as I love discovering new brands in beauty boxes) Included are four full size products and two travel sizes –

I was particularly happy to find the Nude By Nature Translucent Finishing Powder in the box, this is a really underrated brand that should definitely get more love! The Laura Geller Spackle Primer is a classic product that every beauty love should own, and Pro Hygiene Collection is a brand that I hadn’t heard of, so I’m looking forward to trying out their Makeup Spray.

I make out the box to roughly be worth £72.91, so with it costing only £28.00 and including four full sized products, I think this a really good deal.

The FeelUnique Universal Makeup Beauty Box is £28.00 and available at FeelUnique now.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Debenhams Beauty Club Re-Launch & £200+ Luxury Bundle Giveaway!

Posted on September 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m really excited to bring you news about Debenhams’ fantastic Beauty Club re-launch, as well as an amazing luxury beauty giveaway today!

If you’re not familiar with Debenhams Beauty Club, it’s a reward scheme that allows you to collect and spend points across over 200 beauty and fragrance brands both in store and online, and Debenhams have also just re-launched their Beauty Club with the help of the wonderful Alesha Dixon heading up the Let’s talk beauty campaign…

Alesha will be using Debenhams Beauty Club social channels to share exclusive videos where she chats through her beauty favourites and shares her top tips and tricks –

“While beauty shopping is fabulously indulgent it can also be a bit daunting – which products to use, how to do an eye flick, what’s in fashion now? I am here to help the Debenhams customer demystify all things beauty and I can’t wait to get started!” – Alesha Dixon

Whether you are a total novice when it comes to beauty or a seasoned pro, Debenhams have everything you need to be beauty confident. Discover Alesha’s expert guides and how-to tutorials, and get the inside scoop on exclusive launches and hot new trends, whilst earning points every time you shop when you join the club. Expect plenty of exciting extras with the new and improved reward scheme, including monthly product sampling, enabling members to collect exclusive free samples in store with no purchase necessary, extended loyalty points and reward validity periods, and much much more!

To celebrate the Beauty Club Card relaunch, I’ve teamed up with Debenhams to offer you a fantastic GIVEAWAY where you can win over £200 of amazing Debenhams luxury beauty goodies! I’ve picked all the products myself, and I’ve tried to include a range of my favourite products and brands – there’s a fantastic Urban Decay Eye Kit, and a gorgeous fragrance from YSL as well as goodies from MAC, Clarins and Guerlain. You can see all the details below –

Firstly, I’m giving away the MAC Nutcracker Debenhams exclusive make up kit (£35.00) – this gorgeous gift set comprises of a sweet MAC Nutcracker makeup bag with a gold trim and a pink star pattern, which contains a MAC Upward Lash Mascara, a Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in shade Fashion Legacy and a classic MAC red Retro Matte Lipstick in shade Nutcracker Rouge.

Next I have the YSL Mon Paris EDP (30ml worth £50.50) – this is one of YSL’s latest fragrances and it’s just beautiful…

Inspired by the city of lovers, ‘Paris’. ‘Mon Paris’ is a fragrance which urges you to seize the moment transcend the present and prepare to fall head over heels into the arms of a passionate love. A subversive reinvention of the traditional chypre, the new floral perfume turns the traditional model upside down, by introducing a brave, bold narcotic white chypre fit for love today.

I’ve also included the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette (£22.00) – this handy little palette contains three of Laura Geller’s famous Gelato Swirl Illuminator highlighters – there’s Ballerina, a warm light golden bronze, Gilded Honey, a light champagne gold, and Peach Glow, a light peachy pink shade.

I had to include this amazing Urban Decay Urban Essentials Eye Kit (£60.00 but worth £91.50) – this set contains some Urban Decay favourites, including 3x Single Eyeshadows, in Bordello, Sell Out & Psychedelic Sister, a mini Original Primer Potion, and 3x 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner Pencils in Demolition, Psychedelic Sister & Zero.

I also picked out this lovely little Clarins set. The Clarins Precious Lip Gift Set (£20.00) comprises of a makeup bag containing a selection of Clarins mini lip products. There’s a mini Jolie Rouge Lipstick in shade 742, a mini Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, and 2x mini Instant Light Lip Perfectors.

And lastly, the Guerlain Ecrin 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette (£43.50) – Guerlain is another one of my favourite brands, so I thought I’d include one of their beautiful eyeshadow palettes. The palette in 02 Tonka Imperiale is full of neutral shades that can easily be worn by anyone, day or night.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning this amazing beauty bundle, all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will run for 4 weeks and is open to UK residents only – if you have any questions please feel free to ask, and good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Marc Jacobs 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Daisy White EDT

Posted on September 27, 2017

Hi Guys!

A white ago I was very excited to receive an amazing PR package, containing a beautiful Marc Jacobs limited edition fragrance, as well as an amazing pair of Marc Jacobs sliders – what a fantastic surprise!

The new Marc Jacobs Daisy Limited Edition fragrance has been created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the classic Daisy fragrance – from way back in 2007 when it originally launched, Daisy has come back time and time again with new flankers, from Daisy Dream, to the newer Daisy Kiss range, the fragrance is always beautiful and wearable…

This year, Marc Jacobs are celebrating 10 years of their award-winning Daisy fragrance with a limited edition white bottle containing the same original signature scent, in Daisy’s classic bottle with all white packaging. The glass has a shiny white finish with gold metallic logo to complement its oversized white and gold cap.

“A daisy is a friendly flower, not precious, not exotic, but it evokes a spirit in a lot of women.”
– Marc Jacobs

Daisy Marc Jacobs is the same classic, pure fragrance that’s charmingly simple with a signature quality. It transports you to a place that is optimistic, beautiful, and pure. The scent embodies the essence of the daisy girl who wears it: timeless, yet young-at-heart. She is a reminder to be open, loving, and playful while radiating positive energy. The bottle is the embodiment of sophistication and vintage charm. Inspired by its name, the daisy flower is turned into a whimsical bottle shape. The weighted block of clear glass with soft, rounded edges is classic and luxurious, while the scattering of daisies blooming from the rounded gold metal hardware creates an unexpected, retro-cool twist.

The top of the fragrance opens with juicy wild berries and a floral note of soft white violets, leaving an irresistibly fresh and radiant scent on the skin. At the heart, an infusion of velvety jasmine wraps with each note, enhancing the vibrancy of the florals. A dreamy drydown of sandalwood imparts an aura of warmth and sensuality creating a delicate and romantic contrast within the fragrance.

  • Top Notes: Wild Berries, White Violet
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Infusion
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood

If you’re a fan or collector of Marc Jacobs fragrances, this is definitely not one to miss! The Limited Edition Daisy White EDT is £78.00 for 100ml and available now at FeelUnique, The Perfume Shop and Fragrance Direct.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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