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Huda Beauty Latest Launches – Worth the Splurge?

Posted on October 23, 2018

I have a few of Huda’s latest launches to share with you today – let’s start by looking at the Rose Gold Remastered Palette!

I probably don’t have to explain that the Rose Gold Remastered Palette is a re-launch of Huda’s original Rose Gold Palette. My first thought would be why re-launch a product that isn’t actually that old? Well Huda explained that the original Rose Gold Palette was basically the best she could do at the time due to financial constraints, and now the company is doing well, she wanted to launch the palette again with both improved formulas and packaging.

The Rose Gold Remastered Palette promises redesigned shades with creamier, more intense pigmentation. It includes 18 luxurious, talc free eyeshadows in four key textures – 8 buttery mattes, 8 melted metal shadows, 1 wet & dry black shadow and 1 pressed pearls shadow. The outer packaging also showcases Huda’s own favourite look and includes a large mirror (which wasn’t included in the original palette)

I’ve included Huda’s own swatches as mine were unfortunately quite abysmal. So, all shades in this palette have been ‘remastered’ with some also being removed and completely changed. In terms of updates from the original palette, the mattes we’re definitely the best improvement to me, they’re much better in terms of pigmentation and they feel easier to work with too – I particularly love shades Doll Face and Demure. The Melted Metal shadows can now be applied with a brush too, yay! These were slightly problematic in the original palette as brush application literally did nothing, and not everyone likes applying makeup with their fingers. The new Melted Metals are also now wonderfully buttery smooth and give the most beautiful high shine finish. The one shade which I wasn’t wowed on though was Black Truffle. This is the only one which has been designed to be used both wet and dry (dry as an eyeshadow and wet as a liner) and I found this didn’t give a very intense black as an eyeliner unfortunately. The rest of the palette more than makes up for this though as I know wouldn’t use this as an eyeliner any way.

Overall, this is a gorgeous palette, but it’s definitely not a must have if you already have the original Rose Gold palette. The Remastered palette is a great upgrade, offering more intense pigmentation, and the shadows just overall feel improved compared to the original.

I also have the #FauxFilter Foundation – this is very much a full coverage foundation, available in 30 shades, promising a flawless long-lasting finish. Described as an ‘intelligent liquid’, this foundation contains hydrating Argan Oil and Centella Asiatica to help the formula blend seamlessly into the skin, giving a radiant matte powder finish that’s neither dry nor cakey.

Firstly, I picked Vanilla, which is completely the wrong shade (I always think I’m paler than I am) – so I decided to try the foundation out on a day where I didn’t have to go out and horrify the public. My mid-thirties skin isn’t always a fan of matte finish foundations, as they tend to leave my complexion looking a bit flat and feeling dry, which then requires more products to rectify. The FauxFilter Foundation promises a matte yet luminous finish (somehow!) so I was interested to see how it would work.

Well, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. This did not cling to any dry areas, it didn’t feel drying, and it didn’t make my face look older than my years! I liked the matte finish, it wasn’t too matte, it was nice, flawless, and as natural as I think you can get for a full coverage foundation. I wouldn’t say this gives any luminosity like the description says, and I will say this is a heavier feeling foundation – you can notice this is on the skin, which may be an issue or may not depending on personal preference. Overall I liked the finish, it was very full coverage, even with the smallest amount of product – this will literally cover everything. Personally, I’d probably save this foundation for ‘going out, out’ evening wear rather than every day use.

The Easy Bake Loose Powder is another new product, and came with plenty of controversy, but I’m not going to get into that now. This loose powder has been designed to create an airbrushed, long-lasting complexion whilst blurring the appearance of pores and fine lines, and holding makeup in place all day long.

Again, powders and baking can also be problematic for me. I have dry skin, and the fact that I’m the wrong side of 30 means I have to be careful with any sort of under eye coverage. The Easy Bake Loose Powder comes in a selection of shades for all skin tones (I have shade Pound Cake), and it has a super light and silky texture. I found that if I dusted it on lightly it worked really well setting my under eye concealer, it definitely kept my makeup in place and didn’t feel too drying. It’s also great for controlling shine on other areas of the face too.

And the Demi Matte Lipsticks – the perfect antidote to those that are very much over the super-matte lip trend, Huda’s new Demi Matte lipsticks promise the perfect combination of a comfortable, hydrating cream liquid lipstick with a non-moving, velvety, satin finish.

The idea of a Demi-matte liquid lipstick really appeals – something that stays put but doesn’t feel drying on the lips sounds like a Godsend. These liquid lipsticks include something called ‘Maxi-Lip™’ to stimulate collagen and hydrate, as well as hint of menthol, to give a temporary cooling effect and tingling sensation to leave lips looking visibly plumper.

The product itself has a thick, creamy formula, that gives a fully opaque finish in one swipe. I’d say the finish is shinier than what I’d expect from a Demi-matte – though if you choose to blot, this definitely mattifies the finish.

I have to say I’m in love with these lipsticks. I have shades Mogul, a light nude pink, Boy Collector an intense true red, and Day Slayer, a light nude beige. All three shades are very comfortable on the lips, and have an element of dry down that helps them stay put, but without drying the lips in any way.

(I just wanted to add a quick note here to let you know I’ll be reviewing the Precious Stones Palettes in a separate post – look out for this in the next few days!)

Overall, I’m really impressed with all the above products, and I’m really looking forward to the New Nude Palette next, it looks so pretty! Are you loving any Huda Beauty products right now? Let me know! xx

Huda Beauty products are available to buy from Feelunique now.

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Feelunique The Little Beauty Parcel Advent Calendar **FULL CONTENTS SPOILER**

Posted on October 12, 2018

I have quite a few fantastic beauty advent calendars to share with you over the next couple of weeks, the first one on the list though is the Feelunique Little Beauty Parcel Advent Calendar…

This calendar includes 24 days of beauty treats, from some of Feelunique’s favourite premium and sought after brands. The calendar itself is designed to look like a fairy-tale storybook, featuring intricate, laser-cut doors which open to reveal a very sweet story – the tale of The Little Beauty Parcel – a Feelunique package on a magical, snow-filled journey to reach its ultimate destination – you!

Each box includes deluxe mini products, covering makeup, skincare, hair and accessories, and there are also a few full sized products to be found too, such as a full sized Lime Crime Diamond Crusher Liquid Lipstick, A Sleek Makeup Highlighter Palette and a Ciate Mascara to name just a few.

The products add up to a total of £250.00, and with the Advent Calendar costing only £75.00, it’s the perfect treat for beauty lovers in the run up to Christmas.

The Little Beauty Parcel 24 Day Beauty Calendar includes:

  • FILORGA Time-Filler 15ml
  • Percy & Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish 30ml
  • EOS Organic Lip Balm 7g – Pomegranate Raspberry
  • INIKA Mineral Blush 3g – Blooming Nude
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish 28g
  • It’s Skin Power 10 VC Serum 10ml
  • Nails Inc Sparkle Like A Unicorn Sheet Mask 20ml
  • Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick – Bombshell 4.2g
  • Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum 5ml
  • REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic 50ml
  • KMS Moistrepair Shampoo 75ml
  • KMS Moistrepair Conditioner 75ml
  • Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment 28g
  • James Read H2O Tan Drops Face 30ml
  • Ciaté London Wonderwand Mascara 9.5g
  • MAKE UP FOREVER Ultra HD Skin Booster 4.5ml
  • Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil 30ml
  • Lime Crime Diamond Crushers 4.1ml – Heirloom
  • Sigma P82 – Precision Round™ Brush
  • Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream 25ml
  • Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette 9g – Solstice
  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Original Solid Formula 30g
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Hand Therapy 25g
  • Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream 15ml

Some of my favourite treats are the Nails Inc Mask, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (as this is something I’ve been wanting to try), the Lime Crime Diamond Crusher Liquid Lipstick and the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. This advent calendar really does include a fantastic selection of products, and is very reasonably priced at £75.00.

The Feelunique Little Beauty Parcel Advent Calendar is available now at Feelunique  

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Too Faced Melted Matte-tallic Liquid Lipsticks

Posted on October 11, 2018

Too Faced have so many new products launching right now, there’s the 20th Anniversary Collection, the Tutti Fruity Collection, and not forgetting the brand new Christmas gift sets! Today however, I have some of their latest lipsticks from the Melted range – the Melted Matte-tallics…

Drench lips in an uber – luxurious, velvety matte formula that coats lips in a unique, brushed metal matte finish. The formula remains lighweight and comfortable with up to 24 hours wear, without compromising on the dazzling dimensional matte effect.

The Melted Matte-tallic lipsticks come in 13 shades, and the ones I have above are as follows –

  • Faking It – a warm toned medium nude.
  • Breakup Makeup– a pretty nude pink.
  • Bitch, I’m Too Faced – an intense true red.
  • I Wanna Rock With You – a deep burgundy.
  • Scream My Name – an intense deep purple.
  • The Real Teal – a deep blue toned teal.
  • Magic Metal Transformer – different from the above lipsticks, the Transformer uses opalescent prismatic pearls to give the lips an iridescent finish. This has been made to use over liquid lipsticks, or on its own.

Firstly I must apologise as I just couldn’t get the photos of my swatches to do justice to the unusual metallic yet matte finish, so I’ve attached a stock photo of swatches which I think is pretty good. (Note the far right swatch is the teal shade with the Transformer on top)

The liquid formula is smooth and light, and feels comfortable to wear – it is slightly drying but I think that’s to be expected with most liquid lipsticks that fully dry down. Too Faced promise ’24-hour long-wearing color’ which I have no idea if it’s true or not. I’m not sure who could wear a lipstick for 24 hours straight! Anyway, the finish like I’ve already mentioned, is quite unusual. Too Faced describes it really well – ‘brushed metal’ is the term they use – metallic, yet matte. They kind of have a sheen, but no shine. It’s definitely something different! In terms of wear, they do last a long time, and are completely transfer proof when they dry down. I actually think these are pretty fun and different, and definitely worth checking out if you’re a Too Faced fan! My favourite shade is Breakup Makeup 🙂

Too Faced Melted Matte-tallic Liquid Lipsticks are available now at Debenhams and Too Faced.

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Amazing Shay & Blue QVC TSV Upcoming Collection!

Posted on October 9, 2018

Hello friends! I’ve had a bit of much-needed time off lately, but behind the scenes I’ve been planning plenty of awesome content for the blog, as well as something exciting for Christmas!

Today though, I wanted to share a rather exciting upcoming offer from one of my favourite fragrance brands, Shay & Blue.

Shay & Blue have teamed up with QVC Beauty to offer their second ever QVC Today’s Special Value (TSV) deal. Debuting from midnight on Thursday 18 October 2018, Dom DeVetta, Shay & Blue’s founder will reveal the exclusive opportunity to purchase two different Shay & Blue 4-Piece Fragrance Collections, for one day only.

Each set includes 1x100ml Eau de Parfum Spray, 1x200ml Body & Hand Wash, 1x200ml Body & Hand Lotion in either Atropa Belladonna or Black Tulip scents, and 1x10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in yet-to-be-released White Peaches.

Here’s a bit more about the products –

I have the gorgeous Black Tulip set which firstly includes the Black Tulip Natural Spray Fragrance 100ml (worth £55) – I won’t go into too much detail about this fragrance as you can read all about it in my previous review, but I will just say that this is a stunningly unique scent, it’s smooth and warm and just perfect for this time of year. Here are the fragrance notes –

  • Top Note – Snowdrops and cyclamen bring instant floral freshness.
  • Heart Note – Black tulip and plum bring a rounded richness to the heart of the composition.
  • Base Note – White chocolate and soft woods for a smooth finish.

The set also includes Black Tulip Extraordinarily Nourishing Light Lotion 200ml (worth £16) – This beautiful scented lotion is enriched with high performance ingredients including Aloe Vera leaf extract, Cocoa Seed Butter, Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oil. As it says in the name, this is a light feeling lotion, that’s quickly absorbed into the skin without leaving residue.

And Black Tulip Gentle Skin Conditioning Wash 200ml (worth £16) – This gently foaming body wash leaves skin scented with the gorgeous Black Tulip scent, whilst cleansing and conditioning the skin.

And lastly, the set includes a yet-to-be released fragrance – White Peaches EDP Fragrance 10ml (worth £25.00). White Peaches won’t be available until Spring 2019, so this is the perfect opportunity to be one of the first to try it!

‘Enjoy the essence of summer with the delicate, cooling fragrance of White Peaches. Fruity notes of soft ripe fruit are balanced with refreshing elderflower granita.’

  • Top Note – Juicy soft fruit exude the essence of summer.
  • Heart Note – Cooling elderflower granita lifts the sweetness.
  • Base Note – Earthy silver birch wood lingers for a warm finish.

This Shay & Blue 4-Piece Fragrance Collection is worth over £112.00 and will be only £50.00 for ONE DAY ONLY, from midnight Thursday 18th October 2018 at QVC – get that date in your diary now!

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Introducing The Debenhams Beauty Club Community #LetsTalkBeauty

Posted on September 14, 2018

If you want to chat about makeup, skincare or fragrance with likeminded people, where do you go? Twitter? Facebook groups? Reddit?? Well, Debenhams have now launched their very own Beauty Club Community, bringing together beauty lovers across the globe to chat, give and receive advice, share their passions and much much more.

I have to say I’m actually surprised this hasn’t been thought of before – a dedicated space where enthusiasts can come together to share their love of beauty – it sounds fantastic!

The idea here is that the Beauty Club Community combines elements such as a chat forum where you can subscribe to specific interest groups (eg skincare, makeup etc), with plenty of extra elements such as live chats with beauty experts, artists, bloggers and influencers, exclusive content from beauty editors, exciting competitions, treats and rewards, as well as your own personalised profile page. It sounds like a beauty lover’s dream!

You can head over to the Clubhouse for general beauty chat, post any burning questions you may have, as well as joining in with other conversations. You can also earn badges and climb ranks up the leaderboards. Or check out the Blog, to find out about new products, tips and tricks, as well as finding out which free beauty samples Debenhams are offering!

Most importantly though, this club is designed for everyone and anyone – whether you’re total beginner or beauty expert, everyone is welcome.

The Debenhams Beauty Club Community is such a fantastic, innovative space, I’m excited to start using it!  Make sure you head over to the Debenhams Beauty Club Community homepage to check it all out!

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Summer 2018 New Must Try Skincare!

Posted on August 9, 2018

Happy Thursday everyone! I have a few brand new summer skincare products to share with you today – enjoy!

Let’s start with the Starskin 7 Second Morning Mask – technically, this isn’t really a mask, these are double sided pads designed to be used in the morning to clean and prep the skin for the day ahead. One side of the pad has small beads to massage, exfoliate, remove dead skin cells and increase hydration, and the other applies a serum and moisturiser whilst ‘masking’ for a skin plumping hydration boost, leaving skin feeling soft and dewy. The idea is that this is a 7-in-1 product offering everything your morning skincare routine requires, in one handy pad. This is perfect for those that don’t want the hassle of a long morning routine – I love this product!

Next I have the Glamglow Instamud– this is a foaming treatment mask designed to instantly refine pores and even the skin tone, promising to leave skin smooth and soft in only 60 seconds. It contains bentonite, kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera, and licorice root, and the micro-bubbling mud activates on contact with your skin to energize and invigorate while it perfects your complexion. I LOVE a bubbly mask, and this one does the trick without upsetting my sensitive skin, awesome!

Continuing with the bubbles, this is the Hello Jo Speak Up! Bubble Lip Mask – rather than a ‘grainy’ lip exfoliator, this works with enzymes, antioxidants and Vitamins A and C which break down dead skin cells to leave lips feeling renewed and resurfaced. You simply rub it on and watch the mask bubble up – I love how this makes my lips feel so smooth and nourished.

For cleansers, firstly I have the fantastic SVR Physiopure Cleansing Micellar Water Pure & Mild – this micellar water cleanser has been specifically developed for sensitive skin (yay!). The lightweight liquid purifies and detoxifies skin, and it eliminates dirt and all traces of makeup without over-drying or leaving skin feeling tight. This is a fantastic cleanser if you have sensitive skin.

And the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Foaming Cleanser– this cleanser purifies and detoxifies the skin of impurities. It contains natural cucumber extract, sugarcane and sugar maple extract to encourage cell turnover whilst calming and soothing irritated skin, and glycerin and sodium PCA to cleanse and hydrate the skin whilst locking in moisture to reveal a healthier, refreshed appearance. It’s also good to know this cleanser is also alcohol and sulphate free!

The Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster is perfect for those with sensitive skin that may not be able to use a high strength retinol. It contains a powerful blend of eight targeted peptides, where each one addresses a specific anti-ageing concern, from loss of radiance and uneven skin tone to fine lines and wrinkles. Together with skin-restoring ingredients such as amino acids, antioxidants and hydrators, the Peptide Booster strengthens and protects the skin’s barrier and increases natural resilience. I’ve used this a few times now and I’m SO impressed with the results! It instantly makes my skin look and feel brighter, fresher and more radiant. This product is a must try!

Gatineau Perfection Ultime Radiance Energizing Eye Concentrate – if you have issues with puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, then this one’s for you. This serum has a super lightweight consistency that instantly absorbs into the skin to leave the eye area feeling silky smooth and instantly refreshed. The formula includes horse chestnut seed extract and yeast extract to boost circulation, smooth lines and reduce inflammation, and sweet almond oil which promotes smooth, plump and youthful-looking skin. It also provides long lasting hydration, helping to refresh and soothe tired eyes.

Continuing with eyes, I LOVE a good eye patch, and the Peter Thomas Roth Hydra Gel Eye Patches are just fantastic. The formula contains cucumber extract, allantoin, chamomile, aloe, niacinimide, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, hydrolyzed collagen, caffeine and arnica to awaken the appearance of tired eyes and diminish dark circles and puffiness. These patches leave my eye are feeling amazingly soothed and refreshed – I’ve been keeping mine in the fridge!

The Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly – is a super lightweight water-jelly designed to deliver 24-hour hydration repair, plus pollution protection. This jelly features Clinique’s Clean Shield Technology and is formulated with a blend of sunflower seed cake, barley extract and cucumber fruit extract to strengthen skin’s barrier, improve its resiliency, and balance and retain skin’s moisture levels. I love the texture of this jelly, it’s so light and it absorbs into the skin super quickly without leaving any residue. This is a must-try if you’re looking for a light feeling product that leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

And another brand that I’ve just come across is Cinch. The Cinch Face Cheat Moisturiser + Glow – is a spray moisturiser that also lightly illuminates the skin, whilst helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, minimise the look of pores and prime your skin ready for make-up application. This is definitely worth a try if you have dull and lacklustre skin.

Bali Body Bronzing Lotion – this is a fast absorbing light-weight moisturiser, combining fake tanning with the benefits of a skincare product. This vegan, antioxidant-rich Bronzing Lotion contains Vitamin E and natural oils to hydrate and smooth the skin, whilst organic caramel extract provides an instant bronzed glow. This gives you a lovely natural looking glow, whilst leaving skin feeling amazingly soft.

And last but not least, the This Works In Transit Pollution Shield – this spray contains moisturising hyaluronic acid, with chamomile extract and aloe vera to soothe skin and calm redness and irritation, and a polysaccharide pollution shield which inhibits the attack of carbon particles, particulate matter and heavy metals as you go about your day. This protective mist will help prevent signs of ageing and keep skin looking fresh and hydrated throughout the day with make-up held in place, whilst defending against environmental aggressors and pollutants.

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Penhaligon’s Hidden London Collection: Marylebone Wood EDP

Posted on August 3, 2018

At last Friday is here! I hope you’ve been having a lovely week? I’ve been incredibly busy, and I’m now trying to catch up with everything!

Today I have a gorgeous new fragrance from Penhaligon’s to share with you. Their latest olfactory collection, The Hidden London Collection, has just launched with a trio of elegant eau de parfum fragrances, inviting us to discover the city…

Some would say there is no better way to discover a city than by foot. Indeed, how else to get to truly know a city than to lose oneself into its streets? They might also say that there is no better way to travel than with the power of scent. Whether through the generally uplifting effect it has on one’s soul, whether because of childhood associations with Nanny, the Library; or the soft skin of a cherished lover, fragrance is a journey. Penhaligon’s invites you now on a journey through London. Hidden London invites you on a tour around its streets, to discover what remains hidden until we truly look.

The collection includes three fragrances named after boroughs in London: Belgravia Chypre, Kensington Amber, and Marylebone Wood.

Elegant, refined and classic, Marylebone Wood is a fragrance that makes an understated statement. It reeks of a luxury and sophistication, in a way that only a Penhaligon’s fragrance can. I’d say this is definitely a more masculine scent, though it’s still definitely on the unisex spectrum and of course it can be worn by anyone.

Intimate, characterful elegance, Marylebone has a feeling of home about it. A winding lane, Georgian brick houses, Sherlock Holmes’s abode, and the Wallace Collection, as well as its proximity to London’s parks; all are a breath of fresh air.

Marylebone Wood is quintessentially British, its no doubt a modern scent, whilst offering a distinct nod to London’s rich history. This is a beautifully formal scent, with notes of dry smoky sandalwood, a mossy vetiver, and creamy warm patchouli – simply beautiful.

  • Top Notes: Grapefruit
  • Heart Notes: No Heart Notes
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, vetiver, Patchouli, Amber

The Penhaligon’s Hidden London Collection of fragrances is available now at Penhaligon’s and Harrods.

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