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Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Collection

Posted on July 27, 2018

The latest collection from Smashbox is one of the most beautiful cosmetic collections I’ve seen so far this year. In collaboration with instagram star Vlada Haggerty (who’s also Smashbox’s Lip-Editor-in-Chief) the Petal Metal range combines high-shine metallic finishes with gorgeous rose gold hues.

The 16 piece curated collection features Vlada’s signature shade of rose gold. Inspired by her lip drip art (check out her amazing work at @vladamua) this magnetic makeup collection features Vlada-approved statement-makers for the face, eyes, lip and body.

“The beauty of this collection is that the shades don’t compete or create a dull, monochromatic effect. Instead, they complement every skin tone and together build beautiful layers of pink that add warmth, radiance and a bouquet of boldness to your look!” – Vlada Haggerty.

Firstly, I have the Petal Metal Shimmer Spray – this is an all-over, lightweight illuminating spray that mists on multi-dimensional pearls, leaving skin hydrated and radiant with a dewy glow. Each spritz captures and reflects light, making skin appear smoother and more luminous. You can use it on your face before applying makeup or on your body to make your skin look beautifully radiant. I tried my best to get a decent photo swatch, but the sparkles were so super fine they didn’t show up in my photos. This product really does give the most lovely dewy glisten to the skin – if you like a glowing, luminous complexion you should definitely give this a go.

I also have one of the Always On Petal Metal Liquid Lipsticks – there are three shades available, and I have XO, Vlada, which is a metallic rose gold. This liquid lipstick promises 8 hours of wear, and is packed with jojoba, apricot and sunflower oils to deliver a light, metallic matte sheen. The finish really is the perfect combination of metallic and matte, and one swipe gives amazing full opacity. I didn’t try this for the full 8 hours I must admit, but it did last a good few hours without wearing off at all.

And lastly the beautiful Petal Metal Powder Highlighter – again this is available in three shades, and I have Prismatic Pearl, which is a gorgeous iridescent rose gold.

The formula is a luxurious gel-powder with a super soft and silky feel. Prismatic Pearl is such an unusual shade too, it’s an intense pink, but has a bright gold with and almost green tinged irisdescent shine – you really have to try it yourself to see what I mean! If you love striking coloured highlighters like I do, this is a must have for your makeup collection!

Swatches above – Powder Highlighter in Prismatic Pearl (left), Liquid Lipstick in XO, Vlada (right).

The high-shine rose gold chrome packaging is just gorgeous, and I’m completely in love with the Powder Highlighter – the iridescent pink shade is just so striking and beautiful. I think I’ll also get great use out of the shimmer Spray too. This is such a gorgeous collection all round, and I definitely recommend you check out the products and try them if you can. What do you think of this collection? Let me know!

The Petal Metal Collection is available now at Smashbox and Boots.

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MAC Limited Edition Look in a Box: Endless Sunshine

Posted on July 26, 2018

Hello again! I hope you’re enjoying this heatwave? (I’m not, I’m hiding indoors with my fan!) Today I have one of the fab new ‘Look in a Box’ sets from MAC to share with you. As it says on the box, the Look in a Box sets contain everything you need to create a specific look. There are currently four ‘full face’ sets available, which include all the colour makeup you need. The one I have is called Endless Sunshine…

A lip and eye kit featuring beautiful bronzed shades, including Eyeshadows in Take Tan and To The Beach, Lipstick in Chili, Powder Blush in Endless Sunshine, Technakol liner in Photogravure, and In Extreme Dimension Lash.

The Endless Sunshine Look in a Box includes some gorgeous bronze and nude shades, as well as a head-turning bright red lipstick. Here’s what’s inside –

  • Eye Shadow in Take Tan: a gold with copper (frost finish)
  • Eye Shadow in To The Beach: a deep brown with gold sparkle (veluxe pearl finish)
  • Lipstick in Chili: a brownish orange-red (matte finish)
  • Powder Blush in Endless Sunshine: a warm taupe (matte finish)
  • Technakohl Liner in Photograveure: a soft black with brown undertones.
  • Extreme In Extreme Dimension Mascara in Black.

I’ve added up the cost of these products individually, and they come to exactly £100. This Set is only £49.50, so you’re really getting a fantastic deal!

The MAC Endless Sunshine Look In A Box Set is £49.50 and available now at MAC and ASOS.

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Guerlain Terracotta Summer Escape 2018 & Aqua Allegoria Passiflora Fragrance

Posted on July 13, 2018

I always get excited about Guerlain’s new collections – Guerlain is one of my all-time favourite brands, and their products are always so beautiful! I have a couple of makeup items from their latest Terracotta collection, as well as a brand new fragrance to share with you today…

Looking to get away from it all? Longing for summer? The Terracotta Summer Escape collection from Guerlain takes you on a journey… Set off straight away for three paradise islands, in the footsteps of sun-loving globetrotters keen to escape the everyday… Adventurous, romantic or sparkling, they have just one wish: to reveal the intensity of their tan, highlight their skin’s vibrant glow and wear the most beautiful colours. We follow their lead!

Firstly, the brand new Terracotta Cushion, this is described as a fresh and sun-kissed fluid foundation that looks to create a flawless tan and skin glowing with vitality – and it also includes added SPF20. I have shade Moyen (medium) and there’s also a lighter shade available (Naturel). I have to say even though this is a little on the dark side for me, it really does give a beautifully flawless, yet natural and luminous finish to the skin. The foundation itself is very lightweight feeling and can be easily built up with the applicator sponge included to give more coverage if needed. I honestly love this product and absolutely need to get the lighter version asap! This really is healthy glow makeup at its best!

And I also have the stunning Terracotta Route des Îles Collector’s Powder. You know when you have a product that’s so pretty that you don’t want to use it and ‘ruin’ it? I’m having this problem right now!

This gorgeous tan enhancing bronzer has a real nautical feel to it – it’s housed in a luxurious (environmentally sound) mahogany wood compact inspired by yacht decks, and the powder itself is embossed with a striking compass motif. It offers two tones of bronzer to warm and brighten the complexion, and the powder itself is a combination of the best-selling Terracotta shade 03 – the finish is subtly iridescent, radiant and yet incredibly natural, and the centre of the powder is a gorgeous apricot shade which can be swirled in with the bronzer or used on its own as a blush. This is just such a stunning product, it’s definitely a must-have for fans of the brand.

And on to fragrance now, I also have one of the latest additions to the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Fresh Fragrances Collection, Passiflora EDT

The Aqua Allegoria collection reinvents the simplicity of botanical accords as crystal clear as water, gathered from all the gardens of the world. The result is a delicious wave of fresh fragrances, tender shades and cheerful moods. Eaux de Toilette that combine the freshness of a Cologne with the lingering trail of a Guerlain perfume, majestically showcasing Calabrian bergamot, an essential ingredient in any Aqua Allegoria fragrance.

Aqua Allegoria Passiflora EDT is a beautiful summer scent, described as a fruity-citrus fragrance with solar facets, it’s inspired by the desire to escape to a faraway garden in tropical lands. Passiflora EDT is a wonderfully fresh and enticing, yet energising scent, opening with top notes of bergamot mingled with drips of tangy passion fruit and energising lemon. Sun-drenched and glittering, the heart of mandarin juice, juicy grapefruit and the crystal-clear waters of a sparkling lagoon lead to a sunny aroma of sensual ylang-ylang at the base, together creating a must-try stunning summertime scent.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Passion Fruit, Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Mandarin Juice, Aquatic Note, Grapefruit
  • Base Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom

All the above products are available now at Debenhams.

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New Launches from Winky Lux!

Posted on July 10, 2018

This is my first ever experience of Winky Lux products, and I’m so excited to try them! Winky Lux is a relatively new brand, based in New York. They instantly rose to fame a few years ago due to their beautiful and unusual Flower Lip Balms, and the brand now offers a curated selection of innovative and cutely-packaged beauty products…

WINKY LUX strives to excite and delight with new trends, innovative packaging and luxurious ingredients and their latest launches are no exception. Saying “ Boy Bye” to parabens, sulfates, gluten, phthalates and animal testing, Winky Lux products are housed in ultra-dreamy, Instagram worthy packaging to bring you the ultimate in cosmetic indulgence. So sit back, grab a cuppa Joe and welcome these newcomers to the WINKY LUX stage…

First on the list is the rather gorgeously packaged White Tea Tinted Veil Moisturiser (£19.00) – This tinted moisturiser is infused with calming White Tea and Pomegranate extract to pamper and protect, and it also includes Vitamins A, & E nourish the skin. It has a lightweight formula, that provides a sheer hint of colour as well as protecting from UV rays with broad spectrum SPF30. Though this is a moisturiser, it gives coverage more light a light foundation. The finish is natural looking and perfect for the current hot weather. It comes in 5 shades, and I have Medium which is a little on the dark side for me, but I know it’ll be perfect for when I (if I ever) get a tan!

I also have the new Pucker Up Lip Plumper in Pink Lemonade – You’ll know what I mean when I say this is one of those ‘tingly’ plumping lip glosses. It applies clear and help gives lips an enhanced, plump feeling, and it also smells like lemonade! And one of the Disco Kitten Glosses in shade Foxy – this is a colour changing lip gloss that starts off as a clear base with orange-gold glitter flecks, then changes to a light pink tint when applied to the lips.

I also have three gorgeous lip balms – the Flower Balm (which isn’t a new launch) is Winky Lux’s best selling lip stain. It applies on clear an instantly reacts with your skin’s pH levels, to give your lips a unique pink tint. It also has a lovely coconut scent, and contains a real Chrysanthemum flower in the centre of the lipstick.

The Watermelon Jelly Balm has the same pH-activated ingredients as the Flower Balm, but this one has a gorgeous mouth-watering watermelon scent. It’s essentially a tinted lip balm that just looks super cute!

And lastly the Matcha Lip Treatment – this is a clear-finish, nourishing lip balm, designed to both protect and repair the lips. It contains Green Tea Powder to stimulate collagen production, Coconut Oil, which is naturally antibacterial and provides a protective moisture barrier while it nourishes, Avocado Oil which is a vitamin-packed, super food with long-lasting power, Vitamin C to help repair dry, chapped lips, and lastly Food-Grade Vanilla which makes the balm smell gorgeously edible. I’m in love with the scent of this balm, I think it’s my favourite out of the above products. I’ve used it a couple of times now and it really does leave my lips feeling amazingly soft.

The above products are all available now at Winky Lux, Boots and Free People.

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Latest in Beauty X Grazia Beauty Box

Posted on July 8, 2018

Lastest in Beauty are well known for their special limited edition boxes, and their latest collaboration with Grazia looks like it’s definitely one worth considering…

From the latest beauty game-changers to the bona fide cult classics, Grazia’s Beauty Director has hand-picked the summer products you need in your life (and on your face). Expect a seriously special edit of savvy skincare, healthy hair heroes, mega make-up and more worth over £300!

Here’s a list of everything included in the box –

(And because this is an expensive box, I wanted to make sure you’re definitely getting your money’s worth, so I’ve also roughly worked out the value of each product too)

  • Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum (full size 30ml worth £80.00)
  • Clarins Lipstick shade 742 Joli Rouge (mini worth £22.00)
  • Givenchy La Rouge Perfecto No.2 in Intense Pink (full size worth £28.00)
  • This Works Perfect Legs Skin Protector SPF30 (full size 100ml worth £40.00)
  • Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask (15ml worth about £17.00)
  • Elemis Peptide 4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil (10ml worth £18.80)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (13g worth £13.50)
  • Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale (5ml worth about £8.00)
  • Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Peels (1 set of 3 peels, worth about £9.90)
  • Moroccanoil Treatment Oil Original (25ml worth about £13.45)
  • Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast (95ml worth £14.00)
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Strawberry Margarita (full size worth £9.95)
  • Lumene Valo Nordic C Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist (50ml worth about £8.95)
  • St Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Mousse (50ml worth about £7.75)
  • Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (9ml worth about £7.85)
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (full size worth £8.99)
  • Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring 3 Pack (full size pack of 3 worth £4.00)
  • Wetbrush Bombshell Blue Detangler (full size worth £11.99)

Total Value = £324.13

Wow, I have to say I’m really impressed! Latest in Beauty have including a fab selection of products and brands (hello full size Givenchy lip balm!) I must admit I did think it would be a bit of a reach for these products to add up to £300, but I’ve done the maths and everything totals well over £300 – so this is actually a fantastic deal!

The Latest in Beauty X Grazia Beauty Box is available now at Latest in Beauty.

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Simply Beautiful Collection Skincare First Impressions

Posted on July 4, 2018

Something I want to do more on TSNC moving forward, is try out, test, review and and talk about smaller and lesser known brands. It think it’s now harder than ever for smaller, and also newer brands to get noticed in such a saturated market – and as consumers we know it’s always tempting to experience something new when it comes to beauty, so I hope you’re as excited as I am about discovering some new awesome cosmetics and skincare in the coming months!

So on this note, I was very excited to recently receive a package from a brand I’d never heard of before – SBC Gels. Simply Beautiful Collection (SBC) is a British beauty brand, and funnily enough they’re actually based just up the road from me, at Needham Market in Suffolk, yay for local brands! 😀

They were founded in 1988, and offer fuss-free, practical, effective, and affordable products, including skincare gels, moisturisers, serums, polishes, and cleansers, as well as much more. The brand is eco-friendly and cruelty-free, and use only the finest quality naturally derived ingredients to create natural skincare and body care that they promise really works.

SBC Kindly sent over a couple of their latest products from the ‘Collagen’ range, including their best-selling cleanser, the Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser along with a Skin Shammy to use with it. Also, one of their latest launches, the Collagen Body Polish. 

Firstly, the Collagen 3-in-1 Cleanser – this is described as an effective triple-action facial cleanser that removes all traces of make-up, dirt, oil and impurities, while mildly exfoliating the skin for a softer, smoother and brighter complexion. This is recommended for mature, dull and dry skin types.

So first impressions – this is a decent 250ml sized bottle, which I think is really reasonable for £26.00. The cleanser itself is a luxuriously thick cream, and I can just tell by the texture that my dry skin is going to love it! It also has a lovely light scent – I can be quite put off by overly scented products but this is spot on, just light and floral and fresh.

I’ve used this cleanser a few times now and it really does live up to its claims. I just realised I forgot to include the shammy in my pictures, I must have left it in the bathroom! I used the shammy along with the cleanser as instructed – you just massage one or two pumps on to dry skin, over the eyes, face and neck, then gently wipe off with the shammy and warm water. It left my face completely cleansed, soft and supple.

I also have the Collagen Body Polish – this is a sumptuous body polish, rich in Collagen and Vitamin E to revitalise tired skin. The texture is thick, yet light, and includes super fine pumice beads to gently buff away dead skin cells, promising to leave your skin feeling silky-soft and nourished, with long lasting moisture.

Again I’ve also used this a few times now, and it really is fantastic! If your skin’s on the sensitive side like mine is, then any product that’s ‘exfoliating’ can be a bit of a minefield. The pumice beads in the Collagen Body Polish are so-so tiny though, that they’re completely non-abrasive, yet give a decent level of light exfoliation that leaves skin feeling super soft and silky. The Collagen Body Polish also has the same light, fresh scent as the Cleanser, so I’m a happy bunny all round!

If you have sensitive skin like I do, and you’re interested in eco-friendly, cruelty free skincare, as well as supporting smaller, local brands, I highly recommend you check out the fantastic range of products that SBC offer!

The above products are available to purchase now at SBC Gels.

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Clean Reserve Avant Garden EDP Collection #UnlockTheAvantGarden

Posted on July 3, 2018

Clean Reserve is a fragrance brand that I really don’t think gets enough credit. If you’re not familiar with them, Clean Reserve are a fantastic pioneer of simple, no fuss, eco-conscious fragrances. They use only the finest ingredients which they grow themselves and harvest responsibly. All their scents are manufactured using 100% solar energy, and they also commit to supporting the lives and livelihoods of the farmers they work with.

The Avant Garden collection of six fragrances merges the structure of a traditional clean linear eau de parfum with a luxurious niche approach – it’s an organic extension of Clean Reserve’s mission to conscientiously source raw ingredients that are cultivated using environmentally sound harvesting practices. The collection is completely cruelty-free, free of phthalates, preservatives, gluten and artificial dyes, as well as being infused with safe molecular naturals and sustainable notes such as mandarin, cardamom, and sandalwood.

“The sustainable flowers from the farm in the original Clean Reserve collection have morphed together creating a fantastical world where two unlikely notes blend together in a lush, secret garden,” said Greta Fitz, VP Global Marketing & Product Development, Fusion Brands America, Inc. “Each fragrance is comprised of two unlikely notes where together they make a magical, beautiful fragrance that has never before been experienced.” 

The Clean Reserve Avant Garden collection includes six fragrances:

  • Galbanum & Rain: This fresh and woody fragrance is crafted with eco-conscious and sustainable notes of galbanum, Sichuan pepper, clearwood, cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver.
  • Hemp & Ginger: Blends cardamom, Sichuan pepper and elemi for a multi-faceted earthy scent.
  • Muget & Skin: Cardomom, jasmine, clearwood and patchouli bring a feeling of warmth in this sophisticated scent.
  • Saguaro Blossom & Sand: Mimosa, jasmine, lavender flower, and rose create a unique scent that is inviting and intriguing.
  • Sweetbriar & Moss: This non-traditional floral scent contains rose, Sichuan pepper and lychee rose for an unexpected elegant finish.
  • White Amber & Warm Cotton: A fresh twist on the classic ‘Warm Cotton’ scent, notes of mandarin, bergamot and sandalwood provide depth to the comforting scent of cotton. 

I have Saguaro Blossom & Sand, which is a wonderfully delicate, lightly feminine scent. It’s a dry, woody floral, both bright and modern. It’s fresh yet warm, with dewy, airy accords that linger on the skin for hours. I also have Sweetbriar & Moss which is pretty similar to Saguaro Blossom & Sand, it’s again more of a feminine scent, but not overly so. It’s also a dry woody floral – classic and daring, and again leaves a beautiful trail of scent on the skin.

The Clean Reserve Avant Garden Eau de Parfum collection (£129.00 for 100ml) is available now exclusively at Space NK.

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