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Beauty: Eyes on MAC Tropical Cool Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette

Posted on May 30, 2017

Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW MAC Limited Edition Fruity Juicy Collection

Posted on May 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Fruity Juicy Collection is available now at MAC Cosmetics.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW Kat Von D Brightening Powders, Alchemy Palette & Nude Everlasting Lipsticks

Posted on May 18, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a few brand new products from Kat Von D to share with you today – there’s the stunning new Alchemy Holographic Palette, a trio of new Brightening Powders, Kat’s latest Setting Spray, and some brand new shades of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick that have just landed…

Starting with the new Lock-It Brightening Powders (£19.00 each at Debenhams) – these super fine powders are specifically designed with brightening particles to illuminate and smooth the under eye area, whilst setting makeup and without caking up your foundation and concealer. Personally I’m starting to get a few fine lines and creases under my eyes, and really struggle with hiding them. I found the Lock-It Brightening Powders to be extremely lightweight, and shade Petal worked really well for me to set my under eye area (as well as the rest of my face) – you could still see ever so slight lines, but this is easily one of the most effective powders I’ve used so far. The Lock-It Brightening Powder comes in three lightly tinted shades to suit different skin tones –

  • Petal – for light skin tones
  • Peach – for medium skin tones
  • Golden – a universal shade also for brightening deep complexions

Next the Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist (£20.00 at Debenhams) – this lightly scented super fine mist is perfect for ‘locking in’ makeup for long periods of time. I love that the bottle sprays such a fine mist, that smells and feels instantly refreshing. It also doesn’t feel heavy or or too wet like some setting sprays do, and it doesn’t leave any residue on the skin either. Kat promises 24 hours of flawless makeup with the Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist – and I can’t vouch for the full 24 hours, but it did make a full face of makeup last a whole day and evening for me, so I’m very happy with it.

And also the Alchemist Face & Eye Highlighter Palette (£25.00 at Debenhams) has just launched in the UK – at last! You can probably guess this palette was inspired by the ancient science of alchemy (this is the medieval art of turning base materials into precious metals such as gold) and I think this palette follows the theme rather nicely.

The palette contains four multi-use shades which have been formulated with Double Dimension technology, meaning each prismatic powder has been submerged in a refractive coating to catch the light from every angle – giving a spectrum of luminizing special effects. Very fancy! 😀

The shadows work well on their own, but particularly come to life when used as ‘toppers’, transforming other eyeshadows (or liquid lipsticks) with beautiful iridescent finishes.

The pans themselves aren’t particularly exciting to look at (you’ll see in my image above they look quite pale and plain) but the shadows really come to life on application. The four shades are all simply stunning and catch the light beautifully –

  • Emerald – light green
  • Amethyst – ultra violet
  • Saphyre – light blue
  • Opal – pink

And lastly, the Everlasting Lipstick Nudes (£17.00 at Debenhams) – the Everlasting Lipsticks have been around for quite a while now, and Kat has recently added six new nude shades to the range. If you’re a fan of liquid lipsticks, the Everlasting Lipsticks are a must have for your collection – they’re one of my favourite formulas feeling creamy and comfortable on application, and once dry they will literally last all day without wearing off. They also contain natural moisturizers, such as Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax. These are the new shades (the asterisked shades are swatched above) –

  • Crucifix* – a deep chocolate brown.
  • Hawkwind* – a warm terracotta toned brown.
  • Sanctuary – a light nude brown.
  • Ludwig – a nude light brown, slightly lighter than Bow N Arrow.
  • Ophelia – a peachy light nude, slightly lighter than Ludwig.
  • Muneca* – a light bright peach.

I’m really impressed with everything I’ve been trying out, but I have to say I’ve been absolutely loving the Alchemist Palette, it’s so versatile and the colours are just stunning.

Kat Von D Makeup is available now exclusively at Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Illamasqua May Queen Collection

Posted on May 17, 2017

Hi Guys!

Illamasqua’s brand new collection May Queen has just launched, and it includes an edited selection of colour products for eyes, lips and face, in pretty muted hues, as well as a couple of popping bright shades which are perfect for Spring. I have the lowdown on some of the products for you today…

Hark back to beauty’s folklore, with Illamasqua’s new Spring collection. Beckoning the start of a new season, the May Queen captures the spirit of transformation. Leading the May Day procession away from Winter’s grasp into the rebirth of Spring, her floral crown is the embodiment of hope and prosperity. Use this annual renaissance to excite the imagination. Reincarnate your look. Become your own May Queen.

For the eyes, Illamasqua have included a new Pure Pigment to this collection in shade Muse (£17.50) – this is a beautiful light peach shade with an intense metallic shimmer finish. Due to both the shade and the high shine finish, this product can easily be used as a highlighter on fair to medium skin tones too. I’m looking forward to trying this on my cheekbones!

There are also three new Powder Eyeshadows (£17.00) in this collection. They all have a shimmer finish which looks pretty similar to the finish of the Pure Pigment; it’s a high-shine metallic that catches the sun beautifully. I have shade Invoke, which is described as a ‘zinc bronze shimmer’ and I’m completely in love with it. It’s a taupe bronze that’s easy to wear and will look gorgeous on tanned skin in the summer. The shades available are –

  • Ritual – a pink shimmer.
  • Invoke – a taupe bronze shimmer.
  • Maiden – a soft gold shimmer.

And lastly, I have two new Antimatter Lipsticks (£20.00) – this is my first experience with Illamasqua’s Antimatter lipsticks, and I’m definitely not disappointed. They offer long lasting intense colour, with a comfortable finish that’s a cross between a satin and a matte. The two new shades are Binary, a warm coral, and Charge, a hot pink. Charge feels slightly more satin to me, with Binary having more of a matte finish. Both are creamy and comfortable on the lips, and last for a good few hours before you need to re-apply.

There’s also a new Beyond Powder highlighter in this collection too, in shade Deity (£34.00). Unfortunately I don’t have this but you can Google it if you want to check out swatches. Deity looks like a stunning golden green, and if you like more unusual highlighters I definitely recommend you check it out.

The May Queen collection is available now at Illamasqua.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Primark PS… InstaGirl Makeup & Revive Skincare Collections

Posted on May 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been at least a few years since I last tried any makeup from Primark, so when I heard about the new InstaGirl makeup range and Revive Skinare collection, I was intrigued to see how their products have come on over the last few years…

The InstaGirl Collection is described as a selfie-ready cosmetics range, comprising of 17 pieces to offer quick fixes for all of your prep and prime needs. The base products have been specifically designed with feature enhancing blue pigments that reflect light and brighten the skin tone, and they also promise to be to be ‘flash proof’ – nobody wants flashback when you’re trying to take a selfie 😀

The products themselves are very ‘now’ both in terms of the packaging and the colour palette Primark have used. The packaging is clean and minimalist – perfect for including in your Insta photos, and the shades are all muted nudes. Subtle yet pretty, this collection is clearly marketed at the selfie generation. – I just hope the products perform as well as they look.

For the complexion, I have the Face Protecting Prime & Anti Shine Balm, which is a compact containing a solid balm and a flat sponge applicator. As I’m sure you can guess, the balm is supposed to prime and prevent shine – well personally I can tell you it did an ok job for me, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it if you have particularly oily skin.

The Perfecting Stick, is a slightly different primer designed to minimise the appearance of pores. I actually quite liked this one, it did the job as a primer and definitely helped give my foundation a more flawless finish.

And the Flash Photo Powder, which is a translucent powder with light reflecting blue pigments for photo ready skin. This isn’t the worst product in the world, but it did look pretty white on my (already pale) skin – maybe this could work if you’re super pale and looking for a finishing powder though.

For lips, the Intense Liquid Lipstick I have is a gorgeous muted nude greige-pink, and matching Kissproof Lipliner Pencil in Nude Selfie. I really love the colour, and the formula is pretty decent considering the price. This isn’t the sort of liquid lipstick that dries down, but I don’t really see that as a problem. It gave great coverage with only one swipe, and lasted a good few hours before I needed to re-apply.

And I also have the Lip Plump Gloss – which is a bit of an oxymoron as it supposedly has a matte finish! This is a tingly, and cooling clear gloss with a light minty scent, that has an invisible finish. It gives a light plumping feeling, which is very similar to Too Faced’s Lip Injection Glosses but not quite as intense.

There’s also an InstaGirl Fragrance – of course. This is a sweet girly scent, that would definitely appeal to younger generations, and it’s the perfect size for your handbag.

And lastly I have the One Coat Nail Lacquer in shade Nude Selfie which matches the lip products nicely. This is actually a fantastic polish, only taking one coat for full opaqueness. It didn’t last particularly long before chipping but I can definitely overlook that for the sake of the price.

Prices for the InstaGirl Collection range from £1.50 for the Lip Liners up to £6.00 for the Face Palette.

And the Revive collection is Primark’s first beauty range specifically created to soothe the body, relax the mind and lift the soul. The six-piece collection contains body scrubs, energizing sprays and natural oils to help relieve the stresses of modern day life.

I have the ginger and lemon Energising Spray, which is perfect to use first thing in the morning – revitalising the senses in just one pump. And the Anti Stress Spray which contains Lavender, Geranium and Ylang Ylang which can be used to ease feelings of stress and tension.

The Rose & Peony Perfume Oil has been designed to use on the pulse points, offering a fresh yet gentle floral scent that can be worn on a daily basis. And lastly the Massage Oil, which is definitely my favourite product out of the Revive collection. It contains Olive, Sweet Almond, Safflower, Soybean and Rose Flower oils to revitalise, calm the mind and nourish the body from head to toe.

Prices range from £1.50 to £3.00 for the Revive collection.

Overall I’m really impressed. I must admit I didn’t have the highest of hopes for these products just because of the price point, but in fact both collections really are pretty decent, and considering the prices, I think they’re definitely worth a look.

Have you tried any of these products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks #IWasHere

Posted on May 11, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a new lipstick collection to share with you today – the new Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks from Givenchy includes a selection of vibrant satin shades that promise to be the perfect lipstick for every occasion…

The Rouge Interdit Satin formula offers high-impact colour with an easy to wear satin finish, that promises to feel comfortable on the lips whilst lasting for hours on end. The lipsticks contain ultra fine micro-oils to give the product a super smooth and creamy lightweight texture. Givenchy is also the sole beauty brand to utilise precious Black Rose Oil, which they have included to help keep lips soft, supple and moisturised.

The Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks are available in 24 vivid shades, which are enhanced by the AbsoluteColour Complex. This contains micronized pigments which are ground into an oil selected for its dispersion qualities, allowing them to be distributed over the lips perfectly evenly, giving an opaque, non-streaky finish. Givenchy have also utilised liquid biron in the ingredients, which is made of highly reflective, perfectly even crystals that accentuate the depth and luminosity of each shade.

So you can see a lot of thought and technology has been put into these lipsticks! But I also want to mention the packaging – which is pretty unusual yet sleek and sophisticated, with a faux ribbon design down the side of the outer casing displaying the Givenchy logo, and an actual ribbon pull tag at the base of the lipsticks, so you can easily pull them out of their cases. I really like the luxe touch of the ribbon details as it makes the lipsticks feel very high end and unique.

I have five shades out of the 24 available (Left to right)

  • 11 Orange Underground – a muted teracotta orange.
  • 8 Framboise Obscur – a muted purple toned mauve.
  • 15 Orange Adrenaline – a bright clean orange.
  • 13 Rouge Interdit – a pink toned red.
  • 14 Redlight – a blue toned red.

You can see the shades I have are all intensely pigmented and vibrant, and I was really impressed with how comfortable they were to wear. My favourite in terms of colour was 14 Redlight, it’s such a beautiful true red shade that will literally suit anyone and everyone.

Givenchy Rouge Interdit Satin Lipsticks are £25.00 each and available now at House of Fraser

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam EDP

Posted on May 10, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have the latest offering from one of my favourite fragrance brands to share with you today – and if you know Penhaligon’s, you’ll know there’s going to be a captivating story behind the scent…

Savoy Steam was inspired by Penhaligon’s first ever scent, Hammam Bouquet, which was originally created in 1872. This in turn was inspired by the turkish baths which were located just next door to the original Penhaligon’s barber shop on Jermyn Street, London.

Before continuing, I should point out that there are in fact two Savoy Steam fragrances that have just launched – there’s the ‘unisex’ EDP which I have, and there’s also a Eau de Cologne which is more masculine in comparison.

Savoy Steam EDP evokes the exotic infusions of the London and Provincial Turkish Bath Co – day after day the aromatic vapours slid under the door of Penhaligon’s Barber Shop, both relaxing and inspiring William Penhaligon, until his first fragrance was born.

As expected, the fragrance is light and airy, with top notes of Rosemary Oil and Pink Pepper, the scent has an enveloping essence, that’s fresh and light yet noticeable enough to turn heads. Savoy Steam is an aromatic, calming fragrance, with hints of invigorating green notes, blended beautifully with the warmth of Rose and Incense Resinoid at the base…

A steam-mist of fresh roses. The stir of floating petals. Hints of invigorating green with the haze of this olfactory Hammam. And now, green geranium, aromatic inflexions. An echo! rosemary and pink pepper. And for the finale, as if after a soothing rub down, benzoin and incense reinforce the smooth sensation of warm, enveloping, floral steam.

  • Top Notes: Rosemary Oil Tunisia and Pink Pepper.
  • Heart Notes: Rose Essential and Geranium Absolute.
  • Base Notes: Incense Resinoid.

Savoy Steam EDP is £134 for 100ml and available now at Penhaligon’s.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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