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Beauty: Chanel AW17 Makeup Collection

Posted on January 19, 2018

Hi Guys!

I have a few gorgeous products from Chanel to share with you today – The Chanel AW17 beauty collection is based on travel, with each shade taking inspiration from a road trip around California. Chanel’s global creative makeup designer, Luca Pica has included some beautiful and very wearable shades in this collection. Read on to find out more –

Starting with the Palette Essentielle (£52.00) – this is a 3-in-1 face palette offering concealer, highlighter, and blush together in a handy compact, for a fresh and glowing complexion.

The concealer has a light, balmy texture, and it won’t give you full on heavy coverage, but it’s definitely handy for light to medium coverage of general imperfections. The highlighter and blush both have a cream formula, which I find works best by applying with fingers. The highlighter is a light creamy champagne colour, best suited to lighter skin tones (as is the whole palette really – I have the lightest option available, Beige Clair) and it gives a lovely glow to the cheekbones. The blush is also very good, easy to blend out and gives a natural looking flush of colour. I have to say I was a bit unsure of this palette to begin with, but it’s actually pretty great and very handy for touch ups when you’re out and about. 

For lips I have the new Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour (£28.00) in shade 156 Lost. The Rouge Allure Ink is a weightless feel matte liquid lip colour, with fine and dense pigments, promising 8 hours of wear. It feels really comfortable to apply, and actually feels slightly moisturising, which is pretty unheard of for a matte liquid lipstick. The pigmentation of this shade isn’t fully opaque, and doesnt dry down to a true matte finish like most matte liquid lipsticks do. This is definitely a product for those wanting a matte lip look, without the drying effect of a traditional matte liquid lipstick.

If you’re into more classic lip products, the Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour (£28.00) in 474 Daylight could be more up your street. This is such a beautiful shade, it’s a light peachy nude that’s super hydrating and just feels wonderful on the lips. This is also in fact a new formula, and I’m definitely impressed! There are 24 shades available too so there should something to suit everyone.

For the eyes, the Les 4 Ombres Palette (£42.00) Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 286 City Lights is one of two new eyeshadow palettes. The shades in the City Lights palette are just stunning, they include a selection of nudes with a satiny shimmer finish, which kind of reminds me of Tom Ford’s famous Nude Dip Palette. 

I honestly adore these shades! They’re perfect for a lighter, nude eye look which can be achieved with a light sweep of colour, or a more intense smoky eye, and the eyeshadow formula is just beautiful – they’re soft and buttery and blend together easily.

And I also have the Signature De Chanel Intense Longwear Eyeliner Pen (£31.00) – this eyeliner contains a high concentration of ultra-fine pigments for pure, intense and even colour, and a super soft, fine brush, for precision application. Interestingly, the eyeliner comes with the ink in a separate cartridge, like a fountain pen, so you need to insert this yourself – at least you know the product is ‘fresh’ and hasn’t been drying up on a shelf! This eyeliner gives an intense black line, that applies evenly and lasts all day.

And lastly I have the Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour (£20.00) – Chanel have added two new nail shades for AW17, there’s 576 Horizon Line, a muted steely grey, and the shade I have, 578 New Dawn, a light nude taupe, which I absolutely love – it’s the prefect nude taupe shade for paler gals like myself!

You can purchase all the above Chanel products now at Feel Unique.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Cohorted February 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on February 27, 2016

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Hi Guys,

Cohorted are back on the blog today with their latest subscription box – this one includes a good selection of makeup, skincare and fragrance, and a couple of fantastic brands we haven’t seen from Cohorted before. The February box includes:

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in 91 Apparition, worth £25.00
  • Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment, worth £45.00
  • Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser, worth £11.99
  • Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks x2, worth £15.00
  • Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid, worth £10.00
  • Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml perfume sample, Free added extra.

Total value of box = £106.99.

Ok so the standout product in this box is obviously the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow. As far as I’m aware this is the first time Cohorted have included a Chanel product, and I think it will be very well received. This eyeshadow has a cream to powder formula – so it applies like a cream but feels like a powder on the skin, which I love. And as expected with Chanel, the formula is of superior quality. Shade 91 is actually rather lovely – I say actually because it’s a blue, and blue eyeshadow is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. This is a deep midnight metallic blue though, perfect for a smoky eye.

The Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment sounded familiar to me, and then I remembered this was included in Cohorted’s second ever beauty box, nearly a year ago in March 2015. This is a bit of a funny product, and by funny I mean it’s a powder that you apply to your face before going to bed! It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of pores, increase luminosity and even out skin tone, and I must admit I never got round to trying it out. This is definitely on my ‘to-try’ list now so I’ll let you all know how I get on!

The third product on the list is a Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser – now this product isn’t mentioned in the included information booklet, but the Pixi pencil which is mentioned is missing – so I’m guessing Cohorted ran out of Pixi and included this product instead. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed because I love Pixi products, and then pencil in the booklet does look rather lovely. Anyway, this ‘Dark Mark Eraser’ definitely sounds interesting. It’s actually a night cream, that you apply to clean armpits at bedtime, with the aim of brightening your skin. I think this is going to be a bit hit and miss – some people will thick it’s a great idea, and I think others won’t be so keen.

Next is the Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid. This is a sheer mauve shade packed with silver glitter. It’s a nice little gloss that’s non sticky and long lasting.

The Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks are a welcome addition to this month’s box too. This is a first show from Elemis, which is one of my favourite skincare brands. These masks aim to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the eye area looking smoother and feeling moisturised – they sound right up my street.

And lastly the Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml mini sample. I’m a bit of a perfume fanatic so fragrance samples are always appreciated here!

Overall this is a great little box, and though I think I’ve had enough of seeing Cargo products for now, it’s great to see Cohorted have included Chanel and Elemis this month. I’d love to see more of these brands in the future!

On that note, I’d love to hear which brands or particular products you’re not so keen on in beauty boxes? And if there are any you’d really love to see?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

My Ultimate Beauty Icon: Alexa Chung #HoFBeautyAmbassador

Posted on June 25, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Today I’m talking about beauty icons – do you know who yours would be? When I think of who inspires me in terms of beauty, I instantly think of The Queen of the Cat Eye, Alexa Chung! There’s plenty of celebrities who’s beauty style I love and inspire me, but Alexa just has that effortlessly beautiful look… fresh clean skin, a nude lip and of course a cat eye flick – what more does a girl need!?

Eyeliner is ‘my thing’ and the main part of Alexa’s signature look – I think this is why she appeals so much to me. She always looks beautiful and has that I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-but-still-look-amazing look going on, like she’s not even trying. With those tousled beachy waves, her casual boho style and flawless skin. I’d quite happily live a day in her shoes!

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Ok so I’ve put together a little Alexa checklist for my look! This is what I need to accomplish –

  1. Flawless yet dewy, youthful looking skin.
  2. Neutral eyelids with a slight shimmer.
  3. The blackest black, super sharp eyeliner.
  4. Nude coloured matte or satin finish lips.

Let’s do this!

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I love that her beauty look is easy to achieve for everyone – with either high end or budget beauty products, there’s a way anyone and everyone can create this on themselves!

And these are the products I chose to create the look:

  • Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Foundation in Clair – This is one of my long-time favourite foundations, it works amazingly well on my skin which tends to be dry, and it has the perfect formula to give skin a luminous, glowing finish.
  • Seventeen Phwoarr Paint in Fair – I use this to cover redness, blemishes and my ever impressive under eye bags. This is easily the best high street concealer I’ve come across for coverage.
  • MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Force of Nature – This is such a beautiful shimmer duo. I used the lightest shade only for a wash of colour across the lids.
  • Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black – If you’re not a fan of traditional liquid eyeliners, this pen style liner is the perfect alternative to create a sharp line.
  • Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara in Black – This is one of my favourite budget mascaras, it works really well on my short lashes giving both volume and length.
  • Chella Brow Pencil in Light Brown – I love this twist up style pencil, it has a super fine tip which is perfect for drawing in fine hairs.
  • Carmex Lip Balm – When using a matte lipstick, always prep lips first so they’re in top condition before application. Carmex is a fab budget balm.
  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 03 – I love a nude lip with a statement eye, and this shade is just perfect! 03 is a matte nude pink toned beige, it’s not too brown or yellow and really goes well with my complexion.

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Rather than show you my whole face, I thought a zoomed in eye would be fun! I really love the Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner Pen, it’s perfect for creating an intense black sharp flick, and it’s super affordable too. If you’re looking for a softer look though, try a pencil eyeliner which can easily be blended or smudged.

I should probably mention now that this blog post is actually a competition entry! So I really hope you like it!? I was SO excited when I heard House of Fraser were looking to find a Beauty Ambassador, and I don’t usually enter blog competitions but I really would love to win this so so much, I though it was definitely worth a shot!

So what’s it all about? Basically House of Fraser are looking for a beauty blogger to become their Beauty Ambassador for the next 12 months. The Ambassadorship includes being a brand advocate, as well as £1000 of makeup, exclusive samples, invites and more. If you’re a beauty junkie like me, this really is beyond exciting!!

This would literally make my year, I love the fantastic beauty range that House of Fraser offer – I can’t not visit when I’m shopping in Norwich! So please do comment and share, and let me know what your think of this look! I’d love to hear if you’re a fan of Alexa? And who your beauty icon is?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Two New Looks For Spring…

Posted on February 26, 2015

Hi Guys!

I absolutely love fashion, and I’m now trying to add more fashion type posts to my blog – the thing I’m having a problem with though is the fact that I can’t take photos of myself! I don’t have anyone around that can take photos for me, so I need to look into a remote for my camera, and get a tripod! (If anyone can recommend a remote, please let me know) In the mean time I quite like putting looks and outfits together – on my kitchen floor for the time being! 🙂 Here are a couple I’ve done with some of the awesome new things I’ve acquired lately, I’ve put together one casual look and one for evening!

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I bought this lovely top in the F&F sale at Christmas, it was reduced to £6 or something and I wear it all the time, it’s slightly baggy so it covers everything up and I love the gold shoulder detail, it also has an exposed zip detail at the back. Wins all round!! I’m also obsessed with necklaces, and I love this pretty triangle stone necklace which I bought from Topshop ages ago, and I happened to recently stumble across in a drawer so I haven’t actually worn yet. For a toned down casual look I’ve started to wear these gorgeous Safari Boots from Calzados Victoria – they have the softest furry lining and I definitely prefer wearing them folded down rather than laced up to the top for a more relaxed look. I’m also part of Access All ASOS, they set up a secret santa blogger gift swap at Christmas, where they gave everyone involved a £15 voucher to spend on the site to buy gifts for someone else, what a lovely idea! Except my parcel never arrived 🙁 so they kindly gave me the voucher to buy something for myself, they’re good guys at ASOS! I treated myself to these awesome Cat Eye Sunglasses, a bargain at a tenner, and the scarf in the below pic 🙂 The pink and blue scarf is also from ASOS a looong time ago.

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And this is my going out look! I’m in love with these amazing Cassie Cut out Ankle Boots from Online Avenue, they literally tick all the boxes for me – gold details, cut outs and a platform, check, check and check, and they’re a complete bargain at just over £20 too! I bought the Pieces Jine Oversized Floral Scarf from ASOS as it just has such a lovely pattern. I literally live in scarves most of the year! I also included this pretty Crackle Stone & Rope Chain Necklace from New Look (sorry it’s not available any more) and if you look closely you’ll see it’s missing a stone, arrgh!! I always manage to damage or break my necklaces!

And lastly, I had to include my gorgeous new Ingrid Medium Leather Bag from Baginc, ahh I can’t get enough of it! It’s pretty much a spot on dupe for the Chanel Boy which I’ve needed in my life and desperately lusted after for a long time now, but unfortunately my budget doesn’t quite fit with the £2.6k price tag, ouch! The beautiful Ingrid bag is made of real leather and apart from the lack of branding, which I really don’t mind (it also means it’s not a copy or fake) it’s SO similar to the Chanel. I think I can live without the designer version now, I can’t wait to take my Ingrid out!

I’d love to hear what you think of my two looks? And I promise I’ll have some full outfit posts coming up soon! xxx

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