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Beauty: New Spring 2017 Lip Launches

Posted on March 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

There have been SO many new lip launches over the last few months, I really didn’t know where to start with them! So I decided in the end I’d just group everything together and talk you through them all. Some are pretty decent, some are really good, and a couple really are excellent. Let’s get stuck in!

Starting with the new Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick (£15.00 at HQ Hair) – now I must admit, Lord & Berry isn’t a brand that I’d usually gravitate towards, for no other reason than I’m just not overly familiar with their products. But I have to say their new Timeless Kiss Proof Lipsticks really are fantastic!

They have a lovely, creamy formula that contains a nourishing blend of Neem, Sesame and Indian Frankincense Essential Oils, making them super comfortable on the lips, whilst being incredibly pigmented with a transfer-resistant matte finish. I really was impressed with these and they’re definitely worth checking out. I have shades –

  • Brave Red – a true red
  • Pop Pink – an intense magenta
  • First Lady – a mid brown with gold sparkle

(I should just mention that I took my photos before the products had a chance to dry, so just letting you know they do dry down matte)

Next we have the Chantecaille Matte Chic Lipsticks (£33.00 at Space NK) – you probably won’t be surprised to hear these are the most expensive products in this round up. The Matte Chic lipsticks have a light, whipped texture that’s very similar to the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets. I love that they feel barely-there on the lips, whilst being moisturising and also long wearing. They’d make a great treat if you’re a fan of Chantecaille products. I have shades –

  • Jerry – a nude pink
  • Carmen – a true deep red

And at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Clinique Crayola Chubby Stick in Wild Strawberry (£17.50 at Selfridges) is perfect if you’re looking for a nourishing lip product with just a hint of colour. The formula contains mango and shea butters to keep lips feeling comfortably soft and smooth, and the Crayola theme is really fun and playful.

Back to liquid lipsticks now, the LA Splash Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£9.95 at Beauty Bay) have been a long time favourite of mine. I picked some up direct from LA Splash in the US a while ago now, and I was beyond impressed with how well they lasted on my lips.

Their Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick collection is inspired by desserts, and comes in a range of muted, neutral shades. The formula is full coverage, and completely transfer proof, and it’s also worth mentioning that you don’t want to apply this too thickly, as I’ve found it wears off the lips quicker if it’s applied too generously. I have shades –

  • Dark Mocha Mousse – a light warm brown.
  • Buttermilk Cheesecake – a natural nude with pink undertones.
  • Macaroon –  a deep rosy pink.

The Ciate London Pretty Stix Lipstick (£16.00 at Lookfantastic) is another new product that’s now a favourite of mine. This is more along the lines of a sheer lipstick, offering a moisturising formula which combines Brazilian Murumuru butter and Amino Acid to give the soothing and conditioning properties of a balm, combined with the pigmentation of a lipstick. I love that the Pretty Stix make my lips feel so smooth and moisturised. I’ve been wearing Vintage Blush quite a lot this week!

  • Vintage Blush – a light coral nude
  • Romcom – a bright magenta
  • Heartbreaker – a deep purple

Next we have the brand new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£19.00 at Smashbox) – it’s been quite a while since I’ve used Smashbox products so I wasn’t too sure what to expect with these, but the Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks are some of the most highly pigmented lip products I’ve ever tried – I was so impressed!

They promise to stay put for up to 8 hours, and contain Advanced Polymer Technology and Primer Oil Complex to give a super smooth, intensely pigmented, budge-proof finish. I have shades –

  • Let’s Dance – a bright purple toned magenta
  • Shockaholic – a super bright magenta pink
  • Big Spender – an intense rose pink

For those looking for a budget product, I always recommend checking out Sleek Cosmetics. The Sleek Cosmetics Matte Lip Cream (£4.99 at Superdrug) is a great product for less than a fiver, and they’ve now brought out a selection of fun and bright pastel shades for spring. The formula isn’t the most pigmented in the world, but it’s decent enough to give good coverage with a couple of swipes, and it lasts for a good few hours before you need to think about touching up. Overall this is a great budget product. I have shades –

  • French Fancy – a pretty mid cool toned pink
  • Crushed Lavender – a light lavender purple
  • Apricot Blooms – a light coral-apricot

If you’re not a fan of liquid lipsticks, the new Makeup Forever Artist Acrylip Glosses (£17.50 at Debenhams) could be right up your street. Inspired by bold, high-pigment artist acrylic paints, the MUFE Artist Acrylips give lips the most intense, glossy color with just one swipe. I really love the smoothness of the formula, as well as the amazing pigmentation. I should reiterate that these are glosses and do not dry down or set in any way shape or form – but they also don’t move around the mouth at all which is great news. I have shades –

  • 202 Coral Pink – an intense petal pink
  • 400 Iconic Red – an intense true red
  • 600 Dark Purple – a deep aubergine purple

And the Pixi Beauty GelTint & SilkGloss (£14.00 at ASOS) – Pixi is one of my favourite beauty brands, and I love that their products are always so interesting and innovative. This double ended tint and gloss is just a fantastic idea that I’ve never seem before. One end contains a gel formula lip stain, and the other holds a glossy top coat.

And lastly, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick (£17.50 at Selfridges) – this collection includes some really beautiful shades, and I was drawn to ‘So Me’ which has a real 90’s vibe about it. I’m not actually a fan of MAC’s original Retro Matte Lipsticks as I find them to be incredibly drying, so I was interested to see how the liquid version fared. Well I have to say I was impressed! As expected the formula was richly pigmented, but it was also pleasant to wear and lasted all day. I definitely want to pick up some more shades now!

I’d love to hear which lip products you’ve been loving lately?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New In Beauty: Cover FX / Ciate / Urban Decay / Sleek Makeup & More!

Posted on July 5, 2016

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Hi Guys!

There are so many fabulous new beauty launches around at the moment that are either available now, or launching very soon, so I thought I’d put a round up post together of some MUST HAVE makeup products you need in your life this summer – enjoy!

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You must have heard of Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops by now? This is easily THE product of Summer 2016. These liquid illuminators are EVERYTHING and I promise that you need at least one of them in your life. The Custom Enhancer Drops come in six shades, and have the most highly reflective, almost metallic formula – and they can be used pretty much anywhere and anyhow you like. I have the shade Candlelight which is a gorgeous warm bronze – perfect for adding to your foundation to enhance the colour for the summer, or wearing as it is on tanned skin for a lovely healthy glow. The range includes lighter shades too, which would make the most amazing highlighters! You can buy these on back order now for £34.00 at Space NK.

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The Ciate London Pretty Eyeshadow Palette (£29.00 at Ciate) could easily be my go-to palette for the whole of the summer. This compact little palette contains nine relatively large eyeshadows in a range understated, glamorous shades, in both shimmer and matte finishes.

Each shade is infused with Ciate’s Double Dose™, a finely-milled pigment that’s formulated to blend effortlessly. Its touchable, molten powder texture delivers one-swipe, vivid colour pay-off for high-impact, advanced wear, and the colours in this palette work perfectly well to take your look from day to night – this is definitely a makeup bag staple for me.

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Next the Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stained (£20.00 at Net-a-Porter) – this is like no other lip product I’ve tried – the formula reacts to the pH in your lips to bring out a subtle tint of colour – which is definitely subtle but noticeable. Unlike traditional stains, this rich balm is definitely more like a gloss, giving lips a lovely shine whilst boosting moisture levels. The Tainted Lip Stained’s are available in two shades –

  • Linger Sigh – a nude baby pink.
  • Sweet Suite – a watermelon pink.

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On to nails now, True Brit London Nail Polish (£12.95 at True Brit London) have launched a brand new collection of polishes – the Garden Party range is inspired by the floral bloom colours seen on the catwalks, transporting you into a world of colour. The new collection also includes a fresh range of nude shades, including copper metallics and earthy, warm hues.

  • Apples & Pears – a mint green cream with tiny silver flecks.
  • Street Party – a bright barbie pink cream with tiny silver flecks.

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And you’ve probably heard about these by now too – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Flip Balms (£4.99 at Superdrug) come in three gorgeous flavours – Juicy Watermelon, Creamy Coconut and Ripe Mango. Being someone with chronically dry lips, I tend to get quite excited when a new balm is released! The Flip Balms are made from pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to soften and soothe dry lips, whilst delivering incredible, long-lasting moisture. I’ve used Juicy Watermelon a few times and I have to say it really is a fantastic lip balm!

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And of course the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks (£15.00 from Urban Decay) – the new range of Vice Lipsticks comes in a massive lineup of 100 shades, with six different finishes –

  • Metallized – cream with a pearl ‘metallic’ finish.
  • Cream – original creamy formula.
  • Sheer – a punch of colour with a sheer, shiny finish.
  • Sheer Shimmer – slightly transparent finish with floating pearl and a smooth texture.
  • Comfort Matte – creamy matte.
  • Mega Matte – super intense matte.

These are the ones I have above –

  • Pandemonium (mega matte) – an intense royal purple.
  • Big Bang (metallized) – a bright barbie pink with glitter flecks.
  • Backtalk (comfort matte) – a creamy nude pink.
  • Firebird (cream) – an intense deep fuchsia.
  • 714 (mega matte) – a bright tomato red.

There are both new shades as well as cult favourites included in the collection. Urban Decay have also included plenty of nourishing ingredients in their Vice formulas, to make sure they’re as comfortable to wear as possible. I’m most definitely in love with Backtalk, both for the colour as well as the formula – I think I may have to snap up some more of the Comfort Mattes now!

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And lastly, the Sleek Power Plump Lip Crayons (£5.50 at Sleek Makeup) – these innocent looking lip crayons aim to magically plump up your pout with a buzzy, tingling sensation – much like the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Glosses. The sensation is quite prickly, and quite a surprise if you’re not prepared for it! The crayons give a pigmented pop of colour whilst enhancing the appearance of your lips, helping them to appear fuller and more luscious.

  • Raving Rouge – bright true red.
  • Fully Fuchsia – bright blue toned pink.
  • Power Pink – mid pink.
  • Colossal Coral – light orange-coral.
  • Notorious Nude – warm nude beige.
  • Berry Burst – mid mauve.

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Now you may have noticed I haven’t included any swatches in this post, well it turned out to be quite a long post in the end so I decided not to include swatches – but if you’d like to see swatches of anything at all (not just in this post) please do tweet me at tsncblog, or contact me on Snapchat (also tsncblog) or leave a comment below, and I will be more than happy to oblige 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My Top 10 Christmas Tree Beauty Baubles!

Posted on November 6, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I know I know, I’ve been going on a bit about Christmas this week, but I can’t help but get excited when there’s so many gorgeous beauty offerings available this year!

I’ve already put together a Beauty Advent Calendar Guide and another one especially for all the Candle Advent Calendars, but what about all the other fantastic gifty things, sets and special Christmas products that are available? Well I have a whole load of posts planned for you, and I thought I’d cheer up your Friday with a selection of beauty Christmas tree baubles!

1. Molton Brown Eucalyptus Festive Bauble (£10.00) – Molton Brown is easily one of my favourite bath product brands, and now you can adorn your tree with their limited edition festive baubles. There are eight options available filled with some of their most popular fragrance washes.

2. Topshop Christmas Mini Lip Bullet Pyramid in Joyride (£5.00) – Another limited edition product, this sweet little hanging pack contains a mini lip bullet, that twists up to give precise application with no need to sharpen. This soft blendable formula gives a dewy cream finish and vivid colour. This is the perfect gift for Topshop make-up fans!

3. Liz Earle Glossy Nails Gift in Knockout (£9.00) – Red is the shade of the season, so this Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Knockout should make any nail polish lover a happy bunny this Christmas. The polish lasts up to 12 days and helps to strengthen and protect nails during wear. (Available in three shades)

4. Ciate Paint Pot Duo to Go (£10.00) – This gorgeous nail duo includes mini paint pots of Tinsel Town and Members Only shades. Wear the colours alone, or layered together for a sparkling party look!

5. Boots No7 Star Bauble (£6.00) – On the theme of nail polish, the Boot’s No7 Star is perfect for those on a budget. It’s only £6.00 and opens up to reveal a 10ml Stay Perfect nail polish in Milan.

6. GHOST The Fragrance Bauble (£5.00) – Any fragrance fan would be delighted with this GHOST fragrance bauble. The floral fragrance starts with fresh flowers which is followed by an enveloping wave of vanilla and the warmth of amber, sandalwood and musk. It includes 5ml of GHOST The Fragrance.

7. Caudalie Divine Oil Christmas Bauble (£8.00) – Caudalie’s award-winning Divine Oil now comes in a perfect stocking filler size this season. This multi-use, luxurious dry oil moisturises, nourishes & enhances thanks to its unique formula made with exceptional blend of 4 oils, combined with the patented anti-oxidant Polyphenols.

8. Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms (£29.00) – Guys take note, pick this set up for your lady and you’ll be getting some serious brownie points this Christmas! Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Lipstick Charms set contains three universal K.I.S.S.I.N.G shades – the dreamy Penelope Pink, pretty pink Bitch Perfect and iconic So Marilyn red. I’d be very happy indeed to find these hanging on my Christmas tree!

9. Jo Malone Christmas Ornament (£24.00) – What is Christmas for beauty lovers without Jo Malone!? This smart little box that opens to reveal an English Pear & Freesia Cologne (9ml) and a Nectarine Blossom Honey Body Crème (15ml) Wrapped and ready to hang for a best-dressed Christmas.

10. Ted Baker Mini Golden Treasure Limited Edition (£4.00) – And lastly, I had to include Ted Baker, the king of gifting. Ted’s gift sets are always to die for, and this dinky little tree ornament is no exception. This limited edition gift contains a Shimmer Body Soufflé 50ml, which is perfect for making your skin look and feel gorgeous!

Now if I had my way, I know what I’d be decorating my Christmas tree with this year! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Cohorted October Beauty Box | Review

Posted on October 29, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s time again for another Cohorted beauty box, this month there’s a fantastic selection of products covering makeup, skincare and nails –

  • bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser, 60ml worth £5.08
  • bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Cream, 30ml worth £16.20
  • Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For Mascara, worth £14.50
  • Ciate Paint Pot Nail Polish in Serendipity, worth £9.00
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Ligloss in Hypnotist, worth £16.00

Total value of box – £60.78.

Ok so clearly this box is pretty bareMinerals heavy – I love bareMinerals products though so I don’t really mind!

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Let’s take a look at the rather amazing Marvelous Moxie lip gloss from bareMinerals first. The shade is called Hypnotist, and it’s a highly iridescent gloss that changes colour depending how you look at it, much like an oil slick! It has a bright yellow base, which changes to pink and purple in the light. Now this shade is clearly not going to be for everyone, but with a light touch, this gives a lovely sheen to the lips and can be worn on its own or over lipstick.

There’s also a bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser, and Purely Nourishing Cream in this month’s box. I really like bareMinerals skincare products, simply because they do the job, and they agree with my sensitive skin!

The Purely Nourishing Cream is specifically made for dry skin, so it’s perfect for my less than hydrated complexion. I imagine I’ll get a lot of use out of this in the coming winter months. It sinked into the skin really quickly and left my face feeling deeply nourished. This is a winner in my books!

The Purifying Facial Cleanser is a lightly scented daily cleanser that’s perfect for removing makeup and impurities from the skin. As expected, this does exactly what it’s supposed to, it’s a good little product that removes makeup and leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed.

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The next product which caught my eye is the rather pretty Ciate Paint Pot in Serendipity. This is a beautifully fine rose pink coloured glitter that’s suspended in a clear base. This would look gorgeous on top of a dark pink shade 🙂

And lastly, the Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For The Mascara. Now this mascara, I like! It has a fairly short bristled rubber brush, which is perfect for my short lashes. I often find I manage to make a complete mess with larger brushes! This mascara is definitely better for volume than length, so don’t expect massively exaggerated lashes. It’s a great product for every day use though.

Overall I’m really pleased with this box! I’d love to hear if you picked up this month’s box, and what you thought of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Jewellery | Thomas Sabo at Joshua James

Posted on November 29, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Recently Joshua James asked me to take a look at their site and pick a piece of jewellery to share with you on my blog. I was completely over the moon, and to say I was spoilt for choice is an understatement! Joshua James stock many top brands including Thomas Sabo, Trollbeads, Pandora, Michael Kors, DKNY and Fiorelli, and after spending forever trying to decide, I went with a beautiful Thomas Sabo Rose Gold Purity of Lotos Ring.

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This ring is brand new to Thomas Sabo and part of their Autumn 2014 Sterling Silver Glam & Soul Collection. It’s beautifully crafted from sterling silver and 18k rose gold plating, with a striking rose quartz as the centrepiece surrounded by dazzling white zirconia stone detail. It’s easily one of the prettiest rings I’ve ever seen!

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I’m a massive jewellery fan but I’ve never had the pleasure of owning any Thomas Sabo pieces before. After looking through their collections I’ve realised they really do have a vast array of jewellery to suit different tastes, and I’m completely in love with the pretty Glam & Soul collection! I love that it’s kind of half way between high fashion and fine jewellery, using fashion styling with top quality materials to create stunning pieces.

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I decided to team my ring with a similar sparkling nail polish look – I borrowed my Mum’s polishes and went for Ciate’s Amazing Gracie with Antique Brooch on top. The sparkly and glittery top coat of Antique Brooch really gave a lovely high shine glitzy finish but unfortunately my photos didn’t capture this, boo!

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My new ring is so gorgeous, it’s pretty and delicate – Im not keen on chunky rings as I have short fingers – and this is just the right size for me. I’ts detailed without being over the top, and basically ticks all the boxes for me! I’d highly recommend you check out the Joshua James site if you’re looking for jewellery gifts this christmas!

Joshu James currently have 10% off all Thomas Sabo and Trollbeads products until 01/12/14, just use code BLACK10 at the checkout!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Ciate Very Colourfoil Manicure Review!

Posted on March 5, 2013

I was so excited to receive the Ciate Very Colourfoil Manicure set in the post yesterday!  I couldn’t wait to get home from work and try it out! I have the ‘Kaleidoscope Klash’ set, described as ‘A manicure kit for creating a raw foil finish with a mirror-like shine that goes beyond a regular metallic polish for an edgy runway look.’ This set has a mint coloured nail polish, and red, pink, gold, blue, and two different silver metallic and holographic foils. There are two further sets with different polishes and foils.

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What’s in the box: Ciate Paint Pot in ‘Pepperminty’, Foil Fix glue, 30x Colourfoil sheets, Nail wheel for practicing and instructions.

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The idea is pretty straightforward, you paint your nails with two coats of nail polish,

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I love this colour!

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Then you apply the glue where you want the foil to stick, wait a minute for the glue to become tacky, then press on one of the foil sheets,

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You then rip the sheet off like a plaster, and hey presto, shiny foil nails!

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You can then repeat this as much as you like with the different coloured foils, I went for pink and silver.

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What I like about it is that you don’t know how the nail will look until you rip the foil off! So I  thought I’d add some red too!

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I absolutely love this, I can’t wait to try out different looks with different base colours!

What do you think? xx

Ciate Wow Collection Holographic Jewel Nail Polish Review and Swatches

Posted on February 17, 2013

I bought this polish from ASOS the other day after lusting after it for ages. ‘This shimmering paint pot gives your manicure that instant sparkle factor with pieces of Jewel coloured strands that catch the light, reflecting a multi-coloured tone.’ Here are the results –

Firstly I thought I’d better cut my nails as they’re getting a bit long and wonkey!

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This is better, I then added a Sally Hansen clear base coat.

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Jewel has a sheer purple, almost clear base so I decided to use Nails Inc Putney Bridge as a base colour. This is a fabulous colour and only one coat was needed.

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I then added one coat of jewel. The sparkles transferred to my nails really well, I found that using short strokes helped transfer them.

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And then I added a second coat, and WOW it looked amazing!!

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The result really was fantastic! The lilac sparkles catch the light and because they are also holographic, you get multi-dimensional rainbow sparkles, amazing!! Unfortunately my camera couldn’t capture the depth of the sparkles very well, I took some more pictures under a direct light so you can get an idea of the holographic effect. (excuse the bottles in the picture below, this was taken under the light on my kitchen counter 🙂

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Ciate Jewel costs £9 and is available direct from Ciate here and from ASOS here.