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Beauty: Too Faced Peaches & Cream Collection

Posted on January 22, 2018

Hi Guys!

Before Christmas I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch party for the brand new Too Faced store at Carnaby Street, London. This is pretty big news for the brand as it’s their first ever stand alone store worldwide – and the party was SO much fun! We got to check out loads of new products which are only available in the UK exclusively in store, and we were then transported (via rickshaw!) to the after party, it was the best night!

I was also given the most amazing goody bag at the event, containing absolutely loads of Too Faced products. The bag included pretty much the whole new Peaches & Cream Collection which I want to share with you today…

Starting with the Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette (£33.00) – this gorgeous looking palette contains 12 matte eyeshadows in a selection of beautiful warm tones. The eyeshadow formula is infused with Too Faced’s exclusive Comfort Matte Technology, promising an easily bendable finish with intense colour payoff – and of course the whole palette smells of Peaches & Sweet Fig Cream! I’m so pleased that these eyeshadows applied just as nicely as I’d hoped – I won’t lie, the formula was a little on the stiff side, but not so bad that it caused a problem. If you’re looking for a warm toned matte-only palette this is definitely worth checking out.

I have a few of the cheek products too – the three above are all housed in similar peach shaped packaging, and all have a melting powder formula. This means they have a creamy texture which transforms into a lightweight powder on application. All three promise buildable, bendable colour, and have the same light peaches and cream scent.

The Peach My Cheeks Blush in So Peachy (£25.00) can be used on both the face and lips, and I found it was easiest applied with fingers rather than a brush. The formula is creamy and velvety soft on the skin, giving a subtle and very pretty hint of colour on the cheeks. The Peach Frost Highlighter in Happy Face (£25.00) again has a creamy texture that turns powdery soft on application, and again I found application with fingers definitely worked the best. This highlighter is a light champagne colour, and gives a subtle shimmery highlight. And the Bronzed Peach Bronzer in Toasted Peach (£25.00) – just like the previous two, I applied this with my fingers but found this one a bit harder to work with. I felt like this was harder to blend out and look even, though somebody more skilled than me could probably make it work pretty easily!

If you prefer powder formulas to creams, Too Faced also have a Sweetie Pie Powder Bronzer (£25.00) which honestly is the prettiest product I’ve ever seen! The compact includes four blendable shades which combine to give a radiant complexion and a soft, flawless look. The compact has a light gold overspray, which only lasts for a few uses, and the actual product underneath has a really nice pearly satin finish with buildable colour that’s very flattering. This worked really well on my pale skin and gave my complexion a lovely natural looking glow.

And there’s also a Peach Blur Finishing Powder (£25.00) – this is a translucent smoothing finishing powder with opal-correcting spheres to smooth harsh lines and blur imperfections. Though this powder appears peach coloured, it applies translucent and gives a super smooth, blurring effect that makes your skin look amazing! This powder also eliminates shine and just generally smoothes out the complexion – and I’m happy to say it doesn’t cling to dry areas. This is probably my favourite product out of the collection!

There is also a Peaches & Cream Foundation, which I don’t have, but I do have the Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder (£20.00) – this is a universal peach tinted setting powder designed to brighten the skin and create a silky smooth matte canvas. This product is oil and shine free, transfer-resistant, and promises 14 hours of wear. The formula is talc based and is super finely milled, making it feel amazingly soft and silky on the skin, and thought it didn’t live up to the 14 hours as promised, a light dusting of this did keep my nose matte for over half the day, and it didn’t cling to my dry skin, so this is a winner in my books!

Now on to the Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray (£27.00) – this is described as a refreshing, oil-controlling setting spray to keep makeup in place. It promises a matte finish, decreased shine and a soft-focus finish to blur imperfections, and it’s also supposed to last up to 16 hours. Again, the wear time has definitely been embellished here, but I did find that this gave my skin a lovely matte finish, which lasted around six hours or so.

And the Primed & Peachy Primer (£27.00) – this is a cooling primer that helps to blur flaws and smooth the complexion with a brightening peach tint. It gives a soft-focus finish that’s lightweight and comfortable. It also promises 12 hours of shine control, which again I think is reaching a bit, but it is a nice primer that definitely gives your foundation a decent matte base.

And lastly, I have a couple of the Peach Kiss Lipsticks (£19.00) – these lipsticks are of course packaged beautifully, and promise an intensely pigmented matte finish with eight hours of wear. The shades I have are Got Peach? a nude terracotta pink, and Where My Peaches At? which is a bright tangerine orange. Both shades are amazingly well pigmented and feel very comfortable and creamy on the lips. The finish isn’t a full on matte like you’d get with a liquid lipstick, but it’s still a very good demi-matte. These shades are really very nice but you’ll want to make sure your lips are in tip top condition before applying.

So what are my final thoughts? Well to begin with, the packaging is spot on. It’s cute, yet grown up and luxe feeling – definitely dressing table worthy. I absolutely loved the Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette, Sweetie Pie Bronzer and Peach Blur Finishing Powder, and I’d highly recommend these if you’re looking to pick up a couple of items from the collection. Nothing was hideously bad in my books, though a couple of products could have been slightly better in terms of formula – and as a final thought, you should just be wary if you’re sensitive to or just not keen on scented products, as the whole collection is scented, with some products stronger than others. Personally I love the peachy scent, and I definitely think this collection is worth checking out of you’re a fan of Too Faced!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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

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Beauty: L’Oreal Paris X Balmain Color Riche Couture Lipstick Collection

Posted on October 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m sure you’ve probably heard about the Balmain X L’Oreal collaboration by now – this is a collection of twelve L’Oreal Colour Riche lipsticks that possess all of high fashion brand Balmain’s typical drama and glamour, combined with celebrating diversity in all its forms.

This limited edition collection comprises of 12 tailor made, couture, matte finish lipsticks, with Balmain’s Creative Director Olivier Rousteing promising shades suitable for every woman, no matter her origin. The 12 shades are divided into three groups or ‘tribes’ – Couture, Rock and Safari, with each expressing a key element of the Balmain brand.

Couture (black packaging)

“The Couture selection celebrates Balmain’s historic couture origins and the glamour that has been associated with this house ever since M. Balmain first opened his atelier. As modern as today’s silhouette may be, my team and I never forget our roots and always rely on our incredible archives for inspiration.” Olivier Rousteing.

  • 246 Confession – a muted terracotta pink.
  • 355 Domination – a true red.
  • 356 Confidence – a light nude pink with a touch of shimmer.
  • 468 Liberation – a deep purple.

Rock (blue packaging)

“Anyone who knows me knows I can’t separate music from fashion. These four shades reflect themes that have been important both in recent shows and in my life (and what really makes music inspiring for me) – breaking rules, rebelling and always remaining true to yourself.” Olivier Rousteing.

  • 467 Freedom – a mid toned purple.
  • 650 Power – a chocolate brown with shimmer.
  • 901 Rebellion – an intense royal blue.
  • 902 Legend – a greige toned taupe.

Safari (green packaging)

“The Glamazon offerings look to our runways’ love of strong women warriors – our Balmain Army, of course – as well as themes of adventure and safari, which have inspired so many of my collections. The tones come from the earth, recalling the intensity and beauty of the Amazon jungle, the never-ending desert, the spectacular rocks of the American West.” Olivier Rousteing.

  • 469 Fever – a fiery bright orange.
  • 647 Urban Safari – a light nude.
  • 648 Glamazone – a warm mid brown.
  • 905 Balmain Instinct – a khaki green with a shirt of sparkle.

From top to bottom the shades I have above are –

  • 905 Balmain Instinct
  • 902 Legend
  • 467 Freedom
  • 469 Fever
  • 647 Urban Safari
  • 901 Rebellion
  • 648 Glamazone

Though Olivier has promised ‘a shade for everyone‘, I must say that as a overall as a collection, the shades are pretty out there, an definitely won’t appeal to everyone. There are a couple of more mainstream shades included, such as a true red and a muted pink, but the majority would definitely be classed as high fashion colours that are targeted at a specific demographic.

– But that’s ok, this collaboration isn’t aimed at your every day gal shopping in Boots for a pink lippie. This collection is for the fashion conscious trendsetter, fans of Balmain that aren’t scared to rock an intense blue lip, or any shade their heart desires for that matter. And though I wouldn’t necessarily wear many of these colours myself, I can appreciate what they’re going for with this collection – it has a precise viewpoint which is pushing the envelope, offering avant-garde colours whilst championing strong, confident women, as well as diversity.

The lipsticks themselves are made with the classic L’Oreal Colour Riche formula, that’s smooth and creamy, with a semi matte finish. In terms of formula these are very easy to wear, and aren’t as drying as other matte lipsticks – so if you’re feeling daring, you should definitely give these a try!

The L’Oreal Paris X Balmain Lipsticks are £12.99 each and available now at BootsFeelUnique and Harvey Nichols

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Giveaway! Win The Entire Urban Decay Naked Heat Collection!

Posted on September 18, 2017

Hi Guys!

It feels like forever since I held a giveaway on the blog, but I’m back today with a fab one, just for you 😉

The new Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette has been one of the most popular palette launches of the year, and its easy to see why – containing a selection of warm to hot hues, these shades are both on trend, as well as easy to wear and look amazing on all eye colours.

And you may or may not know, that there are also a few other products in the Naked Heat collection. Urban Decay have also included a range of 24/7 Eyeliner Pencils and Vice Lipsticks in gorgeous warm amber tones…

The Naked Heat Vice Lipsticks come in three shades – Fuel, a warm nude cream peach shade, Scorched, a metallized coppe, and Heat, a metallized burnt red-gold.

And the Glide on Eye Pencils also come in two brand new red-hot shades. There’s Alkaline, an intense deep burgundy, and Torch, a warm muted orange.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the complete Urban Decay Naked Heat collection (all the products above) worth over £100, just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

This giveaway is open internationally and will run for 3 weeks, please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions – good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News: NEW Pat McGrath Unlimited Edition Core Collection

Posted on September 17, 2017

Hi Guys!

Beauty fanatics rejoice – Pat McGrath is finally launching a collection of permanent products! From the Lust Lip Kits to the Dark Star Eye Collections, all of Pat’s products are innovative and exciting, and I have to say her latest launches have really caught my eye – I’m SO tempted to pick a couple of items up. I thought I’d share some details with you today…

So Pat McGrath is about to launch her first eyeshadow palettes, and there are three to choose from, stating with the Mothership I: Subliminal Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00) –

‘This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety colors feature vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact fashion shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigment for seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes and intense shades blend, highlight, and adorn lids with exquisite light-reflective effects and pure radiance.’

Next is the Mothership II: Sublime Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00) –

This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety hues features vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact fashion shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigments for seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes and intense shades structure, design, and define eyes with crystalline pearl flashes and thrilling color effects. Beam beyond the spectrum and paint with light to accentuate and highlight the natural beauty of the face.’

And lastly the Mothership III: Subversive Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00) –

‘Provoke creativity and heighten beauty with rich color opulence that allows you to use makeup as wearable art. This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety hues features vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigments to achieve seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes blend, highlight, and adorn lids with exquisite light-reflective effects and true color radiance. Tailor-made beauty gives voice to your artistic impulses for luxury at your fingertips.’

There are also two new lipstick collections, firstly the Lust LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00) –

‘This deluxe formulation glides on and hugs every curve, embracing lips in a silky smooth veil of alluring color while imparting an irresistible satiny sheen. Water Lily extract offers hydrating and protecting properties, while patent-pending biomimetric pigment coatings shield lips against harmful agents, ensuring comfort and intense color payoff. The Formula is designed for lasting wear with excellent adherence and zero bleeding. Submit to your carnal desires and seduce with LuxeTrance™ Lipstick—couture color confidence in a single swipe.’

And also the Lust MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00) –

‘MatteTrance is a luxurious, richly pigmented formulation that adorns lips in a lightweight veil of opulently opaque colour that delivers mesmerizingly modern, matte finish. Sensually creamy, this powerful pigment evokes femme fatale glamour, summoning the spirit of a silver screen siren with every application. Each shade is presented like a jewel in a black-lacquered couture case fashioned with a sensually surrealist golden lip that’s destined to be a cult-status collectable. Role play with lipsticks so sinful your mouth will say everything without saying a word.’

For pencils, there are five eyeliners: the Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil ($25.00) –

‘The unique PermaGel Utra Eye Pencil formula fuses the precision of a gel and the ease of a pencil for smooth application and the highest level of rich pigmentation. The soft, silicone-enriched, waterproof eyeliner ensures long-lasting definition with a quick swipe that provides an instant, perfectly defined gaze. Once slicked onto the lids, the revolutionary formulation allows ample playtime to smudge and diffuse before setting. The pencil comes in an array of shades and finishes, from classic black and brown to glistening blue metallic, and delivers opulent opacity with a striking satin vinyl finish.’

And twelve lip liner pencils: the Permagel Ultra Glide Lip Pencil ($25.00) –

‘Effortlessly shape and add definition to lips with PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil, the ultimate in long-wearing lip definition. Augment your lips and enhance the natural volume of the mouth for beautifully shaded and sculpted lips. Once traced on, the revolutionary formulation allows ample playtime to smudge and diffuse before setting, and features an array of shades that coordinate with MatteTrance™ and LuxeTrance™ Lipsticks. It delivers opulent opacity for precise definition and is infused with exclusive PermaGel technology, which resists feathering and smudging while offering transfer-resistance for longer-lasting wear.’

Some of the above products are available already directly from Pat McGrath, with others to be added to the site on September 28th. The collection will also be coming to Sephora on October 6th.

I have to say I’m really excited for these products! But the high prices are a bit off-putting. I think I’m going to wait for reviews and swatches of the eyeshadow palettes to pop up before splashing out so much money – hopefully they’ll turn out to be as good as they look!

I’d love to hear what you think? Have you tried any Pat McGrath products? Are you tempted by these?? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Clarins Graphik Autumn 2017 Make-Up Collection

Posted on September 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have one of my favourite brands, Clarins back on the blog again today with their brand new Graphik Autumn Winter 2017 collection…

This Autumn, discover instant beauty perfection with Clarins Graphik collection. Eyes are enhanced with magnetic colour and shaped with graphic lines, whilst lips and cheeks are dressed with a pink glow.

Starting with the 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette (£34.00) – Clarins’ classic 4 Colour Eyeshadow Palette is back for AW17 offering a collection of wearable autumnal tones. The palette is 06 Forest includes two rich green shades, one subtle with a satin finish, the other a deep shade with a glimmering finish, as well as a dark matte grey shade complimented by a soft pink which is perfect for highlighting the inner corner of the eye and under the brow bone.

Next the Ombre Matte Single Eyeshadow (£19.00) – I really can’t get enough of this shade, 10 Midnight Blue is a stunning iridescent midnight blue which is perfect for a more colourful take on the classic smoky eye. The Ombre Matte formula is gorgeous too, offering the comfort and smoothing effect of a cream with the fine quality and hold of a powder.

And the collection also includes three beautiful Joli Rouge Lipsticks (£20.00) – I have 756 Guava (above centre) which is a slightly orange toned pink, and 754 Deep Red (above right) which is a gorgeous intense red. I’m a big fan of the Joli Rouge lipstick formula, which feels smooth and moisturising on the lips thanks to the added organic marsh samphire extract and mango oil, whilst providing a lovely satin finish with wonderful pigmentation.

There’s also two new shades of Lipliner Pencil (£17.50) – I have 06 Red which is a classic true red shade that will suit most red lipsticks. The Clarins Lipliner Pencil has a firm and sharp enough point to give the definition you’d want from a lipliner, with soft and smooth formula that feels comfortable on application.

And lastly the Graphik Ink Eyeliner (£21.00) – this comes in one shade, 01 Intense Black which promises an intense black line in one stroke thanks to its pure “carbon black” pigments. This eyeliner really does give a fantastically sharp line – I love the pointed felt tip which is makes application super easy, as well as incredibly accurate. The formula is both long wearing and transfer proof, meaning that no matter what look you go for, you know It’s going to last all day.

The Clarins Graphic Autumn 2017 Collection is available now at Clarins and House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: MAC Rollerwheel Eyeliner, Bold & Bad Lash Mascara & Metallic Lipsticks

Posted on September 5, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a few of the latest launches from MAC to share with you today – starting with their rather exciting Rollerwheel Eyeliner…

You’ve probably heard about the Rollerwheel Liquid Eyeliner (£16.50) or ‘pizza cutter’ eyeliner by now, as it’s been talked about quite a lot recently. This completely new and innovative approach to eyeliner has got beauty fans across the globe excited – the idea being that a teeny tiny wheel is ran across the lash line to give a perfectly even and straight line – but does it actually work?

Well, rather like the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner, which was quite a weird and wonderful concept at the time of launch, the roller wheel does take a bit of getting used to. The tiny spinning disc does give a nice sharp line, which is very fine indeed, and would take most people quite a few goes to get it to a decent thickness. However, if you like a super thin line applied close to the lash line, this could be the product for you. Be prepared to practice though as the applicator does take a bit of getting used to.

This is available in Black, Brown and Blue, in both matte and shine finishes.

Next I have the new Bold & Bad Lash Mascara (£19.50) – this mascara is basically two products in one. It has a dual chamber which contains a large brush for the upper lashes, and a mini brush for lower lashes – with each having different mascara formulas to suit the upper and lower lashes too.

The formula promises to do everything you’d expect, apart from being flake proof and smudge proof, the larger brush delivers customized volume to the top, whilst separating the lashes, while the smaller brush creates smudge-proof definition to the bottom.

Though personally my super short lashes find the large main brush a bit on the big side, I love the mini brush for the bottom lashes, and the formula is fantastic too.

And lastly I have a few of the new limited edition Metallic Lipsticks to show you. There are 18 shades to choose from offering rich colour with smooth pearlized chrome finish, in a wide range of colours. The 18 shades are as follows –

  • Royal Hour – a deep royal purple with blue pearl.
  • Foiled Rose – a brightened blue pink.
  • Hades Fire – a cool red burgundy.
  • Silver Spoon – a multidimensional silver.
  • In Lust – a light warm neutral.
  • Jupiter – a bronzed neutral.
  • Pearly One – a confetti’ed white frost.
  • Disobedient – a deep burgundy red wine.
  • Anything Once – a blackened blue with multi-colored pearl.
  • Metalwork – a pale beige with golden shimmer.
  • Love’s A Gamble – a light pink with peach and silver shimmer.
  • Rose-Dipped – a mid-tone pink with gold and silver shimmer.
  • Wild Nectar – a rose with silver shimmer.
  • Optix – an orange with gold pearl.
  • Ionized Iris – a bright fuchsia with multi-color pearl.
  • Forbidden Romance – a brick red with multi-dimensional pearl
  • Pale Rose – a cool muted neutral pink.
  • Cold Front – a frosted periwinkle blue.

I have a few of the more out-there shades, as well as a more wearable pink, swatched from top to bottom above –

  • Anything Once – a blackend blue with multi-colored pearl.
  • Rose-Dipped – a midtone pink with gold and silver shimmer.
  • Royal Hour – a deep royal purple with blue pearl.
  • Cold Front – a frosted periwinkle blue.

You can see all the shades offer decent pigmentation, but are still on the sheer side. If you’re looking for full coverage then these are not for you! However, they do look great worn on top of a liquid lipstick, which gives a nice base to set off the shimmer and sparkles.

All the above products are available to purchase now at MAC and Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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