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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: Kiko Tropic Heat Limited Edition Capsule Collection

Posted on May 2, 2017

Hi Guys!

Following on from the fab Less is Better Collection which launched in March, Kiko’s next capsule collection has just landed – and it’s definitely one for fans of fun and colourful beauty products, and sheer, dewy finishes.

The Tropic Heat Collection has been designed by the founders of fashion brand Leitmotiv, and it’s the second limited edition capsule collection created to celebrate Kiko’s 20th birthday.

The Tropic Heat range includes a large collection of products that are perfect for the coming summer. There’s a selection of colour makeup in bright and colourful hues with both bold and sheer finishes, as well as a pretty makeup bag and refreshing eye mask. The products are fun to look at as well as use, with plenty of fruity scents and floral finishes, which represent a hot and colourful summer.

Starting with the Prime & Fix Mist (£7.90) – this is a refreshing, scented primer and make-up setting mist that’s available in three fruity fragrances. This spray can be used as both a primer and a setting mist, and leaves skin feeling refreshed and invigorated. I have this in 01 Red Fruits which has a light fruity scent that really reminds me of The Body Shop products.

The Nail Lacquer (£3.90) – again comes in three different shades which are scented. I have 02 Tropical Strawberry which is a pretty mid toned pink that’s perfect for summer. I have to say I can only smell the normal nail polish scent with this – I’m not getting even a hint of strawberries which is a bit of a shame. It’s a nice polish though even without the fragrance.

Next we have the Memory Gel Highlighter (£6.90 top left swatch) – on looking at the highlighter in the pot, I have to say I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It has a lightweight gel texture that’s bouncy to the touch and easy to apply to the cheekbones with a finger tip. I thought the finish might be too glittery for my liking, but the shimmer is super fine, and gives a lovely highlight. I have shade 01 Natural Gold which has a silver / gold base with a fine gold shimmer.

Kiko have also included a Dewy Stick (£7.90 centre swatch) in this collection. This is pretty much a spot on dupe for Ciate’s Dewy Stix, at a fraction of the price. This clear no-colour stick has a balmy finish and gives a dewy, wet look to the skin. It looks very similar on my swatch above to the Highlighter, but the Dewy Stick has no shimmer or glitter in its formula.

And the Lips & Cheeks Stick (£7.90 right swatch) – this chunky stick has a subtle fruity fragrance and a sheer creamy formula that’s perfect for adding a tint of colour to lips and cheeks. The formula is enriched with natural oils and on contact with the skint, the product kind of dissolves and glides on easily. I have shade 02 Sweety Mauve which has a lovely peach scent.

And on to probably my favourite product out of the bunch, the Eye Marker (£5.90) – this is a fantastic eyeliner that has a removable tip which can be reversed and used as a back up. It comes in four matte finish shades including back and white, a mint green and 03 Vitality Sky Blue, which I have. This is a beautiful bright blue, that gives an intensely pigmented line that lasts all day.

And lastly, the Face Brush (£10.90) – this face brush is made with soft synthetic bristles for easy, even application of all types of face powders. The rounded tip is great for sculpting while the bristles are the ideal density for mixing powders, bronzers and highlighters.

I think the Dewy Stick and Pastel Eyeliners are must-try products from this collection – I can’t wait to see what products await us in the next collaboration now!

The Tropic Heat collection is available now at Kiko Cosmetics

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Paul & Joe Limited Edition 15th Anniversary Makeup Collection

Posted on April 28, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you know Paul & Joe beauty, you’ll know they’re all about the cute and kitsch – and of course cats. Their new limited edition 15th anniversary collection has just arrived at TSNC HQ and it’s simply BEAUTIFUL.

The 15th Anniversary Makeup Collection brings together some of Paul and Joe’s best selling beauty products in one handy collectible set – of course featuring their iconic feline design throughout, contrasted on a pretty floral background. The set includes a selection of colours for the eyes in pretty spring shades, as well as a couple of other lovely treats…

The large outer box opens to reveal a pretty pink and gold two tier vanity case, with a flip lid on the top and a drawer below. Paul & Joe haven’t skimped on the details here. The box itself is of high quality and even features a gold cat head as a drawer pull. This could easily be used as a trinket or jewellery box if you so wished.

The top of the case lifts up to reveal a six individual 3D cat shaped eye colours. They all have a pearl finish and come in a range of pretty pastel shades. There’s a mint green, metallic copper brown, shimmery pink, a yellow gold, deep purple and a light pastel pink. They’re so cute and so perfect, I can’t bear to touch them!

In the below drawer, you’ll find a Lipstick in Petit Princess – this is a soft peachy coral shade that was originally seen in the Spring 2012 collection, and of course the bullet has been moulded into a super cute cat head shape with a hat – I would expect nothing less. There’s also a mini Face & Eye Colour Case tin, which opens to reveal an eyeshadow brush and three spaces to house your top three kitty cat pearls from the eye colours, making them both portable an easy to use.

And as if all of this wasn’t enough, the outer box also contains a cat head shaped makeup bag pouch, with a floral cream and pink pattern to match the design on the vanity case.

In my opinion this is a collection to be loved and cherished, and definitely not used (even though everything included is of course fully functional). This collection has been designed to the finest detail to make it as special, and precious as possible. As a child that always collected ‘special things’, like little trinkets and shiny stones, and kept them safe in a little tin – so this collection just really appeals to me. This is a truly stunning set that makeup collectors will absolutely love. I just want to sit and look at the cats forever!

The Paul & Joe Anniversary makeup Collection is £55.00 and available at ASOS now.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Kiko Less Is Better Limited Edition Capsule Collection

Posted on April 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

Can you believe Kiko is 20 years old this year! I really would never have guessed that it’s now pretty much 20 years since their very first store opened way back in September 1997.

To celebrate their birthday, KIKO have teamed up with Vogue Italia, who have chosen seven international designers to create their own limited-edition capsule collections for the brand. The designers will each interpret a make-up trend and use it to celebrate KIKO’s most important values: colour, creativity, talent and of course an all-Italian style.

The Less is Better limited-edition capsule collection has been created in partnership with the designers of SuperDuper Handmade Hats, a brand that I personally haven’t heard of, but they’ve won many awards for the design and quality of their hats.

The Less is Better collection focuses on the “no make-up” make-up trend which emphasise natural beauty using nude and neutral colours to accentuate the features and cleverly play with light and shadow.

This limited-edition collection includes products for highlighting the face, concealing small imperfections and also putting emphasis on the eyes and lips. The colour palette is warm, natural and elegant, and all of the products come in nude and neutral shades.

Starting with the Less is Better Matte Lipstick (£6.90 at Kiko) – this mini collection of matte liquid lipsticks contains four beautiful nude shades, offering a quick drying ultra-matte finish and high coverage. They have quite a moussey texture, similar to the Burberry Lip Velvets, which feels lightweight and velvety on the lips. The formula is also enriched with peach extract and Brazil nut oil to help provide exceptional coverage. I have shades –

  • 02 Silky Cashmere – a light nude beige
  • 03 Essential Rose – a light petal pink
  • 04 Impeccable Rosewood – a deep nude brown

The Less is Better Fluid Highlighter (£11.90 at Kiko) is a lightweight highlighting fluid that’s perfect for fans of subtle strobing. The formula contains pearls and pigments to give a light sheen to the skin, rather than a full on intense highlight. If you’re looking for glowy skin, this is the perfect product to mix in with your day to day foundation to give a radiant complexion. This is available in two shades and I have shade 02 Mild Golden Sand, which would best suit medium skin tones.

And the Less is Better Cream Blush (£8.90 at Kiko) – this is a water based cream blush, combining the softness of a mousse with the fresh feel of a lightweight emulsion. It contains soft-focus powders that blend and build easily, and the water in the formula leaves the skin feeling refreshingly cool. You can’t see it too well but it is swatched on my hand above, I love that the product sheers out nicely for a flush of colour that’s easy to wear. This is available in two shades, and I have 02 Tenuous Mauve, which is a beautiful muted mauve shade.

The Less is Better collection is available now at Kiko Cosmetics.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Stila Glitter Underground Collection

Posted on February 14, 2017

Hi Guys!

When it comes to glitter makeup, you must admit that historically it hasn’t really been known for its quality. From the spray on hair and body glitter of the 90’s (I’ve been there and I have no regrets) to glitter nail polish and sparkly lip glosses, it all has a child-like quality that’s cute and fun, but not necessarily known for being the highest standard of cosmetics.

This is where Stila comes in with their new Glitter Underground collection for SS17, which is inspired by the fabulous glitzy glamour of the ’70’s disco era. This collection is full of rich warm tones, with high quality metallic and glitter infused finishes. These products are all about grown up glamour, in warm shades of golds, coppers, browns and purples.

Starting with the Matte N Metal Eye Shadow Palette (£39.00) – this is a twelve colour eye palette with a mixture of matte and metallic shadows. Very similar to Stila’s popular Eyes Are The Windows Palette in Soul, this palette isn’t what I’d call groundbreaking in terms of the shade selection, but though I say this the shades are very lovely, as well as being highly pigmented and easy enough to wear in terms of colour on a daily basis. If you’re in need of a new go-to palette this one is definitely worth checking out. The shades are as follows –

  • Vintage – A matte, neutral pink.
  • Velvet – Matte pale pink.
  • Feathered – Matte pale sand.
  • Fringe – Matte light taupe shade.
  • Suede – Matte mauve pink.
  • Velour – Matte warm tan.
  • Bohemian – A metallic pewter.
  • Retro – Rose gold metallic.
  • Sequin – Metallic gold.
  • Smolder – Smoky metallic gunmetal.
  • Sizzle – Metallic rosy copper.
  • Flare – Cool bronze metallic.

The Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow (£23.00) is definitely my favourite product from the collection. This is a high-shine metallic, liquid formula eyeshadow that’s infused with SO much glitter. The formula is super light and applies effortlessly to the lids, leaving a stunning shimmery finish that catches the light beautifully. It’s worth noting that this product also gives pretty much zero fallout – which is always an issue when working with glitters. This is available is eight beautiful shades –

  • Rose Gold Retro – A shimmering rose gold and silver.
  • Kitten Karma – A copper toned champagne with flecks of silver.
  • Smouldering Satin – Deep tan with silver.
  • Diamond Dust – Sheer silver & multicolour.
  • Gold Goddess – Antique gold & silver.
  • Smoky Storm – Pewter & silver.
  • Molten Midnight – Black, silver & gold.
  • Bronzed Bell – Deep bronze with silver.

Stila have also introduced five new shades of their Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (£16.00) into this collection. In case you’re not familiar with these, the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is a fantastic long lasting matte liquid lipstick that’s designed to last for up to six hours of wear.

I have shade Perla from the new collection, and I’m absolutely in love with it! Perla is described as a soft rosy nude, and it’s just the prettiest muted nude pink shade that’s really easy to wear for fair to medium skin tones. The formula offers amazing pigmentation whilst feeling lightweight and comfortable – and this is the type of liquid lipstick that won’t budge once it’s on. The new shades available are –

  • Angelo – A soft peachy nude.
  • Biscotti – Taupe Brown.
  • Notte – Blackberry.
  • Perla – Soft rosy nude.
  • Rubino – Deep red.

Stilla also have a range of three Heavens Hue Highlighters (£28.00) – these are ultra-fine highlighters designed to give skin a natural glow. I have shade Bronze which though lovely, is way too dark for my complexion. If you have a darker skin tone though I think this could look stunning. These come in three shades –

  • Transcendence – Opalescent pink.
  • Kitten – Shimmering nude pink.
  • Bronze – Radiant sun-kissed shimmer.

And lastly, there’s the Glitterati Lip Top Coat (£18.00) – this is a shimmering top coat for application over matte lipsticks. I don’t have a sample of this but I did try one at the event and they look absolutely mesmerising! I know this sounds a bit OTT but this top coat has a really thin watery consistency, which you can see swishing around in the tube and it just looks amazing (sorry I’m easily excited by glittery things) – these basically add a glitter top coat to your matte lipsticks, without a having glossy finish.

  • Transcend – Transparent pink with multi-coloured sparkle.
  • Ignite – Transparent berry sparkle.

I’ve already shared swatches on my Instagram Stories, but if you missed this and would like to see swatches of anything above please do let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share.

Stila’s Glitter Underground Collection is available now at StilaBeauty Bay and ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Guerlain Autumn 2016 Collection

Posted on September 26, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Autumn is most definitely in the air now – and it’s probably my favourite time of year. I love that the weather is getting cooler and the nights are starting to draw in, and one of my other favourite things of course is all the Autumn Winter beauty collections!

One of my favourite high end brands, Guerlain, has recently sent over a selection of products from their Autumn 2016 collection – and I think I’m in love! Guerlain A/W 2016 is all about quick, easy and spontaneous make-up. This collection contains ready-to-wear shades for eyes and lips, in chic and easy to apply colours, allowing you to effortlessly customise your look however your mood takes you. This is a collection where there really is something for everyone.

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Starting off with the brand new range of Palette 5 Coleurs (£43.00) – Guerlain have launched six essential and comprehensive eye palettes for AW16. Each including a base to illuminate and even the lid, two mid nude tones to subtly enhance, and two smoky, more sophisticated shades to intensify the whole look. The six palettes are as follows –

  • 01 Rose Barbare – a cool lavender and purple toned palette.
  • 02 Tonka Imperiale – a warm chestnut brown palette.
  • 03 Coque D’Or – a warm gold and bronze themed palette.
  • 04 L’Heure De Nuit – a light and mid grey toned palette.
  • 05 Apres l’Ondee – a cool blue and silver themed palette.
  • 06 Bois Des Indes – a warm pinkish brown toned palette.

The palettes I have above are – 01 Rose Barbare at the top, and 02 Tonka Imperiale – and I’d highly recommend checking the shades out on the House of Fraser site (link at the bottom of the post) as my camera has made the eyeshadows look quite a lot lighter than they are. Trust me when I say it’s worth a look!

I also wanted to point out that Guerlain have included ultra-fine light-reflecting pigments in these shadows, to give brighter, more radiant colour, and the packaging is also rather nice! Being a fan of smaller sized palettes that can easily fit in a makeup bag and be transported – these really do tick all the boxes for me. The Palette 5 Coleurs come in an ultra slim black case, which has a handy panoramic mirror on the inside lid, as well as a couple of dinky brushes included too.

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And next we have the gorgeous L’Art Du Trait Precision Felt Eyeliner (£27.00) – this precision eyeliner pen has been designed to be both long-lasting and water-resistant. It features a long, sharp, flexible tip to ensure a precise line, and it has a super fine tip, making thin, fine lines as easy to draw as thicker, graphic lines on the eyes.

The product formula is the blackest black – which is obviously a must in a black eyeliner – and I can confirm that it’s completely smudge proof, so this will now live permanently in my makeup bag 🙂

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And lastly, Guerlain have included two brand new shades of KissKiss Lipsticks (£27.00) to finish off your autumn look. The two new shades are Fall in Nude – the perfect beige nude, and Fall in Red – a delicate rosy red, which have been created specifically to compliment the new eyeshadow tones. These two subtle shades easily adapt to any skin tone or occasion, from midday to midnight.

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The Guerlain AW16 collection is available now at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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