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Heatwave! All The Beauty Products You Need Right Now…

Posted on July 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

The warm weather has finally hit the UK, and being British, of course we just don’t know what to do with ourselves – well personally I don’t function so well in the heat, so I’ve been hiding indoors wherever possible! Today, I’ve put together a few products, aiming to help you fight the frizz with your hair, keep skin cool, and prevent makeup from sliding down your face…

So starting from the top, for hair protection I have the Phytoplage Original Protective Sun Oil (£17.00 at John Bell & Croyden) – this is a luxurious hair oil that’s perfect for protecting dry and damaged hair that has been weakened by the effects of sun exposure. It includes a natural UV filter and nourishes and moistures the hair so becomes soft and supple.

And the Phytoplage Huile Protective Sun Veil (£16.00 at John Bell & Croyden) – for those with normal to dry hair, the Protective Sun Veil offers an invisible UV filter including Sunflower Extract, Illipe Extract, White Lotus Extract and Sweet Almond to protect, hydrate and nourish hair.

If the dreaded summer frizz is a problem for you, Kerasilk have some fantastic products that can help. The Kerasilk Control De-Frizz Primer (£21.50 at Goodwill Salons) is packed with Keratin and Liquid Silk to instantly tame frizz & flyaway’s whilst working to protect against heat & humidity. And the Kerasilk Control Humidity Barrier Spray (£21.50 at Goldwell Salons) – shields styled hair from high humidity to block frizz, whilst giving a shiny, weightless finish.

Onto skincare now, the RMK Skintuner Cooling Gel – (£32.00 at Selfridges) is perfect for calming and refreshing the skin. It has a light gel formula that melts into the skin, absorbing quickly and leaving a smooth finish, without any stickiness. It contains extracts of Citrus and Bilberry, which permeate the skin, protecting against dryness, whilst helping to retain moisture.

For a cheaper alternative, the L’Oreal Hydra Genuis Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin (£9.99 at Boots) is a fantastic affordable moisturiser. Inspired by Asian skincare, Hydra Genuis promises to deliver pure moisture that penetrates quickly, deeply and continuously, without overloading the skin. It contains Aloe Vera Sap and Hyaluronic Acid to instantly refresh the skin and lock in moisture. This has a very similar texture to the above Skintuner Cooling Gel, and also promises to release continuous hydration for up to 72 hours.

I’ve also been loving the Uriage Eau Thermale Water (£8.50 at John Bell & Croyden) – this is a skincare water that you just spritz on your face whenever you want a cooling and refreshing hit. The formula contains trace elements and Mineral Salts, to moisturise, and it helps to sooth sensitive skin thanks to its high content of Calcium and Magnesium Salts.

And lastly the Bioderma Photoderm Bronz SPF50 Invisible Mist (£24.00 at John Bell & Croyden) – I have to say it really doesnt get better than this for sun protection. This invisible mist for face and body offers super high SPF50 protection combined with a 100% transparent, non oily and non sticky texture. It’s also alcohol free, doesnt dry the skin and helps to prolong your tan – what more could you need?

For makeup, the Cover FX Custom Blot Drops (£34.00 at Space NK) – are definitely worth a shot if you suffer with oily skin. These matifying drops work to control excess oil, reduce shine and clear pores. They also contain light diffusing particles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores whilst Chamomile Extract soothes and tones the skins texture for a flawless matte finish. You can either apply the product direct to the skin, or mix in with your foundation or moisturiser to customise results.

I also have the Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder (£13.50 at Boots) – this super lightweight, translucent setting powder is perfect for locking makeup in place, and offers a smudge and water resistant finish for up to 16 hours. It has a microfine texture that is translucent upon application, meaning it doesn’t affect the colour of your foundation, and gives a velvety matte, natural looking finish.

Clarins also have a few new products that are perfect for combatting the hot weather. The Clarins Pore Perfecting Matifying Foundation (£28.00 at Clarins) – this foundation has a matte finish and acts like an ‘imperfection eraser’ by smoothing out fine lines and pores with its micro-beads made from Acacia Gum. It promises to leave skin refreshed, smooth and comfortable.

And I love the Clarins Pore Perfecting Matifying Kit (£33.00 at Clarins) – this super handy little kit contains everything you need to smooth and mattify your skin on the go. The palette opens to reveal a transparent pressed powder to smooth the skin and mask pores, as well as refillable mattifying papers to instantly absorb shine. This kit is definitely handy to keep in your handbag over the summer months.

I’d love to hear which beauty products you rely on when the weather heats up? 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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Beauty News & Gossip 04/06/16: Jeffree Star / Grav3yard Girl / Christian Louboutin and more.

Posted on June 4, 2016

Hi Guys!

Following on from my Youtuber Collaborations post from a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d follow up with another new and updated beauty news and gossip post – enjoy!

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Starting off with the Tarte X Grav3yardgirl collaboration – it’s now been revealed that Bunny is releasing a rather gorgeous looking palette, which includes nine eyeshadows, and a blush, bronzer and highlight. There are also two liquid lipsticks as part of the collection, a mauvey nude and a classic bright Bunny red shade. You can check out her Youtube for more info and swatches of everything, and the collection will be available at Sephora on 06/06/16.

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Jeffree Star has also recently launched his first ever eyeshadow palette, called Beauty Killer, as well as four Skin Frost highlighters. There’s been quite a bit of drama on social media surrounding the Skin Frosts as many of them have been arriving smashed – especially shade King Tut shown above. This has also affected the UK availability of the range as UK distributor Cocktail Cosmetics posted on their Facebook page that around a third of their delivery arrived smashed. This post has since been removed but they have added an update on their site here. Jeffree has said he will be offering refunds or replacements to any affected customers that have purchased from his site.

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On a more positive note, Jeffree Star has also announced he will be launching five new shades of Velour Liquid Lipstick around mid July, including the above shade, Virginity. I can’t wait to see what the others are like!

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You must have heard by now about the beautiful Becca X Jaclyn Hill collection? I snapped up the palette when it was released at Sephora, and it really is beautiful! There’s also an eyeshadow palette with five neutral shadows, and Champagne Pop is now available in liquid form as a Shimmering Skin Perfector, and a cream to powder in the Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Creme too.

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L’oreal have also just launched their latest foundation – The Infallible Pro Glow Foundation. Firstly, this is serious hot property at the moment, everyone’s gone crazy for it and it’s literally selling out everywhere it’s stocked. I tried to get my hands on some but wasn’t quick enough. Secondly, the arm swatches above show the full shade range, which is prefect for pale skinned ladies – but what about darker skin tones? This shade selection is severely lacking darker colours – and people have been making it clear that they’re not impressed. It seems that L’Oreal have taken note of what the public have been saying though, and have promised to bring out more darker shades 🙂

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Next, one of the latest brands to jump on the highlighter craze is Cover Fx. Their new Custom Enhancer Drops contain four liquid highlighters and two bronzers – and they look amazing! They will be available online at Sephora on 16/06/16.

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Here are the swatches – I can’t wait to get my hands on these!

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My last post mentioned Nikkie Tutorials’ collaboration with Too Faced, but at that the time there was very little information available. Since then more images have been popping up online, and the Power of Makeup palette looks just fabulous! It contains nine eyeshadow shades, two cute heart shaped blushers and a bronzer and highlight. There’s also a purple mascara, a primer, eyeliner and a little pot of something else, possibly a pigment. The collection will be available at Sephora in August.

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I also love the look of Too Faced’s Totally Cute palette which you can customise with Too Faced stickers. I love this idea! This will be available on the Too Faced site on 15/06/16.

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And lastly from Too Faced, their Sketch Marker Liquid Art Eyeliners look amazing! They look just like colouring pens and the shade selection is fun and summery. I can’t wait to see what these are like in the flesh – these will be available in the Autumn.

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MAC will also shortly be releasing a massive collection of new lipstick shades. We all know MAC are renowned for thinking outside the box and offering a wide selection of shades, but there really are some weird and whacky ones here! I’m not sure when they will be available here in the UK as yet but I’ll try my best to find out.

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And the flawless Insta celeb, Amrezy has recently launched a collection of three liquid lipsticks with Lipland Cosmetics. I love the look of these shades – please do let me know you have them, I’d love to hear what they’re like!

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I HAD to include this stunning picture too – in case you hadn’t guessed, these are the latest offerings from Christian Louboutin beauty. These stunning products are his brand new Lip Lacquers, coming out in July. You know they’re going to be crazy expensive, but just look how gorgeous they are!!

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Next, Anastasia Beverly Hills have recently added to their Glow Kits, with the Sun Dipped palette. This highlighter palette contains four beautiful sun kissed highlighter shades.

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And lastly, I couldn’t include Anastasia Beverly Hills without mentioning their other latest launch – the modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette. This looks so beautiful – red, pink and orange eyeshadow shades are really having a moment right now. This is available now along with he Sun Dipped palette on the ABH site. If I hadn’t already picked up the Manny MUA Makeup Geek palette and the Violet Voss Holy Grail, I’d definitely be snapping this up!

So there we have it – please do let me know if you enjoyed my Beauty News and Gossip post and I’ll try to make it a regular feature 🙂 xxx