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Beauty: Eyes on MAC Tropical Cool Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette

Posted on May 30, 2017

Hi Guys!

MAC have recently added a range of new ‘Times Nine’ and ‘Times Fifteen’ eyeshadow palettes to their offering. There’s a whole host of palettes available including neutrals, dark tones, warm brights and cool brights  – there really is something for everyone here!

Creating your own bespoke eyes has never been easier. These well edited Eyes X 9 and Eyes X 15 Palettes feature a wave of coordinated hues offering countless combinations. Four new Eyes X 9 Palettes join old favourites, featuring rich, smoky browns, frosty metallics, red-hot shades and lush tropical-inspired hues. The new In The Flesh Eye Shadow x 15 features iconic neutral shadows, perfect for a classic nude look. Textures range from matte to satin to frost. What’s more, Eyes x 9 is packaged in pocket-sized compacts for easy portability.

I have the new Tropic Cool Times Nine Palette which contains a selection of tropical blues, brilliant yellows, and cool neutrals, all housed in a dinky little compact which easily fits in the palm of your hand. The shades are as follows –

  • Fresh Blade – a pale frosted yellow (veluxe pearl)
  • Bright-Sided – a canary yellow (satin)
  • Lemon Rush – a bright yellow lime green (matte)
  • Lady Grey – a soft muted grey-green (satin)
  • Neoprene Green – a kelly green with pearl (veluxe pearl)
  • She’s A Model – a blackened teal with pearl (lustre)
  • Liquid Sky – a cerulean blue (matte)
  • Blue Envy – a frosty royal blue (veluxe pearl)
  • Grey Horizon – a deep blue grey (matte)

I’ve swatched the palette on my arm and I have to say I’m really impressed with the intensity of the shadows. I especially love Lemon Rush, which is an almost neon bright yellow, Liquid Sky which is a beautiful bright sky blue which would look amazing along the bottom lash line, and Blue Envy, which is an intense metallic royal blue shade – the options are endless with this one!

The Tropic Cool Times Nine Palette is £25.00 and available now at MAC Cosmetics.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Zoeva Palettes, Brushes & Brow Products

Posted on March 27, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s Monday morning and the sun is shining – I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend?

I have some fantastic new products from Zoeva to share with you today – including new brushes, a load of brow products, and a gorgeous matte palette that has recently launched. Let’s take a look…

Starting with the new Matte Eyeshadow Palette (£17.50- currently out of stock) – This palette is just so beautiful – and the shades are very on trend at the moment. Inspired by the calmness and beauty of a night stroll through the silent streets of a sleeping city, this palette includes a selection of warm nudes, with an injection of bright tones in orange, coral and yellow shades.

At only £17.50, this makes each shadow only £1.75 per pan – you can’t get much better than that! The formula is excellent too, as expected from Zoeva – giving fantastic colour payoff that’s easy to work with and blend.

Zoeva really are all about the brows right now though, and they’ve just released a generous selection of brow products, so however you like style your eyebrows, they’ll have a product that works for you –

The Brow Spectrum Palette (£20.00 at BeautyBay) is described as the ultimate eyebrow kit to help you achieve flawless, professionally groomed arches. The palette features a range of highly pigmented brow powders that are easy to blend together to create customized shades. Zoeva have also added a couple of matte and shimmer highlighters to brighten the eye area and lift the arches, which is a really nice addition.

The Graphic Lash Mascara (£9.00 at BeautyBay) promises to thicken and lengthen lashes with its ultra-pigmented formula and a dense spiral brush, giving instant volume. It separates the lashes for maximum definition, and has a creamy, buildable texture which easily creates natural looking thickness, or layered up giveing you volumized curls.

And the Graphic Brow Fix (£8.50 at BeautyBay) is the perfect one-step product for those looking to both style and tint their brows in one go. The superfine spiral brush applies the gel product which ‘locks’ the brow hair in place whilst tinting it at the same time, leaving you with ultra-groomed and visibly thicker looking brows.

For eyebrows that pop, the Brow Light in Margarethe (£7.50 at BeautyBay) could be just what you need. This jumbo waterproof highlighting crayon gives a lovely, precise matte pearlised line that’s perfect for highlighting the brow bone, or inner corner of the eye.

And lastly the new Graphic Brows (£7.50 at BeautyBay) – if you’re looking for precise, sculpted brows, this is definitely the product for you. This super fine pencil offers a waterproof, smudge proof formula, that lasts all day. The retractable pencil creates precise strokes, mimicking the natural hair and filling in the brows with ease, while the spiral brush grooms into shape and softens the colour, giving a natural-looking, well defined brow.

And lastly, Zoeva have also added five new brushes to their ever-expanding brush collection, of which I have three…

The 137 Petit Fan Brush (£9.00 at BeautyBay) is a super dinky multi-tasking fan, perfect for applying highlighter to brow bone and cupid’s bow, and it’s also small enough to separate eyelashes and remove excess mascara.

The 117 Petit Defined Buffer Brush (£13.00 at BeautyBay) has a small, angled brush head which perfectly adapts to the contours of the face for the precise, comfortable application of foundation and concealer, this is specifically handy to use below the eyes and along the nose.

And the 135 Petit Face Definer Brush (£13.00 at BeautyBay) is another great brush for applying foundation, but this one is really suited more for blending out your concealer and setting loose powder around the eye area.

If you’d like to see any swatches or have any questions please do feel free to drop me a line on one of my social channels. Zoeva products are available now at BeautyBay.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Limited Edition Too Faced X Skinnydip Collaboration Makeup Bag Set

Posted on February 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

Us bloggers are very lucky to receive some amazing products to try out and share with our readers, and of course, some of these products will appeal to us more than others. So when the post arrived yesterday and I opened one of the packages to find a Too Faced X Skinnydip makeup bag, my heart did a little dance!

Too Faced and Skinnydip are two of my favourite ever brands, and them teaming up for a collaboration is just a match made in heaven if you ask me!

The new limited edition Too Faced X Skinnydip makeup bag is a good sized bag that’s big enough to fit all your essentials in (including your favourite Too Faced palette) and it’s made with a clear rubber material with glitter particles in it. It’s covered in pictures of Too Faced makeup, hearts, bows and Too Faced’s owners Jerrod Blandino’s super cute dog Clover. It also has a gold zip with the gold Skinnydip logo on the side.

Inside the bag you get a Too Faced original Chocolate Bar palette, a full sized Better Than Sex Mascara, a super cute mini Love Flush Blusher in shade Justify My Love, and a mini Melted Chocolate Lipstick in shade Honey.

The set has a value of £92.00 but costs a very reasonable £50.00. It’s a limited edition and will only be available until 09/02/17 directly from Too Faced. Or, you can buy the makeup bag on it’s own now for £14.00 at Skinnydip where there are two slightly different styles available.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: The Beauty Bay Colour Cosmetics Box #BBDaretoShare

Posted on October 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

As a complete beauty fanatic – with a special place in my heart for makeup in particular, there’s nothing like discovering and trying out new beauty brands – whether they’re actually new on the market, or just new to me.

So I was very excited indeed, when Beauty Bay sent over an amazing box including some of their top selling products for me to try out and share with you – I couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

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Starting with the Spectrum A01 Large Domed Powder Brush (£9.00) – Spectrum really do make the prettiest, most colourful brushes – and they’ve been on my wish list for a while so I was really pleased to find one in my box. The Large Domed Powder Brush is a generously sized brush, perfect for buffing powder-based products into the skin. It has a fun baby pink handle and purple and blue bristles – this is definitely a brush that stands out from the crowd! I’ve been using it with the Artdeco Fixing Powder (coming up next) and it does a fab job of applying the powder and buffing it in to the skin.

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The Artdeco Fixing Powder Box (£11.75) – is basically a translucent setting powder. It was originally designed to set and waterproof the Artdeco Camouflage Cream but it’s also great as an all round setting powder for any skin type. The powder is super finely milled, and though it looks white, it applies translucent whilst giving makeup a waterproof finish to ‘lock in’ your look.

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I was also pleased to find a couple of pen style eyeliners in the box – the Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner (£15.00) was the first I tried – it has a firm, long pointed nib, that’s great for creating sharp, thick lines, and it gives highly pigmented colour that boasts longevity and refuses to smudge. And the LA Splash Art-Ki-Tekt Waterproof Slim Eyeliner Pen (£11.25) is basically the opposite of the EOH liner – this one has a small, fine, flexible tip, that’s perfect for creating slim, feline flicks with precision. It’s also waterproof, budge proof and lasts all day.

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There were also a couple of Nailberry L’Oxygene Oxygenated Nail Lacquers (£14.50) in the box – these polishes are ‘free from five’, vegan friendly and cruelty free, and come in generous sized 15ml bottles. Shade Elegance (shown above) is a sheer baby pink shade, perfect for a tint of colour and to give the nails shine. And I also have shade Simplicity which I love! This is a light nude beige – perfect for fairer skin tones like mine, and only takes a couple of coats for full opacity.

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Next I have the Ga-De Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette (£19.00) – now this is a brand that I haven’t tried or let alone even heard of before! The GA-DE Basics Matte Eyeshadow Palette is a limited edition product containing a collection of sophisticated matte eye shadows – and I have to say I absolutely love it!

This palette contains a selection of eight neutral matte shades, which are all easy to wear and perfect for daily use. The compact is basic but sturdy and has a mirror in the lid, and the shadows are just so amazingly soft and fantastically well pigmented – this is going straight in my makeup bag and will definitely give my Urban Decay Naked Basics a run for its money!

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I also have the Ga-De True Color Satin Lipstick (£11.00) – another lovely product from Ga-De, this True Color Satin Lipstick in shade 232 Plum Noir is a lovely deep plum colour that’s perfect for autumn. The formula feels creamy and moisturising, and leaves a highly pigmented satin finish that is long wearing and feels lightweight and non-drying on the lips.

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Next I have the Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara (£16.50) – which is said to be perfect for fine, brittle lashes (this is basically my eyelashes) – so I had high hopes for this product!

The Goddess Mascara has been formulated with Natural Waxes and Oils, Antioxidants, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins to protect and nourish lashes whilst lengthening and volumising. It has a silicon brush with short, dense bristles that work really well on my short lashes. The finish isn’t  an out there ‘false lashes’ look as such, but it nice, non-clumpy and natural enough for every day wear.

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I was also really excited to try the Stila Stay All Day Matte’Ificent Lipstick (£15.00) – again, Stila is another brand that I haven’t used for a very long time – I think their Eyes are the Windows palette was the last item I used actually. The Stay All Day Matte’Ificent Lipstick is a lightweight, long wearing matte finish lipstick, utilising a Flexible Film Long-Wear Complex which delivers a soft, gel like film that hydrates and protects the lips whilst ensuring maximum adhesion of colour.

Shade Coquille is beautiful muted, dusky pink, which I completely love. The formula feels comfortable and creamy to wear, and even though the finish is matte, it’s not drying on the lips, and lasts for hours on end.

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And lastly the LA Splash Lip Couture Waterproof Matte Lipstick (£9.95) – I LOVE LA Splash Matte Lipsticks, and this one in shade Ghoulish is the perfect partner for my Stila lipstick – the shades are almost identical!

If you’re looking for a matte liquid lipstick that literally lasts all day, then look no further. LA Splash’s Lip Couture lipsticks offer amazing pigmentation, with a super lightweight formula that feels velvety matte and smooth once it’s dried – and it won’t budge at all throughout the day.

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So there we have it! You can probably guess that my favourite item from the box was the Ga-De Matte Palette! Though it’s not much to look at – and I mean that in the nicest way possible – there are no frills, no shiny sparkly designs or packaging with this palette – but it doesn’t matter, this is a fantastic every day matte palette that’s very likely to become my go-to from now on.

And as far as Beauty Bay goes as a whole, I love that offer such a fantastic range of brands – many of which you can’t find anywhere else in the UK. I don’t expect I’d have ever come across the likes of Ga-De especially if it wasn’t for this box. They also stock brands such as Makeup Geek, Coloured Raine, Jeffree Star, Violet Voss and Dose of Colours to name but a few.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples and is sponsored by Beauty Bay

Cohorted September 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on October 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’m a bit late with Cohorted’s September box – I’ve been so busy lately it’s unreal! Let’s take a look inside!

  • Cargo Land Down Under Palette, worth £35.00.
  • Percy & Reed No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo, worth £12.00.
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, worth £18.00.
  • Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in French Rose, worth £14.00.
  • MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara, 3ml worth about £7.00.

Total value of box = £86.00.

Ok so on first glance, I feel like this box isn’t too bad, but I must admit the Cargo Land Down Under Palette, being the main attraction feels a bit ‘same old’ to me. Cohorted have included so many different Cargo palettes over the months – it would have been nice to see a different brand really. If this is your first Cohorted box though, or your first with a Cargo palette, I think you’ll be happy. The palette itself is a lovely product. It contains a selection on 12 shadows, in mostly neutral shades with a couple bright summery tones too. There is also a black eyeliner pencil and a double ended brush included in the palette.

Next the Percy & Reed products. I haven’t tried this brand before so I was happy to find these in the box. The No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo is a ‘no frills’ dry shampoo that promises to soak up excess oil, cleanse the scalp and leave hair looking fresh and shiny. And the Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery Balm is an overnight treatment that you apply to dry hair before going to bed – then wash off in the morning. I love the sound of this as it’s supposed to help strengthen the hair and combat brittleness and breakage. I’m looking forward to trying this out!

The Kure Bazaar Nail Polish is a nice addition to the box too. Shade French Rose is a pretty pale baby pink – unfortunately though, I haven’t been able to unscrew the lid! I’ve tried a few times with no luck – does anyone have any tips for opening stuck nail polish bottle lids??

And lastly the MAC False Lashes Extreme Mascara sample. I put the value of this as ‘about £7.00’ as thats what it works out at when you consider a full size tube at 8ml is £19.00. BUT – those that purchase from MAC will know that these samples are given free with your online orders, so I feel that this is kind of devalued because of that. I guess it depends how you look at it really! It’s a nice mascara though, and a great way to try a sample before you go for the full sized product.

So I think overall this box has been a bit hit and miss really – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed my post xx

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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Illamasqua Limited Edition Vanitas Collection – Rose Gold Palette

Posted on July 11, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Now you know how much I love a limited edition collection, and Illamasqua definitely haven’t disappointed with their latest limited range – the Vanitas collection.

This capsule collection includes the Rose Gold 12 pan eyeshadow palette and a range of five matte finish lipsticks, with the shade range inspired by the dark romance of 17th century still-life paintings. The colours focus on washed out rose tones blended with purple and warm browns, for a dark and romantic colour palette.

The gorgeous Rose Gold Palette (£44.00) includes some of Illamasqua’s current best-selling eyeshadow shades as well as a couple of new additions. The shadows are mostly mattes, with a couple of shimmer finishes in there too.

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Top Row –

  • Slink – a champagne shimmer.
  • Stealth – a buttermilk matte.
  • Servant – a nude eggshell matte.
  • Vernau – a yellow ochre matte.
  • Bronx – a bronze gold shimmer.
  • Wolf – a chocolate brown matte.

Bottom Row –

  • Forgiveness – a chocolate plum matte.
  • Fist – a deep plum matte.
  • Rim – a black coffee matte.
  • Tango – a rich copper bronze shimmer.
  • Terra – an earth clay red matte.
  • Obsidian – a rich black satin matte.

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Ok so I must ask you to forgive my poor quality swatch photo above – the clouds decided to come out just at the wrong time! The first row was actually really good – the second shade Stealth is a good example of the quality of the matte shadow formula. I’m pasty white and most whitish eyeshadows barely show up on my skin if at all. This one shows up really well though so I’m rather impressed! Bronx is a also gorgeous, it’s a wonderful golden bronze shimmer that’s perfect for summer.

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But the second row really is rather fabulous – all except one shade gets top marks from me – can you guess which one!? Yes it’s Obsidian, unfortunately this ‘rich black’ just wasn’t as well pigmented as it could have been. The rest however, really were excellent, both in terms of pigmentation and ease of application. I’m particularly in love with Tango and Terra – both are buttery soft and just beautiful colours.

Looking at the cost, yes £44.00 is a lot for an eyeshadow palette, when you break it down though the shadows work out at only £3.66 each, which really is good value considering the quality.

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I also want to touch on the Matte Lipsticks (£22.50) – I don’t have these but I wanted to mention them because the colours look gorgeous. The Vanitas lipsticks contain a selection of nude, rose, plum and brown lip hues that offer a creamy texture for a smooth matte finish – I rather like the look of Resist and Wanton!

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The Illamasqua Vanitas collection is available now at Selfridges and Illamasqua.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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