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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
There were also a couple ofNailberry 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.
Next I have theGa-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!
I also have theGa-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.
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.
I was also really excited to try theStila 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Illamasqua Vanitas collection is available now at Selfridges and Illamasqua.
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I have a fab new MAC product to share with you today – this is the new Mellow Moderns x15 Eyeshadow Palette…
A carefully edited palette of 15 modern, neutral shades to create endless looks. The highly pigmented powder applies evenly and blends well. Can be used wet or dry. Available in a wide variety of textures and finishes.
I’m really impressed with the shade selection in this palette – there’s enough neutral shades to create quick and easy every day looks, as well as some darker and slightly more out there shades to help you create heavier evening eye looks.
As with most pre-made palettes, there are always going to be a mixture of hits and misses – if you know of a palette where every single eyeshadow is truly amazing, please let me know!
Ok so let’s take a look at the eyeshadows row by row…
Beaded – Light shimmery beige.
Goldmine – Gold shimmer with a frost finish.
Chains of Love – Bronze shimmer with a frost finish.
Cork – Golden brown with a satin finish.
Persuade – Mid cool toned taupe with a matte finish.
Out of this row, Chains of Love is just gorgeous. It’s really well pigmented, buttery soft and leaves a beautiful shimmer finish.
Retrospeck – Light beige with a lustre finish.
Greensmoke – Olive grey with lustre finish.
Felt – Green toned brown with a satin finish
Print – Dark grey with a satin finish
Carbon – Intense black matte.
Row two includes muted steely greys, blacks and a mid brown. Greensmoke wasn’t too great in this row, it seemed to give a lot of fall out without being very pigmented. Felt, on the other hand was fantastic, giving a true intense pigment that was easy to apply and blend.
Orb – Soft peachy-pink with a satin finish.
Luscious – Light bronze with a frost finish.
Soft Brown – Soft peachy brown with a matte finish.
Trax – Lavender-plum with a gold shimmer and velvet finish.
Plummed – Dark burgundy plum with a veluxe pearl finish.
The last row includes probably both the best and worst eyeshadows in the palette. Trax looked gorgeous in the pan – kind of a deep lavender with a fine golden pearl simmer, but unfortunately the colour just didnt translate on application. On the other hand, Plummed is just beautiful, both in terms of colour and formula, as is Luscious and Soft Brown too.
Looking at the price, this palette is £49.50 for 15 pans. And just to break things down, single MAC eyeshadows are £13.00 each and refill pans are £10.00, where you get 1.5g of product. The pans in this palette are 1.3g each, which is ever so slightly less product, but you’re getting 15 pans here for £49.50, making them only £3.30 per pan – which really is fantastic value for money.
Overall, this is a pretty decent palette, and definitely good value for money. There were a couple of shades here that weren’t quite as good as I was hoping, but over all it contains a beautiful range of eyeshadows, and it would make a fantastic every day palette for creating a multitude of looks.
The Mellow Moderns palette is £49.50 and available now at MAC.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 🙂