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Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Collection

Posted on July 27, 2018

The latest collection from Smashbox is one of the most beautiful cosmetic collections I’ve seen so far this year. In collaboration with instagram star Vlada Haggerty (who’s also Smashbox’s Lip-Editor-in-Chief) the Petal Metal range combines high-shine metallic finishes with gorgeous rose gold hues.

The 16 piece curated collection features Vlada’s signature shade of rose gold. Inspired by her lip drip art (check out her amazing work at @vladamua) this magnetic makeup collection features Vlada-approved statement-makers for the face, eyes, lip and body.

“The beauty of this collection is that the shades don’t compete or create a dull, monochromatic effect. Instead, they complement every skin tone and together build beautiful layers of pink that add warmth, radiance and a bouquet of boldness to your look!” – Vlada Haggerty.

Firstly, I have the Petal Metal Shimmer Spray – this is an all-over, lightweight illuminating spray that mists on multi-dimensional pearls, leaving skin hydrated and radiant with a dewy glow. Each spritz captures and reflects light, making skin appear smoother and more luminous. You can use it on your face before applying makeup or on your body to make your skin look beautifully radiant. I tried my best to get a decent photo swatch, but the sparkles were so super fine they didn’t show up in my photos. This product really does give the most lovely dewy glisten to the skin – if you like a glowing, luminous complexion you should definitely give this a go.

I also have one of the Always On Petal Metal Liquid Lipsticks – there are three shades available, and I have XO, Vlada, which is a metallic rose gold. This liquid lipstick promises 8 hours of wear, and is packed with jojoba, apricot and sunflower oils to deliver a light, metallic matte sheen. The finish really is the perfect combination of metallic and matte, and one swipe gives amazing full opacity. I didn’t try this for the full 8 hours I must admit, but it did last a good few hours without wearing off at all.

And lastly the beautiful Petal Metal Powder Highlighter – again this is available in three shades, and I have Prismatic Pearl, which is a gorgeous iridescent rose gold.

The formula is a luxurious gel-powder with a super soft and silky feel. Prismatic Pearl is such an unusual shade too, it’s an intense pink, but has a bright gold with and almost green tinged irisdescent shine – you really have to try it yourself to see what I mean! If you love striking coloured highlighters like I do, this is a must have for your makeup collection!

Swatches above – Powder Highlighter in Prismatic Pearl (left), Liquid Lipstick in XO, Vlada (right).

The high-shine rose gold chrome packaging is just gorgeous, and I’m completely in love with the Powder Highlighter – the iridescent pink shade is just so striking and beautiful. I think I’ll also get great use out of the shimmer Spray too. This is such a gorgeous collection all round, and I definitely recommend you check out the products and try them if you can. What do you think of this collection? Let me know!

The Petal Metal Collection is available now at Smashbox and Boots.

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Rodin Olio Lusso Mermaid Luxury Collection

Posted on June 27, 2018

I have a couple of beautiful brand new launches to share with you today from luxury brand Rodin Olio Lussso. Their new Mermaid collection focusses on soft and supple, natural looking skin, with a body and lip oil, as well as a couple of gorgeous highlighters for a radiant summertime glow…

The Olio Lusso Mermaid Collection features a radiance-boosting line-up of fantastical finishing rituals for face and body. Fulfilling her philosophy that there’s beauty in simplicity, Linda Rodin’s silken formulas nourish skin and generate an otherworldly glow. Rodin’s artist friend and fellow-Pisces, Donald Robertson, brings the skin care guru’s creations to life with exclusive packaging painted with magical marine life.

The Mermaid luxury Illuminating Powder is just absolutely stunning! Housed in a generously sized clear compact, the powder is embossed with a cute under sea design, including a mermaid and a couple of sea creatures. There is one shade available – Siren, which is a beautiful light nude pink toned champagne that will suit most skin tones, offering skin a natural sunlit radiance. The product itself is described as a gel-powder, and it has a sheer, buildable texture that can be applied with a light hand for a soft-focus glow, or layered up for a full on glowing sheen.

I also have Mermaid Luxury Kabuki Brush which as been specially designed to apply the Mermaid Illuminating Powder. It features a sleek and compact design with long white cashmere synthetic bristles. Though it’s compact in size, the brush head is quite large so you won’t be able to use this for detailed application (brow highlight, inner eye corners etc) This is perfect for large application areas, such as sweeping the product lightly all over the face, decolette and shoulders for a natural looking radiant glow.

I also have the Mermaid luxury Illuminating Liquid – this is essentially a liquid version of the above highlighter, again suitable for both face and body. It’s presented in a pump bottle with a nod to the under water theme printed on the front. The shade of the liquid highlighter is slightly more gold toned and the finish is more intense than the powder. The liquid gold formula is infused with an exquisite blend of micro-fine, light-reflecting optics, giving skin a super-radiant and healthy summer glow.

The collection also includes a Mermaid Luxury Lip Oil and Mermaid Luxury Body Oil – both described as indulgent elixirs infused with precious botanicals, one to condition lips and leave them looking full, supple and kissable, and the other for the supreme silkening, nourishing and moisturising of skin.

This really is a stunning collection and definitely worth a look if your on the hunt for a new highlighter this summer!

The Rodin Olio Lusso Mermaid Luxury collection is available now at Liberty London.

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Beauty: Kat Von D Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter Palette

Posted on February 28, 2018

Hi Guys!

The new Kat Von D Metal Crush Extreme Highlighter Palette recently landed at TSNC HQ, and I have to say I think I’m in love! 😀

This brand new limited edition palette was created after fans of the brand discovered that Kat Von D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadow shade “Thunderstruck” doubles as an amazing highlighter… so Kat thought she’d make a whole palette along the same lines…

So, firstly the packaging is just everything – as expected from Kat, she’s hand drawn all the artwork herself, and the outer packaging has the most amazing holographic finish too. Inside the palette you’ll find three large metallic finish highlighter pans and a good sized mirror.

The highlighters themselves are loaded with hyper-reflective micro-crystals that catch the light wonderfully – they sparkle and shift and have the most amazing multi-dimensional luminosity. The three shades are as follows –

  • Gammaray – a prismatic peach with pink and gold crystals.
  • Helix – an ethereal opal with gold and silver crystals.
  • Roseshock – a pearlescent pink with lavender and pink crystals.

My swatches definitely don’t do these highlighters justice, they’re honestly so vivid and sparkly in real life!

This formula is very smooth and easy to apply. Though they appear to be powders, the highlighters actually encompass a liquid to powder technology, which gives them a super light and creamy finish, with no powdery chalkiness in sight. I should also point out the the product is not ‘chunky’ in any way (like some products can be when you have this level of metallic shimmer) and blends out really nicely, giving you the most striking highlight ever!

You can probably tell by now that I absolutely love this palette. The shades are all easy to wear colours that apply and blend beautifully. If you’re looking for some intense, out of this world highlighters, this is definitely the palette for you!

The Kat Von D metal Crush Highlighter Palette is £32.00 and available now at Debenhams

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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: New from Nip+Fab: Highlighters, Liquid Lipsticks & Skincare

Posted on January 17, 2018

Hi Guys!

Ok so I’m finally back! I’ve had a much needed few weeks off over Christmas and the New Year – not all completely intentionally though as I’ve been unwell, and with one thing and another I’ve just had to give the blog a bit of a back seat lately. But now things are looking up, and I’m back into the swing of things! And I’m kicking things off with a little overview of some brand new releases from Nip & Fab…

Starting with the Liquid Gold Highlighters (£12.99) – these liquid highlighters are a fantastic dupe for Cover FX’s Custom Enhancer Drops, and less than half the price! The texture is slightly thicker than Cover FX, but the effect is pretty much identical. They’re incredibly shimmery and give the skin a gorgeous glow, without any glitter or chunkiness. Currently Nip + Fab have three shades available which will suit most skin tones –

  • White Gold – a light, pink toned metallic champagne, for light and fair completions.
  • Rose Gold – a medium, champagne gold, for both light and medium complexions.
  • Deep Gold – a mid metallic bronze, suitable for darker complexions.

Next, Nip + Fab have also just added three new shades of Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£7.95) to their collection. The new After Hours shades are dark and intense, and interestingly include a blue and a green, which I love! The shades in the tubes look slightly darker than they actually dry down to. I was expecting the blue to be a very deep, almost black midnight blue shade, but it’s actually a beautiful intense royal blue, and definitely my favourite of the three. They dry down pretty quickly to a true matte finish and are really good value for money, but I should mention they do stain, so just bear that in mind especially if you’re interested in the blue or green shades.

  • Black Grape – a deep mulberry.
  • Blueberry Sorbet – an intense royal blue.
  • Cool Mint – a deep emerald green.

On to skincare now, I have the new Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow (£19.95) – which instantly made me think of Pixi’s Glow Tonic. The Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow contains a blend of exfoliating acids to deeply cleanse the skin and help unclog pores, for a more refined skin surface.

The difference between this product and Pixi’s Glow Tonic is that Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow has 6% Glycolic Acid, compared to Pixi’s 5%, and Nip + Fab have also included Salicylic Acid to help unclog pores and help with exfoliation, and Allantoin to soothe and protect the skin. If you’re looking for a liquid exfoliator stronger than Pixi’s Glow Tonic this is definitely worth checking out, but if you have super sensitive skin, I’d probably give this one a miss. Nip + Fab’s product is also more expensive, so definitely bear that in mind.

And I also have the No Needle Fix Night Cream (£19.95) – this is an intensive night cream with slow-release retinol, which works while you sleep to help reduce the visible signs of ageing. It has a creamy texture which is enriched with moisturising oils to provides hydration, for a radiant and revitalized complexion. It promises to leave skin feeling supple and nourished, and visibly rejuvenated.

Nip + Fab also now offer a selection of Individual Masks. I won’t go into the full details for each of them, but they cover most skincare requirements when it comes to masks, including exfoliation, plumping and hydration – so take your pick! I have’t tried these yet but I’m hoping for good results!

  • Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask Extreme
  • Glycolic Fix Bubble Mask Extreme
  • Dragon’s Blood Fix Hydration Mask
  • Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Mask
  • No Needle Fix Eye Mask

So what do you think? Overall I’m really impressed with Nip + Fab’s latest products, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Introducing The Unique Boutique Edit At Feel Unique

Posted on October 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

I was recently kindly given a voucher to spend at Feel Unique, specifically on their new Unique Boutique section. This is basically a mini boutique on the site where the beauty experts at Feel Unique have arranged a curated selection of products, with different themes each month…

Feel Unique promise you’ll find the very best in beauty in one place – the Unique Boutique, offering product innovation from some of the world’s most revered fashion houses, plus backstage beauty trends and expert panel-approved products, the Unique Boutique edit explores the powerful connection between beauty and fashion.

Now, the products I have are actually from last month’s selection – I’ll go over them individually below. But for this month, the Unique Boutique is all about cozy autumn evenings in, and taking time to pamper yourself. Here’s what you can currently find on the site –

  • Luxury Skincare Heroes – Colder weather brings changes to your skin, it’s time to give yourself some TLC.
  • Innovative Skincare – An edit of products featuring cutting edge skincare technology.
  • Amazing Masks – The biggest craze in skincare, from sheets and foams to lip plumpers and fatigue fighters, masks are having a serious moment right now.
  • Bath & Body – Nourish sun starved skin with body elixirs, souffles and butters – almost good enough to eat.
  • Ruth Crilly – Model and beauty insider Ruth Crilly shares her favourite beauty buys in her exclusive video. 
  • Fragrance Update – As the days get darker, match your scent to your mood. It’s time to add smoky woods and sultry spices to your fragrance wardrobe.

So, here are the products that caught my eye last month – firstly I couldn’t resist snapping up the Maison Margiela Replica Lipstick On Fragrance. I’ve been dying to try something from Maison Margiela for ages but up until now I’d never had the chance. Lipstick On is of course a fragrance named after makeup – inspired by the intimate atmosphere of a boudoir, a woman applying the finishing touches to her makeup: a delicate cloud of powder, a touch of rouge. This is a scent designed to reflect our personal memories.

The fragrance opens with floral top notes of bergamot, heliotrope and neroli, leading to a soft heart of powdery iris with sensual galbanum and orange blossom. The base is warm and heavy, combining tonka bean, bourbon vanilla and patchouli, revealing a feminine, unforgettable scent of the dressing table.

I also have the gorgeous Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Shimmer Sculpt Powder – I must admit I’ve actually had one of these in the past but managed to lose it, so I’m really glad to have the opportunity to pick one up again. The Dior Nude Air Luminiser is a beautifully packaged highlighter that gives skin a lovely glow – it’s not glittery or shimmery at all, this just gives skin a gorgeous natural looking highlight, and this shade is also perfect for my pale skin tone.

I also went for the Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette in The Dolce Vita – I love Charlotte Tilbury products, but her eyeshadow palettes are especially gorgeous. The Dolce Vita Palette contains four beautiful autumnal shades housed in a gold compact. If you’re looking to try Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadows, I’d highly recommend picking this palette up.

And lastly the Glamglow Plumprageous Gloss Lip Plumper Treatment in A List. This is a product that I havent come across before, probably because it’s exclusive to Feel Unique, so it won’t be found anywhere else. The Plumprageous Gloss Lip Plumper is a gloss lip plumper treatment to create the look of visibly fuller lips. On application is gives the classic tingling sensation you get with lip plumping products, with a nude, glossy finish. It definitely makes my lips look and feel fuller, as well as supple and conditioned.

I also received two free samples with my order, which you can choose at checkout, as well as an amazing Feel Unique Exclusive Beauty Bag worth £100, which was an additional freebie at the time I made my purchase. I love that Feel Unique offer these perks! You can also qualify for extra free samples if you spend over £100, and you can currently get 15% off your order (covering makeup, nails and hair) with code SPELL.

If you get a moment I definitely recommend you check out the Unique Boutique, they have some amazing skincare products on there at the moment!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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NEW Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Secrets Collection

Posted on September 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a few new launches from the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Secrets collection to share with you today – the cinematic Hollywood collection contains ten liquid matte lipsticks and two new contour and beauty light wands to make you look and feel like you’ve just stepped out of a Hollywood screen…

Starting with the brand new Hollywood Wands – the Hollywood Contour Wand and Hollywood Beauty Light Wand (£29.00 each) have been designed to contour and highlight your skin to perfection.

So firstly, as this is a ‘wand’ product, it means the product itself is contained in a tube, which you squeeze making it come out of the cushion head applicator at the top. There is also an ‘open’ and ‘close’ twist option at the tip, which is an excellent idea – imagine if you accidentally squeezed the tube, sat on it or stood on it (the type of thing I’d do!) the product would just squeeze straight out and it’d be wasted. The tip is designed so you can apply directly to the face – but you’ll still need a brush or beauty blender to blend the product out.

The Hollywood Contour Wand promises to give the perfect lightweight, blendable, buildable formula to create a well-contoured face. It’s available in two shades, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. Being super pale I’ve gone for the Light to Medium option, hoping that it will suit my ghostly white skin tone and not be too dark. The formula is a lightweight cream that has just the right amount of pigmentation to give a natural look that isn’t too heavy.

The Hollywood Beauty Light Wand goes perfectly with the above contour wand. This is only available in one shade though, which is a light rose gold with a touch of silver, that promises to flatter all skin tones. The Hollywood Beauty Light Wand contains treated pearls to brighten and highlight, giving a luminous complexion with a soft-focused finish, and it also contains light reflecting particles for a natural glow. The formula is a thin fluid which leaves a beautiful sheen on the skin – you’ll find no shimmer or glitter here.

I’ve been trying out both wands recently and I’ve really been enjoying using them. The wand itself makes application quick and easy, and the shades I have a work perfectly well with my pale skin tone. The highlighter is my favourite though, I love how you can apply the product to give a very subtle natural look, or build it up to an intense ‘Glowing for the Gods’ highlight.

The above products are advised to be blended with the new Hollywood Complexion Brush (£30.00) – this is a 2-in-1 multi-purpose cruelty free contour brush made with advanced synthetic fibres, for effortlessly blending your makeup. As you can see it’s dual ended, with the large flat-top head brush allowing you to achieve a flawless base quickly & effortlessly – this is perfect for contour blending and softening any harsh lines, and the angled small head brush is made for precise contouring, as well as concealing under the eyes, around the nose or small curvatures of the face.

And lastly I have one of the new Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks (£24.00) – I feel like it’s taken a while for Charlotte Tilbury to get on the Liquid Lipstick bandwagon, but now that they have, these are definitely not lipsticks you’ll want to miss. There are ten wearable shades available, ranging from a light beige nude to a deep intense red…

I have Show Girl which is a gorgeous muted pinky red shade that’s perfect for Autumn. The formula as you can see is really quite thick and moussey, but it actually feels very lightweight on the lips, with a velvety matte finish. You can wear a single swipe for a soft matte look, or it can be built up easily for an intensely pigmented finish.

All the above products are available now at Charlotte Tilbury and Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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