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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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Beauty: My Thoughts on Beauty Bakerie Products

Posted on July 31, 2017

Hi Guys!

One of the most exciting beauty brands I’ve heard about of late is Beauty Bakerie. If you haven’t heard of this brand, Beauty Bakerie is a US based brand, launched in 2011 by Cashmere Nicole…

I wanted to create a brand that contradicted the popular ‘bad girl’ persona the mainstream was pedaling – to show girls that there’s nothing wrong with upholding a sweet and friendly nature. Life is sure to hand all of us its lemons but I strongly believe it is up to us to change our perspective. I overcame the struggles of teenage parenting, I overcame breast cancer and loss only to arrive to a place of peace. It is the sweetest peace I’ve known. Truly indescribable. This, Beauty Bakerie, is a piece of that peace that I wanted to share with you.

Beauty Bakerie products are available to buy in the UK at ASOS, and I have a whole bundle of them to share with you today –

Starting with the Neapolitan EyesCream Palette (£32.00) – This fab little palette contains twelve warm toned eyeshadows, with seven shimmer shades and five mattes. The shades are mostly neutral, easy to wear colours, but Beauty Bakerie have also included a couple of brights to give eyes a pop of colour. The formula is smooth and really well pigmented, and I love the shades Sliced Almonds and Powdered Sugar especially.

Unfortunately my swatches photo really did not do these shades justice, so if you’d like to see any more photos please just let me know and I’ll take some more pictures 🙂

Next I have the So Icy Illuminator (£27.00) – This cute little ice cream tub contains a super sparkly, glistening powder highlighter. I have to say, though I love the look of the packaging, I don’t think it’s that practical. There is a circle of holes where you dispense the product out, and I just think they’re too big – it got pretty messy when I was trying this out!

The highlighter itself comes in four shades (I have Frosted, which is a light champagne pink) and has a very light powder texture. If you’re a fan of particularly sparkly highlighters, this is definitely worth a try.

I’ve also been trying out a few of Beauty Bakerie’s Liquid Lipsticks. The Metallic Lip Whips (£16.00) have a metallic shimmer finish and are available in 10 colours. (Starting from the top swatch) I have shades Vitamin Sea which is an intense metallic blue, and Berried, a metallic deep wine red. Though these are metallic / shimmer lipsticks, you can see they dry down to a matte finish, which I love. The formula lasts for hours and is both smudge proof and water proof.

I also have four of the standard Lip Whips – the third swatch down is Yoghurt Berries, an intense, creamy fuchsia, next is Fortune Cookie, a warm peach toned beige, next is Swiss Mocha Frappe, a light greige nude, and lastly Bae Cake, a deep sea blue. All these shades have a creamy liquid formula, that dries to a really nice matte finish.

I’m also completely in love with the EyesCream Cream Eyeshadow (£14.50) – This dinky little cream eyeshadow pot gives the most amazingly pigmented finish. I have shade Lick The Spoon, which is a highly metallic cool toned silver. The formula is creamy and easy to apply, and the finish is pretty matte. I found applying this with a finger worked the best for me, but you can also use a brush – and you can also use this as eyeliner. There are nine shades available in all, and I think I definitely need to snap a few more up!

I also have a Gelato To Go Gel Eyeliner (£14.50) – This looks quite similar to the cream eyeshadow in the pot, but this has a much heavier texture. This long lasting gel eyeliner has a smudge proof and waterproof formula, and applies like a dream with a decent eyeliner brush. This will literally last all day too – I love it!

And lastly the Sprinkles Glitter (£9.50) – Even though I’m a massive fan of glitter, this is probably my least favourite out of the bunch. There’s nothing wrong with the glitter at all, I just feel that for £9.50 you’re getting a very small amount of product here – I can’t see anywhere on the packaging where it tells you exactly how much product you’re getting. It’s a small amount though, and for £9.50 you can almost buy 2x NYX Glitter Pots (£5.50 each) which looks to have at least three times as much product (at a guess).

I do however really like the Sprinkles Glue which you need to get the glitter to stick to your face and / or body. It’s a clear glue that comes in a handy little tube with a lip gloss style applicator. Unfortunately this is no longer available on the ASOS site, but you can pick up the NYX Glitter Primer as a fab alternative.

Beauty Bakerie products are available now at ASOS. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty News: Sephora X Moschino Golden Teddy Collection!

Posted on July 16, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’ve literally just heard about the upcoming Sephora X Moschino collaboration collection, and I instantly had to find out as much as I could! I LOVE Moschino, so I can’t even tell you how excited I am!! 😀

Ok so this is Moschino’s first ever makeup line – they already have a selection of fragrances available, but this is their first dabble with makeup. In collaboration with Sephora Collection, Moschino will be launching a seven piece collection at Sephora in August. Some of the stand out products include –

  • A ‘This is not a Moschino toy’ Bear Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00) – this palette is said to be LARGE!
  • A Bear Brush Set ($68.00) – including five brushes with bear heads.
  • A Bear Head Highlighter Palette ($28.00) – including two highlighter shades.
  • A Bear Lip Gloss Chain Necklace ($40.00) – including six lip glosses.
  • A Moschino Logo Shopping Bag Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($23.00)

Other items in the collection include a Bear Eye Mask ($25.00) made of super-soft faux fur, as well as a Bear Compact Mirror ($28.00). The whole range features the iconic Moschino teddy bear, and each product also has a striking high shine gold finish.

And I have to say, I’m really impressed with the price points too, considering Moschino is a high end luxury brand, the prices are very reasonable indeed. Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott explained that that keeping the collection affordable was important to him –

I learned very early on how much young people love my work, and sometimes they don’t have the means to get it. This is another way for me to do Moschino and not sacrifice quality. It’s a lot more accessible. I love to be able to put my arms around more people and have them be a part of the Moschino family in some capacity.

From what I can see, the collection will be available at Sephora in August, I’ll update this post as soon as I know the exact release dates. Seriously though, just looking at this packaging makes me HAPPY!

Are you as excited about this collection as I am? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Too Faced Natural Love Collection

Posted on June 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

The gorgeous Natural Love collection from Too Faced has recently landed at TSNC HQ, and I have the full lowdown for you today!

Starting with the lovely Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette (£52.00) – this beautiful palette contains a massive 30 eyeshadow shades, so though it might seem pricey at £52.00, it only works out at £1.73 per shadow, which is actually very reasonable. This is a must have palette for fans of nude and natural looks, but it also includes some darker shades so you can easily create a more in-depth smoky eye if required.

To create this palette, Too Faced selected their favourite neutral shades from three previous bestselling eye palettes – the Natural Eyes, Natural Matte, and Natural At Night palettes. They then paired these eyeshadows with cutting-edge textures and brand new colours – giving a modern spin on the traditional nude eye look. The Natural Love palette contains 7 matte, 13 shimmer and 10 sparkle shades, and the formula of all the shades is silky smooth, and well pigmented.

I haven’t had a chance to try all the shades out in depth as yet, but from what I have tried, I can tell you that Hot & Bothered is fabulous! It’s such a gorgeous burnt orange that really does give amazing colour payoff. Others to note are Love Bug, Push Up and Coffee Date – which are also all shimmer shades – these are definitely the best in terms of finish, and some of my favourite colours from the palette.

Next I have the Love Light Prismatic Highlighters (£25.00) – which truly are stunning. I literally love everything about these highlighters! The idea is that Too Faced wanted to capture the ethereal glow that occurs only when you’re in love – aww! This resulted in three beautiful shades, each with an innovative liquid-to-powder formula featuring a luminosity boosting agent and high pearl consistency. These highlighters really do give the most fantastic pearl shimmer finish – without any glitter or chunkiness.

The Love Light Highlighters are available in three shades –

  • You Light Up My Life – a golden yellow.
  • Blinded By The Light  – a champagne silver.
  • Ray of Light – a light beige pink.

And lastly the Melted Matte Liquified Matte Lipsticks (£19.00) – six new shades of Melted Mattes have been introduced in the Natural Love collection, and if you’re not familiar with the Melted Matte formula, you really need to check it out! These are one of my all time favourite liquid lipsticks – they apply like a smooth gloss, giving full, rich colour, and dry down to a true mate finish that lasts for hours.

Swatches from top to bottom –

  • Granny Panties – a lilac toned greige.
  • Wine Not? – a deep wine berry.
  • Wicked – an intense green.
  • Suck It – a muted rose.
  • Holy Chic! – a light nude peach.
  • Jawbreaker – a cool toned intense pink.

Though I’m not a fan of the name, I love the colour of Granny Panties (ha ha!) and I also love Wicked as it’s such an unusual, intense green.

Overall I’m really impressed with this collection. The palette is fantastic and just full of easy to wear shades. The highlighters look beautiful on the skin, and I also love the new innovative shades of the Melted Mattes. I’d love to hear what you think?

Too Faced products are available now at Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: NEW Lime Crime Diamond Crushers & Hi-Lite Opals Palette

Posted on June 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

You may have caught my post the other week letting you know that Lime Crime products are now available at ASOS – well I have a couple more exciting new launches to share with you today!

The new Hi-Lite Opals Palette (£33.00 at ASOS) is Lime Crime’s first ever highlighter palette – it’s literally just landed in at ASOS, and it looks SO good! Inspired by the magic of opalescent stones, this palette contains three beautiful iridescent highlighter shades in Pink, Gold, and Peach shift.

The three shades come in a finely milled, silky formula, which promises to melt seamlessly into skin and adapt to your complexion, lasting all day without the need for re-application. The powders are all really buttery smooth, with each giving a true glow highlight that doesn’t contain any glitter particles.

I think my favourite in terms of colour is the Pink, it’s such a striking true pink that looks amazing when it catches the light. But I do feel the Gold shade has a slightly better consistency, allowing it to give a slightly more intense shine compared to the other two shades. All three are fantastic though, and this palette is definitely worth the splurge!

And I also have three of Lime Crime’s new Diamond Crushers (£15.00 at ASOS) – these iridescent lip toppers can be used just as they are to add a reflective, shimmery look to lips – but for more of a dramatic look they work amazingly well on top of other liquid lipsticks, especially darker shades.

The Diamond Crushers Lip Toppers are available in five iridescent shades –

  • Choke – a pale pink/blue shift hue
  • Dope – a cotton candy champagne
  • Lit – a rose gold ‘on acid’
  • Fluke – a chill mauve
  • Trip – a delirium purple

The formula is surprisingly lightweight (also water-based) and is filled with light-reflective iridescent shimmer particles which shift and change and just look amazing when they catch the light. I thought the Diamond Crushers might feel a bit chunky and gritty, due to the nature of them, but surprisingly they don’t, they apply very smoothly and feel like there’s almost nothing on your lips.

The shades I have swatched above are (from the top) Dope, Trip, and Fluke. What you can’t see from the swatches is the beautiful iridescent glitter in each of the shades – I love them all!

So as I’ve said, you can wear these on their own, or on top of a matte finish liquid lipstick to add a whole new dimension. I’m pleased to say it doesn’t take off your liquid lipstick when you apply, and stays on for hours on end. Of course technically these are lip toppers, but you really can wear them anywhere you’d like to, such as on the eyes or on top of your cheekbone highlight for added intensity. I should mention that I can’t confirm if they’re safe for eyes though, the site doesn’t say either way.

Overall I think these are fab products, I haven’t seen anything else like them available on the market as yet – so if you’re a fan of iridescent and holo finishes in your makeup, these are definitely a must have.

Lime Crime products are available now at ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Nip & Fab Launches New Makeup Line!

Posted on June 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago now I received a surprise package from the team behind Nip & Fab – and I was so excited to find it contained a selection of products from their brand new makeup line.

Nip & Fab have been making high quality, reasonably priced skincare products for many years now, so I think makeup is a great addition to their range, as well as being a natural progression for the brand. Let’s take a look at the products…

Ok so Nip & Fab have launched quite a large range of makeup products initially, which is great news. Starting with the Foundation (£12.95) – there are 10 shades available, which look to span a decent range of colours, and they’ve also included a pure white Foundation Light Mixer to lighten any foundation you may already have, and a dark brown Foundation Dark Mixer, to deepen your foundation should you want to.

I have the foundation in shade 25, which as you can see definitely isn’t the right shade for me, but it appears to give a nice natural / dewy finish with medium coverage.

I tried mixing it with some of the foundation lightener to get a better shade, and though the lightener worked well to change the colour, it still didn’t really work as the right colour for me. I already have a foundation that is slightly too dark for me (but otherwise the right tone) so I’m going to try the Light Mixer with that and see if I can get a spot on match.

Next on to the Colour Correctors (£8.95). These come in a selection of four shades, to help correct any colour issues you may have –

  • Banana – This yellow toned corrector is great for concealing dark under eye circles and can be used to subtly highlight and brighten the high points of the face.
  • Lavender – This purple toned corrector eliminates any unwanted yellow undertones to the skin and works well under foundation to create a perfectly even-toned complexion.
  • Terracotta – The warm orange tone neutralises blue undertones and is ideal for concealing under eye circles and dark spots.
  • Peppermint – This green toned corrector neutralises redness on the skin and is ideal for covering blemishes and reducing irregular skin pigmentation.

For the lips, Nip & Fab have included Liquid Lipsticks (£7.95) and a small selection of Lip Liners (£5.95) in their launch. I have the full collection of Liquid Lipsticks which I thought would be worth swatching and sharing, as the colours look quite similar when placed together. The shades are all light to medium nudes including beige, pink and brown tones –

From left to right –

  • Cinnamon – a mid toffee brown nude.
  • Toffee – a mid caramel nude.
  • Biscuit – a warm brown caramel nude.
  • Marshmallow – a mid peach toned nude.
  • Pink Lemonade – a light pink toned nude.
  • Candy – a light beige pink nude.
  • Tart – a light cool toned nude.
  • Cool Nude – a light cool toned beige.

(Since trying these, Nip & Fab have also added three new slightly darker nude shades of Liquid Lipsticks to their site – Brownie, Spice and Brandy)

And here are the swatches – somehow I managed to misplace Cinnamon between photographing it and swatching, and I still haven’t found it. It’s literally just disappeared! So the above swatches start on the left with Toffee.

I have to say my favourite shades are Biscuit, Marshmallow and Pink Lemonade – these are all slightly pink or peach toned, and aren’t too light, which I think make them easier to wear. I’ve worn a couple of these and they dry down in decent time and last for hours before you need to re-apply.

Nip & Fab have also included a nice selection of palettes in their initial launch. There are eyeshadow palettes and contour palettes, and a single highlighter palette and blush palette. I have the Contour Palette in Dark and the Highlighter Palette.

The Highlighter Palette (£15.00) contains six large sized pans –

  • Selfie – a light cream coloured shimmer.
  • Champagne – a warm champagne shimmer.
  • Golden – a slightly yellow toned shimmer.
  • Sunbeam – a light golden bronze.
  • Rose Gold – a warm rose gold.
  • Sunkissed – a deep warm bronze.

The three lighter shades work best for me just because I’m super pale. I also love the darker shades used as eyeshadows.

And lastly I have the Contour Palette in Dark (£15.00). Again this contains six decent sized pans, this time they are all matte shades –

  • Tan – a light caramel brown.
  • Chestnut – a mid reddish brown.
  • Cocoa – a deep warm brown.
  • Sugar – a light peach.
  • Soft Honey – a light warm brown, slightly lighter than Tan.
  • Sunset – a bright terracotta orange.

These shades are all quite warm toned, and far too dark for my fair skin tone personally – but again I’ve used these a few times as eyeshadows and they work really well!

Nip & Fab’s range of makeup is available now at Nip+Fab.com

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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