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Beauty: Laura Mercier 20th Anniversary Iconic Leading Lady Lip Sets

Posted on September 25, 2016

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Hi Guys!

On writing this post, I’ve realised that Laura Mercier is one of those brands that I definitely don’t post about enough – and now their Leading Lady Lip Sets have just landed, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you all about them…

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So would you believe it that’s it’s actually the 20th anniversary of the brand? Doesn’t time fly! And to celebrate, Laura Mercier have created three limited edition lip sets, including exclusive colours that have been inspired by Laura’s favourite Hollywood leading ladies, as well as the movies they starred in.

Each set contains a Velour Lovers Lip Colour Lipstick and a Lip Glace Gloss, in three universally flattering options –

  • Catherine – a mid toned nude.
  • Sophia – a dusky rose.
  • Vivien – a true bright red.

I have the Vivien set, which really is stunning. The set arrived boxed, which opens up to a lovely soft-touch inner box (imagine the feel of NARS style packaging) – which opens up to reveal a lipstick and gloss, with a handy mirror slotted in the back. The packaging has gunmetal silver lettering and trim to correspond with the products, and just has an overall feel of quality and luxury.

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And I should also mention that this set isn’t just pretty to look at – the products themselves are also fabulous. I first tried the gloss, which leaves the lips with a lovely slick of colour, that feels hydrating but not sticky in any way. I love how this felt on my lips!

And the lipstick is just the most gorgeous shade of true red – and feels wonderful to wear too. I’m a big fan of red lips for when I (occasionally) glam up, and this set is now definitely up there with some of my favourite red lip products.

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The Laura Mercier Leading Lady sets really are a special treat, either for yourself or as a gift – if you’re a lip product lover, I’d highly recommend checking these out.

Laura Mercier Leading Lady sets are £29.00 each and available now at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted November Beauty Box | Review

Posted on November 11, 2015

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Hi Guys!

November’s Cohorted Box has just landed, and as expected, it’s full of fantastic beauty and skincare products…

  • Cargo Cosmetics The Essentials Eyeshadow Palette, worth £35.00.
  • Laura Mercier The Flawless Facebook Palette in Nude, worth £38.00.
  • Bare Minerals Instant Eye Reviver, worth £6.99.
  • Nails Inc polish in Chelsea Flower Show, worth £11.00.
  • Nails Inc polish in Colville Mews, worth £11.00.
  • Chloe Eau De Parfum for Her, 5ml vial, value n/a.

Total value of box – £101.99

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The Cargo palette is easily the stand out product here, and Cohorted seem to be quite the fan of Cargo as this is the third palette I’ve received in their boxes! Their eyeshadows are fantastic and I’m so glad I found their brand through Cohorted – I may not have discovered them otherwise!

The Essentials Eyeshadow palette contains muted neutral matte and shimmer shades, in variations of greys, browns and peaches. It’s influenced by the hues of urban architecture, and also contains a dual-ended eyeshadow brush. This has some great every day shades in it that are lovely to use and through previous experience I know they last all day. I think I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this palette!

The next palette is the Laura Mercier Flawless Facebook Palette, this contains a creme tinted moisturiser compact, a mineral pressed powder, two shades of secret camouflage, a secret concealer and a camouflage brush. This set would be perfect to throw in your makeup bag instead of carrying around a load of cover up products, or if you just want to travel light. My only issue with this set though would be that it’s not going to suit everyone’s skin tone.

I love Nails Inc polishes, and the two beauties included in this month’s box are no exception. Colville Mews is a lovely light nude beige shade – I love nude nails so I’m really happy with this. I think the other shade, Chelsea Flower Show is a bit of a ‘marmite’ colour, meaning some people will love it and some will not be so keen. Personally I think it’s great!

The Bareminerals Instant Eye Reviver is one of the most interesting products I’ve come across in a while. Firstly, the bottle felt empty, so I initially thought I may have received a dud. But nope, this little bottle actually contains a powder, with the strangest texture ever. You’re advised to pat the product under the eyes gently, and as soon as you touch it, it disappears and has almost a silicone primer feel on the skin. I don’t feel like this gives me instant results, but I’ll see if it makes any difference in time.

And lastly it was nice of Cohorted to throw in an extra sample, this time it was a 1.2ml vial of Chloe EDP, which is a lovely fresh floral fragrance.

Did you pick up November’s box? I’d love to hear if you have any of these products too!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Eight Gorgeous Beauty Products Perfect for Gifting

Posted on November 9, 2015

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Hi Guys!

If you’re looking to give (or receive, ahem) some gorgeous beauty products this Christmas, I’ve put together a nice little selection today to hopefully inspire you. This little lot would definitely be on my Christmas list if I didn’t have them already!

I’ve tried to include a range of high and, luxury and just beautiful products to suit all beauty fans, focussing on eyes and lips – Enjoy xx

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First up I have the stunning limited edition Laura Mercier Eye Chromes Palette (£32.00)

What a beauty hey! Laura Mercier products are always gorgeous so there’s no surprise there. This palette contains four beautiful eyeshadow shades in Iced Nickel, Purple Chrome, Blue Steel and Aluminum Grey.

These gorgeous jewel colours would be perfect for anyone who loves a more intense statement eye. The shades shimmer in the light and have a a unique and innovative pigment emulsion which gives a stunning foil effect when applied dry. You can also apply them wet for a super intense high coverage metal chrome effect, with a soft velvety finish.

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This Lipstick Queen lipstick is literally ‘lipstick heavean’ in every way. Just look at the casing! It’s packed full of shiny silver glitter, and it just says ‘Christmas!’ to me! Lipstick Queen All That Jazz collection (£24.00) contains four lipsticks with a silky, nourishing formula that gives a high shimmer molten metal finish. This shade is Paint The Town, a deep red with fuchsia pearls, and it’s just gorgeous.

I’m really loving darker red and mauve lip shades at the moment so I treated myself to this little Tom Ford beauty a few weeks ago. I’d been eyeing up the lipsticks on the Tom Ford counter for a while and finally thought I’d try a few out. I took the plunge and went for the Tom Ford Lip Colour in Moroccan Rouge (£38.00) – this is a beautiful deep plum with the slightest hint of shimmer. It’s wonderfully creamy and gives a lovely glossy finish.

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And I had to include the beautiful, and not to mention affordable Zoeva Rose Golden Eyeshadow Palette (EUR17.50)

I picked this up with the Rose Gold 2 Brush Sets when they were first released as I was just drawn to the stunning warm shades. I can tell you they did not disappoint. The palette is large, with large round pans, and contains ten beautiful matte, metallic and satin shades.

Now I know this isn’t the most ‘wintery’ palette in the world, but it’s just so pretty, I think any beauty lover would be thrilled to open this on Christmas day!

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The Chantecaille Chrome Luxe Eye Duo (£48.00) is the perfect gift for any fan of luxury beauty.

I first became aware of Chantecaille a few years ago, when I treated myself to the Chantecaille Le Palette d’Olivia which cost me a pretty penny, but I didn’t mind because the quality was fantastic. Then pretty much straight away I managed to knock it off my coffee table, and most of the pans smashed. We don’t talk about that day…

Anyway, this sweet little Chantecaille duo is the perfect mini set to add to your makeup bag, it comes housed in high shine metallic gunmetal grey casing, with an internal mirror and two mini applicators. There are four different limited edition colour combinations to choose from, and I have Monte Carlo, which includes a pretty peachy pink and a warm mid brown shade. Both shadows have shimmer and offer a long wearing silky smooth stay-put application with a satin finish.

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And I have another Lipstick Queen product for you, if you’re a fan of glosses this could be the perfect product for you – the Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins Gloss (£22.00)

The new Seven Deadly Sins collection contains seven intense gloss shades that are super lightweight whilst being full of pigment. I have Anger, a bright fiery red-coral shade – it’s perfect for a glossy statement lip! The texture is super silky with no stickiness, and the formula is enriched with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Moadowfoam for comfort and to help condition the lips.

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And lastly, I’ve included a couple of fantastic lash products – Lancome Hypnose Volume A Porter Mascara (£22.50) and Shiseido Full Lash Serum (£35.00)

I’ve been using this lash serum for a little while now and I really do think it’s starting to improve my lashes. Just a bit of background info here, my lashes are super short, and fine, and straight, and just everything you don’t want your lashes to be. So if a product promises to help lengthen and volumise, then I want to try it! Shiseido’s Full Lash Serum is formulated with natural ingredients to stimulate the growth of hair follicle cells, whilst conditioning the hair to retain moisture, and restoring damaged or snapped lashes caused by mascara use. Fingers crossed I’ll have full fluttery lashes in no time!

And Lancome’s Hypnose Volume A Porter Mascara really does everything it’s supposed to, giving instant volume with a no flake formula. This is easily one of the best mascaras I’ve used recently. I use two or three coats to give volume, and I love that it doesn’t clump or feel heavy, and you can build it up as much you wish. This definitely gets top marks from me!

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So what do you think? Have any of these products caught your eye?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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10 Lip Products To Try This Spring

Posted on May 19, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I thought it was about time I gave you the lowdown on some gorgeous new lip products I’ve been trying out lately. I’ve actually put together a mixture of new releases as well as slightly older favourites here, included balms, glosses and lipsticks. There should be something here to suit all budgets, tastes and styles. Enjoy!

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So let’s start with the balms! Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in 03 My Pink (£18.00) is the product that I’ve been using the most this week. I’ve been loving this so much since it arrived – this is a hydrating lip balm that gives a beautiful soft iridescence to the lips. I also love the casing on this balm, it’s weighty and feels expensive and well made. This is definitely a makeup bag staple for me.

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If you don’t fancy splashing the cash this Sleek Pout Polish Lip Balm in 962 Frosting (£4.49) is a fantastic budget alternative. I love Sleek for lip products an this handy little pot acts as a balm as well as giving a tint of colour to the lips. Frosting is a gorgeous barbie pink shade which I love!

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Then we have Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Liquid Lipstick in 08 Babe Idole (£8.99) This is somewhere between a gloss and a balm in terms of how it feels on the lips. I’m in love with the new Aqua Laque formula, it’s super silky and smooth feeling, giving a dose of hydration as well as a decent pop of colour. It’s not the longest lasting product but it really does soften your lips – mine are usually dry, which is why I love this so much.

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If you fancy trying out a new gloss, I highly recommend trying Lancome Lip Lover in 337 (£18.50) This is easily one of the best glosses I’ve ever used. It’s completely non-sticky, it feels silky and smooth and lasts longer than expected before you need to re-apply. The packaging is also rather special, you have to click a button to make the wand pop up, I love it!

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Moving on to the lipsticks, Too Faced Melted Metal Liquid Lipstick in Melted Metallic Tutu (£15) is fantastic if you’re looking for something a little different. I’m a big fan of the original Melted Lipsticks so I couldn’t wait to try out the new Melted Metals range. There are eight shades available and I have Tutu, which is a beautiful bright pink / coral shade. It has an amazing high shimmer, almost pearlised finish and lasts for a good few hours before you need to re-apply.

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Every girl should own a red lipstick, and Lancome L’ Absoulu Rouge in 132 Caprice (£23.50) really is the most beautiful true red. It has a luxuriously creamy formula that’s long lasting and comfortable to wear, and because it’s a ‘true’ red (i.e. not pink or orange toned) it should suit all skin tones. The packaging is also super luxurious with a magnetic lid – I love the feel and click of a magnetic lid closing!

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If you’re a fan of intense lip shades, you should definitely check out Sleek True colour Lipstick in 773 Candy Cane (£4.99) Sleek is easily my favourite budget brand for lipsticks, and they have some gorgeous bright colours available that are perfect for summer. Candy Cane is an intense coral / red shade that’s definitely not for the faint hearted. The formula is spot on too, it’s creamy, easy to apply and lasts!

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For those that prefer a more subtle lip, RMK Irresistible Lips B lipstick in 02 (£19.00) would be the perfect choice. I’ve only recently started trying out RMK products and I’m loving everything I’ve managed to get my hands on so far! This Irresistble Lipstick is perfect for every day wear, giving a sheer slick of colour that feels creamy and hydrating.

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The Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Golden Peach (£22.00) has to be the most interesting product out of the bunch. This Paint Wash Lip colour actually feels (and this shade looks) more like a highlighter that a gloss! It has a high pigmented high shimmer finish that really is something special, and it feels amazingly silky to apply. I don’t actually think I’ve seen a lip product like this before!

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And lastly the Bourjois ColorBoost Lip Crayon in 07 Proudly Naked (£7.99). Another winner from Bourjois, this Lip Crayon is another great product for every day wear, giving a sheer veil of colour and a satiny shine.

So there we have it! I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Makeup Bag Update – A Spring Beauty Look

Posted on April 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It seems like forever since I last did a makeup look on the blog, and I thought you lovely lot might have forgotten what I actually look like so I decided to put together a nice fresh spring look using some new products I’ve just started trying out. I thought this would give me a great chance to review them whilst putting my look together 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been using –

  • SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow Palette, £45 from Selfridges
  • RMK Vintage Candy Cheeks in 01, £20 from Selfridges
  • RMK Vintage Drop Gloss in 01, £14 from Selfridges
  • Laura Mercier Silk Crème Photo Edition Foundation in Ivory, £35 from Selfridges
  • Butter London Cheeky Tinted Highlighter in Twit, £20 from Butter London
  • Rodial Instaglam Deluxe Contouring Powder, £52 from Rodial
  • Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Fair, £28 from Debenhams
  • MAC MSF Duo in Jolly Good (from The Osbournes collection, no longer available)
  • Bourjois Stylo Eyeliner Pencil in Noir, £5.99 from Boots

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So here I am! And I’m pretty pleased with how this look turned out – natural yet glowing I think! Starting with the base I went primer free for a change and just used the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Photo Edition Foundation in Ivory, this shade is slightly on the yellow side for my skin tone, but it actually looked great once I’d blended it in! Luckily my skin is in pretty good nick at the moment, I have to say wouldn’t recommend this foundation if you have dry skin – it’s one of those foundations that look great on normal skin, but will definitely highlight any dry areas if you have them. It gave fantastic coverage though and I’d highly recommend it if you’re on the hunt for a decent foundation.

I set my foundation with the Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Fair, which is fantastic as a foundation and a setting powder. It’s really well pigmented and it didn’t make my skin feel dry. I then contoured lightly with my current favourite contouring product, the Rodial Instaglam Deluxe Contouring Powder – this stuff is fantastic if you have a fair complexion like I do, as you physically can’t go too heavy with it. I then used the Butter London Cheeky Tinted Highlighter in Twit and RMK Vintage Candy Cheeks in 02 Candy Rose to highlight and give my cheeks a bit of colour. Twit is a gorgeous bronzy gold which will look fabulous on tanned skins – I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it this summer. I then finished my face with my trusty MAC MSF Duo in Jolly Good  to give my complexion an all over lovely glow.

For the eyes I went with the SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow Palette (see close up below) I love this palette, the colours are just stunning (please see below for rant about how much I love this palette!). I also used my Bourjois Stylo Eyeliner Pencil in Noir, which is a really nice soft black shade, it’s not intensely black so it’s perfect for a not-so-heavy day look. I finished off my eyes with some false lashes because my natural lashes are super short – but I have no idea which they are I’m afraid. They’re likely to be by Eyelure ones but I’m not sure which set exactly as they weren’t in their original packet.

I finished off the look with the RMK Vintage Drop Lip Gloss in 01, apart from looking super cute, this gloss gives a fabulous high shine yet non-sticky finish. It’s also really hydrating which is a bonus if your lips tend to be dry like mine are.

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I thought I’d include a close up of my eyes just so I can tell you how much I am IN LOVE with the SUQQU palette, seriously the colours are just stunning. Can I say it’s like having a sunset on your eyelids?? Well that’s how I’m going to describe them. The shades are gorgeous, and the formula is also fantastic and was just so easy to work with and blend. The SUQQU palette easily gets top marks from me. (Also please ignore my eyebrows, I know they need some work!)

At this point I was going to go through and tell you which of these products I’ll be adding to my makeup bag, but I actually love all of them so I’m basically going to have a massive makeup bag overhaul!

I’d love to hear what you think? Or if you’ve tried any of these products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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