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Beauty: Too Faced Melted Latex Liquified High Shine Lipsticks

Posted on September 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

One of the latest launches from Too Faced has just landed at TSNC HQ, and I want to share all the details with you today!

If you’re a fan of Too Faced, you’ll know they’ve brought out a few versions of their classic Melted Liquid Lipsticks over the last couple of years. There’s been the Melted Mattes, Melted Metals and Melted Chocolate lipsticks – and now we have the Melted Latex Liquified Lipsticks.

The Melted Latex lipsticks combine the same highly pigmented Melted formula that we all know and love, but with a high shine ‘latex’ finish…

Using exclusive technology that keeps high-shine lipsticks liquid, Melted Latex redefines the lips with honey-like texture that ensures gloss clings to lips with a latex shine. The Doe-foot applicator comfortably coats lips in bursts of intense, buildable, lacquered color that lasts for hours.

There are currently 15 shades available, the 6 shades I have are (in order) –

  • Hopeless Romantic – a light nude peach.
  • Peekaboo – a light warm toned peach pink 
  • Twilight Zone – a light cool toned lilac.
  • Safe Word – a light cool toned baby pink.
  • Love You Long Time – a cool toned pink.
  • Hot Mess – a pink toned burgundy red.

You can see that the formula is extremely pigmented and opaque – to me the Melted Latex lipsticks offer the perfect combination of a lipstick and a gloss, you have fantastic pigmentation with a high shine finish, but as you’d expect these don’t dry down like a liquid lipstick, it’s very much like a thick, but lightweight and non sticky gloss on the lips. I’ve worn a few shades now and I have to say I’m loving the formula, as well as the shade selection – these are a great alternative to matte liquid lipsticks which have been dominating the market for what feels like forever.

Too Faced’s Melted Latex Liquified Lipsticks are £19.00 each and available now at Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty News: NEW Pat McGrath Unlimited Edition Core Collection

Posted on September 17, 2017

Hi Guys!

Beauty fanatics rejoice – Pat McGrath is finally launching a collection of permanent products! From the Lust Lip Kits to the Dark Star Eye Collections, all of Pat’s products are innovative and exciting, and I have to say her latest launches have really caught my eye – I’m SO tempted to pick a couple of items up. I thought I’d share some details with you today…

So Pat McGrath is about to launch her first eyeshadow palettes, and there are three to choose from, stating with the Mothership I: Subliminal Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00) –

‘This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety colors feature vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact fashion shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigment for seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes and intense shades blend, highlight, and adorn lids with exquisite light-reflective effects and pure radiance.’

Next is the Mothership II: Sublime Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00) –

This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety hues features vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact fashion shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigments for seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes and intense shades structure, design, and define eyes with crystalline pearl flashes and thrilling color effects. Beam beyond the spectrum and paint with light to accentuate and highlight the natural beauty of the face.’

And lastly the Mothership III: Subversive Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00) –

‘Provoke creativity and heighten beauty with rich color opulence that allows you to use makeup as wearable art. This curated collection of richly pigmented, velvety hues features vivid jewel tones, classic neutrals, and high-impact shades that glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define eyes for unlimited looks. The hybrid cream-infused powder formulations release infinitely smooth and extremely blendable pigments to achieve seamless color transitions with unprecedented buildability. The perfect balance of gorgeous finishes blend, highlight, and adorn lids with exquisite light-reflective effects and true color radiance. Tailor-made beauty gives voice to your artistic impulses for luxury at your fingertips.’

There are also two new lipstick collections, firstly the Lust LuxeTrance Lipstick ($38.00) –

‘This deluxe formulation glides on and hugs every curve, embracing lips in a silky smooth veil of alluring color while imparting an irresistible satiny sheen. Water Lily extract offers hydrating and protecting properties, while patent-pending biomimetric pigment coatings shield lips against harmful agents, ensuring comfort and intense color payoff. The Formula is designed for lasting wear with excellent adherence and zero bleeding. Submit to your carnal desires and seduce with LuxeTrance™ Lipstick—couture color confidence in a single swipe.’

And also the Lust MatteTrance Lipstick ($38.00) –

‘MatteTrance is a luxurious, richly pigmented formulation that adorns lips in a lightweight veil of opulently opaque colour that delivers mesmerizingly modern, matte finish. Sensually creamy, this powerful pigment evokes femme fatale glamour, summoning the spirit of a silver screen siren with every application. Each shade is presented like a jewel in a black-lacquered couture case fashioned with a sensually surrealist golden lip that’s destined to be a cult-status collectable. Role play with lipsticks so sinful your mouth will say everything without saying a word.’

For pencils, there are five eyeliners: the Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil ($25.00) –

‘The unique PermaGel Utra Eye Pencil formula fuses the precision of a gel and the ease of a pencil for smooth application and the highest level of rich pigmentation. The soft, silicone-enriched, waterproof eyeliner ensures long-lasting definition with a quick swipe that provides an instant, perfectly defined gaze. Once slicked onto the lids, the revolutionary formulation allows ample playtime to smudge and diffuse before setting. The pencil comes in an array of shades and finishes, from classic black and brown to glistening blue metallic, and delivers opulent opacity with a striking satin vinyl finish.’

And twelve lip liner pencils: the Permagel Ultra Glide Lip Pencil ($25.00) –

‘Effortlessly shape and add definition to lips with PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil, the ultimate in long-wearing lip definition. Augment your lips and enhance the natural volume of the mouth for beautifully shaded and sculpted lips. Once traced on, the revolutionary formulation allows ample playtime to smudge and diffuse before setting, and features an array of shades that coordinate with MatteTrance™ and LuxeTrance™ Lipsticks. It delivers opulent opacity for precise definition and is infused with exclusive PermaGel technology, which resists feathering and smudging while offering transfer-resistance for longer-lasting wear.’

Some of the above products are available already directly from Pat McGrath, with others to be added to the site on September 28th. The collection will also be coming to Sephora on October 6th.

I have to say I’m really excited for these products! But the high prices are a bit off-putting. I think I’m going to wait for reviews and swatches of the eyeshadow palettes to pop up before splashing out so much money – hopefully they’ll turn out to be as good as they look!

I’d love to hear what you think? Have you tried any Pat McGrath products? Are you tempted by these?? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Clarins Graphik Autumn 2017 Make-Up Collection

Posted on September 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have one of my favourite brands, Clarins back on the blog again today with their brand new Graphik Autumn Winter 2017 collection…

This Autumn, discover instant beauty perfection with Clarins Graphik collection. Eyes are enhanced with magnetic colour and shaped with graphic lines, whilst lips and cheeks are dressed with a pink glow.

Starting with the 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette (£34.00) – Clarins’ classic 4 Colour Eyeshadow Palette is back for AW17 offering a collection of wearable autumnal tones. The palette is 06 Forest includes two rich green shades, one subtle with a satin finish, the other a deep shade with a glimmering finish, as well as a dark matte grey shade complimented by a soft pink which is perfect for highlighting the inner corner of the eye and under the brow bone.

Next the Ombre Matte Single Eyeshadow (£19.00) – I really can’t get enough of this shade, 10 Midnight Blue is a stunning iridescent midnight blue which is perfect for a more colourful take on the classic smoky eye. The Ombre Matte formula is gorgeous too, offering the comfort and smoothing effect of a cream with the fine quality and hold of a powder.

And the collection also includes three beautiful Joli Rouge Lipsticks (£20.00) – I have 756 Guava (above centre) which is a slightly orange toned pink, and 754 Deep Red (above right) which is a gorgeous intense red. I’m a big fan of the Joli Rouge lipstick formula, which feels smooth and moisturising on the lips thanks to the added organic marsh samphire extract and mango oil, whilst providing a lovely satin finish with wonderful pigmentation.

There’s also two new shades of Lipliner Pencil (£17.50) – I have 06 Red which is a classic true red shade that will suit most red lipsticks. The Clarins Lipliner Pencil has a firm and sharp enough point to give the definition you’d want from a lipliner, with soft and smooth formula that feels comfortable on application.

And lastly the Graphik Ink Eyeliner (£21.00) – this comes in one shade, 01 Intense Black which promises an intense black line in one stroke thanks to its pure “carbon black” pigments. This eyeliner really does give a fantastically sharp line – I love the pointed felt tip which is makes application super easy, as well as incredibly accurate. The formula is both long wearing and transfer proof, meaning that no matter what look you go for, you know It’s going to last all day.

The Clarins Graphic Autumn 2017 Collection is available now at Clarins and House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: MAC Rollerwheel Eyeliner, Bold & Bad Lash Mascara & Metallic Lipsticks

Posted on September 5, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a few of the latest launches from MAC to share with you today – starting with their rather exciting Rollerwheel Eyeliner…

You’ve probably heard about the Rollerwheel Liquid Eyeliner (£16.50) or ‘pizza cutter’ eyeliner by now, as it’s been talked about quite a lot recently. This completely new and innovative approach to eyeliner has got beauty fans across the globe excited – the idea being that a teeny tiny wheel is ran across the lash line to give a perfectly even and straight line – but does it actually work?

Well, rather like the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Eyeliner, which was quite a weird and wonderful concept at the time of launch, the roller wheel does take a bit of getting used to. The tiny spinning disc does give a nice sharp line, which is very fine indeed, and would take most people quite a few goes to get it to a decent thickness. However, if you like a super thin line applied close to the lash line, this could be the product for you. Be prepared to practice though as the applicator does take a bit of getting used to.

This is available in Black, Brown and Blue, in both matte and shine finishes.

Next I have the new Bold & Bad Lash Mascara (£19.50) – this mascara is basically two products in one. It has a dual chamber which contains a large brush for the upper lashes, and a mini brush for lower lashes – with each having different mascara formulas to suit the upper and lower lashes too.

The formula promises to do everything you’d expect, apart from being flake proof and smudge proof, the larger brush delivers customized volume to the top, whilst separating the lashes, while the smaller brush creates smudge-proof definition to the bottom.

Though personally my super short lashes find the large main brush a bit on the big side, I love the mini brush for the bottom lashes, and the formula is fantastic too.

And lastly I have a few of the new limited edition Metallic Lipsticks to show you. There are 18 shades to choose from offering rich colour with smooth pearlized chrome finish, in a wide range of colours. The 18 shades are as follows –

  • Royal Hour – a deep royal purple with blue pearl.
  • Foiled Rose – a brightened blue pink.
  • Hades Fire – a cool red burgundy.
  • Silver Spoon – a multidimensional silver.
  • In Lust – a light warm neutral.
  • Jupiter – a bronzed neutral.
  • Pearly One – a confetti’ed white frost.
  • Disobedient – a deep burgundy red wine.
  • Anything Once – a blackened blue with multi-colored pearl.
  • Metalwork – a pale beige with golden shimmer.
  • Love’s A Gamble – a light pink with peach and silver shimmer.
  • Rose-Dipped – a mid-tone pink with gold and silver shimmer.
  • Wild Nectar – a rose with silver shimmer.
  • Optix – an orange with gold pearl.
  • Ionized Iris – a bright fuchsia with multi-color pearl.
  • Forbidden Romance – a brick red with multi-dimensional pearl
  • Pale Rose – a cool muted neutral pink.
  • Cold Front – a frosted periwinkle blue.

I have a few of the more out-there shades, as well as a more wearable pink, swatched from top to bottom above –

  • Anything Once – a blackend blue with multi-colored pearl.
  • Rose-Dipped – a midtone pink with gold and silver shimmer.
  • Royal Hour – a deep royal purple with blue pearl.
  • Cold Front – a frosted periwinkle blue.

You can see all the shades offer decent pigmentation, but are still on the sheer side. If you’re looking for full coverage then these are not for you! However, they do look great worn on top of a liquid lipstick, which gives a nice base to set off the shimmer and sparkles.

All the above products are available to purchase now at MAC and Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: MAC Chromat Limited Edition Collection

Posted on July 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with MAC’s latest limited edition collection – and this time they’ve teamed up with American fashion label Chromat. I must admit I had to google who they were… Chromat is based in New York City, formed by Becca McCharen in 2010 their designs draw from Becca’s background in architecture and urban design. Chromat focuses on structural experiments for the human body, and their collaboration with MAC showcases their strong sense of colour and bold aesthetic.

Becca McCharen of Chromat designs for today’s urban visionary, proudly expressing an inclusive stance on gender, tech and athleticism. In association with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, M·A·C chose Chromat to present its first makeup collection. Complete with Chromat’s architecturally inspired bionic 3D-print packaging, this is the future of assertive beauty.

Starting with the Eyeshadow X 6 Chromat Palette (£25.00) – as soon as I saw this palette I was in love! I just love the contrast of the steely shimmery grey toned shades with the bright, almost neon pops of orange and azure blue. I know this isn’t going to be up everyone’s street, and it’s definitely not an every-day palette, but I think each of these colours will be able to be used in so many different ways to create some fantastic striking looks – how about the grey shades across the lid, with black in the crease and blue under the bottom lashes? I think this would look amazing!

The Eyeshadow X 6 Chromat Palette is a small, hand sized palette featuring six shades – including rich black, pearlescent deep orange, brown with blue/green pearl, vibrant ocean blue, pearlescent navy and metallic gunmetal. If you’re a fan of MAC you’ll probably know their eyeshadows can sometimes be a bit hit and miss, but I was beyond impressed with both the pigmentation and blendability of all of these shades, they really are excellent. The shades are as follows –

  • Sabina Sangre – a deep orange with gold pearl.
  • Duabandita – a brown with blue/green pearl.
  • Structured Satin – a rich black.
  • Mindfiles – a metallic silver with pearl.
  • Triennial Wave – a vibrant ocean blue.
  • Blue Black – a navy blue with blue pearl.

Next the Chromatic Lipstick (£16.50) – This is a special-edition Lipstick available in two hues, each with a different finish. Shade #Shockvalue is a bright aqua blue with an amplified finish, giving it a creamy yet highly pigmented finish. And Augmented Reality is an intense candy red with a long lasting matte finish.

I also have the Chromatic Zoomlash Mascara (£15.50) – This is a special-edition royal blue mascara with a three-sided fibre brush that instantly volumizes and separates lashes. The creamy, velvety formula promises to build density and condition, while feeling light and supple on the lashes, while the ultra-sculpted brush has three-sided fibres to embrace, hold and separate each lash.

 

Other products in the collection include –

The Chromat Fluidline Eyeliner (£16.50) – A special-edition, long-wearing, bright metallic blue gel liner that applies with a brush for foolproof application. The ultra-smooth gel formula provides the precision of a liquid liner with a silkier, softer finish. Goes on foolproof with a brush in an easy dip-and-stroke action. Long-wearing. Smudge-proof.

The Chromat Technakohl Eyeliner (£14.50) – A mechanical pencil-style liner with a soft and creamy formula in a deep metallic navy shade. Formula is soft and creamy with intense, rich colour. Blends on application. Dries quickly to a long-wearing, no-smudge finish. Versatile. An easy way to line the top and lower lash line of the eye.

And lastly the Chromat Glitter (£16.00) – This is a special-edition Glitter in a sparkling bright turquoise shade, that creates a high-level sparkle effect which can be used on the face, skin and hair.

The MAC Chromat Limited Edition Collection is available now at Mac Cosmetics and Selfridges.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: NEW Guerlain Terracotta Products for SS17 #FeelTheSunAndFeelGood

Posted on July 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

If you’re a fan of Guerlain makeup and skincare, you’ll no doubt be aware of their famous Terracotta product range. For SS17, Guerlain have added a few fab new products to their Terracotta collection, including new collector’s items, basics and limited editions, that each promise to illuminate skin with a natural golden glow and revive its radiance…

In 2017, Terracotta has been reinvented and Guerlain has created must-have new products that leave us feeling good inside and out all year round, with or without the sun.  A collection offering a host of face and body rituals, allowing every woman to obtain a natural tan whenever she wishes – while waiting for the sun to appear or under its rays; adjust the intensity for made-to-measure colour; and choose a matte or shimmer finish.

Starting with Terracotta Jolies Jambes (£45.00) – literally meaning ‘pretty legs’, this is Guerlain’s first perfecting and blurring tinted fluid especially for legs. I’d describe the formula as a medium weight fluid, which gives the coverage of a light foundation. Shade Clair / Light which I have gives pale legs a beautiful natural looking glow, whilst instantly blurring away minor blemishes and skin imperfections. The idea kind of reminds me of Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs (which is a spray) – this however is a cream, and it has the most beautiful summery scent with notes of Vanilla and Tiare Flower – it really is gorgeous! The formula also resists sweat and rubbing and is transfer-proof, and to remove, you simply wash it away in the shower with soap.

For the body, I also have the Terracotta Nourishing Dry Oil (£41.50) – this is a lightweight dry oil for the face, body and hair. Again with the lovely Tiare Flower scent, the Terracotta Nourishing Dry Oil is enriched with Sweet Almond, Camelina and Limnanthus Seed Oil to soothe, protect and nourish skin, as well as a Tan Booster Complex to prepare and enhance the skin’s natural tan. Ideal for all skin types, the Guerlain Terracotta Nourishing Dry Oil promises to cocoon skin in intense nourishment.

Guerlain advises to apply a few drops to the face and body to give a satiny finish, or after sun exposure to enhance the skin’s natural tan. Or to use on hair, apply to the lengths for a wet-hair effect, or as a mask for intense nourishment.

I also have a couple of new Terracotta makeup products. For SS17, Guerlain has improved the formula of their limited edition Terracotta Sun Tonic Bronzing Powder (£36.50) so it’s now waterproof – meaning there’s no need to worry about your bronzer wearing off this summer. The delicately milled formulation creates an ultra-fine film to give skin a flawless finish, providing your complexion with long-lasting comfort and moisture, and it’s also been enriched with a Tan Booster Complex, to activate, boost and prolong your tan. I have shade 03 Natural Brunettes which is slightly too dark for my super fair complexion, but would be perfect for those with a light to medium skin tone.

And lastly, I have one of the new Kiss Kiss Shaping Cream Lip Colours (£27.50). Two bold new hues have been introduced to the KissKiss range for SS17, including 567 Pink Sunrise, a romantic rosy red, and 542 Orange Peps which is an intense bright orange shade.

The limited edition Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick shades promise to dress the lips in bold, comfortable colour thanks to its satin-finish and non-drying texture. These lipsticks are enriched with plumping Hyaluronic Acid Spheres and Mango Butter, to immediately smooth and nourish, for a perfected lip look.

Personally, I’m a big fan of bright lipstick shades for summer, any bright oranges or hot pinks will always look good with a tan, so this intense orange shade is the perfect addition to your SS17 lipstick wardrobe.

Guerlain’s Terracotta range is available now at Debenhams and House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: Kiko Mini Divas Limited Edition Capsule Collection

Posted on July 3, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have the fourth limited edition capsule collection from Kiko to share with you today – in collaboration with Vogue, KIKO has handed over the reins for this collection to Benedetta Bruzziches, an emerging talent and owner of the Benedetta Bruzziches accessory brand. Mini Divas pays modern-day homage to the glamour of the stars of the 1950s, including makeup products and accessories designed for a sophisticated and magnetic look.

Blush, bronzing powder, mini baked eyeshadow, mascara with pencil for intense looks and small, jewel-like lipsticks that you can carry with you on-the-go in your new evening clutch bag await you, together with the most glamorous beauty accessories. These mini accessories are irresistibly seductive.

Starting with the Mini baked bronzer (£8.90) – this bronzer has been designed to give a natural and radiant glow to the complexion. Offering buildable coverage, it has a lovely soft texture that’s easy to apply and blend. This is available in one shade, 02 Essential Biscuit, and as soon as I saw it I know I’d love it. This colour is perfect for those with fair or very fair skin tones, giving a lovely light warm hue to the skin.

Next I have the Mini Baked Blush (£7.90) – again this product is only available in one shade, 01 Outstanding Cherry Flower. This mini baked blusher has an ultra-fine texture making a joy to apply to the cheeks, as well as being easy to blend.

And the Mini Baked Eyeshadow (£4.90) – this super dinky eyeshadow is again baked, and is super finely milled, giving a silky smooth texture, and the formula also includes a high pearl percentage which gives a gorgeous shimmery metallic finish. I have shade 03 Ritual Golden Brown which is a beautiful rich chocolate brown, that applies evenly and looks fab all over the lid for a smoky eye. You can also use the Mini Baked Eyeshadows wet for more intense colour payoff. There are four shades to choose from –

  • 01 Balanced Champagne (pearl)
  • 02 Radiant Copper (metallic)
  • 03 Ritual Golden Brown (pearl)
  • 04 Gleaming Gold (pearl)

I also have the Mini Mascara + Mini Eye Pencil Kit (£8.90) – this sweet little set is just perfect for throwing into your bag on a night out. The Mini Eye Pencil is perfect for lining the top lid, and the Mini Mascara is a great curling mascara with a volume-enhancing effect – both are just really handy for touch ups when you’re out and about.

And lastly I have the Half-Matte Mini lipstick (£4.90) – available in three shades, this super cute little lipstick features a smooth-gliding and comfortable texture that provides excellent coverage with a full, pigment-rich vibrant colour. I have shade 02 Wieldy Geranium which is a stunning true bright red – I love it!

  • 01 Practical Rose
  • 02 Wieldy Geranium
  • 03 Handy Orchid

I really love everything about this collection from the mini sized products to the cute packaging –  if you’re looking to stock up on some travel makeup essentials, be sure to check out this range!

The Mini Divas collection is available now at Kiko Cosmetics

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx