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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

Beauty: Kiko Active Fluo Limited Edition Capsule Collection

Posted on June 27, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have the latest limited edition collection from Kiko to share with you today – Active Fluo is their third capsule collection in celebration of their 20th anniversary. Created by fashion designer Arthur Arbesser, the collection combines in-your-face neon colours, with bold graphic motifs, and clean, minimalist shapes.

The make-up is vibrant and the fluo colours brimming with energy, for looks that steal the show. The passion, energy and technical performance inherent in sports are revived in specific products designed to maximize make-up hold. Comfort is at all times a must.

Let’s start with the Neon Eye Pencil (£5.90) – ok so I must admit I was a little confused when I first opened this pencil. I expected a neon green shade due to the packaging, which I think is quite understandable, but this is actually a black eyeliner pencil that becomes fluorescent when exposed to UV light. Which I think is pretty cool! I should point out that this is not suitable for the waterline – I’m assuming due to the ingredient that makes it fluorescent. In terms of an eyeliner, it has a nice soft texture that does the job and can create a decent sharp line. Unfortunately I don’t have access to a fluorescent light so I can’t tell you how well it glows!

The Neon Lip & Body Pencil (£5.90) – is very similar to the above Eye Pencil, it’s basically the same as it glows under fluorescent light, but this pencil is specifically made for the lips and body. This one is also available in three shades which match up to the lipsticks in the collection. I have 01 Stronger Coral, which is a bright pink shade that gives a high-definition line.

Next the Neon Lipstick (£6.90) – this is an amazingly bright intense pink matte lipstick that becomes fluorescent when exposed to UV light. It has a velvety matte texture that isn’t the most long wearing matte I’ve ever worn, but it’s still very good and not as drying as other mattes. This is available in three bold colours, and I have shade 02 Powerful Fuchsia which is a blue toned neon pink.

And lastly the Neon Nail Lacquer (£3.90) – this is a clear, pink tinted nail polish that can be used on its own or as a top coat. It has a plumping effect, and you can probably guess by now it also becomes fluorescent when exposed to UV light. I actually really like this, it’s just something a bit different, and I love that you can put it over any base colour of nail polish to make your nails glow under UV.

Overall this is a great collection – the only thing I will say is it’s a real shame I wasn’t able to get my hands on a UV light – I’d love to have had the chance to test everything out to see how well it all glows. Do let me know if you’ve tried any of these products out under UV as I’d love to hear if they really work!

The Active Fluo collection is available now at Kiko Cosmetics – and is currently on sale at half price, so be sure to snap them up while you can.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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: MAC x Steve J & Yoni P Limited Edition Collection

Posted on June 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have another limited edition collection from MAC to share with you today – this time it’s in collaboration with Korean contemporary womenswear designers Steve J and Yoni P – I must admit I hadn’t heard of them before, but after looking them up I’ve pretty much fallen in love with their designs. Think high end casual wear, with an injection of youthful humour and colour…

Korean design duo Steve J. and Yoni P. strike a spunky balance between flirty frills and sporty thrills. Now, the couple introduces a M·A·C collection as cheeky and progressive as their fashion! Pinks, smoky-warm neutrals and playful, graphic packaging tap into the vibe of Seoul street style.

The Steve J & Yoni P Mac collection is quite extensive, including a large range of colour cosmetics as well as brushes and a makeup bag, all featuring a playful limited edition print.

Starting with the Lipstick (£16.50) – there are four lipsticks in this collection in a range of warm hues with two finishes. I have shade Yoni Crush, which is an intense red that’s truly beautiful. This one also has an amplified finish, which is one of my favourite MAC lipstick finishes as it gives fantastically rich colour that feels comfortable and moisturising on the lips. The four shades are –

  • Spotlight Me – light peachy nude (amplified)
  • Yoni Crush – bold orange-red (amplified)
  • Candy Yum-Yum – neon pink (matte)
  • A Killing Smile – bright pinkish red (matte)

I also have this super cute Eyeshadow X2 Duo (£20.00) – there are two sweet little eyeshadow duos available in this collection, I have Touch Me Baby which includes shades Keep on Twinkling, which is a really pretty light frosted pink, and Soba, which is a light brown with a hint of golden shimmer. Both shades are well pigmented, and are very easy to wear, light neutral colours.

And lastly the Lip & Cheek X6 in Yoni Attraction (£36.00) – this special-edition palette includes six varied pink shades for both lips and cheeks. There are five Casual Colour shades for cheeks plus one Lipstick shade –

  • Keep It Loose Casual Colour – warm pink
  • Secret Admirer Casual Colour – bright coral
  • Young at Heart Casual Colour – bright pink
  • Weekend Getaway Casual Colour – cool rose
  • Lazy Sunday Casual Colour – baby pink
  • Show Orchid Lipstick – very hot pink (amplified)

The other products in the collection include –

Zoom Lash (£15.50) in Zoomblack – a rich black.

Studio Eye Gloss (£16.00) in Pearl Varnish – a white gloss with pearl.

Dazzleshadow X2 in Midnight Fever (£20.00) including shades Let’s Boogie (black with sparkles) and Sparkling Moment (black with purple & red sparkles)

Powder Blush (£19.50) in shades Peony Petal – a bright blue-pink (satin) and Sugar or Syrup – a light yellow-pink (satin)

Brushes in 217 Blending Brush (£21.00) and 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush (£28.00)

Makeup Bag / Steve J & Yoni P X MAC £25.00

The MAC x Steve J & Yoni P Limited Edition Collection is available now at MAC Cosmetics

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: What’s New At Estee Lauder?

Posted on May 31, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have a few of Estee Lauder’s latest releases to share with you today – there’s a gorgeous new lipstick, various skincare items and also a couple of primers. Let’s take a look…

Starting with skincare, I have the DayWear Matte Oil-Control Anti-Oxidant Moisture Gel Creme (from £25.00 for 30ml at John Lewis) – this is a fantastic moisturiser for those with oily skin, as it helps to control oil and minimise shine throughout the day, whilst also reducing the look of visible pores. The formula is a fresh, ultra-light gel creme, which feels light and barely-there on the skin. It contains Estee Lauder’s Moisture Matte Technology to control oil for up to 8 hours – which is just what I need in this weather! My skin is usually quite dry, but more recently I’ve been getting oily areas around my nose and on my forehead. I’ve used this moisturiser a few times now and apart from leaving my skin feeling smooth and soft, it’s definitely helped keep the oil at bay.

I also have the Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil (£49.50 for 30ml at John Lewis) – this has been designed to use with Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Serum to help ‘lock in’ the serum. The Recovery Mask in Oil contains Chronolux™ and Anti-Oxidants to help fortify skin to fight the appearance of aging, and the formula promises to strengthen, nourish and rebuild, preparing the skin for the day ahead by boosting its natural resistance to environmental stressors.

On to primers now – I have the Matte Perfecting Primer (£22.50 at John Lewis) – this mattifying primer again is perfect for the warmer weather as it controls oil and shine, whilst creating a silky-smooth canvas ready for makeup application. Unsurprisingly it works really well teamed with the above Moisture Gel Cream. This primer is oil free, and gives the skin a lovely velvety matte finish.

And the Smoother Universal Perfecting Primer (£22.50 at John Lewis) – unlike the Mattifying Primer above, this lightweight primer is infused with skin-softening apricot essence to optically perfect skin, diffusing the look of pores and imperfections. It leaves skin with a smooth, even texture.

For eyes, I have the new Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Eye Gelée (£36.00 for 8ml at John Lewis) – this multi-action, fatigue-fighting eye treatment promises to improve firmness and reduce the look of lines, wrinkles and puffiness. It has a cooling, metal massage tip which feels really refreshing, and also helps to reinvigorate the eye area and brighten the look of dark circles.

And lastly the new Pure Colour Love Lipstick (£17.10 at John Lewis) – described as fun and daring lip colour with good-for-you ingredients that help smooth lips and renew moisture, the new Pure Colour Love Lipsticks are available in 30 different shades, with a variety of finishes. There’s mattes, shimmer pearls, chromes and cremes, so whatever finish you prefer, you’re bound to find the perfect lipstick for you. The Cremes, Chromes and Shimmers have a deliciously balmy texture, and the Mattes are bold, vibrant, rich, long-lasting, and feel weightless on the lips.

Out of everything, I think the DayWear Matte Oil-Control Anti-Oxidant Moisture Gel Creme has to be my favourite product. I just love how it makes my skin feel hydrated but without any greasiness, or ‘heavy’ feeling like you can get with certain moisturisers. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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