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Beauty: New Spring 2017 Lip Launches

Posted on March 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

There have been SO many new lip launches over the last few months, I really didn’t know where to start with them! So I decided in the end I’d just group everything together and talk you through them all. Some are pretty decent, some are really good, and a couple really are excellent. Let’s get stuck in!

Starting with the new Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick (£15.00 at HQ Hair) – now I must admit, Lord & Berry isn’t a brand that I’d usually gravitate towards, for no other reason than I’m just not overly familiar with their products. But I have to say their new Timeless Kiss Proof Lipsticks really are fantastic!

They have a lovely, creamy formula that contains a nourishing blend of Neem, Sesame and Indian Frankincense Essential Oils, making them super comfortable on the lips, whilst being incredibly pigmented with a transfer-resistant matte finish. I really was impressed with these and they’re definitely worth checking out. I have shades –

  • Brave Red – a true red
  • Pop Pink – an intense magenta
  • First Lady – a mid brown with gold sparkle

(I should just mention that I took my photos before the products had a chance to dry, so just letting you know they do dry down matte)

Next we have the Chantecaille Matte Chic Lipsticks (£33.00 at Space NK) – you probably won’t be surprised to hear these are the most expensive products in this round up. The Matte Chic lipsticks have a light, whipped texture that’s very similar to the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets. I love that they feel barely-there on the lips, whilst being moisturising and also long wearing. They’d make a great treat if you’re a fan of Chantecaille products. I have shades –

  • Jerry – a nude pink
  • Carmen – a true deep red

And at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Clinique Crayola Chubby Stick in Wild Strawberry (£17.50 at House of Fraser) is perfect if you’re looking for a nourishing lip product with just a hint of colour. The formula contains mango and shea butters to keep lips feeling comfortably soft and smooth, and the Crayola theme is really fun and playful.

Back to liquid lipsticks now, the LA Splash Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£9.95 at Beauty Bay) have been a long time favourite of mine. I picked some up direct from LA Splash in the US a while ago now, and I was beyond impressed with how well they lasted on my lips.

Their Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick collection is inspired by desserts, and comes in a range of muted, neutral shades. The formula is full coverage, and completely transfer proof, and it’s also worth mentioning that you don’t want to apply this too thickly, as I’ve found it wears off the lips quicker if it’s applied too generously. I have shades –

  • Dark Mocha Mousse – a light warm brown.
  • Buttermilk Cheesecake – a natural nude with pink undertones.
  • Macaroon –  a deep rosy pink.

The Ciate London Pretty Stix Lipstick (£16.00 at Lookfantastic) is another new product that’s now a favourite of mine. This is more along the lines of a sheer lipstick, offering a moisturising formula which combines Brazilian Murumuru butter and Amino Acid to give the soothing and conditioning properties of a balm, combined with the pigmentation of a lipstick. I love that the Pretty Stix make my lips feel so smooth and moisturised. I’ve been wearing Vintage Blush quite a lot this week!

  • Vintage Blush – a light coral nude
  • Romcom – a bright magenta
  • Heartbreaker – a deep purple

Next we have the brand new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£19.00 at Smashbox) – it’s been quite a while since I’ve used Smashbox products so I wasn’t too sure what to expect with these, but the Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks are some of the most highly pigmented lip products I’ve ever tried – I was so impressed!

They promise to stay put for up to 8 hours, and contain Advanced Polymer Technology and Primer Oil Complex to give a super smooth, intensely pigmented, budge-proof finish. I have shades –

  • Let’s Dance – a bright purple toned magenta
  • Shockaholic – a super bright magenta pink
  • Big Spender – an intense rose pink

For those looking for a budget product, I always recommend checking out Sleek Cosmetics. The Sleek Cosmetics Matte Lip Cream (£4.99 at Boots) is a great product for less than a fiver, and they’ve now brought out a selection of fun and bright pastel shades for spring. The formula isn’t the most pigmented in the world, but it’s decent enough to give good coverage with a couple of swipes, and it lasts for a good few hours before you need to think about touching up. Overall this is a great budget product. I have shades –

  • French Fancy – a pretty mid cool toned pink
  • Crushed Lavender – a light lavender purple
  • Apricot Blooms – a light coral-apricot

If you’re not a fan of liquid lipsticks, the new Makeup Forever Artist Acrylip Glosses (£17.50 at Debenhams) could be right up your street. Inspired by bold, high-pigment artist acrylic paints, the MUFE Artist Acrylips give lips the most intense, glossy color with just one swipe. I really love the smoothness of the formula, as well as the amazing pigmentation. I should reiterate that these are glosses and do not dry down or set in any way shape or form – but they also don’t move around the mouth at all which is great news. I have shades –

  • 202 Coral Pink – an intense petal pink
  • 400 Iconic Red – an intense true red
  • 600 Dark Purple – a deep aubergine purple

And the Pixi Beauty GelTint & SilkGloss (£14.00 at ASOS) – Pixi is one of my favourite beauty brands, and I love that their products are always so interesting and innovative. This double ended tint and gloss is just a fantastic idea that I’ve never seem before. One end contains a gel formula lip stain, and the other holds a glossy top coat.

And lastly, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick (£17.50 at Selfridges) – this collection includes some really beautiful shades, and I was drawn to ‘So Me’ which has a real 90’s vibe about it. I’m not actually a fan of MAC’s original Retro Matte Lipsticks as I find them to be incredibly drying, so I was interested to see how the liquid version fared. Well I have to say I was impressed! As expected the formula was richly pigmented, but it was also pleasant to wear and lasted all day. I definitely want to pick up some more shades now!

I’d love to hear which lip products you’ve been loving lately?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: The Best Beauty Gifts Under £25.00

Posted on December 12, 2016

Hi Guys!

Can you believe it’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas! I really need to get my house organised – we finally have a tree – but no decorations yet! 😀 I’m also now starting to publish my gift guides, which I’m kicking off today with a beauty guide including a fantastic selection of gifts under £25.00. Enjoy!

Let’s start with the very festive looking Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Christmas Set (£15.50) – most people will be familiar with this iconic product, as it’s literally one of the most popular cleansers ever. Did you also know it’s won over 120 awards too! This gift set contains everything you need to get super clean skin in mere minutes – there’s a 100ml tube of Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 2x Pure Muslin Cloths, and a Cleansing Guide included, all beautifully encased in a specially-designed luxury Christmas gift box that’s just perfect for gifting.

Next we have the Mini Moderns Festival of Light Candle Collection (£26.00) – Ok I know this is over £25.00, but only by a smidge so I’ve allowed it to sneak in this post! This super cute candle set contains four of Mini Moderns’ classic print designs on four wonderfully scented mini sized candles. The fragrances included are – Whitby (Sea Spray), Pavilion (Gin Fizz) Darjeeling (Tea and Fig) and Paisley Crescent (Eastern Orange Blossom).

And on to the Ted Baker Sweet Treats Gem Trio Gift Set (£22.50) – I absolutely love Ted Baker for Christmas gifts, they always come up with beautifully packaged goodies, and this Sweet Treats Gem Trio set would make either one fantastic gift, or three individual stocking fillers. Each ‘gem’ contains a travel sized Ted Baker perfume and a full sized nail polish. The fragrances included are really lovely and wearable, including Mia, Polly and Lyla scents – perfect for any girl who is constantly on the go.

Next we have the Orla Kiely Geranium Purse Spray Gift Set (£22.00) – This beautiful set from Orla Kiely includes a mini cosmetic bag and a 25ml Geranium Purse Spray, housed in a pretty, decorative gift box, with a classic Orla Kiely print.

Next, the Makeup Forever Artistic Smoky Eye Kit (£14.00) – this is a fab little gift set containing a selection of Makeup Forever minis. There’s an Excessive Lash Mascara, Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M60 (brown) and also one in M10 (black) – so you can create some gorgeous smoky eye looks this Christmas.

If lips are more your thing, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector Collection (£25.40) is a definite must have. I love Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors, they leave your lips feeling incredibly silky smooth and nourished, with a natural tint of colour and a glossy shine. This set includes shades 01 Rose shimmer and 02 Apricot shimmer.

Moving on to fragrance, the brand new Accessorize Lovelily Perfume (£19.00) has recently caught my attention. I have to tell you I’m completely in love with this scent. It’s super feminine with notes of raspberry, orange, jasmine and sweet vanilla, and it really reminds me of my youth, I think because it’s quite a young and sweet fragrance. This scent is a fantastic bargain at only £19.00 for 75ml – if I didn’t have this already, it’d definitely be on my Christmas list this year!

Continuing with scent, another bargain fragrance is the new Monsoon Rose Gold EDP – which is currently on offer for only £19.33. Rose Gold EDP has top notes of sparkling lemon, soft fruit and ozonic scents, heart notes of velvety rose, tuberose, neroli and cyclamen, and a base of Eastern woods, vanilla, mosses, musk and balsamic amber. This is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a new reasonably priced fragrance.

And the Jo Malone Geranuim & Walnut Hand Cream (£22.00) – We all know Jo Malone makes some of the best and most beautifully packaged products, but if you’re looking something at the cheaper end of the spectrum, this Geranium & Walnut Hand Cream would make the perfect gift for any Jo Malone fan this Christmas, without breaking the bank. This cream has a lightweight, delicately scented formula including Apricot Kernel oil which absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving hands soft and moisturised.

Next the Pixi by Petra Rosy Radiance Palette (£19.00) – I often think Pixi makeup is quite underrated, and this palette is a very reasonably priced considering how much product is included. The Rosy Radiance Palette Rosette from Pixi is an all-in-one colour kit including an array of rose, crème and taupe hues that are able to sculpt and enhance cheeks, add a wash of colour to eyes and fill in sparse brows. The Palette Contains: 8x Eye Shades, 3x Brow Shades, 3x Face Shades and a Duo Applicator.

And lastly, the L’Occitane Delightful Floral Hand Cream Trio (£22.00) – this lovely little set would make the perfect Christmas gift for any L’Occitane fan. It contains 3x 30ml hand creams in scents Cherry Blossom, Arlésienne and Pivoine Flora – which is a real bargain at only £7.33 each!

I’d love to hear what’s top of your Christmas list this year? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Five Finishing Powders To Try

Posted on May 2, 2015

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Hi Guys!

In my opinion, finding a finishing face powder is always going to be problematic if you have anything other than ‘normal’ skin. If you tend to have an oily complexion you’re going to want a powder to prevent shine, but I have the opposite problem, I have dry skin – particularly around my eyebrows (I used to have eczema in one of my eyebrows as a child, which I’m sure is a contributing factor) also my forehead and around my nose can be pretty dry too. So I need a product that isn’t going to emphasise any dry areas, and also one that doesn’t dry my skin out further. Of course I look after my skin, I moisturise, exfoliate and do as much as I can to keep it in good condition, but if you suffer from dry skin you’ll know no matter why you do, it just seems to keep coming back!

So today I thought I’d share with you a selection of finishing powders I’ve been trying out recently, they range from £2.00 to £24.00, so let’s see which comes out on top!

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First up is the Bare Minerals Original Mineral Veil (£21.00) Now this, I love. I was initially a bit wary of this powder at first, I thought surely it’s just going to dry my skin out further and make it look worse? But Bare Mineral’s Mineral Veil is actually fantastic for dryer skins. It doesn’t contain anything that will dry or dehydrate the skin further, and because it has a super light texture, it’s easy to wear without feeling ‘caked on’. Mineral Veil helps to minimise lines, absorb any oils, and just gives your complexion a flawless finish – it’s also completely translucent so it will suit any skin tone. I’ve got a dinky little brush with mine that’s perfect for carrying around in my makeup bag. You only need the tiniest amount of product, quickly buff it into the skin and you’re done! I love that this is so quick and easy to apply.

Since buying this, Bare Minerals also have a few more options available, including Tinted, Illumination and Hydrating Mineral Veils. I’d be interested to hear if anyone has tried any of these, and how they compare to the original. Please do let me know!

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Next is the bargain of the bunch – Makeup Revolution Translucent Pressed Powder £2.00. TWO POUNDS I tell you! That really is ridiculously cheap! Anyway this little compact comes with a handy flat sponge applicator slotted into the back for easy application, it promises to even out your complexion, reduce shine, and set your makeup. I found the formula of this powder is actually pretty good considering the price, to be honest I wasn’t expecting much for £2.00, but it’s actually a nice little powder that’s soft and feels comfortable on the skin. On my ‘normal’ skin areas it was fine, but I probably would’t recommend it if you have dryer skin as it didn’t sit so well on my forehead. Also, this is supposed to be translucent, but it actually came out quite dark on my super fair skin so unfortunately I don’t think this product is for me.

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Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer Pressed Powder (£24.00) As you probably know, I love Too Faced’s products, I’ve only recently tried their Cocoa Powder Foundation which I loved, so I couldn’t wait to put their Poreless Face Primer Powder to the test! I have a real problem with visible pores on my nose, a few around my nose, and also on my chin, so I’m always keen on trying any product that claims it will get rid of / tighten / cover them / erase them forever. The Poreless Face Primer Powder is quite the multi-tasker, it can be worn under foundation as a primer, on-top of makeup as a setting powder or alone for a natural finish. It promises that either way, you’ll still banish the appearance of pores and achieve a stunning, soft-focus look. It’s been formulated to minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections and it’s infused with vitamins A, C & E for antioxidant benefits and Mulberry Extract for a brightening effect.

So how did this fare up? Well the powder itself has a super soft feel, and it comes with a cute mini powder puff and internal mirror which is handy for application on the go. Personally I prefer to dust this on with a brush, as I always seem to be a bit too heavy handed with the powder puff and end up looking quite white! This powder does actually seem to hide the appearance of enlarged pores – it didn’t completely disguise them but it definitely made them less obvious, and left my skin with a lovely smooth finish.

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And lastly we have the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder ($34.00) and the NYX HD Finishing Powder (£9.50) I’ve put these two guys together because they’re so similar.

So if we start off with the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder, this costs about £22.50 from Sephora (so also consider import fees if you want to buy) and at the moment I can’t see that it’s available in the UK – but please do let me know if I’m wrong. This little pot of powder has actually won three awards which is impressive in itself, it’s again a translucent powder that’s to be applied over foundation or worn alone. It’s made of 100 percent-mineral silica and sets the foundation and slightly mattifies skin, it also softens the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and pores and completely evens out the complexion for a glowing, radiant look.

Now I love this powder, it’s easily the most finely milled of the bunch, when I dabbed my finger in it I actually couldn’t feel the powder on my skin because it was so fine! One one hand I have to say I prefer pressed powders for convenience, but I think this definitely wouldn’t have the same effect if it was in pressed form. This is a fantastic powder for buffing over foundation to give a flawless finish, and it leaves your skin feeling unbelievably soft to the touch.

So lastly I have the NYX HD Finishing Powder. At less than half the price of the MUFE powder, I was really surprised by how similar they are. Yes you do get less product (6g vs 10g) but it’s less than half the price of the MUFE powder and yet very much the same thing. This is also 100% pure mineral silica powder, and basically does the same job as the Makeup Forever powder. The texture feels the same and the finish is the same on the skin. So if you’re thinking of going for the MUFE HD powder, I’d definitely recommend you check out NYX first!

Apart from the Makeup Revolution powder, which was actually pretty good for the price, just not suited to my skin, I’m actually impressed with all of these products so it’s really hard to choose a favourite! I’ld love to hear what you think? Do you have a favourite finishing powder?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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