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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: 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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Giveaway! Win The Entire Urban Decay Naked Heat Collection!

Posted on September 18, 2017

Hi Guys!

It feels like forever since I held a giveaway on the blog, but I’m back today with a fab one, just for you 😉

The new Urban Decay Naked Heat eyeshadow palette has been one of the most popular palette launches of the year, and its easy to see why – containing a selection of warm to hot hues, these shades are both on trend, as well as easy to wear and look amazing on all eye colours.

And you may or may not know, that there are also a few other products in the Naked Heat collection. Urban Decay have also included a range of 24/7 Eyeliner Pencils and Vice Lipsticks in gorgeous warm amber tones…

The Naked Heat Vice Lipsticks come in three shades – Fuel, a warm nude cream peach shade, Scorched, a metallized coppe, and Heat, a metallized burnt red-gold.

And the Glide on Eye Pencils also come in two brand new red-hot shades. There’s Alkaline, an intense deep burgundy, and Torch, a warm muted orange.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the complete Urban Decay Naked Heat collection (all the products above) worth over £100, just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

This giveaway is open internationally and will run for 3 weeks, please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions – good luck!

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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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Every Single Beauty Advent Calendar for Christmas 2017!

Posted on September 4, 2017

Hi Guys!

Well it’s that time again, and it’s definitely true when they say Christmas comes earlier every year. I actually can’t believe I’m talking about Advent Calendars already!

I’ve put this post together so I can share as much early bird info as possible. I’m gathering together all the information that I can on every single beauty advent calendar available for 2017. I’m also including candles and a couple of other extra special ones that have caught my eye.

I should point out that some of these calendars are available now (hence why I’m publishing this post now), some are pre-order / waitlist, and others aren’t available as yet. I’ll include details on availability for each one so you know when you’ll be able to snap them up, as well as updating release dates as and when I have them – so be sure to bookmark this post and keep checking back for new info!

I’ll also be adding more calendars as I come across them – so do keep checking back for (hopefully) the most comprehensive list of beauty advent calendars around!

So here we go, (I’ll warn you, this is a long post) in price order starting with the cheapest…

  • What? Bomb Cosmetics Advent Calendar
  • How much? £19.99
  • When and where? Available NOW at All Beauty & at Bomb Cosmetics

And what’s in it? – One of the most affordable beauty advent calendars on the market, Bomb Cosmetics gives you 24 days of super sweet bath treats. Expect to find a range of bath blasters and soaps to keep your bath sweetly scented throughout December.

  • What? Superdrug Bloom 12 Days of Christmas EDT Calendar
  • How much? £24.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug

And what’s in it? – This is the first fragrance only advent calendar I’ve seen, and I love that it’s budget friendly! The Superdrug Bloom EDP Calendar contains 12x mini 8ml EDT fragrances from the Superdrug Bloom range.

  • What? Mad Beauty Advent Calendar & Four Crackers
  • How much? £29.99
  • When and where? Available NOW at GetPark.

And what’s in it? – This fantastic budget advent calendar contains a selection of Mad Beauty makeup and accessories, as well as 4 x crackers which each contain a different shade of nail polish.

  • What? Tanya Burr 12 Sweet Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £30.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – Tanya’s 12 Sweet Days Advent Calendar is perfect for teens and contains a selection of Tanya Burr beauty goodies, expect ‘Christmassy’ red and silver shades, and lots of glitter and sparkle.

  • What? The Body Shop Advent Calendar
  • How much? From £45.00 to £99.00
  • When and where? Available from 12th September 2017 at The Body Shop

And what’s in it? – Fans of The Body Shop rejoice, they have THREE advent calendars coming up for Christmas 2017, to suit pretty much all budgets –

Starting with the cheapest, the 24 Days of Beauty Calendar (£45.00, but worth £86.00) contains a selection of essential products from The Body Shop.

Going up a step, the middle priced calendar is the Deluxe Advent Calendar (£65.00, but worth £116.00) – this includes a more varied selection of products, mixing essiential basics with higher end treats.

And lastly the most expensive is the Ultimate Advent Calendar (£99.00, worth £212.00) – this contains some of the best products you can buy from The Body Shop, such as Drops of Youth Concentrate, Spa of he World Body Cream and a Japanese Matcha Tea Mask.

  • What? Sleek Makeup Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00
  • When and where? Available from 18th September at Boots.

And what’s in it? – This is Sleek’s first ever advent calendar, containing 24 beauty treats such as liquid lipsticks, eyeliners and contour kits – a must have for any Sleek Makeup fans.

  • What? Jack Wills Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00
  • When and where? Available from 18th September at Boots.

And what’s in it? – I believe this is a first from Jack Wills too – this beauty advent calendar contains a selection of their skincare, nail and haircare gifts, such as nail polish and hair accessories. It’s a must have for lovers of the brand.

  • What? Feel Unique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00 but worth over £90.00.
  • When and where? Available soon at Feel Unique – sign up to the waitlist here.

And what’s in it? – Feel Unique are back again with their fantastic 12 Days of Beauty advent calendar. Expect to find some amazing brands included, such as Jurlique, NYX, Rimmel and Roger & Gallet.

  • What? M&S Advent Calendar
  • How much? £35.00 when you spend £35.00 or more on clothing or home. Calendar contents worth over £250.
  • When and where? Available from October 2017 at M&S.

And what’s in it? – In my opinion this is easily one of the best value for money beauty advent calendars – I had last years’ which contains some fantastic high end brands such as Rodial, Pixie, Emma Hardie, Shay & Blue, Alpha H, Nails Inc, Rituals and many more, and the 2017 calendar looks very similar in terms of the brands included. This is definitely a must have!

  • What? Soap and Glory It’s a Calendar GIRLS! Advent Calendar
  • How much? £40.00
  • When and where? Available from 18th September 2017 at Boots

And what’s in it? – Well who wouldn’t want a Soap & Glory treat for 24 days of Christmas? This calendar contains a selection of Soap & Glory’s most loved products, including Pillow Plump lip glosses, Eyeliners and plenty of skincare treats.

  • What? Laura Ashley Royal Bloom Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £40.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – A first from Laura Ashely, their Royal Bloom beauty advent calendar has a pretty floral finish and contains 24 Laura Ashley beauty treats, including bath crystals and luxury body wash, as well as body polish and hand and nail creams.

  • What? Ciate Mini Mani Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available from October at ASOS, Feel Unique. Last years calendar is also  available to buy here.

And what’s in it? – Ciate is back again this year with their famous Mini Mani advent calendar. Expect to find 24 nail treats including mini polishes, nail files, nail treatments and two nail toppers.

  • What? Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – The first of two Makeup Revolution Advent Calendars for 2017, this one contains 25 Makeup Revolution essentials, including six lipsticks, three baked highlighters, four makeup brushes, a full size exclusive Revoholic Eyeshadow palette and much more.

  • What? NYX Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available from 18th September at Boots. And their 2016 calendar is still available here.

And what’s in it? – The NYX Lippie Countdown is a must have for fans of NYX lip products. It includes 24 doors, each revealing a NYX hero lip product, including their Lip Lingerie’s, Butter Glosses, Matte Lipsticks and Liquid Suede Lips.

  • What? Zoella 12 Days of Xmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £50.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Boots.

And what’s in it? – Zoella’s advent calendar has come with a lot of scrutiny this year – £50.00 is pretty expensive for only 12 doors, with relatively low value items such as metal cookie cutters and stickers – what do you think?

  • What? ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £55.00
  • When and where? Available from mid September at ASOS.

And what’s in it? – ASOS are back for the second year running with their fabulous beauty advent calendar. For 2017 they’ve included a selection of their favourite brands such as Caudalie, The Ordinary, NYX, Codage, Smashbox and 111 Skin.

  • What? Rituals 3D Advent Calendars
  • How much? £59.50 and £79.50.
  • When and where? Available NOW at Rituals.

And what’s in it? – Rituals have two fantastic looking 3D advent calendars this year -there’s the Exclusive version (£59.50) which includes 24 Rituals surprises, including 4 special advent candles, and the Deluxe version, which is an amazing looking 3D gold Christmas tree (£79.50 worth £140) containing 24 exclusive and luxury Rituals surprises and special advent candles.

  • What? Clarins Advent Calendar
  • How much? £60.00
  • When and where? Available from 1st October 2017 at Clarins.

And what’s in it? – The Clarins Advent Calendar includes 12 days of deluxe Clarins hero product treats. Expect to find all you favourite products inside – this would make the perfect gift for lovers of the brand.

  • What? You Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £60.00, but worth £245.00.
  • When and where? Available from 1st October 2017 at Latest in Beauty.

And what’s in it? – The You Beauty Advent calendar contains 24 days of premium beauty products including full size and generous travel size products from brands such as Rodial, ESPA and The White Company.

  • What? Decleor Skincare Advent Calendar
  • How much? £65.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Decleor and John Lewis.

And what’s in it? – I had Decleor’s Advent Calendar last year, and it was fantastic! For 2017 Decléor’s advent calendar features 24 bestselling products, with three whole full-sized skincare products for you to enjoy. Last year, I’ve read that one of these sold every eight seconds, so make sure you snap this up while you can!

  • What? Liz Earle 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
  • How much? £66.00
  • When and where? Available from From September at Liz Earle, John Lewis & Boots.

And what’s in it? – Liz Earle’s 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is back again for 2017, including some of their best selling products such as the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Soothing Eye Lotion 50ml and the Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask 15ml, as well as much more.

And what’s in it? – This year’s bare Minerals Advent Calendar looks so good – it contains 24 beauty surprises covering mostly makeup. Expect to find lip glosses, lipsticks, blushers, eyeshadows, mascaras and one skincare treat, as well as a pen and notepad.

  • What? Lookfantastic Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar
  • How much? £79.00, but worth over £300.00.
  • When and where? Available from 10th October 2017 at Lookfantastic (waitlist live now)

And what’s in it? – Look Fantastic’s amazingly popular beauty calendar looks better than ever this year – the beautifully designed advent calendar is packed with nine full-sized products, 16 deluxe samples, 19 exclusive products, 13 skincare treats, three beauty tools and seven colour cosmetics. This is a complete bargain worth over £300.00!

  • What? Essie Advent Calendar
  • How much? £80.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – The Essie Advent Calendar includes everything you need for perfect nails throughout December. It includes 7 nail polishes (a mix of core colour and gel couture), 13 mini nail polishes, 1 mini nail polish remover and three essie mani surprises. It also contains 5 shades exclusive to the calendar.

  • What? L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar
  • How much? £89.00
  • When and where? Available from 28th September at L”Occitane.

And what’s in it? – L’Occitane have launched their first ever luxury advent calendar for 2017 – and it looks amazing! Inside you’ll find 24 deluxe mini products, including favourites such as the Divine Cream and their beautiful new fragrance, Terre De Lumiere.

  • What? Kikki.K Stationery Lovers Advent Calendar
  • How much? £90.00
  • When and where? Available from October 2017 at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – Ok so I know this is clearly not beauty – but I LOVE Kikki.K and I just had to include this! This is their first ever advent calendar and I can’t tell you how excited I am! The perfect gift for stationery lovers, this advent calendar contains a selection of Kikki.K luxury goodies, including pens, a mini candle and Christmas decorations.

  • What? Kiehl’s Skincare Advent Calendar
  • How much? £95.00
  • When and where? Available from 19th October 2017, exclusive to Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – Kiehl’s are back again with an Advent Calendar jam packed with their amazing skincare products. Expect to find 24 goodies included, such as their hero Creme de Corps, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and Midnight Recovery Complex.

  • What? Boots Luxury Advent Calendar
  • How much? £95.00
  • When and where? Available from the end of September at Boots.

And what’s in it? – The first of two L’oreal themed advent calendars, this year Boot’s brings you a luxury beauty calendar containing some of L’Oreal’s best brands. Expect makeup, skincare and fragrance from the likes of Lancome, Ralph Lauren, YSL and Victor & Rolf.

  • What? ESPA Advent Calendar
  • How much? £100.00
  • When and where? Available from October at ESPA.

And what’s in it? – Another new calnedar for 2017, ESPA have jumped on the bandwagon offering a range of mini and deluxe travel sized of their most popular products. This is a must for skincare fanatics!

  • What? Makeup Revolution Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
  • How much? £120.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Superdrug.

And what’s in it? – The second of Makeup Revolution’s Advent Calendars for 2017, this deluxe calendar contains 25 full size products, including a Bronzing Palette, five Redemption Eyeshadow Palettes, two Ultra Strobe Balms, and three Lip Euphoria Lip Glosses.

  • What? Selfridges Advent Calendar
  • How much? £120.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – The selfridges beauty Advent Calendar is back again for 2017, including a fantastic selection of L’Oreal brands. Expect to see mini versions of some of the latest releases from high end brands including YSL, Urban Decay, Lancome, Kiehl’s and Victor & Rolf.

  • What? Estee Lauder The Beauty Countdown Advent Calendar
  • How much? £125.00 but worth £197.00
  • When and where? Available from the end of October at most Estee Lauder sites, including Estee Lauder, Clinique, MAC, Origins and Bobbi Brown.

And what’s in it? – The Estee Lauder The Beauty Countdown Advent Calendar is packed full of Estee Lauder brands’ favourite products. there’s makeup, skincare and fragrance from Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Michael Kors, MAC, Glamglow, Smashbox and more. This calendar really does look amazing – there will only be 1000 available, so you’ll want to snap this one up fast.

  • What? John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £149.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at John Lewis.

And what’s in it? – This is John Lewis’ first ever advent calendar, and boy is it a good one! Giving beauty lovers a mixture of 25 full size and sample size products, this calendar contains high end brands incuding MAC, Guerlain, Marc jacobs, Dermalogica, Laura Mercier, Molton Brown, Sarah Chapman, Hermes and many more. I won’t spoil the surprise here, but if you click on the link you’ll see a full list of products included – I promise you won’t be disappointed. I predict this one will sell out fast too!

  • What? Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar
  • How much? £150.00
  • When and where? Sign up to the waitlist now at Fenwick

And what’s in it? –This sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic advent calendar, including high end brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, MAC and Bobbi Brown – I can’t wait to see the contents!

  • What? Charlotte Tilbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box Advent Calendar
  • How much? £150.00
  • When and where? Available soon at Charlotte Tilbury and Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – Charlotte Tilbury’s advent calendar is looking better than ever this year, the Naughty & Nice Magic Box contains 12 full size and mini treats – I may have to snap this one up myself!

  • What? Liberty London Advent Calendar
  • How much? £165.00, worth over £500.
  • When and where? Available from 25th October 2017 at Liberty.

And what’s in it? – This giant beauty calendar from Liberty is one of the best luxury beauty advent calendars money can buy. Containg some of the best luxury products, you’ll find 13 full sized goodies from brands such as Diptyque, Byredo and Le Labo, as well as high end brands including Eve Lom, Trish Mcevoy, ESPA and Hourglass. I’d recommend you snap this up asap, as it sells out every year.

  • What? Harrods Advent Calendar
  • How much? £250.00
  • When and where? Available from 1st October available Harrods.

And what’s in it? – As far as I know this is Harrods’ first beauty advent calendar, and I just know it’s going to bee a good one. Each of the 25 drawers will open to reveal a luxury beauty item – expect high end brands including Marc Jacobs, Bobbi Brown, Huda Beauty, NARS and Acqua Di Parma to name but a few.

  • What? Molton Brown Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar
  • How much? £256.00
  • When and where? Available NOW at Molton Brown.

And what’s in it? – Molton Brown are back again with their fabulous Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar, packed with 24 beautifully scented fragrance, body and bath products. Expect to find your favourite Molton Brown scents, across Shower Gels, Body Lotions, Candles, Exfoliators and more. This is a must have for fans of Molton Brown.

  • What? Jo Malone Town House Advent Calendar
  • How much? £300.00
  • When and where? Available from October exclusive to Harrods, then available nationwide from November 2017.

And what’s in it? – Jo Malone’s advent calendar is back again for 2017, this time with a fun and colourful design. This is one of the most expensive and coveted beauty calendars on the market, and contains 24 luxury Jo Malone goodies – including Scented Body Creams, mini Fragrances and Candles. This is definitely on my wish list!

  • What? Diptyque Advent Calendar
  • How much? £300.00
  • When and where? Available from November 2017 at Diptyque. and Selfridges.

And what’s in it? – The Diptyque Advent Calendar really is the height of luxury, containing 15 x 35g mini candles, 7 x EDT mini fragrances and two body products, all in your favourite Diptique scents, as well as one larger 70g candle in Frosted Forest.

If you’ve made it this far, well done! Keep checking back for updated dates and info! xxx

Beauty: Real Techniques Powder Bleu Brush Collection #PowderBleu

Posted on August 1, 2017

Hi Guys!

It seems like a really long time since I’ve mentioned Real Techniques on the blog – as in years. Even though I actually use their standard brushes quite frequently, it’s been a while since they’ve launched any products that have caught my eye – so I was really excited when I heard about their brand new Powder Bleu collection…

The Powder Bleu range of brushes have been specifically designed by Real Techniques to apply, blend, buff and set powders without disturbing the make-up underneath. They have the signature Real Techniques long sleek handles, similar to the Bold Metals range, but this time the colour-way is navy blue, bleeding into black for an ombre effect on the brush handles.

You probably wouldn’t have guessed, but this brush collection is in fact based on blue squirrel hair, which is known for its fine filaments, luxurious softness, and flawless powder application. It’s said to be quite rare, and used in only the most expensive makeup brushes. Real Techniques have re-created their own synthetic version of blue squirrel hair with their new FauxBleu™ Technology – they promise their synthetic bristles perform just as well as the real thing.

Starting with the B05 Soft Kabuki Brush (£25.00) – This super large kabuki brush has been designed to buff and blend powders into the skin, anywhere on the face and body. The handle is solid and easy to hold, and the bristles are super soft. Personally for me I find this a little too large for use on the face, but it’s perfect for buffing in both bronzer and highlighter on the neck, chest and shoulders.

Next the Plush Powder Puff (£12.00) – This soft, velvety powder puff has been designed to help tap on just the right amount of powder to set any makeup look. Again this is pretty large, but it’s also flexible so I don’t mind the size. The finish is amazingly soft, almost like velvet, and it does a great job of pressing loose powder into the skin for both baking and setting your makeup.

And now on to the brushes, from left to right above starting with the B03 Soft Complexion Brush (£22.00) – this brush has a domed, soft yet dense head that has been designed specifically to blend and buff powder foundation into skin for buildable, customizable shine-free coverage.

Next the B01 Soft Powder Brush (£22.00) has has a large tapered head and is perfect for applying powder bronzers and highlighters, as well as loose powder foundations and finishing powders. Again as this is quite a large brush, it will work really well on both the face and body.

The B04 Soft Shadow Brush (£15.00) is the only eyeshadow brush in the collection. This is perfect for layering and blending out powder eye shadows. The long soft bristles help to gently spread powder eyeshadow while blending it into the skin for a naturally diffused look. You can also use this brush for applying more detailed powder highlighter to smaller areas of the face such as the brow bone, tip of the nose, or chin.

And lastly the B02 Soft Finishing Brush (£22.00) – this is very much like a mini version of the B01 Soft Powder Brush, but this time with a small tapered head. This brush is perfect for sweeping on powder blush or highlighter without upsetting any product underneath. This brush is just the right size to apply a light cheek contour too.

The Real Techniques Powder Bleu Collection is available now exclusively at Boots.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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