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Beauty: Too Faced X Kat Von D Better Together Collection #TooFacedxKatVonD

Posted on March 16, 2017

Hi Guys!

As soon as I heard there was a Too Faced X Kat Von D collaboration on the cards many moons ago, I literally couldn’t wait to see what Jerrod and Kat would come up with together. The Better Together collection isn’t that new as I’m writing this, but is still a recent launch at Too Faced (they’re just coming out with so many new products right now!) and it contains a fab selection of products from both brands…

This impossible collaboration began with an authentic friendship between the two founders, Kat and Jerrod – who love, respect and celebrate one another, realizing they are more alike than they are different. They have created a collection that proves nobody has to fail in order for you to succeed. Dozens of secret meetings and social media leaks later, the wait is finally over.

The Ultimate Eye Collection (£57.00) is definitely the stand out set from this collection. The box contains a heard shaped eyeshadow palette which actually splits in two to create two separate mini palettes. One half has been created by Kat Von D, and half by Too Faced – and it’s worth mentioning that each half uses each individual brands signature eyeshadow formula too.

I have to say I love that the palette breaks in half (you can re-attach it easily as it’s magnetised) and I just think it’s such a fun and interesting concept – as well as being practical if you only want to use one half of the palette at a time.

Too Faced’s side includes six heart shaped pans in some very pretty, easy to wear shades. I’m not head over heels excited about this shade selection to be honest, but I do think they’re nice, and definitely wearable  –

  • BFF – a matte cream.
  • Friendspiration – a warm bronze gold shimmer.
  • Power couple – a deep bronze with gold glitter.
  • Lovely – a baby pink matte.
  • Heart of Gold – a light gold shimmer which almost has a hint of green.
  • Better Together – a muted plum glitter.

And Kat’s side includes six bold and intense shades, which are definitely representative of the Kat Von D brand. Personally, I prefer these overall compared to the Too Faced half. I think the shade choice is really unusual and interesting. The shades are –

  • Yours – a matte grey.
  • Devotion – a matte black.
  • Darling – a mid silver shimmer.
  • Swoon – an intense metallic red.
  • Por Vida – a bright white matte.
  • Lovestruck – a nude peach shimmer.

The Ultimate Eye Collection also contains a full sized Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and a full sized Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.

The Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set (£33.00) contains the cutest two-sided collectible mini makeup bag, with one side dedicated to each brand. Kat’s side has a black base and features her cat, Piaf, and Too Faced’s side is a sparkly pink featuring Jerrod’s dog, Clover. This sweet little makeup pouch also holds a selection of mini favourites from both brands, including some new and exclusive shades.

Too Faced have included a deluxe mini Candlelight Glow Highlighter in Rosy Glow, which is perfect for creating a soft-focus highlight and glow, as well as a deluxe mini Love Flush Blush featuring a long-wear, high pigment formula in the new and exclusive in-your-face pink shade So Happy Together.

Kat has chosen a couple of lip products from her brand, including a deluxe mini Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in the new shade XO, which is a deep intense burgundy red, and a deluxe mini Studded Kiss Lipstick offering bold pigment and long wear in the new shade Muse, which is a mid nude with a hint of shimmer.

And lastly, for those on a budget that would still like to snap up something from the collection, the Mascara and Liner Duo (£18.00) is the most affordable option, and contains two deluxe mini-sized, best-selling eye products from both brands –

Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara is definitely a must have if you don’t own it already. This mascara promises 1,944% more volume, which is insane! And since trying out these products, I’m a new covert to Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner, which has an ultra-precise brush tip and gives 24-hour waterproof wear.

The Too faced X Kat Von D collection is available now from both Too Faced and Debenhams.

Were you as excited about this collaboration as I was? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Latest In Beauty Launches Beauty & The Beast Box #BeautyAndTheBeast

Posted on March 15, 2017

Hi Guys!

It seems like beauty box companies have started to look to more interesting and innovative ways to promote their boxes of late – which I’m really pleased to see. And most recently the Beauty & The Beast Box from Latest in Beauty has definitely got everyone talking.

Their collaboration with the upcoming Beauty and The Beast movie actually includes two different boxes, one ‘Beauty’ box for her, and one ‘Beast’ box for him. I have the Beauty box which has been beautifully designed to look like a Beauty & The Beast Book. Let’s see what’s inside the box –

  • Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator (75ml, worth £19.99)
  • L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream (10ml, worth £2.66)
  • Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo (43ml, worth about £4.00)
  • Soigne Betteraves Rouges Nail Polish (full size, worth £11.00)
  • Burt’s Bees Lipstick (full size, worth £9.99)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (10ml worth £5.75)
  • Latest in Beauty Gold Compact Mirror

Total value of box = £53.39 (Though Latest In Beauty say it’s worth over £80 on their site)

On first glance, this looks like a really good selection of products – and there appears to be more included than you get in a standard beauty box too which is great. The packaging is also on point with the box opening on one side like a book, and Latest in Beauty have also added faux rose petals inside the packaging. These are really nice touches that definitely make the box feel special.

Starting with the products that caught my attention – it’s great to find the Burt’s Bees Lipstick in the box, as this is literally a brand new product, and many of you will know that beauty subscription boxes have quite a reputation for including less than new products, so this was a welcome surprise. The colour is also really nice, I have shade 501 Blush Basin which is a pretty nude pink which will suit most skin tones.

The other product which I’m looking forward to trying is the Soigne Nail Poilish. I’ve tried a few nail polishes from them in the past and remember being very impressed. Betteraves Rouges is a show stopping true intense red shade that looks gorgeous.

The Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet and L’Occitane Roses Et Reines Hand & Nail Cream minis are also nice additions. I love both of these brands and have used both products before, so I know these products will definitely get used.

I’m slightly less excited by the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo – though again this is something I will use, it’s just not the most exciting product, you know? And the same goes for the Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage Exfoliator. I’ve actually heard good things about this product though, so I’m interested to see if it works on my sensitive skin. Please do let me know if you’ve tried this!

Overall I think this is a really good box, and definitely worth £20.00. But – it doesn’t really have much to do with Beauty and The Beast, apart from the LIB mirror with the rose logo on, and the outer packaging which would make a nice keepsake box. The actual products could have been in any box really. However, I do think it’s a really fun collaboration, and I’m looking forward to finding out what Latest in Beauty will come up with next.

The Beauty and The Beat box is available now for £20.00 at Latest in Beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Beauty: Charlotte Tilbury NEW Lipsticks in Valentine & Pillow Talk

Posted on February 13, 2017

Hi Guys!

Charlotte Tilbury has been coming out with so many fantastic new launches of late, I’m not sure I can keep up! I have a couple of her latest lipstick shades to show you today – and these are definite must-haves for fans of the brand…

Firstly, Valentine (above right) is from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range – this is a beautiful petal-rose pink promising to give you irresistibly kissable lips in seconds. The formula is enriched with 3D light-diffusing pigments to give you a fuller, luminous, multi-dimensional finish, whilst protecting lips from UV damage and fighting oxidative stress – leaving lips soft, pert, soothed and hydrated.

Valentine is fairly similar to colour Bitch Perfect, but Bitch Perfect has more of a coral / beige tone, and Valentine is a much more cooler pink shade. It’s a truly beautiful colour that would be perfect for those with fairer skin tones. The colour is highly pigmented and easily buildable, and leaves lips feeling smooth and comfortable for hours on end.

And I also have the latest from the Matte Revolution range – shade Pillow Talk. This shade perfectly matches Charlotte’s famous Pillow Talk Lip Cheat Lip Liner which has been around for quite a long time now – if you’re not aware of the lip liner, this is one of Charlotte’s ‘cult’ must-have products that really does live up to the hype. Back to the lipstick now though – on the face of it this is just another nude pink lipstick, but it actually mimics and enhances the natural hue of your lips, so you can easily cheat your way to a perfect pillowy pout in seconds.

This lipstick is formulated with soothing Orchid and Lipstick Tree extracts, to soften, hydrate and leave lips appearing fuller with a more youthful feel, and 3D glowing pigments create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller.

If you like a matte finish lipstick, Pillow Talk is the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade, again I’d say mostly suited to those with lighter skin tones, this lasted me for a good 4+ hours before I needed to reapply, and the pigmentation is just fantastic!

The swatches above show the shades are similar, but most definitely different. Pillow Talk on the left has a denser formula with a matte finish, and Valentine is lighter and pinker in colour with a satin finish.

I also wanted to mention Charlotte has a couple of gorgeous looking new ‘Look’ sets which include these new lipsticks too – The Naturally Beautiful Date Look includes Pillow Talk, and The Secret to Seduction Look includes Valentine.

Valentine and Pillow Talk Lipsticks are £24.00 each and available now at Charlotte Tilbury.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

Posted on February 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is almost upon us, and this is the first of three gift guides I have for you – the others will be coming up either later today or tomorrow morning. This gift guide is ‘for her’ and I’ve included loads of gorgeous bits and pieces that pretty much anyone would be happy to receive. There’s gift items in here, chocolates, alcohol, makeup and fragrance. I hope you enjoy!

I have to start this guide with one of my favourite recent fragrance launches – Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EDP (£61.00 for 50ml at Boots) – Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique fragrance really is a ‘classic’ – it was one of my very first, and favourite scents many years ago, and this this brand new intense version is just stunning. It’s very similar to the original, but heavier and more sensual. I know for a fact that fans of the original Classique will love this.

  • Top Notes: Pomegranate, Tiare Flower.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Rose.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla.

Another new fragrance which is perfect for Valentine’s day is Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque (£51.50 for 40ml at The Fragrance Shop) This is a romantic, floral fruity and musky scent. I was actually expecting something a lot heavier, but this is quite light and flirty, yet still very feminine and seductive. There are a few different gift set options available for this fragrance too which are perfect for Valentine’s day.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Anjou Pear and Rum.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Wild Orchid and Indian Sambac.
  • Base Notes: Woods, Skin Musk and Amber Creme.

And lastly for fragrances I have Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDT (£11.00 for 30ml at Debenhams) which is a great option for those on a budget. The inspiration behind Sarah Jessica Parker’s first scent ‘Lovely’ was her love of layering scents. What became of this inspiration is a feminine and timeless signature scent for woman of all ages.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender and Apple Martini.
  • Heart Notes: Patchoile, Paperwhites and Creamy Orchid.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, White amber, Sultry Woods and Musk.

On the subject of good deals, I also wanted to include the Skinchemists Rose Quartz Youth Facial Oil (£99.00 at Skinchemists) as this is currently on offer for £24.00, plus I have a discount code, so if you input TSNCBLOG at the checkout it will bring this down to £19.99 – what a bargain!

Skinchemists Youth Facial Oil is infused with a blend of hydrating, nourishing and protecting actives, to provide essential vitamins and minerals for the skin to leave the complexion illuminated, hydrated and refined. It contains Rose Otto Oil to help restore the moisture balance in the skin, Vitamin E to reduce skin damage, and Almond Oil to provide deep hydration and nourishment. The perfect product for increasing skin radiance, just 2-3 drops of this wonder oil are needed to cover the face and neck.

And what would valentine’s day be without a little tipple? Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin Tin (£19.50 at Drink Finder) is a great choice for Valentine’s day as it tastes amazing, and it’s also pink! This gin is best served over ice and with a splash of tonic or ginger ale, to enjoy authentic British craft at its best.

And I had to include the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in ASOS Nude (£16.00 exclusively at ASOS) – this liquid lipstick has literally just arrived and I have to say I think I’m in love! Beauty Bakerie have two exclusive ASOS shades, one in Red and one Nude, and they dry down to a lovely matte finish that literally won’t budge all day.

Moving on to jewellery, I have these super pretty Vamp London Silver Spike Earrings (£55.00 at Browns Family Jewellers) which are Inspired by the Gothic architecture of Venice. They are from the Hidden Mask Collection, which is very 50 Shades-esque. It’s all about glamorous decadent parties, hushed whispers and intimate encounters. Considering these earrings are only £55.00, I think they’re incredibly pretty and delicate, and would make a wonderful gift.

Hopefully you can see at the back right hand side of the table, there is what looks to be a box of biscuits. But this is in fact Belgian Chocolate Biscuit Chocolates (£9.95 at Prezzybox) – these chocolates look exactly like some of your favourite biscuits. There’s jammy dodger in there, a pink wafer, and a party ring to name a few – but they’re all made of dark, milk and white belgian chocolate!

The NARS True Story Set (£35.00 exclusively at ASOS) is a stunning palette of four limited edition blushes in shades: Devotee, Myth, Unwritten, Outlaw. It also includes a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shade Mysterious Red, which is the perfect colour for a true red lip.

I’ve also recently been trying out some of the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Lipsticks, and I’ve really been enjoying their super thick and creamy formula. I won’t go onto too much detail as I’ve already posted about them – but you can see my original review here.

For the person that has everything, what about this super sweet Silver Love Heart Trinket (£14.95 at Prezzybox) – this is an exact replica of a love heart sweet – the same size and everything, with a lovely silver plated finish. It’s a cute little keepsake gift to show someone how much you care.

This little Heart Trinket Dish (£6.95 at Prezzybox) is another fantastic bargain gift. It’s small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, and just the right size to keep small jewellery items like rings and bracelets together. The ‘Love You to the Moon and Back’ quote is a lovely touch for Valentine’s day.

Another stunning jewellery item is this Milan City Bracelet Stack (£155.00 at Annie Haak) – this super dainty stack of five sterling silver bracelets has a selection of tiny charms hanging from them, and can also be customised with an initial of your choice.

For something fun, what about this Red Face Purse (£15.00 at Emma Lomax) – this cute little fabric purse is adorned with striking lips and eyelashes, and comes in either red or pink. It’s also just the right size for carrying your cards and change.

I also wanted to include this Napoli Red Leather Journal (£32.99 at Pen Heaven) perfect for those that like to keep a written journal, or for someone that’s always writing down notes, this handmade leather jour name features a wrap-round cover, traditional gilded pages, and a heart symbol has been embossed in gold leaf in the bottom right corner, making it an ideal romantic gift.

And lastly of course, the amazing Love Carnival Light (£27.50 from Find Me a Gift) – this would make such a fun and unusual gift for someone who’s into home accessories. I love how the bright red stands out so much, and I think this is going to end up living in my conservatory 🙂

So there we have it! I hope this has given you some inspiration whether you’re buying or hoping to receive this Valentine’s day. Please also keep your eye out for my next two gift guide posts which will be coming up very soon.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Paul & Joe SS17 Limited Edition Collection

Posted on February 8, 2017

Hi Guys!

I thought I’d follow the beautiful Penhaligon’s fragrance from earlier today with some equally beautiful makeup for you to feast your eyes on this evening.

You probably know by now that I’m a complete sucker for pretty packaging. If it’s cute, colourful, sparkly, weird or just plain unusual then I need it in my life. So quite obviously Paul & Joe’s makeup range ticks all the boxes for me – and when some samples of their new SS17 collection arrived at TSNC HQ last week, I actually squealed with delight! (I mean I literally did. If you saw my Instagram Stories that day you’ll have seen how happy I was!)

The Face & Eye Colour Palette (£25.00) is easily the stand out product in the limited edition SS17 collection. I wasn’t really sure what it was exactly when I saw the outer packaging which said ‘Eye and Cheek CS’, but on opening it up I found literally THE CUTEST little box inside, with the sweetest cat print on top, and a pouffy ‘cat paw’ applicator on a stick, adorned with a sweet little bow. I mean these cats are wearing glasses and ties, what’s not to love!? This is most definitely the most adorable makeup product I’ve ever seen.

The box opens to reveal a stunning eye and cheek palette in the shape of a cat, with a background of white hearts. There are three options to choose from, and the one I have is shade 109 Mon Petit Chat. Personally I would say this is more of a collectors item, rather than a makeup product you’d actually use – that’s just because I hoard pretty things though 🙂 The shades available are –

  • 107 Smitten Kitten – Terracotta and deep rosy red.
  • 108 Poupounette – Shimmering orange bronze and pink.
  • 109 Mon Petit Chat – Bright and dusky pinks.

Fans of the brand will know that Paul & Joe are ALL about the cats. Cats and flowers and cute quirky patterns. And their cat head lipsticks are definitely another must have product. I should also mention here that many of Paul & Joe’s products come in separate parts and are interchangeable. So for the lipsticks you can buy individual outer cases with separate lipstick bullet refills, and mix and match as you please.

Their spring print Lipstick Cases (£7.00) come in three options, and I have the Bold Flower print one above. And the individual Lipstick Refills (£14.00) for this season come in two colour options with a 3D cat face tip –

  • 103 Russian Blue – Clear coloured lipstick that turns slightly different shades of pink on different skin.
  • 104 Persian Pink – Bright pop of pink.

And lastly the Eye Colour Trio (£23.00) – again the actually trio of eyeshadows comes as a separate component to the Compact Case (£7.00) that you put them in. This dinky little eyeshadow trio comes in three different options for SS17. The shadows are highly pigmented and smooth on application, and the mini size of the palette means it’s perfect for throwing in your makeup bag when you’re on the go. The shades available are –

  • Mon Prince – Naturals, light pink, purple and red brown.
  • Mon Nounours – Salmon pink, gunmetal and black.
  • Mon Coeur – Golden sand, bright light pink and deep pink.

The empty outer Compact Cases will also fit any of Paul & Joes other eyeshadow trios or blushers, and come in three super cute designs. I think you can guess which one I have –

  • Floral – White and grey stripes with a floral pattern.
  • Swallows – Swallows on a light blue background.
  • Bold Flowers – White with a black, red and blue floral design.

Paul & Joe Cosmetics are available at Beauty Bay and ASOS, and both sites have sales on Paul & Joe right now so make sure you take a look!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Limited Edition Too Faced X Skinnydip Collaboration Makeup Bag Set

Posted on February 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

Us bloggers are very lucky to receive some amazing products to try out and share with our readers, and of course, some of these products will appeal to us more than others. So when the post arrived yesterday and I opened one of the packages to find a Too Faced X Skinnydip makeup bag, my heart did a little dance!

Too Faced and Skinnydip are two of my favourite ever brands, and them teaming up for a collaboration is just a match made in heaven if you ask me!

The new limited edition Too Faced X Skinnydip makeup bag is a good sized bag that’s big enough to fit all your essentials in (including your favourite Too Faced palette) and it’s made with a clear rubber material with glitter particles in it. It’s covered in pictures of Too Faced makeup, hearts, bows and Too Faced’s owners Jerrod Blandino’s super cute dog Clover. It also has a gold zip with the gold Skinnydip logo on the side.

Inside the bag you get a Too Faced original Chocolate Bar palette, a full sized Better Than Sex Mascara, a super cute mini Love Flush Blusher in shade Justify My Love, and a mini Melted Chocolate Lipstick in shade Honey.

The set has a value of £92.00 but costs a very reasonable £50.00. It’s a limited edition and will only be available until 09/02/17 directly from Too Faced. Or, you can buy the makeup bag on it’s own now for £14.00 at Skinnydip where there are two slightly different styles available.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News: L’Oreal Paris X Disney Beauty and the Beast Collection!

Posted on February 6, 2017

Hi Guys!

This is not a drill – there is a L’Oreal X Disney Beauty and the Beast collection – and it looks AMAZING…

I’ve literally just heard about this so I’ve been scouring the internet to see what I can find out. It looks like this is a limited edition collection (no surprise there) and it includes seven Colour Riche Lipsticks with seven matching Colour Riche A L’Huile Nail Polishes, with each pair representing a different character from the film.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Belle – an intense cream red lipstick in shade 337 Perfect Red, with a matching deep blood red nail polish in shade 550 Rouge Sauvage. The packaging is again in red with a repeating golden silhouette of Belle all over.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in The Beast – L’oreal have gone with a deep brown chocolate shade of lipstick to represent the beast – this is shade 703 Oud Obsession, and the matching nail polish in 668 Royal Bleu represents his clothing. The packaging is midnight blue with golden scratches.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Rose – obviously to represent the famous rose in the Beauty & The Beast Story, this lipstick shade is a deep red, shade 335 Carmin Saint Germain, with an interesting choice of nail polish, this is 110 Crystal, a clear top coat. The packaging for this pair is just stunning, featuring an intricate rose on top of a sparkly blue background.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Lumiere – the famous candlestick is recreated in a beautiful nude beige colour lipstick – 231 Sepia Silk, and a delicate nude pink nail polish in 116 Cafe de Nuit. The packaging is gold and detailed to represent the markings on Lumiere the ornate candlestick.

 

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Mrs Potts – this super cute lipstick is a pretty shade of 285 Pink Fever with a matching nail shade in 226 Nymphea. The packaging has a shiny pearl base covered with a repeating pattern of a pink Mrs Potts.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Plumette – L’oreal have gone with a deep plum shade, 374 Intense Plum to represent the saucy feather duster, Plumette, and matching nail shade of 556 Grenat Irreverent. The packaging has a white base, covered with plum feathers and kisses.

Lipstick & Nail Polish in Cogsworth – Cogsworth the pendulum clock is represented with an intense orange lipstick in 163 Orange Magique, and a matching nail polish in 444 Orange Triomphe. The packaging is made to look like wood, with images of cogs and gears to represent the character.

Ok so word on the street is that this collection is exclusive to Amazon Italy – and I have no idea if that’s true at the moment or not, but I’ll try my best to find out. It says online that it will be available at Amazon from 09/02/17, but I can see you can pick up the full set already here and individual lipsticks here – BUT this is Amazon Italy, therefore it’s written in Italian, so I cannot vouch for the credibility of these sellers – just thought I’d mention that.

Anyway, I’m REALLY hoping this will be available in the UK! I’ll update the post as soon as I find out more.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx