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Christmas: Stunning Luxury Beauty & Fragrance Gifts

Posted on December 20, 2016

Hi Guys!

I’ve just finished the final instalment of my Christmas beauty gift guides – and I think I’ve definitely saved the best till last! This guide is all about luxury fragrance, makeup and skincare, where no price is too high. I hope you enjoy!

Starting with the Benefit Blushin’ Babe Set – this limited edition palette contains five of Benefit’s famous cheek & face powders, as well as signature tips and tricks leaflet to show you how to wear them, and also a They’re Real Mascara, Eyeliner and Watt’s up highlighter. Everything in this set is in mini form, making an affordable way to try before committing to purchasing full sized products.

For fragrance, Annick Goutal Les Absolus Rose Oud EDP is a stunning luxury scent, described as a new interpretation of some the finest raw materials in perfumery – Agarwood and Turkish rose, Les Absolus Rose Oud is both a unique and sensual fragrance. The perfume combines coriander and cardamom for a spicy freshness, leading to a sensual heart of Turkish rose. Oud and incense leave a woody, mysterious and enveloping trail, rounding out this captivating scent.

Another beautiful luxury scent is Elie Saab Nuit Noor – a perfume of contrasts. Beirut, the muse behind this new fragrance, is an icon of modernity in the Middle East and a city revered for its captivating contrasts. One of these is its light – noor in Arabic – that reflects off the sea and city, to set the velvety night sky aglow. Light shines through in a honeyed bouquet of soft Rose made still more radiant by the essence of Ylang-ylang. And, to conjure the night, an accord of spicy, woody notes run throughout the composition in Black Pepper and Incense, across a majestic backdrop of Indonesian Patchouli. This scent is simply stunning!

And Serge Lutens Baptême du feu EDP – translating to Baptism of Fire, this woody scent is a wonderful unisex accord, interestingly inspired by combat. Sitting somewhere between good and evil, this is a fiery scent with addictive notes of gingerbread, powdery notes, tangerine, castoreum and osmanthus. A must try for fans of Serge Lutens.

And I had to include the stunning, Penhaligon’s Oud de Nil EDP – part of Penhaligon’s Trade Routes Collection, Oud de Nil is most definitely a tribute to Ancient Egypt in all its fragrant glory. It takes you on an olfactory cruise down the Nile, with crisp notes of grapefruit and bergamot combined with rich jasmine, oud and papyrus. Not as heavy as you’d expect, this delicate fragrance is perfect for both day and night.

Back to makeup now, with the YSL Extremely Set – this stunning palette arrives housed in a glossy red case which can be re-used after the products are gone. Inside is a beautiful make-up palette offering enough products to give a full eyes, lips and cheeks makeover – there are four eyeshadows, a highlighter, two blushers, three lip shades, a lip gloss, a mini mascara and mini brushes included.

The NARS ASOS Exclusive Orgasm Blush & Illuminator Set really needs no introduction – with Orgasm being one of the most iconic blush shades ever made, this gorgeous set contains a full sized Orgasm Blush, as well as a mini Illuminator, in striking limited edition packaging.

On to skincare now with a couple more high end treats – the 111Skin Space Anti Age Emulsion is a powerful moisturiser that aims to combat signs of ageing and keep skin hydrated, leaving you with a radiant, revitalised complexion. Enriched with vitamins to repair skin, the luxurious moisturiser promotes collagen production and contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid to retain moisture levels and plump skin for a youthful look.

And the 111Skin Space Anti Oxidant Booster utilises an advanced, anti-ageing formula that delivers an extra boost of vital antioxidants to revive your skin and protect from environmental aggressors. The concentrated blend combines vitamin C with flavonoid rich Grape seed extract to prevent premature ageing and create a defence barrier against daily pollution.

And what would luxury beauty gifting be without a high end lipstick? The YSL Rouge Pur Couture Matte Lipsticks would make fantastic Christmas gifts or stocking fillers. These beautifully packaged lipsticks promise to saturate lips with intense, stay-true colour, with medium to full coverage, and a radiant, satin finish for up to 6 hours wear.

The Nude By Nature Complexion Essentials Starter Kit is a fantastic set for those interested in trying out Nude by Nature products – which really are underrated. This set contains a selection of mini sized base products, giving you the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the brand. This beautifully presented set includes a Perfecting primer, Perfecting Concealer, Loose Powder Foundation, Loose Powder Bronzer, Translucent Loose Finishing Powder and an application brush – all housed in a leather look and rose gold case.

I just had to include the Too Faced Grande Hotel Cafe in this guide – this gorgeous set opens to reveal three Christmas coffee scented palettes – Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Coffee, and Eggnog Latte. Each palette contains six eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer finishes, one large face product pan (either a blush or bronzer) and the set also contains a deluxe size Better Than Sex Mascara and a step-by-step how-to Glamour Guide with three beauty looks to get you started.

And finally back to NARS again. This is the gorgeous NARS Blame It On Nars Cheek Palette – this is a stunning exclusive palette containing four cult-favorite shades: the gilded Satellite of Love Highlighter, two limited-edition provocative pinks—Day Dream and New Attitude—and the iconic burnished Casino Bronzing Powder, paired with a mini Kabuki Ita Brush and expressive keepsake palette for literally turning cheeks!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My NYC Sephora Haul! Feat. Kat Von D, Milk Makeup, Tatcha, Becca & More!

Posted on September 19, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Any beauty lover will know that one of your priorities when visiting the US is of course, Sephora. Visiting New York was my first ever visit to the US, so I had my first ever Sephora store experience too!

For those yet to experience this pleasure, I have to tell you it’s actually quite overwhelming – especially for a small town gal like me who gets excited visiting Selfridges! Sephora is literally floor to ceiling beauty – so I decided to tackle it with a strategy – basically if the brand was available in the UK, I didn’t bother looking. So I headed for all the exciting US brands that I’ve been dying to get my hands on – Kat Von D, MILK Makeup, Anastasia and Sephora’s own brand to name but a few. Let’s take a look at what I picked up…

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So first of all I headed for Kat Von D (and yes I know we have it in the UK now, but it wasn’t available here when I was in NYC!) I really liked the look of the new Lock-it Concealer Creme – a super-versatile, rich and creamy concealer with 24-hour wear and instant full coverage. It promised to brighten the undereye area, cover blemishes and correct discolouration which was exactly what I was looking for. I got Hayley to help shade match me and ended up with shade Light 3 Warm. I started using this while in NYC and I have to say I was very impressed, it did a great job of covering my under eye circles as well as staying put throughout the day. I picked up the Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush too – described as ‘a high-performance concealer brush with an exclusive sculpted shape to seamlessly blend under eye concealer and instantly cover blemishes‘ I thought this would be the perfect match for the Lock-It Concealer. It’s just the right size and shape for concealer coverage on the under eye area, and applies product like a dream.

While I was at it I thought I’d also grab the Kat Von D Lockit Setting Powder too – you know, when in Rome! This is a weightless translucent loose powder, formulated with Micro-Blurring Technology to blur pores and set and perfect makeup for a flawless, locked-in finish. This is probably the most lightweight and silky finishing powder I’ve ever tried – it leaves your complexion velvety matte and smooth – and you can also use it for baking if that’s part of your routine too.

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I’d also been dying to try some bits from MILK Makeup – they had quite a big range on offer, and I decided to pick up a couple of quirky sounding products…

Firstly I grabbed the Milk Makeup Cooling Water – this is basically a twist up stick that you apply to the face to cool, soothe and hydrate the skin. I tried it on the back of my hand and the cooling effect really worked! The product contains rich marine minerals and caffeine to hydrate, whilst give skin an energized, glowing look.

And the Milk Makeup Holographic Stick – well, I’d heard of this and thought it sounded fantastic, so I popped it in my basket too. Technically this doesn’t give a holographic highlight, but it does give skin an iridescent lavender sheen, which is really fun and pretty. Also, you can use it wherever you like – lips, eyes, cheeks – I’m looking forward to creating some fun looks with this!

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I then checked out Sephora’s massive own brand range, and they literally stock everything! I loved the look of their retractable Hide & Sleek brushes, which come in high shine metallic casings with lids so they don’t get ruined in your makeup bag. I grabbed the Skinny Cheek Contour Brush – a retractable cheek contour brush in a slim and elegant rose gold case, and the Skinny Foundation Retractable Brush – a chic retractable foundation brush this time in gold casing.

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I’m also really glad I came across the Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder – I’d been wanting to snap this up for a while, but the full size tub is $60.00 – eek! I found this mini 10g tub which was only $15.00 and very much in my price range. If you haven’t heard of Tatcha, they offer luxury skincare inspired by Japanese Geishas – you should definitely check them out if skincare’s your thing. Their Classic Rice Enzyme Powder is a creamy, water-activated enzyme powder that effortlessly releases debris from skin, leaving it feeling polished and baby soft in an instant. It’s formulated with nourishing Japanese rice bran blended with papaya extracts, to help reduce the look of fine lines and addresses uneven skintone, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts. I’m looking forward to giving this a go!

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And while I was checking out all the amazing mini products and sets that Sephora has to offer, I came across the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal Glow On The Go Set – this is a mini duo of BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector luminizers. I love Becca’s highlighters and these mini pressed and liquid Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Opal just looked so cute – as well as being the perfect size to throw in my bag.

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And lastly, I couldn’t resist the Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Lip Set – this is a six-piece, multibranded lip sampler set, including two full size products, and it was only $28.00 with a  total product value of $97.00! –

  • Fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment (sheer rosy tint)
  • Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft (mauve pink nude)
  • Lancôme Juicy Shaker in 313 Boom-Meringue (lemon meringue flavor – full size)
  • NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien (rose pink)
  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out (deep nude – full size)
  • Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua (dusty mauve)

By this point I’d tried mentally adding up how much I was spending and decided I’d better calm down a bit. I quickly glanced at Anastasia, Surratt and in the general direction of skincare and fragrance and decided I’d better head to the checkout before I got too carried away.

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So yes I ended up spending quite a lot of money… but I don’t regret it. It’s not every day I get to pop into an actual Sephora store, so I’m glad I made the most of it while I had the chance!

Do let me know if you’d like to see any swatches, or full reviews of anything – this post ended up being quite long so I decided not to include swatches this time 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

World Duty Free Beauty Exclusives: NARS / Michael Kors / Clarins

Posted on September 7, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Keeping with the travel theme from my last post, I have a wonderful selection of brand new airport exclusive beauty sets that aren’t available on the high street to share with your today.

Whilst travelling to and from New York, I must admit I was very good and managed to resist duty free except for a couple of small treats for Freddy. Duty free really is the icing on the cake when you fly though – I mean who wouldn’t want to save money! If you’re not familiar with World Duty Free, they’re basically your one stop shop for airport shopping, including beauty, jewellery and sunglasses as well as wines and spirits.

World Duty Free have sent me over a selection of their exclusive beauty products, in the form of four fabulous sets – I should also mention that if you’re an organised shopper, it’s definitely worth checking out World Duty Free’s new Reserve & Collect facility on their site, which literally lets you reserve your goods and collect at the airport – how handy is that!

Ok so lets take a look at the beauty sets they’ve sent over…

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Starting with the Michael Kors Gold Collection EDP Trio (£62.45) – this trio of fragrances really does smell as beautiful as it looks. This sweet little set contains 3x 30ml bottles of Michael Kors Gold Collection fragrances, including – White Luminous Gold – a sparkling and sensuous scent with an intoxicating burst of pear, jasmine and amber. 24K Brilliant Gold, a feminine and seductive fragrance, shimmering with orange mandarin, voluptuous florals and a rousing spark of woodiness. And Rose Radiant Gold, described as tantalizing and hypnotic it entices with a spotlight on sparkling spice, textured with a charming femininity of rich florals and soft musk.

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Next the Clarins French Beauty Box Set (£36.00) – this set contains a collection of Clarins iconic skincare must-haves. I absolutely love Clarins products, and I think this set would be perfect as a treat for yourself (you deserve it!) or as a lovely gift. The box contains 30ml’s of the following cult Clarins products – Beauty Flash Balm, Hydraquench Cream, Tonic Body Oil, Gentle Foaming Cleanser (for normal or combination skin) and Moisture-Rich Body Lotion.

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Now onto the makeup! NARS is always going to be a winner, whether you’re buying for yourself or somebody else, and they have some fantastic sets on offer at World Duty Free. The Narsissist Jetsetter Lip Pencil Trio (£42.00) is a travel exclusive set that contains three full size NARS Lip Pencils in cult-favorite shades – the Jardin des Tuileries Satin Lip Pencil, which is a pretty ballerina pink shade, and the Dolce Vita and Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, which are a natural pink and an intense bright red. I already have Dragon girl which is one of my all-time favourite red shades.

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And lastly – more NARS! The Narsissist Jetsetter Orgasm Set (£42.00) is a fabulous little set of NARS ‘Orgasm’ classics. Beauty fans will know that ‘Orgasm’ is NARS’ cult blush shade, which has also been incorporated into a whole range of products. You can now pick up a full-size powder Orgasm Blush, and full size hydrating Lip Gloss, as well as a mini sheer Illuminator, and a mini multi-tasking Multiple stick in one handy travel set.

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I’ve been browsing the World Duty Free site and there are so many more lovely things on there, I highly recommend you check it out if you’re travelling soon!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted August 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on August 15, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Cohorted’s August beauty box has just arrived, so let’s take a look inside…

  • NARS Andy Warhol Flowers III Palette, worth £45.00
  • Smith & Cult Nail Polish in xx, worth £19.00
  • Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets, worth £14.00
  • Cohorted Ovali Brush, worth £18.99
  • Lancome Precious Cells Eye Cream, 2x 3ml tubes, worth £24.00

Total value of box = £120.99.

Ok so overall this looks like a great box – let’s start with the NARS Andy Warhol Flowers III Palette. Now I’m going to be completely honest and admit I feel a bit on the fence about this one. On the face of it this is an excellent product, it’s a limited edition Andy Warhol palette, and though unboxed, it’s a really nice eyeshadow palette of high value. My only niggle is that this product was launched in 2012 – making it four years old. Now some people might not have a problem with this (and personally I don’t in this case, but of course this depends on the product as well as personal preference) but I think this is definitely a point worth mentioning. You can see what the inside of the palette looks like here.

Next the Smith & Cult Nail Polish – now this really is a gorgeous product! I have a few Smith & Cult polishes (check them out here) and they really are fab polishes, as well as being presented in stunning packaging. This shade is Regret The Moon, it’s a lovely warm white, with the slightest tint of pink to it. In contrast to the above NARS product, this is actually a brand new shade which is great news! 🙂

Next we have Nunzio Saviano – a brand that I haven’t heard of, but their Anti-Frizz Sheets do sound rather appealing, especially with the hot weather we’ve been having lately. The box contains 15 individually wrapped sheets which promise to instantly smooth hair and eliminate frizz, while controlling static ad taming flyways. I think I’ll be taking a few of these to New York with me next week!

Next the Cohorted Ovali Brush. I’ve already done a comparison post on an original Artis brand oval style brush, compared to an Ebay dupe – and in my opinion you definitely don’t need to spend a fortune on ‘oval’ brushes. Cohorted’s own branded oval brushes come with a really nice rose gold and matte black finish, with the Cohorted logo printed on the handle. These are available to order now from Cohorted as either single brushes or sets.

And lastly, the Lancome Precious Cells Eye Cream – I couldn’t actually believe it when I worked out that the two tiny 3ml samples included in the box are actually worth £12.00 each! If you look the product up online you’ll see a 20ml tub is £80.00, so this is a great opportunity to try a product that many of us wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to due to the high price. This product promises to firm, nourish and reduce wrinkles. I’ll be interested to see if it makes any difference to my rather large eye bags!

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Overall I think this is a great box, and definitely well worth the £35.00 price tag. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Cohorted July 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on August 8, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’m a bit late with this one but I finally have Cohorted’s July box to share with you – and in my opinion it’s one of their best yet! Let’s take a look inside the box –

  • NARS Monoi Body Glow 2, worth £25.00.
  • HD Brows Sculpt & Glow Palette, worth £45.00.
  • Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, worth £10.00.
  • Vintage Cosmetics Company Blending Sponge, worth £5.95.
  • Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick in Envy, worth £17.05.
  • Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Lipliner in Cinnamon, worth £17.05.

Total value of box = £120.05. WOW! So this box is basically worth a fortune, and includes some fantastic sounding products…

The NARS Monoi Body Glow 2 is a lightweight, multipurpose oil, with the most gorgeous warm tropical fragrance – it just smells like holiday! It contains Monoï de Tahiti oil infused with a variety of nutrients, to leave skin glowing, hydrated and radiant. The bottle also contains a sweet little tiare flower for an added element of luxury.

Next, the HD Brows Sculpt & Glow Palette – this handy palette contains two easy to use shades to contour and highlight the face. It promises to create a naturally highlighted effect that will leave the face looking radiant and illuminated. It’s also infused with Argan Oil to deliver moisture to the complexion, whilst remaining gentle to the skin.

The Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil is described as an indulgent way to cleanse skin, containing a blend of Jasmine Flower Extract, Kukui Nut Oil and botanical oils it dissolves surface impurities and makeup without disrupting the skin’s natural balance. Leaving skin feeling soothed, supple and comfortable.

The Vintage Cosmetics Company Blending Sponge – just like a Beauty Blender, the Vintage Cosmetics Company Blending Sponge promises to help you apply makeup such as foundation, concealer and highlighter with ease, giving a flawless, no-streak finish. The sponge is also infused with Vitamin E, which is renowned for its moisturising properties.

And the Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick in Envy is the most gorgeous muted dusky rose shade – this really caught my eye just because the colour is so beautiful! The lipstick formula contains a blend of iron oxides with vitamins C and E to protect and moisturise lips, while the natural mineral pigments and waxes allow the colour to glide on effortlessly for a smooth and long-lasting finish.

And lastly, the Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Lipliner in Cinnamon – this is a waterproof lip pencil with a creamy texture, formulated with minerals, natural waxes, and antioxidants to give perfect definition, that you can apply with ease.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty News & Gossip 01/07/16: Jaclyn Hill SUED, Urban Decay, Jeffree Star & More!

Posted on July 1, 2016

Hi Guys!

Sorry for the late post, this should have been published earlier last week – I hope you enjoy!

Ok so the biggest beauty goss of the last couple of weeks has to be that Jaclyn Hill is being SUED – OMG! Things are not looking too good for the Youtube star after the Becca Eyeshadow palette controversy, and now it’s emerged that a former close friend is suing her over copyright infringement. I won’t go into too much detail as you can easily Google it and take a look yourself  – and I’m not going to speculate who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong here, I just hope it gets sorted fast.

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In better news for Jaclyn, a whole new load of products have now been added to Becca’s Champagne collection, including four Champagne Split compacts which contain one half Shimmering Skin Perfector and one half Blush, as well as Shimmering Skin Perfectors in highlighter pen form – the Slimlight pens will be available in shades Topaz, Champagne Pop and Pearl. These are a must have for fans of the Champagne Pop range, and I’ll hopefully have more news on availability in the UK soon.

urban-decay-autumn-launches Urban Decay are always coming up with amazing products, and just look at all the awesome goodies they’re bringing out for A/W! Apart from the highly anticipated Moondust palette, there’s also an Allnighter full coverage, long wearing and water proof foundation range, Perversion is now launching in an Eye Pen, and the Razorsharp Liquid Eyeliners look AMAZING – 20 vibrant shades of water resistant long wear liquid eyeliners. I can’t wait for all of these products to launch!

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Jumping back across the pond again, Anastasia Beverley Hills are also launching a brand new twist up stick foundation, in a massive range of shades to suit all skin tones. I’m really loving the look of these!

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And Jeffree Star – again. This time a BLACK HIGHLIGHTER. How even is this supposed to work? I have no idea but I’m looking forward to finding out!

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Too Faced are great with their sneak peeks on Instagram – and now we finally know what the Too Faced X Nikki Tutorials palette will look like, and though I think it looks nice, I must admit I’m not overly wowed by it. What do you think?

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And while I’m on the subject of Too Faced, Jerrod Blandino, owner of Too Faced has been teasing a lot lately with some super close up product shots on his Instagram, the latest being this close up of what looks like a multi-toned blush…

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Fans of NARS’ Dual Intensity formulas will be very pleased indeed with the news of a new Dual Intensity Blush Palette. How gorgeous is this!? It includes a highlighter, two blushers and a contour shade. I can’t wait to see swatches!

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And I’m also pretty excited that Colourpop are adding to their already extensive liquid lipstick range with four new Ultra Metallic Lips. These shades are way more ‘Autumnal’ than what I was expecting, but I think they look lovely none the less. I’ll definitely be snapping at least a couple of these up on my next US order 🙂

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I’m trying REALLY hard not to buy any more palettes, but as soon as I heard Viseart were launching a new palette in the Autumn, I absolutely must have to have it. The shades look beautiful, and this is now top of my wish list!

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And lastly Laura Geller have just launched their Easy Illuminating Sticks… their Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators were to die for, and these Illuminating Sticks come in two of the the same shades: Ballerina and Gilded Honey, and Ehereal is very similar to the Charming Pink Gilded Highlighter. These are available in the US now and will be coming to the UK very soon.

I’d love to hear which new launches you’re excited about?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

NARS Summer 2016 Under Cover Collection

Posted on June 22, 2016

NARS-Summer-2016-Under-Cover-Collection-review Hi Guys!

I have NARS’ latest collection to share with you today – this is the limited edition Under Cover Collection for Summer 2016. It comprises of a selection of Dual Intensity Eyeshadows, Dual Intensity Blush Duos and brand new Lip Cover’s in limited edition hand drawn packaging…

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For Summer 2016, NARS makes a getaway with this limited-edition collection—high-fashion moments steeped in exclusivity and ease. New, rich Lip Covers saturate lips with coastal color, while Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows transform sheer tones and glistening shades for eyes. Dual-Intensity Blush completes the look with a touch of the sun – an insatiable rush of blush.

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Isn’t the packaging just gorgeous!? It’s very chic, very French – very NARS…

The illustrations were designed by contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias – taking inspiration from an editorial photo shoot, he aimed to capture the wit and wonder of François Nars behind-the-scenes world, and bring each moment to life in his fun and quirky illustrations.

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Let’s start by looking at the Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow (£21.00) – if you’re not familiar with NARS’ Dual Intensity products, the clue really is in the name! These products are specifically formulated to be used both dry, for a sheer finish, or wet, for an increased intensity, high impact finish.

The Under Cover Collection contains four Dual Intensity Eyeshadow shades (out of 21 available at NARS in total)

  • Topless – seashell pink.
  • Pool Shark – iridescent periwinkle.
  • Deep End – shimmering teal green.
  • Tan Lines – rich hazelnut.

I have shade Topless, which is a pretty nude beige pink, with a hint of shimmer, and NARS advise using their Wet / Dry Eyeshadow #49 brush with these shadows, as this is designed specifically for both wet and dry application. I’m definitely a fan of this shade used both wet and dry – the formula has a wonderfully smooth texture with a luxe feel, as expected from NARS, and it’s just a joy to apply and wear.

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Next the Dual-Intensity Blush (£30.00) – NARS have added two new Dual Intensity Blush duos to the six they already had on offer –

  • Liberation – shimmering light pink and caramel rose.
  • Sexual Content – sandy peach and soft raspberry.

Just like the above eyeshadows, the Dual Intensity Blush duos can be used both wet and dry, depending on how intense you want your look to be. They also feature NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology which utilises pearls and pigments to allow for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture.

The formula is wonderfully silky and looks fabulous applied dry especially, giving skin a luminous, healthy glow.

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Liberation – the light pink shade in this duo is really pretty, it gives my fair skin a sheer tint of colour.

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Sexual Content – this is definitely my favourite of the two blush duos. The colours are slightly softer and easier to wear (on my pasty skin anyway!)

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And lastly the Lip Cover (£21.00) – I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this one, I was thinking more along the lines of a liquid lipstick than a gloss, and technically it is a liquid lipstick, but it doesn’t dry and set on the lips like you would expect. The Lip Cover formula stay fluid – but not sticky – meaning they’re super comfortable to wear and not drying at all.

But, like a standard liquid lipstick they are super highly pigmented – which I just love. The colour saturation plus luminous finish really is a winning combination!

The Lip Covers come in four shades, ranging from easy to wear nude pinks, to bright and vivid reds and oranges –

  • Overheated – deep dusty rose.
  • Do Not Disturb – vivid orange-red.
  • Get Dirty – desert rose.
  • Members Only – crimson.

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So there we have it – what a gorgeous collection! I have to say the Lip Covers really are fabulous, and if you’re a fan of liquid lipsticks, I’d really recommend you try these out.

The limited edition NARS Under Cover collection is available now at NARS Cosmetics.

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