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Fragrance Direct Beauty Haul!

Posted on March 31, 2015

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Hi Guys!

After a not so great start to the week yesterday, the lovely guys at Fragrance Direct have sent me an awesome box of products to play with, this is just what I needed! I had no idea what to expect so I was beyond happy when I opened up the parcel to find a massive bundle of products from some fantastic brands, including Bobbi Brown, Benefit and OPI. It felt like Christmas opening it up! Here’s what I received –

  • Loreal Extra Volume Collagene Mascara (£4.99)
  • Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Powder Pink (£17.50)
  • Calvin Klein Creme Lipstick in Eros (£1.99)
  • Benefit Fake Up in 01 Light (£12.99)
  • OPI Nail Polish in A Roll In The Hague (£3.99)
  • OPI Nail Polish in Baring It All (£3.99)
  • Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Buff (£16.00)
  • Calvin Klein Bronzing Powder in Enhance (£2.99)
  • Calvin Klein Creme Lipstick in Desire (£1.99)
  • Calvin Klein Bronzing Powder in Sun Bathe (£2.99)

If you look at the prices you’ll see that all of the products are cheaper than you’d expect, and some are really heavily discounted. I won’t be covering everything today as there’s just too much and this post will take forever to read through, so I thought I’d talk about a brand that I haven’t tried before – Calvin Klein Cosmetics.

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Now to be honest Calvin Klein aren’t really known for their cosmetics, fragrances definitely but makeup, not so much. My first experience of Calvin Klein was when my boyfriend at the time bought a 16 year old me a bottle of Eternity for Christmas that year. That scent brings back good memories!

It’s quite obvious that some of the best bargains in my stash here easily have to be the Calvin Klein products. £2.99 for a bronzer that should be £17.99 and £1.99 for a £13.50 lipstick – talk about cheap as chips! I’ve looked online to try and find some more info out about CK cosmetics, but I think this range is possibly slightly older? As I can only find CK One cosmetics available.

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The Calvin Klein Summer Affair Bronzing Powder is a micro fine bronzing powder that comes in three shades, promising a radiant complexion without exposure to the sun.

I have two shades of this bronzer, the darker one is Sun Bathe and the lighter shade is Enhance. They both have a hint of sparkle and I love that the pans are massive – perfect for getting a big bronzing brush in there! The lighter shade is definitely the one for me, and I think these would look great buffed all over the body for a night out!

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The Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Cream Lipsticks are described as luxurious, ultra conditioning and give lips a smooth matte finish, and they have a non-feathering formula that protects and hydrates.

I have shades Eros 142 and Desire 149. Admittedly I wasn’t overly keen when I saw the lipsticks before trying them out, but when I swatched them I was instantly impressed with the creamy consistency which gave a semi-matte finish, and the pigmentation was excellent too. These are two lovely shades, Eros especially being a bright red / orange is perfect for Spring. I definitely want to look into stocking up on some more colours! I also swatched the Bobbi Brown lip gloss while I was checking the products out – I’ll have this reviewed along with some more of the products on a separate post very soon.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Calvin Klein makeup before? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

September Beauty Favourites

Posted on October 10, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’m hoping it’s not too late for my September favourites post, am I? I don’t know how but it totally slipped my mind. I’d been making a note of my favourite products all throughout September too, so I’ve got a good list ready for you! – Here goes…

Yankee candle – Pink Sands. This is pretty, summery fragrance, described as a beautiful mix of bright citrus, sweet florals and spicy vanilla. Pink Sands has been a favourite candle of mine over the summer months, and on one hand I’m sad that it’s almost ran out, but on the other hand I’m looking forward to bringing some more seasonal scents into my home – I’ve been recommended Witches Brew, Harvest and Cranberry Ice, so I’ll definitely check these out next time I’m at the shops 🙂

Super Facialist Cleanser – This mild cleanser has been my go-to ever since its arrival. It’s glycerin based to help retain moisture and includes elderflower to minimise pores, and also contains salicylic acid to refine and detoxify whilst washing away impurities. This cleanser leaves my skin with a lovely matte finish and a light, refreshing scent of orange and yang yang.

Nanshy Blending Brush – Nanshy kindly sent me this blending brush a few weeks ago as a sample to try out – and I have to say it’s fantastic! It’s lived in my makeup bag ever since and I’ve been using it on a daily basis. The blending brush is part of the new Masterful Collection which you can read about here.

Mitoq Power Antioxidant Rejuvination Serum – This is an old favourite of mine, I loved this product so much when I first tried it out, but then with just being busy and trying out other products it kind of got pushed to the back of my stash. I recently started using it again and was reminded of why I originally raved about it. It’s been completely reviving my tired skin, making it look brighter and more even – take a look at the full review 🙂

Ashley Cahill Skincare Samples – I was sent a couple of samples to try from luxury skincare brand Ashley Cahill. I especially liked the Microdermabrasion Cleanser, which is a powerful exfoliator that uses medical grade aluminium oxide crystals to scour away dead skin and wash away dirt. It left my skin feeling amazingly soft. The other product was Tight, yes it’s just called ‘Tight’! This serum has been dubbed ‘plastic surgery in a bottle’. Tight promises to lift, tighten and rehydrate the skin in just a few minutes, claiming to be a natural alternative to cosmetic surgery. And my God did my skin feel tight! I’m not even joking!! I was so surprised it actually felt and looked tighter! Amazing!

Opi Nail Polish in Don’t Mess With Opi – This is a gorgeous mid green, it’s more of an autumnal colour but I’ve been wearing it loads in September. I’m a massive fan of green and blue nail polishes and this is definitely one of the best greens I own. It has a super shiny finish and only takes two coats for full opacity.

Anatomicals Headache Relieving Balm – After trying this for the first time recently, this has been a new handbag staple. It has a menthol scent which isn’t too overwhelming, and you just rub the balm on your pulse points and await headache relief, simples!

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anita – These are THE lipsticks of the moment. The new NARS Audacious collection is simply stunning, the colours as well as formula are to die for and with the massive range of 30 different shades, there really is something for everybody. You can read my review here.

W7 Chunky Eyes Pencil in Latte – The new W7 Chunky Eyes pencils all have gorgeous, easy to wear shimmer finishes, and the four pencils come in lovely brown shades ranging from cream to dark brown. The pencils give a beautiful shimmery finish, with a fantastic level of pigmentation.

Stila In The Light Eyeshadow Palette – I bought this recently in a blog sale – I’ve been eyeing it up for a while but kept telling myself I didnt need it as I had too many palettes. When I saw it on sale for £18 inc postage, well it would have been sill ynot to for for it! And I absolutely love this palette. All the shades are neutral and easy to wear, and the shadows are so buttery soft and blendable. It’s still a great bargain for the full price at £25. I’ll have a full review on this shortly.

Sorry it’s been a bit of a long one! I hope you enjoyed my post anyway! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review