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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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Fragrance: Jo Malone English Oak & Redcurrant

Posted on September 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

This Autumn, Jo Malone whisks us away to the depths of a magical forest to bring us their brand new English Oak collection. The inspiration behind the collection comes from the iconic English oak tree, a powerful and noble symbol which lies deep in the heart of the English woodland. Think Sherwood Forest, wandering knights and outlaws, mystery and enchantment…

Surrender to the spell… The magic of the forest. Climb. Dream. Drift. Wander through emerald moss carpets. Ripe redcurrants, ready to be picked. Succumb to the scent of the fabled oak. Noble. Wise. Infused into two spellbinding scents. English Oak & Redcurrant. Bright. Embracing. Bewitching. English Oak & Hazelnut. Earthy. Enticing. Enchanting.

The English Oak collection comprises of two fragrances – the original concept, English Oak & Hazelnut, which is spicy and woody, using green hazelnut to create a greener, aromatic feel with a spicy spin, its mossy notes also help to reinforce the natural scent of the forest. While the second fragrance, English Oak & Redcurrant is a much rounder and juicier scent, with notes of rose, amber and white musk.

The main note in the collection is of course is oak, but more specifically Roasted Oak Absolute. I was interested to find out that oak wood itself isn’t widely used in perfumery – you’d usually find other woody notes such as Sandalwood or Cedarwood at the base of a fragrance, but Jo Malone actually created their own process of roasting washed wood chips at high temperatures to exclusively create Roasted Oak Absolute – this technique gave the note a a rich, deep and smoky-sweet element, resulting in a warm and enveloping base for the collection with a fairytale-like quality, perfectly capturing the magic of the English forest.

I have English Oak and Redcurrant, which is just as gorgeous as you’d expect. It’s quite an unusual scent, yet very wearable and very ‘Jo Malone’ The Redcurrant and Rose notes instantly hit you giving a juicy yet floral opening, and the scent soon dries down to a warm, sweet base of Roasted Oak Absolute.

English Oak & Redcurrant

  • Top Note: Redcurrant – An intensely fruity note with a tangy, juicy clarity which brings a sparkling contrast to the oak woodiness in the fragrance.
  • Heart Note: Rose – As the fragrance unfurls, this opulent floral, with its spicy, honey facets wraps the scent with sumptuous texture.
  • Base Note: Roasted Oak Absolute – A warm and compelling woody note that gives the addictive quality of roasted oak.

English Oak & Hazelnut

  • Top: Green Hazelnut – A green note that induces a fresh and nutty feeling in the fragrance.
  • Heart: Cedarwood – Its woody, dry character complements the heart with charismatic intensity.
  • Base: Roasted Oak Absolute

For fragrance combining, Jo Malone recommends layering English Oak & Hazelnut with Basil & Neroli for a lively, citrus fragrance, or try English Oak & Redcurrant with Blackberry & Bay for a truly fruity combination. You can also always combine both English Oak fragrances together for a fresh, spicy scent highlighted with a bright and juicy twist.

The collection contains a range of products, including Cologne in 30ml (£44.00) and 100ml (£88.00) as well as Body & Hand Wash (£30.00), Body Crème (£52.00) and a Home Candle (£44.00)

Jo Malone’s English Oak collection is available now at Jo Malone and House of Fraser

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Christmas: FeelUnique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar SPOILER!

Posted on September 19, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’ve got a bit of a spoiler for you today – the FeelUnique 12 Days of Beauty Calendar has just landed at TSNC HQ, it contains a varied selection of mini and full size beauty items, including makeup, skincare and accessories, across a variety of high street and high end brands. Let’s take a look inside…

I’ve listed all the items below, included the estimated value of each product –

  • Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster (5ml worth £7.50)
  • PHB Ethical Beauty Natural & Organic Eyeliner Pencil (Full size 4g worth £8.95)
  • Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream (11ml worth £7.80)
  • Inika light Reflect Cream (Full size 8ml worth £19.00)
  • Palmers Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo (50ml worth £0.50)
  • Rimmel Magnifeyes Eyeshadow Palette (Full size worth £7.99)
  • Revlon Uniq One Hair Treatment (9ml worth £1.00)
  • The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream (Full size 10ml worth £26.95)
  • Invisibobble (Worth £4.99)
  • Roger & Gallet Relaxing Shower Gel (50ml worth £2.40)
  • Gatineau Perfection Ultime Retexturizing Beauty Cream (15ml worth £25.80)
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Madrid (full size worth £6.00)

The price is very reasonable at £35.00 with FeelUnique saying the contents are worth over £90.00, but I’ve worked out the value to be way over that at £118.88, so this is definitely a good deal!

I think this is a great way to try out some brands that you might not normally go for – for me I’m especially looking forward to getting stuck in with the Rimmel Eyeshadow Palette (it’s been a really long time since I’ve used anything from Rimmel) and trying out The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream.

The FeelUnique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar isn’t available just yet, but you can sign up to the wait list here.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Fragrance: Roja Parfums Un Amore Eterno

Posted on September 11, 2017

Hi Guys!

I have simply the most beautiful fragrance to share with you today – it’s been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of trying anything from luxury fragrance house Roja Parfums, but recently I’ve fallen in love with one of their latest scents, Un Amore Eterno…

Un Amore Eterno is part of the Profumi d’Amore Exceptional Collection, where each of the three fragrances in the collection have been designed to evoke the different chapters of a love story – from the very first moment where passion is ignited, Amore Mia (My Love), to a declaration of love, Ti Amo (I Love You), ending with a love affair that lasts forever, Un Amore Eterno (I Will Love You Forever). Each fragrance is a passionate love letter in fragrant form, housed in a beautiful bottle adorned with red jewels – these fragrances would make the perfect gift for a loved one on a special occasion.

The collection follows the order of a poem and what I hope you notice is that as the proclamations of love become more pronounced and passionate, so do the depth of raw materials, growing richer and more sensual in each creation. – Master Perfumer Roja Dove.

Every perfume I make has a story and I bring that story to life through a carefully crafted composition of the finest quality raw materials. This collection plays out a harmonious love story of burning passion and romantic tenderness. Ambergris, Cocoa and Vanilla are found at the core of all three. These materials are highly addictive to the senses in the same way as when you meet someone and fall in love with them, you quite literally become addicted to them. Stimulating Ginger is also present in each, as is a prominent note of Orris— which comes from the legendary Florentine Iris. – Master Perfumer Roja Dove.

Un Amore Eterno really is everything you’d expect and more, it’s such a beautiful oriental scent, that’s both rich and gourmand, as well as soft and powdery.

The fragrance opens with a light hint of lemon, which leads to a wonderful floral heart of Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Heliotrope and Violet. The base has more notes than you can shake a stick at, starting with Ginger, Clove, and Saffron, there’s also a lovely warming notes of Patchouli, Cedar and Casmir Woods, as well as edible Vanilla, Coffee, and Cocoa. The base is rounded off beautifully with Orris, sensual Ambergris and Musk, giving the fragrance a powdery and alluring finish.

Un Amore Eterno is just so elegant, rich and inviting, it’s literally a feast for the senses with it’s wonderful notes of Cocoa, Coffee, and creamy Vanilla and Orris. If you’re a lover of intense gourmand fragrances that smell good enough to eat, then you really must try this.

  • Top Notes: Lemon.
  • Heart Notes: Rose de Mai, Jasmin de Grasse, Tuberose, Heliotrope and Violet.
  • Base Notes: Ginger, Clove, Saffron, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Casmir Wood, Coffee, Vanilla, Cocoa, Orris, Ambergris and Musk.

Un Amore Eterno is available now at Roja Parfums.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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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