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Hot New Brand Alert! MAKE Beauty now available at Feel Unique!

Posted on July 30, 2018

As soon as I saw MAKE Beauty had arrived on the Feel Unique site, I was intrigued to find out what they were about. The packaging reminded me of Topshop makeup (do you agree??) and the range just looked very modern, slick and of high quality. I’ve been trying out a few of their products this week…

Feelunique is launching New York beauty brand MAKE with two sensational exclusives! Socially minded, MAKE believe there are no beauty rules –it’s all about being confident in your own skin. Co –founded in 2013 by Ariana Mouyiaris, daughter of renowned makeup entrepreneur and philanthropist Nikos Mouyiaris, MAKE champions the modern woman. Introducing a line-up of 32 products, with two exclusives to Feelunique, the range offers minimal makeup must haves, multi-functional essentials and technology-driven skincare.

Firstly I have the Succulent Mist – this is a Feel Unique Exclusive, and I absolutely love it! This cooling mist is suitable for both face and body, and it’s designed to repair hot, sun parched or environmentally challenged skin. It contains cactus extract to help hydrate and refresh, and the aloe vera, prickly pear and hyaluronic acid work together to nourish and detoxify the skin from overexposure to pollutants and toxins, whilst reducing the appearance of redness. It has a wonderful instant cooling effect on the skin, and I’ve been using this daily since I’ve received it – it’s a lifesaver in this heatwave!

I also have the Moonlight Neck Repair – this is another Feelunique Exclusive. It’s a lightweight gel for the neck and décolleté to address technology-induced, premature wrinkling (basically from looking down at your phone so much!) It contains kigelia and acacia gum extract to help firm, lift and tighten the skin while providing potent anti-oxidant, anti-aging protection, and sodium hyaluronate which mimics the hyaluronic acid produced by the skin to give added volume and plumpness.

And the Marine Salve – this is easily one of my favourite products from the brand. It’s essentially a multifunctional topical balm that can be used anywhere on the body to relieve and calm unhappy skin. You can use it to treat chapped lips, dry, cracked and irritated skin, chafing, cuts, you name it! It also creates a moisturising barrier to help protect skin from dryness, wind and other external aggressors, whilst shielding against pollution, heavy metals and free radicals. This is a fantastic all-rounder that’s perfect for keeping in your handbag.

Next I have the Moonlight Moisturizing Primer – have you ever heard of a black primer? I definitely haven’t! Though the product is black in colour, it quickly transforms into a translucent gel when applied to the skin. This unique silicone-free hydrating gel cream glides on to the skin to moisturise, mattify and prep the skin whilst providing a protective shield against urban pollution. It’s a fantastic makeup primer, and now a staple in my makeup bag!

On to makeup now, the Skin Illuminator in shade Skir is just beautiful. Inspired by the Aurora Borealis (with shade names that reference Scandinavian terms for light: Skir, Llos and Nor) this highlighter contains light-diffusing pigments and gives a gorgeous white pearlescent glimmer to the skin. If you love striking highlighters this is definitely one for you!

And lastly I have a couple of lipsticks, in both available formulas – Silk Cream and Matte. The Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy (a mid pink) doubles as a protective moisturising treatment with antioxidant vitamins, rosehip, soybean and safflower oils. Taffy is a lovely nude pink that feels smooth and hydrating on the lips and is perfect for every day wear. And the Matte Lipstick in Scarlet (a bright red) is an intensely-pigmented matte lipstick with a velvet finish. The super long-wearing formula contains sunflower seed oil to glide and blend effortlessly onto the lips, and vitamin A to condition and hydrate. I adore this shade! Again it feels wonderfully comfortable on the lips and the matte finish is also long lasting too. These both get a thumbs up from me!

I’m honestly really impressed with this range, and so glad Feel Unique kindly gave me the opportunity to discover some new beauty favourites! I love the Succulent Mist, Marine Salve, Skin Illuminator and Lipsticks especially. I’d love to hear if you’ve discovered any new brands lately?

MAKE Beauty products are available now at Feel Unique.

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Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Collection

Posted on July 27, 2018

The latest collection from Smashbox is one of the most beautiful cosmetic collections I’ve seen so far this year. In collaboration with instagram star Vlada Haggerty (who’s also Smashbox’s Lip-Editor-in-Chief) the Petal Metal range combines high-shine metallic finishes with gorgeous rose gold hues.

The 16 piece curated collection features Vlada’s signature shade of rose gold. Inspired by her lip drip art (check out her amazing work at @vladamua) this magnetic makeup collection features Vlada-approved statement-makers for the face, eyes, lip and body.

“The beauty of this collection is that the shades don’t compete or create a dull, monochromatic effect. Instead, they complement every skin tone and together build beautiful layers of pink that add warmth, radiance and a bouquet of boldness to your look!” – Vlada Haggerty.

Firstly, I have the Petal Metal Shimmer Spray – this is an all-over, lightweight illuminating spray that mists on multi-dimensional pearls, leaving skin hydrated and radiant with a dewy glow. Each spritz captures and reflects light, making skin appear smoother and more luminous. You can use it on your face before applying makeup or on your body to make your skin look beautifully radiant. I tried my best to get a decent photo swatch, but the sparkles were so super fine they didn’t show up in my photos. This product really does give the most lovely dewy glisten to the skin – if you like a glowing, luminous complexion you should definitely give this a go.

I also have one of the Always On Petal Metal Liquid Lipsticks – there are three shades available, and I have XO, Vlada, which is a metallic rose gold. This liquid lipstick promises 8 hours of wear, and is packed with jojoba, apricot and sunflower oils to deliver a light, metallic matte sheen. The finish really is the perfect combination of metallic and matte, and one swipe gives amazing full opacity. I didn’t try this for the full 8 hours I must admit, but it did last a good few hours without wearing off at all.

And lastly the beautiful Petal Metal Powder Highlighter – again this is available in three shades, and I have Prismatic Pearl, which is a gorgeous iridescent rose gold.

The formula is a luxurious gel-powder with a super soft and silky feel. Prismatic Pearl is such an unusual shade too, it’s an intense pink, but has a bright gold with and almost green tinged irisdescent shine – you really have to try it yourself to see what I mean! If you love striking coloured highlighters like I do, this is a must have for your makeup collection!

Swatches above – Powder Highlighter in Prismatic Pearl (left), Liquid Lipstick in XO, Vlada (right).

The high-shine rose gold chrome packaging is just gorgeous, and I’m completely in love with the Powder Highlighter – the iridescent pink shade is just so striking and beautiful. I think I’ll also get great use out of the shimmer Spray too. This is such a gorgeous collection all round, and I definitely recommend you check out the products and try them if you can. What do you think of this collection? Let me know!

The Petal Metal Collection is available now at Smashbox and Boots.

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MAC Limited Edition Look in a Box: Endless Sunshine

Posted on July 26, 2018

Hello again! I hope you’re enjoying this heatwave? (I’m not, I’m hiding indoors with my fan!) Today I have one of the fab new ‘Look in a Box’ sets from MAC to share with you. As it says on the box, the Look in a Box sets contain everything you need to create a specific look. There are currently four ‘full face’ sets available, which include all the colour makeup you need. The one I have is called Endless Sunshine…

A lip and eye kit featuring beautiful bronzed shades, including Eyeshadows in Take Tan and To The Beach, Lipstick in Chili, Powder Blush in Endless Sunshine, Technakol liner in Photogravure, and In Extreme Dimension Lash.

The Endless Sunshine Look in a Box includes some gorgeous bronze and nude shades, as well as a head-turning bright red lipstick. Here’s what’s inside –

  • Eye Shadow in Take Tan: a gold with copper (frost finish)
  • Eye Shadow in To The Beach: a deep brown with gold sparkle (veluxe pearl finish)
  • Lipstick in Chili: a brownish orange-red (matte finish)
  • Powder Blush in Endless Sunshine: a warm taupe (matte finish)
  • Technakohl Liner in Photograveure: a soft black with brown undertones.
  • Extreme In Extreme Dimension Mascara in Black.

I’ve added up the cost of these products individually, and they come to exactly £100. This Set is only £49.50, so you’re really getting a fantastic deal!

The MAC Endless Sunshine Look In A Box Set is £49.50 and available now at MAC and ASOS.

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Perfume Inspired by Music: Jusbox No Rules Niche Fragrance

Posted on July 16, 2018

As a gal that’s a little bit obsessed with fragrance, honestly nothing excites me more than discovering a new brand! Jusbox Perfumes are a relatively new niche fragrance company that explore the unique connection between scent and music.

You’ll probably be aware that both music and fragrance can be directly linked to our memories – you hear a certain song and it’ll remind you of a certain person, an event, an emotion, and exactly the same goes for scent. Certain smells will take you straight to a point in time in your memory as soon as you smell them. Jusbox aim to unite music and scent, with a unique range of contemporary fragrances inspired by musical icons, eras and genres.

One of Jusbox’s latest launches is No Rules is inspired by punk music…

“…Punk was a teenage revolution. We didn’t know what we wanted but we knew we wanted something different. There were no rules in punk. The only rule was be interesting, be innovative, challenge the status quo. Don’t just say it, shout it…shout it with rage and honesty…. It was an explosion of creativity. Everything changed. It rewrote the rules, it was anarchy, it challenged everything.”

What to expect from a fragrance based on music? It’s hard to know – I would expect something quite unusual and innovative, and I have to say that’s exactly what you get with No Rules. This is very much a unisex scent – it’s no more feminine than it is masculine, and I’d also say it’s quite polarising, I think you’ll either love No Rules or you just won’t get it. On initially trying the fragrance, I’m immediately hit with a soapy note, tinged with a metallic element – it’s like nothing I’ve ever smelled before. The more obvious ‘punky’ notes in this scent being the Metal accord, to remind you of the excessive and very recognisable use of safety pins and studs in the punk movement, Leather, of course for leather biker jackets, and also Vinyl, representing vinyl records. There are also notes of cool Aldehydes and Ether contrasting with the warmness of Cinnamon and Leather.

Punk, by definition was an ‘anti’ movement, there were no rules, and though I wasn’t personally around when Punk was at its full force, so I can’t really appreciate the atmosphere of the time. What I can say is that No Rules is unusual, creative and unexpected, and in that sense it does a fantastic job of representing the punk ethos.

  • Top Notes: Aldehydic, Ethereal and Saffron
  • Heart Notes: Lavender, Vinyl and Cinnamon
  • Base Notes: Leathery accord, Birch bark and Musk

Jusbox fragrances are available now exclusively at Selfridges.

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Guerlain Terracotta Summer Escape 2018 & Aqua Allegoria Passiflora Fragrance

Posted on July 13, 2018

I always get excited about Guerlain’s new collections – Guerlain is one of my all-time favourite brands, and their products are always so beautiful! I have a couple of makeup items from their latest Terracotta collection, as well as a brand new fragrance to share with you today…

Looking to get away from it all? Longing for summer? The Terracotta Summer Escape collection from Guerlain takes you on a journey… Set off straight away for three paradise islands, in the footsteps of sun-loving globetrotters keen to escape the everyday… Adventurous, romantic or sparkling, they have just one wish: to reveal the intensity of their tan, highlight their skin’s vibrant glow and wear the most beautiful colours. We follow their lead!

Firstly, the brand new Terracotta Cushion, this is described as a fresh and sun-kissed fluid foundation that looks to create a flawless tan and skin glowing with vitality – and it also includes added SPF20. I have shade Moyen (medium) and there’s also a lighter shade available (Naturel). I have to say even though this is a little on the dark side for me, it really does give a beautifully flawless, yet natural and luminous finish to the skin. The foundation itself is very lightweight feeling and can be easily built up with the applicator sponge included to give more coverage if needed. I honestly love this product and absolutely need to get the lighter version asap! This really is healthy glow makeup at its best!

And I also have the stunning Terracotta Route des Îles Collector’s Powder. You know when you have a product that’s so pretty that you don’t want to use it and ‘ruin’ it? I’m having this problem right now!

This gorgeous tan enhancing bronzer has a real nautical feel to it – it’s housed in a luxurious (environmentally sound) mahogany wood compact inspired by yacht decks, and the powder itself is embossed with a striking compass motif. It offers two tones of bronzer to warm and brighten the complexion, and the powder itself is a combination of the best-selling Terracotta shade 03 – the finish is subtly iridescent, radiant and yet incredibly natural, and the centre of the powder is a gorgeous apricot shade which can be swirled in with the bronzer or used on its own as a blush. This is just such a stunning product, it’s definitely a must-have for fans of the brand.

And on to fragrance now, I also have one of the latest additions to the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Fresh Fragrances Collection, Passiflora EDT

The Aqua Allegoria collection reinvents the simplicity of botanical accords as crystal clear as water, gathered from all the gardens of the world. The result is a delicious wave of fresh fragrances, tender shades and cheerful moods. Eaux de Toilette that combine the freshness of a Cologne with the lingering trail of a Guerlain perfume, majestically showcasing Calabrian bergamot, an essential ingredient in any Aqua Allegoria fragrance.

Aqua Allegoria Passiflora EDT is a beautiful summer scent, described as a fruity-citrus fragrance with solar facets, it’s inspired by the desire to escape to a faraway garden in tropical lands. Passiflora EDT is a wonderfully fresh and enticing, yet energising scent, opening with top notes of bergamot mingled with drips of tangy passion fruit and energising lemon. Sun-drenched and glittering, the heart of mandarin juice, juicy grapefruit and the crystal-clear waters of a sparkling lagoon lead to a sunny aroma of sensual ylang-ylang at the base, together creating a must-try stunning summertime scent.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Passion Fruit, Lemon
  • Heart Notes: Mandarin Juice, Aquatic Note, Grapefruit
  • Base Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom

All the above products are available now at Debenhams.

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New Launches from Winky Lux!

Posted on July 10, 2018

This is my first ever experience of Winky Lux products, and I’m so excited to try them! Winky Lux is a relatively new brand, based in New York. They instantly rose to fame a few years ago due to their beautiful and unusual Flower Lip Balms, and the brand now offers a curated selection of innovative and cutely-packaged beauty products…

WINKY LUX strives to excite and delight with new trends, innovative packaging and luxurious ingredients and their latest launches are no exception. Saying “ Boy Bye” to parabens, sulfates, gluten, phthalates and animal testing, Winky Lux products are housed in ultra-dreamy, Instagram worthy packaging to bring you the ultimate in cosmetic indulgence. So sit back, grab a cuppa Joe and welcome these newcomers to the WINKY LUX stage…

First on the list is the rather gorgeously packaged White Tea Tinted Veil Moisturiser (£19.00) – This tinted moisturiser is infused with calming White Tea and Pomegranate extract to pamper and protect, and it also includes Vitamins A, & E nourish the skin. It has a lightweight formula, that provides a sheer hint of colour as well as protecting from UV rays with broad spectrum SPF30. Though this is a moisturiser, it gives coverage more light a light foundation. The finish is natural looking and perfect for the current hot weather. It comes in 5 shades, and I have Medium which is a little on the dark side for me, but I know it’ll be perfect for when I (if I ever) get a tan!

I also have the new Pucker Up Lip Plumper in Pink Lemonade – You’ll know what I mean when I say this is one of those ‘tingly’ plumping lip glosses. It applies clear and help gives lips an enhanced, plump feeling, and it also smells like lemonade! And one of the Disco Kitten Glosses in shade Foxy – this is a colour changing lip gloss that starts off as a clear base with orange-gold glitter flecks, then changes to a light pink tint when applied to the lips.

I also have three gorgeous lip balms – the Flower Balm (which isn’t a new launch) is Winky Lux’s best selling lip stain. It applies on clear an instantly reacts with your skin’s pH levels, to give your lips a unique pink tint. It also has a lovely coconut scent, and contains a real Chrysanthemum flower in the centre of the lipstick.

The Watermelon Jelly Balm has the same pH-activated ingredients as the Flower Balm, but this one has a gorgeous mouth-watering watermelon scent. It’s essentially a tinted lip balm that just looks super cute!

And lastly the Matcha Lip Treatment – this is a clear-finish, nourishing lip balm, designed to both protect and repair the lips. It contains Green Tea Powder to stimulate collagen production, Coconut Oil, which is naturally antibacterial and provides a protective moisture barrier while it nourishes, Avocado Oil which is a vitamin-packed, super food with long-lasting power, Vitamin C to help repair dry, chapped lips, and lastly Food-Grade Vanilla which makes the balm smell gorgeously edible. I’m in love with the scent of this balm, I think it’s my favourite out of the above products. I’ve used it a couple of times now and it really does leave my lips feeling amazingly soft.

The above products are all available now at Winky Lux, Boots and Free People.

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Latest in Beauty X Grazia Beauty Box

Posted on July 8, 2018

Lastest in Beauty are well known for their special limited edition boxes, and their latest collaboration with Grazia looks like it’s definitely one worth considering…

From the latest beauty game-changers to the bona fide cult classics, Grazia’s Beauty Director has hand-picked the summer products you need in your life (and on your face). Expect a seriously special edit of savvy skincare, healthy hair heroes, mega make-up and more worth over £300!

Here’s a list of everything included in the box –

(And because this is an expensive box, I wanted to make sure you’re definitely getting your money’s worth, so I’ve also roughly worked out the value of each product too)

  • Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum (full size 30ml worth £80.00)
  • Clarins Lipstick shade 742 Joli Rouge (mini worth £22.00)
  • Givenchy La Rouge Perfecto No.2 in Intense Pink (full size worth £28.00)
  • This Works Perfect Legs Skin Protector SPF30 (full size 100ml worth £40.00)
  • Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask (15ml worth about £17.00)
  • Elemis Peptide 4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil (10ml worth £18.80)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (13g worth £13.50)
  • Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Florale (5ml worth about £8.00)
  • Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Peels (1 set of 3 peels, worth about £9.90)
  • Moroccanoil Treatment Oil Original (25ml worth about £13.45)
  • Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast (95ml worth £14.00)
  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Strawberry Margarita (full size worth £9.95)
  • Lumene Valo Nordic C Glow Refresh Hydrating Mist (50ml worth about £8.95)
  • St Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Mousse (50ml worth about £7.75)
  • Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (9ml worth about £7.85)
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (full size worth £8.99)
  • Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Ring 3 Pack (full size pack of 3 worth £4.00)
  • Wetbrush Bombshell Blue Detangler (full size worth £11.99)

Total Value = £324.13

Wow, I have to say I’m really impressed! Latest in Beauty have including a fab selection of products and brands (hello full size Givenchy lip balm!) I must admit I did think it would be a bit of a reach for these products to add up to £300, but I’ve done the maths and everything totals well over £300 – so this is actually a fantastic deal!

The Latest in Beauty X Grazia Beauty Box is available now at Latest in Beauty.

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