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TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Must Have Beauty Gift Sets!

Posted on December 20, 2018

My second to last Christmas Gift Guide is finally finished! This one is all about the best beauty gift sets you can pick up this Christmas. I’ve included a good range of brands and prices, so hopefully there’s something for everyone here – enjoy!

Let’s start with the Caudalie Thé des Vignes Scented Body Ritual – Thé des Vignes Fresh Fragrance is a sensual blend of white musk, neroli flower and ginger. You’ll find the beautiful Thé des Vignes fragrance in this gift set plus three other essentials from the collection: Thé des Vignes Fresh Fragrance 10ml, Body & Hair Nourishing Oil 15ml, Shower Gel 30ml, Hand and Nail Cream 30ml.

The Skinnydip Spritz Me Baby Body Mist Trio is a great budget friendly gift set. This fragrance trio includes three body mists with lovely tropical, sweet raspberry and honey notes.

Ted Baker always make the most gorgeous gift sets, and this Mia Fragrance Gift Set would make a wonderful present this Christmas. Including a pretty pairing of a mirror and the Mia Sweet Treat fragrance, this is the ideal addition to any fashionista’s makeup bag.

For those that suffer with dry hands, the Jurlique Hand Care Collection could be spot on. This set contains a duo of Jurlique’s bestselling hand creams wrapped in a beautiful gift box. Included is a 40ml Rose Hand Cream: a rich protective hand cream to deeply moisturise and restore smoothness, and a 40ml Lavender Hand Cream: a rich soothing hand cream with a calming and gentle lavender scent, to deeply moisturise and instantly soothe even the driest of hands.

Next up is Sara Miller London Gifts – I’m so impressed with the latest offerings from Sara Miller. Their beauty gifts are truly delightful, with gorgeous packaging and lovely scents. I have the Hand Cream, Body Souffle, Lip Balm and small makeup bag. These really are fantastic quality, I’d recommend picking a couple of items up and presenting them in a Sara Miller gift box to make the perfect Christmas gift.

Sanctuary Spa Christmas Day Indulgence Hamper (Just seen on right) – This amazing hamper contains an indulgent selection of Sanctuary Spa goodies to pamper yourself with this Christmas. Inside you’ll find a Body Wash, Body Scrub ,Body Lotion, Moisture Burst Face Wash, Hand Cream, Heel Balm, and a mini EDT Fragrance.

The Caudalie Beauty Secrets Set is a 3-step regime containing a blend of radiance boosting skincare, ideal for dull, tired or city-dwelling skin. Featuring the best-selling Beauty Elixir, this poweful trio works to purify the skin and eliminate toxins whilst refreshing and toning the skin throughout the day. Included is a 100ml Beauty Elixir, 50ml Instant Foaming Cleanser, and 15ml Instant Detox Mask.

I love Sleek Makeup for their high quality yet affordable products. This Sleek Makeup Brush Set unfortunately seems to be now sold out now, but I’ve linked to a very similar 7 piece Sleek Brush set which looks just as good!

Back to Ted Baker again, the Ella Fragrance Gift Set is very similar to the above Mia set, this time with a black and rose gold design, the set includes the lovely Ella fragrance and matching Ted Baker mirror.

If you fancy trying out all the of Ted’s fragrances, the Ted Baker Row of Bows Mini Trio includes three 5ml mini Sweet Treats fragrances paired with gorgeous nail polishes – you can gift them as they are, or split them up for three mini treats.

The Soap & Glory The 4 Scent-Sations! Gift Set includes four body sprays in Soap & Glory’s signature fragrances: our fruity floral Original Pink, zesty-fresh Sugar Crush, floriental Mist You Madly and fabulously figgy Fruitigo.

And the Superdry Sport Ladies GymFreshEdit ActiveEssentials Set includes the ultimate post-workout kit for women from Superdry Sport. There’s an Invigorating Body Wash, Hydrating Body Lotion, Rejuvinating Body Scrub, Energising Body Mist, Lip Balm and Hair Bands.

This M&S Lifeology Gift Set is a complete bargain at only £7.50! This beauty set is packed with everything you need for an evening of pampering, including hand salve, lip balm, body wash, foam bath, body butter and even a shower puff to help you scrub!

And this Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Gift set includes a Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor, with two extra blades and a bath pillow. The Venus ComfortGlide Spa Breeze Razor has 3-blades and flexible moisture bars, so this razor is perfect if you’re looking for more comfort when shaving. When wet, the built-in moisture bars release lush body butters with White Tea scent for an incredible glide, comfort and shaving experience.

The gorgeous Too Faced Dream Queen Limited Edition Set includes a large palette with a vast selection of eyeshadows, highlighter, bronzer and blush. There’s also a Hangover Primer, Lip Gloss in Pink Swan, Better than Sex Mascara and a Too Faced zip bag to all your Too Faced treats in.

And the L’Occitane Nourishing Shea Butter Gift Set is a must-have collection to soothe dry and dehydrated skin during the winter months. The gift set includes a 75ml Shea Butter Hand Cream, 75ml Shea Butter Foot Cream, 100ml Limited Edition Design Ultra Rich Body Cream and 50g Extra-Gentle Milk Soap.

The Glamglow Superstar Gift Set includes all you need to mask in style this Christmas! Inside you’ll find a full-size jar of Supermud Clearing Treatment, a Gravitymud Firming Treatment Pink Glitter Tube 30g, a Gravitymud Firming Treatment Purple Glitter Tube 30g and a spatula and stencil.

Get perfectly cleansed skin with the Erborian Ablackadabra Gift Set. Enriched with Charcoal, a super-ingredient used & for millennia in Korea, these beauty allies will help you retrieve the perfect skin in a magic wand trick: Black Scrub 15ml will gently exfoliate your skin, Black Cleansing Oil 190ml will remove all traces of makeup, and a Konjac Sponge is the perfect accessory to naturally cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish skin.

Feelunique Little Beauty Parcel – The Unique Boutique Luxe Edit – this little box contains a selection of full size and mini high end beauty treats. Including the ultimate skin perfecting primer from Hourglass, By Terry smoky eyeshadow, a Zelens complexion rescue mask and a little something from Cover FX to add that prerequisite seasonal sparkle.

Soap & Glory The Zest of Times Gift Set– this set includes aselection of sweet lime treats all in Soap & Glory’s delectable Sugar Crush fragrance. Featuring an array of pamperstuffs including a wash, body scrub, body butter and two bonus Body Wash Pods.

And last but not least, the Laura Ashley Travel Indulgence Gift Set – This glamorous beauty bag contains an indulgent collection of four travel-sized bath and body treats, including body lotion, shower cream, body mist and lip balm. Delicately scented with notes of geranium and neroli.

Sleek Makeup NEW Lip Shot Lip Glosses

Posted on October 24, 2018

Sleek are one of my all time favourite budget beauty brands, I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, I can’t get enough of their True Colour Lipstick in Liquer! Anyway that’s not what I’m talking about today. I wanted to share some of their fantastic new releases with you – the gorgeous new Lip Shots…

Our highly pigmented intense impact and shine gloss. Non-sticky formula on your lips, developed to compliment all skin tones. It’s mega full-coverage and long-lasting. Get full pay off in one stroke.

The shades I have are as follows –

  • Corrupted – an intense true red
  • Do What I Want – a bright intense cool toned pink
  • Dressed To Kill – a mid plum purple
  • Ready Or Not – a deep plum with a hint of taupe
  • Behind Closed Doors – a muted pinky mauve
  • Plot Twist – a muted peachy pink
  • Get Free – a light bright peach
  • Don’t Ask – a nude light beige

You can see by the swatches that these glosses are amazingly well pigmented, and after trying them out I can tell you this is absolutely the case on the lips too. I’m honestly so impressed with these glosses, they give the most beautiful, opaque, true colour, with a shiny gloss finish.

Of course these are glosses, so I wouldn’t expect them to stay put for hours on end. They do last well – without any stickiness, and basically do exactly what you’d expect. These are exactly what I’d hoped they would be – another winner from Sleek Makeup!

Have you tried any products from Sleek Makeup? Let me know! xx

Sleek Cosmetics Lip Shots are £4.99 each and available now at Boots.

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Christmas: Beauty Stocking Fillers for All Budgets

Posted on December 13, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m back! I feel like I’ve been out of the loop for a little while as I’ve been pretty ill. Well I’m now on the mend and I’m finally bringing you the first of my Christmas Gift Guides! (At last!) So my first guide is all about beauty stocking fillers – I’ve tried to include a range of products at differing price points so there should be something for everyone. Enjoy!

Starting with the Too Faced White Chocolate Palette (£49.00) – This is one of the latest releases from one of my favourite makeup brands – the Too Faced White Chocolate Palette is in fact a full-sized version of their previous mini White Chocolate Chip palette. It includes 16 pastel shades with both matte and shimmery finishes, and the palette also smells just like white chocolate!

For those that love a luxurious bubble bath, the Philosophy Shimmering Snowlace Shower Gel (£15.00) could be just perfect. Philosophy’s award-winning multi-tasking shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath conditions as it cleanses, leaving skin and hair silky soft and lightly perfumed with an ethereal floral fragrance.

Or how about the Ted Baker Sweet Treats Polly EDT 30ml Fragrance (£18.00) – I love Ted Baker gifts, they’re always beautifully packaged and just gorgeous inside and out, and The Sweet Treats Polly Fragrance is a complete steal at only £13.00 for 30ml. Polly is described as a grown-up yet girly addition to any night out, with fruity top notes of mandarin, red berries and peach, a floral heart of white jasmine, honeysuckle and peony, and a warm base of amber and vanilla topped off with white musk.

I also have the gorgeous Mii Cosmetics Supernova Glitter Glam Duo (£20.00) – This handy little set is the perfect size for a beauty-lover’s stocking. It contains a Luxurious Liquid Liner, to deliver a line of smooth, rich colour that lasts all day, as well as a Supernova Glitter Glam Liner, which is infused with the finest iridescent sparkle, making it the perfect glitter liner for Christmas nights out.

For the liquid lipstick fan, the Stila Warm & Fuzzy Mini Liquid Lipstick Set (£20.00) would just be perfect. This cute little set contains a trio of mini Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in three must have shades. There’s Beso, a beautiful true red, Caramello, a light nude beige, and Splendore Shimmer, which is a light mauve with a shimmer finish – this one is a special treat as Stila’s Shimmer Liquid Lipsticks won’t be launching individually until the Spring, so definitely keep an eye out for these!

I also have the very affordable Barry M Illuminate & Glow Set (£12.00) – Another fab beauty trio, this time perfect for highlighting the face. This set includes Barry M’s Liquid Chrome Highlighter Drops in Liquid Fortune, an Illuminating Strobe Cream Stick in Galactic, and a Fine Glitter Dust in 28.

On to another favourite brand of mine now. The Sleek Makeup Birthday Suit Pout & Polish Gift Set (£8.50) is definitely worth considering. Sleek have got some really great products out at the moment, and this super cute Pout & Polish Set would make a fantastic stocking filler. It contains a Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit, with a matching matte finish Nail Polish.

And the Rahua The Jetsetter Voluminous Duo Set (£15.50) – Rahua isn’t the most well know brand, but they do offer some fantastic haircare products, and I thought this dinky little hair duo would be a welcome find in any beauty lover’s stocking this Christmas. Ideal for those seeking a full, lustrous mane, Rahua’s The Jet Setter Voluminous Duo combines their Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner in a handy travel sized set.

Another bargain now, the Maybelline Santa Baby Christmas Baby Lips Set (£7.99) is definitely worth picking up. This sweet little set would make the perfect budget friendly stocking filler, containing three of Maybelline’s famous Baby Lips Lip Balms, in Hydrate, Pink Punch, and Cherry Me, this ticks all the boxes for a top beauty gift.

Or how about the Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies Eyeshadow Palette (£22.00) – Pixi is another favourite brand of mine, and this gorgeous Lid Lovelies Eyeshadow Palette contains a gorgeous selection of 18 tones, from light creamy nudes to intense orange and smokey charcoal, there’s enough shades here to take you easily from day to night.

Going a bit more high end now, how about the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio (£46.00) – Fenty Beauty should need no introduction by now, and I really think any beauty fan would be thrilled to find one of Rhianna’s beauty products in their stocking on Christmas morning. The Match Stix Trio contains three long-wear makeup sticks, with two Match Stix Matte Skinsticks to conceal and contour, and one Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick to highlight.

Ok so I absolutely had to include the Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick (£20.00) – As soon as I saw the new Kat Von D Glimmer Veils I knew I had to try them – and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! These are honestly the most vivid, sparkly and just amazing liquid lipsticks that I’ve ever seen. I’ll be sharing full reviews on the blog soon, but in the meantime just google swatches and you’ll see what I mean!

I thought I’d also include the fab Lime Crime Mermaid Highlighter Palette (£32.00) – This fabulously fun palette contains three colourful highlighters, in shades Seashell: a sparkling lavender, Pearl: a sparkling ivory, and Seafoam: a sparkling blue/green. This is a must have for mermaid fans!

Another brand that alway brings out fun and innovative collections is Kiko. The Kiko Milano Arctic Holiday All In One Palette (£19.90) is definitely wort checking out. You’ll probably know by know that I’m a massive fan of Kiko Cosmetics, and their latest limited edition collection is just perfect for Christmas time. I have a few products from the Arctic Holiday collection, but I wanted to include the All In One Palette here, as it’s a fab, reasonably priced full face and eye palette. It contains two face-sculpting powders, a blush, a highlighter, and 9 eyeshadows.

For nail fans, how about the Jessica Nails Phenomenal Indulgence Set in Nude Thrills (£14.50) – This lovely little set contains Jessica’s best-selling intensive cuticle moisturiser Phenomen Oil, which is the perfect treat for dry nails during the winter months, as well as a Custom Colour Nail Polish in Nude Thrills, which is a pretty nude beige with a touch of sparkle.

And lastly, I have the Zoeva Opulence Eyeshadow Palette and Blush Palette (£18.00 each) – Zoeva always manage to bring out the most gorgeous palettes, and the Opulence collection is no exception. The eyeshadow palette contains ten vibrant shades in a mixture of polished neutrals and vibrant statement colours, in both matte and metallic finishes. The Blush Palette has also been carefully curated to include everything you need for an uplifting, subtly sculpted cheek look, containing two floral-inspired blushers and a shimmering champagne highlighter.

I hope this has given you some inspiration! I’ll have more gift guides coming up very soon 😀 I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Spring 2017 Lip Launches

Posted on March 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

There have been SO many new lip launches over the last few months, I really didn’t know where to start with them! So I decided in the end I’d just group everything together and talk you through them all. Some are pretty decent, some are really good, and a couple really are excellent. Let’s get stuck in!

Starting with the new Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick (£15.00 at HQ Hair) – now I must admit, Lord & Berry isn’t a brand that I’d usually gravitate towards, for no other reason than I’m just not overly familiar with their products. But I have to say their new Timeless Kiss Proof Lipsticks really are fantastic!

They have a lovely, creamy formula that contains a nourishing blend of Neem, Sesame and Indian Frankincense Essential Oils, making them super comfortable on the lips, whilst being incredibly pigmented with a transfer-resistant matte finish. I really was impressed with these and they’re definitely worth checking out. I have shades –

  • Brave Red – a true red
  • Pop Pink – an intense magenta
  • First Lady – a mid brown with gold sparkle

(I should just mention that I took my photos before the products had a chance to dry, so just letting you know they do dry down matte)

Next we have the Chantecaille Matte Chic Lipsticks (£33.00 at Space NK) – you probably won’t be surprised to hear these are the most expensive products in this round up. The Matte Chic lipsticks have a light, whipped texture that’s very similar to the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets. I love that they feel barely-there on the lips, whilst being moisturising and also long wearing. They’d make a great treat if you’re a fan of Chantecaille products. I have shades –

  • Jerry – a nude pink
  • Carmen – a true deep red

And at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Clinique Crayola Chubby Stick in Wild Strawberry (£17.50 at Selfridges) is perfect if you’re looking for a nourishing lip product with just a hint of colour. The formula contains mango and shea butters to keep lips feeling comfortably soft and smooth, and the Crayola theme is really fun and playful.

Back to liquid lipsticks now, the LA Splash Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£9.95 at Beauty Bay) have been a long time favourite of mine. I picked some up direct from LA Splash in the US a while ago now, and I was beyond impressed with how well they lasted on my lips.

Their Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick collection is inspired by desserts, and comes in a range of muted, neutral shades. The formula is full coverage, and completely transfer proof, and it’s also worth mentioning that you don’t want to apply this too thickly, as I’ve found it wears off the lips quicker if it’s applied too generously. I have shades –

  • Dark Mocha Mousse – a light warm brown.
  • Buttermilk Cheesecake – a natural nude with pink undertones.
  • Macaroon –  a deep rosy pink.

The Ciate London Pretty Stix Lipstick (£16.00 at Lookfantastic) is another new product that’s now a favourite of mine. This is more along the lines of a sheer lipstick, offering a moisturising formula which combines Brazilian Murumuru butter and Amino Acid to give the soothing and conditioning properties of a balm, combined with the pigmentation of a lipstick. I love that the Pretty Stix make my lips feel so smooth and moisturised. I’ve been wearing Vintage Blush quite a lot this week!

  • Vintage Blush – a light coral nude
  • Romcom – a bright magenta
  • Heartbreaker – a deep purple

Next we have the brand new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£19.00 at Smashbox) – it’s been quite a while since I’ve used Smashbox products so I wasn’t too sure what to expect with these, but the Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks are some of the most highly pigmented lip products I’ve ever tried – I was so impressed!

They promise to stay put for up to 8 hours, and contain Advanced Polymer Technology and Primer Oil Complex to give a super smooth, intensely pigmented, budge-proof finish. I have shades –

  • Let’s Dance – a bright purple toned magenta
  • Shockaholic – a super bright magenta pink
  • Big Spender – an intense rose pink

For those looking for a budget product, I always recommend checking out Sleek Cosmetics. The Sleek Cosmetics Matte Lip Cream (£4.99 at Superdrug) is a great product for less than a fiver, and they’ve now brought out a selection of fun and bright pastel shades for spring. The formula isn’t the most pigmented in the world, but it’s decent enough to give good coverage with a couple of swipes, and it lasts for a good few hours before you need to think about touching up. Overall this is a great budget product. I have shades –

  • French Fancy – a pretty mid cool toned pink
  • Crushed Lavender – a light lavender purple
  • Apricot Blooms – a light coral-apricot

If you’re not a fan of liquid lipsticks, the new Makeup Forever Artist Acrylip Glosses (£17.50 at Debenhams) could be right up your street. Inspired by bold, high-pigment artist acrylic paints, the MUFE Artist Acrylips give lips the most intense, glossy color with just one swipe. I really love the smoothness of the formula, as well as the amazing pigmentation. I should reiterate that these are glosses and do not dry down or set in any way shape or form – but they also don’t move around the mouth at all which is great news. I have shades –

  • 202 Coral Pink – an intense petal pink
  • 400 Iconic Red – an intense true red
  • 600 Dark Purple – a deep aubergine purple

And the Pixi Beauty GelTint & SilkGloss (£14.00 at ASOS) – Pixi is one of my favourite beauty brands, and I love that their products are always so interesting and innovative. This double ended tint and gloss is just a fantastic idea that I’ve never seem before. One end contains a gel formula lip stain, and the other holds a glossy top coat.

And lastly, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick (£17.50 at Selfridges) – this collection includes some really beautiful shades, and I was drawn to ‘So Me’ which has a real 90’s vibe about it. I’m not actually a fan of MAC’s original Retro Matte Lipsticks as I find them to be incredibly drying, so I was interested to see how the liquid version fared. Well I have to say I was impressed! As expected the formula was richly pigmented, but it was also pleasant to wear and lasted all day. I definitely want to pick up some more shades now!

I’d love to hear which lip products you’ve been loving lately?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New In Beauty: Products Worth Checking Out!

Posted on September 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

There have been so many fantastic beauty launches recently, I thought I’d put a post together to show you some of my favourites that are definitely worth checking out. There’s a mixture of high end as well as affordable products here, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. Get your wish lists at the ready!

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Ok so let’s start with the L’Occitane La Flamme Candle (£8.00 at L’Occitane) – this just ticks all the boxes for me. You may know by now that I have a slight candle obsession, and this one smells lovely, with a delicate citrus scent, it’s also very affordable and on top of that 100% of the profits go to charity.

The limited edition La Flamme Candle has been developed in an exclusive partnership with Marie Claire in order to raise funds for the education of girls and young women in developing countries. 100% of the profits will be donated to selected charities supporting girls’ schools and education projects in Cambodia, Uganda, Sierre Leone and Burkina Faso – this is a must have!

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Next, a couple of new products from one of my favourite beauty brands, Clarins. I love Clarins lips products and their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (18.00) and Daily Energiser Lip Balm (£18.00, both at John Lewis) are just gorgeous every-day products.

The Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors now come in three new shades – Pink Shimmer, Orange Shimmer and Red Shimmer – giving lips an instant plump, glossy shine which nourishes and prevents dehydration. And the Daily Energiser Lip Balm offers 8 hours of hydration whilst smoothing and plumping – it also subtly enhances the colour of your lips.

Another favourite brand of mine, Lancome have recently launched their Grandiose Liner (£23.00) and Extreme Mascara (£25.00) both at House of Fraser.

The Grandiôse Liner is a truly innovative product offering a bendable wand which you can angle pretty much however you like, to help you get right into the base of the lashes and create the perfect line. It also has an ultra fine tip for creating a super sharp cat-eye, and the product formula has a long-lasting, smudge-resistant matte finish. The Grandiôse Extrême Mascara also features a ‘Swan-Neck’ wand and high-precision brush which grabs lashes close to the roots to beautifully fan them out on application. Grandiose Extreme gives extreme volume and an ultra intense longwear look for up to 24 hours.

And the Pur Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation (£28.00 at Beauty Bay) – I actually have a fantastic powder compact from Pur which I’ve been using for a long time, so I was excited to try out their latest foundation offering. The Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation utilises a unique Water Complex which combines water sourced from the Swiss Alps to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin with intense hydration. The formula is thin and watery, feeling lightweight on the skin and giving light to medium coverage. Those with dry or dehydrated skin who are looking for a lightweight base should definitely check this out.

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Colour correcting products are everywhere at the moment, and this Sleek Colour Corrector Palette (£7.99 at Boots) is a fantastic budget option. It contains six easy-to-blend colour correctors to minimise skin imperfections and counteract discolouration, leaving you with an even base for flawless foundation application.

And if you’re looking for some new lip balms on the cheap, this I Heart Makeup I Heart My Lips Set (£10.00 at Tam Beauty) could be right up your street. The set includes five pill shaped balms in an assortment of flavours for only £10.00 – so there’s one for your bag, your desk, your car… you get the idea!

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On the subject of lip balms, the ESPA Nourishing Lip Treatment (£19.00 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re looking for something a little more intensive. This nourishing Lip Treatment is packed with active ingredients to instantly smooth and soften the lips, whilst adding a hint of gloss. My dry lips have been loving this lately!

While we’re talking about lips, if you’re looking to treat yourself, personally I think you can’t beat a lipstick. And if you’re feeling pretty flush, a Chantecaille Lipstick (£30.00 at Space NK) is definitely worth the money – this lipstick is smooth and comfortable, and the formula is enriched with vitamins A and C and emollient amino acids for a super luxurious feel on the lips.

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On to hair now – L’Oreal Professional have a couple of new styling products, in the form of French Froisse Texture Definition Cream, and Messy Cliche Texture Definition Spray (£11.95 each at HQ Hair). So basically the cream is for thick hair, and the spray is for fine hair, and they both pretty much do the same thing, giving you tousled, textured lengths with natural shine.

And not forgetting The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 wash scrub mask (£8.00 at The Body Shop) – this is a multi-use 3-in-1 product which can be used as a wash to remove excess oil, a scrub to exfoliate and unclog pores, or a mask to combat blemishes and tighten pores. I love multi-tasking products and I know this will definitely get a lot of use in my household.

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Soap and Glory are alway coming up with gorgeous new products, and their latest The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition (£8.00 at Soap & Glory) is a must have for S&G fans! This is basically a re-vamped edition of their famous Righteous Butter, with added pearlescent shimmer, mica powders and real diamond dust!

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Next we have the Erborian Liquid BB Creme Au Ginseng ($48.00 at Sephora) – I love a cushion foundation and Erborian’s Liquid BB Cream is a fantastic compact. It contains Ginseng, known in Korea for its smoothing properties and gives lightweight, sheer coverage to help even out skin tone, leaving the complexion feeling fresh and moisturised.

I also love the new W7 Shade & Swap (£4.95 at W7) – this handy little pot instantly cleans your makeup brushes so you can swap between colours quickly and easily. Just sweep your brush over the sponge a couple of times and Bob’s your uncle!

Kiehls is another favourite skincare brand of mine, and their MTV Staying Alive Ultra Facial Cream (£43.50 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re in need of a new moisturiser. This Limited edition Ultra Facial Cream continuously replenishes moisture throughout the day, leaving skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated. And for each pot sold, Kiehl’s will give £10.00 to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation to support 3 projects around the world to empower young women.

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Well there we have it, I hope you found this post useful – please do let me know if you have any of these products, I’d love to hear your thoughts! xxx

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New In Beauty: Cover FX / Ciate / Urban Decay / Sleek Makeup & More!

Posted on July 5, 2016

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Hi Guys!

There are so many fabulous new beauty launches around at the moment that are either available now, or launching very soon, so I thought I’d put a round up post together of some MUST HAVE makeup products you need in your life this summer – enjoy!

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You must have heard of Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops by now? This is easily THE product of Summer 2016. These liquid illuminators are EVERYTHING and I promise that you need at least one of them in your life. The Custom Enhancer Drops come in six shades, and have the most highly reflective, almost metallic formula – and they can be used pretty much anywhere and anyhow you like. I have the shade Candlelight which is a gorgeous warm bronze – perfect for adding to your foundation to enhance the colour for the summer, or wearing as it is on tanned skin for a lovely healthy glow. The range includes lighter shades too, which would make the most amazing highlighters! You can buy these on back order now for £34.00 at Space NK.

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The Ciate London Pretty Eyeshadow Palette (£29.00 at Ciate) could easily be my go-to palette for the whole of the summer. This compact little palette contains nine relatively large eyeshadows in a range understated, glamorous shades, in both shimmer and matte finishes.

Each shade is infused with Ciate’s Double Dose™, a finely-milled pigment that’s formulated to blend effortlessly. Its touchable, molten powder texture delivers one-swipe, vivid colour pay-off for high-impact, advanced wear, and the colours in this palette work perfectly well to take your look from day to night – this is definitely a makeup bag staple for me.

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Next the Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stained (£20.00 at Net-a-Porter) – this is like no other lip product I’ve tried – the formula reacts to the pH in your lips to bring out a subtle tint of colour – which is definitely subtle but noticeable. Unlike traditional stains, this rich balm is definitely more like a gloss, giving lips a lovely shine whilst boosting moisture levels. The Tainted Lip Stained’s are available in two shades –

  • Linger Sigh – a nude baby pink.
  • Sweet Suite – a watermelon pink.

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On to nails now, True Brit London Nail Polish (£12.95 at True Brit London) have launched a brand new collection of polishes – the Garden Party range is inspired by the floral bloom colours seen on the catwalks, transporting you into a world of colour. The new collection also includes a fresh range of nude shades, including copper metallics and earthy, warm hues.

  • Apples & Pears – a mint green cream with tiny silver flecks.
  • Street Party – a bright barbie pink cream with tiny silver flecks.

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And you’ve probably heard about these by now too – Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Flip Balms (£4.99 at Superdrug) come in three gorgeous flavours – Juicy Watermelon, Creamy Coconut and Ripe Mango. Being someone with chronically dry lips, I tend to get quite excited when a new balm is released! The Flip Balms are made from pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to soften and soothe dry lips, whilst delivering incredible, long-lasting moisture. I’ve used Juicy Watermelon a few times and I have to say it really is a fantastic lip balm!

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And of course the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks (£15.00 from Urban Decay) – the new range of Vice Lipsticks comes in a massive lineup of 100 shades, with six different finishes –

  • Metallized – cream with a pearl ‘metallic’ finish.
  • Cream – original creamy formula.
  • Sheer – a punch of colour with a sheer, shiny finish.
  • Sheer Shimmer – slightly transparent finish with floating pearl and a smooth texture.
  • Comfort Matte – creamy matte.
  • Mega Matte – super intense matte.

These are the ones I have above –

  • Pandemonium (mega matte) – an intense royal purple.
  • Big Bang (metallized) – a bright barbie pink with glitter flecks.
  • Backtalk (comfort matte) – a creamy nude pink.
  • Firebird (cream) – an intense deep fuchsia.
  • 714 (mega matte) – a bright tomato red.

There are both new shades as well as cult favourites included in the collection. Urban Decay have also included plenty of nourishing ingredients in their Vice formulas, to make sure they’re as comfortable to wear as possible. I’m most definitely in love with Backtalk, both for the colour as well as the formula – I think I may have to snap up some more of the Comfort Mattes now!

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And lastly, the Sleek Power Plump Lip Crayons (£5.50 at Sleek Makeup) – these innocent looking lip crayons aim to magically plump up your pout with a buzzy, tingling sensation – much like the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Glosses. The sensation is quite prickly, and quite a surprise if you’re not prepared for it! The crayons give a pigmented pop of colour whilst enhancing the appearance of your lips, helping them to appear fuller and more luscious.

  • Raving Rouge – bright true red.
  • Fully Fuchsia – bright blue toned pink.
  • Power Pink – mid pink.
  • Colossal Coral – light orange-coral.
  • Notorious Nude – warm nude beige.
  • Berry Burst – mid mauve.

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Now you may have noticed I haven’t included any swatches in this post, well it turned out to be quite a long post in the end so I decided not to include swatches – but if you’d like to see swatches of anything at all (not just in this post) please do tweet me at tsncblog, or contact me on Snapchat (also tsncblog) or leave a comment below, and I will be more than happy to oblige 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Sleek Makeup Whimsical Wonderland Collection & New Matte Me Lip Shades #SleekWhimsical

Posted on June 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

One of my favourite budget beauty brands is back on the blog today, with a whole new range of products! Sleek Makeup have just launched their limited edition Whimsical Wonderland collection, containing candy coloured lipsticks, brand new cheek stains and a pretty pastel toned eyeshadow palette – and in complete contrast they’ve also released six new deep mauve and wine shades of their Matte Me lipsticks…

Roll Up! Roll Up! Welcome to a Whimsical Wonderland of fun-filled fairground rides, candy floss and pastel prettiness! Our new limited edition Whimsical Wonderland collection takes a leap into the punchy pleasures of pastels and exciting summer hues. Try a quirky twist on vibrant eyeshadow, glisten pretty with shades for your cheeks and lips.

Stating with the All The Fun of the Fair i-Divine Palette – this palette has the same slim casing and 12 circular pans as the rest of the i-Divine collection palettes. The All The fun of the Fair palette contains a selection of pretty, summery pastel shades in both matte and shimmer finishes.

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I’m completely in love with Sleek’s VIP Lipstick formula – it’s easily one of the best on the highstreet, and also one of my favourite budget lipsticks. The Whimsical Wonderland collection features three new Lip VIP Lipstick shades –

  • Big Shot – a bright warm coral peach.
  • Hottie Tottie – an intense coral toned pink.
  • Fancy Pants – a bright cool toned lilac.

Following the theme of the collection, these shades are bold, bright and fun. The formula is creamy and comfortable and the colour payoff is just amazing. The finish of the VIP Lipsticks is a velvety demi-matte, and the soft, creamy formula feels wonderful on the lips. These lipsticks are definitely a must have for fans of a bold and daring lip!

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Sleek have also introduced a brand now product with this collection – the Sweet Cheeks cheek stains. They have included three new Sweet Cheeks cheek colours which correspond with the above three VIP Lip shades –

  • Hullabaloo – intense pink.
  • Lickety Split – coral / orange.
  • Tomfoolery – violet toned fuchsia.

I must admit, the Sweet Cheeks stains do look a bit bright and intimidating on first glance, but you’ll be pleased to hear that the product has a silky and almost gel like formula, which applies quite sheerly for a flush of colour across the cheeks.

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And lastly the new Matte Me Lipsticks are just gorgeous! Matte lipsticks are everywhere at the moment, and Sleek’s offering definitely shouldn’t be overlooked – these six gorgeous shades range from mid pinks to deep reds and mauves – quite a contrast to the Whimsical Wonderland collection. Though some of these shades are on the darker side, they’re all completely wearable – I particularly love Velvet Slipper and Shabby Chic, which is the perfect my lips but better shade. The formula is slightly drying on the lips over time, but that’s to be expected with a matte liquid lipstick. These are really long lasting, and are definitely worth their £4.99 price tag.

  • Vino Tinto – a deep mauve wine.
  • Velvet Slipper – a mid mauve pink.
  • Bittersweet – a light peachy pink.
  • Shabby Chic – a light muted pink.
  • Fired Up – a true bright red.
  • Old Hollywood – a darker classic red.

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Overall this is another fab collection of products from Sleek, and as ever both their VIP and Matte Me lipsticks really are fantastic – a definite must-try if you’re on the hunt for some new budget lippies.

The Whimsical Wonderland collection is available now from Sleek Makeup.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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