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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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Beauty News & Gossip 20/02/2017: Illamasqua, Z Palette, Maybelline & More!

Posted on February 20, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been at least a couple of weeks since my last Beauty News update and literally SO much has happened since then. Read on to find out my highlights of the latest beauty news and gossip…

So first up, Illamasqua have taken a stand against Trump and fascism – and I’m not surprised at all. If any brand was going to do it, I think most would have predicted it to be Illamasaqua. Their ‘Anti-Fascism Pledge’ states that they ‘will never knowingly sell products to people who support President Trump’s values’ – and though I know many people will take the side of ‘this is just makeup, Illamasqua should be neutral’, I personally disagree and I love that Illamasqua are standing up publicly for what they believe in. What do you think?

In other news, you’ve probably heard by now about the recent Z Palette drama. If not, to cut a long story short, basically Z Palette have brought out a new electronic device for de-potting product, which people questioned and criticised on Instagram, and rather than replying politely and dealing with their potential customers concerns, whoever was looking after Z Palette’s Instagram went a little bit completely crazy and started spewing out insults like they were going out of fashion, leaving a lot of people very unhappy. It seems obvious that a brand should always deal with any criticism, not matter how harsh, constructively, carefully, and always treat people with respect on social sites. I think they’ve just managed to lose a LOT of customers.

Ok so let’s take a look at some exciting new and upcoming launches now. This MAC Rolerwheel Liquid Eyeliner really caught my eye this week, and I think the idea could actually be amazing if it actually works. The little roller wheel is in the style of a pizza cutter, with the wheel applying a continuous line of eyeliner. I can’t wait to try these when it launches – I think it’s either going to end up being a massive hit or a complete flop.

And following from the L’Oreal X Beauty & The Beast collaboration, it looks like Lorac will be collaborating with the upcoming Pirates of the Carribean movie. The packaging looks pretty awesome and I’m looking forward to finding out about the products, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Jeffree Star has also recently launched his latest palette – the Androgyny palette has been in the works for a long time now, and Jeffree has been hinting about it for months. Now it’s been revealed though, I I have to say feel a bit underwhelmed. I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly but I just feel this is a bit ‘meh’. What do you think?

And on that note Jeffree has also hinted on Twitter that a highlighter palette is also in the works – now this does excite me and I can’t wait to see what that looks like!

It also looks like metallic lip finishes are going to be a big thing this year. After what seems like an eternity of matte liquid lipsticks being at the forefront of trends, there’s now a load of brands coming up with intensely pigmented metallic finish lip products. Smashbox have now launched their Be Legendary Liquid Pigments across the pond, and I think the silver and blue shades look pretty awesome.

And for those on more of a budget, Maybelline will also be launching a Metallic Lipsticks collection in July. I’m not overly wowed by the look of these swatches, but maybe they’re fab in real life? I’m looking forward to finding out.

And of course MAC had to get in on the game with their own Metallic Lipsticks – and I have to say these look pretty stunning – I hope they look as good on the lips as they do on the bullet.

Anastasia are also bringing out new glow kit with Nicole Guerriero – the shades look really pretty, but I think most of them would be too dark for my super fair skin unfortunately.

Too Faced has some amazing looking products coming out in March too. There’s a massive Natural Love eyeshadow palette, three high shine Love Light Highlighters, and five new shades of Melted Matte lipsticks. I need to get my hands on those highlighters!

There’s also buzz that Too Faced will be launching some sort of holographic collection. Owner Jerrod shared some metallic pastel swatches recently which look so pretty!

On the same note, I also had to mention the upcoming BH Cosmetics BackLight Highlighter Palette. We don’t really hear much of BH Cosmetics in the UK (but they are available at Beauty Bay in case you were wondering) These swatches just look so beautiful – very much like the Kat Von D highlighter palette but with a larger range of shades. This is something I’ll definitely be picking up when I can get my hands on it.

Trendmood have also hinted at a collaboration between Pat Mcgrath and Kim Kardashian – I wonder what they could be up to?

And lastly, I was thrilled to hear that some of my favourite beauty bloggers have teamed up with L’Oreal Paris to launch a range brand new Matte Addition lipsticks. What’s especially awesome about this is that most of these aren’t your typical ‘big bloggers’ that are pretty much household names these days. These girls are ‘micro bloggers’ and just as amazing in their own right as some of the biggest names in the industry. It’s makes me so happy that smaller bloggers are now being recognised – well done girls!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Christmas Beauty Gift Ideas from Boots

Posted on December 11, 2015

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Hi Guys!

So how’s your Christmas shopping going? I’ve got as far as starting Freddy’s list, which consists of lots of Lego sets, and that’s it! I NEED to get organised. I know for a fact the next couple of weeks will fly by, and I really don’t want to be panic buying on Christmas eve – I’ve done that before and it’s not fun. So, this evening I plan to sit down and get myself organised with lists of what I’m buying, and actually get some shopping done too.

If, like me you’re still looking for gifts, you probably know by now that Boots really is where it’s at when it comes to beauty gifting. They have loads of deals on just like they do every year, such as 3 for 2 across many lines – clearly this is best used to buy two gifts for others, and one for yourself…

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So I have a few beauty themed items to share with you today from Boots, some are more expensive than others, but I’ve included a good range, and most are part of an offer too which is great news. Enjoy!

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Let’s start with the Reiss Nail Paint AW15 Collection (£20.00 – and part of the 3 for 2 deal)

Reiss products are brand new to Boots for Christmas 2015, and for the first time the clothing brand is offering luxury beauty and skincare sets in chic white and gold packaging.

This beautiful set from Reiss includes four nail polishes, in shades, in Nude Sahara – a light nude pink, Mystic Grace – a dark steel grey with shimmer, Bacall Red – a deep burgundy red with a hint of sparkle and Forever Red – a bright post box red. These colours are just perfect for the holiday season!

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Next is the lovely Molton Brown The Cruise Collection Gift Set Exclusive to Boots (Was £26.00, now £22.10)

Molton Brown gift sets are always beautifully presented, and this one would make a fantastic gift for any fan of their products. The Cruise Collection Set contains two body washes, in classic Pink Pepperpod and White Sandalwood, and two matching body lotions in the same fragrances. They all come in in handy 100ml size bottles too which are perfect for travelling.

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Next is the Seventeen Cosmetic Clutch Kit (£14.00 – part of 3 for 2 mix and match deal)

This Seventeen Eye Palette and Lip Crayon Cosmetic Clutch would make a gorgeous stocking filler for younger beauty fans. The vibrant pink bag has a 3D lips motif on the front and contains a must-have eye shadow palette with six easy to wear shades, and a gorgeous moisturising pink lip crayon.

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Next is the gorgeous Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Bestsellers Set (£23.00)

I love Smashbox, and if you know someone interested in trying the brand, this Bestsellers set would make the perfect introduction. This limited edition kit contains Smashbox’s classic Photo Finish Foundation Primer in a travel size 15ml tube, a mini Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio, a deluxe sample of their Be Legendary Lip Gloss in shade Pink Lady, and a deluxe sample of their popular Full Exposure Mascara in black.

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Next we have a sweet little No7 Mini Eye Palette (£10.00 – part of 3 for 2 mix and match deal)

This lovely little compact tin contains a selection of eight popular No7 eye shadow colours, along with a handy double-ended applicator. These versatile shades are perfect for creating a natural daytime look or a night time smoky eye.

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So what do you think? Have any of these lovely gift ideas caught your eye? Get them on your Christmas list now!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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The Weekly Top 5 #13

Posted on July 26, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Sunday! This week has been a bit of a funny one for me – I feel like I say that a lot actually! My son has been poorly with a virus and now he’s better he’s passed it to my husband and I, thanks! We’ve both now got some weird lump thing on our tongues which is pretty strange, and it hurts to talk and eat, which is never fun! So I’ve been feeling a bit rotten for the last few days really! In better news though, we also went to a good friend’s wedding yesterday which was a lot of fun, the weather held out and Fred had a great time playing with the other children. By the end of the night all the girls were on the dance floor doing the Macarena, and now I’m left with a slightly fuzzy head today 🙂

I’m also off to London next week with some exciting things planned – all will be revealed soon, and I’m planning to visit one of my blogger chums, Ting from The Ting Thing in Birmingham soon too which is really exciting! It’s basically going to be two full days of shopping, eating and gossiping about makeup!

Here’s this week’s top five

L.A.B.2 Strokes Of Genius Eye Brush Set (£18.99) – This is a brand new brand to me, and even though I’ve only just started using these brushes, I’m super impressed already! This Eye Brush Set includes five must have eye brushes, including an Eyeshadow Brush, Crease Brush, Pointed Eyeliner Brush, Brow & Liner Brush, and Brow & Lash Groomer. Each brush comes with soft touch handle and includes FiberLuxe Technology, which is described as ‘the softest and highest quality filaments for professional results every time’. They promise superior pigment pick-up and release, even colour distribution and precise makeup application. For the price of this set, I’m really impressed so far!

Next is the Palm Skater Dress by Simply Be (£45.00) – I decided last week that I’d better buy a new frock for my friend’s wedding, and ended up in one of my favourite shops – Simply Be. Apart from stocking some gorgeous clothes, I can honestly say the Norwich store has some of the nicest shop floor staff I’ve ever some across. I purchased the super pretty Palm Skater Dress as apart from having a lovely pattern, it’s also the perfect style for my bottom-heavy shape. I love the print, and the fact that it’s black and white so you can accessorise with pretty much any colour imaginable!

The Book of Summer Beauty by ESPA (£24.99) – You can’t beat a surprise in the post! And I was over the moon when I received a beautifully packaged parcel from ESPA this week. The Limited Edition Book of Summer Beauty includes ESPA’s three summer beauty essentials – including the Optimal Skin ProSerum to even skin tone and restore radiance, 24 hour Replenishing Moisturiser to prevent the early signs of ageing and Pink Hair and Scalp Mud to condition hair and scalp. Expect a full review coming up within the next month or so.

Be Legendary Matte Lipstick by Smashbox (£16.00) – I’m a big fan of a matte lip, and Smashbox’s new collaboration with Instagram star and artist, Donal Richardson includes a new matte shade collection that’s just spot on for the summer. I have the shade Paris Pink, which is a beautiful and wearable matte pink shade. The formula includes vitamins and antioxidants to nourish and protect the lips, with an lovely creamy formula.

And lastly, this week’s TV obsession has been Big School. If you haven’t heard of Big School, it’s a new comedy series on Netflix, starring a couple of my favourite comedy actors – David Walliams and Catherine Tate. Big School tells the story of school life from the teacher’s point of view, and the antics they get up to. I won’t tell you anymore, you’ll have to watch it!

In case you missed it – I’m currently holding a giveaway with QVC where two winners will win two Soapsmith sets each, and I’ve also just reviewed some beautiful new Autumn releases from Clarins on the blog too…

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Other things worth mentioning – 

I’ve ben doing a *little* bit of shopping lately, and I’m really excited because I’ve signed up to a new subscription box, which should arrive in early August. Keep your eyes peeled to find out which one it is! And I also have plans in place to finish off my office (which I know I keep going on about) but I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere this time, so I’ll tell you all about it as soon as it’s done 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Boots & Space NK Beauty Hauls!!

Posted on January 20, 2014

Hi Guys!

Last week I may have been tempted by some new Smashbox products at Boots, and a big sale at Space NK…

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I ordered the new Smashbox Full Exposure Palette and Try It kit – I’ve never tried Samshbox products before but I’ve heard so many good things about them I’m really excited to get stuck in with these! While I was on the Boots site I also ordered the Models Own Aqua Splash Nail Polish which I’ve had my eye on for a while, and a couple of Bourjois Clubbing Eyeliners. I have the Bleu Neon Clubbing Eyeliner which I love, so I thought I’d try the black and green versions.

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Then, I kind of accidentally fell onto the Space NK site, they had an up to 75% off sale on so, it would have been rude not to surely? (I think the sale is still on… not that I’m encouraging you…)

I’ve decided I want to try out some candles, I’ve never been a candle person but I saw the Beautannia Candle Set which I thought looked lovely, and the Life NK Drift Away Collection so I thought I’d give them a go as they were such good bargains. I also spotted a nice little Kevyn Aucoin Palette in the sale, and thought I’d get an Hourlass Femme Nude Lip Stylo while I was on the site as I’d wanted to try one for a while.

So now I have lots of goodies to play with and review! I’ll be posting reviews of everything in the next couple of weeks.

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these products? xxx