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TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: The Best Beauty Stocking Fillers!

Posted on December 20, 2018

Hello friends! I’ve gathered together a pretty big selection of beauty treats that would make perfect stocking fillers today. I’ve decided to divide them into categories – Budget which are £10 and under, Treats which are £20 and under, and Splurge which is everything over £20, so hopefully you’ll find some inspiration for any stockings you may be stuffing this Christmas! 🙂

BUDGET – £10 & UNDER

The Sanctuary Spa Shooting Spa Shower Duois a fantastic little set that’s perfect for adding to a beauty lover’s stocking this Christmas. It contains a 50ml Body Scrub and 50ml Wet Skin Moisture Miracle. And the Caudalie Vinosource Cracker would be the perfect gift for a friend, it contains some of Caudalie’s best-selling hydration essentials in a handy travel size. There’s a 30ml Micellar Cleansing Water, 10ml Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, and a 15ml Vinosource Moisturiser.

Sleek Makeup also have some fantastic affordable gifts this Christmas. The Sleek Ultimate Lips Set contains four cute Matte Me mini lip creams so you can create the ultimate statement lip. And the Sleek Lip Line Up Set is a lip liner kit including a Lip Shot Gloss in shade Behind Closed Doors and complementary Twist Up Lip Pencil in shade Shabby Chic.

For those that love a long soak in the bath, these Hype Fizz Up Bath Fizzers would be perfect! The set contains five scented Bath Fizzers to give you a gorgeously fragrance bath. The Aromatherapy Associates Pearl of Wisdom Bauble would also be perfect in a stocking on hanging on the tree. Essential oils of Ylang Ylang and Lavender calm, comfort and uplift the senses in this Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil.

And you know I’d be including Soap & Glory here! Their Merry Kiss-Much Gift Set features a super-plumping SexyMotherPucker lip gloss and a Crazy Sexy Kohl smouldering kohl liner. The Soap & Glory Beauty-Full House Gift Set includes their bestselling make-up icons: there’s a Thick & Fast HD Mascara, mini CrazySexy Kohl liner and a limited edition SexyMother Pucker lip gloss in a brand new Stardust shade!

I’ve also included some super cute MOR Beauty Treats – these start from as little as £6.00, and I have a Body Butter, Hand and Nail Cream, and a Soap. MOR has plenty of other sweet little affordable beauty goodies available too, so be sure to check them out!

Elf Cosmetics are always a good brand for budget beauty goodies, their new Rose Gold Palette is gorgeous, and I also have a Lip Plumping Gloss which helps plump the lips with nourishing hydration. The invigorating high-shine formula provides a soothing sensation while it volumizes. Enriched with Vitamin E and Coconut Oil to nourish and hydrate the lips for a soft, supple feel.

TREAT: £20 & UNDER

If you’re looking to spend a bit more, this Ragdale Hall Large Cracker is filled with a bundle of indulgent surprises. Included you’ll find a Shower Burst 30ml, Hand Cream 30ml, Bath Elixr 50ml, Body Butter 50ml and much more.

Everyone needs a decent lip balm for winter time, and the Fresh Sugar Fig Tinted Lip Treatment moisturises, protects and smoothes the lips while leaving a pearlescent wine tint, offering sheer coverage or buildable colour.

For lovers of bright colours, the fun yet still affordable NYX Professional Sugar Trip Eyeshadow Palette would be perfect. This limited-edition palette features 12 powders in rich glitter, matte and satin finishes. From hot pink and chartreuse to deep teal and maroon, this bold assortment of velvety hues was carefully curated to inspire a multitude of playful looks.

The L”Occitane Verbena Icy Shower Gel is the first cooling shower gel from L’Occitane that can be applied on dry skin before showering off for an intense icy effect. Immediately refreshed, your skin is perfectly cleansed and delicately perfumed from the fresh and sparkling scent of verbena.

Or how about this gorgeous Stila Kiss Me Stila – Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set – Stila’s liquid lipsticks really are fantastic, and this set includes two red and one nude shade in matte, shimmer and satin finishes. Includes shades are: Beso, atrue red matte, Beso Shimmer, a true red shimmer, and Dolce, anude cinnamon satin sheen.

On the subject of lipsticks, the Too Faced 20th Birthday Lipsticks would be perfect for someone that likes a bit of sparkle. There are 10 super glittery shades available, based on Too Faced’s original lipstick range from when they first launched in 1998.

The Morocconoil Treatment Tree Ornament would also make a lovely treat – it has an ultra-light formula which is absorbed by the hair instantly, resulting in a natural, silky finish and brilliant shine without leaving a residue.

Or how about a gorgeous Ted Baker Mia EDT Fragrance? Mia simply oozes ladylike glamour with her soft floral fragrance of rose blooms and freesias teamed with an irresistible blend of warmth, charm and allure. Top notes of lemon, raspberry and blackcurrant with a seductive base of patchouli and golden amber ensure Mia is not a scent you will easily forget.

While we’re talking about fragrance, the Glossier You Solid Fragrance is just lovely. Encased in a gorgeous weighted compact, this solid fragrance feels luxurious yet it’s still affordable. If you’re looking for a beautiful ‘skin’ scent this Christmas, I’d definitely recommend checking this out.

Or how about an Erborian 1..2..3.. Matte Cracker – offering a trio of products to give you a perfect matte complexion, this cracker includes Matte Cream 15ml to instantly matify your skin, BB Cream Nude 5ml to hide your imperfections and CC Cream Dore 5ml to unify and brighten your complexion.

SPLURGE – OVER £20

If you fancy pushing the boat out for someone special, you can’t go too wrong with the Stila 3D Dazzle – Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set – this travel-size trio of long-wearing, lustrous shadows includes two top selling shades plus a new limited edition, luxe, golden, duo-chrome shade: Golden Girl – duo-chrome golden fawn, Perlina – duo-chrome opalescent white, bright blue, pink and purple pearl, Kitten Karma – champagne with silver and copper sparkle.

The DHC Skincare Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel tones, hydrates, and brightens skin in one step. Astaxanthin is an antioxidant considered 6,000 times more powerful than vitamin C, and it also contains collagen to help firm and hyaluronic acid to protect the skin’s natural moisture. 

Or how about this lovely L”Occitane Must Have Hand Cream Trio – The ultimate hand care gift for a person who loves to take care of their skin, L’Occitane has handpicked their favourite fragrances and award-winning formulas to treat your loved one with. Included is a Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Delicious Hands Hand & Nail Care, and Cherry Blossom Hand Cream.

For nails, how about the Kure Bazaar I HEART YOU Gift Set – this sweet little gift set includes three nail polishes with a cute text message on the product lids, housed in a white gift box. Shades included are: Cherie, a deep red, highly pigmented shade, Or Pur, a metallic gold shade, and Love, a gorgeous pop of red.

The BYBI Prime Time Scrub would also make a lovely little stocking filler. This cleansing scrub removes those dead skin cells, revealing fresh, bright, best skin. Or how about Erborian BB Drops? Erborian’s BB Drops help to visibly smooth the skin surface and give a radiant, velvety and natural finish. Skin tone seems more even, imperfections look blurred and pores are visibly concealed, for a more beautiful complexion.

Rodin Olio Lusso Jasmine & Neroli Luxury Face Oil would also make a gorgeous luxe gift – this sumptuous oil helps to nourish and condition the skin, leaving it silky smooth and glowing with health. The refreshingly lightweight oil brightens up the skin and leaves it looking revived and feeling great.

How about an Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette?  Norvina’s go-to eye shadow palette features fourteen beautiful shades ranging from bold and bright mattes to soft pastel shimmers. I can’t wait to get stuck in with this palette!

For candle fans, this gorgeous Mugler Aura Scented Candle would be perfect. This luxurious candle is intensely scented with Mugler’s latest fragrance, filling your home with its unique oriental botanical blend of sweet fruits, green woods and addictive, creamy sweetness.

And how about the L’Occitane Overnight Reset Serum? It promises to leave you with skin that looks rested, fresh, more youthful and radiant. This light water-gel suits all skin types, leaving you with a satin smooth finish without any greasiness or residue.

And last but not least, the Becca Cosmetics Highlighter in Champagne Pop – this is Becca’s bestselling shade of soft gold highlighter with with pinky peach undertones. Enriched with the power of ultra-fine, multi-toned, luminescent pearls, this highlighter bringing high-shine to cheeks, even on the dullest days.

Well done if you made it to the end! I’d love to hear what you’d like to find in your stocking this Christmas? xx

TSNC Christmas Gift Guide: Must Have Beauty Gift Sets!

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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.

Too Faced Melted Matte-tallic Liquid Lipsticks

Posted on October 11, 2018

Too Faced have so many new products launching right now, there’s the 20th Anniversary Collection, the Tutti Fruity Collection, and not forgetting the brand new Christmas gift sets! Today however, I have some of their latest lipsticks from the Melted range – the Melted Matte-tallics…

Drench lips in an uber – luxurious, velvety matte formula that coats lips in a unique, brushed metal matte finish. The formula remains lighweight and comfortable with up to 24 hours wear, without compromising on the dazzling dimensional matte effect.

The Melted Matte-tallic lipsticks come in 13 shades, and the ones I have above are as follows –

  • Faking It – a warm toned medium nude.
  • Breakup Makeup– a pretty nude pink.
  • Bitch, I’m Too Faced – an intense true red.
  • I Wanna Rock With You – a deep burgundy.
  • Scream My Name – an intense deep purple.
  • The Real Teal – a deep blue toned teal.
  • Magic Metal Transformer – different from the above lipsticks, the Transformer uses opalescent prismatic pearls to give the lips an iridescent finish. This has been made to use over liquid lipsticks, or on its own.

Firstly I must apologise as I just couldn’t get the photos of my swatches to do justice to the unusual metallic yet matte finish, so I’ve attached a stock photo of swatches which I think is pretty good. (Note the far right swatch is the teal shade with the Transformer on top)

The liquid formula is smooth and light, and feels comfortable to wear – it is slightly drying but I think that’s to be expected with most liquid lipsticks that fully dry down. Too Faced promise ’24-hour long-wearing color’ which I have no idea if it’s true or not. I’m not sure who could wear a lipstick for 24 hours straight! Anyway, the finish like I’ve already mentioned, is quite unusual. Too Faced describes it really well – ‘brushed metal’ is the term they use – metallic, yet matte. They kind of have a sheen, but no shine. It’s definitely something different! In terms of wear, they do last a long time, and are completely transfer proof when they dry down. I actually think these are pretty fun and different, and definitely worth checking out if you’re a Too Faced fan! My favourite shade is Breakup Makeup 🙂

Too Faced Melted Matte-tallic Liquid Lipsticks are available now at Debenhams and Too Faced.

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Beauty: Too Faced Peaches & Cream Collection

Posted on January 22, 2018

Hi Guys!

Before Christmas I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch party for the brand new Too Faced store at Carnaby Street, London. This is pretty big news for the brand as it’s their first ever stand alone store worldwide – and the party was SO much fun! We got to check out loads of new products which are only available in the UK exclusively in store, and we were then transported (via rickshaw!) to the after party, it was the best night!

I was also given the most amazing goody bag at the event, containing absolutely loads of Too Faced products. The bag included pretty much the whole new Peaches & Cream Collection which I want to share with you today…

Starting with the Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette (£33.00) – this gorgeous looking palette contains 12 matte eyeshadows in a selection of beautiful warm tones. The eyeshadow formula is infused with Too Faced’s exclusive Comfort Matte Technology, promising an easily bendable finish with intense colour payoff – and of course the whole palette smells of Peaches & Sweet Fig Cream! I’m so pleased that these eyeshadows applied just as nicely as I’d hoped – I won’t lie, the formula was a little on the stiff side, but not so bad that it caused a problem. If you’re looking for a warm toned matte-only palette this is definitely worth checking out.

I have a few of the cheek products too – the three above are all housed in similar peach shaped packaging, and all have a melting powder formula. This means they have a creamy texture which transforms into a lightweight powder on application. All three promise buildable, bendable colour, and have the same light peaches and cream scent.

The Peach My Cheeks Blush in So Peachy (£25.00) can be used on both the face and lips, and I found it was easiest applied with fingers rather than a brush. The formula is creamy and velvety soft on the skin, giving a subtle and very pretty hint of colour on the cheeks. The Peach Frost Highlighter in Happy Face (£25.00) again has a creamy texture that turns powdery soft on application, and again I found application with fingers definitely worked the best. This highlighter is a light champagne colour, and gives a subtle shimmery highlight. And the Bronzed Peach Bronzer in Toasted Peach (£25.00) – just like the previous two, I applied this with my fingers but found this one a bit harder to work with. I felt like this was harder to blend out and look even, though somebody more skilled than me could probably make it work pretty easily!

If you prefer powder formulas to creams, Too Faced also have a Sweetie Pie Powder Bronzer (£25.00) which honestly is the prettiest product I’ve ever seen! The compact includes four blendable shades which combine to give a radiant complexion and a soft, flawless look. The compact has a light gold overspray, which only lasts for a few uses, and the actual product underneath has a really nice pearly satin finish with buildable colour that’s very flattering. This worked really well on my pale skin and gave my complexion a lovely natural looking glow.

And there’s also a Peach Blur Finishing Powder (£25.00) – this is a translucent smoothing finishing powder with opal-correcting spheres to smooth harsh lines and blur imperfections. Though this powder appears peach coloured, it applies translucent and gives a super smooth, blurring effect that makes your skin look amazing! This powder also eliminates shine and just generally smoothes out the complexion – and I’m happy to say it doesn’t cling to dry areas. This is probably my favourite product out of the collection!

There is also a Peaches & Cream Foundation, which I don’t have, but I do have the Peach Perfect Mattifying Setting Powder (£20.00) – this is a universal peach tinted setting powder designed to brighten the skin and create a silky smooth matte canvas. This product is oil and shine free, transfer-resistant, and promises 14 hours of wear. The formula is talc based and is super finely milled, making it feel amazingly soft and silky on the skin, and thought it didn’t live up to the 14 hours as promised, a light dusting of this did keep my nose matte for over half the day, and it didn’t cling to my dry skin, so this is a winner in my books!

Now on to the Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray (£27.00) – this is described as a refreshing, oil-controlling setting spray to keep makeup in place. It promises a matte finish, decreased shine and a soft-focus finish to blur imperfections, and it’s also supposed to last up to 16 hours. Again, the wear time has definitely been embellished here, but I did find that this gave my skin a lovely matte finish, which lasted around six hours or so.

And the Primed & Peachy Primer (£27.00) – this is a cooling primer that helps to blur flaws and smooth the complexion with a brightening peach tint. It gives a soft-focus finish that’s lightweight and comfortable. It also promises 12 hours of shine control, which again I think is reaching a bit, but it is a nice primer that definitely gives your foundation a decent matte base.

And lastly, I have a couple of the Peach Kiss Lipsticks (£19.00) – these lipsticks are of course packaged beautifully, and promise an intensely pigmented matte finish with eight hours of wear. The shades I have are Got Peach? a nude terracotta pink, and Where My Peaches At? which is a bright tangerine orange. Both shades are amazingly well pigmented and feel very comfortable and creamy on the lips. The finish isn’t a full on matte like you’d get with a liquid lipstick, but it’s still a very good demi-matte. These shades are really very nice but you’ll want to make sure your lips are in tip top condition before applying.

So what are my final thoughts? Well to begin with, the packaging is spot on. It’s cute, yet grown up and luxe feeling – definitely dressing table worthy. I absolutely loved the Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette, Sweetie Pie Bronzer and Peach Blur Finishing Powder, and I’d highly recommend these if you’re looking to pick up a couple of items from the collection. Nothing was hideously bad in my books, though a couple of products could have been slightly better in terms of formula – and as a final thought, you should just be wary if you’re sensitive to or just not keen on scented products, as the whole collection is scented, with some products stronger than others. Personally I love the peachy scent, and I definitely think this collection is worth checking out of you’re a fan of Too Faced!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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: 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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Beauty: Too Faced Natural Love Collection

Posted on June 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

The gorgeous Natural Love collection from Too Faced has recently landed at TSNC HQ, and I have the full lowdown for you today!

Starting with the lovely Natural Love Eyeshadow Palette (£52.00) – this beautiful palette contains a massive 30 eyeshadow shades, so though it might seem pricey at £52.00, it only works out at £1.73 per shadow, which is actually very reasonable. This is a must have palette for fans of nude and natural looks, but it also includes some darker shades so you can easily create a more in-depth smoky eye if required.

To create this palette, Too Faced selected their favourite neutral shades from three previous bestselling eye palettes – the Natural Eyes, Natural Matte, and Natural At Night palettes. They then paired these eyeshadows with cutting-edge textures and brand new colours – giving a modern spin on the traditional nude eye look. The Natural Love palette contains 7 matte, 13 shimmer and 10 sparkle shades, and the formula of all the shades is silky smooth, and well pigmented.

I haven’t had a chance to try all the shades out in depth as yet, but from what I have tried, I can tell you that Hot & Bothered is fabulous! It’s such a gorgeous burnt orange that really does give amazing colour payoff. Others to note are Love Bug, Push Up and Coffee Date – which are also all shimmer shades – these are definitely the best in terms of finish, and some of my favourite colours from the palette.

Next I have the Love Light Prismatic Highlighters (£25.00) – which truly are stunning. I literally love everything about these highlighters! The idea is that Too Faced wanted to capture the ethereal glow that occurs only when you’re in love – aww! This resulted in three beautiful shades, each with an innovative liquid-to-powder formula featuring a luminosity boosting agent and high pearl consistency. These highlighters really do give the most fantastic pearl shimmer finish – without any glitter or chunkiness.

The Love Light Highlighters are available in three shades –

  • You Light Up My Life – a golden yellow.
  • Blinded By The Light  – a champagne silver.
  • Ray of Light – a light beige pink.

And lastly the Melted Matte Liquified Matte Lipsticks (£19.00) – six new shades of Melted Mattes have been introduced in the Natural Love collection, and if you’re not familiar with the Melted Matte formula, you really need to check it out! These are one of my all time favourite liquid lipsticks – they apply like a smooth gloss, giving full, rich colour, and dry down to a true mate finish that lasts for hours.

Swatches from top to bottom –

  • Granny Panties – a lilac toned greige.
  • Wine Not? – a deep wine berry.
  • Wicked – an intense green.
  • Suck It – a muted rose.
  • Holy Chic! – a light nude peach.
  • Jawbreaker – a cool toned intense pink.

Though I’m not a fan of the name, I love the colour of Granny Panties (ha ha!) and I also love Wicked as it’s such an unusual, intense green.

Overall I’m really impressed with this collection. The palette is fantastic and just full of easy to wear shades. The highlighters look beautiful on the skin, and I also love the new innovative shades of the Melted Mattes. I’d love to hear what you think?

Too Faced products are available now at Debenhams.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Too Faced X Kat Von D Better Together Collection #TooFacedxKatVonD

Posted on March 16, 2017

Hi Guys!

As soon as I heard there was a Too Faced X Kat Von D collaboration on the cards many moons ago, I literally couldn’t wait to see what Jerrod and Kat would come up with together. The Better Together collection isn’t that new as I’m writing this, but is still a recent launch at Too Faced (they’re just coming out with so many new products right now!) and it contains a fab selection of products from both brands…

This impossible collaboration began with an authentic friendship between the two founders, Kat and Jerrod – who love, respect and celebrate one another, realizing they are more alike than they are different. They have created a collection that proves nobody has to fail in order for you to succeed. Dozens of secret meetings and social media leaks later, the wait is finally over.

The Ultimate Eye Collection (£57.00) is definitely the stand out set from this collection. The box contains a heard shaped eyeshadow palette which actually splits in two to create two separate mini palettes. One half has been created by Kat Von D, and half by Too Faced – and it’s worth mentioning that each half uses each individual brands signature eyeshadow formula too.

I have to say I love that the palette breaks in half (you can re-attach it easily as it’s magnetised) and I just think it’s such a fun and interesting concept – as well as being practical if you only want to use one half of the palette at a time.

Too Faced’s side includes six heart shaped pans in some very pretty, easy to wear shades. I’m not head over heels excited about this shade selection to be honest, but I do think they’re nice, and definitely wearable  –

  • BFF – a matte cream.
  • Friendspiration – a warm bronze gold shimmer.
  • Power couple – a deep bronze with gold glitter.
  • Lovely – a baby pink matte.
  • Heart of Gold – a light gold shimmer which almost has a hint of green.
  • Better Together – a muted plum glitter.

And Kat’s side includes six bold and intense shades, which are definitely representative of the Kat Von D brand. Personally, I prefer these overall compared to the Too Faced half. I think the shade choice is really unusual and interesting. The shades are –

  • Yours – a matte grey.
  • Devotion – a matte black.
  • Darling – a mid silver shimmer.
  • Swoon – an intense metallic red.
  • Por Vida – a bright white matte.
  • Lovestruck – a nude peach shimmer.

The Ultimate Eye Collection also contains a full sized Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, and a full sized Kat Von D Tattoo Liner.

The Cheek & Lip Makeup Bag Set (£33.00) contains the cutest two-sided collectible mini makeup bag, with one side dedicated to each brand. Kat’s side has a black base and features her cat, Piaf, and Too Faced’s side is a sparkly pink featuring Jerrod’s dog, Clover. This sweet little makeup pouch also holds a selection of mini favourites from both brands, including some new and exclusive shades.

Too Faced have included a deluxe mini Candlelight Glow Highlighter in Rosy Glow, which is perfect for creating a soft-focus highlight and glow, as well as a deluxe mini Love Flush Blush featuring a long-wear, high pigment formula in the new and exclusive in-your-face pink shade So Happy Together.

Kat has chosen a couple of lip products from her brand, including a deluxe mini Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in the new shade XO, which is a deep intense burgundy red, and a deluxe mini Studded Kiss Lipstick offering bold pigment and long wear in the new shade Muse, which is a mid nude with a hint of shimmer.

And lastly, for those on a budget that would still like to snap up something from the collection, the Mascara and Liner Duo (£18.00) is the most affordable option, and contains two deluxe mini-sized, best-selling eye products from both brands –

Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara is definitely a must have if you don’t own it already. This mascara promises 1,944% more volume, which is insane! And since trying out these products, I’m a new covert to Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner, which has an ultra-precise brush tip and gives 24-hour waterproof wear.

The Too faced X Kat Von D collection is available now exclusively at Debenhams.

Were you as excited about this collaboration as I was? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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

Beauty: Limited Edition Too Faced X Skinnydip Collaboration Makeup Bag Set

Posted on February 7, 2017

Hi Guys!

Us bloggers are very lucky to receive some amazing products to try out and share with our readers, and of course, some of these products will appeal to us more than others. So when the post arrived yesterday and I opened one of the packages to find a Too Faced X Skinnydip makeup bag, my heart did a little dance!

Too Faced and Skinnydip are two of my favourite ever brands, and them teaming up for a collaboration is just a match made in heaven if you ask me!

The new limited edition Too Faced X Skinnydip makeup bag is a good sized bag that’s big enough to fit all your essentials in (including your favourite Too Faced palette) and it’s made with a clear rubber material with glitter particles in it. It’s covered in pictures of Too Faced makeup, hearts, bows and Too Faced’s owners Jerrod Blandino’s super cute dog Clover. It also has a gold zip with the gold Skinnydip logo on the side.

Inside the bag you get a Too Faced original Chocolate Bar palette, a full sized Better Than Sex Mascara, a super cute mini Love Flush Blusher in shade Justify My Love, and a mini Melted Chocolate Lipstick in shade Honey.

The set has a value of £92.00 but costs a very reasonable £50.00. It’s a limited edition and will only be available until 09/02/17 directly from Too Faced. Or, you can buy the makeup bag on it’s own now for £14.00 at Skinnydip where there are two slightly different styles available.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty News & Gossip 11/01/17: Jeffree Star, Huda Beauty, Too Faced & More!

Posted on January 11, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been quite a while since I published my last Beauty News & Gossip post, but you guys have told me that you like them, so I thought I’d start up the series again. I’m aiming to post on a weekly basis covering all the latest hot beauty news, influencer gossip and exciting new releases – enjoy!

Ok so I woke up this morning and the first thing I saw on my social feeds is that Jeffree Star has destroyed a $5.5k Chanel bag on his Youtube channel. Him and his BFF Manny MUA got together to cut up some makeup products with hot knives (as you do) just for LOLs, and Jeffree decided to take it one step further and mutilate a Chanel Boy bag from his collection. By the looks of things this has been one of his most viewed videos in such a short space of time since publishing, and comments have been falling in one of two very distinct camps – Jeffree fans are saying (very rightly so) that ‘it’s his money he can do what he likes with it’ but people are also saying (again very rightly so) comments along the lines of ‘people are starving in this world, and he chooses to do this..’. I totally agree that he can do what he likes with his own things, but he might as well be burning a $5k wad of cash for the sake of gaining views, which in my opinion is in very poor taste – but then would we expect anything else from Jeffree Star?? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

In other Jeffree Star news, he’s also recently announced that his much anticipated Androgyny Palette will be launching in March. The teasers above shows his second palette has a deep pink textured casing with gold lettering, and the eyeshadows look like they’re going to be a big hit with fans – there appears to be a range of intensely coloured warm matte shades included (judging by the colours Jeffree is wearing above) and I think it will be a total sell out.

You may have also noticed recently that Manny MUA is collaborating with Maybelline on their Big Shot Mascara campaign. I noticed this on Twitter when the ad first launched and didn’t really give it too much thought. Then it popped up again on Facebook via a BBC news article, I noticed there were thousands and thousands of comments, so thought I’d take a moment to look through. Oh my gosh, the public has had such a strong reaction to this, I really was quite shocked. It was very divided, with a disturbing amount of people being absolutely horrified that a man is wearing makeup (I mean, really?), but luckily there were plenty of positive comments too which appeared to outnumber the negative. It really does worry me how people can be so close minded – we’re in 2017 for Christ’s sake! I think it’s a great collab, and Manny is the perfect influencer to team up with Maybelline – maybe this just seems obvious to me though because I’m part of the beauty community? I don’t know, I think attitudes are changing, but we still have definitely a long way to go. I also think it’s a very clever marketing move on Maybelline’s part – what better way to get your beauty brand talked about across every media channel than to do something ‘controversial’ like having a male in full makeup as the star of the campaign – what do you think?

What would a news and gossip post be without Jaclyn Hill!? It looks like Jaclyn is coming out with another new collaboration within the next two months. She’s not giving away much at the moment but we know it’s an eyeshadow palette, and it’s in collaboration with a brand – maybe Becca again? Or maybe someone new?

I never managed to get my hands on the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Eyeshadow palette – though it looks stunning I just couldn’t justify the expense. She’s now teasing fans with the outer packaging of her upcoming Highlighter Palette – I can’t wait to see what’s inside, I bet it’s going to be stunning!

And lastly when it comes to influencers, it looks like Too Faced’s lasted collab will be with Youtuber Kandee Johnson. As a big Too faced fan I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with together 😀

On to new products now, and you may have noticed that Too Faced is busting out new products like there’s no tomorrow right now, and I’ve just caught wind of yet another gorgeous looking launch – their beautiful Lovelight Highlighters will be coming in March this year – don’t they look gorgeous!

Anastasia has also just launched their first Lip Palette, which is perfect for those that like to experiment with lip shades and change their look frequently. This palette contains a large selection of lipsticks as well as primary colours and black and white shades, so you can pretty much come up with any colour imaginable! This is available now on the Anastasia US site but not yet on the Anastasia UK site.

After visiting New York last year on a press trip, and spending rather a lot of time in Sephora, I discovered Milk Makeup. I have their Cooling Water and Holographic Stick, both of which I love. And I recently heard about their brand new Blur Stick – it’s just now launched at Sephora, and it promised to blur skin’s imperfections to give you a ‘real life filter effect’. I really love the sound of this.

The brand that only a few months ago brought us the original Unicorn Makeup brushes (I have them but can’t bring myself to use them!) has recently announced an upcoming collection of Mermaid makeup brushes! Above you can see the original artist sketches for the brushes, it also says they’re now going into production, so watch this space for news of the launch date.

And oh my gosh, the Lancome Rose Collection is EVERYTHING. The highlighter is shaped like an actual rose and it’s just so beautiful! There’s also a limited edition brush to go with it, as well as a palette and a few other products in the collection. These are all available now on the Lancome US site. I can’t wait till it’s available in the UK!

And lastly, I also wanted to mention that that Kat Von D Pastel Goth Palette is available now at Sephora – as with all of Kat’s products this palette looks pretty awesome, it’s going on my wish list right now 🙂

I’d love to hear what you think about the latest news and gossip? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx