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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hollywood Mirrors

As the dark nights settle in it’s always a struggle to find a good light in the mornings to do your makeup. If you’re in need of a little extra light to help you achieve a better finish to your makeup then check out these amazing mirrors by Hollywood Mirrors.

 Hollywood Mirrors stock a wide range of mirrors to suit your space which use LED Golf ball sized bulbs that are both eco friendly and have a safe cool touch, meaning you won’t burn yourself or melt your products!

 The bulbs last up to 5 years and have a 2-year warranty so they will be replaced if they do happen to burn out quickly.

 The mirrors are either wall mountable or you can purchase a base to sit them directly onto your vanity unit.

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 The mirror’s also feature a dimmer switch so you can adjust the light to suit your needs or even to just set the mood lighting whilst your getting ready to go out!

Sam has the Diaz mirror at home, which includes 10 LED bulbs and can be positioned portrait or landscape. Sam has it with a base also, as seen below.

 If you’re in the market for a new mirror then check out the range here.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Louise Young Timeless Book

If you haven’t heard of Louise Young and are interested in period makeup, or any makeup in fact then we highly recommend you check out her latest book.

 Louise actually taught Sam at college when she first embarked on her makeup career and aside from teaching Louise has worked on some pretty major films including Bridget Jones, Pride and Prejudice, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more.

 She has a great range of makeup brushes, which we frequently use in our tutorials and more recently has created a beautiful book of iconic hair and makeup looks over the last 100 years.
 Louise teamed up with hair stylist Lou Sheppard who created the amazing period hair looks throughout the book.

Timeless is a wonderful collection of Louise’s recreations of period makeup with detailed descriptions of the look for the era and how it can be created. There are lots of real photographs of Louise’s work and step-by-step guide on how you can recreate.



 There is also a really interesting section with images on exactly what products the women and men of that decade were using and why.


This book is perfect for aspiring makeup artists and those wanting to get ahead in the world of TV and Film makeup.

 You can purchase Timeless here for £20.00


Monday, 18 September 2017

Christopher Kane for NARS

London Fashion week is in full swing and launching immediately after the Christopher Kane show today (18th September) is his limited edition collection in collaboration with NARS.

Known for his embellished and foil printed clothing Scottish fashion designer Christopher Kane has produced a metallic effect eye shadow palette and chrome finish lipstick. The packaging is equally attractive with its turquoise holographic cover.

The eye shadow palette-£34.00..

Classic slim line palette holding 6 shades all with a sparkling metallic finish. The ultra fine shimmering particles lay over a complimentary base colour, which produces a two-tone finish.

 Colour pay off is much sheerer than I expected. It takes a good amount of building up to get a solid finish and definitely works best when patted with a firm brush onto a cream base to give the most vibrant finish.

 No drop down and easy to blend but does initially lay down quite patchy so blend and re-apply.

 Works well on all skin tones and would look beautiful on a deeper skin tone.

The Chrome Couture Lipstick in Chroma Chrome-23.00..

Well I think we all know it’s a chrome finish from the title! Again a two-tone pearlescent pink that creates a soft moonlit finish.

 Very natural finish, although I think that’s a good thing, it may look dated if it had an intense payoff.

 Creates a very pretty delicate finish although it does collect in any dryness on the lips

If this collection is your thing then you can purchase from the NARS London Boutique in Covent Garden and also online here. Quantities are limited.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Kevyn Aucoin Super Natural Concealer
This week we have been testing out the new Super Natural Concealer from Kevyn Aucoin.
 It’s a wand concealer so great for swatching onto any area that requires a little extra help.
 Nice for under the eye with no panda effect flashback, sits well over fine lines and pores with no settling, doesn’t cling to dry patches or pool on oily areas and lasts well on the skin through the day.
 The finish is sublime. It’s weightless and covers seamlessly without being obvious whatsoever. It’s like a thin veil of silk over the skin and blends softly into the skin even on days when you don’t wear a foundation base first. Evens out pigmentation and hides dark circles well.
 It sets on the skin but still has a good amount of playtime. We found using the fingertips is the nicest way to work this concealer. It’s a medium concealer but is easily built up.

It contains Hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump and also contains 3D Silicone film to cover and move with the skin.

There are 9 shades, which cater for light; medium and deeper skin tones although we felt the shades had much more of a yellow, warmer undertone. Because of this I would select the shade you think you would be and then check the next shade lighter as they come up dark.

We have 5 of the shades to share with you along with the shade labelled EC, which is a colour corrector for dark circles or ashy tones. There are also 3 shades deeper than the ones we have here.

A nice morning wake-up concealer to apply but also a great one to sling in your bag for touch-ups when you want to update your look for the evening.

Available now here for £24.00


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips

You know we are heading into Autumn/Winter when the liquid lips start landing on our desk. It seems as the weather turns chilly and the evenings get lighter we like a comforting veil of makeup that won’t require any extra effort on our behalf. Why would we want to take our hands out of pocket on a cold train to touch up our lips?

 Charlotte Tilbury’s products are now a firm staple in our makeup bags, we love the brow products and powders and now Charlotte has launched her Hollywood lips range to complement her already stellar lip line up.

The liquid lips shade line up is complementary to the already existing shades we know and love from the range. A blend of apricots, berry and teeth whitening red!

The texture on initial application is very thick and the product collects in blobs of rich pigment similar to the texture of thick whipped cream. To avoid product overload you need to swipe the excess off.
 The wand really is magical. It’s crescent shaped with a firm tip to allow you to apply colour with accurate precision and glide the product over the lips easily without drag or patchiness.

Pigment pay-off is insanely good and one swoop covers well with a comfortable veil of colour.
 There is a good amount of playtime and you won’t find it impossible to move around on the lips. Reswipe the wand over to build the boldness and purse your lips to ensure it squishes into all the crack and crevices.

 Once dry it feels matte but doesn’t look flat. There is a slight satin finish but the texture makes it very long wearing and totally food and drink proof.
 It doesn’t bleed out of the lip line but it does settle in the natural lip lines.
 As you wear it through the day it naturally and softly fades rather than breaks down and separates.

Not as moisturising as others I have tried but you can lick your lips safe in the knowledge it won’t budge.

 Contains Sea Lavender (who knew!) which acts as an anti-ageing active ingredient which is also collagen boosting and soothing on the lips.
 It also contains Beeswax to act against moisture loss.

 The shade line up...

Nice array of 10 shades to suit all and is priced at £23.00. Get hold of one here.


Monday, 11 September 2017

Friday, 8 September 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Dry Body Brushing with ARK

Summer may be almost over but that doesn’t mean we should just cover up and forget about our body skin until next year.

 If you haven’t tried dry body brushing then I can highly recommend it. You may think it’s just one more thing to squeeze into your regime but it can take 2 minutes if you’re in a hurry or 10 minutes if you have a little more time.

 Why should you do it?

After only a few circular strokes you can instantly feel that your skin is softened. The bristles on the ARK Body Brush are very firm so you will find that you can only go over the same area for a few seconds. The brush also contains smooth flexible nodules, which work together to massage, improve circulation, remove dead skin cells and leave the skin visibly glowing.

The massaging brush strokes help to kick start your lymphatic drainage which in turn removes toxins within the body and the increase in circulation will mean fresh blood is brought to the skin cells.

Also really nice if you suffer with ingrown hairs as it exfoliates the skin and prevents future ones occurring.

Above all this at home treatment is totally invigorating. It wakes you up first thing in the morning before your shower but you can also use it in slow circular massaging movements in the evening before layering on your body moisturiser and heading to bed.

How to do it

You always need to work towards the heart and work clockwise with your brush over the abdomen and chest area. Move along the body in light strokes on smaller areas of the body and apply a little more pressure on the larger areas, which, tend to have a sluggish circulation such as the hips, thighs and bottom.

Don’t use this over your face or on broken or overly sensitive skin though, it’s too harsh.

Continue with this 3 times a week and you'll notice a massive difference in how your skin looks and feels.

If you’re in the market for a conditioning body oil to apply after your dry body brushing then ARK also have a complimentary product.

The body beautiful conditioning oil smells like a spa, it’s amazing and instantly promotes a sense of calm and relaxation.

 It’s multi purpose and can be used as a moisturiser all over the body, as a massage oil or on the tips of your hair to treat fly away or split ends.

What’s in it?

Sacha Inchi Seed Oil- Fatty acid to protect and soften.

Abyssinian Oil- Deeply conditions and is amazing on dehydrated or lack lustre skin.

Sweet Almond Oil- Rich in Vitamin E and softens the skin, helping to reduce dry patches. Really nice over heels and knees where the skin can become calloused and dry.

It’s also packed with 25 essential oils and has a warming floral/citrus scent.Not overpowering but it's distinctive and lingers on the skin.

This oil doesn’t feel greasy at all and instantly absorbs so it would be fine to use on both dry or oily/problematic body skin.

You can purchase the Massaging Body Brush for £15 here and the Body Beautiful Conditioning oil for £35 here.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Damsel in D-Stress Emergency Kit

We love these little kits, so handy to have in your bag for emergencies or to take away with you on weekend breaks (possibly not airplane safe due to the sewing kit needle). 

 This one from Damsel in D-Stress fits in the palm of my hand and is packed full of items that you always wish you had! They have 3 options to choose from.

Each kit is much the same just with a few alternatives. The travel kit has an extra eye mask, earplugs and mini padlock whist the Festival kit has a flower headband.

 The Everyday kit, which we have, has a sewing kit and earring backs as an addition.

These kits are £12.99 each and available here.


Friday, 1 September 2017

Clarins Everlasting Cushion Foundation SPF50

The latest cushion foundation offering from Clarins is their Everlasting Cushion Foundation.

The casing is an attractive white and gold and although white initially looks great, it’s instantly covered in grubby finger marks, not that this affects the functionality at all.

 Inside is a slim line cushioned pad for application. This is great at patting the product onto the skin and reaching the areas in the corners of the nose and under the eyes.

 As with most cushion style foundations, this one applies in a moisturising, fluid veil. An initial light coverage but builds to a medium cover. The best way to achieve the fuller cover is to wait for the first covering to dry and then go in again with your pad to build in the areas you need it.

This would be perfectly suitable for dry to combination skins. Maybe too dewy for an oily skin unless you pop a little powder on top.

 I love the finish; it’s radiant, healthy and simply enhances skin to look a naturally better version of itself with little effort.

This foundation has an exceptionally high SPF 50 so it’s a great choice if you already have sun damage or pigmentation. It also doesn’t flash back so great for weddings or other times when you may be photographed.
 It also has an anti pollution complex to protect the skin from daily aggressors.

Only available in 6 shades which sadly don’t cater for the deeper end of the spectrum.

Available from 24th September 2017 for £31.00 and £23 for the refill inserts.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick

I quite like a foundation stick for times when you just need to slap on a quick base application and blend out with your fingertips. They are great for building a flawless finish or even spot concealing when you don’t want a full-face cover.


 The new Velvet Matte foundation stick is a medium but buildable creamy stick foundation. It has a great amount of slip and buffs into the skin easily. The finish is exactly as described, a velvet matte. It’s not flat but not glossy either. Natural, fresh and with a hydrated finish. The feel on the skin, as common with stick foundations, feels slightly tacky. It’s not unpleasantly creamy but you can still feel that there is a slight balmy texture, which remains on the skins surface. For this reason I would say this velvet matte foundation would be one for a dryer skin rather than combination or oily. If your skin is on the oilier side then this texture is going to make you feel that you need to powder and will therefore take away the gorgeous velvet finish.

I would say this might not be the best foundation if you have textured skin or fine lines. It also sits in pores so if you have open pores then you may want to apply a pore refining primer first.

The twist up stick foundation only actually holds about an inch of product so don’t be deceived in thinking it twists up from the bottom of the tube. In the opposite end is a firm, latex-free blender. It’s not the best at applying the foundation if you’re someone who likes to buff over your base. It’s best used with a dabbing action rather than a sweeping motion due to its firmness. Use in sweeps and you will remove your product as quick as you are applying it.  It is nice for patting the product into areas that require a little more coverage.

It has the standard line-up of shades that you may be used to in the other formulations (20 in total).

 We have 10 shades to share with you.

Available now for £30.00 here.


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Marc Jacobs Beauty Iconic Eyeshadow Palettes

Inspired by Marc Jacobs' favourite fabrics are six new eye shadow palettes holding seven shades each.

 The textures are velvet, satin, silk and lamé. Each palette is a blend of complimentary tones in a mix of the finishes.

 These powders blend really well and because of the tonal harmony they are easy to create a gradual even blend.
 The only negative is that some of the textures (silk and lamé) are crumbly and also drop down really easily.

 Good colour pay-off and easy to build for an intense or vibrant look.

The shades...

From top: Frivoluxe, Smartorial, Edgitorial   

From Top: Scandalust, Glambition, Provocouture

These palettes are available now here and are £39.00 each.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Laura Gellar Liquid Gelato Highlighter

Out now from Laura Gellar are two pillow top cream highlighters. The liquid gelato highlighters are applied via a squeezy tube, which then dispenses the balmy soufflé textured cream onto the skin.
 The pillow is a nice size and because the cream is dispensed through three openings in the centre of the pad it gives enough space around the edges of to buff the product into the skin.

Skin benefiting ingredients include White Tea and Centella Asiatica (an Asian wetland herb), Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamins A, C and E.
 These have anti oxidant properties and plump the skin whilst hydrating.

I love the texture of these highlighters and although they create a creamy layer on the skin they buff in well and don’t feel sticky at all.

 The sheen that these produce is a glossy, radiant sheen with zero sparkle. It’s almost like a wet look finish.
 The two shades available would work on a medium to darker skin tone. They would look a little too warm on a fair skin.

Ballerina and Gilded Honey
 These are available here for £21.00 each. There is also a spare cushioned pillow in the box for you to replace when the original gets a bit clogged up.


Monday, 21 August 2017

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Estee Lauder Shadow Paint

If you’re into effortless sweeps of cream eye shadow which can be buffed out with the finger tip and leave the eye with a slightly dishevelled, sultry but ultra shimmery finish then look no further!

This August, ready for the impending autumn, Estee Lauder is launching 6 new shades of shadow paint.
 These are a fluid eye colour that applies in a thick cream but quickly sets to a matte touch but with a metallic shimmery finish.

We have no boxes so I can't be sure of names but I think it's : Wicked Peac, Jaded, Midnight Fury and Mood
 The texture means there is little playtime with these eye shadows so work fast. Sweep the colour over the whole lid along the lash line and then using your fingertips, gently massage and blend to the desired area. After experimenting I found that a brush quickly absorbed a lot of the product so fingers worked best.

 These act as an un-budge-able base however they hold their own and look stunning worn alone and swept high up into the socket.

 There are 6 shades in total and we have 4 to share with you.

These will be available from 27th August for £21.00 each.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ciate Glitter Flip

I know, I know summer’s not even over yet and we’re talking about a glitter lip, but you don’t always have to wait until the festive season to get your shimmer on!
 Glitter lip products are traditionally quite drying and after half an hour of wear they feel uncomfortably dry, gritty and separate in the centre of the lips.

 Ciate have launched seven new glitter lip products, which offer a new formula to make a glittery lip a more wearable option.

We have three shades to share with you.

These apply via a doe foot applicator and feel thick and creamy on the lips. You only need a small amount initially and then build to coat the lips fully. There is zero gritty texture.
 The colour pay off is extreme and to start with the finish will look more metallic than glittery. Once dry (and they do dry fast) you then purse your lips together repeatedly, which magically increases the glitter finish. It’s like witchcraft!
 You’re left with a subtly shimmering sparkle that is pretty and delicate rather than garish and overly festive.

 Wears off evenly but actually lasts so well that for an evening out you won’t really need to top up.
 You need something pretty heavy duty to remove it with, so go for an oily eye makeup remover. Be warned though, on removing it will spread glitter over your entire face!

These are available now for £17.00 here.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Hourglass Confession Lipstick

There’s something quite 80’s about a long handled lipstick but none the less it does feel very glamorous albeit slightly unnecessary.
 The latest Hourglass lipsticks are an ultra slimline, high intensity refillable lipstick.

When you purchase your colour of choice it will come along with a gold long handled applicator (£28 for lipstick and applicator together). Once you have finished your lipstick you can then simply buy the refills to click into your applicator. The refills are £18 each. You could just purchase the refills on their own if you’re not fussed with the glam applicator. It still functions as a normal lipstick.

Let’s talk about the lipstick intensity! WOW! These are like applying a layer of creamy paint onto your lips. Opaque, rich pigment that translates deeper in colour tone than you expect. It covers the lip in one swipe and delivers a creamy thick layer that is actually pretty hard to remove. You need to use something oil based to get them off. They have a balmy matte finish and although it feels totally comfortable and non-drying on the lips, it would be too exposing for a dry textured or cracked skin. The matte finish highlights any flaws in the natural lip.

Beautiful array of colours, which cater for all skin tones. The slim angled tip allows great precision and because the handle is weighted it feels very comfortable and controlled to apply.

The thick texture means you don’t need to layer or re apply much which is good because you would get through this lipstick super fast if you had to touch up regularly.

If you love the finish and colour choices you can simply buy alternative colours and interchange them in your applicator.

Here are the shades…

From Left: I believe, I can't wait, I live for, I desire, I crave, My icon is, Secretly, I can't live without
From Left: At night, I've been, One time, When I'm with you, When I'm alone, If I could, I hide my
From Left: The first time, I wish, One day, No one knows, I lust for, I'll never stop, I want
I woke up, I've never, If only, I'm addicted, I've kissed, My favourite, You can find me, I always

You can get hold of these now here.

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