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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Boots Christmas shopping #Ad


Christmas is only round the corner and it can be challenging knowing what to purchase for each other.

 Quite often we will just do a secret Santa but this year we decided we should actually gift something to each other that we know each other will love and headed to Boots to check out this years festive gifts.
 Boots believes that giving a gift that shows someone you truly know them further strengthens the bond between two people. 
 If you have seen this years Boots Christmas advert, you will two sisters feature so we wanted to share with you our own festive shop and the memories that are evoked by each gift.




Sam’s picks for Nic



Obviously the Real techniques Brush set is always a great gift to give and as we travel so much it’ll be handy for Nic to have a selection all ready and clean for our travels next year.



Although Nic will totally hate me buying biscuits for her and will think I’m trying to fatten her up, I know she will devour them. She also loves a tin so she can reuse the old tin for storage afterwards.



Candles are always a great choice and they remind me of Nic when we were young. She would always get into trouble with our Mum for burning holes in the bedroom carpet!


As we have recently signed up to complete a charity marathon, I know Nic will appreciate some running headphones to help her through the miles.



Electric toothbrushes remind me of when we were young and would put soap on each other’s toothbrush as a trick. Nic will instantly associate this gift with that time also.



I chose the Jamie Oliver cookie cutters, as Nic is a much better baker than I am and my children always love to bake when they are with their aunty Nic.



The ultimate gift for Nic is the Dyson hair dryer. She has so much hair so will appreciate the speed and heat settings to get her mane dry as quickly as possible.





Nic’s picks for Sam



I remember Sam always wore a fragrance called Tuscany but as this is long discontinued I found my old favourite Cerruti 1881. It reminds me of naughty times in my teenage years.



Sam likes to curl her hair and when we were young I got a large heated curling brush caught in her hair. Hopefully, she won’t be too traumatised to use a new one!



Electric toothbrushes just remind me of playing tricks on Sam by putting horrid tasting products on her toothbrush when we were young so I think a new electric toothbrush would make up for those times.



Sam suffers from S.A.D so I think a Lumie Body clock will get her up on the right side of the bed in the morning and also help me cope with her through the day!



A photograph album, filled with precious pictures is always a great sentimental gift and as Sam rarely prints off her photographs, I think she will really enjoy flicking through the album.

Christmas is all about giving a gift that you absolutely know the person will not only love but immediately know why you have chosen it. It's the thought that makes the smile, not just the gift.



Boots is jam-packed full of gifts this Christmas and there is so much to chose from that could be the one gift that makes this years Christmas extra special.

Watch us on our shopping spree video for each other by clicking the link..https://youtu.be/hWtzNzX1GaU





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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Kiko Water Eye Shadow



Kiko’s water eye shadow’s already have a line up of 32 shades and this November they have added 4 new molten metal shades.

  Perfect for the festive season, these offer a metallic bold pay off that applies instantly with little effort and blend out without losing any density.



  
If you needed anymore colour pay off then you can use these shades wet but to be honest the intensity is perfectly bold when used dry. They almost feel like a cream, the lay down of product is so smooth and even.





I love the foil like shades and although they look stunning worn alone with a black flick, they look amazing pressed into the centre of the eyelid of a smoky eye.



 These shade extensions are available now for £8.90 each here.





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Monday, 20 November 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017

Bourjois Metallic Lip Cream



There seems to be a trend emerging for Unicorn makeup this festive season. Vibrant pastels and contrasting colours all worn together with a dusting of silver hearts and turquoise glitter!

 It’s not really our bag to be honest, but if you feel that you want to incorporate a little of this trend into your day or evening look then a metallic lip gloss is a good place to start.

 From November 22nd, Bourjois are launching their metallic lip cream in 8 bold shades.



 These glosses apply in a richly pigmented sweep via a large doe foot applicator. The texture is very workable and the shape of the wand makes it easy to move the product into all the hard to reach areas of the lips.
 It’s a very creamy, slightly sticky finish, so not one to wear if you plan on having a kiss under the mistletoe, but the thick cream texture means it doesn’t travel or cling to your teeth.



The pigment it strong and has multiple tones running through it, giving it the metallic foil finish.



 These glosses are available from 22nd November and are exclusive to Superdrug.


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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Diego Dalla Palma Giesha Lift Foundation




The latest foundation from Diego dalla palma is the geisha Lift foundation.

 It’s a creamy, liquid foundation that gives a medium to full coverage with a natural skin finish. Once it dries it feels matte to the touch, but does have a slight radiance to add a bit of life.



A little goes a long way so apply a small amount and blend before building to your desired coverage. It knocked out the redness in my face instantly and gave my skin a much smoother, flawless appearance. It’s a winner if you suffer with uneven skin tone, redness flare ups from the odd glass of wine or have a sensitive skin.



There is a slight chalky feel to this foundation and it would be certainly too drying for an already dry skin type or for those with a textured skin (dry patches, fine or deeper lines.)

 If you are more of a combination or oily skin type then it will feel much more comfortable on the skin. It didn’t sit in my pores and it lasted well throughout the day.



What’s in it?



White Peony Extract-

 This ingredient is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and helps to reduce the redness of the skin through its calming effect.



In-Tense Complex-

 Sounds technical hey! This is an extraction from the Spilanthes Acmella flower. This flower is known as ‘The toothache flower’ because of its pain relieving properties.

 This extract works on the collagen within skin to move and contract the fibres, helping to give a more even and smoothed appearance.

 Does it work? As with all of these claims, it’s only going to be a minimal improvement with short-term benefits, so don’t expect the face of a 21 year-old (unless you are of course 21!).



It’s a really nice day to evening foundation that covers well and would be a great choice for an oily skin, which also suffers with redness, or skin flare-ups.


Only available in 8 shades (we have 7 to show you),in a mix of pink based and yellow based tones. Good range of lighter to medium tones but not much unfortunately in the way of deeper tones if you have anything more than an olive skin tone.



Geisha Lift Foundation is available now from www.diegodallapalma.com for £34.50.





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Monday, 13 November 2017

Friday, 10 November 2017

Too Faced Pretty Little Planner



If you’re wondering what to buy an organised makeup fanatic for Christmas then look no further than the Too Faced Pretty Little Planner.


It combines an eye shadow palette book containing 15 powder shadows, a Better than sex mini mascara along with a paperback month-at-a-glance planner for 2018. All this is nestled into a mint leather zip up organiser wallet with pockets and a mirror.


The slim line book eye palette is always a winner. The size means you can sling it into your bag, keep it in the organiser wallet or even pack it easily into your kit or suitcase when travelling. Takes up no space at all.


The shades are a mix of a silky matte and shimmer. Some good nude bases but the majority are warm, sumptuous shades with a metallic finish.

 Pigment is ok, needs a little building to reach the pay off visible in the palette but drop down is minimal and they blend nicely.


 Shades are suitable for all skin tone depths and if you have a deeper skin tone then there are some beautiful copper and gold highlighting shades.




The planner is pretty basic, if you’re someone who has a lot going on and relies on the organiser to keep on track then it may not be the planner for you. 


 If you’re like me and writes in a planner for January and then forgets they have it, then it will suit. It’s very sweet for a younger person though and features stickers to add in on certain special days and a note taking area at the back. Always handy to have in your bag.



The better than sex mascara is a really great mascara. Bold, jet black and very liquidy, allowing you to build up the layers and create a bold lash look. The teeth of the brush are well separated and bushy which means you can define and also have volume.



The pretty little planner is available now here for £34.00 .


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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Fenty Beauty Match Stix




Frustratingly in 2017 there still aren’t enough brands that are catering for all of the varying skin types and tones, or even products that have alternative shades to the norm.

 Unless you’ve been living under a rock you may have seen that Rhianna has launched her new range, Fenty Beauty. Check it out here.



Nic has created a tutorial to showcase some of the products within the range but we also wanted to focus in on the Match Stix product in the range.



For me, when I initially saw the Matchstix, I was a little confused as to where and how I could use this product within my routine. Was it a foundation? Was it a highlighter? Was it a contour? Well it’s all of that. It’s kind of a multi use product, which can be used in whichever way you need it.


Firstly let’s talk about the packaging. I love the blush pink packaging and the magnetic hexagonal shape means they click together like a honeycomb.

 The Match Stix are available in shimmer, matte or as a trio, which caters for concealing, contouring and highlighting.

 We don’t have all the shades but have a selection to share with you in shimmer and matte.



The shimmer sticks are a longwearing, iridescent, cream highlighter but can also me used on the apples of the cheeks for a radiant blush too.


 They apply easily and blend well. The texture is pleasantly dry so it never feels wet or greasy, making it a good choice for all skin types, including oily.

The matte match stix are available in 20 shades with varying undertones to suit. The finish is obviously matte but it’s more of a velvet matte. Never feels chalky and has just the right amount of slip to blend without a build up of patchy pigment.



 You can use it as a concealer, a colour corrector or as a contour. There are some great contour shades in the line-up, which have an ashier undertone to create a natural looking shadow rather than an orange streak!


 Apply them on naked skin to areas that just need a touch of product or layer them on top of your foundation if you need a little more cover or colour. They provide a medium to full cover but are easy to blend with your fingertips if you prefer a sheer wash rather than a solid colour.

We don’t have any of the trio’s to show you but they cater for all of the above but in a set of three.

 I like the idea of being able to purchase each of the shades individually so you can click them together and create your own custom kit that won’t get lost in your makeup bag or kit.



The matte and the shimmer stix are £21.00 each and the trio are £46 for the three.






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Monday, 6 November 2017

Friday, 3 November 2017

Chanel Numéros Rouges Collection


Today is the launch of Chanel’s Numéros Rouges collection and is a collection of iconic statement pieces teamed with a few unexpected shades.



 Chanel’s global creative makeup artist, Luca Pica, wanted to create a collection synonymous with Gabrielle Chanel and help find the perfect red for every woman.





We have some of the key pieces to share with you, including the 5 shadow eye palette, ombre cream eye shadow, eye liner, three of the lipsticks (all in varying reds), the gloss and some interesting nail varnishes.



For the eyes:



Some classic shades within the Trait De Charactére palette. A forest green teamed with smoky grey, chocolate and two highlighting shades.

 It’s not a palette that you will open and gasp “wow” at but it’s a good fail-safe palette that you can rely on and create multiple, very wearable looks with.


It has a mix of shimmer and matte finishes with a soft pigment pay off. Layering is required to build any kind of density although the shades do blend very easily albeit with slight drop down.


The liner with the collection is in a similar forest green and offers a nice alternative to the standard black. Blends well and is completely waterproof.



I love the ombré cream eye shadow applies in a rich sparkling gold but the fine shimmers of silver give it a cool wet look finish. Can be worn alone or buffed out under your powder eye shadow.



 



 The lips are only good to you if you wear red, but they are, in typical Chanel style, very chic, elegant and bold.

 We have three shades to show you and the Rouge Coco Gloss...





I really love the nail shades. We have the vinyl black in celebrity and the neon in scenario. Chanel nail varnishes never have great staying power (in our opinion), but the shades are always beautiful.


This collection is available from today in all your normal Chanel location or online here.
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Sleek i-Art Liquid Eye colour



If you’re after a good dupe for the Armani beauty Eye Tints (read about them here) then look no further than the latest liquid eye product from Sleek.



  I-Art liquid eye colours are a creamy, almost mousse like textured product. It applies via a firm but flexible plastic brush and provides an opaque finish.

 You don’t really even need to build the product but if you do want a solid colour block then simply leave to dry and layer up.






Fast drying but with an adequate amount of play time and once on it’s un-moveable. Longevity is awesome and it’s completely capable of being worn totally on its own if you like strong edges. If you prefer a more diffused blend the buff over a similar tone in a powder shadow on top or soften the edges with a complimentary contouring colour.




 Pigment payoff is stunning and each shade has a shimmering finish.
 Can be worn alone, as a liquid liner or as a base to a strong eye look.



Remove gently using an oily eye makeup remover or cleanser.



Available now here for £6.99 each in 12 different shades.


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Monday, 30 October 2017

L'Occitane Advent Calendar



It’s another Christmas advent calendar from us today, sorry!

 L’Occitane has a two different advent calendars this year. We have their classic one, which features a classic festive scene, created by French artist, Kanako. Hiding behind the 24 doors are mini L’Occitane products, which vary in size from 10ml up to 35ml.



 Many of their cult products feature including, Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Pivoine Flora Hand cream, Shea Butter Lip Balm and Revitalising sugar bath cube.



 This calendar is one for those who love to lie in the bath and slather on the various post bath lotions and oils. Each day a new treat will reveal a mini size, just big enough to get you through a few days use. By the time Christmas day arrives you’ll have tiptop skin and be smelling amazing!


This advent calendar is a nice way to not only take time for yourself in the most stressful month of the year but also to try out products from the range that may be new to you.



This advent calendar is available here now for £49.00 and worth up to £87.00.


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Friday, 27 October 2017

Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Eye Shadow Palette



This seems like a nice little palette to mention around this time of the year. The Saint & Sinner Eye shadow palette from Kat Von D.



It holds 24 pigmented powder eye shadows in a mix of matte, shimmer and metallic shades.

 The blending quality is outstanding with the only fall out coming from the shimmer shades. Each shade has intense colour pay off, which makes application a joy.

 I love the tone options too. Something for everyday but also some interesting colour pops such as citrus and cranberry to add a little something different.




The shimmering shades have a very fine glitter, which does travel on the eye a little, but this palette is best worn slightly unkempt and dishevelled, so we kind of enjoy the transfer!




Housed together in a double fronted church door style palette, which opens up to reveal two mirrored sides and the centre panel of eye shadows.



This palette is available here for £52 here.








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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Kryolan Halloween Kits


If you’re unsure on what to do with your makeup and can’t be bothered to treck around different counters to purchase the different products that you need then look no further than this years Kryolan Halloween kits.
 They have had these each year for a while now and they always produce such high quality looks.

 There are two kits to choose from, The Steam Punk clown and The pumpkin Girl. Both are £26.00 each.





Each kit is presented in its own zip up bag and contains every product you need to recreate the image along with a description on exactly how to apply each product.






 You can get hold of the kits and some alternative ones too here or head in to store to purchase.
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Monday, 23 October 2017

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit: Volume 3


 If you want skin that looks lit from within rather than a swipe of frost then check out the new limited edition palette from Hourglass.



 Nic quite frequently uses the Hourglass Illume Trio, which is a cream highlighter (see tutorial below), but if you have a combination, oily or mature skin then you may prefer to use a powder highlighter such as these.

 

The limited edition palette holds 6 large squares of powder highlight in a mix of three of the cult favourite highlighters from Hourglass and three exclusive new shades.



What I love about Hourglass powder highlighters is how understated they are. They produce an enviable radiance that never looks forced or false.


 When you need your skin to look like you’ve had a solid 8 hours sleep, eaten your greens with every meal and drank a minimum of 2 litres of water every day then reach for this palette.

 It is suitable for all skin types and skin tones from light through to medium/dark could wear it.



Two of the shades are your basic highlighters in a cool and warm tone whilst the other four shades have a marbled effect to offer a multi dimensional effect in a variety of bronzing, corals and pink.



There are lots of warming rose gold tones, which work for all and provide candlelit warmth to the skin. The skin is brightened, warmed and pigmentation diffused out. A fantastic palette at layering shades.


The new shade in Surreal halo is beautiful dusted over the areas of the face that would naturally tan. It gives a sun kissed look that’s completely wearable for the winter.

 Not a cheap one but an investment piece that will see you through the year.

 This palette is £69.00 and available for a limited time at the following places.



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