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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Chanel-Maximalisme de Chanel


Is it even Christmas if you haven’t swatched a Chanel Red on your blog? Well I know it’s November but with the Christmas lights up in almost every UK city we are feeling particularly festive.


 The Chanel Christmas collection, Maximalisme De Chanel launched this week and is a relatively small collection of products.

 Powders are embossed with Gabrielle Chanel’s lion icon and the featured shades are smouldering and sexy but still scream Christmas party.
 Firstly the nail colours. A classic pillar-box red infused with a fine red and gold shimmer along with a bronze with gold and violet metallic foil finish.

 The eye shadows are singles and again, embossed with the lion talisman. The finishes are a subtle satin finish with extreme pigment payoff. 



It’s a solid block of colour that blends easily and leaves the eyes with a radiant finish without too much shine of glitter.
Cuivre Lamé, Noir Lamé, Le Lion De Chanel Illuminating Powder
For the skin there is an exclusive powder compact, Le Lion De Chanel which translates softer than you imagine. It looks overtly copper in the palette but dusts on much sheerer and less ‘in your face’ than you may assume.


It does have a shimmer so possibly not a great product for the cheekbones if you are concerned with fine lines but really nice over the eyelid, down the nose and over the décolleté for a romantic golden highlight.

The lipsticks take the form of a palette incorporating 5 different shades of red. I found the colours took a bit of building up to get a decent coverage. Team up with a lip liner if you want a good definition.



 The collection is available now here.
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Kit


You can’t beat a lipstick set as a gift for Christmas. There’s always something really special about testing out shades that you would never normally chose and mixing tones together to create something unique.
Smashbox have launched their Be Legendary Lipstick kit. It contains 5 full size lipsticks in their most popular shades.
 The texture of the lipsticks can best be described as thick and punchy! Like a creamy opaque slick of pure pigment all wrapped up in cheery patterned packaging designed by L.A artist Jen Stark.
 The finish has a rich sheen but if you prefer to mix up the textures then you can simply pat on the included insta-mat lipstick transformer. 
It’s like a mattifying veil that instantly removes the shine but without losing the hydration.
Initial application
After applying Insta-Matte


If this looks like a gift someone you love would enjoy then you can shop here and purchase for £39.00
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Monday, 12 November 2018

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Huda Beauty New Nude Palette


It’s nude but it’s a Huda beauty kind of Nude! The latest New Nude palette combines multiple textured shadows in an array of warming plums and taupe’s with 2 intense glitter shades thrown in for good festive measure.
There is a concealer shade in a soft peach so you may blank out the natural eyelid undertone first. It's almost colourless so would work for all light to medium skin tones. It may look a little ashy on deeper skin tones but as you'll be applying shadow on top, it's not a problem. It acts as a great base for the glitter to adhere to.
The other tones are a combination of matte, duo-chrome, glitter and pressed pearl. 16 shades in total but with the exception of the concealer shade and the colour in Bare, they are all highly coloured, there isn’t much in the way of natural tones to blend with.
Powders have excellent pigment and the glitter looks amazing when pressed on top. Best way to work with the glitter is either wear it alone on top of a cream or press firmly on top of the other shades once you have completed your eye look. It doesn't blend very easily so you need to pat it on and step away!
 The duo-chrome shades have a high metallic payoff and creates a beautiful luminous vibrant finish.
I found the matte shades crumbled and dropped so I would advise leaving your foundation until afterwards. 

You can get hold of the Huda Beauty New Nude Palette here for £56.00
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Monday, 5 November 2018

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Products to get your glow back



 With the change in seasons I have noticed a huge change in my skin texture. It's dehydrated from the central heating, dry from the north wind here in Norfolk and just doesn't look very radiant.
 I've begun to switch up a few items from my regular routine so that more radiance boosting products are being used.
 Here are a few of my favourite products that have given me noticable glowing results. 



SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10-£80



Anything that works whilst I sleep is a win for me. SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew overnight is a lightweight lotion that contains Glycolic acid at 10%.

Image: www.lookfantastic.co.uk
 This high dose of AHA means that it’s only suitable for nighttime use when no exposure to UV will occur.

 It’s my go-to product when my skin is lack lustre, dry, dull or if I have any marks from old blemishes that I want to assist in reducing.

 If you’ve never used Glycolic before then use sparingly to begin with and gradually over time, increase usage. Overuse can lead to dry flaky patches so take your time. Even once tolerant, only a pea-sized amount is required.

 Good for pigmentation, dull skins, post treatment skin, acne scaring, or skin affected by pollution, central heating or seasonal change.Shop here.



Medik8 C-Tetra-£35



I adore most Medik8 products. They are a good brand to go for if you want no nonsense, does what it says on the tin with good results. 


 
Image: www.medik8.com


 Vitamin C is notoriously good for pigmentation, dullness or scarring but the Medik8 C-Tetra is particularly good. Firstly it smells amazing. Zingy and fresh and not synthetic. The texture is very light, making it suitable for all skin types, including oily. It’s lipid-soluble, which means the molecule size can penetrate the skin’s natural lipid Bilayer structure, and help to strengthen the skins defense, assists in radiance and stimulates collagen production.
Good for pigmentation, scarring, skin that needs plumping and skin that doesn’t radiate a healthy glow.Shop here.



Ren Ready Steady Glow AHA Toner-£25



I’ve used a ton of acid toners and for an affordable one that produces obvious results then the AHA toner from Ren is a good purchase.
 
Image: www.renskincare.com

Not stingy or drying but sweeps off dead skin cells and assists in cell renewal without drying. A host of acids including lactic acid, glycolic acid and azelaic acid to assist in loosening the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the adjacent cells, refine pores and fine lines whilst hydrating and brightening.

 Good for sensitive skin (although build your tolerance) skin that has poor healing or slow cell turnover. Both oily or dry skins and those who are prone to breakouts.Shop here.





Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Mist-£18.50



This facial spritz is like a caffeine shot for the skin. Spritz on after your final stage of skincare application before foundation application. If you’re after a double dose then chose the Ginzing Tinted Moisturiser, it’s awesome also.

 
www.origins.co.uk

  It contains coffee to stimulate the skin cells, citrus oil including grapefruit, orange and lemon. Glycerin to hydrate, Tourmaline to energise and encourage collagen reproduction, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate which, is a stable form of Vitamin C and Folic acid to fight skin ageing.
 It’s a spritz that lifts the spirits and also assists in the flawless buffing in of your base makeup.Shop here.





Sunday Riley Juno Face oil-£35/£70



I’ve used Juno as part of my evening regime for years and notice the difference in my skin if I forget to use it. It’s beautiful to use nightly as a facial massage or treatment oil. It’s a thick oil that feels occlusive and nourishing. Like a comforting blanket of skin nutrition.
 
www.spacenk.com
Contains a host of super food ingredients including blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, carrot and broccoli. We all know the benefits of eating these ingredients so imagine the benefit when used exclusively topically on the skin.
 If you have a big event coming up that requires you to feel confident in your skin then Juno is worth a look. I think it works on all skin types but those who have scarring, uneven skin tone, pigmentation, irritation and lackluster skin will benefit the most. It lives up to the hype in my opinion.Shop here.





Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Butter-£10



I’ve used loads of different cleansing balms but I always go back to this one. Not only is it easy to get hold of, it’s budget friendly and for most of us, cleansers are hastily massaged in and washed off, so who wants to spend a fortune?
 
Image: www.thebodyshop.com


 It’s balmy without being greasy, melts away even stubborn makeup, massages over with the perfect amount of slip and removes without residue. It’s nourishing, hydrating, fully cleanses and calms even a sensitive skin. A little goes a long way so it lasts ages.

 Emollient based with added olive fruit oil, vitamin E and sunflower seed oil. If you’re prone to breakouts then be aware that this does contain shea butter, which has been linked to blemishes and breakouts.Shop here.





Apothaka Comforting Oil Booster-£15.50



During the season change from stifling summer to northerly winds and sideways rain, this has been my secret weapon. A small drop goes along way and I have found it beneficial to massage into the smaller areas of my face that are in need or a little extra TLC. You can of course use it all over if required.
 
www.apothaka.com

 It’s essential oil free, if you’re sensitive to EO and contains essential fatty acids, safflower and sunflower to protect and nourish. The added calendula is good for an irritated or impaired skin and Coenzyme Q10 soothes whilst acting as a powerful antioxidant.

 Good for topical use on areas of impaired skin or for use all over for a luxurious bedtime treatment that won’t break the bank!Shop here.


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Monday, 29 October 2018

Thursday, 25 October 2018

YSL The Slim Rouge Pur Couture The Slim



The latest YSL rouge Pur Couture The Slim is available and I have mixed views on it.
 Firstly the positives. The texture and pigment is wonderful. Rich and creamy and the colour lays down with ease. Nice array of shades that cater well for all skin tones. Pigment is strong from the get-go and longevity is excellent. It wears off evenly and even once the bulk of the pigment has gone, it still leaves a stain on the lips.
 The finish is matte but without any dryness and even if you have textured lips, it doesn’t cling or settle.

We have 12 shades to show you..
 My negative is, and there’s only one, is the bullet shape. I know it’s this lipstick’s USP however I just can’t get on with it. I find it difficult to get any precision and if you attempt to use the very corner, it rounds down and also makes it hard to apply.You can see from the state of the swatches on my arm how difficult it is to get it on neatly!
If you have smaller lips you’re best to use a lip brush and you’ll perhaps have to team it up with a lip liner also.


 
All 17 shades are available here and are £29 each.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Pat McGrath Triple the Fantasy Christmas Palettes


A trio of opulent palettes landed on my desk this week from the fabulous Pat McGrath Christmas collection.

 Beautiful Jem imagery is used on the packaging and secured shut with a red twist band.

 The palette folds open to reveal six large circles of eye shadow in a mix of metallic foil and intense matte finishes.

The eye shadow pay off is superb. The shade you see in the pan is what you get on the eye. It applies with a thick covering of colour that feels like you are laying a sheet of shimmer fabric over your eye. It catches the light beautifully and the shimmer isn’t dulled by blending. As with most eye shadows of this texture, there is chunky drop down. Use a flat firm brush to press the powder in before blending out with a fluffy brush.

 Depending if you prefer a palette of lighter highlighting shades or wearable smoky shades with pops of colour then check out the three options.

Mthrshp Subliminal: Dark Star

Turquoise palette containing gold and copper but with three blue options and a sparkling plum.


 Mthrshp Sublime: Bronze Temptation

Ruby red palette containing warmer toned matte neutrals and a shimmering peacock green and blackened red.




 Mthrshp Subversive: Metalmorphosis

Candy pink palette with gold, silver and bronze shades, smoked amethyst and pewter.



These palettes are £98 each and available here.
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Monday, 22 October 2018

Friday, 19 October 2018

2018 Beauty Advent Calendars



The good old-fashioned chocolate advent calendar of our youth has evolved and the beauty industry is cashing in on this childhood December ritual.

 The 2018 calendars have begun to arrive in the office so I thought you might like a sneak preview of what’s on offer.

 I didn’t want to open all of the calendar doors and spoil the surprise so have only opened a couple to give you an idea of the treats inside.

  
Includes 2 full sized products and 22 mini products from both the colour and skincare range. Packaging is not particularly exuberant, cardboard with colourful baubles scattered across the front. 

The box opens up at the ends allowing you to remove the products inside via a plastic tray if you can’t possibly wait until the next day.
 The products inside however are a nice mix of neutral colours to suit all and a great way to introduce Clinique skincare to someone who want’s to test the range out without too much commitment.



 This is my favourite packaging simply because it’s completely re-usable. It’s a rectangle freestanding block that revolves around itself to reveal a new side and more drawers.

 Bright, fun and attractive and very well made. Nice to keep year after year as you can pop your own treats inside the drawers for someone else or a child.
 Products are a mix of bath, body and face products all in the various fragrance offerings that L’Occitane has.


 The ultimate luxury calendar. This smells amazing, before you’ve even opened a single door.

 It’s super heavy and free stands. It opens up like a book and reveals a beautiful etched London scene inside.
 I couldn’t bring myself to open the doors but if you've forked out £150 then you probably deserve the suprise!


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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Monday, 15 October 2018

Friday, 12 October 2018

Glamoween with Barry M


Halloween doesn’t have to always be about the gore, it’s fine to get your glitter on and create a look that is just as interesting as a face full of blood splatter!

Barry M are all about Glamoween this year and have some fun creative face jewels, which you can adorn quickly and easily with little skill. Great if you still want to feel as though you’ve made a bit of effort but in half the time.
 There are four face jewel options and you don’t of course have to wear them exactly how Barry M suggests. You can get creative or even add them to your existing Halloween look to add a little something extra.

If you’re in need of some vibrant glitter that won’t break the bank then check out their Pick ‘N’ Glitz glitter.
 Both the glitter and the face jewels are £4.99 each here.



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