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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

First date/Valentines Tutorial

Try out this soft romantic look for a first date or for this Valentines day...


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Monday, 8 February 2016

YSL Fusion Ink blush


Fusion Ink blush is a new launch as part of the Boho Stones collection (launched in January).
 Tubes of gel blusher which are squeezed through a plastic applicator similar to a lip gloss.
 The gel texture feels cool, fluid and as light as a feather on the skin. 
 Looks like a lip gloss as you squeeze it onto the skin but smoothes out into a sheer tint which dries off to a matte texture and finish. 
 The shades look very vibrant in the tube but translate to a fresh, very natural tint on the skin. They need to be applied and blended immediately otherwise they tend to stain the skin and leave a patchy finish.
 The sheer wash is very blendable. Apply, blend and then re-apply for a stronger finish.
 Performs well on all skin types but is especially effective on a combination to oily skin due to the matte finish.
 Each shade leaves the skin looking naturally flushed. Great for people who wear no foundation or a very sheer foundation but still need a little colour on the cheeks. 
 Best used before any powder application as it may cause your powder to streak during application. If you wear a full cover foundation you may find the gel texture of this blush will move your base a little.

Available in four shades. We have two to show you.....




  
Fusion Ink blush is available here for £35.00
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Friday, 5 February 2016

W3ll People

W3ll People is the collaboration of makeup artist Shirley Pinkson, cosmetic dermatologist Reneé Snyder M.D and Tree hugger(in their words) James Walker. I think this is why the brand name features the number 3.
 They wanted to create a range of cosmetics which uses organic ingredients which are cruelty free and contain no fillers, propylene glycol, petrochemicals or petroleum by-products.
 The products are each hand crafted and have been performance tested within the W3ll People studios.
 The range ingredients includes a botanical complex of organic aloe, organic chamomile and organic green tea.

We tested out some key pieces for the blog for you.

 There are a selection of loose powder products.  


 



 The Bio Brightener powder is a colourless powder in the pot although it does have a lightening effect on the skin. Great on a fair to medium skin tone but would look too ashy on a darker skin tone. Zinc oxide, Titanium oxide and Mica give the skin a light reflective finish. These ingredients are the main culprits for flashback so dust lightly over the skin rather than packing it on.

The foundation powder feels very lightweight but provides a surprisingly good cover, you can achieve a light-medium cover depending on your application method. A velvet finish with a soft satin finish. Sits nicely on a combination-oily skin but a little clingy on dry or textured skin. Contains Kaolin which is a great oil absorbing ingredient but may be too drying on a dryer skin.

The Setting powder is a translucent powder made mainly from Cornstarch. The texture of this powder is strange. It feels a little granular and squeaky, I guess that's the cornstarch. Does the trick though and mattes the skin nicely.

 The Bio Bronzer in Natural Tan provides a golden tan finish. It is infused with a fine golden shimmer. Wouldn't really be suitable for a very pale skin tone.



For the face there are a few stick options....





  We loved the foundation stick. It's easy to swipe onto the face and buff into the skin. It feels silky to the touch and gives a soft satin finish. The coverage is medium to full and it doesn't feel too emollient on the skin. Eight shades in the line up which also cater for light and darker skin tones.
 The Universalist stick is another winner for us. We had the shade in Dusty Rose which is a light terracotta peach. This cream stick blends easily and can be used as a blush, contour, over the lids or on the lips.
 The Bio Brightener is a cream silver pearl highlighter. Use it over the high points of the face for a shimmering silver pearl which doesn't look too false or metallic.  

These products and more from the range are available from Cult Beauty.




 



  
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani

We all know Gwen Stefani's statement look is her red lips so it was only a matter of time before she collaborated with a big brand to launch a collection.
 We have some of the collection here to show you but make sure you tune in here at 6pm tonight to hear us talk about the range in our new product update tutorial.


There are six lipsticks in the collection, all predominantly red obviously but there is a magenta pink and a nude also.



The colour pigment is full bodied and vibtant. One swipe lays down a solid layer of colour. The texture is creamy and provides a satin finish with the exception of the shade 714 which is a total matte finish.


A lip this bold requires a matching lip liner and Urban Decay have produced six liners in the same names and exact shades to go with the lipsticks.
The lipsticks are £16.00 and the liners are £14.00 each.

Gwen wears a natural cheek and has worked with Urban Decay to design a cheek palette which subtly colours, contours and highlights using natural shades.






 This palette is £35.00 and holds a really nice selection of wearable everyday shades.
 This collection is available here now.

 
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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

NARS Cheek Studio palette

If you're keen on blush then you may want to check out the new NARS cheek studio palette which launched 1st February.

 
  The mirrored compact contains a contour and highlight shade, bronzer and 4 shades of blush in a mix of pinks and a warm terracotta.



No brush included but the mirrored lid and mirrored inside makes it a great travel companion.


Paloma contour / blush and Laguna Bronzer
Blush in I, II, III Goulue
A good choice if you are someone who likes to contour and wear mainly bronze/sunkissed shades. This palette is £49.00 and available from SpaceNK from the 1st February 2016.
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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Hourglass Ambient Strobe lighting powder

Hourglass is such a decadent brand. We often feature their Veil foundation in our tutorials. It has a luxury price tag but the products really do perform well.


 Their ambient strobe light sculptors are another top product which we would definitely re-purchase.
 Four individual cushions of highlighting powder packaged in a silver mirrored compact. The compact looks expensive but doesn't feel as luxurious as I expected. It feels light and a little flimsy. I think a more weighty, solid compact would compliment the powder better, although I guess this would only serve to push the price higher.

L: Brilliant R: Euphoric
 These powders have a flocked surface and feel ridiculously soft to the touch. Their dense texture allows you to pick up a minimal amount of product but with a maximum strobing finish.
 Use dry for a soft radiant sheen which coats the skin in a natural light with a high impact radiance. Use wet for an extreme highlight.



 Brilliant is a delicate champagne infused with ultra fine golden shimmers.

 

Euphoric is a nude pink with a mix of delicate silver and gold shimmers.





 Euphoric is particularly beautiful on a light to medium skin tone as it just looks like fresh radiant skin.
  These are £34 each which although it's expensive, these will last you ages and give you a high performance highlight. Available from Liberty and SpaceNK.



  
 
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Monday, 1 February 2016

Tom Ford Eye colour quad

We just received these stunning new quads from Tom ford which have just launched.
 We have four palettes each holding four shades in a mix of matte, satin and shimmer shades.


Last Dance




Starry Night


Lilac Dream






 
Honeymoon


Tom ford knows exactly how to put together a palette. Their colour choices always feature a harmonious blend of shades with a complimentary shimmer to add something a little interesting. As always the texture is silky and easy to blend with no drop down and great longevity. These palettes are not cheap but they make applying eye shadow very easy. Any skill level can achieve a professional finish due to the amazing quality pigment and perfect texture.  
 These palettes are available here for £64.00.



 
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Friday, 29 January 2016

Clinique Kiss it better appeal





For the twelfth year running Clinique has teamed up with Great Ormond Street Hospital for their Kiss it better appeal.
 Kiss it better was created by beauty editor Carmel Allen whose daughter was treated at GOSH for neuroblastoma.
 Kiss it better is something that every parent will say to their sick or injured children and Carmel wanted to turn her experience with her daughter into a positive and create an appeal which can help to raise funds for treatment and care for children living with cancer.

 Clinique are launching a limited edition long lasting matte lipstick in two of their best selling shades of matte magenta and matte petal. The full £15 from every lipstick purchased throughout February at House of Fraser, UK will be donated to the Kiss it better appeal. In addition, if you purchase two lipsticks you will receive a makeup bag in a unique matching design. £2 from every lip product sold from Clinique at House of Fraser during February will also be donated to the appeal.


Head to House of Fraser this February to stock up on your lip products and to purchase these two limited edition lipsticks.
 To read more about the appeal click here



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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Kiko Best friend forever



 Valentines day is not everyone's cup of tea but you can't deny that any collection which comes in a heart shape is pretty damn cute.
 Kiko's Best friend forever collection is dedicated to friendship however I think this is a sneaky way to target people who don't particularly like Valentines or for those who feel sorry for their single friend during this time!

 The love elixir face powder is presented in a red and pink leather case with magnetic clasp.



 Inside there is a mirror and large square of heart embossed powder.
 The powder is a warm toned bronzer which fades into a baby pink blush and finally an apricot blush. 


 A very sheer amount of pigment in this powder, you're going to need to really layer it up for any kind of impact. Best for a fair skin as it wouldn't really show up on any medium to deeper skin tone.
 A small application brush is included. The love elixer powder is £14.90.

Pink and red nail polish infused with fine glitter for the nails.These are £3.90 each.



 The lip products in the collection are the best pieces. Just one shade of lipstick  in silver packaging with a cut out window in a heart shape. The bullet of the lipstick is shaped as a heart. The lipstick is £5.90. There is also a lip balm in a metal heart shaped tin. Smells delicious but doesn't have any real colour to it, just provides a moisturising sheen. The balm is £4.90.





The Best friend forever collection is available here now for a limited time.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Chanel L.A Sunrise

Image courtesy of chanel.com

 The L.A sunrise collection from Chanel provides us with a much needed splash of vibrant colour.
 The sunkiss ribbon blush is almost too gorgeous to use. Strips of colour in warm pinks and coral.
 Sweep a brush over the pan to pick up a mix of tones or use a small blush brush to pick out the desired shade.


The finish is a radiant glow and the pigment is strong, it's the patch of tangerine in the corner which dominates when a brush is swept all over the compact and applied. This palette is £44.00 but it does have multiple uses.

The Chanel Illusion D'Ombre are always a winner for us. We have one of the shades in Griffith green.

 

I expected this to be a deeper forest green but it's more of a peacock green. It has a metallic finish infused with a gold shimmer.

 

  Beautiful blended over the eye on it's own or used as a base. Blends well but dries quickly so work fast. It lasts really well on the skin so makes a great choice for those with an oily eye lid.
 There are two other shades in the illusion D'Ombre in a rosy beige and deep ocean blue. These are £25.00 each. 

Waterproof liners are an essential piece for Spring/Summer. There are three shades which compliment the Illusion D'ombre. We have two in purple choc and fervent blue.

 
 
 
Purple choc is almost black but infused with a lavender and fuchsia shimmer. the shade in fervent blue is a bright cornflower blue with silver and blue shimmer. These need to be layered to achieve a good solid colour. Because of the layering the liner does wear down pretty quickly. These are £19.00 each.

 The lipsticks in the collection are from the coco shine collection. They provide a juicy slick of sheer colour in a moisturising sheen.
 Three shades to choose from but we have just the one in 116 Mighty which is a blue tones baby pink. The lipsticks are £25.00 each.


 

This collection is available from this Friday 29th January from all of your usual Chanel locations and online.

   
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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Clinique Sweet pots sugar scrub + lip balm

Top: Candied Cassis, Pink Framboise, Sweet Rose, Orange Blossom, Black Honey.

 A guilt free macaroon...except you can't eat it. Clinique launched these lip scrub and balm duo back in December exclusively to Debenhams but have now rolled them out nationwide.


In one side there is a lip balm and the other side a gentle sugar scrub. Each side twists off of the centre panel (not very easily).
 The scrub is infused with beet sugar granules, jojoba seed oil, shea butter, avocado oil and grapeseed oil. To be honest this scrub is so gentle, you could probably mistakenly put it on instead of the balm and not realise, it's super gentle. Clinique recommend to tissue it off after but you could get away with leaving it on, you can hardly feel the grains.

The balm on the other half is great. Creamy, smooth and not sticky. The colours look so fresh and juicy but to be honest they don't translate the same on the lips, hardly any colour.

 A lovely lip balm that looks super cute but not for you if you like a gritty lip scrub or a pop of colour on the lips.

 Available now for £15.00 in six shades from Clinique nationwide and online. The shade in Citron Bleu is limited life.

  

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