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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick

Well these are just lovely! Velour extreme matte lipstick that looks like velvet, doesn’t feel like a standard matte lipstick whatsoever and applies in a creamy coating of deeply pigmented colour. It’s like laying a sheer veil of sumptuous fabric over the lip.
 It’s the sort of lipstick you can apply and forget about. It’s longwearing and completely comfortable. Didn’t cling to my awfully dry lips and didn’t bleed or transfer. It’s literally the dream.

 The liquid thin mesh ensures the pigments stay true and feel weightless. No colour change or fade.  It contains fine silica powders, which absorb excess oils in the lips but without sucking out the moisture.
 Available in 24 shades to flatter all skin tones. We have half of the shads to share with you.

These are available now here and are £22.00 each


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Clarins 4-Colour Pen

When I was at school, a thousand years ago, these pens were the epitome of cool.
 Being able to switch from a black pen to a red pen with the flick of a switch meant I could cram twice as many rubbers and pieces of paper with potential test question answers on them into my pencil case.

I think it’s genius that Clarins have used this method to present a variety of eye liners and lip liner. It’s neat, space saving, encourages us to stray away from our routine colours and is actually functional with a quality product.

 The 4- Colour Pen is available in two choices; Clarins call them Harmony 1 & 2.
Harmony 1 includes a jet-black, navy and forest green pencil style liner with nude pink/brown lip liner.
 Harmony 2 includes Jet black, Gunmetal grey and rich chocolate brown with flame red lip liner.

 Often products that are in danger of being a bit gimmicky always fail or never really work how you expect. The functionality of these however is brilliant. Each individual shade pops down with an easy flick of the button and the centre of the product twists round to allow the pencil to slowly twist down to the desired amount.

Once you have selected your shade, do make sure you twist out the colour and don’t attempt to draw on the eye beforehand; otherwise you will literally scratch our eyelid off with the plastic nib.

When the product arrives from the nib it’s completely flat so you need to twist a little extra out so you may use the sides to apply to the skin. It moulds to a point quickly so you can use precisely.

Texture wise it is waxy, well pigmented and blends nicely. The formula is not that creamy but this does mean longevity is good.

I like the colour options. Nothing too outlandish but something for everyone. This is a winner for travelling with or for slinging in your handbag.

Each pen is £28, which, I thought was reasonable considering you are getting 3 eyeliners and a lip liner.

Available 15th April from


Monday, 19 March 2018

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Monday, 26 February 2018

You x Max Factor

You x Max Factor is a brand new campaign that the iconic brand is launching fresh for 2018.

 Back in 2017 Max Factor surveyed 26’000 women between the ages of 25-55 in an attempt to understand exactly how they are inspired by the beauty industry.

 Their research discovered that there are a huge proportion of women who do not feel that they can relate to the advertising and imagery used in cosmetic campaigns and feel that real women are not represented.

 We loved the idea of this campaign. For too long women have been force fed images of perfection. We are led to believe that the majority of women are juggling family, career and friendships all whilst maintaining a perfect home and immaculately applied eye liner. In all honest we are all just spinning plates, trying to keep everything together fuelled by copious amounts of caffeine.

 A new wave of thinking within the beauty industry is realising that women are actually empowered by other women they see every day rather than the filtered images of prefect models.

The conducted survey questioned women globally so that a broad spectrum of lifestyle and life experiences could be taken into account.

 Max Factor found that globally, 81% of women look to other women within their circle of friends and family for inspiration rather than models or celebrities.

 88% felt that beauty is a mix of appearance, personality and natural charisma rather than the standard aesthetic of how someone looks.

 80% women felt that current advertising within the beauty industry does not represent a woman’s true character.

 On the flip side, 10% do think they are represented and 17% felt that the advertising they regularly view is aspirational.

Many of the women who took part in the survey had great life experience. Some had families, some were single, some had travelled and some had huge career success. It acknowledged women from all backgrounds but in a world where beauty blogging is rife and information on products and how to wear them is easily accessible, 67% of women are still not seeing makeup looks that they can connect with or feel would work for them personally.

 These women actually do feel confidant in knowing who they are and are not interested in transforming themselves or emulating someone else’s style, they simply just want to look like the best version of themselves.

With all of this information collated, Max Factor wanted to create a campaign that would use these statistics and create ‘beauty with depth”. To ensure that everything from the branding, advertising and the products themselves present a cohesive, inspirational beauty that all women can relate to.

 There is something very beautiful in perfectly imperfect makeup and the unique style that the every day normal woman has and were so happy that this is being highlighted finally.

We are all for supporting women and encouraging women to be themselves whilst still feeling that they are relevant and important within the beauty industry. Only 4% of women in the UK feel that current beauty advertising is aspirational. That means there’s a huge proportion of women on their way to work, checking out the beauty articles in their magazine or watching the adverts from the comfort of their settee feeling left out or overlooked. We think this change in how the beauty industry is marketed is positive and are happy to support this change.

If you are interested to read more about the You x Max Factor campaign then head over to their site at

#Beautywithdepth #YouMaxFactor


Friday, 23 February 2018

YSL Beauté All in one glow Foundation

We have been testing out the latest foundation offerings from YSL Beauté.

 Touché éclat All in one glow is a hydrating foundation made up of 50% water.
 It applies as a cream but after blending, it sheers down to a water-like texture.
 It’s easy to spread and blend and the moisture rich formula means it doesn’t cling to dryness or sit in lines.

 The coverage is medium and because it has a pump style application it tends to dispense slightly more than you require, making it harder to apply if a very sheer cover is preferred.

It doesn’t contain any shimmer but it does produce a satin finish however, I found that after a few hours wear this sheen dulled down and looked a little flatter. If your skin is naturally combination or oily then the finish may work better. If you have dehydrated or dull skin then I think a radiant primer underneath will be required to maintain the glow. On my skin, which is combination and dehydrated, this foundation looked a little chalky over my oiler areas.

This foundation melts into the skin easily but it does leave a slight film texture on the skin that an oily skin may find uncomfortable.

 It lasted well on the skin, and doesn’t require too much re touching or up keep. Good at evening out skin tone, covers blemishes nicely without masking.

Shade: BR30

Colour selection includes 12 shades. We have only seen one shade so I can’t advise on the selection with confidence but there is a selection from porcelain through to ebony, which, seems to be around an equivalent to NC45 in MAC terms, if that helps at all.
 This foundation is £33.50 and available here.


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Hourglass Arch Brow Collection

If you follow us on Instagram then you’ll know we both have had our brows Microbladed (watch below for details of that).


 Hourglass now have two superb brow products to ensure your arch is perfected and the natural hairs are full and textured.

The sculpting pencils are a 4-in-1 powder, pencil and wax formula that applies in a firm texture and lays down pigment softly, allowing you to build and shape to your desired look.

 The angle of the tip creates a precise application and can be used to mimic natural hair strokes.

The shade line up is excellent and caters for platinum blonde through to auburn and onto black.

The volumising fibre gel is a buildable tinted brow gel that contains fine fibres to build brow density whilst naturally coating hairs with colour.
 I love the brush. It’s firm, bristly and separates all of your natural hairs to give shape whilst very naturally coating with colour.

 Available in 6 versatile shades and also a clear if you just prefer the texture without the colour.

 The Brow Sculpting Pencils are £29.00 and the Volumising Fibre Gel is £22.00
You can purchase them here.



Monday, 19 February 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018

Buxom Plumpline Lip Liners

Lip liners are one of those products that aren’t really a necessity however when you use one you feel just slightly more polished.
 It’s not a product we tent to use a lot of and when we do, we tend to blur the edges out with a brush anyway!

We have been testing out the new Plumpline Lip Liners from Buxom to see if it’s a product we need to revisit.

Buxom claim the jumbo pencils have plumping ingredients but to be honest we didn’t really notice any plumping results or the typical tingling sensation you would expect.

 These pencils are available in a good array of 20 shades and the texture is lovely. Creamy, hydrating and smooth to apply with a killer pigment. Almost too nice to restrict to the lip edges.
 The formula has a satin finish and because of the creamy texture I guess it appears to have a plumping effect by the very nature that it reflects the light slightly.

The pencils work well all over the lip on their own or when used under regular lipsticks as a base. Colour pigment is intense and they wear off the lips nicely without any patchiness. Also nice on dryer lips as the formula blends into the lips comfortably.

Buxom Plumpline liners are £15.00 each and available here.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Friday, 2 February 2018

Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation

No Makeup foundation is not a new one to the market but it recently landed on our desk so we have been testing it out.
 Perricone MD is a brand that combines skincare with cosmetics and aims to incorporate active ingredients within its range that will not only look aesthetically good but also benefit the skin from within.

 No Makeup foundation is a very sheer but buildable to a natural medium cover.
 It feels quite thick on initial application but quickly blends away to a water-like texture that melts into the skin.
 It’s easy to blend and is easy to work and move around to cover the necessary areas.
 The finish is fresh and hydrating with a healthy radiance. No shimmer or glitter particles are visible.
 It is very natural but does blur down redness and even out skin tone. If you have blemishes or under eye darkness then you will need a separate concealer.
 Once set it does have a slightly tacky feel, even after an hour’s wear I could still touch it and feel the dewy texture.
 Would be nice on a dry to normal skin type but those with a combination or oily skin will definitely require a separate powder, I think you will find the texture uncomfortable otherwise.
  It has a mineral based Broad spectrum SPF30 but doesn’t appear to flashback on camera.

First apllied
Blended out

 Shade range is poor. 5 shades from fair to tan. If you are very pale then you may be in luck with the very lightest shade however if you are anything deeper than a MAC NC44 (Yellow based deep olive) then unfortunately you aren’t catered for annoyingly.

The other negative is the pump. It’s quite stiff so one pump dispenses a lot of product and shoots it out fast with little control. One pump should be enough but maybe squirt it directly onto your brush so you are not wasting the pricey fluid.

Overall it’s a super lovely foundation for spring/Summer if you want barely there but fresh skin and enjoy a hydrating texture. Beautiful for fair to medium skin tones that are dry, no good for anyone darker than a deep medium with an oiler skin.

Available here for £45.00.


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Hourglass Vanish Highlighting Stick

The most frequently occurring question we get asked on our Instagram posts is “what highlighter are you wearing?”. Seems most people love radiance to the skin.

 We have been testing out the latest highlighting sticks from Hourglass, which provide an intense flash of light to the skin.

 This highlighter is by no means a subtle one. It’s literally like a strobe on the skin.

 You could make it work for daytime by buffing it well but it comes to life in the evening light or under flashlight.

 The triangular shaped stick allows good coverage and precise application. Use it on the flat of the stick to apply to the cheekbones or use the pointed angle of the stick to apply under the eyebrow or corners of the eye.

The texture is very lightweight but doesn’t feel particularly hydrating, almost dry to the touch, be cautious using over dry, textured skin or fine lines, it’s pretty unforgiving.

The colour selection is nice, suitable for all skin tones in a range or golden, bronze and pink shades.
 The highlight does have a slight shimmer rather than a natural highlight. It’s not an everyday kind of product but one for those who like their highlight strong!
 You can shop these here and they are £38.00 each


Monday, 29 January 2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Niod Photography Fluid Opacity 12%

January in the UK is one of the worst months. I feel like it’s been grey for weeks and I’m constantly on the look out for the spring bulbs poking their heads through the soil to reassure me we are heading for spring.

 If you feel like your skin needs a pick-me-up too or you are on the hunt for your products for upcoming events or your wedding then you may be interested in today's review.

 Niod, which comes from the fab brand Deciem, have an interesting product called Photography Fluid, Opacity 12%.

 What is it?

It’s a light textured fluid that is infused with various light reflecting prisms.

 You can wear it alone on moisturised skin, use it as a primer underneath your regular foundation or even mix a few drops with your foundation to give it a more radiant finish.

It contains light reflecting prisms that bounce light off of the skin in lots of directions to blur out skin pigmentation and redness but also to give a radiance to the skin that doesn’t look artificial.

 Initially it applies very white to the skin so you may be scared it will leave you with a washed out pearly face but it quickly spreads out and blends in. The undertones are softly golden so on a fair to medium skin it will reflect a warm sheen. On a deeper skin tone it will look a brighter, slightly more yellow highlight.

It’s hydrating without feeling tacky and would work on all skin types. It actually dries pretty fast so you need to work relatively quick. I found it applied easier when buffed into the skin straight after moisturiser. If your skin is particularly oily then avoid too much down the central area of the face however it’s a nice way to add a matte textured highlight to a combination/oily skin comfortably.

I preferred how it looked on my skin 20 minutes after application rather than immediately. I think it just needs a little time to warm into the skin. Give it time to work in before continuing with your base makeup.

Considering the high level of Titanium Dioxide and Mica there was no flashback for me, it photographs well.

What I didn’t like

The bottle. Normally I enjoy using the pipette style bottles as the dropper allows you to apply minimal product and also allows you to dropper the liquid directly onto the brush. For some reason this fluid leaks badly from the bottle. I clean the rim after each use but it still seeps from inside and often drips down the side.

 I have spoken to a few others who have also found this. Because of this I would say it’s a dressing table item, not a transportable kit item.

If you have particularly large pores then spritz a skin mist over the face to aid blending and sheer out the coverage. Using too much over open pores and not blending well means it does linger slightly in this area.

Also this is not a slap on and dash product. Hastily apply this and it can easily streak or appear patchy. Lovingly blend it with a firmly packed buffing brush, aided with a sneaky spritz of something like Emma Hardie Plump and Glow or MAC Fix+ and you’ll be fine.

You can shop Niod Photography Fluid here for £20.00


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Clinique Fit

So the clever marketing department at Clinique have launched a range of products to fit in with the New Year, new me resolution that we all try to adopt in January.

Their latest workout inspired collection is targeted towards those who require products to suit an active lifestyle. It comes all neatly packaged in aesthetically pleasing, sporty packaging, albeit very plastic heavy! This collection is limited to Selfridges, Brown Thomas Dublin and

We all want to look like the person in the gym that totally knows what they are doing, whilst secretly reading the diagram instructions on every machine (maybe that’s just me!). This collection incorporates 7 products that will naturally enhance your skin whilst working out or gives hydration and protection.

What’s in the range?

Post Workout Face and Body swipes

 We all know that wipes are not the best regime for our facial skincare, however a quick once over the face with these wipes after attending a gym class is not the end of the world. If you are someone who suffers with blemishes on your back or other areas because of a build up of sweat and dirt on the skin then these will be super helpful post workout just to remove the excess sweat.

Workout makeup SPF40

 This is a really lovely lightweight foundation and due to the fluidity of it, will probably last you a lot longer than your 2018 gym membership! Sheer coverage which, instantly smoothes the skin and blurs skin tone and redness for a more naturally flawless finish. Matte but still feels hydrated. I would say this would work well on all skin types but those with a very dry skin may find they need to layer over a hydrating primer.

 It contains an SPF40 so great for outdoor training. Clinique state that this contains a blend of chemical and physical sunscreen that is great for an all round protection however, there are elements within each type of protection that counteract each other.

  Physical sunscreens are better for a sensitive skin, better for congested skin and deflect heat. Chemical sunscreens tend to have more ingredients that may react with a sensitive skin; changes UV into heat, which leads to flushing and can clog pores. Not sure how they have worked it to ensure one type of sunscreen doesn’t prevent the other from working?

 Regardless it’s very liquid so be sure to give it a good shake before hand and it gives a beautiful finish to the skin even when applied with fingertips. This foundation is available in 4 shades. We have the shade in light/medium.

This is £29.50

Post workout Mattifying moisturiser

 Very lightweight moisturiser that would be particularly beneficial for a combination or oily skin. Doesn’t really feel hydrating enough for a dry skin and dries off quickly to a completely matte undetectable finish.

 The small 40ml tube makes it an ideal one to sling in your gym bag though. Just make sure you either wash your face or use the wipes first before application.

This is 26.00

Lip and Cheek Flush

 Oil free gel blush, which provides a very sheer tint of raspberry to the cheeks. I like the colour, it’s a nice shade but if you’ve already hit it hard in the gym then you may want to take it easy on this flush enhancing blush!

 Texture blends easy but it does cling slightly and if you don’t blend immediately then it will go patchy.

 It’s also pretty pricey at £17.00 for 7ml when you could maybe get a similar effect from Glossier Cloud Paint, which is £15.00 for 10ml, and you get a choice of shades.

Workout 24-Hour Mascara
 Love the wand for this mascara. It’s slim, tapered and separates the lashes nicely. It coats the lashes in a carbon black and lasts well in humidity.

It is only waterproof with cold water and will easily be removed with warm water.

 This is £20.00

Post workout neutralising Face powder

 A fine yellow based powder to tone down redness within the skin. It’s so sheer that I don’t think it will make a huge difference to a post workout reddened skin but it will certainly brighten. Only really suitable for a very fair to medium skin tone.

 I love the mirrored lid as you can use this during application however, the thick sponge applicator doesn’t allow for much powder to come through so you’ll be there a while if you need anything more than an extremely light dusting.

This is £27.00

Get hold of the range here.

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